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My Scents Collection

I love scents! Right from when I hopped from preschool to grade school, I have learned to appreciate colognes and perfumes and now I have my very own collection of different scents for different occasions. Since then to the time I dated until now that I am married, I am a self-confessed perfume junkie. 🙂
My all time favorite scent is Baby Doll by YSL. It was first launched in 2000. Top notes are orange, pineapple, black currant and apple; middle notes are freesia, heliotrope, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla and cedar.

Bags – Women’s Essentials

Bags are on top of women’s essentials. But lately alternatives like celli purses are made available in the market. If for some reason, you need a breather from the usual humongous purses, then this could be it for you. A sweet break for your rather sore shoulders. Seriously now, I cannot imagine how men survive without a handbag. Ah yes, they get their treat by throwing in their extra stuff inside their wives’ and girlfriends’ purses, which we don’t mind, for the record.

Celli purses are coined as such because unlike other tiny bags of the time past, these babies are essentially cell phone cases with extra slots for other important stuff like keys, moneys and even credit cards. I have seen a few styles and variations, mostly made of faux leathers. But as with other fashion stuff, this may later come in other varied designs.

Okay so there are celli purses. But then again, women will always favor purses, even the big ones over these tiny alternatives. It can be a little too small for the average woman. It is a little too limiting. Personally, I still favor big purses, even those extra large ones. The top two most hoarded stuff by women are these: bags and shoes. Women of all shapes and forms have got their own collection nook of these babies.

Much Ado About a Birkin

As they say, there are bags and then there’s the Birkin. A real epitome of luxury, to say the least. Take this one divine evening bag for example. It is the 25cm Birkin, Shiny Violet Crocodite “Niloticus.” This ladies handbag costs a staggering $32,000. A luxury only the likes of Victoria Beckham or Paris Hilton can afford. Ah yes, and some other Hollywood stars and big time business magnate. I just don’t imagine anyone in her right mind stashing more than 1.3 million pesos out of her bank account just for this baby. Even the best payday loan won’t give you the fulfillment of finally owning your very first Hermes.
Truth to tell, Birkin bags are not as recognizable as other high end bags like Prada, Louis Vuitton and the like. I bet anyone could wear one of these flashy crocodile bags and only a few would blink their eyes. If your ultimate motivation to get this ultra expensive bag is to get that Primadonna treatment, then think again. A Birkin bag works no magic, that’s for sure.

Here are Three Birkin Bag Facts:

  1. The Birkin is named after actress Jane Birkin.
  2. It takes 18 to 25 hours by each craftsman to finish by hand a single Birkin bag.
  3. The skins that Hermes use to create various Birkin babies are: calf leather, ostrich, crocodile and lizard.

Here are some of Hollywood celebs spotted with their very own Birkin bags.

An Ultimate Spa Experience…

…right from the comfort of my own home. Yes, you read that right. I have always loved scented candles. As a former-couldn’t-care-less to a passionate environmentalist that I have become, I now highly favor natural products. As for this particular concern, soy candles.

I love most scents from Alice Blue Candle. They last and last, plus it allows me that ultimate bath experience. The great thing about is I don’t have to go to a spa to enjoy the luxury and ambiance. I light the candle 10 minutes before I get into the tub, run the water, pour some lavender bubble bath to match my lavender scented Alice Blue Candle. It can be the most relaxing experience, especially for a work at home mom like me. I don’t get to have this luxury very often even as I juggle things around the house, work and my toddler (who can be a handful by himself) day in and day out, but when I do… it is really something else.

I get my supply from G/L Glorietta 3, the stand afront Dockers. A 6 ounce candle costs PhP 395.00 (Approx. $9), which ain’t bad. It can last you 30 hours. 40 hours tops.

*this is not a paid advertisement. I have always loved scented candles. I have experimented on a lot of brands local and otherwise. But when I lit my first Alice Blue Candle, there was no turning back. 😉

Saving on Fashion

Often times a Metro girl gets hooked to shopping before she knows it, accumulating tons upon tons of signature loots that are left in the closet to rot. To maintain a classy lifestyle, a profile that only the filthy rich can afford to live out, can be quite a task. But the truth of the matter is, one does not need to get tangled up availing of personal cash loans month in and month out. The real “it” girl can swing her way around with all the various fashion alternatives over the pricey, over the top ones.

Marketers have progressed to the extent that consumers are given more freedom with the things they use on an everyday basis. It is practically just a matter of experimentation and knowing what works for you.

An example of which is this signature diaper bag (left image) that costs a whopping $399. Any Metro mom would understand the importance of carrying a fashionable yet functional bag to carry her baby’s essentials-to-go. With all the diapers costs, alongside every other thing a baby needs, a mom can always choose to save that extra buck and settle for this no less than cute baby, a $64.40 diaper bag (right image) to carry both your stuff and the baby’s.

A Polished Canvass

This is basically what every woman wants. A clear, blemish free skin. Here is an alternative to the not so brave to go under the knife like myself. A non-invasive diamond peel right from your very own home.

The Polishing Peel by NuSkin will give you that smooth lift without the sting. It is an extract from pumpkin that is designed to lift out dead cells giving your face that bright and glowing peel. It banishes the dullness and leave skin smooth as silk. Ideally, this should be used three times a day. I used to but I personally have used this just once a week. It is gentle to the skin unlike the more popular facial scrubs. This is not a paid advertisement.

I know I would be maximizing the benefits if only I use it three times a week. But to be honest, my face feels revitalized, translucent every single time I use this. It can be pricey, though. But it would be worth the try, rather than going through invasive procedure, which I will not go through, if I can help it. As “kikay” as I think I am, I am not that brave yet and would still consider myself towards the more “conservative” league. Maybe when I hit midlife or something. But that would be another story. 🙂

T. LeClerc Has Got You Covered

Why would I even be surprised when the mother of all face powders turns out to be the best in the market? T. LeClerc history dates back to 1881. A pharmacist concocted the formulation that suited all kinds of complexion of women the world over.

 

This face powder really has you covered. I have mine in Yellow Banane. That’s as weird as it gets, the name that is. When you get your face covered – it’s texture is incredibly light and silky. The seamless matte finish is just to behold. This is really a biggie for “kikays” from our humid land. You will always get that amazing glow as it controls the oilies like no other face powder can. For that porcelain, flawless look it will be T. LeClerc for me and no other.

Kikay: What’s In A Word? ("Kikay" Defined)

The term “kikay”started to flourish and began as a lingo to describe someone who is flirtatious back in the late 90’s, practically coined by the Generation X. It has since then evolved to defining someone who is flirtatious to someone who prefers and loves everything girly, pink and sassy.

I have seen that this terminology has not yet saturated the net despite of its reputation of vast eloquence on just about every definition. Clearly, there is no definite meaning attached to it. You can check out for yourselves and Google it and you will find none. You will be directed to several websites carrying the term, the prevailing spot for the term that I go check from time to time is Kikay Exchange or if you opt to go check with wikipedia’s, several names (mostly local actresses) whose names are attached to the term “kikay” will result from the search. There is really no clear distinction but the mere description of someone or something “kikay”. Everything pink, girly and sassy.

Anyone out there who has got a better meaning to it? Feel free to drop in your thoughts.