Jul 6, 2014

I don't know about you...But I'm feeling red, white and blue

Okay, so I am not really American nor have I spent a significant amount of time in the United States but I do know a lot of Americans (my eldest sister included), and I have profound respect for the country. So in the spirit of being one with everyone, allow me to post my own version of an outfit in the country's colors: Red, White and Blue. I don't know about you, but I have always loved the color combination and wear it quite frequently even if it's not necessarily the 4th of July. If you know me well, you will find out that I have got this new found obsession with things that are nautical. No, I have not taken up sailing or boating at all, but my love for all things sailor-themed has a lot to do with the fact that I realized that my initials: JL (which is the name most people refer to me when they want to get my attention) is actually when creatively put together resembles that of an anchor. It started with that then I guess everything else followed through. This outfit, however was pre-planned to pay tribute to July 4 since I love celebrations and more so, celebrations of independence.

I don't want to get too political since I am the least qualified person to ask about global and local affairs but at least I can somehow celebrate the best way I know how: through fashion and this explains the entire outfit. I have always highlighted the importance of independence: be it on a personal level or on a national one... so basically, any chance I can celebrate independence, I am all for it. One of the greatest minds in fashion, Coco Chanel was once quoted saying that, "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." And I have to say, I agree with that. I may have been recently tamed (some of the people I am with, present company included told me to be the epitome of peace and serenity) and I may have been the poster child for optimism and all things bright and shiny but despite these life changes, I remain the same: filter-free with the capacity to say things out loud before thinking if I should've said it or not. The same worldview applies to how I regard fashion as I ignore the stares and reactions of people on what I am wearing and instead donning my outfit loud and proud. In this aspect, I have to say, I am convinced I absolutely cannot compromise. So here I am...in red, white and blue wishing a Belated Happy American Independence Day to all of you!

Navy Blue Studded Blazer: Zara
Red Shp Steering Wheel Print Tank Top: Perfect Fit Shop
White with Red Stripes Maxi Skirt: Before Twelve
Blue Strappy Heels: Tyler
Navy Blue with Gold Details Leather Belt: Versace (Also worn HERE)
Woven Patent Leather Clutch Bag: Capaf Hand-woven Italian Bags
(Also worn HERE)
 Accessories: Therapy Bags and Cultus Chi Chi

Photos by: Celyn Jaravata

Location: Pan de Amerikana

xx, JL


A wave of local fashion talent hits Asia as boutiques come onboard with ZALORA Marketplace- Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2014; ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination has brought an exciting array of new Filipino fashion talent to online shoppers through the recently launched ZALORA Marketplace. With ZALORA’s combined 15 million visits per month to its sites across the region, Marketplace gives independent fashion designers and boutiques the opportunity to instantly expand their business and reach new customers online.

To celebrate the launch of Marketplace, ZALORA has gathered the hottest up-and-coming boutiques, fashion media and bloggers in one special event at 12 Monkeys in Century Mall. The ZALORA Marketplace team raffled off over P50,000 worth of prizes from select boutiques.

Jessica de Mesa, Head of Sales & Marketing for Marketplace said, “We connected with the most amazing local fashion entrepreneurs in the process of building Marketplace. As we continue to grow ZALORA Marketplace and seek out new talent, one thing we remain certain of is that Southeast Asia’s fashion industry is alive and flourishing.”
“What we are aiming to create is the biggest online fashion community in the Philippines by connecting designers and sellers with their customers via ZALORA Marketplace,” said Arianne Kader, Head of Operations for Marketplace. “It’s also an opportunity for our team to support boutiques by sharing strategies that will help them become stronger online fashion entrepreneurs.”

The Philippines’ Rising Fashion Stars on Marketplace
ESTELA, a collaborative business venture that started in May 2013, is especially designed for the modern and empowered Filipina. Their debut collection "SWITCH" offers a fresh take on reversible, fashion-forward yet affordable clothing, tailor-fit for all types of women.

WIPCAPS is a street wear company that produces high quality products for enthusiasts all over the country. Starting off as a specialized headwear design company, WIPCAPS has now diversified into a full street wear line. Their designs are creative and uniquely influenced by diverse cultural backgrounds of the times, showcasing the excellence of the Filipino.

MANILA SOLE came together to explore the shoe business with the goal of helping the environment by using recycled material in the production of their shoes. MANILA SOLE not only provides fashionable and comfortable footwear, but also helps each person become a hero in his or her own little way - by helping the environment and the local industry one pair at a time.

Coming Soon to Marketplace: High End Vintage
TheOutlet.PH is an online designer boutique reinvented with a purpose to give back to the local community. The team carefully curates gently used items from brands like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. The best part is that all stakeholders work together to contribute a portion of sales to a partner charity. TheOutlet.PH’s passion for charity and finding a great sale define everything they do.

Shop ZALORA Marketplace here: http://marketplace.zalora.com.ph

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