20 October 2014

Forever 21 sets trends at Philippine Fashion Week

FOREVER 21, the Los Angeles-based retail giant known to bring the freshest trends internationally, joins Philippine Fashion Week this October 24 at SMX Convention Center.

Showcasing the brand’s latest collections for women, men, and girls, the show sees the return of Forever 21 to the catwalks of PhFW since the fast fashion brand first heated up the runway in 2011. Taking on the contrasting moods of fun fashion and sophistication, Forever 21 is ready to show the Philippines how to spark up in style this holiday season.

Taking on the contrasting moods of fun fashion and sophistication, Forever 21 is ready to show the Philippines how to spark up in style this holiday season.

What's more, each look you see on the runway will be readily available for your consumption right after the show! Yes, you read that right, a pop-up shop will be set up so the pieces on the runway will be available for purchase right away!

Would you like to go to the Forever 21 show? Check my Instagram as I'm giving away a pair of invites to three lucky winners. ^_~

19 October 2014

The Philippine Literary Festival 2014

On my fourth month with ARC PR, my boss Jenny took me to a meeting with a potential client where she said, "We have to do things that move our hearts." when she was talking about one of her passion projects. That quote has stuck with me since then and has been a constant driving force in my life, and so far I know I'm in the right path. (Incidentally, it is also her birthday today. Happy birthday, Jenny!)

That is the quote that was running in my mind when I asked her and my other boss Celine for a two day-leave from work on October 23 and 24. For what, you ask? For this:

The Philippine Literary Festival 2014
The Philippine Literary Festival is a three-day conference filled with book signings, discussions, and panels about books and literature. Think Comic Con and music festivals, but with books and authors. Huge thanks to National Bookstore for making this possible! The highlight of the three-day event is the Author Spotlight on Amy Tan and Chang-rae Lee on Saturday where they will also sign books. It will be held on October 23 to 25 at Raffles Makati and admission is free! You have to come early though, as they do not offer pre-registration and venue capacities are limited. You may view the full schedule of the different panels and speakers here.

My dilemma is that there are a lot of interesting panels sharing the same time slot that I wish I can divide myself so I can go to all of them! Having a Time-Turner may be a better option, if only it were possible to have one. For example: Poetry Jamming and Pushing the Envelope: Trends in New Philippine Writing share the 9:00 - 10:30 AM slot of October 23 while Speculative Fiction: Why Libraries Must Have Them and Writing Non-Fiction Today are happening on 11 AM to 12 PM. The 1:30 to 3 PM slot is the worst, as I would have to choose among Buqo: Publishing in the New Millennium, The Science of Magazine Covers, and Summit Books: Writing Romance! Why why why must I need to be interested in all three? Why why why must they all be scheduled to happen at the same time?

I guess I have until Wednesday night to decide and figure out the panels I will go to. One thing's for sure, though. I will be at Manix Abrera's Book Launch of his newest silent comics titled 14! As you know, I am a HUGE fan and I can't wait to buy his book and have him sign it!

It is my fervent wish to publish my own work so I'm sure it will do me a lot of good to be there. It would also be a great place to meet people with similar interests and a viable venue to expand my professional network but I'm terribly shy and scared of people so I don't know how that will work. Please cross your fingers for me!

I feel guilty that I will be gone from the office for two days, especially since Friday will be particularly busy as one of our clients has a show for Philippine Fashion Week and the team needs to take care of our guests from the press, but I absolutely, cross my heart hope to die, can't miss this. I will just have to make sure that I take care of all my tasks and responsibilities before I leave the office Wednesday night. Not everyone can say they have bosses that let them do things that feed their soul, so I am really lucky to have bosses who are big proponents of this.

Are you going to The Philippine Literary Festival, too? Which panels are you most excited for?

18 October 2014

75 Years of Batman

It's not a big secret that I am a big BatFan. Not only is he my favorite superhero, he's also one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.

Last week, we had a fun Justice League-themed party to promote Shakey's Power Party Packages (more info about this here on my blog soon), and of course I dressed the part by wearing my favorite Batman top and Batman hat I had customized a couple of years ago. I was called Miss BatGirl lots of times that day. ^_^ After the party, my friends and I went to SM North EDSA and as the escalator to the second floor of The Block went up I was surprised to see a huge exhibit set up there for Batman's 75th Anniversary! I squealed in delight!

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment, and SM Supermalls worked together to bring us this exhibit. There were a lot of posters, toys, and merchandise on display that I almost went crazy because I didn't know where to start looking!

I wish I have more photos, but the toys were put inside a glass case and I was just using my phone so the reflection on the glass didn't make for good visuals.

If only I have Bruce Wayne's money, I would've bought a piece each from all the items available for sale. There were shirts, jackets, toys, and even lunch boxes and tumblers! But I didn't, so I settled in buying just one top instead. Buying P700 worth of merchandise gets you a limited edition 75 years of Batman cap, while P500 worth of purchase gives you a chance to have the Batmobile Experience and see the very first Batmobile Hologram in the Philippines! I didn't want to leave my friends and make them wait for me so I didn't consider that option anymore.

Nevertheless, Batmobile Experience or not, I really love the vintage comics-inspired graphic top that went home with me!

My FriYAY outfit
A closer look at the print
Not gonna lie, I love receiving gifts in the mail. Even more so when they come bearing the Batman logo! These came the other day:

75 years of Batman commemorative cap, shirt, and mug
The print on the back of the shirt and mug bears the various logos The Batman has had through the years
The Batmobile Experience will be in SM North EDSA - The Block Atrium until tomorrow only so make sure to drop by!

Photo lifted from SM North EDSA's Facebook page
For the Caped Crusader's fans who live too far away, don't worry because they will also visit SM BF Paranaque and SM San Lazaro! SM Store and Toy Kingdom will also be having their Batman 75th in-store promos until November 1. ^_~

And now I just want to share some of my favorite Batman loot I have accumulated through the years.

The Forensic Files of Batman by Doug Moench and The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy
I love books, movies, and books about movies so the latter is a sure winner!
A peek at the genius behind The Dark Knight movies
Office supplies don't have to be boring! Superhero paper clips from my friend Chum
A BatGirl Krissy sketch my former officemate Marco made for me
Aaand me and my Batman Waldorf doll from Dolldalita Dollshop
I wish I can say I made it, but no.
The Batman shirt is a gift from my friend Ed.
Among others I also have The Batman Begins book, a Batman LEGO, and another shirt with a slightly smaller Batman logo given to me by my friend Anne. Yes, my friends are total enablers.

Are you a BatFan, too? If not, why not? who's your favorite superhero?

16 October 2014

When all else fails, wear something cute.

You'll never know just how precious five minutes can be, until you've had to press the snooze button on a cold, rainy, dreary morning. Truth.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to stay in bed and not deal with work, or hellish Manila traffic, or any other adult responsibilities? I'm sure you have. Welcome to the daily struggles of a yuppie.

Yesterday I was feeling so sleepy, tired, and grumpy for feeling sleepy and tired that I was on the verge of cursing my alarm clock. I wished I can skip work but I don't have the gall to do that especially when we're all busy planning for various events and press launches for our clients. I'm a functioning twenty-something adult and even though I can't do long division and other complicated math problems in my mind, I do know I should be responsible.

My solution for when days like this strike? I wear something cute.

My "I'm too lazy to go to work so I'll just wear something cute" outfit
Yes, I find motivation from dressing up,

Purple hair + purple lips
JuRo Salon Exclusif hair and Wet 'n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Ravin' Raisin on my lips
... and a killer lipstick,

... and killer heels, of course.

What are your foolproof ways to motivate yourself to face the day? I'd really like to know! Let's trade secrets! ♥

13 October 2014

Review: The Body Shop InstaBlur

At the risk of sounding like a total narcissist, let me confess that I have hundreds of selfies in my old computers' hard drives long before the term 'selfie' was coined. I was a trigger-happy kid who, with the help of my then 5-megapixel digital camera (which was a big deal back in 2006, LOL), enthusiastically took a photo of everything that struck my fancy - including my and my friends' faces and the many different ways we can smile (or grimace, or smirk, or make faces) in a photo, for "documentation purposes." I cringe when I think of it now, but my old Multiply account had albums and albums of myself hamming it up. It helped in a way I guess, because it helped me determine my most flattering angle heh.

These days, I still do it but not as much. I have decided that acceptable situations where a selfie is warranted include: meeting a famous person or a person I idolize, seeing a friend I haven't seen in a long while, taking FotD (Face of the Day) photos while doing makeup reviews, and when I'm feeling particularly cute.

But then, I discovered something that reignited my love for taking selfies. Don't worry, I won't subject you to too much of those. (^_−)

Everything I need for taking a perfect selfie: my iPhone and the new
The Body Shop All-in-One InstaBlur 5-Action Perfector
(Optional: Olloclip Clip Lens) 
The new All-in-One InstaBlur 5-action perfector from The Body Shop promises flawless, photo-perfect looking skin in an instant so you're prepared for every Ready... Blur, Snap! Now you're ready to say, "Don't retouch me, Instablur me." and ditch those photo apps. Feel free to include the #nofilter hashtag on your Instagram snapshots!

InstaBlur is available in one universal shade: a translucent white gel-like formula that becomes transparent once blended.

What's its secret? A unique formula made of mattifying spherical powders with smart-filling properties and moisturizing Vitamin E. InstaBlur controls shine for up to 12 hours, smooths pores, hides blemishes, evens complexion, and extends makeup. It joins the best-selling The Body Shop All-in-One makeup family, providing makeup and skincare solutions in one.

So how do you use it? You can actually either use it alone to smooth out imperfections for a mattified no makeup look, or as a perfecting base after your daily skincare routine and before applying makeup. Personally, I use it after applying my Burt's Bees Daisy White Serum and Belo Essentials SunExpert Face Cover, and before my choice makeup for the day.

My personal favorite though is the InstaBlur with my
Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake in Natural Buff 
How to apply? Just dab and blend. Apply dabs of InstaBlur on your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose. Gently blend in all over face with small circular motions and voila! You're InstaBlurred!

Here's the InstaBlur in action with my favorite powder:

#nofilter #Instablur #NoRetouchTBSPH
Seriously you guys, this is also the makeup look I sported (plus smokey eyes) at two big events we had towards the latter part of last month, and we were so busy that day and our schedules were so tight that I was glad and relieved that I didn't have to retouch my makeup before the event started!

For P1,195 per 25mL tube, The Body Shop InstaBlur is not exactly inexpensive, especially for something used just for prepping the face for makeup. But for someone who considers makeup costing P1,000 upwards as costly~, I would gladly purchase another tube when mine runs out. I mean, I love it a lot more than my Makeup Factory Makeup Base and Ellana Minerals Let's Make It Last Primer!

InstaBlur is now available in all The Body Shop branches nationwide. I suggest dropping by soon so you can try it in-store. You can also take advantage of their huge pre-holiday sale and start shopping for gifts for your girl friends as early as now! You may also visit The Body Shop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Do you like taking selfies? Why do some people call them 'obligatory selfies', anyway? Were they somehow forced to do it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Disclosure: The product was sent to me by The Body Shop but I was not required nor compensated for this review. All opinions are my own. Please see my blog's complete Disclosure Policy here.

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