Sandara Park in Manila for Penshoppe

31 March 2016

Sometimes I wonder why I work in PR. Anxiety, self-doubt, and the temptation to just (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ set in whenever I get stressed more stressed than usual, and that happens a lot. But then the adrenaline rush I get during brand immersions, pre-production, the event itself, and after the event makes it all worth it.

In my more than three years in the industry, this specific project gave me a lot of firsts (and a special high).

Penshoppe and I go a looong way back that the brand immersion was like a trip down fashion memory lane for me. That paperboy cap Mandy Moore wore in old Penshoppe paper bags. My Don't Make Me Blog You shirt. The jeans I compared with finding love. The re-launch of their SM North EDSA store. Kariton Klasrum with Golden ABC. Meeting Mario Maurer. That iconic varsity jacket. My favorite maxi dress. I've always been a fan of the brand and it feels awesome to now be working with them.

Now, we're their partner agency for Sandara Park's visit here in Manila!

How I spent my Holy Week break

27 March 2016

In one hand the Holy Week break felt long and it's like I was able to rest well and do a lot, but on the other hand I feel like I wish I could extend it so I could rest more and do more. 

I wasn't even able to edit my manuscript like I originally intended to, you guys.

But still, I was able to sleep in, make progress on the book I'm currently reading (it's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), reconnect with old friends I haven't seen in a long while via good ol' Messenger and Viber, spend time with my cousins, watch Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and take a LOT of naps.

Easter mornings are for camping in.

{2016} Currently Vol. 12

22 March 2016

What a busy week last week had been! I'm also guessing, based on the number of events our PR agency is slated to have, that April is also going to be CRAZY. Wish me luck!

Friday was a rare night out for me and my boyfriend when we attended Philippine Airlines' Bloggers' Night in time for their 75th anniversary. We didn't win the raffle but we had a lot of fun seeing old and new friends and hearing Bamboo sing live.

Mojitos from Revel at The Palace
A more comprehensive post will come as soon as I'm done with my truck-load of backlogs.

Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice

16 March 2016

Lipstick can't solve all problems, but it's a pretty good start. Really, never underestimate the power of the perfect tube of lipstick to lift your spirits up. I've lost count of how many lipsticks I already have in my stash but because I have the EQ of a pillow, I can't stop myself from reaching into my wallet whenever I see a new color that catches my fancy.

I've grown a bit wiser, though. I now check reviews before I part with my hard-earned money. When I checked reviews for this product, I only saw positive ones so I proceeded with my purchase, and since I've been using it for about three weeks now I am ready to add my personal thoughts into the mix of reviews available online for other discerning lipstick-lovers like me.

Spoiler alert: I loved it.

This is a review of the new Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice.

What? Another nude lipstick?

Oh, but this isn't like any other regular nude lipsticks, my friend.

Why the last Closeup Forever Summer will be the best one yet

15 March 2016

Closeup Forever Summer has given us some of our most unforgettable music memories, with acts Alesso, Angus & Julia Stone, and Martin Garrix as headliners. On its third consecutive year, Closeup Forever Summer is ending their amazing run on the biggest possible way yet!

This year, Closeup Forever Summer will take you to a neon oasis in the tropical desert. Lights, colors, installations taking in grand geometric shapes towering above and sprawling before you will send your head into a spin. If the music doesn’t get to you first.

{2016} Currently Vol. 11

14 March 2016

Growing up with an encouraging family and gobbling up a lot of self-help books and articles made me believe I can do every thing I set my mind and heart to. Apparently, that is not always the case.

Last Saturday, I tried to scale the 44-foot climbing wall in Market! Market! and failed. Miserably.

The last time I tried wall-climbing was 12 years ago at the Momarco Camp in Tanay, Rizal for our CAT training. I failed then because of sheer exhaustion; we hiked all morning and my arms and legs simply couldn't go on. This time around, I felt I could make it easily, had I not made the terrible mistake of looking down. I saw how high up I was and my legs turned to jelly. My heart started pounding loudly and the music booming around the mall coming from the people doing Zumba in the Activity Area five levels down didn't help either. I couldn't shake it off and had to give up.

The same thing happened to me when I tried AntiGravity Yoga. My fear was bigger than my will and I couldn't shut its nasty voice off. And so now I wasn't able to tick it off my List, and it sucks.

Dove Deo encourages women to Go Shave

13 March 2016

In an ideal world, I would only grow hair whenever and wherever I want them to. How awesome would it be if I can dye my hair and not worry about regrowth a couple of weeks later, yes? The same applies to body hair. 

Why go hair-free, anyway? It's personal preference, and I just feel better about myself when I know I can wear sleeveless tops and dresses without worrying about unwanted hair nor dark underarms.

Waxing sessions cost money and time, depilatory creams are too much of a hassle, and I just don't have the budget to spare for laser hair removal right now. When I am pressed for time, I rely on good ol' shaving to keep my underarms and legs hair-free. Quick, painless, and convenient. But did you know that when you shave, 1/3 of what you shave off is skin? Yikes! Along with your hair, shaving takes away the top-most layer of your skin, leaving it raw, sensitive, and prone to further damage. With continued subjection to stress, the skin is unable to heal itself and becomes bumpy, dry, and dark. That is the reason why beauty articles encourage against shaving.

When I received a special package from Dove care of my Sample Room family, I was pleasantly surprised at their new tagline that says Go Shave! Let's see what we have here.

My Dove kit contains Dove Deo Original in roll-on, stick, and aerosol forms, and a razor. How thoughtful!

{2016} Currently Vol. 10

07 March 2016

I am turning 30 in 30 days.

Holy sheet of paper.


I had a brief moment of panic yesterday when I realized that my birthday is fast approaching, but I calmed down when I reminded myself that worrying is futile and that whether I was willing to welcome it with open arms or not, my birthday is still going to come.

So I'm just going to slap on some sunscreen and be the best 29-going-on-30 Krissy that I can be!

Oh to be thirty, flirty, and thriving. That's the dream.

Here is this week's Currently!

Summer-ready with Penshoppe and Lucky Blue Smith

04 March 2016

Goodbye, chilly mornings and early sunsets. Hello, sunshine and sundresses!

Summer is here, and global clothing brand Penshoppe launched its Spring/ Summer 2016 collection with a splash (as it rightfully should because, hello, new endorser!)