Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just Before The Sun Sets

We shot these photos last January. I didn't like how the photos turned out though so I didn't put them up. But because I've been terribly lax in taking outfit shots these days, I decided to just go ahead and share these two pics.

I liked this outfit though. I've been on the hunt for a pair of gingham-printed cropped pants for the longest time. I would have preferred it to be of the loose, tapered variety but these were a nice alternative.

As soon as the Holy Week's over, I'll have more outfit pics put up. I feel like I've been wasting my summer away (half of April's already over) but there's just no escaping this infernal heat.

I'll be fit for conversation again in a few days' time so please don't forget this space just yet. *o*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Hard Day's Night

Remember this shirt? I wore it summer of last year. The sleeves were long but I had it cut shorter. It's really not the best shirt to wear when it's scorching hot outside but I was desperate for something 60s-inspired.

Myk and I celebrated our 8th anniversary today. I actually lost count so I had to backtrack. To be honest, I'm not so big on monthsaries and anniversaries. It's not that I take them for granted, it's just that everyday is a special day for Myk and I. No, really. Fluff and cheesy lines aside, both of us are big believers of the power of now.

Also, I don't really like grand gestures. The mere thought makes me cringe. I find them romantic on others, but I'm just not that comfortable with the idea of being the recipient of such attention - unless you take me to a theme park and do your grand gesture there, then we'll talk. hehe~ Do I sound cold?

I love these carnations though. Carnation is my birth flower. Thanks namja chinggu! I know you're reading this. He's an avid reader of this blog and my number one fan. If not for Myk, this blog would be toast. There are days when I feel like deleting this space but Myk often tells me not to.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you are all having a great week so far! <3

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspiration: Style Nanda Spring/Summer

My personal project requires me to spend a lot of time stalking Korean online clothing stores. The general aesthetic of Korean fashion is so right up my alley - vintage-inspired clothes with quirky modern styling. I love the occasional nod to the 60s with their pin-up styling (especially during the spring and summer seasons), I love the ahjumma vibes made youthful by sandals worn with socks. Best of all, I love the photography. 

My online hunts often lead me to online places like Bread and Butter, Plastic Island, Thursday Island, SJSJ, Rougevan, Fashion to Any and Lucky Chouette. But at the top of my favorites is Style Nanda. I'm sure you've all heard of this super popular Korean brand already.

I'm getting a lot of inspiration from their Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. They shot some of them in Japan, during the height of the Hanami. These photos are my favorites from their recent uploads. Kang Ji Won used to be my favorite Style Nanda model but she's no longer with them (she models from Rougevan now). She was replaced by this super cute model.

You'll most likely see me in Style Nanda-inspired outfits in the next few weeks, that is if I can muster enough energy to dress up and take photos. This summer heat is sucking the life out of me. Every time I dress up, I find myself changing into a nondescript outfit because I can't take the humid La Union weather. Ugh. T__T. But I'll definitely post soon! Meanwhile, hope you like these photos (if you haven't seen them yet, that is).

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lazy Days

It's here. Summer is really here. Those days when as soon as you step outside the comforts of your home, the heat makes you want to go back inside and spend the rest of the day in front of the fan, is inescapably here. 

The heat here in La Union is different. Geographically located right next to the beach, we experience heat on a more intense level. The humidity will make you feel lethargic, a tad more irritable on certain days of the month. I sort of wonder what other people visiting our province feel when they get a taste of the heat here.

Our solution is to find spots like this for refuge - the breeze from the sea is comforting, especially when you experience it whilst lounging under a towering tree. The view lying down is this spectacular canopy of leaves and branches that takes me back to childhood days. I think I'm forever chasing that carefree feeling of my youth - the days when climbing trees are of the biggest import and nothing, not even hellish summer weather, can put a damper to my spirit.

I'm wearing:

A striped top that used to be a sweater. I figured I'd get better wear of it this season. The skirt dungaree used to be long. I also had it shortened. Not a bad icky weather outfit, if I may say so myself.

I Made: Mochi Ice Cream

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of these small treats! I first got the idea of making mochi ice cream at home from this Youtube video. But since I steamed mine, the dough didn't came out so well. I tried again later this week and they were just perfect! Well, almost perfect.

The blue ones are stuffed with Kesong Puti ice cream (white cheese from goat/cow) and the yellow with Honeydew Melon ice cream. 

They taste exactly like the Mochiko brand of mochis we usually have in Baguio. So yay! I no longer need to go to Baguio just to eat Mochi Ice Cream whenever I have a craving!

You guys just watch that How-to video if you also want to know how to make Mochi Ice Cream at home. good luck!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pink Looks Prettiest With A Bit Of Gray

Just some photos from last Saturday when I wore the pair of culottes I've been meaning to wear for quite some time now. I'm kind of feeling blah lately and I feel like I need to step away from the blogosphere for a bit and replenish my creative juices. I'll be back soon! <3

Monday, March 24, 2014

Inspiration: Hamada Hideaki Photography

I am so deeply smitten by Hamada Hideaki's photography. His style is quintessentially Japanese - so full of soft and beautiful light. He has mastered the art of balancing desaturation and vibrancy, thereby giving his photos an ethereal and nostalgic feel to them.

As you can see, most of his photos feature his two kids, Haru and Mina. I actually own a pencil case with an illustration of these two boys. It is my favorite pencil case and when I saw the photo on Hamada Hideaki's portfolio, I was literally floored. So that illustration came from a beautiful photo, I mused.

I literally spent hours perusing his portfolio. It was just teeming with inspiration. Even now as I type this, I'm filled with this pressing need to go out there and capture life more and be a better photographer. He definitely inspired me to pursue film photography.

If you want to see more of his work, follow his Tumblr account, his main page or his instagram account. All photos are from his Tumblr account.

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