GRID ON GRID

After exploring Old Town in Stockholm (read my blog post about it here), we headed back to Norrmalmstorg for our meeting with Ann-Sofie Johansson–H&M’s Head of Design Development, Andreas Löwenstam–H&M’s Head of Menswear Design and Margareta Van Den Bosch–H&M’s Creative Director. This was the perfect opportunity to look my absolute best–clad in H&M, of course!

After our meeting, we went straight to H&M Man for some shopping! The shops close as early as 7pm so I took outfit photos for the blog real quick (thanks to H&M Philippines’ PR Manager Dan Mejia for taking them) and did some serious damage! Haha good thing the H&M Man store is just across our hotel! 

When I saw this grid blazer and sweater on the racks of H&M, I knew I just had to get them both–and wear them together! I believe this is the male counterpart of the womenswear’s popular trend, “print on print.” But with menswear, everything has to be subtle. I find this kind of print better than the tiny checkered ones because you’ll notice them from afar and they won’t make you dizzy just by looking at it, especially in photos! Ahhh, if I could just wear sweaters and blazers everyday! 

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Välkommen, Stockholm!

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden! I am so happy to be here as a blogger correspondent for H&M! Upon arriving at Stockholm, jet lag started to kick in but we had no time to waste! We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Stockholm before attending a bunch of meetings with the H&M Sweden team. Frankly speaking, Sweden has never been in my travel bucket list just because my top priorities would be the popular destinations such as Paris, Rome, Greece, etc. It also seems like a far-fetched dream because of time and money constraints. But after spending almost a week here, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this beautiful city.

Sweden is a biking-friendly country and it’s easy to move between A and B by walking or riding a bike. First on our agenda was to visit the Old Town. Gamla Stan, the Old Town, is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. It is Stockholm’s original city centre and consists of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. The Old Town dates from the 13th century but most buildings are from the 17- and 1800s. It’s a glorious labyrinth of charming cobbled streets, alleyways, faded mustard and rust coloured town houses and meeting squares reflecting north German architecture.

All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. The place feels like something from a story book! I wish we hired a tour guide! I would’ve loved to know more about the rich history of this beautiful place! Maybe next time? :)

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SEPTEMBER SUN

Today was the only day it didn’t rain this week–and it just so happens that I went for an out of town trip with my blogger friends. Talk about perfect timing! We were invited by Nestle for a weekend getaway in Bulacan. Yes, Bulacan. Who knew there’s this beautiful gem hiding just an hour away from the city?

The event was pretty chill. It was nice to get away from fast-paced Manila, catch up with my blogger friends, enjoy the scenery and eat unlimited Nestle yogurt. Haha! Even when I was away from the city, I couldn’t afford to get disconnected. Good thing it doesn’t cost that much to call or text–in fact all you need is P15 to enjoy calls and text if you subscribe to Smart Prepaid’s Smart CTM15 offer. All you have to do is text CTM15 to 2266 to activate it! Easy as pie!

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BIG BROWN CITY

You can never go wrong with a blazer + jeans combo.  They’re the perfect match especially when you have an important engagements to attend to yet you don’t want to look overdressed. I personally prefer tapered jeans just because it can make you look more polished (and taller). Paired it with a white button down with subtle prints and a finished it off with a two-toned blazer. I went for brown this time because I think it’s an under-appreciated color (at least in menswear) so I’m giving it its own spotlight on the blog ;) What do you think of this outfit? Thank God all my meetings and events took place inside the office/mall. Otherwise I’d be sweating to death! Haha! Hope you guys have an amazing weekend ahead! 

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ESCOLTA

Escolta is a historic east-west street located in the old downtown district of Binondo and considered at one of the oldest streets in Manila. It runs parallel to the Pasig River, from Plaza Santa Cruz to Plaza Moraga and Quintin Paredes Street. We came at the most perfect time as Escolta have this flea market called Saturday x Future Market–which apparently only happens once a month. It takes places from 9am to 6pm, at the ground floor of the First United Building on 413 Escolta Street. This is where you can find a lot of cool vintage stuff from secondhand books, leather goods, vinyl records, paintings, photographs, etc. This is the perfect place for emerging creative labels and for individuals who don’t have the opportunity or means to showcase their work. I had the most amazing time meeting new people and learning about their passions. It was truly an inspiring day. I can’t wait to go back!

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STRIKE OUT

Squeezing in a quick outfit post before I fly to Singapore later for F1 weekend! I just got back from Stockholm yesterday and I had the most amazing time. I can’t wait to share with you the photos! I promise to post everything here after my trip! And since it looks like I won’t get to update the blog again this week,  please follow me on Instagram (@davidguison) for real-time updates!

It’s hot and humid in Singapore right now so it’s necessary to wear light clothes–just like what I’m wearing today. Squeezed in a couple of errands before flying out and got to take a few outfit shots for the blog as well. Finally got to wear my baseball shirt–I got it from a thrift shop in Baguio (they call it “wag-wagan” there) a year ago and  scored it for only 50 pesos! Such a steal right? If you noticed, I only buttoned the top part of the baseball shirt, just so it could open up a little bit at the bottom and show hints of grey from the shirt. I opted for shorts with the same shade of grey just to make everything cohesive. Finished the look with green printed socks to match the baseball shirt! What do you guys think?

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