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6:54 pm

Milano Reflections

22/06/2011, Current Affairs, Musings

Out of all the times I’ve been to Milan, I must say this trip was the charming one.

Bryanboy inside a fashion truck on via Montenapoleone

I mostly visit Milano during fashion week, either menswear or womenswear. In spite of me visiting the city countless of times, I always go to the same places I go whenever I’m here. When you’re doing a day’s worth of shows and appointments, it’s hard to explore the city due to the lack of time. As soon as the last fashion show in Milan finishes, the first show in Paris begins and there’s very little downtime in between.

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5:40 pm

You Owe It To Your Fans

05/06/2011, Current Affairs, Musings

Remember Jonathan Taylor Tomas aka JTT? Devon Sawa? Brad Renfo? Larisa Oleynik? I used to read Tiger Beat and Teen Beat and obsessed with all these starlets back in the day. I even had centerfolds posted on my bedroom wall. Oh, the memories. All these trashy youth magazines published their agents’ mailing addresses and I remember sending fan mail every month. All I wanted from them was an autographed photo and of course, none of them wrote back. Fast forward a decade or so later, my oh my, the tables have turned, under different circumstances.

Photographers at Kenzo fall winter 2011 fashion show in Paris

I know many a blogger, myself included, who sometimes feel like packing up and calling it a day because of the horrible, unreasonable demands by our audiences. The sense of entitlement coming from readers lately is very disturbing and disheartening. I’ve desensitized myself when it comes to personal attacks (another day at the office as they say) but when people attack my work or the way I work, that’s when it hits the most because I’ve dedicated most of my time towards it. Why are you so slow updating? How dare you not update in days? Why have you changed the way you blog? Why haven’t you replied to my emails? Why don’t you want to follow me on twitter? Why aren’t you replying to my tweets? Why won’t you accept my facebook request? Why is your content so different now than what it was three years ago? Why do you have ads? Why do you have lots of ads? Why can’t you post more pictures? Why can’t you post better pictures?

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8:09 pm

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

02/06/2011, Celebrity Gossip, Musings

Robyn has a new music video — Call Your Girlfriend!

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12:32 am

Keeping The Dream And Fantasy Alive

01/05/2011, Musings, Prada

I went to Prada earlier this afternoon and bought this cheeky banana-print shirt I’ve been lusting for months as a special gift to myself.

Prada spring summer 2011 banana print shirt

In life, it’s important to create opportunities for oneself instead of waiting for opportunities to land on your lap. You just have to get out there and chase your dreams and fantasies. Especially if you came from nothing and you have nothing to lose. Today is a magical, surreal day. I can’t, and I won’t, elaborate but let me tell you something… sometimes, all it takes is a short, heartfelt note for dreams to come true in a New York City minute.

Monday could be another very, very magical night. One for the memories. I’m not promising anything but please cross your fingers (and your legs) for me.

In other news, are you excited for the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum? Monday is the opening night gala aka the grand Met Ball.

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12:54 am

Watch This: Struggling to Stitch

05/04/2011, Fashion and Style, Musings

Watch this moving clip about what’s going on these days in New York’s Garment District. I don’t think I’ll forget this video the next time I buy something with a “Made in New York” label on.

I feel sorry for the unfortunate garment workers who don’t get the compensation they deserve.

Especially now when a lot of things are made in far-flung places while retail price tags remain the same, or, even higher than what was being charged before.

This is nothing new in the fashion industry. Many brands have come under fire for various labor issues (unfair compensations, inhumane working conditions, etc) elsewhere around the world.

Ideally, I want to buy smarter, buy less and of course, love what I already have, which means wearing the things I own many, many times until I get sick of it.

Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

The temptation to buy affordable, fast fashion is inescapable. After all, not everyone has deep pockets.

When I did the laundry at my boyfriend’s apartment two weeks ago, I felt disgusted at myself for having amassed all these socks over three months of traveling. Thirty six pairs to be exact. When you hop from one city to another, it’s more cost-efficient to buy new, fresh pairs of socks (I buy H&M or Uniqlo socks… for what, $5 a pair, maybe less?) instead of sending them to the hotel cleaners, paying triple or quadruple the amount you originally paid for just to wash them. It’s impractical to pay $15 (plus tax, plus service charge, plus plus whatever) to clean a $3.99 pair of coloured socks! Same applies to underwear. Try living out of a suitcase and tell me what my best option is.

And when the mood to splurge hits… what do you get? An “investment” piece, usually a very expensive classic, that you can use time and time again or do you splurge on something unique, bold and extraordinary that you can only use a handful of times? After all, you want value for what you are paying for….

Our lifestyles and resources (or lack thereof) dictate the choices that we make.

I’ve always disliked the idea of waste or wastefulness. My parents raised me and my siblings to finish everything that’s served on our plates. Growing up, I’ve heard the old line “there are starving children in Africa” countless of times.

Today, more than ever, I’ll do my best to be more conscious.

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7:40 pm

Buckle Up

25/11/2010, Current Affairs, Musings

Buckle Up

As soon as you settle into your seat, a flight attendant makes you choose between sparkling wine or orange juice. You take a sip here, you take a sip there, you take off your shoes, you look at the window and stare. This scene is all too familiar to me:

Delta Airlines Business Class

Delta Airlines Business Class

Delta Airlines Business Class

This week has been cray cray for me. I've been dealing with far too many contractual offers and legalese. Big words such as representation, management, multi-media development, direct-to-retail, co-branding, rebranding, brand identity, cookie-cutter, remuneration, etc.

I've had my blog for over six years… six not-so-easy years of building something from scratch. My site is my baby and it's obvious that I want to push it (and myself, of course)  to another level but I don't want to lose control. It's like giving up my child and sending him to "boarding school" in exchange for something.

It's not easy, no, but sometimes, the only option left is to buckle up and let others do their job in order for you and me to takeoff…

Enough about me. What about you?

Where do you want life to take you tomorrow?

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