fairview terraces shops + style origin

Monday, June 30, 2014

I had the best time a few days ago during a pseudo field trip to Fairview Terraces.


The people behind Ayala Malls were generous enough to invite a few bloggers to tour the new mall and see for ourselves what Fairview Terraces has to offer in terms of shopping, services, leisure and dining.

I had no idea what to expect so I was really surprised at how beautiful it was. There's lots of lush greenery plus the mall itself was cool, spacious and well designed. It felt a little bit like Ocean Terminal when I was inside. :)

So anyway...back to the field trip...

First stop was Recipes for lunch!
Nothing beats a good old Filipino lunch and I think Recipes is one of the best Pinoy restos in terms of flavor + value for money. I have long been a fan and often frequent their other branches. 


After lunch, we were given a few minutes to rest and stretch our legs then it was time to finally tour the mall.

We checked out the top floor where most service-oriented establishments are located. It's filled from end to end with hair and waxing salons, clinics, nail spas, barber shops and many others. Basically complete with every grooming concern covered.

A couple examples would be a posh and brightly lit Jesse Mendez salon for your hair and make-up needs or Headway Vera Salon which is perfect for those who want to get a makeover as a couple or family since they offer expert services for both men and women.


After the salons, I guess it was apt to follow with a tour of VanityBox and Egg where hair accessories and other adorable knick knacks are stocked a plenty!

Aside from every single type of accessory imagineable, Egg (which shares a space with Regalong Pambahay) also has a lot of beautiful pieces for the home. I wanted to take home several throw pillows which were currently at 50% off.

At Vanity Box, I managed to snag pearl adorned elastic hair ties which reminded me of Chanel as well as a fur scrunchy which my stylist friend urged me to purchase since "scrunchies are so in right now" and I have to agree considering I've seen them being sold lately at upwards of P300 in some boutiques and that's just for cotton! Mine was fur and I got it for only P80. I feel the challenge of an ootd wearing it coming on :P


My favorite retail establishment during our visit was Celebrations Party Central.

The store was just so much fun to visit and stocked with everything you'll need to create a beautifully stylish and themed event that all your guests will remember fondly for years to come.

Aside from gigantic lollipop balloons which we couldn't resist taking a photo with, there's also paper cups, straws, pinatas, plates lanterns, candles and everything in between in every color imaginable. This store is definitely worth a visit.


For other "everything in betweens", there's also a Japan Home Centre. The one at Fairview Terraces is huge and packed with irresistible P80 deals.


There's also an abundance of really cool, just below the radar fashion boutiques which stock unique items at affordable prices.

A few of the places we visited are Blued (for all your basic co-ed pieces), Nautica, The Go Shop and my favorite, Chase.



Chase has super trendy pieces for both men and women at reasonable prices. Mots are priced at around P500 only. Pay a little more and you already get coordinates.

I got myself the cutest Flamingo print crop top + shorts for only P600! I can't wait to feature it in a style post!


If you happen to find yourself at Fairview Terraces, make sure to drop by Chase!


After all that shopping, it was time to relax and enjoy the Style Origin Menswear show which featured Enchong Dee as a surprise guest. He not only rocked the runway in local couture but also busted out some moves while singing at the same time. The crowd went wild and I was pretty surprised because until then, I never realized how talented he was.


Just like the Greenbelt show (see HERE), the Fairview Terraces Style Origin Menswear show did not disappoint. Model after model strutted down the catwalk in ensembles that I wished came in ladies sizes. Each piece was unique, exciting and well thought of. My favorite collections were those by Proudrace, Norman Noriega, Herbert Custodio, and Jeffrey Rogador.

Here's a slideshow of the entire fashion show:



for more on Fairview Terraces, connect with them socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ilovefairviewterraces)

quick and healthy strawberry vinaigrette recipe

Sunday, June 29, 2014

One of my ultimate favorite things to eat, even as a meal, is a big bowl of cold salad....especially when the weather's super hot or humid, it's perfect.

I grew up with large traditional Filipino meals. A typical dinner cooked by my grandma at home would usually consist of rice, 2 or more main dishes plus appropriate dipping sauces and ice cream for dessert. Salads were hardly a part of our daily menu except on "special days" when we would have steak for dinner.

I got used to that way of thinking so before (crazy as it sounds), preparing salads always translated into a big production in my kitchen including matching wooden bowls and salad forks. It used to take up so much time and preparation on top of cooking our main meal that I often just skip it because of laziness.

And then I discovered Juju Eats and realized that salads are just salads, nothing special. It can be eaten from any kind of bowl, it doesn't have to look spectacular as long as it tastes good.

Taking my cue from them, I started eating my salad straight from the metal mixing bowl I prepare them in. Life has been so much easier (and healthier) I tell ya. :)) I know silly, but anyway...

Here's what makes it so easy for me to enjoy salad everyday without hassle:

I keep it super simple. 

First up, I make sure to buy ready-to-eat, pre-washed, organic mixed greens (saves a lot of time and effort). All I have to do is dump it in the bowl. 

As toppings, my staples are just free-range hardboiled eggs that I mash with a fork in the same mixing bowl. If I have left-over chicken breast, I add that to the mix as well. It's a great pre or post workout meal and I usually have the entire bowl to myself.


Now that we've established that, here's a common problem I usually encounter:
It's either I have salad dressing but no greens or worse, days when I still have a lot of lettuce in the ref but run out of dressing. Lettuce wilts easily and it's such a shame to put to waste. When that happens, I usually add it to my green smoothie. If it's still salvageable and I have no time to hit the grocery for some dressing, I make my own, here's my super simple recipe using ingredients that we usually have stocked in pour pantry at all times.

What You'll Need:
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons or more of strawberry jam (more if you want it sweeter)
  • salt and pepper to season


If you want it super healthy, you can use fresh strawberries but this is more of a quick fix using what you already have which is why I chose jam.

Another thing, I LOVE Crabtree and Evelyn's Raspberry Vinaigrette but it's pretty expensive, this is a good substiture :)

Procedure:
Chuck everything into the blender and blend for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed and thickened.


Transfer to an old glass bottle and store in the refrigerator to use whenever needed.

There you go! Hope I saved you some salad greens :P

giveaway: win an entire crossfit 101 program from crossfit greenhills

Friday, June 27, 2014

This is my box. My home away from home.

I started Crossfit unsure and not knowing what to expect but now I am 100% addicted and all of these people have become my friends. I look to each and everyone of them for inspiration. We all have our own different strengths and weaknesses and we work to better them together.

This is how close the Crossfit community is and this is why we all stay with the program.


I am sure you have heard many people say that "Crossfit changed their lives" (this article pretty much explains it perfectly).  I am a living testimony of that. Before I discovered Crossfit, I would most often than not binge-drink on weekends and not care at all what goes on my plate or what's happening in my body.

I was a couch potato who loved her starch.


But that has all since changed and I am enjoying the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Crossfit is the only fitness program that has been able to make me do a 180 and re-think the way I live. 


Best of all, it's super fun and never boring because no two workouts are ever the same!


As you can tell I am really, really passionate about it.

I'm not the only one, 99% of the people who try Crossfit end up the same way and stay that way...including the owners and coaches of my box: Crossfit Greenhills which is why we would like to share this passion with you by giving you guys a chance to experience it for yourself!


Fashion Eggplant, in cooperation with Crossfit Greenhills is giving away an entire Crossfit 101 package to one lucky reader!

Crossfit 101 is a full beginners course that includes 9 training sessions over a span of 1 month. Aside from learning skills, kicking ass and doing WODs, you will also be taught basic nutrition and safety!


This is one giveaway you will not want to miss out on. Joining is super easy, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below and cross your fingers!


One winner will be chosen randomly after 7 days.

Good luck and we are super excited to welcome you to Batch 5 of our growing community! :)

for more info on Crossfit and my fitness journey, you can check out these posts:

italianni's abbondanza take away platters

Braved the rain yesterday to sample something new from Italianni's: their Abbondanza Take Away Platters.


Each variant is large enough to share between 6-8 people and there's a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Pretty affordable too:


They're perfect for impromptu get-togethers, dinner parties, business meetings, office lunches and my favorite, picnics!

Each take-away platter comes with a specially designed carry-on bag+ disposable cutlery making it really practical and easy to enjoy delicious gourmet meals on the go.


I am really obsessed with the the picnic idea and I plan to try it soon. All I need is a blanket, a bottle of wine, good company and a Formaggio e Prosciutto platter. (insert dreamy sigh here)



So anyway, back to the practical stuff...

I got to try out some of their salads (which by the way are all organic), an old favorite: the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, the Prosciutto e Formaggio platter and I also took home an order of their Seafood Cioppino Pasta.


Pretty happy to announce that despite the increase in portion, none of the flavor was lost. Each dish still tasted exactly the same as their ala carte single serve sizes.


And most importantly, everything is nicely packed and tightly sealed. None of the pasta sauce spilled despite the fact that Nikola (my daughter) was swinging the bag around on the way back to the car.


Our pasta still looked very presentable which definitely makes this new offering worthy of a party: casual or semi-formal.


For more info on the new Abbondanza Take Away platters, visit: www.italiannis.com.ph or connect with Italiannis Philippines socially on facebook, twitter and instagram(@italiannisph).

Italliani's can be found in these branches:


Join My Princess Hazel Salon and Spa Giveaway HERE

ootd: sport luxe for under 1k/$20

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If you look hard enough, you will find unbelievable bargains online.

Would you believe me if I told you that my outfit cost less than 1k/$25? Yup, I managed to snag this top and bottom at under P500/$11 each and the quality is pretty much comparable to stuff you would find at Stradivarius and Forever 21. Not bad.

Especially considering how rare it is to find pretty sport luxe inspired pieces without having to pay a premium. Despite having been born out of Spring last year, it's still one of my favorites to wear a year after.

This is what I wore to the launch of Nivea's new In-Shower Skin Conditioner at The Spa a couple of days ago (find out more about the new product HERE). It was pretty much a laidback event which consisted of getting a body scrub and chatting on floor cushions over snacks so I opted to go with a comfy outfit and trusty skorts.

lovely wholesale sport luxe blouse
fashion blogger sport luxe
zara overlap skirt
topshop white platform sandals street style
topshop white platform sandals
topshop white nation sandals
lovely wholesale overlap skort
lovely wholesale top (see HERE) and overlap skort (see HERE) | zara bag | topshop nation sandals | @wearmauve transparent neon cuff

photos by anagonzales.com


Join My Princess Hazel Salon and Spa Giveaway HERE

marie france i.lipo launch - instant inch-loss

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I had a sexy lunch today at the Revolving Restaurant in Eastwood for the launch of Marie France's newest service: i.Lipo.

It was my first time there, not very good for vertigo but it is pretty cool to start dining on one end of the resto and find yourself all the way at the other end by the time you finish your meal. The place offers a 360 degree view of the Metro plus the food is also very good (le souffle) including the special "calorie counted" healthy set that was specially prepared for us.


During our meal, Dj Delamar of RX 93.1, spoke to us about her experience with Marie France and iLipo. She had it done on her tummy and thighs and says that she's now even slimmer than her pre-pregnancy body!


After the meal it was time to head down to the Marie France clinic for consultation and finally try the iLipo treatment ourselves!

What is i.Lipo?
i.Lipo is the latest breakthrough in laser lypolysis and Marie France is the first to make it available in the Philippines. It's a non-invasive, non-painful (:P) treatment that eliminates fat from the body and contours by using low-level laser technology.


How Does i.Lipo Work?

iLipo uses low levels of visible red laser light to target and eliminate unwanted fat. Treatment pads are placed on problem areas and the i.Lipo emits laser energy which prompt fat cells to break down the stored triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol.

These are then transported to tissues for use when the body needs its energy reserves, thereby promoting metabolism. Once metabolized, these are eliminated throught the body's natural process.


Why am I getting excited about i.Lipo?

I am super excited about iLipo because the results are immediate and I have this stubborn little roll of fat on my lower abdomen which is so difficult to get rid off no matter how many sit-ups I do! It's been a source of embarrassment eversince I gave birth and I hate hate hate the way it looks.

Also who wouldn't get even the tiniest bit excited after seeing these before and after pics?


Okay now here's the clincher...due to time constraints and late scheduling, I wasn't able to personally try it this afternoon. All the machines were booked and I couldn't wait any longer so I'm having it done next week instead.

But all didn't go to waste because I spent the afternoon getting a Tripolar/Maximus treatment.


The Tripolar/Maximus is something that I have been wanting to try for a couple of years now. It's similar to an RF treatment except it also firms and contracts your muscles while improving the elasticity of your skin at the same time.

This is the machine we used:


And this is my problem area :(

My lower belly with the little roll of stubborn fat (that I will get rid of next week with a vengeance :P) loose skin and stretchmarks :(


Before the treatment begins, you are measured and marked. 
Afterwards, a generous amount of glycerin based oil is spread over the area and the nozzle of the machine is rolled around your belly much like an ultrasound:

It's warm and pretty much painless except for a few really quick pinches, there are times when it can get pretty hot too but it's all very tolerable and after awhile it goes numb and you hardly feel anything at all.


The entire treatment is done in a private room and lasts about 30 minutes. When you're done, expect some swelling and redness but no pain:


There is no down-time, you can take a shower, workout or do anything normally just a couple of hours after.

The treatment is supposed to continue working for a week which is also approximately how long your body will take to normalize. For optimum results, you need to undergo at least 10 sessions.

This, I am told is what most celebrities do after child-birth. I am crossing my fingers for similar results and I am also super super excited for my i.Lipo appointment next week!

Will tell you more about i.Lipo and share my personal experience with you next week!

In the meantime, you can check out Marie France via www.mariefrance.com.phFacebook and Twitter and Instagram (mariefranceph) for more info on branches, rates and services.

You can also call 894-2639 to book for a consultation.

Join My Princess Hazel Salon and Spa Giveaway HERE

Monday, June 30, 2014

fairview terraces shops + style origin

I had the best time a few days ago during a pseudo field trip to Fairview Terraces.


The people behind Ayala Malls were generous enough to invite a few bloggers to tour the new mall and see for ourselves what Fairview Terraces has to offer in terms of shopping, services, leisure and dining.

I had no idea what to expect so I was really surprised at how beautiful it was. There's lots of lush greenery plus the mall itself was cool, spacious and well designed. It felt a little bit like Ocean Terminal when I was inside. :)

So anyway...back to the field trip...

First stop was Recipes for lunch!
Nothing beats a good old Filipino lunch and I think Recipes is one of the best Pinoy restos in terms of flavor + value for money. I have long been a fan and often frequent their other branches. 


After lunch, we were given a few minutes to rest and stretch our legs then it was time to finally tour the mall.

We checked out the top floor where most service-oriented establishments are located. It's filled from end to end with hair and waxing salons, clinics, nail spas, barber shops and many others. Basically complete with every grooming concern covered.

A couple examples would be a posh and brightly lit Jesse Mendez salon for your hair and make-up needs or Headway Vera Salon which is perfect for those who want to get a makeover as a couple or family since they offer expert services for both men and women.


After the salons, I guess it was apt to follow with a tour of VanityBox and Egg where hair accessories and other adorable knick knacks are stocked a plenty!

Aside from every single type of accessory imagineable, Egg (which shares a space with Regalong Pambahay) also has a lot of beautiful pieces for the home. I wanted to take home several throw pillows which were currently at 50% off.

At Vanity Box, I managed to snag pearl adorned elastic hair ties which reminded me of Chanel as well as a fur scrunchy which my stylist friend urged me to purchase since "scrunchies are so in right now" and I have to agree considering I've seen them being sold lately at upwards of P300 in some boutiques and that's just for cotton! Mine was fur and I got it for only P80. I feel the challenge of an ootd wearing it coming on :P


My favorite retail establishment during our visit was Celebrations Party Central.

The store was just so much fun to visit and stocked with everything you'll need to create a beautifully stylish and themed event that all your guests will remember fondly for years to come.

Aside from gigantic lollipop balloons which we couldn't resist taking a photo with, there's also paper cups, straws, pinatas, plates lanterns, candles and everything in between in every color imaginable. This store is definitely worth a visit.


For other "everything in betweens", there's also a Japan Home Centre. The one at Fairview Terraces is huge and packed with irresistible P80 deals.


There's also an abundance of really cool, just below the radar fashion boutiques which stock unique items at affordable prices.

A few of the places we visited are Blued (for all your basic co-ed pieces), Nautica, The Go Shop and my favorite, Chase.



Chase has super trendy pieces for both men and women at reasonable prices. Mots are priced at around P500 only. Pay a little more and you already get coordinates.

I got myself the cutest Flamingo print crop top + shorts for only P600! I can't wait to feature it in a style post!


If you happen to find yourself at Fairview Terraces, make sure to drop by Chase!


After all that shopping, it was time to relax and enjoy the Style Origin Menswear show which featured Enchong Dee as a surprise guest. He not only rocked the runway in local couture but also busted out some moves while singing at the same time. The crowd went wild and I was pretty surprised because until then, I never realized how talented he was.


Just like the Greenbelt show (see HERE), the Fairview Terraces Style Origin Menswear show did not disappoint. Model after model strutted down the catwalk in ensembles that I wished came in ladies sizes. Each piece was unique, exciting and well thought of. My favorite collections were those by Proudrace, Norman Noriega, Herbert Custodio, and Jeffrey Rogador.

Here's a slideshow of the entire fashion show:



for more on Fairview Terraces, connect with them socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ilovefairviewterraces)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

quick and healthy strawberry vinaigrette recipe

One of my ultimate favorite things to eat, even as a meal, is a big bowl of cold salad....especially when the weather's super hot or humid, it's perfect.

I grew up with large traditional Filipino meals. A typical dinner cooked by my grandma at home would usually consist of rice, 2 or more main dishes plus appropriate dipping sauces and ice cream for dessert. Salads were hardly a part of our daily menu except on "special days" when we would have steak for dinner.

I got used to that way of thinking so before (crazy as it sounds), preparing salads always translated into a big production in my kitchen including matching wooden bowls and salad forks. It used to take up so much time and preparation on top of cooking our main meal that I often just skip it because of laziness.

And then I discovered Juju Eats and realized that salads are just salads, nothing special. It can be eaten from any kind of bowl, it doesn't have to look spectacular as long as it tastes good.

Taking my cue from them, I started eating my salad straight from the metal mixing bowl I prepare them in. Life has been so much easier (and healthier) I tell ya. :)) I know silly, but anyway...

Here's what makes it so easy for me to enjoy salad everyday without hassle:

I keep it super simple. 

First up, I make sure to buy ready-to-eat, pre-washed, organic mixed greens (saves a lot of time and effort). All I have to do is dump it in the bowl. 

As toppings, my staples are just free-range hardboiled eggs that I mash with a fork in the same mixing bowl. If I have left-over chicken breast, I add that to the mix as well. It's a great pre or post workout meal and I usually have the entire bowl to myself.


Now that we've established that, here's a common problem I usually encounter:
It's either I have salad dressing but no greens or worse, days when I still have a lot of lettuce in the ref but run out of dressing. Lettuce wilts easily and it's such a shame to put to waste. When that happens, I usually add it to my green smoothie. If it's still salvageable and I have no time to hit the grocery for some dressing, I make my own, here's my super simple recipe using ingredients that we usually have stocked in pour pantry at all times.

What You'll Need:
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons or more of strawberry jam (more if you want it sweeter)
  • salt and pepper to season


If you want it super healthy, you can use fresh strawberries but this is more of a quick fix using what you already have which is why I chose jam.

Another thing, I LOVE Crabtree and Evelyn's Raspberry Vinaigrette but it's pretty expensive, this is a good substiture :)

Procedure:
Chuck everything into the blender and blend for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed and thickened.


Transfer to an old glass bottle and store in the refrigerator to use whenever needed.

There you go! Hope I saved you some salad greens :P

Friday, June 27, 2014

giveaway: win an entire crossfit 101 program from crossfit greenhills

This is my box. My home away from home.

I started Crossfit unsure and not knowing what to expect but now I am 100% addicted and all of these people have become my friends. I look to each and everyone of them for inspiration. We all have our own different strengths and weaknesses and we work to better them together.

This is how close the Crossfit community is and this is why we all stay with the program.


I am sure you have heard many people say that "Crossfit changed their lives" (this article pretty much explains it perfectly).  I am a living testimony of that. Before I discovered Crossfit, I would most often than not binge-drink on weekends and not care at all what goes on my plate or what's happening in my body.

I was a couch potato who loved her starch.


But that has all since changed and I am enjoying the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Crossfit is the only fitness program that has been able to make me do a 180 and re-think the way I live. 


Best of all, it's super fun and never boring because no two workouts are ever the same!


As you can tell I am really, really passionate about it.

I'm not the only one, 99% of the people who try Crossfit end up the same way and stay that way...including the owners and coaches of my box: Crossfit Greenhills which is why we would like to share this passion with you by giving you guys a chance to experience it for yourself!


Fashion Eggplant, in cooperation with Crossfit Greenhills is giving away an entire Crossfit 101 package to one lucky reader!

Crossfit 101 is a full beginners course that includes 9 training sessions over a span of 1 month. Aside from learning skills, kicking ass and doing WODs, you will also be taught basic nutrition and safety!


This is one giveaway you will not want to miss out on. Joining is super easy, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below and cross your fingers!


One winner will be chosen randomly after 7 days.

Good luck and we are super excited to welcome you to Batch 5 of our growing community! :)

for more info on Crossfit and my fitness journey, you can check out these posts:

italianni's abbondanza take away platters

Braved the rain yesterday to sample something new from Italianni's: their Abbondanza Take Away Platters.


Each variant is large enough to share between 6-8 people and there's a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Pretty affordable too:


They're perfect for impromptu get-togethers, dinner parties, business meetings, office lunches and my favorite, picnics!

Each take-away platter comes with a specially designed carry-on bag+ disposable cutlery making it really practical and easy to enjoy delicious gourmet meals on the go.


I am really obsessed with the the picnic idea and I plan to try it soon. All I need is a blanket, a bottle of wine, good company and a Formaggio e Prosciutto platter. (insert dreamy sigh here)



So anyway, back to the practical stuff...

I got to try out some of their salads (which by the way are all organic), an old favorite: the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, the Prosciutto e Formaggio platter and I also took home an order of their Seafood Cioppino Pasta.


Pretty happy to announce that despite the increase in portion, none of the flavor was lost. Each dish still tasted exactly the same as their ala carte single serve sizes.


And most importantly, everything is nicely packed and tightly sealed. None of the pasta sauce spilled despite the fact that Nikola (my daughter) was swinging the bag around on the way back to the car.


Our pasta still looked very presentable which definitely makes this new offering worthy of a party: casual or semi-formal.


For more info on the new Abbondanza Take Away platters, visit: www.italiannis.com.ph or connect with Italiannis Philippines socially on facebook, twitter and instagram(@italiannisph).

Italliani's can be found in these branches:


Join My Princess Hazel Salon and Spa Giveaway HERE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ootd: sport luxe for under 1k/$20

If you look hard enough, you will find unbelievable bargains online.

Would you believe me if I told you that my outfit cost less than 1k/$25? Yup, I managed to snag this top and bottom at under P500/$11 each and the quality is pretty much comparable to stuff you would find at Stradivarius and Forever 21. Not bad.

Especially considering how rare it is to find pretty sport luxe inspired pieces without having to pay a premium. Despite having been born out of Spring last year, it's still one of my favorites to wear a year after.

This is what I wore to the launch of Nivea's new In-Shower Skin Conditioner at The Spa a couple of days ago (find out more about the new product HERE). It was pretty much a laidback event which consisted of getting a body scrub and chatting on floor cushions over snacks so I opted to go with a comfy outfit and trusty skorts.

lovely wholesale sport luxe blouse
fashion blogger sport luxe
zara overlap skirt
topshop white platform sandals street style
topshop white platform sandals
topshop white nation sandals
lovely wholesale overlap skort
lovely wholesale top (see HERE) and overlap skort (see HERE) | zara bag | topshop nation sandals | @wearmauve transparent neon cuff

photos by anagonzales.com


Join My Princess Hazel Salon and Spa Giveaway HERE

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

marie france i.lipo launch - instant inch-loss

I had a sexy lunch today at the Revolving Restaurant in Eastwood for the launch of Marie France's newest service: i.Lipo.

It was my first time there, not very good for vertigo but it is pretty cool to start dining on one end of the resto and find yourself all the way at the other end by the time you finish your meal. The place offers a 360 degree view of the Metro plus the food is also very good (le souffle) including the special "calorie counted" healthy set that was specially prepared for us.


During our meal, Dj Delamar of RX 93.1, spoke to us about her experience with Marie France and iLipo. She had it done on her tummy and thighs and says that she's now even slimmer than her pre-pregnancy body!


After the meal it was time to head down to the Marie France clinic for consultation and finally try the iLipo treatment ourselves!

What is i.Lipo?
i.Lipo is the latest breakthrough in laser lypolysis and Marie France is the first to make it available in the Philippines. It's a non-invasive, non-painful (:P) treatment that eliminates fat from the body and contours by using low-level laser technology.


How Does i.Lipo Work?

iLipo uses low levels of visible red laser light to target and eliminate unwanted fat. Treatment pads are placed on problem areas and the i.Lipo emits laser energy which prompt fat cells to break down the stored triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol.

These are then transported to tissues for use when the body needs its energy reserves, thereby promoting metabolism. Once metabolized, these are eliminated throught the body's natural process.


Why am I getting excited about i.Lipo?

I am super excited about iLipo because the results are immediate and I have this stubborn little roll of fat on my lower abdomen which is so difficult to get rid off no matter how many sit-ups I do! It's been a source of embarrassment eversince I gave birth and I hate hate hate the way it looks.

Also who wouldn't get even the tiniest bit excited after seeing these before and after pics?


Okay now here's the clincher...due to time constraints and late scheduling, I wasn't able to personally try it this afternoon. All the machines were booked and I couldn't wait any longer so I'm having it done next week instead.

But all didn't go to waste because I spent the afternoon getting a Tripolar/Maximus treatment.


The Tripolar/Maximus is something that I have been wanting to try for a couple of years now. It's similar to an RF treatment except it also firms and contracts your muscles while improving the elasticity of your skin at the same time.

This is the machine we used:


And this is my problem area :(

My lower belly with the little roll of stubborn fat (that I will get rid of next week with a vengeance :P) loose skin and stretchmarks :(


Before the treatment begins, you are measured and marked. 
Afterwards, a generous amount of glycerin based oil is spread over the area and the nozzle of the machine is rolled around your belly much like an ultrasound:

It's warm and pretty much painless except for a few really quick pinches, there are times when it can get pretty hot too but it's all very tolerable and after awhile it goes numb and you hardly feel anything at all.


The entire treatment is done in a private room and lasts about 30 minutes. When you're done, expect some swelling and redness but no pain:


There is no down-time, you can take a shower, workout or do anything normally just a couple of hours after.

The treatment is supposed to continue working for a week which is also approximately how long your body will take to normalize. For optimum results, you need to undergo at least 10 sessions.

This, I am told is what most celebrities do after child-birth. I am crossing my fingers for similar results and I am also super super excited for my i.Lipo appointment next week!

Will tell you more about i.Lipo and share my personal experience with you next week!

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