Exploring: Ben Cab Museum

      

The wonderful art in Ben Cab Museum served as the perfect backdrop for the opening and closing spiels for my lifestyle/travel show, #TrendingWithKelly. Of course, I had to take photos for my blog as well. Both outfits are from my show’s clothing sponsor, H&M (except the grey coat, which I got from Mango last season. For my shoes, the pointed lace ups are from Vince Camuto, and the white sneakers are from Tretorn, which are available at Res Toe Run.

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3 stylish bags to fit my busy working mom lifestyle

It’s funny, I always believed that when I would become a mom my life and career would slow down to a halt. I was so sure that brands wouldn’t hire me anymore and that I would spend the rest of my days as a stay-at-home-mom and blogger. Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. My life now is actually busier than it was before, not just because I have a baby to take care of, but because work has been pouring in. I cant complain, because I love what I’m doing. I just never imagined that it would be like this, and I just feel incredibly blessed to be able to do it all and more.

Well, the reality is not all things that’s supposed to be done is finished and there are days when I just want to sleep for a week. But every morning I wake up with renewed energy (no matter how little sleep I have) and that for me is a clear sign that I am doing the right thing.

Because I am usually doing a million and one things in a day, I have to be sure I’m dressed for any occasion. My day takes me from shoots to meetings to errands and more, and most of the time I bring my little one with me. My bag needs to be stylish and comfortable, and it needs to be able to carry everything from my essentials: my wallet, mobile phone, planner, and makeup kit; Tristan’s snacks and toys; and my nursing cover. Yes, I carry A LOT of things everyday, and I need them all, so my purse has to keep up with my lifestyle.

I recently discovered Avon Designed by Jodi bag collection, which is composed of three stylish bags to suit every active woman’s lifestyle. I’ve been using them for two weeks straight and it has been with me to my Pilates classes, errands, meetings and shoots. First of all, I love how spacious the bags are–they fit everything I need, including sometimes an extra t-shirt (for those spills and little accidents). And they are durable and made well, which I think says a lot about Avon. Oh, and now I am an even bigger fan of Jodi Sta Maria, because these bags are stylish and chic! Scroll down to see how I incorporated it into my wardrobe.

The Day I Wore: Red ruffles

I’m a stickler for anything red with ruffles, so this top from H&M called out to me from across the showroom. I love how the color brightens my face–it has the same effect as wearing red lipstick. So I wore the top with ripped jeans (also from H&M), which I think worked well to balance out how frilly the top is. And slipped on my favorite leather sandals from Annie & Lori. These photos were taken on the Bridgeway of the Petronas Twin Towers while I was doing spiels for my lifestyle/travel show, #TrendingWithKelly. ❤ Happy weekend!

The Day I Wore: Ripped Jeans

   

These photos are actually from a recent shoot I did for Natalac, that was styled by my bestie Bianca Santiago-Reinoso and photographed by Sheila Catilo. We went out of the studio to take a break and ended up doing a quickie shoot (thanks to Sheila who still had her camera in her hand). The tank top and jeans I wore are both from Forever21, while my accessories were from Hey Jow!. My leather sandals are my favorites at the moment–they are from Annie & Lori. Happy Monday! ❤

My top picks at Mika’s shopping party in Max & Co

A shopping party–what a fun way to celebrate a birthday! ❤ Mika, one of my dearest and oldest friends from the industry recently celebrated her birthday at Max & Co. (an SSI fashion brand under Max Mara) and it was super fab. Not only did we have the store to ourselves (I tried on so many great pieces), we got to drink gin cocktails while shopping!

Personally, I don’t recall shopping at Max & Co., so this was a treat to be able to check their latest collection and try on their clothes, shoes and accessories. I found some great additions to my closet–scroll down to see what I liked from Mika’s birthday shopping party.

       

Happy happy birthday, Miks (this greeting is super belated), and congrats on the relaunch of your blog!!! Visit http://www.mikaelamartinez.com to read more about this gorgeous mama’s amazing life.

How this brand celebrated its 20th year in the Philippines

I can’t believe Marks & Spencer is now celebrating their 20th year in the Philippines! What a milestone! I mean, what was I doing in 1997?! Haha I think I was in second year high school at the time, and super clueless about fashion. I remember though how Marks & Spencer was all the rage (likely because it had just opened in Manila), and all the cool girls in school had Marks & Spencer underwear, socks and inner wear (we wore uniforms).

It wasn’t until I was in college and earning from my modeling stints that I did my first big purchase at Marks & Spencer, and let me tell you, I didn’t hold back. I bought the essentials, like things I basically used everyday–like underwear, socks, t-shirts, scented lotion and of course, jeans. I wanted to invest in quality, and I was right to do so because all of these lasted far longer than all the other cheap buys I made in the past. In the end I got bang for my buck, because these became closet staples that lasted for years. And since then, I always made room in my closet for Marks & Spencer.

I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic when I attended their 20th anniversary shopping party. This is a brand that saw me through my major life events–from being a student, a struggling commercial model, a fly-in model, a television host, a wife and now a mom. Marks & Spencer was with me every step of the way! I’ve got so much love for this brand.

 

At the Marks & Spencer shopping party, we were introduced to the latest technology and innovation that will be available to us soon. Amazing things like Stormwear technology, that keeps you dry as it wicks away any moisture. Cool, huh?

And we got to choose our favorite pair of jeans, and dress it up with patches and studs to customize them! Of course, there was a mini photo shoot going on, to show off the amazing fit of Marks & Spencer jeans. Patty Laurel-Filart and I gamely posed for the camera.

GUESS WHAT? To celebrate their 20th anniversary they’ll be doing monthly raffles for their loyal customers. Here we will have the chance to win an overnight stay and spa package for two at the Shangri-La at The Fort and a buffet party for 10 at High Street Café, as well as a Marks & Spencer shopping spree worth Php 50,000 (seriously). Also, another 10 customers will win Php 20,000 worth of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers. Other benefits of being a Marks & Spencer loyalty customer include birthday discounts, seasonal freebies, personalized shopping services, bonus points and more. It is nice to know Marks & Spencer loves us all back.

                 

The raffle will run until November 19, 2017. For every purchase of Php2,000.00, each loyalty member is entitled to one (1) electronic raffle coupon. One (1) winner of Php20,000.00 Marks & Spencer gift vouchers will be drawn every 20th of the month from February to November 2017.

The grand draw for all entries is scheduled for November 20, 2017. One (1) winner will win an overnight stay and spa package for two (2) at Shangri-La at The Fort with a buffet party for 10 at High Street Café, and a Marks & Spencer shopping spree worth Php50,000.00. 10 winners will be given Php20,000.00 worth of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers. Visit the nearest Marks & Spencer store to for more information.