Friday, October 25, 2013


Melissa Araujo is one very talented woman. She knows how to make a statement and does so with conviction. Growing older, observing fashion, I've come to realize that it shouldn't take much to make an impact, further upholding that less is indeed more. It deems a lot harder to make that statement with one or two main components because these require meticulous attention. This is Melissa: her intelligence and strong personality shines through her minimalist, edgy, modern, and brilliantly versatile designs. It's right up my alley, only, Melissa has done all the thinking for us fashion enthusiasts. All we really have to do is wear them with confidence and make them our own.

Melissa has just recently shown her latest collection in Vancouver, and though I am bummed to have missed it, I'm so glad I have the internet to keep me updated. Check out her blog posts on her fashion show here and here. Keep an eye on her, this girl will go places. And I'm not just saying that because she is a great friend of mine  I will most definitely be making more MA purchases in the near future. Lucky for us shoppers, her previous collections are still available for order. I for one am still coveting this two-ways-to-wear Oversized Tunic from her Slate collection (among many others)!

Wearing her 2-in-1 Mesh Layered Dress from her Linear collection (the editorial shoot is a must see) with the longer side and mesh piece in front, paired with heels for an evening look. I have waited too long to finally have this dress in my wardrobe, and I'm really excited to maximize its versatility. Definitely more to come soon!

2-in-1 Mesh Layered Dress: Melissa Araujo / Pleather Zip Pouch: DIY / Heeled Sandals: John Paul Gaultier x Melissa

Love lots, black soul xx

Photos by Cholo dela Vega 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I'm currently loving two main things about this dress. One being my favourite colour combination as of the past few months: navy and black. The other being the baby doll, drop waist cut of this dress. Though I am not one for ruffles, this dress would be a prime exception. Since the dress is short, I decided that it could be worn as a top too.

Something a little different with photos this time. These awesome photos by Cholo Dela Vega were taken at night (obvs), without a flash or extra lighting, and I absolutely love the turnout. This is one of the three-part mini shoot we did together, our second one together after he shot my YStyle feature. More to come soon!

Swing Dress: ASOS / Mini Tote: DKNY / Fishnet Socks: American Apparel / Canvas+PVC Flats (worn for both looks): Vintage / Black Trousers: American Apparel / Classic Velo: Balenciaga

Love lots, black soul xx

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


I'm very excited to share a little feature I have in this month's Preview magazine. Thanks to Karen for finding me and producing this feature and writing an awesome piece that explains my personal style; not to mention the challenge she gave me! Style Profile is a fun challenge that forces one to bring out their personal style regardless of what is thrown at them. I had to style a circle skirt four ways. Karen knew that I'm no girly girl. All I can say is, I'm so happy that it was black. If you live in the Philippines, go get one now!

Sharing my favourite outtakes by Ralph Mendoza. Stalk more of his photos here.

(1) Phone snaps of the October issue of Preview taken by me

(2) Outfit: Grey Lawn Tee: American Apparel / Circle Skirt: Jil Sander / Gingham Flannel Shirt: MUJI / Sandal Boots: ASOS / Giant Envelope Clutch: Balenciaga / Clear Sunnies: H&M
Photo by RM

(3) Outfit: Leather Quilted Jacket: ZARA / Mesh Shirt: American Apparel / Lace Bra: Urban Outfitters / Circle Skirt: Jil Sander / Brogue Wedges: Acne / Classic Velo: Balenciaga
Photo by RM

(4) My favourite photograph of me by RM

(5) Ralph looking up

Love lots, black soul xx