Thursday, June 30, 2011



Apologies for the long delay in posts, and again, for just posting pics of bed-cast clothes. This is what I wore to last night's event, a collaboration between Miadore jewelry by Yekky Balingit, photographer Seven Barretto, and the design alliance Fadal Manila. Plus a book that I picked up at the bookstore before going to the venue.


Unveiled were 14 canvases that bore photos of Miadore necklaces worn with the creations of the Fadal designers. (More on the event on my Benetton blog.)


Now that I think of it, I wore the same lacey-y shirt and skinny jeans with another Bosquejo necklace on the first day of Philippine Fashion Week last May. (Time does fly!)

The Bosquejo necklace I wore was new, not even available on my website. Part of the reason I've been so busy. But hopefully, I can take a much needed break real soon... But back to the clothes: don't you think the silver-edged buttons match my Hardware necklace so well?


What I also love are the paisley print blazers by Levenson Rodriguez, which go well with Yekky's shimmery brooches. I wonder when I can have a jacket made... (*hint, hint*)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Moonleaf Tea Shop, Makati branch


This is Maginhawa Street, all the way in UP Teacher's Village in Diliman, Quezon City, I don't know how many miles from Makati.


It seems like a good neighborhood, with nearby restaurants, spas, barbershops/salons, a bookstore, laundromats, a BPO hub, and of course, schools.


In such an area, a café or a tea shop is sure to rake it in, what with a captive and loyal clientele: people like me who suddenly crave for milk tea and almost do not mind the distance and the time.

Just imagine if someone franchised Moonleaf Tea Shop and brought it to Makati. Mind you, I am not alone in making this gentle yet urgent plea.

Do you know how many people travel to Makati every single day?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My latest fix: Electromagnetic Tentacle tees, part II


Wore this the entire day yesterday, from gym to Fête de la Musique. Still not in the mood to post pictures of myself, sorry. Soon. Soon enough.


Think the weather is getting to me. Iceman, you can always grow your hand back. Just blow on your stump.

Cardigan, Dean & Trent; tee, Electromagnetic Tentacle; jeans, Two Percent; braided belt, A.P.C.; Young Camel satchel, thrifted; beaded bracelet from Kalinga Apayaw

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My latest fix: Electromagnetic Tentacle tees, part I


Finally the rain has stopped. Hope the sun decides to come out today. But before that, here is a quick post of what I wore yesterday.

Had myself a good laugh when I first saw the cartoon spoof tees by Manila-based Electromagnetic Tentacle. The t-shirt here depicts Lion-O, the leader of the ThunderCats.


But instead of wielding a sword, he is holding up a long spoon used to serve taho, one of my favorite local snacks made of soft tofu, brown sugar, vanilla syrup, and pearl sago. Does anybody remember what the real Lion-O shouts when he is in battle?

Can't wait to show you the other designs I bought! Happy (hopefully dry) Saturday!

Faux leather jacket, Drei Soriano; tee, Electromagnetic Tentacle; jeans, Bitter End from People are People; belt, A.P.C.; bag, thrifted

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wool prep


This is what I wore yesterday, when it rained all day and the winds swept up umbrellas and people plunged knee-deep through flooded streets. Good thing I wore boots and warm clothing, though I wish I opted for waterproof nylon. As I write this, the storm doesn't seem to be over. Hmmm. Which hoodie shall it be? Hope there's sun enough for a real cameo.

Good morning Manila!

Checkered shirt, Muji; belt, Nautica; sweater, tie, and trousers: all wool and thrifted; bag, Cambridge Satchel Company

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Triple polka dots


What I wore today: polo shirt, Topman; sweater, Zasum (Thai brand) bought from Mundo; jeans, Cheap Monday; scarf bought in Mindanao; belt, Brave Beltworks

(Will post pics of my new hairdo soon...) Here is a pic of me wearing this outfit at a party.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dyeing for a change: last look?


I'll be chopping off what's left of my previously ash blonde hair soon, since my black roots are growing longer. Perfect time I think for a beige and brown outfit.


Slowly integrating pieces from Don Protasio's Holiday 2011 collection into my wardrobe. For this, I decided to match a fitted top and jacket with Don's very very baggy pants.


I love the cut. See the diagonal of the stitches? This is also a good time to wind down with loose trousers because of the rainy season: a time where I feel more comfortable with boots and skinny (or carrot-cut!) jeans.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Playing while waiting for the movies


I think this was before Kung Fu Panda 2. I'm sure you can guess where.


So it's no mystery that I prefer loose, relatively baggy pants. Tried sweat pants, Thai farmer's pants, and a range of linen and drawstring trousers. Guess it's inevitable that I'd wear out my track pants as well (since I only use shorts at the gym). Wearing them with the blazer I customized for my brother's wedding.


Still getting the hang of fitting all my stuff in a briefcase. It takes immense discipline on my part, believe me. (I left a tote leaning against a wall somewhere.)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A weekend with chambray shorts


I must have worn this two weeks ago, after a trip to Divisoria. Without the jacket of course (it was in the bag).


Some details from a cotton jacket I recently thrifted. I love the buttons with crests.


The double zipper hidden under the flap, the fleur-de-lys zipper handle for the pockets.


Tailored shorts with white buttons.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bosquejo feature: Drei Soriano Holiday 2011 lookbook


You can't imagine how excited I am to write about this. For the very first time my Bosquejo accessories are featured in a full shoot.


I never thought when I blogged about Drei Soriano's Holiday 2011 collection at Philippine Fashion Week that I'd actually see my jewelry photgraphed with his clothes. Not even after I bought and wore the jacket modeled above (foolish, of course, to post this right after my cameos with the very same item, but what the heck).


Here is the Io necklace worn with a sleeveless blue-gray shirt.


Again, by coincidence, I had asked Drei to design for me a hybrid of this shirt's long-sleeved version, adding sleeves made detachable by zippers. Ordered it with matching trousers.


No leather pants for me though...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Singing in the rain


I was thinking of using an umbrella as props, since it did rain minutes before we took these shots.


Once again wearing Drei Soriano's faux leather jacket with cutouts, but this time with sweat pants. First time I think that I did this with a belt. Think I need something longer and with softer leather.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two all-green outfits last week


Inspired by this Mori Boy shoot.

Left: jacket, Springfield; shirt, thrifted; vest, Don Protasio; belt and pants: both Izzue. Right: wire-hem jacket, Izzue; skeleton pattern shirt, Energie; vest, Don Protasio; belt, Brave Beltworks; jeans, Trussardi Jeans

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday starts my week


So it is Saturday again. To some, it is a chance to stretch out across the seemingly unlimited number of hours to relax, to recharge, to reboot.To plunge into the possibilities of leisure the weekend presents. But for me, the real work just begins.


And I'm not talking about my freelance duties. Rather, the opposite.

If this kimono seems familiar, that's because I wore it before against white, where the pattern was more decipherable. In this version, it becomes all about the texture.

Friday, June 10, 2011

El Bosquejo takes on Don Protasio


I know some of you may take it as a travesty what I've done to Don Protasio's flowy fabrics. But how I played with the clothes is no different from how I styled my red and blue kimono. I love the huge lapels and of course the tiny, semi-trompe l'oeil-ed pleats.


All bunched up at the back, not very different from Japanese men's yukatas. Wearing the top with drop-crotch pants with front buttons, bunched up with the help of a skinny belt. Just look at the flow of lines! I suppose when I wear these next time, I will let things hang more loose. What do you think?

Sleeveless hoodie and drop-croth pants, Don Protasio; polo shirt, Muji; sandals, Kickers; belt, A.P.C.

Photos by Thysz Estrada

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Designer profile: Don Protasio


I have been following Don Protasio's collections for a few years now, and even if his aesthetic does not clearly fit into my own, his designs do not fail to intrigue me season after season. That is why, for the first time, I have purchased several of his pieces. But before I show you how I have decided to wear the desert nomad-inspired pieces from his Holiday 2011 collection, here is a rather extensive interview about the designer and artist, accompanied by runway photos from his latest show at Philippine Fashion Week.

How long have you been working as a designer? When did you start doing it full-time? What were you busy with before then?

I started designing when I was in college and consigning my clothes to little boutiques of friends. It got serious when I got involved in theater, designing costumes. When I stopped doing costume design I decided to go full-time by opening a store with fellow designer friends around 2004. So I've done fashion and sold clothes from that time until now.


When/how did you know that you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I have always been fascinated with clothing and unconventional fashion. Living in a farm, my exposure came from fashion magazines my mother bought, like Manila Womens Wear and old issues of Vogue. Then there was “Style” by Elsa Klench on CNN every Sunday afternoon. From there I was both shocked and excited that clothing has a concept, can be so varied and sometimes just purely creative in form, medium and execution. It was beyond the conventional offering I saw at the shops. I was in high school that time and it was my desire to be a designer, although I took biology in college just as a fallback in case nothing happened.

It has been a long journey from that point, but every step has taught me valuable lessons. It was at the moment when I couldn't think of anything valuable to do except making clothes that I realized I really wanted to be a clothes maker. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I think of is fashion. I can absorb and remember things related to fashion especially obscure labels and designers. I gave in to my passion, although at first I doubted whether there would be a venue and market for my kind of fashion. But the thought of not designing and not being able to create something was more painful for me to imagine; I knew I was going to die trying. Though I consider myself inexperienced, I always try my best and move forward each time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Casual preppy with Fred Perry


I still remember fitting this Fred Perry blazer months ago. I couldn't forget its fit and the way it felt. I must have spent half an hour inside the dressing room just standing, then sitting, then standing again with the piece on. I couldn't take it off! It was the price though, that discouraged me.


Fast forward to last week, when I found the same blazer in the same size (probably the exact same jacket) hanging on the sale rack. I didn't hesitate.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

森 ボーイ (Mori Boy)


I am not familiar with Mori Boy, but just going through the images in this editorial, it is not difficult to glean something about the character, his story. Kudos to the team behind it, rising talents that deserve greater exposure and more projects.








Monday, June 6, 2011

Superhero Sunday


Finally, I was able to get my hands on this cutout faux leather jacket by Drei Soriano, which I blogged about here: Philippine Fashion Week: Drei Soriano.

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The biker jacket came right off the runway. A little big, but I think the fit is still great.


A friend pointed out that the piece reminded him of the X-Men, but I declined to wear it when I watched the latest film. (I actually wore denim on denim, in shorts, but more about that soon.)

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I am wearing the jacket with the Thelxinoe necklace from the Hardware collection of my Bosquejo accessories.