I was at Spectrum Fair yesterday and I picked up two pretty items from Filipino style accessory label ARANÁZ who are still at Spectrum Fair at Whitespace MNL tonight ’til 9pm.
These were too pretty to not photograph the very next day. The beautiful ARANÁZ Palma releases have had me sighing since last year. I came home with the tall Palma travel toiletry pouch which I spotted early November last year. I got the pouch on special offer yesterday, I promised not to mention how much their promo is so you guys can just go and find out. Read on to have a closer look.
I retreat from anything outlandish now when it comes to earrings. I’m quite over the overplayed sets of dangling decor. If anything is going to seriously dangle it’s going to be from our Christmas tree. I’m quite delighted with these thank you.
My favorites are the rose gold metallic stars without any distracting fake “brilliantes” on them. The hearts are curvy with a fine gold tinted border, quite camp in a sense but simple enough to wear. What often annoys me is the simplest designs often come with a heavy price but at least not this time. Both pairs are unbelievably affordable at Php150.00 each or £2.00, both by Accessorize UK. I got these at the Alabang Town Center branch 2 days ago. I’m not sure whether these are last season or current season, I’m safely guessing last.… To full post & COMMENTS...
Honestly, today was the FIRST TIME EVER Mom and I have gone serious bag shopping together, today was for my bag. Mom got hers first yesterday at Homme et Femme, Shangrila Mall and out of the blue she wanted to treat me. So let’s begin waxing bag poetic with Mom’s more-than-meets-the-eye Alexander Wang laser-cut Rocco duffel. It comes in a shade called “parchment” which is a soft, almost white gray with a touch of beige warmth.
Alexander Wang Laser Cut Rocco
“Laser cut leather top zip duffel bag with rolled top handles, aged nickel-tone hardware and rivets at base. Adjustable notch closure along shoulder strap. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket, two organizational pockets and outer hidden zip pockets. 9.25\” height x 13.5\” width x 9.25\” depth 4\” handle drop, 15\” strap drop Imported Available in Parchment (color) ” – info via Net-A-Porter
It looks plain enough when you first see it, but what is mind-blowing about the AW Rocco is the texture. It’s an exceedingly roomy leather bag laser-cut with uniform micro shredding. It’s a bit addictive running your fingertips back and forth across it. What you get is a velvety texture almost like suede but with more body and the sudden ambush of studs underneath (like terracotta warriors) is like the most unexpected come-on ever, don’t you think? It’s clear why Mom zeroed in on this one like a heat-seeking missile. Now, for the Kate Spade procession and what I got. Read more to see what I chose from the Kate Spade boutique in Greenbelt 3.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I got these positively pretty earrings in H&M Singapore for about $SGD 4.90 /5.20 (forgot). I don’t actually know what type these are. When it comes to technically correct retail titles fashionably ignorant is what I am. They’re not dangling earrings that’s for sure (I’m so over those for the moment), they’re not “clip-ons” I think…but that’s what they call the upper “C” shaped cuff that links to what so many people think is my second “horrendous” piercing.
The “C” cuff on the upper ear is flexible metal that allows widening or tightening with a little force. It gives the impression that I pierced my upper ear. I either use it like I do here near the middle part of the ear grasping two ridges, or the way I did at first was just on the single outer ridge of the ear and a little higher up. I feel no discomfort and I’m so glad I am not allergic to lower metals. My hairstyle also flatters the use of earrings like this. They have room to shine with no hair in the way.
These are in a silver finish with fake crystal studs. I also got the gold finish pair in the same design except with pearl studs in case I needed to pair with gold accessories. The only letdown when I first bought these was the stud locks are not snug at all. In fact, the tiny metal imps slipped off from behind my lobes when I first attached them and I was like “What?! H&M are you kidding me?”. I rummaged among my earrings with missing partners and found some unused stud locks that put on the brakes and fit the studs better. No other piercings exist on me other than the default lobe stabs I got as an infant. I’m not AGAINST more piercings, I’m just being clear that I’m not gutsy like that. In fact, it’s my mom who has a second piercing (it’s also Mom who tells me I should tweet more and be more active on Instagram). I’d say 99.5% of the women who see these earrings on me for the first time love them and most think I got pierced again. I guess what makes these so wonderful is their simplicity and how originally indescribable they are.
Hi, everyone! I’ve secured a booth at the Bargain Hunt Bazaar which will be an event at Megatent, Libis (near Dampa). I’m expecting a huge, mid-range sale mix of retail, pre-loved, and novelty items. Mine won’t primarily be a makeup booth, mostly pre-loved apparel, but I will certainly have a little tray of trinkets and a few random unused cosmetic things for sale. My booth will consist primarily of pre-loved and mint condition apparel (clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories) compiled together by my family and mom’s clan.
Hehe, but don’t expect too much of a fancy setup on my part, we had little time as a family to plan for this, but I can assure you the quality and prices of items we’ll be putting on for sale will have you rummaging through our stuff with glee. Come on everybody, the more the merrier! Plus, get some super advanced Christmas shopping done and spare yourself the holiday rush! Like WildEvent’s Bargain Hunt Bazaar Facebook page within the next 2 days to get in for Free! Regular admission is Php80.00. I’ll tweet my both location as soon as I’m advised, follow me on twitter @blessmybag.… To full post & COMMENTS...
In IKEA Queensway, Singapore, that was where I spotted these lovely coated, galvanized (anti-rust) steel planters for $SGD 5.20 each (Php175). The IKEA “skurar” pots looked lacy to me and worthy of my dressing table. I’ve never seen a post done on these plant pots although I wouldn’t be surprised if people have already used them in this same way. This idea purely came to me while I was fixing and sorting my strewn calamity of costume jewelry last night, and I’m quite proud of having thought of this. The opportunity to fix was inspired by Vivianna, and the idea with the plant pots was instinctive.
These are majority of the makeup brushes I own and use professionally. Real life dictates that I not keep them all here, I’m merely showing that this can be done. The IKEA Skurar pot is actually somewhat tall for the brushes so I layered in some cotton wool at the bottom so that the brushes would stand above the rim with better height.
The stuff in the other pot will truly stay as is for the moment. This currently sits on top of my dresser with my brushes, body spray and hand lotion for daily use. I remember how my best friend, Alma, keeps her earrings plugged into a stand frame specifically made to store and display earrings. I’m particularly fond of the fact that this prettily scored plant pot does the job even if it was probably not meant for what I discovered it could do. In keeping with the “garden theme” the 3 pairs of earrings I chose to display are all birds or bird related. A suggestion would be to keep 3 or more most frequently used pairs out on display like this and the rest in a jewelry box you can keep nearby. You’re sure to use displayed accessories more often, because otherwise, if out of sight, out of mind. Read more to see more photos and another thing that surprised me.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I was asked by my childhood friend, Carissa, if I could do makeup for her first major video project for Weareveryday Manila. They put out an online “videozine” for the style site featuring four of the Philippines’ popular “stylista” bloggers and their style picks for the seasonal transition from Summer-Fall. It was a small but very inspiring jumpstart shoot project sponsored by Forever 21 that took place one month ago. They were just opting for a light made up look with strong brows…not really a “no make-up” look…you know, just needed to give them that PRETTY obvious blogger polish.
“WearEveryday Manila is an online fashion magazine that highlights readily available merchandise and translates runway/ celebrity fashion trends into everyday wearable ensembles. Wear everyday. Fashion everyday.“
It was quite fun to do this shoot and my hairstylist for the day, Renz Pangilinan (parang pinsan lang lol…but we’re not “related”), and I got up at the crack of dawn to get these bloggers ready! Step into a stream of behind the scenes photos, a combination of some of my own pics and other shots provided by “Isa” and her super hardworking team.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I’ve read ASOS being frequently mentioned by European beauty bloggers, including the Pixiwoo sisters, dear Charlotte (Lipglossiping) and my fave style blogger slash designer slash budding model, Anni Jurgenson aka Style Hurricane. ASOS is reportedly the UK’s largest online-only style and beauty retail store which hosts a vast list of brands inclusive of its own range of items. If I’ve got my research right ASOS stands for “As Seen On Screen”.
“ASOS.com is a global online fashion and beauty retailer and offers over 50,000 branded and own label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewelry andbeauty. ASOS has websites targeting the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia and also ships to over 190 other countries from its central distribution centre in the UK. Aimed at fashion forward 16-34 year olds, ASOS attracts over 13.6 million unique visitors a month and as at 30 September 2011 had 6.3 million registered users and 3.7 million active customers from 160 countries (defined as having shopped in the last 12 months).”
With the enormity of their online success ASOS has already gone and been global for quite a while now. The “candy” that calls out to the “children” is not just the fashion forward finds with complete size ranges but free membership and also their free standard shipping both ways policy (yes, Philippines included). For an additional cost, your purchase can arrive more speedily within as little as 4 days. So ASOS, in comparison to StrawberryNET is super similar, it’s just that StrawberryNET is a purely beauty discount store.
If for example you don’t like what you get or receive the wrong thing the item is returnable and refundable within a minimum time period. Sale periods also are not scarce on the website which makes them highly popular even among those who prefer their frequent dose of thrift. In fact now they have an ongoing SALE on the site with lots of select items generously marked down.
If you scan thru ASOS’ fashion section, oh especially the yummy Petite category, you’re bound to “ooh” and “ahh” like I did over several pieces that hands down look like must-haves (with the ongoing sale some have been marked down as low as 8-10 GBP). Read more to get to the full post and my personal picks under ASOS Beauty.… To full post & COMMENTS...