Friday, August 18, 2017

Statement Jewelry: Pearl Adorned Slides , a creation on my 3rd decade

                             The world's oldest gem made its way back into the fashion scene as it invades the runway in the past few years. Known for its class and prestige, pearls have been one of women's favorite jewelries since it represents good taste. It is well justified why women choose to wear pearls on special occassions. Cleopatra and other royalties were known to wear pearls because it is rare and a precious treasure. Thanks to Coco Chanel, she made pearls more accessible to women. Her collaboration with jewelers paved the way for us to be able to appreciate how we can accessorize our outfits in a modernized way.  Up until now, a lot of designers are using pearls in their clothing and jewelry designs. Coco Chanel is my inspiration when it comes to my pearl jewelry designs since she was able to revive women's hunger for pearl accessories. Gone are the days when pearls are identified to be used only by classy elderly women in the society. It might be one of the oldest gems in the world but it's precious beauty remains the same.

                             As I enter my third decade in life, I am very proud to share that I was able to combine two of my most loved items to work on, which are shoes and jewelry. Cinderella already has  her well-known glass slippers so I made Ariel a footwear once she sets foot on land. It will be easier for her to use flat mules since she isn't an expert in walking in heels yet. :)

Pearl Adorned Slides







                                 The pearl and crystal embellishment are purely handmade. This design was planned  and made by yours truly. Furthermore, this project was not imitated from another designer piece. Last January 2017,I already planned the execution of this embellishment project. If only I had the luxury of time then I must have finished everything during summer but unfortunately, I couldn't and some resources where really not accessible here in Baguio City.

P.S The gold mule was purchased from H & M.

My curvy fashion statement wearing my very own pearl adorned slides and pearl cuff on my 30th birthday.


                                      My project didn't stop on my metallic slides. I also experimented on fur slides and the pearls and crystals really added some class into it. Comfortability + Style makes it a good fashion accessory. Now, I didn't have to choose between comfortability and style. I can have the best of both worlds.

                       
                                 In my 30 years of existence, I never thought I would love jewelries this much and the great Coco Chanel was one of my greatest inspirations to work on unique pieces. I firmly believe that a classic outfit is lifeless without something that adds sparkle into it.


             
                                     I'm excited to wear my pearl slides real soon. If you want to inquire about this creation, contact me through
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Statement Jewelries: Tassel Dazzle

                               
           
                               Fashion girls have a new standard in accessorizing and it adds a playful, happy and charming touch to any outfit that they match it with. Tassel earrings are almost everywhere and fashionistas are so loving it! Check Pinterest and Instagram and chicas are sporting it everywhere. Before, we usually find tassels in curtains, tables and knitted goods but now it is found in high-end fashion brands like Oscar Dela Renta, Saint Laurent and many more. It has been a favorite fashion accessory in the runway this and last season. No wonder, celebrities and influencers have been going gaga over this simple and festive accessory.

                                  Thread tassels are the most basic design and we usually see it being sold online. As an artist, I would like to share my own version of tassel earrings. It would be more fun to add glitz and a bit of glam into it. My accessory collection wouldn't be complete without gems and crystals and I believe adding more life into those stacks of thread would make it look lovelier and glamorous. 



                               Black and Gold,  one of best regal color combinations and it makes the accessory flexible to any type of outfit that you choose to match it with. The different crystals used in the cap of the tassels gave the right sparkle to rock the night away with your cocktail/party dress or jumpsuit.


                                              
                               Wearing tassels would make you feel like there's always a celebration somewhere. In addition to that,  the crystals and metal adornments in it would complete your posh outfit. Try these with off-shoulder tops, boho rompers, colorful dresses and this particular tassel earrings design would definitely complement it well.


Thank you for spending some time in checking my latest project. I am super excited to share my next creation that I have been working on for weeks already.

The designs and photos are all mine.

For inquiries send me an email through curvystatements@gmail.com or check and send me a message through https://www.facebook.com/jewelrystatementsbyloiselle/
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Curvy Girl's Favorites: MAC Matte Lipsticks



                                Whether it's for a formal event or an off-duty look, we know that lippie colors have a huge impact on our entire get-up. Make-up junkies have various options to choose from and a lot of youtube reviews are already helpful when it comes to choosing the shade that we like most. Matte finish is still still my personal  favorite because of it's longevity and how it balances the shape of my lips and wearing bold shades. I know the agony of choosing from a hundred lippie shades and when you don't know what to buy at that moment, you might end up wasting your money and facing the dilemma of choosing between 2 colors that are almost the same. Coming from different collections and seasons, I have learned my top picks through time and it means almost six years. I chose to stick with mac because of its quality particularly their realistic ads of their lipstick shades and I wasn't disappointed,  the tried and tested long lasting effects, and they are safe to use (low lead content). With that being said, here are my favorites;

1. RUBY WOO



                              Local and International celebrities were spotted wearing this MAC all-time fave red retro matte lippie and I can swear on its magic when you try to apply it to your lips. It has a fairy-godmother instant effect once you wear this shade.  According to Vogue UK, Ruby Woo is included in the Best Red Lipsticks of 2017. This has been a favorite because of the bold statement it gives and its impressive versatility because it looks good on every skin tone. Morenas don't need to worry on this red lippie because it will surely look good on them.

2. DANCE WITH ME

                                     



                                 My second favorite red lippie is this deep red retro-matte liquid lipstick. If you want to add a touch of sexiness and glam into your entire look then go for this shade. According to psychologyoffashionuk.com This red lippie shade perseveres and a must when you're planning to dance the night away.

3. OH LADY


                                 My third lippie of choice is still under the first batch of retro matte liquid lipstick launched by MAC. This time, it is berry shaded and vampy. I promise you this lippie has amazed my friends who have seen it for its lovely bold plum shade. It will emphasize the fierce sexiness of your lips. Carolina Herrera, a designer known for her signature elegance used MAC raspberry shade OH LADY on the runway. According to Laura Regensdorf of Vogue Magazine this matte berry lippie feels fresh and I couldn't agree more.

4. FLAT OUT FABULOUS


                                 This lippie is from the first retro matte lipstick of collection of mac and I was in awe when I tried this on for the very first time. It has the perfect touch of pink and plum. If you want to be on the sweeter side and still wear something plumish then this is the right shade to put on. Plum can often gives you a vampy touch on your make up. On the contary, this shade has its miracles for it can be used for a laid-back sweet look.

5. LADY DANGER


                                  Coral shade lipsticks are best used during summer time and my first favorite lippie shade is under the coral shade. This is a combination of red and orange and i love how it lightens up my face when I use it. Olive skinned girls would also look good on this matte coral shade so when it comes to versatility, then you can rely on this red - orange lippie. Allure.com featured Lady danger in the best red lipsticks of all time and they said it looks amazing on every skin tone.

6. DIVA


                                  The perfect shade that I've chosen for a sexy vampy look is DIVA. This is close to the marsala shade and once you wear it, you will feel that you're a part of the Vampire Diaries cast. In an interview with elle magazine, Huda Kattan a beauty influencer recommends the use of MAC DIVA for an ultimate sexy red lip.

7. KINDA SEXY



                                 I'm not a huge fan of nudes because I had a hard time in looking for a shade that suits me well. This peachy pink matte shade looks good on my no-make-up look and so far, I am satisfied. Kinda Sexy was featured in Elle Singapore as one of the nude lippies of their choice.


                               My top 6 favorites are proven to have long-lasting effects. It looks great on any kind of outfit. Mattes are known to be drying on the lips so you have to keep in mind that you have a responsibility to take care of your lips when you love using mattes. Scrub and moisturize your lips regularly and for the liquid lipsticks. You have to use a lip balm or lip moisturizer before you apply the matte lippie. Truth be told, I achieved good results just as long as I take care of my lips. When it comes to the brand, yes I know that it can be expensive compared to other drugstore brands but when it comes to the pigment quality MAC is still better even though some bloggers have mentioned that they have cheaper dupes. I have always believed that you can save if you wanted to get good quality of products. This is based on my experience and I am not imposing that these are ONLY the best. I have heard of good reviews from Sephora, Tom Ford and other high end brands but I still have to try them on. You can check the nearest MAC store near you and try the mentioned shades personally. It is always best to search and check before rushing to the store. You don't like to max out your CC's right?



                                 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day: Cheers to the Courageous Women Around the World

                              The strongest action of a WOMAN is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could - Anonymous 

                             It is insanely difficult to be a woman and I'm pretty sure you would agree with me. We continue to learn more about ourselves as we grow older and the road to accepting and loving ourselves might be bumpy.It ain't going to be easy be that as it may I assure you it's gonna be one hell of a ride. Today, we should celebrate our victories and lessons in life. It only shows that we are tough and willing to accept challenges along the way. We were so used to live in a world where there are norms and standards that we have to strictly follow to be acknowledged and accepted . Although this may be true, we were all awakened lately by diversity and body acceptance. We are gradually redefining beauty in different angles which liberates from the pressure and whatever media dictates. There are a lot of influencers who support these beliefs and women in different shapes, sizes and colors were speaking up on how to be happy which needs to start with yourself.

                            To the women who are struggling to be happy , may you be guided and inspired by the different women who finally found the key to their happiness by starting to get to know themselves . Don't be afraid to be yourself and show them what you've got. We have done a lot of positive changes in this world and I do believe that we can do more.

                            The only concern that bothers a lot of women is the misogynistic views that still remains in the society.  Personally, living in a very conservative culture can be difficult for they have their own rules when it comes to what is acceptable or not. As long as you won't harm other people, no one has any right to stop you when it comes to expressing yourself and hinder your happiness. Do not shame women if they wear something off your standards, pear or apple shaped.Same thing goes for curvy or big women. We don't have any reason to hate skinny women because we are ALL BEAUTIFUL.We should still support Miss Universe, Plus Size blogs or any event that would showcase the talents of different women . We all have this campaign on embracing natural beauty but we don't have to hate women who loves to wear make-up, big women who loves to wear revealing clothes, their color preference whether they like loud and bold colors or neutral colors. We are free to have our own preferences and everyone has to RESPECT it.

                          We should all be proud in our achievements as women and these little things that I am sharing might enlighten you. Modern day filipinas are fighting for different advocacies but these little milestones in women empowerment could change the lives of struggling women around the world.

                          Let us give each other a chance. We might not agree about everything but we certainly have a choice to live in a peaceful and loving world. Happy International Women's day! Cheers to all the courageous women who are not afraid to show the world who they really are. Do not let other people stop you in your journey to self acceptance and happiness and may we all continue to inspire each other.

I would like to thank Plus Model Magazine for their repost feature Last November.

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others - Brene Brown 




                 I honestly believe that it is just normal to love ourselves but we can't avoid people who would rather make us  hate ourselves for being true and encourage self-rejection. We should never give up on the battle of accepting what we have and what we don't and then would we only achieve peace of mind. Their opinion shouldn't matter at all when it comes to loving who we really are.


Don't get so used to people who are telling you not to love yourself. Honor yourself and strive to better than who you are today.  #wings #nothighgaps #bodypositivity

                Thank you for sparing some of your time to read my post. To all the women around the world, congratulate yourselves for you are all a great work of art. #beproud

Summer is about to come, and I am more than excited to share some fashion and DIY ideas this year.
Please stay tuned for my future posts.


Loiselle

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Statement Jewelries: Le Victorieux Collection

                  It is the season of love and romance and I am more than excited to share my Le Victorieux Collection. We typically express ourselves through words and body language but this is quite different from the usual. Art is also an expression of love and that is the reason why this collection is all about passion, ambition, and mystery.  The entire collection is inspired by a different kind of new found love. It's exciting but injurious at the same time furthermore it dwells on a realist's point of view about love.


                 The Victorieux Collection is composed of pearls, different kinds of crystals and chains.

 Chained Constellation 


                   " How we loved star gazing at night" 
                This necklace is all about the love for gazing at the stars up above. It gives us a romantic connection between the world we are living in and the wishes that we whisper to the stars in the middle of the night.  

Beloved Choker



                   Beautiful things should belong to beautiful souls. If you have found someone whom you perceive as perfect with their imperfections then that is called one precious love. 

Vintage Captivation Bangle




                 Pearls are found deep in the ocean and crystals are considered precious. Inspired by unspoken precious love, I designed this bangle to express the devotion and adoration that every individual wants to find.


Anchored in Love



"Your love will keep me afloat but will remain an anchor in my soul"
Once you are captivated, there is no turning back, This necklace is made of assorted crystals. 


Smoky Quartz Bangle (quad)



                     Smoky quartz heals pain and establishes peace. It helps you row your past. As they say, the bravest thing you can do is love again. If it is worth the risk why not? Love is a beautiful thing and you should allow yourself to experience it.


GRATIA BANGLE


                   Inspired by grace, resilience and genuine love, I designed this bangle to mix elegance and simplicity. This work of art is made of smoky quartz, Russian beads and synthetic pearls.


For more information about my jewels check the following:
Facebook page: Statement Jewelries by Loiselle
Instagram: statement_jewelriesbylois
Email: curvystatements@gmail.com

The pictures are all mine.

Thank you for taking some of your time to check my art work.

❤️

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trend Report for 2017.

Welcoming 2017 is very exciting. As they say, we can start another chapter of our lives and for sure the fashionistas are looking forward on the trends that are coming this year. There are various designs that could take the place of your Kim K  inspired bodycon dresses and look book inspired silk dresses . If you have plans of decluttering your closet then check out the coming trends first before finally deciding what to keep and what to let go. Get ready to invest in some of the new pieces and ponder on what style you would prefer to sport this year.

STRIPES




Nautical dresses will be seen more in the runway and also in fast fashion stores. This time, it wont be limited to black, white and red. Striped garments like button downs will be bolder and brighter with different textures. Graphic prints will also be trendy so watch out especially for the sporty and preppy girls out there. Your favorite style is in this year.

FLORAL


Floral prints would make a fresh come back this year. It is one of the most favorite prints during summer spring and autumn that's the reason why it's exciting to play with different floral designs this coming spring and summer. Maxi skirts, long or short sleeved tops and jumpsuits in floral prints are welcome this year.

NEON


Eye catching bright neon garments will be back this year so if you are a fan of neutral or basic colors , maybe you would like to consider wearing neon colored tops or dresses like yellow or orange for a change.  You can check DKNY  and Jason Wu designs for you to have an idea on how to pull the look off.


RUFFLES


We encountered ruffled tops and skirts last year. This year, it will be voluminous. This design is oozing with femininity and class. If you have ruffled clothes in your closet then you can keep them for a while since ruffles are here to stay.

            WHITES


            White never goes out of style. Keeping a neat look will still be trendy this year from button downs, unique hemlines to shirt  dresses. It will be nice to include this on your work wear collection this year.

      

            SLOGAN SHIRTS


            Slogan shirts will replace logo shirts. Statement shirts would still be a favorite piece in street wear fashion.  You can match them with a pair of jeans or skirt that you like.  If you are too lazy to be chic, romantic and girly. You can still relax this year because activism is fashionable.

            ATHLUXURY



             From Athleisure it already matured into Athluxury. It is the matured athletic ready to wear fashion. You will see more structured skirts, trench coats matched with designer trainers. Sneakers are still going to be big this year. Clean and white rubber shoes will have to go low profile since printed and embellished rubber shoes will take its place. You can still use leggings and your midis so it means you can still keep them.

            SINGLE SHOULDER CUT OUT

           
            Shoulder exposure is still in this year. Say hello single shouldered and deconstructed tops and dresses. It might not be as romantic as cold shouldered garments last 2016 but it’s something new that we should try this year.

KHAKI




According to Steff Yotka of Vogue, khaki is the new jeans. Khaki pants and dresses will start to appear on your favorite blogger’s OOTDs so you might want to check this out soon. You can bid your sad goodbyes on your beige colored clothes since khaki will soon take its place. Little did we know that utilitarian material could be turned into chic pieces. You can check J crew and Carolina Herrera’s work for style ideas.

CROCS
 

The bulky footwear that we’ve been avoiding for sometime is back. According to Steff Yotka of Vogue, Crocs is the new Birks. Crocs will be designed and embellished. Check Christopher Kane’s Spring 2017 designs for you to check on how he brought crocs to life again. 

PLATFORMS


Elevated shoes are back! Soon, platforms will be every woman’s addiction just like how Stan Smiths invaded instagram OOTDs. It will be every fashionista’s footwear of choice. You might need to practice walking on them if you’re not used to wearing high heels.

MULES




Slip-ons have started to trend late last year and this year, it’s going to continue showing up on your Instagram feed. Local and international celebrities have been going gaga over their Gucci black mules. Have you started to look for one? Closed or open toed mules are one of the top footwear picks this year.



With all the different trends that were mentioned, you can now evaluate your closet. This year is going to be very exciting since all trends are flexible from girly, chic, classy, sporty and preppy. You can start experimenting on it if it's something new for you.  Always remember that you shouldn’t let the trend define your style. This will serve as your guide but your choices will still depend on what you think looks good on you and most importantly, choose pieces that you are comfortable with.  Enjoy your 2017 trend picks and start slaying.

Sources: Vogue.com, Elle.com and stylecaster.com
The Photos are not mine
Credits to Pinterest and to the owner of the photos. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Personalize your Havaianas

                           

                               Flip flops are one of the most basic footwear that we should have in our closet because of its comfortability and versatility. It is commonly used in the beach and during summer time but here in the Philippines, it's an all around foot wear.We usually go to the beach whenever the sun shows up so we can use our flip flops even if summer is already over. One of the well known and trusted brand of flip flops is Havaianas. It is durable and gives you the marshmallow like comfort. Aside from that, a lot of filipinos love to shop for a pair and even collect various designs and colors.

                               Knowing my taste and style, I am not so into any kind of flip flops but I do like comfortable and lightweight footwear so whenever I want to shop for a pair of durable and cute slippers, I'd go to the nearest Havaianas shop. Usually, my choices of wardrobe are too girly or more on skirts and classic smart casual side. Whenever I'm shifting from heels to flip flops, I always get this feeling that my substitute footwear of choice is wrong. Sad to say, I would just wear them in the beach and most of the time and it stays in my rack for stoarage. I pondered on how I can make my slippers pretty enough to sport it on any occassion and attire. I ended up with the concept of embellishing it with crystals. As a jewelry artist, embellishing shoes/ any footwear is not new to me but I am worried since I'm going to use thick beading wires, metal locks etc.  and it's rubber that we're talking about here not leather or plastic. Anyway, I'll never know until I try it and do the quality control analysis.


                               Materials Needed


1. Havaianas
2. Crystals (assorted)
3.Needle (Any size would do depending on the beading wire size but you can use the largest size available for hand sewing)
4.Beading wire (.45)
5. Glue gun
6. Glue stick

                                Skills Needed

1. Basic Sewing
2. Jewelry making /Designing


                               Procedure

1. Inspect the slippers. It should be in good condition meaning, it should be intact so it wont break when the needle will be used to sew wire and beads. Decide where and what part of the slipper you like to embellish.

2. Just like in jewelry designing, check the color combination of the stones that you like to use. Insert the beads in the beading wire according to your desired crystal/stone combination. You can use 2 strings/wire to make sure it wont easily break when the slipper gets wet or exposed to sun/heat. Put the lock in the end just like what we do in bracelets to keep it in place. Make sure its durable enough to withstand the friction/force applied in the foot area.

3. Apply the glue to the selected area of the slipper where  you like to ornament and immediately place the combination of crystals that you designed. To secure the crystals, use the needle. Insert the beading wire at the bottom hole of the needle and sew the beads in the rubber. Make sure you don't insert the needle in the edges of the rubber so it wont be easily destroyed. Aside from that, try to sew it in the thick parts of the slipper straps. Make sure to sew it properly for your design to last longer.

4. Put the metal locks and try to pull the crystals to test it's durability.


                                You can sew the beads one by one just make sure it looks alike on the other pair and you can manage to do it neatly but if not you can follow the steps mentioned above. If you like to use shells or quartz you are free to do so just learn how to secure them well and check if it doesn't affect the comfortability of the flip flops.
Sorry for my not so pretty feet

                                It has been months since I personalized my Havaianas and it is still in good condition. My slippers were exposed in salt water, rain and sunlight and so far it's as good as new. I do recommend Havaianas not only for withstanding water and sunlight but also its good quality of rubber considering I used thick beading wires and needles. Unleash your creative side in personalizing your slippers and for sure, you will be able to enjoy dressing up with your unique Havaianas in different weather conditions.

If you want your flip flops to be customized by yours truly, please contact me through my email address - curvystatements@gmail.com