I wake up each morning and think, oooh "Should I try out that skirt and sweater combo I saw (insert name of cool hip bloggette) wear on instagram?" More chances that not the answer is a "NO". The thing is I have slipped into an unofficial uniform now that the colder days have hit. The picture above and the items below pretty much sum it up. I haven't even put on my faux fur coat on yet! What's going on?!?! What are your favourite chillingly winter looks?
All Photos: Vogue India
What a wedding Wilma! Vogue India have pulled out all the stops with this gorgeous wedding editorial. The models, outfits, art direction, props and colours are divine. I love woah wedding images and this is the top of what I have seen so far. The spirit captured is so special...and there is a painted elephant! A PAINTED ELEPHANT!!! My only gripe...I think the stylist must of came across my wedding pinboard and saw my selection for my bridesmaid dresses, haha. At least I know my choice is high fashion worthy :)
On a quiet evening I like to sit on my bed and pretend I am an artist. I have numerous sketchbooks some filled and some only 3 pages in. The style of drawings in there range in style and in ability. I have so many pages dedicated to some serious ugly scribbles, whether it be in my black sharpie days creating a cute aliens with disproportionate arms or in my pastels phase where I couldn't master tree leaves. Previously I hated having bad pages in my sketchbook but realised, that is what their purpose is for, to practice. Drawing wise I am not a natural, or gifted illustrator, I am someone who needs books like Drawing on the right side of the brain that breakdown drawing scientifically. My older sister is a beautiful artist but I am more calculated, and need a visual reference to copy.
As I work next to a graphic centre store I pop in a lot and have a wonder. My new thing is using Letraset Promarkers for my scribbles. I actually think I am not using them to their full potential but as a novice I like using them for their water colour vibe where you shade colours in by layering ink over more ink. They have hundreds of shades and can easily empty your pockets at £2.50 a pen but they do have nice pack sets divided by function such as 'hair' 'fur' 'skin' and 'manga' which work our cheaper per pen but means you have to buy more. One of my more successful drawings is my 'modern cleo' above. I have always wanted to be good at fashion illustrations but can't seem to hit the nail on the head. One illustrator I love is a girl called Blair who I follow on Instagram. Go check her out, she has some seriously cool sketches.
In homage to Kate Hudson and this beautiful front cover of the latest US Harpers, I have rounded up a collection of the All American blonde babe from the past. Previously they have been given a bad rap, of being too 'commerical', mainstream and seemingly boring. This may have been true due to the over saturation of this look in the past when diversity in the media was rare, but as it has now leveled out it's time to highlight again these fantastic creatures. They exude sunshine, fun and embody that California vibe. Key players are good old Kate, Michelle Pfeiffer, Miss Monroe and even Mama Goldie Hawn herself! It's nice seeing that every type of look is different, and every type of look can be beautiful! Who are your favourite blonde All American Babes of the present?
I am sure most of you who are reading this would have already read about the devastating affects of the recent Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that has left more than 10,000 people dead, and more than 4 million people affected, homeless and displaced. As a British Filipina, knowing that the Philippines is a Country prone to typhoons, hurricanes and strong storms a fear does set upon you when warnings of huge weather events occur. You worry especially for you family, pray that they will not be affected, hurt or left in ruins. You worry about your family's homes and businesses, and the other means that affect their livelihood and jobs. This time round all I can say is that I am so thankful that our home towns were not affected, and that everyone dearly loved by me are self and well. However, this is not the case for Millions. Looking at Media coverage of the storm, I am heartbroken to see so many people negatively affected. Homes are gone, food is scarce and loved ones are dead. In the UK we are so blessed to not be situated in hurricane prone regions, or tectonic boundaries and live in a developed country that has strong infrastructures and controlled populations. We are blessed that no matter how low our income may be in a global comparison we live happily in the top 30% of the worlds richest, and in that I am asking readers to donate anything they can and can spare to help the relief efforts. There are many charities that are taking donations, and you can see who they all are with a simple google search. I have left the links to three below, that you may want to support.
Thanks in advance guys. xx
Original Photo found here
Ladies, you know what I am talking about. It's the face we relax into when by ourselves, or when scorning at a greasy Garcon's pass. It's the stance set when waiting for someone at a meeting point or waiting in line at the post office, it is the Arms Crossed (b**ch) Mean Face. It's a mystery but it's something that has overtaken us all as a gender. In the past I have been shouted at from across the way "Cheer up Love, things can't be that bad", definitely more than once. The arms folding across are our subconscious barriers, my bitch face now natural through years of discouraging skeezy men trying to talk to me; they are all results of a fear, and self protection. In my years at University I studied the importance of non verbal communication and it still plays an importance to life everyday. Through our facial expressions and posture we say so many things without opening our mouths. It's interesting as there is a difference between the way we are feeling, the impression we want to project and what we are actually projecting. So in terms of "Arms Crossed Mean Face", we want to project strength, we are most likely feeling vulnerable and we actually just project being a miserable bitch. Now no one finds miserable bitch empowering or strong and it bites us in the bum as you attract more attention from the folk who tell you to "Cheer up, love". I have also read that even though our sub conscious affects our body language and facial expressions, our body language and facial expressions actually, in turn affect our thoughts and feelings. What a mind trip! There was a study via Ted Talks by Amy Cuddy that showed when you display more 'confident' power poses our chemical levels in our body change to align with the pose. So for example, crossing your arms is a low power pose and increases your stress hormones, and standing tall, smiling and relaxed increases your power hormone. There is so much to process here, but I think it is worth looking into as I know that if we can use this information positively, we can manage our own body language and it may help us in our future relationships and work situations. And importantly for me, get less randoms shouting life advice at me! Haha. What do you guys think? Are you victims of "Arms Crossed Mean Face" too?
I love a good hat. I have a 2ft head (I measure it for my grad hat), which is HUGE and a lot of hats do not fit me but when I find one that does, I wear them all the time. here are some of my faves!
All photos via http://stonst.tumblr.com/
Whether you use Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook peek these guys at Style on Street! They showcase some seriously stylish folk wandering the streets of South Korea. Korean Fashion is the best in Asia in my opinion. Sleek, sexy and wearable. They take the adventurous approach in their wardrobes that doesn't scream "costume" like Japan and do not look 4 years behind in their mainstream looks like China. Hair in Korea is fantastic too, with Blonde Asians looking expensive, long brunette locks worn with body and not straightened to death; and their super straight razor bobs. If you need inspiration this is where to find some.
Mama to Maya.
Daughter of Filipinos.
Wife of a Mexican'ish.
Urban heart + Island soul.
Right brained. Left brained.
Likes to see & likes to do.
THIS BLOG WILL SHOW ALL OF THE ABOVE IN SOME SHAPE AND FORM