Denim have long been our staple closet piece. You can’t even name a single person who didn’t have his or her favorite pair of jeans. And because fashion is alive and evolving, we got a lot of denim clothing to choose from these days. Chambrays and denim jackets are fast-tracking the runways and it also comes in different shades of bleached, gray, or our favorite one – Blue jeans!
We all have battles of our own and it always defines us and how we see the world in general. The older we get, the heavier our problems. Figuratively speaking, battle scars are the best trophy of wisdom. That’s why it’s a heartbreaking news to know that a child who’s less than one year old, have to suffer a giant ball of problem in his battle with Biliary Atresia.
Panties, undies, unmentionables. What do you want to call them? They are the most underrated clothing in the world. And while it’s still kept in secrecy by most women, nowadays it climbs higher than where it was before, thanks to Victoria’s Secret and other underwear brands. And in celebration of the National Underwear Day (Thanks, Freshpair!), I’ve compiled the types of underwear that will never fail you in anyways!
Lately, I’ve been raving about the perfect skin care for girls who are stressed and oily. That haggard feeling is common for women who are always carrying tons of work load with them (Woe is me!) . So in my search for the perfect skincare regimen, I’ve bumped upon Kylie Minogue’s secret to staying young and flawless and fresh!
Yes girls, that’s the Pond’s Cold Cream! How surprising! According to Minogue, she uses this religiously and trust it solely to look after her skin. Cold Creams are actually emulsions formed from water and certain fats, and it is used by women in Greece 2,000 years ago to keep their glow and youth.
Pond’s, however, developed this classic product is already 100 years old and it even becomes an old wive’s tale. No wonder this haven’t phased out from the brand as this is also one of their most effective products then and now. And guess what, I’ve also read in Cosmo.ph’s Purse Parazzi article that Coleen Garcia also swears by this product! In fact, she keeps this in her everyday bag.
I’ve actually used this for 2 weeks and so far, no breakouts in sight (except one or two when I’m on my period.)
First, the packaging is kinda cool but not fancy unlike the other Pond’s cream in the market. Pond’s Perfect Care Cold Cream is also available in Lemon variant, but I guess I’ll try it some other time. The little jar has instructions and more info at the back and it reads like this:
Pond’s Perfect Care
Clean skin that feels softer and smoother – that’s the Pond’s Institute promise.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
- Apply pea-sized amounts on your forehead, cheeks and chin. Spread and massage gently over your face and neck
- Tissue off or remove with wash cloth to take out deep seated dirt
- Re-apply as necessary
- Wash off with water and face cleanser, like Pond’s facial wash
So there it goes. The pea-size amount (shown above) is plenty but it will do your face good. The cream inside the jar stays in place no matter what. The scent smells like the classic Jergen’s lotion which is neutral for me, I don’t hate it but I don’t like it either.
After spreading it evenly on your face and massaging it in the process, it will give you a super-oily finish (shown below). I let it sit on for 3 to 5 minutes, before wiping it off by my cotton pads and wash off with my cleanser.
I use this as a make-up remover and hey, it really removes deep-seated dirt that I began to understand what the buzz is all about!
All in all, I really, really love this product and I think this will forever be either on my vanity table or in my bag. It cleans my face and it contributes to its total softness and moisture.
Packaging: It’s portable and light. You can put it in your bag easily! ☆☆☆☆
Scent: As I’ve said earlier, I don’t hate it, but I’m not a fan either. ☆☆☆
Price: For 130/jar that will last you 3 months if you use it once a day, it’s a steal! ☆☆☆☆☆
Effectiveness: In my two weeks of using this, it’s actually true that it will leave you with clean skin that feels softer and smoother. ☆☆☆☆☆
Cons: None, as of the moment.
Overall Rating: I like everything about it, and I’m not super picky with the smell whatsoever. As long as it’s effective, I’m a fan! ☆☆☆☆☆
Will I repurchase? YEEEEES!
Nowadays, Mango is not just the luscious and sweet fruit that we love during the summer season – It also signifies the brand that we love! It’s Mango Season, everyone! And all Mango Outlets nationwide is on sale! <3
In order to commemorate my love for Mango, I made a list of the top 5 Mango items that we all need in our closet and several ways to wear them. These pieces are versatile, minimalist, and very sophisticated and classy. It’s exactly what the brand stands for. And it’s exactly the reason why I love their style every season.
1. The Minimal Dress
I remember this one very well. I was walking in Shangri-La mall in Mandaluyong to grab some quick lunch when I saw Mango’s promotional poster starring Miranda Kerr in this classy and chic dress. Since then, I’ve been a fan of straight and T-shirt dresses. This can be worn in the office, on Saturday Meet-up with friends, and even in the beach with your swimwear underneath.
2.) The Waterfall-structured Jacket
If you’re a style stalker and your favorite social media accounts are Polyvore and Lookbook, you know by now that blazers aren’t only meant to wear in office. It’s now available in so many colors that you can imagine and you can pair it with anything. But ever since the buzz about blazers started, it proposed one problem: Nobody likes cashmere or wool for that matter. Especially here in the Philippines where it’s so hot and humid.
But thank goodness to Mango, they came up with this stylish blazer look-alike that is made up of 91% Polyester and 9% Elastane so it spells C-O-M-F-Y like no other!
3.) The Shoulder Detail Jumpsuit
If you don’t want to wear pants and skirt at the same time, then you surely knows that it’s time to wear a jumpsuit. I personally don’t like jumpsuits because they seem stagnant to me. But when I saw this piece from Mango, I think I’ll have a change of heart. it’s perfect for meetings or just a simple stroll in the mall. What’s more, the blings on the shoulders adds some personality to this already lovable Jumpsuit.
4.) The Crepe Double-Layer Blouse
This blouse is a must! I choose this one because imagine all the things that you can do with this! You can pair it with absolutely anything, and you can wear this anywhere. Plus, it looks so fresh and so simple. Tuck it in, let it loose, pair it with skirt or trousers, or maybe wear it in the Church or in the park. The possibilities are endless! And once again, let me tell you that the clothes that are worth some space in your closet are the ones which are versatile.
This Crepe Double-Layer Blouse from Mango definitely earns the crown.
5.) The Flowy Baggy Trousers
Step out, Jogger pants! This Flowy Baggy Trousers from Mango is the epitome of good style. It’s loose to let you move with ease and grace. And yes, another versatile piece to add to your collection. You can pair it with your favorite blouse (Shout out to the Crepe Double-Layer Blouse!) or simply just a tank top and a blazer. In any ways, you can definitely put together any outfit with these.
So there it goes, the top 5 items that earns a space in your wardrobe. Of course, I have my personal favorites, and I’ll put them in the runner-ups. <3
6-7.) Message Cotton Blend Sweatshirt and Saffiano Effect Cross Body Bag. The Message Cotton Blend Shirt is here because of the obvious, “Bloggers do it better”. And I’m also a fan of body bags. Hence, the stylish Saffiano Effect Cross Body Bag earns its 7th spot. 🙂
June had been a rough and a blessed month for me with all the stress and client meetings. Not to mention my work and my constant need to learn everyday.
Happy shopping my dear followers! All of the items are, of course, from Mango Philippines. If you don’t have time to go to their physical stores, you can Shop for Mango online through Zalora Philippines.
Having a job for a year and and two months has its own perks. I can buy all the book I want as long as it’s under 1 grand. LOL. Not to mention all the books that has been given to me as a gift by my great love. *blushes*
If you’re a constant follower of my blog, you already know that I’m a wide reader: My preference in books varies, depending on my mood. But even if our home is buried by stacks and stacks of book, I only have a few that actually changed how I viewed the world in general. These books have modeled my thoughts and my virtues, they became my teachers when school is far too demanding for me.
Of course, my readers, I want to share to you my sentiments and my list of the books that changed my life – for the better.
- The Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger – This is my favorite classic book. Back in my high school days, I was in a deep crisis about what I really wanted to do with my life. I am only 15 years old back then and all I think about is what Bachelor’s degree do I want and what will happen to me 10 years from that point onward. I remember reading this book in my sophomore year and it became my catharsis. There’s something amusing and relieving about Holden Caulfield who’s stuck between moving on to be an adult and staying behind to be young forever. That’s exactly how I feel: Afraid, in-denial, rebellious. But the future is something that you can’t escape, so I did what Holden did. I accept it.
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – It doesn’t matter if this memoir is proven fiction. I seriously like this book. Frank McCourt is raised in poverty in Ireland. But he had a dream to go back to the United States and try his luck out there. I remember all my dreams that’s been put to waste because I didn’t try hard, despite my number of perks for being raised in a perfectly nourished small family. I even posted a quote here in Flowers for Kimberly, and that’s been with me all along, even after I finished this book.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book is so heartbreaking! Dating back in the second World War, Liesel was a victim of poverty (I have a knack with poverty-stricken books). Her foster father taught her how to read books and since then, she’s been getting books from the Mayor’s Wife’s library and she reads and re-reads it. Such was the passion of this girl with words that by reading her books aloud, she’s able to calm everyone during air raids. This book taught me about passion and contentment, about valuing friendship and learning to love what you have at the moment.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has its own sentimental value for me. It belongs to the first set of books that my boyfriend gave me as a Christmas Gift. This book has taught me to look for omens. That life isn’t as complicated as it seems to be, all you have to do is look at the obvious, and you will understand everything that the Universe had prepared for you. This always reminds me that if you want something, everything will conspire to give it to you. Just wait and don’t lose hope, everything will fall in their proper places.
- For One More Day by Mitch Albom – For One More Day made me appreciate the unconditional love of my Mom. As an only child, my Mom and I have the most complicated love-hate relationship. She’s my best girlfriend and my worst frenemy. After reading this book till the end, I gave the greatest Woman in my life some loving and assured her that we’ll make it out alright. *sobs*
Okay, Summer isn’t all about the beach and the bum and the lost of our own Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather. It’s also about shopping and bargain hunting. With the Green Light Sale in Trinoma and all that looming in, you may want to warm up and splurge your money with this month’s L’Oreal Sale! I’m a beauty product junkie so imagine my excitement when I heard about this.
And if you don’t have enough money for now, don’t worry because the sale goes on for a month! Yup. You read that right. Some of the sale items include their newest line of lipstick and my ever-so favorite L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation. The best part? It’s not overly crowded in their counters so it feels good to shop, and all the L’Oreal Philippines Salesladies in Trinoma is approachable and very much helpful. They ill answer all of your questions and even let you try endless samples!
It’s 45% off so you’ll be able to save big time! I bought my Mat Magique Foundation as well as the Super Liner Blockbuster while waiting for my boyfriend. I am a happy kid.
Just some tips and precautions, though. Always, always try the tester before you buy. I’m sure that the last thing you want is an allergy breakout or uneven face/neck tone! Ack!
More or less, Happy shopping!
There have been so many mistakes and failures. There are far too many words that’s been said and it’s too late to go back. But always remember that it’s never too late to move forward. There’s no such thing as the right time, my friend. If we wait for it, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
I know that you are looking for a sign. We all are. The hardest thing about chasing your dream and living the life that you want is to actually start doing it. Stay at home on a Friday night and put on your best pajamas. Read your book and let yourself imagine all the possibilities and happy endings. Fight with your protagonist and cry over the sad parts. You are as vulnerable and as brave as she is because you too, are a fighter.
Breaking news! This is the sign that you’re looking for. This is the white flower, the man with a red shirt, the rain pouring hard on a perfectly sunny day. This is your name coincidentally engraved in a tree far from home. This is your sign. So go ahead and sign up to to your dream audition. Prepare yourself 7 days a week without any excuses. Then if you passed, treat yourself with a pizza delivery and a can of your favorite beverage and own the night. If you failed, realize that this is a challenge. And a challenge means that there’s something better in store for you. After all, there’s always a rainbow after the rain.
Don’t wait for next week, next month, or next year. Go ahead and get your paper and pen and and make a list of your grocery items. Omit all the foods with preservatives, it will rot your brain little by little. One of the keys to living a good and better life is to not settle for crappy foods. Take time to put on your Sunday best dress and visit the weekend market. You’ll be surprise to know that you can buy the most fresh berries there. And that there actually a flower called Roselle from the Hibiscus family that’s great for tea. I assure you, it will make you smile.
Make a sanctuary out of your home. Light scented candles and throw a galaxy-themed bath bomb in your bath. Imagine that you are looking at the universe in a whole new angle, and you are lucky to live in such a tiny, tiny planet with all sorts of possibility. Then pour yourself a good drink and indulge with every home apothecary that you have at home. Be familiar with your body and celebrate your flaws. Do every single thing that will make you feel beautiful. Because you are.
My friend, stop looking for a sign. Stop relying on destiny. It doesn’t make the world magical, it makes the world dumb. Give yourself some love and treat yourself once in a while. Do what you’re dying to do when you’re young and able. Believe me, you’ll benefit from it. Don’t listen to any negativity. Most of all, invest in making your inner self stronger and smarter, your intuition sharper and clearer.
Live the best life that you want.
We are past halfway through April and so far, the highest recorded temperature in the Philippines for this year is 36.2 degree Celsius last April 18. I even had a migraine attack that day and ruin me and my boyfriend’s supposed date.
Anyway, since the temperature’s fairly close to hell in Philippines now, I know that you’re dying to go to the beach. And when it comes to beaches, we all know who the queen is. Yep, BORACAY! So you booked your ticket and is dying to go there right now. Because honestly speaking, aside from your neighbor’s Halo-halo, this vacation is your only salvation from all the heat and humidity.
Before you go there, I’ve compiled a checklist for your travel essentials and what you need to bring with you to enjoy your stay there. Of course, we are promoting travelling lightly so you need to ditch your expensive moisturizer and cosmetic bottles and opt instead for a travel-size empty canisters and bottles with a matching pouch that can be bought at Landmark and put it all there. (That’s tip no.1!)
For your three days and two nights stay, don’t forget the basics. five sets of underwear and brassiere, a towel, and your trustee sunblock. This, together with your phone, wallet, travel journal, and vanity pouch should go in your over-sized tote bag.
For your bags, you can go with either a backpack or a weekender bag. It’s your call. Just don’t forget to sneak in a versatile zippered clutch (that can also be used as a cosmetic pouch!) so you can still carry your valuables without the need to bring your over-sized tote bag.
aside from 2 sets of sleepwear, you need to bring two bikinis. If you have a lot of them at home, bring a one-piece and a two-piece. The day after your arrival, your itinerary would include island hopping and other Boracay adventures. So you might as well want to bring a pair of shorts and a loose tank top with your two piece bikini underneath. 😉
Your Day 2 is a free day so your OOTD would be your one-piece and a nice and cute cover-up. This day is also allotted for souvenir shopping and food hopping along the island’s beach front.
Aside from this, don’t forget to bring two dresses. Boracay is famous for fire dancing and beach party so you don’t want to come under-dressed, right? for your beach party night, opt for a short summer dress. While your Maxi summer dress is perfect for bonfires and strolling around the beach at night, your zippered clutch is perfect for these! (Hint: those straight-cut dresses are not only beautiful to wear in the office but also on the beach! )
You only need two sets of footwear. A pair of flip flop and a cute sandals for your dresses.
And for accessories, a statement necklace would do the thing either for your bikini OOTDs or Night party. it adds a little “oomph!”. A statement necklace would do the thing even without those bangles and heavy dangling earrings. (We’re all about travelling light, right?). Then add your favorite sunnies and a floppy hat to complete your travel outfits.
For your last day, since this is usually the return flight date, go for another pair of shorts and a loose blouse because hey, you just experienced the most awesome vacation of your Summer 2015! If you’re worried about sunburns, I have the perfect skincare for that!
So to summarize it all, I made a checklist for you, on my next post and you are always free to print it! I hope that you’ll have a wonderful vacation there, my reader. And don’t forget to tell me all about it! 😉