It Girls and State of Grace

>> Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'd been reading Cosmo's January issue in bed the other day when I saw that this one featured It Girl, Taylor Swift. Another day before that, I saw some people tweet about Taylor being like local celebrity, Maja Salvador, who rotates dating with guys like how they'd switch toothbrushes.

Now, I never really comment on Hollywood News, moreso local news but reading through Cosmo's interview of Taylor saying Huffington Post wrote that she probably dates these boys {John Mayer, Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, among others} intentionally so she can write about it through a song, I was a bit confuzzled. When Cosmo asked whether she'd still date a guy who would ask her not to write about him, this was her response: He has to give me a reason not to write about him.

I then decided that I liked her --- for standing up to her values and principles and so what if she writes about these boys? I write about ex flames, too, just in my diary though. =P And I bet every single girl has, at one point in her life, wrote something cryptic in public about an ex. It could be her age, after all she just stepped into her 20s and you know how different we all are in our 20s.

After reading her interview, I got myself a copy of her entire RED album, where the carrier single was something that turned me off initially, "We're never ever getting back together." Beyond that, all her songs were catchy, positive, very uplifting and is rhythmically of girl power.

As it is kinda obvious, here's my favorite song from her RED album which I'm almost always listening to:

I'm walking fast through the traffic lights
Busy streets and busy lives
And all we know, is touch and go
We are alone with our changing minds
We fall in love 'til it hurts or bleeds or fades in time

And I never (never) saw you coming
And I'll never (ever) be the same

You come around and the armor falls
Pierce the room like a cannon ball
Now all we know is don't let go
We are alone, just you and me
Up in your room and our slates are clean
Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes

So you were never a saint
And I’ve loved in shades of wrong
We learn to live with the pain
Mosaic broken hearts
But this love is brave and wild

And I never (never) saw you coming
And I'll never (ever) be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right
These are the hands of fate
You're my Achilles heel
This is the golden age of something good and right and real

And I never (never) saw you coming
And I'll never (ever) be the same
And I never (never) saw you coming
And I'll never (ever) be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right 



Role Models

>> Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"So many girls want attention, none seems to want respect." - somewhere on my Twitter feed.

It was an article from that I read the other night --- it was about the frontal lobe of our brains in its final developing stage that happens when we are 20s. I was hit with slight panic and then relief upon reading it: panic, because we happen to be living in a world that glorifies people we don't know much of {*guilty*} and I was afraid I am going to be stuck with what I know now. I was then relieved to remember I was still, after all, in my 20s. I am still a little bit impressionable and I could feed myself the right information and I am all good.

Wildfox's Clueless Lookbook. In my youth, I tried to assume a Cher Horowitz stance everywhere. Hmm.

Call it age, or mellowing out or simply a change in life's directions but here I am enumerating life's role models for the last two years --- none of whom I would've ever tried to emulate in my early 20s. While I wouldn't dare say I was a delinquent juvenile, I had a pretty polarized view of life, I saw lessons differently, I wasn't the heroine of my life just yet, I was the prodigal daughter and well, let's just say that if Forbes does say that how we live our 20s is how the rest of our adult life will be, then I am pretty comfortable with who I am now. And if only for the quote in the beginning of this post, maybe we do need some new role models --- or refer to history for the great ones.

1. Audrey Hepburn. Some years ago, I remember telling a colleague that I may be the only girl who didn't choose Audrey over Marilyn Monroe. Today, I had taken off Marilyn's iconic black and white poster from my library's wall and replaced it with a framed photo of Audrey's pose and her famous line, "Paris is always a good idea." Not that there was anything wrong with Marilyn, I still liked some of her principles in life, just NOT all. It all started when Jill lent me her What Would Audrey Do book and I fell into the rabbit hole of how ladylike Audrey was -- how her values have withstood her fame. She never needed all the attention yet she had gotten every ounce of respect she deserved and more --- she was beauty and philanthropy in one. She got through two divorces with so much grace. There was certainly a non questionable reason why she was every girl's role model, including mine.

2. Kate Middleton. Maybe she is our generation's Princess Di. Maybe not, because she is an entirely different person --- I honestly find her so real and constantly shying away from the public eye. I have to admit that the more someone tries to hide, the more is my interest piqued -- like I cannot wait to read her biography. I love how despite the ravenous paparazzi eye on her, she is classy and sophisticated. Always. Plus her fashion sense is just impeccable.

3. Alexa von Tobel. I cannot shut up about Alexa. Well, not her, really, but probably my favorite personal finance blog, management tool and website of all time, Learnvest. I don't think I ever shut up about Learnvest whenever I have a chance to talk about personal finance. As a girl who makes a living out of crafting websites from nothing, I find Learnvest to be a gold mine when it comes to managing a subject close to my heart: Money. "I run my financial life as I run with my social life." "With endless accounts, bills and receipts floating around, feeling truly organized can be challenging. I run my financial life like I run my social life - I recommend setting up calendar alerts for everything so you never miss an important date. Forgetting to pay a bill should never happen, and it won't if you have everything organized properly." Her interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on was all sorts of awesome.

4.  Sheryl Sandberg. Former Facebook COO is as feisty as feisty can get and there's no stopping her. Before Facebook, Sandberg was with Google and is reportedly strictly goes home at 5 PM to spend her nights with her family. I don't know how I'd feel when I'm in my 30s and up but I do know that by then, together with a fulfilling career, I'd like to draw a line to build a family, too.

5. The Everygirls Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss. Because they've built a handy guide for women everywhere with their website, The Everygirl. I love their Career features so much that it's a blueprint of my very own features. Whenever I feel like I want to walk away from what I'm doing, I turn to their site and read everything under Career and return an inspired woman. On top of TEG, I backread both the girls' blogs and spend insane hours being inspired with the things they've achieved. They even make me want to move to Chicago sometimes.

*All images belong to respective owners.

"Who you listen to dictates your future," says my pastor.
What about you, who's your role model? xx


An All-Japanese FOTD

>> Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I'm not entirely sure what brought on that morning that I decided to use all-Japanese cosmetics. Maybe it was the weather --- which had been lower than usual lately, and for someone who struggles with occasional breakouts when it's more humid and hotter, it was a field day.

When I was in Japan, one of my major notables was that every single Japanese girl I saw had perfect, poreless skin. Truth be told, I had major pangs of regret for being very experimental with my skin in my youth but hey, no regrets. Whatever. Life was too short to think about it, so I just promised myself that when it was a bit colder in Manila, I would re-create my makeup during my visit to Japan.

To achieve Japanese Girl makeup: there were only two things --- a)  flawless skin and b) thick eyelashes. While I didn't really achieve the thick eyelashes part because I was going to work and that might be too distracting, I was pretty satisfied with my little experiment.

Products to use: shu uemura eyelash curler, shu uemura cheek dome blusher, Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream in Light Ochre {personal super favorite BB Cream forever}, K Palette Eyebrow Pencil in 01, shu uemura loose powder, shu uemura ultimate natural mascara and shu uemura by Karl Lagerfeld lipstick in Celebrity Beige. Not in photo: K Palette Liquid Eyeliner and Kuma Concealer #2

So -- how did it go?

Love that Fairydrops lends a very Japanese-esque dewy effect to my otherwise Filipina/Chinese features and that Kuma Concealer hid my gray eyebags that morning. There truly is a quality to it that makes us regular Neanderthals achieve such Asian sorcery {or not} with the help of a little dip in the temperature. When it comes to achieving a completely natural, dewy, poreless look, it's best to leave it to our Asian neighbors who seem to have gotten the right formula.

Have a lovely Tuesday, ladies!


League of Extraordinary Women: Belle de Jour's Dar Ty

>> Monday, January 28, 2013

Who is the girl behind the highly successful Filipina must-have planner, Belle de Jour?

I've said it over and over again in this blog how I'm a BDJ girl through and through --- way back in 2008, when I got my first Belle de Jour planner. In my mind, I never needed to pretend to like the de-facto planner for everyone {Starbucks}, or find fillers for a red organizer I had been using for many years. At the age of 22, having just shifted to a new career, moving to a new city, I felt that somewhere, somebody understood me and I found it in a black planner, Belle de Jour.

Back then, I was curious as to who, what and how the Belle de Jour planner came about. Up to this day, I keep a pretty stack of black journal-esque notebooks also known as my BDJ planners since. Today, I am lucky to be working with one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of our time, and to be featuring her this blog's section, League of Extraordinary Women:

Full Name and Age: Darlyn Sandra Ty, 30
Year Belle de Jour was started: 2006
Educational Background: BS Business Administration and Accountancy, UP Diliman 

Dar calls herself a crazy multi-tasker, creative and very driven. After all, we've seen Belle de Jour expand to several planner renditions: the Navi planner, Everything is Possible and Forget Me Not notebooks. Dar and her team's work does not end when the planners gets sold out at the bookstores as Belle de Jour has then evolved into a community of women who are inspiring and empowering each other through get-togethers, passion series, fairs and lecture sessions where women pick up valuable life lessons, no nonsense fashion and beauty tips and even laundry techniques! Not something she has expected, Dar confesses that she didn't anticipate Viviamo {the mother company of BDJ, established by Dar as well} was to become the success that it was now. Owing a lot of her wisdom to years of working at a personal care brand and a magazine publisher, Dar's story ignites inspiration that if you haven't found the life that you want, create it. Seven years since her first BDJ planner, Darlyn Ty and her team of empowered females have come a long, long way and has no intention to stop.

Describe yourself, how young you are and what you do for a living.
I'd like to think I'm creative. I'm very driven, once I set my mind on something I really want to do it :) I'm intense. I'm a crazy multi-tasker :D

I'm 30, and I publish journals/planners that help Filipinos live life to the fullest – starting with the Belle de Jour Power Planner.

What’s a typical day for you like?

Typical day is I wake at around 6am, then I open my emails, then snooze a bit. Then wake up at 7, answer more emails then take a bath at 7:30 am. Some days, I wish I'd go to yoga at 6am. Trying to do that at least 2-3x a week! Then my day starts – I usually have 2-3 meetings in the day usually outside the office. So I meet various clients and suppliers. On days that I don't I meet with my team to discuss their projects and progress and the many things that we still need to do.

What was your job fresh out of college?

Job after college — management trainee in Johnson and Johnson.

You worked for several brands in the corporate and magazine world before finally putting up Viviamo Inc. What pushed you to do this? From whom did you ask help from?

I started BDJ in between my work in the corporate world and the magazine world actually :D I started it because I was searching for a planner that would fit my lifestyle — and after searching various bookstores, I couldn't find it, so I just decided to make one of my own.

When I started, I sought the help of my friends in various aspects of the business, one in market research, another in helping pitch to coupon partners, another in articles and illustrations and some help me in investment cost of the production and of course sales!

Two-three years later though I decided I needed to incorporate as the business was growing faster than expected, that's when Viviamo as a corporation was born. Initially I really thought BDJ was going to be a one time thing, but because of the great clamour for it during the first year — we sold out in less than three weeks, I thought why not? It seems we hit a spot with the Filipinas. Since it's growing faster that I could have ever imagined, I realised I have to devote more time on this and go full time.

How long has been BDJ running? What is a memorable tidbit from running what is probably the most successful planner story in the Philippines?

BDJ is seven years old. I honestly can't believe it! But I'm happy and grateful for the support that was given to us in the past seven years by all the BDJ Girls.

So many memorable stories on how BDJ became part of BDJ Girls lives :) These stories are what makes this work really worthwhile,  like stories of girls who wrote their goals in the BDJ Goals pages and then end up achieving all of them at the end of the year. It's also heartwarming just to hear/read that a BDJ Girl first "completed" planner is the BDJ planner :D Another kind of story is that how the BDJ planner was given to her by her sister whom she just fought with, and when she got the planner — she was so touched she cried and they both made up.

What’s your definition of a Filipina?
Empowered achievers, that can balance multiple things and does things in style and with faith in God

Do you plan to expand Viviamo? Do you feel like you could produce individual planners for every Filipino?

Yes we have so many ideas to expand our company. Sometimes that ideas are just too many to execute and of course we need to choose strategically. More than producing individual planners for every Filipino. We'd like to have a planner for every kind of Filipino. We produce 5-10 kinds of planners every year — hopefully, at least one of those would match the lifestyle of every Filipino. :) But of course more than publishing planners — our goal is simply to create and provide tools that help Filipinos discover their goals and dreams and the courage to achieve them — simply live day by day, living life to the fullest :D

What do you tell yourself when the going gets tough, if it ever does?
It gets tough A LOT! After I scream in my head, I take a deep breath, and pray. I tell myself it's just something that will pass. "All is Well," I think. If it wasn't difficult, then everybody would be doing it.  Keep Moving Forward.

If you’re not doing BDJ and Viviamo today, what do you think would’ve been your career path?
I would be in the magazine or publishing industry, helping produce various magazines and books.

What do you love most about Manila?
So many opportunities here, if you can be observant enough to see them.

What were you like when you were 25?
Lost and unsure, but still driven and stressed all at the same time.

What advice would you give your 25 year old self?
The universe has its own time, be patient and just move with flow. Maximize the opportunities as they come.


Things I Love Sundays: Women Empowerment

>> Sunday, January 27, 2013

We women have a lot to learn, methinks, when it comes to supporting each other.

I mean, who else are the masters of cat fights, gossip and bickering, yes? Even in the workplace, women are inherently un-supportive of each other as compared to men. I've seen men mentor each other and maybe, this is just my theory, that men were not really born with the insecurity gene.

I'd really like to change that. I've been extra-insecure ages before, after all.

That's why as I type this, whilst sipping off a cup of CBTL's African Sunrise Tea Latte, and taking advantage of the coffee shop's industrial speed internet, I am thankful that the women in my environment are getting more and supportive of each other. Just a few hours ago, I spent my afternoon with fellow single girls to celebrate a friend's 3-BR house warming party. After that, I skipped off to BGC to meet Jill and a couple of females who like me, were also looking for knowledge to manage our  finances and well, make more money. While it was a little bit of a reason to eat cake together {HAHA, really}, it was a gathering to talk about our passions, making more money, managing our resources, curbing some unnecessary spending but of course, not stopping shopping. Men do it all the time --- why can't we?

*puts on a Carrie Bradshaw voice* In a world where money makes it go round, do MEN have the monopoly of succeeding?

So that's the theme of my blog -- at least tonight and well, tomorrow. I'm really excited to share with you my post for Monday because reading through it inspired me infinitely. I hope it does the same to you, my lovely reader.

Happiest of Sundays!


Work. Spaces.

>> Thursday, January 24, 2013

My work space is probably the space I spend most of my time in. My home office, and my actual office and my bed. While that sounds incredibly boring, I think it's very challenging --- to imagine what to put into such small space and what you think you would want to see during those times.

I like my current spaces  -- but I'm not yet ready to share them in full detail. For the mean time, enjoy my current picks from weeks and weeks of ogling Lonny Magazine, Adore and Rue. Be still, my heart!

Loving the bright blue filing drawers that pop out in a pristine white room.

The vintage prints and swivel chair dos it for me.

 I'd like a print of this, please.

A memo board for a wall. Why not?

 I love writing where the sunshine is, too.

 Office spaces need not be ugly nor boring.

 The Chinese mirror is a revelation.

 A white carpet is definitely a plus.

 Gallery walls + Gold Accents.

That patterned rug. What a beauty.

Those Roman shades

Just beautiful :) What would constitute your ideal workspace?



To the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts

>> Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sometimes love means not being able to bear seeing the one you love the way you are, when they’re not what you hoped for them.

So begins a quote I stumbled upon Good Reads reviews of Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger Lily. It started as a post I saw on my Facebook feed which said: "For girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts." You could say I was hooked.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

I couldn't help but be enthralled --- I wasn't a 'Wendy' type after all. Especially after finding out that Peter Pan's and Tiger Lily's story happened before Wendy Darling --- I knew I had to find myself a copy. And I did!

And if it does live up to its reviews, you know what my next book review will be.


Re-Everything Toner by VMV: A review

>> Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Here we go again with the road-testing.

Sometimes, it strikes me as a self-hazard thing, this beauty blogging. Not only do I expose myself to possible, unrecoverable life-altering breakouts, I also run the risk of exposing A LOT about myself in this blog sometimes. There were moments when I read through what I write and I think, "Wow, anyone who wants to get to know a lot of me can surely just read my blog and get a gist." It's equal parts amusing and scary when people I barely know approach me at random places like the elevator, the sidewalk and even the church and ask me how my vacation went, or if I'm already feeling better.

Then it happens that there are people who send me private messages, ask me to have wine or coffee with them, those who email me short yet sweet messages of how one blog post of this little website has changed their lives in a way --- and everything is all right in the world. And in blogging.

Today is about a nice not so little toner I have had in my product pantry for a couple of months now. While I loved my Kiehl's Blue Herbal Toner and House of Obagi Clenziderm Toner, this one deserves a spot and a post of recognition as I have used it for the last two weeks straight {have used it in the past a bit sporadically}.

The thing about VMV products, I learned, was that despite looking a little bit scary --- that dark brown bottle reminds me of old school apothecaries, was that it was a gentle giant in the world of beauty. As is such in the world of toners, I expected a bit of a tingling sensation when I used it but to no avail. No tingling sensation.

Why use a toner in the first place, you ask? I honestly have no scientific answer to that and I'd much rather not copy what Google says but I use toner every day because when I do, I take one look at the used cotton balls and that makes me want to apply toner on every square inch of my body. Can you imagine all the grime that would still be clinging if toner was never invented?

Key Observations:

  • Not a fan of the heavy, no nozzle bottle. As you can see in the photo above, I kind of spilled some while having our mini photoshoot. Clumsy! As an additional, it's tough to travel with this toner cos of its container plus it's hard to transfer it to a travel-bottle.
  • But hey --- it does the job. I wish I could show you my used cotton balls but that would be disgusting and improper. This is after cleansing with shu uemura's ultime8 sublime cleansing oil and a Clarisonic Mia. That's just a day of doing my normal stuff. Wow. Imagine what it would look like if I labored under the sun.
  • {Thankfully} no breakouts, no allergies and no dull skin. I'd say this and my Kiehl's toner had the same effect!
  • How to use, according to VMV: Start using only 1x-a-week in the beginning. Very slowly increase to 3x-a-week, then 1x-every-other-day, etc. until you achieve 2x-a-day usage (no earlier than week 8 of therapy). 
  • While there was no tingling sensation during the first time I used it, I experienced an itchy sensation in my face after using it, this time around. While it goes away almost immediately, I kind of panicked a bit. 
  • At Php 1,100 per 125 mL, it IS inexpensive, especially if you're the type who spends considerably for skin care.
  • I am using this for my neck and chest area since I'm trying to regain my old color and glow since I got back from vacation and I can spot a tiny {maybe-I'm-delusional} difference.
  • Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Kinetin.
  • Reminder: Don't forget to screw the cap on tightly. Learn from me: I spilled mine. Just a bit though.
Is this a product I would recommend: Yes. Very much.

Would I buy this product? Yes to that.

VMV Re-Everything Toner is available at all VMV counters nationwide and online. Visit their Facebook page for more details.


Orgasmic in NARS Orgasm: A Review

>> Monday, January 21, 2013

Leave it to NARS to make us, Filipinas, blush at the mere mention of a blusher shade.

Everyone, and I mean everyone in the beauty blogging world know this too well: NARS Orgasm blush is the blush du jour. It is almost a crime not to have this in one's stash and I knew this back in 2008 when I first started blogging. The day I heard about it, I ran to nearest NARS counter, and bought another shade instead - NARS Oasis. Back then, and I quote myself: I thought NARS Orgasm was way too coral for me.

Whatever, self.

It was a day I blogged about Benefit's Sugarbomb Blush and declared it as the best blush ever. At noon time, when I glanced over to my desk mirror, I caught a glimpse of  my cheeks with its natural shade of blush, and specks of iridescent peach and my heart stopped for a second. My friend laughed at me when I told her this --- I am not sure about you but my heart stops a bit upon the presence of a really good find.

It's true that you can want different things after five years. And it's true that things can be truly ironic. I therefore conclude that NARS Orgasm is yet the most natural blush I've ever used, in equal positioning with Benefit Sugarbomb, a fact I discovered right after I declared such.

Things I Love about NARS Orgasm:

  • Natural. I have an NC30 skintone, which I believe is pretty common in Filipinas -- a medium yellow tone and NARS Orgasm, with its peach-coral shade and iridescent cream gradient, looks just about right when one blushes.
  • Buildable coverage. I realized that I could do no wrong with NARS Orgasm as I swiped on endlessly one morning while singing to Taylor Swift's The Lucky One. Even after over-blushing, it wasn't scandalous at all. Not to encourage it of course, but that's one less worry, at least.
  • Multi-dimensional. There is a reason why I might not go back to matte, solid blushes anytime soon and that is I learned that the best blushes are the ones with shimmer because it dimensionalizes on the face and refrains one from looking like overly made up. 

And as an additional, here's a helpful guide by fellow BDJ Box Beauty Minister, Barbi Chan - Friebel:

  • Long-lasting. I don't have to reapply at night unless I have somewhere to go. Other than that, it stays on without primers and inside an airconditioned room.
  • Looks dewy on the cheeks. 
  • Perfect for a natural, girl next door look.
  • Love. :)
  • Is it worth the Php 1,350 price tag? I got mine for free {thank you, Bridges PR!} but I would spend for it if I could only spend for one blush at a given time. You know me, I'm not a fan of hoarding but if you just need one blush, it's NARS Orgasm or yes, Benefit Sugarbomb :)

Are you a NARS Orgasm fan, too?



Be the heroine of your life

>> Sunday, January 20, 2013

You could say that was the best advice I have read in 2012. It was after all, by scriptwriter, feminist and overall fabulous author Nora Ephron, who passed away last year.

It didn't strike me as the best possible piece of advice I could quote until one night, I was reeling from an exhausting day and night of satisfying work that I couldn't rack my brain for proper advice, whilst sipping a glass of red. I decided to flip my mental notebook to become a better friend and blurted this out. My friend {hello, you know who you are :)} exclaimed, "That's so nice! Can I tweet it?"

"Sure. Don't quote me though. We can thank Nora Ephron for this," I said.

And surely, when I think of all the things I've been doing since I came across this quote after my mother sent over two books by Miss Ephron, after I asked my mom to buy me some after Nora's death, they were pretty beneficial to who I have been. When I look back and think thoroughly, I found it easy to launch into a self-defeating campaign and self-deprecating demeanor --- after all, it is easier to dig oneself's grave rather than say no to someone, yeah?

It could be when you let yourself be taken over and washed away by things that make you sad (*guilty*), when you forego saying no because saying yes is easier. This much I know. It could be when you let your circumstances in life dictate your fate, when you resign yourself to a fact without a fight. This is when you choose to stay with things that make you miserable despite the misery because you are immensely afraid of getting out of your comfort zone. I should know. I was. If I had one life to live, why would I live like this? 

When I realized this, I further thought that I need not wait for the rest of my life {a phrase fans of When Harry Met Sally are intensely aware of} until I could execute the changes I wanted to take over my life. It wasn't an arduous process anymore but it was a mindset that came much later than I would've wanted. Many, many times, we like being drama queens and we would rather be victims of our lives than the hero. We'd like to believe that the situations are wrong because of the various people who make it wrong.

So as a way of giving back to the universe what it helped me learn, my dearest readers, here are some things on my mind: Take the reins to your own life, if especially, you are beyond 25. Take note and be mindful of your actions because one day you will question your history and it is most comforting, above all, that all you have to give credit to {or blame} is yourself. When you look back at all the choices you've made, the best feeling is knowing it was your doing. When you evaluate your future options, always weigh if it's in your best interest. Do not be afraid to say no to something that doesn't work for your benefit. This is not being selfish --- this is taking care of yourself. This is ensuring you can live through the choices you've made. This is being yourself's best friend because, take it from a 27 year old who's been on the other side way too many times --- yourself is all you've got 24/7.

And this is what I know for sure. What do you?


The Carrie Bradshaw Apartment

>> Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Here's the thing: I have interior design dreams.

My friend Cath says it's never too late for me to pursue this seemingly superfluous wish -- to make a living out of choosing paints, textures, creating vignettes of layouts and creating an overall look for a home (or office!) and maybe it isn't. But for the mean time, here's another interior design I'm dreaming of: Carrie Bradshaw's apartment.

From Seasons 1 through 5, Ms. Bradshaw's apartment was iconic as her tutu had been.

Seasons 1 - 6:

Carrie's apartment had its boho look -- very vintage and unique, as her outfits were.

"I never use this kitchen, I just use them as shoe storage." - Carrie Bradshaw

I feel kilig every time I see this familiar walk in closet.

Her gallery wall reflected three frames and shelves of books she read before sleeping in tank tops and pearls.

Come the Sex and the City Movie, her apartment was renovated to reflect a more mature, streamlined, structured and ready-for-marriage Carrie Bradshaw.

From light steel blue to a bright blue, and complementing fuchsia accents, Carrie's apartment made a beeline for mature tastes. #peg

Rows upon rows of books and magazines, now lined prettily on a shelf as opposed to just on the floor. 

Two of my greatest loves: Carrie Bradshaw and well-planned interiors.

Hope you're having an amazing day,

*all images belong to respective owners.


Why BDJ Box?

>> Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hello there, lovely ladies who read my blog! I hope it's a nice Tuesday for you, too, as it is for me {actually, it's a Sunday night as I type this SO I hope my Tuesday is nice, too}. To tell ya, I'm not feeling very vain at the moment cos I'm about three shades darker from lounging under the sun too much for seven eight days. Thankfully, my friend and fellow BDJ Beauty Minister Kat was truly helpful in reminding me to slather on SPF every now and then during the vacation. When I'm too busy doing nothing, I actually forget being OC about SPF! :D

What I realize today, though, is funny --- that I haven't shared with you the awesomeness of subscribing to a BDJ Box. Frankly, on my side, I do think about it a LOT {Kat and I talk about these things during a boat ride, you know} but we think of the future rather than the present and when I look at my box, I feel bubbly. I did discover a lot of beauty breakthroughs with these boxes!

1. Dentiste Toothpaste. I was never a fan and I always found the tube design very plain. Then Dentiste happened during the November box and I found out it eradicates morning breath. I'm not kidding. It's a plus that it's all natural.

2. L'Occitane Milk Soap. Always have been a favorite since I discovered it through Sofitel. :)

3. Didn't come from a BDJ Box nor do we endorse it but I just love my Clarisonic Mia :) I have a full review through the link.

4. Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua solved my little bag issues and it helps that it was a scent I didn't associate with anything. Yet.

5. Makeup for Bespectacled Girls. Because being behind the glasses is not an excuse to look blah --- says ME! =P

6. My TOP Palettes --- they're such an economical invention of the beauty industry.

7. Job-Interview-Ready Makeup -- you know me, anything career-ish is my game :)

8.  Speaking of which, here are the things on my office toiletry kit.

If those ain't enough, I put together a list for you, my dearest readers. Have fun with your BDJ Box, if you ever do subscribe and send me a shoutout if you! :)

This is December + January BDJ Box, BTW. The Browhaus Cash Voucher is already a breakeven and so is that Php1000-off INOA coupon. Maybe I should do a retouch? Oh and that Pantene bottle is a full size, too! I used it today and my curls look so much better.

Much love from me,



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