Friday, July 25, 2014

Gray grannie

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With my love of cardigans, cable knit, and pullovers, I might as well smoke a pipe and pile the vinyl on a turntable – though hipsters have take over that area.


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It doesn’t help that I have an old soul, snap on people with my opinions, and in this case, wear a shawl like a cape.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Against the grain

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I woke up yesterday morning with the sky in a very foul mood, so I only had a few minutes to takes these somewhat dark shots. Good thing I woke up early enough.


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I love my new pullover from Folded & Hung which has extra wide ribbing on the sleeves and hem, and surprisingly, also at the shoulders as well.


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I wore sandals with my outfit but replaced them with my old pair of Campers, which I cleaned, moisturized, and buffed with all my shoes last weekend.

Alliance Mechanical by Victorinox: the automatic watch of stylish elegance

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As I was looking for the name of the Swiss Army knife my father gave me as a child (it was a “Tourist”), I browsed through the Victorinox website and found myself in the timepieces section. My last memory of Victorinox watches was the Original Chronograph with a fabric strap, so I was pleasantly surprised at the range of timepieces it currently offers and instantly fell in love with one particular model: the Alliance Mechanical.


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The watch comes in four versions, its dial available in dark gray and eggshell and its strap either of ecologically-tanned black leather or polished and satined steel. My first impulse, no different from looking at clothes and looks from a designer’s runway show at fashion week, was to pick the one that was my favorite ­– thinking that the first one I saw with a gray dial and black leather strap (above) was easily the most beautiful and elegant. But then I looked at the other three and was stumped. Images of what I would wear with each went through my mind: from a white crisp shirt and jeans to a tailored suit for more formal occasions like a wedding. Looking at each piece longer, each version had its own particular appeal.

Sweating it out – in cashmere

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Don’t you just love this shade of red orange (international orange?) on Acne’s Spring/Summer 2014 peele cashmere blend (70% cotton) sweaterThe way it is cropped with a loose crew neck, and the way the fabric reminds you of your old knits with those unavoidable knots that you just had to shave off?


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If the Philippines were a temperate country, I would always opt for turtle necks, like this Marni light wool and cashmere blend long-sleeved number from its 2014 Fall/Winter collection with ribbed hem and cuffs?



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The color being fiery red, which stares at you and burns a deep impression. Like the similary-colored leaves that fall suicidally from trees come the beginning of the season.


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This long-sleeved crew neck sweater in 100% cashmere also by Marni and this time in orange is less stuffy.


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Of course, I’d prefer mine oversized with sleeves that can hide my fidgety hands.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doggone days

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It’s sweater weather again. Though here in Manila that means only certain parts of the day when it’s raining (and not always, especially when it’s humid – and that’s often) and when it’s windy.


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The best days, of course, are those with friendly breezes and with the sun slightly drowsy.