Bless These Bags – Serious Bag Shopping, Alexander Wang/Kate Spade

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.


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The Lady Dior Web Documentaries with Marion Cotillard – Episode 1 “Fantasia”

This caught my eye online and I saw that it was posted by Dior only a week ago.  It’s so refreshing to hear the lovely Marion Cotillard speak in her native language.

Enter the House of Dior in this first “webisode” slash installment of the Lady Dior Web Documentaries.  In this first video out, you get a barely 2-minute glimpse of the glory of cuts and stitches as seasoned seamstresses fashion some of the brand’s most beautifully tailored creations for their beautiful brand ambassador.

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Star Magic Ball Glamour – Engaged Couple Paolo Valenciano & Samantha Godinez

Hundreds of celebrities and influential individuals made their way into Shangrila Makati last night for the sensational event that is the Star Magic Ball, an ABS-CBN celebration of the network’s hardworking, shining stars.  Here’s one glimpse of a couple I knew personally at that posh event and I beam with pride because Sam asked me to do her makeup after we finished work on an album cover shoot together yesterday.

Sam’s Dress by Eric Delos Santos, Sam’s Hair done by Bernard

Products I Used for Sam’s Star Magic Ball Look

SAM’S BASE: MUD Make Up Designory Cream Foundation in YG 3, Chanel Soleil De Tan Bronzing Base (contour), MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC 35, Laura Mercier Transparent Loose Setting Powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder in MEDIUM (for sheen), Benefit Watts Up Highliter just along Cheekbones, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface.

SAM’S EYES and BROWS: Topshop Potted Eyeshadow Mousse in “Glint”, Stila Smudgestick in Damsel, False Lashes, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara (after curling falsies and lashes together), K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Brow Pen.  Sam does her own brows perfectly and she especially likes them thick.

SAM’S LIPS: Jordana Lipstick in Beige Glow (I lent her the lipstick for the evening)

Unlike a lot of the makeup seen at the Star Magic Ball Sam wanted to keep it noticeable but fresh, simple, and neutral to round off her already flashy silver-sequined, dress and please her fiancee’s reserved taste.  Paolo Valenciano’s dapper suit was provided for the event by 5cm.

INSTAGRAMS BY SAM (at the end of the night)

My cousin, Pao, proposed to his girlfriend Samantha Tabuena-Godinez  last June 15, 2012 while his father, Gary V., was touring in California.  Trivia token, in case you didn’t know, Sam’s father, Jaime Godinez owns Sound Check, which is the country’s top sound engineering and services company and they are entrusted with Gary Valenciano’s concerts and almost every major foreign music production that makes its way to the Philippines.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My H&M Statement Earrings – Simply Can’t Stop Wearing Them

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.

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Fully Booked Filler – Rainy Day Reads & a Gift

The weather has just been pretty gloomy lately, hasn’t it?  I’ll admit I’ve been a bit lazy on my beauty posts in the last few days and even skipped 1 or 2 days of pilates (that otherwise would have been daily) not just because of the moody weather but also because I’ve been spending a bit more quiet time with my family.  I’ll catch up soon.  It’s just that all those true but horrid stories on the news about people dying, drowning, or being crushed just made me want to silently be with my own pack.  My mom, who has been working ever since before I was born, has also chosen to retire…from advertising, but not from work in its entirety.  She’s still got something new up her sleeve in another field.  At the moment she’s in transition and she’s been home a lot which is quite comforting to say the least.  To pounce on today’s topic: I refrain from buying magazines.  I do miss physically pouring over them, though.  They’re easier on the eyes than blogs and sites online when I just don’t want to be glued to my laptop and they’re great references to show clients when they’re unsure of what they want makeup-wise.  In addition to food, Mom likes treating me to magazines every now and then, today was one of those days.  I have also been reading books again in bed which is something I super duper miss, will mention which books in another post after I get a few beauty and giveaway posts up.

NYLON Singapore Aug 2012/British VOGUE Sept 2012/ELLE UK Sept 2012 travel size/Star Wars Moleskine Notebook

I do usually prefer a British Vogue issue over the U.S. Issue.  The features of the latter are often so smothered by an avalanche of advertisements.  British Vogue is just a delight to read, there’s just something in the way they sequence the ads and features together in a harmonious way.  It’s not often as thick as their U.S. sister but in their case less is more.  Don’t get me wrong, Vogue U.S. is still splendid, it’s just that for me there’s a quality I look for in that magazine that is missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it.  I’m not an EDITORIAL EXPERT, but for my personal taste the content of British Vogue more often than not is rich, exceptionally well-written and of course it only boosts my love and fascination of all things British even more (maybe that’s it…really).  The only items I bought with my own money was the NYLON Singapore AUG issue which I didn’t intend to buy (I grabbed it & thought ’twas a SEPT issue. Obviously Lost in TRANSACTION) and the limited edition Star Wars Moleskin notebook which I’m planning to gift to someone dear to me on that person’s birthday.  Price?  Php999=Php1k, yipe, but that person is worth it and I’m going to pen, pimp, and personalize its intro pages.

Relatives, if you are reading this and know who I am referring to, do not share because I know he doesn’t read my blog.  There were two kinds of Star Wars Moleskine LTD Edition notebooks.  I saw the Silver Light Speed design but I preferred this bronze embossed one with the nostalgic scrolling text supers.  This design felt more epic and the ascending synopsis always lends itself to the act of chronicling one’s own EPISODE in life.… To full post & COMMENTS...

WearEveryday Manila Summer-Fall 2012 Videozine – Makeup for Bloggers Camille, Cheyser, Vern, and Lissa

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.

HAIRSTYLIST – Renz Pangilinan, for bookings 09153727262

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...

ASOS Online Style & Beauty Retail – Free Global Shipping Both Ways No Minimum Spend

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 HurricaneASOS 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.

Country, No. of working days to ship, standard shipping cost

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...

The Faux Undercut, Rebel Sans the Buzz – As Seen in Vogue UK

If you havent the heart to shave it but want to try a current, hot off the runway hairstyle this is a beautiful option from p.284 of Vogue UK’s April issue. 

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Take a section of hair just above the nape and braid upwards, try different kinds of braids, just till they join the rest of the hair in a neater style.… To full post & COMMENTS...