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Been missing in action for a while and it’s good to be back!

Growing up, I never liked repeating clothes. It would take me a month or two before wearing something again. To some degree I wanted to “save” them from wear, or I was just over them for a while, but what good did it ever do just sitting in my closet? Now that I’ve been trying to Konmari my way around life, there are a few things I’ve learned to love wearing over and over (and over) again like these favorite pants.

A few other things that make me really happy with this look: my DIY slip-on Converse sneakers (I love to cut everything obvs), supporting local brands (tshirt @nobodyclothing), and my orange sunnies. I’ve had a liking to warm colors, particularly orange hues for a while now, and this is just the way I would wear them. I simply couldn’t cheat on black ✌☯

Happy weekend everyone! X

 

Photos by Mikee Tuason

 

 

04APR2015 // STAYCATION

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It’s no secret that I’m into super lazy clothes like this look. I’m a big fan of sweatshirts, plain white T’s and anything breathable and cozy. Got this DIY sweatshirt inspiration floating around the internet, and instead of showing off my non-flattering abdominals, this is how I’ll wear it in the meantime- layered.

Spending the holidays chilling, just waiting for Easter, means catching up on sleep / shows / movies I’ve always wanted to watch but haven’t yet.

Advanced Happy Easter to you!

 

Photos by Cholo Dela Vega

21NOV2014 // GO-TO SHORTS

Sunnies Studios / Top: Giordano Ladies (revised) / Bottoms: Vintage by Terriblay / Clutch: DIY

Been on a little bit of a blog hiatus by accident. Working on a super exciting small project which I will disclose as soon as it comes to life!

Meanwhile here are some pieces I’ve found myself wearing a little more than usual. I realized that you could figure out your go-to pieces really being in a rush and really don’t know what to wear. At these very often times, I tend to grab the shorts. Luckily, I’ve started hoarding different kinds of shorts lately. There are the drop crotch shorts, skorts, fancier basketball shorts, the boy shorts (aka bermuda), and wide legged pant-hybrid ones like the ones I’m wearing (aka culottes). They remain true to my boyish tendencies (by style or mannerism- I am not the most poised lady) while still allowing me to be a woman via choice of tops and accessories.

Photos by M. Tuason

11JUL2014 // UPCYCLING PT. 3

Top: DIY / Shorts: H&M / Sneakers: CDG PLAY / Kasumi Envelop: Wabisabi / Sunnies: Sunnies Studios
Here’s the last part of my up cycling blog post series, it’s a crop top that I made from an old turtleneck knit. This one was super easy because all I had to do was cut the neck, arms, and body, then sew the sides for a tighter fit. I really like the unfinished edges, and the way the fabric curls on the hem. I made this early last year, and did a blog post wearing it here. Over the past year, the crop top has easily become a wardrobe staple and is now really easy to find. I just like the idea of a DIY because 1- up cycling! 2- not many others are gonna have the same one 😉
Photos by Karyn Ong

27JUN2014 // UPCYCLING PT. 2

Vest: from Korea / Dress: DIY (originally American Apparel) / Sneakers: André Paris / Leather Backpack: Vintage Prada / Eyewear: Vintage from Cherry Bomb / Challenge Talisman Necklace: Pyrrha
This dress used to be light grey. It’s one of the most comfortable dresses out there, but I found that I wore it less and less because the grey was too light and too casual for my taste considering its rayon t-shirt material. I did what any DIY enthusiast would do– I dyed it a darker hue. After dyeing, I found that the thread stayed light grey and I’m sure it’s because it’s made of polyester fiber (which is generally resistant to regular dye)– I quite like it! 
Photos by Karyn Ong

20JUN2014 // UPCYCLING PT. 1


Pique Cloche Hat: Y-3 / Cape Cardigan + Crop Top: gifted / High-waist Skirt: American Apparel / Ayahko Bag: Wabisabi / Sneakers: no name DIY
Starting another 3-part-post here on the blog. This time with the theme of my revised/upcycled/DIY-ed pieces. I noticed that this is something I like to do on a mildly regular basis; I enjoy revising some of my things to fit my personal style or body type whether it be cutting, sewing, dyeing, as long as it’s within my minimal skill levels.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will notice that I don’t wear a lot of heels regularly. Though I really do love them and believe that they add a notably sexy approach and finishing touch to every look, I find that flatter shoes really suit my lifestyle. I’ve particularly taken to different kinds of sneakers recently, and try to dress them up to give me a balance between looking put together and casual that I could even wear to work. The ones I’m wearing here used to be high cut versions, I realized that they didn’t flatter my legs and made me look shorter than I already was (I’m 5′ 2″) – so being the upcycling enthusiast that I am, I cut them and left them to fray. As expected, I wear them tons more now. Just a little idea for you in case you have some high tops gathering dust in the corner of your shelf.
I’ve taken a break from crop tops for the last few months, but they have recently been creeping their way back into my life. I’m sure you will be seeing them in the future blog posts to come. 
Photos by David Ong

06JUN2014 // JORTS

Sunnies Studios / Top: Sune / Shorts: DIY / Ayahko Bag: Wabi Sabi / Sandals: Seychelles PH

Making the most of what’s left of the summer in possibly the only jean shorts I ever wear nowadays since the start of the year. These have quite the fail story- I bought them early last year just as men’s jeans and later on decided to cut a bunch of squares on them and frayed the edges. I actually didn’t like how they looked on, it’s possible I was not very good with the placement of the square holes. I decided to keep some of the squares and cut them into shorts, say ‘whatever’ and just wear them. Now I like them.

If you follow me on Instagram (@religionblack), you may have already noticed that I’ve been spending loads of time at EDSA Beverage Design Studio. So happy to have this freakishly amazing coffee shop / cocktail bar / drink lab to hang out at around in my hood. If you live in Manila or are visiting soon, you must check it out!

Photos by Karyn Ong
Location: EDSA Beverage Design Studio

02MAY2014 // SKIRTING PT. 2


Top: DIY Crop (from old H&M shirt) / Skirt: COS / Boots: ASOS 

Apologies for the very delayed Part 2 post! Times have been a little busier lately.

I wanted to do a slightly more tailored look for Part 2. That, and I wanted to wear one of the very few things I purchased in Paris last February. This COS skirt is cut so beautifully; the fabric has a nice stiff drape to show off the curved shape and accentuated pleating in the back, making it a little different from your usual full circle skirt. It is also a major plus that it has deep pockets! I can see myself wearing this in all sorts of variations- a mens tee and slip ons for a super casual day, or a black top and heels for a more dressy occasion. It has definitely filled one of the missing gaps in my wardrobe.

Photography by Cholo dela Vega
Location: The Curator