Sunday, November 16, 2014

We can be heroes


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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).


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.


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

For your information, a storm was brewing in the horizon. So it was a bit cold.


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

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


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


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

Denim jacket, Rick Owens Drkshdw


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

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