Valentine’s Day is coming fast, have you sorted your date night (or lack thereof)?
How I wish I was in Paris, strolling towards Tour Eiffel, sun’s out but the air is crisp and cold, carrying a bouquet of pink peonies and white roses, listening to La Vie En Rose, maybe a couple (or ten) of Ladurée pistachio macaroons in my bag. Of course, all these with the love of my life. But alas, I’m in sunny Cebu and my other half’s in snowy West Yorkshire. So I’ll settle down with a cozy night in, watching Westworld.
However, I managed to live out my romantic Parisian dream by dressing up like une Parisienne and visiting the town’s very own French-inspired café.
When I think of dressing up for Paris, I always imagine myself in black & white stripes, a tulle skirt and red shoes. Except, we’re dressing up romantically and not as a stereotypical tourist, so let’s ditch the stripes and red shoes but keep the tulle skirt. I had this custom made for me by the lovely House of Tutu and Hairbows when I couldn’t find maxi ones in shops. Yet, if you fancy a midi tulle skirt, I saw some in Zara and Bershka.
But that’s not where it started. I first met this gorgeous bodysuit and couldn’t help but try it on. Velvet, lace and the shade of pink that I so crave, it is the perfect combination of charm and elegance. I, then, knew what I wanted to do with it and started coming up with this concept. I had to pair it with a skirt that exudes the same charm and elegance, my answer to that is tulle with a silk waistband.
Initially, I couldn’t come up with what footwear to put on so I thought, why not go barefoot and have a shoot inspired by this, this and this. I guess the fashion gods didn’t like that, so they presented this unique beaut when I was hunting for block heels. Burgundy suede up front and dark plum animal patent leather at the back, now, how can I ever resist that?
As for the hair, I want it messy but the perfectly imperfect kind. Something like Kylie Versoza’s and Pia Wurtzbach’s. But since I’m no hairstylist, I settled with a low bun and braided one side with a few messy strands near the ear. Along with the perfectly messy look, I didn’t want to look too made up, so I only had Fleur de Force’s Fully Fleur lashes and MAC lip pencil in Soar to keep it natural yet prepared.
Tada! That’s velvet, lace, tulle, suede and patent leather. If that ain’t a fabric party, I don’t know what is! My thought process made it sound impeccable, but the job isn’t done until the execution.
You’ll be the judge of that and here it is…
Now, tell me, how was my execution? Would you don this for a romantic dinner?
Pull & Bear velvet bodysuit, House of Tutu and Hairbow maxi tulle skirt, Primark black box clutch, Christian Serrano for Payless suede and patent leather block heels.