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Rhyme & Wine II – Behind the scenes

Yo Gabba gabba!

Here are the long awaited behind the scenes pics, and shots that didn’t make the flyer for Rhyme & Wine II.
Our model, Azalea is just beautiful!

Once again – dope team. Need I say more?

Art Direction & Design: Marc Ghali
Photography: Shaun Joseph
Styling: (Yours truly) J Marie
Hair & Make Up: Debbie Celis for Product of Society
Model: Azalea Hart

Posted In: Accessories, Fashion, Makeup, People I <3, photography, Styling Project

Femme Fatale

My friend Mel is not only a wick-aad dancer and singer, but a BEAUTY!!! Who wouldn’t want to photograph her?
Another project for Lise & Chris – Meesh on makeup and myself on wardrobe, nuthin’ but fun times!

Lise’s sexy idea worked perfect with Mel!

Check it!



Art Direction & Photography: Lisa Vuong & Chris Hernandez
Makeup: Michelle Ellen
Styling: J. Marie

Posted In: Fashion, Makeup, People I <3, photography, Styling Project


Here’s the official flyer for Rhyme n Wine!

I better see your pretty asses there!

Art Direction & Design: Marc Ghali
Photography: Shaun Joseph
Styling: (Yours truly) Joan Marie
Hair & Make Up: Debbie Celis for Product of Society
Model: Azalea Hart

More behind the scenes to come!

Posted In: Fashion, Parties/Events, People I <3, Styling Project

BFF & J – E session!

I’ve known my BFF, Meesh since high school. Her love story with her fiancé, J is THE best story I have ever heard. When they got back together while I was in the Philippines, I screamed so loud that all of Manila must’ve heard me. When I saw J for the first time since they reunited, I gave him a long jump straddle-hug. When they got engaged, I blew out their speaker phone and I’m sure I cracked the car window from my piercing yell. When they asked me to be the Maid of Honor, I was speechless, most honored and ecstatic to fill such a role (even though we made this promise to each other while hanging out eating ice cream over the rails of STC as teenagers).

When Meesh asked me to style their engagement shoot…..I peed my pants.

I hesitated like hell. Meesh is so unique, and she is one of the main reasons why I love fashion so much. I look up to her in so many ways and always admired her edgy, bold style.  I couldn’t believe she asked me to style this, because honestly I thought she could do so much of a better job than me. I learned a lot from her in terms of fashion (and life – although I’m not sure she knows this. haha).  For example, I always wanted a mohawk, was too chicken and she had the balls to do it first, which then gave me the confidence to do it. HAHA.

But Meesh doesn’t mess around, she wanted me to do this and I had to try my hardest to impress her! This was a REAL test! I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous to style a shoot!

So after several size returns, 3 postponed shoot bookings and my knees shaking after I asked them if they liked what I picked. Here’s what they ended up with…

Nothing but beautiful, breathtaking, fairytale photographs, for a one-of-a-kind true fairytale love story :)WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
So I did put a dash of Blair and Chuck flare in there. Did you notice?

Meesh is wearing a dress from Forever 21 – Twelve by Twelve line; accessories from Aldo
J’s entire outfit is from Zara

Congrats again, I’m counting down the days! I love you guys!
Now if you’ll excuse me, this MOH’s got work to do!

Stunning photographs courtesy of Tara McMullen

Posted In: Accessories, Fashion, People I <3, Styling Project