Floral Flair

(TOP: Lace; Wet Seal/ PANTS: White Denim; Wet Seal/ PURSE: floral; Vera Bradley/ SHOES: lasercut peeptoes; Ross/ BRACELETS: colored macrame; Walmart and Catholic Charm Bracelet; made by Vynna/ NECKLACE: statement; Burlington Coat Factory/ RINGS: Forever 21)

Yes, I am loving colors today, even my lips are colored in bright pink. ūüôā

The macrame bracelets I have on are NOT Cruciani by the way. You can call them imitations but I just think they’re the generic ones. ¬†I wasn’t ready to pay $5.50 for one and that’s just the cheapest one I found on Ebay. I think in Barney’s New York the prices start at $18 per bracelet. I understand they’re made in Italy and for all I know the real ones look better and fit better than the ones I have but I’d rather feed a bunch of kids on the street instead of splurging on a bunch of these, no offense meant. In the Philippines that would range from P250-P800+ per bracelet. Btw, I got 12 of these in different colors and designs from the clearance section of Walmart. I got them for $0.25-$0.50—that’s around P11-P22 in pesos, now that I can do. #practicality #bargainshopper #thrifter

My 1st ever Vera Bradley purse ‚ĄÖ the Babas Family. Rico got my name during our Kris Cringle and this is what he got me. I truly love it, thanks so much!

From yesterday’s ensemble; I think these pair are easily becoming a favorite of mine.


The Infamous Humongous Floral Head Wreath

It all started almost a year ago when I made my first DIY floral head dress, it was simple and wearable in a sense that it didn’t attract that awkward attention from people—no disapproving looks, no gawking, no “that-looks-weird” glances, maybe there were a few double takes but they came along with smiles and to top¬†it all I got compliments when I wore it to the Houston Bridal Show¬†so the overall response to the head dress was good. I might have worn it to the right event or maybe it didn’t look too loud next to my equally attractive(ly loud) ¬†friends (ehem,..yesss, I am stroking your egos), but since then I’ve had all the materials sitting in my closet untouched until this very day.

August 2012: At the Houston Bridal Show

I’ve decided to have my flower girls or maybe my ladies-in-waiting (junior bridesmaids) wear mini floral head dresses as they walk down the aisle (inspired by Kate Moss’ wedding). Personally, I’ve always been drawn to them, there’s just something so ethereal about them and of course they’re cute add-ons to the vintage theme of my wedding.

Kate Moss’ Wedding
Photo courtesy of Wedding Chicks

Either ways I’ve decided to practice my head dress making skills, just in case. What convinced me more to learn how to make these instead of purchasing it was the fact that these floral things were outrageously priced online especially on wedding websites. On Etsy I’ve seen floral head wreaths priced somewhere from $15-$50, at a glance the craziest I’ve seen was priced for $220ish ( I wonder what kind of materials they used) Designer floral head wreaths perhaps?!? If my DIYs are good enough then maybe I should just try selling them. I’ll probably be posting more of my floral head wreath creations in the next succeeding blog entries. For now I’m going to show you how to DIY this gigantic head wreath inspired by other fashion bloggers like Chloe Ting of Chloe’s Addiction.

Chloe Ting



How to DIY Floral Head Dress/ Head Band/ Head Wreath the Rhea Way

1.) Gather all the materials needed:

-heavy gauge wire (other people opt for the 20 gauge floral wire, I got mine from Lowes hardware)

-fake flowers (since these are experimental pieces, I bought mine from the dollar store)

-floral tape (purchase from any crafts store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s with options of brown/green)


-pliers (preferably the ones with wire clippers in between to cut the heavy gauge wire and the fake flowers)

super glue

2.) Determine the circumference of your wreath. For a perfect fit, wrap the wire around your head to measure it manually then cut wire with wire clippers. Make sure to leave a few inches for the flowers that you will be attaching later.

3.) Secure the wreath by attaching both ends of the wire and hooking them together (forming a circle).

4.) Wrap the wire with floral tape. Make sure that you cover everything, including the hooks.

5.) Prepare the flowers  (or shrubs) that you want to attach. Have a design in mind. For this one, I decided to make one that would match the printed floral jeans I was wearing that day.

6.) (Additional step) Temporarily detach the flowers from the floral wire and put some super glue before attaching them back together. This will secure the flowers and make sure they won’t fall off once they are attached to the wreath.

7.) Cut the flowers that you want to attach to the wreath. Use wire clippers.

8.) Based on your design in mind, attach the flowers to the wreath with the same floral tape that you used to wrap around it.

…And here’s my outfit with my DIY floral head wreath.


(TOP: Rue 21/ PANTS: Floral; Wet Seal $4.99 on sale/ SHOES: Discountwomendressshoes.com/ PURSE: Forever 21/ RINGS: Forever 21/ BRACELETS: Charming Charlie and Shasa/ EARRINGS: from Ninang Ofel/ HEAD DRESS: my own creation)


Of  floral head wreaths and lace


Floral Head Wreath Up Close


Color Palette drawn from my printed floral jeans


Spring/Summer bangle set from Shasa

Platform booties from Discount Women Dress Shoes online. Got them for $25.

*For those Vintage Bride-to-bes, here’s a cute blog post about Floral Bridal Crowns from Chic Vintage Brides.

Enjoy and be Inspired!


Spring Staple

(HAT: Ross/ BUSTIER: Body Central; $6.99 originally $12.99/ SKIRT: thrifted; from the streets of Bangkok, Thailand/ BELT: 5,7,9/ GLADIATORS: SM Bacolod, Philippines/ SUNGLASSES: Buffalo Exchange/ PURSE: Philippines/ BANGLES: Charlotte Russe & Forever 21)

Taking a walk at the new section of Sienna Plantation

Bustier’s X-back detail

New Found love—-flowers on my denim bustier.

Mint Embroidered floral purse from Asia

Gladiators from SM Bacolod—a quick buy coz I miscalculated my packing and ended up bringing more heels than flats

Me goofing around and trying to¬†camouflage with the flowers—-It’s not working.¬†Haha

My Outfit that day

I guess we know what I’ll be wearing most this season—Bustiers, Bralets and Crop Tops. Too much of ¬†those Instagram outfit inspiration posts has lead me to one afternoon of ‘top shopping’ at First Colony Mall ¬†and mind you every single one of them was less than $7 each. Now all I need to do is continue working on my¬†flab¬†… I mean abs coz there’s no point flaunting these babies if ¬†I have my gut¬†a.k.a ‘Bilbil’¬†unattractively sticking out, right? I need to get my workout mojo back.


Oh, Happy Day!

(HAT: Ross/ DRESS: from Philippines; 168/ CARDIGAN: Ross/ SHOES: GoJane.com/PURSE: from Mita Bo/ NECKLACE: from Philippines/ WATCH: New York and Company/ BRACELET: Emerald; New York and Company/ BANGLES: Forever 21)

Sunday’s Outfit: Off to church then off to rehearsals. Cantor Day —good vocal exercise for later’s show.


This is what it feels like to those who have non-theatrical related jobs during the daytime, they look forward to weekend shows such as this one. And you know that day has come when you¬†unconsciously sing and hum show tunes which in my case I’ve been humming to “Where is Love?” and belting out “Food Glorious Food” . Thank God we don’t have patients right now. Anyhow, I’m keeping this post short since lunch break is almost over and we’re seeing patients in less than half an hour so to those who have not seen Oliver yet call the Broadway Bound Box Office line at 281-242-1055 and get your tickets. Only 3 shows left for this weekend (if I’m not mistaken) There’s one today at 7:30 pm and tomorrow April 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. See you there!