WATCH: #TrendingWithKelly in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur will always have a special place in my heart. This was the first destination that our show, Trending Now explored and I remember being all kinds of nervous because it was my first time to host a lifestyle/travel show. It all seems like eons ago now, especially since the show has become my very own show (hence the new title: #TrendingWithKelly). I am happy to explore KL once again, this time with a new amazing team. Watch and leave a comment below. ❤

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The Day I Wore: Red ruffles

I’m a stickler for anything red with ruffles, so this top from H&M called out to me from across the showroom. I love how the color brightens my face–it has the same effect as wearing red lipstick. So I wore the top with ripped jeans (also from H&M), which I think worked well to balance out how frilly the top is. And slipped on my favorite leather sandals from Annie & Lori. These photos were taken on the Bridgeway of the Petronas Twin Towers while I was doing spiels for my lifestyle/travel show, #TrendingWithKelly. ❤ Happy weekend!

Happening today: True Value’s Annual Super Sale

Dont miss out on the biggest sale of the season! TRUE VALUE Shangri-la Mall is having its annual super sale TODAY! It is already in full swing as you read this, but good news: they will be open until midnight tonight so you still have time to shop. 3/5 of the Baby Barangay moms: me, Cat Juan-Ledesma and Bianca Santiago-Reinoso dropped by yesterday to scope out the wares and my golly, we went crazy. Everything from home appliances, kitchen wear and flatware, tools, home improvement items, car accessories, Christmas decor, and pretty much anything home-related is all discounted just for today. And discounts range from 10, 20, 30, 50, 70 to even 90% off!!! This is seriously the best time to do your Christmas shopping, and even shop for your home.

I ended up going home with ceramic pans (time to replace those scary Teflon ones we were using), organizing containers, a mandoline for the kitchen, a Philips air frier, a spiralizer (the only way we can eat pasta these days: zucchini/cucumber noodles), a glass surface protector for our glass shower (to avoid streaks and soap scum), a ton of cinnamon-scented pinecones (to feel Christmas in the home), a cold brew coffee maker for the husband and many, many more items–all at 50% to 70% off!!! Seriously, I got shocked with our bill because I was expected it to be super high. And I love that True Value offered me to pay in installment (6 months to pay) so I really wont feel it when I pay for my credit card. Super sulit! Put on your shoes and drive there NOW!!!!

Healthy Finds: Liv Store

Since I started my Ketogenic journey four months ago, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat clean and healthy. This means making healthier choices everyday–eating more vegetables (organic, no GMO), fresh meats (preferably grass fed, with no antibiotics or hormones) and clean seafood (no farmed fish). I have to admit, its been quite a difficult path to take especially since all the unhealthy food are so quick and convenient. They are in your face ALL THE TIME, and their packaging always looks so attractive.

I still fall for it sometimes, especially when they sneakily market the product as “healthy” but it is so far from it. I usually spend a lot of time reading labels, and when I see that the sugar content is high, well, that’s a big no-no for me. There has been plenty of research about the negative effects of sugar on our bodies (it has been linked to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, and many more), and if you’re a sugar fiend (I was my entire life) well then, you should know that it is super addicting! It has been the most difficult food group to remove from my diet, and I still struggle to this day not to fall into temptation.

I feel like my Keto diet deserves its own post (my readers have been requesting for it since I announced I was on it) so I shall stop talking about it for now and work on it in the coming days (for sure it will be a long and lengthy one). In the meantime, I wanted to share with you one of the health stores I frequent for healthy snacks, organic bath products, trendy clothes, travel essentials and pet grooming products (I can’t forget about Lily).

It is called LIV STORE, and it is owned by my good friends Paolo and Teng Ongpin. They’ve been into the ketogenic lifestyle for awhile, and in the process have embraced the healthy, all-natural lifestyle as well. The store is filled with things they personally use and love, and all the brands they carry are locally made.

I love that they did this! It’s about time we have more wholesome and natural stores that are proudly Pinoy. If you are in Southwoods area, you have to visit! It is a happy little store with plenty of amazing offerings. I ended up with two basket full of goodies for my household, and we are honestly so happy to have made the switch. Natural is always better!

                        

Liv Store is located in Unit 206A Coral Center Building, Ecocentrum Business Park Southwards City, San Francisco Biñan, Laguna. Contact them at: info.livstoreph@gmail.com.

A surprise party for my bestie at Bar Pintxos

It was my best friend Bianca Santiago-Reinoso’s birthday last August 23 (I know, this post is more than a little late) and we decided to surprise her with an intimate party at our favorite bar and resto. Of course, I am talking about Bar Pinxtos, a cool little spot in Alabang that serves amazing food, wine and cocktails.

We were so happy our best girl got the surprise of her life (though she wont admit it haha). To be honest, we waited so long in the dark to make sure she wouldn’t see us (she arrived but went to the bathroom first) it felt like we were going to get surprised by Bianca! Seriously though, she was so happy because her whole family was there, as well as her AAs. We ended up closing the resto (they basically kicked us out haha), and as always we spent the evening eating, drinking and laughing. We love you Banks!!! ❤

                       

The Day I Wore: Ripped Jeans

   

These photos are actually from a recent shoot I did for Natalac, that was styled by my bestie Bianca Santiago-Reinoso and photographed by Sheila Catilo. We went out of the studio to take a break and ended up doing a quickie shoot (thanks to Sheila who still had her camera in her hand). The tank top and jeans I wore are both from Forever21, while my accessories were from Hey Jow!. My leather sandals are my favorites at the moment–they are from Annie & Lori. Happy Monday! ❤