My Flies are Undone. Lily Donaldson.

I would so undo anyone's fly for this shirt

If you know Lily Donaldson, chances are you’re either a fashion fanatic, or your “most popular models list” is already 3 years old. I belong to the latter but who cares? LILY DONALDSON IS THE BEST, FIERCEST, AND DAMN RIGHT MOST BEAUTIFUL MODEL EVER! Dayuuuuummmm! She’s soooooo finneeee!!!! Anyway.

I first caught on with Lily when I saw a photo of her circa 2007, back when I used to read fashion blogs every single day. It was the “alien model” era, when models like Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson, and Jessica Stam ruled the covers of Vogue simply by looking like they’re from another universe (this was followed by the short-lived “feline model” era which was basically the same look but with a bit more meow). I remember it was a snapshot of her with her back ribs showing and I thought, “Omygod she’s so cool!” That’s when it started.

And all my friends thought I was weird when I loved this...

Over the years, many models have come and go that have made it to my “favorites” list; Iekeliene Stange, Snejana Onopka, Coco Rocha, Freja Baha Erichsen, Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman… There were a lot of them but none have ever managed to topple Lily off of my “ultimate” supermodel ranking. I still follow her stuff from time to time (the latest from a “popular” brand is Calvin Klein) and it makes me a bit sad. Sure, I am well aware of the realities of a modelling career’s longevity but I miss all of them alien girls. I miss seeing all those photos from a few years back that made me look forward to reading my next fashion blog for the day.

Nowadays, with people clamoring for “diversity” and “unhealthy body images,” all I see are the same boring faces and bodies day after day. Where’s the beauty in that? Fashion is all about fantasy; a world where everyone’s ethereally beautiful and skinny, wearing clothes that make angels cry. It is not for everyone. And why would everyone even want to meddle with fashion? As Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach said, “So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date.” Some people just don’t get it.

I better look like this when I do my laundry this weekend

With a parting quote from Kaiser Karl himself when skinny models were being criticized all over, “These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly. The fashion industry supports dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women.” I can’t say it any better. I therefore close my post with more pics of the gorgeous Lily D. I can’t pick enough photos to post in here, by that, I mean there’s just so much. Note: Google is our best friend. Enjoy!

Lily Donaldson (L) Caroline Trentini (R)

Hello Summer!!!

Aaaahhh summer. The sun, the heat, the clothes, the sand, the sweat, the annoying jeep rides… Anyway.

Love it or hate it, summer is on its way and what better way to welcome it than with your new Ray-Ban Wayfarers? With their cool retro-funky designs, Ray-Ban’s new S/S 2012 Rare Prints Collection is a must-have for every summer-loving beachgoer, or for someone who simply has an eyewear fetish (are there any of you out there?). Available in a variety of shades and colours to choose from, be sure to grab these babies real quick; you never know how many eyewear fetishists already have this on their wish list (I know I do!). Personally, I love the super multi-colored version (shown below) but for the more conservative types, the shades also come in more subtle tones. Happy shopping!

Eeenie meenie miney moh..

Kiss me Hello

They have this statistic where they say the average woman swallows a total of 1 pound of lipstick a year (or maybe just half a pound, I didn’t really make an effort to remember). That’s 1 pound of oil, coloring, fragrance, and lots of those many chemicals we can’t even pronounce. I’m really not a lipstick person much more than I don’t really wear pink, but wearing that dark chocolate (Revlon I think?) lipstick last Saturday opened that door for me that can never be unopened.

Trust me, I'm wearing clothes.

I think I looked great in it. I think. (It’s that or the teddy bear) It was then that I set my hunt to have my own though with two qualifications; 1.) It must be a dark chocolate shade (this rule was then bent to “just dark”) and 2.) It must be organic, natural, or from a company who supports the organic/all natural “cause.”

I dropped by The Body Shop last the other night to look for a dark chocolate lipstick for me to try out. What they had however was this purplish shade that wasn’t really dark and wasn’t really my color so I got out of there feeling disappointed because their lipsticks were on sale (40% off! Hurry up girls!) and cause I can’t think of any other place that would meet my 2nd qualification aside from them. Apparently, I was wrong.

Just earlier, after deciding to check out The Beauty Bar at Gateway, I decided to ask the saleslady if they had a lipstick in a dark shade. I really wasn’t planning on it (and it was actually not in my shopping list of urgent “important” things) but since I’m the god of my own money, who cares? So she gave me this dark purple thing which I tried, bought, and took with me.

Giving up on my 2nd requirement after trying it on, I discovered that it was actually even better than what The Body Shop had. It’s Bloom’s Mineral Plus Lipstick in “Swing” (how appropriate for the shade) and according to their website and its package which I just read,

“Bloom’s Mineral Plus lipsticks have been made with the goodness of natural minerals, Jojoba and beeswax…”

"sealed with a kiss"

What a score! The last time I went to The Beauty Bar was that time I got my ever so reliable and totally gorgeous eyeliner from Prestige, and Human ❤ Nature’s chocolate lip balm. Now that I think of it, could all of The Beauty Bar’s “beauty stuff” be organic/natural? Well, that’s something I’ll need to know. For now though, I’m quite happy with my “Swing” lipstick. Being an “eye person” when it comes to makeup, it will definitely change things. I’ll post some pics when I get the chance. And oh! Please do share, what Beauty Bar treasures have you found? Feel free to comment below!

The Curious Case of Hideo Muraoka

Here are just a few of the MANY Tumblr posts I have of Brazilian-Japanese model, Hideo Muraoka. If you don’t know him, shame on you.

I really don’t know why but ever since I first saw him way back in PFW S/S 2011 (2 seasons ago), I’ve started obsessing about him. Well, not obsess in a ‘Fatal Attraction’ kind of way but maybe more like in a “super duper devoted fangirl” way. I remember when I first saw him almost a year ago, he and his wife (I know, this just breaks my heart) were being interviewed by all these reporters and I got the courage to ask him for a picture with me. He just smiled, stood next to me, and put his arms around me. *sigh* If only his wife wasn’t around.

My first ever picture with Hideo. No judgments. It's already a year old and I looked different. And oh, I remember my friends taking a picture with his wife while I was having this taken.

They’re just so perfect. Hideo and his wife (whose name for some reason has always eluded me). They even have a baby. There was one time I saw Hideo being interviewed and his wife was just standing by, with their baby. When Hideo’s interview was over, his wife smiled at him and handed the baby to him from afar and Hideo made this just oh-so-adorable thing where he was walking towards his wife and kid in a crouching, whatever, oh-so cute way. The picture of a perfect family. Two perfectly beautiful people together. Two articulate models, not the stupid types, together. Two very very nice people, stopping for anyone who approaches them, together. And of course, I can only assume but I’m confident of it, two loaded people together.

I think it’s what makes me attracted to Hideo; his so-called “perfection.” I can’t even see a flaw, no matter how hard I squint and try, I just can’t. Why do these people have everything? Looks, brains, a nice attitude, a great network of friends and acquaintances, and *ehem* money. It’s just these types of people that make me wonder why I am where I am right now and why are they where they are right now? Is it fair? Or is it just, the way things are? I wonder…

One last eye-candy for this post. Me with one of the "other Brapanese models," Daniel Matsunaga. Sure he's also one them "perfect people" but he's still a boy though. That's why I don't find him as appealing as Hideo, who is every bit of a man. *hihi*

Luscious Luggage

So I just recently came home from a 4 day workshop (details of which I have yet to blog) and I had with me my plain old black luggage that I had always used since I left for Subic last 2009. It serves it’s purpose; it’s sturdy, holds my stuff in, and bottomline, it does it’s job.

It's really not that bad (pardon the image quality, I haven't been able to take decent pics ever since my camera got broken)

 Since I’ve started travelling more and more frequently though, or actually as far as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed of having to tote those Louis Vuitton luggage in the Damier pattern with an attractive looking bellboy whisking me off to my 5-star hotel room. Of course I know I can only have one thing at a time and those LV luggage have always been a target for thieves or whatnot so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw these from the Vogue UK website.

Aren’t they adorable? I’m not really into animal print in my clothes but it does look great in luggage. We often overlook where we put our stuff in when travelling just as long as it keeps our stuff. On the other hand, I for one fully believe that luggage can make or break your whole “travel ensemble” and it’s never a bad thing to always look your best. Am I right?

‘Like’ like your Life depended on it!!!

Just minutes ago, I saw a tweet from StyleBible.ph and I saw this ad from Folded and Hung.

Now this should make all those chauvinistic Manila mayors insecure

I’m sure you’re already all well aware of the whole ‘billboard fiasco’ (that is if you’re from Metro Manila) and may I just say I really missed those billboards from the Philippine Rugby Team. They’re all that I look forward to when I ride the MRT and it’s cute seeing all the people in the train half-looking at them like they’re embarassed to have people know they’re actually looking when in fact, everyone wants to look, who are they kidding? But of course, leave it to some insecure mayors who feel their masculinity being challenged to have an order to take down all “indecent” billboards in EDSA. Now I don’t know about you but I miss those billboards! I miss those men in underwear and fine, I miss the girls too. Now’s our chance to take it all back! Folded and Hung is going to have a dialogue with the Advertising Standards Council (ASC which I know all too well from my AD-___ classes in college) to have the picture above put into a billboard in EDSA (or at least I’m hoping). Just ‘like’ Neil Etheridge’s wall photo in Folded and Hung’s Facebook page and we’re all set.

I didn't bother blurring your name. Everyone deserves to know who you are.

Now of course it’s not 100% certain that with enough ‘likes,’ we’ll be seeing Neil Etheridge’s juicy billboard in EDSA soon but it’s a good start. With people like “Dheo” over there though, it’s become clear that our society has become obssessed with censorship. The latest issue surrounding Mideo Cruz’ “blasphemous” artwork is yet another example of a “conservative” society that imposes to its members what’s wholesome or not. It’s an underwear ad for Pete’s sake! You want the product shown in a ‘sampayan’ or something? So to everyone who’s going to read this, please click ‘like’. This isn’t just some marketing campaign to boost Folded and Hung’s Facebook page visits, it’s a campaign to reclaim our right to free speech. If they started with “indecent” billboards and “blasphemous” artworks, who knows what they will censor next?

Zig and Zag

I can imagine myself wearing this in some beach with a drink on one hand and a nicely tanned boy in another

 The only thing I usually like about spring/summer and resortwear collections are the models; half-naked with their beautiful bodies walking in and out of the runway. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this post from a friend that might make me change my mind after all. It’s Rupert Sanderson’s Resortwear shoe collection and let me just say that I totally LOVE them. See, I’m not really that much into colors, all my clothes are either black/grey and so are my shoes but I can actually see myself wearing these. They’re perfect for everything from beach parties to an urban night out in the city to even just lounging around at home when you’re feeling down and you’re like me who wears good shoes when depressed. I must say the details are superb! The zigzag patterns, the bright colors not overly done, the “African-inspired” details, all make them totally unique and chic. Now if only they won’t cost as much as our rent for 3 whole months, everything would be perfect.