Sunday, January 13, 2019

MOM STYLE // LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE AN ALL SEASON TOTE



Hello! Let me start the first quarter of the year with a series called Mom Style. And hopefully through this series i will have the chance to introduce other moms as well who brings light and inspiration as an individual and as a mom through their daily life, without forgetting herself. But for now let me add and combine all my personal interest and thoughts and write it all down here through this series.

There are times that the busy days of mom life left you loss out of track with yourself to wholeheartedly serve your love ones no? So a blissful chance indeed when there are moments you pick a pieces of your old self and incorporate a dose of your current joy in your day to day life. Like going to spa, treating yourself to the nursery, or just try to shop at your favorite store ( and try to see yourself  infront of their full size mirror and compare that with your favorite mirror pal at home,😰 Does anyone can relate?😜 ) or travel once in a while if that sounds good to you. And even a sleepover with your good friends and chat all night if that brings you happiness. Just some thoughts that will help ourselves to be inspired and wonder in our everyday living as an individual. A dash of joy in our everyday life is important, right?


Now lets talk about this series. If you've been here for a while now, you know how i'm fond of bag since the beginning. and if you're a new visitor, i had to stop purchasing years back due to priorities. So for now let me start this month with an article i love too talking about.  Bag!. Do you come to think what kind of bag did not leave your closet all these the years? That there are types whom you are fond carrying everyday and there are also a piece you only like looking at. Though Longchamp tote is not the bag i first hand carry with me, but it's a kind of bag that i'm fan of to have all through these years. And if you know me, i easily get hook when i really like something and it's hard for me to move on,  and this brand let me do that over and over again.

So now, let's talk about why i'm hooked at this all time season tote.

FABRIC

Personally, i love their limited collections of Le Pliage canvas. The good thing with limited edition is that you can have the Le Pliage collection in different fabric, printed or not. Same with leather handle, it comes in different color from the usual Le Pliage line, and you can pick two shades in each season from the collection of prints. Luckily i have the chance to get a new one from the autumn collection which shown here below. Comes in a satin canvas with an exotic crocodile scale effect. While the old one seems like a jacquard floral print, while i still have the regular one in nylon. All fabric is lightweight that makes them a go to tote for  travelers as well.



COLOR 

I love bold and deep colors and Longchamp have a wide variety to choose from. Name it and you can have it all. All posted photos are unedited to let me show you the true shade, in daylight. 


DURABILITY

Base on my usage, they can last for years as long as it is properly taken care of. I just shake them off and make sure there is no traces of dirt left inside. And if necessary, i wipe mine with wipes and air dry before putting back to closet. The first one i have purchased is still with me, in mint condition, from Spring 2012 collection.


SIZE 

Usually i picked the medium/large size. The only downside is that it can become slouchy if you put too much inside. But recently i added the small size tote and find it more perfect for my liking. Shown below is the size comparison. 


STYLE

I adore that you can wear it everyday if you want to. Simple yet chic. Classy but not too flashy. A perfect tote for my casual look, i used mine with trouser and in rare times even with a dress. 


What kind of bag are with you all these years? What do you think of Longchamp Le Pliage? Do you have one still, and in use? or are you over it?








*Disclaimer
This is not a sponsored post. LongChamp has been a favorite brand of my mine since i started being fond of bags. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no way told me to do so. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

LIFE // NEW YEAR THOUGHTS


Happy new year everyone! We are still on holiday vacation mode but ready to go back to school this week. Also, taking advantage of the time to reflect on life, on what's gonna be about, on what will matters most, and feeling hopeful for a fresh new year start.

The last time i did a new year's resolution is on my high school days, it's always a part to do a resolution after coming back from a holiday vacation. As far as i remember, from that time after, i labeled mine with "goals" and not a resolution anymore. 

So here goes my list;

On Motherhood:

Listen and Be Present- Since i find inspiration about the things that i love ( home, life,  style, beauty and motherhood ) and learn about different cultures and tips on a day life through social media, but there are also time that it affects my communications in some point. Scrolling on and off on phone takes a lot of time too, right? Though i'm not good in sacrificing things that i love that help me grow as a person, but i also do my best to try and find solution when it's needed to be. So on this part i need to find time to balance myself between being online without sacrificing anything. Thinking of having a days or a week off in a month to refresh and balance things out is one solution that i consider. 

On Career:

Time Management - This year i decided to make a room and spend time working. To be productive in some way that that will help me grow as a person. Being away from work for so long help me to feel that i'm retired on my career, but it isn't. Though i love and enjoy my life now, but a part of me still miss it. Life now thought me that a passion continue to keep burning inside of you, it only need to help you focus and kick yourself out to start doing what you believe in, and have the determination to keep moving. Last year, i made a step back on writing to focus on personal matter. However, this year, i'm determine to make an effort and time for it. It feels good to know that you still have a dream inside of you and have a chance to make it a reality. To earn and to save and to help compensate my love one as well is a goal to fulfill. So for this year, it's all about working hard and make a room for it. It doesn't matter how big or small i can go but it's more about  making a vision a reality that matters.

On Beauty:

The good thing about aging and taking good care of your skin at an early stage is you finally see ultimate results when you age. It payback time, literally. Thinking about all the application of creams even though you are too sleepy at night make it all worth it.And at this point you don't need to worry about aging cause you feel that you're at at your best, you age gracefully, the way you wanted to be. So as i always tell, prevention is better than treatment, always. Right?

Again the topic is all about beauty that's why i talk so much ha ha. So for this year, i will continue to test new products and replenish some favorites. Still on a goal to combat  hyper pigmentation, lifting, mostly around the jawline and firming as well. I have some skincare reviews on the list too and working on a blog post. So stay tuned.

On Family:

Still on our list to travel and explore new places. For now, we still don't have a place in mind to visit but as always, travel once a year is a must. To help us become more closer, rejuvenate, and to help us bond outside our comfort zone. This becomes a family tradition for years now that we enjoy and i took advantage of this kind of moment, too. While we all have the time to make it happen.

On Home:

This year is about home improvement. STILL. Painting, fixing and changing details in some portion  of the house as a minor aspect. And also positively thinking that our kitchen renovation will be over until the end of this year, hopefully. A major goal indeed! 

Friends, I'm looking at a hopeful, brighter and healthier 2019! I wish and pray to achieve what we have in mind and what our heart desires. What about you? What's your major goal for this year? 


Till again, 
Angie





Thursday, June 7, 2018

A PARENTS VISION A CHILD NEEDS TO PONDER


I came to think about this topic several times. On and off i write, and i pause. But thinking there are some who is on the same boat as i am that probably could relate, can feel their heart out on this topic, and so, i continue. Parenting and motherhood has so many paths, it's rewarding, a lot of learning and thriving. Our experiences maybe somewhat the same or different but i know, our heart full of love, hope and compassion will always remain the same.

The majority of us dedicate time to work hard, invest and save for the future of our child. Some have educational funds right away. And for some, from paycheck to paycheck strive their best to come out with a good savings. They stand on the goal of putting their child's future on top of their list, and so is education. You know, the excitement of being a parent, right? Our child is our greatest joy and inspiration, and planning for them is overwhelming. 

That's maybe because we always want the best for them and this also apply most if you came from a family who experienced poverty, lack of education or the least, no education at all. In this situation, the dream for your children to succeed to have a better life is unparallel. The passion to sacrifice whatever it takes in order to achieve a good life is no doubt the greatest love to call. In some point, it's the purest love that a parents endure over responsibility, but these two is the most important factor in order to attain their life long goal and to overcome struggles. A chapter of parenting which is a life achieving goal. The grit for your child' s accomplishment is a reward, a big achievement. And so to children. But the most, thinking that they can withstand life's battle with good armor in hand is a better way to have a peaceful mind. When one becomes a parent, you will learn that you can give so much to a person, that true love exist. That thinking of them so much, it hurts.

But how about the children? Children accept learnings and guidance differently, they are unique in their own way. There are children who have the same visions in life as their parents, or have goals in life at an early age, with a goal and timeline to meet. in this situation parenting becomes easier to handle, i think. And there are also children who have a hard time, coping, moving up. That feels like it's not yet the time for them to set apart from their comfort zone, with that being said parenting becomes challenging. 

How do you deal if some of the plans did'nt push through? That your child is not persistent in the fields that you assume he will become to be? A split in personality perhaps? Or having problems in whatever concepts of life it maybe, or on how they deal with education, maybe they knew it's not for them  or just taking it slow. How will you cope? Are you ready for all the challenges? This is a daily life to thrive, did you ever see it coming? At first for sure you will have a hard time coping, finding yourself on how to balance the situation, for some may get indenial and depress, then in some cases, comes the guilt, for some take it all easy and know time will come for their child to learn. But how far can you go before the word acceptance pop in your mind? Are you the open mind type? Are you the take it easy kind? Or are you the idealistic type? 

We always hear the word parenting is rewarding, yes. But in some or most cases it's all about learning and understanding, crying and sobbing, dealing with acceptance and forgiveness, coping and thriving, patience and hope. And to deal with all of these, love is to endure.

I just hope all children will learn to understand were their parents come from. On how they deal with everyday life just to meet the life that they have now. That sacrifice is only the word that always comes to mind but above all, it's  love, and parents have so much of that. But with that being said, life should evolve and move most to those children who can't come out to their comfort zone. They should realize that eventhough a parents love is never ending, they also have a life to fulfill as they age and the realization that they are getting old too should always take in consideration. Children should think that when you become a parent, the thoughts will not end until the day a child have a family of their own but the thoughts of having a good and peaceful life will make them live a happy and quiet life too. 

And for children who do it alone, strive to what he becomes in life without a parents on board and even a relatives on hand, i salute you! I commend your hardship and dedication for achieving what you want to become in life. May life brings you abundance and peace and may you also be an inspiration to many and a blessings to others. 

What's your thoughts on this matter? And how far are you in the chapter of motherhood? Did any of the topic hits you? I know this topic is raw but sometimes there are thoughts in mind that needs to put into writing and a topic that needed to be said. As life has many phases, as well as our journey, but through these all, we grow, learn and stand through the test of time. And as always, the tribe that helps to build a strong group, always matters, as so your thoughts.

Thank you for taking time to read the most if you reach these far.


Till then,
Angie

Monday, May 21, 2018

BEAUTY // RECENT FINDS


Been trying different kinds of skincare lately to suit to my skin concern. Above all, a favorite type consist of serums and night moisturizers. For me, it's the most helpful skincare that skin will benefit most, but the one you needed to invest in. 


Being a mom of four, i figured out that aside from birthday, May month in celebration of Mother's Day is a good excuse to cross out some bucket list, gifted or not, skincare is obviously on top of priority.

I share below some of my recent finds and what currently i'm loving right now.

Jade Roller - I don't know where i have been or what's in my mind that it's just recently that i got the chance to have this one. Aside from this cleansing tool that i normally use twice a day, jade roller is a beauty must have in every skincare routine. I use it twice a day, morning and night in an upward motion and after nearly four weeks of using, i notice that my skin glow, it tones and help sculpt mostly in the jaw line and also depuff under eye bags. Jade roller also helps release tension and stress when using. The best to put in in the fridge and roll on your face after your skincare ritual, to help the skincare sink in,  to achieve ultimate result. 

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner - I've been a fan of toner eversince i've started using skincare, and as i remember, toner is the first skincare that invade my vanity kit back then. From then on, i venture into different variant in in which my skin has concern most. And there are mainly three types that i'm looking for when i purchase ; brightening, purifying / clarifying and lastly, resurfacing.

I get my hands on Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner to help minimize pores and mattifies the skin, i have a combination skin type so a toner that helps minimize the shine is always a must have, i normally use this in the morning and the other two i alternate at night. This time i tried Fresh toner since I've read and heard good reviews about them so i let myself in and give it a try. The only downside is that it has a strong smell for my liking, but getting use to it since i really wanted to know how will the result goes on me. So as i type this, i'm quite satisfied with the result since it really help to matifies my face and avoid the greasy face look that i normally achieve in summer, in a hot and humid tropical climate. As an add on benefit, will keep you posted on how it minimize pores and if it soften the skin too, as brand promise, soon. You can purchase local here.

Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Concentrate - This is potion in a bottle for me. All that i want in a skincare compose in this concentrate as it helps sculpt your face, lift, brightens and firm. It has a citrus smell that helps calm your senses, too. And to say that the radiance effect on me is unparalleled. In all fairness i can say that you can benefit the radiance effect in all Origins Plantscription line, as i personally tested their cream and serum and it gives the same result on me. This is one to consider if you're looking for an intensive skincare with the same benefits as i mention above. 30 ml for all skin types. You can also find it here in US.

Pixi Rose Caviar Essence with Rose and Grape Seed Oil - I must admit, i got hook to try this because of the look of the serum, if you look closely, it has encapsulated flowers in it. How pretty is that, right? And also if you are like me who is a fan of rose, you will terribly love the scent. I have a happy thoughts every time time i apply this essence since it brings back memories from my childhood - When looking through the window, a perfect time in early morning you will see an array of potted rose plants with variety of colors, shapes and types. The best part is that, the smell is fascinating. So, that reason alone Rose Caviar Essence is a must tube to mingle in my vanity table. 

Benefit wise, rose helps to hydrate and restore. Soften, refine and tone. This essence also helps brightens and bring radiance to the skin as it also helps diminish discoloration. 45 ml,  for all skin types.

What type of skincare do you enjoy using as of late? 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

HOME // A NATURE ESCAPE


It's summer here and in our garden, the flowering plants like bougonvillaes, hibiscus, roses and calachuchi are already in full bloom. The rose vines are going lush and wild and needed to put a trellis for support. It's a joy to  look at it  in the morning, while watering the plants or just by staring at it through the window, while hearing the birds chirping. It's the stillness and beauty of nature that put my mind in the right perspective.

It's also the time to begin planting so i already check for my seed stash. It becomes a family tradition here for years to plant from scratch every summer. It's fulfilling to see all those seedlings grow and turn into a good harvest and serve some of the veggies from garden to our table. All of those plants started to grow from hope, care, and love. Actually it's not always about the  harvest, though it makes me and the kids giddy😉 but mostly it's all about the mental aspects that it gives, it's therapeutic. Just looking at them makes me happy. Aside from the fact that it's a good bonding time for us all, as a family. A good source of conversation infront of the table, there so many stories to tell, like Iya who name all the seedlings last year that makes us all laugh each time. I know all of you plant parents can attest to the happiness plants brought to our lives.😘


Looking back at my childhood, I grew up in a yard with a variety of fruit bearing trees, ornamental plants and a garden full of vegetables and herbs. So i'm not surprise if I ended up loving and appreciating nature in general. In our home way back, my mom love to decorate different variety of hanging plants, but she also love to mix our home with artificial plants that she loves to put in one coner, and some on top of the table. I remember a part of my chores growing up is to wipe those "leaves". Before, i even asked her why she like having artificial plants and don't put a real plants instead. She always uttered; There some variety of plants that is hard to grow so having them is a good alternative for me. Sometimes you need to have a plan B if your plan A doesn't work. So for her, that's an ultimate solution.

From then on at a young age, I have learned to understand that there's a certain option if one situation doen't work, and even a green thumb experience to have a black thumb in some circumstances. So it's only a matter of finding solution. For me, i really love growing plants, but i also remember in early years of home making that I also bought some artificial plants to decorate in our room. It's true that a child can mimic the life's rhythm in their childhood, in their growing up years. And in my case, I have mimic some ways of my mom in that way.

So there should not have judgement whether or not you can grow from seeds , direct bought a growing plant or if finding solution is just like what my mom did, you can just bought an artificial to beautify your space. It's a choice, may it be real,  or a mix of both, it doesn't matter as long as it give serenity and happiness, go with it, right? It's a privilege to feel your house, a home in whatever type a homemaker put a personal touch in one space. And we should always remember that each one of us has a unique kind of taste and lifestyle to go along with it.

If you're looking for some varieries for your home, you can check some collections here, if my mom is still with me, i know she will pick gardenia to put in one corner of her room and this one is a pretty centerpiece too for my liking. 

Happy almost weekend to all.


Till then,
Angie




*This is a sponsored post by Silk Plants Direct, anything written is base in my own thoughts and opinions.








Friday, February 23, 2018

LIFE // A DAY TO REMEMBER

"A happy wife, a happy life. A happy mom, a happy kids. A happy home."


Haaappyy Friday! How's your week doing so far?I've been happy and cool this past few weeks. Less moments that I feel stressful nor doing my moms signature "lions roar" ha ha ha. Isn't it strange how a change of scenery and routine does wonder into our system, even just for a while. Are you agree with that? It doesn' t matter if you are a mom or not, I'm referring to all,  in general.


And remember the time I wrote and mention I'm hoping to see my friends this month? Well, we did! It was really an unforgettable day last week. I would never, ever, forget the night before I almost could not sleep, and think how well will I react to see my friend whom I don't see in person for soooo looong!!!I'm reaally, reaaally got excited. And that moment we saw and hug each other, three times!!! ( I think ) It's such a magical✨ feeling for me. I almost cried in joy inside of me. Love that kind of feeling. It's like we turn back time, the emotions and the clarity back then is so clear and fresh in my mind that I can still relate and remember, loud and clear.


It's a day of excitement, hard laughs and a good and memorable conversation over coffee, ramen and wine. A day could not be too long and the night can be too short when you are in a good company. A friend that feels like family and feels you are home. I can get use of having a night or day with them once in a while, and I hope it will not take another lifetime for our next meet up.


How about you? How often do you spend time with your friends nowadays? Does mom life makes a big impact to step back with your old routine? Or does marriage and motherhood change the way you spend time with your friends? Just an interesting open conversation if you might want to share your thoughts.

Have a great wekend to all.

Till then,
Angie


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BEAUTY // SKINCARE WISHLIST


Though I do not shop often but if there's a chance, most if there's an occasion involve, I grab and take the opportunity to cross some of my list. Having those helps me to prioritize what I REALLY need and refrain from purchasing what I only want. You know, mom thing. But in some occasion, there's an excuse and I also grab to have some in the want list, too. And when that happens, you know the feeling, right?😊😘


I want to share some of my current wishlist, and some that I already purchase that makes me giddy.I sort this post to two categories, Skincare and Cosmetics. Mixing them both will lay your eyes to read a long post, huh! So for now let me first start with Skincare, since for me, having a good canvas is important.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence - After I receive and use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I'm in love. It has a luxurious refreshing minty smell feels like you just come out from a nice soothing facial spa. Now I can't wait to try the other varieties, but first let me start with the Vino Perfect Brightening Essence. I'm hooked with anything that makes skin luminous and can help brighten dark spots. Bonus part that it can also help plump the skin, too. I have this thing that whenever I fall for the product, then I fall for the brand too. It's like a start of a new relationship, a new addiction, and for some of you who know me, knows this will happen, right?😊😬

Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Lifting Eye Serum - For a time I'm longing to try this product, there's something about it that I'm intrigued.  Maybe because any words that promise lifting ring a bell on me right now, ha ha ha! This will be a next purchase to try, though I still love the effect on me of the Laneige perfect Renew Eye Cream. But in most time, if there's something you can't get out of your head, then you need to go with it, right? This is what I feel about the Estelle & Thild lifting Eye Serum.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multi- Action Night Cream - I have tried and tested this product as a gift with purchase and love the immediate result on me after days of use. The only downside is, it cost too much that I need to have a good reason to buy it so I won't feel the guilt. But I know, it's a pot of gold that my skin will thank me. Including  Lancome Tonique Radiance that will looks like a good combo. I hope hubby is not too busy to read this post hahaha. Hint. Hint.😝🎁

Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion - I'm not new to this brand and without a fail I consistently replenish and repurchase skincare from their brand. So another on the wishlist is the Emulsion that I have not tried yet but I know will have a good result and Firming Sleeping Mask  is included in the list too. My current sleeping mask run low by now and I love the result that it's a need to repurchase that I can't live without. 

Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum - Oh this product is, DIVINE!! I have emptied two bottles way back and I can't forget how the effect is true to the description! How I wish Luxola, now Sephora Philippines could cater again this brand. It's another brand that I call a gold in a bottle.  And If there's a chance,  I know this brand is truly an addicting one!

The Body Shop Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil - I have been loyal to this brand through and through. I love anything that I've tried and it does wonder to my dry - combination skin. But I have this trait of only buying what I already tried and replenish what I only needed. Same with  their Shea Hand Cream and a favorite Olive Shower Gel that are all good for my dry type skin. Then the SA  gave me a sample from their Oils of Life line and got intrigued about one of the Spa of the World product which is the Lime firming oil from near shelf. I can't wait to try this product!


What kind of  skincare do you have now  in your wishlist? Does some of the list above ring a bell on you? Or have you already try one or more from the list? what"s your thoughts about it?







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