Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The days are long but never uniform

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In a confluence of coincidences, I was able to watch a movie about Steve Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher) after scanning an article somewhere on the interwebs about the value of dressing up in a simple, unobtrusive uniform (like Jobs and Zuckerberg), as well as editing a column that mentions a Nasa project scientist’s faux pas (Matt Taylor’s feminist-offensive shirt print).


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More and more I find myself resorting to the basics in my wardrobe: blue/white/black/striped shirt with slacks or chinos for work and plain tees and jeans for the weekend. Of course, weekday footwear can vary from Oxfords and brogues to boots and leather sneakers (not trainers). The outerwear is different as well: cardigans, pullovers, sweaters, and all sorts of jackets. But what I find myself wearing less and less are loud or complicated shirt prints and trousers in rainbow colors.


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I guess that happens when you get busier at work: you don’t want your clothes to interfere. Creativity is churned out in the office and not spent while rummaging in the morning through my closet. 


Tee, CottonOn
Jeans, Bench
Jacket, Uniqlo, thrifted
Belt from an Italian market
Backpack, Team Manila
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Am I being swallowed whole by the system? Admitted defeat to conformity? Far from it. It’s more like I’ve decided more clearly what I want out of my time.


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Don’t worry, I’m not about to throw or give away all the articles of clothing that I’ve loved and cherished. (Spring cleaning is still a challenge!) I’ve just moved them to the weekend, or to holidays. Or in between events.


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But even then, for the work that I do outside of the office (accessories, poetry, photography, etc), I find myself yearning again for a uniform suitable for the quiet outsider.


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Makes perfect sense since I really do plan in the next coming months to do intensive study (both indoors and outdoors, my nose in books and out to smell the flowers). I need to be invisible.


Shirt, Crocodile
Chinos, CottonOn
Lace-ups, Bruno Magli, thrifted
Jacket, Muji


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My next basics shopping spree shall be guided only by fit and fabric.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

We can be heroes

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Here is something belated, and (finally!) non-commercial, where I have nothing to sell or promote.

Nope, wasn't left over from Halloween. Found these mini-Avengers at the Mind Museum just as I was about to wrap up last September's shoot. There must have been a themed event at the museum. 
Aren't they adorable?


Tee, Uniqlo
Jeans, Neil Barrett
Boots, Dr Martens, thrifted


Photograph by Jullian Mendoza 
Taken and posted with permission from the children's parent


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November nuance

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So I've just received news that the laptop I ordered in Hong Kong has already arrived at my aunt's. Yay! That means I can blog more regularly and don't have to pester my mom or my sister to borrow their own gadgets. 

I really don't recall when these pictures were taken. Seems like ages ago.


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Yes, I've been a very busy bee beading and designing accessories in time for the Christmas season. Shown above is the necklace version of the Little Deaths Bracelet that sold out two years ago.


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To be fair, I did draft a business plan for Bosquejo years ago, but many interruptions and delays have held the brand back. Hopefully, I can get it going. I have a feeling next year is the year for expansion.


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Besides the arrival of a new Macbook Pro, the carpenters at home have also just finished the two shelves that I commissioned. Am downright giddy just thinking about organizing the piles of books that have made my room into a bodega. 

Once the piles clear and the books stand upright, it will be easier for me to refer back to the stories, poems, news releases, photographs, etc that have influenced not only the way I think and write, but also how they have formed my seemingly haphazard aesthetic.


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My mind palace approximately transformed into a tangible library, which, no matter how I deny its physical necessity, will be a huge help in looking at things more objectively. How do they say it in finance – to look at things with a "long view"?

The piece above I named the Orbital Galaxy Necklace. Inspired of course by the Infinity Gauntlet comics series. Such a tiny, minimalist object to signify a maximalist, megalomanic perspective.


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So where am I writing this now? At work, of course, where a lot of things have likewise happened – from a hiking, swimming, and singing Saturday road trip to confronting impeding business challenges.


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I won't deny that keeping myself offline has been more than pleasant – better to keep my focus on the work on hand. But soon, this diary of sorts will also need to make way for a more intimate form of expression.


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So I guess that's it for a brief update. Back to work!


Shirt, Topman
Jeans, Uniqlo
Brogues, thrifted
Belt, Structure, thrifted
Socks, Blacksocks
Accessories, Bosquejo


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bosquejo for Zalora Marketplace outtakes

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As I promised in my previous post, here are some outtakes from the "shoot" for Zalora Marketplace. First is me talking to my aunt on the phone (she was, yes, ordering a yet unreleased necklace – for women this time).


T-shirt, CottonOn
Jeans, Uniqlo
Belt from an Italian market
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My friend and capable photographer Jullian has taken many photos of me doing, as another friend put it, my usual facialympics. (I think this was taken after dipping into the pool).


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Another gratuitous shirtless pic just because (lol, of course this made it to the Zalora page). Am wearing a dolphin pendant (named Flipper of course), in case it's not that obvious.


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Stupid absent-minded me forgot to bring my own towel. So I had to make do drying myself out (under sheer shorts).


T-shirt, cK Calvin Klein
Shorts, thrifted
Studded boots, Dr Martens, thrifted
Swimming shorts (underneath), Speedo
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For your information, a storm was brewing in the horizon. So it was a bit cold.


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A good pic. Unfortunately this isn't the final form of the Frame Tag necklace so I had to reshoot.


Shirt, Esprit, thrifted
Jeans, Maison Martin Margiela
Wristwatch, Tissot


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And finally me wearing my last "outfit" for that day (you can see it was already getting dark). You can also see that Panda,  my sister's dog, has the same facial expression.


T-shirt, Yayoi Kusama for Uniqlo via MoMa
Jeans, Neil Barrett
Belt, A.P.C.
Bag, Fred Perry
Luggage, Delsey


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weapon of your choice

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Hello there, stranger. It's been a while. In my absence, my Macbook Pro broke down so I've been working between my sister's HP, my mom's Macbook Air, my iPhone 5S, and (shush, nobody knows it) my office desktop Mac (lol, I doubt it). 

I've been able to edit pictures taken in mid-September and put them up on Zalora Marketplace. Do drop by and check out the stainless steel necklaces I've made available for my Bosquejo accessories line. You can also visit ac+632 at Greenbelt 5 so you can see them in person (the pistol pendant above is only available at ac+632).


Pullover, thrifted
Ikat print t-shirt underneath, Dries Van Noten
Jeans, Uniqlo
Belt, Structure, thrifted
Novice Sheriff Steel Necklace, Bosquejo


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The necklace above, which has an engraved design, I've named Guns & Goons (also only available at ac+632).


Denim jacket, Rick Owens Drkshdw


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My apologies if I can't be my usual effusive self. (Am now using my phone's 3G signal as hotspot and God knows how unreliable Globe is.) You can purchase the necklace above (named Featherlight) via Zalora Marketplace. Will also be bringing a few pieces to ac+632 later today or tomorrow.

I've tried my best to make the photos I've posted with me wearing my necklaces as marketable as possible on my first online e-commerce venture. But alas, the Bosquejo section at Zalora looks no different from this blog (ie you can't really see the necklaces that clearly, I really can't compete with gorgeous flawless people, and the images appear at best under-edited and haphazardly taken). But that's me, and at this point that's the best I can do with the ammunition currently at my disposal.

Will be posting more shoot outtakes (or rejects, like the one above) soon. But now it's time for lunch.


Raglan t-shirt, Uniqlo
Jeans, Bench
Belt from an Italian market
Featherlight Feather Necklace, Bosquejo