Project: Headshot

Months ago, Chad taught me how to use his film camera. I thought of putting my recent ‘learning’ to good use, so I decided to make this project. I used our Canon AE-1 camera and Solid Gold ISO 200 film in natural light. I don’t have much equipment with me except the camera and tripod. Someday, I’ll have lights and what not, you can bet on that.

Tiana

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Tiana, as you all know, modeled my first ever collection. I really love the contours of her face so I decided to photograph her again. Unfortunately, by the time I finished fixing Tiana up (I did her make-up as well), it began to rain. I got really scared we won’t be able to take single shot, but thank heavens our location had a roof. I’m really happy with how the photos came out.

Zel

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Zel and I knew each other from Meg Magazine Face Search. She’s done a lot of commercials so you’ve probably seen her on TV. It was really hot when we shot these and we were in quite a hurry so I wasn’t able to fix my camera settings (let’s just pretend I know how to set my camera :P). I need to learn how to do that.

So that’s my first legit photography project. More photos to come, I hope. I’m constantly looking for fresh faces for this project, message me if you want to work together! 

SPOTLIGHT: Allison Harvard

I’ve been an avid fan of America’s Next Top Model since its first cycle, but I have not fangirl-ed over the contestants as much as I did with Allison Harvard and Ann Ward. In fact, I have already written about Allison, or Allicat as she fondly calls herself as well as her fans. Before ANTM, however, she was already quite popular. Her photos, which many found weirdly adorable, made rounds in the internet, most especially in the site Know Your Meme and 4chan, where she is dubbed as Creepy Chan. This is probably the reason why she was the most popular among ANTM‘s Cycle 12 contestants, aside from her strange fascination with blood and her huge eyes. And she returned in Cycle 17, and I was quite hopeful she’d win this time. Unfortunately, just like Cycle 12, she ended up bagging the second place. Izalright though, as Allison became more popular and received more modeling jobs after that last Cycle.

Below is a gallery of my favorite photos of Allison—from her Cycle 12 days to her artworks. Yes, she is an artist and paints really well. Click the photos for a larger version and to see more of Allicat. 🙂

Allison tweeted earlier this year that she’s participating in New York Fashion Week. Below are the two out of three shows she walked for:


Malan Breton Fall/Winter 2012

Gemma Kahng Fall 2012

UPDATE: Allison recently walked for Michael Cinco x Bench during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012. Below is the motion editorial featuring Allicat 🙂 :

Come back for more Allison Harvard news!

 

Photo Credits:

Allison Harvard’s Tumblr, ANTM Flickr, Emperor’s New Groove, and Fanpop.com

Fotografia

Forever 21 shoes

Click sheer top and ring from Zeros and Fives (buy here), Jean Nicole shorts from Ling Dacudao

1721 hair clip

Chad gave me this really cute camera early this year. He takes great pictures and we agreed that he’d teach me photography when he comes back to the country this summer, and we’ll start with this Diana Mini. I’m quite excited of the new things I’ll learn and do this year. And you’ll definitely be the first ones to know what they are. I’ve just begun drawing again—it used to be my pastime when I was younger, but, well, I had to prioritize other things later on. It feels great actually, doing the things I used to love as a child. You know what, I might actually start buying canvases again and do a bit of—er—painting. I’m not good though, but I’ve always believed that there’s no craft that can’t be learned.

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Photos by Antonio Aguila and Unica Policarpio. Thanks, guys! I had so much fun shooting with you! 🙂

Paperdoll 2.0

As promised, I’m going to show you another set of photos from this layout. This set, however, was taken by Unica Policarpio.

H&M Dress from Shop Class| Asianvogue heels| Miss Sartorial detachable collar| Bag from Landmark| The Little Things She Needs connector ring| Cocco boater hat

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Thanks again, Unica, for these wonderful photos! 🙂

After Noon

Asianvogue shoes

Bustier from bazaar, Soho Central mullet skirt from Zeros and Fives (buy here)

I recently opened my small online shop, Zeros and Fives on Multiply and Facebook. I’ve always been fascinated with clothes and I’m very much aware of styles that would suit me by just looking at certain photos. I fancy clothes that are wearable and comfortable, things that one could actually wear outside of the house without feeling too self-conscious and awkward.

These photos were taken at around 3 pm at a park in Alabang Hills. There were lots of people during that time, but I didn’t feel any shyness at all. Echosera lang haha. I  felt great wearing the clothes and they actually gave me some confidence. It’s amazing what good clothes can do to a person.

Photos taken by Anton Aguila

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Paperdoll

I couldn’t think of a name for the post so I used the photographer’s title instead. How lazy of me, I know. Looking at these photos I initially thought of Sunkist (90s kids know this). I look so orange-y I want to drink myself. Haha. Ugh, awkward statement.

H&M Dress from Shop Class, Asianvogue heels


Miss Sartorial detachable collar

Orange has always been my favorite color since high school. My friends can attest to that. One time during our Christmas party at school, I wore a full orange+white outfit—top, bottoms, and slippers. I looked hideous. Lol. But seriously though, for me, orange looks very fresh and soothing to the eyes. It always reminds me of summer, and we know what summer usually means, right?—FUN!

Bag from Landmark, The Little Things She Needs connector ring

Cocco boater hat

I lost a number of stuff during the shoot, more due to my clumsiness and carelessness, which I tweeted about here. Nevertheless, I tremendously enjoyed this shoot with Antonio Aguila, who I met during the Philippine Fashion Week last year. This guy is so talented he does not alter his photographs and posts them on his blog as is, except of course this collaboration of ours. He did a bit of color-grading, but it’s obvious no alterations were made on my face and body. I can actually spot the teensy flabs hahaha 🙂

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Thanks again, Anton, for the wonderful photos! ‘Will be posting more pictures from this set soon.

Models I Stalk

When I was kid, if I’m not watching foreign TV series or animes, I ogle at the models taking the catwalk at FashionTV (FTV). I clearly remember how envious I was of their lean bodies and legs that go on forever (for obvious reasons). From that same TV show I first saw Gemma Ward, who at the time was only a mere 16-year-old.

Gemma Ward

Ward in San Francisco, 15 March 2007

Ward debuted in Australia fashion week when she was only 15, and after a year, found herself walking in Prada, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Calvin Klein. Her baby doll features inspired the fashion world so much, helping her become the youngest model to ever appear on Vogue alongside 2004 supermodels.

Currently, Gemma Ward, now 24, has taken an indefinite leave in the modeling scene and began pursuing an acting career. Three years ago, she became the talk of the town when she gained weight, which probably caused her to leave. I still love her, nonetheless.

Coco Rocha

I first heard of Coco Rocha when she modeled a Project Runway contestant’s winning jumpsuit. I was completely in awe at her poses as I have never actually seen anyone do those stuff in action. Her shots were featured in a Marie Claire billboard on Time Square:

Just look at those poses and faces, I mean, who does that? Apparently, Rocha, 23, does this quite often, which probably explains why she is so in demand at the moment. The industry refers to her as “The Queen of Poses.”

Sasha Pivovarova

When I first saw her, my initial thought was: “Gemma’s back!”

Apparently not, although Sasha and Gemma are always talked about online for looking like twins almost. Sasha, now 27, began her career about five years ago. Upon signing with IMG models, Prada immediately presented her with a three-year contract.

Along with Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, and other models, this Russian model was featured in Vogue magazine cover titled “The World’s Next Top Models.”

Karlie Kloss

On the runway for Diane von Furstenberg, Spring 2009

Karlie Kloss became a legit model when she was only 14 years old (O.O). I know right. Currently 19 years old, Karlie has already walked for hundreds of high-fashion labels, among which are Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, etc.

I like her for her quirky, fun attitude most especially when she walked for Victoria’s Secret last year. I didn’t exactly expect to see her there, but it was nice.

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P.S. I know I failed to update my blog again. I couldn’t fit this in my crazy schedule at the moment. I apologize. So I made this quick post just to let you guys know that I might be “off the radar” (sort of), until the end of the month. You can follow me on Twitter though, I sometimes type absurd things there. Hoho.

***Photos are not mine.

America’s Next Top Model All-Star (Cycle 17) Bits

I have been a fan of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) since it’s first cycle in 2003. And now that the show has reached its 17th cycle, it thought of bringing the hottest and most controversial contestants it had in the past cycles. I was really excited when I found out that my favorite Allison Harvard has returned. She truly stood out during the show’s 12th cycle. For those who aren’t watching ANTM, Allison is also known as Creepy Chan of Know Your Meme. She first became popular there primarily because of her humongous doe eyes and fascination with blood. Unfortunately, she lost to Teyona Anderson. Now that she’s back, I’m really hoping she’d win this time.

She registers really well in photos. Just look at these:

Last week, she received the first call out for her amazing (somewhat creepy) music video. In the episode, they were tasked to write a song and sing it themselves:

Her song was titled Underwater, which talked about her father’s recent passing.

In other news, Georgina Wilson, one of the Philippines’ most popular models, is set to appear on ANTM’s episode this week. According to her, she will “join as a guest model/stylist” for the show in Greece, wherein the remaining six contestants will be wearing Bench (you heard it right, as in Bench from the Philippines!) Body apparels.

Below are some photos (source):

L-R: Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco, America's Next Top Model coach Jay Manuel, Bench CEO Ben Chan, and Bench Architect Miguel Pastor

Michael Cinco, also a Filipino, seems to be a favorite of the show as ANTM already showcased his work during the previous cycle’s couture episode, which I blogged about here.

Model Georgina Wilson, Bench CEO Ben Chan, and stylist Noel Manapat

Enjoying Greece, eh?

Bench Bodyyy 🙂

Bench CEO Ben Chan with ANTM runway coach J. Alexander

Cannot wait to watch this week’s episode!

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Florals + Stripes = Happiness

Hiiii! 😀

Spamming your screen with lots of florals and stripes. The top is actually a crop top. Bought this somewhere outside Divisoria Mall. I couldn’t resist the cuteness of the heart patch so I bought it. Who would like to guess how much this costs? 😛

 Boater hat and lace bag from Cocco

The maxi skirt is actually a maxi dress. I wanted a different top so I just folded it inward and fastened it with a handwoven belt to hold the dress and make it look like a real maxi skirt. Cool huh? 🙂

I was trying to make my hair look messy here. FAIL. :-/

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Clogs-like heels from Tiffany

See the rings? I’m selling rings like those in my online shop. Like Zeros and Fives on Facebook to view cutie patootie accessories on sale. 🙂

 Photos by Sam Lim.  Like his Facebook page and visit/follow his website to see his other works and learn photography tips.

Make up by Ana Patricia Mendoza. Like her Facebook page to see her other works.

Thanks to Haydee Suarez for editing the last two photos!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the love and support before I am denied the chance. Recent events made me realize how precious life is, and how short it is to waste it on hatred and regret. I may have not gotten everything I wanted , wished, and prayed to God every night, little blessings still manage to find me and I am grateful for that. But somehow it also makes me sad not having to properly recognize those kind people who, in their own ways, lent their hands when I needed one. I hope I’m not too late. Thank you. 🙂

I’m planning on a new blog giveaway so stay tuned. Follow me on Twitter for the announcement!

Peace x Love

BOLD

I’d like to share my view today on photography and modeling professionalism. I know I’m not a member of any professional organization of both fields, but I think being a free person entitles me to my own opinion.

Photography is rapidly becoming a worldwide hobby, and so is modeling for these hobbyists or soon-to-be photographers. That’s good because photography is an art, above all else. The sad thing is many photographers and models are not fully aware of their responsibilities  as a photographer/subject and the value of professionalism. I am practically new in photography modeling, been doing it for exactly a year now, but I always try giving my best in every shoot. I bring extra outfits, pairs of shoes, makeup kit, accessories, flat iron, and other essential things, even if the organizer says that there is a designated HMUA (hair and makeup artist) and wardrobe stylist. So that in case the HMUA or the stylist doesn’t arrive, the show will still go on. I learned this from watching modeling shows, and this trait, according to the show, is what makes a professional model, aside from arriving on time of course (which I sometimes fail at, forgive me).

Hat from Cocco| Dress from Mint

Unfortunately, there are many photographers, pros and aspirants alike, are unprofessional. They take joy at taking pictures of others and yet when asked for the product, they fail to give you anything. Or sometimes they give two or three shots, and they vanish. It’s slightly discouraging, especially when the model has done her part of the deal. I believe that when you made a commitment, even if it’s an unpaid gig or the model is unpleasant, it is your job to make it happen regardless of how busy you are. That’s professionalism.

Pardon me if the words above are not the usual blythe and jolly me. I just felt the need of pointing it out because apparently, many have already forgotten the value of commitment and professionalism.  Traditionally, the photographer should give a copy of photos taken (inclusive of the raw and edited files) to the model, especially if the shoot is done on an ex-deal or TFCD/TFP basis, thru print, CD, or e-mail as soon as the photographer is done post-processing the photos. And by soon, I mean soon, not months, or years!

PRADA wallet| Multi-colored bracelet from Cocco|Floral ring from Quirky Finds| Vintage ring

I was finally able to use the Prada wallet I won from AVA! 😛

Now going back to happy me, these lovely photos were taken by Sam Lim, whom I met a couple of weeks ago. He is a photographer (obviously) for Hinge Inquirer Publications, a lifestyle magazine. Like his Facebook page and visit/follow his website to see his other works. If I were a client, I would highly recommend this dude. He knows his stuff and is very professional. 🙂

The biggest surprise of all was the MUA. Boy, was she uber young! Ana Patricia has been a makeup artist since she was 17. Imagine that! And she hasn’t had any professional training; she learned every thing from Youtube. Thank God for technology! Like her Facebook page to see her other works. 🙂

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Summer Girl

I just had the most stressful day of my life. Three days from now is the book launching of the hardest manuscript I ever handled, and we were only able to transmit the proofs for printing today. Oh, the joys of being an editor!

I’m a little relieved though that the printing office will start working on it as as early as tonight. I’m crossing my fingers that everything will work out fine. Maybe it’s time to avail that massage in New Manila, yes?


I’m glad the sky stopped pouring its heart out. Aside from my workload, this past week’s weather was so gloomy and irritating. Who wouldn’t feel that way when you’re living on the fourth floor but the flat is  flooded! Amazy crazy! Besides, I only like the rain when I’m about to sleep. 🙂 I’m a summer girl, you know. I’ve always loved the sun and the trends for that season, like there’s always a reason to smile and be happy, hence the photo below:

Trying on something Korean-inspired

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Photos taken by Nonoy Figueroa

Make up by Dhanica Bagasina

Buy this lovely dress at Cocco! Accessories are from Quirky Finds, boater hat from Penshoppe

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I’ll end this post by a song performed by my favorite actress, Leighton Meester. As I’ve said, ’cause I’m just a summer girl. 🙂

Leighton Meester – Summer girl

 

Rainbow Fun

The rainy month has arrived but it doesn’t mean we won’t have any more sunny days and beach adventures. And what could be the most perfect outfit for those but a colorful maxi dress!

Since I discovered here that maxi dresses are not just for the statuesque ones, I began to confidently pull them off (or I’d like to think so).

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Photo taken by Don Victorio using my not-so-trusty GE digital camera. Hehe.

Dress and boater hat from Cocco

Win this very pretty maxi dress and a couple of accessories from Quirky Finds by joining my 6th month anniversary blog giveaway! Check it out! 🙂

The Lady From Your Chick Lit Book

I never imagined rompers would suit me. I thought it only looks good on tall people. But lo and behold, it looked okay on me! Yay for another discovery! 🙂

Since stripes and prints are in season this year. I thought of “piling” on lots of stripes, hence the romper, bow necklace, and the bracelet. 🙂

This photo was taken by Albert Tagle in an abandoned place somewhere in Tagaytay. Make up was done by Dhanica Bagasina.

 

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Thank you to Cocco for the lovely romper and to Quirky Finds for the accessories!

Three nights left before my 6th month anniversary blog giveaway. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter! 🙂

 

Last Days of Summer

Rain has started pouring since last week, and I still haven’t even given you guys my take on color blocking and wearing tangerine. Bold colors aren’t really my thing, but for trend’s sake I dared. Did I pull them off? You be the judge.

Here is the first look:

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Tangerine dress sponsored by Cocco; accessories sponsored by Quirky Finds

You can find Cocco stores in five key places in Metro Manila: SM North EDSA, TriNoma (Landmark), Cybermall at Eastwood City, Robinson’s Metroeast, and Robinson’s Place in Manila. It’s an store where you can find all your shopping needs–dresses, shoes, accessories, even lingerie.

Cocco items also pair adorably with Quirky Finds items. Quirky Finds is an online shop who sells girly and quirky customized accessories, hence the name. So if you are a sucker for bows and ribbons, buy at Quirky Finds.

I used to love anything orange-y when I was a teen. But I fell so in love with the sun while I was growing, so my complexion became darker and I could never pull off anything bright and bold. Thankfully though, my skin lightened up, I had less fear wearing this garment.

Photo taken by RC Lizan

Make up done by his ever-lovely fiancée Cecilia Flores

Photos taken at Toadwerks Studios, located at Tomas Morato Ave. Corner Sct. Dr. Lazcano Street, Brgy. Sacred Heart, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

According to Toadwerks Studios:

Toadwerks Studios is a collection of different photographers that’s headed by RC Lizan. Aside from our photography services, the owner has always wanted to give back to the community of photographers which helped him improve his skills. He’s opening the doors of his studio to all newcomers and other people who are in need of a studio! Yes, our studio is for rent! 😀

Studio Rental Rates:
Weekdays: Php550/hr
If you get a minimum of three (3) hours, rate will be Php500/hr.

Weekends: Php600/hr
If you get a minimum of three (3) hours, rate will be Php550/hr.

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Tough Chic

I had a really difficult weekend. My right foot was swollen due to a punctured wound caused by–wait for it–a barbecue stick. It was hilarious at the same time, my sister and friends could not stop laughing at my fate. Imagine yourself walking on a busy street in Quezon City with a barbecue stick spiked in your foot. Promise, I really wasn’t aware I’m wounded already until I looked down. Nevertheless, I remained calm and headed straight to work. I didn’t wanna freak out my co-passengers, s0 I hid my wound. There was already a gush of blood by the way (err, sorry to gross you out. Ehe. ).

To make the long story short, I received a couple of injections on my arms. I was really scared, I have fear of injections kasi. Good thing Ms. Lovelle was there to help me through it. 🙂 I had a swollen foot the whole weekend, but it didn’t stop me from shooting for this blog. 🙂

Don’t you just love parks? When I was a kid I never got to visit zoos and parks like this.

I am crazy about this dress from House of Cocco. I like how it complements to the carefreeness of the atmosphere. Ah, it’s always good doing shoots outdoor. Pardon me for the heavy eyes, guys. 😛

Denim + soft tulle dress from House of Cocco| Nude heels from Mario D’Boro| Bangles from Landmark

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Photography by RC Lizan. Like his photography and studio page on Facebook!

Hair and make up by Rowena Cruz. Add her make-up page and online shop, The Closet Goddess, on Facebook!

Visit House of Cocco‘s website to know where you can find their shops! Find them on Facebook: Cocco Cocco Cocco

 

 

Cocco Maxi + Florals

I’ve always been conscious of my height. Who wouldn’t when you always have to use a chair to reach anything beyond five inches in height? Hurhur :3 For that, I seldom dare wearing dresses and skirts that are below the knees. It’s a big no-no for short (ehem) cute girls like me. Hohoho. I don’t have slim legs either, which make matters worse. I envy those short girls who can pull off maxi dresses without looking like an elf.

Last week, however, I thought, heck, why not try donning one first? Fortunately, House of Cocco has this really sweet maxi floral dress. Exactly what I had in mind!

I must say I was pretty surprised when the photos came out. I don’t look short! Yay! I dunno if it’s because of the length or the wedges. Either way, I’m happy of the result.

Uhh, too happy actually. I remember my friend calling me Gummybears because my gums show when I smile too much. ‘Funny friend he is.

This awesome dress is sponsored by House of Cocco. (YES! I HAVE A SPONSOR NOW. YIPEE!) They have really pretty dresses, I often turn to Cocco when I have events to attend to. You can see photos here and here. Cocco, as I call it, offers lots of items–from dresses, accessories, shoes, to lingerie. It’s like a one-stop shop. Now isn’t that great? Visit their site to know where you can find their stores.

Ah, summer is almost over. 🙁

Photography by RC Lizan. Like his photography and studio page on Facebook!

Hair and make up by Rowena Cruz. Add her make-up page and online shop, The Closet Goddess, on Facebook!

Styling by yours truly :0]

Shot at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Diliman, QC

Maxi floral dress from House of Cocco| Bangles from Seasons| Wedges from The Ramp (thank you, Nez! <3)

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Michael Cinco for America’s Next Top Model

Another feat for the Philippines! In episode 8 of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16, a Filipino designer was featured. Michael Cinco, who is currently based in Dubai, was a guest designer for ANTM last week. The models used his creations for the photo shoot:

Alexandria Everett

Alexandria received the first call out and precedently won the episode challenge. I’m beginning to like her, though I’m not sure if her nicey-nicey attitude is  a facade or not. But at least she’s keeping her promise to Tyra.

Hannah Jones

Hannah poses really good, high-fashion style. I’m in love with he dress. Yay to Michael Cinco!

Molly O'Connell

Molly is developing a nasty attitude lately and sad to say that it’s affecting her performance, especially in between photo shoots and challenges. However, when she’s in front of the camera, she always delivers. ‘Love the corset!

So those are my top 3 picks for the episode. Unfortunately, the sweetest girl of the bunch got eliminated, Jaclyn Poole, because she sometimes have trouble controlling her face especially her mouth.

Kudos to her for getting the best photo in episode 7 though!

Jaclyn Poole

***All photos from America’s Next Top Model Flickr

Wear Red, Wear Hope

More than a month ago, tragedy struck Japan. Millions of properties and thousands of lives were lost, and a multitude of people went and are still missing.

I feel guilty for being quiet about it. Frankly, I was really at loss for words regarding what happened and couldn’t figure out a thing on how to help. I know the delay is inexcusable, but I’d rather be late than never present.

Chictopia, an online fashion community similar to Lookbook.nu, has recently started a fund-raising campaign to help the victims of Japan tragedy–the Wear Red Wear Hope campaign. The campaign encourages Chictopians like me to wear and upload a photo wearing any outfit with a hint of red.

According to Chictopia:

The red circle on the Japanese flag represents what many Japanese children perceive to be the sun.  For us at Chictopia and many others in the wake of the recent crisis, it represents hope.

Every outfit post of Chictopia members wearing red will raise $1.

But if you’re not a member, you can still extend aid by donating through Red Cross here.

OR you can spread the news by sharing this post on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Plurk or whatnot (via the buttons below), so that all Chictopians or interested donors will be informed of this cause. Let us all join hands in helping Japan.

Arigato!

Photo by Mark Tiu| Make up and hair styling by Em Rejano

Sheer, printed top from JACOB| Nude tube top| Denim shorts from Bench| Gladiator heels from Parisian

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SUMMER STYLE TIP: Sheer + prints are a good combo for your daily walks or hangouts with friends. 🙂

 

Blue Crush: Trends to Try This Summer

When people mention ‘summer,’ what’s the first thing you picture? Beaches! They are like the mandatory places to go when the heat kicks in. So I thought, why not go for an all-blue outfit? Yeah, I know, people have been displaying their color blocking skillz lately, but I’d like to be different. That’s how weird I am. 🙂

Florals and denim are the two trends that never get old. They always provide this easy-breezy and relaxed vibe which makes them perfect for spring and summer. And I could not think of any style to go with  them other than Hippie.

I’ve been trying to perfect wearing head bands but they always end up slipping from my gigantic head.  Surprisingly, the one I wore yesterday fit just fine. Hurray! Thanks to Mark and Em, they also made sure my hair looked good, especially in the photos.

Hippie band from Vente| Denim and floral bangles from Seasons| Crop top from Areej| Floral shorts from thrift store| Necklace from aunt| Heels from Parisian

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I consider myself very kuripot, I don’t buy tops or skirts that cost more than Php 300. I believe you can still look trendy without shelling out lots of money and, at the same time, not sacrificing quality. Did I mention that I only spent a total of Php 335 for this whole look? There are really good stuff in Divisoria. Some of them I’ve seen in Trinoma and SM sold at a higher price. Divisoria is not really as scary as what many people told me; you just have to look simple so as not to catch much attention from people. Just imagine how many ensembles you can create with only Php 1, 000! 🙂

 

Photography by Mark Tiu

Make up and hair styling by Em Rejano

Wardrobe styling by yours truly

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

 

Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

Boardwalk’s 100 Models Search

Boardwalk, one of the country’s most successful direct-selling companies, has recently announced their 100 Models Search:

 

All experienced and amateur models are welcome to join as long as they fit the following requirements:

1. 16 – 24 years old

2. Must be physically fit, tall, long-legged and lean. At least 5’8 height for females, 5’11 for males

3. Must have no existing contract in conflict with the rules of the contest/employment with any direct selling company

4. Must be available anytime for go-sees, rehearsals and show dates.

There will be thousands of applicants for sure, so Boardwalk came up with a criteria for them to choose the best 100:

1. 30%Je ne sais quoi. The intangible quality that makes a person distinctive or attractive.

2. 30% – Personality, Uniqueness, Style

3. 30% – Physical appearance. Skin, hair, eyes, body shape, extremities, overall look.

4. 10% – Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. If you (or someone you know), dear reader, fits the above requirements and criteria, get Boardwalk 100 Models Search Application Form from any Boardwalk branch/head office OR download the application form HERE.

2. Send filled-up 100 Models Search Form with 1 close up, 1 half body and 1 full body shot color photos 4R(4”x6”) in a short manila envelope not later than March 31, 2011 to:

ONE BIG SHOW MODEL SEARCH SECRETARIAT

1508, 15th Floor, West Tower PSE Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

 

or email to modelsearch@boardwalk.com.ph

For those submitting application via email, photos should not exceed 1MB each.

 

3. Wait for a Go See invitation through email.

4. Attend Go See on dates and venues specified on your Go See email invite.

Go See to choose 100 qualifiers:

 

APRIL 6 & 8, 2011 at Unit 512, 5th Flr. West Tower, PSE Center, Exchange Road,

Ortigas Center, Pasig City


5. Wait for Go See results through email. 50 Male and 50 Female Models will be chosen to join the show.

6. If you are among the 100 who qualified, you will be required to attend the Final Call and Judging for TOP MODELS on April 16, 2011. Venue to be announced.

7. While 50 Male and 50 Female Models will be chosen to do the show, only ONE MALE and ONE FEMALE will be declared TOP MODELS. They will get P250,000 worth of modeling contract each.

8. Employees of Boardwalk and its sister companies including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this contest.

For more information, visit http://boardwalk.com.ph/

 

Someday I’ll Be Alice and Fall Through the Rabbit Hole

I have loved Alice in Wonderland since I was a kid. The original novel, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, is the first English novel I read. I still remember how I endured the holes and dust that ailed that book (because I only found it at our old mini-library at home) and how it tickled my imagination. Yes, even at such a young age I already wondered what Alice wore when she fell through that rabbit hole. It wasn’t ordinary of course. The best thing about fiction is that it’s open to many possibilities; even the most hideous and ridiculous images are allowed.

Going back to Alice, I was so thrilled when I saw that America’s Next Top Model have done an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired shoot for their 3rd episode. They shot in groups of two (which is very hard to do). But the best part is, they wore couture dresses from Chanel, Galliano, among others. Perfect!

Below are the top 3 group shots which also happened to be my top 3 choices.

3rd: Brittani Kline and Hannah Jones

2nd: Kasia Pilewicz and Molly O'Connell

1st: Monique Weingart and Alexandria Everett

I specifically love Brittani’s, Kasia’s, and Alexandria’s looks and dresses. I want a photo shoot like this one (ANNOUNCING… lulz). Better keep these as pegs.

Alexandria is most of the time bitchy and bossy to everyone on the show, but she definitely delivers during photo shoots. She resembles Cameron Diaz like A LOT. I’m rooting for Brittani to win though. 🙂

Styled by Lori Goldstein (I adore her aesthetic!)

Photography by Pamela Hanson

All photos taken from America’s Next Top Model Flickr Photostream. Check other photos there.


 

SoFA Models Go-See

 

Do you want to model for the country’s future top-caliber designers? Then head over to SoFA’s models  go-see this coming Saturday, March 12 for the SoFA Graduation Show 2011!

REQUIREMENTS:

  • All models should be at least 16 years old. Minors should make sure to bring a letter of parental consent during the go-see.
  • Be certain to bring your PORTFOLIO and SETCARD.
  • Wear ALL BLACK. Women should wear HEELS and MINIMAL MAKEUP.
  • Before you race to SoFA, make sure you qualify to the following HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS:

MALE: Height should be 5’9″ and up. Go-see schedule is 9:00am to 12:00nn.

FEMALE: Height should be 5’7″ and up. Go-see schedule is 1pm to 4pm.

 

REMEMBER:

Do not be late! It’s better to be the earliest.

 

Posting because School of Fashion and the Arts is my dream fashion school and I plan on enrolling before I turn 25. Haha. I still have about three years. Just have to straighten up my plans and schedule.

 

P.S.

I apologize for the lack of updated posts. Been trying to hibernate from all the internet hoopla and give more time for my self and my work.

The Second First: Make-up Artistry

If last week was my first official styling gig, yesterday was the first time I “painted” someone else’s face for a photo shoot. Not that I’m new at it, I’ve always loved painting my friends’ faces and mine but it’s all for fun. It’s quite nerve-wracking seeing your work being taken by the lens, unsure if what you did fell short, or is over-the-top, or is just right.

Thankfully, it turned out fine.

What do you think?

I can only do natural looks or barely there make-up because that’s what I wear everyday. I also had immense difficulty with the model’s lips because they’re too thin (which I so want. Haha). Using a lipliner, I lined past her real lips to make it look thicker (or at least I thought it did).

Model: Maribeth Balay

Photographers: Kendrick Go and Cristina Brito

I have not blogged for almost a week, and the whole team was awesome enough to let me model, too, so I brought one ensemble. Yay! Hello Lookbook and Chictopia post!

Hype the look on Lookbook and Chictopia.


Yesterday was so fun. Too bad I didn’t get to stay longer, I and my old high school friends had to meet to watch the pyrolympics at SM Mall of Asia. I was so tired that day I was sleeping while on the way to the mall. Hehe.

Thank you Cristina Brito, Philip Jara, and Marc Wew for the photos! 🙂

Testing the Waters: My First Ever Styling Gig

Saturday is my favorite day. It’s that time of the week that I can do the things I love: dressing up, shopping, blogging, reading, sometimes modeling, and sleeping like there’s no tomorrow.

Yesterday, however, was a bit unlike my usual Saturdays. I love dressing up so much that I never thought anyone would take interest in what I do and actually invite me to dress up someone else, and for a photo shoot even! Armed with my personal “aesthetic”, I grabbed every stuff I can carry–from dresses, accessories, shoes, make-up, and whatnot, and went to the shoot location. The whole experience was unnerving but at the same time gratifying, especially when I saw the outcome:

DRESS Cocco| ACCESSORIES Pearl necklace turned into layered bracelets, black gem bracelet, gold headband turned into ponytail tie

TOP & BOTTOM Bunny sweater, denim shorts

TOP & BOTTOM Printed tank top, beaded tulle skirt| ACCESSORIES Layered pearl necklace, Boveeshop vintage ring, Chanel bracelet, bow hair clip

TOP Red Safari-inspired tube dress| ACCESSORIES Bangles in animal prints

Unfortunately the last model had no body shots as she had to go home early, it was her birthday. Yay! Anyway, what do you think of my styling? 🙂

PHOTOGRAPHERS Kendrick Go and Paolo Sy respectively

MAKE-UP ARTIST Kaycee Lim

MODELS Monic Cua, Blizzeth Lee, Danica Ong respectively

Getting Ready for Prom: The Vania Romoff Prom Collection

22 years old and I’m still obsessed about prom. It’s one of the most exciting events in high school, and when I was young I never got the chance to wear my dream prom dress. You are probably here to know the best style for your upcoming prom (or I indirectly forced you to read my entry for traffic’s sake. Lulz.).  Anyway, we are so used to seeing floor-length dresses and gowns during that special night, but many of us fail to consider other cuts and style that can also be fit for prom.

Vania Romoff

Young designer Vania Romoff, one of Preview’s Designers to Watch for 2010, has recently collaborated with The Ramp for the prom season. Her designs were all cut short into dresses, accentuated with huge details like gigantic bows, flow, and color play.
White and candy colors + ribbons = chic and youthful

If I were a high school student myself, I would prefer dresses rather than gowns. They are something you can definitely wear for the prom after-party!

From Tumblr to New York Fashion Week

A long time ago, blogs were only considered as an online journal or a hideout for some people. But as technology improved, so does the popularity of blogs and the bloggers. Now, they are both loved and feared by many as this bunch of blog peeps can easily praise or scandalize people with just a few words. Aside from this, gifts, not to mention bangin’ shoes, clothes, and accessories, writing opportunities, media features, and access to sought-after events are some of the  perks that wait on bloggers’ doorsteps.

Tumblr, one of the biggest blog platforms in like the whole world has announced earlier in January of this year that they will be sending 20+ of their bloggers to New York Fashion Week. How’s that for a perk, huh? And yesterday, the list of 24 bloggers were released and they are: *(cue music)*

Jessica Schroeder (whatiwore.tumblr.com)
John Jannuzzi (textbook.tumblr.com)
Tricia Gosingtian (triciawillgoplaces.tumblr.com)
Erin Hagstrom (calivintage.tumblr.com)
Rebecca Stice (theclotheshorse.tumblr.com)
Sara Zucker (sarazucker.tumblr.com)
Courtney Kellner (theowlsarenotwhattheyseem.tumblr.com)
Stefanie Fail (theowlsarenotwhattheyseem.tumblr.com)
Sabino Aguad (sabino.tumblr.com)
Jamie Beck (fromme-toyou.tumblr.com)
Geri Hirsch (becauseimaddicted.tumblr.com)
Giuseppe Santamaria (meninthistown.tumblr.com)
Erica Domesek (ps-imadethis.tumblr.com)
Ashley Yingling (loveforfashion.tumblr.com)
Montserrat Macuer (audreyhepburncomplex.tumblr.com)
Jeannine Tan (papertissue.tumblr.com)
Amy Weidenbach (peacelovechanel.tumblr.com)
Rachel Schwartz (darklamb.tumblr.com)
Stephanie Toms (cocochic.tumblr.com)
Ella Wood (partytights.tumblr.com)
Chelsea Bell (vogueweekend.tumblr.com)
Ashley Simko (simko.tumblr.com)
Terra McBride (stylishwhitefemale.tumblr.com)
Alexandra Froggett (imanotawhore.tumblr.com)

Yes, you read it right. Tricia Gosingtian, the Philippines’ top fashion blogger, will be in New York Fashion Week! Yay! All 24 will get to stay in New York for free, dine with the designers, editors, and some fashion personalities. I follow Tricia Gosingtian in Tumblr and I know she definitely deserves to come to New York Fashion Week, which will open tomorrow (February 10, New York time) btw.

“Everyone from Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch to Donna Karan and Derek Lam will be showing their fall collections to fashion editors, buyers, celebrities, socialites and bloggers, while style experts watch closely for emerging fashion trends.” Just hearing Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch makes me all the more excited. I will definitely watch out for the Fall 2011 collection.

Being an online blabber certainly has advantages. ‘Be back in a jiffy. 🙂

CREDITS: Photo © Tricia Gosingtian, http://getoffmyinternets.net/, http://stylebakery.com/style-recipes/new_york_fashion_week_fall_2011_excitement_begins.html, http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/02/the_cut_joins_tumblrs_fashion.html, http://blogs.stylebible.ph/previewblog/tag/tricia-gosingtian/

Doing Something Unexpected Of You Is Exciting!

I was checking my blog early this morning when I saw a comment from one of the most popular bloggers in the country–FlairCandy. I couldn’t help but be flattered so I went to her ever-fab blog to let her know how honored I was.

One particular entry about a serpent ring caught my eye. Aside from it being gold, the design made me curious and right then and there I knew I had to get it. As I have said in my previous post, I’m starting to fancy and collect rings.

Photo taken by Kristel Chuateco, grabbed it from FlairCandy

Isn’t it gorgeous? Unfortunately, I can’t have it that easy (unless I have Php4, 000). I have to upload my photo on Panopio Jewelry’ Facebook page and have it liked by tons of people. Here’s the photo I uploaded:

Do you like it? If you do, could you like Panopio’s page, then my photo?  I don’t normally do this you know, but I want the ring so bad. Readers, help me? Pretty please? And do not forget to share the link to your friends. I would consider this a gigantic favor. Thank you! 🙂 Mwah!

Modeling 101: Who is a Fashion Model?

When we think of a fashion model, we imagine statuesque, thin-framed individuals. That’s understandable because that’s what we usually see in magazines and catwalks. We have to consider though that fashion modeling is not just about magazines and catwalks, although they are both means of advertising products.

A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. These cover commercial, runway, painting and such. Therefore, models can be classified into two types:

    Whitney Thompson, ANTM winner, plus size

  1. High fashion models. These are the people you often see walking the runway and gracing the magazines. They are usually 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet in height, and 0 in size. (I know right. How can someone be that tall yet that small. Now we know why some models are anorexic. Being a high fashion model is a lot of stress.)
  2. Commercial models. I call them the normal people.  Commercial modeling is less restrictive than fashion modeling because it is where you can find both petite (5’7″ and below) and plus-sized persons (size 14 and higher). (Just imagine if all advertisements you see on TV are sky-high gals. That won’t be very realistic.)

So there is really truth in the saying that fashion is for everyone. Or shall I say, modeling is for everyone. If you are an aspiring model, you just have to know which department you and your statistics fit better and take it from there. It is definitely a plus if you can act and photograph well.

CREDITS: http://lafashionistabybiancazanetti.onsugar.com, http://www.apparelsearch.com

I Wanna Be a Model: The Traps You Should Look Out For

Gisele Bundchen, richest supermodel

It is every teenager’s dream to be a model. Who doesn’t when you get to wear all the fabulous clothes, get freebies, take beautiful pictures, earn a year’s income of a minimum wage worker in just one project, and of course, be recognized by everyone. It’s a no-brainer how girls are easily enticed whenever someone comes up to them and asks them to model. I must say, however, that I am not an expert on this topic. I’d just like to share some of my experiences and what I have learned through other people. I AM NOT A MODEL, but I have undergone some of the process of becoming one, and boy, I’m telling you it’s not as glamorous as how people think it is. Being part of the modeling industry means you have to invest a lot–time, hard work, patience, and emotions (well, except for those who already have the connections or happen to possess “the look” the agents are casting for). And because there are douchebags who know that there are people who are willing to sacrifice anything for a dream, they take advantage. Below are some things you have to look out for:

  1. Bogus talent/modeling agencies. Talent/modeling agencies are sprouting like mushrooms nowadays. They lure their potential victims by guaranteeing them work or by boasting their roster of talents. First, modeling agencies cannot guarantee an aspirant a project because it all depends on the demands and requirements of the client. Agencies find projects for the models, they are not the source of the projects. Second, it’s easy to copy and paste pictures from Google, you know, so you can’t be really assured of that.
  2. Registration and advertising fees (or any term similar) and upfront payments. If they tell you that you have to pay a some sort of a registration fee or an advertising fee so that you can get exposure, I say walk out the door. According to the New York City Consumer Affairs, it’s illegal. But sometimes they are a little more creative, they would schedule you for a setcard and portfolio shoot but then they’ll ask you to pay for it. Yes, some photographers may ask payment for setcard and portfolio generation, but it is the agency’s responsibility to pay for them and for other requirements, it’s their investment; anyway when you get booked for projects, they will get their money back. If your agency is asking for these kind of stuff, take a step back because it may be a scam.

What can you do to avoid all these hassle? The only answer is proper research. When someone approaches you and tells you that you would make a great model, don’t be swooned! Ask for his/her card (or at least his/her full name and agency), then verify if the agency he/she belongs to is a member of the Talent Agents’ Organization. Talent Agents’ Organization (TAO) is a professional organization of legitimate and topnotch agents in the Philippines. It’s notable members are Faces Model Agency, W Talent Management, Reco Models, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), Mercator Model Management, and many others. And If you decide to visit the agency, it is never embarrassing to bring along someone for your safety.

CREDITS: http://www.facesmodelagency.com/eventstao.htm, http://www.modelingscams.org

My 2010 Adventures: A Recap

(I know, it’s late. Haha.)

Since a child, I have had this strong inclination to the arts. I doodled a lot at school, and I could clearly remember how ecstatic I am whenever a teacher would announce that we have to submit any art-related project while most of my classmates frown at the news. I applied to a Fine Arts and an Architecture course in some of the popular universities in our locality, but my family’s financial status could not handle the expenses, so instead I traversed a discipline that I am not so in love with. Dreams can wait, they say–but not too long. Or maybe, I just have an impatient ass.

I have a long list of what I want to do: study Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Speech Communication; do commercial modeling; participate in theater or any acting-related workshops; and the list goes on. So not long after my college graduation, I finally mustered the courage to leave town and take my chances here in the big city. I am getting older by the minute, and the industry I’d love to be part of does not worship twentyish people much. Chances are slim for “mature” people.

I had to do lots of research and contact people who could help me, and I think all my hard work paid off. This entry is not about me though (although you’ll see my face splattered on this page, this is a tribute to all the people whom I have met and made friends with and who have helped my dream kick off).

© leimoure sanchez; daf benosa

© Leimoure Sanchez

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Hearting Valentino: The 2011 Pre-Fall Collection

More often than not, ordinary dressers (like me) refuse to wear designs from runway shows for the following reasons:

  • The designs are very out-of-this-worldly, it’s quite embarrassing, instead of uplifting, wearing them in public.
  • They seem to be patterned to a modelesque physique alone.
  • The costs are pretty expensive for average earners.

The last one being the most common, which also explains why many of us sacrifice personal style. We have to admit that better-looking clothes carry hefty price tags. We have to take note though that we don’t have to buy LV or Chanel-like garments  just to be considered in style; it is also a big NO-NO to buy fake ones, and worse announce that they’re authentic. There are alternatives to looking great without burning holes in your pocket, all you have to do is know the current trends and their look-alikes.

Time flies fast and soon we’ll realize fall is back,  and  the best labels to turn to for inspiration this season are Burberry Prorsum and Valentino. i’ll focus on Valentino in this post as I can’t get enough of the label’s 2011 pre-fall collection.

This reminds me of the Adams Family.

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Preview Magazine Collection Starts NOW

Everyone close to me knows that I am so in love with fashion. It does not seem like it when I dress up on ordinary days, but my increasing number of fashion magazines at my dorm room is an attestation to my love for anything chic and glam. So last month, I bought my first ever Preview magazine. As the magazine’s tagline states, it is the best-selling fashion magazine in the Philippines. I don’t know if that is correct (like when all novels at bookstores boast that they are best-sellers), one thing I am sure of though is that Preview shouts FASHION from the cover to the inside pages.

My first Preview mag is that of Cristine Reyes on the cover. Cristine frequented men’s mags so it was quite a surprise (for her and for many of us) that Preview got her to do a cover shoot. Nevertheless, the Louis Vuittons she donned suited her. She looked very sophisticated and captured the vintage-nostalgic effect that Preview was going for (a lot of help came from the six-digit LV pieces and the cat’s eye make up, too). Steamy!


A Php 150 magazine is a little expensive for my heavily budgeted income, but hey, it’s a lot cheaper comparing to those adorable shoes I’ve been eyeing at Parisian. And so I bought my second Preview magazine with Solenn Heussaff on the cover. I never really fancied her beauty, but when I saw the Preview cover two days ago, she won me hands-down. Solenn is not your typical controversial celebrity; she is a fashion designer and a make-up artist at the same time. Whoa to that!

Aside from the gorgeous Tory Burch 2011 Resort Collection Solenn sported, Preview launched the first ever Augmented Reality issue. Curious? Just grab a copy of December 2010 issue of Preview, then go to http://www.stylebible.ph/preview_augmented_reality/. Btw, you must have a webcam, and you will be able to travel the world with Solenn. So cool!

Well, I cannot wait for the new year’s edition. Let’s all have a blast this Christmas. 🙂

***Photos from Google