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Why do I love black? Let me count the ways.


I’m not a fan of trends. I don’t like to wear clothes that almost every one you see on the streets will wear. I think it comes with me, not wanting to conform with the norms, of me not wanting to blend in and lose my voice in the process. I feel as if I’m betraying myself, as if I’m trying to replicate Barbie and her plastic commercial smiles.

I’m not saying that trends are bad. There is a reason many would like to follow one. Or not. You might think that I think like an old woman but some trends just don’t make sense to me. Some of them would be Gangnam Style, Harlem Shaking, Owling, and Planking. If the next trend would be thinking, then it would save the earth a lot of trouble.

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Moving on, I do believe that one should dress for themselves, wear the clothes that make them feel perfect.  You don’t want to represent someone you’re not. If you feel confident about expressing yourself through your clothing, then you don’t have to worry about leaving false impressions on others. Besides, personality makes 60% of the outfit. You may be wearing the best outfit ever but if you don’t feel confident about it, your 40% advantage wouldn’t be that much.

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Everyday is a dress up day. I don’t wanna meet my prince charming/mortal enemy wearing something I’m not confident in. I feel comfortable when I wear black. It goes with my strange taste on music too, I guess. Or is it that I tend to find beauty in contrasts? I love bringing color to people’s lives that I prefer to represent myself as a shadow.

Aside from staying true to myself, one thing that I love to do with clothing is taking risks. Yes, style rules will take you a long way but defying these restrictions won’t mean that you will end up looking like a fool. Trust your instincts. Play. Have fun. It will make what you wear unique and waaay more interesting.

I’d like to leave you with one quote. I don’t remember its exact wording, even the one who said it but I believe that it’s still worth sharing.

“Fashion is expensive but style will take you everywhere.”

 

Always,
– Cristina

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Anyways, here I am with my unorganized thoughts again. Please bear with me. I hardly had slept last night. My bed’s been calling me all day long. Two shots of latte made me at least stay functioning.

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Feel better about yourself in six ways


As a person, looking and feeling beautiful is essential. My stress levels rise to infinite levels when I don’t feel comfortable with myself. Let’s face it: We can’t function that well when we feel ugly. Feel that way no more! Here are six steps to feel better about yourself:

  1. Always, always, always try to start your day with a smile. A great day roots back from a great morning. Try to be positive even though every thing’s giving you a reason to frown. Shun the negatives ’cause today is another chance to improve, to change, to laugh, to cry, and to live.
  2. Look in the mirror. Do you see a good person? No? Why then? A lot of times, all we see in ourselves are our insecurities: the bad and the ugly. We get too caught up with what we watch on TV, or what we can see on the ads as what beauty is supposed to be like. We tend to forget that nobody is perfect and that those we always see are mere illusions of improved reality.
  3. Do you know someone beautiful who believes she’s ugly? Sometimes we are deceived by our own inner critique. Accept compliments. It takes an effort to open one’s mouth and actually say it. It must be something really moving for them to do so. Smile and take grace with what others see beautiful in you.
  4. Did someone told you that you’re not good enough? Well, think about it but don’t let it ruin you. As much as you should accept compliments, you should listen to your critics as well. They can give you hints on what you need to improve on. But please, do know that not all are accurate. Sometimes, they are just plain rubbish. Know what to ignore and what to listen to.
  5. Try to be kinder even with small ways. Try to be more patient while waiting on-line. Try to say thank you to the person serving you your meal. Try to smile at the guard upon entering a place. Knowing that you are making someone’s life a teeny bit lighter will boost your inner measure of self’s worth.
  6. Dress to kill. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should follow every single trend. Wear what you feel comfortable and beautiful in. Fashion could be costly but style costs nothing. It doesn’t hurt to know the basics of dressing up and down. As you walk every step of the way, your clothes will make you shine.


For a month now, I’ve been an active member of Mode Pieces, an organization that focusses on events relevant to fashion for everyone. Our org, with the special participation of the Taytay Municipal Govt. will present “Dazzling Catwalk” on 14th October 2012, Sunday at the SM City Taytay Event Center. This fashion show will feature designer creations plus Ready-to-Wear clothes from the garments capital of the country.

Will you wish to attend, drop a comment with your whole name and contact number, or DM me your details @iCollectPencils on Twitter.

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Hey Summer, you can come a little later


Okay, this morning, as I was taking my shower, I realized that summer is just around the corner and …

I AM GAINING WEIGHT.

WARNING: This post is full of random thoughts and rants.

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Good heavens, how I wish that summer would come at least two months from now so that I’ll have enough time to lose some weight. It made me feel kind of sad, looking at my naked reflection in the shower mirror. It’s unfair. The season should have come last October, I got a really nice flat stomach from all those judo sessions me and my friends attended for PE. How am I supposed to go out of the sun, enjoy the beach, if I need to hide those unwanted fats? Why do I have to gain on this season when every one is flaunting their stuff?

Then, this question hit me: how do you know if someone is sexy? Is there even a rule, like some sort of exact definition of sexy?

No.

Then, I remembered this thing Camille, John, and I talked while having dinner last night – what do guys find attracting in a girl. According to them, most of the times (not generally), guys don’t necessarily look at the body of a girl in front of them. First thing they look at is the eyes, next, her hair, then the contour of her neck. Let me share my thoughts:

  1. Eyes. They are the mirror to one’s soul. Even girls look at a guy’s eyes first. I think there is just some mystery in one’s eyes that people can’t even describe. You’ll just understand it. No words, at all.
  2. Hair. Even girls obsess about their hair. A bad hair day, really is stressful to a degree only a girl would understand. It’s not that it’s even connected to the topic, was just saying.
  3. Contour of the neck. Okay, this is just weird. I think only you guys understand why it’s sexy seeing a girl’s neck.

Moving on, we girls can feel really great about our extra curves but girls really takes it seriously when guys call them fat. Believe me, she’ll starve herself just because of that random remark you didn’t say to make her feel down on the dumps. It makes a lot of difference when a member of the opposite sex gave that comment. It will repeat on her mind like a broken record.

It’s really frustrating, really because a girl will always think they are not an inch more beautiful compared to another girl unless, she is really certain she is a goddess. She’s less attractive to another of her kind except to that girl who flirts with her boyfriend or to that girl her recent ex is going out with. All because of your quick remark about her flab, you just certainly told her she’s waaaayyy unacceptable. Hey, we also got low self-esteem. Talk about perfection. We sometimes think you guys are just looking for Barbie-like girly girls.

Some deeper thought, and the nail hit hard. Why am I thinking a hell lot? Why think about what do guys find attractive in a girl, guys worst remark ever – I think you’re kinda fat, girl’s low self-esteem, and more. Why does my gaining weight have to be totally complicated? Genuine hotness can be seen even though one gains weight. It’s all in the eyes. You yourself should believe that every one’s not supposed to be perfect. Hot isn’t solely described as big bosoms, microscopic waist, and an equally big bottom with long, lean legs.  All I was thinking is Barbie and her plastic smile. I was insecure.

tell me, have you noticed my mismatching slippers so sudden?

Always remember this: an outfit is 40% clothes and 60% attitude. You can rock the world’s worst fashion combo ever by just putting confidence and making others  believe that it’s just gorgeous. Believe me, they will follow your lead. I’ve seen a really weird outfit combo on the magazine then, because of the way the magazine presented it as the ‘IT’ fashion of tomorrow, the next thing I know the other week is that every one’s wearing it.

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As I said earlier, “S-E-X-Y” is found in the eyes. People can still call you sexy even though you are armed with a lot of fats. You can make people think you are totally hot in the way you carry yourself. Your thoughts will be reflected in your mirror of the soul – your eyes. Your hot vibe will never be a secret. You will just have to believe it yourself first. Just imagine you are that model in the magazine advertising that weird fashion trend. At least, on this case, its more truthful, you really are hot, with or without extra fats.

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