Tuesday, 30 December 2008

When You're Feeling Sinister

When you're feeling sinister. by alphabeticalife

1. Candle from Dyptique
2. Tag Heuer Monaco
3. Tom Ford Mackenzie Sunglasses
4. Lanvin Sneakers
5. Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Rem
6. Opening Ceremony Suede Hi-Tops

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Everyday Look

Everyday Look by alphabeticalife

1. Striped shirt from Muji
2. Slim black jeans from Topman
3. Watch from Swatch
4. White sneakers from Muji
5. Tote bag from Jack Spade
6. Moleskine 2009 Diary
7. Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Pen

What's your everyday look? Try creating one at Polyvore. It's very addicting.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

December 17, 2008

Of all the places in Manila, Greenbelt would probably be the place I miss the most. After spending two years there because of work, being there made me feel like I was really home. The sounds, sights and smells were all too familiar and it made me smile most of the time. I didn't mind that I was there from 9 in the morning 'til 10 in the evening since there were so many things to do and it allowed me to catch up with my Ayala Museum friends and colleagues, and I even attended a lecture on macrophotography! Later on, I did some exploring at the newly opened wing of Greenbelt 5 and enjoyed dinner with some of my good friends.

Had coffee at the Museum Cafe and listened to music while writing down some thoughts.

I squeezed in a little bit of shopping for myself. A great way to end the amazing day.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Manila, I love you!

Photo from here.

It feels sooo good to be back home. The hustle and bustle, the traffic, the noise, and the overall craziness this city has to offer, oh how I've missed it! Of course, I'm extremely happy that I'll be spending the holidays with my dear family and friends while feasting on delicious food and enjoying the relatively cool December air.

I cannot wait to see my best friends!

I cannot wait to visit my former job and catch up with my former colleagues over lunch!

And of course, I'm really happy to be home with my lovely family. No matter where I am in the world, Manila will always be home to me. It always was and forever will be.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Jack Spade Gift Ideas

2009 Agenda With Reminder Stickers, $28

Admit it, the Moleskine looks a bit bland compared to this humorous Jack Spade agenda. So why not start the coming New Year with a planner that will make you chuckle every time you take it out of your bag? I can relate to the Mr. Zebra as well when I'm on my way to work.

Merino Moustache Gloves, $95

Brave the cold like a man with these unexpected moustache gloves. You'll be getting a lot of funny looks and smiles when you walk down the street while holding your cup of coffee.

Grain Leather I Buy/You Buy Dice Set With Case, $55

The next time a co-worker asks you out to lunch, don't forget to bring this utterly useless but totally cool dice set. And when it's time to pay, you'll figure out that they're not so useless after all. Just hope that it lands on You Buy.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

MoMA Gift Ideas

The Museum of Modern Art online shop is a treasure trove of amazing finds. From designer chairs to framed prints, to watches and selected Muji items, all things modern and in between can be found, purchased and enjoyed. If you're having a hard time thinking of what to give as gifts this Christmas, check out their website for ideas.

Here are some personal picks:

Eames Chair Coasters, $18

Record Watch, $125

Sky Umbrella, $48

Monday, 8 December 2008


You will be mine. Except you will have a black leather strap.

Friday, 5 December 2008


I picked up this tote yesterday from a random Japanese store for only S$2! What made me really like it was the silhouette of the Eames chair and the random Engrish sentence below that says "Don't forget your moments of happiness". Will probably use this to carry paperwork, magazines, and the occasional sandwich to work.

Another tote bag that caught my attention was this A bag from Alphabet Bags. The letters A-Z are available at £10 each and they'll probably make really great Christmas presents.

Monday, 1 December 2008

A funny observation: Bow ties

It was my friend Frank, a writer in San Francisco, who finally set it straight. When asked about my new look he put down his fork and stared at me for a few moments. "A bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erection."

And that is exactly what a bow tie says. Not that you're powerless, but that you're impotent. People offer to take you home not because you're sexy but because you're sex-less, a neutered cat in need of a good stiff cuddle. This doesn't mean that a bow tie is necessarily wrong for me, just that it's a bit premature. When I explained this to my father, he rolled his eyes. Then he said that I had no personality. "You're a lump."

- When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

Image from: Ralph Lauren

Friday, 28 November 2008

Janelle Monae

This girl is amazing. She has a phenomenal voice, wicked dance moves, and to top it all off, a very dope look. She makes menswear look really, really good! Check out her video Many Moons. She reminds me of Andre 3000 from Outkast.

Download: Many Moons by Janelle Monae

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Blackbird Website

The Blackbird Website is now up! They finally have a proper website to showcase their goods but I believe they'll still keep their blog that originally updated Blackbird fans of the new arrivals at their Seattle boutique.

Below are some items from the store that I personally like:

Rachel Comey suede shoes

Billy Kirk slim leather belt

Rag & Bone grey tweed blazer

CDG Guerilla 1 perfume

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Small goods to make you smile

Days of the week handkerchief set - $95

This set of colorful gingham handkerchiefs are embroidered with different titles of songs that mention one day of the week. For example: Wednesday Morning 3AM by Simon & Garfunkel, and (Easy) Like Sunday Morning by the Commodores. How brilliant is that? Honestly, the days of the week undies and socks were getting old.

Nice parking cards - $15

I probably won't find this on my car's windshield. I have to be honest and say that my parking skills are almost non-existent. But this set of cards (25 pieces) will let those skilled drivers know that you are in awe of their parking powers.

Check out Jack Spade for more stuff such as lobster key chains, a matchbook cover, luggage tags, and wallets.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Monday, 17 November 2008

Muji Gift Ideas

Muji Shirts

A well edited wardrobe.

Having a well edited wardrobe with the perfect pieces that fit you like a dream is, well...a dream. I often imagine what it's like to have one clothes rack that can only accommodate 12 pieces. And with that said, these are the pieces that will be on my (imaginary) rack:

1-2. Two white oxford shirts (l/s)
3-4. Two navy and white striped shirts (l/s)
5-6. Two black pique polos
7. Black round neck tee
8. Black sweater vest
9. Navy hoodie
10. Black two button blazer
11-12. Two pairs of black jeans

Images from: HYR Collective and Tres Bien

Friday, 14 November 2008

Have you visited Tres Bien today?

Now would be a good time to visit the Tres Bien Shop.

They have new amazing shirts from Our Legacy.

Things you need and some things you don't really need but want.

And some fantastic suits.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Jack Spade Reversible Superhero/Civilian Coal Bag

How awesome is this bag from Jack Spade? The tote bag features illustrations of normal civilian things on one side such as pens, glasses, a metrocard, and an ipod on one side. Once you turn it inside out, there are illustrations of superhero paraphernalia such as grappling hooks, a utility belt, and a mask. The bag was created to benefit a non-profit organization called 826NYC that supports creative writing for students aged 6-18. Aside from that, it also supports the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Perhaps this particular bag tugs at my heartstrings because I'm a Literature major.

If you're living in New York and want to volunteer at 826NYC, you can sign up online.

Interns will be required to work at least 15 hours per week. While most of the time will be spent on specialized projects, everyone will be expected to pitch in wherever needed: from covering a store shift, to taking out the trash, weeding the garden, and of course, working with our students.

Sounds like a lot of fun! If I was in New York I'd definitely volunteer.