Shop and ship with Shipping Cart

It’s been awhile since I last blogged about Shipping Cart (you can read my first review HERE). I’ve been using them to ship all my online shopping purchases since last year and have been super happy with their service ever since. Funny, I am on my fourth box right now and have been busy switching windows blogging and shopping at the same time (haha which is why it’s taking me forever to write this post).

As you know, I love shopping online because I find so many amazing deals, especially during sale season. This is when my favorite luxury brands suddenly become reasonably priced and it just seems crazy if I don’t make the purchase considering how low the prices are. Also, all of Tristan’s baby clothes, toys, gear and accessories can be bought at a fraction of a price, which just makes sense! I swear, online shopping is the best!!!

Okay, so for those of you who don’t know, Shipping Cart is an online shipping service that allows you to ship goods from your favorite U.S. online retailers and ship them to your address in the Philippines. It is super quick and easy, and safe, affordable and efficient. I’ve never encountered a problem with them, and I can proudly recommend them to family and friends. My favorite thing about them is that the box is delivered straight to your doorstep–no need to pick it up at the post office or pay hidden dues/taxes. You pay once and get your box! It’s that easy.

I’ve created this simple step-by-step guide if you were wondering how to go about starting your box and using the Shipping Cart service.

STEP ONE: When you register for an account at www.shippingcart.com, you get a free Shipping Cart U.S. address and telephone number you can use as your delivery address when you checkout purchases from U.S. online stores. This is the information you’ll use for your shipping details so make sure you get it right. Based on experience, the best shopping sites I’ve ordered from are Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Asos and Shopbop. Unfortunately, Net-a-porter does not allow freight forwarding and Barneys does not allow different countries for your shipping address and credit card info address.

STEP TWO: Once your items are accepted at your Shipping Cart address, they will be queued for processing. Processing consists of inspection, weighing, and photography. Once this process has been completed, you will receive an email that your items are in your Shipping Cart dashboard.

STEP THREE: You may now select which items you want to shop to your preferred Philippine address, how you want to ship (via Air Cargoor Sea Freight), how much you want to insure your shipment (Shipping Cart offers up to US$500 for free), and what safe payment option (Credit Card, LBC Over-the-Counter or Paypal) you prefer.

STEP FOUR: When you’re done paying, your items will be queued for consolidation and shipping. You will receive a tracking number via email once your box ships out, which you can use to know the status of your shipment via the tracking tool on the website.

STEP FIVE: Now all you need to do is wait for your box to arrive at your front door.

YAY! I’m giving P250 off on your next shipment! All you have to do is use the code: kelly250 and it will give you the discount. Click HERE to go to the link! Happy online shopping!!! ❤

 

 

Get your Philux fix

Philux’s latest campaign: PHILUX FIX, was launched through a furniture and photo exhibit last month at the SM Mega Fashion Hall.

In case you didn’t know, Philux is a contemporary furniture retail and custom shop that began as a small family business 37 years ago. According to Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, Philux’s head of sales and business development, “Philux started as a mom-and-pop business in the backyard of my mother’s ancestral home with two skilled carpenters creating rattan furniture.” Steph is the eldest daughter of Max and Zelda Kienle, who founded the furniture company. The company grew exponentially through the decades, and has since become a well-known brand in the Philippines.

The brand recently collaborated with influencers of different backgrounds to customize furniture of their choosing while infusing their own sense of aesthetics. “We selected people, most of whom are friends, to collaborate with us. We asked them to choose an existing Philux piece and customize it according to their needs, taste and preference,” says Jessica Kienle Maxwell, head designer, and youngest of the Kienle sister duo. “They are a good mix of different personalities, career paths, and different tastes so it has been such a creative and exciting experience for us and for them,” she adds.

Design collaborators include top photographer BJ Pascual, who designed his own piece as well as photographed all the other collaborators with their chosen furniture. BJ had photos he took on a trip to New York printed on his Fulton chairs.

Actress and artist Heart Evangelista Escudero, whose artwork on Birkin bags got everyone raving, opted to paint on her chosen Philux Polk chair and added embellishments and stated: “it’s my first time to work on furniture so this is quite new to me and I love it!”

Erwan Heussaff, on the other hand, went for a simpler piece stating, “I’m all about understated elegance. I’m not too showy so this Embla chair is just perfect.”

For the more sentimental like new mom Bianca Gonzalez Intal, actual hand prints of her, her husband’s and baby Lucia’s were printed on her Marquis Meridienne. “It’s going to be placed in our play room. We wanted something very comfortable and immortalize how little Lucia is right now, thus the hand print. It’s a nice thing to look back to when she is older. It’s really a family piece,” she says.

Other furniture pieces were jointly designed with Tessa Prieto Valdez, Karen Davila, Joey and Angie King, Chris and Clarisse Tiu, Pam Quiñones, Philux’s power duo Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez and Jessica Kienle Maxwell, Stephanie Zubiri Crespi, and Cristalle and Justin Pitt.

  

This is amazing news: Philux clients can indeed semi-customize their furniture by choosing from an in-house selection of wood, wood finish, fabrics, and accents such as mattings, handles, and glass tops, just as these celebrities did for this campaign.

A few of the Philux Fix pieces are currently on display at Philux Rockwell and Philux Megamall. Also available at Philux Shangri-la at the Fort are furniture pieces that may be ordered for a limited quantity.

For more info, check out www.philux.ph // LIKE them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philuxinc // Follow them on Instagram: @_philux_ // Email them at: sales@philux.ph // Visit their showrooms: SM Megamall, Power Plant Mall, LRI Design Plaza, SM North Edsa, Shangri-La at The Fort.

 

doTERRA Essential Oils

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I was recently invited to attend a workshop on essential oils (hosted by doTERRA), along with Baby Barangay moms Cat Juan-Ledesma, Bianca Santiago-Reinoso and Patty Laurel-Filart. All I can say is WOW, I had no idea how amazing essential oils are and how many health benefits they deliver when used correctly. 

Before this, my knowledge of essential oils was limited to aromatherapy via room scents (using burners or air purifiers). I did not know essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications (as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on the user) that include aromatic, topical and internal methods. These can actually be used as a natural alternative to traditional medicine and have proven to elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses.

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Admittedly, this was all hard to believe at first. Until I tried it at home and saw for myself how effective they are. Now, I don’t think I can live without it and I am ready to try other essential oils to treat common ailments.

The best example I can think of is how effective lavender essential oil has been for putting my son Tristan to sleep. So okay, one thing about my son is that he likes to sleep late. He is usually most active at night, and my husband and I have tried so many things to change this, including waking him up in the morning, changing his nap time, and tiring him out so he is asleep by 10pm. Nothing has worked (our little guy fights sleep no matter how tried he is) and just when we were ready to give up, we tried using lavender essential oil. We applied it on Tristan’s neck and feet, and it worked like magic. Seriously, all we needed was a drop and he went straight to bed.

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Now, I need to make it clear that the lavender I used is a therapeutic-grade essential oil from doTERRA. The US-based company has been selling essential oils since 2008 and is one of the first to standardize only the highest quality essential oils from around the world as Certified Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). I need to clarify this because before the workshop I though all essential oils are pretty much the same thing. They are not. The efficacy will depend on how potent the essential oil is and of course, how trustworthy the brand is.

I am definitely no expert here (there is still so much for me to learn), but I feel like this is too good not to share. So, here’s what I learned from this amazing workshop by doTERRA–scroll down to read all about the health benefits of essential oils.

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1.) Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect thru aromatic application.

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2.) You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply. Other ways to use essential oils is by applying oil to a cotton ball and placing it in the air vents of your vehicle, mixing oils in a spray bottle with water and misting over furniture, carpet or linens, adding oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets, and using it in household surface cleaners.

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3.) Another effective method for applying essential oils is by topical application. Because essential oils have low molecular weight and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

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4.) Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage with increase blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

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5.) It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status. Other effective methods of topical application include adding a few drops of oil to a warm bath, making a hot or cold compress by soaking a tower or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area, and adding oil to a moisturizer and then applying to skin.

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6.) Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

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7.) When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. You actually use oils in recipes for cooking and baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices (it is best to start with a very small amount—a tip is to use the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food rather than using a dropper), add essentials oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, etc.       img_8730

To know more about doTERRA essential oils, click on to http://www.doterra.com and follow @doterraTHERAPY on Instagram.

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Simply Modular

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that my little family and I recently moved to a bigger space. Carlos and I found this nice old house by chance, and when we went inside we immediately saw its potential and got it. It was built a few decades ago so it has huge rooms with high ceilings (my favorite thing about it). The only downside is that it has limited closet space, so I’ve been struggling to find places for all my things.

As a result, I’ve been looking for closet space solutions and have spent my weekends canvasing home storage stores, carpentry shops and online sites with little to no luck. I mean, yes, I’ve found really nice closets and storage organizers but they were either too expensive or require a team of really smart people to build (I am really bad at building furniture and I didn’t want to bug Carlos as he’s been so stressed with this move). And just when I was about to give up, I got an email from Simply Modular Furniture System asking me if I wanted to give their products a try.

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At first I was a little reluctant, especially when I saw DIY in the description somewhere. But then I went through the catalog and saw how incredibly functional, durable and easy-to-build it was. It can seamlessly work in any room of the house and organize your things stylishly and efficiently. The best part: you can assemble and disassemble it to build different kinds of furniture–a shelf, cabinet, console table, closet, bed, desk, bench, and many more. It is pretty amazing, and I was (for the first time in my life) excited to build my own organizing space.

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Simply Modular Furniture System started in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, and has become a practical and affordable solution for many families who need to organize their lives. No doubt, it is a popular option for condo dwellers all around Asia, but as I found out it also works for big homes as it combines function, quality, design and value–with sustainability in mind. It is the first of its kind in the Philippines and I am proud to be among the first to try it.

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This is how it works: Simply Modular is made of connectable panels that are self-assembled to form different types of furniture. They may be reused and morphed into different styles and sizes as needed. So that console can actually be turned into a bookshelf and then a closet after, depending on what you need at the moment.

Storing the panels takes up minimal space as they are flatly stacked in a box, and are easily transportable. All parts, made from high quality ABS plastic, are 100% waterproof, termite-proof, rust-proof, and can hold up to 200 kilos. This is such a great investment!

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I love that Simply Modular does not require tools. This is such a huge deal for me because I really hate nails, screws and bolts! I can honestly say that this is super easy to build (I was able to do it) as it is done using an easy click-and-stack mechanism.

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Simply Modular also works for kiddie rooms! They have a Kids Animal Panel that is a popular choice in nurseries, daycare centers, children’s locker rooms and play zones. Not only that, most offices have started using Simply Modular desks, cabinets and shelves as employees come and go. It can even be used in shower areas because it is waterproof.

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Simply Modular sells Full Sets, Kids Animal Panel and add-on Accessories. The basic 6 SET forms one cube. Other full sets available are the 11 SET, 15+6 SET, 16 SET and 20 SET, with longer 727 mm panels and basic 320 mm panels. Both panel sizes have 20 mm thickness. One may select each panel color from the available swatches. Sophisticated furniture systems may be assembled by adding accessories such as door handles, clothing rail, shelves, etc. There’s no need to paint nor varnish.

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The first store is opening on February 2017 at G/F SMDC M Place, Panay Avenue, Quezon City (beside ABS-CBN) with more branches opening for the rest of 2017. Simply Modular has partnered with SMDC malls located right below SMDC condos to cater to their and other condo dwellers in the metro. Online shopping with hassle-free delivery service is also available at http://www.simplymodular.ph.

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So okay, I have proof that I built my own cabinet! Hahaha. Scroll down to see how easy it is to build Simply Modular furniture. I definitely had a fun and easy time building it and yay, I am super happy that I now have space for my things! Can I just say: the two other pairs of legs you see in the photos are my dad and brother’s. They were there to help but I shooed them away as I knew I could do it on my own. They ended up watching TV as I built my cabinet. ❤

 

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For more Simply Modular design inspiration, scroll down. ❤

 

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To check out their latest design innovation, visit their Facebook and Instagram page @simplymodular.

New Year shopping at SM Home

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This New Year is extra special because (yay) we’re moving to a new home! I have to say, it has been a crazy mix of emotions ranging from happy and excited, nervous and anxious and overwhelmed and stressed. As I continue to pack our lives in boxes, I begin to realize how many wonderful memories we’ve created in this little house we’ve been living in for three years. We’ve spent most of our married life here (haha, we’ve been married for four years), I got pregnant here and Tristan spent his first year here. I am surely going to miss this house! But at the same time, I am very excited for what’s to come.

Our new home will be bigger. There will definitely be more room for my family, and Tristan will have more space to run, hide and play. Also, we will finally be able to invite people over for dinners and parties. This is something Carlos and I have always wanted to do, but because of limited space have never gotten around to doing. I couldn’t be happier and more optimistic about this move–this will be good for us. And though I am a little nostalgic, there is just so much to look forward to, and that includes decorating our new home!

We need more than a few things for this bigger house, and that includes: a bigger couch for the living area, more dining chairs, a new set of plates (good for 10-12), a desk for Tristan’s room, more pots and pans (and a paellera), matching towels, and plenty of organizing bins. This is quite a long list, and with the renovation and expenses for the move, well, to be honest, we don’t really have a big budget for all of this. So naturally, I headed to SM HOME, because everyone knows this is the place to find a wide variety of quality items that wont break the bank. I went to the one in SM Megamall, which was huge and well-stocked. And yes, I was able to find everything on my list and more–I had so much fun shopping for our new home!

img_1239I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide range of couches at SM Home. They look so elegant and chic! I love the color palette.

img_1191I need this entire set from John Lewis! We’ve been making do with a plate set good for four, and we seriously need an upgrade if we will be inviting people over.

img_1233We need bigger pots and pans, too! These ones from Meyer look good!

      img_1278I know Tristan is only one, but since he has a bigger room now I thought we can put in a small desk for when he needs it for school.

img_1219This is what we need! More organizing bins for my makeup, Carlos’s gadgets and Tristan’s toys.

img_1193I really love this set from John Lewis! ❤

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img_1255One more thing I need: carpets for the dining area and our bedroom!

  img_1234I bought this straight away–every house needs a paellera!

img_1236I’ve been meaning to buy a big outdoor grill for the house, but since we don’t have enough budget for it at the moment I thought this would do!

img_1223Faux flowers to brighten the home. This is good to have when you don’t have the budget to buy fresh flowers every week hehehe.

img_1267 A sea of beige, brown, black and blue couches.

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img_1286You can never have enough towels for your home. These ones from Canadian are super soft and fluffy.

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img_1206These leaf prints are super nice and inexpensive (no need to think about framing costs).

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img_1205Tristan’s room has a nautical theme–these would be perfect!

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Here come more exciting news: SM HOME will be having its Grand Clearance Sale from now until February 5, 2017 (limited stock and availability of items depending on the branch). Be sure to drop by to find amazing deals for your home.

Visit their website: http://www.smhome,com.ph, Facebook page: SM Home, Instagram: @smhome, Snapchat: SMHome_PH and Twitter: SMHome_PH.

Happy shopping! ❤

New year, new home

I have exciting news: we’re moving to a new home! ❤ Yes, we are finally moving to a bigger space, which means more room for my stuff (haha). Actually, I am thinking of getting rid of a lot of my old things (I am planning on doing a major garage sale soon), as I want this house to be clean and clutter-free. I’ve been going a little crazy packing all my things into boxes these past few days, and I am dreading all the unpacking and organizing I’ll be doing after the move. And so to keep my mindset happy and positive, I’ve been looking at home design inspirations online and so far it is kind of working. I am now looking forward to making this house feel like home and filling it with things we love. Let me share with you some home design pegs that caught my eye.

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