HAUL || January + February 2017

Hey, everyone! Does anyone else also feel a bit of disbelief that February is already ending, but yet it’s only even February? Because I totally do. I feel like so much has already happened in such a short span of time, it’s making my head spin. It’s also literally making me sick. Early this year, I’ve had to deal with a cancer scare, thanks to the great doctor who checked up on me and went “it could either be an infection or cancer”. Since there is a multitude of health concerns that can be inherited from either side of the family, you have no idea how terrified I was the two weeks I had to undergo tests and wait for the diagnosis. C and I celebrated the day I was told it was only a cancer scare and I had seafood ramen for dinner.. which then triggered an allergic reaction. As it turns out, it was a ‘chance’ reaction to seafood that lasted for two weeks where I was put on a hypoallergenic diet. The spots are still subsiding up to now, though, but at least it’s not as visible anymore. I also had to adjust my body clock back to day shift after working the night shift for more than a year, which in turn weakened my immune system enough for me to catch the flu. Three weeks in, I’m back to working the night shift, and I guess you can already see where this is going. I’m sick again and has been constantly plagued by migraines. I really need to up my vitamin game. Any suggestions?

With all the health concerns, I spent half the time being sad about it, and the other half throwing money at my feelings. It is during this kind of days where I felt like it’s mom who made our home feel like home, and even if I stay in because I’m sick it doesn’t feel as homey as it used to be. Even shopping therapy can’t stop me from missing her. Fortunately, I didn’t spend more than I can afford (personal rule when spending money). But I also wasn’t as frugal as my mom would have preferred (please don’t haunt me).

I have an abundance of dresses, skirts, and (surprisingly, for someone living in this tropical country) knit sweaters, in my closet. But I seriously lack tops. The start of the year meant ‘end of season’ sales everywhere, which I took advantage of when I went inside MANGO to find out they were selling their tops for a little more than a quarter of the original price. I got tops in white (the little floral embroideries grabbed me), peach, and moss green (I didn’t see that the string for the button had a problem 😦 ). Admittedly, my color palette could rival ones of a unicorn a few years back, but I’m now at the phase where I lean towards muted colors, as you can see from my purchases below.

I also got some items from Old Navy – this burgundy pair of pants are so comfortable and something you can dress up or dress down in. I also bought this white shirt which cost less than Php 200 because I don’t own one yet (I know, right). The swimwear was sold separately but since I found a matching pair, I bought it. I am in love with those scalloped edges! Now I only need to get back to having red hair, and I can pretend I’m the little mermaid again.

I ordered the ZOEVA Bamboo Luxury Set brushes I wanted from Sephora that I didn’t get to buy in Singapore since it was only available online. It’s such a great purchase – the brushes are soft, have minimal fallout, and applies like a dream. It also comes with a nice beige pouch that I will be using when I’m traveling. I also bought a box of Benefit Cosmetics 1st Prize – Strobing & Highlighting Set since I have no idea how to use a highlighter yet, and I wanted to try out the ones from Benefit before buying anything full sized. I got a laptop sleeve freebie which turned out to be useful since my laptop fit nicely in it.

Since I don’t really do a lot of eye makeup, I don’t own any eyeshadow palettes. I decided that it’s about time to invest in one and looked around for a nice all around palette. After reading a lot of reviews, I went and bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette from @themakeupstore.mnl. She has a lot of on hand items for people like me who hates waiting. For those who don’t mind waiting and want to buy it for a price that’s a little bit cheaper, you can also get it from @scentsandbeautyph. I preordered quite a stash of lip products from her that will be arriving next month. I can’t wait to show you guys!

I went with C to Nuvali on another shopping trip (yes, we literally name our dates where one of us are planning to buy something as ‘shopping trips’), as he was on a lookout for new leather shoes. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything.. and here we are. I got this peach knee-length pleated dress because I have a variation of dresses with this style but not this color yet (I am very fond of plain knee-length dresses). I also got a pair of dark green jeans from UNIQLO since C has one, and it looked great on him lol. My last clothing purchase is of this knit sleeveless turtleneck that was on sale from Cotton On which I bet I can pair with all the skirts I own. Yas!

My last purchase for this month is a laptop. I have gone four years without my own by borrowing from either my siblings or C, but I have found myself using it more and I just can’t share one anymore. I looked around and really liked the ASUS Zenbook 3 in Rose Gold. Unfortunately, it was consistently unavailable here in Manila since it launched, so we went around and compared other laptops that had similar specs. I’ve owned it for a few weeks now, and so far, no regrets!

Let me know in the comments below if these monthly haul posts are something you’d like to read again, or if I should do something else. Kinda weird writing about it too, because I feel like I burned so much money away. Haha!

Heyyy! So yup, Sassy Saturdays is back and sporting a new format (only one outfit per post now – again haha). Thanks to the multitalented Carla Chua. Not content with blogging, painting (she’s had a number of exhibits already!) and calligraphy, she’s now trying out her hand in photography as well.

Vintage floral dress || Timex watch || ALDO open-toed pumps

The willing subject that I am (obviously) was going for the most boho look I can pull off for the office, hence the beach hair and braids. But then again, I’ve never really had a style staple because I literally just dress depending on what mood I am in – so I’m not sure if this is actual boho. Whatevs.

Photos by Carla Chua; Makeup by Toni Bersabe

Ube Macapuno

Before anything else, I have to say that Booksale seriously needs to have some kind of loyalty card or something. Whenever my sister and I enter Booksale, we lose track of time and encounter a number of difficult decisions to make (which book to buy?) before we even reach the counter. I mostly go home with novels/logic puzzles/back issues of travel magazines.

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And this is what I wore to today’s trip to Booksale watch a movie. Usually, I’m a conservative dresser (unless I’m going to the beach and the like) but living in a tropical country limits my cardigan usage. Anyway, don’t you just love white on white (in my case, white and purple slash ube macapuno haha)? I can’t even care enough to worry that white makes me look fatter than I really am. Honestly, though, I still wear shorts/skirts/dresses even if my thighs and calves are huge. I tell myself “nakikitingin lang sila sa legs mo, girl!”. Haha!

  • Top belongs to my mom. It’s really loose and I love borrowing this from her because I can’t help but adore the floral texture. 🙂
  • Shorts I have owned since sixth grade. Now that alone is enough proof that I was a big kid. I do remember that we bought it from SM Department Store.
  • Purple belt from Divi.
  • Thrifted purple long sleeves when I was thinner, but now I only use it as a cover up. The buttons are unique, yes? :p
  • Rubber slippers (also from SM Department Store) which I got for Php 65 with a regular price tag of Php 130. Cheap item + 50% off = SCORE! I bought my sister the same pair in a different color. My sister and I enjoy dressing up in matching outfits. And aside from it being super affordable, it’s so cute! Shoes may have been a better choice but I’m only going out to watch a movie (didn’t even put makeup on). Keri lang!

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It’s funny how random ideas form. It started with a “wow, I love how my hair looks today” and I wanted to take a photo. I was too pale in the picture, so I went for something dainty to match the hairstyle and landed with MAC Please Me. Since I’m getting treatments for my face and I was told to avoid putting makeup on as much as I can, I simply curled my lashes and used mascara. Hence, the visible zit.

I looked through my closet for something to wear (you know, just because) and found this dress I’ve had for a while but haven’t had any chance to wear. This thrift shop find is Php 20!!! No damages at all. I love you ukay! Then wore shoes from Parisian Shoes and Bags (which I got for half the price!) and a necklace from Divisoria. 🙂

If you ask my brother what he thinks of my style, he’d tell you I have a plethora of clothes that resemble floral tablecloths and most of my outfits give off manang vibes (“If I could afford to fill my wardrobe with knee length skirts, lace, chiffon, florals, midi dresses, summer dresses, cardigans in all shades available, and all things dainty, I would. My style is a mix of Blair Waldorf, Jess of New Girl, Once Upon a Time’s Mary Margaret/Snow White and Taylor Swift.”) Haha! And true to that, the moment he saw me, he exclaimed how I look like our maternal grandmother. Although my brother was just teasing, I take any comments about looking like my lola (even though we never got to meet her) a compliment. Her glamour shots, taken before Adobe Photoshop even existed, reek of Old Hollywood glam I could never only hope to achieve.

Moving on to news about the future of my blog.. I introduce Sassy Saturdays!

Random, isn’t it? That’s how the idea came to me. It’s not very original, a lot of people do the “dress up one day a week” thing and I’m no fashion blogger. But I’m tired of wearing the exact outfits (I’m an outfit repeater, no judging!) and have been lacking blogging ideas. I need the motivation to mix and match items from my wardrobe and what better way to spice it up than to document it on my blog. Don’t worry guys, this won’t be a fashion blog. It’s only going to be once a week. :p


  • Black Top: Thrift Shop
  • Lace Long Sleeves: Vintage/my mom’s, used as a cardigan and I removed the collar 🙂
  • Jeans: Lee Pipes
  • Nude Mary Jane Wedges: Forever 21 Singapore
  • Black Handbag: Charles & Keith Singapore

Thank you Ben Bigalbal for the photo. 🙂