Tuesday, November 13, 2012

You Know You Love Me

      Tis the season for gift-giving (and gift-receiving) again. And I want to help out those who intend to give me presents by posting my 2012 Wishlist. Hahaha. 

     What I really want and need and wish for is a new car, but I know I am not getting that this December from any of you. There is also no "world peace" chuva-chuchu in this wish list because you can't get me that either. This list is purely about material things (because we are living in a material world and I am a materia, a materia, a materia ... girl.) But if you can pull strings and make Brainworks accept my eldest for next schoolyear, I shall forever be in your debt. 

      Here is my simple list because I am afterall a simple girl. Walang kokontra. 

      1. MAKE - UP. Now, this is a sensitive subject because I have sensitive skin. Weeeh ? Seriously, this is a sensitive subject because I am quite conservative in this area and use only brands I've tried and tested.

I have been a Maybelline user for the past decade. 
At present, for base, I am all about minerals.
I would love a Maybelline Mineral Powder Foundation in OC2.

And if you are a big spender, you can splurge for me with my
Go-To Foundation when I am to be photographed. Chos!
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC40.

       My eye make-up is all about nudes. 
A palette of nude shades or A pot of a nude base would be appreciated.

I've been eyeing this one from e.l.f.
This one is from Bobbi Brown. Dessert Twilight Series. 
These base and highlighter  are from KATE.
My fave brands for these product are those from
Body Shop and Nichido.
I have a round face so blushes and highlighters are a must.
Indulge my candy indulgence with these blushes from Majolica Majorca. 

The two shades of blush a girl needs. 

The next one is not really a make-up but almost one. 
I've been dying to try using a DIY false eyelashes
You can give me a lil push by giving me a pair (or two) of falsies. 

False eyelashes. Samahan na rin ng glue, pls. Wag Elmer's, ha. 

      2. HANDKERCHIEFS. I have not really been a handkerchief user because I used to prefer disposables but of late, I have grown a liking to it. I am partial against florals though. I prefer ones in plain solid colors. Handkerchiefs in checks, plaids, polka dots and  stripes in girly-girly colors would be fun to carry, too. 

Kikay much. Pink is my favorite color. 

     3. HAND SANITIZER. This is a regular in my annual wish list because I use hand sanitizer a lot. This will a gift that will be appreciated and used talaga. Just bear in mind that I have rhinitis so it should just be mildly scented. Preferably organic. 

     4. HAIR ACCESSORIES. I am growing my hair really long. I haven't reached my desired length yet so I put my hair up a lot for the meantime. Any brand will do. 

(A must for long straight hair.)

Those at Saizen have good bristles. And cheap too. 

I want a big brush in this shape.
The one in the picture is a Denman. 
Kung carry ng budget, why not!
But it's really the shape that is important. 

Saizen also has hairbrushes in similar shape as Denman. 



These shapes work best with my hair. 


A generic brand is available at SM Lanang.

(May fave hair accessory. So useful.)

A generic brand is available at Robinsons. 


Kahit saan, meron nito. 

     4. DOMESTIC GOODIES. I really need a shoe cabinet but I would have to have one made to fit the space for it. I also need a washing machine but that I have to get that  for myself as well . Here are some domestic items that would make nice gifts ... for me. 

I've been wanting this Ikea Fork and Spoon Set
for the longest time. Now, I need this for my office.

 A good and sharp Chef's Knife and Meat Cleaver 
would be a big help in my kitchen.

The H lost my folding umbrella. I need a replacement.
Must be very small, flat, lightweight and in solid color or in candy stripes.

I love Lysol Wipes. So Useful.
Ang hirap lang maghanap nito. Kaya I need your help.

     5. OFFICE CLUTTER. I love a cluttered desk. Busy-busyhan ang peg. My office is a somber beige in color with furniture and fixtures in wood. I have managed to put some hot pink here and there to add some personality to it. Kulang pa. 

This Shoe Tape Dispenser from Scotch is so ME !

Pink pens to give signed memos a distinct mark. 

Pink notebooks to take to meetings. 

      That's it, folks. And as usual, I end this list with this, "diamonds and bags are still a girl's bestfriends". Happy Shopping !

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bag Lady


“I'm thinking balls are to men what purses are to women. It's just a little bag, but  we feel naked in public without it."

                                                                                                                              -Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

     I love bags. I don't go for the super expensive kind because... well, they are super expensive. And I am not really good at taking good care of my bags. I just use them, shelf them and use them. If they don't look acceptable anymore, I box them for selling in garage sales.  I remember back in lawschool, I was carrying a pink backpack and a classmate said, "I love your bag. Maganda sya kung malinis lang." Hhhmmmph. 

       Not that I don't clean my bags. I clean them when they look filthy. Just that, filthy is a relative term. I know someone who cleans her bag at the end of every day, she uses a specialized spray-on cleanser and cotton. She cleans it like it's her face. Okay, the bag is an LV but it's just so tedious. I couldn't do that. 

       Bags have a utilitarian function for me. They are to carry my things. Sure, they must look nice and must complement my outfit and perhaps, the event where it will be used, but I don't want to think too much about my bag when I use it. I place it where it is convenient and safe. I don't use those fancy bag hangers. If there is no place to put it, I put it on the floor because I don't want to offend my company if I put it on top of the table. (Besides, I bring big bags and it's just rude to occupy such big space on the table.)

       I am quite brand loyal. If I already have it and find that its WIWIC (worth what it costs),  I stick to my usual brands. I also don't have plenty of time to window shop (even online) so I just get the same brands in different designs. 
       I am currently fascinated by Dooney & Bourke's Nylon bag collection. Nylons are perfect. They come in a variety of colors. They are light and easy to clean. The nylon collection of Dooney looks classic because of the leather trims. I like my bag from Medium to Large in size. Satchels are my current faves because I usually have two lil boys with me when I go out and I need both hands to be free to hold their hands. 

             I also like Longchamp because it's nylon, too. Longchamp first caught my eye in 2002 during a trip to Hong Kong. A few years ago, they became trendy. I saw my secretary using one in jacquard material (yes, my retirable Ate Flora has fancy bags.) and I want one too. I still feel I need (hahaha) a red Le Pliage tote to match my huge Le Pliage travelling tote. Type ko itong hobo. Both designs are on sale in the Long Champ outlet website.


       My bestfriend Faye got married with the theme Filipiniana. When I first heard about the theme, I got really excited because I have been waiting for an excuse to don a formal Filipiniana outfit to an affair outside of work. 

     I searched the net for inspiration and found the following Filipiniana outfits to my liking. 

      I couldn't decide whether to wear a Terno or a Maria Clara. The last time I wore a terno was during my Acceptance Ceremony to the Sigma Tau Mu Sorority and I couldn't find a picture of myself then. I tried looking for the gown to take a picture of it but I couldn't find it anymore. I do remember that it's black with red details. I remember too that during the hell week of initiation, I just rushed to the Manang who sews my uniforms and asked her to make me a Terno. Sya na bahala sa lahat, sa tela and everything. I picked it up on the afternoon I was to wear it, right after the final rites and right before Acceptance Ceremony. Memories, memories. 

      My last recollection of wearing a Maria Clara was when I was ten or eleven during a school activity at the Almendras Gym. Older memories. 

        In work-related functions, my usual outfit would be a Baro't Saya in an embroided white top and black bottoms. 

Me with Officemates from the Legal Division

     Last year, I attended a more formal work-related function requiring Filipiniana and I wore a Baro't Saya, with a glittery gold top (borrowed) and black slacks (slacks not skirt as I had to ride a cab to and from the venue). 

      Faye then announced that her wedding color is Navy Blue. Not royal blue as is the color of the Water Dragon (2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon in the Chinese Calendar). But Navy Blue as in the color of the Ateneo uniform for girls. 

      Not being part of the Wedding Entourage, I thought I could get away with wearing a lighter color, pink perhaps (wink wink) because if I am wearing a traditional outfit, I wanted it to be in a light and young color. Pampugong sa edad!

      A month or so before the wedding, Faye asked me to be the Emcee in her Wedding Reception with our friend, Bret. Good thing I was busy in the months of July and August and has not gotten around to making a pink gown made yet. Although another friend has already loaned me a beautiful hot pink Terno that I was considering wearing, I knew then that I have to wear blue. I was officially part of the Wedding kasi. 

      I knew I couldn't wear a navy blue Terno or Maria Clara to the wedding. I felt that I would look older and heavier. I opted for a Modern Filipiniana outfit and channeled Dita Sandico-Ong

Women of Harana in Contemporary Costumes by Dita Sandico-Ong
      The best thing about this is that my sister had this wrap in the dark blue that she used when she hosted Coca-Cola's 10th Philippine Cup last summer. I just borrowed the wrap and had the inner gown made in navy blue. 

My sister Teejae
      Alas, the navy blue gown didn't look good in me. It looked good by itself but it didn't go well with the wrap.  The mistake was that the bottom was willowy when it should have been fitted or at least serpentina. I was upset for a week before the wedding because I knew I wouldn't have time to have the gown redone or find something else to wear. Busy-busyhan tayo pag end of the month. 

      The day before the Wedding I tried on the pink terno I intended on wearing in the first place and i tried placing the blue wrap over it. It looked good ... way better than donning a full blue outfit. I decided to go with it. Uso pa rin naman ang color-blocking, di ba?

       I didn't have a solo picture during the event. I was busy with my role as Emcee kaya walang time mag-posepose. 

Tandang Sora ang peg ng outfit ko ! 

The Beauty Is In The Details


Monday, August 27, 2012

Hollywood in Terno

Imelda Marcos at 80 years old

      Imelda Marcos is the Terno. She owned it when she was the First Lady of the Philippines, wearing it to official functions both in and outside the country. Even at 80 years old, she still nailed the Terno.

      The Terno, which literally means "matching or to match" in Tagalog, is a gown with butterfly sleeves and is known as much as Imelda's iconic outfit as the traditional Filipiniana formal wear.

      While it is common to see the use of the Terno by Filipinas in formal government functions and other Filipiniana-themed events, it is uncommon to see the Terno worn by foreigners even as interpreted modernly by both international and local designers.

      I was doing some scouring of the internet for Terno design inspirations and I came across the following pictures of Hollywood celebrities donning dresses that looks like a modern interpretation of the Terno.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino
Miley Cyrus in a Premiere Night
Kelly Osbourne at the 2012 Golden Globes
       While the Terno is far from becoming a fashion trend, it is nice seeing it in the Hollywood red carpet.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Eid Cards

        Since the kids and I started making our Ramadan crafts, they got hooked on it. It was a good way to spend our weekends. Talagang tinodo na namin and last weekend, I had them make some Eid cards.  The boys made two cards each. 

The little one had some help as he can only write the letters H, A and T. 
          They were simple cards. They drew moon and star shapes, cut them out and pasted them on front of the card. A simple greeting was written on the front and inside of  the card. 

Ramadan Crafts

      I've never been as excited about celebrating Ramadan as I have been this year. Perhaps my faith and spirituality is indeed growing. Or perhaps it's because I've decided to deck the house with some Ramadan decorations. 

     As much as I would have loved to spend on buying decorations, there is just no supply of ready-made ones. I can only salivate at the decorations found on the internet. 

    I decided to decorate so that the kids, little as they are, would also get excited about this Holy Month. They couldn't fast yet but I want them to know that this month is significant in Islam. What better way to get them excited than getting them involved in the decorating process.

     The week-end before Ramadan, we started our Ramadan Week-end Craft-Making Activity. Since there are no decorations in the stores, I will just make the decorations with my kids. Aliq was very involved in the making process while Zee was busy watching and making kulit. 

        I gathered some templates that I found on-line, bought some colorful and decorative papers, took out the pencil, scissors and glue and gathered my troop for week-ends of creativity, fun and Islamic lessons. 





        I forgot to take pictures of  the outdoor decorations that we placed in our terrace. So that would have to be in another post.