Visit Raks Glam at Bazaars this Holiday Season

My favorite Raks Glam accessories shop is joining the bazaar held at the PNB Main office in Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City. This will be from December 12 to 14, 2012, 9AM to 6PM.

9 Days of Christmas, A Benefit Bazaar

Then at the Filipinas Heritage Library Ayala Triangle Makati on December 18,  Raks Glam joins La Feria Event’s “9 Days of Christmas.” This will be from 4pm-12midnight! Maybe it will even coincide with the dancing lights in Ayala Triangle that is so popular.


Hello Kitty Village at SM North Edsa

I drove north and woke up to Hello Kitty land! I have loved Hello Kitty ever since I remember. It is as timeless as can be! So when I learned that Hello Kitty Village is at SM North Edsa, I had to go see for myself. It was a lovely village that brought me back to my childhood.

Papa George White and Mama Mary White

I’m not alone in this Hello Kitty craze! There were bunches of people in the Hello Kitty Village when I went there a week ago.

Oh, if these giant kitties can just talk! I love that SM put up this village in time for Christmas! All the colors complemented Hello Kitty’s bright and shiny world!

Hello Kitty Mono Comme Ca Paris Hilton Plush Collection of Dianne Abella 

The floor above the Hello Kitty Village is an exhibition of Hello Kitty Collections of Hello Kitty fans! Above is a photo I took of the Hello Kitty Mono Comme Ca Paris Hilton Plush from the collection of Dianne Abella. It has a price tag of P15,000!  Dianne Abella is a 4th year law student who started collection Hello Kitty products in 2009. She considers collecting these as stress reliever.


Loving Raks Glam Accessories

Raks Glam: In Season, Every Season

Accessorizing is something that a girl does almost right from the moment she was born. Have you ever wondered why a baby girl is easy to tell apart from a baby boy? It’s totally the accessories! Tell tale signs will be ribbons and bands pinned on a baby girl’s hair. No matter how thick or non-existent the crowning glory is. For this reason, we really should not be blamed if we grow up having accessories as part of our daily lives.

Take my little black dress hanger heavy with some of my accessories, for example.

And Those are just its front. I still have a handful lot at the other side with necklaces hanging behind it. Then there are a few more stashed away in my dresser drawers.

Now speaking of accessories, I have one that I totally love — Raks Glam! You have got to check out Rak’s (the pretty entrepreneurial medical practitioner behind the brand) collection! They are glam and fab, all at the same time.

Raks Glam was born in 2010 with a tagline aptly coined, “In Season, Every Season.” It was conceptualized by its owner/founder, Raquel Lim, who happens to be the sister of a very good friend of mine.  Aside from managing her Raks Glam business, Raquel is also a full time public health nurse.

Raks Glam accessories are imported from Korea, Hongkong and China. Her line of collection are made of avariety of materials:  korean silver, beads, wood, swarovski, stainless, good quality plated gold, plastic, rhinestones. The price range of her pretty items range from P50 to P1500. What I love also about Raks Glam is that each product only has 1 to 3 pieces per design. Gives me that peace of mind that the odds of me coming across a lady donned with the same accessories aren’t so likely.

Raks Glam Collection: Stainless Collection, Fashionable bracelets, Glam rings, Simple and Elegant earrings, Distinct and Colored Earrings, Glam Earrings, Raks Brooches, Special Sets, Raks Necklaces, Hair Accessories and a special album for this holiday season- Raks Christmas gift ideas ( minimum 30pcs, ready to give as gift)

Here are a few of the Rak Glam Collections I am digging:

Raks Glam necklace

Raks Glam earrings

Raks Glam Hello Kitty Set

Raks Glam YSL set

And below are some of the Raks Glam accessories I have in my collection. Love them all! Thank you, Raks, for coming up with these fashionable, fab and glam accessories that even mommies like me can mix and match with just about everything in our wardrobe. 🙂

Raks Glam bangles


Support The Reluctant Stylista and Win SM and Parisian GCs

It was a couple of weeks back when I first saw links of voting for fashion bloggers donned with Parisian bags and shoes shared on friends wall over Facebook. I was mobile then, so I did not actually get to vote until last week.

I’d have to say, Alex of The Reluctant Stylista is a sure stand out. Voting is on until April 28, 2012. The Top 3 Bloggers are to bag for themselves P20,000 worth of gift certificates from SM and Parisian Shoes and Bags. What’s in it for us voters? If our chosen blogger wins, we get a chance to win GCs ourselves! (more…)

Hair Accessory Find at Ben Thanh Night Market in HCMC, Vietnam

Kikay Corner is back from Vietnam and Cambodia! T’was indeed a very relaxing and enjoyable time for me and my family! Thanks to those who have joined my Limited Edition RIIR Tree Bag by Rajo Laurel Giveaway. You still have a few more days to go and I’ll raffle off the winner.
Meanwhile, here is a hair accessory find at Ben Thanh Night Market. And because our hotel was practically a stone’s throw away from the famous Ben Thanh Market, we made sure we did not waste time and checked it out on our first night in Vietnam. 🙂

Hair Find at Ben Thanh Market  for  VND 100,000 (approx. $5)

Sure it does not look so souvenir-y at all. But I cannot help but be amazed at the different things you can do with it. For all I know this particular hair accessory might even be readily available here in Manila. I’m sharing it anyway because I’ve been loving it so far. The heat of the summer season calls for our hair to stay up. Never mind if I was told against it as it said to leave permanent wave marks on my poor locks. (more…)

Kikay Corner Giveaway: Limited Edition RIIR Tree Bag by Rajo Laurel

As promised, I’m giving away this Limited Edition RIIR Rajo Laurel Tree Bag. If you are not yet familiar with RIIR, it stands for Rags2Riches. It is a social business enterprise in collaboration with some of the Philippines’ young professionals, top fashion designers and empowered artisan communities. Together they aim to create an exclusive selection of stylish social statements.

This Limited Edition RIIR Tree Bag by Rajo Laurel looks unassuming when folded. Yes, a feature similar to Longchamp bags.

But it sure is huge enough to serve as a weekender bag. 

The Tree Bag Project is an initialtive of rags2riches in collaboration with Mr. Rajo Laurel, AntHill Fabric Gallery, the Indigenous weavers of Bagued, Abra, the Payatas women of rags2riches. Wood Craftsmen of Pardo, Cebu and the San Carlos Development Board, Inc.

 If you are a follower of Kikay Corner, then you have a chance to win this bag by mid-April, 2012.

Contest Mechanics:


My Fossil Stella Resin Watch

I was never exactly a fan of U.S.A. made watches. That was, until my husband gifted me with this Fossil Stella Pearlized White with Gold-Tone. It was so pretty, who cares if it’s not Swiss made. I was over the moon with excitement!

This Fossil Stella Resin Watch was my hubby’s advance Valentine present. This definitely surpasses my other Technomarine boyfriend-inspired watch in the design department. (more…)

TOMS’ Advocacy: One for One

With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give  pair of new shoes to a child in need.  One for One.  —->

I am beyond impressed. While I know that a lot of brands are tapping into different advocacies, this One for One is something else entirely. Most brands will just give a minute amount of their sales. But TOMS is at it One for One. That’s more than just zero guilt when buying their product. I love, love, love it! I haven’t bought a pair of TOMS yet. But this is definitely giving me the go signal. Especially after seeing the wedges in TOMS Holiday Collection.

TOMS has given away 1,000,000 pairs of shoes as of September 2011! This is with the help of TOMS NGO partners which are quite a few. This is understandable for the company to sustain their advocacy.

Above are TOMS NGO Partners in the Philippines. It is lovely to see familiar Christian organizations in the list like GCF and YWAM. 🙂

As I was downloading videos from youtube, here is what I saw –> a sneak peek on how TOMS go about their task.


Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote

The first time I saw the Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote in Yellow, my eyes were pretty much fixed on it. Essentially, a weekender bag in my opinion. With the stuff I lug around with every time I leave the house, I thought the size is perfect for me! Yes, it NOT Manila-friendly. It does not  zip close, you see. But even that did not stop me from getting hold of it.

The color of this Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote is almost golden yellow. It’s capacious enough to accommodate all my stuff and some. The material is nylon. Hence, the name, I suppose. The handles, corner portions and the medallion are made of leather. Before purchasing, I read a review of one who bought from Bloomingdales that the leather was not exactly the best material. Hoping my being careful in handling it is going to make a difference.

Shawna’s review can be found here:
When I first bought the bag, I was thrilled – my first Tory! But after a week of use, I noticed the handles fraying beyond belief and the bag was literally coming apart. I went to Bloomie’s after this had happened, and a product analyst was there. She told me she is embarrassed to sell this bag because the quality is not up to par! I exchanged it for the Tory Nylon tote. I love this one! The quality is much better and it is much sturdier. I would highly recommend the Tory Nylon tote instead!

medallion logo detail affixed on canvas lining

Tory Burch zipper pull. I love the deep zippered pocket that houses my valuables.

The size is a dream! It can serve as a working bag that can accommodate a laptop and some (essentially the rest of your office stuff, if you must). It can pass for a diaper bag or a weekender bag even. The huge medallion face is fun too. And if you want to be discreet, you can always wear it with the medallion facing your body instead.