Touch of feminine. Mix and match outfits are challenging at times so a dress (like on the right photo) is always a no-brainer :)
One perk of having a baby girl is that there are a lot of options for dressing up (or down) your child. Thing is, you'll also go broke if you go buying every cute dress or shoe out there. I used to fight my urges to go all out shopping for Georgie's wardrobe but I learned to restrain myself and try to buy pieces that would go a long way. I like buying simplre dresses that Georgie could wear as a top na lang when she grows bigger.
Medyo hirap lang ako when it comes to shoes, hehehe. What I do is think na madaling pagsikipan ni Georgie yan so the impulse would subside. But Georgie is showing "symptoms" (?) of being a shoe fanatic herself when she would take out her fur trimmed boots, hand it to me to help her wear it for INSIDE THE HOUSE. Boots are not slippers, anak! She also kept insisting on wearing her sequined rubber shoes when visiting her granny who lives just one floor above us. *sigh*
Anyway, as you know I love dressing up so I thought of sharing here some of Georgie's outfits also. She loves going out. Just tell her, "Pasyal tayo" and she'll say "A-is" (Alis with a silent "l") while pointing to the door. She screams in delight whenever we go downstairs cos she knows we'll be going out. Lakwatsera! Lol.
So I'll start of with the outfit she wore for the kiddie Christmas party here at the office last December 2012 :)
My baby is now a toddler. I can vividly recall the moment when I gave birth to our precious little angel and how she had looked to fragile then. Looking at her now running around and communicating with us through her babbles, I am just amazed how children grow up that fast.
I guess I'm among those who have just recently joined the BB Cream bandwagon. Yes, I've read about BB creams before and even then, it sounded like a good product concept. As one who like to keep my beauty ritual as simple a possible, an all-in-one product will surely pique my interest. What kept me from immediately buying and trying one for myself are the feedbacks that BB cream usually gives a white cast especially on flash photography. Not that I'd be flocked with photographers often (feelingera lang?) but then I wouldn't want to look bad on spur-of-the-moment cam whoring sessions. Another reason why I kinda held me off from buying BB creams was because there's just too much variants to choose from. Do I go for a matte o dewy finish? How much SPF do I want? Do I need to get one with anti-aging properties? And most of all, which offers a shade that is the closest to my skintone? Kaloka, di ba?
I went for Etude House since I've read some good reviews on it. I got the darkest shade of their Bright Fit variant. Why darkest? Well, I figured that I could even it out with some powder and the shade difference will not at all be significant once the BB cream has settled onto my skin. It was a good call cos I would probably look ashen if used a lighter shade.
Wore this outfit for a morning wedding.
Last year I had the courage to try out a fad - eyelash extensions. Sadly, I only had short lashes and my search for my "wonder" mascara is still on (well, maybe over already but that will be on another post). The only time I was able to wear falsies was during the boudoir session a deux with my BFF and my wedding. I love the effect of having full, long lashes on my chinita lids. Yes, I've bought fake falsies and would want to try wearing it to work but I was too lazy to practice putting it on. I was also apprehensive that wearing falsies to work might be a bit too much. Baka mapagkamalan akong drag queen. I know that there are some falsies that look natural and complementing makeup would make it more "acceptable" pero tamad talaga ako! I've been late going to work on several occassions trying to catch some more Zzzz'sss in the morning and thus I have a 5 minute make up routine that I usually do especially for mornings such as these. So an added step of putting on falsies will probably mean that I have to spend more moolah for riding taxi cabs going to work. And anyway, I'm not really a makeup junkie. Late bloomer is what you'd call me when it comes to make up but that is another story all together.
Going back to the topic, some girls in my FB group have discussed about having eyelash extensions and how they're loving it because it accentuates their eyes. I'd even looked up how long does the procedure take and what salons (?) offer this service. Sa totoo lang, ayaw ko talaga nung una kasi nanghihinayang ako na malalagas lang unti-unti sa mga mata ko yung perang pinambayad ko. BUT wanting to compensate for my flabs, I decided to give it a try. At least maganda ako kahit na mataba. (Gosh. Where the heck is my self-esteem?)
Anyway, when I did have my extensions, gluing the individual lashes took only less than an hour. It wasn't painful, kinda itchy lang when the ends of the extensions were pricking my waterline as the assistant was applying it. A tape of sorts was put along my lower lids, probably to avoid having the hairs getting tangled with the lower lashes while it's not yet dry. After effect? Blooming eyes :)
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I don't really make New Year resolutions. More often than not, I end up just making a list and try working out some of the items for the first quarter of the year. When the pile of work comes and my time split with taking care of G and M, resolutions slowly dissolve and then completely forgotten by the end of the year. But this year, I think a little change will do me good. I want to make a list of goals that I want to achieve this year. A lot of things happened last year and I want to take what I've learned in the past to hopefully further myself into being a better person.
So, here goes.
1) I will minimize my shopping. Problem with reading and browing the net is sometimes, something will catch your fancy and you end up spending hours agonizing whether you should buy it or not. Buti sana kung makapagpigil pa ako nun no at hindi ako mag-impulse buying. I guess this will apply more on me buying items for myself especially clothing. Our living spaces is limited as it is so it will be better to keep clutter at a minimum.
2) I will spend more money in... savings. Admittedly, there are times that I focus too much on enjoying the present that I forget that we should be thinking more of our future especially our daughter's. So I want to allot more for our savings. Hubby and I had a talk and I wholeheartedly agree that we should start working on making our future plans come true.
3) I will try to be more mellow. I'm who you could call one who has a short fuse. Well, not always. I could be impatient and be annoyed easily. You could tell that when I speak in a snappy tone. Hubby doesn't really like this trait of mine so I would try to be more... pasensiyosa :)
4) I will take better care of myself. Having a child left me a softer figure. "Softer" meaning fats here and there na pwedeng gawing cushion kaya "soft". Hahaha. Since Georgie is still small, I'm having a bit of a hard time squeezing some exercise routine on my daily activities. So, I want to resort to a healthier diet. Good luck sakin!
5) In relation to #1, I want a simpler beauty regimen. No, I don't have a multi-step skin caring ritual. But reading through beauty blogs had me checking out some make-ups that I want to try (damn beauty blogs and product reviews!). BUT I am more cautious now when buying cosmetics. Just last year, I had to give away most of my make-ups since I really don't use them much. It's either not a match for me (skin tone, I had reactions etc.) or I don't have time to slather on tons of products on my face especially when I'm running late for the office already. So when I tried a product and it works ok for me, I'd stick to it. (I just have to find the perfect peachy nude blush for me!).
6) Be more diligent in blogging. Enough said.
7) Be more in tune with God.
I better stop here or else I might write something down just because I forgot to do it for the past years. I want to list down goals that I want to attain. Realistic naman dapat, di ba? Sometime in the next year, I will be re-visiting this post and check if I had indeed met my goals. So with a little anxiety but a whole lot of resolve, I will aim to achieve my 2013 goals! Wish me luck? :)
*This is quite a long read. All photos are by Shuttercount Photography unless specified otherwise*
Wow! That's is all I can say after we had our baby daughter's first birthday celebration. After months of research, planning, booking and finalizing, all the hard work had paid off :) I'm really thankful to God for giving me the strength and guidance. It was a truly fun-filled and memorable day apt for a very important occassion. Nakakaloka rin pala ang mag-organize ng party on your own. But I was happy to see that all our guests raved about the food and how their kids had fun. Admittedly, there were apprehensions the day before the party but I decided to let go and not obssess about it too much otherwise, I won't be enjoy the party myself.
And as usual, I'm giving here the review of the suppliers we have booked for our daughter's party; of course, with a few anecdotes on my experience as a stage mom (?!) / party planner ;-)
Venue: AVR, Colegio de Sta. Ana, Taguig
One of the challenging parts sa pagplan ng party ni Georgie was to find the venue. I have a Word document of our prospective venues (from north to south of manila) that I had compiled from my web searches. Budget, flexibility and proximity were the major points that we had to consider. As early as April, we were scouting na for venues and you know what, some of them are booked na! We considered getting a party package na all-in na kasama na ang venue but the major turn off was the ridiculous corkage fees sa mga extras that you want to bring in. We have visited some other party places that would fit our requirements but it didn't appeal much to hubby. (Sa totoo lang ha, mas maarte pa minsan tong asawa ko sakin.) The AVR in Taguig was actually our last resort because of its location. We felt na baka masyadong malayuan ang mga bisita sa venue and would not come at all. But hubby argued that guests (mostly friends and relatives) who really want to go would find ways to attend kesehodang sa Timbuktu pa yan. Plus, the director of the school is actually our ninong and Georgie's lolo/ninong meaning we could pretty much do anything with the place - walang corkage, walang makikialam, walang time limit. The room has a stage na, sound system and projector so we could easily play our AVP without having to rent out the equipments. The room was just enough to fit ten buffet tables, the food buffet, food carts - medyo snug but people could easily get around pa rin naman. Our ninong also had additional aircons put in para di mainitin ang guests. What more could we ask for? :)
Cake: Sheryberry Sweets
Cost: P4000 for 2 layer all edible Minnie Mouse cake, P500 for the 5" mini cakes (with acetate box, ribbon and tags), P500 delivery charge
A lot. And I do not exaggerate when I said a lot has happened this past year. And yes I am guilty of not writing on my blog. I don't know why but whenever I've listed down something I wanted to blog about, I kept putting it off :( Bad. Very bad. I missed blogging so much! So I before we head off to the sub-urbans (where internet connection is nada) for the New Year celeb, I wanted to drop this little post. I can't bear to leave 2012 behind without a proper "end note".
I want to tell you guys that this year had definitely posed some challenges on my personal life but the upside is positive outweighs the negative. And I'm still thankful for the blessings that have come our way. And yes, I am looking forward to the new year with a happy disposition, a positive outlook and a stronger will. :)
So what will you expect next year? You'd probably read more about our baby girl, G. Now a toddler, she is discovering the world and we parents are learning day by day - enjoying the joys and pains of parenthood. I want to put up her own Style Diary category of my blog. I also want to share some of my kikay experience and new finds. And oh, I still owe you some of my own outfit posts and the supplier ratings from Georgie's first birthday! Yep, time to get crackin' on 2013.
From my family to yours, we wish you guys a great 2013! Happy New Year!
M + G + Baby G