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Beauty Tuesday: Tips from my Mom, the Birthday Girl

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/20/2014 at 23:30

Happy Birthday, Nanay ☼

Today is my beautiful mom’s birthday, so this is a tribute to her.

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Birthday Gift to NANAY: Rose Crucifix for LOLA ROSA from my friend EVIE‘s store, Lovely Gift

You know that saying, If you want to know what a girl will look like when she’s twice her age, look at her mother (or something to that effect)? Well, my mother still looks radiant to this very day, and she’s exactly twice my age, so I’d like to think that when I reach her age, I’ll also look and feel as gorgeous as she does. She is healthy and active, vibrant and enjoying life…

Here are the lessons that my Nanay/Mommy Aya has taught me that I take at face value:

  • Eat breakfast everyday for energy
  • Wear makeup to look presentable
  • Always smile 🙂
  • Don’t cry for any guy because no man is worth your tears
  • Be brave

I admit that I haven’t always followed my mother’s advice, but as her mom, my maternal grandmother, Lola Rosing, told me:

Mothers know best.

And so far, they’ve always been right, even when I didn’t agree. Let’s love our mothers because they gave birth to us and guided us as we grew, and if they’re still around after we’re grown, they don’t stop… Because a mother’s job is never done.

Mahal Kita, Nanay ♥

† GOD Bless Good Moms

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: Pretty Feet

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/29/2014 at 13:00

Today, I want you to think on your toes about how you care for those lil’ piggies!

Almost a couple of weeks ago, we attended Holy Thursday Mass at my Church, where our Deacon’s homily was about how Jesus washed His disciples feet. Deacon, who is a doctor, discussed how disgusting feet may be, but how this experience of washing each other’s feet was a sign of love.

Let’s love our feet!

Treat your feet to pedicures. Whether you DYI or go pro, make sure that you moisturize for smooth, soft skin all over, from the tops of your feet to your soles: buff any rough edges, lather with lotion, apply cuticle oil to your toe nails and paint fresh coats of color ~ especially so you can show them off in sandals and peep toes this Spring and Summer! Check out my cold feet tips that still can work all year-round!

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Treat your Tootsies w/T♥C! Like my Spring & Summer soap & lotions full of fun, floral or fruity fragrances? *SWEET PEA Forever* is a tribute to the Birthday Girl {photos below}

Since many of us fashionistas like to sport stylish foot candy in forms of stilettos or narrow toe boxes, pointy heels and toes may do debilitating damage to our feet in the long run. Speaking of the long run, when I ran races, I started noticing more pain at the joints of my big toe and pinky toe bones. That’s when I became more aware of my bunion problem, which already was hereditary yet worsened through my types of shoes and strenuous activity. Then I addressed my options with two podiatrists (foot doctors) — who both were conveniently located within just running distance from my home at the time — and they brought to my attention alternatives to surgical removal — which I’d seek as a last resort if my symptoms were too severe (plus I didn’t want to suffer post-op risks or sever off time from teaching or training to recover off my feet). Here are the measures that I’ve taken to live with these bunions and delay the process of becoming more prominent and bothersome.

Beat & Bash Bunion Busts

  • Prescription Orthotics
  • Toe Wraps
  • Toe Bandages
  • Toe Separators (i.e., Yoga Toes)
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Easter Basket for Feet Treats {info below}

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PURRfect Pedicure: PedEgg to smooth sole skin & Gel Toe Separators to straighten toe bones + prevent paint smudges

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Love your Peds even in Keds! I wear these Toe-Kinis w/some open- & closed-toes or customed Foam Toe Bandages w/socks & closed-toe shoes.

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While On-the-Go or at Rest: Soft Splints to wrap around feet can work in spacious shoes or even during sleep, & Gel Guard can be worn w/socks & closed-toes

Now how ’bout I wrap up the foot of this post on a kicka** note? We celebrated the True Blue Pitbull/Mavs Champ Canine Sweet Pea‘s Birthday! She turned the BiG 1-2 a week ago!

*SWEET PEA* the Easter Bunny

#HappyEaster from my #MansBestFriend #BirthdayGirl #SweetPea the #sweetest #pitbull in the #world who’s the #BIG12! #OlGirl #SeniorDog in #BunnyEars #BirthdayDog #BdayGirl #birthday #dog #MadDogging #MadCheezing #canine #K9 #KoolAid #smile #sweet #love who is #groan #grown out of #happiness #Easter #SeniorDogs #12thBirthday #AprilBaby

*SWEET PEA* the Birthday Girl/Easter Bunny

#HappyEaster & #HappyBirthday (4/22) to #SweetPea the #sweetest #pitbull in the #world who’s the #BIG12 ~ my #MansBestFriend #BirthdayGirl #OlGirl #SeniorDog #BlowOutTheCandles #MakeAWish on #BirthdayCake in #BunnyEars #BirthdayDog #BdayGirl #birthday #dog #MadDogging #MadCheezing #canine #K9 #KoolAid #smile #sweet #love is #groan #grown out of #happiness

*SWEET PEA* the Make a Wish DOG!

#HappyBirthday (4/22) to #SweetPea the #sweetest #pitbull in the #world who’s the #BIG12 ~ my #MansBestFriend #BirthdayGirl #OlGirl #SeniorDog #BlowOutTheCandles #BirthdayCake #BirthdayDog #BdayGirl #birthday #dog #MadDogging #MadCheezing #canine #K9 #KoolAid #smile #sweet #love is #groan #grown out of #happiness #SeniorDogs #12thBirthday #AprilBaby Tag PhotoAdd LocationEdit

*SWEET PEA* the Mavs Champ K9!

#HappyEaster & #HappyBirthday (4/22) to #SweetPea the #sweetest #pitbull in the #world who’s the #BIG12 ~ my #MansBestFriend #BirthdayGirl #OlGirl #SeniorDog #BlowOutTheCandles in #BunnyEars #BirthdayDog #BdayGirl #birthday #dog #MadDogging #MadCheezing #MavsMadness #DallasMavericks #MFFL #canine #K9 #KoolAid #smile #love is #groan #grown out of #happiness

Man's Best Friend & *MAVS* Fans for Life

Our MAVS have thought on their toes to 2 victories in this 1st round of the NBA Playoffs!

& don’t forget to stretch those lil’ piggies!

Beauty 2 for Tuesday: Fave Fancy Formal Wear for Prom & Wedding Season

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/22/2014 at 22:30

It’s a fancy feast of frills & thrills up in here!

With Proms coming up and many weddings around the corner, I want to show you  how my style has evolved over time through these throwbacks and more recent ensembles from major events.

As you can see, I prefer maxi dresses because I thought that long skirts would conceal my lack of height, but I can lean toward revealing my legs more!

Even though most of these were worn only once, there’ve been a couple that made their way in the rotation twice…

Red, White & Blue sequined Mestiza gown (Filipiniana Gala) ~ frontal view in my Dispo Bio

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My Philippine national flag number & my Celtic Cross w/Crown of Thorns (Philippians 4:13) + my DSLR make their debut @ the Ms. PIDC-RGV Pageant ~ caught in action as I catch the action on camera!

Turquoise one-shoulder (sister Joanne’s wedding)

Dispo-Cooley Wedding

My sis wanted all of us bridesmaids to look the same, but I as MOH took it upon myself to add a shawl (to cover my back tat — I thought it was appropriate for the Catholic Church ceremony) & ruching to the skirt of my dress! I wanted the Belle-of-the-Ball from Beauty & the Beast look, so check out my “princess hair”!

Midnight Blue sleeveless satin dress w/ruffled skirt (student Limeya‘s wedding and this year’s Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball) ~ as seen in my Attitude w/Gratitude

Escabarte Wedding

I exposed my back tat this time w/straps + my hair teased & pinned up @ the outdoors wedding & reception + to adopt my golden lab Cami!

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The 2nd time around, I wore my hair mostly down & this silver shawl to compliment the bling on the empire waist of this evening gown!

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Like the dark blue clutch w/silver chain & sparkly stilettos to match the shimmery shine?

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Since this is a long dress, I try to bare my running man tattoo on the dance floor! Maybe my next ink should be the dancing queen!

Deep Purple sleeveless chiffon A-line dress (cousin Donnabelle‘s wedding and Royals Banquet)

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Getting ready @ the hotel

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Nanay & Me

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Nanay, Uncle Terry & Me

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Lola Enrica, Uncle Terry & Me

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Flying solo!

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I added this purple shawl from México to warm me up @ the Banquet! My black & metallic silver signature Coach Poppy glam tote came in handy to carry my DSLR so I could photo @ the event!

Magenta one-shoulder taffeta maxi dress (cousin Melissa‘s wedding)

Dollete-Dallape Wedding

Another round of ruching to give more of a textured effect!

Tangerine & Sage cap-sleeved tafetta bridesmaid dress (cousin Vee‘s wedding)

Razon-Luna Wedding

Dress Fitting

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Dad & Me

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Parents & Me

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Nanay & Me

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Filipiniana w/Auntie Fe & Nanay

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Cuz Ignaz Philip

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Kuya Ryan “Psycho-Patrick”

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Pope John Paul II

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Entourage (I’m in the back row)

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Entourage (I’m in the front row)

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Bride’s Side: 4 generations (my LOLA ROSA front & center)

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Wedding Reception Festivities

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Bridal Party

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I won the Bachelorette Game!

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Now I score the garter!

Gold one-shoulder cocktail dress (last year’s Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball)

Sweetheart Ball 2013

Parents & Yours Truly

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Yours Truly & the Pinays

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Just my luck: I always seem to win something!

Lime Green sequined halter w/tulle skirt  (Prom)

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Sissy helps me prep for Prom!

Silver spaghetti strap slit maxi w/silver platforms (senior Winter Formal)

Winter Formal 1999

Sissy & Me (her in white lace bodice & black satin skirt)

Black halter sequined bodice & knee-length skirt (sophomore Winter Formal)

Winter Formal 1997

From head to toe: love my hair, but what was I thinking on the shoes? {MIA Mary Janes}

If you want to get into dress-ready shape, please check out my recommended workouts on Pretty Fit Way!

Here’s to your shape-up as you get dolled-up and dress up!

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}