Archives for November 2013

Bunny Face

I’ve been quite busy the past weeks so excuse my face. I even forgot that I have these pictures—and that rarely happens since I do not have much outfit posts to share anyway (/LOL). Plus, the midterm exams are drawing closer and I’m pretty sure I won’t have much time to spare for things other than studying and working. But right now, here’s a bunny outfit inspired by my favorite cartoon characters.

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When I and my siblings were kids, we would usually huddle in the living room and watch cartoons with our parents. Our usual favorites are the Merrie Melodies and the Looney Tunes, the 1940s to 70s kind. They were the best, in my opinion. And funny as hell. I and my father loved Bugs Bunny because of his wit and nonchalant attitude, always calm despite being chased all the time.

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And who could forget Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the 1980s fantasy comedy? Jessica Rabbit anyone? When I saw the film in, like, 1995, I thought the idea of combining live action and animation was brilliant. Until today, it still excites me every time I see snippets of the film.

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On a slightly unrelated note, I got the headband from a bazaar last year. It’s not really a rabbit headband but it can be twisted to imitate rabbit ears. You can make different shapes actually. I haven’t seen much of this lately, maybe because they’ve phased out. As for me though, I’ll never get over my love for bunnies. They’re a big part of my childhood, and they remind me a lot of those happy times with my father.

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Forever 21 dress from The Overruns Store | Forever 21 purse | Trinkets MNL necklace | Pill shoes from Zalora

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Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 Trend Report

I’m not supposed to post anything fashion-related until next week since I feel it’s inappropriate given the current situation in central Philippines, but I saw this really beautiful hairstyle Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes shared on Instagram and I had this sudden urge to post it on my blog. I have a really faulty memory so consider this as an online reminder that I should do my own version of Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014 hair, which Jane dubbed ‘the wood nymph hair’.

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Isn’t it divine? I think it’s pretty easy to do since it doesn’t need much flowers; the only problem is I don’t know where to find faux Grecian coins. Here’s another version from D&G:

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Floral crowns were all the rage last year, and I’m glad that it’s making a comeback this coming S/S, with a twist.

While I was doing my research, I decided to check out D&G’s website for their Spring 2014 collection. I missed doing it. If you’ve been following my posts since 2010, you’d remember that I used to post sort of like a runway report. I kinda missed doing that so I took a screenshot of the collection from D&G’s website. I may have shopped less than I used to but it doesn’t mean I do not appreciate designer brands anymore. And who can’t appreciate these?

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I must say I’m surprised that many of the pieces are actually very wearable. The pieces have this Greco-Roman vibe going on and I love it, reminded me so much of my favorite mythologies.

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And the best part is D&G showcased different pieces for various occasions. Some of the floral dresses are perfect for weddings, some for work, the beach, dinner, and even a funeral—which is great, don’t you think? Women don’t have many options during funerals, not that it should be a fashion show.

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I see lots of gold and lace as well. Time to stock some “little gold dress”.

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And pointed black kitten heels. Here’s more:

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Good News: #YolandaPH Relief Pictures

What I’ve been hearing and seeing the past three days are all bad news, with almost anyone expressing their disappointment and exasperation over the government’s relief efforts for the Yolanda typhoon victims. I admit I am not a PNoy fan, but I am willing to set aside my dislike for the president, until conditions improve at least. I think in tragedies like this, we have to channel our energy to more worthwhile things–such as volunteering, donating, and sharing useful information. So, I decided to post pictures which I got from various sources to show people that help is reaching the victims. The response may not be as swift as other countries, but you can’t say that the victims are being neglected.

Below are proof (more pictures to come) that relief efforts by the government, NGOs, and private organizations are ongoing:

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November 15, 2013. TOP: Baby boy Israel is born in the Israeli Defense Forces field hospital in Bogo City, Cebu, named after the country that helped her mother give birth. Photo from the Twitter account of IDF Spokesman for International Media Peter Lerner; BOTTOM: screenshot from http://www.rappler.com

GoodNews9November 15, 2013. International aid reaches Tacloban City. Screenshot from http://www.usatoday.com

GoodNews1November 14, 2013. Screenshot from Disaster’s Emergency Committee/World Vision Flickr; location unspecified.

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November 14, 2013. Military forces reach Pan de Azucar island in Concepcion, Iloilo for relief operations on Thursday a week after Yolanda struck the region. “Our efforts are not just in Eastern Visayas,” tweeted AFP via http://www.gmanetwork.com

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November 13, 2013. Screenshot from Philippine Red Cross, Ormoc operations

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November 11, 2013. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads relief operations in Roxas City. Photo from http://www.gov.ph

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November. 9, 2013. Typhoon victims in Tacloban, a city on the eastern island of Leyte, line up for relief goods from DSWD in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Noel Celis via http://www.globalpost.com

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November 6, 2013. Days ahead of Yolanda, Salagan Child Care Project (SCCP) and Compassion International – Philippines (CIPH) distributed relief to Balangkayan Eastern Samar. Photos by Bryan Azura via http://www.sinirangan-news.net

Spread the good vibes, my fellow Pinoy! If you have more photos to share, just leave the link in the comments section and I will do the rest. In the meantime, let’s be more productive than reactive by devoting our time in helping. For more information on how to donate, go to this link. 🙂

#YolandaPH

Typhoon Yolanda, with international name Haiyan, is moving closer to the Philippines, carrying “maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center, and gusts of up to 185 km/h” according to PAGASA. It is said to be one of the strongest and the most dangerous typhoons to ever hit the country.

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Weather Philippines is advising that “Residents and visitors along Northeastern Mindanao, Visayas, Bicol Region and Eastern Luzon should closely monitor the development of Haiyan.” The government and LGUs have been anticipating the damage the super typhoon may cause, and as early as yesterday have posted several hotlines that the people may contact in case there is a need for rescue. Here are several;

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  TO MY FELLOW BICOLANOS:

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If you wish to donate for the typhoon Yolanda victims, and I encourage you to do so, here are some options:

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OR GO TO THIS LINK.

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I will update this list as soon as I get more information. In the meantime, please please keep yourselves, loved ones, and pets safe. Evacuate if the LGUs order you to do so. Let’s keep praying that this typhoon will weaken once it makes a landfall. It would be a miracle, but there’s nothing impossible with prayer. We have always been resilient, I know we’ll come out of this better and stronger.

DIY Leather Cat Ears Headband

One of the most popular costumes during Halloween is the cat costume. There are varieties of cat costumes being sold in stores, but for the thrifty the best thing to do is to make their own. I will not be sharing how to make the head-to-toe attire, but I’ll be showing how to make your own subtle cat ears headband. It’s pretty easy, and it took me around 30 minutes to make this.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

leather/leatherette fabric

sewing machine, if available

scissors

thread

pins

tape measure

studs, if desired

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The first step is to measure your head’s circumference by simply wrapping the tape measure around your head. Mine is 28 inches, and I added an inch on both ends for the buttons (28 in + 2 in = 30 in). Lay the cloth flat and measure 30 in (length) and 4 in (width). Then cut, like so.

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Next, flip the fabric so that the left/inner side is facing you, fold in two, then stitch the edges together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always sew by hand. Your fabric will look slightly cylindrical afterwards, so to flatten it, turn it over and stitch the opposite edge, like the photo above.

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When your headband’s all flat, find the middle. Depends on how narrow or wide your cat ears would want to look, find point A by measuring 2 to 3 inches from the middle section. Subsequently, find point B and C by measuring 5 to 6 inches from A. By this time you should have a perfect triangle. The next thing to do is to place C’s tail below B’s, then pull gently to create a knot.

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Your knot should like a triangle knot (#5), if not try readjusting it. After that, proceed to making the opposite ear by doing the same steps earlier. After doing so, you’ll see that your headband is starting to look like a kitten’s ears.

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If you want to include some accessories, that’s okay. Actually I’d recommend it so your headband will look more interesting. In my case, I placed gold studs on the ears for some contrast. Lastly, fasten your headband with a snap button by handsewing it at the end.

1392036_10202091118508521_1323802300_nAaaand that’s how it’s done. Here’s how it should look like when worn. One good thing about this is you can also wear it in school or any ordinary day. I teased about the tutorial weeks ago on Instagram. My IG followers always get the first dibs so follow if you like! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 😀

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