Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Vera Wang for Men EDT: Classy and understated

halfwhiteboy - Vera Wang for Men EDT

Let me just start by saying how gorgeous of a bottle this is. It's simple and elegant, the perfect representation of what this fragrance is. Vera Wang for Men is the only men's offering in a line of some 20+ fragrances from the designer most famous for her wedding gowns.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Pink Pepper Leather EDP by ScentSmith Perfumery: A sweet and spicy delight

halfwhiteboy - ScentSmith Pink Pepper Leather EDP

Earlier in September I came across ScentSmith Perfumery at Greenbelt 5. After Hayden Kho's foray into fragrances--which I really liked, by the way--went kaput, I'm happy to see another brand contributing to the growth of the local fragrance industry. I left the store with a couple of bottles in tow, one of which is this EDP called Pink Pepper Leather.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

DINING | Charito by Bag of Beans: A destination unto itself

halfwhiteboy - charito by bag of beans 01
Just one of the many pretty spaces at Charito by Bag of Beans.

Bag of Beans restaurants are aplenty in Tagaytay, and opening another one may feel a tad too much already. But no, as their fifth one offers something different--at least in terms of design. Named after its owner, Charito by Bag of Beans attempts to "level up" its already templated formula by going a little upscale.

Had the chance to try this two year-old resto, and here's a rundown of our experience.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

LOOKBOOK | 1 of 36 views of Mt Fuji

halfwhiteboy - Uniqlo UT Hokusai Blue 01

One of the pieces I copped at last month's Uniqlo Manila flagship store opening was this t-shirt with a Japanese scenery print with the famous Mt Fuji in view. I haven't given much thought about it other than it's a nice design.

Apparently it's part of the Hokusai Blue Uniqlo UT collection, which is rooted in some interesting history so to speak. From the brand's website:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Wearing the tropics on my sleeve

halfwhiteboy - summer print bomber jacket 04

I realized that this tropical print bomber jacket is one jacket that's not very easy to wear. Yeah, the print is very eye-catching but it seems to clash with almost everything I try to put on. Black is obviously a safe bet but it can't always be black.

Here I tried red. I took a cue from the red stripes around the jacket's collar, cuffs, and waist, so I guess it would work.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels: A classic green through and through

halfwhiteboy - Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar EDT

And so my blind-buying spree continues with Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels. It's been around for nearly three decades now and shame that this is only my first encounter with this classic.

From both box and bottle alone, one can instantly glean that this is a green fragrance. It's a handsome bottle, by the way; pretty basic but handsome. It's not a heavy one either. I love the sprayer, too, which delivers a fine and even dose of juice.

Monday, October 29, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Halloween 2018: Betrayus is my name

Putting up a brave face, this kid. But she would never look at me. I don't know why.

And just like that, Halloween celebrations at the office are over. As with last year, our department was supposed to skip the workplace decorating contest again this time--until our HR asked our boss to reconsider because we were the only ones not joining. And so we "had to" join.

This year's theme was "Now Streaming," in particular series that are available on either Netflix or iflix. Because every popular show was already taken, we searched through what else is available and ended up with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Who knew there was a Pac-Man series!

I wanted to be Pac-Man because I'm always eating. I think it's so me. I even used to be called by that name back at my first job. But no, I was relegated to being the villain once again. Voldemort for Halloween 2014, Loki for Halloween 2016, now I'm a ghost. And it has a name--Betrayus. Just look him up on Google.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Another case of the blues

halfwhiteboy - blue suit and blue sneakers 01

I haven't worn a suit for quite some time, so I thought of taking this blue number out for a spin. It's not as noticeable in the photos but it's not all blue because it's got a white microdot pattern. Talk about downsized polka dots.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

FRAGRANCE | 1920 The Origin by Tous: Another love at first sniff

halfwhiteboy - tous 1920 the origin edp

I've never heard of Tous before but I'm glad I stumbled upon it at a mall fragrance store. Read up a bit and learned that Tous is a Spanish jewelry house founded in 1920 and that their foray into cosmetics and fragrances only started in 2002.

There were only a few of the brand's fragrances at the store and 1920 The Origin was the first that I sniffed. And that was it--I instantly wanted the fragrance. Although not exactly the same, it somehow reminded me of my favorite Terre d'Hermes. Just a wee bit, which I think is because of the citrus.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LOOKBOOK | A wonderful, dizzying mess of crisscrossing lines

halfwhiteboy - geometric pattern pullover 01

Bold geometric patterns in clothing don't always come in colors. Although it's mostly the case, black and white can be just as bold, like this pullover here. Its crisscrossing lines that never end in harmony result in a wonderful, dizzying mess.
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