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I’m thankful for: A week in beauty

Its another Friday!

I’m thankful mainly for beauty stuff.

This week I have found myself alternately using two of my most summer-y scents I have. (It is now starting to get a bit chilly in Manila. But I am using a summery perfume… I blame it on a recent mini-vacation.) Smelling like summer gets me on a cheerful mood.

 

from left: Ralph by Ralph Lauren for women edt/ Victoria'a Secret Sparkling Citrus Lemon Escape, body mist/ Dior Vernis Tuxedo/ L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick in Barely Coral/ Revlon Colorsilk Luminista

from left: Ralph by Ralph Lauren for women edt/ Victoria’a Secret Sparkling Citrus Lemon Escape, body mist/ Dior Vernis Tuxedo/ L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick in Barely Coral/ Revlon Colorsilk Luminista

I also got myself a coral lippie! As if I did not have enough lippies! But this coral did not make me look deadly pale or weird. excuses. I also blame Fan Bing Bing, I love her! And if getting her lip color would make me look 0.005% like her, I am sold! 

After two months of nail polish abstinence, I’m back at it again! Still loving the deep blue on my nails as they make my feet look posh! (as me and my bestie Joanna use to say: paa ng mayaman ang peg! – looks like the feet of a wealthy person)

To top my “beauty” week off, I got my hair colored to a light shade of brown.

 

 

*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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Searching for the wedding gown: The Ivory and white experience

I was sharing my dress hunting experience to my best friend Joanna when she suggested I go to Katipunan, QC to check out a store. One of her officemates recently got married and brought the dress from a shop named Ivory and White in Katipunan. At first I was hesitant, in my mind was Katipunan near Ateneo? A bridal store? Whattt?

But true enough. There is a bridal shop near Ateneo De Manila University. After a quick phone call we have an appointment, the next day. (Talk about fast service.)

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We got there Sunday afternoon, right after church! (Feb 23,2014), lunch time. We skipped lunch because we were worried that we might not make it on time!

Their store is discreet. We were thankfully fifteen minutes early, we were asked to fill up a form. Than after a bit of chat with Ms Ana (their attendant). They realized that we have a dilemma. They double booked us erroneously with another client (bringing her whole family) that is due to come any minute now!

So many gowns, so little time!

So many gowns, so little time!

So not to waste any time, we need to start fitting!  ASAP!

I asked for mermaid gowns. They have three.

The first gown is a cream colored, halter top, mermaid with a ruffled bottom.

HK style

It was too huge for me… and the shade was off.

Kei didn’t like it. I didn’t like it.

The second dress I tried on is a strapless, corset back, pleated bodice, ruffled bottom that reminds me of Mi Sueno-Pronovias’ FAUNA

looks familiar?

looks familiar?

We thought it was nice. But, average.

By this time, the door opened up to a horde of females. The store is instantly packed. The other bride to be with her family has arrived. Good thing I only have one more to fit. (Sounding like a time pressure challenge.)

And lastly we tried on a strapless full lace gown with beading.

feeling like royalty!

feeling like royalty!

the beaded lace gown

the beaded lace gown

This is the best of the three in my opinion. Kei favors the second one though.

And done!  I hurriedly changed back to my clothes.

After getting a picture with their bathrobe! 

bathrobe

That sums up our Ivory and white experience.

Their gowns are all from Hong Kong. They can alter to fit add beadings… and even make a gown based on a peg.

 

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments are a must.   

 

Boutique- Their shop has a homey and warm feel to it.

Gowns- They have a variety of lace gowns. Their gowns are pretty generic that can be customized according to your liking-that is their selling point. No corset/boning. They have clamps, shoes and bathrobe! None of the other bridal boutiques went to has a bathrobe!  I would strongly recommend brides to be to go and try their gowns.

Fitting room- They a large carpeted area as their fitting room! (I’m glad about this) They have a huge mirror! They made me feel like a royalty. For a really short/rushed amount of time I stayed there, I’m telling you they are good.

Lighting- warm lighting.

Price- Their prices starts at 14k -40k. Budget friendly!

Friendliness- The storekeeper is friendly and attentive. Quick to offer help and suggestion on the gowns I tried on.

 

Contact them:

Mobile: +63917 324 2280

email at hello@ivoryandwhitebridal.com

Address: G/F Eaglestar Condominium, 25 Fabian de la Rosa St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

*open tuesday-sunday by appointment

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. 

 

The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)

The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience

The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience

The fourth RTW wedding gown search: The ivory and white experience

 


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sixpence in my shoe

Kei and I were out for our usual weekend stroll at Greenhills when we found ourselves in a rather odd and very much interesting booth. This certain booth at the furniture area sells coins of different values and origin.

tito jun

That gave us the idea…we could get our wedding arrhae (las arras/unity coins) here!

It would be cool to have coins from different countries we like to visit as our set! 

We quickly looked/picked up the coins placed in the huge wooden bowl (seen on top of the for sale signage on the photo above) and after a while Kei chose these coins. We then paid for them.

coins

while placing our coins in a plastic bag the shopkeeper told us one of the coins we got is a unique find.

It is the Susan B Anthony dollar. (bottom right)

Apparently Kei knows that the certain coin in question is a unique find, that started a fifteen minute conversation about coins that I know nothing about. (Extremely proud of Kei and I am a maximum fail on this one.) The shopkeeper even asked us is we were coin collectors too. (not really)

I then asked the shopkeeper for a sixpence (for my shoe). He said he doesn’t really sell them as those were his personal collection. (bummer) We learned that he is named Jun, is a coin collector and only keeps the shop to meet fellow collectors and further his hobby, he really doesn’t gain much from selling the said coins.

He then asked if we were planning to get married and those coins we got from him will be our arrhae, we said yes. (are we that obvious?) And he looked around from the albums of his own collection and said he indeed has the sixpence, and will sell one to us. (hooray!)  In British or Australian currency. We really wanted the British sixpence but it looks really old and dull. So, Tito Jun* suggested we get the Australian sixpence. -*we call him tito/uncle, as respect to an elder.

our sixpence

our shiny sixpence with a kangaroo and emu

And Tito Jun even taught us how to attach it to the shoe!

Currently we have 5 coins from Tito Jun’s shop, one Japanese coin from Kei’s brother in Japan. My best friend Joanna offered to give us one from Hong Kong. That makes it 7 coins in our collection.

We need to get 13 coins though. So, 6 more coins to go!

Now where to find my Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?…

Luckily I now have a sixpence in my shoe!

 

 Tito Jun’s Coin Booth is located at Greenhills Shopping Center, second floor in the furniture area.  If you managed to drop by the area take a look at his coin collection, you might find something you like. 

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket. 

 


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Searching for the wedding gown: The Rosa Clara experience

Kei and I learned about rosa clara from our friend, Melay who was a rosa clara bride. The concept is still the same. RTW, try before you buy. Seeing Melay’s floaty-tiered gown, we called up rosa clara for an appointment.

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We were scheduled on a Saturday afternoon (Feb 22,2014), at 3pm. We never knew but apparently, this is the last slot. Being near greenbelt, it is very convenient for us and fits right in our schedules!

We had lunch and strolled for a bit. And off we go. Their store really has that exclusivity factor. We had to ring a doorbell before we were greeted by an attendant in all black. Being a few minutes early, we were asked to wait and fill up forms as the bride-to-be before us is not yet done with her fitting.

So we just looked around their shop. We find it impressive, sleek and modern.

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

Rosa Clara Philippines Interiors

rack of dresses

And thus was given a lot of gown catalogs to look at.

I think its pretty.

I think its pretty.

After almost 30mins of waiting. The bride-to-be before us is done trying out gowns. Finally, it is our turn.

We were greeted by their consultant named Yuri? (or is it Eurie? Never knew the spelling.)

She asked for my gown preference. I told her I wanted a mermaid/fit and flare. Oh, the serpentina she said. Do you want to try other silhouettes? She thinks my figure could also pull off an A-line.

I said ok. And then I am whisked off to the dressing room.

The a-line is the first dress she made me try.

Aline

It is beaded and with appliqués. Sweetheart neckline and illusion beading, natural waist.  It looks ok, I guess. But it makes me feel short. Average.

The second dress I tried on is a full lace without any beading. But, this gown has a variation.

lace with variation

I find it too plain for my liking. The other version with the slit does not look bridal. Average.

Our attendant really looks tired right now and is really going on an extra effort in attempt to be cheery and bubbly. Apparently, we are the last fitting for the day and the brides to be before me were the “primadonna” types.

She then brought out another gown. The third one.

aire barcelona

Say hello to my swimmer’s shoulders!

This is an Aire Barcelona gown. A gown from their sister company.

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This brand is more affordable.

It was a tube gown with a bit of beading. It makes my shoulders look bigger! Oh, the horror!  I feel so “maton” (maton is Filipino for butch) wearing this.

I felt disappointed that all I tried were average. By, this time the attendant is a bit “nagpaparinig” (Filipino term for making sure that we hear her comments) that she is tired and has a headache coming on.

Being considerate to our attendant, I am ready to leave right after I changed back to my clothes.

When a dress hanging in the corner, caught my eye. It was worn a while ago by the bride to be before we came in.

I asked if I could try it on. The last dress to try. Our attendant agreed.

This gown is a Rosa Clara soft collection. Named Uma.

It is lavishly decorated with beads and feathers that has a distinct Gatsby feel to it. Very glam.

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Of all the dresses I tried on, the Uma is the one I liked most. I can remember its name!

I never remembered the other gown/s (I tried on) name. That alone is enough said.

The sad thing is, it is way out of budget (more than a hundred thousand). And I also couldn’t bear to think if the feathers attached to the dress is real/ethical. Really nice, but still a no.

They lived up to the expectations, but we left feeling rushed.

That sums up our Rosa Clara experience.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Appointments is a must.   

 

Boutique– Their shop is convenient, modern and has that luxurious feel to it.

Gowns– Their gowns are very soft. No corset/boning. You might have to consider buying shapewear to wear underneath. They do have a variety of embellished and lace gowns. No bathrobe. They have clamps and binder clips.

Fitting room– They have a sitting area in their fitting room! (Kei is glad about this) They have a platform, and 3 full length mirrors! They have shoes.

Lighting– dim lighting.

Price– Is steep. Consider yourself warned.

Friendliness– The storekeeper is chatty and a bit impatient. (maybe because she is tired) But still good to talk to, and attentive.

 

Contact them:

Mobile: +632 2381310

Email: RosaClara@trimarkholdings.net

Address: Rosa Clará  Tower III of The Residences at Greenbelt. Their shop is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily.

 

The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)

The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience

The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. 

 

 


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Searching for the wedding gown: The Adorata experience

While watching TV, I learned that local celebrity Kim Chiu opened up a bridal store in partnership with local designer for the celebrities Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan.  And their appeal is that they would offer designer fashion at a budget friendly price.  (Their selections range from P35,000 to P120,000)

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from www.hola.ph

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from http://www.hola.ph

Pepsi Herrera’s celebrity clients includes Kris Aquino, Regine Velasquez, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu. Edwin Tan, on the other hand, has designed for Kristine Hermosa, Claudine Barretto, and Luis Manzano.

Wow. I have high expectations for this one.

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I excitedly called Kei to tell him about Adorata.  And did what I do best, I googled for them, I looked at pictures of their press releases but, since it is fairly new. Nothing much is to be seen. So, we decided to simply visit the shop.

We went on February 14, 2014 a Saturday afternoon after work. We did find their shop easily enough.

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A sullen lady storekeeper met us, in a dim store. We don’t know if the store was supposed to be closed or what? She just continued on texting. Then she opened the air conditioner then went back to her desk to again text. She didn’t even try to hold a conversation, a question for a answer. Ugh, Really felt like a nuisance in the store. 

Adorata's interiors

adorata’s rack of dresses

We just looked the gowns on display. They have lots of ball gowns here, and almost all of them were corset back. Not exactly the type that I was looking for.  But hey, Kim Chiu does really wear a lot of ball gowns so maybe this was their signature style.

Keeping an open mind, we picked out 3 gowns to try. Then we asked the lady storekeeper where I could fit the dress. She was not really talking, or smiling at all it’s as if we were a nuisance to her texting. She just looked at us and walked away. Oh well, lets just get this over with huh?

So, she got the first dress. Opened up the clear protective bag, got the dress out and handed it over.  Just like that.

The first dress is a v-neck ballgown, with corset back. tulle fabric with beading.

corset

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

It is pouf-y. I dislike the boob area of this one. Que horror! looks like nipples showing through! 

A big fat NO.

The second dress was a boat neck, illusion neckline with appliqued lace. No beading.

embroidery detail

gown 2

cinched waist, ballgown

Better than the first, but not exactly my type.

The third is an A-line, with portrait back.

keyhole back

 

better than the first two, but this gown has to be cleaned. You don't see it but its hemline is dirty.

not a ballgown.

Better than the first two, but still a NO.

 

We then asked for the price. True to their promise the gowns are within their budget range. But this experience, was real awful. From the sullen storekeeper, some gowns have dirt on the hemlines. We left feeling really sad, a bit insulted, overall a major, major disappointment.

That sums up our Adorata experience.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Walk-ins are welcome.  

 

Boutique– Their shop is sparse but still functional. The floor is not clean as I hoped it would be. No platform.

Gowns– I only got to fit 3. I can say their style (ball gowns) would look really good on tall brides to be. Moderate bead works. My gripe, their gowns are not clean (please look at the hemlines and clean them), they don’t have different silhouettes. They just concentrated on ball gowns.  No clamps, no bathrobe, no shoes.

Fitting room– limited space, visually unappealing. But, it will do. No clean floor, No platform.

Lighting– decent enough.

Price– P35,000 to P120,000.

Friendliness– The storekeeper looks like we disturbed her texting marathon.

 

P.S.-We still like Kim Chiu. But not her shop, or her shopkeeper. 

Adorata Weddings can be found at: PT square bldg. 85 P tuazon street brgy. san martin de pores quezon city

 

The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)

The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience

The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. 

 

 


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allergic to the solution

This happened to me. So, I thought I should post this to get other people to be aware.

This is by no means a replacement to getting a ophthalmologist to check your eyes. 

 

As a contact lens user, I have my share of eye irritations and infections promoting me to stop wearing them for a time.

I hated it. I don’t want to wear glasses. (I want to look pretty not nerdy!) But recently, the irritations are getting more and more suspicious. Every time I wear my contact lenses, my eyes would be irritated. I get itchy eyes, blurry vision/dry eyes. Wake up with more than normal eye mucus/weepy eyes. I will got to the ophthalmologist to get it checked, get medicated drops (I had used Vigadexa and later on 4 Quin-DX) to heal it, rest my eyes for week or so. And because I really hate wearing my glasses, I would wear my contacts again and the whole thing repeats itself.

This red eye irritation been going on and off for months now…

Till I read about contact lens solutions being the irritants.

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I quickly looked at my lens solution. I was using Solocare Aqua but due to it being unavailable, my Mum switched it to Opti-Free RepleniSH. Stupid me. I never noticed. 

After a while I started having eye irritations/infections. Never thought that my solution was the culprit.

Hurriedly rushed over to our optometrist. She said that sometimes, people do get allergies to their solution.  Arrrgggghhhhh!

Once we got home, we then threw away the Optifree and got Solocare. I even gone as far as getting new contact lenses and case just to be sure.

Tomorrow, I am going to start using Solocare again, hopefully my eyes will accept the solution.

 

*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 this (from) my own pocket. 

 


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status in a bowl

My dad kept fishes as pets. I loved our pet fishes, and being curious with fishes, I read up on them that led me to read about sharks. I know they have rough skin, they are made up of cartilage, they have this certain ampullae of Lorenzini to help them detect the heartbeat of their prey, they have a sharp sense of smell and hearing, they are the apex predators…etc. I am awed with sharks.

bull shark photo from national geographic

bull shark photo from national geographic

I have amassed a lot of toy figures of them, and even more so when I got into swimming and my team is called “sharks”.  (I was stoked to be on the team even if sharks are actually the second best, the dolphins are the dream team.)

Go team sharks!  MIKE PARRY/MINDEN PICTURES-National Geographic Creative

Go sharks!
MIKE PARRY/MINDEN PICTURES-National Geographic Creative

Being Chinese, it was not long that I got introduced to sharksfin soup.

I cannot recall the exact time I first seen the soup. All I know is this soup is bloody expensive it costs about 4000-5000php and up locally. 

sharksfin soup photo from wikipedia

sharksfin soup photo from wikipedia

This soup is common in fine dining Chinese restaurants. It is actually a status symbol delicacy in a bowl. A banquet with this soup is considered good, and without it is considered as mediocre. Usually, I get this about two to three times a year. I never gave it much thought.

 Having the sharksfin or even having the corn soup (considered as cheapest) is ok for me, as long as I have a soup I’m good.

 

However this is really bad. I should care.

In a study made last year, roughly one hundred thousand sharks are being killed every year to be made into soup. That is a lot of sharks being killed.

a female mako shark being finned photo from national geographic

a female mako shark being finned photo from national geographic

Sharks die a cruel death, by shark finning. It  is catching a shark, cutting of its fins with a hot metal blade then throwing the shark back  into the sea to die a painful death by drowning (sharks drown when they can’t swim), loss of blood, being eaten by other animals. Without their fins, sharks are good as dead.

bloody sharks fin - photo by Chip Clark for the Smithsonian

bloody sharks fin – photo by Chip Clark for the Smithsonian

Fins are the only thing that is valuable in the sharks so they usually fin the sharks and leave it to die in the sea, saving precious cargo space to get more fins. In some European countries they are also killed for their meat.

 

photo from shark savers

photo from shark savers

A sharks fin fetches over $10,000 USD. For 1 fin. The high price makes finning sharks appealing to poachers. But this is unsustainable. Shark population is declining at a rapid speed and the sharks are slow to reproduce. These creatures are close to being gone. It is not too late yet to save these animals.

photo from shark savers

photo from shark savers

 

It is very ironic that Shark fin soup is a status symbol in Asian countries, and is considered healthy and full of nutrients. But, it is actually more harm than good. Sharks fin soup contains dangerously high levels of mercury that is linked to several well known diseases including degenerative brain disease and Alzheimer’s.

Jeremy Lin for shark savers

Jeremy Lin for shark savers

I have said no to sharks fin soup.

 

Learn more about the plight of sharks:

http://voiceforsharks.blogspot.com/2014/04/in-ocean-or-in-soup-where-do-sharks.html

http://www.sharkwater.com/