Monday, December 22, 2014

toms gift guide

I'm 99% done with my Christmas shopping, are you? 

That only means it's time for some self-shopping!!! :P

Or if you're still worried about that 1% on your shopping list, why not get them something from Toms while you pick up a pair for yourself along the way....

No plans to shoe shop for yourself? Hmmm, we'll see, I wasn't planning on getting a new pair either but after seeing these oxfords, I'm not too sure anymore.

And besides, since Christmas is the season of giving, it makes sense to purchase a pair from Toms because as we all know, each time we buy a pair, another pair goes out to someone in need.

2 birds with one stone.

Check out what's new from Toms this holiday season:

And these are the brogues I was talking aboutttttttt....

Haven't decided on which color yet but I'm leaning more towards the silver pair.

"silver pair, silver pair, it's christmas time in the cityyyyy" :P 
(don't unfollow me for that please haha)

TOMS is available at Megamall, Nothing But H2O and The Give Project.  
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

ootd: non-cheesy christmas outfit

So happy for this Christmas break! Really feeling the Christmas spirit and all I'm really in the mood for lately is to celebrate and spend time with loved ones.

It's nice to finally be able to stroll around the mall for leisure instead of work.

I had a nice pre-Christmas dinner last night with Dennis, Nikola and friends and it felt so nice and festive despite having it in a simple (but super yummy restaurant...Tim Ho Wan!!!). Also was finally able to do some shopping for myself and Nikola. Got her a pair of joggers last night from H&M, so adorable! Excited to do another "mini me" ootd with her.

So anyway, about the outfit...If you're looking for some inspiration on what to wear to this year's holiday festivities, here's something I hope you'll find inspiring:

christmas outfit
Instead of going all out in a Christmas sweater/red+green tartan, I decided to focus more on "Winter Whites" and just inject it with a bit of contrasting red and green + some gold for a more Christmasy feel.

celine nano red
white wide-leg pants street style
white vest street style
To summarize, wear anything and just inject the tried and tested Christmas combo of red, gold and green. Or you could also channel a snowflake and go white, silver and blue :)

Happy happy Holidays everyone. Hope you're enjoying the season just as much as I am!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

seattle's best coffee dream journal

Admittedly not a pioneer in the coffee shop journal game, this doesn't mean that you should overlook Seattle's Best Coffee's Dream Journal.

Up for grabs after completing just 18 stickers on your "stamp card", it comes in 4 colors: Gray, Navy Blue, Green and Red.

Here's the green:

To get one, you must order at least 8 Holiday Drinks + 10 SBC Beverages (not including bottled juice + water).

Holiday drinks include:

    Caramel Apple – White chocolate mocha with apple syrup and caramel sauce with whipped cream, caramel sauce, cinnamon powder and Christmas candy.

     Coffee Hazelnut – White chocolate mocha with the coconut and hazelnut topped with whipped cream, golden crunch and Christmas candy.

     Cookies & Mint – Classic mocha with a mix of Oreos and mint syrup topped with whipped cream, crushed Oreos and Christmas candy.

     Salted Almond Truffle – Classic mocha mixed with almond and sea salt with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, crushed Almonds and Christmas candy.

Unlike it's more popular counterparts, The Seattle's Best Dream Journal is packed with loads of freebies amounting to P3,000!!!

As I flipped through mine, I found lots of nice surprises like this mouse pad:

Coffee-shaped post-its, coupons for free beverages:

My favorite of all: this adorable coffee cup paper clips:

And even an SBC Playlist CD you can play at home to recreate that warm and cozy Seattle's Best "coffee shop vibe".

I didn't want to shoot everything inside and ruin the surprise for you but I'm telling you, there's still a lot of neat surprises to discover once you get your hands on one. 

Time to call your friends and family, set a coffee date at Seattle's Best and get all those 18 stamps in one day! ;) You have til January 15, 2015 to complete your "stamp card".

Happy Holidays! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

pond's flawless white dewy rose gel review

Skincare is tricky business and one of my favorite topics. I've followed a strict morning/night regimen for about 15 years now to delay my aging process. :P

 I've tried many products, even before blogging. Most shocking revelation for me was realizing that price doesn't exactly equate to a product that works.

I've had drugstore brands perform better on my skin than expensive "designer creams". At the end of the day, it just really boils down to which one agrees best with your unique skin chemistry. The only way to find out is to keep researching and  trying.

A good product to start with for those in their 20s (and even those who are in their mid-30s like me) is Pond's new Flawless White Dewy Rose Whitening Gel:

It comes in 2 sizes with a price that won't hurt the pocket.
P439 for 50g and only P149 for 10g.

The beauty of it allis that it works for me and is really pleasant to use.

First of, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the gel-like consistency. It's non-sticky and comfortable to wear even in our humid weather. 

It's also immediately absorbed by the skin so you don't end up looking oily and yet it moisturizes just as much as heavier cream-based moisturizers.

My skin usually cracks around my lips during the ber months and I judge a good moisturizer by it's ability to perform under cold weather. I brought this with me to Taiwan where the weather was much colder and it managed to keep my skin soft, supple and moisturized throughout my entire trip.

Also, I didn't experience any irritation or breakouts.

With its affordable price tag and high performance formulation, I highly recommend Pond's new Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel to be the next moisturizer you should try. I hope it works for you cause it really is a dream to apply, smells good too. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

jane iredale starter kit - skin care makeup

I think this year is all about last minute Christmas Shopping. I still have a couple of gifts I need to buy! :P

If you haven't completed your list yet, here's something the women in your lives might appreciate: The Jane Iredale Starter Kit!

The Kit contains:

  1. PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
  2. Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
  3. Pommist Hydration Spray
  4. Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder
  5. And a beautiful applicator brush!

Everything is contained in this pretty make-up bag

With a large high quality mirror and enough extra room to house all your other makeup essentials like eyeshadows, lipstick, eyeliner, etc.

It's the perfect compact container to take around when mobile.

And the best thing about the Jane Iredale line? It's good for your skin too!

According to Jane: “I’ve always said, makeup should be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Effortless makeup that actually improves the condition of her skin will boost her confidence. She will be amazed by how beautiful her skin can be.”

Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder + Pressed Foundation
Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder - foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. It provides exceptional coverage with a luminous finish, and is ideal for covering brown spots, redness, eczema, rosacea and acne. Bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen.

Pressed Foundation - The first pressed mineral foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. Provides long-lasting, highly pigmented coverage with a semi-matte finish. Also bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen. 
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair
Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener - A luminizing, award-winning primer that nourishes and prepares the skin. It brightens, hydrates and helps makeup go on easily and last longer.

***when it comes to primer I'm all about brightness, somehow, when I use an illuminating base, my make-up seems to look fresher, longer. I also think it makes me look younger. It's very forgiving and camouflages age indicators quite efficiently. ;)

Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spray
Pommist Hydration Spray - A hydrating facial spritz with the added benefit of pomegranate extract. It conditions and protects the skin and may be used to set a mineral base and plump the skin. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT. 

jane iredale new starter kit
How To Use:
- Start with Smooth Affair to nourish and refine the skin.  
- Apply one of the skin-loving foundations with the Mini Powder Brush.
- Finish with a nourishing spritz of POMMISST.
- From there, all that’s needed is a swipe of mascara or a touch of bronzer to complete the look!

Discover the difference with Jane Iredale! Check out the new starter kit at Rustans The Beauty Source!

SRP: 2,950

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

taiwan travel diaries: hello kitty cafe + barbie cafe

Taiwan is the land of cuteness and Hello Kitty. 

Hello Kitty is everywhere, some places you'd think you're in Japan but no, you're right in the heart of Taipei. She is so popular here that they are the only country in the world with a license to brew "Hello Kitty Beer". Yes, beer! It's made by Taiwan Beer, tried looking for some but I guess I wasn't looking hard enough cause I didn't find any although I was able to visit this:

The Hello Kitty Cafe! This was at the top of my must see places during our trip.

Luckily, it's also located in Daan District near our hotel so we decided to just walk. On the way, we also came across the Barbie Cafe:

Pink Galoreeee! It's located at the 2nd floor of a corner building about a block or two away from Hello Kitty Cafe, we didn't bother to go up cause I think two of these cutesy places might be too much for Dennis :P

Food seems to be a bit cheaper here than at the Hello Kitty Cafe where each guest is required to spend at least 500 NTD - Php714

Anyway, here you go, Hello Kitty Cafe:

Kinda looks like a life-size Sanrio toy...remember those hard plastic bags that you can open up into a cafe/house with Sanrio figurines? Like that :P

As we were waiting to get seated, I saw Dennis begin shuffling his feet uneasily. I think the all the pink and kawaii-ness of it got to him and started to make him feel a bit emasculated. :P

We visited a couple of hours after a heavy lunch, was planning on getting dessert but I wasn't that desperate to try it and I was beginning to pity my companion so I decided to take some quick pics and go somewhere else that's a little more gender neutral :P

Besides, I already read several reviews saying that the food is here is so-so, nothing great. You really visit more for the "cuteness" and experience, not so much the flavor.

Still, looking back, it might have been nice. Maybe during our next visit, this time with Nikola so there's more reason to drop by.

For your reference, pics of the menu:

Choice of dishes is similar to that of UCC:

Average price for  meal is about 500 NTD, that's a bit expensive for a cafe. And for Taiwan in general where good food is everywhere and super affordable.

Still, I think it's worth a visit just for the experience and the sake of nostalgic "cuteness". Hahaha

Read more about my trip to Taipei, Taiwan here:

Monday, December 15, 2014

taiwan travel diaries: ootd around daan

Back to my Taiwan posts with another travel ootd. Sporting my trusty over the knee socks again but this time with chucks.

These photos were taken in the back streets of my most favorite area in Taipei: Daan District! Specifically the back roads around Zhongxiao/Zhongshan. 

The vibe here is so awesome. It kinda looks like Japan. It's super artsy. Almost each block has a small coffee shop and there are roads and roads of indie boutiques selling everything from clothes, specialty motorcycle shops with tons of cafe racer paraphernalia, music shops, skate shops, sneaker stores, pubs, bars and more. I could spend all-day day roaming around aimlessly here. 

Will talk more about the shops here in a later post. I still have tons of photos that need to be edited. Thanks for your patience. :)

Meanwhile, here's what I wore for another full day of shopping and exploring the city:

chuck taylors street style
rebecca minkoff mini mac bag
over the knee socks street style
 zara sweater | uniqlo shirt | romwe skirt | converse chuck taylors

photos by Dennis Sy

Read more about my trip to Taipei, Taiwan here:

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