Thursday, April 17, 2014

d-date: clothes with an expiration

Did you know that people only use 20% of their entire wardrobe?  The remaining 80% will most likely never be worn again.

We continue to accumulate clothes while millions of poor Filipinos hardly have anything to wear.

Caritas Segunda Mana, one of our country's largest charities dealing with donations in kind, have noticed that Filipinos only tend to donate clothes when there is a calamity or natural disaster.  Also, people usually treat donations like trash bins sending over clothes that are no longer usable.

It is because of these reasons that Caritas has decided to team up with local retail brands, Team Manila being one the first to jump aboard, for the D Date initiative.

The D Date objective is to nip the problem from its root by putting an expiration date on their shirts which suggest a reasonable time to donate it.

Once your shirt expires, just bring it back to the store you purchased it from for donation and in turn, you will receive a 10% discount on your next purchase plus a gold medal in heaven for being such a kind soul :P

All donated clothes will be collected by Caritas Segunda Mana and will be distributed to the poor in different areas of our country. Some may also be sold in Caritas Segunda Mana stores where proceeds will fund other Caritas projects including education, housing and livelihood.

for more info, check out or visit Team Manila on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@teammanila)


pixy cosmetics exclusive bdjbox unboxing

I haven't done a BDJ unboxing in awhile so I was really excited when this arrived.

A new Asian brand to obsess over.

The Pixy exclusive BDJBox is definitely lust worthy.

It's got everything you need to sparkle this season...

Pixy is an Indonesian-based cosmetics line that is made using the best Japanese technology and ingredients. It is also specially formulated for Asian skin.

Inside this special BDJBox you will find:

  1. UV Whitening Two Way Cake - P275
  2. UV Whitening Two Cake (Matte) - P145
  3. Ultimate Make Up Cake - P445
  4. Colors of Delight Blush On -P285
  5. Colors of Delight Lipstick Semi-Matte - P265
  6. Colors of Delight Lipstick Lasting Matte - P325
  7. Colors of Delight Satin Lipstick - P245
  8. Colors of Delight Eyeliner Pencil - P265
  9. Colors of Delight Waterproof Mascara - P260
Total: P2510

I think it's great that they put a lot of thought into finalizing what goes into each box. There's no hit or miss here. It's a combination of shades and colors that will suit everyone's needs and preferences. Take for instance the lipstick shades, there's a vampy red for night-outs, a sort of brownish-pink for everyday use and a pretty vibrant pink to match summer outfits.

I also love the curved shape of their mascara wand. It's not so thick either which makes it easier to reach my outer and innermost lashes for an even application.

But perhaps most outstanding is the 3 different shades of powder they included. Keep the right shade for yourself and share the rest with your friends.

I was unfamiliar with the brand Pixy until I received this box so I did some "googling". Turns out that their powder which also doubles as a base, has quite a bit of a cult following here in Southeast Asia.

Unlike other drugstore brand powders, Pixy's is lightweight and yet provides enough coverage to conceal pores and other skin imperfections for a flawless finish. The effect relies on a unique blend of finely-milled powder which is able to bounce off light. The result is a brighter complexion.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

le bunny bleu easter egg hunt promo

The Easter Bunny has spoken and he wants you to have new shoes!

Head over to Le Bunny Bleu this April 20 for a fun Easter egg hunt and a chance to win awesome prizes!

Every customer who walks in any of their stores gets the chance to look for a hidden Easter Egg. The Easter Egg contains of any of these prizes: LeBunny Bleu candy bag, Bunny stuffed toy, free P250 stamp on the LeBunny Lovers stamp card (for a faster chance to get a discount card), and even a 50% off coupon to spend on the new Summer Collection!

*Every customer gets one chance to pick an egg. No return/ exchange of egg once chosen. Prizes must be claimed on April 20.

LeBunny Bleu is located at 5th floor Shangri-la Plaza and 2nd floor Glorietta 5.

for more info, connect with Le Bunny Bleu Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (lebunnybleuPH)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

feta mediterranean restaurant greenhills menu + review

As you can see below, my photos are of different quality. That's because I have been returning to Feta for several consecutive days trying to sample as many dishes as I can. Some visits were unplanned hence the phone photos.

Feta is a newly opened Mediterranean restaurant along Annapolis St. in Greenhills, San Juan beside Atlanta Tower. If you are familiar with Bistro Miyake, it's what took over its old spot.

It is owned and looked over daily by Turkish nationals so the food is really authentic and the ingredients used are fresh and premium.

Aside from cooked food, they also sell some Mediterranean delicacies, jams and ingredients like all sorts of jams, flours and oils.

They also have a wood oven and serve freshly baked extremely delicious traditional breads. A must try on your first visit especially when prices start at just P40! They also make a great healthy afternoon snack with traditional Turkish tea.

Another great merienda option is their Turkish Pizza which only costs P120. It's the type you roll up. Yummy!

Turkish Pizza
Adana Kebab - P270
Bread Basket
I won't go into detail for every dish because this will turn into an extremely long and possibly boring post. Let me just say that so far, nothing has disappointed me yet. Everything I've tried has been extremely delightful. Good enough for me to consider Feta as the best Mediterranean restaurant in Manila, price x quality-wise.

Iskender - P350
As a result of my multiple visits, I have developed some favorites and that I will share with you.

First, their Iskender. I don't know of any other restaurant that serves this in our country. I fail to remember if Greeka does but anyway, Feta's is really affordable considering the size of their serving. It is mouthwatering and terribly hard to resist. So hard that I end up ordering it each time. I know if I don't, Dennis will and I'll just spend the rest of our meal feeling jealous.

It's finely sliced beef in a special sauce served with yoghurt and Turkish rice or bead. You might want to ask them to serve the bread/rice on the side instead. It's pure heaven.

Turkish Tea
Their salads are also worth trying. Different but good, extremely refreshing for the warm weather and perfect for those trying to lose weight. Most of them have feta cheese and fresh olives...

It's also great that you can opt to order a Baklava in bite-size for just P50. Perfect size to cap off a meal. If you're a sweet tooth, you can also order the full size for P150.


Their Falafels are also mmmmmm...salivating already. Have it with fresh bread and order some freshly baked warm pita to go along with it. You won't be sorry.

My daughter's favorite and mine too before I tried their Iskender, the Adana Kebab. One serving is huge and perfect if you're in the mood for something clean tasting and delicate. The flavor of this dish relies on the freshness of the ingredients and the umami factor of their Turkish rice. Don't be fooled though, it is also heavy on the belly once you finish it off with a flourish from the pita that comes with it.

Adana Kebab - Chicken
And lastly, their pizza which I was a bit hesitant to try at first because it isn't a native Mediterranean dish. I though it would be a waste of money but no. It is the best pizza I've had this side of Manila. It's huge and very affordable at just P340.

The crust is perfection and their tomato/pizza sauce is the right amount of sweet/tang. I think they make it from scratch with fresh tomatoes.

Another must-order for me during every visit is their Yoghurt drink. It works wonders to calm the stomach especially after a bad hangover.

Margarita Pizza, Yoghurt Drink, Fresh Mango Shake
I have been doing cartwheels eversince they opened. I think it's great that I have another quality option nearby and not just Chinese. (You know my area is saturated with those and I am up to my ears in Yang Chow.) It's a plus that Mediterranean food is one of the healthiest cuisines around. Mostly grilled and really, really clean on the palette. They're also vegan friendly. Perfect timing now that I am trying to get more fit and healthy, it's also located at the ground floor building of my Crossfit Box so what could be better than that? 

Please come, try it out, give them business. I assure you, it's worth the travel. I have nothing to gain from this post, I just want to help them out cause their food and price points are really good and I'm a bit worried cause their location is know for being bad luck for business. Let's help them stay open for a long time! :)


Monday, April 14, 2014

sm accessories summer 2014 with anne curtis, daniel padilla and the rest of the gang!

Anne Curtis, Xian Lim, Georgina Wilson, and newcomers Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Baretto welcome summer in fun nautical inspired pieces by SM Accessories:

Accent your outfits and look your best this season with SM Accessories as they make high quality and uber stylish baubles accessible for everyone.

This April brings a lot of reds, blues and whites from bags, bracelets to hats. The perfect color combination as you set sail towards your different summer destinations.

Steal the style of these highly sought after celebrities when you shop at SM Accessories!

For more fashion forward summer pieces, promos and giveaways, connect with SM Accessories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@smaccessories)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

sunday dress

Admittedly not the best pictures ever...(we have yet to learn the art of interesting looking photographs with flash)...but I wanted to document this outfit since it's rare that I get decked out in something as demure as this.

Still at the Dove Summit here (read more about it in this post) and still required to wear white, I re-used the camisole seen in this post and paired it instead with an old midi skirt I purchased ages ago in Hong Kong. I normally get rid of my clothes pretty fast, less than a year maybe? But this has managed to survive. I can never seem to let it go. Maybe it's the quirky rocking horse print or the nice, silk fabric. Not sure but I'm glad the midi is coming back into style, a chance to re-wear some old favorites. :)

top from sm ladies fashion | rocking horse skirt (from HK, old) | stradivarius lace up nude sandals | romwe necklace (see here) | rafe bag | alex and ani, pandora bracelets

photos by Ana


suiteblanco spring/summer 2014

Sartorial Sundays...

For your consideration, Suiteblanco's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign: Spring Flashes.

Modeled by Izabel Goulart, Spring Flashes is a collection of  basics in striking black and white that uses lines to define a woman's body. Figure flattering and versatile, each piece is a must-have for every woman's closet this season.

Expect lots of shirts with both basic and draped cuts, crop tops, pleated masculine style trousers and jeans.

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