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Separated at Birth

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons, looks like Edna Mode (sans the eyeglasses) from The Incredibles. Was Edna Mode created with Kawakubo in mind or is it the other way around? hahaha!

Men’s Fashion Part 1: The Basics

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

I’ve been asked more than once to dish out some advice on men’s fashion, and to be honest, I never got around to doing it because I’m intimidated by the task. It’s a particularly daunting project for me because I don’t really know if I can dress a normal guy with normal but stylish clothing. I’m more of the gregarious, don’t-care-if-I-look-like-a-clown-to-you, type of person who is normally unafraid of mixing polka-dots, stripes, and checks all in one outfit. I’m afraid of having the guy vehemently refuse to wear an outfit I put together because he thinks he will look like a clown.

I suppose this is just insecurity and fear of rejection on my part. However, since I’ve had a lot of time to think lately and I realized that I AM a little old to be second-guessing myself and having these type of insecurities, I am just going to dive right in and just grab this topic by the balls (sorry, couldn’t resist). After all, those who know me and still approached me to ask for some advice wouldn’t have done so if they didn’t trust my sense of style, right?

So before we get right on to picking out the clothes and putting things together, there are certain things you need to know:

ONE: No matter how expensive your clothes are, if you don’t look clean, you will look like you bought clothes from the sale rack of a dollar store. Conversely, if you are wearing clothes from the sale rack of a dollar store and you look clean and presentable, you will look like you stepped out of the pages of GQ or Vogue Men.

“Clean” doesn’t automatically mean having short hair, or being clean-shaven. It means that if you have long hair, you know how to tie it back when the occasion calls for it. Or, if you have a beard, you trim it regularly so you don’t look like a Hermit. This is very basic, yes, but I still notice quite a number of men who don’t pay particular attention to the rules of personal grooming. Here are the top three offenses:


a. Peek-a-boo nose hair. I think this is worse than a cliffhanger (booger) because you can see this everyday and yet you do nothing about it.

b. Dirty nails / toenails. Unless you have a very good excuse to have black gunk under your nails (like you’re an auto mechanic by profession), you should always keep your nails clean, for aesthetic and hygienic purposes.

c. Bad breath. Sometimes it’s a medical condition, sometimes, it’s just pure neglect. This is a major, major turn-off. Unless you work or are in a class with people who will love you unconditionally, always always make sure you don’t have bad breath. All of us have a tendency to have this, so it’s important to read up on its causes and ways on how to prevent it from ruining your social life.

TWO: Always wear your correct size. Not a size larger nor smaller. Women are guilty of wearing clothes that are a size (or two sizes) smaller while men tend to choose clothes that are two sizes larger. Ok, I admit wearing a roomy t-shirt is super comfortable. However, other people won’t be comfortable looking at you. So please, know your correct size and dress accordingly. Again, if you are wearing an expensive suit that’s a little too big for you, you will look sloppy and someone will probably think you bought your suit from a low-end department store. And girls, don’t you think men who have the right-size suit on look EXTREMELY HOT?

THREE: Do not shower with your perfume. We all love guys who smell nice, but please don’t force us to smell you even when you’re 5 cubicles away. This tells us you’ve got some bad odor you’re trying to hide.

FOUR: Always remember putting a little more effort into how you look does not automatically make you gay, vain, or effeminate. I know that not ALL guys believe this but to those who DO think that guys who are “trendy” are gay or have a tendency to be gay… sorry but I personally admire men who make an effort to look nice and clean. They are all the more desirable, actually. BUT (and it’s a big BUT), don’t ever care more about your hair or your shoes more than you do your girlfriend. heehee! Oh, and wearing pink won’t make you gay.

I think these four basic tips should be kept in mind while dressing for any occasion, ANY time. I could think of other tips but then those would probably serve MY preferences rather than majority of the general population.

For the succeeding parts I will be dishing out some ideas on casual wear for school and work, formal work attire, and formal attire. Since I’m not really an expert on this matter, I will be referencing a lot to other websites/magazines for tips. Don’t worry, though… I promised myself not to suggest clothing that will only work for male models… I’m keeping normal people in mind heehee! BUT please, do keep an open mind!

Next up: Casual wear!

Photos courtesy of:

blog.thisnext.com

thisgardenisillegal.com

therabreathwarning.com

neimanmarcus.com

For chainbaby

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Here’s Charo Ronquillo’s photo as requested! :D

Isn’t she lovely? :)

Dresses for Summer!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

One thing I hate wearing during the summer are jeans. They’re just too heavy and too thick that I bet wearing jeans during the summer can actually be harmful to one’s health. So, I say stock up on shorts, skirts, and lots of dresses.

I’ve been on a dress craze since last December and I don’t think I will be giving them up anytime soon. So, for this summer, I’m looking to purchase MORE dresses in floral and tribal/ethnic prints or in solid punchy colors. Browsed through my usual “window-shopping” online sites and these caught my fancy:

Well, the Tibi dress isn’t floral nor ethnic but plaids and checks are generally attractive to me so I instantly liked this one by Tibi. I’m also loving the art PLUS ombre feel to the Graham and Spencer dress.

Need. To. Buy. Dress. Now.

Dream Uniform #2

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

How’s that for a nurse’s cap!

My Dream Uniform for Training

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I asked Ms. Meg, the HR person for the Nursing division about the uniform for the training and she said as long as it’s all white, that’ll be fine. So, do you think I can wear this?

Haha! I really would like to wear something like this everyday! Those heels will DEFINITELY cut the circulation to my toes but they’re so cute that I totally wouldn’t mind!

Marion Cotillard’s Fishy Affair

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Marion Cotillard at the Oscars

Marion Cotillard at a recent event:

Both are from Jean Paul Gaultier. The girl lurves herself some fishy! I’m not too thrilled about the second outfit first of all because it’s in peach and second because she has done the scaly look at the Oscars and though she pulled that look off like no one else can, I don’t think she can do the same look twice and only weeks apart… NOT loving it :(

Both photos from FabSugar.com

Past Polyvore Sets

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

After neglecting my Polyvore account for 6 months, I revisited it today and was reminded of why I stayed up til 6 a.m. looking for items and putting outfits together. When I logged on, I was surprised to find out that a few people took notice of some of the outfits I put together and made them their favorite! Feels good! :) Anyway, here are my favorites out of the bunch I made 6 months ago. Will post new ones every now and then. :)

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I kind of built the last two outfits from the boots because at the time I was OBSESSED with flat, slouchy, knee high boots. How I wish I can wear boots here in Manila everyday without having everyone stare at me like I’m some madwoman.

Etsy > Geekery

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

One of the sites I love to browse through every now and then is Etsy. Though I don’t think I will be buying anything from there anytime soon (because the shipping cost will be more expensive than the actual item), I still like to look at the stuff there because the fresh ideas applied to your everyday fashion accessories, items for the home, etc. is just so inspiring.  It’s so much better than browsing through Multiply online stores because of the wealth of unique items.

My favorite gallery is “Geekery”.  I adore the humor and creativity evident in each of the items in this gallery.  My sense of style has always been a little quirky so I think most of the stuff under “geekery” will fit quite well in my wardrobe.  Here are some of my favorites:

Circuit Board Bookmarks (not really a fashion accessory but they’re just so cute hihi!)

Circuit Board Bookmark

Fantastic Four Pendant:

Fantastic Four Pendant

Sudoku Pendant:

Sudoku Pendant

Ribcage Pendant: (The nurse in me LURVES this, but I think not many of you will share the same sentiment. hehe!)

Rib Cage Pendant

Wiimote Earrings:

Wiimote Earrings

Stormtrooper Cufflinks:

Stormtrooper Cufflinks

Red Mushroom Earrings:

Mushroom Earrings

The following items are my favorites. They are all from Molecular Muse’s shop at Etsy:

Serotonin Molecule Earrings :

Serotonin Molecular Structure Earrings

Caffeine Molecule Necklace :

Caffeine Molecule Necklace

Heehee! Me likey. :D

3 Reasons Why…

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

…I would love to try and get ear piercings again. You see, I’ve already had 4 failed attempts, acquired some sort of infection each time :( I’ve gotten used to not wearing earrings but seeing little pairs of heaven like these makes me want to try getting my ears pierced again:

All are from Clay-Pot.com

Boo! :(