MANILA, Philippines - What happens when two gal pals strictly LDR reunite for a three-day IRL island getaway? YStyle catches up with Insta-girls and longtime buddies Martine Cajucom and Olivia Lopez of www.lusttforlife.com as they talk about friendship, fashion, and more.
YStyle: How did the two of you meet?
MARTINE: We began our cyber friendship back in the day. Think 2008/2009 early lookbook.nu online community.
OLIVIA: We met on Lookbook.nu, one of the first self-upload style site before blogging existed
Who approached who first?
M: I think we both mutually lurked on each other and met randomly at party in LA. We had a ton of common friends, but it’s still always a funny encounter meeting someone for the first time you know so well from their online presence.
O: I think I stalked Martine first and was super stoked to see a well-dressed fellow Filipino girl on the site
What was your first impression about each other?
M: I’ve always loved Olivia’s personal style and photography. It’s often imitated, but I can personally vouch for her individuality and consistency through the years.
O: Martine has a playful sense of style that’s quirky, effortless and cool. She’s always been ahead of the trends and I truly admire her eye
What’s the thing that made you instantly clicked together?
M: Mutual interests (culture, photography, interiors and architecture, all things Los Angeles, not being phony). We also share a similar childhood and career path in a way -- we were both born in Manila and moved to Orange County around the same age -- then moved to LA to pursue our professional careers. I tend to instantly connect with women who are driven, aware and open-minded.
O: We share the same aesthetic appreciation for design but I think it’s her easy-going nature that ultimately made it click, as well as her sense of humor. Last time we hung out in LA we did a girls night at the Hollywood Cemetery where we spent the evening with our girlfriends quoting Clueless. Martine introduced me to the Stahl House five years ago and it launched my obsession with the Case Study Program,
How did the two of you maintain this “online” friendship throughout the years?
M: It’s one comment or like away from maintaining our “online” friendship. We always share our favorites from each city and new must-see spots.
O: The occasional lurk on FB and Instagram has helped significantly in keeping up with each other’s lives.
6. For Martine: How did Olivia’s trip to the Philippines/Palawan came about?
M: She had been wanting to visit the motherland for years and was in the region, so she popped over and we’ve been honeymooning all week. I’ve been giving her a Philippines-sample tour. Taking her to all my favorite restaurants and hang out spots.
Melbourne or LA? So tough— both for different reasons. LA for culture and lifestyle. Melbourne for food and design
Favorite time of day to shoot? 5pm or whenever the selfie lighitng is most flattering.
Taylor Swift or Rihanna? I’m a secret Swiftie.
Miu Miu or Marni? Miu Miu. Marni is such a close second.
Favorite restaurant in Manila? Your Local.
Favorite Pantone color? Muted peaches forever and ever.
Last place we would find you on a Friday night? Taking shots at the club.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life? Salmon sashimi.
Currently on repeat? Drake’s new album.
Savory or sweet? Sweet.
Most used catch phrase? I like what i like.
Favorite menu item at a cafe? Ricotta pancakes.
Palm Springs or Miami? Palm Springs.
Guilty pleasure? Watching apolocalyptic movies
Yoga or juicing? Yoga. I’ve always found juicing overrated.
One thing you always pack for on a trip? My Alpaca blanket from Peru.
Most underrated city? Mexico City
Biggest splurge? Nice hotels.
Best investment? Skincare products.
What moments deserve a treat yo’ self? When you’ve worked hard enough to deserve it.
Kendrick or Kanye? Kendrick
Favorite album? Talk is Cheap, Chet Faker
All time favorite city? Los Angeles
Next dream location? Bahia, Brazil
Favorite foreign language word? Wabi Sabi - a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
What house of Harry Potter do you belong in? Griffyndor
Favorite villan? Cruella de Ville
Photo editing app of choice? VSCO
What would your last meal on Earth be? Truffle Pasta
Aliens or zombies? Aliens
Time travel or teleportation? Teleportation
What are you currently reading? The Unbearable Lightness of Being (despite the title, is actually very depressing)
Biggest outfit regret? Knee high socks paired with wedges
Biggest fangirl moment? Lil Wayne at the SLS Hotel Elevator
Tea or coffee? Tea
Favorite movie? Scarface and Basic Instinct, for outfit inspiration
Favorite restaurant in LA? Republique
Favorite filipino dish? Sinigang
Favorite ice cream flavor? Lavender
Last thing you googled? Transcoso, Bahia