Modern Filipiniana

Modern Filipiniana

June 12 marks the Independence Day for the Philippines and to commemorate this, we wanted to do a playful, summery take on the Filipiniana attire.

The Baro’t Saya, comes from the Tagalong words "barot at saya" or "blouse and skirt," still the basic components of the ensemble. Like it’s masculine counter part, the blouse is traditionally made from pineapple cloth, which is an indigenous textile of the Philippines.

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Adaptive Fits with Balenciaga Speed Trainers

Happy Friday and Happy 1st of June. Summer is almost certainly here and we've been transitioning our closet for warmer days but keeping a few key layering pieces for when it does get chilly (unpredictable northwest weather!)

We recently came upon this TEDTalk by Mindy Scheier, founder of Runway of Dreams Foundation -  a nonprofit that works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. In her talk, she shares her journey that inspired her design stylish adaptive clothing to help empower people with disabilities. Highlighting adaptive clothing or pieces with adaptive design components on them has been in our heart for awhile now and wanted to share our take on it regularly on the blog.

SO, What is adaptive FASHION?

ADAPTIVE FASHION are garments, shoes and accessories that are design specifically for, or have an element in their design, that allows the piece designed to be easily worn by people who may experience difficulty dressing themselves due to an inability to manipulate closures or due to a lack of a full range of motion required for self-dressing. 

INCLUSIVITY IS STYLISH

The marriage for form and functionality is a key principle to elegant design. Like Mindy, we firmly believe that adaptive fashion doesn't only have to serve its function but has the potential to allow designers to innovate whilst improving and empowering the lives of many people.

ADAPTIVE WIN: BALENCIAGA SPEED TRAINERS

We have been eyeing this shoe ever since Balenciaga announced that they will be releasing the kids version of their popular speed trainer. We purchased ours at Smallable - a designer children's clothes and home interior boutique based in France. One of the key selling point for us is the ease of use for kids like Neela who may not have the most refined motor skills. Tying shoelaces has been a daily struggle for her and having a beautifully designed, slip-on sneaker has really encouraged her and given her the courage to dress herself in the morning. Not to mention, they are mad stylish too!

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SHOP THE LOOK

JACKET: HEYBABELA
TEE: ZARA 
SKIRT: SEATTLE GOODWILL
SHOES: BALENCIAGA via SMALLABLE

TECH FOR KIDS: TEACHING KIDS GOOD HABITS WITH THE OCTOPUS WATCH

When you have a UX designer for a mom and a software developer for a dad, its was only a matter of time till they start scouring the product space for new gadgets to help support your learning.

In our careers, we've seen how technology and good product development has improved the countless of lives - particularly individuals with disabilities. With all the devices that our kids are exposed to, we were determined to find one that could potentially make a positive impact on Neela's growth. My husband and I both use the Apple Watch in our daily lives and seen some of it's benefits, particularly around time management. From moving us along our daily calendars to small reminds to stand up from our desks to take breathers, we began to wonder if there was a comparable product that was simple and safe to use for younger kids. 

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ENTER THE OCTOPUS WATCH

Octopus by JOY is an icon-based watch that empowers kids by teaching good habits and the concept of time. Using haptic feedback, it gently and subtly alerts your child to move along with their daily schedule. Like a to-do list, your child can press a button to acknowledge the reminder. Using a parent app, the watch provides feed to parents and guardians about your child's progress. It retails at $79.99 (watch only) and 99.99 (with charging station) and only currently comes in blue and red color ways/

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VISUAL SCHEDULE

The key selling point for us was their ingenious use of icons to remind Neela of what tasks she's supposed to do next. This is reflective of the same visual schedule tool that her therapists and teachers use. This also means that younger children that don't know how to read yet can begin using the Octopus watch.

CHORES & REWARDS

Asides from programing  your child's daily schedule, you may also include age-appropriate chores to your kids to-do list. Parents can also program rewards to encourage and recognize your child's progress and accomplishments.

For example, when your child does their chores for a week straight, you have the option to reward them with story time, ice cream - even snuggles (Neela's personal favorite)

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:

THE SETUP & PAIRING PROCESS

Trying to pair the watch with your mobile device was not as smooth as we expected it to be. . Since the watch's bluetooth only turns on for a few moments (which is great for your kids security), we had to make sure the synching process was on point or you will miss the chance.

LED SCREEN IS ONLY 2/3rds of the watch face

If you've used any wearable, you might expect the interface to take up the entire watch screen.  It took us a minute to realize that ours wasn't actually broken.

THE BAND COLORS ARE LIMITED AND NOT AS STRONG

Something we hope Joy improves in the coming iteration is the band strength. Neela wore hers to a friends birthday party and the lock mechanism on the band immediately broke :( Given that this device is used by younger kids, stronger hardware may be something they might consider. You can order the band from the Joy website, but expect to wait at least a week to receive your band,

PHOTO CREDIT: OCTOPUS BY JOY | INDIEGOGO.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: OCTOPUS BY JOY | INDIEGOGO.COM

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Octopus by JOY has been a good investment for us. Among the available kid wearable items, it may not be the most affordable but it definitely outperforms other products by not overcomplicating things  (which is easy to do when building a new tech product). It takes common habit building concepts like repetition, positive reinforcement and translates it beautiful into a device that is easy to use.

DO YOU LEVERAGE ANY EXISTING DEVICES TO HELP YOUR CHILD?

SHARE ON THE COMMENTS BELOW!

 

From this land: Teach Out at Kamayan Farms

Last weekend, we had an opportunity to be a part of the Community Alliance for Global Justice Teach Out at Kamayan Farm, a Filipina-owned vegetable, medicinal herb, and education farm just east of Seattle, Washington. Kamayan, in the Filipino language, means "with your hands" - a way to describe our traditional way of eating.  Ari, the owner-operator of Kamayan, refers to it as 'a reminder of the intimate connection between ourselves and our food, the joy of a large meal cooked with love and shared with family, and survival of culture through food.

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Shoutout to my sister and her partner for informing us of the event. If you are thinking of joining your local community teach out, here are some good reasons you and your kids to go check it out:

GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

Community involvement has always been an important part of our family and we have been actively looking for ways for Neela to be an active participant. When we first received her diagnosis, we decided to surround her and our family with diverse and nurturing community circles. We truly believe that community building gives her a broader view of the world and a better chance to adapt, despite her disability. Regardless, kids of every ability can benefit from being part of their local communities. It is also great way to gain awareness about your local growers and vendors the initiatives they work towards and vendors.

MINDFUL CONSUMPTION

Another objective of ours is to give Neela the opportunity see the food we eat everyday as a lot of love and hard work. Having immigrated from the Philippines, our parents were very aware of what it's like to grow and harvest your own food. Though we are thankful for bountiful resources we enjoy in the United States, it is very easy to forget where your food comes from. Being a part of this process definitely makes us think about the way we consume things and re-iterate the value of what we eat everyday.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) & KAMAYAN FARM? 

Visit their website at www.kamayanfarm.com

Trend: Hawaiian Florals

Tee:  Thrasher  | Shirt and Jeans: Thrifted from Goodwill | Shoes:  Gucci  | Sunnies:  Nordstrom   

Tee: Thrasher | Shirt and Jeans: Thrifted from Goodwill | Shoes: Gucci | Sunnies: Nordstrom  

Hoo Boy! It’s sure does feel a lot like summer here in Seattle and when you live in 300 days of rain and grey, a little bit of sun will get you right into the swing of things. Nothing gets you in the mood for summer vibin' more than a good colorful Hawaiian shirt styled with some city casual wear classics such as a pair boyfriend fit denims, sling-back leather loafers and sleek sunnies. 

INSPIRATION BOARD FOR THIS LOOK

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What do you think about this styled fit?

Share your thoughts on the comments!

OUR FIRST POST!

We did it! We finally took the plunge and decided to start our blog. We've been talking about it together for quite sometime now but life and commitments has prevented us from moving forward. Despite some hesitance, we decided to make it like NIKE and Just DO IT.

Beanie:  Kinderfolk  | Tee:  Average  | Cardigan:  Zara  | Bottoms:  Pepper Kids  | Kicks:  Vans Girls  via  Nordstrom

Beanie: Kinderfolk | Tee: Average | Cardigan: Zara | Bottoms: Pepper Kids | Kicks: Vans Girls via Nordstrom

SO, WHY START A BLOG?

We believe that each story is unique but we hope this blog can be an avenue for people to learn and connect in the same way we've experienced through our other online communities. When we first started sharing our story on instagram, it was mostly to have a creative outlet for the both of us and a way to be able to spend time together. But organically, we've met some truly amazing people along the way - likeminded parents and individuals that celebrate kindness and human diversity. When we we're going through the process of getting diagnosed, we found such an enormous in this community - comprised of people whom we've never even met in person but have cared so deeply and genuinely about our struggles and tiny victories. 

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

Great question! We hope to be able to show our point views in a few different aspects that we are passionate about. We hope to share some of our takes on fashion styling, life hacks, technologies we've tried and tested, details on our travel and more. We'd love to hear your input about what you'd like to see us cover!

IS NEELA REALLY GOING TO BE A PART OF THIS?

Absolutely. In fact, don't be surprised if you see some obscure review about some 1970s japanese version of Spiderman or weird candy toilets. Because, well, Neela. :)