Friday, January 20, 2017

FMM: Merciful Marvin

Today's Friday Magic Madness song is inspired by my flight to Davao last Wednesday.

I was fortunate enough to be seated beside an amazing woman, and her stories, insights and kindness really made the 90-minute flight feel shorter.

The song that she inspired is actually a classic from one of my favorite artists, Marvin Gaye!

Thank goodness for Mercy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friends of long standing

One of the campaigns I'm currently working on is about long-standing friendships. My clients want to celebrate the joy and beauty of friendships, particularly those that have been around for decades.

I'm totally on-board when it comes to campaigns like this. After all, it's something that I'm a big believer of.

My longest standing friend is Eric, who I've known since we we're in kinder. (Yes! Kindergarten! At Learn and Play school in Sct. Gandia.)

Last Christmas, I got together with two of my close high school friends - Gary and Aldo. (And yes, Gary and I still talk about Star Wars as if we were still in high school.)

Then, there was the wedding in Boracay and Batangas, also celebrated with longtime and lifelong friends.

And the list goes on.

During last night's wedding reception, I met a lot of Mark's grade school friends. Which means they've been friends for more than 20 years! Amazing!

Some of them I've actually known for a while. Like Eric, Mike and Gelo - who is definitely one of the most genuinely nice people I've met.

But the others, I only met last night. And they're such nice and fun people. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by bright, happy people who exude so much humor, warmth and positive energy. It's just too bad that we didn't get to spend more time with them as we had an early flight the next day.

The good thing is, I'm sure that last night was just the first of many times I'll be spending with them. And that's something that I look forward to.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Firsts of 2017: First wedding

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of weddings. Whether I'm organizing it or attending it, there's an overwhelming feeling of love and magic that I experience.

Tonight, we attended 2017's first wedding - Gelo and Angel's celebration of love.

As expected, it was such a warm, heartwarming and emotion-packed event filled with happy moments spent with friends both new and not-so-new. And even if it was raining throughout the mass and reception, it didn't dampen the joy that everyone felt. Not one bit. In fact, it brought people even closer - figuratively and literally. (We were bunched together while dodging the rain. Harhar.)

This is a great way to start off the year of weddings. And I'm looking forward to more this year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What's old is new again!

That's just how fashion works.

Trends rotate in about 7 to 10 years, so you have the tendency to have a sartorial deja vu. The items you once wore a decade ago is suddenly current and en vogue.

Case in point: embellished jeans. Which is slowly going back in the spotlight, as seen in this Topshop window display.

My first impression of this pair of jeans was: "Gosh! That's so 2006!"

Because it really is!

The embellished jeans trend exploded when I was still living in HKG. Back then, almost all stores - from big fast fashion brands in the mall to the smallest stall in Fa Yuen Street - had embellished jeans on their racks. The embellishment ranged from yarn embroidery to patch work to swarovski crystals.

It was such a big thing that it was impossible NOT to see anyone wearing this type of jeans. And admittedly, I joined the trend, buying a couple of pairs myself. (I think I still have one of them.)

I should tell the Ates that the trend is back. This is the best time to unearth their embellished jeans and show them off again.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dog-gone Cuteness part 2

Last week, we were shooting as this nice house in QC, and the owners had an adorable dog named Bruno.

The adorable thing about Bruno is that he constantly sleeps, and he sleeps anywhere he wants.

For example, we were in the middle of the set, preparing to shoot a scene. Despite the busy surroundings, Bruno planted himself in front of me and did this:

Yes, he chose to sleep in front of me, while I was busy on set.

How cute is that?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

One skirt, two ways: Fuchsia fever!

Apparently, the full skirt trend has no signs of slowing down. In almost all fast fashion chains, you can still find different incarnations of the trend.

One of my favorites is this full fuchsia skirt from Forever 21. (Gosh! So many "F" words in one sentence.) It caught my eye because of the striking color and the material that allows the fluffiness to retain its shape.

A skirt like this is so versatile, there are so many ways to wear it. It'll look great with a crisp, button down shirt. a bustier, a graphic tee - the options are limitless.

But let me narrow it down to two.

First, pair it with a streamlined top with the same shade.

This cropped top has a nice shape - round neck, sleeveless, and with cutouts on the side. Pairing it with the skirt makes it look like one whole dress.

Second, team it up with a lady-like blouse.

This silk number has an interesting, mock-turtleneck shape, but executed in a soft, silky fabric. This provides a perfect foil to the structure of the skirt. The combination gives it a lady-like look to it.

These 2 looks will definitely fit my 2 sisters!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Back-to-school smiles!

Today, we had our first faculty meeting for the 2nd semester. And it was so nice to see everyone again after not seeing them for one whole semester.

The energy in the room was so effervescent, and it was clear to see that everyone is ready and raring to teach. I know I definitely am!

Go Mass Comm!

Friday, January 13, 2017

FMM: Break open the Champagne!

More specifically, the Evelyn "Champagne" King!

Today feels like a 70s kind of Friday, so I thought it best to play this classic disco ditty to make me feel bubbly.

And Champagne never fails to do that.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two in one!

The start of the year is busy good at work.

Today, we had our 2nd shoot in just 1 week! And it's just the start of many, many shoots to come!

Bring it on, 2017!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bursting with goodness

It's amazing what you can discover in convenience stores! Today, I discovered this new juice brand called "Suburst Select.". And it's really, really, REALLY good!

The flavors are different, even premium. And although I know it's only part-juice, (a very small part, I reckon,) it's still super yummers.

I'm bursting with joy after this discovery.