Friday, March 08, 2013

Summer job!

I posted this over on Facebook. It got some likes but apparently no one shared it to their young friends, sons, daughters, nephews and nieces because hanggang ngayon, not one CV is in my inbox! I guess even my friends are scared of me haha.

This is for a shopping magazine. There will be lots of dealing with writers, models, photographers, stylists, clothes, beauty products... Did I mention this was for a shopping magazine? It's definitely going to be work but it's only 4 weeks, 6 weeks max, and I'm fun to work with. And if you do well, this can be a regular gig. Yes, it's a job. There will be compensation. It will be fun! Apply now!


Sandra was OK!'s editorial assistant. Now she's with Cosmo.

See? I'm not so scary. Apply now!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ask and it shall be given you (but ask specifically!)

I believe in prayer. I tell ya, when I pray for something, God gives it. Of course, you have to pray with the knowledge of who God is. For example, I know that God is my provider so to ask Him for financial blessings and food is okay.

As Matthew 7:11 says, "If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?" My goodness, my husband and I spoil our kids silly. That gave me a profound insight on who God is—He will shower me with blessings because I am His child. All I need to do is ask!

I once asked for makeup when I was still so very poor and God answered by making me win a L'Oreal contest. One year's worth of makeup, y'all! But when I asked for makeup, it was because I was starting out in my career and I wanted to look good and I just didn't have money for makeup or nice clothes. So I bared my heart to the Lord and asked.

I believe that if you ask with a humble heart—not a vain or proud or greedy heart—God will give you what you want. After all, didn't He say, "I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly," in John 10:10? Abundance! That doesn't mean simple life, all I need, just enough. It means overflowing with blessings! That means more than I need!

I do also believe that when you ask God for something, you have to be specific. I don't mean that God is obtuse and isn't smart enough to figure you out. But He does have a sense of humor. I'll let this little conversation with fashion blogger Tracy Ayson of Fashion Fangirl explain my point:

So believe in God's promises, know who He is, ask with no fear or hesitation, ask with a heart full of love and humility, but ask specifically! God bless you!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Topaz Fashion: My Oscar yays and nays

My Topaz Fashion is kinda non-existent now, have you noticed? Well, I did say no more Topaz Fashion but they were fun to do so maybe yes and maybe no. It's really because I don't have a lot of clothes anymore. I gave away two-thirds of my wardrobe last December and my closet is devoid of anything interesting. So let's do the Oscars instead!

There were lots to love! Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney's girlfriend. Anyway, here are my comments:

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. I wasn't a Sex and the City fan but this brings to mind Carrie's Paris sojourn. I love how she looks like a swan. 

Jane Fonda in Chopard. I love it. I love it! She always dresses so perfectly for her age and her figure! Vince didn't like this dress but then Vince doesn't look at women over the age of 60 haha.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji. I love how this gown gives her a figure. It hides her arms, shows off her collarbone and shoulders. Beautiful!

Naomi Watts in Giorgio Armani. Absolutely stunning! Love the way it falls on her body—perfect fit! Plus, if you watched The Impossible, that bodice up there reminded me of that scene where she realizes her left breast is exposed and then she ties up her shirt kinda like that!

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan Atelier. I don't have the words. I think the sculptural elements would've worked well on another woman (Charlize Theron). The dress made her body look very big and her head very small.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu. This dress is just blah. It looks like something an ordinary girl like you and me would wear to prom or to a gala launching a beauty product here. Definitely not Oscar worthy. And Kerry has a lovely body. This Miu Miu was tight across her hips and looked loose around her middle!

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra. Okay, I normally love whatever KStew wears. I mean, she's got the body for it! Even her outrageous fashion choices last year were fabulous on her. But this dress makes her look thick-waisted and low-boobed (yes, I invented that word). What a travesty, Reem Acra! How could you do that to Kristen??

Melissa McCarthy in David Meister. I love the gray and the embellishments but this gown does absolutely nothing for Melissa. She looks huge in it. There's a way to dress a big woman (see Queen Latifah, Octavia, Adele!) and this is not it.

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen. This looks totally dated. I can't decide from which era but definitely not in the new millenium. The neckline made her neck look non-existent. It made her look sexy but not in a good way. So sad!

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen. This is a nice dress but the keyhole bodice gapes. It's too loose on her chest so that ruined it for me. Plus, I don't think the color worked with her pale skin.

Anne Hathaway in Prada. Gorgeous dress but she had worn better, more fabulous gowns fit for winning an Oscar. We know she changed her mind at the last minute because her first choice looked too similar to Amanda's dress (she shoulda stuck with her pick since Amanda didn't really stand out in hers.). This is just underwhelming.

I actually like this dress from the front. It's very sleek so it was weird because when you look at the back, there's a big ribbon that totally looked messy with the thin straps that held up her neckline. Also, when she got up to get her Oscar, the front made her look like she had the pointiest nipples!

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton. I don't like this dress on Reese at all. It is ill-fitting. It made her look like she had a big tummy and a flat chest. She looked radiant anyway. No one smiles like Reese!

I also wanted to add this lovely photo of Jennifer Lawrence. It really does look like an ad, but a Chanel ad haha. There's a story there, a glamorous woman in distress, the shadow of a man's hand across her big skirt (threatening? helping? chasing?), people looking on. I love her beautiful back, her shoulder blades, and how her delicate necklace falls around her. Love it!
image from i-nsan
P.S. I know everyone hated what Helena Bonham Carter wore but that's her style. Unlike most stars on the carpet, Helena doesn't use a stylist. To criticize her dress is to criticize her! Yes. If you read this post again, I'm not against the women, it's the dress/designers I have an issue with!

Photos from The Hollywood Reporter