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Crate & Barrel’s Clearance Sale | Dining Stuff at Half-price 

We’d finally come to the end of our paper plate period, my brother and I, well, starchware to be exact.  He agreed to my proposal that we not stress ourselves with real dishes to wash in our first month of moving to an apartment, we went the starchware route even with cutlery.  Whilst I perused around SM Aura mall knowing it was time to consider our first set of real dining-ware I entered that day’s browsing black hole which was Crate & Barrel.  I’d never been there.  I’d already seen the over-priced dining offerings at West Elm but was not impressed and smugly wrinkled my nose at some plates in SM Our Home, nothing wrong with them, they’re just not my type.  It isn’t wrong to know what you like.  I had never been inside Crate & Barrel but evidently that day was a good day to drop by.  A clearance area had been set up at the far end and most things were marked down at half-price.  Would you believe, stoneware/pottery bowls and mugs (microwave safe) down to as much as Php89 each?  Pretty much almost department store price na or less. 

STUDIO BOWL LIGHT CLAY Php289.00 each  NOW Php144.50 each 

KITT LOW BOWL/plate: Php 179.00 each  NOW Php89.50 each

I always thought there was something comforting about eating your main course out of a low bowl, here’s to dropping that less finicky part about keeping your rice in the center of your plate…no worries about that and it also feels less stereotypical. Our marble top West Elm table is bistro size so I also didn’t want our plates to be too large.


KITT MUGS: Php 179.00 each  NOW Php89.50 each

BABY WHISK: Php429.00


My total receipt for everything here from Crate & Barrel since I purchased in sets of 4 was Php1723.00.  Not bad I say for our first pretty modern but slightly rustic dining collection.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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The Last Quarter Look | Style After Quite Awhile

Getting the blogging boots back on with some style bits.  The title of this post was supposed to be for a makeup look, and that Last Quarter Makeup Look tutorial is following shortly…fashion first though.



A couple of pre-loved hand-me-down skirts formed the base for this short but lovely editorial.  Let’s start off with this first look that I probably wouldn’t mind wearing on repeat without the help of a little fashion tape.  Click through to read more to see all photos and read the full editorial.

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Have Faith in those Feet On the Go With SCHOLL Express Pedi

When traveling anywhere for several days a major concern when I pack is what pairs of footwear I might decide to bring. More often than not closed shoes are a no-brainer even if they trump the style effort because if my feet are not gaze-worthy post foot spa session there’s no way I’d opt to bring a lot of stylish open-toe choices. However since I’ve learned to maintain my own happy feet with an expert foot care solution from the SCHOLL Express Pedi system packing for a couple of nights out of town will be less boring and undoubtedly more fun. 

Here is some more useful information about the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi:


  • Electronic Foot File: sells for P1,685 (batteries included) 
  • Refill: P550 (2 replacement roller heads) 

Available at selected Watsons stores

  •  Beautiful, smooth skin after 1 use 
  • Specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin 
  • Ergonomically shaped soft-touch handle 
  •  Monetary savings (at least 80% from foot spa sessions) 
  • Convenience 
  •  Removes hard skin in minutes 
  •  Ready to use on dry (not wet) skin 
  • Washable and replaceable roller head 

To turn the device on twist the neck of the device to the left. The spinning motor on thespecially-designed Micralumina roller headroller head is strong even if only powered by 4 AA batteries (included with device). Use it at least once a week for the effective yet gentle removal of hard skin and you don’t even need to wet your feet. Relax on the go with feet that are almost baby smooth after the Express Pedi device buffs away those unsightly and ashy rough edges. With the SCHOLL Express Pedi system you save a little extra on travel time and foot spa services while gaining that portable bit of confidence to match your wanderlust. 

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  • Electronic Foot File: P1685 (batteries included) 
  •  Refill: P550 (2 replacement roller heads) 
  •  Available at selected Watsons outlets 

*DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post selected with care in association with Scholl Philippines . Bless My Bag will not endorse a product the author does not genuinely like.
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Faithful Friday | Life Updates and the Sorry Not Sorry Salty Pilgrim

I’m here…alive and well, folks, and I have a ton of undone things.  My brother and I just had to do the round of “living together” elsewhere in the city and get ourselves sorted, currently stretched between two places: the parental home, and the home away from home.  In case you also wondered I am laptop-less at the moment…this is an iPad.  It’s a miracle we finally got wifi installed…spotty broadband connection but fast when it’s not spotty.  It’ll do.  But that’s not this…I’m in the south again and I currently have a sponsored post draft that’s overdue (cued excessive honesty, I do take a sponsored post every once in awhile when I like what is presented to help the blog pay for its hosting) but I’m not done with it yet.  I prayed to get in the right headspace and to ask for help on it but the Lord impressed “It’s been awhile, blog from the heart first, the rest shall follow.”  There’s stuff that’s been braising in my heart but I wasn’t sure whether I should serve it up for fear of stepping on a couple of toes, appearing self-righteous but I figured part of love is upholding your held-dear real nuggets while not being bland.  Sorry, not sorry, I’d rather try and be salty.


Mom brought me home something from New York City that as a tasty reminder helped resurface the desire to reflect about certain things openly and while the desire to remain politically correct about my faith and not talk about it won for a long while it finally lost to the revelation in my heart…love is not always politically correct.  Politically correct lover, anyone?  Yawn?  I realized quite simply that the politically correct gives up sometimes so nothing scandalous is stirred, but the Cross is a scandal of grace.  However, as Heneral Luna so bloodily proved…sometimes politics sucks but love never gives up, so love wins…even in death one can be an unconquerable soul.  Here was what Mom brought me from abroad, Silly Salt. It made me think ever so sharply about Christianity, the word people ever so reluctantly use now…it’s like to some the politicized word has leprosy, they wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole thanks to a number of its countless ambassadors.  Sadly, they don’t see it contains the Name that heals.  So rather than be the salt of the earth we discard ourselves in thought “Silly salt.”  None of us are perfect but a lot of us would rather play life hooky than aim for on high and look…silly.

To serve my braised heart up plain won’t do…it needs to be Salty for you to take it.  I’d like to address my Christian beloveds who feel (or don’t feel) they may have lost their saltiness or are running from who they ought to be according to the Bible, which contains that we believe are the words of Jesus.  I have Muslim friends who I love dearly and I respect them, they do not eat pork, pray 5 times a day, and have a completely different belief system.  Here’s the thing, why does the World bully a Christian to apologize for what he believes?  That irritates me no end, do we not love Christ or aim to with all our mind, heart, and soul?  Would any of us directly question a Muslim friend who doesn’t eat pork or worse…dare them to?  No, of course not, why?  Because the world knows that their people are prepared to be politically incorrect to defend their faith.  How about those who uphold the banner of Christ?  We hear the “dares” to bend for what we would otherwise not do, say those words, we’d rather just do it or laugh, move on, and change the topic and look congenial than express silent offense or speak up and cause noses to bleed.  Fools for Christ are dwindling.

I told someone recently that just because in several occasions you might have been wrongly bashed with the Bible it doesn’t make it any less powerful.  It shouldn’t deter you from picking it up daily to fight or to listen to what our beloved Jesus has for us today.  

“11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

A lightbulb went on in my heart on this matter.  A huge problem is we keep looking at other people’s test papers when what really matters is right in front of us…our own.  We keep talking about why someone does this or that when we ought to think of what we are saying. Live your life the way He wants you to live…not counting how mere mortals expect you to just bring it.  None of us are perfect, but we have a Perfect Example to follow.   I thought a great deal about parents, too.  The parents who manage to succeed in raising well-adjusted adults have always made sure to put forth an EXAMPLE before an EXPECTATION, it doesn’t work the other way around.

To those who bully Christians (other Christians included) for trying to be holy on our Spiritual fitness journey just remember, in the gym you see the fumbling newbie before a Spartan.  Cut someone trying some slack.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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