Thursday, February 26, 2015

"How come you don't blog about your outfits anymore?"

Asked my mother, when I wore this outfit:

So, you know, I documented it.

Gap shirt | Greenhills tiangge skirt

Janilyn shoes | Topshop (gifted) socks

To be completely honest, once 2014 rolled in, I just could not be bothered to document my outfits. I could barely keep up with real life as it was -- what more the stuff I wore. I miss documenting my outfits though (I genuinely benefit from doing so, because it legitimately helps me remember life happenings better), especially outfit videos! Man, I haven't done that since 2013. I'll get back to that eventually.

Debenhams bag

Promod earrings

My mom calls this my prinsesa skirt. I call it the LISA FRANK prinsesa skirt. The end.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pico de Loro 2015

I forgot this happened.

Naw I'm lying. I just never got around to blogging about this trip. We went to Pico sometime last month; meanwhile, I got back from another Batangas beach trip just last week. (The latter went undocumented for unknown reasons.)

Oh look it's da parentals. Hi parentals.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. I dunno what it is about the beach that makes reading so damn chill, but there was just something about the sound of the waves and the setting sun that made for a great late afternoon read.

On that note, the entire trip was pretty chill.

The place had this ace lake (pond?) where you could feed some fishes. Honestly, it felt like a big set up for some horror flick. With the many facilities this place had (a karaoke place, bowling alley, kids daycare, etc.), it almost felt like I was just waiting for a cult to come and murder me. Guests arrive, they get brainwashed, and before they know it they're in some freaky Human Centipede meets Hostel kind of situation.

Members of the resort could meanwhile massacre guests (ala Hostel), the hierarchy of which was dictated by your wealth in terms of which room you booked. I joked that the dead remains and bodies were dumped in the huge lake. (It got pretty creepy at night, and I almost half-expected some limb to reach out to me from the depths of the lake.)

Inside housed some framed pencil art installation. I don't know why, but they made me think of Ana.

Getting away from the city brings you closer to the stars. It made me happy... and it also made me wish I had a dSLR with those screens that flip out.

There was this hanging bridge that was insanely wobbly, and it led to a small patch of land in the middle of the lake. We first discovered it at night, and it got a little creepy, especially after I -- still running on the whole cult thing -- joked that the small island was where the 'sacrifices' took place to summon some kind of demon lord, or maybe to appease the cult leader.

SHRUG You never really know. Especially since this place is owned by da hotshots a.k.a. SM Group.

But hey, spotted in SONYA'S GARDEN OF ALL PLACES was my favorite shirt ever.

The cardinal rule of Sonya's Garden is to never leave without at least one picture of flowers. I broke this rule the last time I went there.

Tagaytay was crazy traffic on the way home, so we took some other, obscure (and freezing) route that led to the Marcos house. Very interesting. Very haunting.

There is also a video, because why wouldn't there be a video?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

toilettereads: December 2014


More under the cut (spoiler-free, hurray!) for the actual reads of last month.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BTS: Alex + Ana

Here is a video of some snippets from my shoot with Alex, which mostly involves putting on makeup at the speed of light, and an annoying child:

And then there is this gorgeous BTS vid from my shoot with Ana, c/o the wonderful Carlos:

There are also some snippets in that video that give you a ~*~sneak peek~*~ into Vol. II of the shoot, hoho. Carlos takes SUCH great BTS videos; he also made one from one of my thesis shoots, which you can find here. I especially love his ambient shots; they really set the mood and give a more artistic feel to behind-the-scenes footage.

I've always loved BTS stuff from shoots. They're always so insightful and just generally fun to watch. Thanks again to Terry for helping out with BTS and the shoot itself with Alex, and to Carlos for the same with Ana's shoot!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Anette Vol. I

Fun little shoot with Ana today, with some special thanks to Carlos! Volume II to be up... someday. I used a different image host this time, because when I uploaded via Blogspot, the photos came out yellowish again. I really don't know if I never noticed the colors of my pictures coming off as yellowish back then, but it's very evident now and it's rather irritating.

Anyway, thanks for today, Ana and Carlos! We call these the "art... eh" shots. Because they're so... ~*~artsy~*~ But they're also very... arte.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Shoot 2015

Happy 2015! Alex was kind enough to invite some of us over to her place to hang (and to indulge in yet another shoot request) today, and this was the outcome of the latter. It was a very simple and quick shoot, made all the more fun by the company I was surrounded by. I'm glad I got to have a shoot so early on in the year, as I feel like I wasn't able to do much of it during the latter half of last year.

I won't bother making a 2014 recap, because if I ever will blog about what 2014 was to me, I'd rather give it its own post, as I'd like to avoid putting any negativity in this post (2014 was just... sigh).

Also, for some reason, some of these shots look a little yellowish when I uploaded them on the Blogspot. Especially that last photo! It's really annoying. Please send help.