Cropped Top: Keepsake Australia | Neoprene Mesh Skirt: H&M | Court Heels: Zara | Bag, Bangle: Hermes (same as here) | Bangles: Love Diva, Bvlgari, Cartier | Necklace: Forever 21 | Ring: Pretty Little Blings
Photos by: Jocelyn Jaravata
Like most girls, I love clothes… some can even say that my love for it is bordering on obsession (yes, maybe, no, who knows?). My love affair with fashion is pretty much unparalleled, unless of course, it’s coupled with charity work. Yes, I know, you’re all probably thinking it’s cliche on my part, and maybe even insincere–that’s up to you, of course, but let’s just say that this Mean Girl is indeed interested in doing Charity especially if it involves fashion. It must be the Catholic school upbringing in this budding fashionista or it’s the “good part” of my soul trying to do penance and absolution for all the evil thoughts that pass through my brain (and my dark, dark heart) but so as long as you’re doing something for a greater good then it doesn’t really matter what the intentions are (at this point, I don’t even know myself).
This is why, I’m always proud to be a part of Blogger’s United with my faux twinnie and partner-in-crime: Joanna Ladrido of Only the Marvelous–all the more because it’s the 8th installment already. I’ve been with them since the first event (back in 2009, I think) and I’ve been present for 7 out of 8 (due to some “boo-hoo-cry-me-a-river” reason or another). It’s basically the pioneer and the most prominent Blogger event in the Philippines that leverages on Charity work–all thanks to the Genius of fellow blogger Aisa Ipac (one of the friendliest and most genuine individuals out there in the industry) and her team. Whenever I participate in Blogger’s United, I always feel that it’s such a great honor–I get to be a part of the blogging industry’s good side, and it’s a great way for me to find new home for clothes I can no longer fit in my closet with a bit of social responsibility thrown into the mix.
Every installment, there’s a different slant to the charity involved–during the first, I know attendees were encouraged to bring books for donations, and during one of the other installments, parts of the ticket proceeds were donated. The most recent one however, encouraged bloggers to donate a few pieces from their closet, to be resold in a the “donation” booth, with the proceeds going to those who were recently hit with Typhoon Hagupit. For those who weren’t able to attend but would like to help, I recommend you go to the Aboitiz Foundation website–they have helped rake in donations from all over the world and the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan an had distributed it in the form of repairs and relief goods ’til the last Centavo.
So anyway, my prayers to those affected by the most recent typhoon. I was immensely proud of the government this time around for taking all the necessary precautions to prepare nationwide. That said, yes, I’m a Mean Girl to the core (yes, I’m so 2004, get over it) but it doesn’t mean I don’t care about some social issues (I’m actually very vocal about certain socially-relevant topics), as pretentious as it sounds. I just think that whoever you are, regardless of stature or personality (online or personal), you are allowed and welcome to help–it doesn’t have to be monetary all the time, little efforts go a long way (prayers and good thoughts included).
I digress before I end up sounding holier-than-thou. Here are some more photos from Blogger’s United 8, it was a blast (and yes, we gave away free popcorn and cotton candy)!