They’re going to better places

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.

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We could see a new start

One of the frustrating things about shopping is not finding what you need. I’d been dreaming of owning riding boots for years, except the boots I saw were suede, or had heels, or were too flashy, or didn’t have my size. I didn’t need another pair of suede boots–my shin-high ones were a lucky score in a thrift shop–because suede doesn’t agree with Manila weather very much, so owning two didn’t make sense. And I didn’t want to buy tall boots with heels because, at 5’6″, I didn’t need the extra height. As for boots that had too many embellishments, they just didn’t suit my style and the rest of my wardrobe. Continue reading →

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

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.

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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Someone comes along and shows you a brand new way

Someone comes along and shows you a brand new way

I couldn’t resist.

For yet another Tangled screening, I put flowers in my hair again. No flowy princess blouse or any Flynn Rider satchel this time, but I did put my hair in braids.

I’ve forever loved braids, but…the reality is: braids and my hair don’t mix. No matter how I tug or keep my hands steady, my hair slips out of the braids. And even if I do manage to braid my hair, the tie always slides off too early for my liking. *sigh*

BUT I wanted to try braids today, so with the help of water and hair cuticle wax and pins and pins and pins (and my pretty flowers!) VIOLA! Yey braids!

I found a Rapunzel braid tutorial video the other week, and though my hair wasn’t even close to long enough for the whole thing, I at least got the Dutch lace braid down. Haha! (I finished the microbraids, too, but the English braid kept unravelling. So no English braids, and I just let the little guys get lost in the ponytail. Awww~

Title from “Something That I Want”, Grace Potter. From the Tangled Soundtrack.

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.