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:
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.
This 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.
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:
Where To: Off to my son's school for drop-off (and supposedly, volunteering at his school) + Uni seminar
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:
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
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.Read More
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.
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:
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.
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 -
Where To: Off to my part-time work as part of the Resource Team in an organisation that support people with intellectual disabilities.
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 -