Friday, January 31, 2014

It's Saturday

It's  Saturday and it should be one heck of a fun day. Come on guys! Get your butt off the bed and spend this beautiful day with great and upbeat music. I know probably most of you had a great night last night but the fun never stops last night. Shake that booty and  sweat out the alcohol in your system. There is no valid reason to nurse yourself and spend this day on the bed. Again, get up with some cool music and dance this day away and surely you'll have the energy to party again later. Here are some of the coolest songs that can surely have you dancing like crazy.

Can't Remember to Forget You - Shakira feat Rihanna

Timber - Pitbull feat Ke$sha

Monster - Eminem fet Rihanna

Feel this Moment - Pitbull feat Xtina

Thursday, January 30, 2014


We are all striving for success in something. But whatever it is we are aiming for, we can't compare it to others. It doesn't mean that if a person in a position is successful simply because of her career. She may have a different meaning of what successful is for her. And it also doesn't mean that a person with a nine to five job isn't successful at all. She may already feel successful as she has a stable job. You see, success is subjective. My success is different from my sister's or my best friend's. What is important is for us to know exactly what we are striving for and work your butt off in achieving it.

Here's a reading from thedailylove that provides an insight about the fact that  success is not one-size fits it all formula. Hope you enjoy it.

Everyone is striving for it, lots of people are talking about it and there are experts for every aspect of it. Every business strategist or happiness coach out there has a different set of steps they must take to become successful. And they would work great if people were all the same, from the same background, with the exact same life experiences, desires, dreams and goals. But they’re not. What resonates with one person might make no sense at all to another. Does this mean that someone is wrong and someone is right? No, it just means that there is no one size fits all formula for success. Your job is to find what fits your scenario and feels right to YOU.
I learned this early on in my career as a talent agent. I was very ambitious and believed that part of my winning formula was to just work harder and longer than everyone else. I made assumptions about the happiness level of super successful agents based on their famous clients and their big homes in Malibu (Obviously happy, right? Who wouldn’t be?). As my salary increased and my own clients became more famous, people started making those same erroneous assumptions about me. Friends and family who were not in the business assumed since I had ‘made it,’ obviously I too was happy now that my life was easy – all private jets and comped nights in Vegas, right? Um, no… not at all, actually. At first their assumption of my overall bliss-filled success made me feel great. Eventually, though, all of the positive feedback created confusion between how I thought I should feel, and how I actually did feel. I wanted to feel as amped up about my career as others did. So I kept pushing and became more and more ‘successful.’ I kept seeking feelings of contentment and satisfaction that didn’t come.
I realized that success, for me, is all about balance. The dysfunction that I witnessed and experienced throughout my career could not have been further from a balanced life. I eventually recognized this and left that career to create my own version of  success.
While for me success and balance go hand in hand, some of my nearest and dearest friends have a totally different, and sometimes polar opposite view on what success is and how to get it.
For instance, my dear and brilliant friend Danielle LaPorte thinks balance is a myth. Her road to success is about being ALL IN, keeping your word and banging it out. She told me the story of writing her enormously successful, Desire Map in about a third of the time it should take. She said, “I just wrote and wrote and wrote and when it was done, I collapsed for a month.” Working hard then resting hard, or, as she recently said, “Full out to full Savasana.”
Author and Speaker and close pal, Simon Sinek believes that true success is dependent on knowing the why of what you are doing. He gives examples throughout his work of companies and people who knew why they were doing what they were doing and how this distinction created massive success. He offers a totally transformational way of not only looking at success but backing into it based on what truly motivates you (your own why). His recently released book, Leaders Eat Last, is transforming business leadership just as his bestselling, Start with the Why, transformed the way we find our way to success.
Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins believes that success is all about action. The more action you take toward pleasure, the more likely you are to have success. Robbins understands that many of the decisions people make cause them a lot of pain, yet they continue to make the same choices. When you get into a new habit of action away from what hasn’t worked, you open up opportunities for a totally new life.
While it can be very helpful to learn about success from others, when it really comes down to it, your success starts and ends with you. (Tweet-worthy!) More than anything success is about a feeling state. Ask yourself ‘how do I feel when I’m most successful?’ Once you’ve answered this, you can begin to create your own road map to success. Maybe success for you isn’t about knowing why you are doing what you do, but taking action really lights you up. Or maybe you’re more like Danielle and a full out to full stop work flow feels right with balance not really being in the mix. There is no right or wrong, just what is right for you.
I want hear hear what success means to you and how it feels. Please drop a comment and share your success struggles and triumphs with me and our Daily Love family.
I hope you have an awesomely successful week and, as always, take care of you.
Love Love Love


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throwback: My Alma Mater and Me

In more ways than one, it is during our teenage years  we started building ourselves, deciding on our own and working towards our dreams. And what place do we, at least, owe our success right now other than our University. It is during that 4 years that we started to build our character, to have a glimpse of independence, to make our own decisions, to fall in love, and to fall out of love. Most of us would reminisce about the fun times we had during these years, but underneath all that fun are lessons learnt and a whole lot of character building. During these times we started to know the value of money - budgeting our allowances was no joke. I can still remember separating money for my basic expenses (transportation & food) and the remaining for good times.  I also do  keep 100 bucks at the back of my mobile phone for emergency uses.  And, do you remember the term teacher's pet/s - well, we all hate these people. But I think they have prepared us with the Corporate Politics in the workforce. And lots more of lessons we never imagined our College lives have prepared us other than algorithms, history, and literature. So enough of the serious stuff, now I am going to probably write a series of throwback entries about Me and my Alma Mater: The parties, first love, passion, hardships and anything under the sun about my personal experience during the self-formative years I spent in the University. But first, let me start by introducing the University that I am so lucky to be a graduate of. 

Without further a do, I am proud to say that I am a Thomasian. I graduated from the oldest University in Asia - the Royal and  Pontifical , University of Santo Tomas (UST)  and the Catholic University of the Philippines. I am not exaggerating about all the adjectives connected to the name of my Alma Mater. It is in fact, it's title. Its complete name is The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (SpanishA La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino Universidad Católica de Filipinas).It was given the title "Royal," by King Charles III of Spain in 1785; "Pontifical" by Pope Leo XIII on 1902 in his constitution, Quae Mari Sinico, and the appellative "The Catholic University of the Philippines" by Pope Pius XII in 1947. (History of UST

By oldest, I mean, come on, we just celebrated our 400 years last 2011. Westerns, I know you have older universities but at least we got that superlative for the Asian Version.  With us being the oldest, you would know that we have also some old & well-restored buildings. Well, I can say that my University can be an attraction if you go visit Manila – especially the “main” building wherein you will also see the Artifacts Museum.  You must go visit the place and have some of your pictures taken – well, probably with some students on the background too.  Here are some of the photos of my University on my external hard disk.  Let me tour you (virtually) to some of the scenic places/structures that you will see around the campus. Viva Santo Tomas! 

The Big UST (that is me leaning on the T)

400 sign somewhere around the campus

Arch of the Century

Fountain of Wisdom

Lovers' lane (what the students call it)

Miguel de Benavides 


the "Main" Building

The Quattromondial Statue

Of course, we are so proud of reaching 400

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When in Singapore: Indonesian BBQ Grill

I am going to discuss another local favorite here in Singapore. A dish borrowed from across the shore - our dear Indonesia. Introducing the juicy and tasty Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken). The reason why I like it so much is because it tastes like the chicken barbecue from the very famous restaurant in Manila, Aristocrat. (I guess that's a way foreigners try to lessen homesickness - looking for dishes with taste close to something from their home country).

Ayam Panggang is simply a grilled chicken (mostly leg part), with that special barbecue sauce. The meal is partnered with plain white rice (with option to put curry on it. I recommend you to try it with curry) and scrambled egg (sliced like a pizza). Sometimes, the meal includes a spoonful of veggie as your side dish and a simple soup. This meal is only less than 10 dollars - that's making it extra amazing.

So here's a treasure find from different hawker centers in Singapore (take note that not all hawker / kopitiam / food republic places have this dish). I have tried this dish in Ion Orchard, Marina Square and Dhoby Ghaut. So far, all tastes great.  The next time you visit Singapura, you can shy away from Chinese meals and try this lovely Indonesian dish that you will surely love.

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When in Singapore is a series of entries featuring the beautiful Singapore - it’s people, it’s culture, it’s food and it’s places). Join me in my journey to get to know this country deeper.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Book: Maybe Someday

I have at least an hour to spend in hopping trains everyday to go to office. One hour is pretty much a long time to spend just people-watching, or if I get the chance to sit then I sleep (which this option comes twice a month). So I have developed a new hobby to make use of this one hour wisely - it's reading novels, chic literature and romance in particular. I always joke about that since I don't have a love life then these books make me feel the tingles. HAHA.

So right now, I am going to share with you about the book I have recently finished. This is from one of my favorite authors - Colleen Hoover. The title of the book is Maybe Someday.

Maybe Someday is about two people who met each other in a very unusual way - thru their balconies and thru their passion with music. However, their friendship and attraction are tested in the time their hearts belong to other people in their lives - one with a very good relationship, and the other a very bad betrayal. Question is, how can these two people whose hearts are disturbed and/or belong to other fight with how gravity pull them together? And will they ever give in with their feelings especially they share the same passion? You should probably need to read this book to know the answer. 

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
Also, I have told you that this book centers with their passion in music. And the exciting part is most of the lyrics written on the story line are real songs. Imagine, literally hearing those magical lyrics - it makes the story really interesting and heart warming. Colleen Hoover is such a good author to ever think about this brilliant idea. Here's one of the songs in the book, hope you enjoy it. 

I'm in Trouble
Griffin Peterson

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lifehouse: Hanging by a Moment

When  you feel down, sometimes the best company is your favorite music. Yes, I feel like I am, once again, at the crossroads of life. It feels like I have a whirlwind of emotions weaving thru my veins and in any minute I may explode and burst into tears. Okay, this maybe too much of exaggeration, but sometimes, it just hits you and for me, there's no better way to calm down than to listen to good ol' music.

If someone would ask me what is my favorite song, the top of my list is this song from Lifehouse - Hanging by a Moment. Why do I like it? well, the melody is good, but the lyrics are insane. Enjoy! and I hope this can calm you down too. 

I'm desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
I'm chasing after you

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I'm lacking
Completely incomplete
I'll take your invitation
You take all of me now

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

There's nothing else to lose
There's nothing else to find
There's nothing in the world
That can change my mind

There is nothing else
There is nothing else
There is nothing else

I'm desperate for changing
I'm starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
I'm chasing after you

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

Just hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment here with you

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bombshell Brownies

I love sweets and that's not a secret at all. I love anything that's made of chocolate and sugar - it's fattening I know, but how can I resist a box of Ferrero Rondnoir or a freshly made New York Cheesecake? At first bite of anything sweet, I know I have fallen in love all over again. It's not an exaggeration, I mean it; that's how I feel whenever I have the chance to taste a good chocolate bar or a cake or both. So the next time you see me moping, pouting or having a bad day, you can bring back my biggest grin through a calorie-packed chocolate bar.

With all that being said, if there's one hobby that I have developed in living alone overseas, it's definitely baking. Satisfying your own weakness and cravings is necessary. Plus, I get to de-stress too. And the best part of all, I get to share my creations with others. We never know, I can sell these goodies, make lots of money; and make others love me, if they haven't yet. HAHAHA! I am still a beginner though. Sometimes, I forget to add some ingredients and waste a batch of goodies. But I don't stop until I perfect it. 

First challenge in pursuing this hobby is searching for great recipes out there. You can either buy cookbooks or check the web for recipes. I am looking for great recipes from the internet as others are giving feedbacks too to improve the recipe. 

I have tried a recipe from : It's a recipe of a gooey and fudgy brownie. Personally, I don't like fluffy brownies. What I love is a brownie that's gooey, or at some point, hard and very chocolatey. When I saw this, I didn't have a second thought to try it, and damn, it's soooooooooooooooooo good. It's gooey, it's fudgy, and it's uber chocolatey. Colleagues did give a 2 thumbs up for the recipe and wanted me to bring more next time. I'll probably make this again and will make sure to share the happiness to others. 

"Seduction straight from the oven! Rich, dark, and chocolatey, this brownie recipe uses cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and butter, of course, to make an ultra intense chocolate treat." -

It looks like a block of dark chocolate! So chocolatey!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


We often forget the meaning of another morning, or another day. We never see it as something good, a new start, a new beginning. Most of the time, we dwell on our problems/hardships too much that when we wake up we only see another day of suffering, or another day of pain. Or sometimes, we see our life as a routine that another day is just the same day as yesterday or the day before that. Let's start appreciating what a new tomorrow is, a day to be better and a day of progress. This article from thedailylove further reminds me of what a Good Morning really is. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.  

One of my favorite things about life is that we all get a chance, once a day, to start over.
The morning comes bearing gifts of renewal, redemption and a chance to start all over again. The fresh dew on the leaves glimmer as the sun is just starting to poke her head out from the horizon and imbue each morning with the promise of revival. Moments like these remind me that life goes on.
And not only does life go on, but this very morning you have a chance to make a new decision about HOW it goes. I know I don’t get it perfect; I mess up every day. When I first started trying to kick sugar, I failed 20 times a week. But I try and try again. And each day I am closer to my result.
The same thing goes for goals, achieving dreams and the quality of your life. You may not have gotten it perfect in the past, but perfection is never what we can really achieve – only progress. When you stop trying to be perfect and embrace progress OVER perfection, you free yourself to live a life on your terms. (Tweet-worthy!) We, my friend, are human beings, and by our very nature, we are not perfect.
But what we can do is welcome the promise of the morning, of each new day that reminds us that we can try again and today get it 1% more right. We can be 1% more on our own side, we can love ourselves 1% more and we can come 1% closer to our dreams.
You and I don’t need to get it all done today, because we can’t; but we can achieve 1% more than we did yesterday. We can forgive ourselves 1% more than we did yesterday. We can show up for our loved ones 1% more than we did yesterday.
The promise of the morning inspires me every day. Today, I am going to do 1% better than I did yesterday. Day by day, slowly but surely, these small incremental changes will bring about MASSIVE change in our lives.
Embrace the promise of renewal each morning, and for today, don’t try to be perfect, just be 1% better than you were yesterday.

Let’s get there, together, one day at a time. Will your join me?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Throwback: Happy Kid in Disney

I guess it’s every kid’s dream to go to Disneyland. Once in your lifetime, you just have to be there and be a kid all over again (if you happen to visit the place past your puberty, like I do). And for those parents who aim for their kids to visit this at their young age, well, I guess, it’s something your kid will treasure (Hooray for you). Because, let’s face it, the rides are way too kiddy for people of Generation Y (yes! I am included in that category). I don’t know with you, but when my friends and I planned to visit Hongkong, without a doubt, we allocated a day for this theme park alone. And we didn’t regret any minute of it. We did enjoy seeing the Parade of Stars, well, more of cartoon characters/ mascots; a humongous Mickey and Minnie Mouse; and of course the famous Disney Castle.  It was a helluva experience to be a kid again joined by a playful clique.  I guess, there’s no better group to be with when visiting this place than with them. Overjoyed to the nth level. 

Welcome to us. Excited and Very Prepared

Yes! There's the Mickey Garden

Giddy Me! Look! there's the Disney Castle!

A kid again wishing on the well. Til now, it's not coming true. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

When In Singapore: Having Here / Take Away

As a Filipino, I am used in saying "Dine In" if I would like to eat what I ordered in a restaurant in the place itself and "take out"/ "to go" if I want to have it wrapped. So when I first tried ordering my first meal here in Singapore (I think it was the famous Chicken Rice), I was definitely not aware of the fact that those verb phrases aren't used here. Needless to say, the cashier didn't understand me and he probably thought that I wasn't speaking English. After figuring it out on my own, I finally had my chicken rice on a plate and ready to look for an empty table to finally taste this dish. I will definitely write another entry for this dish, of course. 

So back to these Singlish verb phrases;  they are pretty useful to tourists so that you will not receive that look from the cashier / uncle when you tell your orders to him. Having here is used when you would like to eat in the place itself. You can use it anywhere - hawker centres, kopitiams, or even in fast food stalls. And Take Away (Tapau? don't know if this is the right pin yin for the term) is being used whenever you want to have what you ordered wrapped up.  

So if you are going to visit Singapura, do take note of these Singlish phrases and you're off to enjoying whatever dish you want to eat. 

When in Singapore is a series of entries featuring the beautiful Singapore - it’s people, it’s culture, it’s food and it’s places). Join me in my journey to get to know this country deeper.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street

It is a funny story, I must say. It is seldom to see true to life based movies which are not history-related, tragedy-related or specifically war-related. I guess these types of movies make it to winning most Oscars/Golden Globes and high box-office sales. So, it is very refreshing to see a true-story movie with modern sets and actors who are not trying to make you cry for their death or admire their heroism. Well, this [movie] too made me cry but for completely different reason – it made me cry because I was laughing so hard. Leonardo’s  epic and hilarious. At some point, I thought if the scenes are exaggeration because of how good his performance is, but then again, there’s no need to overthink, and just enjoy the almost three-hour long film (that’s a minus for me, some obscene scenes can be taken out and the storyline is still the same). 

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical dark comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name. It was released on December 25, 2013. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s. (Wikipedia)

It may not shown how greatly affected the victims were, but, let's give it to the producers for making a totally exhilarating movie that the audience appreciated. After all, everybody wants a good laugh. So if you haven't watched the film, you better ask some friends and have a night of nothing but outrageous laugh and fun. 

Do ensure to check out the trailer below, and if you are particular about obscenities and violence of a movie, it will probably be useful to check the content advisory in this:link:

Official Trailer 

For more information, you may visit the IMDB page of this movie:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Unorthodox Bruno

I always joke about Bruno Mars being the singer sent from Heaven for Mankind. His songs are one of a kind. I mean, who doesn't love Just the Way You Are? It's been my LSS for like months and still one of my favorite songs of all time.His voice and the lyrics of his songs are out of the ordinary. If Just the Way You Are did't strike you, probably you'd go  for Marry You, Grenade, or the Lazy Song. Come on guys,  there is nothing wrong in admitting that he is GREAT. 

So enough of forcing everyone to like this man, but I would like to share with you some of the songs from his latest album the "Unorthodox Jukebox" that you may like. Well, that means, I have been playing these songs for the past week. I hope you'll like them.

Show Me


Old & Crazy (fun and lovely song- i like this so much)

Locked out of Heaven


By the way, he'll be all over Asia to perform the songs live.Anyone who can accompany me in this extravagant Moonshine Jungle 2014 Concert??  Let me know and we'll buy tickets as early as now. 
To check out the dates, you make click here:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thank You UNICEF

Apart from receiving an email about winning a lottery or a trip all over Europe or that email from your Manager informing you about that promotion you've been waiting for; a simple email thanking you for the tiniest help you've extended would definitely warm your heart. During Haiyan, I had that urge to help out. I even bombarded my contacts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with posts on the ways to help. One of the things I did during that time was donating money thru UNICEF. Why UNICEF? Well, it's a legit organization to trust your donations with. During these times of tragedy, you'd want for your help to securely be given to those in need and I knew UNICEF's  a great channel to extend that helping hand. When I donated, it definitely warmed my heart with the fact that in my own little way, I had helped my fellow Filipinos in need. But receiving the email below and truly knowing that what I donated did reach the victims, it made my heart skip a beat faster. Thank you UNICEF for being my way to reach out and help my kababayans even if I am miles away.

For all those who wish to donate, it's still not too late.  You can make a donation and help out especially the kids. Help them by donating and giving aid thru organizations like UNICEF. 

Click this link now to extend a helping hand.

Dear Tere ( Not my real name of course),

More than a month after typhoon Yolanda devastated Central Visayas, people are slowly but surely picking up the pieces, rebuilding their lives.

On a recent trip to Tanauan, Leyte I met Bernadette Segura, age 20, and her 6 month old baby Angel Grace during the ongoing mass vaccination campaign by the Department of Health supported by UNICEF and partners.

The health workers had turned a partially destroyed chapel into an immunization centre. One of the health workers picked up a megaphone and announced that free vaccines will be given to children ages 0-5 years. Within minutes, parents and caregivers trickled into the chapel with their babies and young children in tow.

Angel Grace is very well-behaved. She took her Vitamin A supplement and polio drops without a fuss, and only cried when she got her measles injection. Bernadette tells me they were lucky to escape the storm alive.

"We were home during the typhoon. I carried Angel Grace as the flood waters rose rapidly. Thankfully there were no waves. My husband was with me and he made sure I stayed afloat while I carried Angel Grace in my arms," Bernadette shared. She now lives in a makeshift shelter built from scraps exactly where her house once stood. Bernadette is thankful to be alive.

"I wasn't sure what shots to get for Angel Grace because I am a new mother. When I heard the announcement about the free vaccines I immediately came."

UNICEF works with government and partners to provide measles, oral polio vaccines and Vitamin A supplements to ensure all children from 0-5 years old in Yolanda-affected areas are protected against infections and diseases.

Bernadette is thankful. "If not for this program, my baby will not get her shots. Our home is gone, but at least we are all alive. That is the most important thing now."

We are working tirelessly to ensure children like Angel Grace have access to lifesaving interventions to help them survive and thrive despite Typhoon Yolanda. Your generous contribution makes this possible.

Thank you from your UNICEF Family!

UNICEF Philippines
UNICEF Philippines
Bernadette holds 6 month old Angel Grace while she gets checked for signs of malnutrition.

Michelle P. Borromeo
Michelle P. Borromeo
Head Fundraiser
UNICEF Philippines

Easiest Morning Look

There are moments when you don't have time to do your make-up and your hair before going out in the morning for your brunch with your friends, outdoor activities with your colleagues, or just plain and regular visit to the grocery store for your supplies. And absolutely, you have no time, when you need to wake-up for that event and you just had a great night out the night before - talk about bloodshot eyes; eyebags as big as your shopping bags; and messy hair. But you don't need to show up like a ghost or a zombie when your friends are looking great. Here's the easiest look everyone can pull off to look great and fabulous in a matter of 2 minutes or 3 minutes max. The look is composed of the biggest sunnies you have and the boldest lipstick you own(preferably Red). Your sunnies will hide those bloodshot eyes and your eyebags; and partnering it with the lipstick will give you a sultry look and definitely will complete the look. Your messy hair, leave it messy - it will add up to the sexiness of the look.

So the next time someone invites you for a great morning brunch, try this look and definitely you'll be ready and sexy. Plus, on the photos, you'll probably be the one standing out.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Here's an article I saw just recently on one of the pages I get inspiration from. Although the subject suggests a girly topic, I assure you that it's not about the lipstick alone. It has a lesson, a wake up call, a dare. I hope you like this article. Happy reading. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a lipstick kinda girl. Or at least I thought I wasn’t – until a few weeks ago, that is.
It has always taken me less than 3 minutes to put on makeup – I consider myself girly, but I’m pretty grounded in my girliness –and well, red lipstick has scared the bejeezus out of me for as long as I can remember.
It’s just so RED.
And red is just so bold – it’s so “look at me, here I am.”
Those who like to blend into the crowd clearly need not apply.
And I was like this for a while. I still sometimes feel this way. There’s a coziness, a comfort of sorts, when you blend into the crowd. But at the same time, you can also feel forgotten about, unseen, and a bit lost.
A few weeks ago, I went on a magical retreat in Sonoma called Live Free. It was led by the magnificent Nisha Moodley and Sarah Jenks. And when I got the packing list, I saw one thing that made me squirm a bit.
Bright. Lipstick.
Um, excuse me. Since when is bright lipstick a requirement for a retreat?
But, as one who follows directions and is up for the magical adventures of life, I meandered over to Sephora to check out my options.
And, let me tell you, I felt scared. This whole lipstick thing felt really scary.
Here’s what I realized though —
It wasn’t the lipstick that scared me. It was the idea of being seen.
When I was in Cape Cod last week for the retreat I recently wrote about, we sat around the fire under the full moon and pledged to release a part of ourselves that was no longer serving us. Feeling the heat of the flames on my face, I delicately dropped the white piece of scrap paper that I scribbled my commitment on and watched it melt into the fire.
And my commitment was this – to stop hiding myself from people.
That might surprise you – maybe I seem very “out there” in my newsletters and on Facebook and if we’ve met in person. And there’s a part of me that’s certainly outgoing and bubbly and over-excited.
But there’s also a part of me – and I’m pretty certain, a part of all of us – that hides myself from other people. We’re scared that if we’re really seen for who we are, maybe we won’t be liked, loved, included, valued, etc. And that can feel really super scary, so we hide, and blend in, and conform, and sure, maybe it feels safer for a bit, but ultimately it doesn’t, because you’re not only hiding from other people, you’re hiding from YOU.
You deserve to be seen and loved as is. And to be really seen by others, you have to first really see yourself.
Stop hiding. Stop blending in. The world needs to see you. You’re here on this earth to be seen. And yes, while buying (and trying on) my first tube of red lipstick felt pretty terrifying, once I put it on to go out, I felt pretty awesome. I felt more confident. I felt pretty kick ass. And get this – I was actually excited to be seen.
How can you allow yourself to be more seen? Here are some of my favorite suggestions. Let me know what yours are too. I love swapping ideas.
Buy that tube of bright (red/pink/gold/blue) lipstick
Wear a headband with a big bow on it
Choose a brightly colored work bag (no more black and brown and navy)
Sway your hips side to side as you walk on the street (I’ve legit tried this and it feels awesome)
Smile at everyone you pass by
Compliment a stranger
Wear a tiara out to dinner – because, why the hell not?
Get your nails painted a wild color – check out Essie’s colors 
Wear big dangly earrings or hoops
Talk to the person next to you while waiting in line
Go to that event where potential clients and referral partners will be hanging out 
Dance freely to your favorite jams every morning before you do anything else
Go skinny dipping
Bye bye to those baggy sweaters (or at least just save them for those extra cold days)
Ask someone out on a date (and stop waiting to be asked)
Skip in the park (at first it might feel silly, but pretty quickly, it’ll feel ah-mazing)
Host a dinner party and tell each friend to bring one of their friends so that everyone meets a new person
Offer to split a cab with someone who is also waiting for one (this one is for you NY-ers in particular)
Go out dancing, just to dance
Make eye contact
Sit in the front of the room at an event
Get a tattoo (real or temporary)
Wear a hot pink bikini
No more messy buns – hello blown out, deliciously straight or curled hair
Join a club or start your own

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Blacklist

If there is one series I encourage most of my friends to watch (except those who don’t appreciate crime series), it’s the Blacklist. This is a crime drama that premiered on NBC last September 2013. (which means if I’ll convince you to watch it, you’ll only be catching 10 episodes and after that, you’re already updated. Yay!)

The story is about a former government agent and one of FBI’s most wanted fugitives Raymond “Red” Reddington who suddenly surrenders at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC and makes a deal that can’t be refused and under one condition, Red will only speak with Elizabeth Keen (who, in the first episode, will just start her work for the FBI as a profiler on the day Red surrendered). The deal: Red will help FBI capture the most dangerous criminals who the FBI may not even know exist and he will just coordinate with them thru agent Keen. Red has developed a list of the most wanted criminals and he named it “The Blacklist” (hence, the title of the series). Together, Keen and Red will work together in capturing them.

Here is the trailer. Enjoy! (I know you will, because I did)