My Life According to Instagram

>> Sunday, May 27, 2012

Alternately titled as What to do when you're swimming in sorrow.

It feels good to be back in cyberspace.


Been having mixed feelings with social networking sites for a few weeks. I'd say it was a little experiment to know how much my life changes without and with it. For someone who cannot untangle herself with SNS, it was pretty hard not to completely stay away --- so I pretty much stayed on Instagram for a couple of weeks. And now my cyberspace life is back on track with some minor adjustments.

I don't know what triggered the experiment, too. Maybe some of the weeks were like fields of bombs. Some days were days I had to walk on eggshells, some days were made of expensive heartbreaks, some days you ask for a win, even the smallest one --- but there were none.

Anyway.

I had not much words BUT I do have pictures and when I look at them, I realize maybe it wasn't so bad.

Work like you don't need the money. This is how my desk looks like before chaos begins.

Shop. If you can't be best in headstand, just be in best costume. Or, we can be both =)

Watch Grey's Anatomy. I knew he was going to die but still cried buckets and buckets over this episode.

Eat. Discovering a new place at BHS Central, Stella, and actually liking it.

Dance and surround yourself with happy people. First concert of the week: Lady Gaga.

... and the new Arena. My second concert this week was Lifehouse but I was too busy being in a trance that I have no Instagrams for it.

Before the Born this Way Ball started <3

Wear a new lipstick. MAC Please Me is pleasing me so much! <3 

Wear a new cologne. Oh the interesting {in a good way} comments I get from wearing this scent!

Attend something serious.


Wear new flats.


... and sometimes, a red velvet cupcake is all that can cheer you up.

Or six.

Have second breakfasts.


Get a haircut.

When I'm sad, I go to yoga. And I'm happier after.

 Rally the troops.

 Redeem expiring miles. Book a trip. Somewhere. Anywhere.

End the night with a lychee amaretto.

 Or maybe a Mango Daquiri.

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We've Got a Winner: L'oreal Hair Makeover

>> Monday, May 21, 2012

After days and days of poring over entries for the Chronicles of Giveaways: Hair Makeover from L'oreal, I finally zoomed in on a winner!

Congratulations, Marian Guiang!

I know that I deserve to have a hair makeover by L'Oreal, Tara! I have been dealing with my ugly, frizzy, dry and unmanageable hair for a very long time now. Way back in grade school, I remember my classmates calling me "Sabog" and literally they don't call me by my name because of my very "buhaghag" hair that's all over my face. I felt bullied because of how I looked back then. High school and college life, there was still no escaping with my friends telling me, "Marian, maybe you should treat your hair for a new color? or cellophane perhaps?kahit ano para maganda tignan hair mo girl!" Fast forward to today, I am now a mother of two. Working full time and taking care of my children didn't give me the time to pamper myself. As a doting mom, I am this type that would say to myself, "Hmpf.. I'd rather buy my kids milk than prettify myself!" I think this attitude got the better of me when even my hubby started telling me that, "Maybe you should get a new hairstyle, or perhaps dye your hair? Hindi ka ba nagsasawa sa buhok mo?" (READ: You look unattractive and haggard, honey!) Every single day, before I go to work, I dry my hair and won't leave without ironing my hair. Imagine that! I'm wearing the same dull, black, lifeless hair for more than 10 years now. I badly need a hair makeover! I'm not afraid to experiment! It's just that I don't know what to do with my hair anymore! I just want to have a vibrant and healthy looking hair! I want to see color and life for my hair! This I know would help me boost that confidence in me and would probably help me forget that once in my life, kids labelled me as that "Sabog" student! I badly need this hair makeover! Please do justice for my hair L'Oreal! I want to flaunt a new me proudly telling everyone, "It's L'Oreal!" Thank you!

Unbeknownst to everyone, Marian and I went to the same grade school, were classmates in sixth grade and we were both in the Editorial Board of the Jr. Clarionette, the school's newspaper. I haven't seen nor talked nor heard from her till now and it's such a nice thing that this L'oreal giveaway gave us both a reason to communicate. Aside from the story which I can remember, I am won over by a story well told, with punctuations, proper endings and all.

Looking forward to seeing the before and after photos, Marian {and maybe we can go meet up, too!}


Love and light hair,
Tara

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What I Know For Sure: Home

>> Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lately, words escape me.



1. Dress up as if you're going to meet the love of your life. I can't stress this enough: Dress up. Barney of HIMYM was coming from a good place when he always say "Suit up." We don't necessarily have to be in a suit {but I personally like a man who wears a suit well, and frequently}, but a a tailored dress, a nice blazer, a fun dress doesn't call for an extra-special occasion. All it takes is a bit of effort and a little flair -- because I don't know if I ever will forgive myself if I suddenly bump into Johnny Depp asking me to come with him to Monaco and I am in my sloppiest outfit. And I am sure every single one of my mentors will not forgive me, too. Plus, who knows what nice thing could happen to any one of us, right?

2. You know you've lived a good life when you're excited to come home. Traveling is so much fun but at the tail end of a trip, if your toes are wiggling in anticipation of the thought of coming home {and the people you can't wait to see}, it's the sign of a life well lived, a life worth coming back home to.

3. Say it like you mean it. I'm guilty of processing thoughts like how I'd write them: There's always a premise. So I say things with A LOT of premise, which complicates things, most often. I tried one time to just blurt out whatever I needed to say and it produced very good results. More of that then, I guess.

4. It's NOT personal. It's hardly ever is. So stop thinking most things {work, or otherwise} are about you.

5. Know when and when not to apologize. Surely, a lot of cliches are about forgiving and apologizing when the need arises but we Filipinos, the humble race that we are surely apologizes too much sometimes. Know when to stand the ground and keep the head up high.



Much love from the faraway left field,
Tara


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Career Woman Diaries: The Armani of Scents -- Acqua di Gioia

>> Friday, May 18, 2012

Blame it on the acquired marketer in me {after all, I'd like to believe I'm a communicator above all else}. At the whiff of a scent's top notes, through the journey to its middle notes and its base wafting, emanating from me, I have in my head a complete picture of who the subject of the scent would have to be. Scents, after all, were just like any other touch we tack onto ourselves, just like a pile of bangles on the arm and a a pretty skirt on a spring day: It is intended to communicate what's inside of us.

In January, I discovered the scent that begets respect from people from the top management. I say this in all candor -- I perfunctorily found out about it in jest. It was the same with the Armani of Scents --- Acqua di Gioia.

 My Acqua di Gioia is still fresh from the fridge, where I keep all my perfumes for better storage and lasting scent.

Here is the thing: If I can walk to anywhere wearing all Armani, I would. I really would. When I get married, I'd like my groom to be wearing Armani. I'd like my little ring bearers and groomsmen to be wearing Armani. I would prefer that my guests arrive in Armani suits. The suit, and most importantly, an Armani one, conveys so much in a perfect, tailored concoction.



 With its utmost precision, you can tell it's an Armani.

To me, it conveys the utmost accuracy of which a suit is tailor-made. To me, an Armani suit does not restrict movement is most of all natural to the wearer's actions. To me, the Armani suit is an armor of confidence, it's impossible to feel small in it. It's impossible to feel insecure. It's impossible to be inadequate.

And this, my friends, is the message that Acqua di Gioia puts forward.


There is a charming sense of jubilation from the very first vegetal notes which are carried along in a deliciously heady current of crushed Mint, with a zest of Italian Limone Primo Fiore Femminelle, harvested from the first spring blossoms in Calabria.This emotion transforms into an aquatic renaissance with a delicate and crystalline nature derived from the scent of Water Jasmine, giving the perfume sophisticated and unexpected facets. At its base, ACQUA DI GIOIA bears the signature of water rooted in the Earth, revealed by luscious Cedar sprinkled with sensuous Brown Sugar and Labdanum, which is one the rare plants to possess animal notes.
If there's a character I can think of who would wear this, it would definitely be Kim Raver's Nico Riley.


What I Love:

  • Acqua di Gioia is not at all typical fruity, feminine scent. When I first walked into a crowd, the ones who actually took notice of the fragrance were my rather androgynous, non-girly friends, as opposed to older women, floral fans, trendy teeners or fashionista youngins. It was surprising to note that while it starts on a rather citrusy, minty note, the drydown is a pretty woody musk.
  • The woman who wears Acqua di Gioia as I imagine is always in something tailored but sexy, neutral in color but stands out from the crowd.
  • It is much like it's masculine and very popular counterpart, Acqua di Gio. It smells like the color aqua and is quite the refreshment for the nose on a summer day.
  • Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia has a CSR program wherein for every like to their Facebook page, 50 liters of water will be donated to communities with water shortage.
  • All Armani scents are available at Rustan's Department Store.
  • The water drop bottle <3
  • Really, it's Armani. 
What I Don't Like:
  • Longevity may be a bit of an issue with Acqua di Gioia, being a very light scent. Then again, there's its sister Acqua di Gioia Essenza for that, a heavier, more seductive version.

In conclusion, I am very much enamored with the female Armani scent -- so much so that if I see that I have items on my planner that involve things I'm scared of, I switch whatever my perfume is to this for that extra boost of confidence. I'd like to believe it works!

What's your 'confidence' scent?
xx

Price: Retails for Php 3,000 at Rustan's Stores.

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Toronto on Instagram

>> Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello there! 

I am back in Manila and working it like I hadn't been away. I am still knee deep with work and everything that can make a girl very busy {in my free time, I moon over Kate Spade stuff :D} but today's a very good day to share with you some of the snaps I took on my week in what's turning to be a favorite city of mine: Toronto. The city is buzzing with culture, with the right amount of grit, the best urban landscape in my opinion, and every single corner seems to come with a dignified elegance.
































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xx

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