B had a club, and I wanted to join. So she asked, "Where is the secret garden?" I took her to the high school back garden, all dark and damp, with a murky well and stones, slippery and overgrown with moss. There was a balete, a hundred years old and a hundred men tall, with its boughs draped across the grass below. Sometimes you could see people beneath the bark and vines. "Is this it?" I said, spine tingling in the shadows. "Nope," she said. Then I showed her every bush and tree in that school before I gave up. "Here," B announced, pushing aside a wall divider outside our classroom. "Here's our secret garden." It was a potted plant, hidden and slightly wilted. Well, that says it all really.We had our fights and little girl intrigues, spanning eighteen years and a particularly gruesome trip across Europe before we headed off to our respective universities. Rather surprisingly, we're still awfully good friends.
So what's this blog about?
One. Our interest in style (rather than the more trendy fashion, though we love that too). We want to prove to ourselves, and the world, that it is possible to build a stellar wardrobe using a student's meager budget.We want an education in dressing comfortably and well and infinitely as ourselves. Self-taught (teaching?), we are more or less winging it, inspired by old Hollywood films, classic children's books, and the beloved Internet.
Two. Our search for vintage and secondhand (ukay-ukay) stores in the golden anthill of Manila. We want to get to know our hometown like the back of our hands. Where are the truly thrifty shops? On what streets can we find a 1950s sky blue Samsonite suitcase? Who makes the best halo-halo and mais con hielo? Which museums and parks are really worth visiting? Here's to finding out.
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Why did we decide to jump into a boat and sail as A Plus B in the Sea?
We had a long, hot summer on our hands and not too much to do. It is very difficult to do nothing at all, as Oscar Wilde must have said, so we thought it might be easier to do what we've always wanted: start a style blog. We loved clothes (though A started to care about fashion very, very late) especially inexpensive ones that harkened back to the days of golden Hollywood. We loved fashion bloggers who put together vintage and vintage-inspired outfits, and we thought, why can't we?
So we did.
We've been friends since we were very young, so we know a lot about each other. We are comfortable about telling each other the truth ("Yes, dude, that shirt does make you look like a walrus after an oyster buffet. The colour's great on your skin though.") and sharing clothes.
We are also pretty lazy, so sharing a blog made much more sense. We could take turns or pick up the slack when the other was sick/studying/working/whatever. There was also a greater incentive to do well because the reputation (LOLZ) of a close friend was at stake.
How do we tell you apart? We're landlubbers—who is A and who is B?
A is for Arianne who doesn't own a fan. She's the one with short hair and a heavy fringe that persists—despite copious amounts of hair wax and the scorching heat from a hairdryer—absolutely persists on parting in the middle. A is also the one in glasses and shorter skirts. She likes football (1-nil to the Arsenal 1 nil to the Arsenal!) and low-brow literature.
B is for Bea-obviously the one with longer hair and the one who drew that silly header! She has difficulty answering 'about me' questions! Read B defined or my entries in the blog to learn more.
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Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our marketing kit and statistics. In the past, we have launched a campaign with Ichigo called Vintage Voyages in which we styled their latest selection of shoes and bags with Old Manila and Little Tokyo as a backdrop. Check out where we've been featured before: Press.