Friday, September 28, 2012


Mirrors are the reflecting pieces of life. It could give you the sad and frowning face or the happy and smiling gaze. It's up to you to smile or to frown.

It's been a while since I had a date with my friends - my best friend Minalin (in Barney colored blouse) and Jeny (the crazy stripes). We decided to take a walk down at memory lane back when we were still in high school. We met at the mall where we usually hang out after classes - SM Manila. We used to watch fifteen peso films to spend our time together. Now, it's already twenty-five pesos! It's funny 'cause we're getting old. (Oh boy.) We watched the movie entitled "The Ward", a psycho-suspense film, which we enjoyed screaming at. It's a good way of releasing stress, trust me. 

Then, we had a funny experience at a local bookstore. I was looking at the March 2012 issue of Vogue Accessory and I wasn't really sure if it's written in English, since it was my first time to see one. It's prohibited to open sealed magazines at the bookstore. And we asked the lady at the cashier, who looks quite unsure but still said that it's written in English. Not convinced enough, my pals and I were trying to take a sneak peek at the pages to see some articles that were written in English. So, we hid it in a bunch of old magazines and we were trying to flip the pages while diverting the attention of the cashier. Not good enough, the magazine was too thick and every time they flip the pages, all that they can see are photos. Hahaha! We were laughing so hard inside the store that the personnel shush us and I bought it to end the laughing misery. All I can say is - it's really nice to have friends. 

Before we parted ways, we ate a pizza parlor called "Nanos". Their 12" inch pizza slice starts at Php 65.00 only, that's why we were enticed to try it plus their furniture pieces are handicrafts. It's great for friends who love to hang out after classes. 

It was called a day and we sealed the day with a group hugggg!
I'll miss you guys!

Don't you just love having friends?  

xx Anne G.
Top - c/o Romwe , Jeggings - local bazaar, boots - thrifted, bag - gifted

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Beyond the Blush 2 - Maven Magazine

Maven Magazine recently hosted their 2nd Beyond the Blush Beauty Workshop at Glorietta 3 last Saturday. It was a day fully loaded with cosmetics, beauty, financial and career talk that can take each Maven to a higher level. 
A sweet treat from Sweet Patti Cakes
A published copy of August-September issue of Maven Magazine, with Maja Salvador as the cover girl, served as a golden ticket to everything wonderful that happened that day. 

The first workshop was by Ms. Karen Loren Agustin-Ostrea (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2002)
of Global Image Management, she discussed beauty and personality development. Oh how I wish I could be as gorgeous as her. haha
Second workshop was by Benefit Cosmetics as presented by Ms. Mica, the make-up artist, who is looking fab on her pregnancy. She talked about everyday make-up and the famous Benetints.
Dra. Ana of Prime Skin Care Asia Inc. talked about the 4 basic skin care - Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturize and Sunscreen. I'm guilty of skipping the Exfoliation process, which is pretty bad.
Here's what I needed, Mr. Ben Ampil of The Working Mom Magazine. He gave financial advice and a little bit of career talk. I wish to attend more workshops/seminars from him. I'm glad they invited him over.
Ms. Marge of The Face Shop and her make-up minions demonstrated the day and night smokey eye look. I really feel envious of how Koreans have their smooth and healthy skin plus their clean and thick brows, ugh!
Last but definitely not the very least, Ms. Denise Aquino of Tokyo POSH Hair Extensions. As she said, "Hair extensions for girls who can't commit!". She made it positive by clipping on hair extensions. Haha! 
The event was hosted by the bubbly Myx VJ Bianca Roque.
A quick color analysis is conducted by Ms.Karen of Global Image Management. It was pretty cool eh?! It was the first time for me to hear color analysis that's why I can't let this one pass! Color analysis will determine which colors are suited for each unique skin tone. It was said that I'll look better on clear - cool glow colors. I was pretty amazed. O.O
Marse of Modern Maria Clara having her color analysis
A free make-over from The FACE Shop. I love how they do their eyebrows! Thank you so much! ♥
With Ms. Chris of The FACE Shop 
Thank you so much and Congratulations Maven Magazine and sponsors! I hope to see you again on your future events!   

xx Anne G.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Art of Thrifting

Thrifting is the art of hunting good finds with a lesser budget. It can be pre-owned, factory defect/overruns or unsold items. There are lots of things that you can thrift : clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, furniture, books, gadgets, appliances and a lot more. 

Photo from Google
Here in the Philippines, thrift stores are called ukay-ukay (uhkai-uhkai) or ukay (uh-kai). Ukay originated from the word "hukay" meaning to "dig". 

Ukay became a business trend in Baguio back in the 2000s. Filipino Celebrities were reported visiting Baguio to buy pre-owned signature items. And of course, fans will always be fans. Ukay items became in demand; So, it reached the city. 

I can still remember my mom and I would go to a thrift shop after her office to search for the good finds. My first thrifted item was a gray Gucci backpack with a leather strap, it served me for years after we bought it. Now, my precious Gucci backpack is in the beloved hands of the thief who robbed our house.

Personally, I love thrift stores. I cannot let a week pass by without visiting any thrift stores. Give me a thousand and I can give you a pile of quality thrifted items! 

Why do I love thrift shops? 
  • I love them because there is a satisfaction that I feel in every item that is worth keeping for. 
  • There's a moment of "AHA!" when you realize you've got the best item in the shop.
  • The uniqueness of each item. I don't get worried that someone might have the same outfit inside the room.
  • SAVINGS. Buying 3 clothes for the price of 1 new outfit inside the department store.
Photo from Google
Thrift shops are my best friends, and I already gained friends like the store owners and sellers through the years. Most thrifted items came from Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong. Thrifted items are shipped. No time to choose for rummage on which items you would like to sell. The supplier will only ask on what class do the owners would prefer to sell.

There are 3 classes of thrifted items for Clothes/Bags/Shoes :

1. Class A 
Price Range : Php 1,000.00+++
They are the branded signature finds - Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, etc. 
Name a brand, they have it! Mostly, these items were only used once or even not. They are almost good as new. 
Problems : Some items are only replicas not genuine. 
Expert Move : You have to examine the items very carefully before purchasing them. Spot the signs of the original ones first before hitting the stores. 

2. Class B
Usual Price Range : Php 100.00++ but not over Php 1,000.00
These are pre-owned/factory goodies. Or the over used branded items
Let me draw the line between the pre-owned and the overruns. 
When I say PRE-OWNED items, these are the items that were used more than once. While the OVERRUNS are brand new items, some with tags, some were detached, they are either rejected or surplus from the department stores. 
Problems : You will be certain that some were pre-owned/factory defects or overruns because of the threadbare, missing button(s), faded, bleached parts, misaligned zippers/chains, worn out heels or the little holes from the mishaps. These are the common problems that you might encounter coming from the Class B items.
Expert Move : Check e-v-e-r-y single detail, then decide if it's worth the price.

3. Class C 
Usual Price Range : Php 10.00 is the lowest that I've seen.
These are the OVERLY USED/DAMAGED items
Soiled or overly wrinkled clothes sold in the market. 
Problems : Sometimes they are heavily soiled due to long periods of time with nobody wants to purchase it. Unhygienic for undies or swimsuits. Expect what you've paid for.
Expert Move : If you cannot really avoid purchasing them, sanitize and disinfect them properly. 

What to wear : Your most comfortable outfit. I recommend wearing loose dresses to avoid the hassle of changing. Never ever wear flashy clothes. Bring extra clothes if you need one so you can change after your little adventure. 

And of course, before hitting the thrift shops, I would like to give you these pointers:
  • Plan ahead. How much is your budget? How far is it? How to get there? 
  • Research. There are specific areas in the Metro wherein thrift stores are like mushrooms, basically, everywhere! Libertad in Pasay is the most famous to me. There are like more than 10 thrift stores in one long busy street. 
  • Secure your belongings. Pickpockets are everywhere. You might enjoy too much. Just be careful.
  • Wait for the DISCOUNTED SCHEDULES. This is one reminder that every thrifter can take advantage of. Even thrift stores also have SALE! Yes, they do. New Arrivals are the best, I won't argue with you. But if you really want to save a lot, you'll wait for the discounts. 
  • Sign Up. Nowadays, thrift stores are very competitive. Ask for the number of the store or leave them your number so you will surely be updated with the New Arrivals and Discount Schedules.
  • Lower your expectations. 
  • One of the biggest mistakes you could ever commit while shopping is by asking for a size. Except for the overruns. 
  • Check for every single detail - damages, runs, loose thread, smell, etc. 
  • Never drop and leave. When you like it, never put it down. You'll never know if the person next to you is also interested. You might end up booing yourself for doing that. 
  • Find the RIGHT fit. Fitting rooms are available. 
  • Bring EXTRA tote bags. You'll never know how exciting this can be! 
  • Bargain. Always ask for the lowest price! That's what you came for anyway. 
  • Say "thank you" and make friends. At the end of the day, you will learn a lot from your adventure.   
Tell me about your thrift store shopping experience. 

I would love to hear your expert tips too! :)

xx Anne G.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fashion Inspiration - Kimbra : Two Way Street

We're coming close to our fate

they'll put a star beside our names

and I couldn't care for the history

when i've got you in front of me

the cars could all collide

the shards of glass
won't catch my eye

cause you're almost by my side

we're counting down at the green light.

Kimbra, a 22 year old talented music artist from New Zealand, is one of my favorite artists.  I've known her smash hit collaboration with Gotye in Baa-baa Black Sheep tune on Somebody that I used to Know. Kimbra's soothing magical voice and fashion-ality makes her really stand out. Kimbra's dreamy and artistic music video is directed by Matthew Rolston, he is also the director of Christina Aguilera's music video "Candyman". Two-way Street is from her latest album, Vows. 

The first time I saw this video made me really fell in love with her. And I couldn't ignore her gorgeous outfit on this video. So, here's what I've got to recreate her outfit. And oh, I also included the DIY versions! ;) 

Where you can get it :
Price : USD 62.00
Studded Blazer
Where you can get it : Zara
Price : USD 89.90
DIY version :
Galaxy Skirt

Where you can get it : (blue) or (red)
Price : USD 138.00
DIY version :
Ombre Tights

Where you can get it :
Price : USD 3.83
DIY version :
Red Pumps

Where you can get it :
Price : USD 178.00

Are you a dreamer too?

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xx Anne G.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Soaked Up



It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got

I'm gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone 
To lighten up (I'm gonna tell 'em that)
I've got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I'm looking up o I'm gonna soak up the sun
I'm gonna soak up the sun

 Excuse my LSS (Last Song Syndrome) for the old lady. :)
I know summer has already ended, but going to the beach is always a good idea! Especially when something needs to be celebrated. I was invited to go to the beach with my boyfie's family last last weekend at Laiya, Batangas. Oh how I missed going to the beach! 

The smell of the salty taste water. Waves crashing like the sound of a lullaby. The soaking tanning heat of the sun. The rushing blue waves hitting the sand. I couldn't exactly express how allured I am by the mystic beauty of the sea. Afraid. Yes, I do. That mystic beauty, how could you be so beautiful and dangerous at the same time? 

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xx Anne G.
White Designer Beach Dress - gifted, Maxi skirt - thrifted, Colorful beach dress - c/o Churbish ShopSandals - Rusty Lopez, Hat - thrifted
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