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5 entries categorized "Just Saying"

January 12, 2011

Can't Please Everybody, Can't Know It All

Can't Please Everybody, Can't Know It All

Greetings from cloudy Rio de Janeiro!

My first day at Fashion Rio was quite the spectacle. Brazilians are some of the friendliest, warmest and cheerful people in the world! People fawned over me like a new addition, the bizarre act, to the circus. It was an honor meeting some of my Brazilian readers and followers. As you know, interacting with my readers has always been a personal pleasure of mine. Up to this day, I am still fascinated how I have readers in this part of the world. It was very worrying when some of them were shaking or were extremely nervous when they approach me or ask to get take my photo. Please, my friends, please don't be nervous. It's just good ol' me!

I gave a number of interviews both to some members of the press as well as fellow bloggers. The most frequently asked question has got to be "what are your expectations during Fashion Rio or what are your expectations on Brazilian designers?"

I answered as truthful as I can. I told them I want to be surprised. I don't really have any any expectations whatsoever as my knowledge of Brazilian fashion is (aside from Alexandre Herchcovitch, Rosa Cha and Melissa Shoes),to put it blunt, absolutely limited. It would be unfair for me to apply the same expectations I have on the usual American, French or Italian brands to an emerging industry such as the Brazilians. It would also be unfair if I gave myself an immediate crash course on Brazilian brands by googling them a few days before I went here only to give a half-baked, mediocre answer for "good PR"  purposes. Rather than "walking the walk, talking the talk", it's best to just go and learn about Brazilian brands as I see encounter them in person. I always find discovering things on your own as the best way to educate oneself. One cannot and should not make a concrete opinion without being fully informed.

While it's all rainbows and unicorns on the outside, I have a feeling not everyone seemed to be happy with my answers. I've seen a few jaws drop. A few faces eve lit fake smiles. It's a personal mind game of mine to guess what's inside their head while they ask me the next question. I'll never forget the time when I went to Berlin last year. I approached this Filipino guy outside a club. I told him I love his necklace and I was wondering where it was from. He then haughtily replied "how come you don't know it? you're a fashion blogger! you should know these things. I could do a better job than you!"


Why do bloggers have this ridiculous pressure (or expectation) to know "everything"?

I don't know about you but to me, as simple and as pure as it is, the element of surprise is what makes fashion fun and exciting.

Last summer in Florence over lunch, my beloved (and fellow blogger) Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes explained to me why she took out the commenting function on her blog. What she told me somehow reminded me of what I learned during breakfast earlier: when it comes to dealing with people, you should never talk to them in their language. Once you do, you're giving them the upper hand.

I'll leave it up to you, in your own language, to interpret that. Surprise me.

April 22, 2010

Eva Longoria is Giving Away Crocodile Handbags [bull-alert]

Eva Longoria is Giving Away Crocodile Handbags

Whatever happened to truth in advertising? Is Eva Longoria seriously giving away crocodile handbags when you buy her new fragrance, Eva by Eva Longoria?

If you look at her current ad, she's giving away a 'stylish croc handbag' as a gift when you purchase her $58 3.4 fl oz Eau de Parfum spray.

Eva by Eva Longoria

Woman, I'm calling you out! Crocodile handbag or mock-croc PVC made-in-china pleatherette handbag?

Just sayin'

March 22, 2010

Can We Please Move On?

Can We Please Move On?

Like many of you, I like to look at things I can't afford both at stores and at online shops. Things like gorgeous handbags in different skins and leathers.

I also like to think I pay attention to details... small details like this rectangular metal clasp that's been going on for quite some time now. I dunno why but I always cringe whenever I see this clasp on a beautiful, well-crafted handbag.

Chloe, Fendi, Chanel, Lanvin handbag clasps

(From top to bottom: Chloe New Louise shoulder bag, Fendi watersnake Peek-A-Boo bag, Chanel quilted flap bag, Lanvin python Happy bag)

I'm sure that clasp style has been around for ages, nothing new there.

For a sum of money that is equivalent to a month's (or two) rent to mortals, you'd think some of these houses would design something that's unique to their brand but no...

Chanel's been using it on their 2.55 reissue bags since February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the original quilted 2.55.

Lanvin's been using it too for several seasons now that it's fast becoming one of their accessory signatures... but Fendi and Chloe? Don't get me wrong -- the Chloe Louise bags (I like to call them the baby Hermès Constance) are soo chic it hurts!!!

Emilio Pucci used that clasp, too! I'm a big fan of Pucci; they make ferocious bags....

Emilio Pucci bags

All of them are gorgeous bags alright.

However, for my money's worth (money, what money?), I just wish they offered something new and something UNIQUE to their own house.

Just my $0.02.

That's all!

January 07, 2010

Public Display of Affection. Do You Kiss in Public?

Public Display of Affection. Do You Kiss in Public?

So, do you kiss in public?

American soldier kissing his girlfriend at Pennsylvania Station in New York. 1944.

(Yes, I know. I'm still obsessed with all these photos, can you tell? Haha!)

I do, yes.

What other people think is utterly irrelevant. I show and express my emotions and feelings and I like it when someone I’m seeing does the same. One could say, "oh it's so gross to watch other people". Well, their business is their business alone so if you don’t like it then don’t watch. It’s like looking at someone with a very grotesque pair of, oh I don't know, jeans, like mom jeans. If it’s annoying the hell out of me then I’m gonna look at the other way. I’m not gonna go around and say “oi, your jeans are hideous!”.

We all have our own attitudes about PDA, yes, and that's perfectly fine. Vive la différence as they say. But there are some out there who are temporarily trapped in a moment of passion -- as evident with the photo above of the American soldier kissing his girlfriend goodbye -- if they feel like snogging, let them! Who are you to deprive people of that precious moment?

Sometimes, it’s not nice to control what you shouldn’t control. Follow what your heart says and let everything go. What is wrong with being affectionate? Is it really that obscene to hold hands or to rest your head on someone’s shoulder or have a nice little snog while being at a busy cafe? No.

I remember one time when I dated this guy many, many years back. Very straight-acting scouse. We were walking around town and out of nowhere, I grabbed his hand and then he held my hand for what seemed to be hours. I kept looking at him from time to time to see what his reaction was but he didn’t bat an eyelash. Later that night when we had dinner he told me he’s never really held hands with a guy before and I was his first time; he said he felt odd at first but it felt great. I almost died.

I’m not saying that EVERYONE should go around and go on a face-eating spree… I understand that some people are against PDAs… but for me, alas, I’m a very affectionate person.

photo credit: life

August 08, 2009

Oh Country Road...

Oh Country Road...

I wanted to go out last night but it rained bullets in my neck of the woods so I stayed in. I spoke to Shane in Perth where we played a little game of show and tell. Readers who are able to recognize what the "Big W pin" stands for and will get a kiss from me on the cheek and an oreo cookie.

Big W pin

Big W aside, our conversation moved to weather and fashion. He was telling me how it's winter in Australia at the moment. I checked the weather in Perth and it was like what, 16 degrees celsius? Hardly winter if you ask me. But you know what, give me 16 degrees any time instead of rainy, 30-degree weather with 100% humidity.

He bought a sweater from Australian high street brand called "Country Road". We were laughing how ridiculous and totally unnecessary it was for them to put "Italian Yarn" right underneath "Made in China" on the label.

Country Road Australia sweater

I guess there are some serious freaks out there who deeply care where their garment was made.

Personally-speaking, I'm a big supporter of the Chinese manufacturing industry and their fast ascent in becoming one of the world's biggest economic powerhouses. I don't mind that my phone is made in China, my lighters are made in China, my cashmere sweater is made in China, so on and so forth.

Some Lanvin garments, for example, are made in India but you don't hear people complain about it because it's Lanvin.

I'm not saying everything made in China is perfect. Of course not. I just pity the narrow-minded few who have an anti-Chinese point of view and automatically stereotype anything made in non-Western countries as "substandard" or having questionable quality.

The way I see it is that wherever an item is made is totally irrelevant. Whether something is made in China, India, Italy, Japan or United States, it's all about having a set of standards and procedures and implementing them to the dot.

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