Christmas eve outfit! I've posted it on instagram! Actually, I post A LOT of outfits on instagram that I don't blog about! Good thing instagram opened up its own site where you don't need the app to view pictures. Check out my profile (here).
Dress from a boutique in ABS!
White cardigan from NAVA (Trinoma).
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! Pray!
PS: My instagram photos are also there when you scroll down to the very bottom of my blog. Credits to the wonderful Nina Pineda who designed my blog layout and all.
I can't even begin to explain how much fun I had. It's always a blast, every single year. I can't explain how I'm feeling so I guess I'm going to let a song explain it. The song of the night would probably be "22" by Taylor Swift. (lyrics here.) My life isn't perfect. I'm happy and I'm sad and I'm lonely and I'm having fun. I guess that's what it's like to be a teenager after all.
There are so many picture perfect moments that will only stay in my memories now. But I'm very happy to share everything I managed to capture.
One of my favorite days of the year would be the technical dress rehearsals for the ABSCBN Christmas Special. Why? Because me and my friends get to chill out for hours at an empty Araneta Coliseum while we wait for our turn to rehearse. It's just like the actual christmas special with less stress. The best part would be meeting new people, too! The Star Magic family grows every year. There are hundreds of us.
So much precious memories were made in that very room and I'm sure a lot more memories will be made. It's so crazy to see how everyone changed. Good or bad. It's a lot like high school, really. I still remember my very first christmas special. I was 10, I think. I was in Little Big Star. Sometimes, I think about this and realize how lucky I am to still be here. To still be a part of it.
Liwanag ng Pasko: The ABSCBN Christmas Special 2012 will be airing on December 15 and 16. Don't forget to watch it! Watch it with your family and enjoy!
(Plaid top - Topshop, White tank - Abercrombie, Jeans - SM Dept Store, Doc Martens - from the US)
I performed at Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos' Academy Day last Wednesday, December 5. I had so much fun! Well, I always do whenever I'm performing. I also sang for their Academy Day last year but this year was so different for some reason!
Here are some of my pictures while performing! (I was feeling a bit dramatic so everything's black and white.)
After the performance, I walked around the school. Two of my cousins go to that school so they showed me around. That's Zerry and Tyla! :D
This pic was supposed to be black and white but you wouldn't see the colors, so put them in focal b&w. Hahaha! Massive thanks to Nina for sending me the silver and black bracelet ala links of london and the skull bracelet! Indiestructible instagram: @indiestructigram. :D
Dedication booth! ♡
I wasn't sure which classroom's board I vandalized but oh well! :D
My baby cousin did the same thing. Awwww.
I went to rehearsals after. I basically just replaced my jeans with leggings and my boots with sneakers. I tied my hair into a bun and then used a handkerchief as a headband/bandana. Then, I'm all set to rehearse. (I think I posted pics of this on my instagram).
Can you believe we're down to the last month of the year? Everything happened so fast. The last thing I want to say is "party like the end of the world" but that seems the case. It's 2012!! I honestly don't know what to feel right now.
(Hat - Topshop, Round glasses - Star City Night Market, White top from F21, Shorts - Topshop, Double sole leather creepers - Underground UK)
I wore this to our first day of rehearsals for the ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2012. It'll be held on December 11, Tuesday. This picture was taken on December 4! I've been so busy, I didn't have time to blog about it. So here it goes! I've been waiting for my creepers to arrive for SO LONG. It was definitely worth the wait! They're so comfy (not to mention they make me seem taller). I'll definitely be wearing them a lot.
I've been thinking about being more active on lookbook.nu but I just don't have the time. One day, I'll post awesome looks there but for now, enjoy my sloppy pictures. HAHAHA!!
(Vintage shirt from my friend, SM Dept Store jeans, Hand-me down bandana, Quizno's Sanwich YUUUMMM, Chucks)
This was taken last Saturday at Bonifacio High Street. I'm usually there for the Ukulele Manila Meet. Stum. Jam. meet ups (which always ends up with us doing street performances. always a blast). This'd be my normal get up. Pants + Band shirt (or muscle tee) + Sneakers (sometimes oxfords but i never wear heels on off duty days). It's actually a bit weird. If you asked me a few months ago what my normal get up is, I'd probably tell you Short shorts + Tee + Vans. I'm not sure whether or not my style has evolved or it's just the season. Well, maybe it's the season. It's so cold now.
My normal routine for uke meet ups at BGC would be to go buy a sandwich from Quizno's first and then go to the meeting place. I love Quizno's, okay. So happy when I found out there's one in the Philippines already. I used to eat a lot of Quizno's in the States.
LEGO! Who doesn't love legos? It was pretty amazing seeing lego towns since I've only ever made crappy lego nothings as a child. Look at that lego skyscraper, man.
This is me performing an impromptu set for the crowd at BGC! It's funny because I'm never actually prepared. I just sing a few songs for my friends in Ukulele Manila but I always end up performing a whole set because a lot of people stop to watch. It's so awesome. Best feeling ever, performing for no reason. It blows my mind that people who actually don't know me, would stop and listen to me sing. Ya'll should go join us sometime. It's okay if you don't have a ukulele yet, We'll lend you one. Come join us, meet new friends. Jam!
I'm potentially designing a line of shirts with Perfect White Shirt. I'm so excited about that. We still have to plan things but I will tell you if it's 100% sure na, as soon as we work things out. :)
I have been getting a lot of questions about my iPhone case! Yes, I made it! Not really, more like decorated it. It's really easy. I didn't even plan it! I have this iPhone case that's too girly with pearls and bows and stuff and I just felt like I should have an iPhone case that's screams ARIA. Then, I realized I had no money. So here's how the idea came to me...
I was at school and we were having Physics Lab (which was really boring). I was fidgeting with my phone and I got really annoyed with the ribbon, so i removed the ribbon... which created an awkward hole on the case. I had to cover it somehow. So, I grabbed the masking tape from my bag (we needed masking tape for the experiment in class) and I covered the hole. I put masking tape across the surface and it wasn't enough to cover the hole. So, I did it again... and again... and again... and then the next thing I know, the whole case was covered with masking tape. Oh well.
When I got home, I looked at my case again and I realized that I liked it. And then, I took a sharpie. I wrote "COOL KIDS CAN'T DIE" on it. I put my twitter username on the side and then I drew a bunch of triangles and crosses (omg look it's hipster aria) on the other side. And then, VIOLA! I had a one of a kind iPhone case! Easy right? You don't need to have a lot of money to have cool stuff. You probably have masking tape at home and a black permanent marker... GO AHEAD AND PERSONALIZE YOUR STUFF! You can write a bunch of different quotes or even doodle behind your case. My case was textured (it had pearls) so it turned out a bit rough but it worked out fine. This could also work with plain, smooth cases.
What happens when you get bored of it? Remove the masking tape or add a new layer of tape to cover up the old doodle or quote and then draw a new one! Cool huh? You only need one case! Re-decorate it every week! Go crazy. It's FREE! (i'm getting carried away)
- A xx
PS: Sharpies are awesome. You'll be surprised on how much stuff you could do with sharpies. :D
It's not a secret that Taylor Swift has probably read our diaries. She's in every teenage girl's playlist. She gets a lot of hate because "she can't sing live". For me, she might not be the most powerful vocalist around but MAN, can she write songs! I thought I'd make a Taylor Swift playlist today since her new album, Red, is out already. Here are some of my favorite songs from Red and her old albums:
• Come Back, Be Here •
• White Horse •
• By The Way (this song is unreleased so just click here to hear it) •
• BACK TO DECEMBER •
• If This Was A Movie •
• Begin Again •
• Enchanted •
• Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran) •
• Superstar •
• I Almost Do •
• Better Than Revenge •
• State Of Grace •
• Last Kiss •
• State Of Grace •
AND BASICALLY ALL OF HER SONGS.
If you're going to buy (or illegally download) her album, make sure you get the digital booklet, too. If you don't already know. She has (not so) secret messages in the lyrics. She randomly capitalizes some letters throughout the song and when you put it all together, it spells out a name, a quote or a place. It's the best part of her album, honestly. Her music videos are A+.
My favorite secret message would be the one from State Of Grace which is, "LOVE YOU DOESN'T COUNT AFTER GOODBYE." And the sweetest one would be the secret message in Back To December which is, "TAY." (Taylor Lautner) :">
She wrote the theme song of all the girls which is, You Belong With Me! Admit it, at one point in your life you had that moment in your room where you just dress up, look at the mirror, turn up this song and sing so loudly into your hairbrush like it's a microphone. (I still do that, no shame.) You probably have stayed up till 2am, staring at the ceiling, listening to Taylor Swift songs, making music videos / impossible scenarios in your head (if you're a girl, of course). If not, you may be a robot.
Superstar! Every girl's song to their celebrity crush.
By The Way is an unreleased song. It's one of the most beautiful ones I've ever heard.
I would explain why I love all these songs but you probably know that's because I could relate to them.
What's your favorite taylor swift song and why? Tell me through a comment :D
Love love love!
- A xx
PS: Check out (this video) of Taylor Swift performing Back To December when Taylor Lautner was watching (Staples Center, August 2011). She changed the lyrics in the end. Makes me cry everytime. They should've videotaped Taylor Lautner's reaction! Enjoy drowning in your own puddle of tears.
(F21 tank top, Topshop cargo jacket and shorts, Havaianas flipflops)
I had my first MMK guesting last Saturday with Patrick Sugui and Yen Santos. So nice to catch up with my old friends. We never get to see each other anymore. HAHAHA. Look at me wearing shades at night. Hashtag pacool.
Me, Patrick and Yen.
If you were wondering, I used Picasa to edit these pictures. :D