Tried & Tested: Aveda salon and best shampoos in the world!

I was hesitant at first to go to the new Aveda salon at Basement in Shangri-La mall, but it’s hard to say no to Catherine David who invited me to try.
Hair is my biggest concern. I was born with very fine curly hair that I need to blowdry to look human. Because of that I need to be extra gentle with hair products and treatments I use. (Read: high maintenance)
I met hairstylist Stefan Wilczynski who examined my hair and scalp and gave me a kind sermon about what was wrong with my hair. This guy knows a LOT. He is not scary and I really learned a lot—what to do, what not to do, and why my hair wasn’t growing.

Stefan Wilczynski

On that day there were three other girls at the salon (or should I say “it” girls): Bianca Araneta, Hindy Tantoco, and Tessa Valdes—all of them with good hair. I swear, I felt like a square peg.
Stefan spoke to to Bianca Araneta before her treatment

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom
Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Ugh. She looks good with wet hair

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

She gets a trim

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Blowdry

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salon

Et voila

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Hindy got a “sermon” too with some pampering before her treatment

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

What Stefan did was so amazing. I think he is a great colorist

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

Tessa came in later and checked out the Aveda range before getting shampooed

Tessa Valdes
Tessa Valdes

Yay for “minimal” Tessa!

Tessa Valdes

As for me, I got a gentle treatment to color my white strands. The result wasn’t spectacular at first because my hair was extremely damaged. After a couple of weeks I went back for another treatment.
Stefan convinced me to switch to a shampoo without sulphate. I’ll have to admit Aveda hair products are not cheap but they are so worth it.
I got two sets—Color Conserve to keep the color in.

Aveda hair

I use Color Conserve for a couple of days until it feels oily. Then I switch to Invati, which is the miracle product that helps your hair grow.

Invati—Sanskrit for invigorate—is Aveda’s most popular hair care line. It is a system of 97% naturally-derived products that promise to reduce hair loss by 33%. The Invati daily regime includes Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Scalp Revitalizer.

Aveda hair

For my husband, I got this

Aveda hair

I’m due for a third treatment soon and I can’t tell you how much I really love the two shampoos I’m using. No need for conditioner because my hair is too limp.
If you care for your hair and can afford it, I highly recommend Aveda hair products.
If you want to try Stefan Wilczynski at Aveda Salon, call Basement at (02) 638-2222.
If you want to try the products, buy them at the salon or the newly opened Aveda Experience Center at the ground floor of Greenbelt 5.
At the Experience Center, shoppers can experiment with Aveda’s botanically based beauty products and experience them. Skin and hair consultations are also offered.

Aveda at Greenbelt 5
Aveda at Greenbelt 5

To know more go to http://www.aveda.com/

Tried & Tested: StyLIZed x Happy Skin

Packaging is everything.
When I first saw photos of Liz Uy’s lipstick collab with Happy Skin, I died of Insta-envy.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Luckily, Happy Skin’s Rissa Trillo is my neighbor. She must’ve felt my wishes through her window and sent me the acrylic clutch and stickers.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Inside the clutch are three shades of lipstick called: 24 Carats (hot pink), Style Icon (nude), and Red Carpet.
No need to sharpen. They are twistable!

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Well, I must be a Style Icon because my favorite is the nude one, hehe.
The lipsticks are available in three packages: The acrylic set is Php 1799.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

The more compact leather set is Php 1499.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

and if you just want the lipsticks, they are Php 599 each.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Congrats to Liz Uy and looking forward to more of Happy Skin’s exciting products!
To find a stockist near you, click HERE or buy Happy Skin online.

Date with Louis Jourdan

“Grace, do you have a French crush?” I asked earlier.
“Nope. They’re kind of short.” (Grace stands 5’8″)
“I have two French crushes: Alain Delon and Louis Jourdan.”

Alain Delon Louis Jourdan
L-R: Alain Delon and Louis Jourdan. Don’t they look alike?

When the cat is away, the mouse will watch movies.
Jeroen left for Sydney yesterday to visit his family and I can’t sleep.
What better way to go to bed than with a romantic, dreamy movie?
Just a couple of days ago, French actor Louis Jourdan died at the age of 93.
Most people remember him for his roles in Gigi (opposite Leslie Caron) and as a Bond villain in Octopussy, but I like to remember him in Letter From An Unknown Woman, which also stars Joan Fontaine.

Letter From An Unknown Woman

Released in 1948, the movie was based on the book of the same title by author Stefan Zweig.
It unfolds in 1900s Vienna, Austria with Louis Jourdan as an ageing concert pianist who was once a rising star in his field. He comes home to find a letter from a woman who narrates the following story:

Lisa Berndle (played by Joan Fontaine) is a mousy teenager whose life is changed forever when a young concert pianist named Stefan Brand moves into the neighborhood.
He is taken care of by a mute butler named John. Lisa becomes obsessed with the new stranger who plays beautiful music at night and falls in love with him.

Letter From An Unknown Woman

Unfortunately he never notices her. He always seems to have a new woman coming back to his apartment.
One day, Lisa’s mother announces she is getting married again and they are moving to another town.
Lisa protests and tries to escape, but changes her mind when he sees Stefan bringing home a bride.

Years pass and the mousy Lisa blossoms into a young woman. But she rejects a marriage proposal because she is still in love with the concert pianist. She decides to move back to Vienna and gets a job as a showroom model.

Letter From An Unknown Woman

She returns to the old neighborhood to stalk Stefan Brand, and one fateful night, he finally notices her.
He ditches his date at a restaurant and takes Lisa on a long, romantic date which ends up with them in his apartment.

Letter From An Unknown Woman

The following day he finds her at the showroom and tells her he has to go on tour for two weeks, and can she see him off at the train station. While saying goodbye, Stefan promises to come back to her, while his wife can be heard calling him to come on board. He didn’t come back.
Nine months later, Lisa has given birth to a son and refuses to name the father.
She later remarries a wealthy old man who is aware of her past with Stefan.
Lisa has turned into a rich, society wife.

Letter From An Unknown Woman

Years later, she bumps into an older Stefan at a concert. He is no longer a star in the music scene.
The two speak briefly, but their conversation is cut short when Lisa realizes her husband is waiting for her outside. She reveals her true feelings to her husband and leaves to stalk Stefan.
She goes to his apartment and the feelings are again mutual.

Unfortunately she starts to realize he doesn’t even remember her name and begins to think, was she just a roll in the hay? She disappears into the night and ends up writing the letter.
It was four in the morning when I finished watching it and I am still haunted by the ending.
If you love romantic old movies and the turn of the century, don’t miss this movie.
In 1992, Letter from an Unknown Woman was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. (Wikipedia)
I’m so not over it. God bless Louis Jourdan.

Three stores to tickle your fancy

Back in the ’80s, Shoppeville, Greenhills was the place to be. And if you were a teenager like me, you probably went to Tickles a lot to check out the cute stuff, imported gift items and colorful stationery.
This is how Tickles looked back in the day, and it was heaven.

Vintage Tickles photos

So Japanice

Vintage Tickles photos
Vintage Tickles photos

After opening its first store in 1979, Tickles now has nine branches and has remained faithful to its original concept of “happiness all year round.”
Tickles can be found in Glorietta, Greenbelt, Trinoma (on the 1st and 4th levels), Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Market Market and Fairview Terraces.
This is how Tickles looks today.

Tickles
Tickles

It’s a great source of quirky gift items like these funny signs

Tickles

Pizza and fries throw pillows

Tickles

Puffy hamburger pillow

Tickles

Soft cases

Tickles

Cute stationery

Tickles
Tickles

Monkeys!

Tickles

The same group that owns Tickles also launched a’postrophe at Glorietta 4 in 2010.
A’postrophe is a treasure trove of different themes carried across clothing, furniture, fashion, home accessories, houseware, and gifts.

Apostrophe

If one were to describe a’postrophe, it would be like entering the “organized clutter” of a seasoned traveler/shopper and her cute finds, like the art mugs and hollow book organizers

Apostrophe

Throw pillows

Apostrophe

We have these at home

Apostrophe

Cute stationery

Apostrophe
Apostrophe

Decorative/giftable soaps

ApostropheApostrophe
Apostrophe

Baking kits

Apostrophe

Houseware and accessories

Apostrophe
Apostrophe
Apostrophe
Apostrophe

A’postrophe can be found in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market! and Fairview Terraces.
Finally, When we were kids we were taught to memorize the colors of the rainbow through the acronym ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). These are what inspired the group to open its third concept called roy&biv in 2013.

Roy & Biv

As the name suggests, roy&biv is all about color. Think of it as obsessive-compulsive heaven, with color-coordinated merchandise divided into groups of red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple and fuchsia.

Roy & Biv
Roy & Biv

If colors make you happy, roy&biv is your place to be.

Roy & Biv
Roy & Biv
Roy & Biv

roy&biv branches are located in Glorietta, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces and Trinoma.
Meanwhile, Tickles and roy&biv are slated to open in Cebu, first quarter of 2015.

Stay up-to-date and follow them on Instagram:
@Tickles_PH
@apostrophe_PH
@royandbiv

Found: Hot dudes reading in trains

Leave it to Grace to point me to this Instagram account—only two weeks old with nearly 205,000 followers—that posts pictures of hot men reading in trains.
More than actors or models who were born with great DNA, here are characteristics that would make a guy hotter to me:
1) Talent—be it in art, design, architecture, or music. Not your typical rockstar. mind you. I prefer “deep” musicians, like Ryuchi Sakamoto (L) and Charlie Siem, hehe.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Charlie Siem

2) Intelligence and kindness combined. A successful man who is humble and can talk about anything, isn’t a snob and doesn’t think he’s better than all of you.
3) Someone with a great sense of style, good hair, and still looks like a man.

I guess a cute guy reading on a train would present himself as an intense person you can converse with and has good taste in music. It also helps that in winter time, people generally look better because of the Fall/Winter attire of outerwear and dark colors.
You can imagine cuddling up to a bear in a thick jacket, opening the door when you come over, and saying, “Let me defrost you” while a cup of hot coffee/chocolate awaits.
Which begs the question: Bakit walang ganito sa Pinas???

Hot dudes reading in trains

Intense!!

Hot dudes reading in trains

The coat! The apostolic look!

Hot dudes reading in trains

The one you can’t wait to introduce to your family.

Hot dudes reading in trains

See the rest of them on http://instagram.com/hotdudesreading/.

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