20FEB2014 // DEAR HAIR

Dear Hair,

We have had a lovely journey together in the past year, but it’s time for change.

Til we meet again.

Love,

Tina

Top: Terriblay (vintage) / Joggers: Topshop (old) / Sunnies by Charlie
PS. My apologies for the blogging scarcity, I shall not stress about what consumes my time however I am extremely extremely excited to share that work takes me to Paris next week! No blogging for a little bit, but will most definitely over-post my usual random nothings on Instagram. Ahh and hopefully with a successful new ‘do.
Love lots, black soul xxxxxxx

F U N

Please excuse my absence from the blogosphere for the past week, I’ve not been feeling very well and just recently finally started recuperating. Alas, ten rebellious cups of coffee and five days of virus fighting later, I am back with a vengeance– well, an outfit post.
I was looking for a good excuse to wear these pants. The flares are HUGE and I originally styled it with a pleather jacket to square off the look, but I thought the big pants and a heavy jacket looked a bit silly knowing I currently live in a tropical country. So here it is. The mesh jersey is exactly as it says- fun!

I am a fan of these photos by Cholo dela Vega. Loving the effect of the borrowed light from the car behind and the Tron-ish lighting of the background structure. Thank you Cholo for making it all come together.
Top: Stradivarius / Lace Bra: Urban Outfitters / Wide-legged Pants: Vintage
Love lots, black soul xx

GRAN’S LACE SKIRT

Every time I clear my closet of things I no longer use or want, I feel a sense of achievement, and later, a sureness in my personal style; only to clear it again and again getting a better idea of the pieces I want to style together and what I want to add to it (read: need to shop for). There are the special pieces that are impossible to let go of, either because I see potential in them, or because they have been passed down to me by the women in my family, I find ways to wear them or keep them. One thing I know for sure is, I am a person who gets bored easily, so trying to maintain an active wardrobe with less clothes than before is a challenge I am willing to accept. Less is more, quality over quantity, a work in progress.
Pictured here is an outfit made by a few of said special pieces, all clothes are about 5 years and older, yet I never thought to put them together before. I went to a celebration where I couldn’t wear a lot of black or white, and this is what I came up with. I love that I ended up with a monochromatic scheme after all.

The makeshift clutch is inspired by one of my favourite peeps in the local fashion industry, some years ago I remember seeing her carrying this unfolded and thought to myself, oh it must be Margiela (but it’s an insulated bag made for food). I love the practicality, the humour, the fashion ability of it. Shout out to model-turned-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol (she doesn’t have a website but here is a photo I have with her at the Monocle event, and here is an old post I found about her and her awesome studio). Love her style, love her photos, just love her.

Denim Jacket: Vintage / Linen Top: British India / Lace Skirt: Vintage / Sandals: ZARA
Love lots, black soul xx
Photos by J. Cantemprate

OTHER SIDE

I forgot how to wear skinny jeans. I realized the other day how I had a greater difficulty styling skinny jeans than any other bottom I had in my closet. Curious case– I believe I have become far too comfortable in my long shorts, trousers, joggers and mens jeans. When I first wore skinny jeans, I hoarded them in different prints and shades of blue, and said to myself that I would never wear any other cut of pants ever. It’s funny to be on the other side and laugh at that memory. A few years later, I now enjoy a wider range of bottoms, including my drop crotch shorts which some may address as diaper pants, harem pants, blah blah blah. I love them, and I want more!

Shooting at the supermarket was quite a bit of fun. They are quite strict about it here so we were little rebels doing our own thing. Thank you Jowell for another set of great photos!

Reconstructed Sleeveless Shirt: H&M / Pinstripe Shorts: Comme des Garçons BLACK / Brogues: Kurt Geiger / Leather Backpack: Vintage Prada 

Love lots, black soul xx


VINTAGE À LA MODE

Something about vintage fashion makes you feel special. It could be the fact that nobody else has the same piece, and/or the history that comes with it. Personally, I really believe that clothing from the past is not only original, but is made with better quality materials, saying as the creation of new fabrications came with factories specializing in mass production, which then compromises quality for various reasons I will not even begin to cover in this post (for the risk of your boredom)!
I digress, but what I was really trying to say was that I really do love the look, the fabric, and the history that comes with vintage clothing.
Romper and belt: vintage from mom


It’s always refreshing to know that something from the past can be renewed and recreated. I have found it necessary to alter a few pieces to make them look more updated or just to fit me a little better. When I go vintage shopping, or even when my mom or grandma give me something they’ve kept for years, I always find potential in it. This, to me, is sometimes more exciting than shopping online or in the mall (but of course I still do!!). I often cut sleeves, pants, hems, add buttons, finishings, etc. I’m not very good at sewing, so I get some help if I can’t do it myself. Oftentimes I get really lucky and don’t need to edit them at all!

Sunglasses: Versace / Watch: Casio
The look I’m wearing here is a romper that was once my mom’s. Originally it had shoulder pads, but that was the only thing I needed to do- cut em out! I just belted it, also with a belt that was my mom’s, which broke the polka dot pattern of the romper. I do love the effect the little gold chains lent the look.
Minimal accessories: fun sunnies and my old watch.

Dolman Knit Hoody: Details / Lipstick: Make Up For Ever in Moulin Rouge

I chose to wear my Acne wedges because quite frankly, the thought of other shoes seemed a little boring. 


ACNE Spin Brogue Wedges

Love lots, black soul. x

Photos by Karyn Ong

BLACK

Black. It’s a solid colour, pretty general in its use. It’s everywhere, everything you want it to be- blank, loud, wild, subtle, sharp, unsure, beautiful, ugly.
It stands out in everything I love- fashion, music, art, photography.
We can only ever attempt to explain what it really means to us, or if it means anything at all. But here’s a little bit of what I’ve got:
Black represents something ambiguous, but powerful. It is mysterious, curious, promising, and blind, all in its simplicity.  It tells you something you’re impervious to believe; yet it basks in its quiet freedom. It’s a darkness that could be threatening, that draws you in, to live on the edge of life.
Here I am, believing in what all these have to offer. Its beauty, its meaning, its presence amongst its fellow colours, its presence on its own- the darkness of doubt, of desperation, of hopelessness; and finally, its presence in the light where you see what you want to make of it.

So, welcome to the Religion of Black.

Oh, and this is me.

Denim Shirt Jacket: vintage / Sexuali Tank: American Apparel / Drop Crotch Shorts: Comme des Garçons BLACK / Brown Brogues
Love lots, black soul. x

Photo c/o R. Ante and E. Posadas