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How To Wear Party Dresses With Style

Based on my personal experience, it is but safe to say that most girls love to party. Whether it would be just an occasional event or a bridal party, we just can’t simply pass off any chance to wear something stylish and show off our graceful bodies. If you wanna be informed with the proper ways of pulling off party dresses then sit back, relax, and keep on reading because today we are going to talk about how to wear party dresses with style.

Tips You Need To Follow:

1. Wear a dress that will definitely flatter and not to falter you presence on the party – Pick on a dress that’s totally in to your style and fashion sense. Don’t wear something that you think it’s “off” to your style or you might just be having an off night in the end as well. Make sure to limit your choices on the latest styles of the season so that you will look tremendously gorgeous for the rest of the evening. Try to check out some of these party dresses and see what might fit in to your taste.

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2. Wear a dress to flaunt and not to be taunted – If you don’t wanna be the talk of the town for all the wrong reason then better make everything right and wear something that will truly compliment your overall look. Okay you might have gained a little weight lately or you might have gotten a little dark, but this does not revoke you license on wearing something fashionable. Just make sure you pick on the right dress that will fit your figure and everybody will be in awe looking at you. I have found this cute homecoming bride from The Green Guide and this design might look good on you.

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Or how about this cocktail dress? Could this be the one that you’re looking for?

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Or would you rather wear a lovely evening dress such as this? This will surely make you an instant attention getter.

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3. Pull off something to make you feel happy, not to make you feel scrappy – Most girls would agree that we feel what we wear so make use of your positive intuition in wearing a party dress to go with the evening. If you feel good about your dress, then you’ll definitely look good and it all turns in cycles.

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*Guest post from The Green Guide

Movietime!

Due to the incessant rain the whole country has been experiencing lately, I couldn’t come up with a proper outfit post. My apartment is not that big that I can’t take decent shots… but I do have something exciting to show you guys in the future. I’m not telling yet because I don’t wanna jinx it (which is actually another word for I-absolutely-have-no-clue-what-to-do haha).

Anyway, I’m writing today because I wanted to share something. I’d like to think I’m a cinephile, but my knowledge about movies is not as extensive as other real cinephiles. Every now and then I discover films (some of which are recommendations by my boyfriend, Chad, who has great taste by the way) that not everyone has seen. You see, many people only depend on what is shown in the mall theaters, which are mostly mainstream ones such as highly commercialized Hollywood flicks—I know because I used to be one of those people.

Thank heavens for the internet and movie streaming sites, they’re a sanctuary for bored people like me. So the past month I got to watch A LOT of films and the three below struck me the most:

American Beauty, 1999

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I actually saw the movie poster a lot of times in the past, but I always refused to watch it; I thought it was just another cheesy teen movie. Fast forward to last month, I caved in and decided to watch it and it’s the best decision I made.

It’s a story about a father, played by Kevin Spacey, who got infatuated with his daughter’s best friend while having a midlife crisis. The lines are sharp and witty, with the right amount of darkness to it.

Garden State, 2004

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I have a bias toward Natalie Portman. I’m in love with her. She’s just weird, in an adorable kind of way. Fangirling aside, the visuals are both quirky and eccentric without sacrificing the sincerity of the story. Garden State is about a troubled young man (Zach Braff) struggling to adjust to life after discontinuing using antidepressants and simultaneously mourning the loss of his mother.

Almost Famous, 2000

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I just finished watching this a while ago. Almost Famous is not a typical teen movie, as it shows the story of a 15-year-old aspiring journalist hired by Rolling Stone to write about a rock band. The boy later meets Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) and a group of girls who call themselves “Band-aids”, but are actually groupies.

They are extremely thought-provoking and I recommend that you see them. I don’t bother finishing a movie with a lame plot so I can assure you these movies are worth your time. Plus, they have really interesting lines which you could post on Facebook. 😛

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool. —Almost Famous

P.S. This is fun. I should do this every month, yes? Have you seen these films? Share your opinion below! 🙂

One Life Contest + Giveaway

During the summer, Chad and I visited the Smokey Mountain, a garbage dump found in Manila, for a special project which we kept under wraps. And now we can finally reveal what the project was for.

Chad recently joined the One Life Contest on See.Me and we need as much votes as we can get. In exchange for your help, I will be giving away one piece from my Vintage Summer Collection to one lucky winner:

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To join, here’s what you have to do:

1. Register at See.Me. Click “Click Here To Sign Up”. Then three rectangular boxes will appear at the bottom. Fill out the boxes.

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2. Click Continue, and it will redirect you to a short form. Please fill out the form.

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4. Click Continue, and return to Chad’s See.Me profile (http://cverzosa.see.me/onelife2013)

5. Click Vote, and a number will appear. Take note of that number.

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6. Scroll down to the comments section of Chad’s See.Me page, post a comment including your vote number, and check “Post to Facebook” box.

Example: Voted #85! Vote for Chad Verzosa’s awesome pictures here: http://cverzosa.see.me/onelife2013

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And that’s it! This contest ends on August 26 at exactly 11pm. Entries will be checked on the comments section of Chad’s See.Me page. Good luck!

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Congratulations, entry #4 Rangel Gan!

Please choose one item from Metamorphosis Clothing‘s Vintage Summer Collection for your prize (sold out items are no longer available). PM me your choice, complete name, shipping address, and contact info via Metamorphosis Clothing Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Chad! 🙂

Afterparty

Say hello to the 25-year-old me! Many people today don’t like revealing their age after turning 21 or 24; I, even, used to be one of them. But I’ve come to terms with the fact that humans grow older every year. Why hide something that’s natural?

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So this is me–a year older and definitely a year wiser. I just celebrated my birthday on August 5 and it was, by far, the best birthday I’ve had. When I was a kid, I never had birthday parties. We couldn’t even afford a cake, so I was used to letting the day pass by. But of course, I’d always wish for a better birthday. I finally got it this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. 🙂

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The celebration was a little unplanned, but I’m glad I and my family did it. I was not supposed to go home for my birthday, like the past three years, but my grandma was ill and was looking for me. Who am I to refuse such request? So I traveled to Naga City and stayed there for a week. And I’m glad I did.

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I prepared my special spaghetti carbonara, my sister and my best friend brought 2 cakes, and my mom and Chad (through Skype) bought me presents. I was with family, loved ones, and friends in our soon-to-be-finished home… it was the best birthday ever. Nothing beats celebrating with the people that really matter. We may have differing characters and opinions on things, which at times cause misunderstandings, but they, especially my family, have always been there for me. I’m a difficult, ambitious person, but my family never ran out of support in my endeavors. That’s why they’ve always been my number one priority; everything that I do is for them.

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So what’s next for Daphne? I don’t know yet, but knowing myself, I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing something bold again. Just last month I took sewing classes and this wine red skater skirt I’m wearing is just the first of my many sewing projects. You’ll be seeing more of my ‘creations’ in this blog and in my future OOTDs–that’s for sure.  This skirt is pretty easy to make and a perfect project for sewing beginners like me. You can view the tutorial I shared here.

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By the way I finally managed to take my own OOTD using my Canon AE-1 film camera’s timer setting. Needs a little getting used to though. How do you like the outcome? 🙂

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My birthday blowout is still ongoing! Giving away amazing goodies HERE! By the way, thanks to everyone who sent their birthday greetings and wishes! <3

DIY Circle Skirt (Skater Skirt)

I haven’t told you this yet, but it has always been my dream to make clothes. I used to watch my mom make our school uniforms and I remember being so amazed every time. I never got it out of my system. So, a month ago I gave in and decided to take basic sewing classes. I learned how to make patterns and sew a blouse, dress, and skirt.

My first project was actually a sweetheart top but it looked terrible so I switched to a much simpler one–a skater skirt.

Skater skirts, also known as circle skirts, have been quite a hit in the country, although they’ve been around for a long time. Fashion trends, after all, just repeat themselves. They’re called circle skirts because you’ll only need a big circular cloth to make a full skirt. You’ll see an example below.

First, to make the skirt, you’ll need:

a sewing machine

1 1/2 yard of cloth

thread

measuring tape

chalk/colored pencil

pair of scissors

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Next, measure your waist in inches. Divide it by 2(pi) or 6.28 (2 x 3.14) to get the radius. My waistline is 28 in, divided by 6.28 yields 4.45 in.

Fold your cloth in fours so you don’t have to draw a full circle. Then, draw the inner edge (waistline) of your quarter circle on the cloth using your radius measurement.

Quick tip: To draw the waist radius, pin your measuring tape on the corner of the cloth, and move the tape around the cloth with a chalk/pencil at the other end to mark the waist radius.

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Decide on your skirt’s length, then add the radius plus 1/2 inch for the hemline for easier measurement later. I wanted a skirt with a 16 in length, so from the corner of the folded cloth I measured 21 in (16 in + 4.5 + .5).

Next, mark out the skirt length using the measurement.

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Afterwards,  measure the waistband. The waistband length (WL) and width (WW) depends on you. Usually the WL is just the waistline + seam allowance on right and left ends, and the WW is 1 or 2 in + 0.5 in seam allowance on top and bottom of the waistband.

In my case, my WL is 32 in [28 in + 2 (2) in] and WW is 2 in [1 in + 0.5 (2)in]. You can do the waistband before or after you’ve cut your circle skirt, whichever is more convenient for you. To save time and fabric though I decided to mark out the waistband while the fabric is still folded.

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And finally, CUTTING! Cut the fabric carefully by following the markings. Here’s what a quarter circle looks like:

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And here’s how it looks when unfolded–perfect circle!

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For beginners like me, this is where the tedious work begins. Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt (waist/inner circle) with right sides facing each other, then sew with a 0.5 in seam allowance as shown below. Do not forget to hem the top part of the waistband also. You may insert an elastic before doing so.

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Finally, finish your skirt by hemming the bottom of your skirt. I used a very stretchy material for this project so I didn’t have to use a zipper. If you want to know how to sew a zipper, go here for a more detailed tutorial.

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This is the final product! Looks great for a beginner, no?

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Will wear this skirt for my OOTD post so watch out for it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Comment away if you have any questions! 😀

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In celebration of my upcoming birthday, I’m giving away amazing goodies for my local readers. Check it out here.

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