The day I wore: White floral

         

Photography: Sheila Catilo // Location: Ibiza Beach Club, BGC

I absolutely love this shoot I did with master lensman Sheila Catilo for Hey Jow (the brand featured me as their style icon for the month of July). It was super fast and easy, we finished four layouts in two hours (that was amazingly quick)! On this day I wore the prettiest dress from Get Spotted (you can visit them at POP Retail Lab at Glorietta 3) and wore it with gorgeous accessories from Hey Jow. Oh and my nude heels are from Schultz–they’re my favorite!

Head on to www.heyjow.com to purchase any of these accessories (the gold earrings are a win for me).

My Travel Diary: Matuod Beach

Its been awhile since our last beach trip–I am so glad my little family found the time to go. The beach never fails to relax us, and somehow it feels like the reset button has been pressed after a weekend of sun, sand and water. I am so happy, my little toddler loves the beach as much as we do. He wanted to spend all day in the water! He is no doubt our little beach baby. And we got to bring Lily, our dog, too! We haven’t been able to spend enough time with our ‘first born pup’ so we were glad we all got to spend quality time at the beach.

We love this beach in Lian, Batangas because it is quiet, safe for kids and has a gorgeous sunset. We have so many happy memories here as we’ve been going back here for years, and we are more than happy that Tristan is now part of these core memories. Matuod beach will always have a special place in our hearts. ❤

                                 

WATCH: #TrendingWithKelly Pilot episode

Here it is! The passion project I have been working so hard on these past few months. #TrendingWithKelly is a lifestyle/travel show I am hosting on ANC and wow, I cant believe it–it is my very own show (it has my name on it)!!! I am so happy and proud, which is why I am sharing it with you guys. #TrendingWithKelly airs every Sunday at 9:30pm, with replays on Saturdays at 11:30am on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). Thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown on Instagram. Ill be linking more episodes here soon! ❤

 

The day I wore: Orange Velvet

Photos by Neil T. Alix

Theres really nothing like cool weather dressing. I love the idea of throwing on something fuzzy and comfortable while still looking stylish. This ensemble from H&M does just that–the oversized sweater paired with the bright orange velvet skirt just works. It was an easy outfit to wear for my taping for Trending With Kelly in Baguio. Though its not cool enough to wear this, it will be in a few months, and I am looking forward to the drop in temperature.

What happened when the Baby Barangay moms took a Master Mixology Class

HISTORY OF THE COCKTAIL. Since the days of mead, honey, wine, and toast, people have been mixing alcoholic beverages in an effort to make the intoxication process go down a little smoother. Throughout the middle ages, distilled spirits were strong and fiery, so plenty was done to tame them. They were mixed with water, wine or beer, and flavored with herbs and sweeteners. From this tradition, we get many of our classic liqueurs, vermouths, and digestifs. 

But it wasn’t until the early 17th century that a drink called ‘punch’ was first served in India, taking its name form the Sanskrit word for five. All the building blocks were in place for the rise of the modern cocktail. Punch spread throughout Europe and the many British colonies, crossed the Atlantic, and became a popular mainstay in bars everywhere. Its classic five-part recipe (sour lemon, sweet sugar, strong alcohol, weak water and spices) proved to be an adaptable template which would evolve into other categories of drinks, such as egg nogs, flips, juleps, slings, and of course, the modern cocktail. 

I love cocktails as much as the next person, but I have to admit, I never really gave much thought to it, other than trying to drink as much of it as I could. During my pre-baby days I was never seen without a drink in my hand whenever I was out, and I would always order my favorite cocktails: Whisky Sours, Mojitos, Daiquiris and Martinis. Now that I’ve taken a long break from drinking I am seeing the cocktail in a whole new light–I have a newfound appreciation for it, especially after taking a Mixology class by Bevtools.com.

The Baby Barangay (Bianca, Cat, Nicole, Patty and I) took a Masterclass on the Fundamentals of Craft Cocktails (it sounds so serious, I love it), which of course, became a super fun night of drinking, mixing drinks, and drinking some more. We used the coolest-looking bar tools (also by Bevtools) and by the end of the night were shaking, stirring and pouring like pros. The class was moderated by amazing bartender/mixologist/brand ambassador for Bevtools Kath Eckstein, who broke down the essentials for us and made bartending incredibly fun. Scroll down to see what went down that night.

Welcome drink. Tonic water, ice, gin, and lemon.

Learning has never been so much fun.

Cat and Carl made old fashioned Whisky Sours–egg white, whisky, lemon juice, simple syrup, and angostura bitters.

Gorgeous bar tools by BEVTOOLS.com.

Bianca and Uli demonstrated how to make Moscow Mules–vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, and mint or lemon/lime.

Cat and Carl.

Kath teaching us the fundamentals of cocktail mixing.

Nothing like a well-stocked bar. Julep strainer and cocktail glass from Bevtools.

Intently listening. We were never this focused in school.

Nicole in her element. Happily drinking.

We all made daiquiris. This tasted so good. Now, to find a way to make Stevia-syrup.

 It was so much fun learning about mixing cocktails, as you can see in my face.

Perfect excuse to drink all night.

Pretty Cat.

Patty enjoying her Old Fashioned–bourbon, sugar cubes, angostura bitters, and orange peel.

  My gorgeous ladies having a blast.

We couldn’t have done it without our excellent bar tools from Bevtools.

The Pats are now experts at making Old Fashioned.

How to shake that Cobbler Shaker.

Simple and amazing. Gin and tonic.

Cant have that Moscow Mule without that Copper Mug from Bevtools.

Nic made a perfect daiquiri.

Absolutely love these copper bar tools! They are so pretty!

How fun was this class?!!

What you don’t hear: our graduation song! Yes, we had graduation rites for this Mixology class!

We did it! And in just one night.

                      Congrats to the Baby Barangay, for finishing this super fun course! I actually don’t mind taking this class again though.

                   FUN times.

Thank you, Bevtools for this amazing class. The Baby Barangay (minus the babies) had so much fun! Till the next one.

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Bevtools.com offers Bar Consulting, and services like Bar Fabrication, Bar Layout and Design, and Bar Program. Apart from that, you can order the most gorgeous bar tools, glassware and other bar needs on their website: www.bevtools.com. Plus, they also do Drinks on Demand: beer, wine and spirits delivered to your doorstep within 90 minutes (www.bevtools.com/drinksondemand).