Tag: Resorts World Manila

My monthly must-haves

My monthly must-haves

Have you ever gone through the struggle of finding that perfect product that performs as promised? As someone who’s (sort-of) in the beauty industry (commercial break: check my YouTube make-up tutorial channel), I’ve tried pretty much every sort of skincare and cosmetic product out there […]

Wandering chic

Wandering chic

Summer may be over in the Philippines, but it’s just getting started in other places! For a tropical girl like me, it’s the perfect time to travel to colder countries because you can enjoy the scenery without freezing to death. Saves me from having to […]

The smart way to splurge for that perfect OOTD

The smart way to splurge for that perfect OOTD

Happy Lundi!

One of my early morning habits is to scroll down my favorite chic style bloggers and friends’ Instagram feeds while I drink my coffee. Next to seeing the stunning vistas of their holiday destinations, I often find myself drooling with envy/admiration over some of their OOTD posts.

You know what I’m talking about – those incredibly chic shots of stylishly put-together outfits (sometimes designer label) while they casually lean against an artfully faded wall or lush greenery. Bonus points if they somehow have sunbeams as their natural spotlight, giving off a “Chosen One” feel. Hahaha!

I’m sure many of you think that looking like you’ve stepped out of a fashion magazine is easy if you have a seemingly bottomless budget and can dress in head-to-toe couture. However, most of us have bills to pay and finite bank accounts, so here’s a few tips on how to look gorgeously glam without having to starve.

Stick to reliable, but chic basics such as:

  • A little black dress. High street brands like Zara, Mango, H&M, etc. do the LBD so well .
  • Playful cuts in neutral tones. I found this really cute nude dress from BCBG at 75% off in Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila (Andre and I, in anticipation of traffic, were a tad bit too early for our flight to HK so we decided to kill some time and window shop). It can go from day to night, depending on how you accessorize. Super classy, and not screaming for attention.

 

Rania Lace-Blocked Dress

  • Classic white/cream tops that just drape so well. Again, you can go to high street or even department store brands for affordable, high quality pieces.
  • Uniqlo has been my go-to for basics. They fit so well and won’t break the bank.

Treat yourself on an occasional splurge, but choose wisely. I don’t mind (nearly) breaking bank on accessories that will last forever (if properly cared for) and I can use over and over again like:

  • This Bvlgari handbag. Yes, it costs as much as a downpayment for a car, but OMG. Just look at it! It’s just the thing to jazz up an otherwise basic outfit. Definitely a keeper.

  

  • A classic leather watch. This model from Cartier is understatedly elegant and just looks so respectable.

  • Ferragamo flats. Timeless design and so comfortable. Some people think you shouldn’t spend so much on shoes because they just get scuffed and dirty when used, but I beg to disagree. Some shoes cost more because design and engineering went into them to make them attractive, durable, and comfortable. This is one of them.

  

Make it lovely!

To the women who gave us life ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day!

To the women who gave us life ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day!

We’ve been extremely busy working and preparing for the wedding. So much so, that we haven’t had the chance to spend as much time with our moms as we had to jump right back to work after. Now we’re so happy that we finally have […]

Cruising along (Day 4): Hello, Hong Kong!

Cruising along (Day 4): Hello, Hong Kong!

This was my final day on the cruise and last few hours with the #AlwaysFamous gang. I knew I had to get up early for Zumba and to finally see the lovely view on the upper deck in the early hours of the morning. It […]

A French affair to remember

A French affair to remember

When one is getting ready to marry, a certain slew of “musts” are in order – and believe me, a lot of these are pretty tedious – paperwork and planning that threaten to suck the romance out of your wedding. Some “musts” however, are pretty fun, such as the bridal shower or bachelorette’s night! An evening of fun, laughter, adventure and surprises can be expected and that is indeed what I got.

My best friend and one of my maids of honor, Cathy, was in charge of planning the evening with the rest of my bridal entourage plus a few of my closest girlfriends. It was a Friday, we were all coming off of a busy week, so we needed some good food and a couple of drinks.

Knowing my love for everything French, they took me to a lovely dinner at an authentic French restaurant headed by a French Master Chef! Turns out, Impressions in Resorts World Manila is a fixture on best restaurants lists and is run by Chef Cyrille– who happens to be the only Master Chef of France working in the Philippines. How’s that for special? He was even nice enough to welcome us to Impressions and chat with us for a bit.

The soup warmed up our tummies for the feast to come. We were actually served a basket of fresh-baked bread before the soup arrived, and it was so good! So good that it disappeared in a flash, like it was never even there. Lol. The entrée was a roasted pork belly dish stuffed with sisig that

was a surprisingly perfect marriage of French and Filipino cuisines. We finished it all off with flourless chocolate cake for dessert – which was of course my favorite part of any meal, being the sweet toothed gal that I am. All in all, it was a most magnificent dinner that made me feel very special, and I’d like to once again send my compliments to the Chef!

Aside from the exquisite food, another highlight of the evening was the drink of the night —  Rafa Sparkling Vino Blanco Dry- a sparkling wine that was light and bubby, just the way we like it.

We called it the magical drink because it never would disappear, every time we took a sip, it somehow seemed to be a full glass once again. Definitely something we couldn’t complain about! It was my first time to try it, and I would totally recommend it for a girls’ night out.

There are many ways to celebrate the twilight of your life as a single lady. Some girls like to have a raunchy time complete with naughty games, while some prefer brunch with mimosas, or a spa day with their girlfriends. I think the most important thing is to know who you are and what you truly enjoy.
For me, I really just wanted a nice, elegant dinner with my dearest and best where we can reminisce about our journey as friends who saw each other through heartbreaks, hilarity, trials, and triumphs, and talk about our hopes for the future.

Thank you, Cathy and everyone who made it happen.

 

Make it lovely,
Cerah