The Reluctant Stylista

I was honored with an invite to the Parisian’s Bloggers Pictorial Party, which I attended last Saturday.  My personal weakness is shoes, so it was definitely a no-brainer for me to gleefully throw my lot in with the other fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers there.  I wanted to check out Parisian’s Summer 2012 collection in person, as I saw the lookbook and I was delighted with the new styles.  I love bright colors when it comes to shoes, though my wardrobe is predominantly dark.  It’s my shoes that usually provide that pop of color in an outfit.

As for the party, we were just going to doll up in summer attire and then take a couple of photos of the whole outfits.  Piece of cake, right?  Well, I’m not the most glamorous with poses (as you can see with my previous outfit posts, I mess in front of the camera or I’m just plain awkward), but I figured that the people behind this event should have seen my blog ahead of time and didn’t mind what they saw.

Here are some behind the scenes photos of myself and other bloggers enjoying last Saturday.  This is probably my favorite event so far this year, but like I said, it’s a whole different game when it involves shoes so I might be biased.  Sorry if some of the photos are purplish–I refused to use my built-in flash because I hate them in general.  I probably need to invest in some nice omni-bounce or something soon. The lights in the area were in turns blue, pink and purple, hence tese photos.

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

I was slouching a little, wasn’t I? It’s hard to keep a straight back when you feel like your strapless bra is slipping off >_<  I brought one outfit with me to change into once the photoshoot would start, but I wore this outfit as a backup since I think it still falls under the category of “summery”.

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

With pretty and fashionable bloggers

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Trying on my first pair for the shoot. I ultimately decided on the yellow  heels, which was easily my first pick even before the actual shoot.  I noticed I gravitate towards vibrant colors in shoes, particularly yellow and aqua.

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Reg of HeyRocketGirl

Bobby Carlos of Make-up Forever

Bobby Carlos of Max Factor

Bobby Carlos of Make-up Forever

The master in action

Bobby Carlos of Make-up Forever

I was thrilled that I had my make-up done by THE Bobby Carlos.  I was also glad that he remembered I blogged about him once, around 2 years ago when I was just starting out, during a shoot with Kelly Misa and Luis Espiritu.  He was amiable and chatty, not exactly what I expected from someone who’s been there since morning and must have been working non-stop, plus, he’s a pretty big deal. It’s so refreshing to meet talented people like him who don’t act like a diva. (Like some bigshot MUA I know, but moving on…)

JL of Glitterati and Only the Marvelous

JL of Glitterati and Only the Marvelous with the Parisian team. I remember I used to follow her on Chictopia before I became inactive there.  Btw, notice how really chic everyone in there was?  The Parisian team was so well-dressed, I was thankful that I was at least passably fashionable that day or they might’ve felt like they made a mistake in inviting me, haha.

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Surprise, surprise! In addition to the shoes, we could also select a bag to add to our look for the shoot

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

I nearly went for that blue wedge pair with the neat print, but I hadn’t decided yet on what I was wearing so I went for choices that I thought were safe with my usual sartorial choices (like yes, the yellow high heels).

Jheng Baluyot of IamBrigette.com

Hi Jheng!

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

I have a shoe twin: Naomi

with Melai Entuna

With Melai

with Melai Entuna

I changed my outfit in time for the shoot.

// Aztec blazer and shorts from Sabrina (I decided to wear them together at the last minute)
// Beaded bib becklace (which was love at first sight) from Talitha and Iris. I’m pestering her to get more of this, and she said she’s planning to sell them soon, so I’ll update you right away when they’re available.
//Bikini top from Tomato (I bought it yeaaaars ago, back in college)
// Assorted bangles from Forever21 and some were a gift from my cousin
// Shoes, of course from Parisian!
// Hair and Make-up by Max Factor
// Nails by Beauty and Butter

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

With JL, Reg and Melai

Joanna Ladrido

JL’s full outfit

Lissa Kahayon

Lissa Kahayon. I’ve seen her several times at blogger events, but this was the first time I talked to her.

Stacy of The Plump Pinay

Stacy of The Plump Pinay. She’s gorgeous, and that hair! I’m envious. I could never look that way with red hair.

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Reggie’s turn in front of the camera

Parisian Bloggers Pictorial Party

Niko Villegas

Master lensman, Niko Villegas

So there you go.  Pretty soon, I’ll be posting photos taken during the shoot.  There’s also a Facebook contest for us bloggers who participated there for most number of likes of our chosen photos.  The winner gets fab prizes from Parisian, of course, plus 10 of her followers, too!  Watch out for it. :)

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