Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sundays with Sister

Suor Cristina has just released her new single.

And it's "Like a Virgin."



It might be a controversial choice for a first single, but I must say, she sang it beautifully.

So I say, hey Sister, go Sister!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two times the Taylor

Call it fashion deja vu, but Taylor Swift is on the cover of InStyle in the same month, one year apart.

Here she is in last year's November issue.



And she once again graces the cover on the same month of this year.



She must have that November vibe.

Friday, October 17, 2014

FMM: Liking Lisa

Another artist who made it big in the 90s was Lisa Stansfield.

All my colleagues had her CD and our OTs were always accompanied by her songs. Whenever our energy level would dip, someone would play "This is the right time" on full blast. If everyone's on edge and we just want to chill out, we'd skip to "Change" and "All around the world."

And during those times when we just want to pause from work, sit down, and bob our heads, this would be the perfect song for that.


I've lost track of Lisa Stansfield's career, and I should check out what kind of music she's been doing.

She's the real thing, after all.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

How professional

Just when I was beginning to think that advertising people are the only ones who seriously proofread nowadays. (That's what I've been doing the past week.)

I saw this poster for an advertising event and was genuinely interested in it.


Then this happened.


Come on, I don't think "professional" is a difficult word to spell.

Proofreader please.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A cat above the rest


Today's cuteness is brought to you by this big, black cat which I found in front of the ATM machine in BDO-Emerald Avenue.

He (or she) was lying comfortably in front of the ATM machine and simply couldn't be bothered. I tried to shoo the cat away several times, but the adorable critter wouldn't have any of it. Despite numerous attempts, the cat just slumped lazily on the floor, occasionally looking at me with that "And what?" look.

Good thing my torso is long. It allowed me to bend far enough to withdraw without disturbing the cat.

As they say, you should let sleeping cats lie.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What the heel?

In the continuing saga of "Where are the proofreaders?"

This one comes from stylebible, and they had an article about how to spot a fake Louboutin.


The article looked perfectly normal until...

Yes, you have to check the "hell" of the shoe to see if it's a fake or not.

Seriously, get a proofreader.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Miss Princess

While I was watching "Princess Diaries 2," (yes, I was watching Princess Diaries 2) there was a little girl in the crowd who looked very familiar.


It's Abigail Breslin! At this time in her career, she played a "girl in the crowd named Carolina."


I'm assuming this is way before she hit it big in "Little Miss Sunshine." But given how small her role was, she was still able to shine in it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ahhh... Altuzarra!

When news of the Altuzarra x Target collaboration came out last May, I reacted with restrained excitement.

Excited, because it's Joseph Altuzarra at Target prices! Come on! Restrained, because I knew for a fact that it would be virtually impossible to snag pieces from the collection. First of all, the demand is high, so the items will most likely be snapped within hours. (Hello, Missoni x Target!) Second, there's no Target anywhere in Asia! Although I've tried to ask Biboy to check out Target stuff in GA, he's not really a Target type of guy. He's more Macy's. After all, he was able to get stuff from the Macy's collaborations with Doo Ri and Giambattisa Valli.

Just as I was about to give up and just admire the collection from afar, I found out that Mom was flying back to Manila this October! So, I checked if she had luggage space for a few dresses, and she did! And her arrival yesterday also heralded the arrival of this Altuzarra x Target haul.


The first dress was the flouncy python print dress. The print was more vibrant in person rather than in the photo. The classic silhouette was a good foil to the trendy print. It had the right amount of sheen, and it's good for a casual night out or a dressy event.


The second dress was the 70s, Bianca Jagger-esque dress in red. I read a number of negative reviews about this on the web, but it was surprisingly beautiful in actuality. It has a nice color, and even nicer draping. What they said about the neckline was true, though. Ate Bullet said that she has to pin the neckline when she wears this next week. Yup, she liked it so much, she already scheduled it for an appearance.


Another coveted piece from the collection is this third dress - the tuxedo dress with the crane print. And it's here! Again, classic with a fashion twist. The crane embroidery, exposed side zipper and thigh high slit elevate this LBD to new heights.


Finally, the fourth piece is the two-fer. The dress that looks like separates, but is actually one-piece. True to the reviews, the python print-banker stripe combo is very unusual, but it works! The shape is also very flattering.

Ate loved it so much, that she decided to wear it today. (Mere hours after I gave it to her.) 



Most of the reviews I read had the same complaint. The Altuzarra x Target collection has weird sizing and might have been built with models in mind. Surprisingly, they all fit Ate Bullet perfectly. So I guess that means she has a model's physique. Well, she was a model after all.

This has to be the best collaboration this year. And I'm delighted that I was able to get all the best pieces from it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Post-production


I've been working with this production team for many years now, and each project with them is a joy to do. Not only are they fun people, they're also very efficient, creative and they can really translate into film the ideas we have in our minds.

But even if we've worked together for years, this was the first time I got to hang out with the gang after the commercial production wrapped. And it was a lot of fun.

Our new commercial is airing this weekend, and I couldn't be happier.

Here's the the next production. And post-production party!

Friday, October 10, 2014

FMM: The Real Thing

I'm helping out some students on their thesis about Coca-Cola ads, and in the process of research, I found this gem of an ad that they produced in 1987.



Watching this commercial again after a long time was such a great trip back memory lane. It actually gave me goosebumps.

Now that's a real great ad.