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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Blushing Belle: Benefit's Benetint


It took a while before I bought a bottle of Benetint. I was looking for a blush that would give the most natural flush on my cheeks and Benefit's Benetint came highly recommended. I danced around the idea of getting my bottle of Benetint for a few weeks before I finally gave in. I actually went to Benetint's branches in Greenbelt, Trinoma, Rustan's Makati, SM Mall of Asia before I decided to buy. I've had this for months now, as you could probably tell from the label which is almost coming off already. But I'm barely halfway through it. 


Packaging:

Bottle - I was nervous about this at first because I've had a bunch of beauty products in bottles and sometimes the product would spill. Thankfully, that's not the case with the glass bottle of Benetint.

Applicator - The thin brush applicator is similar to nail polish applicators. I think it's designed that way because you apply the Benetint in lines/stripes on the apples of your cheeks.


How to Apply:

1. Trace 5 short lines on the apples on your cheeks.

2. Veeeeeery gently pat the product on your cheeks until the lines blend together and you get the desired flush on your cheeks. 

I know some people who dislike this because according to them, it does not give the amount of flush it claims. But I think the trick here is to master patting on the product on your cheeks. You have to do it with a very light hand because the product could just stick to your fingers. Practice makes perfect!


Pros:

+ Gives the most natural flush EVER, once you master the technique of applying it
+ The scent. Oh my goodness the rose scent. If Benefit made a bottle of perfume off of the Benetint scent I'd buy it stat
+ A little goes a long way! The bottle may be small but it has a lot of product in it

Cons:

- Some might find this pricey at P1600
- Not something you'd use if your skin is not in its best state. I love using this just on top of my tinted moisturizer when I don't have to put powder on
- Application can be quite tricky at first

Will I buy this again?

YEP. Of all the cream and liquid blushes I've tried, this is, hands down, the blush that gives the most natural flush.

B'lue: Live to Feel Stories


A few days ago a big package was delivered to my house. I got home late that day so when I saw this box on my bed, curiosity propelled me to rip it open. Inside was a bottle of B'lue, a water-based drink in Lychee Flavor (!!!) and a book.


I haven't seen the B'lue water-based drink in the market yet so I popped it in the fridge to have it chilled right away. Frankly, I had my reservations on the drink. I love drinking water so I thought, adding flavor to it was not necessary. I love water as it is. But hey, I also love Lychee so those two together might seem like a great idea. Also, the B'lue drink is blended with vitamins, namely: 

B3 - helps lower levels of bad cholesterol
B6 - maintains healthy brain function
B12 - keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy (deficiency of which is reported with symptoms of fatigue)


Once chilled, I tried out the B'lue drink and boy was I surprised. It tastes so good! It tasted like real Lychee juice sans the funky after-taste I've associated with drinks that claim to boost energy. B'lue has no fizz-- it's exactly like water, but made more refreshing with the yummy Lychee flavor. My brother saw me drinking it so naturally, being the big fruit drink aficionado that he is, he had to try it. He loved it, too! 

{How's this for motivation from a drink?}

Ingredients of B'lue:
Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Identical Flavor, Acetic Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Vitamin Premix (B3, B6, B12)


While waiting for my B'lue drink to get cold, I went through the little book it came with in the package. It's a collection of quotations from students and young professionals which are nothing short of inspiring. 


The layout of the book entices you in-- keeping you reading through each one of the stories contained therein. And I'm obsessed with the doodles. I wanted to share them all here on the blog, but come on-- no one wants a super lengthy and picture-heavy post.

{from Angel Gallego}

This is one of the quotations that I really felt strongly about. I've never been one to travel. Now that I'm in my late 20s it's something that I am striving for now. I may be starting late in the travel game, but that won't deter me from going places. 

The book has sooooo many inspiring stories from people much younger than I am and it's amazing how the book will inspire you to get moving. Coupled with B'lue, the book will push you to start with whatever. To go places you never thought you'd go, to do things you'd never thought you'd try, to fight against perceptions, and to chase your dreams and follow your passion. 


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