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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Pullover

Have you noticed that the weather’s becoming a little chilly? I can’t complain though because that only means I can finally start layering and wearing pullovers, aside from the obvious fact that Christmas is just two months away.
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I mean, who doesn’t love pullovers? They’re very comfortable and easy to wear, you don’t even have to put anything over it. They always make me feel like I can lie around all day, drink hot chocolate, and maybe snuggle with my boyfriend while watching TV—except that well, my boyfriend’s no longer in the country. Him coming home to me is still so vivid, I can’t believe a year has passed since then. Oh the woes of being in a long-distance relationship, but I do not regret anything. True love should never be fazed by distance.
blog 005Another thing I love about this look is that it can also be a nice school outfit. It reminds me so much of the 80s and 90s teen flicks I used to watch when I was a kid. I think you’d agree with me that today’s teen flicks suck. Sometimes I’d wonder if the human race is slowly degenerating. Case in point, Fifty Shades of Grey is a bestseller and very popular—are you kidding me? No offense to the fans of the book but I tried reading that crap and I couldn’t even get past the first chapter. That’s how bad it is.
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I believe this puzzling phenomenon has something to do with the influence of social media. Decades ago, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and consumers alike used to rely on reviews to propel their projects. It’s not even the case today anymore. Even though reviews are still available, a project’s success depends on its virality and popularity on say Facebook and Twitter, which is really tragic to be honest. Sometimes I come across really good films, and it makes me sad when I research them and find that they did not even surpass their budget, while movies like Twilight earn millions of dollars in the box office despite the awful storyline. I hope we can fix this before it’s too late.

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Forever 21 pullover from The Overruns Store | Forever 21 booties | Thrifted bag and necklace

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Fiigirl: Très Chic

As you know I turned 25 two months ago, and since then I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult fashion can be sometimes. I’ve always gravitated towards pink and super girly things, which are unfortunately not always befitting older women. Worse, I have very few clothes that are appropriate for my age. A week ago I was scheduled to go to a book launch of my favorite fashion blogger, Tricia Gosingtian, and I was worried about what to wear to the event. Tricia has easily transitioned from being cute to sophisticated, and I wish I was that successful. I just can’t seem to let go of my affinity for anything young and girly.

Luckily, Fiigirl–an online shopping site based in China–sent me a really nice black dress, which arrived a day before the event. Talk about timing.

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The transaction was actually made in August, so it took about a month for the package to arrive at my place. This was the dress I was expecting to receive, according to the website:

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Product description (taken from the website):

Features:
* Sleek popular design
* High class standout quality
* Very soft and comfortable to the touch
* Material: Cotton
* Pattern: Solid pattern
* Color: Black/rosy
* Size: M, L

I picked this style because I thought it looked so chic and definitely office-appropriate. Here’s the actual dress, I got the medium-sized one:

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Online shopping is quite tricky because you won’t see the item until it arrives at your doorstep. I’ve heard (and experienced) a lot of horror stories about online shopping–from clothes not looking the same as posted, too small or too big, etc. Thankfully the dress I got from Fiigirl is almost similar to the one posted on the website.

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It’s not as cottony and stretchy as I hoped it would be, but that’s fine because the dress fits–although it’s a little tight around the armpits and a little loose at the shoulders. I’m not broad-shouldered so I understand that part. I just hope the sleeves were a tad shorter and the asymmetrical v-neck was more prominent like what is shown in the website. I think that’s the most interesting part of the design and the dress could have been more awesome if it was more noticeable.

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Nonetheless the dress still looks chic to me. LBDs are a woman’s must-have and I’m glad I finally got one that’s appropriate for my age but still fashionable. The best part is, it looks great with any shoe color.  Zalora sent me these gorgeous heels a week ago and I’m so glad it went well with the dress. They’re very comfortable too!

I wore very minimal accessories because I wanted the dress to be the key piece of this look. Tricia took a photo of me during the launch, I just hope I didn’t look fat in it, hehe. Overall, I’m satisfied with dress. It’s pretty and very affordable so I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

triciaTricia + Me at her book launch. Thanks to Candy Magazine for the photo! I gave her a subtle cat ears headband which I made the night before the event. I was so happy she liked it! She’s the nicest, I swear. Be sure to check out her book, 150 STYLE ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY GIRL! #fangirling

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Fiigirl dress | Pill shoes from Zalora

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Matrix

I promised last week that I will be showing you how my DIY faux leather crop top looks when worn, so here are some pictures.

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This whole look reminded me of the movie The Matrix, what with the leather and the shades I’m sporting. I had to tuck the top in though because the skater skirt is too high-waisted, but I think it worked well.

IMG_3091The back is my favorite part of the design because it’s sexy without being overboard. I intentionally made the front part look modest to offer balance, and to provide a bit of mystery *wink*.

Is it obvious that I’m having too much fun creating my own clothes? I don’t think I’d be stopping soon, so you’ll definitely see lots of DIYs in the coming months.

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I know I’ve shown you how I make my skater skirts, but I have a soft spot for polka dots; I had to buy this skirt immediately when I saw it online. It’s very affordable too and very well-made. It makes me glad knowing that there are still online shops that offer great stuff at a very affordable price.

Take for example these pair of high-heeled shoes I bought last year from Zalora. Normally shoes don’t last me a year but these babies are still good as new, which is amazing because I’ve used them countless times already. Woot! I was actually quite hesitant to purchase from them at first because I’ve had horrible experiences with several OL shops in the past; however, Zalora proved to be different. I remember receiving my order the next day in a carefully wrapped box and having no trouble with my credit card payment.

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Christmas is just around the corner and I usually make a mental list of trustworthy stores where I can shop for presents. Christmas… How time flies! Last year I was spending every waking moment with my significant other and now we’re spending the holidays apart again. I feel more secured now with our relationship though, we’ve been through tough times and those only made our relationship stronger than ever.

A lot of people do not believe in long-distance relationships. It’s difficult, I agree–but with the right mindset coupled with commitment and communication, it won’t be as hard.

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Faux leather racerback top made by me| Skater skirt from Charm’s Corner| Scarlet heels from Zalora

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DIY Faux Leather Racerback Crop Top

I was bored with my life again last night that I decided to make something for myself. It’s been more than a month since I last sewed something and I missed doing it. Been catching up on Project Runway episodes, too, and I got really inspired by the contestants’ designs.

I wanted to do something simple, not too ambitious, so I chose something from my Fashionary sketching notebook—a racerback crop top. I bought this faux leather at the Fabric Warehouse for 250php a yard. I bought 2 yards because I’m planning on doing lots of stuff with it. This is only the first.

Anyway, here are the things you’re going to need:

fabric (1/2 to 1 yard)

pattern paper

scissors

black thread

measuring tape

needle (if you plan on hand sewing)

sewing machine (if available)

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Next is to make a pattern that looks like this. The left photo is the left side of the front top. The length of the top depends on how long you want it. I wanted a 16-inch top and added 1 inch for the hem. My bust size is 32 so I estimated I needed 10 inches, 0.5 inch seam included. This measurement was actually quite big and I had to remove one inch on each side for it to fit perfectly. I measured 3 inches for the shoulder with 0.5 inch seam included on both sides and on top.

Please note that this is a pattern I made based on my measurements, you will have to add or deduct some inches to fit your body.

After making your pattern, fold your fabric lengthwise with the fold facing you, as shown, and cut.

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This is how they should look like after cutting.

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Next is to sew the shoulder. Flip the fabric, with right sides facing each other. You can also hand sew this if you don’t have a sewing machine.

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Then sew the waist.

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Afterwards, I would recommend fitting your top to check if the breast part is not too loose. In my case it was, so I had to make a seam to make it fit. To do this, measure 4 inches from the armpits and 7 inches from the highest point of the shoulder. Mark the point where they meet…

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And from that point, draw a small right triangle, then pin it. And sew that area, as shown below:

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Next, hemming. It is optional, but if you want a more polished output, then by all means hem away. 🙂

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This is how your crop top should look after. Trimmed the back a bit to make the cross look more pronounced. And yes, I will definitely wear this on my next OOTD post.

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What do you think of the outcome? If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if this is how professional dressmakers make things. Please note that this is MY process and therefore I cannot assure you that it works hundred percent of the time—so please follow at your own discretion. 😉

Cheerleader

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This outfit that I’m wearing today gave me so much high school feels. I loved dancing when I was a kid—I still do today but, well, my time has passed. I loved it so much that when I got into high school I decided to come out of my shell every night after class to join our batch’s cheering squad. It was the only place where I felt I was accepted and needed. My then-scrawny, tiny figure was perfect for lifting and throwing stunts, and I remember not feeling any ounce of fear whenever I stand on my teammates’ palms and shoulders or whenever they throw me in the air.

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I loved it, or should I say, I lived for it—I felt like I was on top of the world every single time. The high I felt during practices and competitions were magnified whenever we take home the champion’s trophy. We were fearless, from our stunts down to our costumes. Despite my dark complexion, I didn’t mind wearing mini skirts and midriff-baring halter tops. IDGAF, AMBIDEX won twice in a row; we were a force to be reckoned with.

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Indeed we are. Until today, students from younger batches would tweet me and tell me they know who the AMBIDEX are, that we are legends in the school—not just in sports but also in academic competitions. It feels great when they say that because that means we left an indelible mark at Naga City Science High School. Afterall, nobody wants to be forgotten by their own alma mater.

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Years later I coached my own team of cheerleaders in the school where I first worked, Ateneo de Naga University High School. I still remember how ruthless our trainer was, I was too but a little lenient. My girls and I would make routines, invent cheers, and decide on their uniforms together—and this teamwork eventually led us to bagging the first place. The girls (+ 1 boy) were so happy, and I can only imagine how much that win boosted their self-confidence.

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Cheer and dance did wonders for my self-esteem; I will always be a supporter of the sport.

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Runway Dreams dress | Forever 21 purse | Faridez shoes | Persunmall bangle | Ring from bazaar

Taken in timer mode using a Canon AE-1 film camera with Kodak Pro Image film

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Overcast

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, about the things I wanted to happen in my life, my future. I used to think I had everything figured out; I even have a 10-year plan that I made when I was 21. I was on track for the first 3 years, but I kinda lost my way when I was nearing my 24th birthday. You know what they always say about people in their twenties—they are meant to be lost. And that holds true for me.

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I guess that’s what happens when you experience, when you go out there. The future seems bright as day, but you’re thrown out in the jungle and suddenly you realize…you don’t know a thing. Scary, yes, but there lies the adventure. If this happened to me when I was fresh out of college, I would have freaked out. Now, I may be confused but I’m not afraid. I’ve learned to accept spontaneity in life—we can only control things so much, we must also learn how to go with the flow. I know these challenges I’m experiencing right now will only show me a clearer picture of myself.

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And speaking of pictures, this entry is titled Overcast because the pictures are taken on an overcast day (duh). I’ve been utterly frustrated with Manila’s recent weather—everytime I wanted to shoot, the rain decides to come pouring down.

I’m practically a novice when it comes to shooting with film cameras, but since I’ve used Chad’s Canon AE-1 a number of times on timer mode in the same location (my terrace, lol), I thought the pictures will turn out okay. But I was wrong, so I had to think of ways to “repair” them. These are the only ones I managed to save from the set. Oh well, charge it to experience.

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Forever 21 cross print top and long skirt | Trinkets MNL necklace | John Lennon glasses and bracelets from bazaar | Suki shoesdiptych1

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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

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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TrinketsMNL necklace, Asianvogue heels

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.

Online Shopping Choices 2.0

Hey there! I’ve finally got myself together, so I’m back. I had personal issues to settle and goals to reach, that’s why I took a break from blogging. One thing I cannot get enough of is online shopping, though. It’s very helpful for lazy people like me—it’s convenient and hassle-free, plus the variations are endless (if you know where to shop).

I had my fair share of shopping horrors so I only buy from trusted online shops (see below). Last year I also made a feature on some local boutiques, which you can find here.

Subcult

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The brand name, Subcult, is a clipped word for ‘subculture’ which basically means a social group having distinct characteristics. From the name itself, you’d know that Subcult does not offer just any kind of clothing. Every piece is interestingly bizarre, kooky, and spunky (No wonder fashion editor/stylist Andre Chang loves the brand.). If you’re into muscle tees and clothing with graphic prints, Subcult is definitely the shop to go to. It is owned and managed by Unica Policarpio, a graduate of De La Salle University. You can find Subcult on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Boutique de Reines

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I’ve shown a lot of Boutique de Reines, which means Boutique for Queens in French, pieces on this blog through my outfit posts.  They have every apparel a woman needs—dresses, separates, bikinis, accessories, and even tickets to your favorite events. It’s like every-girl’s store, where the pieces are functional but at the same time not too expensive. Definitely budget-friendly! You can find Boutique de Reines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

House of K

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House of K, formerly GF Shop, is owned by sisters Xylle, whose real name is Kristie Xyla, and Krissel. So you can pretty much guess why they renamed their brand to House of K. The shop initially sold adorable gadget cases and accessories, but after gaining some followers they decided to venture into the shoe business and then into bags subsequently. Their pieces are quirky and dainty—a perfect fit for girls who love color and all things pretty (like me hihi). You can find House of K on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 🙂

Personalized Accessories

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One thing I love about online shopping is that you rarely see someone wearing the same stuff you’re wearing. What we put on our bodies is like a representation of who we are. Our choice of clothing and accessories is a reflection of our personalities, which is probably why many of us want to stand out, be unique—and why Personalized Accessories has become such a hit to people. Personalized Accessories designs all their products and also accepts designs from clients. Their products range from necklaces to bag tags, which you can give as gifts if you’ve run out of creative juices. You can contact Personalized Accessories on Facebook and Twitter.

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In a few days I will be celebrating my 25th birthday, and as a treat, I and the above-mentioned brands will be giving away some lovely items on the 29th. So make sure to come back! 🙂

Metamorphosis’ First Summer Collection Is Out!

Do you like 50s inspired clothes? prints? quirky outfits? I do!

I mentioned weeks ago that I began working on creating my own line of clothes and it’s here! Actually, it’s been live for more than a month now, I only found the time to share it here today. I have to improve my marketing skills, I know. HA! In the meantime, here is my first 8-piece collection, which I shot and styled myself using Chad’s Canon AE-1 film camera with my lovely model Tiana Cruz:

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When I designed these clothes, I thought of Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy in the 60s. That’s why I named some of the pieces in the collection after them. The 50s and 60s are the two decades that broke fashion traditions, especially the latter. New and unconventional styles also emerged. Color was everywhere!

Metamorphosis is a very meaningful word to me. When I was a kid I relied on second-hand clothes from my cousins. My clothes were often old, ill-fitting and out-phased so I grew up with low self-esteem. But I used that as motivation to strive harder and to dream. My personal style changed. I now know what looks good on me (and on others too). I metamorphosed from a scrawny baduy girl to a lady who is now aware of fashion.

I like wearing clothes that exude happiness and love, which is why I chose wonderful prints and lively colors for my first collection. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do! You can view more photos on Facebook here, and I would really appreciate it if you’d like the page too. 🙂

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Stepping Into the Light: May 2013 Work and Features

It’s been a while since I last blogged, if we exclude the giveaway posts. I don’t even consider them blog posts. I know you must be tired of me apologizing for the lack of posts, so I won’t (it doesn’t mean though that I’m unapologetic). I had lots of personal issues that needed immediate attention, and I’m not even done dealing with yet. I needed to get out of that situation, even for just a little while, that’s why I’ve come back. There’s nothing much happening in my life this month, but the previous one though was one heck of an emotional ride.

Chad went back to the USA, so we’re back to Skype dates. But before he left, the magazine jobs we did came out as well as some blogger features. I’m reserving the work we did for CLAVEL magazine for next week’s blog post though, as I still have to procure a copy.

Lydali Fashion+Travel Blogger Feature

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In April, Lydali, a retail brand from San Francisco California, stumbled upon one of our travel videos and interviewed me for their blog. You can check out the full interview here. I talked about my country, the Philippines, and its wonderful places. I’m going to Corregidor Island this year and I’m looking for a travel buddy. If you wanna join me, email me and let’s talk. Hihi 🙂

MadhouseMNL May 2013 Film Issue

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As you know, Chad and I were regular contributors for the online magazine, MadhouseMNL. MadhouseMNL is composed of (very) young individuals who share their passion for the arts through the online magazine. They released the film issue last month in which we shot our friend Marthe Olsen wearing Trunk Show Manila in legit film. Check out the full editorial here.

DDG Magazine Travel+Fashion Article

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Here’s what I’m really proud of. This is a travel+fashion article that Chad and I produced for DDG Magazine‘s April-May issue. Chad wrote the travel part while I wrote the style tips. Chad is a really good writer, while I am not really confident about mine. I let Chad review what I wrote before we submitted it for publishing, and he liked it. I was so happy. 🙂 We shot 5 layouts in two hours for this issue, it was very exhausting but totally worth it. Grab a copy of DDG Magazine April-May issue guys! National Bookstore branches have it, I’m sure.

DDG Magazine Blogger Feature

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And last but definitely not the least is our blogger feature for the same magazine. They know we’re bloggers as well so they featured us. Yay! Just seeing my photo placed side by side with the love of my life makes me happy. 🙂

So that’s what kept me busy the past months. ‘Will post more about our magazine work next week! 🙂

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Vigan

So here’s the long-delayed ootd+travel post. I shared in my earlier posts that my boyfriend and I traveled to Vigan, Ilocos Sur immediately after the holy week.  We knew the place would be filled with tourists during the said week, so we decided to go there a little later.

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Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to go to Vigan. I remember being inspired by our HEKASI (history and culture) books and amazed by how beautiful our tourist destinations are. But because I came from a poor family, we did not have opportunities to travel. I clearly remember being envious of my classmates who could afford our school’s annual trips.

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I told myself that when I’m employed and more capable of traveling, I will go to historic places as well as tourist destinations found in my old school books. With Chad’s help, I saw Zambales, Daet, La Union, Baler, and now Vigan. My next destinations would probably be Corregidor Island, Palawan, and Cebu. I’m crossing my fingers that I get to be in these places before the year ends, but I digress.

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I love being with Chad because he’s spontaneous and very adventurous. I used to be a pretty uptight person, but after a few months of dating I noticed myself becoming more calm and cool about things. I’m even enjoying skimboarding and climbing now; a few years ago, you won’t see me doing those things.

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We learn a lot from each other, and it also helps that we both love to travel. We enjoyed Vigan immensely and you will know why in a few days. I have allotted a separate post for the trip. Chad and I used our Canon AE-1 and Rebel G film cameras for the pictures and they turned out really nice. 🙂

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Thrifted multicolor dress | Marikina-made wedges | Crown ring and headband from bazaar

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By far this is the best photo of us during the trip. We were all smiles for the date picture at Hidden Garden, and so was our photographer. I thought he just found us cute, apparently his friend was photobombing behind us. HAHA best photo ever.

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Designer Summer

A few days ago, I discovered this website, Harrods.com, that sells designer products. I’ve heard about Harrods a long time ago but I didn’t know it’s actually an online shopping site, which is a million times better. I can oggle at gorgeous designer stuff without feeling intimated, and more importantly, I can freely do some window shopping!

When I shop, I like creating outfits in my head first before purchasing, that way I know if I can really wear it. Many girls tend to buy things just because they’re pretty, without considering if they’re really wearable. Below are the summer-ready outfits I created using the items I liked from Harrods.

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I’ve been part of the labor force for almost four years now, and my usual dilemma is my everyday outfit. Although I can wear whatever I please, I also have to consider that I am working in a professional environment, therefore I should always look put-together and polished. The following items are perfect for corporate offices.

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1. Etro Paisley Print Shirt 2. Mawi Crystal and Pearl Necklace 3. Chloe Leather Belt 4. Alexander McQueen De Manta Mini Tote 5. Ralph Lauren Black Label Kasey Suede Skirt 6. Alexander McQueen Roll Leather Flats

Who says office attires can’t look stylish? Even though collared long sleeve shirts and pencil skirts are the ‘normal’ outfit for work, one can still be stylish by injecting prints, colors, and accessories in the outfit. I chose this really nice paisley shirt because the prints are on trend plus the print color can be used as base for the whole look. You can see that there are hints of green so this Ralph Lauren green pencil skirt is a good match. Tuck the shirt in and wrap the paradise pink leather belt from Chloe around the waist, et voila a refreshing day-in-the-office look for summer! And of course, you should not forget to accessorize after making a clean ponytail. Although heels are more advisable for work, I like wearing flats after. They help me move faster plus they’re much more comfortable to walk in especially if you’re planning to do some mall strolling after work. These Alexander McQueen flats are perfect for us working ladies, pair them with this AMQ mini tote bag and we’re good to go.

Walk in the Park

My boyfriend and I like doing things when we’re together—we take pictures using film, we travel, we have fun. Even when we’re just visiting a nice restaurant or taking a walk I like wearing my best. This gorgeous silk dress is perfect for such activities. It isn’t too limiting, plus the colors are very in season and pleasing to the eyes. You may also opt to pair the dress with a nice bowler hat to protect yourself from the sun.

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1. Christy’s Bowler Hat 2. Matthew Williamson Silk Pixel Dress 3. Alexander McQueen Heroine Satchel 4. Alexander McQueen Button Suede Slipper 5. Bex Rox Alabama Cuff 6. Mawi Citrine Spike Drop Earrings

Simple activities do not require a lot of accessories. Personally I like accessories that do not hinder me from enjoying the moment, so I usually wear simple earrings (sometimes I don’t) and a matching bracelet or cuff. Of course, a nice bag where I can put small things is a must for me, and Alexander McQueen’s pink satchel can definitely accommodate my phone, wallet, and lipstick. I’d recommend these amazing flats from Alexander McQueen as well to prevent your precious feet from aching.

Casual Weekends

The best thing about weekends is you can catch up with friends and family. During this time, no one expects us to look extravagant. They’re our loved ones after all and they love us for what we are, regardless of what we’re wearing. However, it doesn’t mean that we can’t look stylish on such days. A simple, comfy shirt can still look fabulous by pairing it with the right shorts or skirt. Accentuate your legs more by wearing heeled ankle boots that match your clutch or purse.

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1. Juicy Couture Pavé Heart Friendship Bracelet 2. Junk Food I Live for Weekends Tee 3. Saint Laurent Paris Ankle Boots 4. House of Holland Tie-Dye Denim Shorts 5. Alexander McQueen Crystal Britannia Skull Box Clutch

You know me and my love for anything British, and this Alexander McQueen clutch is a personal must-have. Plus, it’s a great match with the laid-back outfit I was going for. Tuck the front of the shirt in and let the back part hang loose, do some braids with your hair, and slip on one of those friendship bracelets your friend got you, and you’re surely on your way to a wonderful bonding  time with loved ones.

These are just some of the summer outfit ideas I had after checking Harrods.com. So guys, check out the site and I’m pretty sure you’ll find something there that will suit your taste.

What are your summer must-haves?

Spring Love

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Spring is my favorite season, even though we don’t have that here in the Philippines. Spring promises a new and bright beginning. I can only hope that mine would be as beautiful.

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I’ve been busying myself with a number of projects. The floral crown I’m wearing in this post is made by me. Flowers make me happy and they make really adorable accessories, especially during the spring season, so I decided to create some. This and a few others I made are up for sale on my Facebook page, so check it out if you’re interested in getting one. The prices posted are actually for local purchase only, but I can arrange for international shipping, however the price will have to be adjusted depending on your location. I can also customize crowns for you, so if you have designs in mind, just message me through Facebook and we can talk about it. 🙂

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Although I’ve been pretty busy and pleased with myself for finally executing the things I longed of doing, I’m still feeling a little ambivalent about this month and the next, which you can see through the uncoordinated and unseasonal outfits I’ve worn for the past weeks. I’m not big on accessories either so I seldom wear one, but when these accessories (below) arrived in the mail, I instantly thought they match my look for the day. Thank heavens for Trinkets MNL! The skulls may be unfit for spring, but hey the colors matched my top so it’s not a huge deal.

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I was feeling very girly so I took out my old tulle skirt for a spin along with my newly purchased spring-perfect top. I had very little sleep that day,  and this colorful ensemble was just the right outfit to brighten my afternoon.

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Trinkets MNL accessories | Top from Three Wishes | Tulle skirt from bazaar | Solemate flats

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A few weeks from now, Chad will be going back to the States, and I can’t help but feel sad about it. This has been going on for weeks now, actually. Just the idea of not waking up to his face every morning makes me lonely. Lately we’ve been trying to make our remaining days together as fun as the past months have been. But I think we’re both too sad to even go out and do things.

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We’ve been telling each other how much we hate Skype and wish we could just burn it. The very presence of it reminds us of our past (and the upcoming) struggles  of being in a long-distance relationship.

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But we will always cope. We’ve known each other since we were kids, and got “separated” several times. We know our love is strong and a few thousand miles won’t make it less powerful.

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At Peace

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When my father passed away due to illness ten years ago, I thought life had no meaning anymore. Losing the strongest man you know at a very delicate age is devastating. I had no male figure to look up to, except my brother who was only a teenager as well; I had no dad to ask for advice during the most difficult times. I grieved for a year, and eventually realized that I had to continue living. And I did.

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My life became more funereal afterwards to the point that I became immune to all frustrations, which led to poor decisions. I experienced quite a series of misfortunes that I thought bad luck was my last name.

But someone told me:

“One of the most self-destructive tendencies we have as humans is not allowing ourselves to be happy. This is because there is another voice in our head, the adversarial force that rushes in the moment we achieve any sense of true joy, and whispers in our thoughts all the reasons why we need to be afraid, upset, or stressed.

Our job is to consciously choose a sense of inner peace over that voice of negativity.

A life of happiness lies in your own hands, and more importantly in your own mind. It’s just waiting for you to choose it.”

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Sometimes we have to confront our fears and pain to see some light, and when I did that, everything turned nicer. I became more wise and more at peace with myself and the world. I accepted that it’s possible for me to be happy.

And you will be too, dear one. Whatever is holding you down right now will not be there forever. It will loosen its grip sooner or later, but always remember to stay strong so it won’t drag you down with it. Life is too wonderful to waste. 🙂

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Studded top from F-STOP | Skater skirt from SUBCULT | Forever 21 booties | ULINX magnetic jewelry

I wore this look during the Chicken Charlie press launch. Chicken Charlie is a proudly Pinoy chicken restaurant which will celebrate its 3rd anniversary tomorrow! I’ll be posting the photos really soon and will be announcing a cool treat for you guys, so watch out! 😀

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Summer Solstice

Chad and I kickstarted our first summer together by travelling to Vigan and La Union. He took me to La Union late last year, but since we love the place, we had to visit again for some surf and skimboard sesh.

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It has become unbearably hot this year so I decided to stay in for a while and went out after the heat died down a bit. La Union is no ordinary beach, it’s the surfing capital of the Philippines so you can imagine how strong the waves are there. So yeah, I didn’t wear this bikini top while aboard a longboard (well I did until it began slipping off—the horror!). I changed into a rash guard, which you will see later in the video (below), to prevent more embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

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But being me, I had to enjoy the scenery first before diving in, and take advantage of the opportunity by wearing a quirky outfit. I am easily entertained at the beach—there’s just so many things to feel and look at: the people, the waters, the decorations, etc. The best thing about La Union is that people do care for the beach. They hold clean ups regularly, so you will seldom see trash lying around, which is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong about promotion and tourism as long we also know our responsibilities both as locals and tourists. The world has provided us with beautiful places, it is our duty as inhabitants to take care of it. Come back soon for more posts and photos! 🙂

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 Boutique de Reines bikini top | Clothes for the Goddess skort | SM GTW scarf used as headband

Check out our travel video below! We got really nice feedback when we posted it on Facebook. We hope you’ll like it as well! 🙂
Run Run Run from chad verzosa on Vimeo.

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Dog Days

I think the hardest piece to style is denim pants. They’re too laid back, and without stand-out pieces, a person can look ordinary, sometimes sloppy. I’ve had these pants for quite a while now (thank you, Wrangler) but I can’t seem to find the pieces that will complement it.

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I don’t wear grunge well, so I decided to stick to my usual happy-color, happy-me outfit—pink with some green. The summer officially began—which also meant hello, dog days—when we took these photos, so I made sure to wear a light, sleeveless top.

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We went to Ronac Art Center in San Juan for a magazine photo shoot. The building has beautiful architecture—a wide winding staircase is something you won’t really expect from a building that houses indie apparel. I wish I could share photos of the shop we shot, but alas, publishing policies won’t allow me. They will be published in CLAVEL Magazine’s April-May issue though, which will be out next month (I think).

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Chad and I had been very busy the past few weeks, which explains the lack of post (and make-up LOL) in this blog.  But no matter, we finished all our assignments last week and we’re as free as birds again—a little. We traveled up north this week and I can’t wait to share pictures… but if you’re following me on Instagram and Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the breathtaking views I shared from our trip.

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We love traveling and checking out beaches and surf spots. We always fantasize owning a VW  minibus like the one behind us in the pictures, so we don’t have to chase bus trips and what not. Transporting surfboards can get really exhausting sometimes. On one hand, traveling won’t be as memorable without adventure, right?

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Pants from Wrangler | Heels from Sandra | Top from NU

Fashion for a Cause: CustomAid

Hi, everyone! Last week I told you about our experience with kids from the Smokey Mountain, a landfill in Metro Manila. We got to the place and met the people through our Norwegian friend-slash-model Marthe Olsen, who came to the Philippines to do volunteer charity work. I can’t help but admire this woman, who at 21 years old already knows what she wants to do in life. Aside from volunteering for Gawad Kalinga, she is also spearheading CustomAid, a lifestyle company focusing on fashion, health and HELP. Here’s what she wants to share to all of you fashionistas who want to do some good:

Right now, our aim is to start Yoga & Creative workshops at Gawad Kalingas livelihood center in Smokey Mountain—to help the less privileged children to get focused, creative and artistic. We had many kind souls donating us their fashion that were dusting down in their closet, so that the fashion can be passed on to someone else. Maybe that someone is YOU? All profits will go towards our charity project; each item we sell will go to a whole gym outfit, t-shirt and pants. So help a child to get dressed while getting new fashion for your closet, and supporting a good cause! Contact Marthe on marthe.olsen@customaid.org for more info, clothing donations or inquiries. Blessings to all of you!

Here are some of the awesome stuff CustomAid is selling, modelled by Marthe:

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All the items cost Php150 each only. That’s very cheap right? I actually like the pink blazer! To purchase, go to www.customaid.org/products.

I am not paid to do this. It’s just that a lot of us are blessed with a good life and helping the less privileged can be a good way to share our blessings. Joanna Ladrido, one of the country’s first and most influential fashion blogger, supports CustomAid.

By shopping at CustomAid, you will not only look good, but you will also help out and do good. 🙂

Unforeseen

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently, but Chad and I have started a project and we’re concentrating a lot of our efforts on it. I’m still going to post updates here though  at least once or twice a week (and on my Twitter of course). Like I said earlier, I will never abandon blogging and the small group of people who read my blog (and who I love dearly).

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Before I share my usual narrative, let me skip to the outfit first. I won’t necessarily call it stylish, but it’s my lazy day look. Chad and I had to interview some people and do a photoshoot on the same day so I chose the most comfortable ensemble I could wear—that is an oversized hipster shirt and my trusty maxi and wedges. I was going for a functional, modern-day hippie look so I “forced” myself to wear some earrings, which I kinda abhor. But hey it worked. Lol. That’s about it really.

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So what’s the project going to be about? I can’t reveal the whole thing yet, but it does involve documentary photography and a bit of social work. No complaints though, I’m even more excited to see where this project is going. Chad will be leaving for the States in two months (*teardrop*) and we won’t be seeing each other for a year or two, so we’re making good use of his remaining days in the country. Yesterday was no doubt a very good experience for both of us.

We went to Smokey Mountain to document our friend and the place while also helping out the kids with their costumes for their upcoming festival presentation. No, I’m not pertaining to the band nor the mountain range, but we did see heaps and heaps of trash. Smokey Mountain is the term used to identify a large landfill in Manila. Decades ago, the area was surrounded by slums. Later on, the government provided public tenements to the people, most of whom pick trash for a living, and they stayed there since then. We visited them yesterday and made their costumes for the parade. 🙂

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I got to talk to a lot of kids and asked them about their life in Smokey Mountain.  Oblivious of their brutal surroundings, they told me about the death of their brother (gunshot), their sister’s incarceration, and other horrible things. I even saw one child with his forehead bleeding because his parents couldn’t attend to him. Chad saw a kid using drugs. Outside the tenements are stores selling pagpag, leftover food scavenged from garbage dumps. There was trash everywhere. I felt and am still feeling very sad for the children for living in such an atrocious environment. What’s worse is, there’s a big possibility they’ll never rise above their situations—unless they are assisted by the right people.

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Nevertheless, I’m happy I experienced it. I would have not known their lives and stories if we didn’t go there. I came from a poor family as well, which made me more determined to help out. So I decided to use my blog and my influence to encourage you, the person reading this blog, to help impoverished kids have a better future.

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 Any kind of assistance will suffice. We are young and we can do a lot. If you’re reading this, you know you’re lucky to be in a safe home, with healthy food and nice environment. These kids don’t. We have to remember that when small good deeds come together, they make one big impact. Gawad Kalinga is helping Smokey Mountain, now named as Paradise Heights, rebuild the community. Click THIS LINK to know how you can help out. 🙂

Throwback

EXCUSE MY HAIRRR!!! Anyhoo.. I’m not sure if I have shared this, but I was a teacher before I began blogging here. If you check my About page, it says there that I was a graduate of AB-BSE, a double-degree course which stands for  Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor in Secondary Education. Ateneo de Naga University’s College of Education offered me a full scholarship so I accepted it. I mean, who can say no to a 100% free education? So I took it, even though I was not really passionate about teaching; but I love learning so much—and they’re pretty much the same so I studied my ass off and graduated with high honors. I am a person who doesn’t let issues like that hinder me from reaching my goals. A lot of people cannot afford to go to college and passing up an opportunity like that would have been stupid.

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Right after graduation, I taught my very first subject—English—to high school kids. I was immediately assigned to an advisory class, LG 1329, who are coincidentally graduating on March 16th (I’m proud of you, guys!). I haven’t realized it has been that long since I left my hometown. Teaching is so stressful, but sometimes I do miss it—despite being underpaid. That satisfaction and happiness you feel when children learn from you is priceless.

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Because of my experience, I gained more respect for teachers. And it still saddens me that they do not receive the proper, if not the best, compensation. They spend more time with the children than the parents. They guide them and prepare them for their future, and that for me is the most difficult and challenging occupation in the world. I’ve been there, I know how hard it is to be the second parent.

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I can only hope the government will fully realize this and reward teachers with what they really deserve—a good compensation, a better retirement plan, as well as a more effective teaching facility.

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Ah, March always makes me sentimental. It’s a month full of laughter, tears, and excitement. It’s usually the month where things end and begin—school, relationships, summer, etc.

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And speaking of summer, it has been pretty hot in Manila lately so I decided to wear my backless peplum top from Forever 21 and my scarf print shorts, which I bought ages ago at a bazaar. I’ve learned from a blogger that when you’re selecting backless tops or dresses, always choose the one with a modest front to prevent yourself from looking very tacky. It’s much sexier that way. *wink*

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Forever 21 peplum top and suede flats | Scarf print shorts from bazaar | Thrifted bag

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Electric Dreams

A dream. It’s what fuels us to continuously live. I think, it would be the saddest thing if a person doesn’t dream at all. I created this blog because I knew this would be my gateway to fashion. When things didn’t go well as I had expected, I sank into depression and stopped blogging for a while. But then Chad encouraged me to keep on going, he knows how much I love fashion and that I would keep on doing it–blogging and sharing ideas–anyway. And he was right. When we dream, and we’re passionate about that dream, nothing can stop us from reaching it. This blog has been around for three years, and I don’t see any sign of stopping.

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I guess some people noticed us, and how much work we put in our craft, that Ateneo de Naga University, our alma mater, invited us to talk about what we do on February 28’s Alternative Class Program. I talked about blogging, while Chad shared about photography. The experience was overwhelming and humbling at the same time. We’re quite aware we’re  not popular, but we do know we’re passionate about what we do, and that alone, I believe, makes us worthy of being speakers.

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While a few students did not get the purpose of sending unpopular people to speak to them (which saddens me a bit quite honestly), a handful in my class told me how inspired they were upon hearing my lecture and personal struggles. What I appreciated most were their sincere questions, because that could have meant they related to me. And therefore my purpose was accomplished.

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After my talk, we took pictures of Jamie and Danica, who have been both very helpful to me. Jamie Lou Borile is a quirky girl who currently administers the Bicol Fashion Bloggers group. She accepted my application to join the group late last year upon finding out that Bicol has finally began to form fashion-loving circles. Danica Salazar, on the other hand, was the topic head assigned to me. She was very kind and was very attentive to my needs; without her and her partner Alecxa, I wouldn’t have survived the day. I can totally see a bit of myself in Danica, as she was very enthusiastic and interested in learning more  about blogging. 🙂

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Prior to the big day, Chad and I decided to visit the places we used to hang out in. We finally got to eat Cha Cely’s kinalas in Barlin after so many years. We visited Plaza Quince Martires, Chad’s place of solace when he was young. I like going to places Chad spent time in and having my photo taken there. We’ve been apart for way too long, I want to remember him in every way possible.

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I forgot to bring a lot of my stuff with me so I had to borrow some of my sister’s things. This dress was a gift from me (lol) last year after winning Nivea’s Face Affair. This bag is hers as well. Now I miss my sister.

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 Forever 21 dress | Marikina-made wedges | Bag from Marinduque

Here’s a video Chad made about three years ago, which uses Lali Puna’s version of Phil Oakey’s Together in Electric Dreams–which also happened to be Ateneo de Naga University’s Alternative Class Program theme this semester. The sky and stars are a few of our favorite things, they remind us of our dreams and the infinite possibilities of life. I hope you’ll like it!

P.S. Thanks to Roe Ondis and the rest of the AdNU Supreme Student Government for having us! 🙂

Juxtapose

I love recycling clothes. I don’t like pretending I have tons of clothes because I actually don’t. Chad and I just finished shooting for a couple of magazines when we took these photos. We still had a few shots left and decided to take outfit photos instead, utilizing the clothes we used for the earlier shoot, which I also happened to have worn in many of my previous blog entries.

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The top is actually a dress which I have worn here and here, while the high-waisted shorts have been used here and here as well. The belt is actually from a dress that Persunmall sent me last month. Although I am quite aware this is just a plain look, I am happy that I’ve liberated myself from too much consumerism. I used to succumb to shopping a lot when I’m depressed, and the habit didn’t do me (and savings account) any good.

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Chad said that consumerism kills creativity, and he’s right. When we have limited resources, we tend to remake and modify things. But if we are always provided of what we need, then it leaves no room for creativity—after all, why would we bother if everything’s handed on a platter? This realization made me miss some of the old fashion blogs. People were much more original then, although there are still a few blogs today that are driven by passion and not by consumerism. I hope they stay that way.

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H&M skater dress used as top | Boutique de Reines cross bracelet | Liz Claiborne watch | Thrifted shorts and bag | Solemate flats

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Lust for Life

I’ve had a rough week. Actually, it’s been going on for months now and that’s mainly because I’ve made choices that demand everything I have. I feel good about it though—that only means I’m much braver and more aggressive now in pursuing my dreams. As Richard Nixon once said,

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.

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That applies to fashion as well. I’ve read a lot of times online that long skirts are not advisable for petite women like me. They say it makes us look smaller. Heck no, although I did subscribe to that rule in the past. I avoided anything that fell below my knees. And then one day I just got tired of wearing shorter skirts and decided to try on longer ones in 2011.

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My first ever long skirt is this black maxi from Forever 21, which I bought online. Black gives a slimmed down illusion so it helps petite girls look less wide. I used to pair it with oversized shirts, which apparently didn’t work.

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I always try to make my outfits look balanced. And since a maxi skirt covers the whole lower extremity of the body, why not show a little bit of skin up there. (*wink*) A tank top or bustier looks great with maxis, IMO.

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See, if I didn’t take that risk, I would have not known that small girls like me can wear maxi skirts. I don’t even think I look shorter. What about you?

Bustier from Eastwood bazaar | Forever 21 maxi skirt and vest | Thrifted sequined flats and bag

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Boutique de Reines Giveaway 2.0 is still ongoing! I will be at the Ateneo de Naga University on February 28 for the Alternative Class Program. See you there? 🙂

Spring/Summer Wishlist

Spring and summer is just a few days away and I have been mentally rearranging my closet. Lol. I still need a number of items though and below are the stuff I’m aiming to get before the spring-summer season begins.

Spring Clothing

1.Splendid Straps 7/10 Pants 2. Mickey Mouse Print Slim Jean Shirt 3. Sweet Cat Bowknot Pattern Sweater Black

These are not exactly summer-y but the denim suit and top reminds me of those in the country, toiling the soil while the sun’s high. And the cat sweater is perfect in the office. Our employers do not require us to wear suits and what not, as long as we look decent. It’s pretty cold in my office and having a cat sweater would be great.

Spring Shoes

4. Suede Round-Toe Wedge Pumps Red 5. Stud Details Lace-up Martin Boots

Pastels and muted colors are on trend this spring, and these coral suede pumps will make any outfit instantly girly, which is exactly my style. Although sometimes, I’d like to wear boots when I feel too lazy to dress up. I’ve worn out my two black booties and these lace-up boots would be a great alternative.

Spring Accessories

6. Rhinestone Elements Bracelet 7. Rhinestone Elements Bear Necklace 8. Pure Color Rivets Detail Tote Bag

I don’t wear accessories that much, but when I do, I always go for cute, sparkly ones such as the rhinestone bracelet and bear necklace above. They say a woman cannot have too many bags, and this studded pink tote bag would definitely make a good addition to my growing number of bags at home.

So what are your spring/summer outfit wishlist? Check out Persunmall.com, maybe they have what you’re looking for. Feel free to share your wishlist below! 🙂

Analog Love

I mentioned last week that Chad and I have something to announce. People speculated we’re getting married—made me realize I should have phrased it better. We had a good laugh though. Unfortunately, we’re not… yet, but we did launch Analog Love Project on Tuesday and received great response from people. A big thanks goes out to those 250 people who liked our Facebook page and checked out the Analog Love Project site. If you are analog junkies like us, and you’re looking for people who can preserve your memories in legit film photographs and polaroids, we can be of service to you. 🙂

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And speaking of film, we used our new-found film for yesterday’s OOTD and magazine shoot—Kodak Pro Image. The pictures turned out really good and we’re excited to see the photos online.

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I wore this really pretty dress from Persunmall. I love the whole cape thing going on. Persunmall is a global online shopping site that has it’s own garment factory and in-house design team, so online shoppers are assured that they will get the exact same item displayed on their site. Cool, huh? Plus, their marketing and customer service staff are very kind, they attend to customer’s concern right away. I had a small problem with my credit card and they addressed the problem immediately.

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The dress came with this really adorable starfish cuff. I’m not really into bracelets and arm candies and stuff, but I make exceptions when the item’s too cute to resist. Case in point, this starfish cuff. It’s very sturdy, too. I dropped it a lot of times while we were shooting and it didn’t even have a single scratch. How’s that for quality? 🙂

Dress from Persunmall | Starfish cuff from Persunmall | Thrifted sequined flats

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Here’s Chad and I with Ana and Marthe after our magazine shoot yesterday. Excuse our tired faces. We had so much fun though! 🙂

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Junkie

Hello everyone! It’s February and I’m celebrating it with a blog post. I love this month because people seem happier and more in love during this time of the year. I was a little bit sad during last year’s February because my boyfriend was in another continent, but I’m feeling great this time around because he’s here in the country. I’m quite excited for our Valentine activities, although I know it won’t be much different from our daily activities since we always have fun every time we’re together.

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That has always been our mindset since we started dating. We’re no ordinary couple—he lives in the States while I stay in the Philippines. When you’re not always together 365 days a year, you tend to make the most out of every second you have together. We never argue; we respect each other’s opinions. We do misunderstand each other sometimes, but we come to a resolution right away. We communicate and talk a lot and I think that what makes our relationship special, aside from our common interests.

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And speaking of common interests, we tried a new roll of film today–Kodak Pro Image. As you know, we’ve been using film in my posts. We tried Solid Gold ISO 200 and recently Kodak Gold. I love both of films but without the right light, photos can look muddy and murky sometimes. Kodak Pro Image, however, is a stunner. Colors are more alive; the sun was setting when we took these photos using Chad’s Canon AE-1 film camera but photos looked like they were taken while the sun was high. You’ll definitely see a lot of Kodak Pro Image film in this blog. So if you’re an analog junkie like us, visit my blog and Chad‘s often. 😛

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Last week I got this awesome magnetic bracelet, sent by ULINX, and I love the fact that it’s a very versatile accessory. More on that on my next post!

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‘Been abusing this awesome Aztec wedges for a while now. You can really not go wrong with Marikina-made products. The quality is just superb.

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 ULINX jewelry | Forever 21 oversized top (used as dress) | Cocco boater hat | Thrifted bag | Marikina Aztec wedges

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 Chad and  I have something for you guys. We’ll be announcing it next week so I’m hoping for all your support. Ciao! 😀

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MadHouse MNL January: Andro-Jenny

Hello! I apologize for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. I was stuck in the doldrums and nothing seemed to entice me to do stuff—until last night. Madhouse MNL, the online magazine where Chad and I regularly contribute, has just released their January issue dedicated to M-E-N.

Chad and I didn’t like the idea of using a male model wearing masculine clothes, because that’s what the magazine would have expected us to do—and we didn’t want that. While discussing the matter, I suddenly remembered Brittani Kline’s advertorial for Benetton published in Vogue Mexico. She looked really boyish in the pictures but they’ve decided to add a few feminine elements as well. Chad and I were like, “we can definitely do that.” 🙂

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Finding a model proved to be difficult. We wanted someone with short hair and someone who can be pogi (handsome) but effeminate. Chad and I are novices in the field so we only know few people and none of them were androgynous enough, except for Ginelle, who was miles away from us. Fortunately, her dad allowed her to travel to Manila, et voilà we have a model!

Pants and accessories from Trunk Show

Ginelle reminds me a bit of Ann Ward, who imitated Alexander Wang in one of the ANTM episodes hehe. Like before, we did three layouts—smart casual, spring casual, and grunge.

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Grunge was my absolute fave. The look reminded me of Johnny Depp’s I-don’t-give-a-f*ck aura during the ’90s and Ginelle did an excellent job at owning the look.

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I love working with amazing people. They inspire me to think and do more, and do better of course. I’m actually excited for our next shoot; hopefully it’s as fun as this one.

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Thanks to Trunk Show, by the way, for the wonderful pants, accessories, and shoes. Do check out their stores in Trinoma and Powerplant Mall. In the meantime, like their Facebook page here.

Photographer: Chad Verzosa

Model: Ginelle Chavez

Hair and make-up artist: Elaine Silva

Stylist: Me 🙂

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Our editorial spread can be found on pages 296-313 at http://madhousemnl.com. Please check it out! What do you think of the photos? We hope you like it! 🙂

 

Lights

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My boyfriend and I weren’t able to celebrate New Year’s Eve together, but we definitely spent a lot of time together after. We decided to take a stroll around Cubao. I’ve always loved Cubao during the holidays—the lights are so pretty and people look forward to the giant Christmas tree every year.

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Although not very clean, Cubao will remain special to Chad and I. It’s where we met (again) a couple of years ago, plus it’s the only place near us where we can find shops that develop films.

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Dress from ClickOnlineBoutique | Chain bracelet from Boutique de Reines | Cross necklace and sequined flats, thrifted

Thanks to Lilet of ClickOnlineBoutique for the lovely dress and to Honey of Boutique de Reines for the pretty chain bracelet! 🙂

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It finally sank in that 2013 has begun. I do not plan on wasting any time this year, and it kinda makes me scared. I’m at an age where every day is crucial to my success, where there’s no room for fooling around. I’ve got 12 months to make things start happening; it isn’t enough, but it’s the only time given.

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I can only hope for the best.

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Check out this song by Ellie Goulding! I absolutely adore her and her music. I hope you like it!

Bonne année!

Bonne année! (Happy new year!) Posting my holiday outfits just now because, let’s get real, who reads blogs during the Yuletide season? I don’t. 😛 Anyway, how was your Christmas and new year? I hope you guys had a wonderful vacation. Surprisingly, I had the most amazing Christmas in years, as I have become quite accustomed to welcoming bad luck every December.

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As I’ve shared to you quite a number of times already, I came from a humble family and we didn’t normally ‘celebrate’ (meaning cook and give out presents) in our household for the holidays, until almost all of the children in the family graduated from school and began earning money. For a long time, we were satisfied with visiting our relatives, spending time with them, and letting the night pass.

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The past three years was full of, shall I say, disaster. There were accidents and death in the family, all of which happened during the Christmas season for three consecutive years. Surely you’d understand why I have feared a month that is eagerly anticipated by everyone. 2012 was different, however. And I’m glad that finally, our luck has turned.

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I’m thankful for a lot of things, really, which I will blog about soon. For now though, here are some photos of the outfit which I wore during my cousin’s wedding and my nephew’s christening. I may look like a tree, but there’s something about green that makes me happy and hopeful.

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Primadonna dress | Forever 21 necklace | heels from Zalora | Arm candies from Boutique de Reines

Do check out Boutique de Reines‘ stuff! They’re really pretty!

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Profound Escape

Hello everyone! Below are some of the photos which made it to Madhouse Manila magazine’s vintage December issue. I styled 3 layouts, inspired by the medieval peasant life with hints of modern trends, of course. I teamed up with Chad (the photographer), Hennie Fortuin (the model), and Ms. Elle Lubigan (the hair and make-up artist). Chad used his Canon ae-1 film camera with a Kodak ColorPlus film.

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Supposedly, the first layout is about a farmer’s daughter who is young, playful, and carefree—hence the flowers, braids, and lace—but we kind of forgot about that so we ended up with these shots. I like the first photo because it reminds me of a child who is hopeful of the future, plus the light on Hennie’s face is just gorgeous.

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The second set represents the transition of the peasant’s child from innocence to maturity, that stage where children are introduced by their parents or by circumstance to the realities of life. So, I chose a a dark and checkered ensemble with a lace collar to add youth. Browns and maroons always remind me of farms.

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The last, but certainly not the least, set is my absolute favorite—not just because the Anne Boleyn hairdo suited the model nicely, but also because all the elements meshed together. I only came up with this look during the last minute, as I wasn’t quite sure if the heavy skirt will complement the printed top. And it did! The Scandinavian cross matched the top too! It was actually Chad’s idea to buy and use the cross. I love the fact that he knows a lot about history and whatnot. 😛

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This set represents a full-grown woman, who has been forced by unfortunate events to take care of her family. Innocence is now lost. However, I don’t really consider this as a sad ending to such a story. I’d like to call it ‘bravery’, instead. I deeply admire people who are driven, tough, and mature. A lot of us today do not like taking responsibilities, and people who do deserve so much respect.

So there you go. We really hope you liked the sets. Please check out Madhouse MNL, and you can find us on pages 137 to 149. Special thanks to ForMe clothing for providing the floral jacket and printed long-sleeves.

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Also, I told you last week that Chad and I went to this Vinyl Dump store in Cubao Expo to interview Joel Devicais, the owner. Chad wrote an article about it and took photos too. Read about it on pages 108 to 111.

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And apparently, Madhouse MNL decided to include the Feral Child pictures which I previously shared here. You can also see them in pages 128 to 135.

Thanks to everyone who supported us! Watch out for another Chad & Daphne collaboration! 😛

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Vinyl

Chad and I had the busiest week of our lives. On Tuesday, immediately after work, we zoomed to this vintage store called Vinyl Dump in Cubao Expo to interview the owner regarding his collection of vinyl records, so excuse me if my face isn’t made up. I’m a very busy girl—emphasis on busy.

Vinyl Dump does not only sell vinyl records. They also have vintage cameras, watches, video tapes, books, etc. It was truly heaven. If you love vintage stuff, give them a visit!

Hello, there young Kuh Ledesma. I like her outfit here—so colorful. 🙂

Now onto my outfit. There’s nothing really special about it, except that the dress was a gift by my boyfriend’s Mom. I like wearing this animal print dress because it fits my body perfectly. It’s not too tight nor loose, just enough to give my body a nice shape. Full-on animal print dresses/clothing can make or break your whole look—meaning one can possibly look either trashy or bold, depending on the fit and styling.

I didn’t want to catch too much attention at work so I did a B/W look by choosing a sequined pair of flats which I bought for P150 ($3.75) from a woman selling shoes in the streets. I’m amazed how durable these are. Normally shoes with that price tag will only last me a month, provided that they don’t get wet. I’ve been using these flats for 3 months now, and no sequin has even fallen yet! What kind of sorcery is this? LOL.

Then I chose a black belt to cinch my waist and add more shape. I also brought with me my black biker jacket because it’s so freaking cold in the office. I usually end up looking very ghost-like after a long day’s work. I’m not complaining though. I consider myself very lucky to have a job, and this job in particular. Ciao!

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Goofy

When Jong and Chad taught me how to surf last year, we found out I was goofy-footed, meaning I use my right foot in front of the left when riding a board. Quite ironic, I thought, as the word is a complete opposite of my personality, according to many.

People think of me as a very serious person, even Chad before we dated. And I guess to a certain point, I am, but I can be really goofy when I’m really comfortable with the people I’m with.

I’m not afraid to look ugly as well. Hello, gummy face! Hahaha. A friend of mine calls me gummybears because I’d smile so wide my gums would always show. LOL. I like smiling, what can I do? I think it’s pointless to smile and act happy if you’re not genuinely happy.

And speaking of happiness, I was so excited when I saw these distressed studded high-waisted shorts and spike bracelet from Boutique De Reines in the mail last week. I knew they’d be perfect for my Baler beach trip with Chad. Of course, you’ll get the first dibs—I will be posting more photos of our trip here soon. 🙂

I love high-waisted shorts because they help emphasize the curves of my body. I gained a lot of weight recently, which went straight to my derriere  and thighs. My waist remained relatively small, so I knew these shorts are perfect for my body type. 🙂

Wore the spike bracelet with it for some added zest.

Forever 21 hat | Anti-Fashion Manila floral corset | Boutique de Reines studded shorts and spike bracelet | Solemate flats | Liz Claiborne watch

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New Glorietta Vibe Experience

As you know, I walked last week, November 29, for Plains & Prints during the New Glorietta Vibe event. I’m a very small girl, I admit, but it has never discouraged me from attaining a dream meant for statuesque ladies alone. Like I’ve said a million times in this blog, fashion is for everyone. And I’ve always held that belief.

I know when I came to the place for the rehearsals, I’d be seeing real models and that thought excited me rather than intimidated me. I was hoping to see my favorite Filipina models Ria Bolivar, Pauline Prieto, and Jasmine Maierhofer. And I did, actually I waved at Ria Bolivar like an excited kid. I was too shy to say hi to Pauline and Jasmine, but seeing them waiting for their turn to walk the runway just beside us was enough for me. Maybe next time. Onto the show…

I met Twinie (left) and Princess (right) during the fitting and we hit it off immediately. I’d say we were almost inseparable during the event proper. Here we are smiling for Princess‘ camera while waiting for our runway ID’s.

And I met my fellow bloggers outside our holding area. Meet Kaze, Jilliane, Are, and Matt. Thanks, Matt for the photo!

After 4 hours of waiting, we finally got our ID’s and fell in line, waiting for our turn. Meet my fellow Plains & Prints models. Thanks, KC, the girl in black skirt, for letting me grab this photo. 😀

Unfortunately, it never crossed my mind to take photos, I swear. That’s what insomnia can do to you. Haha. So I am yet to find (or receive) a clear shot of me walking the runway, but here’s a screen-grab I managed to snip while watching the video (below).

Yes, that’s me. I have poor screen-grabbing skills so don’t hate. LOL.

And of course, mandatory picture after the show at the Plains & Prints shop. Below is a video of us by Rafi Quisumbing. You can find me at the 19:44 mark, that is if you wanna see me. Haha.

Indeed, 2012 has been very good to me. I made it to magazines, a billboard, and this. Above all, I met new people and great friends. Special thanks goes to the boyfriend for being simply awesome, and to the people who voted for me during the selection process—without you guys, I wouldn’t be in the event.

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Block Party

I’ve always admitted that I’m not the adventurous kind of fashion blogger. I always stick to clothes I am comfortable in—after all it’s my number one priority. Sometimes, however, when I feel more bold, I do a toned down version of color blocking. Toned down because I stay away from over-accessorizing and using very striking colors. I still want to maintain that ‘me’ touch—comfortable fashion that is.

Some people who have done a lot of color blocking find it really easy to create an outfit using different hues and shades. But for noobs like me, it’s quite difficult so I use certain pointers from articles and magazines that I have read. One of which is basing the colors to be used on an accessory.

In my case, I worked my outfit around my collar necklace, which contain green, pink, brown, and white gems. So what I did is I took out my pink tie-front top and green flats and paired them with my high-waisted purple shorts. You can’t see purple in the necklace but it worked well together with pink and green. One tip I got from this article is to stick to the same saturation, meaning “to pair a bright with a bright, not a jewel tone with a pastel”. Otherwise, you might look like an 80s reject, which you should avoid.

Runway Dreams tie-front top | High-waisted shorts from Styleling | FORME collar necklace | Liz Claiborne watch | Solemate flats

I hope those pointers helped. I will definitely do color-blocking more often. I’m leaving you with a good song from Bloc Party. Enjoy!

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Cat Power

As you may already know, I’m a biiig cat lover. I think it’s my spirit animal. Cats are free thinkers, independent, and loving—three qualities that I value a lot.  I’ve been living independently from my family for two years now. I miss them a lot, but I feel more secure with myself when I don’t depend my life on anyone. None of my family supported my plan to leave Naga City, but I did it anyway and I never regretted my decision. I refused to live with my relatives in Manila, so I got an apartment with my friends instead. It’s difficult sometimes, you know, making ends meet, but the life I chose gives me more fulfillment, especially when I get to assist my family financially back home. I know in the end, things will become much better. Light at the end of the tunnel, remember?

Anyway, I got this kitty headband from a shop called Yhansy. I was a bit disappointed when the shop wasn’t giving me the tracking number of the shipment and that it took the courier 10 days to deliver it to my house. Nevertheless, all the bad vibes disappeared when I saw how adorable the headband was.

Paired it with my kitty shirt which I bought at a bazaar in Farmer’s Market, Cubao. I bought two colors actually (which I will show soon), but I opted for this one to match my skirt…

…which I also bought at Fashion de Lite ukay-ukay (thrift shop) in Cubao. It only cost me Php 50! Look at those distressed leather and velvet panels… lovely, aren’t they? 😀

And these pair of cute ballet flats were only bought for around Php 200. SM Department Store was on sale last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything fancy, but Chad and I passed by racks of pretty shoes with a sign saying ‘buy any two for 399.75’. WHO COULD RESIST THAT, REALLY? So I bought these heart-y flats along with a dark green pair. 😛

Yhansy kitty headband | Kitty shirt from bazaar | Thrifted distressed leather + velvet skirt | Solemate flats | Sling bag from Dushbag

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Here’s a a wonderful I Found a Reason cover by Cat Power. You might remember this song from V for Vendetta. I love that film.

Good Friday

I know, I haven’t posted anything for almost a week and for that I apologize. The past week was so stressful I decided to take a small break, but that doesn’t matter anymore because I’m back. And I’m back with a bang!

I’ve always believed that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been through many hardships and emotional blows, but they’ve never tainted my outlook on life and discouraged me in pursuing my goals. They’re like accessoriesthey give more flavor to an outfit, and in this case, life. As Leslie Caron said, In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness—otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?

And speaking of happiness, yesterday was a very good day for me. I received two great newsthey’re not that huge, but again for a small town girl like me, they’re a great feat already.

1. Candy Magazine’s It Girl on the Web Style Feature

I was talking to someone online when that person told me she saw me on candymag.com’s Style Files. I was so surprised because I never thought I would get chosen for a number of reasons. One, Candy Magazine is a pre-teen/teen magazine and I’m already way beyond my teenage years. Two, I am not as adventurous as other fashion bloggers. I’m a dress/t-shirt and jeans (or shorts) kind of girl and I find it impractical wearing clothes I am not comfortable in. But hey, I got picked and I couldn’t be happier. Yeahboy, that’s one tick off my checklistEarlier this year I saw myself on Chalk Magazine and on a Dove billboard.

Oh hello there, Harry Styles! 😛

I see syntax errors. Lol, sorry about that. I was in a hurry answering the questions.

Click HERE to read the whole feature. Below are some lovely comments I’ve received from people. I’m so touched. Thanks, guys! 🙂

2. New Glorietta Vibe Modelling Opportunity

I only stand 5 feet but I never saw it as a hindrance to modelling, but I also do not deny the fact that tall girls look great, if not better, on the runway. I’ve always believed, however, that there’s room for everyone in the fashion industry. Case in point, Glorietta, one of the country’s premier shopping destination, in cooperation with AVA Philippines, is currently looking for models of all shapes and sizes who will walk the runway in an attempt to break the current Guinness record for most people on the runway, which is held by New York EXPRESS I think.

Seeing this as a great opportunity, I joined yesterday.

And before the day ended, I bagged the 3rd spot! Yay!

Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for me. I really appreciate it a lot. I couldn’t have made it without all your help yesterday.

See me walk the runway on November 29, 2012 via live-stream! Tweet me @dafnyduck with the hashtag #NewGloriettaVibe as well!

Again, thanks to everyone, especially to those who shared and retweeted the link to my photo. I love you all! xx

 

Oblivion

Growing up in a home with no internet access, I only got to know music through local radio and TV stations and for a time I thought the songs those channels featured were the only music genres that existed. I got stuck with ‘mainstream’ music until college, and would easily get bored with it. I remember complaining that ‘popular’ songs always have the same themes—love, money, sex, and drugs.

I was in desperate need of a new sound that has more depth, but I unfortunately didn’t have the means. A few years after college, however, I was introduced to other genres of music through Chad. He’s an audiophile and has been listening to different kinds of music since he was young. I got to know trip-hop, ska, electronic, indie, trance, etc. My current favorite is dream pop, a sub-genre of pop rock and alternative rock, which originated in the United Kingdom.

Thrifted glasses | Freeway dress used as skirt | Union Jack shirt from Ode to Her | Forever 21 suede brogues

Dream pop tends to focus on textures and moods rather than propulsive rock riffs. Vocals are generally breathy or sung in a near-whisper, and lyrics are often introspective or existential in nature. (source) You see, music is not just limited to the proverbial LMSD.

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LOL I look preggers in this pic, but I’m not. Haha. Must be because of the movement. So, I’m leaving you with my favorite dream pop artist Grimes. She’s a bit weird but amusing at the same time. Hope you like it!

Feral Child

When I was a kid, I spent most of my vacations in my mother’s hometown, Tinambac. It’s approximately two hours away from Metro Naga. I like Tinambac because it’s a quiet and innocent place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city–although there’s nothing spectacular about the place really (that is if you’re a tourist looking for picturesque spots). But if you’re an escapist like me, a place like Tinambac can be heaven. When I reached high school and the pressures of being a teenager began to take its toll on me, I visited every weekend.

My cousins and I would go for a walk in the forest filled with tropical fruit trees and then swim in the nearby river. I would return to Naga extremely sunburned but very happy. That time my family couldn’t understand why I was always itching to visit Tinambac, and later on they suspected that I must have had a ‘boyfriend’ there. Of course that’s not true, but that’s where I met my first love, who happens to be my boyfriend now. La la la. I was 13. 🙂

Chad, who was also vacationing in Tinambac when we met, would write me letters (even though his house was just right in front of mine) and I would write back of course. I digress. Sorry, I like sharing our love story. Haha. And so those are just some of the wonderful memories from my childhood.

And if I were to choose between the city and the small town, I would choose the latter in a heartbeat. That is, if I will be given a chance and there will be no serious ramifications. Unfortunately, the things I dream of doing can be found in the city. Despite this, however, I know I will always be at home with nature.

Thrifted dress | Floral crown made by me

Learn how to make your own floral crown here. Can you believe I bought this dress for only Php 170? Great steal, I know!

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Phantogram

I don’t normally wear leather, or leatherettes, unless I’m late for work. Just kidding. But I was so knocked out I woke up late and I didn’t have time to think of what to wear for work. What I did was I grabbed the first top and bottom I saw in my closet (because apparently most of my stuff were in the laundry heh. Oh the cons of living away from your parents.) and zoomed out of my apartment. So don’t bother asking why my hair looks uncombed. Lol. I’m a busy woman, what can I do? 😛

Thankfully, some  elements in my outfit matched. I don’t accessorize a lot because it’s too uncomfortable especially when you’re taking public transportation. So I wore my trusty Liz Claiborne watch (it’s a gift from the boyfriend so I wear it all the time) and necklace which has hints of pink.

Chad and I were trying to test a project–phantogram-ish photos in which a pair of 2D pictures are made to look like 3D such as the ones below. We hope to complete it really soon. Of course, my blog readers will get the first dibs. 😉

Stylebreak skirt| Antler necklace| Decree trench coat| Asianvogue heels| Thrifted top

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Changeling

Last week I attended L’Oreal Paris PH’s fashion show featuring Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos—one of the first shows during the Philippine Fashion Week—which I blogged about here.

Since becoming a blogger in 2010, attending Philippine Fashion Week became one of my goals. Getting invites was not that easy though, at least initially, because they cannot be bought nor requested. The PFW team/agencies choose who to attend. Last year I got to see Oxygen, GUESS, and VANS‘ Spring-Summer 2012 collections, thanks to Connect Agencie.

Last week I was supposed to attend three shows, but due to illness and bad weather I had to cancel the two others, featuring Dax Bayani and Vania Romoff’s respective collections. At least I got to attend to one though.

Anti-Fashion Manila bustier| Liz Claiborne watch| Forever 21 necklace, skirt, and heels

I think I’ll never overcome my love for mullet skirts. There’s something about it that makes any wearer look sexy but classy at the same time. And they are quite comfortable, mind you. I feel like I’m one of those girls in a feminine wash commercial. Lol. I think I would still be wearing my mullets even when they go out of style.

Everyone at the office and on Facebook loved my new hair cut by the way, which makes me even happier 🙂 I had worn my hair long for a lengthy amount of time, so it’s refreshing to sport a shorter hairdo. I tried copying Sarah Barthel’s hair style. If you don’t know her, you should check out this music video by Phantogram.

Gorgeous, isn’t she? Hype my look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

PFW SS2013: L’Oreal Paris PH Presents Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos

I was invited by L’Oreal Philippines to attend their fashion show featuring Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos. It was quite timely as I just had my hair fixed. My initial peg was Kimbra but I wanted to be bolder this time so I opted for a Sara Barthel-esque hair cut. You should definitely check her band Phantogram out! Aside from their good sound, Sara Barthel is extremely gorgeous!

Anyway, on to the show..

People taking their seats. The whole placed was packed with fashion editors, media personalities, socialites, and fashion enthusiasts like me.

The first designer to take the stage was Albert Andrada. His collection showed different designs using pastel colors and chiffon and lace textiles.

His dresses have really flattering silhouettes. I especially loved this dress modeled by Charo Ronquillo, a Filipino model who is now taking New York by storm. Look at those details at the back of the dress! So lovely 🙂

The next person to showcase his work is Ezra Santos—a very influential designer in Middle East. In contrast to Andrada’s collection, Santos’ work was more structured.

According to reports, his collection was inspired by Barcelona’s sunset, which explains why most of the pieces were in gold, but was intensified by the dramatic details and sculptural shoulders and collars.

Ezra Santos’ collection finale. This wowed everyone.

Below is a video of the final walk for both designers. Hmm, the vid was clearer while I was editing it, I wonder why it turned out like this. Oh well, no biggie. Philippine Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2013 is almost over. I hope you got to see at least one show!

Let us continue to promote Filipino vision and artistry! Thank you for the opportunity L’Oreal! 🙂

Luna Park

One thing I love about Quezon City (where I live) is the abundance of trees. It may not be the cleanest place but it sure is the greenest, which is one of the reasons I prefer to stay in the city for as long as I can. The parks remind me so much of my hometown, Naga, that I sorely miss.

This is what I wore during the Gear4 media launch in Taguig on Thursday, which I will blog about really soon. Angry Birds fans, watch out! 🙂

My housemates would often tease me that they can only find one color scheme in my closet. And if you’re a regular visitor of my blog, you’ll know what color they’re pertaining to. Dun dun dun… PINK. Duh. Then I would vehemently deny that pink is my favorite color. I SWEAR. And of course, they’re unconvinced haha. But pink is such a pretty color, yes? Maybe too girly, but you can’t deny it looks really good on a girl, and sometimes even on boys. Sometimes.

 

Dress from Koreana | Tribal necklace from Ling Dacudao | Sling bag from Dushbag | Cocco boater hat | The Little Things She Needs wedges

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

I’m leaving you with this beautiful but quite haunting song by the Pet Shop Boys, a 1980s English electronic dance music duo regarded by Guinness as one of UK’s most successful musicians.

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Paragon

So here’s what I wore during the MANGO Touch and H.E. by MANGO store launch. The launch was in Makati, which is pretty far from where I live, so I opted for pieces that are both chic and comfortable.

Speaking of chic, I think there’s nothing more chic than this sweater from Kashieca. I love the pearl accents so much, hence the post title ‘Paragon’—which is a name for a big pearl. When I bought this sweater, I knew this would go well with my soft tulle skirt that has pearl accents as well.

If some people are doing their versions of the print-on-print trend, I’m creating my own—pearl-on-pearl. Lol

Of course, one can’t go to a MANGO event without wearing (or bringing) anything MANGO.

Excuse my awful hair. Fear not, I’m having it fixed next week. Haha

My favorite pair of heeled booties. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—these are so comfortable despite the heel and platform height, I swear! I can actually run around in these.

Wore a headband to attain the collegiate/Blair Waldorf-esque look that I was going for. Have you seen the final season premiere of Gossip Girl? I missed Blair and Chuck so much. Dan Humphrey, as always, you’re a douche.

Kashieca sweater| Skirt from bazaar| Liz Claiborne watch| MANGO purse| Forever 21 heels

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia!

Thanks, MANGO for these wonderful items!

And to the boyfriend for being such a good sport. This was actually the first fashion event he attended. Hooray!

Don’t forget to join my Beach Bunny Blog Giveaway, which will end on Monday!

MANGO Touch and HE by MANGO Launch

Hi, Pauline Prieto *fangirl moment*

Too much glitters! I spazzed when I saw these! 😀

Yay booties! My fave 🙂

Outfit#2 for the gorgeous Maggie Wilson

Saw these guys inside the H.E. by MANGO store, waiting for their turn to walk the runway, so I asked for a photo. And they happily obliged. Model na model kahit photo op lang! Lol 😉 More photos after the jump!

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Holga Series: If You Steal My Sunshine

So this is it, the last set from my Holga series. If you haven’t seen the first two, you can check them out here and here.

When I saw this dress from an online shop called Runway Dreams on Facebook, I knew this was the perfect dress for a beach date. The color looks fun and the cut is very feminine. It looked really amazing whenever the wind came. We we were able to capture it on video here.

The sun was beginning to set when we took these. I feel a mixture of admiration and sadness whenever the sun sets. It’s one of the most beautiful things on earth, but at the same time it signals the end of the day. We become limited by the darkness (heck, we couldn’t even see the shore properly). But then again, it assures us that light will always follow.

I got tan lines, yo! See that? 🙂 I guess it’s farewell for now, my dear ocean. Chad and I will be back soon.

Dress from Runway Dreams | Forever 21 purse | ForMe collar necklace | Liz Claiborne watch

Photos by Chad

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

Now I got my post title from this 1999 song by Len. I know it’s not the most wholesome song (although it doesn’t sound like it), but it’s trippy and I looove it. I hope you do, too!

Don’t forget to join my Beach Bunny Blog Giveaway HERE, which will end in a few days!

Holga Series: Sand in My Shoes

Hi! These are just some photos from the second set that was shot with a Holga lens. I am still amazed how the lens captured the light whenever I look at these photos. You may not see my face very clearly, but I do not want it to be the focus this time. I’m pretty sure you’re already annoyed seeing my face anyway, hoho.

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you’d remember this dress. It’s not a crime to wear things multiple times, you know. I’m not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, so why pretend having endless supply of clothes? Just saying. Besides, this is one of my favorite dresses but instead of heels, I opted to pair it with my trusty (and dirty) Vans sneakers, because obviously I cannot walk on the beach wearing 5-inch stilettos.

Now isn’t that just marvelous. I seldom see that kind of light and sky in the city. I think that’s the whole point of travelling and visiting places–to appreciate the work of nature.

I was so happy to finally see the ocean that I sat on the shore like a child and started filling my shoes with sand. Lol

Obligatory blogger outfit shots 😛 Make sure to come back soon for the last set of my Holga series. I promise you the last one’s going to be purrrty! 🙂

H&M dress| Vans sneakers| Forever 21 denim vest| Liz Claiborne watch| Union Jack connector ring from Ode to Her| Thrifted aviators

Photos by Chad

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia!

Beach Bunny Blog Giveaway (CLOSED)

Hello! As you know, I and ze boyfriend made a video titled Beach Bunny, which I shared a few days ago. We love it so much that we want everyone to see it, not only because we made it but also because we believe beautiful photographs and videos need not always be captured in HD. In this day and age, everything is in HD that we sometimes fail to appreciate the beauty of the not-so-new. Sometimes, pictures and films look more real and genuine when they’re a bit gritty and grainy IMO.

I honestly think this video of ours will lose its appeal if we didn’t use a Holga lens, a lens that yields a vignette:

What do you think? Now to give more people a chance to see the video, here’s how you could help us in spreading, which may get you a chance to win 1000 pesos worth of Wrangler gift certificates YAAAAY!!! (will post a photo of the GCs tomorrow):

1. Like Zeros and Fives on Facebook.

2. Follow me on Twitter.

3. Watch the video on Youtube.

4. Using Youtube’s ‘Share’ button (found right at the bottom of the video), share the video on BOTH your Facebook and Twitter timeline (make sure it’s public). Here’s the format you should use:

~Say something about the video: This video is ____________! 🙂 http://youtu.be/SBuxq3p6FkM
~Include a link to this blog entry: Know more about this on http://daphneverzosa.com/beach-bunny-blog-giveaway/ #BeachBunnyGiveaway

~Make sure that the Youtube video is viewable on your timelines.

Here’s an example post: This video is awesome! 🙂 http://youtu.be/SBuxq3p6FkM Know more about this on http://daphneverzosa.com/beach-bunny-blog-giveaway/ #BeachBunnyGiveaway

5. And lastly, comment on this entry with your full name, email address, and links to your Twitter and Facebook posts.


Again, like always, entries that do not follow the rules will be forfeited. This contest is exclusive to Philippine residents only. The winner will be drawn via Random.org and will be announced here on October 16. Thank you and good luck!

NOTE: This giveaway is not sponsored by Wrangler. I just happen to have extra GCs. 😛

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You just won 1k worth of Wrangler GCs from me 🙂 Please wait for my e-mail.

Thanks to everyone who joined! ‘Til the next giveaway!

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