Not-So-Online-Shopping-Look

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Since I hardly have any time to go out now and do some real shopping, I currently rely on Facebook and Instagram for my daily shopping fix. I guess we all know by now that despite trust issues, online shopping remains the most convenient, fastest, and easiest way to shop for your daily needs amidst our hectic schedules. But the thing is , as I’ve noticed and as far as online clothing shops are concerned, these shops nowadays sell almost the same kind and style of items. Don’t get me wrong, I mean for one it lets me know the latest trends in fashion, but the thing is, every shop sells the same item/s in different prices. So once you’ve already bought something from a particular shop and you later realized that the other one’s selling it at a much lower price, it kind of disappoints you and comparing prices and shizz takes a little bit of your time. So I guess that’s the only drawback for me. But anyways, since I’m talking online shopping now, might as well wear a look that may sum up what most online clothing shops on Instagram are selling these days:

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(Wearing: @stilesclothing muscle tee | @stilesclothing skater skirt | @fashioncookie_shoeavenue lace-up wedges | @houseoftasche bag | dalkin emery accessories)

If you’re like most girls I know who can’t muster cropped tops because dinner last night and the other night and the other was  super awesome, why not try the muscle tee which is loose and baggy and perfectly exudes that “I don’t give a damn” cool vibe instead. And who wouldn’t rather work on their biceps in lieu of doing a million crunches?

I know that the book says that loose tops should be worn with a structured, preferably fitted, bottoms to look more polished and avoid looking sloppy, but I’m since I’m still so into skater skirts, I’m pairing my black muscle tee with a yellow skater skirt— bumblebee eh?.  I guess it somehow worked on me since the skirt really gives me a nice silhouette each and every time.

Paired everything with my current favorite shoes and a black hat to add a little edginess to the look. I chose to wear everything with a bright aztec bag to play it up a bit.

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Skulls and Stripes

Patterned pants are all over the place this season, and for me, the main standout is the striped pants. It comes in thick or thin lines and available in all basic colors. The line itself creates the illusion of skinnier and longer legs which I love the most. These pants can be worn in a lot of ways, and since I’m feeling a little rocky today, here’s how I wore mine:

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I chose a basic white cropped tee to give it an effortless vibe and added a statement necklace to punch it up.  

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I wanted to add a little pop of color, so I paired everything with my magenta skull bag I got a couple of years ago from Asianvogue. The details on the bag did its job in adding a more rocky feel to my outfit. 

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Then paired everything with complementary cut-out wedges to give it a more polished look. I didn’t go crazy on the accessories since I want the pants and the pop of magenta to stand out in my outfit. 

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(@mzd14nn3shop top and pants | Asianvogue Bag | Fashioncookie Shoeavenue cut-out wedges | @shopkimmy mustache watch)

A Quick Update (Photoblog)

So it’s been a while and I guess I owe the blogosphere an explanation for my purportedly brief hiatus which gone tremendously long.

Well, you see, ever since I left the city, I didn’t really know what to expect here. Little did I know that I would have a lot to juggle around my hands that I eventually had to prioritize things, and unfortunately, writing (or blogging for this matter) went down the bottom of my list. Not only did I not have the time to take decent photos, but also just sitting down with my laptop with a good cup of coffee and do some writing shizz became such a nuisance for me—I really had too much going on in my head (almost literally lol). I even no longer have the time to open my new sketchpad that I promised to fill with new sketches using new media and I’m so disappointed with myself, really. But even so, I’m still having the time of my life and I’ve never been this happy.

Since today it’s a little showery outside, Lana del Rey’s music is blasting on my speakers, and I have a good cup of coffee alongside and I have nothing else to do (finally), here’s a quick rundown via photodiary of what my life has been like for the past 2 months (or so):

My life for the past few months quite obviously revolved around food, torrential rains, random HMUA jobs, medtech events and shizz, online shopping, spur-of-the-moment getaways, and.. well.. more food. I’m surprised I haven’t gone completely mental yet, but anyway, life is good, and I simply couldn’t ask for more. I hope to be back blogging soon coz I miss writing, and writing for me (even how shallow I write) is like a therapy for me. 

Have a nice day everyone! Loves. xoxo

I am S.A.M.

I was always the awkward kid in school.

I got bullied and laughed at a lot. I would have ‘friends’ who would later talk behind my back, make fun of me, and make me feel ugly and worthless. It was the same scenario from grade school to high school. I guess I would never know what was in me that always seemed to set off other kids to pick on me at that time. I remember those days when I had to go home crying to my grandmother telling her countless times that I didn’t want to go to school anymore. It was always terrifying and all I could do was mull over in silence and focus on making it on top of my class.

But it was never enough. I began to have issues also at home. Time would come that I would get burned out and everything would later crumble to pieces—that time when I felt I was worthless to everybody, even to myself. Even if I had a decent set of friends in high school, I kept making mistakes after another, which pushed almost all of them away. I lost my self-worth at that young age. I was so disappointed with myself that I stopped believing in the things that I could do.

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Since then, all I had been doing was work hard to please everyone around me. When I first fell in love and things weren’t working the way it was supposed to be, I would always blame myself. In college, I met a lot of cool girls and I would always get insecure and then I would try to look and act like them. But it never boosted my confidence. It would be a couple of years later when I would soon realize that I had to change something in my life, otherwise I’d be miserable my whole life.

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 It began when I had my heart broken again at the same time when I was having major problems at home and in school and my insecurities were already swallowing me whole. I was so down that all I could do was run to the university church and pray as tears flooded my eyes. It took weeks before my eyes stopped swelling from crying and i finally had the courage to look myself in the mirror. Since then, I started clearing my mind and reliving my faith in God. I would later hang out more with friends that I trusted the most; I would go to the mall and buy things for myself and eat like there was no tomorrow. I began to improve myself physically and emotionally. I was now working hard to please no one but myself. I made big decisions that would alter my entire career path and life—all for the sake of following my heart and happiness. I began to revive my old hobbies and ignite my old passion for music and the arts. Most of all, I prayed—a lot. Until finally, one day, I woke up and I said to myself with utmost certainty: “I am happy.”

Since then, life became simpler. I would never have this feeling of happiness and contentment if not for realizing one of the most important piece of one’s life: self-worth.

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Self-worth for me means two things. One, it is acceptance of the truth about your life and yourself—all the good and bad things that come with it. Acceptance of things you can’t change, and acceptance of who you are physically and emotionally. Two, it is having faith in yourself and in the things that you can do. Believe in yourself no matter what others may say about you. Always keep in mind that there are things you can do better than other people. Embrace your talents and your skills.

 I once heard a priest say, “Kung anuman ang kakulangan mo bilang tao, gumagawa ang Diyos ng paraan para punuan ang mga kakulangan na to.”

All of us have our own insecurities. We always want to be better. We often don’t realize that being ourselves as we already are is already more than enough. I had an awful lot of insecurities back then—I hated my height ( I was so small that people often thought I was only 12), I wanted to be fair-skinned, I wanted my nose to be smaller, I wanted to be a better singer, and many many other things.  I have learned to accept everything about me and believe in myself. Now, all I ever think is that even if there are things that I lack of or not good at, there are a lot of things I can do that other people can’t—besides, nobody is perfect right?

I am now thankful of the things that I have no matter how big or small, and I stopped complaining. All my life all I ever did was to complain how my life was such a mess and now I’ve learned to bring all my worries to God and trust that no matter how difficult things may get, as long as I believe in myself and trust God, everything will always be just fine.

This is what the I AM S.A.M. foundation is all about.

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I am S.A.M. foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the empowerment and protection of women and children. SAM stands for Shakers and Movers. This organization believes that one who knows and embraces his/her own self-worth will lead a fruitful and joyous life, which in turn, may contribute greatly in creating a flourishing world and healthier societies.

I stand by this principle. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want the world to see.” How could one make a difference in this world if he’s not even aware of his self-worth? Knowing and embracing your self-worth will make you stronger and happier, thus having a peace of mind will no longer be an adversity to achieve, which is often the case for most people in this modern, hectic, and strange world. 

To learn more about I am S.A.M. foundation, visit their website at: http://iamsamfoundation.com or you may follow them on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IamSAMfoundation/

I am wearing green and pink today as inspired by not only I am S.A.M. Foundation’s logo, but also their mission and principles which I wholeheartedly support.

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Top from Folded and Hung | Skirt from Stilesclothing | Laceup booties from Fashioncookie Shoe Avenue | Random neon armcandy from Dalkin Emery

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Spread the love and don’t stop believing! :)

Lace and Stripes

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It’s graduation month again and my facebook news feed’s currently being bombarded with graduation pictures of either people in their respective togas or all bunch of smilies with their whole family. It’s truly one of the most remarkable moments a student could ever have, and since this year, I seem to be attending more graduation events for friends and relatives  than I ever anticipated to, I need to make sure I dress appropriately for the occasion. Besides, you’ll never know who you’ll bump into.

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Since most graduation events are held by after lunch or sometime near late afternoon, I need to wear something that could go from day to night (dinner always seem to follow such event, y’know), and something that is not too casual nor too formal. I don’t really need to look like the one graduating nor the parent of the graduate, do I?


Anyway, since it’s my boyfriend’s turn to graduate from college this year, I needed to wear something nice and something that screams “proud and supportive girlfriend in the world!” (lol). It’s one of the rarest occasions that I really needed to dress to impress without going over the top— think meeting the family and his friends.  

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(Riot dress (worn as top) | The Vaintage Shop Skirt | Bag from Grandma | Heels and Accessories from Dalkin Emery)

Maxi skirts can always go from day to night and they’re really comfortable to wear and are really classy, thus deciding to build my outfit around this awesome striped skirt I got from Vaintage Shop. Since the material is cotton, it’s an instant casual piece so I paired it with a venus-cut lace dress I wore as top which I got from Riot and a classic black clutch/bag which is a hand-me-down from my grandmother to look more classy and formal event-appropriate.   I didn’t go too fancy on the accessories and kept it as casual as possible to balance out the two styles I’m aiming for.  Who says casual and formal can’t go together? :)

Will add pictures of the event on this post soon. :)

Happy Graduation to all who’ll be graduating and have already formally graduated this year. Congratulations to you! <3
 

Photo Dump 1: Recent Artworks

Timeline: January 2012-April 2013

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G-Tec Pen 3.0

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Obviously, I really don’t know what kind of artist I am. Sometimes, I go gaga over manga and the next day I’ll go and do watercolor, and sometimes, I go fancy and paint on canvas. Possibilites are endless, opportunities are erratic. Whatever. Goodnight cupcakes! <3

Summer Giveaway (Dalkin Emery x Fiona Decano)

Hi guys! I’m extending the recent giveaway I posted last month since it didn’t get a lot of audience when I posted it (It was past midnight -_-). Since it’s a Summer giveaway, I think it’s also best to extend the giveaway to the month of April. :)

Prizes include a Gray Mullet Skirt, a White Skirt-Short, and a Red Polka-dotted Bag all courtesy of Dalkin Emery.

Here are the mechanics:
1) LIKE Fabuleux by Fiona Decano’s Page on Facebook (http://fb.com/fionadecanofabuleux)
2) LIKE Dalkin Emery’s Page on Facebook (http://fb.com/dalkinemery)
3) Post this as your status on Facebook: “Win fab items from Dalkin Emery x Fiona Decano (Fabuleux) Blog Giveaway!" (Make sure both pages are tagged)
4) Lastly, don’t forget to comment your name, email address, and contact number.

There will only be one (1) winner for this giveaway which will be chosen via random.org random number generator. :)

Contest runs from March 1- April 30, 2013. Open to all Philippine residents only.

Winner will be announced here, on Facebook, and will be notified via email and SMS. 

PS. Those who have submitted valid entries last month are already included in the list so no worries. :)

Goodluck and Enjoy your Summer! <3

Behind the Lens and Make Up: Le Creativ’ Madhatter

Model : Mary Rose
Hair & Make Up | Styling | Photography by: Fiona Decano

Hot n’ Cold

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(Studded Denim Polo- The Dollhouse | Inner top from The Vaintage Shop | Denim Shorts from Forever 21 | Suede Wedges from Fashioncookie Shoeavenue)

I know the weather’s all hot and humid and our clothing these days call for the comfiest and sometimes almost the skimpiest style we could all muster, but given the hot weather outside, once inside a building (e.g. hotes and malls and restaurants and coffeeshops and whatnots), everything feels suddenly freezing. Airconditioners are straight off on a full blast these days and you can never predict what’s it gonna be like especially when you enter the mall (everybody seems to be heading to the mall, if not the beach, y’know, everything seems to be available there! geez!). Anyway I once had this experience where I went out of the house all dressed up in a Summer-y get up (tank-top, shorts, wedges) anticipating the hot weather outside. My friends and I headed to the mall later that day and imagine my surprise when I was caught red-handed by the bitterly cold airconditioners there once I got inside. I felt really dopey as I was getting weird stares from people wearing cardigans and decent cover-ups. We even watched a movie that same day, and you all know what’s it like inside a moviehouse. I was literally shaking then! … AND from then on I swore to always ALWAYS be prepared no matter where I’m headed to. So here I am, wearing a tank and a pair of shorts underneath my denim polo top so wether I do work or just chill outside or inside a chilly establishment, I would be ready, and never again would I feel as dopey as I did before.

On another note, don’t you just love the graphic my inner top had? It’s ridiculously dope and creepy and lovely at the same time! :) I didn’t want to look really edgy here since the top’s already edgy by itself so to tame down the dark style, I went on and wore this lovely denim top I got from The Dollhouse. I threw on a hat to fuse in a little bit of laidback style since it’s still Summer anyway. 

Heatwave

Here’s a quick outfit post before I go:

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(Top from The Dollhouse [same here] | Topshop Bondage Skirt | Juana Bag | Shoes from Fashioncookie | Dalkin Emery Accessories)

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If there’s one thing I can’t stand besides rude people and snakes, that’s the heat.  It ain’t officially the Summer months yet but it’s already unbelievably scorching all over the country. While Summer is all fun and frizzy and happy, I dislike the icky feeling all over and what’s more is that  if it’s muggy all around, I’d always feel thirsty and hungry, thus not helping in my dire need to eradicate my  unnecessary cheek fats, plus I seem to always have this need to take a shower or spend hours immersing myself in the tub (and complain about ugly pruny fingers later), PLUS PLUS migraine attacks are frequent and horrendous during the warm season, PLUS PLUS PLUS heat makes me feel really scared of the light -_- . It’s hell, oh dear. See, I could go on complaining about the ill effects of the humid weather in my life, but since the place I call  home is someplace tropical, all I could do is get on with it, embrace it, and try do something about it, if not, enjoy it.

One of the things I hate when it’s really humid outside (here I go complaining again, geez), is that even if I had to go to an important meeting or do a really crucial errand, the heat makes my arse screwed supertightly to somewhere near the telly or the lappy or sometimes the fridge. But today, since I’m doing a really important HMUA job for an event, I had to get my ass off the couch and do some work and earn a little moolah to spend during the Summer (a pat on the back please? :p) .

My conservative neighbors can’t complain that I’m showing skin now since wearing less (but not too skimpy, mind you) is gradually becoming a necessity as the heat gets crazier by the day. Moving on, I’ve decided to wear a sleeveless top and a miniskirt ensemble and I know that the color combination I chose for the day is a little patriotic, but i’m actually just aiming for a happy demeanor despite the heat. I’m totally hyping how my acid-washed denim top formed some type of cloud prints—  perfect for the weather outside literally! I’m also hyping the shoes I had on since it’s studded all over (also to complement the top), and also because it’s a bit on the flatform side so it adds a teeny inch on my Lilliputian height.

Anyway, ff the heat continues to be more and more unbearable, I think I’m running away to antartica or something. 

Have a good day! bye! :) (Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

Bulldogs and Crosses

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For some, splashing the cross symbol, which is a widely-known emblem of christianity, across the runway and on accessories may seem uncomfortable and derogatory. This trend has most probably been influenced by Pucci, Versace, and Scott, just to name a few. But even as controversial as it may be to some, it’s honestly a cool print to wear on clothes especially if you want to take a few dips on a darker, more gothic style. 

It was just in time for the Holy Week celebration when I decided to wear and give my take on the cross trend, and since I’m not sure wether I’m taking something literally here or not, here’s a laid-back meets little miss gothic style:

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(Pullover and Velvet Cross Leggings from The Dollhouse | Lace-up booties from Fashioncookie | Accessories from Dalkin Emery)

Having a petite frame requires me to not only wear clothes that would elongate my torso or legs but aslo to wear clothes that would flatter my silhouette without disregarding balance. The book tells me that a fitted bottom is best paired with a loose top and vice versa, thus, pairing this supercomfy velvet cross leggings with a bulldog-printed pullover. Notice how I fused two trends in one? The pullover trend is all over the internet as well but since it’s getting hotter by the minute here now that Summer’s nearing, might as well wear a pullover just before it goes hello neverland. Paired the ensemble with my current go-to shoes, lace-up booties from Fashioncookie and a black boater hat for a darker style. 

Ombre

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(Ombre Polo and Eyewear from The Greenlane Shop | Leather Pants, Shoes, Bag from Asianvogue | Accessories from Dalkin Emery)

Ombre isn’t just happening on the hair anymore. It’s now a trend that is seen all over— from fashion pieces, to nails, to cakes, to runways! I wanted to try the ombre hair craze when it was still in its crowning point, but I didn’t have the hair length then to rock the hairstyle, so to cope and catch up with the trend, I’m wearing ombre on my clothes instead! This trend is perfect for Spring (though Spring isn’t really celebrated literally here in my country) because it’s a very bold look to wear but with all the fun colors.  I paired my pastel studded ombre top with a pair of leather pants for an edgier look and threw on a hat to exude an upper Eastside vibe. Grabbed my Valentino-inspired lace bag from Asianvogue to keep it girly. 

Casual Sunday: Comfort meets Function

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I rarely go out on a Sunday save for going to Church for Sunday Mass, but when I do, dressing up is a no-brainer. I had to do an HMUA work for a pre-debut shoot last Sunday at a nearby town and here’s what I wore:

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Tadaaaah! I’m bringing colors back! :)

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(Dalkin Emery Top, Shorts, and Accessories | Shoes from Fashioncookie)

Typical Sundays, for me, always call for casual clothing since I’m all about extra comfort and coziness (and also because I’ve no weapon against laziness at all, in fact, I seem to always have no intention to ward off any of that, :P). Casual clothing doesn’t mean sloppy but it means relaxing and feeling at ease. My work would soon require me to move around a lot so I needed comfort to meet function, thus deciding to wear sleeveless top, shorts, and flats ensemble. It was a bright and sunny Sunday and I felt that the weather and my mood calls for pastel colors. Although pastel colors are pretty, they can be quite tricky to style especially if you’re avoiding to look like a walking Easter egg. There are many ways in which you can make your pastel outfits more stylish but what I find the best way to style pastels is by pairing them with black or dark grey accessories to balance out the soft colors. What I did here is that I paired my pastel pink shorts with a printed chiffon cyan top (lovely prints eh?) and made sure that my shoes should have black on them not only to balance colors but also to complement the top I had on. Black will give your look a little edge and dark gray also pairs nicely with colors like soft yellow or lilac. We want to avoid pairing a pastel on pastel on superpastel  ensemble if we don’t want to creep into the Easter egg territory. teehee! :)

Grungy Feline

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Cats have long been associated with an air of both sophistication and quirkiness but lately we have been seeing our feline friends appearing as a lively print on clothing. I can’t help but think Miu Miu every time I hear about the cat trend because it’s the label that first heralded this trend in 2010. Now the cats are back with vengeance and I see them almost everywhere! There are those that come in large digital prints, some in small subtle prints, and I’ve also seen a few embroidered pieces. What I love about these cat-themed merchandises, along with other eccentric prints like Givenchy’s rottweilers, owls, etc., is that they’re so fashion-forward. Anyway, here’s my take on the cat trend:

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(Cat print top- The Nerve Clothing | Denim Vest -Trendphile | Wedge booties- Fashioncookie | Shorts and spikes - Dalkin Emery | Eyewear- Fly Shades)

I’ve decided to  give the grungy look a try since I’ve always been on the safe side when it comes my fashion preferences. It’s a style I wouldn’t easily opt for but since I like to explore and try new things, and since I thought the black cat-printed top I had on just screams grunge, I’ve decided to do a little grungy look and I honestly think I deserve a pat on the back for going a little bit out of my comfort zone for this look. tee hee :)

I can’t possibly steer away with colors (colors define my personal style, if you know what I mean) so I paired my top with a pair of maroon shorts from Dalkin Emery and a gorgeous Trendphile denim vest , which I fell in love with at the very first sight, to add more color and character to my outfit. See, it’s grunge but it has colors so it’s still me!

…and I love cats. :)

Have a nice day! <3

Hint of Camou

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(Trendphile top | DIY shorts | The Greenlane Shop eyewear | Fashioncookie shoes)

Told you there’d be more of the Military trend. And this time, it’s the infamous camo print that screams nothing more than militia. I didn’t want to go full camo since I know it’s a trend that’s not going to last for long and besides I didn’t want to look like I just came from war or look like a military school drop-out, yet it’s always fun and interesting to add bits of trendy pieces to your outfit, that’s why I chose this Trendphile top with just hints of the camo print to showcase my love for in-season garments. The top came with an army brooch which is really cool, and it totally made the top look more military-appropriate. Paired it with a DIY shorts I made a few months back to add color, then paired everything with a pair of black wedges I got from Fashioncookie.  Look who’s masculine now! :DD 

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