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Gift of Time

What I've learned from my crazily busy schedule was that you should never risk your time with the people you love no matter how swamped with school or work you are. In my field (both work and blogging), it's normal to go overtime to finish decks or spend countless hours for events. There were moments when I missed family gatherings and other special occasions just to complete my duties. And I really feel guilty about it, because I've been working too hard that I've been neglecting the reason why I've been striving in the first place - my family. My energetic and enthusiastic self suddenly lost drive, because I knew there was something missing. Time. Can't believe I allowed myself to reach this point. Probably I just got overwhelmed, but I'm glad I'm slowly learning how to balance things. Hashtag priorities! :)


On me: basic white tee courtesy of Giordano | black jeans courtesy of Ensembles | Star Player sneakers in Ox Blood courtesy of Converse Philippines | leather watch courtesy of Tomato Time | Romwe sunnies | Redmi 1S courtesy of Xiaomi Philippines


When I realized about this whole work-life balance thing, the "drive" I've been looking for in the past few weeks went back. And it's fiercer! :p Maybe because I finally get to spend time with my loved ones without risking my work quality. Hoping to maintain this for long! :)


Anymoo, while we're at it, can I ask for YOUR time as well? Bloggers United 8 is happening NEXT WEEK!!! On December 7, my birthday (teehee), YOU can raid my closet and your favorite bloggers' as well at Whitespace Makati! More about Bloggers United here. We'll be reunited for the 8th time at the biggest interactive shopping affair and you definitely can't afford to miss this! :) So excited to see you guys!!! 


How important is the gift of time for you? Appreciate your comments below! :)

Bloggers United 8 x OLX

Two of my favorite ganaps are nearing and I swear I can't wait any longer!!! ❤ Mark your planners and calendars - December 7, 2014, for Bloggers United 8 and my birthday!!! :)

We're leveling up this Bloggers United 8! Come join us and find not just our pre-loved clothes but also other items like gadgets and other unique finds! Just like in OLX where you can find unused items that are still functional, in #BU8xOLX, you can also find a lot of other things that we once loved but can now become yours!


The biggest fashion blogger gathering in the metro, Bloggers United, partners with the #1 online buy and sell platform in the country, OLX.ph, for a grand holiday fiesta this December 7, 10AM to 7PM, at Whitespace, Makati! Expect lots of great finds at affordable price tags from your favorite fashion bloggers!

OLX offers a fast and easy way for Filipinos to sell their secondhand items online. It is the Philippines' largest marketplace for buying and selling items of all kinds, such as clothes, mobile phones, cameras, bicycles, musical instruments, furniture and cars. It is available on the web at www.olx.ph or on the OLX app on Android and iOS phones.


BU just keeps getting better with lots of fun activities, games and prizes, and new participating bloggers, so make sure to be there at the best pre-holiday celebration for you, your friends and your family! And since we're partnering with OLX, expect your favorite bloggers to sell a wider variety of items! #levelup It's also the season of giving so our charity partner Philippine Red Cross will be there to collect old books and toys.


But not only that, you can also win iPhone6, GoPro Hero 3+ and H&M GCs by attending this event and posting what you bought that day on Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX and tagging @bloggersunitedph and @olxph. So do not dare miss this event!

Tickets will be available at P100 on the event date, or you can get in for FREE by joining my giveaway! Simply do the following:

Choosing 20 lucky winners on December 1, 2014! Good luck everyone!

Bloggers United 8 is in Partnership with:

Co-Presenters:

Major Sponsors:

Minor Sponsor:

Media Sponsors:
MEGstreetwear.ph
MEGAstyle.ph

AW2014: Toni & Guy Hair Trunk Show

The holidays are coming and I'm thinking of welcoming it with a new hairstyle! For inspiration, I'm simply checking out the latest Hair Trunk Show conducted by renowned salon, Toni & Guy. :)


Toni & Guy recently unveiled the A/W 2014 hair trends at an exclusive pop-up hair trunk show at Todd English Food Hall. Hosted by Collab Contessa, Dara Roa, guests enjoyed a first look on the latest hair and fashion trends straight from London Fashion Week.

To bring this season’s trends to life, guests enjoyed a live hair styling session from top stylists of Toni & Guy Essensuals. Multiple hair looks were crafted from edgy faux hawks for that creative look to busy but chic casual waves. Ultimately, long and luscious locks are what’s in this season. Long hair goes a long way in styling, like a sleek ponytail for Classic, waterfall braid for Casual, voluminous blowout for Glamour, and layered up-do for Creative.


Unilever Beauty Expert Agoo Bengzon and Dara Roa of the Collab Contessa

The highlight of the event however was a discussion led by social media beauty maven and Unilever's resident Beauty Expert, Agoo Bengzon, who talked about the significance of Toni and Guy's Hair Meet Wardrobe philosophy. In her words, "You can always make a statement with your hair. It is actually your best accessory. It's not enough to be dressed well; one must always be dressed from the hair down to your shoes. That is the epitome of true style."


At the pop-up salon, stylish, long waves were the craze. Using Toni & Guy's Casual Sea Salt texturising Spray, guests showed off their dramatic beach-inspired wavy hair that went well with boho-chic outfits.

Toni & Guy has been making waves since the cutting edge hair care range was introduced to the Philippine market last year and it looks like they will continue to take the lead in hair innovation. Whether your look is Glamour, Casual, Classic or Creative, there's definitely a product range that can suit your personal style philosophy.


Thanks Toni & Guy Philippines for always remembering me and my humble blog! :)

Toni & Guy products are available at select Watsons and SM stores nationwide. To get fresh off-the-runway hair trends, follow Toni & Guy on their online channels: 

Facebook | Twitter/Instagram @hair_wardrobePH

Inner Voice

Albeit being in the world of blogging for more than 3 years now, I can still be the most timid girl you can ever meet. Fears, insecurities and worries run through my veins everytime I meet new people or go somewhere new. It's natural! Most girls feel this way all the time. :p But things become negative when you don't #STOPTHEBULONG. I always try my best to fight that pessimist inner voice and self-doubt! You should practice that, too! :)


On me: color splash drawstring top courtesy of Perfect Fit Shop | skirt from Style Code | wrist watch courtesy of Tomato Time | coffee brown sling bag courtesy of Romwe | 2015 Scribble Planner courtesy of FILED | sandals from my Mom's closet :p


I guess this typography inside my 2015 FILED Scribble Planner's THE perfect reminder!

"Don't do it na. Mapapahiya ka lang."

Does this sound familiar? Forget it and #stopthebulong! Allow me to cite some of my crazy encounters with my inner voice of doubt.

1. Blogging.
3 years back, I entered blogging and I was just contented with writing my free-flowing thoughts. It was never (ever) really my goal to be "out there" and get the perks. When I got my first invite for a blog event, I was so hesitant and anxious. I knew I was about to face a different environment. My inner voice told me not to attend it because I felt ugly, my style wasn't pretty, and the guests were all strangers to me. But I was able to #stopthebulong and it was actually one of the best decisions I've ever made. Surprisingly through blogging, I met true friends! :)

2. Work.
Back then, getting employed wasn't in my plan. I was already okay with the blog world and almost prepared to put up a business. But little Arnie is thirsty for growth and new adventures. Suddenly I realized I wanted to work and explore how it's like to be in a fast-paced and competitive company. My inner voice told me I won't make it, but I fought it and I'm beyond happy with where I am right now. :) There might be dreadful days due to workload and deadlines, but I'm still very happy. Not everyone's blessed to have a job with an environment (literally and figuratively) like ours! Can't thank the Lord enough!

3. Singing.
My inner voice (and even my friendsss, ugh) told me I've an awful singing voice. Hahaha! But I firmly believe I can be the Mariah Carey of the Philippines. I've yet to prove this, so I'm throwing a birthday concert. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HAHAHA


Do you have inner voice of doubts that are holding you back? Pop those bubbles and #stopthebulong! :)


Photos by John King delos Reyes

Watch how Julia Barretto and other teens around the nation stopped the bulong in this video:


Are you game to join the movement? Go to https://www.stopthebulong.com!
Share your #StopTheBulong story and how you conquer it in the comments section below! :)

FILED's 2015 Scribble and Doodle Planners

People would often ask how I manage to juggle my crazy schedule for my job, blog duties and social life. Can't really give them any concrete answer, but I know for sure that my day's heavily reliant on what's written on my Shiftnotes and planner. Despite owning gadgets which can help remind me of my daily tasks, I still make sure to write down everything I've to accomplish in my planner. Believe me, it's helpful! It works for me, and I get to see my progress and deadlines. I feel a certain kind of joy whenever I get to tick off (using a highlighter/marker) stuff from it! :p


Admittedly, I'm one of those who line up at Starbucks and religiously drink their frappes just to get stickers for planners. Every. Single. Christmas. Season - since time immemorial! I haven't tried using others yet, and I feel this deed's ruining my pocket and diet, so I'm very happy that FILED chose me as one of their online influencers for their 2015 planners. Something new, plus from a brand that's really close to my heart!


Last Saturday, the artsy fartsy fans of FILED graced the Wanderland event held at Nomnomnom Happy Food, Tomas Morato. Apart from the official launch of their 2015 Scribble and Doodle planners, there were also workshops about the art of typography, basic doodling and online entrepreneurship.


I'm ZERO in terms of art skills. Can't even draw a stickman nicely to save my life!!! That's why I'm glad I got to attend this event, I learned so much and enjoyed looking at how the students/participants showed their skills! :)


Some more photos during the workshop! Here's one from the team of Works of Heart teaching about basic typography and renowned artist Lei Melendres doing his doodle magic!


Huge love and thanks to my FILED familia! Excited to take my 2015 Scribble planner with me in next year's adventures! :)

For more information, visit FILED in these online channels:
Website | Facebook | Twitter/Instagram @getfiled

Cara Delevingne for PENSHOPPE: Now at ZALORA Philippines

Zalora, Asia's leading online fashion destination, has expanded its assortment with the addition of the country's leading fashion brand, Penshoppe. The pieces from their latest holiday collection are now available at www.zalora.com.ph starting November 3, 2014! :)


Penshoppe, who recently named British supermodel and It Girl, Cara Delevingne as the face of their latest holiday campaign, will showcase a large array of apparel on the ZALORA website. Zalora Philippines' Category Manager, Regine King said, "We, at ZALORA, are very pleased to be adding Penshoppe to our growing product offering, specially this Yuletide season. Our customers can expect to see a lot from this partnership, from on point fashion pieces and off the runway looks in very simple yet classy color palettes of white, black, grey and salmon."


"This is a new season for ZALORA," said Paulo Campos, Managing Director of ZALORA Philippines. "With our massive reach of 15 million visits per month, we have clearly positioned ourselves as the leading online fashion destination in Asia."


"At the end of the day, it is the consumer that we hear and decides where they want to get their fashion and ZALORA is offering an additional choice," added Campos. "Given our impressive reach, we want to work together with our brand partners to further strengthen their brand equity and awareness. In general we belive, it is important that online and offline go hand-in-hand to further offer excellent customer experience in fashion retail."

For more information, visit www.zalora.com.ph.

Why I Love the Redmi 1S from Xiaomi Philippines

Years back, you have to go through so many complicated stuff before having to communicate with your friends or relatives. I remember I had to "page" my message for Daddy (who's just at work) whenever I have questions or reminders. Had to dial a number and get connected to an operator before it reaches Dad's beeper! Messages are limited to only a certain number of characters, mind you. Hassle but cool na yun noon!

Then there came mobile phones! I remember I was in the 3rd grade when I first had my thick and heavy Moto with antenna - which can only send texts, place calls and play simple games! Super solved na nun! :p But people just can't settle for less! Fast forward to this generation, almost everyone owns a smartphone. New innovations are released every now and then. Apart from my two iPhones, I acquired my own Xiaomi Redmi 1S just recently! :)


Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Being an iOS user for quite some time now, I thought I'd never say hello to Android phones again. But I guess I'm slowly converting after trying out the Redmi 1S! :) Yup, it's that pretty!


Why do I love the Redmi 1S from Xiaomi Philippines? Here are a couple of reasons...

1. It's super affordable! I believe most of my readers are students and young professionals. And I'm sure PRICE is one of the first things you consider whenever you buy something. The Redmi 1S is only Php5,599.00!


2. Take flattering selfies and OOTDs! With Redmi 1S' 1.6 megapixel front camera, you're guaranteed to take clear, crisp and well-defined selfies. That's way better than other phones! :) Rear camera's 8-megapixel with flash, perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy snaps day and night.


Sample selfies! :p


3. USB On-The-Go. If I'll need to copy some photos from my Redmi 1S to laptop, the Redmi 1S has an expandable memory via microSD card. But aside from that, it also supports a feature called USB On-The-Go that lets me connect a flash drive to my phone! How awesome is that? :)


4. AGC Dragontrail scratch-resistant glass. When it comes to gadgets, I can get a little more OC and I make sure to keep them away from scratches! Happy to know that the Redmi 1S has a scratch-resistant glass, finished with matte exterior. Sleek! :)




5. MiUI User Interface. Most of my gadget geek friends have been raving about Redmi 1S' user interface, which looks like that of an iPhone's iOS. Some Android phones I've tried before were laggy and slow, but the Redmi 1S was SMOOTH, fast and clean! I'm so hooked! :)


6. It's the perfect Christmas present this year! For only Php5,599.00, the Redmi 1S is packed with extremely awesome features, a very good choice given its specs! Inside the eco-friendly box of the Redmi 1S are the USB cable and charger, but you can always check out Lazada for other accessories like ear phones, soft cases and back covers in different colors.

Redmi 1S specifications:
• 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display for superfine text and crisp photos
• AGC Dragontrail scratch-resistant glass
• 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Cortex-A7 core for amazing performance with great battery life and an Antutu benchmark score above 21,000
• 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal flash memory with external microSD slot that supports up to 64GB
• Dual SIM (mini sized) - WCDMA slot for 3G data and GSM slot for 2G
• 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture for 1080p video recording and a front 1.6MP camera


Hurry and purchase your own Redmi 1S now! It's exclusively available on their e-commerce partner Lazada. You can choose among 4 methods of payment: Cash on delivery, credit card (Visa/Mastercard), MegaLink and Paypal.

You're expected to receive your Redmi 1S in 1-5 working days for Metro Manila, and 5-10 working days for orders outside Metro Manila. Just in time for Christmas! :p

No one can stop Xiaomi from providng us with world-class service and support! Check these out:
• 7 service centers across the Philippines
• 53 convenient drop-off locations for those not near a service center
• Dedicated service center at One Kennedy Place, Greenhills, offering two-hour repairs
• Dedicated customer support hotline available 9AM-6PM daily, 7 days a week

For more information about Xiaomi and the Redmi 1S, visit the following sites:
www.mi.com/ph | Facebook | Twitter/Instagram @MiPhilippines