Gucci Bamboo Eau de Toilette

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I found a new fragrance that I love: Gucci Bamboo Eau de Toilette. This new scent is absolutely wonderful. It is rich, woody and floral perfectly blended with a bright mandarin note. It is lighter than the original essence, but this offers alluring insight into the Gucci woman’s sensual, romantic side. I think it is a great everyday scent that’s so sexy and feminine!

The scent: Fresher and brighter, Bamboo Eau de Toilette unfolds with a new sheer sensuality. Sparkling Mediterranean citruses radiate from the top while the scent’s feminine white floral heart is illuminated with dewy petals, underscored with the lasting signature notes of the original essence.

Sicilian Bergamot and Mandarin notes are layered over crisp Pear and feminine Orange Blossom. Delicate Ylang Ylang and soft Casablanca Lily comingle at the heart, with an infusion of Jasmine petals creating a dewy floral finish. Sandalwood with refined grey Amber accord strike a complementary contrast to the inherently feminine fragrance. While the warmth of Tahitian Vanilla and pure White Musky Notes wrap the scent with a smooth creamy texture.

The flacon: The beautiful art deco lines of Gucci Bamboo are recreated with a twist to echo the new fragrance’s lightness. Cut from crystalline clear glass, the original faceted jewel bottle’s edges are gently smoothened out, the beautiful form curved to infinity effect. The scent inside is pale yellow, underscoring the softer nature of Gucci Bamboo Eau de Toilette. A silver metal cap crafted in the unmistakable ridges of bamboo marks the flacon with the distinguished symbol of the House. Shimmering silver interlocking Gs frame the pale pink outer carton, reflecting the bottle’s light tones.

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Toilette 30ml P3950 / 50ml P4950 / 75ml P6850.

Knots & Pans

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I love the concept behind Knots and Pans. The site allows you to build your entire wedding registry online from their wide selection of local and global brands (they carry more than 100 brands with over 2,000 items to choose from). And your guests can conveniently shop and have their gifts delivered to your doorstep, already gift-wrapped with a personalized notecard. Finally, a site to make life easy and convenient–for the bride and groom, and all their guests!

I mean, of course, I love buying gifts for my family and friends. But with the horrendous traffic going to the mall, to finding parking, to getting stock (I hate it when the gift I want to buy is no longer available or is at a different branch), I would rather shop online! Plus, this site offers so many amazing features, you would never want to go gift-buying in a mall again.

Things like: (1) Group-gift Options, which means guests can pitch-in for that high-value item without paying for the full price, and not needing to know who they are splitting the gift with; (2) there is a Gift Tracker, which allows couples to easily track all the gifts purchased for them by their guests and can even send back Thank-You notes for each one of them (plus, guests can also find out if their gifts have been delivered); (3) you can get a Personal Registry Assistant for couples who don’t have time to build their registry; (4) there’s an option of a Bridal Fund that allows guests to give monetary gifts for the couple’s wedding needs, honeymoon fund, and even their chosen charity; and there is also a (5) Shop For Yourself button so guests can enjoy the same things they bought for their married friends.

So I found out about this site from my Baby Barangay gals, Patty Laurel-Filart, Cat Juan-Ledesma and Bianca Santiago-Reinoso who attended the launch (Patty hosted the program). I wasn’t able to go because Tristan was sick that day but I couldn’t resist not sharing as I loved the idea of a convenient wedding registry for both the couple and all their guests. This is seriously the best thing ever! Please tell your family and friends about this so they don’t have to go through the trouble to going to a mall to start a wedding registry. And imagine the convenience of their guests! This is the best idea ever: go to http://www.knotsandpans.com to see the site for yourself. Oh, and scroll the photos to see what happened at their super fun event (which I am so sad to have missed).

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Back to school

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One of the highlights of our Dumaguete trip was a visit to Silliman University. My aunt (who was traveling with us along with her husband, and my mom and dad) wanted to see the school so we all drove there on a Sunday afternoon. Of course, there were no classes so we had the entire place to ourselves. Carlos and I couldn’t stop taking photos, especially since our little guy was so excited to be able to run wild and free. I loved the wide open spaces, the huge acacia trees and the century-old buildings.

I wore an easy grey dress from Shop 5 Minutes (IG account: @shop5minutes), ballet flats from Crane (@craneboutique) and a leather fringed backpack from Rebecca Minkoff.❤ While Tristan wore a t-shirt from Gingersnaps, denim shorts from Debenhams, a bib from Littlest Setter (@littlestsetter) and flip-flops from Havaianas.

Hey Jow! x Sheila Catilo

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This has got to be one of the prettiest collections I’ve seen in a long time. It is a collaboration by one of my favorite local jewelry brands, Hey Jow! and Sheila Catilo, who is a good friend, super photographer, momma of three, and now a jewelry designer (so proud of this lady). The pieces are delicate and beautiful, and most importantly, so wearable! You can layer these on and or wear them one at a time (she has created quite a few statement necklaces) to dress up your everyday outfits. Here are photos from an intimate shopping party that Joana (the genius behind Hey Jow!) and Sheila hosted for a few friends at Coco Nails in Madison Galleries in Alabang Hills. You can order this limited collection online thru http://www.heyjow.com!❤

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Going all-natural with Belo Baby

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A few days ago, a friend and I got to talking about how we can make more natural choices, especially when it comes to our babies. We ended up having a long and interesting conversation on what we are currently doing to make our households more wholesome, including what we can improve on and how far we are willing to go to be all-natural. We tackled breastfeeding, buying organic fruits and vegetables, choosing free-range chicken and/or grass-fed beef, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, using all-natural personal care and baby products, and switching to wooden toys.

I have to admit, I never really thought about these things when I got pregnant. I thought I knew everything there was to know based on the books I read and how I was raised. Then, I gave birth to Tristan, and nothing seemed good enough for my baby. I started reading the labels of his baby products and got acquainted with the names of harmful ingredients that surprisingly manage to make its way into our everyday products. I could not believe it, and I could not imagine using them on my clean and pure baby. I watched out for ingredients like SLS, sulfates, sodium tallowate, tetrasodium, etidronate, EDTA parabens, phthalates, DEA, triclosan, synthetic preservatives, paraffin, petrochemicals and common allergens, which are so common and are actually harmful, especially when used everyday.

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I switched from product to product, until I found a baby line that is completely all-natural and contains awesome ingredients like Cocoa Butter (to protect skin from the outside by strengthening and moisturizing it), Shea Butter (to protect, nourish and moisturize skin and heals common skin conditions like eczema and diaper rash), and Sweet Almond Oil (to exfoliate skin and lock in moisture). This is, of course, Belo Baby products. I’ve been raving about their line of products for a couple of months now (read about my review on their Hair and Body Wash, Bar Soap and Face and Body Lotion HERE) and I’ve been recommending it to all my pregnant and mom friends ever since I started using it.

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Having a baby changed me so much, and all for the better. I now strive to be healthier, and I try to make wholesome, organic and all-natural choices everyday. What about you, mommies and daddies? What changes have you made when you became parents? Share your stories in the comments section!❤

Photos by Zeus Martinez of Life by Ohana

 

 

Beach vibes

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This was just what we needed! A break from the city (and for me, a break from blogging). My family spent the weekend at Dauin Beach (south of Dumaguete) and we had a wonderful time. I think Tristan enjoyed the most though. He finally had all this space to run and go wild while the grownups ran after him.

It was extra hot that weekend, but we were thankful for the sunshine (I checked the forecast before leaving and it was all rain showers and thunderstorms). We got a beach house via AirBnb and loved that we were steps away from the ocean. We could hear the waves crashing from our rooms, which was so relaxing. No doubt, we were happy to be there!❤

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35 years old. I cant believe I am in my mid-thirties. It just sounds so… old. I mean, back when I was a kid I couldn’t even imagine how 35 would be like. I think I was too concerned with how my 20s was going to pan out that I didn’t think that far ahead. I guess it makes sense. Life in your 20s is supposed to be exciting and full of possibilities. It is your chance to make your mark in the world and you can have as much fun as you want while doing it. While your 30s is when you slow down, settle down and have babies, at least that’s how it is over in this part of the world.

Now that I am married with one child I definitely feel the need to narrow down my goals and focus my energies on just a few things. That’s basically family life and work, and if there’s time, maybe I can squeeze in time for friends, exercise and eating right. No more taking my sweet time shopping, going out at night and doing nothing. These days, it feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to do everything I need to do, yet I don’t feel that my schedule is as busy as it was in my 20s. Being a full-time mom eats up most of my time, so everything else takes a backseat. Thankfully, I still get to do some work and take some time for myself. It is nowhere near enough, but it will do (for now). Hopefully as Tristan gets older (like when he goes to school) I can get some time back for myself. In the meantime, it is all about motherhood!

Life is far from perfect, but there are many things to be grateful for. My family and I have good health, we live comfortably and we enjoy each other’s company. Of course, there are the everyday squabbles and the little mishaps and challenges, but these are the things that make life interesting. It can be difficult and even infuriating at times, but it can also be wonderful and fulfilling. Overall, I am happy and content as I am happily married and I have the sweetest, most lovable baby. Work has been a bit slow, but projects and campaigns are still coming in through my blog and social media accounts. Our happy family still gets to travel and enjoy life, and we get to be around each other all the time. I really cant ask for anything more, and I am definitely looking forward to what my mid-thirties have in store for me.

Happy birthday to me!

 

Happy Skin Glam Squad

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It cant get better than this. Happy Skin’s latest collaboration is pure genius, as it is made up of a full line of beginner-friendly, yet pro-level makeup products that were developed together with Filipino makeup masters Juan SarteDenise Go-OchoaMickey See, and Jigs Mayuga. They are the fashion and showbiz industry’s greats—they are the same artists whom the biggest stars trust to make themselves look picture-perfect. And now, we can get access to the very makeup they use so we can look as beautiful as the stars they doll up.

I knew I couldn’t miss the launch of this collection. I have worked with these big names in the past and I am a huge fan of all four of them. They really apply makeup beautifully–they always get my LIKE when they post photos of their work on Instagram. As expected, the Glam Squad didn’t disappoint. The lineup is rich, gorgeous and super wearable. Ill definitely be using these in the next couple of weeks–they look so good!

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It is called the Happy Skin Glam Squad Collection, and each product was carefully customized by Juan, Denise, Mickey and Jigs. Together, the four makeup artists developed the Happy Skin Arch Definer & Brow Mascara (P949 each), the Happy Skin Glam Squad Contour & Color (P1,399), and the Happy Skin Glam Squad Custom Brush Set (P2,999). Each makeup artist also created their own Happy Skin Glam Squad Liquid Matte Lipstick (P699 each) and Happy Skin Glam Squad Eyeshadow Duo (P899 each) to bring to life four unique looks: modern, fresh, blushing, and bold.

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Everyone in the industry knows the name Juan Sarte. He is known for his precise, detail-oriented makeup application, has 22 years of experience under his belt. Though he had been tapped numerous times to collaborate with other makeup brands, it was only Happy Skin he said yes to. “Being in makeup for more than 20 years, I’ve never seen a local makeup brand that’s as good as Happy Skin,” he says. Juan brings to life the modern look with his choice of bronze and champagne eyeshadows and a universal mauve liquid lipstick. “For the eyeshadows, I picked my no-brainer shades—the two shades I can’t live without. You get a neutral shadow shade and a highlight shade in one palette, and I chose a shimmery texture to make it easy to blend,” he says. “For the liquid lipstick, it’s a color you can stain your lips with for a just-bitten effect, or you can use it full on for a chic and glamorous look.”

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When Happy Skin asked Denise Go-Ochoa to work on this collection, she didn’t think twice before she ecstatically said yes. “I’ve always believed in the quality of Happy Skin—I’ve seen and experienced it myself,” she says. Since 1999, Denise has been specializing in the fresh look. Taking inspiration from her trademark, she went with matte caramel and satin-finish medium brown eyeshadows and a naked peach liquid lipstick. “I chose those eyeshadow shades, because anyone can use them and they automatically make you look fresh,” she says. “For the liquid lipstick, I think that nude lips are a classic. So the shade won’t look too nude, we added a little peach.”

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Mickey See has been dolling up celebrities and brides for the past 12 years. With a bride-to-be in mind, he decided on bringing out a blushing look with his choice of shimmery peach and matte light brown eyeshadows and a deep blush liquid lipstick. “This eyeshadow duo is my go-to, because you can even use the shades as a highlighter or as a contour powder,” he says. “I chose a pinker shade for the liquid lipstick, because the color is more blushing and youthful—hindi matapang, pero may dating.” On why he wanted to be part of the Happy Skin Glam Squad, Mickey had this to say: “It’s rare to have a local brand with really great quality.”

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For Jigs Mayuga, having his name on a makeup a product is like a dream. “It validates that you’ve made a name in your career,” he says. “It’s a huge thing for me.” Having been a makeup artist and a makeup guru for 12 years, Jigs understands how trends empower, which is why he decided on a bold look with matte brown and matte black eyeshadows and a rose-brown liquid lipstick. “Happy Skin’s existing eyeshadows are mainly neutral, and I wanted a color palette that women can transition from day to night with,” he says. “And since matte browns are huge nowadays, I wanted a liquid lipstick in a rosy-brown shade.”

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Like its famous matte lippie, Happy Skin’s liquid matte lipsticks contain ultra-hydrating Cupuaçu butter for a matte-yet-moisturizing finish. For a crease-resistant look, all the eyeshadow duos have nourishing Argan oil to allow pigments to glide on smoothly.

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Rounding up the collection are the Contour & Color palette, which has a taupe contour powder and a rosy-coral blush powder; the Arch Definer & Brow Mascara, a double-ended pencil and mascara pen that comes in two shades: light brown and medium brown; and the Custom Brush Set that contains powder, angled flat top, eyeshadow/concealer, crease, eyeshadow blending, and lip brushes. All products were curated by Juan, Denise, Mickey, and Jigs to ensure that the colors flatter all skin tones, and so that both ease-of-use and a professional finish are guaranteed.

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Similar to Happy Skin’s successful collaborations in the past, the four master makeup artists are giving a portion of the collection’s sales to their charities of choice: Juan, to a global food assistance program; Denise, to Haven for the Elderly; Mickey, to orphanage White Cross Children’s Home; and Jigs, to LGBTQ network LAGABLAB.

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It is hard not to fall in love with this collection. I cant wait to get my hands on those eyeshadow duo sets, and those lippies!❤

 

 

Cuddle time with Belo Baby

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Back then, if you asked me what my favorite thing to do is, I would say either traveling, shopping or eating out. Of course, I still like doing those things but now that I am a mom, spending quality time with my family is my top priority. If I can spend most of my day with my husband and son, I so would! They make me so happy, and honestly, I never thought I would ever feel this way about being a wife and mom. My priorities have definitely shifted. Now I spend my free time cuddling with my family while watching a movie, or playing with my son in bed or on his play mat. It is all about the simple things in life and I couldn’t be happier.

One thing I super enjoy doing is giving my son a bath and applying lotion on him after. This is our bonding ritual, and I love that we always end up laughing, singing and playing during these moments. It helps that I use Belo Baby bath products and baby cologne because (1) these products smell so good, (2) they are clinically proven safe for my baby’s skin, (3) they contain amazing ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter to help moisturize Tristan’s skin. I have been using these for several months now and I have no complaints. Our bonding moments are made special thanks to Belo Baby products!

Of course, I want to share these products with you too, mommies and daddies! That’s why I am giving away 3 awesome Belo Baby gift packs!!! I recently gave these as gifts to my mommy friends and did a contest a few months ago and the feedback was GREAT! This is a brand I know you will love and is super gentle on baby’s skin, so don’t forget to join! Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow @kellymisa AND @belobabylove on Instagram.
  2. Post a picture of you and your baby during cuddle time, along with your favorite Belo Baby product, and add the hashtag #BeloBabyCuddletime. Share this with your other mommy friends so they can win too!
  3. I will select 3 winners and notify you directly on your IG posts by September 7 and we will ship the goodies to you! This is open to those with a Philippine address.

Good luck!!! I cant wait to see your posts on Instagram!❤

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Quaker oats, my favorite supergrain

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Since Tristan now eats what we eat, Carlos and I have made a conscious effort to eat clean and eat well. No more processed, high sodium/high sugar foods, as well as anything canned or high in preservatives. As much as possible, we try to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, high-fiber grains and lean chicken and beef, as well as fish and all kinds of seafood. We also cook our own meals now, which have been a little time-consuming, but at least now we know what’s in our food.

We only decided to make this change a few weeks ago. We usually had food delivered from our go-to restaurants and one day we realized we didn’t want to feed our baby what we ordered. Not that it tasted bad, but it wasn’t healthy enough for Tristan. That’s when we knew we had to make a lifestyle change–we had to eat less of the fast and processed and more of the fresh and healthy, and we had to do it asap. I mean, if we didn’t want our baby to eat this sort of food, why should we eat it? We thought long and hard about it and realized these things add up in the long run and we might end up sick in the future if we don’t make any changes. Then who will take care of our little guy?! Oh, the things you need to think of when you have a baby.

Like any mom, I want the best for my family, and I know that good food is equal to health. That’s why I’ve been reading up on the healthiest food, so that I can stock up our pantry with these ingredients and incorporate them into our meals. One super food which we tend to overlook has been around for ages, is not expensive, and is actually available everywhere!

It is the humble oatmeal. We take this super grain for granted because you can pretty much buy it everywhere. But what most of us don’t know is that it is an all-in-one source of nutrition. Oats are packed with all kinds of nutrients–you will be amazed with how much good it can do for your body. OATS contain:

Carbohydrates to provide the fuel your body needs.

Protein to help build and maintain muscles, as well as support growth and development.

Fiber to help with digestion, and make you feel full (no unhealthy snacking when you eat this). Oats also contain a special type of solute fiber called beta glucan, which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B1 to help maintain normal nerve function and energy metabolism.

Vitamin B6 to establish normal immune and nervous system.

Iron to promote hemoglobin in red blood cells.

Magnesium to maintain healthy bones and regular heartbeat.

Phosphorus, when combined with Calcium strengthens bones and teeth.

Zinc to support the body’s growth and development and maintain normal immune function and wound healing.

So, I was totally floored when I read all these nutrients that can be found in oats. I had no idea! No wonder why my mom always made it a point to serve oatmeal for breakfast when we were growing up. It is so good for you–it provides sustained energy for your daily needs, helps you control over-eating (you feel full after eating just a bowl of oats), it aids in digestive health by promoting regular bowel movement (something we don’t think about but is so important for our health), it contains antioxidants and offers protection against the effects of free radicals (such as cell damage and inflammation) and it is believed to lower the risk of cancer. Phew! That is a whole lot of good for such a small grain.

The best part is you can buy this superfood in any supermarket or convenience store, and it comes in all kinds of varieties and flavors. Yes, Quaker (the #1 oat brand in the world) has expanded its products, giving us options that range from breakfast food to healthy snacks. Check out my favorites.

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These are definitely staples in our pantry, and provide my family with energy and nutrition for the entire day. My favorites are Fruit and Nuts Instant Oatmeal, Raisin Oatmeal Cookies and Instant Oats Caldo!❤ Yay for Quaker Oats!