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Among others, this is one question we get asked too many times: aside from the obviousness of being a his-and-hers blog, what else makes us different?
First off, allow us to say that we believe blogs cannot really be compared with each other in terms of superiority or inferiority, as each one is unique and has features that set it apart from the rest. The point of this entry is simply to state what ours are, in response to the questions. The last thing we want is to get into any rifts or psywars, real or imagined. After all, we started this blog simply to celebrate our shared love for many things such as fashion. Most of the time, we just like to keep to ourselves, content in our own little world.
This is why we’ve refrained from tackling this topic lest some take it the wrong way. But the start of this year taught us that no matter how careful you are with what you do, say, or even think, others will see what they want, hear what they want, believe what they want. So, disclaimers aside, let’s have at it for all you Tumblr Askers, email senders and talk attendees. What makes Love Chic different? We answer this by answering other blogging FAQs we’ve received over the past couple of years. Names/emails withheld by request.
Q: Do bloggers really have unlimited shopping funds? Is it true that even if you don’t, you’re always given stuff so you can afford to not repeat outfits for a year?
A: We’re not sure that it’s true or not for other bloggers, but in our case, all you have to do is browse our Archive. While we’re thankful for brands who send us gifts from time to time in appreciation of our blog, like any normal, ordinary person on the street, we have standard closet spaces in our homes and we repeat and mix and match our outfits all the time. Not because it’s a styling challenge for some fashion story or something but because we make do with what we have. And even if we did have unlimited shopping funds, we’d probably keep shopping department stores and inexpensive brands and spend the money on our dream house or a business venture or traveling or enrolling in language/music/art classes or giving huge regular donations to the Ateneo Scholarship Fund, to give back for Shai’s full scholarship in college. (By now you can probably guess that these are things we’d sink our money into should we win the lottery or something).
Q: Is it true that unless you come from a wealthy background, you can’t afford to blog? Seems like you’re all sosyal and have the time and money to pursue this.
A: Again, it may be the case for many, but not for all. In our case, we’ve always been very upfront with our readers regarding our middle-class (“commoner,” to the elitist) socio-economic background, just as we have been candid about how and why we can blog: Shai is in TV production, lifestyle journalism, clothes and accessories design and digital marketing and these enable us to be in charge of our own schedules. As for affording the clothes, anyone can afford the clothes we wear! We mention the brands in every post, and seldom will you see a high-end item (either a gift or a long-deliberated splurge). It’s not the brand, it’s not the price. It’s how you wear it.
Q: Style blogging looks so easy that anyone can do it. Why do only the same bloggers get freebies and invites to events all the time? What makes a good blogger?
A: True, style blogging is something anyone can do. All you need is your personal style, basic photography skills, decent photo-editing software, a camera and a computer with Internet. But there are bloggers who are ahead of the pack because they approach it much the same way they likely approach any other aspect of life: if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. They give their best in everything they do and so reap the results. Of course, we can’t undermine that thing called luck: meeting the right people and being there when opportunity strikes. For us though, the really good bloggers are those who love blogging not for the perks, but for blogging itself. Having the passion and commitment without being overanalytical or taking themselves too seriously. They never let themselves forget that blogging is supposed to be fun; not the end-all and be-all of life.
Q: What else do fashion bloggers know how to do other than have picture-perfect hair, makeup and outfits 24/7 and look good in every photo?
A: One’s online persona is not and should not be taken as a 100% accurate representation of his or her real-life persona. We’re pretty sure bloggers don’t purposely set out to mislead readers or give off the impression that they look that good every single minute of the day, but this kind of thinking always seems to come up anyway. In our case, there are days when we have to dress up (meetings, events, etc.), there are days when we feel like dressing up (dates, parties, etc.) and there are days when we don’t dress up at all (the rest of the time). Readers who have run into us in public know for a fact that we go out of the house wearing plain-looking clothes and zero products on our face and hair. These you seldom see being blogged due to a thing called “curation.”
As for what else we can do? Aside from the skills one can presume we possess from our above-mentioned jobs, we’re happy to say that we bust some (quite unfair) notions about bloggers being all fancy and glamorous and not knowing much more beyond that. We’ve known how to cook, do housework (dishwashing, manual laundry, ironing, sweeping, polishing, gardening, car-cleaning, carpentry, the works) since we were both 8 or 9 years old. We both drive ourselves (manual, yes) to places and we also take public transport (Manila and provincial). We both know how to sew things (by hand and by machine), draw (certainly no artists, but at the very least passable) and do musical stuff (Shai sings and plays the piano and ukulele but then again, which Pinoy doesn’t? Haha).
While in college, Shai worked as a reporter, researcher and writer for different companies. Seph stopped schooling to work in a call center for a while. So an overheated car in the middle of nowhere or a seemingly insurmountable work crisis isn’t likely to have us bursting into hapless tears.
The long and short of it is that we’re blessed to have been raised by parents who made us self-reliant ever since we were kids. That way, we’re flexible: we can enjoy the finer things in life from time to time but the world doesn’t end just because a driver or household helper can’t come to work.
These might seem like no big deal to others, but to us, it is. More than being sent abroad to cover fashion events, more than being featured in local and international publications or on TV shows, more than all the other perks that this blog brings us, we’re proud that we’ve been able to pursue blogging despite not having all the resources, all the connections and all the luxuries that textbook-definition bloggers are supposed to have. We’re proud that we get to inspire readers as well as express ourselves. We’re proud of the skills and values our parents taught us that enabled us to acquire a few things on our own (with their guidance and support, of course). We may not wear luxury items, drive fancy cars or live in huge mansions, but we work hard to pay for what we do wear, what we do drive, and where we plan to live when we’re married. These, are what makes us different. ♥
On Seph: Chemistry button-down and pants, SM Accessories bag and watch, Skechers sneakers. Hype his Lookbook outfit here. On Shai: Chemistry dress, SM Accessories necklace and bag, Parisian booties. Hype her Lookbook outfit here. Favorite this look on our Chictopia here. Photographed by Richard Romero, assisted by Jeru Czar. Hair, makeup, styling and post-processing by Love Chic.
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.
HOW TO GET IN:
Entrance fee is PHP100, but we’re giving away (15) guest passes exclusively for Love Chic followers. All you have to do is tweet this and tag three friends:
"I can’t wait to shop @sephshai’s booth at @bloggers_united! @Friend1 @Friend2 @Friend3 let’s go to #BU3! http://bit.ly/MV0gcc”
We want to be able to meet our genuine readers at the bazaar, so to be fair to those who mean the tweet from the bottom of their hearts, we will be giving guest passes only to the first (15) followers who haven’t tried to score a guest pass from another blogger. Please make sure your Twitter account is public so we can check. See you there!
Thanks to Anagon whose BU3 FAQ post inspired this entry. 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.
Finally, exactly one year since we blogged this photo of the “Puzzle” couple necklaces from Me&U Metallurgy (photographed by Tricia Gosingtian), we have decided to consider the requests of Love Chic readers to put up our own online shop and make the items we wear on the blog available for purchase. Aside from the anniversary coincidence, we think it’s kinda awesome that the blog entry got exactly 143 notes as of this posting. We take it as a good sign, yes?
The shop is actually nothing fancy, just a “Shop Love Chic" album within our Facebook page. We start off with a few select pieces, our personal favorites.
"Puzzle" couple necklaces. What we’re wearing in this blog entry.
"Together" couple necklaces. What we’re wearing in this blog entry.
"Duet couple necklaces." The Cobalt (left) is for guys and the Gold (right) is for the girls. These look very similar to our beautiful couple rings, which we wear every day! See them here.
"Forever Puzzle" couple necklaces. The fancier version of the "Puzzle."
These are made from surgical steel. It is hypoallergenic, which means people with sensitive or acidic skin won’t need to worry about wearing them. They don’t tarnish or fade, and are extremely scratch-resistant. Just imagine a literal doctor’s surgical tools. Yup. We wouldn’t sell stuff we can’t vouch for, and this one we definitely can. Our necklaces look as new as when we got them!
Click here to start shopping! :)
Animal print on animal print, plus that peek-a-boo paw print.
On Shai: 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.
On Seph: Shirt and shoes, Adidas. Blazer and bag, Human. Jeans, Mossimo. Socks, Mossimo. Scarf, Terranova. Hype this on Lookbook.
We went crazy over the watches at Timex. Some were on sale for more than half the original price! We just had to get these cute pairs.
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!
Being a couple of cheapskates, buying designer pieces more often than not goes against our better judgment. We’ve both been earning our shopping money since college, which is why as you would notice in our posts, we seldom splurge on non-investment items and simply mix and match our stuff to form new outfits. But time and again, there are the exceptions: a heartwarming, love-at-first-sight piece, a couture piece that we simply feel was made for us, or a truly awesome sale event. In these cases, we allow ourselves to throw caution to the wind and let the fashion-philes in us take over.
Privado is one such event. From December 1 to 4, SM Accessories will be holding a luxury sale of branded eyewear, watches and jewelry at the SMDC Showroom in SM Mall of Asia. Items from over 75 luxury brands like Dolce&Gabbana, Escada, Calvin Klein, Guess, Esprit, Rayban, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, Citizen, Police and Timex, are on sale for up to 50% off, with an additional 20% discount if you’re an SM Advantage, SM Prestige or BDO Rewards card holder. When our friends at SM Accessories told us about this, we thought we’d share it to you guys so you too can enjoy the perks of Privado. Nothing like bargain-hunting and scoring awesome finds. See you there!
On Shai: floral-print chiffon babydoll dress, elephant necklace, orange socks, silver Sperry Topsiders, brown satchel that matches Seph’s. It’s become one of our favorite his-and-hers items ever: just the right amount of sweet without being corny. Hype this on Lookbook!
Other than to finally satiate our long-held curiosities about what it’s like to visit places outside this country (Seph has only been on a plane for Boracay and while Shai has been to Malaysia last year, she didn’t get to visit Petronas Towers, so it doesn’t count), another reason we tagged along with her mom on this tour was to do some bargain-hunting. So off we went.
View from our van. The way the buildings look, we couldn’t resist snapping away.
First order of business: some nutriments. We ate in the food court of the six-story Platinum Fashion Mall, which is like Greenhills and 168 in Divisoria combined—haul posts next week! The security guards were super strict about prohibiting photography inside. Thank goodness we have iPhones for these food shots: really spicy noodle soup for Seph (as usual), tasty crunchy veggies with shrimp for Shai, and beyond-heavenly chocobanana ice cream crepe for dessert. Everything was so good, and cost us the equivalent of around 200 pesos only. Crazy!
That’s Shai’s mom in purple. We were making our way back to Indra Regent (see it far ahead?) to haul or hauls (hehe) back to the hotel room before heading out again. Even as shopping in Platinum took us about six hours, we were raring for more walking and ended up in Central World, a high-end shopping center that seems to be the Thai version of our very own Greenbelt, Bonifacio High Street, The Podium and Power Plant Mall (yes, combined—it’s huge and has a power cast of shops, as we’ll show you on Day 3). We passed by street food stalls on the way and refilled our tummies with these.
Pork barbecue and sticky rice. We mimicked the passersby and ate this with barbecue on one hand and the sticky rice like a sandwich on the other. Vinegar dip optional.
And hey… what’s this?
Could it be…
Our favorite drinks of all?
Yehess! Green Tea and Milk Tea that’s, dare we say it, yummier than any drink we’ve ever had in the more expensive tea shops here! See that 20 sign? It means we got these for the equivalent of 36 pesos each. Tall glasses at that.
Spotted: Chuck Taylors-inspired sneaker bags. Kulit! Today’s street sights and street food were real fun.