Month: November 2014

Floral Fancy

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man can’t live without love.” – Max Muller

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The dress code was black and white, but I just couldn’t find anything black and white that was chic enough for Poshmark Boutique’s store launch. I love this floral midi skirt from Curtsy, so since it was in cream, I figured it would do. You know me, I just can’t live without color!!

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So to make the skirt the real star of my outfit, I stuck to black for everything else.

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I shot at the Poshmark store front because it was photogenic, and worked well with my look.

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Don’t you just love the happy feelings this skirt gives you? It reminds me so much of a good romantic day, or spring time, or any happy memory for that matter.

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For accessories, I tried on these flash tattoos getting popular lately, and added a floral watch from Shopaholic and Hubby which went well with what I wore.

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Oh, and if you read my previous post, I loved this charm locket so much, I wore it immediately after my purchase!

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Top: Piper Store (IG: @piperstore)

Floral Midi Skirt: Curtsy (IG: @curtsyprgirl)

Pumps: People Are People

Floral Watch: Shopaholic and Hubby (IG: @shopaholicandhubby)

Charm Locket: Charmed Life (IG: @charmedlife2013)

Eat Pray Love Rings: Fashion Spice Manila (IG: @fashionspicemanila)

photos by Benedict Bigalbal

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Poshmark, Your Everyday Bazaar Moves to a Bigger Better Space!

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Tucked in the busy street of Timog Avenue, is the new gem for fashion fanatics, Poshmark Boutique. Poshmark houses around 50 online shop brands, and the space serves as their collective showroom. 

I love this idea because you can see, feel, smell, and try on the products instead of just browsing Instagram, Facebook, and other e-commerce websites. It’s also a venue to get to know the owners behind each shop better, and to really appreciate each item.

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With the tagline, Everyday Bazaar, Poshmark brings you just that! Well loved bazaar brands get to update their stocks regularly, so you can even get first dibs when visiting the store!

I was lucky enough to be at the store’s official launch, which was graced by Mariel Padilla, for the ribbon-cutting.

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The place is fully air-conditioned, with a restroom, and fitting rooms. Each nook and cranny is packed with fab fashion finds, from eyewear, to jewelry, shoes and bags, clothing, and even cosmetics!

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A crowd favorite is the Pretty Little Blings’ (IG: @prettylittleblings) corner, where there’s a myriad of jewelry to choose from, they even have fandom items for Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries, Divergent series, the Hunger Games, and so much more. 

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At the launch, we enjoyed cocktail treats like these super yummy lasagna cups from My Kitchen Diary (IG: @my_kitchen_diary).

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With Rhea, and the owner of Shop Hip Street (@shophipstreet) selling manic panic hair dyes.

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Also, Shopaholic and Hubby (@shopaholicandhubby) has been frequently restocking their Poshmark counter because they’re focusing here than online orders.

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Bianca, who has grown to be a close friend, is the Shopaholic half, and she is currently having a sensitive pregnancy, and unable to update online orders, so they really are pushing for their customers to flock to Poshmark for their new items!

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While I was there, I spotted the very pretty Kylie Padilla. She has very nice skin btw, almost poreless!

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Also met these good people from Seasonless Boutique (IG: @seasonlessboutique_official) who have fab clothes btw.

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Here’s A Girl’s Haven (IG @girlshaven) Show display, with everything proudly Filipino made!

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For eyewear, Poshmark has Oh Sunnies (IG @ohsunnies), which carries both sunnies and prescription frames.

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Another beauty find is Aiko Skin Reveal (IG @aikoskinreveal) by TV personality Aiko Climaco. She’s so pretty in person, and with such great rosy white skin!

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There’s also a space for Hello Kitty lovers! J & L I Shop (IG @hellokittyishop)

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Then we met the lovely owner of Copy Kat (@copykatph), with a printed romper I’m eyeing!

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That’s me busy browsing. Poshmark has so many options I got overwhelmed! 

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Now for my favorite find, this Glass charm locket for Charmed Life (IG @charmedlife2013)!

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Spot me and Vina focusing on picking charms!

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Shoe Goddess (@shoegoddess_ph) is actually the mastermind of it all! She was the one who pooled all these successful online shops.

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Another beauty stop is Kuko republic (@kukorepublic) selling everythinf for nail care! I also got these nail decals, the floral one I’ve tried (as seen in my IG feed).

After this, are photos with the girls I had so much fun with!

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L-R Kal, Rhea and Sophie!

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L-R Vina, Sophie, Dez, Rhea, Kal

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Dez, Vina, Nicole, Jaqui, Rhea, Jennica

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And lastly, my favorite online store couple, Bianca and Arvin, from shopaholic and hubby, congrats on your baby on the way! So much love for these two for always supporting me!

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Poshmark Boutique is located at:

Unit 101 STG Corporate Center

76 Timog Avenue, Quezon City

Across Bridgestone and Plaza Ibarra, beside RCBC

IG: @poshmarkboutique

Flat White

It was a day full of activities. When I was thinking of what to wear, it had to be casual enough for breakfast with the girls, comfortable enough for shopping, and chic for an event at Gramercy.

I ended up with this simple white dress that I got from Victoria’s Secret, a gift from my cousin. I like how it can transition from day to night with the right shoes and makeup.

You can easily imagine me in this shopping, along with my roomy tote.

You can also opt to wear it with cork wedges for Sunday brunch, then platforms for dinner.

Do a brown smokey or a plum lip for the night and you’re good to go.

With everything that happened that day, at least I got to squeeze in a short shoot. Notice the really pretty lights in my background from Century City Mall.

Pardon my sleepy eyes, I had a long day then. We went jogging at UP Diliman in the morning so I had to wake up at 4:30 am, and had to attend to events in the afternoon. Busy, busy, busy! I’m not complaining though. 🙂

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Dress: Victoria’s Secret

Flats: Melissa

Large Tote: Lacoste

What’s your transition look?

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Back to Class with Coffee-mate’s Barista U!

These days, whether it be walking down a street on an early morning, strolling around in the afternoon, or jogging at night, I always spot someone with coffee. Especially this Christmas season, where coffee shops are teeming with people to fill up planner stamp cards. Everyone just needs to have the daily fix of a cup of joe.

I don’t drink coffee daily because of a medical condition, but I do indulge every once in a while, especially when I need that extra perk for rushing on deadlines. When I do get to enjoy a cup, I like mine smooth and creamy, because black coffee just doesn’t work for me. It’s the same for my family, we never run out of creamer. I guess you can call it an acquired preference.

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I was super ecstatic when I got invited to Coffee-mate’s Barista U: Be Your Own Barista, because I’ve always wanted to try working behind those coffee shops counters and work magic on coffee. All of the attendees got a crash course on the art of coffee making, and you can really tell we all had fun.

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I love how each one of us got a personalized apron, as well as a nametag and a booklet, still in with the student theme.

The workshop was held in Co/Op, this very hipster-ish cafe in San Juan, I’ll give you guys a tour of the cafe later on.

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We got the very energetic Eco Sala as our host, and he really did a great job, he was very engaging, and never had a dull moment.

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Then Coffee-mate’s brand manager welcomed everyone, and urged us to enjoy making our own signature concoctions with the #CreamiestEver Coffee-mate.

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What’s a school without professors? Presenting Lloyd Garcia, Shiela Perez, and Stephanie Dods, our barista mentors.

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All three of them are certified coffee fanatics, being baristas for a long time. Stephanie’s been a barista for their family business in Australia, while Shiela’s been tasting coffee since she was a little girl!

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Then the class started!

I mentioned that we were each given booklets, with recipes inside! You can also find the Pepper.ph Recipes on Coffee-mate’s Facebook Page for reference.

Stephanie coursed us through making the basic Creamy Foamy Latte. It’s super easy to make btw.

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Shiela showed us how to make the Creamy Yin Yang Coffee, which is a bit more challenging. Also, since I love tea, this is a great drink to get the best of both coffee and tea! Notice that adding pearls is a recommendation. Taste-wise, this is also my favorite among everything we made that day.

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Then, they surprised us with an individual challenge!

Each one of us was tasked to create the Creamy Caramel Macchiato with coffee art. At first, I was really frazzled, it was my first time to use a frother (a vibrating smaller version of a whisk), and also my first time to make anything fancy. It was super amazing for me to know that that layer of froth on top of coffee can be achieved just by using a frother over hot water mixed with Coffee-mate!

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I think I succeeded with making the coffee, but the stencil art was a failure. The cocoa was supposed to resemble a coffee cup with a heart on top, but it turned out abstract. *tears*

You guys prolly remember this one on Instagram

Presenting my cup: Made with Love #createwithcoffeemate #creamiestever #coffeemateph #vscocam

A photo posted by Phylicia Marie Pineda (@phyaboo) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:17pm PST

As if that individual challenge was not enough, there was also a group challenge!!

This time around, we created the Creamy Cookies and Cream Iced Coffee. Then we had to name out concoction, and customize to our liking. 

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Presenting, Group 6 (L-R) Tina Villa @tinavilla, Chessika Chua @kikaydiary, Munsy Abesamis @heykessy with our mentor Lloyd! We named our creation Titanic because of the pocky sticks on top with marshmallow passengers. I was the one who created a backstory behind it, and it was just a romantic love story conjured out of nowhere. haha Chessika actually suggested we name it balsa, but we altered it to Titanic to make it sound, uhm, more acceptable? But really, we couldn’t stop laughing at the balsa idea.

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The experience wouldn’t have been as fun if I wasn’t seated with these girls! We were mostly laughing the whole time we were there! I’m sure we even got some evil stares because of all the noise we were making.

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After all the craziness, we got to sample some food from Co/Op. The carbonara is so good! For dessert, we had the S’mores cupcake, and we downed it all with yummy brewed iced tea served in mason jars.

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And now, a little tour of Co/Op. 

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Doesn’t it remind you of Ikea? Or those really pretty artsy furniture stores? I love it here!

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Like in school, we had out class picture taken! Spot me behind Lloyd!

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What do you think of my experience?

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If you have your own concoction in mind, or tried out the Pepper.ph Recipes, join in the conversation online with the hashtags #CreamiestEver #CreatewithCoffeeMate.

Also follow Coffee-mate Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for updates and more recipes!!

Thank you again Coffee-mate and Nuffnang for having me!!

class photo from Jamon Martin, Group 6 photo from Chessika Chua, apron photos from Benedict Bigalbal, and others by yours truly. 

Smooth, Shiny and Silky Hair for every Piandre Keragirl

Hair is our crowning glory and also our most basic accessory to looking good everyday. Change it up a bit and you get an instant new look! These days you can almost do everything to your hair, bleach, coloring, style, cut, and everything in between. Even having hair in a myriad of colors is becoming trendy, oh the stuff we think of.

With everything we do to our hair, it still doesn’t fully get the care it needs. For example, sure, your heavily labored curls are very pretty and vavavoom, but without proper treatment, your hair can turn into a brittle, damaged mess. This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise when there are as much hair care products as facial care ones. People are really taking hair care seriously.

Piandre Salon, one of the most popular salon chains in the metro, and Keratin Complex have teamed up to give your hair, proper nourishment, giving you smooth, shiny, silky and ultimately, healthy hair.

Piandre always gives me a warm welcome, offering coffee or tea while waiting to get services done. 

My hair has been through a lot. In this year alone, I got it permed, bleached, and colored around 4 times. When I was asked to come in and join the Keragirl Party, I took this chance to learn the current condition of my hair, and ask for ways on how to keep it healthy.

What they suggested was a Deep Conditioning treatment with the Vanilla Bean Keratin Complex conditioner for the dryness may bleached hair was suffering from. For the damage my hair went through with perming and bleaching, they suggested the Keratin Complex Intense Rx Infusion Therapy. 

They first started on the conditioning, mind you, I was so relaxed because Romeo, my salon attendant did such a great job with his soothing massage. Normally, the conditioning treatment would take 15 minutes, but since I had a massage, it lasted until 45 minutes.

The Vanilla Bean conditioner itself smells so nice! I mean duh, it’s vanilla, and I’m a big fan of the scent.

Then my hair was rinsed. After towel drying, Romeo applied Keratin Complex Infusion Repair Therapy Intense Rx Ionic Keratin Protein Restructuring Serum. It is applied like a leave on conditioner. After about 10-15 minutes, the Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Keratin Replenisher is applied, also like a leave on. After 15 minutes, my hair is ready for blow dry.

So what is keratin and why is it important for hair care?

Keratin is actually the primary structural protein present in our hair and nails. It is responsible for the strength and quality of each of our hair strands. So basically, all the treatments my hair got on the day is actually to supply my hair with more keratin to improve its condition.

I love how every step in this treatment is for the protection of my hair, and just proper nutrition. For my hair, Romeo recommended that I do this every 3 weeks, but for really damaged hair, he recommends doing it every week.

Now what can I say about the service?

I love it! My hair looks fabulous right? More than the voluminous end product, my hair really felt light and bouncy. It felt detoxified, and smelled so good! It felt smooth, silky and shiny, just like what I was told it would be. 

It was so smooth and revitalized that these curls actually didn’t hold through the night. HAHA. Honestly! I loved loved loved my soft and bouncy hair. I missed that. Also, as of this writing, which is 4 days after the treatment, my hair is still shiny and, surprisingly, not dry!  

Oh, and if you’re wondering, my perm is still intact. What I meant that didn’t hold are the big curls done by blow drying of the hair stylist. And yes, I noticed a significant difference, which is, I have less falling hair!!

After having my ombre dye job a while back, my hair turned dry and brittle, so I had to take extra care when shampooing and styling. I’m so happy that even after 4 days after the treatment, my hair is still in great shape! I guess if I really got to maintain this routine every 3 weeks, my hair would go back to its pre-damage days. 

Thank you Piandre for letting me experience the Keratin Complex treatment!

I got to take home these travel sized shampoo and conditioner which I’m excited to bring with me to my family’s week long Singapore trip this December. Talk about perfect timing.

Special shoutout to Vina, who took some of my photos! Thanks babe!

All keratin complex products used in this review are available in all Piandre branches.

Note: This post is sponsored, but all opinion stated is my own, and done as objective as possible.

Giveaway: Bloggers United 8 x OLX Holiday Fiesta Passes

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One of the most anticipated shopping events of the year is at it again!

This season, Bloggers United 8 partners with OLX, the country’s no.1 buy and sell platform, to bring you more than just pre-loved clothes, including gadgets and other things, that are unused and functional!

Join us this December 7, 2014, from 10am to 7pm at Whitespace, Makati for #BU8xOLX, where we bring together the biggest names in the fashion blogosphere.

#BU8xOLX is a #levelup of all the previous seasons with lots of fun activities, games and bigger prizes, plus new participating bloggers. With OLX, there will be a wider variety of items, so there’s something for everyone! Be there at the hottest pre-holiday celebration with you, your friends, and family while spending time with your favorite bloggers. Also, our charity partner, Philippine Red Cross, will be there to collect old books and toys for their chosen beneficiaries.

Excited yet? It’s an all-in-one event, where you get to fulfill your shopping urge as well as give someone else a happier Christmas for donating!

But wait, there’s more!

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#BU8xOLX attendees will also get a chance to win an iPhone6, GoPro Hero 3+ and H&M GC’s by posting a photo of what you bought that day on Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX and tagging @bloggersunitedph and @olxph. Need I say more?

Tickets will be available at P100 on the event date, or catch the many free passes contests everywhere online! Just check out the #BU8xOLX hashtag!

I’m giving out 10 passes to #BU8xOLX, super easy mechanics BTW, so click my Rafflecopter widget and join now!

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Reminders:

  • This giveaway is open to everyone who can go on December 7!
  • Deadline of submission of entries is on December 1,2014 12:01AM
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced shortly after at the Stylecentric Facebook Page.
  • all entries will be double checked for validity
  • Good luck everyone!

For more information and updates, follow Bloggers United on:

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In Partnership with:

OLX

Co-Presenters:

SM Parisian

Closeup

FreshGear

Major Sponsors:

Globe Charge

UBER

Minor Sponsor:

Nestle Drumstick

Media Sponsors:

Nuffnang

25th Media Production

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When in Manila

MadHouseMNL

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Meet Me Half Way

“A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.” -William Lyon Phelps

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It was one of those days when I just couldn’t pick out something to wear. I threw on a lot of items from my wardrobe, but I couldn’t make up my mind on anything. After a few struggles, I finally decided on a look that could go with the weather.

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This is my formula outfit, blazer, top and jeans/shorts. It’s been a really long time since I last sported this look, so it’s a refreshing throwback.

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I entitled this post meet me halfway, because the look is half business and half casual. My top and blazer can work for corporate, while my faded cuffed jeans and Birks are perfect for lazy days out. 

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You can call this outfit confused if you want, but I think it suits me. The pearls, scarf prints, my leather tote and my blazer keep my look polished, while my jeans keep it relaxed.

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I know I’ve said this so many times already, but a blazer is really good investment. In high heat you can take it off and still keep your look together, and when it gets chilly you can put it on and look effortlessly chic. Pick blazers in neutral tones so you can pair them with anything, but if you love color like me, go ahead and get bright colored and printed ones!

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What do you think about this look?

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Blazer: Forever 21

Top: Perfect Fit Shop

Pearl Necklace: Fashion Spice Manila

Jeans: Espada

Mandals: Sewn Sandals

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Rags 2 Riches launches its newest collection, Ampersand

Rags 2 Riches, Inc., did it again! Perfectly fusing together fashion design, function, and social eco-sustainability, R2R comes up with one of its most amazing collections yet, Ampersand.

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The ampersand (&) is representation of the on-the-go women of today, balancing many different roles on a day to day basis. Kim Jones, the face for Ampersand, embodies this between her many roles as a television host, blogger, sports enthusiast, wanderlust, and most recently, wife to Jericho Rosales.

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This collection is my current favorite because each piece can be worn in many different ways, and for many different occasions.

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Kim Jones is such a perfect fit for the brand because she really believes in the cause. At the formal launch, Kim Jones enthusiastically shares how excited she was when she was tapped to be R2R’s next Style Advocate. Reese, the company’s most vocal pioneer, also shared how Kim was more excited about the launch than everybody else, constantly asking for updates and giving her own feedback. 

Without further ado, presenting, the Ampersand collection:

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The Issa (Expandable Tote Bag)

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The Arriane (Cross-body Bag and Clutch)

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The Alessa (Tote and Shoulder Bag)

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During the fashion show at the launch, the models showed everyone how each bag transforms depending on your mood, activities, or agenda for the day.

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The Danella (Cross Body Bag and Clutch with Detachable Pouch)

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The Danella is my favorite, especially the orange color, it’s so me!

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The Casey (Multi-Way Tote Bag)

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What’s special about this collection is the use of three different fabrics for each piece. Upcycled cloth is a staple in R2R designs, but this time around, they also added indigenous fabrics Ilaglis and Binakol, woven from Kalinga and Ilocos Norte respectively.

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Don’t you think these fabrics just add more character to every piece?

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Chris (2nd from right) is the fabulous designer behind the whole convertible collection. Chris is so down to earth, and he’s very gracious and modest with all the praises he has received from this collection.

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Behold, the chaos after the launch. Long time supporters and first time shoppers alike went crazy picking out their preferred style and color.

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Some of the Rags 2 Riches artisans were also present in the event, and if you got yourself a piece, you might just be holding a bag made by one of these lovely hardworking people.

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Here’s a photo of me and my loot, and say hi to Arriane in my background!

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I also got to drop by the Rockwell branch, and I’m loving the whole minimalist shabby chic theme going on.

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These multicolored printed Buslos are such a hit that they almost always get sold out right after posting online!

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Also, meet the energetic R2R Store Amabassador at the Rockwell branch, I love how game she was with showing me how the Casey bag can transform into different styles. She was previously an artisan, but since she can work full-time now, she became a store ambassador, a proud spokesperson of the brand that has helped her livelihood.

It’s always a pleasure attending events like these because you get to see the stories behind the collection, and the hard work that goes into each piece.

Thank you Rags 2 Riches, for having me, and for inspiring more people to be the change we want to see.

Rags2Riches, Inc.

Branches:
Glorietta:
(Kiosk) 3rd Floor Glorietta 1 Near National Bookstore
Rockwell:
2nd Floor Archaeology Section
Greenhills:
(Showroom) 67B Washington St. San Juan 

Get Connected:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Official website: rags2riches.ph

P.S. This post actually came a bit late, since the Ampersand collection is actually almost sold out. Currently R2R is working double time to produce more pieces just in time for Christmas, and you can actually pre-order.

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photos of Kim Jones from Rags 2 Riches, launch photos by Ed San Juan and yours truly.

Vintage Velvet

How’s your week going?

I recently starting working in the concrete jungle of Makati, and I must say, I’m loving it. My workplace is walking distance from Greenbelt and the other malls, plus, there are so many options for food! Too bad my workmates aren’t into exploring the neighborhood, so I get to explore these trendy restaurants and cafes alone, and occasionally, with an unwilling companion, haha. Anyway, if you’re working in Makati, have an hour long lunch break like I do, a fun foodie and companion, do drop me a message and let’s lunch together!

These photos were actually taken while walking around the area. We first shot inside Yardstick, a really lovely well-lit cafe this side of Legaspi Village, then in front of a random brick building while walking back to the office.

I love the casual yet reserved vibe inside Yardstick. The wide spaces and comfy seats give you room for calm and relaxation, while the light and coffee keeps you awake for working on tasks at hand. When I went to Yardstick, there was a fair amount of people focused on their laptops, then another number just casually chatting about with friends and colleagues.

Now enough about yardstick and onto my outfit. With the corporate setting, I want to break out of the polo button down pencil skirt combo when it comes to workwear. 

To keep everything modest, I wore this sweater with really nice knit details from Warehouse. I paired it with my mom’s old dark brown velvet skirt (which she used in her teens!) since it had a good knee length, making it appropriate for the office. 

You can accessorize by wearing a simple drop necklace, since the details on the top are pretty enough anyway.

If you prefer to layer, you can add a scarf or a blazer on top of the sweater. Of course, layering would only be practical if your office has really good air conditioning.

As for makeup, it depends on your company. Mine doesn’t require me to wear makeup, so I just wear moisturizer, sunblock, and cover with semi-sheer powder for my everyday look. 

For footwear, I rarely wear heels since I like walking around the area looking for new places to eat out in. I only bring heels if I have events after, or if I have to meet clients.

How about you/ What do you wear to work?

Pink Knit Sweater: Warehouse

Brown Velvet Skirt: borrowed from Mom

Ballet Flats: Zara

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Blogging? Really?

I’ve been blogging for a long time. I started with Blogspot in grade school, and when the prominence of Multiply came, I moved my blog to that. Then Multiply became e-commerce driven, so I thought of moving to Livejournal. When I started with college, I stopped blogging. Being in that transition stage, I couldn’t handle keeping a blog and being a young entrepreneur, all the while keeping my grades up. Add to that all my extracurricular activities, which included performance oriented organizations, and being a student leader.

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Then Tumblr came along. I was absorbed into the cult favorite platform, with hipster artsy photos, short stories filled with so much feels, and the ease with which you can reblog. Shortly after, I started writing again. After getting influenced by my favorite bloggers Tricia Gosingtian and Camille Co, I turned this into a personal style blog. Then after many many many blog title changes, I finally settled on, Stylecentric, just this month.

To be honest, blogging isn’t easy. It takes me hours to finish even just one post. Especially for my outfit posts, I have to take photos, post process them, then upload, then add a write up, then proof-read, and lastly publish. It takes me an average of 2-4 hours per post, depending on my internet connection, and length of the post. Sometimes it takes longer, notably when I hit a writer’s block.

With all that hassle, why do I still do it? 

A lot of my friends ask me why, when I’m busy as it is. I gave a lot of different answers in the past, but bottom line is, I find blogging to be rewarding, in more ways than one.

In this post, I’m sharing the 7 reasons that keep me going in this industry:

1. I found a way to use my voice, and share details about worthwhile causes and every advocacy I’m passionate about.

I get to talk to an audience and inform everyone how to get involved in different causes in your own little ways.

Take for example Hero of D Day, the website which showcases everyday heroes in different parts of this country.

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Another is Rags 2 Riches, one of the country’s most popular for-profit social enterprise. Reese, one of its founders always talks passionately about how helping a mom make a livelihood also helps her family. 

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Rags 2 Riches employs mothers from urban poor Gawad Kalinga communities to make high quality rags. These rags are used as cloth panels for the bags, and sold online, in store and to consignment partners abroad.

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2. I get to meet more people.

Blogging has given me lots of new friends, mentors, colleagues, partners in crime (kidding), different people from all walks of life. Some of these, I hold very dear to my heart. 

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I guess they have helped me grow as a person, learning to interact with different backgrounds, and learning about new stuff from them in general.

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I will always be thankful for all of these friends I’ve meet through blogging. We’ve made loads of memories together, and I love every one of you guys for that.

3. I got to rediscover my skills.

I used to make beaded jewelry in high school. That’s how I started out with the whole online selling thing for Peaches On Top. I stopped making my own jewelry because it took up a lot of my time. I sold ready made ones instead, sourced from various suppliers.

Blogging helped me rediscover my craft skills. Just recently, at the launch of CBTL’s The Giving Journal 2015, I got to tinker with pair of pliers and wire again. I realized I haven’t lost touch. Sure, my wire art needs more practicing, but I think mine turned out great, considering the last time I made a bracelet was many years ago.

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4. I get to try something new every once in a while.

Remember this Bensimon DIY post? I haven’t tried painting except for those mandatory art projects in grade school, so this was fun for me. 

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Also, it was my first time to visit a spa and a cafe in one with Odds Cafe and Nail Spa. Don’t you think these heart waffles are so Instagrammable? They look too adorable!

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5. I have excuses to get out of my comfort zone.

In one year, I got my hair permed with Cynos, and also got it bleached with my ombre, both from Azta Urban Salon. If it weren’t for these blogger opportunities, I don’t think I would have easily went for it.

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6. I get first dibs and previews of new collections.

As a style blogger, I have to get updated with trends. With blogging, i get exclusive previews of unreleased collections, first dibs on hot items. Shopping hurts my pocket, but I’d still do it, all for the love of blogging (and more clothes!).

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I got first dibs on Dorothy Perkin’s Summer Collection, as well as GShock’s Shock the World Manila Watch.

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Before it hit CBTL stores nationwide, I got to see, feel, and flip through the pages of the Giving Journal 2015.

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BTW, Rita Ora’s collaboration with Adidas, Rose pack is now available in stores starting Nov. 1!!! I love love love adidas’ printed track jackets, so hopefully I’ll be able to get myself this after payday!

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7. I get to document my transformation.

I lot of people have been telling me that my blogging has improved, image-wise. My writing style has always been constant, so they didn’t have a lot of comment there, but when it came to my photos, boom, loads of comments. 

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I’ve met more photographers who share tips, and take my photos, so i owe them for this improvement.

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Going through my blog archive, I’ve realized that although my writing style has been constant, the tone has matured. I mean I’m not turning into a boring adult just yet, but you get the picture.

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I’m glad I have this blog to document my journey. At least when I grow old and wrinkly, I can show my grandkids my blog as one of my accomplishments and proof that I had dewy skin and many many adventures.

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Speaking of photography, I’m attending a workshop to further improve my skills! I have a DSLR but I’m weak with settings and technical stuff, so I need this!

If you’re like me, you can sign up for this workshop here.

What do you think of blogging? Do you have more reasons to add to my list?

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