This afternoon, I got to attend OPI’s Express to Impress nail art session, where we got to play with their latest collections (Miss Universe and Designer Series). I was with my equally polish-obsessed friend Kaye, who’s currently our resident nail art contributor on the site. Because this month has been all about Catching Fire-themed tips, we decided to do even more Hunger games-inspired nail art!
I was drawn to jewel-toned colors and ended up with what I thought looked like a manicure some people at the Capitol would totally sport. The lines aren’t perfect at all but I’m pretty happy with it. I especially like the glittery Extravagance from the Designer Series collection. The dark almost-black-plum is Miss You-niverse and the light mauve color is I’m Feeling Sashy. All available from Rustan’s The Beauty Source.
Are you excited for the movie? My friends and I are planning to dress up for it (although I’m probably going to be a boring Katniss-wannabe in braids because I don’t think I can pull off a wig, heh.). Would you wear fan nail art? Let’s swap polish ideas in the comments!
And for more Catching Fire nail art, keep checking the site because we’ll upload three more in the coming weeks!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been curious about how things are made. And somehow, when I find out, I try to attempt to make them myself. When there’s a necklace I like, I contemplate before buying. “Will I be able to make this for much less that they’re selling it for?” Maybe it’s my mom’s crafty gene (she would make all my friends rosaries in their birthstone for their birthdays and would surprise me with a handcrafted accessory whenever she felt like it) or her excellent skill of stretching her budget. Whatever it is, I know that I’ll forever be curious and forever have this inherent need and want to make.
I’m pretty lucky I have friends who share the same love. I joined Mikko of I Try DIY‘s paracord bracelet workshop and even taught Koko how to make her own bracelet!
I made this piñata-inspired block letter at Mansy‘s workshop in Moonleaf Tea Shop, Maginhawa. If you’re a washi-hoarder (Mansy is one of the owners of Hey Kessy!), this is a pretty cool project to work on.
One of my favorite workshops to date is Alessa‘s Hand-Drawn Pattern Design crafternoon. It was a 2-part workshop, where we were taught the basics of pattern design and had the chance to design our own fabric! Once we got our printed fabric, we made pouches, bags, and other hand-sewn items! Couldn’t believe that I actually made everything down to the cloth I used to make my pencil case! I was so inspired that I made a pillow for my baby niece, who gets super gigil with it and “eats” it, haha!
And because I think sharing is caring, I actually decided to rub off some crafty love to The Candy Team. For my birthday this year, we’re joining a crafternoon together! Will post more when we survive it, haha.
What about you? Are you in love with things handmade too? What’s your favorite craft? Share them with me in the comments below or tweet us @candymagdotcom! Would love to dish with you about all things crafty. (:
I’m a fan of pretty things so when we were brainstorming for the October theme of Cheat Sheet, I was super excited when we decided on doing a sweet 16 tea party. There was noone else I had in mind when they said I could ask someone to help me out. Beam used to be the web designed for candymag.com and we’ve always shared a love for shabby chic things. I remember how she always talked so fondly of Martha Stewart and loved sharing Pinterest-worthy links even before Pinterest was born.
We shot the feature in her condo, which was like prop heaven! Everything you see on the page was styled on pieces that she owns. Crazy, right? Here’s a peek at the spread I was in charge of:
Want to find out how to make your own scones, or how to put together your invites and decor for your own Sweet Sixteen? Grab a copy of the October issue with Julia Barretto on the cover. You can also download the digital version from the Summit Newsstand!
When Marla told me and Dyan that there was a new branch of Tous Les Jours opening, you should have seen our excited faces. Dyan is our resident bread lover—we’ve even taken to calling her Dyan Valjean (in honor of Les Miz’s loaf stealer). And I’m a full-on carbivore.
Absolutely love the smell of freshly-baked bread! When you enter Tous Les Jours (which means every day in French, btw), you’ll see rows upon rows of different baked goodies.
See those huge brown discs? They’re called Kouign Amanns. We learned how to pronounce it as “Queen Ah-man.” Hehe. They’re quite sweet so we suggest to share one with your barkada. They’d be perfect with a cup of coffee (skip the sweetener!).
This glass display case of cakes is quite hypnotizing. We were treated to a demo of the rose inspiration cake by TLJ’s chef. Crazy how meticulous they are to each step down to the fake water droplets! You’ll be surprised at how much icing they use—but don’t worry! It’s not sickeningly sweet because it’s actually fresh yogurt cream that they use. Very light and a bit tart!
We’d love to pop one of these for breakfast! And maybe another to take away as baon.
For the event at their newly-opened branch in Jazz Residences on the corner of N. Garcia and Jupiter Street in Makati, they launched a new product: Belgian Waffles, which come in original, chocolate, strawberry, and blueberry. They also announced their new Patisserie Connoisseur card, which lets you collect points as you purchase their products. Getting rewarded for having bread. Sounds like a great idea to me!
Now excuse me while I fall back into bread heaven…
Tous Les Jours has 12 branches! Find out the one nearest you on their website.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the type of person to doodle when I get bored. If you look at my old notebooks, a lot of the pages of my notes have random doodles on the side. When I’m on the phone, I usually doodle on some random piece of paper. I’m not a particularly great illustrator, haha, but I really enjoy doodling and lettering.
Over the weekend, I headed to Hong Kong with friends Blanche and Mimi to celebrate Mimi’s birthday. Little did we know that there was a super typhoon headed our way! We didn’t really think it was major until they hoisted Typhoon Signal 8 (whattt?!) on the night we were supposed to fly out. In the end, we had to stay two more nights, spending our last night trying to get some sleep at the airport! Since we had 12 hours to kill, it wasn’t before long I took out my trusty pen and some of the receipts from the trip. Check out my doodles, in which I tried to chronicle my HK trip.
This was my first doodle. Listing down all the yummy food and the places we visited. Shoutout to super typhoon Usagi, who made us stay a little longer than we intended.
Spoils. I don’t really shop a lot, but when I do, this happens. Eep. Got the cutest magnetic bookmarks for the Candy Team and I finally have an outfit for the #CandyFair2013! (Have you bought your tickets yet?)
What’s in my bag? Steph and I love taking photos of the contents of our bag + looking at other people’s WIMB posts too. So it was only obvious that I doodle the stuff in my tiny travel pack.
12-hour wait in food. Count on me to chronicle our 12-hour wait by way of our meals. We started the day with buns Blanche bought from Maxim’s (I ? char siew like no other! I can eat siopao forever, I think.). Lunch was chicken rice from Food Republic at the outlet mall in Tung Chung and finished off with coconut pudding from another stall. Mim and I split a Strawberry and Hot Fudge sundae between us. I love that their sundaes are sprinkles with chopped peanuts! We headed to the airport and had our fill of rice toppings from Maxim’s. Snacked on some Gavotte’s chocolate orange wafers (so good!) and tried out Chatime’s Hazelnut Chocolate Milk Tea. After several attempts at sleeping, we headed to 7-11 for a coffee and milk tea run. When we finally got to check-in for our 8am flight, we had breakfast at Popeye’s.
I’m still kind of exhausted, but happy to be back at my work desk. Speaking of work… I was so thrilled when Steph asked me if I would like to illustrate for the second Candy Style Guide. Whattt, was she serious, I thought. I feel so legit! It was a while back so I was super kilig when we finally saw the book in print. Hope you girls can grab a copy on your next bookstore visit! You can also download a digital copy for your devices. (:
We’re ringing in the new year with batch 14 of the Candy Council of Cool! Have you seen their very first All Access feature in our December-January issue? (Page 78!) As you might...
1. Style Equation: Dress + Sunglasses
- 2. 30 Days of Style: Aimee Wood
- 3. Candy TV: #SelfieReady Pink Eyes
- 4. Candy TV: Scene Stealer
- 5. 6 Ways to Style a Scarf
- 6. Style Equation: Bikini + Shorts
- 7. 5 in 5: Dominic Roque
- 8. 5 in 5: Dominic Roque
- 9. Behind the Scenes: The Only Place
- 10. Candy TV: Julia Barretto on the Cover
1. 5 Best No-Makeup Makeup Looks
- 2. 5 Things You Missed While You Were In School
- 3. Beauty Blog Stalking: Polished Pinay
- 4. FN Link Love: New Love Team Alert—Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil
- 5. Get the Look: Kathryn Bernardo's Neutral Makeup
- 6. How Cool Is Catching Fire’s OST? Very Cool.
- 7. Blast From The Past: Remembering 12 Of Our Fave Shows
- 8. 5 Stylish Girls This Week
- 9. 5 Worst Things That Can Happen to Your Hair
- 10. Get the Look: Janella Salvador's Silky Straight Hair
1. Get the Look: Julia Montes' Glam Curls
- 2. Get the Look: Kathryn Bernardo's Neutral Makeup
- 3. Twitter Talk: Julia Barretto, Linn Oeymo, Kathryn Bernardo, And More Celebritweets
- 4. Twitter Talk: Kim Chiu, Kathryn Bernardo, Coleen Garcia, And Other Celebritweets This Week
- 5. The Art of Modern-Day Ligaw As Illustrated By Joaquin And Chichay Of Got To Believe
- 6. Twitter Talk: Spooky Celebritweets And More From Lauren Young, Julie Anne San Jose, And More
- 7. Top Tengs: 10 Things You Should Know About The Teng Brothers
- 8. Twitter Talk: Sam Concepcion, Elmo Magalona, Daniel Padilla, And More Celebritweets Rallying Relief Efforts
- 9. 5 Things Not To Do When There's A Supertyphoon Coming
- 10. Twitter Talk: Celebritweets From Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, Lauren Young, And More
- If Only I Could Be
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