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Friday, March 30, 2012

Divine Lee Covers Preview April 2012 Issue

Google her name and you'll get lines that best describes her like "proud becky", "social darling" and "FIERCE". I guess that's what Divine Lee is all about. If you don't know her or haven't heard of her blog, I am guessing you are not a fashionable person at all.


 

Preview magazine's April 2012 with Divine Lee on the cover, wearing a creation by Kermit Tesoro.

Photographed by BJ Pascual
Styling by Liz Uy
Creative direction by Vince Uy
Makeup by Jake Galvez
Hair by Buern Rodriguez


   

I once met the mother becks at the PFW. Chances of me seeing here again is quite low, but I am planning to purchase a copy of this magazine so I have something for her signature in case we meet again in the future.

And oh, I have to mention that I saw Divine Lee in my dreams last Sunday.
Does that mean anything? :)







Source of Photo: facebook.com/preview.ph
Source of Video: youtube.com/user/stylebibleph

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 Go-See and Runway Dates

It's summer and it's vacation time, already book that flight or pack your things for the beach so you can be back before the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012.

For male and female models who wish to get a chance to walk on the runway, go to this address:
Master's School for Models
G/F LV Locsin Building
 6752 Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avenue
Makati City, Philippines

Below is the GO-See schedule:
April 12 (Thursday) 6PM - 9PM
April 14 (Saturday) 1PM - 6PM
April 15 (Sunday) 1PM - 6PM

   


The Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 runway shows will be from May 22 to 27 at SMX Convention Center SM Mall of Asia.




NOTE: Go-See is only open to models who have not gone any castings for Philippine Fashion Week.










Photo Source: facebook.com/PhilippineFashionWeekLive

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

From Field to Catwalk – The Very Unique Style of Fearne Cotton

She has her own show on Radio 1, she presented the historic charity concert Live8, she’s dating the son of a Rolling Stone, and she has her own fashion line.

Bouncing onto our screens back in 1996 via ITV’s Disney Club, the fresh-faced Fearne Cotton was quickly snapped up by TV executives. Thirteen years later, she has established herself as one of the nation’s favourite radio and TV presenters, with prime time spots presenting Radio 1, Top of the Pops and Celebrity Juice. But aside from her many professional accolades, what we love most about Fearne is her quirky, versatile and daring sense of style.

Fearne’s style – which sees her constantly topping the fashion stakes in magazines across the nation – is an eclectic mix of uber-cool street aesthetic, vintage finds and high-end fashion. Regularly spotted smiling from the red carpet in designer gear, she’s just as likely to be seen stomping around London in ripped jeans and converse trainers, a Mulberry clutched against her arm.

Festival chic royalty – second in line to the throne only behind the queen of Glasto, Kate Moss – Fearne’s festival style is a lesson in outdoors fashion to us all. Last seen at the Isle of Wight festival rocking a prim summer dress with a classic Barbour jacket and boxing boots, the self-proclaimed music nerd stays stylish and practical. Ditching her classic festival straw trilby in favour of something a little more quirky, Fearne also donned a classic black bowler hat with a scruffy tee and leggings – the ultimate in festival chic!




From wellies to stilettos, Fearne also has her red carpet glamour down to a tee. Repeatedly shunning classic gowns for fun, flirty dresses – Moschino being her go-to designer – Fearne has also been known to up the ante in sexy style, wearing a daring androgynous tux with Mulberry bag and stilettos to the 2010 Annual Draper Awards.

With such a distinctive and enviable sense of style, it was no surprise when Fearne followed in the steps of long time bestie Holly Willoughby and launched her own fashion line. Like her own wardrobe, Fearne’s eponymous range is eclectic and diverse, shifting from season to season and taking inspiration from everything from sixties icon Twiggy to The Royal Tenenbaums. Not just a cover girl, the DJ-turned-designer who models her own range, is regularly snapped out and about in her own creations. And she seems to be enjoying life as a designer so much that she’s also launched her own cosmetics line too! Head to Very.co.uk and Boots now to snap up your own little piece of Fearne.


Monday, March 26, 2012

SALE ALERT: Summer Like it Hot Sale by Code Limited

It's Summer Like it Hot Sale at Museum Café of Greenbelt Mall (beside Ayala Museum) on March 31 from 3PM to 7PM. Check the latest items they have and those they sell with a huge discount, all from Filipino designers of Code-limited.com. The Summer Like it Hot Sale is also the perfect time to meet some of the indie designers behind the different brands. Entrance is free, so better mark your calendar now!




What: Summer Like it Hot Sale

Where: Museum Café, Greenbelt 4 (beside Ayala Museum)

When: March 31, 2012 (Saturday) from 3PM to 7PM




It's time to show your appreciation of local locally designed products. Check those hand-made water lily bags of Jacinto and Lirio and the leather bags of Sinude. They also have chic and glamorous look from Amour wear, sizzling new summer looks of Cocomo swim and resort wear, and Erzulie’s plus line. Lastly, feast your eyes on locally crafted jewelry of Vida and Le Plume accessories.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Early Summer Shopping Haul

It was 34° yesterday. No wonder that lots of people want to go to the beach this early. I am even excited with our next vacation. I am thinking of family gatherings over barbecue and grilled fish, fiesta-hopping, unlimited karaoke and swimming in Ferrol. Even more excited cos I found a nice swimsuit at Forever 21 Makati the other day. Here's my mini haul.


(clockwise) Forever 21 cobalt blue triangle bikini, Hanes leopard brassiere, random red nightie from SM Dept. Store and Coco Cabana cover up..


New lippies from Avon and Colours. Will do reviews on these later.


Avon pink weighing scale. I just had to buy this when I saw it from a brochure. Gotta drop extra weight to be able to shamelessly wear that swimsuit up there. Hihi.


Forever 21 dangling wing earrings. I need this for an event I'm attending on Monday.


That's all. Need to save more of my blog earnings next time.
I am planning to buy another weekend bag! :X

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ana Hickmann: Grendha's New Line

Are you familiar with the name Ana Hickmann? She is a famous Brazilian Model and celebrity who was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the model with the longest legs”. Ana  has worked with Victoria’s Secret and graced the covers of magazines like Brazilian Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle. Grendha's new line of footwear is named after her. Basically, the collection is all about elegance and sophistication which is very much perfect for fashionable women.







The Grendha Ana Hickmann Cashmere in gold beige P1995. Also available in red, gold bronze, brown and black colors. This style is best for casual days like shopping, malling or strolling in a park.







The Grendha Ana Hickmann Tropicana in beige old rose P2695. Also available in beige beige, beige blue and beige red. This style is good for hip events like family gathering, afternoon chat with friends or movie with boyfriend/ husband.





The Grendha Ana Hickmann Marine in beige red P2695. Also available in beige beige, beige blue, beige black and beige brown colors. This is something that could glam up your office look and very good to pair with your Sunday best.









NOTE:
The Grendha Ana Hickmann Collection is exclusively distributed by ELRO Corporation in the Philippines. Grendha is available at leading department stores and boutiques nationwide.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Preschools in Mandaluyong

Most of my daughter's friends already go to school. She sees them in a uniform, black shoes, white socks, and ID and she's like, "I want to go to school too, Mama!" She used to attend a playschool for 2 hours Monday to Friday when she was 2 years old. She got tired of it, so I just have to make her stop. Now that I think she's ready, showing excitement about school, it's time to look for a preschool around the area.






Precious Partners Learning & Tutorial Center
#167 Lopez-Rizal Street, Brgy.
Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 7183895

Precious Partners accept kids from 2 to 6.5 years old for a preschooler. They also have grade-schoolers from 6.6 to 12.5 years old. Tuition starts from P21,000 to 29,500 depending on the mode of payment, uniforms, books, field trip, etc. not included.

Things that I like about this school:
-They have a small outdoor playground.
-Near our place though school bus is available.
-Student-teacher ratio is 15:1.

Things that I don't like about this school: 

-No enough space for kids at the playground.
-The school's indoor stage has a limited space too.
-Rooms are dark, small and no windows.
-The school uniform doesn't look nice.






Integrated Montessori Center - Mandaluyong Branch
California Gardens, Burbank Bldg.
Libertad St. Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 7030063

IMC has 6 branches in NCR and this is said to be the newest. They currently accept kids from 3 to 6 years old only. Tuition starts from P50,712 to P54,769 with uniforms, books, field trip, etc. excluded.

Things that I like about this school:
-It has a large space.
-Outdoor school stage.
-Rooms are well-lit.
-Safe school surrounding.
-The school has its own guard.

Things that I don't like about this school:
-The playground is bare.
-Uniform is jumper style.
-No school bus available.
-The stage is directly under the sun.





Kiddo Academy
2nd floor GA Tower 1
EDSA Boni, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 7471383 / 7190773

They accept kids from 1.6 to 6.6 years old. Tuition starts at P48,942 to P66,385 depending on the child's level and payment scheme. Books, school supplies and learning trips not included.


Things that I like about this school:
-Student-teacher ratio is 15:1. 

-Location is safe.
-They offer a free summer class.
-Very cute school uniform.


Things that I don't like about this school:
-The rooms are small and dim.
-There's too much traffic going there.
-The playroom lacks toys and other equipment.
-Expensive tuition fee. I'd rather send my daughter to either HE Montessori or IMC with that price.





Angel's Institute of Learning
#458 Malaya Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 5313082 / 5325795

This school is located near one of my blogger friend's house and the city mayor's house in Malaya Street. Tuition fee starts at P33,400 to P36,250 depending on the mode of payment, plus P1,500 for books and notebooks. They accept kids from nursery, kinder 1 to kinder 2.

Things that I like about this school:
-Student to teacher ratio is 15:1.
-They have a covered school stage.
-School bus is available.
-They have a separate program for kids with special needs.
-They also have another branch that caters grade-schoolers.

Things that I don't like about this school:
-Some parts of the building needs renovation.
-The classrooms don't have windows.
-No playground.





Holistic Education Montessori Center
65 South Sikap Street, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 5324168 / 7467078

One of my daughter's friends go to this school. Tuition is P44,000 plus a miscellaneous fee of P7,500 covering snacks, aides, special events, etc. They accept kids from 2.5 to 6 years old.


Things that I like about this school:

-English is used as the medium of instruction (except for Filipino subject).
-They prepare everyday snacks for kids (charged under misc. fees)
-The school has nice playground equipment.
-Rooms are very spacious.
-Bus service is available.
-They offer a free summer class.

Things that I don't like about this school:
-They assign 25 children per classroom.
-School's playground is indoor.
-Location is far from where we live.
-They don't wear a uniform from Monday to Thursday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Travel vs. Local Travel

While sending a package to a relative in the province at nearby mall this afternoon, I spotted a certain travel and tour office with some friendly travel agents waiting by the door. It honestly made me wonder how much money will it cost our family to tour European cities like Paris, Berlin and London or Mediterranean islands like Cyprus and Greece. I was supposed to approach one of them, but my agreement with hubby flashed back in my mind. We previously agreed that there will be no international flight for our family this year to save money for "something bigger".





The Peak, Hong Kong




Taksim Square, Istanbul


At least, we have traveled both local and international last year. Our family went on several weekend trips to places like Baguio,Tagaytay, Laguna and Cavite, then visited some extended family members in Romblon. On top of that, we also had a tour of Hong Kong and stayed for almost 3 months on vacation in Turkey. I know it was not a lot of traveling but for me, those trips were all fun and worth remembering. I love reminiscing the experience of the cool weather in Baguio City, picnic ni Tagaytay while overlooking Taal Vulcano and Taal Lake, swimming in Pansol, partying in Cavite, and walking in a sand bar in Ferrol, Romblon.

However, as much as I want to explore more places here in the Philippines and support Dept. of Tourism's campaign, I can't just deny the fact the I still wish to travel abroad. I guess most of us think of the same thing, if only budget will allow, right?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Discovering My Perfume Personality

I need a bottle of a new perfume. I still don't know which brand and scent to buy, but I will not purchase anything 'just cute' this time. I want a bottle of the best perfume that will suit my personality, a scent that I can use forever. I know it is not going to be easy and could be a little tricky because there are too many brands to choose from. These past years, I've been buying perfumes based on packaging alone. Bad. Really bad but it's true! Imagine, I always bought pink perfumes in the past without checking very well if they match the visible aspect of my character. Why? Oh, please blame those fancy bottles and the freebies they offer once you get them. Haha!






Kidding aside, I already checked a couple of stores and read online reviews about different scents. I am now on the process of discovering my signature perfume or perfume personality. I just have to wait for my last two bottles to be empty while at the same time, evaluating myself and what best describes me when it comes to fragrances. If I can only find Harvey Prince here in the Metro, I think I won't have so much of a problem in choosing the perfect scent 'cause I heard they offer lots of sweet-smelling in an affordable price.

Which brand of perfume do you use? Do you wear a perfume every single day? What kind of scent do you like the most?

Share your answer in a comment below.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Summer Trends to Try in the Philippines this 2012

Summer in this country is hot during daytime and windy at nighttime, so all the fashionista ladies in here still have the option to either bare or cover up. Let's check the trends and choose where to best wear them.

Pastel Colors

Pastel Colors - I love this trend. The colors are softer and very much feminine. This is like the baby version of color blocking. Looking at the pieces above, I am thinking of office, church and dining with friends.


Tribal Prints

Tribal print - This trend started last year but I believe it's still on. It is not easy to pull off this look because you will be dealing with a combination of graphic prints with dark and warm colors. Best to wear this trend to the beach or when shopping.


Cap Toes

Cap Toes - This is a classic trend which applies to shoes alone. Wear a cap toe pumps in a party or cap toe flats for shopping and be as fashionable as Twiggy or Audrey Hepburn in the 60s.
Summer Maxi

Maxi Dress - I think maxi dresses will never go out of style. They're perfect to wear anytime of the year in the Philippines. Like the tribal trend, this one is also best to wear to the beach, shopping, or even family gatherings. If you don't have a maxi dress yet, better get one now.


Chiffon Love

Anything Chiffon - So far, this is the trendiest of the season. I can see lots of girls wearing this trend. Be it a loose top, a maxi skirt, or a mullet skirt.. Pinays love it. Chiffon is a breathable fabric which makes it perfect for the summer. Wear those skirts for malling and those dresses for formal ocassions.


Swimsuit Trend


Sexy & Vintage Swimsuits - S from the word 'summer' means swimsuit. Show off that toned body by wearing a bandeau, triangle bikini, or any two piece swimwear. Vintage is also back like retro polka dots, one piece pinup and high waisted swimsuit.





Photo Source: Polyvore.Com

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Smoking Ban in Mandaluyong City

An announcement to all the people of Mandaluyong and visitors of this city, starting tomorrow (March 15, 2012), smoking in public places will be prohibited. Whoever is found guilty will have to pay a fine of P1000 for the first offense.





Just heard this news today directly from a city government employee with a megaphone, going around the Mandaluyong, informing the public about the ordinance.

I like this news a lot. I am totally against smoking esp. those who do not care about other people when shamelessly smoking in a public place. I hope that the Mandaluyong City government will be able to implement this rule very well.

Please spread the news!!!





Photo Source: www.amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Awesome Cebu Food Trip at AA BBQ Grill & Restaurant

We chose to eat at AA BBQ on our first and last night in Cebu. The restaurant's Lapu-lapu City branch was just walking distance from Islands Stay Hotel. Pretty convenient that we didn't have to pay for a taxi to get there. I previously googled the restaurant and read some reviews, so I knew what to expect before seeing the place myself.





To dine at AA BBQ, we first queued to chose which meat or seafood to eat, then put them in our trays. Next, we gave instructions to the woman at the counter on how to cook them. For example, grilled for squid and fish and barbecue for pork and chicken.




After choosing our meals, we had to look around for a vacant table. Unfortunately, that day was the Valentine's Day and 8 o'clock seems to be the busiest hour in the restaurant. The barbecue house was heavily packed even they have this huge dining space for costumers. Honestly, it took us over 10 minutes before getting a table. As soon as we sat down, we called for a waiter and ordered rice and drinks.




We were so hungry from our evening trip from Manila to Cebu that hubby and I decided to order two viands each. I had charcoal grilled pork liempo. I broke my diet because of this. So delicious!




I also ordered for grilled squid. It was not more delicious than the liempo, but it was still worth every bite.




This was hubby's selection.. inihaw na bangus or grilled stuffed milkfish. He really liked this fish that he had to get extra garlic rice for it.




His additional viand.. two jumbo chicken sausages. They tasted very nice too. However, the little one didn't like them at all because they're spicy.




On our last night in Cebu, I ordered this grilled tanigue, a fish from the tuna family. This was my best tanigue ever. It was so good.. it tasted like meat!




The only thing that we didn't like at AA BBQ is this grilled chicken. Hubby ordered it but he barely touched it. Good thing my grilled tanigue was big enough for sharing.




On our first and last dining at AA BBQ, we ordered the same drink.. a pitcher of four seasons juice. It has fresh slices of orange and watermelon in it. My daughter liked this a lot. She drank lots and lots of it while eating banana at the same time.

Recap of Order, Day 1
-grilled liempo
-inihaw na bangus,
-grilled squid
-2 pcs chicken sausage
-1 steamed rice
-2 garlic rice
-pitcher of four seasons
Total Bill P605

Recap or Order, Day 2
-grilled tanigue
-chicken barbecue
-garlic rice
-1 banana
-pitcher or four seasons
Total Bill P400+



AA BBQ Grill & Restaurant
M.L. Quezon Nat'l. Highway
Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What's with the hair and the tatoo Charice?

I was really surprised when I saw Charice Pempengco's new hairstyle and tattoo the other night on TV. Her new looks is totally different from the Charice that I saw on the cover of Preview Magazine last January. Watch the video below and you'll see what I mean.





In her interview, she said "Yes, it's my new look and uh.. I know a lot of people will react about it. Of course, some negative, maybe a lot positive.. thank you. But, to all the negative comments, I don't care, this is me, this is what I want and I love it!"




Goodbye long and jet black hair.. hello short blonde hair and tattooed arm!

Charice got her tattoo that says 'love eternally' in Singapore. She explained, "The tattoo says 'love eternally' and it has an infinity sign. It's for my love for the people, love for my dad, love for everybody, love for my family."




Photos from her Dubai Infinity Tour concert: no more cleavage and heels, but just vests, jackets and jeans!!

When asked about the sexuality rumors, she was quoted saying recently, "Are you kidding me? I've read tons of negative comments and I don't care. Whatever they think maybe if I look somebody or whoever I don't mind. I mean this is the look that I want. So, the only thing you can do is to move on."

So what do you think of her evolution? Me honestly, I've read a blind item before that says Charice is a lesbian in real life (oppss.. sorry Chasters if you find this offensive), but I think it is true. I really think so by watching her video interview and checking her new look from head to toe.

Okay, though I was never really a big fan of Charice, I admired her powerful voice, bringing pride to the country. With her decision to change and go that way, I can only nod and say "So be it!" even at the back of my mind I'm still wishing that she haven't changed.

Hayyy.. whatever makes you happy Charice! :)






Photo & Video Source:
www.abs-cbnnews.com
www.theentertainmentlifestyle.com
www.youtube.com

Friday, March 09, 2012

iPanema Flip-flops

Hello dearies! How are you doing? Hope you ladies enjoy the sunny morning.
I just feel like getting luckier and luckier when it comes to joining giveaways and contests.
I won a dress, a butterfly pillow and lots of GCs from different contests last January.
Last month again, I won a pair of iPanema flip-flops from Pensive Thoughts.




Well.. hello there Gisele Bündchen!
Let's check what's inside.



Look at that.. a pretty pair of hippie flip-flops.
That's peace sign over there.




I'm going to pair this with my pink maxi dress.
Yay, I am excited to wear it to the beach soon!


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This is my second pair of quality flip-flops in pink and my third pair from the same brand.

Thank you so much Sis Tetcha for running an awesome giveaway.
Thank you too to Miss Cel Mabalot and ELRO Corporation.

Sidcor Sunday Market: The Biggest Weekend Market in the Philippines

I've been hearing a lot about weekend markets in Bonifacio Global City, Makati, and Quezon City before. Hubby and I had thoughts of visiting one of them, but the plan never really happened. When I watched on TV one day that Sidcor Sunday Market is the #1 weekend market in the metro, I told myself I just have to visit it soon.



Eton Centris, Quezon Avenue. We went there just last Sunday.



There were lots and lots of things for sale at those numerous stalls.



I bought fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and strawberries from this one.



There were huge pizzas of various toppings or flavors.



Fried seafood! I had a pack of those yummy crispy shrimps.



This stall sells ham and other preserved meat. No buy from here.



Huge fresh shrimps. I seldom see this kind of shrimp in the market.



A barbecue stall. Kuya is busy grilling chicken, pork and tuna.



The flowers and other garden products are sold here.



After shopping, the little one just wanted to ride the carousel.



After that, we sat on the grass while she's finishing her afternoon milk.




Then, she rode the train with her Baba.


Our first time visiting the Sidcor Sunday Market was a lot of fun. Hubby liked it because it is very similar to the Turkish pazar (bazaar in English), a weekend market which moves everyday from one district to another. Our family enjoyed looking around, buying fresh produce and eating gourmet meals. My only complain was the very hot weather that day. Next time, we will try to come earlier to avoid the scorching heat of the summer sun.



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Sidcor Sunday Market
Eton Centris parking lot,
EDSA corner Quezon Avenue
Open every Sunday from 6AM to 2PM





NOTE: This article was first published in my old blog, www.utotmopink.com, dated March 9, 2012.