What you see is really what you see


I like hoodies. But hoodies are usually thick that I could only wear them in freezing air conditioned rooms, or in for a week during the coldest time of the cold(er) season in the Philippines. Which I guess was the whole point of hoodies sweaters. But, I like how hoodies look. They fit my personal style, and my wishlist has long included a thinner hoodie.

Until I saw this marvelous Stark Industries hoodie from The Perfect White Shirt.

I was passing by their Market! Market! branch after work one day, and I doubled back and bought it within 5 minutes. I love it because its material and thinness, actually) is perfect for the Philippine weather. During the cold months when the weather goes down to 20 degrees, I can pull it over a comfy shirt, but I can still use it as a shirt on days like today, when it’s 28 degrees out.

Plus, and this is the most obvious, being the geek that I am, I love this because it is STARK INDUSTRIES. And, yes, I went to watch Ant-Man today, so of course I wore the hoodie. Though I wear it even when I’m not off to watch Marvel movies.

This outfit: Stark Industries Hoodie, The Perfect White Shirt. Black tube doubling as a shirt extender. Black leggings. Boots, Berca Shoe Store.

With apparel based on books, movies, and TV shows, The Perfect White Shirt is a store for pop culture geeks who hate shopping. Their clothes aren’t a weird fit for anyone, and I think the only problem you’ll have is choosing just one thing to buy. They have branches in Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinson’s Manila, and Trinoma. Visit their Facebook Page, Tumblr, or Twitter for more info.

Title from Suuns – 2020 from the Ant-Man UK trailer #2, which I love.

It makes such an almighty sound

Web Design Souvenir Shirt

Everyone has, at least once in their lives, received a souvenir shirt. Even if you hate shopping, you won’t not have a shirt, because, most likely, there’s a souvenir shirt in your closet somewhere. (Unless you frequently clean out your closet and donate those shirts elsewhere.) Recently, I’ve removed most of mine from my closet, though I still kept a few that I like, or have special signicance for me.

I like souvenir event t-shirts that don’t look like souvenir event shirts, as I’ve said before. This one is from the <form> function() and .class web design conference held in Manila in 2011. As one of the members of the Philippine Web Designers Organization, we wear our org or event shirts on our monthly web design meetups.

Whenever I wear this shirt, I have fun—or have a bit of a hard time, if I didn’t feel like it—matching the pop of red on the shirt. I used to just wear red lipstick when I had long hair, but for this outfit, I skipped wearing make-up in favor of a pair of earrings from China, plus the huge resin bracelet from I-can’t-even-remember-where, and red ballet flats that you can’t see in the photo.If you’re interested to attend our meetups to learn or share about web design and development, follow the Philippine Web Designers Org on Facebook, or join the group for discussions.

Title from Drumming Song by Florence and the Machine, which was included in the 2011 conference playlist!

They’re going to better places

Sarah Cada's Pixie Hair 20154

I had the big chop.

I was nervous. I wasn’t sure if a pixie cut would suit me. My salon would style it, of course, but I had no idea if I could pull it off on a daily basis. Plus, I was comfortable with braiding and curling and styling my long hair. I’ve always had long hair, save for that one time in high school when I tried cutting my hair short myself, and those few months from late 2009 to early 2010 when I had an apple bob right before I started this blog.

But I needed a change.

And I could always grow it out if it didn’t work. And I trusted my stylist.

And I needed a change.

So here we are.


Therefore, it’s time to bring on the earrings. I actually have a LOT of dangling earrings,  but I usually reserved them for special occassions, or when I felt particularly inclined to accessorize. Whenever I had a Closet Purge, there were several times when I wanted to toss my big earrings in the discard pile for the sole reason that I wasn’t using them. But now, they’re a part of my daily outfits! Keeping them is now justified, and I don’t necessarily have to buy new ones!

My Pinterest account, then, now has a boards relating to pixie cuts and styling short hair and how to grow it out gracefully.

This outfit: Blue blouse, DEI. Jeans, Jag. Black tube. Earrings inherited from my mom. Necklace also inherited from my mom. Haircut by my regular stylist, Mr. Bunny at Bench Fix Trinoma.

Title from “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and The Heart.

We were young when we heard you

For someone who hates shopping, pretty hand-me-downs are a blessing. And today, I wore one such blessing: my grandmother’s blouse.

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I’m pretty sure she made it herself, because she made clothes for my mom and my aunts and uncles, and curtains and pillowcases for all of us.

I remember a time when I would sit with her in her sewing room as she worked. Sometimes we talked –there was one conversation about old coins that I distinctly remember–and sometimes she would just let me hang out there as I played with my Barbie dolls as I listened to the sound of her sewing machine.

Eventually she started making clothes for my Barbie dolls, too. Tiny blouses, shirts, pants, and gowns, all painstakingly and meticulously created.

I don’t think she ever thought that I, after more than 20 years, would wear one of her own blouses.

This one is a navy blue button-down with white polkadots. The buttons are pretty pearl-like ones, and the collar is real lace (that I think my grandmother made, too). It’s still in really good condition, and it almost feels like it’s newly made.


Other items of this outfit: Bag, P1199, and ballet flats, P799, both from Marikina Riverbanks Mall. Bracelet. Jag jeans.

Title from “The Valley”, The Oh Hellos

Everybody wanna see what it’s like

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I need a new necktie. I bought this one when I dressed as a Nerd Herder for the Chuck Season 3 premier day, but I really need to get neckties of other colors.

But the necktie isn’t the point of this post.

I started wearing glasses when, at ten years old, I realized that I was failing my math classes not because I sucked at math, but because I couldn’t properly see the math questions on the blackboard. I’ve been wearing glasses since, not because I want to, but because I need to. The truth is I don’t like needing to wear glasses, but what can I do? I’d be blind without them.

It really is an inconvenience—which is why I can’t understand why people who don’t need glasses insist on wearing glasses nowadays. You’re ruining your eyes, people!

So, since I don’t like glasses and I don’t like shopping… You can just imagine how drained I was when shopping for glasses.

Still, I kind of came up victorious, I think. My new pretties have ornamental silver flower things on the side, and though I haven’t worn full-rimmed glasses in a long time–I started wearing half-rimmed ones five years ago–I think that maybe I can pull this one off nicely.

I scored these lovely Covergirl frames with awesome photochromatic lenses for P6899 at The Optical Shop. The price itself is a bit steep, but I thought it was worth the value!

Title from “Greenback Boogie”, Ima Robot.