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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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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In and Out

I am usually dumbfounded whenever somebody would ask me to define the term fashion. I mean, basically I think it’s an art, and a means of expression. But really, how does one define something that is so exquisitely vague and in most cases subjective? Likewise, how can someone tell who’s “fashionista” and who’s not? Tricky, right?

loafer boots (Forever 21) | canvas bag (Louis Vuitton) | cropped top (Forever 21) | mini dress (Victoria's Secret) | chain necklace (Amientottie) | cross necklace | tights (from Hong Kong) | zipper bracelet and bangles | leopard-printed connector ring (Jellybean)

Question: Would you say that it’s the girl who’s always “in”?

To be honest, I for one am not easily besotted by trends. They just come and go, like how the movie stars can rise and fall, like how our economy can reach the peak and then suddenly slide down to a recession. It’s like making a purchase for something that you will only be able to use for two to three times until it’s already labelled a fad. It’s a sad, endless cycle of fashion melodrama.

A fashionista does not necessarily follow then trends, because it defeats the purpose when you’re supposed to be the one setting the trends. I’m not saying this is an official definition from Merriam-Webster alright, but there is a big fat line between a fashionista and a girl wearing or carrying an “it” item. Even if it’s on sale, you may think you have saved so much for buying a trend on a bargained price, but don’t think that way because business is still business at the end of the day. We consumers tend to forget that a “sale” tag is merely a marketing strategy and not a charity act.

There is generally nothing bad about following trends, especially if you really fell in love, and more so if it looks amazing on you. But investing on something for the wrong reasons is just so, well, wrong. Make sure you’re not compromising your own personal style just for the sake of blending in with the majority. Remember: you’re a trendsetter, not a follower! :)

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View from the top

I already started working on my requirements and so far, I am nowhere near done and somewhere close to dead. I’m so exhausted I can’t even think of an appropriate title for my latest look in Lookbook.nu. I ended up borrowing creative juices from a Gwyneth Paltrow movie. View From The Top is one of my favorite flicks, perhaps because it’s been my frustration as a kid to become a flight attendant, and then I realized that’s how it’ll remain forever. A big fat frustration.

sailor top (Love Trends) | high-waist denim shorts | platform pumps (Alice Viterbo) | studded ring (from Singapore) | yellow slim headband | pearl bangle

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I saw this yellow headband from my sister’s stuff and I decided to steal borrow it for a day. Yellow is actually one of my favorite colors. I think there’s something sweet and vibrant about it, or maybe it’s just me thinking out loud. I don’t know. Anyhow, I thought it would be a perfect contrast for a black-and-white outfit, plus the yellow platform pumps to brighten it up some more.

Adding a hint of color in a monochromatic palette can also be fun. It can alter your entire look or maybe just tweak the vibe a little bit.It’s true that you can never go wrong with a black and white ensemble, but I try not to be too comfortable in the safe zone. And I don’t think you should either! <3