My Saturdate with Family



Life had been at a standstill these past months, with the death of an uncle and sad news about my grandfather’s health. I promised myself to spend more time with family, however a couple of weekends had come and gone and I find myself staying within my routine of bumming around the house, occasionally dabbling in art. When my grandmother calls to ask if I will visit, I feel so guilty to decline because I wanted to sleep a few more hours (they live in Manila which means we need to live around 6:30 in the morning to avoid traffic). I haven’t been a dutiful granddaughter, and it eats me up. So when my mom abruptly woke me this morning and insisted that I go with them to visit – I secretly said a prayer of thanks. I enjoyed the short visit and breakfast at President’s! The dimsums are delicious plus the smiles on the faces of my grandparents are priceless. Here’s to hoping for more breakfast with the grandparents (Mom wake me up!)!

Afterwards it’s the usual Saturday gig, hanging out in Alabang Town Center with Mom and running errands. We were in a good mood (which led to all diet plans thrown out the window) and when Mom invited me for cupcakes I immediately said “SURE my treat”! I guess there’s another time for my diet, as Mom’s happiness comes first. I have to get back to my habit of reading, so I bought a YA book to add to my collection (when will I transition to adult books?). And still waiting for the paperback version of Skin Games… any recommendations of mystery and magic books like Dresden Files?

I am getting my groove back in blogging, instead of lazily posting artworks from Instagram. There will also be some modifications on how I post so expect more design and typography in my future posts! I’m starting to set up a hosted website and so I want to know – Tumblr or WordPress? Or both?

Have a great Saturday readers! :)


Scribbler Workshop in Alabang!

If you follow me in IG (@carlacochua) you will know that I have started working on my lettering. Though it is far from an expert taste, I find that writing beautiful quotes in beautiful handwritten scripts to be very therapeutic. So expect my post in this blog to have a new kind of entry!

Ink scribbler is one of those blogs I follow that is super inspiring. I have wanted to attend a workshop for the longest time (my goal is learn one new thing every year) but they are normally held in hard to reach places (QC! Pasig!). Finally, my wish has come true with a workshop happening at Alabang. I have already signed up! See you there!

For more information on Ink scribbler’s workshop, check out their workshop announcements.


I Knew You Were Trouble

Payday plus weekend plus a trip to the mall usually equates to trouble. Though I try to deny it for many years, I have come to a conclusion that I love spending. Spending on beauty products, clothing, whatnots then try my best to justify why I bought what I bought. I buy then feel guilty afterwards. I hate myself for it, but I tell myself to chill and enjoy my life, and buy that pair of shoes!!!

Sometimes after a hard days work, I go home and just don’t feel up to it to draw anything sensible. Surfing fashion blogs and reading about other people’s eventful week made me want to have that kind of life too. Even the clothes they wear and opportunities that come their way. It made me realize that the more I read those blogs, the more I crave for new stuff. I don’t blame the bloggers whose life are (or appears to be) awesome. It is their job to make products look enticing and make you want to BUY THEM RIGHT THEN. It doesn’t help that you are also bored in the office and you tend to dream about what if? your life is like theirs?

I have a confession to make – I bought 2 pairs of pants yesterday. I don’t need it but the fit was PERFECT and the colors are PRETTY. And I can use it in the office (my number one justification these days) so…I am blogging to get this guilty feeling off my chest. I had 15% off when I bought it!!! It was a bargain!

Maldita has a nice collection of crisp and chic-looking clothes. I bought my pretty white and pink dress there and it was so pretty I didn’t want to wear it to the office. Hahaha! That reminds me that I should go and wear it, no party is going to come my way anyway. Taylor Swift has been parading New York in drool worthy clothes and I bought yellow-mustardish pants because I saw her rocking one. I didn’t even realize this until when I got home. -____- The drawing above was done 2-3 nights ago and I super enjoyed painting the color-blocking of her clothes. Definitely more Taylor Swift outfit in the future!

Seems like it is about to rain again and I have to go do some errands with my mom so it means another trip to the mall. I will exercise the utmost discipline today – AJA! I also need to go on some sort of detox because I’ve been consuming sugary drinks like crazy these days. I swear the weighing scale was sneering when I stood on it. Blame it on stress and lack of sleep. Here’s a very inspiring read for those who, like me, work a day job but whose passion lies elsewhere. Let’s get working towards what really makes us happy!



Orange Makeup Tutorial

The photo above is viewed from left to right, top to bottom. The instructions are written below my not-so-short intro as to why this makeup tutorial came about…you can skip it but I hope you read it. :)

It’s weekend again and it means one blog post for the week – yey! I made a brown eye makeup tutorial last year and I’ve been wanting to make a new one. But I am no make-up guru and my face cannot take a lot of makeup (huhuhu) so I had to scour the Internet for fun and interesting makeup tutorials. That is why you won’t find me posting makeup tutorials using my own face because it will scare all my readers away nyahahaha! Since pretty much my entire face it sensitive, I want to play with eye and lip makeup. It is the safe zone for me.

Since it was summer not too long ago for many of you and my country is perpetually summer, this makeup tutorial from Emoda caught my eye. And Ena Matsumoto is just so pretty so if you like Japanese stuff like Emoda go and follow her! I am usually adverse to something as flashy as orange but I tried orange lipstick once at the mall (when no one was looking) and I must say – it brightened up my face! So yeah I have one orange lippy that I plan to incorporate together with this eye makeup tutorial.

The original tutorial is in Japanese but I tried to list down the instructions based on the drawing and also tell you which product Ena used to achieve her perfect summer orange look.

1. On your eyebrows, apply brown eyebrow power.

2. Then using a brown eyebrow pencil, fill out your eyebrows using light strokes.

3. Using a brush, apply a little bit of orange eyebrow base on your brows. Remember just a bit as we don’t want to look like you have orange brows. If you are unsure about this, just skip it.

4. Apply eye color base on your eyelids.

5. Apply eye shadow on your eyelids – the tutorial used Emoda’s Dolce eyeshadow color.

6. Using an eyeliner pencil, draw a thin line on the upper lash of your eye.\

7. Then using a liquid eyeliner, make the line even thicker and winging it at the end.

8. Curl your lashes and put your eyelash curler base first. Emoda’s Lash Curl Up base looks super nice to try!

9. Now load up your mascara like the one Ena used. Put mascara on both top and bottom lashes.

10. Add a bit of eyeshadow in Salmon color below your eyes. Again, not too much!

11. Put your gorgeous orange lipstick such as the Emoda Ripe Lips Rouge in Urban. I so want one!

12. For the final touch, swipe your lipgloss. Ena used lipgloss in Canaria.

Now you are done! I hope you find my instructions useful, but if not then I hope you got everything from the drawing. :)

Here’s some of the products used in this tutorial:

Remember that you can shop for these at the Emoda global store, they also have a great clothing selection. Ah, one of my wish is to own Emoda clothes and cosmetics…perhaps one day…