Find Form and Function with CND’s Creative Play Gel Polish Summer 2019 Collection

Summer girls have different ways of expressing their vibe during their most favorite season, including me. It is a known fact that aside from the lips, nails are the absolute accessory of women that are part of the body. And they just call “Hey it’s summer, aren’t you gonna paint or glam us up?”

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True enough, nail trends have been on a great evolution ever since the very first nail polish has hit our shores.

In the 50s, classic red nails were the bomb, straid neutral palettes came by on the 60s that rocked ladies, and then we had gorgeous metallic almost donned in every female nail in the 70s. Fluoro and neon hues were reigned in the 80s, as they were succeeded by the deep angsty colors of the 90s.

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The flow of the century created major breakthroughs as far as the fanciful nail industry is concerned. Golly, I even remember using my dad’s white liquid paper when I was 5.

The beauty and fashion scene have seen the different colors of the decades, from French tips to demure nude tints then to the mesmerizing and intricate nail art, who’s to say that we can’t be blown away with today’s take on nail artistry?

“We’re still big fans of the elaborate techniques showcasing beautiful nail art popularized in recent years; or the classic colors and hues that are trademarks of great eras, but we find the creativity behind the return of basic and bold hues very refreshing,” says Arvin Amaro, Brand Manager.

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The trend somehow is entailed to be a combination of stability and functionality. After all, your hands, your manicure should still make a statement, but that’s difficult to do when your fingertips are crowded with rhinestones, plus you have to carry your baby like I do.

So instead you turn to color and quality instead, but of course it has to be durable as it is head-turning!

If you think we are asking too much from a nail polish, think again. Because I am bunnyhopping with glee as CND’s Creative Play collection is up for the challenge, and wins with flying colors!

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A week ago, I had my nails done using CND’s Creative Play. I was super amazed because they are really sturdy and resilient, despite me carrying my clingy baby the entire pampering time. And even up to today, as I am typing this down, my gel polish is still all intact. No chipping, no kidding!

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As you can see, I am that summer girl who wants to express herself through her nails, so I chose a mermaid pattern as it represents my blog and my passion project.

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Seriously, this gel polish holds! This is a perfect polish for moms like me who does a lot at home, and for girls who are planning on going to their summer getaways!

So where do you get them, merfriends?

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Just visit Nailogy. I went to the branch in Robinsons Magnolia, and the staff is very nice and patient! Calum is extra clingy that day (might be a growth spurt!) so he has to be on my lap the entire time, which made the whole pampering session challenging, as it is for me and my nail fairies!

So before you head out for your sunny adventures, it’s a must to visit Nailogy branches (Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria or Hypermart Pasig) and be sure to ask and try the CND Creative Play Summer Collection!

 

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Finding Freedom and a Mom’s Breastfriend in Avon Fashions Body Illusion

Looking at myself in the mirror sometimes makes me say “Who are you, and what have you done to Via?”

As a new Mom, a lot of things changed – my daily itinerary, my eating and sleeping schedule, my spending habits, my clothes, shoes… my body.

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Looking back my mother would have not believed that I can actually get a normal BMI for once, and all it took was to get pregnant and become a mother like herself.

But I’m grateful in every way, and always looking at the brighter side of these changes, specially how blessed I am to have functional body parts that are actually able to nourish a growing little life.

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I told myself that this new role will demand and ask so much from me, and I have to be prepared to handle it. I read a lot of books, searched online, and asked mommy friends about how I can better adjust to this new phase in my life. I knew I have to rise over, and be more.

And so I shall.

That is why I always appreciate even the littlest of things that can make me manage this new role effectively and seamlessly.

Good thing I found Avon Fashions’ new Body Illusion.

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It has been the lightest and most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn! These new bras and panties actually feel like second skin, and are perfect for my nursing clothes.

Most of my nursing dresses are made of soft cotton and light fabrics that is why I particularly need to wear undergarments that don’t put obvious dents on unflattering areas.

Plus I won’t have to worry about stubborn straps saying hello to strangers. It’s quite a dealbreaker when you need to adjust intimates in public places, especially when I am carrying my baby. The frustration and itch to fix is quite a pain – and my hands are full!

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I am so grateful that Avon finally launched this advanced innerwear line, as it answers my woes as a busy entrepreneur and a hands-on mom. The support of being able to do tasks without anything getting in the way is such a relief!

I’m wearing Sonia, the non-wire seamless pull-on bra (P899) and panty (P299) are my new best friends! They make me feel confident and extra sexy too! The extreme flexibility with its pull-on form factor, complete with ultra-soft fabric and moulded cups are a breather from the other unruly intimates I’ve tried before.

There are no hooks too! Wearing this actually reminds me of something like putting on a shirt! This feature ensures seamless back and sides, and provides comfortable support even without the wires!

It truly is the perfect foundation to any outfit that gives its wearer the perfect silhouette for limitless movements and confidence.

Check how interesting my mommy movements are prior to getting a picture-perfect shot!

My arms are like the bra I’m wearing, as Body Illusion offers different levels of control, so are my arms making sure Calum is safe and following his little fidgets.

From smoothing to shaping to sculpting, to flatter my figure, I’m quite happy and satisfied that despite our small scuffle, we finally had come to the conclusion to sit down and pose for the camera.

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And look, no photo-bomber bra straps!

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Avon Fashions Body Illusion is available through Zalora, Avon Representatives, or via Avonshop.ph. Follow Avon Philippines on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

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The Secret to Staying Classy (Even If You Run the Household)

A constant cliche it may be but “A girl should only be two things, classy and fabulous.” line by Coco Chanel will never ever go out of style.

I often find myself reverting to the classics whenever I have to dress up for a special occasion. For the main reason that you could never go wrong with this, and subtle elegance will always be a winner no matter when and where.

In fact this is also the case in one of my favorite movies – The Stepford Wives.

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All of these women look exceptionally classy and fabulous, even while running the household. This also becomes an unforeseen reminder to me now that I am a wife, to always look good and take care  of myself.

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A royalty also comes to mind with this. Princess Kate Middleton is also such an iconic fashion inspiration when it comes to the classics and vintage ensembles.

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She never fails to look so put-together in everything. She instantly becomes the focus and the one who gives form and meaning to these vintage pieces.

That is why I am so happy to share with you what I found in DressLily that are sure will add more butter and cream to your vintage collections.

I am particularly eyeing these three gorgeous dresses. ❤

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They look so classy yet alluring at the same time! This comes very timely because I am reaching my pre-pregnancy weight very soon! 😀

Get yours today at a whooping 20% off when you use this coupon code: DLSPRING when you checkout!

Stay classy and sassy merfriends!

 

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7 Times I Felt Fearless, Fierce and Playfully Bold (Some Secrets Revealed!)

Have you ever had that moment when the world agrees that you are weak, obsolete, and someone who cannot do anything better with her life?

If your answer is yes, same here! 😀

Everybody has those periods of weaknesses, but it doesn’t matter how many times you felt betrayed, disappointed, hurt – all that matters is that you were able to rise up, and be a phoenix from those ashes.

Let me share something personal today because I’m feeling sentimental and extra motivating. Haha 😀 Because nothing is sweeter and worth-reading that those inspiring stories that let you reflect on your own to do something that will yield growth for the next 24 hours.

On Family and Friends

  1. I am a registered nurse, and obviously, I didn’t pick my course, but I had to do it because that’s what my Dad wants. I had to be a good daughter, and I know he just wants the best for me. After graduation, and passing the boards, I knew I had to do something with my life, and that doesn’t include using my PRC license.

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My Dad and I had a discussion, a long and gruesome one. He wanted me to join the family business if I don’t intend to work in a hospital. I was so thirsty with the life outside of school, so I made my stand. I said I want to work and experience how it is like to be part of an organization that does not involve any assistance or connection from my parents. I want to know if I am cut for a job, just by being me.

And so, I got hired and became an SEO Copywriter! No assistance, no connections. License not needed. Just me, and whatever I have in this frail little body.

  1. Sometimes, it really takes a whole lot of courage to be honest with a friend, especially if you think that the truth might hurt them. I once had an experience with a friend who wants to change her life and attract a mate but didn’t know where to start. I had to tell her that she needs to love and take good care of herself, to invite wealthy situations and wonderful people in her life.

Golly, I was so cautious to pick the right words so I wouldn’t have to hurt her feelings, especially when I told her she needed a makeover. But that’s something I am not regretting, because she was able to change her disposition towards herself, and that’s quite enough for me.

On Career

  1. I took 3 board exams. The Nursing Licensure Exam, which I passed. The Real Estate Broker Exam, which I passed, again. And the Real Estate Appraiser Exam, which I failed.

I have never felt such a failure in my entire life. I have always been accustomed to winning, to getting what I want, and not anticipating anything might go wrong. As for my plans for the 3rd exam, I got a taste of something I never even planned of cooking.

My boss back then told me, that I don’t have to prove anything, as far as career is concerned. I am good at what I’m doing, and a failed attempt for a third license is not going to diminish my value as a professional and as a person.

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I soon realized that failures are just disguised blessings, because fate and Someone Up There has their way of giving you something more, something you deserve, and something that’s going to weigh more than the other failed plans you even bothered conjuring.

After that, I became a Shoe Designer and a Public Speaker. Not bad, don’t you think?

  1. I was too shy to raise concerns about my needs and directions as a professional, thinking that I may be regarded as too ambitious or too demanding. But after months of contemplating and reflecting, I was able to finally find the nerve and the bravery to speak up.

I filed my resignation. And soon started a career on freelance, and put up my own business.

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I knew the career path I wanted to take, and I am thankful I found the guts to follow it; knowing that my dreams will not be handed to me, I have to get them myself.

On Love

  1. It’s funny how some people advise you that no one goes away from someone who is tall, fair, beautiful, rich, an heir to a business empire, etc. But nobody tells you that it’s also okay to let go when you think the relationship is going nowhere.

How is that even possible? I once had this perfect guy, and he was all sweet and nice, and gentlemanly, and everything you can think of your ideal prince charming. Only that, he was not customized for me. He was a generic Ken doll, and  I’m a specialized Barbie.

It took me almost a year to realize that, and muster the sanity that I have to get out of that relationship. I was kidding myself that maybe I was too “maarte” or too choosy. He was indeed a perfect guy, but not the perfect One for me.

So I guess do not be afraid of walking out on the love that you think you don’t deserve.

  1. I’d like to use this part on how I met my husband. I was definitely the epitome of fearless, fierce and exceptionally bold. I met him on Christmas of 2015 in a club in BGC.

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He was like a shiny new toy. Chinito, may braces, makinis, rosy lips, very Oppa! Someone I think will not even give me a second look. We chatted for a while, maybe around 45 minutes tops, and then my tita friends said we had to go home.

It was 3AM! But I was so engrossed in his personality and our conversation, that I asked them (my friends) for an extra 15 minutes. But my girl buddies were on haste. So I had to decide if I should go home or not.

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In about 2 seconds in my mind I was thinking like: If I go home, I will always wonder what will have been had I stayed? But if I stay, I will find out. After all, you only live once. And it’s just one adventurous night, that I can tell my future grandkids!

Yes, for 2 seconds!

So I said, “I’ll stay! For 30minutes. Then I’ll leave, promise!”

Haha 😀 At the back of my head, I was taking a chance. On a total stranger! That I just met that night! Allowing myself to have 30 minutes of a chance at a possible boyfriend, or friend, or connection. Haha 😀 Assuming!

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If I knew I was staying for a chance at love, marriage, and for the rest of my life, I could have dropped that 30-minute detail in my disclaimer! Haha 😀

You can imagine my friends’ reactions when I told them I’m choosing to stay. Haha :p

So the lesson is, take risks! But choose them wisely! 😀

On Life

  1. The most difficult downfall I ever had was to witness my mother pass away from the life as we know it.

You can never prepare enough for a death of a loved one, especially with someone who was entirely essential to make you alive for your first 9 months of life.

She was my hero – my biggest influence. I still get teary when I talk and write about her. I feel so honored to be her daughter, to be her extension, to be her legacy.

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There is no forgetting, you may just get used to the pain, in that small hollow part in your heart. I may have moved on, but her memory will always flourish, and the fact that she has shared her strength, her wisdom, her talent, her passion, her love, her life to me is what’s going to making me fearless, fierce, and playfully bold for the rest of my years until I see her again.

And that my merfriend is how you own life, be unabashedly beautiful, confident, unfazed by nothing, and empowered from within.

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This post is inspired by the #Curvalicious Movement of Whisper in bringing forward a whole new level of attitude, zest, and inspiration for women to keep slaying, winning, and doing things their own way – no holds barred.

Whisper’s upgraded pads are now featured with the new #Curvalicious fit, with a bump on the pad that ensures a more snug fit, so you feel comfortable like any other day. Its soft cotton cover and dermacare lotion cares for your skin, and with pad’s longer fit, 12-hour leak protection, and anti-leak barriers from all sides, you have absolutely no reason to worry!

So let us all celebrate to see ourselves sassy, edgy and fabulous, even on red days. Always be present, and don’t lose focus on your goals, with nothing to stop or distract you.

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I hope this post inspired you to become a better version of yourself and to never lose sight of who you are, what you want, and why you’re doing it.

Remember, above anything, you have to always like yourself amidst all these new things and changes happening in your life.

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As always, you have my support! Whisper does too!

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How to Dress Bohemian without Trying Too Hard

Bohemian Style is probably one of the fashion looks I never got to completely pull – maybe because my Mom, who is predominantly my fashion consultant, never really had the inspiration to dress me this way.

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She was too busy making me look prim and proper, with all those flowers and bows, and everything pink and lacy.

That is why I was quite curious with this fashion style that I tried to piece together a recipe that’s going to be friendly to “newbie hippies” like me, meaning looking like someone who’s not totally clueless, and can easily pull off the boho style without looking too amateur. You get me?

Anyway, let’s define it first.

Bohemian style often referred to as “boho” or “boho chic” is a style of dressing that was popularized during the 1960s and 1970s.

The essence of bohemian is focusing on free and flowy fabrics. This style also emphasizes concern for the environment so natural fabrics and used clothing are commonly worn. You can say that it’s not something you have to spend a fortune on. Good thing!

The bohemian style also emphasizes finding the clothing that makes you feel in harmony with yourself and with nature so we can say that it is safe to not assume that there are any strict and fast rules about what is and isn’t bohemian.

 

THE WARDROBE

The look is inspired by traveling gypsies, which means they have to travel with almost everything they own that they devised the layering technique. This keeps them warm and allows them to avoid carry extra heavy clothing.

Most Bohemian clothes also come with long flowy skirts. The idea is to be free and look relaxed. These are very comfortable and if worn right can make anyone look extra inches taller.

I have been eyeing some great finds at DRESSLILY, and I cannot wait to SHOP NOW.

 

THE HAIR AND MAKEUP

Since this look has a very tranquil vibe, your makeup can just look simple and natural. If you have wavy hair, you can just opt to style it by using a mouse to keep the natural curls and waves. If you have straight hair, you can change up in a good braid. This will make your whole look more bohemian!

 

THE ACCESSORIES

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If your outfit is pretty subtle, you can add a few bold pieces of jewellery, but stick to natural tones and avoid jewelry that is plastic. Look for accessories that are made from leather, refined wooden threads, beads, and shells.

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Colorful earrings are my favorite!

You can also add belts, scarves, and hats to complement your look.

 

THE SHOES

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Nothing is ever complete without your trusty shoes! You can wear leather sandals, beaded shoes, or even cute leather boots!

 

And now you’re ready for your Bohemian style debut! Of course, there are lots of things you can add, but these 4 major boho staples combined together is your express ticket into winning that Bohemian look!

Do you think you can pull this off? Let’s try together, shall we? 😀

 

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What You Need to Know About Boudoir Photography

The title of this post just makes me giggle a little bit. I mean I am not an expert with photoshoots, and I am not a photographer either, but I am just in so much awe about this concept.

I just feel that it really screams women empowerment and a great showcase of confidence!

So what am I talking about really?

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A Boudoir Photography is “a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, and sometimes racy or suggestive but classy images of its subjects in a bedroom or private dressing room”.

I am a member of a wedding group, and this is where I learned so much about this rather sensual photography panache. Usually, the bride engages in a photo shoot and wills to give the polished work to her groom as a wedding gift. It has an utter feeling of a “for-your-eyes-only” gift.

So let me just round up some things that you should know, just in case you finally brave up and take the leap of holding your very own boudoir shoot!

 

THE STYLE

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You can actually form your own concept. Oftentimes, brides opt to hold it in a private location or room, like the one in hotels, to maximize privacy. You can look like a modern maven, a French maid, a morning-after-look vixen, a sexy Fifty Shades of Grey rip-off, a pin-up girl, the fifty’s, the sky is the limit!

It is up to you too should you want everything in black and white or in whimsy filters and colors.

 

THE MAKEUP

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I suggest you streamline it with your chosen theme. Most of the time I see women in smokey eyes, and nude lip tints for that sultry look. Or you can always try that innocent, no-makeup makeup look. 🙂

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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This can be a little tricky though because some girls prefer an all-girl team. They feel more comfortable when they know that everything will be handled by females, knowing that the concept is a bit intimate. But for me, I don’t really mind. I am more concerned about their talent, and abilities to execute great images for me to worry about gender.

 

THE WARDROBE

You can actually look for lacy pieces, white button-downs, robes, or sexy lingerie. Just in case you don’t find anything you like in the local stores, you can always try to SHOP NOW at ROSEGAL. They have amazing collections for sheer bodysuits.

 

THE EXPECTATION

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Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re over or under the weight that you are supposed to be in. This is about accepting your flaws and highlighting your assets. It is about a celebration of you being a woman, right here, right now.

I am pretty bummed that I haven’t done it yet, but I’m thinking of holding one for my maternity shoot, and once I get my pre-pregnancy body back.

Now if you’re considering on having your own boudoir photoshoot, here is a resounding BIG YES! Go for it, and don’t let anybody tell you, you shouldn’t.

 

Your body, your rules! Go, merfriend!

 

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5 Clothes You Should Be Hoarding this Summer and What You Can Pair Them With

No doubt, that I’m unapologetically biased only to two seasons  in the Philippines – summer and Christmas!

Now while the cold and merriment is still so far off in the calendar, I would like to draw more attention to the season we’re currently at, and happily uncomplaining about!

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Since I’m pregnant too, and very giddy to get my old body back, let me share with you some clothes that I’ve been dying to wear myself and believe will make your Instagram profiles worth more hearts and followers than they already have.

Here they are!

  1. A Graphic Tee

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This is totally a classic! Nothing is more convincing for a laidack + chic combo than a top with happy colors and edgy figures. You can also pair it with shorts and white sneakers, or you can even wear a long tight skirt with a sexy slit to add more flare!

 

  1. Dainty and Frilly Romper

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Old rose or muted pink is just perfect for all skin colors! They complement every complexion, and scream sophistication. This number can be very versatile as well, just change your shoes and you can whisk your event from dawn to dusk!

 

  1. Bohemian Floral Dress

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This dress is also very flexible. You can opt to look girly or a little on the boho side. You can pair it with stappy sandals, blocked heels, criss-cross flats, booths, sneakers, you name it! Plus, it doesn’t hurt to wear a boater hat too, or would you rather wear a bow scarf instead?

 

  1. Striped Shirt Dress

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It actually depends how you would want to wear this one. As for me, I would definitely wear this as a dress. I can just wear a little denim shorts underneath, just to be safe! And I can pair it with a nice duo of black high heels, pony tail, gold hoop earrings and a bloody red lipstick. I like how all of these details put something so simple, yet so foxy.

Or if you’re a little conservative, you can always pair this with a posh acid-washed skinny jeans and some boldly colored flats, or taupe, whichever mood you’re in. J

But I would still recommend the ponytail. This way, your sexy shoulders can get the attention they truly deserve.

 

  1. Maxi White Floral Dresses

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These ensembles can be perfect for beach trips and formal events. You can even wear one to a wedding, plus it doesn’t need too much accessorizing. Just a pair of little earrings and a nice bag and you’re good to go!

 

It would be awesome if you have these in your wardrobe already, but just in case this post gave you another reason to hoard some new clothes, you can always check ZAFUL to see their amazing collections!

Trust, it’s worth a look! 😀

So what are you waiting for, get hold of your summer ootds and SHOP NOW! 😀

 

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From Being Half-Orphan to Marrying my Better-Half, and All the Life-Changing Crazy Things of 2017

It’s the last day of the year, and I normally do not blog to review what happened in the last 364 days, but for 2017, I’m making an exception.

There has been no year that has saddened, challenged, frustrated, and uplifted me so much. So to give reference, and make me remember in the future, I’d like to share with you my year, in review.

January – Mom passed away.

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Not exactly the thing I was expecting for the first week of the year. And for the rest of my life, starting at my 27th year on earth.

I never felt so low in my life, and be subjected in a state of so much disbelief. This is something you can never recover from, but you can get used to.

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Sadness. Longing. Regret. Few of the many despairing words you feel when someone you love dies. But then again it leaves you with so much awe how that person has affected you so much, that the feelings left can actually change and improve your perspectives on how you would want to live your remaining days until you see her again.

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As for me, I want to make her proud everyday.

February – I got engaged.

Again, disbelief.

As I accepted that ring 31,000 feet above the ground I knew my life is about to change even more.

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At that moment, I knew this year is going to kick my butt every chance it gets. It maybe for the better or worse, but I just have to be ready at every whim when the kick comes.

But this one, I love so much.

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I was single for 4 years from a colorful 6-year relationship, and at 26 I was worried that I might be still single until I’m 30. I’m not getting any younger, and I was a bit panicky for myself already.

But hey, love finds you when you least expect it.

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I just can’t believe I’m getting married to a younger man I met in a club. 😮 And I’ve never been more sure in my life.

 

March – I resigned.

I ended my 5-year tenure to one of the most established and elite real estate companies in the country.

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I never thought I could be that brave. But then again, choices have to be made, and things are going to turn in one way or another.

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My resignation just happen to be marked on this month.

It was a big leap, the biggest actually for my career. It was heart-breaking and liberating at the same time.

And the most forward-thinking if I may say. I wasn’t planning on shifting to another organization, so it was truly a game-changer.

I was now on my own, planning my own game.

April – I got my first paid freelance talk and a feature in Rappler. And, I changed my hair color!

Changing my haircolor to a very bold hue was one of the bravest and best decisions I made in my life!

Changing it didn’t just paved the way for new opportunities, it also armed me with a whole new gear of confidence for much riskier and happier adventures!

A month ago, I never thought someone would want to hire me to talk in their company. I mean, I’ve never talked anywhere without representing where I’m working for.

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But that day, I felt like a superwoman! I felt like I could do anything, as long as I pour my heart into it.

I created a new module and syllabus, and facilitating it felt like I was already teaching it for a long time.

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I really have to thank my experience and the opportunities given to me before, without which I wouldn’t have the skill to create something of my own.

I will always be grateful. 🙂

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And I also made friends with a young photographer and writer who happens to be having her on-the-job-training in Rappler. I didn’t knew participating in her OJT interview feature assignment would actually end up being released in this bigtime news site!

🙂

May – I got a publicist and had my first meeting with a celebrity for Versaheel.

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This was waaaaay over the top. I was like, it’s barely half a year! And now this? I met this International Blogger and Publicist named MJ Racadio, and he opened doors I never knew were even there before!

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I met him in a Francis Libiran Fashion Show, and he took interest in my shoe work, and before I know it, I was meeting and dressing up Jaclyn Jose.

 

June – I was named a blogger ambassador for a brand.

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My blog is still new. I wasn’t that kind who was very religious when it comes to updating her blog, but I am striving very hard, that was why I was so shocked when I got an email about a brand wanting to partner with Encyclopevia.

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Gown for Rent couldn’t be timelier as I was set to be married soon. So it provided a really good angle for me to write on. And I enjoyed shooting amazing gowns from their studio!

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And since you’re right here already, next time you need a quick outfit fix for an event, you can rent your beautiful dress for a price you can’t refuse, and get 20% off! Use my code: GFRVIA728

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(Hehe :* :* Plug plug plug! :p )

 

July – Together with my then-fiance, we booked our major wedding suppliers and I was invited to talk in a business expo in SM Megamall.

At this moment, I was extra concerned already because I haven’t quite done a good deal for our wedding planning. I was totally freaking out about the date I wanted, if it’s still available in our non-negotiable church.

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To my good grief, it was STILL! Not the best time slot, but it will do! 🙂

I felt so triumphant, because after two days, we were also able to book the reception and caterer which is just 5minutes away from the church! Yay! 😀

#SmartBride

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I also had the stage all to myself when I discussed Instagram Marketing with a bunch of business owners, marketers and students in an expo in SM Megamall. Mall talks are a big deal for me!

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This was the same organization that gave me an opportunity to talk in Glorietta last year. Gladly, I was more calm on this one compared to the travel expo in 2016.

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August – I travelled to Cambodia and Malaysia and got my first feature in a TV show.

This year is totally giving me a lot of firsts.

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I got to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I love travelling! It has made me understand more people and their unique cultures!

I believe aside from being a good story-teller, you also become a better and more tolerant person when you travel.

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Plus, I got to see my face on TV for the first time! Not as an audience of a show, but actually as myself!

I got featured in News5 at TV5 for my story as a shoe designer, and a live interview was also held in Pambansang Almusal at Net25 featuring my work and some designs.

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I never thought I’ll have these opportunities this early when I am just a girl who is madly fixated with shoes.

 

September – I enrolled in a shoe construction class.

Taking my shoe designer dreams and skills to the next level! My then-fiance and I thought it would be a great move to learn more about the craft.

I was so excited because I have always dreamed of studying in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts).

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I learned to design with more precision, do pattern-making and the actual shoe-making! I am stocking so much leathers at home already! 😮

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I even earned my first battle scar! 😀 I accidentally cut myself while I was tracing my pattern in the shoe last. I am so thrilled on getting my own shoe machines soon!

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October –My first shoe collaboration project happened.

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Before I was just taking photos from the shoe factories, Marikina Public Market, and the basement of Farmers’ Plaza, but now I actually experienced shooting a collection of my own designs! What’s better is that it is for a collaboration between a New York-based artist, Peter Marco of MARCO NOT POLO.

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The Princess and the Peacock 2My heart swells with joy as I also made good collaborations with Tobi Cabrera of Funkadelic Photos and Joshua Miguel Paungan of A Day in the Life.

 

 

November – I met new people for the first time who recognized me and read my blog.

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This was such a revelation for me. Some people ARE actually reading my blog! OMG!

 

I went to some events and met new friends, and to my surprise they recognize Encyclopevia! As it turned out, they’ve visited our humble page before already! I was so kilig and happy! I cannot wait to meet all of you soon and share stories together! 🙂

December – I got married.

I may have started this year pretty sad, but the happiness it brought me as 2017 ends was unimaginable.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

There were a lot of hiccups that happened on why we were able to celebrate our civil wedding in the last month of the year. 

There were age, time and ID issues to name a few, but I guess everything came in to fruition when we finally set the date on December 20, 2017 – exactly two years after we first met!

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With only 28 days for planning, I am pleased to write that we were able to carry out our goals, and even got bonuses along the way.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

It’s just fleeting to celebrate a very special day with all the people you love, who reciprocate the same ardour (fortunately for us) as well.

I cannot explain how happy I am that my prayers were answered and the long wait for God’s perfect time was all worth it.

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So 2018, get ready! I’m tougher and (more) ready for your new kicks! 😀

Wishing you more love and happiness for the year to come! :*

 

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How to Achieve Your Korean Drama-Inspired Prenup Photoshoot

One of the best things about pulling off a Kdrama-inspired photoshoot is that it is sooo affordable!

If you’re a budgetarian bride like me, you would agree that shooting indoors saves you much more money than its other contemporaries.

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With only 28 days for my civil wedding preparation, I knew I had to cut costs, let go the unnecessaries and focus more on the essentials.

While a prenup photoshoot may be unnecessary, I still tried and convinced my then-fiance into having one. I just think it would be a good keepsake for us as we embark on this new chapter of our lives.

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He just said I have to source suppliers that are within our budget. So, being the matyaga and kuripot that I am, I was in no way letting my talent go to waste in finding the perfect wedding suppliers.

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It was also a good bait to tell John that I was planning to have a K-drama-inspired prenup! He is such a HUGE fan! Oh my, huge may even be an understatement! But nevertheless, this seemingly-too-much-information can be the main reason why my prenup dreams are finally coming true!

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So here are my tips and tricks on how you can achieve yours too!

  1. Indoor Venue

The good thing about this K-drama concept is that you don’t need an extravagant place to shoot! All you need is good lighting and soft color tones as your background.

You can even just rent an Airbnb! 🙂

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Ours was Maison Soleil in One Castilla Place. Peso Power:  P3,769.34

We were eyeing some good places as well, but our deciding factors were the price and the number of hours. As we would like to shoot more and be carefree with our poses, we didn’t want to be pained and rushed to the shoot with the limited time.

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Plus, the condo unit was such a convenience, because we had an instant dressing room already! 🙂

  1. Natural Korean Makeup

Since I was on a budget, I didn’t hire a professional makeup artist anymore. I found a nearby salon who was willing to do my hair makeup for only P1,000 .

I wasn’t expecting much since I do not need a super bonggang ayos. I instructed them to just make me look more like that of a Korean.

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I believe this is very crucial, especially if your Photo and Video team will also shoot for a Save-the-date video. I have seen Korean-inspired shoots that failed a notch lower because their makeup looked very Western.

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So just keep it clean, vibrant and youthful! Your beau may just even need a CC cream! 😊

  1. Matching Clothes

Pinterest is my bestfriend ever since I have been introduced to wedding planning. It’s so addicting, nakakapuyat! I have seen that Korean couples love matchy-matchy outfits, and sooooo… 😝

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We bought our grey sweaters from Uniqlo, and the colorful unicorn ones from H&M.

Since a pair of white rubber shoes is such a staple, and I happen to not own one  – I was just lucky enough to score a pair in Surplus Shop in SM North EDSA.

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Peso Power:  P499 (I know, such a steal!)

  1. Spontaneous and Quirky Poses

I believe the key to happy and vibrant photos are the good subject themselves. The photographers can only do so much, but it is the couple’s duty to look and appear enticing in the first place.

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Aside from well-researched couple poses, I believe these will come out naturally given that each person loves the other so much, and nobody would be feeling awkward towards the other anytime in the shoot unless they had a fight prior.. which I hope would never happen.

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You can usually just do your actual lambingan, tickling, smelling each other in weird places like the armpits or something. You can be crazy and fun! The rule here is to not be boring, and just be all pa-cute!

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Haha It really helps if you practice. Play some Korean or happy music to get you in the mood! 😀

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  1. A Good and Reliable Photo and Video Team

I was nearly hopeless about pushing an engagement shoot because I do not really know anyone who can pull off what I want with the budget I have.

But my prayers were answered, and I found Grid Studio! Contact No: 0906 617 2099

Peso Power: P12,500 (Originally P16,000)

Inclusions: Prenup Shoot, Save-the-Date video, Photo Coverage and Wedding Highlights

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I was sooooo shocked when they gave me their rates, and I had an additional 30% discount because my civil wedding will fall on a weekday!

They didn’t even charge me an out-of-town-fee, considering our shoot and wedding venue is in Quezon City, considering they are from Laguna. 🙂

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Talk about destiny and stars aligning to make my prenup dreams come true!

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I was just thinking of having decent photos in our wedding, nothing too stellar, because I know the price I’m paying for. But I was totally stunned with how good their editing was, and how they were able to capture the candid and lively tomfoolery John and I were doing during the shoot.

I also specifically instructed to use a dreamy and whimsical filter to suit the mood. 😉 And oh boy, how they did not disappoint!

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I can say we got more than what we paid for.

The team just got this talent and pure eye for detail. And I’m so grateful I stumbled upon Grid Studio’s page.

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So here are my five tips and tricks into achieving that Korean Drama- Inspired Photoshoot! I hope you learned a thing or two to get ready and say Saranghae to your Oppa in your photos!

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Kamsahamnida! 🙂

 

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Gowns By Damsel

Are you a future bride? Worrying about your prenup clothes, and spending so much on your wedding dress?

I’m actually a big fan of renting gowns! I think it’s very practical and economical. You don’t even have to worry about closet space.

An extensive one-stop rental shop in Metro Manila – Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel – will be joining as an exhibitor at the following wedding and debut exhibits:

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January 13-14, 2018 at PICC

May 26-27, 2018 at SMX Mall of Asia

July 14-15, 2018 at SMX Mall of Asia

 

Free tickets will be given away at Damsel, Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City from December 15 to 30, 2017.

Limited only to ticket supplies last. You may check out their website http://www.damsel.ph / http://www.gownsforrentmanila.com or fan page on Facebook – Gowns for Rent Manila by Damsel or Instagram @gfrmanila to see over 5,000 of their beautiful collections.

 

Hurry! Your dream gown is just a ride away!

#GownsByDamsel #BloggersPhilippines

 

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