Saturday, June 30, 2012

A day before July


Today could be just like any other day, no different from a day before January or September. But today, I will be submitting English translations for my last posts on my Benetton blog — well at least for this year. Been writing for them for three years already. Now it may be time again to find my own voice, maybe through another blog. How does Bosquejo Viaje sound to you?


Today is also a few days before my colleague, friend, designer (Bosquejo website and calling card), and ever-reliable photographer Trish will be leaving the country to begin a new life. Remember all my cameos in random places in Makati? That was her.

Don't you love this silver t-shirt? They were made by my friends Karl and Mike of Paradigm Shift.

Tee, Paradigm Shift 
Jeans, Topman
Belt, Structure, thrifted
Bag, Fred Perry
Steel Bard necklace, Bosquejo


So how am I this last day of June, a seemingly normal day before July? Was promoted at work, but just also settled part of a huge phone bill followed by a stressful argument with Globe agents. Enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man last night, but right now all I need is stillness and quiet. 

Things are a mix, just like this mismatched pair of Doc Martens. Only noticed when I got home that the faux croc patterns were different, but decided to keep the confused pair.

I'm still writing poetry, will make more accessories soon, and am very excited to plan travels around the country not only to take pictures but also to take everything in: to see with clear eyes and burn visions on paper.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Alpaca Sports: "She'll come back for Indian summer"

Here is another song from Alpaca Sports, Andreas Jonsson's second single "She'll come back for Indian summer". Perfect song to wake up to on a Saturday morning, don't you think?


Here is the link to Alpaca Sports' Sound Cloud page, and to the music video of their first single "Just for Fun".


Happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5 days, 5 ways: Francis Libiran x Myth, part 1 day 5


Funny how people talk behind your back when they know you'll hear about it anyway. All these silly murmurings in the dark made by scared little animals.


Though I've been absent from many of the circles I used to move in, I still know what's happening.


But enough of that. Let's talk about this last shoot for the first part of my collaboration with Myth. Again the outfit is for the office (where rumors grow like mold, and loyalties have no real roots).


Sometimes I think office politics is as bad as the country's, but at least the former set-up allows for more grown-up experimentation with clothes, ie entering into roles. (What does "smart casual" say about you?)


The workplace can be dead boring, unless you find what's interesting in it, and you keep close to colleagues who are not only competent, but are also fun to be with.


Shirt, Francis Libiran for Myth, courtesy of Myth
Trousers, Muji
Shoes, Doc Martens
Belt, Structure, thrifted
Scarf, SM Department Store
Bag, Fred Perry


I've been in this job for five years already. Wouldn't stay if it weren't half as rewarding. And if I didn't meet kindred spirits.


Let this post be a toast to them: friends in toil, drink, and strife.

Photography by Ash Abalos

Saturday, June 16, 2012

5 days, 5 ways: Francis Libiran x Myth, part 1 day 4


I thought the weekend would never arrive! So here's a post shot in an apartment in the afternoon, one of my favorite parts of the day.


All I need is some quiet and a book.


As you've noticed, I just switched the shirt and the pullover from the last post, wearing the striped jumper inside. As some of you may have noticed, I've grown fond of wearing them inside short-sleeved shirts.


Shirt, Francis Libiran for Myth, courtesy of Myth
Pullover, Gap
Jeans, cK Calvin Klein
Bag, American Eagle Outfitters, thrifted
Sneakers, thrifted


Lately, I've wanted to do so many things during the weekend, that I end up doing nothing. Well, not really: rest and reading and writing are really my priorities.


Saturday and Sunday just feel so incredibly liberating. To be finally able to do what I really want during the short weekly respite! Any well laid-out plan becomes irrelevant.


Of course, regret comes after. That is why I am now rushing to finish this post so I will be able to drop by at a few events tonight.


After all, rest and reading and writing are all done anyway in pockets across the week. I just hope every weekend proves to be more productive.

Photography by Ash Abalos

Thursday, June 14, 2012

5 days, 5 ways: Francis Libiran x Myth, part 1 day 3


Because I have a day job that has a dress code, it only makes sense that I suggest officewear options for this shirt. Matched  the gray checkered portion on the sleeves with similarly colored trousers.


Many of you may know just how much I love jackets, cardigans, and pullovers, but I have decided to mostly pass on them for these outfits so that the sleeve pattern shows. Hence, I wore this pullover as a scarf instead.


Of course, officewear doesn't have to be all drab and boring.

Shirt, Francis Libiran for Myth, courtesy of Myth
Trousers, Zara, thrifted
Skinny belt, A.P.C.
Pullover, Gap
Bag, Cambridge Satchel Company
Shoes, Cole Haan


Houston, we have a problem. Seems I may be losing more hair than I should. Will post something about shampoo, product, genes, and old age (ha!) soon... Recommendations most welcome!


Though I totally forgot to incorporate neckties in this shoot. Somehow I felt that they weren't called for. (Sockless forever!)


Sometimes (just a few times), I forget I am thirty years old... 

Can you see the micro-checks on the sleeves and around the top collar button?


We may take them for granted, but vertical creases on pants make them more interesting.


Hope you liked this ensemble!

Photography by Ash Abalos

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

5 days, 5 ways: Francis Libiran x Myth, part 1 day 2


Seems hard to imagine it was this sunny last weekend after yesterday's and today's onslaught of rain. It is June after all, and almost mid-month!


At least it won't be as difficult to wear denim, as shirts and even jackets.


Shirt, Francis Libiran for Myth, courtesy of Myth
Jeans, A.P.C.
Belt, Brave Beltworks
Lace-ups, Marlboro Classics
Denim and suede tote, Tough Jeansmith, thrifted


But as you well know, summer never really leaves in this country. We just have more rain in some months, and more days to wear boots and jackets. People grumble either way. Why not make the best of the weather?

Photography: Ash Abalos

Monday, June 11, 2012

5 days, 5 ways: Francis Libiran x Myth, part 1 day 1


Spent last Saturday shooting this cute charcoal gray short-sleeved shirt by Francis Libiran for Myth. As the title suggests, I styled it for five different outfits. Initially you'd think this piece would only be good for the office but this first ensemble is just right for the weekend, or a holiday such as tomorrow.

You might be interested to read a short post on Myth, a boutique in Greenbelt 5, I wrote for my Benetton blog.


I like this shade of gray, especially when mixed with white and blue. The subtle segments and the checkered pattern on the sleeves make the piece sufficiently interesting. Not to mention easier to mix and match!

Shirt, Francis Libiran for Myth, courtesy of Myth
Pinstripe shorts, Topman
Skinny belt, A.P.C.
Boat shoes, Sebago
Tote, free from Univers
Cap, thrifted


There are days (almost every day nowadays) that the only sensible things to wear are shorts (which I need more of). Short-sleeved shirts are easy solutions for those who want to stay a little dressy.

I had lots of fun with all five outfits, and will be posting them across the week. Stay tuned!

Photography by Ash Abalos