March 31, 2012

Affordable Designer Clothes From Austin Rolan Boutique

Navy military wool jacket from Banana Republic (via Austin Rolan), shirt and skirt from Chocolate Clothing Co (Rustans), leggings from Supré (Sydney), leather boots from Aldo (Sydney), red leather gloves from Dangerfield (Sydney), leopard print scarf from SM Department Store

Red wool trench coat from Talbots (Austin Rolan), brown braided wool scarf from Austin Rolan, charcoal grey shirt from Zara TRF, black wool gloves from Baguio, black pants from Lee (with 2 warmers underneath), leather boots from Aldo, bag by Chloe.

in Italy

in Switzerland


What: Austin Rolan
Where:  #63 president avenue (across starbucks), BF 
Homes Paranaque City
phone: 782-9050; 775-0047; 8426405
cellphone: +63917-8470426

When: shop's open from 10am-8pm
Good for: proms,grad balls,  winter vacations, weddings, corporate events or any formal event etc.

Austin Rolan Boutique sells affordable designer clothes from Banana Republic, D&G, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Uggs, Talbots, Zara, Old Navy, Ann Taylor and many more. Their clients range from those with full pockets and discerning eyes to local celebrities. Their main boutique appears as a small specialty shop inside BF, but you can also catch them at bazaars in The Fort and around Manila. The brand specializes in winter gear and formal wears. 

I got my winter attire from them for a very affordable price, when I went to Europe last November. If you're interested, give them a call or visit their boutique. Austin Rolan is actually the name of my sister's boyfriend. Anyway, thank you Austin and a big thanks to your mother for my beautiful and super warm wool coats!

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Listening to : Three Wishes by The Pierces
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March 27, 2012

Millie's Switzerland Snapshots

Lake Lucerne




With our tour buddies Mora, Kal and John

I'm the youngest in this tour group she only comes second at 24 :)


Our super awesome hotel, Renaissance

Soooooo foggy!!

train station. cool eh?




in front of the hotel.. super cold


Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in LucerneSwitzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsenand hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in ParisFrance. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."




So we went up Mt. Pilatus

Thanks Ate Poie for the photo!





Surprisingly, it's not that cold on top of Mt. Pilatus

Had the best home made chili for lunch!!! Yummy!

With my beloved Lola!


 Switzerland is cold, scenic and peaceful. For some odd reason, I was able to shop more in this country than anywhere else in Europe. I got my Longchamp LM bag, some swiss watches and chocolates here for reasonable prices. We stayed in one of our best hotels so far, Renaissance. We shopped in Bucherer, toured around the city, Lake Lucerne, the Lion Monument then went up to Mt. Pilatus.

Trivia Overload: 
  • In Switzerland...
    • almost everyone has the same type of mailbox (two part: top has a slot for letters, bottom section has a door for packages) with an engraved nameplate.
    • when you leave (quit a job, move away) it is customary that you, yourself, organize a going away party (une verree or apero). In the US, your friends/coworkers do this.
    • it is virtually impossible to lock yourself out (of an office, of your apartment). This is because almost all doors only lock with a key.
    • a child's name must be on an approved list. Swiss parents do not have the freedom to name a kid "Moonunit". Resident foreigners can be exempted from this rule, but you must obtain an official statement from an embassy that attests that the name is acceptable in the other country.
    • all stores are usually closed by 7 pm.
    • if you want to buy groceries on Sunday (or after working hours), go to a gas station. Many stations (especially Migrol which is owned by Migros) are mini supermarkets. Another place to shop is at larger train stations, or airports, where mini-markets are almost always open from 6 am to 10 pm.
    • pharmacies sell maple syrup.
    • gas stations sell good bread.
    • vinegar compresses on the lower legs/ankles are recommended for reducing fever.
    • you can buy UHT milk, which keeps for months unrefrigerated.
    • almost all milk comes in 1 liter Tetra-Pak boxes.
    • you cannot turn right on red.
    • there are no smoke detectors in apartments.
    • talk shows almost always have a panel of 4 or more. After all, how can you possibly have a meaningful discussion without at least 4 people?!
    • many stores are closed for long lunch (sometimes from noon to 3pm).
    • banks do not charge ATM fees.
    • on many buses, you buy tickets and get change from the driver (yes, the driver does carry change!!!)
    • sometimes there are small birds (swallows?) flying around *inside* large grocery stores (Migros Crissier), cafeterias (EPFL Coupole), and even restaurants (Movenpick Ouchy).
    • mosquitos are slow moving, do not bite (usually), and dumb. This is probably why there are no window screens in Switzerland.
    • there are some American chains: McDonald's, Wendy's, Domino's Pizza, Toys 'R Us. However, only McDonald's has a drive through (at Crissier).
    • there are stores (mostly in Geneva) that carry all those American and British products and "comfort foods" not sold in Swiss groceries: Marmite, Cadbury's Flake, Lucozade, Velveeta, Hersey bars, Cheeze-Its.
    • everything shuts down in August. Most people in Switzerland have 4 to 5 weeks of vacation per year and take a few of these in August.
    • many day care centers are closed many days because of school holidays (1 week "winter sports" in Feb/Mar, 1 week spring break in April, 3 to 5 weeks during July/Aug, 1 week in Sep/Oct, 1 to 2 weeks for Christmas/New Year's).
    • movies have intermissions.
    • lingerie is advertised on sidewalk billboards so as to easily catch the eye of pedestrians and drivers.
    • there seem to be lingerie stores everywhere.
    • nudity (and more) on network TV is not unusual.
    • most toilets don't flush very well (low flow to conserve water). Thus, there is almost always a brush next to the toilet for "cleaning" the bowl when needed.
    • people smoke indoors, even if an area is clearly marked no smoking.
    • grocery shopping is very cheap, but eating out is very expensive.
    • few people eat out often (not really surprising since it's expensive to eat out), except for those who live downtown in large cities.
    • you can ride on many public transit systems (bus, light rail) without buying a ticket (i.e., ticket inspections are rare).
    • most grocery stores do not accept credit cards.many streets (even busy ones) are pitch black by 11pm.
    • you can make a hotel reservation without giving a credit card.
    • you often pay for rental things (e.g., ski equipment) when you return it.
    • when you check in at most hotels, you have to leave your passport for a few hours (this is also true throughout the rest of Western Europe).
    • almost all houses and apartment buildings have bomb shelters, which often cannot be used (because most people use them as storage spaces). If you build a new house, you are required by law to include a bomb shelter. It is possible to get an exemption, but in this case you will have to pay a fee (i.e., a "contribution" to a communal shelter, even if one does not currently exist).
    • SMS Text messaging in Switzerland (and most of Europe) is free for received texts, only the sender pays.

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Listening to : Good Intent Live at Sing Sing Studios by Kimbra 
              <3: Switzerland
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March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen Inspired Hair and Make-Up

Hey there! I recently watched The Hunger Games at Abreeza Ayala Mall in Davao and I was so fascinated by the costumes, hair and make-up of the characters particularly the main character's, Katniss Everdeen. Here is my take on Katniss' hair and make up and some links for tutorials on how to recreate her look. Again, these images are just inspired so I'm not really trying to copy the whole effect from the movie.
First make-up is her neutral, everyday face before going to Capitol for a bit of make-over while the second make-up will be based from the description in the books. 

 * HAIR *
FRONT VIEW :
This is a good everyday look if you want to go on a date, in the office, school or just about anywhere. You can add more bangs or strands of hair in front depending on how neat or laid back you want to come off.

BACK VIEW:
Braids are so romantic and add sophistication to your ensemble. Keep this section neat and try to make your braids as tight as possible since this part of your braid holds everything together. If you have thick hair, you're lucky that you'll still be able to recreate Katniss' chunky braids. As you can see, I'm in dire need of hair coloring but I'm the doing the whole ombre effect so I keep my roots a bit dark.

SIDE VIEW:
You can put your side braid on either your left or right shoulder depending on the part of your hair. We had to repeat this since my braid didn't fall down properly. It's ok to repeat the steps as long as you have bands to hold the finished braids in place.

It's ok if it looks a bit messy as to give it that natural feel.
For a tutorial of this side braid, I will include links at the end of this post so
keep on scrolling :)
 *KATNISS' NATURAL/ EVERYDAY MAKE-UP*
I kept everything muted but added a dash of gold on my eyes to make this look more interesting. I've also been told by guys that I should try gold eye make up. Guess what, they were right. It looked great! 
Maintain a flawless finish and contour your cheeks just a bit with gold bronzer if you want. The make-up artists for The Hunger Games have perfected the "No Make Up Make Up" for Katniss, but I think that would appear too boring.
Contour your eyes with a darker shade of brown and lightly feather it out for a more cat-eye effect. 
A very thin line of eye liner highlights the gold eye make-up.
Skin: Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation
Concealer: MAC NW30
Eyes: Dollface 78 make up palette in Gold  and Coastal Scents Neutral Make Up palette
Eyebrows: Etude and Ever Bilena
Eyeliner: MAC
Lips : Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in 230 Fleshtone  
Finish with a nude lippie like Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in 230 Fleshtone 

*KATNISS' INTERVIEW/DEBUT MAKE-UP* 
"The team works on me until late afternoon, turning my skin to glowing satin, stenciling patterns on my arms, painting flame designs on my twenty perfect nails. Then Venia goes to work on my hair, weaving strands of red into a pattern that begins at my left ear, wraps around my head, and then falls in one braid down my right shoulder. They erase my face with a layer of pale makeup and draw my features back out. Huge dark eyes, full red lips, lashes that throw off bits of light when I blink. Finally, they cover my entire body in a powder that makes me shimmer in gold dust."
-Katniss when being prepared to wear her jeweled dress.
 
To keep the eye make-up really dark, I first coated it with a thin layer of eyeliner from Maybelline then proceeded to pile on black eye make-up. You can do it vice versa but the technique I used gave the smokey effect that I wanted. I used thick lines of liquid eyeliner to recreate the wings.
This look was based from a passage in The Hunger Games book but I added a little twist of having feathered eyeliner which resembled wings or flames to keep in line with the flaming Mokingjay theme.

Skin: 
Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation
Concealer: MAC NW30
Eyes: Coastal Scents Neutral Make Up palette
Eyebrows: Etude and Ever Bilena
Eyeliner: MAC and Maybelline
Lips : MAC Russian Red

I used MAC Russian Red or you can always use a cheaper Ever Bilena lipstick in Scarlet.

I know Jennifer Lawrence is a million times more beautiful as Katniss but I hope you enjoyed The Hunger Games inspired looks I created ^___^

Here are some pegs I used for this post.


Photography: Margaret Morales
Make-Up: Millie Morales
Hair: Sally Bibon (who has been doing my hair since kindergarten. She used to do my hair in braids every single day  until 6th grade.)

Here are some links for Katniss' Hair Tutorial:
STYLIST.COM
LUXYHAIR YOUTUBE

Enjoy!

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Listening to : Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift Ft. The Civil Wars from The           Hunger Games Soundtrack
              <3: The Hunger Games
             =( : rainy season na?
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