Home Decorative Pillows by ARQ Curtains

Remember my Home Vintage Pillows by ARQ Curtains post? The company saw my feature and sent me more photos of their latest products to share. The Bodega Sale 2012 is happening this weekend: November 16, 17, and 18 at the Mandaluyong Warehouse. New pillows are being delivered to several Our Home branches in the Philippines right now.


Retro Phone Booth!
Classic Geometric

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Trick or Treat turned Sweet

I was never really a fan of Halloween and Trick or Treating because I think there is no reason to celebrate the holiday. I’ve long forgotten our traditions of going to the cemetery since we stopped going to the province during Novembers. In the Philippines, November is the time to celebrate All Saints Day and All Soul Day. Halloween is too foreign and Trick or Treating for kids is not as popular. The latter is a practice that’s beginning to become more popular each year.

As a Christian, I don’t like the idea of everything spooky, ghosts, skeleton, etc. I decided long before my son was born that we wouldn’t let him join such activities until this year. Honestly, I had second thoughts whether to join the “Trick or Treat” at my son’s playschool. But then I thought it’s only for fun. His teacher said it will be a fun affair, no spooky stuff, and scaring the children. The students won’t be going around the building, instead, booths will be setup at a function room.

What made me more excited about the event was the fact that the Toddlers Class where Noah belongs was doing a Beauty Salon booth. It was suggested by David’s Salon’s very own top stylist Laura Charlton (David’s daughter). I got too excited so I suggested a French-Parisian Chic theme with pink and black as the main colors.  During my first unofficial Parent-Teachers Conference, the toddlers’ parents decided what things we’d bring. Since we were all busy with work and home, we had to communicate through SMS. There were only four of us communicating so it was easy.

The excited mommy in me volunteered to bring my nail polish collection, bring hair accessories for the little girls, treats, and do the decor. Each one of us would bring treats and whatever stuff we could donate to the class. Needless to say, the busy moms had to do with whatever resources and little time we had.

I was excited! The Parisian Chic Theme was my chance to unleash my kikay decorating powers. I have a son so decorating and doing girly stuff with kids involved is very much limited. This was my chance I thought. The other mothers thought so too because they also had little boys. Hihi.

I started researching on the Internet as soon as I got home but only got to do the shopping and the decors the night before. I enjoyed every second of it even if I had little sleep. I bought black and pink paper from the bookstore, hair accessories, small cheap gifts for the kids, and other pink and girly stuff for decor. I was on a budget so I went to a Divisoria-like mall in our area. I scored small gifts (mirrors, pens, notebooks, toys, etc.) for P10 each. I bought a lot but I thought the extra items could be used for Noah’s upcoming birthday party. I wasn’t able to buy candies as treats because I was in a hurry, had no time to pass by the grocery.

Pinterest helped me a lot. It’s such a godsend I tell you. Sure, there’s Google Image Search but searching for stuff in Pinterest yields more relevant results and images.

I made this pink and black Happy Halloween bunting. I saw a pack of black cut-out letters, cut the triangle buntings, and attached them to a used kraft paper thread:

Happy Halloween Bunting | I find this ironic? How can Halloween be happy? 😀
Bon Appetit!
Eiffel Tower Silhoutte Art Print

Our HP Printer was running out of black ink but good thing I was able to print all these. I used white, black, and pink paper:

French Chic Party Decor

Since we had the stylists of David Salon coming over, I thought of copying David’s Salon logo. I knew Laura wouldn’t mind since it was for our kids’ class:

The party favors, I wrapped each pne and printed cute party favor tags:

Parisian Chic Party Favor Packaging

I even bought a few bottles of nail polish for the nannies and the moms:

Nail Polish Party Favor for Girls

I brought these stuff to Noah’s school during lunch time because I knew I would be late later. When I arrived at the party venue, the Toddlers Class booth was all spruced up! I loved it! Kudos to the other moms and lolas too.

I bought my French vintage luggages, small Ikea lamp, and a few other framed art prints. I borrowed an Eiffel Tower display from a friend. It’s more special because it was fresh from Europe! I also downloaded French-related music to play at the booth: Amelie Soundtrack, Club Soda Vol. 4, Qui de noud Deux, Ratatouille Soundtrack, and So Young But So Cold Underground French Music.

Obviously, I went overboard again! What’s funny was that Noah wasn’t officially enrolled at the school but his mommy supported the event. I got too excited that I slept only an hour. I relied on the power of coffee the day after. My husband didn’t say anything because he already knows me when it comes to parties, decors, and stuff.

What’s ironic, I forgot all about Noah’s costume! Haha! I planned on making him a LEGO Minifig Costume because he is in a Lego phase but mommy was too busy with the girly stuff. I just had him don his Batman costume.

Batman Halloween Costume for Kids

My son loved his Batman costume until he saw the other kids wearing Iron Man, Captain America, and Call of Duty. He still had no concept of trick or treating or the candy collecting part. He was running around the whole night–like a tornado.  I think between the two of us, I had more fun. I enjoyed the preparation and I gained new friends too. This Trick or Treat was our very first.

What I loved most about that night was I remembered how my parents –my mom and dad– supported me all throughout school. I remembered my childhood that night. I thought about how my daddy would help me with my projects especially those with drawing and art required. He would drive me to school every single day too. I remembered how my mom would support our school activities, cooking for me and my friends (sometimes the whole class), and going up the stage with me to receive my medals at the end of the school year.  The two of them were always present.

I think my excitement in volunteering for this school activity stemmed from the fact that my parents were there for me…for me and my siblings. My classmates and teachers knew my parents so well because they were visible. That night, I was thankful to God because I grew up having very supportive parents–the two of them. I hope and pray that Joshua and I would that supportive to Noah. We want to be involved in his school activities someday.

The night wasn’t just about Halloween anymore, it was me remembering my childhood and my parents. Maybe next year, Noah would be able to understand the concept and enjoy his time more. Never mind the ghosts, monsters, and all the gore. 🙂

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

[Bangkok] Uniqlo opens in Siam Paragon

I first learned about UNIQLO when I went to  Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year. It was the opening weekend of Mega Bangna and I saw a lot of people lining up outside a store. I easily figured out from the paper bags that it’s a Japanese store. And when I got back to Manila, people.. at least the bloggers, were raving about a UNIQLO opening in Manila the following month of June. Ben Chan’s group was bringing the Japanese brand to SM Mall of Asia first on June 15 and other stores would follow around the metro.

I checked out the brand’s official website and found out the store just sells “basic” and “functional” clothes. I thought UNIQLO was the MUJI of clothes for everyone who doesn’t like wearing flashy clothes.

People say the clothes are cheap but if you are a regular bargain-hunter and thrift-shopper like me, you would disagree. For me, any item out in the market that costs more than the ‘Average Daily Cost of Living per Family’ in the Philippines is expensive.

So UNIQLO Manila opened months ago but I only got to visit the SM Mall of Asia Branch last month. I bought nothing because I liked nothing. (Flannel shirts? Knit wear?? In the tropics??) I know though that the quality of clothes there are very good as I recently got a Uniqlo shirt as a gift from TheBeautyBlogMD. It was a plain, pink shirt which I liked because of the fabric and the fit. I was checking out the statement and cartoon character shirts but I didn’t want to spend that amount for a cutesy T-shirt when I don’t often wear such cotton shirts.

Recently though, I got to check out the store items more closely at the newly opened UNIQLO store in Siam Paragon here in Bangkok. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the second branch in the country to open. I wasn’t really in the mood because the toddler was already making a scene. Glad my husband offered to look after our son so I could have explore the store. I wasn’t planning on buying anything as this trip to Bangkok isn’t a “business travel”. By business travel I meant a shopping expedition. We are here to spend time with the family and mainly see the new baby.

But it’s opening weekend so the prices were lower. I think even lower than the opening prices in Manila. Regular price of UNIQLO T-shirts in the Philippines is P790 but during launch, they sold for P590. Here in Bangkok though, the character UNIQLO T-shirts are priced at 290 Baht which is around P388. Pwede. I bought only one. I didn’t bother checking out shirts for my husband because I know he wouldn’t approve of the printed shirts available there.

I got this iconic Campbell Soup by Andy Warhol Graphic Print T-shirt:

UNIQLO’S Andy Warhol Graphic Print T-shirt for Women

I also wanted to buy a Barbie T-shirt but I didn’t like the fit. It was getting late too so paid for the shirt right away.  The UNIQLO in Siam Paragon is smaller than MOA’s, I think only half the size. We went on a Tuesday night so there weren’t so many people. In fact, there were only a handful of us inside.

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What was Chuck Bass’ bag?

The black leather luggage filled with money Chuck Bass dropped on the floor was a Longchamp CAVALIER Serviette.

I just finished watching Gossip Girl Season 6 Episode 3 and instead of raving over what Blair and Serena were wearing or the clothes that were modeled on the runway, I was curious about the bag filled with cash that Chuck Bass left on the gym floor in the scene where he was probing Bart Bass’ former bodyguard.

I easily spotted it to be a Longchamp so I tried searching what kind is it.  At first I thought it was a Longchamp Boxford Travel Bag or a Longchamp Surf but it’s not. I took a screen shot of the scene and realized it’s leather. I couldn’t find it on Longchamp’s official website but with my stalking skills search powers, I found out it’s a CAVALIER Serviette (Reference : 1799189). Gotcha!

I’m interested because my husband Josh is flying again somewhere this coming February and I’m thinking of updating “his hand-carry”.  It’s gonna be “his”. You know what that means. Hehehe.

Outfit Post: What To Wear When Hosting an Event

Top: Knitted wear from Debenhams, wore this during my wedding day preps | Bag: Kate Spade’s Eat Cake for Breakfast Canvas Tote Bag | Shoes: Cream Patent Ballet Flats – some Korean brand | Necklace: Tiffany Paloma Picasso Loving Heart Pendant | Watch: Solvil et Titus

I hosted a seminar last Saturday, October 13, 2012, for the NSTP Students of STI College Shaw. I’m used to hosting events especially in our church but the last time I did it was more than three years ago before I gave birth. Sure, I would emcee for small parties (usually baby showers) but nothing as big as last week’s. We were expecting 350 students but only about a hundred came because of some miscommunication. Still, the group behind it was more than happy to accommodate the first year college students of STI.

I will be posting more about the IMPACT Seminar soon. This one is really an outfit post. Hihi.

The Eat Cake for Breakfast was originally priced at $499 but you know how Kate Spade quickly slashes off prices. This was another eBay find. I got this brand new for only $103. I’ve been looking for this canvas tote since January but I could only find an expensive listing so when I saw one up for auction at eBay.ph, I grabbed the opportunity to bid. Luckily, I won. (I always do when I bid! Haha!)

I usually have no problem deciding on what to wear but the event was more of casual. It was a seminar for students so it’s expected that the organizers dress respectfully. I tried to be as casual and as young looking as possible.  Hoping this was “respectable” enough. What do you think? 😀


Belle de Jour Power Planner 2013

Belle de Jour Power Planner is especially made for the Pinay fashionista achiever. The term Belle de Jour (bel duh zhoor’) is French fashion lingo for “It” girl, we have redefined it to mean the modern day renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, while doing everything in great style.

The power planner includes time-management principles to help BDJ Girls manage their life better, articles and affirmations to inspire them to live life to the fullest and of course, coupons to remind them of work-life balance.


Of Vintage Leather and a Big White Heart

Top: Hand-me-down from my sister | Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless | Bracelet: Cuteture Fierce Pearls in Gold by Jenni Epperson | Kate Spade iPhone Case | Bag: Vintage Mulberry Tan Crocodile Leather Messenger Bag

It was a fun and long weekend. I missed church Sunday morning but I managed to attend the 4PM service. I quickly dressed up for this because I was already running late. Grabbed a pair of leggings and this old brown top with a big white heart design. It’s one of my favorites. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister so I have no idea where she got it.

Arm candy was actually a necklace from Cuteture. I purchased this in 2009 when I just gave birth. I was in the mood for some kikay shopping because I felt so ugly then. I bought this at a Mommy Bazaar in Rockwell.

Zoom in on the leather shoulder bag. The gorgeous leather bag here is vintage. I told you I love vintage. It’s another eBay find. It’s been with me for more than four years already and since I’m a leather bag lover, this is another favorite. I specifically searched for a Mulberry because back then, I was crushing on a Mulberry Alexa. I saw this one and fell in love. Fortunately, this has no foul, leather smell because the bag came out in the 80’s. Unlike the dark brown Cambridge Satchel which my husband hated, this one passed his smell standard. :p