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3 Ways to Take Your Beauty to the Next Level

And just like that, we’re at the last quarter of 2015 already! Where did all the other months go, really? While we face mid-October, are you now comfortable to say that this is YOUR year? With all the hustle and bustle every day, are you ready to face the days ahead with beauty to the next level?

My teen idol and recent newly-wed, Heart Evangelista, revealed that for her, "2015 marked a year of many big achievements.” Aside from her first international exhibit in Singapore, Heart also welcomed a new journey for herself in marriage.



Given her busy and hectic career, Heart sure did make everything seem easy. I even found myself stalking her on Instagram one night, wondering how she can do all that and still look as beautiful and as effortless as she does! Luckily, she shared her top 3 recommendations on how to take your look to the next level, making the best even better!


1. On Beauty: Emphasize your assets.

Who’s guilty of putting on too much cosmetics on a daily basis? Heart recounts that her go to look will always be simple and classic elegance, and the best way to change up your look is just to keep your make up as simple as possible. “My style is more on being simple, accentuating what you already have and working from there, I don’t think you have to be over the top with layers and layers full of make up - less is definitely more.”

Classic brows paired with a nice shade of lipstick, double check! ;)


2. On Fashion: Inject Your Own Personality

“Fashion has a lot to do with who you are. My personal style would be simple, basic, and classic, very much inspired by the likes of Grace Kelly. I still love wearing my white tees and ripped jeans, but when it comes to taking it to the next level, I think every girl should have a pair of classic beige heels! Once you wear them, it instantly gives this taller effect that compliments any look!”

On your check list, make sure to include that classic beige heels! To this one, I couldn’t agree more!


3. On Hair: Go For the Tried and Tested

No look is complete without the proper locks to match it! According to Heart, “my hair is what completes my look, whether it be simple and straight, or up in voluminous curls, my hair adds that extra oomph of personality to my daily look.”

Heart shares that in terms of applying your make up or purchasing clothes from different stores, you can be a little more experimental. But when it comes to her tresses, she only trusts one brand, and that is Creamsilk.


For Heart, her real struggle with always changing up her hairstyle would really be how to properly care for her hair, and give it the moisture and nourishment it needs. “There’s nothing worse than coming to an event with dry and damaged hair, that’s why with me, I don’t take any chances.”

♥ ♥ 

Been a Cream Silk user since high school and it gave nothing but the utmost care to my tresses ’til present! So if you want to take your beauty to the next level, too, try out the reformulated Stand Out Straight conditioner for softer, beautiful and more manageable hair!

Can’t wait to see your look! ♥

Active Wear by Black Bough

I’m certainly not the sexiest girl you’ll ever meet (no abs, flat-chested, no humps nor lady lumps, lels) so I’ve no idea where I found the guts to do this OOTD. :p Anymoo, I badly miss my every day gym hits. And when I finally decide to go back, I’m definitely wearing this sports bra courtesy of Black Bough. It has the nicest quality, I tell you! ;)



On me: The Player sports bra (in Neon Lemon) courtesy of Black Bough | sweat pants courtesy of Converse Philippines | Nike Free 5.0


Months back, I get my gym fix at Gold's after work. I’d use my sports bra the entire day (imagine: under my meeting-ready clothes). I felt too conscious ‘cos my old bra would show annoying marks on my tops. I’m so thrilled to use this new one from Black Bough, for it doesn’t show any visible lines on your garb! :) Tried it with the shirt I wore prior to this shoot, and to my Sunday mass dress. Indeed, no smears!


Despite The Player’s ultra-soft and super-lightweight fabric, it promises maximum support through its high impact level 3 sports bra. Perfect for any workout routines or yoga positions!


Get fit with Black Bough’s favorite fitness dime! If you’re looking for one that can both fit and flatter your body, this is it!


Purchase it now via Black Bough’s website for only Php1,500.00! They also have several designs that you'll love - including shorts and sweatpants! 


Photos by Mom

Let’s lose weight before Christmas, shall we? I’m ready to binge on lechon and other salu-salo meals this holiday! #motivation

SM Woman Fashion Films

Have you ever lost your confidence because of how the society defines beauty? We have been in a closed box of “I should be thin. I should be blemish-free. My hair should be impeccable. Must be in style.” Every. Single. Day. And this is a sad story for our generation.

Fortunately, with the help of social media, everyone’s able to voice out their battle cries. Enough with how others dictate our perception of beauty. Modern women are already challenging these standards, especially for the perfect body type.


Leading this charge, SM Woman champions a body-positive cause by providing the most diverse range of fashion for women of every size, every age, and every style.

Now is the time to be fearless; be daring, be SM Woman. This campaign encourages all women to love their bodies and be confident in their own skin. Watch the videos in this post to see the overwhelming response from women all over the Philippines.


Plus size model and life coach, Kimi Lu, shares “It could be life changing to feel accepted as it promotes equality for each person.” And just like that, SM Woman breaks down the limitations of body standards.


For the savvy stylista who wants to be on-trend while staying smart about money, SM Woman offers items starting at Php799. You don’t need to break the bank to look chic this season.

Now with a more luxe spin for the woman who’s made it in her career and personal life, SM Woman Prima offers polished looking pieces that are deserving of a sophisticated life. With beautiful dresses that are cut forgivingly and easy separates that are made of quality fabric, Prima is the line for the woman who has excellent taste.


SM Woman makes it easy for women to look great. Each fashion-forward piece is chosen for the Filipina, by a Filipina. Invest in ever-posh styles that always spell out, “I have arrived,” no matter what the occasion. With the options available, every woman can look their best every single day; be confident and spot-on with the latest trends whether it’s to make a good first impression at a job interview, or to glam up for a night out, or to polish a casual look. There is a fashionable piece folded on the racks or elegantly draped on a mannequin for every woman, fitting to complement a variety of body shapes and to enhance the Filipina’s skin tones.

Get live updates on SM Woman’s latest news and follow them here:
 Instagram | Facebook | #daretodenim #SMWoman

TW Steel: 10 Years of Bigtime

TW Steel, Big in Oversized Watches, broke out in 2005 with chronographs and watches that are big in attitude and peerless in class. A decade and 300 designs later, it continues to make bold statements, creating function and form with Swiss quality standard.


Felt very fortunate to have celebrated 10 years of bigtime with TW Steel! Last October 10, press and media people flocked at Shangri-La Plaza for their anniversary and inauguration of their BIGTIME Photography Competition Exhibit. This was spearheaded by the well respected photographer and renowned portraitist, Ibarra Deri. Professional and amateur enthusiasts were asked to take product and lifestyle shots of their favorite TW Steel watches. Hundreds of entries were submitted, and the top 20 were chosen by some of the country’s noted photographers: Wigs Tysmans, Bien Bautista, Jun Miranda, Menchit Ongpin, Mark Floro, and up and coming fashion photographer, Jack Alindahao.


We also had the chance to peek in their newest collections. The brand has unveiled a bold new Canteen collection, invigorating the style platform on which “The Watch in Steel” has been built. It features 45mm and 50mm case sizes, and each design comes in a 3-Hand, Chrono and Automatic movement edition. All models utilize a high precision movement. For a sporty look, the new leather-strap series features a big caliber chrono movement, with two chrono eyes with a sapphire layer on the crystals.


Another notable highlight is the use of vintage leather straps for a timeless antique look. Each 3-Hand version features a brushed steel case and bezel, while the Chrono sports a brushed steel case with a hammered steel bezel. The Automatic also features these plus an elegant steel piece on the leather strap.


The Canteen bracelet series comes in brushed steel, PVD rose gold plating, PVD yellow gold plating, and 2-tone combining steel and PVD plating. Each watch also features 3-Hand executions, incorporating a shiny bezel with shiny mid-pieces on the bracelet. The Chrono has a tachymeter on the bezel and a brushed steel bracelet. The Automatic has a hammered bezel and hammered mid-pieces.


The Canteen style remains such a favorite that TW Steel has created its limited edition, diamond-crusted Apex Canteen as its anniversary watch. 

As Christmas comes nearer, it’s the perfect time to be in search of your next TW Steel favorite. Shop for TW Steel at The Podium, SM Aura, SM Megamall, EDSA Shangri-la Mall, SM North EDSA, SM Makati, Century Mall and in Chronos, Swiss Gear and Wristpod stores, and in Adora and Le Temps in Resorts World Manila.


Many thanks to Ms. Rochelle and the TW Steel for having us! ♥♥♥

Against the Splash

Hello guys! Last week was hella crazy and busy work-wise. Imagine working on 5 decks on top of my usual load - that’s pretty insane. You can also add my makalat na feelings, wandering everywhere for some weird reason. I missed blogging and I’m so glad to be back after 7 days! Hoping for lighter and happier days ahead. My immune system’s slowly giving up on my lifestyle. :p

Anyway, sharing with you a quick outfit post perfect for casual days!


On me: top courtesy of SM Woman | white high-waist shorts courtesy of Indie-go Boutique| necklace and purse courtesy of SM Accessories | heels courtesy of Call It Spring


Have you ever gone window-shopping, see clothes on mannequins and suddenly think of someone who would wear that ensemble? Something like “This is very Arnie!” or what have you :p My friends told me that whenever they see chiffon or sheer tops, they’d often associate me with those. I’m guilty! Nothing beats its class and comfort. You can even pair it with almost anything! :)


Similar with this top from SM Woman, you can style it in other different ways. Wear it with pants and heels and now you’re meeting-ready, or with a skirt for a weekend brunch, or shorts that can go on casual days. Just make sure you’re wearing the right bra or bandeau to complete the look.


Since I go less on colorful clothes, I try to spice up my garb with quirky accessories. My minimalist self can’t handle loud blings anymore, but this splashing purse from SM Accessories is too irresistible! :)


Don’t get deceived by its size. Albeit small-looking, I love how it can fit my essentials: powder, lipstick, wallet, phones and powerbank!


Photos by John King delos Reyes

That’s it for now! Wishing you a beautiful week ahead! ♥♥♥

Digital Walker Madness Sale

Since opening their first futuristic and pop-art inspired store in 2004, Digital Walker set the bar for industrial class and fashion forward digital accessorizing. The aim has been to gear today’s technocrats up with hip, quality, and trailblazing multi-platform tech accessories so they may walk into the future, ready to get their geek on in super style. Offering a slew of noteworthy music-head gear, portable speakers, gizmo guards and a few cult loved gadgets, the true tech-savvy and social geek won’t have to think twice about a single purchase.


In this modern day and age, it is important for us to keep up with life as it moves at the speed of light, if not faster. And Digital Walker believes in walking into the future well equipped to face every single day without missing a beat, hence their state-of-the-art techie lifestyle offerings, which we all need. So don’t miss out when their awesome Walker Madness Sale arrives in full swing! 

Walk on over to Shangri-La Malls’ East Wing ground floor at EDSA cor. Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City on October 14 – 18, 2015 and snatch deals with mad discounts, dipping prices up to 70% on selected brands such as Aiaiai, Boomphones, Boostcase, Brave, Carbon audio, Crumpler, Gear4, Õlloclip, Quirky, Soundfreaq, and SwitchEasy. Digital Walker is making it 70% easier for everyone to gear up and walk into the future, prepped with proper and stylish technocratic necessities.

For live updates on Digital Walker, follow them on Facebook or on Instagram and Twitter with handle @digitalwalkerph.

Endless Summer Passport

My mermaid self’s wishing for an endless summer! And Nothing But H2O made me feel even more excited to hit the beach again because of this awesome treat for their loyal customers. Here comes the Endless Summer Passport, a loyalty and frequency card that rewards the brand lovers with Php1,800 worth of gift certificates with a fully stamped passport. This is Nothing But H2O’s way of saying thank you to all their loyal fans for nearly two decades now. :)

YOU can get the Endless Summer Passport with a minimum single receipt purchase of Php2,000. You’ll earn sticker stamps with every single receipt purchase of the same amount, too! Customers may also bring a friend to avail the Endless Summer Passport to get two sticker stamps instead of just one!


Why do you need the Endless Summer Passport?

Nothing But H2O is a tropical retail mecca of a growing number of beach lifestyle product offerings. Think:


ANEMONE

Anemone’s their house brand, designed and crafted in the Philippines, inspired by the beautiful beaches and the endless summer lifestyle in our country. Unlike other brands, you can mix and match Anemone’s old collections to the newest ones for an instant swimsuit update!


With Anemone, you’re guaranteed that your swimsuits and rash guards have high quality fabrics, exclusive prints, meticulous construction and detailing, and a whole lot of versatility.


TOMS

Nothing But H2O is the exclusive distributor of TOMS in the Philippines. TOMS isn’t your basic shoe brand, it is more of a GIVING company than a retail company. With every product you purchase, TOMS gives back. A pair of shoes sold, a child in need gets a new pair.


ZINKA

Surfers know Zinka by heart! This brand provides non-chemical, colored nosecoats that offers total block from the sun’s harmful rays.


These brands and more inside Nothing But H2O! Complete the sticker stamps, get rewarded, because you deserve it! ;)

This is just the first in Nothing But H2O’s long list of exciting surprises in-store for their loyal customers. Visit them at Alabang Town Center, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, TriNoma, Ayala Center Cebu and D’Mall Boracay. 

Check out their online accounts for more information:
Website | @nothingbuth2o on Instagram and Twitter


Thrilled to wear these for my next destination! Heartfelt thanks to my Nothing But H2O family! ♥♥♥

Left My Heart at Cebu

Aaand now I’m blogging about our last day in Cebu. It’s been 3 weeks since this trip but all I want right now is to escape Manila and go back to this beautiful city again. So many great memories that I’ll carry with me forever. ♥ ♥ ♥ 

We were pressed with time on our last day. We woke up late and ran to the grocery for last minute errands before following our Day 3 itinerary. Good thing our hotel’s just a few walks away from Ayala Center Cebu. All our plotted eats were located there - Casa Verde and Tablea!




On me: white fringe cropped top courtesy of Style Stunner Manila | long knit cardigan courtesy of Style Stunner Manila | high-waist white shorts courtesy of Indiego Boutique | Trunk Show hat | SM Parisian sling bag | sneakers courtesy of PEOPLE Footwear

Cebu Day 3 Itinerary
10:00AM - Late Hotel Breakfast
11:30AM - Grocery and Pasalubong Shopping at Ayala Center Cebu
1:00PM - Lunch at Casa Verde
2:30PM - Dessert at Tablea
4:10PM - Arrival at the Airport
4:30PM - Flight Back to Manila
6:00PM - Arrival at NAIA


White out, like always! Told you my closet’s filled with whites, and I won’t get rid of them ever! :p You just have to be extra careful when wearing such ensemble especially when you eat and travel. My friends would always tease me whenever I use tissues as bibs every meal. I’m that cautious so I won’t leave stains!


Anymoo, after errands, we headed to Casa Verde for lunch. We’ve already tried Casa Verde here in Manila but they say it’s different when you try it from its original home. ♥ Both good!


Casa Verde did not disappoint, especially with its mouth-watering ribs in enormous serving sizes!


After the filling lunch, we walked to Tablea for their famous hot chocolate and coffee. I was having a terrible headache then, but surprisingly I felt better after my first few sips. Really nothing a good drink can’t fix! :)


I think we relaxed too much that we arrived late at the airport. Our flight’s at 4:30PM, we came in around 4:10PM - stewards were already escorting everyone inside the plane. Muntik na! Hahahaha!


Everything went perfect during this trip. I’m more than thankful for all the amazing things that happened in Cebu. My heart is filled with happiness! ♥

Hoping you’ll have the same awesome experience in your next trip! Tell me about it in the comments section below. :)