It’s only the 3rd day of January, if you didn’t get a 2014 planner last year then for the whole of January it isn’t too late to hunt for a decent planner (that I should actually stick to writing in even after 6 months LOL, you get what I mean).
Little Prince White & Navy Moleskin 2014 12M Pocket Planner Php 800/900 (National Bookstore and The “Relaks Pag-Ibig Lang Yan Parang Kagat lang ng Langgam” Planner (Php 490.00 available at Bratpack and online via QuirksPH.com )2014 by Witty Will Save the World, Co. (@titawitty on Instagram and Twitter)
Here are the ones I found that appealed to me instantly and they’re both “hand-size” and hardbound. One is a limited edition Moleskin and the other is Witty Will Save the World’s most recent Pinoy humorous offering, in the past I blogged about their Tanso Edition Slumbook and someone pretty “sikat” wrote in it. Click “more” to get a closer look at these planners and jump to the full post.
That sort of weather is upon us and as I recently typed into my Facebook status “Books are boarding passes…” I’ve decided to recommend a couple that I like which have a way of transporting you and making you forget you’re within the 4 walls of a room. One is a themed biography, one is Japanese (translated) fiction, and the last is a children’s sci-fi-but-not-really fantasy book that’s deep enough to hit a chord with adults which is part of a 4-book series so you can get excited for the next and it isn’t a pain to read. I’ve completely read two out of the three and am still finishing Julia’s Cats, I’m more than halfway. I’ve also read Banana Yoshimoto’s more recent book Goodbye Tsugumi but Kitchen is still my favorite.
JULIA’S CATS – Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats | Patricia Barey and Therese Burson (Read about Julia Child’s life within the context of her love for cats and cooking, and okay, her enviable husband, Paul, too.) This book will make you go “Aww” with almost every other turn of the page whether it’s coz of her, her cats, or Paul, her devoted BFF husband.
KITCHEN | Banana Yoshimoto (“An enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy…” actually it is not that sad naman, has parts lang “…and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan”) This book will make you think, empathize with the characters, and want to eat or start cooking if you have never tried.
A WRINKLE IN TIME | Madeleine L’ Engle (A story about Meg Murry and her brother Charles whose father was experimenting with the 5th dimension of time travel and suddenly disappeared. They are determined to rescue him and find themselves in another dimension that feels like a dream)
I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from Hong Kong!! Did ya miss me? *Crickets* Anyway, I’ll be teasing you a bit with something that’s NOT from Hong Kong for now because this book I got off Ebay for about $US 16 (Php650+) is the first book I’ve ever bought online for myself (and obviously not the last) and it got me super duper excited when I saw it arrived for me in the mail before I got back. It’s only proper that this is the first actual book to be featured on the blog. Two lovely journalists based in New York decided that they had had enough of “ignorance is bliss” when it came to beauty. Siobhan O’ Connor and Alexandra Spunt decided to research and test the most common, within reach, frequently used beauty products on the market and put them under a simply worded microscope for us to really know the truth behind what we put on ourselves…almost everyday. The No More Dirty Looks book gives us a 1000x zoom in on the chemical “DNA” of our most favored beauty products. It’s a pretty paperback that’s about an inch thick and the conversation within (that’s how it feels, like a well-informed friend came over) is engaging as well as super informative. I’ve only skimmed over the first few chapters but I’m already excited to read it all the way to the end.
“You probably bathe daily. Every other day, sometimes? Fair enough; us, too. But every time we decide we want to wash, plump, moisturize, nourish, shine, buff, soften, bronze, and otherwise play around with how we look and feel, we are reaching for a bottle whose contents are largely a mystery. That’s not because we’re all idiots; that’s the way the cosmetics industry has set it up. They will boast about one or two ingredients in their ads –usually the natural ones– while obscuring the bulk of the ingredients in four-point font in a barely contrasting color on the edge of the bottle. And yet ingredients lists are the most transparent thing these companies provide us.” p. 4, No More Dirty Looks.
I know right? They sooooo understand beauty enthusiasts like you and me because they love beauty as well. You needn’t go and give yourself a ban on several beauty products afterwards, that’s everyone’s own personal choice to make but for make-up professionals like me it’s good to be informed. I’m so excited to read the entire book. I learned about the No More Dirty Looks book from an online video conversation I had last September with Soapwalla brand founder, Rachel Winard who likes calling herself a “chef” in a kitchen of organic beauty. She was in Manhattan and I was up late to join in the class conversation. I was issued an online VIP invitation for the fashion week project spun together by PowHow, Colette beauty boutique in Paris, and French VOGUE :).
“My name is Rachel and I’m a Brooklyn girl who is the creator and chef of Soapwalla. I started making luxury organic face and body products in my apartment kitchen to alleviate my painful sensitive skin rashes caused by lupus, a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune illness. Soapwalla products are comprised of the highest quality products available, made with organic, vegan, food-grade ingredients, and never harmful or synthetic additives such as petrochemicals, parabens, pthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate.”
Rachel Winard’s skincare brand, Soapwalla, has reached European shores and is currently being “curated” in Paris by Colette and in the UK as well. I was invited to participate in a complimentary online class by PowHow and I met some indie beauty brand owners who were being streamed live from Manhattan New York. Rachel was one of the people I met, her organic skincare brand, SoapWalla has been recognized as one of the most admirable quality luxury organic brands in the indie beauty market. She recommended that I have a look at the No More Dirty Looks book and I’m so glad I took her advice and made the purchase on Ebay. If you’re in the States you can try Amazon. I haven’t tried Fully Booked locally so I’m not sure if this is available in retail.