speak easy

Nov 30, 2010

Willow at The Ramp Crossings striped jacket, Anthology lace crop top, H&M gray tank, F21 jeans, H&M scarf

My friend Dani invited me to a career talk held for a bunch of her 3rd grade students. I was the representative of the 'fashion' industry. Compared to when I was in grade school, it's exciting to see how much of these kids are really interested in fashion. One of the students even gave me her own fashion sketch. So adorable!

Dani with my other friend Anjie, a professional make up artist, who also attended the talk.
Thanks for inviting us Dan!

We're BACK!


On Canada, Lovely people, and Excellent Service!

Nov 29, 2010





Top-Oasis, Trench- Carboot, Belt-Tophop, Bag-H&M, Gloves-Givenchy, Cardigan-Massimo Dutti, Shoes-Aldo

It's nice to be finally back in Toronto. It has been years and years since I last set foot in my country!

I am slowly rebuilding a life here. Canadians are so lovely so adjusting hasn't been so tough. The only thing that bothers me is all the concrete and motorways. I don't think I could ever get used to it. I need a good dose of pretty in my life..preferably by way of buildings, gardens, and cobblestone streets.


There is, however, a place here in Toronto that I have fallen madly in love with. Mount Pleasant (near Eglington) is lined with antique shops, novelty shops, candy shops, small restaurants, and vintage stores. Totally up my alley.


The vast quantity of malls overwhelmed me on my first week. I hate malls so upon discovering this little nook where one need to walk the streets to land upon another shop made me breathe a sigh of relief.





I met the loveliest antique dealers too and had some pretty great chat with them. My favorite is Mr. Kourosh Katirai who owns Antiques On Mt. Pleasant and is Persian by descent. He saw me going through his vintage jewelry section and exclaimed how I looked like I've been looking for old baubles all my life. Of course, this made me instantly love him.


I went ahead and shopped in his amazing treasure trove. Soon I zoomed in on a beautiful art deco clip and knew I had to add it to my collection. When I brought my money up the till to pay for it, Mr. Kouroush told me that he wanted to give it to me as a gift. I was very grateful but told him I wouldn't want him to lose business. Alas,upon his insistence I accepted his generosity.


Check out the rest of his shop.


Apart from baubles, he has a great collection of light fixtures and crystals as well.




To top of my amazing week, I received a parcel in the post this week. Brian sent me a pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses! I was squealing the whole night because I couldn't get over how perfect they were. (My auntie can attest to this. Her ears may still be bleeding.)


It was packed so well with a complete set of authenticity cards, lens cloth and hard case. Brian sells different high end brand sunnies so check his website out to find the perfect pair for you at an amazing price. I have found mine and I have been wearing them on a daily basis.


Thanks again, Brian!

The Wedding Singer

Nov 11, 2010

A ‘Child of The 80s’ I’m not. Sure, I was born in the late 80s but I grew up in the 90s and my childhood revolved around Polly Pocket, Lamb Chops Play Along and the Spice Girls. My only ‘real’ connection to the 80s (other than year I was born – ’87) is my love for Say Anything, Tears For Fears and vintage Chanel. Over the years I have grown to love the eighties and everything that goes with it! So I jumped at the chance to style 9 WORKS THEATRICAL’s musical comedy, The Wedding Singer. Based on the 1998 New Line Cinema film of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.  In the stage version, Gian Magdangal plays wedding singer Robbie Hart and Iya Villania plays the role of the waitress, Julia Sullivan.

Set in 80s New Jersey, it’s like a taking a ride on Marty McFly’s DeLorean to a time when everything was exaggerated, including ridiculously poofy hair, gaudy prints and oversized shoulders. Styling for a play like this, took a lot of trips to ukay ukays and vintage shops with help from fashion students, Esme Palaganas and Mara Bautista. Putting together outfits for this involved a lot of alterations, mixing and matching and some creativity. I was constantly surrounded by pastel colored dresses, tapered trousers and oversized blazers. My brain wasconstantly filled with visions of Sixteen Candles, Miami Vice and Madonna. Though I didn't prepare the costumes for every scene, what I loved best about styling for the Wedding Singer was that in the spirit of the 80s, everyone involved was full of passion, fun and excitement.

So do me a favor and catch the last few shows of The Wedding Singer this weekend!!!

Showtime: Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at 8 p.m. 
with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.

For further details, you may call 586.71.05, 557.58.60, 0917.554.5560, 
or visit www.9workstheatrical.com or call Ticketworld at 891.9999.

Time for Tokyo

Nov 4, 2010

Spent Halloween in Tokyo where people are dressed in costumes all year round.









This is Joey. I met him through Jenny Dizon. He is lovely and chic in equal parts. We met for a quick stroll around Shinjuku and had coffee at an underground cafe.

He's a little vagabond as well having lived/worked all around the world which meant a great supply of chat for the two of us. :)


Thanks, Joey! ;)


And thank you parents.

I don't know how I'd survive if I was born into a family who only stayed in one place all the time.


Nov 2, 2010


Photos: Edric Chen
Model: Sam Sadhwani 
Make Up: Anjie Gogna 
Styling: Me

One of those shoots that we do just for fun.
Will be back to regular blogging soon. Sorry guys :)