Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pastel Summer














Summer is my second favourite time of the year. Christmas and Summer were battling for number 1 spot until it actually got THIS HOT. Haha. In order to survive, breezy is the way to go. Let your body breathe in things that are light-weight, absorb less heat, smooth on the skin, and don't cling too much to the body. Ofcourse, Don't forget protective gear-- sunnies, hats, sunblock, and whatnot.

This summer, If you don't find me in tropical prints paired with fresh whites and delicate neutrals; you'll see me sport chic creamy pastels like in these photos: wearing a peachy pink cap, seafoam green bralette, and lavender trousers paired with my Havaiianas pair that has the best of both worlds (the pastel strap and the tropical- printed sole. Yum.) There's no better way to look sweet despite the heat. 

Also, since I'm not so much a girly girl, I gave this look a bit of cool-girl spin by choosing pieces that either have a bit of structure (you can take these bottoms to the office too!) or a sporty touch. Then to top it off, for ultimate comfort and that much needed laid back effect, a pair of functional and pretty flip flops. Chic candy colors without the sweet 16 feel. Voila. 

Speaking of Havaiianas, Don't forget to drop by All Flip Flops at SM Seaside up to May 1 to make your very own Japanese- Inspired Havaiianas! Read more about it here

Flip- flops: Havaiianas
Trousers: Shnukum Manila at The Emporium
Top: Topshop
Cap: GAP

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Say Konnichiwa to Summer with #MakeYourOwnHavaiianas2016 !



I dig everything customized. Who doesn't? From furniture, to clothes, to food, it's always a fun idea being able to have something made, custom built to your very own taste and preference. This April, we get the annual chance of customizing our own flip flops with a theme that features one of my most favorite places in sooo many ways-- Japan! Your own sole profile, own sole color, own strap, own pins, everything that screams YOU--with the Havaiianas touch and the kawaii twist. :)





There are many things to look forward to in April. One of the hottest months of the year brings with it the biggest and most anticipated customization event in the country, Make Your Own Havaianas. From April 22 to May 1, step into a celebration of self-expression and creativity inside All Flip Flops SM Seaside City at the lower ground floor of the mall’s Mountain Wing and mix and match buttery-soft, colorful soles with vibrant straps and fun pins.


Havaianas was born in Brazil in 1962, but an interesting fact is that the very first flip-flop was inspired by the Zori, a type of Japanese sandal made of fabric straps and rice straw roles. Today, Havaianas flip-flops show marks of these iconic rice patterns, making it a fusion of eastern Zen and western joy.

Each year, MYOH highlights a destination or theme that celebrates its heritage or encapsulates the ‘always summer’ state of mind and on its 11th year, it is its Japanese roots that MYOH pays tribute to, from this year’s 2016 limited edition commemorative sole inspired by Shibori, a Japanese fabric-dyeing technique, to its selection of kawaii pins. With Japan being an all-time favorite summer destination of Cebuano Havaianaticos, embellishments such as the The Sakura, Ramen, The Japanese Fan, The Empress, The Zori, Ninja and statement pins, among others celebrate the love for travel and the land of the rising sun’s unique lifestyle and influence on today’s pop culture.

Let your creativity bloom like the season’s cherry blossoms and share your Make Your Own Havaianas experience at #MYOHCEBU2016 and #MYOH2016. For more details, check out Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter. Register online and try out the many ways you can personalize your flip-flops at http://myoh.havaianasphilippines.com/.

Ahh! Don't you just love summer.








So, if you were a pair of flip-flops what would you be? What would you look like? I'd like to know! See you all at All Flip Flops, SM Seaside! :)


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Perfect Basic Cotton Shirt



Styles come and go but in terms of tops, none can quite compete with the comfort, versatility and timelessness of 2 things. First, A basic button down, and second, a plain V-necked shirt. While the former is my lazy girl go to staple because its a day to night- monday to sunday piece, In this post I will tackle the latter.




A good cotton shirt is the most comfortable top in the world, especially for temperate climates like the Philippines. It allows you to be totally mobile while keeping stylish and gives you room to have fun styling. It's no wonder it's the go to signature piece of designers, architects, off-duty models, and the like. 

You can wear it under a suit/ blazer on an expo, with trousers and a statement necklace to work,  denim shorts and gladiators on a hot summer day, or in my case, with a high-slit maxi skirt, wide-rimmed hat and stilettos. You will be surprised at how much you can actually need this piece when you have it. 



Sometime last year, us Cebu Fashion Bloggers were challenged to put together a look that will best showcase our personal styles using this shirt from Giordano and this what I came up with at the last minute: Subtly sexy but mostly just effortless, feminine, and classy.

Hands down, a basic v-shirt is the ultimate key piece to an off-duty look. But take note, for plain shirts, FIT is ALWAYS KEY. I like mine flattering but not tight, a little relaxed but not excessively oversized. So depending on your body type and personal aesthetic, find yours and discern well.



How would you style your V-neck cotton shirt? :)




Shirt: Giordano* Skirt: Blind Clothing* Heels: Charles and Keith* Hat: SM Ladies* Necklaces: Forever 21 * Watch: Skagen

Photo: Burtz Rolian
Hair & Make-up: Ava Celocia


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Best Foot Backward









Laid back, Under- accesosrized,  improper posture, unkempt do that can't exactly be called a choreographed bed head either, a little bit of sweat and smudge, denim Pants. This is how I was most of my college life.  Adulthood (and the climate) made me outgrow the denims and the norms of professional life have somehow changed the way I've presented myself.  

Putting her best foot forward.  
Once, a friend I just got to know, teased that this was how I was with him.
  "What's wrong with that?", slightly in denial, mildly confused whether to accept or to differ, frankly caught off-guard, I answered defensively. And then I realized, I always have my best foot forward. Nothing wrong with that (?) This was the standard of adulthood as I know it!

"Nothing, it's just that it's so.. safe. Safe is boring."  He said ever so bluntly.

"What's not boring?"  I challenged.

"It would be nice to see you with your guard down"

"....That's something you earn. " 

He gives that candid "makes sense" look. 
I victory dance inside. 

Months after this passing conversation happened, it still plays in my head and makes me laugh and wonder. Back when we were younger, important people-- professors, titas and such demanded our best behaviour. Now that we've grown up and have gotten used to that, some people wish to behold otherwise. We have grown to be very selective of the people we decide to be comfortable and "best foot backward" with that to some it becomes a novelty. Isn't it interesting, all this adulting.

I have to admit though. Friend has a point. Once in a while, it wouldn't hurt to come as you most naturally are and in your rawest state. In fact it can be liberating. In my case sadly, it's not always never pretty, but then again, genuine is always beautiful.

And Yes kids, mid 20's people can still wear ripped jeans and crop tops. :p

Mom Jeans: Blind Clothing
Mandals: Parisian

Photos by: Burtz Rolian


Monday, November 23, 2015

2 Weeks on GT Papaya Lotion: Yay or Nay?



So everyone knows I'm faaar from being a beauty or skin care blogger, but when GT Cosmetics asked me to try their newest offering (of course after doing a little research) I was more than happy to give it a shot. :) Other than I'm always on a constant pursuit for brands that I can trust, I always like to support products that are locally made. I am a huge believer of the skill of our underrated local industry. Besides, No one knows Asian skin more than Asians; and this being a Cebu-based brand just hits home. I actually really read about GT Cosmetics before trying this and so far, I'm impressed because they seem to really know their craft well, scientifically. They take their studies very seriously before launching a product in the market.



GT Papaya Lotion is a 3-in-1 lotion that promises to do whitening, moisturizing, and has SPF 40 sunblock. It contains collagen, a skin vitamin that helps reduce signs of aging and enzymes from pure papaya extracts to exfoliate skin and reveal newer cells thus making skin whiter, smoother, and younger looking.

The GT Papaya Lotion came in a 100ml easy to squeeze tube with a flip top cap.
 I gotta say it's one of the pretties scents I've ever tried, like milky papaya. Smells clean, fruity, light, and delicious.  I like unscented or mild smelling lotions that leave a subtle delicious scent on the skin and this was is that exactly. It's also very easily spreadable. Not too watery/ runny, not too dense/ thick. 
I can feel my skin really absorbing this lotion and keeping it feeling fresh and supple without the sticky feel although it isn't really the type that lasts the whole day. Re-application sometime in in the day will be needed.I would have loved to feel it lock in a thicker film of moisture on my skin that makes it feel so nourishing but I guess that's the trade off when you are focusing on more benefits than 1.


I've been using this product for 2 weeks now ( After getting toast 2 consecutive weekends at the beach, I felt like it was the best time to test it out) and so far so good.  I can't say I'm back to my normal complexion already but I do feel that I lightened a bit more, and faster than usual.

The bottle contains details such as ingredients, directions for use, and its promise. It also contains the expiry date so you make sure you get a fresh product.

Thank you for this, GT! :)




GTCosmetics is a Cebu-based maker of soaps and skin care products. GT Papaya Lotion is a moisturizing and whitening lotion intended for the young, active and on-the-go market which explains the smaller, easy to bring along tube. It is available for local and international markets. Their cosmetic form is now ISO 9001:2008 certified and is now on their way to seek other ISO levels to make sure they observe international regulatory standards to ensure that their customers are satisfied. From making only handmade papaya soaps from natural extracts 2 years ago, GT now produces 700,000 items monthly across its full line of skin care products from moisturizing and bleaching creams, sun block, clarifying toner, and lotions.

Products are distributed nationwide through stores: Watsons, SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Gaisano Malls, Metro Malls, Mercury Drug, etc. 
Check out more of GT Here.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

5 things about TOUR DE CEBU 2015: The 1000km Historic Sports Car Rally



Hear ye, car enthusiasts, machine junkies, and lovers of all things beautiful and historic! This October 3 to 5, 2015, Cebu’s premier car club, the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu (PACE), with the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), will be staging the much awaited 2nd Tour de Cebu, the country’s only 1,000-km historic sports car rally inspired by the notable Mille Miglia event in Italy.


 1. ) OLDIE BUT A GOODIE: FOR THE 43 YRS OLDS AND UP


Tour de Cebu is open to sports cars manufactured in 1972 or older. All entries are subject to technical scrutiny led by a committee. Major factors for passing include authenticity, period correctness, mechanical soundness, and safety.

The official list for eligible sports cars shall be based on a list compiled by the MSCC. PACE grants limited exception for classic, race, or rally cars manufactured on or below the cut-off date of 1972 with high historic value or prestige. Meanwhile, Run-off sports car models beyond the manufacturing cut-off of 1972 are allowed pending technical consensus.

 2.) CONCOURS D' ELEGANCE



In addition to the rally, PACE will be holding, for the first time in Cebu, a 2-day Concours d’ Elegance from October 2 to 3 at the Montebello Villa Hotel in celebration of the prestigious car club’s 10th anniversary. 

So if you're curious to see this vast collection of functional vintage cars that will be participating, head on down! PACE will showcase 24 beautifully restored cars that will compete in various categories: historic, post historIc, and modern. They will be judged by how the cars have been preserved in their original state: originality, authenticity, condition, with less cosmetics.


HISTORIC 1972 and older
Corvette C1

Jaguar XK120

Porsche 356C

Triumph TR3

Mercedes Benz 190SL

Jaguar XKE

Porsche 911

Mercedes Benz SE Coupe


POST HISTORIC 1973-1989
Ferrari Dino

Lancia Integrale

Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe

Porsche Speedster

Audi Quattro

BMW 2002

Ferrari 328

Lotus Esprit


MODERN 1990-1999
Lamborghini Diablo

Ferrari Maranello

Porsche 993 Turbo

Alfa Romeo Zagato

Lotus Elise





3.) 2ND? THERE WAS A 1ST?


Yes! 

Last year, the event, which was supported by Petron Corporation and Sun Life Financial among many others, gathered 25 beautifully restored historic vehicles, comprised mostly of sports cars owned and driven by key personalities from Cebu and Manila. 

This second run aims to finally cover both Cebu and the Negros Island Region (Bacolod and Dumaguete cities), with an expected participation of over 35 vehicles. Apart from promoting the enjoyment and preservation of vintage sports cars, Tour de Cebu will also help elevate tourism, as scenic spots in the Visayas will be highlighted.

**All TDC photos included in this article are official photos taken at last year's event. 
Supplied by the organizers. 




4.) WHY HOLD A CAR RALLY?


TDC aims to promote and celebrate enjoyment and preservation of historic sports cars.
It also aims to promote tourism and the preservation of scenic sports in the Visayas.



5.) "WHO" TO EXPECT




So far PACE has curated the ff participants. The line up is strong. And these cars are not only going to sit pretty, they will be driven 1000 km regardless of weather condition, regardless of terrain! Remember that these cars have old school machinery, not power-steering, not automatic. Some of them, don't have roofs. So it's really a man vs machine situation x 1000 km. Picture that.


1960 Porsche 356B  (1600)
1961 Jaguar XKE (3.81L)
1962 Porsche 356
1964 Karmann Ghia
1965 Chevy Corvette (V8)
1965 Ford Shelby Cobra (5500cc)
1966 Pontiac GTO
1968 Chevelle
1969 BMW 2002
1969 MGB GT (1800cc)

1969 Porsche 911T
1971 MGB (125)
1972 Datsun 240Z (2.5L)
1972 Mbenz 450SL (4.58L)
1972 Toyota Celica
1973 BMW 2002
Porsche 550 Spyder
Alfa Romeo Duetto
Michel Cobra
Morgan 3-wheeler (1976cc)
Morgan 3-wheeler (1976cc)
Morgan 3-wheeler (1976cc)



THE PRESS CONFERENCE

Press Launch last August 7, 2015, Friday at 2:00 PM at Café Racer at NRA, Mandaue City. 

Video Presentation to start the Presscon showed us what TDC was about and how it went the past year


PACE Club chairman Red Durano was very nice as to entertain all of my non-car-expert questions when we went outside like: How many years old is the Kougar and Porsche displayed outside, what fuel do they run on (Regular gasonline) and what it its composition suspension wise considering the cars are lowered and our roads in the Phils are not as paved and even as the ones in Italy (This is why it takes skill-- it's all in the driver's mastery!)


PACE founding members Kenneth Cobonpue (Also sun-life endorser) and Jay Aldeguer and not in photo (to Mr Durano's left) is Tradeshow International President and Tour de Cebu event manager, Sophie delos Santos.



We all took it outside to take a closer look at 2 of the cars participating in the event. From the machine to the upholstery. They even started the car so we can hear and feel the difference between vintage sports cars and well, the cars we have now. I myself felt a sense of excited when I heard the ignition. 






 Jay Aldeguer’s 1972 Porsche 914- 43 yrs old
 


  Grand Benedicto’s 1963 Kougar- 52 yrs old


 Event Organizers

Us enjoying snacks from Cafe Racer and of course, our super cute cupcake give-aways!!
Did I mention that there was a raffle after the presscon? Not only that, all 3 prizes were won by CFB members. :)) Me, Tine, and Rabsin for the grand prize. Tine and I got a car maintenance kit while Rabsin got a dash cam. A DASH CAM.  

Organizing Committee with the #CebuFashionBloggers ! :)


I am a believer in the quality and beauty of anything classical and vintage--- fashion, architecture, and that day I came to appreciate that in cars. Classic pieces have always been well thought of, timeless, filled with character, and turns out, considering how old these cars are-- durable and functional. Im sure glad these passionate people decided to do Tour de Cebu. Cebu is indeed a people of diverse but equally interesting passions and penchants. 

Thank you to PACE, Cafe Racer, and of course to A-List Events and Advertising for having us over! To Tour De Cebu, good luck and congratulations in advance!
The 2nd Tour de Cebu will once again be sponsored by Petron and Sun Life Financial. It will also be supported by Nissan Cebu, the official lead car provider of Tour de Cebu, and C! Magazine, the official automotive magazine of Tour de Cebu.
For updates, visit their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Tourdecebu