The Beginning of a Calligraphy-venture

Personal // 22 October 2014 // 9 Comments

I’ve embarked on a new creative journey in the form of Calligraphy writing! I’ve been wanting to do Calligraphy ever since 80% of my Pinterest feed featured the beauty of it on cards, letters, posters, etc. I never actually thought I could do it. But over the past few weeks, I’ve taken notice of local artists doing calligraphy and lettering, and I thought, “Hmm, I should give it a shot one time!” but alas, National Bookstore did not carry proper calligraphy pens (well, they did but they weren’t what I wanted) and then I saw Kimi suddenly tweeting her stuff which inspired me even more to start.

I finally got my dip pen + nibs yesterday, but because I didn’t order any ink, I just improvised and used watercolor + watercolor ink in black. Below are a few of my first few attempts and I must say, I did a pretty good job! To be fair, before this, I was practicing on a fountain pen which was also a lot harder to handle. I thought using a dip pen would be much harder, but it’s actually easier!

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As pictured above, I’ve been practicing using the Brause Steno nib. I actually have two more nibs, the Tachikawa G nib and the Brause 66 EF nib… I’ll be practicing writing with those tonight. For the life of me, I don’t really notice a HUGE different between all three nibs, but I’m fairly certain it’s because I’m either not putting enough pressure or the difference is so subtle that I’m just oblivious to it! We shall see, as I go along this Calligraphy-venture! I also really enjoyed experimenting with mixing watercolors like the middle photo in the top row. You can’t really tell but the colors mix beautifully! It’s so therapeutic, to be honest.

If you’re interested in venturing into calligraphy as well, you can check out Create by TLF, Craft Carrot, & Swirls and Strokes PH for any craft needs!

I can’t wait to keep creating! :)

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If you have favorite quotes for me to write, do let me know! I could send you a photo of it when I’m done! :)

S/S 2015 Philippine Fashion Week: Suiteblanco, Sfera & Uno de 50 + A Giveaway

Fashion // 20 October 2014 // 2 Comments

Ever since I graduated from fashion school last year, I took a break from all things fashion related. It wasn’t because I was no longer interested in it, I did spend 2 whole years finishing my majors, but more of just tired and ready to explore new roads… But slowly, I think I’m starting to get a whole lot interested in fashion again. I find myself admiring fabrics, patterns, silhouettes and designs. So here comes my utter excitement when I received an email about being invited to attend the S/S show of three European brands hailing from Spain: Suiteblanco, Sfera & Uno de 50! …And guess what? I’ve got tickets for you to come, too!

But first, a little introduction and background on each brand, yes?

Suiteblanco

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Spanish fashion label Suiteblanco ups its fashion cred and takes shopping to the next level by bringing its A game to the runway. Cut for sartorial splendor, Suiteblanco speaks to young, modern women with an uninhibited urban spirit who aspire for the latest styles that are affordable, which gives them more freedom with their spending.

Reviving timeless classic silhouettes, from circle skirts to fit-and-flare dresses, Suiteblanco’s Fall Winter theme is all about the merge of modern feminine and sleek minimalism. Black, white and gray pieces set the stage for the monochrome mood of the season.

Suiteblanco’s selection of beautiful tops and outerwear creates a fascinating fashion story that centers on dramatic texture and attention to details.
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What can we expect from Suiteblanco’s current Fall/Winter collection? 

Denim styled renditions, animal prints in lush materials, strong timeless appeal in my mythic proportions and a rigmarole of festive prints and aboriginal styles which lend a hippie flair to any luxe outfit.


Sfera

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The Popular Fashion Brand from Spain, owned by The El Corte Ingles Group, reveals classic, stylish, and elegant looks for the Runway. Manila expert shoppers will surely take note of the sophisticated, quality, and elegant clothing seen first-hand in Philippine Fashion Week.

Originating from Madrid, (S f e r a) is a fashion chain that exemplifies contemporary Spanish style, the network of branches spans to 216 stores all over the world—from its origins in Spain, the (S f e r a) brand influence has extended to an international network with stores in Portugal, Greece, Mexico, Peru and the Middle East.

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What can we expect from Sfera’s current Fall/Winter collection?

Color palettes such as khaki, green, red, blue, and gray, dense prints showcasing butterflies on trousers, shirts and dresses that pay tribute to spring, a throwback to the 60’s with leopard prints in camel tones, monochrome looks and knitted fabrics, bulky wools and tight skirts.


Uno de 50

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The search for yourself, a journey without a map or a compass, involves connecting with your surroundings. You are not in the environment; you are part of it. What at one point was contact or sense has now become a connection. UNOde50 searches inside each person to show that what defines them is not just an accessory, but rather part of them.

UNO de 50 has 501 of its own shops in Spain and over 25 abroad in some of the world’s top fashion capitals—New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Paris, Milan, Rome, and Amsterdam.

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The autumn-winter collection of UNOde50 is inspired by the sensations experienced by the human being on coming into contact with nature in its purest form.

The Connection collection falls into 4 lines. The first of these is based on the human connection on coming into contact with the winter forest. The jewels come in shapes to be found in the forest in the winter season: drops of frozen dew, stalactites or pebble stones, as well as other natural elements such as insects or berries and the seeds that precede the arrival of the first snowfalls.


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I’m giving away 6 F/W 2014 Philippine Fashion Week passes to 3 lucky winners for the Suiteblanco, Sfera and Uno de 50 shows on October 24 (Friday) at 9PM :)

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Life Lately

Life Lately // 17 October 2014 // 8 Comments

Life lately has been all about…

Heading home for a few days to spend time with family
A new miracle oil I absolutely have fallen in love with
Family pets and their utter cuteness
Finally chopping my hair to practically above the shoulder length — and it’s absolutely cute
Been wanting to learn Calligraphy, so mom gave me her old Calligraphy pen from 1993!
Appreciating sights and gems around the metro
Seeing the boyfriend despite our crazy schedules — it’s like the honeymoon stage all over again
Spending time with my baby sister Sam and witnessing her sassy-ness
Event invitations has got me all excited… Sunnies Birthday Bash & PFW!

I know we’re only halfway through October but I’m already so excited for November for various reasons, aside from being featured in 3 magazines, I also start makeup classes at The Makeup Secrets School in Robinson’s Manila. I’ve heard good things about the school, and have also seen the work of their previous students and they’re all amazing!

I wanted to share a photo from my last photoshoot for PEG Magazine, to show you one of the reasons I want to take up makeup artistry.

Here are four different looks, Naughty & Nice, and I do look naughty and nice accordingly! That’s how amazing Ana Victorino, the makeup artist for the shoot, is. She’s a YouTube beauty guru, and she’s completely self taught! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Total inspiration peg. I want to be able to do makeup so great the person’s beauty is enhanced, or totally changed if needed! So, if you ever need makeup services……… YOU KNOW WHO TO CALL. Haha

Hope everyone will have a great weekend! I’m spending mine doing work illustrations, doing Calligraphy exercises, and watching Brooklyn Nine Nine!

Lipsticks For Every Skin Tone

Beauty, Make-up // 13 October 2014 // 27 Comments

After scouring the web doing research on which lipstick shades fit every kind of skin tone, I decided to illustrate my top 10 favorite lipstick shades, which I think will truly flatter any pale, olive, warm, cool, dark, tan skin tone you may have!

One of my makeup goals is to purchase every lipstick shade on this list… It’s a lot, but hey, a girl can dream! I already own the Rimmel London Kate 01 red lipstick and it’s absolutely gorgeous on the lips! Definitely one of my favorites, and would use it over my MAC Russian Red any day, because it’s not as drying!

I always get inquiries about which lipstick shade would look good on so-and-so skin tones. I honestly don’t know, I have yet to truly understand which shades go with warm/cool undertones. I took it upon myself to finally do some research and scoured beauty websites who have tried and tested it… I, for one, don’t really follow any rules when it comes to what makeup colors I should wear that best fit me. I always believed that you can get away with wearing any kind of shade of lipstick (or makeup, for that matter) as long as you wore it with confidence. I don’t remember a time I ever looked at someone and thought, “Hey, their lipstick shade doesn’t suit them.” because majority of people who wear lipstick, wear it with utmost confidence. It’s all about loving what you’re wearing wearing it well that matters :)

Just remember, makeup is a form of self expression! You don’t always have to follow rules ;)

Discovering Sammy Snooze and the NESCAFÉ WakeUp App

Sponsored // 10 October 2014 // 6 Comments

Last Sunday, I came across a guy sleeping in a patch of grass in the middle of Bonifacio Global City. I took a quick snapshot and Instagrammed it. It wasn’t until a bunch of Instagram users started telling me that this guy’s name was “Sammy Snooze”, the sleepiest guy in Metro Manila, that I even knew who he was!

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My curiosity got the best of me, and off I went Googling and searching until I ended up on Sammy Snooze’s Facebook page and learned about the NESCAFÉ WakeUp App.

The NESCAFÉ WakeUp App is an interactive and social alarm clock that you and your friends can get involved in… It’s fun and it’s genius. No more annoying generic alarm sounds that our bodies have learned to snooze through. With the NESCAFÉ WakeUp App, you and your friends can send personalized video alarms to help kick each other out of bed!

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So instead of the usual alarm clock tones built-in our smartphones, with the Nescafe WakeUp App, you can record a video of yourself saying things like, “Wake up, *insert your name or person you’re trying to wake up*! You’ve got an important meeting and if you don’t get your butt out of bed you’re dead!” or send alarms to your significant other, family members, or friends! I’ve already gotten Gab to download the app, so we could send each other alarms, and it’ll be like waking up next to each other (aww! cheesy!). The Nescafe WakeUp App is FREE on iTunes & Google Play Store.

There’s a current weekly challenge going on at Sammy Snooze’s facebook page where you can win P10,000 just by sending in your own 10 second WakeUp video to Sammy Snooze. It’s simple, all you have to do is add Sammy Snooze on Facebook, download the Nescafe WakeUp App, and send Sammy Snooze your 10 second video alarm entry!

Last week’s challenge was to record a Wake Up video to help Sammy Snooze get up early for his marathon with friends (you can view the winning entry for that challenge here, to give you an idea on how to get creative for the next challenges) while This week’s challenge is to record a Wake Up video for Sammy Snooze so he won’t miss his flight early Saturday for a trip to Cebu with his family.

This campaign will have a culmination on October 26 at Glorietta 5 Atrium, where Sammy will be sleeping in the middle of the mall, participants of the challenge online and at the mall will be challenged to wake him up one last time so he is able to make it in time to a major event in his life.

You can stay up to date with the weekly challenges by visiting Sammy Snooze’s Facebook page.

 

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Photo Diary: Heima x My Apt x Hogsmith House Party

Photo Diary // 7 October 2014 // 19 Comments

heima house party 2I’m such a homebody that my favorite type of get togethers are at other people’s homes. I like the intimacy, the ambiance, the conversations, the people you get to meet. It beats the club or bar scene most people would prefer. Last Wednesday, I was invited to Heima‘s house party that was in collaboration with My Apt, and Hogsmith, who served us food so amazing I still dream about it 6 days later! The party was graced by different creatives in the industry; bloggers, photographers, illustrators, artists, writers. It was the kind of party I wish happened every week!

But that night wasn’t just a house party for me to attend, it was also a work thing because I was invited by Heima to take some photos for the My Apt Instagram account. It was my first time to ever be commissioned to take photos for a brand’s Instagram account and the experience was really fun! At first I was a little nervous, but I learned to trust myself and my aesthetic, thinking, “If they didn’t like your personal style, they wouldn’t be asking you to do this.” repeat, repeat, repeat! Haha I felt better when my good friend Artu arrived, out of my utter surprise as I wasn’t expecting him to be there at all, and turned out he was shooting for Heima as well. He knew the ropes seeing as taking photos is what he does for a living, and so I learned a thing or two watching him do his work!

I’m crossing my fingers that more house parties like this will be thrown by Heima and My Apt. I spent the entire evening talking to Jeline & Jamie, Artu & Meg — four people I already know and have spent some time with the past year! Networking fail on our parts. haha

Photos from the night can be viewed under the cut! Enjoy! :)

Warning: lots of food shots, because it was really really really so gorgeous to look at and photogenic! I hope Hogsmith opens up a restaurant really soon, and it would definitely be something I would recommend the crap out of!

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