Switch and Save featuring Iya Villania & Watsons

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I’ve officially made the switch and I’m  putting money away for a rainy day! Nothing is better than a scoring a great deal and at Watsons, I am able save more money without skimping on the important stuff- quality (and not to mention great packaging!).

I was lucky enough to experience the full shopping experience at Watsons, completed of course by the presence of our Personal Store Supervisor of the day, Iya Villania and now I’ve got a loot to brag about worth a quarter (or more) of the price!

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Iya Villania shopping with beauty bloggers

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Watsons, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, has set the standards when it comes to quality products at affordable prices. From personal care items, beauty essentials, and even medicine, Asia’s leading personal care store now offers a wider variety of products under its own label, giving smart shoppers the choice to save as much as 80 percent without compromising on quality.

Here’s what I got:

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Power toothbrush [P209.00], Replacement heads [P149.00], Breath strips [P115.00], FootEase heel cushions [P107.00], Travel Dental floss [P39.00], Round thread dental floss picks [P29.00]

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BUY ONE TAKE ONE  Conditioning treatment shampoo [ P189.00] & wax [P239.00]

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Purederm Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads [P89.75], Moisturizing 3- Step Facial Treatment [P65.00], Nose Strips [P119.00], Quick Fx No- Shine Mattifier [P89.00], Mini Wet Wipes [P49.00], Eye Puffiness Minimizing Patches [P59.00], BUY ONE TAKE ONE Round facial cotton pads [P178.00], Moisturizing lip balm [P59.00]

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BUY ONE TAKE ONE Cream hand soap [P149.00], Hydrating body lotion [P99.00], Leg and foot soothing massage gel [P85.00], BUY ONE TAKE ONE exfoliating body scrub [P149.00], Loofah Pad [P82.00]

I am nothing but happy with the products I purchased from Watsons . In fact, some items such as the nose strips and no-shine mattifier have been a part of my daily or weekly make up and facial care routine for quite some time now.

It’s quite obvious that I’ve made the smarter switch by choosing Watsons. When will you?

xx,

Issa

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Threadcycle, OLX, iLearners and Things That Need A New Home

Pixie Dust Creations, in partnership with OLX, are throwing an awesome event this weekend and the best part- it’s all for a good cause!

This May 16- 17, 2015 (Saturday- Sunday) from 3 PM – 8 PM at the Ayala Terraces, I, along with my other Cebu based fashion bloggers such as: Jean Yu of www.lifeonaflavoredrunway.com; Toni Pino- Oca of www.perfumedredshoes.com; Doyzkie Buenaviaje of www.iluvcebu.com; Kristine Roa of www.theglamarazzi.com; Marco of www.lamikaayo.com and many more, will be there to sell our pre-loved items. For each item sold, P20.00 will be donated to the iLeaners Inc., which is a non-profit organization, aimed at promotion reading efficiency in the rural areas of Cebu.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing you during this event! If you’re not into shopping, then you can also drop by the area and donate used school supplies to help out iLearners wonderful cause.

Here are a few of the items that I will be putting up for sale:

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PLUS! For a minimum purchase, you can also bring home art work made by either Jean, Toni or I. For sneak peaks, check out my instagram and snapchat: @issaplease. I’m always leaving like easter egg surprises there!

Can’t wait to see you all!

xx,

Issa

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Summers With Guess x Spectrum

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The summer just got a little hotter with Guess’ brand new Summer collection which was recently released here in Cebu. With the season usually associated with bright colors and anything + everything island-y, Guess’ color summer line which consists of different pastel hues and a little bit of blacks and denims for that edgy vibe, is as always spot on.

Aside from the awesome collection, their Summer Kickoff party surely did not disappoint. Accompanied by live music from Spectrum, summery drinks and even better company; my Friday night was filled with everything that makes summer my favorite season ever!

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There’s definitely something for everyone at Guess whether you’re looking for something to beat the heat in or if you’re looking for something fun and flirty on a night out or even just something to chill in. Make sure to check out Guess at the ground floor of the Ayala Center Cebu.

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with lifeonaflavoredrunway, Jean Yu. :*

xx,

Issa

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Canvas Bistro Introduces Their New Snack Menu

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The Canvas Bistro has just launched its brand new snack menu created by the resident chefs for the local Cebuano population. Canvas, which is popularly known for their Australian/ fusion cuisine has added brand new, delicious and filling items that are sure to keep your stomach’s full and hearts happy after a long shopping filled afternoon.

With lots of items to choose from such as pastas to pizza breads, sandwiches and more, you’re bound to come back for that distinct taste of flavor and technique that can only be found at Canvas.

Here’s their new snack menu:

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A few weeks ago, I, along other Cebuano bloggers, were given the opportunity to sample Canvas’ new snack menu. But don’t let the name fool you, their daytime are heavy enough to fill your stomach’s throughout the evening but in case your appetite is bigger than mine, there’s absolutely no harm in staying over for dinner as well. All their meals are worth staying for!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Fried Fish Aioli Sandwich @ P150.00

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Spanish Sardine in Olive Oil Pasta @ P 175.00

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Sardines, Onion and Cheese Pizza Bread @ P 125.00

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Cheesy Tuna & Apple Sandwich @ P 160.00

Check out Canvas Bistro during your next mall trip! They are located at the 2nd floor of the Ayala Terraces and are open during mall hours.

Or you may contact them at 417 1978 for deliveries.

Also, make sure to check out their art installations where they feature different local artists at a time. Here we are creating our own masterpieces!

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‘Til next time,

Issa <3

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Gibb’s Hot Wings: The Hottest Wings in Town

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I am such a sucker for hole in the wall restaurants that nothing excites me more than a new restaurant buried deep within the city I love (Cebu. Duh.)

And although I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, how could I turn down an invitation to dine at Gibb’s, the home of the hottest and arguably best hot wings in Cebu? I simply couldn’t! And for blogging purposes, I’m proud to tell everyone that I did in fact try them!

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Gibb’s, which is named after the family’s dog, is a small restaurant located within Holy Family Village II, Banilad. What used to be a storage area for the family catering business’ now lies a small and cozy area where hot wing lovers can come together and eat to their hea[r]ts content.

With cut out newspapers used as a place mat, diners can enjoy different kinds of wings like their famous Gibb’s Hot Wings wherein you can choose up to 5 hotness levels, Gibbs’ Angel Wings and the Gibbs’ Spicy Honey- Garlic Wings. And just in case chicken wings aren’t enough, you can also opt for their pasta and sidings.

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Jean, our boyfriends and I, together with owner Coy Oliva, were able to sit down and taste his and his wife’s works of art on a fine Saturday afternoon and although I came out sweatier than I came in (their wings are THAT spicy!), I’d recommend their hot wings to anyone!

I’ll be honest, I know absolutely nothing about wings- I don’t eat them, I never crave for them and quite frankly, I don’t really care for them at all but… Paolo does. A LOT! So on this very special occasion, I decided to drag him along and be the judge of this one. The verdict? I got a very lengthy explanation of the different types of chicken wings, what makes it good and how pleased he was that he FINALLY found a place in Cebu that he could go to to fulfill his wings cravings…

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On the flip side and on behalf of the all girls who like to play on the safe non-spicy side of things, I really enjoyed everything I had that day especially the cheese sticks and potato wedges! As a firm believer that cheese heals all wounds, Gibb’s mozzarella sticks are just the right mix of cheese and breading which is really hard to find!

I also indulged in their Angel Wings which are crunchy chicken wings glazed in cream, cheese and garlic sauce and topped in Parmesan cheese. (I said cheese twice in one sentence. I’m soo happy!)

And how could I forget their choices of pasta? We were also able to try out their equally famous Gibbs’ Spaghetti and Meatballs and their Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara.I really loved both, favoring the carbonara more but that’s due to personal preference. 😉

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I think it’s important for me to share my #hotwingschallenge experience so I’m going to do just that! Again, I’m a really not a fan of anything remotely spicy. I once won P 500.00 from eating an entire glunk of bbq powder from Potato Corner and that’s the last time I ever had it! Knowing my low tolerance to spice, Coy was kind enough to prepare my something I could handle. I was able to try the mildest hot wings and the 5th level (the spiciest) and although I was able the stomach the mildest level… god bless the people crazy enough to eat the 5th!

Of course, Paolo will tell you that I’m exaggerating like the true drama queen I was born to be but I’ll let you guys be the judge of this one..

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Credits to Jean for the photos :*

xx,

Issa

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I Use Protection

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I’ve got a reason to smile during this rainy season and I don’t need to walk a mile to get it- they’re already on my feet!

Since my job requires a lot of walking and commuting, what better way is there to face the rain and winds than with a pair of durable and not to mention, fashionable rain boots? They’re light, functional and on a fashion-over-function perspective- they definitely catch a lot of attention!

To say that these boots get the job done would certainly be an understatement… they not only keep my feet dry but since they come with a felt lining, they also keep my toes warm and toasty. Now I don’t need to worry about missing out on deliveries nor do I need to worry about ruining my favorite shoes on account of the rain… I’ve got protection 😉

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I can’t figure out where my love for the rain came about. Having grown up in Texas, California and then the Philippines; you’d think I’d love everything sunny but my true love comes in the form of a dark overcast, strong winds and layers on top of layers… on top of layers.

When mixing and matching pieces, always remember the vital parts of your body that you feel need the extra warmth. In case of crazy winds, I like to keep a scarf in handy to protect my ears, neck, nose and mouth.

Fashion godess, Lauren Conradhas a 5 step play-by-play as how to go about with layering which I just have to share because it’s absolutely “bible”. She suggests starting with a lightweight basic like a simple cami followed by a cute cardigan, topped by a coat but since our weather isn’t THAT cold, I say choose between a cardigan, coat or a jacket and spice the entire look up with a cute scarf, beanie or even some gloves in case your fingers need the extra attention.

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Stockings are always a great and easy way to counter the weather especially for those who work in offices and colder areas. They’re also a great way to add proportion to the boxy/ over sized top combo and they’ve revolutionized so much over the years that they’re just really fun to wear!

My collection of stockings mostly come from Forever21. You can check them out here.

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There’s no to excuse to “lazy weather” especially when work needs to be done. Sometimes we just need to get off our “soon-to-be-toned” butts, put on an outfit that makes us want to take on the world and actually do it!

And don’t forget your umbrella!

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Here are some photos from the Everything Online Bazaar we attended last weekend:

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[From left- right] The Kat’s Meow, The Curious Chup, Miss Everything and Nothing, Issaplease and Anything Goes by Jean Yu

[I’m such a loser for not having a tag line. HAHA!]

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Photo credits to:

Anything Goes | Jean Yu | Cebu Fashion Bloggerby Jean C Yu 

xx,

Issa

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Not Your Typical Rainy Day Essentials

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My body clock seems to be all wrong- the colder it gets, the less clothing I want to wear! And with the sane weather patterns officially out the window needless is to say of my fashion choices.

I think I’ve always been ironic like that. After all, I did name my dog Meow and I went throughout the Summer in long skirts and matching suits!

Besides, what else do I need to protect me from the rain? I’ve got everything I could ever need: a big hat to protect me from the rain, a coat to keep me warm and boots to keep my feet clean! (But let’s see how I feel about this when I’m down with the flu! lol)

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Crochet cover up: Thrifted| Crop top: Forever 21| Boots: Moms’

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Hat: Bought it from Gizelle during the Cebu In The Bag

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On a more weather appropriate note: when trying to keep the Boho-chic vibe alive during the rainy season you can never go wrong with layering and maintaining earthy palettes and of course, to stand out: that one key piece!

Imagine this: long flowy dress + over sized patterned scarf + dark earth toned cover up + rain/ ankle boots

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A geometric tunic blouse/ dress + faux fur vest + black stockings + boots

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I’m still trying to soak up what’s left of the sun but I’ll be on my way pretty soon!

xx,

Issa

Credits to Jean and Faith for my outfit shots :*

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Waki Waffles: The Waffles I #ReallyLove

Fun fact: Belgian waffles aren’t really from Belgium! In fact, not a single waffle is identified as a “Belgian waffle” within Belgium itself however, the Belgian waffles are distinctly known for their use of baking powder instead of the traditional yeast.

These interesting concoctions whether you’re a having them for dessert or an afternoon treat stand out against the American waffles with their distinguishable larger size, lighter batter, larger squares and their higher grid patterns that form deeper pockets.

[Thank you Wikipedia!]

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Thankfully, we don’t need to travel all the way to North America to be able to enjoy these sweet gifts from heaven-Waki Waffles has finally arrived! Named after their son, Waki, entrepreneurs Pia and Wayne Congmon are now offering authentic Belgian Waffles using the best imported ingredients availble and are made using waffle irons specially flown in from Belgium!

Customers are given the option to choose between sweet and savory waffles wherein the sweet waffles are heavily coated in sweet. dessert toppings while the savory waffles are coated in more filling ones.

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From left: Death by Chocolate, Mango Float and Rainbow waffles

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Pizza waffle

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Bacon and Caramel waffle

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Blueberry Creamcheese

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Chocolate Marble Waffle

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And if in case you’re feeling a bit more creative, you can even create your own Waki Waffle and cover it with their many selection of fruit, spread, cream, drizzles and sprinkles!

My next-in-line waffle would probably be: [1] A Brussel Waffle, [2] Cream Cheese, [3] Strawberries and Peaches, [4] Whipped Cream, [5] Grahams = P 140.00

It sounds weird, doesn’t it? I’ll let you know how it works out!

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With the guests at the media launch [photo grabbed from @jeancyu]

Located at:

2nd floor of Ayala Center Cebu, Active zone

2nd level of SM City, Fiesta Strip

Official website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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Outfit shots soon!

xx,

Issa

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Something Blue & Something Borrowed

Happy Independence day, loves!

I just came back from doing a radio hop for Cebu In The Bag which is TOMORROW (@The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, 4:00- 10:00 pm) which was very exciting!!

I’m getting ready to go out and do some last minute shopping for the 3 day event but before I do, I thought I’d make a quick blog post of what I wore last week.

I am soo in love with this Mango top that “Santa Claus” gave me for Christmas last year. As much as I’d give anything for a cheap buy, I have to admit that investing on pricier basic pieces is always a good idea. I’ve had this top for about 6 months and I’ve probably worn it more than any of my other tops. It’s so comfortable, versatile and classy- I love it!

Other basic pieces I think one should really invest on:

1. A white button down shirt

2. Tank tops that can be used as inner pieces

3. Bras

4. A nice, sturdy bag

Structured skirt: Gillian Uang #HyperCebu find

Clutch: Coach

Thanks Jean for this cute illustration. For anyone who wants their looks done, feel free to contact her! 🙂

xx,

Issa

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