pandora essence collection

Friday, February 28, 2014

There are so many available choices these days when it comes to accessories and bracelets that it needs to be extra special to have a permanent place on your arm (and in your heart) everyday.

That is what Pandora's new Essence Collection is all about.

pandora philippines
The recently launched collection features a slender sterling silver bracelet with an accompanying assortment of 24 delicate hand-finished charms that represent a personal value: passion, freedom, health, peace, hope, happiness, compassion, trust, confidence, faith, stability, energy, love, courage, positivity, balance, wisdom, wellness, respect, joy, prosperity, loyalty, honesty and strength.

pandora essence collection
Pandora Essence is all about inspiring women to express their true selves through symbolic charms that emphasize inner values, hopes and desires in life. It is this form of self-expression through jewelry that is both pretty and also a daily reminder for me to be the best person I can be  that made me fall in love with the collection immediately.

pandora essence launch philippines
To celebrate the launch held at Makati Shangri-la, Pandora Philippines chose 4 inspiring women who inspire and embody the "Essence Traits".

pandora philippines
Amina Aranaz-Alunan on Prosperity: "Prosperity is having a dream, a goal, a vision, and being joyful while working to achieve it."

Atty. Karen Jimeno-McBride for Wisdom: "Wisdom is acknowledging that you don't know everything. It means you are always open to learning and continually growing".

pandora essence charms
Kim Jones on Love - "It is eternal. It is a universal language, nurtures us and allows us to grow by doing things that we are passionate about."

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde on Passion: "Passion is dance, it's my commitment and my intense love for classical ballet which is the strictest form of dance."

pandora essence charm
pandora essence bracelet
These core values are what drives these women to reach their goals and excel in their perspective fields, it is what makes us look up to them and admire them for their accomplishments.

pandora essence launch
Their stories are humbling and inspiring but it's also nice to know that no matter how big or successful they are, they are also very much human in the sense that they still need to be reminded everyday to keep working at improving themselves just like the rest of us...AND that's why we all need a Pandora Essence Bracelet in our lives! :D

Check out Pandora and the new Essence Collection at these Pandora Boutique locations: Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4, Bonifacio High Street Central, Newport Mall, Shangri-la Mall East Wing, The Podium, Elemento in Aura Mall, Megamall Expansion and Century City Mall.


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ootd: romwe kimono

Thursday, February 27, 2014

With summer fast approaching, I am finding myself gravitating more and more towards kimonos. When it comes to outerwear, they are probably the best suited style for our climate.

Breezy enough to wear on a sunny day and warm enough to shield us from the cool tropical winds.

There are many many different patterns to choose from but my favorites would have to be those that are traditionally inspired like this one I got from Romwe. I find them much more interesting and I love the exotic/world traveler feel they lend an outfit plus silk and satin is just heavenly against the skin! 

Wore this to a food tasting event at Watami (see post here) and coffee with Ana a few days ago. It was the day after 7107 (see post here) and I was still feeling a bit exhausted from the weekend so I wanted something relaxed and comfortable.

romwe kimono street style
romwe kimono
stradivarius fashion blogger
fly shades fashion blogger
fly shades fashion blogger

flyshades sunglasses | romwe kimono (see here) | stradivarius jeans | sm ladies cami | stockton row chain bracelet

photos by Ana

romwe burgundy hearts shirt sale: $9.99/php445 today only!!!

Today only, get to purchase this gorgeous shirt for only $9.99/Php445 with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!


This versatile, high quality chiffon shirt is available in small, medium and large. Pair it with shorts, skirts or pants. It's sure to be a wardrobe favorite. 



While you're at ROMWE, you should also check out the "Bestseller's Sale" where 100 fashion blogger favorites are on sale for a limited time only. See it HERE.

romwe heart pattern shirt giveaway

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As promised earlier, here's another international giveaway brought to you by my favorite store, ROMWE!

This time, 1 Fashion Eggplant reader gets to win this awesome heart pattern shirt!



Though simple, it has the right amount of quirk to make any outfit pop.It's also extremely versatile which is why it's such a hit among many international fashion bloggers.

Wear it to work, on a date, shopping. This pretty red shirt will take you anywhere in style.

I have the same shirt and I assure you, the quality and fit is divine (you can see HERE)



To join this giveaway, simply fill in the easy mechanics in the rafflecopter form below:



Good Luck! Promise to announce winners right away this time :D

romwe lbd, dressale, anma lifestyle giveaway winners

Hi Guys!

I apologize for the delay, this announcement is long overdue but my schedule has been crazy and it kept slipping my mind.

Anyway, here are the winners for my Dressale, ROMWE LBD and Anma Lifestyle Giveaways.

For the winner of the Anma Clutch/iPad case, congratulations Cat Quiambao!
please email me at admin@fashioneggplant.com for info on how to claim your prize. Thank you!


For the winner of the $200 Dressale Dress, Congratulations Jill Roque!
Will email your info to Dressale expect a reply from them soon. :)


And finally, the winner of a Romwe LBD is Janina Falgui!
Will send your details to Romwe, expect a reply from them soon. Thank you!


And there you go! Thanks for joining everyone!
Will be back with another international giveaway tonight so stay tuned!!!

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:

watami japanese casual restaurant review (shangrila)

 My favorite place to eat lately has been the East Wing of Shangrila Mall. The choice of cuisine available in their new wing is so diverse and 99% of all the places I've tried there are delicious.

Another one to add to my list is Watami.

Watami is an internationally known Japanese Casual Restaurant with over 700 stores in Asia and currently #1 in Japan.

Their menu boasts an assortment of dishes which range from the usual sushi and sashimi to the more creative and unusual like Clams Cooked in Stone Pot with Japanese-style sauce along with bestselling old favorites like Crispy Chicken Wings, Chasu Rice in Stone Pot, Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot, Gyoza On A Hot Pan, Self-grilled Short Ribs and Watami Salad.

watami shangrila
During my visit, I was able to try their Beef Hot Rice with Hot Spring Egg in Tokyo Style Set which comes with cold tea, miso soup and a side salad for only P295.

The portion was very generous. Taste is similar to Gyudon but the tang of the finely chopped pickled radish gives a refreshing twist to the otherwise sweet dish. The sesame seeds also lend it a nice earthy flavor which is great for taking away the umay factor.

watami shangrila menu
During my visit, I was also able to try a couple of other dishes that they cook right at your table: Sukiyaki and their Self-grilled Short Ribs (P295):

watami shangrila review
watami philippines
Just like the other dishes, their Sukiyaki was served in a big pot, good for 2 big eaters or 3 light eaters. It was delicious and very fresh. Veggies weren't wilted and it also had delicate silken tofu:

watami shangrila review
For P295, their Self-grilled Short Ribs is a win. The beef used isn't melt in your mouth tender but good enough for the price. The sauce that comes with it is divine, make sure you ask for extra.

watami philippines
Average price per plate at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant is around P250. Not bad considering you're getting fresh, tasty and authentic Japanese food. 

Watami is located at the 6th level of Shangri-la's East Wing, SM Mall of Asia and the new Glorietta
for more info, LIKE WATAMI JAPANESE CASUAL RESTAURANT on Facebook or search the hashtag #watamiPH

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:

my 7107 international music festival experience

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SOLID. EPIC. AWESOME.

There aren't enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the total 7107 experience. It went way beyond my expectations (and those were already high to begin with).

First off, I'd like to congratulate and commend Tina Herrera, Jon Herrera and the rest of the event organizers for pulling it off flawlessly. Despite the huge crowd, everything was orderly and extremely organized. There were more than enough portalets available (always with tissue, mind you, and they were constantly cleaned by friendly maintenance people..they'd even hold the door shut for you if the latch was broken), lots of police visibility and security, there were people hired to pick up garbage throughout the day, there were lots of food kiosks to choose from (but maybe not enough beer stands) and it was extremely easy to find a staff member to help you out in case you needed guidance as to where what was located.


There was a lot of talk about the first day line-up being mediocre as opposed to the second day..I had the same sentiments as well in the beginning but after being there and witnessing it, I have to say, it all played out perfectly. The first day was a nice contrast to the second and I don't mean that in a bad way.

Also, Marc Abaya + Kwjan's performace was legendary...

7107 imf clark
I am not an EDM fan but being there watching Kaskade, Alvaro and the rest of them with an electrifying pulse going through the crowd and just masses of people dancing and having fun together in a pumped up but at the same time relaxed atmosphere was just exquisite.

Not to mention we got to party under the stars with cool winds blowing and free flowing beer provided by Guess and Vans at the VIP area. Man, it was well worth it and the most fun I've ever had with electronic music in the background.

7107 international music festival fashion
7107
7107 vip area
(The Guess/Vans VIP area where you could relax on the couches in an airconditioned tent with free water, beer, beer pong, cocktails, etc)

7107 international music festival vip area
2nd Day.

Clear skies all the way...

7107 imf
I was more than pumped. In a way, I was also speechless. I still couldn't believe that it was actually happening in a few hours. Watching the Chili Peppers play live has been a dream of mine since the 90s and it was about to come true.

As a bonus, there was also Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Kendrick Lamar and Empire Of The Sun to look forward to.

7107 international music festival
Going back to the event, the stage/audio set up was superb. There was no confusion between music coming from the first and second stage. The VIP areas also had their own jam but somehow they managed to engineer it in a way that none of the three clashed.

I was able to record snippets from the performances from my iPhone and was surprised at how clean the performances sounded despite my being in close proximity with the stage.

Clarity, clarity, clarity.

These people spared no expense and made sure that what we got was something world-class, something we could talk about for years to come, something we would be proud to call our own. Most importantly, it was worth every single centavo.

That fact was visible and audible.

Mind-blowing.

7107 international music festival
7107
Another thing I loved about the festival was that you could do and be whoever and whatever you wanted. It was so relaxed. Just lay down your mat, have a picnic with your friends and enjoy the best live music in the background.

If you wanted to party, hit the main stage. If you wanted to chill, set up for a couple of hours at the second stage.

There were thousands of people but the crowd was well managed and I never felt like my personal space was being invaded except when Kendrick Lamar, RHCP and Empire hit the stage but that was understandable and that's what made it a lot of fun. Just one gigantic, dancing mosh pit.

7107 international music festival
Another highlight of my experience was when me and Ana met the bassist for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! He was just hanging around their merch booth so we decided to approach him and have our photo taken together:

red jumpsuit apparatus joey westwood
7107 international music festival fashion
About the performances:

They all brought their A-game.

Imagine watching full concert after full concert because that's how it was. Kendrick Lamar was a HUGE favorite especially among the younger crowd, he played more songs than I was familiar with. Halfway through his set, I had to sit down cause I was tired from all the dancing (bouncing up and down cause that's all I know how to do :P).

Empire Of The Sun was spectacular. They brought their full set up: back-up dancers, elaborate costumes that light up, 4 costume changes (or more, I lost track), fog machines, hydraulic platforms, etc. During Walking On A Dream, Luke Steele joined the crowd and even asked some of us to sing along to the song. Highlight was probably when he smashed his guitar at one point during their performance. I loved that, so Kurt Cobain. (LOL, but seriously, props to him for being such a rockstar. A rare breed nowadays)

RED.HOT.CHILI.PEPPERS.

The Setlist:

Need I say more?

red hot chili peppers 7107 imf setlist
20 songs. An hour and a half of pure magic. Just like fine wine, they get better with age. Flea and Chad Smith still play with the same amount of enthusiasm as they had in the 90s. Flea is still crazy and childish. He still moves like a flea onstage. He even walked in while in a handstand position. The energy of that guy plus the comedic randomness of what comes out of his mouth is just priceless. Anthony Keidis' voice was clear, powerful and strong. More like the seasoned singer he is than the awkward kid that used to rap with his band in the 80s. It still felt like Blood Sugar Sex Magik but with more experience under their belt.

I was close to tears during Under The Bridge. I'm sure the whole audience was too judging from the impromptu way everyone lit up their phones and lighters and held them up in the air without instruction. It just happened simultaneously. The moment was so inspired.

kendrick lamar 7107
7107 international music festival fashion
fireworks display at 7107
Last weekend was one of THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE and next year can't come soon enough.

7107 clark
To all the haters out there, I don't know what the hell was going through your mind but if you are a fan of any of these performers...even if you aren't, even if you're just generally a music fan...you should've swallowed your pride and bought a ticket. Who cares where the money went? The experience has made me richer in more ways than one and no amount of money can compare to that.

Having said that....start saving because I am 101% sure next year is gonna be even BIGGER!

for more on 7107 International Music Festival:

download the APP, visit: http://7107imf.com/

or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@WeAre7107)

you can also search the hashtags: #7107Hangover #WeAre7107 and #7107

To everyone who was there, I am honored to have been able to share this experience with you.
(thanks for the good vibes)

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:
WIN a limited edition 30th Anniversary Cream Silk Gift Pack

***special thanks to madhousemnl.com, niche, manila concert scene and ana for some of the photos used in this post

ootd: basics

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fresh from 7107, dead tired but it was certainly one of the best experiences of my life. Will talk about it more in a different post. In the meantime, I'll just leave you with these photos of my outfit during the Cole Haan event a few weeks ago...

Just a few years ago it was so difficult to find a perfectly crisp, white button down that fit with a mens shirt feel. You'd usually have to go the designer route, order online abroad and pay several hundred dollars + shipping. Expensive. And then I discovered Uniqlo's button downs and I've been addicted eversince. INMHO, they are the best you can buy right now for about 1K. Fabric is cool and nice to the feel plus they fit great!

A perfect white button down is a must have in anyone's closet so if you haven't got one yet, try the ones from Uniqlo when you have time. ;)

white button down shirt street style
uniqlo fashion blogger
onecklace monogram necklace
uniqlo philippines
plain white shirt street style
alex and ani bracelets street style
stradivarius philippine fashion blogger
uniqlo basic white button down
zara philippines fashion blogger

uniqlo white shirt | stradivarius jeans | zara shoes and bag | onecklace monogram necklace | nick automatic sunglasses

photos by Christine

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Friday, February 28, 2014

pandora essence collection

There are so many available choices these days when it comes to accessories and bracelets that it needs to be extra special to have a permanent place on your arm (and in your heart) everyday.

That is what Pandora's new Essence Collection is all about.

pandora philippines
The recently launched collection features a slender sterling silver bracelet with an accompanying assortment of 24 delicate hand-finished charms that represent a personal value: passion, freedom, health, peace, hope, happiness, compassion, trust, confidence, faith, stability, energy, love, courage, positivity, balance, wisdom, wellness, respect, joy, prosperity, loyalty, honesty and strength.

pandora essence collection
Pandora Essence is all about inspiring women to express their true selves through symbolic charms that emphasize inner values, hopes and desires in life. It is this form of self-expression through jewelry that is both pretty and also a daily reminder for me to be the best person I can be  that made me fall in love with the collection immediately.

pandora essence launch philippines
To celebrate the launch held at Makati Shangri-la, Pandora Philippines chose 4 inspiring women who inspire and embody the "Essence Traits".

pandora philippines
Amina Aranaz-Alunan on Prosperity: "Prosperity is having a dream, a goal, a vision, and being joyful while working to achieve it."

Atty. Karen Jimeno-McBride for Wisdom: "Wisdom is acknowledging that you don't know everything. It means you are always open to learning and continually growing".

pandora essence charms
Kim Jones on Love - "It is eternal. It is a universal language, nurtures us and allows us to grow by doing things that we are passionate about."

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde on Passion: "Passion is dance, it's my commitment and my intense love for classical ballet which is the strictest form of dance."

pandora essence charm
pandora essence bracelet
These core values are what drives these women to reach their goals and excel in their perspective fields, it is what makes us look up to them and admire them for their accomplishments.

pandora essence launch
Their stories are humbling and inspiring but it's also nice to know that no matter how big or successful they are, they are also very much human in the sense that they still need to be reminded everyday to keep working at improving themselves just like the rest of us...AND that's why we all need a Pandora Essence Bracelet in our lives! :D

Check out Pandora and the new Essence Collection at these Pandora Boutique locations: Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4, Bonifacio High Street Central, Newport Mall, Shangri-la Mall East Wing, The Podium, Elemento in Aura Mall, Megamall Expansion and Century City Mall.


JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ootd: romwe kimono

With summer fast approaching, I am finding myself gravitating more and more towards kimonos. When it comes to outerwear, they are probably the best suited style for our climate.

Breezy enough to wear on a sunny day and warm enough to shield us from the cool tropical winds.

There are many many different patterns to choose from but my favorites would have to be those that are traditionally inspired like this one I got from Romwe. I find them much more interesting and I love the exotic/world traveler feel they lend an outfit plus silk and satin is just heavenly against the skin! 

Wore this to a food tasting event at Watami (see post here) and coffee with Ana a few days ago. It was the day after 7107 (see post here) and I was still feeling a bit exhausted from the weekend so I wanted something relaxed and comfortable.

romwe kimono street style
romwe kimono
stradivarius fashion blogger
fly shades fashion blogger
fly shades fashion blogger

flyshades sunglasses | romwe kimono (see here) | stradivarius jeans | sm ladies cami | stockton row chain bracelet

photos by Ana

romwe burgundy hearts shirt sale: $9.99/php445 today only!!!

Today only, get to purchase this gorgeous shirt for only $9.99/Php445 with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!


This versatile, high quality chiffon shirt is available in small, medium and large. Pair it with shorts, skirts or pants. It's sure to be a wardrobe favorite. 



While you're at ROMWE, you should also check out the "Bestseller's Sale" where 100 fashion blogger favorites are on sale for a limited time only. See it HERE.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

romwe heart pattern shirt giveaway

As promised earlier, here's another international giveaway brought to you by my favorite store, ROMWE!

This time, 1 Fashion Eggplant reader gets to win this awesome heart pattern shirt!



Though simple, it has the right amount of quirk to make any outfit pop.It's also extremely versatile which is why it's such a hit among many international fashion bloggers.

Wear it to work, on a date, shopping. This pretty red shirt will take you anywhere in style.

I have the same shirt and I assure you, the quality and fit is divine (you can see HERE)



To join this giveaway, simply fill in the easy mechanics in the rafflecopter form below:



Good Luck! Promise to announce winners right away this time :D

romwe lbd, dressale, anma lifestyle giveaway winners

Hi Guys!

I apologize for the delay, this announcement is long overdue but my schedule has been crazy and it kept slipping my mind.

Anyway, here are the winners for my Dressale, ROMWE LBD and Anma Lifestyle Giveaways.

For the winner of the Anma Clutch/iPad case, congratulations Cat Quiambao!
please email me at admin@fashioneggplant.com for info on how to claim your prize. Thank you!


For the winner of the $200 Dressale Dress, Congratulations Jill Roque!
Will email your info to Dressale expect a reply from them soon. :)


And finally, the winner of a Romwe LBD is Janina Falgui!
Will send your details to Romwe, expect a reply from them soon. Thank you!


And there you go! Thanks for joining everyone!
Will be back with another international giveaway tonight so stay tuned!!!

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:

watami japanese casual restaurant review (shangrila)

 My favorite place to eat lately has been the East Wing of Shangrila Mall. The choice of cuisine available in their new wing is so diverse and 99% of all the places I've tried there are delicious.

Another one to add to my list is Watami.

Watami is an internationally known Japanese Casual Restaurant with over 700 stores in Asia and currently #1 in Japan.

Their menu boasts an assortment of dishes which range from the usual sushi and sashimi to the more creative and unusual like Clams Cooked in Stone Pot with Japanese-style sauce along with bestselling old favorites like Crispy Chicken Wings, Chasu Rice in Stone Pot, Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot, Gyoza On A Hot Pan, Self-grilled Short Ribs and Watami Salad.

watami shangrila
During my visit, I was able to try their Beef Hot Rice with Hot Spring Egg in Tokyo Style Set which comes with cold tea, miso soup and a side salad for only P295.

The portion was very generous. Taste is similar to Gyudon but the tang of the finely chopped pickled radish gives a refreshing twist to the otherwise sweet dish. The sesame seeds also lend it a nice earthy flavor which is great for taking away the umay factor.

watami shangrila menu
During my visit, I was also able to try a couple of other dishes that they cook right at your table: Sukiyaki and their Self-grilled Short Ribs (P295):

watami shangrila review
watami philippines
Just like the other dishes, their Sukiyaki was served in a big pot, good for 2 big eaters or 3 light eaters. It was delicious and very fresh. Veggies weren't wilted and it also had delicate silken tofu:

watami shangrila review
For P295, their Self-grilled Short Ribs is a win. The beef used isn't melt in your mouth tender but good enough for the price. The sauce that comes with it is divine, make sure you ask for extra.

watami philippines
Average price per plate at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant is around P250. Not bad considering you're getting fresh, tasty and authentic Japanese food. 

Watami is located at the 6th level of Shangri-la's East Wing, SM Mall of Asia and the new Glorietta
for more info, LIKE WATAMI JAPANESE CASUAL RESTAURANT on Facebook or search the hashtag #watamiPH

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

my 7107 international music festival experience

SOLID. EPIC. AWESOME.

There aren't enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the total 7107 experience. It went way beyond my expectations (and those were already high to begin with).

First off, I'd like to congratulate and commend Tina Herrera, Jon Herrera and the rest of the event organizers for pulling it off flawlessly. Despite the huge crowd, everything was orderly and extremely organized. There were more than enough portalets available (always with tissue, mind you, and they were constantly cleaned by friendly maintenance people..they'd even hold the door shut for you if the latch was broken), lots of police visibility and security, there were people hired to pick up garbage throughout the day, there were lots of food kiosks to choose from (but maybe not enough beer stands) and it was extremely easy to find a staff member to help you out in case you needed guidance as to where what was located.


There was a lot of talk about the first day line-up being mediocre as opposed to the second day..I had the same sentiments as well in the beginning but after being there and witnessing it, I have to say, it all played out perfectly. The first day was a nice contrast to the second and I don't mean that in a bad way.

Also, Marc Abaya + Kwjan's performace was legendary...

7107 imf clark
I am not an EDM fan but being there watching Kaskade, Alvaro and the rest of them with an electrifying pulse going through the crowd and just masses of people dancing and having fun together in a pumped up but at the same time relaxed atmosphere was just exquisite.

Not to mention we got to party under the stars with cool winds blowing and free flowing beer provided by Guess and Vans at the VIP area. Man, it was well worth it and the most fun I've ever had with electronic music in the background.

7107 international music festival fashion
7107
7107 vip area
(The Guess/Vans VIP area where you could relax on the couches in an airconditioned tent with free water, beer, beer pong, cocktails, etc)

7107 international music festival vip area
2nd Day.

Clear skies all the way...

7107 imf
I was more than pumped. In a way, I was also speechless. I still couldn't believe that it was actually happening in a few hours. Watching the Chili Peppers play live has been a dream of mine since the 90s and it was about to come true.

As a bonus, there was also Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Kendrick Lamar and Empire Of The Sun to look forward to.

7107 international music festival
Going back to the event, the stage/audio set up was superb. There was no confusion between music coming from the first and second stage. The VIP areas also had their own jam but somehow they managed to engineer it in a way that none of the three clashed.

I was able to record snippets from the performances from my iPhone and was surprised at how clean the performances sounded despite my being in close proximity with the stage.

Clarity, clarity, clarity.

These people spared no expense and made sure that what we got was something world-class, something we could talk about for years to come, something we would be proud to call our own. Most importantly, it was worth every single centavo.

That fact was visible and audible.

Mind-blowing.

7107 international music festival
7107
Another thing I loved about the festival was that you could do and be whoever and whatever you wanted. It was so relaxed. Just lay down your mat, have a picnic with your friends and enjoy the best live music in the background.

If you wanted to party, hit the main stage. If you wanted to chill, set up for a couple of hours at the second stage.

There were thousands of people but the crowd was well managed and I never felt like my personal space was being invaded except when Kendrick Lamar, RHCP and Empire hit the stage but that was understandable and that's what made it a lot of fun. Just one gigantic, dancing mosh pit.

7107 international music festival
Another highlight of my experience was when me and Ana met the bassist for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! He was just hanging around their merch booth so we decided to approach him and have our photo taken together:

red jumpsuit apparatus joey westwood
7107 international music festival fashion
About the performances:

They all brought their A-game.

Imagine watching full concert after full concert because that's how it was. Kendrick Lamar was a HUGE favorite especially among the younger crowd, he played more songs than I was familiar with. Halfway through his set, I had to sit down cause I was tired from all the dancing (bouncing up and down cause that's all I know how to do :P).

Empire Of The Sun was spectacular. They brought their full set up: back-up dancers, elaborate costumes that light up, 4 costume changes (or more, I lost track), fog machines, hydraulic platforms, etc. During Walking On A Dream, Luke Steele joined the crowd and even asked some of us to sing along to the song. Highlight was probably when he smashed his guitar at one point during their performance. I loved that, so Kurt Cobain. (LOL, but seriously, props to him for being such a rockstar. A rare breed nowadays)

RED.HOT.CHILI.PEPPERS.

The Setlist:

Need I say more?

red hot chili peppers 7107 imf setlist
20 songs. An hour and a half of pure magic. Just like fine wine, they get better with age. Flea and Chad Smith still play with the same amount of enthusiasm as they had in the 90s. Flea is still crazy and childish. He still moves like a flea onstage. He even walked in while in a handstand position. The energy of that guy plus the comedic randomness of what comes out of his mouth is just priceless. Anthony Keidis' voice was clear, powerful and strong. More like the seasoned singer he is than the awkward kid that used to rap with his band in the 80s. It still felt like Blood Sugar Sex Magik but with more experience under their belt.

I was close to tears during Under The Bridge. I'm sure the whole audience was too judging from the impromptu way everyone lit up their phones and lighters and held them up in the air without instruction. It just happened simultaneously. The moment was so inspired.

kendrick lamar 7107
7107 international music festival fashion
fireworks display at 7107
Last weekend was one of THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE and next year can't come soon enough.

7107 clark
To all the haters out there, I don't know what the hell was going through your mind but if you are a fan of any of these performers...even if you aren't, even if you're just generally a music fan...you should've swallowed your pride and bought a ticket. Who cares where the money went? The experience has made me richer in more ways than one and no amount of money can compare to that.

Having said that....start saving because I am 101% sure next year is gonna be even BIGGER!

for more on 7107 International Music Festival:

download the APP, visit: http://7107imf.com/

or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@WeAre7107)

you can also search the hashtags: #7107Hangover #WeAre7107 and #7107

To everyone who was there, I am honored to have been able to share this experience with you.
(thanks for the good vibes)

JOIN MY GIVEAWAYS:
WIN a limited edition 30th Anniversary Cream Silk Gift Pack

***special thanks to madhousemnl.com, niche, manila concert scene and ana for some of the photos used in this post

Monday, February 24, 2014

ootd: basics

Fresh from 7107, dead tired but it was certainly one of the best experiences of my life. Will talk about it more in a different post. In the meantime, I'll just leave you with these photos of my outfit during the Cole Haan event a few weeks ago...

Just a few years ago it was so difficult to find a perfectly crisp, white button down that fit with a mens shirt feel. You'd usually have to go the designer route, order online abroad and pay several hundred dollars + shipping. Expensive. And then I discovered Uniqlo's button downs and I've been addicted eversince. INMHO, they are the best you can buy right now for about 1K. Fabric is cool and nice to the feel plus they fit great!

A perfect white button down is a must have in anyone's closet so if you haven't got one yet, try the ones from Uniqlo when you have time. ;)

white button down shirt street style
uniqlo fashion blogger
onecklace monogram necklace
uniqlo philippines
plain white shirt street style
alex and ani bracelets street style
stradivarius philippine fashion blogger
uniqlo basic white button down
zara philippines fashion blogger

uniqlo white shirt | stradivarius jeans | zara shoes and bag | onecklace monogram necklace | nick automatic sunglasses

photos by Christine

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