May 28, 2015

Luminescence 2015

As a Junior in High School, prom is a very big deal. It's one of only two I'll get to attend! Last night was our Junior-Senior Promenade, held at the Bellevue Hotel. The theme? Luminescence.
As almost everyone attending prom will tell you, the dresses are a big deal. Being in Manila afforded me the luxury of being able to have my dress made for me, something usually considered too expensive in the States. I used a runway photo as my inspiration and my gorgeous pink dress was born!
I am so in love with this dress!

I have to give a well-deserved shoutout to the woman behind the creation of this dress and her team: Nelle's Dress Shop in BF Homes ParaƱaque. Nelle worked directly with the original picture I brought in, sketching the ideas for my dress on top of it. We picked a sample together, and had multiple fittings to fix the problems that inevitably pop up in the creation of a beautiful dress. She and her team were wonderful throughout the entire thing and I cannot recommend them enough if you need a dress, pantsuit, or anything made for a special occasion. They even make wedding dresses! (Word of caution: if you want an outfit custom made like this, get it done early! We went over a month before prom and thank goodness we did because I was still doing fittings two days before!)
For my hair and makeup I went to the experts, the only people Mom trusts with her hair: the Toni and Guy Salon! They just recently opened here in Manila at SM Aura and I highly suggest you go to them for all your hair needs. I brought in a picture of what I wanted my hairdo to vaguely resemble and trusted the makeup artist to fix my face based on my dress color. As soon as I arrived they ushered me into a private room and off they went!
From beginning to end: makeup and hair 
A closer look at my hair

After the whole process of hair, makeup, nails, and picture-taking it was time for the actual prom!
The prom committee did an absolutely wonderful job decorating the Bellevue! The centerpieces were tall with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and flickering candles at the base. We had a guest DJ who remixed Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy, keeping the dance floor absolutely packed all night! There were games like Tie Races and 'How Well Do You Know Your Date'? 

Probably the most-loved part of the night (other than the dessert bar of course) were the photo booths!
Find this photo on my Instagram
In addition to these goofy photos there were roaming photographers and professional photo set-ups for people and their dates or with their friends.
Myself, Tina, and Celesty
Ekta, Nikki (with a mouthful of brownie), and Moi
Celesty, Me, Sam, Nami (all in heels except me)
Vegetarians were served a special meal, most of which was edible (sorry but that lasagna was just nasty) and we supplemented the rest of our meal with frequent visits to the dessert bar. 
(You can find this on Instagram too!)

The hazelnut pudding in the shot glass was a favorite all-around (definitely my favorite), the brownie was Nikki's favorite, the red velvet cupcake Celesty's, and the cookies (shaped as dresses and bowties) were so pretty we used them more for plate decoration than for actual sustenance.

I think what I loved most about prom was the sense of camaraderie surrounding all of us in the ballroom. I'm the first to say that our class of Juniors is one of the closest batches I've ever seen (I mean there's only 96 of us) but we definitely have our own friend groups. Last night all social barriers were gone as we all complimented each other on our style, hugged, high-fived, and laughed together. The teachers that were there offered hugs to their students and even did the photo booth with us! Also: they didn't feel too chaperone-y, they sat at their own teacher table and seemed to enjoy themselves about as much as we did. 
Prom was an absolute blast and even though I chose not to attend the after-party, I still slept until noon the next day!

Now I can't wait until next year's prom! (Really though I hope it doesn't come too fast, I'm a senior aahhh!)

May 25, 2015

Summer Line Up

This month's posts have been few and far-between due to an extremely busy time at school, however I have so many things lined up for this summer that you won't have time to miss me! 

This june I have....

  • traveling home to the States on the 7th (I'm sure a delirious post written at midnight in Japan will come out of that somewhere)
  • a trip to visit William & Mary college
  • a little hair surprise!
  • a college visit/trip to Davidson in North Carolina
  • a college tour around Virginia including JMU, Washington & Lee, and UVA
Of course during this time I'll also have lots of family time so I may do a post or two about those crazy nuts....I'll also be doing the odd MyTunes or recipe post here and there as well as more random topics and discussions. 

In july I have....
  • another huge college tour through New England (with Ammie!! It'll be a total blast) including Sarah Lawrence, Williams, and our #1: NYU #roadtripost
  • then I have 2 weeks of vacation with various family, including my annual Family-Week-At-The-Beach (I'll probably cover that the way I did Thailand, day by day) 
  • my final college visit down to Emory University is the very end of July and....
  • traveling back to Manila
Also this summer I have a giant research paper to write, college essays to begin, presentations to start researching....of course my number 1 goal this summer is to have fun! I deserve it! (Plus I'll be with my family and best friend in the whole wide world, how could I //not// have fun?!)

What are your summer plans? Traveling anywhere fun? Seeing family? 


P.S. Those of you still sticking around since the first dog days of this blog will remember a little side-blog entitled "My Perfect Summer/Winter"....sadly that's not really a thing anymore as I'm just going to stick to posting on this beautiful blog I have here. Stay tuned! It's going to be one hell of a summer, I can already tell.
May 24, 2015

8 Things About My Room

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in forever, it's been completely crazy at school and for right now it must come first. This is a little post that I've wanted to do for a while, mostly because I'm nosy so I love to see other bloggers doing these and I decided to do one too! Plus, I absolutely love the little treasures in my room so I thought I'd lowkey brag about them. Here we go!
Bali was one of the first ever trip-of-a-lifetimes I ever took. It was truly memorable so when Mom and I toured a family's woodworking shop, complete with everything from a 7 ft. tall totem pole to a life-sized giraffe, I thought this ornate, beautiful box. Currently I keep really special notes and papers in here, like Ammie's "50 Reasons to Smile" and Chummy's "Ode to Chummy". I call it my get-happy box because every time I open it I get happy. 
If you didn't already know....I absolutely adore elephants! Not only do I have the elephant bells jingling on my door, a gift from one of Mom's trips to India when I was a little girl, I have the elephants on my shelf, the mid-sized one from Bali, the largest one from my latest trip to Thailand, and the mini one....well kind of just showed up! I don't remember where he came from but I like to call him Lucky bc he's so small and red is the Chinese color of good fortune. Of course I also have my elephant stuffed animals: Morty, Persephone, and Peanut.
Another box! This time it's a little less glamorous...this is the shoebox that my gorgeous lace-up wedge boots from Forever 21 came from. Besides the beauty of the boots, I didn't want to just throw out this huge shoebox so I decided to keep various memories in it. I still have a 'Water for Elephants' movie stub from when I went to go see it with Amrita like a billion years ago!
My posters. Ah...hello Marilyn! How do you do Audrey? Know any good spots for breakfast?!? #AwfulPunWednesday These inspiring ladies hang on my wall because I believe they are great role models. Audrey Hepburn is known for being beautiful however many don't know that she actually was the daughter of a Nazi-sympthesizer and spent her youth doing ballet to secretly raise money to help the Dutch fight the Nazis and was a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. #GirlPower 
My pictures! I love to have pictures around my house of all the wonderful people that I love so much....gosh I'm welling up. One of my absolute favorite pictures ever of me and Amrita (and Dani there too hey bby) sits proudly on my bedside table. There's a picture of me and Dad and my beautiful swim team from then and now.
Mes livres! This one's kind of a cheat because these aren't in my room but I digress. This bookshelf contains some of my happiest memories and most painful weeping moments ever induced by the written word. My first-ever favorite book, that I still love more than life, is up there--it's the one with the missing cover, torn pages, and that antique-y dropped-in-the-bathtub-multiple-times look.
That leads me into my....collages! I have four different ones: Places, Things, People, Quotes. The quotes one kind of fell apart before it began and now I just post things I love, like A's unusually-large Christmas card. I have postcards and Google Pics alike posted up on my "Places" wall, some of my bucket list items collage'd under the Places heading, and the people I love up on my people wall. It's a wonderful way to not only keep your loved ones' pictures close, but also to be reminded of your dream and bucket list whenever you go to change clothes. 
Last and certainly not scrapbook! This scrapbook was given to me by my first 'real' swim team when I lived at the beach. Our swim team was small, and we were so close. I'm still close friends with my best friend from back then, and I can still feel the love I had for all of these people--even our coach! (Who kicked our butts make no mistake) When Mom and I moved away they hosted a surprise party and gave me this scrapbook in which everyone had made their own page! I literally think I started crying, it was such a lovely thing to do. Now I have added two precious things to the collection inside the book: my letter from Alan Alda (that had me screaming and crying in excitement for a good five minutes before I even opened it) and my concert ticket from when Ammie and I saw 1D in New York last summer (good times). 

What are some of your favorite things in your room?