Friday, September 28, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Novel VS Film) ☮

The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been my one of my favorite books ever since I read it back in freshman year. It's funny, it's different, it's heart-wrenching, and it's real. The characters are so true to real-life beings, that I can almost feel their emotions in every situation in the book. Perks was created into a film, and it was released on September 26, 2012 here in the Philippines. I had the opportunity to watch the movie today, and I thought that it would be great to talk about the similarities and differences it has with the novel, as well as the positive and negative remarks I had about the adaptation! If you haven't watched the movie yet, I suggest you don't read the latter part of the post, unless you are willing to be spoiled!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Novel)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower was written by Stephen Chbosky, and it was published in 1999. It revolves around "Charlie" (this may or may not be his real name), who starts off the novel by writing a letter to an anonymous person. The novel goes on as Charlie writes to this person, telling him/her about his life as a freshman high school student.

Charlie, a socially awkward introvert, starts his freshman year, and he feels like no one notices him. He's recovering from the tragic accident that just happened, wherein his only good friend Michael committed suicide. His family doesn't seem to understand him the way his Aunt Helen does, and she too has passed away. Feeling alone and misunderstood, he starts to blend into the crowd and doesn't want to be seen. That is, until Sam and Patrick came along.

Sam and Patrick are step-siblings, and as seniors, they introduced Charlie into the real life of high school. He's put out of his shell, and throughout the novel, he strays away from being a wallflower and tries to live life the way he should be. As he's introduced to parties, drugs, and the common high school scene, he starts to fall in love with Sam. He meets new friends, experiences new things, and he finds himself in the process.

In my opinion, this book is a teen classic. Even if it's written in 1999, it applies to today as well. Charlie develops throughout the book, and you can see how true he is to himself. He sees things his way, and the way he perceives things is just so natural. Everything is seen in a different perspective because of his innocence, and the characters in the novel don't impose their personalities on Charlie, they're molded because of him. It's like they carry out his youthfulness. 

The Sam-Charlie-Patrick friendship made this book a great one. Charlie, a loner, was welcomed into the circle of friends, who are all loners themselves. In a way, their experiences are intersecting with one another, and they get what it's like to feel that way. I love how Charlie is so easily accepted, and how through all the heartbreaks, triumphs, tragedies, and enlightened moments, they're there for each other every step of the way.

Favorite Quotes
"It was the kind of kiss I could never tell my friends about out loud. It was the kind of kiss that made me know I was never so happy in my whole life." — Charlie
"But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there." — Charlie
"And I think everyone is special in their own way. I really do." — Charlie
 "Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody" — Charlie
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Novel)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower (film) was directed by the novel's author, Stephen Chbosky. The film stars Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick, the three main characters of the book.

The film stays very true to the book, and all the scenes you expect to see are there. It's wonderful to see this, since not much movie adaptations of famous novels stay true to the book, most probably because they want to up the entertainment appeal. Sometimes, it's unfortunate that the scenes fans are most excited to see on the big screen are the ones cut out from the film. Not this one, for it follows the book scene per scene. It's portrayed really well, it's complete, and the essence and impact the novel had was not lacking in the film.

Logan Lerman was an amazing actor. He portrayed the awkwardness of Charlie really well, and the emotion seen during his breakdown moments was flawless. He captured Charlie to a tee, and it fit him really well. We all know that he is a good looking man, and this movie transforms him into this awkward yet adorable teenager; he will be a hit with the ladies for sure. The chemistry between him and Emma Watson was undeniably there, and to see the two main characters gel together so well is a great key factor to any movie. Not to mention that they're the two hottest stars in film today, what more can you ask for?

My favorite character in the movie is Patrick. Ezra Miller is just so funny, so characteristic, and so uplifting. He made me smile throughout the movie with his antics, and the way he just portrays Patrick is just perfect.

To me, the movie did the book justice. It was exceptional, and it truly showed the reality of adolescence, love within a group of friends, injustice and tragedies, and being accepted. It's funny, it's witty, it's real life. The actors add more depth to the characters, and whilst many movies attempt to give off the vibe that Perks does, nothing can compare to the quality this movie brings.

One of my favorite scenes in the book is the tunnel scene, where Sam stands on top of her moving pick-up truck, listening to the "tunnel song", with her arms wide open. This is where Charlie concludes one of the most famous lines of the novel, "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." The movie exceeded my expectations, and I got goosebumps watching it.

I do encourage you all to read the book first before watching it, because then you can really compare and see for yourself if it was up to par or not. I believe that the movie is definitely worth watching as well, and with Logan Lerman as the lead, how can you not?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't You Worry Child ☮

A sort of spontaneous post, but this song has been stuck in my head for days. Additional to that, Swedish House Mafia is announcing the tour dates to their One Last Tour today, so watch out for that! Fingers crossed that our country will be on the list! I quote,
"Today we want to share with you, that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved." 
For those of you who do not know, Swedish House Mafia is a trio of disc jockeys who produce quality house music. They are known all over the world for their upbeat tracks, infectious tunes, and hypnotic beats. Sadly, the group decided to disband after their last tour.

Don't You Worry Child is the sixth and final single to be released by the group, and it's also known to be their farewell single. 


This music video speaks volumes, and the lyrics are specially apt to the situation. Definite ear candy, and I have a feeling this song will be on repeat not only in my iPod, but in yours as well.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Invitation House: New Arrivals ☮

I blogged about Invitation House  when Synergy first started last July (you can look at it again here), and I'm here again to feature the new items that just arrived! Invitation House produces high quality invitations, notebooks, notepads, stationary, and everything paper. Recently, more things were added, including home decors, accessories, bags, and many more quirky things that you would love to have! Here are the new arrivals that are being sold in Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center:

These suitcases are classy, and conventional. They come in three size - small, medium, large - and can be used to stash anything inside. Perfect for people want to travel in style!

These leather accessories are the up-and-coming trend this season! Made from real, genuine leather, they can spice up an outfit and make you look classy, stylish, and put-together. With different bracelets to choose from, you'll never want to buy just one! Each design is available in nine different colors: lime green, hot pink, orange, yellow, gold, silver, tan, brown, and black.

Designed by the artists behind Invitation House, the notecards come in a pack of 12, complete with matching envelopes decorated with lining, and a clean-cut box. It's practical, beautiful, and can be used for special occasions.  

If you're interested in buying any of these products, you can visit Invitation House at Greenbelt 5 and Alabang Town Center. You can also email me at for the prices per product, and for delivery details :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Favorite YouTube covers at the moment ☮

When I have too much time on my hands, you would catch me either on twitter, reading, looking through blogs, or watching YouTube videos. I love seeing raw, natural talent on YouTube. It's always a treat seeing my favorite songs being sung in a different way, with people putting different twists to it. I'm always looking for good covers that can spice up my mood, and I want to share them with all of you! Here are some of my favorites, credits to my sister for helping me look for the best: 

Kids by MGMT // HeyHiHello x Poppy

Poppy is an AMAZING singer. Her voice is different and raw, and her cover of Kids is out of this world. She made the sound more natural, kind of putting an indie vibe to it. 

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men // HeyHiHello x Poppy

Another collaboration by the same artists, this song is one of my favorites. Giving a stripped back, acoustic rendition, this one never fails to make me happy. 

Lego House by Ed Sheeran // Stooshe

One of my favorite artists ever, and one of my favorite songs by him, sung by an amazing girl group. I love the fact that they kept their British accents!

As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber // Eli Lieb

I love this song on Bieber's new album, Believe, but with this soulful rendition, it gives it a whole new meaning.

A Drop In The Ocean by Ron Pope // Clinton Cave x Jesse Mann

I have a thing for saxophones, and this cover is, without a doubt, incredibly sexy. Must watch!

More Than This by One Direction // Band At Sunset 

For all you One Direction fans, these boys do them justice.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie // Gavin Mikhail

This piano driven melody sends chills down my spine. Simple, but effective.

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye ft. Kimbra // Jayme Dee 

Jayme Dee is one of my absolute favorite YouTube artists, and all her covers are flawless. Here's one that I really like. Her voice is so smooth!

Thinking About You by Frank Ocean // Tori Kelly x Angie Girl

What a great duo! This song is amazing, and with Tori's voice combined with Angie's beatboxing, this cover is definitely worth watching.

Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys // Ed Sheeran

The amazing Ed Sheeran taking his own risk with a rap song! As usual, he slays it.

The Cave by Mumford and Sons // Dia Frampton

The runner up to The Voice season 1 does her own cover of the coveted Mumford and Sons song.

Ho Hey by The Lumineers // James Alan 

I love this boy's voice. He's a natural, and his gritty tone + guitar skills really makes the song come alive. It's perfect for him.

Call Me Maybe x Payphone // Jessica Jarell x James Alan

A mashup! SO SO SO good, I love it so much, I made it the last one!

I hope you enjoyed all the videos, I'll be posting more in the near future :-) Support these YouTube artists by watching their videos, liking them, leaving comments, or subscribing!

FEATURED: Laureen Uy ☮

Laureen Uy is an emerging icon in the Philippine fashion scene. Along with her eclectic style, her daring risks, and her outgoing personality, she is not afraid to express herself through the thing most girls love: fashion.

With Vince Uy (creative director of Preview magazine) and Liz Uy (celebrity stylist, fashion editor of Preview Magazine, style icon) as siblings, there is no doubt that Laureen was influenced by her family. Aside from being a designer for her shop, Break My Style, she's also an upcoming actress. Catch her on your television screens when you tune into channel 2!

We were very fortunate to have Laureen answer a few questions, despite her hectic schedule. I'm sure many of you would want to know about her style secrets, so here are a few!

1. Tell us about yourself and your blog. 
I'm a 22 year old fashion blogger and I love to travel.

2. Who is/are your fashion icon/s? 
Rumi Neely, Kate Moss, Nicole Warne, Anna Dello Russo

3. Name one fashion item you own that you can’t live without. 
A white top.

4. Where do you get inspiration for your outfits? 
From magazines and blogs.

5. What is your favorite fashion trend? 
Print on Print. I just can't get enough of prints!

Laureen dares to be different, and she showcases her moods and personality through her style. She's one of our ultimate style icons, so it's a pleasure to have her answer our questions!

Please support Laureen by visiting her blog, and follow her on Instagram, Lookbook, and Twitter as well!

Credits to Laureen for all the photos!

Friday, September 14, 2012

FEATURED: Your Evil Twin ☮

Meet the twins behind Your Evil Twin: Tracianne and Trasienne, an alluring and whimsical duo. Their love for ethnic culture, raw materials, and natural beauty comes out in their photographs.

Their official website quotes:
The persistence of sensual pleasure intertwined with intimate memories and a decidedly pop culture aesthetic shines through in the film photographs of twins Tracianne and Trasienne. Gifted with an eye for all things unconventionally beautiful, these two sisters capture the moments we take for granted through their trusty analog cameras, providing a visual feast for their viewers, who sit tightly waiting for the next set of photographic dreams to materialize.

The idiosyncrasies of their minds come together through the photos. Incorporating old-school realism to bring out the object's natural beauty, they make photography seem effortless. Who knows, maybe for them, it is. They've photographed a few famous models in the Philippines, and have traveled the world, savoring each moment through the lens. With the use of classic polaroids, they managed to capture the sincerity of photos in an instant - no pun intended. We've had the privilege to interview them about their photography style, their favorite subjects, and the like. Take a look!

1. Tell us about yourselves and your blog.
Hi we're an and en, a photography duo from manila. Our photo blog reeks of melancholic and nostalgic photos of ourselves, places and girls we love. Check it out :)
2. When did you get into photography?
I think it all started when we got ourselves a disposable camera when we were kids.
3. How long have you been taking photos?
Since forever, we always have a camera with us when we travel. But professionally, 2010.

4. Who is/are your fashion icon/s?
Alexa Chung and Bambi Norwood Blyth
5. Describe your own style.
Music Fest Best, effortless, unassuming

6. What kind of camera/s do you use?
Film Cameras- Yashieca, Contax, Nikon 

7. Where do you get inspiration for your photos?
Homemade videos, polaroids from the early 70's 

8. What makes a good photo?
How it makes you feel. We generally like photos that are raw yet powerful.
9. What opportunities has being a photographer given you?
 Meeting our idols from the art and fashion industry 

10. What has been your favorite place to take photographs in so far?
 In bed

11. What is your dream place to take photographs?

12. Who is your dream person/company you would want to have a shoot with?
Daisy Lowe 

13.  Can you give us a couple of songs that would describe the concept behind your photographs?
Nostalgic songs ranging from Mayer Hawthorne to Best Coast.

14. Any tips/advice for aspiring bloggers/photographers?
 Just enjoy the ride :)  

15. Anything else?
Thanks Bea and Nina for featuring us :) 

Check out some of their photos and fall in love the way I did!

(Credits to Your Evil Twin's tumblr and website)

Send Your Evil Twin some love on their tumblr and official website

Fall in love, feel nostalgic, experience raw and natural beauty through their photographs ♡


Friday, September 7, 2012

LATEST TRENDS: Spikes and Studs ☮

Spikes and studs are all the rage right now. On shoes, on shorts, as accents, as major accessories, it's a must-have nowadays! It adds spunk to an outfit, making it edge and giving off a rocker vibe. It could be toned down as well, peeking out from different parts of the garments. Whether it be metallic or neon, this trend will be around for a while.

Here are a few of my favorite bloggers sporting the trend!

Sporting the neon spikes as arm candy


With her accessories and her deadly (but beautiful) shoes

Here are some pictures found on Instagram and Tumblr!

My favorite Topshop studded flats in black

Studs on shorts can instantly make an outfit shine

You can never go wrong with a spiked denim vest if you want to pull off a tough, rock vibe

Even in black and white, these accessories prove to be timeless 

 Pile on the gold while wearing a simple outfit to make a statement

Metallic embellishments make these models look regal
 Our very own Nina's amazing headband!

What a sight! 

Here are a few ways on how you can wear spikes and studs without overdoing it:

Focusing the studs on a particular garment calls for simplifying the outfit altogether. With one staple piece, you can work from there and make the outfit stand out through color accents.

For accessories with spikes or studs, you can never go wrong with the basic skinny jeans and white shirt ensemble. Express yourself with accessories, but keep the outfit mute with basic colors that doesn't draw much attention.

Lastly, if the studs and the spikes are focused on the shoes and the bags, you can accessorize from the waist up. Since the studs are minimal, accessorizing is okay, as long as it doesn't go out from the whole look of the outfit.

There you go! Studs and spikes may look deadly and tough, but they sure know how to make an outfit stand out.

(P.S. Invitation House will be selling spiked accessories soon, so watch out for that!)

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