Archives for December 2011


My addiction to everything Leighton Meester has translated into my pictures and styling lately. The first instance I saw her on TV, that is the House, MD episode where she played a blonde teenage girl obsessed with Dr. House, she reminded me of my all-time girl crush Alicia Silverstone. Since then, I have discreetly followed Leighton’s career. ‘Til she became the very popular Blair Waldorf in the series Gossip Girl. I must say, her brunette locks suit her better.

I’m so loving these beauty shots of her for Marie Claire that I used them as peg for my shoot with Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications’ studio a couple of weeks ago.

So, below is our version.

My hair looks pretty long now, but I didn’t realize I’d still be needing extensions to exactly imitate Leighton’s hair. /FAIL. Nonetheless, I love how the make up complements my outfit.

It’s amazing how two opposite fabrics can make an edgy yet fun statement. The feminine touch given by lace tones down the boldness exuded by snakeskin print.

I’m posting the colored version of the photos above for you to see what the dress actually looks like. 🙂

You can buy this dress at House of Cocco‘s boutiques in SM and Trinoma. Aside from their faux fur collection, they have also released pieces in varied animal prints. Just perfect for the chilly weather, don’t you think?

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Wilma Esturco

Music and Prints

I am writing this entry while Pumped Up Kicks is playing. I just cannot work with silence screaming in my ears, you know. Music brings me to my element.

Sam wanted movement shots when we took this layout, but I was too shy (haha!) to move around so he had to play some dance music in the background.

This animal print dress-looking thing is actually a faux fur coat from House of Cocco. The first time I set my eyes on it, I instantly fell in love. The mannequin, which was elevated from the floor, was wearing it when I came in the store, so I had to ask the kind people from Cocco to get it for me.

It truly frustrates me how we can’t wear fur coats, don layers, and wear boots in our country. We’re missing out A LOOOOOOOOOOOT.

Adorable, isn’t it? What’s great about this coat is that it’s not too cozy, just enough to shield the cold, so we can definitely wear this here in the tropics. Besides, it’s December already and it’s the only month we Pinoys can get away with this kind of garment. Cocco has recently released their December/cold season collection so you might want to check out their stores in SM and Trinoma. Gora na!

So what do you think?

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia. 🙂

Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Wilma Esturco


Speaking of the cold weather lately, typhoon Sendong devastated Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. If you don’t have money but you do have cellphone load, you can also extend help. Click here for some info on how to help CDO and Iligan. Visit also the Help CDO Facebook page for more information.

NIVEA Visage: Face Affair

I have been a NIVEA user since college. I admit though that I had used other brands to check out if it has the same effects as NIVEA. Unfortunately, they don’t.

L-R: NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam, NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo, NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion, NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner

Day and night I use NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam. It has 2x smaller molecules which clean deeper into pores, thus preventing acne and revealing fairer skin.  Living in a polluted area, e.g. Manila, can be quite harmful to the skin, so this facial foam is my best friend. After cleansing, I would use NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner to further cleanse my skin. This toner helps make skin look invigorated and refreshed. Unlike other products, NIVEA’s toner is very gentle. In fact, I sometimes do not use a moisturizer after because my skin does not look and feel dry after application, which is at times the effect of toners on some skin.

NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo has been my buddy for ages! I just realized that. Hihi~ I’ve tested quite a number of deos and nothing gave me the result that I wanted, only NIVEA. Lastly, I also use NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion which absorbs in seconds and moisturizes the skin for hours. It is great for people with dry, red, rough, tight, flaky, dull, itchy, and peeling skin. Cool, huh?

Last October, NIVEA Philippines started this online contest called Face Affair, where loyal NIVEA users can submit a photo of themselves with the new Sparkling White Acne Oil Control. Coincidentally, I just bought the same product. My housemate and I didn’t know what to do on a lazy weekend so we thought of joining. I had lots of troubles submitting my entry as the application on NIVEA’s Facebook page cannot seem to accept my photo. In the end, I gave up.

Until four days ago, I received an e-mail from NIVEA stating that I have won the contest! Turns out they received my entry. Yipee! 🙂

Now,  everyone calls me NIVEA girl. HAHA. I don’t mind. Hey, it’s NIVEA no! Might as well own it. HAHA. Apart from the 35k worth of NIVEA, Forever 21, and Majolica Majorca products that I will be receiving, I am also very eager to meet the country’s top bloggers, namely Crissey, Dominique, Shai, Marj, and Valerie. I have been following their blogs for quite a while now. They have inspired me to start a blog of my own since I like sharing bits of my life to people (yes even to ones I barely know). Ah, I can’t wait for my makeover! 😛

Make sure to stay tuned for the biggest affair in January. Photoshoot with NIVEA and my fave bloggers soooooon! Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page if you haven’t!

P.S. Thank you, guys, for the overwhelming support! I seldom get that number of likes in my posts. Hahaha. Big thanks also goes to my housemate, Dodon, who took my photo entry for the Face Affair contest!

MANGO x RCBC Bankard VIP Sale

Fashionistas are in for some shopping excitement with their Mango-RCBC Bankard credit card this Holiday season!

Members-Only SALE

The much anticipated Mango exclusive members-only sale will be held this December 13 exclusively for Mango-RCBC Bankard cardholders in Mango stores at Glorietta 3, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall,AlabangTownCenter and Ayala Center-Cebu from 12 noon to 10 p.m.  Discounts of as much as 50% can be enjoyed.

Mango cardholders will also enjoy these exclusive benefits during the VIP sale:  zero percent installment at 3 and 6 months, and 5X rewards for a minimum spend of Php5,000 (single-receipt) during the sale.  Shoppers will get to bring home freebies and gift packs from Nivea and Skinfood.  And while shopping, they get to savor the mouth-watering baked goods from Sugarhouse with coffee or tea from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

To make shopping to be truly an enjoyable experience, cardholders can also invite their non-RCBC Bankard friends and relatives to the sale.  They just need to fill-out a Mango-RCBC Bankard card application form before entry.  An exclusive Mango cell phone charm will be given as a Welcome Gift for approved cardholders.

Mango-RCBC Bankard: A Must-Have Accessory

For fashionistas loyal to the clothing brand Mango, a must-have accessory is the Mango-RCBC Bankard which gives cardholders priority access to next season’s catalog offers, year-round 0% installment deals, invites to members-only sales, and first-hand advice on the brand’s latest collections.


Save the date!  This is one sale you don’t want to miss.  With Mango – RCBC Bankard, life gets better when two great brands get together for you!

Hot or Cold

DISCLAIMER: This post has no malicious intent and is published solely for the purpose of showing my work and of the the artists involved in the photo shoot. Comments, whether they are compliments or violent reactions, are very welcome.

Sam Lim and I have known each other since July. He shot two layouts for me around that time (see here and here). He is a very professional photographer who works for Hinge Inquirer Publications, and is so easy to get along with. So when he messaged me to style for an Esquire-inspired shoot, I immediately agreed despite being inexperienced when it comes to styling, especially for sexy shoots.

The peg was Solenn Heussaff’s photos in the said magazine, which I also talked about here.

Below is our version:

In coming up with this look, I used a nude, button-down cardigan from Forever 21 since I do not have an oversized sweater like Solenn’s. I will probably have to include that in my things-to-buy list.

Then, I made her wear a pair of shorts to make it less sexy. I guess the decolletage has already made that point. I also accessorized the model with a fabre necklace from Antler, pearl earrings, rings, and bangles.

Doesn’t she resemble Kelly Misa? 😀 Elaine Silva did an awesome job with the make up.

Photos by Sam Lim

Modeling by Princess Angeles

Styling by Daphne Benosa

Hair and make up by Elaine Silva


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