Friday, December 31, 2010

10 Superficial Resolutions for 2011

1. Eat less chocolate. I eat soooo much chocolate. I tell you it's an addiction. My favorite ones are anything with hazelnut hence my undying love for Nutella.

2. Use reusable bags for groceries instead of plastic bags. I know it's much better for the Earth and blah blah but my main reason. I am running out of space for them. Plastics bags are completely taking over my kitchen!! I can't fill trash cans enough to decrease my mountainous stash.

3. Consume more calcium. Ok. So most of you know that I call myself "lactarded". Basically, I'm lactose intolerant. I seriously need to take supplements so I don't get all brittle and bow legged when I'm older.  I know I'm  late but I recently discovered Lactaid milk. Whoever invented that stuff is genius! I fell semi normal when I drink it.

4. Clean up my ipod. It's a jumbled mess. There are songs on it that when I listen to them, I cringe. Makes me really realize how much I've changed..more like progressed when it came to music selection. I can't take anymore Britney Spears unless I'm sloshed and to be more particular...sloshed in Vegas. It's Pia b#$ch!

5. Drink beer. You're thinking..what? I don't drink beer but I feel I must start because the harder stuff is a bit expensive when going out. I think I can drink a girly beer like Bud Lime or my favorite pub..Pub Dog. I can actually drink their peach beer like a sailor. It's actually very Harry Potter esq drink. lol.

6. No more purses. I actually think I'm on track on this already. I haven't bought a new handbag in quite a while. Thank goodness. I'm turning out to be like Imelda Marcos of purses.  No, no. Don't wanna be that. I'm already having issues with closet space. sheesh.

7. Go to DC more for their museums. I don't take advantage enough of the Smithsonian and the amazing art galleries. I need to be inspired and stimulated more and there's nothing like roaming a museum for free!! Just gotta stay away from creepy men in the metro.

8. DVR less. Why you ask? I'm getting too used to not have to watch commercials. This is really annoying when I'm watching the news in the morning and I'm forced to watch them. I mean, I can't DVR news!! It wouldn't be current!! This is also very tough during football games. ugh!

9. Open a bottle of wine on my own like a big girl. Luckily, a dear friend of mine bought me a contraption made for dummies. Hopefully, I'm a dummy and not less. I'm still hesitant and don't think I can do it.  Positive thoughts Pia!

10. Get more sleep for goodness sake. This is quite important. Need more beauty sleep and less MacBook action.  Yeah, OK.

I call these my superficial resolutions for a reason. If I break them, it's not the end of the world for me. I know that there are more important things in life I have to conquer and accomplish for 2011. Those I'm keeping sacred and to myself because I want them to come true! You'll just be hearing about those resolutions once they come true!  I promise.

Happy New Year!!!! Let's all make our 2011 a memorable one and more importantly, prosperous.
Love Pia. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas at "Home"

I wanted to share this video I stumbled upon. It made me miss the Philippines and how fun Christmas is there. Whenever I talk about the Philippines, I use the word "home" because that's where I was born and where my earliest childhood memories belong. This video made me truly grateful for being able to experience this type of holiday cheer for the first eight years of my life. Now, I gotta make sure that the next time I go home, it will be for Christmas and New Years. I miss this so much :)  Have a blessed Christmas everyone!!! Enjoy it with the people you love and cherish.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Luxurious Winter

This is a great way to mix patterns.

Let me make this known first. I do not have the budget for Dolce and Gabbana but I think it's important to look at designer collections and interpret it for yourself. You can find similar sweaters and patterns that's more affordable. I know that's what I'll be doing. I am just gushing over the cozy reindeer sweaters. I gotta find me similar ones because it's just way too cold where I'm from. This will make Winter more bearable for me. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Not So Preppy

My Personal Favorite. This reflects my style almost perfectly.  Dressy yet casual. Girly yet a bit tomboyish. Neat but still messy.  Love, love, love. 

Impressive. Indeed. JCrew, you've shocked me. This is not your usual type of line. I love that it's not straight forward preppy which I really dislike (sorry, just my preference). I like clothes with personality and more importantly, has that vintage look. This line makes me want to go thrifting now! My hope is that whoever is the new creative director for Jcrew continues with this type of line because it just might gain a new follower. :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Where the Magic Happens

My tiny but very capable kitchen. Heart of my home. Excuse the one broken drawer :)

A closer look for all you really nosey people. hehe. I know I am!

Notice my Nigella Lawson cookbooks.  Gotta keep em close!
That's where the magic happens ladies and gents. Get your mind out of the gutter if you thought I was referring to something else. :) To me, cooking is a big stress reliever. I de-stress in my kitchen whether I am cooking or organizing my spices. My goal is to one day be as good as a cook as my mama. She can whip up a meal in less than 30 minutes. Beat that Rachael Ray! I can't leave out another section of my condo that is very dear to my heart. My accessories bookcase. Yes! I've turned my bookcase into the home of my babies. I'm very proud of it. Makes me feel like I have my own boutique. lol. See for yourself. 

I might need to upgrade to a taller bookcase. I still have my other children (purses) stuffed in my closet. I feel so bad for them. They need to play too right? that's where I placed my tv remote! Been looking everywhere for it. lol

Friday, November 26, 2010

If I Were a Boy

Grandpa sweater. A must.

Lucky kid. Mom knows how to dress. 

Such a light, summery outfit. Seersuckers!

I HEART leather jackets.

Love the way he wears his scarf.

Classically Stylish. Bravo Grandpa!

There you have it. My wardrobe....If I Were A Boy. I admit. You can find some of these in my wardrobe. Guys beware. I will raid your closet :) Gracias.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Heart Of Life is Good

I hate to see you cry
Lying there in that position
There's things you need to hear
So turn off your tears and listen

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

You know it's nothing new
Bad news never had good timing
Then the circle of your friends
Will defend the silver lining

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who's misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good

I know it's good   -    John Mayer

Let's all be thankful for everything we've been given. No matter the circumstances. This song thoroughly expresses my message for this Thanksgiving season. I'm so fortunate to have the best family and friends a girl could have. I love you all and thank each and everyone of you for being in my life and making me realize that the Heart of Life is good and to enjoy The Little Things Too. So enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Let's eat folks!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Music Therapy

Who needs a therapist when there's music?  Music is a HUGE part of my life. I had a brief stint with violin in the third grade and played the piano for a couple of years and even competed. Oh and can't forget my handbell. Yes, you heard right. Handbells. I'm so grateful that my parents allowed me to take lessons and love and appreciate music even more. So, it's only natural that I have a certain inclination to use music as an expression. Here are a couple of musicians I think are innovative and not scared to stick out in the sometimes very predictable music industry. Music should not only provide you with fun times but also as a means to open your eyes to something new.  Here are the artists that's constantly playing on my Ipod especially during my drive to work. Some old, some new. All goodies. 

Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Mark Ronson - Record Collection


Robyn - Body Talk Pt.1 and Pt. 2

Cee Lo - The Lady Killer. I've been listening to this song quite a bit. Makes me happy. Here's a link.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Berry, Berry Nice

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010

Mulberry Fall 2010

Two of my favorite designers of the moment. Just so happens they are both British. I love the toughness of Burberry and it's luscious shearling coats and of course, their thigh high boots!! Mulberry on the other hand has that quirky, feminine feel which I think is right on. Their bags are to die for as well. Mulberry recently released a a line of their very affordable bags with Target. I hope you all had a chance to grab some from Target. Their handbags start from about $600 and can go up to to infinity. The Mulberry for Target only goes up to $50. Here are the two I risked my life for. Run to your nearest Target gals. Their might still be some left. Guys, they are perfect holiday gifts. Affordable too. :)