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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MEGA January 2014 | Beyond Accessories: PoshDated's Jena Fetalino on Iconic Purses

Behind the scenes at the MEGA shoot

Stepping into PoshDated on Arnaiz Avenue is like drifting into a bag lover’s dream. The shop becomes even more fascinating as owner Jena Fetalino shares the history behind her exquisite finds--from her rare vintage Hermès purses to her timeless Chanel collection. Such iconic pieces are not mere accessories; they are works of art that demonstrate craftsmanship and quality. Fetalino adds, “They are also meant for those [who] want something that hearken back to the fashion from a different era.”

Read the feature in this month's MEGA.

The CityLifeStylist

Monday, December 23, 2013

Now on The Fat Kid Inside | The Potluck Solution

The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest, with reunions and parties to attend left and right, tasks to be ticked off Christmas checklists, and work deadlines that need to be rushed before the new year rolls in.

With a schedule that’s packed to the brim, many of us may not have the time to share our culinary creations in every single gathering. Good thing there are delicious, easy-to-order dishes that can save the day. I’m not talking about your regular fast food fare—these are homey holiday meals available for takeout this season. 

Read the rest of the post on The Fat Kid Inside.

Happy Holidays! 

The CityLifeStylist

P.S. Make sure to call ahead to place your orders or make a reservation! Links to the Facebook pages/websites of the featured restaurants are included in the post.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Surge of Literature, Art, and Photography in the Wake of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

For the past weeks, the Philippines has been grieving. After supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept through the country, devastating reports of lost lives, homes, and entire towns have emerged. 

Amidst these trying times, however, the world has become witness to the resilience and optimism of Filipinos. I've heard interviews with people from Tacloban City--one of the hardest hit areas--in which the victims themselves were the ones giving reassuring messages via the media. Survivors in Bantayan Island in Cebu, many of whom are also reconstructing their destroyed homes, said they consider themselves "lucky" for being spared from a storm surge. 

We have all extended help in our own ways, hoping the government and the private institutions that serve as a bridge are able to distribute the funds and relief goods efficiently. But as the people of Tacloban, Bantayan, and many other affected areas rebuild their lives, they are still in dire need of our support. 

One way to keep the aid coming is to grab a copy of Surges: Outpourings in Haiyan/Yolanda's Wake, a book featuring literature, art, and photography in the wake of the supertyphoon. According to the official Facebook page, the proceeds will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in some of the most devastated areas in the country.

Join the book launch on Thursday, December 19, 6:00 p.m. at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Entrance is free, but make sure to RSVP via text or email. Please refer to the poster for the contact details.

You may also check the Facebook page for more information on how to order. It's available for only 500PhP (15USD).

See you there!

The CityLifeStylist

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UNICEF Auction for Action 2013: Funding Play-Based Learning for Disadvantaged Filipino Children

Children have the right to play. Different forms of play--whether structured or unstructured--keep children healthy and sharpen their skills in listening, observation, self-expression and even decision-making. Playing develops their minds, builds their confidence, and fosters their sense of curiosity.

In the Philippines, studies show that three out of ten children under six years old have access to any form of early learning such as day care centers. Access is said to be lower in remote, conflict- and disaster-affected areas due to a number of reasons, one of which is the lack of resources.

To address this issue, and in time for National Children's MonthUNICEF Philippines holds Auction for Action 2013. Proceeds will benefit Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP), an education program that will give disadvantaged Filipino children a learning head start.

Apart from far-flung, conflict and disaster-affected communities, UNICEF also supports the SNP program in informal rural and urban communities. The home-based learning program can be set up in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree by trained day care workers or parent volunteers who can spend two to three hours a day for a minimum of ten months guiding children as they learn through organized play.

The auction, curated and presented by UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Oseña Paez, features one-of-a-kind creations by notable Filipino artists and designers including sculptor Ramon Orlina, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo, and artist, sculptor and designer Leeroy New, among others. (See full list of participating artists and designers here.)

The online auction on eBay is from October 21 to 27, 2013. Preview the pieces on display at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City,  until tomorrow, October 26, 2013.

The CityLifeStylist

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Now on The Fat Kid Inside | Freshwater Finds

photo credit: Joseph Interior (top photo)

At age ten, I had to prepare myself for a life without seafood. Succulent shrimps, scrumptious shellfish and delicately flavorful tuna sashimi were among the many offerings of the ocean I had to give up.

Fifteen years later, I’ve gotten used to my seafood allergy. Though the selection in freshwater ponds and lakes is very limited, I could still get my fill of fish, after all.

Whether or not you’re allergic to seafood, I bet some of my favorite freshwater fare would please your palate as well. Here are a few of my finds in Manila and Cebu.

Read the rest of the post on The Fat Kid Inside.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Pinup Makeup

I've always been fascinated with everything vintage, but recently, I've been quite obsessed with the whole pinup look.

While I haven't gone as far as doing a complete overhaul on my beauty boudoir, I've certainly been updating it. The smallest details, after all, make a difference--a pair of false eyelashes, darker and more defined brows, and bold, matte lips.

Today I'm sharing my pinup-related beauty finds, from tutorial videos and pegs to must-try beauty products.

The DIY Pinup Look

Basic pinup beauty tricks

Another step-by-step guide to achieving the pinup look

The glamorous, polished pinup look may seem intimidating to recreate, but these videos make it a breeze! Learn the techniques but feel free to switch up a few things (such as lipstick shades) according to what suits your skin tone and personal preference.

Instagram Beauty Pegs

photo credits: @renee_o, @giagenevieve and @hisvintagetouch on Instagram 

Some Instagram users known to provide pinup beauty inspiration are international model Gia Genevieve (@giagenevieve), another pinup model and self-proclaimed “vintage nerd” Doris Mayday (@dorismayday), hairstylist Tony Medina (@hisvintagetouch), and one of my favorite jazz artists, Grammy Award nominee Renee Olstead (@renee_o). Their posts are always worthy of a double tap!

Key Tools

It's all about the falsies.

You can call me and my best friend Faye total fangirls of Renee O.! She is very talented, such a sweetheart, and always so glam! We took her cue and donned false lashes during her despedida performance at Merk's Place in early September. I digress, but you might be interested to know that she actually returned to Manila to perform at the concert of the "grand dame" of Filipino jazz, Annie Brazil, at Solaire Resort and Casino on October 5th! She seems to have fallen in love with the Philippines, and we Pinoys are obviously just as smitten. 

Remember to follow her on Instagram for the prettiest pinup beauty pegs!


photo credit: Zalora Philippines

There's a wide variety of falsies at Zalora Philippines. Whether you're partial to full, lush lashes or a more delicate pair, these pretty little things are sure to open up your peepers!


An easy-to-use, smudge-proof and waterproof black eyeliner is also key to achieving the perfect cat eye. I'm a fan of Maybelline's Hyper Sharp Liner, a fine tip liquid liner, and Benefit's BADgal slimline eyeliner pencil.

A non-drying matte lipstick also adds understated elegance to the pinup look. Many of my friends swear by MAC's matte tubes. The bright red Ruby Woo is by far the most popular. I've recently discovered the wonders of Chanel as well. The Rouge Allure Velvet formula keeps lips hydrated while providing a soft matte finish. I love the La Distinguée shade, a subdued peachy pink that’s chic and work-appropriate. Still on the hunt for a bold matte hue that suits my skin tone, though!

Have fun playing pinup, ladies!

The CityLifeStylist

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Now on The Fat Kid Inside | Filipino Food Identity

Like the fluid conversations and lengthy lunches that spill over to merienda and even dinnertime at fiestas, family reunions and intimate home gatherings, the pursuit to pinpoint the true identity of Filipino food seems endless.

The country’s cuisine has been shaped by a number of factors, such as diverse foreign influences from the Malays and the Spanish to the Americans and the Chinese, as well as the varied cultures, traditions, and socio-economic circumstances in every region. But while a lot of inspiration comes from their colonizers, occupiers and immigrants, Pinoys are ingenious cooks who have created—and continue to create—fresh, flavorful dishes out of borrowed recipes, each with an undeniable Filipino twist that may be attributed to indigenous cooking techniques, homegrown ingredients, or family kitchen secrets.

But there’s so much more to Filipino food that makes it extraordinary, and one cannot simply sum it up in a paragraph, in an article, or in a single book. If one wants to learn what makes food truly Filipino, he must ask not one, not two, but every Pinoy he encounters. Who could speak with greater authority on the subject than Filipinos themselves?

I myself got curious about what they would say about Filipino food identity, so I gathered some insights from a few bona fide Pinoy food enthusiasts. Five of them work with some of the country’s finest restaurants. One is the man behind what is probably the most popular street food stall in Manila, which has been around for nearly three decades. Another is an adventurous food lover who whips up the most heartwarming meals for her family and friends. The common thread that runs through them is their delight for what the Philippines has to offer their eager palates day after day.

Read the interviews and the rest of the article on The Fat Kid Inside.

Reposted from Instagram

Big thanks to Nimfa Camua, Dee Jae Pa'este, Rico Arellano, Therese Galang, Lauro "Mang Larry" Convencido, Jr., Kathryn Mackay and Nadine Howell for their contributions to this post!

The CityLifeStylist