Saturday, 26 December 2009

The Gift of Friendship

This is the first Christmas I spent away from home. It's definitely lonely and turns you into some sort of scrooge. But one thing I'm thankful for during this season of merriment and joy - my friends. They've been there for me through ups and downs, challenges and triumphs. They're the gifts that just keep on giving. Merry Christmas friends! I miss you every single day.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Early Christmas Present

Do I really need another pair of white sneakers? Well, yes, I do. The pair from Muji that I've been using everyday is slowly giving up on me.

These kicks (I'm not really sure where they're from - my guess is Korea?), courtesy of my brother and sister-in-law (I asked them to buy it for me! Hah.), have a great narrow shape and an interesting gummy sole. They're also very comfortable and will definitely make walking a pleasure. I won't be using them first though - I'll wait until after the 25th. In the meantime, I'll place them under the tree and admire them from a distance.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Family Guys by J. Crew

Visit J. Crew to see the rest.

What Christmas tradition are you looking forward to?

All I Want For Christmas, Part 3

I think these suede MacAlister boots from J.Crew ($135) are a great alternative to plimsolls. Getting them a bit dirty is fine too since it'll definitely add character.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Friday, 4 December 2009

All I Want For Christmas, Part 1

Superga sneakers in white and light gray. These two pairs would perfectly go with raw and black denim, khakis, oxford shirts, pique polos and t-shirts.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Nautical Fever

Bring out your wallets - it's the sale season!

Opening Ceremony offers great deals on items from Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Raf Simons x Fred Perry and more.

Jack Spade has beautiful bags and accessories at amazing prices.

We all love secrets, right? If you do, visit My Wardrobe for the best secret of all. Enjoy 30% off on everything (yes, everything!) with their secret weekend sale which starts on Saturday (today) until midnight on Monday. Just enter the code MWFF and enjoy!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Size matters...

...but sometimes, big is not always good. There are days (weekends, really) where I don't feel like lugging a big bag to hold my essentials (keys, phone, cigarettes). Stuffing them in my pocket is out of the question too.

Imagine my excitement when I saw this beautiful Our Legacy Pilot Bag in washed leather from Tres Bien. Well, you can also imagine how devastated I was when I found out it was sold out.

It's almost a steal at $130. And at the same time, Tres Bien is offering free shipping anywhere in the world until the end of the month. To top it off, items shipped outside the EU have an additional 20% off. And again I ask, why is it sold out?!

Oh well. I just have to wait and see if they'll have this in stock again. In the meantime, can anyone point me to other online boutiques that carry Our Legacy?

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Comme Des Garcons Play X Converse

These are slowly growing on me. Quite a steal at only $105 from Opening Ceremony.

I'd better decide quick while they still have my size.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Lady Gaga: Bad Romance

I'm sure most of you have already seen Lady Gaga's amazing new music video for the song 'Bad Romance'. It's too good not to post again so here it is.

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance from Jordan5ki on Vimeo.

I'm also in love with the poster of her tour, The Monster Ball.

Monday, 9 November 2009

November Highlights

Chanced upon the perfect long sleeved gingham shirt at Fred Perry. The colour and fit are fantastic. Well worth it.

Monocle's Small Business Guide is such an amazing read. Makes me want to quit my job and set up a small business. The problem is, what kind of business?

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Freedom And Its Owner by Kings of Convenience

Picked up the new Kings of Convenience album, Declaration of Dependence, today. This has got to be my favourite track. What's yours?

Thursday, 5 November 2009

New sunnies

I buy new sunglasses then the weather decides to turn gloomy and rainy for the entire week. Oh well.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Rediscovering Blue Jeans

Not Uniqlo, but equally beautiful.

I am extremely excited and beside myself with joy. I have finally found the perfect pair of dark denim jeans from Uniqlo (Slim Fit Straight / S-001) and cannot wait to wear them.

Perhaps there's nothing as universal as a pair of jeans, with most people owning at least one - except for me. And to be honest, I have not worn them for far too long since I have been too dependent on black denim and have been quite unlucky when it comes to finding the perfect fit. Not anymore.

With the Uniqlo S-001's, my legs look slimmer and longer, giving the illusion of added height. I am also quite certain that this style will be a staple in my wardrobe for years and years to come (I bought a pair in black as well, for good measure).

Photo from Jjjound

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Selections from My Wardrobe

A cold winter in Manila or Singapore is unheard of. But if ever I had the chance to spend the holidays in a country with cooler climes, the items below are my top picks to keep me warm and toasty.

Comme Des Garcons SHIRT Duffle Coat

GRP Firenze Cardigan

A.P.C. Light Chambray Shirt

Bill Amberg Wool Bag

Tom Ford Caravan Sunglasses

Superga High Cut Plimsolls

All items are available from My Wardrobe, an amazing online store that carries equally amazing brands like A.P.C., Ralph Lauren, Opening Ceremony, Raf Simons, Burberry, Helmut Lang, Comme Des Garcons SHIRT and more.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Alphabeticalife Q + A with Rukpong Raimaturapong

They say that youth is wasted on the young. Not in this case. Nineteen year old Rukpong Raimaturapong from Thailand may be a youngster, but that's not stopping him from getting his feet wet in the sea of design, photography and fashion.

With a keen eye for details, Rukpong creates and captures images that are nostalgic, fresh and beautiful - all at the same time. Because of this, top Thai labels have noticed his talent and have asked him to create their websites. Not bad for someone who's only 19, don't you think?

What do you do?
I am a student at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. I’m also a part-time web designer and developer. I have done websites for 27 Friday / 27 Nov. and Shake Appeal.

Shake Appeal

27 Friday

Describe your personal style.
My personal style is pretty basic and minimal. I like to wear a simple shirt with a pair of tailored pants.

Hand made bow tie

Who or what inspires your personal style?
I get inspired from different sources. But I get lots of ideas from people I see on the street. In a city like Bangkok, it’s fun to see some good and bad examples.

What is the piece of clothing in your wardrobe that best represents you?
A plain, over sized pastel blue t-shirt. It goes with everything I own and it’s unbelievably comfortable.

If your wardrobe could only contain one brand, what would it be?
I’d like to have Gaspard Yurkievich, especially their Memphis SS08 collection. I loved many pieces from that collection. Too bad as a student I can’t afford any of that right now.

What are the five things you don't leave home without?
My Nikon D40x camera (not pictured) - I don’t write, but I do take a hell of a lot of pictures.
Wallet and watch – Something that I just can’t leave home without.
Samsung E590 – The PDA that I’ve been using for three years died recently so I got this sleek, black phone by Jasper Morrison to take its place.
Lenovo Y450 Notebook – My life is in there and I take it with me everywhere.
Muji planner – Everything is in here: my expenses, my income - this little notebook is really important to me.

Daily essentials

Where would you like to live?
I would definitely like to live in New York. The city has everything: fashion, culture and music. What more can a designer want? It has always been my dream to live there since I was a kid. I hope that someday I can be there.

What's the best thing about living in Bangkok?
Bangkok is a weird city. It wasn’t planned, its more than 200 years old, there’s over ten million people. So each day, you’ll never know what you’ll see or experience. Whether it’s a dog wearing shoes, bumping into a star at Paragon or a traffic jam that lasts two hours. You’ll never know what you’ll see today. This is what makes Bangkok such a wonderful and exciting place to live.

And the worst?
Probably the cost of living. I live right in the city center surrounded by malls and department stores. It’s hard to control my daily budget.

Lonely in Bangkok?

What makes Bangkok a stylish city for you?
Bangkok is known for its shopping and big malls that contain international designers, but is also home to many talented local designers. You can get cool clothes that don't cost as much. As a local, the best thing to do is to support local designers.

What are you thankful for at the end of the day?
I managed to finish my homework as well as my freelance work.

"We were supposed to make the world a better place"

Thank you, Rukpong!

You can see more of his photos here.
Click on the images above for a larger view.