Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to have a fabulous STAY-cation

No VL? No problem! If you’re stuck in the office this summer, or if you’re saving up for something major and can’t afford to splurge on a trip, you don’t really have to look too far to have an enjoyable and fashionable stay-cation. Being in the metro just means you have access to tons of beauty and fashion-related activities. Read on to discover how you can maximize the allure of having a memorable summer vacation sans the tan!

1. SHOP TIL YOU DROP 


This may well be the first thing that comes to mind when faced with cash to burn, most especially since stores hold their summer sales almost simultaneously in all major malls within the metro. But instead of just aimlessly shopping, why not try, once and for all, to shop for the basics? Take the cue from Nina Garcia’s infamous book “The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own.” If ever you’ve ever thought of completing your classic apparel essentials, this is the best time and place to start.

Whip out your checklist and see if you have the following: an A-line Dress, ballet flats, blazer, exotic skin bag, the little black dress, a trench coat, stilettos, wrap dress or a push up bra? You don’t have to follow her list to a T, you can streamline her list and make it your own. After all, we can’t wear fur in the tropics now, can we? And you also don’t have to spend your entire paycheck on a specific item, be a smart shopper and learn to maximize your spending and canvass. Your friendly neighborhood department store may just be selling that fabulous leopard print satchel for just a fraction of the cost of the designer version.

Another exciting option: try to discover the wonderful yet elusive world of ukay ukay and outlet stores where you can surprisingly score quirky finds at rock-bottom prices.

2. GO ON A PERSONAL FOOD FEST


Check out Our Awesome Planet and prepare to take your palate on a whirlwind romance with food! Whether you are in search of the best burgers, the most gooey and chocolatiest cupcake or prefer delish yet affordable hawker food, this little website has it all. Be prepared to salivate as you read on and dare to create your own “best of the best” list.

For the weekends, you can also take your family out to Mercato Centrale, the Salcedo and Legaspi Markets. These places are famous for offering lots of delicious and unique meals, scrumptious desserts plus organic, natural bath and beauty products as well as mineral makeup from local merchants.

3. GET A NEW CUT, COLOR AND STYLE

 
Have you been stuck in a rut with your blah hairdo for the past five years? Are you suffering from overly dry and chemically-treated locks? This summer is the perfect time to treat our tresses and experiment with a new cut and color. You don’t have to spend a fortune because lots of salons hold summer promos that will surely fit your budget. For example, Azta Salon in Katipunan is currently offering 50% off on their Nou Nou Pak treatment and 15% discount on hair services when your book your appointments through their Facebook page. So if you’ve been dying to have that digital perm (a.k.a. “I just sexily rolled out of bed” look), do a little research online and take advantage of sweet summer deals.

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