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Friday, October 31, 2014

[Fashion Friday] #CosmopolitanChic Day + Night

I like putting together my fashion friday set each week and what makes it more exciting this week is that I got an invite from to join in their #CosmopolitanChic challenge.

Although I haven't been to Las Vegas, that's the destination that The Mr. and I would love to go without the kids.  And I would love to stay in The Cosmopolitan when I saw the pictures!   Here look!
*All images of The Cosmopolitan above are

Blending glamour and modern luxury, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is, without a doubt, the most chic and stylish resort on the Strip. It boasts a guest experience that interlaces ultra comfortable accommodations with trendsetting restaurants and shops, hot music and nightspots, striking visual art and cool technology.

I really hope that The Mr. and I can stay in this place one of these days...**sponsorship please wink* wink**

So that I can wear this outfit that I put together for this challenge.

#CosmopolitanChic @ Day

#CosmopolitanChic @ Night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

[Petites Fashion] Riding Boots? Yes!

If you missed my first post of this series, you can still see it here.

But what this post is - all about real people(that's you and me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work.
Tip: To keep your look less bulky, light-colored sweater paired with white skinnys is totally fine and yes, we can wear riding boots too.  It looks and feels better if your boots has a little bit of heels on it.

Until then...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[Guest Post] Kids Grown Up and Moving Away? Build the Dream Life You've Always Wanted

About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, wellness and interior design. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym or playing with her Australian Shepard.

Kids Grown Up and Moving Away? Build the Dream Life You've Always Wanted

When your children were small, you had visions of a big, beautiful house, and you finally achieved that perfect life. However, your kids have now grown up and are starting families of their own. The time has come for you and your husband to downsize and to choose your new dream home.

Location is Key

While location is generally a priority when you move, it's even more important now because you have more flexibility. For example, perhaps you've always wanted to live in a particular beachfront community but avoided it because the school district wasn't all that great. Now that the kids are finished with the school system, you don't need that worry weighing you down. You'll also have to decide if you want to be close to family or not. Both have their benefits. The former allows you to see the grandchildren grow up, and the latter might take you to your dream location.

House Layout

Individuals who have saved up enough money to do so might take this opportunity to purchase a huge Victorian in a thriving city or a sprawling ranch out in the country. However, you've decided that you definitely want a smaller home. Consider how many bedrooms you actually need. Having at least one for a guest is smart, but more than two is often unnecessary. Furthermore, consider how long you want to live in the house. If you are planning to stay there for the rest of your life, look for one with a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Climbing stairs can becoming challenging, and even impossible, as you age.

Features You Love

Since you are willing to opt for a smaller house and live in an area that might steer many young families away, you will likely have the money to implement some upgrades that you were always dreaming of. When the kids were young, perhaps you were afraid of them crashing into sliding doors as they ran around the house, but now, with sliding door hardware, you can stare out in the beauty of nature each morning as you drink your coffee.

Eliminate The Clutter

Keeping photos of your wedding and pictures that your children drew when they were young is fine, but you also don't want to have an immense amount of clutter in your new home. Go through all of your belongings when you are packing up to leave the old house, and make boxes for each of your children. Leave it up to them what they do with their old possessions, but no need exists for you to continue storing the clutter of your grown-up children. For those items no one wants to claim, donate them to charity.

Lower Your Bills

Not only can you get rid of physical clutter, but you can also work to eliminate a financial mess. If you still have debt from years of spending piled up, take some of the extra money from cutting back on your mortgage payment each month and allocate it to credit cards, student loans or whatever other debt you have. Additionally, you do not need to keep all of those fancy channels that the kids used to watch on television or air conditioners in every bedroom in the house.

Consider Senior Style Living

When you are old enough to qualify, consider moving into an apartment or a condo located in a senior complex. This residential areas often provide a plethora of activities for you to enjoy as you age. Examples include spas where you can get a massage, pools where the grandchildren can come to play and sports arenas where you can perfect those skills you started working on so very long ago.

Some parents are sad when their children are all moved out of the home, but this is the time for you to downsize and enjoy some of the most wonderful moments of your life.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

[Petites Fashion] Fall Fashion for Petite but Not Skinny Women

That is exactly "you and me" my friends...

And a whole lot of you like me out there...

Both my parents are Filipino and the average height of Filipinos is 5'4.  As much as I want to be taller, genetically I cannot be taller than 5'4.  I am even barely five!  But I always round it off to five.  

I used to be skinnier that I am now before having two children but those days are gone!  But that does not mean, I'm letting go of me being healthy and getting fit.  But hey! while I am doing that, I'm totally embracing my body shape and size now.
Starting today, I'm going to randomly share a real people fall fashion.  Outfits that I actually wore to work.
Tip:  Booties for petites like me?  Yes you can, but it is better to wear the same color of stockings and booties, it helps make your legs look longer.

Until then...
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Goodbye Long Hair, Hello Short Hair :)

I decided to have my long hair chopped off and donated it to Locks of Love, for personal reason.

That was the longest that I've ever had.
I loved my long hair, no question about that.

I love curling it in some days...
I love straightening it in some days...
I love making a big bun of it...
Or just pulling it all up...
But when the long hair was gone and had this.  
I felt some kind of relief...


It was very liberating...
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[Fashion Friday] Easy Fall

Easy Fall

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Kitchen Backsplash Inspiration

After realizing that our kitchen needed the backsplash as soon as our time and money allow, I immediately did my online shopping.

I was pinning, liking and saving photos of beautifully backsplashed kitchen, like crazy...

Although I have picked some of my favorites, I only need one and these are the backsplashes that inspired me the most.

You guys can definitely help me pick what is the best backsplash because honestly I am now confused which one is the best for our kitchen.

First  I like this one Lantern Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, because it looks very dramatic and very stylish.  The only thing that draws me back is that it might make our kitchen look darker.
Second  Next on my list is this Natural Venatino Polished Stone Mosaic Tile.  I am actually leaning towards this one because of how soft and timeless it is, yet stylish and elegant.  Very easy on the eyes. But it can be boring.
This is also the same backsplash that Carmel used in her beautiful kitchen.
kitchen cabinet moulding
our fifth house
Third  Is this random strip Carrara Bianco Polished Marble Mosaic Tile.  Although it may look similar to the one above, it has the random strip that is visually interesting.  
Transitional Kitchen by Toronto Architects & Building Designers Jennifer Worts Design Inc.
Fourth Is this mixed stone and glass Allen + Roth Mosaic Wall Tile.  I like this one because knowing that I have white cabinets, these for sure will add visual interest and I know it will give my kitchen lots of attention.

Those are the four that I like so far.

Overall, the things that I want for our backsplash are:
• polished or smooth - no textures, that way it is easier to wipe off and clean
• easy on the eyes but has visual interest at the same time
• can be multi-color but should be neutral or black for drama and sophistication
• contemporary but timeless look

What are your thoughts?

***Update 02/11/15: Our kitchen backsplash is finally installed, if you want to see it, click here.***
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