Sunday, September 25, 2016

J Crew Deep V Wrap One-Piece Swimsuit Review

Every time I think about going to the beach, I would always fuss about what I'm going to wear. I never used to be like this. I used to just not care at all about all that girlie stuff. Somehow, somewhere along the way, I got influenced by girl friends who would just not let me out of the house unless I'm wearing something "decent"... which is not such a bad thing at all. Looking good makes you feel good about yourself. And when you feel good about yourself, you feel more confident.

Anyway, I have been browsing the internet for the perfect monokini. This is now the new term for one-piece swimsuits. I just chanced upon it while doing my search. I kinda like the way it sounds. Makes one-piece swimsuits sound less granny-ish.

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I totally fell in-love with this Deep V Wrap Swimsuit from J. Crew as it has really neat and clean lines and looks really sleek. The first thing that got my attention was the "Deep V" neckline. I'm somewhat hesitating if I should go with it because it already bares the back, should I go ahead and bare on the front some more? But then, that Deep V would really elongate my torso. And that tie around the waist is just the perfect amount of girlie for me and at the same time, serves the purpose of camouflaging that teeny tiny bit of mommy pooch that I have. And the best thing about it is that it was ON SALE.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Mood: Vita Italiana Restaurant, Cacao Trees, Lemon Tart, etc

Hello, everyone! Here are some of my weekend's highlights, setting the mood for Monday and the rest of the week...

Mid-atumn festivities at Chinatown

Hubby taking me out to dinner at Vita Italiana Restaurant before his long business trip

Thursday, September 15, 2016

La Mer, Kiehl's and Other Favorite Skin and Hair Care Products

Here's a vlog update on some of my favorite skin and hair care products. These are mostly old favorites and some exciting recent discoveries. I think it's a good mix of not-so-cheap and relatively cheap brands.

Although, I usually avoid strong-smelling products on my face because it's very sensitive and it's too close to the nose, for the rest of my body, I go for fresh, floral scent or simple classic ones like vanilla or shea butter. I don't really like complicated and very strong odors that make me feel like my sense of smell is being violated.

Thanks for having the patience to watch my vlog even though watching it myself made me feel like I was trying to impersonate Kuya Cesar. I hope I did not put you to sleep... haha! Have a good day, everyone! :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Old Town and Around Prague

Up on escapadecapades, my visit to the beautiful city of Praha and some hotel, bars and restaurants review:

The old city bathed in golden early morning light

Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely weekend! :)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Summery Pink and Blue Outfit

It's Friday and we're a few hours away from getting that well-deserved weekend break. I've been feeling kind of down lately. Mostly because I usually feel like crap every time my birth month approaches. And also, I have been feeling sick this week because I have been having trouble sleeping. My daughter had an episode of what is apparently known as a "night terror" (parents, please read about it here as it is different from a regular nightmare) some nights ago, and we were all traumatized by it. After that night, I was a little bit scared that she will have another episode and so my sleeping patterns have been a wreck. As a result, I have been pretty sick most days. Thankfully, though, she hasn't had any other episode except for that one night.

Anyway, to help cheer me up, I'm posting some of the pretty and pink (most of them) things I've taken back from our European trip...

Chaussures tricolore... all my favorite wearable colors in one shoe

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Vlogging Experience

This is the first time ever that I've tried my hand at creating a video blog (vlog). I didn't realize how difficult and complicated it is. You'd think it would be easy to talk in front of the camera, like you're talking to your best friend, but it's not. It felt really awkward, especially for an introvert like me, who doesn't usually like to talk so much. Add to that the fact that it attracts the attention of those around you, something that I am not really used to.

In Asia, it's quite easy to point the camera on stranger's faces. Especially in the Philippines. But not in Europe. And most especially not in France, where I made this video blog.

The last and most important challenge also was editing the videos -- stitching them, adding text, adjusting the lighting and colors, and putting music and effects. The music part was another challenge all in itself because of the copyright restrictions. It took the whole weekend to finish this nine-minute video.

But all in all, it was a fun experience. I've learned and noticed so many new things about myself creating this vlog. So, here is the video and I hope you enjoy seeing me make a fool of myself in front of the camera (although, it's mostly my husband's face you will see) all over St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz in France:

Thanks for dropping by and have a good weekend! :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jose Rizal Travels: Litomerice

Up on A trip to the cozy little town of Litomerice, a few kilometers off Prague, one of the places in Europe where Jose Rizal lived. This is also where he met his life-long friend, Ferdinand Blumentritt. Click on the link for the full story.

View of the town square from the Tourist Information Center's viewing tower

 Enjoy the time travel, and thanks for stopping by! :)