As soon as March entered, I felt nervous. I knew it was the start of my busy days. While most people are excitedly planning their summer getaways, I was busily ticking off the things that I needed to do. 😩 Because before my Brain Train duties, I still had Gymboree duties.
That’s why prior to March 18, I was MIA on social media and here on the blog. There was just so much to be done: just after our Baby Prom, we had an Open House (while our preschool coordinator had chicken pox!), and we were preparing for the moving-up/graduation of our preschool students! There were suppliers to be contacted, paperwork that needed to be finished, program and script that needed to be finalized…and I also took the role of videographer and video editor! WAAAHHHH!!!
Our moving-up was done in a cinema (because our peg was the Oscar’s), so we needed to maximize the cinema equipment. Thus the AVPs that I took upon myself to make. I am no techie, so each three-minute video took me approximately 3 hours to edit.
Because of that, ngarag talaga. A few days before our moving up, I still had no outfit.
Akalain mo ‘yun?!? 😂
But yes, that’s true. Adulting 101—responsibilities muna bago kaartehan. 😏
While I had clothes in my cabinet, the truth of the very bitter matter is that since I’m a stress-eater—and I was stressed—I gained even more weight beginning March! Ergo, the formal clothes/dresses in my closet already made me look like a human suman. 😣 That I can’t allow, because Gymboree Sta. Rosa is full of beautiful people! The teachers are all lovely, our students are all cute and pretty and handsome…and the mommies—my gosh! The Gymboree Sta. Rosa mommies are gorgeous fashionistas! 🤗 Moreover, I was also hosting the event (because every teacher already has her hands full). So yes, I owe it to this event (and to myself!) to look presentable. But then, I can’t spare any time to go shopping talaga.
Now the million dollar question is: How did I end up looking like this on our moving up day?
Friends, Roman, countrymen, readers and haters: pwedeng aminin natin na ang ganda ko rito? 😎 Or at least, ang posh ko?!? 🤡
So how?!? One word: online shopping! Ay, two words pala ‘yun. Hehe. My lovely, lovely dress on our moving up day is from @skylucksboutique. Remember? I have mentioned this online store before. I am so lucky I know the owner. I begged her to please bring me clothes from her collection using the following criteria:
- Must hide my imperfections (malaking braso, malaking legs, malaking tiyan…at maliit na you-know)
- Must be bongga yet elegant.
- Must be comfortable—I knew I wouldn’t be sitting pretty on our moving up, and I’ll be running errands and carrying stuff
- And the most important of them all: must be nakakapayat!
Along with many other gorgeous dresses, the Skylucks Boutique owner brought me this:
I didn’t like it at first, because it was TOO conservative.
Very Miss Minchin-esque, di ba?
Feeling ko ‘pag suot ko ‘yun, iisipin ng mga magulang uutusan ko ang mga anak nilang magbalat ng patatas. LOL. 😂
But when I tried it on, BOOM!
I knew it—this iz really iz really iz it!
- Must hide my imperfections – long sleeves, long skirt…CHECK!
- Must be bongga yet elegant – laced top, pleated skirt…CHECK!
- Must be comfortable – no worry about undies peeking…CHECK!
- And the most important of them all: must be nakakapayat! CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK!!!
And I didn’t feel Miss Minchin-esque when I trie it…I felt Kate Middleton-esque!
Lookie lookie how I channeled Kate Middleton (Kate Middleton na busog, harhar!):
Now here’s a closer look at my Kate Middleton-esque dress and Miss Minchin-esque hairstyle:
- black lace dress: Skylucks Boutique (aside from Instagram, Skylucks Boutique also has physical stores in Alabang Town Center and Eastwood. They’re worth checking out! Like this dress—had I not tried it on, I wouldn’t have realized how gorgeous this dress is!)
- chain bag: Jean Paul Gaultier
- white shoes (above): Aldo
- red & gold shoes (what I was wearing in my photo with Raviv & Randy): Parisian by SM
And yes, I did my own hair & make-up. I didn’t have time to book a HMUA or go to the salon because we were still rehearsing until a few hours before the program. I opted to put my hair up ala-Miss Minchin because:
- I might burn my face again if I curl it. Give up na ako sa curling iron!
- Since I knew I’ll be walking and running around, letting my hair loose isn’t a great idea. It’s just gonna get messy sooner or later.
- It was extremely easy to do. Look:
Take it from me, the Miss Minchin hairstyle was really easy to do!
The next time you have a formal event and you’re extremely busy, don’t panic: online stores and donut buns to the rescue! And yes, you can make a Miss Minchin-esque outfit become Kate Middleton-esque: thigh high slits lang sikreto! Hahaha!