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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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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Travel Post: Vigan

Two months ago, Chad and I traveled to north of the Philippines to check out Vigan. Chad had been to the place but I haven’t before. I only knew about Vigan in textbooks in school and as my family could not afford to travel anywhere, except my parents’ hometowns which are just an hour away from Naga, I promised myself that I will visit Vigan when I’m capable of traveling.

I have a certain fascination for ancient things, and Vigan suits that interest of mine. Although I was a bit disappointed that only one street, Calle Crisologo, preserved the Spanish colonial houses and architecture, the whole experience was still amazing. I am after all with the love of my life, everywhere with him is paradise. CHOS! [On an unrelated note, I think I should shift to love + personal blogging because I keep talking about my boyfriend. I hope it doesn’t annoy you (heh). I can’t help it, so please bear with me. 😛 ]

After a 9-hour ride to Vigan via Viron Transit, we checked in RF Aniceto Mansion.

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Aside from offering the best accommodation package (1500php per night = breakfast + airconditioned room + private hot/cold bath + cable tv + clean and comfortable room), the place has a gorgeous interior. And if you’re a vintage junkie like me, you’d absolutely love Aniceto.

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 Chad photobombing. He always does that when I take photos. 🙂

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Our room. Nice right?

Aside from checking out Calle Crisologo and the restaurants along it (pictures of which can be found here), we also went to Baluarte, a large park owned by Ilocos Sur’s incumbent governor, Chavit Singson.

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The place has a lot of animals–from donkeys, parrots, deers, to tigers. I don’t really know what to feel when we got there. I don’t like it when animals are used for humans’ amusement. I feel so sorry for the donkey that carried us quite honestly, I kept on talking to the poor thing after he gave us a tour of the field. 🙁

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Had some photos taken with this gorgeous parrot, too. The owners won’t ask for payment but they will certainly ask for a small donation after they’ve let the bird rest on your shoulders.

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Chad decided to climb this big rock while on our way to see the famous pets of the governor.

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I saw about six of these cuties. I kept calling them kitty in this video because they look so cuddly and cute, like domestic cats. They must be extremely bored and sad; these animals should be in the wild with their own kind, not in cages.

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We also went to see Playa de Oro beach, which is only 10 minutes away from the city. Our travels are incomplete without the beach, you see. The place is very underdeveloped, which is good in my opinion. I saw some trash lying around near the shore though. 🙁 And I think promoting it for tourism will only hurt it.

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Tropapips. Little kids watching the waves, taken by Chad

Chad in Playa de Oro beach photo by me

Chad left for the States a couple of days ago. I’m sad to be honest with you, which kind of explains why I’ve not been posting anything for the past weeks. I’ve been with him almost everyday during his 8-month stay in the country, but I guess every good thing has an end. It’s just temporary in our case, though. We’ll see each other in a year or two. We’ve done this long-distance relationship thing before. We survived it, and I see no reason for it not to work this time.

Photos taken by me using a Canon AE-1 film camera and Solid Gold ISO 200

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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Equinox

No, I don’t play the guitar or any instrument for that matter. Heck, I don’t even know how to use a triangle. But before you bash me for being a pretentious beyotch, let me tell you why I look this way. I warn you though, slight negativity awaits you.

Chad and I usually use our days off to shoot for his portfolio (and  my blog hehe). This week’s theme is music, hence the guitar, headphones, and speakers. My current look (meaning the hair) reminded us so much of 90s grunge, so we decided to use it as inspiration. I won’t tell you why I’m wearing a Union Jack shirt (yes, it’s a shirt) though because that’s errm confidential, at least for now.

However, just like every time we go shooting, it always rains. I don’t normally mind the rain as it sometimes gives a nice touch to photos, but every f****** time? Seriously? It’s gotten to a point where Chad and I would feel so annoyed and depressed because we didn’t get the shots we needed for our ‘project’.

We’ve thought of giving up already.  It’s really disappointing. But we realized, it will be much more disappointing if we will let an opportunity pass just because of some weather and financial constraints. Money can be earned but opportunities can’t. I mean, they are rare and once they’re gone, we can never get them back.

So here’s to hoping next week will be a better day for us.

We shot these with a Canon EOS Rebel G film camera using a Solid Gold ISO 200 color film. Also, this photo reminds me of Skrillex’s Equinox video. IDK. What do you think?

Mowgli

Hi, everyone! Here are the rest of the photos from the ‘Feral Child’ shoot Chad and I did last week. They were taken with a Canon AE-1 film camera using a Solid Gold ISO200 color film.

One of the most popular feral children in literature is Mowgli, a fictional character  in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling is an English writer, mainly recognized for his soldiers’ and children’s stories. We hope you’ll like the photos! 🙂

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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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Photos by Chad

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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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Flashbacks

Many people would often tell us pictures are deceiving. Unless they are altered and manipulated, I think they aren’t. In fact, pictures show us reality; they immortalize a fleeting mood and capture minute details we seldom or refuse to notice.

The first two pictures were taken using my Bell & Howell BF35. It’s like a toy film camera and it doesn’t need any batteries. I carried it around  with the intention of taking pictures of the trees and buildings inside the UP Diliman campus.

I’m not sure but I think this is near The Sunken Garden.

This is the view from the College of Arts and Letters Library. Looks very 1920s, yes?

The next photos were taken using a Canon-AE1 film camera with a Solid Gold ISO 200 color film, but we developed the film in B/W chemicals that’s why the photos are in B/W.

The succeeding photos were shot by Chad, except the last one. The rest of the photos can be seen in this post.

After publishing several posts back in 2010 and 2011, I began asking myself what makes me different from the thousands of fashion and non-fashion bloggers in the Philippines. And the only answer I could think of was ‘I don’t know.’ It bothered me so much I stopped posting regularly, and eventually lost the spot I once held. Don’t be silly, I wasn’t part of the elite 10, or 25, or 40. I was content being part of the top 50, but then the crisis happened.

With Chad’s help, I regained interest in blogging, without thinking of that proverbial question. Who cares really? I started blogging because I like sharing my interests and discoveries—why do we always have to compete?

So I guess that’s what sets me apart—I am not interested in competition, endorsements, cliques and what not, at least not anymore. If I get approached or recognized, then thank god someone enjoyed reading my blog. There’s no need to be catty. Blogging is supposed to be, first and foremost, a therapeutic and fun activity. Higher blog ranks and the perks that come along with it are just mere rewards and should not be a cause of conflict.

With all the things I’ve heard and read lately concerning the blogosphere, I realized being a nobody in the industry has its benefits after all. Besides, my life is already a movie, I do not need any more drama.

If only people would practice humility…

and extend love, life will be much happier.

Developing Photographs

By now I think you’ve already guessed that my boyfriend is a complete photography junkie. Chad is adept in using both film and digital cameras, but he enjoys using the former more especially when he gets to develop his own photographs. And it so happens that I’ve been wanting to do that for a really long time.

I’ve been curious about darkrooms since I saw Alicia Silverstone’s 1993 debut movie The Crush. If you’ve seen it, you can recall that Adrienne (Alicia Silverstone) had this BIIIG crush on Nick (Cary Elwes), who happened to have a photographer girlfriend named Amy. Being a complete psycho, Adrienne tried to kill Amy by locking wasps in her darkroom. Okay, I just realized that’s quite disturbing. Haha. *crickets*

Anyhoo… Last week, Chad taught me how to develop photographs and I will be sharing the stuff I learned.

Since we could not find an extra space for the equipment, we used my kitchen as a makeshift darkroom. We had to cover the windows with towels so light can’t come in and avoid exposing the film and photo paper.

Above are trays where the magic happens. The developer is the chemical that makes the image from the film visible.  The next tray contains the fixer, a chemical which stabilizes the image and makes it insensitive to light, hence the term ‘fix’. And last is the stop bath, which ends the development process and permanently preserves the photograph.

Of course, you cannot begin without your filmstrips…

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and enlarger. The enlarger projects the image from the film to the photo paper. The photo paper is highly sensitive to light, except red light, so make sure to keep it in its folder when you’re not using it. Last week I had to cut paper in my pitch-black bathroom. I am not kidding. But I was able to do it! 😀

We wasted three photo papers before successfully printing a photo. It usually takes a few seconds to a few minutes to expose a photograph under the enlarger but our equipment’s light was a bit dim, so we had to expose the photo paper for 10 to 12 minutes.

Afterwards, we soaked the paper in the developer (1 minute); transferred it into the fixer (30 seconds); and dipped it in the stop bath (10 seconds).

Chad holding out our first product. This one was exposed for only 10 minutes, which probably explains why the background is not clear (?).

We decided to leave the next paper under the enlarger for 12 minutes, and we were so happy with the results. Here we are looking so proud. 🙂

The third one was okay but it had fingerprints on it so we decided to throw it away. Sad.

But hey, at least I got to use one as cover design for my fashionary sketchbook. 🙂

Come back soon for more wonderful photos! Finally got to print some from my Bell & Howell film camera and I’m really excited to show you. 🙂

Vintage

I like looking at old photographs, especially my parents’. They remind me so much of how innocent and unperturbed the times were back then. Sometimes I feel like many of us today are constantly chasing the wrong things. In the past, people’s ways of living are just simple and uncomplicated, unlike now.

These photos were taken using a Canon ae-1 film camera. My boyfriend is so much more comfortable using film cameras than the digital ones. These photos can already tell you why. I tried shooting some things using his camera too (which I will share really soon), and I immediately understood why he loves using it to take pictures.

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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

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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!

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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

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Holga Series: Mind Cruisin’

It’s been a year since I last saw the ocean so when Chad told me we’re going to La Union, I agreed without hesitation. I haven’t been to La Union but I do know it’s a famous surf spot, and I understand why. It’s clean and the waves as well as the locals are very pleasant. I initially wanted to try surfing again, like I did last year, but we didn’t get to bring nor rent a longboard so I learned skimboarding instead.

This is me smiling after bruising my knee and thigh, getting a swollen ankle, and landing on my butt after sliding countless times. I have low pain tolerance, but when it comes to learning how to surf and skim, I’m willing to endure a few injuries. Those injuries pale in comparison to that certain high you get after successfully riding the board, that feeling of being stoked. I’m not really an excitable person, but beach and water activities (or even the lack thereof) often delight me.

And no, I did not wear these while learning how to skimboard. That would be difficult, not to mention ridiculous. I would topple down even before I get to the board. Lol. This is 1 of the 3 looks I wore in the Beach Bunny video Chad and I made. Please watch if you haven’t. 🙂

Making the sailor salute because I’m wearing a sailor top. Don’t judge. 😛

Sailor top from Ode to Her | ForMe shorts | The Little Things She Needs wedges

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Metamorphosis

As you have noticed, I have changed my blog name from Zeros and Fives to Metamorphosis. For one, I am no longer a size zero kid like I was when I started this blog. Haha. Yes, I got, er, chubby. I don’t really mind though, as I have been trying to look healthier since forever. And two, my feet have amazingly grown from size five to six. Didn’t think it’s still possible, given that I’m nearing quarter life.

This blog was initially created to document my style progress, and true to that I shared photo shoots that I have attended where I styled myself (except for the Nivea Face Affair shoot). I do not have an exceptional style, I’m quite aware of that, but through this blog I have witnessed my fashion sense improve.

I was a scrawny kid with an awful fashion sense. That’s me at the far right, with friends. If I remember correctly, I was 11 in this photo, which was taken while we were at a youth camp in Iriga, Camarines Sur. Saling pusa lang ako sa camp na ito, the guys I’m with were my siblings’ friends and org mates. You can already see, however, my fascination with hats, belts, and colors, albeit I wasn’t aware yet how to mix and match properly. Talk about disaster. Haha

This photo on the left was taken when I was 18 years old. I and my sister (right) were big fans of black, you see.

I was 20 in the next photo—a few months after my graduation. I designed that white dress by the way and picked the textiles myself. I’ve always known what I want since I was a kid, but my family’s state at that time prevented me from pursuing them, particularly when it came to clothes.

My first ‘matinong’ photo taken in 2010

Only when I started earning my own money did I manage to buy some things that I fancy. And so I began experimenting and taking risks, some of which did not actually look okay. But hey, at least I tried.

And this is me two years after (and around 13 years after the youth camp above):

Obviously, I still love hats and colors. I’d like to think that my style has improved. I sometimes incorporate trends in my outfit, but I don’t forget to include something that’s ‘me’. My love for hats and comfortable clothes, that is.

So I think I’m going to use ‘Metamorphosis’ for a long while. It just hits home. My boyfriend can definitely vouch for that, as he has practically known me for almost a decade now.  He always tells me that I changed quite a lot, at least in physical appearance. A number of my schoolmates didn’t even recognize me when I chatted them up on Facebook. It made me a bit sad, but at least they know this is me now. Hahaha. It’s just amazing isn’t it, what a few years can do to a person. 🙂

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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! 🙂

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.

Cutting-edge

My addiction to everything Leighton Meester has translated into my pictures and styling lately. The first instance I saw her on TV, that is the House, MD episode where she played a blonde teenage girl obsessed with Dr. House, she reminded me of my all-time girl crush Alicia Silverstone. Since then, I have discreetly followed Leighton’s career. ‘Til she became the very popular Blair Waldorf in the series Gossip Girl. I must say, her brunette locks suit her better.

I’m so loving these beauty shots of her for Marie Claire that I used them as peg for my shoot with Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications’ studio a couple of weeks ago.

So, below is our version.

My hair looks pretty long now, but I didn’t realize I’d still be needing extensions to exactly imitate Leighton’s hair. /FAIL. Nonetheless, I love how the make up complements my outfit.

It’s amazing how two opposite fabrics can make an edgy yet fun statement. The feminine touch given by lace tones down the boldness exuded by snakeskin print.

I’m posting the colored version of the photos above for you to see what the dress actually looks like. 🙂

You can buy this dress at House of Cocco‘s boutiques in SM and Trinoma. Aside from their faux fur collection, they have also released pieces in varied animal prints. Just perfect for the chilly weather, don’t you think?

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Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Wilma Esturco

Project: Beauty Shot

WARNING: My face is all over this post. Leave while you still can. HAHAHA.

Anyhoo.

Being a model for phot0graphers was never part of my plan when I was still in Bicol. I considered (and still consider) myself awkward, so it was really impossible. However, everybody seemed interested in photography that time, and I happened to be an art enthusiast. But  since I did not have a camera, I decided to be the subject instead. That way, I’d  see and ask photographers about their cameras and some image-capturing tips.

One of the shots that I do not get tired of is the beauty shot, also known as the close-up shot. It is not too photoshopped (or should not be too photoshopped), thus showing the subject’s real, unaltered features. That is why I love the photo by Mark below. You can still see all my balbon from the nape down to the back and shoulders. I am not (anymore) a big fan of photos that have undergone too much manipulation. I know photo retouching is necessary, I get that. But I guess a limit has to be drawn.

Photos by Mark Tiu

Make up by Em Rejano

Besides, many photographers nowadays rely too much on photoshop. As a result, they fail to learn important things about photography, such as lighting, focus, etc. I am not a photographer, I repeat, I AM NOT. But as a mere subject and observer of what’s going on today, I can’t help but be disappointed with how very manipulated some photos are. Maybe I am a purist (in some aspects) or I’m just influenced by Chad‘s style. HAHA.

I digress. Beauty shots are for me the most captivating.  They are simple, clean, and focused–no disturbing background whatsoever. They make you appreciate the beauty and details of the subject’s face. Plus, though they seem rather easy to do for models, beauty shots are the most challenging for me. When doing this layout, you don’t have accessories to use when modeling. All you can utilize are your face, eyes and mouth in particular, hands, hair, and upper body.

Photo by Arojo Santos 

Make up by Missy Rivera

It also helps the photographer immensely if the model has clear skin. I guess that is important. I am blessed with clear skin, thanks to my parents, so I seldom worry about beauty shots. I only fail to lessen my eye bags. HAHA. I can’t help it, I’ve suddenly turned into an insomniac.

So what is my regimen? Nothing much, really. I just make sure to wash my face in the morning and evening. I use Nivea and it has never failed me. Then tone and moisturize. Many toners are quite harsh, but Nivea’s is not.

I’m collecting beauty shots for my portfolio. It looks really nice, and it gives the illusion that I’m naked. HAHA. But of course I’m not. That’s where tube tops come in handy. Ciao! 🙂

Leighton Meester meets Solenn Heussaff

Yesterday was a crazzzy day. I “modeled” and styled for my photographer friend, Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications office. Plus, I got to see what an actual magazine publication office looks like. I scanned the whole office and I thought, “this is my dream job, my dream workplace.” We’ll see. Maybe next year? 🙂

Going back, I styled for an Esquire-inspired shoot yesterday. It’s actually quite sexy for my taste, but heck, sexy can still look classy when styled the right way. I considered it a challenge. And I do hope the photos will come out looking classy. HAHA. Sam, the pressure is on you, mate!

The peg for Princesz, the model, was Solenn Heussaff’s photos found on Esquire:

I wanted to tone down the sexiness a bit so I chose a nude oversized sweater instead and made the model wear accessories to add some style. Elaine Silva did a great imitation of the make up. Below is a behind-the-scene photo I was able to take while Sam was doing his thing. 😀

After Princesz’s shoot was done, it was my turn. Dun dun dun. I chose a more daring make up, which was inspired by Leighton Meester’s beauty shoot for Marie Claire:

Leighton, why so gorgeoussss!

Below is an outtake of what the make-up artist, Ms. Wilma Esturco, came up with:


I can’t wait to show you, guys, the actual photos! Come back soon . 🙂

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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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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

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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

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.

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!

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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

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).

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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