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!

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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! ❤

My top picks at Mika’s shopping party in Max & Co

A shopping party–what a fun way to celebrate a birthday! ❤ Mika, one of my dearest and oldest friends from the industry recently celebrated her birthday at Max & Co. (an SSI fashion brand under Max Mara) and it was super fab. Not only did we have the store to ourselves (I tried on so many great pieces), we got to drink gin cocktails while shopping!

Personally, I don’t recall shopping at Max & Co., so this was a treat to be able to check their latest collection and try on their clothes, shoes and accessories. I found some great additions to my closet–scroll down to see what I liked from Mika’s birthday shopping party.

       

Happy happy birthday, Miks (this greeting is super belated), and congrats on the relaunch of your blog!!! Visit http://www.mikaelamartinez.com to read more about this gorgeous mama’s amazing life.

How this brand celebrated its 20th year in the Philippines

I can’t believe Marks & Spencer is now celebrating their 20th year in the Philippines! What a milestone! I mean, what was I doing in 1997?! Haha I think I was in second year high school at the time, and super clueless about fashion. I remember though how Marks & Spencer was all the rage (likely because it had just opened in Manila), and all the cool girls in school had Marks & Spencer underwear, socks and inner wear (we wore uniforms).

It wasn’t until I was in college and earning from my modeling stints that I did my first big purchase at Marks & Spencer, and let me tell you, I didn’t hold back. I bought the essentials, like things I basically used everyday–like underwear, socks, t-shirts, scented lotion and of course, jeans. I wanted to invest in quality, and I was right to do so because all of these lasted far longer than all the other cheap buys I made in the past. In the end I got bang for my buck, because these became closet staples that lasted for years. And since then, I always made room in my closet for Marks & Spencer.

I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic when I attended their 20th anniversary shopping party. This is a brand that saw me through my major life events–from being a student, a struggling commercial model, a fly-in model, a television host, a wife and now a mom. Marks & Spencer was with me every step of the way! I’ve got so much love for this brand.

 

At the Marks & Spencer shopping party, we were introduced to the latest technology and innovation that will be available to us soon. Amazing things like Stormwear technology, that keeps you dry as it wicks away any moisture. Cool, huh?

And we got to choose our favorite pair of jeans, and dress it up with patches and studs to customize them! Of course, there was a mini photo shoot going on, to show off the amazing fit of Marks & Spencer jeans. Patty Laurel-Filart and I gamely posed for the camera.

GUESS WHAT? To celebrate their 20th anniversary they’ll be doing monthly raffles for their loyal customers. Here we will have the chance to win an overnight stay and spa package for two at the Shangri-La at The Fort and a buffet party for 10 at High Street Café, as well as a Marks & Spencer shopping spree worth Php 50,000 (seriously). Also, another 10 customers will win Php 20,000 worth of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers. Other benefits of being a Marks & Spencer loyalty customer include birthday discounts, seasonal freebies, personalized shopping services, bonus points and more. It is nice to know Marks & Spencer loves us all back.

                 

The raffle will run until November 19, 2017. For every purchase of Php2,000.00, each loyalty member is entitled to one (1) electronic raffle coupon. One (1) winner of Php20,000.00 Marks & Spencer gift vouchers will be drawn every 20th of the month from February to November 2017.

The grand draw for all entries is scheduled for November 20, 2017. One (1) winner will win an overnight stay and spa package for two (2) at Shangri-La at The Fort with a buffet party for 10 at High Street Café, and a Marks & Spencer shopping spree worth Php50,000.00. 10 winners will be given Php20,000.00 worth of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers. Visit the nearest Marks & Spencer store to for more information.

Why ‘NUDE’ isn’t just one color

I was once asked what my favorite shade of lipstick is, and I remember immediately answering, “nude”, because that is all I ever wear. Then it occurred to me to ask, “is nude a color”? The person I was talking to couldn’t answer the question as well, so we Googled it. We then found out that nude isn’t necessarily limited to a specific color, as it is totally dependent on the wearer’s skin tone.

This totally made sense, but funnily, I don’t think I have ever discussed what nude meant to me as a color. Suddenly, it wasn’t just one color anymore, and the definition of the word nude had a whole new meaning as it is dependent on the color of our complexion. I mean, how mind-boggling is it that there is actually a full spectrum of nude tones out there and yet the word nude seems to suggest only one tone or color.

Well, not anymore. Lately, there has been a global effort to provide as many nude shades as possible to cater to all skin tones. I have been extra happy about this, as I’ve been seeing a wide range of nude tones in my go-to lipstick, nail polish, clothing, and shoe brands. Most especially in my favorite underwear brand, Avon. Yes, the brand we all know and love recently launched Nude Possibilities, which offers us eight amazing nude tones bras, to suit every skin color.

I didn’t fully appreciate how good this campaign was until I saw the deliciously nude colors for myself. From an ivory shade (Light Skintone) to a pinkish white tone (Pink Champagne), a light mauve color (Rose Gold), a buff shade (Dark Skintone), a very naked nude tone (Nude), and darker coffee brown options (Mocha, Coffee and Dark Brown), Avon offers us variety like never before. And that is pretty amazing. If you think about it, this line can match every skin tone and every nude outfit you have, which means these are super versatile and wearable!

Of course, I immediately got myself three different shades of nude bras which I found has allowed me to seamlessly wear every color imaginable in my closet. From crisp whites, to warm blush and pink shades, beiges and nut-colored outfits to browns and blacks, and yes, even bright colors! This line allows me to wear my entire closet with confidence, thanks to its gorgeous designs and incredible fit. Seriously, wearing Avon bras feels like second skin–they are so comfortable.

So okay, of course there are more than just one kind of Avon nude bra (there’s more variety for us ladies). Let me introduce the different kinds of bras available and so you know which ones go best with that specific outfit you plan to wear.

T-SHIRT BRA. These are seamless, contoured bras that are designed to give a smooth and invisible look under tight and lightweight tops. Usually these have minimal designs as they are meant to lend shape and support while looking like second skin. This is perfect for tank tops and t-shirts and all kinds of tight tops and dresses.

INNOVATION BRA. Bras that give you additional benefit compared to your normal bras. These bras are actually so well-designed they offer breathability and a lightweight feel to give you that maximum comfort to wear them all day. These are perfect for our hot weather as it is made with breathable material.

LACED. These are sensuous-looking intimates that have intricate lace designs that allows you to feel sexy under any outfit. If you haven’t worn lace underwear then you wont know how sexy it makes you feel wearing it. Oh, and of course, its an added bonus for the person who sees you wearing it. Lace underwear is so luxurious and sexy!

DEMI UNDERWIRE. For a more natural look, the demi underwire bra cuts low across the whole cup. It usually plunges low enough to show off some cleavage, which makes this perfect for low cut, scoop neck and wide neckline tops.

NON-WIRE BRAS. These are extremely comfortable wireless brassiere that is perfect for everyday wear. The bra has cups that are slightly padded with soft foam but still has support without the extra weight. They are perfect to wear under light and airy clothes.

EXTRA SUPPORT. These bras are designed for women who need extra support (yup, well-endowed ladies, these are for you). From minimizer to shaping and back smoothing bras, Avon offers fashion-forward designs that make you feel confident and sexy.

There is a wide range of brasserie available at Avon Intimates. Be sure to check out their line, Nude Revolution and treat yourself to these versatile gorgeous nude bras. Seriously, one nude bra is never enough! For more about Avon Intimates Nude Possibilities, visit http://www.avonshop.ph.