8/52: Our little princesses

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 8.

52 Week Project

8/52: Dawn & Rain

8/52: Dawn & Rain

8/52: Dawn & Rain

8/52: Dawn & Rain

8/52: Dawn & Rain

8/52: Dawn & Rain

Dawn & Rain: Can you guess which Disney princesses they are? Clue: One is the fairest of them all, and one has a long, magical hair.

Photo credits: Lola Amy for their pretty dresses all the way from New York; sugar rush from Kuya Isaac’s candy buffet earlier that day; and their Daddy who never runs out of ways to make them laugh.

You’re growing too fast, little ones. Slow down!

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.

Recently: Recovering from the flu

I’ve been down with the flu the past week. It was horrible. To start with, I can’t remember coughing as much and as hard in my life! It was painful, and I was sleepless for days. On top of the on-and-off fever, the headaches, and the horrible coughing, I was so worried about transmitting my virus to the twins. So I subjected myself to a pseudo-quarantine, sleeping in the couch for 4 consecutive nights to lessen my exposure with them.

Fever, headaches, incessant coughing, lack of sleep, a hospital trip and a blood test, plus muscle pains (and lonely nights!) from sleeping in the couch.. I’m just grateful that it’s over now.

Last week, I held on to this verse like a lifeline:

God is the strength of my heart

It may have been the worst week ever, but it’s times like this that you get a better appreciation of things you otherwise take for granted, like good health, and a husband who takes care of you, and antibodies that protect your babies from viruses, and back rubs, and lemon juice, and cough syrup.

Last week probably holds the record also for being the longest time I was away from my laptop and my iphone. Everyone who knows me can attest to me being glued to my laptop most times, but last week, my head would feel like it was going to explode every time I tried to sit down in front of my desk. My eyes just couldn’t stand the sight of a bright computer screen.

I’m so blessed (again, things that normally get taken for granted) to have a super understanding boss, and the most understanding of colleagues and clients, for letting me get away with missed deadlines last week. I promise to catch up on work this week, y’all.

One other thing I realized this week is how low my resistance is to viruses. Everyone else in this house managed to fight the virus, including my husband who took care of me the whole time, and the twins who are supposedly more susceptible to viruses than I am. The realization makes me want to be better at staying healthy and taking care of my body, and resting when I need to rest. Some lessons had to be learned the hard way.

Finally, it’s times when you find yourself at the end of your strength that you feel God’s strength take over. It’s a humbling experience, to be rendered weak when you’ve always thought you’re strong.

Whatever situation you are right now, whether you’re physically sick or emotionally weak, always remember that our strength can only take us so far, but God’s strength is eternal and powerful. We only have to hold on to Him.

7/52: Everyday is Valentines Day

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 5.

52 Week Project

7/52: Dawn & Rain

7/52: Dawn & Rain

7/52: Dawn

7/52: Rain

Dawn & Rain: Loved these heart-shaped balloons we bought from a street vendor on Valentines Day.
Dawn: Marched around the house holding her balloon the whole night, squealing in delight.
Rain: Liked her balloon too, but she seemed to like to spend time with her Daddy more. #myheart

It’s been a month since these photographs were taken, please bear with me on this dated Valentines post. I remember receiving flowers from D that day, and cooking dinner for him, and getting out of the house to run errands together, and then chancing upon a street vendor who was selling heart-shaped balloons.

I guess you can say that it was uneventful by traditional standards. But I realize now, when you’re older (or when you have kids), that V-day is just another day, and you can make any day Valentines Day anyway. Just like now, when I suddenly thought about posting these photographs. :)

At the risk of sounding like a bad Hallmark card, everyday is Valentines Day in this house!

7/52: Dawn

Dawn’s captured moments could totally pass off as stock photos don’t you think?

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.

You only get to be a bride once

Throwback! On the eve of our wedding, I was absolutely sure that I would look like the most haggard bride ever. I was sleepless for weeks, my eyebags were the size of a half-moon, and I was worried about too many things. But then our wedding day came, and I never felt more beautiful.

I’m sure it’s a combination of things that made me feel beautiful that day—the love that surrounded me, the relief that the day I waited for my whole life has finally come, the affirmation that God makes things beautiful in His time.

But of course a huge part of my *ehem* bridal beauty was because of my Ate Imy‘s mad make-up skillz.

Makeup by Imelyn - Before & After

Our Wedding - Makeup by Imelyn

Our Wedding - Makeup by Imelyn

#nofilter, #nopostprocessing, only #makeupbyimelyn, yo!

Me? Vainly and shamelessly posting photos of myself like this? You know this rarely happens. In fact, Ate Imy insisted on including my picture in her portfolio of beautiful brides—the one that takes up the walls of her booth on bridal fairs—but I feel too shy (and undeserving!) to have my face up there.

I realized, however, that I owe it to her to take pride in the beauty that she managed to bring out in the mess that was me, on my wedding day. So this post is for her, for being the best sister ever, and the greatest make-up artist there is.

Dear future brides

My advice for you is this: get a really good make-up artist for your wedding day. Someone who will make you look beautiful without making you look like someone else. You will feel haggard and stressed out on the days leading to your wedding, and there are make-up artists out there who will hide your beauty in layers of make-up, making you look different and not like yourself.

You don’t want to look at your wedding pictures later and wonder who on earth that girl is. You want to be beautiful, but most especially you want to be you. And may I recommend to you Imelyn Sanchez Makeup Artistry. Her style is elegant, and natural, and very classy. Trust me, she’s really good.

She will have a booth setup at SMX Convention Center for the annual Themes & Motifs Bridal Fair this March 8 and 9, 2014. Come visit, and avail of her generous discounts. And tell her you found her because of my blog—that will really make her smile. :)

Read also:

Imelyn Sanchez Make-up Artistry 2014

Growing up with two brothers, I’ve always wished I had a sister, someone I could share clothes with, borrow makeup from, girl-talk with, laugh with. I was way into my 20s when God granted that little wish, when Ate Imelyn married my brother. This is not the first time I’m blogging about what a blessing and an answered prayer Ate has been to my family, and it’s definitely not the last time I’m going to brag about her (and her make-up business) in this space.

She truly is a gift, and I’m so proud of her.

Over the past weekend Ate Imy joined the annual Weddings and Debuts Fair at the Megatrade Hall, and of course my husband and I dropped by to support.

Imelyn Sanchez Makeup Artistry

Imelyn Sanchez Makeup Artistry

Imelyn Sanchez Makeup Artistry

Photographs in Ate Imy’s booth: (1) The make-up goddess, (2) With my brother and our not-so-little-anymore baby Isaac, (3) and with me and my husband.

She will also be at the Themes & Motifs Bridal Fair this weekend, March 8 and 9, at the SMX Convention Center. Drop by! She gives big discounts during bridal fairs! :)

Imelyn Sanchez Make-up Artistry’s new Logo & Branding

In preparation for these events, we’ve been working on re-branding Imelyn Sanchez Make-up Artistry for the past month.

Blush, Bronze, Pink
Design work like this doesn’t feel like work at all, not only because I’m doing it for my sister, but also because I love love love being able to put together pretty make-up colors!

This is our final brand board:

Imelyn Sanchez brandboard 2014

Imelyn Sanchez Business Cards and Brochures

I needed a lot of illustrator help from my husband to digitize the hand-drawn logo I made, and once again I swoon over how he makes me better at what I do, and how we can make greater things together. :) Team work, aja!

Her new branding in action.

Make-up by Imelyn

Make-up by Imelyn Brochures


 

Chasing Dreams - Creatives I offer web, logo, and events branding for creative people who dig dreamy and minimalist designs. Feel free to message me if you like what you see. Let’s create something beautiful!

6/52: There’s something about boxes

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 6.

52 Week Project

6/52: Dawn & Rain

6/52: Dawn & Rain

6/52: Dawn & Rain

6/52: Rain

6/52: Dawn

This is where the twins decided to camp out while watching Veggie Tales one morning. Sometimes, this is also where they play, or have their snacks, or just hang out. I have yet to see any of them sleep in that box, though. When that happens, you bet there will be lots and lots of pictures!

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.

5/52: Sundays are fundays

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014. Week 5.

52 Week Project

5/52: Dawn & Rain

5/52: Dawn & Rain

Dawn: Is the twin who’s always munching on food. “A foodie”, is what her Daddy calls her.
Rain: Is the twin who likes making facial expressions and smiling in front of the camera.
Dawn & Rain: Are like two opposite ends of a pole, and we love how different they are and yet similar in so many ways.

It was a Sunday afternoon when these photos were taken, and we just got home from church. I love taking pictures of them on Sundays because of two things: (1) They’re wearing their Sunday best (you gotta love dressing up twins!), and (2) I love keeping remembrances of Sundays, specially when they’re spent the way they should be—with family.

D and I took turns taking photos with the twins, and I love love love these moments he captured. Priceless!

5/52: Rain ith Mommy

5/52: Dawn with Mommy

It’s so hard to pick which photos to share! Needless to say, there are more versions of these where they came from:

5/52: Dawn, Rain and Mommy

5/52: Dawn, Rain and Mommy

5/52: Dawn, Rain and Mommy

Of course, the ones with their Daddy are filled with tickles and laughter. #myheart! Reminds me of this post, and ohmy, how they’ve grown!

552-dawnrain-daddy

5/52: Dawn & Rain

Also, I can’t help but add, I’m crazyyyy about these photographs of Rain:

5/52: Rain

Told you she’s the twin who likes making faces. :)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here. Linking up with Jodi.

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