Friday, March 28, 2014

Ready for the sun with Belo Essentials Sun Expert!

"A sunblock a day keeps the wrinkles away" says Dra. Vicki Belo.
Beauty experts like her, advocate the daily use of sunblock which helps protect skin from the sun's harmful rays. These harmful rays cause free radicals to form in our skin and these are responsible for cellular damage. Our bodies naturally have collagen and this is what keeps skin soft and supple while we're young. As we get older, the collagen supply gets lower and this can get aggravated by the free radicals caused by sun damage. 

The Belo Essentials SunExpert line makes sure every inch of your body is covered! SPF60 for the body, SPF40 for the face and an SPF50 non-sticky mist for those hard to reach places.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wedding Blog: Alvin and Kat @ Hacienda Isabella, Tagaytay

I met Alvin and Kat just two weeks before their wedding. Thankfully, I've worked with their coordinator Agnes Odulio (Empire Weddings) so I knew I'd be in good hands. The ceremony was held at Caleruega and the garden reception at Hacienda Isabella.

Hacienda Isabella is undoubtedly a beautiful place. The architecture is superb. The patio, the sprawling lawn and the delicious sound of rustling leaves made me feel like Mary Lennox discovering the Secret Garden at Misselthwaite Manor.

If these areas look familiar to you, you've probably seen them as the backdrop of locally produced dramas. This is owned by Kuh Ledesma by the way.

Do these pictures convince you enough to hold your wedding here? Be warned--it's quite a long trip from the Tagaytay town proper. Should you wish to visit the place, you may contact them through their website to set an appointment as they do not accept walk-in visitors. Equip yourself with a map and take note of the landmarks as it can get quite confusing.

PARKING: ★★★★★ There's lots of space to park
VENUE: ★★★★★ Take lots of photos! Your guests will be happily amused by the gardens and interesting house interiors. Since I was early, I was able to take a lot of shots of the home interiors, the lawn, the garden and the reception tent.
AMBIANCE: ★★★★★ Very serene
RESTROOMS: ★★★★★ Clean, tissues are well-stocked, there is always an attendant on stand-by, they have clean, flowing water and lovely lavender-scented soap for washing. :-)
COCKTAIL AREA FOR GUESTS: ★★★★★ Like I said, your guests won't run out of corners for selfies and photo-ops. Even the kids seemed to have fun running around. :-)

ACCOMMODATIONS: ★★★★★ They have 19 villas with rooms that can fit families or friends staying over. Wedding preps can be done here. From what I know, the wedding package includes accommodations for the bride and groom. RATES: Php 150,000+ (+12% VAT, Venue only); P2,200/head
MUSICIANS: ★ Manila String Machine
CATERER: ★★★★★ K by Cunanan Catering
ONSITE VIDEO: ★★★★ For You Are Mine
PRENUP and ONSITE PHOTOS: ★★★★ Art Alera

Wedding Blog: Mitch and Ivy Tie the Knot (Finally!)

Ivy got in touch with me around 2 years ago. She was freshly engaged and was so thrilled to be planning her wedding. I tell her she's my DIY Queen--she's been very hands on with her wedding!

Mitch works in Singapore but whenever he comes home, he and Ivy work on the wedding details together. W@Wies and those from Femalenetwork may be familiar with her blog The Chinay Tourister, where she's been delightfully sharing her journey to becoming Mrs. Toledo.

Ceremony: San Agustin Church 
Reception: Diamond Hotel Manila 
OTD Coordinator: Events Simplified 
Emcees: DJ Ingrid and DJ Chloe 
Candy Buffet: Bonbon Taffy 
Event Stylist: Flower Power 
Photo: Manny and April Photography 
Video: Aisle 1401

See the big letters? Their logo? Ivy and Mitch worked on those.
Snaps from the registration table

Guests had fun filling out the Real Wedding of the Century guestbook

Candy buffet by Bonbon Taffy
My radio partner Chloe and I, hosted the wedding

Event styling by Flower Power

Ivy loves pink. Okay? :-p

The hosts with the newly-weds

My 2012 couple, Architects Manny and April who are now big time
wedding photographers. :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Colour Collection and Sample Room Team Up for Hot Hues

Ah, Sample Room--you never run out of amazing products to road test! It's been almost a year since I signed up and just like other members, I enjoy trying products at the comfort of my own home, at my own pace.

While product testers are available in physical stores and we're able to take a whiff or swipe of them, there's a difference in observing how certain products or ingredients react to one's skin and hair.

March 1 was a big day for both Sample Room and Colour Collection, as they partnered for the official launch of the new summer-ready Ultimate Wear lipstick shades: Headturner, a show-stopping pink color that packs a punch; Temptress, an irresistibly sexy deep red shade that attracts romance; Queen Bee, a bright red shade that spells power; Bellissima, a lively coral shade that brightens your smile; and Angelic, a soft rosy nude color for everyday wear.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Next Iron Chef Winner Geoffrey Zakarian will be in Manila for the Feast of Colours

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, world class chef, restaurateur, and winner of season 4 the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, one of the most globally recognized, prestigious, and enduring cooking shows to ever air, will be in Manila for a one of a kind event on March 20.

Filipino fans of the hugely successful Iron Chef series can finally get a taste of the succulent dishes the iron chefs prepare on the show.
On March 20, 2014, Cignal and Colours presents Feast of Colours, a dinner gala starring Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for the benefit of Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). Enjoy an unforgettable 5-course dinner while being serenaded by world-class talents Isay Alvarez, Robert Sena and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Feast of Colours dinner gala tickets are now available online. Buy your tickets now at or at any Ticketnet outlet. For inquiries, please call 911-5555

Seascapes and Floral Prints: Freeway Releases 2014 Swimwear Line

When I wake up every morning and feel the intense morning sunlight streaming through my window, there’s no denying—SUMMER IS HERE.

It’s time to schedule that much-awaited trip to the beach, where you can enjoy sipping cold fruity refreshments and listening to chill music as you lounge on your beach mat. If Olaf could read this, I bet he’d be so jealous (cue in “In Summer” by Olaf from the Frozen soundtrack). 

I just spent an entire day with our Uber Boss and the Mellow crew at Tali Beach for our annual summer outing. 

I wish I found out about Freeway’s Summer Seascapes and Floral Prints collection before I went a-packing. Well, there’s still the Summer Siren Festival in April to look forward to. :-)

Freeway Summer Solid Bikini Top (with bottom) P1195
paired with Boyleg Bottom with Next Nature print (with top)   P1395

Freeway's Summer Swimwear 2014 Collection boasts of its own Original Prints to complement the hotter months as they come in shades of cool green and blue. The original designs come in 3 tropical prints: seascape, green flora and multi-colored stripes perfectly creating a refreshing aura.

Freeway 2-piece Swimwear with Seascape Print

Freeway Monokini with Seascape print P1395
Think: nature and seascapes strategically placed on one-piece maillots, bikinis, bandeau and tankinis. There is no limit to your summer style as you can mix and match the pieces.

Freeway Monokini with Next Nature Print    P1395
Visit to view the entire collection or to shop online, it’s easy and reliable! Connect with Freeway thru Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @FreewayOnline.


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