You had me at George Clooney
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Right now I’m crying from laughing and my eyes are slightly stinging because I had slapped on La Mer earlier.
Funny I was just thinking of Brigitte Bardot, how she used to look then and how she looks now.
See how she still fixes her hair the same way.

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Growing old is a gift, but it is also very hard. I need counseling. I think I need to consult Gilda Cordero Fernando.
Personally, I’ve always looked kind of average, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to be beautiful. I don’t think I could handle it either because I’m a shrinking violet. When I was five, when my playmate told his yaya he had a crush on me, I wanted to DIE.
But I digress. Now that I’m middle aged, I feel bad about ageing—what more for those who have been famously known for their looks? (i.e. Brigitte Bardot)
That’s why this video of Dove Real Beauty Sketches talks to me.
In it, they hire a forensic artist to sketch women—first as they see themselves, and then as a third person sees them.

On the other hand, the men’s spoof version is hilarious! I didn’t expect to cry from laughing because I know a few men who are just like that. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch till the end.
If only I had the confidence of these men.

Tried and tested: Rimowa luggage
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Some readers have asked me to review three things: the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy camera, and Rimowa luggage. Let me start with the luggage before I take on the gadgets.
One of the things I love about blogging is how I get to learn stuff from readers everywhere.
Like Rona, who suggested I convert our hot concrete roof into a green roof, when I wondered how to renovate our roof deck.
Another thing I learned from a reader is Rimowa. First things first, someone told me the German luggage brand is pronounced “ree-mo-vah”, which is a tongue twister to me.
Rimowas are very expensive. I was able to buy my first one using gift checks from Adora. I chose a big black one.
What convinced me were three basic things: sleek design, the convenience of four spinner wheels, and its lightweightness.

Love, Rimowa

Four spinner wheels are great, especially if you have so much luggage. They are easier to handle, push and pull, even without a baggage cart.
Six months after my first Rimowa, I discovered the trunk version, which appealed to me because of how it opens.
Most Rimowas open in the middle, so you have two equal compartments to pack. It can be tricky if one side is heavier.
The nice thing about the trunk is opens on top. Most of the weight can be placed in the bottom, while things I don’t want crushed get stored on top, using a mesh divider.

Rimowa trunk

What I like about the trunk is it’s easier to keep organized if you don’t have time to unpack. It takes up less space than the regular luggage when opened on the floor.

5 luggage, 30 kilos overweight, no charge :)

The trunk comes in two sizes. I have both. The smaller one is for shorter trips with no shopping involved (read: Tagaytay). The bigger one is for traveling abroad.
Since I shop a lot, I usually bring three extra Eagle Creek duffels because I don’t like having to buy extra luggage abroad.
The Eagle Creek duffel packs small

Eagle Creek duffel

and expands to this. They are super durable.

Eagle Creek duffel

To date I have three Rimowa trunks. The large black Rimowa I gave to a friend.

Our luggage

I have never had a bad experience with Rimowa. Never had it dented. Except one time when I overpacked, I broke its zipper (my fault) but it was repaired for free in Manila.
They are easy to clean. Once in a while I peel off the airport stickers which leave a residue, which can be easily wiped off using Goo Gone (available at True Value).
On my wish list is one more Rimowa trunk, which I’m saving up for. I prefer a large trunk in Pearl Rose, which is extremely rare. I had seen them at Greenbelt before, but someone beat me to it.
Rimowa trunk in pearl rose
To find a Rimowa retailer in the Philippines, click HERE.

Cabbages and Roses x UNIQLO
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The country girl in me (read: Anne of Green Gables) loves anything sweet, printed, and shabby chic.
I get so gigil when I see stores like Cabbages and Roses in Tokyo.

Cabbage & Roses, Shinjuku

Cabbages and Roses is a Bristish lifestyle brand that started producing fabrics in 2000.
The fabrics became cushions, pillows, dresses, blankets, curtains, wallpaper—basically everything for the home and the ladies. It has a store in Chelsea, London, and many more in Japan.

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This kind of lifestyle is but a dream for me

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I may not have the lifestyle, but I can have some of the clothes, which I adore

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or accessories

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As a patternmaker, I love that many of their pieces look like doll’s clothes

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Imagine my delight when I found Cabbages and Roses right here in Uniqlo Mall of Asia and SM North The Block (yes, I went to both stores!)

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I was surprised to see comfy printed hoodies for only Php 790

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I bought three!

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I know it’s summer, but I love soft hoodies and wear them at home when my husband turns the aircon thermostat down.
Unfortunately not too many pieces in Manila. Wish they had more of the pieces, but hey, I’m happy with my loot.
To know more about the collab, watch this:

Is it Jestoni, or is it me?
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Prior to my blogging about Janine and her boyfriend, I’d never even heard of Danny O’Donoghue or The Script.
But according to my friend Dinna Vasquez, The Script’s frontman looks just like Jestoni Alarcon.

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L-R: Jestoni Alarcon, Danny O’Donoghue

Legend has it, when German Moreno discovered Jesus Antonio Pineda Alarcon, Kuya Germs had to think of a stage name for the budding actor.
“What do I call you?” Kuya Germs asked Alarcon in Tagalog.
“Tony. Just Tony,” he replied.
“Ah, Jestoni!” Kuya Germs had a eureka moment.
And the rest is history. A star was born!

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