Taking Mommy Fashion and Style with the OPPO F1s

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You could probably say I’m a late bloomer when it comes to fashion and style. As a mom of 3, my mommy fashion is bordering on conservative yet young. Why young? Nowadays, I like to dress up and wear short skirts or jeans and tank tops with cardigans. It took the end of a 17 year marriage for me to realize that I had been limiting myself when it came to fashion and beauty. I discovered that downplaying yourself doesn’t make you a better wife. It only limits you to the possibilities of feeling good about yourself.

My friends realized a major change in me because I started to take better care of myself. I started to dress better and wear makeup. I hardly wore makeup before and only remember wearing it when I was still training new recruits at a call center I used to work at and that was because it was required.

Important takeaway from all this is that a secure relationship doesn’t mean you should take lesser care of yourself and downplay any talents or assets you have. A strong and secure couple should be proud of their better half and know that even if they’re out in the world and might be the center of attention that love doesn’t wane.

I love who I am now. More confident, better dressed and better looking (make up helps a lot!). Being all this has made me feel more comfortable in front of a camera.

Here I am with my mini me or exact replica of a daughter. I love how her beauty is even more refined and takes the best qualities that I have. Despite my weight, I still feel great and let myself feel that I can take fashionable pictures. Ever since I got my hands on my OPPO F1s my confidence has been boosted exponentially. Encouragement from friends has also done wonders for my confidence.

I have 2 people that take the best pictures of me. They somehow are able to make it so I look thinner in pictures. Credits to my son Bastian for getting me to look good in pictures. I guess I have to work on my facial expressions though! Special mention to my friend Joy (www.joybites.com) for always taking awesome pictures of me.

I think how you feel reflects in a picture but even then at the lowest point in my life I had friends telling me I look great. What does this mean? You should never let anyone or any situation take over your natural shine. My mistake all these years was believing that I was any lesser a wife or person. Here I am in my 30’s embracing who I am.

Side shot taken by Bastian. We literally scoured Fairview Terraces for awesome backdrops and I found the perfect place at their newly opened food choices.

A health and wellness event turned into a mini feature for a local morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda. Had I known I would have dressed better but looking at it now I think I looked alright! This is my usual everyday wear. Jean, tank top and cardigan.

When I feel low or sad you’ll probably see me dressing up. I take that opportunity to feel better about myself and put on my best clothes and face!

I am so comfortable wearing dresses now. I love getting fancied and dolled up for events.

Keeping it simple here but with a pop of pretty from this blouse I got from a friend.

If I have felt this way I’m sure there are other moms who are currently going through this. Let me be the one to tell you to dress up and get out. Show the world your best and the world will smile back at you. Don’t forget to capture those moments like I do with my handy OPPO F1s!

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A Mask Sparty with Diana Stalder by Dermline and Food for Beauty with DS Cafe

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One of the ways I like to pamper myself is by getting a facial. I’ve aimed to have one more often but as usual life gets in the way and priorities set it down a notch every time.

Imagine my glee when I was invited to a mask party to try a Facial Supreme at Diana Stalder by Dermline at their Quezon City branch in Gateway.

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Diana Stalder Face Body Surgicenter by Dermaline, Inc. started in 1996 and currently has 25 branches and counting.

You will also find the DS Cafe at their Gateway branch offering healthier alternative meals, snacks, and beverages suited for weight and waist watchers. They have another DS Cafe at their Megamall branch.

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The Diana Stalder experience assures you of skilled skin care practitioners, impeccable hygiene and safe and gentle procedures.

Even the most delicate skin types can be treated here by highly skilled therapists. Their services include Facial Care: whitening, anti-aging, anti-acne, contouring and Body Care: peeling, slimming, waxing, massage and IPL.

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The Facial Supreme (Php450) is their signature facial that cleans, tones, firms and nourishes the face. It’s intended to give you a clear, well-hydrated complexion for healthier, radiant and younger-looking skin.

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The facial is quite a process but I had a pleasant time even with the pricking. My skin specialist, MJ was very gentle and kind. I wanted to document the process to share with you and she was nice enough to help me with my OPPO camera settings when I couldn’t set them.

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This looks like something straight out of a horror movie but my gosh, it feels wonderful. It’s a bit heavy and your face is fully covered but once the mask comes off you feel refreshed.

After the facial we were advised to wash our face the next day and avoid any makeup or powder.

It’s 2 weeks later and my skin is looking young and fresh. Obviously, the Facial Supreme is a must at least once a month.

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After a rejuvenating facial we were treated to a healthy lunch at the DS Cafe.

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Focusing on a healthy diet doesn’t mean the elimination of beef or pork. The DS cafe menu offers meals such as Beef Tenderloin Flank and Pork Honey Tenderloin alongside Zucchini Gratin with Ham and Skinless Chicken Teriyaki.

For lighter fare there are sandwiches and soups. You can compliment your meal with their finely made juices each of which have certain benefits.

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Aside from the delicious food we got to taste we were introduced to Omizu Beautifying Natural Spring Water. Omizu is the first to introduce the concept of beautifying water. Highly rich in Silica, a natural anti-aging and antioxidant mineral using advanced Japanese technology.

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Dina Dela Paz Stalder CEO of Dermline and daughter Diana Stalder owner of Diana Stalder.

Thank you to Ms Dina Stalder and Diana Stalder and sponsors Omizu Beautifying Natural Spring Water and Bubbleman Dishwashing Liquid.

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Jing Monis Salon: Passion and Innovation

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My hair has gone through quite a few treatments. Early on I wasn’t really focusing on the health of my hair but rather the finished result. However, years and years of salon trips have made me more cautious and seek healthier treatments. Luckily, I was able to visit Jing Monis Salon along Timog Ave in Quezon City to get some hair pampering.

Jing Monis is one of the well known hairstylists to the stars. Being in the industry for 25 years and having an A-list clientele including Kaye Abad, Judy Anne Santos, Kris Aquino, Anne Curtis, Kathryn Bernardo and many more have certifiably established his title of hair legend and innovator.

With three Jing Monis salons, four Famous salons, Hair Philosophie Salon by Jing Monis, the Jing Monis Academy, the Jing Monis Show on NMFtv.com, and a bookzine called J/MONIS, Jing Monis has made his mark. Jing’s signature work can be seen in print and TV campaigns of top advertisers such as TRESemme, Pantene, Sunsilk, the Nestle series, Myra, Tropicana, Sun Cellular, For Me, Pepsi, Jag, Bench, Jollibee, Bench, Human, Belo, Talk n Text, Eskinol, and Sony Ericsson, just to name a few.

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The Timog branch can be found on the 4th floor of B Hotel. Tucked away, it’s easy to go to but provides some privacy especially for his star clientele. His salon is divided into two with a section for men and women. I love the bright lights, airy feel and comfortable seats. It’s a minimalist yet eco friendly environment.

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My last treatment was in May and my problem area is the front where you can see the frizz and curls. I wish I could find a permanent solution to this but for now I get treatments every 6 months to one year.

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I’m particular about the shampoo area because for me that’s where you can actually see just how clean a salon is. Believe me, in all my years of getting my hair done I’ve seen some pretty unsightly bordering on disgusting shampoo areas. Of course, the Jing Monis salon has one of the cleanest I’ve visited.

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I was worked over by Romar, Anthony, and Apple who gave me a Keratin Express Blowout Treatment. The keratin treatment is not a straightening one but a process that lessens the frizz and curls. Along with that it conditions, strengthens and rejuvenates damaged and treated hair also giving it a smooth and vibrant look.

Two weeks later my hair is still very soft. Though the frizz wasn’t reduced by much it has helped my hair give it a better flow giving it a semblance of being straight. A Keratin Express Blowout Treatment can last up to 4-6 weeks. Softness wise it’s lived up to the expectation. My straight look from the salon lasted 3 days but once I shampooed my natural curls returned.

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The cost of the treatment depends on how much keratin is used for your hair depending on the thickness and length. Here’s my look right after the treatment. I was thinking of getting my hair colored. What do you think?

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Thanks to the Jing Monis Salon team especially to Romar, Anthony, and Apple and Ms Rain Dimalanta, Public Relations and Marketing Manager. If my share isn’t enough to convince you then let the roster of stars be your deciding factor!

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Visit the Jing Monis Salon at JMS QC (B Hotel), Timog Ave, Quezon City.

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