take risks — start with your hair!

meet my hair that’s a result of an utter sense of freedom and relief that the wedding planning is over and i get to do anything i want that will not do injustice to my beautiful wedding dress. last july 2012, when i got my roots retouched for my engagement session, i had my hair stylist promise that she’ll do my hair ombre after the wedding. 
i was wed on December 22, 2012 and on the afternoon of December 31, to greet the new year I made true to that promise of changing my hair drastically. it’s the craziest thing i have done appearance-wise and because it’s crazy, it’s all the more reason that i love it. every time i look at the blond roots, it reminds me of my vow to do the things i love and with passion. to embrace life freely and take risks. 
the photos were taken prior to our cut & style activity with islands souvenirs. i initially planned to wear denim cut-offs which has recently been my go to closet item but decided against it knowing that Eden will be there — we have a standing joke of dressing simply every time we get together which we somehow can’t manage. what can we say, we’ve learned a lot from Chanel — we dress up every time we go outside because we never know we’ll have a date with destiny. right? 

floral cropped top with cutout shoulders – traded with sister | jersey maxi skirt – props | mustard platforms – zalora by centropell | oversized leather bag – R.A.F. by plains and prints | rings: blue stone ring and cross connector ring – downtown finds | butterfly ring – gifted by a friend | bracelets: brown and pink stone bracelets, green spiked bracelet, chain and braid bracelet – downtown finds | wooden bangle – bangkok find | angel wing necklace – downtown find | black watch – gifted by sister

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december diary: bloggers united FOUR

i have to admit, Bloggers United being a 2-day event this time was very exhausting but it sure was a helluva fun experience. it gave us more time to get to know other bloggers which we haven’t had the chance to meet in person on the last BU runs. i will let the photos do the talking and by the end, you will all see how the event became like a get-together with friends — with matching class picture-esque photos. i will say this again (as i’ve done so every time i do a BU post) I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BLOGGERS UNITED. 

day one: shopping day and being at awe with the shoppers’ style



 lace cropped top – props | printed maxi skirt – thrifted | buckled platform booties – zu shoe | fringed vegan leather bag – urban originals | blue belt – props | black and gold watch – gifted by aimee | bracelets – braids & bonds and downtown finds | claw cuff – downtown find | rings – downtown finds 

day two: meeting more blogger friends!

i have to admit, 

mauve gold-trimmed blazer – gifted by eden | lemon yellow leotard top – props | silk floral skirt – thrifted | plum booties – rubi shoes, cotton on | green studded belt – props | fringed vegan leather bag – urban originals | black floppy hat – cotton on | black and gold watch – gifted by aimee | bracelets – braids & bonds and downtown finds | claw cuff – downtown find | rings – downtown finds 

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bloggers united FOUR | win free passes!

Welcome the holidays with substance and style while avoiding a huge dent on your wallet, as Worldbex Services International, in partnership with ABS-CBN, brings you the highly anticipated yuletide event of the year, the 12th World Bazaar Festival! Stop by the World Trade Center – Metro Manila from December 7 to 23 to witness the Metro’s biggest and longest Christmas charity bazaar. The much-awaited event is set to become more than a grand shopping affair with over 800 booths, as it will also feature Bloggers United 4, where the country’s top bloggers will converge for an ultimate celebration of fashion and ingenuity. Shoppers will get the rare opportunity of interacting with their favorite bloggers during meet and greets and photo shoots. So spread the spirit of merriment and sharing, as you give back to your loved ones and the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. Doors open from Mon to Thurs – 12nn to 10pm and Fri to Sun 10am to 12mn.

From December 15 to 16, expect fashion royalties from the blogosphere with the likes of Divine Lee, Camille Co, Laureen Uy, Kryz Uy, and Lissa Kahayon to showcase a glimpse of their closets through their own booths. Grab this exclusive chance to score some of your most favorite bloggers’ clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories, and update your wardrobe to match the seasons’ current styles. A fashion show will feature a rundown of wardrobe must-haves you could get at reasonable bargain prices from the retail and blogger booths. The young and fashionable will also get a sneak peak of what’s in store for the next season, with Snoopy’s Holiday Street Fashion Show.  Also, watch out for other eye-candy and trendy bloggers, such as Victor Basa and David Guison, who will be ready to take photos with their loyal followers. With over sixty participating bloggers, Bloggers United 4 is definitely a fashion event that shouldn’t be missed, if you don’t want to be out of the loop when it comes to fashion and its influencers. Only the 12th World Bazaar could make it possible for you to get close and intimate with these modish bloggers, so save the dates and prepare for the catwalk!

Shopping for a cause has never been this exciting, stylish, and affordable! Indulge in a grand shopping experience at the 12th World Bazaar Festival for the benefit of the ABS CBN Foundation Inc. this December 7 to 23 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, and catch the Blogger’s United 4 from December 15 to December 16. The 12th World Bazaar Festival is once again brought to you by Worldbex Services International, the leading events company who continues to deliver world-class events for every Filipino to enjoy.  

every time i go home after a bloggers united event, the anticipation starts to build up for the next one and i can’t explain my utter delight when we found out that we’re still invited to participate in Bloggers United 4. ♥ ♥ ♥ i will be there along with my fellow cebu fashion bloggers, eden villarba of chic in the tropics, alexa luna of i am alexa, vanessa east of one frozen margarita and yves camingue of yvestyle. my sisters will also be there with me to help me out so yes, everyone in www.everydaysundaes.com will be there. ♥ ♥ 

and we hope to meet all of you there so i’m giving away 5 passes to bloggers united 4! the giveaway will run only until 12 noon on monday so make sure to tell your friends about it. 

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don’t tell harry but before i can be fully excited for our wedding, i am currently super psyched about bloggers united 4! *wink*

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Plains & Print Holiday Collection 2012

Plains & Prints Previews its Holiday Collections on November 9 to 11
Look forward to a fashionable holiday with Plains & Prints and R.A.F., as the local women’s work wear brands continues its highly anticipated series of previews featuring its Holiday 2012 collection at Ayala Center Cebu from November 9 to 11.  
The highlight of the Holiday 2012 anthology is City Series-Manila by Rhett Eala, featuring pieces that pay homage to the beautiful metropolis of Manila via modified cityscape graphic prints made in tasteful modern and minimalistic pieces. The collection makes its wearer reminiscent of the distinct Filipino Christmas; that no matter how much she’s traveled the world, she’ll always go back to where her heart belongs—home.

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the bloggers united three

i know, i know, this a super overdue post — i bet some are even over it. i’m not and never will be. ♥ it was hella fun and is always a pleasure to be a part of blogger united. ♥ 
the preparation
my sister came with me this time — not that i forced her and texted her all morning about it prior to getting the tickets — but because she wanted to help out and we wanted to bring lots of items to sell. we were late for the prep though. we got lost and didn’t have any GPS to guide us and our driver (thanks to my tita) from marikina to makati. thanks to kuya randy, we managed to get our 2 suitcases and 2 balikbayan boxes from the first floor to the 3rd floor where the event was held — there were no elevators! mildred and eden were already there and we immediately began prepping once we arrived. our plan, which we found effective last year, was to place all the pre-loved clothes on the table — we managed to steal 1 more even though we were only allotted one. the rest were on the clothes racks. (note: check out the aftermath of the shoes below)

the fab shoppers

the place was smaller (but a lot sophisticated with the chandeliers and carpeted floor) so it was easily packed. i wish i could have taken a photo of the line outside because it went from the 3rd floor down to the first and it was raining really hard. the fabulous shoppers were as stylish as the bloggers — i could say, even way more stylish than me. they were young and passionate about fashion and shopping. i could say, i was jealous — i wish i’m still as young as they are.

the last photo is not a shopper but my sister who kept avoiding the camera. a shopper even asked to have a photo with her which she awkwardly & laughingly declined because she said “she’s not a blogger” LOL.

stylish friends: old and new

it’s not just being able to sell and live through the bloggers united shopping experience that i look forward to, it’s being with stylish friends whom we’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the blogosphere. 

with the kookie buhain of death by platforms — her velvet bell-bottoms are to die for and i was super jealous that she pulled it off like a rock star!
with the down-to-earth and friendly bloggers united organizers, aisa ipac and sarah tirona.

with fellow bisaya-speaking fashionistas from mindanao: mariel of wicked ying and stephanie of fashion bandwagon (stupid me for being so star struck — i was in awe of stephanie’s hair and her chic outfit. i asked her if i could have a photo with her because “my friend loves her blog…” which was awkward & idiotic because i do too. *peace*)

the asian blogger sensation, anastasia siantar of brown platform, who was flown in by the BU team. oh so envious of her hat and her shoes and her hair and oh well, her outfit — gah!

one of our shoppers, lia delfin of wear is mela, who sent me a photo she took of us — it was so embarrassing because i looked really haggard and had money tucked in my skirt like a palengkera. LOL.

 of course, with my lovely stylish friends from cebu who’s there with me — vanessa of one frozen margarita, mildred of dred reveris and eden of chic in the tropics

the aftermath
we tried to re-arrange everything every once in a while but gave up by the 3rd hoard of shoppers. as long as everything is sold, they can stay that way. of course, we had to get the clothes that fell to the floor. the ruckus that was in our booth was both delightful, exhausting and funny. for the first 2 hours, all four of us were standing up and dancing along “starships” while we entertained customers. by 1PM (and by the nth replay of “starships”), we took turns sitting down and looked so haggard, it wasn’t funny. LOL. at the end of the day, we had a price drop — we sorted items in 2 boxes, P50 and P100. we were the last of the sellers to leave. *bow*

the outfit
i just realized — i am not creative at all because for two BU events, i wore a simple top and a maxi skirt. boo! nevertheless, i wanted to be comfortable because i knew it was going to be chaotic.

tribal-printed top – props | jersey maxi skirt –  props  | neon pink thin belt –  props  | turquoise bohemian necklace – zalora.ph | wooden bangles – borrowed from sister | studded booties – jeffrey campbell ticks (a steal from divine lee’s booth! a dream come true — long have i swooned over these babies ♥♥♥)

 rings: turquoise connector ring – downtown find | white armor ring – oasap.com

a special note to my readers: it’s been a month, i know! work was (and still is) hella crazy, i underwent another round of physical therapy for my neck and all i wanted to do when i get home from work is lie down or eat magnum or brownies to inject enough endorphine to my system and forget my aching neck. the neck brace is still on — more frequently than i hoped for it to be. i promise though to get back on track and not post sporadically. *scout’s honor* (only i was never a girl scout…LOL).

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shopping by the ocean

silk blazer – thrifted | floral skirt – thrifted | white tank top – thrifted | strappy wedges – people are people, gifted by Harry | neon green belt – props | collar necklace – downtown find | gold bangle – stolen from sis | turquoise connector ring and boho armor ring – downtown finds | pink satchel – props
sharing with you guys the awesome and laid-back shopping experience that was during Zalora‘s press launch in Cebu. when i got the invite for its press launch, i pictured a presentation with the usual question and answer segment and i’d be out of there in just an hour. to my delight, i got there to an intimate and chill environment, greeted by Zalora’s marketing manager and immediately given  a brief that we are each given shopping coupons to use and actually get to know the Zalora shopping experience.
long tables were lined with Zalora laptops — all ready for us to scour the shopping site. fellow Cebu Fashion Bloggers — Eden, Vanessa, Alex, Jeemah, Rabsin, Marco and Kristine were already there, making the event more fun. (mind you i missed my appointment with the designer for wedding gown and was super late for the photo shoot my sister and i planned for Props.)
thank you Zalora PH for inviting us! i now live in Zalora‘s website and go through it everyday. my hands are itching to get your new heels from centropelle. *self-control faltering*

my apologies for the hiatus ~ after the trip to Manille for the much-anticipated Bloggers United 3 event, i got back drowned with backlogs at work and my stupid back started acting up again. boo! i had to wear the very un-fashionable neck brace while typing away at my work computer. tried to cover it with a leopard print scarf and someone actually asked if what i’m wearing is really a neck brace or a fashion statement. LOL. oh and a photo of me in a neck brace is something you guys won’t see soon. *peace*

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contrast bonanza | zalora at bloggers united 3

striped mustard top – primal rave wholesale | violet pleated skirt – thrifted | pink satchel – props | gold ballet flats – parisian | gold cuff – stolen from sis | rings: armor and cross connector – downtown finds | collar necklace – downtown find | purple belt with hear buckle – props

i found this violet pleated skirt on one of the thrifting trips Harry and i have been on — yes he’s hooked too! this was specifically on a Black Saturday and we had nothing else to do. we just walked around Jones area and looked for open shops. there was one thrift store who was on 50% off and to my delight i found all their skirts on their 2nd floor despite how hot the day was and how dusty it was in the store. i also managed to score a mullet tulle skirt and ruffled shorts together with this skirt. i’m still trying to figure out when and how to wear them.♥
on to exciting news: my boxes of clothes to sell have been shipped and just arrived in manila. my bags have been packed and i am so ready ~ Bloggers United 3, here we come! i am so looking forward to seeing Manila fashion blogger friends again and of course, meeting readers — assuming i have readers who want to meet me. LOL. 

speaking of Bloggers United 3, Zalora will be one of the co-presenters of this event and they are giving a special treat to all shoppers who check out their orders at the Z-Lounge on the event.

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Bloggers United Strikes Three!

Third time’s the charm for the most anticipated fashion bloggers event in the country!

Bloggers United is staging their third bloggers bazaar this June 2 at the Grandview Events Place to once again gather Manila’s top fashion bloggers in one single venue outside of the World Wide Web. After holding two successful events last year, Bloggers United has easily become one of the most anticipated affairs for both fashion bloggers and readers in the metro.  More than just a bazaar, Bloggers United also partners with charitable groups to use and channel their influence in a positive manner.

Through the overwhelming power of social media and blogs in today’s generation, the previous Bloggers United events have successfully joined forces with top fashion bloggers like Laureen Uy, Camille Co, Kryz Uy and many more to inspire their followers and to raise funds for various beneficiaries,  namely KIDS Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation. This time around, the event will benefit Operation Smile Philippines.

The event gets better and better every time! To make Bloggers United 3 even more momentous, top Indonesian fashion blogger Anastacia Siantar of The Brown Platform will also be selling alongside Cebu fashion bloggers and our very own top celebrities Divine Lee & Sarah Meier.

So, if you love blog-reading and blog-hopping, Bloggers United is sure to be the perfect end-of-summer bazaar for you. Not only will you be able to bump elbows with your favorite bloggers at the event, but you will also be able to snag some of their own stylish statement pieces as they open their closets to sell to the public. Stay-up-to-date with the biggest gathering of bloggers by following us on Twitter (twitter.com/bloggers_united) and Facebook (facebook.com/bloggersunitedph), and bookmarking our official webpage (bloggersunited.org).

Bloggers United is in partnership with: 
Operation Smile
Globe Tattoo 

Event is co-presented by:
Hotel Celeste

Official Media Partners:

In cooperation with:

Special thanks:

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Fashion Institute of the Philippines launches in Cebu!

my prayers have finally been answered. fashion has come to Cebu in the form of the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. although Cebu has been a lover of fashion for decades and we have long produced amazing designers that have conquered not just the country but the world but Cebuanos had to go far and wide to learn fashion. it was only until recently that proper fashion education was  bestowed upon us and if not for my wedding planning, i would have enrolled myself in one of the classes (or maybe two classes). maybe next year then. who wants to go with me?
check out Fashion Institute of the Philippines‘ website for the different courses offered and its schedules. classes for Basic Fashion starts next Monday, March 12, 2012. ♥ ♥ ♥

check out Vanilla Ice Cream tomorrow for the announcement of the SHOPBOP.com winner of $100! ♥

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dress code: silver and pink

silver top – celine, thrifted | electropleated skirt – primal rave wholesale | chain belt – props | silver heels – makemechic.com | silver clutch – mom’s, sm department store

when i get invited to a wedding, i always tend to gravitate my outfit to the color motif of the event. if i can’t find the exact color, i’d wear the next shade. this time, the wedding called for pink and silver. i spent 2 hours looking through all the plastic bags of wholesale stocks in our house to find a pink outfit and found this hot pink skirt. i was all set then i got to the venue and i was the only one following instructions. LOL.
this was Glenn & Charity’s intimate afternoon wedding last December 10, 2011 held at the Redepmtorist Church. the blushing bride walked down the aisle in classic Charity style — with drama and grace. it was a day surely Glenn and Charity won’t forget. best wishes to the couple! oooh, i just love weddings and i can’t wait for mine. 

how about you? do you love weddings? what about them do you love?

photos below were taken by Marlon Capuyan, the super talented wedding photographer from Cebu, who is incidentally Mildred Zapanta‘s better half and whom i will definitely book for my own wedding. check out his website and be prepared to be in awe.

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blanc magazine online

on january 12,  Cebu’s underground youth and stylistas gathered for the launching of blanc, an online magazine that chronicles the latest fashion, art, androgyny, culture and most importantly, street style of Cebu. according to blancs editor-in-chief, josei ouano cuizon, the magazine started a year ago after a group of stylish friends were talking about what they wanted and didn’t want in a fashion magazine. well surely, after hours of talking, one of them may have strongly suggested that they start their own. 
apart from Bloggers United 2, never have i attended an event where street style was so rich and prominent, i didn’t feel odd wearing an overly-colorblocked outfit. we were surrounded by strong individual styles and not with the usual identical body-con or bondage dresses. and with my CFB sisters there, even rain couldn’t stop us from having fun. 
the fashion show of creations from a few of Cebu’s young designers
the amazing blanc magazine staff
cebu fashion bloggers in action — garbed in our distinct styles

here it is: the first official issue of blanc magazine with the queen of cebu, bee urgello, on the cover

for a lethal dose of underground fashion and art by Cebu’s youth, it is imperative that you:

bookmark blanc magazine‘s website
like the facebook page
follow the magazine on twitter

photos grabbed from:
 toni of perfumed red shoes | jeemah of cupcakes and choices | gillian of by details
phil of the fourth kid | angeli of miss enthusiast

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the maze teen model search

in my resolution to be a better blogger, a Cebuana fashion blogger at that, by doing more posts, saying yes to more events and supporting the local fashion industry in any way i can, i said “yes” to Eden’s invite to attend as one of the guests for The Maze Teen Image Model Search which was held at the Ayala Activity Center last January 7, 2012. 
Maze, which coincidentally is where my sister’s retail shop Props is located, is a one-stop hip shop in Ayala Cebu where one can find every fashionista’s needs, from chic dresses & accessories and even tech gadgets. 
the cebu fashion bloggers on front row
i gotta’ hand it to yves camingue for the styling in this segment of the show. tribal prints overload, layered on each other — i drool! i was literally bouncing in my seat!
the fans were the funnest part of the search — they went crazy for their model bets!
the talented hosts, eden and mark in their costume changes — of course styled by yves. turquoise is the peg for the night and i love it!
the lovely ladies in their gowns designed by Cebu’s Young Designers and wearing shoes by Shandar
my favorite in the search — she was chic, she had potential and best of all, she tripped so many times in this dress and even fell but she picked herself up and forged ahead. ♥

kudos goes to the Carolyn Tan, the CEO of Hype Management and Development Corp., for donating P15,000 to Clothes for Life — an association of fashion designers spearheaded by Cary Santiago and Wendell Quisido and supports several beneficiaries, including the Little Lamb Children’s Center (source: http://www.everythingcebu.com/sidebar-photoblog/queen-of-cebu-2010/)

and the winners are…

naomi grace and john paul

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