Month: June 2013

Up for a Demo – BeautyBook.PH Launch

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I’ve always been a girly girl, being fascinated with all things pretty, sparkly and glam. Recently, I’ve gotten this growing interest in cosmetics, in how any product can be used to enhance your best features.

When I learned about BeautyBook.PH, I was excited. Instead of trooping to YouTube or any other website for makeup tutorials, tips, and the like, BeautyBook has all these and features articles and articles covering anything under the fashion and beauty industry.

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I went to the site’s launch last May, and their preview, did not disappoint. What you guys need to know about BeautyBook is that it is the modern Filipina’s beauty bible. It is an online beauty portal that covers the A-Z of beauty, from beauty essentials to edgy high fashion trends for the modern Filipina woman. It serves as a comprehensive guide that allows Filipinas to navigate through what the current beauty industry has to offer, helping Filipinas of all ages discover beauty regimens and secrets to make their own.

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Beautybook is divided according to the four beauty matters of every Filipina. Hair Story: All About Hair is where one can get tips on hair care, hairstyle guides and know about the latest hair trends. Skin Ever After: All About Skin will give one insight on proper skincare, skin solutions to maintain healthy looking skin all year round. Magic Glam: Fashion & MakeUp is one’s source for fashion & makeup trends, including step-by-step guides to achieve the latest looks. Lastly, The Royal Treatment: Beauty Deals lists beauty bargains within every woman’s reach.

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Unlike other websites of the same kind, BeautyBook runs by the byline, by women, for women. It aims to be the most relatable, easiest to understand and most relevant website that gives you what you want and need to know about beauty and fashion. To bring it closer to females from all walks of life, BeautyBook is made up of in-house professional writers and your favorite style and beauty bloggers, bringing us updates and info about the local beauty trends, be it the splurge or save kind. Every month Beautybook invites a variety of online experts to impart fashion forward style insights and beauty wisdom in every article. Some of the bloggers already published on their website are Kryz Uy, Helga Weber, Verniece Enciso, and Shai Lagarde. In the coming months, as mentioned, you’ll be seeing more familiar bloggers sharing their own tricks of the trade.

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Surely, every Filipina will benefit from BeautyBook’s lineup of useful tips, must-try key looks, and must-have products. What’s also great is that every article is made to fit every Filipina’s taste and lifestyle, that being beautiful can be for every Filipina’s face shape and body type. This is what i call a website championing true Filipina beauty.

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I had a lot of fun volunteering as the model for the demo natural fresh look. As you see on the first photo of this post, there was a bit of a transformation. It was easy to do too, using only the products displayed at the event, and it can be accomplished under 15 minutes. I definitely liked the end product and have replicated the makeup look very often since then.

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For more details, visit http://www.beautybook.ph/

Thank you BeautyBook.PH!

photos by Tin Iglesias, Carizza Chua, and BeautyBook.PH

See You at the Luau

Aloha!! I really miss summer, so here’s a look that would totally remind you guys of the season that’s passed.

Tada! This look would be great for summer getaways, especially for beach weddings. Wear the right accessories and you can up the ante and make this really glamorous and go for a night out with the girls.

I actually wore this out to watch the Style Origins 2013 Fashion Show at BGC. I was too excited to wear out this really pretty maxi skirt from Forever21, which I got on sale btw, and this adorable sort of peekaboo dress from Paradise Treats. Good thing they both work well together, yipee!

Thank you also to the talented Michael Macalos for taking this lovely photo of me, I really look great here! Thank you for catching my best angle! 🙂

I’ll be blogging more events, and outfit shots next, plus giveaways, so stay tuned for more!!

Hype this look on Lookbook here:

Details:

Off Shoulder Dress (worn as a top) : Paradise Treats

Hibiscus Print Maxi Skirt with Slit : Forever 21

Wedges: Icah Online Shop

Fringe Necklace: Bubbles

Leather Sling Bag: Vintage (mom’s)

photos by: Michael Macalos

Adidas King of the Road: All in for the Philippines

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I’m finally taking the plunge, and running 10k this July for Adidas King of the Road 2013! To tell you guys honestly, I’m nervous, because well, it’s my first time with 10k. I’ve already started prepping for 10k, running more often, and increasing my distance as well as speed, hopefully, i won’t be lagging behind during the run. *crosses fingers*

Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) is actually an annual event encouraging all runners and running enthusiasts to participate for the love of the country. This year, KOTR 2013, will be happening on July 7, at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

What’s different about KOTR is that they offer only two race categories: 16.8k and 10k, as well as a special student’s race (more on this later). The 16.8K-distance will have two sub-categories—Closed, which will be exclusive for Filipinos, and Open category for all nationalities. Male and female runners who will top the race from the Closed category will be crowned as the Philippines’ King and Queen of the Road and will represent the country in the adidas KOTR Southeast Asia Championship in Malaysia later this year.

On the other hand, the 10K-distance will have an added feature this year, the Student’s Relay category. The Students’ Relay category, created to encourage the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle, will be open exclusively to college and university students 25 years old and below. One male and one female student need to partner up and form a relay team, with each running a 5km leg. The winning pair will win cash prizes individually as well as for their respective schools. This is actually what I’m looking forward to in the race, If only I have a running buddy. If you’re reading this, and still don’t have a partner, be mine? Pretty pretty please? If I still can’t find a partner by the end of the registration period, I would have to settle for the regular 10k race. *cue sad face* The regular 10K race will still be held, which is open to all runners interested to join this distance. Prizes also await runners who will top the said categories.

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As mentioned before, the winners from the 16.8k Closed category will represent our country for the Malaysia closing leg of the KOTR series across the SEA countries. The final race will be held in October, where winners from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will be joined by the KOTR SEA Championship Closed Category participants from the host country itself. Only one winner each from the Male and Female divisions will be crowned as the adidas Southeast Asia King and Queen of the Road.

“The brand’s battle cry is All In, as adidas continues to support and encourage people to be the best they can be in whatever interests they have —be it sports, fashion, or music” says Jason Gervasio, adidas Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. “In the case of KOTR, adidas is showcasing its commitment to sports by bringing together and empowering runners from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia, giving them a chance to engage in their passion for running.”

Are you pumped up for this competition? I am!

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Here’s How to Join KOTR 2013

There are two ways to sign up for this year’s adidas King of the Road Philippines:

  1.  Visit http://adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph and register online by filling up all the required fields (not available for 10KM Relay for Students). Online registration is open from May 2 to June 23, 2013.
  2. Visit any of the seven (7) adidas KOTR 2013 registration sites in the following stores —adidas Greenbelt 3, adidas SM Mall of Asia, adidas SM Megamall, adidas Powerplant, adidas Trinoma, adidas Two Parkade (Bonifacio Global City), or Runnr at Bonifacio High Street. Onsite registration is open from May 2 to June 30, 2013.

Race fees are as follows: P1,300 for the 16.8K race; P1,100 for for the 10K regular race; and P800 for for the 10K students’ race. Runners signing up for the 10K students’ race will have to present vaild student IDs (must be valid until July 7, 2013) at the registration sites.

There is also a discount for runners that sign up in large groups. Participants who register with their friends and family at the same time at the registration site get the following discounts:

  •     Group of 10-14 = Php100 off each
  •     Group of 15-19 = Php150 off each
  •     Group of 20+ = Php200 off each

Each race kit contains a singlet, an Adidas voucher, and some sponsored items. All runners will also get to take home finisher’s medals, as well as Adidas tote bags and more sponsored items 🙂

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Supporting this year’s race are the sponsors Summit Water and 100 Plus.

For more news, updates, and promos on adidas KOTR 2013, visit http://www.facebook.com/adidas or follow the conversation with #kotrph2013.

Unexpected – Tambayan sa Kanto Review

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Tambayan sa Kanto is not your average chillout spot. To tell you guys honestly, I had very little expectations about the place because of its name. Initially, I thought the place offered the typical bar fare, alcohol, of course, appetizers and finger food to pair up with your choice alcoholic drink. Boy was I wrong. I really missed the mark there.

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The place is actually has a bit of character, a 2 floor cafe boasting of a few functions rooms, a music lounge, a buffet spread, and an impressive bar.

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My new-found friends and I sat at the second floor common area, as the function rooms were still undergoing a few renovations and final touches.

As for the food, they actually have a lot of dishes to offer. They serve Ilocano dishes with twists here and there, as well as a few common local dishes.

Our menu for the night comprised of:

Appetizers:

1. a Duo of Vigan Empanada (Original and Special) – Php 155

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the original one was your typical Vigan empanada, one egg with veggies, fried to perfection. It was good, but there was nothing special about if to rave about.

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the special version had bits of Vigan longganisa in it, so naturally, it had more flavor, so yeah, I liked the special sort better. Considering it’s price though, this dish is already good.

2. Ensaladang Filipino – Php 158

I absolutely loved this. I’m not a fan of bagoong, I don’t even put bagoong in kare kare, that’s how much I don’t like it. Bu their bagoong, oh yum. Sweet and spicy, salty and savory all the same time, it made everything on the plate work!

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3. Bagbagis – Php 220
At first glance, I was intimated by the brown crispy pieces in front of me. I didn’t know what they were, when someone explained that they are actually pork intestines. When I finally decided to dig in, I actually enjoyed it. My only problem was that it was too salty, even with the tuba vinegar. If it was paired with rice though, that would have been a different story.

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Main Course:

4. Beef Caldereta – Php 310

In my opinion, this was the star of the night. It was spicy, creamy, and very savory, every bite was a party in my mouth. That’s how much i enoyed it!

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5. Vegetarian Pancit Canton Php 228

After the Caldereta, this comes as a close second. I can honestly say that this is one of the best pancit canton dishes I have ever tasted, ever! To think it was vegetarian, and without any artificial flavoring too! What a delight. I’ll definitely come back for this 🙂

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6. Bagnet with KBL (Kamatis, Bagoong, Lasona) – Php 430

Ilocano Bagnet with less grease, it was yummy, but not as great as the other dishes.

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7. Tinapa Rice Php 115

By the time the rice was was served, we were all almost full, but because it was good ‘ol Tinapa rice, we just had to make room. The smokiness wasn’t overpowering, and all the other flavors just melded in, really good.

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8. Ipon – Php 358

This is sort of a stew of those little fish, only found in the northern regions, the flavor was okay, but it was a little bland, I would suggest a little more salt and pepper to taste.

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9. Turon Halo-halo- Php 150

This was the bomb! I really enjoyed this, how different textures were in one single turon. They managed to put everything in a halo, inside that turon, and it worked. the beans, nata, and other ingredients weren’t dry at all. This would be a great hot version of our our ice cold halo-halo.

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10. Turon with Langka Sauce – Php 120

This one earns points for great presentation, but it doesn’t beat the turon on the streets. Maybe because the wrap was a bit chewy and thick, or because the caramel was too sparse, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous one.

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We transferred to the music lounge at the first floor, and saw their great alcoholic beverage selections. They proudly carry Filipino made spirits, ales, beers and the like, talk about Pinoy pride.

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I got to try this craft beer, and I must say, it was good. Coming from a non-beer fan, that’s big, but we had a little problem with too much frothing from the beer, but hey, we enjoyed it anyway. We got to listen to Vince (former South Border member) too, which was a treat.

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Tambayan sa Kanto is not just for the night crowd, they also offer an All Day Breakfast which starts as early as 6:00am. If you are a huge eater, then their Eat-All-You-Can Buffet if for you.The restaurant’s lunch buffet starts from 11am to 3pm then their dinner buffer begins from 6pm to 10pm. If you’re there for the music, they have an Acoustic Night every Fridays and Saturdays for only Php399

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Tambayan Sa Kanto
G/F. The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue. , Mandaluyong, Philippines

Denim Dreams

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I’m baaaaaaaaaack!!! *Cue overly excited happy voice*

After a month long hiatus, I’m blogging again! Finally!

So yeah, I kind of owe you guys an explanation for that, so here goes, my company internship has been eating me alive for this blazing hot month of May. The company is near La Mesa Dam, meaning, so far away from home, so I have to wake up really early, and get home pretty late. Bottomline is, I’m always tired, when I get home, I clean up, take a shower, then straight to bed. If you guys have noticed, I haven’t even been able to update my Twitter or Instagram accounts much, aside from my weekend Boracay and La Union trips. You have to admit, my social media accounts were pretty boring the past few weeks. Aside from that, I haven’t been able to manage my accounts as well, so I have just started replying to each message starting yesterday. Please be patient with me, overworked here!

Anyhoo, on to my outfit, this was actually what I wore to my brother’s graduation, it was held at their gym, so I wore something comfortable. My mom insisted on wearing something more formal, but really, if I made a more fashionable effort, my look would have outshined the graduates. Teehee. We don’t want that, now do we? It’s their day, remember?

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I initially wanted to go for a denim on denim look, but I couldn’t find the perfect pair of denim shorts from my closet. As I was rummaging through my clothes and accessories, I realized I haven’t used this belt from Forever 21 yet, so I decided to put in the mix. For that belt to work, and stand out, I decided on this black skater skirt.

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There goes my comeback post. I have major backlog, including a fashion show, a hair product post, food posts, and a few more about gym and fitness. And oh, I’m pushing for a swimsuit giveaway! I know it’s not in season, but hey, a trip to the beach during the monsoons isn’t a bad idea, right?

till my next post loves!

Hype this on Lookbook.nu, yeah?

Chambray Button Down: Fashion Galore

Skater Skirt: Peaches On Top

Belt: Forever 21

Polka Dot Flats: Charles and Keith