Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye 2011 | Picnic Patches JSK


I'm back with a little bit brighter mood. I had my hair cut and it never felt so good to be actually different. This year has never been that good to me. But I still consider it a blessing for I know that after these, I wouldn't be afraid anymore. I consider my mom's passing as the most painful event that ever happened in my life. I don't think there will be any other that can bypass the pain I've been through. 

I officially resumed to the life I loved. Today, I started cleaning up the mess in my atelier. My brother showed his utmost support to me and promised to help me move into a better workplace. While I am still waiting for that, I will take this time to release the dresses I made just before my Mama passed away. I offer my work and my love in memory of my two selves: Mama and Papa. 


Picnic Patches JSK. Made out of good quality cotton and adorned with venise laces and ribbons. It will be available for purchase at Dorotee Sweetlips' site.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Wishes

I may sound irritating to some these days due to how pessimistic I am when I speak. I am aware of it, of course. But pardon me for a little while for I am still under grieving state. I don't know how long will it take though. Someday, you will understand. Nothing is permanent.

Anyway, even though I am not in the mood to celebrate the upcoming holidays, it would be a good therapy to actually wish for things. And as I asses what I really want this Christmas, I can actually say the wishes I have now is not of a child anymore. I don't know what to feel exactly. It's a mix of sadness and amusement. It's bittersweet.

I only have 5 wishes this Christmas:

1. Peace of mind
2. Good Health
3. More chances of travelling
4. Stronger bond with my old friends
5. Continuous career in fashion

I do not put too much interest with material things that much anymore. Those things I can buy if I wanted to. These things I wish for are hard earned and can sustain me for a lifetime.

Merry Christmas everyone. I'm currently photo-less if you have noticed for my camera lens died on me. I hope to get me a new one before the year ends so I can document stories through photographs again. Once again, I greet every one a Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Of sadness and anger

Sorry for those who found me gloomy during the past weeks. It has been very hard for me to go on with my normal routine ever since my Mama passed away. While I may find ways to cheer up myself, there are little things that kept on reminding me how different it is now without my Mama. I have always been independent when it comes to financial needs. I financed my own business. I sent myself to school. But I know deep inside, I am still a child who needs the love and care that only a mother can give. I miss my Mama.

Things would have been a lot easier at home without our cousins pestering us. They wanted a piece of the pie of whatever my parents have left. If I was an only child, I would be very glad to leave this place altogether and start a new life on my own, keeping in touch of the people who makes me happy. After all, I kept telling myself, what I am now is more than enough. No million-worth cash can replace the good life, values and education my parents have given me. Nobody can steal my heart and my mind.

Please pray for me that I may be more strong and patient.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm now a mother..

..of my four younger siblings. I don't feel very comfortable to disclose the news to people I'm not tightly connected with and even to people whom I don't even know. I want this event of my life to be remembered in such a way that is serene. But what can I do? I need to let people know that I am a different person now..not different-different but the change I need to make is not a necessity but a responsibility I need to face. I have a body of a child but there is work to be done.

Two days ago, my mama died.

I didn't cry much. I only did until I saw her when I arrived here in her hometown, where she died. I am in denial but I knew that she knew this was coming. Even in her ill condition, she insisted on going home because she knew. Weeks ago, she suddenly sent contractors to install the window display for my atelier. Weeks ago, my banished sister was finally welcomed by her with open arms. Just so you know, she used to be against about my choice of career. That is the reason why I work hard to pay for my education..because she refuse to pay for it. My sister have tried asking for forgiveness.. several times.. but failed every time. She knew this was coming. These were her last gift to us.


My mama is a woman torn between the practical and the luxurious. It's funny to admit that most of my personal qualities are very much the same with hers. Sometimes, I think, I AM her. Only less kind. With proper words and actions, she can easily give her heart to anyone. That part, I didn't inherit. My trust cannot be easily gained and almost impossible to regain if you break it.. I think I got that part of me from my papa. What I am now is a product of Mama and Papa. My two selves are together now and what I can do is to be happy for them. They have lived a fruitful life. It is my promise to live mine in the same way.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wine dress for Ms.Tracy L.

Commissioned classic lolita dress from my client Ms. Tracy L.
Please visit Dorotee Sweetlips for more of my works.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Everything turns green and blue everytime I see you.

Afternoon coffee and strolling with my beau and my chocolate baby girl last Monday. <3

Blouse- Labyrinth Garden | JSK - Justine Chantelle | shoes - thrift 


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Two outfits for work

What I wore during two of my working days. Probably when I am doing my frilly commissions. I used to think I have fallen out of love with this style but when I try to pick out the dresses from my closet for a closet sale, I just can't. I thought, Summer Finn is right.. Who cares? I'm happy. Do what you want as long as it feels right.

blouse and JSK: local market | shoes: Bodyline

blouse- local market | skirt- handmade | bow - handmade

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gaia Maidens: Lilibeth

Second set for the Upcycled Fantasies by Dorotee Sweetlips. The Gaia Maidens collection is composed of four nature inspired dress sets and will be be released one each at a time this month.

I call this first set, Lilibeth. Made out of upcycled materials, deconstructed, cut, sewn and designed by yours truly. Inner blouse is sponsored by our sister shop, Labyrinth Garden and will come with the set for free.

If you are interested in purchasing this, you may do so in Dorotee Sweetlips website. Upcycled Fantasies is a project in support of The Earth Friendly Lolita Project. 50% of the proceeds will be donated in kind to CARA Welfare Philippines.

 Gaia Maidens collection:
1. Flora Sophia
2. Lilibeth
3. (stay tuned)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hello, Kisses!

My new baby girl, Kisses. She's such a stress reliever even though I still have problems with the cats (it was their first time to meet a dog so yea, lotsa arch back-ing going on -_-").

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tutti Frutti Sunrise for Ysaii

Hmmm. Dresses and commissions three journals in a row eh? I am dealing with so much problems at home that I find refuge in designing and dressmaking. Thank you to my cousins who always try to test my just don't know how much drive you bring to my productivity. :))

Anyway, here is a commissioned piece for my client and friend, Ysaii. It's a simple lolita dress with scallop hemline, sweetheart neckline, and puffed sleeves. Fabric provided by the client.

Want to see more of my work? Visit Dorotee Sweetlips page.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Punk basics

This post is going to be very short since I feel extremely sleepy during this time of the day. Here are photos of my latest completed commission for Mr. Jeffrey. It's a medieval inspired punk set and a purple skirt. He gave me references for the design so I just altered it a bit to make it a little less costume-y but more of wearable.

Please visit my shop, Dorotee Sweetlips. <3

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gaia Maidens: Flora Sophia

First set for the Upcycled Fantasies by Dorotee Sweetlips. The Gaia Maidens collection is composed of four nature inspired dress sets and will be be released one each at a time this month.

I call this first set, Flora Sophia. Made out of upcycled materials, deconstructed, cut, sewn and designed by yours truly. Inner camisole is sponsored by our sister shop, Labyrinth Garden and will come with the set for free. Boater hat is included. Also designed and made by me.

If you are interested in purchasing this, you may do so in Dorotee Sweetlips website. Upcycled Fantasies is a project in support of The Earth Friendly Lolita Project. 50% of the proceeds will be donated in kind to CARA Welfare Philippines.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Behind the Frills and Jasmine Tea II

I guess it's fate. Everytime I feel like I've grown out of lolita, things happen. Things that make me fall in love with it over and over again. One of the reasons are the things, I, myself have started. It cannot help but follow me. Lolita have not only became a hobby, a fashion, or a lifestyle in my life. It also became my responsibility. Why such a strong word? Because now, there is already an existing family. Thank you so much for the new and old faces of The Philippine Gothic and Lolita Community for keeping this family alive even with my not-so-constant presence in the community. Thank you.

Last Saturday, our family celebrated it's two years of love and friendship. Just another day of pure clean fun. I really must make it a goal to arrange a better event for these girls next time. Everyone was just so supportive to each other. I love them.

Sushi c/o Meidolls Cafe.

Gerr and her friend. It's a delight to see her there. She has always been supportive to me and my work. <3

Who wouldn't love?

 Dress: customized | Stripey blazer: thrift | Pillbox hat: handmade | Pumps: customized

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Slim's at 50 years Exhibit 2011

Late blog post is late. Blame it on my frequent short memory span recently. Of all the things I would forget: Le Camera. So sorry for a not-so-appealing photographs this time.

Anyway, three of my works were picked for the Slim's Fashion and Arts school 50th anniversary exhibit two weeks ago. I'm very proud to be a part of the very intimate Slim's family. Our school has brought success to many designers who are very famous not only locally but also internationally. Some of them are: Micheal Cinco, Oliver Tolentino, and Cesar Gaupo. I hope one day, my hardwork and my choice of choosing Slim's for my fashion education would also bring success in my career. Everybody is just so inspiring. I'm very happy to be surrounded by these awesome people. <3

My works

I take pride of the amazing Slim's craftmanship!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Philippine Fashion Week 2011: Slim's @ 50

I just checked my email and saw my special invitation for PFW next week. The show includes the best alumnis of the school I am attending to: Slim's Fashion and Arts school. Two of my classmates who just nailed the Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awards recently will also be showing their works there.

See you there!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What he thinks, he becomes

Today, I just made a decision to focus on my true goals and set aside things that is of lesser value to me. As much as I wanted to do each and every one of my plans, projects, etc, it's time to grow and weigh things. I need to pay more attention to long-term activities now than to those that can only give my work 15 minutes of fame. I am young and I easily get distracted with bits and bits and chunks and chunks of limelight but I thought, is this what I really want to be? 

unfinished illustration by yours truly, Justine Chantelle

I have to set my priorities straight. It doesn't matter now if it means letting go of many things that distracts me. And though I hate to mention it, it includes the starting point of this all: Lolita. While it has opened my eyes to my interest on fashion designing, I realized now that it has kept me imprisoned and trapped with all the elements that completes it. I still love it. It will forever be part of my youth, my younger self. But having true love for it doesn't mean it will be the only thing I can do. It's still too dressy to be considered usual but whether you agree or not, it's not as uncommon as it was in the beginning. I am letting some of it go because I want to innovate. I want to create my own brand.

My mentors in school have asked me to focus completely with my education by attending school 6x/week. Although it would be a total mess with my current schedule, I had to do it. I know they know the best for me. I am currently under intensive training and learning for a competition they have asked for me to join to represent the school. I am going to be busy until half of next year. Alleluia! May the heavens be with me.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Over the hills, lies a new beginning

October 12 2011 | Normal school day | Black hair | 76 months dinner date | Mall of Asia

Blouse: Labyrinth Garden | Skirt, bow, pumps: customized