Friday, February 21, 2014

Dorotee Sweetlips Upcycled Series // Classic Rosetta

Here's a very wearable upcycled piece for the Dorotee Sweetlips Upcycled Series project. I've been growing quiet a number of patrons who likes my functional pieces more than my creative pieces.. I understand the feeling of enjoying to look at really frilly lolita dresses but sometimes we just can't find the courage to wear them out especially on a Philippine setting. It feels nice too to have a different set of audience - not specifically lolitas but also those who simply likes unique fashion. So yea, as always, part of the proceeds will be donated to animal welfare when this dress finds a new owner. Hope you can help me fulfill my simple cause. 

Bodice's material is a nice georgette. It's a breathable fabric that is perfect for Philippine weather. It's adorned with bows made of quality ribbons.

Print is vertical strips of pale pink and white with lovely paisley print.

Hem is trimmed with a very soft cream lace.

Matching headdress is a bow made of chiffon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dorotee Sweetlips // Little Miss Sailor

Quick quick post since I'm gonna go to my OB in a while. I'm at 32 weeks! I'll finally know the gender of my little mini-me. For now, please enjoy this description-less post of this commission I just recently finished. Tah-tah!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dorotee Sweetlips at MATA EXPO

And yet another successful Dorotee Sweetlips fashion show for this year took place at MATA EXPO. This event was full-packed! I met different kinds of people compared to the usual events I go to. I met a lot of new friends - special mention to the girls in Kawaii PH.. You girls are the best! It's been a while since I've been around with hardworking people and I can't help but feel the need to catch up. It's just sooo contagious! Thank you for letting me work with you, guys.

As always, I'm super proud of my girls. Very supportive of each other!

Two new ladies just joined my crew. They are the winners of the model search I recently hosted. On the left is Sanakan, my personal pick, and on the right is Cole, who won the the people's choice. Both of them are super easy to work with! And Cole kind of looks like Kirsten Dunst doesn't she? That makes us have our very own version of Marie Antoinette, haha!

Dorotee Sweetlips will be having it's last fashion show for this month (most likely for the first half of 2014 since I'm giving birth on April) at Letran on Feb 21 2014. Official announcement will be posted soon in my page.

Thank you so much to KL Portraits and Deyza Montalbo for the wonderful photos!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lucy Pop Experience

Last week, we met Ms.Yukie of the seifuku brand, Lucy Pop during their mini meet at Big in Japan's Kiosk. You may read about the event in this post. Two days later, my friend Anne of Kawaii PH were invited by Ms.Yukie to come over to their hotel room to have a much more intimate look and experience on Lucy Pop's products. Thanks to Anne for tagging me along though it was very sudden. I really enjoyed it!

"Whoaaaa." - That's our exact reaction when we entered the hotel room. I admire how they organized the products. I can still remember Anne spazzing on the background because between her and me, this is more of her thing. Put me in a room full of frilly things.. I don't know what will happen. HAHA

Everything is sooo well-made.

These are my favorites since they have laces and charms on them. It kinda has the dolly x lolita touch in it.

Cute fabric! 

TADAH! They were so kind to let us try and model an outfit too. It was actually my first time wearing a school girl outfit, haha! I was hiding my baby bump behind that bag btw. XD

You may also read Kawaii PH's article about Lucy Pop here.

And here's a video for you guys to enjoy. Sorry if the quality seems "meh". I only used a digital camera and I'm not really skilled when it comes to videography. Haha.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thomasian Nihon Kyoukai's Jfashion Year 4

It's my second year being part of TNK's annual fashion event and I would really like to thank the organizers for assisting us from the very beginning. It was definitely better than last year's so I'm really looking forward to more fashion shows by TNK in the future. Here are some few photos I grabbed from kind photographer friends who came to see the show. Thanks everyone! <3

Photos by: Richmond Chi and Pefdgraphy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tokyo Sweets PH discount code

Hi guys! Valentines is almost near. Have you bought your loved ones something sweet already? You can now avail Tokyo Sweets PH treats for less by using this special code:


For a minimum purchase of 500php, you are entitled with a 5% discount on Tokyo Banana and Shigen Mochi and 15% for all the other treats they carry. The code is redeemable until July 31 2014. I highly recommend Sakura Matcha KitKat.. Sooo yummy! Happy sweets shopping~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The gift of self-love

The idea of self love kind of sound narcissistic at first. I can't blame anyone who would think of it that way, I would too.. but not until I learned the true meaning of it after all the emotional and mental storm that I had to conquer from the past two years since my Mama's passing. You know, the revelation that the only true family I had was only my Mama.. I have siblings who are supposed to be my new back-bone but turns out that they are they very people who would pull me down and the very first people who would literally laugh on the idea of me failing. People may say I am over-reacting since they are family after all but I could cross my heart that my brother did jinxed on me on failing.. I never felt so alone. Turns out family isn't always with people with whom you are sharing a name with.

I was so angry I cannot work. My work involves mainly designing and making pretty clothes while I dress up for my ootds and there are the usual fashion shows and press features to promote my expertise. I was literally living a career that most girls who are into these things would kill each other for. And yet I was so stuck with my depression that I forgot I can live a life of a fairytale. I just have to collect myself together, detach myself from the root of all the toxicity and go where I am celebrated, not tolerated. *queue Queen Elsa's Let it Go here*

I tried to find refuge with my best friends who stayed with me until the worst point in my life. I have a boyfriend for 8 years and just a half year ago, we found ourselves crumbling..almost falling out of love. While my friends would provide temporary comfort on me, the rot is still there. I would cry for ends and days questioning what I was living for.. why am I even alive? I chose to cry alone because I usually get distracted when around people so most of the pain was all felt on my alone time - where I just let myself feel every inch of pain, of anger and confusion. Everything was deteriorating.. my career, my relationship, my personality it got to the point my friends can't understand me anymore. I know that even though they won't tell.

Then one day, I got fed up. I got irritated with how cynical I've become.. I usually hate those kind of people and now I am becoming one. I accepted my faults and started collecting myself together by trying to fix my relationship with my beau. After all, he's the closest person whom I consider as family.. He knows all my secrets. Besides the romantic love, he's also my bestest friend if there is such adjective. It was a struggle but I endured everything and made a significant change for me to become a better partner despite how proud I can be when it comes to the two of us. I'm not sure when did I start to believe we are "we" again I just let time take it's course.

For a few months I've been detached to my friends as well. I just don't know what to say.. I easily get weirded out when it comes to awkward situations so I didn't push myself unto them just yet. I just let the distance and the silence float and one day, i don't know how, we are together again. Turns out I actually acquired ones that would last a lifetime.

While everything is falling into place bit by bit, as you may know now, I found that I was pregnant. I was hesitant at first because I don't really see myself as a parent. I just don't know what to do! Then just like the basics, I just let it sink in and here I am now, a proud mom-to-be.

Going back from where the change all started, I asked myself, "How did I do it?" And I think the answer is self-love. I started by taking care of what truly makes me happy.. It may sound that I was doing the people in my life a favor but really, the real essence of all of this is I took care of the relationships that enables me to become a better person that I can be. I can't find that with my siblings as of the moment because as you know it, no matter what I do, I can't really please them. So instead of trying to belong in a place where people would I say I belong, I chose where I belong with my own calling. I found it with a newfound family that is now my beau (hopefully my future husband) and my soon-to-be baby, my friends, my dog who literally stood by me from all of this and the patrons of my designs who makes me feel I have so much capabilities to ignite happiness with fashion as my medium. I realized I was blessed with proper knowledge, tools, and is so much capable of finding resources if I maximize them fully. I celebrated myself and it was just contagious in all aspects of my life. I practiced self-love.

Just like the Philippines, we have all the resources and people that if we all manage to maximize these blessings thoroughly, you can tell that we are really a beautiful nation. I think at it's very core, we are somehow lacking at the aspect of self-love. Filipinos are truly talented and resilient with mistakes and failures and perhaps with the gift of self-love, one would truly bloom. If more and more people would practice self-love like me, I know more and more people would be able to touch each others lives. If only each individual would celebrate each of themselves.. their capabilities and their resourcefulness, it would truly lead to a better and quality life whether financially, emotionally and mentally. It's a good virus and I'm really happy I found this because it can never make my day so much better when a subbie would tell me how inspirational I am to them. So if there is one thing I could give to the Philippines, that is to try my very best to empower the idea of self-love. I know with the help of #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 this would be possible. It would not be easy but gradual change is still change. To love!

How about you? If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift? Let me know and maybe you could own an iPad mini 2.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lucy Pop and CANMAKE at Big in Japan PH

I can't explain the feeling of having to realize how fast-paced the kawaii culture is making a great influence in Manila recently. Just yesterday, Lucy Pop, a Japanese school-girl brand has been introduced in Big in Japan PH store in Rockwell. It was so cool having to meet the folks behind the brand. They are so friendly!

I learned that Lucy Pop have been endorsed here and there by famous idol groups in Japan like AKB48 etc.. Though I don't really wear school girl fashion (yes, uniforms are considered fashion in Japan), it's pretty much a big staple when it comes to kawaii culture. Sailormoon and Cardcaptor Sakura, anyone?

They showed us samples of their products and gave us cute stickers as a token of appreciation for welcoming the brand. I love how enthusiastic they are! That's the kawaii spirit. <3

The bow ties were not available for purchase yet yesterday but I'm sure they are now on this day and onwards. That pink tie was sooo cute I would've gotten it if it was available.

They also showed us a catalog with more of their products. That plaid accessory set would be so cool for a school-girl x lolita look!

And yay! Free Japanese treats. How thoughtful!

I was able to talk to Big in Japan PH's owner too and he was curious how we found out about his shop and Lucy Pop. I gladly explained to him how powerful Facebook is as a tool especially in the Philippines. He was amused and politely asked me to share the news in my FB network. Of course! That's what I do anyway. XD

The kiosk is small but contains a lot of yummy merchandise. They have a wide selection of beauty products which include the now popular, CANMAKE cosmetics. The prices are reasonable too! I got myself a marshmallow compact which I will write a review about later.

So cute display!

Ohai, Deyza!

They also have a small selection of kawaii stationaries.. Perfect for actual school girls!

The Lucy Pop meet was just a quick affair as to I have to attend a production meeting at Vanilla Cupcake for Mata Expo, a multicultural event, happening this Saturday at One Esplanade. I will be showcasing a collection there in a fashion show together with US based designer, Josway and local mori label, Forestale. See poster for details.

After everything, it was time to retire with a hearty dinner at Little Tokyo. It's been two years since me and my beau have been there. The ambiance makes me want to be "spirited away"..

Like Lucy Pop's Facebook page here and Big in Japan PH here. Their store can be found at 3rd floor, Powerplant Mall, Makati.