Prom season has been so in-my-face this year.
I’ve been totally clueless about the seriousness (and LAVISH outpouring) of prom-posals these days—not since I time-machined myself back to my high school to join the backstage crew (as a teacher). IT’S NOW A PRETTY BIG DEAL; THIS + the fact that boys dibs on their dates (in writing)! Talk about chickening out due to a teensy bit of competition—which brings me to wonder whether this generation’s set of young men will grow up to be real men and grow some. Yes, the times are truly changing.
But some things definitely remain the same…
And, no I’m not talking about the hideous 80’s fashion!!! *Just the fact that girls will always make sure they’re dressed to kill—and they don’t forget the war paint. ;)
Sometimes, the best part about going to parties is getting ready for them! Fact of life: girls love to get all dolled up—whether it takes an hour or a couple, the results speak wonders.
Consider your glam squad (makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion guru) a bunch of magicians who aim to make every girl’s wish come true!
Now you’re #winning.
I feel this whole fuzzy fairy godmother thing inside of me every time I transform a Plain Jane into a princess; and I’ve sent a couple of ‘em off to prom this year! #MakeupArtistFulfilled
Gorgeous or what?
I’ve been so into sparkle season, that I even worked on a collaborative Prom Beauty shoot with my newest blogger gal pals: mother & daughter tandem Cynthia and Bianca from SheSaid shesaid PH!
Outtakes from our photo shoot session last weekend!
ME, striking a pose with with our lovely model, Thea. Can you believe it: she’s wearing my senior year prom dress! Talk about throwback. ;)
Fresh as a teen-beauty daisy.
Oh and the best part about working with Cynthia and Bianca of SheSaid she said PH? All things quaint and girly! Homemade pizzas for lunch—simple stuff that makes for a perfect day.
Ended the day as happy girls! Didn’t even feel like work to me!
Stay tuned for the actual post this coming weekend!
Here’s to taking art TOO seriously: the best creative project to set my mood as I end my teaching adventure to embark on newer ones.
As I once said: I always try to make teaching fun for me and my students, because fun creates a happy teacher, and a happy teacher can’t help but spread good vibes in the classroom! :)
I love music festivals + My students do too —> POOF goes that generation gap! Goodbye to phony teaching moments; it’s almost too close for comfort for all of us in the Art Room.
They may not have chosen to take up Art in school, but I might as well force them to do something they love! This TYPE of Homework SPELLS Fun.
If you’re not my student, you can skip the “boring” stuff (aka instructions)!
To my students:
Design a music festival kit. Make sure you keep these specified creative factors in mind: creative typography, theme design, and innovation.
The Music Festival Kit requires the following:
- Printed Poster (A4 size)
- Printed Event Profile (A4 size)
- Printed Marketing Strategy Proposal (A4 size)
- Flash Drive or CD with 10 sample songs
A4 Dimensions: 8.267 x 11.692 inches
Feel free to add stickers, ticket designs, or whatever else will make your project more innovative. These are not requirements but will merit your group bonus points for creativity!
Make sure to submit your project packaged in a way that’s in line with your creative theme. For references, click on this link.
For a clearer idea of what the project should be patterned after, refer to the following illustrations:
»>Keep in mind that I’m not requiring you to copy my layout to the dot. I’m allowing you some creative freedom to play with ideas to come up with an arrangement which suits your concept best.
TIP: Try to come up with a list of font options before deciding on the best ones!
2) EVENT PROFILE
The Event Profile should include the following elements: the title logo, text describing the main attractions of the festival, visual pegs, and color swatches.
2a. ABOUT THE EVENT
Notice how I’ve included the main attractions of the event in the profile? Tell me more about the activities or features by describing each one in 1-2 sentences.
2b. VISUAL PEGS
Label each visual peg with its corresponding event feature or activity.
2c. COLOR SWATCHES
3) MARKETING STRATEGY—with the element of creative typography.
Left: Illustrations or Pegs of the intended marketing strategy
Right: A short description of the main marketing strategy; you may choose to add more to the text, or include other ideas for your marketing plan as well.
Pegs / Illustrations—close up
That’s it for now! Good luck, and have fun with your design project! ;)
YOTO (You Only Teach Once) Bucket List
#5: Do a fashion show.
Palm trees. Ocean breeze. Let’s go cruising, you and me. Salty air. Sunkissed hair. Endless Summer, take me there.
High school never tasted like college cool: our cruise inspired fashion show not only featured the hottest bring-summer-back fashion, but turned the gym into one party on a makeshift cruiser to get the students all stirred up for prom—which is more or less ships ahoy in concept, except a night under the stars.
…and what’s seaside sailing without the chillest music to keep the restless youth floating on good vibes as we closed a not-so-typical school day?
Trina’s raspy vocals were seductively cool for something as blue as our Summertime Sadness.
We rewound to our best seaside moments as we swooned to this twosome’s smooth blend of vocals—satisfying like a soothing summer shake.
..and a little indie rock here and there to get us excited for the upcoming music festivals to crash the Philippine shores this coming summer. :)
Who could resist the hot summer beats that awakened the crowd mid-show, as performed by our feisty dance crew?
Who says teachers can’t rock a little poi? Teacher Lea flaunts her not-so-hidden talent! Students seemed a bit confused when they couldn’t recognize her as a teacher. :))
From Hallway to Runway: I wonder if my students enjoyed their supermodel experience; it’s not everyday that they get to strut their stuff without the much coveted hall pass.
I guess they get a passing grade…on the catwalk. :)
—Spot appearances from teachers too!
Vela Ropa would like to thank the following participating brands for lending us their sunny-side-up fashion pieces:
Transitioning from artist to high school teacher has been a roller-coaster ride. Never did I peg myself to be dressed in black slacks and a gray blouse for my everyday go-to fashion (a stark contrast when pit against my usual denim shorts, tank top, and flip flops look)…
..but what the heck: that’s apparently teacher fashion for you folks.
BUT who says you can’t bring in the sunshine???
I’ve always tried to make teaching fun for the students (AND FOR ME), so here goes taking Fashion Fridays to the next level.
Side Note: FASHION FRIDAYS—Yes, we teachers are so lucky to have been granted the special privilege to wear what we want once a week—granted our #ootd’s aren’t above the knee or too cool for high school.
You can take the above the knee out of me, but you can’t take the ART out of maARTe. ;)
So enough of the intro, and more of everything I love: FASHION + THE OCEAN. I present you Vela Ropa: The Sunset Sessions—a collaborative project between me and the students!
This is the way the mermaids do it—when they happen to be stuck on land.
You can’t own the runways without a complete model makeover.
Beauty Peg: Golden Beach Beauty (We love Miranda Kerr’s easy breezy beach-babe cool!)
Color Palette: All things warm and sunny. :)
Sun-kissed skin looks flawless on perfectly contoured cheekbones.
D.I.Y. makeup stations weren’t a factor. The girls did their best to look seaside gorgeous. Feeling Tyra-Banks proud?!
We love the way our hairstylists (slash students) did the carefree island-girl look: braids, beach waves, and messy buns! They were amazing.
Backstage prep over and out…
time to rule the runway in 3, 2, 1…
»>TO BE CONTINUED.
We may be starting a new year altogether, but it’s best to dig deep into 2013’s files of wisdom to ensure that 2014 runs like a well-oiled machine—thanks to last year’s crash course!
It wasn’t all rainbows and daisies. It was one big laboratory experiment, and I felt like a mad scientist dealing with all kinds of unforeseen explosions—just a bit of the fireworks to make life a little bit more exciting.
In no particular order, here’s what #2013TaughtMe:
1) Choose your battles.
You have limited time and energy in this life, so play your cards right by choosing the high road. Resist picking fights with people who don’t exactly matter to you, or your career.
So she gave you the bitch stare? I’m bored, let’s move on to #2.
2) You can’t please everyone.
Trust me, no one wants to be friends with the trying-hard doormat (and this goes both ways). Tell them to take it or leave it. At the end of the day, there’s no apologizing for being yourself! Acquaintances are abundant but friends are rare, so SorryImNotSorry for choosing to put on my headphones instead of immersing myself in small talk I’d rather not be bothered with. #PersonalSpace
3) You win some, you lose some.
"You could actually work super hard and give everything you had, and lose. It was the best message for me.
Sometimes you lose, and you’re never too good to lose. Never too big, never too smart. It happens, and it happens when it needs to happen.” - Beyoncé
While this painting of mine was reserved, another buyer was in line to get it if in case the first one cancelled. At the end of the day, both art patrons had cancelled. The painting remains situated in the gallery store-room.
Then one day, I get a random text requesting that I do a couple of large-scale painting commissions.
THAT’S LIFE. Plant your feet close to the ground and enjoy some humble pie to avoid encounters with the rude awakening. There’s always someone better, and more talented than you. You’re never indispensable, so keep that thought close to your heart to keep growing.
4) A NO simply means NEXT.
The solution is to keep on moving ‘til you find your YES.
5) Live a little: ASK YOURSELF.
You’re in your twenties; you’re a fully-functioning adult: it’s time to quit having others approve of your life decisions (most especially mum and dad). When push comes to shove, your fate is in YOUR hands, not theirs.
6) There’s no one to blame but yourself.
Referencing #5: there’s no use crying home to mum and dad once your life is in shambles. If you know you want something, GO GET IT. It’s time you figured out how the heck you want to live your life. Happiness is just around your accountability, not theirs, your boss, or the government’s. Unless you’ve been deprived of your basic needs and a good education, I’m sorry but you have no right to complain. MAKE IT WORK.
7) Sometimes you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; so if you can help it, LEAVE and do something that truly makes you happy!
—and so I realized! #DesignStudio
8) Reputation is everything.
9) Slow and steady wins the race.
Sometimes we’re in a rush to get there, viciously pitted against each other in this race to success; yet somehow I’ve managed to stop and smell the daisies.
Make time for the people that spell happiness for you.
10) #LessonOfTheYear: Hold on when you get love, and let go when you give it. - Stars
Better to have loved unconditionally, then to have held compassion back. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE.
I was invited to the RoxyDoesBaler Video Launch by my co-SavePhilippineSeas-mermaid (slash Roxy PH ambassador) Kage Gozun (check out her blog!) last Thursday; and although I was swamped with teacher duties because it happened to be our school’s Fair Week (all the way in Alabang), I believe any reason to check out ANYTHING ocean-related when you’re stuck in the city is ALWAYS a GO, because I can at least escape the traffic throngs and smoggy surroundings for a few moments—yes, even if in my mind.
Yes, when the ocean calls, I never stall! So there I was willing to brave the Manila traffic in order to get to the destination: Sunrise Buckets, San Juan! Phew! The traffic was intense, but I got there just in the knick of time. :) (wootwoot!)
Side Story: You may or may not be familiar with my history with Roxy, but I’ve always been a huge fangirl of the brand ever since my tweeny-bop windsurfing years ‘til I took on surfing during my college days, ‘til NOW—mainly because of my love affair with their sunshiny prints, close-to-ocean designs, and wave-standing bikinis! Their bikinis are guaranteed to stay tight in the water, while lasting on for years! Okay, enough of the plugs already.
Buuuuut seriously, I’ve always dreamed of designing for Roxy! Wink wink ;)
I couldn’t be any happier for the Roxy girls of the Philippines, because it just goes to show how Filipinas relentlessly shine (in beauty and in spirit) in any arena! The time has come for local women’s surfing to be placed on the international map, and who could do the job any better than Roxy?! The brand has had its Filipina following for the longest time now!
Roxy Philippines’ brand ambassadors (L-R: Abby Ramos, film producer Tamara Benitez, Nicola Sebastian, and Kage Gozun) getting the audience all stoked before the actual screening!
Even the teaser is an ultimate beaut!!!
The best part about blogging is having the perfect excuse to search for inspirational stories that come from people who are passionate about that one thing closest to my heart.
You might be surprised to know that ByTheSea Productions is actually woman-handled by Mara herself. She shoots, edits, and colors most of the videos, although she does get by with a little help from her friends: her boyfriend, Martin Aviles, helps her out with directing work while her mom, Carina Escudero, willingly lends out an extra hand underwater.
Like mother, like mermaid:
"She’s a great Underwater Cinematographer. Everything I know and love about the sea, I learned from her," Mara says.
According to Mara, shooting Roxy Does Baler was a ton of fun, rest aside the challenging time constraint: we just had 2 days to shoot 5 episodes!
The episodes are pretty short - all under 5 minutes. Each episode focuses on a different surf spot in Baler. We wanted to do more action slash adventure stuff, but we didn’t have enough time to do everything! Luckily, we caught a good swell while we were there, so the audience will be seeing a lot of nice surf footage. My goal for the video series is to give viewers a much-needed break from their work day: to just sit back, relax, and spend a few minutes with us at the beach!
Mara certainly hopes to encourage girls to try the sport!
Surfing is pure fun, and everyone should try it at least once. I try to keep it real with the videos. You’ll see a lot of wipe outs, because that really happens. Wiping out is fun too! When I started surfing, I learned to love wiping out. It’s like being in a washing machine! Haha. Don’t worry though, there are a lot of good rides too!
Baler has an amazing landscape: rolling hills, a mountain range, waterfalls, the mist rolling in from the sea, and a stunning sunrise. Cobra reef - a.k.a. Cemento - features some of the best waves to shoot. The shapes are just great, then there are the rock formations at the back. The spot is pretty much a looker any time of the day!
So what tops your Roxy Does Baler adventure?
On our last day, we took a detour off our itinerary to check out Secret Spot, and it was working really good! We were just supposed to surf for 30 minutes before moving on to Cemento, but it was so good that we ended up surfing Secret Spot all morning. THAT was Roxy Does Baler. We took a break from the schedule and just surfed our hearts out. I got to surf too, since I had Jing Gayta shooting from the shore - that was my Dirty Thirty surf session. :)
Roxy Girl Nildie Blancada ripping it good. :)
Surfing is a perfect sport—if you love the sun. Most wahines have sun-kissed skin, great bodies, and that wash-and-wear beach hair. It all just comes together well on screen.
There’s a stereotype with surfer girls that I’m trying to veer away from - I don’t want to make them look too sexy. The girls already have that appeal without doing anything extra. I want to show the girls off when it comes to what they do (and love) best - whether its surfing, skating, kite-boarding, or diving - not just lying around in the sun, looking pretty.
What inspires you as a film-maker?
Images. I just love putting images together. Lately, it’s telling stories…and travel. Travel inspires me a lot. Seeing new things and exploring new places. I always need to have some sort of camera on me, so I can bring those images back and show them to my friends and family.
Any dream project in mind?
Lots! The one I’m trying to get done is a surf-travel TV documentary. It’s a little like Roxy Does Baler, but longer, more action-packed, and more defined with its approach to characters and stories.
Who would you say, you look up to, film wise?
The one Director that really stands out for me is Taylor Steele. He makes the kind of films you can watch over and over again—a simple story, a lot of poetry in images, and great music.
Check out this Taylor Steele trailer to preview his amazing vision.
And if ever you plan to do a surf-inspired movie marathon anytime soon:
Last but not the least: what has been your most unforgettable experience while filming out at sea?
I haven’t had a chance to be in the water with them, but any encounter with dolphins is pretty unforgettable. I’ve had about 7 or so dolphin sightings. To watch them surfing the bow of the boat is just beautiful.
*And I can’t agree more! My most intimate dolphin sighting took place when I happened to be kayaking on a sunshiny Anilao morning. Beautiful indeed. :)
So enough of the talk, and more of mind-surfing!
We bring you Roxy Does Baler Episode 1. Enjoy the show! ;)