Flounce skirt kind of day

Apr 12, 2014

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( stylenanda top, zara skirt, zac posen bag)

I've been seeing flounce skirts around since last year and have bought a few ever since. I just love how pretty the shape is, fitted but with a lovely flare at the bottom. This one from zara is a cute shade of pink and perfect for spring season, even if spring in my country is non existent. Paired with this stylenanda loose lace top, this outfit was the perfect sunday lunch date outfit with the boyfie. 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

Changing Seasons

Dec 2, 2013




PicMonkey Collage


( Zara dress, Blazer from Yesstyle.com, Rusty Lopes espadrilles) 

Whenever fall season rolls around, I do get envious when pretty much everyone in the Northern hemisphere dons on sweater and boots. My favorite online stores change their merchandise whenever October has come and I can only gaze wistfully at faux fur jackets (never to real fur!). I live in the tropics and the temperature stays the same all year round ( we do get cold winds by december and january ) but I have decided this year to add some elements to make my wardrobe "transition" from summer to fall. This cotton dress from Zara is as summery as it can be but I found that adding a blazer to the mix can make the outfit appropriate for cold weather, or in my case, cold winds at the most.  

An interesting thing happened while shooting these pictures. The dog came trotting to us and wagging her tail all the way. She is a friendly little thing and as you can see, even tried to kiss me. As much as I'd love to take her home, I guess she belonged to the farm beside the road and I wouldn't want to be charged with dog kidnapping. 

Thanks for reading and have a good day!

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang luxury mi powder compact review

Nov 21, 2013

I have a thing for beautifully packaged cosmetics and most korean cosmetics have artfully designed packaging that is so elegant you'll feel like a queen when you swipe it on. Take a look at this compact by the history of whoo, so beautiful isnt it? Let's see if it performs beautifully as it looks. 

A little bit of background: The history of whoo is a luxury korean skincare brand under LG. According to the history of whoo's website "traditional korean royal culture is revived with modern science to create the most precious aesthetic beauty". This Gonjhinyang line is the whoo's "basic skincare line that contains wild ginseng cordyceps sinensis and 'gongjhinbidan' a secret royal court heavenly beauty formula presented exclusively to the emperor and empress". If you wanna feel like an empress, then this skincare brand is for you! 

the history of whoo gonjinhyang mi powder compact


The box packaging is an elegant yellow with gold embossed lettering. The compact itself is a gilded gold color. It looks heavy but it's definitely not. I'm thinking this is the perfect accessory to whip out during parties and date for that touch up.  Not pictured is a velvet pouch that you slid the compact into to protect it from scratches. It's my first time to encounter a pouch to protect a compact but with something as beautiful as this, it definitely needs some lovin'. If that's not luxury then I don't know what is. 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder

Upon opening the compact, you can see the same embossed design on the outside printed on the compact. I have the shade number 1 which is a pink beige color. This compact also has spf 30 protection PA++ which I think is a wonderful added feature since I live in a tropical country. No more separate touch up sunblock application! 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder


Very soft, almost velvet like.


The shade number 1 has a pink beige color and is perfect for those with pink undertones. It has a slight shimmer when heavily swiped but when it's on the face, the shimmer is not so noticeable but gives a slight glow. 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder


It lasts some 4-5 hours on my skin before touching up. On colder climates, it might probably last the whole day. It doesn't look patchy when some oil has appeared on the face and in my opinion, looks better when it wears off a little. 



light but I find that it smooths pores and doesn't look stark white. It might be a tad pink but once it's been on the face, it blends beautifully in the skin

To conclude, let's see the Pros and Cons:

elegant casing
functional cosmetic ( with spf 30 sunblock)
powder gives a healthy glow to the skin

expensive ( at koreadepart, the refill alone is 40 dollars)
too delicate for everyday use (unless you use the velvet pouch provided)

Personally, I would buy this for the packaging alone ( i know, i'm a sucker for pretty designs) but for the price, it performs beautifully. If you're in the market for a high end powder compact, give this a try. Thanks for reading and have a good day ahead!

Travel Tales: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Oct 30, 2013

Travelling to Vietnam has really surprised me, visually, gastronomically and emotionally. At first, I really didn't know what to expect but Ho Chi Min City or formerly, Saigon, has really charmed me. Admittedly, the feel of the city is unlike the vibe of Manila but it helped us feel immediately at home.


This is the view from our hotel room and we counted ourselves lucky to have scored a room that has an amazing view of this rotunda of General Tran Nguyen Han. Our hotel is just beside the famous Ben Thanh market and just in case you are curious, the hotel is called Silverland Central.

ho chi minh pho

 The famous vietnamese Pho which I think I have eaten everyday. There are different kinds of Pho and this one is of the seafood kind. I also tried the different kinds of Pho at Ben Thanh market and everything is absolutely delicious. I must say, the food in Vietnam is excellent, be it from the street vendors selling Banh Mi or the chic restaurant Cuc Gach Dang (which we dined in our last night and learned that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has once eaten there.

thien hau temple saigon

ho chi minh

 This is the first stop of our city tour, the Thien Hau Temple. I love how serene and meditative it is.


 The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Independence Palace, is one of the most visited sites in Saigon. Everything in the palace is frozen in time as nothing has been changed since the Fall of Saigon in 1975. For a history buff like me, I was excited to go in.


Our knowledgeable tour guide briefing us before going in.


  And of course, the outfit of the day shot. Saigon has tropical weather and it was sweltering at March when we were there. 




The war remnants museum is a must see stop of the city tour. There are a lot of graphic images which would reduce a person to tears and tales of suffering. The experience in the museum is very moving, if only to remind us that this kind of war should never happen again. 



The notre dame cathedral in Saigon. Vietnam was colonized by the French and as such, remnants of French influence and architecture can be seen around the city. 


This was not part of the city tour but I highly recommend going to this place. The Saigon Bitexco Financial tower is the highest building in the city and has an observation deck. Go when the sun is about to set to see the whole city transform from day to night. Very romantic! 


The bar on the observation deck. Prices are quite reasonable and the view is just amazing.

Ho Chi Minh is a warm, vibrating city. Full of culture, delicious food and historic tourist spots, it is a must see in every world traveler's list. I've been lucky to share this experience with good friends and the memories are something I would cherish. If you're gonna ask me if I will go back, definitely yes because mainly of the food. I wish you've enjoyed my photos and have a good week ahead!


All about beauty: O Hui CC Cream review

Jul 8, 2013

I'm a big fan of BB creams. I swear they have changed how my skin looks and it was an incredible alternative to heavy foundations. So when CC cream came out, I wasted no time in finding one as they say it is a refined version of BB cream. 

o hui cc cream dress up cherie

Don't you just love the delicate pink packaging of this Ohui CC cream? I think one of the reasons I bought this particular CC cream is its packaging ( i love everything pastels!) and I really hoped that the cosmetic performs beautifully as its packaging. As you can see, they have defined CC as color control and has an added benefit of SPF 28. A little background on Ohui: it is a luxury korean cosmetic brand under LG. The Ohui philosophy is "when science and nature meet".

ohui cc cream dress up cherie

The packaging is something that I have never seen before and just adds to the excitement in trying the product. You gently press on the white part and it pumps the product up to the surface. Surprisingly, it's very easy to control the product dispensed and if you ever pump too much, you can just pop the lid back on top without touching the cream and leave it there for future use. 

According to the product description, the CC cream changes color to match the skin tone. It contains microcapsules containing pigments that break upon spreading. As you can see, there are noticeable pigments of yellow and beige on the cream as I swiped it on my hand. It's a nifty invention by showing us how color is such an important part of the cc cream.

ohui cc cream dress up cherie

To see better, I have also swiped it around the container to see the myriad of colors in the cc cream. Can you see pink, beige and yellow?

ohui cc cream dress up cherie

To compare on how it fares well against the BB cream ( I used one from Ohui as well), I swiped the creams at the back of my hand. In my opinion, CC cream blends beautifully on the skin as the BB cream can be a stark white color. So it does the job of color correcting the skin! The biggest improvement that I can infer is that CC creams don't have the gray undertones that most BB creams have. 

As to texture, it glides smoothly on the face and gives off a calm glow on the skin bordering on matte ( as compared to the dewy effect BB creams impart). It also covers blemishes nicely and lasts a good 4-5 hours before touch up.  Perhaps the only thing I didn't like about this is the shade can be a bit yellow and I have fair skin with pink undertones. I hope in the future they can create more shades like BB creams as "one shade match all" doesn't really work on most people.

In conclusion, cc creams seem to be a cross between bb creams and foundation. It gives a nice coverage while still having that lightweight feeling that bb creams have. If you absolutely hate the gray undertones of bb creams, then I say definitely go for this.

Where to buy:
I bought mine at en.koreadepart.com for 30 usd.

Thanks for reading and have a nice week ahead!

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