Six Months

Blogging after a gazillion months! After a grueling campaign (my first foray into campaigning) and after the start of the 17th Congress-- I am back to blogging. Back to working on calligraphy projects.  And, back to wedding planning :)

Just six months left! When my fiance and I got engaged, we agreed to have a long engagement because i wanted to be hands-on with the wedding planning-- I would only contract the services of a coordinator for the Wedding Day itself-- all other details my fiance and I would research and decide on :)

HOWEVER, my penchant for cramming and stalling has crept into wedding planning sooooo after the ghost month, it's crunch time for us to finalize many of what's left on our wedding checklist :)

Wish us luck!!

Sellebrate Summer

You know it's summer when just after taking a shower you're already sweating bullets. This heat however, is the perfect excuse for a getaway. I'd choose to go to the beach anytime. Lucky for most of you, OLX, the Philippines' #1 buy and sell website gives you the ultimate #NAKSPERIENCE summer promo! OLX gives you a chance to SELLEBRATE Summer with a trip for four to Boracay, Cebu, Palawan (El Nido/ Coron), or Batanes. And in order to shop for the trip, winner will get P100,000 as buying spree on OLX. There will also be a weekly draw of P50,000 for two winners. Excited yet?

Joining the SELLEBRATE promo is easy! It's also open to existing users of OLX and for new ones. Just follow these simple steps:

Make sure that item for sale which you are advertising on OLX is at least P100. Also, don't forget to add #NAKSPERIENCE in the product description. Each ad you post through the OLX Philppines mobile app will earn you one raffle entry. 

No idea what to sell? Here are some that I would advertise on OLX:

{White Sneakers (still in very good condition) because heaven knows I've too many white sneakers already}

{Accessories I no longer use}

{excess calligraphy materials since I have a strong tendency to hoard}

Once you've figured out which items to sell on OLX, take photos (make sure these are of good quality), then post them via the OLX Philippines mobile app. Raffle entries will only be granted if items are posted through the OLX app! Advertise away until April 8, 2016. Then sit back, wait for potential buyers, and plan on where you would like to SELLEBRATE. If I could, I'd return to...

... mainly for sentimental reasons HEE.

The OLX Sellebrate Summer Promo is open only until April 8, 2016 so hurry up and get posting! To find out more details about the contest, and more importantly, to register for entry head over to

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Gone Gray

{Uniqlo Knit Cardigan | Bazaar Find Top | Jag Jeans | Celine Bag | Ray-Ban Outdoorsman | Forever 21 Heels}

Back when I was in elementary, I had a crazy collection of black tops. When you open my closet, you'll see a big black chunk there. Lately though gray is slowly becoming my favorite neutral. Manila weather is crazy hot so dressing up in black during daytime is close to suicide. I like that gray is a perfect balance between black and white. 

Five Things

{Nude Faves}

Starting off my first post for 2016 with five things that I've grown fond of/caught my eye during my two-week long leave from work. I hope you had a fun New Year's celebration! Happy New Year!

{This song has been on loop on my Spotify}

{Porkchop, my pug, got chubbier over the holidays. She clearly enjoyed the celebrations}

{Closeup of my engagement ring. I'm the ring keeper until one of our future kids decides to get married}

{Brass Necklace bearing coordinates of a place that's very dear to my heart}

Two Thousand Fifteen

2015 went by way too fast. It seems as if once I started working, years had been going by too quickly for my liking. Looking back at 2015, only two things come to mind-- work and our engagement. 

Work had been extremely taxing this year, but I'm grateful for learning from these challenges. I'm not sure how my work schedule will be like for 2016, but I'm going to adopt a 'come what may' attitude to it. LOL. 

I'm excited about preparing for our wedding in 2017 and we're set to meet our first potential supplier on the 2nd of January. Wish us luck with the preparations!

See you all again in January 2016! Cheers and happy new year!

x Fran

Sharing some of my favorite photos from 2015 x

Neutral Territory

{Terranova Sleeveless Blazer | Jag Jeans Khaki Pants | Bazaar-find top | SM Parisian Heels and Clutch | Sunnies Sunglasses}

Finally got to squeeze in an outfit post before the year ends! Woohoo! A lot has happened towards the closing of 2015-- I've been extra busy at work and I recently got engaged. So I'm now looking forward to a 2016 full of preparations for our wedding in 2017, crazier schedule in the office, and struggling (and hopefully getting better) at balancing personal life, work, blogging, and everything in between. 

I hope you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year!

Shopping is Great...

...When it means getting a chance to win a trip to London! Christmas came early at Marks & Spencer, especially for those who were lucky enough to snag prizes from the Marks & Spencer Raffle Draw in cooperation with Philippine Airlines. The lucky winners of the raffle draw got round-trip direct flight tickets to London, with pocket money! This is definitely a highlight of Marks & Spencer's New Loyalty Program. Loyal patrons can also look forward to birthday discounts, exclusive discounts and freebies, personalized shopping services and bonus points!

The mood at the 2nd floor of the Marks & Spencer branch in Greenbelt was certainly very festive with flutes of champagne and flowing yummy food courtesy of Specialty Food Retails, Inc. We also had a wonderful host at the event, Marc Nash, who kept things upbeat and entertaining. He also made me realize that i should insist that the special men in my life consider a navy suit.

The interiors of Marks & Spencer was very festive already, but having the Mandaluyong Children's Choir sing Christmas Carols during the event made me feel that Chistmas really is around the corner. (44 days before Christmas!)

{Picking out the lucky grand prize winners! LOOK AT ALL THOSE RAFFLE TICKETS}

Mr. Nathaniel Caballero, a Marks & Spencer Loyalty Card Member from General Santos City, is the First Prize winner of two (2) round trip tickets on Philippine Airlines Business Class and pocket money of USD 2000! So lucky! Marks & Spencer also gave food hampers to some lucky winners who reached at least PHP 1000 purchase on November 4 and 5, 2015. 

It's good to know that Marks & Spencer also gave back through a special partnership with Children's Hour, which is an organization that invites individuals and other organizations to donate an hour of their earnings to projects that focus on the education, health, nutrition, and protection of kids. 

I had such a fun time at the event, and even though I was not able to do some serious shopping for new additions to my wardrobe (hello cooler December!), I came home with some yummy snacks. Going to the food section in Marks & Spencer is always a must when I'm in the store.

For a headstart on your Christmas Shopping, do visit the Marks & Spencer website. You can also, like the Marks & Spencer Facebook page and follow their Instagram account to know more about their wonderful products.

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