Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne - A Farewell To Another Great Year

As I sat here at my desk, in reflection or the fact that I'm still sick I wonder in all honesty, "where did the year go?" I couldn't believe that it's the last day of 2012! As the minutes tick by in this morning hour, I begun to reflect.

Alot has happened this year, professionally and personally.

I changed jobs in hopes to be working to where I wanted to work at in years to come, Menswear accessories. Turning down a promised promotion from my previous company was hard but I have to stay true to my heart. My father once told me, if it doesn't feel right don't do it. So far, I thought I made the right decision.

This year, I also met a few great individuals both professionally and personally. I met one person that I would consider as one of the most genuine people I've met or will probably meet in my lifetime. Helping him out making his house a home was a great way to spend my Summer. I was not talking about just interior decoration but I meant manual labor. That was an experience.

I lost touch with a few, burned some bridges with others and in all while reconnected with some, I'm still very much appreciative with the true friends that I have. Especially my bestie, I love you guys.

Since it was my third and fourth fashion week cycle this year in New York, it was great to see a few people that I had networked with in the past and actually formed a little group there. Thank you guys for keeping me sane during the insane week called Mercedes Benz fashion week. I would also like to thank the designers and their PR people (NYC & SF) for making this year the most fashionable year yet.

Thank you to my family as always for supporting me with all my endeavors. To the most amazing parents that one can have to my brother and my sister for giving me such unbelievable joy with my two new nieces being born this year. That makes three beautiful girls now.

I'm also thankful that I had the chance to actually travel this year, or at least go to places that was not for work. And what truly was the cherry on top of the cake was that I got to go to New York and actually see New York for the first time in a long while. Eventhough it was on the wake of one of the worst storms that the east coast had seen. My company with those days I spent over there was beyond sublime. The fact that certain words were exchanged and would constitue as probably one of the most important life event in ones life made it even more amazing.  But I digress.

That brings me to the most important person in my life right now. I always thought love fitted in one of those one size fits most boxes. It does not. It would never be the same for everybody. When I stopped caring what other people say was when I finally got clarity. I could still remember that Number: Lab show like it was yesterday. Look how far had we gone. Thank you for making my year the most annoying and yet the most loved so far. I love you bubsie! I wish you were here to welcome the New Year with me!

So wether you'll be in one of those exclusive posh black tie soiree, a massively crowded over priced local radio party or in a house party. Be safe. Hopefully this cold/cough would be gone by tonight. I'm wearing Valentino shoes for crying out loud!

Well, it is about that time (not really, but regardless). Let us all raise our bubbly and toast to the New Year. It's been fun, It's been real 2012 but this too shall pass.

I'm closing this last post of 2012 with a scene from the movie Sex and The City. Probably the best moments of the movie. For Auld Lang Syne.

Photo credit: Eian Scully by Kristiina Wilson for "Eian Scully in Burberry"

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Walk To Remember - Alexandre Cunha by Jay Schoen

Okay, this is not as dramatic as the Nicholas Sparks' Movie/Book, but I've been finding myself contemplating as of late. Since most of my closest friends are out of town till the New Years, I have been doing a lot of things by myself. It does not help that the person I'm dating is 3,000 miles away either. Like I said it's not sad but it does leave me a lot of time to think. Something's been on mind for some time now and it needs some deciding, especially when everybody keeps on asking me about it. The idea of it makes me want to burst into tears or just burst period because for what I'll be gaining but at the same time, what I'll be losing.

Happy weekend my fashionistos and fashionistas! Last one for 2012, let us all make it count.

We close the week with an editorial post featuring the Brazilian super model Alex Cunha. Cunha appears on the latest issue of ODDA, one of my new favorite magazine this year. The project is shot by Jay Schoen and styled by Yasmina Benabdelkrim. The shot features strong military inspired pieces by high fashion houses like Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani.

Even with the strong military inspired looks, I find this editorial very romantic sans the obvious elements that makes one editorial "romantic."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Defining Moments - Sean O'Pry by Renie Saliba

I hope everybody had a great Christmas. As for me, I had a wonderful time with the family, eating too much and enjoying each other's company. I just wish that I was off till the New Years but alas I was not. I had to drive back to the city yesterday.  Well atleast I didn't have to get stuck in an airport for a delay while on a layover. Not like I would though, I always fly direct.

The sad thing about this holiday was I wish I was able to spend it with ES. It would have been perfect.

Only a few days left in the year 2012, kind of surreal. 

In today's editorial post featured top male model, Sean O'Pry for August Man.  The cover story was shot by Renie Saliba. Katie Burnett styled Sean in pieces for Kim Jones' vision for the Louis Vuitton man for Spring/Summer 2013.

I love the article. It was funny to think that it has been a few seasons now that I've been surrounded by models, minor celebrities, editors and of course amazing designers and how it sorta grounds me. These people were just like you and me. Well, maybe not you but definitely me. Half kidding.

Monday, December 24, 2012

T'was The Eve Before Christmas - Samuel Roberts by Ricardo Nelson

Since most of my friends were about to head home to their families for the Holidays, The weekend was eventful. Starting from a Holiday party on Friday in Berkeley. Brunch and Dinner with friends on Saturday and going to the Great Dicken's Christmas fair/ Victorian Holiday Party yesterday. It was surprisingly entertaining. The funny thing about all this, I had clothes that could have translated to the Victorian era so easily. Thanks to Christopher Bailey (Burberry Prorsum) and Vivienne Westwood.  I also wrapped my presents . . . well actually I just bagged them. It was easier.

Well, Season's Greetings to all my fashionistos and fashionistas around the world!

Today we have a black and white series with the rising superstar Samuel Roberts as captured by Ricardo Nelson. Midtown Manhattan served as the back drop to this quite poignant shoot. It made me miss New York so much and the person living there.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's The End of The World As We Know It - Mayrone Henry by Julia Hetta

And I feel fine! Okay, if you're reading this, that means the world didn't end at 3:11 AM pacific time (11:11 am UTC). NOT that I want the world to end or anything. But if it did? I'm content on how my life turned out so far. There are a few more things that I wish I have done but I lived an exciting life (so far). It's just interesting to hear people's reactions and inputs on the matter. Especially the social media world. So ridic, it's bananas!

I have been planning my outfits for the upcoming New York fashion week cycle on February but in the local front, The Snow fashion show happens at the end of January. I know I have like a month left but last year I had quite a dilemma on my overall look. Well mostly because I have this big hesitation on wearing white pants. This year it's a little different all thanks to Riccardo Tisci. I don't want to give away the whole outfit just yet but I just purchased my shoes, shirt and pants yesterday! I can't wait for them to arrive already!

If you're wondering wether you could attend the show, the answer is yes. Tickets are available *here*

Well have a great weekend my fashionistos and fashionistas!

We close the week with an editorial that appears on the latest issue of Dazed & Confused. Now is Forever stars Marone Henry as photographed by Julia Hetta. The strory is styled by Bryan McMahon with pieces from the collections from houses like Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, JW Anderson, and Lanvin to name a few.

I love this editorial because it may or may not feature one of the pieces I'm coveting for next season!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Like Death Warmed Up - Greg Peterson & Troy Cantana by Sean Gomes

It's official! I have the cold! So much for not getting sick last Friday. But no-no I wont let this snotty-icky sickness affect my holidays. No sir. Hydrate, Vitamin C, and plenty of rest. I have so much to do though, it's kinda unnerving. Now I know how Emily (from Devil Wears Prada) felt when she had to "work" when she was sick.

"I refuse to be sick, I'm wearing Valentino for crying out loud!"

Alright, I'll make this short and sweet. I can feel the magic of Nyquil kicking in.

Happy Hump Day my fashionistos and fashionistas!

Sure, it's been quite chilly recently but again I live in San Francisco, it's not that cold. But I do love the outerwear editorials. Today we have an editorial that appears on the latest issue of Stardust magazine featuring the great styling by Justin-Julius Santos. Greg Peterson and Troy Cantana are photographed by Sean Gomes for this project.

I love how every look is different. I absolutely adore the fur jacket and that leather belted Paul Smith coat.