Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Nail Art Tutorial Video Debut



I've always been into watching nail art tutorial vids on YouTube. I always thought to myself how cool it would be if I could have a tutorial video of my own. Just this month I was informed about a nail art video contest thing... And I really like the prize they're giving away... so I said "why not join?"

Over Easter break I decided to make the video. I was pondering on whether to show my face as I went through the tutorial or to just show my nails and hands. I was also picking between just using captions to explain the vid, or to use my actual speaking voice.

To banish any stereotypes, I decided NOT to show my face (also so you get to focus on my nails more). As for the instructions, I decided to explain the things needed through captions, but the instructions, using my actual voice (hard to fit the many things I want to say in short sentences).

Are you ready? Presenting, my tutorial debut... Haha!





I hope you enjoyed the video (please leave a comment and let me know. drop by youtube to like it, too!)! If you don't have the exact materials I used, u can just improvise and make use of the silver tipped cocept, with any plate you have stamped in white, and any bunch of rhinestone stickers u have existing.






If you still don't have the Konad stamping kit, I'm reminding you to JOIN my mini contest 'cos i'm giving away just that! Click here , to join!



And one more thing, my friend Kristen and I will very soon start selling various Konad nail art products at our online store, Paperbag Vintage. And, we will aslo be selling Konad nail art products at our upcoming bazaar, The Big Bang Bazaar 2011 this April 30 - May 1, 2011 (Sat & Sun) at the NBC Tent, The Fort. 

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Photo Rants & Raves

You know what's been frustrating me for the past year or two since I've been active in Chictopia? It's the photo quality issue. I only have a simple Sony digital camera that usually takes blurry pictures... Well, blurry if you compare it to a DSLR. My really good photos (those that get into the Style Gallery of Chictopia or those that get lots of faves) are those that have been taken by a pro camera. This makes me really want to invest in a good camera. I'm seriously considering it. :)

The photo below is one of those pro ones... Taken by a fashion photographer (who's only 18). His name's Bjorn. Some of you may know that my friend Kristen (http://happycache.tumblr.com) and I own an online store, Paperbag Vintage. So the picture below is actually one of the shots for our latest collection. I guess its sort of color-blocking inspired, in a way, since its purple and bright yellow. If the pants were more on the bright purple side, then they probably would've been more on the color blocking side. We'll see from the votes, comments, and faves on Chictopia (for this post) if the photo quality really influences. Lets wait and see. :)


HAT: SM
ACCESSORIES: SILVER, RANDOM BRAND
TOP: PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE
BAG: MANGO
PANTS: PAPERBAG VINTAGE 
SHOES: CHARLES & KEITH


Speaking of which, I'd like to commend my partner Kristen's latest Chictopia upload! She just made the cover of Chictopia! We styled the outfit together! Plus, the location and her pose with the bike is just sooo unique and awesome, you'd think she was an actual biker chick! Here's the photo:


ACCESSORIES: RANDOM
TOP: ZEBRA PRINT 
FAUX FUR VEST: PAPERBAG VINTAGE 
PANTS: PAPERBAG VINTAGE 
SHOES: RANDOM




BY THE WAY, DONT FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST GUYS!!! JUST TO REMIND YOU,  I'M GIVING AWAY A FREE KONAD NAIL ART STAMPING SET. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IN RETURN IS FOLLOW ME ON GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT. DROP BY HERE
FOR THE DETAILS! :)

 




Saturday, April 23, 2011

Win a Nail Art Stamping Set from G



As you all know, I'm a newbie here in the blogging world, with a baby blog that's just 3 days old. Since I don't have an audience base yet, I've decided to come up with a mini-contest for all of you. I'm giving away a brand new Konad Nail Art Stamping Set (1 Scraper, 1 Stamp, 1 Plate). I have an extra one that I haven't used so I've decided to put it to good use.

To those who are not into nail art but into fashion, then maybe you could spruce up that gorgeous outfit with some fab nail art? It always catches attention, based on my experience.

Nail art stamping works like this: you put some nail polish onto a design on a plate, scrape the excess polish off, use the rubber stamping tool to pick up the design from the plate, then transfer the design directly onto your nails, and voila… You get salon looking nails, for just a fraction of the cost! 



THE MECHANICS:

1. FOLLOW ME USING GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT (just click the little Google Follow button over at your right ->)
 
2. LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS  PAGE (Win a Nail Art Stamping Set from G! blog post)
   
    Your comment should look like this:

    WIN A NAIL ART STAMPING SET FROM G!
    (GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT USERNAME)
    (YOUR BLOG'S URL)

    for example:

    WIN A NAIL ART STAMPING SET FROM G!
    Gwyneth
    http://gwynethbg.blogspot.com

3. ONCE I HAVE REACHED 50  100 FOLLOWERS, I WILL PICK JUST 1 WINNER RANDOMLY AMONG THE 50  100 ... BUT REMEMBER, YOU MUST HAVE LEFT A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE.

4. ONCE I'VE PICKED THE WINNER, I WILL CONTACT YOU, AND LEAVE YOU A MESSAGE THROUGH GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT, TO GET YOUR SHIPPING DETAILS, ETC.

5. CONGRATULATIONS! I WILL THEN SHIP OUT THE PRODUCT TO YOU, ALL FOR FREE! :)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Night Out (Can't Think of a Better Title)

A big part of the fun when going out clubbing is the dressing up process. Two nights ago I was able to do just that - mixing and matching different pieces together, til I came up with the perfect ensemble. It actually took me a whole hour to come up with the look. I was originally going to wear the skirt in the photo below with a pink bodysuit and beige shoes, but then i found the outfit too girly. Definitely was not in the barbie cutesy mode. I wanted something a bit more edgy so I switched the pink for a regular white top. Funkified the look with a hat and my fave black booties.

HAT: SM
ACCESSORIES: RANDOM BRAND
TOP: BORROWED FROM SISTER IN LAW
SKIRT: H&M
SHOES: CHARLES & KEITH

By the way, the H&M skirt I'm wearing is supposed to be for sale at our online store, Paperbag Vintage. Since our consignor only had one piece of that design, I decided to buy them myself. So they're not for sale anymore, obviously. They're all mine. Bwahahha!! You must be wondering why
Paperbag Vintage has H&M? It's because we're coming out with an H&M collection for our bazaar this coming April 30 & May 1 at the NBC Tent (Big Bang Bazaar 2011).  

From the skirt, lets move on to the boots... They're the best pair I've ever owned. They have heels, but not too high. They're extremely comfortable... I can wear them all day and not be in pain... I've  owned my pair for almost a year now so you can just imagine how old and worn out they're getting. Since I love them so much, I'm planning to buy the exact same pair again (crossing my fingers they're still in stock).

I'm sure you're curious to find out where I went that Friday evening, huh?! Well, my sister-in-law and I took a balikbayan friend out to dinner at Jozu Kin, Burgos Circle, The Fort. We had a few drinks at nearby Izumi afterwards. At about a little past midnight, we headed to Resorts World to meet up with my other friends Margarita and Karina. And then... You know what happened next... Party, party! LOL.
 



WITH MY FRIENDS MARGARITA AND KARINA @ OPUS


This next photo was taken around 4am...




HAMMERED. WITH SPILLED DRINK ON THE SKIRT :P


 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Karimadon Catalogue Shoot


My blog is still so empty, I know. So to make up for that, I'll do a back-post (does that term even exist?) on a shoot I did in November 2010. I haven't uploaded these on Chictopia, so might as well do it here. It was a catalogue shoot for Karamidon, a local brand here in the Philippines selling cocktail dresses and formal wear. I personally like the store since they have affordable stuff. Perfect for last minute shopping for that impromptu cocktail affair you just got invited to.

The store's new look.
I'M GUESSING THIS IS THE SM MEGAMALL BRANCH?

A cute version of the LBD.
STYLLING: RAFFY VIERNES, BORGH CARINO, ABY PUZON
MAKE UP: UNO JUAN
PHOTO BY: BJ PASCUAL

I love this little black dress. Its simple, but the details are love. If you look closely you'll see the ruffled detail on the front. It gives it a sort of peplum effect. I know peplum is so last season, but the cut is perfect for those girls with tiny hips. Adds to the curves, in my opinion. Check the zoomed in version.
ACCESSORIES KEPT TO A MINIMUM

Now for the next photo, I totally love the skirt and top. Its elegant and classy, but still uber sexy. I like the body con effect of the skirt, and how the soft top is sort of contrasting the tight skirt. The shoes are super fab too… But then they're way too high for me, since I'm already 5'10." Imagine a 5'10" girl walking in 6 inch heels. People. Will. Get. Scared. Haha. So 6 inch heels are out of the picture!
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES: KARIMADON
SHOES: FOREVER 21

FYI, I absolutely hate my pose above. I think my shoulders and arms look way too broad and masculine. But then that's what the photographer chose, he must have a reason.

Now for the group shots.

Toodleloo!

How Does She Do It?

I'm talking about my nails. Isn't it obvious I love doing them? This is actually a very new found passion I have. Believe it or not... I used to do them manually: thin brush, dotting tool, etc. However, I recently found out about this incredible stamping thing that allows you to put super intricate and detailed patterns on your nails, just like you came straight from the salon!

I'm thinking of making either a video tutorial or a photo step-by-step of how to do them. Yeaaaahh... that's a brilliant idea, G! Note to self, "Make that your project for Holy Week!"

For now, here's a teaser shot.
FIRST COLOR: MIXED HOT PINK WITH WHITE TO GET THE BARBIE PINK COLOR
SECOND COLOR: DIAGONAL WHITE STRIPE
THIRD COLOR: BLACK PLAID STAMP
FOURTH COLOR: THIN SILVER LINE
TOPPED OFF RING FINER WITH RHINESTONES!


It's A Pleasure To Meet You

Welcome to my blog! My name is Gwyneth, I'm 20-something, and I've always wanted to start my very own fashion blog. Thing is, every time I would start, I'd never finish. So after lunch today, I sat... thought... thought some more... and started tinkering with my macbook... Divine-inspiration came and  I ended up with this: A blog all about my experiments with fashion, beauty, nail art, and anything under the sun as I go through my everyday life.

I'm really hoping I get to maintain this blog for the long run... Followers and feedback would be very much appreciated! 

The photo below is from one of our online collections at Paperbag Vintage.
TOP: MY OWN
ACCESSORIES: MY OWN
PHOTO BY: BJORN BEDAYO