Saturday, December 3, 2016

Philippine Gothic and Lolita Community - Winter International Lolita Day 2016 tea party


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beau Crescent | Strawberry Bunny

Finally, was able to work on another kawaii toddler style post with Beau featuring some of her soon-to-be outgrown clothes and items from our sponsors. Haha, I was actually on a semi-panic-mode realizing she's outgrowing some of her cute clothes that she haven't even had a chance to wear. Quick solution? Take pictures so they can freely go on her closet sale list. I'm glad I was able to do this today because this has been pushed back a lot due to idk if laziness or eternal exhaustion or both? The struggle is real! I don't know how other mommy bloggers/influencers do it consistently.

The shoot was quick.. 15 minutes? Beau's attention span is like of a dog. lol. She's not really interested posing for the camera but I think playing dress-up and taking pictures is good for toddlers to encourage creativity and boost their confidence. It would also be nice to look back on cute photos someday. 

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Outfit rundown:
Summer Yukata - Labyrinth Garden | Paisley print dress - gifted | Red doll shoes c/o Light in the Box | Strawberry bag c/o Sammydress

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cat Care Philippines' Nightmeow bepurr Christmas mini bazaar

Another of Cat Care Philippines' fundraising bazaar took place last Sunday at The Open Space, Makati. Finally, Tea Pawty was able to join. The bazaar is arranged to raise funds for Mandaluyong Animal Shelter and sort of a get-together for the Cat Care Philippines' members and cat lovers in general. Cat Care Philippines is a group based in facebook so if you are a cat parent or is looking to be one soon, feel free to join the group. I warn you though, this group is different among the others. It doesn't support buying, selling and, breeding of cats regardless of the breed. It's aim is to promote adopting or rescuing of puspins (pusang pinoy or local domestic short hair) because let's admit there are lots of stray cats out there who needs a home and every time you buy from a breeder, you are depriving a stray of a home. So #adoptdontshop and #spayneuter.

It's my first time to attend a cat-specific event. I was hoping to bring Gantz here though buy yeah.. I
miss him terribly.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Kawaii acquisitions from Sammydress

Finally, I was able to pick up the sponsored goods from my blog sponsor, Sammydress, at the post office along with our ordered supplies for the shops. Thanks to the husbando for picking up a total of 8 parcels, omg! :)) I'm celebrating because just last month it was implemented that parcels worth 10k below are now tax-free! I hope international shipping rates would come next for shipping from the PH is ridiculously expensive. A significant adjustment on rates would really be helpful with small-time businesses who would like to export their goods.

Going back, here's a sort of un-boxing blog of my loot from Sammydress (it came in a pouch though so unpouching? lol) Will further feature and review these items on my next style / lifestyle posts.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Four Looks: Chic moonlight senshi + himekaji feat. Labyrinth Garden and Zaful selections

Finally, a style post after so long! I've been meaning to work on this post since last month but ~life happens~ huhuhu. Still trying to recover from all the damages from my cat's passing. Can't believe that half November has already passed. Double time is my current motto.

Today, I made four looks out of selected items from Labyrinth Garden's on hand items. Yes, these are available for purchase at the shop page! Be reminded that the shop only carries one stock of each so go grab your pick while it's still available. Along with the looks are also items from one of my sponsors, Zaful. Proper links are provided after each photo.

First two looks are inspired by our ever favorite moonlight senshi, Sailormoon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dorotee Sweetlips Lolita fashion open shoot for Team Gantz fundraising

November is a tough month for me. I lost my furfriend so quickly.. so suddenly. My cat, Gantz, has been diagnosed of UTI and has obstruction of the urethra and I lost him in just a matter of 3 days. The vet bills were insane so I head started a fundraising campaign called "Team Gantz" for his medical support but since he had to go so quickly, I decided to still push through with the projects for a lot of people have already marked their scheds for Gantz. One of the said fundraising activities is the Dorotee Sweetlips Lolita fashion open shoot which took place last Sunday. Wardrobe, styling, and photography by yours truly (woooo one man team you say! lol) I'm not really a pro photographer but I hope you like my shots. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Philippine Gothic and Lolita Community's 7th anniversary gathering

Sharing with you the photos I took last October 30 2016 a lolita philippines, pglc,  t our comm's anniversary meet, a subevent of Midnight Run - Halloween Party! I was kinda a headless chicken that day - running a booth, doing admin duties for the meet-up a.k.a exhausting all the socializing skills that I barely have (I've been doing this for years but it's always hardwork being the introverted person that I am lol), and guest judge duties for the Fashion Monster Jfashion contest. I was able to take decent outfit photos of some girls but sadly I missed the others (huhuhu sorry I wasn't able to catch everyone). Will do my best to host another grand meet for December's International Lolita Day but I think I need a core team to work with this time around.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Solar power make-up!

It's always been my dream to have a home powered by sustainable energy. Top reason is my eco-living advocacy in life. But it's never a secret that solar power system is pretty expensive for starters.. it's like buying a new car. So no wonder not all can see that it's way more economical in the long run because not all have that big amount of cash ready to be invested right away. Good news though, I've been seeing some solar power companies finally offering installment plans so it's a lot more accessible for middle class folks. When I get a house of my own, I'll definitely do this!

For now, I pacify my solar power dreams by investing on basic kits and gadgets for the home. These equipments aren't meant for long-term use though. So I must make sure to find a way for them to be repurposed when they expire or it will negate my cause. :)) For now, I have an electric fan, small lamps and a solar charger. Pretty basic but I must say I've been using the lamps for 2 years now and the fan for almost a year and they already saved me a lot of pesos since I do use them everyday.

My solar charger from Light in the Box was just sent to me last summer. Since the power would depend on how sunny it is, I usually just leave it by my window and charge my powerbank with it. Unlike my fan and lamps that has batteries, this one is direct charging only so I try to store energy through my power bank. Kinda slow especially now that it's been raining a lot but a peso saved is still a peso and the idea of free energy really amuses me no matter how simple. These are really handy when there is a power outage - at least I have a fan, some lights, and my phone is charged! Big deal really!

Solar fan kit I bought at Raon, Quiapo. Includes fan, battery and solar panel already. Kitty cover made by me :)

Of course, I need to incorporate everything with my sense of style so kawaii-fied they go! I hope I somehow inspired you to start solar powering your life even with just the basics.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New hobby: Kawaii planning

I finally gave in to a new hobby which is kawaii planning (or creative planning) just this August. And today, I'd like to share with you my spreads and my progresses so far. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mini lolita community meet and photoshoot Loving Rainbow Garden: Cosplay Festival

Sharing the photos from the mini meet I hosted at the Loving Rainbow Garden Cosplay Festival last weekend.

PLUG! Philippine Gothic and Lolita Community will be having a grand meet for our 7th anniversary next month c/o Loving Rainbow Garden. I'm calling all lolitas, closet lolitas, aspiring lolitas etc to come and join the frilly party! Join our fb group if you haven't yet.

Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Woodland Witches" A Dorotee Sweetlips upcycled series collection

First off, I would like to thank Kim of Loving Rainbow Garden: Cosplay Festival for inviting me to show my works! So happy to be able to check this out of my dream collection-to-make list.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Baguio 2016 with family and Ger

Just a quick documentation of my birthday adventure for this year. Went to Baguio again  with family and this time, one of my bestfriends, Ger, tagged along! Was able to score lots of ukay (thrift finds) for our j-fashion resale shop, Labyrinth Garden. It was raining nonstop and was really cold (my phone says 14 degrees, yikes! I'm already freezing at 17 so how about that lol) The experience was gold though since we don't have fogs and winter-ish weather in Manila but I wish we were equipped with proper clothing hahaha. Nagkulang layering ko! :))

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lolita Meet - Through the Looking Glass viewing and tea party

"I didn't choose the lolita life, lolita life chose me"

How funny because it's sooo true! At least for me I think it does. lol! Being the founder and admin of the local community, I find it part of my obligation to somehow keep the community active by arranging social activities like this. 6 years since the birth of the forum, folks came and go and moved on with the fashion.. some were still dedicated with the lifestyle.. new generation of lolitas are also coming along. I'm pretty curious how long can I keep going with the subculture. /imagines myself as lolita obaa-chan/

After almost half a month since the last meet, me and a few of the comm girls went out to go to the movies to watch Tim Burton's Alice: Through the Looking Glass. The story was okay... but oh dear we ahh and ohh-ed with the production design. Lolitas live for the whimsy things, you know! After the show we went straight to The French Baker Salon de The to complete the day because a lolita must live the lolita ways! Tea party time wooo~

It's all about the interior! How to trap a lolita 101.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pet Expo 2016

This is my third year attending Pet Expo with my partner and Beau. It's really amazing how like two years ago she's still a puny little creature who wasn't aware yet with the world and now I am witnessing an actual human being learning and growing through my influence and guidance. I can't really believe I'm at this point in life! Haha.

I grew up in a family who are indifferent with animals. My mom would always see my rescued cats as germs breeding host. There was a point that I got sick and I had to be quarantined. When I recovered, I learned my cat of 4 years was gone. My mom had her abandoned somewhere..maybe. I still love my mom though and I accept her for her shortcomings as a person so no hard feelings! Now, I'm making it up to my lost cat (I hope she's okay and has found a good home somewhere huhu) by being the parent I wished I had - one who actually cares about animals. And seeing Beau's response from this year's Pet Expo, I can say that I think I'm on the right path!

lol. was trying to take an ootd photo to feature our matching upcycled dresses made by me. And this happened. 

uhhh. will probably shoot these at home instead. lol

 Now, I have a gut feeling few years from now she'll have her own rescues too sooo I need a better home..with a backyard or something to accommodate them all! To be able to do that, I must start with ending this blog post now and resume to work. Haha! Tata for now! Thanks for reading

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Cerulean Calm"

Realization: I kind of know now why my blogging has gone downhill. I can't keep up with the requirement of perfectly curating every posts. It was easier way back.. the advantages of being young, carefree and emphasis on ~living with the parents~. Life was easier so it was easier to make time for less important stuff. And by important, my life lately is mostly consumed on playing offense with financials and building assets for our family + mommy duties and doing so would need rolled sleeves and swept back hair. I'm embracing what I need to be right now though so I'm not complaining.

Last week, me and the family spent a staycation in a condo accommodation from a listing I found in AirBnb. Chic interior, yass! Perfect for a quick photoshoot because I've been meaning to shoot these dresses for a long time already. I was thinking of a forest-y location but the thought of Manila's sweltering heat kept me setting this project aside. Finally I found a pretty nice place to do this: privacy + aircon = yass pleasee! hahaha. 

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Monday, May 16, 2016

How to Wash Peruvian Unprocessed Virgin Hair on Head?

If you have unprocessed virgin hair on your head via a sewn-in or otherwise attached weave, then you may be wondering the proper steps for washing your Peruvian virgin hair and your natural hair while the weave is still attached. The following is a step-by-step guide to washing your Peruvian virgin hair while it’s on your head.

Step One: Wet your hair with warm (not hot) water. First, wet your hair with warm water. The water should be comfortable and not hot.

Step Two: Very gently massage the weave-specific shampoo into your scalp and hair. Its important that you use a shampoo specifically designed to be used with your weave, because treating Peruvian virgin hair or unprocessed virgin hair with standard shampoo may result in too much tangling or even shedding while you wash it. You should be careful to only gently massage it into your scalp and hair, being careful not to rub or tug.

Step Three: Gently rinse, being careful not to pull or scrub. Then, gently rinse the shampoo from your hair and scalp while taking care not to pull at your hair or scrub hard.

Step Four: Apply conditioner to your weave, wait, then gently rinse. A conditioner is an important part of keeping your weave looking healthy and keeping it long-lasting. You should gently apply conditioner for your weave, wait the prescribed amount of time (usually 15-30 minutes) then gently rinse it off.

Step Five: Apply conditioner to your scalp using a q-tip or scalp applicator. You must never ignore the scalp beneath your weave during washing, because this can cause your scalp to become dry or irritated. You should buy moisturizing conditioner to the scalp underneath your weave using a q-top or a weave scalp applicator.

Step Six: Apply a shampoo/water mixture to your real hair using an applicator bottle and rinse. Another thing you shouldn’t ignore is your real hair underneath your weave. It’s important to take care of your real hair to keep it healthy and to help prevent damage underneath the weave. The best way to wash your natural hair while wearing something like a Peruvian virgin hair weave is to create a shampoo/water mixture in a cup, then use a special applicator bottle to apply it to your real hair underneath. Then gently rinse it out, again using the applicator bottle.

Step Seven: Dry your hair with a blow-dryer or let it air dry. Next it’s time to dry your hair. You can either let it gently blow dry, or use a blow-dryer for faster results. If you do use a blow dryer, be sure to apply a heat protective beforehand to help reduce the amount of damage that the blow-dryer does to your unprocessed virgin hair weave.

Step Eight: Apply a leave-in moisturizer serum. Finally, apply a leave-in moisturizer or leave-in serum to your Peruvian virgin hair. This will help prevent it from drying out and becoming dingy and damaged.

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How to choose right hair extensions for you

With the different extensions options, it's really a little overwhelming for any bride to select which extensions works perfect for her, on her behalf big day. When selecting hair extensions for your wedding event, you have to have a couple of things into account.

You have to first consider the colour of your hair and made the decision if that's the color you will need to dress in your wedding event. When you decide this, you are able to go on and get your extensions. It's simpler to modify your hair colour, then it might be to colour the extensions. I do not recommend colouring the extensions because it is very untidy and also the colour might not turn view you intended. Getting an expert colour your extensions might be a choice, however it could possibly get very pricey. You might want to choose extensions that suit your hair exactly or, you might give a highlighted effect. I'd strive for a maximum of 2 shades lighter than your present hair colour. An excessive amount of contrast look cheap and never appealing in photo's. 2 shades lighter provides you with a pleasant contrast and showcase your bridal hair do very nicely. Additionally, it show's perfectly in photographs.

You will need to determine if volume is that you'll want, or maybe length is required. Maybe both volume and length is one thing you would like. Purchase only 100% real human hair extensions. This is extremely answer to getting hair which will feel and look natural and serve you for a while for you personally. Additionally, you will have the ability to style your extensions and employ hot elements like a styling curler and hair straightener. Selecting synthetic hair isn't a wise decision. It simply does not look natural and won't endure using hot elements and may really burn your hair.

When selecting the right period of extensions, you will need to take these 4 elements into consideration. Make sure to review your body size and type. If you're a petite person, extensions which are to lengthy could be over powering for the frame. Remember, you need to be the middle of attention, not hair. Your hairstylist can let you know which length works together with your overall bridal look featuring best. Choosing the best balance when utilizing extensions will supplment your bridal look and compliment everything well. Locating a bridal Hair Specialist which has knowledge about extensions will require the speculation from it for you personally.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review // Sugoi eyes and Crystal lens review for GWYSHOP

Last week, I ordered a pair of graded Crystal lenses from one of the most trusted contact lens shop I know, GWYSHOP. Ate Dona, the owner, was kind enough to sponsor me another pair of lenses from their very own brand of EOS lenses "Sugoi Eyes" to review and share with you guys.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shopback - shop and earn!

Hi guys! It's been a while ( but today I'd like to share with you a great site where you can earn while shopping! Yes, you've heard it right! Shopback is a cashback site where you get rebates you can use later for more shopping or simply withdraw them from your Paypal account.

Shopback features a handful of listed merchants to choose from. From beauty, gadgets, fashion, food and dining, and travel, they got it all. Aside from the rebates you will get when you shop via Shopback, you also get to be the first to grab deals and discounts from the partner merchants. That's a lot of savings! For now, I tried window shopping at Sephora and for possible deals I can grab later. Let me show you how it works.

I chose which redirects me to the actual site. You must click the link from Shopback site so that you'll get the cashback. When you do, you'll see this loading page which informs you that you'll get the rebate within a specified number of days.

They offer lots of deals from local to international! OMG Do I see Tokyo? I like lurking at deal sites from time to time for hotel and travel deals and I don't usually see Tokyo on the listings. I checked the last minute listings and you can get a room for two pax with one child for as low as 2000PHP. OMG jotting down renewal of passport to my to-do list now. Haha. So glad I discovered this site! The deals here are already discounted and you still get more savings since Shopback will rebate 6% from the total. Win-win since you get to reward yourself while being nice to your wallet at the same time which is pretty hard to achieve nowadays, haha

Now on Sephora. You pretty much go through the same process. I'm not a fan of make up but would be interested with skin care so I went ahead and checked what they have in store.

They have lots of products to choose from so I suggest you go over their website through Shopback page to see and review them for yourself. There's more! Aside from the savings you get from the deals and cashback, you can also earn credit points and gift certificates when you refer a friend to sign up an account! Your friend, in return, would also earn credit points. Ready to sign up an account now? Use my CODE so we can share points! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Lolita Memoires photomag release and post valentines tea party

Last Saturday was the release of the local lolita community's self-published photomag and we gathered to celebrate the milestone of our community with a tea party hosted by Dorotee Sweetlips.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Work and life 2016: Dorotee Sweetlips major upgrade!

Hello everyone! I know I always promise to keep this blog active and end up completely not having time for it. Currently, I am trying to acquire a new laptop to be my blogging *cough* and gaming *cough*companion so I can blog more frequently! My partner has offered to buy me one but I don’t like the idea that he’s going to shell out most of his savings for a thing that depreciates in value so I asked him to invest the money first in our business and get increments of the income later to buy material things. It’s a slow process but I like to be smart with our financial hurdles first. I find happiness in it! So for now, let’s hope I can still manage to squeeze in more posts for the coming weeks because I am telling you, 2016 is really showing me signs of something really great!

For 2016, I challenged myself to be more aggressive when it comes to achieving my goals. I have always been hard working but I realized that isn’t enough so recently I’ve been trying new techniques to hasten the operations in our whole kawaii life x business endeavor while maintaining quality and so far, it’s showing us positive output!

New logo

After more than a year of wanting to redesign the logo, I finally did it! I was undecided if I would commission another artist to make it for me or if I’ll just make it myself hence the delays. Not much different from the original one but a much more improved design.

Dorotee Sweetlips Atelier

After a lot of brainstorming and convincing myself, I decided to breathe a new life to my good old workshop again for future visitors! Soon enough, you can set appointments with us if you want to shop our selections in person. And yes, workshops in small groups soon right here in the heart of Dorotee Sweetlips!

Dorotee Sweetlips Gold Label

Stepping up the game! Launching the all new “Dorotee Sweetlips Gold Label”.  Setting aside my past commissioned works, I usually make wearable Lolita/kawaii fashion pieces for the store selection. Gold Label will carry the much more fancy dresses suitable for more special occasions. The treatment and attention to detail will be prevalent in this line. We will still be accepting commissions but same rules apply: 7-12 weeks working time depending on the design.

Dorotee Sweetlips Bags

We were able to launch the DS bags line late last year but that is just the beginning of the more to come. For now we have the following designs in store so you may want to check them out.

This coming week, we will be busy with finalizing the atelier which will house Dorotee Sweetlips and it’s partner brand, Labyrinth Garden. I’m excited for the results and looking forward to have our patrons visit us! If you have questions, suggestions etc feel free to comment in this blog and I’ll do my best to attend to your concerns. Thank you for reading my blog!