Friday, November 22, 2013

A Baby Shower for our Matteo!

We are so excited to welcome our Christmas baby boy Matteo! We threw a simple and intimate shower for our friend Kelly who is about to pop soon! She requested for blues and creams and that's just what I decided to play with for her decors =)

I am so happy to have come across these pretty wrapping paper that I found from Regina's in Shoppesville. Now I can execute these paper fans more nicely rather than just resorting to cartolina!

Simple and easy elements for our table setting! I just grabbed my Lantern from Regalong Pambahay, this owl from Dapitan and DIY'd paper pinwheels on baby food jar filled with buttons. 

For our dessert table, I placed the remaining paper fans, a teddy bear for that kiddie touch and a complimentary picture frame that announces "Matteo is coming to town!". An ode to a Christmas carol since he is a December baby.  Kelly's due date is actually on the 24th of December!!!

Of course we need to include the decor staple!!! Paper poofs in blues and teal! I added a different shade just to add dimension. 

My sister of THE SUCRERIE was the one who made this beautiful lemon cake! It was scrumptious as it was beautiful!
All the girls together for gift opening session!
We are getting pretty good at throwing showers haha Next one up is for our other dear friend Mara who we just found out is also having a BOY!!! Woot! To recycle decors or not??? HAHAHA

much love

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pastels and Florals

Gingersnaps peach and coral printed shirts, Zara floral jeggings and White Tiange sandals

For their 2nd official OOTD post, the girls already know what to do once I say "pose for outfit shot"! They would stand in front of this wall, miraculously standing still. However, they have adapted these facial expressions that I can't seem to change! Lila (left) would automatically frown with her eyebrows  once I whip the camera out and Sandra (right) will have this stoic expression on her face! So yes we will be working on that! haha

I love how with kids you can go ahead and explore! Mixing of prints have been on trend for awhile and I was so excited to apply these with my girls. Keeping in mind though that I still want them to look put together, I picked out their shirt that has the same color scheme as their floral bottoms =)

much love

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gray Matter

The CROPPED TOP and the TIGHT FIT grey COTTON maxi have been  stuck in my closet and been deemed UNWEARABLE. They have been hanging out in the corner of my closet together with anything that shows off my flabby midsection that no amount of girdle-ing can control. However in a stroke of genius or maybe just frustration - I was able to piece together this look. It was one of those days that the weather was rubbing me the wrong way and cotton just seems to be the only answer. I was looking for something that is comfy and really resisting the urge to don my usual Hanes white shirts and shorts combo since we are after all going to Mass.  Lo and behold  by combining the TWO I was able to get what I was looking for. It is not some striking outfit BUT seriously ain't it something for us mommas? 

I again however apologize for the lack of colors in my outfit lately. I seriously do not know what is going on with that . Hoping the holiday  spirit will inject some color soon enough!

much love

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dance to Breathe

Such a long overdue post! I have again to thank my friend Chesa for inviting me to a workshop she organized for Treston International College Advance Program. Looking back, I just realized this helped the shift in my frame of mind that got me to where I am now. I said yes to this thinking that might as well get some free exercise that I badly need not knowing the full extent of what the said workshop entailed. Funny how upon reading the invite and seeing there that it will be a therapy of sorts, I right away made sure that there will be no sharing of emotions involved. I was assured that there won't be any of that. It would just be a morning filled with dancing. OH HOW I WAS FOOLED!!! Each "dance" session was actually followed by a group discussion! However this was actually what I needed and more.

We started warming up with Zumba, which was apt as our speaker, Ms. Dinghy Kristine Shama is a licensed Zumba instructor in the US.  To add to that, she is also a psychologist. The best part was she was able to merge both of her passions that gave birth to Dance/Movement Therapy Session that she advocates.

Zumba all the way! 

My defenses were down as we started our Zumba. I was in my element anyway as I've always loved dancing. However, of course there was a twist to this! We were each called randomly to show a dance step that will be followed by everyone ala following the leader or sagidi sagidi sapopo!!! I hate being put on a spotlight in front of strangers, but gladly each turn lasts for like 8 counts and the torture was over before I can freak out. 

It was explained to us that the point of this was to compel us to stop thinking too much. Wherein we are not given a chance to plan ahead what steps we will act out but to go with the flow on what our bodies dictate us to do. We live in a highly cognitive world where putting our brains first over our emotions are seen as a strength. We over analyze everything and multi-tasking is seen as a norm. What we need to do is balance the two in order to avoid having our anxieties reach a boiling point that causes a breakdown that can manifest through physical illness. 

I actually want to note that women often compensate for this more than men, don't you think? We so do not want to be seen as weak so we push our emotions aside even if we are genetically built that way. We are also the ones that multi-task effectively right? And this is just not applicable in the work place. Even as stay at home moms, we tackle too many things at once. I actually had a conversation with a fellow mom about this. I was complaining that I am getting too forgetful and sometimes I find myself unable to finish a sentence since I cannot supply the proper term or word. Of course we are quick to blame the anesthesia we all had when we gave birth. That is why there are those that opt to do everything naturally. However, can't we also attribute it to the fact that we are always lacking on sleep and  we OVERBURDEN our brains for multi-tasking too much. So really something just got to give. In my case it was to speak not even eloquently but just like a normal sane person. My mind need the rest badly. 

Funny how I was worried about the sharing part but ended up pouring my heart out.
The next step to our session was explained to have something to do with empathy. Oh finally something I am good at. I pride myself for being in tuned with what the other is feeling and acting accordingly. Turns out I am emphatic to a fault.  We were paired up wherein one was the Mirror (leader) while the other was the follower.  I was assigned to be the mirror. My task was to start dancing once we've heard the music playing. It was free style and you can do whatever. My partner would follow my moves once she is ready. You would think it easy but I was too conscious of the others and of myself.  Made me realize what was wrong with me! In contrast with others who completely allowed themselves be swayed with the music, I was constantly looking around. Maybe others were watching me! Or was assessing my partner and what she was thinking of the things that I was doing. So on and so forth. I have known this fault of mine for awhile now. But this exercise was such a slap in the face of how hindering this attitude is. I did not enjoy at all. It was torture how it the music stretched on.  It was such a great wake up call to me! That I vowed by the end of the session that I will be more in touch with what's going on in me rather that focusing on what other people think. 

This activity also led me to push myself to be more accepting of opportunities that arises. I am always quick to say no to invitations that tests my comfort level. I always need my safety net. I have let go of that now. As I write this, I have took on more challenges and welcomed change that I would not normally deal with. So far so good. I actually think that the universe is encouraging this new mind set of mine by blessing me with more good juju. I love it! I feel so different and light and all in all positive. 
All pumped after the Zumba warm up!
much love

A Twist On A Classic

White Gap blouse/dress,  denim Gingersnaps shorts and white tiangge bought sandals,  Mommy's F21 floral clip ons

We can never have enough of the classic white and denim pairing! It instantly spells chic and refreshing. However it can take a different turn to boring - something I really do not want to do for my pretty ones. Balancing is the key. Unless we are really opting to look disheveled, pair a basic cut denim shorts with a blouse that has interesting details or shape or the other way around! I am keen to applying this trick when dressing myself too. A quick, no fuss approach when we are in a hurry! 

much love

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Raising Socially Aware Kids

In lieu of the events that have devastated our nation I have come to think about how I will raise my kids to be socially aware individuals.  I have discussed how generosity is a very important trait that I have been trying to ingrain to my children. With the twins, I feel that this is so crucial since they will be living their lives tied together in many ways that sharing is a necessity. As for my eldest he was spoiled with attention and material things for so long that the test is just coming now as he learns to share not just toys and food but also the spotlight. However, there must be a deeper rooted understanding in them that I want to impose that goes beyond the self and the people that surrounds them. 

I have often said that I have been blunt in raising C. I never thought that he is too young to understand issues I just go on and explain. Because of this I have a very curious child that seeks answers to questions that always amuse  and surprise me. Recently, he again did not fail to put me in awe. We saw a wishing well and he asked for 2 coins from me. We were just watching him, keen to hear what he will wish for. Nothing prepared me for it though. Here are his wishes: 1. That the earth be safe and 2. For poor people not to be poor anymore. OK I was so shocked! I am actually starting to question my parenting skills, that maybe I have gone too far. Why is my kid not wishing for a toy or candy??! So moms what do you think? I for one am very proud of my son and really a bit of myself (and those that influence him) too but maybe I am making him too mature for his age.  But who am I to complain. Seriously. I have the best kid. 

much love

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clean Slate

I know I have been sticking with this palette all too often but I cannot shake this color combination. It feels so easy on the eyes and spells R-E-L-A-X instantly. So on a laid back, errands day with my sis I chose to stick to this formula I know too well.  

A clean slate huh... I know that brings all sorts of theological thoughts into your heads. However for me, it is just something as simple as starting the day fresh and renewed, full of never ending hopefulness of what goodness the day will bring. Again, today I was given that fresh start that I needed to remind myself of my worth and the importance of doing what I am passionate about. I am again thanking the universe for chance encounters and endless opportunities.   And of course for the day well spent with my sister who is my rock and inspiration. I know I do not tell her that enough. Let's keep on keeping on sis! 

White cotton tee from Topshop, Cream sporty silk shorts from Topshop, cream platforms online store find, Gray 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli

much love

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Subtle hints

I have rekindled my love for my cover-ups and this clean, subtle palette of beiges, cream and peach. I got the best inspiration from my new pieces from Lala Garcia Manila which I got first dibs on thanks to my cousin dearie who designs these pieces! Aren't they just lovely? 
Pompom bouquet in mother of pearl chips ring
(available already in different semi-precious chips you may order through ZALORA and LAZADA)
Bohippie Chunky white turquoise cut stone on peach cord strands necklace
Bohippie white tasseled braided cord bracelet
(Bohippie collection to be launched soon!)

Together with this simple outfit post I want to share to you a few realizations that came my way recently.  I want to say that I have been brought up by the principle of being generous. I think my parents ingrained this deep into our beings. I am grateful for the constant reminders from my mom and her examples especially when life was really a bit trying. She would often tell me that you cannot be selfish. No matter what, there are those far less fortunate than you and really generosity takes on many forms. It may not be all about money. It can  be your time and effort too. Although as I said I have practiced this all through out never have I felt the beauty of how the universe and God work than recently. I have witnessed a chain of beautiful events that I want to attribute to the fact that I have been obliging and altruistic. Our efforts may or may not be directly returned but count on it that God will find a way to bless you. I want to be reminded of this moment wherein things just worked out for me. I am forever grateful. Now looking forward to raising my kids with this attitude to life as well. 

much love

Sunday, October 6, 2013

On Separation Anxieties and Quality Times

My husband and I were having mixed emotions as the date of our trip to Davao drew closer. You see, this trip is of many firsts. For our family, it will be the first since I have been pregnant and given birth to the twins, first time we will ever leave them and a first time to be with my nephew Rafa out of town. It was also a renewal of sorts. It has been so long since C's last trip that required him to ride a plane that his memory of it was a bit muddled already. It has also been sooooo long since we have been out just the 3 of us or even just my hubby and I. Our last beach/out of town trip was more than 2 long years ago. I was also happy that I will get to spend time with my side of the family on this trip. In addition I get that time with friends too! However it was all so bittersweet knowing that I will be missing my girls and my girls will be missing out on it too. 

Last hugs and kisses before we leave for the airport
Our big boy! C insisted on carrying his on luggage!
Lola very happy to be with her boys!

Hubby and I were lamenting on how will we survive. We haven't been apart from them ever. Although we joked that at least now we will finally get that much needed sleep, I still had that nagging feeling that I didn't think I will be able to sleep at all and be missing my girls all too much! I was having anxiety attacks just thinking about it. 

Facetime with my babies. They are not very happy talking to the screen =(
It was a constant internal struggle. I had to remind myself however that I am not just a mom to my twins; I am also a wife to my husband, a friend to my girls, a sister to my Ate, a daughter to my mom and of course a mother to my Carlos. Out of all the whirlwind that is of having twins, I have somewhat neglected the people I hold dear to my life but what is most painful is that my son will be the one who suffers the most out of this. 

C rekindling his love of plane rides

Our trip to Davao, first and foremost, was for my best friend's wedding. It turned out to be such a wonderful affair made even more special that my friend Kelly got my mom as their ninang and my nephew as a bearer too. 

The Newly Weds!!!

This wedding also gave my family some time together! My Mom is Ninang and Rafa, my nephew is also a bearer and was carried by my sister down the aisle. It was indeed a family affair!

The men all suited up!

The Ring and Bible Bearer! Our gwapitos in their matching suits!

A wedding is always the best excuse for a get away and we jumped into this much needed opportunity. Although it might seem harsh, we knew we had to leave the twins right at the get go. We have learned the hard way of bringing C when he was still so young and we had intentions of enjoying ourselves as well.  You just can't. Especially if that out of town trip was planned with friends and not as a FAMILY vacation. You parents know what I mean right? Those take special and careful planning and coordination, a lot of helping hands,  unlimited supply of energy and patience and a different mind set completely. 

We owed Carlos a beach trip! Glad to have finally given him one!

Cannot wait for Kelly to join the momma train!!!  Our other friend Mara is preggy too! So next out of town trips will be more wholesome and kid friendly for sure hahaha
I am glad this boy is letting go of his fear of water...

And enjoying the sand.

Group shot! This will be the last time where C is our only baby!!! Next trips I promise to bring the twins and also welcome that baby in Kelly and Mara's tummy! No pressure to my unmarried friends ahem ahem!

Quality time with our eldest!!!
I had fears that I would be in constant tears for missing  my girls.  I was during the wedding but for a different reason of course. I also thought that when I get back my girls would have felt the neglect and would shrug me off completely. Of course this was silly, my babies actually stayed up late the night we got back. It was as if they knew we were coming and welcomed us with hugs!  All in all it was a much deserved trip for everyone. I knew it was also good for ME though that came as a plus to having spent quality time with my eldest.

much love

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Miu Miu Spring RTW 2014

I am all sorts of crazy over Miu Miu's latest collection!I am awestruck on how this speaks to me in so many levels! Pastel leather, the sudden pop of rich color,  beaded fringe, whimsical prints and lady like tailoring is the perfect gift fashion world has given me today! I am so inspired and fired up! Thank you Miuccia Prada you have done it once again!

much love