Chica girl of the day: Kim Jones
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I once saw Kim Jones at a Samsung event and thought she was stunning, even before I found out she is Jericho Rosales’s fiancée.
She apparently has an under-the-radar fashion blog where she wears this outfit in one of her entries:

Kim Jones

What she’s wearing is a Zara jumpsuit, Zara blazer, and Wayne Cooper heels (Photos by Charlie Gomez)

Kim Jones
Kim Jones

Why I like it so much, I think is because I just recently discovered Grey’s Anatomy.
Yes I just started watching recently. I am now in Season 3.
Kim Jones’s outfit is Margielic and reminds me of Ellen Pompeo in Grey’s Anatomy!!

Ellen Pompeo

Kim Jones is prettier though.

Kim Jones

Watch how Jericho Rosales proposed to Kim Jones

Renee Olstead returns to Manila this August 30, 2013
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Fans of The Secret Life of the American Teenager may recognize Renee Olstead who plays Madison Cooperstein in the teen drama. Well, the teenager is now a young lady.

Renee Olstead Renee Olstead

This protégé of David Foster is also a very talented jazz singer.
Watch her perform in David Foster and Friends back in 2008

After guesting in Chris Botti’s concert in Manila last December 2012, Renee comes back this August 30, 2013 for a special dinner show at the ballroom of Fairmont Makati.
A Love That Will Last: Renee Olstead Live in Manila is produced by Hi-Definition Radio Inc., the company behind Radio High 105.9/FM.

Renee Profile - FLYER

Renee Olstead started her career at the age of six when she appeared in a Levi’s Jeans TV commercial in 1995.
Acting assignments followed, such as a guest appearance on the TV series Touched By An Angel, roles in feature films (End of Days, The Insider, Space Cowboys, 13 Going On 30), and the TV series Still Standing and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

In 2004, her self-titled debut album under Warner Brothers peaked at number one on the Billboard jazz charts.
Her rendition of Summertime got her a Grammy nomination in 2004, while her romantic ballad, A Love That Will Last was prominently featured in the movie, Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
She has performed on Oprah and with legends like Wynton Marsalis, Vinnie Colauita, Billy Childs and John Clayton.
Now at 24, Renee is busy with her music and TV career while also writing for the Huffington Post and Buzzmedia.
She recently released the single, She’s Got Your Name—a song she co-wrote with producer/musician Tommy King.

To know more about Renee Olstead Live in Manila, call the HDRI hotline at 706-1580.
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or click HERE.

Rainy days, kids, and homemade spaghetti
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It must’ve been Sunday afternoon when I noticed the rain pouring heavily outside.
“Is there a storm coming?” I tweeted.
Tropical storm #MaringPH is coming, was the tweet I got back.

So the kids have been home since Monday, Tuesday and today. I feel a little guilty for enjoying the cool/bed/sinigang/sweater weather while other have lost homes and loved ones.
Felt guilty checking out the new Muji store at Shangri-La yesterday. But the rest of the time, I stayed home.

It was an added treat for me since work was called off and my husband also stayed home.
Today we decided to make some homemade spaghetti, since Del Monte sent some merienda packs. The merienda pack on the left costs more or less Php 40 in the supermarket. I bought a small packet of Del Monte tomato paste to add more zing.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

My husband is a Dutch trained chef and makes wonderful things in our kitchen.
I prepared the ingredients and took the pictures, while Jeroen did most 98% of the cooking.

What you’ll need:

1 pack of Del Monte spaghetti merienda pack (about Php 40)
2 teaspoons of Del Monte tomato paste
350 grams of ground beef
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
vienna sausage or hotdog, sliced
1 small garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cubes of beef bouillon
a dash of oregano, pepper, and salt

Here’s how we do it at home:
1) Bring some water to a boil before throwing in a pack of Del Monte spaghetti noodles.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

2) Cover and boil for 8 minutes while preparing the sauce.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

3) When it’s done, drain noodles and top with a slice of butter to prevent them from sticking together.


4) If your kids like hotdog or sausage in their spaghetti, brown some slices in a teflon pan and set aside.

How to make spaghetti bolognese
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5) Using the same oil, throw in 350 grams of ground beef with chopped garlic and onions.
Don’t forget to add 1 1/2 cubes of beef bouillon to wake up the flavor.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

6) Add two teaspoons of Del Monte tomato paste, oregano, and pepper.

How to make spaghetti bolognese
How to make spaghetti bolognese
How to make spaghetti bolognese

7) When cooked, pour the entire pack of Del Monte tomato sauce into the pot, mix, and simmer.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

8) Throw in the sausage or hotdog, add salt to taste, and voila!

How to make spaghetti bolognese

Optional: Add Farmer Sanchez.
Cooked with love, this is restaurant-grade spaghetti bolognese, if you ask me!
Perfect bonding food for the kids.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

Tried and tested: The Face Shop’s CC Cream
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After BB cream comes CC cream.
BB cream stands for blemish balm or blemish base, promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace your serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock.
And now there’s CC cream, which stands for Color Control—a must-have product for those who want to achieve a natural skin tone.
I’m currently using the Face It Aura CC Cream SPF30 PA++ (Php 1,595), which comes in this interesting package—a round compact with a clear push button, to pump small amounts of cream to your sponge.

Face Shop Aura CC

I use this after applying concealer under my eyes and on my freckles, and finish this off with a powder fix.
I like it because it looks so natural with a dewy finish, instead of the heavy cakey feel of many foundations.
But I have yet find out if it is refillable because the packaging is too fancy to throw away.
The Face Shop also has the Face It Smart Capsule CC Cream SPF40 PA++ (Php 1,595).

Face Shop Capsule CC

While both products offer anti-aging, brightening, and UV protection benefits, there’s a slight difference:
The Aura CC is a liquid makeup base, while the Smart Capsule CC Cream finds the most natural skin color for the user.
It comes in three capsule colors: yellow, black and red which gets broken when applied using fingertips (it needs body heat to release the pigments).
This means no matter how dark or fair the skin is, the CC cream will automatically find the most natural skin tone.

The Smart Capsule CC Cream’s main ingredient is the Italian Blood Orange which brightens the skin and contains more vitamin C than normal oranges, giving excellent anti-oxidant effects.

66/365: G is for Good Morning :-)

Designed to offer more coverage than BB creams, The Face Shop’s CC cream still goes on sheer, moisturizes better and contains hard-core anti-aging ingredients.

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