Tough girls wear pants

Do you know that during the medieval period women were not allowed to wear pants?

I was browsing my photos in Lookbook.nu then I happen to realize one strange understanding about my very own fashion sense. I’m a great big fan of blue jeans, denim shorts, and everything that allows me to run without having to worry that my butt would show off. So really, thank goodness we’re already in the 21st century!

Okay, before I continue, do not get me wrong. I do love skirts! I think nothing can make a woman feel prettier than ruffled chiffon or feather-light silk flowing around her legs. Wearing a skirt can make even a little girl feel as if she’s walking on a runway. It’s dreamy, I get that.

But still, you do not always want to look cute, do you? It’s not everyday that you wish to look like a princess. Because sometimes, you just have to look like… a rockstar, yes. Sometimes you also want to look like somebody who doesn’t need to be rescued by a prince charming.

You don’t have to settle for the role of Plain Jane. Wearing your old Levi’s can be as stylish as wearing your favorite cocktail dress. Ditch the sneakers and try it with a pair of stilettos, or you may also accessorize with a belt, a brooch, or perhaps lots of jewelries- be fearless! And oh, you don’t have to limit yourself with denim. There are way too many colors, patterns and fabrics to experiment on. If you explore the possibilities, then your wonder pants may just bring you to the ends of the earth.

Go ahead and tell the world: You’re a woman, alright. But you can also kick some ass! ;)

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Press release: Your Dream Wedding Is Now Possible

Are you ready to tie the knot?

Maybe you just said yes to your special someone, and perhaps you did so because you are certain that you want to spend eternity with each other. But then, think again. Because unless you already have all the plans for your dream wedding all laid out in front of you, then you are not ready to say “I do”.

Ties and Styles Events can help you with that. Be in Megatrade Hall 2, 5th level, Mega B, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on September 10 to 12, 2010 and “Wedding Avenue: The road where everything begins” will feature the most sought-after suppliers to make sure you get exactly what you want in order to achieve your fairytale wedding.

Enjoy exclusive discounts and join other couples in a wine appreciation talk by Titania Wine Cellar. Feast your eyes on a magical fashion show by designers Dennis Cabalinan, Enrico Carado, Jot Losa, Yako Reyes and Happy Andrada. Further, join us in a grand food tasting courtesy of the Royalty Catering Services with live musical performances by SJT Strings, Leggiero Strings, Libante Strings, Acapella, Hangad, and many more. And your journey towards a perfect wedding doesn’t end there. Participants are all invited to take part in the mini games and you might just get to take home exciting gifts. Planning your dream day has never been this fun!

Book any of the participating suppliers during the bridal expo and you also get a chance to win amazing prizes, including wedding rings from Ami Jewels, free accommodation in Puerto del Sol and Thunderbird Resorts, wedding cake package from Signature Cakes, prenuptial photoshoot courtesy of Ian Celis Productions, wine bottles from Titania Wine Cellar, free on-the-day coordination with Bride’s Sides Events, photo frame souvenir from BA Studio and Crystallize Souvenirs, and a trip for two to Boracay from Concierge Travel Agency.

This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Ian Celis Productions, Annasthetic Designs, Ami Jewels, EMS Lights and Sounds, Signature Cakes, The Party Channel and the Royalty Catering Services.

For free admission, please visit www.tiesandstyles.com or text your name, contact details and wedding date to 09165135533.

For more inquiries, call 3590716 and look for Ms. Cookie.

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This article may also be read in clickthecity.com, and was published in Manila Bulletin dated August 31, 2010.

Closet 101

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world.” -Miuccia Prada

Last Saturday, I was reading this book by Nina Garcia, the fashion editor of Marie Claire magazine. I was having tons of fun with it and suddenly it inspired me to re-evaluate my wardrobe. However, when I opened my closet, I realized how difficult it is for me to go through each piece of clothing that I have. There’s just too much stuff going on, and to be honest I’m not exactly the most organized woman on the face of the earth.

In the process, I had to part with some of my most-prized possessions. For each and every clothing, I asked myself (more than twice for some) if I still need it in my wardrobe. I was emotional at first, but I got over myself. In fact, when I was done, it was a breath of fresh air. My new closet is organized, functional, and very me (after I got rid of the stuff which I don’t even wear anyway).

And you know those three important things I learned from this? Oh, I jot them down for you! Because really, you should try it too.

Get rid of those that you don’t wear because they don’t look good on you.
If it doesn’t make you feel beautiful, then it doesn’t deserve a space in your wardrobe. Go for those which make you comfortable in your own skin and ditch the drama of keeping something you’re not even sure you can make use of. Say sorry to whoever bought you the crap, because tonight you’re cleaning out your closet.

Mend those that you don’t wear because they don’t fit well.
Find a good tailor who can do the alterations for you. If you can do it on your own, even better. No one would give a damn if it’s expensive. If Chanel doesn’t fit you, then you can’t make it look like Chanel. And that, my dear, is a serious crime in fashion.

Choose whatever needs to stay- and choose carefully!
Know your body type and what flatters you best. It’s impeccably convenient if you can pull out something from your closet and immediately know that you will look stunning in it. Most importantly, make sure you’ve got all the basics. Don’t forget the black dress, the white shirt, and that pair of blue jeans that never gets old.

And if after all my advice your closet suddenly makes you feel like some fashionista who’s ready to conquer the world, well, you’re welcome!

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Thank you to my ultimately chic dormmate, April Japzon, for lending me The Little Black Book of Style. And thank you Nina Garcia for inspiring me and millions of other women! :D

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Ready, set, HYPE!

Whenever I’m in dire need to feed my fashion consciousness, I could only think of one place to go to. Or in this case, one website to log into. Thank goodness for lookbook.nu, now real fashion from real people is just one click away.

I didn’t realize I haven’t been able to go online for so long until after I logged in to my lookbook account and discovered this pretty little surprise from the website that never goes out of style. Never have I thought this could happen anytime soon. But since it did, I’m only happy to share this good news to all the trendsetters around the globe: Lookbook is now an open community!

For a website that’s been very exclusive for years, I’m not the only one left shocked when I learned that our beloved lookbook.nu is not anymore an invite-only zone. I did some research and realized how many backlashes it received for the big step it took just recently.

Since this is my page, I’m entitled to my own opinion too, isn’t that so? Well, here’s what I think:

Fashion is everywhere. You can find it while crossing the street, or simply by watching TV. It’s not limited because it’s not supposed to be. It is, in fact, one manifestation of freedom. Fashion is a means of expression, and everybody’s got something to say.

We all have a place in this crazy beautiful world. So take yours, and create an account today. ♥