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An Intervention

by stephie
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Posted in Candy |

Since I started doing the #100happydays challenge (currently on day 63!) I’ve been posting more religiously on Instagram. I was getting bored with my usual filters and effects because I post more than usual now. Enter my current app obsession: Line Camera.


I’m super obsessing over the Cherry Coco stamps and stickers (Sam even said I kind of look like her heehee) and started buying (eep!) them to decorate my photos. They instantly make any photo more kawaii, and more interesting. But starting today I vow to stop and I’m blogging about it as an intervention—please stop me from buying any more stickers!

:x Steph

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An Open Letter to My Hair

by marla
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Posted in Beauty & Trends, Pretty Girl |

Dear Hair,

I know our relationship hasn’t been perfect. Most days we’re pretty okay friends, but NGL, sometimes I hate you so much I’m just tempted to get rid of you altogether. Not entirely your fault though—I’ve inflicted so much damage on you and made so many bad decisions at your expense over the years, and I’d like to apologize. I’m sorry about that time I cut most of you off for a stiff chin-length bob that made me look like Dora the Explorer, except not as cute. I’m sorry about that time I dyed you the wrong shade of red, which turned orange after a couple of weeks. I’m sorry about all the times I’ve subjected you to the harsh sun, or soaked you in chlorine or saltwater for hours. I’m getting better at taking care of you: I’ve learned to condition every day, do a once-a-week at-home treatment, get a trim regularly, and only go to colorists I trust.

Last week you and I went on a date to Color My Hair Technical Salon. I showed them a peg of Lily Aldridge’s lovely ombre (my dream for you since foreverrr), and they went to work right away. I loved how they knew who Lily Aldridge (and even Gemma Styles!) was—no blank looks that made me feel embarrassed. They promised they’d treat you right—and they did.

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At the end of the session, you were the perfect ombre with subtle highlights, blended carefully and seamlessly. You didn’t feel dry or damaged, and it didn’t look like I’d be crying over your state in a few days. They even blow-dried you into soft waves and gave me instructions on how to make sure your new color stays put. Since then we’ve been so happy together; except for the occasional maintenance trim, I can’t imagine anything I’d like to change about you at the moment.


You and I are definitely more than “pretty okay” now. :-)


Color My Hair Technical Salon is located at the 5th floor of The Atrium, SM Megamall. For inquiries, please call them at 637-0717 or 0916-6099587. You may also email them at, like their Facebook page Color My Hair, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @cmhmanila. Bonus: Owner Ari Hortaleza is super fun to talk to about hair trends, makeup, and One Direction!

Bruno Mars: The Philanthropist

by angel
Friday, March 21st, 2014
Posted in Candy |

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Just this afternoon, I caught a glimpse of half-Pinoy pop superstar Bruno Mars. He wasn’t singing his hits or busting out some dance moves. Instead, he was giving a check for $100,000 (that’s about 4.5 million pesos!) to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163. The money will be used to help children who lost their homes and families after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda. Way to go, Bruno! :D


Are you watching his concert at the Arena tomorrow? I wish I could but tickets were sold out fast! I guess I’ll just be listening to his album on loop tomorrow night. :(( :musicnotes:

BM1 copy lores

Wishing for a miraculous gift of free tickets,

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by marla
Friday, March 14th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired, Spotlight |

Candy turns 15 this month, and every time March rolls around I often reminisce back to 1999, when I picked up that first issue with Amanda Griffin on the cover and fell totally in love with the magazine. (I’m still smitten now—obviously!)

1999 was also the year I fell in love with Popular, a TV series that ran for a mere two seasons and ended up going off the air in 2001. But even in that short span of time, this show made such a huge impact on my young self. Popular tells the story of Sam McPherson and Brooke McQueen, two girls on opposite ends of the popularity spectrum who are forced to enter each other’s worlds when their parents get married. I loved it for its snappy dialogue, cute boys (one blonde, one brunette, of course!), and fascinating plotline, but more than anything, I loved it because its characters were complex and layered enough to help me see that there are so many dimensions and aspects to popularity. The popular girl isn’t always cruel and doesn’t always wear head-to-toe pink, and the unpopular girl doesn’t always wear glasses and braces, stuttering at her shoes every time someone talks to her. At 13—the perfect age to be introduced to high school power struggles—I began to understand how people aren’t usually what they seem, and that it pays to look beyond the surface. I saw how blurring the lines between friendship and romance can either be disastrous or spectacular, how you should always choose to be kind, and how even the ones who supposedly have it all together can crumble at the slightest touch.

Even the show’s theme song, “High School Highway” by Sydney Forest, is a commentary on turbulent teen existence: To bend and not to break/ chin up, try not to quake/ I’m grinning on the outside/ but I’m a wreck internally. At some point it describes Sam as the girl “with freckles on her nose and a longing in her heart; pretending not to care is her science—no, it’s her art” and Brooke as both “the perfect size two cheerleader” and “a ravenous starving artist painting her own doubt.”

Most of the show is available for streaming online—a delightful fact I recently discovered—and I highly recommend you watch it. Don’t forget to let me know what you think!


Add To Your Reading List: Tamora Pierce

by kaye
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Posted in Candy, Spotlight |

Remember when I said I would read a book for every week of 2014? Yeah, it’s not going so well. My weekends are mostly spent catching up with my friends and family so I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. At the very least, I can say that I’ve read more new books in two months than I did for the whole of 2013!

Right now, I’m on the third book of Tamora Pierce’s The Circle of Magic quartet. As you can probably tell from the title of the series, it’s a YA fantasy quartet. The series revolves around these four kids who are brought together to the Winding Circle temple to learn how to control their very powerful magic.

Circle of Magic

The books are quite old (and probably meant for people in their teens or younger) but I can’t resist a good Pierce—she’s probably my favorite author ever. I first discovered her in high school as a baby feminist sick of not finding enough girls in fantasy literature. I picked up The Song of the Lioness quartet (about a girl named Alanna who disguised herself as her twin brother to earn a knighthood) and devoured all of her other books set in Tortall. What I loved about them was that she always wrote about female protagonists who worked hard—harder than boys even!—achieved their goals, and dealt with the prejudices that came with being a girl in a man’s world.

I like love stories as much as the next person but give me a good adventure any day!

What kind of books do you like to read, Candy Girls? Let me know in the comments! :)

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by: guest, 2014-04-15

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