Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WIW: Magenta Lace and Floral

Yes it's another Miss Merie outfit post! This stretch pencil cut floral skirt instantly gives a girly vibe, don't you think? I paired it with my magenta lace top and made the outfit very appropriate for Mean Girls' on-Wednesdays-we-wear-pink-rule. I'm keeping this post short and announcing my first-ever blog giveaway. Not actually, it's a Miss Merie giveaway! Haha! Just simply follow the steps below and you already earn the chance to win this skirt!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Miss Merie x The Berries at the Heat Wave Bazaar 2014

April 11-13, 2014 marked another first for me and for my still budding own clothing line, Miss Merie. It was actually a first time for Miss Merie to participate in a big and eventful bazaar. Held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, an experience that for me was still worth it.
Cr: Mica Caparas for this photo
Truth be told, being a "one-man team" isn't easy. Joining this bazaar was actually a rush. From sourcing fabrics to designing to packaging and all to everything -- it was tiring but fulfilling. Not to mention pocket-burning. Nonetheless, it was all charged to a great experience.
I shared the booth with The Berries. I met the whole bunch because of Micah, Luke's friend. And the rest is history.
The Berries pretty floral pieces
This is my side of the booth. I started with really few pieces.
The top that got sold out first. I don't even have my own. It's a favorite.
Favorite blazer.
This floral print is also a bestseller.
My packaging for the bazaar. I do hope that I can own this paper bag. I really like it.
Talking to RV, my greatest encourager and motivator!!
With my bestfriends who never fail in showing support!!!
Because it's my first time, my closest friends dropped by and showed support. Super thankful that I'm blessed with people like my friends. I got to take a photo only with Orig4.

This bazaar will not bthe only bazaar I will participate in. I'm definitely looking forward to the next. I've gathered lessons to make it better next time around. It was such an enriching and learning experience and I thank everyone most especially the One up there who made it possible.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

A Good 14 Months


Another lag post. March 28 marks the end of a 14-month chapter of my life. I believe that amidst my rants on my daily publicly commuting to this workplace, good things happened, it was still worth all the while. Thankful for all the people who I have learned something from. I had a wider and better view of life because of them. The breakfast-con-daldalan moments paved way to approaching the everyday-ness with anticipation. The free meals and coffees/coffee-blendeds made it even sweeter. 

I made my last day "sugary" by sharing some Jco treat. And I didn't expect that I'd get a surprise farewell care of the two people who made this chapter even more special, April and Edna. 

Unlike the previous company I came from before this, there was a huge difference in the demographics. I was the bunso of the department here and since most of them are much more experienced than I am in terms of life, in terms of work, relationships etc, I must admit there was a huge learning curve on that part. For that I am truly grateful.

God has made my stay even more likeable by blessing me with April and Edna. They are my confidante in almost everything. They were my greatest encouragers in and out of the workplace. And because of these two, the farewell surprise became possible. Awww they’re so thoughtful!! I was really surprised.

I can say that there were no regrets in this 14-month chapter of my life. It was a good one – interesting, challenging – a learning experience indeed. Whatever my successes are at the moment, it’s partly because of this chapter.

some farewell tokens -  good representations of what I love doing
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Monday, May 5, 2014

4Dx on 40th

40 months of love, caring, understanding, sweetness, adventures, new beginnings, sad chapter endings; but not without misunderstandings, petty fights and tampuhans. But this kind of mixture led to where our relationship is right now. I don’t hold my future, our future. Only God knows. What I know is that each everyday of the past 40 months was made sweeter and bearable.
And for our 40th, we just satisfied our halu-halo cravings at Razon’s. Then we headed to Bonifacio High Street Cinemas for our Amazing Spiderman 2 4DX experience!!! It was ah-mah-zingh!! Hahaha! It was worth the Php450.
First ever 4Dx experience #selfie !!!
Anyway, we both loved the movie. Yes people, Gwen Stacy died and it’s not a spoiler!!! For us there were less action but there was a good dose of some delectable story. And of course Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield tandem made it even more satisfying :D I just loooove Emma Stone!! Just go watch it! He also surprised me with cupcakes from Bugong! There were three so I love you yun haha! I love you too!! And the Bugong red velvet cupcakes made it to Merieisms’ top favorite cupcakes. I like it like it like it.
The cupcakes from Bugong. I already ate the first red velvet so yummy!!
I’m not just looking forward to our next monthsary but to our everyday. To another set of 40 months and always praying for forever.
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Merie Eats:Mom & Tina's; Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and SF Bistro

Obviously as a first-timer at Mom & Tina's, I had Carbonara for lunch during our first day at in fashion school two months ago! Not bad but not so good either.
After our craft session at the Candy DIY book launch, I had this Tuna sandwich from Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Yes, the High Street branch offers sandwiches and meals apart from their sweet menu. 
During the Estimates 4th anniversary celebration, we had dinner at SF Bistro at Tuscany. It's our first time and it's good. I personally liked their Mushroom Truffle Pasta (Php195) and Roast Beef Belly (Php255).

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Some April Sketches

The last two photos belong to my first concept of collection which was inspired by the movie Grey Gardens.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Answered Prayer for Luke

Luke only mentioned four things when I asked him what he wants me to pray for him as I was preparing for #fasting2014 the beginning of this year; and I included them on my Faith Goals 2014 prayer list. I give the highest praise and thanks to the Most High for crossing out the no.1 on the list. #answeredprayer
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Coffees & Lunches: Elias with Levi

Elias, High Street
March 21, 2014

One of the things I would definitely miss working in BGC is being close to the people I gladly share random coffee and lunch dates with. The last was with Levi. If we talk about career, life realizations and even random things of everyday, she's one person I would definitely have a date with. 'Til our next date. 
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Comment: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Title: Wicked
Authoar: Gregory Maguire
No. of pages: 406
Published: 29th Sept 1995
Read: March 25, 2014
It was a dragging read for me. I started reading it a week before we watched the Feb 15 musical. And I was able to insert some other reads in between. I blame it on my comprehension, that maybe I didn't get to fully enjoy the book. I read it fast at first and got bored in between and got inclined to finish it right away towards the end. Needless to say, I guess I should also read the other books of the series to maybe appreciate this more. 

I commend Gregory Maguire's imagination to come up with this book. But as I was reading it, and maybe I should blame myself for not continuously reading it, it left in my mind questions and loopholes. There were I think unexplained parts like why Elphaba is really green (or was it mentioned apart from the bottle) and what is it with water and maybe still with her skin color that she can't touch water. Also, is it classified a fairytale/children's book? I found some parts bothersome if a kid would read it. 

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Generally, I had mixed emotions with this book. I guess anyone would find the plot interesting but as I was going on reading, there were a lot of times I just put the book down. Oz and the Emerald City caught my attention. Elphaba and Glinda are interesting characters. But the book itself did not fully get me. I like the part on the conversation why evil exists and the parts that relays the nature of good and evil. Anyway ending this book comment with some quotes:
"People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of."
"The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness."
"No one controls your destiny. Even at the very worst - there is always choice."
"Evil is an act, not an appetite. How many haven't wanted to slash the throat of some boor across the dining room table? Present company excepted of course. Everyone has the appetite. If you give in to it, it, that act is evil. The appetite is normal."
"Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny."
"Happy endings are still endings."
"There was much to hate in this world and too much to love."
"You confuse not speaking with not listening."
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