BUILDING A PRACTICAL WARDROBE

Having a practical wardrobe doesn’t mean that you compromise your style. While it may seem like a tough thing to do at first, you will realize that dressing will become easy and you won’t have to spend excess money on things that are not right for your body and lifestyle. When I started working and earning my own keep, I was often tempted to splurge on clothes and shoes because I somewhat felt empowered that I was making my own money and I could decide where to spend it. Of course, that didn’t last for long. I made purchasing mistakes, learned to manage my money better and here I am after a decade from then, talking about these lessons so you don’t commit the same mistakes I made.

I don’t talk about #KonMari in the video, although I admire Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering and letting go of things that no longer spark joy in a person’s life. Still, there may be things in your closet that may appear to spark joy in you but is no longer functional for your current lifestyle and season. Check out the 5 Steps I talk about in the video and tell me how it goes for you in the comment section below.

Fujifilm Ph and Sample Room’s Content Creation Workshop

IMG_5296readyLast weekend, I got to try the X-A5 mirrorless camera at the Sample Room & Fujifilm Content Creation workshop held at Space 1851 Manila along with other content creators and bloggers. The Fujifilm X-A5 is an entry-level mirrorless camera which is packed with features that allow users to take beautifully composed shots that are immediately ready for upload and sharing.

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Angelique Manto, a sports reporter, host, Fujifilm ambassador and my fellow Thomasian (Go USTe!) shared some tips and tricks on Instagram curation, how she takes photos and why she loves using the X-A5 on the go.

 


After the workshop, we were tasked to take different photos using the X-A5’s Bright Mode, Portrait Enhancer and the Night+ Mode. These automatic modes are supposed to make it easy to just snap and share for people on the go.

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Bright Mode ON

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The Bright Mode is great for flatlays!

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The Fujifilm X-A5’s Portrait Enhancer has 5 levels that make selfies and portraits look flawless but natural. Don’t worry, it’s nothing overboard like FaceTune or Camera360.   1 – Level 5 | 2 – Level 1 | 3 – Level 2 | 4 – Level 3 | 5 – Level 4 | 6 – Level 5

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Fun in the dark room! Shot this using the Night+ Mode which still keeps the details sharp even in low light conditions. 

I wish I had time to try out it’s video capabilities but let’s save that for another day. I devoted my time to planning out and capturing my shots since they only had a limited number of units for us to borrow. If we’re talking social media photography, I think this is a good camera to start with because it’s easy to use, lightweight and has preset modes that don’t need much filters and lighting fixes. Of course, if you have a signature look for your photos, by all means, edit away! The camera retails at P29,990 and is bundled with an XC15-45mm lens. For a list of other available XC lenses, you can visit the Fujifilm PH website.

#WeddingVlog06 Our Engagement Shoot | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Behind the scenes at our engagement shoot. 🙂

Dave and I didn’t really plan on having an engagement shoot. We were thinking kasi, parang ang ganda nung we go to different countries, enjoy the sights and learnings and then have local photographers take our photos there, even after the wedding na. We were surprised when we were given this gift of a pre-nup shoot. Yes, we had to plan, lay out the logistics, make a schedule and talk to people, but I’d have to say our shoot is one of the most enjoyable days that we’d recall with much fondness. Thanks to the photographer-lover tandem of Strong and Rachel, my friend Apple Quibete for making Dave and I look sharp in front of the camera and Hanna, my designer, for the beautiful pre-nup clothes.

Follow our pre-nup team here:
Hair, make-up and grooming by Apple Quibete (@makeupbyapplequibete)
Photography by @StrongAndRachel
Dresses by @JohannaBespoke

WARDROBE BASICS: The Black Uniqlo AIRism Tank Top in Black

I’ve done another mid-year closet purge and have gotten rid of a lot of items I haven’t worn in the last six months. These past few months, I’ve really been working on simplifying everything in my wardrobe. While it’s been great trying to keep up with trends without breaking the bank, I feel like I’ve gotten to that point in my life wherein I just want to stick with the classics. Why?

  1. They don’t go out of style
  2. It’s easier to maintain and accessorize
  3. Lesser wardrobe purging–you get to use everything on rotation and it’s fun to mix and match!

One of the wardrobe basics I realized I didn’t have was a black tank top. My old one went missing when we moved houses 9 years ago. Through my Sample Room membership, I availed of a Uniqlo AIRism voucher that allowed me to get my free sample of the Uniqlo Seamless Tank Top.

The Airism material as you can see in the video, is lightweight and thin. It’s perfectly comfortable when worn as innerwear–it doesn’t make you feel stuffy, allows your skin to breathe and it does not feel sticky even in sweaty situations. The black tank can be used as a top just because it’s a more solid, dark color, while the nude and white versions are best used as inner wear due to the thin material.

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) worn as a top with the Uniqlo EZY Jeans

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The P590 price point isn’t bad for the quality of the material and the multiple times it can be worn. Aside from the basic colors, the tank is also available in pastel hues and striped versions. IMG_2641-001 copy

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) tucked into waist-high slim-cut pants looks like a sleek, black jumpsuit.

 

 

For the guys: Milanos and Salvatore Mann 2012

Most guys I hang out with don’t take dressing up seriously, unless there’s a formal event or their boss required them to. The story is different when I am at John Robert Powers–as instructors, both women and men are required to dress appropriately, infusing one’s personal style. 

 I know it’s easy for girls to mix and match fashion items. We buy scarves, tops, skirts, accessories and shoes and we’re able to wear them in hundreds of ways. For guys, I’d have to admit that I only know a few who are quite experimental when it comes to personal style. It’s not that I’m forcing you guys to be all out fashionistas, but to be mindful of wardrobe basics that can help you get ahead in your chosen field. 

 Some may think it’s superficial but you’ll have to admit that the way one presents himself/herself does affect your perception of him/her. It helps you determine if you can trust the person or not. It helps give you an idea if the person pays attention to detail and how he/she arranges things together. For guys who would like to step up their presentation game, check out the Milanos and Salvatore Mann catalogue below and get ideas on how to mix and match suits, slacks, jackets, shirts and polos.
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Shoes – Who would have thought?

I remember my Multiply days. I’d count online shoe shopping as therapy. I didn’t have to even purchase them. The fact that I’d click and see the many colors and shoe designs was enough to make me happy.




It’s been years since my “Multiply Shoe Collection”. I happened to browse through some of my photos from this year and 2011 and realized that I seem to have acquired similar-looking shoes! Talk about the power of visualization!







I don’t think I’d call myself a shoe addict yet. 🙂 There are pairs I’ve purchased myself while there are shoes that were just given to me (God thankfully provides through different people 🙂 ). When I go looking for shoes, I make sure that I purchase pairs that I’d actually use.

I’m also not the type who would splurge on signature heels. While I do appreciate stylish shoes, I feel guilty spending an arm and a leg for a single pair which is why I really love Parisian shoes! 🙂 They’re priced right but the quality and style aren’t compromised.



Freeway X Botong Francisco

Freeway kicked off the 100th year Celebration of National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco through the beautiful pieces of the National Artist Collectors’ Series.

The launch celebration was held last October 18, 2012, Thursday, at The Row, Glorietta 1. Attended by fashion and art enthusiasts, media friends and bloggers and the family and friends of Botong, it was a splendid night of art, fashion and a grand presentation of Filipino talent.

The event night opened with a very impressive art exhibition by Michael Blanco’s Academy of Artists. The exhibit showcased young talented artists at work, ages 6 years old to 12 years old, all from Botong Francisco’s hometown province of Angono Rizal. The talented young artists wowed everyone with their incredible abilities showcased through live painting and sketching activity during the cocktails at 6pm.

This was followed by the event proper hosted by premier actress Cherie Gil. A short video presentation was shown featuring the life and works of our National Artist. After this informative and inspiring video, the 25 piece elegant Holiday collection immortalizing Botong Francisco’s paintings was showcased in a fashion show. The original paintings that inspired each piece served as a colorful backdrop on the LED screen onstage. From canvass to fabric, it was majestic to witness how Botong’s timeless paintings were translated into sublimation graphic tees, work shirts, tailored dresses, casual tops, weekend wear, and many other accessories.

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To shed more light into the human side of our National Artist, host Cherie Gil interviewed special guests Ino Manalo (Executive Director of the National Archives) and Carlos “Totong” Francisco II (Grandson of Botong Francisco) who both shared interesting stories and trivia about Botong Francisco and his big influence in Philippines Art and Culture. Another guest who joined the art experts during the interview is former Governor of Tarlac, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco who’s a passionate lover of art and fashion. The audience was able to participate in the discussion by sending questions via Live Tweeting. It was indeed a meaningful artistic experience and a deeper insight into Philippine Arts and Culture in one delightful evening.

Invited guests enjoyed delectable cocktail servings and took home Freeway x Botong Francisco memorabilia – a special edition Tote Bag from the Holiday collection.

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After Freeway officially launches  the 100th year Anniversary of Botong Francisco this October, there will be series of events and celebrations throughout the year staged by each of the institution of the Botong consortium.The Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco Centennial Consortium is composed of
Angono Artists Association * Ayala Museum * Blanco Family Museum * Botong Francisco Family * Cultural Center of the Philippines * Far Eastern University * Freeway: National Artist Collectors Series * Lopez Museum * Municipality of Angono *  Museo ng BSP *  Museum Foundation of the Philippines *  Philippine Art Awards *  SM Malls *University of Santo Tomas * UP Vargas Museum * Yuchengco Museum.

To know more about the collection and Botong’s 100thAnniversary celebrations visit Freeway’s new website www.FREEWAYONLINE.com.phand get freshest updates at Freeway’s Facebook page (facebook.com/FreewayOnline) and Twitter (twitter.com/FreewayOnline). For inquiries and program updates on the Centennial, email at Botong100@gmail.com or check out Facebook: Carlos “Botong’ Francisco Centennial.

Rajo! for Parisian 2012


November 9, 2011: I remember being so enthralled as I entered the huge SMDC showroom at the Mall of Asia complex. Months flew by so fast, Rajo Laurel’s first foray into shoes (with Parisian, nonetheless!) seemed like it was just yesterday. 


September 25, 2012: Still on a high after receiving the trophy from the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards, I quickly drove off to the SMX Convention Center to witness the reveal of Rajo Laurel’s much anticipated comeback with Parisian and Milanos.

Rajo shares that he’s always been fascinated with Japanese culture. “I am in love with the graphic qualities of their traditional garb, the intricate art of the obi, the deep romanticism associated with kimono and of course the Zen balance of the modern Japanese aesthetic.”

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As soon as I saw this I said “Oh baby girl I am taking you home!!!”

L-R Hanami in black and beige, Obi in beige and red

Stellar cast!!!

The Sensei (front) and Samurai

Mifune in tan and moss green

Oshima in beige/dark beige, orange/fuschia and plum/black

Sakura in red and black

Midori in tan/black

Ninja in black/red and the Kabuki in black

Obi in beige and black – I tried these on! Looks very elegant!

Teehee! Periwinkle toes by Nailaholics! 🙂

Ingrid, decisions, decisions…

Here’s the entire collection:

Rajo for Parisian and Milanos are available in the following SM Department Stores: SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Cubao, SM San Lazaro, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Las Pinas, SM Bacoor, SM Dasmarinas, SM Lucena, SM Lipa, SM Baguio, SM Pampanga, SM Clark, SM Marilao, SM Cebu, SM Lanang and SM Mandurriao. 

For more information you can check out the official Facebook pages of SM Parisian and SM Milanos. You can also follow @SMParisian and @SMMilanosShoes on Twitter.