Exploring Possibilities


Military Green Top: Greenhills Tiangge (Just php180!)
Leopard Bodycon Skirt: Forever 21 Plus
Leopard Skinny Belt: From Shanghai
Cutout Booties: Marks and Spencer
Brown Doctor's Bag: Mango

For so long now, I've set aside dreams because I have duties and responsibilities to answer to. I kept my frustrations in, let it eat at me until I operated like a metallic robot that moved as it was told, day in and day out. This blog became a little outlet where I could be myself, where I could talk about my feelings, share my fancies and reflect on lessons learned in life.

Joining this contest that had the potential to take my little space on the internet and bring to a global level started something in me, a rekindling of the fighting spirit that I thought had died out a long time ago. At first, I competed because I felt obligated as my friends and family rallied behind me (despite only informing them halfway through), and that's when I realized that the only person holding me back was me. So today, I write this as an accountability post, to remind me of a promise to find new opportunities, to grab them as I spot them, to not let my irrational fears get the best of me, and to try, try, try.

I ended up one spot away from the top 10 finalists, even though I honestly tried my hardest to catch up. I could claim to be the almost-finalist, right? :) Joining this contest is ultimately to get an award, a recognition for the work we do as curvy bloggers. But when I shared this blog with people (who had no inkling I was running a blog) and saw how supportive and enthusiastic they were for me, I realized I had already hit my goal.

So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. Thank you for sticking around, for encouraging me with your comments and your votes, and for believing in me. I wouldn't have gotten this far without you.

The Belated Bloomer


  1. Roar! You're a winner in my book!!!


  2. you look so glam! Loved that skirt :)

  3. Shame you didn't make the top 10 but Good for you for making it so far! Anyone who tried as hard as you did is a winner in my book! :]
    And on a sartorial note, I LOVE the leopard skirt and belt - so much glam in one outfit! :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. You styled this look perfectly! Gorgeous!


  5. I LOVE everything about this outfit! And congrats on getting so close to the top ten- there's lots to be proud of!

  6. I love the leopard skirt and the leopard belt! You look so pretty!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. Leopard and olive green look amazing together. I am loving that skirt, its fierce.


  8. Hear, hear, I say! *applauds*

  9. What a fun look! Loving the leopard print on you! Looking lovely, as always :)



  10. 1. YES LEOPARD YES. I'ma sucker for anything with it. The green pairing is perfect! Can't believe I never thought of that before.....

    2. You're too brave to take pictures in mall. I can't take pictures in front of anyone. I like duck behind a bush until a car passes and then go carry on when I'm SURE no one is around. It frustrates J terrible.

    3. Congrats! I personally think you deserved a higher place, because not only are you fashionable, you're empowering for everyone to love themselves, but I'm glad you had fun with it. :D



    1. 1. Tried the combo for the first time too. Glad it worked! :D

      2. I have to. I don't post that often because I really don't have the extra time to find a vacant spot and conveniently have someone with me to force into taking my pictures. Haha!

      3. Awww...thank you (x3)! :D

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    1. I'd search far and deep and wide for more lace-up booties.

  12. Abi, this is a very cool combination here with the Army Green and the animal prints. Nice cut-out peep-toe booties as well. Sweet style from a stylish lady like yourself.


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