Sunday, September 21, 2014

Glam Goth Meets Gothic Rock

It was a cold gloomy morning in Silang, Cavite.
My husband Francis and I will be attending a wedding.
Marvin, the groom, is Francis' close friend since they were in high school. 
We already knew since July that he's gonna be Marvin's groomsmen for his September church wedding. The call time was supposed to be 10am so we immediately went to the church. Since Francis sometimes doesn't pay attention to some details it was then we found out that we're supposed to go to the reception first which is at Villa Ibarra, Tagaytay. Marvin's cousin called us and he'll be picking us up. While waiting for him, we tried to look around the church as it was our first time to go there. I've heard it rained hard that morning so the grass was still damp, the breeze feels cold and a bit wet.

In this beautiful scenery lies San Antonio De Padua Church.
The place is really peaceful and relaxing.

As soon as you enter the church's gate you'll see the statue of St. Anthony of Padua carrying n infant Jesus, with cherubs just below them. There's trees every where, you can even drive around, there's a wide parking lot and you can even play on the grass. If it's not damp and wet I might lie down there and take more photos.

Thanks to the kind woman who took our photos in front of the church.
She just saw us laughing around coz we both want to have our photos taken
so she offered her help. Thanks Ate! We didn't even catch your name but you're
an angel. The pictures were amazing.

I still want to have a black wedding. I'm sure it'll come true, coz that is what I really want ever since. Seeing these pictures of us makes me think that black and Gothic wedding's possible. Yes, dream on! We just have to make everything perfectly stable and fine first, build our dream house and get married again in front of it.

As for our dream house, it's very much similar to the structure of this church,
or maybe Tuscan style. Stones, rocks, bricks, grass, flowers, trees and vines.
That's how we love to see our house outside.

Anyways going back... Marvin's older bother picked us up and we went straight to the reception at Villa Ibarra, Tagaytay City. It's for the photo shoot for the entourage. My husband told me that the wedding's motif will be black and silver, so I really think it was awesome. A black wedding I'll be attending.

As soon as we arrived, I met Marvin, and he mocked Francis coz he said he should be wearing a white polo! The motif's blue, silver and white!
We were laughing and my husband doesn't care as to what the motif will be.
I even don't know how did he come up with that black and silver motif!
He doesn't even want to tie his hair, just like what the groom has requested.
I thought our glam goth inspired outfits will be inappropriate as it is a wedding day, but then most of the guests were wearing darker hues and the bridesmaids were all wearing royal blue.

earrings: Chanel CC logo vintage drop pearl

I just decided to let my hair down, parted it side ways and had some hairspray to hold it. I've dyed my hair into golden red two weeks prior to this event,
so it doesn't look too harsh as the colors have faded already.

The flowy beaded asymmetrical hem black cocktail dress I'm wearing is from Ruby RoxThis dress is by far one of my favorites among the dresses I've had.
The color (of course it's gonna be black!) the cut, the fabric, the style,maybe just a little more beadwork. I'm so picky when it comes to dresses and it's not that easy to please my taste, but this one definitely knocked me off my feet.
I love that even if it bares much skin on the upper part, the asymmetrical hem on the lower part makes it a look a bit more conservative when worn.

check out for beautiful cocktail and prom dresses.

 Nine West Black Reptile Crocodile Shoulder Bag

I was originally grabbing for my black XOXO shoulder bag coz it's my favorite
but the strap snapped! I need to have it repaired asap. It's my fave.
I have no choice but to use this Nine West bag, which I didn't know how it exists. I didn't buy it, maybe it came from my aunts as a gift and I've totally forgotten it. Well thank heavens, I have no big black bag to use other than this one.

I've also used my wedding shoes for the second time. It still looks new and sparkly filled with silver micro glitters. Unfortunately it's a bit tight for me now, it used to be a little loose as a peep toe shoes. They said after you get pregnant and give birth your shoe size will become bigger. It's true, after all. 
The explanation is that the tendons connecting the tarsals and metatarsals
of your feet gets loose from the pull of gravity, as it adjusts to your weight when it triples while you're preggo. Now I must buy new shoes, the old ones were all too tight for me now.

But even if my shoe size becomes bigger, I've shed a big amount of weight
and my skinny jeans weren't skinnies anymore. It's sad though, I have nothing to wear again other than my jeggings and leggings. I feel really comfortable wearing just jeans and shirt. No micro mini's, my family's very conservative.

Let's go now for the makeup products I used.
I don't know how it happened but it has to be the best brown smokey eyes I've ever done. It reminds me of those smokey eyes I see from Autumn-Winter fashion shows such as Christian Dior, Gucci, Ninna Ricci and Miu Miu.
I'll try to do it again next time, if ever I can recreate it.
Sorry no tutorials. I'm still not that brave to teach y'all.


Revlon Color Stay Liquid Foundation in 180 Sand Beige
Sugar Skull Cosmetics 10 Correct and Conceal Palette
Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Compact 020 Beige Eclair


Sephora eyeshadows in medium brown, dark brown and black from the customizable palette
Etude House Code B Gel eyeliner in strong black
Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara
Estee Lauder Lash Primer
Christian Dior Eyeliner in Noir


Mac Hello Kitty Powder Blush in Tippy
Maybelline Mineral Powder Blush in Original Rose


Mac Russian Red Lipstick

What I have on my bag is just perfect for retouching.
It's the Dior Travel Studio from Christian Dior.

It carries everything that I need. Powder for touch ups, the tiny dior show mascara and the tiny black eyeliner. I didn't retouch my eye shadows as I used a good base for it. FYI I've had this travel kit since 2012 I think, but I haven't used it that much as I don't really dig the color pay off of the lippies and eyeshadows. They're too sheer and it's not even worth the three thousand peso cash that I've shed.

Finally! Marvin looked for a white polo for Francis to wear.
Francis is really stubborn and and a very happy go lucky person.
If there's one thing I learned for him it's how I shouldn't give a f*ck about
anything. I like his "It doesn't matter attitude". Here's a Tony Stark inspired shot.

But don't worry, he has an alter ego. The "daddy" side of him can easily turn him into a different person. When it comes to our son's needs, he's really like Iron Man, and whenever I need him, he's like Batman.
He's got so many friends, sometimes I don't even remember their names and faces. He's the friendliest of all peeps I know.

Here's what San Antonio De Padua church looks from the inside. My friends told me this is also where Filipino celeb couple Karylle and Yael got married. I don't even know that. (Not really that interested in other people's wedding).
The church really fascinated me, it's simple and not that big at all but once you enter the church it'll give you a different atmosphere.

Villa Ibarra, the wedding's reception is somewhat small, but cozy. The interior design is simple too, wall painted in white, black and then there's wood and baroque style fixtures and furniture. The parking lot can also just accommodate a few vehicles. The place isn't too overwhelming, and it's relaxing.

Once this glass door's open, you can have a good view with the Taal lake.
Great for pictures. Since that day was really gloomy and rainy, the clouds hid the beauty of the Taal Volcano.

We do have one shot outside as the kids lit their sparkles. It was still drizzling and cold, and I got me my good ole' Genevieve Gozum leatherette minus the belt.

Hubby having a moment and the time of his life. He looks hot in that suit, and it's my first time to see him wear that coz on our wedding he preferred Chinese style coat.

His old western boots were customized from his long time friend that happens to be a shoe maker, particularly all sorts and kinds of shoes and boots.
We just googled some pictures of his dream boots for the size, materials,
accessories and more, and it turned out better than we expected it to be.

More reception photos I took. Sorry it's just point and shoot, I don't know anything about photography, I just love the beauty of this place, and captured it through my digital camera.

As for the reception, I like it, but still the place called Ridge Resort and Convention Center in Tagaytay City still lingers in my heart.
It's big, really big and very calming and cozy. It's where my dad used to work for almost 25 years. I grew up in that place. I sleep there with my family, eat, swim, play, run around. It stops its operation in 2002 and it's now renovated into Philippine Judicial Academy. I even remember bringing all my friends, teachers and classmates there so they could swim and play around. 
I wish they'll open it again for public, or just for the old employees there. 
The last time I've been there it's already PHILJA, I also saw the resort being renovated. I remember my dad even promised I'll have my 18th birthday at Ridge Resort, but sadly it didn't happen since it's now closed for public.

That woman is my sexy mom!

I love photos with a vintage touch and dark concept. I'm trying to schedule a simple photo shoot with my friend but both of us were still too busy. Maybe soon, and I want a custom made black lace dress, inspired by those from Gucci's A/W 2012 Collection.The photoshoot's concept will still be vampy and dark, but better and "more maarte". Soon! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Thank you for reading lovelies! It's an image blog once again, and more blah blahs from me. This blog of mine is more of like my online diary. Since I'm a very visual person I upload lots of pictures. After a year or two, I read all of my old posts and they really make me smile, so it's also for me, yeah, weird once again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SS109 Live at Fisher Mall

I've been so busy again these days. My son's growing up so fast and he's taking my time.I couldn't leave him alone anymore, he can even get out of his own walker! Last Wednesday I went out to see SS109's show at The Fisher Mall.
Since I'm already a mom I couldn't really go out, stay up late and watch their gigs on every bars we could possibly have in Cavite, Manila and Makati City.
I could really count on my fingers those gigs and mini concerts that I've watched from them. Since it's gonna be a solo live show from the band and it was a Korean Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to spend the whole day watching and supporting the group.

Sorry baby! You're too young to come and see Daddy's, 
Uncle's and your Ninong's show.

Thanks to Mr. Njel De Mesa, the President of  NDM Incorporated. He invited SS109 and gave the band a solo slot to perform live in front of the young crowd.The solo live performance was sponsored by NDM Studios as a band blowout every Wednesday.

They performed their cover songs and carrier singles for an hour.
The group has been really professional and performed energetically,
headbanging to their music the whole time and rocking the stage.
Each members have their own personality and unique charm,
glammed up with their signature styles with a twist of glam metal and glam rock.

The band slowly introduced themselves and their genre as 80's old school glam metal rock band, and when we say old school it's Motley Crue, Poison, Skid row and more glam metal acts from 80's to early 90's. To those who grew up listening to these old school bands and to those who have watched those rock artists from the 80's then seeing SS109 perform live will be nostalgic.

They nailed the whole performance and most of the audience were students.
It's a bit funny to see their reaction when they saw the band members coming out of the car. They looked at them from head to toe, a bit shocked and stunned, and pretty amazed and amused... and so is everyone inside the mall, be it guards and sale staffs.

Being too different from the young musicians they see on TV and those boy band they listen to these days, it's really nice to see those young boys and girls appreciating and starting to idolize the group. At the end of the show they were clapping and shouting.

SS109 with NDM Studios and NDM Inc. President Njel De Mesa

I even encouraged the fan boys and fan girls to take a picture with them so they went on stage and had a few shots. Yes, I was the one who took their photos holding several smartphones. I was a photographer, a makeup artist and a personal assistant that day, and a fan girl as well.

This is my hubby, the band's bassist. My younger bro is the band's Keyboardist.

I'm running out of my black eyeliner and black eye shadow because these two men used them more frequently than I use them.

The only photo I have with my husband is this, taken by my younger bro.
During this shoot my hubby kept mocking me and telling people who were looking at us that I'm a die hard fan.

On my lips: Mac Pink Nouveau lipstick

What I wore that day were totally old. I've put up all of my favorite clothes together that I've bought a few years ago. I'm happy that those that I've bought for a long time never go out of style coz I might say they're timeless, and my style has definitely been freaky and odd to begin with. 
Like this leatherette I've got from Genevieve Gozum that I've bought for 1,800 pesos way back 2008, the Marithe Francois Girbaud handbag that I had since 2006, Candies top that I've bought in 2012 and my DIY black midriff top that I used for dancing way back 2006. I remember ironing all the rhinestones to it patiently, one by one.

My leatherette zip up top has so many stories and memories since it's quite old already. I remember how it caught my attention and took a photo of it using my Nokia N70, then went back the next day to the mall to purchase it. I wore it for the first time on my first job's Christmas party since I've always been inappropriately dressed, as it was a smart casual event. Then right after leaving my first job my copy cats from that same company I used to work with bought theirs! They wore it on their Christmas party too.

Anyways, seeing CL from 2ne1 wearing it the way I used to wear it left a huge smile on my face. I'm still claiming I had this style first (HAHAHA), though CL's wearing a real leather.

As for my bottoms I wore my all time favorite shredded black lace leggings 
and suede wedge platform ankle boots, with leopard prints on the inside.
When I wore it at Moa the Beauty Assistants from Mac were asking me where
did I get it, coz they loved it!

Prior to their solo show Francis and Ezzy attended  NDM's Indie Music Awards Night last September 8. Here's their photos with Njel De Mesa and Filipina Girls

Please support and listen to our indie bands. You'll never know how talented they can be, you might wanna take a look at their videos and listen to their songs. For their upcoming gigs and bar tours, here's the link to SS109's Facebook account.

Click here to proceed to their fan page

On our way to Quezon Avenue I had this beautiful shot of our hand together.

Both of us wearing black nail polish and awesome wristwatch. I gave this snake wristwatch to him and he wore it for his gigs.

Coming up!! We've attended a wedding, and the pictures turned out to be great!
I'll post about it soon, still trying to put it up together, and as always, its more of like an image blog.

You can read the next post in a bit!