Lucky Wardrobe

Seriously cannot believe we're ending 2014 in a few days!!! What a crazy ride! But of course, we should all be thankful for the year that was - all the success, hardships, failures and surprises made us tougher than ever! :) I'm so psyched about 2015, and I'm making sure it will be golden! Positivity all the way!

On me: long sleeved chiffon blouse courtesy of Lucky Wardrobe | blue skinnies courtesy of Ensembles | mandals courtesy of Quina | SM Parisian bag

My closet's happy again for its new sister! :p My wardrobe's filled with white clothes and I'm definitely not complaining! Say hola to this gorgeous top courtesy of Lucky Wardrobe! Unlike other international shopping sites, transacting with them is a breeze! You won't need to head to your local post office (and pay again). Orders will be directly shipped to your place! :)

No trust issues, too, because they will provide you with accurante processing and shipping time, along with the tracking number that you can monitor from time to time! :)

Check out now and see their wide collection of dresses, accessories and shoes! I swear I spent hoursss (yup, emphasis on "s") browsing through their website! ❤

Keeping this post short as I've to run errands before NYE! See you soon! xx

Couldn't Ask For More

Hi everyone! Happy holidays!!! :) Wishing you guys had an amazing Christmas, spent with your family and closest friends. Filled your tummies with your bonggang handa? Great! I hope you were able to fill your hearts with the Lord's presence as well. After all, we are celebrating because of Him. :)

As always, mine's very intimate but awesome. Had a bondat Noche Buena with my parents, opened gifts from the most thoughtful people on earth, went out with the family for Christmas lunch and shopping, and finally booked our NYE staycation. :) Woohoo!!

On me: floral drawstring top courtesy of Perfect Fit Shop | black kimono courtesy of Perfect Fit Shop | Forever 21 high waist shorts | bag from SM Parisian | mandals courtesy of Quina | Aldo watch

If you've been following me on Instagram (@listentoarnie), you'll notice my undying love for drawstring tops! Get yours NOW at Perfect Fit Shop! They have all the colors and prints in the world!

Like what I've mentioned earlier, part of my Christmas rituals is opening the gifts I've got from the most generous people in the universe. :p Finally got to unwrap all the Christmas presents under our tree! Many thanks to those who remembered me and my humble blog this season. ❤

Rekindle your love for Bobson!!! Thank you BOBSON Japan for the jeans, buttondown and travel bag! Can't wait to use these!

Making sure I get all my fun memories printed! Thank you Fujifilm Instax Philippines for the cute films and Mini 8 case! Woohoo!!

My closest friends know me so well! Thank you Christine Liwag for the skirt, Ana Gonzales for the Mango wallet (EPIC HAHAHA), Ava Te for the notepad and bracelet, and ARC Public Relations, Inc. for the chocolate crayons and home spray!!

Huge thanks to FILED! for the 2015 Doodle Planner and Pen Holder, Fujifilm Instax Philippines for the notepad and my good friend King for the 2015 Certified Positive Planner!

Sweet tooth's happy! Many thanks to Virtusio PR for the cookies, my babe Christine Liwag for the Crunch (my fave!!!) and my very thoughtful reader Sapphirine Blue (hehe) for the Ferrero! 

Taking good care of my skin this 2015! Thank you to my Flawless Face and Body Clinic family for always remembering!

Another batch of kaartehan! Thank you for knowing me sooo well Ana Gonzales (NYX lipstick), Mama G (NYX blush on), Ava Te (Tony Moly lip balm) and my good friend Sheens for the chocolates! My heart's rejoicing!

More more scarves!!! Thank you Pat Santos - Fashion Designer and Freeway for remembering me!

Million thanks from the bottom of my heart!!! ❤❤❤

Christmas ganaps here and there but these are my favorites:

• Get Hooked 360 party

• Catch up dinner with my closest blog sisters Ana, Christine and Ava

• Coffee date with my best friend Georgia na namiss ko ng sobra!!!

• Christmas lunch and shopping with the best parents on earth

Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful gift of life! I could not ask for more! :)

How did you celebrate Christmas this year? :)

Reason for the Season

Counting days 'til the most wonderful time of the year!!! My heart's always filled with joy and excitement every Christmas season. Carols, decors, smiles, gifts and (weird, but) even the busy streets would remind me that our favorite day is nearing. ❤ Like most Filipino families, it's been our yearly tradition to attend the Simbang Gabi. Back then, I was only looking forward to the 9 novena masses because of my wishes, bibingka and puto bumbong. How mature! Hahahaha! But as I grew older and my relationship with God got stronger, I understood why we're having Simbang Gabi on a deeper level. 

On me: Shana romper | Aldo watch | The Ramp metallic pumps

You might want to ponder on to these learnings:

1. Attending Simbang Gabi because of your wishes? Think again.

"I want this, I want that. Give me this, give me that." - That is not praying. 

We're right that the Lord is the most loving and generous Father. As long as it's the best for us, He will definitely provide what we ask for. Whether you wake up extremely early than usual to complete the 9 novena masses or not, He will still be there to listen to all our prayers. He will give beyond what we deserve. It's not bad to lift all our hopes, worries and aspirations to Him! But remember that God is not a genie to say yes to all what we say. And Simbang Gabi is not a wishing well! :)

2. Listen to what God wants YOU to do.

After all the me me me me in prayers, maybe it's about time that you listen to what God wants you to do. Absorb the gospels and homilies. They exist on purpose. :) Even if it's the birthday of our Savior, because He is (again) the most loving and generous of all, He will grant the desires of our hearts. But have we granted His hopes for us?

Done relaying your wishes unto Him? Perhaps you can end your chitchats with God by asking Him, "How about You, dear Lord, what can I do to make Your kind heart happy?"

3. Simbang Gabi is a preparation for Christ's BIG DAY! 

Like all other birthdays, we usually prepare BIG to make ourselves or our loved ones happy. Unless your birthday falls on the 25th, focus should be on Christ. The bonggang handa you have during Noche Buena is for Him. As for Misa de Gallo, we shouldn't attend just because. We patiently go through those 9 nights to prepare our hearts for the Lord. That when His big day comes, we're more than ready to embrace His presence. Let's not forget that He is the reason why we have this season. :)

Do you enjoy Christmas because of the gifts you receive, shopping galore, the bountiful meals prepared in your table, the daily parties and extravagant decorations? It's normal to be delighted by these! But if your Christmas merely revolves there, then you haven't found the real meaning of happiness yet. :) 

Reunite with your long lost friends, love your family, forgive no matter how it hurts, invite Jesus in your lives and do good deeds sans the publicity. :)

Photos by Celyn Jaravata

Merry Christmas everyone! ❤❤❤

Bloggers United 8 Photodiary

Finally blogging about Bloggers United 8!!! Huge thanks to everyone who came to drop by my booth and raided my closet! My birthday and this event won't be as fun without you guys! ❤ 

Now see if your pretty faces are here!!! :)

Love all these photos! ❤

Most bongga part: a birthday surprise planned by the sweetest readers on earth!!! Ahhh!!! It's been 2 weeks now but I still can't get over this! I have the BEST Raid My Closet babies on earth!

Love you babies!!! Sobrang paandar lang ng video niyo and cake and love!!! I've no words!!

Ended my special day at Sentro 1771 ❤
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of life!

See you all at Bloggers United 9, yes? ;)