Archive for April, 2009

Spotted: Guess who’s in The Sartorialist?

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Photo from The Sartorialist. Posted on April 13, 2009.

This is Gerry, Style Bible‘s very first intern who was working with us on the site since day one. She’s back in New York for studies. It’s great to see her looking well. Her style is still distinctly colorless and cool, and the hair still edgy.

Cheers Gerr-E!

Isha.

The Middle

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

You know the feeling when you find something that you never knew you wanted, but now that it’s there, you can’t live without it? I adore those beauty “a-ha” moments; this genius thing, proper name Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Self-Tanning, fills that I’m-already-burnt-but-I-still-want-a-tan void right there. It soothes the sun ouchies while also giving you a fake bake, sooo you bronze even during your sunning breaks. It’s like getting a second chance to erase your sunburn mistakes (and maybe even go out clubbing that night not looking like a walking splotch of pain). OMG. Right? RIGHT?

Apparently, I’m into some sort of abnormally descriptive, sensual thing with sunscreen lately (I blame Summer Roberts). Most recently with spray-on SPF, mainly because I’m kind of uncomfortable with–and by that I mean despise with a nose-wrinkling passion–yet another feeling, this time one that specifically includes spackling on a second layer of cream on a beach-christened bod (read: sandy, stringy, saltwatery wet). Kind of like exfoliating, but skipping the satisfying shower that it’s supposed to be all about and going straight to the heavy lotion. Like I said, I hate it. It’s the one part of the beach experience I can do without (next up: the post-beachside massage situation, where the coconut oil gets in your joints and sand sticks everywhere making you look like breaded chicken but you can’t wash off in the water just yet lest your newly-kneaded muscles shrivel up and die. Now that’s a party.).

So basically, dear Clarins Sunscreen Spray Gentle Milk-Lotion Progressive Tanning* SPF 20, do I need you in my life, or what?

*EDIT: Can you just imagine their lab geeks, with the white coats and flasks, vetting on what constitutes a “progressive” tan, as opposed to a “regressive” one?: “Nah, that one looks too ’80s,” or “Yes, yes, Brooke Shields with a Gisele Bündchen twist. Thank you, doctor.” “No, thank you.”

Obviously, all this sun has gone to my head. I love summer! :)

I Spy: Coco Rocha’s Blog

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Are you a fan of the red haired, Riverdance-ing model?

I think she’s pretty cool and I was thrilled to find her blog.

In “Oh So Coco,” the supermodel writes candidly about her daily to-dos. Of course, in her case, the agenda includes things as fabulous as a photoshoot for American Vogue with Stephen Meisel. (But yes she does write about getting a hair cut or post something normal like a video of her playing Guitar Hero too.)

And when she writes about her friends, it means ringing up fellow super, Behati Prinsloo

…or killing time with Caroline Trentini before a flight.

Her posts are short and easy to read. It’s fun to hear about how they all started dancing at the rehearsal for the Bottega Veneta show or how someone shouted out “Now that’s a women!” while she was walking down the runway for Zac Posen.

Have a read. You’ll like her doodles too!

http://ohsococo.blogspot.com/

I’ll tell you about another blog I found and adore tomorrow.

Cheers!

Isha.

OBSESSION: LUCY’S ROSE RING AND BRECH!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

It’s gorgeous!

When I saw this photo of Lucy Torres-Gomez at the presscon for Ascoff Forte, my eyes zeroed in on her hand. It looks like it could be carved out of ivory and it looks stunning against her fair complexion. I’d love to find out where she got it.

I also chanced upon a more industrial version by Industrial Designer cum Jewelry Designer Brech.

“‘A rose is a rose is a rose is a ring’ ring. A tribute to Gertrude Stein and her fascinating life. The ring comes packed securely in a little matchbox, and exists out of two parts: the figurine (a rose) and the ring band;” is the description found in the ring’s profile at Blend Store.

The ring is made of stainless steel and while it’s vibe is harder and colder than that of Lucy’s ring, it’s no less pretty.

If you’ve found any other rose rings I’d love to see them. Please email me at [email protected]

Isha.

Our Lips Are Sealed

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I stumbled upon this article yesterday, and after the intial watercooler gossip that ensued, got to thinking: if you had the means to fix your flaws, would you go the surgical distance? I think it’s only human to want to take proactive measures in your personal quest for perfection–some go to the gym, some go to the doctor’s. Same difference? I guess so, sometimes.

On that note, I leave you with a something to chew on for the rest of the week (will also be on Holy Week blog sabbatical, like all you kids). I wonder:

Comments welcome, let’s round table this business.

Have a blessed break, and for you beach bunnies, don’t forget to double up on your ’30s and ’45s!

TODAY I LOVE: DISTRESSED DENIMS

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Kind of really loving the look. It’s all shabby chic for summer.

Duerr designer, Cheryl Tantengco kept the look modest by throwing a long cardigan over her cropped shorts. I like how her wedges gave her cozy look a bit of sex appeal.

Bea Tantoco‘s sequined Zara blazer really sealed the deal. It’s both glam and urban at the same time.

Granted, Raya Mananquil can carry anything, being a model. This is a great off-duty look that I’m sure a lot of the girls will be trying. It’s kind of Alice Dellal, yes?

So I hunted for a great pair, that I would totally wear and I found these:

Tigerlily at Rustan’s. The fraying also appears at the back and it comes up as high as the pockets. The length makes it wearable even off the beach, for those of you (like me) who don’t feel comfy enough strutting round town in Daisy Dukes.

I also found a nifty little article in wikiHow that’s got the step-by-step on doing-it-yourself. If you’ve got the time and the patience, read on.

Isha.

How to Make Dirty Denim Distressed Cut Off Shorts

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

You’ve probably seen those faded, worn-in shorts in hip stores…for fifty dollars. Why pay that much when you can make your own from an old pair of jeans? This article will show you how.

Steps

  1. Get some cheap jeans to use. If you can’t dig up an old pair of jeans that still fit, buy a pair off a clearance rack or at a thrift store.
  2. Cut the legs off. Make the cut a bit lower than the actual length you want. The extra length will be taken off while you are making the length of the legs even, or when you’re fraying the ends. For extra fraying, use the sharp end of a pair of scissors or another pointed tool to rip off the legs.
  3. Bleach the shorts. Throw them in the bathtub or a bucket, and fill with enough water so that your shorts are completely submerged. Pour 1-2 cups of bleach in the tub, and slosh the water around the tub to mix in the bleach. Wear gloves. Let the shorts sit in the bleach water until they are the desired color. This could take several days or several hours. It depends on how dark your jeans were when you started. When the shorts are done bleaching, rinse them out. If you don’t wash the shorts, the bleach will continue to fade the color. You may wish to skip this step if you use an old pair of jeans that already faded to the desired color.
  4. Let the shorts sit in mud water or coffee grounds. This is how you get the “dirty” part of the “dirty denim” look.
    • Mud water method: To get the mud water, put some loose clumps of dirt in a bucket, fill the bucket with water, slosh it around, and pour the water off into another bucket big enough to hold your shorts folded up. Don’t just mix dirt and water together; the dirt will settle out. Keep checking on the shorts until they are stained enough. Remember, the shorts will be a lighter color when they are dry.
    • Coffee ground method: This method will last longer. In a bucket, use about two cups of coffee grounds and enough water to turn them into a liquid. The more water you add, the lighter the stain will be. Place the jeans in a bucket and let it sit overnight.
    • A natural way to increase the “dirty denim” look is to use your frayed cutoffs when working on your car or bicycle or in the garden. You can wipe the grease, oil or dirt from your hands directly off on the shorts.
  5. Rinse the shorts.
  6. Spin the water out of the shorts. Put the cut-off shorts in your washer and set it to spin. Then put the shorts in the dryer or hang on a clothesline.
  7. Distress the shorts. To fray the edges, run a steak knife over them. To make holes, put a block of wood or something hard under the spot where you want the hole, then sand the shorts with sandpaper. It may take a while, but it works pretty well. A faster but not so elegant way is simply to rip holes in the shorts using a pointed tool. The holes will start fraying after the next wash.

Tips

  • If you cut the jeans long you can rip out a couple of bigger holes in the front or the back of the legs using a pointed tool.
  • Frayed cutoffs make excellent swimwear, women just need to add a bikini top.

Warnings

  • After you’ve worn and washed the shorts, they may need to sit in the mud water more to get stained enough so that the mud won’t wash out, and you can keep the dirty denim look.

Things You’ll Need

  • Jeans
  • A pair of scissors or a pointed tool
  • A bathtub or bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Mud or coffee grounds
  • 2 buckets
  • Something hard (a block of wood or a metal pencil case)
  • Sandpaper
  • Steak knife
  • A clothes washer
  • A clothes dryer or clothesline

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Make Dirty Denim Distressed Cut Off Shorts. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Jul Dizon adorns Kris Aquino

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I attended the launch of the special collection of Jul B. Dizon Jewellery designed for Kris Aquino.

The venue screamed pink with pink parakeets roosting in feather crowned bird cages.

There was even a pink chocolate fondue fountain. Why? Because the direction the actress gave for the 20-piece collection was to keep everything pink.

Though the guest of honor couldn’t make it, large-scale photos of her were displayed by the jewelry showcases.

I think I fell in love with the rose collection.

(Don’t I always? Obsession!)

Look at this coral rose ring with its sapphire butterflies. It’s lovely! My only worry is that, knowing how restless and clumsy my hands are, I may knock it into random furniture and destroy it. It’s beautiful though.

I thought this was a fun take on hoop earrings. The dangling briolettes give it a chandelier feel.

Mago Oben tried on a pair of drop earrings that were so pretty. The large stones are actually a milky white color but the yellow gold backing gives it a yellow glow.

Part of the proceeds of this collection will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross. The pieces are available exclusively at the Jul Dizon Jewelry boutique in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong.

Go have a look. It’s total eye candy.

Isha.

Mmmyes, please.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I got an email yesterday about an upcoming competition, and apparently if you’re fit, confident and naturally elegant, you’re a shoo-in for the win.

Oh, and you also have to be male. Yahoo, the boys get to play!

Giorgio Armani‘s Extreme fragrance, launched last 2007, is now getting its very own spin-off in the form of Extreme Attitude. To celebrate, they’re holding a photo contest entitled (brace yourselves) “A Tribute To Extreme Masculinity,” open to all amateur and pro photographers. Submissions must be black-and-white, Art Deco-style photos of a man who exudes, well, extreme masculinity, from every pore. Obvious must-haves are confidence, attractiveness, assertive virility (!), strength, elegance, mystery, ad infinitum. You get the picture. Basically, if you’re Greek god material–or at least have a photog friend that can convince others you are–get your godly essence immortalized on film and have it sent in to all Giorgio Armani fragrance counters on or before April 15th. You might just win P30,000 worth of Armani fragrances and have your abs on public display for us mortals to drool at on an exhibit on April 28th (collective yay!).

Shutterbugs, take note of the deets: format must be in 24×36 matte finish photo paper with accompanying hi-res digital copy in CD form. Don’t forget to include your full name, contact number, email and mailing address so the powers that be can let you know if you make the cut!