Saturday, October 18, 2014

Red alert


The pictures I posted yesterday were taken during the second week of September, right before a storm was about to hit landfall in Manila. Now these cameos were taken just yesterday, with me fresh from a much needed haircut (not that – at least I am told – the way I look changes much).


Two and a half months left in the year, and I can say that I have made predictions on my luck self-fulfilling. 


I wouldn’t say 2014 has been bad (I still maintain that I am inexplicably lucky when it comes to many things), rather: it has been full of many drastic changes.


As I look back (nope, not at all sentimental about it), I can see that it’s time to clear and organize not just the things I have accumulated, but also the experiences I have gone through. Literally, with shelves, and figuratively by making sense out of “stuff”.


Yes, I’m the type of person who knows exactly where things are in my bodega of a room, but lately I’ve needed more air to circulate and light to shine through.


Little by little, the signs of wars fought are becoming less evident. Will need the clearing to build whatever it is I must build brick by brick.

Polo shirt, Collezione C2
Skinny chinos, Bench
Belt, Izzue
Leather sneakers, Fred Perry
Hoodie, Uniqlo

Friday, October 17, 2014

The death of me


I must have mentioned somewhere sometime in August that I would be selling my Bosquejo accessories on my own Zalora Marketplace boutique. Well, after a long delay, I have just uploaded pictures for the first piece, which I am wearing in these cameos.


Say hello to Yorick, which I named after the skull in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.


Seems apt that the first necklace I put up is skeletal, since Halloween is arriving soon. (I love how the wind sweeps my forever unkempt hair in this picture.)


Took me forever to start posting products on the Zalora Marketplace because I had to, apart from editing pictures for my Bosquejo website, come up with interesting captions.


Below is what I wrote for the Yorick Steel Skull Necklace:

A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: death. We may not have known Yorick as well as Hamlet did, but our fascination with mortality is as universal as Shakespeare’s lines. Wear the Yorick Steel Skull Necklace on black, if you like. It goes well against any color and on every pattern. Keep it close to your heart as a reminder of life.


Hopefully the people at Zalora will approve the format and the text today (crossing my fingers), so I could see how my page would look like and then proceed to upload several more necklaces (am reissuing old favorites and introducing a lot of simple stainless steel pieces, which I can't wait to show you).

For once, I can say that I delivered on my word. Feels good to actually finish something, so I can slash it out from my rather lengthy To Do list. You know, the one I plan to finish before I join Yorick.

Happy Friday, dear readers!

Micro-checkered shirt, Ben Sherman
Jeans, Uniqlo
Belt from an Italian market
Tasseled slip-ons, Dr Martens
Yorick Steel Skull Necklace, Bosquejo

Photos by Jullian Medoza

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Burgundy with a V


So I bought this burgundy V-neck tee last Thursday and couldn’t wait to wear it after washing. These pics were from last Saturday morning.


Was supposed to buy the bottle green stretch slim-tapered jeans, which were on sale, but then they looked different (were of a different hue) in the stores. 


Instead of going home crestfallen, I looked around and found Supima cotton tees, which were on sale as well (only P290 each). 

Supima is a portmanteau for Superior Pima, a fabric of high thread count produced in the US. I love how they feel on the skin. Needless to say, I was more than happy to go home with tees instead of jeans.

V-neck t-shirt, Uniqlo
Jeans, Cheap Monday
Skinny leather belt, A.P.C.
Boots, Dirk Bikkembergs

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On sale: Uniqlo stretch slim-fit tapered jeans + shorts


Ever since I accidentaly stumbled upon Michael Bastian's on-sale collection for Uniqlo at the Japanese label's branch at Megamall Fashion Hall, I have made it a point to pass by any Uniqlo branch whenever I do visit malls or department complexes. I was expecting to be surprised each time what Uniqlo's weekly sale had on offer. Then a colleague mentioned to me that you can sign up for email blasts (called Uniqlo News).

That is why I am posting this now, half-overrun with excitement. You see, I just received the promo alert above. Thank me once you've fitted their comfortable and durable (not to mention bang-for-your-buck) pairs. Meet you at the nearest Uniqlo counter tomorrow. (The jeans are only on sale till Thursday, October 9.) Lord forgive me for busting my salary yet again.


Also on sale (from P590-P790) are shorts with floral and camo prints. (Shall it be hibiscus red or blue camouflage?)


Not to mention denim and checkered. Got to hand it to Uniqlo for smart marketing. Thanks in advance for the additional discount! Hehe.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fun with Funky Socks by Blacksocks


I have an admission to make. I’ve never really cared/paid that much attention to anything I wear that only I could see/am aware of. You know, clothing we call undergarments, socks included.


There was a time when it took me a while to replace articles that have gone well beyond their usable life. To the point that some I didn’t throw away even if they had small holes in them.


But then, as I began hitting the gym (especially when I began running habitually on the treadmill), and took on longer and longer walks wandering around the city, the feeling of discomfort began to alarm me.


As a solution, I started buying higher-quality briefs (and later, also boxers and boxer briefs) and socks. My feet, soles, ankles, and nether regions thanked me for investing in better underwear and what I only used to regard as shoe-padding.


But then, I only stuck to the usual no-fuss black, white, gray, and navy basics. I mean, my outfits were and still are usually monochromatic and neutral anyway.

That was until I got bored with myself (when gray days were ground down by even grayer and drabber clothes and undergarments) and started experimenting with stripes and patterns and polka dots (at the moment, just with socks: haven’t explored colorful underwear yet; the most daring being dark red boxers).


It took Swiss e-tailer (electronic retailer) Blacksocks to initiate me into the secret pleasure of crazily colorful hidden clothing. They sent me two pairs of the blue, orange, yellow, and pink polka dot socks above. Of course they are pleasing to the eye, but I surprised myself with being proud and every now and then giddy (especially when I wore them partially exposed and rolled up to the shins, with shorts). It helped a lot that the pair felt so good on my feet. So I looked up Blacksocks online and fell crazily in love with their Funky Socks line.


Here is the black version of the pairs they sent me. Below are geometric and striped socks that I have equally fell in love with (and plan to purchase online soon). Scroll down for more info on Blacksocks, their interesting “sockscription” service, and the artist behind these kooky pairs.


It’s time to bring some soul to your soles. BLACKSOCKS, the pioneering purveyor of sockscriptions, has announced a new line of socks guaranteed to add funky and fresh flavor to your fun and fashionable feet. Launched in partnership with renowned Swiss blues musician Philipp Fankhauser, BLACKSOCKS’ new Funky Socks collection offers six different styles, each surrounded by a unique, colorful pattern. The socks are available for purchase here.

From stylish stripes, to delightful dots, to tailored triangles — and with color patterns which include orange checks on black and thin stripes on fresh icy blue — all variations of these funky guitar-covered socks are certain to add spark and sexiness to your swagger.


“These funky-yet-elegant socks offer a fun product for people to show off and enjoy, while staying true to the classiness and stylishness that our brand is known for. Funky socks are here to stay,” said BLACKSOCKS president and founder Samy Liechti.

 Top-quality materials and meticulous workmanship are the hallmarks of Funky Socks. Made primarily of mercerized cotton — a processed fiber renowned for its luscious sheen and incredible strength—the sock is silky and highly durable with a wash-resistant sheen. The heels and toes are reinforced with extra strong polyamide fibers, and a touch of LYCRA® is used to give it some stretch. The final product is a smooth, silky and strong sock that will last for years to come. 


International music star Philipp Fankhauser — the celebrated Swiss guitarist-songwriter who was mentored by legendary American blues musician Johnny Copeland — collaborated with BLACKSOCKS to develop this product. Currently, he is known in the media as a coach on The Voice of Switzerland, the country’s version of the hit television singing competition franchise.

BLACKSOCKS is the inventor of the “sockscription” — an online service in which customers can select the style, quantity, and frequency, and the Italian-made socks are conveniently delivered to your doorstep in regular intervals. This innovative service also can be used to order fine undershirts, boxer shorts, briefs and dress shirts.

The Swiss e-tailer has sold more than three million pairs of socks since 1999. Two of Europe’s leading magazines rated Blacksocks as No. 1 in comfort and durability.  The company ships to 75 countries and has more than 60,000 subscribers. Additional information can be found here.