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Philippine Fashion Week: Bench x Michael Cinco
In celebration of its 25 years in the retail industry, Bench collaborated with top designers, Michael Cinco and Rajo Laurel for a back to back show during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 season. Last May 27, I had the pleasure of attending that show all thanks to Bench. :)
Jasmine Maierhofer opens the show
Michael Cinco showcased a beautiful collection of gowns with intricate beading and embellishments. The show was remarkable and enchanting. The gowns were elegant and regal. It may be the last show of the season but it certainly wasn’t the least talked about.
Dominique Reighard & Allison Harvard
The two finalists from America’s Next Top Model, Dominique Reighard and Impalpable muse, Allison Harvard graced the runway. Michael Cinco created ANTM All-Stars’ finale dresses and with that opportunity, he would have made a big mistake if he didn’t think of asking the girls to strut the runway of PFW.
I must admit, I got somewhat starstruck when I saw Allison. I’m not a fan of hers and I rarely watch ANTM but when I saw her in the flesh I just couldn’t help but stare. It’s like I only used to see you in this glowing box at home and now you’re in front of me!! And all those gorgeous gowns that made me wanna wear them for the rest of my life (if I could) didn’t help at all.
Bench underwear-clad men… teehee
This is the only show I watched last PFW due to conflicting schedules and nonexistence of invites with good time slots. Sadly, I wasn’t able to stick around for Rajo Laurel’s show since it was getting late and I needed to go home early. I’m definitely looking forward to the next Philippine Fashion Week.
Here are a few photos with my lovely seatmates. :) with Moe and Adly
guess whose pairs of shoes these are
me, Kat and Melissa
opted to wear a no-brainer outfit
photos by Moe Tendencia
Azta Urban Salon: Ombré Hair
Last February, Ana (one of the friendliest bloggers I know) asked me through text if I wanted to have my hair ombre’d courtesy of Azta Urban Salon. Of course I said yes, because:
• It’s free of charge (no-brainer),
• I’ve heard of ombre hair last year and I was stuck in the should-I-go-for-it-or-not stage with the whole idea and lastly,
• I was bored with my hair and wanted to try something new!
So, I took the text message as a sign to go for it and scheduled an appointment right away. When I got to the salon, I noticed that my phone was missing. :( I rarely lose things when commuting and I’ve never been held-up despite riding the LRT, jeep and also, walking the streets alone almost everyday. Good thing, the people at Azta were so nice and attentive that they let me use their phone and laptop so I could tell my boyfriend where to meet me. They also asked me if I wanted a drink (milktea or coffee?) or if I needed any more help. I felt like a princess… chos! hahaha :)
After all the fuss over my lost cellphone, we got started with the procedure: reading a magazine while dye is being applied after they shampooed and blow-dried my hair
bleaching time for my highlights
and we’re done!
Here’s a before and after photo (the stylist also curled my hair temporarily): The whole treatment took 3-4 hours since my hair is pretty long. But the tedious process is worth it! I’ve no regrets, it’s been four months now and I still love how it looks! :)
Since some of you guys have questions regarding this, I compiled them here for reference:
What is ombre exactly? Ombre is a French word that literally means “shaded”; think gradient color, like you’d see on a swatch of fabric or skein of yarn. It’s a hair coloring technique where the color is darker at the roots, then fades into lighter and brighter tones at the mid-shaft and ends. Ombre is a hot trend in hair color this year - and with good reason! Folks are loving this fresh and unique look! A little beachy and casual. And an extremely flattering way to “go lighter”. - Azta Urban Salon
What colors are your ombre? Black, brown and blonde with highlights on top.
Where is Azta located? Azta has branches in Katipunan Avenue, Robinsons Metroeast, Eastwood City, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Pioneer and Tomas Morato. I chose the one in SM San Lazaro because it’s the one nearest to my place.
How much did it cost you? The treatment was sponsored but if it wasn’t it would probably cost me between 2,500-4,500php. Here’s a copy of their price list:
I hope this helps, if you have any questions just leave it in my ask box. :) What are you waiting for? Consult your azta stylist and find out what ombre look fits you!
Visit Azta Urban Salon on Facebook for more info.
Review: Puffy 3 Tones in Grey from Uniqso
I wear contact lenses on a daily basis since I have poor eyesight and honestly, it can be quite costly in the long run. One pair usually costs me around 300-500php and I buy a new one every month or two. And sometimes, I still misplace and accidentally damage them despite being a contact lens user for more than two years now.
So I was really glad when Uniqso sent me a lovely pair of Puffy 3 Tones Grey (-2.00) circle lenses last month for free! :) I’m still quite unfamiliar with circle lenses, hence browsing Uniqso’s wide array of products is enough to overwhelm me. I asked the shop owner to cite her bestsellers so I can narrow down my choices and as it turns out, Puffy 3 Tones is one of them. I picked grey because it’s the most flattering eye color for me. :)
Here’s how I look without and with lenses (no flash):
hagardo versoza! I just came home from school
I had a trying time when I used this pair for the first time because it’s bigger than the ones I normally use. But just after a few days of wearing it, I got used to the size and it didn’t feel very uncomfortable anymore. The color is more vivid than I had expected and looks more of a light blue rather than grey especially in photos. It also looks very unnatural on me when I’m not wearing any eye make-up since I’m Asian but it will definitely look gorgeous with thickly lined eyes. I prefer to wear something more casual looking on a daily basis and save this for a night event.
A close up shot (if you look closely, you can see my hands holding the camera haha!):
Item Details - Price: $17.90 Weight: 100 grams Manufacturer: Dolly Eye (EOS) Diameter: 14.8mm Water Content: 38% Base Curve: 8.6 Replacement Period: within 12 months Available Power: 0 to -10.00
Puffy 3 tones is available in other colors: blue, brown, green, pink and violet. If you want to order, you can avail 10% discount using this code: MJ10. :)
Disclaimer: Items for review are sponsored but the opinions of the author are not. Author will not be held responsible for any damages of any sort resulting from use of this review.
this ring reminds me of Sailormoon and Akazukin Chacha haha!
yellow flats, University Mall
Commemorating Independence day in my own little way by wearing our flag’s colors.
Last June 12 was also my little sister’s 13th birthday. She’s a high school student now! And yes, I’m saying this in disbelief. She used to be so tiny and I can’t believe her age now is just a stone’s throw away from the age I had my first boyfriend. I was only fourteen and Kev was fifteen when we started our relationship. Now I understand why my dad reacted that way when he found out; I was so young and immature! It’s really a surprise that we’re still together and what a cute coincidence that I’m writing this post now since it was our 55th month last Thursday. Even though we only celebrate anniversaries now, I still keep track and greet him. Wish us more monthsaries to come? :)
Accessorize Back to School
Here’s another good news from Accessorize! :) Purchase any item and get a free item of equal or lesser value of choice until July 1, 2012. This one’s perfect for students like me who has made it a habit to buy new things at the beginning of the school year. I swear, Accessorize has the most generous promos, you won’t be disappointed.
(CLOSED) Hurricane Kitty x Strutting on Sunshine: Big Back to School Giveaway
Hitting the school halls in a few days? Don’t despair! We have come together with a grand giveaway just for our lovely readers. With more than 20 fabulous prizes coming from equally fabulous brands, you will definitely get through monotonous school days just fine. Join now! Who knows you might be one of the 6 lucky winners. ;) - Tina & Je ♥
A dress of your choice from Dream Big Shop
hype Scallop on Lookbook.nu
scallop skirt bought online, purple shoes from University Mall
I opted to wear something colorful and yuppie looking to the press launch of Joe Jonas for Bench a few weeks ago. I love the scallop detail of my orange skirt, it looks so girly and it reminds me of the way I used to draw skirts and dresses as a child, they always have scallop hems haha! I also adore the colors in this outfit! When I was picking out what accessories to wear, I never thought the pink and mint blue tassel necklace would go so well with my ensemble since I’m quite a prude when it comes to color selection; I tend to stick to the basics. The shoes was a last minute choice, I bought the pair before we went to the venue. I hope you like this outfit as much as I do. What do you think? :)
edit: received a message from one of my readers about the contact lens I’m wearing here. It’s not the contacts, it’s me. I’m still not used to dolly lenses with bigger diameter so my eyes were twitchy when we took these photos. :( But I’ll probably get used to wearing the lovely pair Uniqso sent me… more about this on my review! :)
photos by Moe Tendencia | hype Scallop on Lookbook.nu
Cosmopolitan June 2011
I mentioned having a nine month old backlog a few months ago and I’m still wondering why I only blogged about this now considering that it’s one of the most gratifying opportunities I’ve had to date! :) Last year, I got an email from Ms. Regina Belmonte, Cosmopolitan Philippines’ Associate Beauty Editor, confirming my participation in Cosmo’s Makeover Special. I got the chance to have a makeover for free at Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon plus, a photo of me included in their June 2011 issue and not just a teeny weeny photo but a full page spread! Can you say bonggabells? :D Although a lot of my friends told me I don’t look like myself in the photo (I’m pretty sure my nose and chin was photoshopped haha!) it’s really me. Here’s what happened behind the scenes…
putting finishing touches on my hair + make-up
About my look: Flirty Fringe
“If you’re too attached to your lengthy locks, try vamping up your look instead with a new style. “It might not look like much to you at first, but full bangs take commitment,” says Regina. Jesrhel came in sporting side-swept bangs, which Lourd shortened into a straight fringe for an edgy look. Makeup match: Lourd swiped a peachy coral lip color to bring out her puckers without distracting from the new cut.” - www.cosmo.ph
Photo shoot time! I don’t get nervous in front of the camera anymore since I do occasional modeling stints. But when we started shooting, I just got overwhelmed and lost my composure. My lips were trembling haha! I was such an awkward turtle. ;A;
fellow cosmo readers who got a makeover, Nikki & Meg
A photo with Ms. Regina before I leave. I told her I read her blog and I’m certain that I sounded like a huge stalker when I did that. Overall, the makeover was such a nice experience and I can’t believe it’s been over a year now. I’m currently sporting ombre hair and I haven’t had my bangs trimmed in ages so I’m thinking if I should grow them out. What do you think? :)
Uniqlo Cast Announcement Party
Last May 16, I attended Uniqlo’s Cast Announcement Party at Intercontinental Hotel. Here are a few photos before the press launch started.
during registration, the venue was jam-packed with press people and bloggers
Dana, Tina, Gian & Adly, I invited these lovely girls. The more the merrier! :)
with Raiza, our outfits have the same school girl vibe
And now it’s starting! Can you guess who the four endorsers are?
Chris Tiu is a true sports figure, an inspiration for education (with two college degrees), he hosts, does commercial modeling and product endorsements, and also has his own business-all these while projecting a wholesome image.
After singing the TV ad jingle of a popular softdrinks brand, there was no stopping Nikki Gil from conquering local showbusiness. She loves hosting, singing, acting in movies and now even in theater. She is also a staunch protector of the environment and a popular product endorser just like Chris Tiu.
Funny and witty, Chito Miranda is a singer-songwriter, the main man of Parokya ni Edgar, a funk rock/alternative group that made ripples in the early 90s music scene. Their group gave Filipino rock music a truly unique sound that was loved by many Filipino music fans regardless of socio-economic status and age.
Iza Calzado is what you call a “triple threat:” can act, dance and sometimes sing. She is part of ABS-CBN‟s impressive roster of talents and is a co-host of ABS-CBN‟s hugely popular Sunday noontime show ASAP.
Chico and Delarmar were the event hosts, I love their radio show!!
All of my guesses (based on the silhouettes) were wrong but when the hosts started giving clues I got them all right! I know some of you are probably wondering why Uniqlo have local endorsers. I read a lot of comments regarding this on their Facebook page. I found this one really rude: “getting local endorsers cheapened the brand”. I find it annoying how some people develop this delusional sense of elitism when they buy imported goods. How pathetic and also, ironic because Uniqlo is known for their casual clothing that’s marketed to all types of people and not just for the upper class.
the Cast posing for a group photo
So anyway, here’s the reason why they got local endorsers… Uniqlo’s brand philosophy is “Made for All” and their company’s vision is to provide casual clothing that is made for all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or any other ways that define an individual. For them, the Uniqlo Cast plays a vital role in creating a bridge between the brand and us, Filipinos. As for me, I think the cast they picked is just right for their campaign.
with Mr. Katsumi Kubota, chief operating officer of Fast Retailing Philippines
My boyfriend told me a few days ago that he saw a bus with a huge Uniqlo ad plastered all over it. It seems like they’re really getting people hyped up before the grand opening on June 15. I left right after the press launch ended because I didn’t have our driver with me and it’s scary to commute alone late at night. But I managed to gather some info I may have missed (thank you google! haha).
group photo before we leave
The average price range of shirts is P790, jeans, bra top and polo shirts cost P990 but there will be huge discounts on June 15 to 21 so you can buy them for P590 only! Plus, they will be giving away free tote bags to shoppers with a minimum Php 2k single receipt purchase and to the first 500 customers daily from June 15 to 17. Mochi ice cream by Mochiko will also be served to the first 500 Uniqlo customers on their opening day!
my name’s misspelled ;_;
Thank you Uniqlo Philippines for inviting me! :) Don’t forget to drop by Uniqlo’s flagship store here in the Philippines at the 2nd floor of the Main Building in SM Mall of Asia on June 15! For updates, visit their website http://www.uniqlo.com/ph/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uniqlo.ph.
credits: Raiza Poquiz & Uniqlo Philippines for some of the photos
Mailtime: Accessories & Beauty Products
Here are several gifts I received from brands recently including a few old ones. I haven’t blogged about them yet because of my tight schedule but expect some of them to be included in my future outfit posts and product reviews! :)
Floral headpieces from Sugar Kissed
Make-up from Maybelline
Contact lens from Uniqso
Skin care products from Diana Stalder
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hype Cranberry on Lookbook.nu
necklace sponsored by FashionTrends Collections
thrifted top, shorts gift
Gold Dot shoes
I’m already at that point of no return and it’s about time I acknowledge that fact. Even if it’s hard to keep moving forward because there are things from the past that are weighing me down; things that I just can’t simply discard. Things I’m not proud of that even mere mention of them makes me feel awfully uneasy. I even wish sometimes that the next morning when I wake up I’ll be able to turn back time somehow… silly isn’t it? Certain things are irreversible and this is one of them. No other way but forward… I need to keep that in mind even when I get discouraged. It can’t swallow me whole, I won’t allow it.
photos by Eena Macaspac | hype Cranberry on Lookbook.nu