Slit + Buckled Boots + Kwentos

31.5.14


Before the kwentos... here's my outfit for the Blue Water Day Spa event, on a day na bumabipolar na ang weather na imbis matuwa ka na rainy days are ahead na, magtataka ka kung bakit ang kulimlim na nga pero ang INIT padin! :p 

Thus, I decided to wear presko but still rain-ready ensemble:





T-Shirt - Aeropostale USA | Skirt - Crazy About Maxi | Buckled Booties - Topshop | Photos - Yuki


Segue lang at mag bigay galang sa aking pilik-mata, haha! Thank you to Princess Hazel Spa & Salon for my eyelash extensions! Ok to para sa mga tiis ganda na tamad na mag ayos lalo na kung diredirecho ang lakad for a week! May kilala ako nagpa extensions nung mag bebeach trip, para hindi na kailangan mag mamascara pa pag asa Boracay, tipong pag mulat mo palang sa umaga, "good morning!" :p Iwas maroon eyes pa! ;)




Anyway, what kept me on my toes for the past days are two things: first is my Supersale Bazaar participation, with all the preparations and earlier's draining ingress (hindi talaga ako mabait pag ingress, haha!). And then there's the fashion week, also held in SMX or MOA--so I had no excuse to decline an invitation (kasi andun nako, haha)

Anyway, small talks with several people for the past 2 days often lead to fashion week kwentos, and kung bakit ang "tahimik" ng season nato. We noticed that there are fewer shows (compared to the past seasons) and fewer (giddy) attendees. Even my "style hunter" friend (for her work) ranted yesterday na wala na daw sha mapicturean nung first day at ang konti ng tao! :p It was more of na-sad ako rather than jinudge ko the whole event cause, sayang, I love fashion weeks! Sarah and I even looked back on the days na when we all went together via Paul's car to faraway SMX, braving the traffic, and cladded in our fancy (at that time, haha) ensemble, with the highest of heels (or heel-less, to some, circa 2012, lol). Then we also go home together, have late dinner in Yellow Cab, while comparing shows, trends, or just to catch up. Ngayon, even my friends don't attend na (sabi nga ni Sarah "Philippine Fashion Day" lang daw sha, haha!). I actually found myself watching the one and only show last night by myself! I sincerely hope that the local fashion scene and this "Olympics of Fashion" will pick up again on the next season... And gain that "elite vibe" back. Or maybe it's still there, but there's just no audience to witness it.

Let's see later...




PhFW Holiday 2014: SM Woman

30.5.14


SM Woman is my first show for this season's Philippine Fashion Week. Bringing together the collection of different women's fashion labels under The SM Store, SM Woman is definitely the go-to brand for most women looking for everyday fashion ...without breaking the bank.

Teresa Herrera introduced the SM Woman Collection during the VIP preview earlier:

"SM Woman" is a new label, formerly called the SM Ladies Fashion. It was introduced earlier to the VIP and press through the launch of its premier collection, highlighting trends but at the same time featuring clothes that you'll wear over and over again.


Hi Krissy! My hardworking friend from ARC PR, handling the event earlier. Congrats on the show's success!

With my PhFW Day 1 buddy, the beautiful Sarah Tirona, hehe!

Here's a summary of the pieces showcased in earlier's show:

Neoprene. Capture effortless luxe with lightweight style and uplifting breathability. Mid-length dresses provide a clean minimalist vibe evoking a strong look with a premium feel.

New Age Digital.  These are prints that jump from techie tablets to the runways - randomly positioned geometric shapes juxtaposed with spliced patterns create a riveting montage for a variety of occasions.

Windowpane Checks. Timeless black and white goes geometric with graphic simplicity. 

Artistic Floral. Hand-drawn floral patterns emphasize illustrative techniques in appealing painterly blooms, artful splashes of color and life bring a vibrant look to party wear with elegant flair.

Industrial Graphics. Swirled marble and granite, grayscale graphics, scratchy patterning, and disrupted checks highlight new ways to celebrate industrial style.

Resort. From beach to cabana and beyond, resort rules with feminine watercolor prints on light chiffon, and tropical and abstract patterns on robes and loose harem pants.

Personal favorites? Mine is the Digital New Age! I also love the flute dress (second from left), but the skirt version can be styled and worn in different ways, thus more practical to buy! The best part is that most of the items are below Php1000 only. Basic pieces like the white or black dressy tops (available in short sleeves and sleeveless) are must-have versatile pieces. I love that the material and the quality looks great too!



Congrats SM Woman on your new releases! Excited to visit The SM Store, and hoard. ;)

Follow @smwoman for more info and updates!

Midnight Cravings: Pizza...

29.5.14


Here's how even celebs express their love for pizza:

Aaron Paul, Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad, when the pizza guy arrives. :p

Brad having an affair with his slice:

Pizza box agawan during the Oscars 2014 (was this before this "selfie"? ;p). Love the serious business look, Ellen!

And my favorite, pizzzaaa... As described fittingly by Marshall Eriksen in How I Met Your Mother (Must-watch, lol, laugh trip!)

A few days ago, my own pizza guy arrived! A beautiful sight of yellow, just in time for my merienda: (nahawa nako kay Marshall, haha)

That's Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tortilla Chips, Hot Wings, and the star of this set, the new ...

... Yellow Cab BEEFY BOB - the marriage of steak and pizza. A delight in every bite of thinly sliced sirloin beef, tasty hungarian sausage, button mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, and a blend of wonderful cheeses like cheese jalapeno sauce, mozzarella, and romano. :p I do! Lol.

Beefy Bob Yellow Cab Pizza is available until June 30 only! 
Regular 10" at P410, Large 14" at P650, and New Yorker 18" at P900. 

I want to dial 7899999 na, but most probably tiis muna till tomorrow (haha). 
Follow @yellowcabpizza for more updates! :) Good night, sweet dreams! ;p

BlueWater Day Spa: Lifestyle Redefined

28.5.14


The word ‘lifestyle’ is usually associated with luxury or having wealth.  Through this campaign, we are changing its definition to encompass a broader idea. Lifestyle is about the choices you make every single day of your life,” says Nancy Go, Operations Manager of BlueWater Day Spa.


I recently went to the Blue Water Day Spa new campaign launch at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas and found out a lot of interesting things about it--one of which is its one-of-a-kind offering of a Spa Theater! :D Hope to one day try this with the gang:


I also met Blue Water Day Spa's growing roster of celebrity endorsers: Adding to their long-time endorser Iya Villania are Aljur Abrenica, Ian Batherson,Mikaela Lagdameo- Martinez, Fabio Ide, Kim Suiza and the Semerad Twins, Anthony and David. 


Hunks Aljur and Ian go to the spa for their soothing massage and pampering treatments. While model and mom of two Mikaela Lagdameo goes to Blue Water Day Spa for the Revita Firm and Revita Shape treatments. Day Spa also launched two (2) new massages with international origins: Eman Massage and the Brazilian Hand and Foot Massage which will be available exclusively at their branches.  Definitely a must-try!


Additional Brand Ambassadors who also graced the event are: Wyn Marquez, Ervic Vijandre, LA Aguinaldo, Pia Wurtzbach, Mariel De Leon and Jovic Susim. 

Since it opened its door in 2005, BlueWater Day Spa is in the forefront of redefining lifestyles in the field of both beauty and wellness.  With a wide array of services to choose from, BlueWater Day Spa offers hotel-like quality treatments ...at reasonable prices.

Visit BlueWater Day Spa:
Ortigas-Greenhills (7278420), Makati (8173126), Capitol Hills (9524829), Eastwood City (9151247), Tomas Morato (4865584), Cotabato City (09276031084) and Naga City (09177391822). 

One-Stop Salon and Spa in Quezon Avenue +GIVEAWAY - CLOSED-

Edited: Congrats to the winners!
Kate Mira
Arianne Rose Agustin
Jenina Martin
Paula Romana Alagao
Maria Corazon Letada
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Question, do you also set a day for all your personal care and makeover? 

For me, once a month, I set at least one full day for all my "kaartehan". I make sure to have my appointments, on a weekday (para wala mashadong tao sa mall), for my facial, UA laser, and eyebrow threading in three different salons. It's fascinating (ok, big word! Lol) to discover a one-stop-shop for all these girly needs. For the northerners, here's my newly discovered place for your next pamper / makeover day.

Welcome to Princess Hazel Salon and Spa:

Nagaantay na ang prinsesa, hehe! I was super excited although don't know what to expect for a 3-month-old salon. But they had me with their impressive interiors!

The golden couch by the entrance, with hair accessories and other merchandise you can avail in this salon:

We often use "hole in the wall' for food discoveries, but I guess I can also call this beautiful spa and salon along Quezon Avenue as such. With beautiful royalty-inspired interiors, you'll love to have your haircut or mani-pedi in this "selfie-worthy" sanctuary:




Grand "thrones" for those availing the nail-care services:



Crowns here and there! :)


Also in the first floor of Princess Hazel Salon and Spa is a nice, studio-like, separate section for anything hair-related, like hair cut, hair color, treatment, etc.





At the second floor of Princess Hazel Salon and Spa, you will first see these curtained section, for massage or body scrub:


Also at the second floor are the small private rooms for services like RF, waxing, and eyelash extensions:

So I tried 3 different services during my visit: eyelash extensions, eyebrow threading and shaping, and RF (for arms and tummy). My attendants Alice, Melba, Ruby and Alma all did a great job, and it's nice to think that for every service that they offer, they also have different experts trained for the job, and who will get things perfectly done for you. 

This is where I had my eyelash extensions and eyebrow threading:

Checked the arch of my threaded kilay with this cute Victorian mirror!

A "before' photo of my unruly (napabayaang) eyebrows and my non-existent eyelashes!

AFTER: Just the perfect arch, and not too manipis! I love that Ate Ruby knows what she's doing.. We even had a conversation on kilays (my favorite beauty topic, hehe).
Eyelash Extension @ P1000, Eyebrow Threading @ P250.

They also made me try RF, or Radio Frequency, for the tummy and arms. For just 15 minutes per arm, and 30 minutes sa tummy, there were significant changes in the measurements (around an inch max). The best part is that they also recommended a total change of lifestyle for those who will make RF a regular "thing". Parang to enhance lang ito, but of course dapat padin sabayan ng diet and exercise.
Radio Frequency (RF) - P1500 / part. I think they have an ongoing 50% off promo for this!

What I love most with Princess Hazel Salong and Spa is that along with their quality service, the place is a real eye candy, a treat in itself. You can also enjoy privacy here, as the place is not the typical salon inside crowded malls. If you also want a sparty with your barkada (minus the crowd), this themed salon is the perfect venue!

A big thank you to Hazel for welcoming me to your palace!


Now it's YOUR turn to try Princess Hazel's services! Giving away FIVE sets of hair cut and foot spa gift cards (2 each, so you can bring a friend or your mom!). 

So that's TWO hair cut and TWO foot spa GCs for each winner! :)

TO JOIN:
1) Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @anagon.
2) Follow Princess Hazel Salon and Spa on Facebook and Instagram @ilovehairph.
3) Tweet: Win hair cut and foot spa GCs here: http://www.anagonzales.com/2014/05/princesshazel.html @anagon
4) Comment below with your name, email, and link of your tweet.

 Will draw the winners on June 14, good luck! :)


Complete services and price list:

Princess Hazel Salon
Unit 203 Pacific Century Tower
1472-1476 Quezon Avenue Barangay South Triangle, QC
09165595222 | (02)2945819

How to Commute to Pacific Century Tower: Take the MRT Line 3 to Quezon Avenue station. Ride the jeepney along Quezon Avenue, going to Quiapo. The Pacific Century Tower is just along Quezon Avenue (left side--so tatawid pa) next to National Bookstore, Crossings Department Store, and BPI. It's the building with Pink Guava cafe.

Anagon