Once again, the world has its eyes on my motherland, the Philippines, due to the devastation brought by hurricane Haiyan/Yolanda. A lot of areas in the eastern part of the Visayas region was badly hit by the typhoon and changed the lives of many people. This catastrophe even took the lives of more than a thousand citizens and many love ones haven’t been found yet. While I’m thankful that my family and friends are safe from the wrath of Haiyan, it breaks my heart to see the photos of how destructive it was and how my people suffer and strive for survival.
As my way to help, I am selling my 40 cm Louis Vuitton Speedy bag in cobalt blue epi leather. 50% of the profit shall be donated to the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. My chic friend Carey Watanabe of Chic Sensei is also helping me with this project by posting the bag in one of her looks in her blog. Check it out for more photos. As for me, I’ve only used it for a couple of times and it’s almost flawless like brand new. For inquiries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my friend Carey at email@example.com. Thank you very much!
Keep strong, my fellow countrymen. God bless the Philippines!
I know Ginza is more of a polished and tailored area in Tokyo but this ensemble just couldn’t be helped. The first and last time I wore this CDG Black polka dot number was New Year’s Eve. And since I’m going the unconventional road, what a nice way to resurrect this shirt by wearing my new Arabian harem shorts from Upstairs Shibuya which is one of the best shops to visit when you’re in Cat Street in Omotesando. My goal this year is to add more bottoms in my closet because my “usuals” are already worn out and I want to lay them down to rest in peace or restyle them to look like brand new. I’m thinking of pulling up my trousers the next time I wear it to make it look more of a skirt which is also in my list of to-buy bottoms. Aaaaahhhh!!! And have I told you I want a new pair of boots, outerwear, accessories and a whole lot more. So many things I want, so little money. I guess wearing polka dots in New Year’s eve to attract money isn’t effective after all.
Faux leather jacket from MODE OFF, Comme des Garcons BLACK shirt, UPSTAIRS Shibuya pants and Zara shoes
This is a combo of my recent purchases. They say that black on black on black (yes, it should be said three times) will be vogue this season so might as well try joining the bandwagon but in my own way. Half leather sweater, polyurethane walrus teeth on a synthetic PVC cap, skinny pants with discreet details all in black- the perfect ingredients for a perfect outfit. What makes something perfect even better? This look made it in Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) “They Are Wearing” fashion snaps during Tokyo Fashion Week (click HERE). The same look/photo was also used for their “Tokyo’s Rising Sons” article that features menswear in Tokyo (click HERE to go to article). As a foreign migrant, making it to that article and being considered as a stylish son of the capital makes me feel more legit as a Tokyo-ite. Get ready, Tokyo! I’m just starting to bite you some more. Ha!
Zara shoes and sweater, H&M pants and OS Accessories Walrus cap
College boy with a dose of edge! That’s how I describe this look. In terms of Japanese brands, this is so PHENOMENON with that varsity jacket on with a dose of CHRISTIAN DADA when I tie it around my waist or just simply get rid of the jacket. Lately, I’m thinking of buying more of Japanese brands. More local, more fun, more sense of belongingness! I’ve been going to Japan Fashion Week for six seasons now and it feels absurd to see all of these amazing pieces labels but not ending up buying them. I admit, I’m stingy and very careful with my purchases. Prices affect in deciding my fashion acquisitions so it’s hard to buy a very strong piece that I could only wear once. Thanks to whoever that person who made us all think that wearing the same thing again and again is a big no-no in fashion. But hey, it’s my money I am spending. I have to get the best of anything I spend my hard-earned money on. In this case, cost per wear is an essential theory to apply. I have to get back the amount I paid for by using my purchase not only once but more often. Who cares about what the haters say on my outfit’s repeat performances?!?!?! They can all tell me their harsh comments if they are the ones buying my clothes.
By the way, this look was featured in FUKULOG (which is equivalent to Lookbook in Japan). Thanks to my dearest Ashley who is now their official fashion street snap photographer in Tokyo! That’s such an achievement to actually work for one of the biggest online source of fashion inspiration. Proud of my girl!!! You can visit my feature by clicking HERE and if you have a Fukulog account, please don’t hesitate to press the COOL button for my look. Thank you, guys!
H&M shirt, Forever 21 shorts, GU Japan jacket, Jeremy Scott for Adidas shoes and Prada backpack
Looking at the last shot makes me feel like I really wanna fly. If I’ll have a supernatural power, I wish I could have the power of flight. Imagine how cool it would be to actually soar the heavens and not needing to walk, drive nor commute because you can levitate in air. That’s even earth-friendlier because I could save more energy. I believe that we are in a new phase of human evolution. Kids are getting taller and some body organs in the new generation are experiencing changes. I don’t know if humans will develop wings in the future or simply the ability to fly but if it will, how lucky are those people in that time! No air fares, lesser land traffic, lesser pollution!!! Aaaahhhhhhh!!!! My mind surely needs to rest with all of this imagination going on.
Last week, I had the privilege to be invited at the newest designer vintage store QOO Vintage Brand Shop in Omotesando. Thanks to my newest friend who happens to be one of their staff, the lovely and pretty Misaki Hoshi of IHrtCali (JP blog HERE and ENG blog HERE). If you are into vintage luxury, QOO is the perfect place to be, offering the rarest and most authentic pieces, mostly Chanel and Versace. I’m telling you, I nearly died when I saw all these stuff lying right before my eyes. That Versace backpack hanging in the counter with that Kelly bag from Hermes was my target purchase for that night and I was so ready to put a damage to my credit card just to make it a part of my life. But when I asked one of the staff if I could take a look on it, she told me it was already reserved for another guest. Urgh! I wonder who it was coz I could’ve just get rid of him/her in the party just to get it for myself. Hahaha! Kidding. But I swear, it broke my heart when I wasn’t even able to lay my hands on the beautiful piece. Oh well, better luck next time for me I guess.
You can visit QOO’s site for more information like directions on how to get to the shop. They also offer an online shopping experience in case you’re feeling a bit lazy. Enjoy, vintage lux lovers!!!
Oh goodness gracious!!! I’ve been too busy at work for the past few weeks and will be busier in the upcoming ones. Imagine how long October was with five weeks and I had to work six days a week because our school is expanding by building a new campus. I feel so overworked and stressed and what’s worse is I don’t have the time to do the things I like doing or if ever I have time to do them, I just can’t anymore because my body’s already too tired to function. This upcoming weekend is a long one because Monday is a national holiday in Japan but it serves no purpose for me because I have to work on both days of the next weekend. Plus, I have to work my ass on my birthday and another weekend next month for a big event. With all this time I allotted for my work, I deserve a bonus. I repeat, I deserve a bonus!!!!!! For the last time, I deserve a f*cking bonuuuuuuuuus!!!
Though this is the case, as much as I wanna spend some time resting my body to get ready for the next days of work, I couldn’t say no to my friends whenever they ask me to hangout. I admit I need time to be with them because they keep me sane in spite of all the stress that work gives. Being with them just takes away all the negativities in my system. I need them to make me laugh, forget for some time and tell me that I can do it even if things get tougher than they already are at the moment. That’s why a few weeks ago, I spent some lovely time with Lisa and Ashley. We strolled around Omotesando and Aoyama and dropped by a flea market by Kurashige Hair Salon to support my friend Sayoko of Kika Style. Lisa also featured Ashley and I in her blog so click HERE to see the beautiful portraits.
Zara tee, Nike sweat pants, Versace x H&M boots, OS Accessories Overbite Cap and Prada backpack
Lately, I’ve been doing some reflection upon myself and I think I’ve become bitter about a lot of things in life. Love, making dreams, career- everything seems to frustrate me to the point that I doubt myself if I can ever achieve self-actualization in this existence. I can’t remember the last time I really wanted something (shopping wants not included) and did my very best to achieve it. It seems like I’ve stopped dreaming and started to just let the wind carry my sail. I’ve been frustrated about the things I couldn’t achieve and lost patience and faith in everything. I feel sad and sorry for myself whenever I realize I’m feeling all these negative vibes. It’s unhealthy for my heart and soul. I need something to lift my spirits up and inspire me to conquer my fears and insecurities. I need someone to boost me up and make me remember that wide-eyed dreamy boy inside of me who’s never afraid of grasping the stars in his hands. That inspiration doesn’t necessarily mean a lover. It can be anything that can move me so much to dream again.
And the drag show never stops in my workplace whenever it’s Halloween. This year, I decided to play with one of my female students’ favorite princess, none other than the poison-apple-eating Snow White. Guys, I’m aware that Snow White has black hair but I couldn’t find the wig I used last year for my interpretation of former AKB 48 member Atsuko Maeda so I settled for this brunette hair lent to me by my Japanese partner teacher. With a toy apple on my hand, my mom’s golden glittered bowtie flats on my feet and, for the first time, a painted face I did all by myself (fine! with a little guidance from a co-teacher), I mesmerized everyone with my Snow White appearance.
I remember one mom in my class who was just staring at me the whole time. When I asked her what’s wrong, all that she said was “Sensei, you’re so pretty!” On the other hand, some of my students kept asking why I always dress up as a girl during Halloween. I told them that “I’m a boy all year round and will be a boy all my life. I just wanna try how it feels to be a girl for one day and that’s Halloween.” And their response “Hmmm! I get your point.” Thank God, I have the smartest students ever. LOL!