I always contemplate my life and I wonder about my future, thinking about where I'm going and planning how to get there. Some of you are perhaps thinking it's too early since I'm only 16 and I only have a few years left of my teenage years which I could make the most out of by going out and doing what other teens do these days.

But as a highly ambitious individual, I want to be more elaborate with my plans to get myself to where I want to in the future. And as an introvert with a creative mind, I'd rather follow my own path than follow the crowd ;)


Several months ago, I applied to an all girls school to study Fashion, Business and Media for A-levels next year because I just finished my GCSEs. As a shy person (particularly in new environments), of course I'm scared. Scared of not being able to make new friends. Scared of being lost in the huge facility of the school and not knowing where to go. Scared of being hurt. 

Ever since I moved here in the UK, I've stayed in the same class with the same people in the same school so I've never really experienced being the 'new girl'. I mean, I have joined several after school clubs like ballet and performing arts and such but I was always never alone. This time, I am.


I kind of forced myself to have this 'new beginning' - enrolling into a new school and making new friends to have a fresh start - so I can implement my socials skills; I didn't want to stay this awkward shut-in perceived as the weird quiet girl. Because I desire to enter the fashion industry, I would need to blossom in a social and reputable sense to be successful. And to do this, I would need to turn over a new leaf and start afresh.

I want to face my social fears with a 'can-do' attitude, my chin up, my back straightened and a smile on my face in preparation for the bigger world.

If you are like me, having a 'new beginning' then I'd like to say good luck. You probably have already faced 'new beginning' situations and have gone through it so I know you can make it through this time.

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ


In celebration of Filipino Pride in Great Britain, my family and I (including my best friend/cousin, Nina) attended the annual Barrio Fiesta 2016 in London! There, we had traditional Filipino food including Tapsilog, Adobo and since a heat wave had settled in the South East we had Halo Halo - a traditional Filipino cold dessert!





Of course, to show our pride in our nationality we had to get the Philippine flag painted on our faces!

There were also Tagalog songs and music performances from celebrities that flew here from the Philippines - such as Elmo Magdalona and Janella Salvador from the new hit teleseryes "Born for you", Robin Padilla, and famous actress Jodie Sta. Maria! There was also a performance by 4th Impact, the Filipino group who competed in Britain's got Talent last year but unfortunately we came at a later time and didn't get to see them D:





We had a lovely time and because of the nice, hot weather it really did feel like I was home :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ


Update

To lift the weights of drudgery, I decided it was best to stop the weekly newsletters. Multi tasking was just not my thing - it was difficult to write a post then log into my MailChimp and think of another article that's completely different but related at the same time to keep it exclusive for all my loyal readers/subscribers.

If you have submitted a poem for the competition, then I'm afraid it's cancelled :( So, I apologise if I've wasted your time. 


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Since I now have ended school and I have freedom, I decided to use my time to practice my skills in digital illustration. In the new update on 'Notes', you can now sketch and draw with the markers, pens and pencils. I experimented with all those tools, only using different shades of black and greys.

For some of these sketches, I used references but for the rest I just drew freestyle. Not only did I ventured with the tools and shades, but I also tried out several shapes, lines and even some calligraphy with the different tools. I might turn these into an actual project, turn it into prints perhaps and add into my portfolio but, I don't know. What do you guys think?









Some of these are a little messy, but just keep in mind that I'm only experimenting and these are all only rough sketches! Enjoy :D


Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

To celebrate our last moments together before going off to our different pathways, us Year 11's attended the annual Prom! Everyone looked extravagant in their fancy suits and beautiful dresses and gowns and we had the most amazing time in our life so far! Good food, good music and making good memories! I loved every moment of it.

Since it's prom and I wanted to look good (who wouldn't?), I decided to go full glam and got my hair and nails done professionally! Of course, I did my own makeup - I already spent a lot of money on the hair, nails and dress (£130!). The look I was going for is modern 1960s Hollywood glam - my makeup was a cut crease with a bold winged liner and red lips; I went for long, round and light pink nails to accentuate the daintiness of my fingers; soft curls swept back at one side; a two-piece black and red Sherri Hill dress with blue and gold platform heels (which you really can't see) and a red Nina West purse!


1960s glam meets Whitney Houston glam!
As you can see above, I'm wearing a black off-the-shoulder top paired with a rich, burgundy satin ball skirt - this gorgeous gown was inspired by Sherri Hill's design (one of my favourite designers) and it made me feel like a princess that night (someone even commented that I reminded them of Snow White?!)



Photo with squad. They all looked lovely!



Best friend and I - it's our last time together before she moves to the U.S!

These are just a few of the photos from that night! Unfortunately, I didn't take anymore because I was too busy having the time of my life and cherishing the moments!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend :D

x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

UPDATE

My dog, Brandy, was recently put down. To remember him and the happiness he brought to our family, I would like to dedicate this post to him. Rest in peace my angel.
2003 - 2016
In 2012, I created a blog that centred around Brandy - documenting his time with us through photos and videos and expressing our love for him. If you'd like, you can check it out here.

Since I'll be moving schools next year for Sixth Form, I decided to revive some old memories from my first year of GCSE Art. I've chosen two of my favourite designs: the stamp design for my Japanese Stamp project and my papier mache hidden mask painting on canvas from the Disguise project!



The red circle in the middle represents the giant red dot in the centre of the Japanese flag. The writing above translates to "escape to the city". The black outline in the background is the outline of Tokyo's skyline. The girl is my own representation of one of James Jean's work. Out of wonder, I'd like to know what your interpretations are for this piece and what you think the message behind it is! :D


Above is a mask papier mached on a canvas, painted black and white and collaged with petals and a flower in the eye. Again, what are your thoughts for this piece?

Let me know in the comments below or send it here!

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

Update

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After discovering MailChimp, I decided to give it a go! It may be extra work but I don't mind since I enjoy writing. You don't have to subscribe, but I would appreciate it if you did ᵔᴥᵔ

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