I love it when artists help me express a vision! I wore this outfit when I attended the wedding of a good friend, Alexis and Geoff #OhYesReyes. I asked help in exploring shapes and silhouettes from my super talented, smart designer and transsisy Mara Chua. Her aesthetic is perfect and she knows how to make my body more feminine! All her wedding designs are fierce and the elements make a story 👌🏻definitely recommend her!
True to her hard and soft aesthetic, She used rubber textile to achieve the shape but balancing it with a very soft drop halter cut and finishing the dress with delicate fairy custom made embroidery. Garden of Earthly Delights. Technology x Craft. It was digitally sketched then plotted then straight to the embroiderer.
Brewfest MNL Social is all about bridging together the local craft brewing community with Manila’s budding urban lifestyle. I attended 2 of this event’s series this year and I really got to enjoy the drinks and meet local brewers and their craft – including one of my Chemistry batchmate’s work, Nipa Brew which has a diverse set of flavors. I also like the roasts of Juan Brew, which uses organic wheat and 100% solar power.
See below more photos of this urban experience, bringing together great local brews, with the country’s finest local pop ups, coupled with good music and great company.
Now, it’s October and the biggest days of the Philippine’s craft beer revolution is indeed here. Brewfest is having their biggest and baddest series ending tonight OCT 2, until late midnight, serving over 100 locally crafted variants.
Participating brewers include Crazy Carabao Brewing, Joe’s Brew, Juan Brew, Nipa Brew, Pedro Brewcrafters, Turning Wheels Brewery, with Alamat Craft Brew, Crows Craft Brewing Co., The Cebruery & Palaweño Brewery all joining through The Bottle Shop. Compliment these Brews with Bao MNL, Crazy Chick, El Jefe Mexican Street Food, Global Grub, Sanchos Churreria, Serbesa, The Burgery & Wrapped.
Prolly my first red carpet moment as a blogger in Pinas. Enjoyed the night at City of Dreams Manila and learned so much from other blogger and fashion icons. I wore a dress by friend Mitch Ochosa, with color that is quite similar to the traditional baby hues for girls, present in the transgender flag. Because, for me (may explanation talaga!! hihi) blogging is not just about makeup, it’s about telling stories (and struggles) of being a Transpinay. 😉
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Thank you so much Cedar Salon for helping me dress up for this night!
I’ve known CK One fragrance when I was just a kid and I always wanted its unique fresh and electric scent. It originated 20 years ago and it has been an iconic scent symbolizing individualistic urban youth of the time.
But we know how millenials are of today. We want things that connect us yet give us something we can use to create, call our own, but most importantly, share . Then the CK2, the gender-free fragrance by Calvin Klein, was born. A scent we can all can relate to, with all our own memories, ideas and inspirations.
It was launched in The Philippines few weeks ago and I’m so happy to share it with my bestie blogger, Martha Sta. Barbara of The Beauty Junkee, and my partner at Digify. Their global instagram campaign, #The2OfUs, highlights how we millenials connect in different ways through this warm-cool “unisex” scent.
Aside from that nature, I have always liked how Calvin Klein is so daring, energetic and inspiring, not minding any kind of labels – especially when it comes to gender (see how CK same-sex couple for the first time). I like how brands help the LGBT in communicating different real-life stories of our community, via these ads.
The pop-up event held at SM Beauty Makati featured local CK2 ambassadors and influencers that embody everything about the youth of today – creative, free, and bold – but in two’s.. together.
with David Guison, Michael Macalos, Ida Anduyan, Fifth and Fourth Solomon
The scent is just as daring and bold as the campaign. Announced as an urban woody – fresh scent, CK2 begins with unsual combination if wasabi, mandarin and violet leaf. Wet cobblestones and concrete accords are mixed with orris root and rose absolute and placed on the woody base of vetiver, sandalwood and incense.
I’ve been using this scent since my La Union trip and it’s really is a woody scent but the one that’s not too strong especially as it dries on the skin. I am not a super fan of warm ones as I would like more citrus or aquatic but there are unusual notes of these which make the new fragrances fresh and electric.
I have also been using this scent with my Perfume Pod, which is a big help when traveling or partying because I love my bonggang fragrances but I want them in my pocket/bag and not in the car or airport desk. Each pod has a sleek design that comes with a PATENTED Genie-S refill system that makes it unique and easy to use. Its “pump to refill” system allows users to directly transfer perfume from the original glass bottle without any mess and evaporation of its contents into the air.This tube maybe small in size as it carries only 5 ml of perfume but can spray up to 65 times or even 85 sprays in small mists. ??Lovee this!! #perfumepodph Now available at @lazadaph and @travalopgh SM NEDSA
More photos of the event below, and the TVC that illustrates how the new scent challenges the millenials to create daring stories in two with CK2.
CK 2 EDT is now available in leading department stores. Sizes are 30ml (P2,498.00), 50ml (P3,198.00), and 100ml (P4,298.00)
Have you tried this scent? What do you feel about it? =)
Let’s support co-blogger David Guison for #AxeBlackDavid! Similar to Pop-up bars, Axe, the number one male fragrance in the world introduced series of Axe Black concept store series highlighting its 3 new ambassadors – Arjo Atayde, Nix Damn P, and David Guison – who live up to the world of the understated man, #LessEffortMoreStyle indeed.
More photos of the event below with Colleen Garcia as its newest endorser, with Axe council members Bamboo and Frank Magalona. Also, please please please (Ang dami??) support one of my favorite style blogger and friend, David Guison this October 7-9 (details to be posted here and on my socials soon).
up and coming actor Arjo Atayde
Nix Damn P recetly launched its street concept called Maharlika and you can purchase your product on Lazada with the Discount code: AXEBLACKNIX Promo: For every purchase worth at least P500, they get P100 Off Code expires: September 15
In 2013, Wanderland was founded and I got the chance to experience this indie festival, headlined by Temper Trap & Neon Trees, whose songs I first heard as soundtracks in TV shows that i watch. I really loved the experience and musical/artistic immersion in that event.I missed last year x Kid Cudi (ugh!!) but now, the annual music and arts festival, Wanderland is gearing up for another musical fete with this year’s anticipated line-up of international and local talents – see below. Together with the leader in digital lifestyle, Globe, on March 5, 2016, Saturday, at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds, festival aficionados are in for tons of special treats as they experience the excitement of the Globe Galaxy.
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Enter the Globe Galaxy
Globe Galaxy takes Wanderland 2016 to the next level through its interactive activities, and games that everyone can explore and enjoy. The digital lifestyle is brought to life with this all-in-one interactive hub made up of 7 planets – Zero Gravity, Lifestyle Odyssey, Movie Planetarium, Space Race, Astro Rocks, GCash Vortex, and The Transporter
On Zero Gravity, guests can defy gravity on the trampoline and shoot the coolest videos ready to upload on YouTube and upload their GIF photos on Instagram; Lifestyle Odyssey lets one take OOTDs and discover new content from Globe such as the latest fitness app K-Fit; the Movie Planetarium then challenges one’s movie knowledge with fun quizzes to win premium items; Space Race and Astro Rocks provides a fun way of learning about mobile games and Spotify hacks as well as a chance to take the mic and sing your heart out with the Digital Rockeoke Barkada challenge ; the GCash Vortex allows guests to go cashless with the use of the GCash App; and lastly, The Transporter planet lets you update your Grab app.
“Together with the latest advancements we have achieved on mobile, part of our mission at Globe is to bring these to life through events like Wanderland. Music and arts is such an integral part of the lifestyle of today’s youth. It allows them to express themselves and inspires them to explore. Through our partnership with Karpos Multimedia for the annual Wanderland Festival, we are given the opportunity to bring our customers closer to what they love the most. The winning line-up of artists this year is really something to look forward to,” shares Globe Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Marketing, Issa Cabreira. (press release)
It’s really nice to dress up in festivals and take OOTD’s so i’ve been doing some shopping! I also like that Globe and Wanderland has a special partnership with leading online fashion site, ZALORA (my first time to try this app/site), where on-trend pieces are curated for the festival vibe.
Guys and girls can choose from the different collections of ZALORA, Factorie, Velvet, Something Borrowed, Rubi and 2401 by visiting http://zlrph.com/GLOBEWanderer. For a minimum spend of P500, customers will get a 15% discount by using the code: WANDERER.
My #GlobeWanderland loots!
My Zalora experience has been pretty much very good – they arrive on time and I really like the on-site experience – quick, detailed, easy. Here’s my top picks from the Globe x Wanderland collection and wore the top in this cover photo! Likey!!
To get into that festival spirit, Globe has also put together a catch-up Spotify playlist to make sure you can sing together with the artists as they take over the Wanderland stage. From Bon Iver’s laidback tunes to Death Cab forCutie’s hits, the #GlobeWanderland2016 playlist on Spotify should be on repeat this whole week.
Been a pro user of Spotify (follow me =) and it makes it so much easier to study and rekindle love for music of artists prior to the concert and share it with others.
Death Cab for Cutie!
Listening to Cheats’ Summer track. i just love this band – see my post about Saab and Cheats here!
Wanderland 2016 is a festival by Karpos Multimedia and presented by the #1 mobile brand, Globe. The annual Wanderland festival bring is anticipated international indie bands alongside homegrown indie acts on the same stage to cater to a diaspora of music tastes. This year, guests can look forward to winning performances from two stellar headliners: alternative rock legend Death Cab For Cutie and Manila first-timer Bon Iver. They are joined by Kiwi electronic group The Naked And Famous; Australian indie pop band San Cisco; and other international acts including electronic duo Panama; Blackbird Blackbird; Chad Valley and Commandeur. Talented Filipino artists will also take over Wanderland with Crwn + Jess Connelly, Curtismith, Cheats, Jensen And The Flips, and the Wanderband 2016 victor: Oh, Flamingo!
Wanderland has truly curated a loyal following, making it the premier music festival in the Philippines. Stay tuned in my IG, blog and Snapchat for features of this event at Globe Circuit Makati.
It’s the time of the year again when we’re all preparing for summer. But just right before the start of a new season, let me show you some of my OOTD’s, mostly featuring items I brought in bazaars. Also, check out my schedule of fairs for the first-second quarter of the year!
When I was very young, some people told me that when I choose to be gay (well, I’ve known myself as woman ever since), I’ll struggle with career, and end up just putting makeup on my myself, and other women. I cannot work in companies, because I act and dress up like a lady (I used colored lip balms back then. So I did everything I could at school complete with eyeliner and mascara, and desired to the highest level – I wanted to be a doctor, a chemist, the leader, a CEO of a big company, everything that they tell me I’m not. I sort of sucked everything I needed to learn for the real world. I prepared a lot for it, really. Lots of hard work and sleepless nights.
Then at college, I didn’t excel so much in my accounting classes, neither in my hardcore chemistry classes which I thought could be my pre-Med. But I remembered I had so much fun doing lipstick lab experiments, makeup of girls and boys at fashion shows I get invited to by orgs as MUA (even the one I manage as president!), marketing of cosmetics and just everything about beauty that interested me. I minor-ed in everything haha
Then come corporate, was lucky to get assigned by my bosses to do digital, which I realized as something anyone could own and serve as platform for any kind of passion (and job also!!). It took me a long time maybe to realize that the world, rather the Universe, will just conspire for something that you want, a career (can be also a job!), something that would make you wake up with a smile. Yes, I’m that person who ended up doing, marketing and teaching makeup or salon stuff but I didn’t have to think about what others say about my profession, or my industry, especially if you’re not doing the wrong things.
I’m just so happy now that I can be passionate, creative and prolly smarter at what I do and choose to be. I hope I can do and show this further in my blog (and career!) in the coming months and years. So… here’s to passion projects, guys! Whatever that is =)
Hello, 2016! This was quite delayed for everything that i plan to happen for this year and I hope the same thing to you and your passion!
2015 is a great year for me, and in as much as I want to celebrate with fireworks and all and welcome 2016 which I’ll slay by the way =), my nose reacts so much with smoke. I remembered growing up just looking at the window of our house as my dad would ignite lots of fireworks outside. When I was a kid, I always hated my clogged nose (which i still have as of the moment), our foggy home and littered village due to all the grand putukan.
But last night, it was just a simple handaan at home with family. I just decorated our white wall with white christmas lights, took photos of myself and members of the family, and watched some fireworks from afar.
However, I got time (yey) and inspiration to do my makeup.
I searched my baul of falsies from 2 years ago, wore them in layers, and on top of layered shimmers and glitters, and thought: Isn’t it a celebration of us and the year that was 2015? And for me, it was all about igniting passions. I know that this blog came late because I didn’t want it to be haphazardly created, but a I started a lot of things this year in my career and those wouldn’t happen without realizing some potentials and working hard to make them run. I’ve got more and I hope to have your support still!
I wouldn’t want to make this a long essay, so let me just express it through above and below photos haha (some photos I merged with firework photos from music festivals I attended early this year):
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The rest of my NYE celebration? bonding with family and our helpers at home. They’re my team of photographers, supporters, motivators, managers and family who help me do the things that I do.
The philosophy behind the title is what Johnnie Walker now champions, as presented during “The Way I Walk,” a media launch event recently held by the brand at The Eye at Green Sun, Makati. “The Way I Walk” unveiled Johnnie Walker’s latest Joy Will Take You Further campaign, and introduced the faces behind the movement to press members as well as VIP guests.
I got really attracted to this event because well, one, Scotch Whiskey is my favorite drink at night and two, I was intrigued by the campaign which I got to know more.
At the event,a duo of proud Filipinos have recently jumped on board a new global campaign from top Scotch Whisky brand Johnnie Walker to champion joy as the key to meaningful progress, joining a global roster of other extraordinary people from all walks of life. Mountaineer Romi Garduce, and musician, actress, and blogger Saab Magalona are among a growing number of people who epitomise a way of thinking that challenges the conventional wisdom that success leads to happiness. Instead, these remarkable personalities celebrate the fact that happiness actually helps people achieve more.
Among the list of “extraordinaries” are Formula One World Champion and McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button, award-winning actor Jude Law, and American alternative rock band OK Go; whose understanding of success and progress aligns with the results from a growing body of scientific research into the power of happiness.
The more familiar set of ambassadors which evidently practice this philosophy is the band Cheats, some band members of which I’ve known since college. Ever since I heard them in 2014, I have loved their originality, passion (as artists and Pinoy’s too) and creativity.
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JW also shared some facts about this philosophy. Dr Matt Killingsworth, a US-based psychologist and scientist who studies human happiness, acted as a consultant for the campaign. He said: “People sometimes think of happiness as a far-off, distant prize only to be won by their years of hard work or when they achieve conventional markers of success, like a higher income or a bigger house. But there is a growing body of evidence that enjoying happiness along the way makes success more likely.” Commenting on the campaign launch Diageo Philippines General Manager Jon Good said: “As a brand Johnnie Walker has always stood for progress—it’s been the story of our whisky since our founder John Walker started it all nearly 200 years ago. What two centuries of experience have taught us is that progress doesn’t have to be an endless uphill journey—we can enjoy the steps we take and the more happiness we find in them the more likely we are to achieve our goal. Evidence is confirming a conviction that sits at the heart of our brand: Joy Will Take You Further.” Personally:
I just also was so happy for Saab’s success, happiness and love (recently got married!!). She has been a great friend ever since college/Dollhouse and when I started my own blog which she supported. I consider her as one of my blogger idols, and also as a music icon (me as a music lover lang hehe). She’s so creative, smart and focused on what she does and loves which you’ll get to know more in her video below. I really like how she built her own identity and market too, based on what she is, and what she really wants to do in her life. That’s really how we should all do it! =)
Congratulations on everything, Saab!!
The other JW night last quarter 3 is filled with music and flavor through The Journey with Johnnie Walker at Valkyrie at The Palace, a multi-sensorial party showcasing select variants of the Johnnie Walker brand. Recognizing life and its many twists and turns, the Johnnie Walker event invited guests to embark on a flavorful journey as they navigated through the clubbing mecca’s twists and turns to learn more about Johnnie Walker Red, Black, and Gold Label Reserve.
For the one-night affair, Valkyrie became home to the partying scene’s hippest DJs. DJs Mars Miranda, Callum David, David Ardiente, and Kat DJ took turns in unleashing beats from different areas in Valkyrie, creating a moving party experience like no other, while Johnnie Walker Red Label, Black Label, and Gold Label Reserve each had rooms that treated guests to different surprises throughout the night.
Went with fellow blogger Raiza Poquiz who’s being toured here by JW model, Aldwin Go
I toured the The Johnnie Walker Red Label Room which was witness to a lively mixology class hosted by Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 Philippine Bartender of the Year AK Roxas, who demonstrated the different ways (Hello, chemistry skills!!) to enjoy Johnnie Walker Red Label, the Pioneer Blend.
Maxene Magalona and Saab Magalona
The Red Label Room
With Raiza Poquiz and Mark Advincula
Meanwhile, the Johnnie Walker Black Label Room generated curiosity among guests as they peered at the great black leather chair and awaited the reveal of Azkals hunk Anton Del Rosario, who personified the iconic brand’s Striding Man for the night. Guests also enjoyed a quick mentoring session care of Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 Bartender of the Year Joma Rivera, who delivered the complete Johnnie Walker Black Label experience with smoke and wood, elements unique to the Iconic Blend.
Lastly, the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve room was ground to a whisky mentoring session hosted by Erwan Heussaff and Diageo Reserve World Class 2015 Philippine Bartender of the Year Kenneth Bandivas. The session was as educational as it was lively, showcasing the great flavors of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve.
“The idea behind this event is to really unify the labels, particularly Red, Black, and Gold Reserve under the Johnnie Walker banner,” shares Cesar Gangoso, Customer Marketing Director of Diageo Philippines. “We want to create experiences unique to each brand, but we also want these experiences to be representative of the iconic heritage from where they come.”
Here are two amazing nights I had with Johnnie Walker and here’s to wishing continued journey and happiness for all of us.