Archive for January, 2010
Web Design: Bedazz!
Posted on: 26th of January 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Geek Talk

It has been over ten years since my first love affair with web design. The first few years of that decade was spent enthusiastically designing different layouts for personal websites and blogs I maintained all over the internet. However, the last half saw very little creative juices output on my my part, not necessarily due to the lack of spark plug juices (although, I did seem to run out of ideas for a while), but more of the fact that I had become more active in my offline life.

I enjoy spending more time in “the real world” but every once in a while, I do miss sitting in front of the monitor wracking my brain for hours until I came up with layouts to suit my liking.

Since my sister was planning to launch a Multiply site for her very own set of makeup brushes, Bedazz, I took the opportunity and volunteered to help her design the whole site from start to finish.

I quickly staged a late-night photo shoot, with my sister as the model. Our very own living room was turned into a makeshift studio, with one of our table lamps used as soft lighting.

My sister posing with one of her brushes.

We then had a quick product shoot the following afternoon in our garage, using the sun’s natural light.

Bedazz Stippling Brush

And with all the graphics and images ready, I spent several hours designing and fiddling with template codes.

The outcome?

A simple Black and White layout with just a few embellishments here and there.

Bedazz Header.

I took more time tweaking with codes than in designing the actual layout. My knowledge and skill in HTML and CSS has decided to fail me. Well I’m not really surprised, considering that it has in fact been years since I last fiddled around with code. =P

Anyway, do check out the multiply site. :)

Bedazz currently has three makeup brushes in its line, with several others in the testing stage. I’m not being biased, but the brushes are really nice! Mix good quality with affordable prices (only Php700 or around USD14 for a full-sized stippling brush!), it sure is a great deal!

The Most Beautiful Surprise
Posted on: 14th of January 2010 | Under: Life & Love

As mentioned in my previous post, we greeted 2010 with quite a bang. There were no firecrackers, fireworks or loud music involved, but one very special surprise that came in the form of a ring. Yes, that’s right! JR officially proposed! :)

Please excuse my double jointed fingers! =P

Him officially proposing didn’t really come as a surprise (we have been talking and planning about marriage for quite a while now), but his choice of timing was truly unexpected. Tired from a whole day of activities, I had already changed into my nighties and was ready to climb into bed when he suddenly pulled out the ring from his pocket and got down on one knee.

As a hopeless romantic, I have dreamed about the perfect proposal over a thousand times. I was convinced that the best was one that was perfectly planned and orchestrated with elaborate details involved; think flowers, fireworks and a bottle of champagne, or the beach, sunsets and messages written on sand. JR‘s proposal did not have any of those, but it was at that exact moment when I realized that fancy elements weren’t necessary to make the moment extra special and memorable. The only detail I needed was him. :)

Our engagement was simple with no flashy fanfare, just as our love is effortless and straightforward. <3 I was, and still am, overwhelmed with happiness. It’s the same type of happy-giddy feeling that I felt over six years ago when we officially became a couple. :)

I’m also now one of those women who just can’t stop looking down at the pretty reminder on her finger. =P

It’s truly the best material gift (more than clothes, makeup or techy netbooks) any girl can ask for!

And because I refused to be photographed in my nightgown, we were only able to have our photo taken as a “newly engaged couple” at a friend’s wedding the following day.

Photo courtesy of Jaypee.

We’ve planned to have our ROM (Registration of Marriage) in Singapore mid next month, and our church wedding February of next year, so we definitely have a lot to look forward to. :)

I’ve had the most beautiful start of the year, but I know the best is yet to come. :)

Ending 2009
Posted on: 11th of January 2010 | Under: Life & Love

The last month of 2009 was a whirlwind of events filled with happy memories. Being back in Manila meant having more time to spend with family and friends, and that’s exactly what I did. From reunions, dinners, parties to simple meals at home.

I tend to take less photos when I’m having too much fun, but here’s a few that I did manage to take from different events:

Impromptu night out with friends, followed by an intimate pre-Christmas dinner two weeks after. :)

Eggzmas party the day after JR arrived from Singapore. We missed last year’s party, so we made sure we could make it this year. :) Photo courtesy of Jaypee.

Mass, dinner, gift-giving and our yearly family photo on the eve of Christmas. <3

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