My Favorite Mistake

Updated on May 28, 2009
narciso rodriguez dress - Trunk Show bracelet - Zoo Shoes shoes - Louis Vuitton
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What are the chances my ipod shuffled to 90s cult hit “MY FAVORITE MISTAKE” when I was so down and depressed? Seriously, I am starting to believe that my ipod is clairvoyant as it always knows the songs to play to inspire me and decide for me what to wear…through crappy days and happy ones. I needed some angry girl music and Sheryl Crow always comes third after Meredith Brooks and Paramore.

There are just some days when you wake up and you realize that everything is going downhill from there on. This day, I woke up with a terrible migraine…and that was as good as it got… Until I decided to pull out of my closet (or in my case, my storage bin of unused tagged clothes, which by the way, keeps on piling up for some unknown reason…) THE DRESS. This dress is my favorite thing in my wardrobe right now aside from my prized Glitterati pieces. I decided to splurge for myself and went ahead and bought this Narciso Rodriguez Striped Canvas Zipper dress which retails in Net-a-porter.com for a whopping £1,428.01 but which I got for only P2500.00 or $50.00. It’s not a knock-off nor is it an imitation piece as Narciso Rodriguez’s tags are sewn in with the dress but for some reason, 1-2 stitches went astray and it was automatically rejected for international transport given that Narciso along with the rest of the fashion industry outsource labor in the southeast asian regions where manual labor is so cheap, it’s practically free. Seriously, the Philippines is a fabulous place to start a business. And we have the nicest, warmest people which is why we are known to be the #1 place on earth with most people smiling.

For some reason still unknown to me (I still haven’t seen what was wrong with it), quality control decided the dress was not good enough and considered it trash. But someone’s trash most of the time ends up being someone else’s treasure. This one is like the crown jewels for me since it is always rewarding to get an original for a waaaay waaaay cheap price. Best feeling in the shopper’s world…really.The moment I saw this dress at the Rockwell Bazaar, I died! It was seriously an out of body experience so I got it faster than anyone could blink… And trust me, when i saw this dress in netaporter.com , I shrieked at how much I got this for a steal! Yipppeee! Fashion is fun that way. It’s so fuss-free and non-complex.

Anyway, I wore this to my heart doctor’s appointment (SOB!) and then to watch a movie and have dinner and drinks with my brother and his girl.My day took a positive turn after I put on this dress and sometimes, all it takes, is a button of a blouse or a zip of a dress to cure your toxic mood. It was a simple evening and I am quite happy with simplicity now. I look back at how carelessly I lived my life before, clubbing NONSTOP for a living and going home when there were school buses in my village picking kids up for school. Home was a place to sleep, bathe and change then and I was literally all over the place. Not to mention, my mind was basically scrambled eggs and I always found myself drifting and unfocused. My mom said I used our house like a hotel. It was sad,really… since it was like living in never never land and now that I spend more time on productive things (ie. errands, charity, spa and prayer) and on activities that are wholesome, given that I am recuperating and getting better health-wise, I realize how much can be done with ALL that time I used to waste. I find myself at home reading a great book or drawing all the time now…I guess I grew up and moved on… I must admit,I still enjoy the occasional socializing now and then to catch up with friends and of course FASHION but partying 24/7 is no longer a way of life for me. I’m right where I should be given my many life threatening limitations.

So far, instead of partying, I am having my entire room reupholstered, remodeled and re-wallpapered..it shall be a work of art when me and my mom are done. I put away old things into storage, donated clothes and books to charity and cleaned my laptop keys for a good four hours (the amount of germs stuck in between keys is appalling). I’ve been painting again and recently, I’ve had a new found hobby of creating mock up designs of places, in pop up.

It’s a good thing. Change is not always bad apparently. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we’re thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we’re thankful for the things we’ll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

I woke up and called this morning,
the tone of your voice was a warning
that you don’t care for me anymore.

I made up the bed we sleep in.
I looked at the clock when you creep in.
It’s 6 AM and I’m alone.

Did you know when you go it’s the perfect ending,
to the bad day I was just beginning.
When you go, all I know is you’re my favorite mistake.

Your friends act sorry for me.
They watch you pretend to adore me.
But I am no fool to this game.

Now here comes your secret lover,
she’ll be unlike any other,
until your guilt goes up in flames.

Did you know when you go it’s the perfect ending,
to the bad day I’d gotten used to spending.
When you go, all I know is you’re my favorite mistake
You’re my favorite mistake.

Well maybe nothing lasts forever,
even when you stay together.
I don’t need forever after, but it’s your laughter won’t let me go
so I’m holding on this way.

Did you know could you tell you were the only one
that I ever loved?
Now everything’s so wrong.
Did you see me walking by, did it ever make you cry?
Now you’re my favorite mistake
Yeah you’re my favorite mistake
You’re my favorite mistake

Comments (47)

Crisss
Crisss on June 24
great
KillerQueeen
KillerQueeen on December 12
pretty dress
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 17
awesome!
dmk
dmk on December 22
amzing dres!!!
la_fashionista
la_fashionista on September 14
nice outfit!!
la_fashionista
la_fashionista on September 14
nice outfit
la_fashionista
la_fashionista on September 14
nice outfit
Blackie
Blackie on July 10
so lovely....
frahnkenshteen
frahnkenshteen on June 23
Love it!
kellybelly0113
kellybelly0113 on June 03
that's one really hot dress. The arhitecture init works so nicely along with those shoes. haha, clever background.
vro
vro on June 02
You look simply fabulous, that dress is amazing! And wow, what a post, I totally understand your consideration about changes and the appreciation of things ... well a very deep topic.
Wilgin
Wilgin on June 02
WTF! This dress is AWEsome. the friggin shoes too!
mauumauu
mauumauu on June 01
GORGEOUS DRESS!
LindseyBee
LindseyBee on June 01
HOT...love the whole outfit :0)
orsola
orsola on June 01
wow this dress is so JL!!! you look great darling
kooffy7
kooffy7 on May 31
that is such a steal!! im so jealous u got that dress really cheap! wow... u look like a million bucks babe.. :)
1234565
1234565 on May 31
love the way you wear this dress. with such class and glamour, well i suppose thats what you get when you wear a Narciso Rodriguez. hehe.
sheen
sheen on May 31
nice dress!
jessy_H
jessy_H on May 30
i salute you for finding that dress:) narciso always has fab pieces but i never imagined you could get them that cheap! i'm exactly the same as you now. i used to party nonstop too and my mum always tells me that i only go home to sleep and shower. it is a great feeling to graduate from all that hustle and bustle. sometimes, a nice, quiet time is all we need to find ourselves :) heads up sweets!
chichelee
chichelee on May 30
so fuxin sexy, loved reading your blog
lainelumanog
lainelumanog on May 30
wow! i love the dress!
pwincessbebe
pwincessbebe on May 29
the shoes are awesome ! u look pretty in that dress Joanna
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on May 29
the dress is my favrite favrite!!!!!!!!!! VERY CHIC AND MODERN!!
trishacamille
trishacamille on May 29
wow i love the outfit and your blog post that came with us is very inspirational too :)
Mikimic
Mikimic on May 29
Your dress is very chic and you are so beautiful with it.
Jasna
Jasna on May 29
Aaah, so luv ur dress babe!!!= my chic vote xxx
mi7esng
mi7esng on May 29
WOW. I love it JL!!!!
RepublicofHeaven
RepublicofHeaven on May 28
Absolutely gorgeous dress!
libys11
libys11 on May 28
my goodness, that dress is just stunning!!! i am speechless and in awe!!! it's so contemporary and edgy! CHIC CHIC CHIC! :D
reshooom
reshooom on May 28
storage bin of unused tagged clothes, which by the way, keeps on piling up for some unknown reason… WE ARE CERTAINLY ON THE SAME BOAT!!! hahaha! the dress is a fab steal... lucky you!!!! =)
lish
lish on May 28
the dress is such a steal!!!!
black_lilies
black_lilies on May 28
your style is always classic!!
bambisasha
bambisasha on May 28
Such a stylish dress! love it!
supervillain
supervillain on May 28
Aside from your killer shoe collection, I am a huge fan of you dresses!!! I think you have the most interesting and most unique collection of dresses, Glitterati pieces included. I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS DRESS! And I love it more knowing you got it at such a price! I guess consumers are lucky that certain producers are so OC. (:
lirys
lirys on May 28
me likey :D
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on May 28
That dress is such a steal!!!! I hope you're feeling much better now :) Don't stress yourself too much!! See you later!!!!!
gladful
gladful on May 28
amazing dress!
queenelizabeth
queenelizabeth on May 28
wow, that's an amazing bargain! the black stripes are just gorgeous.
domennie
domennie on May 28
love the shoes and the dress!very nice combination!
huongface
huongface on May 28
love the dress!
overtherainbow
overtherainbow on May 28
This dress is just way too amazing, especially with those shoes!
msrawr
msrawr on May 28
you look fabulous in that dress!
theVT86
theVT86 on May 28
Lovely entry, my dear! Sorry you started the day with a migraine but I'm glad to hear everything went better. The dress is to. die. for! It looks absolutely fabulous on you, too! I bet you turned every guy's head at the bar :)
districtofchic
districtofchic on May 28
I am SO jealous of this dress!
cocorosa
cocorosa on May 28
this dress is amazing!! :)
alushka
alushka on May 28
love dress, shoes, handbag....simply love all ur outfit....
formocavo
formocavo on May 28
That dress is to die for!
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