Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beach Outfits

Last weekend, I was at the Shangri-la Resort in Boracay with my family to celebrate my birthday. I made a lot of preparations for this trip, especially with the beach outfits. I thought I'd share with you some of them in my blog.

KingsCat Swimsuit Coverup, Michael Kors sunglasses

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Forgotten Friendships

The other day, I opened my ancient Yahoomail account and unearthed some pictures from ten years back. It was a bunch of pictures from one of my most memorable birthday parties ever. Why was it so memorable? Probably because of the circumstances. It was one of the deepest, darkest, most trying times in my life. And I have never been more thankful of friends who acted like extended family members to help me out of that deep rut I felt like I was in.

Night out at Zirko Comedy Bar, courtesy of my volunteer work friends back in October 2006
For my birthday, my very special friends from volunteer work decided to treat me out to a night at the comedy bar. And then we had some drinks by the Manila Bay, which back then had a bustling night life. We spent the wee hours drinking and chatting and laughing. The following morning, we all had breakfast together at Mc Donalds... I think. At least, the pictures and the food looked like they were taken from there.

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 girly 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. Not to mention that I have a French husband who doubles as my personal stylist. I'm quite glad to say that I've come a long way when it comes to choosing what I wear these days compared to five years ago. And I'm not complaining. Sure it requires some effort, but 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.

Image from (I got it in "Black" by the way, not in white. Read on for the details.)

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 was at first, 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