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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: Geek Chic {November 2011 Edition}

Look of the Day: Geek Chic in shades of brown and black

It has been a while since I last shared one of these "Style Studio" posts, so I thought I'd share one today. Not because I'm feeling particularly stylish or fabulous. It's just that I can't think of any other blog post to share today that's simple, easy, and quick.

Besides, I have to admit: I do SO love these shoes. And, yeah, I think they rock enough to deserve a blog post, right?

Style Notes:

  • Drop earrings in antique gold - Can't remember where I bought them!
  • Black specs - No, I'm not trying to look smart. I don't usually wear specs in public. Very very rarely in photos. But, my eyes got kinda messed up on my last day in Cebu, and they haven't fully recovered yet. Until then, I need to refrain from wearing my contacts. 🙂 These are soooo old, though, that I really can't recall where they're from.
  • Beaded necklace - Diva, if memory serves me right.
  • Short-sleeved stretch shirt - Brand is called Divided. From H & M (San Francisco, USA).
  • Black, ruffled skirt - Brand is called TEMT. Can't remember where I bought it from.
  • Brown, stretch belt - This is actually part of a dress shirt I bought from Macy's in San Francisco.
  • Long, textured vest - New haul from NAVA in Manila, Philippines.
  • 3/4 sleeved Black blazer - A favourite, from HYPE.
  • Tall, brown pattern platform pumps - Another newbie from NAVA in Manila. Nearly 5-inch heels. I adore the heels especially because they're shaped so differently. Plus, the patterns and materials used give them so much texture and interest. Love, love, love 'em! Can you believe they're less than AU$30?

Where To: This was today's outfit to the office. And the bank.

Photography Notes:

  • Photos taken using iPhone camera.
  • Mostly natural light. Flash only fired for the shot of the shoes.
  • Post processing: Diptic app for the collage style. Then, Instagram with Valencia filter.

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Style Studio: Life Tones (April 2010 Edition)


Style Studio: April 2010

Things are going to be even more crazy hectic on my side of the sky in the next few weeks, so I'm going to try and blog Studio Notes' "regular features" as quickly as I can before the month is over. So, here's my monthly Style Studio/self-portrait installment. Since I've been posting dresses a lot lately, I thought I'd go simple and casual again this month...

Style Notes:

  • Brown, long tube top - Not sure where I bought this from now. It's a few years old. In fact, I'm pretty certain I've posted this somewhere on this blog before.
  • Wide, twisted tan belt - From Target. I love it. This belt reminds me that belts can really make good fashion accessories.
  • HerBench Blue Jeans - My favourite hand-me-down jeans form my sis. You've seen this often enough in my style files! 🙂
  • Earrings - Black giant dangling tear drop earrings.

As you can see, this is just a simple summer/spring attire. Oh, and yes, there are no shoes in the photo shoot, but I believe I used both my black wedge shoes and my flat brown shoes with the whole thing (alternates, of course, not at the same time! ;-)).

Where To: Filming/Interview for my digital storytelling workshop class.

Photography Notes:

  • Camera: Trusty old Nikon D40x
  • Lens: My beloved Sigma 30mm f1.4
  • Time: AM
  • Light: Natural light, no flash
  • Self-portrait technique: remote control
  • Post processing: Only used Picasa to create the collage, then I adjusted the light + used B&W focus effect

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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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