Photoshoot with Versace, Emporio Armani and Gai Mattiolo – Behind the scenes

Happy Saturday 🙂

Since I’ve started fashion blogging, I truly believe that I have been blessed with such great opportunities.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to style a photoshoot for an amazing fashion photographer Nelson Cortez from Fin Photography.

Nelson was the photographer for Miss Universe 2010-2012 and the photographer for Miss Country. As well as working in numerous fashion shows including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Check out some of his amazing work at www.finphotography.com.au

The model for the photoshoot was an international model and finalist for Miss Universe Australia 2011, Christiana Fischer.

I know right! TOTALLY AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER AND MODEL………I told you I’ve been pretty lucky :).

So with this photoshoot, the image we wanted to portray was elegant, classy and timeless with a touch of edge. Thank you to the talented make up artist Raizel Caringal Signo, nothing says edgy than a good smokey eye with hair slicked back.

We were fortunate enough for the brand name store “Voi” (located at 1/72 Castlereagh Street, Sydney,) to provide the wardrobe.
The day before, I visited the store to pick out the clothes to use for the shoot and saw such a wide range of brand name clothing discounted to such affordable prices. It was so hard to concentrate without wanting to buy something for myself hehehe.

To suit the style we were moving towards, I used an incredible pleated scallop skirt by Gia Mattiolo, with and Aqua body suit for the first edgy look. To meet the elegance and timeless image for the second look, I used a Versace dress and teamed it with a Emporio Armani clutch.

Voi has recently launched their online shopping website and these items are going for grabs so check it out before you miss out – http://www.shopatvoi.com.au

Tomorrow second time lucky, I get the chance to work with Nelson Cortez styling my first bridal photoshoot, wish me luck 🙂 !

As promised, here are the behind the scene and sample photos from the fashion shoot. The finished photos will be up soon so keep an eye out, trust me they are worth waiting for ;).

In the mean time check out what we are getting up to:

(me) Fashiondiction – http://www.facebook.com/My.Fashiondiction

Photographer Nelson Cortez – http://www.facebook.com/pages/FIN-Photography/23185216396

Photography bloghttp://finphotographyfashion.wordpress.com/

Make up artist Raizel Caringal Signo – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raizel-Rose-Makeup-Artist/432227403517880

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Fossil leather preview launch

For my 15th birthday I received my very first Fossil watch, it was given to me by my brother Erick and his girlfriend Elin. It was a pink-faced watch, with a delicate design and a wristband that resembled a silver bracelet. It was one of my most treasured gifts because I admired the people who had gifted it to me.

Through the years I have watched the Fossil brand grow and I admired from a far. When I had the money or if there was a special occasion I would happily splurge for a new watch.

Being a big fan of the brand, when I initially received the email invitation to attend the launch, I was convinced it was spam. I thought to myself “No, they wouldn’t know who I am”, so I casually brushed it aside.

It wasn’t until fashion blogger Camille asked me if I was attending, I all of a sudden realized that I was genuinely invited and got super excited :D. Thank goodness she asked or else I would have never went!

I attended the launch last Tuesday held at Alexandria Sydney, Vicinity Dining. The event was in an intimate private room secluded from the restaurant.

I assumed that I would be walking into a room full of watches, but to my surprise, there were a range of bags displayed.

The brand, which is moving into their 30th anniversary in 2014, is going into a different direction with their brand and products. Their current campaign is called “Make your mark”, using a lot of bold colours and graphics within their new designs.

We were lucky enough to be one of the first in Sydney to preview their new collection, which will be released in July – August and you guys also get a sneak peak :).

The preview was very interactive, allowing us to feel, touch and explore the new bags as they explained the design behind it.

Fossil will be releasing four lines of handbags and wallets, which will cater to most women who love functionality, lightweight bags with a vintage, quirky or fun design.

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The line called “Key-Per” was initially brought out as a Christmas edition; however, it received such a big response that instead it was made available all year round and I can see why.

This line is perfect for anyone who is studying or enjoys fun, colourful designs (like me). It is functional with many storage pockets for the every day woman and made with coated canvas for those who prefer not to use leather.

This year’s design is based on pencil shavings, striped colours and polka dots. Reflecting Fossil’s humorous and quirky side. Plus the bags are so affordable with prices ranging from $129-$149.

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Fossil will be focusing on 3 main lines, one of which is the “Memoir”. This line is for the women who appreciate more of a vintage design, inspired by the 1950’s.

With articulate hardware and beautiful interior, this vintage design comes in different shapes and sizes to suit anyone.

I usually don’t do much leopard print, however, I LOVE their leopard print used on the vintage designed bags. The Memoir ranges from $279-$299.

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The second line that they are focusing on is the “Erin”. It’s functional, affordable with great hardware and has the best quality leather, signature to fossil.

The texture of the bag was so soft and smooth with a buttery leather feel; made with a lot pockets to store your everyday gadgets.

Initially I was a little unsure about this design, I was worried about the wear and tear of the bag due to its delicate texture, but don’t let this fool you. Because of the leather used, which is the best in the market, I learnt that the bag would look even better over time. With the best quality leather, the Erin line ranges to $149-$349.

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The main line that Fossil is focusing on this year is the “Sydney”, which is my personal favourite out of the four.

The Sydney bags come in a multitude of colours; orange, plum (my favourite), teal, gold black etc. The designs are vintage inspired with a modern twist.

After handling the bag, it was surprisingly lightweight and durable, which is good because if your like me, my whole world is in my bag.

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Fossil will also be concentrating on their new signature print, inspired by mid Century architecture. I personally love it!  I love the rhythm, colour and shapes used.

The Sydney line ranges from $149 – $279 ( so affordable! )

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Not forgetting their watches, this year it is all about “Owning the wrist”. Fossil’s pieces are jewellery inspired, with bands ranging in fun colours that pop and with such feminine designs. They also have beautiful bracelets so you can layer it up with their new line of watches.

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My favourite fashion bloggers Camille Sioco from www.frillyskirts.net and Jess Tuong from www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au

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Me and the stunning Jess Tuong

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Also met the interesting Fashion blogger, Lauren Hernandez from http://www.youronlyblackswan.com

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Me and Jess with Fossil brand representative Danielle Clennar

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The food they served was amazing!!! Here is just a sample of what we indulged in that night.

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I loved meeting the passionate team behind the brand and I can’t wait till these bags hit the stores, you’ll definitely be seeing these bags again on my outfit posts.

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In the meantime, check out Fossil’s website for their current range and to see what stores are near you – http://www.fossil.com.au

Photographer – Yunn Chin

Shirt Bag from Cream

Shirt – ASOS  |  Disco Pants – American Apparel  |  Shoes – Converse  |  Jacket – Cotton On  |  Bag – Shirt Bag from Cream

At college, I met this girl called Kat and she was wearing the most awesome bag I’ve ever seen. No, it was not a big brand name like Luis Vuitton or Chanel, it was actually a brand that I had never heard of before.

We were walking to the food court and I expressed that I needed a new backpack. I realised my Coach and Michael Kors bag was not appropriate to be carrying books in (face palm moment).

She then told me about her awesome bag that was made from a shirt. At first I thought it sounded pretty cool but as soon as I laid my eyes on it,  I was in awe.

It was AWESOME!!!

You should really see this bag in person to understand the extensiveness of how awesome it actually is but I’ll try my best to describe it.  The front of the bag where the collar was located was actually a pocket and the sides where the sleeves were sewn were pockets too.

Ok, so I’ll be the first to admit that I get pretty damn excited when I see something I like. However, this bag was so awesome that another girl in class overheard our conversation and bought the bag too. Now we all match hehehe.

The weekend after, I went to buy the bag in Newtown Sydney and realized that they had an amazing collection of clothes. I was upset that I didn’t know about this store earlier.

The bags that they stocked all had individual designs, none of them were the same. This made the selection process so much harder because I could only choose one.

Initially I was leaning more towards the crazy patterned and coloured design but then Chin reminded me that I would be using the bag everyday. So I decided to go for the red, still bold but at least I can match it with a lot more outfits.

If you haven’t already heard of the store you should definitely check it out (unfortunately it is only located in Australia) –http://www.creamonline.com.au/

If you are in Australia, you can find the stores at –

Cream On Crown – 32/277-285 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Cream On King – 317 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

 

This week, Thank you to WhatIWear.com, I was fortunate enough to attend Sydney Fashion Weekend as “media” :D.

Stay tunned during the week to see what I got up to at Sydney Fashion Weekend. Keep an eye out for the behind the scene post from my latest phootshoot – coming soon 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your wekend, I’ll see you on Monday 🙂

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Fashion Bloggers outing to Voi

I’ve been meaning to post this for sometime but didn’t get the chance till now.

A couple of weeks ago after the bloggers gathering at the WhatIWear.com event, Camille Sioco, ( Fashion Blogger- www.frillyskirts.net ) invited Jessica Truong ( Fashion Blogger- www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au ) and I to attend an event at a store called Voi.

Located in Sydney’s CBD central shopping area on Castlereagh street, I was surprised that this was the first time I had heard of the store ‘Voi’.

Voi is an outlet store stocking all the desired brands from Burberry, Gucci, D&G and YSL which have been slashed to affordable prices.

We were fortunate enough to meet the owner Gennaro and share a glass of bubbly with to celebrate the end of fashion week. He was kind enough to show us a new up and coming wine bar that will be opening right next to his store. Seriously, wine and shopping… what more could a girl want? 🙂

Before stepping into the store, I always thought that brand named items on sale were only available in designer warehouses or in American outlet stores. But after checking out the prices at Voi, I definitely can’t wait to go back and do some serious damage to my savings.

On Sunday, I styled a photoshoot for the photographer Nelson Cortez, Voi generously provided the gowns for the shoot. The gorgeous, statuesque like model Christiana Fischer, was absolutely stunning in the Versace gown and Gai Mattiolo skirt.

To get a sneak peak on the amazing photos, I’ll be posting up behind the scene photos soon so STAY TUNED !!!

This week Voi has just launched their online shopping website so check it out – http://www.shopatvoi.com

To get more discounts and for updates on new stock, follow Voi on instagram – @voisydney

Photos by -Yunn Chinn

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With Jess – www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au and Camille – www.frillyskirts.net

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Fashion bloggers Jess, Camille and I with owner Gennaro, Sheila and Voi staff

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Vintage Christian Dior Bow-tie and the LBD

Shirt – SES  |  Dress – Blockout  |  Bow Tie – Christian Dior Vintage  |  Socks – Sportsgirl  |  Flats – Haute Couture

On Tuesday last week I had my first day of Fashion College, studying a Bachelor degree in Fashion Marketing.

Before this date so many things were going through my mind; what if the girls are bitchy, what if they don’t like me, what if they don’t like what I’m wearing. You can imagine I was very reluctant about what to wear and how to look.

I can get a little bit crazy with my wardrobe and I usually have the mentality of “I’ll wear whatever I want and I don’t care what anyone else thinks”.  This time however, I started to question if my crazy style was appropriate for the first day of collage. You know what they say first impressions are everything.

But then it dawned on me, I decided to study this course for me, for my future and my career, so why am I worrying about other people think. I realized I was worrying about something so insignificant and should really be worrying about getting the best marks possible.

That morning, I turned to my usual place of inspiration; my mood, what the weather was like and what item in my wardrobe I was dying to wear.

If you have followed me from the start, you would be familiar about my soft spot for bow ties. Personally, I love bow ties, especially my vintage Christian Dior, baby blue polka dot bowtie. The moment I laid eyes on this beauty, I was in love! So much so that it was worthy enough to claim the title of one of my favourite things in my large extensive wardrobe.

To complete the look I went with the classic black and white duo, a white polo t-shirt underneath a tight fitting LBD. To make the outfit different, I wore matching blue socks with black flats.

Despite the fact that I over think and imagine the worst possible case scenario, the first day was awesome. I made friends and now in the second week into it I’ve realized what a big difference it is to be doing something your passionate about.

What are you passionate about?

Don’t forget to like me on Facebook – www.facebook.com/My.Fashiondiction

Have a good weekend! 🙂

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Black and Navy, Fashion don’t?

Shirt – Chicabooti  |  Shorts – CPS  |  Socks – Sportsgirl

Recently I’ve been trying to think of places to go with nice scenery and good views. Chin originally being a landscape photographer, can easily get bored of taking photos of my outfits (even though it was his idea for me to start a blog -.-‘ ).

To keep things interesting for him, I often try to think of places that would be scenic for our shoots.

One of my favourite places to go to would have be Blue Mountains in Sydney. I’ve been there so many times and I’m yet to get sick of it. I guess I’m just a sucker for fresh air and wild life.

It had been a while since I spent time with my crazy brother Mark, so Chin and I decided to bring him along to our Blue Mountains trip.

We ended up having a mini road trip, chilling out at awesome look out points and pigging out on fish and chips.

The weather was at its best that day, so to celebrate I brought out my shorts to play.

To liven it up and to bring a little bit of sass, I wore my favourite red lippy. Red and navy always go so well together.

As usual, prepped it out with white socks and some Mary Jane pumps.

Apparently wearing navy blue with black is a fashion don’t. Personally I think I look pretty dashing in the navy and black combo, so I don’t go by this rule and you know what they say; “Rules are meant to be broken”.

Do you think Blue and Navy is a Fashion don’t?

Stay tunned this week to see what I wore on my first day of Fashion college and to see the last photos from the “Statements” photoshoot.

Don’t forget to like Fashiondiction on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/My.Fashiondiction

Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Statements Part 2

Styling and Wardrobe – Ethel Manalo (me)
Photographer – Raelene Baget
Make-up artist – Shelia Tsakalidis
Model – Cam Tu Nguyen

As promised, here are the photos from the statements photoshoot.

With each style of make up, I wanted to portray different looks and emit different emotions.

The pieces I chose for the shoot was a leather jacket and a geometric mini skirt.

The leather jacket is a stereotypical representation of  “attitude”, this is exactly the emotion I wanted to bring out through strong body language.

Stylistically, I wanted the photos with the skirt to be more sultry and alluring to the viewers, but didn’t want it to be too sexy. I styled the look with more of an Egyptian cat like look to make the shots visually  interesting.

The model, Cam Tu Nguyen, was absolutely stunning and was able to make the styling come alive. She was breathtaking!!!

Sheila Tsakalidis did the amazing make-up and the talented photographer who took these photos is Raelene Baget.

If you didn’t read “Statements Part 1”, I suggest you do because you’re missing out :P.

I’ll be posting Part 3 soon so stay tuned 🙂

To see what Cam, Sheila, Raelene and I are up to, you can check us out on Facebook 🙂 don’t forget to like the Fashiondiction page!

I’ll be posting more outfits over the weekend, so see you then 🙂

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Subtle pops of colour

Dress – Blockout  |  Shirt – Chicabooti  |  Blazer – ASOS  |  Head Piece – Lovisa  |  Flats – Miss Shop

Happy Hump day everyone!

Sorry about the late post, there has been a slight delay with the remaining photos from the “Statements Photoshoot”. I promise part 2 will be released soon but the good news is I have a new outfit to post :).

Last Friday I attended an induction day for Raffles college, It was a day dedicated to new students who will be attending the college this year… like me 🙂 hehehe.

The last time I had studied was when I was fresh out of high school and did a fashion design course… that was almost 4 years ago. You can imagine the extreme change of lifestyle from being cooped up in an office cubicle to a full time student.

I decided that I would go to the induction day in attire that I was comfortable in, but still reflected the essence of fashion college life.

Keeping it basic, I wore a buttoned up collared shirt underneath a black tight fitting dress. On the day, I actually wore my rose-laced black bowtie but misplaced it for this photo shoot :(.  So instead I decided to feature my flower head piece, which I’ve been dying to wear.

For my signature pop of colour, I chose to team the basic black and white with a green blazer and pink flats.

Just a quick tip – layering a black dress with an open blazer, cardigan and jacket flatters your shape by making your figure look skinnier. That day, I wasn’t feeling the most attractive (shape wise). Wearing the blazer on top gave me that little boost of confidence.

Yesterday was my first day at Raffles college, so watch this space to see what I wore on my first day back as student.

Stay tuned for more photos from the Statements photoshoot, hopefully I’ll be able to post them up soon :).

See you guys on Saturday!!!

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