BLOG SALE AND A “ME BEFORE YOU”-ish TOPSHOP SWEATER

Just wanted to quickly announce that my spring cleaning blog sale is up here at the second tab  on the upper left corner of the site (after About Julia)  and this sale consists of ten tops I haven’t been using in awhile but are still eye candy and in good condition…INCLUDING what I believe to be the main event of this sale: a TOPSHOP real knit wool sweater that I spotted and very likely being worn by Emilia Clarke in the Me Before You upcoming film trailer.  This particular piece I’m convinced is the main event of my blog sale.  If you’re one who travels abroad a lot this is for you, sadly we don’t have whether chilly enough locally for me to use it more often.

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I’m like 99.9% sure it’s the same sweater, given that Me Before You is pretty much a British film with British actors and Topshop being a UK brand.  Obviously there is film grading in most movies, so I didn’t spot it right away, only when I applied a cooling filter (to match the grading in the film) to the warmer photo of the texture of my sweater (which killed all the orange dots) did I realize that it most likely is what it is.  If it isn’t that exact sweater  it’s twinning quite closely to be sure.  To buy this sweater or the other items I have for sale go here for the links to ebay or to the tab after About Julia.

 


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KC’s CLOSET OPENS! LAUNCH VIDEO MAKEUP BY ME

Today is KC Concepcion’s birthday and just after midnight she launched a huge gift for fans and followers worldwide that may change the face of online shopping as we know it locally.  Welcome, dear friends, to KC’s Closet, an online shop where she offers her premium pre-loved items for sale and where profits ultimately go to a precious cause.

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In a way I’m glad I was able to contribute to the project by doing all the makeup for her launch video here! 🙂  Go easy on me, haha.  Prices by the way on the site range from mid-range affordable to pre-loved luxury, you’ll be surprised at some really cool deals you’ll be able to score by diligently browsing and regularly checking back for updates.   Click through to see more screenshots of what the main parts of the site look like and watch the launch video where I did makeup at the end of the post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HAPPY SKIN x PLAINS & PRINTS | PRINTS MADE PRETTY

Another year with Happy Skin cosmetics can only get better.  They’ve made way into love month with a fun makeup and style collaboration alongside the brand’s clothing retail partner Plains & Prints.  Imagine a clothing line inspired by a makeup collection, different indeed!  The clothes will be exclusively available via Zalora.com.ph from February 10-17.  This post features the cosmetics, mainly the lippies.  Sorry to say you now must know I felt slightly overcome with nausea and palpitations in the fitting room while fitting clothes at the event.  I even had to ask for a glass of water to be brought to me inside the fitting room, something about too much caffeine.  Just know that with me excess caffeine + crowds + decisions are not a good combination, haha.  There vanished any resolve to shoot OOTDs after.

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The makeup collection features our favorite Happy Skin Shut up & Kiss me lippies in two new shades and extremely new glam makeup items never before done by Happy Skin.  I personally took all my photos at the event, flatlay models on the floor included, except for the shot of me above by Ira, a Happy Skin intern who used my camera.    Read on to see me try these out and see the rest of the post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

SAD? Spend VDay at Spectrum Fair MNL, Feb. 13-14

Oh, stop those tears!  Go to Spectrum Fair MNL, Dears!  Kick spending hearts’ day alone at the mall up the backside and join team Spectrum for the fun at Whitespace MNL, Pasong Tamo Extension from Feb.13-14, 2016, SAT/SUN 10am-9pm.  Also, my cousin’s Shape Shop #SOLAathletica activewear line I mentioned several posts ago will be there at the fair! PhotoGrid_1454983818752

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Meet, greet, and share a treat!  My cousin Ella (@ellapangilinanx) is releasing her personal activewear line named #SOLAathletica with Shape Shop there at the event.  Hope to see you there (and hope nothing in real life disrupts my plans to go LOL).  Watch Spectrum Fair Manila’s behind the scenes and see its well-loved supporters pass on the cheese.

Behind the Scenes: Spectrum Fair Manila from Raymond Teraoka Dacones on Vimeo.

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THE SHAPE SHOP x ELLA ACTIVEWEAR

Last year my cousin Donny Pangilinan picked me as his Secret Santa baby (funny because the year prior he was mine) and as a gift for Christmas 2015 from him I received this activewear top designed by his sister, my other lovely cousin, Ella Pangilinan (@ellapangilinanx).  She collaborated with The Shape Shop at first of which she is now a partner (@the.shape.shop on Instagram) on a limited collection of activewear which involved active tops and leggings with a twist last quarter.  Ella is a working student who handles the branding and marketing for the Shape Shop while at the same time purveying pretty activewear through her personal line.  Her aim is to develop minimally styled activewear you can freely combine together with other casual pieces you have in your closet meaning they are in contemporary neutral hues and simple styles.  Soon her permanent line under The Shape Shop will be christened Sola.

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The Shape Shop x ELLA Bralette

I’ve always felt somewhat detached from swimwear and activewear for the same reasons a ton of you out there do, for all things shapely and the lack of assets where assets ought to be (lol) and excess where you’d rather not have it, plus the style selection.  This ELLA Bralette top in particular immediately received a couple of inquiries from famous bloggers and vloggers I was with when I wore it on my first day at our NIVEA gathering a couple of days ago in Bohol.  Read on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

GOLDEN GLOBES 2016 Red Carpet | My Best Five in Beauty

I didn’t catch the live telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, but annual A-list award shows always excite me because of the idea of how many production people are involved in serving and grooming the talents from head to toe.  To see the finished product is really exciting.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I caught up with some research and browsing of the event online and thought I’d do a round up of my best 5 in beauty among the ladies, with some behind the scenes beauty scoop thrown in.  For the most part, I found out who did their faces, and for a couple I managed to Sherlock some of the products.  Of course photo sources will be cited at the end and the ladies are not mentioned in order of rank, they’re all beautiful in a different way.  Read on…… To full post & COMMENTS...

Random Rave – Topshop Cute-As-A-Button Pink Tape Measure

I’m actually not sure if I should be sharing slash promoting this…so let’s say for now I’m just raving, but I found this Topshop tape measure and got it off Ebay and it was so, so cute and could not resist placing an order for it…then I found out, oops, it happened to be a freebie with online global purchases.

It cost me about £8.50 in total with shipping from Ebay, so that’s about Php500.  It’s actually the current free gift with ANY ORDER from the Topshop.com global website so I’m not quite exactly sure if they’re giving these out with purchases also at Topshop boutiques locally…I’d say most probably not, but it’s better to be sure so you can check your local boutique first.  Anyway some enterprising, international Topshop shoppers obviously thought they didn’t need the ones they got with their purchases so that’s how some ended up on Ebay and they lured in happy suckers like me…I’m not regretting the purchase because I really don’t plan to get Topshop clothes online and so this was practically the only way I could own one for myself.  So just be aware that if you plan to do some online Topshop shopping… there is no need to pay just to get one of these off the net elsewhere, you’ll certainly get one with your online purchase.  I’ve no time right now to put up my wishlists but the photos are certainly piling up and both the Beauty and Non-Beauty Wishlist editions will be up soon.  I’ve got to do groceries and Christmas shopping for now hence the quick random post.  Cheerio dahlingz…

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Emerald Green for 2013! – So Says Pantone

In all honesty green is one of my least favorite shades when it comes to makeup and clothes.  Because I have a very yellow undertone with oriental skin it’s not exactly a shade that complements me.  However if I absolutely had to choose a shade of green I would definitely lean towards emerald, the more cooler in the spectrum which sits somewhat in between kelly forest green and teal, do not confuse forest green or British racing green with emerald, totally different shades altogether.  Emerald has just been announced the Pantone color of the year for 2013 and while I might not wear it often I am glad it is the sort of green I prefer.  I only own one piece of emerald clothing, and it’s a tailored linen tube top Mom got me from Indonesia.  On my face I used L’oreal Lucent Magique foundation, Missha Perfect Concealer, Anastasia Express Brow kit for brows, and an Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Mystic Mauve (from a Travel Exclusive set).

I’m wearing MBMJ stud earrings and over my emerald top I’m wearing my new M|phosis necklace (Php590)  in a gunmetal shade which I have been finding quite easy to wear even over plain white T-shirt tops.  I don’t usually force the issue and insist that I rock the color of the year with my wardrobe…never the case really but it’s fun to be able to see how the shade can work for you and just how many emerald green things the fashion industry will cough up for next year.  I don’t think I’d ever try emerald as makeup on myself, at most perhaps a gel liner or liquid liner just for fun but on a day to day basis I don’t think so.  Do you think you’ll be rocking 2013’s color of the year in any way?… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Anteprima Illustrated Tote Bag – My Most Major HK Purchase

I didn’t expect to find a uniquely classy bag I could afford at this point, but trekking to Citygate in Tung Chung, the 30-min last stop on the orange train line from Hong Kong central, made it possible.  I’d ventured out to visit a friend based near the fishing community of Tai O (a charming, rustic place) and on my way back to the city I scored this absolutely charming, illustrated Anteprima tote at Citygate, for 30% off at the final price of $HK 976/approx. Php5200.

“The brand was conceived by Izumi Ogino in year 1993, in hope of creating a brand for a modern woman with an appreciation for timeless luxury and contemporary style. A woman who can exist anywhere in the world, her flair transcends borders.The ANTEPRIMA woman, as created by IZUMI OGINO.  She has captivated the fashion world since the label’s debut – as its name means in Italian – at Milano Moda Donna in 1998.”ElementsHK.COM

I liked the brand Anteprima the first time I laid eyes on the boutique in Singapore.  It’s a brand that absolutely gets me.  Anteprima basically means “a preview” or “debut” in Italian but it was created by the effortlessly beautiful Japanese designer, Izumi Ogino in the mid 90s.  She absolutely loves Italy and works mostly with materials from that region and always presents her collections in Milan. Izumi’s dainty but modern creations remind me of a more delicate Asian take off from luxury brands that know women inside out.  These brands get that it’s not about being full-blown regal 24/7, it’s also about being elegantly chill in those moments when you need to be.  Brands like those aren’t afraid to get playful in terms of design and know how to do it properly, NOT AT the expense of taste, like for example Chanel or Kate Spade.

Anteprima is mainly known for its famously pretty and dainty “wire bags” as well as shoes and dresses, but those were off the budget for me.  Read more to get the full review, a closer look at the bag’s features, and my musings on this bag that I’m quite happy to own.… To full post & COMMENTS...