The year that was 2013

When one is a certain age, memories grow fuzzy around the edges. It can happen when you're 79 or like me, at 24. I find myself forgetting a lot of old yet important details in favor of absorbing day-to-day information. This irks me to no end but then, what are blogs for?

I don't want to be overly melodramatic here so I'll keep it short. The year 2013 has been incredibly amazing, for me. It's the year I finally got to travel out of the country, the year I met more wonderful people and managed to sign in more clients. It's a year of discovery, of seeing just how far I can push the envelope. Many of my dreams came true. This gave birth to new aspirations for 2014, naturally!

Here are a few highlights of my 2013. I hope you don't feel like I'm bragging or anything, as this is just a useful way for me to reference how my year went. :)

The world outside was something that I only read about in books or saw in TV shows. That said, I knew I'd get to travel someday, but I didn't know that 2013 would be the year! I was extremely lucky to visit Japan twice, first during the muggy summer and second during the fall. I love this country and would like to come back at least once a year, if I'm able. It's beautiful there, the people are nice, and the food is amazing!

I hope someday I can explore more of it outside Tokyo.

I also got to visit Hong Kong with my parents. It's a great place to shop and eat at, but not much else. Still, I appreciate being able to see the awesome Hong Kong skyline and to finally visit Disneyland. I have more photos in this post.

I organized six events/ small gatherings for my clients last year. I got to work with amazing new brands like Wink Laser & Wax Studio, Dakasi Milk Tea, and Ellana Minerals. I learn new things every time I work with a new client; I feel like my skills expand with each meeting, each successful campaign and event. It's a never ending process and I enjoy every minute of it, yes, even the frustrating I'm-gonna-tear-my-hair-off ones!

How to throw a milk tea party? Easy! Flood it with drinks.

The dreamy Ellana event. Love how the venue turned out. If you've been to Rastro in Burgos Circle, you'd know how kinda severe and masculine it looks. To turn it into a feminine and elegant paradise was quite a feat!

Kinda blurry but it's the best group shot of the Ellana team I think. (Hmm I should hunt down the official photos.) Photo credit to Gen-zel!

The cutest event for Pinkbox, by far. And you thought we can't beat the last time, huh?

Ms Nelly, Verniece, and I

But of course, the most important event that I organized was the one for, what else - the 5th anniversary of Project Vanity. Last March, around 70 of you awesome people came by to say hello! Don't tell the others but this is my favorite event ever. :P How about we do it again? Haha, let's see if my schedule permits. Six years is still cause for celebration no.

I did a few shoots for my brands, and couple of workshops as well. I plan to do more workshops in 2014, definitely. Just thinking of the best way to execute it - I want the attendees to learn and to take home a full, personalized makeup kit. Of course it has to be reasonably priced, too. Again, let's see!

My workshop at Solaire Resort for Beauty Box brands (Fairydrops, K-Palette, Cure)

Also did a workshop at Clinique SM Aura. Loved this batch!


And that, my dear friends, is my year in review. ^_^ Thank you for reading it, and for always supporting Project Vanity. It means the world to me.

To bigger adventures in 2014!