Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Wonderland

I haven't been posting anything here for a while, but every once in a while I just feel the need to blog. I'll try posting more things as time goes by. 

These past few days nature completely froze on us. Luckily, the view is gorgeous. I didn't take the time to use my camera and take some pictures, so I ended up snapping some photos from my phone of the ice to share on instagram and then I figured I'd just post them here. Hopefully nothing melts before christmas, because it's just so beautiful. 


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Think Again

The way we all spend money is just sickening sometimes..

So, maybe this will make you think before you shop, and hopefully save you some money.

Useless spending will never make you happy. Especially, if you're a person who doesn't have money raining in your bank account. Well, even if you do, I would still say it's doubtful that useless spending will ever make you a happy person in the long run.

This is not a post on places to shop for clothes to save money like many other fashion blogs. I'm simply just telling you if you don't need it, think again about buying it. And, yes, you can do it.

In a world exposed to fashion, I'm finding that consumer habits keep getting worse. You like something, you want to buy it. You go in and buy it, and then you find yourself a few months later not wearing it and wanting something else. Why? Because, if you buy a trend, it is only a trend. You might keep it and wear it again one day, but really? If you buy a long-sleeve knit and have a million other long-sleeve knits that only differ a bit in your closet, is it really that important?

It's revolting how much fast fashion is growing (fast & cheap production, in general), due to a constant increase in competition. It is all pretty much because of us. We are the over spenders; the weak consumers. Retailers and manufacturers can easily get money out of us, so why not keep manufacturing these things, marketing them as the best item to have and brainwash consumers into thinking they're buying into this glamorized lifestyle.

All of this is just to make money. "Well, it's business" they tell you.  Is it really necessary to keep making things that will be thrown to waste, again and again? When will the world give up on us from the amounts of things that keep being produced & then thrown at it? Well, how much can you really recycle through thrift stores and passing clothes around? Do you ever stop and think about where all these consumer products go?

First, you need to think: Why are you buying it? Lets face it, nowadays if you want to buy something it's mostly for you to splurge. You will mostly keep buying things because they're new and you just simply want them. Sometimes it's because something is popular or a magazine told you to buy it. Most of the time buying fast fashion or buying an item that so clearly screams a label a million times at you is only purchased for the sake of feeling good about yourself or because you have a positive idea of what others will think of you.

Spending too much on fashion will never do you any good. Yes, you can still represent yourself with clothes the way you want to be seen... Without spending way too much. Keep it at buying one thing once in a while that will last and be worn more than once. Doing so will save you AND the environment a whole lot of waste.

Walk into a big drug store's beauty section, even Sephora, or MAC, and you'll see rows and rows of products just there trying to stand out, waiting for you to buy them. To be honest, I hate it. I hate the fact that there are so many options and useless beauty products that exist.... From face creams, to lip exfoliators or even a lotion specifically for the elbow, ha ha. Yes, there is such thing...

There are endless isles of products. And, again why do we need them? I admit it's fun to go and look at these things. Maybe, own minimal makeup. Such as some eyeshadow, concealer, moisturizer, mascara, and lipstick. But, why does there have to be so many? And, why are there so many people who just buy all of it? Humans should live with minimal wants and just enough for their needs. Consumers buying everything is what keeps this corrupted market of fast production growing.

Advice: If you want to take care of your skin, just use natural remedies.

Ok, let's say you're a spender and you saved this money and lessened your useless spending. What should you "splurge" on?

1. Travelling - save money aside to see different parts of the world, go on a vacation, and take a break. A different experience will change you and make you happier than any product ever will.

2. Good cause - Giving money for charity or helping someone in need will bring you more joy than shopping for things you want. (try it if you haven't done that in a while)

3. Investments - save up for more important things that will matter later on in life.

I will admit I'm not the queen of saving money, but with time I am definitely appreciating the value of the dollar more and realizing how the addiction of buying is just destructive to all of us.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Vicious Industry

Let me tell you about the fashion industry…  (There are many exceptions to this article, but this is just a general opinion of mine.)

It is an industry mostly (not all) filled with people with materialistic goals. I have been going to a University for a bachelor of design degree in Fashion Communications at one of the best universities for fashion in Toronto. Essentially, I thought it was my dream, I thought I discovered my passion; I thought it is a world of happiness and joy. 2 years into the program I am starting to think different. It started to seem like success will come to those who possess expensive clothes, and those who deceive the world more into thinking they’re superior. Every person seems to want to fight to be the best. The industry feeds off of that attitude and keeps trying to sell more and more products, marketing intelligently to have people spend crazy amounts of money- I’m talking thousands of dollars- into a wardrobe “investment”. Because, as marketed, it is what gives a person confidence into thinking they are better than everyone else.

But what is "better" exactly? The industry requires you to keep running on your toes to keep up with the fashion world, with all the updates, events, products and news. It requires crazy amounts of research put into new designers, what the best products are, and what the trends are this coming season.

This whole cycle is vicious. To be in the fashion world, ridiculous amounts of hours are put into sometimes useless school work, or just into finding the perfect piece of clothing, in which you also put hours and hours of work just to be able to purchase it. Then, you put hours and hours of work into being out there and looking your best at every moment so that you would be worthy of a job if you end up meeting someone important in this industry, or just to network. It is a whole cycle of getting people to compete with each other into knowing more useless things and looking the best. 

Don’t get me wrong; I am a big fan of elegance, sophistication, good quality clothing, and simplicity. I am also a big fan of people who know how to brand themselves, and have an eye for detail and professionalism. But, this can come along without being succumbed into such a vicious cycle of competition and endless spending. It seems like success comes easy in this industry to those who are able to afford living without the hustle of trying to make money in order to afford a pair of shoes on your wish list. It almost takes you away from what really is important in this world.  It keeps taking you back into being addicted to fashion news, what’s happening on the runways, what you’re supposed to buy now to feel better about yourself, trying to predict what is going to be trendy next, and so on.

But, what about the outside world? What about other things happening outside of this industry? What about war, science, environment and health? What about the people who are trying to afford health care, education, living or the people who are just trying to eat, when all we are worried about in this industry is how we’re going to buy those $600 perfect ankle boots and how we can look worthy for a superior company to hire us. Sometimes it feels like the amounts of hours put in this industry for the things that won’t really change the world is pointless.

Yet, it’s really not about the fashion industry, it’s about the person trying to make it in the fashion industry. It’s all about how a person incorporates the outside world into this materialistic fashion world to make a change, and therefore be happy.

If I step back and look at this cycle I realize that some people, including me, need to change their meaning of “happy”. If those Alexander Wang boots, that Celine bag, or that Chanel dress are what your happiness only revolves around, because it is meant to be a step closer to success, then there needs to be a change.

P.S. I am just talking about the fashion industry as a whole, and in general. I am not saying studying fashion is useless, because it does teach you a lot; mainly a lot of skills and it gives you no choice but to adapt to a productive work ethic.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

PLDT Canada Philippine Fashion Week - Gala Premiere

Ethnic and cultural events never fail to be a wonderful experience. Add fashion to it, and you got yourself a night to kill for!

On Friday night, I had the joy of attending Philippine Fashion's Biggest Night at the first ever Canadian Philippine Fashion Week! It was filled with barongs, huge sleeves, fabulous dresses and combed pulled back hair. The venue, Roy Thomson Hall, was gorgeous, mirrors everywhere, open space, glass windows, and high ceilings.

The fashion show followed an exhibition/gala displaying most designers' works, plus some food and drinks. I even got to witness a great short dance performance before the fashion show started- The "tinikling" dance. Oh my, was it good. I could only imagine how hard it is to move fast without getting your feet squished by a couple of bamboo sticks.

Even though I didn't get to capture pictures during the fashion show, it was fabulous. The lighting was great, very colourful. The backdrop included videos of different places in the Philippines. The stage was huge, the models had to walk on the edges from one point to the other. Around 2 hours of displaying long gowns of all kind. All of them were mostly constructed of layers and layers of fabrics, some scrunched up, some softly draped, and other layers were applied to the back- I spotted many bustles-yup. No doubt, the Canadian Filipino designers proved their incredible talents.

The event all started with the red carpet, where designers, models, and VIPs got to walk through and get their pictures taken by the media.. I got to take a few pictures of designers, models, the attendants' outfits, and a few art works before the fashion show for you to enjoy and be inspired by- and for me to keep as a memory of this uplifting unique culture.

Designer John Ablaza

Designer Roland Alzate

Designer Francis Libiran

Designer Amina Aranaz


Indoors/ Before the show. Interesting Filipino gowns

Francis Libiran's dress designs

Amina Aranaz's collection

The only proper picture we took was this one, sadly - before the event

After the event, in horrible lighting, we wanted to have another try with a picture. But, the security guard who was taking the picture told us to "act gangster." So, this is what he got...