Candy Magazine's November Issue

Candy Magazine is always awesome so you don't need to hear this from me, or anyone for that matter, but anyway, I'd still like to let you know that I've got a story to share with you on Candy's November Issue. Because you're never too old to grab a copy of Candy.

The November Issue folds out into two more covers!

SUPER THANKS TO MS. MIMI TIU and MS. ANGEL CONSTANTINO, and the rest of the Candy Team for allowing me to share yet another story to their readers. This one means so much to me. Thank you, thank you.

Once a Candy girl, always a Candy girl. Is it bad that I'm 24 and still dreaming of appearing on the cover of Candy one day? I won't stop until that happens! Ha!


Featured Fashionista : Ashley Dy

Ashley was also featured on

I'm pretty smug to say that I'm one to see Ashley's style evolve over the years. We've followed each other on Lookbook since we both had accounts back in 2008. I wouldn't say 'evolve' in the sense that she started looking really boring, in fact its the opposite - she started on the right foot, but she just kept getting better and better at expressing herself.

Her style's unpredictable and limitless, but she definitely pulls them off. Another proof that its definitely not in the clothes, but in the person who wears them.

its ALWAYS nice to see people who defy the 'rules' of fashion and make one themselves, because its their outlet of creativity. Its kind of boring to see the same looks put together. I respect them if that's how their thing, I don't even dress as awesome as they are, but its difficult to break free from how society wants to see people on the street, like they dictate how things should go because its the trend. Ashley's one of the few who you could say is, "a breath of fresh air".

Ashley definitely lives by "CandyKawaiiLover" - sweet, cute, adventurous, and always pulling it off. You're gonna be smittened, I tell you.

1.) Place of Birth
Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila

2.) Other interests aside from Fashion
Languages, writing, traveling, art, photography. Currently, I am into illustrating and merchandising, too.

3.) What/Who are your inspirations (fashion-wise)?
Today: I am inspired by Vivi Magazine Japan (I wrote Japan specifically because I just saw that China/ and or Taiwan has their own version of Vivi), Nicole Warne of, The all-new preppy American Apparel, Zara A/W collection (it's to die for), Miu Miu, Russian fur hats, Louise Ebel of and Alexa Chung. It varies from time to time though Vivi Japan is a staple.

4.) Do you usually pick out what to wear or do you spontaneously put an outfit together?
Most of the time, it's just spontaneous, really! I wear whatever I could grab on my closet and then eventually I'll put layers or accessories. On special occasions, I plan ahead.

5.) Who would you say is your biggest influence (with how you see fashion, dressing up)?
We all look up to our moms, don't we? However, upon growing up, I just discovered my own style. I have been experimenting all my life but just recently, I am sticking to my personal style (a combination of European specifically Parisian and Asian specifically Japanese fashion.)
My love for both culture, I think, influenced me the most.

6.) What is one fashion staple every fashionista should have in their closets?
For me, it would be hats! Not only that it could save you from a bad hair day, but it also adds flare to any outfit.

7.) Other people find it rather difficult to express themselves through fashion, and would choose to conform to what most would say is "cool" or "in season". What tip/advise would you give them to let their mood/personality speak through their clothes?
I have been through this dilemma so I have a few things to share regarding this experience that I think might help...

1. First, pick clothes that will make you feel comfortable. Don't forget these things to consider:

1.1. The weather. This is essential, you don't want to be freezing during winter!
1.2. Venue. Where are you going? I bet it's annoying to be reprimanded wearing improper clothes upon going to church. There's a thin line between expressing yourself and respecting others. You should know where to draw the line.)

2. Look in the mirror (I know it's a difficult task to judge ourselves than others but this way, it will be easier to see yourself clearly without other people's opinion) and ask yourself:

2.1. Do I look great?
2.2. Do I like what I'm wearing?
2.3. Do I have the confidence to wear this?
2.4. Will I mind if anyone see me wearing this?

If you answered Yes to questions 1-3, you're ready to go! Of course, No would be the perfect answer for the 4th question.

On trends

If you love an item for so long but it happens to be on trend lately.. like for me, it would be brogues. It's everywhere now, isn't it? Stick to it! Don't change yourself just because of trends. You can keep it for awhile if it annoys you, though.

If there's a trend you would love to try. Let's say, the "military" look. Pick one item that is military inspired and ditch the whole military look unless you want to look like in a costume or uniform. In my case, I didn't get a military jacket but I would love to get a military inspired boots if I get a chance.

8.) What was one insecurity you always had about yourself, and what did you do to overcome it?
When I was younger, I am insecure about my height. I think I never admit that I'm insecure about anything except now! Hahaha! I am egoistic like that. But I was, I used to think I am 5'4 when I'm only 5'3 or shorter! However now, I embraced being short (or maybe I'm tall or just normal for most Asians?)

9.) How old were you when you moved to Japan, and how did the country affect your style and the way you see fashion?
I've been going here since I was twelve (with my family of course.) Two years ago, my family moved in here and I followed. I think Japan has changed me in a lot of ways. Japanese are known fearless when it comes to fashion and I think, it boosted my confidence as well to express myself better. Here, I found out that fashion is a lifestyle.

10.) What are the few things you learned from the Japanese that you'd like to share with us?
Well, Japanese people chooses to dress for themselves rather than to impress others. I think that's the most important, you feel good about yourself.

"L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux: The essential is invisible to the eyes."
- The Little Prince

Learn more about Ashley through her LookBook / Chictopia / Twitter / Blog.


Wo, Architecto! (And Other Amazing Goodies)

Thanks to my bestfriend Nof, who is itching to take up Architecture, she showed me this awesome website that houses some of the most awesome ideas - a few of them have not been brought to life yet, but hopefully they will! I couldn't help but let my jaw drop everytime I come across something amazing.

Here are a few stuff I found interesting and would like to share with you. Credits to the people behind Yanko Design, as well as its genius inventors. You don't know this about me, but I aspired to be an inventor (as well as a scientist) when I was young, so I'm actually into these things because they just blow my mind - it also inspires me to come up with something awesome and useful and clever someday. Sheer brilliance! There are so many amazing people all over the world, God bless the internet for giving us the chance to be inspired anytime we want to.

I probably got this from my Mom, because she loves to hammer things, drill walls and stuff. She's pretty hardcore. I remember coming home to her on top of a ladder countless of times. If only I had the space, I'd probably end up to be just as awesome as she is (also like Alodia Gosiengfiao).

The Nail hammer allows you to store several nails in the hammer's handle. Finally, these days are over :

Step 1 : Take a crackload of nails and store it somewhere...anywhere within reach.
Step 2 : Form "I'ma nail the heck out of you, wall!" position
Step 3 : Take one nail, position onto wall
Step 4 : Make sure hands will not end up as nails
Step 5 : Put game face on
Step 6 : Grab another nail
Step 7 : Oh no, nails fall down from wherever they are within reach!
Step 8 : Get down from ladder (if you are in one) / Pick them up, repeat Step 1

Awesome, right? I want to have one. I guess all these slips that happen during hammering add up to the experience (also sense of fulfillment) but who wouldn't want to have a smooth relationship with a hammer? ... Or nails, for this matter?

Another thing my Mother taught me was to use everything down to its last drop / scoop / etc. Toothpaste finished? Cut the plastic in half, it lasts for about 2-3 days. Shampoo and Conditioner bottles empty? Fill it with water and shake, it lasts for about a day or two. The tiniest piece of soap bar left? Stick it to your new one. Now this thing makes it easier!

How clever. I'd love to have one. My Mom would've been really psyched to own several of these.

This one's pretty and the same time, multi-functional. I love how it makes you feel like you're in your own personal space. I used to gather unused curtains and cover it around a medium-sized side table and fill it with loads of different things. Color pencils, my stuffed toys, my journal, so many things (even the ones that aren't really necessary, but I guess when you want to build your own world, everything else is a necessity... even punchers end up in there). And as I grew older, I still wanted to have something like that, a personal space, that makes me feel like I'm safe, that I can do anything, or be anything.

I'm not sure if it has the same effect on you, but seeing this initially gave me that feeling. Its reliving your childhood days with style.

How pretty is this? Do you agree that nothing really beats being close to nature when deciding on where to raise a family? I mean, the City is awesome but living in the country with a place like this, wow. Its true when they say that you feel closer to God when you're surrounded by the things He created. Especially in a scenery like this! Trees, grass, the wind...

Surely Mother Earth is raising two very huge thumbs up for you. When God blesses me with enough munniez to build one, I'ma build one. Well not with my bare hands, but I'm going to hire someone of course.

Because almost all the good ones are actually the biggest things occupying any desk, seriously. PERIOD.

Because when you're skiing (or doing whatever activity your eyes need protection from), don't lessen the fun by worrying what time it is, where the hell you are, wondering what the temperature is and all that. These things are just one button away.

Its got 3-Dimensional polarized and photochromic lens! Wawaweewa! I don't ski but it would be nice to own one to use when you're out camping, like maybe in Mount Everest.

Ideal for releasing / promoting a single, you can play it on a turntable, but this thing also disassembles into a CD, a USB, and you can detach the paper which contains the iTunes music code for downloading.

Maybe you could even write four singles, one on each type to make owning one even more exciting. Haha! I'M SO AMUSED I CAN'T EVEN

Isn't bath time one of the most essential parts of the day? I know that my day isn't complete if I haven't spent a good 30-50 minutes in the bath (this usually happens at night). In or out of the tub, it doesn't really matter (although I'm a huge fan of bubble baths, especially with my husband! Its so romantic and intimate, I can't not love it).

Check out this baby. It elevates for people to "walk out of it" (not get out of it) easily. Its slip-free since the flooring at the end of the tub mimics the beach shore!

What an extravagant way to enjoy bath time. Me likey.

I have one thought on this : Its too cute, it makes blood donation less stressful.

I love the "THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP" note in the side! Also, that the bag is covered in opaque white paper-like material? How adorable is this! It looks so chic! Not gory at all. The sight of it doesn't make me feel like passing out. I hope this doesn't cost too much for us to avail. Now who wouldn't like to give something from the heart (literally) in style? Must Anna Wintour approve?

THIS IS THE DREAM! Its like something we've always imagined, and in some ways thought to be possible, but now that the idea's almost brought to life...Well I can't help but wish I could own one someday. I remember watching Nicole Scherzinger's "Baby Love" video and that just made me remember my dream of living by the sea somehow. But this yacht, however...

Saying this in Rachel Zoe fashion, I DIE. Because this thing is buh-na-nas. If you weren't blown away then there's something wrong with you. Or maybe its that I'm pretty easy to please (yeah, like owning a Yacht like this won't make anyone completely blissed out).

*Click on the titles to be re-directed back to its original page if you want to find out more about the product/design

I think I'm gonna doing more of these again. This was fun blogging about! Who knows, I might come up with something one day and make it happen! Did you ever want to invent / design anything when you were younger?