#TeenWeekPH

Posted on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

TeenWeekPH was a week-long event “to empower Filipino teens to be ready for the future by teaching them the value of personal care and hygiene to their overall confidence” (as said by Unilever’s head of Personal Care, Gina Lorenzana). Unilever went to different schools nationwide for this project. Wish I was able to experience it as a high school student! This would’ve totally helped me boost my confidence and set my priorities straight.

Nonetheless, I was happy to be part of the culminating event last September 26 as a Pond’s ambassador.

Here were some of the photos I took during the event—

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 The event was held at SM Aura’s SMX Convention Center Hall 2.

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Super cute pink and blue stage!

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Participating Unilever brands.

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The fun part about this event: the activity booths for each day of the week.

#MoveUpMonday focused on the different physical and emotional changes that adolescence brings.

#TransformTuesday touched on beauty and self-esteem.

#WorkItWednesday was dedicated to showing teens how to build confidence and hone their talents.

#ThinkBigThursday was about pursuing their passions, dreaming big and chasing their dreams.

#FutureFriday will be about forging lasting friendships and building relationships.

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This really reminded me of high school fairs! I haven’t been to one since I graduated from high school, so thank you TeenWeekPH for making a mini-fair for us!

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Love this booth so much! What a cool idea!

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Things to ponder on :)

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What’s a teen event without the best-selling teen magazine? I’ll always be a Candy girl.

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I was part of this booth, along with fellow bloggers and Pond’s girls Kryz and Patricia. 

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Teens were encouraged to take a photo with this flower wall as the background. So pretty!

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The Patricias <3

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In our white and pink outfits to match Pond’s brand colors. My dress if from MERCURYDUO S/S14! Got it in Japan last May but was really saving it for a Pond’s event, lol. Shoes from Mango!

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We promise you we’re actually very prim and proper.

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What bloggers do backstage.

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With Elmo and the PBB kids! 

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Thanks to everyone who went and participated in this project! Based on research, hygiene among teens really improved after TeenWeekPH. Congrats to Unilever! Hopefully I’ll still be around to witness the next event in 2015!

(MURUA top, INGNI skirt, Kate Spade bag, The SM Store SM Makati heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Note to self: Buy more patterned midi skirts.

Las Vegas June 2014 Part 1

Posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

Vegas was the last leg of my annual family summer trip. My parents have been here a couple of times, and they wanted me and my siblings to see it at least once in our lifetimes. This being said, I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to this place again… unless there’s an important event that I have to attend. It’s a great place to unwind if you’re into casinos, pool parties, sexy girls, celebrity chefs, touring hotels, and whatnot. Unfortunately, my heart lies in big cities, and places with museums and historical architecture. 

To be fair, I have to chalk my so-so Vegas experience up to getting super sick and spraining my foot out of nowhere, lol. Murphy’s law. I kept joking to my parents about Vegas knowing of my disapproval. As a form of revenge, it decided to pull a bad prank on me! 

Oh well. At least I struck gold with shows like Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, and Cirque du Soleil’s O. I don’t mind going to Vegas for the shows. I do mind that I have absolutely nothing to do during the day, haha

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Paris’ Eiffel Tower?

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain?

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Venice’s Campanile di San Marco?

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No, it’s just Vegas, haha.

Daytime!Vegas is not the Vegas we always see in movies.

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How Vegas looks like before all the parties start. Not a surprise to see only a few people walking around. The rest are still probably nursing their hangovers…

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Or sleeping their hearts out because a lot of the shows end rather late…

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Or gambling, lol.

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Hey Crissey, I found a Coke store!

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If you walk along the street, you can find a lot of people wearing costumes and asking for donations. 

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It’s scorching hot during the day so everyone’s somewhat forced to go inside the hotels and malls… which are all inspired by different countries! 

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I love me some Rick Owens.

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"Killer" boots.

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Went to Carlo’s Bakery, home of the Cake Boss! It’s times like these that I’m grateful to have a foodie as a younger brother. I would’ve totally skipped this place if I were just on my own.

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Of course, I had to get my favorite kind of cake - strawberry shortcake! It was glorious.

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Would you have your face immortalized like those busts that we see in museums…?

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Saw Chrome Hearts at Caesar’s Palace. If you follow K-pop boy groups, you’ve probably heard about this brand before.

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I’ve always wanted that LV bag. 

As if I don’t already have a surplus of black bags. u_u

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The H&M store in Caesar’s Palace is something that you definitely can’t miss! It is all sorts of beautiful.

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Sickly me, resting before the Absinthe show. 

We only decided which shows to watch once we arrived in Vegas. We asked around, and read some reviews online. A lot of people raved about Absinthe, a show that I’ve never heard of before.

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The show was a mix of acrobatics, cabaret, and adult humor.

We’re all old enough in the family to not be awkward when watching these things together…

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…and they actually laughed their asses off when I got randomly called on stage to receive lap dances from strangers.

LOL @ the chances of me being chosen!

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The show’s not all about adult humor though! The stunts were all pretty good too.

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Finally, nighttime! Now this is the Vegas that I know.

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The world’s largest chocolate fountain in Bellagio!

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Paris, Las Vegas. Kind of like New York, Cubao. Or not really.

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Speaking of New York…

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All of the lights - cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights.

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Vegas show girls? Or just some random girls cosplaying as show girls?

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Vegas life only starts once the sun goes down.

Still have 2 posts to go, then I’m finally done with all my US 2014 posts! I secretly don’t want it to end though. Obviously. What am I doing posting a trip from June… in October?!

SM Makati: Hello Kitty

Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014

Never mind the debate whether Hello Kitty is really a cat or not, because at the end of the day, she’s still the same kawaii icon that we’ve grown to love through the years! 

Did you know that on November 1st, Hello Kitty will already be celebrating her 40th birthday? I envy all those who can go to the first ever Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles. I can only imagine how cute everything will be.

(SM Accessories Hello Kitty headband, necklace, GTW by SM top)

Since I can’t attend Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday celebration, I’ll just wear Hello Kitty fashion as a form of tribute to my childhood favorite. I recently found a Hello Kitty nook in The SM Store’s Girls Teens Wear section, and couldn’t help but help raise awareness for it since it’s super underrated!

I must say that it is all kinds of purr-fect!

Hello Kitty meets FIFA World Cup! GTW by SM has these adorable crop tops of all the countries that participated in the recent league… except Japan? So I had to get the South Korea top as a second choice, lol. 

Not complaining though! The Korean embassy granted me a 3-year multiple-entry visa the same day I wore this outfit. Foreshadowing…?!

Can’t wait for my Seoul trip at the end of the month!

(GTW by SM Hello Kitty top and skirt, SM Accessories cap, SM Parisian bag, SM Shoes Chocolate Schubar heels) 

Paired my sporty crop top and cap with a girly skater skirt and ankle-strap heels. (Pardon the K-pop wannabe pose! I just had to!)

The Hello Kitty corner of GTW by SM also has Hello Kitty-patterned long-sleeved tops and hoodies. I had to get this top because of its overflowing potential to instantly kawaii-fy any outfit.

(GTW by SM Hello Kitty top, skirt, jacket, SM Accessories necklace, ribbon, and bag, SM Shoes Solemate flats) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Put a ribbon pin on my jacket for maximum Hello Kitty feels. I was THISCLOSE to putting it on my hair, but figured I might be too old for that now, haha! 

Hello Kitty fanatics, check out the Hello Kitty character goods in SM Makati if you have time! You won’t be disappointed! <3

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H&M in Manila

Posted on Thursday, 16 October 2014

H&M is finally in the Philippines, and it’s officially opening in Mega Fashion Hall at 9AM tomorrow! I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP party last night, and of course, I spent all my time taking photos instead of shopping. PRIORITIES! Sharing is caring!

This post is a sneak peek at H&M's first store in the country!

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Fashion for all - this can’t be any truer. The prices are so shockingly affordable! I can’t even! No need to go to Hong Kong or Singapore for H&M anymore! 

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THE WAIT IS OVER!

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When I arrived, I already knew the VIP Party was off to a good start.

The first person I saw on the red carpet was DJ YULIA. MADEMOISELLE YULIA. IN THE FLESH. I HAD TO KEEP MYSELF FROM SPAZZING OUT LOUD. Anyhow, someone asked me why I didn’t take a selfie with her. I was actually about to do so, when I was suddenly overridden by my experiences in Japanese fashion shows and events. I noticed people rarely take selfies with famous people or strangers! Didn’t want to freak her out haha /shy

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With Unilever’s Cheskie Ayson! Matchy-matchy black strappy shoes!

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All black.

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All white.

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Manila-appropriate F/W dressing.

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Large-brimmed hats, oversized coats, and a hint of yellow and gold. Would wear all these outfits in a heartbeat.

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Time to hoard all the classic button-downs!

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Just because I matched the mannequins’ colors - black, white, and oxblood.

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My hat wasn’t out of place either!

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Casual, everyday dressing with denim and sporty elements.

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For all the exercise addicts out there!

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SPOTTED (get it?) - brown leather and leopard prints.

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Sparkle and shimmer with this sophisticated blazer and pants set.

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If I only had time to line up at the counter (there were way too many people, lol, I gave up shopping halfway through my stay), I would totally get these items.

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3 floors of retail heaven. Now you know where all your Christmas money will go.

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Kids nowadays are so lucky! So many cute options at such affordable prices.

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Itty bitty Hello Kitty.

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Check out all that pink! Every little girl’s dream.

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Calm before the storm. The number of people tripled a few minutes after this shot was taken. Can’t imagine the crowd tomorrow!

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Batman vs Superman? 2016, please come sooner.

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’90s grunge style is still going strong! 

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Ankle boots for colder days.

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First blogger sighting - Lissa and Camille! 

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Sandwiched in between these two pretty ladies. Guys, be jealous.

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White tops with Tracy and Aisa.

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Make-up gurus Angela, Nikki, and Sabs.

The shoe section brings all the fashion and beauty bloggers to the yard. You’ll know where to find us in shopping events like this.

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Ateneo represent! With cool girls Maxene and Saab.

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For all the girls with resting bitch faces. It’s not our fault. :(

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Winter wonderland at the men’s section. If the female mannequins wore floppy hats, the male mannequins sported beanies!

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That plaid is definitely sharp.

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Quirky t-shirts for your hipster brother or boyfriend.

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David G., is this you…

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Suddenly, the real David G. Also love your new haircut, Ira! 

At this point, I started bumping into some familiar faces one after the other.

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Everywhere We Shoot! So not used to seeing Garovs with dark hair! 

We spazzed over DJ Yulia together since not a lot of people in the event knew who she was!

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Hi Alyanna + photobomber at the back.

H&M, you’re something else. Literally everyone in the industry I had the chance to meet/work with were all present during the event.

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Candy girls Marla and Macy. <3

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And last but not the least, Yulia! SHE LOOKED AT ME AND MY CAMERA. <3

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She was already wearing Alexander Wang for H&M! 

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Ribbons by the counter. I can’t wait for my hair to grow so I can finally experiment with hair accessories!

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Should I get this iPhone case? Y/Y?

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That mock-neck bejeweled top, I covet. It’s in my favorite navy too. /cry

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Long coats and leather jackets seem to be two of the biggest outerwear trends this season! I’m already preparing my wallet for my next visit to H&M. Will need these items to warm me up for my upcoming fall and winter trips! <3

Shop JRunway Now Ships Internationally

Posted on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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(JRunway Dispark gingham set and Borny top, Ray Cassin jacket, Topshop sneakers, EMODA choker) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

This was my Universal Studios Osaka outfit that didn’t push through, lol. Typhoon Mario arrived on the day of our departure, so our airline had to postpone our flight to the next day. Good thing they sponsored us accommodations! Once things got calmer, Crissey shot our matchy-matchy gingham outfits so we can at least blog about them! 

I was really looking forward to wearing this outfit from JRunway - you guys know how obsessed I am with Japanese style! I noticed that Japan’s gingham game is still going strong, only they switched their pastel pinks and baby blues with more F/W colors now. And I don’t know what’s more F/W than black and white.

Thanks to JRunway for sending me this perfect summer-to-fall transition outfit! I’m pretty sure they’re the closest that we’ll ever get to an international online store that sells the trendiest Japanese fashion. It’s really the best time to fall in love with Japanese culture because they’re starting to open up to the idea of becoming global brands.

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Me in the JRunway store in Plaza Singapura, as snapped by my brothers who went to Singapore last month. The photo above was part of this photoshoot that I did in Tokyo last March. Crossing fingers something similar can open in Manila! We could definitely use more Japanese fashion here! 

In the meantime, ordering online is the top option if you don’t have immediate opportunities to fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. JRunway used to just ship to Singapore, but good news - They now have overseas delivery to different countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand.

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Tired of seeing brands like ESPERANZA, GAL STAR, SPIRALGIRL, ROYAL PARTY, 3rd by VANQUISH, X-Girl, muse muse, etc. in Japanese magazines only, and frustrated that you can’t go to Japan and buy all these Japanese goodies?

JRunway can now ship to these countries! The Philippines is included - HALLELUJAH 

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If you order now until the 21st, you can get some free Biore samples too! A lot of Japanese women swear by Biore, so now’s your chance to try it out.

Here’s a short video about JRunway! If it’s any help, JRunway is the first ever Japanese multi-brand store in Southeast Asia, and it showcases more than 15 hottest fashion brands from Japan. Currently, these brands are available at 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-54, Singapore 238839, but they recently opened an online store to accommodate fans of Japanese fashion from all over the world.

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