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Avatar makes Cebu the earring capital of the Philippines

June 23, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Clothing, Design, Places No Comments →

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Our first stop in Cebu was the Avatar store at the Bellavista Hotel.

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Avatar is a Cebu-based fashion accessories and jewelry brand that pre-dates the James Cameron movie (although the tall blue aliens would like it). Its products are exported all over the world, and it’s won many awards for design.

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“Avatar” means “the incarnation of an idea” and if the idea is “Death to the boring,” we consider it a success.

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They have a pop-up store in Greenbelt, but the Bellavista Hotel outlet has the best prices. You can get earrings for as low as Php100. There are bracelets, necklaces, etc, but we didn’t look at them because we were on our way to lunch.

Turn your empty coffee pods into earrings

June 09, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Clothing No Comments →

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Found these at a weekend market in Italy: earrings made of empty coffee pods. They’re very light, they’re environment-friendly, and it is highly unlikely that you will meet anyone wearing the same earrings.

Dispose of clothes you don’t want anymore and get a one-time 15 percent discount at H&M.

April 21, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Clothing, Shopping No Comments →

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Gather all the clothes you no longer have any use for, including the ones that no longer fit but you’re in denial about, and put them in two bags. (All, meaning even those that are not from H&M. They can even be very old or damaged.) Take them to an H&M store. Bring only two bags per day, don’t bring your entire wardrobe.

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Take the bag/s to the cash point checkout next to the I:CO (I: Collect) display box. The sales advisor will look at the bag to see if its contents are safe.

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The bag will be placed in the I:CO box. In return, you get a “15 percent off 1 item” discount voucher per bag. You can only get a maximum of 2 vouchers a day.

How many pieces or what is the weight of one bag? There are no rules on quantity or weight, but remember that these are clothes you were going to get rid of anyway, so the more the better.

Again, you can only bring 2 bags a day, for which you will get 2 “15 percent off 1 item” vouchers.

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I:Collect will sort the clothes and figure out how to reuse them. Clothes still in good condition will be re-sold as used goods. Clothes that are no longer wearable (meaning they’re ruined, not that they’re polyester mu-muus or I heart Alanis T-shirts one cannot be seen in) are made into cleaning cloths (Yes, trapo). Clothes that cannot be reused are recycled into damping or insulating materials or new textiles. If there is no more conceivable use for those clothes, they are incinerated to produce energy.

For every kilo of clothes H&M collects, I:CO will donate 2 cents Euro to UNICEF Philippines. They will not make a profit from this project.

For more information, go to hm.com/longlivefashion.

These books are made for walking

April 03, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Clothing 7 Comments →

The other day at the mall we spotted a pair of black Doc Martens with little designs on them of wings and such. Of course we coveted them. They were not cheap. Then it occurred to us that we have a couple of black Docs that are nearly 20 years old and still perfectly serviceable, and we could customize one of them.

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We consulted Chus, who said we could use a Sharpie to write on the leather, then apply acrylic sealer.

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We can’t draw, but we love handwriting. But what to write? What would fit the boots? Which books feature a lot of walking? Jane Austen, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, J.R.R. Tolkien were among the candidates.

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We chose the first and last lines of The Catcher in the Rye. There was space left over, so we added “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life”. There’s a blank spot we’ll ask Chus to draw on.

Later we remembered how the narrator’s late kid brother Allie used to write on his baseball glove so he’d have something to read while standing on the mound.

Anyway we started writing short stories in high school by imitating Salinger.

We haven’t sealed it yet, in case we change our mind.

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Not content with writing on our boots, we turned the Sharpie on a bag. We have this white tote we seldom use because when our friends see us with it they are bothered. It is too “normal”. Such is our typical manner that we can wear headbands with horns and eyeglasses with cat ears and no one would comment on them, but when we wear a conventional bag they are offended. (More for the bag than for us, we suspect.)

Now that we’ve written the first lines of Swann’s Way on it, in mirror-writing, it’s “us”.

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Fashion in literature: When Proust is your advertisement

March 30, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Clothing, History 1 Comment →

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Photographs by Pari Dukovic

A number of years ago, a young painting conservator entered a forgotten storeroom in a fifteenth-century Florentine villa and stumbled on a pile of Louis Vuitton steamer trunks. She opened them and discovered a collection of exquisite dresses, the kind usually seen only in movies, or inside protective vitrines in museums. Closer inspection revealed silk labels, hand-woven with the name “Callot Soeurs.”

In the second volume of “Remembrance of Things Past,” the Narrator asks his beloved, Albertine, “Is there a vast difference between a Callot dress and one from any ordinary shop?” Her response: “Why, an enormous difference, my little man!”

A “Callot dress” is one that was made by the Paris haute-couture house Callot Soeurs—Callot Sisters. The sisters are not much remembered now: there has been no monograph on their work, and no retrospective. Yet, not long after Callot Soeurs opened their atelier, in 1895, they became one of the great names in Belle Époque fashion. Madeleine Vionnet, one of the most influential and radical designers of the twentieth century, was the sisters’ head seamstress. She ranked them higher than the self-proclaimed King of Fashion, Paul Poiret. “Without the example of the Callot Soeurs,” Vionnet said, “I would have continued to make Fords. It is because of them that I have been able to make Rolls-Royces.”

Read 21 Dresses in the New Yorker.

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The exact quote from Proust:

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Kingsman: Mr. Darcy goes berserk and we wonder what took him so long

February 21, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Clothing, Movies 3 Comments →

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Eyewear maketh man: Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in Kingsman.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar comics, is the most fun we’ve had at the movies this year so far, but then we enjoy onscreen violence because it saves us the mess of perpetrating our own. We are totally the market that thinks Scanners needed more cranial explosions.

Colin Firth is even better-tailored than usual as a member of a super-secret intelligence agency operating out of Savile Row, and Taron Egerton as his downmarket protege is adorable. Initially we were disturbed by the seeming right-wing reactionary thrust of the movie—that it falls to the upper classes to save the world—but this is turned upside-down before long.

Millar’s comics oeuvre resembles a hyperactive 11-year-old’s rewrites of superhero comics (Kick-Ass), and Kingsman is for those who wish the James Bond flicks had more violence. As in Wanted and the Ultimate Avengers, those in power are overthrown and hands that feed are inevitably bitten.

Firth is always charming, even when he’s committing mass murder, and the action sequences are clever and funny. In fact the movie is so kinetic, we regretted having seen it in 4DX because the moving chairs are redundant. Critics are up in arms over a scene in which a woman offers an agent sex if he saves the world—how is this different from every action movie? Oh, and eyeglasses. Rrrrrr, eyeglasses.