The Reluctant Stylista

So I’ve been hinting about a fabulous giveaway some time ago, and this time, it’s sponsored by none other than SM and Parisian shoesRemember that Parisian pictorial party for the bloggers a few weeks back?  Some beauty, lifestyle and fashion bloggers were picked for a photoshoot wearing their favorite pair from the brand, and we all enjoyed the heck out of that day!  It’s definitely been our favorite event so far.

But we’re not the only ones who’s going to enjoy all these fabulous Parisian prizes.  If I get into the TOP #3, then 10 of my readers will also win gift certificates worth P2000 per winner (P1000 from Parisian and another P1000 from SM), too!  Basically, if I win, then 10 of my voters do, too.  I want to thank the people who has been helpful and supportive all the way, of course!

Now here’s what you need to do to qualify:

1) LIKE Parisian’s Facebook page.

2) GO to their Bloggers Pictorial application and vote for my photo (Alex Lapa of The Reluctant Stylista). You should see a confirmation of your vote after!

3) You can VOTE up to 3 times a day.


4) COMMENT below with your Facebook account name so I’ll know how and where to contact you if you win!

5) Winners will be chosen IF I win the contest. Right now, I still have to figure out how to track the number of times a registered user has voted, but if it can be done, I will base the winners on the frequency of their votes.


TAG or share to at least three friends to vote for The Reluctant Stylista as well, and I shall count each tagged name (max of 10) as an additional point for you, regardless of whether your friends voted for me or not.  Say if you tagged 3 friends, then I’ll add 3 points to your total.  I mean hey, if you’re going to spam someone else’s wall with my face so we can win, this is the least I can do, right? Tag me in Facebook so I can check!

* Contest open to Philippine residents only.
* Applicable only if my photo gets into the Top 3.
* Voting is up to April 28, 11:59pm.
* You can add me up in Facebook, but I can only really keep track of your entry if you comment in this blog post.

Alright, let’s win this thing!

Below are some of my outtakes from the shoot. We were told to dress up in our choice of summer attire, and as I am definitely an island girl to the core, I thought this outfit best illustrates my style. I love the beach (hence the bikini top) and I knew right away that I wanted to wear something Pinoy. The Aztec blazer and shorts are from Sabrina and the yellow and black beaded bib necklace is from Talitha & Iris, both proudly local.  Even the green ring was bought from Manila F.A.M.E International.

This is one of the rare times I went out wearing shorts in public. If you’re familiar with my regular outfit posts, you’ll know I don’t often do this, and I almost did go to the shoot in pants. I hate my scarred legs so I cover them up all the time. But the Aztec shorts were too nice not to match with the blazer so with the help of concealer and Sally Hansen air stockings, I did my best. (Even I could barely see my own scars, but this ritual is too tedious to do everyday! Face make-up already seems fussy to me, what more with legs??)

Alex Lapa for Parisian shoes and bag

Alex Lapa for Parisian shoes and bags

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Alex Lapa for Parisian shoes and bags

Alex Lapa for Parisian shoes and bags

My sadly limited array of talents includes doing jump shots in heels (even sliding down banisters in heels).  No one suggested it at the time of the shoot since it’s not really advisable to anyone who doesn’t want to risk a sprained ankle, but I did it anyway when we were shooting the video. The photo I ended up choosing for The Bloggers’ Challenge was one that looked like I was about to take flight, never mind that I actually forgot to look at the camera, haha.

So there you go!  Good luck to all of us, and I hope you liked the set.  During the shoot, someone commented that striking a sweet and ladylike pose (which they suggested to everyone else) wouldn’t do for me and they’re probably right. Knowing my tendency to be awkward in front of the camera, though, I personally think this is a big improvement.

Again, how to vote in visuals. Click on the images to go directly to the Facebook pages:

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