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Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

Archive for September, 2012

Color me PINK

Random awesome pink heaps for the month of September. 

Sometimes I wish I could just divulge the truth behind beauty in everything that has been happening to me, impart how amazing life has been since the day that I took a risk.But no, I couldn’t just yet and sometimes, it eats me up inside to just skip a beat to all the beautiful moments…just because.

Anyway, I know I have been nothing but a boring human being here in cyberspace. I wish I have more time to do all the things that I love to do without worrying about the fact that it will all come to an end someday. I wish I could have the answers now, but all I know is.. I trust Him. 🙂

This baby surprised me after I got home from work!!!! Yay

Another investment to our future…… 🙂 HAHAHA

Made honeydew smoothie one lovely morning! YUM

Cutesy dual purpose storage bin!!!

The chorvaers keeps spoiling me….. hahaha

 

 

Italian dinner with Ms. Lil and Noi 🙂

Our appetizer minus the portobello cooked in Marsala! 🙂

Was able to make homemade Italian meatballs with a real Italian lady!!!

Cheesecake x Ice Cream for dessert… #Fatso

Shopping extravaganza last Monday!!!! I was on cloud 9!

For mi Mudra :)) From my hard earned money 🙂

For my fatso brother who loves drinking soda and maybe beer now!

Can’t get enough of animal print?

The style just hit the spot! Too bad its getting cold already….. 😐

Under Armour for my brother Remo who fancies hoodies! 🙂 Love the color!! Can’t wait for him to get this baby! Its just too perfect for him <3 🙂

“The company was founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, a 23-year old former University of Maryland special teams captain for the university American football team. Plank began the business from his grandmother’s basement in Washington, D.C.

Plank, who got tired of having to change out of the sweat-soaked T-shirts he wore under his jersey, noticed that his compression shorts stayed dry, which inspired him to make a T-shirt using moisture-wicking fabric for athletic performance. Major competing brands including Nike, Adidas and Reebok soon followed in Plank’s footsteps with their own version of Under Armour’s moisture-wicking apparel.

By the end of 1996, Under Armour had generated $17,000 in revenue purely by word of mouth. In 1997, Plank had $100,000 in orders to fill and found a factory in Ohio to make the shirts. People began to take notice of the brand when a front page photo of ”USA Today” featured Oakland Raiders quarterback Jeff George wearing an Under Armour mock turtleneck. Following that front page, Under Armour’s first major sale came when an equipment manager from Georgia Tech asked Plank for 10 shirts. The deal with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the door to a contract with North Carolina State. With positive reviews from players, word began to spread and orders began to increase. Under Armour first made a profit in 1998 and received its first big break in the 1999 Oliver Stone movie ”Any Given Sunday”, in which Willie Beamen, played by Jamie Foxx, wore an Under Armour jockstrap. Plank sent samples of his products to the costume designer. Leveraging the release of ”Any Given Sunday”, Plank purchased an ad in ”ESPN The Magazine”. The ad generated close to $750,000 in sales, and nine years after starting the company, Plank finally put himself on the payroll.  source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_Armour

Just a little background why I am so excited for my brother! I am so proud of this brand!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Can’t wait to wear this outfit!!!! <3

Received a very lovely dress from someone who treats me like her own, Mrs. Stavrides <3 <3 <3

This has got to be the most beautiful dress in my closet..to date 🙂

Gold x White <3

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OOTD

Welcoming fall with something long… 🙂

Finally wore another skirt that my Sissy sent me! 🙂 I love how soft and comfy my outfit was for that day 🙂

Tangerine x Light Green makes a beautiful combination 🙂

My after work face!

Some crazy moment with my long hair that kinda annoyed me that day :))

Excited to shop tomorrow,

R <3 xx

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Last for the Road

03.02.12: Shopping Extravaganza

Last hoorah in Manila before I left almost 7 months ago 🙂 My sister and I decided to spend my last remaining hours shopping than to finish packing! Talk about major rush time when we got home from the Super sale Bazaar :))

My face looked pretty weird that day. It was a clear cut view of a nervous slash stressed slash no sleep slash tired face that needs to be covered cause it was nothing but an eyesore! :))

Happy Fanshu!!! My Sissy and I loves Happy Fanshu so much!!!

#MissingOur MercatoNightsTogether

Sophie’s Mom! YUMM

Missing him so much…..

I feel guilty cause I do not have much time to talk to them. Time difference could suck a little bit in the A, you know.

Daddy’s Little Girliesss!!! <3

MY sister and I had our photos taken which we find funny cause we felt like we looked crappy that day! :))

An hour in the Super Sale bazaar made my closet very happy!

My after work face a year ago!!

I have been working for more than a year already! 🙂 Yaysy 🙂

Can’t wait to go home early tomorrow,

R <3 xx

 

Another reason to love Mondays

09.18.12: First Hug

God has recently blessed me with another reason to love Mondays more. Apart from the fact that we all get to be off that day, it is also the day that we could spend some quality time and have dinner with an amazing family (just like mine) that I love so much! 🙂 One of the reasons why I feel blessed for having someone who treats me like Queen everyday is the gift of having a second family who cares about me and makes sure that I am well and happy each day. It is overwhelming to be surrounded by people who makes me feel special and loved, especially in times when I feel lonely because of my family. Having another reason to look forward to every Sunday helps me get through each working day. Every time I feel like I’m trapped in something or when the suffocation of stress feeds my insanity, I would just think of the awesome Monday ahead of me.

Finally went to Costco!! A heavenly place for grocery lovers like me!! 🙂

Vanilla Yogurt with Berries from ze Mom! Super sweet treat!!!

Greek Wafer Rolls! Too yummy for my life!!

 

 

A carrot from their backyard! Ohhhhsome!

Homegrown grapes!! 🙂

Jhade and I! 🙂

It was another lovely Monday dinner with their family! They made everything that I like again and tried to make me fat…. sigh lol 🙂

Some stiff from our little shopping in White Marsh! Fall pieces!

AWESOME bangles for my Sissy and I!!!!!

LOVE at first sight…

Cause I can’t help my self!

Goodies that made my heart melt!!! <3 Thank you so much to ze Mom!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Asian stuff from our Asian Market trip! :p

Funny photo on instagram!!!Missing my batutsy soooo much! <3

Moist in the car…not yet ready to embrace Fall!!!

Just because I still have a couple of summer clothes that I haven’t worn yet!!! LOL

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OOTD: Ribbons

Wore the bottom that my Sissy sent me!!! Thank you so much!!! <3

iPhone 5…soon 🙂

R <3 xx

Mama Rosa’s

08.14.12: The Filipino in him

So I am still on cloud 9 right now (and I think this will endure until next Monday). I’ve just finished talking to my parents for 3 hours, and I must say talking to  my family is the best reward after a long hard day at work every time. Nothing will ever beat the feeling of being able to hear my Dad’s voice and talk about life and future goals, my Mom’s supportive words when it comes to my personal life,my Sister’s insanity, Remo’s uplifting statements,and jejekid Renzo’s jeje “whateverzzz” lol 🙂 I cannot help but be thankful to our big guy up there for blessing me with this amazing life. I am deeply overwhelmed now with all the opportunities that I have now, and I cannot wait for the next phase of my life where in I will cross out another goal with siblings. Sounds vague but rest assured, that journey will be told in another chapter on this blog.

Anyway, the only reason why I could survive an afternoon schedule is the fact that I could have lunch somewhere nice. But work wise, it kills me. Only because it makes me feel too relaxed at work that I would rather sit in front of my laptop. Haha 🙂

Filipino lunch…YUM!!

Filipino stuff!!!! #HeavenForMe

Liempo (grilled pork belly)

Made me feel like I was in Manila again.. NOMNOMNOM

We ordered a lot cause I got crazy. Can’t help it cause I miss Filipino food

The only disappointing thing is the mayonnaise in the sisig. But all the rest were good and I it def made me miss home! 🙂

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OOTD: Pardon my stressed slash puffy face

Obviously, I bought this dress because of the back detail. Lol

Dress: Forever21

Very happy and excited for October,

R <3 xx

RAVENS

08.05.12: Monday Kick-Off

I hate the thought of wasting a day,especially during my days off. I like to spend my time wisely and make sure that it turns out as awesome as I hope it to be at the end of the day. One thing that helps me get to that point are the surprises that reminds me of how lucky I am to be where I am now is the person who I have now beside me every Monday. 🙂

My first time at PF Chang’s 😉

I wonder if the one Manila is as good as the one here in the States…

Chicken Lettuce Wrap / Mixed Greens with Ginger Dressing / Sesame Chicken / Shrimp Dumplings = YUMMM!

Honestly, I thought it was an upscale Chinese take out place here in America.

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Best part of my 08.05.12!

Purple Nation

Our tickets!!! My first time to watch a football game and it was live! Lucky!

Still in awe on how beautiful the stadium is!!! 🙂

Cincinnati Bengals

Never thought I’d be this interested in football!

One quick fact: I used to watch college basketball since I was in high school. Though I know it doesn’tt seem apparent that I watch ball games. Haha

P.S. Volleyball is out of my league, I don’t know why. I am more interested in sports that defy triumph in a hard way. LOL I used to play soccer and softball in college, I may not be good at it but I must say it was a lot of fun!!

Just 8 seats away from the field! Yes,we were that close! 🙂

Marching band!

Cheerleaders! 🙂

All of them are so so so pretty!

Fireworks during the national anthem! 🙂 Beautiful!

Poe the mascot!

Michaek Phelps!! So handsome…and tall!! He is from Baltimore 🙂

Air-force aircrafts..gave me chills!

Cause I’m a fatso inside

Grape and egg custard snow cone..YUM! My date said the color looks weird

Was not able to take a photo of daiquiri. I don’t know what’s with me, I should’ve ordered coffee cause it was 50 degrees that night! But whatevs..cray cray moment!

Chili dog!

Stadium at night!

The ravens won and I am so happy! 🙂 44-13 baby!!! 🙂

P.S. They lost against Philadelphia yesterday though. boohoo 😐

Fan girl mode,

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Barbie Girl

Outfit post for 08.05.12 New York trip 🙂

Bought this dress from my Sissy during my second trip in New York 🙂 Wore it cause…that’s how I roll :))

My accessories! 🙂 Loved everything that I wore that night! 🙂

One of my favorite heels! 🙂 DAS baby 🙂

Kim K. went to NYC the next day for FNO (I wanted to be in NYC that day but my schedule does not permit to /wrist LOL)

Anyway, I love the fact that our dresses are somehow identical when we were in New York!! 🙂 How awesome,right?:)

I must be back before October 5th! 🙂

Not excited about the upcoming season,

R<3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Times Square at night

08.05.12: Bright lights in the city that never sleeps

Last part of our awesome trip in NYC. It’s amazing how Times Square could turn into something different during the night. The bright lights that makes the city more alive and the vibe that you get because of the happy energy that you get from everyone who is there are just some of the things why I love New York…and everyone else 🙂

Yellow Cabs! 🙂

Barbie House in Toys R Us

My Barbie girl-ish outfit :))

Find us hahaha 🙂

LOL

Blurry photo cause it was raining. Boo

Say hello to,Kambi 🙂 A ramen house in 14th street between 1st and 2nd avenue 🙂

Was able to take a snapshot of the quaint restaurant before the group of Japanese teenagers came. Haha

Yummy chicken teriyaki salad!!

Yummy ramen!!! 🙂

Everything homemade…awesomeness!

Sleepy and tired,

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Down by the water

08.05.12 – City Sightseeing by the wate

4th entry about our awesome trip in NYC a week ago. I was a bit hesitant in going to this boat tour cause it started drizzling while we were waiting for the ferry bus but one of the things that I uphold when it comes to life is to never miss an opportunity.Especially when it comes to seeing something beautiful.

Some pier in NYC

Gelato while waiting for the ferry

 

Had to wear a silly raincoat because of the rain 😐 Boo

Hello, Brooklyn bridge! 🙂

Official photographer of the day – Karen! 🙂

So happy that we are on the twilight cruise batch!!! 🙂 NYC looked more stunning!

Statue of Liberty!!!

With ze girlies 🙂

Had the privilege to meet the captain and take photos inside!!! 🙂

 

90 minutes worth of fun 🙂

2 more NYC entries to go!! 🙂

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Emipre State Building

08.05.12 – Empire State of Mind

Third stop for our awesome trip in New York last Tuesday. We did not plan anything for that day, so everything that transpired throughout our trip were  spontaneous.It started raining on our way to the Empire and it was a bit disheartening for us thinking that it might last until the evening, but as soon as we arrived outside the building the rain stopped so it was a fortuitous day for us 🙂

Hello, Empire State!

The view was very breathtaking, it felt so surreal 🙂

My favorite building in NYC 🙂

Can you see the Statue of Liberty?:)

It was super windy and cool at the deck.zomg

With ze girlies! 🙂

c/o Alyza/Karen

Happy Monday off!!

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Grand Central x New York Public Library

08.05.12: Young Folks

I am sleepy…tired..sleepy and tired. I hope this will not turn out to be a boring post cause my words are somewhere far and I couldn’t seem to find them.

Hello Grand Central!

Reminded me of the pilot episode of Gossip Girl 🙂

With ze grlies! 🙂

(c) Alyza/Karen

New York Public Library for the second time 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos at least!

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Jollibee

08.05.12 – Beeda ang Sarap

First part of my third NYC trip 🙂 Karen suggested that we should go to Jollibee for lunch, so off we went. In my normal world in the Philippines, I try to keep my distance from fast food as much as possible cause I’d rather eat on a table with white linens and enjoy the greatness of life in my mouth :)) But this was different, I am already away from home for 6 months, and anything that says Philippines in it excite me. I felt like a kid with a happy meal in happy land with happy food…yeah, you get the picture haha

Love 🙂

We all screamed when we saw the sign. LOL

Went to their branch in Jersey City cause its much nearer from where we were.

With “Charmee” aka Snooki of Jersey Shore hahaha

Hello Jollibee food! YUM

They all tasted the same!! From the gravy to the palabok and spaghetti! YUM My belly was tumbling out of joy the whole time <3

Taro x Pandan pearl shakers! YUMEH

With ze big bee

MANILA Ave. <3

Just a tunnel away from NYC… 🙂

Hello,NYC! 🙂

Next Stop: Grand Central x New York Public Library

Can’t wait to be back,

R <3 xx

Half a year

Random heaps last  month – August 2012 🙂 

6 months, half a year. Oh, how time flies! I must be crazy or something but I feel like time is stabbing me in the back for passing too quickly. Life has nothing but amazing, and I wake up each day saying,this is what I want and the only thing missing is my family around me. Oh well, I still have almost 7 months to make things happen. Yes?

To some, it’s just about clocking in and getting things done. But to me, it’s a journey. Cheesy as it may sound but I have never thought that I would be this happy inside this kitchen.

I am blessed to be surrounded by Professionals who has such amazing talent. People who makes each working day less stressful. I couldn’t translate into words how grateful I am to be part of this team, to work under the 21st best country club here in America and to be mentored by the best Chefs in this state.

photo c/o Sheila 

This is how we give love to our roomie,Charm! Hahahaha

Karen’s birthday celebration! 🙂

JT and I LMAO

Ysan and JT

New serrated knife! Yay 🙂

New awesome baby!

Had lunch downtown for the last day of August! 🙂

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08.31.12 – Outfit of the day

Vest: Forever21

Floral Skirt: somewhere in Bangkok

Heels: Nava

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Best present this month!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Chanel lipstick from the best!!! I’m the luckiest ever <3

LEft her heart in NYC,

R <3 xx

Sending all my love

 

08.27.2012: Happy Birthday, brotha! 

This was how I celebrated my brother Remo’s birthday. Though I am a million miles away (in my exaggerated world), I still made sure that I would do something to commemorate his birthday. I am so happy that his birthday was on a Monday, a perfect day to pig out,shop and do some Remo-ish stuff :))

Red Robin for lunch

Since he loves steak and burgers, I’ve decided to eat a burger for lunch. Everyone who are close to me knows that I do not normally eat a burger on a regular day anymore.

Strawberry Mojito

My mushroom swiss burger… YUM!!!

Salad for the side and whole wheat as my bun

Made chicken dumplings, sauteed mushrooms and steamed shrimps for dinner. Everything that I love!!!

Went to the state fair with girls to make my Remo day more fun!

Roomies!!!

Overcooked turkey legs x corn

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Outfit of the day:

 

 

Red x Mustard Yellow peg!

Top and shorts from ze sissy 🙂 <3

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08.03.12

Happy happy birthday to the best Dad ever!! ♥ I am so lucky to be your daughter, blessed to have you as my Dad. I will always be your baby girl, no matter what. I promise to make you proud each day and remember all the things that you have taught me. I miss you extra today and God knows how much I wish to be there with you on your birthday 🙂 I love you so much!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Sending you all my love,

 R <3 xx

Brunches…and munches

08.19.12 – Sunday brunch at B with the B 

Hello downtown! 🙂

A quaint restaurant that is filled with awesomeness! Everything about the restaurant is just too remarkable 🙂

Crispy Pork Belly with Salsa Verde

Thought to myself: I used to eat this all the time at home when I was younger – hello, liempo.

Mussels with Green Curry Sauce and Cilantro

Eggs Benedict

Everything is nicely plated and the location of the restaurant is just too perfect for it’s outstanding facade. Can’t wait to be back for dinner…soon! 🙂

Hello lovely Sunday morning! 🙂

Shopped with Jhade after my lovely brunch with Maria and Jee! 🙂

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08.26.12 – Saturday brunch

Went to Gertudes, another awesome restaurant situated in an Art Museum .

Number 1 brunch place in this city in open table. #ohYeah

Corn Muffin x Biscuit with Butter x Strawberry Jam!

Biscuit x Strawberry Jam = A total jump-starter for out Saturday morning! 🙂

White tablecloth x urbane interior..so yeah, I loved this place!

My white garden omelette!

First time to have squash in my omelette….it was so good I finished this imelette in no time!! Let’s not forget how cheesy it was..YUM!

 

My brunch-ish outfit! 🙂

Hello,September!!

R <3 xx

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