Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Content Creator Spotlight

If you have been following my blog since it's inception, you might be familiar with my segment "IBOTM: Inspirational Blogger of the Moment". However, with the growing trend of various forms of social media and different forms of self-expression, I didn't want that segment to be restricted to just bloggers. That is why it has evolved into something slightly different with a new name, but with the same idea in mind. 

CCS: Content Creator Spotlight features will be focused on showcasing different content creators that I have been inspired or impacted by lately. I wanted this space to share with all my readers of who have been creatively influencing me, because part of the creativity process is sharing your work, and what inspired your work, with each other. 

What is a content creator? 
Content creation is the contribution of information to any media and most especially to digital media for an end-user/audience in specific contexts - Wikipedia (because we all trust Wikipedia, right?)

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C.C.S. - Paperphlox

Content Creator Spotlight
Why Them?
I randomly came upon their Instagram account and was instantly drawn by their minimalist, chic style. Which of course, made me go through their Instagram feed for several more minutes than intended. I noticed they were from the Bay and even had a Youtube channel, which was even more exciting, so of course I checked it out. Wow. Chantel and Elisa seem to put together basic pieces for their outfit lookbooks  but have elevated the minimalist look to compete with the chic and the fashionable. Or maybe their style is what I've been into lately - minimalistic, basic pieces, neutral color palette, effortlessly chic. Nonetheless, they are quite the fashionable and creative duo, and their friendship is great to witness on screen. Oh, and their thrift finds? ABSOLUTELY ADORE AND ENVY. 

Click the button to read on. 

Check 'em out in my interview below and get to know the duo known as PaperPhlox. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If You Can Believe It, You Can Thrift It

March 5, 2015
PC: G.T.
I whipped this outfit up to go along with my Writing Across Media class. I had a group presentation on a subgroup of Technoculture, and we were the Fashion group. I actually wanted to avoid that group and sign up for Photography or Film, because I wanted to explore a topic I haven't explored as much (not saying I'm a fashion expert or anything). But I just switched over because we needed a minimum amount of group members. Funny how that worked, because I loved our end presentation. It was experimental, meaningful, and creative. 

Thanks to group discussions, I was inspired to present the topic of Sustainable Fashion (thrifting, free boxes) and the Slow Fashion Movement. And to make a point, one of the aspects of my portion of the presentation was to dress up. And not just to look fashionable but to dress up and ensure that everything I was wearing, from top to bottom, was all thrifted or purchased second-hand. And yes, my turtleneck, lace kimono, Mango black jeans, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes were all bought at a thrift store or purchased pre-owned (except I forgot to take off my watch, which to clarify, is not thrifted/pre-owned. But I'm sure you can just as well thrift a beautiful watch for a fraction of the price). 

Just goes to show you can still dress up and feel like a million bucks, while being sustainable and not breaking the bank.

Check out the rest of this post for outfit details. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Beginnings

February 20, 2015
PC: M. B.
I've been on a personal creative inner struggle as of late (but when am I not, is the real question), and recently a friend and fellow fashion blogger has inspired and motivated me to take my fashion blog seriously once again. Through our fun fashion shoot and conversations, he reminded me why I first bravely blogged in the first place and why fashion is so important to me (more on this on my friend's fashion blog! The mini "interview"/Q&A will be on his blog which will premiere soon).

I hope to provide better content to my readers, as well as challenge myself creatively. I've had thousands of ideas and creative projects I've pondered over. With this reignited drive to better my blog, I'm excited as to what will come my way this year. And I hope you enjoy following my personal creative/style journey, as well as get inspired to do something, anything, for yourself.

Here's to new beginnings and exciting things to come. 

Read on to see what resulted in my first collaboration photo shoot with a dear friend (check out Miguel's blog over at http://miguelraphael.com). ^_^

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wiped Out

February 19, 2015
Top: Old Navy || Cardigan: Ross || Pants: Uniqlo || Shoes: Dr. Martens
PC: J. U.

Sadly, my laptop got all wonky two weekends ago, and completely died on me during my final exams week (perfect timing, amiright? caused me such unnecessary grief). So unfortunately (but maybe a blessing in disguise?) all my photos were wiped out. Luckily I had a backup of my recent photo shoots, but my other photos (I'm a hoarder sentimentalist) were all wiped out by my sickly laptop.

So long story short, here is what is left of this particular photo shoot (thank goodness I decided to post this to Instagram). 

This photo resulted from a fun hangout/photography session with one of my friends/coworkers who also is passionate about learning and improving his photography skills. We found some time in between work to explore campus and find the beauty in spots most people overlook or would never take the time to explore. Sadly, those photos were wiped out, along with all my other photos. But here is one that managed to survive. 

Don't fret - more to come, now that I'm finally on spring break! Hope all you are enjoying your vacations as well! ^_^

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baesic Vday

February 14, 2015
"True nobility is when you can feel superior to your former self" - Kingsman
Inspired by this strange warm weather to bring out the ol' knee highs. And the rest of the outfit was all about comfort, layers (for possible change of temperature throughout the day), and cuteness for this "Galentines" sorta day. Check out the rest of the post for more outfit details!

Loco for my Co-Co

February 1, 2015
PC: A.S. and R.H.
Decided to dress up, but still wanted to be extremely comfy and casual on the last day of my counselor training. Ended up being eligible for an impromptu #ootd photoshoot with a few of the other extremely fashionable counselors. Read the rest of the blog to see the results.

Sweater Heaven

January 30, 2015
The annual 99 cent sweater sale to me is probably equivalent to Christmas Day for a young child. 
Just a handful of what I scored that night. 

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