Vogue Philippines converses with various personalities, who have different backgrounds and professions, to see what a day in their life looks like. From shoot preparations to journal reflections, here’s a rundown of Lyn Alumno’s day as she tackles several creative roles.
Lyn Alumno wears many hats—she’s a stylist, creative director, writer, producer, illustrator, and occasionally, a model. Her schedule is constantly packed to the brim that one can’t help but wonder how she manages all of it. Surprisingly, the answer lies within the pages of a book.
Before braving the day, she engages in a half hour reading session to condition her mind and set her up for whatever comes ahead. What’s currently on her bedside table, you may ask? A copy of Deepak Chopra’s ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.’
See below what a typical day looks like for Alumno as she brings you along with her to work:
“I have a shoot at 11AM today, so I arrive at my studio around 7AM. It leaves me with two hours to finalize pre-styling and packing. I’ve finished working on 60% of the looks the night before, but some of my pulls only arrived in the morning and still have to be picked up before coming to the shoot.”
“The views from the studio are pretty immaculate if I do say so myself. Almost a year since I moved in and it has since become my sanctuary.”
“Sorting the pieces I could potentially use is most crucial because I simultaneously have to filter and edit the looks I have in mind, all while having to remember the packaging for each pullout.”
“I’m unable to sit still in one place when my mind is working. You’ll see me on the floor, the couch or by the window. I try to look for things that inspire me in every corner, which is why the studio’s sprinkled with trinkets and small oddities wherever you look.”
“I was getting a little overwhelmed at this point, so I had to take a power nap after packing. (Not pictured: me overthinking the shoot ‘til 5AM.)”
“I had to take a few photos before I changed into my work ‘fit. I realized I rarely get to document myself since I prioritize my clients before anything else. Also because I tend to forget.”
“I wouldn’t say I over-packed, but that’s everything I’m bringing to the shoot today, and I still have to pick up a few things before heading to the location.”
“I quickly dropped by Gucci to get some samples and tried this monogram suit while waiting. This is one of the last few photos I was able to take before things got a bit hectic.”
My team and I arrived at the location and had to hang everything quickly. Thankfully we had enough time to prep and polish the looks we’ll be doing.
I’m the stylist and creative director for the shoot today. While most of my time is spent on sourcing and curating, it gives me the sudden burst in energy when I finally see my “arsenal” for the day.
I can’t really divulge anything about the shoot yet, but the hats and accessories kind of give it away. We’re doing four layouts, two major sets, a fashion film, with hair and makeup changes in between. I suddenly realized I haven’t eaten breakfast after we shot the first layout, but I guess the caffeine compensated for it.
We’ve already done 2 layouts by 4PM. When you’re surrounded by creatives who are on their A-Game, everything just moves at a better pace.
While working on the second to the last layout, I had to turn in a creative deck. Thank God our subject was such a breeze to work with—not to mention collaborative. She made our lives a lot easier.
And, that’s a wrap! We ended at 7:30PM, but my team and I had to return all the luxury items I pulled for the shoot afterwards. I just wanted it out of my hands, ‘cause like I said earlier, anxiety is real.
Being chosen or even considered is a privilege. I’m forever thankful for clients who put their full trust in you. It’s my third time working with Liza and she never fails to bring it.
We hit the road and passed by Greenbelt, Solaire, and Newport Mall to return the pullouts before heading back to the studio. Thankfully, no damages on the pieces, which made the clearance per brand easier. Shoutout to all the PR girls who make life less tough.
We were back in the studio by 10PM. I initially planned on taking more photos but I was running on an hour of sleep.
As always, I made time to *romanticize* the day in my journal. I had to decompress after a productive day to keep everything in check. Gotta make sure I’m sane before the day ends. Thank you Vogue for spending the day with me!
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