life of a cuddlebit

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one lovely bunny

I own a gifted Pandora bracelet and charms and is very much happy with it. But on the last day of February, I knew that my bracelet would not be limited to Pandora charms only, because I saw this (post from marthnickbeads) -limited edition, bead of the month from Ohm beads.

Ohm beads- Bunny Angel

It was the Bunny Angel. It was really cute and a fitting memorial for my beloved bunnies. Instinctively, I went to order one for myself hoping that I could still get one as Ohm bead’s limited ones tend to sell out fast! They are only making 2222 of these charms and I have to wait for their release day that was on March 2 to order. I just placed an order and waited.

Exactly Easter Sunday I get a message that the my bunny angel is now in the Philippines! Of course I had to wait a few more days for it to arrive home.

I got bunny angel with the serial#DJP879/2222 from Denmark that went to Australia and finally to Philippines – This bunny sure traveled quite a distance to get here.  And it came with a Perlen candy in tow along with a certificate of authenticity that bears the serial number.

Safely home! My Ohm bead -Bunny Angel

True to their promise the Ohm bead fits in my Pandora bracelet with quite a lot of room to spare. I do notice that the Ohm bead is quite lighter in weight than a Pandora charm. It does however have a lot of detail (Just look at those beautiful wings and he also has a cute little halo to match!) than that of Pandora’s charms. I am also impressed that the bunny angel is serialized and engraved with an individual code. That attention to detail is just amazing.

Not bad for my first Ohm bead. It was well worth the wait.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this from my own pocket.

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break is over

So it’s back to reality for us all as the summer break was over. I find it a bit sad that the summer break has gone by so fast…time sure goes by fast when you are having fun.

I spent some time with family and siblings. Went to an old swimming place, and also Kei and I had gone on a staycation at the hotel that we are most familiar with-AG New World hotel. I spent afternoons on the pool, so it was a good thing that I got some swimsuits.

AG New World Hotel’s pool -photo from the internet

Though we did not really plan ahead for the summer break, it ended up well. It was probably one of the most restful summer break I had.

After the staycation, we went to the mall because Kei wanted to see a movie, it was a toss up between Pacific Rim and Ready Player One. He ended up picking Ready Player One and it was a good one!

Ready Player One -photo taken from the internet

It made me think about the what ifs –since we have (a relatively new and crude) virtual reality now-that will surely improve over the years, crypto currencies, and same as the movie… there are lesser and lesser greeneries/gardens and more highly populated urban cities, many people chose to avoid their problems and escape the harsh realities of life. (thru gaming addiction or other addictions…) So maybe this is like a cautionary tale for us all. I’d say go see it if you have the time.

How did your summer break go?


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last minute swimsuit

I was procrastinating on getting a new swimsuit for this summer season. Mainly because I am not going to the beach or anywhere unique this holy week. I intended to use my old swimwear because it is still ok, never mind that its style was already out of the fashion circulation. (It was an old style from Speedo’s endurance line. It  resembles a cropped  sando and boy leg shorts combo, kind of what beach volleyball teams wear.)  Sayang naman kasi. –it would be a waste if I will not use it till it gives up on me right?

So I just let it be. Till I went to search for my suits in the drawer and find out that the fabric has already discolored on my favorite one-it is still usable if I don’t mind the discoloration, I tried my (other) newer swimsuit if it was viable (This one is a bikini) and the elastic has already crumbled. So much for using it again.

I tried to look for swimsuits online, but since its already too close to holy week, they cannot promise that the item would arrive in time. It’s off to the mall I go. I am on a hunt for something affordable because I only use my swim wear once or maybe twice a year. I took quite a while in trying to find a swim suit that is flattering to my body type as well.

I had a hard time looking for something that I want. Because what I want is something that looks like my favorite and very much outdated swimsuit. I tried on seven suits! And ended up getting one from Sassa. It was the Bohemian dream (boy leg set). It says boyleg but I think the better term for it is a high waist. As it effectively hides my tummy!

Bohemian Dream – its neon pink meets powder blue in an Atzec style print

For only 799 I think it’s quite a bargain! It also comes with a srunchie to match. *If ever you are in the same pinch as I am, go and try out the swimsuits at the department store!* 

And I can get more coverage if I top it with my trusty Speedo women’s boyleg  shorts. I have it in navy.

My trusty old shorts from Speedo

I also encountered a nice find that I cannot pass up, as it can pair with my speedo shorts! I got a Quintsoul bikini top at retail lab, for 450. By matching it to my navy shorts I have “created” another set.  Not bad for a last minute purchase right? *Buying just the top or bottom? Its ok. Mix and match also works too! just keep in mind that the colors you picked out work well together.*

Oh, I also got cute floral/paisley printed Brazilea flip flops to wear.

I am ready to hit the water!

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product/s. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for these (from) my own pocket.


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summer splurge

Just wanted to say: I am not an influencer, nor a style blogger. I just happen to love clothes.  

I caved in and spent wayyy too much at the recently concluded preview events of Plains and Prints.

Two bags full -One for each preview event I went to.

I went to both previews in Shangri-la and in Trinoma. This time I went overboard and ended up with three dresses, a top and shorts.

* I usually get a just a dress or two- if budget permits.

** But then again, I tend to wear my clothes over and over so its ok. Plus, since it is a preview, I technically get to wear these dresses before they go mainstream. So these were the reasons I tell myself to justify the splurge.  Sorry I’m rambling. 

So, here is what  I got.

Blue berries dress

The Blueberries dress that I had my eye on since I saw it at the store catalog. It looks like a blouse and skirt combo, but is really a dress! Since I have a penchant for blue, and the fit is good…this is now on my closet. I also really liked that it has sleeves, because my closet is almost dominated by sleeveless dresses so this is a good variation. Added bonus, it has pockets! 

A surprise find on the store was this playful, millenial pink dress named Beverlee.

Loving the print on this one! -Its a cute illustrated map.  

I really dig the print of this one, it also has pockets! Sold. 

Those were the two I got on the first event. But, I knew I have to go back because I am having buyer’s remorse about not getting a top and short that I tried on the store. *I tried quite a lot of dresses. But in the end, I just have to get what fits me well and what I really liked. 

So, I went to the next preview and got this top for myself.

This was the reason I went back. Byanca top with quarter sleeves and succulent print.

I am sorry but I still can’t find a photo of the shorts I got. It is named Andreas -a light blue, scalloped hem, chambray shorts with a bow belt. – I really loved the relaxed fit of the shorts. To pair with the top pictured above.

As I was about to leave the store, I stopped by the counter to ask for the latest offerings/restock they had. They had me try on the Grapes dress -which I heard was one of the most requested dress in this summer release. -It was ok but, I guess its not for my body type. So it was a pass. That led me to try this one on. Because blue!

Constanze dress

I just had to try it. This dress was lighter than the other two dresses I got, it has no pockets but the fit was very flattering, I love the color. The print also has that fun tropical feel to it so, off to the bag it goes.

I guess I am done with my summer dress shopping for now.  Splurged on anything nice this summer? I’d love to know!

**All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. – The clothes posted here will soon be available in Plains and prints stores this summer season. Expect for the blue berries dress. They already have the dress in stores.


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my summer picks for 2018

Since it has been warmer, I noticed I get oily/greasier faster. (My scalp also gets greasy.) While this is not unusual given the warm weather.. It makes my skin breakout. I need to change something on my skincare/hair care routine.  So, after much research and contemplating…I recently swapped my daily moisturizer for a lighter one with a higher SPF.

So, have been using the Biore UV Aqua Rich Essence with spf 50 for a week now. It has proven to be a good switch since my skin has ‘stabilized’ for the time being. While I still have some acne from the breakout, my skin stayed normal without being too oily by the end of the day.

For my scalp, I switched to Head and Shoulders shampoo in cool menthol. So far, I like using it as it keeps the greasiness away and it does have the refreshing feel to the scalp as well.

all the products I am using this summer season

To avoid sunburns for the extended amount of time that I will be out in the sun, I still rely on Dermplus sunblock in the spf 130 as it has proven to work well for me last summer.

I also switched my perfume for the more summery ones that I have, these days I tend to use Versace Eros for women- it smells good indoors/in an air-conditioned room, and I still love my trusty old Ralph by Ralph Lauren for women –used when I go outdoors under the sun.  Both are fresh, fruity, floral scents.

For the lips and nail colors, I am going for that ‘natural’ looking but still a happy summer-y color so I am sticking with corals. For my nails I got them in the shade Coralium from Chanel that is a coral color with a tinge of pink. It sure is bright but not neon, that is just perfect for summer days! As for the lips I am using the Loreal x Balmain lipstick in the shade confession -a pigmented coral/nude that is perfect for summer.

So far these are the products that I am using this summer. Till I find something to add to it. 

What are your current summer staples?

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket, with the exception of the nail polish that I am using -it was available as a nail color option from the nail salon. 

 


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warming up

Done with Chinese New Year! -Thank the heavens! I usually breathe a sigh of relief after the CNY, because I am always loaded with a ton of work right before CNY.  *Also done with Valentine’s day. Kei and I opted not to celebrate on the date itself. We celebrated by going to our favorite ramen place. We also managed to spend time with my best friend and surprise her with some chocolates.

koi shaped nian gao -photo from the internet

I had the usual wear red,  eat out with the family, having nian-gao (tikoy), getting red packets, and watching lion dances.

After the CNY, the weather starts to feel warmer -there are days that are still chilly, and days that are hotter! I am not happy about that. Because hello breakouts and greasy skin! This means more trips to the dermatologist. 

But we have to make do with the weather right? I am doing just that by gardening.

maybe someday I can harvest my own peppers… -photo from the internet

I am now trying to grow bell pepper in my patio garden. As of the moment I have (very tiny) seedlings, hopefully I could make them grow big enough to produce our own bell peppers to use for cooking. Summer is so near!

 


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more white flowers

Remember the vinca sprouts I posted a while back? It has now grown and producing flowers!

white dwarf vinca flowers 

To think it only came from a seed packet in the supermarket! (last September!) The zinnas did not make it though. I got them to sprout but they did not continue to grow and they just gave up. Maybe it does not suit the temperature in my area.

I am quite happy with the way the my seed packet vincas turned out – it is smaller than the usual magenta colored vincas I usually see at gardens all around the metro. My only gripe is that on the seed packet it was labeled mixed – I thought I would get different colored flowers, but what we got is all white with a pink center.  If not for the pink center, it looks a lot like my sampaguitas.

Maybe I need to get more vinca seed packets to grow, in hopes for getting another color no?