Fashionable Week in Photos: March 18-24

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Style Inspo

Tomorrow’s Maundy Thursday and I’m so looking forward to the long holiday. Currently, I’m bored out of my mind. But guess what I spied on Fashion Gone Rogue?Outfit inspirations!

Patricia Van der Vliet in Harper’s Bazaar Latin America’s April issue. Direction by Pamela Ocampo and styled by Arei Yun. Hair: Romina Manenti/ Makeup: Robert Green.

Shanina Shaik in Cosmopolitan Australia’s April Issue. Photographed by Steven Chee and styled by Nicole Adolphe.


Lightning Crashes

In a previous post, I mentioned about some ‘glamour photos’ I took back when I was a college student- my first attempts at fashion photography and fashion design, actually. Well, I’ve found the photos. At least, what’s left of them. I regret putting them in a scrapbook. I had grand plans for said scrapbook but said plans never came into fruition. Several things happened that turned my world upside down and before I had time to contemplate on what has happened, what’s happening, and what will happen, I became a mother. My priorities shifted and well, some things got pushed back, others buried. Anyway, here’s to resurrection and reckoning. First off:

The young lady in black is Gacy and the tiny tot in the pumpkin suit is Anya, who is now a young lady herself. Oh, how time flies. That black corset top was designed and created by my dear friend Lalaine, whom I miss dearly… Here’s another set of photos taken on the same day. The other young lady, in the above photos, wearing the bridal dress is Summer. By the way, these dresses were my own designs, had them customized. I actually did the prints and embroidery on the dresses.

These photos were all taken in one day less than half a day. I had planned to use natural light as a) I didn’t exactly have the necessary equipment such as lighting, reflector, or a suitable camera, b) I thought it would give me a better chance to get decent shots to make up for the lack of equipment, and c) Photoshop had relatively limited features back then. But then we had to start a bit late in the afternoon, though I had hoped otherwise, and I missed the opportunity. Add to that, I tried to do everything as well- stylist, photographer, director. I think my cousin, Gino (Or, Gia, as she wants to be called now) did the hair and make up? Not sure. Initially, I had planned to shoot five outfits! But I absolutely underestimated the time needed to prepare and do everything. Typical. Admittedly, I was very naive, ambitious, and, yes, impulsive. I thought it was very simple. I didn’t have the resources to do my ideal shoot, but I was initially convinced I would be able to pull it off. But when the realization that it wasn’t at all very simple set in, I started to get frustrated and discouraged. I’m trying to remember how the shoot went some 20 years ago. It’s kinda fuzzy but I have a nagging feeling that towards the end of the shoot, I might have been a bit of a prick. Perhaps, that’s an understatement? Or perhaps I’m simply overreacting? I hope so. Thinking back, I could imagine myself getting pissed, but not to anyone else but myself. I remember feeling confident at one time, then absolutely discouraged the next, thinking that I was being very ambitious and that won’t be able to pull off the stint quite successfully. But looking at the photos, my models seem to be  smiling pretty and quite genuinely, yes? But, if I had indeed acted untoward,  my sincerest apologies to Gacy and Summer.

Typically, with my frustrations brimming to the full, I tend to speak less. Add to that the fact that my face is given to exaggeration, such that my frown would already seem like a scowl. So, others are likely to take my behavior differently. But in hindsight, I shouldn’t have felt scared of failing. There was no competition. The stint was an experiment and I had planned it to be fun. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as zen as I’d like to be then. I had so many ideas that I didn’t quite know how to put together. It was frustrating. I’ve always played by instinct, which hasn’t really worked well to my advantage.

Well, I’ve said more than I’d care to share. But this had been a bit therapeutic,to say the least. Hope, you dear reader, is not put off, though. I’ve a few more pages of this scrapped book to post. Do check back in a few days i you don’t mind.

Thanks for dropping by.

2013 Nickelodeon (26th) Kids’ Choice Award

My favorites on the purple carpet, thus far:

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I so love the candy colored backdrop and carpet. Don’t you? Anyway, on to the winners:

Favorite TV Show: “Victorious”
Favorite Reality Show: “Wipeout”
Favorite Cartoon: “SpongeBob SquarePants”
Favorite TV Actor: Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally”)
Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”)
Favorite Male Athlete: LeBron James
Favorite Female Athlete: Danica Patrick
Favorite Book: “The Hunger Games” series
Favorite Video Game: “Just Dance 4”
Favorite App: Temple Run
Favorite Movie: “The Hunger Games”
Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp (“Dark Shadows”)
Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2”)
Favorite Animated Movie: “Wreck-It Ralph”
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Adam Sandler (“Hotel Transylvania”)
Favorite Female Buttkicker: Kristen Stewart (“Snow White and the Huntsman”)
Favorite Male Buttkicker: Dwayne Johnson (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”)
Favorite Villain: Simon Cowell (“The X Factor”)
Favorite Music Group: One Direction
Favorite Male Singer: Justin Bieber
Favorite Female Singer: Katy Perry
Favorite Song: “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction)


In Focus: Camilla Arkans

It’s been a while since I last visited the pages of Fashion Gone Rogue. Some four or five years ago, I’d spend at least an hour perusing the site’s web pages just to go Oooh and Ahhh at the wondrous and gorgeous photos numerous fashion magazines churn out. Truly, there is a great abundance of talented photographers out there that I could barely count with my fingers, more so remember their names, which is truly shameful because they deserve recognition. So, I’m truly grateful to Fashion Gone Rogue for archiving these works of art to be viewed and reviewed by people a plenty. Not many people have the luxury to buy a bunch of magazines or have the space to keep the lot, me including.


photo: FashionGoneRogue

So, what brought about this minor rambling of mine was my stumbling upon the For Love and Lemons campaign featuring Ashley Smith. First and foremost, I loved the clothes that were designed by Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall. Secondly, Ashley Smith has a terrific bod. Thirdly, the photos that were styled by Ashley Glorioso and photographed by Zoey Grossman were  beautiful.

But what particularly caught my attention was a comment by a certain Steven that mentioned Camilla Akrans. Curious, I googled her. And I was gobsmacked! She really does make great photos! It’s very easy to fall in love with her works. If you’re unfamiliar with her just as I had been, visit this lundlund page. I adore Camilla Akrans’ works. I’m a new fan, definitely. And because I’m one of biggest Florence and the Machine fans ever, I’m posting this Camilla Akrans photo of Florence Welch for the July 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Oh! In case you’re wondering, this set was styled by Sissy Vian. Now, be mesmerized…



Such is life… Jette


Recycle, Reuse: Thong Heels


The first time I saw these pvc studded Louboutins on Bella Thorne, I was captivated. Her feet looked sexy in them! But then again, she might simply have naturally sexy feet 🙂 . Still, that didn’t deter me from wanting a pair for myself. But the price tag surely did. Thus, I’m confined to wishful thinking. Then it occurred to me that a pair of studded pvc sandals is doable, DIY style. But I didn’t think much of the idea as it was one of those lazy days when ideas just keep pouring in- some doable while others are simply fantastical- while I stare blankly at my monitor. However, some days or weeks later, while in my spring cleaning mood, I unearthed a rotting pair of thong heels(some of you probably know what I mean?) which I bought in 2007(!), I thought, why not try my studded pvc idea on them. So began my search for the materials, which mainly included long strips of thick clear pvc and gold studs. I also bought a can of metallic gold paint. But decided against using it at the last minute and used gold glitters instead. The result:

Not as gorgeous as the Louboutins. But wearable, more or less : ). I only wish I was able to find smaller studs. Unfortunately, I had to settle with the larger ones. I think it would have really made a big difference if the studs were smaller and the straps a wee bit thinner. But with the design I had in mind, I think that would make walking in them difficult. So, these are OK. I’m thinking of adding some chains here and there. But, we’ll see. Anyway, here are several photos of me wearing the heels, and then some.


Actually, this isn’t the first time these old pair was revamped. The first time I restyled it, I added black buttons on the thong strap. See photo below, with MasterD and Mum (circa 2010).

Before the modifications, the heels had black soles, white straps with silver chains and charms. Below is a photo that (somewhat) shows the heels in its former glory.

Such is life…  Jette

In Focus: Selita Ebanks


All the Small Things

I miss my little rascals.

It’s already summer here where we live and school’s out. So, my hobbitses are on vacation. They flew off to The City of Smiles on Monday to spend summer with Mum, my sisters, cousins, family- the lot. So, when they left I was choking with sadness. But I know it would be a good break for them. I console myself with the thought of seeing them again next week. It’s the Holy Week, which equates to a long weekend. So, yes, I will definitely be reunited with my hobbitses pretty soon. But while I wait out the time, my mind is full of them, which brings me to talk about this.

MasterD and MissL hard at work…

For this…

I love this piece to bits. Tsumori Chisato, with her whimsical prints, was my inspiration. It took them several weeks to finish as there were times they simply didn’t want to draw on the fabric because it crumples and wrinkles and they found it quite difficult to draw on. Admittedly, at first, I tried coaxing them to draw the designs I wanted. But I figured, what’s the point of having them do it if I didn’t give them free reign to draw whatever they wanted. Might as well do it myself, right? Which defeats the purpose of having them draw designs on the fabric which was the main objective.

Anyway, as MasterD is so into dinosaurs, dragons, soldiers, and stuff. Those were the things he drew. MissL, on the other hand, drew cartoon characters from her favorite shows as well as several characters of her own. When they finally finished, I was faced with another challenge. I had to battle through some protests, particularly from MasterD, to not make a dress out of their artwork. But, I begged and luckily triumphed, though not without some guilt. My greatest regret is that the pens they used for coloring weren’t fabric pens. So, the colors came off when the fabric was washed. I know! Anyway, here’s their work up close.

So, yeah, I try to involve my kids in things and activities I hold close to heart. In fact, this is actually the second outfit which prints were done by my little rascals. The first one was actually this floral tunic below, which I had customized. The print is a collaborative work between MasterD, MissL, The Mister, and yours truly. I wore it to a Hawaiian-themed party three years ago.

The inspiration for this dress was Selita Ebank’s dress:

Selita Ebanks during the Target East Harlem Grand Opening on July 20, 2010 photo: zimbio

Selita Ebanks during the Target East Harlem Grand Opening on July 20, 2010 photo: zimbio

She’s simply gorgeous!

Such is life… Jette

Intermission: Condit vs Hendricks (UFC 158)

OK, this absolutely is not a fashion related post. It’s just that, sometimes, I get to watch MMA as The Mister is into the sport. He introduced me to the sport some 8 years ago. And frankly, I do like to watch some matches too, whether it’s in the cage or ring(Pride/K-1). Though, I wouldn’t really stay at home, nor rearrange my schedule just to watch matches live on TV, as The Mister does. And, if I were to name my favorite fighters, off the top of my head, there’s Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Demian Maya, Shinya Aoki, Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Alistair Overeem.

Last night, The Mister was watching a replay of last Sunday’s UFC match. The Co-main event was Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks and the match was absolutely exciting to watch. Both athletes were great fighters and there was no boring moment. It was blow by blow amazing! In the end, Hendricks was the victor, by decision (29-28). The Mister backs the decision saying that simply with Hendricks’ takedowns (a total of 12 for 3 rounds, I think?), he was the sure winner. Now, I’m no expert in this sport, but I’d say the match could have been a draw.

Yes, Hendricks had numerous takedowns, but I think even with his back on the ground, Condit’s defense was impressive. He was also throwing shots from the bottom and often was able to scramble back up quite quickly. And, he has quite a strong chin to boot!

Not to disregard Hendricks great skills and power, he was throwing solid and powerful punches, his posture, solid and perfect, and his submission skills are exceptional. Overall, both Condit and Hendricks are well-rounded and great fighters and I’m fairly disappointed that the decision wasn’t a draw. Well, then again, I don’t really know much about how the institution works. 🙂

The match was absolutely amazing that I can’t help but talk about it here. I am in awe and I’d love to watch another match between them.

Anyway, if you’re interested, read more about the match here and here. Better yet, watch thisSo yeah, I’m not really all girly. Fact: I don’t even have a beauty regime nor do I consider putting on make up a must. It’s usually the last thing on my mind. Admittedly, I admire women who know how to put on impeccable make-up. But I absolutely love clothes, and shoes!

Such is life… Jette


La Photographie: Night Watch

Hello there! A few days ago, I talked (a bit?) about my thoughts on some cringe-inducing photos of mine. Well, some of the photos below, I find, are such photos, mainly because I find them a bit provocative for my taste. But, on the flip side, I kind of appreciate them because at least for a time, even if it were just for these photos, I managed to look a bit… well, could any of these pass for sultry? :). This was the final shoot with Eman and CJ last year. I am absolutely in awe of Eman’s skills and my posting these photos here is largely a compliment to his talent. Thank you so much, Eman and CJ.

And as I’ve mentioned here, fashion and photography have always been great interests of mine. I used to entertain myself with thoughts of actually styling, directing, and photographing a photoshoot. When I’m restless and bored, I’d come up with various concepts for a shoot- outfits, make up, theme, mood, the like.

But of course, now I know better. It’s no easy feat to be the stylist, make-up artist, director, and photographer all at the same time, and pull off a shoot gracefully. Or perhaps, is it just me? I’d lose focus in one or several areas that I’d end up with sub-par results. To sum it up, I find it a little difficult to multitask during a photoshoot session.With so many things swirling in my head, I keep pushing aside pressing matters pertaining to one area or the other.

So, yeah. I often find myself zoning out when in an actual shoot. I get stressed out and simply lose perspective of things. Need more practice. Discipline, perhaps?


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