Dulcis Vita

I'm aliiiiive! I'm still on a birthday high. This week's a week of celebration, went to 3 birthday parties! Mine included. Haha. Kamustahin naman natin ang liver ko noh? Lol. So I turned another year older. 21!!! OMG. Can't believe it. Don't basag my trip okay? Hahaha. If you read my blog, you know that I often celebrate my birthday by hibernating. This year, I wanted to hide somewhere and just go on an out of town trip with Nico, but my plan changed a week before! I'd save my epic birthday party post for later, still have to collect photos. For now, here's an outfit post taken today!!! :)

Photos by Nico Arguelles. Thanks, love!

Zara top, Plains & Prints "Audrey Hepburn" skirt, Romwe bracelet, hat & heels

Baggu canvas backpack 
(watch out for my Baggu giveaway to be posted very soon!!!)

 Onecklace.com customized "Dream" necklace

Finally got my hands on Plains & Prints' highly coveted Audrey Hepburn collection! I also wanted to get the top but no size na, so sad. Huhu. The Zara top I got on sale for just P900 I think. Love the crochet detail!!! Love my new inspirational necklace from Onecklace.com! Can't get enough of these! :) I call this outfit, the vintage boho preppy witch style. Bet? Haha.

That's it for now! I want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who remembered my special day. I read all your messages and each and every one touched me talaga. Thank you. I am so lucky to still be here! Thank you so much, Lord. More years pa ha?:) I still have a pretty full bucket list. Hihi. I have always dreaded birthdays because each year takes me one step farther away from my fun childhood. But I realized, growing old might not be so bad after all, with all the wonderful people I get to spend it with. I can't bring back the past, but I can make the most out of what I have now. I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I'm super happy. :) Sabi nga ng blog title ko, "Dulcis Vita" or Sweet Life. Okay so much feels na. Stopping now. Lol. But, thank you and I love you all!!!:) Can't say it enough. :)

Gotta go! To all the heroes out there--- Happy National Heroes Day!!! Continue shining and inspiring. :) Hope you all have a great holiday! Can't wait for this hectic, madugong (literally and figuratively haha eeew) week to be over (have 2 shoots plus styling Karylle for Showtime). Then, hello September! BER month na naman! Haha. Catch up with you guys laterzzzz. xo

Product Review: BELO Intensive Whitening Bar

Summer just ended and it left me with a pretty gross reminder: uneven skin tone. I’ve also always wanted “fairer” (not Snow White levels) skin ever since the world began. Haha. I often write about skin whitening products and procedures because I want to include you (no choice kayo haha) in my journey to better, fairer skin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the skin I was born in! But I’m exposed to the harmful rays of the sun everyday and it damages my skin. It results to “dirty” tan (a term my sister use to define ugly tan not golden, surfer tan) and I hate it. 

When it comes to skin, only trust the experts. There are hundreds of products in the market that are in essence great, but in reality are just false promises. So when I was asked to try out BELO’s newest product, Intensive Whitening Bar, I had to say yes!

I’m sure you all know the woman behind the brand, Dra. Vicki Belo. If you don’t, then it’s time to get out of the cave you are in. Her authority in beauty and health is so much, that every Filipino now believes that “If it comes from Belo, it must be effective.” Her latest product innovation in skin whitening is Belo Intensive Whitening Bar (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid). This whitening bar boasts of a unique combination of today’s two most powerful whitening actives – Kojic Acid (organic compound that produces tyrosinase and melanin giving skin a visibly lighter appearance) and Tranexamic Acid (peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation that targets stubborn dark spots).

So I tried the soap for 1 week and here are my observations: 

  1. It was surprisingly gentle on the skin! I have acute skin asthma and skin whitening products usually triggers my allergies, this did not! It’s a milestone in my skin history, really. Amazing. 
  2. I love the sweet scent and that doesn’t smell strong. 
  3. One should not soak the bar 'coz it might melt easily. 
  4. I noticed my dark spots lightening already after just a week of usage! My problem area is the skin below my butt (the one affected when you seat), now it’s lighter. Yey! 

This early, this bar soap has already been taking the country by storm, proving that Belo’s product is indeed, 64% more effective than other products with Kojic Acid alone, as evidenced by clinical studies conducted. Best thing about this is the price! So much difference for just P59.75. Try it and experience the BELO magic!

Belo Intensive Whitening Bar is available at all leading supermarkets, department stores, and drugstores nationwide at P59.75. ;)

Stylist Diaries: Ley + Dennis Engagement Shoot

As you may have noticed, I have shifted all my energy this year into my styling career. As much as I love doing campaigns and styling celebrities, my ultimate love will always be engagement/prenuptial styling! Here's a country/ranch/vintage haciendera inspired shoot I did last year featuring the lovely couple, Ley & Dennis! The couple are Singapore based so we had to communicate via WhatsApp re concepts, outfits, theme. We also had a brief meeting upon their arrival to iron out everything. Their forever & love story took years to unfold and hearing it made me believe in "soulmates" talaga or the saying, cliche man, "meant to be". Here are photos from our fun shoot!

Styling: Aisa Ipac
Makeup & Hair by: Angela Manhilot
Location: El Kabayo Stables, Subic Bay


I really had a blast working with this team and the couple, of course! It was scorching hot that day (bilang asa stable kami) but the positive energy all over made it light and fun. It was also my first time to shoot at El Kabayo and I love the place! Lakas maka Villa Quintana (alam niyo to 80s-90s babies haha). Here are some behind the scene photos!:)

Thanks to Ariel for assisting me that day! Ang galing pa mag take photos. Yey!

Helping out with props set-up! Props c/o their friend:)

 Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Caspillan! Hope to see you both soon, again!:)
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