Friday, September 29, 2017

Wandering Star


She walks the earth freely, yet her feet never touch the ground. Many hands will reach for her, but she cannot be anchored. She belong to no one, to nothing, to nowhere. When you meet her, you will recognise her for who she is; a free spirit, a wandering star and she will show you what it’s like to hold something you can never hold onto.” -Lang Leav


If most of you don't know this by now just yet, recently I just launched my own haute-couture brand. Someone asked me on an interview back in my college days, a little throwback wouldn't hurt anybody "What's the best feeling of being a fashion designer?" Simple, seeing what you design from scratch and through those processes comes to life and for today’s archive, I’m wearing one of our pieces. A sophisticated one shoulder gown with ruching details never go out of style, in other words; timeless. For your information, ruching is a French term which means to gather or ruffle to make it look like pleats. Funny story how this used to be one of the fashion design techniques me and my classmates used to hate the most because it's so time consuming and well you need to be really precise and neat while doing it! Turns out hate turns to like, and like turns to love. Anyway, make sure to check out @couturebycck on Instagram, apologize for the lack of posts there since I'm busy working on some other stuffs related, promise to get back on track soon! Crossing fingers.

Reminiscing the past, I remembered my first archive introduction in this blog and that's exactly 3 years ago, cut to the chase; I said “In the future, I would like to take major in fashion design or fashion marketing! It is one of my dream to be a fashion designer, fashion stylish, fashion buyer; anything related to fashion just count me in! Fast-forward more than a decade, fashion and I are inextricably interconnected so to top it all off I am going to pursue it by making a fashion blog first and hoping that I can make my own brand one day. You can call me the girl with big dreams...” Hey, look at me now. Another bucketlist checked? Doesn’t mean I’m satisfied with where I am at this point, it’s just a beginning of a new chapter, a new adventure. The best view comes after the hardest climb, am I right? I’ve seen a lot of people starting up their own business, their own brand. They say it’s easy peasy, just make a trademark logo, social media platform of it’s own, merchantable product in the global market and bon app├ętit! In this modern life, everything intricate seems “achievable” but consistency on keeping it interesting are what I feel matters the most. Just a random thought though, there are no rules in life. You don’t get “special points” for achieving things by a deadline. It will work in it’s own time, just go at your own pace, your own speed. It’s not a race. Don’t you agree?


Gown - Couture by CCK

Friday, September 1, 2017

Viva Havana


I love pieces in my wardrobe that can be worn for more than one season, don't you? Plus, how perfect is this darker statement of a flower top... You can wear it for a summer vibe or even grunge feels, just add different accessories and a cool rocker skirt to add it up the notch. Play mix and match, it always helps!



Nowadays, I've been reading a lot of comments about "Can men wear florals?" "Will flowers really take root in men's wardrobes?" Why not? Not a big deal. From roses on rucksacks to tulips on T-shirts, floral prints are one of this season's biggest menswear trends, seen everywhere from Topman to Dries Van Noten - one of the biggest names in the fashion industry channelling for menswear apparels. Not to mention for women, florals has always been an essential, a necessity. Whether it's a vintage looking floral dress or even a leather jacket embroidered floral on top, you name it. 



Had to go to this newly open cafe around the corner of the city for pictures, Slice of Cali. The place and ambiance reminds me of a retro yet Cuban tropical vibes. Meat me up! Surprisingly good pizza, a compliment from someone who have 0/100 fetish for it sometimes. My favorite dish would be, their mouth watering cheese fries, best combination.


I'm that type of person who always wanted to do everything, yet nothing at all. It's funny how sometimes we want to look on a different perspective in the public eye, not showing who we truly are. What's wrong with sharing your insecurities or even "life complaints", we all don't wanna be seen as a weak person but always remember this one thing that's for sure, there's no rainbow without a little rain and there's no sunset without the ending of a beautiful day.

Most asked questions through Instagram DMs and my Sarahah account I just made this past few weeks. If you don't know yet, Sarahah is a way to discover your strengths and areas of improvement by receiving honest feedback from people around you in a private manner, meaning I have no idea who it is from. You can always ask me anything through my account, simply click this link cindyclaribelk.sarahah.com and I'll do my best to reply them through this blog or elsewhere. How do I manage to keep track on blogging regardless of my work life? Do I take a weekend off just because I'm "The Boss" doesn't mean everything can and should work out that way, don't they? So let me tell you a story...


Reminiscing the past, I remembered my internship life on an every daily basis. The only thing I'm always looking forward to is that "O" sign next to my name on the calendar. Meaning it's my day off, no work just hanging out with friends, having the time of our lives like there's no tomorrow. Now, things have changed for me. Sometimes I feel like my mental age is older than how reality hits me as it is, and I like that, somehow. What I'm trying to say here, sometimes we took things for granted. What we once recklessly take a "easy peasy" over maybe that's all we ever wanted. At this very moment, I feel like having a lot of free time gave me insecurities. Why am I not doing this, and doing that? Why am I not making changes in my life? I love being a busy bee, knowing that I'm making progress one step at a time and continuing to do so believing in His plan. Time passes by so fast, it's ticking in just a blink of an eye. Carpe diem, seize the moment, own it, do what you love - love what you do. "Don't wish for success, work for it." "Do what you love and it will never be work." "It won't work unless you do." 3 phrases that keeps me going. What about yours?


So if this haven't answered you, readers questions just yet. Always set new goals every week, in that way you know your phase, where you're at the moment. It's like going back to one of those college days when submissions are what we're always terrified of. If you don't time limit yourself then when? Know your worth, even when sometimes you have to let go what weighs you down. That's what I do to manage time between blogging and work, and luckily both are in the same page chanelling in the fashion industry. Although what I'm currently doing, already is a hobby... I always make time for other hobbies that I didn't get to experience through work and by blogging. As for me, playing musical instruments  or simply going to the gym or dance classes - living a healthy and steady life gives me a peace of mind. Not only that, people surrounding me, families and friends, their love and support is a never ending cycle. I think by giving up on something, it's disrespectful to the person who believed in you - and to yourself.  Some people may have their different ways of finding outer and inner peace but maybe by trying out different stuffs, you'll eventually find yours. Who knows? You'll never know until you try.
"Look up more than down. See more than say. Listen more than speak. Hope more than dread. Believe more than criticize. Yes more than no. No more than maybe. Love more than hate. See more. See."
Eyewear - Zara
Top - Stradivarius
Pants - New Look
Love bracelet - Cartier
Earrings & Choker - Lovisa