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metal mouth no more

I waited patiently as the dentist plucked each bracket on my teeth. After what feels like 30 mins (its only 5 mins in real life) my braces are gone – for the second time around! I had a relapse so I got braces twice.

After three long years of being a metal mouth (the second time around braces)… ahhh this feels divine!

Can smile my Cheshire cat grin* now.

*smiling with all of my teeth showing.

I run my tongue over the smooth surface of my teeth. And again, and again.

Till it is time to get the cast* of my teeth.

*Those plaster replicas that are meant to be of help in creating the retainers.

So, because I am so proud and euphoric of my new found freedom… I am posting a before and after cast of my teeth.

spot the difference

spot the difference

The ochre is the before, the green is the after. The front tooth was chipped when the cast was given to me, must have been dropped or something… but looking at it gives you the idea of the improvement my teeth had.

Now that I am free from braces. Let the prenup shoot begin!


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My prenup dress adventures: the roundup

I’ve been real busy. Sorry for being missing in action for the past few days.

But I got a lot of messages/questions about my prenup gowns. I was planning on sharing these after my prenup shoot but maybe the time is now.

So, I will let you see my dresses and as an added bonus: I will also share my list of my trusted seamstresses!  

I am having a small victory right now.

After all the frustrations and tears from my hell of a dammed/fail red dress, I finally have another red dress that is like a gazillion times better than the bloody hell of a dress. Wanna see what the fail/bloody hell of a dress looks like? see it in my past post here.

While I was moping about the fail one, mom suggested we salvage it by getting it altered. After all she knew a good seamstress. (Ate Helen who made most of my mum’s cocktail dresses and the one who did a superb job on my lilac goddess gown) So, off we went.

Sharing a photo of my absolutely, gorgeous lilac gown. This was made by Ate Helen. Perfection in just one fitting. This is why we are her “suki” (a long standing customer).

my lilac gown

my Lilac gown that was made by Ate Helen from AyenMil Fashion Boutique

But there was a catch. Ate Helen is fully booked. There is simply no snippet of time that Ate Helen could do the extensive alteration. So, she begged off. We understood.

In case you are wondering about Ate Helen’s contact details? here they are:

Tell them Pam referred you. Ate Helen calls me shobe. =)

Tell them Pam referred you. Ate Helen calls me shobe. =)

So I was dragging myself out and moping along the way all the while telling mum that all is lost on the failed dress. When mum stopped walking to admire two gowns on display (a gold and orchid colored gown) and even ask for the shop owner.

the gowns on display

the exact gowns on display that caught our attention- photo taken from Tita Nedy

Apparently they were made by the owner of the shop and also a seamstress named Nedy. She made the gowns and is willing to sell it to me for a low price after seeing the first red dress that was a maximum fail. I thought the orchid gown was divine. But I already have a lilac gown and getting the orchid gown would be a repetition of color. Mum asked if she be willing to fix the dress, to which she simply said, save you the trouble. Get another one done.

I told her I really wanted a red asymmetrical dress, and that I liked what she did with the orchid gown. If she can make me one in red, it would be perfect. While taking my measurements she asked me about the fail gown. I told her the story, she chuckled. And said I will make you one that will make you forget the fail one. I smiled and hoped for the best.

After a three weeks. I was back in her shop twirling around happily in my new red dress! She made a wonderful concoction of satin and soft tulle in a bright candy apple red color with dainty sequin flowers! She thought the color would be perfect with my personality and skin tone. Tita Nedy was just like a fairy godmother, my dress was freaking fabulous! (I now call her tita Nedy)

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my candy apple red gown made by Tita Nedy! -I really, really love it!

Only after the first and only fitting did I know, she makes curtains and dresses. Go figure.

The dress would need a few embellishment adjustments, and would be sewn the next day and my dress will be ready to wear!  Awesome-ness.

Loving my red gown like I do? I am sharing Tita Nedy’s contact details:

Tell them I sent you and send my love to Tita Nedy! =)

Tell them Pam sent you and send my love to Tita Nedy! =)

I may have also told you about the champagne gown that features the hunchback of Notre Dame look. I am scrapping that gown off too.

It is now replaced with the ivory-that-turned-out-to-be-champagne dress. This is made by Ysabelle.

ruffled and sexy!

ruffled and sexy! precise tailoring from Auntie Chai-Yong of Ysabelle  

This is supposed to be my non beaded ivory-dance-dress that turned out to be the champagne-cocktail-dress. Not to be used at the wedding dance, only for prenup shoot or party purposes. Honestly, even if they did not get the color right, I love this dress. More of the back story here.

prepare your Chinese speaking skills and head on over! Look for Auntie Chai-Yong and tell them Pam sent you. =)

prepare your Chinese speaking skills and head on over! Look for Auntie Chai-Yong and tell them Pam sent you. =)

Last and definitely not the least. My white RTW gown. Remember the time I was frustrated with looking for seamstresses? And opted to look for RTW but because of my petite size I was getting no luck? The post is here.

Well, I managed to snag one beautiful RTW gown! While it was far from the styles I usually wear. *I dislike garterized backs, and I think halters make my shoulders look huge. But this gown managed to work on me. It fits comfortably and it looks unique.

this white gown is rtw!

this white gown is rtw!

I got this from Giovanna at 168 mall. (Sorry I lost the paper bag with the store’s details but I am sure that the store is on the third floor.)

So, those are my Prenup gowns. I will be mixing them with my existing dresses for the shoot.

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for all the gowns including all the fail gown/s mentioned. I withheld the contact details of the fail/bad seamstresses and instead posted the good ones I encountered. Positive vibes! 

**Love my gowns? These will be worn on my prenup. That means apart from fittings, I will wear these once. And these will be kept at my closet. If you are interested in my gowns, I am willing to sell them after my prenup shoot. -For reference I am (depending on the brand) a size 2 to 6, usually fits extra small to medium. For more details, leave a message.


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all spritzed up

I sprayed my last drop/spritz of sweet pea a while ago.

Last week it was the cucumber and green tea, two weeks before that romantic wish and pure seduction sprayed their last cloud of mist.

Dove body mist in Cucumber and green tea, Victoria's Secret body mist in Pure seduction, Victoria's Secret body mist in Romantic Wish and Bath and Body Works in Sweet Pea

Dove body mist in Cucumber and Green tea, Victoria’s Secret body mist in Pure seduction, Victoria’s Secret body mist in Romantic Wish and Bath and Body Works in Sweet Pea

Leaving me with empty bottles on my perfume tray, nonetheless I am pretty pleased.

I was surprised that I managed to go through all those bottles. When before I never really emptied a bottle, it usually gets passed on. I also did not buy any new body mists for this year! Maybe I am growing up now. 

So, I have no “everyday scents” for now. That gives me the go-signal to try out new ones. 

But, I have my eye on these:

( Just in case I find it in Cash and Carry, and with the condition that it agrees with the budget.)

( Just in case I find it in Cash and Carry, and with the condition that it agrees with the budget.)

  • Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold– The fragrance invites you to take the stage, steal the spotlight and to make every day runway-worthy. It is a sexy blend of sparkling bergamot, lush gardenia and musk.
  • Bath and Body Works Endless Weekend– An exhilarating blend of raspberry, lychee sorbet, sun-kissed magnolia and vanilla sandalwood
  • Bath and Body Works Mad About You – A love-struck pairing of soft peonies & black currant kissed with creamy vanilla musk

 

Will probably repurchase this:

  • Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction– A flirty, floral fragrance. Entice in Pure Seduction, a passionate romance of succulent red plum and sweet freesia. Experience the luxury of fragrance. Refreshing formula is infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile.

*As much as I love the Dove body mist in Cucumber and Green tea for its scent and price, I cannot find it anymore in the supermarket. 

Any good supermarket body mist/colognes you can recommend? =)

-Enjoy the weekend!

 


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pure hazel love

I have been a contact lens user for more than a decade now. Normally, I wear the soft clear ones.

I am loyal to the Air Optix brand as their lens are breathable and non drying therefore their lenses are very comfy that I sometimes forget I am wearing contacts! They are also perfect for my sensitive eyes. No joke. 

So, when colored contact lenses (graded ones) came out in the  market, I was very much tempted to try them out… but due to my fear of eye infection/s (yes, I learned my lesson the hard way) and questionable (Korean contact lenses) brands, I opted not to and go on wearing my usual clear contact lenses.

But not today. Because the kind folks of Air Optix Philippines sent me this for trial!

over the moon

Over the moon! My favorite contact lenses now comes in colored versions!

I was going to keep this to use on my prenup shoot come September, But I got impatient and wanted to wear them. Right away. 

Or should I say right after I disposed last month’s contact lenses. 

mine!

Mine! =)

Unlike the usual reviews I see on the internet where bloggers wear colored lenses just because, I wear contact lenses because I need them (badly) and also because I am vain. hahahahaha! At least I am honest! 

graded

graded+colored=perfect for me

The box contains two contact lenses that are individually wrapped.

inside the box

inside the box

They gave me Pure hazel to try.

I was told that it is a subtle color. How does it look like you say?

look at the color!

look at the color and pattern! (the lenses in my contact lens case)

It looks like this! Pretty right?! And that is my contact lens case look like that my friends. It is because I use hydrogen peroxide-based lens care solution to clean, disinfect and store my contact lenses. Rather that the usual contact lens solution. 

my contact lens solution does this

my contact lens solution cleans like this

I told you I have sensitive eyes and a history of eye infection. That is why I am wary of anything that concerns my eyes.

When worn the lenses tend to blend in. It is very natural looking.

can you see it?

Pardon my tiny eyes, can you see it?

Cloudy vision due to the colored lens? Nope. Comfort for a whole day of wear? yes! I wore my lenses by 10 in the morning and took them off by 9 in the evening. Noticeable color? Not really eye catching but its there.

Like what they said, it is subtle, I like the fact that it does not make me look artificial.

I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!

*Sings* I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!

In this photo the color is much more noticeable. Kind of gives definition to the eyes.

It has that ooomph, I am not wearing any make up in these photos but you can see that my eyes brightened up my face!

Will definitely go get another pair of this one when September comes along.  My favorite lenses just got trendier! Yey!

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. The product was given to me for trial. For safety, consult with your optometrist/ophthalmologist before changing or trying out new eye products. 


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prettifying my groom, the macho style

I feel a bit sorry for grooms. While most of them shoulder the cost of the wedding they usually end up being just the afterthought. So for Kei, I wanted to make him feel special on that day too.

we are here to prettify my man!

we are here to prettify my man!

So, it is a good thing that I found the Union Station Barber Shop’s customized grooming service for the groom to be!

They created; The Spoiled Groom – that is a on the day grooming/pampering service for the groom to be, right in the comforts of the hotel room. Kind of like having an HMUA (I guess) but specifically for guys. To make them look their best on their big day! Isn’t that nice?! After looking at their facebook page, I told Kei that I am going to get him a manly version of HMUA. That got him asking me more questions. So, when I found out thet the union station barbershop is going to be at Edsa Shangri-la’s bridal fair, I made it sure that we get there to meet/book them.

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To be honest, I initially wanted to book the basic package (concourse) that consists of: A Hair Cut / Trim or Define, a traditional hot towel shave, face massage, hair grooming and singe. That costs 3k. *45mins of service approx*

But after talking to them at the fair, we decided to go for the complete package (platform) that consists of: A Hair Cut / Trim or Define, a traditional hot towel shave, face massage, hair grooming and singe. The additional services included? Luxury Hair Treatment, Hand and Back Massage, Manlycure This costs 5k. *1 and a half hour of service approx*

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Considering Kei loves getting scalp massages and back massages this is the bomb. Since we booked them at the fair, the freebie we got was the same package we got, for an additional head. Not bad. We plan to give it to Kei’s big brother who will be flying in from Japan. So he will not have to rush and worry about his hair/looks once he got here. So they will have more time to bond. That would mean more memories and time together to look back on. Priceless.

Since we booked them on the spot. I asked questions about their services and asked them to explain what the singe is.

Apparently, it is de-fuzzing the ears. As to how it is done, it is done with fire. Manly enough and kind of a bit scary… 

And they are going to give it a go! Kei is going to try getting singe-d! We were really curious and since it is a demo, why not?!

getting singe-d!

getting singe-d!

So, Kei gamely sat on the barber’s chair to get singed. The barber got cotton wrapped around a slim scissor and soaked it in alcohol. then, lit the thing up.

And Kei got singed on both ears. Asked if it hurts, he said no. It was just warm and the swooshing sound of the flame was the only thing that kept him aware that he was being singed. He was laughing and chatting with the barber the whole time. So, I guess it was a pleasant experience after all. Not something to be afraid of.

Thank you Wrangler!

Thank you Wrangler!

While waiting for Kei to finish his singe, my name was called out. Apparently, I won a gift bag from Wrangler! Wow! Thank you very much! 

I am giving it to Kei who is a fan of the brand and buys/wears their jeans regularly. And I am not saying this because I won. I really find their dark denims as a classic staple, I also love that their pants are soft to the skin. I even buy wrangler pants for Kei from time to time. We also get their polos. 

Simply put, Wrangler is one of our go-to-brands for pants as they have regular fit pants that looks better on men than those skinny pants that makes men look like sissy ballerinas with beards. imho. Their pants are also more forgiving for the full figured males. (They carry waist sizes to 40.) 

In return he has to buy me distressed shorts. Fair trade.

Also got to meet the Fashion Pulis! He is the host for the fair. He is super friendly! 

with fashion pulis!

with fashion pulis!

After a quick chat we shook hands and took this picture.

So, that concludes our Unveiled Edsa Shangri-La bridal fair adventure.

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Thank you!

Personally, I would love to see my groom being pampered on his big day. Maybe have a few pictures and video of him getting ready being professionally groomed. I think it would be pretty awesome to see my groom getting pretty for me too.

hello to the team! =)

Photo with the team. Thank you! 

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

Union Station Barber Shop – https://www.facebook.com/theunionstationbarber


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My acne journey: products I am using this summer season 2015

Summer is in full swing and is wreaking havoc to my skin. Here I go again. It seems like I am better of with the cold climate months, my skin magically clears up. I think my skin did not get the memo that we are living in the sunny Philippines. Mad hate.

Currently, I am religiously going to my dermatologist, once a week for cleaning. Before, I go there every other week. But since, I need to have clear skin for my big day and the days before that, I have no choice but to really drag myself to the clinic weekly. Every week there is a lot cleaned out, but still a lot remain or pop-up. I freaking hate it. Shelling out and getting pricked is not really something to look forward to.

My face is an oil slick with bumps mostly on my forehead. (I drink a lot of water now, so no. I am not dehydrated. My skin just hates me.)

After another painful pricking session. I asked the derma what else can he recommend, besides the glycerin soap and derma-made toners I am using. I also told him that the glycerin soap seem to lack the cleaning feel it used to have. 

get me through the hot summer days please.

get me through the hot summer days please.

He recommended me to take doxycycline once a day for ten days. Then got me to to use acne-aid soap, continue with my toners and lastly use epiduo. My skin got a bit less bumpy. Thank God. But after 4 days, I feel the “burning-skin-feeling”. So I topped it all off with a light moisturizer I already used months ago.

Does your skin breakout on hot summer days too?

acne journey update-summer of 2015-

*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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on recovery

As expected. It turns out that it is not eye infection this time. A blocked duct, or a stye caused my eye issues this time. The eye drops plus antibiotics just couldn’t make it go away.

not my eye, got this photo from the net as this looks a lot like my conditon

not my eye, got this photo from the net to illustrate as this looks a lot like my condition. 

Even if my antibiotics is already Co-Amoxiclav. Bummer. 

Apparently, the right term for my condition was Chalazion. and I am a candidate for incision and curettage.

So last Thursday, I got a minor eye surgery as per the advice of my doctor and is on recovery phase right now.

My incision was done from the inside so no visible scars. Just a bit of swelling can be seen.

Have to keep on wearing my dorky glasses. sigh.

Still on C0-Amoxiclav as well. 

Can’t wait to finally wear contact lenses again! Arrrgggghhh!