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So You Think You Can’t Dance?

by macy
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired, Spotlight, What's Up |

A ton of you have been messaging to ask what this year’s Candy Fair theme is (it’s EDM!) and we know it’s because you’re already prepping what you’ll be wearing to the biggest teen event of the year. EDM, or electronic dance music, might sound a little intimidating or even foreign (believe me, even I don’t really know much about it), but we’re here to make things simpler for you. Just keep checking back because we’ll have style guides and an EDM primer to help you out.

In the meantime, why don’t we work on your dancing? (; We enlisted the help of some very cute boys to do so. If you haven’t already seen The ABCs of Dance with this year’s adorable Candy Cuties, let us run down some of the steps that you can start practicing in your bedroom in time for September 27 (there will be a lot of dancing!).

Start with something simple.

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That wasn’t too tough, right?

How about a little foot action?

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Switch up your hands too for more variation.

Turn everyday, ordinary actions (like cleaning your ears, for example) into dance moves!

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And like Be Careful with My Heart’s Marlo Mortel, pretend to throw the Q-tip away.

Nothing better than dancing with friends!

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So get three of your besties to do this classic step with you.

Watch the full video (by our super awesome video team!) for the complete alphabet. Plus, lots and lots of cute boys (you just might spot all of them at the Candy Fair—so make sure to buy your tickets now!)

Don’t forget these important details: The #CandyFair2014 is happening on September 27, Saturday from 10am to 6pm at the Metrowalk Tent. See you there!

Let’s Make Things

by macy
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired |

What do you do on your days off? I like to make things with my hands. And lucky me, I’m surrounded by people who allow me to do just that!

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Two of what I consider to be my proudest moments this year: getting to illustrate for ? V: A Life and Style Diary (have you gotten your copy yet?) and doing the calligraphy for my friends’ new book, Sola Musica (you can preorder it on Amazon!). I can’t believe that I’ve graduated from doodling on the margins of my notebooks to being credited as an illustrator or have my handwriting worthy of a book cover! What an honor. Thank you, Marla, Ines, and Stephie for asking me to do these projects with you.

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I want to help out in my brother’s wedding preps so over the weekend, while coloring newspapers (haha) with my niece, I carved a stamp for him and my sister-in-law. Pretty cool that all their names start with a letter M so they can use this for whatever! (I can even use it, too.) After that, I went home to bake some cookies. I go by the handle “macysfields,” because Mrs. Fields was my idol growing up. All the first recipes I tried were from the Mrs. Fields Cookie Cookbook!

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The next morning, I headed to the Hey Kessy Studio in Katipunan to get some crafting done. While my friend Mikko was holding her pressed flower workshop, I decided to come up with this collage featuring skills I learned from different workshops: watercolor, pressed flowers, and papercutting! The lyrics are from Jason Mraz’s latest album. <3

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And to round up my wonderful weekend, I joined Hey Kessy’s craft gathering at the studio. You might be familiar with Hey Kessy because of their washi tapes. If you head to their newly-opened store at 71-B E. Abada, though, you’ll find even more pretty things to hoard! At the little get-together-slash-celebration, I met a lot of craft entrepreneurs who enjoy making things with their hands, too. We spent the afternoon painting clay plates. I stamped mine with words to remind me to always make space for the things that matter.

What about you? What do you do on your days off? (:

Love,
Macy

I absolutely love making things with my hands: handwritten notes, ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies, friendship bracelets. You name it, I’ll make it! So when we got invited to Bensimon’s DIY shoe event, I was super excited to go! When Erin, Kaye, and I got there, we were given a pair each and the freedom (and materials) to do whatever we wanted to do with them.

Call me a craft geek, but I had already been thinking of how to decorate my pair even before we got to Common Thread in Rockwell. I recently bought a few clay plates from my friend and The Candy DIY Book co-crafter Mansy and one of them had this French phrase on it: c’est toujours le bon moment. She told me that it translates to “it’s always the right time” and I fell in love with it and have been keeping it in my head as a mantra. And Bensimon, being a French brand of sneakers (I’ve always wanted a pair ever since I saw them featured on A Cup of Joshe had me at “French girls’ Converse”), I thought it appropriate to decorate with a Parisian touch. So when I sat down to DIY my shoe, I looked around and decided that I would embroider the words on opposite sides of my shoe.

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I asked for help from Jof who figured out my thread-and-needle situation and suggested that I sketch my design with a marker so it would be easier to embroider. PS She gave me and Erin super cute surfer girl stickers. Check out her website at hellofelice.com!

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And here’s my finished pair! Love that when I stare down at my feet, I can sort of read the words. It’s a constant reminder to be brave and to not be afraid of trying something because, well, it’s always the right time. (:

Bisous,
Macy

Want to get your own pair to customize? Head to Common Thread in Powerplant Mall! For more information and to find a branch near you, visit bensimon.com.ph!

A Lesson In French and Food

by macy
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

I had a BFF date with my bestie and we decided to try this new restaurant in Shangri-La Mall. I’ve been seeing Duck & Buvette on Instagram and wanted to try it out for myself.

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We split three dishes between us: the D&B croque madame, the bikini sandwich (which is kind of like a croque monsieur), and duck ragu pappardalle. My favorite is a tie between the croque madame (my bestie and I both had to stare at the duck egg yolk when we broke it) and the bikini sandwich (mmm, truffle!). I like my food simple. (:

Turns out “buvette” means refreshment or coffee stall in French and it just so happens that D&B serves Intelligentsia coffee. I am only familiar with the name/brand because I always see it on actors and international style bloggers’ feeds (yeah, you know that coffee in hand shot #fwis). I tried the cold brew and my friend had the pour over. We both loved it and at just P150 and P160, it was a pretty good deal! We finished off with this super yummy Ghirardelli brownie topped with tons of hazelnuts.

Will definitely come back try the duck confit next time when I’ve got more of my girl friends with me (it serves 2 to 4 people!). What new restaurant have you tried out lately? And what dishes should we try?

Love,
Macy

D&B Duck & Buvette is located at the 2F Main Wing Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Two Things I Love: Crafting & Eating

by macy
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites, What's Up |

If I could only do two things in my life forever, it would probably be eating and making something with my hands. And as luck would have it, one of our fave restaurants was holding a DIY temporary tattoo workshop plus new menu tasting. It was already a great afternoon in the making!

So this afternoon, Marla, Dyan, and I headed to Pino Jupiter to get our craft and eating on!

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We designed our own temporary tattoos while feasting on new treats from Pino. We absolutely loved this crazy good Bagnet Spring Roll. Other stuff to try from the new menu: Quinoa Salad with Berries (Quinoa with organic greens, dried berries, grapes, and tofu ricotta), Calamares Negra (Breaded squid rings coated with squid ink, served with crab fat lemon-aioli), and Kale Chips. There’s tons more to try so better head to PINO soon.

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Don’t forget to end with a pastillas macaron! Om nom nom!

Love,
Macy

 

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