Monday, December 23, 2019

Trends for 2020

Sheer Fashion and Puff Sleeves made a comeback this 2019. For 2020 and beyond, my fearless forecast is that Corset Tops and Dresses would start trending worldwide. Personally, I find corsets very flattering as it accentuates your curves. However, it's a style that may not appeal to the majority as some may find it either revealing or uncomfortable to wear. For those of you who are adventurous or rather a style hunter, then these looks from Lover-Beauty can be something you fancy for your upcoming themed parties.

Lace and ruffles are perfect details for a sensual look. 
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Go burlesque with this sophisticated yet playful corset
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Corsets give your body shape and support. My personal choice from this online shop is this Vintage top. This black and gold corset can easily be worn with jeans or skirt, making you look extra stylish. If you find this too bare, then adding a vest, blazer or cardigan over it, will still make you look chic. There are so many fashionable yet cheap corsets available online you just have to shop patiently.

Black Corset by Lover-Beauty

If you're on the Plus Size and feel that Corsets are too tight, then there are still ways to look fabulous without revealing too much skin. One easy trick is to wear Maxi Dresses. These dresses may cover almost the entirety of your body, but with the right design and cut, it will effectively make your torso proportional and make you look voluptuously sexy.

Maxi Dress by Lover- Beauty

When shopping for cheap plus size women's clothing , always choose darker colors so that you'll automatically look one size smaller. It is advisable to wear lines that go vertical rather than horizontal to help frame your body. So whether you're getting ready for an epic summer look or just in dire need of a wardrobe makeover,  there's always something for every shape and size, you just need to know where to find it. I hope this online find is a useful fashion inspiration for you. If you're looking for more affordable fashion finds, then dropby women mini dress 


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gastronomic Finds in Antipolo

A weekend drive to Antipolo is a brilliant idea for those who need a quick break.  If you're into Arts then Pinto Art Museum should be part of your itinerary. For those who are in search of gastronomic places to satisfy your hungry palate, here are 2 places that you can consider for your next Antipolo Adventure:

We had our lunch at Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant located at 456 Taktak Rd, Antipolo, Rizal. This restaurant is said to be Antipolo's pride, serving good food since 1984. For Starters, we had mushroom soup (with a hint of truffle oil) and some sausages.

For our main course, we had Lamb Shoulder and Pink Salmon, for sharing. For those who love pasta, Fettuccine Padilla is a must order, but due to the generous servings, we had to defer. Seems like there is a reason to come back.

For our dessert, we tried their famous Swiss Chocolate Cake Ala Mode , Cheesecake and Ice Cream. If you ask me, I'd recommend that you have your dessert and coffee fix at Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant. For me, their dessert platter like so is way better than their Entrees. Worth all the calories. 

For dinner, Ben took me to Tahanan Bistro located at 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, Antipolo, home to artist Benji Reyes. This place is simply perfect for more intimate and private gatherings, very homey and refreshing to the eye because of the design artistry from the house to the furniture to the food.

If you're planning to come here, do wear or bring socks as you are required to remove your shoes once already inside the house. I was caught offguard, but I include it in the experience.

There were 3 Set Menus to choose from. We chose the Iraya and Mayon Menu. The other set was called Halcon. Interesting to note that all the menus are named after volcanoes.

prawns & winged bean dumplings / leeks / coconut cream / herb oil / chili oil / house-made crispy pork floss

aligue-battered calamari / moringa aioli / pesto / arugula / white wine vinaigrette

braised beef shank / adlai / onion puree / charred white onions / parsley oil / fried enoki

crispy pork belly / tomato & shrimp paste puree / greek yoghurt / baba ghanoush / house-made crispy flat bread

french toast corn bread / barquillos / muscovado & fish sauce caramel / carabao's milk vanilla ice cream

purple yam & white chocolate lava cake / cheese ice cream / edam crisp

I would say that the dishes served that night were a fusion of flavors. So much art and distinctness was incorporated in each of the dishes. The Ube Lava Cake (above) is exceptionally delicious. This dessert is actually part of the Halcon Menu, but the waiter was kind enough to accommodate our special request for a little dessert switch. Trust me, this is a Must Try. I wish we had something this good in Manila. Perfect for all Ube Lovers out there.

Once you're done eating (or while waiting for your order), do roam around and appreciate various paintings and artifacts in the house. Take lots of photos as it's not everyday that you get to relax in an artist's house. 

Special thanks to Ben for making me the happiest <3
You are loved by me, every single day.

These 2 restaurants prove that Antipolo can make Delectable Desserts. Either I'm just biased for having a sweet tooth, but the finale for both restaurants are what caught my attention and tastebuds. Hope you enjoyed this post. 

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Friday, October 25, 2019

6 Hangout Places for Good Coffee

Cheers to the Weekend! If you're looking for Instagrammable places to get your Cup of Joe, here are 6 cozy places explore:

Lvl 1 S'Maison, Conrad Hotel, Seaside Blvd, 1300 Pasay City or
O Square , Greenhills

A must try for Coffee Addicts :  Black Sheep's BLACK HOOF Bulletproof Coffee. Imagine Coconut Oil with Coffee, simply interesting to try for an Afternoon delight. Their first branch located in Conrad Hotel. is exceptionally chic. Just recently, they expanded to O Square Greenhills, a smaller branch, yet still a good place to get your coffee fix.

Second Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
various branches available

After a long stroll around the mall or while waiting for your movie screen time, this is a good place to unwind, with artificial trees and warm soothing decorative lights that help you relax. Iced Latte with a view like this.

Coffee dates with my favorite person. So grateful that he always treats me like a Princess. By far the Sweetest Guy I know. Blessed to have met someone who has a big heart for other people.

910 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City

A homey place not yet frequented by many. The place is spacious, well lit, and surrounded with custom handcrafted furniture. A good place to conduct group meetings as well as a hangout place for coffee dates.

6/F Shangri-la Mall,East Wing, Mandaluyong City
various branches available

If you're a busy bee who enjoys working in places where delicious snacks are served, then give yourself a well-deserved break that involves Lots of Cheese. Pair it with coffee for some extra boost.

Greenbelt, Makati City
various branches available

Brunch is always a good idea especially for late risers. Add some caffeine pump and you're ready for a long day ahead of you. This place easily gets full so reserve a slot when you can. I have yet to try Single Origin Osteria for their Italian Comfort Food and their Cappuccino Lava Cake. Something to look forward to.

LG/F One Bonifacio High Street, BGC

Indulge your palate with interesting flavors from Hongkong's Elephant Grounds. Their heavy snacks and coffee roastings are a must try especially when you're in BGC. The mood is also perfect for a quick catchup between friends, or lovers. lol

So if your favorite Starbucks is full, then maybe one of these places can be your next caffeine refuge. Your Starbucks just got an upgrade. 


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Top 4 Restaurants to Try this September 2019

So here's a little debut. Last February 2019, God blessed me with someone very special. His name is Ben. Good things do come to those who wait. All I can say is he is by far more than what I prayed for. 

We have so many things in common, and one of which is we love to eat. If you've been following my social media accounts, then you'd know that I am one of the boys when it comes to Good Food. So whether you're single and searching or in a relationship, here are our top recommendations (in no particular order) of restaurants where you can satisfy your gastronomic feat.  

9th avenue corner 26th street Ground Level, Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza, Taguig

Bucatini alla Carbonara
Al Dente noodles and strong bacon flavor is a standout

Capellini Neri
Perfectly cooked seafood just complements the marinara sauce and squid ink pasta

The cathedral-type windows, high ceilings, and Mediterranean-type lamps just gives you a classical feel. You can be a modern day Prince and Princess in this kind of setting.

5883 Enriquez, Poblacion, Makati City

Rice Cups
Bite sizes bursting with a concoction of Filipino flavors

Mahu lovers are in for a treat---Pork Floss, Bacon Crisp & Black Vinegar combo

A crowd pleaser. One of our personal favorite.  This Duck Sisig is something else.

Duck Leg
Certainly a featured dish of Lampara. Duck was perfectly cooked. 
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside (falls off the bone actually)

Lampara is situated in the heart of Poblacion district--- second floor of an undistinguished apartment building (TIP: for first guests: call in advance to reserve and for location guidance as well).  The industrial interior paired with multi-colored furniture just enhances the dining experience.  This place is also walking distance to Agimat which can be a venue for your after-dinner drinks.   

8th Floor, MDI Corporate Center, 10th Avenue, 39th St, Taguig

For a more intimidate dinner date, a modern and romantically lit Cicchetti can be a good option. Drinks can also be enjoyed by the al fresco area with a view of BGC.

Bistecca Florentina
The dry-aged flavor stands out and the portion is generous enough vis-a-vis price.
We love our Steak to be done Medium

Porcini Spaghetti
Rich and Creamy truffle pasta that is at par with other Italian Restaurants

The star of the show, not because I'm a carbonara lover but because of its unique taste. 
The strong bacon flavor just adds a different twist to their version

3/F, Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Ave, Makati City

This resto is the epitome of fine dining.  It's quite rare to find one with outstanding ambiance, food and a great wine selection (don’t forget to ask Sommelier Gigi Varua for the best wine pairing for the night).  

Lamb Chops, Pear Compote
One of the best lamb chops in the metro--Juicy, tender and perfectly seared.  
The lamb flavor just blends with the sweetness of the pear compote.

 Tagliolini, Vongole in Bianco
A good complement to a flavorful meat dish

And what's fine dining without a couple of glasses of wine

Hope you enjoyed this Food & Lifestyle Feature.  
Majority of this writeup actually include Ben's photos and inputs. 
We will be sharing more dining experiences soon.


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