A new year marks the beginning of new hopes, new promises, and new ambitions. As we all strive to be the best versions of ourselves, we constantly try to find ways of going beyond beautiful, and transforming ourselves for the better to become the woman we aspire to be. Gone are the days of the Maria Claras, as women are slowly climbing up the ranks and embracing bigger and better roles for themselves. Today, the Modern Filipina has become both a spotlight and a beacon. She has evolved into a fearless and trailblazing individual determined to realize her dreams and make a positive influence in the world.

EVENT: A SPOTLIGHT ON THE #ModernFilipina

19 January 2016



A new year marks the beginning of new hopes, new promises, and new ambitions. As we all strive to be the best versions of ourselves, we constantly try to find ways of going beyond beautiful, and transforming ourselves for the better to become the woman we aspire to be. Gone are the days of the Maria Claras, as women are slowly climbing up the ranks and embracing bigger and better roles for themselves. Today, the Modern Filipina has become both a spotlight and a beacon. She has evolved into a fearless and trailblazing individual determined to realize her dreams and make a positive influence in the world.

Last year, I was given the chance to attend the Cream Silk Double up on Beauty event held at 71 Gramercy in Makati. The brand collaborated with four top beauty experts namely Agoo Bengzon, Pewee Reyes-Isidro, Rissa Manaquil Trillo and Raymond Santiago to share some tips on how to take our look from good to great. It was an afternoon to remember indeed!

EVENT: CREAM SILK DOUBLE UP ON BEAUTY

8 January 2016


Last year, I was given the chance to attend the Cream Silk Double up on Beauty event held at 71 Gramercy in Makati. The brand collaborated with four top beauty experts namely Agoo Bengzon, Pewee Reyes-Isidro, Rissa Manaquil Trillo and Raymond Santiago to share some tips on how to take our look from good to great. It was an afternoon to remember indeed!


Supergirl is the latest superhero TV series to be added to the huge library of HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service. The show is about Kara Zor-El,  the cousin of Superman, as she tries to get used to a new public persona while dealing with her very real human relationships, realizing her full superhero potential and discovering how she can help the citizens of National City.

NEW SERIES: SUPERGIRL PACKS A MEAN PUNCH

7 January 2016



Supergirl is the latest superhero TV series to be added to the huge library of HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service. The show is about Kara Zor-El,  the cousin of Superman, as she tries to get used to a new public persona while dealing with her very real human relationships, realizing her full superhero potential and discovering how she can help the citizens of National City.





Solo travel is grand, but there will come a time where you just wish someone could be there to experience everything with you. Aside from family, traveling with your best friend is the best way to do it. After all, you'll never argue over where to go, because you want to go everywhere together!

Taking a trip with your best friend can be one of the most amazing and exhilarating experiences, Coley and I know that since we have already gone out of the country last year. We definitely had a great time, so instead of just sharing pictures on Instagram we decided to give some tips on how you and your best friend can make the most out of your trip!

Let's begin...

1. Dream. Everything starts as a dream. If you and your BFF are very passionate about exploring other places, both of you will do everything to make it happen.

2. Save. This is probably the most difficult yet important part when traveling. In our case, we decided to put up a business. The profit we get there, we then add it to our travel budget but we’re not saying you do the same. Putting up a business is not as easy at it looks. You deal with different people everyday and it will really take a lot of your time. But here’s a simple tip we can give: Try writing down every single thing you spend money on. Every coffee, every snack, everything! Do it for a month, then go through and determine what was a "need" and what was a "want". Be honest with yourself about your needs and wants.

3. Where To? Read about the country you’re visiting! Are the people nice? What do we do there? Are the food expensive? Is it worth it? Before taking the next steps, make sure that you and your BFF are 101% decided of the country you’re going to because remember there is no turning back once you’re there (unless money is not a problem for the both of you).

4. Be Organized. Choose a flight that best fit your travel plans and budget. Also, double check your passport especially the expiration date. It is solely your responsibility to check the expiration date on your passport and file to renew it at least 6 months before it expires to avoid inconveniences. Besides, who wants to be denied entry in a foreign country? That’s quite stressful and even embarrassing!

5. Plan Ahead. Making an itinerary can be quite a daunting task especially if you and your BFF are the spontaneous type of people but remember that you want to make the most of your trip so it’s very important to atleast have an idea of the places you are staying in, landmarks you want to visit and the things you want to do once you get to your destination.

6. Buy a Notebook. Make sure to invest on a notebook that you and your BFF can write on before, during and after your trip! You’ll thank us after. It doesn’t really have to be formal because you can turn it into a scrapbook by putting pictures or by doodling your agenda for the day… just have fun with it! The thing is it’s always a wonderful feeling to have something to look back on with your best friend in the next years. You can check out @xxiidiaries on Instagram for personalized and customized notebooks :)

7. Make a Checklist. It is important that you and your BFF make a checklist of every item you plan to take on your trip. Here’s our starter:
  • Pants, shorts 
  • Shirts 
  • Formal attire (you never know what you might need it for!) 
  • Pajamas (boxer shorts and loose shirts will do)
  • Underwear, bras, socks 
  • Sneakers, sandals, heels (if needed)
  • Bathing suit 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Hair brush and any other hair things that you need
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash 
  • Cell phone charger 
  • Jacket
  • Book 
  • Pocket Money (never go without it!)
  • Credit or Debit Card 
  • Sun block lotion or any lotion to keep your skin moisturized 
  • Purse 
8. Plan Your #OOTD. Planning your OOTD’s together is the best way to save time and a fun way to bond with your BFF as well!

9. Pack Light. Bring the basics. Make sure the clothes you bring can be easily mixed and match with so it won’t be too hassle! Trust us, once you get to your destination and you have no idea on what to wear while you're there can take you to a whole new level of stress.

10. Double Check. Make sure you have everything you need: your bag, documents, tickets, passport and other necessities. It is also recommendable to have a separate envelope or folder for your important documents.

11. Sleep Early. Make sure you get a good night sleep before your flight so you won’t look like a walking zombie in the airport. 10 hours of sleep, if possible!

12. Get to the Airport Early. If you and your BFF are not very familiar with the airport and you have a feeling you’ll get lost inside, go there early so you can know for sure that you’ll find the right check in spot in time or your flight. Not only that, you’ll also have ample time for picture taking! Y’know, the kind where people goes “friendship goalssssss”.

13. Airport Outfit.
Of course, always wear comfortable clothes when in the airport. It doesn’t have to be extravagant unless you and your BFF are planning to go to Fashion Week or something and you’re running a bit late, that can be a good excuse but other than that just go casual with your outfit. Wear sneakers with socks so that your bare feet won’t have to touch the eeky airport floors during check-ins.

14. Bring Extra.
Extra chargers, extra memory card, extra underwear, extra money, extra energy (pun intended) and extra everything because it’s better to be ready than regretful!

15. Take Pictures and Videos.
When we say pictures, we mean lots of ‘em! Try to be more creative when taking photos and not just imitate the usual tourist-y shots, that way your photo will have a more personal touch.

16. Eat. Make a list of restaurants to visit and which food to try. Then once you’re there… devour!!! TIP: Never eat in usual fast food chains (Mcdonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s) make an effort to at least dine in a restaurant that can’t be found anywhere except for that country you’re visiting.

17. Learn Their Language.
Hallo, ola, ciao, hi! Try to know at least the basic greetings. It will definitely save you from feeling out of place.

18. Act Smart.
Always keep an eye on your valuables and look behind before you leave.

19. Be Friendly.
Your smile can go a long way. You can meet new friends from different races, and if they’re nice enough they can even give you tips on where to go and what to do while you’re in their country. Neat!

20. Avoid the Internet. P L E A S E. Disconnect yourself from social media accounts. You can always go online. Remember: You didn’t go there for free WiFi, you’re there to enjoy with your BFF and make memories that will last a lifetime!

21. Live in the moment. Make every moment count with your BFF. Make amazing memories because these are the things that you can bring with you for a lifetime. Traveling, for us at least, is also the perfect time to disconnect from our regular life. It will not only provide you fun and adventure but it also help in strengthening your friendship bond!

22. Just go. If you feel like traveling, just go. Cure that wanderlust within you. It’s true that an adventure is always the best way to learn. Putting yourself in an unfamiliar environment allows you to learn about how you respond to challenges and adversity, not to mention diversity! Talking to people who live in the areas that you visit will open your eyes to another perspective… and what better way than to experience these new things than with your BEST FRIEND? So go out there and make your ‘friendship goals’ happen!

We really hope you learned a thing or two from our tips. Do share with us your first traveling experience with your BFF on Instagram or Twitter. We’d love to read your stories! Until then, see you on our next blog post! If you have time, you might also want to drop by XXIIDIARIES :)

Sas and Coley x

XXIIDIARIES: 22 TIPS WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD WITH THE BFF

6 January 2016






Solo travel is grand, but there will come a time where you just wish someone could be there to experience everything with you. Aside from family, traveling with your best friend is the best way to do it. After all, you'll never argue over where to go, because you want to go everywhere together!

Taking a trip with your best friend can be one of the most amazing and exhilarating experiences, Coley and I know that since we have already gone out of the country last year. We definitely had a great time, so instead of just sharing pictures on Instagram we decided to give some tips on how you and your best friend can make the most out of your trip!

Let's begin...

1. Dream. Everything starts as a dream. If you and your BFF are very passionate about exploring other places, both of you will do everything to make it happen.

2. Save. This is probably the most difficult yet important part when traveling. In our case, we decided to put up a business. The profit we get there, we then add it to our travel budget but we’re not saying you do the same. Putting up a business is not as easy at it looks. You deal with different people everyday and it will really take a lot of your time. But here’s a simple tip we can give: Try writing down every single thing you spend money on. Every coffee, every snack, everything! Do it for a month, then go through and determine what was a "need" and what was a "want". Be honest with yourself about your needs and wants.

3. Where To? Read about the country you’re visiting! Are the people nice? What do we do there? Are the food expensive? Is it worth it? Before taking the next steps, make sure that you and your BFF are 101% decided of the country you’re going to because remember there is no turning back once you’re there (unless money is not a problem for the both of you).

4. Be Organized. Choose a flight that best fit your travel plans and budget. Also, double check your passport especially the expiration date. It is solely your responsibility to check the expiration date on your passport and file to renew it at least 6 months before it expires to avoid inconveniences. Besides, who wants to be denied entry in a foreign country? That’s quite stressful and even embarrassing!

5. Plan Ahead. Making an itinerary can be quite a daunting task especially if you and your BFF are the spontaneous type of people but remember that you want to make the most of your trip so it’s very important to atleast have an idea of the places you are staying in, landmarks you want to visit and the things you want to do once you get to your destination.

6. Buy a Notebook. Make sure to invest on a notebook that you and your BFF can write on before, during and after your trip! You’ll thank us after. It doesn’t really have to be formal because you can turn it into a scrapbook by putting pictures or by doodling your agenda for the day… just have fun with it! The thing is it’s always a wonderful feeling to have something to look back on with your best friend in the next years. You can check out @xxiidiaries on Instagram for personalized and customized notebooks :)

7. Make a Checklist. It is important that you and your BFF make a checklist of every item you plan to take on your trip. Here’s our starter:
  • Pants, shorts 
  • Shirts 
  • Formal attire (you never know what you might need it for!) 
  • Pajamas (boxer shorts and loose shirts will do)
  • Underwear, bras, socks 
  • Sneakers, sandals, heels (if needed)
  • Bathing suit 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Hair brush and any other hair things that you need
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash 
  • Cell phone charger 
  • Jacket
  • Book 
  • Pocket Money (never go without it!)
  • Credit or Debit Card 
  • Sun block lotion or any lotion to keep your skin moisturized 
  • Purse 
8. Plan Your #OOTD. Planning your OOTD’s together is the best way to save time and a fun way to bond with your BFF as well!

9. Pack Light. Bring the basics. Make sure the clothes you bring can be easily mixed and match with so it won’t be too hassle! Trust us, once you get to your destination and you have no idea on what to wear while you're there can take you to a whole new level of stress.

10. Double Check. Make sure you have everything you need: your bag, documents, tickets, passport and other necessities. It is also recommendable to have a separate envelope or folder for your important documents.

11. Sleep Early. Make sure you get a good night sleep before your flight so you won’t look like a walking zombie in the airport. 10 hours of sleep, if possible!

12. Get to the Airport Early. If you and your BFF are not very familiar with the airport and you have a feeling you’ll get lost inside, go there early so you can know for sure that you’ll find the right check in spot in time or your flight. Not only that, you’ll also have ample time for picture taking! Y’know, the kind where people goes “friendship goalssssss”.

13. Airport Outfit.
Of course, always wear comfortable clothes when in the airport. It doesn’t have to be extravagant unless you and your BFF are planning to go to Fashion Week or something and you’re running a bit late, that can be a good excuse but other than that just go casual with your outfit. Wear sneakers with socks so that your bare feet won’t have to touch the eeky airport floors during check-ins.

14. Bring Extra.
Extra chargers, extra memory card, extra underwear, extra money, extra energy (pun intended) and extra everything because it’s better to be ready than regretful!

15. Take Pictures and Videos.
When we say pictures, we mean lots of ‘em! Try to be more creative when taking photos and not just imitate the usual tourist-y shots, that way your photo will have a more personal touch.

16. Eat. Make a list of restaurants to visit and which food to try. Then once you’re there… devour!!! TIP: Never eat in usual fast food chains (Mcdonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s) make an effort to at least dine in a restaurant that can’t be found anywhere except for that country you’re visiting.

17. Learn Their Language.
Hallo, ola, ciao, hi! Try to know at least the basic greetings. It will definitely save you from feeling out of place.

18. Act Smart.
Always keep an eye on your valuables and look behind before you leave.

19. Be Friendly.
Your smile can go a long way. You can meet new friends from different races, and if they’re nice enough they can even give you tips on where to go and what to do while you’re in their country. Neat!

20. Avoid the Internet. P L E A S E. Disconnect yourself from social media accounts. You can always go online. Remember: You didn’t go there for free WiFi, you’re there to enjoy with your BFF and make memories that will last a lifetime!

21. Live in the moment. Make every moment count with your BFF. Make amazing memories because these are the things that you can bring with you for a lifetime. Traveling, for us at least, is also the perfect time to disconnect from our regular life. It will not only provide you fun and adventure but it also help in strengthening your friendship bond!

22. Just go. If you feel like traveling, just go. Cure that wanderlust within you. It’s true that an adventure is always the best way to learn. Putting yourself in an unfamiliar environment allows you to learn about how you respond to challenges and adversity, not to mention diversity! Talking to people who live in the areas that you visit will open your eyes to another perspective… and what better way than to experience these new things than with your BEST FRIEND? So go out there and make your ‘friendship goals’ happen!

We really hope you learned a thing or two from our tips. Do share with us your first traveling experience with your BFF on Instagram or Twitter. We’d love to read your stories! Until then, see you on our next blog post! If you have time, you might also want to drop by XXIIDIARIES :)

Sas and Coley x









One time I was going through my Facebook feed and I came across this quote, it says “Finding yourself is a journey, not a destination.” Then it got me thinking, do I really know myself? Finding yourself is not something that could be done in a matter of seconds, minutes or days. A lot of it is trial and error. More often than not, you hit a bump in the road, and sometimes you fall flat on your face. It's not going to be easy - it never has been for anybody. I must admit, I haven’t completely found myself yet and I’m still in the process of learning how to express myself and be happy with who I am. 

It’s true, we are always still learning who we are each day. I mean, of course only you know who you truly are but who we are capable of being is another story and can even lead to another road in life, thus you learn more things about yourself you never knew before. Finding yourself really is a journey, it's a lifetime process of constant self-awareness and discovery…

Well, I may not have completely found myself as of yet, but there’s one thing I have proudly discovered and that is the perfect wrist watch for me! (That’s good enough for now). My family and friends know that I’m never a fan of wearing anything on my wrist specially watches. In the same way some women feel uncomfortable wearing a bright shade of lipstick, I feel particularly uneasy wearing accessories. It also doesn’t help that I have nickel or metal allergies. However, just when I thought wearing watches was hopeless for me I found Wood Watches by JORD, the finest luxury all-natural wooden watch ever created!

Although this wooden watch contains stainless steel deployment clasp, it never left a rash on my skin for the past few months I’ve been wearing it. Why? Because JORD watches feature low-sulfur stainless steel grades (304) clasp that was already proven by the National Center for Biotechnology Information to elicit no reaction in patients sensitized to nickel. With this wooden watch I no longer have to worry about allergic reactions! Aside from the fact that it’s safe for those with sensitive skin like me, this watch is also something any girl my age would love. It exudes elegance with the 8 Swarovski crystal markers around the dial, at the same time, it is versatile because of its natural color and water resistance feature. 

Like for my look today I opted for an outfit Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes would wear so I came up with the Fedora hat and Trench coat combination. Instead of wearing the typical all-black outfit underneath, I wore neutral colored pieces such as this maroon shorts and white cropped top. To complete the whole detective look, I matched this outfit with my favorite JORD wooden watch Cora Series in Maple and Silver.
                                                                      
Overall, I appreciate products that are made of natural materials (green technology) so I never hesitated to try out this non-traditional wooden watch. JORD is definitely on the high-end but considering it’s hand-crafted that makes it reasonably priced. It's true, choosing a watch can be very challenging but with JORD wooden watches you stand apart from the rest. With that, I can say JORD wooden watches can definitely top off any of our #OOTD!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading my first blog post for this year. See you all on my next post. Happy New Year, everyone.

Stay Sassy! ❤️

FINDING YOURSELF

3 January 2016










One time I was going through my Facebook feed and I came across this quote, it says “Finding yourself is a journey, not a destination.” Then it got me thinking, do I really know myself? Finding yourself is not something that could be done in a matter of seconds, minutes or days. A lot of it is trial and error. More often than not, you hit a bump in the road, and sometimes you fall flat on your face. It's not going to be easy - it never has been for anybody. I must admit, I haven’t completely found myself yet and I’m still in the process of learning how to express myself and be happy with who I am. 

It’s true, we are always still learning who we are each day. I mean, of course only you know who you truly are but who we are capable of being is another story and can even lead to another road in life, thus you learn more things about yourself you never knew before. Finding yourself really is a journey, it's a lifetime process of constant self-awareness and discovery…

Well, I may not have completely found myself as of yet, but there’s one thing I have proudly discovered and that is the perfect wrist watch for me! (That’s good enough for now). My family and friends know that I’m never a fan of wearing anything on my wrist specially watches. In the same way some women feel uncomfortable wearing a bright shade of lipstick, I feel particularly uneasy wearing accessories. It also doesn’t help that I have nickel or metal allergies. However, just when I thought wearing watches was hopeless for me I found Wood Watches by JORD, the finest luxury all-natural wooden watch ever created!

Although this wooden watch contains stainless steel deployment clasp, it never left a rash on my skin for the past few months I’ve been wearing it. Why? Because JORD watches feature low-sulfur stainless steel grades (304) clasp that was already proven by the National Center for Biotechnology Information to elicit no reaction in patients sensitized to nickel. With this wooden watch I no longer have to worry about allergic reactions! Aside from the fact that it’s safe for those with sensitive skin like me, this watch is also something any girl my age would love. It exudes elegance with the 8 Swarovski crystal markers around the dial, at the same time, it is versatile because of its natural color and water resistance feature. 

Like for my look today I opted for an outfit Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes would wear so I came up with the Fedora hat and Trench coat combination. Instead of wearing the typical all-black outfit underneath, I wore neutral colored pieces such as this maroon shorts and white cropped top. To complete the whole detective look, I matched this outfit with my favorite JORD wooden watch Cora Series in Maple and Silver.
                                                                      
Overall, I appreciate products that are made of natural materials (green technology) so I never hesitated to try out this non-traditional wooden watch. JORD is definitely on the high-end but considering it’s hand-crafted that makes it reasonably priced. It's true, choosing a watch can be very challenging but with JORD wooden watches you stand apart from the rest. With that, I can say JORD wooden watches can definitely top off any of our #OOTD!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading my first blog post for this year. See you all on my next post. Happy New Year, everyone.

Stay Sassy! ❤️

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