Monday, June 25, 2012

Mind Over All

Aha! I've always wanted to try this pose! :))

sleek back detail

purse detail
I like cropping faces
                                   hello :)

Overalls: Ibiza (vintage, mom's old piece)
Accessories: Downtown
Pumps: Janilyn
Purse: Liz Claiborne

Hype this look here!

Incase you were wondering, yes this jumpsuit gave me a hard time peeing. I always had to unzip everything down before I could "liberate" myself. I hope it looks like it's worth the hassle. :))

Yesterday I went to a baptism and dinner reception, instead of going for the usual lacey and romantic look, I opted to go chic in a classic tailored one-piece with a monotony that is interrupted by bits of colored (but minimal) accessories. Nothing over the top for me, as usual. I like to play it easy but interesting.  


On a more serious note... While I am writing this outfit post (the first since early April), I can't help but feel sentimental because I know it will take just as long for me to post my next entry. And I enjoy making blog entries-- so much. So, I'm off to 7- month hiatus to take and retake "certain exams"-- that means apprenticeship on weekdays, gym and study on weeknights, review on weekends. Thats spells less time for friends, family vacation, blogging and BLINDxx.  It may sound too overrated, I wish it was. Have you ever had that feeling when you can't, for the life of you, afford to make mistakes within within a certain period of time anymore? I, as an adult, am due. Due for making realistic choices, sound priorities and real sacrifices; the kind that will make a 180 degree turn on my life. (#char #adulthood issues) 

Must improve time management skills, yes? :)) If not, there's always instagram. Hee. I so hope you guys still keep checking the blog somehow, despite the gaps in between. It always means a lot to me :) Okay everyone, students and non-students enough drama and back to work! Haha!

Im alright, Im alright, over all.
Pun intended.
Goodnight, loves!

# theDAWNisbreaking

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY Galaxy Shorts tutorial

Hi Everyone! :) This is my first blog post in nearly 2months, it has been crazy lately thus the MIA-ness.  To make up for the absence, I decided to make my first every little DIY tutorial: how to make your own galaxy printed shorts! This is purely a documented experiment, I'm not master at paint jobs but check if it works for you. It's sooo doable! :)

Poster Paint/ Acrylic Paint (recommended)
Paintbrushes (round small brush, medium round, medium flat, large round)
Shorts/ Jeans
Fixative/ Sealant
Water to add to paint
Newspaper/ Any backing paper to protect your floor

Here's how:

1. Find a pair of old shorts or jeans and cut them up the way you want. Shorts with 
a nice deep jewel tone can be an advantage. If none, anything not too jet black will do.

 2. Pick a good color as base and apply. (All these are just extra paint from my visual technique class some 4 years ago! You don't really need too many.) Pick a deep tone like maroon, bottle green, red and the like for a mystique effect. My choice was purple. Apply evenly on shorts using your largest round brush.

3. Pick a secondary base. Apply it on selected areas, in huge amounts still using your large brush. I chose royal blue.

(If you're using poster color, remember to have more paint than water in your mixture or else it will look too pale when it dries)

 4. Sprinkle on some glittery gold dust so it sticks to your wet shorts.

 5. Pick one completely contrasting color to your base and apply using a medium round brush in swirling motion. Mine's apple green.

 6. Now that you have strong base, it's time to play! This is the fun part. Liven it up by playing with different strokes using bright colors: Yellow, orange, plus a little more neon green.

Strokes: swirl and arc around using round brush/ blot and spread using flat brush.
The more candid the stroke, the better.

hello yellow!

+orange (does a great job at brightening up)

 7.) Reapply gold dust and enhance it by applying yellow paint using the smallest brush (just pointilism or really tiny blots + smoke-like strokes). If you're using a dark color scheme, you may want to try silver and white for this.

8.) Using neon pink for extra quirk, make star like icons (just long x marks). This is understated technique because it drives home the point that these are galaxy shorts. Again, Use tiniest brush.

see lower right. make it darker, though.

9.) Repeat the same process for back portion. I chose to paint only one side. You can choose to paint the whole thing, or just the corners, or just the pockets-- be creative.

10.) Pay special attention to the side as they are often missed out because of the fold of your shorts.
Also the part where the stitches are being done to hold shorts together.

11.) Let dry and second coat/ third coat them as needed. Retouch as needed until you're satisfied. 
You may want them not too colorful for a grunge appeal. I prefer mine to be dreamy that's why I made sure all the colors are seen somehow.

12.) Spray on a fixative to keep colors locked in even after washing.


Finished Product:

Now go try it! :)


This was one of the things I got busy with-- our summer youth camp. I headed venue design team for the third year now, and I'm so happy it turned out alright, props to my hardworking team of young people.  My frequent absence in all our production (due to work) was what inspired me to make the shorts. I needed an outlet. :))

I hope we're all ready for June! Missedyou guyssss :>