cebu and manila style bloggers meet!

even with an energy level that of a one bar on a mobile phone, we pulled ourselves out of bed the day after the long event to meet and have a sit-down dinner at the Borough in the Podium. everyone came in their own styles, the food was good and conversations were even better. ♥

outfit details: tiered boho dress – bangkok find | black wedges – shoe etiquette | feather necklace – downtown find | brass bangles + wooden bangles – downtown finds | orange polka bangle – gifted | turquoise ring – bangkok find | skull ring and bow ring – downtown finds
mildred zapanta of dred reveries
group photo! we look like we’ve been friends for sooo long ~ like a high school reunion photo.
from left: mike magallanes of toxic disco boy | melai entuna of style and soul | aisa ipac of drowning equilibriums | jeff, a levi’s PR | eden villarba of chic in the tropics | ava of artsy fartsy ava | sarah tirona of ms. eggplant’s chronicles | vanessa east of the detritus of an earthbound goddess | mildred zapanta of dred reveries
and the winner for the most supportive partner goes to mich! ♥

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our sponsors: how we managed to go to Manila

before i do a post on our quick-dinner-before-leaving with the Manila Bloggers, i’d like to first feature our sponsors and the goodies we received from the event. of course, without these amazing sponsors, the Cebu Fashion Bloggers wouldn’t have been able to travel to Manila. we are eternally grateful. mind you, these are just a few of them as i’ve already tucked away or given away some. that’s how blessed we were.
Bloggers United loot:
Lorys Hair Cream in Duo Chocolate — smells so yummy!
Rio Mints in very cool packaging — i super love them! not only do they taste good, they’re very stylish too.
♥ An Ashley’s lippie in a cupcake — very cute!
♥ A few packs of Kotex Luxe — they’re like style items on their own as the pads are lined in floral prints!
Nivea products — classic and undying staples. 
Accessorize Sunnies — a timeless shape and shade. Very Audrey Hepburn. 

i would also like to especially thank Multiply for partnering with Bloggers United. their new site is just amazing and super easy for shopaholics like me to shop.

here are the links to the rest of our sponsors:
Bloggers United is in partnership with:
Multiply Philippines (
GMA Kapuso Foundation (
Treston International College (

Event is co-presented by:
In cooperation with:
Xend Business Solutions (

Special thanks to:

Online Shop Donors:
Shop Dainty (
F-STOP (Fashion Stop) (

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bloggers united 2: the amazing day that was

last May, as Bloggers United took place, all i can do was hold on to my iPod and check real-time updates of the bloggers who were participating and check their posts days later to continue to stalk even more — i think i drooled a bit too. this December, i drooled but i was there. (yeah baby!) and it was one of the funnest, exhilarating and exhausting yet most memorable event of my year. after months of stalking the fabulous Manila bloggers, i finally got to meet them in person. since it was a one-time event, i took my shyness aside and got the courage to smile at people i don’t personally know and it was just amazing to have met new friends. *crossing fingers* i do hope we’re still invited on the next Bloggers United event. even if we haven’t left Manila, we were all already thinking of what to do the next time. ♥
our space. our label. the CFB representatives. ♥
mildred and i were one of the firsts to arrive. those are our luggages that we almost carried through the long flight of stairs. good thing a kind guy helped us carry them.
our clothes for sale on the table. we didn’t have clothes racks but we had no regrets. people flocked to our booth because ours looked un-intimidating? i don’t know but we’re just glad we sold a lot of items.
the long line of bloggers united attendees…whoot! ♥
the cebu fashion bloggers with the gorgeous bloggers united organizers and founders, Melai and Aisa.
(we should have waited for Ana too)
with my sunshine and most supportive friend — pyangee
wrapping up! all the clothes we had unsold were donated to GMA Kapuso ♥

time for outfit shots!

eden villarba of chic in the tropics
alexa en tan luna of i am alexa
vanessa east of the detritus of an earthbound goddess
moi — looking very sleepy and more haggard without make-up..LOL.
mildred zapanta of dred reveries — she was also my roommate and we had loads of fun! 

my outfit details: tiered black electro-pleated skirt – thrifted (P50!) | studded sheer top – primal rave wholesale | green braided belt – thrifted | black wedges – shoe etiquette | feather necklace – downtown find | bangles – downtown finds + gifted | rings – downtown finds

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Bloggers United 2 x Free Tickets to Giveaway!

Manila’s finest fashion bloggers will leave their laptops at home once again to attend BLOGGERS UNITED BAZAAR (Part 2) on December 3, 2011 at Treston International College, Taguig, this coming holiday season.
It is the second installment of the first-ever Bloggers United: An Interactive Shopping Affair, which was held last May. Due to insistent demand from readers and bloggers alike, Bloggers United( team in partnership with the country’s largest online shopping website, Multiply Philippines ( have gathered Manila’s fashion bloggers to sell their pre-loved but very stylish closet pieces!
This event is the perfect opportunity for both bloggers and their adoring readers to mingle and personally interact with each other. Fun contests and exciting giveaways from sponsors and entertaining performances from bloggers (Walkie Talkies, Reese & Vica) themselves will definitely keep this event from being a dull one.
Some of the notable bloggers attending the event include Divine Lee, Laureen Uy, Kookie Buhain, Lissa Kahayaon, David Guison, Karl Leuterio, Patricia Prieto and Preview Magazine’s own Daryl and Andre Chang.
But because Bloggers United wishes to go beyond the geographic limitations of the archipelago and extend its reach beyond Metro Manila and so for this event, they are flying in some of Cebu’s very own fashion bloggers which include Kryz Uy, Eden Villarba, designer Yves Camingue, Gillian Uang and Mildred Zapanta and a few more. —> The “a few more” includes me! ♥ Yes, I’ll be there and I hope to meet all you lovely readers and bloggers from Manila on that day.
Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the GMA Kapuso Foundation ( for its school building project, a small but significant step to improve the Filipino youth’s access to education.
The organizers behind BLOGGERS UNITED BAZAAR (PART 2) are Ana Gonzales (, Melai Entuna ( and Aisa Ipac (,  a team of blogger friends encouraging camaraderie and sense of “community” among Manila’s (and eventually, the country’s) fashion blogging community through events and productions like this.
This is a one-day-only event that you shouldn’t really miss! It will be in a bigger venue with twice more the number of participating bloggers to meet! This is the perfect shopping day this Christmas because the most affordable and most fashionable clothes, accessories and footwear will be up for grabs. See you!

Bloggers United is in partnership with:
Multiply Philippines (
GMA Kapuso Foundation (
Treston International College (
Event is co-presented by:
When in Manila (
In cooperation with:
Xend Business Solutions (
Special thanks to:
Online Shop Donors:
Shop Dainty (
F-STOP (Fashion Stop) (
Location Details:
Treston International College
University Parkway District, 32nd Street corner C-5 Road 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila Phillipines

Now, here’s a best part — I am giving away 20 entrance tickets to the event to Vanilla Ice Cream readers so I can share the privilege of being part of the event to you too. Getting the free entrance ticket is simple:

♥ Just comment on the post here with your name and e-mail address and/or twitter ID
♥ Follow Multiply on Twitter and Facebook
♥ And of course, follow Bloggers United on Twitter and Facebook

That’s it! The giveaway will end on November 25, 2011 so you have a week to join! Tell your friends, tell your family and I do hope to see you all at the Bloggers United 2 Event!

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BOOM! 2011 x Furious Rose by

when i decided to open up shop, my market in mind was always students and yuppies. i used to draw sketches of outfits when i was young and contrary to what other aspiring designers loved to do, i was already into ready-to-wear clothes. i love couture but i always thought realistic and applicable to the real world is better — it can be worn in many ways and is affordable. 
so when Philip Lapinid of Fashion Toy Gun asked me to sponsor clothes for a small Model Competition for their school, USJR, i couldn’t say no. it offered me an opportunity to expose my brand to students. in perfect timing, my stocks for the 2nd collection of arrived last week so i whipped up 10 outfits and came up with a simple concept. Furious Rose is the name of this collection and it’s an ode to grunge girl style. Furious Rose by will launch on July 1, 2011.
xxx Behind the Scenes xxx
xxx the Models wearing ShopYapi xxx

the first and last model on the photos is Beatrice and she won the competition. she’s obviously statuesque and could have easily beaten the girls but what made her more amazing is her professionalism and humility during the whole process. she never complained, didn’t act vain and when asked to tease her hair for an out-of-bed look, she took the character by heart and spent the next 10 minutes of waiting time, in front of the mirror, disarranging her hair. Congrats Beatrice!
don’t forget to join Vanilla Ice Cream’s giveaway that will be running until July 4, 2011. get a chance to win a green hand bag, a pleated dress and matching turquoise necklace and a graphic swimsuit. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Levi’s Roadwear Party

i have to admit, i used to be what you’d call a ‘party girl’ as you saw in my previous post when i went down memory lane and pulled out photos from way back. right after graduation though, i worked at a call center and wasn’t too privileged to have weekends off. that totally ruined my night life and had to disconnect from my friends. i hated it until i got fixed weekends off and realized that the night life isn’t all that. right when i turned 24, i traded blasting hip-hop or house music for dvd marathons at home and dancing until 3AM with friends to lounging and talking with over dessert.
so the Levi’s Roadwear Party was one of those rare nights that i became that younger version of myself. i couldn’t resist Eden‘s invite even i wanted to because i’ve declined too much of her invitations, including Inquirer’s Fashion Face-off (which i regret), that i owed her this. yeah, it was awkward at first because i didn’t know too many people but after a couple or so of vodka shots, the party became a blast! it was indeed a pleasure meeting Ana Kalaw of the Philippine Star’s Ystyle, Jeff and Christine from Thinline advertising and spending time with other cebu bloggers too — Eden, Nym Wales, Dale Wesley, Yves and Kristin Roa. til’ next time girls! maybe in 2 months when i get over the hangover i got from this night. 

black sheer top –
old-school flare jeans turned boyfriend jeans – levi’s
silver heels –
red studded bag –
layered coin bib necklace – bangkok find
silver cutout cuffs –

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awkward like prom

one of the perks of my job is being able to attend events on billable hours. last saturday, on the sinulog weekend, our company Drawingboard Creative Studios sponsored an event at the CICC featuring Hed Kandi. we created their promotional designs and printed their posters and streamers. it’s been a while since we’ve sponsored an event and it was actually the first time i attended one for our company. 
unfortunately though, the only other perks i can say about that night was having spent it with harry and having been able to wear this outfit. honestly, the event was mediocre to say the least. upon mentioning Hed Kandi, people initially got excited as his music brought us amazing memories and is still continuing to do so. i think the event might not have been well-promoted. the initial hype was there but nearing the event, it lacked the much-needed push for people to attend it. the place itself didn’t have enough spunk that would get the people excited when they arrive at the venue.  the heavy rain may be blamed for the significantly low attendance but certainly not the absence of eye-catching decorations, identifiers upon entering that the event is featuring Hed Kandi or even lights on the photo wall. in three words, the event was ‘awkward like prom’.
oh i didn’t say i didn’t have fun that night though. i did as i do always manage to make the most out of the situation. mimicking the dancers’ moves, getting free beer and eating at what we call ‘the cholesterol center’ with harry, sister and her husband after the event was fun enough for me. 
printed mini-dress – pratunam, bangkok
tulle ruffled shorts (underneath) – props
black studded wedge booties – ebay find
studded bucket bag – parisian, sm dept store
necklaces: round imprinted – gifted from gelie | dogtags – custom-made
silver bangles – carbon finds
skull ring – carbon find

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‘Say What You Want’…by What A Girl Wants

i don’t think i’ve ever made such a tremendous effort to go on a girls’ night out until last weekend. the What A Girl Wants event at Shangri-la’s Cowrie Cove was aptly named ‘Girls’ Night Out’ and my blogger friends and i decided to grace it. WAGW was launching their current collection ‘Say What You Want’ and we had to drive through the craziest rain just to get there. risking the slippery roads was worth it though because the show was definitely a success. i was definitely obsessed with that knitted fringe vest. *wink*

(1) what i wore: vintage green polka dress – thrifted | crocheted sweater – thrifted | nude booties – parisian, sm dept store | bangles and rings – carbon finds | green clutch bag – borrowed from sis
(2) our shoes! i am still head over heels over toni’s black wedge booties…*sigh* eden rocked her lace-up heels too!
(3) with toni of perfumed red shoes and eden of chic in the tropics
(4-5) some of the awesome muses of what a girl wants
(6) the girls behind WAGW — Jacklyn Uy, Krystle Uy, Diane Uy-Ang

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not what i expected part one

turns out, i was super late in posting these as i wasn’t able to get the photos from armand’s camera until the middle of the week. this was during a fashion show / anniversary party we attended for one of our client’s, bong’s wedding essentials and more…lorymer villareal, our good friend and former cebu young designer’s winner and philippines project runway contestant, is currently the in-house designer for the shop. the night was not what i expected not the in the sense that the show didn’t go well or that the designs were unfabulous — because they were and i would love to don the tiered dress for my own wedding (if only i was taller), just that i didn’t expect the night to be an intimate dinner with their clients. it was still fun all the same. 
armand and i also visited oxygen’s model casting call in penthouse just to check the folks there and yes, as you guessed, it was not what we expected too. we expected a fashion show of some sort or an event filled with activities and stuff but when we got there, it was just a party where everyone was awkwardly standing around. we were there for only 5 minutes then we bailed. armand and i ended up having green tea frozen yogurt at coffee cat — a perfect way to end an unexpected night. 

tiered leopard dress – pratunam, bangkok
blue oversized blazer – borrowed from sister
navy blue embellished flats – parisian, sm dept store
grey bag – mongkok, hongkong
bangles – carbon find
rings: fox – platinum mall, bangkok | orange howlite – dane’s giveaway
leaf necklace – carbon find

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