Monday, August 27, 2012

Ignite at Il Terrazzo

 The night was started by Gino Quillamor of RX 93.1 as host of the night.

 And of course, one of the main reasons I came: DJ David Callum! He's just divine.

 The crowd. Lots of awesome people!

 I swore not to drink that night. Unfortunately, I'm easy to pressure and my excuses are lame. This was already my 3rd shot. HAHAHA.

 With my forever date, Nicole Santos. Yihee.

Bloggers! L-R: Mikki, Rovie, Angel, Nicole, Catch (so red! haha) and I.

 A really happy photo with this gorgeous girl, Rachelle!

 Me with Catch, Angel, Verge, and Nicole

The party was seriously awesome! Rachelle seems to think so too!

Last August 24, I went to Il Terrazzo's Ariato for Ignite Il Terrazzo, an awesome launch of the newest lifestyle hub in Quezon City. I came straight from my class so my outfit wasn't exactly the most prepared. Nyaha. It was my second time to go to Il Terrazzo that night. The first time was a few months ago, when we had to look for some place to eat in Tomas Morato. The good thing about Il Terrazzo is that it has a lot of establishments that offer a wide variety of services ranging from fine dining, fitness, technology, event venues, and so much more! It truly is a lifestyle hub of different sorts, all rolled into one.

As for the party, it was simply amazing. We arrived by 9:30 PM; by that time, there were only a few people. But come 10 PM, more people arrived and that's when the fun really started! And to add to that, the simply divine music hunk, DJ David Callum, arrived to start spinning! Gosh, heaven, you guys. 

Went home a bit earlier than the others; but definitely not as sober. HAHAHA 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Into The Woulds

Yesterday, the family and I went to Tagaytay to make the most of the long weekend that started last Saturday. It feels great to be able to roll down the windows of the car and not smell the smoke that usually greets my nose in Manila. Ah, the smell of fresh pine trees; it's euphoric, really. And the great thing about going out of town is the dressing up part! Since it's a bit colder up there, I donned something thicker and cozier than I usually would in the city. I wanted a no-fuss look so I grabbed my favorite striped sweater and brown pants (my other jeans were in the laundry nyahaha), to my regret, a pair of white sneakers from Converse x PLAY CDG; my personal favorite. 

We went to Picnic Grove and expected lots of people to be there. True to our expectations, hoards of people went around in groups. It was actually hard taking an outfit shot since there would always be photobombers everywhere. HAHA. But really. And the last time we were there, we really got good shots. Check here! However, when we got to the same place, we found two lovers laying in the grass where we were suppose to take photos. Awkward. Really. In the end, we had to look for another place. We found somewhere really nice but... would we do it?

It really was a question of will power since it was somewhere risky; the perimeter of the forest grounds were fenced and it was incredibly slippery. Would we do it in the woods? I guess to be able to do great things, one would have to go out of their comfort zone, take risks, and just do it. Worked for us. Really nice photos, don't you think?

Would you do what it takes to do great things? Even if it was as simple as taking a good outfit shot.

Would you?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pacific Chic

I know this post is basically not in season since it's technically raining all over Manila at the moment. However, I think a nice reminder of how awesome the sun is might be good for everyone! I had these outfit shots last summer. But for some reason, my laptop refused to show it to me until now. Weird, I know.

We went to this obscure beach somewhere in the Quezon province during our stay there last April. As you can see, it was gloriously sunny that day and wearing pants was just not an option. So I did the usually unthinkable; and that's to wear shorts! I never wear shorts when I go out. I have hideous legs. Really. I'd like it snuggled under breath-restraining skinny jeans usually. But since the occasion called for something more relaxed, I had to let that go and do my thing. Nyahaha. And I totally not regret it!

The shirt is a favorite of mine. It's a shirt from a collaboration between Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and PLAY x Comme Des Garcons. It was originally long sleeves but I didn't like it so I had the sleeves cut off. Also, the blue and white stripes just got me! Shorts are from Ralph Lauren, straw hat from Zara, gold aviators from Divisoria (ha! Cheap yeah!) and bag is obviously from Marc by Marc Jacobs. 

Hope this post brings some sunny cheer to your rainy days!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Mustache You A Question

As we all know, the monsoon winds and rains have been heavy upon us for the past few days. What I thought would be an awesome week of no classes and fun was only met half-way. Yep, we didn't get classes. But fun wasn't there either, sadly. Luckily for me, (and a vast majority of us, I believe) there was a roof above my head, food on our table, and my family's been with me through the whole ordeal. Others are a bit unluckier. Floods ravaged most of Metro Manila and along with it, the things that many people hold dear. 

They say every cloud has a silver lining. It's true in most cases; just like this one. It's funny how it takes one disaster to unite our country men to move and help out each other irregardless of social standing and class. I've seen people from all walks of life moving together, no prejudices, to help out others in need. I think a new twist to a common saying is needed: "Divided we fall, United we stand".

In the spirit of helping, all is not good news. As sad as it is, there are some people who take the opportunity to give more credit unto themselves than what they actually deserve. Using these times of calamity as a platform for popularity and fake integrity is a bit disturbing. No offense, but I've seen people seemingly shout out to the world that they're helping. I mean, it's not a bad thing. I guess it would be ok to get some credit for the good things you do. But that wasn't the case. I've seen people tweeting fake reports, wrong images, false news, and more other things that actually cause more distress than help. Tweeting images from Ondoy's time just to get 50 retweets? Spreading news about a widespread Meralco black out? Not cool man.

Forgive me for the harsh observations. But you can never deny these things. I applaud anonymous donors who give out without acknowledgement. It doesn't make them any greater than the people who also give out. However, it does make the sincerity of the help given much more believable.

How about you? Did you help out of sincerity? Or out of popularity?

I mustache you this question.

This is merely an observation. A cloud of thought that's been bugging my brain for the past few days. I mean no disrespect to anyone. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pop Street

Nicole Santos wearing the blazer I gave her. HAHA

Aivan Magno, the genius behind these shirts!

Aivan, Nicole, and I had a shoot (and a very spontaneous one at that. HAHA) a few weeks ago somewhere in Ortigas near Megamall. We were wearing these amazing pop art shirts sold by Aivan which is really cool, by the way. During the Super Sale Bazaar, a month ago, the shirts were a huge hit so we thought, why not shoot a totally awesome street style look with it! It was a brilliant idea, honestly. And that idea, I present to you now.

The shirts were printed with pop art from Roy Lichtenstein, I believe. I'm a huge fan of his work, honestly. Some people who love pop art mention Andy Warhol as their favorite. But Roy's is my personal pick. His choice of colors and use of bold shapes just gets the life out of me. And to have a shirt that has something inspired by Roy was just seriously cool.

I was thinking of a way to give the photos that pop art appeal. So I thought of desaturating the background and letting our outfits pop out! A pretty ingenious idea, actually. Did the post-processing too. I think it might have been a bit too much but I guess pop art really does pop!

Thanks to Aivan for the shirt and to Nicole for taking the shots! We need to have more of this often!