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Secret

One of the best things about blogging is discovering and giving light to budding talents which has so much promise. I learned about this new California-based street brand LATokyo through my friend Kiko and fell in love with it. LATokyo is the combination of the designers’ home city Los Angeles and their inspiration city Tokyo that carries the comfortable and laid back attitude of the famous Californian city with the fashion forward edginess of the Japanese capital.

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 LA Tokyo himitsu tank top (click HERE) and harem sweatpants (click HERE), Nike hooded pullover and sneakers and H&M brim hat

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Tank tops are not the best idea when it’s 8 degrees Celsius outside but I wanted to wear my himitsu tank when I visited my parents’ house. So I put it on my neoprene hooded pullover that I’ve been using for a long time plus another undergarment for more body heating purposes. Problem solved!

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I love this LA Tokyo harem sweats. Not only they’re cool but they’re also very comfortable and functional with all its pockets. I’ve been looking around for a new pair of sweatpants that’s totally stylish and very useful too and big thanks to LATokyo for coming into my life.

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“秘密 (himitsu)” is the Japanese word for “secret” and LA Tokyo didn’t give that name to this piece for no reason. There is a secret white logo beneath the tank top which you can unbutton if you feel like showing it. Aside from being cool and hip, I love that LATokyo makes clothes not only to sell but also to tell a story and share a part of themselves.

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But most of all, I love how their pieces can easily be matched with the current stuff I have in my closet. LOL!

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Since we’re already talking about secrets, let me ask you some questions about them.

1. Do you have any secrets, especially a big one that you can’t afford reveal?

2. How does it feel like having a secret that’s so big you’re not sure it’s gonna make or break your life?

3. Are you a good secret keeper? How do you feel when someone tells you a big secret?

4. Have you tried spilling another person’s secret? What happened?

Let’s try some interaction here and put your answers in the comment section below.

*chu*

photo by Karen Takegahara

PS: This is NOT a sponsored post

Settling Dust

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Vintage Christian Dior cashmere sweater, Levi’s jeans, Versace x H&M boots

Two days ago, I stepped out of my bathroom from my morning shower, dressed up, put my moisturizer on, did my hair and after all that, I looked at myself in the mirror. Then I had an epiphany: I am happy. I’m genuinely happy. I’m getting happier as I get older. I have a a good-paying job. I live in a first world country. I have a lavish lifestyle that I think I deserve because I work hard. I don’t have a romantic love life but that’s being easily covered up by the love of my family and friends. I used to hate birthdays but during the past three years, I’ve celebrated the bests of my life with the people who mattered to me the most. I used to say that I’m not a family person but lately, I’ve proven that I love them more than ever and I’m willing to do everything to protect them in case someone threatens their peace.

I think I am in a phase in my life where the dust of my childhood and adolescent years are starting to settle down. I’m getting rid off the young and temperamental me that I was and getting to know myself better. I’ve opened up to different people with differences from me and learned a lot from them. Through that, I learned tolerance. Most of all, I’m blessed and totally lucky. I used to wish I was a world wide phenomenon of a fashion blogger but I don’t see it happening sooner but my blogger life isn’t that bad at all with the friends and meaningful relationships I make through my site. Realizing all these things, it makes me happy.

Let me end this post with a prayer:

“Dear universe, thank you for showering me with all these blessings even though at times I don’t feel like I deserve them. I offer the tears and sorrows of my past and lift up the anxieties of my future to you so I can enjoy the beauty of the present. Thank you!”

*chu*

photo by Ashley Dy

Gratitude

My boy Kiko and I decided to hangout for an easy breezy autumn photo shoot in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. It was such a beautiful afternoon and how lovely to take our shots during that day. I wore this Christian Dada AW 2014 turtle neck sweater I bought during their reopening last month which I couldn’t stop myself from buying. It was slowly getting colder then and I “badly needed” a new good sweater that will warm me up when the temperature drops like hell.

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T by Alexander Wang coat, Christian Dada turtle neck sweater, GU Japan black pants, Versace x H&M boots, Gucci ring and H&M wide brim hat

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Can I just say how happy I am now that I can finally wear my oversized coat again??

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This sweater costed me an arm and a leg but I don’t regret it. It’s definitely beautiful and very warm to wear.

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My brother was kind enough to give me his Gucci ring which he got from his friend. Haha!

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My Versace x H&M shoes which has been serving me well for a very long time now. I don’t know when I’m gonna make it retire but I badly need a new pair of boots. Anybody nice there who wants to gift me one…or two?? Hahaha!!!

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I’m celebrating my birthday today. It’ll be over in a few minutes here in Asia but will still be on going in the western hemisphere. I wanted to celebrate it alone but then somehow, I mysteriously dialed my mom’s number and all of a sudden, I was on my way to my parents’ house with a box of chocolate cake. My mom cooked a Filipino tomato stew dish called “afritada” for me and even put three candles on my cake while everybody, my stepdad and siblings, sang happy birthday for me. I think it was the first time they did that for me ever.

If there’s something that moving out from my parents’ house taught me, it’s the value of my family. I realized how important they are to me no matter how much I don’t wanna live with them. I used to say I’m not a family person. I still think I’m not but now, I guess I value them more than ever.

Thank you very much to all those people who greeted me on my birthday. I think my birthdays are getting better as I get older. Speaking of older, thank you for those people who tell me that I don’t look my age. It just shows that I have chosen the right moisturizer. Haha! Thank you.

*chu*

photos by Kiko Cagayat

 

By the way, Eastdane and Shopbop are having a BIG SALE now until the 1st of December. Go and check them out before all items go gone gone gone.

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On Pair Looks and Sandals and Socks

Third time’s a charm. My friends from Tokyo Fashion featured me once again in their site and this time, I shared the spotlight with my baby girl Ena. I remember how I was bored that day and decided to go to Harajuku and thanks to Instragram, I found out that Ena was also in the area. We decided to hangout out and lo and behold, we were both surprise to see ourselves in matching outfits. Great minds think alike. LOL! We hanged out around the area and bumped into the Tokyo Fashion team and chatted for more or less an hour.

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On me: gifted draped knit jacket, Christian Dada t-shirt, Forever 21 shorts and Sam Edelman sandals (Check out our Tokyo Fashion feature HERE for more photos and details of our outfits)

* I’m not the greatest fan of pair looks. I actually abhor them especially those lovers who go to theme parks and decide to wear the exact same item. I find it too cheesy and corny. Yeah I already know you’re a couple because you’re publicly displaying affection to each other but wearing the exact shirt, shoes etc is just like pouring two bottles of maple syrup on the pancake. It’s just too much. Maybe I’m just a bitter single bitch who’s just jealous because I don’t have someone to wear the same black outfits with.

* The moment I wore those sandals and socks combo, I know some of my friends are gonna hate on me. When Tokyo Fashion decided to take snaps of our outfits, I knew right then the whole world’s gonna get me. I’ve seen comments in TF’s Facebook page saying how tacky sandals and socks are when combined together. I’m actually aware that most people in the world think of it that away. Well, I don’t. I think it actually works when worn with the right outfit. Plus, I live in Tokyo which is the most perfect place to bend any fashion rule or norm there is. I might as well do it and have fun with it.

*chu*

photo by Tokyo Fashion

Birthday Wish List

I got bored at home so I decided to send Carey a message and she asked me to go to her house and stay there for the weekend. I think that was the best decision ever because I really had fun “stay-cationing” in her place. We just made ourselves fatter by eating a lot and watching movies and TV series. Thanks to her, I learned to appreciate suspense legal dramas like “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” which I didn’t really have interest before.

It was a beautiful Sunday and Carey didn’t want to get up from her bed. I love warm autumn days so I tried to pull her out, dress up and take some photos for our blogs. I bet she didn’t regret her decision and so did I. We found this playground surrounded by beautiful trees in her neighborhood and we decided to take some snaps there. I know you guys already know this but let me say this aloud one more time: I LOVE AUTUMN!!!!!!!!!

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asymmetrical leather jacket, Zara hoodie, H&M sweatpants and New Balance sneakers

No new stuff in this look and I’m sure I’ve posted them here in the blog for so many times. My birthday is next week so for those people who don’t have any ideas of what to give me, I’m writing a wish list so you guys won’t have to think that hard.

* A new pair of sunglasses. It’s been a long time since I owned one and I’m so ready to have a pair of lenses that’s gonna protect my eyes from UV. I prefer an original wayferer sunglasses from Rayban though.

* A new pair of shoes, specifically black leather ones. I have one good pair with me now and I think it has served me well too much so I wanna lay it down to rest. But that’s not gonna happen until I find a new one. Better yet, until someone gives me a new one.

* A pair leather skinny trousers. Don’t ask me why. I just want to have one and I believe my life’s gonna be so much better if I own a skinny leather trousers.

* A new motorcycle jacket. I love this asymmetrical jacket I’m wearing in this look but I need options. The more, the better. So I want a new but classic leather jacket in my closet.

* Or if you guys wanna surprise me but still don’t have any idea, why not try looking at this gift guide?

So if you guys have finally decided on my birthday gift, just email me and I will let you know where to send it. ghervhinne10@yahoo.com or ghervhinne08@gmail.com

Hahahahahaha!!! Kidding!!! But if you’re serious about gifting me, who am I to resist???

*chu*

photos by Carey Watanabe

My Once Sporty Life

During the past few weeks, I noticed that my looks are getting to the health goth, monochromatic sporty side. I think it’s the Alexander Wang x H&M effect and the bug is still in my subconscious, affecting my choices in clothes.

Since we’re talking about sporty fashion here, I decided to share to you the sporty side of my life. Yes, guys! Even if I look like a twinky who doesn’t even know the word gym exist, there’s a part of my youth that I dedicated to sports. There was also a part of my childhood that I was so active I wanted to try everything that’s gonna make my body fit.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs oversized zip up hoodie, Opening Ceremony Japan exclusive sweater, Anti Depressant shorts, Alexander Wang x H&M beanie and Sam Edelman sandals

* When I was 10, I started playing volleyball. I don’t know how I got into the game for some reason. Maybe because I went to an exclusive boys’ school and one way that the straights and the gays separated then was through the sports they play. It’s basketball for the heteros and volleyball for the gays which is also the case in the Philippines per se. I believe I was good then but I wasn’t trained professionally so I think I didn’t really reached my full potential of my volleyball skills. But those were fun days though.

* I was the captain ball of the men’s volleyball team when I was in high school but I didn’t take it too seriously so our team didn’t really take off distances. Haha!

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* When I left high school for university, my active lifestyle time was totally diverted to my love for theater and the performing arts. I spent 4 years of my life in university and the only time I played sports, specifically volleyball, then was my sophomore year. Other than that, I was too busy directing plays, doing stage management and all those production stuff so I didn’t have the time to insert a little volleyball in my life.

* I moved to Japan and years after my last game, I finally had the chance to play volleyball again. It felt really good to do something that I really loved doing since I was a child. It was so nostalgic and unreal. Then I snapped back to reality when my body got totally sore for 4 days. Hey don’t tell me I’m getting older. That was like more than 10 years of not doing any sports.

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* In this modern times, going to the beach can make you really feel bad about yourself especially if your body isn’t as good as the other bodies you see in the beach. I feel really insecure (and lusting) towards these hot guys in the beach. There are times when I’m tempted to hit the gym and make my muscles look like guns. But then, whenever I look at my clothes, I don’t wanna abandon them once my body gets bigger with all the workout I’ll be doing. So I choose my clothes over my body building. I know it’s crazy but please don’t judge me. I just want to maintain my body now. Not too big, small framed and avoiding my belly to be a freak show.

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I still am not the sportiest person in the world and people have always complained how I’m too skinny, which I don’t buy. I think my body’s just right and I’m really fine with it, unless I don’t go to the gym, the beach or anywhere hot guys with smoking bodies lurk. So for now, being sporty fashionable will do the work for me. Hahaha!!!

But as much as possible, I try to do something physical once in a while like a hiking, biking or some sort. I’m thinking of putting exercise and a more active lifestyle in my goal list for next year. In addition to that, a more beautiful abs is also in the list so you guys watch out!!! HA!!! I’m gonna have a hotter body next summer. That is if I don’t get lazy to exercise and tempted to buy a pack of Snickers and Kitkats in the grocery store across to my apartment.

*chu

photos by Carey Watanabe

Alexander Wang x H&M

Since I converted my heart to the darker side of style, Alexander Wang has been one of my inspirations when it comes to dressing up. I fell in love with Wang’s DNA of sporty elements to make a high fashion street look with a big consideration to the word comfort. Not to mention that most of his collections are monochromatic which makes it easier to love. So just imagine how gleeful I was when Alexander Wang and H&M announced their collaboration in Coachella this year. The glee was changed into wonderment why would Wang do such a collaboration when in fact, his eponymous brand is only 10 years old. Most of H&M’s former collaborations were with these fashion houses with deep rich heritages that go way back many years ago. With a very deep thought, why should Wang not do it? In the course of a decade, he has proven his strong presence in the fashion industry by creating his label that took the world by storm and has been almost synonymous to the sporty fashion trend. He has also added creative director of the prestigious house of Balenciaga in November of 2012 in replacement to Nicolas Ghesquire.. And now he’s the first American designer to collaborate with the Swedish fashion pride H&M for their 10 year anniversary of designer collaborations. What’s different about this one from other H&M collaborations is Alexander Wang didn’t dig in his archives to revive his iconic pieces for them but instead, he designed a new collection for this special occasion.

Last October 30, I was invited by H&M to a special shopping party of the Alexander Wang collection, a week before it becomes available in selected H&M stores world wide. I thought that a special shopping party will be tamer compared to the official release date in stores. But I was wrong.  Once I entered the very constructional space, it was already a bloodbath of consumers, trying to get hold of all their wanted items. Though I was on time, I wasn’t able to get everything that I wanted aside from the Wang bonnet and a breathable long sleeved shirt with a big monogram logo on the left sleeve which were enough to make me happy. Lesson learned!

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Alexander Wang x H&M long sleeved tshirt, basketball jersey, bag and beanie, T by Alexander Wang shorts and Nike sneakers

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The logo beanie which was my most wanted item from the collection. I was looking all over the place for the accessories and I found it in a suspended rack above the women’s section. Oh my God! I was so happy when I found it and was willing to be the only thing that I could by from the shopping party.

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This was my swimming shorts of the summer which is the perfect bottom for my look.

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This Wang backpack brought me all the 90’s childhood nostalgia in me. I remember when I was still an active member of the church. Most of the kids then had this kind of bags and it was so kind of H&M to make these freebies to all the customers who came to the shopping party. This is the perfect example of what Wang said in everything he does. He said before that he wants to make people remember something through his items.

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This jersey that I’m wearing here is also one of the freebies given to all the shoppers of the party. Even if I wasn’t able to buy the logo sweater that I wanted, I didn’t go home empty handed with that bag and this jersey that says TEAM WANG in the front and TEAM H&M at the back. It’s actually reversible so you can use both sides.

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I’m not Miss Sporty at all but I can look like one if you want me to. After all, Alexander Wang told himself that his target audience for this collection are those ones who want to look fashionably sporty even though they don’t go to the gym or play any sport. I’m definitely one of them. Well, I used to play volleyball when I was in high school and I still do it here in Tokyo whenever I have the opportunity to do so. So maybe I’m not. But definitely, I’m Team Wang and that’s all that matters.

Now let me show you guys some of the pics I caught with my iPhone during the shopping party. It happened in an industrial place called Temporary Contemporary in Tsukishima in Chuo ku.

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20 Facts About Me

So my Lookbook superstar of a friend, Kiko Cagayat, tagged me to do this 20-facts-about-me challenge on Instagram. I wanted to do it but I think making a proper blog post is much better. Moreover, it’s also right to do it now since it’s Kiko  who took these shots for this post. So here it goes!

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H&M hat, glasses and ring, personalized Uniqlo UTMe t-shirt, GU Japan denim shirt, D&G skinny jeans, Prada brogue shoes, Dolce & Gabbana and Diesel bracelets

1. I’m a guy of many names. My name is Gervin. My family and relatives call me Gev. My closest friends call me Gerv and Gervs. A teacher who’s not with us now usually called me Paulo. My theater friends call me Macey which is a cuter version of my surname. My Japanese name is Jebin and among others.

2. I love dogs and cats but I’m more of a dog’s lover. I love bigger dogs than small cute dogs. I always enjoy dog photos and videos in social media.

3. I wanna travel the world but I also want to have nice clothes, bags and shoes. Both makes me poor. Doing it both will make me go hungry. Hahaha!

4. I have the same birthday as my dad and two of my workmates.

5. I never felt so lucky in some things. Then, I noticed that I had a birthmark on my butt cheeks. Having a birthmark in that area is sign of bad luck in Filipino superstition. True? I don’t know.

6. I’ve never been in a serious relationship ever. That’s one of the unlucky things about me, my love life.

7. I was bullied in grade school. My classmates teased me for having a long chin, which I don’t really buy until this very day. I remember them going on the whole day having a good laugh while ridiculing me and some of our poor classmates. Plus, there were a number of bullies who were telling me ugly things like I lacked love in my life and grew up miserably because of my family background. They also told me I had no class because I grew up in Tondo (a well known nasty and dangerous  area in Manila) and I didn’t have nice things with labels on them. I also remember my teacher telling me that being gay was a sin and I should stop being one and be a boy. All those painful memories got stuck in my mind and I promised myself that I will never get bullied like that ever again. I promised myself that I should always be strong and ready to protect myself.

8. This will sound very bad to other people especially to Filipinos but I consider myself more of a friend person than a family person. I find more in hanging out and helping my friends more than my own family. I technically grew up with my grandmom. My mom and dad broke up and mom decided to work here in Japan while my dad did his own thing. I felt I was alone even if I was living with my grand parents so I found solace and comfort in the presence of my friends. That’s why I love them so much and I get a funny feeling of betrayal whenever they decide to settle, get married and make their own families. I know that’s stupid but it’s just the way it is.

9. There is one great love in my life and he will always be that one. I don’t know where he is right now and I don’t know what he’s doing but I wish him well. I believe he’s one of the saboteurs in my head that makes me not able to let go of the past but I have accepted the fact that we wont be together. But he will always have a special place in me.

10. Though a son of an OFW, I wasn’t one of those children who were showered with lots of material things as I was growing up. My mom provided me the things I needed- food and education- but she didn’t spend anything for luxury. I wanted her to buy me a nice cellphone or a laptop but she would always tell me that I could buy things for myself if I finish my studies and fly to Japan. I think that explains why I spend a lot of money for myself. I felt I was “deprived”. That’s why I spoil myself in reasonable amounts. Ok, I spoil myself too much!!! LOL!!

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11. I believe I have the gift of tongue. I can easily learn a language even by just immersing myself in the environment. I didn’t go to a Japanese school but I was able to speak “survival” Japanese after 3 months because I was only speaking in Japanese with my stepdad and my siblings.

12. I have this hipster kid inside of me. If something is trendy and everyone is doing it, chances are I’m gonna go against it.

13. I’m often misunderstood because I’m sharp tongued. I can be really tactless but for me it’s just honesty without an evil intention which is taken badly. I’m trying to be better now but I was way worse when I was younger.

14. I love RuPaul. She’s not just the most famous drag queen and the supermodel of the world. There’s more into him underneath the glamazon persona that she portrays on TV. He’s a wise soul and everything that I believe in life right now comes from his words. Try listening to his podcast with his bestie Michelle Visage. And you guys don’t correct my pronouns because drag queens don’t really care if you call them a he or a she…even it.

15. I’m not scared to die young. I would like to die young not only because I don’t wanna get old and I wanna die beautiful and fabulous. Some people will say that it’s such a pity when someone passes away young because he/she could have achieved more and more. However, I’m in a stage of my life right now where I feel like I’m totally okay and I don’t really mind if God suddenly decided to take it away from me. I think death can be a beautiful thing. It’s a start of a new life (if there really is) and it takes you away from the pain of what this world can bring. I’m just scared of how I will die.

16. I’m a very sensitive person. I get really sad with dramatic movies (even small dramatic scenes in comedy or action films) and heartbreaking music. When I was in high school I even get sad when friends don’t invite me to lunch with them even if it was a given that we eat lunch together everyday.

17. I had all the reasons to rebel when I was a child. I was bullied in grade school and by my relatives because of my sexual orientation, grew up in the most notorius area in Manila and was surrounded by bad influence. But I chose not to destroy my own life and took control of my destiny.

18. I didn’t really want to live in Japan. I’ve planned my life in Manila where I wanted to be a professor in my university. But then, everything changed with a sudden twist of fate. It was hard for me to adjust because things weren’t going the way I wanted them to be but then, living here opened new doors and opened my eyes to different things that I won’t be able to experience back in Manila. I somehow have regrets but I’ve decided to live in the present and make the most out of it.

19.  I’d rather work with people with THE attitude but is really good with what he does rather than with someone who’s nice and all but just adds up more workload because they can’t put all their shit together.

20. I believe that life shouldn’t be taken seriously because everything is nothing but a fleeting moment. Knowing that will make you teach a thing or two about humility and being strong when the walls start to break down.

*chu*

photos by Kiko Cagayat