Month: July 2014

The Zen Institute celebrates true beauty with Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 candidates

Just last week, The Zen Institute (QC branch) opened its doors to the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 candidates. This is a steadfast partnership of two of the country’s frontrunners in Beauty Tourism.

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30 candidates are vying for this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas. This year, the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Pageant are sent to international pageant events, such as Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year, and Miss Intercontinental, and the Miss Asia Pacific International.

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The Organization is motivated and inspired by its guiding thrust to assist in promoting Tourism, Social Responsibility, Fashion, and Beauty pageantry — a combination which differentiates itself from other similar pageants. It engages in worthwhile endeavors that will enable itself to achieve and make a contribution to promote the Philippines as a major and revered tourism destination.

For its part, The Zen Institute, the country’s first medical spa, is setting the benchmark for medical tourism.

The candidates were each treated to different services offered by the spa, ranging from foot and body massages, whitening and facials, to body contouring.

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Headed by Dra. Mary Jane Torres, an advocate of non-invasive surgery, The Zen Institute, continues to introduce breakthrough products and services, following a protocol-based approach, within the concept of holistic wellness.

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The Zen Institute’s guiding philosophy is simple – from inner peace comes true beauty. With the harmonious combination of medical science, creativity and aesthetic sense, it pursues holistic health which in turn manifests itself in true beauty. I was able to tour around the facility and saw that they have adequate rooms for their services, each one ensuring privacy, and personalization of service depending on desired outcome, body type, and other special requests.

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Before anything else, meet my favorite candidate, No. 16 Christina De Vries!

Everyone from the media at the presscon was tasked to determine our favorites, and share our pick on Facebook. I scanned the pool of beauties and Christina caught my eye. I went up to her to ask for a photo, to which she quickly replied, “Sure po.” My first take wasn’t good, but they had to leave the area to take more official photos, so she just told me, “Sorry po, but we have to leave na po.” Looking at her, she looks every bit the foreigner. She has a high slightly pointed nose, soft features, and really fair skin.

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She got back to me shortly after they went through all the photoshoots, and I got to chat with her briefly. She grew up in Toronto, and has only been to the Philippines twice. This is her second time, she recalls, “I was only 5 years old at that time and i don’t remember much!” She’s really enjoying her stay here, and has visited her grandparents and other relatives in Laguna. She was also extra giddy to be going to Palawan this week for the swimsuit competition. I told her I’m glad the pageant organizer picked Palawan over the other beaches. Palawan has more serene beaches and less people, so the girls can appreciate the beauty of Palawan better.

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Christina also loves the malls here. She loves how big and grand they are, and how they ae always packed with people. She’s actually considering staying here because of our malls. I told her, “Well, you might not leave at all when the Filipino spirit grows on you.” We both laughed at that.

Here is the complete list of the 30 Mutya ng Pilipinas Candidates for 2014:

  1. Anna Margarette Bascon -Lapu-Lapu City
  2. Dorina Doerr – Tagbilaran/Heidelberg
  3. Britt Roselyn Rekkedal -Scandinavia
  4. Ma. Jackielyn Dulay – Nueva Ecija
  5. Aivy Mae Castro- Daanbantayan
  6. Nickah Dela Cruz – Bulacan
  7. Alexandra Faith Garcia – Zambales
  8. Renalyn Arinque – Capiz
  9. Cristel Racel -Olongapo City
  10. Kellie Dione Camoro -Zamboanga
  11. Beatrice Kathryn Andrada- Canada
  12. Shanice Aquino – Central Luzon
  13. Annalita Vizcarra – Murcia, Negros Occidental
  14. Mary Ryelle Espiritu – Arizona, USA
  15. Deborah Humpfner -Germany
  16. Christina De Vries – Toronto
  17. Maria Leslie Angelina Ghan -Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro
  18. Cheryl Chen -Tarlac
  19. Yesley Cabanos -Caloocan
  20. Candy Cumayas – Bohol
  21. Kim Fyfe – Australia
  22. Eva Psychee Patalinjug – Cebu City
  23. Rosalie Arcenio – Aklan
  24. Froilene Villanueva – Iloilo
  25. Patrizia Bosco – Milan
  26. Gleniffer Perido – Cordilleras
  27. Angela Aninang -Mabalacat
  28. Jovilyn Gavan – Davao
  29. Pauline Edralin -Melbourne
  30. Aiko Rachelle Caraan – Talisay, Cebu

Group photos with Dr. Torres:

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The Mutya ng Pilipinas board is led by Joseph T. Tan (Chairman) and Jacqueline C. Tan (President), and the grand coronation night will be held on August 8, at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

For updates on Zen Institute and Mutya ng Pilipinas, visit their website or like Zen Institute on Facebook

I Mustache You A Question

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Don’t you think this transparent tea cup is just adorable? Oh the many wacky possibilities of using it for selfies, or artsy Intagram shots, or any use of it. I want it. too bad it wasn’t for sale at the coffee shop.

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These were the first photos Ben ever took of me. It was the first day we met, and I was really awkward. It was a good thing Justin was with me to help calm my nerves.

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To loosen up, I made a lot of wacky poses. Some ended up having creepy eyes, or lazy eyes, so I wasn’t able to use those. Good thing I got more comfortable as the day went by.

Anyway, I call this look, my model off duty look. That is, if I was a model. I went to go sees and VTRs back when I was 11 years old, but I never took it seriously, once I was close to booking a campaign for Rustan’s Kids, but, this pretty tisay girl with brown curly locks beat me to it. After that, I got caught up in school, boys, and everything between, plus, I wasn’t getting as tall as the other girls, so I didn’t pursue modelling.

It’s perfect for days when you are too lazy to think about what to wear. Every piece is also easy to wear, and very comfortable. This makes it also great for casual dates or chill days out with your girlfriends.

The statement is also what I love best about this look. Creme dela creme, cream of the crop. I guess when I look at it, it also gives me a certain boost. It reminds that I should be proud of what I have become, and to never stop learning. That is what a top student does.

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Statement Top: Greenhills Shopping Center

Black Maxi Column Skirt: Terranova

Bag: Forever 21

Wedges: Payless

photos by Ben Bigalbal

Stella McCartney for Adidas FW2014

One embarrassing fact about me: I do not know how to jump rope. Back when I was a kid, I was a prim and proper shy one who didn’t get to play around. I’m trying to learn though, as boxing coaches in Elorde tease me when they see that I struggle when asked to do sets of jumping rope. I would rather jog, than pick up the jump rope. Anyway I shared that because that was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the campaign photo below for adidas Stella McCartney FW 2014. The model looks so serene, perfect even, with that jump rope.

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“This season I was inspired by the elements of nature and sense of freedom and individuality that it allows. All-over statement prints are complemented by an earth-based palette of autumnal tones and wintery hues, while a play on structure and sleek lines is tempered by voluminous outer layers and cover-ups. I’m also really proud to continue to offer a collection that incorporates sustainable elements wherever possible,” says Stella McCartney.

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This season’s Run Range is influenced by the exhilarating freedom and adventure of trail running. Performance Longsleeves, ¾ Tights, Shorts and Nylon Tees in all-over wood grain prints are enhanced by an enveloping autumnal palette of deep reds, forest greens and earthy browns reminiscent of woodland terrain.

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Techfit base layers featuring strong colourblocking deliver support and added dynamism, while Performance Jackets and Hoodies enhance feminine silhouettes with structured layering to complete the look. As temperatures start to fall, revolutionary new ClimaHeat® technology in Performance Midlayers and Winter Tights offers exceptional insulation for runners who love the great outdoors through the use of hollow fibres that trap warm air and maintain body heat. Designed for ultimate endurance, additional ClimaChill®, ClimaCool® and ClimaLite® functionality throughout the range ensures superior comfort and temperature regulation for maximum performance.

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Suggestive of nature’s reflective and harmonious balance, the Yoga range introduces a new visual and performance-focused aesthetic based on complimentary contrasts. Ultra-feminine, seamless dip-dye base layers in Poppy Pink and Natural Grey sit alongside Loose-fit Sweatshirts and Woven Pants in Clementine and Platinum Mauve for ultimate maneuverability and comfort, as organic, neutral tones are accentuated by vivid splashes of colour.

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The highlight of the range is a Woven All-In-One cover-up with batwing sleeves, tailor-fit cuffs and ruched waist detailing available in Rose Tan and Natural Grey, which presents the perfect outer layer for use before or after sessions. To complement style options within the Yoga range, this season’s Studio selection features Performance Longtights and 7/8 Tees specially designed for winter, with Mesh Hoodies and Quilted Jackets adding a Stella edge.

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Low Waste Hoodies and Pants in soft pinks and heather greys layer effortlessly with the Low Waste Pull-on and Shorts in Pop Purple and Sharp Grey, as adidas by Stella McCartney introduces additional high-sustainability pieces to the line. Presenting the perfect performance/style option for those mindful of their carbon footprint, Organic Cotton and Recycled Yarn pieces in each range complete this season’s sustainable offering.

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FW14 sees the introduction of the first ever adidas by Stella McCartney adiZero XT Trail Run shoe, specifically designed for trail running. Revolutionary  RAXION™ outsole technology delivers superior and surefooted grip, while the lightweight outer with protective toe enables runners to take on challenging terrain with speed and agility. Available in three eye-catching colourways – Cargo, Red Zest and Woodgrain print – the adiZero XT Trail Run shoe is the perfect option for this season’s winter trail runs. Run Backpacks and Bumbags in dark, subtle shades are perfect for storing essential items when on the go, while Run Beanies and Gloves in Base Brown and Ginger blend with outfits perfectly to keep runners cozy and warm.

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Alongside the new adidas by Stella McCartney adiZero XT Trail shoe, the Run range extends its adidas by Stella McCartney Boost shoe offering. Featuring intelligent rubber zoning for grip and weight reduction – as well as stretch to mimic natural skin movement – new Pure Boost and Boost II shoes ensure unparalleled energy return in training, with thousands of capsules contained within the shoe, storing and unleashing energy with every step. New Pure Boost tooling enables runners to get back to their roots with uninhibited contact between foam and foot for ultimate comfort, while Boost II features an extended Torsion® system for stability and four-way mesh upper that complements the aesthetic of the main collection.

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The innovative inner boot construction means it can be rolled down for a laid-back look, or worn up for maximum protection against the elements. Backpacks in Sharp and Natural Grey sit alongside ribbed woollen neck warmers,balaclavas, hats and gloves to complete the look.

Seeing a really beautiful collection like this one makes you think that Stella McCartney just might be encouraging everyone to get outdoors and move, all the while looking good too. I really wanted an AdiZero Diorite Textile pair from the previous Stella collection but stores here ran out of my size. I might try my luck again with this collection. We’ll see.

What do you think about the collection?

Like a Kid Again

“Think and wonder, wonder and think” – Dr. Seuss

I miss being silly and without a care in the world. Living in this fast paced world though, I find it impossible. Adulthood has turned me into a rather serious, irritable and sometimes unapologetic person, but that isn’t an excuse.

We should never lose the faculty of wonder. It is wonder that keeps us going, fueling our imagination, thirst for knowledge, and best of all, the drive that keeps us going.

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According to Dr. Seuss, we should wonder, and think. We should be curious, then evaluate. These lead to a lot of new discoveries, fresh new experiences, and whole lot more memories.

All I’m saying is, even with the growing pile of responsibilities a person gets for getting older, we should never forget the wide-eyed little kid in all of us. It’s okay to loosen up once in a while. Who knows, these moments might even be the ones you’ll cherish for life.

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I guess that Philo class I took again reflected off those few paragraphs, with a few thoughts borrowed from the book, Sophie’s World. Let’s all bring out our adventurous selves once in a while, even just to break the regular humdrum of our routine lives. Let’s cheers to that! 🙂

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Anyway, Ben was encouraging me to jump about for this set. My outfit was everything fun, and my photos should translate that. I ended up with a lot of awkward poses, but at least I found a lot I could still work with.

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For the shots with my hands and foot up in the air, my inspiration was the ever dorky, fun, adorable and pretty Bea Benedicto. I had a mini shoot with her, but beside her, I looked, well, not so awesome. Haha. She was such a pro with posing that my efforts looked too forced. I’ll be posting a few photos from that though. Teehee.

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The weather is really unpredictable nowadays. I mean, yeah, PAGASA predicted the rain to fall hard on different dates, but on most days, it would be really sunny in the morning, then heavy downpour in the afternoon, and vice versa. When I went out on this day, the situation was like that. it was bright and sunny at lunch time, and when the clock hit 3pm, it suddenly started pouring really hard, accompanied with strong winds too.

It’s a good thing I decided to bring this jacket with me, so I can take it off when it got too warm, and put it back on when the weather gets chilly again. Such a handy item, don’t you think?

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I love this photo of my hair. I decided to tie it up since I rarely do that for my ootds. Besides, the look matched my hair anyway, along with cute hair clip. Thank you again CYNOS hair care for my perm!

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Also, don’t you just love how light and breezy my top looks? Well, it feels the same way! If you haven’t noticed, it’s another top from Flattering Tops! The neckline’s perfect too, not too low and not too high for just the right amount of modesty. I’m also obsessing over the refreshing lime color too, isn’t it pretty?

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How has the rainy season treated you?

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Lime V-Neck Shirt: Flattering Tops

Green Hooded Letterman Jacket: Folded and Hung (Menswear)

Colorful Geometric Print Skirt: SM GTW

Teal Box Bag: Greenhills Tiangge

Strappy Flats: SM Parisian

photos by Ben Bigalbal

UPDATE: The Ramp Up your Style Fashion Show has been postponed to September 26, 2014, same time and place.

This July, Robinsons Galleria features well loved brands Daniel Hechter, G2000, Topman, Topshop, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, Basic House, Collezione C2, Bayo, PD & Co., Solo and CLN in the annual Ramp Up Your Style Fashion Show. This time around, it will be held on July 25, 2014 5:30pm at the Activity Area.

20 models, male and female made up by MUA Mia Jose, will get to strut their stuff on the runway as they flaunt pieces from the latest lookbooks of these brands. During the said event, Fantabulous productions, the organizer, together with partner brands, will give away raffle prizes to lucky audience members. Perfume avenue will provide 10 packs worth 495 each as raffle for the audience and Pascual laboratories, the company behind Oracare, Calchews, Potencee, etc. will give away loot bags to the audience coming in.

The event is open to all, so, see you there!! Who knows, you might be the lucky raffle winner *wink*

For updates on the latest promos and events in Robinsons Galleria, you can like them on Facebook here, and follow them on Instagram (@robinsonsmallsofficial), and Twitter (@robinsonsmalls).

Do let me know when you guys want to meet up there! I’d be delighted to see you. 🙂

Adidas #mygirls 2014 with Belle and Solenn All In

The adidas #mygirls campaign continues this year for FW 2014 following the successful launch of the campaign in FW 2013. This year’s campaign features Isabelle Daza and Solenn Heusaff representing the Philippines, with a shoot showing the duo in the country having fun with and inspiring peers.

“Last year we shot the campaign in Singapore, but this time we have decided to create local campaigns in each of the respective markets so that the female consumer can connect with #mygirls on a personal level,” said Nadina Tyropoli, Brand Manager for SEA and Pacific.

The #mygirls campaign features each home-grown ambassador decked in energy BOOST running shoes and select pieces from adidas’ Sports Performance FW14 collection which best complement their sporting passion.

The energy BOOST running shoe comprises a stretch mesh upper, BOOST cushioning and flexible TORSION® system provides unparalleled comfort, support and stability – delivering a unique running experience.

Other products featured in the campaign such as the Clima Training bra and the adidas Techfit tights also help make each workout session as comfortable as possible. Designed with a wide racer back and cross back straps to provide maximum support and fit, the Clima Training bra is perfect for medium to high intensity workout sessions such as dancing and running. The adidas Techfit training tights are also made with the superior climalite® fabric which sweeps perspiration away from skin. The techfit™ technology also focuses the muscles’ energy to generate maximum explosive power, acceleration and long-term endurance.

“It’s great to see these amazing and inspiring women outfitted in some of our exciting new products and witness our latest innovations come to life through their favourite workouts,” said Ananda Putri, Head of Training category for SEA.

For the official launching at Planet Sports, all the guests were decked out in head to toe adidas. We all got a feel of the different materials used like techfit and climalite, and how comfortable they were in that setting.

We watched as these models also showed us the whole of the #mygirls collection, as well as the other adidas lines that could be used along with the #mygirls line.

As you have seen, everything was easy to mix and match, although the primary colors of the #mygirls 2014 collection is actually the very girly but powerful: pink.

We were treated to a mini variety show where the main guests were Isabelle Daza and Solenn Heusaff, with host Divine Lee. After introductions and seeing Belle and Solenn’s video clips for the campaign, Divine announced that we were having a game or Truth or Dare. The crowd was split into two, Team Belle and Team Solenn, I was with Team Belle.

The game was simple, pick Truth and judge if the statement is True or False. The statements were actually helpful but trivial things, all about women’s health and fitness. For the option Dare, different fitness challenges were to be done.

For the first dare, Carizza had to plank against Solenn

The next one would have Belle go against one of Team Solenn in a juggling contest

The 3rd was when I had to compete with one of Team Solenn’s, she got to finish the 15 burpees before I did. After that, I was panting heavily, and realized just how out of shape I was. I definitely need to get back to the gym!!!

The last dare was to hold a yoga pose against Solenn.

Which team won? It was a tie! I feel like I really failed Belle when I lost that burpee challenge. Boo.

I think both of these girls are perfect for the campaign, both strong, smart, and fitness freaks, they are All In for Adidas #mygirls.

Thanks adidas! I had so much fun at the event!

#mygirls for Southeast Asia kicks off across the region on 13 July 2014 in the Philippines, supported by Retail, PR, digital and online activations through adidas’ Facebook page. #mygirls for Southeast Asia is set to launch simultaneously in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines on 1 August 2014.

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About adidas
adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world.  Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group, a corporation that includes brands such as Reebok, TaylorMade and Rockport.

About the adidas Group
The adidas Group is one of the global leaders within the sporting goods industry, offering a broad range of products around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group has more than 46,000 employees and generated sales of € 13.3 billion in 2011.

Patterns and Planes

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Behold, my hair commercial photo. Teehee. I was struggling with the wind when Charlene snapped this one, where I didn’t look bothered at all!

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On this particular day though, I was exhausted after manning Rhea Bue’s booth at the Bazaar for All Season. I found I didn’t have enough energy left to think of poses. In this post, you’ll see my default, no brainer ootd poses.

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The Feet Spread Apart and One hand on Hip pose

This is actually one of my more awkward poses, and best done when wearing heels. You can also see that my expression is very half baked, and somewhere between clueless and blank. It was a test shot to see if the background worked with my look, so I really wasn’t ready.

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Th Elbow Up.

You see a lot of bloggers doing this, only, with more attitude and less sweetness.

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The Stare.

I was thinking of going for either a smiley or fierce face, when I decided to do something in between. I believe, as you see, that the result looked as confused as my mind at the time.

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The Pageant Queen

You have probably seen me do this pose more than the others, and you probably know why. It is the easiest, smiling takes no effort, while making your expression fierce takes up a lot of muscle movement.

So there you go, my default poses when my mind goes blank. What about yours?

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And oh, if my dress looked familiar, it’s because it’s only a different color from the one I wore here.

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Geometric Print Racerfront Dress: Peaches On Top

Quilted Sling Bag: Tory Burch

Ballet Flats: Zara

Wayfarer Flashlens: Peaches On Top

photos by Charlene Ajose

Sparkle

“You mustn’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter darling.” – Kirsten Kuehn

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“Ooooooh, Shiny.”

I’m one of those people who actually say that. Glittery sparkly things always get my attention. That doesn’t mean I have a lot of sparkly things in my wardrobe though, they just catch my eye. I do however, have a particularly sparkly number that is my current go to for nights out: a gold sequined skirt that doesn’t make me look like a disco ball.

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I love that the fabric uses those sequins that are halfway between matte and glossy. This prevents my skirt from being a tacky mess, or sequin overkill. It maintains a vibrant attitude without being too over the top.

To keep it on the classy side, I paired it with this clean cut off shoulder top. I kept my accessories to a minimum, while still going with the gold and black theme.

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The color set is very Cleopatra, right? Perfect for a night out. A look like this is great for that graduation after party, ladies’ night, or even a typical night at your favorite club. The look isn’t too out there that it will get frowned upon by conservative adults, but it isn’t boring either. Plus, with an outfit like this, you’ll only get the right attention, nothing inappropriate.

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Notice how my hair’s still straight here? Well say hello to my old hair! I realized I still have a lot of photos pre-curly era, so expect some more in the future.

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I do love how this set turned out though. I was afraid the lighting would be pretty bad since it was almost night time already, but yay! Thank you Ben for letting me insist on shooting here!

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I love this photo (below) the most because it shows a Phya that’s half smiling and half uncertain, with a slightly fierce look in her eyes. Yes, I sometimes address myself as the third person, please don’t let that bother you. 🙂

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Oh btw, do any of you guys know where I can have my wooden heels cut?

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If you noticed, the one on the right looks heel-less, while the one on the right has a normal wooden full length chunk. I lost the heel on the right foot at a very fun party, and couldn’t find it after. Anyway, if you know someone who can cut the other heel for me, to make them both heel-less, do let me know.

Off shoulder top: Piper Store (@piperstore in IG)

Gold Sequin Skirt: Abrille Clothing

Wedge Boots: Gold Dot

Laser Cut Envelope Clutch: Iglesias PH

Necklace: Peaches On Top

photos by Ben Bigalbal

What do you think of my look?

Plum Pudding

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Whenever I get invited to events, one of the first questions I ask myself is: What do I wear? Most invites don’t require any specific attire, they just contain the who what when where and why. With all that, what’s a girl to do?

First, I look for a theme in the invite. If it does have one, I try to dress as in theme as possible. You wouldn’t want to look too out of place with your avant garde outfit in a princess themed dinner, now would you?

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Second, if there is no theme, I rely on the nature of the company, or the brand. In this case, I was a mess looking for something to wear for the Dorothy Perkins (DP) Mega fashion hall branch launch. There was no theme, so I decided I would wear something from DP instead.

I set out to look for DP items in my closet. Then pick looks that would be appropriate for the launch. The weather was unpredictable then, it was that time when summer is transitioning to the rainy season. I didn’t want to wear anything too summery, or layer for the colder weather. With this criteria, I was able to narrow down my choices.

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I ended up with three looks that I could work with. To narrow it down, I modeled each set in front of my full length mirror, and picked which look flattered me best. Let’s be honest here, I gained weight. A lot of it. Picking this dress was easy because it was the only look that actually fit me right. I couldn’t fit into most of the clothes that fit me just fine 2 months ago!!

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That realization saddened me because I had some clothes I haven’t even worn out yet, and they don’t fit anymore. *cries* Anyway, since my board exams are over, I now have time to get back in shape! I’m currently doing Zumba, and eating less. I’m also planning to improve my running if I hope to be able to run a 10k marathon again next month. Let’s hope I keep up with my fitness routine, so I can fit in all my clothes again, and take more #ootds!

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Have you been experiencing the same thing lately? Share your sentiments with me, yes?

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Dress: Dorothy Perkins (old)

Nude Pumps: People are People

Neverfull Bag: Louis Vuitton

Pink Bow Belt: Bangkok Night Market

Bracelet: Pandora

photos by Ben Bigalbal

Dorothy Perkins & Burton Menswear London: Mega Fashion Hall’s Newest Gems

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Dorothy Perkins opened its 12th store, at the metro’s hottest fashion stop, the Mega Fashion Hall. Coincidentally, the brand is also celebrating its 10th anniversary in the country. Beside the newly opened DP store is another British brand, Burton Menswear.

Dorothy Perkins happens to be one of my mom and I’s favorite fashion retailers as it has options for both the young and adventurous, and the more mature highly seasoned power woman.

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My favorite display at the branch (above) consists of my favorite things, florals, pastel colors, and flowy easy to move in materials. Excited yet? This doesn’t even cover half of it.

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Established around 100 years ago, Dorothy Perkins is now one of the biggest fashion retailers in the United Kingdom. With a wide range of product lines that include dresses, jersey tops, knitwear, coats, tailoring, denim, shoes, accessories, jewelry, lingerie, maternity, petite, and tall, Dorothy Perkins provides affordable and feminine fashion choices for women.

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With over 100 years of experience and heritage underpinning the brand, Dorothy Perkins is still setting their sights firmly on the future to provide women with the best of what high street has to offer, by providing affordable and up-to-date fashion to a broad selection of tastes, sizes, and lifestyles.

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On my initial walk through the store, these were the first three things that caught my eye. The prettiest lavender blazer, the too cute for words heart print jeggings, and the floral maxi skirt on the mannequin from the previous photos.

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Hosted by TV host and DJ Aaron Atayde, the event was graced by models, industry leaders, and media alike.  Guests were treated to a British themed tea party and a fashion show that featured pieces from the latest Spring-Summer 2014 collection. Shoppers on the opening day were also given special discounts and promos. A really awesome 20% off discount! Score!

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I could not get over how beautiful the tea party spread was. It looked like it came out of a fairy tale, complete with the bird adornments.

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Now let’s move on to Burton Menswear London.

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Originally founded in 1903 in the United Kingdom under the name The Cross-Tailoring Company, Burton Menswear London, quickly become a fashion favorite for men who preferred easy, yet masculine apparel. Acquired in 2002 as part of the Arcadia Group by Sir Philip Green, the brand still aims to be the most inspiring and best value fashion brand for consumers.

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At the program, guests were engaged in a game where the person who tweets the correct answer with the hashtags #dorothyperkinsmegafashionhall and #burtonmegafashionhall first won GCs from the brands.

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Here are some candid photos of the competitive people in attendance.

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See how Kelly Misa is really thinking hard of the answer to tweet?

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And now, me, as you see, I was also hoping to win GCs. Sadly, I didn’t get any. Guess who won the most though, Divine Lee! She got one set from Dorothy Perkins and one set from Burton! I really need to upgrade to LTE to compete with these people.

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Burton is widely known for its ‘Great British Style’ that combines a long heritage of tailoring with a modern take on casual wear. Today, it is a staple in most men’s closets in Britain, offering everything from casual clothing like shirts, jackets, and hoodies, to more classic pieces like suits.

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Now off to the fashion show!

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My favorite pieces from the Dorothy Perkins line were these four. I ended up getting the blue and white dress at the bottom right! It wasn’t displayed at the store yet, so I had to request for it to be brought out. I’m really lucky I got this preview.

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I love how Burton’s pieces cater to men with different tastes and personalities. I especially love the grey-blue suit, because black ones are just boring and predictable.

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Overall, I loved everything! Both brands are under Robinsons Specialty Stores Inc., together with Topshop, River Island, and the like. To know more about Dorothy Perkins Philippines and Burton Menswear Philippines, you can check them out on Facebook.

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And oh, meet new friend Sartorial Panda, Mel! I laughed when I saw that photobomber at the back.

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With blogger friends Paul, Mel, Carizza, and forever buddy, Alyssa!

It’s Alyssa’s birthday tomorrow, so if you have the time, greet her 🙂

photos mostly by my favorite photographer, Ben Bigalbal.