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Monday, June 17, 2013

Something's Cooking with The Fat Kid Inside

Looking for a delicious read? The Fat Kid Inside has brought in a new roster of writers, including yours truly, to whip up more hearty features on everything food and drink.

The Fat Kid Inside started out as a Tumblr blog in 2010. It has recently seen an overhaul, with a fresh format and several new categories, but what its followers have come to love about it remains: engaging, unpretentious gastronomic content, chock-full of creative yet practical recipes and stories about food. 

The man behind it is Erwan Heussaff, also Food and Drinks Editor of Esquire Philippines, who talks about how he shed the extra pounds through a healthy yet satisfying lifestyle that included "tasty, well prepared dishes with all the right stuff." He features occasional indulgences as well, thus providing a holistic resource for everybody who enjoys food.

There's more to come from this exciting new collaboration. For starters, we serve stories of our "First Time" to whet your appetite.

The CityLifeStylist

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Local Talents with Global Appeal Take the Spotlight in This Month's MEGA

MEGA highlights homegrown talents and celebrates all things Pinoy this month, with G Tongi and Regine Velasquez on its double cover.

For this issue, I interviewed Filipino interior designer Jigs Ranada Adefuin, whom I admire for his quiet ferocity towards his craft. Grab a copy and read about his style, his inspirations, and how he guarantees every client's satisfaction.

The CityLifeStylist

Friday, June 14, 2013

After a Few Flops, We've Found the Right Fit

A shot from the movie Clueless

Throwback to the early 2000s: I was in high school, and all the boys donned oversize shirts and jeans so baggy everybody could see their underwear. I was puzzled by this trend that was carried over from the nineties. 

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It was as if the pendulum had to swing to the extreme opposite in my college years, as I witnessed guys trade in their bottoms for skinny jeans and tiny tees that could rival their girlfriends' wardrobes.

"Be better than the Gap."
A shot from the movie Crazy Stupid Love

These days it seems young menswear is back to "normal," with no single trend dominating the male sartorial psyche. Never mind that Pinoy men seem to have embraced the high street brand craze (hello, Topman, Zara, Uniqlo, Cotton On regulars). At least their clothes are actually starting to fit them properly. (Ryan Gosling's character in Crazy Stupid Love probably had a hand in it.)

I realized this as I was reading an article on bespoke clothier Ascot Chang in this month's Esquire Philippines, which guided me through the process of creating the perfect shirt--from carefully choosing quality fabrics, handpicking the appropriate trimmings, and most importantly, sticking to the company's tried-and-tested traditional tailoring techniques. I was amused to discover that in terms of custom-made clothing, one's weight gain is not the only thing that could ruin a shirt's fit; posture change could, too.

My boyfriend is a T-shirt-and-jeans kind of guy, but he knows fit. There may be days that call for loose clothing for a comfier feel--among both men and women--but it's nice to know that the era of peek-a-boo boxers and too-tight pants is over. At least for now.

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