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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Embellish Shopping and Workshop with Tin Iglesias, Aisa Ipac and Tracy Ayson

Hello Charmed girls!

       Last Friday, I went to The Podium to shop at Embellish with Tin Iglesias! I just won Php1000 shopping allowance and Php500  ZALORA GC! How's that! See how I won here. If you only knew how bad the day was for me (I'm just relieving my stress by watching Sherlock Holmes!--the British one--Benedict Cumberbatch is just so hot!) until Tin tagged me in her comment that I will shop with her! Oh my, I really need new addition to my wardrobe plus, the shopping helped me ease my feeling! I'm just so excited!

The Embellish shop is located inside Markati Palazzo at 4th Floor of The Podium. 

There I was welcomed by the Embellish team!

With Ms. Je-Anne

While waiting for the event to start, I took pictures of the place and the products inside.

Embellish is a local brand that brings out every Filipina's unique sense of style.

These Jacinto & Lirio bags are so fab! Plus they are Filipino made!


After some time, Tracy Ayson and Tin Iglesias came! Yey!

  In case you don't know, it's my second time to meet Tin. Remember the first? The SSB?  I posted it! Here. And still, I am still surprised by her! What I mean is her character haha XD First thought, Tin's a shy type lady but when you meet her, she's so becky! Actually the three of them hoho :D

While waiting for Ms.Aisa Ipac, we started shopping!!!!!

Thea (co-winner), Tin and Me!

Actually, I didn't have the hard time to choose since I've already knew my style and I have the first thing to find; a dress. I actually found one, and it's really a gown! Haha XD Thankfully, we've got two popular blogger/stylists in town to help us choose our wardrobe!

And here's Paxie, Ms. Aisa Ipac

They started the Blogging and Styling Workshop. There, they talked about how to deal with sponsors, to manage blogs,and also when they started styling and their styling 101's. I was very receptive of what I hear from them, of course! I always visit their blogs for styling tips and featured brands, what's in and what's not! Especially, Fashion Ate the World by Tin, since I liked her style, and I like to guess which place in UPD she shot her pics! haha XD, and have you been seeing her hairstyle nowadays? The braids, yes! I'm envious 'coz I'm still on my short hair moment haha XD

They've been asked to sample their style using the products inside Embellish.

Paxie while searching for clothes of her style

Tracy and Tin browsing from the prints and blacks section

Tracy's more of a feminine style, and also to show how to play with "print on print", she picked the sheer floral polo and a floral shorts to match.

Paxie likes vintage and showed us how to layer clothes properly.

Grunge and Edgy is Tin Iglesias' style. Fringed black blouse and a matching short completes her chosen outfit. Matching without overpowering the one from the other.

I really enjoyed the shopping and the workshop! Thank you Embellish!
The moment I can't forget is the chat I had with Ms. Aisa Ipac! First I asked for style advice (syempre di ba?Helur!Stylist siya now ni Karylle! ), where she shoots outfit shots and who's her photographer; she said that it was all self-timered! I was surprised ! (insert "Oh God, Why?" meme here) Samantalang ako hirap na hirap mag-outfit shot pag self timered, siya…. Oh my, something are really meant to be pulled off by others. *sighs* Infairness, I we had a good conversation. Kinilig pa nga ako eh! 'Coz I asked Tin and Aisa to comment about the earrings I'm wearing, (oo, pinilit ko sila mag-comment!haha XD), they said it's cute! Then I told them I made those earrings! I received a couple of "Ooohh.."s and they asked some questions >.< I'm so kilig! Thank you so much! You boosted my handcrafting confidence level! Yeah!

Here's a close up of my handmade earrings.
Hmm.. What should I call them? :)

My Embellish shopping bag! Inside it was an olive green dress (which is really a gown for me!) and my favorite piece that day, a black long sleeved cardigan with lace details! Whee!! I love the pieces I've picked! I planned of wearing the dress/gown to my bestfriend, Leika's, debut on the 22nd, and the cardigan… I plan of joining Embellish's Blogging/Styling Contest to win Php 10,000 worth of ZALORA GC and more! The cardigan is just a lovely piece and can really make an outfit fab!
Thank you again Embellish!

And I can use my ZALORA gift voucher to shop more Embellish's items!

P.S. Thanks to Ate Paige for my nail polish. The shade is Diva by Caronia :D

'Til next! xoxo :D

MoMo :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

ZALORA Picks: Purple Play

Hello Charmed people!

     I've been seeing a lot of new goodies and sale items at ZALORA! Why wouldn't you browse for some? You can also use our code Charmed123 to get 5% discount on minimum of Php 500 purchase!
You can buy a lot of clothes and accessories with that and style yourself like what I did.

                           PURPLE PLAY!
Featuring my 5 ZALORA picks! 

I'm really a fan of black and white outfits so I usually play with white tops as my canvass! I picked the purple shade to start off and here's what happens! What do you think?

Grab them now at ZALORA!

USE the code Charmed123 to get 5% discount off on your purchases Php500 and up!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dream-Catcher Inspired Earrings Collection

Hello Charmed Girls!!

      Cheers to my first ever handmade accessory collection!! Yay! *Claps!* Let me show you my
Dream-Catcher Inspired Earrings designed by ME! I've been working on it since last month but I've only had the time to take photos of it today. I'm just too excited!
    I've been fancied by the handmade accessories so I've tried my luck on it. After buying some materials and brainstorm on different designs, here are my creations!

Sunshine Dreamer earrings - P65
So far, it's my favorite!

Blue Dreamer earrings- P65

Chic Dreamer earrings- P65

Lavish Dreamer earrings- P60Aimee liked this design! 

Peach Dreamer earrings- P60
Spring Dreamer earrings- P60

Lucid Dreamer earrings - P60

Misty Dreamer earrings - P60
   Aren't they cheap enough? What I like in these earrings are that they reflect light(except the last two)! Like the disco ball effect… so when you wear them they flash colors, so lively and fun! They might look big.. But they are so light weight!

 Here's how it looks like when you wear them…


Chic Dreamer earrings when worn

My shirt says "Money can't buy Love but it can buy Jewelry". Hoho. Sounds so true.

Spring Dreamer earrings when worn

That's my friend/orgmate Lia! I asked her if I could use her as a model, and I told her to pick her fave!

Lavish Dreamer earrings when worn

   It's an instant photo shoot! Just as we saw that Beetle Volkswagen parked near AS (Palma Hall)! Isn't the pink Beetle cute? :D

  One design only per pair. Order now before it's gone!

   They are now posted on Charmed FB page and you can message your orders with the ff. details:

Product Name:
Shipping Address:
Contact No.:
Additional instructions:

 Meet-ups: UP Diliman
Katipunan Ave.
SM North
 SM Fairview
 Central Ave.
 SM Megamall (only Fridays and Sundays)

Visit Charmed Facebook page for orders and inquiries!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

NOTD: Carolina Peach Colorblock

Hello Charmed girls!

I really wanted to update Charmed as frequent as I can but acads is still on the waaayy.... And now the sem is nearly on its end (Yay!), so we've got to focus... right Aimee? But the events keep on coming. Hoho. She'll be going (I think) to the Cheer Dance Competition on Saturday at MOA, and I don't know if I'll be going to Candy Fair 2012 (also on Saturday) since I don't have a companion. Any one who wants to go with me? :D

Anyways, here's a nail-of-the-day post for ya! Truth be told, it really just lived a day. I just tried the shades. 'Cause nail-arts (even nail polishes) , doesn't last that long with my ever-moving hands!! LoL But still I can manage to snap pictures of my nails...

For this I used CAROLINA PEACHes of different brands and shades. One is from Caronia which I borrowed from Paige, and the other one is from Bobbie which my mom bought.

As you can see they differ obviously on the shade, but they are both nice to the nails! It complements well dark to natural skin tones. See Paige's review on it.

Since I had the Bobbie first, I've used it a lot on my nails and nearly hard already. But because I got amused of the Caronia's shade, I wanted to try both!

Here I've applied first the Caronia shade then the Bobbie, then I carefully put a second coat on Caronia.

I used tape for the color-blocking, just so you know. :D

 What can you say???? Do you like the combination of shades? :D Leave a comment below! :D


Monday, September 17, 2012

Chef Lau's Dinner Party at Bistro Filipino by Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief

Hello Charmed people!!!

    Last night was a gastronomic event for all the people who attend the Chef's Dinner Party by Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste and Chef Rolando Laudico at his resto, Bistro Filipino! In case you don't know, I won 2 seats for the dinner party! Yay! See my post here.  Chef Lau wanted to celebrate with few chosen guests his freedom from tooth-sensitivity and I'm very glad to be able to come and enjoy eating without that painful feeling in our pearly whites. Are you excited as me?
So, let's witness our adventure! Yes, it's an adventure 'cause it was a very long and fun night for all of us

We came about 6:30pm at Chef Laudico's Bistro Filipino at BGC, Taguig. After few minutes of walking around, we finally made it there and welcomed warmly by the organizers and sponsors.

My outfit for that night

What do you think about my outfit?

And they congratulated me for winning … and luckily, because we're also assigned to Table 1!

My lemon-name… (get it? Lemon-Name? haha XD )

Since there's just few people around, I moved around and took pictures of the place...

I'm actually finding Margaret's Lemon Name 'cause she hasn't arrived yet that time. When I found her seat, I returned to our table and wondered who'll be sitting around our table… And I found this!

And I was like, "Divine? As in Divine Lee? Oh my!!!!" . I really want to check if that's Divine Lee's seat next to us then I found another lemon name...

No wonder! I'm excited to see them!!

And finally they arrived!

When I first saw Divine Lee I was like, "Ang tangkad niya!" She's towering…and slim! I felt really short! I mean, she's just wearing a 4-inch pumps, if I'm not mistaken, but then I technically looked-up to her! Even Chef Lau commented about her height!
And she's so becky! :D


Then with VictorBasa of course! He's so gwapo rin! And tall! haha :D Guess I need additional inches >.<

If you're asking where's Chef Lau, actually he's around the counter chatting with the other guests and his friends. So we're just finding the right timing to take picture with him.

Meanwhile, another couple came!

Colgate Fresh Confidence Endorsers- Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil!!

It was about 7:15 then the voice over told that the program will start in about 2 minutes. That just when we saw Chef Lau available so we took the chance to have picture with the owner of the Bistro Filipino and the one celebrating his freedom from tooth-sensitivity!

Chef Lau is really approachable and would spend time to chat with you if not only because the program will start soon!

The program started. Can you see how near we are?

They showed the magical mug. It's one of the freebies given to us at the registration area.
When you put hot water in it, the blue color will fade, as to show the logo of the event

Chef Lau was introduced to the audience then he talked about how Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief changed his life and now he wants to celebrate the pain-free way of enjoying eating!

The Menu 

So what are we waiting for? Let's get it started!

Chef Lau explained every dish while it is being served to us. How's that!

Of course the first is the appetizer course which is…

Lumpiang Ubod Cone with Frozen Spicy Vinegar

He wanted to recreate the Lumpiang Ubod--street-food style with cone-shaped crispy wrap. The vinegar sauce is also a complement, with its spicy and sour taste being balanced by having it frozen to lessen the spicy feel.

Here's the catch; When I and my father saw the dish, I told him "Pa, may hipon." ["There's shrimp"] then my father jokingly said "Hala ka…". I had allergies to shrimp when I was a kid but when I grew up it was nearly gone or the effects of eating it won't be as harmful as before but still you can't let me eat shrimp! I mean, I really don't eat it for quite some years from now, because of the shrimp-y smell and taste that I don't get used to it. BUT!!! BUT this Lumpiang Ubod Cone was different! I ate it. And I didn't even tasted the shrimp-y thing that I used to dislike but instead it was really appetizing!!!

Plus the vinegar was well blended to harmonize with the Lumpiang Ubod!

Next is the soup course:
Adobo Mushroom Cappuccino 
Adobo? Cappuccino? Yes! Chef Lau tried to add some twist to the usual Adobo! So many twists that you might think it's impossible but I tell you, you can really taste the adobo here!

It's the Adobo sauté with Shitake mushrooms and garlic foam to balance the sour taste, thus it's cappuccino!

And now the Salad dish coming right up!
Three Kinds of Mango Salad with Dijon Bagoong Vinaigrette

The yellow, green and dried mangoes you can see here topped with fresh leaves and...

Can you see that white thing on top? That's kesong-puti crusted with kasuy (cashew nuts)!! 

My favorite dish so far! Why? You know, all I was saying when I was eating the kesong-puti is "ang sarap" (Delicious), to my father and maybe because of that he gave me the kesong-puti from his plate!  While I'm typing this I can still remember how good it tastes!!
Well, maybe you won't forget your name but you may forget it's your companion's salad dish!

While we are waiting for the main course, Chef Lau approached our table to ask how's the food! And we, all those on the Table 1 unanimously told him that the Mango Salad was great! He also shared that ever since the Bistro Filipino started, this Mango Salad was one of the staple dishes they have on the menu!

He shared his experiences of being a chef! It was really fun listening until the main course came and he told us to start eating and ignore his presence there. Haha :D

For the Main Course:

Kitayama Wagyu Beef in Sampalok glaze served with Taro Puff and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

In short, it's a Sinigang! With a twist!

The sauce tastes like Sinigang and of course added with the veggies to complete.

On top is liempo, then the Kitayama Wagyu Beef [ FYI: This Kitayama Wagyu Beef is a local product], then the Gabi or Taro Puff. Suggestion: Slice off bite-size pieces of each and eat them at the same time, and promise, you'll really got a taste of heaven! The magic of it comes from the complementing tastes of meat, taro and the sampalok that when eaten at once creates that "Hmmm" feeling!

My father commented that he highly appreciated this dish! And even told me that I should eat already. And the manner of eating it!
That's a big thing for me 'cause he usually doesn't talk during events and keeps his comments until we reached home. And he's the one cooking in our house so, criticizing is what he usually do but this dish made him say a really good note!
Honestly, I've consumed all of it! Sabi nga eh, "said na said"!
Hmmm, we're full but there's still room for dessert! But before they serve it, Chef Lau admits that making dessert is not his forte, but his wife's, Chef Jacquie, the chocolateire. She's the other half of the resto, concocting chocolates and desserts with a Filipino touch, so the name, Patisserie Filipino as the brand of the desserts.

She's really nice! When I asked if we could take picture she agreed and told us not to leave because there's still a surprise treat for us. And we shouldn't leave without bringing home that treat!


For the dessert:

Banana Cue Tart Flambé with Langka Ice Cream and Caramel Crunch

Chef Lau explained that they really want to stuck on the concept of Filipino-inspired dishes. Like the first course, the Lumpiang Ubod, Chef Jacquie made the Banana Cue, which is one of the popular street-foods , into a lot more sweeter, delicious and elegant dish!

All yummy treats you can think of in one! Tart, ice cream, caramel and leche flan! 

What a happy and yummy ending! Both of the gastronomic adventure for tonight and my tummy!!
Or wasn't it the end yet?
Meanwhile, there's a raffle of Bistro Filipino GC's and Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Coffee Maker!

And before we leave, we had some picture-taking!

Why am I so kilig over Kean Cipriano of Callalily? I mean, I'm not really into bad boy looks but he sings! I like guys who sings! Isn't he cute too?

Margaret! Do you know that literally she's been "rubbing elbows" with Nikki Gil? Haha XD

Ms. Patty Laurel in neon dress! She really stood out of the crowd because of her dress!

Ms. Carla Abellana, endorser of Palmolive Shampoo! She looks stunning with her black hourglass-inspired halter dress!

The freebies

Here's the surprise treat Chef Jacquie told earlier.  

Truffles and Pralines!

We definitely enjoyed the dinner party at Chef Lau's Bistro Filipino!!

Experience freedom from tooth sensitivity by using Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief!
'Til next!