OOTD: Spring Pink

Chinese New Year Spring Outfit

The year never actually starts until after Chinese New Year. Being Chinese, ushering in the New Year with a new animal usually means a change of luck – usually for the better. That being said, January is thus a “trial month” because nothing actually gets done until mid-Feb.

The celebration of the arrival of Spring, is also a season of renewal. This, thus results in the yearly ritual of wearing new clothes from head-to-toe on the first few days during visitations. It was a bit of a mad rush this year. H and I only returned 2 days before the first day of the Lunar New Year and aside from shopping for new clothes, spring cleaning the house is another important ritual that happens before the New Year. There is much significance in throwing out the old to welcome the new; my wardrobe certainly subscribes to this saying seeing how it is already bursting at the seams.

Outfit wise, red is usually the popular color of choice. Bright colors are favored signifying bright times ahead. This year I decided on a pink jumpsuit appropriately printed with flowers. And, I even went as far as having flowers on my nails with DIY stickers.

I hope you all had a wonderful Lunar New Year celebration.

Here’s to the Year of the Monkey bringing us good luck, fortune and abundance!

Spring Chinese New Year Outfits

Spring Chinese New Year Outfits

Chinese New Year Nail Art DIY

Valentine’s Day with Te Amo

Te Amo Valentine's Day Bonifacio Global City

I haven’t forgotten about Valentine’s Day despite the rush to prepare for the arrival of the Year of the Fire Monkey. To be fair, February kinda crept up on me. Perhaps it was a trait of the cheeky monkey, but luckily I was prepared for the arrival of Spring and the celebration of love with some fresh blooms and the Hattie white lace dress from Tularosa.

Te Amo Valentine's Day Flowers Manila

H and I were part of the Valentine’s Day photoshoot with Te Amo Floristeria, and there is something about being around fresh flowers that invigorates you.

Te Amo Valentine's Day Flowers Manila

It is easy to fall in love with the man I married every single day, but it still makes my heart skip a beat when I see him with beautiful blooms.

Te Amo Floristeria Bonifacio Global City Manila

Having flowers in the house certainly brightens up the atmosphere. And in the season of love, Te Amo Floristeria is giving away a preserved rose in a elegantly encased glass box.

Te Amo Valentine's Day Flowers Manila

1) Simply follow me @msvalerielim and @teamofloristeria on Instagram.
2) Repost the photo onto your Instagram feed. Don’t forget to include #AlwaysTeAmo and #TeAmoGiveaway.
3) Tag me and Te Amo… and you are done!

Winners will be picked at random and make sure your account is public so we can see the post. The preserved rose must be claimed in Te Amo Floristeria, Bonifacio Global City.

Good luck!

How to Build Confidence

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being able to speak to a group of young teenaged women who were aspiring to be Sports Casters for the Women’s National Collegiate Atheletic Association (WNCAA) Philippines. Courtesy of Converse Philippines, they went through a full-day workshop where they got make up tips from Bobbi Brown, picked up pointers on self-presentation and public speaking from Rizza Diaz, a current Sports Caster with the WNCAA.

2016 Converse WNCAA VJ Hunt

I covered specifically the area of self-presentation and how to be confident both ON and OFF camera. It was heart-warming to be able to share with these ladies, because when I was a teen myself, I struggled with confidence issues. Therefore, self-presentation and confidence building is a topic quite close to my heart.

Now, standing at 5’11”, I love being tall. But it was not always like that. Before, I used to be self-conscious about the fact that I was always taller than everyone else. Not only did I feel I was different from everybody else, I LITERALLY stuck out from the crowd.

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OOTD: Tropical Lace

The heat is upon us but living in the Fort allows me to walk from one meeting to another. Although to be fair, most of our meetings are usually held at our new joint, Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe.

REVOLVE Clothing Tularosa Clayton Top

Regardless, nothing like a bit of lace for a touch of elegance. I stay comfy in a pair of skinny jeggins and my trusty sneakers for all that cardio. This is also a casual enough look for a baby shower for my Miss Universe batchmate, Shamcey Supsup-Lee.

REVOLVE Clothing Tularosa Top Clayton

There is something to be said about high necklines – or a hint of it, in this case, that ups your style game. With a little bit of imagination, the neckline actually reminds me of my 2009 Miss Earth National Costume. Except, the latter was almost entirely hand-made and designed by my mom and me.

I can’t get enough of lace this season. In fact, this Tularosa Clayton lace top is also available in red and a tunic. Definitely worth checking-out in time for Chinese New Year. Yup, Chinese New Year is less than a month away. What are you wearing to usher in the Year of the Monkey?

Shop the Tularosa top HERE and tunic HERE.

REVOLVE Clothing Tularosa Clayton Top

Photos by Hungry Geeks

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2016 lovelies!

There is no better time than the first day of the new year to start fresh on a clean slate. Whether it is habits that we want to change, things we wish to accomplish, the yearly New Year Resolutions set the tone for the days ahead.

To be honest, I have never been one for New Year Resolutions. This is the single reason why in previous years my New Year’s post on the blog shows up a day or two late, plus I only ever have one resolution year after year:

To keep an open mind regardless of what I do.

Moving into 2016, H and I are embracing our new home in the Philippines and facing new challenges with our businesses. In retrospect, 2015 was most certainly a year of change. Aside from moving to a new country, we both switched jobs and the cherry on the cake was tying the knot… 3 times. So for 2016, it is only appropriate that I lay some ground rul.. I mean make some New Year Resolutions to keep us on the right track.

1. To keep an open mind

This resolution has been a mainstay in my list year after year and it has never failed me. Whether it’s meeting new people, taking a 21-hour layover in between a normally 3-hour flight, listening to a different opinion, dog-sitting even though I don’t have a dog myself, I say keep an open mind, go ahead and give it a shot. As long as it doesn’t compromise the health and safety of yourself or the people around you, why not? At the end of it, you’ll most certainly have an interesting story to write about.

2. Exercise daily

Now this may seem a little excessive, but exercising everyday does not mean just going to the gym and pumping them weights. When I say I will make it a point to exercise every day, it will be a different activity each day. Perhaps Monday I will do the 7-minute workout, Tuesday could be cycling day, running could be the next and perhaps yoga at the end of the week.

3. Play tennis once every 2 weeks

Including tennis into the daily exercise resolution surely mixes things up a little bit. I have always been a badminton player, so learning tennis really challenges me to change up my swing… And give the old grey matter a workout too.

The other reason for this new sport is that H is a pro at it. Since we will also be working together, I want us to have couple time together outside of work, playing a sport he loves.

4. Be positive

Outfit of the Day - New Year Resolutions 2016

Always looking on the bright side of things when the going gets rough is a mental skill that certainly needs lots of training. Being an entrepreneur means wearing many hats and some times that can make it seem as though I am being overwhelmed. Staying positive and tackling each to-do could probably be the most difficult but also most valuable skill in my arsenal.

TRAVEL: SG50 in Manila

It has been almost over a month since H and I last moved here in Manila and we have been indulging ourselves and getting to know the Filipino culture quite well (read: FOOD FOOD FOOD!)

We didn’t think that we would actually miss Singapore food since we were just there, but when we heard about the SG50 in Manila celebration put together by the Singapore Embassy, and the food stalls that were going to be there, we just could not say no.

SG50 in Manila Celebrations

We missed the celebrations in Singapore on August 9 because we were in the States doing a (sort of) patriotic thing by getting married, so this was a nice way of making up.

SG50 in Manila Celebrations

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