Saturday, December 18, 2010

50th Avenue: My Favorite Fashion Stop

I'm sure a lot of fashionista ladies (and gents) in the metro know about the 50th Avenue in Robinson's Galleria. :D It was recently temporarily closed for renovation and now that it's open once again, I cannot help myself but drop by the place every so often. The place is pure fashion bliss! It's almost like an upscale tiangge (flea market).

There are also a lot of stalls (more than before, and oh, with awesome interior designs) that offer great, and not so mass produced pieces (yey!), from bags, to clothes, to accessories and shoes.

And speaking of shoes, behold, my newest babies! <3

These shoes are an unexpected purchase. I was looking for cute skirts around the area and when I saw these, oh my, I thought I just had to have it.

By the way, it's from this quaint little store called Cocobelle. :D They also have awesome skirts!

I wore it with this outfit to work last Thursday and they were absolutely comfortable! :D

shorts: YRYS; tank top: Robinson's dept store; cardigan: thrifted

Ho ho ho! Few more days before Christmas! :D :D :D

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Diet is a Word Unknown to Me

Chicken fingers served with cheesy penne pasta

Chicken fingers served with cheesy garlic potatoes 

I am soooooooo glad I work near Banchetto! :D Heaven-sent goodness like these are just a stone throw away!

And these delicious treats are brought to you by ChickFish. :) The chef/proprietor is actually my boyfriend's cousin. She's an awesome cook! :D

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Because of Paper Bags

So we all love shoes. We cannot seem to get enough of it. Most specially when you see a big "SALE" sign in front of the store! Even when you do not have any plans of shopping for anything, that freakin' sign just blows up everything. LOL

So here is my latest unexpected-shoe-purchase last week and I am so thrilled! Not just because I like the shoes' simplicity, but also the paper bag it came it. I know. I'm shallow.

I actually enjoy Celine paper bags. They are very simple. Always have bold and attractive colors. I have 'em all. The black, the red, the purple (of course!) and now the yellow one. It's really pretty. And it really comes to good use specially on Christmas season when I have to bring gifts to my officemates. They can fit in 1 to 2 Celine paper bags! (Ok so do I sound really weird now?) Hey, no more plastic bags! :D :D :D

Have you ever seriously liked a paper bag from a particular store that you love buying from it just to have more bags?!

Hahaha ~ I know. I am that weird.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Thursday! ♥

Oh Thursday... It's the day that is almost Friday. But it's not. Hence the mixed emotions. LOL.

I was browsing some "strange news" from the world wide web when I suddenly came across this thing that made me LOL for a good 5 minutes.

Sorry. I cannot help but share it with you, guys! LOL

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bargain Finds When You Least Expect It

Last Saturday was my thrift-hunting-day and boy, I was thrilled. I went alone and visited 3 different thrift shops in my area. The sun was mad outside and despite my white shirt and denim shorts outfit, I thought I was gonna faint while walking downtown. Thank goodness the thrift shops I came to were air-conditioned! Whew! At least, I had fun digging for clothes!☺

After my much anticipated retail therapy, I decided to go home BUT much to my disappointment, it is still glaring HOT outside. I was already wearing black sun glasses but I was still squinting. Oh dear! I looked at my left and saw this fun-looking store that was air-conditioned, too. It's actually an everything-100-peso store. But once I got inside, I discovered that they also carried items that are priced at 50 pesos. They had RTWs, sunglasses, slippers, cheap flats, belts, accessories and a lot more. What caught my attention were these babies:

At first glance, I really thought they were the plastic, silver plated type of rings. That was because I saw the 50-peso price tag beside it. :D So I asked one of the saleslady if I could take a look and she pulled out boxes of these assorted rings. I was surprised to discover that they were pretty heavy, definitely made of pure metal. And for only 50 pesos! So I chose the ones I liked and ended up purchasing these 4. :)

While I was paying, the cashier asked me if I wanted it to come in individual boxes. She probably thought I was gonna give it away as gifts because the boxes looked like little Christmas gift boxes. Hahaha. I agreed though. I might be able to use the boxes for actual gifts this holiday. :D

My stubby fingers! LOL 

And hairy, too! Haha!

Hope all is well. :D

Few more days before Christmas! Are you excited. I sure am. ☺☺☺

Friday, December 3, 2010

Get Organized, Bag!!!

My first bag organizer was from SM department store. I liked it, yes. It did serve its purpose. But when I saw these sturdier looking bag organizers from Beabi, I just had to give it a try.

Mother Earth friendly paper bag :D

It is very roomy. :D

Front and back. 

And the best part about this purchase...

Beabi has various storage items in their store so I'm certain you won't leave their store empty handed. Their products are also very inexpensive ~ YEY!

Back with a Tag! :D

Zebra print top scored from a thrift store. :D

November came by fast! Whew! Still cannot believe we're now a few more winks to Christmas! *^^* Happy Holidays to all!

A very talented and creative blogger tagged me in one of her recent posts. It was Meream of Bored and Crafty. I'm so excited to answer the questions so here it goes. ~~~

Why did you create the blog?
I like to write. I love to read. I have fallen in love with reading blogs. It's just sooo addicting reading about other people's (mostly strangers) daily experiences. And then I came across beauty blogs which entertained me so much. I started a Youtube channel a few years back but then ~gasp~ I thought that site isn't really for sensitive persons like me. Within a few months, I gained a lot of subscribers but I also gained haters. If you don't like a nail art design that someone else put up on Youtube, you just normally move on to another video, right? Well, not for all people. Some would really leave nasty and hurtful comments. I don't want this post to be a rant, so basically that's the reason I switched to a blog. :D

What kind of blogs do you follow? 
Nail art, fashion, makeup, food, photography and even travel blogs. :D

Favorite makeup brand?
E.L.F. :D It's inexpensive but definitely not cheap!

Favorite clothing brand?
None. If ukay-ukay (thrift store) is a brand, then that would be it! LOL

Your indispensable makeup product? 
Carmex lip balm!

Your favorite color?
I love all colors! But obviously my favorite is purple. <3

Your perfume?
Tommy Girl

Your favorite film?
This is the most difficult question in the whole wide world! I'm such a movie geek. Maybe the most recent film that I consider my favorite would be "Easy A".

What country would you like to visit and why?
Brunei. I would like to know more about the birthplace and first home of the love of my life. *^^*

Write the last question and answer it yourself.
What are you looking forward to 2011?
More ME time. :D

I tag everyone reading this! :D

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cheap Find: Belts

Went to the ever popular store Saizen to buy some cute nail polishes and just like what usually happens, I ended up buying more than what I planned.

In the men's accessories section, I saw these plain but nice looking belts. Then I told myself "I have to get these!"

I got a black and a brown belt. Only for 85 pesos each!!!

And here's me wearing the brown belt already. :D I know I have humungous legs but I don't care! LOL

Happy weekend, everyone! <3

There's Froyo in My Office Building!!!

So that means froyo for me anytime! Yey!

Strange name. But I don't care! <3

Monday, November 15, 2010

Payless Shoes in Galleria! ♥

So it's a holiday today in the Philippines BUT I have work! Boo!

As expected, I got to the office wayyyyy too early so I decided to head to the nearest mall first. And my oh my... I was flabbergasted when I saw this really huge tarp bearing the logo of Payless Shoe Source near TGI Fridays in Robinsons Galleria! Boy I was super excited! :D

Can't wait for it to open!♥

Don't You Dare

This polish from Chic is really awesome. The photo cannot give justice. :(

Yes... this again. <3
Having a very busy week ahead! :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Polka Dotted Diamond

I got a really nice gray polish from a local brand called Caress and I think it looks adorable. :D It already looks good on its own, but I still decided to add on some dots for more... ummm... appeal? LOL

It's so diamond, it's gay! LOL! (now that was corny...hehe) 

Other polishes I used for this design...

Been using this a lot lately. <3

And one last look at the design. :D

Have a great week ahead, everyone! <3

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keep 'Em Strong

I know not all human females would want to grow their nails LONG but I'm pretty sure they still, at least, want to have decent looking, medium length, or super short, nails.

Ever since I started my Youtube channel to feature my so-called nail art tutorials, I've also started getting lots of requests for me to make a video on tips on how to keep nails strong. Requests as such would come from these ladies' plans on growing their nails long. And, my goodness, who would not want to grow out your nails when you can do something like these on your tips...

I ♥ these!
Let's admit it, ladies-who-love-nail-arts! Designs of our choice will look a lot nicer if our nails are a few centimeters longer than our actual fingers. It provides a bigger canvas for design, thus, making it look even more bongga (glamorous)!

My nails. Photo taken a few months back. I'm missing them. : (

That photo shows the LONGEST length my nails have ever reached before I decided to cut them back to a more comfortable (and safer ~ LOL) size. It just wasn't for me. I LOVED my long nails. I had endless designs made for them while it lasted. I had different nail art designs almost every 2 days! So why did I cut it? Mainly because I started having problems typing. Don't laugh. It is true. My work requires to type ALL DAY long and it was such a bummer when I suddenly became a slow-as-an-80-year-old-without-experience-with-computer-whatsoever typer! Other ladies that I know with long nails never had problems with it, but I did! Poor me.

Another reason is, well, I started hurting myself - HAHAHAHAHA! Specially while taking a shower. Red patches of scratch on my neck, back, thighs, and arms would appear right after I dry myself after bathing. My mom started worrying. Hahahaha!

Anyhowwwwwww, I still occasionally had my nails grow every now and then but I'd only keep 'em for a short while. Like a week, perhaps.

Now let's move on to some tips I've collected through time. These are based from my own chronicles and from Youtube's nail art gurus and nail technicians. By the way, I am absolutely not a professional. I am just a nail and nail art enthusiast.

1. Moisturize your cuticles. This is a must whether you want to grow your nails or not. Use a cuticle oil and read this. When your cuticles are properly nourished, they will start growing strong and nice looking nails. If you don't have a cuticle oil at home, you may use olive oil or your trusty petroleum jelly.
2. Use a basecoat before painting your nails. A basecoat is basically a clear nail varnish that protects your nails from the harsh chemicals found in your regular nail polish. Yes, there are harsh chemicals in there. You don't want those to come in contact with your bare nails now, don't you? Not only can they make your nails yellow, they can also make your nails become brittle, thus, hindering you from your quest on growing out your nails. Nail techs in the States even suggest that we apply a basecoat even if we don't plan to paint our nails. It will serve as a protection for our nail bed.
3. Do not neglect your nails' free edge. Free edge?! That's basically the very tip of your nail. The one that you file. When applying a basecoat, swipe a thin coat on the free edge as well to prevent the manicure from chipping easily. And once again, even if you do not intend to apply color to your nails, the basecoat will protect your free edge from splitting.
4. Stick to the sandpaper nail file stick. Metal nail files may seem easier to use but these can damage our nails. Glass nail files are also recommended, but they can be expensive and is actually quite pricey. (EDIT: hahahaha define redundancy!? LOL)
5. File your nails in 1 direction ONLY. 'Nuff said.
6. Be careful in using your nails when you just got out of the shower. Wet and soaked nails are very delicate. Try not to scratch too hard, open a can of soda, or ________ (insert an activity involving fingernails) after taking a bath. Wait till your nails are completely dry. They are stronger when dry.

These are just some of the tips that you can follow if you intend to have long nails, or just keep your nails strong. I am sure there are A LOT of other tips that professionals out there can give you, but these are the ones that have worked for me.

And I am certain that you, dearies, also have your own ways of caring for your lovely tips. Care to share it with us?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Grass Skirt on a Cloudy Day

And I'm wearing it on my nails! :D

I love this (not so) new polish from Bobbie. It's so summer-y! I miss summer. :(

I used Bobbie's Grass Skirt and Silver Glitter. :D

Silver Glitter and Grass Skirt, respectively.

Happy Monday to all! <3

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fatties? Oh Come on, Marie Claire!

Nothing much to do today so I decided to read some articles from my favorite online magazines. I then came across this interesting writeup and all I can say after is "WHAT THE FUCK?!" Sorry for the profanity but I really think I have the best excuse to say that.

Please read this and tell me what you think.

I am disappointed. I also felt bad about how some of the people who commented on that article said that they will cancel their subscription to that prestigious magazine just because of that one bundle of opinions from a person who did not seem to care about her subjects' feelings.

Oh well. Enough said.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Left Too Early

I left for work early today because I wanted to start the week right. Then I noticed that the roads are so clear and suddenly I remembered: today is local elections day in the Philippines! (I didn't vote ~ sahhhryy!) So that's why there are lesser vehicles on the roads. Yebah!

BUT ~~~ since I was TOO early to set foot inside my office, I decided to head to the nearest mall again It was probably 3 minutes away on foot. That meant only one thing: wallet damage! And this was the pretty damage:

Another great thing is that I brought my camera and memory card reader with me today so now I am able to blog about this! ♥

Really cute details ♥
I got it from the department store in Robinson's Galleria. It was on sale, actually. The original price was already very low so I was rendered speechless when the saleslady told me that it still has 30% discount. Why, hello HAPPY MONDAY!!! ♥