SM Accessories Holiday Collection Launch!

Standing out is a whole lot better than blending in most of the time nowadays, and what better way to do it but with SM Accessories, the fashion accessories authority is always visible in the wardrobes of the country’s stylish and famous set.  Being the biggest accessories go-to in the country, SM Accessories also boasts a plethora of colors, styles, and designs that make you stand out in a very good way. SM Accessories is known for the latest, trendsetting items that you may have seen celebrities, numerous artistas, and the style savvy.

Last November 15, SM Accessories gathered up the “it” crowd at Republiq Club for a night of fashion, glamour, and sophistication featuring various trends to transform the mundane into extraordinary. The style set, usual nightlife suspects and fresh faces alike witnessed the grand unveiling of the Supreme Four of SM Accessories. Xian Lim, Georgina Wilson, Richard Gutierrez, and Anne Curtis styled by Millet Arzaga and celebrated fashion stylist Liz Uy.

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The Hunter Street Collection showcased pieces with eclectic prints fit for the free-spirited people of the world type.Photobucket

Urban Glam featured sleek, tapered and classy pieces;Photobucket

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Baroque showcased pieces highlighting sophisticated elegance;

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Blue Royale will be a definite standout with its regal and eye-catching pieces. With this, the Holiday Collection became the perfect epitome of the Supreme Four.

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SM Accessories merchandising team

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SM Accessories’ Diane Arquinde and Ninoy Sarcida

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David Guison

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Danica Magpantay

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Chino Liu-Pio

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Chalk’s Kate Paras

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Cesca Litton

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Bubbles Paraiso

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Bianca Roque

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The “Supreme Four”

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With the addition of Xian, Georgina, Richard, and Anne to their roster of ambassadors, SM Accessories has definitely made its mark as the Philippines’ Fashion Accessories Authority.

VIDEO | BBC The Perfect Suit

A witty exploration of the evolution of the gentleman’s suit. Alastair Sooke only owns one suit, but he is fascinated by how the matching jacket and trousers has become a uniform for men. Over the last 100 years the suit has evolved from working man’s Sunday best to the casual wear of royalty. For many ‘the suit’ is synonymous with all that is dull. But tailor Charlie Allen, Top Man chief designer Gordon Richardson and Sir Paul Smith show Alastair that the suit can be a cutting-edge fashion item and ‘armour’ to face the world. [source: BBC]

Looking Forward to Better (Style) Choices

I consider myself a fairly well-dressed individual who may know a thing or two about style (if you disagree, then you either 1. humour me, or 2. stop reading and just focus on the other photos or posts on my blog) but I know that this wasn’t always the case. There were definitely phases and trends which I went through or tried that I’d rather forget. I am sure I’m not alone in this, we all must have awkward and unstylish photos hidden away in boxes or high school photo albums that we’d rather just forget. Unfortunately for me/us though, the internet has a funny way of retaining past pictures of one’s self wearing all sorts of embarrassments that cannot be so easily disregarded as youthful indiscretion. From baggy pants to tourniquet tight ones, odd hats and bad choice of jacket lengths. We all have started somewhere, and I believe that where you’re going is a lot more important than where you’ve been.

Still, here’s a peek into some of my blunders.

All over print madness – once a prized shirt of mine, I realized that dressing louder than one’s self is to be avoided.

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Deeep V-Neck

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I have no words for this. This wasn’t even Halloween, I look like I have somewhat of a gold preacher vibe here.

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Piling it on used to be a good strategy. Putting it all together, the hat, the scarf, the necklace, vest and v-neck. Trendy then but now it’s not a look I can say I’m proud of.

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Torniquet tight pants! *sigh*

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“Always onwards” is what I always tell myself, or if I’m unsure of which way to go when I’m driving and refuse to ask for directions. But seriously, it’s better to look forward and streamline one’s sartorial choices than to keep regretting your past blunders. Improve, and move on.

It’s also a good idea to find key pieces which have attributes that you like, and work from there. It’s a pretty simple concept, if you like wearing jackets, find one that will get you from casual to a more formal setting with ease, effectively adding confidence. If you’re into shoes, then invest in a pair that you really like even if it’s a little bit more expensive, because chances are you’ll find yourself wearing them more often and their cost gets divided by the number of times you use them = more value. Now if you like watches, choose something that suits your lifestyle and don’t be dictated by what’s currently the latest trend. If you lead a sportier lifestyle, choose an actual sports watch so that means no room for automatics here. A quartz, or digital one will do well in this area. If you find yourself “desk diving” rather than actually getting into the water, a stainless one with automatic movement is a good pick. Now if you fancy yourself a James Bond type, and are frequently in different time zones and wish to look like a spy or at the very least debonaire try something with dual timezones or with a leather strap for the more formal functions. I could go on, but I think you get the idea I’m trying to drive at.

We’ve come a long way I think.

[photo by Arnie Villanueva – http://www.arnievillanueva.com/]

We may not always make the most obvious choice, but it’s the one that gives us the most happiness, in the long and short run. Keeping things simple and streamlined, and knowing what you need, as well as want is like a having a well cut suit made especially for you. It just works, it’s reliable, and it is a sure way to get unlimited worth out of your choices. This is why Sun Postpaid is a such good choice, because aside from having the expanded coverage, catering to the demand for unlimited calls, and having a reliable connection that instills confidence, it also suits your lifestyle and gives you the most value. So why don’t you make the good choice, and choose Sun Cellular. I assure you, there will be no regrets.

GEEKY NIGHTS CONTEST #EarlyGeekyChristmas (Soundfreaq Sound Platform)

We’re giving away a Soundfreak Sound Platform!

Answer this question: “What episode is our first ever LIVE show in Subspace Coffee?”

Kindly send your answer to GeekyNights (at) gmail (dot) com 

On the email subject, write “Geeky Nights Soundfreaq Sound Platform – <Insert Answer>

You are only allowed to submit 1 answer. Your first answer will be your final entry.

You have to tweet “I joined @geekynights #EarlyGeekyChristmas contest”after you send the email.

Clue: You can download old episodes of Geeky Nights via subscribing to our iTunes Podcast: www.GeekyNights.com/subscribe

Include your full name, address and contact info (Twitter/Facebook/mobile number)

Deadline of submission is November 12, 2012, 12PM!

We will announce the winner during our live show the next day! 

Dressing like Bond | A Quick How To

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I think all guys have wanted to dress like Bond at one point, and why wouldn’t you? He’s the debonaire gentleman who has all the cool gadgets, exotic cars and of course gets to make friendly with beautiful women. We’ve worked out the game plan in our heads, dress a little bit like him and maybe some of that onscreen charisma will find it’s way into your arsenal. If not, then at least you’ll look more stylish and confident which should get you more attention from the ladies.

The Tuxedo. Buy a tux, it doesn’t need to be bespoke or made to measure but it does have to fit well. If it’s loose in some places, makes you conscious or looks like you just borrowed it or if it doesn’t show a teeny amount of shirt cuff then take it to a tailor to “edit” the thing.

When having your tux altered, make sure there is little or no break in the trousers (and no pant cuffs please) Also don’t make the mistake of wearing any suit jacket or tux “naked” (meaning the absence of a pocket square) Also make sure the waist of your jacket isn’t massive, have it taken in conservatively. A corset does not a gentleman make.

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The photo above shows the model in a tux by H&M without a belt, I suggest wearing one (if your trousers don’t have a satin trim around the waist that replaces the need for a cummerbund) Black with a small, simple shiny buckle in silver will do.

Here’s my take just for kicks. (taken a few months back)

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The gray notched-lapel suit. One can’t always be in evening wear, or too overdressed. Dressing appropriately is a discipline that Bond knows very well, from linen shirts by the poolside in Thunderball to tweed hacking jackets in Goldfinger and other movies while in the country.

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The gray suit looks great during the day, and not entirely out of place come nighttime. It’s a color that accentuates most complexions, and looks calm and collected as opposed to the ubiquitous black and navy suits seen around town which can look a bit “standard”

Daniel Craig wears Tom Ford everything. (save for the shoes which are from Crocket & Jones)
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This suit by Zara, is a close match save for the uncuffed, uncut trousers (easily remedied) 2 button suits are a better choice, with a low to medium button profile (we’re not going for the Prince of Wales look here) Worn with a spread collar shirt, and ideally worn with a  tie might have your colleagues teasing you at first for being so “overdressed” but they’ll come around and ask you where you scored your new digs.

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So you’re well on your way to look like Bond, but remember that the other thing that makes him so suave and all that is that he always acts like a gentleman. Aside from aesthetics and external qualities like being well groomed and dressed impeccably, he also holds the door for women, never makes people around him uncomfortable (unless they’re bad guys) never cusses, and doesn’t let his suit wear him. Being Bond is very much about being a gentleman as it is being in good form amidst the crises one has to overcome.