House of Cocco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Music and Prints

I am writing this entry while Pumped Up Kicks is playing. I just cannot work with silence screaming in my ears, you know. Music brings me to my element.

Sam wanted movement shots when we took this layout, but I was too shy (haha!) to move around so he had to play some dance music in the background.

This animal print dress-looking thing is actually a faux fur coat from House of Cocco. The first time I set my eyes on it, I instantly fell in love. The mannequin, which was elevated from the floor, was wearing it when I came in the store, so I had to ask the kind people from Cocco to get it for me.

It truly frustrates me how we can’t wear fur coats, don layers, and wear boots in our country. We’re missing out A LOOOOOOOOOOOT.

Adorable, isn’t it? What’s great about this coat is that it’s not too cozy, just enough to shield the cold, so we can definitely wear this here in the tropics. Besides, it’s December already and it’s the only month we Pinoys can get away with this kind of garment. Cocco has recently released their December/cold season collection so you might want to check out their stores in SM and Trinoma. Gora na!

So what do you think?

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Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Wilma Esturco

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Speaking of the cold weather lately, typhoon Sendong devastated Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. If you don’t have money but you do have cellphone load, you can also extend help. Click here for some info on how to help CDO and Iligan. Visit also the Help CDO Facebook page for more information.

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

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

Hello, everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank those who joined my sixth-month anniversary blog giveaway. Before I announce the winner, I’ll post pictures of the selection process via Random.org. 🙂

Step ONE. 62 names were randomized. Note that the multiple names you see are due to the additional points the participants availed themselves of.

Step TWO. The minimum and maximum number of participants (+additional points) were indicated in the randomizer.

Step THREE. The randomizer generated a number–13! So guess what…

Yay for Kristine! You won the gorgeous maxi dress from Cocco and cutie patootie accessories from Quirky Finds. E-mail me soon, dear!

A special thanks goes out to everyone else who joined and to my lovely sponsors. Always visit and follow this blog for more upcoming giveaways! <3

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