Wardrobe Diary #68: It’s All About Love (Feb. 14, 2015)

My Valentine’s date story hasn’t ended yet!!!  So please, please allow me to relish my Valentine’s date.  But before that, let me show you first my Valentine’s Day outfit:

Here I was by our hotel room door at Acacia Hotel before having breakfast:

And here I was at the Acaci Restaurant after a very satisfying breakfast:

Sequined shift dress: Culte Femme

Bag: Marc Jacobs Stam

Ballet flats: Yosi Samra

You know, I had second thoughts about wearing a shift dress because shift dresses tend to make me shapeless.  And looking at the photos above, medyo nga.  But this Culte Femme dress looked and felt so good to wear that I took the risk.  Besides, the fact that its waist wasn’t cinched was perfect because I planned to eat a lot. ;)

Anyway, back to our date.  So Randy and I had a scrumptious buffet breakfast at Acaci Restaurant.  That’s part of our Valentine’s package at Acacia Hotel. [Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #67: High on Love (Feb. 13, 2015)

Hello!!!

I hope you had a love-filled Valentine’s weekend, just as I did!  I loved how our Valentine’s date went.    And boy, did we make the most out of it. ;)

This is a big deal for me because:

1. This was only the second time we had each other only to ourselves on an overnight date ever since Raviv was born.  ‘Yung first one, ang jologs pa nung place.

2. Valentine’s Day used to be stressful for us, because February used to be super busy for us.  As in sakit pa ng ulo for me because I would reluctantly heed Randy’s request na mag-date naman daw kami (#AkoNa).  And after a lunch date somewhere without any reservations, we would rush back to work.  Going through the motions lang talaga para hindi masabing wala na kaming romansa sa katawan.

But not this year.  Five days to go before Valenrine’s Day, we already had a concrete plan (yes, prepared na kami nang lagay na ‘yan!)

In the afternoon of Friday the 13th, Randy and I dropped Raviv at Gymboree Sta. Rosa then headed to Acacia Hotel in Alabang.  We got Acacia Hotel’s Valentine’s staycation package, and we also had tickets to its Valentine’s show.  We chose to spend it in Alabang because Randy is allergic to MMDA and traffic.  Eh haller, Saturday ang Valentine’s!

We arrived at Acacia Hotel at almost 4 p.m.  I loved almost everything about Acacia Hotel, by the way.  It’s a big part of why it was such a pleasant Valentine’s weekend.

I can’t help but feel extra special with Acacia Hotel’s little welcoming token, with matching “origami” of a turtle!

 Randy and I just had ample time to rest and “be a couple” (wink!) before the pre-Valentine’s show cocktails at 7 p.m.

Katuwa si Randy—he usually is KJ when it comes to selfies and photo ops, but he was game that afternoon!

 And then at almost 7 p.m., I changed into my “date” outfit.  Here I was:


little black dress: La Copa

bag: Louis Vuitton Alma

shoes: Aldo

Can I just say how much I loved my dress?  It’s a little black dress that just hid my love handles, made me look slimmer, and really comfortable. [Read more…]

Ang gwapo ng anak ko!

I’m not supposed to blog today or in the next days to come because up to now, my work plate is still full, as in!  But I feel like I’ve accomplished so many things in so little days that I deserve to babble my thoughts to you.

Our Gymboree Center has finally opened its doors on Saturday, yahoo!  That’s the reason why I said on my Instagram that i was mentally and yes, PHYSICALLY tired.  Inis-is ko ang mga talsik-talsik ng semento sa tiles ng toilet, mind you!  I’ll tell you more about the fabulous Gymboree Sta. Rosa on a separate post since I don’t want to think about work for the meantime.

And so let’s talk about my Ravivo, my ultimate source of joy.

About three weeks ago, I realized something:  ang gwapo na pala talaga ng unico hijo ko!

It’s not as though I used to find my son ugly or ordinary-looking. I think he’s cute and handsome in that F4 or Lee Min Ho way (which isn’t really my type, to be honest), but I am often shy to say that to other people. I mean, all moms think their children are cute, right? As in even if we moms somehow know they’re not, we’d look for an angle to always look at and start convincing ourselves that they are. Until finally, we believe it. I fear I may have unconsciously done that, that’s why I’m shy to blurt out that, “Ang gwapo ng anak ko!” because that may just be in my eyes.

But now, I feel more confident saying it, after hearing consecutive gushes of girls and gays, “Ang gwapo ng bata!”, “Ang pogi ng bata, o!” and the like.  This was when we went to Alabang Town Center three Mondays ago.

Here’s Raviv with his Tatay at IHOP Alabang that day:

Oh that smile!!!

After we that satisfying bruch at IHOP, we headed to ATC because Randy had a follow-up appointment at Obagi (his breakouts are at its worst and after shelling out thousands and thousands at Obagi, waley pa rin!  Sigh!)

While Randy was in consultation with his derma (who’s the spitting image of Katrina Halili…hmmm on hindsight I should have never left Randy there with “Katrina”, just as Vicki Belo shouldn’t have trusted Hayden Kho with the real Katrina!  Hehehe), I brought Raviv with me to go to the adjacent beauty parlors to ask about their keratin treatment packages.  In each parlor we went to, the staff would gush how handsome Raviv was.  I felt each and every one was sincere, because they would talk about it further after we had left.  When we finally went to Obagi, I overheard “Katrina” and her staff gushing again how utterly handsome Raviv was.

So confirmed, gwapo nga ang anak ko.  Straight from the mouth of Dr. Katrina Halili, beauty expert.

Now, to celebrate Raviv’s recently-confirmed kagwapuhan, I want to share with you some photos of him when I got him to pose ala mowdel-mowdel.  Patronize me—I’m a tired working (and working and working) momma here brimming with pride.

Moreover, these were supposed to be for his wardrobe diaries but as usual, I didn’t have the time to post them again.  So I’m cramming some of them here.

Ready? :)

 

Here’s Raviv’s “Suave” look:

Plaid Polo: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Mickey Mouse
Boots: Florsheim

Raviv here really looks like he belongs to a Ralph Lauren ad, don’t you think?  Even though the shadows are a telltale sign that this was shot at night, he still looks like a mini-me of the quintessential RL (Ralph Lauren or Raviv Ladaga?  Hehe) man in a glossy ad, squinting in the sunlight with hair being blown all over, but still manages to look hot. [Read more…]

Happy New Hair: My Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry Experience

Hello hello hello hello!!!  My two weeks’ worth of chika are already jiggling with excitement as I type away!  I’m very sorry for being MIA for a long time. I know I’ve given this excuse many times in the past, but I swear I’m so busy that Randy is even frowning upon the fact that I’m squeezing this blogging in.

But how can I not blog?  Last week I got this really touching comment on my two-week old “latest” blog entry:

‘Di ba?  Denise, thank you so much for this very sweet message!  I truly, truly appreciate this!

Anyway, as Denise has alluded–happy new hair to me!  Yes, after almost three years, I’m straight again!

When my curls (digipermed in October 2013) have started getting really loose and the ends of my hair got really dry, I started hating my hair and knew pruning time was inevitable.  At first, my friends told me to renew my digiperm.  But I was tired of it.  I wanted to sport a bob to get rid of the remaining curls.

To convince my friends to support my quest to have a more modern and stylish hair, I actually pestered the salesladies of Metro Gaisano at ATC to put a wig on me:

 Chrys:  Dewmaine para kang si Katie Holmes, ang ganda…

After a few seconds…

Chrys:  Ay Dewmaine para ka rin palang si Charice nung paunti-unti na syang nag-a-out…Zaira tumabi ka kay Dewmaine, dali!  Tapos Dewmaine mag-pose ka nang parang ‘yung mga nakakunot parang si Charice…

Chrys:  Ayaaaan perfect!  Kayo na si Charice at Mommy Racquel!

Guys, ganyan talagang kaibigan si Chrysanthemum Collado! #SanayNaKami

Our peg.  Photo from Inquirer

Anyway, I actually sported a bob  five years ago.  And people told me I looked great. ;)  Lookie lookie:

Moi, 6 years ago sporting short hair with my student’s cute sister

In fairness, I think I looked fresh and young sporting that bob.  However, I’m a wash-and-wear girl when it comes to hair—as in I’m very lazy and terrible when it comes to fixing my hair (digiperms and stick straight hair give me that luxury).  And the hair in the photo above took me ten minutes to achieve, and I had to use a blower!  My hair tends to flyaway when short.  And I’m not willing to spend 10 minutes on my hair every day, thank you very much.

But my hopes went up when I heard about the Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry.  When Randy went to Obagi at ATC for his checkup, I scoured the nearby beauty parlors and asked about Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry.  I was told it does not straighten like rebonding but that it does remove the frizz.  I showed the hairstylists the hairstyles I’d like to achieve: [Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #66: Our Best Friend’s Wedding Date (Nov. 16, 2014)

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Now that all food preparations, and gift buying and wrapping are done, I feel good that finally I can blog again!!!  I have so many chika in me that I’ve wanted to share with you for the longest time, but couldn’t because of so much work and concerns the past months.

Anyway, I think the whole Philippines knows that two days ago, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes wed, right?

PDI-frontpage-12312014
Front page talaga!!!

I really hate admitting it even to myself, pero oo na, sige na—inabangan ko ‘yan at excited ako jan!  And perhaps if I weren’t happily married myself, it’s either I’d be green with envy at Marian or I will swear to myself that Michael Cinco will also fly from Dubai to dress me on my wedding day, no matter what!  But since I’m happily married myself, I’m just happy for Marian.  I’m so happy that after this post I intend to blog again…something about Marian Rivera (yuck fangirling na ba ako ng DongYan?!?)

Now speaking of weddings I was about about, it wasn’t just Marian and Dingdong whose wedding excited me.  In November, my and Randy’s best friend, Irvin Domingo Jr., wed the girl of his dreams, Tina Rivero.  The wedding ceremony was held at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Tagaytay, while the reception was done at Nurture Wellness Village | Nature Spa, also in Tagaytay.

Facebook photo uploaded by Tereyza Yee BautistaTina’s gown was sooo lovely!

irvin tina weddingRandom wedding photos of the wedding

Take a look at their same day edit video…astig, panira lang ang song number ni Irvin.  Joke!  Actually, it made it unique and very memorable:

Randy and I were both on the entourage:  I was a bride’s maid, and Randy was the best man.

PB160406Randy giving his epic best man’s toast

It was a lovely wedding because in attendance were people who truly, truly loved the couple.  Of course, with Randy and me were some of the Brain Train teachers who’ve been close to Irvin for several years.  It excited us because, for the first time, we were going to be really pretty and handsome all together.  And my my my, weren’t we?  Look at how lovely we all were!

These are (L-R) Edu J, Mitch, Abel, Reg, and Enteng.  Beauties and Brains Train-ers eh!  Hihi

PB160183

And here’s a photo of me and Randy at the church:

PB160176Di baaaa?!?

Wanna take a closer look at what I wore?  Here:

[Read more…]

Get-Up, Dress Up! SM Kids’ Fashion Holiday Collection

Advertorial

Each year, one season brings a holiday rush so distinct that the usual urge to get dressed for the seemingly endless revelries has already become synonymous with it: Christmas. Appropriately enough, this season ushers in styles that complement the jovial mood, that even the kids get all excited dressing to the nines.

This is why SM Kids’ Fashion decided to offer what is perhaps the bestest among the best sets for its holiday collection every year. This year’s ensembles showcase a wide variety of styles—from plains to prints, from laid-back casual to prim and proper looks, from dresses to tops and bottoms that are all ideal for one’s mix-and-match technique.

Fashionable Holiday Treat

It’s the season to get dressed to impress, with SM Kids’ Fashion’s dresses that are soaked in red, pink, blue, and even in the softness of pastels. So for girls who want to strut as modern princesses or be the cutest little misses, there will surely be a right outfit for every occasion. Aside from very feminine pieces, SM Kids’ Fashion has a variety of dresses that can also give that casual look.

This year’s holiday collection also inspires boys and girls of all ages to make a statement from the vast choices of colors, prints, and patterns that delight and uplift. The cropped shirts and skater skirts for example; with all the styles, textures, and prints that girls can mix and match. They can dress up like their favorite pop icons, or simply become the most fashionable version of themselves.

 

1
SMHoliday-Print-Dressy-GirlsGirls' Casual-Rev

IMG_1021IMG_2721

IMG_1149IMG_2802

The boys, on the other hand, would surely love the modern and visually appealing tees that are flexible enough to complement their mood to dress up or dress down for the party. To add edge to one’s favorite denims, boys can simply pair these with a graphic tee. And because the shirts in this collection are flexible and fashionable enough for any gathering, adding cardigans, hoodies, button downs, or blazers can surely further the look. After all, the holiday season also ushers in that breezy atmosphere, so boys can go and take advantage of it with a trendy layered outfit.
Indeed, just in time for the Yuletide season, SM Kids’ Fashion has expanded its collection so boys and girls can dress up and be whoever they want to be.

[Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #65: 31-year olds at the Forever 21 Fashion Show (Oct. 24, 2014)

This is a blog post I’ve been sooooo excited to share with you for a long time!  That’s because for the first time ever–at 31 years old–I was finally able to attend a fashion show for grown-up (because all I’ve been attending were for kids).

10631096_728469330540625_6323167392236603536_o

I’ve actually received several invites in the past.  Yun lang, I was always unavailable.  So when Krissy of ARC PR sent me an electronic invite and passes to attend—get this—the Forever 21 Fashion Show during the Fashion Week, boy was I in Cloud 9 because I had no other commitments on that day aside from a small task in Makati hours before the fashion show.  Krissy allowed me to invite two more friends, so talagang it was fun!

Anyway, here is what this 31-year old was wearing at the Forever 21 (gaaah, I’m a decade older than Forever 21’s target clientele!!!) Fashion Show during the Philippine Fashion Week:

PA240029

PA240148I know mejo suman ako sa suot ko, but I hope hindi pa ako mukhang nagmumurang kamias.

  • blue and black block dress: Blessed Shop
  • black quilted leather bag: Marc Jacobs Stam
  • gold infinity bracelet: Divisoria
  • leather wedge sandals: Aldo

And guys, please ask me kung nagpa-hair and make-up ba ako (kasi ang ganda ng hair ko diba?)  Because I’m proud to say that I did, pero libre langyan!  How and where?  Well, I’ll let you in on a secret how you could get your hair and make-up done for free!  Since the fashion show was done at the SMX Convention Center (sooo near SM MOA), I first went to the hair and beauty department of SM.  I first went to JML.  I told the SA that I bought a JML plantsa-cum-curler from them.  Then she volunteered to curl my hair.  O di ba?  Then I went to the make-up counters, stopping at the Majolica Majorca counter.  The SA again volunteered to line my upper lid, which she winged very well.  She also did a bit of contouring on my face using the brand’s blusher/bronzer.  Since she did very well and since I also needed one, I bought the eyeliner she used on me.  So the next time you buy your make-up (kung hindi naman nagmamadali), I suggest you it when you are headed to an event. Winking smileSo back to the event.  I arrived at SMX Convention quite early, and my friends have yet to arrive.  I was beyond thrilled when Krissy gave me Forever 21 gift cards!  I mean, I love Forever 21!  I could spend hours at a boutique just admiring the quirky and fashionable clothes and accessories!  After that, I headed in because there was a mini-Forever 21 boutique.  Several celebrities were also there, shopping.  I literally rubbed elbows with Troy Montero, Aubrey Miles, Bubbles Paraiso, etc.  Aaaaand, may chismis ako sa inyo.  But before that, take a look at this photo that I grabbed from ARC PR’s Facebook PageOpen-mouthed smile:

Diba wala lang naman?  But my malicious friend Teta was insinuating something:

[Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #64: Failed Flapper Girl Getup (Oct. 4, 2014)

If you’ve been reading my blog, chances are, you’d be able to guess what this wardrobe diary entry is.  If you’re thinking that this is about what I wore when I went clubbing, then BOO, you’ve been absent for a long time!!!  Or is it you’re first time here?

But those who have been in my loop would surely know that this is about my outfit/OOTD during Motherhood’s surprise 60th birthday celebration.  Since the theme was masquerade and most of the guests were, well, uhhh…”vintage”, it was but fitting that the guests (and host) wear something glamorous and Old Hollywood-ish.  And since one of my current favorite TV series is Downton Abbey, I chose outfits from the roaring twenties!  Here’s what I wore on Motherhood’s Masquerade Theme Surprise 60th Birthday Party Celebration:

PB020341

PB020340

Lemme hear a roar if wagi ang outfit natin!  Kung hindi, tumahimik na lang kayo.  Hihihi!  Anyway, I actually got a lot of compliments for my dress.  Another guest whose outfit I loved was Tita Romilyn’s. Look:

cfc (616)

Davah?!?  Complete with fishnet stockings pa ‘yan!  The other guests actually commented that our dresses were similar—I guess in the sense that they’re both fab—and because of that Tita Rom and I had a “contest”…

Tita Rom:  Oo nga parang pareho tayo ng outfit na makislap-kislap.  Pero mura lang ‘ting akin!
I: Ay Tita, mura rin itong akin!
Tita Rom:  Hoy, sa tiangge ko lang ito nabili…P750 lang ito!
I:  Wala ka Tita, ukay lang itong akin—P150 lang ito!
Tita Rom:  Ay panalo ka nga!

[Read more…]

FOREVER 21 Debuts Holiday Campaign Featuring Iggy Azalea and Nick Young

Advertorial

Forever 21 announces the launch of their Holiday 2014 campaign featuring recording artist Iggy Azalea and Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young.

This year marks several milestones for Iggy Azalea.  2014 saw the Australian artist hold simultaneously the number 1 and 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as become the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the chart.

Iggy 1

Iggy 4Iggy Azalea for Forever 21

Lakers’ shooting guard and Los Angeles native, Nick “Swaggy P” Young had quite the year himself. He recently signed to 4 more years with the Los Angeles Lakers and also made his runway debut walking in New York Fashion Week.

Nick 3

Nick 4Nick Young for Forever 21

The real life celebrity couple has gained recognition not just for their many talents but also for their distinct and complementary style. Iggy describes her style as “quirky, bold and strong,” while Nick enjoys being “daring and risk-taking” with his choices.

“Fashion plays an important part in the lives of Iggy and Nick; they are both at the top of their games and we felt they were the perfect pair to highlight our Men’s and Women’s collection this Holiday,” said Linda Chang, Vice President of Merchandising. “Iggy and Nick are known for their bold style and were chosen as a way for a broader audience to experience the Forever 21 brand and lifestyle.”

The Forever 21 Women’s Holiday Collection includes velvet knit cropped tops, fit and flare dresses, printed metallic shorts, oversized cardigans and cozy pullover sweaters. The assortment carries a diverse range of tactile and festive fabrics from velvet to metallic fabrics to sequins.

The Forever 21 Men’s Holiday offering features suiting for all occasions. This unique collection includes suits of brushed flannel, wool blends, marled textures as well as tweeds in silhouettes that vary from slim to classic.

1 2

79

Forever 21 Holiday collection will launch globally this quarter and feature various mini collections.

**********************************

If you and your sweetheart want to channel Iggy and Nick’s fashion sense, head to the nearest Forever 21!  In the Philippines, Forever 21 is located at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM City Cebu, The Block North Edsa, Mall of Asia, Lanang Premier, Aura Premier, SM City Fairview, SM City Clark, and SM Southmall.

2
The newly-renovated Forever 21 store in SM Megamall

Wardrobe Diary #63 (Hong Kong Trip Day 3): Ribbon and Lace (Sept. 24, 2014)

As I said on my previous blog entry, this is probably my happiest day in Hong Kong! Being in Disneyland gave me a sense of déjà vu, because everything seemed so familiar.  I felt like I’ve already sung and danced in the cobblestone streets there.  And when I saw the Disney princesses—Belle in particular—I was torn between feeling like I was best friends with her and that I was she in my past life, LOL!

Anyway, isa pang ikina-torn ko ay ang OOTD ko on this day.  See, I brought the black lace shorts I bought from Bangkok last year.

 

It’s really sooo cute and I’ve wanted to wear it for the longest time.  However, you guys know naman that I have issues with my legs.  Plus Randy is also in the ultra-conservative side.  Aside from these usual issues, I was also scared I won’t be comfy because I really am not used to wearing shorts.  I was also scared that while walking to the MTR or crossing the street, Raviv might pull my shorts down and BOOM, another Hong Kong blooper nanaman!  But when Randy told me there was no way we would be boarding a bus/tram/MTR on the way to Disneyland with our luggage, I decided to wear these shorts. I just had a good feeling that Disneyland would be more relaxed than Ocean Park, plus we would be staying in a Disneyland hotel.  I showed my OOTD to Randy and he gave it a thumbs up.  Napansin niya sigurong malayong mas malalaswa ang outfit ng ibang mga turista, hehe.

Anywho, here are photos of my full ensemble on our 3rd day in Hong Kong.

At the lobby of Disney’s Hollywood Hotel after check-in:

 

At the corridor of our hotel room:

 

At Fantasyland in Disneyland:

 

  • white blouse with puffed sleeves: Kashieca
  • black lace shorts:  Bobae Market in Bangkok 
  • gold metallic ballet flats: Yosi Samra
  • red leather bag: Balenciaga City

 

By the way, I have a confession to make: a bad mommy moment. ;)  See, when we left our hotel, it was drizzling.  I borrowed an umbrella from the concierge before boarding the shuttle to Disneyland.  It was still drizzling when we reached Disneyland (because hello, it was only five minutes away).  I started to panic because I didn’t want my baby to get wet.  So anong bad mommy dun?!?  Weeeeeell, the baby I was talking about was not Raviv…it was…my bag.  Hehehe!  Of course I also did not want Raviv to get wet—but honestly, I was more scared for my bag.  Raviv is a healthy boy so I was sure the light drizzle won’t harm him.  As for the bag, well, that’s a different story altogether.  But because I did not want to be a terrible mom naman to my little boy, I thought of something:  I wrapped my bag in its dust bag (Randy said, “Grabe dala mo talaga ang dust bag?!?”  I told him I really brought the dust bag in case of rain and because I always have a water bottle with me.  Ayoko nang maul it ang nangyari sa Chloe bag ko dati), wrapped it in my cardigan and put it on Raviv’s lap.  I gave Raviv strict orders to take care of my bag.  My sweet little boy must have known how serious I was, thus he really took my instructions to heart.  Then I held my umbrella over my two beloved babies.  Look at us:

And even when it stopped raining, Raviv still took care of his nanay’s other beloved:

[Read more…]