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 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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SHOPBOP is at it again — yes, they’re giving away $100 to shop the collection of amazing designer finds in the shop. the $100 could be for any one of YOU! ♥
damn, i wish i can join my own giveaway!

for me, SHOPBOP is the ultimate shopping site — it ships everywhere in the world for free and it has a vast collection of just everything a fashionista needs. as i’ve been stocking up on shoes and maxi skirts for the past months, i’m thinking of stocking up on jeans and trousers too. i’m definitely loving the classic and chic options from free people jeans, not to mention the scrumptious floral duds from citizens of humanity. it also won’t hurt to fantasize about yummy pairs from viktor & rolf

so how do you join the giveaway? simple, just follow these 3 easy steps:
♥ check out and tell me what you’d like to buy with your $100
♥ “like” the Vanilla Ice Cream page on facebook
♥ comment leaving your answer to step 1, your Facebook name and e-mail address

for additional entries (optional) and you have to leave another comment for each entry:
 ♥ tweet about the giveaway:
“grab the chance to win $100 from at vanilla ice cream @shopbop @gizellefaye
♥ blog about the giveaway and link back to this post and

the giveaway will run until february 29, 2012 and open to all readers worldwide ♥ ♥ ♥

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bowtie love x blogger’s united 2 ticket winners!

cardigan with polka cutouts – bangkok find | sheer top with bowtie – bangkok find | pleated skirt – thrifted | studded white belt – primal rave wholesale | nude wedge booties – gold dot
chain-linked necklace – gifted by Eden | gunmetal cuffs & rings – downtown finds 

i know i’ve neglected this blog for more than a week now. hey, it’s not my fault. although work got to best of me last week and i ended up working 12 – 14 hours a day, i did intend to blog last weekend. i caught the flu though and was on bed rest til’ today. i got to stay at home on a Monday but it wasn’t fun and games at all. my head seemed like it was going to split and it was throbbing with pain every time i move. i’m all well now after religiously taking pain medication and antibiotics. 
anyway, these photos were taken 2 weekends ago after the ‘meet the parents’ lunch we had at our place. yes, Harry has met my parents and i have met his but this time, both our parents were meeting for the first time. it was tense, awkward and funny the first few minutes but once everyone got to talking, we hardly noticed that almost 3 hours has gone by. ♥ parents who get along well together is just the bestest thing to happen to a wedding-in-the-making! ♥
so the Bloggers United 2 event is in 4 days and i can’t wait for it! i don’t know if i’m prepared enough but i am very much looking forward to meeting other fabulous bloggers and meeting Vanilla Ice Cream’s Manila readers too. so without further adieu, here are the winners of the Bloggers United 2 entrance tickets:

Lilli Elizabeth Abatayo
Audrey Noreen Deza
Rovie Divinagracia
Cez Quijada
Kristina Marie Letada
Kristabel F. Penafuerte
Sumi Go
Banegrace Malate
Grace Siy
Loty Rhae Pascua
Mae Angelie Jinang
Erna De Jesus
Diane Pancho

i’ll e-mail you guys tomorrow (and tweet you too!) see you soon and make sure to drop by our booth! ♥

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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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GIVEAWAY: Shop Yapi & Vanilla Ice Cream Gives Back!

it’s really been a while since i’ve hosted a giveaway here so as a comeback, i’m giving away awesome items (yes! it’s prural) for my blog readers and Facebook followers, locally and internationally. this is also a way to give my gratitude to my 900+ Facebook followers. i started that page to get to know equally awesome people outside my personal circle and i never expected to have such a following there. so for everyone, here’s my way of saying THANK YOU!

general giveaway mechanics:
as this is a giveaway to thank followers
you must be a follower of Vanilla Ice Cream on facebook and/or the blog. ♥
giveaway runs from June 13 – July 4, 2011


Facebook Giveaway: 
A GIGI Pleated Floral Dress with matching INEZ Turquoise and Wood Necklace 
how to join:
♥ must be a Vanilla Ice Cream follower on Facebook
♥ post a statement on your wall tagging @Vanilla Ice Cream. something like: 
“i want to win a Shop Yapi dress and necklace at @Vanilla Ice Cream”
(make sure i can see your entries on the Vanilla Ice Cream Facebook page)

For Blog Followers via Google Connect or Bloglovin’: 
a YEDDA Green Handbag and a 20% Discount Card for
how to join:
♥ must be a follower of the blog via google connect or bloglovin’
♥ leave a comment indicating: your name, e-mail address and blog site where i can contact you and how you followed Vanilla Ice Cream. here’s a sample comment:
name: gizelle faye
e-mail address: gizellefaye(at) /
i follow the blog through Google Connect
extra entries: tweeted about the giveaway [link] and posted the giveaway on my FB wall [link]

extra entries — make sure to give me the link of your entry: 
♥ follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway 
“i want to win a #ShopYapi YEDDA bag by @gizellefaye
♥ like the Vanilla Ice Cream Facebook page and post the giveaway on your wall tagging @Vanilla Ice Cream
“i want to win a #ShopYapi YEDDA bag at @Vanilla Ice Cream”

INTERNATIONAL READERS: A Paige Triangle Swimsuit
how to join:
♥ must be a follower of the blog via google connect or bloglovin’
♥ leave a comment indicating: your name, e-mail address and blog site where i can contact you and how you followed Vanilla Ice Cream. here’s a sample comment:
name: gizelle faye
e-mail address: gizellefaye(at) /
i follow the blog through Google Connect
extra entries: tweeted about the giveaway [link] and posted the giveaway on my FB wall [link]

extra entries — make sure to give me the link of your entry: 
♥ follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway 
“i want to win a #ShopYapi PAIGE swimsuit by @gizellefaye
♥ like the Vanilla Ice Cream Facebook page and post the giveaway on your wall tagging @Vanilla Ice Cream
“i want to win a #ShopYapi PAIGE swimsuit at @Vanilla Ice Cream”

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a new year | giveaway winners!

2010 was such a crazy rollercoaster for me that i sure am glad it’s over. one of the few things i am thankful for though is my family (as always), my friends — old and new and that i have sustained a year with this blog because of all of you lovely readers. ♥ ♥ ♥

my wish for everyone this 2011 is more laughs, more loves, more will to live our lives to the fullest, to follow our dreams and wear our passion.

and without further adieu, i’d like to announce the winners of the 3 awesome giveaways from fashion to figure, shopbop and shabby apple. winners were chosen via

congratulations to all of you!
i am wringing with envy here.LOL. anyway, i have e-mailed each of you and copying in on the point of contacts for each store. please do coordinate with them regarding your prizes. ♥

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Silk Road Line Dresses Giveaway by Shabby Apple ♥ ♥ ♥

when in an outfit dilemma, dresses are my go to outfit savers. dresses help veer away the worry of thinking about pairing outfit items. they’re very easy to wear too and in just 5 mins, by adding on some accessories to go with the dress, applying on a little bit of make-up (blush and lip gloss) and i’m good to go.

Shabby Apple has an amazing line of dresses that range from sleek, ultra femme, chic and casual and it makes me wish so hard that the store is available here too. for Vanilla Ice Cream’s U.S. readers, you all have a chance to win one of the 5 dresses from their Silk Road Line. to enter is very easy (one entry):

♥ follow Vanilla Ice Cream through google connect or bloglovin’
♥ from the five dresses above, which one would you like to win?
 and how would you style it?
♥ leave your name and e-mail address
additional entries:
♥ ‘like’ Vanilla Ice Cream on facebook (one entry)
♥ blog or tweet about the giveaway or post it on your facebook page (one entry)

giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and will run until december 31, 2010

Follow vanilla ice cream’s $100 Giveaway! ♥ ♥ ♥

ever since i wore my first wedge booties, i’ve been hooked. the height and comfort it gives definitely surpasses that of stilettos. a lot of the affordable wedges in stores here are inspired by designer pairs from Jeffrey Campbell, Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth and James, to name a few. for a girl living in a country where designer stores are out of reach, is the best way to grab designer soles without having to fly abroad or stretch her pocket. the online shop sure has all the wedge booties a girl can find, as well as an awesome designer sale. for a more classic approach to booties, their women’s booties section offers a vast selection of such. colder seasons require cold weather boots and has a wide array of these pairs too. the pairs above are just some of the booties i have selected at prices around $100.

and in perfect timing, is offering Vanilla Ice Cream readers a chance to win $100 just in time for Christmas (and of course, my anniversary!). to enter, all you need to do is 2 things (1 entry):

♥ follow Vanilla Ice Cream through Bloglovin’ or Google Connect 
(indicate in your comment where you’re following me)
♥ tell me how you’re going to spend your $100 at
♥ leave your name and e-mail address
additional entries: 
♥ blog about the giveaway (1 entry)
♥ tweet about the giveaway (1 entry)
♥ link the giveaway post in your Facebook profile (1 entry)
(also indicate in your comment, the link where i can find these additional entries)

the giveaway runs until december 31, 2010 and is open to everyone!

good luck everyone! 

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Fashion to Figure Giveaway ♥ ♥ ♥

beauty doesn’t always have to come in size zero. it doesn’t always have to look like a mannequin and in clothes that only models can fit in. i myself am a curvy lady and will never be a stick figure like those beauties on TV. so i am very proud to hold this giveaway from Fashion to Figure. get the chance to win really gorgeous jewelry, full-figured tops and dresses and an amazing pair of plus-sized jeans.

the giveaway is open to U.S. readers only
(fret not my local, asian and european readers; another fab giveaway is up ♥)
how to enter (1 entry):
♥ check out Fashion to Figure — leave a comment on what
your favorite item from the site is; 
♥ include in your comment your pick among the prizes above
♥ leave your name and e-mail address
additional entries (leave another comment for each additional entry):
♥ follow me on google connect or bloglovin‘ (1 entry)
♥ ‘like’ vanilla ice cream’s facebook page (1 entry)

giveaway runs until december 31, 2010.

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on the last 2 days in bangkok, i shopped for…A GIVEAWAY!

before the last heave of the loot i found in bangkok and yes, before the giveaway, a few items for sale:
  • an over-sized bag (just the way i like) made with faux black leather. the insides is lined with black faux leather too so it is very durable. it can carry anything and you can even use it as an overnight bag.
  • a couple of printed shirts with cool animal patches. i found this right on the last shopping day. i bought 3 and had to share the other 2 even when i wanted to keep them all. this is perfect for the casual laid-back days that we all have. (admit it, you do have a shirt + shorts + flats day)

For local readers outside Cebu, standard shipping fee is P150. If you purchase more than 2 items, shipping fee is for free. Payment accepted is through PayPal, Gcash or direct deposit to my BPI account.
For Cebu readers, I can do meet-ups or you can pick the item up at Drawingboard. E-mail me so I can give you my mobile number and the directions to the Drawingboard office.
For international readers, standard shipping fee is $15. Payment is accepted only through PayPal.
now on the shopping loot:
i cannot wait to go back and shop shop SHOP! and finally….
for my 314 followers — for the patience in reading my ramblings and nonsense. for the continued interest in Vanilla Ice Cream. for my new readers and followers. for all of you guys — a giveaway. 
just a gesture of my gratitude for helping me keep this blog alive. here’s how to enter:
  1. you must be a follower of Vanilla Ice Cream (you’re not? follow me on Bloglovin’ or Google Connect now!) — make sure to indicate in your comment where you followed me.
  2. ask me any question (sane questions would be greatly appreciated) or a fashion challenge you’d like me to do
  3. leave your full name and e-mail address (or the link to your own blog)
for additional entries (make sure to leave a comment for each):
        • ‘Like’ the Vanilla Ice Cream’s Facebook page — there’s another giveaway there too!
        • spread the word —- post a link of the giveaway on your own blog
        • tweet about the giveaway! (on twitter of course, where else? LOL)
giveaway is open to local and international readers and the winner will be picked on September 24, 2010. 

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off to the next adventure!

these photos are in continuation with my weekend at my most favorite beach house in Daanbantayan. i think we might have abused the use of this beach house and i’m really thankful for my dad’s friends who have allowed us to use this place whenever available. this is the first time i’ve spent my birthday here and being at such a pivotal point in my life — turning 26, just having resigned and soon to be taking on a new career, it’s only fitting that i be in a place where i can think and just take in the silence because in the next week, i will be diving into a whole different world. more details about my new career next week.  all i can say is that it will involve meeting a lot of new people.
on to what i wore here: i’ve always loved 80’s fashion and i think i can say that the cut-off shoulders are definitely 80’s. i’ve had this for years and have only worn this twice. i usually let go of clothes i have seldom used but i just love the pattern and color of this top. this is of coursed paired with my undying denim shorts and my favorite beach hat.
and by the way, i’d like to announce that the winner of the Cryst Jewelries giveaway is Gessyl of Gessyl Enchanted. Congratulations! I just sent you an e-mail so just reply to that with your contact details. 
To the rest of my fabulous readers, I am nearing 300 followers and you know what that means — another giveaway! This of course will be grander as this will be my birthday blowout to you guys as well. So definitely watch out for that!
striped cut-off top – thrifted
denim shorts – thrifted
beach hat – boracay find
bangles: gun-metal and blue – props | wooden – raw materials store
necklaces: gun-metal imprinted – gifted from gelie | dogtags – custom-made
blue rhinestone bra – bench body
brown sunnies – thrifted at carbon

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Cryst Jewelries Giveaway!

as you all may know, i am the girl who can’t get enough of her accessories and i am so glad to announce that Cryst Jewelries are giving away this beautiful crystal bracelet to one of my lucky readers! the designer, Crystalyn Yason makes amazing jewelry that are intricate and makes for bold statements. Joining the giveaway is easy:
  • Like Cryst Jewelries’ Facebook Page
  • Visit Cryst Jewelries’ Website
  • Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite item in their shop is and your e-mail address so I know how to contact you
Giveaway is OPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL READERS and ends on August 4, 2010 so you have two weeks to join the giveaway. Winner will be picked through Now, here’s a few tidbits about the designer, Crystalyn Yason and Cryst Jewelries:
1) How did Cryst Jewelries start?
In 2001, my mom and I had a small jewelry business, in that business, she taught me some basic techniques on bead stringing and wire working. That was the first time when I had a relationship with beading. The business lasted for almost a year.
Then, several years after when I got married, me and my husband temporarily moved to the US since his work was based there, because my visa does not allow me to work in the US, I always stayed at home and had a lot of free time, so I have a lot of time to think, and by that time I always felt that I should be doing something in terms of jewelry design and making. Then one day while we were in a book store, I found some books detailing bead weaving techniques, and while browsing through the pages, I became excited in learning these beading weaving techniques that I’ve never seen before. And from that point on, I knew that I found the best form of expression and creativity for myself.
2) What is your design aesthetic?
I mainly focus on designing and creating elegant jewelries with emphasis on detail and color combination. My design inspirations come from the beauty of nature, the beads themselves,
and the places I had visited.
3) Currently, what is your personal favorite in your collection?
My favorite is my “Abstract on Beach” piece ( because it personally reminds me of the place where I said “Yes” to my suitor (to become my boyfriend)… which several years later became husband. And thus, I created a piece inspired by the ocean.

Thanks for your time and your help!

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