I honestly have no idea what possessed me to buy this emerald green Velvet suit when I went to the Joseph flagship store in London last month. I’m the last person in the world to wear velvet suits. There’s something very Austin Powersy about them hence the velvet phobia. It all changed during a shopping trip one rainy afternoon — I first picked up the jacket and thought to myself, “oh wow, it’s so soft.” Then I asked the sales associate to hand me trousers and I was like “oh wow this is kind of fierce” so I got them both. It makes total sense because I need, ahem, age-appropriate clothes. Home gurl in her (very early) thirties ain’t no spring chicken no more.
Emerald Green Velvet Suit by Joseph
“MaskAviator” Sunglasses by Valentino (click HERE)
Shoes by Stubbs & Wootton (click HERE)
Shot at Condesa DF Hotel, Mexico City
Neil Barrett’s fall/winter 2014 menswear collection is definitely one of my favorites this season. I truly love what he does. His well-made clothes are so easy to wear. They’re perfect for days when you want a cool, edgy look that doesn’t require more than two brain cells to put together. I bought his lightning bolt sweater when I went to Milan this September and have worn it many times since.
Thunderbolt Sweater by Neil Barrett (available at The Corner)
Trousers by Neil Barrett
Sandals by Givenchy
Crocodile bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim for Lane Crawford
Shot at Hammarby Sjostad, Stockholm
Have you seen Martini’s new ad campaign entitled “Begin Desire”? As many of you guys know, I skipped a day out of my London Fashion Week schedule to go to Rome to see filmmaker Jake Scott direct this very inspirational short film. The story is about an Italian waitress who found a note left by a customer, encouraging her to make changes in her life because she began to desire.
I found this film particularly moving. I may not be a waitress but there was a time in my life that I found myself in a situation similar to hers. Perhaps not just one time but many, many times. One fine example is when I used to live in the Philippines. I cannot say I totally hated it but it felt like I was trapped in a place where I couldn’t evolve. I didn’t want to be this person who spent a huge chunk of his twenties in front of the computer sixteen hours a day with no life outside the website.
And when my previous jobs came by the busload, I found myself criss-crossing continents several times a month (if not several times a week). While I love traveling, I spent more time in the sky than being on land. For years, I was happy on the surface because things went well with my career but I was miserable inside because I couldn’t see my loved ones as often as I should. One has to make sacrifices though. No one in this world deserves to be held back by other people to live a life they want for themselves.
Anyway, that was the past. I like to say that yesterday is a closed book. I obviously have no regrets because that was the way things were. Everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t be here where I am today.. I felt that I had to change my life completely. It obviously began from desiring something that was completely different to what I had. And that’s what I did. I packed my bags, moved to New York and haven’t looked back.
I love Barbara Bui. I always stock up on her clothes whenever I go to Paris. Her terrific contemporary clothes have the right amount of edge perfect for living in an urban city like NYC. I spent a whole day playing with her Resort 2015 collection running errands around NYC and made this tongue-in-cheek “Errand Runner” video. We even went to Costco!
On this week’s episode of Teen Vogue x Bryanboy Goes To College, I interviewed Olivia who’s originally from Los Angeles. She goes to NYU and I *love* her personal style. I also had so much fun going through her closet. Check it out!
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