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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tumblr Time

Drop by The CityLifeStylist on Tumblr for short, quick fashion and lifestyle updates and little things that catch my eye. I'll still be updating this blog, though! Look at the tumblelog as a notepad-slash-inspiration board--a supplement, if you will.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

Keeping Up with the Jenners

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I only learned about Kendall and Kylie Jenner, half-sisters of the popular Kardashian sisters, after seeing their interview with the Glee cast on Ryan Seacrest's YouTube page. I love their fashion choices, which are sweet, feminine pieces with an attitude!

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Just look at those elegant beige and white dresses, which look even more divine paired with classic nude stilettos.

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The girls tap their fun and funky side with a paint-splattered tube dress on Kylie and a figure-hugging long-sleeved black number on Kendall.

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I find their casual outfits and matching sneakers so adorable as well. They also have the best-fitting denim shorts, my year-round wardrobe staple!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sweep Dreams

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Floor-sweeping and ankle-grazing skirts have been spotted sashaying down the streets and the red (or blue!) carpet. In fact, my top pick for Best Dressed at the recent 2011 Teen Choice Awards is Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars, who donned this sophisticated taupe and black maxi dress. It's actually like a thigh-high cocktail dress with a nice criss-cross detail on the bodice finished off with a layer of sheer fabric from the waist down. Stunning.

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Model Miranda Kerr and model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley both look very chic in their long, flowy skirts paired with basic tops and comfy nude flats.

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Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie are proof that petite ladies can also look fabulous in maxi dresses--and they don't need heels to pull them off!

I never thought the long skirts I wore a lot during my pre-teen years would ever be in style for casual wear!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pen Pals

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These Hex Double-Ended Pens from Muji are among my favorite felt-tip pens along with my trusty Stabilo ones. I love how you get both the fine and thick lines in one pen! Both brands take forever to dry out as long as you put the caps back on when you're not using them.

They're great for taking down notes and making exam reviewers. I'm already in grad school, but colorful, grade school-ish study habits still work for me!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Subtle Pinks, Nudes and Creams

I've been preoccupied with food and travels that I haven't been able to talk about fashion as much. It's not that I haven't found anything exciting style-wise, though. As I mentioned in the last few months, I've started being drawn back to pink, and lately, my closet has been going through more color changes. Pinks, nudes and creams have moved into what used to be my largely black and gray wardrobe!

Threw in a bunch of pink, nude and cream tops and skirts, including a couple tutus, cream belts, and some opal, capiz shell and pearl jewelry. It didn't matter where I found them--from the Patpong Night Bazaar and Platinum Mall in Bangkok, to Topshop and Forever21 stores in Manila, and to the markets and street vendors in Palawan!

That explains why I spent the past half hour online window shopping on the Style by Marina website. Everything looked really pretty, but these are my favorites:

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I find the hues, fabrics and designs so fresh and classically feminine!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Crunch Time

I hope I can update the blog at least a few times a week despite the busy sched ahead! I'll be sharing about my trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, soon, but for now, here are some of my favorite crunchy munchies that are as healthy as they are delightful.

Thai Crunch Salad
California Pizza Kitchen, TriNoma (see the list of other branches here)
Underneath those crispy rice sticks are shredded Napa cabbage, slices of chilled-grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, edamame, and crispy wontons, all tossed in lime-cilantro and Thai peanut dressing which make everything even tastier. I loved the texture of all the ingredients combined and the extra crunch from the rice sticks. The serving isn't big enough to be eaten as a meal, but it's filling enough as a snack.

Oriental Chicken Salad
Don Henrico's, West Avenue (see the list of other branches here)
The fried noodles, crisp lettuce, carrots, peanuts, almonds, and sesame seeds mixed with the dressing make this salad a very crunchy concoction! The chicken is already quite piquant, so it's better to go easy on the dressing.

The SultaNut Muesli
The Muesli-Granola Kitchen and Bakeshop, Mercato Centrale
The SultaNut is a muesli mix that's great with plain yogurt, oatmeal, or alone as a healthy midday snack. Got it from The Muesli-Granola Kitchen and Bakeshop stall at Mercato Centrale. Be sure to try their yummy granola bars as well!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mercato Weekend #4: Pan de Bagnet, Manang's Chicken and More

Had another Mercato Centrale food trip last weekend, this time on a Saturday with friends. Here's the lowdown on our chow down!

Manang's Chicken
It's crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, all right, but it's also smothered in sauce! This is my new favorite fried chicken--double deep fried chicken with Manang's "secret soy garlic sauce" available in original, mild spicy, and extra spicy variants. I particularly like mine mildly spicy because it was still sweet and tasty, but also had a hot kick.

Auntie May's
I won't be gushing about Auntie May's Escargot anymore because I've blogged about it way too much already (here and here), but I'm glad I encouraged my friends to try it 'cause it was one of the dishes that they really liked. This time, though, I also got to try the new Ribs & Potatoes, which was excellent as well. The meat was tender and the barbecue sauce was sweet and slightly smoky. It reminded me of Racks' ribs sauce, though it wasn't as thick and it was less salty--just right!

Bale Dutung
I've always wanted to try the Pan de Bagnet from Chef Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung stall, but the long lines have kept me from doing so in my previous visits. We actually stumbled upon it while we were already on the prowl for desserts, but we couldn't resist! We were also lucky 'cause I think we got the last order. The crisp, slightly salty bagnet (deep fried pork belly) on a bed of onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and other herbs and spices, which had a sourness to it, was splendid. I hope they can use a different kind of bread, though, because it was quite crumbly and dry.

We also got some chicken isaw (intestines) and beef kebab from Mongol-Yan. I wasn't satisfied with the isaw because I usually like mine more toasted with a spicy vinegar dip, but I found the kebab pretty good. It could've been more tender, but it was very flavorful.

My friend bought a chocolate caramel cupcake from a stall-which-must-not-be-named, while I opted for a slice of chocolate caramel cake from MedChef. We liked the one from MedChef a lot better! It had a good balance between rich chocolate and gooey caramel, and a great moist texture. It's definitely going on my list of favorites next to Chocolat's Death by Tablea and Bailey's Chocolate Cake!

Merry Moo
After hogging the chocolate cakes I decided to skip the ice cream, but I was able to try some from my friends' cups of Merry Moo. We all loved the Earl Grey Tea flavor! Therese G. had hers with a scoop of Sea Salt Caramel, while Joseph I. paired it with Belgian Chocolate. Heavenly! Too bad the Empire macarons stall wasn't around. Therese's combination would've been even better with salted caramel macarons! My sweet tooth would be in ecstasy.

The chilled Black Tea from Gold Leaf went well with everything I had for lunch. I got to taste the Green Tea, which was a bit sweeter, and the Milk Tea, which would've been another delicious choice--if I wasn't going to be sampling cakes and ice cream along with it, that is!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Nothing Beats the Originals

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If there's anything I love about sports, it would be crisp, classic sportswear that can keep you looking chic even after working up a sweat. The adidas Originals ST line helps you do just that!

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You don't have to be a skater girl to look hot in these kicks! Whether you're hitting the gym, the mall, or going partying, these sneaks would make comfy companions.

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Trade in your cropped cardis for zip-up track jackets this season. They're just as cute but a lot more cozy. Throw one over a tee or a tank top and a pair of shorts or a casual denim mini for a sexily sporty look.

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The perfect peg would be Shay Mitchell's character Emily in Pretty Little Liars. Sporty chic!

The adidas Originals ST collection hits adidas stores this month. For more information, visit the adidas Philippines Facebook page.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Meeting Tang Mai the Elephant

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My classmate Louise L. and I were excited out of our minds for this 45-minute elephant ride at the Jungle House Hotel. This was part of the tour we booked on our free day.

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Meet Tang Mai, the gentle giant! She flapped her ears whenever we talked to her. So cute!

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Everybody in our tour group was definitely thrilled!

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As a treat, we gave Tang Mai lots of bananas after the ride!

I don't remember how many times Louise and I hugged her! We were the last ones to get back to the van because it was so hard to leave.

Meeting Tang Mai was definitely the highlight of my first trip to Thailand!

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Khao Yai National Park Tour

Our trip to the local market in the province of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, was followed by a trip to a farm, where we got to ride an ox cart!

The ox cart ride was fun, especially when we were given the chance to "drive" it!

Next on our itinerary was a trek to the Haew Narok Waterfall, which was inside the Khao Yai National Park. We saw different plants and insects along the way, crossed a bridge...

...and had to go down about six flights of very steep stairs to get there.

Here's the view from the top of the waterfall.

Unfortunately, unlike in Sagada's Bomod-ok Falls, swimming was not allowed here. Hee.

Finally got to the bottom. Amazing, huh?

Our guide didn't tell us what this sign said until we got back. Apparently, the bridge was broken and they're still waiting for the budget for repairs. I hope he was kidding!

On our way out of the park, we spotted three little monkeys on the road! Didn't get to take clear shots of all three, but above are photos of the one that crossed the street and came near my window. So adorable!

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