December 31, 2015

SheIn.com's Happy New Year Sale!

Happy new year loves!!! I hope you had a great 2015 and your hearts are all expectant and already thankful for what's up ahead in 2016! Well, as for me I am exceedingly joyful of what had happened to me in 2015, I had my fair share of ups and downs; the bad ones gave me lessons but I'm past that already but I'm bringing with me the lessons to 2016. The great ones I will forever be thankful and will keep close to my heart as I ring in the New Year!




And of course, my love for fashion will always be with me no matter what the year is. I'm ready to clear my closet of last year's fashion season. An advance spring cleaning if I may say so, thus a fresh start for my wardrobe as well. Are you doing the same thing? if yes, well then, let's get it started!



December 30, 2015

Cheesecakes By Guy

I love desserts, it's one of the things I can't live without and would never hesitate to eat. One of the  desserts that I like are cakes; and cheesecakes and chocolates are on top of my list. I think I can go for a day just eating cake. A week ago, my sister and I decided to treat ourselves for some coffee and cakes, after a grueling 3 days of no sleep just to finish a few pieces of wedding entourage apparels for her client. It was her reward for me for helping her out, and I was more than happy to accept it.




I take pleasure in simple things, a good cup of coffee and a simple cake satisfy me. We went to a nearby mall to look for a place where we can get a sweet tooth fix. My sister then suggested Cheesecakes by Guy, which she has been telling me about for sometime now. She also told me that she had tasted all the varieties of cheesecakes and cakes from this cheesecake place. 

December 27, 2015

A Grateful Heart

I used to grumble and complain a lot… well, I still do sometimes. But this year I have slowly, from glory to glory, have had a change of heart and mind. I’ve experienced so many things this year and at first I thought this year was a bad one for me. But, as it turned out, there were more beautiful things that happened to me this year more than the unfortunate ones. I was just looking at things differently and magnifying the not so good ones rather than the other way around.




It was a matter of what my thought process was and a heart that was focused on the darkness. When I started to be enlightened and have a deeper relationship with my Creator, steadily but surely, my mind and my heart changed its course. I began to view things differently. Bit by bit, the stance of my heart changed, and is continuously changing.

December 24, 2015

A Toast To The Mother of the Bride

Since the start of December, I've been seeing many posts about people getting married on my feeds. December, after all, has a great weather and is a season of love. I love weddings because there it is a celebration of love and family.




Speaking of family, I know the focus of any wedding is the bride and groom, but they won’t be who they’d be (or even meet) without their family, especially their parents. To a great extent, the mothers are very much responsible for bringing those two persons and rearing them here on earth.

December 23, 2015

I'm in love with Pantone's Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Have you guys seen the Pantone color of the year for 2016? Oh my goodness, i almost fell from my seat when I saw it on my Facebook newsfeed! I love them both and got so excited i immediately reposted it on my wall tagging my sister who is a designer and a wedding couturier. I'm 100 percent sure, the fashion designers and apparel store racks will be full of clothing items in those beautiful colors.


It is also the first time that Pantone released two colors for in year. The two colors are on the pastel side of the spectrum which are named Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to Pantone, Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

December 20, 2015

Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine

Whatever I do, when it comes to food, my palate will always search for what it is natively accustomed to. No matter what other cuisines I get to try, a big part of me will always enjoy Filipino food. I'm sure everyone around the world can relate to me when I state that good old home-grown cooking will forever be our first love when it comes to food. There are times when you tell yourself that you've grown weary of the usual food that you eat and you crave for something different like from a different cuisine. But then there are days when you crave for grandma's "sinigang", aunt's "beef caldereta" or mom's "pinakbet"; and when you finally satisfied your cravings, you feel a different kind of euphoria and nostalgia all at the same time. 




Filipino cuisine have its roots to many different cuisines: Spanish, Indian, Malay, Chinese, American and Japanese to name a few. It has also evolved into somewhat like a fusion of sorts and continues to change as time goes by. So when I was invited with a group of bloggers to try the best-sellers of Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine at it's 3-month old branch in Eastwood Mall, I was truthfully excited. Not only that I will get to eat some my favorite Filipino food but this time around it is with a different take. 

December 16, 2015

SheIn.com Holiday Deals

Holiday dressing doesn't have to be too extravagant and too expensive. I, for a fact (would like to think) that have mastered the art of dressing well yet inexpensive. Why? Because I know where and when to shop for fashionable clothes. I am always on the look out for sales and promotions. Most often than not, when I browse an online clothing store and find something that I like, I don't go berserk and purchase an item right away, even though I like them way too much. I usually put them first on my wishlist cart and wait until they go on sale. 




One of the (one too many) websites where I do online shopping is SheIn.com, and I got to tell you that they have so many items that I want to purchase. But since I don't have the means to buy them right away or buy them all (how I wish...) most of the items I like end up in my wishlist. Then I regularly check the site to see if any of my wishlist items are on sale. If it is, then that's the only time I make a purchase. Also, I always take advantage of coupon codes, bonus points etc so that I can save more.

December 15, 2015

UK Invasion of Manila Coffee Scene: Costa Coffee

I love so many things in my life and coffee is definitely one of them. This might sound annoying to others, but when I hear a new coffee shop is opening in the Manila, I do my best to try what they have to offer. I've actually stumbled upon Costa Coffee Eastwood when it was still being constructed. I've also visited it  a couple of times after it had officially opened. Only now that I got the chance to share my experience at Costa Coffee.




Costa Coffee is a British multinational coffeehouse company headquartered in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitbread. It is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world behind Starbucks and the largest in Britain. It was founded in London in 1971 by the Costa family as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops. Italian immigrant brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa founded a coffee roastery in Lambeth, London, in 1971, supplying local caterers. The family had moved to England in the 1960s. Costa branched out to selling coffee in 1978, when its first store opened in Vauxhall Bridge Road, London.

December 13, 2015

Shaw Residenza Suites Review

It's only my second time to experience using a serviced apartment. the first one was back in college and it was at Astoria Plaza. This time around my small group at church decided to hold an overnight Christmas party at Shaw Residenza Suite in Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City. 




I've already heard about Shaw Residenza and have been passing by it for years and only a few weeks ago that I was able to set foot on it. It is conveniently located in Shaw Blvd where there are so many establishments around. Puregold Supermarket and Bon Chon are just across it, a Red Ribbon bakeshop is just a few steps away and there's also a nearby Army Navy, Starbucks and Project Pie. 

December 12, 2015

Yabu: House of Katsu

Besides Mediterranean food, another cuisine that I enjoy eating without taking consideration of the added weight is Japanese food. Well, Japanese food is actually non-fattening if you try to look at their staple ingredients like fish and veggies. But they also often use chicken, pork and beef in their cuisines too. 




It's quite embarrassing to admit, (well, maybe not) that I only got to try Yabu just recently even though it's been a well known katsu house in the Philippines for quite sometime now. I'm not really a fan of ramen but katsu is a different story. Who could resist anything breaded and deep-fried? Definitely not me who loves pork chops. 

December 10, 2015

I'm Complicated Like That

When people ask you "who are you?", can you easily give out an answer? *long pause* ) Didn't' think so too... I've been living my life for 30 years and still I can't define who I am. There's really not a thing, not single thing, I can associate myself to. I can't say I am that or this... because I am complicated. I think all humans are wired that way, or else we would still be primitive.




There's just too many aspects of who I am and I can't just describe myself in one word neither can in  just a sentence. There's just too many that makes up myself. I love being complicated, it what's makes me different from everybody else. Life would probably too boring if all us would be exactly the same as one another. I didn't like the concept of segregation based on your capabilities like that what they did to the people in that movie Divergence.

So who am I?

December 9, 2015

Deck the Halls! My Oasap Christmas Wishlist!

Christmas time is the busiest season of the year (well, besides summer of course). And for sure there's going to be a lot of parties and gatherings that will happen left and right and one after the other. And that requires for a girl like me to dress up always ready for the close up  or group shot.




Anyway, we must also consider comfort besides being stylish. So we must not for get to keep warm at the same time right? With that in mind, i rounded up my top picks or wishlist from one of my fave online clothing shop, Oasap.com. Not only that these items are perfect for the snuggle-up-kind-of-weather but they're also on sale! yes you read that right! How about a high five from one shopaholic/fashion lover to another!


December 8, 2015

SheIn.com: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Even when I was little, I honestly didn't believe in Santa Claus. I don't know... Well maybe because he can't visit me on Christmas day because we don't have a chimney and it's never gonna snow in my country, if that even makes sense... hehehe. Anyways, we still put up some Santa Claus decors at home before the holidays.  What can I say even though I live in a tropical country, we are greatly influenced by Western cultures when it comes to celebrating the Christmas season.




But one thing I know is true, I love Christmas because of the gatherings that I get to attend almost every weekend and the gifts that I give away and receive. It's the only season I also get to dress up as often than most season; and I do love dressing up.

December 7, 2015

Most Beautiful Places in Southern Africa

Africa is one of the most neglected continents and many people know almost nothing about it. Very few people know that Southern Africa is world’s second largest fruit producer; that it has some of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and that at this very place the most diverse fossils of early dinosaurs were found. 

Besides this, Southern Africa hides some of the most dramatic and beautiful sceneries, such as natural oases, vast deserts and lush vegetation. Landscapes like these, and many others, are well preserved and had become true wonders of nature.


Okavango Delta in Botswana



Okavango Delta is located in Botswana and it has diverse wildlife, vegetation, and a maze of narrow canals that are intercepted with numerous small islands. Also, it represents one of the largest inland delta systems of the world.

December 5, 2015

[NEW IN] MY SHEIN.COM COLLECTIVE HAUL #12

I can really feel the holidays! Why? This is the only time of the year I get to receive so many presents! Hahahaha! I get more presents during Christmas more than my birthday, actually.  Just last week, I received 3 packages from the online stores I am affiliated with and mostly are clothing items. I think I am already covered until summer for the clothes I have received. 




Anyway, I want to share with you all my latest haul from SheIn.com. In the last few months leading to the day I received my package, I have been very active in participating in most of the Shein promotions and contests. Which in turn made me accumulate a huge amount of store credits which brought me to the capacity to purchase a couple of stuff in one order. I usually just get 1 or 2 items in an order; and only until now that I was able to get 5 items in just one order.  And because I'm always up to date with SheIn's latest promos I was able to time my order with their free shipping service, which happens quite often, usually 2 times a month. So I didn't have to pay for the shipping! Yey! 

December 4, 2015

ZNU.com's Christmas Big Sale!

The holidays are coming and fast! You can already feel how palpable it is due to the heavy traffic and herds of people flocking to the malls and shopping centers. This week, I went to one of the biggest shopping center in Manila where you can buy items at bulk prices. But it was a complete nightmare! 




We walked from the train station to the shopping center which is around 5 blocks away because the vehicles going there weren't moving anymore. Then when we got there you can't barely make a step because the place was packed with shoppers. There are times when I got pushed and people stepped on my feet quite often. It was also very hard for us to get a ride back to the train station so we had to walk 3 blocks just to board a jeepney. If you don't have patience you will really lose your sanity.


December 3, 2015

How to Pull Off 4 Winter's Biggest Make-up Trends

Fall is finally here, which means that we have to say goodbye to sun-kissed skin and scent of the sea in our hair. Don’t be desperate because of that – fall indeed has so much to offer, especially when talking about the latest beauty trends that are unavoidable this season. Here are four of them, with the tips on how to pull them off in the best possible way. Enjoy!
Blurred Lines

 
Black eyeliner is an absolute must-have when it comes to fall, and it works the best in combination with nude lips. However, this year’s trend is slightly different in terms of shapes. Instead of thick lines or perfectly defined flicks – make it smudged and not as noticeable as a harsh black line. Use your favorite gel liner and apply it to the lash line. Then smudge it and you will end up with perfect smoky eyes which look more natural and subtle. Also, when you are picking the most flattering nude shade for your lips, it is important to know that you should choose one shade lighter than your natural lip colour. Pick the one with satin-like finish, whose magnificent texture will compliment your look in the best possible way.

December 2, 2015

Eyes Are the Windows to One's Soul: GlassesShop review

I've been wearing prescription eyeglasses since I was in grade 4. Poor vision runs in my family probably because of a family history of diabetes which can cause retinopathy. But I believe I developed poor eyesight while I was still young because I love to read when I was a kid, and I read when there's poor lighting and inside a moving vehicle which probably put a great strain on my eyes. I rarely wear glasses outside of the house because my lenses make my eyes so chinky even if I use the ultra thin lenses.




I don't believe anything happens by chance, everything is already planned out. We just take a left or a right or even a U-turn which derails or prolongs our trip to our destination. Would you believe it when I say, I accidentally step on my eyeglasses a few days before I received a package containing a pair of specs from GlassesShop.

December 1, 2015

SheIn.com Cyber Monday Sale

I never met a girl in my life who says she's have had enough clothes she doesn't need a new one especially if a new trend comes up for the current season. For someone who loves fashion, I am one of those girls you can never tell don't buy that cute dress or that pair of flats. But I always know better, I am a cheapskate, and I wait until the Sale season before I get me those what I like. I don't dive in and shop like a maniac, I was ever an impulse buyer. I usually save some money for something I want to purchase and I take great advantage of sales, promotions, discounts and coupon codes. 




The new year is just a few days away, and at this point if I do some shopping online, I don't think they can get to me by Christmas. Everywhere is congested heck even the post office and courier service offices for sure. But it pays well to be patient and save than splurge. 



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