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Beauty Tuesday: Scarves Still in Season

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/10/2015 at 08:00
Warm Scarf

This scarf warmed me up on my way from Abilene to San Antonio to Corpus Christi, TX!

Since the winter chill still hasn’t gone away completely …

Holy Scarf

Just like that Confessions of a Shopaholic movie, I ought to be called “Girl in the †Holy† Scarf!” {Featuring: Rose †Rosary† for my ♥LOLA ROSA♥ on her ☼birthday☼}

Let’s wrap up in our scarves:

Beautiful Scarf

The burgundy pairs well with my Superman beanie, Coach Legacy frames & Playboy Bunny top + Annie seems to like!

Including this beautiful colorful one from Edwin that was crafted in Nepal

Shawl

Time to cover up before this winter wedding!

Or this shawl for when I ministered at my R.E. student’s parents’ wedding

Weddings Gifts

More generous gifts from the wedding family

 Or this lavish chevron striped one from her parents as a thank-you gift!

Chevron-Striped Scarf

C is for … Comfy * Cozy * Chevron Stripes

Workout Wednesday: Swimsuit & Catwalk Ready

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/25/2015 at 01:00

Let’s be sexy in our own skin!

Recently, I received the new special SI: Swimsuit Issue

Swim 2015

Sport Illustrated: Swim 2015

So now’s the time to get into tip-top shape for the ♣spring♣ and ☼summer☼!

What better time than the present?

Cable Cat Lady

I’m not really that cold cat lady ~ I’m The *HOT* Kitty Mama of 2!

The best way to go is to mix up your workouts and keep it interesting (to prevent plateau), for instance

Study Saturday: Rated PG

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/24/2015 at 08:00

As both an educator (college professor, religious education teacher, private tutor) and a student (to finish my doctoral degree this year and had a call to confirm my dissertation chair this week ~ to defend and become DOCTOR this ☼summer☼ then walk this fall) who can empathize with my own students, this ♣spring♣ semester thus far already has made waves!

P is for …

Pupils (formal term for students) * Pursuit * Progress –> Prosper/Prosperity

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Teaching in the Future: I conference call my high school dual credit students into my college classroom! Technology rules!

G if for …

Giselle

Giselle my Superstar Student rocks in her latest speech that advances her to state!

Goal –> Git’er done –> Graduate/Graduation

Floral Friday: Teacher Appreciation

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/30/2014 at 23:30

April showers bring May flowers!

Joanne Orchids

Orchids from my Sissy! (Chips aren’t mine)

We were blessed with bountiful storms this past spring and beautiful blossoms are in full bloom! When I visited my sister over Memorial Day weekend, she was so sweet enough to surprise me with these orchids to celebrate that I’m returning to my teaching career.

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Floral Friday: Yellow Orchids from my Sister for my teaching career!

The last time that I received orchids was when my speech students brought me a bouquet a couple of years ago on Earth Day, toward the end of the spring semester.

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Flashback Friday: Purple Orchids from my Public Speaking students!

The following class day, my Interpersonal Communication class gifted me with more pretty plant life to add to my office ☼window☼ …

Annie Flowers

Annie enjoys the posies!

… and much to the pleasure of my Double A-Team! †GOD† truly has ♣blessed♣ us!

Asia Flowers

Asia takes a whiff of the floral fragrances!

The rewards that I reap from teaching include influencing my students positively.

Annie Flowers

Throwback Thursday: Annie (student, not my cat) presets me with these goodies!

My student, a fellow Filipina, gave me this gesture of gratitude that touched my ♥heart♥.

Teacher Flowers

Flowers always brighten up this teacher‘s day!

Relationships are like plants; we nurture them to grow. ~ my mom

Beauty Tuesday: Spring & Summer Skin Safety

In Beauty Tuesday, Weekly Wonders on 05/07/2014 at 01:50

Happy National Nurses Day and Week plus Teacher Appreciation Week! 

With spring in full swing and summer on the way, I have these two tips for this Beauty Tuesday on: how to make (not cake) your face after lack of sleep ~ like what some of us teachers experience ~ and protection to beat spring showers and the summer heat …  

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I brush on this Neutrogena bronzing powder around my face and concealer under my eyes.

 As a teacher, I’ve stayed up late creating assignments and grading on many nights, and as a graduate student, I’ve burned the midnight oil studying and writing research papers (now on my final one for my Ph.D.: the dissertation). That being said, I must combat the dark circles under my eyes, and what better new way for me to do that than this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 25 that not only conceals the puffiness but also postpones the aging process. Over the concealer (and sometimes sheer foundation during these hotter seasons), I can dust this Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder for a light finish. For more of my favorite Neutrogena and other cosmetic and skin care products, please check out my Beauty Tuesday debut.

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I apply these sweet-smelling oils and lotions from the Philippines to protect myself from bug bites.

With mosquitoes and the like swarming around, especially in the aftermath of storms, we must prevent ourselves from unwanted pests who feast on our flesh.

SPF

No beach bag is complete without sunscreen, like these sunblock sprays and suntan lotion.

☼Sunshine☼ is sublime, and we can get our share of Vitamin D, but to reduce the risk of skin cancer, we need the SPF, as well as limited time under the sun.

Now look and feel your best this season, whether you Train in the Rain or have ☼Fun in the Sun☼ ~ yep, I’m a poet & don’t know it!

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 💍❄️💫👪👬👭🌠🎆🎇🐇💒

Throwback Thursday Tags: Lifestyle & Fitness + Procrastinating Beauty

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/14/2014 at 04:11

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, after going Tuesday Beauty happy and adding the 2 for Tuesday *bonus* Sweater Weather Tag, I’m accepting these 2013 truth challenges for full disclosure. Enjoy, and if you’ve done either of these tags, please feel free to comment with the link to your answers!

 * Lifestyle & Fitness Tag ~ from GetFitWithLeyla‘s Lifestyle & Fitness TAG video [Questions are in bold; my answers are in italics.]

  1. How fit do you consider yourself to be? Are you happy with the shape you’re in? On a scale from 1-10, I’d say an 8. While I know that I’m fab, I still can stand to lose some flab. 
  2. Do you play any sports? I did back in the day ~ as in basketball & tennis 2 decades ago in jr. high ~ then discovered that I’m a much better spectator @ my fave sport: basketball, than I am as a baller… Competitions in which I’ve participated as a grown-up have been races, but I’ve mainly run them to benefit their worthy causes. Now I’m proud to say that I’m part of the 26.2 (full marathon) club & have run in several smaller events (e.g., 5Ks) since then! 
    Fiesta Marathon

    Shot Gun Bang! Fiesta Marathon‘s my chance to run like a Mustang!

    STC 5K

    South Texas College 5K (where I used to teach) ~ I should’ve done more high knees!

  3. Besides those, do you exercise as well? That’s exactly what I do to stay fit nowadays! Please check out my recommendations on the Pretty Fit Way blog & the Pretty Fit iOS app
  4. Do you have any fitness or health related goals? I work out to stay healthy, relieve stress & reduce my risk for disease in the long run. 
  5. Which celebrity’s body would you like to have? Does Elaine Dispo count? I’d like to say I’m my own celeb… But if I had to choose someone other than yours truly, I really dig on Jessica Alba’s bod! Plus, I must give myself props on mocking other folks pretty well for Halloween. 
    DCC

    *TRUE BLUE* Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

    Princess Leia Wannabe

    I love the Princess Leia hair from Episode IV, but it’s her goddess bod from VI that screams SEXY!

  6. What’s your favorite and/or least favorite exercise? My #1 fave is dancing because I can do it anywhere & everywhere; as a matter of fact, I most recently caught myself just grooving to the chores without even planning to burn calories that way today! My least fave may have to be burpees (jump to plank to squat) because they kick my boot-ay, but they’re definitely effective for my boot-ay! 
  7. How important is leading an active and healthy lifestyle for you? Extremely; this is THE way of life, not just for the sake of taking care of our bodies, but also our minds & our souls ~ not to mention our hearts (both literally & figuratively) ~ all the way inside & out! 
  8. How much attention to a healthy diet do you pay? On a scale from 1-10, I’d go with a 7. Although I keep track of my calorie consumption & burn, I don’t always pass up my weakness: sweets (e.g., cupcakes)! 
  9. What’s your biggest diet secret? I don’t diet. Since I don’t believe in depriving myself from what brings me joy, I’ll at least control my portions & eat in moderation. 
  10. Do you smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past? Never ever. I don’t have the desire to mess up my lungs, heart, teeth or skin… So no, thanks! 

* Procrastinating Beauty Tag [from FrmHeadToToe Jen‘s Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG]

  1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do? I’ve never applied primer to my face. I’m not into caking on a mask, as I’m completely content with my concealer, foundation & powder (I don’t always use ALL of the above @ the same time). 
  2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly? I don’t wash them too frequently because I want them to last, so I don’t use the same ones too often. When I do wash them, I use my M•A•C Brush Cleanser (pictured below). 
  3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? I plead the 5th… on going past the 5th day. 
    Spring forward

    Spring forward means…

    Sports Watches

    … that it’s time to change my nail color!

  4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it? I seldom ever need a new beauty product because I usually have a backup supply to replenish once I run out of something. 
  5. What is your worst beauty habit? Admittedly, I’ve gone to sleep without removing my makeup & washing my face on more than a few occasions ~ not something I’m proud of, for which there aren’t any legit excuses. 
  6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time? Decluttering ~ which I’m actually doing during this Spring Break on breaks from my dissertation! Since I’m not that much of a cosmetics hoarder, I don’t have much to purge, but I did get rid of loads of Bath & Body Works nail polish 1½ years ago, way past due. 
  7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute? Not always; I usually spare 2-3h before I’m supposed to leave for a planned event, so I can devote a little more time on my studies, a project or pleasure-______ (-reading, -surfing ~ as in channel- or net-surfing, etc.) before I take off. If I go the other way around & keep working then have minimal time to shower, hair & makeup + nails, then I don’t do myself justice. 
  8. Can you commit to spending bans? I haven’t made any, but I suppose that it’s worth a shot. Now if I only I had before my cosmetics sprees! How lame that my hometown just closed down our only M•A•C shop yesterday after being open for a short while. 
  9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections? On a scale from 1-10, this should be a solid 9. Check out my acrylic organizer on my dresser here, where I can find everything in place, arranged according to color & category (nails on the left, makeup on the right). The red & clear beads that help keep my eye liners, lip balms & gloss straight in the front right compartment are from the centerpiece of my table at the Sweetheart Ball to celebrate this past Valentine’s Day

    Nails & Makeup

    Acrylic Organizer keeps my RTW Nail Care & Makeup out in View for Open Concept

LOVE

Red + Clear Beads = LOVE Ambiance

♥ Warmest Kisses, Tightest Hugs & Much LOVE to my Dearest Darling Lola Rosing (March 5, 1910-March 14, 2014) in Heaven above!!! 

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: We #celebrate my #LolaRosa‘s #birthday on March 5th & #commemorate her #life on March 14th, so as her 6th #anniversaryapproaches, I share this #fond #memory of these 3 #generations: my #dearest#darling #LolaRosing, my #beautiful #Nanay Estrella Dispo & yours truly on that#spring day in The Philippines  ♥♣☼ As my #cousin Ignaz Philip Reyes said about our #maternal #grandmother: our #grandma led through #struggles up until her last #breath! We #love you, #Lola #Rosa in #Heaven above  fellow #teacher my#PenPal who instilled in me #FaithHopeLove … Request to my family & friends: please pray for the repose of her soul, thank you Uncles Antero Tavernero Art ReyesDrs. Robert Reyes & Yolanda Hernandez-Reyes Titas Mildred Abalos Joy Gomez Jessie Quebral Rosseana De Dios Titos Momoy Lachica Isaac Lachica Sr. Ate Rose Razon-Basinillo Kuya Arnel Basinillo Drs. Vee Luna & June Luna Kuya Mark Anthony Razon Ate Sonia Pahayo Kuya Rod Dallape sister Joanne Dispo cousins Eeno Ki Juan Raymundo Abalos Guizano Andrew Abalos Guizano Lowell Gomez Donnabelle Gomez-Parfan Boie Parfan Gomez Parfan Pamela Abalos-Carranza Kristine Abalos De Casa Clod Lachica Cinense Naomi Lachica Diane De Dios + cousins’ children/4th genArielle Royse R Basinillo Arthur Basinillo Antonio Gomez ***Maraming Salamat*** (3.5.1910-3.14.2008)
Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations – Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly – the day after Lola’s 96th Birthday (3/6/2006) — with Estrella Dispo.
Photo: Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations -  Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly - the day after Lola's 96th Birthday (3/6/2006)

CHEERS as we Ring in Spring & Get Lucky on St. Patty’s Day!!! ♣ 

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!