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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?

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kind of a DIY bracelet

I am so late to the party but better late than never right? In my case, I am quite late and slow on curating my Pandora charm bracelet! 

As children my best friend and I admired bracelets be it chains, bangles, half chain but we had a soft spot specially for charm bracelets –those chunky and dangly ones that has some round bells on it always catches our eyes. We got ours right before college. We wore it for quite a while and then, it got lost and that was that.

By 2014 (I think) Joanna showed me her new charm bracelet acquisition. A Pandora bracelet was on her arm and she already had some charms on it. I wanted one of course! But I controlled myself by saying I cannot spend money for a new bracelet since my wedding is eating up all my funds.

Pandora collier bracelet 

Come late 2015, Joanna surprised me with a Pandora bracelet on my bridal shower. It also has a language of love charm on it too!

to the left: Language of love charm that came with the bracelet Jo gave me. Right: A two tone Bearhugs charm -the first charm given to me by Kei

Then after the wedding Kei got me the Bearhugs and family heritage charm. All of my Pandora stuff are treasured gifts!

two tone Family heritage charm from Kei

I left it at that.

I did buy a charm to give though! (this was early 2016) I got Jo a Elsa Crown charm.

Elsa’s crown- from the Disney movie frozen

It reminds me of her (high school) uniform color that is blue, and fits with her being a December baby, and that it is a crown! So she got that added to her collection. Her bracelet has a blue/green theme to it that the Elsa crown fits in nicely.

So back to my collection. I wanted my bracelet to have a mix metal look. No glass. No color. Just all metals.

There was a charm that I really wanted though I cannot seem to find it. The Disney frozen snowflake charm. – It was exclusively sold in Disney parks, and we don’t have it here in the Philippines. I loved the geometric lines of the charm and I appreciate that it was kind of like a “special snowflake”, plus being born in winter also makes it a nice charm to have for me. So, thought I could find it from online sellers (this was on 2016), but I never did.

Last year (around the end of 2017) I really wanted to add something  to it and started looking for a safety chain. I have been indecisive as to get it or not since the charm was a bit pricey, so I went about looking for a pre-loved one –with a good “history” of course. The owner of the chain has her bracelet full of charms and wanted to free up some space to fit in one more charm. I mulled it over and went about my usual “window shopping” and still did not get any…It was Kei that got impatient and ended up getting the chain for me as part of my Christmas gift.

Love connection safety chain

Upon looking a lot at the net I discovered that I can get a online shopper to find that elusive Disney frozen snowflake! But I have to wait for a month for it to arrive. I excitedly told Kei and Jo and they teamed up to get it for me. I am lucky, I know. I am going to have that snowflake by the end of January.

Disney Frozen Snowflakes Charm

I just got the charm yesterday! -On the Blue blood moon day! And It was beautiful!

My bracelet is now most predominantly silver. So I am setting my sights to add a new metal to my bracelet to add variety. I wanted to get rose gold-because it is cheaper than the ridiculously priced gold charms. And I really, really like the color. I have set my sights on the shining path clip in rose gold. I wanted to get a pair, so my charms doesn’t slide around. (It is annoying when they do that.) And maybe a spacer or two? Any suggestions?

Update: I bit the gold bullet. I went to ask for a pair of custom made 14k gold spacers from my trusted jeweler, Helen. I chose the design below as the inspiration. While mine won’t be legit Pandora, it is still 14k gold,  just more affordable for me – I can get it melted and re made into another trinket if I do get tired of it. *Will update once I get my hands on it. 

the 14 k twist gold spacer from Pandora


*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, we paid for this (from) our own pocket. 



month long

I already had my birthday but it seems like the weekends of January is a continuous month long celebration for me. I got gifts from my friends. Also got a lot of cakes. Two of those are very much special to me.

on the left Red Door Kitchen’s four flavor cake and Red Ribbon’s Tiramisu cake

Because one on the left was given to me by my cousin (who I don’t often get to see), and the one to the right was from my Care group friends! Both unexpected but so much welcome! For that I am thankful.

Kei also surprised me with a birthday dinner to this romantic restaurant named Ninyo that serves fusion cuisine and wine located in Loyola, QC. -By chef Nino Laus. It is one of Manila’s best kept (secret/s) restaurants, that has an intimate and cozy ambiance.   

Our gazebo by the garden and the creme brulee that was given to me. 

I did not get to take a lot of photos since it was already dark when we got there, sorry. (Just look at them up from the net) But take my word for it, their food was delicious! It was Filipino-Japanese-French fusion that was pleasing to the eyes and to the palate. Definitely recommended for anniversaries, birthdays and specially the upcoming valentine’s day!

Speaking of valentine’s day, this year it is so close to the Chinese New Year. Got anything planned already?

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a peep

Days had gone by so fast! It’s already mid January and I still feel like it was just Christmas yesterday. The holidays were a blur, time goes by so fast. I am already back at work and is already working  on my usual deadlines.

On resolutions… I will try my best to shun negativity from life and focus on the good. After all life is short, we all deserve to be happy.

*I was pleasantly surprised that I still get messages/questions regarding my wedding that was two years ago. I am thankful that my readers value my opinion. –it means a lot to me thanks!