Saturday, August 16, 2014

FASHION: Unconditionally

Today's blog post is dedicated to the most amazing woman I have ever met. I am talking about no one else but my loving mom. I feel my eyes tearing up as I begin to write this because of how much I miss her. She celebrates her birthday today, August 17th. How I wish I were back home to celebrate with her! Being in an opposite part of the world away from her is honestly so life changing. I have always been used to my mom being by my side. Despite my independence, it was always a wonderful feeling to know that I could talk to her about all my thoughts and problems. She was there to assist me in any way she could... always ready to go out of her way to be there to lend a hand or to just simply listen. I am sure that most people who know her would say the same thing about her... she is so selfless and loving and one of the most beautiful human beings I know!

As i embark on this amazing adventure away from my family, I thank her so much for supporting all my decisions. For assisting me in any way she can, for her patience and acceptance. For taking care of my child, for accepting the man that I love. I want her to know how much I appreciate her and how much I want to emulate her.

Mama, my bestfriend, I love you so much and I cannot thank you enough for everything. I thank God for you everyday. I miss you and I hope to see you soon. Happy Birthday!

Throwback time with my beautiful Mom!!!

Images by Eunice Vallesteros of Purple Dot Photography
@shootthatpurpledot (Instagram)

Platinum Blonde and Blue Hair color by Angelo Falconi III
@angelofalconi_d3rd (Instagram)

Gray Contact Lenses from @iluvsparklecontactlenses (Instagram)

White Dress from The Landmark Makati

Bag from Boardwalk Philippines

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FASHION: Titanium

"You shout it out,
But I can't hear a word you say
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up

I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium"

Yes, one of my favorite songs! Not just because it is a catchy tune but most of all because of how the message of it reminds me of how much I have gone through in my life and that no matter what else I go through... I know I will get through it. I just love how this song empowers me!

I have been told numerous times by people who know my life story that I am one of the toughest persons they have ever met. My story is indeed unique and to some, unbelievable. I won't go into details on this post but I just want to say that all the things I have been through were meant for HIS amazing purpose. I am always thankful for the strength and guidance that HE blesses me with and would not have my life go any other way. =)

Images by Eunice Vallesteros of Purple Dot Photography
@shootthatpurpledot (Instagram)

Platinum Blonde and Blue Hair color by Angelo Falconi III
@angelofalconi_d3rd (Instagram)

Gray Contact Lenses from @iluvsparklecontactlenses (Instagram)

Friday, July 4, 2014

FASHION: Summer Lovin'

It's 104 degrees outside and I am totally loving it!!! While I have been hearing endless complains from others about this oven-like weather in Vegas, I am all smiles and absolutely enjoying it! Honestly, it feels like home.... Manila heat minus the humidity. 

I think every girl should have an LBD. Nope, not a little black dress... but a little black bikini! Just like a little black dress, it goes with anything and is the ultimate travel companion. I always make sure I have one in my closet and this one from NafNaf is one of my favorites. It has ruffles in just the right places to accentuate my curves. I have a petite frame and this one makes me look a little more curvy. My wild hair colors make the black perfect too! Whatever color my hair is, I don't have to worry about matching my swimsuits with my hair.

Oh, and check out my awesome  swimsuit cover up from @redshopzco (instagram). It can be worn in a multitude of ways! Here I will show you my favorite way to wear it:

So pretty isn't it? I can use it for parties too because it looks like a grecian inspired dress and doesn't look like a swimsuit cover up when I put the gold chain on my waist.

Images by Eunice Vallesteros of Purple Dot Photography

@shootthatpurpledot (Instagram)

Platinum Blonde and Blue Hair color by Angelo Falconi III
@angelofalconi_d3rd (Instagram)

Black Swimsuit from NAFNAF

Swimsuit Cover up from @redshopzco (Instagram)

Gray Contact Lenses from @iluvsparklecontactlenses (Instagram)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EVENTS: Tuesdays with Chef Kristina / Cafe de Cebu

Being out and about in Las Vegas is certainly an experience! The parties are endless and  you can just have fun 24 / 7! But Las Vegas is not all about the parties and nightlife. Another thing I love about this city is the food!

Kristina Elmido is an amazing chef who I met in this city. Her love and passion for food and what she makes out of this passion is indeed amazing! Kristina held her first pop up event at Cafe de Cebu, Las Vegas last June 10th. As a Filipino-American, Kristina celebrated her heritage with a four course Filipino fusion meal. So many nationalities gathered for a feast of food that was unique to their taste but definitely delicious to them. I felt so happy seeing how so many different nationalities were enjoying food that reminded me so much of home. This was Kristina's menu for her first event:

Sauteed Minced Chicken, Caramelized Cabbage, Sweet Chili Aioli

Tamarind "Sampaloc" Salad
Spring Mix, Carrots, Pecans, Raisins,
Tamarind Honey Mustard Emulsion

Chicken Adobo Americana
Grilled Chicken Adobo, Apple Soy Balsamic Reduction,
Tomato Concasse, Jasmine Rice

"Halaya" Cheesecake
White Chocolate Purple Yam Cheesecake
Cafe de Cebu's Beautiful outdoor setup was the perfect ambiance for Tuesday's with Kristina. Long tables were set up for "communal" seating reminiscent of the way Filipinos always eat together as a family. Seashells, petals and candlelight lined the tables and hanging lights lighted the outdoor area. Music was provided for by DJ Francis Navarro and everything was just oh so perfect for a fun, relaxing dinner.

Chef Kristina with Shannon of Fox 5

Beautiful outdoor setup of Cafe de Cebu

Kristina will be holding her next event this coming July 8th, Tuesday. What the menu will be is still a surprise. But whatever she is serving is going to be a delicious feast that's for sure!

Want to join this event? Come join the fun! 
Tickets are running out so please do hurry and purchase them while they are still available. Text (562)9165844 or email See you there! =)