Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mochi Ice Cream Saved the Day!

This pretty pink  booth caught my eye at the recent Bloggers United bazaar, which was really more like a meet & greet for fashionistas rather than an actual bazaar, hee-hee. I was/am still on a shopping ban and therefore wasn't really interested in buying anything.

I'm glad I bumped into Lai when I got here, she is one of my favorite people in the world. If you must know, she designed my business card and Mr. Breadkins who currently mans my online shop (which I haven't updated since all my items are at the stores listed anyway).

Off the bat, lemme tell you that these pastries were adorable!!! BU handbags? How cute!

Alex nudged me to take a Red Velvet Cupcake, even though she perfectly knew that I really do not like them. I rolled my eyes and said, "Red Velvet Cupcakes are just brownies in sheep's clothing." You can't fool me, you adorable little cupcake with teeny tiny hearts you.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Totally loving: Cesar Millan "The Dog Whisperer"

Let's veer away from beauty and fashion for a bit and talk about my other loves. If you've been reading this blog, you'd notice that I love animals. I have an 8-year old Chihuahua named P-nut (click here cos he just celebrated his birthday), a 3-year old Shih Tzu named Komiki (she was a rescue) and 13 hermit crabs (I blog about them, too! Click here).

Anyway, I've been enjoying watching Cesar Millan on NatGeo's "The Dog Whisperer" for the past two weeks. If you haven't seen it, it shows every Wednesday from 10pm-12mn. He deals with a lot of cases involving insecure, dominant, manic-depressive, even aggressive dogs. And believe it or not, he can rehabilitate all of them --- although sometimes it's the owners who need some work. But seriously, if you're a pet owner whose love for dogs spans from the moon and back, then his show is definitely something you shouldn't miss.

Oh Cesar Millan, when are you coming to Manila? My dogs are dying to meet you! :3

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I finally got my Kopi Fix...

Do you eat a lot when you're upset, or just not in a good mood? I sometimes do. Earlier today I was craving for my comfort food --- kopi float and kaya toast. I was craving for them so much I couldn't function properly. Mehn, I really hate it when that happens.

So I decided to pass by KopiRoti before I headed home.

Yep, I needed to satisfy my cravings bigtime. EQ fail. BUT at least I'm happy. Sorry, Lauren :D

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Habanero's Steakhouse & Cafe

I have a boyfriend and a Dad who loves bikes, and I mean big bikes. I have ridden one of these super fast machines and being one who can only drive a scooter, my first big bike experience scared the wits out of me. Really, really. My mom does not approve of their fast riding especially in urban areas, but provincial rides are relatively okay. I, on the other hand, can only ride a wimpy scooter at only 40-60kph. I am putting my Dad to shame here, lol.

Anyway, one of the good things about having a boyfriend and a Dad who travels are the cheap restos and cafes they discover. I've had delicious steak meals and burgers in hole-in-the-wall places that I would normally never encounter.

Yesterday, we were scheduled to deliver bike gear to one of his distributors in Cavite. After the transaction, ze boyfriend invited me to have lunch at Habanero's Steakhouse & Cafe which was nearby and a popular hangout for bikers. He proudly said their specialty was tapang kabayo. Uh-oh...

UNICEF Auction for Action: Mich Dulce x Adam Ant

Filipino designer Mich Dulce pledges support to UNICEF by donating one of her hats to Auction for Action, a fundraising online auction to benefit children’s programs in the Philippines and worldwide.

Signed on the back in gold by British music legend Adam Ant, the hat comes with a hand written note from both Dulce and Ant, a signed poster, a tour t-shirt from Ant’s current "The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Tour," a set of 4 badges, a wristband, and a plectrum he used at a recent gig at legendary London music venue The 100 Club.

Visit UNICEF’s Auction for Action at www.ebay.ph/unicef and bid for your chosen pieces today! This unique online auction in partnership with Ayala Malls Greenbelt, Ebay.ph, Cibo and Cibo di M brings together works of reputable artists in art, design, furniture, fashion, jewellery and photography along with exciting experiential packages. For more information, visit the auction website or call UNICEF Philippines at +632-758-1000.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Skin Care Tips from the Clinique Consultation

A few weeks ago I attended the Clinique event in Trinoma where we were given a chance to consult our beauty concerns with a Dermatologist. Trinoma is very near my place that when I received the invite, I was so happy to go.

The atmosphere was very fun and casual yet very informative.

Happy Birthday P-nut!

It only seems like yesterday when I first adopted these little runts from the vet. These photos were taken using our mobile phone cameras back in 2003, they were barely a few weeks old here:

Today, P-nut, Sparky and Chi are celebrating their 8th birthday with us! I decided to prepare a special "cake" made of their favorite lamb kibble, canned dog food and real pork liver. Yummeh!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Surprise Parcel: Nanny Rose's Sticks & Pulls Honey Wax

A yellow parcel arrived for me today, and you know I so adore pretty little things.

"Nanny Rose's Sticks & Pulls is an all natural hair remover in form of honey wax and is made of only ingredients closest to nature. The sticky pot is a combination of locally produced honey, sugar and calamansi juice -- a unique concoction that will keep skin smooth, hydrated and will even exfoliate dead skin cells. It contains no harsh chemicals or ingredients that can cause allergies thus it can be used on sensitive and delicate areas. Plus, it is all natural and locally-produced so you can feel good about it!"

Amanda del Rosario of ARD Organics was even thoughtful enough to send me a handwritten note, this really made my day:

I am due for a wax real soon, so please stay tuned for my review. For the meantime, I'd love to know what you think:

Do you wax at home or go to a salon? 
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on it?

Bright Lips

These are two of my favorite lippies at the moment, both from VMV Hypoallergenics. I prefer wearing these bold lipsticks because with them I can keep the rest of my face bare -- I just apply my moisturizer/sunscreen, Clinique Dermawhite Liquid Foundation SPF 38, Pur Minerals pressed foundation and head on out the door.

VMV Glitz Lipstick in IT GIRL and VMV Velvet Matte Lipstick in COPA
VMV Hypoallergenics has been known for decades primarily for their skin care and the cult-favorite Armada sunblock line. I think it's high-time that they be known for their "ant-acne makeup" line as well.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New discovery: Super Wipe Stain Remover

I'm pretty anal about my shoes and bags. So anal that no matter how late I get home, I have to clean them first (especially the icky soles) before I store them. There is nothing more heart-breaking than having an obvious stain or prominent scuff mark on my prized [faux] leather satchels and sandals.

Recently, I've become a proud owner of white/bone-colored platforms from Ferretti. I love them to bits but I couldn't stop fussing about the eventual scuff marks. See, these are the things that keep me up all night, LOL. Good thing I discovered Super White Dirt and Stain Remover from Handyman last week.

I only need to apply a small amount on a soft cloth (or tissue if I'm in a pinch) and rub the area several times to ease the stain out. A little elbow grease helps, too, for more stubborn stains :)

I know some people use Wipe Out, it's another great stain remover as well but I prefer Super Wipe because it smells better and is gel-like in texture. Super Wipe also does not leave an oily finish so I can store my leather goods right away after cleaning. And most importantly, it does get rid of stains and dirt (except the really indelible ones). This retails for only Php 65.00 for a huge 250g jar, available at most hardware stores.

What do you use to keep your valuables in tip-top shape?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: Pure Beauty Super Brightening Toner

I recently asked the oh-so-adorable Kari to testdrive Watsons' newest  product, the Pure Beauty Super Brightening Toner. I am a fan of her blog and she is such a doll in real life, too (click to see our photo together)! Check out her full review  below:

Kari is a glasses-wearing 21-year old with a not-so-secret love for makeup & skincare.She likes singing, owls, and pretty things. Read more of her beauty & fashion ramblings over at http://owlybeauty.blogspot.com. 

When Kira offered a chance for me to do a guest post, I couldn’t say no. For one, I love her blog, and for another, I was curious about the product she sent for review. Pure Beauty was launched at Watsons just a couple of months or so ago, with several lines for both skincare and hair care that were formulated for Asian skin. The product I will share with you guys today is the toner from their Super Brightening line.

I dig the simple yet elegant packaging
The Super Brightening Toner contains arbutin, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and various plant extracts that can control the formation of pigmentation, as well as help keep the skin supple and radiant. It is also dermatologically tested and good for all skin types.

I like that the manufacturing date is printed on the box and that there is also an indicated storage period of 3 years (not in picture). I don’t think I would want to keep any skincare on a shelf for three years, though!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yay for polka dots!

We finally got them! Polka dots are soo cute, these are from Payless Shoesource :) What did you guys buy over the payday weekend?

PS: I am currently obsessing over the (500) Days of Summer OST <3

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's a Date: Speed Dating Event on June 17

I got a taste of my first speed dating event last February and for those of you who are curious and interested to experience a night of fun mingling paired with good food, join us again on June 17!

How does it work?

Participants will be paired up for several minutes before moving on to meet with the next participant. They will rate how much they liked a particular person they met on a notecard. At the end of the session, the organizers will see which couples shared a mutual attraction or compatibility based on the note cards. Compatible couples will be given each other's contact information so they can arrange romantic dates.

The speed dating events will be held this time at Cafe Attivo, a lovely Italian restaurant located in Makati City that specializes in Greek Salad, Shrimp Rigatoni Alfonso Pasta, Bolognese, Seafood Pasta, Kahlua Cake, Carrot Cake, Midnight Truffles and Mochamisu. Nomnomnom.... ;)

How to join? Simply email weareperfectevents@yahoo.com, and you will receive an application form for the event. This is open for ages 22-35 years old.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Back to my old pink self.

I've been enjoying wearing red on my lips for the past month, and now I think it's time to wear dashes of pink again. I miss pink. Badly.

Loose top: Promod | Petite Sateen Capris: Dorothy Perkins | Wedges: SM Dept. Store | Pink Satchel: SM Dept. Store
So anyway, this is what I wore to the Clinique "The Doctor is IN" event last Friday. I can't imagine getting too dressed up for events in this infernal heat, so I conveniently chose neutrals this time. I actually like my outfit a lot that I may repeat this getup in the future, haha. It's so comfy and simple. Love. :)

Also, care to share what's in YOUR bag?

I'm prolly one of those people who packs almost everything --- hand/potty spray, lotion, tissue, perfume, oil blotting sheets, notebook, mints, tablets for headaches, vitamins, camera, band-aids, etc. I'm the the type of girl who prefers to be prepared for whatever surprise life might throw my way, especially if it happens to be messy and there aren't any clean comfort rooms (or wash rooms) around. Haha. I could even fit in an umbrella in my bag somewhere...but I didn't bring one today.

So how are you guys? Hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend! :)

PS: My hair's getting too long and I don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Splurge vs Save: Facial Scrubs

Scrubbing has always been an integral part of my skin care routine. I scrub my face once a week, sometimes twice if I feel like it. I've always been particular about scrubs because I prefer physical exfoliation as opposed to chemical ones. I like giving my face a good scrubbing, but not end up with raw, red skin. I want to feel the beads and know that they're actually doing something. Yet on the other hand, I have sensitive skin so anything super abrasive, strong or highly fragranced is a no-no.

Let me present two scrubs that I am loving at the moment:

CLINIQUE 7 DAY SCRUB CREAM - Php 1,600/100ml

I'm so happy I was able to try out Clinique's 7-day Scrub Cream during the previous Clinique SPA-rty. It's a very gentle and creamy product with tiny scrubbers that refine and exfoliate my skin well while leaving it moisturized and supple. The good thing is, it is very creamy yet I can actually FEEL the grains do their job as I massage it on my face. This may be the most fool-proof scrub out there, since it's very, very gentle and there is no danger of over-scrubbing.

In true Clinique fashion, it is allergy-tested and fragrance-free -- although I do detect a hint of "scent" somewhere, it's very pleasing and not overpowering at all. I prefer to wash or rinse off the product with warm water, but you can also use a tissue to wipe it off.


If, however, you are in a pinch or a bargainista like me, then I think you'll delight in this affordable alternative. The St. Ives Daily Microdermabrasion comes in a clear/glycerin formula densely packed with tiny scrubbers. Compared to the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream, this has twice as more beads making it ideal for ladies with combi/oily skin or those who need a "stronger" scrub. It is dermatologist-tested, contains 100% natural extracts sans pthalates and parabens, formulated with Vitamin E and chamomile. It does contain parfum as well, though, but the scent is still pleasing to the senses.

Overall, I think these scrubs are gentle enough to be used on all skin types, including sensitive skin. The difference is that St. Ives contains more beads, and therefore can exfoliate skin more. Both of these products feature beads that are almost identical, if not the same, so you're really not losing out whichever product you end up choosing in the end. St. Ives, however, is obviously more affordable and widely available in all major supermarkets. However, if you have very sensitive, intolerant skin or prone to allergic reactions, then Clinique may be your best bet.

What about you, what's your favorite facial scrub? :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Doctor is IN: An Exclusive Clinique Consultation

Concerned about acne, blemishes, skin pigmentation or simply have sensitive and intolerant skin? Then  Clinique may hold the answers to all your skin care woes. We would like to invite YOU to the Clinique counter in Trinoma this week for an exclusive skin consultation. Guest dermatologists will be there to conduct a special skin care consultation and answer all your beauty concerns.

Contact the number above and reserve a slot today. We hope to see you there :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lessons from (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer is one of the most real portrayals of love and dating I've seen onscreen. Love is messy, sketchy, confusing and hurtful. On the other hand, if you find the proverbial 'the one', it can be the most exhilarating experience. This post was lifted from Rhoda, I think the author did marvelous job in dissecting the lessons you can learn from the movie. Read on... 

PS: I just have to say, that I loved all of Summer's outfits in this movie. It's currently showing on Star Movies this month, so I hope you can all catch it and watch.

This is a movie treasure that captures the true messiness of love and dating. It is unique in telling the story from the male point of view and uses a terrific soundtrack.

Love, almost always starts off with one person loving the other person more. For those lucky in love, the other person begins to feel that way too. More often, sometimes a year, 500 days or even a decade can go by and the person the love is aimed at likes being adored but they don’t find themselves in love with the other person. While they are ready to pass the time having fun with the other person, they don’t feel the same way. They’re enjoying themselves, perhaps honest like Summer about wanting a casual relationship and also giving out endless mixed messages. There is an emotional danger in mixed messages because it’s too easy to hang on to the messages that match your own point of view and ignore the rest.

We watch Tom, drowning in expectations, shred his heart to pieces with hope while Summer clearly announces she doesn’t want a boyfriend several times. Instead of really hearing her, Tom hangs on to the fact she shares a story she never told anyone before. He’s right this is a possible clue to a future, but it is only a random bread crumb, not an entire path. He fails to make this distinction and breaks his heart. It’s very similar to Jenny Sanford believing her husband was “sweet and honest” when he refused to say he’d be faithful in his wedding vows. Denial belongs to all of us as human beings, not just alcoholics.

It is Tom’s younger sister who tells him to go back and really think about all the clues he ignored that she just wasn’t into him. Even the voiceover announces, “Tom believed his expectations would align with reality.” Of course, he ends up crashing headlong into reality because his hope and expectations are taking him on another false reality journey. Love does that. We pretend things are better than they are, stay in sketchy relationships far longer than is good for us vs. risk waiting long enough for the other person to finally recognize we’re the one. 500 days is a reasonable amount of time to struggle with that dilemma, while 3 years or more is not.

Being single is hard if that’s not what you want, finding the right person is even harder and both people reaching that magical place of feeling deeply about each other is even more rare. Uncertainty and ambivalence will always be part of dating. This is why it can be a mistake to make Valentine’s Day a test for a relationship that has hardly gotten started. Still, the risk of love is worth the broken heart, and you have to find your courage to keep on taking the risks.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Payless Shoesource now open in Trinoma

You're gonna miss Steve Madden cos Payless just took its place in Trinoma. The store was teeming with delicious summer wedges in playful prints, la-la-la-love :)

Will you be purchasing any of these over at Payless? :)

Payless Shoesource is located on the 3rd floor of Trinoma Mall, Quezon City