Happy birthday to me! I waited for this day so I can finally blog about this part of my book launch. I’ve been really blessed this year, and I feel like there is no better way to cap my birthday off than to thank everyone who made this book possible. This is one major milestone I’ll never, ever forget.
Tricia Gosingtian’s 150 Style Essentials For Every Girl has officially become a best seller too, despite it being launched mid-month! If there’s anyone on my thank you list that I should thank first (besides God and my family), it’s definitely you guys. Thank you for helping me fulfill my dreams!
Thank you to CANMAKE for being one of my book’s official partners! I’m the biggest fan of the brand and I pretty much spaz every time I see their products.
Much love to the CANMAKE team!
Another major partner of my book is Casio Baby-G and Sheen, which are two watch brands that my followers should be very familiar of! I’ve been wearing their watches for years now, and SNSD becoming the endorsers has made me love them even more.
Thank you to Sonja’s Cupcakes, a.k.a. my most favorite cupcake place in the Metro, for serving the guests some of your yummiest cupcakes!
Thank you Marla, editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, and also the editor for my book, for all the kind words at the beginning of the book launch program. Sometimes I feel like people give me more credit than I deserve, but I’m so glad I have a blog to make myself heard.
While I produced most, if not all, of the book’s content, it was Summit Media who really made this book materialize into something tangible. When I submitted all the requirements on my end, it was them who pieced everything together to create the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook that it is now. Couldn’t have done it without them!
Thank you to my brother Juju for capturing so many pictures of me while I had the most awkward speech in the world. I have the derpiest talking face, so here’s a non-talking one to make myself look more decent, lol.
This is the craziest thing! So many people attended my book launch, and they all held my book up for a few seconds so we could take this picture. YOU GUYS ARE SERIOUSLY THE BEST.
Erin from Candy hosted the event! Much thanks!
And here she is interviewing Ruth who won the CANMAKE contest! Ruth is a regular commenter on my blog and other social media accounts. I felt like we were close friends already when we finally met!
Thank you to my college friends Drew and Keena for attending my book launch! BFA ID represent!
Thank you Bea of Apartment 8 for getting lots of copies of my book and giving them away to Apartment 8’s most faithful followers. Hope the winners of the giveaway enjoyed the books!
Thank you Tracy! SPCP represent! Love this girl for her kindness and humility!
Starstruck because THE Saab Magalona attended my book launch too, heehee. Miss our Tumblarity days!
Thanks to Go Negosyo for being present as well! They gave me an Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur award last 2010 and have been very supportive ever since.
Thanks to my old friend Jason for dropping by and getting a copy for his lovely wife! Hope she liked it!
You might know him if you’re part of the local photography scene as he is the big boss behind Shutterspace Studios along Katipunan Ext. Visit the studio some time. Imho, it is one of the best studios, if not the best one in the Metro.
Thanks to Darlyn of Belle de Jour for dropping by! Most people don’t know this but she was my blog’s manager for a long time. Wish I could be as brilliant and entrepreneurial as her :D
My high school best friend Martha dropped by! We’ve been friends since 3rd grade - can you believe it? We both went Ateneo but couldn’t really meet up as often as we wanted because of our contrasting schedules. Plus she was like a math genius who took up Legal Management while I was just lulzing around campus taking cosplay pictures with my friends during break time, lol queue hashtag alamnyoyan
We managed to meet up again after college, and it was just absolutely wonderful because I still felt like we were really good friends despite not talking to each other as regularly as we did in high school. <3
My brother’s girlfriend and cosplay/fashion extraordinaire Cat got a copy for her friend Pinky Lu Xun! So overwhelmed because Pinky is one epic cosplayer and I didn’t know she follows me and knows about my existence!
We were all being managed by the same company for some time and meeting these two again brought back so many memories from 2012. See you guys around! Hoping your awesome blogging skills will rub off on me!
I’ve always strongly believed in Edric’s photography and I’m so happy he is going places now. He was responsible for converting me to Fujifilm recently, seeing how he’s been constantly able to produce beautiful pictures with his XPro1 and XE1. Fujifilm Philippines should make this guy an ambassador or something! Love his work!
Summit Media and Candy girls! I just turned 25, but I’ll always be a Candy girl. Thank you for my first modeling break back in 2006, for awarding me during the first ever Candy Style Awards, and for believing in me so much to give me the responsibility and title of being the first fashion blogger in the Philippines to publish a book. Hope to have even more firsts with you girls in the future! <3
And lastly, thank you to my family for the unending support. I couldn’t have done this without you all (including my baby brother Calel who is working in the US right now). Thank you for giving me strength when I need it the most. <3
I’ll be having my second book signing on November 30, 2PM, at National Bookstore TriNoma. You can buy your own #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook right then and there! There is no excuse not to be there because I made sure that the event will fall on a weekend where there should be no work and school! I’m so excited to meet all of you!
It’s the first day of November, and there is nothing more timely than this entry. Last month, I got first dibs on the new Shu Uemura holiday collection, causing my geeky, Japan-loving heart to swell with excitement. I got so excited, I think I managed to annoy my Twitter followers when I bombarded their timelines with photos from the launch event. I can’t help it - watching majokko (witch girls) influenced my childhood in ways you can’t imagine.
This 6HP (Six Hearts Princesses) Holiday Collection will be available this month, and I’m pretty sure that they will get sold out fast.
I mean, how could this not be an instant hit? The sparkles alone are enough to make your inner magical girl jump for joy.
According to Shu Uemura, this 6HP Holiday Collection “brings to life the timeless duality of women - nice and naughty, innocent and sexy”
I’ll let you in on an interesting fact: They just used 1 model for the promo photo above! It only shows how it is totally possible to “transform” (like a magical witch girl) with the new Shu Uemura products.
At the launch event, I was greeted by this overload of cuteness!
Shu girls Nina Solano and Karen Crisostomo rocked the event’s dress code so well. We were asked to come in “naughty black” or “nice pink”. I came from a meeting before this event so I went for “predictable black”, lol.
Make-up artist John Pagaduan! He’s done my make-up in a lot of my magazines shoots before, and he is definitely one my favorite make-up artists in the industry.
Tatin’s kawaii cases. Tatin is a make-up artist who also happens to run one of my favorite Tumblr blogs as well! Kawaii overload here!
Since I was the first one to arrive at the event (story of my life), I killed time in their DIY Japanese fan corner. It was so fun I wanted to create another one! If I had more time, I would’ve cut smaller hearts to replicate the hearts on the new holiday collection’s packaging.
L’Oréal girls + fans of the brand <3
Shu girl Nadia Bautista wearing the new collection’s false eyelashes! Shu Uemura never fails to come out with unique designs for their holiday collections, but I think this one would have to be my favorite so far. Love that little pink heart!
Nadia is also wearing the the new “lip & cheek fun-tasy” a.k.a. Shu Uemura’s first lip and cheek tint.
A live make up demonstration was done by Shu Uemura’s new associate make-up artists.
Cats Del Rosario brought to life a black princess inspired look.
Joyce Platon created a pink princess look. Ombre lips, anyone?
Hanna Pechon worked on a look that combined both the black and pink princesses. Love how the lip and cheek tints have such a creamy, matte finish!
“Art as a way of life” couldn’t be any truer, thanks to Shu Uemura.
This packaging will be the death of my wallet. Sophisti-cute!
A closer look on the pretty pink hearts lashes.
4 out of 5 lip and cheek tints. These are my favorites from the collection because 2-in-1 products save so much time and space!
The black princess palette on left and pink princess palette on the right. Which one do you like better?
Doesn’t the girl on the palette remind you of Chibiusa? Major Sailor Moon feels!
My very own lip and cheek tint!
Also, you might want to cross out November 22 - 24, 2013 on your calendars! Be part of the shu x Murakami Party, and get a chance to experience shu uemura first hand in Japan. YOU CAN WIN AN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO TOKYO! I also want to join!
Thank you to all those who went to my book launch/signing event last October 10 at National Bookstore Glorietta 1. I still don’t know when my next event will be but do stay tuned for any updates and announcements! I’ll really try to schedule one on a weekend so even those with school and work can go!
I played photographer at my own book launch, but couldn’t really take pictures of everyone because my hands were full (with Sharpies!). I was also shaking by the end of the event so some photos ended up blurry, much to my sadness. These, however, turned out fine! Feel free to grab your photo (with proper credit) if you’re in here!
There are so many things happening right now! But this is how it has always been with me - I get busier and busier as the end of the year approaches! My most favorite time of the year.
BER months don’t just signify the start of cooler weather, Christmas songs and Starbucks holiday drinks, but they also signify the start of the bazaar season! Not only do bazaars usually offer more unique items than the ones offered in malls, but they’re also a great alternative for all those who don’t want to battle it out with the rest of the world when it comes to holiday shopping.
This event is different from the usual bazaars we see at Rockwell Tent, since it’s 2 weekends long. Expect fun activities like fashion shows by iAcademy and FADAL Manila. Among the fashion designers that will be showcasing their masterpieces are John and Paul Herrera of House of Herrera, Pia Gladys Perey of PGP Collections, Kim Gan of Gakuya and a lot more.
There will also be talks and make-overs that will be given by notable fashion, image experts and entrepreneurs such as Geolette Esguerra, Charmagne Laconico, Miriam Quiambao, Alice Dixson, and Dr. MJ Torres.
I’ll be present on the second weekend to shop, do a short talk and maybe sell some of my items if there’s a booth available. See you there! Wish I could go this weekend but I’ll be out of the country right after my book launch. Posting about that one tonight.
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Here’s a short AVP/trailer for the event -
Here are my favorite photos from the shoot. The clothes and accessories in the first one, as well as the accessories in the second one were provided by the event sponsors.
Special thanks to Edric Chen, Kris Bacani, and James Nualla for making me look totally different!
A few weeks ago, I dragged my lazy butt off to an event. Le gasp! I rarely go to these things, but it helped a lot that Crissey was invited too. Somehow during occasions like these, I’d always, ALWAYS prefer being an invisible bystander, lol. Or a silent admirer from afar.
Good thing fate brought Cheryl (of Beauty Box, in charge of K-Palette, Fuwarie and Fairydrops in the Philippines) and I together some time ago, and we instantly clicked with our mutual love for Japanese beauty products! Really owe her a lot for being one of the first people to bring in new Japanese beauty brands to the Filipino market.
With CANMAKE coming in this year, I really hope there’ll be more Japanese brands coming to Manila in the next few years.
The event was called D. Eye. Y! There were lots of DIY activities for us to do before the event proper started.
Of course, Trissey had to have an obligatory camwhoring shot first.
Then it was Furoshiki time! Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.
Left one is Crissey’s, right one is mine. We did the large object wrap because we got too amused with the handle concept and the cute ribbon in front!
You can try it yourself too! No need for pins and needles.
Then we also had an option to paint cherry blossoms using the bottom of a bottle.
Crissey didn’t follow instructions but produced the best painting. Obviously, she had the most awesome artistic skills. Nothing new!
Mr. Kinoshita, founder of K-Palette, thanked us for supporting the brand. Did you know that K-Palette doesn’t have a proper marketing team here in the Philippines? It was all thanks to bloggers that the word about this brand got out so fast!
I wanted to talk to him and have a photo with him but I was too shy. Nothing new!
Chief make-up artist Rina Ogata demonstrated how to use their new product - Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue. No need for double eyelid surgery! You can just do it yourself (D. Eye. Y. GET IT?)
Basically all you have to do is apply the glue on your preferred crease, wait for the glue to become clear, then shape accordingly with the help of the eyelid stick thing that comes with the glue. So easy!
Voila! Instant crease on the model’s monolids. You can see the huge difference here as one eye was kept make-up and eyelid glue-free.
Mizuho Hakoyama, the eye model for the packaging of Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue! She reminded me so much of my friend Keena from college.
Anyhow, I took a photo of her trendy eye make! I saw some girls in Shibuya last spring sporting the same eyeliner trick (and even spazzed about it with Camille). I tried it and it doesn’t suit my current look! Maybe if I cut my hair shorter or go for and edgier haircut and style.
She was also sporting the high blush trend! You can tell she was very Harajuku-inspired. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of her super adorable outfit.
Group photo! Everyone looked perfect while my bangs decided to be ugly for this photo.
After the event. One-eyed me, and cute-as-always Crissey. So many people complimented her for her blazer! So SNSD Genie with the sailor theme!
I immediately tried using the products when I got home. I already have double eyelids, but I still use eyelid tape sometimes if I want my eyes to look deeper and more dramatic. I think these products will work better for monolids. I felt like my natural crease was fighting with the glue, so in the end, I got not-so-drastic results. Or maybe I just had high expectations, seeing how easily I can manipulate the size of my eyelids with normal eyelid tape.
The only thing eyelid tapes don’t have that these K-Palette eyelid glues have? You can’t tell if someone’s wearing this eyelid glue or not since it dries transparently. And you can also use the pink/glue type as eyelash glue and the orange/tape type as eyelid primer. Double purpose!
K-Palette Real Lasting Mega Cute Double Eyelid products are available at Beauty Bar stores for P695.
Aeropostale officially launched in Manila with a giant music and fashion party called Aero Jam where local bands like Never the Strangers, She’s Only Sixteen, and Up Dharma Down played as people enjoyed Aeropostale’s new summer collection.
It was a big event held in the middle of Glorietta’s New Activity Center, and it was super fun as there were booths for popcorn, ice cream, etc. that were very reminiscent of the high school fairs I used to always look forward to, some 10 years ago, lol.
The models were all having so much fun on stage - such a delight to see the clothes moving along with them as they twirled around and danced like there was no tomorrow. They also got some student ambassadors from different high schools and universities to walk the runway. Cool! One of them turned out to be my mom’s friend’s daughter too!
Snapped a ton of photos so you can see all the pretty denim pieces, neons and floral prints that’s sure to find their way into every student’s wardrobe.
The host (also my girl crush) Joyce Pring wearing Aeropostale as well! I always love her hair.
One of the biggest bands in the country, Up Dharma Down.
Same course! Ateneo BFA Information Design kids! Deej on the left is still studying while Jonty and Edric (now working for Esquire) are a batch lower than me. It’s always nice to bump into familiar faces in events!
All wearing Aeropostale tees!
Also bumped into Ericka and James after such a long time.
And then Krissy, Alexander and Alexa joined in! I can’t with their ages! I feel so old!
Highlight of the night was bumping into fellow bloggers David and Lissa! Also bumped into Vern!
Photo of our coincidentally-matchy colorful outfits. My top and pants are both Aeropostale! I loved them so much I got the same style top in black and white, and the pants in pink and gray.
The first Aeropostale store in Manila opened Glorietta 2 last June 15th. Follow Aeropostale’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #AeropostaleMNL if you’re tweeting about them! Spread the Aero love.
Last February 27, I was invited by shu uemura to an afternoon fete / press launch at SoFA where they unveiled the new spring collection, ob for shu uemura! ob, as I mentioned in my previous post, is an up and coming contemporary artist in Japan, and is also the apprentice of well-renowned artist, Takashi Murakami.
We had afternoon tea and snacks in a dreamy setting that very much reminded me of Alice in Wonderland!
No one could resist all the french pastries being served at the event! Yum!
Besides the scrumptious food, there were also other activities for the guests to participate in. There were three activity areas - the calligraphy art area, nail art area and post your dream area.
The talented girl behind the calligraphy is actually my friend Alexis who was my batchmate in Ateneo! She blogs regularly at Ink Scribbler. It was her debut as a calligrapher, and it wasn’t surprising that everyone at the event loved her work so much! You can really pass it off as a real font!
In the post your dream area, I wrote down on a piece of paper that I wished to have unlimited flights to Japan and Europe, LOL.
The spring sakura display by the entrance, featuring the four princesses in the collection. Now I can’t wait to go back to Japan for cherry blossom season!
(Not in photos: Forest Princess collection.)
Moon Princess. High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula + UVUB Mousse POREraser
Ocean Princess. Whitening Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil + UVUB Brightening Mousse Whitefficient
Cherry Blossom Princess Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil + UVUB POREraser
The cutest Cherry Blossom Princess snow globe! <3
Long-time college friend Reggie who works for Cosmo now! Bumping into her always makes my day. Also, can we trade faces please? I wish to be effortlessly stunning too T_T
Back at the press launch, shu uemura took the opportunity to recognize four prominent ladies in society as tribute to women’s month! Here is Cherry Blossom Princess Jenni Epperson and her daughter wearing matching outfits. I could only wish to be half as fashionable as her when it’s my turn to become a mom!
Ever-so-bubbly Ocean Princess Tessa Prieto-Valdez and her daughter also in the cutest matching outfits. As usual, she was so funny! Definitely the life of any party.
With Forest Princess Anna Sobrepena, and Moon Princess Rorie Carlos.
Me with shu uemura retail manager Nadia and shu uemura senior brand manager Nina.
Bloggers with junior product manager Karen! With beauty bloggers Jheng of I Am Brigitte, Angela of Lush Angel, and Martha of The Beauty Junkee. I love how we all came in theme! I swear we didn’t talk about our outfits! (Thanks to Apartment 8 for my cut-out shoulder top.)
I’m totes getting my hands on this collection once it’s out in stores because everything just screams kawaii and I can never resist effective products WITH beautiful packaging. <3
Last October 11 at Power Plant Mall, Rags2Riches (RIIR) and Aranaz showcased their second collaboration entitled “Nudos”, or “knots” in Spanish. Thanks to Amina Aranaz of ARANAZ and Reese Fernandez of RIIR, I was lucky enough to be one of the blogger muses for this collection, along with Camille, Patricia, Kryz, Danika and Alyssa! We were each given our own Nudos pieces to integrate into our outfits so we can also serve as walking models during the event. I got to keep my pretty black and orange clutch too, so you might see it on my Lookbook one of these days. :)
What’s remarkable about this collection is that all these eco-ethical products are handcrafted using organic scrap cloth for a specific cause. RIIR made it possible to give impoverished women in Payatas income opportunities and financial security by creating a social enterprise discouraging the exploitation of these women’s talents. Reese and I were actually part of the same batch of Go Negosyo Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs last 2010, and I feel so small every time I hear about all her achievements and advocacies. Makes me wonder if I can do something as meaningful and as “Truly Filipino” as RIIR one day. She is inspiring all right, and very fashionable in her own right as well. /fangirl
Here are some of the pictures that I took during the event!