Tube tops need not be just for the bold and daring! Take it from the self-proclaimed ambassador of modest dressing (a.k.a. me). Most of the time, I think twice about showing off too much skin, but these tops pass my modesty test, thanks to the relaxed fit and the adorable sweetheart neckline.
Annual summer trip with the whole family! My brother had a year-long internship at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, so we didn’t really see him for a long time. Well, my mom and I visited him in Chicago last October 2013, but it was only this May that all six of us were complete again. It’s been 10 years since my last visit to San Francisco too!
On our first day in San Francisco, I met up with Kiks, one of my best friends in college. He’s been taking his master’s degree at an art school over there for about a year now, and is actually on a summer vacation here in Manila as of this writing! My brother’s flight from Wyoming got delayed so I had the whole morning free to do whatever I wanted!
Kiks brought me to Mission District, a rather hipster neighborhood which I instantly fell in love with.
Bright yellow pants! I belong here.
We didn’t expect the weather to be so warm and sunny that morning that we immediately had to take a break from all the walking within the first 30 minutes of our meeting.
Dandelion Chocolate along Valencia St. was our first stop! Kiks had an iced chocolate and I had some sort of chocolate-coffee hybrid drink which was absolutely glorious.
So many pretty, photogenic places in this area.
Taken at an overpriced barbershop. If I lived in the US, I’d probably just DIY everything! Don’t want to spend $50-100 for a simple haircut, lol.
Mission District is known to have the largest concentration of street art and building murals in the city. Can we have something like this place in Manila, please?
Día de los Muertos? San Francisco’s Hispanic neighborhood is also on Mission District.
Clarion Alley is a small street between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. Here you can find immensely colorful murals…
And houndstooth patterns on the floor!
I am too pastel for this wall.
"These hearts are dedicated to some members of the SF community who died. If your name’s here, you’re dead. :)"
Voldemort, is that you?
Normally, I’d be grossed out with giant insects, but…
I found a rare flamingo!
The area is also notable for vintage-inspired furniture…
…and bikes, the hipsters’ vehicles of choice.
Ever since I got hooked on Yowamushi Pedal, the idea of biking appeals to me so much. I never learned how to properly bike as a kid, but I’m set on starting in the near future.
So pretty! I want to own one of these.
Density was one of the independent shops that caught my eye. Good grammar is indeed sexy!
This reminded me so much of my friends who never go out without lipstick on.
I bet you read the “shiiing” part out loud.
Sock it to me! Let me have it!
A trip to the most artsy neighborhood in San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without some third wave coffee.
Apparently, they have a rule sheet at their back alley which reads, “Please be respectful of our Caledonia neighbors by not talking about annoying hipster topics, or who you f*cked last night. You shouldn’t do that anyhow, but our neighbors actually can hear you.”
Not talking about annoying hipster topics… is so hipster!
I wonder if you’ll get checkered tan lines if you stay put in this area the whole day.
One of our last stops before I had to head back to my hotel was FLAX art and design.
Arts and crafts supplies heaven right here. The possibilities are endless if you have this many available materials!
Somehow, I wasn’t surprised to see pink hair, tattoos, and patterned tank tops after going to The Mission.
Our the way back to my hotel on Geary St., Kiks and I passed by Christopher Clark Fine Art since they had Mucha lithographs. Spazzed like crazy people because we (and our little college group) adore Art Nouveau!
Aaand that, my friends, was the most hipster morning that I’ve ever had in my life. Stay tuned for more San Francisco goodness in the next couple of weeks!
This is the part where I start running out of things to say, because I have absolutely no idea whether I want this outfit to be more S/S or F/W. While it’s a non-issue in the real world, I usually at a loss for words if an outfit is just an outfit without a particular theme or purpose. Forgive me just this once! Truth be told, describing outfits is actually quite challenging. I guess it’s because we normally don’t really go around telling people the inspiration or feelings behind our outfits.
Picking up from that, I think food blogging is a lot easier since we’re all naturally more vocal about our gustatory perceptions. I’d probably make a horrible food blogger, though. People who know how to cook are usually the ones who are most critical about flavor. I have zero cooking skills, and I’m pretty much solved with anything that is immensely sweet, salty or savory. I don’t really have much to say about what I eat in general. I exist to devour everything!
I can already imagine what I would write in my imaginary food blog: “Steak was good. The mashed potatoes! ME GUSTA! I need more of those in my life. YAAAAAAS - the carrots were everything! And the wine gave me so many feels. OM NOM NOM NOM, this whole meal.” Basically, it’s going to be just as annoying as my current blog, lol.
Modern fairy look. All I need now are wings!
Le Bunny Bleu currently has their whole S/S 2014 collection on sale. When I went to visit their store in Shang, I didn’t have an excuse not to get these Twiggy flats anymore, especially when I saw the 50% off tag. I’m already psyched for mid-September because I’m honestly more of a F/W kind of girl. Looking forward to a new batch of comfy, stylish, and perfect-for-everyday shoes from one of my favorite shoe brands.
Slightly related story about Le Bunny Bleu shoes - I’ve been watching a K-drama called Master’s Sun recently (thanks to my friends Crissey and Farrah’s recommendation), and noticed a brief cameo of Le Bunny Bleu in one of the episodes, lol. Joo Jоong-won planned Kingdom Mall well!
Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599) and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).
Now officially part of the Pond’s family! I’ve been using Pond’s products for as long as I can remember, and I often consider the brand as my first ever introduction to skincare and beauty.
Last July 10th, Pond’s Philippines held a “Beautiful Story” gala at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati to launch the newest Pond’s endorser, as well as to show snippets of the Pond’s girls’ transformation stories.
It was such an honor to stand on the same stage as the 16 other Pond’s ambassadors, especially since I used to just admire them from afar! I never imagined that I could be part of this roster in my lifetime. Thanks to Pond’s for emphasizing that there is a place for different kinds of beauty in this world.
One of the things I love about Pond’s is that it’s out there to prove that beauty is attainable, and that real beauty also includes inner beauty. They never make it seem like it’s intimidating, like there is only one mold for someone to be considered beautiful. Even a quiet, geeky girl like me can find a place to belong!
Of course, I couldn’t let this special event pass without taking any photos!
With my loves Angie and Ogie! I’ve worked with them before as a photographer, so it was really fun and interesting to be the one sitting on the make-up chair this time.
Soft smokey eyes was the peg for the night! I wish I could do this kind of make-up on myself. Like, how awesome were these eyebrows?
Ogie’s masterpiece! They decided to put my hair up since I always have it down for my OOTDs.
Rhoy worked on pretty Patricia’s hair!
Time for touch-ups with Kryz!
This is what dreams are made of. The decors reminded me so much of Elsa’s castle in Frozen.
We look like characters from Guardians of the Galaxy! Here I am with my good friend, Ms. Beauty and Sparkle, Nicole.
Thanks to Reese Rubin for styling us for the event! Had a few outfit changes before this, but the high neck + simplicity in this one pretty much hit the mark for me.
One of the rare moments I wore backless to an event. Or to anywhere.
Preview and Candy represent!
Dinner time. The menu was all sorts of perfect!
I had some fancy sea bass.
Le boyfriend had some foie gras steak.
Pond’s blogger ambassadors! All white with Patricia, Kryz, Nicole and Laureen.
After dinner, they started showing our photos on the revolving stage. ”I used to be just behind the scenes, but now I found the confidence to stand in front of the camera.”
To those who have followed me since the beginning of time (i.e. deviantART or even Livejournal days 10 years ago), I’ve really come a long way, huh? I used to always cover my face and never talk in public because I was shy and afraid of so many things. Once, I was so set on never showing my face, and just settling for behind the scenes forever.
I’m still the same awkward girl, but I’m no longer scared. :)
With Patricia Prieto, Heart Evangelista and Laureen Uy for Pond’s Flawless White.
Agoo Bengzon, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo for Pond’s Age Miracle.
Tweetie De leon-Gonzales, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, Apples Aberin, and Hindy Weber-Tantoco for Pond’s Age Miracle.
Thank you remarks by Apples Aberin. To her left (our right) is the newest endorser of Pond’s, Toni Gonzaga. I’m really happy that she was chosen as the new face of Pond’s because her beauty is really off the charts! Backstage, she also seemed so sweet and friendly, and I think I spent a good few seconds just admiring how perfect her skin was!
Toni shared the beautiful story behind that beautiful face we often see on our television sets. It was all too familiar. It was a story that all girls can definitely relate to. Toni used to go to auditions and feel discouraged whenever she was surrounded by beautiful women. But her drive and talent persevered, making her beauty shine like no other.
With Mr. Rohit Jawa, Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines.
With all the Pond’s girls! From top left: Charlene Gonzalez, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Apples Aberin, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Agoo Bengson, Patricia Prieto, Tricia Gosingtian, Toni Gonzaga, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Nicole Andersson, Kryz Uy, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, Laureen Uy, Heart Evangelista, Julia Barretto, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Hindy Weber-Tantoco.
Thank you for calling us “The Philippines’ Most Beautiful Faces” <3 We all share the same dream to inspire Filipinas that they too can be more beautiful than they ever imagined.
Stay tuned for our personal transformation videos soon. Discover the #BeautifulStory behind every beautiful face, and you might just discover yours.