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Fakin’ Your Height

21 Dec

Here are a couple of videos featuring some of my favorite petite artists. My friend once said that if you’re petite and you’re a singer, usually, the bigwigs make you look taller than you actually are…or they make you look super sexy…otherwise, you’ll just look like a little kid. I don’t fully agree, but I do notice the trend when I take a look at these artists.

Oddly enough, it is difficult to tell how tall these artists really are because they’re always wearing heels or they have optical illusions that make them look larger than life. I don’t mind, but it’s disconcerting when you meet them in real life.

Anyways, with these music videos as examples, I’ll be posting up a couple of tips on how to fake your height. If you’re ever on camera or plan to shoot a short film or music video…these might come in handy so you don’t give away how tall or short you might really be.

“Beautiful Liar” – Beyonce and Shakira

Shakira is only 4’11” and Beyonce is about 5’6″…that’s about a 7 inch difference. If you were to set them side by side, there would be a noticeable difference.

In this video, they do a very good job making both artists about the same height. There are a few scenes where you can definitely tell that Shakira is way shorter, but for the most part, you’d almost believe that they were about the same height.


  • Wear a floor length gown with super high heels or stand on hidden platform
  • Be in front of the taller person at a diagonal angle
  • When the other person is bending down, stand straight up

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Busting Out the Ol’ Sewing Machine

24 Aug

I was bored this weekend and decided to finish up one of my sewing projects. Since I’m pretty petite, it’s sometimes easier to do certain alterations on my own than to send it to the tailor. Usually, I hem my own jeans and slim down baggy shirts.

Today, it was to create a bubble skirt. A while ago, I went to Crossroads and picked up an amazing dress for $7. I wore it once, maybe…and ever since, it’s just been sitting in my closet. It was a silk, trapeze-style dress that was a little long, but with a belt, it ended up looking decent.

Anyways, I wanted to make this piece more versatile by turning it into a skirt. It was simple enough, just add an elastic waistband and that was it! In the end, it turned out pretty good despite being a bit long. For now, it’s a high waisted bubble skirt and it’s perfect for me!

What do you think?

Currently Wearing

  • Forever 21 blue racerback tank $5.80
  • Forever 21 silver chainlink necklace $6.80
  • DIY bubble skirt $9 ($7 Crossroads, plus sewing materials)
  • Aldos Grey Patterned Pumps $60

Petite Inspiration

9 Jun


Being petite has never really stopped me from shopping, but it has made me more aware of my body type and what does or does not work for me. Often, things will good on the rack, but once I try it on, the proportions are all wrong and it doesn’t look as appealing as I thought it would.

I always wondered if other people had a similar situation and where they shop for their clothing without resorting to a tailor. Luckily for me, my mom helps hem my pants and other basic tailoring tasks. But for anything that requires more effort, if it’s work wear, then I’d get it professionally tailored. Otherwise, I’d rethink a purchase for something that fits better.

In Hollywood, there are several celebrities that are considered petite. I love them, but most of them are quite skinny and slender in build compared to me..or at least I think so. If I were to follow what they wear, it wouldn’t work out. But out of all the celebrities that I can recall, the person closest to my age and body type is Scarlett Johannson, without her ample busom. Plus, she has a couple of inches on me too.  Another person would be Hayden Panetierre even though she’s younger than me. Those two are curvy without being too skinny or slender. That’s where I fit in.

The two stores that have my size in store and that fit me perfectly without any tailoring tend to Banana Republic or BCBG MaxAzria. I hope they don’t size inflate anytime soon or I’d soon be left without a store go to! But aside from those stores, I usually shop at Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Martin+Osa. It’s always a hit or miss. Sizes change from season to season and year to year, so I always have to double check what the meaurements of their sizes are so I don’t end up with something that’s too big on me.

I really need to branch out from my current set of stores because it’s quite limiting, but I’m not sure where else to go. Any suggestions?