25 May 2010


You see this really nice belt at the store then you ask for your size only to know that it is the last stock. Belt is too long? Think twice before giving it up. Trending now is knotting your belt as shown step by step in the photos above.

Oopsss..this can only be applied with thin belts.

23 May 2010


If a woman could choose only one accessory, pearls would be my preference.

Pearl is a concrete representation of classic sophistication and timeless elegance. Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana are style icons who got it right every single time they wear those pearls. Pearls can be natural or cultured. Most of the pearls circulating in the market are cultured while natural are very rare. In roman mythology, it is believed that pearls are tears of Venus, the goddess of love. This explains why some moms don't want their daughter to wear pearls for the belief that they will be in despair in love. If diamond is called King of Gems, Pearl is regarded as the Queenly Gem.

Pearls have always been in fashion and women of all ages can wear it. Depending on the type of pear and color, there are various pearl styles suitable for the very young, those enjoying their golden years, and almost everyone else in the middle may it be brooch, necklace, choker, rings, bracelet and earrings. It goes with a variety of outfit from casual day wear to formal evening wear.

Gracing my neckline on the first photo above are freshwater pearls and my earrings are mikimoto pearls both purchased from the Philippines. Philippines is called the Pearl of the Orient Sea and this could both apply figuratively and literally. The waters around Philippine archipelago is very conducive to pearl culture that is why some southwestern provinces have thriving pearl farms, Palawan having the most number. Freshwater pearl has the property of innate durability, which naturally resists chipping, degeneration, and wear. Mikimoto pearl is cheaper than southsea pearls but cost several fold compared to freshwater pearl. Tourists coming to the Philippines should not miss out buying pearl jewelries as they are really cheap there.

When asked how to check if the jewelry is authentic pearl or plastic, light a matchstick and try to burn the piece. If it smells like plastic or melt, then no doubt, it's not authentic pearl. Real pearls cannot be burned. They might be slightly deformed but the luster remains. Also, you can try rubbing two pearls together. A genuine pearl would turn powdery on the outside but once you rub the powder off, it will return to its lustrous shine. A plastic counterpart would simply rub off its color. Another tip is that the genuine colors of freshwater pearls can only be white, grayish-black, peach, tangerine or lilac. Red, blue, green and other colors are dyed products.

Pearls..I just can't live without them..

21 May 2010

World Cup 2010 Mascot

Meet Zakumi the official mascot of World Cup 2010 South Africa. Zakumi is a leopard, a common animal found in South Africa, with green hair wearing a shirt saying South Africa 2010. Zakumi's green and gold colors represents South African national sports' teams colors. His name comes from "ZA", the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for South Africa, and "kumi", a word that means "ten" in various African languages.

Color resembles the color of Brazil's national flag and national football team's official jerseys. Is this a sign that Brazil will bring home the bacon this year? If so that would mean another national celebration as big as the carnival. Wow! That's pretty exciting!

20 May 2010

Steal the Spotlight with RED LIPSTICK

Red lipstick is a color so sexy and so controversial. For some it is a symbol of prostitution and sex trafficking while others consider it a beauty fun. For me, scarlet hue is equivalent to sophistication. Steal the spotlight and glam up simple wardrobe with red lipstick following these simple rules.

Rule No. 1: Skintone. The paler the skin, the bigger the pop. Go light on the eyes and the blush, otherwise you’ll risk looking like a clown. Skip eyeliner and go only for mascara (black for brunettes, brown for blondes and redheads), making sure to apply to bottom lashes (it opens up your eyes). Dust face with powder and cheeks with a soft blush.

Rule No. 2: Lip liner & Lip brush. Red lipstick tends to bleed, so fill in lips with lip liner first. Use lip brush in applying lipstick to give you precision.

Rule No. 3: Right color. If your complexion is pink, you'll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base.

Rule No. 4: Say no to red nail polish. We prefer non-red nail polish when you're going red on the lips. A clear polish or light color is cool, and black polish is a trend that shows no sign of going away anytime soon.

Rule No. 5: Blend. If you've bought a red lipstick shade that's too bright, dark or whatever, don't throw it away. Instead, experiment with other lipstick shades you have on hand to create the perfect shade of red.

Rule No 6: White teeth. Red lipstick steals the spotlight. Unfortunately, it shows off all the imperfections. It is recommended to have pearly whites.

Last photo above is my kind of red lipstick grabbed from BODYSHOP.

Brazil 23-Man Squad World Cup 2010 : Forward

To complete the squad...here are the FORWARD...

Robinho (Santos), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/Spain), Nilmar (Villarreal/Spain), Grafite (Wolfsburg/Germany).

Brazil 23-Man Squad World Cup 2010

Presenting...the 23 FOOTBALL PLAYERS that composes BRAZIL TEAM for WORLD CUP 2010. Below are the names with their corresponding positions and current national teams.

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter de Milão/Italy), Doni (Roma/Italy), Gomes (Tottenham/England)

Defense: Maicon (Inter de Milão/Italy), Daniel Alves (Barcelona/Spain), Michel Bastos (Lyon/France), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Lucio (Inter de Milão/Italy), Juan (Roma/Italy), Luisão (Benfica/Portugal), Thiago Silva (Milan/Italy)

Midfield: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos/Greece), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina/Italy), Ramires (Benfica/Portugal), Elano (Galatasaray/Turkey), Kaka (Real Madrid/Spain), Julio Baptista (Roma/Italy), Kléberson (Flamengo), Josue (Wolfsburg/Germany).

Forward: Robinho (Santos), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/Spain), Nilmar (Villarreal/Spain), Grafite (Wolfsburg/Germany).

19 May 2010

Personalized Gift Certificates

Gift giving is such a stressful task especially if the person you're giving it to doesn't really need any material thing. Give your most valuable time and effort through personalized gift certificates. Photo above was a gift given to a husband during his birthday. Gift certificates were themed naughty-sweet tasks that the wife can do upon redemption of the certificate. The possibilities are endless. May it be family, friends, or special someone...there are just lots of tasks that you can do for them.

I found this site with free printable gift certificates...http://www.freeprintablecertificates.net..might help.

Be thoughtful, be frugal, be creative 'coz great gifts don't need to be expensive.

18 May 2010

Philippines - Brazil : The Travel

So how did I literally come to Brazil? Long, exhausting, boring, and expensive...that's how i want to describe the trip. Flew with KLM airline from Philippines to Brazil with Amsterdam as a stopover. Philippines to Amsterdam was 13 hours. Overnight stay in Amsterdam (around 16-hour stay), the next day another 13 hours going to Sao Paulo Brazil. Total of 26 hours inside the plane and 16 hours rest in Amsterdam passing through all the time zones. The 2-way ticket cost 2200 USD which didn't include the hotel accommodation in Amsterdam airport. As a Filipino citizen I didn't need a visa to enter Brazil. I only had my passport and return ticket which were two basic requirements for the entry. Why did i say basic? Immigration department might question your travel so you might as well prepare proof of financial capacity and a letter of invitation from a Brazilian citizen. My first travel abroad! From Asia to South America..Real far..12,149 miles


I had my first brazilian rodeo experience last sunday. Albertina had the rodeo parade (desfile do cavalo) so as to start the Rodeo Festival. It was like a rodeo fashion show. Spectators and riders are both in their cowboy/cowgirl costumes. You can see some group doing their barbeque near the parade area. There's an overflowing beer, priced higher than regular days, and vendors are everywhere. Rodeo isn't new to me as i was born in Masbate, the Rodeo Capital of the Philippines. Major difference i saw was the costume. Masbatenos find it awkward to wear rodeo costume if you're just spectator (especially on the parade). The atmosphere is different. This year, Masbate will celebrate its 16th Rodeo Masbateno Festival. I'm wondering how it has developed from the first time i saw it back in 1994. Anyhow, it will surely bring influx of local and foreign guests.


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