Monday, January 30, 2017

FRAGRANCE | Dior Homme Intense: Another one for the cooler months

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Opened only after almost a year, this bottle of Christian Dior's Dior Homme Intense is finally on active rotation. I was saving it for the "cooler" months, so it was quite an exercise on self-restraint for me.

Packed in a sturdy and straightforward bottle, and with a distinctive black cylinder covering the pump's siphon, Dior Homme Intense is a warm and woodsy fragrance perfect for cooler temperatures. It's obvious from my other fragrance reviews and posts that I'm partial to warm scents, so me getting a bottle of this Dior creation is no surprise at all.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Checkmate

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A plaid, or checkered shirt is always fun to wear. It hardly ever needs any styling because it already is your outfit's statement piece (although of course you can always insist on styling it). Oftentimes I simply pair one with the right pants and I'm good to go.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Keeping it loose in "Judo shorts"

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Why do people buy stuff that they don't use? I don't know because I, too, am guilty of that. Well, sort of. It's just that it takes me time to wear them, like these denim shorts from the Rafe x Bench collab of last year. They call them "Judo shorts" for some reason, and it comes with a denim belt.

Rafe Totengco's design goes against the usual fitted and tapered lot, sporting wider leg openings that spell comfort and ease. I've always been for slim silhouettes but every once in a while I do also go for loose-fitting clothes.

DINING | TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie (Power Plant Mall)

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Come in!

A brasserie is definitely French although it has of course already evolved the world over. Case in point: a Chinese brasserie, which TuanTuan touts itself as.

TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie offers Hong Kong comfort food in a French-inspired setting. Part of a restaurant chain, the Power Plant Mall restaurant in Rockwell is their fourth branch in the Philippines. I've first tried it in November last year and have been there at least two more times since.

Interiors and ambiance
The restaurant is designed as a single brightly lit space where everything and everyone are in full view all at once. That said, I wish the layout was thought out better, like maybe throw in a couple of partitions here and there. But hey, it serves its purpose as a place where people dine; just not ideal for dates and stuff.

Monday, January 16, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Slippers, not flip-flops

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Currently enjoying what little "cold" this tropical country is getting at the moment. Now while I would love to be pulling out jackets from my closet right now, I often still fall back to my lazy uniform of either a pullover or a sweater.

But I wore slippers to work. Dress slippers, I mean.

Friday, January 6, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Blue and green in this mild sweater weather

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Yes, it's just mild because however I try to fool myself that it's sweater weather, it never really gets cold in this part of the world. Okay, unless you're in the highlands perhaps.

Sweaters and pullovers are my go-to pieces for the office whenever I'm too lazy to iron a shirt, my fallback, if you may. They're pretty basic but very versatile. Pullovers are very easy to dress up or down, too.

Monday, January 2, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Santa Cat with monster feet

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Happy New Year! And good riddance to the year that was! Now what's up with me in this photo, you might ask. Well, I got...
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