Friday, November 01, 2013

1st of November

Okay, I know I have been AWOL for a while but here I am again!

Since it's the first of November, I've decided to do a special ootd wearing Breima's fringed top in 2 ways. :)

First look!









aah, neon with mint is a match made in heaven!





Bad hair day, unfortunately, everyday.



See, what's unique with this fringed top is that the "fringes" are not too thin! It's like Fettuccine vs. Spaghetti. 

I actually had 3 shades of green in my whole outfit! Makes me a proud green girl (in a "green is my favorite color" kind of way haha).







aaaand the 2nd one!




I was actually about to leave when I came up with this. 
I was wearing my LBD (little black dress) and I had my eye on my forever fave plaid button down (coz you know, it gets so chilly at night) when instead I grabbed this loose fringed top. and Viola! Another versatile piece in my closet. :)


A little off shoulder look won't hurt :))



look! It's Fettuccine-ish! :">



Super cute hair bow from Seascapemnl! 




This is probably my fave "Chunky Shoes" so far. It's gold, it's comfy, it fits, hahaaay, I'm in love with it! 







Bad hair day beanie - Urbandreamsph on Instagram

Mint Fringed Top - Breima on Instagram

Army Green Shorts - Cotton on (but I got it from Stylesnapmnl on Instagram)

High socks tights - Circus Manila on Instagram

Neon pink and gray clutch - Terranova

Creepers - I actually can't remember the name of the shop :( but just as well, also from Instagram. hihi.

Pastel Yellow Hair bow - Seascapemnl on Instagram

Little black dress - Forever 21

Color block bag - CMG

Chunky Sandals - Titaniaph on Instagram



Hype this look on lookbook! :)


Friday, September 13, 2013

Quick Sets

I really should start thinking of my health.

I feel super sick again and I think it's cause of lack of sleep. I proclaim myself an insomniac. :( huhu

Well anyway, I'm still up an trying desperately to sleep. What I usually do is go to different online shops just to "window shop" (which usually ends up with my wallet crying), but since I just did my shopping recently, I decided to go to polyvore.com to make a few sets! :)



Check em' out! 

BLACK

* This is probably what I'd wear to a rock concert (open field type). I wanted to turn this into an all black outfit..but cmon! those topshop jeans are meant for that bomber jacket! Plus it's ankle cut! pair it with wedge booties & I'm sure to look taller. <3



VS.



WHITE


* You got to love gold with white! They're a match made in heaven. Kinda like what Athena or Aphrodite would wear if they were humans. Haha! I almost never go all white cause I'm really messy. But this is a perfect look when going to the mall. Tried to add a little "funky" with the beanie! 




BLACK & WHITE




* I totally dig this! Not to mention I am obsessed with pullovers. Black & White combos are a necessity in my wardrobe. Clean & chic, Yin & Yang. :)




Retro Vintage


* Can this be more Carrie Bradshaw? Faded florals screams vintage! With those shoes and that lovely skirt, you'll surely feel like your back in time (not that I was born in the 60s). Hihi!




LAID BACK




* This is my favorite of all the sets I made tonight! You can go from day to night with this look. Just change your shoes and you're off to go! (or don't. Unless you're me, I can't go shopping in stilettos. Ouch!)
If someone could just tell me where to buy that cropped top here in Manila, please, I will forever thank you! I.NEED.THAT. 



Will start to make sets for some Corporate styles for our OJT ( on the job training) seminar next next week. I'll be sure to have a black and white look! :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fashion Blog.. Not entirely.

So I thought about this for so long maybe because I wanted to do this for so long too!

Since I am into fashion right now and I keep posting my looks in lookbook and my OOTD's in Instagram, I decided why not also blog about them? :)

Yes, I know I maybe new to this but I just know this is something I will enjoy doing.
 I mean c'mon!
I prepped up my blog, put time and effort into understanding HTML codes again. (haha)

Since I want something brand new, I won't be posting old looks here, only photos I have taken now in my Senior year of college.

But this will not be entirely a fashion blog! I love food too, and I love posting my opinions as well. So, I guess it's just a little bit of everything.


I am very excited for this new addiction in my life! hihi.

Well anyway, maybe it's best to get to know me first.

My friend had interviewed me before for this fashion magazine that she was doing for her class. Since she knows that I do photo shoots a lot, she decided to, well, interview me. Being the good friend that I am (and of course I wouldn't let the opportunity pass even if I know it's not a real magazine), I said YES with matching "kilig". haha!


So here are the screen caps from the magazine she made! :)






Ta-dah! So there, a bit of info about me. :)

I WILL START POSTING REAL SOON!
Just getting my wardrobe ready.

YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE MAGAZINE HERE. (She also interviewed Dani Barreto hihi) 



Monday, September 02, 2013

Whatever Forever

*long post*
STAND OUT & CARELESS!

Who knew I'll be business minded? I seriously hate math! 

And yet here I am.

How it started:

It was summer of 2013 and classes will resume in a few days. As usual, I haven't prepared my things yet, my room is a mess..and my wardrobe? Let's just say it doesn't wanna stay in my closet anymore. And of course, my mom is telling me nonstop to clean my room, fix my stuffs and arrange my clothes.

Then it hit me:
I can't even put all my clothes inside my closet anymore! Some I haven't worn at all! I was really just a shopaholic who can't let the chance to buy something pass. So I gathered all my clothes that I don't wear anymore and clothes I never actually wore. It was a pile!
Since I have been a super online shopping addict too, and a fan of vintage and thrifted finds, I thought, "well what the hell, I'm gonna sell these!"
So first things first!
I decided to create my shop on Instagram. It was what I was using most of the lazy time during summer plus a lot of shops have started there too.
But what name?

I thought of many things! The shops I follow usually have "mnl", "ph", "manila" in their shop names. I wanted that too! I wanted something cool and catchy. Well, I came out with nothing. But when I was browsing my camera roll, I happen to come accross this photo I screen capped waaaaaay before. And since I most likely say "Whatever" to anything, I decided that this will be my logo and the name of my shop.

STEP ONE: Name and Create a shop. CHECK.




whatever forever's first logo

STEP TWO: Be known

This was my problem before. Nobody wants to visit an empty account. And I don't want to post everything right away. I wanted to see if people will be interested. And poof! A TEASER! I uploaded a teaser and started following people randomly. (I would go to a shop, check their followers, then follow them)
And for the love of God.. Some followed back! Not only that, but a lot also commented "tag me"! That pushed me harder. I never back out from something I already started. (or do I? Not sure.. Well, not this time)


STEP THREE: SELL
And then I launched my first collection of preloved items from my closet. And guess what? It took only 1.5 weeks for it to be sold out! Overwhelming? I know. 




There it was! I got my money! It was a fun summer! All will be back to normal.. NOT!

I realized that I loved what I did. I have gained friends too who I still connect with and still buy from me till today. 
So I decided to let it last a bit longer.

BUT WHAT TO SELL?

I'm the type of girl who always wants to be original. Hell, I can't stand it when I'm walking happily somewhere, then I suddenly see someone wearing the same top as I am. It kills me inside. :(

So I thought of something that has been there, but not yet widely spread, and are many are looking for. Midriffs. Cute midriffs. And just my luck! I saw a shop selling cotton spandex shirts and I just know, from the moment I saw the photo, that it would be perfect as midriffs. Plus! I know someone who prints wallets. And cause I wanted to be original, as I asked her to do customized wallets. 
It was a hit! Midriffs were sold out in 2-3 days wallets for 1 week. 

And then.. of course.. some people will see it.. some people will copy it. so yeah, I had to think of something again. I don't wanna have a shop that sells stuff that are already available in thousands of other shops. Plus I wanted to sell clothes that I would and could wear too! 

NEXT STOP: Thrift Shopping

* denim overload! All from thrift shopping


And guess what..





Yup, sold out again. In just one night. It was a cool collection and I love thrift shopping with my friends! But I knew there's something more that I could do.


I want my shop to stand out. I want to be able to see someone wearing something from my shop and I will know and say "That's from WF. That's my design".

So what did I do?

I started everything from scratch.
I though, I never liked the fitting of the unisex shirts from yalex, blue corner etc. so why would I settle with that? No. I bought and looked for the best fabric for my shirts. 100% pure cotton. (comfy) Then I had them made into cropped shirts and normal tees. I designed and designed (using adobe cs4. yes, I'm outdated). Then I went to recto to look for someone who could do decent silk screen templates. Then I bought A LOT of textile paints. Then I asked someone to silk screen the shirts. 
The designs?

  VARSITEES. Yes, I am confident enough to say that I coined the term. It's a bad pun, but I stuck with it. I've always ALWAYS got a thing for baseball shirts, tees with numbers and the like.. It's ny style. And when it suddenly became a fashion trend today, I was seriously sad (mad). Coz I hate dressing up only to see someone with the same style. Ugh. 
Well anyway, that's one of the reasons I do my own designs. So I'm sure that only a few will have it. And that I can still call it mine.

Then it's launching time. 


Will they like these?



*bts WF's varsitee collection shoot in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa

*my "models" from L-R: Agel, Veron, Mimi & Jocel

*WF's oficial photographer Flery (haha wink wink)


ANSWER: HELL YEAH!

My first big collection, sold out in just one day!! 40+ items! not bad! (Of course there were those who were asdfghjkl irresponsible buyers who reserved then cancelled, but I manage to sell their item fast so who cares anymore)

*the best seller! Channing all over my Tatum shirt inspired by the music video




*of course it was my favorite as well. Haha.


It was a good day for sure. My fingers were numb from replying to all the messages and my phone was beeping non stop. 


*Varsitees logo



So what's next for WF?

A lot! Apparently. 

I am currently preparing for the launch of my pullover collection this Sunday (Sept.8) 

* teaser photo I launched last monday. But the date is moved to sept. 8 huhu



aaaaaand


The biggest collection of WF before September ends! It's gonna be huge! Varsitees will be restocked with new designs, new printed shirts, baseball shirts, more pullovers, just a lot! 


I can still balance school and WF for now, but once it gets hard, I have to stop WF for a while, but I am seriously planning to join a bazaar on October (since it's our term break) so that I can experience what's it like to have a booth. Hihi. Plus when our OJT starts, I think I'll be busier.

Well anyway, WF has been simultaneously a stress reliever and stress giver. But for what's it worth, I love it. I put my heart into it. And I know it's a little forward to think of the future, but I just feel that this - WF, it's for keeps. Almost 7k followers, that's not bad. But I know if I work my ass off I can reach 10k. I want a double digit K. Okay?



Anyway..

I can see myself studying for my masteral degree, while being a freelance writer for some magazine, and answering inquiries for WF in the future. 

I won't stop until I get featured. THIS.



*the end

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Reinvented Blog: Marnelli Gaerlan

Before I start blogging about Whatever Forever, may I just say that I am in love with my new blog lay out? ❤

Finally! I sat down, tweaked a few things.. and ta-dah! :">

PinkxGreen - everyone knows this is my color combo. Yup. This is so me. And about the triangles, I just think they look cute that way. Like some kind of a distorted star. (Nope? You don't see it? Well, I do!) lol

Minimalistic Design - I don't wanna go overboard with designs. White works perfectly for me. 

New Name -  Well, I decided to name my blog after me since I love my name. haha. But in all seriousness, I just want something with my name on it. And we all know it's not gonna be a book nor an album. So hey, welcome to marnelligaerlan.blogspot.com :)

Coz of my blog's reinvented look, I might blog more! And post more pictures too. (Yay me!)

Anyway, I'll probably do a post about Whatever Forever some other time. 


I'm in senior year of my college life which means, you know, THESIS. (ugh) Been busy with that lately and hopefully our group will survive our first serious defense. Wish us luck! xx

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sick

Tonsillitis

(n) inflammation of the tonsils that may cause high fever, sore throat and the f*cking need to avoid eating sweets.



For the whole month of August, for some unexplainable reason, I crave for nothing but sweets. Desserts. Things I don't even like before. I will go out for lunch, dinner, tapsilog, etc... but never for desserts. And yet here I am, suffering from this great pain.



I have no clue, no explanation whatsoever. It just happened.



First stop: Cupcakes
These little devils kept me up at night.


Second stop: Mango Bravo
I hate how I manage to eat half of the cake and how I can eat the whole if it wasn't for my sister who loves it too. I hate you I hate you I hate... Aaaw shucks. I can't stay mad at you!


Mango Bravo., (n)
heaven sent cake from Conti's Bakeshop. Was said to be baked by Jesus with the help of His angels.

#selfie



Third stop: Candies
Lots of them. I'm not talking a handful a day, not even two handfuls, but a lot. A LOT. capiche?


Fourth stop: Ice Cream
Seriously. What the hell? I never ever even liked Ice cream before! And all of the sudden when my aunt decided to buy some for the "kids" I suddenly couldn't help my self. I gave in. To chocolate.. Nay. Rocky Road Ice cream. The flavor I hated the most. And yet I managed to fill my cup.. and refill it.. 3 times.


Fifth stop: Chocolate
Ooops! It did it again. 


And then this happened. 

( okay, I was supposed to upload a picture here of what the tonsils look like, you know, inflamed, but then when I googled it, it grossed the kittens out of me.) 


Well point is.. I really feel sick. And I slept the whole day and I feel like shit. And I still have things to do. A lot of things. 


Ugh. Hate how I still won't stop eating even if it asdhdjfkl hurts!


Pigs will be pigs. 

whatevs.


-M

Monday, July 22, 2013

WHAT I STAND FOR




I stand for fairness and equality. I believe that we are all made one and the same and thus should be treated equally. We should not be little others. The poor should have the same rights as the rich. Only then can justice prevail. We live in a world full of biases wherein some people think that they are the superior being. Education, health services and other needs should not be limited to the fortunate and if the poor cannot afford them, then it shall be given by those who can. The weak stand no chance because they do not have the power.  Take racial discrimination for example. The Black, White, and Asian should be able to be in the same place at the same time without having to hear comments about each other’s race. It would be easier that way, right? And yet instead of being “friendly”, we tend to be protective of ourselves and judgemental of others because we place stereotypes everywhere. Stereotyping is not healthy. Not all Blacks are criminals. Maybe some become such because they were seriously labelled, continuously branded and they tend to embrace it. Such notion sticks to their mind. It is actually a good thing that some films today let black guys play the role of good guys instead of the movies before wherein they are always the bad guys. Then we have the homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders. Do we easily think that they have not been through enough emotional (maybe even physical) pain? And yet, we still cannot find it in our hearts to accept them? I honestly do not think that God hates them. God loves everyone and He always has a reason for everything. They are not causing us any harm so what do we even have against them that makes them so unlikeable? Physical abuse is also one of the most pathetic and worst ways to show power. Imagine: A father beating his own child; an employer forcing her helper to eat cockroaches as punishment; a taxi driver who drags and rapes an innocent girl; a teacher who hits her students. Sadly, these are the kind of things that we find in the news every day. The world that God has made for us to take care of, as well as the human beings He created, has become chaotic. How long should we carry on like this? How long can we stand and watch at one side while others are being pushed down to the ground? I believe that peace is attainable but we cannot achieve it unless we take a stand. We have to have peace within ourselves first. We should practice doing something that will make us feel good and, most importantly, guilt-free. The problem is, our conscience is all messed up. We find it hard to determine what is right from wrong. Still, we have to continuously ask God for guidance. He has all the answers.  I stand for those who are hurt but still fighting. I stand for those who are broken because of our society’s cruelty. I stand for the weak and the abused. I stand for those who are victims of our unjust practices. I stand for justice. I stand for peace.