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Just this morning, I was watching one of my favorite YouTuber’s latest vlogs where she tested out the new iPhone 11’s camera features through a mini shoot across town. When she tried out the Slo-Mo Selfie, she joked about how awkward she would look trying to pose in slow motion, because she didn’t have the face for it. “If I had really luscious lips, I could bite them or move them around for the picture and still look really good. But since I don’t, I’ll just look stupid!” she joked
This got me thinking: It’s true. Plump lips can make anyone look good, even if you’re doing the most ridiculous facial expressions.
I’m not here to look perfect.
Honestly, I’m really not.
Last September 15, I was invited to the grand opening of Korea’s #1 beauty brand, The Face Shop, in SM Megamall. With over 3,000 stores in 34 different countries, this newly re-opened branch stands among the 75 others in the Philippines, this time, being the first to carry the different collections of their partner brands.
There’s no two ways about it– I love fashion shows. If I could attend fashion shows everyday for the rest of my life, believe me I would. But since the world is not an ideal place, and I can’t spend my every waking moment gawking at gorgeous runway designs, I’ll just have to make the most out of every chance I get to do just that.
This season, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019. Eclectic, diverse, and original– the 3-day event was every style enthusiast’s dream come true with no two collections exhibiting the same kind of narrative. Every designer brought in their own stories to tell, and whether it was the anecdotes about your everyday Parisian woman (as seen in Lucy Torres Gomez x Kashieka) or a statement on the paradox of gendered-genderless clothing (as seen in Bench Design Award winner Han Sen Studios’ PAGKAHARI), there was always a conversation waiting to be shared after every segment.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a sit-down launch talk with Mari Jasmine and Tim Yap for Ayala Mall’s Stylist Closet. It was the exclusive media event to prep the runway show, so I wanted to bring my outfit A-game!
Since Mari was going to be discussing her personal style philosophy, I was sure to embody my own with this all black ensemble.
When I first started my blogging journey, I found that the hardest challenge I had to overcome before identifying as a full-fledged fashion writer was understanding what style personally meant to me. Back then, I thought it was bursts of color and patterns that made your jaw drop. I thought that if an outfit best fit the eccentric streets of Harajuku, it was the pinnacle of fashion. But as I rearranged the influences around me, I found my interests realigning too.
This year’s Met Gala theme embraced all things kitsch and campy, so it comes as no surprise that the rest of the modern fashion world went and followed suit.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I would marry Bella Hadid’s off-the-runway stylist if it meant knowing where she got all her clothes. A few months ago, I was doing my daily rounds around Pinterest, when I stumbled upon probably one of my favorite celebrity streetstyle outfits of all time: Bella Hadid in a white cropped backless button down.
In the world of fashion, a designer’s ability to shock their audience to the point of guilty interest turned widespread bandwagon is a mark of just how far you can push the envelope before people eventually claim the mail and celebrate all its contents.
Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to spend 4 weeks in America with the ladies of my family, as we visited my Tita Ana and Tito Jim’s family who hosted us in their beautiful home in Katy. Through this experience, we were able to embark on a cross-country road trip around the USA that gave us a great taste of what their states had to offer.
For this post, I want to share with you all the wonderful
things I discovered in our first stop—Texas. We spent our first few days and
our last week here, so we got a pretty comprehensive tour of some of the area’s
best landmarks and hidden secrets.
Want a locals-approved guide of the countryside? Read on ahead.