I have a terrible habit of asking people I’ve just met if they like K-pop. (As you might already know, social convention would call for small talk on the weather, one’s favorite color, or anything presently airing on The CW.) The upside to this habit is I get to meet bright people who’d answer something along the lines of, “Duh.”
Anyway, the matter of this blog post is Infinite’s “One Great Step” concert that transpired at the Araneta Coliseum some two weeks ago. Before progressing, allow me to begin with My Knowledge on Infinite.
My Knowledge on Infinite
- I know all the members by name. (Duh.) And by personality. Kind of. (L likes kimchi jjigae and the color black; Sungjong is a mean maknae; and other such pertinent information and gossip.)
- Of the twenty songs (rough estimate) they performed at OGS, I was able to sing along (i.e., mumble in made-up Korean) to maybe eight. (Who dare cast the first stone?) These include: “She’s Back”, “The Chaser”, “Before the Dawn”, “Nothing’s Over”, “Special Girl”, and “Man in Love”. I’m sure I’m forgetting two or three more.
- What I don’t know in the realm of discography, I can make up for in variety catalog. I’ve seen episodes of You Are My Oppa, Sesame Player, and Ranking King.
Moving on to more important stuff… Photos!
Feel free to spazz in the comments section. ‘Til the next K-pop concert!
One of the main reasons you have to get yourself a copy of our August issue is because you absolutely shouldn’t miss one of our fashion eds, ‘Countryside Idol’. ^_^
‘Countryside Idol’ is a showcase of some of the seasons hottest trends: black and white checks and stripes, digital prints, the scalloped hem, among others. And because impeccable taste knows no time or place, I decided to shoot it in a farm! Expect to see cute clothes, greenhouses, and unending rows of lettuce!
One of the trends we chose to highlight is this super cool, high-low sensibility of dressing up. What to wear with a novelty, Optimus Prime top? Why not a luxe-looking floral bolero and a strand of pearls?
Main photo: Maan wears necklaces from Forever 21 and Landmark, a jacket from Mags, a top from Forever 21, Levi’s jeans, and Keds sneakers. Styled by Jed Gregorio and photographed by Kaity Chua for Candy, August 2013.
STYLE CRUSHES: Pre-Lucky editor-in-chiefdom, Eva Chen pairs a floral evening jacket with a plain gray top, ripped jeans, and pointy-toed sandals. Cara Delevingne also gives her take on high-low, wearing a T-shirt with black trousers and velvet pumps.
BEAUTY NOTE: Last week I dropped by SM North EDSA to check out Too Cool For School‘s new store. Too Cool For School’s Marjarelle Pascual was kind enough to tour me around and introduce me to the products. Too Cool For School has an impressive range of beyond-cute stuff, from skincare and makeup, to bath salts and brushes.
Coincidentally I spotted several products there that you can use to get the ‘Countryside Idol’ beauty look. For ‘Countryside Idol’ we went with a straightforward, minimal makeup, fresh face to show off Maan’s newly-colored locks. Other than that, the look is just about groomed brows and a subtle flush of pink on the cheeks and lips. Of course you can also go the Cara Delevingne route and pair bedhead waves with lots of mascara and a stunning red lip. Easily copy the look with any of Too Cool for School’s neat trio of matte lipsticks—a bubblegum pink, an electric tangerine, or a deep red. (Meanwhile their purse-friendly Lip Crayons are perfect for touch-ups!) For the face, I immediately fell in love with the Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion, an instantly-illuminating makeup base that comes in translucent and tinted variants. After application, you can use their Oil Control Paper (needless to say, it comes in cute packaging) to blot around areas of the face you wouldn’t want too shiny, like the sides of the nose, the temples, and the jawline. Also one of my favorite finds is their Cluber Highlight highlighter. Think of it as liquefied fairy dust that provides bits of spotlight to the face, all in a tiny bottle. Who wouldn’t want that?
I went home with the Cranberry + Brown Rice smoothing and firming face pack, which I’ve exhausted over the weekend. I’m glad to report that Monday wasn’t as dreary with a Too Cool, bright face.
Visit Too Cool For School at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.
Are you a true blue fashionista even on lazy days? Hats off to you!
I’ve created the perfect KPOP playlist for when you’re flipping through the fashion ed I worked on in our July issue, ‘Cutie Player’. Further below, see several things that inspired the ed. Happy reading!
- Lee Hyori – Bad Girls
- M.I.B. – Nod Along
- SHINee – Why so Serious?
- Secret – Yoo Hoo
- EXO – Wolf
- 4Minute – What’s Your Name?
- Henry – Trap (feat. Taemin, Kyuhyun)
- CL – Baddest Female
MAIN PHOTO: Hye Won wears Dorothy Perkins sunglasses, Forever 21 necklaces and bracelets, Topshop top and skirt, Primadonna crossbody purse with a Clipper Giftshop bear charm.
1 Topshop long-sleeve body-con dress • 2 As seen on the Versace fall 2012 runway presentation: a slim dress styled with micro-bangs and bug-eye sunnies • 3 Forever 21 gold chain choker • 4 Decked out in major bling, Lee Hyori performs her song “Bad Girls” in Music Bank’s May 24 broadcast • 5 Zara leather crossbody purse • 6 Rooney Mara sports micro-bangs on the red carpet • 7 The Faceshop Power Perfect BB cream • 8 Shu Uemura Black V false eyelashes • 9 Missha M shimmer blending ball blusher in pastel glow
BEAUTY NOTE: Piling on statement accessories call for less-than-statement makeup. For ‘Cutie Player’, we went for a luminous, bare face, with very minimal lip and cheek makeup, and even less definition for the brows. You can replicate the fresh, dewy complexion we did here by using a glossy finish BB cream as base, then a final dusting of high-shine powder like Missha’s pastel ball blushers. With precision eyeliner and mascara, finish the look with a strong eye; false lashes, optional. I like the Black V falsies from Shu Uemura, they add subtle length to the lashes with a balanced distribution of volume.
Check out our July issue to see the rest of ‘Cutie Player’. It features photography by Tricia Gosingtian, styling by Jed Gregorio, makeup by Sari Campos, hair styling by Roy Cervantes, and model Hye Won Jang.
‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go’ appeared in our May issue, featuring photography by Cenon Norial III, styling by Jed Gregorio, makeup by Sari Campos, and model Nikita McElroy.
Clockwise from center: Nikita in ‘Breakfast Club’, shot by Tricia Gosingtian for Candy; Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder in nudes; a look from Mary Katrantzou’s Fall 2011 collection; MAC Archie’s Girl’s Betty lipstick in girl next door; dress from Topshop; Revlon matte suede nail enamel in powder puff; a portrait of Whoopi Goldberg shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair; the poster for the 1985 film The Breakfast Club; cat charm necklace from Forever 21
Nikita is one of the models I casted in ‘Breakfast Club’, my fashion editorial this month. I love working with her. Aside from being a great model, she has a fun personality and a gungho spirit about her. She told me once about being bullied growing up, because of her complexion, and being called names for it. Despite that she’s one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet. For her solo layout in ‘Breakfast Club’, I wanted her to pose with a glass of milk. It’s my tiny nod to that Annie Liebovitz portrait of Whoopi Goldberg, in which the actor is shown soaked in a tub of milk. The image was controversial when it came out. While lighthearted and humorous, it made you think about race. It’s a beautiful picture. Having Nikita drink milk from a martini glass somehow reminds me of childhood. I remember being coerced into joining one of my little sister’s many make-believe tea parties (which were often, in fact, orange juice parties), where she’d pour me “tea” in one of her plastic teacups. There was a time when she moved on to serving them on tiny plastic goblets or wine glasses. In our minds it was the height of sophistication, as if we were, in that inimitable moment, adults.
The title ‘Breakfast Club’ came from John Hughes’ 1985 film of the same name. Hughes’ characters, who were pigeonholed into stereotypes by school authorities, inspired the idea to shoot a story of three girls with diverse taste in clothes. On the fashion side of things, my goal was to pair trendy pieces with what I called in the story “rehashed favorites”, like a Hello Kitty T-shirt. In Nikita’s solo layout, the Hello Kitty T-shirt from SM Department Store looked quite cute worn over a Topshop dress with a dome-shaped skirt. The dress reminds me of those first generation Mary Katrantzou pieces (circa Spring 2010 to Fall 2011) that had quirky prints splashed all over architectural silhouettes. The message of the ed is to hunt for a fun, trendy item and to pair it with a piece you already have and love. Cohesive contrast is the running theme. In the story you’ll see Nikita pairing a red knit pullover with a blue satin skirt (the simple but strong primary colors tie together the disparate textures), or Hye Won wearing an otherwise conservative black-and-white suit but with an updated silhouette: a clover lapel vest worn with cropped trousers.
BEAUTY NOTE: The girls had similar makeup in their group layouts—a bronzed, healthy glow for the face, a natural mauve lip, and copper eyelids for a bit of moody depth. For their solo shots, I asked makeup artist Sari to change their lip color. (It’s the easiest bit to erase and re-apply when you’re in a time crunch!) I believe this might be the first time you’ll see Linn sporting goth, plum lips. Hye Won got matte cherry red, and for Nikita, an almost nude, pale pink. This pink looks great on morena skin. You can copy the look with the Archie’s Girl’s Betty lipstick in girl next door from MAC. For the face, I’ve seen Bobbi Brown’s brightening finishing powder work wonders on morena skin. Revlon’s nail polish in powder puff will give you white, matte nails like Nikita’s.
Check out our June issue to see the rest of ‘Breakfast Club’. It features photography by Tricia Gosingtian, styling by Jed Gregorio, makeup by Sari Campos, hair styling by Roy Cervantes, and models Hye Won Jang, Nikita McElroy, and Linn Oeymo. Shot on location at Burger Bar in Greenbelt 2, Makati.
We’re ringing in the new year with batch 14 of the Candy Council of Cool! Have you seen their very first All Access feature in our December-January issue? (Page 78!) As you might...
1. Style Equation: Dress + Sunglasses
- 2. 30 Days of Style: Aimee Wood
- 3. Candy TV: #SelfieReady Pink Eyes
- 4. Candy TV: Scene Stealer
- 5. 6 Ways to Style a Scarf
- 6. Style Equation: Bikini + Shorts
- 7. 5 in 5: Dominic Roque
- 8. 5 in 5: Dominic Roque
- 9. Candy TV: Julia Barretto on the Cover
- 10. Behind the Scenes: The Only Place
1. 5 Best No-Makeup Makeup Looks
- 2. 5 Things You Missed While You Were In School
- 3. Beauty Blog Stalking: Polished Pinay
- 4. FN Link Love: New Love Team Alert—Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil
- 5. Get the Look: Kathryn Bernardo's Neutral Makeup
- 6. How Cool Is Catching Fire’s OST? Very Cool.
- 7. Blast From The Past: Remembering 12 Of Our Fave Shows
- 8. 5 Stylish Girls This Week
- 9. 5 Worst Things That Can Happen to Your Hair
- 10. Get the Look: Janella Salvador's Silky Straight Hair
1. Get the Look: Julia Montes' Glam Curls
- 2. Get the Look: Kathryn Bernardo's Neutral Makeup
- 3. Twitter Talk: Julia Barretto, Linn Oeymo, Kathryn Bernardo, And More Celebritweets
- 4. Twitter Talk: Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Coleen Garcia, And Other Celebritweets This Week
- 5. The Art of Modern-Day Ligaw As Illustrated By Joaquin And Chichay Of Got To Believe
- 6. Twitter Talk: Spooky Celebritweets And More From Lauren Young, Julie Anne San Jose, And More
- 7. Top Tengs: 10 Things You Should Know About The Teng Brothers
- 8. Twitter Talk: Sam Concepcion, Elmo Magalona, Daniel Padilla, And More Celebritweets Rallying Relief Efforts
- 9. 5 Things Not To Do When There's A Supertyphoon Coming
- 10. Twitter Talk: Celebritweets From Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, Lauren Young, And More
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