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Wear and Tear: the nits and grits of fast fashion retail
Ano topic mo, fashion?
(What’s your topic, fashion?) The guy who asked me that sounded as if I was predictable and that he’s tired of me dealing with fashion-related projects in school. Little boy, this one is different. Yes, I’ve done many fashion-focused projects such as a Vogue interactive storybook, a summer fashion shoot, a 20-paged fashion magazine, a Spring/Summer paperdoll game,Manila fashion website, Fast Fashion e-commerce website and the list goes on. It’s true that fashion is the easiest subject for me to take on and it never gets tiring because of its many branches. It just so happens that I’m interested and knowledgeable in it at the same time.
Picking this topic wasn’t easy—I begged my thesis level one adviser to pick my literary topics but she thought they stood for nothing but literature. My fashion topics on the other hand, had more substance and showed more concern for the society, which is the main goal of our thesis.
Fashion may seem like a very petty issue—it is, and it’s a shame that I’m wasting effort in fighting for a topic that gets looked down all the time. Fashion is not superficial. Retail profit amounts to billions of dollars annually. If fashion production is abused like it is already, the global economic status will be affected. These garments are sourced from different continents. While one’s loss is another’s gain, fast fashion production will be a lose-lose situation in the long run. My project aims to contribute to a better understanding of this dilemma, and hopefully I can get my message across with ease.
Why am I scared to start this project?
First, it’s my first time to create a project of my own and it just had to be a very ambitious one. I’m not a hypocrite, I like Topshop and Zara and I know that most kids my age do, too. They’re pretty, and it always feels good to be wearing something pretty. The internet dictates that these fast fashion retail brands have good garments—they do, I don’t even want to touch that—but to what extent does “good” serve its purpose? Fabric-wise, are they sturdy? When it comes to affordability, do they fit our budget? Based on design, are they at par with runway fashion? For the last question, that’s a big yes because most of these designs are based from runway trends, sometimes even translated into many different versions to avoid infringement. This is why they’re cheap and appealing. What you saw in the Versace show yesterday can be in the racks of Zara 2 weeks from now. With 200 designers on board and underpaid workers, it’s so easy to have the garments delivered to all outlets. How do you think does Donatella feel about that?
Second, it’s never been done. I’ve searched for similar subjects but there is not one website that denounced fast fashion retail directly. I’m not sure if there’s a treaty between fashion bloggers and these brands but it just bothers me that of the millions of style bloggers all over the globe, not one of them ever thought of discussing the disadvantages of fast fashion retail. It pains me that the first word has to come from a girl hailing from a third world country. When I was drafting my plans for my project during the first of three thesis levels, one professor told me to go beyond the borders ofManila. At first, I only wanted to discuss the effect of fast fashion in the Philippine setting, how we’re not ready for disposable fashion and how the sprouting of these fast fashion retail brands will ruin the consumerism of Filipinos. We all know that our economy has suicidal tendencies instigated by no other than its people. We’re naturally drawn to imported products thanks to American colonization and bringing in these imported brands which sell cheap, trendy clothing is almost the same as stabbing our local retailers in the face.
Third, I will get nasty comments. I don’t look like an advocate of anything, and it might seem weird that I am against one of my interests but don’t get me wrong—I have not fallen out of love with fashion. This involvement is actually a manifestation of that overflowing love for it, so much, that I have gone beyond patriotism; I now want to understand the effect of my buying behavior and the fashion production processes that my rompers have undergone before they reached me. It’s not easy to confront a multi-billion dollar issue especially if you’re not of position, but I’m hoping that with the support of everyone, this project would be successful.
I was very upset that my thesis got revised into a web comic because 1.) I don’t draw and 2.) Fashion addicts don’t read comics. But I’m happy about it now, because I get to insert facts and unspoken truths about fashion without directly offending people or sounding too preachy. After school, I plan to pursue this into the first format I had in mind, either an e-magazine or an informational website where I can speak my mind more through a direct approach.
(c) Fashion Firewoman
This is an editorial. The author does not intend to dispute the aforementioned brands.

Wear and Tear: the nits and grits of fast fashion retail

Ano topic mo, fashion?

(What’s your topic, fashion?) The guy who asked me that sounded as if I was predictable and that he’s tired of me dealing with fashion-related projects in school. Little boy, this one is different. Yes, I’ve done many fashion-focused projects such as a Vogue interactive storybook, a summer fashion shoot, a 20-paged fashion magazine, a Spring/Summer paperdoll game,Manila fashion website, Fast Fashion e-commerce website and the list goes on. It’s true that fashion is the easiest subject for me to take on and it never gets tiring because of its many branches. It just so happens that I’m interested and knowledgeable in it at the same time.

Picking this topic wasn’t easy—I begged my thesis level one adviser to pick my literary topics but she thought they stood for nothing but literature. My fashion topics on the other hand, had more substance and showed more concern for the society, which is the main goal of our thesis.

Fashion may seem like a very petty issue—it is, and it’s a shame that I’m wasting effort in fighting for a topic that gets looked down all the time. Fashion is not superficial. Retail profit amounts to billions of dollars annually. If fashion production is abused like it is already, the global economic status will be affected. These garments are sourced from different continents. While one’s loss is another’s gain, fast fashion production will be a lose-lose situation in the long run. My project aims to contribute to a better understanding of this dilemma, and hopefully I can get my message across with ease.

Why am I scared to start this project?

First, it’s my first time to create a project of my own and it just had to be a very ambitious one. I’m not a hypocrite, I like Topshop and Zara and I know that most kids my age do, too. They’re pretty, and it always feels good to be wearing something pretty. The internet dictates that these fast fashion retail brands have good garments—they do, I don’t even want to touch that—but to what extent does “good” serve its purpose? Fabric-wise, are they sturdy? When it comes to affordability, do they fit our budget? Based on design, are they at par with runway fashion? For the last question, that’s a big yes because most of these designs are based from runway trends, sometimes even translated into many different versions to avoid infringement. This is why they’re cheap and appealing. What you saw in the Versace show yesterday can be in the racks of Zara 2 weeks from now. With 200 designers on board and underpaid workers, it’s so easy to have the garments delivered to all outlets. How do you think does Donatella feel about that?

Second, it’s never been done. I’ve searched for similar subjects but there is not one website that denounced fast fashion retail directly. I’m not sure if there’s a treaty between fashion bloggers and these brands but it just bothers me that of the millions of style bloggers all over the globe, not one of them ever thought of discussing the disadvantages of fast fashion retail. It pains me that the first word has to come from a girl hailing from a third world country. When I was drafting my plans for my project during the first of three thesis levels, one professor told me to go beyond the borders ofManila. At first, I only wanted to discuss the effect of fast fashion in the Philippine setting, how we’re not ready for disposable fashion and how the sprouting of these fast fashion retail brands will ruin the consumerism of Filipinos. We all know that our economy has suicidal tendencies instigated by no other than its people. We’re naturally drawn to imported products thanks to American colonization and bringing in these imported brands which sell cheap, trendy clothing is almost the same as stabbing our local retailers in the face.

Third, I will get nasty comments. I don’t look like an advocate of anything, and it might seem weird that I am against one of my interests but don’t get me wrong—I have not fallen out of love with fashion. This involvement is actually a manifestation of that overflowing love for it, so much, that I have gone beyond patriotism; I now want to understand the effect of my buying behavior and the fashion production processes that my rompers have undergone before they reached me. It’s not easy to confront a multi-billion dollar issue especially if you’re not of position, but I’m hoping that with the support of everyone, this project would be successful.

I was very upset that my thesis got revised into a web comic because 1.) I don’t draw and 2.) Fashion addicts don’t read comics. But I’m happy about it now, because I get to insert facts and unspoken truths about fashion without directly offending people or sounding too preachy. After school, I plan to pursue this into the first format I had in mind, either an e-magazine or an informational website where I can speak my mind more through a direct approach.

(c) Fashion Firewoman

This is an editorial. The author does not intend to dispute the aforementioned brands.

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Webmerized: Ten Things You Should Know Before Dating a Writer

What is it about dating writers that tickles everyone’s fancies? A lot of searches have led to one of the posts I reblogged a month ago so I did my own research about such articles. This one’s pretty recent and different because it has some negative things to say about writers. Cool, realistic. What’s up with the sudden write-ups? Is this another spin on “Date a girl who does this and that”? Ooh, that one was a hit. There are other jobs and titles aside from being a writer, you know. *shrugs*

P.S. Hey, guess what. I’ve made another blog. Quitting fashion for a while.

(c)  Fashion Firewoman

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Nail It! opens its doors to a whole new different market with its first branch in the CAMANAVA area. Finding a home in the most progressive chain of malls, SM Center Valenzuela is the perfect host of the 9th Nail It! branch.
Opening but another mall branch, Nail It! has no plans of backing down. Last December, we opened in Festival Mall, Alabang and soon after SM Valenzuela, we’ll be opening in Centris Walk and Alphaland—and did we mention that this will all take place in 3 months?
Clearly, Nail It! is your best bet in nail care. Not only are we new in the business which means we’re equipped with new techniques and able technicians, we’ve  also proven that we’ve grown so much in clientele and in branches in a span of 2 years.
Nail It! Valenzuela opens on May 18, Friday. We’re found on the 3rd floor, just across GLOBE and SMART.
Is our 9th branch too far from you? You may visit our other branches:
KATIPUNAN AREAEsteban Abada Rosa Alvero
ORTIGAS AREAPearl Drive Rockwell Business Center
SOUTH AREABicutan Festival Mall
Glorietta 3 Greenhills
CONNECT WITH US!
http://www.facebook.com/nailitaffordableluxuryhttp://www.nail-it-salon.comhttp://www.twitter.com/Nail_It_Salon

Nail It! opens its doors to a whole new different market with its first branch in the CAMANAVA area. Finding a home in the most progressive chain of malls, SM Center Valenzuela is the perfect host of the 9th Nail It! branch.

Opening but another mall branch, Nail It! has no plans of backing down. Last December, we opened in Festival Mall, Alabang and soon after SM Valenzuela, we’ll be opening in Centris Walk and Alphaland—and did we mention that this will all take place in 3 months?

Clearly, Nail It! is your best bet in nail care. Not only are we new in the business which means we’re equipped with new techniques and able technicians, we’ve  also proven that we’ve grown so much in clientele and in branches in a span of 2 years.

Nail It! Valenzuela opens on May 18, Friday. We’re found on the 3rd floor, just across GLOBE and SMART.

Is our 9th branch too far from you? You may visit our other branches:

KATIPUNAN AREA
Esteban Abada
Rosa Alvero

ORTIGAS AREA
Pearl Drive
Rockwell Business Center

SOUTH AREA
Bicutan
Festival Mall

Glorietta 3
Greenhills

CONNECT WITH US!

http://www.facebook.com/nailitaffordableluxury
http://www.nail-it-salon.com
http://www.twitter.com/Nail_It_Salon

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Blogging v1.0— the history

When I first started blogging, I went on ranting about my daily activities as an internet-savvy 12-year old. Back then, I could type anything I want without worrying if I made sense or used proper punctuation— remember when 3 periods after each phrase made everything sound so much cooler? I was one of those kids, the ones who lived and breathed the internet at 12. *laughs*

As I grew older, my blogging skills progressed. From daily activities, I went to expressing myself more with emo-ish write-ups about young love and how I perceived it. I was starting to get into a circle of internet friends, Myspace was so in back then, and got hooked into writing and amateur photography. Upon graduating from high school, I made sure I made a little more sense with my ranting and crooked philosophies. I started leaning into art, fashion, and drama— these 3 when mixed together make a really good fictional book character. 

I was all set at 16. I knew I wanted to take my writing more seriously. I applied in school publications and got in each time, garnering good feedback from each boss. I liked writing, especially features writing where I learned most of what I know now. This helped me a lot in forming a fashion blog, one which I chose to call Fashion Firewoman. 

Fashion Firewoman is my baby. I try to redesign it as often as I can without losing its signature colors but not once did I change its name. And now, I have it in its simplest form— no sidebars, no excessive photos, no advertisements. I’ll tell you more about this in a different entry.

Fashion Firewoman started as an ordinary Tumblr site where I reblogged the cool finds from the people I followed. It started out slow and child-like until I realized I could do so much with it. It received following and good feedback especially because in 2008, there weren’t too many eager bloggers. People were scared to voice out their daily rambles, people weren’t too fond of the idea that the whole world could be relying on his or her fashion perceptions. Nowadays, everyone can and wants to blog. People are more open to the world. Some people want to be heard while others just want to be seen. This is what’s different from the bloggers before and the bloggers now.

Before, bloggers wanted to write to express. They wanted to document their daily looks and write about why they bought their top, how they inherited a vintage purse— it’s so much different nowadays. Now, bloggers write to impress. Blog posts end with courtesy of, lots of thank you for my this and that. I must admit, I did give in to this petty thing and tried monetizing my blog. I also accepted sponsored posts and enjoyed writing about their items. I’ve hosted giveaways, featured brands— the works. It was fun, really, I can’t complain about getting pairs of shoes in the mail. I’ve made lots of friends both from my blog readers and shop owners and the best thing I’ve learned is that you have to screen your friends thoroughly.

Hmm. This is a pretty angsty comeback piece. I guess I reached the point wherein I got tired of blogging, but not of writing.

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I owe you, guys.

Hello hello. Quick message before I finally submit my first final project… (It’s my first this week!)

I’ve chosen the winners for my giveaway. I’ll contact them as soon as my schedule frees. Shipping is on me, I owe it to you.

A huge thank you to all those who joined and greeted. I appreciated all the greetings and hi-hellos. :)