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summer stuff

After the holy week, I have been staying at home to Netflix and chill. *I just finished 13 reasons why* Still waiting for the next episode of Riverdale though.

13 reasons why -photo from the internet

I have also been happily hoarding yet another batch of lippies. Colorpop has a sale going on and I just couldn’t resist! Eagerly asked my cousin from the US to get me some so that I can see what the liquid lipstick hype is all about. I got those ultra satin ones: Aquarius, Echo park, Chandelier, Alyssa, and Dopey.

yey for new lippies!

Also did some closet purging. I let go of my clothes that became too small for me, and found replacements for my favorites. –I am still on a lookout for a lace top, and a chambray one.  I also got new tops since its summer and I am constantly wearing shorts. Pinstripe seems to be the thing this summer, this blue one from Kamiseta fits comfortably and on trend too!

Feeza top in blue from Kamiseta

I also got this cute red one with prints on the sides from Plains and Prints.

KITH S/L from plains and prints

At home we have been trying to eat healthier. Swapping ice cream for yogurt, having salad for dinner at least once or twice a week.

shrimp pomelo salad for dinner at home

Sice it is “sweat season” it is always better to have more sheets (for the rotation). We got this exact set, at a discounted price too!

from H&M home

Leaving with a summery photo taken from a summer luau we attended last weekend. How about you?

wearing our multicolored leis for a summery vibe

how is your summer going? Till the next post!


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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 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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the day popcorn almost burned the house down

This is one of my most epic childhood memory.

It was a day like this, a cloudy sort of rainy day when Joanna and I decided to have a cartoon marathon. We hurriedly sneaked out to buy our drinks (a 20 peso Flintstone’s punch a buy-one-take-one deal) on the convenience store near our home.

flintstones soda drink

flintstones soda drink photo from tumblr

We were particularly fond of the prehistoric punch, limestone lemonade and bedrock berry flavors. 

Since we don’t have enough money at that time to buy us snacks we decided to make our own popcorn.

We really felt that it was one awesomely genius idea at that time.

First we searched for the popcorn kernels and opened the stove, placed a wok (yes, a wok!) with some cooking oil and placed the kernels there and covered the whole thing. Pop goes the first kernel.

popcorn

Our plan is working!

More kernels popped. But we were to chicken to actually open the cover, we decided that it is best to wait till there is no more popping sound.

WRONG DECISION.

Grey smoke started to rise up from the wok! Then it turned black. We scrambled to look for the pot holders and opened the whole thing up.

Black angry puffs of smoke greeted us. The popcorn was burnt and some of it was on fire!

We turned off the stove and put on a brave front by wearing the potholders and planning to lift the whole thing up to the sink to douse the smoky mess with water.

*To add to our disaster, my nanny is sleeping. My little brother is also asleep. We were screwed big time.

photo from bgfons.com

photo from bgfons.com

We never got the mess to the sink.

It landed on the kitchen floor with a loud bang, spewing its sorry fiery contents in the white tiles. Joanna and I looked at each other and screamed! By this time, the smoke from the kitchen was a fluffy thick black consistency, spilling out to the common outdoor area we share with the neighbors. Within a few seconds the neighbors are banging at the door, with shouts that they call the fire station.

We cried.

My nanny was now awake and very furious. She quickly got a blanket doused in water and proceeded to blanket the mess. Ran to open the door and tell the neighbors, we got everything under control, and that she was sorry for the inconvenience.

No more popcorn. A possible week of no allowance, a reprimand and maybe a “time out” from friends is looming ahead when the parents got home. We drank our Flintstones drink in miserable silence.

Thankfully, my nanny let it pass. It never got to the parents.

 

Till now, Joanna and I still laugh about the burnt popcorn. Our parents never knew this popcorn incident that almost burned the house down.

We blame it all on the popcorn. We call it “baog na popcorn”.

(baog is the Filipino term for sterile, so it means sterile popcorn).

 


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summer pastime

One of my cherished summer pastime with my best friend is creating our beaded bracelets or woven bracelets made from cross stitch threads. I was pretty surprised to see my little sister (Nicole) making her own bracelets out of what seems like small rubber bands. I was told that that is the latest craze with the younger set, and is called loom bands.

rainbow colored loom bands

rainbow colored loom bands

She just bought one pack this morning and went on to create this before bedtime.

loom band bracelet

loom band bracelet

Fast learner eh?

I was actually hoping she make me a colorful one to match my summer outfits.

 


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first of the few days

It is holy week again. Last year I had plans for the week, this year there is none.

Normal days on the first three and vacation days on the rest of the four days. Pretty much the summer vacation of a worker.

It is time to sink back and let go with the world.

 

The source of one’s joy is also often the source of one’s sorrow. -Jessamyn West


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rough crystal

I used to have a neighbor who collected rocks. He is older than me by 10 years (I think, I was only 9 back then.) and is named Erwin.

He always has a ready smile, is chubby, with a moody pet iguana.

I am fascinated by his rock collection that he proudly displays on his window. (He believes in crystal healing.) My best friend Joanna and I usually troop to his place to look as his box of rocks, its like a museum trip, he explains what the rocks are, where he got/brought them, the highlight of his collection was a amber with a prehistoric insect in it.

Most of his rocks are quartz crystals, that he gets from caves. They look like these:

rough quartz crystals

rough quartz crystals -photo from pinterest

While I like the crystals, I am fascinated by those that have color. I like the purples and pinks and those that have bright blue colors. I also discovered what geodes are.

Got to know a bunch of stones like ruby, sapphires, amethyst, moonstone, tiger’s eye, hematite, pyrite, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, cats eye, spinels, etc.  While we like going to his house to check out his collection, at times he thinks we are a nuisance, after all we stay there for hours, he never got angry at us.

rock collection -photo from etsy

somebody’s rock collection -photo from etsy

One summer day he announced that he was moving out. We were sad. Well not really that sad but sad in a way that we know, there ain’t going to be any looking at the rock collection anymore.

On the day he is going away, he handed out a goodbye present for Joanna and me. He gave us each a rough quartz crystal. Which we kept in a pouch and cleaned with saltwater once in a while. Till we forgot all about it.  And our attention was moved to beading with glass beads till we encountered the glittery Swarovski crystal beads, that we made into our bracelets.

Swarovski crystal beads

Swarovski crystal beads

I loved our crystal bling! Joanna and I went on to creating more shiny crystal bead pieces to wear,  that I seriously thought the crystal Erwin gave us was worthless. It doesn’t shine, it is rough and lets be honest here not as pretty as the polished and faceted crystals. But I kept it because of the sentimental/childhood treasure value. I rarely ever clean it anymore. Its been where I kept it for more than 15 years.

Till I saw a booth on the mall selling crystals. Quarts crystals like the ones Erwin used to collect. Like the crystal I have at home.

They were rough, but the are really shiny, I guess it was cleaned frequently. I stooped down to look at the rocks. The smallest quartz crystal was priced at 3,000+ php. I thought to myself, hey, my crystal is bigger than that…. so it means it is worth more.

Woah! It really was a treasure after all! Even without the flashy bling! Reminding me not to take everything at face value. 

the actual rough crystal that was given to me

the actual rough crystal that was given to me

Sad thing was, we never knew where Erwin went. We did not remember his surname, we cant even find him on facebook.

But really, Kuya Erwin, thank you for the gift and the life lesson. 

 

“There is all the difference in the world between treasure and money.” ― Roderick Townley, The Great Good Thing