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Workout Wednesday: Wedding Season Shape & More!

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 06/24/2015 at 08:25

HBD to my Uncle Dr. Rudy!!!

When my Tito’s daughter/my oldest cousin, Melissa, got married (exactly 12 years and two months ago today and exactly two weeks after I graduated from McMurry), I spent the ☼morning☼ of her nuptials running in the Maryland rain!

Ate Mel's Wedding

Wayback Wednesday: I can’t believe that back then, I thought that ruching made me look fat ~ it looks fab#PrettyInPink

Those  were the days when I didn’t have to ~ as Milli Vanilli (whose ½ of the duo would’ve turned the BiG 5-0 almost three weeks ago) would ♪sing♪ (or lip-sync) ~ ♫Blame It On the Rain♫ … BEFORE my crazy cold after I chilled on the chili Corpus Christi beach during my business trip.

Even though I myself am NOT a bride, that isn’t stopping me from wanting to stay in shape during wedding season, and most of all, when I defend my dissertation and graduate this fall. Check out my fave fit babes‘ workouts to get wedding-ready for those of you who are about to walk down the aisle or have another important upcoming event:

Recent Wedding Collab to be Bride-Fab ~ The Bridal Bootcamp Collaboration [c/o Kin Community]

Wayback Wednesday Wedding Workouts

Happy Training, Brides-to-Be!!!

Addendum

As I work on my stats scoring manual, the timing couldn’t have been better as this special delivery arrives to my door …

Doc grad regalia

Dr. D, here I come! {Final reveal as we finish 2015 strong}

My Doctor graduation regalia!

Doc regalia

All the pieces together … They’ll all fall into place as long as I finish this chase/complete this race & keep a happy face! #FutureDoc #DISPObustAFlow

I must be as excited as a blushing bride because I just received the gown that I’m wearing on my BiG Day!

Speaking of weddings, check out this ^– one –^ of the HAPA who ♪sang♪ the feature ♫track♫ from WFP‘s Everything Before Us

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Movie Monday: The Best Man Holiday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Movie Monday, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/02/2015 at 16:30

The 🎅holidays🎄 may be over, but The Best Man †Holiday† is the perfect 🎬movie🎥 for any season and reason!

Best Man Holiday

The Best Man †Holiday† on Blu-Ray: purrfect on snow day!

Last weekend, our latest ❄️snow⛄️ series out of a countless many, I popped the 💽DVD📀 in because

Yet this is by far one of my fave flicks for

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

Sweetheart Ball 2013

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)

Prom 1999

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!

GOD, Family & Football

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 12/05/2013 at 19:11

Happy Advent Season!

As we prepare for JESUS‘ birth, I reflect on THANKSgiving and all of the blessings for which I’m grateful.

One week ago today, many of us around the world celebrated Turkey Day in the spirit of The Best Man Holiday movie theme: GOD, Family and Football.

GOD: First thing that morning, I went to the Adoration Chapel at church because I have my Adoration Hour commitment every Thursday, and I spent extra time there while fellow adorers were out of town for the holyday.
Family: When I got home, I took my CHRISTmas card photos with my Double A-Team and made my festive dessert: Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Pie. My best friend, Melody ~ who is like a sister to me ~ and I spent this Day of Thanks with both sides of our families: I went to her parents’ for lunch, and she, her hubby and their children joined my family and me at my parents’ house.
Football: A Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Dallas Cowboys game, so we most definitely were THANKful for their victory over the Oakland Raiders!

Here are more of my cheers and toasts of gratitude:

Day 27: I’m THANKful for the #gift of #sight! We who can see, or @ least need corrective #lenses, cannot take this for granted… Although I don’t like to get pics taken w/my #glasses👓 all the time (blame it on the vanity – say it a’int so), I absolutely need them to get around (case in point: last night @ my BFF’s parents’ when I lost track of them while posing for photos). Some of y’all know what I’m talking about that they’re a necessity, an essential, right Tita Tina Gunn? Plus, since I like specific brands, I usually find designer frames for my #specs😎
I’m also THANKful for my good friend & #spiritual #mentor, Bishop Mike, who officiated my #Catholic #Sacraments of First #Communion & #Confirmation + who writes📜 (I’m talking snail mail📬 – not just email📥) me on a regular basis as my main pen✒️ pal!

I’m also THANKful for the children to whom I’m giving this #CHRISTmas because I love kids. Since my family & I – in light of #Typhoon️ #Haiyan / #Yolanda in our native #Philippines – shall sustain our #gratitude & not exchange #gifts this year for once, I’ll focus my #generosity on my #AngelTree child & my #CFCAsponsored child.

Day 28: I’m #THANKful for #GOD #Family #Football especially my #DallasCowboyswho always play on #TurkeyDay! I’ll also #THANK those who know which #filmrefers to #GODFamilyFootball for your #movie knowledge. I #kickoff this#THANKSgiving with my special #AdorationHour + extra time!

I’m THANKful my BFF Sgt. Melody Givan who’s been there for yours truly through the#ThickAndThin + who I’ve been fortunate to celebrate THANKsgiving w/ when we grew up & when I visited her in Georgia! She’s the culinary arts mastermind, & while I didn’t know my way around the kitchen before, she sent me my Crock Pot for#CHRISTmas!

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: my bestie Mely & I didn’t plan for our Turkey Day getup to match when I flew to her family’s home for the #HOLYday, but#2GreatMindsThinkAlike as we both bought these sweaters from #EXPRESSseparately!

THANKSgiving 2009

*Bearing this in mind, here are the pics of Melody and yours truly from THANKSgiving ’09 (above) and THANKSgiving ’13 (below)* THANKSgiving 2013Girl time was definitely what I needed last week because most of my friends are guys, so I was glad to spend yet another Thanksgiving with Melo until she and her fam drove their beautiful Beamer back to Georgia…

Meanwhile, more blessings for which I’m grateful include my dissertation progress and my career opportunities! Yesterday, I had a conference call with my dissertation chair, who arranged for me to present the concept proposal of my study to my dissertation committee next week! Also, through Rant Sports and Pretty Fit, I like reaching out to fellow sports fans and health buffs!

Here are my first 6 about the Dallas Mavericks this December:

While I write this, we have another snow storm in the forecast. In the holyday spirit, I’m playing Elf (my favorite Christmas movie of all time) and printing my season’s greetings!

Let me wrap up this positive post with more bright notes:

GOD Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy †
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♥ Love Always, Jun Bandonill Dispo (Batch 1970) and Family
Jun Dispo, Retired United States Air Force * Estrella Dispo, Retired Registered Nurse * Elaine Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate * Joanne Dispo, Nurse Practitioner * Ryan Cooley, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Dispos-Cooleys

From left to right: Jacinto Dispo, Lolita Tan Dispo, Joseph del Rosario, Carmelita Dispo del Rosario, Elaine Joyce Dispo, Estrella Reyes Dispo, Christian Joseph del Rosario, Joanne Dispo Cooley, David Ryan Cooley, Jun Bandonill Dispo, Lyndah Baterina Dispo, Manuel Dispo, Madalyn Dispo-Junio, Crystal Gail Dispo

Happy Anniversary to my Parents!!
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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: Happy #Anniversary, Nanay & Dad (yesterday)  

Looking @ my parents’ #wedding album, I admire how they went all out & appreciate the value of their #Catholic #sacrament!

Yet aside from their amazing wedding, they’ve invested #energy & #sacrifice into their decades of #marriage, which is what matters most in the #LongHaul!

Their secret: sharing #time #together, including #timeless #traditions (i.e., Taco Tuesday)

& now they have their Golden Years to enjoy w/each other, so may they stay#blessed with many more to come!

[from L-R: my Aunties Alice Dispo* (my great-aunt/Uncle Bal’s wife) & Dr. Fe Reyes-Dollete** (my aunt/mom’s sister), Mama Eufemia Dispo*** (my paternal grandmother/dad’s mom), Mr. & Mrs. Jun B. Dispo (my parents as #newlyweds), Papa Pedro Dispo*** (my paternal grandfather)]

*Dr. & Mrs. Baltazar Dispo (Uncle Bal is Papa Ped’s baby brother) ~ another excellent example of #commitment in marriage & to the Catholic #faith ~ were my parents’ Principal Sponsors/GODparents/Ninong & Ninang/Padrino y Madrina

**Drs. Rodolfo & Fe Dollete also are #RoleModels as a #married #couple because they keep the spice alive by ballroom dancing & traveling + enjoy #working together 

***Both sets of my grandparents lived long enough to celebrate their#GoldenAnniversary & beyond: my maternal Lolo Tico & Lola Rosa were married for 56 years, + my paternal Papa Ped & Mama Eufemia were married for almost 61 years 

Guess which decade my parents tied the knot ~ the #bridesmaid‘s #bonnet may be an indicator…

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!  

†R.I.P., Paul Walker†