Washington DC: The Girl (03.11)

03.11.14: Picture Perfect Kind of Day

Hello, dolls!!! I am so ecstatic right now, April is just amazing to me. First and foremost, A and I are just 12 days away from celebrating our second year together and I just can’t sit here and hide my excitement cause I know it is going to be ah-mah-zing! Second, I am only a few months away from hugging my family again!!! I can’t wait to travel with them again and be crazy with the sibs again. Lastly, I just accomplished something for school yesterday!! It really is happening!! One of the things that I promised myself when I got into Culinary school is to study abroad — and I am finally a sheer month away from crossing that off my list! 🙂

Read my post about our awesome lunch in Duke’s Grocery here – http://riannagalvez.com/2014/04/07/washington-dc-dukes-grocery/

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It’s been a while since my last outfit post. I mean, let’s face it friends, I am not too good at it. LOL

But yeah, I will tryyyyy my very best to make each post worthwhile.

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If there is anything that I can’t give up from my closet, that would be this H&M jacket.

 

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I remember it as my first splurge after being here for only a week 2 years ago. I just can’t help it, the soft pink color and the gold buttons (I have this thing about gold buttons).

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#TBT First Date Night

03.10.2014 – Of getting things done

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Happy #TBT day!! My favorite day to blog cause I have a valid excuse to post entries that are ages ago. Though, this one’s not a month old (yet) I think it’s perfect cause this happened on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago. I guess for now, this is the best that I can do when it comes to posting something “recent”.

I love productive days like this one, we were literally out all day around the city accomplishing stuff — and I loved every minute of it! What’s more awesome about that day was how we spent the entire day with love and end it with great food…and drinks! 🙂

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Beautiful day with an amazing date

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I am not going into the details of what happened before our afternoon in Inner Harbor, but let’s just say…we accomplished 4 big things prior to that. 😉

 

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Oh hello there

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Ba Noi’s

01.18.2014: Meaningful Saturdays

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 I can’t believe it’s already Sunday (insert 1 million exclamation points here). Time is moving waaaay too fast. For the past week I’ve been really busy making each day special for my family and the people that I love. You see, nowadays,  I find more gratification in making my family’s day extra special than to do the things that I love…or used to love. 

Before, I would spend my weekends hanging/dining our with friends, not that I do not like doing this anymore…but it’s just that, I feel like Saturday nights are more fun when you spend it with the people who truly make you happy.I am so over the jejecrowd here, if I want to have some drinks and go “clubbing” I can just wait for another week (or 2 since I will be in MD on a Monday) and be my crazy self there and not sacrifice time for my family.

#throwback: Cause I am excited and not sad this time

Washington,DC –  http://riannagalvez.com/2012/08/26/701-restaurant/

Taste of DC –  http://riannagalvez.com/2012/10/13/taste-of-dc/

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Saturday for us is all about “the” dinner. We can do whatever we want in the morning, but we always have to eat dinner together.

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My homie

Food x Outfit Entry

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Approved

10 days

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!!! 🙂 I am going to work on this entry now before I get caught up with my “Valentine’s Day kitchen lovin’ “. I’ve been in the kitchen since noon, preparing stuff for tonight’s dinner. I am tooooo excited!! Valentine’s day is a family thing for me, you know haha. It’s such a shame that the man that gave me my first REAL Valentine’s day is at the other side of the globe, and I know it sounds a little silly but I am not sad that we are not together. We still found a way (especially him) to make our V-day special, and like I said earlier… Valentine’s has always been a family thing for me 😉

Yesterday, I was finally able to say that I really am leaving soon. I am still not emotional as of now. which is a good thing. Cause the last time I left for the states, I was already bawling my eyes out a month before my departure. I know this is not going to be as sad as before, cause I will not be away for the entire year. I am hastagging “MNL2014” in my head cause I am going to make it happen…anything for the man that I love the most <3

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Lucky 7!

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Had to go through this before January 7! 😐 #Hassle

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Rooftop Party: Coachella on December

 

 

12.22.13: Of hosting dinners

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 We are only 3 days away from Valentine’s day and I am so excited!! I know most of you are looking forward on spending that lovely day with your special someone wink wink. I, on the other hand, is so thrilled to be with my favorite Vday dates — my parents!! My Dad has always made it special for me since..ever. I am planning to do something that I am good at for them this coming Friday…and I can’t wait to share it on this blog,hopefully SOON and not 3 months late.

For MZATC’s annual Christmas dinner, we had a “Coachella themed” party. Since we couldn’t all go to California, we brought Coachella to us…anyway we are just up for the dressing up part if ever we can so whatevs lol.I like themed dinners! It makes it easier for me to come up with a menu and cook more than 2 dishes.A  themed dinner will not be complete without dressing the part,that’s the second best thing about it — I get to dress up!. I’ve been crazy about hosting parties lately, and this is just one of the many rooftop parties that I will be sharing on this blog 🙂

#throwback: Cause it’ll be like this again. Wonderful memories in Charm City

First month – http://riannagalvez.com/2012/03/20/is-retail-therapy-a-curse/

First Timer – http://riannagalvez.com/2012/09/17/ravens/

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Merry Christmas, MZATC!!!! <3

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Of Forever Roomies

10.24.13: The greatest paycheck is not money

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 Happy #tbt day!!  I am really hesitant if I should post an entry today, cause I feel like I’ve hit my limit when it comes to updating my social network accounts.Yup, 1 twit, a #tbt on Instagram, and an outfit post on Lookbook seems a lot to me now! Beofre I make your eyebrows raise with my weirdness, here I am, writing an entry cause I need to organize the clutter on my desktop. It’s that time of the month again, where in I feel uneasy about the huge mess that I’ve created on my hard drive. So you know how I try to make my posts “appropriate” with how I am feeling, or my silly fun life? Well I think this one hits the #tbt category, probably my favorite cause it gives me an excuse to post all the photos I “forgot” to upload.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the exciting feeling of flying again. How soon it is going to happen and how amazing things will be. I talk to myself…just like this…so I can forget that at the other side there is still loneliness.

Throwback:

Of flying alone – http://riannagalvez.com/2012/03/16/on-the-fly/

All over again – http://riannagalvez.com/2012/03/15/see-you-soon-manila/

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10 days after A left MNL, I had the opportunity to see the person who helped me make things “happen” and be with the people who made my journey almost a year ago extra exciting.

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300th: Good Morning, 23

11.29.2013: Birthday lunch and things that made me smile

Hello,dolls!!! This is my 300th post!!! Wow!! I can’t believe that I actually made this “riannagalvez.wordpress.com” happen! 🙂 From a “drama queen” who just needed an outlet for her dark moments to a “fun loving lady who loves life”.The transition of this blog has been serious some sort and I am just grateful to everyone who has graciously clicked the follow button, and who has been continuously reading my entries!

300 posts and I feel like I am still a newbie. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to beautifying my page. — A little segue, does anyone know how to do that “read more” thingy here on wordpress? You know that link in the middle of each entry that lets the reader read the full length of the blog! This is so shameless…but yeah, sometimes WordPress plays tricks on me by making me feel sttttttttu.. yeah

Anyway, I told you I have something not too big for my 300th post. And since I love #throwbacks too much, I am going to give you a bit (or maybe more) of a throwback for the next couple of dates. I chose a couple of links that is going to be nice to look back to.. entries that will tickle that “inspiration” bone or just memories that I love <3 Some posts made me smile and say “aww”, cringe and just want to delete some photos, but mostly be reminded of how beautiful life is and how grateful I should be 🙂

Since this is an entry about my 23rd birthday, I will give you a little throwback of my 21st and 22nd! 🙂

21:Dinner —  http://riannagalvez.com/2011/12/12/forever21-birthday-dinner/

21: Her Outfit —  http://riannagalvez.com/2011/12/14/forever-21-hey-birthday-girl/

21:Sugar high —  http://riannagalvez.com/2011/12/02/forever21-sugar-high/

22 – Dinner —  http://riannagalvez.com/2012/12/27/forever21plus1-petit-louis/

22: Hello Kitty Party —  http://riannagalvez.com/2012/12/07/forever21plus1-hello-kitty/

22:  Oh you know —  http://riannagalvez.com/2012/12/09/forever21plus1-material-girl-meets-the-stalking-horse/

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A few days before my birthday, Alyza surprised me with a bag of “ramen happiness” from Ryu Ramen.

She drove all the way to my house and braved the traffic in Manila. This has got to be one of the sweetest things a friend has ever done to me 🙂

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TWG: Her Outfit

Little Miss Tea Lover <3

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 It’s been a while since my last outfit entry.On account of me being here, I still have my very reliable sister to take my photos, so we are going to abuse the 30 days that I have left and take as many photos that we can lol. I’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty lazy on doing so, you know… standing in front of the camera and hope that something magical happens so I will look nice in photos (haaaa). But really, I am just too shy to pose when I know someone is looking at me! But as what most people tell me, “don’t put your outfit to waste”. 

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Hopefully, in the next couple months I will be able to post more outfit shots. And publish shameless style related posts.

You know…cause I like to share haha

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PalawanDiaries: Her Outfit

09.28.2013: Her new bestfriend.

Hey,sweets!! 🙂 Here is my last entry for our second day in Palawan.Only a couple of albums and this account will be up to date in no time!!! 🙂 So since I am not really that good with “outfit posts” this is going to be short. I hope the photos will deliver and make this post worth your time 🙂

P.S. To everyone who has been viewing my Palawan entries, thank you!!! I am trying to make it easy for you guys to navigate through my old posts.. and so far I’ve been working on classifying them. So just click any link at your right under the category tab  and see what I have in store for you 🙂

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Some lovin’ before we went out for dinner <3

I  did not get the floor length memo.

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Palawan Diaries: KINABUCH’S x OOTD

09.27.13: ….and that’s a wrap

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I can’t think of a better intro than this.

I am lost in translation. My head is seriously going to burst any minute now. and I wish….I wish people can be more respectful and selfless.

I have reached my boiling point, and you know how I hate to turn this blog into a drama-fest, BUT when you give your all and spend n days working on things THE LAST MINUTE, and make everything perfect, it sucks when someone makes you feel like you did not do enough. It sucks when the work that you’ve done is not being reciprocated well…especially when the only thing that you asked for is not even going to cost them a dime. I worked like a machine for days while being sick, and sacrificed time for my future. I think I have every right to lose my temper. I am physically and mentally exhausted, is it too much to ask for some ME time?

Anyway, before I suck the life out of this blog…here is my last entry for our first day in Palawan (yaaaay).I did it!!! So here’s a food x fashion post! A little bit of both 🙂

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Hola

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Kinilaw na Tanigue (Mackerel Ceviche)

 I love kinilaw/ceviche! I grew up eating kinilaw with my Dad. I know A would love this, and I am glad he did!!!! The fish was so fresh…yumms!

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I forgot the cocktail that we ordered..but I think it was weng-weng cause they can’t do sex-on-the-beach.

A had Jack and Coke. I remember him not really liking it.

The drinks were okay…I had better.

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Oh, Manila

April May 2013: A roundup of randomness 

I know… I KNOW, I haven’t been fair to this blog, especially to you readers. I have failed to deliver and make this page as exciting as it was. But despite of my absence, I am really grateful of everyone who has been visiting my blog. My daily stats never went down to zero and I have gained a few dolls on my followers list. So thaaaaank you everyone! <3 🙂

Anyway, I have been contemplating about life deeply for the past few days. The girls and I spent a lovely sleepover this past weekend and it has opened my heart into expressing the thoughts and feelings that I have kept inside, towards my life here in Manila.

It is disappointing to feel like a tourist when I step out of our home. To choose to be on the other side of the world than to be here. I have been very bold when it comes to my family and how they affect my choices in life. But one thing that gets into me is how the people that doesn’t know anything can say so much just for the sake of…speaking. It disturbs me how someone can just make my life his/her business, when they haven’t done anything but to be a professional stalker. My life was an open book before, it’s like a portfolio for some, just waiting to be turned and exposed. God knows how devastated I was and how I struggled just to be who I am now… happy, contented, blessed, loved, and existing.

Existing, yes. I remember when I was still in college, our Logic Professor talked about “life”, he mentioned that “to live is to exist”, and that thought is stuck on my head ever sinceHe said, you make yourself exist by living, by doing things that will make you live, and by doing things,that’s when you exist. A few years after, I realized that I should try to exist and live to have my own identity in this world. So I prayed and told Him, I want to feel good about myself,and be great at something. It took me 2 years to be blessed with such…and I am telling you, it was worth the wait.

So yeah, it still breaks my heart every time I think about my decisions in life. But see, God blessed me with something big and we all know how sacrifices work in our lives. Nothing great comes easy. It’s sad that the thing that made me feel great is at the other side of the world. In just a span of 1 year, I was able to learn a lot and hear the most motivating and flattering compliments from people who are highly-skilled, Top Chefs if I must say. I never thought that I can be that person, and it’s such a shame how I didn’t feel the same appreciation when I got back (aside from my family). Anyway, in a few months I will do what I love the most again and feel great. And be able to make my family proud (again and again and again) and be mum about it (again). “Let them wonder why you’re smiling” , as they say.

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This welcomed me earlier 🙁 I can’t believe that the browser that I have been using for the past 2 years (I think) is retiring!!! I spent almost half an hour transferring my bookmarks and jotting down my saved passwords. #hassle

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WEEK 1: Finally

 

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First official week highlight: A trip to the salon.

It has been 15 months since I last had my hair cut and treated. I had the driest hair in Manila!! I felt guilty after seeing almost 4 inches of hair on the floor 🙁 All for the love of…beauty! Haha 🙂

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Week 2 highlight: T Love

Met up with my college friends, Caloy and LA! <3 🙂

I forgot small servings here in Manila are…and how overpriced they are in unworthy restaurants! I don’t even know how to start with the VERY VERY VERY small shrimp that was served in my brother’s Alfredo pasta 🙁

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Week 3: Vanity and Family

Was craving pizza so I asked my family if we can go to Uncle Cheffy’s for some yummy panizza! <3 Sooooooo goood!

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Week 4: CC is for Chubby Cheeks!

My second Chanel lippy! Happiness! <3 🙂

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Week5:  Piggies

Fattening dinner in Sambokojin. We’ve been going to buffets like crazy lately and my bodyis not entirely happy about it. My baby brother is not a baby anymore, look how big he is! He makes me loook like a midget! 😛

74 days,

R <3 xx

Cross Street Market

03.11.13 – Early For Spring

Hey Dolls! It has been exactly a week since I last posted an entry, and I am glad that my words  has found its way to the rhythm of normalcy.  I hope it lasts though. Haha. Anyway, as what I have said before, I want the last 2 months of my beautiful journey in the beautiful city where I fell in love in to be shared in a different phase until I see my happiness again… in 130 days to be exact! Different dates will be thrown in once in a while, a bit jumbled up if I may say but I will still make sure that it’ll be worth the read, just like what I try to aim every time I write. So here’s another beautiful memory to write about.. a day that is blessed with the bright sun guiding us to see beautiful things,and photos that preserves our memories of how lovely that day was.

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It’s such a shame that it took me a year to know what’s inside this building. I always see it every time we go on a night out with the girls but I never truly cared to ask what it has to offer. And boo, I keep on shaking my head still for not asking sooner! Cross Street Market is the kind of place that I like to go to on a casual and laid back day!

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It has all kinds of food that I couldn’t eat near our apartment! At least, good food with fresh ingredients if I may add. They have food stalls of home-cooked Asian food, desserts that made my mouth melt and FRESH seafood that I can’t buy in the groceries nearby!

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First stop: Bruce Lee Wings! 

Reminded me of Bon Chon and Chicken Charlie!  It was sooooo good it took me straight to chicken land!

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Second: Oishi Teriyaki for some carbs! :))

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Shrimp Yakisoba x Bruce Lee Wings = HEAAAAVEN!

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Last Stop: Nick’s Samurai Sushi Bar

Since we really really want to go to Wasabi again, but we want to save it for a special day and with special people, we’ve decided that our last meal for lunch should be sushi!

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My eel hand roll….sooooo good!!!!!

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Some nice photos during our stroll

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OOTD:

Since it was a nice sunny day I’ve decided to wear a print that can welcome Spring (though I am 9 days early) and colors that are light in the eyes. I like how soft it looks in the sun and how perfect it is on a nice afternoon date. 🙂

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Wore boots during our stroll so I can last walking for hours without complaining and tights to save me from the cold breeze of air! Haha

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Jacket: H&M

Top: Forever21

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Skirt: Wet Seal

Bag: Louis Vuitton

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What I wanted my outfit to look if it wasn’t too cold!

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Paired with the Topshop wedges we got from NYC! 🙂

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A lovely day for curls!! <3 I love dressing up for him! 🙂

130 days,

R <3 xx

Mama’s On The Half Shell

03.10.13 – Those kind of nights

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you felt hopeless and emotionally tired? And the only thing you held onto is the little faith that you have in your heart? I almost lost my grip a few days ago. But  God has amazingly touched my life again and used the people that I love to help me get through something that made my life move into a better phase. When God uses the people that I love to get closer to Him, my soul gets nurtured in a different way. It’s like He gave a new meaning to the word “amazing”. So I spent half of my day thanking Him, and the other half by appreciating my family and friends more. Mother’s day is just around the corner, but the photos below will not transcend to it so I will just let the single word from the title above commemorate my Mom,and how grateful I am for the support that she has given me yesterday. I wouldn’t get through it without her, just like every single day.

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He rarely goes home from work early..especially on a weekend. So when he does,we like to celebrate with nothing else but foooood <3 🙂

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Crab Dip – all time favorite

We didn’t expect it to be this big! So creamy!! Yummms

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It’ll be crazy not to try their oysters. Forgot the 2 kinds that we had but they were sooooo good!

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Met up with our friends after. Funnnnzo!

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#selfie lol

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Made banoffee pie earlier that day for the roomies! 🙂

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OOTD

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Animal print bandage skirt given to me by my sister from Forever 21! 🙂

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Messy curls

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136 days to go

R

Charm City

03.08.13: Hello Alexis

It is somewhat unusual that I post 2 entries in a day. But since productivity and jet lag doesn’t fall into one category in my life right now, I am stuck in my bed most of the time doing whatnot’s while waiting for the only person that can keep me sane in this time of misery. Just like the luggage’s that I have yet to unpack (yes people I am taking my sweet time) my desktop is still a clutter that I have yet to slowly sort. Truth be told, I am in no rush in blabbing about my last 2 months in the city that I fell in love in cause I feel like the words will slowly make the memories slip away. And as much as I want to wait until we see each other again,  we all know that life doesn’t slow down and time doesn’t stop.

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Wednesday: Dinner at Bill Bateman’s! 🙂

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Thursday: Downtown

Spent the day showing Alexis the beauty in Baltimore! 🙂

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Had dinner in Sip & Bite

Gaaaaahd,, how I miss Greek food. I would do anything just to have tzatziki nowwwww 😐 YUMMS!

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They got featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives because of their spanakopita

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sister // Coat: Forever 21 // Bandage Skirt: Zara // Leggings: H&M

Eat or sleep?

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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

Up HIGH at the TOP

Random shenanigans. Days that are worth remembering. Moments that I will never forget. To be young and free. All in one weekend.

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Thursday Pizza x Pitcher night

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Clearly, someone tried to sabotage my outfit shot. Hahaha (as if my face was not tormenting enough for the public….. )

Top: Forever21

Tights: Icing

Firs ttime to wear fishnet stockings like this!! Looks so rad when you’re going out on a simple night like this! 🙂

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Paired my outfit with red wedges from Forever21 and a cute bag! 🙂

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Friday Night Out

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Color me pink: Went for a girly chic on a Friday night! Someone who is just up for a chill night and away from the dance floor.

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Heels: Aldo

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Blazer: Forever21

Floral Top: Bayo Kids (yes kids!) 

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Saturday Night is for Matt! Happppy Birthday 🙂

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Celebrated Matt’s birthday by catching up with Lauren and Sheila who came from Michigan just to see everyone again!:)

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I love Lauren’s bun!!!!!!! Must learn how to do this soon! 🙂

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Again with the tights! so in love. this time, it made to the dance floor! 🙂

One more post before the end of the night, yes?

R <3 xx

Where it all started

02.26.13: April is ours

I can still remember the first time we all went out. The first word he uttered when he saw me. How the 4 of us spent the night like we didn’t have to work the next day. It was almost 13 months ago and it still feels like yesterday. I am not the most sociable person that you will ever meet. It takes me a while to loosen up and be “normal” around new people. It’s me, I am modest.

Breaking the shell that’s guarding my crazy self is not too hard. It only takes a few things to make me laugh like a piggy, or talk like the silliest girl ever. One of which is to be a around real people. True friends that would never leave you in times of despair, or who would let you laugh your heart out for hours.

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To celebrate a wonderful year of friendship, we ate our heart out the entire day.

First stop: San Sushi Too

The best sushi place I’ve been to in this city! 🙂

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Octopus….YUMMS!

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Grilled Octopus 

This was so tender!!! Simple and perfect. My kind of appetizer 🙂

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I don’t know which is which anymore *smh*. But one is France’s dynamite. I fell in love with it instantly that I decided to get something with fried shrimp (similar to what I got in Wasabi) and asked the man behind the bar and san suhi too,Bruce, to drizzle some of the sauce on mine! YUMMMS
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More sushi!!!
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We were so luck cause Bruce was there on a Monday and we scored on being seated at the bar. He gave us a couple of some awesome delights out of the menu.
1st: Upon knowing that I liked the teriyaki sauce, he gave us free grilled octopus. HEAVEN
2nd: Seared tuna in a vinaigrette with mango and some relish. LOVED THE TUNA!
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Bruce and another yummy sushi platter! 🙂
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OOTD: Girly girl
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I don’t know why but I tend to dress up really girly when I’m with Frances.
I am so crazy with these colors lately! They look so sophisticated and candy-ish when combined.
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I like how my hair looooks long!!! took me a year to grow it! no more short hair!
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Top and Wedges: Charlotte Russe
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skirt: forever21
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Dinner: Five
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Lamb Chops x Oysters x Shrimp Cocktail and everything nice….including flatbread and lobster mac for dinner with my very own HIMYMish friends. Haha 🙂
More posts coming up!
R <3 xx

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

Tooloulou

02.19.13: Hello again, Frances!

One of the hardest things in moving forward to a different life is to build relationships.Relationships that can help me grow,learn more about life and not forget what I have been for the past 21 years before all these happened. It may be considered as a challenge,but I see it as a blessing. I once thought of listing down all the people that I know…or maybe just met. Crazy as it seems, but then I wanted to know if I matter, or how they stand in my life. I want to be part of someone’s life. I want to be the person that helped or gave meaning into something that changed an aspect in their lives. It is a blessing to be in a place and find people that made me feel like I am not alone. People that made me realize that when I comeback, I have someone that I can call a family. One of my dear friends that I can truly say that has made me feel like I am not too far away from home is, Frances. You can truly appreciate people more when you are in a situation where in you feel like the world is just going to turn on you in any second.

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I was so excited to see her again! I know that her being near me again is going to make things a lot better. For one, I will have someone to confide with and understand what I am going through everyday. 🙂

Tooloulou is one of the best restaurants in the city! The man behind the restaurant is so good in making me feel hungry in every status update. his creativity when it comes to making simple food sound so divine is so admirable that sometimes the boyf and I wishes that we live right next to him.

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Cutesy salt and pepper shakers! Gotta have ’em! 🙂

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The menu….now drool.

Excluding the market specials

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Duck confit pizza. 

I feel like he put this in an oven sent from heaven! This is so awesome it’ll make you cry.

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Chicken Gumbo

A weekend special! It was spicy and savory. This dish is just so hearty it made me want to jump up and down. Haha

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Muffaletta

I am not a fan of sandwiches (weird cause for a year I’ve been making sandwich specials 3-4 times a week). But yeah, when I say I like a sandwich, I mean it! The bread is just so perfect that it made me love everything in it. I don’t know if I made sense but yeah…out of everything that we ordered,this was something that I did not expect to like.

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Gator Po’boy

Mhhmm

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We love you tooloulou!!!!

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So happy that she’s back!!!!! 602104_608427122506108_794517630_n

I redyed my hair don’t worry. Those were the “dark and horrible” days for my hair. haha

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OOTD

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Top: Papaya

Skirt: Forever21

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I have nothing much to say about this outfit…or maybe I am just in a state of shock as of the moment. I am once again blessed with another challenge in life that I know I will get through. Anyway, enough with the life lessons (AGAIN)…

I love how mustard and navy blue looks great together. It whispers classiness to my ears and calmness to the world. with a touch of sophistication.

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And…when there’s a hello, there’s a goodbye.

Til I see you again, JT! Haha

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This was a month ago..but I can’t thank you all enough, dear readers for making things like this happen!! It really warms my heart to know that someone appreciates my words and photos! 🙂

With God, I can get through everything…

R <3 xx

VDAY: Her Outfit

02.12.13: His Princes

Hi lovelies! Before I talk about the last part of my awesome VDay date. I would like to once again, express how grateful I am for all the blessings that has been coming my way since…God knows when! I could’ve been on my way to the airport now..or maybe spending my last remaining hours here in a restaurant or somewhere that I’ve never been before. But God has been nothing but amazing to me for the past 22 years that he opened another opportunity for me. An opportunity to make things possible and for my life to have a direction until the coming year, 2014. It amazes me how one day I can be clueless about things and be excited about my future the next day. I love appreciating and loving life, it’s my obsession.

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Curled my hair cause it’s a special.

An obligatory shot since I am really happy that I can curl my hair without asking for help! Hahaha. #LongHairJoys

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I am a “gold accessories” kinda girl! I love how gold makes an outfit look so chic!

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It was still freezing cold when we went but it won’t keep me away from dressing up! 😛

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My modern “Alice in Wonderland” look. I only realized that when I changed my profile picture on Facebook. The tights and the shoes just makes perfect to be in character that day. Haha

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Tights: Urban Outfitters

Heels and bag: Forever21

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I love paring this blue dress with my favorite lace blazer! It’s not the first time that I wore them together! It just looks perfect for a nice occasion like this! Not too formal and not too simple. Just the right amount of simplicity and elegance 🙂

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One of my favorite necklaces from Forever21

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See you in a month MNL!!!!!

R <3 xx