Here’s to the “New” and (definitely) Improved

After months and months of procrastinating and endless Pro’s and Con’s lists, I finally worked up the balls to buy my own domain! *cue happy dancing but I don’t actually do this in real life so*

There’s still alot to do for the blog such as make past blog posts more accessible to readers and upload more content (like more pretty pictures) which I intend to do so don’t worry!

Besides my creative projects, film photography and body issue post, I will be posting more about my actual day-to-day life (in my attempt to keep my New Year’s Resolution which is to share more). I have a post coming soon about my job at Vania Romoff‘s so if you’re interested in working in fashion, this is a post you won’t want to miss.

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Currently on my table: my 2016 planner from Typo, Muji’s 0.38mm black pen, my friend’s comic (Cavity & Core by Ysa Bondoc), and my Macbook Air


This is the biggest commitment that I’ve made to the blog and to my future “online presence.” Ralf and I are planning a couple of things for when we go to the United States so FINGERS CROSSED THAT IT WILL PUSH THROUGH. We’ll be leaving in September and will be travelling all over the USA!

Definitely exciting times ahead.

Creature Comfort – Preview Magazine October 2015


When Loris asked me to make an outfit inspired by “Nomadic Upholstery” earlier this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted a huge hood and something that showed that alot of effort and love went into the garment. Plus (faux) FUR FUR FURRRRRR.

This hooded vest/top/whatever definitely embodies my personality at best.

I was ecstatic to see that they used it more than once for the feature (that close up shot!!!). I had initially planned to create a collection based on this piece but of course, the plans have changed. Now I have something else planned and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Now I just have to start it.

But until then, stare at these photos, comment on my posts (tell me what you think!) and check out my other stuff. I truly appreciate any signs of human interaction so please feel free to leave a message! 🙂

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Photographed by JC Cerilla

Styled by Loris Peña

Art Direction by Vince Uy

Make up by Anthea Bueno

Hair by Ethan David

Model: Samantha Gomez

First ever Mega Magazine Editorial – September 2015


When I was first contacted by Nicole Ramos, a former SoFA student and currently a Stylist for Mega Magazine, I felt like I hit the jackpot. Mega Magazine is one of the top fashion magazines in the Philippines and I couldn’t help but get giddy by the fact that my designs would be a part of their big fashion issue! Everyone knows that the most important issue is September; all the publications give their all and lucky for me, I was going to be a part of it.

Close up photo of a full outfit from my graduation collection that can be found in the magazine’s directory


This was the first time that my pieces showed up more than once in an editorial/feature so you wouldn’t believe how excited I was when I finally got my hands on a copy last month! I love the fact that Mega went on location and brought my humble designs and shot it with this gorgeous backdrop.

I shared these photos on my personal Facebook account also and got a message from my best friend, Timmy which honestly, sums up what I had wanted for my collection.

Can I just say, and I’m not being biased, but your collection/designs are so simple but so versatile. I just thought of it after seeing them in different sets.

Versatile, honest and inspired: pretty much sums up what I envisioned for the collection and how I see myself. Hopefully, I get more opportunities to show more of my work and create even more.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith for

Hello all! September has been really good to me. I’ve been doing alot of things such as going back to the gym (ouch) and working full time for local designer, Vania Romoff. September is also the month of features! So a couple of months back, a stylist from Mega Magazine asked to pull out some of my clothes for two shoots; one for Mega Magazine and one for the (online counterpart of Mega Mag) cover story featuring Jasmine Curtis-Smith. They featured my all time favorite oversized fluffy white sweater.

You can read the article here:

There’s also a link to download the magazine in the article so go! go! go!


C + M Wedding (9/5/2015)

Last week, I was invited to my good friend Mabel’s civil wedding at Antipolo. Now before you jump into any conclusions, they had a civil wedding for formality’s sake. Their actual wedding will be next month at Japan but their marriage there will be voided once they return to Manila thus the reason for the civil wedding.

Chris and Mabel have been an item for as long as I can remember. I remember during our SoFA days, I would see Mabel walking around with a bouquet of flowers or popping in and out of class because she had visa interviews to go to with Chris. They are definitely goals when it comes to travelling the world with your loved one. I’ve seen their photos in a number of countries in Asia which is why I wasn’t surprised when I found out that they were having a destination wedding.

I was really nervous that Ralf and I wouldn’t make it to the ceremony because traffic was hell along Ortigas Avenue Extension (surprise surprise) but luckily, we made it just in time. These are not all my photos from the event; just key details that I’d like to share with you all. 🙂

Upon entering the house, we were greeted by a small coffee set up which Ralf loved because of the doughnuts. From this point, I could already tell that Mabel took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and decided to go for a DIY celebration.

Mabel, my beautiful friend turned Mrs. I still can’t believe that I have a close friend that got married! Is this the signal that I’m entering that stage in life that everyone is getting married? In this photo, she’s blowing kisses to her new nieces and nephews who were inside taking naps and watching tv.

The ceremony was outdoors on the Sunga’s patio. It was raining hard that day (with matching thunder cracks) but it quieted down by the time the Pastor started to speak.

These Red Velvet cupcakes were baked by Mabel’s grandmother. They actually had a whole section dedicated to just desserts! If I remember right, there were 4 types of cheesecakes, Strawberry shortcake, cookie shots, Mango float shots, and cake pops.

My favourite part of the evening was when they started the Open Mic and everyone asked Mabel to sing. Her song choice was “How Do I Live Without You” by Shania Twain and not being bias or anything but she sang it beautifully! I think what made it sweeter was that she was singing directly to Chris and when she got to the last chorus, she started to cry. Talk about real love right there.

Photo of SoFA people minus Iza. She was hired as a photographer for the event so she was the one who took this photo.

It was amazing to see how tight knit the Sungas are as a family and how they welcomed Mabel with open arms. I later learned that everything was planned under two weeks! But they pulled it off and finally tied the knot. Though they did not share their vows with us (they’re saving that and their kiss as man and wife for Japan), you could tell that they had this connection that only we mortals dream of discovering one day.

Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Sunga! ❤

Mabel’s outfit was designed by Bengt by the way. See more of his work here.

Preview’s Emerging Fashion Talent Feature

Last May, I was contacted by Daryl Chang, fashion editor of Preview Magazine, informing me that I was part of the chosen 10 fashion designers to be a part of this year’s PEFT Awards. I was excited and speechless over the news and not to mention taken aback by the catch: create an outfit embodying your personal aethetic and submit it in a week. Luckily I was still doing my internship with Tita Susie and she happily obliged my cry of help. The outfit was made at the factory and we made it to the one-week deadline.

The feature came out in the August 2015 issue. I was so excited when I got my copy at the launch party that even if I was a little tipsy, I opened the protective plastic and carefully slid out the freshly printed magazine. I flipped until I saw something familiar and was greeted by my design. MY FIRST EVER PRINT MAGAZINE FEATURE.

Needless to say, this was the first highlight of my August (second being WOOHOO I HAVE A JOB). Even if they spelled my name wrong and got my gender wrong (Mr. Jaime haha), I’m still very very thankful for the opportunity. I’m very happy that my first ever magazine feature was with Preview and that the outfit I designed got some pretty good feedback.

This is definitely the first of more exciting things to come! I’m also happy to report that the top I designed for this issue was sold the other week. Now it is in the care of an awesome person who felt the need to grab it before someone else did.

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Cut and sewed 400+++ squares to make a custom designed fabric to be used for the project I mentioned earlier. All in 2 days by the way. The trouble with upholstery material is that the weave is a bit spaced out so the fabric frays ALOT. But nonetheless, I’m really happy with how this turned out. 🙂

August 3-7-2015 Photo Dump + Update

Weeks ago, I made a blog post about how I was experiencing a rut in my life. I can’t begin to explain how things definitely took a turn for the better after that post. I really felt the power of sending out thoughts into the universe and I don’t know where to begin! I will attempt to briefly explain some of the events that took place over the last 5 days with matching visual aids (of course).

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI received an email last Thursday (July 30) from a styling assistant from _________ Magazine, asking me if I was interested in doing a look for one of their October editorials. What great timing this was because prior to receiving the email, I was just saying that I needed to get more features/exposure for my portfolio. Even though Preview only gave me a week to make the outfit, I still said yes. You can see my design journey for this project and more here. Won’t go into details about the photo (except for the fact that the quilt was a BITCH to make!) since it pretty much speaks for itself. 🙂
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetLast Tuesday, I headed over to San Juan for an internship/future job interview with an Art Gallery called Secret Fresh. I won’t expound on this but I did get to hang out at Starbucks Tomas Morato before my interview and to my surprise, a barista who I used to be close to (Hi Treb!) was at that branch! We caught up for a bit before I left for the interview. 

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After the interview with Secret Fresh, I went next door to Lunch Box where I had a hearty lunch. I couldn’t help but snap some photos of this place because it is goals and I was alone (lol).

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What I had for lunch: Roast Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies. YUM YUM YUM!
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Really nice set up. Check out the handwritten menus!

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The current book I’m reading. I’m a real sucker for Self-Help books and books that are just P-R-E-T-T-Y so when I stumbled upon this beauty, I just HAD to have it! I bought a copy for myself and for Sandi (birthday gift). I got to read the introduction while I was queuing to pay and it sounds really promising. What better way to get out of a rut, am I right?

I’m currently 1/4 through this book and so far so good. It’s visually pleasing and the text is straight to the point. I always find that the best Self-help books are the ones that tell you the honest truth in the most direct way possible. The reality checks they give are eye-openers and usually inspire me to act straight away.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI still have a TON of unused squares left so I made a laptop sleeve for Annie and a book cover for myself. I noticed that my copy of “Show Your Work” was a bit damaged whilst it was in my everyday bag and I certainly didn’t want a repeat of that with my new pretty book. I really liked how these DIY projects turned out. It was actually pretty easy to make since the operations are just sewing straight lines and matching edges. Let me know if you want me to do a detailed post about how to make these though. 🙂

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I went to another job interview this week! Never did I think that I would have the opportunity to have options. But more on this another day though but the future is definitely bright!

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Furry hood. The fur is faux though so nothing to worry about; no animals were harmed. This is a sneak peek of my look for ________! Can you guess what my inspiration/s is/are? HEH HEH.

Man, after all those weeks… months.. of waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen, all the opportunities come knocking during the same week. August is definitely looking up for me and I really hope that this good luck streak lasts for as long as possible. feature

This is a late post (because I forgot to post it when it first came out) but I was contacted early April for a feature in! I was really happy to do this especially since I got featured with my friends Sylvia, Bengt, and Mark. The feature was of Kiana Valenciano wearing selected SoFA graduates’ pieces. They actually switched up my first two looks but it turned out pretty okay. The photographs were done by Koji Arboleda (my dream photographer huhu) so this feature is extra special.

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Kiana from DecadeBros on Vimeo.

You can read the feature here.

LookBook coming soon!

Really excited to share that there will be a Lookbook for my Graduation Collection! 🙂 When Erwin and Julls first approached me to collaborate for a shoot, I immediately said yes! It took a while (around 3 months to be exact haha) before we finally got to shoot but last week, we finally got together (along with the beautiful Sofia and Slo the make up artist) and made it into a reality! The photos are currently going under post-processing c/o Erwin but they’ll be up soon soon soon!

For now, here’s a sneak peek that I posted on my Instagram account:


I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such creative and talented individuals. It’s exciting to be a part of this growing community of young artists in Manila. Hoping for more opportunities like this in the future.