Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Flanneling" my Inner Fashionista

July 14, 2015
Photo credits: Miguel Raphael Bagsit
Shirt: American Apparel (thrifted) || Flannel and shorts: thrifted || Sandals: Birkenstock

During a late afternoon, Miguel and I decided to try our hands at a casual look for this particular rooftop photoshoot. I typically dress like this during the summer (sans flannel) because let's face it, a basic T-shirt, some trusty jean shorts, and a good sturdy pair of sandals is the staple outfit for a casual summer day (especially when you just want to be comfortable during your summer classes). So in attempts at making my daily outfit look somewhat more presentable and worthy of a blog post, I dressed it up with some eyeliner, dark lipstick and a funky high ponytail, tied with my trusty velvet blue scrunchie of course. 

Because this photoshoot was casual, I saw this as an opportunity to really explore the space we had and how I could present the outfit as more than a bumming-it-because-i'm-lazy outfit. If you read on, you can see me attempt to "class it up", in hopes to show that a simple shirt and shorts combo can be just the outfit you need for a quick, no-brainer look.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bliss, XO: Unapologetic

July 8, 2015
Photo credits: Miguel Bagsit
Be unapologetic and unashamed.

This summer I am excited for future collaborations. Recently, I've been working with a friend and fellow fashion enthusiast, Miguel of miguelraphael.com, who has a segment on his blog called the XO Series. We've collaborated a few times, but we finally nicknamed our collab series while planning our latest photoshoot, and our series name is...Bliss, XONo doubt, you'll be seeing more of our photoshoots this summer! 

For past Bliss, XO collaborations, check out my past blog posts: 

Find out what this photoshoot was about my clicking to read more!

Friday, July 10, 2015

E P I P H A N Y .

That's what I just had as I was browsing through my solo shots of my most recent photo shoot with a dear friend and fellow fashion blogger, Miguel of miguelraphael.com

Through our hangouts and discussions, we chat about what our goals and dreams are for our fashion blogs, but recently we've also constantly been going back to our intentions. Why? Why did we start this blog in the first place, and why continue it? What's the point? 

Miguel found a great method of using mind maps to help him figure out how fashion blogging fits into his life and its importance for him. However, I was still struggling on figuring out why I've continued to do this for almost three years now. Until just a few minutes ago, as I was going through images of me, from the last photo shoot I had with Miguel (which will be a blog post very soon)!

I have always had thoughts in the back of my mind, why blog, and why are you still doing this? what are you getting out of this activity that isn't related to your potential future career? And especially recently since I befriended Miguel, have I gone back to my intentions and thought more seriously of the why. And because of the several reasons that I've started with since the inception of Unconventional Bliss and some reasons that I've only realized were important and meaningful to me now: {warning: long post ahead; you've been warned}.

Monday, July 6, 2015

70's Babe

April 15, 2015
Photo credits: Vianca Natividad

Thanks to a mutual friend and pure happenstance, I was able to collaborate with an incredibly talented photographer, Vianca Natividad! She was friendly and great to work with, and as an amateur photographer myself, it was a nice change for someone else to pose me and actually know how to work the camera instead of me directing them. Typically I ask my sister or whoever else is available at the time, how to position my camera, and I have to constantly check if the photos are to my liking.

With Vianca, I just trusted her and let her take the photos, and directing me as she saw fit. And everything was amazing. Once I got these edited photos back (nothing major, just touchups and lighting), I was blown away by the quality of these shots! Vianca definitely has the skill and eye for photography. If you're looking for beautiful shots and a friendly photographer who knows what she is doing, feel free to contact her and check out her work! 

Vianca Natividad
Email: info@byvianca.com

Read the rest of the blog post to see more of her beautiful photos.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Golden Hour

June 19, 2015
Photo Credits: E.M.
Photo credits: E.M.
Since the craziness of school finally ended and I had a week of summer vacation before summer classes, I decided to host a small, intimate belated birthday celebration with my childhood friends. I wanted it to have a comforting, warm, friendly vibe to it, from the decor to the food to the activities. I think I actually liked planning everything out and making sure my guests enjoyed every moment. I've learned I hate having attention drawn to me, which is why I never had the fancy cotillion, or debut that Filipinas have when they turn eighteen (that, and the cost was not something I wanted to think about). However, something low-key and intimate like a slumber party with a handful of childhood friends who I consider like sisters is something I much prefer. And I'm so glad everything went well, and even better than I expected. At this "milestone" (although I don't feel much different), I just want to make sure I'm improving myself as a community leader, mentor, older sister, daughter, friend and person everyday, working hard to remain empathetic and sensitive in everything I say and do. (And of course, thank you Mommy and Daddy for helping me put this small celebration together, and to my sister for putting up with me <3).

~And with that, a perfectly smooth segue into the photo shoot!~

Cut Outs

June 14, 2015
Photo credits: M.M.
Yet another hangout with the high school group, a great way for my summer to start off. It was wonderful to catch up and see how far we've come already and what we've accomplished. It's scary to know that our future is in our grasp, but it also excites me to know such hardworking, passionate people who inspire me in all they do to achieve their dreams. And of course, it wouldn't be a Trio Plus hangout without a mini photoshoot.

Never Forget Your Story

May 15, 2015
Photo credits: B.L.
Finally had a reason to wear this "'70's/Bohemian/Coachella-esque" dress. This was at the end of the year banquet of one of the Filipino-American organizations I am a part of, and it was a great night of celebrating the org's achievements and all the events they successfully put together, laughter, and spending time with friends and fellow hard working community leaders. 

Open Skies

April 5, 2015
Photo credits: A.B.
Despite a busy schedule, I took time out to go home for Easter and spend time with family. It was definitely needed, because sometimes I get so caught up in the chaos of all the things I do, that I forget how wonderful and comforting it is to be in the comfort of my own home with my family. I am definitely blessed to have them, but I definitely am aware that not all families are the conventional "one father, one mother, and a sibling" - whoever you can call your family, whether it's your grandparents, aunts, siblings, or friends, hold on to them. 

Now, the outfit! I kept it simple and classic. The comfort was there with my overalls, but to "chic it up", I threw on an oversized white blazer, creating a cool, retro, almost high fashion, vibe. 


Fear Not, Madame B

March 28, 2015
Photo credits: M.M.
Spending time with my old high school bunch is a rare thing, but always a fun time full of good food, catching up, and mini photoshoots. This time around some of us met up to support out friend, my "hubby/bae for lyfe", at a play he was performing in, called Madame Butterfly. It was absolutely everything I believe in, and I can honestly say I was angry, empowered, upset, sad, happy, and shocked throughout the whole performance. Brilliant performers and a moving story that has issues relevant today. I definitely recommend looking into the story of Madame Butterfly

Onward to the outfit! Thanks to my friend who is currently studying Animation, I was able to get some great outfit shots around the city. Read on to see what I mean.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Spring Fever

March 22, 2015
Photo credits: A.B.
During spring break this year, I was blessed to spend time with family and stroll around during a beautiful spring day. Plus, it was finally time to take these heels out for a spin, after sitting in my closet for a while with no where to go.