Snake and Leather

First and foremost, I’d like to apologize for my super creative blog post title, I got it from wittypedia. Second, I’ve been meaning to create an outfit post with this kind of title so yeah, get over it! Haha! On a more serious note, this blog post contains not only my first outfit post for the year, but also my first ever newspaper feature as well! All thanks to Philippine Daily Inquirer and my good friend Ronan Capili who shot these amazing photos.

The paper came out last Friday (February 7, 2014), and to everyone who grabbed a copy, thank you so much! Sorry for the very short notice, I also didn’t know that it will come out on that day until a friend tagged me. Lol. Anyway, I feel like doing a “reverse” outfit post only for today. I will be posting the pieces I wore from head to toe, and after that, I will reveal the entire outfit. Sounds good?  Well you have no other choice but to agree with my silly idea, because I’m the only one who manages this blog. Haha kidding! Let’s begin with the shirt!

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Popular Demand’s “Risk it All” Snakeskin Tee from Greyone Social | This shirt is my new found favorite! The fitting is superb, the quality of the shirt is exceptional, and I just can’t get enough of the print! Aside from its dope design, I can’t remember how many times I rubbed it because of the snakeskin feel. Am I weird? Ya’ll have to check Greyone, they also carry Nike Roshes, Air Max and other known brands like 10 Deep and Stussy. They’re also on Sale too!

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Leather Jacket from Forever 21 | Jackets may not be “in” this season because of the summer heat but believe me, this leather jacket won’t make you feel uncomfortable. The only leather in this jacket is its sleeve and the rest is made of cotton.

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Watch from Timex | I’m not fond of using any other arm accessories aside from watches. No matter how ragged or lazy you look like, a simple yet elegant watch can easily turn you into a million dollar baby. Definitely my “good to go” accessory.

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Lace up Boots from Dr. Martens | You can never go wrong with a pair of DMs! Bought this boots more than 2 years ago and they’re still as sturdy as ever! Dr. Martens promises you a lifetime of style and quality!

And for the entire look….

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“Risk it All” Tee (Greyone Social), Leather Jacket (Forever 21), Grey Skinnies (H&M), Lace up Boots (Dr. Martens), Watch (Timex)

Hype this look on LookBook: HYPE!

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(c) Paul Ramos for the newspaper photo

I got featured on the Lifestyle Section (C6) of the newspaper under the Style Predictions topic. Here’s what I told inquirer about my style prediction for 2014: “With music festivals just around the corner like 7107, I think hippie, boho, and indie will dominate the style scene. Muscle tees, tank tops, bold prints and patterns, distressed denims, and ragged sneakers too. It’s a good thing they’ll work for the coming summer months as well”

Speaking of my style prediction for this year, ya’ll have to stay tuned for my next outfit post, it has something to do with muscles tees! Don’t forget that my blog will also be undergoing major changes. February’s gonna be a blast!

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Call the Doc

A few months back, I joined Dr. Martens’ Individual Style United Spirit contest and luckily, I nailed it! When I first heard about this, I really thought I wouldn’t stand a chance winning because I only got one #OOTD photo wearing my Dr. Martens so I didn’t care at all and went on with my life. One day before the contest ends, it appeared on my news feed and it’s somehow telling me that I should join and try my luck, so I did. Cut the long story short, I won in that contest, got myself a free new pair, as well as a 20% discount on all regular priced shoes for my school (De La Salle University – Dasmarinas) including all La Salle schools for the whole month of June! How cool and crazy is that!?

When it rains, it pours! Do you believe that? Well, I do! Aside from the prizes I stated above, Dr. Martens was generous enough to give me a magazine feature for winning! Here are some of the BTS photos during the shoot.

Note: You can enlarge the photos by clicking them.

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On Justin: Tie Dye Shirt (Topman), Olive Cargo Pants (Penshoppe), Sunglasses (SM Accessories), Watch (Timex), Brogue-Inspired Boots (Dr. Martens)

The feature is already out in this month’s issue of MEG Magazine with Maja Salvador on the cover. Please do grab a copy and tell me what you think about the feature.

Photo Credits: Ryel Medina

Oh, before I forget, I’m extending my Offbeat Shoppe giveaway until September 8, 2013! Win yourself a muscle tee and a tank top of your choice from their Introductory Collection! Also, to those who already entered & still planning to enter, you can gain +10 more entries if you share the poster below which can be found on Offbeat Shoppe’s fanpage and tag 5 people to like their page! As simple as that! Make sure the post is on public so we’ll be able to verify and add 10 entries under your name! Good luck!

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Bloggers Expo

This term is by far the most hectic and toxic term I’ve ever experienced in my entire stay in college! Exam week is fast approaching, quizzes are piling up, research papers to be passed, and whatnot. To add up with that long stressful list, I got an email from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas that they wish to invite me to be one of the speakers to talk about Fashion Blogging and Men’s Style in an event called Bloggers Expo together with Vern and Verniece Enciso, and Danika Rio Navarro.

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You know what I did? I set aside everything and quickly worked on my presentation after I read that email. Why do I find it important? It’s because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to talk in front of a lot of people and inspire them to find their true identity through blogging. Besides, that’s the main reason why I put up this blog – to inspire people. So here’s what went down last July 6, 2013 (Saturday)

*Special thanks to Vince Montoya and Cy Malabanan for letting me use some of their photos!

To everyone who gave their time to hear what I had to say, no words can describe how grateful I am for your support! Always remember that when you put up your own blog, your one and only goal is to: “Conspire to Inspire before you Expire!”. Details of what I wore during the event will be made on a separate blog post. Stay tuned!

Forever Young

Living in a tropical country has its pros and cons, especially right now that we’re experiencing sudden changes in the weather (or you can call it bipolar) which makes it even harder for bloggers to think what kind of outfit will be appropriate for it. As I was searching for the perfect “bipolar” outfit, a friend of mine opened an online shop and asked me if I can model a few pieces from their introductory collection which consists of muscle tees and tank tops. When I first heard this, I was like “That’s it!”, you can wear it on its own or throw a few layers when the temperature begins to drop. Well, summer may be a little bit over but Offbeat Shoppe’s take on muscle tees will surely never go out of style. Take a look!

On Justin: Forever Young Muscle Tee (Offbeat Shoppe), Skinny Jeans (H&M), Sneakers (H&M), Watch (Timex)

They also have other designs such as cosmic print tees, leopard prints, vintage coca cola and john lennon tank tops, etc. All items are in free size and unisex, so no need to worry when you order them online. For more info you can visit them here: Offbeat Shoppe

Live your style

It’s been a while since I last blogged and I felt the need to share with you guys what I’ve been working on these past few days. I helped out my friend, Neil who is currently one of Adidas NEO‘s contributing bloggers to model a few pieces from Neo’s latest collection. He was given 4 apparels (2 shirts, 1 sweater, and 1 bag) and was asked to style it as creatively as he can. I couldn’t ask for a better concept when he told me that it’s going to be a streetsyle shoot because not only it embodies Neo’s tagline to “Live your style” but also it’s the best way to promote the edgy and artistic streets of Manila.

I also had the chance to work with one of the youngest yet super talented stylist here in Manila – Kaye Awatin or commonly known as The Style Flux. She is one amazing stylist and I suggest you book her right away if you’re in need of a stylist. Last but definitely not the least, up and coming photographer who took these awesome shots – Alejandro Taag.

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Details of what I’m wearing: Striped T-Shirt (Adidas Neo), Denim Jacket (People are People), Washed Skinny Jeans (American Eagle), Brown Laced-Up Boots (Dr Martens)

Speaking of Dr. Martens, I would just like to remind all current students from La Salle Philippines that you are entitled to a 20% discount to any regular priced item until June 16, 2013! You just have to present your ID upon purchase.

S/O to my friend Ryel Medina for being the “Creative Director” and for assisting us in this shoot!