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Class Act

by marla
Friday, October 24th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

Okay, okay: we know this blog has been looking more like a food blog than a lifestyle/fashion/beauty blog lately. But we can’t help it—the universe just keeps showering us with delicious things! So while we do apologize for the barrage of food posts, here’s another treat for your taste buds, but one that’s entirely different from your usual restaurant or cafe experience: a super informative, super fun wine and cheese class!

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Though we definitely don’t encourage #YOLO binge-drinking (responsible girls are the coolest girls!), a bit of a buzz—with the permission of your parents, of course, and with a designated driver to make sure you get home safely—wouldn’t hurt if it means you get to experience Sofitel Manila’s extremely cool private wine and cheese class. I got a preview of the class last night (Candy Girl Verniece Enciso and I giggled all throughout the wine tastings), and aside from getting my fill of the best wine and cheese selection in the country, I learned so much #impressivestuff that makes for pretty interesting dinner party conversation topics. For example: Did you know that “a good year” for wine is determined by international critics, and differs for every wine-producing country? Did you know that, contrary to the popular belief that only red works, many kinds of white wine can be paired with cheese? And did you know that the dragonfruit wine, fermented locally in Ilocos, is a sweet, refreshing, candy-colored drink that’s actually pretty good?

If you’re up for a unique cultural experience and a gastronomic treat rolled into one, sign up for Sofitel Manila’s private wine and cheese class (it’ll be held at the Spiral Cheese Room—more than enough reason to go!) with your friends, or better yet, with your mom and dad for some major family bonding. Classes will be from October 27-31, and you may call 832-6988 to inquire about fees and reserve a slot.

Happy weekend, everyone!

xx,
Marla

Sunday Funday

by marla
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites, Spotlight |

It’s Sunday and you’re probably already on sem break: if that’s not a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is! In light of your newfound (and temporary—LOL sorry) freedom from academic madness, here’s a list of things you can do today with your family or best buds. (Or you can just, you know, stay under the covers and watch old Carrie Diaries episodes with nothing but a tub of butter popcorn for company. You deserve it.)

1. Treat yo’ self and yo’ taste buds at Niu by Vikings in SM Aura.

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Niu by Vikings has everything (so. much. food!) for everyone in your family—from your pizza-monster brother to your carnivore dad to your dessert-loving mom. Everything looks so pretty and so Instagrammable, too.

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Look! Bridges of Madison Sushi! (No? Okay.)

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DROOL x INFINITY. Email [email protected] or call 478-3888/ 847-3888 for reservations.

2. Get dessert. Obviously.

Sebastian’s took all our favorite things in the world and put them in one ice cream flavor. Everything is right in the universe.

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Photo via the Sebastian’s Ice Cream Facebook page. Visit their branches at The Podium, Mall of Asia, and Katipunan.

3. Watch Whiplash. We mean it.

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“Eh? It sounds like a Disney TV movie,” a friend commented when we heard about this Sundance favorite starring Miles Teller. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Disney TV movies, this film is ~serious business~. I saw it last week and still haven’t quit asking people to watch it themselves—it’s that good. Miles does an absolutely stellar job as a drummer in a cutthroat music program, and JK Simmons, who you might remember as Juno’s dad (he who taught us that “the right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass”), plays a jazz band conductor so deliciously mean-spirited he’ll make you question your faith in humanity. It will also make you question your own goals and dreams, and how far you’re willing to go to achieve them, and at which point steadfast determination becomes blind obsession. Heavy stuff, but pretty important things to consider, especially after the hell semester you’ve probably just had.

Have an amazing Sunday and an even better week ahead, everyone!

xx,
Marla

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1. A fluffy puppy’s adorable waddle run—especially when he’s welcoming you home after a long day
2. Friends who won’t always take your side, but will always be BY your side
3. Overhearing your mom or dad telling someone how proud they are of you
4. Chancing upon the last available stock of the perfect pair of shoes in your size
5. Finding crumpled notes in the bottom of your oversized bag, or finding notes, period
6. Waking up in time for a good workout, a healthy, delicious breakfast, a cute outfit, and great hair
7. Realizing that it’s almost the end of the year, then looking back and knowing it’s shaped up to be a wonderful one so far

What’s on YOUR list of life’s sweet things? :-)

xx,
Marla

*Although we won’t say no to cupcakes, either. This one’s from Twelve Cupcakes!

3 Ways to Get Things Done (w/o Breaking Down)

by marla
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired |

I’m no stranger to procrastination, and I don’t always get things right 100%, but I do succeed in keeping my goals in mind AND my keeping sanity at the same time. Here are three tips I can share with you:

1. Set daily goals, but be stricter about weekly goals.
My dad used to have a poster in his study that says “You can always try again tomorrow.” Over the years I’ve learned how important it is to be kind to myself, and to not beat myself up when I don’t get to follow my schedule to the letter. Setting weekly goals allows you to accomplish all your duties without getting too stressed—and without neglecting your health, happiness, and social life.

2. Don’t waste time ranting, and don’t wear “busy” as a badge.
A lot of people either a) waste so much time ranting on social media about all the things they have to do—time that could’ve been spent actually DOING, or b) talk excessively about being busy that you almost wonder if they really are that busy. Arriane of Wanderrgirl.com is a huge advocate of “less talk, more do,” and I think we should all be, too.

3. This one is probably the easiest: surround yourself with cute things!
I recently moved into a new place, which I finally got to decorate with bright furniture, cheerful knickknacks, and stuff that instantly puts me in a good mood. I used to just spend my evenings aimlessly surfing the net or literally staring into space, but now I’ve been feeling so much more motivated to read, write, and be productive. A space you love truly makes such a huge difference, and if you can’t decorate your room or study area just yet, you can start with colorful, functional school supplies. I love FILED’s pieces because they’re both practical and pretty—perfect for stylish students like you!

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My picks: blue linknotes, pink catcher folder, and orange carrier folder, all available on their website

How do YOU stay focused, organized, productive, and happy? We’d love to know!

xx,
Marla

Today the World

by marla
Friday, August 8th, 2014
Posted in Get Inspired |

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Last Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at Design Her Story, a wonderful conference for curious, passionate, big-hearted young women aimed to teach them how to use their creativity for a purpose, all while having fun. Arriane Serafico and her amazing team of Wanderrgirls did such a great job putting the event together—it would probably be safe to say that not a single soul left the venue feeling pessimistic, insecure, helpless, or uninspired. Joining me and Arriane on the speaker roster were Rags2Riches’ Reese Fernandez Ruiz, Stache Magazine and Young Star’s Maine Manalansan, and one of Candy‘s favorite photographers, Shaira Luna. Reese Lansangan, with her silky voice and super pretty hair, performed a lovely set for the conference participants and guests, too.

I talked (rambled?) about a lot of things—like dreams and choices and flying and how wishbones are like hearts: you have to break them to get your wish—but I closed with this poem I wrote especially for DHS, which I’m sharing with all of you now:

Today the world will tell you about the fault in your scars. It will tell you to keep
them hidden, beneath a shirtsleeve or under the covers on a Friday evening,
when everyone else is dressed to let their skin breathe, let their youth roam
free, like paper planes and fairy wings, delicate things designed to take flight.

Today the world will tell you about the fault in your scars. It will tell you to keep
them hidden, or else it will tell you to brandish them about like swords, and if
you are brave enough to ask what you are fighting for anyway, or fighting against,
the world will tell you that perhaps you are brave enough to figure that out
on your own, too.

Today the world will tell you that your scars are a part of who you are, like your
legs and fingers and nape and chest, like that mole just below your left cheekbone
or the birthmark tucked underneath your chin. Like your eyes and hair
and spine and lungs and heart.

Today the world will tell you to take a good, hard look at your scars. Count them,
it will say, the big ones and the little ones and even the ones so faint and faded
nobody else can see them but you. Count them because you need to keep track
of how many there are, and where they’ve settled on your body. Count them
because tomorrow someone might ask you for your number, and you have to
be ready to say five or twelve or twenty two. You have to know
where each one belongs.

But someday—I don’t know when, you’ll have to be patient—the world will
tell you, enough with the scars already. Enough with things that have already
healed. Enough with things that no longer bleed. Someday the world will
tell you, hey, let’s talk about music. Let’s talk about poetry. Let’s talk
about art. Let’s talk about the things pain does other than leave scars, greater
things, hopeful things. Someday the world will hand you a fresh serving of
sadness or betrayal or disappointment or hunger or grief, along with a pen
and paper, a guitar, a paintbrush, a camera, a drum set, a microphone stand,
and you’ll know these aren’t weapons; these are tools, these are companions,
these are your new friends.

And the world—this magnificent, magical,
terrifying, looming, spectacular span
of earth and water and sky—
will look you straight in the eye and say:
“This is your hurt.
Learn to use it well.”

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P.S. I’m so happy Dyan, Kaye, and Macy got to attend the event. Candy Girls represent!

Love,
Marla

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