Friday, October 24, 2014

tropicaleee

I've been contemplating a lot on wether or not I should finally simplify my closet into blacks, whites, grays, and some beige...since truth be told, that's all I wear 99% of the time.

I came across a BuzzFeed article with a photo of an ultra-minimalist closet and it looks so clean, neat, orderly, organized and tempting.  Right not, my cabinets are just one big dumping ground, I'm almost afraid to grab things from my top shelf - I have a strong feeling an avalanche of sweaters, boxes and jewelry will come tumbling down on my face into a SUPER messy heap on the floor that I don't have any energy to clean up right now.

I'm this close to throwing everything out...but I'm so frustrated because while I'm really irritated at the volume, I'm also really attached to it.

There's some floral jackets and printed separates that I might miss like this set from ROMWE.

I hardly ever wear it but you never know right? The weather here is always warm and even if we're getting really close to summer, we can still dress as if it's mid-May...

romwe tropical print top and skirt
And I can wear each piece separately, layer and match with other pieces for a totally different look...

birkenstock street style
tropical print street style
Haist! I don't know. What do you think? Keep, pare down or just toss all care to the wind, dump everything and start anew?

One of these days, I will share a photos of my closet with you so you'll be able to understand my dilemma better. I can't find anything :((

folding matte wayfarers from glasses online (see here) | birkenstock arizona | romwe separates | suiteblanco bag


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Slammin' Mini Burgers - A Slider Isn't Just A Mini Burger (Review)

A slider isn't just a mini burger. 
It's cooked in a whole different way which makes it extra juicy and tastier than it's larger counterpart.

Something I learned last night when me and my family decided to have dinner at Slammin'.

That, and how you're not supposed to judge a resto by its size and appearance.

I've probably walked by Slammin' in Greenhills Promenade more than a handful of times but never bothered entering because I thought it was a regular fast food joint selling mass-produced burgers straight off some factory's conveyer belt.

And then a friend of mine began posting photos of her Slammin' meals all over her Facebook account practically once a week and that naturally got me curious so here I am now :P


Slammin is a small resto that can fit probably a maximum of 10 people. Their menu is simple and straight to the point:

  • 3 varieties of 100% all-beef chuck mini burgers
  • a chicken burger
  • fish burger
  • fries: plain with dip or loaded
  • 3 non burger options: buffalo wings, fish n chips, chicken nuggets n dip
  • drinks: sodas, bottled water + 3 types of house iced teas


This is their cooking area. A space no larger than a single square meter. Efficient but a bit too small for the scale of orders they receive if you ask me.

We visited around dinner time and had to wait pretty long for our food considering it was just burgers and fries. I think it took about 15 minutes or so before we finally got to eat. 

Unfortunately, a large take out order was placed a few minutes before we arrived and given the scale of their operations, the cook was unable to prepare our food simultaneously. 


They definitely need a larger cooking area because like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Sliders are cooked a different way, they take slightly longer to prepare due to the "steaming process".

Unlike regular burgers which are quickly fried or grilled, sliders are steamed and layered with the onions at the bottom, followed by the beef patty, cheese, top bun and bottom bun. They are covered with a melting dome which allows all the flavors to harmoniously blend and seep in together to create a super juicy beef patty and buns that are soft as pillows.


Was it worth the wait?

Yes, definitely.

Me and Dennis both had the All- American Sliders (P145, double/P215, triple - beef patties with steam grilled onions, melted cheese)
I ordered the Slammin' Cheese (double - P125) for Nikola because she prefers her burgers simple with just cheese. 
For sides, we went for the Beefy Supreme loaded fries (P125 - ground chuck, roasted garlic, cheese sauce, tomatoes, sauteed onion rings).

The burgers surpassed my expectations. They were extremely juicy, beefy and tasty. Definitely the best I've ever tried at this price range and even better than some of the more expensive ones I've tried around the Metro. The buns had a slightly sweet flavor + super soft and fluffy texture which offered a nice contrast against the beef patty.

Slammin' All American Sliders
Slammin' Cheese Sliders
Another nice surprise was their home-brewed iced tea. Not too sweet, just right. Exactly the way a good old-fashioned iced tea should taste.

Slammin' House Iced Tea
Beefy Supreme Loaded Fries - Out of everything I sampled, I found these the most disappointing although not entirely all that bad. It doesn't say in the description but it tastes like it had mayo on it too. I am really not a fan of mayo as a topping. I find it too rich and sweet so I'll probably have their Fries In A Cone with Dip instead on my next visit.

Slammin' Beefy Supreme Loaded Fries
Will I be back? Oh yes!

My daughter is currently at a "picky-eater" stage but look at her reaction after taking a bite of her burger with these candid shots:


Any food that has the ability to make a picky-eater close their eyes and savor a bite is definitely worth trying. ;)

Visit Slammin' Mini Burgers + Fries + Dip at the ground floor of the new wing of Promenade Greenhills, Trinoma's Food Choices Level 2, 5th Floor Market! Market! and soon at Robinsons Magnolia.

For more info, check out Slammin' via Facebook and Instagram (@SlamminMiniBurgers)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

wsi megamall opening (watch style insider)

Christmas is once again just around the corner and so is the tedious task of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones...

If you don't want to see your presents recycled again next year, why not give them a watch? :P

I can hardly think of anyone who might re-gift a watch and you can never have too many either!

If you're thinking budget, no need to worry. There's a lot of stylish options at WSI (Watch Style Insider).

Their newest boutique at the upper ground floor of Mega A in SM Megamall opened yesterday and I was there to check it out.

The new store is a scaled down version of the one in Marina Bay, Singapore but it is just as stylish and engaging. The displays are situated in such a way that makes it easy for its clients to view and inspect the watches. Also, they employ a team of trained experts who are in the know of the latest fashion trends and technical product information.


WSI is owned by the Fossil Group and carries 9 brands: Fossil Watches, Skagen, Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani, Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Diesel, Karl Lagerfeld and the super popular Michael Kors watches - now you can get yours at a reasonable price without having to worry about wether they're fake or not.

I also found out yesterday that Fossil makes all these watches that's why they're so affordable and yet the leather and hardware used are of good quality.

They're also the only store that carries Karl Lagerfeld watches in the Philippines...


WSI Believes that:

  • You should wear a different watch everyday of the week...
  • To match all your outfits and activities +
  • Time is what you make of it
So keep track of it with a beautiful watch and make the most out of every single minute.

Here's some of the timepieces that caught my fancy. 
Most have a price range of just 7k-15k!



For more, visit WSI at the upper ground floor of Bldg. A, SM Megamall or if you're in Cebu, visit them at Ayala Center.

A second branch in Manila will be opening soon at Trinoma.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ootd: ripped, plaid, military

This is what I wore to Day 2 of our Baguio Group Getaway that was sponsored by Azalea Hotel & Residences. Since our trip was sponsored, that meant our days would be packed with activities and a bunch of other stuff to feature. These things usually take up an entire day. Most of the time, you don't know where you're going, what you'll be doing or what the weather's gonna be like so I opted for something comfy and versatile...

Ready for rain, treks, long walks, and colder evening weather:

grunge
military parka street style
grunge street style
chucks street style
And it's a good thing I did because on this day, we had to visit the public market, ukay shops on session road as well as a few other stops for the challenges we were supposed to complete.

Challenge 1: Shop at Ukay with a 1k budget, style and shoot a team mate and upload onto Instagram within an hour. (An hour included travel time already!)

Challenge 2: Create a signature dish highlighting ingredients that Baguio's well-known for. Shop at public market, cook and present within 2 hours (2 hours also included travel time!)

azalea bloggers
The dish we came up with: Strawberry Garden Pasta: broccoli, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, basil tossed with a strawberry/tomato sauce on spaghetti noodles.

vegan pasta recipe
And here's the OOTD we came up with for the shoot:

ukay ootd
Tiring but fun and I'm pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish with such a limited amount of time. I got to explore Baguio more on this trip than I've ever done in my entire life despite spending numerous summers there. 

forever 21 black sweater | suiteblanco ripped jeans | converse chuck taylors | topshop plaid shirt | zara bag | romwe military parka (see here) | rayban clubmaster from glasses online (see here)

photos by anagonzales.com

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quick giveaway: win invites to the forever 21 phfw show


Super quick giveaway, super quick intro and super quick mechanics.

I believe Forever 21 doesn't need much of an intro anyway :P

If you'd like to catch the show, I'm giving away invites! 

To join, all you have to do is:
  1. Follow @sarahtirona and @f21philippines on Instagram
  2. Regram this poster with the caption "I'm excited to see the latest trends at Forever 21's show on Philippine Fashion Week!" and use the hashtags #F21PhFW and #Forever21XSarahTirona
3 winners get 2 invites each!
Winners may claim their invites on October 24 at the Registration Area of SMX Hall 4 between 4 to 5 PM.

Ending tomorrow so go and post away! Good Luck! :)

tour of azalea residences and hotel, baguio's presidential suite

During my stay in Azalea Hotel and Residences, Baguio a few weekends ago, I was given the chance to tour their Presidential Suite.

As promised in my last post (Review of Azalea Hotel and Residences Baguio), here's an exclusive peek!

The presidential suite at Azalea is great for big groups of people family reunions, class trips, office outings, multiple families, etc. (or even small families/couples if you're posh like that :P)

It feels like a traditional yet modern Baguio home. Once inside, it's easy to forget that you're at the 4th floor of a hotel.

The ground floor has a foyer, spacious living room, kitchen and dining room:

azalea hotel baguio
azalea residences baguio
rooms at azalea baguio
presidential suite azalea hotel baguio
The 2nd floor is where the bedrooms are at, 3 comfortable rooms that are large enough to fit an X amount of extra beds. It's up to you to get crafty depending on how many you plan to squeeze inside.

Just like in our suite, these bedrooms have their own bathrooms, tv, cabinets, wifi, etc.

The atmosphere once you step inside is super relaxing.

suite at azalea hotel
deluxe room azalea hotel baguio
azalea hotel baguio
And, I swear, I never wanted to leave. :P

The cozy, unpretentious interiors really got to me. I love how inviting, pleasant and friendly the whole place feels. I could really imagine myself living in it. (ha-ha, seriously though, that's how much I liked it).

Baguio inspires me so much and this place really has a way of adding to the charm.

presidential suite azalea hotel
If you're traveling by yourself, or in a small group, try to request for a bedroom at the top floor. I was able to sneak a peak into one of the deluxe rooms while housekeeping was inside and I noticed that the ceilings were different from ours! Higher and vaulted, feels much more like you're in a ski resort ;).

deluxe room azalea hotel and residences baguio
Coming up next, City Tours + New and fun things to do while in Baguio!

for more info: visit: http://www.azalea.com.ph/

For exclusive access to special promos, connect with them socially via Facebook, Twitter (@azalearesidences), and Instagram (@azaleabaguio)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

giveaway: win phfw invites to suiteblanco, sfera and uno de 50!

I have to admit, the past few Philippine Fashion Weeks have been a bit humdrum with just a few redeeming shows scattered in between.

BUT, it's about to get exciting again as European brands SFERA, Uno De 50 and Suiteblanco join this season's line up!

I am positive that just the mere mention of these names will get all of Manila's fashionistas back in their heels, ready to strut their stuff.

And why not?

Uno de 50 is one of the biggest jewelry brands in Spain that creates handcrafted silver pieces that are both eye-catching and timeless. (for more on Uno De 50, you can check out this post)

Their new Autumn/Winter is greatly influenced by the sensations experienced by the human being on coming into contact with nature in its purest form, aptly called The Connection.

These sensations are interpreted into beautiful works of art inspired by the vastness of a landscape, a winter forest, and the Northern Lights in which they use Swarovski crystals to capture the beauty of this natural light show. 

The result is wild, free and beautiful.


Taking all of these elements into a live fashion show is definitely something you don't want to miss!
I'm pretty curious to see what they come up with as well.


Fairly new in our region with its recently opened store in SM Makati being only the first in Asia, SFERA is actually a very successful fashion chain from Madrid with over 214 stores nationwide.

I am a big fan of their contemporary yet classic styles. Their clothes are often done in simple silhouettes and a comfortable fit that exudes an air of confidence which says "I dress to please myself and not anybody else".

This Philippines Fashion Week 2014, catch an exclusive first peek of SFERA's Fall/Winter collection which includes lots of khaki's, bottle greens, reds, grays and blues mixed with black and white.  There's a lot of pieces that pay tribute to the 60s and its mod era.


And now one of my all-time favorites: Suiteblanco!

Of all the Suiteblanco pieces I've owned throughout the years, I have never sold nor given away a single piece. That speaks volumes since a style-blogger like me pretty much discards old clothing like a used tissue. You gotta be extra special to earn a permanent place in my closet! ;)

This Fall/Winter proves to be another winner with its main theme set on sleek minimalism and modern feminine pieces!

Lots of blacks, whites and grays in classic, well-loved silhouettes such as circle skirts and fit and flare dresses. Printed, hippie-inspired ensembles, animal prints and denim that is given new and exciting treatments!

Muy Caliente!


HERE'S THE BEST PART!

3  readers will get a chance to win 2 passes each! Take your BFF along so you can compare notes during all 3 of these highly anticipated shows! 

To join, all you have to do is fill up the Rafflecopter form below:


Giveaway will end midnight, October 23, 2014.
Winners will be announced in this post so please check back shortly after it ends.
 Winners must pick up their passes at Unit 4B Valdelcon Building, No.20 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City


That's it! Good Luck and See you at the show! :)

Official Hashtags for the Event are:
#SuiteBlancoinPhFW2014
#SferainPhFW2014
#Unode50PhFW2014

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