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…]

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 #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).

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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:

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  • 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:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #28: Bear and Green It! (Sept. 23, 2014)

On our second day in Hong Kong, Raviv looked about as fresh as a Judge spearmint chewing gum.  Take a look at my toddler boy’s OOTD:

Before entering Ocean Park

 

Aboard the Sea Carousel at Ocean Park
 
By the fountain at the entrance

 
Actually, I love this look so much that this ensemble had a repeat performance less than a week after.  That was when we attended the Family Day at Raviv’s school on Friday last week.

  • polo: Garfield
  • mint green jeans: Mossimo Kids
  • shoes: Florsheim Kids
  • sunnies:  SM Kids’ Fashion

 

Repeat performance at the Family Day

Look at Ravivo:

 

 

Naiba lang ang shoes-ey!  These Florsheim boots are actually Raviv’s favourite footwear.  As in.  It is the only pair of footwear he asked me to buy for him. Almost every time I think aloud which footwear to make him wear, he would always mention his boots.  He actually wanted to bring these boots to Hong Kong, but I was scared his feet would hurt from all the walking.  Anyway, the reason I made him wear this ensemble again was because I wanted him to be terno with Randy.  Look at my mag-ama here:

 

Sinong mas pogi?
 
‘Di ba halos terno? I was wearing brown because the theme of our familia was nature-nature kuno.  Sila yung dahon, ako ang lupa, hehe.  Hindi ko nga lang kayang pagsuotin si Randy ng mint green skinny jeans.  Haha, hindi ko rin ma-imagine!

 

Watching Raviv being bullied

Anyway may kwento ako sa inyo about that Family Day.  Warning, baka ma-OA-yan kayo sa akin.  After the program during socialisation time, we told Raviv to play with his classmates.  The thing that we noticed about Raviv is that he’s a tad shy around other kids, pero bibo with adults.  I guess it’s because we always have adult guests at home pero walang ibang bagets ever since cousin Yoona went to live in Davao.
So ayun na nga, we told him to play with the other kids and he did.

 

 

As he was playing, we noticed that there’s a kid na parang dinidibdiban si Raviv tapos may sinasabi-sabi.  Raviv would move away from him, but this kid would follow him around na nakatingala pa kay Raviv with a grimace at bulung-bulong.  I called Raviv and asked him why that kid was following him.  Ravivo told me that the kid was saying bad things.  I told him not to go near that kid and just play with the nice kids (note:  all the kids in the photo above were the nice kids).  But “dibdiban” boy was really following him.  As in sunud nang sunod kay Raviv!  And then it became obvious from the boy’s expression that he was saying nasty things to Raviv.  So I kept close watch, while the boy’s parent was busy chika-chika with other people.  Then later, I saw him wrestling Raviv.  Raviv was moving away from him with a somber expression on his face.  Naiiyak na ako nang mga panahong ‘yun, and I was keeping myself from making patol to the kid.  And, masama ba that I wished Raviv would fight back?!?  I know it was bad but at that time I was a lioness who wanted to protect her cub.  You know I kept telling Raviv not to fight back whenever may nang-aaway sa kanya, but at that moment I wish I had ESP to mentally instruct Raviv to fight back!  Well, I must have ESP because not long after Raviv started fighting back!  He started throwing punches that would make Manny Pacquiao proud, at hindi na nakalaban si dibdiban boy!  The boy just stood there receiving Raviv’s wrath, until I sprang to my feet to pull them apart.  Dibdiban boy went away, and Raviv hugged me.  He buried his face on me and I could feel he was fighting back tears.  Kung hindi lang ‘yun school event, umiyak na talaga ako.  I really fought back tears because I knew that dibdiban boy hurt Raviv a lot for him (Raviv) to have reacted that way—‘yung parang lumabas ‘yung naipon n’yang galit.  

 

Reality bites

Anyway, now I feel more for the parents who seem to overreact when their kids are bullied.  Masakit pala talaga.  However, I’m also against being too protective of children especially of their feelings.  The big world out there is full of cruel people who will trample on our feelings, that’s a fact.  Another fact is that we can’t protect our kids from such people 24/7.  Ergo, our kids also have to learn how to handle unpleasant people and unpleasant situations on their own.  I don’t want my son to be spineless.  So I was also proud of myself because even though I was watching live how my kid was being hurt emotionally and physically, I allowed him to handle things, and I meddled only when I saw that he was the one who might hurt the other party.
Moral lesson?  There are stressful times that we just need to “bear and grin (green) it” O di ba na-connect ko ang title?!?  Tapos may panda “bear” pa sa umpisa!

 

Can you give me tips on how to handle bullying?  What do you tell your kids and how do you keep your emotions in check?

Wardrobe Diary #62 (Hong Kong Trip Day 2): Now, I’m the Star! (Sept. 23, 2014)

If you have already read our Ocean Park adventures (thank God it’s no longer misadventures!), then you already know that on this day, I was no longer just hobnobbing with the stars because, well, I was one of the stars!  Yeah, promise!  This is no joke!  I was actually one of the stars during the dolphin show at Ocean Park.  Because when the staff was asking for volunteers, I volunteered.  Thus, the pa-star actually and finally became a star.  Hihihi!

But before I give you tips on how to be a star at a dolphin show (errr, that didn’t sound too flattering), lemme first show you what I was wearing on our second day in Hong Kong:

Posing by the stores of “Old Hong Kong” at Ocean Park

 

  • gray beaded top: bought from Gallery F
  • gray cotton cropped pants: J. Crew
  • gold ballet flats: Yosi Samra
  • red leather bag: Balenciaga City
(Note:  You will get tired of my shoes and bag because these were the only bag and shoes I brought to Hong Kong.  They will be a staple to my wardrobe diary entries until the last day.)

Here are more photos of me in my almost-monochromatic outfit-ey:

Against the vista of South China Sea
 

 

Reporting for my mommy duties

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #27: Raviv in Hong Kong (Sept. 22, 2014)

Walang kwenta ang title ko ‘no?  Hindi pangmatalino, LOL!

Anyway, I would have wanted the title to go something like it’s nice to be young and not know all the troubles hounding your parents, because as you may already know, boggang kamalasan ang inabot namin sa Hong Kong (whaaaat you haven’t heard yet?!?  HERE!)  But since it’s too wordy and I can’t think of a way for that to sound witty, I decided to stick to the boring title above.

Anywho, I realized that it’s been such long time since I last featured Raviv’s outfitey!  The last one was in April pa!  I guess it’s because RAviv really has no penchant to mowdel-mowdel, much to his nanny’s dismay.  Although I console myself with the fact that:

  1. Magkaka-baby girl din ako, and when that time comes, maghanda ang SM Kids’ Fashion, Gingersnaps, etc…at ang bank account namin.  Hehehe
  2. In the recesses of my mind, I don’t want Raviv to grow up vain or a metrosexual.  I honestly want him to be nonchalant about his natural good looks and natural flair in dressing up.  I want him to care more about manly (sports) and intellectual (books, debates) things.

But because he is still my baby and I still do not have a baby girl, wala siyang choice but to be my baby mow-del.

Here’s Raviv’s outfit of the day/wardrobe diary last week on our first day in Hong Kong:

 

  • polo shirt: Guess Kids
  • striped shorts: Levi’s
  • shoes: Florsheim Kids
  • hat: from a store at Festival Mall

 
I am very proud of my boy because despite that he woke up very early on this day (I just shook him and said, “Anak, wake up na because we’re now going to Hong Kong”, he sprang up and even allowed me to bathe him…at 3:30 a.m. ito ha!) and even if he somehow sensed how stressed we were, he was behaved.  Behaved, as in he was not throwing tantrums (but not behaved as in he does not move…asa pa tayo kay Raviv!)  He just bore and grinned when we were running circles looking for places.  Anyway, part of his being relaxed I guess is the fact that he was in his stroller.  I tell you, a stroller in Hong Kong is a must!  Imagine na lang if Raviv was also walking during the two hours we were looking for that darn “Citybus Service Centre” ‘di ba?!?

Lemme show you more of his pictures at Madame Tussuads.  You would notice that it isn’t that many—that’s because at first, he was scared of the wax figures.  I would have wanted him to stand between and against the Brangelina wax figure para kunwari anak soya hung dalawa, but he was scared.

Later, however, we persuaded him to get “inside this Rembrandt painting”:

Look at that smile!  There was even another Chinese tourist who took photo of him and Randy, and in her rusty English, told me that Raviv was so cute.

 

Then little by little, we were able to remove his fear of the wax figures.  Pa’ano?  By checking out the wax figures’…

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Wardrobe Diary #61 (Hong Kong Trip Day 1): Hobnobbing With Celebrities (Sept. 22, 2014)

If you have read my previous post, you already know how depressing this day went.  But since I’ve already poured out my emotions on that blog post, I want to focus on the good side of this day.

Because on this day, I hobnobbed with my fellow celebrities.  Take note:  celebritiES, plural.  And not just starlets but true-blue celebrities.  So buti na lang hindi masyadong halata ang pagka-haggardous versoza and stressed drilon ko!
 
Here’s my outfit of the day/wardrobe diary on our first day in Hong Kong when I met celebs:
 
  • white dress: ukay
  • gold ballet flats: Yosi Samra 
  • red leather bag:  Balenciaga City

At NAIA, I already saw a reporter with a cameraman…inaabangan ata ako, LOL!  Later, I saw Marian Rivera and her posse in the same terminal as we were.  She’s really pretty and her skin was immaculate.  I took photos of her using my smartphone, pero alam naman natin kung among nangyari sa smartphone ko ‘di ba?  Hayst.  Normally, I’d feel super ugly whenever I see celebs in the flesh, but on that day, I didn’t.  Of course, Marian was drop dead gorgeous but I must say I didn’t look so bad, partida at puyat pa ako n’yan!  In fact, look at what my normally later BFF commented on my photo:

 

  Zoom natin ha?

 

Dabaaaah?!?

So anyway, after Marian Rivera, I advanced on to Hollywood superstars, icons and sports stars in the afternoon.  I literally rubbed elbows with them.  Don’t wanna believe me?
Here:
MomsterTeacher giving Prince Charles pointers on how to improve the economic situation of UK… ;)
 
Then I told Führer Hitler how bad the Holocaust was, but if he insists on being a Nazi, there was a good kind of Nazi…a grammar Nazi!
Heil good grammar!!!!

At nagpaka-deep din ako with Gandhi…we were talking about…life.  Hehe

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Wardrobe Diary #60: Si Misis! (June 28, 2014)

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have finally accepted the term.  I realized that after six years of being married, OK na sa akin matawag na “Misis Ladaga”.  ‘Yan ang breakthrough ko on that day.

But still, I refuse to look like the quintessential “misis“.

For our super wholesome sixth anniversary celebration, I wore something super wholesome as well (but not misis-y, I hope).  Here I was on my and Randy’s anniversary:

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At para medyo sensual kunwari:

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Now here’s a closer look at the outfit details:

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