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Monday, July 10, 2017

Why I Decided to Cut My Hair

I have always wanted my hair long. In fact, I cannot imagine myself sporting short hair. This is why it took one important milestone in my life to have my hair cut by about 10 inches.

Welcome to Junior High

The milestone I am talking about is my first year in junior high. I wanted a new beginning in every sense of the word. So goodbye to very long hair and hello to mid length hair when we headed off to Justine Barbara Salon

Taking Care of Myself

My mother and I had a heart-to-heart talk right after the grade school graduation. She reminded me that I had to learn to do more things on my own now. This of course includes managing my hair which was admittedly very hard when it was very long. It was one of the reasons why I usually find myself beating the bell on school days.

Why Am I Teary-Eyed?

For the past years, it has always been the usual 1-2 inch trim just to keep the ends healthy. This time, the 10 inch cut made me teary-eyed. It didn't help that that hairdresser assistant kept on saying how "sayang" it was to cut my hair. I almost changed my mind but I'm glad I stayed put.

New Hair Cut For Me

I love my new hair cut because it is a good compromise. Just right to make it manageable but easy enough to let it grow again if I decide that I really want extraordinarily long hair. By that time, I expect to be able to manage it wonderfully with the help of the right hair products and lots of common sense.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Buy More and Win Big with Ever Bilena

Ladies who are into make-up and cosmetic products will be happy to know that Ever Bilena is having a raffle contest where exciting prizes await the winners. It is really nice to win while buying something that we really intend to buy anyway. Read on to know how to join.
Go wild stocking up on Ever Bilena products to win great prizes!

Buy more and win big as Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, invites you to join Make-Up Mania – a raffle contest open to all Ever Bilena customers and ongoing exclusively at all Watsons Stores nationwide.

Joining is easy! Simply purchase two items or more from any of the following participating Ever Bilena products: Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake, Ever Bilena Liquid Concealer, Ever Bilena Eyebrow Palette Pink and Brown, Ever Bilena Matic Brow and Eyeliner, Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks, Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Stain in Splash Red, EB Kleopatra Magic Lipstick, Evera Face Powder, Ever Bilena Luxe Lipstick, and EB Blend Me Sponge. Be sure to place all purchases in a single receipt.

Make sure to “like” Ever Bilena’s official Facebook page,, and send them a personal message with a photo of your proof of purchase. Include your name, address, contact number, and Facebook account with the photo. Proof of purchase should be readable and clear.

Once sent, you will receive a notification from an Ever Bilena representative indicating that your entry is valid. The more entries you submit, the more chances you have of winning.

One lucky winner will take home a total of P60,000 worth of Ever Bilena products, two nights hotel accommodation at Luxent Hotel, and two domestic roundtrip tickets from Air Asia. Two winners will receive P20,000 worth of Ever Bilena products with two buffet dinner at Luxent Hotel and shopping spree from Jewels. Ten winners will win P3,000 worth of Ever Bilena products.

Entries will only be accepted until July 31, 2017, so start shopping for your favorite Ever Bilena make-up today!

To learn more, visit and follow today.

Due to my young age, I do not really wear make up on a regular basis but it is always good to have something to use during occasions that call for it.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

TechnoMarine - A Timeless Gift Perfect for Dad

A watch is always a safe bet when choosing a gift for Father's Day. It is practical, useful and rarely encounter any objection to wear. The Technomarine watch is a great example of this.

Show Dad How Much He is Loved

This coming Father’s Day, give dad a timeless gift from TechnoMarine, one which perfectly embodies his tough and strong nature, yet also captures his passion to live life deeper. With 30% discount on selected men and unisex TechnoMarine watches, dad can finally feel how much he is appreciated and respected. Let this Father’s Day be a special occasion to honor dad and reward him of his enduring love and efforts with TechnoMarine. 

This promo runs from June 1 – 18, 2017. Photo shows UF6 models which are a combination of class and adventure. Visit TechnoMarine boutiques at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, and all MyDiamond boutiques nationwide, or follow TechnoMarine on Facebook: https://www.faceboo follow them on Instagram @technomarineph.

Gift Idea for my Dad

My dad is not fond of accessorizing. The only thing you'll catch him wearing is a watch, if at all. Let me give a tip to my mother about this Father's Day promo.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Artful Chapter Goes Formal as Repertory Philippines Turns 50

It is not very often that I get invited to a formal affair. So I was kinda stumped on what to wear when I got an invitation to attend a musical gala celebrating Repertory Philippines' 50 Years of Telling Stories. Such an important event demands attendees to dress up in their best. 

Before we go into that, let me tell you what the celebration is all about.

Repertory Philippines Turns Gold 

Repertory Philippines turned 50 this year. Oh yes, 50 years of producing quality stage performances, 50 years of training stage actors, and 50 years of making the Filipino audience realize the beauty of theater. Did it succeed? You bet it did.

Come Home to Rep

The celebration was not only extended to the audience. It was mainly an invitation to Rep Babies to come home to Rep and perform on one stage and remember where they all started. It was such an exciting show to watch that I felt very happy to be among those who witnessed this historic performance.

I noticed that black dictated the night when it came to color of attire.  As you can see below, all Rep actors wore black during the curtain call. Everyone was certainly looking their finest. 

Formal Attire

So now back to the topic which my readers would be very interested in. What was my attire for the event? Did I have to buy something new? Actually I didn't.

I played it safe and wore a Studio black dress my mother bought several years ago from SM. She got this classy dress at 50% off. There was no specific reason she bought it but thought it would come handy some day. I'm really glad she did. All I did was accessorize it with a slim black belt with silver buckle, I paired it with plain suede black pumps from Figlia.

My mother chose to go in black as well. Wearing her long time favorite Criselda Lontok of Rustan's blouse and long skirt with a printed shawl from H&M, she was ready to go but not without her plain black pumps as well from H&M. Mind you,that dress is about 15 years old. I really should take note how my mother takes care of her clothes.

So you see dear readers, you don't have to miss any event which requires you to wear something formal. When in doubt, wear black and keep it simple. 
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Yes to Fit and Fab While Working Out

I think I just hit a snag with my work out plans. I'm feeling a little bit uninspired lately. Of course, I have not lost sight of the main reason for doing it which is to keep me healthy and strong. But honestly though, I need something to perk up my usual routine.

I have actually started varying my physical activities to make it more interesting. It seems to have a good effect but I think I need something more. Then I took a good look on what I was wearing... then it hit me. Why not invest on some new pieces of active wear?

Good Ol' Reliables 

Don't get me wrong, my work out outfits had served me wonderfully. It's just that I feel I could do better. Who wouldn't want to look fab even with all the exertion that comes with keeping fit? Besides, the desire to look good for one's self requires no reason.

Fabulous Online Finds

I lost no time in doing an online search for my active wear wish list. There were lots of choices but my interest for these two outfits from Fabletics was more than the others. The first is youthful and practical while the other is so pretty and feminine.

Just thinking about having these outfits is already giving me the thrill.

Keeping Fit is Not All About What You Wear But...

Make no mistake. Keeping fit is not all about what you wear BUT if it will encourage you to keep at it, if it will make you more comfortable to do your routine, if it will make you feel good without breaking the bank, then go for it.

Definitely a YES to being fit and fab while working out.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Smart Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

Smartphones have clearly become indispensable to many. Being a mobile personal computer with advanced mobile operating system, it has managed to take the place of many gadgets including the traditional camera. Of course dslr cameras would always be preferred by professional photographers but for purposes of many like myself, a smartphone is good enough to capture images we would like to explore our creativity on.

Smartphones as Cameras

The advantage of smartphones over cameras is its multiple functions. It is very practical to bring since people automatically take their phones with them to remain connected. Smartphones have also made it possible to share pictures online in an instant.

Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

I came across these easy-to-follow tips for better smartphone photography as recommended by Aura Frames, maker of smart digital picture frames. By simply downloading the free app, Aura can sort a photo collection using advanced facial recognition software, identifying pictures of your family and friends. For rookie photographers like me, learning to use the smartphone to its fullest potential as a photo-taking gadget while waiting to have my own dslr camera is priceless.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Something Old, Something New Series 5

I get it, the weather is so hot, it takes so much effort just to dress up, more so to be fashionably dressed up. I refuse to look dowdy. Summer is just too beautiful to waste on feeling low.

You don't need to shop for new clothes to look awesome this summer. Raid your closet or better yet raid your sister or mother's closet(with their permission of course) to come up with exciting mix and match outfits. Here is what I came up with.

Something Old

Summer is all about color, so color it is for my top. This Kamiseta checkered blouse is easy to wear and easy on the eyes. This is courtesy of my mother's magic chest of clothes from yesteryears.

Something New

Got this fringed denim shorts on sale at SM Clearance Outlet in Quiapo. Incidentally, this is the very first SM Department Store which my mother frequented when she was a young girl, it being located just in front of the family owned restaurant Ambos Mundos Restaurant. Denim shorts are practically fashion staples especially during summer.

Completing the look is my Rubi slippers which allows me to walk comfortably even in such warm weather. 

It wouldn't be long before the rainy season is upon us so we might as well enjoy summer, heat and all, fashionably of course.

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