Sunday, 30 August 2009

Drop-Crotch Trousers

Stepping out of one's comfort zone is never an easy thing. It takes a fair amount of coaxing, thinking and courage.

Drop it.

Just recently, I decided to step out of my own fashion comfort zone. Last week, I tried on a pair of drop-crotch trousers - a style that has been apparent for quite some time now - and was surprised that they looked quite decent on me. But for someone who swears by uniforms (oxford shirts, black jeans, white sneakers), I had to think about it quite extensively before making the actual purchase.

Paris Vogue's Emanuelle Alt

I think what finally pushed me to buy them was actually seeing them on someone else. Last Friday, I saw a gentleman wearing black, drop-crotch trousers with a white oxford shirt and white sneakers. It was a look that caught my attention and a look I definitely wanted to try out for myself. So yesterday, I gave in and finally bought a pair in dark grey.

I plan on pairing them with simple pieces like a plain black tee or a light blue oxford and white plimsolls or white espadrilles. In that way, I'll still feel like I'm wearing my usual uniform with a much needed twist.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Make Her Say by Kid Cudi

It was fellow blogger, Bobby, that introduced me to the music of Kid Cudi.

Recently, I've grown rather fond of Kid Cudi's "Make Her Say", and the music video is definitely a treat for the eyes as well. The balloons, the clothes and overall feel all add up to eye-candy that's hard to resist. In addition to Kid Cudi's youthful energy, Kanye West and Common also appear in the video, contributing an extra dose of style and swagger.


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Dean and Trent at the Rockwell Urban Bazaar

Manila readers - are you in the mood for oxford shirts, plaid polos, henleys, hoodies and cardigans? If your answer is a resounding 'YES!', then make a beeline for this weekend's Rockwell Bazaar as leading Manila-based menswear brand Dean and Trent will be there.

Drop by, shop and say hi to Timmy, the brains behind D&T.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Rules by The Whitest Boy Alive

While waiting for the new Kings of Convenience album, I've been listening to Rules, the latest effort from The Whitest Boy Alive - a group fronted by Erlend Oye of Kings of Convenience. This album is perfect for those nights when you feel like bobbing your head and tapping your feet to easy, mildly upbeat songs.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

But is it better to say nothing,
Than say something wrong?
When you only want someone
When that someone is gone. - Intentions

It don't come with no warranties.
So wake up, or wake up alone.
If you want me, show some
Courage. - Courage

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Free Tote Bags from Uniqlo and A.P.C.

When the first Uniqlo boutique opened in Singapore last April 2009 at Tampines 1, they were giving away tote bags for every purchase of S$100 and up. Sadly, the tote bags were all gone when I had the chance to shop.

Recently, the Uniqlo boutique at ION Orchard opened and again, they were giving away free tote bags. My brother was fortunate enough to get one and immediately, I took ownership of the tote. Surprisingly, it's very sturdy and well made. It even has a flap pocket inside where you can but your keys or phone for easy access.

Photo from

Another free tote bag I'm dying to get my hands on is from A.P.C. They're made out of the fabrics used in past collections and A.P.C.'s founder, Jean Touitiou, says, "I hate my old fabrics going to waste...I made them and I’m proud of them." Very well said and done, Mr. Touitou.

Friday, 7 August 2009

MANILA - Here I Come!

It's been a long and tiring eight months and finally, the day has come for me to fly back to my beloved home, Manila. This vacation will definitely be a good one since I've been working my ass off over here in Singapore and I truly believe that I deserve a nice, long break.

There will be a lot of activities lined up for my visit. My mom was so sweet and planned a nice, little get together with my friends tomorrow night. But before that, I'm going to see my stylist and get a decent haircut.

Some things I'm looking forward to:

My friend's birthday dinner at The Stock Market, Bonifacio High Street on Sunday. Photo from Click The City

Lady Gaga concert!

Manila Design Week event on Monday, August 10 at Greenbelt 5. Let's all go!

Okay, that's all for now. See you in a few hours, Manila!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Declaration of Dependence

It's been five years since the Kings of Convenience released Riot on an Empty Street. I've waited patiently and finally, the duo are releasing their latest studio album, Declaration of Dependence, by the end of September.

Their music has always calmed me during moments of anxiety, lifted my spirits in times of grief and has never failed to put a smile across my face. My love affair with their music will continue on and after listening to a few songs off of the new album, I'm quite certain that the love will only grow deeper.

Boat Behind

Mrs. Cold

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Très Bien in London

One of my dreams is to own a small boutique with a well-curated selection of clothing, accessories and shoes. One such boutique that's already doing this is Sweden's Très Bien. And let me tell you, they're doing a very impressive job.

Every time they go on their buying trips, I get inspired by the photos that they take and in a way, I feel like I'm buying with them. Their latest trip brought them to London to check out brands like Albam, Margaret Howell and Woolrich Woolen Mills. Here's a sampling of some of the photos from their blog.

The Albam store facade.

The goods.

Amazing selection.

Okay, I need Superga sneakers.

Looks from the S/S '10 Woolrich Woolen Mills collection. Aren't those totes great?

At Margaret Howell. The space is breathtaking!

For the full entry, visit their blog here.