I’ve always been a fan of everything unique. I mean, who isn’t? So when my good friend Algie Mabasa started her own personalized canvas shoe business, I was completely on board.
Artitude is your next step to originality, and I mean it. Uniting a team of artists and Algie’s sketchbook, she launched this brilliant of an idea raising canvas shoes to the next levels. It is nowhere near what you see in malls; they exert the most effort in maintaining originality in every pair. So who won’t fall in love with these then?
Algie comes up with a few designs her clients would choose from but in the end, she just asks them one question: What do you want on your shoe?
“I encourage my clients to design their own shoes and wear their art with pride,” she said. I cannot believe this is the same lady who, six years ago, was complaining about how difficult it is to be a teenager. Amazing how exposure to the world can make us mature. And pride really is a sentiment that should be shared by those wanting to own something close to representing their own individuality. Artitude brings that to the table.
This venture started just a little over six months ago and already, she’s preparing shipments to Dubai, Australia and Canada to say the least. Just last week, we were looking at shipment options for a bulk buyer in Saudi Arabia. Shoes are flying off the shelves and in the next few months, we will see stilettos.
“This is my favorite Artitude pair, the first ever made, and it was patterned after my original doodle.” Just goes to show there’s nothing she cannot accomplish huh?
Here’s a sneak preview of her stilettos, and judging by the actual finished goods you saw on top of this post, you can expect that what you see is truly what you will get:
She was bugging me to make my own creation and in my head, I wonder if these will be acceptable office wear.
But then again, wear anything with pride and everything becomes much more acceptable than the norm.
Order your Artitude personalized footwear on Facebook. It’s best if you message them with a design in mind, but if you don’t have one yet, Algie and her team have enough creative juices to go around.
At the risk of sounding shallow, I am about to post all the things that are essential to my wardrobe and whims. Hahahaha.
But really, these are the things that I have constantly postponed getting because I keep telling myself, they won’t run out, or that they’re always there. Now that I have school and I actually feel the need to be constantly mobile, I have to remind myself that I lack the following:
I didn’t really think I would need additional storage so soon! It was a couple of weeks ago when my external hard drive started flashing red. I only have about 20G of space left in the 500G baby, so yeah, I need space and I need it soon.
Some of you might think a good pair of denim shorts is not essential but it is. Ask my family. They would know. BWAHAHAHA.
Again, let me just reiterate: one can never have too many shoes, particularly flats. Now that I am constantly everywhere, trying to accomplish a smoother work-study-life balance, I need good comfortable shoes to keep my feet light and quick. I already got my running shoes, so yeah, these commuter babies are the next ones I need.
And last, but certainly not the least,
I currently use the gigantic laptop issued to me at work. Because I am so behind in documentation, I take it wherever I go, and it’s becoming really hard to lag around a Havaianas canvas tote bag. I mean, if I have that bag, I shouldn’t really expect to be taken seriously. I need something that looks official and holds all my shit together. Coz I have so much shit I don’t know where to place.
So there. A blog especially dedicated to the list I have been avoiding for the longest time. Now where’s that long overdue bonus?!
I am a Nike whore. Really. I don’t remember ever buying a pair of running shoes from anywhere else but Nike. Ever since I started running, it has always been Nike.
My mother and I shopped the entire weekend. Because of the big sale in the south, I just had to save a little on running shoes. After all, it is a period of austerity, at least for me. With upcoming school and paying for it myself, I want to save what I can, so I was counting on the sale to save a few thousands.
True enough, the sale was worth it. The downside? Nike ran out of everything under women’s running. My heart stopped. I immediately called
Dylan in a panic, and he was quick to quip, “Get an Adidas.”
For me, the statement sounded like, “YEAH I SAID IT.” But I had no other choice. My two runners are just in a sorry state. I don’t have that much cash on me. I need to start training for a long distance run for early next year. I need those shoes.
So I went over to Adidas and started browsing. To be fair, the selection looks good. I wasn’t able to take photos because the place was just chaotic. Then I noticed something: women’s running have like three designs left. I looked at the soles of each design and the two had a dreadful statement taped to it: LAST PAIR.
I turned over the funkiest looking one. And it was marked with this: 6.5 (1), 7(2)(1), 9(1). I know those numbers. Those are sizes and available stocks. I am a 7. I have to get that 7.
And so I did. Funky yes?
It still feels weird seeing stripes.
Oh by the way, I got this for 10% off and because I shopped so much, I got an additional 5% rebate. Sale shopping is nice.
Since his demise, it has always been a wonder if anyone else can live up to the legend that is McQueen. Architecture, finesse, structure and composure all at the same time spell the gigantic talent that rocked the runway with horned heelless shoes, decorated clutches, and an armor that would be the envy of every woman.
I am very happy that Sarah Burton has been living up to that standard. You have to admit that when you saw the wedding dress, the first thought in your head is that she will not be a disappointment to the brand. True enough, when I saw these pre-fall pieces, I just died.