Bridal Car Philippines for me and Ian

Wedding preps have been keeping me and Ian busy… and I love it!

We finally booked our bridal car last 4 Feb 2016! We, honestly, didn’t have a difficult time looking for one because Bridal Car Philippines is just so easy to talk to. Aside from that, their rates are pretty affordable, too! So yeah, Ian and I didn’t have any second thoughts about renting their Vintage Jaguar for our wedding day.

Here’s their pricelist in case you’re wondering.

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Finalizing Wedding Preps with Casa Roces

Wedding preps and blogging don’t mix for me. Not surprising since I suck at blogging regularly in the first place. Fortunately though, I am still able to work on wedding DIYs and other wedding-related concerns.

Speaking of wedding concerms, I am so happy that my fiance has some time to help with preps. Ian’s work schedule is super packed and I’m ecstatic every time he gives me pegs for our big day. I also don’t mind if he needs me to check on wedding logistics every now and then. Instead of getting stressed, I welcome his concerns because to me it means he is getting hands on with the preps as well.

We’ve only got 2 months to go before the wedding and now we have to finalize plans with Casa Roces. Yes, we’re sticking with them even if they’re on the pricey side. Why? Because they are worth it! Ian and I have been spending weekends at Casa Roces; trying out their dishes; observing the service; taking note of the whole establishment. I must say that they pass with flying colors!

We are really happy with their food and service. The staff are very courteous and they attend to our needs in no time. The restaurant’s always clean, too! So yep, we are confident that we will be receiving the exact service, if not better, on our wedding day.

Last 14 Feb 2016, Ian and I spoke with one of their managers, Miss Sharon. We asked for changes to be made to the our chosen package because we were going a little over our budget already. Luckily, the package looked more affordable for us once the changes have been made. So a HUUUUGE thanks to Miss Marlene and Miss Sharon for indulging us. We really appreciate it.

We just need to iron out a few more details like finalizing the number of suppliers and choosing the menu for them, then we’re all set. It will soon be just a matter of paying our balances until we pay them in full on the big day.

I am one happy bride-to-be!

Revlon Super Lustrous Liptstick in Cherries in the Snow is my new HG Lipstick

You know a woman means business when she puts red lipstick on. Do you agree with this? I do!

There’s something about red lipstick that makes women more attractive. I guess this sort of explains why wearing bold red shades on my puckers give me the extra confidence when I need them. I also noticed that putting on red lipstick does wonders for cheering me up these past few days.

Thanks to times spent praying, talking to friends, and to Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick Cherries in the Snow, I’ve survived last month’s most depressing moments. Yes, I am serious about the effect that Cherries in the Snow has on me.

What do I love about Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow? Every thing!

What’s in a name?

Cherries in the Snow. Who’s not going to take notice of this name? It gives me the impression that this shade is a conspicuous shade of red. True enough, it does not disappoint!

Highly Pigmented

True to being a noticeable shade of red, Cherries in the Snow is a highly pigmented shade. One layer of this lip lacquer and you end up with a nice fiery cherry color on your lips. I prefer 2 layers for daily use in the office and it doesn’t distract colleagues. On the other hand, my friends from work love the shade as well.

Creamy Goodness

This Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick comes in a bold creamy texture that glides easily. I just love it! Not only that, my  lips feel moisturized when I use this shade.

Simple Packaging

I am usually a sucker for sleek or attention grabbing packaging. Cherries in the Snow comes in a simple black and gold tube. The packaging may not be as sleek as I want my makeup stash to be, but the popping raspberry-ish shade more than makes up for the simplicity of the packaging.

If there’s one thing I don’t like about this lipstick… It’s the fact that it doesn’t stay on after I eat or drink. True it doesn’t have such claims, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to retouch every time I eat my meals. Nevertheless, I got this for PhP 350.00 so I shouldn’t complain. It’s great for its retail price, yeah?

Here are some photos of the Revlon Cherries in the Snow if anyone’s interested!

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Have you tried Cherries in the Snow? What do you think about this lipstick shade? Let me know in the comments section below!

A Look at the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil

A well-defined eyebrow can definitely change the way you look. Fortunately, grooming your eyebrows doesn’t cost much. You can simply have your eyebrows waxed, threaded, or shaved. Go with the option that you’re most comfortable.

For an even better look, try filling in your brows with some color. You can either use brow powder, mascara, or a pencil. Personally, I’ve tried the pencil and powder options; the latter works best for me. However, I’ve heard of the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil. You can say it’s sort of an upgraded pencil since it doesn’t come with a tipped point. The Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil has a tapered tip, which my colleagues claim, makes it easier to define your brows.

Being the makeup junkie that I am, I’ve decided to get one for myself. Haha! I got the Shade 2 since I have brown streaks on my hair. Incidentally, you should choose a color that’s 1-2 shades lighter than your eyebrow colors when shopping for eyebrow makeup!

Going back to the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil, it’s available for just Php 128.00. At first glance, you might think it’s an expensive purchase since the lead is only approximately 2cm. However, other users say you can use  the EH Drawing Eye Brow Pencil for about 2 months if I remember correctly. I guess that’s a fair enough price if you consider the duration you can use said eyebrow makeup, right? Also, the other end of the pencil features a spoolie that you can use to further groom your brows with.

I’ve also tried using it as soon as I got home last night, but I was a total failure. I’m not sure if it’s because I was already tired and sleepy or if I was just totally clueless how to use brow pencils. Hence, no pictures of the failed trial. I’ll see about having photos of the filled in eyebrows when I get it right.

For now here are some photos of the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil!

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Wedding Venue: Casa Roces

We’ve already decided on a Church for the wedding, right? Luckily, we’ve also agreed on a reception venue, which is just 1 or 2 blocks away from the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels; it’s none other than Casa Roces!

What made us decide so quickly on Casa Roces? First, the proximity of the venue to the church played a huge role. Second, it goes perfectly well with our Spanish-themed wedding! We need very minimal to no venue styling for this old house turned restaurant. Third, they offer a variety of Filipino and Spanish food, which also obviously goes well with our wedding plans. Fourth, the food is AMAZING! Fifth, the staff are all very courteous and helpful. Sixth, the price for the food’s a bit pricy, but we feel that the buffet is worth it. We just need to adjust our budget somewhere. Oh well.

By the way, here’s a sample computation for our wedding in Casa Roces.

Price/pax#of PaxTotal Rate for # of guests+ 12% VAT+10% SCTotal rate (inc. VAT and SC)
Php 1,000150Php 1,000 x 150= 150,00018,00015,000Php 183,000.00

Also, here are some photos I grabbed from the Casa Roces Facebook page. Sorry I was too busy enjoying the food, hence, I forgot to take photos of the venue.

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National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels for Our Wedding

We’ve finally decided on a church for our wedding! Fortunately, Ian and I did not need to go on another Church Hunt. We were able to agree fuss-free on our wedding ceremony venue. Our big day’s going to be at the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels.

It turns out Ian had his Confirmation in said Church. As for me, it looks like I’m also going to have my confirmation here. I wish I had my confirmation when I was younger, but it’s ok. At least the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels will have an additional value between Ian and me.

It’s great that the reservation fee for St. Michael is only PhP 9,500.00. The registrar even told us we could have make the down payment of PhP 4,000.00 by December. However, we’d like to take no chances so we’re paying the full amount by the end of July. Yey!

Also, Ian says we don’t need to  dress up the church. He prefers it to be really simple. He even said he doesn’t want flowers along the aisle. We’ll probably just pay extra to have the Church and the surroundings cleaned the day before the wedding.

It also doesn’t hurt that our chosen reception venue is just a stone’s throw away. I’m lucky Ian liked the venue I suggested to him while we were out looking at Churches. So yep, I think Ian and I deserve pats on our backs for this! Yey!

 

 

Our Hunt for the Perfect Church

Ian’s Pamamanhikan last 10 May 2015 went really well. I was, honestly, secretly scared that our families might not get along. I don’t know why, but that’s what I felt.

During the Pamamanhikan, we talked about the wedding date, theme, motif, and the entourage. Ian and I would like to have a summer wedding next year. However, the elders from Ian’s side of the family would like for us to move the wedding to December this year. As much as we would like to accommodate their request, sadly, I don’t think our current running costs will allow us to move the wedding to an earlier date. In addition, December weddings usually take 1 year to block off dates, especially if you want your wedding in a well-known Church and reception venue.

Speaking of Churches, we have shortlisted some in Manila that we’d like to have for the wedding.

Below are some of the shortlisted Churches with their rates, photos, and addresses. Hopefully, this small list can help you with your own wedding planning! Have fun!

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1. San Agustin Church

Cost: PhP 33,500.00

Address: General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila

Comments: I love the interior! My colleague from Australia says that it looks like a church made for fairytale weddings. I agree! I love the arches and  the details found in the ceiling. The chandeliers are gorgeous, too! Unfortunately, PhP 33,500 is a little too steep for 1-hour use of the Church. Hence, we are on the hunt for other Churches around Manila. We’ll probably have our ceremony here if we have extra cash from the wedding budget! 

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2. National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels 

Cost: PhP 9,500.00

Address: 1000 Gen. Solano St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila

Comments: The simplicity of the National Shrine of St. Michaele and the Archangels caught my attention. It does have a nice looking altar, which would look great in the wedding photos. I also love the fact that the reservation costs only PhP 9,500. That’s a huge help in our budget should we end up in this Church!

 3Basilica Minore de San Sebastian

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Cost: PhP 25,000.00

Address: Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila

Comments: San Sebastian Church originally topped our list because this is where Ian’s parents tied the knot. However, we considered San Agustin Church for the top option because it was just walking distance from Casa Manila, which is a possible reception venue for us. I like the rich history that both San Sebastian and San Agustin Church have, but unfortunately, my mind tells me to look for a more affordable option. Spending 25k-35k for an hour’s use of a church seems impractical.

 

 

  

4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

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Cost: to be updated

Address: 40 Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City

Comments: I never knew about this Cathedral until just a few days ago. I was desperately looking for another church option when I accidentally found a photo of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I fell in love with this Church and excitedly asked Ian if we could consider it. Fortunately, he likes it, too. So we’ll drop by the Cathedral soon to ask for their rates (I called their office, but the person on the other line wanted me to get their brochures instead of telling me the rates over the phone.)

Hopefully, we get to book our wedding in one of these Churches soon. I really want to be able to book it within the month so that we can finally move on to other areas of the wedding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Being Engaged

Getting engaged brings about a variety of feelings. You’ll feel elated that you’re taking your relationship to yet another level of lifelong commitment. On another note, I guess it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive; to question yourself if you really are ready for marriage. No matter the case, a wedding engagement is definitely something both the man and woman look forward to when they realize they’ve met the person they want to spend their lives with.

However, some might wonder what it’s like to be engaged. Here’s my take on being engaged.

No engagement is alike

You and your bff may be with your respective partners for the same amount of years, but it doesn’t mean you’re both going through the exact same thing. Likewise, being engaged practically at the same time doesn’t mean that your wedding plans will both go smoothly.

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