Nike Digital Media Conference

I was recently invited by NIKE to attend their Digital Media Conference. I was told to bring my best workout outfit, which I didn’t bring because I’m really not allowed to workout yet (I’m on my 6th month of pregnancy). But I decided to go anyway because I was interested to know what Nike has in store for us for 2o15.

I’ve always loved exercising, and for me the best way to get motivated is to wear the cutest workout clothes. No doubt, Nike has always been my go-to brand for anything fitness, especially as of late, because they’ve been churning out the most stylish designs in its most innovative fabrics. I love that with Nike, it’s not just about aesthetics (though I have to admit, they are at the top of their game with their designs), there’s actual science applied to their merchandise to help us work better and harder.

I have to say, it was interesting to listen to Nike’s experts talk about the technology that goes into their fabrics, explain how to find a bra top that actually fits (apparently, 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size), tell us about leggings that move like second skin, and share how to purchase a pair of shoes to fit your lifestyle and workout. I honestly can’t wait for their latest collection to hit their stores.

     NIKE Women (2)Nike Southeast Asia Brand Director Bulbul Khera chats with host Kim Jones on how Nike engages and inspires the female athlete in Southeast Asia and globally.

NIKE Women (3)Valerie Ng, Brand Merchandiser from Nike Women SEA, speaks with host Kim Jones on how NIKE designs for HER.

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IMG_0819Monica Torres, the Philippines’ #1 female triathlete for six years and counting, talks about being an athlete and what inspires her.

NIKE Women (5)Valerie Ng guides us through Nike’s Apparel Innovation for the Pro Bra Collection.

IMG_0825Nike devoted more than two years of research, testing, design and development to create a new sports bra solution. The result of that work is the Nike Pro Bra Collection, an innovative line of sports bras designed for the body in motion to provide the right fit and right support for every female athlete. The collection features five bras designed for each athlete’s desired level of support. The centerpiece of the collection is the Nike Pro Rival Bra, which delivers the highest level of support and is offered in 25 sizes to help the female athlete find the right fit. It also features the new Nike Pro Fierce Bra, as well as the updated Nike Pro Classic and Nike Pro Indy Bras. The Nike Pro Classic Bra is also available in a padded version.

NIKE Women (28)Nike Pro Bra Collection with products to provide a continuum of support.

NIKE Women (7)Nike Philippines Product Specialist Andro Torres gives media participants the first look at the upcoming Nike Free Training and Running Collection for Summer 2015. Featuring new developments such as the hexagonal flex grooves, anatomically-shaped heel and Nike Flyknit technology, the Nike Free running shoes are designed to further enable the athlete’s natural stride.

NIKE Women (27)Nike’s upcoming Free Collection for Summer 2015, which includes the lower heel-to-forefoot offsets like Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit and 4.0 Flyknit, and 5.0 Flyknit, which is halfway between natural flexibility and a traditional running shoe.

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The Nike+ Training Club (N+TC) session led by Nike Master Trainer Emelda Vincent, which I wasn’t able to participate in (I was so jealous–these girls really had an amazing workout).

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Check out NIKE’s Spring-Summer 2015 collection. These will be out in all Nike stores very soon.

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Tricks of the Trade: Quick fixes for everyday beauty booboos

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My nails are stained yellow from wearing nail polish. Is there a way to remove this?

No doubt, dark-color nail polish can look chic. The problem is that it can leave a nasty yellowish tint on your nails, especially when you leave the polish on too long. This can be particularly bothersome when you’re in between polishes (our nails also need to rest), or if you want to wear a light shade of polish. 

Before hiding the stain with more of your dark nail polish (which may ultimately make matters worse), try these easy tricks:

Mix a few drops of fresh lemon juice with ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. Dip two to three cotton balls in the mixture and rub it on your nails until the stain is removed. Also, invest in base coat when doing your nails (or request for it at your local nail salon). This will help prevent your dark polish from staining your nails.

My lips are always dry and cracked. Can you give me tips on how to make them smooth and moisturized?

This has always been my constant problem. Dry, flaky lips look terrible any way you put it—and don’t even attempt to peel off the skin (ouch!) or apply lipstick on it. The best way to get smooth, pretty lips is to start the night before. After brushing your teeth, use your wet toothbrush to gently slough away the dry skin on your lips.

Then apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly or moisturizing lip conditioner (it is best to stay away from the flavored ones) and leave it on as you sleep. In the morning you’ll find that your lips are plump, moisturized and smooth. Continue applying lip conditioner throughout the day, and stay hydrated. (This is likely the reason why your lips are dry.)

How do I remove white deodorant stains on my clothes?

White deodorant stains on your clothes can be very annoying, especially when you’re in a hurry, or when you don’t discover it right away. This can be especially apparent when we wear dark-color or form-fitting clothes. It can also be bothersome to keep changing clothes when we see a trail of white streaks on our favorite dress. There must be an easier solution. Most deodorant stains come off when you rub the fabric against itself. But if it doesn’t budge, spray the area with a little fabric refresher (like Febreeze); if you don’t have it on hand, water will do the trick.

Just make sure you have a way to dry the spot—a blow-dryer will do, or if you’re in a public comfort room, a hand dryer can help. One way to avoid having white spots on your clothes is to switch to a deodorant with an invisible solid formulation. Or it might be that you apply too much deodorant on your underarms (one layer of the stuff is quite enough); so apply less or remember to pat your underarms with a towel before putting on your clothes.

Is there a way to lessen the scent of my perfume when I’ve sprayed on too much?

While it may smell sweet and sexy from the bottle, sometimes perfume can be a little overwhelming when we spray too much. The last thing we want is a cloud of strong fragrance to follow us everywhere we go—it is the wrong way to grab people’s attention, and we are likely to get dizzy ourselves from the strong scent. A way to tone down a heavy scent without having to shower or change clothes is to apply fragrance-free lotion on your skin. Lotion helps neutralize the fragrance, and will absorb the perfume oils in your skin.

Another way is by dabbing your skin with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. This has the same effect, as alcohol dilutes the fragrance oils and dries up skin, so perfume has nothing to grab on. But if you’ve already stepped out of the house and have no access to lotion or alcohol, use a couple of sheets of baby wipes to help lessen the scent.

Travel Diary: Camarines Sur

It’s really the best place to go for an adventure. Camarines Sur has it all: a world class wake park, your choice of mountain ranges and waterfalls, a deer farm, and majestic beaches. It was my second time to visit this amazing place, and I have to say, this recent trip was even better than my first back in 2006. I was able to visit so many places and maximize my trip, thanks to my travel/lifestyle show, Trending Now. Although I was much slower (and sleepier) this time around, the trip really was a happy escape for me. It honestly felt great to travel again, and the change of scenery did me a lot of good.

For our first stop, we went to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC). This is the ultimate place to go wakeboarding, wakeskating and even skateboarding. This was so up Carlos’s alley (he came along for the trip)–he loves to skateboard and he is into watersports, so it was great just to watch him in his element. In case you didn’t know, CWC is proclaimed as one of the best wakeboard parks in the world, as it boasts of a six-point cable ski system, which allows for amateurs and professionals to practice and do runs all year long. CWC has events that bring in professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, like the Philippine Cable Wakeboard Nationals, WWA World Championship, Ultimate Wake Championship, Asian Wakepark Championship, and CWS King of Rails. So if you’re interested in this sort of thing, you know where to go!

Of course, my trip wouldn’t be complete without Globe Telecom’s newest postpaid plan called myLifestyle Plan. It comes with basic unli-call and unli-text features at P499. And on top of regular data allocation, lifestyle packs of the new plan include unlimited Twitter at P199, which was perfect for keeping me in the loop and informing my readers with all the exciting travel details of my trip. But the coolest thing about it is the connectivity on the go it provides. Globe’s myLifestyle Plan offers reliable online access when I need it (speed throttling is no longer a problem for me with the GoSURF packs available with myLifestyle plan).

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For our accommodations, we stayed at Villa del Rey for a couple of nights before heading to Caramoan. They have over 500 affordable rooms that range from cabanas, containers/trailers, wood cabins, villas, dwell houses, and tiki huts. We stayed in the Wood Cabin (good for 2-4 persons) which was pretty complete: it had a queen size bed, living room with convertible sofa bed, A/C and hot & cold shower. We had cool weather when we were there so it was really nice and pleasant.

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I have to admit, I couldn’t join this fun waterfall trek because of my pregnancy. So I drooled over Carlos’s photos from that day. They visited Consocep Waterfalls, which was a moderate trek up Mt. Isarog, Pili. The photos were so beautiful, and Carlos claims it was even better in person. The water from the mountain was cool and fresh–they had a blast swimming that day. So jealous.

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I met up with the team at the Deer Farm at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Ocampo. The farm kept about 300 deer that you could touch and feed. It was my first time to be this close to deer. It was a unique experience in itself and the deer were so friendly. IMG_7164IMG_7300IMG_7209IMG_7162IMG_7293IMG_7283IMG_7312IMG_7175

 

While on the road back to CWC I took some amazing photos. The province is blessed with an amazing landscape, and its people were so nice and friendly.

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One thing you cannot go home without trying: LAING PIZZA from CWC. This was inexplicably good. I could eat an entire pie on my own.

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The first few photos were taken while enroute to Caramoan, which was a good 4-5 hours away from CWC. The trip was so worth it though. Caramoan Islands was just unbelievable. It is composed of many nearby islands, each with its own personality. If you recall, the recent Survivor series was filmed here, which helped bring in tourists to this untouched peninsula. We stayed at Hunongan Cove, which was luxe and peaceful. We each had private villas to ourselves which each led to beachfront verandas. We had a fantastic view every single day–it really was paradise!

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Feeling blue

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Another day of easy dressing. I love this blue dress by Details–it really complements my skin tone (and any skin tone for that matter). I wore it with a necklace from 1969 Joyce Makitalo (available at http://www.seektheuniq.com) and blush sandals from The Carrier Pigeon Project (TCPP)–every TCPP item sold contributes to keeping children’s dreams alive through the following initiatives: 1) orphan outreach programs, 2) school kit giveaways, and 3) donations to charities and organizations that focus on feeding and sending children to school (go to http://www.carrierpigeonproject.com). My purse is a Givenchy Antigona Mini and watch from Esprit’s Rose Gold Collection.

Tricks of the Trade: Creme or powder? Ways to look youthful without surgery

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Is there any way to look younger without undergoing plastic surgery?

As we get older, our skin becomes less taut, age spots begin to appear and fine lines multiply. This isn’t something we want to get worse over time, so we do everything possible to stop early signs of aging. Products that used to work for us may not have the same effect anymore. We’ll need to exfoliate our skin more frequently, switch to creamy cleanser, begin using a rich and thick moisturizer, and even tweak our makeup.

Some go to extremes to fight aging, like seeking Botox injections or getting plastic surgery. These may offer a quick fix, but may not necessarily turn out well for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen people who look great after these treatments, but I think if you begin to depend on them too much (or undergo them so many times), things can make a turn for the worse. Choosing the au naturel path may not get you fast results but will keep you looking young, minus the risk that comes with invasive surgery. Try these tips to maintain that youthful appearance.

Exfoliate more often. Mature skin doesn’t shed cells as quickly and new ones don’t grow as fast, so skin tends to look dull and tired. Speed up skin renewal by exfoliating once a week. Look for a facial scrub with soft, tiny granules, but make sure it doesn’t leave your skin raw. You want to remove only dead skin cells, not your skin’s outermost layer. Don’t forget the rest of your body: Try using Jericho SPA Energizing Salt Scrub. The scrub is derived from the Dead Sea so its minerals are said to nourish skin while exfoliating it.

Use sunscreen every day. It’s a known fact—excessive sun exposure hastens aging. We can attribute age spots, wrinkles and uneven skin to harmful UV rays. We get exposed to it every day, which is why we should never forget to leave the house without sunscreen. Apply L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect BB Max under your makeup to get SPF 50+ protection. If you have dark spots or sun damage you want to erase, use Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.

Moisturize. One of the most important things you need to do to look youthful is to moisturize. And not just any product will do; you’ll need a thicker formulation that will nourish skin. Use a light cream during the day and a heavy moisturizer at night to keep skin continuously hydrated.

Choose crème vs powder. Makeup can age us if we’re not careful. Powders tend to make skin look dry, which makes crème makeup a better option. A creamy foundation, eye shadow and lipstick will all work well for you. Also, it is a good idea to stay away from black eyeliner and instead use liner in charcoal, brown and navy. Black liner may look too harsh and can draw more attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner to get a smudge-free line.

 

New Makeup Finds: Perfect red lips by OFRA

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If you’re looking for the perfect lip color–these are it! I absolutely love OFRA’s Kiss Me Twice collection, which features the reddest red colors. Check out OFRA’s Lipstick in Red My Lips, Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City and Lip Liner in Savage Red. These are available at http://www.glamourbox.ph and Glamourbox Landmark Trinoma. #OFRAKissMeTwice

 

 

Relaxed fit

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I have to say, as my belly grows bigger, my wardrobe choices are becoming more limited. I’m not complaining though, because I’m beginning to love wearing loose, non-restricting clothing. This easy ensemble is made up of a navy silk jacket from Vero Moda, white tank top from H&M, and black wide leg pants from FAB Clothing (available at Robinsons Department Stores and Gaisano Metro Department Stores, and Greenhills Shopping Center; FOLLOW them on Instagram: @fab.ph and LIKE them on Facebook: fabclothing.ph). As for shoes, its now all about flats, espadrilles and sandals. This leather pair of espadrilles from Jeffrey Campbell is super comfortable–it is available at SM Shoe City at SM Makati. My bag is from Niqua, which I love because I was able to customize its color–follow them on Instagram: @niquashop to order your own.

 

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

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I have to admit, when it comes to gadgets, it takes a lot to impress me. In a way I’ve become somewhat hard to please, as technology gets better and more advanced and I become spoiled with new features, better resolutions and faster interfaces. To top it off, design-wise that gadget has to look good, and it has to be durable and virtually un-breakable. In this day and age we tend to want to all, which isn’t all that bad, because there are those few times when we actually get everything we want.

This is one of those few times.

It is called Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, and being an ex-yoga enthusiast (I’ve decided to take a break from Bikram yoga until after I give birth), the name immediately intrigued me and I wanted to know more about it. What made Lenovo call this “Yoga”? There had to be something about it that was strong and flexible. And I was right, one of the unique selling points of this gadget is that it has a metallic six focus point watch band that allows the laptop to be opened all the way around. Yes, my jaw dropped too. I have always been one of those persons who wondered what would happen if you opened the laptop too far, but never had the guts to try it for myself. Well, with this particular laptop, I was able to satisfy my curiosity and turn the laptop into a completely different gadget: a tablet.

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Apparently Lenovo has been doing this with this particular Yoga series for years now (how have I not been made aware of this). For those of you familiar with the Lenovo Yoga series, the Yoga 3 Pro is actually a big step up from its predecessors. The watch band-inspired hinge makes a huge difference, as it can not only flip and fold the laptop into a Stand, Tent, and Display, but lay the laptop out flat, 180 degrees (which you could not do on previous models). And if you aren’t impressed yet, well, you should know that the hinge is made from 800 pieces of steel and aluminum, and has six focus points instead of two. It looks quite beautiful, and really improves this gadget’s design and overall look. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is also significantly thinner and lighter–thinner by 17 percent as compared to the Yoga 2 Pro, and 14 percent slimmer than its older model, at just 12.8 mm, weighing only 1.19 kg. This is pretty amazing, because it is actually light enough to function well as a laptop and a tablet. This is thanks to Lenovo’s new fanless chassis design, which is brought to us by an Intel Core M processor. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this feature. This is actually a major requirement for me, as I travel A LOT, and I need my gadgets to be super light and thin (it’s really the only way to go).

Oh, and did I mention that it is touch screen all the way? Not just when you use it as a tablet. (Another WIN for me.) And yes, if you were wondering about its display, the Yoga 3 Pro has an unbelievably gorgeous Quad-HD (3,200-by-1,800) resolution that makes its 13.3-inch display so worth the money. It also features Gorilla Glass, which protects it from scratches and cracks, so no need to worry about scratches when it comes to this gadget.

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And of course, we need to talk about the most important part here: how does its CPU fare? I am no techie, but according to Carlos, my husband (who is a total techie), the Yoga 3 Pro runs on the Intel Core M processor which means it is lower in power consumption, therefore, this gadget has a great battery life. This is essential when traveling, as you’d want your laptop/tablet/display screen to stay with you though out that traffic jam, airport wait/airplane ride, or in bed before sleeping. And yes, this does just that and lasts when you need it to. It also has a Core M 5Y70 that features an upgraded graphics core (Intel HD5300), a base clock of 1.1GHz with the ability to speed up to 2.6GHz when needed. I know, I know, numbers we can’t understand. But Carlos insists I put it there because believe him, you’d want to know. This means it is great for running many applications and programs at the same time (something I ALWAYS do), and makes for smooth video/movie streaming, editing and gaming.

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I’ve been using the Yoga 3 Pro for a few months now, and I need to tell you, it is all your essential gadgets rolled into one. It is your laptop, tablet and display screen all in one. I bring it with me practically everywhere I go, so I can easily blog on the go, edit photos, watch movies, browse the Internet and shop online, read books and magazines, stream videos while cooking, and the list goes on. I can flip it any way I want and use it as a Stand, Tent or Display–seriously, this is such a great everyday/travel companion, I don’t think I can survive without it anymore.

 

Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro specs:

13.3″ QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IPS Multi-Touch Screen

Intel® Core ™ M 5Y70 (up to 2.6GHz) 

  8GB DDR3 – 1600 RAM

256G SSD Drive

Intel® HD5300 Graphics

WiFi: Wireless B/G/N/AC

Bluetooth 4.0

720P HD Camera

44.8WH Battery

Windows 8.1

Light Silver / Champagne Gold Color Option

Free Sleeve Case

Free McAfee Anti-virus Subsciption (1 year) E-Card

2 Years Carry In Warranty

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For more information about the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, check out:

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Photo credits: top, FAB Clothing (available at Robinsons Department Stores and Gaisano Metro Department Stores, and Greenhills Shopping Center; FOLLOW them on Instagram: @fab.ph and LIKE them on Facebook: fabclothing.ph); pants, Vero Moda.

Tricks of the Trade: How to do everyday makeup for the office

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I just graduated and will start working soon. I am clueless as to what makeup to wear in the workplace. Please help!

Transitioning from college life to a busy workweek can be difficult. Suddenly, you are treated like a grown-up and are expected to look and act the part. Makeup that used to look good on campus now looks juvenile, and you feel that a more sophisticated version of yourself has to emerge. Some offices set strict rules on what makeup is or isn’t allowed. This narrows down your choices (or makeup palette) to a range of products. While it’s easy to explain the simplicity of your everyday makeup as a matter of “following office rules,” the last thing you want is to look dull in the office. At the same time, some companies don’t set rules and may seem lax in their dress code policy. You might think you can get away with pretty much anything, but in fact, your everyday makeup can impact on how people perceive you in the office.

Subtlety is key when applying makeup for work. There is a way to look good without having to whip out the false lashes, bold lips or bright eyeshadows. Likewise, anything too glossy, glittery, dark or pink (your lip and cheek tint just won’t cut it anymore) should be used only after work or during the weekend. Your goal is to leave a positive lasting impression without necessarily looking boring. Follow these easy tips to looking professional and confident in the workplace.

Find the right foundation. Getting the right tone, shade and consistency is an essential step toward  wearing beautiful makeup. I think it’s okay to splurge on this a little, since you’ll be wearing this every day. And when you use the right product, your skin not only looks smoother and clearer, it also creates a great base for the rest of your makeup. Don’t forget to set with face powder in the same color.

Mix and match neutral tones. Completing your neutral makeup palette will make everyday makeup application easy. A range of workable beiges, taupes, brownish pinks and brown eyeshadows, waterproof eyeliners in black and brown, and blushers and lipsticks in peach, natural beige and nude tones will help give you a different look every day. Instead of experimenting with color, play with texture. Mix and match matte and shimmery makeup, or alternate crème and velvety lipsticks and blend your blusher with bronzer.

Draw in your eyebrows. Your eyebrows can help make you look authoritative, but you still want to look soft and friendly. Follow your natural eyebrow shape by defining it using an eyebrow manicure, filling in sparse areas with an eyebrow pencil or applying powder shadow using a stiff, angled brush. Selecting the right shade is very important. Stay away from too-dark shades such as black, brown or reddish-browns and opt for taupe, fawn and dark blonde. These light shades tend to look darker once applied on your brows, so choose carefully.

Use a highlighter. A soft, ultra-fine shimmery highlighter or eyeshadow in beige or pink-beige can prevent your makeup from looking too flat or matte (working with neutral tones tends to have this effect). Applying product on key points of your face will define and accentuate your features. Using a fluffy brush, apply highlighter along the bridge of the nose, on your brow bone and the top of your lips and chin.