Drum Tao Nights

TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE, the Philippines’ leading travel and lifestyle publication, together with Establish Events and in co-operation with ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. are bringing the sensational and world-famous Drum Tao troupe of Japan to the Philippines for the very first time for TRAVELIFE DRUM TAO NIGHTS on July 12 to 15 and July 19 to 22 at the Newport City Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. 

Travelife Drum Tao Nights will be a ten-night series of performances designed to amaze and leave viewers in sensory awe. This very special Japanese drum performance unfolds as a fantastic song and dance concert which has been described by critics as “undoubtedly the finest show on offer.” To date, over 5 million people in over 17 countries have watched this performance to rave reviews. 
Tickets are available at Ticket World (www.ticketworld.com.ph/ 891-9999) 

Bag Lady

Just a few days ago, I got a letter from a reader who gave a very interesting observation. She complimented me on my personal style (Thank You Very Much!) and said that she noticed that I don't really don luxury brands and asked me if it was a conscious decision for me to steer clear of high end fashion brands so I can save for my travels instead. This was actually something I never really thought about so I was forced to ponder on it before replying. 

It's not that I have a great disdain for high end items-- I AM actually quite A BIG FAN of Fashion. I understand the mechanism behind the fashion industry. I see all the hard work that goes into each piece, months of creative collaborations, research studies, focus group discussions, business strategies--all of the nitty gritty factors that are far from glamorous, but actually very serious. I appreciate the ART of Fashion and I celebrate these 21st century creatives. 

But for now, I am a middle class single woman..saving for our condo's renovation, a wedding, and married life. Somehow a Php70,000 bag just doesn't seem to fit into my current status in life. And you know what, it's actually OK. I'm happy that I can still pull off a decent look without going broke. Who knows, someday, I might be able to splurge on a Louis Vuitton bag and I will love it and call it Fifi (just because I CAN!!!). But til that day comes, I choose to live within my means and spend the money I actually have on things I actually can afford. It's a simple truth for me now which I happily live by each day. You can be a fan of high end fashion brands without having to own one. It's like being a fan of ART, you can stand in awe of it and train yourself to pick up a certain taste level without having to shell out millions for that masterpiece.

I remember being absolutely in love with this ring by a well known French design label. I saw it online and I was just blown away by the photos. Since it wasn't available in Manila, I asked my mom to check it out in Hong Kong while she was there on vacation. She called me while she was inside the store (and of course she spoke in Tagalog para hindi daw siya maintindihan ng sales girl) "Naku Anak, mukhang ginawa ng 5 year old.". And I just laughed. In the photo it looked so cool and edgy, so "fashion forward"..but my ever so practical mom just saw right through it. It was an overpriced mediocre item that did not deserve my hard earned savings. And that's why it takes a bit of discernment when it comes to fashion purchases. I'm all for rewarding yourself with something fabulous once in a while, but it should be worth every penny that you shell out. 

I have friends who collect high end bags and I GET IT. Bags are damn beautiful things. I could just open a bag and admire its craftsmanship and just say "Wow." For as long as the money you use to buy these bags comes from your OWN pocket, then by all means--please treat yourself! In the same way, I treat myself to food and travel--I feel they shouldn't be judged for their splurges too. There are days I just want a big juicy steak--and it's crazy expensive--but I still treat myself to it when I feel I earned the right to a T bone. To each his own. 

So there, I will choose to celebrate fashion as much as I can on this blog. I am a girly-girl who likes pretty things and I will continue to post all these fashion inspirations on this site..not to force you to buy them, but just because they're beautifully made and they deserve a round of applause. Here are some bags I'm loving right now!!!

Muted Pastels
via the fancy
Pastel Neopolitam.J Crew. MaxMara.

A Pop of Color
via the fancy
Cleobela. Tory Burch. Rebecca Minkoff. Marc Jacobs. Antik Batik. Theodore and Callum.

White and Gold
via pretty glamorous
Michael Kors. CC Skye.Tory Burch. Marc Jacobs.

I'm giving away these cute tote bags from CUZO!

Visit www.cuzo.com.ph to see more bags!

1. Click the LIKE and TWEET buttons below.
2. Send your name and home address to pattylaurelblog@gmail.com. 
Contest ends on July 3. 

Care for your Hair

Here's a list of the vitamins you'll need for your hair according to The World of Hair website:

1. Vitamin A – This vitamin is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily dosage should be 5,000 IU. More than 25,000 IU is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

2. Vitamin C – It is an antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.

3. Vitamin E – This vitamin is an antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Intake of this vitamin can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. Those under high blood pressure medication would need clearance from their doctors.

4. Biotin – This vitamin produces keratin that prevents hair loss and hair graying. may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

5. Inositol – This vitamin keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

6. Niacin (Vitamin B3) – This vitamin allows scalp blood circulation. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg.

7. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - This prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

8. Vitamin B6 – It prevents hair loss and helps create melanin that gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. High dosage of this vitamin can cause numbness in hands and feet.

9. Vitamin B12 - It prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose: 2 mg.

Images from the web

I'm guilty blow dryer user! My hair is long and when I'm in a rush it's just a faster way to get my tresses in shape. Although I dont really use it as a styling aid (because I dont know how to blow dry like the pros) but more to just dry my hair after every shampoo--I feel that the excessive drying has taken its toll on my hair! So it's good to give your hair a break and let it breathe naturally from time to time.
via beauty high

Whether you're hitting the beach or spending a lot of time outdoors, it's important to take care of your hair and scalp. Often times we're more pre-occupied with slathering SPF all over our bodies and face, we tend to forget that our hair and scalp are also highly exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. There are a lot of hair sun sprays available in the market, just a few squirts will give your hair enough protection against Mr. Sun. The best way to keep your scalp protected though is by donning a big hat or a baseball cap. 

If a trip to the salon is a bit over budget, perhaps you can recreate the salon treatment at home. With just a few kitchen aids you'll be able to pamper your hair without going broke. Here are some homemade DIY hair treatments from Woman's Day.

Katsu Lunching and Furniture Hunting

Here are some photos from my Hump Day Wednesday with Nicole and Alessa. Good times, Good times. Just a few months ago I was shopping for shoes, clothes, and bags----now here I am browsing through refrigerators, sofas, microwaves, can openers and rice cookers. Oh and we checked out some cribs and strollers too (For Nicole's little bean). Wow, we're really growing up!!! :) I even brought a little notebook to scribble down prices and Ale's and Nic's recommended brands--I was such a good student! hahaha. Although working with a tight budget can be a bit nerve wracking, it's a lot of fun to be poor and creative. My resourcefulness and practicality were really put to the test today! But I'm determined to impress myself--we dont have much but I promise to make our tiny home the coolest and coziest home in the wooooorld! I'm definitely enjoying this "turning into a MISIS" phase of my life!!!

Wedding Wednesday: The Fozzy Book

All throughout grade school I was always the one tasked to write on the blackboard because I had the prettiest penmanship in class. Patrick on the other hand has the most GALIT penmanship, I say galit kasi parang galit na galit siya sa papel. Every time I see his writing my eyes squint..yep, it's that kind of writing. And no, he isnt a doctor. Hahaha! Sorry love, peace brotha!:) I always fill up documents on his behalf just because I'm so OC about handwritten forms.

My penmanship was always one of my strong suits---til I encountered Fozzy Castro Dayrit's website. All of a sudden my fingers became incredibly insecure. All those years of beautiful cursives went down the drain. I looked at her calligraphy and one word came to mind to describe my own penmanship---MEDIOCRE. Oh noooo!!! My handwriting became "Pwede Na"! Pwede NA?!?!?! Hindi pwede!!! hindiiiiiii!!!! I always got two awards in grade school "Best Penmanship" and "Sonshine Kid award" (It's spelled "Son Shine"--because the SON (Jesus) was shining on me! HELLOOOO!!! Best. Award. Ever.) So I'm sorry, but this is personal. I even grabbed a sheet of bond paper and started scribbling my name--but it was hopeless. I had to admit defeat. The girl was obviously talented and there was no use in trying. Don't believe me, check out her calligraphy!
But the Fozzy talent doesn't end there! She designs invitations and logos as well! Pat and I asked her to design our invitation suite and it came out PERFECT. No revisions were needed, she got it instantly on the first try. It was so easy to collaborate with Fozzy because she's such a sweetheart. I just told her the feel and color scheme of our wedding, showed a few pegs, and sent the text..and after a few days, she had our pdf files ready. From the bottom of our little hearts, I just want to extend my deepest thanks to Fozzy for working on our invitations! I CANT WAIT to show it to all of you--but of course, we'll have to wait a few more months and reveal it as soon as our wedding is over :) In the meantime, here are some of her past works.
Visit www.thefozzybook.com for inquiries!

Travel Tuesday: New York, New York

I've only been to New York once in my life. (Well technically twice but I was 4 months old. So let's make it once.) It was 4 years ago, spring of 2008. I spent the whole month with my bestie Alessa and we had such a memorable NYC experience! It's definitely one of those places you dream of traveling back to again and again!! It's one of my favorite cities in the world!
There will always be a loser poser photo in your arsenal--no matter how cool you think you are--there will always be at least 5 photos that are sooooo bad, they're good. Eto yung sa akin. WHAT THE HECK AM I TRYING TO DO?! Ok, to somehow justify this photo..we were at the Kanye West-Rihanna-Chris Brown-NERD concert and we were totally feeling cool that evening! So this is what happened. I know, I know. It's sad, but true.
This time with our hoodies, for extra gangsta effect. CANT YOU SEE WE'RE SOOOO BAD ASSSS. And I don't get why I kept doing that puckered lip thingy---it's not as if thugs do the duck face! Man, I was obviously trying TOO hard! Props to Alessa for keeping it like a real homeboy though. Astig lang daw. hahaha :)
Overwhelmed by all the desserts in the famous Serendipity Cafe. 
 Connecting with the NYC-Manila Crew.
One of my favorites at the MOMA.

It's no secret that NYC is an expensive city to visit if you're a tourist. If you're planning a trip with the whole family or a group of friends and you don't have any relatives to bunk with, I suggest pitching in for an apartment instead. New York hotels have sky high prices (it's insane how expensive an overnight stay costs!) so getting a flat might be a more convenient and affordable way to explore the city. Here are some huge Roomorama flats that can accommodate big groups in NYC! It's a bit of a splurge (trust me, Im kuripot) but there's just so much to do, so much to eat, so much to see in New York--it'll be worth every penny. Traveling to NYC is actually an investment for your soul!

  • This 100 square foot apartment features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and is directly adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge. 
  • This is a perfect apartment for friends or families looking for a mixture of high end and budget in the same package. 
  • A fully equipped stainless steel kitchen with dishwasher and dining table allow for simple meals in the apartment. Apartment amenities include large windows, full bathroom, full size beds, broadband internet, laundry room on floor, 42' plasma tv, pots/pans and cooking utensils. Amenities Include: 42' plasma TV, Broadband Internet, Dishwasher

  • This compact 530 square foot apartment utilizes space efficiently and packs in 3 true bedrooms with closets and 1 bathroom. 
  • Stainless steel kitchen appliances including an electric stove and dishwasher, coffee maker, pots/pans, tea kettle, plates/dishes, and basic utensils for cooking
  • Closest subway station is 4 blocks away at 28th Street/Park Ave. 

  • Authentic factory converted loft with soaring ceilings, curved wall, and translucent glass block wall giving ample light and maximum privacy. 
  • A spiral staircase then takes you up to 2 private bedrooms. A great place for friends or family to spend a holiday.
  • This loft is part of the Box House Hotel located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn and is just a short 10 minute walk to the Vernon-Jackson 7 train or the Greenpoint Avenue G train. One of New York's fastest growing and most vibrant communities and just a stones throw from Manhattan.

For more alternative accommodations, visit the Roomorama website or 
key in your destination in the booking widget located in the blog's side bar!

Happy 14th Anniversary Meg Magazine!!!

Meg Magazine celebrated it's birthday with a BANG! 
I enjoyed hosting the Fete Rouge party in 7th High!
I wore this fabulous designer dress for the event..which was obviously a tad bit short for me. I felt like a manang pulling it down every 5 seconds, hahaha!:) But it was a fierce dress and I loved it!
Here I am introducing the 14 finalists for I AM MEG!!! All so lovely! Thanks Donna for this photo. 
We start filming for the TV show in a few weeks, I can't wait!!!:)

Fashion Friday: Chic Outerwear

Fight the gloomy skies with these chic and colorful blazers and jackets!
Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Alice by Temperley

Tory Burch
All images are from Shop Bop.

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