October 31, 2014

Subic Getaway

As I write this, I am sitting poolside in one of my many flowered dresses with one of my (again, many) swimsuits on underneath, a cold piña colada at hand. Bragging? Maybe, but I'm proud to say it's part of my "job" here on my blog.

Picture courtesy of Wild Orchid Beach Resort

I've been to Subic before, and wrote about it here, but this time we decided to try a different resort, one on the beach. The Wild Orchid Beach Resort is a beautiful beachfront resort that offers several bars, restaurants, and pools.

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Our first half-day/evening here was very nice, we relaxed by the pool, took naps, and enjoyed very tropical beverages before dinnertime where this little kitty adopted us as we fed her bits of shrimp. (Best dinner date I've had in a while) 

October 29, 2014


Halloween, being one of my favourite hall-idays, is a big deal. And, hoping to begin a new tradition that I've let dwindle these past few years, I hosted a party on Monday, as I will be at the beach on the spooky day itself.
October 23, 2014

Why Being Told "Your Eyebrows are So On Point!" Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing....

Well actually...the title should read: Why My Reaction to Being Told "Your Eyebrows are So On Point!" Wasn't a Good Thing.

As nearly every girl (and many guys) will attest, eyebrows are MAJORLY important. They're basically an accessory you can never take off that need constant attention. They're like little, hairy children. So when anyone, literally anyone, comes up to you and says "Your eyebrows are so on point!" You basically have a meltdown and cry and want to thank them for the rest of your life. 

Exhibit A: might as well be actual footage of my reaction

Well recently a couple people came up to me and complimented my eyebrows and this was exactly my reaction. I'm not saying getting excited about receiving a compliment is a bad thing, quite the contrary actually!

My over-the-top, completely flabbergasted reaction got me thinking: yes I should be happy that they gave me a compliment, because duh compliment=niceness=happiness=happy dance, but to be so....surprised that this compliment was given out of the blue was what triggered this particular bout of over-thinking.

As people we need to give more compliments! I'm not saying that giving compliments should be fake or you should just say them to say them, you need to actually mean them, but we need to be freer in saying them! Not just to our friends and families either, but to that girl standing behind us at Starbucks who is wearing that skirt that you love or the guy sitting next to you on the subway train who has been sketching for the entire ride and his design is totally sick.

Everyone has been conditioned to either a) laugh off a compliment and then follow it up with a return compliment or b) be completely surprised and deny the person's compliment....before complimenting them in return. This isn't totally wrong, polite modesty is a good thing but learning to accept a compliment with grace is a beautiful thing that has, unfortunately, become a rarity.

I believe we need to get better at both giving and receiving compliments, they're basically little tiny pieces of joy that you can give out forever and ever! Every compliment should send a smile dancing across your face, whether or not it's from your Mom (and it does count even if 'they're family' and 'they have to say that'), your best friend, your boyfriend, or a total stranger. 

Along these a compliment does not include whistling at a person as they walk by, doing the 'once-over' eyes so many times they notice (and especially if you keep doing it), yelling 'hey beautiful/gorgeous/good-lookin' etc. There's a definite difference between complimenting somebody like "I love your skirt" or "That band on your shirt? Yeah, they're my favorite" and calling out "Yo beautiful look over here!" Learn the difference butterflies, everyone deserves respect.

To recap: give compliments like candy, graciously receive compliments, and respect everybody. Got anything to add? Drop a comment here or on one of my social medias.

Stay beautiful butterflies. 

October 20, 2014


It's been kind of crazy lately, so apologies for not posting in a while. Last night I arrived home from my whirlwind 1-full-day-in-Shanghai weekend with my Academic Bowl team. We journeyed to Shanghai on Friday for a competition that took place all day Saturday and then flew back Sunday. You'd think with that kind of schedule we'd have no time for non-acadmemic fun, but you'd be wrong. 

October 12, 2014

Halloween Party Prep

As anyone who knows me can tell, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I've loved it ever since I was little, and the holiday really peaked for me in middle school when I would celebrate with Ammie by trick-or-treating in her (and my constant crush's) neighborhood and then sleeping over at her house (an all-time favorite place of mine). 

Enjoy this archived photo of me from several Halloween's ago raging about the Scrooge's who give out yellow mints on Halloween

We would go around with Dani and occasionally Maitri and sometimes those two would stay over with us. It's a sugar-filled night of fun and abandon when we would strut around in heels that hurt (well at least I did, Dani's boobs couldn't breathe in her sexy Pirate outfit and Amrita dressed appropriately for the evening. Prude. JK ilysm)

Anyway, since moving to Manila the tradition has kind of died (at least on my end) so I decided to have a little Halloween party this year, complete with costumes and themed-food. Plus, it can be a kind of final farewell to Kim who is (sadly) leaving us in November.

October 3, 2014

September Outfits

(Brief explanation as this is the first post of its kind: because I go to a private school with a uniform, I can't exactly give you weekly outfit updates. So what I've done is collected all the outfits I wore on the weekends during the month of September into this one place. Hope you enjoy!)

9/5: Night Out with the Girls (aka Kim and Celene)

(Ignore the ill-placed brown spot, it was on the mirror not on me)

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shorts (xx)  grey tank (xx)   navy tank (xx)   beanie (xx)

In addition to our sleepover, we went and saw Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West". Funny movie, pretty inappropriate at times but really funny. Think Ted with actual people + the gorgeous Charlize Theron. I was wearing my high-waisted denim shorts from Forever 21, black tank top, my red beanie from TopShop, and scuffed zipper Converse. My bag was the Ganesh designed tote bag from A'postrophe (xx). 

I went for a heavier makeup look than I normally wear, the darker smoky eye with thicker eyeliner and the pop of red lips, because when in Rome....

This was Kim's outfit:

From the buzzed sides of her hair to the purple lips to her leather 'n lace crop top, when you're with Kim you go punk. 

9/6: Shopping with Celesty (Spirit Week)

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The next day, I went shopping with Celesty so we could find a matching outfit for "Matching Monday". For this little endeavor, I wore no makeup, my Nerd t-shirt, and black workout cropped sweats with black flip-flops. I carried the same Ganesh bag from the night before. 

9/13: Saturday Practice and College Shopping

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That Saturday, I had Academic Bowl practice from 8 am to 3 pm at school (as if I don't spend enough time in that classroom already) so I got myself out of bed at 6:30 (practically unheard of on a Saturday) and went to school. It was okay though because there were also chess tournaments, volleyball matches, baseball games, choir rehearsals, and rehearsals for the middle school musical Grease. After Academic Bowl practice, I went to a hotel in Makati to visit the 20+ colleges touring around together.

I wore an oversized white t-shirt, high-waisted shorts from Forever 21, green flats with bows, and a blue ruffle cardigan. The earrings are also from Forever 21 (gradient hoops I believe).

9/14/14: Friend's Birthday Celebratory Lunch

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tights (xx) necklace (xx) boots (xx) shirt (xx) skirt (xx)

On this Sunday it was our friend Susan's birthday so we took her to Wildflour for her birthday. Wildflour is a gorgeous San Francisco-esque restaurant that serves breakfast all day, has the best passionfruit mimosas, and has freshly-baked pastries that are to die for! 

I wore my black tank top, black and white polka dotted skirt, patterned tights, wedge lace-up boots, and "Show Off" necklace. Unfortunately, except for the tights which I know are from Rustan's and the necklace which is from La Senza (oh and the boots that are from Forever 21), I do not recall where I got the rest of the outfit. As always, substitutes are above for you.

I did golden makeup because to wear an all-black outfit with a dark smokey eye should be reserved for occasions that call for the "hot DAMN" reaction and I haven't worn the golden eyeshadow in a while.

9/20/14: Nail Art With Mom

floral tank (xx)  color block tank (xx)  high rise shorts (xx)

Because of torrential rain and flooding, not only was school let out early on Friday in fear of the buses getting stuck, my swim meet on Saturday was also cancelled. Because of this, Mom and I decided to treat ourselves to a little mani/pedi together before a quick trip to the grocery store. The result? Dark violet nails that make me feel like an Evil Queen about to take over the universe.

I wore my Forever 21 Keyhole Back tank, Forever 21 high-waisted shorts, and blue flip-flops (not pictured) from Havaianas. The extra-long ponytail is achieved by tying two ponytails, one on top of the other, to give it more length. 

9/27/14: Friends' 20th Anniversary Concert

In honor of the legendary television show Friends' twentieth anniversary, a concert was held at SM BF Parañaque. My friend Nikki was lucky enough to be able to perform in the concert so on Saturday Kim, myself, Nikki, and the two twins all piled into Nikki's car and off we went! 

Hogwarts crop (xx)basic crop (xx)cross body bag (xx) overalls (xx)

Some of you may recognize my outfit from the Spirit Week post from a few weeks back, however I wore this again on Saturday with one change: I didn't wear an undershirt. While this is how the outfit was designed and some people may have worn it without a second thought, I considered this an actual 'fashion risk' for me simply because I've never worn a crop top before and was truthfully never comfortable enough in my body to wear one. I think wearing it with the overalls that cover the stomach and the back, just leaving the sides exposed, really helped me and it was actually a major confidence booster putting on the outfit for the first time, looking in the mirror and thinking "yeah, this looks really good." 

The crop top and the overalls are from Guess (less expensive options are in the collage, I surprised myself that I bought these actually), my custom zipper Converse (you can custom make your own Chuck Taylors here--or just browse the website xx), and my purple satchel was a gift from my grandparent's last trip to Italy.