SM Makati: Celebrity Style - Burgundy Pants

Posted on Friday, 10 October 2014

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I got a new burgundy pants from SM Woman recently, so I took cues from some of Hollywood’s favorite street style stars on how to wear the trend.

Here are Taylor Swift, Olivia Palermo (one of my ultimate style inspirations!), and Selena Gomez rocking it! This is one item that you can’t not have this season. These pants are the perfect alternative to classic blue/black/gray jeans, because you can dress them up or down depending on the items that your pair them with. They can be both fun and sophisticated, so you’ll definitely want to have this in your closet.

(SM Woman pants)

Here’s my Taylor Swift-inspired outfit! Paired my burgundy pants with different black items for that casual “New York” look.

(If you’re wondering why I didn’t go for stripes - Taylor loves polka dots, I think, more than stripes, haha)

(SM Woman pants, SM Accessories necklace and earrings)

Olivia Palermo never fails to make everything look classy! I look up to her so much that I decided to grow my bangs out as an attempt to look like her (in my dreams, lol). I also part my hair in the middle all the time because of her. <3

If you think burgundy pants are hard to match with other items, think again! Olivia’s outfit only shows that you can wear it with other autumn colors, and still end up looking put-together. 

(GTW by SM vest, SM Parisian bag, SM Woman pants)

Selena’s style is quite different from mine, but here’s my own interpretation of her outfit!

I love that she mixed her burgundy pants with sporty elements! Good thing I found a vest that looks like a varsity jacket, only with the sleeves cut off.

Had so much fun creating this entry! I’m really set on making this a regular thing - cross your fingers I don’t get lazy, haha.

See you guys at SM Makati one of these days! I can’t wait to check out the newest stocks.

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SM Makati: Jeffrey Campbell

Posted on Friday, 10 October 2014

This is currently my favorite part of The SM Store! Jeffrey Campbell shoes are always so lust-worthy. Most of SM’s JC collection features styles (including this particular style that I wore last week) that are both edgy and wearable enough for everyday use. See for yourself—

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Have fun shopping at the Jeffrey Campbell section in SM Makati! Maybe I’ll see you there next week!

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Le Bunny Bleu F/W 2014 

Posted on Thursday, 9 October 2014

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As soon as I heard that the new Le Bunny Bleu F/W 2014 collection was out, I immediately headed to the nearest store to take photos. A few weeks before the new stocks arrived, I was already checking the Le Bunny Bleu international website for some teasers! Talk about being obsessed with this brand! The current collection does not disappoint, and I’m excited for the next few weeks as well - they usually add more colors and styles as the time passes. 

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Kawaii never stops! Who says you have to ditch your favorite florals this season? These Rosey slip-ons would totally look awesome with skirts!

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Emily oxfords. I think I’ll get these the next time I visit.

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These cute bunny shoes have hidden heels for the vertically-challenged!

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These Zoe flats have hidden heels too! 

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Look familiar? Wore these Princess low heels here.

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Le Bunny Bleu boots are back! These Hannah boots are the perfect travel companions.

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Go school girl-chic with these Elizabeth loafers.

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The current collection has more loafers than ballet flats, and I’m loving it!

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Slippies slip-ons in orange to match the autumn leaves.

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Balloon Pop espadrilles! So cute how the bunnies are all neon!

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Polly oxfords! I dub thee Le Bunny Bleu’s *it* style for their F/W collection. Super chic and unique-looking! These are sure to be head-turners.

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Trendy slip-ons to go with your normcore outfits. 

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My top picks. For a preview of Le Bunny Bleu’s newer styles, check out Crissey's blog! Can’t wait to visit again soon. Goodbye savings!

Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599), and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).

Good news! They recently opened their official webstore! They accept major credit cards, and have free shipping at a minimum of P2,000.

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Tutorial: Pixy “Tokyo Kawaii” Look

Posted on Wednesday, 8 October 2014

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It’s never too late for a pink make-up tutorial! This look is inspired by what I call “Japan’s perpetual spring”. From what I’ve noticed through the years, Japanese girls love wearing pink and florals all year round! Kawaii never stops! Even in winter, when they can normally get away with bold lip colors and dark eyeshadow, they still prefer donning light and cutesy make-up that enhances their natural beauty. 

Pixy, a Japanese-formulated and Indonesian-manufactured cosmetics line, calls this look the “Tokyo Kawaii” look. 

Pixy has finally arrived in the Philippines, and I’m so happy that their products have been tailored to fit different Filipina skin tones. This is not the first time that I’ve heard of a Japanese company customizing their products specifically for the Filipino market! They are really dedicated to sharing the kawaii lifestyle all over the world. Thank you Mandom (of Gatsby, Lucido-L, and Bifesta fame) for all the love!

There is absolutely no excuse for anyone not to get on the kawaii bandwagon now! Get Pixy-fied with this simple make-up tutorial:

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Step 1-2: Apply the light pink eyeshadow from the Pixy Romantic Poem 01 Eyeshadow Palette onto your lids and lower lids.

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Step 3-4: Use the darker pink eyeshadow from the same palette (Pixy Romantic Poem 01) to draw a thick line across your lids as well as on your lower lids. Blend for a more 3D effect.

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Step 5: Line your eyes with Pixy Perfect Eyeliner in Black. Wing it to elongate your eyes and make them appear bigger.

(You know how some eyeliners just aren’t black enough that they end up looking like a faded dark gray after some time? Pixy’s eyeliner is probably one of the most black eyeliners I’ve ever tried in my life! Obsessed with this product! Been using it everyday since I got it.)

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Step 6-7: Brush Pixy Waterproof Mascara in Black from the roots of your lashes, wiggling upwards. Don’t forget your lower lashes for that extra volumizing effect. 

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Step 8: Apply natural-looking falsies! You can skip this step if you’re already blessed with long and thick lashes.

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Japanese beauty is all about the eyes! Just look at this before and after photo, and notice the huge difference.

Thanks to Pixy for making the “Tokyo Kawaii” eye make-up look so much easier to recreate now!

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Step 9: Swipe on Pixy Silky Fit Lipstick in 302 Puppy Love Satin for the sweetest smile. I love how this lipstick keeps your lips moisturized! No to chapped lips.

If you think this particular pink isn’t for you, Pixy lipsticks come other yummy colors too! 

Top row (matte): Rouge Tango, Peach Delicacy, Pink Smoothie, Be in Love, Earthy Beige (my mom loves this!), Nudy Kiss

Bottom row: (satin) Puppy Love, Rosy Pink, Autumn Apricot, Pinkish Peach, (semi-matte) Cinnamon Twist, Misaki, Haruka

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Step 10: Apply Pixy Blush On in Passion Roses 04 on the apples of your cheeks to create a natural flush. 

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Step 11: Pat the Pixy UV Whitening Perfect Fit Two-Way Cake all over your face for seamless, flawless coverage. I’m using the Natural Beige shade. You can opt to use this as it is, or as a finishing powder to set and somewhat matte-ify your liquid foundation/BB cream (like I did).

My favorite part about this product? It’s SPF15!

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Ta-dah! Pixy “Tokyo Kawaii” make-up look achieved!

I find this look ideal for a lunch or dinner date. The pink shades are so easy to match with all the dainty floral dresses in my closet. 

(“motekei” vibe - tbh my boyfriend loves this kind of make-up compared to dark, smokey eyes and bold lip colors.)

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It’s also great as an everyday make-up look! You can achieve that “my lips but better” effect by swapping your favorite girly pink lipstick with Silky Fit Lipstick in 507 Autumn Apricot Satin.

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You can even pull this make-up look off at casual business meetings. Seize the day with Silky Fit Lipstick in 216 Pinkish Peach Satin. :)

Hope you guys enjoyed that simple Pixy tutorial! Feel free to comment if you have any questions. If you get inspired by this and decide to recreate this look, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter and using the hashtags #GetPixyfied #PixyPH. So excited to see the results!

Pixy is available in Watsons and distributed by Mandom Philippines Corporation.

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(EMODA top, Chicwish skirt, one way shoes, Me% choker) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Return of the school girl look. Only this time, I seem to have graduated from the costume-y type of outfits that I used to don circa 2007-2008. Those were good times though! Not sure if anyone can still remember my makeshift Japanese school girl outfits back then.

Florida May 2014 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted on Saturday, 4 October 2014

This is the post that I’ve been wanting to share for the longest time now! I was lucky enough to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando last May, and I took way too many photos to fit in the rest of my Universal Studios entries. Best solution was to create a separate post for it, similar to my old Warner Bros. Studio Tour post.

This is the re-creation of Hogsmeade in the Islands of Adventure theme park. Sadly, Diagon Alley and Muggle London opened in July 2014, and I was 2 months too early. Still better than nothing, right? Anyhow, I went straight here from the entrance of the theme park as soon as it opened, and spent a good few hours just ogling at everything, and taking a gazillion photos to share with everybody! 

Hope you guys enjoy the eye candy that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Try playing the OST in the background while you’re reading this for maximum ~*feels~* <3

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There are two entrances to Hogsmeade - one with this “Welcome to Hogsmeade” sign, and the other with a “Please respect the spell limits” sign. SQUEALS

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How to avoid the crowd - go super early in the morning! 

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Perpetual winter in Hogsmeade. Perpetual summer in Florida. 

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Easily the best place to fool yourself into thinking that there’s winter in Florida.

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The first thing that you’ll see when you enter Hogsmeade is the Hogwarts Express train!

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Can I take this home? I’d love to have this displayed in my future house! 

Apparently, after the July expansion, people can now actually ride the train to the Muggle London. And the inside of the train looks exactly like in the movies. I WENT TOO EARLY

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When in Hogsmeade…

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Try some Butterbeer! The ones they sell at the theme park are non-alcoholic drinks that come in regular and frozen. You can opt to buy it in a regular plastic cup, or in a collectible mug that you can take home with you!

A lot of people have been asking me what Butterbeer tastes like. I’m not the best person to describe how it tastes (I suck at food commentaries! Everything tastes good, lol) but it’s somewhat like butterscotch cream soda? It’s a little on the heavy side, so it was a good thing that I shared a cup with someone else. Prepare yourself for some sugar coma.

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The next thing that you’ll see after the train is Honeydukes! Here you can find actual Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs (which most people get for the cards), etc. OMG IT IS EXACTLY HOW I IMAGINED IT. Couldn’t take proper photos inside because there were too many people (there was literally no space left to move), but ahh, I could see why people would spend so much money on all the edible merchandise!

P.S. My geeky self wants to know if they made a secret passageway from Honeydukes to Hogwarts…

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I wouldn’t want to eat this, huu too pretty. These are about $10 - quite pricey, but just look at that wonderful packaging! 

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Honeydukes sherbet lemon! 

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Cinnamon-flavored Pepper Imps!

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Description: hops realistically in the stomach. NOT SURE IF WANT

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Beside Honeydukes is Zonko’s Joke Shop.

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This mandrake moves! D:

Scariest thing since bb Voldemort.

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O stands for…

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Ollivander’s Wand Shop!

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You can go right into the shop to get a wand for yourself, or fall in line for a short 5-minute demo. One lucky guest (usually a kid) is chosen to try out different wands and say some spells out loud. Special effects ensue, and we all kind of die from happiness. 

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The Owlery. DETAILS!!!

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Owl Post. 

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At Dervish and Banges!

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The Monster Book of Monsters inside a cage, because a belt is not enough to contain it! 

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Spectrespecs for all you Luna fans out there.

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Quidditch dreams. 

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Team Gryffindor or Team Slytherin?

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If you were a student and you had this for a notebook - omg 

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This one, however…

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The fashion game is also strong in WWOHP. Here’s a Fawkes necklace.

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The official Time Turner merch! 

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THE ROBES. THE SCARVES. WWOHP, JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY.

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I don’t know why, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be in Ravenclaw! How about you?

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Everyday can be Harry Potter day with these clothes.

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Touch it and suffer the same fate as Cedric Diggory. D:

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You can’t miss Three Broomsticks! This is the only restaurant in WWOHP Hogsmeade, and it serves the usual English fare. 

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Hog’s Head!

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Trivia: Did you know that the Three Broomsticks in the movies was based on the one designed for WWHOP, and not the other way around?

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Hog’s Head is a pub in the same building as Three Broomsticks. They serve Butterbeer, and real beer.

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How to instantly look annoying: 1) Wear sunglasses indoors (no make-up, lol); 2) Pose with beer when you don’t even like beer

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Dominic Maestro’s Music Shop. 

Around this time, I went to the girls’ bathroom… and heard Moaning Myrtle wailing! Creepy stuff.

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Hogsmeade’s specialty bookshop!

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For all the lulzy stuff Gilderoy Lockhart has done, I must hand it to him - his book cover looks absolutely amazing!

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Quaffle, bludger, snitch…

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Just looking at the window displays will make you want to cry tears of joy! Love how they made WWOHP one big exhibit as well, and not just a place where you can try out some HP-themed rides!

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Guess who.

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Measuring tape cat at the seamstress’ shop.

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Last stop, but definitely not the least…

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The Hogwarts Castle! 

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I’m sorry Transformers and Spider-Man, but Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is THE BEST RIDE OF ALL TIME.

The 70+ mins. wait was worth it, because the line went through inside the castle. Was able to see the Sorting Hat, Mirror of Erised, Hogwarts House Jewels, talking portraits, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against Dark Arts classroom, the Herbology classroom, and the Gryffindor common room, among other things. Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt!

(Too bad I couldn’t take photos because I had to store my camera in a locker. The nature of the ride discourages people from bringing bags and bulky things with them. Curious about the ride? You’ll just have to try it out for yourself!)

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One last look of the castle from the other entrance of WWOHP. This experience was the highlight of my whole US trip last May/June. 

I’m so obsessed with Harry Potter that I had to go to the one in Osaka again, just 3 months after this Universal Orlando visit. Surprise, surprise! You’ll see another Harry Potter post in the next couple of weeks. :)

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The only peek I got of Muggle London while it was under construction at next-door Universal Studios Florida.

Bloody hell. I totally need some floo powder right now. Take me back to Universal Orlando!