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Wear A New Dress: #31Newness No. 7

Wear A New Dress: #31Newness No. 7

After featuring my new mani-pedi and my new shoes and bag, it only seems to make sense to post what I wore for my friend's wedding. And, perhaps, to share how I pulled the whole look together.

When I first got invited to the wedding, I was actually considering buying a new dress because even though I have a couple of dresses in my wardrobe that I haven't worn yet, neither of them fit me properly. But, things got hectic with life and at work that I lost track and didn't get the chance to do any clothes shopping.

Thankfully, that same hectic time actually made me lose a bit if weight, so when I tried one on one of the dresses that I had in reserve, it actually fit.

That's why I decided not to spend any extra money for buying another new dress. And, since my friend said black is an acceptable colour to wear at her wedding, I decided just to wear the dress that my sister gave me last Christmas.

It's a sleeveless black mini bodycon dress that I ended up matching with a 3/4 length cream jacket with satin trims and metallic detailing.

When I first tried this dress on last December, I could barely zip it up. That's why I even told my sister just to return it or to give it to someone else. (Proof that I didn't even try to consider losing weight. Heh.) But, she ended up leaving it with me anyway. Only tried it on again a few weeks ago, just to check if I should just get rid of it. Surprised myself when it managed to fit .

The jacket was also a Christmas present that I never managed to use, as it seemed to dressy for casual wear. And, it's also too light for proper warmth. But, when I was putting this wedding party look together, the dress and the jacket seemed to go well.

Here's my pic, with the complete look:

New Dress + New Shoes

It's a rare portrait, taken by my hubby. Normally, I would have set things up for a proper selfie session, but I was too much in a rush and I knew I wouldn't have the time to capture the look later. So, I just asked the hubby to take a snapshot of me.

Since the kids were around while the hubby was taking photos of me, they've been itching to do a photobomb. I just ended up asking them to join me in this shot:
New Dress + New Shoes


Style Notes:

  • Dress: Vogue (Thailand)
  • Cropped light jacket: No label
  • Shoes: Betts
  • Bag: Betts
  • Gold hoop earrings: No idea. 🙂

20131001-162842.jpgThis is my seventh entry to the #31Days of New blogging project, where I’m exploring the concept of #31Newness. If you have any suggestions on future “new” topics that you’d like to read, please let me know. I’d love to find out what you think. 

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Style Studio: Blues and Florals

Style Studio: Blues and Florals

Well, I've promised another Style Studio installment, so here we go.

It feels like ages ago since I last did a self portrait. I haven't really had much chance to do much photography lately. In any case, here are my style and photography notes:

Style Notes:

  • Navy Blue Halter Dress - This one's an oldie but goodie. It's a custom-made dress that I asked a seamstress in the Philippines to make for me some 10+ years ago. I chose the fabric and I sort of designed the dress (based on another dress I saw in a magazine), if I remember correctly. It was actually a maxi dress (ankle length) --- when I first had it made. I even wore it on my hen's night! But, I sort of got tired with the long dress. I didn't want to throw it away, though. Since the cut was still right for me, I decided just to make it in to a mini dress. So, I took it to another seamstress (in Singapore, I believe) and had it cut and hemmed. Even though it's soooo old, it's still one of my favourite dresses. Yeah, this dress really makes me miss getting custom-made dresses (it's too expensive here in Oz).
  • 3-strand Blue Elastic Hairband - Brand new from the cheap shop. Only $2 - and I love it. 🙂
  • Silver Hoop Earrings - A staple for me. I wear these earrings. A LOT.
  • Black Sandals with Heels - A hand-me-down from my mom.

Where To: Off to my son's school for drop-off (and supposedly, volunteering at his school) + Uni seminar

Photography Notes:

  • Camera: Nikon D40x
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm f.14
  • Self-Portrait Technique: Remote Control + Tripod
  • Lighting: Natural light --- almost mid-day sun. When it comes to photography, I really love making the most out of natural light - and the outdoors.
  • Additional Note: I like playing with angles in photography. This session is an example of how using different angles can make different pictures.

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Style Studio: Garden Grace

Style Studio: Garden Grace

My parents-in-law have an amazing garden. Every time we visit Johannesburg, I am always marveling at the beauty of their backyard bliss.

Since this is the first time that I've been back at their home since taking up self-portraiture, I knew that I couldn't pass up the chance to feature my in-laws' beautiful South African garden.

So, on the first day of 2010, I decided to do a Style Studio shoot featuring their garden --- and a couple of my Christmas presents. Plus, my Diana Mini!

Anyway, here's my very first Style Notes of the year here at the Studio:

  • White sequined stretchy headband - Just another inexpensive accessory that I picked up from a local cheap shop in Adelaide. And yes, I actually curled my hair for the day, using my hot curlers.
  • Silver five-petal floral necklace (with black band) - Not sure where this one was from originally, but it was one of my Christmas gifts. My sister-in-law (and her family) gave this to me and it has become an immediate favourite. She said she bought it from a local shop in Johannesburg. It's just my kind of thing! I love it. I've been wearing it almost every day since I got it.
  • Powder blue cotton maxi dress (with knitted/crochet? detailing) - From a label called Fresh Produce. I'm not sure if it's South African, but this one was bought at Jo'burg from a shop called Pick N' Pay Clothes. Yes, no designer label there. But, I love it anyway. It's actually a gift from my parents-in-law. The original gift was a pink knitted top that didn't fit, so my mum-in-law encouraged me to go back for an exchange. I ended up finding this lovely thing! At half the price too (Just 70 rands, I think, which was equivalent to around AU$10!).
  • Black ballet-style shoes - I forgot the name of the shop where I bought this from. I just remember it was something I purchased during my last trip to the Philippines about two years ago. My sis has a matching pair, which I gave her as a pressie. Maybe she'll remind me where we bought them. Heh. And yes, I must admit, I probably would prefer to wear some kind of sandals with this dress, but since I didn't pack any, I just had to work it with these shoes.

Hmmm... I think that's it. My only other accessory here is my Mini Diana. Honestly, I don't know what possessed me to model one of my favourite new gadgets. Such a geeky/dorky thing to do, eh? But, I thought it was fun anyway!

Where To: a New Year's Day braai with the family at my sis-in-law's house in Jo'brg

Photography Notes:

  • Camera: Nikon D40x
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm f1.4
  • Self-Portraiture Strategy: two-second delay remote control
  • Other photo gadgets: Gorillapod
  • Minor Editing of Photos: iPhoto
  • Collage: Picasa

Side Note: Uhm... I know I missed a couple of months' worth of Style Studio installments. Sorry about that. Hopefully, this post makes up for it somehow. And, I look forward to sharing more with you this 2010.

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Style Studio: A Smile for Spring!

It’s the people who make you smile that matter most.
Who cares about those who try to wipe them away?
Just keep smiling anyway

Studio Style: Smile for Spring!

It’s amazing how different emails can make you feel different things within a matter of minutes. Recently, I’ve had the strange experience of receiving a series of emails from different people under varying circumstances that had contrasting effects to my emotions.

The first lot of emails made me seethe and weep. The other lot of emails made me smile. Even laugh out loud. Feel excited.

All the emails were coming within minutes of each other.

If anyone was watching me at the time, they’d probably think the computer has driven me insane. (Not hard to imagine, right? ;-))

As my conflicting emotions from these emails tried to battle inside me, I made the choice not to let the smile-erasing emails win. Go the smile-inducing emails, I say.

Not an easy thing to do for me, mind you. Normally, negative emotions overtake whatever positive emotions that I might have. I think it’s because our psyche has the tendency to feel the impact of negative emotions more. That's why a nasty comment or a single episode with someone difficult can ruin an otherwise perfect time with great weather or wonderful company.

It’s not right, though. I think we ought to try to strengthen the effect of those smile-inducing moments and people in our lives more. And, give less power to the smile-wipers. I think that’s a lesson I’m trying to learn as I take the path of Blissology.

Anyway, enough of that… here are the style and photography notes from this shoot:

Style Notes:

Very, very casual look here, as you can see. It was the beginning of warmer weather this day, I believe. We’ve had such a long winter this year that finally getting 23+ degree (C) weather is such a relief. To celebrate, I wore my ‘Smiley’ shirt (it has a glittery gold smiley face design with the word ‘Smile’ underneath). I think this must’ve been the first time I wore a shirt in months (without layers, that is). The label says “Jack Pot. I believe this was a gift from my mum and/or sis. Also, I was wearing one of my fave jeans (a hand-me-down from my sis), which I believe is from Bench. Although I wasn’t wearing shoes in these pics, I actually wore my favourite Wittner shoes from this shoot when I went out this day.

Where To: Off to attend a graduate school seminar at the Uni.

Photography Notes:

  • Camera: Nikon D40x
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm f1.4
  • Lighting: Natural light, morning (around 9am)
  • Self-portrait strategy: Remote control! Also used a tripod.
  • Post-processing: Some iPhoto tweaks. The collage was created using Picasa.

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Style Studio: Red Hot (and Black!)

Style Studio: Red Hot (& Black) collage

Well, I've been meaning to share a full "Style Studio"/"Look of the Week" post for some time now. So, here's one that I took early this month. And, as always, here are my style and photography notes from the series -

Style Notes:

  • Long-sleeved fitted grey shirt - From Supré; Got it on sale a few weeks ago. Loved the fit so much, I ended up buying in one light blue as well.
  • Black velvet jacket - This one's a really old piece of clothing. I don't even know where I bought it. I think I was still living in Singapore when I purchased it. It used to be part of a two-piece suit (jacket + pencil skirt). However, I've stopped using the skirt.
  • Printed dress - The label says "Ms Who?" It's one of those dresses that I bought from a children's clothes shop. Got it for about AU$10. The thing is, I keep wondering when I'd bump in to a ten year old wearing the same thing. Heh.
  • Black loop belt - Another hand-me-down from my sis.
  • Black stockings
  • Wittner stiletto booties - One of the few stiletto shoes I own. I love the shape, but for some reason, I haven't really taken to wearing them. Haven't broken them in yet properly, so they're still a bit uncomfortable. But, I must say, looking at these photos, I am beginning to get convinced why stilettos may be a good way to go.

Where To: Off to my part-time work as part of the Resource Team in an organisation that support people with intellectual disabilities.

Photography Notes:

I must confess that I felt quite happy with this series of self-portraits. They're not technically great photos, but I like them anyway. Something about the lighting and the composition really appealed to me.

I especially like the top photo in the collage. It was sort of an accidental shot, as I was actually trying to use the fireplace area as my backdrop. But, I couldn't quite get "the shot". You know, that one photo that help me to tell what I want to say in pictures.

When I moved to a different wall to try some extra shots, I found that the floor lamp lighting in that area created a different visual effect in the shots. That's why I ended up liking more photos from my "extra" pics (3 out of the 4 shots in the collage are from the extras; I even have a couple more I wish I could share some time). I even liked the effect of the huge floor vase in the top photo.

So, I hope you like them too! Anyway, here are my photo notes -

  • Camera: Nikon D40x
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm f1.4
  • Lighting: Combination of natural light and indoor artificial light (a ceiling light and a floor lamp); No flash
  • Self-portrait strategy: Remote control!
  • Post-processing: Some iPhoto tweaks - a bit of straightening, some adjustment in saturation, sharpening, and some cropping (for a couple of the pics). The collage was created using Gimp.

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