Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yay - featured again!

Hey dolly gang!

I just wanna share with you another happy moment in this little crafter's life: my little story as an entrepreneur is featured in one of Asia's best source of up-to-date parenting and child education know-how - Parents' Guide Asia

It was an honor for me to be invited to share my thoughts 
on entrepreneurship as an alternative to the typical 9-5 job.
Thank you so much for this opportunity, Stephen!

Surprisingly, it feels wonderful to write about my own experience as the person
behind the little dresses and tiny doll faces.
That was a great warm-up to finally write that About Me page
there after being blank for years, right?
About time, right? 
Tee hee...

Below is the photo I submitted for the article, which you can find here.

Aki and I in Kyoto, Japan last October 2017

I hope you enjoy that little something about the thought behind the process.

Oh, and I realize this might be the first time I shared my most recent photo here on the blog?
Wow, so so sorry for that, darlings!

I did plan on sharing some photos of our Japan trip, with me and my family in them,
but since it feels like the delay had been too much,
I thought I'd just skip.

Oh, I did share some photos in flickr.
You might like to check some of Aki's photos there, too ;)

So, see you soon, my loves, and again,
thank you so much for all the support and love!

xoxo,
shasha

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Creative Doll Collector of the Month: Betty of @allthelittledolls

Happy new weekend there, doll-lings! 
What are you up to for this week's mini-vacay? 
I hope you aren't one of those running around for Christmas presents, trying to complete the list during the remaining weekends before Christmas. 
I have been there and it was always a mess. 
The only solution was to do shopping months ahead!

But before I completely digress,
let's get back to the very reason of this post.

Today, I am so happy that this series is revived!
Thanks to this gal that I was so ecstatic when she said yes for our little interview.
I have been a fan of her work since I discovered her Instagram account, @allthelittledolls!
I love her Barbie doll repaints because they look like real people,
and her diorama sets are super cozy and fun!

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I don't want to spoil your excitement so without further ado,
here's our interview with Australia-based custom doll artist and Etsy seller 
Betty S from @allthelittledolls!

Please tell us something about yourself that we don’t get to find out in your social media channels.

Betty S: 
I have a mild addiction to playing The Sims. 
My current computer doesn’t like the game though so I make do by creating the doll dioramas 
and different characters and families in doll form. 

When did you start collecting dolls as an adult? As a child?

Betty S: 
I’ve always had some sort of doll collection. 
I’ve got about 15 Cabbage Patch Kids stored at my mum’s house 
and also many barbies. 

What type/s of dolls first interested you?

Betty S: 
Definitely Barbies.

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What is your current collection composed of?
Betty S: 
My current collection is composed of a few “forever Barbies 
and Barbie related dolls” 
and 8 reborns/Ashton Drake Dolls.

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What draws you to these dolls?

Betty S: 
I enjoy the work that goes into creating them. 
I also love to imagine who they would be if they were actual people 
and style them accordingly.

What creative pursuits do you currently have that are related to dolls or miniatures?

Betty S: 
I’m always wrestling with the sewing machine to attempt to make clothing.
People do ask if I will sell the clothes I make but I’m no sewing mastermind
so only time will tell. 

I also enjoy making small props to go with dolls 
and would like to be able to create them as accessories to go with my regular sales.


What makes these doll-related activities very interesting for you?

Betty S: 
It’s something to do to relax and exercise my mind unless it’s sewing. 
Sewing is evil. 

Aside from doll collecting and crafting, what are your other interests?

Betty S: 
When I’m not doing doll related things, 
I enjoy reading, drawing and watching movies or tv series.


It has been a while since I starting becoming a fan of your work
and I notice that you are very vocal about a few social advocacy 
like breastfeeding, and the LGBT community. 

Can you tell us about why these have a special place in your heart?

Betty S: 
I have many family and friends who are members of the LGBTQ community
and feel that their rights are just as important as my own so it’s important that I, 
and others, stand with them.


As for breast feeding, I believe that it is a mother’s right to feed her child 
when they are hungry and that no person should stand in the way of them doing so. 
It is a natural and beautiful thing.



Please tell us more about your girl Delilah and how she came to be as cool as she is!

Betty S: 
Delilah has always been a favourite. 
She was a happy sort of accident, if you can believe it. 
The original doll was just a pink top MTM, and my first one, 
so I wanted to see how far away from the typical barbie image I could push her look.

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She was originally designed to be a bit of a tomboy but she evolved and became far more.

How do you think your art/creative pursuits contribute to your life, as a whole?

Betty S:
It has helped to give me a greater purpose. 
Before, I was more focused on being a mother 
but as my children have grown and started school, 
I’ve needed a creative outlet.


What is your most favorite art/craft material? 
Okay, you can give three. I know how we love them that much ;D

Betty S: 
Watercolour pencils, scrapbook paper, tacky glue

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How are you able to manage time between your family/work life and the miniature world? 

Betty S: 
My oldest started attending school 5 days a week this year 
and my youngest goes to childcare 3 days a week 
so it allows me to allocate 3 days of the week to errands, repaints and self care. 

The school holidays start at the end of this week so I’ll need to reallocate my time ahhh ๐Ÿ˜‚

Can you share some tips to those who are interested to learn repainting dolls 
and the other cool things that you do?

Betty S: 
Research is key. 
When I first discovered the doll repainting phenomenon, 
I was seeking a cheaper alternative to ball jointed dolls 
and found people repainting store bought dolls on YouTube. 
Through their tutorials, I learned the key techniques I use 
and which materials to buy to make them most effective. 

Also, investing in good quality materials and finding the correct ones for you is very helpful. 
I tried using acrylics but have never had the knack with those. 
I much prefer pencil work.

Other than repaints, diorama making as well as this latest one – miniature cat making, what are the projects you have in mind that we can expect from you and your Etsy shop?


Betty S: 
One of the things I should have mentioned earlier about myself, I am a terrible planner! 
I usually just take the ideas as they come and roll with them so I won’t make promises 
but I would love to expand my store to include things for dolls someday if I can.

** end of interview**

And that's it, guys!
I hope Betty's story and tips inspired you to even be more creative with your doll collection.

If you are interested in owning one of Betty's artworks,
she runs a shop over at Etsy, too!

You can also check out her Facebook page,
if you happen to be there more often.

Thanks so much again to Betty for allowing us to share her art and story
to our doll community here.

And thanks to you for dropping by!

Chat with you again soon!

xoxo,
shasha


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Part 2 of Faded and Distressed How-to: now up on YouTube!

Hey doll-lings!

So I'm again super cheery because I was able to sit down and do some editing for my latest how-to video - the final part for the Faded and Distressed Denim shorts one.





I gotta admit that video editing can be tedious at times, especially for someone who is new to it. However, this one wasn't really that boring. In fact, I had fun in general doing it. Maybe because it wasn't too long, and that I already have some kind of template to use. The first video was when I had to decide on fonts and animations to apply, and it was longer, thus more effort (and patience) was needed.

I guess the idea that I have finally started documenting my processes, was something to celebrate for. I have really been wanting to share my process with you guys but I didn't have the courage back then. It was probably because I didn't have the skills to show for, and even the products to be proud about. This time around, I felt like this pair of shorts is something that a doll collector can keep in her doll wardrobe for years because of its classic design and good quality. I can't help but feel confident for this creation of mine.

This won't be a long post; I just wanna update you guys about the second/final part of this shorts process. I hope you visit my channel over at YouTube, like my videos and share to your friends if you like. I would love it if you subscribe and comment, too so that we can open up topics that will be helpful for the doll community as a whole.

Alright... I gotta go now.. Thanks so much for dropping by...

xoxo,
shasha

Monday, December 4, 2017

New How-to video on YouTube: Faded and Distressed Denim Shorts (Part 1 - Assembly)

Hey hey, dolls! I hope everything's doing great over there at your side of the globe! As with me and the atelierniSHASHA dolls, we're pretty busy over at our little work area (as you can tell I haven't been blogging lately...), but nonetheless, feeling awesome!



Hmmm, there's actually a lot of reasons why it's exciting over at my little corner lately. I will be sharing with you everything, but for now, we will focus on just one. I am happy with what's going on because I was again able to record my doll garment process. It has always been my goal to share how I make my stuff. However, I had quite a few challenges in doing so. The primary one being equipment. Although I have a very nice DSLR camera (courtesy of my hubs), which is perfect for taking photos of my little ladies, it wasn't designed for taking long videos. And the way I set it up, which I tried a variety of over the few years, is making my work harder. I can't move my hands freely while sewing or cutting, because the tripod sits close to me. But finally, I decided to record my video using my trusty little phone, and I'm happy I tried this method. I realized that since I work on tiny details, the phone actually has good enough focus features for it. And it doesn't take so much space, and time to set up. I just put my phone on top of a few books and leaned it on an acrylic phone stand I got from my local Daiso. Nothing fancy ;)

So, finally, dollies - my latest how-to process video for making the Faded and Distressed Denim Shorts. I decided to share how I make this bestselling piece in my Etsy shop because I truly believe in its versatility, styling-wise. A lot of collectors in our doll community can attest to that. A little backstory - I had this piece inspired from what I loved to wear over and over again during my college years. It was a pair of faded and distressed denim shorts that I bought from what we call an "ukay-ukay" shop, which basically is a second-hand clothing shop. I bought it for only 10 Philippines pesos at that time (around 1998), so it was dirt-cheap, but well-loved. I wore it to death that time and I was sad that finally after years of use, it fell apart, literally. But that's fine, eventually over the years, I have been collecting and wearing distressed denim shorts because they're my favorite. They look worn, distressed, faded, but very functional and stylish. I wear it with tees, tank tops, girly tops and tunics and anything in between. How my tiny girls dress those denim shorts with was the way I do it in my everyday, human-sized life ;)



Please bear with my editing and off-focus clips, I'm still learning this new skill and I would love to receive feedback from you guys. I may have not mentioned all the materials that I used in the process but you can easily figure them out. I had some parts super speedy because they're very self-explanatory anyways, but I had those that are detail-ey, made slow-paced enough. My left hand keeps covering the camera/view several times because I probably got too absorbed in what I was doing at the moment that I forgot to move the phone/camera around. I loved it that I had the recording in portrait so that I have that black space on the sides of the video perfect for my captions. The white font is so much easier to read on the black background.

This process I'm following here is my latest one. I have tried all sorts of ways to make my shorts look great and my process less challenging over the years. I'm sure those who have purchased my shorts from years ago can tell the improvements.

The fabric I used was called soft denim by the lady at the fabric shop. Try to find the softest, thinnest denim fabric for this project so that it's easier to assemble/sew together.

If you liked my pattern, I will soon be listing it on my Etsy shop, hopefully before the end of year but I won't make promises. I still haven't gotten to picking up the scanner I needed to scan all my precious patterns with, which I have developed over the years. They should all be available at my shop by 2018. I will then continue to create new patterns so anyone who likes to re-make my designs can make them for their dolls, too.

So, yeah... I hope you will like my latest video, which is only part one of two. I will edit the remaining process (embellishing) within the next few days and let you know when I finish and have it ready in youtube. By the way, if you are a regular youtube watcher/tuner/consumer, I invite you to subscribe to my channel as I intend to fill it with as much process as I can share. My goal is for everyone to become a much more creative, happier doll collector!

That's it for now, lovelies. I'm gonna get back to finishing the trousers I recently made, take pics then list on Etsy. I will also need to package a few more orders and ship them tomorrow.

See? There's so much energy over here, you can easily tell ;)  Chat with you soon!

xoxo,
shasha

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

atelierniSHASHA How-to: White Fringe Shorts

Hi guys!

This process video had been recorded in May this year but since yours truly is the busiest bee of all, I only got to edit it today. I hope that from this video, you picked some ideas that you can apply to your miniature sewing.





If you have questions and clarifications, please drop a comment and I will try my very best to answer soonest.

I'll be making another new video this week so your comments would surely help improve it.

Thanks to you, dollies, so much!


Music pieces used in the video are from the awesome Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

"Chill Wave" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

"Thief in the Night" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...


See you around!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tank Top Tutorial on Youtube

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I recorded my how-to’s and I missed doing so, so here it is. I have recently made a few tank tops and dresses so I thought it wouldn’t hurt if I record the process and share with you.



This particular video is super minimalist such that I didn’t add any captions. If you have questions and clarifications, please drop a comment and I will try my very best to answer soonest. Your comments will also help me make better videos in the future so please don’t be too shy, eh?



Music pieces used in the video are from the awesome Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).
"C-Funk" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and "Too Cool" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Why some of my projects don’t push through


All my life, I constantly question myself, my actions, my environment. I constantly ask that as a child, I was nicknamed “Ms. Tanong” (tanong means  “question” in my country’s national language) by a carpenter who once worked on my uncle’s audio equipment cabinet. I just ask so much it probably annoyed people. I even sometimes exhaust myself doing so haha!

But the point of this post really is how I realized why some of my planned projects never got done, or even started with. When I come up with an idea, I usually get super, hyper, uber excited about it because firstly, the idea was never done before (or if it was, I had no idea it’s already being implemented somewhere by someone  –  I’m never a fan of copying ideas). I get excited when I imagine the results – I could see the products so clearly in my mind! I get excited because I now have an excuse to buy new materials! I get excited because there are so many new ideas coming. All these ideas are so exciting, but not all of them get materialized. Some just fizzle out in the corner; even forgotten.

I eventually started asking myself why can’t I just start those other projects? Why can’t I just grab the first few materials and create a prototype? Why don’t I even try?
To try to answer one of these crazy questions I impose on myself all day in most of my days, I listed all the projects that I can’t just get myself to start working on. I have ebook titles lined up, publication projects planned, clothing designs on my sketchbook, miniature items all listed up, dioramas, doll accessories, and probably many others that I have forgotten already. I then realized that these all have one thing in common – over the course of developing the ideas for these projects, they eventually morphed into projects designed to boost my ego. The realization that these projects eventually became tools to earn more, primarily, made them less and less exciting as time passed by. The more I think about designing the project for it to eventually sell, the more indifferent I grew for it. The more I design with that in mind, the more I lose the excitement. I pretty much lost the very personal, purest goal. I have forgotten that these ideas came up because I simply wanted to create so I could express myself.



It’s pretty much the same with a small project I started with the goal to learn drawing and painting better. I called out friends to send me their favorite selfies and I would practice on their photos. It was exciting at first because I wanted so much to paint my thoughts and opinions in watercolor and oil paint mediums. I wanted these visions to be on paper and canvas. They’ve been staying on my mind for too long now, they need to be on the canvas. So I sought learning. I thought that to be able to execute the ideas visually, and well, I needed to know how to use these painting media. Thus the project. But as time passed by, I lost interest. And I realize it was because most of my attention is now focused on learning, on being good at the skills. I desired so much to learn that I forgot why I wanted to learn these painting tools in the first place.

And then over time, in the middle of executing this project, I got back on track because I was reminded somehow of my very personal aim. I wanted to express my mind, my thoughts that to be able to do this well, I had to have a decent skill level to do so. I had to remind myself that although over the course of a project we focus on the ego-boosting parts like learning skills, gaining acceptance, even earning – that the very essence of all this is because we have a story to tell. We have something to share and express. And that we had to make that one very important person happy after all the thought-excreting and mind-shaking is done. We are our own VIP audience, client, highest-paying patron. It’s so hard to strip off all that noise – the external voices, the capitalists, but it’s the only way to be most authentic in what we do.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Aimee top and dealing with recent fabulous doll offerings

Hi guys! How have you been? I hope all is well with your collecting ventures and life, in general.

It has been a month since I declared publicly the slowing down of my consuming tendencies, most specifically doll collecting. I know the post might have made others rethink their collecting ways, but most importantly, it must have offended some. If it did, I am so sorry and I didn't mean it to. I am just sharing how my life needs a detour. I just vowed to simply focus more on creating what I want to see, not buy.

Photo grabbed from Barbie.com
Photo grabbed from Barbie.com
Like I said, I am currently suppressing my doll buying tendencies for reasons that I believe will help my life in general. But I can't help but be delighted by the recent offerings from major doll manufactures. They are finally getting the styles some of us just might wholeheartedly pay for!

In particular, I liked the recent Barbie Look dolls - the City Chic wears a style I love to see in my girls. I even was once tempted to add it to my cart. But thankfully, I was able to remind myself that to be able to experience the wonder in my own hands without having to again pay for it, I can just make the outfit out of my existing materials, and repaint/reroot an existing doll, in the same style. I also love the curvy Nighttime Glamour, because I have been wanting to get me an articulated curvy one. The outfit and the style, I can manage to recreate by myself.

Eventually, I just let the excitement die down. If I really, really need these girls in my life, why not create something that will provide the same wonderful feeling, right? After all, it is the feeling that you want, not the material. Just the perfect pep talk for someone who wants to get out of financial rot.

I also was so amazed by the recent Integrity Toys offerings, especially the NU Face series! But of course, these are dolls out of my usual budget, especially now with my detour phase in collecting. I am happy to see these being offered but I may not be as happy having them in my hands (while my bank dented), compared to having a similarly styled/fashioned doll, done by me, without much expense on materials. Like I said, I now know that what I truthfully want to experience in having the doll is that important emotion that reminds me of how precious it is to be alive. That there is an alternative to a simple click of the buy button.



I have been busier than ever lately (thus less blogging, sorry, guys...) now that I have made some of my older items again available in Made to Order terms. I am happy to have designed classic and easy to mix and match pieces that almost never go out of fashion. This means that finally I have the opportunity to use up all those fabrics that have been in my inventory for so long. When it's all cut out, I'm relieved of the burden to think about it, to make it into something, to give time for it.


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And although, I am not yet done with this next fabric, I am happy to have made a new piece in my ocean of older designs. I have been wanting to make a loose summer top, being inspired by fashion bloggers especially Aimee Song of songofstyle fame. I love her no fuss, clean style so when I saw this fabric, I was certain that I'm making the Aimee top ;)


And before I end this post, let me just share with you guys some of my favorite photos of the Aimee top, styled casually with my every trusty distressed denim shorts, and modeled by the equally chic Bree. I think her black hair perfectly complements the black and white print ;)

Prepping for the shoot later








Thank you for dropping by, dolly friends!
Chat with you soon!

xoxo,
shasha

Friday, June 9, 2017

Minimalism and creativity...

Hi guys... Wow, it's been a month since I haven't shared my thoughts here. Maybe because I have been thinking a whole lot about my life, my craft, my future...

And to be honest, I have been a little weary to talk about this topic here because I'm afraid I might offend someone even if I didn't mean to, or maybe the idea of possibly losing people in this little community was scary. But I just have to be brave enough for my resolutions. This I think is crucial for my future, and my life in general.

2010, I guess?

See, I have started my adult doll collecting in 2010 with my first two Momokos. Well, the first Barbie in my adult life was bought in 2009, so maybe that was technically the start of it all. From then, I have amassed quite a number, a good mix of brand new/dressed, nude and second-hand girls. I had been really happy, don't get me wrong. But this took a toll on my bills. For the past several years, I have to admit that I am not buying anymore for the right reasons.

Initially, I wanted to buy dolls because they make me happy. But as I go about adding and adding to my pile, I told myself I had to do something to sustain the activity (financially). So I tapped my other passions, doll clothes making. This is also great because I bought a lot of nude dolls and they better get dressed soon! So I made them a wardrobe to share, and eventually decided to open a shop.

Fast forward to seven years, however, the fun had been trailing along with some kinda burden. I felt the need to buy more fabrics because I had to dress up the ever increasing number of different characters (and varied "fashion styles"). I felt the need to also give them (all) a safe haven. I felt the need to get more and more materials to make them accessories. I felt the need to come up with back stories for each one of them. I felt the need to add more dolls because they had to have friends, too! I felt the need to add more so I keep on dipping and dipping into my disposable income then eventually my credit cards. Simply put, I lost control of my finances. 

The past 2.5 years had been I must say the most awesome part of my life. I learned so much, not only the skills in making doll clothes and diorama, but also the necessary business acumen to run my Etsy shop - alone. Those were crucial for the financial part of my life, partially, it took me a long while to learn about the other part - how to be wise with spending what you earn. 

Most importantly, I have been learning about perseverance. I had been neglecting this aspect of my craft despite having it side by side with me from day one. I have only started recognizing its presence in the past few months. And I'm learning so much from recognizing it. In life, happiness isn't the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It is the tiny bits in our daily lives, on top of perseverance, patience, hard work, among other rock-solid foundation to truly call it a meaningful day.

So from there I realized that I don't need much, to appreciate the tiny bits everyday. Some of you may have read about my Utilitarian post recently. I can now connect why I had those thoughts. I wanted a simpler life. Less stuff to stress about. More on the more important things that bring in tiny joys everyday.

I am not selling all my dolls, or closing my shop, my dearies. But I will slowly be downsizing everything, including the dolls that have given me joy in the past, but I don't get to see anymore. Some were in my drawers, nude, for at least 6 months. And that bugs me, because I think I got lost in the forest. I forgot about the purpose. I started collecting for the joy, and now, the joy is buried from under the many responsibilities brought about by having too many sources of joy. I only need those tiny bits, I realized. Those are enough.

This is what's been on my mind, recently, and I will continue to come up with creative ways to downsize. I have already started one resolution and that is to not buy another fabric unless I use up five different kinds from my stash. I have not bought a new fabric for a month or two now. That was a big accomplishment for me because in the past, I used to get so weak and immediately buy what I find that tickles my creativity over at the fabric store. Bad idea for my finances. I don't even have the time to make all my designs!

I also will slowly convert some of my dolls into OOAK ones, that I plan to sell on Etsy in the future. I don't want to just sell them away nude or something. They gave me so much joy, so when they move out, I would want them to be as adorable as they have been to me in their new homes. 

I am planning to keep a maximum of 10 dolls hopefully. A number that I can get to play with, with equal amounts of love. There's no reason for a beautiful doll to be in the box for six months. 

I may come up with new ideas in the future but that's all I have for now. This isn't just about my taking care of my finances. It's about having less stress, more meaningful time for life. It indeed is short. I'm 36 now and I have yet to learn so much about life. I am excited to create, so I need more space for clarity. I hope I'm on the right track, but of course there's always a place to detour and rethink.

Hugs and kisses to you, my dear dolly friends. I'll still be here to document this new journey and I hope you will stick with me on this.

xoxo,
shasha

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My utilitarian style


Hey ya, lovelies!

I've been down with sinusitis infection for almost a week that some of my to-do items had to be moved a week later. But I'm positive everything's gonna be okay. I'm feeling great now, after a week of antibiotics, lots of rest and love from my family, especially my hubby who was in his most extra sweet self of all our 14 years (engagement plus marriage) together. Life is good and I'm so excited for more new things to unfold, be it challenging or just pure bliss ;) We always grow from a good balance of all these.

So, today really, what I wanted to reflect on is my current style.


Rocky, the latest top I made ;)
After more than 5 years of learning the craft, I became more and more aware of the why's.
Beyond the techniques, there must be story.
After learning the basics, you can't help but think about the compelling reason as to why master a certain skill in the first place.

Loving how the top is so cool to the eye despite Hannari posing under the blazing hot summer sun
I remember as a child very fond of looking at fashion magazines and my seamstress aunts' (two ladies) dress catalogs. If I'm not mistaken, those 80s catalogs were from Hong Kong and Japan, as the models look fair-skinned, and dark-haired. They also had other catalogs that had western models in them. Most of the clothes in those prints are work/office clothes and semi-formal dresses.

My mom always takes our fabrics to either of my aunts' home/workshop. Most of my dresses in childhood were tailor-made for me. That was a cheaper way to wear something nice for an event.
I was always performing back then because I sang.
My first public singing performance was when I was 3.
My dad's profession in his younger years was a club/hotel singer/band member.
But let's get back to the style thing.

Sophia in her usual pensive mood
So I grew up knowing that things can really be done by hand, if with proper skills and perseverance and vision. And especially, that well-tailored clothes are indeed stylish.
I didn't need frothy clothes to make a statement.



As I grew up, I have always just wanted comfortable clothes.
My mother would sometimes dress me with lacy things when I was younger.
Living in a tropical, high-humidity country,
you don't want anything other than your cotton-based basic garb.

When I finally was in my teens, my choice of clothes prevailed.



My style was and still is pretty direct.
Cotton tee and medium-weight shorts and pants.
I sometimes wear a dress, but it has to be super comfy.



So if you've been following me for a while now,
you could pretty much summarize my style to be comfy and utilitarian.
If I use loud prints, I make sure the form of the garment is simple.
If I had a plain solid-colored fabric, I make sure to give it some oomph, but making sure the garment can still be mixed and matched with your other wardrobe staples.


The Rocky top is pretty much a statement top, at least for me.
It's not my usual plain shirt, but I like the tie-dye print, and I think the elastic off-shoulders complement it. Plus, it's in my favorite hue --- navy blue, haha!
Subtle yet very deep. Just as wonderful as my blacks and whites and creams and browns haha!


My style will probably change in a few years, who knows?

Chat with you soon, loves!