Port 88 Bazaar 09.17.2011

September 17, 2011. Port 88 Bazaar.

I’m not always present when there are scheduled bazaars around the metro, but the past weekend I obviously got carried away and went bazaar-hopping to my heart’s content. My first stop: the biggest mid-year bazaar held at The Megatent Events Venue.

My friends and I went to Port 88 last Saturday  after watching Contagion (which was, by the way, a very intelligent film). We were just in Greenhills so we thought of dropping by, and I couldn’t bear  the thought of missing out on all the shopping excitement with some of the trendiest brands participating in the event. And when we got there, oh boy, I was so right. Megatent was practically oozing with pretty clothes, cute accessories, and beautiful shoes scattered all around the place. There’s Cole Vintage, Virtual Mae, Five By Five, So!Fab, Charles & Keith and many more. It’s a crazy shopping haven. You’d want to take everything home!

Scroll down and take a peek:

FYI: All photos were taken by my boyfriend Mark. Sorry for looking a bit cranky. I went here straight from the office. And though my skirt is maybe a bit too short, I swear I tried my best to adhere to corporate dress code. :)

With my sister Micah <3

Cute statement rings. Sex and The City. LOL. =P

My friend Khryc and the girls behind Erzullie for plus-sized beauties :)

Almost everything's on sale! :D

I wasn’t exactly a big fan of bazaars, but this time I had a whooping experience! I am so excited to try on everything I bought, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Port 88 event. Totally blissful!

Next post: Carnival de Rainhas. :)

Happy days are here again!

Unfortunately, the concept of an eight-hour sleep is underrated in the corporate world. But I’m not dwelling on that, because there are so many good things happening in my life right now. I am trying to focus on being positive instead.

heart-printed top (Maldita) | vest (Giordano) | shorts (from Greenhills) | heels (Michael Antonio) | bangles (Girlshoppe) | red headband | studded ring (from Singapore) | robot ring (from Greenhills)

To start off, I am working on backlog! Yes, finally! These photos were taken around mid-August. The second half of that month practically caught me off guard with an overwhelming schedule, hence the late upload. I am still trying to adjust to my new daily routine, but I’m pretty confident that I’m on the right track somehow. I mean, my social life is slowly turning back to normal, considering that I’m required to work six days a week.

I spent the past weekend attending bazaars. Saturday at Port 88 in Megatent and Sunday at Carnival de Rainhas in Rockwell. I’ll be blogging about my experience later, with the pictures that were taken in between shopping and pigging out.

For now, here are the rest of my overdue photos.

Photographed by Mark Clemente.

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Project: Flared Dress

I was beguiled at first sight when I spotted on the movie poster for One Day. It was the perfect kiss, the perfect atmosphere, and the perfect vintage fashion. Tell me, who did not fall in love with Anne Hathaway and her flared skirt paired with those Dr. Martens boots? I, for one, am besotted. I told myself I must create a look similar to it, hence the challenge: Design a flared dress inspired by Emma Morley of One Day.

The Inspiration: Emma Morley of One Day (photo by cinemablend.com)

Materials: Navy blue fabric (printed), zipper, small buttons in beige, bias tape

The fabric caught my attention because of the print. It has scissors on it and a tape measure at the hem. It looked so enticing for someone like me who’s into sewing and fashion design. Plus, I thought the color was perfect, exactly the shade of blue that I wanted.

Compared to Emma Morley’s classic urban style in the movie poster, I did a tube dress to make it seem more feminine. My intention was to get an inspiration out of it, and not to copy the entire look. To tweak it some more, I paired the dress with my Forever 21 loafer boots. It’s the closest that I have to Doc Martens signature footwear. Also redundant with ribbons as you may notice, I am obviously a lot more girly.

This is the second dress that I made myself. I think I’m learning something new every time, so I’m taking it positively while practicing. Wish me luck on that! :)

Dress (self-made) | loafer boots (Forever 21) | necklace (from Singapore) | bracelet (Simple Joys) | robot ring (from Greenhills) | studded ring (Forever 21)

Photography by Mark Clemente

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The Barbie-Ken Wedding

I was reading the news in Yahoo! Philippines when I stumbled upon the photos of the cutest wedding in the history of international fashion scene. I knew the bride since I was three years of age, and she was in fact my first ever style icon. Seriously. Who doesn’t know Barbie?

I freaked out when I discovered that she already tied the knot with her Ken. Unfortunately, I wasn’t invited (LOL!). But I wouldn’t miss it for the whole world! And you shouldn’t either. So let me share these gorgeous photos with you as Barbie and Ken both say “I do.”

The preparation before the wedding

The lucky groom

The wedding ceremony

"You may now kiss the bride..."

The reception

The honeymoon? <3

Congratulations, Barbie and Ken! <3

And if I may just add, the photographer is a total genius. Hats off to you, whoever you are! ;)

Photos from: http://bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/barbie-and-ken-wedding-album

Going back to black

As much as I want to religiously update my blog, sleeping seems incredibly tempting every time I get home from work. My body clock again turned topsy turvy and I am yet to get used to my new daily routine. What’s more, traveling from Mendiola to Newport is, well, a pain in the ass. But looking on the bright side, everyone in the office is overwhelmingly nice, and I love the fact that I’m actually getting paid to write. Actually that’s just one part of my job description, but I am one frustrated writer here so it shouldn’t be so hard to understand why that means so much. As far as it goes, I’m enjoying this and that.

Less time to blog also means less time to go out. Somehow that too is synonymous to “less time to take photos”. Hopefully when I get the hang of it I’ll be able to regularly post updates again. For now, I’m forever grateful that holidays exist. Thank God for long weekends.

black corset (Bayo) | acid washed denim shorts (Greenhills) | black woven belt | red peeptoe pumps (People are people) | aviator shades | bangles | cross connector ring (Forever 21)

I started my long weekend with my bangs chopped off. I decided to cut it myself while I was sitting in front of the mirror and I accidentally spotted on the pair of shears that I use for sewing. Just like that, spontaneity got through me. I easily get tired of looking the same way everyday, so when I get bored it only takes me minutes to decide what needs to be changed. One time I even got rid of my super long mane to get a bob cut.

The photos were taken at our house in Cabanatuan where I was most delighted to spend the time off from work. It’s been a while since I last went home. I totally had a blast bonding with my family. Missed them to bits and pieces! Can’t wait for the next holiday. :)

Photos by Mark Clemente

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Project: Floral Dress

Originally, I just wanted to do a pencil skirt that I can wear to the office. But after finishing it I realized I could have made one using only half a yard of fabric, and ended up buying more than what I needed for a skirt. The material is way too beautiful to be put into waste. With all its romantic floral prints and pretty colors going around, it would be a crime to just throw the spare away.

Hence, I came up with a new project. The challenge: Create a fancy floral dress using these materials!

Old rose buttons, floral fabric, pink/navy green zippers

I was wondering what would work best for the spare fabric and before I knew I was sketching the design inside my head. I really wanted a ready-to-wear, ballerina-like dress that I can wear on a date feeling extremely posh and feminine. The colors reminded me of our junior prom that I organized way back in high school. I chose the same blend of hot pink and olive green for the motif and it worked pretty well, I guess. By that, I mean nobody complained (out loud, at least). Ha ha!

This is the first dress I ever made. Before this I had no idea I am even capable of making one. I’m thinking of creating something more advanced in the future. That is, if I can handle it. I’ll be needing more practice, but I promise to work on it! So do watch out for future posts (shameless plugging, ugh!).

For the record, I did wear this dress on a date. Dinner date, to be exact, so I apologize for the semi dim photos. I actually wanted to emphasize on the colors, but I hate using flash with the lights bouncing on my face and making me look zombie pale. I specifically asked Mark to shoot it as is. <3

floral dress (By me) | chained bag | grey platform pumps (Alice Viterbo) | rose ring (Forever 21) | pearl necklace (hand-me-down from my mom) | bow clip

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Roses and no champagne

I usually find myself choosing shorts and trousers over dresses and skirts. My hypothesis is that I am not so good when it comes to the really girly looks. And to add fuel to the fire, pink was never my color. I have nothing against it by the way. In fact, I am a huge Barbie fan! But sadly the golden blondie can pull it off better than how I could ever do in a thousand years.

skirt (Forever 21) | floral top (gift from Ellai) | pearl necklace (Forever 21) | pearl ring (Forever 21) | peep-toe pumps (Nine West) | feather earrings (Girlshoppe)

For what it’s worth, this is me trying. I do put an effort to look prim and proper at times, especially when an occasion leaves me with no choice. This time, I did it just for the heck of it. Ha ha!

The floral top was a gift from my best friend Ellai, and I love the lace detail at the back. Additional feminine factor, yes? I tried prints on prints, and ended up putting together a palette of black, red and old rose. It seemed a bit vintage so I thought of wearing pearls- lots of pearls! Ditching chains and crosses this time because it might interfere with my girly vibe for the day. I get carried away easily.

Once in a while, it feels good to embrace womanhood. And you should know, nothing can make a girl feel extra confident better than a pretty little skirt!

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