Inexpensive Facial at Home


Fridays are most people’s “last day of the week,” and by this time, stress from work and life start in show in our physical appearance. By Friday, I am often sluggish and wanting to gulp down more than my requisite cup of coffee, my hair dry and itchy, and my face oily and blotchy, add to that break-outs when it’s near “my time of the month.” Aside from the physical appearance, my mind usually wanders far on Fridays. Oftentimes, my mind wanders to my bed or a beach in our province. Work and our everyday activities take a toll and they often appear in our face. In order to de-stress myself, I find time every Friday night to perform a “facial” ritual that won’t hurt the pocket. Continue reading “Inexpensive Facial at Home”

OUTFIT | Starting Summer a Little Early

I admit, I quite enjoyed our cold January weather. But the Philippines will always be a tropical country, and because it’s now March, I could not help but think of summer. I’m not a beach babe, and I don’t have anything in particular to look forward to this summer, but summer has always meant a long “vacation” for me. Continue reading “OUTFIT | Starting Summer a Little Early”

Recycled Dress for Weekend





For the past years, I have reserved this dress for formal occasions, only wearing them for weddings, gatherings and formal occasions in school. Then I thought it wouldn’t hurt to wear a dress I only allocate for formal occasions to casual weekends. So, I recycled this dress for a weekend. To complete the look, I wore slippers, Human Nature tote, and thrifted hat.

OUTFIT | The Care Label


When you buy clothes (brand new or thrifted), do you wash them first before wearing them, or do you wear them first before washing them? And, when you wash those, do you check the “care label” before pouring water over them? Chances are, many of us don’t care about the “care label.” In this age of mass production, we can buy clothes at cheaper prices and many of us wouldn’t mind destroying a piece of clothing due to careless washing because we can easily buy another piece. That mindset changes when you are a thrifty and practical person, or when you love vintage clothes. Being thrifty and practical means you don’t just buy select pieces of clothing, you also care for them so that they’ll last you many seasons. Loving vintage clothes is the same thing: you buy rare pieces of clothing and you care for them because you know that these pieces are rare.

For clothes to last many years, they have to be well taken cared of. And, to take care of them well, we have to inspect and read the care labels first before we wash the clothes. Care labels are usually found at the back of clothes (in the nape for tops and dresses and in the waist for bottoms) or at the sides. They are either printed or stitched on paper or fabric.


The first photo above showed a care label that was found at the tag of the dress. The care label though has slightly faded, but if you read further below in this blog post, we will talk about how to care for specific fabrics so even if there is no care label or it has faded, we still know how to wash the clothes. The second photo’s care label was stitched, which means it won’t fade. A stitched care label is often a sign that an item is vintage. Also, instructions may come in written form or in symbols. Written instructions should be easy to understand. An easy and good general guide  on interpreting care symbols is found below from Textile Affairs:

CL02On to specific fabrics: there are fabrics, such as cotton, that are easy to wash and care for, they can take any kind of detergent or any kind of washing. The first photo above — a thrited Levi’s shorts, which is 100% cotton — calls for machine wash. There are also fabrics that are very sensitive and are not durable enough to withstand all kinds of laundry methods. Linen, for example, for either be washed or dry-cleaned. Silk is more sensitive and needs utmost care — they are often dry-cleaned. Spandex, often found in our undergarments, are best washed by hands. The second photo — a thrifted Morgan de Toi top which is made of nylon — also calls for machine wash. The Clothing Dictionary has an extensive guide on how to wash, dry, and iron clothes according to the fabric.

The care label is important so that those precious fabrics are not wasted. And I should have known this before I washed this precious top I’m wearing in the photos. To my excitement, as soon as I was done with my thrifting adventure, I immediately placed the top in a palanggana (washbasin) and poured water over it. After leaving it soaked in the water to remove dirt, washing it gently with detergent and fabric conditioner, and letting it dry under the sun, I got a ruined top (see the white area where the buttons are). When I checked the care label, it said “dry clean only.” Often, instead of dry-clean, I hand wash clothes, but I did not realize that this particular top “bleeds” so the dry-clean method was the best way to care for it. There, because I did not pay attention to the care label, I wasted what was once a good buy.


* wearing vintage top, thrifted Levi’s shorts, Aldo sunnies, and Human Nature canvas tote *

Photos by Joel Lopez

OUTFIT | Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials: hat (thrifted), sunglasses (vintage)

People complain no matter what the weather is. It’s already summer here in the Philippines. Holy Week starts today, Palm Sunday. That means, by Good Friday, it would get super hot. I keep myself cool during the day by taking a long shower, drinking lots of water, and letting my electric fan blow cool air. Because summer is here, I thought it might be good to share what my summer essentials are.

I am a “hat” and “sunglasses” person. I don’t hoard but I have several hats and sunglasses that I use whenever I go out. Most of my hats are thrifted from my favorite thrift shop in downtown Cebu. I also have several gifted hats. There are many affordable hats sold in many malls across the city. Hats protect us (and our hair) from the heat. For summer, I suggest buying straw hats (very popular and chic to bring to the beach and to pair with summer dresses). For sunglasses, I wear those with dark or tinted lens so I wouldn’t squint when it’s too shiny outside. The sunglasses also helps protect your eyes from dust and flying objects/insects when traveling. Buy/wear those that flatter the shape of your face. I haven’t seen a lot of sunglasses in thrift shops, but there are lots of sunglasses sold in bazaars and department stores that are very affordable. I don’t know though if wearing sunglasses made with not very good quality lenses have an adverse effect to our eyes.


I am not a spaghetti-strapped clothes-wearing person because I find strapless bras oppressive. But the summer heat beckons me to wear really comfortable, breezy clothes so I won’t suffocate. Because I feel a little naked when wearing spaghetti-strapped tops, I covered up with a vest that’s light and comfortable. A denim vest, I think, would also do great.


To protect my skin, I put on Human Nature’s 100% Natural Moisturizing Day Fluid and pamper it before I sleep with Human Nature’s 100% Natural Moisturizing Night Cream. To protect my lips, I use Maybelline’s Lip Smooth Color & Care (with SPF 16 and tint, found in Watson’s).

Hope you all have a fun summer!