Eyelet x Grid

{Just G top, Bazaar find Shorts, Forever 21 Mary Janes}

Been a while since I last updated the blog! I've been more active on Instagram lately-- so if you have an account do FOLLOW ME. It's been so hot in Manila and the temperature just moves around 33 degress Celsius-- so I've been dressing for comfort most of the time. I've had this eyelet top for more than a year now and I kind of wish I stocked up on eyelet dresses, too. The grid shorts I'm wearing was a purchase on a whim. I was not in the market for shorts but I thought the interesting origami design was pretty cute. 


Capped off March with a trip to Boracay with my brother. The Boracay trip was the perfect conclusion to a series of busy months. It's right around the first few months of the year that the shores in Stations 1, 2 and 3 are mossy. So if you'll be bothered with that-- make sure to schedule your trip at another time of the year. You can also opt to go to Puka Beach instead-- the sand is more coarse, the waves are stronger, but it is far more peaceful. My brother and I spent most of our time there. Sharing with you some photos I've taken during our recent trip to the Island. 

Seven Things

{purple straw flowers for the work desk}

This week's Seven Things is a jumble of stuff from the past two weeks. Last week I was in Cebu and Bohol, and the week before that I was in Boracay. Yes I've been beach-hopping and it's great. I don't know when I'll lose my tan but I'm happy to get some downtime by the water and in seeing new places and experiencing new things (I got to swim with a whale shark!!). I dreaded going back to work, but I'm pretty much recharged for the next few months... or weeks. Can't wait to travel again! Hope you had a great weekend. Have a good week ahead xx

{at Puka Beach}

{Cutout top for hot and humid errand days}

{picturesque gate at the resort we stayed at in Oslob, Cebu}

{breathtaking Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu}

{tarsier at the Sanctuary in Bohol}

Home Inspiration || Bright + Industrial

My bedroom is a testament to how fickle I can be when it comes to decorating. I've changed it so many times that over the years I've accumulated so much decor that used to match the prevailing aesthetic at a particular point in my life. Back in highschool my room was full of color and knickknacks that had too much sentimental value to give or throw away. Fast forward to the present, I'm still borderline hoarder but my bedroom is certainly more streamlined and has less clutter. I've always envisioned a future home that has an industrial feel to it but I never thought you could incorporate that in a predominantly white space. I love this apartment because it does just that-- meld bright with subtle industrial elements. 

Images VIA

Monday's Five

{coffee = life source}

Pretty thrilled with how last week ended! I was able to catch up on sleep and just stay at home. When I was much, much younger the prospect of just staying at home was boring to say the least-- as I've gotten older however, I find that chill days spent at home for reading, watching series, sleeping in are preferred over going out. Hope you had a great weekend! Have a good week ahead! x

{finally got to watch Cinderella!}

{Distressed white jeans are slowly becoming a summer staple}

{new perfume from my Dad and the comfiest shoes from Charles & Keith}

{Porkchop with my owl pillow}

Skincare Review: Etude House Skin [mal:gem] Emulsion & Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence

I've always been intrigued by the skincare regimen of Korean women because they have the most amazing skin. I've been told that their regimen is extensive to say the least. They take moisturizing seriously and face masks are used on a daily basis. I've tried the nightly face mask routine and it really did wonders for my skin-- it was just getting too costly so I thought I'd cut back on the masks and focus more on moisturizers: Etude House's Skin [mal:gem] Emulsion and Nature Republic's Bulgarian Rose Essence.

An Emulsion is a light moisturizer. Most people with oily skin tend to favor this product because it's usually water-based, giving it a lighter texture. 

I've been using this since December and I love that it doesn't slide off my skin even when it's hot. I'm used to using gel moisturizers so I found the texture to be a bit thick and it takes a while for the skin to absorb the product; but it has really helped keep my face looking supple. Back in December I would just use this during the evenings. There was noticeable improvement when I started using it in the morning, too.

+ reasonably priced; retails for P678 for 200ml. I've been using this daily for close to 3 months now but I've yet to reach half of the bottle
- consistent use yields great results
- no breakouts! works well even with sensitive skin

- the scent might be a turn-off for some
- takes a while for skin to absorb
- I wish they had a pump to dispense the product properly; sometimes when I tip the bottle more than necessary, the product gushes out
- bottle is not squeezable so you might have a hard time dispensing the product when you're nearly through with the bottle

Would I purchase this again?
Yup! I love its effect on my skin. Did not give me any skin problems at all.

{Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence}

An Essence contains the concentrate of ingredients for specific purposes. Most Essences in the market are for whitening, reducing the appearance of pores, wrinkles and fine lines. Similar to emulsions, an Essence is water-y and light-- very similar to a toner although a bit thicker. 

Nature Republic's Bulgarian Rose Essence is one of those products that I bought on a whim. I went to Nature Republic to try their BB Cream and left the store with the Bulgarian Rose Essence as well. Taking the moisturizing regimen up a notch, I thought I'd incorporate the Essence in my skincare routine. The saleslady I spoke with advised me that this can be used for both daytime and nighttime. I consulted that I was using an Emulsion (didn't specify from which Korean brand) and she said it was fine using both. When I quizzed her on which product to use first she told me to put on the product with the thinner texture first. So for my routine, I'd pat this on my face before the Etude House Emulsion. My face is constantly red but I've noticed the decrease in redness a few weeks after using this in the morning and in the evening. 

+ no breakouts!
+ reasonably priced: P255 for a 30ml bottle. The bottle is tiny but a little of the product goes a long way
+  if you love the rose scent, you'll love this. If they made a perfume for the Bulgarian Rose line I'd buy one stat
+ comes with a pump so dispensing the product won't be a problem

- none!

Will I buy this again?
Yup! Although I'd like to try other Essences that Nature Republic offers.

Monday's Five

{costume earrings from Parfois}

The closer the break from work, the busier I get. Broke the record for most Over Time hours clocked in by staying in the office for nearly 18 hours. CRAAAY. Two nights after I clocked in 9 hours. No biggie anymore after staying in the office until 2:30 AM. I had plans for the weekend but I had to change all that because I had to take my mom to the hospital due of stomach flu (she's fine now) and I've been feverish since I got home last Thursday. It had been a pretty chill weekend which is exactly what I needed. Hope you had a great weekend! Have a good week ahead xx

{comfiest and softest Abel Iloco blanket}

{Cravings' Baked fish in olive oil topped with capers, bacon (!!!), toasted garlic and fried shallots}

{Porkchop thinking of a way to reach my earphones-- my third in a year since she chewed on the other two}

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