Read: Streetwear by Steven Vogel

Do you remember the time when you discovered and fell in love with the culture of streetwear? I’m a bit vague with mine. Maybe it was ’05, or ’06 or ’07. The details escape me. But I remember the feeling was real. It could have been that slow type of love. The type that seeps into your being as you watch it grow and evolve over time.

A few weeks ago, I found this book, Streetwear by Steven Vogel, in Amanda and Messie’s house, and it brought back an incredible feeling of nostalgia. I mean, remember those brands with all those different personalities? It was such a time when strong individual identities were coming out through clothing.

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Work: Calyxta Cover Shoot

Calyxta

Hello self-promotion! I normally feel shy and self-conscious when I talk about my work, but this time I don’t really feel that awkward. Maybe because this shoot isn’t about “me!” but more about my relationship with my older sister Teresa.

Manila-based beauty website Calyxta recently featured me and Teresa as their June cover girls. (Thanks Guys!) I don’t always get to shoot with Ter, especially now that we live in different cities. We are also on different paths, with me on my own solo journey, and Teresa, on becoming a mom.

What I loved about this shoot was that it explored our relationship as sisters in the industry, and revealed new layers about how it was for us growing up.

Click here to read the full article and check out the video we shot after the jump…

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Meet: Sofia Cope, Graphic Designer, Blogger, & Founder of Queencult and Viva La Manika

For some people, women who hold down a multitude of jobs at the same time (while killing it) is such a crazy concept. Gee, thanks. But from what I’ve seen the past couple of years, the limited perspectives of what one “can do” are currently being shattered. There is a surge of creative energy, and amazing next-gen tools, within the new generation that enables them to pursue whatever their hearts desire.

Sofia Cope is one of these women. The way she creates multiple platforms for her many voices renders me speechless. While I have never met her personally, we have so many mutual friends back home that it feels like she’s just that one girlfriend I’ve known forever but we never get to hang. I remember stumbling upon her Instagram feed and saying, “Damn she’s dope. I wanna work with her.” A few months later, I ended up doing a short Q&A on Sofia, and have decided to re-post it on my blog-with a few more Qs that never made it to the final cut.

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Read: The Woman I Wanted To Be

The Woman I Wanted To Be

I spotted The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg it in the airport bookstore as I was about to board my flight back to Manila. I was always of fan of Diane and her work, more so, her messages about being independent.

I was so curious to learn more about her life and career that I felt like this was a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about the character of this highly-praised designer.

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