Thursday, December 31, 2009


Spain, Cyprus perhaps. By myself.

Spend some time by myself, you know, do some thinking by myself.

(Naomi, Skins)


Silence + Noise velvet blazer from Urban Outfitters, top from Bayo, jeans from Charlotte Russe, flats from Gola, bangles from H&M, Le Pliage bag from Longchamp

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

It's an intercontinental Christmas for SecretSkins this year!

We haven't posted a lot lately but we'll get back into gear for 2010. We promise.

♥MJ and Jill

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bad Romance

And after seven hours of dancing I am beat.


Cardigan from Mango, tank from Topshop, skirt from StyleDiva
Heels from Possibility, sandals from Steve Madden

Saturday, November 14, 2009

So how are you


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Want want want



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chelsea Walls

"I want to be a lost poem in a stranger's coat pocket, that conveys the importance of you.
To assure you of my desire, to assure you of dreams. I want all the possibilities of you in writing.
I want to give you your reflection, I want your eyes on me, I want to travel to the lightness with you and stay there, and I want everything before you...
...everything before you to follow us like a trail behind me.
I want never to say goodbye to you, even on the street corner or the phone.
I want, I want so much... I'm breathless.
I want to put my power into a poem to burn a hole in your pocket so I can sew it.
I want my words to scream through you. I want the poem not to mean that much.
And I want to contradict myself by accident, and for you to know what I mean.
I want you to be distant and for me to feel you close, I want endless days when it's day and... nighttime never to end when it's night.
I want all the seasons in one day. I want the sun to set before us and come up in front of us.
I want water up to our waists and to be drenched by the rain, up to our ankles with holes in our shoes.
...with holes in our shoes. I want to think your thoughts because they're mine.
I want only what's urgent with you.
I want to get in the way of the barriers and I want you to be a tough guy when you're supposed to,
like you do already.
...when you're supposed to. And I want you to be tender, like you do already.
And I want us to have met for a reason and I want that reason to be important.
And I want it to be bigger than us, I want it to take over us.
I want to forget. I want to remember us.
And when you say you love me I don't want to think you really mean New York City, and all the fun
we have in it.
And I want your smile always, and your grimaces too.
I want your scar on my lips, and I want your disappointments in my heart.
I want your strength in my soul and I want your soul in my eyes.
I want to believe everything you say, and I do.
And I want you to tell me what's best when I don't know.
And when you're lost I want to find you.
And when you're weary I want to give you steeples and cathedral thoughts and coliseum dreams.
I want to drag you from the darkness and kneel with you exhausted with the blinding light blaring on us... and..."


Friday, October 9, 2009

Through different lens

From a very good friend.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

+/- six hours

I may be on the other side of the world
but that doesn't mean I've gone away.

Just subtract six hours, okay?



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Almost a month

I miss you, MJ!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Like in novels

You give me the kind of feeling people write novels about.


(le love)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weather is here

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Desire? Drown me in it anytime.

After all the hell weeks, the sleepless nights devoted to schoolwork, I went shopping and it was fantastic. It feels pretty awesome to know that final exams are cancelled and that schoolwork will be optional. It's my idea of school: all the people sans the tests.

I'm feeling like I'm going through a transition with my style recently. College is making it difficult to care about Fashion Weeks across the globe, and so I'm leaning towards the laid-back, grunge feel. I'm loving crop tops from Topshop and studded vests and blazers. I'm stocking up on statement rings, as I love it in Ateneo when my teachers notice me for them. What can I say? Great conversation starters--plus, you find out which of your professors are gay.

Sembreak is officially in 20 days. Which means, 20 days left to save money and diet. I'm excited to shop 'til I drop and wear all my new purchases but I'm not looking forward to idle time. Someone give me something to do!


(Bag, rings and bracelet from Dorothy Perkins, everything else from Topshop)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This was my favorite road

Let's veer off beautiful things one moment.

(Katipunan, QC, Philippines)

It was a really frightening storm.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Duchess

I fail to comprehend how far we are fully committed to the concept of freedom.

All my life, I've been fighting my way upstream.

You can't ask me to battle nature in my own heart.

When she arrives, all eyes are upon her. When absent, she is the subject of universal conversation.

(The Duchess)


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bon Anniversaire, Bon Voyage

I want you to go to the city of lights and shine and meet the Sartorialist,
eat French toast and French fries and omelette du fromage,
drink French wine and French kiss a French guy

And shop 'til you drop and walk the boulevards,
I'm learning how to give directions in French classes,
I'll tell you:
Traversez la pont, tournez a droite, allez tout droit

Find yourself an adventure, get high and come back grounded
Learn great things, experience the strange things,
Have fun, have an epic adventure

Write me letters
Return soon
Find me a Frenchman
Buy me a beret

And never forget, okay?

A very happy birthday to the other half of Secret Skins, MJ!


Friday, August 28, 2009

Picking up the pieces

I think I'm running out of things to say
or rather, I can't properly say 
what I want to say.
Is that weird?

Let's see what tomorrow brings.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hiya, kids

Irina Lazareanu

Gemma Ward

Agyness Deyn

Kate Moss

Models are born, not made.



Friday, August 21, 2009

Go after her

(Helena Kvarnstrom)

Just go.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Recall my name

see this world is not just a ball
of vagueness you can just bounce off
so I'm saving all my secrets for a deaf man
blabber on I blabber on
stare empty at a wall 
and make it try to sing along
(Their Cell, Girl In A Coma)


Saturday, August 15, 2009


I'm getting tired of being lost
It's time I control

I watch as we get old
We'll meet again some other day.

I wish we all could freeze and explode

(Freeze and Explode, Cassettes Won't Listen)

It's been a crazy week!


Topshop dress, Mango cardigan, lost and found bangle

Friday, August 7, 2009

An offer you can't refuse

A few weeks ago, I attended my organization's first general assembly, of which I was the promotions head. The event, called Omerta, had a mafia theme of sorts. 

I've already posted this outfit before (sans the fedora hat) but here are a couple of photos of me during the event:
with my best buddies, Brad and Angelina (I can dream, right??)

with Twinie, my blockmate/friend

Hallway Pass, a college street style blog, did a feature on me and my take on the "mafia" outfit. Check it out

Also, Glance Magazine picked me as one of the three "best dressed" people during the event. They even gave me a gift bag to boot. Look for me

Thanks for the features, guys!


photo credits: Mark Tiu

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Reader

For those who seek inspiration.
and for those who want to live in different worlds.


(all books & magazines owned by yours truly)

Product Improvements

"I'm always looking," says Miss America, "for what's NOT to like."
Every time she looks in a mirror.

(Chuck Palahnuik, Haunted)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009


We were very young when you were President Aquino.

Corazon Aquino

MJ and Jill

Monday, August 3, 2009

Small steps

Sometimes, you just have to try.


Topshop top, Lee jeans, Topshop mary-janes, Sari-sari store sunnies

Saturday, August 1, 2009

There's a few more bruises

Hell weeks ahead.

You lost your place in line again, what a pity
You never seem to want to dance anymore.
It's a long way down on this roller coaster;
The last chance streetcar went off the track
And you're on it.

(Alanis Morissette, Mary Jane)


Friday, July 31, 2009

The Magical Mystery Tour

I'll be leaving for France in a few weeks to study/go sightseeing/visit different countries/take photographs/learn how to be independent. That said, I decided to create my own personal blog to document my four-month stay in Europe. If you're interested, feel free to visit my other account.  
p.s. I'll still be updating in this blog too, of course! This blog, after all, started it all. Where would I be without Secret Skins?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Up and about

The past week has been awesome. Seeing as how my days are actually devoted to preparing visa requirements, planning which European countries to visit, meeting friends (both old and new), pigging out, catching up on the TV shows and films I missed, reading the books I've been meaning to read (Harry Potter 7 killed me!), experimenting with my battered but loved dSLR, and getting out of the house, let's just say I am one happy camper. 

Good times indeed!


Topshop tank, Alexane blazer, Schu patent oxfords, Lee jeans

Friday, July 24, 2009

Are you making this magic?

Mary: No, you are.

Colin: Just like in the story. It's like the whole universe is here in this garden.

Mary: Some of it is.

(Agnieszka Holland's The Secret Garden 1993)

I love this film.


Photo credit: flixter