Black, White & Spikes

Who cares for tears when you can just poke whoever you want with spikey things?
 Been PMS-ing the whole week and honestly just felt like dropping everything altogether this week which explains the lack of posts. On top of everything, I had a lot of preparing to do for my oath taking which is hard to do when you want to rip everyone’s head off.
I’m always falling in and out of these depressive spells of mine and I’m always finding myself anxious of what’s in store for me in the next few months ahead. Oftentimes I think it’s this fire that I have nowhere to put and my fears that if I don’t start now, I’m going to end up stuck.
Sitting in a chair for 9 hours doesn’t make it any better, either.
Headband: Samantha Ypaguirre, Turtle neck dress: Mom; Jacket:Bread and Butter Deluxe ; Stockings: Burlington; Purple flats: SM Department Store
I was pretty suffocated, distraught and let down so I think the turtle neck covered that emotion pretty well.
At my defense towards this, I longed for some sort of security. And since I’ve only depended on myself as my own security blanket, I covered myself pretty well with a jacket and these stockings as a reminder of that.
But even at my downiest of downs, I still wanted my redemption and reassurance that throughout all of this- I will come out a winner. Hence, the purple shoes.
And then there’s my spiked out headband because I will never go down without a fight. I’m always going to fight for what I want and stand by my dreams and aspirations.
That’s pretty deep for clothes, isn’t it?
Some people eat their emotions.
I wear them.
How about you?

The Cooking Fashionistas I

Howdy y’all! It’s that time of the month again! For our second When Food & Fashion Meet entry, we wanted to take you to one of the oldest yet, an all time favorite place in Cebu- downtown!

I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle of the downtown area which has got to be one of my favorite places to go to for cheap thrills and great adventures. Adventure aside, the scourging heat and the inevitable thrill of the chase always reminds me of my first home. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to return to my favorite land of tianges and ukays with my ever dearest downtown virgin, Justinne!
In the 7 years that I’ve known her, she has always been the “Kikay” one between us two. Example number 1:
Sorry! I couldn’t help myself 😀
So deciding where to bring her was easy as pie. Hmm.. I could use some pie right now.

Aizilym Enterprises
Address: 37 Lincon St., Cebu City
Landmarks: (across)USJR, (road on the left side of) Freedom Park
Store Hours: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday- Saturday); 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sundays)

Disclaimer: We weren’t sure if we were allowed to take photos inside the establishment so we had to use our ninja moves to sneak in a few ones. We hope you like them anyways!

Aizilym Enterprises which was several braches all over the Philippines including Dumaguette, Ormoc & Bacolod is basically where every kikay/ fashionista/ probable enterpreneur goes to empty their wallets and adorn their bodies with trendy necklaces, rings, bracelets, belts, bags- gosh, what didn’t they have?!

If you’re a trend setter and you don’t want to splurge on items that’ll eventually go out of style after two months then this is the place to go. On the other hand, if you’re like me and you don’t want to jive on trends at their peak – you can wait until they’ve died down a bit and get them cheaper… like these spiked leather bands:
Marked down prices from P90.00- P50.00
 It requires a planned trip to actually get there (17B/ 04C) unless you go to the University of San Jose Recolletos then it’s literally just 5 minutes away. But I’ve made my seasonal appearances there and with planned trips, comes tricks of the trade in making your shopping experience worth your while.
So here are my  top 5 pointers to keep in mind when shopping at Aizilym Enterprises:
·         Don’t break your back, pack light. Bring a small bag that you can keep close to your body to avoid snatchers. Expect that you will be stuck there for an hour max so the lighter your load means more time to walk around and skim through the aisles without having to worry about your shoulder falling off. Ask Justinne. 😉
·         Come comfy. When going downtown, I always dress like I’m off to Sinulog. I don’t wear anything I’m afraid to lose and I’m always in something loose or something I’m not afraid to get dirty in. I’ve read a lot of review on how Aizilym is hot and stuffy but in its defense, it is downtown- you know this, Cebuanos! Also, you might want to consider leaving your cars at home. Colon is for commuting.
·         Come stuffed. It can get pretty hot and oftentimes violent (imagine a less glamorous Black Saturday sale) especially on Saturdays so, I suggest that you go with a full stomach because you will get exhausted. And don’t forget your bottle of water, as well. Survival 101.
·          Set your budget. Justinne and I couldn’t figure out why, but the clerks had the tendency of taking away our baskets and replacing them with empty ones. They probably changed mine 4 times in a span of 1 ½ hours and every time they would, I would end up filling it up again even when I said I was done shopping. Since the items are so cheap, it’s important to make a mental note/ tracker of what you got and how much you’ve spent especially if you’re planning to maintain a budget.
·         Check and double check.  Shopping there will not necessarily give you that 5 star experience so it wouldn’t be a miracle if you ended up with defective items. Remember, these accessories are cheap for a reason so, some gold chains might give you allergies or some of the gems might not be stuck on right or in Justinne’s case, you might end up with earrings like this:

So here’s what we got:

No. of items: 17
Total price: P 518.51
Justinne’s stash
No. of items: 15
Total price: P477.78
Our “all shopped out” faces
Rodeo Grill Barbecues + Sizzlers
Location: Archbishop Reyes Ave. (between Isuzu and Hotel Elizabeth), Cebu City, Cebu 6000, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:30 am- 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm- 10:00pm (open until 11:00 PM on Fridays & Saturdays)
For reservations and inquiry: (032) 236 0607
Shopping really sucked the life out of Justinne and I. We started shopping at 10:00 am and ended at around 12:00++ so you can imagine how famished we were! For the food segment of our adventure, Justinne took me to Rodeo Grill beside Elizabeth Hotel (it’s after the hotel if you’re coming from Asilo). Surprisingly, it was her first time there and my second but I didn’t mind having to go back. In fact, she couldn’t have been more perfect with her timing since it was just the thing I was craving for.
A lot of you don’t know this but I actually grew up in Dallas, Texas and although it wasn’t quite like the Wild, Wild West; I’ve always had a specific liking for anything remotely close to fringe or Texas. The entrance which was a dirt road may not really appeal to many people but I didn’t seem to mind. In fact, I think it added character. The whole ranch-y/ saloon vibe (not to mention it being surrounded by trees) definitely made me a bit nostalgic and made me even more excited to dine there. I wonder if a lot of you feel like this as well but, one factor that I think is crucial when eating out is the experience along with the food. Plus points for making me miss my childhood! lol
Swing right in, partner!
One thing that I really loved about this place is the interior. The chandelier, tables, chairs and even the details they put on the wall were really impressive. It wasn’t over the top and exhausting which often irritates me especially if the place isn’t that big. Having said that, if you come in big groups, you might want to call ahead.
As for the food, Justinne ordered a Sizzling Pork Steak called the Sgt. Peppers Sizzler while got a Deputy Shorty Sizzler or in short, a Sizzling Steak. Note: if you don’t eat this with Coke, you will regret it! Lol.
As usual, I’m going to leave the food blogging to Justinne since I’m not quite sure if saying that, “my steak was buttery and I liked it!” is good enough for you. But it was! And I’m definitely going back for the buttery goodness that vaguely reminds me of the way my Papa likes to cooks.
On another note, something I’m sure of is their mashed potatoes! I’m a sucker for mashed potatoes. Goodness, I would honestly give up rice for this. And Rodeo Grill by far has one of the best mashed potatoes I have had here in Cebu. Unfortunately, I found their servings a tad bit too small so I ended up getting a second order. I finished that serving, too. But I still wish it was bigger. Hee.
Here’s their menu:
Issa’s attempt at food blogging:
Ambience – Good
Steak – Good
Mashed potatoes – Gooooood!
Small servings of mashed potatoes – </3
5 star! 5 star indeed. lol
We hope you like this 2nd entry of When Food & Fashion Meet! Let us know what you think!
Til the next series of “When Food and Fashion Meet”,
Issa Perez

Introducing: The Cooking Fashionistas Vlog Series

What did I wear to the very first shoot of The Cooking Fashionistas with Justinne?

White polo: Thrifted| Patched leggings: H&M| Flats: Follie| Bracelet: H&M| Shades: Gift from work
Something comfortable and chic, of course!
So what exactly is the The Cooking Fashionistas?
Since Justinne and I have already covered Cebu’s Secrets on our When Food and Fashion Meet blog series, we’ve decided to come up with a cooking and DIY vlog for your entertainment!
This project is something we’re both really hyped and blessed about at the same time since we got Ejay Williams on board for the pilot episode. He’s really great at his craft plus, he was kind enough to let us crash his place and shoot there, as well.
In a nutshell:
Justinne will cover food (wherein she’ll be teaching me how to cook food since I know squat!) while,
I’ll be teaching her how to spice up her wardrobe through DIY’s and what not!
For the complete lack of common sense, yes, let me emphasize that I did wear white that day. I’m a genius.
What did I know?
Please catch The Cooking Fashionistas this week!

Mustard Loving

Dress: Loalde

For Valentines day, I opted to stay away from the typical pinks and reds which were bound to be everywhere. Instead, I chose something of another color yet equally as romantic. This dress it made out from   some sort of caftan, chiffon and embroidered details on it. Not so sure on the materials but, I think that’s about right.
Since I had work, I had my trusty blazer with me to beat the office “winter”, as I like to call it.
Always does the trick. Plus, I can always get away with wearing sleeveless tops to work, too!
Happy Valentines, love birds!
And Happy Singles Awareness Day to everyone else!
To find out how my day went, check out this blog entry.


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Kimono Cover-up: Weekender| Silk top: Thirfted| Necklace: Mom| Nude slacks: United Colors of Beneton| Shades: Bazaar
I’m really bored with life right now and I’ve been entertaining myself with endless episodes of The Big Bang Theory and chicken. I’ve been eating chicken for 6 days straight now! Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Chicken is gooooood.
Monochrome. Nuff said.
*Props to Jake Laude for these pictures*

edit: Got the blog title wrong the first time. I changed it as of 11:56 pm

Bloody Valentines

Cropped cover-up: Bayo| Top: Thrifted| Pants: Ayala Department Store| Oxfords: Artwork| Watch: Geneva| Necklace: c/o Niña Madera
My jacket really does look like I’ve got blood splattered all over it, doesn’t it? Haha.

Thought I’d give this post title a gore-y vibe since it’s February and everyone’s pretty much hyped up about Valentines. Since very recently, I was never really into Valentines but my mind’s been changed since then… Hmmm… I wonder how this year will go. ^_^

Fashion wise, I’m in love with these shoes. I haven’t really been able to use them to their full potential yet because I’ve only been using them to work. I love how the whole oxford and penny loafers trend is coming back and I’m kind of hoping that bowling shoes (ala grease) will soon make a comeback.

What trends do you miss?

Sometimes You Find Yourself In The Middle Of Nowhere. And Sometimes, In The Middle Of Nowhere, You Find Yourself

First of all, I sincerely apologize for the crappy number of posts I made in the past week. It’s too late to edit them now but do know that I am aware of the cyber garbage I have contributed to this site in that span of time. In light of this, I would like to clarify that I am in no way grammatically challenged nor am I incoherent in any way. Sometimes I suffer from really bad graphospasm/ writers’ block and it usually takes a week or so to shake it off so if I have jumbled words and sentences, I apologize.
I had a really rough week after Sinulog and I don’t know why I pushed myself to blog so much despite the lack of drive to do so. Meh. I’m not too bummed about it- I’m only human, after all. I don’t think it was very smart of me to compromise the quality of my posts for the sake of blogging, though. My bad. Next time I fall into a state of depression, I’m just not going to blog altogether. So heads up to everyone, yes? 🙂 Yes.
Here’s what I wore:
Dress: Loalde| Bag: Bally| Falts: SM Departmet Store
Coincidentally I made this blog entry on a Tuesday, the day I found out that I passed my board exams. Funny how life does that, eh? I guess it’s true what they say, when you hit rock bottom, there really isn’t anywhere else to go but up.
To looking up!
So what’s next?
I’m going to take over the world!
What’ll you be doing?