Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Going Vintage 20's on my 27th celebration - A spur of the moment style

                                               It's the time of the year again where I am reminded to hurry up and set directions for myself. In a way, I have loved the Idea that I have accepted myself, how I look and how other people might react towards me. It has been a life long challenge to prove myself to anyone that I am more than my weight. So far, the results are really good. I don't worry about dresses that don't fit as so well for my body type because I have an irregular shape anyway, I can make my own. People are starting to open their minds and accept big and beautiful women and I already feel welcomed and respected with whatever I wear. What matters most are your beliefs, educational investments achievements in life and most of all my family and a few friends.

                                               Thank you for supporting me in any of the endeavors that I have encountered. I really felt that my jewelry and dress projects were appreciated by people I know and love. It really matters that you do acknowledge my Ideas are worthy of being worn by every woman of varied body sizes. That alone gives me a feeling of fulfillment and contentment. Thank God for the gift of art and beauty.

                                               Other people might say what they want about me and whatever creations I have, they are entitled to their opinion but one thing is for sure. I wont allow them to crush and step on my dreams. I still have a lot to learn and I admit that I am no expert yet. Whatever designs I have, it always comes from the heart. That's one thing that I could be proud of. All of my creations are made out of love with a mixture of pain and happiness.

                                               Another thing about being 27 years old is that I am pressured to achieve something that is greater or better compared to what I have achieved in the past. I hope that my motivation would keep me going and let inspiration fuel the fire of my desire to be lead where I'm supposed to be. Living a life full of passion is on the top of my list and hopefully, I'm getting closer but of course, one step at a time.

                                              My target for this year is INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM. It might be hard and outside my comfort zone but I hope I can achieve this sooner or a little later. It really matters when you learn to do basic and practical things on your own. Anyway, my sister, who has always been there for me will always be behind me in every step of the way. Thank you my dearest sister. I love you!

                                    GOING BACK IN THE 1920'S ON MY 27TH BIRTHDAY WAS FUN

                                              Red hair was my favorite search topic on Pinterest and Google images. At first, I'm very scared to try red because it might not fit my personality but I finally tried Reddish  Brown and so far I was satisfied like I was dying to have it dyed for several months already because I'm tired of having a blonde hair. I fell in love with Emma Stone's hair so she was my hair inspiration in this hair style. Plus I researched on how to do the finger waves without having to spend too much on a finger wave ceramic iron. I just did it manually. You can check it on Youtube.


 So far, I had positive feedbacks regarding my hair color and DIY hairstyle.



         I decided to pair it with a button down black and white printed dress and accessorized it with a green belt just to emphasize the curvy shape of my body and used my color blocked Guess heels.


FRONT VIEW

FRONT REAR VIEW

Did I mention that I was with Taylor swift on that day? LOL nahh just my sister doing the Taylor swift inspired hair and outfit.

My sister's boots are from Zara, I did the styling of her outfit. Is it bad? and she's wearing my 1st bib necklace creation.


Thank you Lord for allowing Mr. Sun to celebrate with me during my Birthday. It is rare that Mr. Sunshine would accommodate my  birthday invitation . Most of the time, he refuses but this time he didn't fail me.



I spent the rest of the afternoon chilling with my sister as always.

Again, just shared my ideas with you. I just realized I gotta make life my very own. Just live the moment because I'll never be this young anymore. As each day passes, I grow older and I should strive to be better. Thank you everyone.

* Emma Stone's picture is not mine. Credits to the owner
*Black and White Dress is by Happy Day New York


Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Taste Test of my ultimate dream: The SUMMER LOVE AFFAIR collection, Summer Break Fashion Show at San Juan La Union, My very 1st Fashion show

                                               I am thankful for being given a chance to showcase my very first jewelry collection. Honestly, I was very excited for this event though it didn't turn out as I expected. Positive and negative experiences taught me a lot. One thing that I have learned is to expect the worst but still I was able to survive this day. As an amateur jewelry artist, I know that I still have to go through a lot of experiences so I'll just charge this to experience. Below are some pictures of the SUMMER BREAK FASHION SHOW introducing my very first Jewelry collection.

SUMMER LOVE AFFAIR 
with the sub collection; Romance Crafted this Summer


The line up of Models


The very fabulous Jacky wearing my chandelier necklace  <3 (My favorite)


 The Gorgeous Kyra wearing my Black and Gray Tear drop necklace 
from the sub-collection: Romance Crafted this Summer



Another sizzling hot  Model wearing my Aqua stone neck-piece and Bangle

 Mesmerizing Margie wearing my bib necklace


 Another pretty model wearing my chained swarovsky necklace



The lovely vintage model wearing my shell jewelry set perfect for summer


The sultry model wearing my embellished collar neck-piece


Sizzling Jem wearing my emerald ball jewelry set


 
The sweet and sexy model wearing my Royal blue Queen's necklace
Not really a good choice of hairstyle for this type of necklace
this is sad that the designed was covered but a decent picture will be posted soon


 Hot and sassy Chin wearing my butterfly chandelier necklace

 

Last but not the least,the fiercest of them all Ezra wearing my headpiece


Finale line up of Models


 This wouldn't be possible without the Silhouettes Modeling Management Team, Mr. Paul Stephen and of course my best friend, run way coach, stylist and fashion designer Axel Gabe Villacillo's designs were also launched on the same day. You can find his collection on his facebook account.

* The photos aren't mine Credits to Mr. Paul Stephen.
*Thanks to San Juan Beach Resort Association for making this event possible  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Eye for pastel : My very first date with Manolo and my Lola Menia's floral pastel invaded dress.

                     Hello Summer! Nice to meet you again my favorite season! Pop colors and floral prints makes my heart skip a beat. Blue skies with the bright rays of sunshine that touches my chubby cheeks smitten me every single day. A Breezy summer afternoon is my favorite part of the day and it is my favorite time to sport my summer dress. This Pastel colored floral dress is special because It is my Lola Menia's dress which was handed down to me plus I am pairing it with my new BOYFRIEND.

LET'S TALK ABOUT PASTEL COLORS AND FLORALS
          
                      Honestly, I am avoiding pastel colors for the reason that it flaunts my flab and curves. In secondary school, I loved pastel Pink so much but whenever I try fitting pastel colored dresses it makes me look like im size 20x so I really avoided such color. In the dress that I am wearing in this post, the pastel color pink and peppermint was combined together + floral prints = SUPER SUMMERY DRESS

                     Yup! I wasn't able to look slimmer , just my size. It isn't a problem because now that I am a full grown woman, I have learned to accept facts  like I am really a plus size woman and very determined to make any outfit work. It complemented my fair complexion and it made me look younger. can you guess my age in this photo? This dress made me feel that I am in my teen years. Let's say over sweet sixteen? LOL!!!! Looking at my photos I realized i just looked like a fat girly doll! No worries! I just have to be flexible when it comes to dressing up. I can be a matured office girl, a vintage lady and this time a teen fat girly doll. Floral prints are my favorite for years now and I still have this great love for these colorful symbol of summer. Below is a photo of the dress.



ACCESSORIES

                     Accessories play  a major role in sporting any summer look. I used my summer monogram Guess bag with my  White Kensie cat eye shades and my ohh so hot MAC Candy Yum Yum Lippie. 


MY BOYFRIEND

                    Introducing my pretty Boyfriend Manolo... My very first Manolo Blahnik pair. I am a Carrie Bradshaw fan and I saw how she loved Manolos so much. Before , I used to fantasize having one and I wonder how it feels to slip your feet and wear a Blahnik and now It's my turn to feel the magic of Blahnik. As I paired it with my summer dress, the Pink Blahnik Mary Janes with bows gave a touch of vintage on it. I was in heaven the entire afternoon. The timing is very perfect because It is color pink so I can post it for the Pinay Curvies "Eye for Pastel" Challenge .





What do you think? Was I able to pull the look off? I would appreciate comments and suggestions.

VIVA PLUS SIZE GIRLS! Let's liberate ourselves and don't allow society to dictate what and how we should look. The secret is just be yourself and the glow from within will radiate naturally.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

DIY Holiday Necklaces

                                             I admit that I wanted to do something different compared to what I have done before. They are mostly bib necklaces or triangular. I'm lucky enough to have found the appropriate design for the different materials that I have like pearls, used Swarovski stones and butterfly stones.

 BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMACH
                                            
                                           

                                              Before, he used to give me butterflies in my stomach. His presence or even a glance on his pictures would give me this feeling that I can't explain that's why I was inspired to make this Butterfly neck piece.

ASSORTED COLLAR NECKLACE


                                                 I have some stones that were left in my jewelry making box set and  bicones and pearls Some were used and some are new.. just extras from other necklace projects. A collar necklace has been on my bucket list for quite some time but I have not thought of combining left over stones. Maybe I was just in the right mood to construct a colorful piece that I was able to mix and match pearls with different colorful stones. It is a unique necklace that I could pair with dresses.

CRAZY CHANDELIER 


                                             This is a combination of different old stones and some Victorian inspired stones that I found out of a broken bracelet of my mom. I tried to arrange the stones properly so I can turn it into a wearable chandelier necklace. Finally, I was able to use the last two tear drop Swarovski stones which are new.
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                                             I just utilized the available resources that I have and I ended up with wearable necklaces with different themes. I enjoyed holiday parties last Christmas and New Year with my new accessories.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spiced up my Grand Ma's Midi Dress - A preview of the first redesigned hand me down dress from lola

                                              Midi dresses were really one of the styles that I think I couldn't pull off that well. Considering that I am plump and not really tall, you would understand why. High heels would be a good solution to that problem but when I went to see how I look in the full length mirror, I felt that there was something that was missing or wrong? not really sure  or maybe I am not ready for midi dresses yet. What I did was to contemplate. Should I alter the shoulders, sleeves or just adjust the hemline to a short one? (my favorite) but I think it wouldn't give so much life to the dress. I wanted to preserve it at the same time I wanted to redesign it but not really a big transformation because it will always be my Lola Herminia's dress. I can still remember  her wearing this dress when she was still healthy. She loved midi and maxi dresses but I am quite different from her. Yes! we both are a fan of dresses but when it comes to the length we have a huge difference LOL. Just to add a touch of my personality, I finally decided to cut of 3 inches wide slits on both sides. That time, I wasn't so sure about what I am doing or what would the result be. Then here it is.... I just took the risk of doing something different.





                                                 I paired it with my peppermint pumps and the holiday necklace that I made. I will be telling you more about those holiday jewelries that I made on my next post and of course I am excited to tell more about the heirloom dresses from my Grand Ma Minia that I redesigned.

*Peppermint Pumps - Guess

Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY Embellished Flats



                                               Out of boredom, I was able to come up with a DIY project. My plain and simple black flats is one of my most comfortable shoes. I suddenly figured out that I have fancy stones left and I can use it to decorate the used pair of flats. Looking for pretty jeweled flats at the mall was a challenge and I cannot find something unique that I really like so this is the outcome of my motivation and creativity.

This is my used plain black flat shoes. I  bought this from a Marikina stall worth 100 php :)



I have chosen to put different colorful stones to glam it up

This is the finished product


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cut it out!

                                         This is a very late post of my designed and redesigned dresses. Summer is my favorite season of the year. If it is possible to have a country with one season in a year which is summer. I should have lived there.  From summer to the rainy season, I have been craving to make some dresses that I have designed but since my baby Singer needs repair, I was only able to make dresses by June and finished it all by July. Due to the heavy rains another problem is to take a decent photo but finally, I was able to finish everything. My theme for this collection is cut out designs.

WHY?

                                         I just found it interesting, challenging , stylish and sexy at the same time. Revealing dressess are not my type but I wanted to flaunt or bare some skin and look gorgeous at the same time. I just wanna keep it simple and classy.  

The photos below would showcase 1 cut out top and 4 dresses:

Black and White Cut Out Top

                                             


                                            This is a redesigned over sized top. I decided to cut out and design the chest and arm area. It's almost a heart shaped cut out from the check to the neck and at the arm is just a simple oblong cut out.

Animal Print Cut Out Shirt Dress 





                                                This is an over sized sweat shirt but I really like the print so I decided to reinvent this into a dress that I can pair with flats and heels. The cut out design is in the neckline area. I trimmed the polo that was attached in the cotton sweat shirt and revised a cutout design at the side of the arms.

 Lacy Ribbon Back Skater Dress


                                                  I designed this dress wondering whose wedding should I use it to.. Well it should have been Kathleen's but I was not able to go. Laces were trending since last year but I just tried making my own and it's a color white dress. I know it would make me look larger but I like white dresses since it looks neat . It's a ribbon Back dress because of the cut out at the back area and there is a ribbon in the middle where the straps of the dress are connected.

Floral Double Layered Pleated Dress


                                                     

                                                  
                                                 Floral dresses have been my favorite for years now but this one is quite unique form the others. This is a redesigned vintage dress. The Lacy design in the neck area is the most attractive accessory in this dress that is why I removed the long sleeve of the dress then sewed a tube that was connected to it. At the back is just a sleeveless design of the top. Actually, this is a maxi dress but since I like above the knee hem lengths I turned it into a double layered skirt since I do not like to waste the excess cloth. The prints are too cute!

Ribbon Cut Out Mullet Dress




                                                 I've been so glued to high low dresses just forgive me on this one. I love the flowy feel of the cloth. This was a long dress with a long sleeve. I really couldn't pull off a long dress so I decided to make a mullet again. The sleeves of the dress were really long and I know I would not be comfortable wearing it in a sunny weather so I planned to cut it off and reshape it like a teardrop sleeve. The cut out design was in the neck area. Without the cut out design this dress would be so plain and boring. So far, this was my favorite I just don't know when to wear this dress. It looks a bit semi formal.


                                                   Viva Plus size girls! we should have the freedom to express ourselves and let no one prohibit us from being happy and comfortable with our curves. I would appreciate opinions and comments.

Shoes  by CMG, GUESS and JELLYBEAN