Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Recent acquisitions | Maecia Musical OP commission

I've been treating myself with simple things during the past days for survival. I think I made a big mess with my time and business management. My list of commissions is out of control. Worse is, I haven't made any good savings. Most of it went to paying for my tuition and other bills and the rest.. I don't know. So, here are some photos of the stuff I hauled this week. Most of them are actually pretty cheap. Just something to lift up the mood. :3

A little sexy for my taste but I'll try to pull it off in a modest way. lol.

Ooh. a new wallet, finally! I've been stuck with my old broken wallet since forever and I wasn't able to replace it right away because I can't find any that's pretty enough. Wallets are not always cheap so it's pretty hard to find a good one. And, stationary! I like writing notes of reminders and I usually send notes to my clients too as a token of my appreciation. Ichigo cake and ice cream yay~

Undies. lol. I can't believe I'm actually posting these but I'm also a sucker for cute underwear. XD

Some fabrics for my projects in school. Mmm. I'm kind of having a second thought with the blue one with kitties. It's too cute. I want to use it for something else. 
 
I still have lots of other stuff here but I think they wouldn't be much interesting. Sooo.. moving on. I'm currently doing a commission for my client and friend, Patricia. She goes by the alias of Maecia in the internet so I called the design, Maecia Musical. I hope to finish this by the weekend so I could move on to another commission. I need to work out my working plan more. >.<

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Opheliac: rocking the fine line between being modern and romantic

It has been raining like crazy since yesterday. We've been hit by a horrible typhoon and I even saw in the news that two more storms are coming within this week. Talk about ruining your schedule. >.<

Anyway, because I got nothing I want to do (I still have loads of commissions I need to sew and I haven't finished my designs for some clients.), here is a little photography feature of one of my favorite people. She goes by the name, Opheliac. A muse who rocks the fine line between being modern and romantic. Without effort, should I say.



The photos were taken by me sometime last June. She's wearing clothes from the shop I am part of, Labyrinth Garden. I find it very easy to shoot with her because the camera loves her so much. She just look good in every picture. And her personality just shows in every shot. If I were a man, she would definitely be my type. lol :))




 



You may know more about her in her blog and please also visit Labyrinth Garden. Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm an artist and I don't have time for critics

Okay. That title is a little too bad-ass, should I say. I'm actually trying to help my way out between my personal fears and trauma. From the past few weeks, I have received offers from people which would help me and my works gain publicity. From joining a fashion awards down to just getting featured. I used to dream having to have these opportunities at hand but now I'm here, it's freaking me out. Sure, praises and compliments have been a candy to my ears but I have also been a victim of criticism and verbal abuse. I love my work too much just like how a mother would love her child. If somebody hurts her child, she gets hurt too. That's exactly how I feel about my work.

Now, I'm kind of afraid to show it to the world because I know not all would appreciate it as much as I do. And not all would be kind enough to choose the right words to help me grow. But I refuse to stuck myself within my fears. I refuse. That's why I'm writing this blog right now so I can always look unto it whenever I get afraid.


I just read a good article about 'how to handle criticism' and I got this quotation there. It's the perfect words for how I feel right now. I want to design clothes, therefore, I don't have time to read reviews. Come to think of it, I had my chance to get bashed here and there but I'm still here, breathing, making clothes. Sure, hurtful comments could paralyze me for a day or worse, a month, but I come to realize that my love for designing has always been greater and my love alone has erased my depression, frustrations, anger, and fears. Being rejected actually motivated me to do better than I can ever be. It may be hurtful but it works.

Reading the article taught me that yea, it's up to me if I would accept the gift of criticism. Plus, a critic would always depend on the critic's objective. If this person wants me to improve, s/he would pinpoint my weaknesses with the proper words so that I could work on it next time. But if this person simply dislikes me, his objective will be just to show his/her disapproval against you. It depends on the critic's motive, of course. How on earth wasn't I able to realize that. When I, being a human, feel the need to criticize at times and my need depends on my motive. Well, I am human. Just like I said.

As Eleanor Roosevelt says:
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

One of my bestfriends used to say that last sentence to me. And she's right. Damn if I do, damn if I don't. I know what I want and all of these, it's part of it. What I need now is the patience to stay in the game. :)



Sunday, September 25, 2011

New dress + Pupe Girl

I got a new dress from a thrift shop last Thursday. I love the neckline.
I'm uploading it in my Poupee. New friends would be awesome.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Acquisitions from weeks ago


for my on-the-go school wear


creamy pink strawberry scarf and socks


FAVORITE! stripey military style blazer. 8DD


I need to learn how to make something like this. 8>>>

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cebu City

Hello everyone. I just came home from a trip few days ago. Me and my beau went to Cebu, Philippines for a post birthday vacation. FYI, Cebu is the birthplace of Christianity here in the Philippines. I really like traveling and visiting historical sites. We might make this a bi-annual habit. Yay!



Local food. It's called 'puso'. It's how they serve their rice.


Of course, we didn't miss the all-time Filipino favorite, lechon (roasted pig). omnomnomnom


First spot. The Taoist Temple.


Can't believe there are actually places like this in the Philippines. It feels very much like China. :)


We're up in the mountains.


If I didn't become a fashion designer, I might have been an interior designer or an architect. I appreciate arts and design in any form.


Dragons. :D



 



 

Magellan's cross. The very spot where Magellan planted the first cross in the Philippines to mark the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago. The original cross is encased with another wood to preserve it. Teehee, I do read descriptions. :D


Lighting a candle along with praying has always been spiritually romantic for me.


Basilica del Santo Nino.





Haha. sorry for uninteresting pictures. But I am a sucker for interior design and architecture. :b



Our last day was filled with shopping and quality time. It was a stress-free experience. To be away from the busy-ness of daily life.



Cannot live without coffee~



And lots of reading and silence ahead. We did spent our last 3 hours in Cebu hunting for books and entrepreneur magazines. Ahhh. Nirvana. ;) We're going back in December to visit the beaches this time. I can't wait. :D

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mints and Poppies

Commissioned dress for my client, Jewel Sumayo.






Commission me? Email me in jcaabad@yahoo.com or like Dorotee Sweetlips' page in Facebook!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Boater Hats

Here are some hats I designed for Dorotee Sweetlips. It will be available for purchase in a few. Please check it out. :D



Pink and Paisley~

 
Dress: Customized | Bow: handmade

Afternoon Tea Party: birthday bash!

Me, together with my closest friends celebrated my 22nd birthday last August 27. It was a small, fun (and food!)-filled get together which I held in my humble work space a.k.a my atelier.

Anyway, I won't talk too much since I want to keep the serenity of the event. Nothing is more special than having real friendship, love, and company for my birthday. :)