A wildcard is an opportunity out of the ordinary. In baseball, it gives an inside chance to non-division winners to make it to the World Series.
In many other sports and competitions, it essentially means the same thing: a second “in,” a chance to redeem oneself despite failing to make it under normal circumstances.
Many times in life too, we only either win or lose. And when we lose, there’s no going back. But every now and then, wildcard opportunities present themselves and offer a way back in.
When we tasted the devastating bitterness of a loss, the initial reaction was to cower and reel. And then we thought of all the things we failed at, berated ourselves for whatever we did that cost us our victory, for not having thought of a different play instead.
And from there, painful loss turns into hapless hopefulness: “If only I could get another shot at this. If only there was a way to try again and win it this time.”
Because this time, we know so much better. Among other things, we know that it’s not because we didn’t have what it takes: the drive, the skill, the experience. We know that sometimes, having what it takes is not enough; that fate is the other side of free will’s coin and that circumstances will sometimes be unkind, but that in the same manner, things could turn around. And when they do, we are more than ready.
This is why many wildcards end up as winners. :)
Outfit details: Divisoria batwing hoodie, Hang Ten denim shorts, H&M stockings.
New Era limited edition Stars and Stripes July 4th baseball cap.
SM Accessories bracelets, cuff, bangle and ring.
SM Accessories quilt shoulder bag.
Asian Vogue platform wedges. Hype this on Lookbook here, vote on Chictopia here.
Ph: Don Michael De Leon of Happyfingers Photography (Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook). Special thanks to Magel Ordoñez and Anton Holmes.
Titled because Run D.M.C. is a hip-hop group from Queens, and because my best friend Lester lives there. This outfit is inspired by the street photos he sends me every day of stylish people and interesting scenes he comes across. It’s part-torture and part-motivation; before this year ends, I aim to finally see New York in person.
Giordano released a line of colorful shorts for the summer and I picked out this light blue. It can Iook denim, cotton or chambray, depending on the piece it’s paired with.
Got this button-down from Giordano in Hong Kong just because it was on sale when we went, but I think the Manila stores also have it.
Thought I’d throw in a couple of non-poses. Haha. My mom continued clicking the shutter while I was taking off the button-down.
Yes. On some days there’s many an awkward stance and last-minute clothes-fixing before arriving at a fairly decent shot.
I’d love to know how you’d style this look differently. Maybe with sneakers instead of platforms, change the hair, choose another color button-down? Or we could just chat about whatever. How was your Labor Day holiday? Have you ever been to NYC? Do you like Run D.M.C.? Why is it so hot? Drop me a line here or leave a comment below :)
Hi guys! Hope you all had lovely Valentine celebrations yesterday. Just because February 14th is over, though, doesn’t mean the love season is!
Our Forever21 Valentine’s Lookbook contest is still on-going!
The contest is open to all fashionable couples who want to show off their unique sense of paired-up style in Forever21 outfits.
We’ve posted a few samples already to help get you inspired. The winning couple gets to win a P10,000 shopping spree.
On busy work days such as this one, I can’t afford to take longer than ten minutes to get ready. So what I usually do is just pull on the something simple and comfortable, but still with some interesting details here and there.
A few weeks ago, we blogged about a contest that involved bloggers dressing up in the outfit they would style Solenn Heussaff in, and it had to go along with their interpretation of the theme, “white’s hot.” We also posted our sample entries: “Chic" (Hype this on Lookbook here) and “Classic" (Hype this on Lookbook here).
Now, an update: the top entries have been selected!
We sometimes get asked how we conceptualize our shoots. Nothing cerebral with our process. This is how.
We don’t. Mostly we just check our respective closets and see how we can make what’s in them work, then we find ourselves a nice random spot (in this case, the rooftop parking of a mall) then we click away. The story comes to mind just when we’re about to post. We believe it’s a whole lot more fun that way.
Yellow Ice Watch. “Pump run” shirt and “Goodyear tire” sneaks, Adidas.
Doggie-print hooded shirt, thrifted. Doc Martens-inspired boots, Asian Vogue.
So this is just us, but yeah, it doesn’t always have to look so put-together. Pretty doesn’t always look fun, but fun always looks pretty.
Love. Photographed by Tricia Gosingtian.
We recently got these Alice In Wonderland unisex shirts and couple rings in the mail and we thought they’d go well with our matchy sneaks.
These are actually your normal-looking shirts when we got them, but we decided to do a little DIY deconstruction—we cut off the hems and necklines and modified the sleeves to give them a more grungy look. Let us know if you want a tutorial :)
We love blue, pink and animal prints. These sneaks rock our socks.
SUPERMAN + WONDER GIRL:
13PRD (read out loud as thirteen-produce) shirts come in pairs for couples, but the designs have that streetwear vibe so that you can wear one by itself. This pair right here is called “SuperWonder.”
Photos: Tricia Gosingtian.
BIG LOVE, TOGETHER:
"Little girl with big love" and "big man with big love" shirts by 13PRD, and "Together" necklaces by M+Y, both from Me&U.
One necklace has a black nut pendant, while the other has two silver bolts with cute rhinestones on it. We threaded the nut into one of the bolts—perfect fit. :)
Photos: Tricia Gosingtian.