Thursday, December 11, 2014

[Throwback Thursday 12.11.2014] Decked the halls

Our workplace, Dec. 9, 2011.

We all need a little Christmas, don't we? To cheer us up perhaps. I just miss this time back in 2011 when we held a department-wide Christmas decorating contest at the office. Cubicles were clustered together to form groups and people were basically given free rein on how we wished to spruce up our respective areas for the season. It sure was a lot of fun and I must say I really enjoyed the resulting vibe at work.

We invited some respected individuals from other departments to judge our work and determine the top 3 based on a set of criteria.

Here's a look at what people have come up with.

That it's Christmas certainly cannot be denied here.

Lots of shiny stuff to bring us some cheer.

Christmas is a gift
This group decorated their area with lots of shiny things. Their intent was to have some semblance of a gift because Christmas itself, as they say, is a gift.

An exterior shot of the "gift."

Santa's workshop
Think of Santa's elves and how jolly old Saint Nicholas's workshop would look like. That was the idea.

Santa's elves busy at work.

Winter wonderland
Oh yes, snow, snowflakes, and Santa stuck in a chimney. What a wonderful winter wonderland!

Santa needs to go on a diet IMHO.

Christmas around the world
Funny how our Christmas party theme this year was United Nations. Apparently these guys had thought of it 3 years earlier.

Feliz Navidad! Aw!

Christmas in the city
One of my personal favorites, if only for the amount of effort involved in creating those buildings. They may have fallen short in terms of execution (according to one of the judges's notes) but I still love looking at those backlit cardboard buildings.

Silver bells... silver bells... It's Christmas time in the city.

This must how Godzilla feels every time he walks into a metropolis.

Christmas toy land
I forgot what they called this area but they've loaded it with stuffed toys and whatnot. There was a Christmas tree, a belen (Nativity scene), and whatnot. If my memory serves me right, I think they won 3rd place.

I reckon kids would love this...

...until they realize they can't have them toys. Na-ah. Nope.

Santa's reindeers
Visually appealing, clever concept, and a whole lot of fun. This group placed 2nd.

All the classic colors of Christmas are here, I suppose.

And oh yeah, there's a faux chimney to boot!

Black and chic
Last but certainly not the least, this was our group's entry. We wanted an elegant and minimalist look that I believe we've achieved because we won 1st place. "A bold attempt that made its mark," wrote one judge.

They say in fashion you can never go wrong with black, so we tried adopting that notion for our design. It wasn't all black, though, as we also threw in some silver and fuchsia. We played with some acetate and had Yuletide balls printed on them. Our centerpiece belen (Nativity scene) was also printed on transparencies and was hands-down the trickiest piece to mount. Thankfully it was a knockout according to one judge.

Our group's decor early in the morning when the lights were still off.

The idea was to have several overlapping panels to form the Nativity scene. Dang was it so hard to get each panel in its exact position!

Yuletide balls in 2D.

The reason for the season.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Come what may.

Friday, November 28, 2014

[Lookbook 11.28.2014] P is for...


Just before we were leaving the office tonight I had a couple of shots of me taken at the parking area. Maybe it was all the yellow on that floor that enticed me.

But whatever, today's outfit was simple and very relaxed, today being a Friday. It's just jeans, a sweatshirt, and some kicks. Even if it's not the dominant color, it's the green that's tying everything together.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make your wishes come true with East Dane's 'The BIG Event'

Identities have been concealed and wish lists have been submitted. Now everyone at the office has already drawn his/her "baby" for our department Kris Kringle. How I wish my wish list looked a little something like this:

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Left to right:
New York City map throw from Faribault Woolen Mills.
Rollbahn A5 spiral notebook from Delfonics.
Shine activity monitor (wearable tech: fitness and sleep monitor) from Misfit.
Sentry chrono watch from Nixon.
Black stone stainless steel insulated water bottle from S'well.
Back flash refurbished Polaroid 600-Type camera kit, Instant Lab (which transforms digital images to analog Poloaroid pictures in seconds), and black and white instant file, all from Impossible.
Leather strap watch from TID Watches.
Oscar necktie from Alexander Olch.
Bakelite hanging pendant lamp from East Dane Gifts.

Well, with a very limited amount set as the minimum, it could be--no, it is--very, VERY far from the truth. But then maybe I could still make this list and it doesn't have to be someone buying them for me. Why not when menswear shopping site East Dane is holding its biggest sale of the year? Dubbed "The BIG Event," the site is offering escalating discounts depending on the amount you'll be spending.

Spend at least USD250 and you get 15% off!
Order at least USD500 worth of items and it's 20% off!
Splurge with USD1,000 or more and you get 25% off!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[Lookbook 11.19.2014] Plaid-tie


Forgive me for the corny title; I was suddenly thinking of pad thai. Anyway, after ogling over some really nice neckties and bow ties yesterday, I promised I would wear a tie today. Now that I've made good with that promise, I hope I could sustain this thing and not slip back into my uniform of pullovers, which I often refer to as "tamad (lazy) outfits."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tie it up

While I made good by wearing suit jackets the entire 5 days last week, I must admit that I haven't worn a tie in a quite a long time. The good thing is I miss wearing them, much so when I saw these handsome pieces over at East Dane:

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Clockwise from top left:
Wool woven tie in navy by Drake's.
Slub silk necktie in acqua grass by Marwood.
Milan tie in black and cream combo by CAMO.
Cashmere woven necktie in navy and ecru combo by Drake's.

I'm really digging these woven beauties. Because they're woven, I kind of appreciate the added amount of detail involved here. They don't look too restrictive and affords the wearer a more relaxed vibe.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Redefining street wear

Okay, enough with all my Halloween reminiscing. It's time to move on from my Voldemort Halloween costume, Gomez Addams look and all that, and get back to some real-world fashion. And how best to get real than with street wear!

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Sesam felt hat and sweatshirt by √Čtudes Studio.
Shirt by Lbt-Lbt.
Jacket by Alexander Wang.
Richard Pants by Robert Geller.
Shoes by MSGM.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Custaroon Poppers: Delectable bite-size goodies

Custaroon Poppers.

Going through my phone gallery I was reminded of--and am now craving for--these Custaroon Poppers from Gigi Gaerlan Custaroonery we had almost 2 months ago now.

Custaroon poppers are bite-size custaroon balls coated with chocolate powder. A play on custard and macaroon, a custaroon is just that: a smooth and creamy flan topped with a chewy macaroon layer. Sounds yummy enough? You bet. Besides, it's always sheer joy when you get to discover a new food item every now and then, just like when I first got acquainted with kashi maki.

Monday, November 10, 2014

[Lookbook 11.10.2014] Double-breasted casual

Blurred lines.

It's been a busy day and I'm looking forward to even busier days ahead. But just right before we were about to leave the building, inspired by all the chaos that I saw at the parking area and envious of My Bibe taking selfies, I thought of an unplanned smartphone "shoot" for an outfit post. I'm wearing a pinstripe DB suit jacket after all.

Halloween hangover | The Addams Family

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Gomez and Morticia Addams.

Okay, just one more. I know Halloween is long over and it's Christmas that's in everyone's head right now but I just couldn't move on without posting this.

A day after I sported a Voldemort Halloween costume, we had a little get-together with friends over wine. It was supposed to be a 90s theme but it turned out that My Bibe and I were the only ones excited enough to wear a costume. Anyway, instead of going all Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls we took to the movies of that decade and stumbled upon the delightful The Addams Family.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween hangover | A Hogwarts Halloween

A feeble attempt at recreating that 8th Harry Potter movie poster.

I can't say it enough that I love Halloween and this year was probably one of the best, if not the best. First off My Bibe and I took leaps in the dressing-up department with her donning a Maleficent Halloween costume and me transforming into Voldemort. Yeah, they do make a good couple.

Second, our department decided to join our HR's workplace decorating contest for the first time since it came to be 3 years ago. Interestingly, our building's 16th floor won this thing 3 friggin' years in a row. I showed my colleagues photos from last year where they went with a carnivale Halloween theme and told them this is what we're up against. After firming up our collective decision to join, I pushed for a Hogwarts theme.

We transformed our workplace into the famed witchcraft and wizardry school from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Or at least we tried.
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