I used to hate being out of town on Sundays. Those days were reserved for family and relaxing, and whenever I found myself alone on those days, I always get homesick and sad. When I spent two weeks in Manila for work though, it was inevitable and instead of sulking in loneliness, I forced myself to get up and get moving. I kept myself busy with meetings and pampering sessions, and ended up feeling so fresh, productive and revitalized!
I started my day getting dressed in my favorite Sunday casual type of ensemble and came up with this multi-belt, sweater and maxi skirt combo. I really loooove how it came out. The perfect balance between effortless, chic and comfortable. I felt so at ease the whole day! Sweaters and skirts usually make me feel frumpy because of my petite frame, but this thin white knit from GAP fit me just right- not too tight, not too loose, and it created the perfect relaxed and slouchy silhouette with my silk skirt! I chose to accessorize with two belts to add a dose of creativity to my look, but made them undone to keep the effortless feel consistent. Touched up the whole ensemble with nude sandals and my fave Chanel bag to add hints of sophistication and class to an otherwise casual look!
After getting dolled up, I headed straight to Lulu Nails- my new discovery thanks to Nicole Andersson! They’re located on the 5th floor of BTTC Center along Ortigas Avenue, so not a lot of people really get to walk in. A huge plus for me, since I hate crowded nail spas. The place is filled with lazy boy chairs and a flat screen TV where you can watch your fave movies (you can even bring your own USB and watch whatever you want!)
They have a huuuuge selection of nail polish from organic to designer (Misa, Chanel, YSL, Essie etc.), and have such cute foot spa packages. I tried the Breakfast buffet spa, and my skin smelled like chocolate the whole day lol.
My favorite part about this place is how well trained (yet not annoying or in-your-face) their staff is. I apparently had really unhealthy nails because of other nail salons just pushing and cutting wherever they wanted, and not minding the long term effects of what they were doing. After the manicurist explained everything to me, and how she was gonna fix it, I was sold. I came back 3 times in a span of a week (voluntarily! lol), and now my nails are slowly getting better! Plus, the 2 girls that own the place are soooo nice and sweet!!! I love them! Definitely making this my go to place whenever Im in Manila! Never realized how important it is to make sure your manicurist knows what she is doing until I got this exceptional service. So happy with Lulu Nails, and I want you guys to try it too!
Anyhow, after my spa date (alone lol), I met up with Lissa and we drove all the way to Alabang to meet with Mico of Dream Chasers. It’s a new voluntourism organization that allows you to help out and do charity work in the Philippines while you travel. It works better than foreign voluntourism organizations because we are all Filipinos helping other Filipinos- so there isn’t much miscommunication! I love the concept and I can’t wait to get on my first project with them!
Mico took us to this awesome roofdeck in the city and Lissa and I couldn’t resist but snap our outfit shots here. The place was so perfect with just the right vibe to show you guys my breezy look! After this I attended the Bb. Pilipinas event as a CreamSilk ambassador and wore a gorgeous dress by Rosenthal Tee. I told you I kept busy!
Now that’s a Sunday for you. And I definitely didn’t have time to feel homesick!