On a lighter note to start your week, the past weekend was all about this: NCLA Nail Wraps.
The other day, I stopped by Co.Lab, a co-working space based in Manila, that is also known for hosting talks, seminars, or workshops that nurture and cultivate new ideas. That day, they were hosting a screening of Girl Rising, a film that highlights the importance of educating girls in developing countries.
Jessica Robinson is a jewelry designer, or more specifically a bench jeweler, whose ethereal designs have been featured in Vogue Italia and Vogue US, as well as seen draping high-profile celebrities. She uses mostly gold embedded with diamonds, just like the palm feather double ring featured above.
I’m biased when it comes to Chuck Reyes. Maybe because I’ve known him for the last ten years, or maybe because he’s always over at our apartment playing PS3. I suppose the benefit of knowing a creative more personally, and not just through Instagram, is that I get a glimpse of what he’s really working on. Despite him being rather low key on social media, his iPad is filled with amazing editorials and test shoots that make me want to brag for him.
His work as a photographer always continues to impress me. I’ve seen his eye grow the past few years, from him living in Manila to LA to now Singapore. (Here’s an article I wrote about him a few years back). He’s been on a journey that I leads him to continually sharpen his eye; His simple, yet polished style, leaves no detail to chance. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
SoulPancake and Darling Magazine released a series of videos called “That’s What She Said.” The videos highlight different issues that women are going through, to create a beautifully shot, insight-rich conversation that enlightens, nurtures, and strengthens women today. This particular video talks about Power & Purpose in the workplace.
Being raised in a family of entrepreneurs, I am not really shocked when one of them says, “Hey! I’m working on a new project.” Creating and birthing new ideas has become our passion.
While our strength does lie in the fashion and entertainment industry, what I really love is how my family is dedicated to self-development and business. We are all working through our different struggles and mistakes, but the resilience to keep on creating is a very inspiring quality that I learned from them.
I get it now. I get all the lessons my agency was trying to teach me years ago.
When I was starting out, I used to believe that fame equals success. That without it, my career is worthless. The bouts of sadness after castings would haunt me, making me obsess over what could have been done better. “Don’t be so hard on yourself,” I would constantly hear. To not pressure yourself or to not compare are easier said than done, especially when the world you work in thinks that the barometer for success is based on the number of print ads/commercials you do, the followers you have, and the number of likes on your instagram post.