I think it's cool that the fashion/lifestyle blogging world here in the country is growing. As I've said in my friends' thread in Face Book, my big wish now is to establish this little online space of mine so I get to be called a "Blogger" -- with the capital B--just like the ones who get invited in openings and events along with other Bloggers and media groups, etcetera...just like a real journalist! :)
As said in former post, I joined Raleene Cabrera's mini-contest and was chosen as her "reader" to tag along with her for the Robinson's Midtown's The Great Fashion Finds event with other fashion and lifestyle bloggers last Sunday. :) I learned just now that it was organized by Robinsons' Jeff Siy--Mr. Boy Kuripot himself! ;p I am a follower, and even joined the contests before! Haha!
I was super excited since this was my first time to attend a bloggers gathering (although, as a reader, for now. hehe. ;))...Plus, to finally be able to meet the other www-stars and the cool Raleene! :D
PERK #1: FREE LUNCH
Like a real press event, they served us lunch before the activity. We ate at the KKK restaurant, and they made us order whatever we want! :) Raleene and I shared the Sisig Vegetarian (tofu) and the Adobong Kangkong. I think it's cool to have a vegetarian company once in a while. I am so used to finishing up a whole order (or two, because I love variety haha) by myself! ;p
Was also able to talk with other bloggers during the meal: Tin Iglesias whom I just had a rings-transaction with!, Bestie who even asked me why I don't have a reader with me (ok, I'm flattered haha!), and the dearest Pax and Melai: The tandem that never fails to make me laugh! :)
PERK #2: FREE SHOPPING
This is the ultimate highlight of the day! :) We were given GCs (even us readers!) for Robinsons Department Store and selected brands. Also, we had a mini by-pair contest where they made us choose 5 brands in their list that we can explore for great finds, take photos and post in their Face Book page. We picked Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Accessorize, and their department store.
Here are some of our "shopping photos", most of them I got from Raleene (those with watermarks ;)):
Ral got this pair of shorts with her GC! :)
I really love the eyelet dress :) Ral chose this brown jacket! I was challenged with Styling101 ;p
When I wore this without the belt, Raleene told me that the length was too long (O-oh for Ms. Conservative Me, haha)...And although my FAT-a are exposed in this picture, I actually like this! :)
Gorgeous as always! :)
Dorothy Perkins is THE shop for meee! I'm usually afraid to go inside stores if I wouldn't really buy anything (haha sorry naman), but our event passes made me roam around the racks freely...and fit whatever I want without getting "the looks" from the sales ladies. :D
I can't get enough of love hahaha
My outfit post, pwede na to, haha! ;p
I was eye-ing that gold big bag in the middle, but my kuripot-mode overtook the shopaholic in me that day. Why do I get so thrifty when the budget is there, and why am I so magastos when I don't have money? ;p Haha!
PERKS #3: A COMFY LOUNGE
After the "shopping" and photo-shooting part, we headed on our station to make a collage output. It's cool that they have free Wi-Fi! :)
Raleene did her magic ...while I munched on our snacks from Friday's! :)
Rings galore! :)
My thought balloon: "Amazing!"
Didn't catch her post-processing techniques, I am too tech-challenged to get it. Haha!
PERK #4: SURE WIN RAFFLE
Since there's only a few of us in the group, I was sure to get even a minor prize when they announced a raffle! :) It was just our lucky day that we got to bring home to biggest prizes: Raleene won the Sun Wireless Broadband, and I got more GCs! :D
PERK #5: MEETING OTHER BLOGGERS
I guess this cheesy perk tops everything else! ;) Haha! I love it that I was able to meet people I only see online! :) Not only to get "connected" with these people, but I think it's also cool to hear their voices and actually see them "live"--and discover that they're as fashionable and witty as their online selves. ;)
There's cutie Tin, my seatmate during lunch, and the one who won the mini-contest! :-)
I am so happy to see you both again after the bazaar! ;)
More hangouts, ok? :)
[photo from pax]
Fellow Kulasa and Thomasian! :)) Maybe that's why I am so comfy with you! :)
And! Of course, my Blogger, Raleene! :) Thank you again for inviting meee! I had so much fun! :)
Thanks Robinsons Malls for organizing this event!
I hope this isn't the last! :) Till next bloggers' events! :)