MODel for a day

Wednesday, 27th of April 2011. I only had 2 hours of sleep and just a cup of coffee for breakfast.

But it was utterly worth it.

I was lucky enough to be invited for a photo shoot for MOD magazine, and I am still bedazzled as I write this down for it is going to be my first time on print! (I also appeared on the magazine during the cover girl search, but that’s a whole different story.) This time my photos will be used for an actual features article, hence my excitement and ecstasy.

We were told that we cannot post photos or any pertinent information about the photo shoot before it is published. It is so not like me to stick a tape across my mouth, but sadly I’d have to wait until June to spill the beans.

These photos at least I’m allowed to post:

"It's a wrap!" Here's a photo with the makeup artists, and that girl on my left is the sweet Bianca Sasamori who did the photoshoot with me.

The photos were taken by Mark Clemente. Headed to Greenhills Promenade with my boyfriend Mark and little Chico after the shoot.

Showed up at the studio wearing a jersey cotton dress and Forever 21 loafer boots, with a mini Victoria's Secret handbag.

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Again, it will be for MOD magazine’s June 2011 issue. Nothing grand, perhaps just a small portion- I really don’t know yet either. But promise me to grab a copy, please? :)

WEAR the wild things are

Fact: I was not a huge fan of animal prints.

To be quite honest I even thought it looks kind of liberated and over the top, which then wasn’t fit for my conservative (and very limited) fashion sense.  If you knew me as a kid, you’d notice I read more of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella stories than Tarzan and The Jungle Book. And I used to wonder, why on earth would people want to look like a zebra? Or a jaguar, for that matter.

But I guess that’s the beauty of fashion evolution. We develop our personal style as we mature, becoming more open to experimenting and trying out new things, discovering for ourselves what works and what doesn’t.

So, here’s how I changed my mind: My best friend Ellai paid me a visit last week. And apparently, she is planning to open a clothing line sometime soon. She brought with her some of the stuff she’d be starting off with, including this very chic pair of leopard-printed leggings (oh my, did I just say chic?)  that she insisted I try on. I was hesitant at first, but she didn’t want to leave until I promised her that I’d actually wear it. So the following weekend, I did.

Hype this look on Lookbook.nu!

Did I like it?

Another fact: I was not a huge fan of animal prints… but I am now. :)


1-2-3 Pose!

“Posing in front of a DSLR camera does not make you a model.”

Being the tweetwhore that I am, I came across this statement by chance while browsing my Twitter timeline the other day. The moment was so random that I can’t even recall whose tweet it was. And do you know what else I discovered? There is a fan page for this too. And there’s another one! “Owning a DSLR camera does not make you a photographer.”

Not that I personally felt that the verbal attacks were directed towards me, mind you. But since this is my page where I’m entitled to my own opinion, let me say that I personally thought it was a low blow.

On photography.

I am saddened that there are people who have that kind of attitude towards the booming photography industry. Do you remember those days back when films had to be processed inside a darkroom in order to develop photographs? Because I certainly do. That’s a lot of work, if I may remind you, and way expensive. I know a little bit about this because I once represented my school for a photojournalism competition when I was in sixth grade, and I had to ask money from my parents for two rolls of film, a hundred for each. And do you know how much a hundred-peso bill can buy during those days? Two happy meals from McDonald’s! And I didn’t include the cost for developing photos yet.

How about those days when cellphones with cameras cost a fortune? Those days when we needed a scanner to be able to upload a primary photo in Friendster? Those days when we had to go to a portrait studio for that 3-click Kodak moment? Ooh, I sure do remember all that!

Point is, thank God for the digital era!

Now is certainly not the time to bash each other who dares to enter the photography industry. If everyone can afford a DSLR, then by all means, let them shoot 24/7! Those who are truly talented are never threatened, perhaps merely challenged but in a positive way. Just because you were ahead two steps doesn’t mean everybody will be stuck behind you forever. It won’t boost your ego if you stomp on others’ feet. Rather than discouraging photography enthusiasts, motivating would be more appreciated. So if you can’t lend a helping hand, a zipped mouth will do.

On modeling.

First of all, let us define what a model is. A model is someone who endorses a specific product, or place, or whatever. He/she appears in tv commercials, in print ads, or in the runway for fashion shows. In short, modeling, for these people, is their bread and butter. This is how they make a living. And yes, a studio picture shot by a DSLR camera will not make anyone a model (unless there’s a modeling agency named DSLR camera.)

Like any other girl, I grew up adoring their flawless skin, their fashionably chic clothes, even their gorgeous smiles every single time I gaze upon their picture perfect faces in magazines and billboards. So, here’s what I have to say: A girl can dream, alright?

What is so bad about posing with hands on the hips in front of a DSLR camera? Is it so much different from posing with a Korean “peace sign” in front of a pixelated mobile phone? And please, can we not pretend that we do not have our own fair share of vanity? I mean, a framed photo may be so 2000 and late, but nowadays, what we all want is a decent Twitter avatar and a charming Facebook profile picture.

The photos below were taken a long time ago, and were shot using a Sony Cybershot digital camera (not DSLR). Am I posing like a model? Maybe. Does this make me a model? No. But should I care? No. And you shouldn’t, too. Narcissism may not be your cup of tea, but spare Tyra Banks’ fans who naturally love to “smize” and pout in front of the camera. Let us respect democracy, shall we?

And hey, you, yes, you! You may not be a model, but keep in mind that you have every goddamn right to pose like one- DSLR or no DSLR!

photo by Mark Clemente

Back to school

It’s official.

My first day at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines will begin this Saturday, 16th of April 2011. I am enrolled at last, and I’m absolutely feeling giddy while writing this down. My high fashion dreams are, well, still high, but slowly becoming reachable. Hence, please excuse this 21-year old lady (fine!) girl if she’s jumping for joy in the middle of blogging.

Let me give you a brief history: My love for Barbie goes all the way back since kindergarten. I remember how I used to enjoy dressing (or wrapping, rather) my dolls with cut out fabrics that I had desperately sewn together, practicing my pathetic running stitch technique which I learned from basic home economics class.

But cross my heart, I have never seen this coming… okay, probably not until mid high school.

But before then, I grew up single-mindedly believing that I am just like any other typical girl who loves clothes and dress-up games. Apparently, while most women are in total bliss when shopping, I am feeling the same kind of euphoria when sewing. But don’t get me wrong, I still believe there can be no medication on earth that is as effective as retail therapy.

Nonetheless, I am officially back to school. This time, not with a pen and paper, but with threads and needles. So as I pinch myself to verify whether this is real or not, I shall end this blog entry with these last words: I am sew excited! :D

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…On second thought, let me end this blog entry with my photos wearing my favorite pair of DIY denim shorts. I designed this one myself. So, what do you think?

I apologize if it’s the connector ring on focus instead of the details of the shorts. This photo was originally meant for my Lookbook account.

Speaking of Lookbook.nu, hype here please! :)

Don’t worry, be hippie!

Fashion is a form of one’s creativity, an art of expression, and a reflection of what one wants to portray in the society. Fashion is everywhere. It is present in every country, in every race, in every culture. Simply put, it is evident in every individual… or at least it should be.

I have always been impressed by fashionistas all over the world who are fearless when it comes to showcasing their individuality.

And most often, what better way to do that than to go Bohemian, right?

Proven and tested by the queens of Bohemian fashion, Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton and Mary Kate Olsen just can’t get enough of this ethnic, vintage and hippie style all rolled into one. Its carefree vibe is one of the most favorite styles that the paparazzi go gaga for in Hollywood, from runway to the red carpet.

I, for one, am a big fan of this style. I adore how these amazing artists of Bohemian fashion can put together colors, prints and accessories without looking sloppy or over the top (which is what I usually try to avoid). They are not afraid to be different because they value originality, which, for me, is one kick-ass attitude towards being fashion forward.

I am not exactly fashion savvy when it comes to Bohemian 101, but I always put into consideration 3 things:

Color

The style usually caters for the neutral and warm palette, and the earthly hues have this ethnic appeal. Shades of cream, brown and gray work for me. It looks light and carefree, which is what you’d probably want to aim for when trying to achieve Bohemian look.

Fabric

A Boho look is also about movement, which explains why flared skirts and dresses are two of the most popular signatures of this style. Garments are worn loose and flowy, sometimes even baggy. That’s one more thing to love about Bohemian fashion, I suppose. You don’t have to compromise comfort for style!

Accessories

Wooden bangles, beaded necklaces, colorful bags- there is literally an ocean of accessories to experiment with. Be creative, add color, and pay attention to details.

photographed by Mark Clemente

Reward my Bohemian attempt and hype this look on lookbook.nu!