Sunday, March 31, 2013

EASTER: New Beginnings

That's what Lent and Easter is all about if you ask me. We don't get to stay home and skip work for nothing. The season calls for us to recall how we've been blessed, recalibrate our lives and eventually decide where we want to go - with hopeful hearts and promise of new beginnings. 

It doesn't matter where we've been, the dark places hardly count now. The uncertainties of future shouldn't shun us, but rather boost our appetite for a good life to live. May we all be free from worries, fears and distrust

Happy Easter to all! :)

Much love from the Nook,

Monday, March 11, 2013

Overhauled: Hopeful for better things to come

I started my blogging life in 2012 by changing my site's overall look and I meant to do the same for 2013. I know it's March and first quarter is almost ending, but you gotta give a busy girl some leniency. :) So to continue the tradition, I did some tinkering on the thank goodness-friendly blogger interface to give my nook a fresh, fiesty lift.

I will continue writing about my inspirations, life lessons, beautiful vain things (product reviews, outfits, make-up, skincare and such) and random hopes and dreams of a wild child. You can also expect some #iworkinpr posts, which I hope to be mostly celebratory than shocking (you should check out that Tumblr!). I'm crossing my fingers now.

As I always say, I should be writing no less than twice a week and though I continuously fail to do so, it won't hurt to try again. Maybe I should line up as many drafts as I can when I get the time. But you see, I don't like my posts to be pilit and stuffed with filler photos and useless blabs. I value my reader's time so I want to make sure they don't read crap at the very least. 

So, here's to a new look and hope for better blogging things to come in 2013! Thanks for reading. Feel free to let me know what you think. I'm not very sensitive. See you at my nook! :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What I Learned Today: #projectsimplify

 The thing I like most about using a Belle De Jour planner, is how it makes every girl feel inspired in whatever they do. Some are quick to pass judgment of such planners being too fancy or fad. I beg to disagree. While it's true in my case that Belle De Jour cannot ever play the part of a hardcore work planner (I have too much to jot down and it's beautifully distracting for client meetings!), I have to commend that BDJ plays a big part on how organized, passionate and every bit girl-like I live my life. From all sorts of trackers - cash inflow, bills, menstrual - to dream boards and priority lists which I happily fill in every night, to being a source of beautiful messages and inspirations, I can't deny that I really caught the BDJ bug!

Today, BDJ once again reminded me of something I already know but somehow always forget: SIMPLIFY

A lot of times, we get caught in tablet-age problems that clutter our world with unnecessary things, people and relationships. We end up with a world brimming with everything we thought we needed and wanted. We forget to know the basics. We forget to appreciate true blessings. We think simple is lacking. We equate more to happiness. We fail to take a break. We end up full yet feeling empty, brimming with baggage and commitments and worldly possessions we didn't want anyway. I'm not one to say that I don't fall prey to many of these things; I fail to admit it all the time but I'm an ambitious girl who often lacks patience or sometimes fall short on faith. I'm a victim too.

But I, like anyone else, can always hit the restart button. We can always go back to the basics and learn to breathe and be happy again for the right reasons. We can declutter our lives and ask, and strive for the right things. We can be simple and yet ridiculously blessed --- physically and spiritually. And you don't have to overthink and complicate things. You can start making it happen today. I call it #projectsimplify.

  • Share what you have
  • Eliminate what you don't need
  • Commit only to things you're passionate about
  • Don't let anyone boss you around
  • Don't rush eating
  • Spend time with people who truly matters 
  • Stop living online 24/7 - learn to DISCONNECT sometimes
  • Don't go to events and parties only because you feel entitled
  • Don't ever attempt to please the world

Have a blessed Sunday!

From the Nook,

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nail Bar BF Resort: For the Wild and Pink at Heart

I should really start a blog dedicated to the awesome South. :) Whenever I see new establishments, and I tell you I know every nooks and corners, I have this urge to try it out and support local business. Part of it is because I spend 80% of my time working in Makati, so I refuse to get out of my residential vicinity during weekends. What for? drive along Aguirre in BF Homes and you'll find everything there. From groceries, bars, spas, salons, cafes and tea hubs, pet shops, Korean groceries, you name it. BF Resort may be a lot smaller, but it also has everything I need. After all, I'm not a fan of crowded places. I always take the seat in the farthest corner. I sit facing the walls so I won't be obliged to greet every person I know who walks in. I like discovering unique, cozy nooks where I can be in my tattered shorts and white tee and not feel guilty to be antisocial. I communicate and socialize for a living, I need some break! :)

One such place is Nail Bar, a posh nail salon that offers nail pampering while sipping your favorite milk tea. Located along Gloria Diaz street in BF Resort Las Pinas, Nail Bar has been around since October last year, and has grown to be a favorite zen place for many South girls. This is one of the very few salons where you can really relax and have a quiet me time because there's no Boy Abunda or Butch Francisco blabbing about showbiz chismis on TV. In fact, there's no TV! Lights are dimmed, staff speaks softly and the couches hug me in all the right places. The interiors is also very appealing. You know me, anything with wild prints, black and hot pink wins me.

 WILD PRINTS and HOT PINK. It's screaming my name!

I tried the foot spa and pedicure with imported polish for Php 380.00 which is not bad at all. The foot scrub needs a little more intensity in skin filing, but it depends on the client's preference actually. The nail technician was also very careful to remove hardened skin and stubborn ingrown so plus points for that. No ouchies for me!

Crystal foot soak is followed by light sugar scrub and skin filing. They have various scents and I chose relaxing lavender. They also have leg massage and waxing service, which I'm yet to try next time.

They also made sure to dry my nails thoroughly which is a must for girls who have no boyfriends or drivers to bring them around. LOL. I've had too many incidents of destroying my wet polish driving home and it's really annoying. :(

To know more about Nail Bar's full list of services and prices, check their Facebook Page. You'll also find ongoing promos and great deals on fun Sparties.

Nail Bar
Gloria Diaz Street, BF Resort

In front of Ken Care School
0917 5747677
Enjoy your weekend, girls! Make sure to show yourself and your body some love! :)

From the Nook,

*This is NOT a sponsored post*