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Japanese In The Darkest Sense

Imagine yourself being in Japan, wearing the most powerful Japanese designers that put the country in the fashion map. You just don’t know how legit and powerful I felt as a Tokyo-based fashion blogger when I wore Yohji and Comme des Garcons in the land of the rising sun. Gosh, I felt I was so validated!!!!!! I know your brands shouldn’t really matter but I don’t see anything wrong being empowered by the fashion deities of Mt. Fuji. Add that blow of wind in Yokohama which added more drama and interesting shapes and textures in these photos. UGH! I’m sure that Yamamoto and Kawakubo are so proud of me!!!!!  I’m just happy it didn’t blow my hat away or else, it would’ve ruined my look. This is what I wore to dinner with my beloved Ashley who announced her engagement with her boyfriend. Oh, black in the middle of celebrating the triumph of love??? Kinda out of place but yeah, whatever!!!!

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I was in the middle of abstaining myself from having any fashion purchases because I just moved in to my new apartment when I saw this shirt in Harajuku. The very interesting collar caught my eyes and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t resist the bargain, the fact that it was a Yohji and feeling bad about it because no one would buy it for those reasons. The moment I paid for this shirt, I couldn’t believe that I just purchased my first ever Yohji Yamamoto which I immediately thought of pairing with these Rei Kawakubo trousers. Ahhhhhhh!!!! The idea of wearing all Japanese brands just made me melt.

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Yohji Yamamoto shirt, Comme des Garcons trousers, Zara shoes, UPSTAIRS Shibuya hat and Goyard bag

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photos by Mariye Roa

Contented

An all black outfit with subtle details which become striking when you take a closer look. I opted to have a basic silhouette underneath my favorite leather jacket of two years plus a killer ear piece which I got not so long ago last year for my birthday. This was what I wore two weeks ago when Camille and I went for a stroll in Harajuku and Omotesando for some shopping. I’ve met her for the first time last year at the same place and it’s amazing how we also bonded as new friends there. Thanks to our common friend Tricia who formally introduced us. She was also kind enough to take my photos that day so imagine how honored I was to have my photo taken by one of the Philippines’ top female fashion bloggers. Not everyone gets to experience that.

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Last weekend, I attended a friend’s send off party and in the middle of the conversations, all of started started to say their long term goals in life. Some wanted to be an entrepreneur, some wanted to move to this dream company blah blah blah. Suddenly, a hard rock hit my head and I was like “WHAT DO I REALLY WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE???” Am I the only person who’s not thinking about the future?? I felt so weird that while everyone’s so directional, I’m here, letting the wind of life take my sail to wherever it wants. Honestly, I’m so contented with my life right now. I’m enjoying my teaching job (but would love to work somewhere else to gain new experience in a new place). I’m happy with my new found independence when I moved out two months ago. I can buy whatever I want that makes me happy and have a company of really good friends. I’m in a state of contentment. I can actually die right now as I’m typing this. The only thing that scares me is how I’m gonna die coz I don’t wanna have a painful death. Well, no one wants that. But yes, while everyone’s busy planning their lives ten to twenty years from now, I’m here enjoying whatever I’m experiencing at the moment. I’ve learned that the future is uncertain and we don’t really know what will happen. So might as well, carpe diem! In the middle of self pitying in a jokingly manner, my friends told me that it’s ok whatever I’m feeling right now. They even told me that it’s a good thing that I’m feeling contented with my life and maybe, I still need enough time to find my way. Oh well!

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thrifted leather jacket and bracelets, H&M shirt, GU Japan pants, Zara shoes, Ryan Storer ear cuff from KikaStyle and Prada bag

Here’s a toast to everyone who’s happy with their lives right now! To those people who live by chasing their dreams and who live every day as if it’s their last. Cheers to life and to us who are in a journey to find ourselves towards self actualization. CHEEEEEEEERS!!!!!!

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photos by Camille Co

Comfort Dressing

For sure, you know those mornings when you feel like “I wanna dress up but I’m too lazy” or “I wanna dress up but I wanna breathe and be comfortable.” This is what I wore in this day, sunny-but-too-lazy-to-get-up kind of day after I slept over at my friend Rexcy’s house. When I was younger, comfort would always be my priority when it comes to dressing up because I was such a busy student. I didn’t care what I wore as long as I could move freely and felt cool (you know how hot it is in the Philippines). When I came to Japan, I was exposed to people who were willing to play the role of fashion victims. Think of wearing good-looking expensive but light t-shirts underneath a handsome but very thin jacket in the middle of single digit temperatures or wearing a cool jacket on a scorching hot day. Honestly, I became one of them for a short time until sporty fashion became a trend.  How wonderful it is to feel so comfortable while still looking good!

This is an ensemble of all things that I’ve wanted for so long and waited for a long suffering time till I decided to finally buy them. This oversized cardigan is from Funktique, one of my favorite shops in Harajuku. It was love at first sight when I saw it for the first time in their Instagram account and fell even harder when I saw it in person. I waited for a month before I gave in to my wanting and bought it. I also waited for the SALE season until I purchased this Christian Dada tee which made me gag for so long. This sneakers made my heart leaped when I saw them in Shibuya but stopped myself from purchasing because I felt like I didn’t deserve to buy anything fashion since I just moved in to my new apartment. Clearly, most things happen sweeter when you wait for the right timing to make them happen. Waiting isn’t the most exciting task to do but doing so, plus hard work, makes an achievement more gratifying.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs oversized cardigan hoodie, Christian Dada studded t-shirt, H&M sweatpants, Nike shoes, Diesel bracelet and OS Accessories Neptune Cap

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photos by Carey Watanabe Kho