April 22, 2013

Ala TGTC: The Lipstick Depotting

 Ala TGTC : The Lipstick Depotting

Before anything else, this is yet another first for TGTC I'd like to call Ala TGTC, a sort of do-it-for-yourself kind of thing I have braved to conquer. I had to think about the first entry for this category and I'm so happy when the situation finally presented itself - divine intervention! I am not even sure if I can keep up with it but it's challenging and fun and something new, so here's to trying and I hope you'll like it!

I play favorites and this Kate Moss for Rimmel 101 is my recent an unwilling victim in the lipstick department. I don't think I have ever reached this point of lipstick level before, the ground zero. You girls probably get what I mean, when you've rotated it enough to the tip but the content's all used up, that's what I call the ground zero lipstick level. But then there's just so much more left inside the tube, deeper down into it, which is what I call the 6 feet under level. To have anything pretty go to waste is never an option, especially when it's your favorite shade of lipstick, so here's how you can enjoy it up o the last smudge! Let the Lipstick Depotting begin! 

You will need:
the ground zero'd lipstick
a container
a mini spatula (you can also use dental sticks, toothpicks, paperclips)
source of heat (will be using the candle method)
How to:
Using the mini spatula, scrape off the remains and dig deep into the lipstick tube. Be sure to get all, if not most, of what's left of it. Transfer it to the container slowly or all at once, your choice. A bit messy but it's nothing we girls can't handle. I initially used the broader tip for the ground zero area but then switched to using the slimmer end upon reaching the six feet under level. I got this container/spatula combo in a Japanese store and it's labeled as a "makeup container", how convenient and spot on, right? Anyway, once it's done, proceed to the heat transfer method. My source of heat is a candle inside this candle holder that has a flat top surface. I just put the container atop for about 5 minutes. It wasn't melted yet so I add a few more minutes until the whole lot's been liquefied. I blew the candle off, let the container cool down a bit before getting my hands to touching it again. When I did, it was only to tap it down a few times as to even out the surface. Leave it to dry for a while more...

Kate Moss for Rimmel 101, you have been depotted ala TGTC!

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April 17, 2013

Imaginary Shopping Carts 3.0

Celine IT Bags FW13
Paperbag in Blue | Brown

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fuchsia Fulton Tophandle Bag | Green Top Chicret Tote Bag
Spring/Summer 2013 Scents 
Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine | See by Chloe | Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

Tory Burch Necklaces
(clockwise from left)
SS13 Necklace Look 24 in Raffia Blue  | Crochet Bead & Tassel Necklace in Blue & Natural 
Crochet Pear & Raffia Crystal Rosary in Metallic, Natural & Crystal
Mirror Tassel Pendant Necklace in Daisy | Puka Shell Mirror Necklace in Blue Red & Ivory | Large Beaded Tassel Pendant in Multi

POOF! Daydreaming ends here. Now ain't that a splurge! My imaginary shopping cart feels so heavy yet so happy right now! I posted some of the things I've been craving for the SS13 season! One can go on without the other but these are most likely the basics - a practical yet trendy handbag, a signature scent and a statement neckpiece.

You can never own too many handbags! I seriously wouldn't mind owning that fresh green Marc Jacobs tote! It's made of leather, yummy shade of green, and the compartments are spacious enough to hold all your summer stuff inside!

One summer ain't complete without a signature scent to go with it! Marc did a very good job with the notes of these limited edition Sunshine fragrances! It's exactly what every summer should smell like - one puff goes your instant summer experience! See by Chloe ain't far behind, it's an addictive floral smell, like that of a sweet smile and an enchanted summer moment.

Then if there's one thing that can instantly complete a bare outfit, like an all-white-out summer ensemble, it's a statement neckpiece! Tory Burch has got some fab collection this season, all quirky, glamorous and creative! I specifically crave for the one in the middle! Drooling!

Did you fancy anything? Will you be picking any essential for your summer this year?

xx kisses,
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A (Sort Of) Blog Makeover 101

As you have probably noticed, I've been trying to do a blog make over for days now! Plus points for the girl who's trying harder! I never thought I'd see the day I'll be dealing with Javascripts and HTML codes and actually enjoy myself and feel a tad proud when I see for myself that all my experimenting worked! So, I thought of doing a sort of Blog Makeover 101, but only for beginners like me! And when I say beginners, I mean superduperkaduper beginners. But I know some of you out there may find yourselves under the same situation and you'd probably need my humble 2 cents, so by all means, be my guest!

I wanted to change a few little blog things when I started to give The Girl and The City a slight makeover. Having a blog, it is somehow part of your responsibility as the writer to make it look good, if not best, at all times! I have been told some of blog templates are for sale on Etsy and the likes but as the girl who's trying harder, I wanted to try things out myself first. If all else fails, then surely those templates for sale will come in handy! So enough blabbing, here comes the little blog things I tweaked out a bit.

01. The banner.

I got mine from an online host which magically turn up once I googled "how to make a personal banner for your blog". I chose the one font that fits my blog's personality. Superscripted looks whimsical and sophisticated at the same time without being too flashy and artsy, just the way I want it!

02. The ribbons aka social media buttons.

Aren't they adorable? I have only been dreaming of them but now they've finally landed on the right sidebar of TGTC! Yay me! I chanced upon a social media icon pack for free! Double yay me! Though I only used 3 icons, keeping it minimal. I loved how little blog things like this can bring so much character into Blogger's Simple Design Template.

03. The signature.

Like the banner, I also got this from an online host after using Google. The steps are easy breezy and they have a bit of a selection of fonts. This is actually the first post my signature will be appearing! I decided on using both the names given by the parentals! I have never stopped thanking them for giving me such a pretty name, albeit quite meaningful too!

So... what do you think? I hope I was able to help you guys out a bit. Have fun experimenting with yours! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

xx kisses,
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April 16, 2013

TGAT: The Walk Jumeira Beach Residences

A Day in A Life of TGTC at The Walk JBR

A day in a life of The Girl and The City. Or how I at least wish my everyday would be like.

JBR The Walk is one of my favorite places in Doobstown for the most obvious reasons. One, I'm a walker. I can definitely spend a day walking around and you won't hear me complaining. So the whole "The Walk" concept of the place is a very appealing trait to me. It is a long stretch of boutiques and food establishments that will cater all your needs from breakfast to lunch and coffee breaks and to after office hours drinks! Secondly, I am not a morning person but I actually prefer breakfast dates so despite the irony of it all, it kind of thrills me how I can make that a possibility when I go to The Walk. Here I was, with my friend Teen, one chilly Friday morning, doing exactly that - a breakfast date at IHOP, The Walk. We opted for our personal selection of the so-called, "breakfast of the champions" - crepes, hash brown, eggs, bacons and pancakes!

And then here comes the third, the open beach which is literally just a "walk" away from the strip! We spent the rest of the afternoon by the beach, people-watching, daydreaming-out-loud, laughing hysterically over not-so-random thoughts and watching a newbie pilot practice his craft up in the air. Which I think is nature's way of allowing us to have as many wishes as possible as we went on pretending that airplane was a shooting star. Then the fourth, you know, I can go on chasing sunsets and I prefer doing most of them chase at The Walk when I can. I may be very biased but it really looks so good when its as vast as the view you can get whilst sitting on the sand of The Walk's Open Beach.

And then finally, coffee. A day is never complete without grabbing a cuppa. I don't know what it is with coffee and coffee shops, but I like being in one as much as I like drinking one. There's a certain feel and batch of happy hormones in the whole experience that I just have to have it when I can. Being with my favorite people while I'm at it will have to be a very welcome cherry on top!

What's your ideal a-day-in-a-life-of like? And where's your fail-safe destination for one?

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How is it that she is not continually amazed with herself?
But no, look, see how she keeps the world at a distance.
She keeps things at a distance, with her precise, clock-like movements.
The light shines on her. It shines on her hair, saying, you are there.
But she does not know that she is there.
"I only ever wanted to document a life of a twenty-something girl who took a huge leap of faith some three years ago. So huge that it included a luggage bag, a passport and a one-way ticket to DXB aka My Comforter Zone. This twenty-something girl is a pharmacist by profession but actually a writer and storyteller enthusiast altogether at heart so she figured keeping a blog is one surefire way of keeping tabs with her life outside the job, hence www.thegirlandthecity.blogspot.com was born. 
Little did she know, it will grow into something else entirely. She started doing a bit more of every little thing from dressing up to putting on make upgoing places to attending concertsdiscovering new music to reading a whole lot of books and writing short stories. Which makes up a beautiful mess of all the things she's passionate about, all in one place.
- An Excerpt from TGTC Who?
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April 10, 2013

TDUG: Hearts All Over

I recently joined the online competition hosted by Bayo Clothing in partnership with Discovery Shores for the summer season. You get to win an all expensed paid trip to Boracay and all that jazz and who wouldn't want that! The semi-winners were announced today, (unfortunately for me I wasn't one of them, shame!) I thought of sharing with you all the look I came up with nonetheless. The whole joining the contest thing was unplanned, I happened to learn about the contest thru Facebook and realized I actually might have a possible OOTD that fits the bill. You need to include a Bayo piece in the ensemble with a color theme of red, yellow, white and blue, so ta-da!

If you and I are in the same continent right now, we most definitely have the same sentiment. And then you probably understand the pains of dressing up in this weather! I have been to the sandpit so I pretty much have a legit reason to complain about the way Mr. Sun and Humidity Guy's been treating our many little islands the past days. It's almost impossible to get the right set of clothes at first try, I always end up trying 3 sets until I find the one I feel comfortable the most. This is one of them sets. I wore this to a Sunday's Day Out with the family. I knew it will include a lot of walking around, considering the temperature levels, I need to prioritize comfort above all else. The striped leotard top is cottony enough and its deep rounded neckline gives enough breathing space for my skin, both in front and at the back, if you get what I mean. I've been basically living in this pair of trousers for days now. It's the only thing I can wear, save for the tattered Zara boyfriend jeans (the one's with holes and open patches, instant AC anyone). The color just seems to brighten up any mood, the right burst of summer color and the material is breezy and hangs loosely on the legs. And of course, the sunnies because the sun's too strong for the naked eye. And well hello, it's summer!!!

It turned out to be a Sunday well spent with the family. I never would've wanted any other way to spend my first of summer. It was all that, with hearts all over!

How's your summer going out for you? Who are you spending it with?

TGAT: A Pseudo First Date at CAFE 1771

Cafe 1771 from the parking lot | The Whimsy | The Lounge | The Winebar
The Whimsy Area in a Whim
Details and All The Little Things
Menu card & Popcorn | Sparkling Water
Pasta chorizo (Php420) | Orange Pork Spareribs (Php450)
 Walnut Chicken Salad (Php420) | Cafe 1771 Desserts Selection

I don't even remember the last time I bothered researching for a place to go to for a date, let alone go on a date. It's probably because the chance never came up before or the whole thing simply doesn't exist. So when my then-superboss particularly asked me to search for a place around the Ortigas area for our long-time-coming-get-together, I had to put my non-existent skills to good use. I was once and originally an Ortigas Girl, it was along Emerald Avenue where I spent the first years of my young professional era, so it was just but appropriate to come back around the area for one night. Somebody say nostalgia. 

I was looking for a cafe because you know how fascinated I am with coffee shops, its ambiance, interiors and whatnots, but it's not going to happen since it was supposedly an early dinner date, his words not mine. So when I chanced upon this cafe while browsing the numerous list of food places around Ortigas, one that caters almost everything - from appetizers to main courses, desserts and get this - even wine at any time of the day, I couldn't believe my luck! I might even had Taylor Swift's Begin Again playing on my mind while browsing the menu and the whole venue.

Cafe 1771 is a quaint, oddly picturesque cafe located in El Pueblo in the heart of Ortigas Avenue, also known as a Cafe in Ortigas based on their Twitter handle. Its old fashioned ways and structures are also its charm and beaut since you can easily spot it amidst the busy streets. It is like entering an entirely different dimension, that of a certain era in Paris, France. I have never been but based on what I see in photos and postcards, it's a fair comparison. The cafe is divided into 3 parts - The Lounge, The Whimsy and The Winebar. The Whimsy takes most of the 1st floor area and where we actually dined, by the glass windows overlooking the whole place. This one's a diverse place fit for an all girls afternoon day out, an altogether friendly date, and also ideal for group meetings and the likes too as it provides a long table for about 8, I think? The Lounge is located further into the corner of the cafe, a spot that looks like a posh library and coffee shop in one! I also noticed the younger generation flocking this area, if only for the carefree, low-key vibes it possess. The Winebar is located on the second level and all I got to see was the staircase leading to it! Which can only mean one thing, I will have to come back for it!   

The general whiteness of the whole place with the contrasting touches of dark-hued pink and blue interiors and furniture are the first ones I fell in love with. It seriously looked like a setting pulled out straight from a vintage dream - every girl's dream! And the owners surely know how to pay attention to details and all the little things that matter - from the glass windows to the baroque inspired frames and my most favorite detail of all - the ghost chairs!

And finally, the food! As expected, the popcorn was initially served upon choosing our table. It was such a cool idea that I literally chatted and chewed the waiting hours away! For the drinks, I asked for sparkling water and superboss had lemonade. It took me quite a while to order since I wanted to try everything on the menu - which is divided into several categories! But when your date remembers and suddenly asks, "You like pasta right?", the decision-making is made easier and the choices become slimmer. So I finally came up with Pasta Chorizo, spaghetti tossed in chorizo sauce reduction and Parmesan cheese. He had Orange Pork Spareribs, stewed in a long-simmered sauce made of soy sauce, orange juice, garlic and ginger which I now know, is best ordered with rice on the side. And then we both decided on getting one salad dish and I am so grateful we picked the Walnut Chicken Salad - mixed greens, grilled chicken breast strips, caramelized walnuts, celery and green apple vinaigrette.

A total of three dishes and would you believe we weren't able to finish them all, we had to have them packed for take away? Such a shame I know! But it's only because the servings were meant for sharing and even after that there'd still be left of it. The salad was good enough for a main course meal and those caramelized walnuts were so tasteful! The pasta though were too dry for my liking until I had my first bite! I have a special place in my heart for cheese so that did the trick! Now now now, the main dish! It was so yummy and so rich! The pork was steamed to perfection and the sauce, it's a perfect match! Have it with rice and you'll be full before you know it. And that's exactly what happened. I had to skip the dessert part simply because there's no room for it in my tummy anymore and buying one at that moment just for the sake of isn't an option for me! I wanted to enjoy the moment and since I won't be able to that time, my superboss kindly offer a second date and this time, it'll be exclusively dessert oriented. By then I will surely be dining in The Lounge area, it's a perfect scenario what with the desserts and the ghost chairs combined, and the desserts will have my equally undivided tummy attention!  I have heard a lot of things about their cakes and that's why I am definitely looking forward to my next visit already!

Being the gentleman that he's ever been, the superboss told me to walk around and take photos of the place before we put an end to one of the most surprising nights of my life to date. Mad props to the cafe crew too for being so friendly and accommodating with just the right amount of humor to keep a light conversation going when called for. So girls, if by any chance you'll be in charge of the date deets for the night, I highly recommend you consider looking into Cafe 1771. If the too-pretty-to-resist interiors did not tickle any of your fancy, I don't know what will! And boys, listen up! Trust me when I say you can never go wrong with a Parisian-inspired venue for a first date with your lady, for we all dream of going to Paris one day! The whole Cafe 1771 experience was worth all the anticipation and effort I've put into it, not one disappointment for the night! Like I said earlier, already I'm looking forward to my next visits and who knows, I might see you there!

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TDUG: The Sunshine Collection

H&M cardigan // Gray tee & orange belt at random // H&M floral skirt // Zara flats // Longchamp bag

One of the many things I love about the spring/summer season is that you get to maximize its effect by dressing up with the most vibrant burst of colors and florals! Although I am totally aware that we only have rainy and summer season back here, I insist on having a spring in between because why not! And I am totally a cardigan person so I need a reason to wear them occasionally, if not always.

This is what I ended up wearing for a pseudo-first date during one summer night. The cardigan's light-weight and I adore this shade of yellow so much! I almost always instantly pair it with gray, like by default. To instantly boost my outfit, I chose this super-summery-inspired skirt and hoisted it up with an equally boosting orange of a belt. I loved how radiant and vivid the whole outfit looked when put together!

And now, what other way to complete this look but with a bottled signature summery scent to battle the heat? Lo and behold! I may have just found the perfect summer companion for us girls - a fresh twist and sun-kissed scent to remind us how summer should be like - radiant, colorful and full of sunshine! It was only highly coincidental that I totally looked like a walking billboard advert with the whole look I came up with, do you reckon? And how adorable are the bottles? More of this scent on my next post so stay tuned!

Marc Jacobs Sunshine Editions SS'13

April 07, 2013

WWJS: From Nada To Prada

The Nada
The Prada

I admit that was a douche thing to say, lame the least, also a bit unoriginal but it will kind of make sense later on this post.

I have been wearing glasses all my life and I am not even kidding. I have a whole vintage collection of broken prescription glasses ever since the year 1990, when my kindergarten teacher started noticing my poor eyesight. Which is why when I recently became aware of the Girls With Glasses Show, it made me feel like they stole my thunder... or lightning, or cheese? Or something like that because as far as my eyes and myself and my history are concerned, I have earned all the rights to deserve that title together with those girls!

Here's my grade as of Jan 2013, it has now reached the level of -0600ish and sadly, they no longer possess an equal reading which can be considered as a major event for girls with glasses like me. Sad times. I decided on getting my eyes checked since my then glasses broke down and my lenses won't serve me well aka gives me eye infection every single time I try on putting them on.

The Nada. I got these all-out-nerdy frames for 10DHS at a Daiso Japan store! It's so cheap and so light yet so chic and suits the shape of my face just fine! May I also add that it's in a very lovely shade of pink, well at least the insides of it. I've been using it for 3 months now, almost on a daily basis, and I must say, for its price, the quality is impressive! They have a huge collection of frames in Daiso - cat-eyes, dorky, wayfarer types, name it, they most definitely have it! So if you're looking for one, either for legit purposes, or just for fun reasons, you may want to give Daiso a try!

The Prada. Ahhh!!! This is a dream come! I even tweeted about it when I finally purchased it - something from the dream come true department! Yet another proof that money can buy happiness! I don't even care if you think I am super superficial right now! Hee! I saw this on display during one of my trips to the mall and since I've always adored the Prada Baroque Sunglasses, this is the closest thing I can get to having the best of both worlds! For someone who's been wearing glasses all her life, this is a milestone so please indulge me!  I've gotten a lot of compliments since I started wearing this pair! I usually never get any since majority prefers me eyeglass-less! But it's a statement on its own and I'm very much in love with it. I really hope I do not sit on them or break them being the royal clumsiness of a girl I am. I also remember myself saying this is probably the last prescription glasses I'd get before finally getting a Lasik treatment, given I'd qualify for one!

Which is the main reason why you will most definitely see me with dorky prescription glasses in all my possible outfit posts in the future. I use The Nada more often, as in for everyday use as it is more like me, dorky, easy and safe. I reserve The Prada for slightly important occasions like when I need to look a bit more sophisticated than just my usual dorky self. I am too afraid to use contact lenses again as I feel like my cornea's starting to get scratched on and the fear of failing the pre-Lasik test is too much for me to deal with so I'm doing just about anything to prevent that from happening. Contact lenses can cause you unnecessary eye problems and I don't need any of them. So dorky prescription glasses it is until I'm capable enough for a Lasik treatment. 

Do you have the same poor eyesight dilemma? What are your preferred types of prescription glasses?
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