Can I get a "Heck Yes"?

There is no doubt, just how much I am in love with Paul Jatayna. In fact, I have been waiting for months and months until I can finally bag the OS Necklaces I've wanted since the day I laid eyes on them. I'm not telling you which (meh).

While I wait in agony to own these necklaces, and at the same time, feature the brilliant work that Paul and his team has come up with, I stumbled upon his recent blog entry about Fashion these days that totally echoed my own thoughts. I have nodded and shook my head with every word in approval.

Entitled "The Fashion Scene that I love to come and Hate" :

I’ve been a bit jaded with fashion and style lately. Everyone seems to be so happy and content with looking exactly like everyone else. I browse different fashion magazines, blogs, and style icons and I find it so fascinating that most of them have the same feather earrings, same stripes, same color blocking, same Navajo and Aztec prints, same leopard prints, same leather jackets, and the list goes on and on just like how long the lines are in Zara, Forever 21, Topshop, and Topman. I’m definitely not complaining because somehow I’m also guilty with it. I just don’t see the point of maintaining a fashion blog and trying so hard to bring something different on the table while the rest just look the same or is a copy of one another, without making an effort to change and coming up with something new.

Applause to those making an effort, but the rest should at least try to push boundaries and maintain an identity. I salute the fashion designers who always keep it fresh and don’t obviously peg their creations on what they see on international runways. I know some who have their mood boards filled with cutouts from Vogue. I salute the bright stylists who always think outside the box and not be content with creating the same shit when they’re expected to bring something different. I salute those fashion editors who try to update us with something new, unlike those who just consistently feed our minds with the same information they wrote in their magazines exactly a year ago, or worse, in their last issue. I salute those fashion bloggers who are trying to create a unique identity with their articles and outfit posts, and not just imitate styles of other people then claim it their own.

I know I sound like an asshole right now, and I’m not saying that I’m so different and I know it all because I honestly don’t. Innovation in fashion is extremely difficult and I know that for a fact. Although, all of us can honestly admit this, it’s easy to spot who tries and who copies.

To those who read this, especially those who have been working in fashion for a long time, you may probably think I’m a copy of something else too and I won’t negate it. I probably am. There are billions of people out there and I’m not claiming that I’m so rad and so different because I’m really not. I’m sure my style has thousands of look-alikes. I guess I’m just complaining because I know for myself that I honestly try hard to bring something new. I try hard not to copy others’s works when I design things. I’m always persevering with coming up with something different to show my sense of individuality. Then at the end of the day, I read a blog post about an overrated designer’s new collection looking like a cheap rip-off of Alexander McQueen and an overhyped fashion blogger wearing the same pieces of clothes every time yet surprisingly still gets an increasingly too much attention. What’s the point of trying?

Take note. When everyone is just happy and content with doing the same things over and over, people will stop accepting change and innovation. New things will be rejected. Thus, the purpose of fashion will eventually die.

I guess I woke up in the wrong side of the bed this morning. My morning coffee wasn’t as sweet as how I wanted it to be. I guess it’s really my problem because I constantly seek for new things. What I’m ranting about right now may probably be how the life of fashion really is and has already been established in the industry. I’m probably having a rough day and I need to vent out in my blog. Whatever it is, I’m just stating my thoughts on the whole fashion scene that I come to love and hate.
Original entry can be found here.

Much respect and love to Paul! Kudos to everyone who tries their best to stand out amongst the crowd. I love that we're all doing what we can to freely express ourselves through Fashion but sometimes I begin to question the motive behind "expressing" ourselves. I'm not one to judge, but it is a thought we should all ponder on, myself included.

There is no doubt just how much I love Fashion, but how much of Fashion Blogging do I do for myself? Most importantly, how much of dressing up do I really do for myself? Well IMO, there's no doubt here that I do most of it for me, because I still have the motivation to dress nicely even when I'm covered in an black cloth and don't even have outfit posts on the internet, but still.

I want to look back one day on my blog posts and think to myself, "Boy was I as carefree and heck, and remembering all these people raising their eyebrows..."


Funny Guys

I know this isn't really necessary but I'll tell you why these two guys are probably tying at topping my list. Its cos they have this shmexy sense of humor. They're not afraid of making a fool out of themselves, and its not to look stupid. Not at all.

James Franco

Jason Momoa

And I won't forget to mention, Conan O' Brien himself. I remember watching his show for the first time back in college and man did he rock my world.

Its cool when you have a really hot guy, and he's all smart and stuff, but with the addition of having a really good sense of humor? Dude, you got my vote. Looks fade, and constant seriousness could be boring but guys who make you laugh? That's timeless. And what I love is they don't even have to try. There's just this certain charm about being naturally funny that is such a huge turn on. I'm not saying that being smart won't take you places though, but you know what I mean.

I remember Emma Stone's character in Crazy, Stupid Love saying how she would totally date Conan. I definitely relate to that.

Just thought I'd share this at 3:00 A.M.


New Things Ahead(er)

Don't get me wrong, but I loved my header as it is. If you remember this entry, I was psyched about my header illustration, done by the lovely Valerie Chua :

I'm not saying that I wasn't happy with this (I mean, my goodness, who wouldn't be happy with this piece of brilliantly done artwork?) Valerie definitely got the "Kid" part down - sweet and adventurous.

Enter Afianne Cope of - who is responsible for the "Gnarly" side of my blog header. I asked her to put a collage of these images which she has done beautifully. I love how both Valerie's and Afianne's artworks ended up complimenting each other!

I don't even have to explain why there's a T-Rex. There's the Ravenclaw badge, the Philippine flag, a Turquoise stone (which I have been obsessed with since its comeback in 2002), Kate Moss (I need not to explain, my goodness), a Navajo print, a Lightning Bolt, Space (because Space is awesome and your argument is invalid), Marie Antoinette, a Cupcake, and last but not the least and probably my most favorite part of the collage : my favorite photo of Mama.

I am very pleased by this. Thanks too to Val because she didn't mind us putting together this awesome piece of art that will serve as my header forever and ever and ever.

Cheers to never changing headers ever again! Its definitely WORTH EVERY SINGLE CENT.

Just like Val, Afianne shares her awesome skillz too. So, if you wanna see more of Afianne's epic work, do visit her site and contact her if you wish your blog to be contaminated with her awesomeness. I made the right choice, didn't I?

Everytime I visit Afianne's page, I couldn't help but feel both fuzzy and shmexy. It gives me goosebumps, but in the awesomest possible way. What can I say - girl's got it goin'.


Kid Gnarly's First Ever Give-Away

Can you guess whose goodies will be landing on your doorstep?
Keep visiting Kid Gnarly for details to be posted real soon!


I love Motilo

Just last month, I received Newsletters from Motilo.Com and haven't really gotten around the site until today. Boy, didn't I know what I was missing out on.

What I love most about Motilo is what it does not just for Fashion Bloggers but for people who love Fashion, period.

Its safe to say that its a combination of our favorite sites. You can create looks, shop Designer Clothing and Accessories, Read about the latest trends and interact with friends, both old and new!

What kills me is that I saw that Phillip Lim bag I've been drooling over since last week, and the Proenza Schouler S11 Tote! My gosh! WHYYYYYYYYYYY

Anyway, I just signed up today. I really think you should, too! Leave your username on the comment box so I can add you up!



A photodump of recent Hippystam photos, these are my most favorite ones, thought I'd share them because this app is just too addicting. I post-processed some of them, btw (the last 5).

My poses are similar because I'm trying to channel someone awesome. Its a dead give-away methinks. I post-processed the last 5 photos with Luminance.

There are just so many fun apps at the Apple App Store. Especially Photography and Video Recording/Editing ones. Couldn't get enough. Do you have any favorites you'd like to share?


Spring 2012 : Sass and Bide

Out of all the Spring 2012 Collections I've seen, I believe I've lusted over Sass and Bide's the most. Its got everything I want : Structured Details, Neutral Palettes with a Burst of Color. Gorgeous.

This one's my favorite.
Superficial me needs this in her life.

I've recently paid their website a visit and I wish I didn't, because it was all too good - its every girl's dream! This collection in particular has blown me away. My goodness, THE PRINTS! Why do I keep doing this to myself?


Kate Moss for Mango

I don't give a rat's bumbum what you say. She is my Queen.


Dried Billywig Stings

I love how its like a tongue-twister to me. One time, I chanted it over and over and I think it drove Andrew crazy but he didn't seem to mind.

You have no idea how psyched I am to be one of the selected registrants to be granted an early access to Pottermore!

So what exactly is Pottermore, you ask? According to the website, "Pottermore is a unique online reading experience created by J.K. Rowling and built around the Harry Potter books. Share and participate in the stories, showcase your own Potter-related creativity, and discover additional information about the world of Harry Potter from the author herself."

What's really awesome about it is that you get to be "with Harry" on his journey to Hogwarts, all the way from the Cupboard under the stairs! And at the same time, it allows you to experience his world as well.

And of course, like every other person, what I looked forward to most was the Sorting Hat. I was hoping Gryffindor but I was sorted into Ravenclaw. Which is awesome too because I want to be BFFs with Luna Lovegood, if not be Luna herself.

Ravenclaw and Slytherin's close fight for the House Cup.

Currently obsessed with brewing potions, I've brewed almost everything except for the Herbicide potion, where I just lost my cauldron about 30 minutes ago as a consequence for failing. Also 5 house point deductions. I'm brewing it again, though.

I can't wait until I get to challenge my friends to duel in Spells! I wonder when that's gonna be available.

Pottermore will be open to the public for registration on October. I LOVE POTTERMORE!!!


Midnight Madness

First of the two sets shot last week. After months of putting makeshift photo shoots on hold, we finally found the time to update our "portfolios" if you could call it that.

I love how I look different in these photos! Its been a long time since I sported a tan so you can imagine how confident and psyched I felt. Sadly though, I'm almost turning white again. This blows.

I'm wearing a thrifted Vintage nightgown, by the way. If only our room were neat enough, I would've taken full body shots.



Busy beyond words, in so much pressure, you couldn't even imagine. Meh.

I would usually look at cute photos and videos of kittens, puppies, and rabbits, sometimes even funny babies, but for some reason, this calms me.

I love silk (I honestly think Silk Pyjamas are one of the best inventions ever, also I feel as awesome as Barney Stinson) and obviously, I love anything and everything Native American.

Hermès Silk Scarf

This is too awesome for words. Okay, back to the real world. Freddie Mercury sings in my head. Pressure, Pressing down on me, Pressing down on you...



Not happening anytime soon, but God willing it will. Regardless of the date, I couldn't help but confuse myself between saving up for which Designer bag to get first. I have a couple of designer bags already but nothing beats getting one with your own money, especially with the bag being BRAND NEW!

So, if you were me, which one would you get?

Balenciaga; Giant City

Louis Vuitton; Artsy

Hermès ; Birkin

CHOSSA! Ha! If I get a Birkin it would probably be vintage. I'm not closing my doors. Anything is possible! But even when I have enough moolah to get 'em Birkins, I'd still go for a slighty used, hand-me-down.

Anyway, I always thought of the City as my dream bag. My superficial self would've done ANYTHING to get my hands on one of those babies but for some reason, I'm suddenly leaning towards "Classy" these days. Maybe 'cos I'm old?

I never usually like LV bags because I see them almost everywhere. I have nothing against them, really. But they just never tickled my fancy - until I saw the Arsty IRL a couple of weeks ago. It was definitely my style. Satchels have always been my thing, but this Hobo bag? Hubba Hubba!

What do you think?


I Don't Mind It When You

Man, I'ma lovin' Eliza Doolittle a way too much over the weekend, been the only track I've been constantly repeating since Thursday. I love it when she goes "Can I have some please". GAAAHHHHHHHHHH

My mood these days can be summed up with the vibe of this video. Fun, Flirty, Laidback, Sexy, Carefree.

Which explains why the stress has officially begun. On the outside I'm calm as a clam but on the inside I feel like Patrick Starfish whenever he goes berserk.

That is all.



Yup, this is what's up. A photodump of the random, but nonetheless awesome things I've been doing these days.

Met up with the lovely Guinomla girls and some awesome IPSJian boys last week, after n years! It was so surreal to see them all grown up. We all feel so old, being the only '02 batch in the group.

It was short but sweet. Can't wait to see them again.

My friend Arianne was kind enough to buy this jacket
for me from Penshoppe!

I saw it on my Blogger Friends' photos and drooled.

This explains why I've been sporting a tan these days.

God answered our prayers! 4 days off work and a time to tan! HECKSSSS!

Who told you Balikbayan Boxes don't make good room decorations?

Finally got my babies from Ichibankao!
(more on this on an upcoming post)

My baby Blanco, who I fondly call Blanci (pronounced Blanky)
He was a birthday gift to me from my Tita Becs and Ate Retch!

So how has your month been? Andrew and I finally picked up the photography stuff hidden in the dark corners of our room (have you seen our room? Then don't ask me why I used the words "Dark Corners") and dusted them off, made use of the time we had to take photos, and did just that for two consecutive days. Will be posting photos on separate entries.

And you? What's up, Ketchup?