Beautiful in Black,
BB Cream,
Budget Bundle

Who knew that making maps opens doors to newfound interests? For me, making maps had me revisiting the color wheel. And the color wheel very much extended itself to the clothes I choose to wear. It’s a known fact that black and white is in vogue this year. An article from Metro magazine May 2013 confirmed that my current style goals are in line with what’s being hailed as chic for 2013. But even when it is not as trendy this year, I still like wearing black because they are classic and they go well with almost anything.

I never really knew that I had it in me to put something together. But I guess people do change over time. My one constraint, budget considerations, gave birth to what I now call as a Php-1000 budget bundle. Every month, I will try to challenge myself to put together something for Php 1,000 or less and post about my finds here in my blog, in the same way that I share board exam tips.

For May, I chose the little black dress ensemble from Forever 21. All in all, the whole thing costs Php 1,025. It’s Php 25 more than my allotted budget but at least I did not wipe my wallet out in trying to come up with this look. I am currently attracted to having a collection of little black dresses this year so I think other colors are out and black is so in for me.



Little Black Dress of F21 Essentials – Php 405

Olive Cat’s Eye Sunnies – Php 330

Square Fancy Earrings – Php 70

Headband – Php 220



Little Black Dress (usual boutique) – Php 2,000

Cat’s Eye Sunnies from Ray Ban – Php 10,000

Square Fancy Earrings – Php 1,500

Headband – Php 220

SAVINGS: Php 10,000+!


I’ve always wanted to wear cat’s eye glasses. There is something so feminine and alluring to it. So, when I tried out this Olive Cat’s Eye at F21 last Tuesday, I knew that it was meant for me to keep:


The earrings were on sale at 69 pesos only so I threw that in as well in the netted shopping bag. Black is just something that goes well with the curves you have, whatever curves you do have (even the curves you wish you don’t have). I don’t have a small waist and this has frustrated me for years. The black dress is like a comforting balm that tells me, “It’s ok. Just wear me and let yourself loose. It’s our secret and I will accentuate you in all the right places.”




After my recent trip to Eastwood for the Le Faire Basic Makeup Workshop last Sunday, I decided to purchase a basic brush for blending eyeshadow, a smoky eye palette in keeping with my wedding’s motif, and the very famous BB Cream. I opted to buy Tony Moly’s BB cream (328 pesos ONLY!). It’s Korean which suits light-skinned Asians like me. I did not end up trying the lessons I learned from makeup but my sister Gracie just showed me how good she is with a makeup brush by coloring my eyes.



I love the effect of Tony Moly Dear Me BB Cream. I thank my bestfriend Jhona for telling me about this tiny makeup shop at Megamall near Chatime. I was also delighted to discover that the headband I took at F21 came with a double purpose. It can actually pass as a necklace:


Or I can play up and be more daring and wear it as the headband, as I originally intended:


Orange lipstick surely provided me a freshly kissable pout (Orange lipstick by Le Faire) and after the end of this informal photo shoot, I think I’ve pretty much kissed away most of my fears about dressing up:



Photoshoot Location: Binangonan, Rizal

Photos and Makeup: (soon to be Engr.) Grace Ann Barrameda

Model and Styling: Engr. Helen Mary S. Labao

Clothes and Accessories: Forever 21

Makeup Products used: Elf eye shadow, Le Faire lipstick, Marionnaud eye brush, Dear Me BB Cream with SPF 30 by Tony Moly


Special thanks to:

Atty. Paul Isaac Barrameda

Engr. Jhona Bernabe

Miss Maureen Marie Belmonte

Miss Ann Jillian Adona

Miss Neneth A. LeaƱo