Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Artist Portfolio: Dani, Celeste, Macky

Portfolio-making is one of SighStyles activities to highlight its advocacy of promoting talents of artists from models, photographers, hair and make-up artists, fashion designers, fashion accessory designer, and fashion stylists like me.  If you have been following this blog, I have helped and may have encouraged others to do more for their talents.  I have worked with enthusiasts, who at the same time want to be profound with their field of interest and was also able to collaborate with professionals. I devote this post to these individuals who have inspired me in one way or another to keep rolling, to sustain the drive and to remain motivated to be more better than what is present.

I am blessed to be in a circle of co-workers who have similar passion with me - the arts.  Although, we have distinct propensities, but the denominator is still for the love of art.  

Hair and Make-up Artist

Her name may sound familiar as she seems to be a resident HMUA for SighStyles.  Yes, we have collaborated several times. When I started venturing into fashion styling 2 years ago, Dani was the HMUA. She was also at that time giving herself a try to the art of make-up and hair styling.  See our first adventures which I called Almost Vintage Luxe - HERE.
I am very meticulous when it comes to my personal make-up.  I know how to put the basics on my face but when it comes to special events or parties, I need another creative hands to prettify me at least. Honestly, Dani is currently the only make-up artist that I entrust my face to when it comes to putting on make-up and styling my hair for company events.
Dani is also a make-up blogger, you can check out HERE to see her amazing blog posts.  If you are looking for a Hair and Make-up Artist, you can email me at and I will connect you to Dani.  You can also click on her name to link to her facebook account.

Dani is wearing clothes from cyEcle, styled by SighStlyes and hair and make-up by Macky Caguyong.

Fashion Accessory Designer
Celeste has started her own fashion accessory online shop in Facebook which she branded it as FAB'LES (for Fabulous).  She is the sole designer of her fashion accessory line.  What is more awe-inspiring, is that all of her accessories are hand-crafted by herself alone. Celeste have also designed and made accessories for some of SighStyles photo shoot. 
Do visit her shop in facebook HERE to shop her amazing pieces.
 Celeste is also interested in fashion design, so she enrolled in dress-making classes.  During our 2012 Christmas party presentation contest, she have sewn one of our costumes, and of course it was very well-done. For sure, those lovely, cute tutu skirts that she made, have highly contributed to our victory that night.  We won first place. :)
Purple is Celeste's favorite color, so I asked her if she has a purple dress.  In this photo shoot, Celeste is wearing her own dress,  styled by SighStyles and hair and make-up by Macky Caguyong.

Hair and Make-up Artist
Macky is the artistic hands behind the beautiful faces of these portfolio photos.  He is the first male HMUA that I have worked with.  
Macky is the HMUA for my feature on Sunstar last May 2, 2014 issue.  See it HERE.  It was our first collaboration.
As you can see, Macky is also a SHE.  In this shoot, he grabbed one of cyEcle's dresses and donned it, put on a motley of accessories from SighStyles and styled it himself.  Make-up and hair by himself. For inquiries on Macky's HMUA services, email me at and I will certainly connect you to him or you can go directly to his facebook account HERE.

Creative Direction and Photography by

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sigh Styles Concept for Sunstar: Black & White for S/S 2014

The world was created round and filled with bright, lively colors and ephemeral shades and tints. But as they say, like repels like and the opposites attract. The intensity of the contrast is all that really counts.  SighStyles  again, is featured in Sunstar - Shopping Bag section entitled: OPPOSITES ATTRACT, highlighting the eternal black and white color cocktail.

I have always been head over heels with black and white, so much so, that I wanted to share my personal favorite to the fashion-savvy audience.  I know for one that with my sporadic contribution in Sunstar will be one great avenue to express my paramount fondness of this B&W palette.  .
I have a number of late-night sleeps in pursuing this black and white concept for the local newspaper.  It started in the later months of last year.  While I was browsing over for the fall /winter trends, I was the happiest when Black and White was one of the trends of the seasons.  So the planning happened instantly.  Getting an approval was not considered then a hindrance since I was confident that I would get a yes, again.  And, as expected, a Yes was received.  Wardrobe was not a problem at all since my closet is filled with black and white clothing.  Now, the who's who and the where and when, came drifting.  

The next six photos below made it on print.  This is my first, photo shoot that covered a number of locations and almost a month in search for the right locales and perfect timing.

The first two photos below were shot in Bangkok, Thailand.  Left - at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre and one the Right - at Wat Pho Temple.  I intended the background to be colorful, to play contrast with the achromatic outfit. The next set of photos were snapped in SRP.  It was such a windy afternoon, so we ended the shoot shortly after two outfit changes since rain drops begun to fall. The greenery did amazingly help popped the color combo beautifully.

This photo was taken in another location at Naga, Cebu.  

And this again is another locale. We hopped on another island, in Lapu-Lapu City.

The clothes in this feature  are available at cyEcle.
 BLACK + WHITE collection is a parcel of cyEcle's recent re-launch online.
Explore the hand-picked BLACK and WHITE collection at cyEcle.
BLACK and WHITE is a perpetual classic trend in fashion and seems to be a merge of androgyny and simplicity. Despite being basic, there's nothing more chic than it, would you agree?
Not only is BLACK and WHITE super easy to style, but it gives you that understated guarantee to make you look instantly stylish and irresistibly dashing.
In the contrary, do you think this monochromatic combo stands for boring? I highly disagree.  If this palette is worn intelligently, you would look voguish and will exude an undeniable elegance and fashionable grace.
This photo was taken at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. See more photos of BACC here and here.
This photo was taken at Wat Arun Temple.  See more photos of Wat Arun here.

If you are not a fan of black and white, I guess it is high time now to challenge yourself and put on that yin-yang pieces. Stand out and there's no harm to think Parisian chic.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sigh Styles Concept for Sunstar: Botanical Print for S/S 2014

There is no Spring season here in the Philippines, but Summer? Yes, we do have it!  Fashion-wise the two seasons: Spring/Summer do go together.  I was at the verge of conceptualizing and reviving cyEcle - my 2011 online shop via blogspot then.  But this time, I needed a more dynamic and hyper-shopper type of audience.  So I re-launched that online clothing shop thru OLX.Ph (familiar with it?), and for the first time I also learned how to create a page in facebook.  With my on and off contributions with Sunstar newspaper, which may have possibly gathered more audience for the re-launch, I suggested a fashion trend -BOTANICAL PRINT - that best fit for Spring-Summer seasons and did receive instant approval for another feature.  

Sunstar is always entitled to create its own interpretation of the trend.  The feature was out on May 2, 2014 still at Shopping Bag section of the newspaper.  
It was entitled PICK FLOWERS, in time for the month of May, the month of Flores de Mayo, where flowers are brought by children and teens to Church to be offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The next 4 photos made it on print.

cyEcle houses a melange of vintage and contemporary clothing, not to mention a motley of chic styles and prints, which always include prints that we have learned from our botany class: the FLORALS.
I named the first collection of cyEcle's re-launch: 
IN FULL BLOOM, where botanical prints - from tropicals to florals - are showcased.

I am very thankful for my uber supportive officemates who graced the photo shoot as my models.  They all modeled like a pro. Thanks a lot to Emely, Dani, Celeste and Jerly. And to Macky, who generously shared his artistic talents in make-up and hair styling.

 If you want to shop for this collection do visit cyEcle page or this link here.

Fashion Styling: Sigh Styles
Hair and Make-up: Macky Caguyong 
Photography: Sigh Captures
Models for this Photo Shoot: 
Emely Yukoya, Dani Alcedera, Celeste Pineda, Jerly Colongon

Clothes: cyEcle @
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