Best Travel Adventure: When Locals Are The Focal | Clozette

The day when my feet finally kissed the sought-after sandbars of Boracay Island finally came, and the living like a local began.




It has come to my profound attention that my Boracay trip was a purely business trip until I took off in the high noon and knew that the event will start late in the evening. I ate lunch, dropped off my things in the inn, and explored the island on my own pace while waiting for the event. I walked and walked until I met locals worth knowing and spending time with than burying myself alive in the clean sheets of the inn’s bed. 


Kuya Thata – the first local I met in Station 2, Boracay. He is a leather craftsman, doing business for several years with his brother Kuya Django, who sells leather goods in Makati every Sunday, and Ate Belen who helps him vend leather goods in the island. Unlike any other leather producers in the country, they stick to the old habit of putting all the leather together: hand stitching. All goods are handmade, hence the reasonable price with it. They do a variety of wallets, card holders, bracelets, shoes, bags, and their latest creation, foot bikini. 




After the long chat we pitched, I munched some mangoes along the stretch of sandbars until I came across other interesting local artists nearby.



Artists of Mari-it Artworks – if you have been to Boracay several times now, I’m sure you have come across this quaint shop as it dwells in the island years back then. If you haven’t, here’s why you should. Mari-it, which means enchanted, doesn't fail to wow its passersby and customers with their enchanting masterpieces. Their healing stones, jungle vines, masks, artifacts, and other rare finds turned artworks, not to mention their domesticated bat, makes them one of the best spots in Boracay. Alongside with Kuya Thata’s leather goods, no design is being duplicated to retain the exclusivity of their works.






And the event came, I had to snooze my wandering self to work mode on, until it was done and I had the time of my life again. Wee hours of the evening came, I spent more time with myself on the beach, under the stars, and thanked heavens for the best work + time alone yet.


July 26, 2015

Time of departure came.

I became friends with them for an instant as they are welcoming and entertaining enough to get the hearts of the travellers. Learning their stories and ways of life in two days time made the word goodbye seem harder to bid. If there's something that lasts forever, it's the learning and friendship you have gained. Involve to evolve; think global, live local.



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(cover photo from StilettoesDiva)


Wondering what are the trends on the streets of Seoul now? Wondering what’s fuelling the fashion trends in Korea right now? Get your fashion fix from street-style photographers who never fail to capture your attention. 


If you do not already know of these street style photographers, here is a list of representative Korean Street Style Photographers! If you are in Seoul right now, you might be able to catch them at popular street style photography spots Garosu-gil and Dongdaemun Design Plaza!


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Real Street (Hyeong Seok Lee)



Hyeong Seok Lee does a fantastic job at capturing the essence of street style photography. His candid street style shots are really eye-catching. His blog is also very neatly arranged based on the events he took them at. Love Korean street fashion? His Instagram account is definitely a good fix for your daily Korean street style inspiration. 


You can follow him at his social media sites:

Blog | Instagram | Facebook

Ensorcelant (Seungwon Paik)


Seungwon Paik’s street style photography is also very candid, and his photos mostly feature Garosu-gil, a hot place for street style photography in Seoul. His blog isn’t very easy to navigate for non-korean users, but he updates his Instagram account where you can spot your favourite K-Fashion models (whom he shoots often) and see more of his candid street style photography.


Follow him here:

Blog Instagram | Facebook



Halo People Korea (Kyunghun Kim)



Kyunghun Kim is great at posed street photography. His background is very varied and dependent on where he shoots for the day. His photos are also very high quality and artistic and editorially styled.


Follow him here:

Blog Instagram | Facebook



JDINKOREA (Jaedoo Lee)



Jaedoo Lee doesn’t update as often as the others, but he does get very active during fashion week. He mixes up his fashion week shots with quality street style shots that are definitely magazine quality. 


Catch the JDINKOREA action here:

Blog Instagram | Facebook



IAMALEXFINCH (Alex Finch)



The only non-Korean on the list, Alex Finch does an amazing job capturing his models on camera. He is a contributor to STYLE.COM and VOGUE US. His shots aren’t in-your-face street style photos, but they're well-styled and and edited. His instagram is a great place to start if you're looking for a peek into editorial styling.


Find him here:

Blog Instagram | Facebook



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(cover photo from cristinadecena)


Taking Outfit Of The Day shots are not effortless, even if they may look like they are. In fact, it takes a lot of patience because you need to take note of lighting, the angles that best suit and flatter you and your look, and the poses--which are always the hardest one to master. You may have a signature pose but having a few more up your sleeves is a great way to show your followers variety.


Learning from Clozette's community of fashionistas, here are 5 poses you can use to step up your OOTD game. 


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The Stand Still



(photo from Aggylow)


Starting from the most stoic pose of all, "The Stand Still," is one way to stop traffic. A bold, blank stare and a front profile of your whole look gives your followers a full view of the outfit. 

Side View



(photo from fayebalogo)


Another dramatic look is a shot of the side view of your outfit. This gives your viewers a portion of your look and is best if you want to give them a clearer view of your accessories. It's also the go-to angle if you want your readers to know how the pieces fit on you.



The Look Away



(photo from awfullyamanda)


"The Look Away" is the perfect OOTD pose option for those looking to create that though-provoking photo. "The Look Away" can either be looking to the side or looking down while showing the body's front profile.



Candid



(photo from penmyblog)


A candid  OOTD shot demands a skilled photographer (or someone's that's just really great at timing) as it tries to capture a raw and moving photo of you and your OOTD. This can stretch from wacky to a chic, paparazzi type of shot depending on your movement. Try walking, swaying your skirt or dress, or slowly doing your signature poses and let your photographer do the clicking. 



The Cross Over



(photo from cristinadecena)


"The Cross Over" is a no-fail way to get a flattering shot. Just place yourself in front of the camera and cross one leg in front of the other for the illusion of longer legs. It's up to you to experiment with your face and hands for an elegant and sophisticated OOTD shot. 



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