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Hooray for a new section of my blog! hahaha. This section will feature random looks from past or present collections from designers, or looks from random people. I will use this section to share some tips from time to time on how to achieve the looks thus, “Cook the Look”. :p

Ok… Time to wear our fashion goggles!

Resort 2013 collections from designers have recently been released already. One collection that has really caught my attention is the Balmain Resort 2013 showcase. Olivier Rousteing has really done a good job in making the brand shine since he was named the new head designer last year. He was able to highlight the garments through careful details and fresh silhouettes.

As a current fan of prints and colors, here are my favorite looks from the collection:

Here’s the full collection:

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How to Cook the Look:

1. Mix bold prints in Black/White with solid pastel colors. Doing this will help tone down the look and still keep the accent on the print.

2. Use blazers grazing through the hip line for a parisian chic effect. This goes well with a pair of loose cuffed trousers.

3. Accessorize with semi-matte metallics.  These type of accessories can be used in hundreds of looks.

 

Credits:

Style.com

I love online shopping! :p I find it so convenient once you master how to know if an item fits you or not. It’s also a place to get unique finds that you won’t normally see in stores. Whatever you need, I’m pretty sure you can find it in an online store… you just have to know how to look!

I usually buy clothes, shoes, and accessories online. I never tried buying food, gadgets or anything else… Until one day! :p I saw a tweet from someone I worked with in one of my styling stints. She tweeted a photo of a cookie that was big enough to cover the palms of her hand. It had big chunks of chocolate and sprinkles of Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolates (yes you read that right! :p).

Knowing how much she loved sweets and how picky she is with her desserts, I was pretty much convinced and made my first online food purchase! And boy… I’m glad I did! :D

What makes these cookies different? To start with, they are soft batch cookies. If you are familiar with the Keebler soft batch cookies you can buy in groceries, these cookies are similar to those… only chunkier! These type of cookies have a different texture. They don’t have the usual sticky chewy composition, but have this smooth cushioned feel instead. They also have unconventional flavors which you can try. There’s Triple Chocolate Mint, Wasabi White Choco Chunk, Dark Chocolate Strawberry, and White / Black Chip Matcha. For the less adventurous ones, there’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal and Chocochip variants.

Here are the flavors I was able to try starting from my least favorite:

Wasabi White Chocolate Chunk

I am normally adventurous with food, and I do enjoy weird flavors. But this variant just didn’t seem to hit me on the spot. You get to taste the sweetness of the cookie at first bite… but then the wasabi will kick in and ruin the experience hahaha.

Triple Chocolate Mint

I don’t normally like choco-mint combinations because it feels like I am brushing my teeth after eating a big chunk of chocolate. But the proportions of chocolate and mint in this flavor is just right. I guess it helps that they used pieces of Andes Chocolate Mints to make the taste more enjoyable. :)

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chip is like the Vanilla ice cream of cookies. :p So, if you are the type who likes simple and understated flavors, this cookie would charm you. Because the simplicity of its flavor channels you out to focus on the goodness of its texture. :)

Black Chip / White Chip Matcha

I personally prefer the white chip variant because it complements the hints of matcha in it. At first bite, I thought it tasted normal. But, as you go along and eat more, you’ll love how the combination tastes like you spilled some of your favorite milk tea on your cookie :p The matcha is very subtle but addicting at the same time.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry

Chocolate and Strawberry has not always been my favorite mix. But in this variant, the mix seemed to bring out the best of each ingredient. I find it really clever for them to use the Apollo chocolates as highlight. It’s something different and amazingly good. :)

If you want to get a hold of these Sweetleaf Soft batch Cookies, you can order them by texting Celina in this number 09065096905 or Like their page here.

Credits:

Sweetleaf

Flickriver / Honeytea

This weather is making me want my own pair of rain boots! But I don’t want the usual black pair… Black ones just makes the weather more gloomy :p

I found this photo online and it’s really cute! I want! :)

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These rain boots look very durable, chic, and stylish! The olive and taupe colored ones are such a good alternative to black boots since the colors would go with almost anything as well :)

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Now.. where to find my own pair without damaging my wallet? :p

Credits:

Veongalore

Loeffler Randall

The rain has a serious case of mood swings… I woke up today with the sun hitting my face. I smiled thinking that the rain has finally rest its case. But lo and behold, the rain has surged its rage once again.. Now, water is even higher in some areas and roads are still impassable. :(

I want to go out there and help. But, I am still unable to because of the surrounding flood in my area. So, i looked for ways on how to help while I prepare stuff that I can hopefully bring to relief centers tomorrow morning… I will keep updating this entry for every new information I find..

Here’s what I found:

Who to contact?

emergency numbers

emergency numbers

Maximize Twitter

Make use of your twitter accounts to help MMDA and the Philippine Red Cross for rescue requests, relief operations, and flood reports

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Use the emergency texting services

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If you can’t go out… here are ways you can donate!

Red Cross has enabled a lot of ways for us to donate

thru LBC

Thru LBC

thru Multiply

Thru Multiply

thru SMS and Gcash

Thru SMS and Gcash

Relief Centers and places where you can volunteer

Other means of donation: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

Who to follow? @MMDA@philredcross

Other Sources:

Google Crisis Response

List of Evacuation and Relief Centers in Manila

Get all twitter updates in one place

Map of Donation centers

Reliefph

Hold on Philippines.. We will get through this!

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