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


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