Sunday, July 28, 2013

Taiwan 2013

I can't believe it's more than a year since I posted. I've been busy with work  with a few trips here and there, making quite a dent on my bank account. Just April this year, I was finally able to go to Taiwan. Despite the summer season, the weather was very unpredictable with rains and cold fronts in between. The clothes I brought were also unprepared for the weather, with mostly shorts and tank tops. Thankfully, the food was great and cheap, the people very warm and accommodating to makeup for the coldness. There is so much to see and to explore in this culture-rich country.

Here are some pictures, products of test driving the Nokia Lumia 920.

Taiwan makes and sells affordable foot wear. I got these at the Long Shan Temple station for 199 Yuan or roughly 4 dollars.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Girl Flower

Last week, I went on a mission to clean my closet (results will be shown once I'm 100% done) because I was inspired by storage related blogs and being a type-A personality myself. I discarded old clothes which were about decades old, bought new ones from my recent Hong Kong trip (also reserved for another post) and discovered hidden treasures; a few fab finds and in this case, tulip skirts. I didn't know I have that much tulip skirts. Lots and lots of tulip skirts, in a variety of colors and patterns...summing up to 25 pieces in all.

These were given by my aunts for me and my sisters, but they didn't like the fit on them. It was then decided that I will take these little flowers since I have the hip bones for them. I figured...25 tulip skirts?! what am I going to do with these? But I love the colors! They resemble tulips and candies. :)

After YEARS of neglect and a bit of inspiration from various blogs and my workmate Jika's outfits, I finally had the guts to wear them. The challenge is to make 25 outfits for 25 working days in different styles that would be work appropriate. I'm not really fond of wearing non-monochromatic color combinations, so this is really out of my comfort zone...As a designer, I think experimentation and risk-taking is important even on little things :)

I already started with Day 1, a vintage inspired look worn on the most recent Monday; unfortunately, I wasn't able to post the picture, which I probably will in the upcoming days. Anyway, here's day 2:

I just wanted something orange because I've been working with orange and yellows for the past few days on a few interior design projects. It just so happened that the blue dress turned top, a hand-me-down from my sister fits nicely with the yellow skirt. To balance the strong colors, I used a white belt from another dress. The white shoulder bag, another hand-me-down from my sister, is my typical bag-to-work. It also accompanies the white belt so it wouldn't feel so alone. The pumps are from Wade, a Christmas gift to myself last year.

Looking forward to challenge myself with more outrageous colors and outfits. I'm thinking of something green hehe.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Making it work

It's been almost a month since I started working for an interior design firm; needless to say, it's quite an experience so far, learning how to design better and gaining new perspectives on dealing with people and projects in general.

One of my co-workers and colleagues in UP, Cachie, lent me this book: Domino: The Book of Decorating to appease my boredom on days wherein there's not much work to do. It contains tips and tricks on how to spruce up each room in the house and mix-and-match items without looking displaced. It can also apply to other building types such as retail establishments or your wardrobe. Perfect if you are looking for something different to read.

Playing with laminates and colors are also one of the things I look forward to with work.

Design inspiration comes from different places. In this case, Ayala Ave., near my workplace. Thankfully, I was able to experience walking alongside it at 3 pm in the afternoon because of an impromptu site visit. It was a pleasant experience in spite of the time of the day I was there. The trees, separating the main road from the side walk, prevent pedestrians from experiencing the heat. The buildings lining it is in perfect proportion with the width of the road, making the avenue seem grander than the way it is.

Hopefully, this is a signal of a great start for my career as a designer (interior, architecture or fashion). I'm looking forward to discovering new things or old ones which would make our lived space better.