Saturday, April 30, 2011

Colorblocking

In an effort to spruce up my senses and my crashing personal life (...), I've been surrounding myself with colorful happy things. Hence, a quick trip to Zara for a little colorblocking experience. Thanks to Alex for the heads up :)

Must adorn myself with rainbow-colored clothes. STAT.


Not sure if I can pull off the colorblocking trend just yet...but I am happy I have a neon-slash-fluorescent pink satchel *forcing a weak smile*


PS: My Satio mobile cam is too bright....sorreeh..

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shopping (mis)Adventure: Raberly Ukay-Ukay

Sometimes I get this stubborn and incessant itch to go ukay. You know, the "drop-everything-to-go-follow-your-calling" kind of itch. I'm lucky that when I feel that way (it happens every few months or so) I can either go to Cubao, EDSA or Quezon Ave and satisfy my...um..itch. I think it has something to do with the excitement of unearthing a really good dress/top/romper/whatever for cheap, when you least expect it. Ukay shopping can be addicting at times, I tell ya.

I'm not an ukay expert (I'll leave that to Lauren), I've only frequented Fashion Delight in Cubao mainly because Cafe Bola is my restaurant of choice and it's only but walking distance from the ukay shop. Plus, I've scored numerous summery chiffon dresses there, and I know the place like the back of my hand.

Recently, however, I've sort of been hooked with visiting Raberly Ukay-Ukay. I've heard the prices there are higher compared to Anonas, but I guess it depends. I got my fancy top/tunic at the Quezon Ave branch last month during clearance sale, got it for only less than Php 100 :D

I was feeling lucky today so I decided to visit Raberly, the other branch which is just across Trinoma. Mom decided to tag along since we were doing some baking errands today.

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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Art of Scent

There are certain fragrances that take me away and remind me of important moments in my life. For example, Johnson's baby cologne and Nenuco remind me of childhood summers and my then baby nephew, Andre. GAP Heaven and Dream remind me of high school while L'eau par Kenzo and Ralph both remind me of college. I am particularly loyal to perfume and I still have all of the aforementioned in my stash, and I just rotate them according to my mood and the weather. My current fragrance of choice, however, is Annick Goutal which I've been using for the past 4 years.

I think a good signature fragrance is important -- it announces your arrival and at the same time leaves an olfactory imprint on your guests. You could say that I am more drawn to floral and fruity scents, nothing too overpowering nor too sweet, I am not the Victoria's Secret type of person.

 

If you're in fragrance limbo and are in search of your signature scent, then you might want to visit Art of Scent, the country's first luxury stand-alone fragrance store. When I was invited to this quaint boutique, I was quite refreshed that they didn't have people spritzing everyone with perfume eager to make a sale. I'd say, it's almost like a haven for us who want to choose fragrances in peace.

Pink-ing of You


What's your default summer varnish? Spill! :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter @ Tokyo Cafe

There hasn't been much activity in our household for the past few days except for the usual Holy Week observance of fasting and abstinence. Now that it's Easter, we're all out to celebrate with our loved ones since Dad is here for a visit. My Dad loves to eat, and I think that really I took after him. This year we decided on Tokyo Cafe. Love the food here, so delish and affordable.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pampering at Creations by Lourd Ramos

After I my salon visit last month, a lot of my friends mentioned that I look better with colored hair. They said I look less Asian (umm...) and my complexion brightened up a bit. It felt great, because it's been 10 years since I last had my hair colored. Anyhoo, as of late I've been itching to maintain the vibrant color and softness of my hair and so I felt a hair treatment was due.


It was rather timely that Jenny and Celine invited us to a special Davines pampering sesh at Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon. I was quite excited to meet the world-renowned hair stylist as I have heard so much about him from friends and colleagues who are major fans of his work.


Coincidentally, the infallible Lourd Ramos (the hair guru behind the newly-opened Creations by Lourd Ramos salon) is also proud to be a Davines Brand Ambassador. “I believe in a brand that caters to specific needs. I believe in this brand and its vision whole-heartedly,” says Lourd emphatically of the high-end hair care brand that has successfully established itself as a staple in thousands of salons worldwide. “With Davines, what you see is what you get. Colors are exact and true! Every product is really a must have,” he continues.

Lourd Ramos also has several other titles under his belt. Much recently he bagged Studio 23’s "Makeup Artist of the Year Award for 2010", and now with his own salon to boot, he continues to embody everything Davines stands for --- innovation, originality, and a serious passion for beauty.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The power of accessories

"Those miniskirts, that slinky dress, your skinny jeans. Gain ten pounds and they betray you in a heartbeat, the cows. But your accessories -- your shoes and bags, your scarves and necklaces. They'll stand by you through thick and thin. 

They will pull together an outfit for you. They will help you update your wardrobe without spending a ton of money. And, without saying a word, they'll spend all day talking you up to the world, telling others how cool, fun, elegant and sophisticated you are. Really, what else can you ask for in a friend?" -- Nina Garcia

What I wore to the Clinique SPA-rty 1 and 2:

Top: Zara | Tiered skirt: RDS | Studded flats: Aldo | Parrot necklace: Accessorize
Top: Terranova | Skirt: Zara | Wedges: Ferretti | Belt: RDS | Bag: SM Dept. Store | Bib: Flatterbuy

Sidenote: I lalala-LOVE my Ferreti wedges! I wore them for the first time at the Clinique SPA-rty last weekend and I'm glad to report that I walked the whole nine yards in them -- I took the MRT from Ayala Station to Trinoma where the boyfriend picked me up just in time for my nephew's first birthday party at Rembrandt Hotel and my feet didn't hurt one bit. I love how the wedges gave me good posture and made me walk like a laydeh (must be all in my head, but yeah that's what happened).

Gah. I can't stop gushing about the wedges. Must.end.this.post.now.

Credit: first two photos taken by Liz

Monday, April 18, 2011

Girlish fun at the Clinique SPA-rty part deux

The first Clinique SPA-rty was a huge success and a lot of readers clamored for a part two. You guys requested, and Project Vanity answered. Presenting photos from the very recent Clinique SPA-rty held at Rustans Makati last weekend.

Kari wearing her nude Ferretti heels
I was prolly most excited to meet Kari of Owl Beauty and she is just as cute as a button! I love her to bits! Us petite ladies should stick together, yea?

Friday, April 15, 2011

VMV Hypoallergenics: a haven for sensitive skin

I am proud to say that I grew up surrounded by VMV Hypoallergenics products. My Mom was a staunch user of their moisturizers and loose powders back in the day, and I readily gobbled up whatever skin care pointers she gave me.

When I was in high school, my first ever mattifying pressed powder was from VMV. In college I got hooked with their Armada sunblock line (I used SPF 45 and 60!). When I started working I started using the Id line, tea tree oil spot treatment and their lip balm. Yes, a lot of their products have been reformulated and most have been discontinued, but my fascination with this brand never faded. 


Two weeks ago, our VMV ladies texted us advising us of an upcoming sale. Being VMV lovers since birth, my sister and I trooped to Trinoma to check out the stuff that was on sale for 25%. As I am most focused on skin care, we stocked on lots of products like mad.

customers checking out the Superskin line
Grandma Minnie's new line for babies and tots

I've been shunning their makeup line for years thinking that they were a little bit old-fashioned, but I heard they released new lipstick variants so I just had to check them out.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My new love: Ferretti Shoes

I've said it time and again -- it's tough having small feet in this ever growing world. I used to limit my choices to international brands who carry a teeny size 4-5, but I was really surprised when I visited Landmark, Trinoma last January and discovered Ferretti Shoes. Little did I know that that unplanned purchase would spur a lifelong relationship with the brand.

Ferretti shoes are comfy -- no doubt about that. I could walk in them for hours! But another thing that I could credit to the brand is the fact that it made me wear high heels and wedges again. When I used to teeter and wobble because other shoes just didn't fit right, Ferretti shoes just made all the difference. My, I may be starting an addiction here!

Yesterday, Ferretti Brand Manager Liz Lanuzo (who coincidentally is also my POC editor) gave us a tour of their showroom in Glorietta 5. It was like being a kid in a candy store -- literally. Oh how I wish I could take ALL the shoes home.

Prepare yourself for some serious eye candy:


Ferretti shoes are 100% locally-produced in Marikina. Each pair is painstakingly crafted by hand and the styles range from the classic ballet flats, wedges for casual days and trendy heels for night-outs. For a bargainista like me, their prices are just right up my alley --- flats and sandals got for only Php 699, wedges and heels are only Php 1,500 while some select investment pieces go for Php 2,000-2,500. Their bags range from only Php 800-3,000. Not bad, huh?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Go skint at Forever 21 in SM Makati

Yes folks, Forever 21 is now open in SM Makati! But I'd advise you to hold on to your paychecks because you'd go broke. No, really. For some reason, I got a kick out of their selections here than those in Mega. I was smitten with all the well-stocked XS clothes, lace toppers and lace dresses (I was channeling the hopeless romantic in me, obviously). Plus going to Makati is hands down more convenient for us commute-wise.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

The wonderful world of Bedazzle

Educator-slash-principal turned entrepreneur, Catherine Limson is once again breaking ground with her second and newest Bedazzle store (her first one is located in University Mall, beside DLSU). Conveniently located at the corner of P. Noval corner Dapitan Streets, it is only but a stone throw's away from the legendary UST where hundreds of students abound.

talented and cheerful owner, Cat Limson
Known for their signature felt accessories, Bedazzle now offers more kitschy cute stuff plus practical necessities for us fashionphiles on a [student] budget. The shocking pink interiors of the previous store has given way for a more appropriate splash of summery brights. Go tigers!

 
Fancy accessories and knick knacks to brighten anyone's wardrobe all at approximately Php 300 and below
the connector rings are her bestsellers
take your pick!