In navy and maroon shades during our fashion blogging workshop for Myth boutique a few weeks ago, where we busted some myths (pun unintended) on blogging and bloggers. Urban Goddess sheer butterfly-printed top, The Catwalk sheer floral skirt, Crave More necklace, SM Accessories bangle, Fab Manila bag, Schu brogues. Hype this on Lookbook here.
Contact lenses from Japanese Candy, without which I would have probably looked like a stereotypical cat lady that particularly lazy day. I was feeling under the weather, as you can probably tell from my unkempt hair and color-less face. I had a slight fever, cough, colds and sore throat but I was so excited to push through with the talk! We’ve been looking forward to it for weeks.
For this look, I wore this “Young Blood” pendant because our audience consisted of, well, young blood.
Since the top and skirt are both sheer and soft, I wanted to offset the daintiness of the ensemble with accessories that aren’t so much on the girly side. Like the Crave More necklace, this SM Accessories bangle can easily edge up any outfit.
My current go-to shoulder bag from Fab Manila. What I love about this brand is that not only are the bags pretty and versatile; the workmanship is also very impressive. I can’t wait to wear the other pieces they sent!
Completing the “teacher” look, haha. I’ve worn these Schu brogues lots of times, for when I want extra height minus the discomfort of wearing heels.
On a random note, I love how this outfit is in the shade of the Love Chic logo pink and blue, without really being pastel pink and baby blue. Hee.
During our talk, we were asked to share our experiences with blogging, as well as answer some questions about Dos and Don’ts, sponsorships, events and other issues.
We were also asked to give some tips on styling, social networking, and marketing your blog. We were almost embarrassed to talk about these things, because there were other bloggers around! So instead of speaking from an authoritative point of view the way workshops or seminars usually go, we went with an experiential approach, just telling our stories and the lessons we learned along the way. We also ended up quoting our parents on some of the things they taught us that we were able to apply to fashion blogging. Our only hope was that those present were able to take something from our stories! Speaking of which, here are some of them: organizers, blogger friends and readers in their stylish outfits!
Arvin Hernandez of Myth and Gia Tugob of Schu
Ana Gonzales and Sarah Tirona
Paul Chuapoco and Taylor Bonostro
Arnie Villanueva and Rovie Divinagracia
Karl Garcia and Sef Tiburcio
Daryll Fagarang and Kim Nieves, Alyssa Yu
Ayah Capalungan, Phylicia Pineda and Pamela Jayne Ang
Thanks to Paul for taking photos, to our friends at Myth and Schu, and to everyone for coming and telling us that you had fun! This is why we love doing talks—it’s an awesome way to interact and learn from each other. :)
If you’d like to have us in your school or org to talk about fashion blogging, styling, marketing (or even relationships, haha), simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to set something up!
The collection was launched during a fun hangout of bloggers and artists on November 7 at Pino Resto Bar in Makati. It’s the newly opened branch of the noted Pinoy-fusion and veggie restaurant in Maginhawa, and they served up comfort food while everyone gathered ‘round to check out the merchandise. Proof that the food was good? Everything was obliterated within a few minutes and we were only able to take photos of these.
Crispy buffalo wings with a creamy tangy sauce
Cheese sticks with nori seaweed, and maybe pesto? We’re not the so great it comes to food blogging because we like to just eat and tend not to bother with the names and the ingredients. Apparently, on this day, we’re not the only ones.
Look at the empty plates beyond. See what we mean?
Jen and Manix look on as Nemo explains the idea behind his designs. (Side note: the strap Jen is clutching is her design, stamp collection. We weren’t able to take photos, but it is an awesome menagerie of passport stamps as an ode to her love for travel. Check it out here.)
Nemo’s graphic artist background is evident in his designs, which are reminiscent of graffiti drawings.
Alessandra, who owns Pino and its veggie counterpart Pipino, made a design with all the vegetables mentioned in the folk song, “Bahay Kubo.”
Diego, who’s a musician and an avid fan of the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens” (just like us!) collaborated with visual artist Dan Matutina on a design inspired by space and the universe.
Comic artist Manix Abrera of Kikomachine Komix, created a hilarious strip about the dilemmas of capturing the perfect photo. Imagine you and your friends about to witness a beautiful sunrise, and the resident photographer takes too long tinkering with the ISO and shutter speed that you fail to capture the very moment that called for a photo. The characters in his strip ended up missing even the sunset! Yep. Based on a true story.
For the shoes, Manix created this his-and-hers “forever alone” design, in a show of his trademark humorous take on emo-ness.
Yes, we know a lot about Manix’s work because (1) Shai used to work with him via email on a regular basis a few years back, and (2) we have all his Kikomachine comics.
It was our first time to meet him in the flesh though, so of course we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be fans! Autographs! Haha.
“Class picture” at Pino’s doodled wall. Clockwise from left: Madz Rausa, Alexis Lim, Charlene Ajose, Jonver David, Jen Horn, Alessandra, Lloyd Salac, Shai, Tin Rementilla, Helga Weber, Diego, Manix, Paul Chuapoco, PdP’s Pauline Santillan, Nemo, PdP’s Nica Kim, Abbey Sy. See more photos at the PdP facebook page!
Another day in Cebu! The best thing about this city is everything’s within walking distance. On this day, we went for a walk to Ayala Center and dropped by the Cebu branches two of our favorite stores here in Manila: Complex and Skechers.
Mixing a lot of colors and ideas into one outfit. I tend to do this particularly whenever we’re doing some sort of athletic or sporty chic look, like today. It’s the easiest look to style—simply don’t style it. Haha!
I love how these Quirkypedia accessories instantly make things… well, quirky! Contact lenses from Japanese Candy. A couple of Koreans actually came up to me in the mall and asked me for directions.
I didn’t really pre-style the items I brought to Cebu, but it was a good thing I brought this top from Style Hub. It’s got this cool jersey-type detail that to go with the sporty shoes. As for the Chemistry belt and shoes—so versatile! You’re sure to see them lots more times in my outfit posts.
Forever a fan of candy colors! It doesn’t really matter whether the colorblocking, neon and athletic-chic looks are in season; whenever I feel like going for a happy look, it’s candy colors for me.
Of course, walking burns calories (and makes tummies grumble). Seph loves Mexican food, and we had heard of a café in Ayala Center Cebu serving just that. It’s called Mooon, and that’s where we headed to grab a bite. Beef burrito, anyone?
Mooon Café’s interiors are also Mexican-inspired. Beautiful wall, isn’t it? We wanted to take more photos of the surroundings, but the place was filled with so many people and we didn’t want to disturb their lunch. More photos on Mooon’s Facebook page.
Thanks to the staff of Complex and Skechers.
Hollywood pop star Joe Jonas visited Manila last week to join Bench’s lineup of international endorsers.
I’ll always be a sucker for accessories. I try to make up a little story or theme behind the pieces I put together. Can you guess what this one is about?
My favorite F21 booties for making me look taller without making my feet hurt walking or standing around in events.
The Rizal ballroom at the Makati Shangri-la, abuzz with anticipation while everyone waited for the presscon to start.
PR maven Thysz Estrada flanked by blogger sisters Verniece and Vern Enciso
Starstruck with bigshot producer Mike Carandang (America’s Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, Jerry Springer). It took us a few minutes and a lot of coaxing from Thysz before we could approach him, because being a producer herself, Shai is a huge fan.
The day’s host Raymond Gutierrez addressing Joe Jonas fans, who had gathered at the event for a meet-and-greet with their idol. At left, Mike and Shai trying to capture the flurry.
As soon as Raymond took to the stage to announce Joe’s arrival, the fans were all screaming, “I love you Joe!” And then, there was popstar pandemonium.
Joe in his “More fun in the Philippines” Bench outfit. Best known as the lead vocalist of teenybopper pop-rock band The Jonas Brothers with his brothers Nick and Kevin, Joe has since done away with his heartthrob-next-door image in favor of a more mature one, both in terms of his looks and his sound.
He sang three songs from his debut album Fastlife, and you could hear the fans singing along in between shrieks of “Marry me, Joe!” and “I love you!”
…to which Joe graciously responded with a smile and a thank you peppered with a few Tagalog words: "Mabuhay" and “Mahal ko kayo!”
It was awfully nice of the Bench and Joe Jonas teams not to cordon off the stage area. Bloggers and members of the press were allowed to get as near to Joe as it gets, allowing us to take a lot of close-up photos.
After the mini-performance, Raymond proceeded with the Q&A session.
We got to ask: “What’s the most memorable thing a fan has ever done for you, whether it be sweet or weird?”
Joe gave two answers: a hippopotamus named Joe Jonas, and a few stars in the galaxy named after him.
Mr. Ben Chan thanking Joe and the press for being there that day: “It’s more fun with Bench!”
With Patricia Prieto and Alyssa Lapid. Getting together with fellow bloggers is one of the main reasons events like these are worth going to!
Class picture: Thysz, Reg Rodriguez, Aisa Ipac, Tin Iglesias, Anagon, Kaye Awatin, Sarah Tirona, Tracy Ayson, Paul Chuapoco. We’re all getting together again this Saturday at Bloggers United 3. Details about the bazaar and how to get there here!
Outfit photos by Jeru Czar
The Bloggers United bazaar series is fast becoming one of the most anticipated sale events in the metro—so much so that even before the second one has ended, the organizers were already getting requests for the third one! After all, where else can you have your favorite bloggers gather together to sell prized pieces from their own closets or design studios while using their influence to inspire positive action? We’re happy to be once again taking part in this stylish affair for a cause—and you can, too!
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Take the MRT and get off at Guadalupe station. Ride a jeep bound for Ayala Ave.Get off at Buma Building. When you see Chick-In Chicken Inasal, you’re at the building.
- Driving from Ayala (coming from North EDSA side), head northwest on Ayala Ave. towards Hotel Dr., turn left to Metropolitan Ave. Buma Building is on the left side of the street, located beside Total gas station and after Metrostar Building on the right side.
- Driving from Buendia (coming from North EDSA side), head southeast on Buendia toward Senator Gil Puyat Ave., continue onto Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., turn right onto Paseo de Roxas, take the first left onto Jupiter, continue to Metropolitan Ave.
- Driving from Taft Avenue (Southbound), head northwest on Taft Ave. toward Pedro Gil, take the first right onto Pedro Gil, turn right onto Tejeron, continue onto J.P. Rizal Avenue, turn right onto Chino Roces, turn left onto Pablo Ocampo Sr. extension, take the third right onto Kakarong, turn right onto Metropolitan Ave.
- Driving from SLEX (Southbound), head southeast on South Luzon expressway toward Estrada, slight right to stay on SLEX, take the first left onto Malugay, turn left onto Chino Roces, turn right onto Kamagong, turn left onto Metropolitan Ave.
Stay updated by following Bloggers United 3 on Twitter, Facebook, and the official webpage. Bloggers United is in partnership with Operation Smile and Globe Tattoo. Event is co-presented by Colgate, Hedgren, Jansport, Canon, Zalora, Raffles, Clear, Pond’s and Hotel Celeste. Official media partners are ETC, Meg, Status Magazine, When in Manila, and Gadgets Magazine in cooperation with Kotex, Payless, Nail It, Fashionary, Pinkbox, Coca Cola and Lorys. Special thanks to The Closet Goddess, Le Plume, Asian Vogue and Bubbles.
Animal print on animal print, plus that peek-a-boo paw print.
Top, Divisoria. Cover-up, SM Department Store. Shorts, Terranova. Socks, SM Accessories. Boots, Forever21. Necklace and bird ring from Bangkok. Studded bag, Susto. Hype this on Lookbook.
With June, Noy and Diane of SM Accessories. Thanks for having us! We had a great “time” (heh, another pun). Privado is until this Sunday, so scoot over to the SMDC showroom in Mall of Asia and shop your heart out!
Oh, and speaking of shopping, tomorrow is the much-awaited Bloggers United Bazaar and we’ve got a booth. Details here. We’ll be selling not just accessories, but some of the clothes you see us wearing in our previous posts. See you there!
A sneak peek at some of the awesome stuff we’re selling at the Bloggers United Bazaar.
Necklaces! From sparkly and vintage-inspired to rocker-chic resin and watches, there’s a perfect chain for every mood and outfit.
Charm bracelets for those who love summer, the great outdoors, or the ocean—or just love wearing pretty things.
Bangles for the dainty, the edgy, the glamorous and the pop-lovers.
Funky pop-culture stud earrings make for a unique fashion statement.
Rings too pretty to resist. The gold ones are handmade.
How to get free tickets:
1. Open to our followers on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.
2. The tickets are from Bloggers United and Multiply, so you have to be following them on Facebook and Twitter as well.
3. Tweet this: “Hey @sephshai, I want free tickets to the @bloggers_united bazaar! #BloggersUnited2”
The first twenty (20) to tweet us will win those tickets. Just make sure you follow these mechanics to the letter, because we’ll be double-checking. Tweet away :)
Congratulations to our guest pass winners: (1) Kristine B. Anarcon, (2) Eliza Malferrari, (3) Patricia Cariño, (4) Mary Ann C. Cortez, (5) Ma. Victoria M. Pangilinan, (6) Mary Aurabel D. Salas, (7) Ivy Grace F. Rivera, (8) Mary Angeline D. Salas, (9) Ross Martin D. Moreno, (10) Camille Peteros, (11) Francesca Diomano, (12) Toni Elarmo, (13) Sherry Yao, (14) Regine Salumbre, (15) Judecen Ivy Torres, (16) Eva Marie Soquena, (17) Jennica De Castro, (18) Amanda Joyce Paredes, (19) Klarence Tolosa, (20) Joselle Allyssa T. Frilles. See you there!
Just us lollygagging around this dilapidated playground. Little wonder everything’s so rusty here. What with gadgets and the Internet and cable TV, nobody’s come out to play real games, outdoors, in years. It’s something we’ve resolved to do more often.
On another note, the Bloggers United Bazaar is only a few days away! (See sidebar for deets.) We’ll be sharing a booth there with Feanne and we’ve got loads of cool stuff to sell. Here’s more: we’re giving away 20 guest passes! Be sure to check back here tomorrow if you want to score some for you and your friends.
Photos: Janine Cham