Monday, July 30, 2012

GUEST POST: Ten Things to Remember When Your Feelings Have Been Trampled On ✭

This is a pretty interesting post written by the beautiful Joanna Ladrido, so all credits go to her! We wanted to share this with you guys because we know everyone's been hurt by someone at least once in their life. Here's to hoping that you'll always remember the things you written in this post so that if you ever get your feelings trampled on again, you'll be able to turn the other cheek and walk away with your dignity intact. I've read a lot of things that have stuck with me up until now (both good and bad) and we hope this goes for all of you as well!
  • Whether it’s a family member, somebody at work, your boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, a mere hater who is ruining your life, or your ex-best friend who’s hurt you badly, put yourself in their shoes and treat them the way you would want to be treated, even if they don’t deserve it.

  • If you’ve heard something you didn’t want to hear, remember it may not be 100% true. So lighten up. If it’s not urgent, put off thinking about it for a couple of days. Forgive the person who wronged you; don’t forget, you’re doing this for yourself, too. Prove to yourself that you can practice what you believe. Try to be as understanding of others as you would want them to be of you.

  • There will always be losers and winners. Act according to how you want to feel about yourself when all is said and done. 

  • Don’t judge what others do if you don’t want them to judge you. Remember, what other people do is their responsibility. Don’t let them cause you to carry a grudge and let their actions weigh you down. They are not responsible for your actions, no matter what they do. You are.

  • If someone has said something untrue about you or done something intentionally to hurt you, wish good things for that person – even if you don’t feel like it. Ask for them what you desire for yourself, and it will draw those things to you.

  • If you’ve made a mistake or disappointed yourself or others, apologize quickly and earnestly; that’s all you can do. Let your remorse teach you how to have compassion for others when they make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, even though we all try to be. If someone can’t accept your apology, that’s okay, too. Just do the right thing and go on.

  • Talk less and listen more; you could learn something about others and about yourself. If you feel like yelling, go outside and throw rocks on the cement instead. Take a walk or, better yet, will put a melody back in your life.

  • If you think someone is making fun of you or someone you love, disarm them, not with your fist, but with your best smile. Give them something they don’t know how to give. Speak to them; be bold. Ask that they be blessed and you’ll be blessed, too. Forgiveness is a powerful thing; it will help your body and soul. Don’t let anyone cause you to act the way they’ve acted toward you, and remember that they have a right to do whatever they choose also.

  • Don’t hide your hurts and pains and feelings inside where they will harden your heart. Use common sense and understanding to process them. Don’t react just from your feelings; respond with maturity rather than childish habit. You won’t regret it.

  • Get in touch with the person you want to be and become that. Listen to your heart… you can find the answer there to every question you have. Remember, no matter how you’re treated, just treat others the way you would want to be treated when your feelings are getting trampled on.

These could pretty much be considered as rules to live by. We know we all feel like punching people in the faces when they make us feel bad, and that being the better person takes a lot of effort, but that doesn't give anyone the excuse to take it out on the said person or other people who are completely innocent. This goes for ourselves as well. We'll admit that we haven't been the nicest people out there, but we try to be above shallow matters. We won't necessarily be 'the better person' the first time around, but we can and will try. 

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Music Fests are usually the hottest events during the summer. This gives people a chance to socialize with others who have the same interests as them, particularly on the topic of music. Also, it unleashes a season wherein fashion is taken to a whole new level. From tribal chic, to an innocent indie, even rock n' roll, fashion becomes a platform for free expression during music festivals. Here are some trends that embodies the true meaning of this event! 
Tribal chic never goes out of style. It has such a laid back feel, exuding a sense of being carefree and natural. The colors all compliment each other, and it's perfect for showing your sense of style in the most natural way possible! 

 If you want to channel the innocent vibe, pastels and dainty skirts do the trick. Casual sneakers balance out the whole look, and the hints of gold seen in the accessories makes your girly aura come to life. Don't overdo it though; make sure that the outfit is well-pieced together, yet simple at the same time. Comfort over style!

And last but not the least, the most perfect outfit for any music festival! A band t-shirt is a great key staple, but don't practice hypocrisy and wear a band on the shirt you don't know. More often than not, you will be criticized as well, so wear it loud and proud! Denim shorts and black high tops tie it whole together, while the oversized cardigan mutes out the whole rock ensemble. 

What's a good outfit without good hair? Here are some examples on how to complete your look: 

The waterfall braid is an effortless way to style your hair. It's fun, it's easy, and it makes your hair stand out! It looks better on long hair with natural waves, so if it fits your hairstyle, this one is for you. 

The messy bun is the oldest trick in the book. It's classic, sophisticated, yet practical. This style is a great way to highlight your facial features, as well as keeping you looking fresh throughout the day. To hold it in place, you can use bobby pins for a neater look. 

Another quirky braid frenzy, the fishtail braid is being used by girls all over the world. A different take on the typical braid, the fishtail uses two separate sides of the hair, with strands weaving towards the inside of the part. It's a flirty look than can give your outfit a feminine twist. 

If you want to let your hair loose, you can accessorize with a headpiece. Be creative with this one! Whether it be flowers, a tribal headband, or an antique hand-me-down, a head piece can tie your outfit together. 

One of the craziest - yet hip - hairstyles, dip-dye! This is the latest trend in season; a lot of Hollywood celebrities walk out with this trend. Here's a simple tutorial from The Beauty Department to show you how you could create this simple style at home! 

Last but not the least, we can't leave a music festival post hanging without some great tunes. Here's a simple playlist to amp up your mood and to help you feel the festival vibes anywhere! 

Music Festival - Synergy Online Playlist

APPS: StyleBook ♡

I may have just found one of the coolest iPhone apps ever. Quoting their website, "Stylebook is designed to help you carefully curate your wardrobe so you can look effortlessly chic everyday. We want you to get the most out of what you already have in your closet and to choose new pieces that will integrate well into your wardrobe as a whole." As someone who takes almost over an hour to decide on what to wear whenever I go out, this will definitely be helpful. On days where I feel like dressing up but have no where to go to, I could just snap a photo of the outfit and save it for the future. This app is like a personal fashion assistant you can use everyday. Here's how:
You want to wear a specific top but don't know what to wear it with. Open the top in your Closet and look at the properties screen - from there you'll be able to view every outfit you've styled using that piece. You just had a great outfit idea, but you're still in the subway going home from work. Use the Looks feature to make a quick outfit collage. You're going to a black-tie wedding and want to buy a new pair of heels. Use the shopping feature to do an advanced search for the exact color, style, and store you want to buy them from. Once you've found some candidates add the images to your closet and test them out with the dress you'll wear. Email yourself the link so you can buy them online. You're going on a business trip but don't have time to go home and tear your closet apart looking for outfits that are good to wear. While you're at lunch or commuting home, plan out your looks with the outfit editor and then import them into a packing list so you can remember how you mixed and matched all the different pieces. You want to update your wardrobe, but you want to make sure you buy pieces that count. Look at your Style Stats and see what pieces you wear the most and least. Now you can decide what you can take out of retirement or donate, and you'll be able to see what holes you need to fill in your wardrobe.
Those are just a couple examples of ways to integrate Stylebook into every day life. I think everyone who is the least bit interested in fashion should have this on their phone.

You can also make a list of items you want to add into your wardrobe so the next time you see something in a magazine/on TV/a stranger is wearing and it tickles your fancy, you could check Stylebook's catalog for something similar, save it, and check it again once you're at the mall. I'm pretty much fangirling about this app!!!! You can also keep track of your favorite outfits/style inspiration and take note - it's available for men as well. Excuse me while I beg my mom to let me buy it on the app store. While it isn't exactly free, $3.99 is a decent amount of money to pay for something so helpful. So................ go download it here!!!

Photo credits to Stylebook.

Monday, July 16, 2012

HAUL: The Fashion Sketchpad ♡

REPOSTING FROM MY PERSONAL BLOG. I've been meaning to purchase a Fashionary for the longest time ever but since they only sold it in two places (One specific branch of National Bookstore in Mandaluyong City and an online store), I figured I'd never get one. But when we passed by TriNoma on the way home today, I figured I'd try my luck and see if it was available there... Unfortunately, it wasn't. But - PRAISE THE LORD - I found a similar book (pictured above) which was being sold for a much cheaper price. :D The idea of it is pretty much the same as the Fashionary's, except it was done in a sketchpad way as opposed to the moleskine-inspired design of the former. It's basically filled with croquis templates that you can draw outfits on. I suggest anyone that wants to learn how to design clothes professionally or just as a hobby purchase this book because it's really helpful. It's filled with tips and a crash course on industry terms and some other things. Maybe it's cheating but apparently a lot of other designers use templates as well so my cheating is justified!!!!! Hihihihihi. It's not exactly portable as it's big and probably won't fit into your bag (but kudos to you if you manage to stuff it in there), but at least you can draw in finer details! It's a great investment if you're looking into a future in the fashion industry/art so if you're interested in either of those like me, I suggest you buy it. I bought it for about php 800 at TriNoma's National Bookstore branch, but you can try checking out your nearest branch to see if it's available there too. :) P.S.: I spent forever editing these pictures... Woops.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Congratulations to those who won! The odds were ever in your favor. ;) Thanks to everyone who participated. We promise this isn't the last giveaway on our blog. There's a lot more coming so don't feel bad if you didn't win. :) To the winners, we have sent you guys an e-mail so please respond ASAP!

Much love,
Bea and Nina

Thursday, July 12, 2012

FEATURED: Stefany Alves ☮

Meet Stefany Alves. A one of a kind extraordinaire. A photographer with an mind so out of this world, it can make you feel a thousand different feelings in just one photograph. A girl who takes risks with her fashion, yet totally knows who she is in her own element
Once I came across her site, I immediately knew she was a force to be reckoned with. We HAD to feature her, since her photos just radiate some sort of aura that makes people feel like they're living in a world they wish they existed in. She makes photos come to life, making stories out of inanimate objects as if they were people in everyday life. With her different themed posts and whimsical ideas coming out of each set, it's no trouble to find why I am in love with her blog.
Not only is she a brilliant photographer, but a fantastic artist as well. The way she portrays herself through her fashion is a breath of fresh air; effortless, yet thought up to the miniscule detail. What an inspiration! She's really in her own sphere of influence, and it's great to see her being one of mine pertaining to photography. Here are a few of my favorite photos! 
Choosing these photos were really hard, since I have so much favorites! Anyway, I was so excited to know that she responded to our email, and what an honor it is to have her answer our questions! Here are her answers:
1. Tell us about yourself and your blog. How long have you been blogging? 
I'm a Fine Art and Photography student. I enjoy sketching, cooking, singing and playing in my spare time. Hmm, I guess I have been blogging since 2008. 
2. Where do you get inspiration for the things you post? 
It usually comes naturally. But there are things that inspires me, such as films, music and even the weather and of course this whole blogosphere. 
3. Which post of yours is your favorite so far? Tell us more about it! 
Ah it's hard to say, but I kinda like to look back at the posts I've written a bit cause I never write much. I would say this one its so gloomy that it amuses me. 
4. What do you aspire to be when you're older? 
This thing about 'future' makes me a bit sad. Perhaps it's cause I worry a lot about what should I be or what should I do. Therefore I have decided to live today, it's pretty cliche but it makes me feel better not to think of it. I will just carry on  studying and doing the things I like and let's see how it goes. 
5. How were you able to get your blog's name out there?
I think I got some views due to  
6. What are, in your opinion, the pros and cons of blogging?
The pros are receiving so many encouraging comments and being able to inspire people.
And cons are being exposed, when you put your stuff out there you are allowing people to judge you, you might receive constructive criticism but also mean comments.. but you know life is like that too the only difference is that via internet you can be an anonymous and say whatever you want. 
7. If you could have a playlist that defines your blog/photographs, what songs would be in it?
  • Piece Me Back Together - Melodica, Melody and Me
  • There Are Many Birds - Arthur & Yu 
  • Our Deal - Best Coast  
  • Cigarettes - Russian Red
  •  Don't Watch Me Dancing - Little Joy
  • Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - Camera Obscura
  • Maria Ninguém - Bridgitte Bardot 
  • In The Morning - Mallu Magalhães
  • Hang On Sloopy - The Mccoys 
8. What are the usual subjects in your photographs and where do you usually take them? Any reason why? 

Most are personal things I have inside my room like my typewriter or cups of coffee and I like to take them around my house, especially when I am alone at home. I like the domestic feel and personal approach and I try to convey those intimate moments through the photos. 

9. What made you get into photography?

I don't really know how I got into it. All of the sudden I had this urge to achieve nice pictures

and couldn't stop photographing. I think I have always like it. However my interest developed 

more in 2007. 
10. Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers that have the same theme as your blog or bloggers in general?
Do what you like regardless of how many views you get, blog to yourself , please yourself and feedback will surely come.

Check out Stefany's blog and be enchanted with it - just like I was!

Please support her! I hope you get to see how gifted this young woman is, and how her photos can speak a thousand words :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MUSIC: WMYB Dance Rock Extended Remix ♡

(Copy-pasting from my blog because I'm original like that) So I came across this remix on Tumblr today and it's probably one of the best remixes ever. I rarely get excited over these things so me posting this song everywhere means something. This is for our readers who are fans of One Direction like us aka pretty much everyone. You can download this song here.

FEATURED: Katie Sky ♡

Meet Katie Sky (that is, if you haven't already) - a fantastic artist I discovered through this video. Her cover of Better Together by Jack Johnson was the soundtrack to it, and I never really bothered to google her at first, but after watching the video again a couple of days later, I got curious. I'm pretty glad I did too, because Katie has proved to be one of my favorite top artists ever. The fact that she doesn't have to force her voice to sound really pretty makes all the more special. Her high-pitched voice is so effortlessly beautiful, much like the person she is. She makes sure to respond to all her fans on twitter and though that may seem like a small thing, it means a lot to her fans. I'd know. I freaked out when she followed me.
Anyway, not that it matters, but Katie is soooooooooo cute. I can't even handle it! Haha. If you watch her videos on Youtube, it's apparent how much she enjoys what she does. She's not just singing words off a paper, she's truly performing. There's a difference between just singing and actually performing a song. I'm looking forward to being able to see her live in the near future. Katie Sky live in the Philippines doesn't sound too far away. At the rate of how much attention she's already gaining, Katie's going to sell out arenas and stadiums pretty soon.

Think I'm exaggerating? Listen to her single and if it doesn't make you want to dance/squee with joy, then I owe you a cookie and a sad puppy award.

We were lucky enough to be able to interview her before she got too famous and hard to contact so without further ado, here it is! :)

1. Tell us about yourself.
Hi :) My name's Katie, I'm very loud and i talk all the time. I drink about 15 cups of tea a day and i wear ridiculously colourful jumpers from charity shops. Music is my life and i intend for that to NEVER change!

2. How did you start?
Well me and my 2 sisters used to do 3-part harmonies whilst we were washing up to make the time pass quickly lol! I guess i was about 9 years old then. I wrote my 1st song when i was 14 and recorded it on a tape! My, How technology has changed haha!

3. How would you describe your sound? 
I would describe my sound as catchy pop with a soul :) I don't want my songs to be plastic pop with lyrics that don't really mean anything. I always want each one of my songs to mean something different to me, i want them to be real, genuine and HONEST.

4. Who is/are your musical inspiration/s? 
I get my inspiration from so many artists, it would be hard to name all of them but here are a few - Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds, Eliza Dolittle, Corrine bailey Rae, Natasha Bedingfield and Regina Spektor.

5. Why did you choose to go into the music industry?
I didn't really choose it as such. I've always wanted to do music, and to have a team of people around you, believing in your music and helping you achieve all your dreams, you wouldn't wanna be anywhere else but in the music industry!
6. What makes you different from all the other musicians? 
I guess im different in that i will never act like a big pop star, no matter what, i never want to become a diva! Some of my followers on twitter tweet me things like "You're my idol!" and i tell them all the time that i'm just human, I'm just the same as them, we are all equal :)

7. Tips for aspiring musicians?
Keep song writing! And doing loads of gigs, even if its open mic nights (I've done SO many of them!). The more you perform, the better you'll get and the more you'll grow as a musician :)

If you like Katie, please support her by doing at least one of the following:
She also has a couple of free covers up on her official site so just check it out! To Katie, if you're reading this - on behalf of Synergy Online, I want to let you know that we will always be here to support you in whatever you do and we'll always be fans. We love you and can't thank you enough for allowing us to interview you. Kisses!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Do you want to be featured on Synergy Online?

If you are any of the following:
  • aspiring writer
  • journalist
  • photographer
  • artist
  • musician
  • blogger 
  • wanderlust
  • bookworm 
.. then get a chance to be featured on Synergy, a new blogazine-type of site created by Bea Marquez and Nina Pineda!

Quoting our bio, this is basically what Synergy is all about:
“… the brain-child of a soon to be seventeen and fourteen year old. The fusion of our own two minds will hopefully bring you different perspectives on music, literature, fashion, and the way of life.”

We will feature anything and everything under the sun for as long as it tickles our fancy and that it somehow represents the youth of today. We cover things such as music, fashion, literature, and a lot of other things. We are looking for people like YOU to make our blog come to life! If you are interested in making yourself (and the interesting things you discover) known, send us an e-mail at contact.synergyonline@yahoo.comwith a short info about yourself and whatever it is that you would want us to feature. Please attach the file or a link to it (if you are a blogger) and we’ll try to get back to you ASAP.

NOTE: We are looking for guest bloggers to feature online, not a regular member of the team.




The theme for July's playlist is basically about songs that could work as a soundtrack to someone's life if it were a movie. Inspired by the countless films we've seen, we hope you enjoy the songs just as much as we do. Whether you feel like singing your lungs out being the rockstar that you are, or feeling like you're in the middle of an emotional break-up scene on the streets of New York, listen to this playlist. You won't regret it.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DIY: Crochet Side Shorts ✭

Nadine's back for one last DIY guest post! This time, she teaches us how to add crochet details to our otherwise simple pair of shorts. This one's a bit tricky if you don't know how to sew so I suggest asking help from your mom or anyone at home that can sew. It's just a quick DIY so without further ado, here it is!

1. Old shorts / jean (cut it up into shorts)
2. Crochet fabric
3. Needle, thread, and scissors.
Step One: Lay out flat the sides of your shorts, and cut a triangle shape. You can make it at big/ long and you like.  

Step Two: Cut the fabric to the desired shape. Put it underneath the shorts and check the length, etc. Make sure it looks good.

Step Three: Flip the shorts inside out and start sewing! This took me so long, haha! I can’t sew, just look at the photos above! (I did some mistakes so I asked my mom to resew it for me.)
Step Four: Since you’ve made the sides of your shorts all cute, don’t neglect the back pockets! Sew it on, the same. 
And that's it! Take a look at the end product below. If you tried out this DIY, send us a link to your finished product by commenting below. We hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks Nadine!
EDIT: Look what Nadine sent us!!! Isn't she just the cutest person ever?


To celebrate Synergy Online's opening, we're having a giveaway! Loads of thanks to our sponsors; Invitation House, Quirkypedia, and Maple Street. The mechanics can be found at the end of this post and winners will be chosen randomly. THIS CONTEST IS FOR PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY. Good luck to you guys! Here are the prizes up for grabs:
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