There are 3 special additions to the Status Salon family - Banawe branch, C5/Acropolis branch, and Grand Midori Makati branch. A few weeks ago, they did back-to-back-to-back events to launch these special branches.
I went to the C5/Acropolis launch because not only is it just 5 minutes away from my house, but it’s the salon that I often frequent anyway! It was nice to see the salon staff responsible for taking care of my hair all dressed up for the event too!
Say hello to their newest endorser, Karylle!
I dropped by the salon a few days ago to get my hair extensions (since I had them dyed with some subtle pink/purple streaks), and I found myself ogling at Karylle’s photo for a good few seconds. So pretty!
The priest gave his blessing, and Roseann and Robina, owners of Status Salon, cut the ribbon with Karylle.
With the models, ambassadors and endorsers of Status Salon. Of course, we all went in white and green! Robina and I both coincidentally wore Apartment 8.
Kilig moment with Karylle, who is probably one of the most humble and friendly showbiz personalities I’ve ever met. Forgot to tell her I went to Ateneo too, huu.
Her hair was all sorts of lovely, and her yummy cappuccino brown hair color suddenly made me miss my old hair. I need my hair to grow asap!
The lovely people behind all the hairstyles I’ve done for the past year or so!
With Miss Chinatown 2014 2nd Runner-up and PMAP model Tola Orendain, Status Salon owners Robina and Roseann Ko, and the newest Status Salon celebrity endorser Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon.
So proud to be part of this family! <3
Tory Burch’s story is one of my favorite success stories of all time, so I couldn’t pass the opportunity to drop by the Tory Burch Beauty Collection launch at Rustan’s Makati a few weeks ago.
Fashion and beauty go hand in hand, and I can definitely see Tory Burch evolving into a full-blown lifestyle brand after launching this make-up collection. Now, your clothes, shoes, bags and make-up can all match!
The Tory Burch lipstick collection includes 12 shades for different occasions! They’re designed to suit different skin tones.
Their signature color, “Pas du Tout” was so successful that they decided to create other shades! We’re so lucky!
The darker colors may look intimidating, but the lipsticks actually apply sheer. So ideal for everyday use!
When do I even start with the luxuriousness of the whole collection? Each lipstick is also subtly scented with cassis, grapefruit and mandarin, and the logo on top is so pretty, you wouldn’t want to ruin it! The orange casing is a work of art - you’ll definitely want to keep it even after you’ve finished the whole tube.
Other notable items from the beauty collection are their lip/cheek stain and blush/bronzer combo.
Took photos of the current Tory Burch collection while I was at it.
Really eyeing the gold one in the middle! Come to mama!
Look familiar? It’s because I have the black one! Perfect everyday shoe. Seems like the slip-on trend isn’t going away any time soon.
Need these jelly flats in my life! Not sure if I should get the Reva ballet flats or these ones instead. I can’t resist anything with ribbons.
Or should I get these matchy-matchy shoes and bags instead?
Bumped into Patricia as well! Thank you Tory Burch Beauty for inviting us to this event. Had so much fun!
Tory Burch Lip Color Collection is available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangrila and Tory Burch Greenbelt Boutique. The lipsticks are priced at PHP 1,650 each.
The first kawaii convention in the Philippines just ended, and I’m so hungover that I’m already blogging about it! I can’t remember having this much fun at any other convention I’ve been to. I need this to happen annually!
You could really tell that everyone in the convention truly lived the kawaii lifestyle, and were overjoyed that this movement is really starting to flourish in Manila. There may have been differences in which subculture they were most inclined to (i.e. gyaru, different kinds of lolita, mori kei, fairy kei, visual kei, decora, etc.) but everyone shared the same love for Japanese fashion and culture. I couldn’t help but be amazed at the fact that I can actually be part of this happy, kawaii community! Just positive vibes everywhere!
(Very slumberdoll circa 2009-2011. I also didn’t plan on having my photos taken so pardon the lazy and unkempt ponytail - oops!)
Had some business to attend to in the morning and early afternoon, so I arrived at Whitespace around 4:15-ish already. I missed the first fashion show. Boo!
First things first (I’m the realest! - couldn’t help it)
I checked out the Kawaii Art Exhibit! The theme was “My interpretation of kawaii, and how it influenced my art.”
By Anne Pinero and Nina Nguyen.
By Mariness Rivera and Erica Rielle Gapas.
By Franchesca Mae Acpal and Alexis Matic.
By Tish Valenzuela and Ran Soneja.
There were more featured artists whose work I wanted to take photos of, but due to time constraints, I couldn’t, huhu. MISSION FAILED!
I’m so glad I finally met Reese! I really feel strongly about her personal style (and she’s got a wonderful singing voice too)! We actually graduated from the same course in Ateneo (Information Design) but I’m a year or two older, I think!
Speaking of Information Design, I was batchmates with Miguel/Merky (or in this photo, Miguelita?), and even had a few classes together! And I knew Jin from way, way back my cosplay (photography) and deviantART days. Definitely two of the most talented (and most humble) cosplayers of our generation! Always so nice to bump into them! I always get so nostalgic.
Around this time, I started taking more people photos! I swear I need to take notes from these lovely people when it comes to doing kawaii poses! I used to do them a lot, but I somehow unlearned it? Teach me thy ways. D:
Everyone can definitely fit right in Harajuku! Japanese fashion brands (at least the ones that are not fast fashion) may not be easily accessible in the Philippines YET, but this event has just proven that it all boils down to intense passion.
If you like something strong enough, you can find ways to do it, even with limited resources! Thankfully, some of these kawaii girls had booths during the event, sharing the kawaii love with their handmade accessories, DIY products, original design dresses, re-worked vintage pieces, etc. Nothing is impossible!
One of my ultimate dreams is for Japanese clothing brands to open stores in Manila, and I’d like to think that we’ll get there someday. Hopefully, in this lifetime! For now, thanks to the organizers, there’s Lucy Pop! They had a pop-up store in Rockwell a few months ago.
Lucy Pop is a Japanese brand that is all about the kawaii schoolgirl look! They had a booth where you could freely try on some of the uniforms.
Loved the Lucy Pop fashion show! I used to be such a huge fan of the Japanese school girl look that I’d improvise by using existing items in my closet.
LucyPop now makes it so much easier though. The uniforms can be bought as a set, or you can just get one or two individual items to complete an existing outfit. P.S. They have the best neckties!
Thank you Lucy Pop!
The Harajuku fashion show followed a few minutes after. This was what I anticipated most.
I’m so proud of Ashley for styling this segment! I knew she worked super hard to get these items from different stores in Harajuku. She even flew in from Japan just to attend this event! Talk about dedication and hard work.
Some of the participating brands were Josiah Chua, Lactose Intoler-Art by Brandon Rierson, Funktique Tokyo, PIN NAP Harajuku and Punk Cake Harajuku.
Kawaii lifestyle isn’t just for girls. It’s for everyone!
These guys rocked their outfits like professionals! I’m pretty sure they also have a unique sense of style to be able to pull these kinds of outfits off!
How to properly do neon and print-on-print. This is so tasteful! I love you, Ashley.
Real life doll!
Last but not the least - KawaiiPH founders Kaila and Anne talked about the history of Kawaii in Manila. They were on the verge of tears as they mentioned how this event only started as a dream. I was so ready to cry with them, huhu. I’d like to think that I can speak on everyone’s behalf when I say that we all shared the same dream. Thank you Kaila and Anne for making this collective dream a reality! It could not have manifested without the KawaiiPH team!
Kaila, the lady of the moment, and her brother who is one of the organizers. We also have to thank him for supporting Kaila’s dream! I got to talk to him after the closing speech, and their story is so unbelievably inspiring.
As long as you believe that something can happen, it will happen. Things may seem like a long shot, but you will never know until you try your hardest to make them work.
With Kaye, Reese, Kaila, ChiChi and Ashley. From this picture, you can conclude that legwear and socks are essential to the Japanese kawaii look, lol.
I’m so in love with this photo because it shows various interpretations of Japan’s long list of fashion subcultures!
Matched with Anne too! And together, we formed the Gingham Girls.
Where you lead, I will follow~ (If you don’t get this, it only means that I’m old)
SO CUTE! You just want to put her in your pocket. Such a doll!
Bonus: Photobomber Reese!
What’s more genius than incorporating Filipiniana touches to Japanese fashion? Kaila wore butterfly sleeves too!
Before I left, I took some photos of the booths. Didn’t get to buy anything because I had to leave asap for another appointment, so I have no choice but to look at these photos and hope that I can get full with purely eye candy.
Laforet Harajuku feels!
I hate how my iPhone doesn’t have a space to insert these kinds of phone charms…
Can’t get any more kawaii than false lashes and ribbons.
Pimp your phone!
Rilakkuma is not a bear, but a personification of a bear.
SUGAR RUSH! This stuff is made of happiness. No wonder kawaii girls are also the happiest girls!
Can I bring the whole Dolly Wink booth home? I still think that Dolly Wink produces the best false eyelashes in the world. If you’ve already given up on cheap, low-quality false eyelashes, let Dolly Wink enlighten you once more.
What a way to end a stressful week! Congrats to the KawaiiPH team! Kawaii in Manila was successful in addressing and representing different aspects of Japanese kawaii culture - art, music, fashion, beauty, and a welcoming community that is open to all kinds of styles!
Sad I couldn’t stay longer and chat with everyone! Wishing and praying for Kawaii in Manila 3 to come sooner!
The 2014 Tatt Awards night was held at SMX Convention Center last August 8, 2014. The annual Tatt Awards recognize social media figures who have “shaped the online world”. There are 11 varying categories, with 5 nominees each. The public decides the nominees, and with the guidance of 9 individuals from the Tatt Council, they also determine the winners through voting.
“The exemplary contribution of the Tatt Awards winners to the online community is a true indication of inspiring individuals who continue to aim for greatness which Tattoo truly advocates even down to products and services. Their immense passion to express themselves online gives us the motivation to continuously improve and provide the best tool for all customers to access the web and spark change.”, said Gilbert Simpao, SVP for Tattoo Broadband Business.
I was nominated for Best Style Blog/Microblog this year! With the support of my followers, friends and family, I ended up with the highest votes in my category. I rarely go to these kinds of events, but the dream looked slightly more attainable this time, thanks to everyone’s help. <3
James Reid opened the event with a dance number. His outfit reminded me so much of EXO’s and Kisumai’s bandanna skirts, haha
The lovely Bianca Gonzalez and dashing Drew Arellano were the hosts.
Best Social Media Movement
Youth Act Now / Change.org / Gawad Kalinga / BloggerforReliefPH
Best Digital Artist, presented by Spotify
Sarah Geronimo / Mayday Parade / Parokya ni Edgar / Abra
Best Style Blog/MicroBlog
David Guison / Liz Uy / Kim Jones / Stylebible
WINNER: Tricia Gosingtian
I won! 2014 just keeps on giving.
Thank you so much to all those who voted, huhu. Couldn’t have gotten this award without any of my followers’ help. Even when Tatt Awards extended the voting period, people were still consistently voting for me until it was sure that I led the polls. CRYING!
I briefly mentioned on stage that one of my blog’s goals is to make fashion (among other things) as fun and friendly as possible, so thank you to all my readers, as well as the Tatt Council, for recognizing this goal. Let’s work hard together!
Best Tech Blog/MicroBlog
Geeky Nights / TechRap / Pinoy Tech Blog / Geeky Pinas
Best Lifestyle Blog/MicroBlog
Lifestylehub.net / Our Awesome Planet / When in Manila / nomadicexperiences
Philippine Star Supreme Trendsetter of the Year
Ellen Adarna / Kathniel / Miriam Defensor-Santiago / Flyart Productions / Ang Diary ng Panget
WINNERS: Baby Zion and Vice Ganda
Trending Twitter Phenom of the Year
Kimpoy Feliciano / Senyora Santibañez / Gandang Gabi Vice / Professional Heckler
WINNER: Vice Ganda
Vice Ganda also won WeChat Choice of the Chatters, so he went home with 3 awards. Wow!
YouTube Phenom of the Year
Mikey Bustos / Psy / Lloyd Cadena / Gab Valenciano
Instagram Phenom of the Year
jelitodeleon / DearAteCharo / gianimated / Googly Gooeys
WINNER: Patrick Dee
Couldn’t take photos of everyone, but congrats to the other winners as well!
Best Fitness Blog /MicroBlog Award
Pinoy Fitness.com / David Guison / Coach Rio / whatsyourgameplan.tv
WINNER: The Fat Kid Inside
Best Podcast Award
The Cave / Geeky Nights / Becky Nights / From The Stands
WINNER: The Morning Rush
The One Vice Ganda / Bamboo / Abra / Katha Magazine
WINNER: Kimpoy Feliciano
View the winners of this year’s Tatt Awards at TattAwards2014.com. To know more about Tattoo’s latest mobile WiFi devices and tablet bundles, visit Tattoo.globe.com.ph, call 730-1010, or visit a Globe Store nearest you.
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.
As a pioneer of the latest beauty trends, the SM Store Beauty Section dedicated a glamorous weekend of free makeovers, nail art, and hair coloring to fans of make-up and all things beauty-related.
It was an honor to be part of the first ever Doll Glam event last July 26 at SM North EDSA The Block! I’ve always been an advocate of the Japanese-inspired dolly look, and it’s great that the SM Beauty Section found a way to bring in new brands that push for this particular make-up aesthetic. It’s about time!
Alodia/Edjie came as a sparkly kitty princess from heaven, while my OOTD ended up as a cutesy version of Catherine Zeta-Jones/Elena from Zorro, lol. Top from titty&Co, skirt from Romwe, wedges from RANDA, and earrings and choker from EMODA. Inspired by Shibuya 109 shop staff and Japanese magazine bloggers, I wanted my outfit to look dolly yet still wearable!
(Hair color swap!)
Meanwhile, backstage, Edjie and I camwhored like we always used to back in college! We often miss each other in Tokyo (i.e. she would arrive on my date of departure, and I would arrive on her date of departure), but thanks to this event, we finally got our schedules to match. Good times!
Sparkly pink nails are a must for dolls! (Mine is the hand with the ring)
We also had the chance to talk to the winners of the VIP contest, which was a very heartwarming experience. I’m always so grateful for my followers, and I can’t thank them enough when I meet them face-to-face. Some of them even brought their own copies of the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook to be signed too! I haven’t promoted my book in ages, so I’m glad people still carry it around with them, huhu. /cry
Photographer Jio had his camera pimped out with Hello Kitty stickers! Too kawaii not to include in this post.
The event started with models styled in the 4 key Doll Glam looks. Doll Glam can be cute, pretty, hippie and sexy, so there’s sure to be a place for each and every girl! I loved how the stylist combined some of the key looks to match the models’ personalities.
Edjie and I dressed up according to the key looks too! She went as cute/sexy (she is pretty much the perfect manifestation of this combination), while I went as pretty/hippie. I tried my best to look as girly and dolly as possible!
If the ^_^ smiley came to life…
(Thanks to my boyfriend for taking this photo. If someone were to take this kind of photo of me, it would be him.)
We did a short demonstration on how to achieve that Doll Glam look, and it turned me into a puddle of anxiety! I was so nervous because of the time limit! Thankfully, I think I did an okay job!
(Photo by Jionor Verona)
I focused on the eyes by applying a brown shimmer eyeshadow to the eyelids, winging the brown pencil eyeliner out, using a light brown eyebrow mascara on the eyebrows, not forgetting to put mascara on the lower lashes, and finally applying natural-looking falsies to create the illusion of doll eyes.
With my doll of the day - Ruth! You might recognize her beautiful face in all of SM’s department stores.
Love the accidental matchy matchy off-shoulder top x big skirt combo too. We’re definitely made for each other, bb Ruth!
10 lucky winners were chosen during the event to receive special gift packs (which included brands like Dolly Wink, BYS, NYX, Pixy, Heroine Make, Kate, Maybelline Color Show, Cutex, Palty, Beautylabo and Lucido L, among others), as well as a chance to walk down the stage to show their outfits. Everyone looked absolutely adorable! You can tell that most of them are rabid fans of Japanese culture.
Mad props to them for the confidence that they exuded while walking the runway. Sometimes I wish I were a little less like a statue in public events! You’d think that after all these years, I’d get used to it. But I could never, haha.
Some of the brands and products that the 10 lucky girls were able to receive!
Harajuku girls. They definitely did justice to Japanese street style!
Edjie and I with our dollies/models after the demo. This event just proved that it is totally possible to achieve the Doll Glam look in a short span of time if you have the right products. Thanks to SM Store Beauty Section for helping us out!
Much thanks to the recent birthday girl Nicole Andersson for doing such a great job at hosting too, as usual.
Whee! Full house!
(Photo by Jionor Verona)
With some of the winners of the VIP contest on Twitter. Wish we had more time to chat and take pictures!
(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)
Thanks to SM Beauty Section for the flowers! I got the one with the blue gingham wrap while Edjie got the pink one! I wonder if this was just random or if the organizers knew that blue is my favorite color.
(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)
Photo time! Some people traveled hours just to attend the event, so I stayed behind after the program to thank people, sign books, and take lots of selfies!
Here are only some of the pictures from that day! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #SMBeautyDollGlam if you’ve yet to post your photos from the event!
Finishing this post off with my Doll Glam selfie taken before the event and before all the sweat!
Thanks to Events 100 and SM Store Beauty Section for this opportunity! Hoping for more Japanese beauty/fashion-related events in Manila!