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Beauty Tuesday: Quality Colors

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/06/2015 at 08:00

If you’ve ever watched Funny Face that starred Audrey Hepburn, then you’ll remember the opening scene when Quality magazine’s editor, Ms. Prescott made time to rhyme:

Rose Gold

Before the iPhone 6s in rose gold was released, I’ve already been on the rose gold fix for over a couple of years ~ including with my watches (except for my Texas Longhorns one ~ that’s in silver with burnt orange detail but I’m showing it to root ’em on this season) #RoseGold #HookEm ^~^

  • Think pink [especially for Breast Cancer Awareness]
MAC HK

My M•A•C Hello Kitty limited edition nail lacquers came in handy for my mani!

Chanel Pink

This Chanel shade from my beautician Auntie from my visit a couple of years ago is sure to be a show-shopper!

  • Red is dead

    Pine Cones

    Perfect for the approaching Advent/CHRISTmas season: Pine cones outside my school‘s gazebo that I picked up after I taught speech today! (Fun fact: Last time I scored some was when I went snowboarding with my cousins at Lake Tahoe while I still lived in the Bay Area!)

Blue Dots

My polka dotted navy blue fetish has been with me for several decades: as a child (my family portrait) + these Calvin Klein boxers (left) from the ’90s, this Gap cami (right) from the 2000s, & my A’Gaci maxi dress (center) for my dissertation defense if all goes according to plan ~ GOD-willing, †praying✌ & hoping!

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DOC the doe can rock these blue gingham & houndstooth numbers on her antlers!

Fall Haul

My mini-Fall Haul from CVS consisted of seasonal home fragrances, to-go stain remover & Neutrogena eye make-up with my new find: this Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Twylight Blue ~ which can counteract the look of redness and enhance the whiteness in our eyes –> just what this almostDoctor ordered, after investing 12-15h/day☼ & staying up ’til 2-4:30AM lately refining my research (plus can create the purr-fect cat eye), as you can see by these selfies that follow!

  • Blue is through [including for my *Dallas Cowboys* plus through blue eyeliner and denim tops]
Confirmation photographer

Gap denim 3/4-sleeves got me through my †Church† duty as photographer for †Confirmation†

Go Big Blue

My best accessory: this blue-eyed girl, ♥Asia♥ a.k.a. Grad Cat! My Gap denim short-sleeved top is a classic layering piece.

Denim + Plaid = Rad

Cheers with my PSL as I focus on tomorrow’s preliminary run-through of my dissertation defense! My Express denim long-sleeved top with snap buttons can go underneath my brand-new Adam Lippes for Target plaid vest special-delivered today!

Still bringing on the sunshine:

Mani Monday: 1st paint job this season & still bringing on the ☼sunshine☼ … This teal (Nicole by O•P•I Gum Drops in That’s What I Mint) is a steal (also included Nicole by O•P•I Kardashian Kolor in Disco Dolls for the gold glitter for ☼sun☼ & ☼sunflower)

  • Green‘s obscene
Green on Green

Warmly welcoming me home from my vacay getaway (while I wear the teal convertible shawl from my Tita): ♥Sweet Annie♥ my green-eyed girl

Cheese Cat

Not as warmly welcoming me home from my vacay getaway (while I wear the teal convertible shawl from my Tita): Growl … I mean, Grrrrad Cat ♥Asia♥

  • Brown’s too boo
Pine Cones

Pine cones to ring in fall & sustain through the winter! Why buy this decor at the store when at work is where I score?

Target Fall

Look what the deer dragged in … Let’s not leave out black & gray + muted tones ~ looking rad in plaid this season: DOC the doe puts on a show with this Adam Lippes for Target plaid sweater vest, my wardrobe’s *NEW* best (and prime photo backdrop for pink nail polish above)!

I beg to differ, Ms. Prescott, because I don’t discriminate against any color … Bring on ALL of the above this season, everyday and always, please!

Bottom line: Fashion rules don’t dictate our lives + we may have pieces in our collection that’ll stay timeless.

Beauty Tuesday: PS is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/11/2015 at 00:40

Plaid🏁 • Polka Dots👙 | Solids🎱 • Stripes👔

Recently, I made it my mission to add a couple of new 🍁seasonal🍂 staples to my wardrobe

Countdown to Final Reveal

First, I sought a layering top to complete my ultimate presentation🎤 ensemble and went so far as to look for different colors🎨 and 🐆prints. I searched for a color-coordinating overlay, but did I want a solid🎱 sweater since I already had a patterned👙 dress? When I thought that I was getting warmer in reaching the 👓vision by shopping online, I imagined my striped sweater👘 that I scored earlier this summer ~ suprisingly perfect with polka dots in the same colors!

Tiffany Blues

Next, I needed plaid🏁 for the 🍁fall🍂 and found this snap-button shirt that pairs well with my new skater 👗dress & come to think of it, may match my new sneakers for the 1st day of school! I can pull off this kicka** look!

Pretty in Pink & Purple

Even when I wasn’t trying, when I went to my 🙏🏽Holy💖 💒Hour⏰ the other day, I made a masterpiece match with this 💐🌾spring/summer🍃 dress💃🏻 and striped👔 scarf🏂 that still could make a statement as we enter the cooler months!

For clothing in colors that already pop, I go for neutral/muted tones in the finishing touches, such as in these nude wedges & black Docs!

 Then I realized that I had my latest pursuits as classic pieces in my closets all along!

P also is for …

Period

Since it’s my time of the month ~ YES, I admit it, no shame in my TMI as I bring more FYI ~ I don’t want my cramps to interfere with my shut-eye or staying productive as I power through my paper (I’ve also wondered whether the “crimson tide,” as Clueless‘ Cher puts it, will hit when I present it, but I’ll have to deal when that time comes and look dayum good in the process) … However, when I felt fatigued and craved energy yet didn’t want my coffee to add to my bloat, I sought acclaim/affirmation for or at least alternatives to caffeine

  • This Women’s Health article advocates coffee and caffeine during our cycle!
  • This SheKnows article recommends reducing intake of caffeine, including in coffee, and reaching for dark chocolate while staying hydrated!

Therefore, I drank a little bit of coffee while more liberally downing my *Star* Water + indulged in 1 piece of my Dove Almond & Dark Chocolate Promises to tide me over as I typed away!

Also, I reminded myself that this flow wouldn’t mess with my flow. In fact, over a decade ago, when I worked at my my hometown gym, I wouldn’t empathize with fellow females who used their flow as an excuse not to witness their fitness ~ even when I felt crummy from cramping, I’d still exercise!

Well, this brand-spankin’ new member to our 26.2-mile club gives running while being on the rag a whole new meaning.

She even brings up chaffing, so speaking of which … enter {drum roll, please}

Powder

I’ve rediscovered this product that my mom had patted on my skin when I was a baby and had me keep applying it to maintain my hygiene as a child. When I ran my marathon, I realized how effective it could be to areas that experienced a lot of friction (which will remain unnamed) ~ now I use it more during this exceptionally hotter-than-usual ☼summer☼ whether I have a fun run in the ☼sun☼ or am just sweating bullets!

My personal preference: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder with Cornstarch

To ease some tension on this taboo topic, please check out my beauty guru‘s rag time collaboration!

For more cramp & comic relief, this No Strings Attached scene (no tampon pun intended) shows a period ♪playlist♫ ~ now I wish that someone could bring me cupcakes (red velvet & other assorted flavors ~ I’m not picky) like this character did!

 

♪I keep bleeding … keep, keep bleeding ♥love♥♪~ ♫Leona Lewis♫ | Pretty picture (“crime scene in my pants”), right?

Beauty Tuesday: Fall Haul

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, What's Hot on 06/23/2015 at 01:15

Happy Five-Year ♥Anniversary♥ to my Truck ☼SUNSHINE☼!!!

☼Sunshine☼

☼Sunshine☼ looks pristine!

She’s still as beautiful as can be and has sustained the pain beyond the rain, from sleet and snow to hurricanes and hail storms, without damage (knock on wood ~ as in my luxury wood dash trim interior)!

“It’s got 4-wheel drive, dual-side air bags & a monster [hit high-pitch] ♪sound♫ system!” ~ Alicia Silverstone as Cher on Clueless {mine makes the last 2-out-of-3}

Although we’re freshly into ☼summer☼, I tend to think ahead …

… Especially since I anticipate my dissertation defense.

While I’ve already planned what to wear on my BiG day right down to my footwear (yet still debatable), I’m wondering about plaid since it’ll be the look of next season.

Plaid

I already know that I can *rock out* plaid! Just what the future Doctor ordered: these Doc Martens! {FYI: I have my phone screen shot for a reason ~ to show that I maintain Airplane Mode to prevent distractions during my study}

Perhaps I can go with one of these trendsetting patterns for my graduation photos that I’ll send with my announcements. Come to think of it, I really am treating this like I’m tying the knot! Here are similarities:

Courtship of Dissertation –> Doctoral Degree Engagement –> Wedding
Proposal (Concept, Defense) Popping the Question
Wearing my Class Ring on my Left Finger *BLING* Wearing an Engagement Ring on the Left Finger *BLING*
Committing to my Research Topic Committing to Partner
Pre-Dissertation Coursework Pre-Marital Classes
Selecting Dissertation Dress* Selecting Bridal Gown
Selecting Grad Announcement Wardrobe Selecting Engagement Announcement Wardrobe
Getting into/Staying in Shape for Events  <– Same as the left –| 
Writing Dissertation (way longer to write and present) Writing Wedding Vows (shorter to present)
Walking Across the Stage Walking Down the Aisle
Getting Hooded Getting Hitched
Changing Name to Dr. ________________ Changing Name to Mrs. ________________

* Bearing in mind that I’m picking out how to dress for this milestone, I’m deciding between something stylish or timeless. Someday, as I flip through my Ph.D. grad pics to reminisce or show them to future generations, I must look put-together and NOT like a hot mess! ~ I definitely don’t want to reflect back and think

What was I thinking?

Like Ellen DeGeneres reveals on her throwback segments!

Despite the serious nature of my study and my own detail-orientation of my appearance for my final presentation, I can’t help but find fun in everything to lift my spirits, including with this clip:

Throwback: Papa Jun and Baby Me appear here on page 8 of the June 2015 issue of Blessed Living Magazine!

Beauty Tuesday: Fave Festive Frocks for Easter & Spring Fling

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/22/2014 at 19:30

Happy Easter Tuesday!!!

I hope that you all enjoyed your Holy Week leading up to the Resurrection, especially †JESUS CHRIST†‘s rising from the dead!

CHEERS to this time of year, when you can pull off these ☼sunshine☼-friendly lovable♥ looks:

  • bright colors, including pastels
  • fun prints, like animal spots and stripes
  • stand-out patterns, such as chevron stripes and florals
  • light layering pieces ~ silk scarves, shawls, shrugs and cardis come in handy!

This is what I wore to my family’s dinner on Easter Sunday, after I had an eggceptionally eggcellent day at work.

#OOTD #Easter #Sunday #Best #white#SpaghettiStrap #HighLow #silk #CharlotteRusse#dress w/ #pink #flower • #salmon #Pashmina #shawl •#gladiator #sandals • #magenta #flowers #bling#earrings • #Guess #vachetta #tote with #RoseGold#bow & #gold #heart #charms #HappyEaster 💒🐇🍳💍👗👡👜🎀

#PutYourBestFaceForward #Easter #Sunday #Best #LastSupper #EasterBunny #BunnyEars #EasterBunnies eat #carrots therefore this #bunny eats #CarrotCake in #cupcake #helix / #cartilage #earring & #magenta #flowers #bling #earrings + #salmon #Pashmina #shawl to #compliment #pink #ears #HappyEaster #JesusChrist the #LORD is #risen today #Peace 💒🐇🍳💍👗🎀🎂🍰

#ManiMonday after #Easter w/#glitter & #shimmer from #NicoleByOPI: w/#ModernFamily #ShesLilySomething #stars + #GumDrops #ThatsWhatIMint #AccentNails (#Thumbnail & #RingFinger) ~ #Nicole by #OPI #green & #pink to keep #ring in #Spring past #EasterWeek complete w/ #EasterBunny & #CarrotCake #cupcake b/c #bunnies eat #carrots #HappyEaster w/ #yellow & #turquoise #ZebraStripes #NailArt 💒🐇🍳💍👗👡👜🎀🎂🍰

Strolling down memory lane with the Bunny Hop through the past few Easters…

Easter 2009

Happy Easter from ASIA & Me (pre-ANNIE)

{yellow, lime green, turquoise, black and white scarf plus white sleeveless woven snap top by Express}

Easter 2010

Happy Easter from Sissy & Me!

{on me: floppy straw hat from the Philippines and spaghetti strap paisley dress from T.J. Maxx]

Easter 2012

Happy Easter from JUSTIN & Me!

{on me: Pashmina shawl from mi Suegra, magenta dress from my mom, Rockstar Flip Flops with Swarovski crystals}

With more special days that we anticipate to celebrate this season, I’d like to share other outfits that are worthy of wearing.

April 2013

Cross into the Orange

{Cross from México + orange camisole & tie-dye halter dress from Express}

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Pastels & Purple

{Black & gold chain necklace from Target + purple v-neck cap-sleeved dress from Express + multi-colored Coach Poppy Pop C backpack featured on my debut Beauty Tuesday}

Mother's Day 2013

Almost dressed!

Mother's Day 2013

Posing with the Posies!

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Dad & DISPO Sisters

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Mom & DISPO Sisters

Mother's Day Fam

DISPO Family in the Yard!

{my accessories: Dallas Cowboys star earrings from Touch by Alyssa Milano & hibiscus necklace as Ph.D. cohort leader’s pasalubong from Hawaii + Fendi shades in purple; my outfit: my purple camisole from Express + pastel floral high-low dress, orange shrug & gold metallic cork sandals from Sofia by Sofia Vergara}

2 Great Minds Think Alike!

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DISPO Sisters in Prabal Gurung

{on my sister & me: sleeveless First Date abstract print top w/black mesh overlay from Prabal Gurung for Target®; my red cami from Express, my grey & turquoise skort from Champion, my black sandals from BCBG}

3.1 Phillip Lim

DISPO Sisters in 3.1 Phillip Lim

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DISPO Family in the House!

{on my sister & me, respectively: floral print blouse & dress shirt by Prabal Gurung by Target® featured in my Beauty Tuesday Doll-Up edition; my stiletto boots from Kenneth Cole featured in my 2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag}

Beauty Tuesday: Starring Rose Gold + Holy Week & Easter Sunday Best Dress Ideas

In ♥ & Soul, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/15/2014 at 15:00

There is beauty in uncertainty.

I read that in Rediscovering Catholicism, and this is a revelation that I’ve never considered before. I tend to plan, as I’ve pointed out in Beauty Tuesday: My AM Routine, at least a week in advance and even as far back as a month ahead of time. However, I’ve tried to let go and go with the flow…

Meanwhile, I must share my IT bag for Spring: this white vachetta Guess? handbag with studded handles and rose gold hardware ~ the bow and heart charms won me over when I first spotted it out at Dillard’s (my mom’s favorite store) at the end of January.

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Two decades ago when I was in junior high, Guess? (which was established the same year I was born) was all the rage: think Wayne’s World featuring Claudia Schiffer {sha-wing}; I wore Guess? everything, not just limited to jeans: bags, shoes, even my suede jacket!]

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Since I felt triumphant for reaching my most recent milestone for my dissertation, I convinced my mom to reward me with it, so this tote is special because it symbolizes my progress.

The color makes this pick very versatile for any outfit…

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Plus, I have an array of accessories to mix and match with it, from rose gold jewelry, to bow and hearts.

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My new purse will be sweet to bring to church with me on Easter Sunday, and I actually debuted it at the Adoration Chapel, where I brought the Oblate Missions prayer book from my mom, the Lady of Manaoag prayer book from J-Rob’s mom, Rediscover Catholicism, and my ministry workbook.

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While I have my Easter ensemble ready to wear, I have other ideas on this most glorious of days of the year (with CHRISTmas being the most joyous ~ if you know the Rosary Mysteries, you’ll have an idea of what I mean). Bright colors and fun prints to commemorate this beautiful season is definitely the way to go, such as the pastel paisley patterns from these dresses that I bought in México before I moved.

Easter Idea {turquoise/multi-colored paisley beaded dress from México, floppy straw hat w/pink flowers from H&M in LV, straw sandals w/pastel acrylics from Hallmark}

Easter Cat

Happy †Easter☼ ♥Asia & Me {black cross & beaded earrings & necklace set + purple embroidered shawl + blue/multi-colored paisley beaded dress from México}

Meanwhile, here was my look for Palm Sunday, when I was the lector for Mass in the longest reading of my church ministry: olive green to represent the Mount of Olives.

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#OOTD #PalmSunday #Mass #Olive for #MountOfOlives in #PassionOfChrist: #KardashianKollection #OliveGreen #striped #HighLow #silk #wrap #dress • #golden #Pashmina #shawl • #yellow #white #tan #ColorBlock #wedges • #gold #LimeGreen #frog #bling #earrings • #green #elephant #purse for #GOoDluck 🌞💒👗👡💍👜

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#PutYourBestFaceForward & Annie on my shoulder ~ whose #GreenEyes match my #PalmSunday #Mass #outfit: #Olive for #MountOfOlives in #PassionOfChrist #KardashianKollection #OliveGreen #striped #HighLow #silk #wrap #dress • #golden #Pashmina #shawl • #gold #LimeGreen #frog #bling #earrings • #PalmCross for #Blessings #GODbless #SundayBest #PassionOfTheLord #cross #church 🐈🌞💒👗👡💍⛪️

Last but not least, here was my Mani Monday.

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#ManiMonday #Bling to #ring in #Spring w/#glitter & #shimmer from #NicoleByOPI: #GumDrops #ThatsWhatIMint + #AccentNails (#Thumbnail & #RingFinger) topped w/#ModernFamily #ShesLilySomething #stars ~ #pastel #pink & #green perfect for #HolyWeek leading into #EasterSunday #Nicole by #OPI #MoFa #mint #lily #flower #star #sparkly #sparkle #Easter 💍❄️💫👪👬👭🌠🎆🎇🐇💒