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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.

The CityLifeStylist

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