Maybelline recently asked me to take part in their “Do You Dare” challenge along with other Manila-based bloggers. Basically, we were challenged to take on a certain look, infuse our signature style, and make it our own.
For the first layout, I was assigned to do “bejeweled”–thankfully, that term is pretty general and flexible. Given that I’m a huge fan of colors, the “dare” came off as pretty easy. Personally, I am fond of rich colors–and yes, I know deep hues aren’t really a trend for the summer but I figured: to hell with it, and decided to build my outfit around the idea of jewel tones and accents.
There’s also the fact that deep purples, pinks, and emeralds, complement my skin tone really well.
Necklace: Forever 21 | Floral Corset: Versace x H&M | Mullet Skirt: Forever 21 | Wooden Bangles: Accessorize | Wedges: CMG
If this corset looks familiar, it is cause it is the second time I’ve worn it; the first time was for my Coachella-inspired outfit post. It is also through this corset that I was able to validate my weight-loss cause this thing is a size 2 and for a former-size 4, fitting in a size 2 is pretty much an indication of losing weight (no, don’t burst my bubble, anyone).
Admittedly, this piece of art is difficult to put on and remove–it has a hidden mesh interior with an interior zipper and a gartered clasp on top of an exterior zipper. However, this corset fits me like a glove and hugs every curve of my body. Yes, it’s approximately 15 minutes worth of torture but as soon as it’s on, I honestly can’t explain how gorgeous it looks and how much I love it.
Although it is a little bit too distinct (so in effect, I really can’t wear it out as frequently as I would want to), it’s still all sorts of beautiful–the print, the silk, and the craftsmanship. At the end of the day, I feel like all the corset’s positive qualities outweigh the negative and thus, justifies its rather steep price.
Admittedly, out of all the H&M collaborations, the Versace one is my favorite and to think, I’m not particularly fond of the brand. I’m more of a Lanvin-girl but well, I just happen to think that the Versace collection is edgier and more wearable. Off the record, I am extremely ecstatic for the Margiela collaboration! I can’t wait for November!!!
Speaking of Versace x H&M, I wore another piece recently to my boyfriend’s family luncheon (When I got it, I knew it would come in handy some day and so true enough, it made its initial debut last Tuesday):
Myself and the ever fashionable Joanna Ladrido, who mad an exceptional introductory speech citing reasons as to why education is beneficial to the modern youth and how it molds their future and how it builds their character.
Below photo is of myself and the dapper (let’s add in dashing and debonaire) boyfriend, who apparently has one million and one academic accomplishments that he is way too modest to even mention to anyone out loud.
On hindsight, I’m pretty much overwhelmed by the fact that the concept of “education” is making a comeback in my life. I mean, I’ve always been proud to call myself a “literate” individual–moderately literate, to be exact, because I’m pretty much average with mathematics–but I just didn’t think it would become too much of a central focus as of late.
A while ago, my father called me up so I could talk to my sister and knock some sense into her because apparently, she’s being indecisive and she can’t figure out which University she wants to pursue. Although at that age, I was pretty damn sure that I wanted to study in the Ateneo, I think she’s at a point in her life where she’s afraid of making life-changing decisions; I mean, come to think of it, college is a huge crossroad right? Whatever decision she makes, it will define her–maybe not permanently but you get the gist.
Eventually, her apathy got to me and I ended up being irate and screaming over the phone, demanding her to explain to me why she can’t articulate her uncertainty. Later on, I calmed down and realized that I kind of do get where she was coming from; the pressure is different for her because she’s the middle child plus she’s really young and shy–out of all my siblings, she’s the wallflower and so the thought of entering college must terrify her.
At the end of the day, I’m pretty confident that she has a good head on her shoulders. She’ll figure it out on her own. I just wish she’ll think things through thoroughly (more sooner than later at that) because the opportunity to study in a good school isn’t readily available to everyone, especially students from the provinces. Apart from being equipped with all the resources, ie: money, time, and brains, to make it through, she (and I) have extremely supportive parents who value education above all and treat the concept as if it were their biggest legacy (they used to joke that they’ve no trust funds for us, just education so we have to maximize it and come to think about it, maybe they weren’t even joking. :|)
So for students–college and high school alike, please study really hard. I just can’t stress it enough but education is indeed important. I can list down a hundred and one reasons why it is but let’s just say that one can distinguish a literate person from an illiterate person from a mile a way (and no, there is not such thing as an isolated case for this particular situation).
Before I forget, thank you for all the likes, the wonderful comments, and the shares in the Maybelline page.
So I guess it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who appreciated my own outfit!
Also, I’ve been told that I look really different with makeup on and this is a prime example of it. I almost couldn’t recognize myself but it’s a nice kind of different, I think. I mean, I look really clean and young with the bright pink hues on the lids, right? And if it doesn’t sound too vain, maybe I can say fresh and sophisticated?
For this look in particular, the makeup artist used the Diamond Glow Eyeshadow set, for more details on how to get the look, check this page out.
Once again, attention-grabbing, show stopping shoes from CMG.