Monday, December 28, 2015

Filipina Queen: My top 10 picks from

I usually don't follow big beauty pageants but this year's Ms.Universe have gone a little differently from the usual that made the internet blow. Okay, "little" is an understatement. It was crazy! Amidst the controversy, I can say I'm pretty proud with our country's representative, Pia Wurtzbach, for winning the crown. I have read about her journey in reaching for her dreams and it's indeed inspiring. I have only known about her after the Ms.Universe incident and even though the event happened with lots of stress and confusion for her, I'm pretty sure she'll reap good things from it in the end. Best of luck, Pia!

Today, I'll share with you my top 10 picks of formal dresses from which are inspired by our very own queen, Pia, featuring two colors from the Philippine flag that she wore during the contest: red and blue. First off are 5 red dresses inspired by Pia's "rescue red dress" by Filipino designer and a fellow Slim's Fashion and Arts school alumni, Oliver Tolentino.

Red is a loud color so my personal advice is let the color stand by itself when wearing one. Just like this simple grecian inspired dress from So elegant.

Not a fan of the shiny and glittery details but I like the bustier bodice and the fluffy skirt. (You know me, for the love of "cute" ehehe)

Lovely Napoleonic era style! This look is best for those who likes the class and elegance of the old times.

Interesting oversized bodice and wide neckline. This dress is for the women who believes class is the new sexy.

The extended bodice illusion of this dress is perfect for those who want to look like they have a long and slimmer torso.

So that's my 5 picks of red dresses from Up next are my favorite 5 of blue dresses inspired by Pia's final gown in a beautiful shade of royal blue.

Top two picks are, of course, should be something cute. Sweetheart necklines and fluffy skirts are forever on my top picks because we need to keep the youthful vibes going on in the name of kawaii. ehehe.

A little simple but this one reminds me of Pinup girls. Channel your 50's babe vibes with a dress like this.

Last two picks: one for the sweet and conservative and another for the fierce and daring. A true queen's quality is one who can be sweet yet fierce when situation calls for it. Pia owned all of these personas though. :)

And that's it! You can visit for more dresses. They are having a big sale at the moment so better check them out! :)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"Kawaii Afternoon" - Justine Chantelle x Beau Crescent's kawaii life

Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate. Here's a slice to Justine Chantelle x Beau Crescent's kawaii life in photos. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Monday, October 19, 2015

My personal picks from Picked Looks' formal dresses selections

Pastel, lace, tulle, ethereal.. If I were to pick a prom dress these would be my keywords to find the perfect dress. I never experienced a prom coming from an all-girls school but I got to experience a graduation ball though. I wore black because I was on my "rocker" phase. Hahaha! No regrets! But now I have transitioned to my girly kawaii lifestyle, these selection of formal ball dresses by Picked Looks would define my tastes now. Of course I'd wear them with a kawaii hairstyle, make up, and lolita shoes to complete the look. Somehow, they remind me of my idol, Etsuna Otsuka. These are something she'd probably wear too, don't they? So pretty!

Satin Tulle Off-the-shoulder Short/Mini A-line Beading Ball Dresses

I liked this one because of the nicely done bodice and is very reminiscent of corsets way back in 1500s or the Elizabethan era. Bead work is carefully placed and designed..not too busy and just about right to give the dress the unique character it needs to stand out. And of course, the color. I love the very soft tint of lavender used here. It gives a dainty and youthful feeling to balance out the stiff structure of the bodice.

Chiffon V-neck Floor-length A-line Draped Bridesmaid Dresses 

Pretty muted pastel colors on these Grecian inspired bridesmaid formal dresses. I love how simple they are so it depends on the wearer on how will they give it character and style. If I were to wear one, I'd probably either make it look like I'm a guardian fairy from a forest or a highborn lady from the regency era. Basic pieces like this are indeed very versatile.

Lace Satin Tulle Scoop Neck Floor-length Princess Appliques Lace Ball Dresses

Two of my favorite materials - french lace and soft tulle, in my most favorite color - peach blush, with my most favorite neckline - sweetheart! This dress is a dream come true. I love how the open back balances out the sweet and demure look to give it a pinch of sexiness thus giving out a mature/grown-up woman impression. I would probably wear it with a petticoat though because fluff is good!

Tulle Scoop Neck Short/Mini A-line Appliques Ball Dresses

This is like a rebel-girl version of the previous dress. Shorter, binded waist, and striking color. The shade of red is strong and precise which makes the wearer seem like it too. While I find the styling in this stock photo with the model of pixie hair interesting and convincing enough, I think it would also look pretty with jet black long hair with full bangs, paired with a gothic lolita make up (smokey eyes and blood red lips) and styled with elegant gothic/victorian accessories and blood red nails! Ooohlala

Chiffon Sweetheart Sweep Train Empire Bow Ball Dresses

This dress gives me a 50s feeling.. probably because of the bow belt and the embellishments: diamonds. The very low neckline cut makes it modern but I'd probably wear it with a very big lace neck piece to cover some skin. 

Chiffon V-neck Sweep Train Empire Beading Ball Dresses

Another grecian inspired dress but with a more sophisticated finish. I love the sleeves and the draping on the bodice. The matte silver color would be really nice on any skin tone. I am a super fan of showing the shoulders subtly. Mmm, kind of considering designing a lolita dress inspired by this one. What do you think?

Tulle Sweetheart Floor-length A-line Appliques Ball Dresses

Okay.. This is a bit too sexy for my tastes but I love the treatment in this design. Heavy lace applique on the bodice, short skirt and overlaid with layers of tulle. It's kinda a fine line between "dress up" and "dress down" especially if that over skirt is detachable.. I think that would really be cool.

Picked Looks at has over a hundred choices of formal ball dresses to choose from. Go check their website for more!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kawaii PH book launch

Finally posted this! Last July was the launch of Kawaii Philippines' first ever book. It was a fun day for the local kawaii community as we gather to celebrate our dreams and recognize each other's capabilities through our favorite medium of self-expression: KAWAII.

Photography by Anne Pinero on display.

Huhu. Special feature of yours truly. I think they still have a few copies left. Just search for Kawaii PH store in facebook and inquire about the availability. For only 200php per copy, you also get to help the team save up for the much anticipated Kawaii in Manila 3! Please support~

Kawaii PH store booth

Selfie with the forestboy of Forestale. Ian is one of the people I admire because of his working drive. He's just unstoppable. :))

My Tea Pawty partner, Razel Ann!

Chichi / Little Miss Paintbrush, the talent behind Japan Lover Me's illustration and my zumbaholic friend, Xiar! (Hahaha, peace Charlotte!)

Of course, Kawaii ph events wouldn't be complete without Reese performing.

Tricia Gosingtian graced the event as well. She's been supportive ever since!

..senpai noticed me moment. ;A; ehehe

Hi Meryle ehehe

Kaila / Rainbowholic on screen to deliver her message since she can't join us being based in Tokyo. She's the mastermind behind Kawaii PH. She'll always be one of my inspirations.

We are Kawaii Philippines!

Managed to take selfies with the girls. Ashley of Candy Kawaii Lover

Chichi / Little Miss Paintbrush

Anne Kate

And Kaye of Dolly Kaye

And to end this post, special thanks to these girls #teamdoroteesweetlips They've been a huge part of my kawaii life/career journey. Huhu thank you mga baklaaa~ ;A;