The Flu

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How can I possibly catch the dreaded (and overly-hyped) A(H1N1) when I work online, in the comforts of my home, with no close contact with any person other than my family and friends?

I realized that not being in school (where swine flu is fast spreading in our country) doesn’t save me from any virus. The last Thursday and Friday, I have been commuting here and there…MRT stations till GMA Kamuning to Ayala to Boni Stations, riding Lawton bus to Vito Cruz (for La Salle students) to Kalaw (then ride a jeep/FX to UST)… resulting to taking-in of smoke, dust, and virus from coughing and sneezing people. =p

I am not sure if I have to blame others, but I had a “seatmate” in my FX ride from UST to La Salle last Friday…a guy coughing THE WHOLE TIME. It bothered even himself that he was trying to quiet his cough, trying, even, to not cough at all but to no avail! So the whole time, from Espana (street of UST), to Taft Avenue… I faced the window just so not to inhale his “germs”! And it was no surprise when he dropped off LaSalle (where there was a lot of swine flu cases already).

Horrors upon horrors, the next day (Saturday), I started SNEEZING uncontrollably, and for the last 2 nights I had HIGH FEVER. I stopped my meetups for now…had self-quarantine, and even consulted a doctor in a nearby hospital at around 10.30pm yesterday because my mom can’t help but be paranoid if I just caught the Flu or dengue! ;p

Anyway, side-stepping from illnesses, here are my two outfits for last Thursday and Friday meet-ups…should I call it, Pre-Flu. ;) Hahaha!

I love that this BF-look can adjust from appearing down-key when commuting (big polo), to looking decent when in front of clients (I went to Summit Media office last Thursday for some accessories they borrowed for future issues! :)).

Aside from my new fringe ‘do, I also love my new fully-wired headpiece/headband! =)I made this and tested if it is wearable—and people I met up that day noticed! =)


Diverting from BF jeans, I decided to go hippie again by wearing my flared jeans, bell-sleeves top, and same accessories as the last time…except for the clay necklace, Nicole Richie inspired! =)

What I like about this outfit is that it was my first time to tuck-in my blouse again. I feel that my tummy-flabs will show when I tucked my shirt, but then there is the right top that will help in your little fashion-cheating. ;-) With my blouse tucked in, there are no worries of panty garter peeping especially when I bend to get-in and off a jeepney!

Aside from that, it’s been awhile since I wore flares again—with the skinny jeans and leggings being the bottom-staple of every girls' closet…isn’t it nice to re-wear the comfy 'ol jeans you owned back in high school, and discovering that they still fit you? :D Next time, when I mustered enough confidence, I’ll wear my elephant pant and floor sweepers again! ;D

Tip to Toe A:
Head Piece – Anagon Collection – to be released soon! =)
Large Blue Checkered Polo – Thrift Shop
Jeans – Herbench on sale at P400
Comfy Loafers – gift from Tita – Aerosoles
Yellow Bag – Bangkok
Peace Stud Earrings – Anagon Collection – P85 (set with heart earrings)
Jelly Bracelets – Anagon Collection – P50 (12 pieces)

Tip to Toe B:
Head Piece – Anagon Collection – to be released soon! =)
White Blouse – Julia on sale at P250
Flares – Herbench (owned this since high school!)
Havaianas flipflops from MYOH 09
Purple Giant Bag – Davao
Clay Necklace – Anagon Collection – P200
Peace Stud Earrings – Anagon Collection – P85 (set with heart earrings)
Jelly Bracelets – Anagon Collection – P50 (12 pieces)

Here’s what I learned: So as not to catch the flu when out commuting, use a handkerchief all the time. In the train, when crossing the street, when riding the jeep, and even on airconditioned FX! A mask might be good too, but DO NOT RE-USE a mask, as the Department of Health has warned us—it can even be more harmful!

And to strengthen immune system, load up on your vitamin c!!! When you’re already hit by the Flu, I realized that vitamin c is good, but Alaxan FR did help me regain my lost strength. =) I tried different paracetamol brands, but because of my check-up last night –the doctor recommended better brands…so really, consulting medical help is better! =)

Boyfriend look, and my self-confessed fashion boo-boo

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I have a confession.
I am fully aware that this is one big fashion no-no, but I can’t help but repeat it...again and again.
I wear socks with my nice shoes. Black foot-socks.
Another woe for the Fashionista Commuter is that our feet get easily tired, and worst: blistered, when rounding the metro in our shiny nice shoes (with heels!). So what I do is slip on my black foot-stockings…try to hide them as much as I can. And most of the time, fail to do so—so I am left with nice pair of shoes with black stockings peeping. ;p


But how can I hate something--even a no-no--- when it gives my feet the comfort it needs (and deserves!) for all the long walks from this meet-up to that? :D

Today I had a little shoot in the little hall of our second floor—just so I can post pics of “when worn” of my new Skinny Scarves for Anagon Collection. I am no model, but I don’t care. ;D

I also went out for meet-ups this latter part of the day…in Cubao, then Glorietta…tired feet and all from walking in my now-favorite shiny red heels—amidst the noise they create when I walk…clackety-clack- clackety-clack—like hooves or horse or whatever. Today I wanted to try the boyfriend jeans look, so I have no choice but wear my heels, unless I wanted to project the boyfriend look and not the boyfriend jeans look!..If you get what I mean! ;) Hahaha! (ok you may laugh now! ;D)

Anyway, pics! Pics! =)

Currently loving my late Nanay's purple necklace, and my dad's belt!!! :D
I hope he wouldnt look for it in a while! ;D

Tip to Toe:
Yellow 3/4s jacket with cute little ribbon details – P30 (???) – a thrift store
Here Comes the Sun Tee (perfect for the rainy weather! haha!) – P200 (???) – Whatever, Robinsons Dept Store
Jeans – P400 on sale at Herbench
Shiny Red Shoes – P1000 on sale at Charles and Keith
Belt – Dad’s
Necklace – Lola’s
Buddha Beads and Jelly Bracelets – P200 / P50 – Anagon Collection

Fashion Challenge

Sunday, June 14, 2009

If you’ve known me for a long time, you’ll know how much I just lurve my clothes “in full bloom”—printed with flowers to remind me of fields, of peace, of lazy daisy days. =)

Just yesterday, I slept over at Marj’s the night of Pussycat Dolls concert, and we (as always) browsed through fashion and celebs websites…and I showed her While browsing, we were blurting out why this girl looks good in clothes that are either a) “plain” or b) looks like from ukay-ukay (bought from a thrift shop), or why we can’t go out looking all fashown, or does looking good have something to do with being payat (thin). We challenged ourselves then to look our best when we go out. NO EXCUSES! =)

Here’s what I look like when I got home just a few minutes ago:

Still the biggest challenge for the Fashionista Commuter:
How NOT to stand-out in the streets—when you’re wearing something eye-catching such as my hand-me-down vintage overly-floral jumpsuit!

Solution = A black cover-up!

I also changed into my tsinelas (slippers) from Make-Your-Own-Havaianas to keep up with all the walking. =)

But here’s how I actually look the whole day (MEETUPS GALORE from morning till afternoon / barkada DINNER)

The challenge with this outfit lies in the floral jumpsuit: what shoes to wear (heels), how to dress it down (black cover-up), and toughen it a bit (leather belt!).

Tip to Toe:
New Hairdo – P300 – Tony and Jackey, Festival Mall
Black cover up with random buttons details – P350 – Moi Bien
Floral One-piece (Jumpsuit) – My tita’s (vintage)
Brown Belt – Dad’s
Spotlight Ring – P85 – Anagon Collection
Bangle – Lola’s
Red Wedge – Charles and Keith

Along with my renewed personal fashion challenge, I bought (with shaky hands and shakier wallet) the Olsen Twins book I just read about in the internet: Influence. I was so hyped when I saw a copy at Powerbooks while waiting for barx. I realized that I cannot NOT buy this! MK is the style icon in Anagon’s Life!


I guess to end the Fashion Challenge entry, on my way home—while in the bus from Ayala to Muntinlupa, sitting at the very end of the rows of chairs, dangling my now-happy feet (breathing in slippers!) loving all the space of late-night-commuting…Marj called me up to update on stuff, when I said: “Did I HIT or MISS?” And she right away said, knowing what i was talking about: “Ok kaya! Nun una kong nakita ng malapitan parang wala lang, pero nun malayo at makikita yun whole outfit, ok!” (Its okay! It didnt catch my attention the first time I saw it in close distance, but from afar and when you look at the details of the whole outfit, ok!)

Me: “Change talaga ok e.” (Change is really okay)

Wearing something weird and something that not everyone will wear is such a challenge. But where is the fun in fashion when all you do is to stick to the fashion magazine rules? Where is the fun in fashion when you care too much about what other people will like AND not like? =)

"But that’s the thing about Mary-Kate: She alone makes and breaks the rules for her life....She doesn't need approval from anyone or anything."
-Ashley Olsen on Mary Kate, From my new book (YEAH YEAH YEAH! Haha!) Influence =)

Candy Team mini-reunion! Haha!

Marla, Ej my fellow COC7, moi, and Angel! :)

With my favorite Pinoy chic-lit author: Marla! :)

Me and Ej sandwiching Chrissy of COC8! (our successors:))

Dinner with barquitos at Chilis (our now-favorite place to be, hahahahahah)

For a country with streets and malls flocked with slippers-cladded people.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

........An event like this is surely something to look forward to every year!!! ;)

A friend from college, Nizzi Gatdula, now works for a food publication. . . and one of the perks of working in a magazine that I am now missing (because i did not practice my degree)... is attending cool events! =) Add to that, its always THE opening event--meaning, the guests are all VIPs and celebrities..! Star-gazing for little ol' me! ;D

For the Make Your Own Havaianas 09, the press (including lucky ol' me! ;D) gets to take home a pair . . . with soles/straps color of my choice, and unlimited pins! :) After much deliberation, here's what I had:

Grey-Silver Soles - so that it wouldnt easily get dirty from all my walks

Yellow Straps - my favorite color since birth ;D
Culture Pins Left - Vinta, Tarsier, Jeepney, Sorbetero

Lifestyle Pins Right - Lomo Camera, Boom Box, Vintage TV, Yoga


And since pictures paint a thousand words........! :

Tip to Toe
Accessories from Anagon Collection
White Top from Landmark - P250
Cover-up from SM - P300
Pants from Herbench - P800
Bag - Gift from my Ate
Shoe-Bag- from Havaianas! :D

To reach Rockwell (the place of the event), I rode an MRT from Ayala to Guadalupe. After asking around, rode a jeep with the signboard "Leon Guinto". Asked for the jeepney driver to inform me if it's already Rockwell, walk a few km...and there! :)

Wheel of Fortune!
What color combination to choose!

This college student is the one who put-together my slippers!
All these guys and gals are college students,
working for MYOH as a summer job! :) So productive!

Fashion Show.
One of my favorite models: Kelly Misa! :)

Hosts of the night: celebrities Bianca Gonzalez and Drew Arellano

Cocktails, anyone? :)
I love to be treated like a VIP once in a while! :D

Coolest chandelier I've ever seen!

My group! :)
Nizzi in red,
Jen Bagus (classmate aslo in UST, now working for Stella Magazine),
and moi with my new flips!

Yours truly (beaming), Niz, and her boyfriend Iko

Thanks Niz!
A new tsinelas for the comforts of the feet of The Fashionista Commuter! ;) ;D

You can stay under my umbrella.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Today was meet-up day again! Since I’ve noticed the pattern of weather the past few days (rainy), I decided to be prepared for a day of downpour.

I felt a bit sick, the kind of “getting-there sick” that you feel the moment you wake up in the morning-- Dry throat, sniffles, sneezing and all—I knew if I didn’t do anything, I’ll definitely get the dreaded flu. To prevent getting the worst sickness, especially when you commute and get to take-in Manila’s smoke and dust, I loaded up on H2O and vitamin C… I also made sure I have with me a handkerchief! ;)

As for my outfit, I decided to wear a tee-and-jeans for my on the go day, and a rubber flats as I was expecting rains (Do you prefer closed shoes too during rainy days, or you’d rather wear slippers like my sister?). I only have a few t-shirts (I am a more blouse-type of person), and most of them are either org(anization) shirts, university shirts, band shirts, or souvenir shirts. Today I wore my over-used Art Work hippie tee—from men’s section (I only wear big shirts now, haha)…and to make it look slightly different, layered it with my new great find: a cool dark brown cover-up.

Another great find that I used today is my pink “Modern Parsol”. I was excited to test it in the rains, especially its lacy side trimmings. I wasn’t able to do this though, but at least I protected my Retin-A treated face from the UV rays. Disobeying my weather forecast, it actually didn’t rain the whole time I was out! HAHAHA!

Rain Gears Checklist (which I didn’t follow myself hehehe):
A cute cover-up, to keep your clothes dry
A water-proof bag, to protect your things
A pair of shoes / slippers that would protect your feet when you have to cross flooded streets---or if you have one or can afford these: a funky pair of boots! =)
A small towel or tissue, to wipe wet arms, feet, etc.
A stand-out umbrella! =)

Tip to Toe:
Blue Hippie Tee – Artwork – P400
Choco Brown Cover Up – SM – P350
Skinny Jeans – Herbench – P700
Silver Flats – Sanuk – P1290
Hobo Oversized Bag – Anagon Collection – P500
Accessories – Anagon Collection
Pink Parsol – Anagon
Collection - P250