Miyerkules, Oktubre 5, 2016

Grown Up List


As we reach a point in our lives realizing how time flies and a new chapter opens, I can't help but wonder if there is still a need to plan for the future ahead. I, myself, is a big fan of making to-do lists especially when I have lots of errands to do or reports to make then and now which is synonymous with planning. It helped me a lot to meet deadlines and manage the time I was given. I actually have a list of things to do before I turn 25 that I made five years ago. It consists of actual grown-up stuff that some I have already ticked off from my list. 


Today, my year long hiatus from blogging ends as I finally had the time to make a comeback post after getting married and welcoming our first born. Yes. I am now enjoying my days of being a wife and mom all rolled into one that made me realize to make this post. As I experience new things presently, the motherly spirit inside of me tends to make me want to share to all of you a generic grown up list. 



First, choose your career path. From the course you will take in college to the company you wish to work with is essential. Another big factor are your hobbies and interest. Since it will be part of your daily routine, you have to consider if you'll want to do the same things in the longer run, and to have a long term work relationship with your team. Also, You'll not just choose a certain career path because it is your dream job but you'll have to undergo a trial and error as some things you've never imagined to do before certainly fits you now. Who would imagine that a shy and quiet type like me would actually fit being in the frontline of a financial institution? You'll never know until you try new things. So try to broaden your horizon. Don't be afraid to make mistakes because you'll definitely learn from them. 



After choosing your career path, learn to save money. Setting aside a certain amount from your paycheck is important. You'll always need to save for future use. Start saving a small percentage then add gradually as the years go by. You'll surprise yourself in the future. Learn and practice the income equation:


Income-Savings=Allowance/Expenses



Earning for a living is not just for paying bills and daily needs. Every now and then learn to reward yourself. Schedule a shopping trip to the mall, a dinner out with friends and family, a movie date or travel to places you've never been to, you choose, as long as you won't break the bank. Work with a certain budget. You'll appreciate what you earn if you reward yourself once in a while. 



Life is not just work and play. You'll have to do actual grownup stuff like making yourself and your future secure through investments. You can use a certain percentage of your savings by investing. May it be getting a property under your name or buying stocks from the market or opening your own business or investing on other financial institution offered products or even enrolling to earn your another degree.  There's lots of things to make your future secure besides having a savings account. Sites like Personal Capital can offer helpful financial tools that can make budgeting for these big decisions a lot easier to manage.



Lastly, learn to live life to the fullest and put God in the center of everything. A lot of things have gone through my life and I never regretted the mistakes I made in the past because of every blessings I have been receiving then and now. Every little things that comes to us may it be good or bad is a blessing from up above. We have rough days to remind us that God knows we're strong enough to get through them. And we have good days to that tells us, we deserve these things in life. Always be thankful for it no matter how big or small of a blessing it is.



Planning or making to-do lists doesn't mean you should limit your life in it. You could still add or lessen it to your heart's content. 



I hope you guys enjoyed this post despite the lack of pictures. Will make it up to you guys in my coming posts. Yes. You read that right. *wink*

Toodles!

Love, AnDi xx



Linggo, Oktubre 18, 2015

Wash Day Diaries: Prints

Oh how I miss my school days, especially the times when I get to dress up. The night before, I always plan what I will wear for the next day. When I was still young (as in, early college days), I used to play safe when it comes to dressing up for school. I usually go for a pair of jeans and collared top then I am already good to go. My style evolved from over-the-top, like when I actually thought that wearing pink from head to toe was cool, to minimalist, as wearing plain, solid colored top, with neutral flats and pair of jeans, then to my present style mantra, which is thinking out of the box, appropriately.

I learned how to mix and match prints, to block the right color palette, to dress appropriately and to accessorize.

One of my dress code dilemmas then was choosing the right, school appropriate prints. There were so many to choose from, paisley, floral, scarf print, stripes, polka dots, etc. But the tricky part is, pairing it with the right top or bottoms. With this, I'm going to share the things I always consider when choosing the coordinate to match le print.



Top and Denim Vest: 168 Mall, Bag: Zalora,
Jeans: The SM Store and Sandals: Forever 21


First is color scheme of the print. It is always safe to pair printed ensembles with neutral colors but it's going to be plain old boring if you will not try to experiment. For this particular outfit of mine, I've got four colors; mint green, pink, purple and white. With this palette, I was able to use a white top, purple bag, pink sandals and a necklace in mint green, pink and white. As I am a pastel lover, I never had the difficulty in getting all the color scheme paired with.

It was a big day for my sister as I worn these particular coordinates. It's both comfy and stylish. Why include this in my wash day dairies? I say, if I was still going to school, this would prolly be one of my fave ensembles that I could wear.


Top & Jeans: CaLee Shoppe, Accessories: The SM Store and Shoes: Primadonna 




Secondly, the type of print. I don't want to go overboard when I wear something with a heavy print. In this case, the top is a mixture of floral and texture prints. I opted to pair it with a dark pair of jeans and white sneaks to balance out the print.

It was a pretty crazy military parade when I wore this, so I made sure I was comfortable in what I wear. But of course, never sacrifice style that I still got away by wearing my fave acrylic beaded necklace matching it with my acrylic watch.

Prints are definitely one of my favorite things I love working with when it comes to dressing up. It gives me this one slight effort to think how to work an ensemble with it, as it conveys as a starting line of your ootd.

That is all for this post. I hope you guys enjoyed it.
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Toodles!


Much Love,
AnDi


Lunes, Agosto 31, 2015

Sunny Essentials

After a long week of being at work or school to some, weekends are our outlet for a few days of R&R. Beach trips, shopping galore, bar hopping, picnics, stay-cations and road trips. Among the few things I have mentioned, road trips are prolly my favorite. I enjoy long drives. Sharing story with your loved ones, listening to your favorite playlist, sight seeing along the road and the most exciting part, spontaneous stop-overs are the real deal when it comes to road trips.

And for weekend trips to push through, preparedness is the key. Besides from the basic necessities we need (e.g. food, toiletries, first aid & emergency kit and clothing) I specifically have four (4) essential things I always bring with me whenever we hit the road.

First, is a camera. I'm such a sentimental person so the memories alone are not enough for me to keep, I need hard copy evidences of such mushy moments I share with my loved ones. I always keep with me this handy dslr of mine.





Second, is a bottled drinking water. We need to be hydrated at all times especially with the hot summer weather or just by surviving not to starve to death in the middle of nowhere. For eco-friendly purposes, I have my own kitty water bottle container so I will just have to refill it every time I'd be allowed and able to.





Third, is a wallet with cold hard cash and an emergency credit or debit cards when you run out of. You simply just can't leave the house without it, what more on a road trip when you'll need it for the gas money, food, other expenses and even to go and pee on a well maintained private comfort room.




And last but definitely not the least, is a pair of prescription sunglasses. I actually have three pairs, one kept inside the car, another one inside my bag and the third one kept in my drawer at home whenever I feel the need to use it instead of the second one in my bag or the first one inside the car. These are really important for our eyes to be protected at all times, considering we get long drive trips mostly on summer days when the sun is scorching hot.




And that concludes today's post. I hope this would help road trip enthusiasts-wanna-be to survive it. We still have a few long weekends for the year making it easier to give time for a must R&R trips.

Also, I hope you all enjoyed it. Don't forget to drop by my ig account for more instagram worthy photos.


Toodles!

Much love,
AnDi xx

Sabado, Agosto 1, 2015

A Year Older

Gaining new experiences, life lessons, memories to be kept and forgotten and even a person who'd take and love you deeply are just a few things I was able to get for the past year. And now that I'm nearing the silver age, I can't help but to take it all in and to think of what I can do and should do in the hopes of having my dreams and future endeavors come true. (Oh, How I love that my last line yet again rhymes, having not done it on purpose.)

I turned twenty four, two months ago and the pressure keeps ticking on me every time. I have adapted and embraced my cramming and running around at work on busy days, my dinner nights at home with fam when I have to attend to kitchen and dish washing duties, and neglecting my time I should have given to family, friends and the love of my life that I wasted on being sick days.

Today, I realized that shopping will no longer cover this thing that I'm feeling right now. It is now time take into consideration what life offered me and use it as something that would push me beyond my limits. I do admit that lazy days still kicks in once in a while and attending to busy days neglects my whole well-being, having been sick every now and then. But seeing everyone who surrounds me taught me what to need and want in life is all fairy tale-like. It's the part when you thought you've already reached your happy ending, but there is more beyond that happy ending. 

But before we have that heart-to-heart talk on what awaits beyond our happily ever after, I now reach the point of the post of sharing to you guys what I wore on my twenty fourth birthday.



Mesh dress used as top: Ripples by Jenny, Skirt: Thrifted,
Belt: SM Kids' Accessories and Floral Sneakers: Bonita y Elegante 

As I was making this post, I also realized that I lost my February files already. Good thing I was able to save this single full body outfit picture of mine.

We all know how the mesh in between trend has circulated in the later part of 2014. It's one of the most genius ideas I've embraced for showing some skin but not really showing actual skin at all. I got this dress last December online from Ripples by Jenny, it was too short for me. So, I layered it with this skirt in a fun print and color and secured it with a belt. As for my new pair to be abused, it's actually a fun idea how I got this. For our Christmas kringle at the office, my manita asked me what I wanted to get. I was clueless then until I saw this on Bonita y Elegante's ig feed. I was not sure if it would fit but still gave it a try. To cut the story short, I shopped for my own Christmas kringle gift. Hahaha! Too bad I wasn't able to take a closer picture of it. But to tell you honestly, it's the prettiest floral sneaks I've seen, with pastel floral prints that surely made me want and need to get it.

Back to what awaits after the so-called happily ever after, we cannot deny the fact that every single one of us goes through ups and downs that shakes us back to reality. May it be after finding the prince charming of our dreams, reaching a certain goal you've worked hard for years, proving someone or everyone your worth in this crazy world of ours, it all has post transitions that we need to revive ourselves again in order to have that repeat happily ever after.

All I'm saying is, being happy and contented is all we desire in life but it all varies on each one of us. It all boils down on until when would we be able to hold those dreams to become what we want to become, to follow the path in which to take, and to make decisions that may or may not be the best idea but still works for you in the end. 

This post is quite long than my usuals. I've been really emotional a lot lately with being sick and all.

And that concludes my blogpost for today. I hope you all enjoyed it. Don't forget to hype this look of mine on lookbook here. 

Toodles!

Much love,
AnDi xx


Linggo, Hunyo 28, 2015

Tempo

When everything that seemed to be a fairy tale-like experience for me has suddenly come to a halt. It was like a jeepney ride that when the driver have picked up his speed, a passenger have decided to say "Para!" and the driver have stepped on the breaks for the trip to stop. It was like a dream that when the story have come to the climax someone decided to wake you up, completely getting your thoughts lost when you wake up. It was like a Woody's Round Up final episode that when Buzz Lightyear was launched the producers decided not to finish it.

When people took away things from you without a warning, all you'd want to do is just sulk in a corner when you end up realizing you could have done better and makes you think too that no matter what you do it was all too late now.

This year was supposedly my year but I just hung on to that thought but never did made a huge effort to make things right when it all got out of my control. I've been through a lot of disappointments, consumed energy to cry a river, bruised and hurt by the pain that will scar me for a lifetime but this one was way different. It have risen to a whole new level that only one person could cure and wash it all away.

I took a few days break from work to pick myself up and gather my thoughts to celebrate a special day of my niece. We traveled all the way to The City of Pines for it and it was all worth it.

Superhero was the theme for the party. Kids were required to attend in their superhero costumes. My siblings agreed on wearing a superhero shirt. I couldn't think of a better superhero than myself. So, I dressed up as myself with an off-shoulder top and a pair of boyfriend jeans. Yes. Another shoulder baring top on a cold and rainy Baguio weather.  









We were in a hurry to the venue when I had these pictures taken that's why I haven't got that many choices. Like in life in general, you're blessed if you had more than two choices in every aspect. Anyway, I'm leaving you guys with pictures I've managed to take. It was nice to act as a kid again getting all giddy with the party treats, sharing memories to keep with your family and a few hours of temporarily taking myself away from all the pain.

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That is all for this post.
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Toodles!


Much Love,
AnDi
xx


Sabado, Mayo 16, 2015

Sporty Self

I am too embarrassed to admit to myself that the last time I had a proper exercise and stretching was way back when I had my weekends dedicated for my ballet class stretching with my cousin which was three years ago. I am not even kidding on how badly I have been neglecting my sporty self. Let me just share that a week ago I have been stressing myself out with a lot of things which made me weaker by the day as the weekend came. It was all just too much to handle for me that it all happened in just a week. Then, reality hits me and I am very thankful that I have someone to discuss this with, without being judged and greatly helped me survive it all. As to this story be related with my sporty self, I have been focusing too much on things that I have yet to consider my needs and wants as well. I was driven to a path that trapped  me in a road block where I can't handle and get a diversion on my own. I was aiming for a target that much to my attempt even I had the same skills as Katniss Everdeen it still wouldn't work as the target moves from a place to another.

A roller coaster ride as everyone has to compare it with. For me, it was an extremely frightening ride that I haven't got the lever to put a stop on all of these. As depressing as it may sound, I have conquered it all by pushing the emergency stop button, even with that someone pushed it for me. With baby steps guiding me to a new, all the more positive self, I have considered giving an after work jog or run a try.

And my sporty self rejoices and looks forward as to when I will start being besties with my running shoes aka. Luffy. Yes. I name my shoes when I get pretty attached to them. Maybe I am biased with this one, because the person who gave this to me has a special place in my heart or rather owns my heart. *wink,wink!

As I indulge in searching for a sports wear to go along with my shoes, I never have the tiniest difficulty since being all sporty and working out has been embraced by the people my age not so long ago. Even in the fashion world, they actually also indulged in it as well. And jogger pants has proven this.




It may have been a mainstream presently but these are pants that are for keeps for me. Besides that it's the most comfiest trend I've tried, it also give this cool vibe for me not so being uptight, literally. Since all my jeans are the skinniest kinds.






They're the type that I could dress up or down with. Pairing it with a sequined top for my first look and with a denim vest and dainty tube top for my edgy girly side for the second one. Of course, sneakers are my go-to for finishing the ensemble. And I couldn't thank my dainty floral sneakers more for making me look like myself despite the slightest experimentation.

Carefree as how I look in the pictures, I would try to hang on to my positive self and to the persons who never lets go of my hand to bring this "I will light up your day!" attitude more.




There were a lot of things for me to consider as I wander on these thoughts. But one thing is for sure, I am going to keep what are mine to be kept. Because the thing that I'm willing to keep is the reason behind the bright smile you see on my face.


That is all for this post. I hope you guys like it.
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Toodles!


Much Love,
AnDi
xx

Linggo, Abril 26, 2015

Siblings to Love

Today, I woke up early as if I have work today. I was up and ready for a morning walk when I had this better idea of blogging the day away. (I feel bad I haven't got my running kicks, Luffy, a trip to the park just yet.) But as I sulk neglecting my sporty self, an inspi has struck me for the time to blog about a very special day not just for my sister but also to my mom and the whole family.

It has been a month since my sister left the portals of her alma mater. She graduated with flying colors having been recognized for both her academic and clinical achievements, in the field of Physical Therapy. I have always wanted to make my family proud like she does. But that's the thing with having siblings. I have come up with this theory that God gave us siblings to love for us to be able to give what our parents desire to have. Noticed how each sibling has something unique to contribute in the family? So, if you're an only child, you sure have everything your parents could ask for.

And as I graced the special day of my sister. I wore something extra special to that very day. Wearing off-shoulder tops are my go-to when attending special events. Remember the ever so famous Sabo tops that trended with online shops? I went gaga over them that I chose my design for my brother's wedding with such cut. Speaking of online shops, I found this design of top that captured my heart like the Sabo top did. Grab your Ootd, an online shop I've discovered on instagram showcasing trendy dresses, tops, and bottoms, made it possible for such top. Their best seller chiffon pleated tops are just one of my new faves. And planning to get more of it in different colors. I have invested with a white one, for now.

Wore it for my sissy's big day. I paired it with a printed midi skirt and my Valentino-inspired, Sadie flats that I got from A Girl's Haven, another instagram shop that I discovered with such good finds.




Considering that day was a rainy one, I can't help but to thank my comfy ensemble to survive that day. I was also the photographer and I haven't encountered a single problem. Thanks to the hassle-free straps of this off shoulder top and one of the comfiest pairs despite the pointy and muli-strap design. 





I like how the whole look is sophisticated despite the baring shoulders and would have to thank the sleeves for giving such vibe to the outfit. Also, I think the mid length of the skirt also contributed. I opted for my pointy shoes because I'm afraid the added length of the skirt might get me look shorter than ever esp. that I spent my waiting hours with my really tall little brother and my already taller than me sister and mom are both wearing three inches pair of heels. And I have to rely on the illusion of making myself look taller with the pointy shoes. 




And as I end this post, I just want to share that we all have the time in our lives when we think one is favored than the other, especially when it comes with among our siblings. Let's forget about this thought because I believe that we all have a place in our parents hearts. It doesn't matter how big our family is, may it come to numbers, or even sizes. We all fit in our Mom and Dad's hearts.

That is all for this post. I hope you guys like it.
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Toodles!


Much Love,
AnDi
xx