So I’m High-Maintenance… So What?

Blair Waldorf

A few days ago, I came across a number of articles on low-maintenance women and how much “better” they are compared to high-maintenance onesand even though I agree to some extent, it’s kind of getting on my nerves already. Why, you ask?

Well, obviously I belong to the latter group—I have all the traits that are the complete opposite of those used to describe a low-maintenance woman, as found online. Let me lay down a list for reference purposes…

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On Working Out and Staying Motivated

A little more than a month ago, someone from Healthline contacted me, asking if I was interested in publishing an article of my choice by one of their authors. During that period of time, I was around a month into working out and going to the gym, but knowing myself I knew that in around two months’ time I would probably be lazing around already… and to my dismay, I was right. To think I actually thought I was making progress to a better, healthier lifestyle! 😦

Motivation. 👌 #kotd #vscocam

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A few of the many workout gear I splurged on. Team Nike!

Thankfully, the article on “staying motivated to work out” was sent to me right on time. I should really resume eating clean and hitting the gym again (besides, I can’t let all my pretty workout clothes and shoes go to waste—plus I’m going to Cebu in around 2 weeks)…

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It’s MANGO International Shopping Day at Zalora: One-Day ONLY 30% Off Sale Happening Today!

Hey everyone! I haven’t posted OOTDs in a really long time, but do you recall how a lot of my OOTD posts contained merchandise I purchased from Zalora? If you haven’t tried out or even heard about Zalora Philippines, let me just say that it’s absolutely one of my favorite online stores in the country—they deliver quickly (there was a time that I ordered a bunch of stuff and I received the parcel a day after), accept a multitude of payment methods (cash-on-delivery, PayPal, credit cards, bank deposit, etc.), and carry an EXTENSIVE selection of both local and international brands! In fact, just a few months ago they started having MANGO’s updated summer collection in their catalogue, and I couldn’t be happier!

Anyway, I just heard news of a one-day sale happening over at Zalora right now, so please scroll down to check out the deets of the MANGO sale (or just click the link to start shopping immediately)! If you haven’t tried shopping at Zalora and/or MANGO yet, this is the perfect time, isn’t it? 😉

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New Year 2014: OOTN and Others

Here’s the “personal and sentimental New Year 2014 post” I originally intended to publish two days ago, prior to my getting carried away by the photos of my panda look (my best friend came up with that title for my eye makeup faux pas—I retorted that the dark circles of my eyes got so hopelessly dark that I resolved to shade my entire eye sockets with dark eyeshadow instead LOL we’re so weird)…

Before I start boring you guys about my thoughts and sentiments for the year 2013 and my hopes and plans for this 2014, let me first begin by showing you my New Year’s Eve outfit!

Green emerald drop earrings from Zalora, chain link necklace in yellow gold from Cotton On, chain link bracelet with logo drop in yellow gold from Michael Kors, Bradshaw 40mm chronograph watch in yellow gold from Michael Kors, dress from Tomato, dress belt in nude from Tomato, and peep-toe Sonia heels in nude from Sugarfree at Taste Central.

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OOTD: Support Local Brands!

I’m not one to be nationalistic and go preaching “Filipino Pride!” on you all, but if there’s something Filipino that I’m particularly proud of, it’s the local clothing and fashion lines here, including the indie accessory makers. So much of them look really stylish, yet you can get them for barely a fraction of the price of imported clothing brands!

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FOTD: MAC Pink Pearl Pop and NARS Orgasm (25/10/2013)

Greetings from the resurrected! 😆 So, this is my first FOTD  in a really long time because to be honest, I had looked like total crap for the past 2 or 3 weeks (or 4 weeks, even). I was so busy that I hardly had the time to prep up anymore, and during the very few times that I did, I didn’t have the energy (or time, again) to take photos at all. The horror! I never thought thesis would be able to do this to me. 😐

Anyway, the day I took these (2 days ago) was the day of our thesis proposal deadline, and I almost regretted that I did. My group finished the night before (minus the APA references list) and I was lucky enough that my 8AM class was a free cut, but most of the rest of the day was a series of unfortunate events—I forgot my laptop at home and I had to drive all the way back home to get it (good thing I didn’t take a cab that day or else it would’ve been worse) so I ended up being more than an hour late for the meeting with my thesis mates; we crammed the double-checking process of the references list; and lastly, we missed the 4PM deadline by a mere 3-4 minutes and thought we wouldn’t be able to submit anymore. Thank God our thesis coordinator was very considerate! If only I had photos to commemorate our priceless facial expressions before and after the coordinator simply replied a “yeah sure” to our “miss may we still submit?” inquiry. I swear the word “ecstatic” is an understatement to describe the emotions we felt afterwards! 😆

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Angel and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused (21/09/2013)

Ever felt so bored that you did a full makeup look for a trip to the grocery store? Yep, I have, and this was one of those days! I have to admit, though… I might have had an ulterior motive for my slightly-more-than-the-usual makeup look, because don’t you just hate it when you go makeup shopping wearing your bare (or extremely minimally made up) face and some of the salesladies who aren’t familiar with you act as if you’re completely clueless about cosmetics? Or worse, when they don’t pay you any attention at all because they feel as if you’re not the type to make a purchase at a makeup boutique anyway? Not that I’m saying all salesladies are as such (I’ve made friends with plenty of salesladies), but it was a discussion topic on Temptalia before and I would really prefer to minimize the chances of getting into a similar encounter because that won’t do my blood pressure any good. 😆

…now, why the sudden tirade about makeup shopping and snooty salesladies if I were just going to the grocery store? Simply because this was the day after my saleslady-friend from MAC Cosmetics sent me an SMS to notify me about the arrival of my much-awaited MAC Retro Matte Fall 2013 collection, and, well, you do the maths lol. Unfortunately, since I’m not a morning person, I was able to go to to MAC in the afternoon despite planning to go in the morning. That left me lacking the “Runway Hit” lipstick and the “Fashion Boost” Pro Longwear lip pencil from my collection, which ultimately sucked (but I was able to get hold of them a few days after, thanks to my other saleslady friends from the other branches of MAC Cosmetics, ha ha!). I’ll make a post on that collection soon BTW, I promise!

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Kinda Sexy and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed (15/09/2013)

The typical girly girl side of my personality has always been a firm believer in the statement that “a girl can never have too many clothes and shoes,” and since I’ve always thought makeup and fashion go hand in hand, I believe that a girl can never have too many makeup on her vanity desk, as well. The only thing that should be regulated about a lady’s fashion statement is the appropriateness of what they are wearing—you can’t expect not to get judging stares if you wear your bum day outfit and very minimal makeup to a club that requires a dress-to-impress dress code.

The day these photos were taken was one of the very infrequent days I tried to pull off the no-makeup makeup look, because if I remember correctly, I went to church for the first time in a long time on that Sunday. Although I respect everyone’s beliefs regarding how they do their makeup, I personally think my usual bold lip color and blush would not blend well with Church Sundays so I went with the most basic neutral colors. 😆

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Raspberry Swirl and NARS Sin (11/09/2013)

Photos taken on the first day back in school for the second trimester of this academic year! This was a Wednesday and my boyfriend picked me up for school because my car was on number coding that day, so I did my makeup in the car instead (hence my makeup-less OOTD) as I almost always do when he’s the one driving to school. I was running late—again, as I almost always do—and I simply had no time to ponder about what lipstick and blush shade looked best with my outfit, so I grabbed the safest shade possible for my skin tone: pink lipstick matched with plum-toned blush!

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Sushi Kiss and NARS Gina (07/09/2013)

Funny story I don’t think I’m ever going to forget: these photos were taken during the last days of our “term break” (with quotation marks because term breaks are usually barely a week long when you study in DLSU-Manila) and I was out and about extremely early because I couldn’t sleep due to my insane PMS cravings. I called up my boyfriend at around 5:30AM (I KNOW)—crying (NO, SERIOUSLY)—because I was hungry and I wanted pancakes, and he slept without saying good night and that made me sad. LOL. It’s a good thing he puts up with me during that time of the month. Just a little disclaimer: I’m not usually that way, okay! 😆

Anyway, since that morning was really sunny and I started feeling happy-cheery the moment my boyfriend said yes to picking me up at 7AM to get breakfast at Pancake House (we ended up eating at Pancake House for breakfast, Johnny Rockets for lunch, and Yellow Cab for dinner that day OMG no wonder I gained weight), weird ol’ me kind of felt like putting on makeup that was suited to how I was feeling and how the day was. I even made sure my lips matched the lips on my top! 😛

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