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Turban with Sazz

22 Aug

Sharing some of my designs which are once again inspired by the African culture! 🙂 This time though there’s this common element which is the African Turban in bright colors. 🙂
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It’s my dream to wear a turban in a black tie event here in the Philippines. LOL but so far, there’s no opportunity yet. Also, I don’t own a turban as of the moment. I tried shopping for one but either I didn’t like the ones I found, or they’re too small for my head. hehe

A turban can look nice with a flamboyant gown.

 And it can also look good in a sexy draped down dress.

It can even work with a simple just-below-the-knee cocktail dress.

Aaaah. I lust for this type of ensemble. I hope I can wear one someday! 🙂

good morning! 🙂

Watercolor Wednesdays: Like a Butterfly

12 Aug

Like a Butterfly

Let a poem land on you

Long enough so you can see

Graceful words on vibrant wings

Secrets drawn in symmetry

(Reflecting you, reflecting me)

by Amy LV

I painted this pretty little creature last May. Butterflies sometimes symbolize the lightness of one’s being. But more often, it is taken to symbolize profound or sudden changes of the soul, or a shift to a lighter, more positive disposition, perspective, or lifestyle. I have gone through a lot of transitions in life – some good, some bad. In retrospect, I think butterflies perfectly represent me and I’m really happy that I’m in a better, lighter, brighter position right now. 🙂

Watercolor Wednesdays: I Got Flowers Today

29 Jul

I got flowers today
It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night;
And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt;
I know that he is sorry and didn’t mean to say the things he said;
Because he sent me flowers today.
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I got flowers today.
It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare.
I couldn’t believe that it was real.
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
but I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.

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I got flowers today
And it wasn’t Valentines Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me;
Make-up and long sleeves didn’t hide the cuts and bruises this time;
I couldn’t go to work today because I didn’t want anyone to know—but I know
he’s sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.

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I got flowers today
And it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me again, and it was worse than all of the other times;
If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of the kids? What about
money?
I’m afraid of him, but I’m too scared and dependent to leave him! But he
must be sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.

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I got flowers today
Today was a special day—it was the day of my funeral;
Last night he killed me;
If only I have gathered the courage and strength to leave him;

I would not have gotten flowers today.

by Paulette Kelly

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I just got back from our 3 day gender sensitivity training. I just wanted to share a poem that was introduced to us at the seminar. It is about the cycle of domestic violence, and is entitled “I Got Flowers Today”. Coincidentally, I have painted something related to this in the past. I called the artwork “The Bride”.

As an advocate of women’s rights, it is my duty to open up the eyes of as many women and men possible about the complexity of domestic violence. Most of the time, we are so quick to judge a woman who seems to be letting her husband beat the hell out of her. This issue however is not as simple as it looks like. It needs a little more digging.  See, once a woman falls prey to an abusive partner, it is not as easy to get out of it, as most outsiders would assume. The psychological disposition of a battered wife becomes derailed as the abuse worsens and we cannot just throw the blame on the woman for not choosing to leave the relationship right away. Many factors come into play. there are a lot of deterrents both internal and external to a woman which affects her judgment, her way of thinking, her responses — and these are not necessarily her fault. To be effective saviors and/or support systems, we have to demonstrate unending patience and persistence. We need to help her little by little, no matter how much she tries to resist it at first, until she finally can wake up from the haziness of it all and take the first step out of the house that was never a home. Always remember to never blame the victim.

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Allow me to just say this as I close this post: To all the women in a potentially harmful relationship right now, at the first sign or instance of abuse, please please please gather your courage and leave. Forget about everything else, and I mean everything else. Save your life and leave at once. Cover your ears and don’t listen to his sweet words, close your eyes and forget about his pitiful face. Don’t listen to anything your abuser will say and NEVER ACCEPT HIS FLOWERS the following day.

Please. try.

try.

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Below is the video shown to us in the seminar. It is a shorter version of the original poem but the way it was read was so haunting. Please take the time to watch it:

Watercolor Wednesdays: Lavender

22 Jul

It’s a bit late and I’m ready to doze off but here I am forcing my eyes to stay open for just a very quick post because I want to keep up with my self-imposed commitments (i.e. Watercolor Wednesdays). 🙂

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Lavender flowers, painted by moi. ❤

Lavender flowers are perennials, which means they grow back on their own year after year.

If only all the beautiful things in this world are like that: everlasting, enduring, constant – then maybe I wouldn’t have to be a little bit sad tonight, a little bit unsure, a little bit worried and a little bit confused. Hhhhm but on second thought, maybe some things are meant to end at some point so we could appreciate them more. Maybe, these things’ beauty resides in their fleetingness. Or maybe these things are still beautiful even though they are destined to die down or fade.

Yes, I’m talking about love. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, i hold on to the fantasy of finding one great love. It is the one thing that I wish is as perennial as lavenders. But disappointments cannot be helped. Love sometimes doesn’t last a lifetime and I know I should be fine with that…. but.i’m.not. However, I do know that our relationships and feelings which had to end don’t lose their value in our lives. They can still be beautiful if we consider them as lessons learned, and if we treasure them as memories.

I guess I’m just tired of going through one definite affair after another without giving myself enough time and space to breathe that’s why I sometimes fail to see the blessing in each endeavor that ended. I better chill. Things happen and un-happen for a reason. Maybe it’s not yet that time of the year when lavenders are supposed to thrive. 🙂

Watercolor Wednesday: Cherry Blossoms

15 Jul

I’ve decided to add a regular feature in this blog and I’m calling it Watercolor Wednesdays. Watercolor painting is a very recent hobby of mine. I discovered this new passion just around this year or maybe last year? when I started using watercolor as a coloring medium for my fashion illustrations.  To learn how to paint has been an item in my bucket list but I didn’t really think I would be so into watercolor painting specifically until recently.

Anyways I’m sharing two paintings of cherry blossoms. As if it’s not yet obvious, I’m obsessed over these flowers and I don’t understand why. Maybe because it gives off a very light, romantic, pretty vibe and that’s what I’m trying to make out of my life right now? Or maybe because it’s very easy to paint? lol 🙂

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The picture above is the product of my first ever attempt to watercolor-paint. Hence the simplicity. The one below is a happier version of it – blue skies and livelier flowers and an overall busier scene. 11008767_1622272984674823_6786054510568911315_n I’m not so sure if i’m good at water color painting. Maybe not… yet. But what I’m sure of is it delights me every time i hold on to a brush and start pretending I’m a master at it. haha. It makes me happy pursuing creative hobbies. And that’s the only thing that matters after all, right? 🙂

Have a nice day! ❤ 🙂

Flamboyant Africa

29 Jun

I’m in love with the African fashion. I like the prints, and the patterns, and the bold and bright colors of their dresses. I love the statement their headwraps/ turbans make. I love their chunky beads and bangles that somehow, someway,  work well with all the busy-ness going on. It goes all out! And it doesn’t restrain itself. This kind of style doesn’t believe in “less is more”. If you talk african fashion, more IS more and more is worth flaunting. I personally think this style gives off a very creative yet powerful vibe.

I’m sharing some of my fashion sketches that are very much inspired by the elements I mentioned above. Hope y’all like them. 🙂

pics16There was a time when I got addicted to head wraps. I own several scarves of different colors, prints, and designs and I started being creative with them and used them as DIY turbans during the time that my hair was (awkwardly) growing out from its bald state.  During that time, i would easily get bored not being able to style my hair different ways and headwraps were my solution to that boredom.

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My personal style is heavily influenced by the African culture. Sometimes, I feel like i’ve embraced it too much.

It’s kind of funny that I’m always mistaken for a foreigner here in the Philippines. Usually, it’s the cab drivers that make such observation, especially when I hail them to go to Greenbelt. They would think I am either an African-American, or a mixed African-Asian. And I’m always amused by this. haha 🙂

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I will not go as far as the (in)famous Rachel Dolezal has gone by saying I “identify” as black, but I do like the unique fashion of Africa very much. hihi. ^_^ That’s why many of my fashion sketches/illustrations are inspired by it. I just find it very daring, very unforgiving, very flamboyant. Very symbolic of my personality.  😉

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So that’s it for today! Hope you had fun with this post! I’ll be posting more of my work on this blog soon. Indulge me! LOL

Meanwhile, I shall go to bed because I’m really exhausted. 🙂

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