Frances’ Bridal Shower

03.03.13: Happy Sunday

One fact about me – I have never been to a bridal shower. I am 22 years old and I feel like, bridal and baby showers are coming my way and I am nothing but excited! For me, B & B showers celebrates womanhood and all the love connected to it. As a fiancee, wife and a mother. So yeah, just imagine my excitement when Frances handed me an invitation to her bridal shower.

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Started our Sunday by meeting up with our Angels in MD at church 🙂

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Hello, Charm City!

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Homemade slat scrub!! 🙂

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Food….obviously! Had a light fare of American snacks during the party!! 🙂

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Irina, Frances and I 🙂

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A “Bow” kind of day! 🙂  Knowing Frances, I knew that everything will be cute  and girly! 🙂 So tadaaaah, another girly girl day for me! 🙂

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This ZARA  pleated skirt has been with me for more than a year, and I haven’t worn it even one. So just imagine my delight when I was finally able to! Haha 🙂 #simplejoys

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Top and Heels: Forever21

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Some annoying self photos to show off my curls! 😛

No no noooooo, I am not ready for thissssssss

R <3 xx

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Tenth

02.21.13: Happy 10th!

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it”

It is a blessing to make it this far. No words can ever describe how amazing you make me feel, every single day.

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10th month present from the most awesome 🙂

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The usual: His x Hers = Beer x Smoothie haha 🙂

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We got crazy with oysters during the month of February!! Noms

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Ended the night with friends! 🙂 Will definitely miss this, them.

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OOTD: Forgive the bad lighting

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Winter  = layers and layers of clothing

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The most annoying candid shot ever, cause it looks fake. haha

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I don’t know what has gotten into me. All I can say is, I want to get rid of a bunch of clothes in my closet and before I do so…I want to make sure that I at least wear them once. Haha 🙂

Seriously mentally drained due to over thinking. So pardon my lack of sense. :))

R <3 xx

We Are Young

02.10.13 – eff-you-enn

One of the awesome things that I truly enjoy about my “somehow” independent life here for almost a year now is the fact that I get to experience different things. Things that I could never imagine happening if I did not decide to step out of the shell and move forward. There are things that I have sacrificed to be where I am right now and looking back, the past year has been an amazing journey. A journey that lead me in seeing a bigger picture of how I want my future to be, and why God directed me to this path.

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I love celebrating life, in different ways. One of which is to, hangout with the girls and go our for some weekend fun! 🙂

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It was yet,another f-u-n night for all of us! Nothing much to say buy yeah…you get my drift. haha!

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Went to Quiznos after for some yummy late night sandwich x soup! 🙂

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OOTD:

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Lace Dress: Forever21

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Tights: H&M

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I like how you can transform a simple dress into something so chic when you wear it with tights. One of the things that I have always aspired of wearing in Manila is tights. I like how it shapes up your look.

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So happy cause I was able to curl my hair nicely!!!! MY sister would be so proud of me when I get home. Hahaha 🙂

P.S.. It takes time and practice for a “used-to-be-short-hair-girl” like me!

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VDAY posts, coming up!

R <3 xx

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01.15.13: Things that I love doing with you

Some people think it’s silly that I like doing things that are out of the norm. The stuff that they expect me not to do, are most likely to be the things that I would be happy about. If there’s one thing that I would hate when I look back at my life, I would hate to realize that my life has been nothing but a routine. I hate doing the same thing over and over and over again (I hate saying over 3 times but I did it anyway just to express how much I dislike having a routinized life). I do not enjoy going to the same restaurant in 3 months. I just need to be out there,and go place. That’s part of who I am. I walk, I look, I observe — I’m a traveler. I love how my life is different. How I can go with the flow of my own wave, how I have my own wave. And most of all, I love how God blessed me with a very blissful extraordinary life. A life that I am always grateful for. So yeah, that’s me getting caught up about life. Once I start talking about it, I just can’t stop. I JUST LOVE IT!

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Spent the first half of our afternoon downtown. Federal Hill brings joy to my eyes. It never fails to make me feel like I am somewhere in NYC. Weird but hyeaaah, that’s me. Haha

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We finally tried Stuggy’s. A quaint restaurant that serves specialty hotdogs. YUM!

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We forgot what this wild thing is called (boohoo) but this was a special. 😐

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Chili with cornbread for me! 🙂 I love how moist their cornbread is!

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Went home to this! 🙂 My roomie Charm made “lugaw” / rice porridge! 🙂 YUMSS!

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Best part of my day!!! PITANGO!!!!!! <3

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OOTD:

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Since we do not have any plans for the day, and all I know is we are going to the dentist I’ve decided to wear something comfy and simple. Jeans and a white tank top! 🙂

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I chose the colors tan and brown to give accent to the world’s simplest but still stylish pair.

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This bag is so me! It scrams travel!

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White Tank Top: Forever21

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I love this layered satin blazer! Not entirely perfect for the winter but I like how it made my simple look still stylish! I basically revolved my accessories on this blazer! 🙂

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Happy love week!

R <3 xx

Taste of DC

10.08.12: Celebrating Mom’s Birthday
 
Something that transpired last week made me realize how eager I want to some things to just work out and make everything that I have been aspiring for happen in God’s time. Knowing that I have been missing a lot of joyful moment is really pulling me down in a sad pit. Missing my family’s birthdays is one thing, but not being there on that special someone’s birthday is a different story..knowing that we are just in the same place at the same time and the same same same..I don’t know. It just really devastates me. And I hope there is still another year for us to celebrate..but all is left uncertain until the end of the year..maybe.
 
Anywaysy, God has turned around everything and blessed me with a beautiful Monday off to celebrate two birthdays in a lovely place at an awesome event! If there’s one thing that my Mom and I likes to do..it is to attend events that are related to shopping and food. So this was a perfect way for me to celebrate her birthday! 🙂

Monday off in Washington, DC! 🙂 

Got super excited when I saw these food trucks!!

Some of the foods that we tried:

Spicy Beef x Vegetable Curry Patty

Tastes better with the jalapeno salsa! 🙂

Chicken Banh Mi!!

YUM

Bought an authentic jamaican patty from a JAMAICAN!!! Whuut

Best beef patty I’ve ever tried! <3

Our favorite food truck 🙂

Because of this witty and kind American owner and his Fil-Aussie wife (who is very pretty)

..and of course because of this yummy lamb sausage!

My brother Remo will go crazy about their cookies!!!!

Gooey goodness inside!!! These cookies were AMAZING!!!!

Lamb taco..YUM!

Had thai food) no photos..there were a lot of thai food stalls!! Most people seems to be crazy about their food these days…

It was a super duper cold day for me! Went to Barnes and Noble to warm up for a bit and then headed to H&M and F21 to go shopping! This is why I love DC. It’s like my mini New York, only that it’s not crowded 🙂

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OOTD: I can finally curl my hair with no help!! 🙂

Top: delia’s

bandage skirt: topshop

leggings: forever21

Embracing the cold weather,

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Bluer than BLUE

10.01.12: Hello, October!

I love celebrating the first and last day of each month. There’s something about looking forward to a joyful month or knowing that you have spent each day awesomely in every possible way in a month. My absence here on my blog has eaten up my sanity. I feel like this page deserves more and it’s such a shame that I do not have enough time to juggle everything that I want to do. Needless to say, I am still grateful for all of the bigger things that has happened to me.

This has got to be one of those days where in I felt like a Queen cause I was being treated like a Princess. I know I doesn’t make sense much, but when you have these amazing people around you, you just can’t help but be overwhelmed and be speechless.

 

Finally tried Pei Wei! 

It is owned by PF Chang’s China Bistro.

This is like the faster version of PF Chang’s. If you want Asian Food fast, this is definitely the place to go!

My spicy korean chicken! 🙂 YUM

Touch screen vendo machine! AWESOME!

Oh really? LOL

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OOTD: Something something for a cool day

 

Awesome stuff from Mrs. S!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

So in love with these babies!

 

Awesome shopping finds!! <3

Will try my best to update this often (just like how it used to be)

R <3 xx

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

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

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

Pink Flag

I just got home from the biggest event that I’ve worked for in my life! I couldn’t put into details how this day reminded me of grateful I am to be part of this club, to cook for elite people,and to work with talented people. God has really blessed me on this one. 🙂 I welcomed my 4th month here in the states today by celbrating the 4th of July on the 3rd day of the 7th month of the year! 🙂

Pink x Blue/Turquoise peg!


Top: Forever21

Bandage Skirt: Zara

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Since we had Chinese delivery after work tonight, it reminded me of the last night that I had dinner with my favorite babies 🙁

Treated them for a small Chinese dinner here in the apartment.

Missing y’all <3

Tired and excited to go home early tomorrow (hopefully),

R <3 xx

4th Month :)

June 2012 photo dump 🙂 Random shenanigans for the month of June! Oh em gee, I can’t believe I’m on my 4th month today! I still have a massive list of things that I want to do, and places that I want to go. I know God will help me achieve all of it, in His perfect time 🙂

Weird “outfit” shots! :)))

Miss you bebe Nicole!! *spot me

Miss you, Lovely!

Some shao lin night outside te premises of our work place. Hahaha

Who goes to work wearing a pair of cutesy flats? Ri-Ri! Nyahaha

Had to borrow Nicole’s shoes for the day!

Received this book from the chorvaers! Funny how this was on my birthday wish when I turned 20! Oh yes, wishes do come true, you just have to be patient 🙂 Hahaha

Random dinner nights

I know you will hate me for posting this photo, Boobie! But I just miss how adorable you are and how crazy we would get when we are together!!! 🙂

I miss you all so much 🙁

Shopping day with ze babies 🙂 <3

Big event today,

R <3

Boom Boom Bang

Quick outfit post 🙂 I’m so excited to go out now!! The chorvaers planned something day-off worthy today! Yaysy 🙂

This has got to be one of the outfits that I would love to repeat or wear again.. but knowing me.. uhh whatever. Haha 🙂 (And I totally realize that I am not making any sense at all now)

I like how light these pieces are and how loud the print and colors are 🙂

Cutesy skirt from H&M

Pink x Black (again)

*My annoying smirk-ish face! Haha

Super girly day,don’t you think? Haha

MY face looks extra ugly!! It was so bright but I just couldn’t pass this bridge without taking a photo!

Paciugo on my right hand…and tummy! YUM!! <3

DC bound,

R <3 xx

The Girl and New York: Times Square

06.18.2012: Spent the rest of the afternoon in Times Square. We did a lot of walking, but I did not mind, I do not care if I was in my killer heels. That’s one of the beautiful parts in travelling – you walk to see ; you see to appreciate things.  New York is such a busy city, you could see people everywhere and almost all streets are jam-packed with vehicles. I did not think twice in commuting around this city, I think it’s the best way to get around (when you’re not from here) and immerse myself.

I’ve always wanted to ride the subway in New York,. So yeah, I was kind of excited about this! Haha

Still wearing flats :))

Disclaimer: I covered my face in most of my photos in this entry. Don’t ask me why..but whatevs. :))

Love, R

Times Square!!!!

Spent the afternoon shopping.  We know that we would be back in NYC in no time, so we are not really in a rush in going to places like the Rockefeller, Statue of Liberty and the like.

Jamba juice was quite disappointing for me. Don’t hate me for saying this,but what’s the fuzz all about? The service was less more than we expected too. Eek 😐

Bought this from a Chinese lady who gave me this for a bargain price of $33 instead of $45! AWESOME!

Not a hoodie type of girl, but this is something that I would love to have in my closet! Haha

Can’t wear this anytime soon though

AWESOME pieces!!

Basically, I did not shop in Forever21 and H&M. This city has those stores already, and I just want to raid the shops that we don’t have here.

Aldo x Zara x Topshop = HAPPY SHOPAHOLIC!!! <3

Next Stop: Dinner and Leigh! <3

Late night schedule tonight, yay or nay?

R <3

Hello, Summer 2012

Tax free shopping day outfit! 🙂 Since the weather has started to warm up already, I’ve decided to wear something “summer-ish” and weather friendly! I know we’d be walking a lot so I paired this outfit with a flat s 🙂

I am embracing another dreadful week again 😐 One day-off, opening/morning to closing and an average of 150 covers (weekdays) & 240 covers (weekends) during dinner service (and yeah, I am so grateful to be part of the line. The busy lunch service that we are having ever since the last week of May is a different story. Uhh. 5 cooks versus elite members who likes to order high-class food.

Another beautiful morning 🙂

At Barnes and Noble! Haha 🙂

Lovin’ my Topshop flats!

Top: Forever21

Skirt: Pink Manila

Whadddup

Will try to post another entry after work tomorrow,

R <3

First: 1st Outfit

Say hello to my first outfit last 05.21.2012! 🙂 I have to make this quick cause I am going to another adventure with my favorite people in an hour (or hopefully LESS!) haha 🙂 I’ve been saving this outfit for something “sun” worthy and I am glad I was able to wear on our “first” “chorvaers” hahaha!

I look preggers and extra fat in this shot! hahaha

#Forever21

Mirror shots!

I love how the prints on my dress scream “spring/summer”!

Wore accessories that can match my second outfit! 🙂

One of my favorite flats! 🙂

Excited to go crazy shopping in Delaware,

R <3

Wrong Tights

I feel soooo tired right now! I had the most amazing day for the month of May yesterday and I wish it could just be like that forever! I might be working for 7 days straight and it gives me nothing but anxiety. This summer is just too busy for our workplace 🙁 BUT despite of our crazy schedule I am still happy and grateful for being part of this wonderful team! The experience is priceless! Being on the line and handling a station by myself is nothing that I have ever expected before I got here 🙂

I do not know what to say about this outfit since my head is full of thoughts about WORK! And what did they say about leaving “work” at work? It doesn’t really WORK for me! Yadda yadda, all I know is I wore the wrong tights that day! I totally forgot about the tights that I bought from H&M! This tights is just too thin for a cold weather and too see-through for my bandage skirt! Haha :))

Top: Love Culture

Bandage Skirt: Topshop

Heels: So Fab

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Can’t wait to post our pictures yesterday,

R <3

Somewhere out there, somewhere far away.

Outfit Post: Here’s what I wore to our shopping x The Cheesecake Factory day! 🙂 “Less words, more photos mode ON”

Disclaimer: You may get fed up of my face as you scroll down so click the “x” button as quickly as possible. Vain alert.

I just can’t stop adoring this beautiful tree outside our window/veranda! 🙂

Looks prettier up close! 🙂

Say Hi to my closet and drawer! Heehee

Left bed is my roomie’s :))))

I pretty much don’t have anything to say about this look, is that weird? Eek

Just thought of sharing this,

R <3

I got it from my Momma

Here’s what I wore last 02.20.2012. One thing that I enjoy doing back in the Philippines is to ransack my Mom’s closet once in a while and pull out the clothes that I could wear. Her size is bigger than mine so I always find a way to make it fit to me. I love making her buy clothes that I know I could wear too (lol – smarty moves). Anyway, I love how comfy this printed palazzo pants is! I felt like I was swimming in cotton the whole day 🙂

Black Cover-Up: Topshop

Blue x Pink Peg!  

Palazzo Pants: Mom’s

Tube Top: F&H

Wedge: So Fab

One of my favorite rings! 🙂

Blue bangles from Singapore

White beaded bracelet from Bangkok

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Have a safe day y’all!

R <3