We were young when we heard you

Today I wore 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

Like the sun we will live to rise again

black-widow-fullI’ve participated in costume parties before, and I’ve always enjoyed dressing up as my favorite characters. Last year I dressed up as a barefoot Captain Jack Sparrow in a pirate shindig. Some time in college I came to a party as the winter Lara Croft. But this one… This one has to be my favorite so far.

Me as Black Widow!

I decided to be a cross between the comic book version and the movie version. Used dark blue Widow’s Bite instead of yellow ones, and black belts instead of the yellow one. Also: guns!

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I pull my shirt on, walk out the door

Then I see you
You’re walking ‘cross the campus

-“Campus”, Vampire Weekend

Since what I’ve been working on for more than a month now has to do with youth and students and high school and college and students and teachers and campuses… Here’s me wearing a school-ish outfit.

I pull my shirt on, walk out the door

Sort of.

Depends on where you’re from.

*ahem*

YEY COOL WEATHER SO I CAN DO LAYERING! Heeheehee.

White striped blouse, found and owned from my mom’s closet. Black shirt, Giordano. Knapsack, Kipling, from 15 years ago (no exaggeration). Jeans from Jag. Still-being-broken-in ankle boots from Bass. Watch from Tomato. Bracelets I made in college. Glasses. And, student-mode-me in true form: zero make-up.

I almost wore my Chucks with this outfit, but, like I said, I’m still trying to break in my boots.

This was at noon. Harsh lighting+glass window+red tiles = dramatic lighting. <3

I’ll put a flower in your hair

I'll put a flower in your hairFor the Tangled premier, it’s only right that I use one of my satchels (in honor of Flynn) and put flowers in my hair (in honor of Rapunzel).

To be completely honest, if I had a Rapunzel-ish dress—or a Flynn-esque vest, for that matter—I would’ve worn it, but I had to settle for this sort-of-flowy blouse with the princessy-design on the front. I could actually fit a frying pan in my satchel, but decided against it. Haha!

Pink top from People are People. Jag jeans. Bag from…Sara, I believe. Sandals from Circle C. Bracelet from…somewhere.

Title from “Lucky” by Mraz and Caillat.

We drew our own constellations

We drew our own constellations

I spent two days—count ’em, TWO DAYS—to come up with this outfit. Mainly because of these two pieces:

Trilby from Lucban, P75. I’ve always wanted a fedora, and when I saw this during the Pahiyas festival, I bought it at once. I didn’t notice that it’s a tad too small for me. I haven’t worn it since, and I was thinking of sell it (or giving it away) and buy another one. But I ended up deciding to keep it. It’s been in my closet for half a year, patiently waiting for me to put it on my head.

Leather ankle boots from Bass, a gift from a friend. I was a bit hesitant about these boots. I mean, as many of you know, I LOVE boots, but…ankle boots? I wasn’t quite sure. I didn’t know if I had the jeans to wear them with (my other jeans keep bunching up around it), and I didn’t know if I had any other outfits to go with them. Ah, but I tried them, anyway.

So I had two things I definitely wanted to use—actually, I NEEDED to use them if I was to convince myself that they had a place in my wardrobe.

After many trial combinations and variations and mix and matching, I finally threw them together with my a graphic shirt from Circle C, a robot necklace from my brother (which you cannot see in this photo), my favorite unbranded jeans from Circle C, and my favorite satchel from Metrobank.

And, whaddya know? I think this combination might actually be working. Yeah?

“listen to all the translations
of the stories across the sky”

Title from “Constellations”, Jack Johnson

That’s when I love you

All of these moments just might find their way into my dreams tonightBlack dress, Kirei, P2000++. Strappy sandals, a gift Ana. Red accessories, borrowed from Karess.

Every time I’m reminded of the price, I feel my bank account crying. But the dress is definitely worth it! Agree?

I think I tried out around 8 dresses before getting to this one. Some of them I put on and took in a matter of seconds, but some I actually considered. I narrowed it to the top 5 to the top 3 until I finally decided on this one. Haha!

Like I said before, I don’t really do dresses unless I really needed to. But when I need to wear them, I actually like how I look in dresses. With this dress… I LOVE how I look in this dress!

This is my dress for Cocoy and Estela’s wedding. Their theme was black and red.

Title from “That’s when I Love You”, Aslyn.

See, dreams really do come true

See, dreams really do come trueWhen the Legally Blonde: The Musical began its ran in 2007, I have been so in love with it. I had practically the whole selection in my head, and I can sing along to the soundtrack. I’ve never had the chance to actually watch it live, though. (MTV’s broadcast doesn’t really count as live, of course.)

Until a friend told me on the 24th of June 2010 that he had an extra ticket to the Hot Pink Preview…which was on 24th of June 2010. I almost jumped and screamed in my desk in my office, but I (barely) managed to stifle my excited shriek.

Of course, wearing Elle’s signature color was a must! I had my housemate prepare my pinkest, Elle-est blouse, this one I got as a hand-me-down from I-don’t-even-remember-where-anymore. (It doesn’t look so hot pink here, though, because of the yellow light.) Also, I borrowed Karess’ pink bag. I would’ve worn pink shoes if I had them, but I had to content myself with these denim flats, also borrowed from Karess.

Yep. Some of the best outfits come from other people’s closets. Haha!

When I found out over a year ago that Atlantis Productions was bringing Legally Blonde: The Musical to Manila, I freaked. In a good way, at first, because I was FINALLY going to be able to watch it. And then there was a doubtful pause as I realized that we didn’t have blondes in the Philippines, which means that a wig was going to be used, which means that it was going to be horrible. (I never doubted Filipino talent for a second, but, come ON. ELLE IS A BLONDE.)

I bought a ticket, anyway… And then, as mentioned above, I got a ticket to the preview.

And let me say this: obviously fake blonde wig aside, Legally Blonde: The Musical Manila was AWESOME. I already knew the show inside and out, but they still managed to make me laugh at the jokes I already knew. Very, very nicely done!

I still have the ticket I originally bought. Am I still going to use it and watch the show for the second time? Oh, most definitely. It was that good.

Title from “Omigod You Guys”, Legally Blonde: The Musical Vocal Selections.

I’m still an arrow unshot

I'm still an arrow unshot…fixed in a bow, I’m still, I’m still
– “Still”, Great Lake Swimmers

Off-shoulder blouse, Shaw MRT Station. Jag jeans. Nine West sandals, borrowed from Karess.  Moon guitar necklace, Circle C.

I have never worn this blouse before this shoot. It’s not exactly office material, and for some reason the time to wear it hasn’t come yet. Until this shoot.

Now that I know how it looks on me—you have to admit, sometimes looking in the mirror isn’t the same thing—I can’t wait to really use it in real life.

On a side note: I almost took a line from Electric Avenue for the title of this post. Something about hanging laundry. Or maybe that “rock it in the daytime, rock it in the night” coda.

About the photo
Photography by Veejay Jimenez. More photos here~

sooner or later you’re gonna be the last thing on my mind

sooner or later you're gonna be the last thing on my mindSooner or later
I’ll be free to leave the past behind

– “Sooner or Later”, The Alan Parsons Project

This be my prom dress from my high school senior year. For both of my proms, I was part of the Cotillion dancers, so we were required to wear pink (for the juniors) and blue (for the seniors). But I think I still would have worn blue, even if I had the choice to wear another color. Haha!

I wanted a simple, rather conservative gown—I think you guys already know that I don’t like exposing…skin—and, as mentioned, I was required to wear blue, so we had this made. It had sequins lining the neckline and around the waist area. A couple of layers of chiffon underneath the skirt. And the outer material was tule, I believe… And it was so…flowy. I loved it.

I so SO love this dress that until now I still have trouble letting it go. I’ve had it in my closet for years now, and I’ve even lent it out to one or two younger cousins. It still fits me, oddly enough, but, to be honest, I don’t think I’ll be wearing this again. Some friends have suggested that I have it reconstructed into a more current dress. Some have told me to donate it.

I honestly don’t know what to do with it, because I still love it the way it is now.

Told you I had trouble letting go.

About the photo
Photography by Veejay Jimenez. Yup, this is one of the photos out of my shoot.

Sarah means “princess”, and the gown is rather princessly, so it only made sense to be a princess in this photo.  A rather bored princess who doesn’t want to go to the ball. And refuses to wear heels and wants to wear her Chucks, instead.