I AM ON FEMALENETWORK.COM

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hey guys! What's up on a fine day like today? Well as I said before, I also design and create necklaces for a living. Lucky for you, the people at www.femalenetwork.com are giving away four of my necklaces!!! Visit them today, log on, leave a comment and get a chance to win one of four of my fabulous necklaces!!! =)

Recycled Vintage II: FUGLY BAG

Sunday, March 28, 2010






A totally eco-friendly bag made with scraps from already scrap fabric. bits and pieces our maid was about to throw out.

Nip Slip of the Month: Anne Curtis

Saturday, March 27, 2010

No, this isn't a photo of the recent nip slip. This was an old photo taken before she became an abs-cbn "sweetheart" i think.

I saw the actual video on facebook and if I was Anne, I would be mortified as well. See what happened was that she was practicing a dance with someone who looked like Sam Milby, I think. She was in a green "tube like" bikini top with rouching and straps down the center and a white cheerleader skirt. Everything was okay until they did a sort of semi-summersault. That's when her top came off to expose (almost) her entire right boob i think it was...
What's worse was that as soon as her boob popped out, Sam Milby hoisted her up and started turning around with Anne, exposed boobs and all (without her realizing it yet), high above his shoulders for all the world to see.
Nip slips aren't as bad when you've got your feet on the ground and you have total control of your movement. They could last for just a second or maybe 5 seconds at the most and you could quickly re-adjust your clothing. With Anne's case though, she had very limited control of her movement since she was high up in the air and being shone to the entire crown like as if she were a bare-breasted "Simba".
What's funny though was how I came across this bit of news. I had no idea this even happened until I went on Facebook. On my wall, I saw that several people had joined a group called "Respect Anne Curtis". This looked odd so I clicked the link to see what it was all about. It was a site built by what seemed like feminist female and some stray male fans to protect Anne and protest the spread of her "nipslip pics". What's hysterical is that the first entry I saw at the very top of their wall was a video posted by someone with the label: "Para sa mga Hindi pa Nakakakita" (for those who haven;t seen it yet), and right there smack in the middle and top of their protest fan page was an entire video clip of Anne dancing away with her boob sticking out, UNCENSORED!!! Talk about Irony...that guy's email is probably overflowing with hate mail right now! I wish I could take a peek at what Anne's die hard fans have to say...

Buzzed Bee Baby!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

i am so buzzed right now. this is an experiment. just want to see how alcohol will affect my writing. I have nothing to write about really. maybe ill just go through the day's events. Porky our other bulldog, just got mated today. drank after that. home now. i think im just gonna doze off.... good night world!

You're Always Going Too Soon...

It's been a long time since we hung around together in the street And I miss those days, when the world would wait for us With our crowd of friends we'd sit along the pavement near your house 'Till the sun came down and we brought the stars out  When I heard it for the first time I could only stand and cry You were just a boy, we were all so innocent Oh we never thought this kind of thing would happen in our lives But it broke our hearts and we won't forget no  All this time has fallen through me since you've been gone And I wonder where you are 'Cos you've never let me know Oh no no…  You're always going too soon I'm always left on my own  It's OK I understand, sometimes life can hold you down  I can see your face as clearly now, today, as I could then And it doesn't fade, but the times have changed so much I would like to tell you all about the things that we have done And we're doing fine, but I think you know that
-Matthew Jay: "You're Always Going Too Soon" lyrics
That's for you kid. I miss you!!!

Snowed In

If the abominable snowman had shoes, these would be it!!!

Crossing Over

a crane is said to bear the souls of the departed to the heavens...

A dear old friend of mine passed away very recently. He was part of a small group of friends I grew up with from 7th grade til college. Sadly, he didn't die from an illness or your typical car accident. He "fell" of the balcony of their building.

I got very distraught. More so than when yet another childhood friend passed on earlier this year. It's quite scary. It almost feels like an installment of "Final Destination".

I always saw him as the baby of our group since he was much younger and would just be hanging out with us cause his brother was a part of the clique. I am going to miss him. He used to have eyes that sparkled with such an eagerness to explore the world.

Life is really short and can be taken away from you anytime as quick as a carpet pulled from under your footing. All these recent deaths made me realize that there is simply not enough time to waste on hatred and jealousy. The little time we have here should be spent at peace, living for others and making sure you'll be ready anytime death knocks on your door. No regrets.

Recycled Vintage

Friday, March 19, 2010

(old 80's blazer: neon houndstooth with black velvet sleeves)

I guess I was just really tired yesterday. Maybe I'm not so burnt-out yet, just a little stressed out. I've really been quite anxious to get a call-back from a certain job I'm applying for and really want. Anyway, I woke up this morning with not much to do for a change. Apparently, I'm not used to just sitting around the whole day watching tv anymore so I searched around our condo for materials I could salvage. I came up with an old blazer from the 80's, part of an old corduroy skirt from the 90's, left-over ribbon from a gift, old jewelry and a snake-skin rose pin I've had for ages...after about 4 hours on my Singer, this is what I created: A flap shoulder bag with a chain strap!!! =)
Size is between a 2.55 and Balenciaga city. Obviously I used the blazer to construct the main bag (btw, I left the slit pocket of the original blazer and used it as a cute "secret" back pocket for the bag), old ribbon for trim on flap. Big black velvet button from blazer, hemline of old corduroy skirt for ribbon intertwined with large chain (excess materials from my jewelry making). I just pinned on the snake-skin rose and added an old 3 strand pearl necklace for a "Chanel feel on acid"

Hope you guys like it. Let me know if you want more pics =)

Exhausted...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I feel so tired and drained. I have been creating different things non-stop for the past month, necklaces, bookmarks, cards, little paintings, styling work as well as some freelance writing. I am exhausted. Between work, other stuff and my daughter, I barely have time to sit down. I am beginning to feel the initial signs of burn-out. By 8pm I am exhausted. My legs feel like lead and I can barely move my muscles. I need some R&R but my schedule and budget won't allow it yet. It's hard being a peasant...no wonder all little girls wanna be princesses.

Fallen Head Over Heels In Love

Wednesday, March 17, 2010




oh my stars...that's exactly what I saw when I caught a glimpse of Versace's S/S '10 shoe collection. I have fallen in love....I just want to weep because I don't think I'll be able to afford a single pair anytime soon. They definitely are eye-candy though. Let's drool together ladies...(sob, sob, sob...)

and if only I had all the money in the world or at least enough...I would buy these clogs from Chanel as well...





... I wouldn't mind having the bag either...

But I'm not so sure about these armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen. They're definitely a work of art but they seem impossible to walk around in. They also kinda remind me of the way shoes were illustrated in the 1920's (i think).

Party Crashers

Tuesday, March 16, 2010



My daughter often sleeps at my mom's place on Saturdays for grandma-baby bonding. Usually, my husband and I use this time alone to get some rest, relax at home and recuperate from a tiring week. However, last Saturday, we heard from a friend that a friend of a friend was having a party at a condo a few buildings away from ours.

We already had a bit of liquor in us (cause we came from my uncle's birthday celebration), but apparently not enough. We were low on dough from all the bills but we still wanted to hang out somewhere fun and drink. We needed a cheap fix.

The last time I did this was probably in college...we crashed the party! It was so refreshing and from what you see in the pic, loads of fun. It's awesome to act like a crazy teenager again once in awhile. Everybody should do it at least once a month if not every weekend. =)

Shoe Envy

I simply couldn't resist. I had to come back for these shoes. They were such a steal at P599.00 Brand new of course, from Topshop Rockwell. Lucky me it was the last piece and in my size!!!



Original sale price I think was P4245. I couldn't get the sticker on top off without breaking the one underneath, so I don't really know how much the original price was. All I know is that I got it at for at least P3800 less the tag. Cool!!! These are the kind of bargains I live for.

Party In The USA Boots

These are the ankle boots I got from Topshop yesterday. Aren't they gorgeous???!!! I love them! You can wear them all year cause they just go up the ankle. Gorgeous with floral summer dresses, skirts, shorts, etc! =)

Crocs Sale Up To 90% Off!!!


For those of you who love comfortable footwear, Crocs, one of the comfiest shoes around, is having a sale this March 19,20, 21, 22 and I think 23 in the tent beside Rennaissance condominium along Meralco Avenue. I'll bepicking up a pair for my daughter and maybe another one for my nephew. I love Crocs on kids! See you there!

I Heart Topshop


Ever since Topshop hit our shores back in '98 if I can remember right, I have always been a religious follower of the label. The clothes at Topshop have such a strong personality and the styles they come up with are au currant without trying too hard. The fabrics they use are of great quality and the fit is just awesome! Being tiny, I especially adore their line dedicated solely to petites. This was unheard of in our country before the invasion of the British brand.

Kids today take for granted that they have so many choices when it comes to clothing. There's no trouble at all in finding an outfit to express a particular mood, mindset or phase. Back when I was growing up in the nineties, it was extremely difficult for us to find a pair of jeans that would fit great, let alone get our hands on the much coveted flannel shirt of the time in a cut fit especially for ladies or juniors as we were back then.

The opening of Topshop Rockwell a couple years back became one of the reasons for my being broke all the time. Their addition of a shoe bar is all a shoe addict like me needs to go running to the bank and withdraw the majority of my hard-earned savings. Topshop shoes are priced like Nine West but come in braver, more cutting-edge designs and unlike most of their competitors in the "trendy" shoe business, their pairs are made with good quality materials. You really get what you pay for. Especially when they're on sale!!!

I was in Rockwell yesterday to return some clothes and shoes I used for a recent photo shoot. En route to the store, I passed Topshop which I can never resist passing by. I dropped in for awhile and saw a sign that said 20% off on shoes!!! Ayyyeee! Found some gorgeous brown cowboy boots that are simply to die for! Here's a pic in a similar style. I'll upload a pic of the actual boot soon...they're much better looking than these! ;)


Bell Bottom Blues

Monday, March 15, 2010



Bell-bottom jeans are coming back in a big way. Celebrities like Katie Holmes, Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham have all been recently photographed by papparazi, clad in a reincarnation of the popular sixties/seventies denim cut. Even celebrity stylist and glamazon, Rachel Zoe swears by them.

So what makes bell-bottoms so endearing that it seems like fashion designers can’t help but bring them back every other season? It’s because they’re flattering for most body types. The wide width of the “bells” at the bottom balance out the hips therefore creating the illusion of a narrower hip and waist. Bell-bottoms also give the “height-challenged” woman an opportunity to hide their heels and look taller for real.

The new bell-bottoms seen on the runways of Miss Sixty, 7 For All Mankind and Dolce & Gabbana, have a higher waist as compared to its big sister in the nineties. Another significant difference from it’s predecessor is that the majority of the new flares available in the market today sport an ultimately distressed look from frayed hems to multiple holes along the thigh and knee-cap areas. On the contrary, fashion designer Phillip Lim chose to create his version of the flare in striking burnt umber and silk instead of the typical denim for his 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2010 runway show.



Now how to wear this trend without looking like a bad Elvis impersonator? Take your cue from young Hollywood. Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, and Mischa Barton like pairing it with tank tops and plain, form-fitting tees, accessorized with bright scarves or a medium width belt. Rachel Bilson and Keira Knightley on the other hand, prefer to wear their flared denims with a sheer or floral blouse and well-tailored, button-down oxfords for a more feminine and preppy take on the trend. For the more daring fashionista who prefer to stand out rather than blend in with the crowd, grab yours in a fun color like supermodel Agyness Deyn.

Just like disco, bell-bottoms are here to stay. Put those constricting skinnies of yours on the back burner and grab yourself a groovy pair. Start embracing your curves once again. The funk is back ladies. Dig it? Peace.

A Guide To Perfect Skin - Korean Style!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


What do Geum Jan Di, Jun Ji Hun of Sassy Girl fame, and other female Korean actresses have in common? The answer? They all have beautifully radiant skin and they all follow a tedious 5-step skin care regimen. Yes 5 steps, not the 3 step rule which most of us are familiar with.

Five steps may seem like a difficult commitment to make given our busy schedules. However, once you break these steps down, you’ll realize that it doesn’t take up that much more time. After all, what’s another minute added to your daily skincare routine if it would mean having perfectly flawless skin?

So, let’s get down to business. What exactly are the five steps?

1. Double Cleansing - Basically, what this means is to wash your face twice daily using a good facial cleanser. Once in the morning, to get rid of excess sebum (the main culprit for acne
and oily skin) and a second time in the evening before retiring, to remove all traces of make- up and dirt. Cleansing oil also works great at removing build-up.

2. Massage and Mask - Massage has been around since the third century b.c. and was widely used to treat medical problems. Today, researchers and scientists have discovered that regular facial massage works wonders in slowing down the skin aging process.
Visit: http://www.answers.com/topic/facial-massage for tips on how to give yourself a facial massage.
For women with oily skin problems, skip the massage as this can trigger your oil glands to produce an excess amount of sebum. Instead, apply a facial mask 1-2 times weekly.

3. Tone - Applying toner is essential in removing dead and dull skin cells found at the surface of our skin. With regular use, you’ll find that your skin will be glowing in no time!

4. Serum/Essence - There are many different types of serums available which cater to your specific skin problems (i.e. anti-aging, acne prevention, skin brightening). Unlike regular facial moisturizers, serums are made up of smaller molecules which have the ability to penetrate deeper layers of your skin and give it all the extra nutrients it needs.

5. Moisturize - Use a moisturizer with spf to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays and a night cream to replenish lipids.


Try Laneige, recently available in the Philippines. Their products work well and are very affordable. My sister-in-law swears by them and she's quite difficult to please when it comes to skincare.

Shoots, Stilettos, Signing Off...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The second half of last week and the first week of this week has been hellish. There were so many things to do with very little time allotted for each task. Me and my husband were constantly on the phone or on the internet communicating with other people, trying to get deals done. Nights were left for sleeping, nothing else. Too tired to watch a movie, have a nightcap, much less hanky-panky.

That leg of the race is almost over. I'm done with my shoot and my husband is on the verge of closing a deal. A new leg has just opened.

To clear my head and calm myself down after almost 8 hours on the road for 12 days rushing from one venue to the next, I decided to whip out my machine and do some sewing. I made three skirts today. 2 black ones, one for me and a smaller matching one for my 3 year old daughter and another one using vintage material I found ages ago at a thrift store. I'm planning to wear one of them for my interview tomorrow. I think they would look cute with a tee, belt, my boyfriend blazer and maybe wedges or flats since my legs hurt from all the running around in stilettos I did yesterday at the Marriott(more on that in another entry...I have to upload pictures to back it up).

Interview

Target Practice

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

All From Target!!!

Puppy Problems

Monday, March 8, 2010

My dog ate through the cord of my sewing machine pedal!!!

I love my dog, she's such a sweetheart and I raised her by hand since birth. Her name is Merryweather, an English Bulldog, and as of this post, 5 months old.

As a baby...she was so tiny then, she could fit into my hands and I have small hands!



Her first visit to the hospital


Around last Christmas



A few weeks ago

She's so adorable! But she ate through the cord of my sewing machine pedal!!! I took it to the hardware store yesterday to try and have it re-wired. They re-wired it but when I got home and tried it, it still wasn't working. So I have to go back today or probably give Singer a call if that doesn't work out. It's such a hassle since I was in the middle of a sewing project! But I can't get mad because it was partly my fault. I left it lying around
unattended...


Butterfly Garden

Anchors Away!

New Shoes!!!

Yes, they are your super popular gladiator sandals with rivets. These are shoes that I've always resisted buying since they are "super popular" hence, typical, over-exposed and boring. However, I have to to admit to myself that I really love the look of it.

So, how could I resist a pair for P550? Yes, I got it for only P550 from HDY in Greenhills Theatre Mall while my husband was buying a sandwich in Bread Connection.

DIY: Recycled Couture

I really fancy the silhouette of all the new little skirts coming out. I think they're cute and flirty but not skanky. They're also perfect for summer.
Sadly, I'm broke from all the shoe shopping so I decided to make one myself and share the process with you as my first DIY blog. Everybody wins!

Here's what you'll need:
  1. 1/2 or 1 inch garter
  2. medium weight cotton fabric
  3. same color thread, needle (if you don't have a sewing machine)
  4. scissors
  5. sewing machine (if you have one)
  6. safety pin






Here's how you start:

  1. Decide first if you want your skirt to fall on your waist or first hip.
  2. Measure your waist or first hip then multiply it by 2. ex: if your waist measures 25" then that's 50"
  3. Buy your fabric and tell them you need 50" or if you like recycling like me, just cut out 50" from an existing vintage skirt.
  4. When using new fabric, don't forget to pre-wash. Fabric often shrinks.
  5. Measure how long you want your skirt to be. Don't forget to add 2-3 inches for your waistband casing and hemline depending on how thick your garter is.
  6. Fold your fabric in two, right sides facing each other, and sew together.


Make your elastic waistband casing. Don't forget to leave about an inch or two open to pass your garter through:


If you decide to use new fabric, hem the bottom edge, if not, move on to the next step. Which is, (sorry I forgot to take a pic but I guess it's easy enough to wing) attaching one end of your garter to your safety pin ( i prefer to use a big one). Thread your elastic through your waistband casing then sew both ends together using a zigzag stitch:

Sew the casing shut.
Viola! Your skirt is done. Wear with pride!




I got my fabric from my grandmother's old dress. I forgot to take a "before" pic cause I was so excited to begin! Anyway, this is how her dress looks like after I cut out most of the bottom part:



have yet to figure out what to do with the top part but I already have an idea...I'm thinking of making a drop-waist dress with strong shoulders.

My Favorite Coin Necklace

and that's the coin necklace I have on most of the time.

other neckpieces I've done:




Monday, March 29, 2010

I AM ON FEMALENETWORK.COM

Hey guys! What's up on a fine day like today? Well as I said before, I also design and create necklaces for a living. Lucky for you, the people at www.femalenetwork.com are giving away four of my necklaces!!! Visit them today, log on, leave a comment and get a chance to win one of four of my fabulous necklaces!!! =)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recycled Vintage II: FUGLY BAG






A totally eco-friendly bag made with scraps from already scrap fabric. bits and pieces our maid was about to throw out.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nip Slip of the Month: Anne Curtis

No, this isn't a photo of the recent nip slip. This was an old photo taken before she became an abs-cbn "sweetheart" i think.

I saw the actual video on facebook and if I was Anne, I would be mortified as well. See what happened was that she was practicing a dance with someone who looked like Sam Milby, I think. She was in a green "tube like" bikini top with rouching and straps down the center and a white cheerleader skirt. Everything was okay until they did a sort of semi-summersault. That's when her top came off to expose (almost) her entire right boob i think it was...
What's worse was that as soon as her boob popped out, Sam Milby hoisted her up and started turning around with Anne, exposed boobs and all (without her realizing it yet), high above his shoulders for all the world to see.
Nip slips aren't as bad when you've got your feet on the ground and you have total control of your movement. They could last for just a second or maybe 5 seconds at the most and you could quickly re-adjust your clothing. With Anne's case though, she had very limited control of her movement since she was high up in the air and being shone to the entire crown like as if she were a bare-breasted "Simba".
What's funny though was how I came across this bit of news. I had no idea this even happened until I went on Facebook. On my wall, I saw that several people had joined a group called "Respect Anne Curtis". This looked odd so I clicked the link to see what it was all about. It was a site built by what seemed like feminist female and some stray male fans to protect Anne and protest the spread of her "nipslip pics". What's hysterical is that the first entry I saw at the very top of their wall was a video posted by someone with the label: "Para sa mga Hindi pa Nakakakita" (for those who haven;t seen it yet), and right there smack in the middle and top of their protest fan page was an entire video clip of Anne dancing away with her boob sticking out, UNCENSORED!!! Talk about Irony...that guy's email is probably overflowing with hate mail right now! I wish I could take a peek at what Anne's die hard fans have to say...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Buzzed Bee Baby!!!

i am so buzzed right now. this is an experiment. just want to see how alcohol will affect my writing. I have nothing to write about really. maybe ill just go through the day's events. Porky our other bulldog, just got mated today. drank after that. home now. i think im just gonna doze off.... good night world!

You're Always Going Too Soon...

It's been a long time since we hung around together in the street And I miss those days, when the world would wait for us With our crowd of friends we'd sit along the pavement near your house 'Till the sun came down and we brought the stars out  When I heard it for the first time I could only stand and cry You were just a boy, we were all so innocent Oh we never thought this kind of thing would happen in our lives But it broke our hearts and we won't forget no  All this time has fallen through me since you've been gone And I wonder where you are 'Cos you've never let me know Oh no no…  You're always going too soon I'm always left on my own  It's OK I understand, sometimes life can hold you down  I can see your face as clearly now, today, as I could then And it doesn't fade, but the times have changed so much I would like to tell you all about the things that we have done And we're doing fine, but I think you know that
-Matthew Jay: "You're Always Going Too Soon" lyrics
That's for you kid. I miss you!!!

Snowed In

If the abominable snowman had shoes, these would be it!!!

Crossing Over

a crane is said to bear the souls of the departed to the heavens...

A dear old friend of mine passed away very recently. He was part of a small group of friends I grew up with from 7th grade til college. Sadly, he didn't die from an illness or your typical car accident. He "fell" of the balcony of their building.

I got very distraught. More so than when yet another childhood friend passed on earlier this year. It's quite scary. It almost feels like an installment of "Final Destination".

I always saw him as the baby of our group since he was much younger and would just be hanging out with us cause his brother was a part of the clique. I am going to miss him. He used to have eyes that sparkled with such an eagerness to explore the world.

Life is really short and can be taken away from you anytime as quick as a carpet pulled from under your footing. All these recent deaths made me realize that there is simply not enough time to waste on hatred and jealousy. The little time we have here should be spent at peace, living for others and making sure you'll be ready anytime death knocks on your door. No regrets.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Recycled Vintage

(old 80's blazer: neon houndstooth with black velvet sleeves)

I guess I was just really tired yesterday. Maybe I'm not so burnt-out yet, just a little stressed out. I've really been quite anxious to get a call-back from a certain job I'm applying for and really want. Anyway, I woke up this morning with not much to do for a change. Apparently, I'm not used to just sitting around the whole day watching tv anymore so I searched around our condo for materials I could salvage. I came up with an old blazer from the 80's, part of an old corduroy skirt from the 90's, left-over ribbon from a gift, old jewelry and a snake-skin rose pin I've had for ages...after about 4 hours on my Singer, this is what I created: A flap shoulder bag with a chain strap!!! =)
Size is between a 2.55 and Balenciaga city. Obviously I used the blazer to construct the main bag (btw, I left the slit pocket of the original blazer and used it as a cute "secret" back pocket for the bag), old ribbon for trim on flap. Big black velvet button from blazer, hemline of old corduroy skirt for ribbon intertwined with large chain (excess materials from my jewelry making). I just pinned on the snake-skin rose and added an old 3 strand pearl necklace for a "Chanel feel on acid"

Hope you guys like it. Let me know if you want more pics =)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exhausted...

I feel so tired and drained. I have been creating different things non-stop for the past month, necklaces, bookmarks, cards, little paintings, styling work as well as some freelance writing. I am exhausted. Between work, other stuff and my daughter, I barely have time to sit down. I am beginning to feel the initial signs of burn-out. By 8pm I am exhausted. My legs feel like lead and I can barely move my muscles. I need some R&R but my schedule and budget won't allow it yet. It's hard being a peasant...no wonder all little girls wanna be princesses.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fallen Head Over Heels In Love




oh my stars...that's exactly what I saw when I caught a glimpse of Versace's S/S '10 shoe collection. I have fallen in love....I just want to weep because I don't think I'll be able to afford a single pair anytime soon. They definitely are eye-candy though. Let's drool together ladies...(sob, sob, sob...)

and if only I had all the money in the world or at least enough...I would buy these clogs from Chanel as well...





... I wouldn't mind having the bag either...

But I'm not so sure about these armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen. They're definitely a work of art but they seem impossible to walk around in. They also kinda remind me of the way shoes were illustrated in the 1920's (i think).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Party Crashers



My daughter often sleeps at my mom's place on Saturdays for grandma-baby bonding. Usually, my husband and I use this time alone to get some rest, relax at home and recuperate from a tiring week. However, last Saturday, we heard from a friend that a friend of a friend was having a party at a condo a few buildings away from ours.

We already had a bit of liquor in us (cause we came from my uncle's birthday celebration), but apparently not enough. We were low on dough from all the bills but we still wanted to hang out somewhere fun and drink. We needed a cheap fix.

The last time I did this was probably in college...we crashed the party! It was so refreshing and from what you see in the pic, loads of fun. It's awesome to act like a crazy teenager again once in awhile. Everybody should do it at least once a month if not every weekend. =)

Shoe Envy

I simply couldn't resist. I had to come back for these shoes. They were such a steal at P599.00 Brand new of course, from Topshop Rockwell. Lucky me it was the last piece and in my size!!!



Original sale price I think was P4245. I couldn't get the sticker on top off without breaking the one underneath, so I don't really know how much the original price was. All I know is that I got it at for at least P3800 less the tag. Cool!!! These are the kind of bargains I live for.

Party In The USA Boots

These are the ankle boots I got from Topshop yesterday. Aren't they gorgeous???!!! I love them! You can wear them all year cause they just go up the ankle. Gorgeous with floral summer dresses, skirts, shorts, etc! =)

Crocs Sale Up To 90% Off!!!


For those of you who love comfortable footwear, Crocs, one of the comfiest shoes around, is having a sale this March 19,20, 21, 22 and I think 23 in the tent beside Rennaissance condominium along Meralco Avenue. I'll bepicking up a pair for my daughter and maybe another one for my nephew. I love Crocs on kids! See you there!

I Heart Topshop


Ever since Topshop hit our shores back in '98 if I can remember right, I have always been a religious follower of the label. The clothes at Topshop have such a strong personality and the styles they come up with are au currant without trying too hard. The fabrics they use are of great quality and the fit is just awesome! Being tiny, I especially adore their line dedicated solely to petites. This was unheard of in our country before the invasion of the British brand.

Kids today take for granted that they have so many choices when it comes to clothing. There's no trouble at all in finding an outfit to express a particular mood, mindset or phase. Back when I was growing up in the nineties, it was extremely difficult for us to find a pair of jeans that would fit great, let alone get our hands on the much coveted flannel shirt of the time in a cut fit especially for ladies or juniors as we were back then.

The opening of Topshop Rockwell a couple years back became one of the reasons for my being broke all the time. Their addition of a shoe bar is all a shoe addict like me needs to go running to the bank and withdraw the majority of my hard-earned savings. Topshop shoes are priced like Nine West but come in braver, more cutting-edge designs and unlike most of their competitors in the "trendy" shoe business, their pairs are made with good quality materials. You really get what you pay for. Especially when they're on sale!!!

I was in Rockwell yesterday to return some clothes and shoes I used for a recent photo shoot. En route to the store, I passed Topshop which I can never resist passing by. I dropped in for awhile and saw a sign that said 20% off on shoes!!! Ayyyeee! Found some gorgeous brown cowboy boots that are simply to die for! Here's a pic in a similar style. I'll upload a pic of the actual boot soon...they're much better looking than these! ;)


Monday, March 15, 2010

Bell Bottom Blues



Bell-bottom jeans are coming back in a big way. Celebrities like Katie Holmes, Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham have all been recently photographed by papparazi, clad in a reincarnation of the popular sixties/seventies denim cut. Even celebrity stylist and glamazon, Rachel Zoe swears by them.

So what makes bell-bottoms so endearing that it seems like fashion designers can’t help but bring them back every other season? It’s because they’re flattering for most body types. The wide width of the “bells” at the bottom balance out the hips therefore creating the illusion of a narrower hip and waist. Bell-bottoms also give the “height-challenged” woman an opportunity to hide their heels and look taller for real.

The new bell-bottoms seen on the runways of Miss Sixty, 7 For All Mankind and Dolce & Gabbana, have a higher waist as compared to its big sister in the nineties. Another significant difference from it’s predecessor is that the majority of the new flares available in the market today sport an ultimately distressed look from frayed hems to multiple holes along the thigh and knee-cap areas. On the contrary, fashion designer Phillip Lim chose to create his version of the flare in striking burnt umber and silk instead of the typical denim for his 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2010 runway show.



Now how to wear this trend without looking like a bad Elvis impersonator? Take your cue from young Hollywood. Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, and Mischa Barton like pairing it with tank tops and plain, form-fitting tees, accessorized with bright scarves or a medium width belt. Rachel Bilson and Keira Knightley on the other hand, prefer to wear their flared denims with a sheer or floral blouse and well-tailored, button-down oxfords for a more feminine and preppy take on the trend. For the more daring fashionista who prefer to stand out rather than blend in with the crowd, grab yours in a fun color like supermodel Agyness Deyn.

Just like disco, bell-bottoms are here to stay. Put those constricting skinnies of yours on the back burner and grab yourself a groovy pair. Start embracing your curves once again. The funk is back ladies. Dig it? Peace.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Guide To Perfect Skin - Korean Style!!!


What do Geum Jan Di, Jun Ji Hun of Sassy Girl fame, and other female Korean actresses have in common? The answer? They all have beautifully radiant skin and they all follow a tedious 5-step skin care regimen. Yes 5 steps, not the 3 step rule which most of us are familiar with.

Five steps may seem like a difficult commitment to make given our busy schedules. However, once you break these steps down, you’ll realize that it doesn’t take up that much more time. After all, what’s another minute added to your daily skincare routine if it would mean having perfectly flawless skin?

So, let’s get down to business. What exactly are the five steps?

1. Double Cleansing - Basically, what this means is to wash your face twice daily using a good facial cleanser. Once in the morning, to get rid of excess sebum (the main culprit for acne
and oily skin) and a second time in the evening before retiring, to remove all traces of make- up and dirt. Cleansing oil also works great at removing build-up.

2. Massage and Mask - Massage has been around since the third century b.c. and was widely used to treat medical problems. Today, researchers and scientists have discovered that regular facial massage works wonders in slowing down the skin aging process.
Visit: http://www.answers.com/topic/facial-massage for tips on how to give yourself a facial massage.
For women with oily skin problems, skip the massage as this can trigger your oil glands to produce an excess amount of sebum. Instead, apply a facial mask 1-2 times weekly.

3. Tone - Applying toner is essential in removing dead and dull skin cells found at the surface of our skin. With regular use, you’ll find that your skin will be glowing in no time!

4. Serum/Essence - There are many different types of serums available which cater to your specific skin problems (i.e. anti-aging, acne prevention, skin brightening). Unlike regular facial moisturizers, serums are made up of smaller molecules which have the ability to penetrate deeper layers of your skin and give it all the extra nutrients it needs.

5. Moisturize - Use a moisturizer with spf to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays and a night cream to replenish lipids.


Try Laneige, recently available in the Philippines. Their products work well and are very affordable. My sister-in-law swears by them and she's quite difficult to please when it comes to skincare.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shoots, Stilettos, Signing Off...

The second half of last week and the first week of this week has been hellish. There were so many things to do with very little time allotted for each task. Me and my husband were constantly on the phone or on the internet communicating with other people, trying to get deals done. Nights were left for sleeping, nothing else. Too tired to watch a movie, have a nightcap, much less hanky-panky.

That leg of the race is almost over. I'm done with my shoot and my husband is on the verge of closing a deal. A new leg has just opened.

To clear my head and calm myself down after almost 8 hours on the road for 12 days rushing from one venue to the next, I decided to whip out my machine and do some sewing. I made three skirts today. 2 black ones, one for me and a smaller matching one for my 3 year old daughter and another one using vintage material I found ages ago at a thrift store. I'm planning to wear one of them for my interview tomorrow. I think they would look cute with a tee, belt, my boyfriend blazer and maybe wedges or flats since my legs hurt from all the running around in stilettos I did yesterday at the Marriott(more on that in another entry...I have to upload pictures to back it up).

Interview

Monday, March 8, 2010

Puppy Problems

My dog ate through the cord of my sewing machine pedal!!!

I love my dog, she's such a sweetheart and I raised her by hand since birth. Her name is Merryweather, an English Bulldog, and as of this post, 5 months old.

As a baby...she was so tiny then, she could fit into my hands and I have small hands!



Her first visit to the hospital


Around last Christmas



A few weeks ago

She's so adorable! But she ate through the cord of my sewing machine pedal!!! I took it to the hardware store yesterday to try and have it re-wired. They re-wired it but when I got home and tried it, it still wasn't working. So I have to go back today or probably give Singer a call if that doesn't work out. It's such a hassle since I was in the middle of a sewing project! But I can't get mad because it was partly my fault. I left it lying around
unattended...


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Butterfly Garden

Have Fun Mixing Prints!

Anchors Away!

New Shoes!!!

Yes, they are your super popular gladiator sandals with rivets. These are shoes that I've always resisted buying since they are "super popular" hence, typical, over-exposed and boring. However, I have to to admit to myself that I really love the look of it.

So, how could I resist a pair for P550? Yes, I got it for only P550 from HDY in Greenhills Theatre Mall while my husband was buying a sandwich in Bread Connection.

DIY: Recycled Couture

I really fancy the silhouette of all the new little skirts coming out. I think they're cute and flirty but not skanky. They're also perfect for summer.
Sadly, I'm broke from all the shoe shopping so I decided to make one myself and share the process with you as my first DIY blog. Everybody wins!

Here's what you'll need:
  1. 1/2 or 1 inch garter
  2. medium weight cotton fabric
  3. same color thread, needle (if you don't have a sewing machine)
  4. scissors
  5. sewing machine (if you have one)
  6. safety pin






Here's how you start:

  1. Decide first if you want your skirt to fall on your waist or first hip.
  2. Measure your waist or first hip then multiply it by 2. ex: if your waist measures 25" then that's 50"
  3. Buy your fabric and tell them you need 50" or if you like recycling like me, just cut out 50" from an existing vintage skirt.
  4. When using new fabric, don't forget to pre-wash. Fabric often shrinks.
  5. Measure how long you want your skirt to be. Don't forget to add 2-3 inches for your waistband casing and hemline depending on how thick your garter is.
  6. Fold your fabric in two, right sides facing each other, and sew together.


Make your elastic waistband casing. Don't forget to leave about an inch or two open to pass your garter through:


If you decide to use new fabric, hem the bottom edge, if not, move on to the next step. Which is, (sorry I forgot to take a pic but I guess it's easy enough to wing) attaching one end of your garter to your safety pin ( i prefer to use a big one). Thread your elastic through your waistband casing then sew both ends together using a zigzag stitch:

Sew the casing shut.
Viola! Your skirt is done. Wear with pride!




I got my fabric from my grandmother's old dress. I forgot to take a "before" pic cause I was so excited to begin! Anyway, this is how her dress looks like after I cut out most of the bottom part:



have yet to figure out what to do with the top part but I already have an idea...I'm thinking of making a drop-waist dress with strong shoulders.

My Favorite Coin Necklace

and that's the coin necklace I have on most of the time.

other neckpieces I've done: