From Last Year

Last month, although I was able to make more progress compared to my previous pace, I was still disappointed with myself because I knew I was still slacking off. I had been planning to push myself further to accomplish even more this month. I had a lot of things to do in line. But unfortunately, due to struggling with some… health issues, I had no choice but to sit back and take some rest. I’ll probably talk more about these frustrations in my next posts.

On the brighter side, a friend sent some photos he took of us from last year so I can still maintain my two-posts-a-month streak. (Yey~)

These shots were taken when we attended Cosplay Mania last October 2016. I had been trying to avoid saying gloomy things but sadly, these were some of the last few coordinates I styled for us, while we were together as a couple.

Dressing up for me is a form of art. I always feel great satisfaction everytime I find pieces that look like they are made to go together (especially if they’re from different collections/brands). Blending colors and textures in perfect harmony always brings me pleasure beyond words. Clothes and accessories that reflect a part of me are hidden gems. Fashion is like an extension of my skin. (I actually wanted to say “an extension of my soul”, but I don’t believe in souls lol)

I think these coordinates can be classified under what they would refer to in Japan as “puchipura“(プチプラ), as I didn’t choose pieces from the more expensive brands. (The term puchipura was coined from “petit” and “price“).

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here’s what we wore for Day 1. We arrived at the event around 6pm or so because we spent our entire afternoon falling in line for Pablo’s Cheesecake. lol *no regrets*

cosmania1This shot was taken by one of our favorite Filipino photographers, Kira Hokuten.

Loon’s skirt was actually something I bought from ACDC Rag for my little sister around 5 years ago. (She chose it herself lol) She had grown a lot now and it seems like she has no plans of wearing it anymore so I borrowed it for this set.

The chokers and necklaces were Loon’s finds. Her safety pin bracelet was from Bodyline and the cute leg accessory was something commisioned by Ian Cartalaba. Check out his shop here.

It makes me sad that I forgot to include the black cat plush as one of my favorite items in my Friday the 13th post. (I might edit that next time.) I bought this from a random shop in 0101 Shinjuku, if I remember it right. It’s so cute it even has a small pocket at the back. I used to annoy my favorite cat with this plush too.

cosmania2Another great shot by Kira. This one is my favorite among the set. \(^o^)/

I’m not a dog person but as soon as I saw the length, texture, and design of the longsleeves, I was delighted and immediately bought it. I knew it would perfectly match that shirt. The crop top I wore was originally a dress, which I modified. I got the sunglasses from a local street vendor for as low as 50pesos($1). lol Lately, I’m also getting fond of more comfortable pieces such as those pants and shoes.

For Day 2, we decided to go for something more simple because we intended to roam around the event longer.

cosmania4This lovely shot was taken by another friend, Emman. You may visit his page here.

This jumper from Forever 21 felt majestic to wear. lol The lower part somehow reminded me of a certain coat I have from BPN. The sheer fabric was very light and soft and the drape felt like I was wearing a cape. Although, the length made me a little bit paranoid while riding the escalator.

It’s not visible in this photo but at the back of Loon’s shoes, there are black strips with similar “Love” design like the one on her skirt. Her mini panda bag is 3x more adorable up close. It even has a little bamboo design at the tip.

My rabbit bag here belongs to Loon. The design makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. And yes, as you may notice, we “recycled” the bag and shoes for this set too because multiple shoes and bags are too heavy to carry all the way to Manila. (/tagabundok probs)

cosmania-3It was such a windy day! You may visit Kira’s page for more photos like this.

I wish there are more chances to dress up like this. But aside from the Ph heat, I don’t have the vigor to go out that often anymore. (/old people probs lol)

Chocolat

First of all, I finally got a camera remote control. (Yey!) Although, it’s hard to focus using this and it only allows me to have 2 seconds to prepare, as opposed to the camera’s 10-second timer. Brighter side is that it takes a lot less energy compared to going back and forth to the camera to press the button. Next goal: proper lights!

Since I’m not making chocolates this Valentine’s, I decided to dress like one. (Well, two actually. ;p)
brown-f-34150This Liz Lisa jsk immediately reminded me of chocolates as soon as I saw it. It resembles a fancy chocolate box, don’t you think? For the hair accessory, I picked something simple to give it a bit of otona vibe.

Sometimes, people would tell me that they’re curious about how I would look like without my signature bangs. Here you go. I did my makeup differently though. (And let me answer what you’re thinking. Yes, Luna is gone. This abomination devoured her.lol)

Sweet image is one of my weaknesses. As expected, the outcome didn’t turn out as girly as I hoped to be (lol) but that’s just me being me being bittersweet, like how I prefer my chocolates.

brown-m-34150The idea behind this was inspired by Teru’s Rock and Read issue. I took a photo of my dansou self to match the other one.

I might have been eating too much chocolates because I can’t help but think that the coat’s buttons look yummy enough to eat. lol

Anyway, let me give you a peek to what I’m referring to. (I love it so much I got two copies. I was even planning three but practicality got the better of me.)

teruTeru: Someone who can do both

What are your plans for Valentine’s? Like any other day, alone or not, let’s make it a good one. Afterall, the person who loves us most is ourselves.

Bohemian Treehouse Getaway

At the end of 2016, I had been feeling down and some friends had been worried about me (Sorry.). Ricah decided to pay me a visit after new year. (She had been considering the idea since last year anyway.) I suggested a convenient nearby hotel but she opted to book something more interesting. She said she needed a change of scenery too.

She found a Bohemian-inspired treehouse near my town. Since I rarely go out of the house, I didn’t have any idea on how to go there so we took a cab straight to the place after having lunch.

boho-final-xsI wore something light and casual to suit the relaxing ambiance. (Thanks to Ricah for taking these pictures. #snowfallphotography lol)

ricah-boho-final-xsCheck out Ricah’s outfit too. Sadly, we weren’t able to take photos together.

in-xsHere’s the view inside and outside the room. (Hey look, a black cat!) I just took these photos through my mobile phone listlessly so some of them are blurry. I should stop being lazy. lol

decor-sSome of the interesting details I found around the place. This makes me miss our Still Life classes. Ah, good ol’ days.

out-xsTop: More photos outside.; Bottom: The treehouse at dusk.

food-xsLunch at Harborpoint. Most establishments were closed because of the holidays.

In the end, I was not able to relax at all. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not used to going out with other people or the fact that I only got an hour of sleep or less. But still, I’m glad that Ricah invited me to stay in this wonderful place. Thank you!

Friday the 13th

When I woke up in the afternoon today, I thought how fitting it could’ve been if I started my blog on this day instead. Friday the 13th and black cats seem to go well together. Too bad I often lose track of the date as I rarely check the calendar. lol Anyway, what’s done is done. I hate dwelling on things that cannot be changed. To make up for it, I’ve decided to work on something else on a whim. I’m not really sure if I can finish it within the day and I’m not fond of making things impromptu but hey, how about doing it once for a change?

Because it’s Friday the 13th, let me show you a few of my favorite cat items. ♥

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I love this top because it brings me back some memories. It’s the one I wore when I had a photo taken with Versailles. ♥

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Top and Bottom: I bought them from some random shops at Harajuku 5 years ago. Still loving them.; Middle: A gift I received from Loon last year. It goes so well with my bag. So cute.♥ I will only use this on special occasions.

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Bonus: Another Harajuku find. I wasn’t able to take a new photo because it’s so limp now (I hug it too much ok lol)

Hope you had a great Friday the 13th!

ONE

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Welcome, humans. After a long time, I’ve decided to go out of my lair.

Although I believe I’m not good when it comes to writing, some friends and clients kept on convincing me to start a blog. Anyway, I’ll just keep on typing what comes to mind.

To keep things a little bit more organized, I made this space to compile my photos and things that I will create from now on. This is a personal blog so everything will be about me; thoughts, beliefs, ideas, interests, photos, progress, randomness.

I rarely go out of the house and I don’t socialize much but I love dressing up, so you can expect a lot of outfit posts. It may not look like it but I enjoy eating and ocassionally going to random places too so you may also see a little bit of them.

It’s been over a decade ever since I maintained a Livejournal account and perhaps even longer since I had a public blog. My random musings, which may seem a little too long for Facebook, will get posted here as well.

Despite my tight schedule, I am planning to update this at least twice a month. I hope that this somehow increases my motivation to achieve my goals in mind, which is to move and to be more productive. I want to make every minute count.

Recently, I came across a quote which summed up my driving force.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
– Mark Twain

It might seem far-off my point but I can relate when I try to look at it in general terms. Even during my inactivity, I always thought that I could create a lot of great things. I have plenty of ideas. I felt frustrated everytime I procrastinated due to my perfectionism and anxiety. I realized that no matter how much capability a person has, being stagnant and not being able to apply it to reality is a lot worse than someone who can only produce mediocre things but tries and improves. I want to take advantage of the aspects of life that I can reshape and hone. As an artist, I want to keep on creating things. And from this point, I’ll start another chapter.