Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy French-Braided Ponytail Tutorial

"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle." -Hillary Clinton

Starting this blog post with a quotation about hair just because I already stared at the computer for 10 minutes and came up with nothing. hehe It's true, though, that our hair is our crowning glory. Do you notice how a whole day could turn so bad just because your hair also isn't having a good day? I feel that, too. There are days when I'd squeeze too much conditioner so my hair would become sticky. Then, the rest of the day I would feel uneasy and irritated because of it. 

Every time I'd have a bad hair day, my go-to solution is to put it up into a ponytail.

Here's a twist to the regular ponytail that we know of:



This hairstyle is so easy to do! And it also looks so cute, don't you think?



 Also, I'm currently watching "It's Okay, It's Love" (괜찮아, 사랑이야). It's a Korean drama. Kind of old but I read a lot of rave about it so I decided to watch it, too. The first two episodes were boring, in my opinion. Also, I find it weird how the plot and the twists are so easy to predict. And the usual girl-meets-boy-and-they-fight-then-they-fall-in-love story. Gong Hyo Jin's character is also annoying. She was so sweet, funny and carefree in Master's Sun but in this drama, all she does is to shout and be mad at people. I hope her character gets better... But I'm only on the 5th episode so I shouldn't be judging too quickly, right? D.O., by the way! D.O. is like a breath of fresh air in that drama! Have you seen it? No spoilers, though! hehe

Thanks for reading today!
Kristine

Monday, October 20, 2014

Do-It-Yourself (Last Minute!) Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming soon! Have you decided what you'll wear? If you haven't yet, then you are on the right page! 

Here are some character outfits that are so easy to put together. The best part is you won't even have to spend a lot because you may already have some of them in your closet!


Watch the video here :





SNOW WHITE
What you need:
Blue Top
Yellow Skirt
Red Belt (optional)
Yellow Shoes
Red headband with a bow
Apple (optional)


Snow White, for me, is like the leader of all the Disney Princesses. If that even makes sense! hehe. She's the first princess that comes to my mind when I hear Disney. That or maybe because she's one of my favorites. Either way, her outfit is so easy to put together and to pull-off. 



MINION (from Despicable Me)

What you need:
Long Sleeve Yellow Top
Denim Jumper
Black Shoes
Big, Round Eyeglasses (white frame)
Helmet (optimal)
Black Gloves (optional)


Minions are so cute! If they were real, I'd have a dozen as pets! My dog, Fluffy, would definitely have such a fun time chasing them and playing with them. hehe Minion costume is also very easy to put together. Denim jumpers are very popular these days so this one should be very easy, especially if you don't have enough time to prepare.



MINNIE MOUSE


What you need:
Polka dot Red Top or Skirt
Red Top or Skirt
Black stockings
Yellow Shoes
Minnie Mouse Ear Headband


Minnie sometimes wear pink, too. But her more distinguished outfit is the polka dots and red combination. It's cool how costume designers/animators came up with an outfit in 1928 that looks good until now! The things that you need for this costume are also very easy to find, perfect last-minute outfit idea!




Halloween isn't greatly celebrated here in the Philippines. We get too excited for Christmas that we overlook Halloween. Trick-or-treat isn't a very popular tradition, either. But we still enjoy dressing up every now and then.

I hope you have a fun Halloween!

Kristine

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Contact Lens Guide

The eyes are the window to the soul. So this All Soul's and All Saint's Day, don't forget to dress up your eyes as well when you wear your costume! (hehe)

I love wearing cosmetic contact lenses because I have natural deep brown (almost black) iris. It looks so plain, in my opinion. But what's so good about it is that whenever I wear color lenses, they truly stand out! However, there are some color lenses that I could not wear on a daily basis.

You ask why? Because they come in red, vibrant blue, and the likes!

That's why I decided to upload this contact lens guide for Halloween!

Watch the video here :



These contact lenses are perfect for Halloween because they will complete your look! Be it a scary, anime-like or a cute one!


CAT EYE LENS (buy it here)
This one used to scare the heck out of me when I was young. I'd see actors in scary shows with eyes like this and I would get so scared. Like, how does a human have eyes of a cat?! But now, I find them...cute? lol. 

BLUE CIRCLE LENS (buy it here)
Ever since Frozen went viral, anything that is blue always reminds me of the movie... and Elsa! hehe I guess one of the most envied eyes are the natural blue ones. This set of lens don't exactly look natural but they are costume lenses...  they make the eye color pop and make them look bigger!

GREEN CIRCLE LENS (buy it here)
If there's Elsa, of course, there has got to be Anna! If you want to dress up like her, then you'd surely need a pair of green color contacts! Some people look gorgeous with green eyes, but I think I look like a frog with them on! hehe Oh yeah, if you want to dress up as a frog, then you definitely need this, too!

RED ANIME LENS (buy it here)
I'm not really a fan of Naruto but I have a friend who is. (Hi, Denise!) She actually helped me pick this one! I wasn't paying attention well but she mentioned something about transforming... hehe But these lenses actually look good! If you are a Cosplayer then you definitely need this! 

DOLLY EYE CIRCLE LENS (buy it here)
This is the most wearable out of the 5 color lenses. I really like the effect it gives on the eyes! Puppies are cute, right? I'd say one would look like a cute puppy with these one.(hehe) It makes the iris appear so much bigger. Dolls have big, round, black eyes so you surely need this if you'd dress up as a doll this Halloween!

I hope you found this blog post helpful! 

All the lenses above were from www.lenscircle.com
Remember that if you buy from the website, you could use the code REAL10 to get 10% off your purchase!


Kristine

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Inspired Outfits

So I heard it's getting cooler and cooler (colder) in most countries now. Surprisingly, Philippines isn't getting left behind. According to the news, Amihan (season of cool air) has just entered the Philippine zone so that means we are going to have less-hot days from now on. So that explains why I never touch the air conditioner button anymore. hehe

Perfect for the cool days are, of course, cool outfits! 

The outfits that I wore are for people that live in a tropical country but would still like to have that Autumn vibe. With the sheer tops that I wore, I doubt you'd feel any warmer in them. hehe

Watch the video here :




If you want to see more photos or curious about the brands I wore in each outfit, then check out these links:
OUTFIT 1 here
OUTFIT 2 here
OUTFIT 3 here

I haven't seen Autumn season yet but it's already by favorite season. It has been since forever. I saw that my friend is currently in South Korea and I couldn't help but stalk her Facebook for photo updates. Well, she just goes to Kpop-owned restaurants and Kpop fan meets. I don't exactly look at the places she visits but rather the background. I see a lot of Gingko and Maple trees that have dark green, brown, yellow and maroon leaves! Just. So. Lovely. 


Oh, also, I want to tell you now that I may not be able to upload outfit posts as often as I did before. I only rely on my workmates to take my photos. Now that I left the office, I really couldn't find anyone to take my photos anymore... I still have a lot of clothes to shoot, though. So, I'm sad about it. But when I do find another friend who's willing to take some photos of me then I'd be back with the regular Ootd's. But for now, I hope you could still enjoy this blog even without the fashion posts. Thank you for understanding, you guys!


Have a great fall season!

Kristine

Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY Phone Case using Art Papers

It's so difficult to find a phone case here in the Philippines, especially if your phone just came out in the market. I got my phone back in June when it came out... 4 months later, I'm still waiting for local stores to sell new ones. The best ones that I see are for the S4 and iPhone 4 and 5 but they rarely sell cases for the Samsung S5. 

Frustrated, I tried to find a solution to end my problems! (lol) I decided to make my own phone case. And today, you are going to learn how to make it, as well!


How much do phone cases cost? Cheap ones cost Php 100 ($2) while the expensive ones could go as high as Php 2,000 ($40)! For this DIY, you are only going to need a few bucks! 

We will need colorful papers. I got this set of scrapbooking paper from National Bookstore for only Php 42, that's exactly $1.

Materials :
Colorful Papers - Php 42 ($1)
Jelly / Clear phone case - Php 100 ($2)
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
Cutter

Here's how to make them!


I got the clear case from a local store (Tiyangge) for only $2. All in all, we only spent $3! That's only Php 150 here in the Philippines. So inexpensive! Yay!


Another fun tip! You could 'personalize' your DIY cases! How? You could type then print a favorite quote, song lyrics or your favorite photo of family or friends! 


I hope you like today's DIY! Please stay tuned for more!


Kristine

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Disneyland! ❤

(Hello! This is post is going to be long, text-heavy and photo-heavy.)

Finally blogging about one of the highlights of our recent Hong Kong trip! 

I always encourage few of my friends to watch Korean dramas. Some of them have this weird attitude of not watching the last 2 (or so) episodes of a drama. When I asked them, they said they don't want the feeling of "ending something" so they'd just rather have the memory of it to them rather than finishing it and labeling it as "ended". I guess that's how I feel about this blog post. When I finally click that orange publish button, it also means that my trip is now a has been.

But we gotta do what we have to do, don't we? I'm wishing to have another chance to visit Hong Kong so that gives me at least something to look forward to.

So, we were supposed to go to Disneyland on our second day. But because I didn't have anything to wear, we had to redo our itinerary. We ended up going to Disneyland on the last day. 

Hong Kong trains and subways are sooo efficient! You may need to do a loot of walking but at least, you will get to your destination in just a short time and the trains are reliable and safe. (ehem, unlike what's happening to our MRT.)

Don't you just wish you could take a Mickey train to work or to the mall everyday? I do! 


If I remember correctly, we transferred trains 3 times from our guesthouse to Disneyland. We paid almost $20 HKD but we got there in just 15 minutes!


The train is just so, so cute!

One more thing that I love Hong Kong is that they really know that they have a lot of foreign visitors every single day. They won't judge you even if you take a selfie in the middle of the train. They let visitors enjoy their country to the fullest and take as many selfies as they want. Just don't use a selfie stick/monopod. That's out of the question. hehe

Finally arrived Disneyland! We got there early. The park opens at 10 AM but we got there at 9! Hehe. Talk about being excited!


But we got to take pictures in front of the sign with minimal photo bombers, so that's still nice!

But I gotta let you know that it was scorching hot that day! I am from a tropical country and we don't even experience Spring, Fall or Winter so I shouldn't be complaining about the heat. But it was sooo hot that day! The 9 AM sunshine which wasn't supposed to hurt yet already burn like no end. I had to re apply my sunscreen in the middle of the people in line. hehe


Excited to see Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang!
We got out Disneyland tickets from our guest house, Golden Crown Guest House. The ticket originally costs HKD $450 for adults but we got $40 discount, thanks to them!

Doesn't matter who you are. Rich or poor, young or old, man or woman, when you go to Disneyland, you really go back to being a kid at heart!

When we finally got in, the first thing that we did was to fall in line (under the burning 10 AM sun) so we could have our photo taken with this cute couple! hehe
I've always wanted to have my photo with them in this gazebo! When we were there, my friend and I agreed that everything felt so surreal. We only saw pictures like this on blogs and magazines, but that day we were finally there! Dreams seem so big when you are just dreaming of it, but when it finally happens, you realize that there's really no such thing as a "big" dream. Everything is possible and achievable if you just work hard for it and believe that it will happen.

You see, going to Disneyland may be common for some of you, dear readers. But for an employee from a third-world country like us, going to Disneyland really is a big deal. :)

I can't tell you enough how happy we were that day! We were awing, squealing and smiling because of all the things that we were seeing! I mean, wouldn't you, too?


After that, we went to the souvenir shop because my friend's sister asked her to buy a huge Mickey Mouse stuffed-toy for her kid. She bought a huge one for HKD $300. I was expecting dolls would cost around $500 but it was actually affordable.

However, some things are not. Like these hats and the head bands that cost HKD $150. Like, no way.

The hats are adorable, though!

Our first attraction was the Golden Mickeys! Ah, I love Golden Mickeys!

Almost all of the Disney characters came to life just to sing and dance in front of you! 

Just a short story, though. Before the show started, there were 2 Chinese men that fought - in front of the hundred kids inside the theater. They screamed at each other so loud that the theater came to silence for a few minutes. Funny part? They were sitting next to each other, as in rubbing elbows. One guy was so furious. He was yelling and seemed like he was about to punch the other dude. While he (the calmer guy) just sat there, shrugged his shoulders and pretended he didn't hear anything. It was just weird because both of them came with their wives and kids... and they had to do that in front of the kids.. at a place where everyone's supposed to be happy. hehe

There's no way you should be in a bad mood while in Disneyland. No one should be angry, not even frowning, in Disneyland. hehe

If you are getting too tired to read or if you think that I'm just talking too much, then simply play the video below! :)


After that, we went to It's A Small World! This one is also too cute!

"Kay liit lang ng mundo. Kay liit lang ng mundo."

Or maybe I'm getting a bit forgetful. Maybe the first attraction that we went to was the SPACE MOUNTAIN and I just forgot about it. Or was it the third? Ahh, my memory... Anyway, Space Mountain was a short but fun ride. One of my followers on Instagram suggested it. I just don't remember the name, though. Was it you?


The Flights of Fantasy parade starts at 3 PM. Being first timers, we wanted to secure a nice spot so we went to the parade area at 2:30 PM. Wrong decision, though. We got really, really dark!
I took the photos when I got back home. How do you like my sexy tan lines?! hehe

But watching the parade was worth it. :)


Let's take a moment to adore how ridiculously photogenic Woody looks in this picture!

The kids really had fun! The parade performers surely know how to make the kids happy! They smile and wave at every kid they see. Plus, they take children to participate in the parade. 

Food in Disneyland is expensive, plus there aren't a lot of choices. They have some fancy restaurants that sell a platter of food for HKD $150. Too pricey, if you ask me.

This waffle is pricey, too, at HDK $50 each. But it's too cute to miss!

I don't get why people would get scared of birds. But when we were eating, flocks of birds came by to ask for crumbs. I gave them some... but people on the other tables were too scared. 

My favorite part was the TOY STORY LAND! This is an Asia-exclusive which means you can't see this in any other Disneyland.


We also rode the GRIZZLY GULCH. It was also short but very thrilling.

It's so nice to be able to capture HAPPINESS in photos!


The last attraction was the DISNEY IN THE STARS.

The fireworks starts at 7 PM. The park is wide for everyone but we got there 15 minutes early just to be sure we could secure a nice spot. We sat close to Sleeping Beauty's Castle. But I realized it's better if you sit at the far back so you could see the entire show. 

Here's a video my friend took. I think it was wrong that we zoomed in the camera, though. 



The fireworks display also means the closing of the park. Hong Kong Disneyland is smaller compared to other Disneyland parks. But still, we weren't able to fully enjoy all the corners and attractions. I'd surely want to go back!


We were really exhausted but we had so much fun! Now we could cross out Disneyland in our bucket list! Yay!

It was our last night and we were supposed to be at the airport at 4 AM. So needless to say, we only had a just few hours more. Because I didn't have a luggage, I had to ask the mister at the subway to give me a box to use. Then we went to Temple Street because my friend still had to buy some stuff for her mom. We passed by this chicken shop along Nathan Road. And oh boy, the chicken was so delicious! Too bad we discovered it on the last night! 

My last meal in Hong Kong! Everything is expensive when you convert HKD to PHP. Like, a can of soda would cost $10 or something. But in this chicken store, we found Sprite that only costs HKD $3!! That's just the same price of Sprite in can in the Philippines. I've also been wanting to try the McDonald's Apple pie a-la mode. Hot and crispy apple pie dipped in Strawberry sundae! Heaven! Costs HKD $10! The Chicken wings cost HKD $11 each.

LIKES and OBSERVATIONS of the day :
-There was not a single "manyakis" person that we encountered. People don't care what you wear. I was wearing cropped top even to the street market. Wish I could do that here!
-Even the elders still work in Hong Kong,and they seem like they still enjoy it


Kowloon at 4 AM.

I was a little sad that I was leaving Hong Kong airport and bitter that I was riding Cebu Pacific again. So, I took a photo. hehe. I looked so sleepless, though. I was!

I made sure to keep an eye where my "box" was going. I made sure it made inside the plane this time!

Welcome back to Manila! hehe

We got back to Manila at around 10:30 AM. But I only got to leave the airport past 12 noon because my parents and I went straight to Cebu Pacific's office to report my luggage that they lost.

It was a very fun trip. I'm glad I chose Hong Kong as my first travel destination! 

Thank you for reading this post and for following our Hong Kong trip! I hope I could travel again so I could blog more places and experiences! SG or Korea next? hehe

How about you? What's your favorite travel destination?


Kristine
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