30 November 2009

Belly Belt Surprise!

Hi! readers, I am sure you've noticed that updates are getting fewer at Your dear fashion blogger is 10 weeks preggy :) The first few weeks were really tough and I could barely stare in front of the monitor without getting a banging headache.

Preggy staples: leggings, reliable flat shoes, and a roomy top.

But now everything is reaching its equilibrium, I hope. So let me welcome you to StyleandRelax's preggy edition! :)

Starting off with an interesting invention for all mommies and mommies to be. My sister sent me this Belly Belt from Australia. She had to buy it online, it transforms your regular pants into something that you can still wear when you are carrying your precious one.

It would look like this. Such a great solution for saving your wardrobe while expecting, my only problem is that my pants don't have the standard button sizes. Will have to alter the buttons so that it can accommodate this maternity belly band.

You can get the belly belt online, just search for "belly belt combo" or maybe, ask your relatives abroad for it :)

25 November 2009

“Love Yourself” with Watsons and Bioessence this Christmas

Heads up Watsons addicts!

This November, Watsons and Bioessence ushers in the holiday season with a very special Christmas offering that combines Watsons’ products with Bioessence’s paraffin wax treatment exclusively for Watsons and Beauty by SM shoppers.

“Watsons’ partnership with Bioessence is something we felt was a perfect fit,” said Vicky Encarnacion, Watsons Department Store Business Unit Head. “This Christmas, Watsons is all about finding ways to ‘love yourself.’ With our product lineup coupled with the paraffin wax treatment of Bioessence, every customer to Watsons and Beauty by SM is sure to have a delightfully indulgent holiday.”

“As an advocate of health, wellness, and beauty, we knew that Watsons was perfectly suited to what Bioessence believes in,” added Yeng Francisco, Marketing Director for Bioessence Serenity Spas. “For the last 14 years, we have grown to 26 outlets nationwide by honing our beauty expertise with beauty products like soaps, anti-ageing, whitening, slimming, essential oils, food supplements and other complementary items. By partnering with Watsons, we are able to go even further with our offerings by crafting a special paraffin wax treatment that customers can avail of. Our paraffin treatment is exclusive to Watsons for the holiday season and is slated to be one of the most unique activities you can do with your girlfriends this Christmas.”

Indulge yourself this Christmas

Along with paraffin wax, indulgence this season comes in the form of Watsons Exfoliating Body Scrub, Spa Essentials Massage Oils, Body Treats Body Care Range (Body Lotions and Body Soaps), and Glamworks Whiteplus Whitening Range.

Available in Cucumber, Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Peach Mango, Watsons Exfoliating Body Scrub kicks off your Christmas beauty by effectively removing dead skin cells and refreshing your skin. After a bath, Body Treats Body Care Range makes Christmas indulgence a sweet-smelling experience with specially formulated Virgin Coco, Green and Orange Papaya, and Calamansi scented Body Lotion and Body Soap, while Glamworks Whiteplus Whitening Range ensures that your Christmas complexion is kept fair and rosy for every party. These beauty and pamper products are exclusively available at Watsons and Beauty by SM stores.

Tor perfectly round off your Christmas indulgence, shopping for these Watsons’ exclusive products could earn you a FREE hand paraffin treatment plus a 50% discount for any facial at Bioessence Serenity Spa.

Complimented by Watsons Exfoliating Body Scrub or Spa Essentials’ specially formulated Massage Oils, your holiday season is set to be your most pampered Christmas yet.

22 November 2009

Pininho Holidays!

A fresh watermelon burst, a playful babushka doll, a bling bling dollar sign and a colorful rainbow. Welcome the arrival of the latest Holiday installments of Pininho exprossories!

We loved them on our flipflops and this is the time to share the gift of having fun with Pininhos :D

The new styles will be available starting December in flip-flop stores or place your orders now via for only Php 220-250.

Our favorite, the dollar bling bling!

20 November 2009

Winners of Toblerone Thank You Day Promo!

And the winners for the Toblerone Thank You Day Promo are:

1. Angelica Tanala:

2. Joy Cruz:

3. Michelle Aleli

4. Flora Viloria

5. Renaeh

All winners are invited to join the Toblerone Thank You Day today. November 20, 6PM at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. You may also claim your prizes there, kindly look for Charl Sapina - 09188954624

Should you not be able to make it today, kindly get in touch with the same contact on where you may claim your gift packs :)

Thank you everyone for joining!

14 November 2009

Manila's Most Fashionable Pick the Ultimate Wardrobe

They set the trends, penalize fashion les faux pas and basically rule Manila 's style scene with an iron -- albeit manicured -- hand. Yes, they're the undisputed headliners of fashion-- but did you ever stop to think of what the country's top fashion editors and columnists would come up with if they were to assemble one wardrobe?

Yes, you got that right. They would come up with no less than the Ultimate Wardrobe.

Kate Torralba. “Fun and quirky, her playful designs remind us to have fun with fashion,” Donna Cuna Pita.

But the Ultimate Wardrobe can’t be bought—and no, maxed out credit cards won’t cut it either—it can only be won in NESTLÉ FITNESSE’s Show off Your Shape promo.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Ultimate Wardrobe, as chosen by Audrey Carpio, Donna Cuna Pita, Bianca Consunji, Jenni Epperson, Joyce Fernandez, Rissa Mananquil, Pauline Juan and Isabel Roces:

Channeling an Icon

Chanel. “A Chanel dress is not just a dress. Owning one is a sartorial rite of passage into the history of couture and a statement that says you are serious about fashion,” --Audrey Carpio.

‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – or so said Coco Chanel, the legendary woman behind the iconic Chanel brand.

And all 8 editors agree that ‘different’ will be the least of what the owner of the coveted Chanel dress will be once she wears the said piece. Bianca Consunji considers Chanel to be the ultimate symbol of luxury. “Chanel’s a classy, globally known brand that just shouts ‘status symbol.’ While Audrey Carpio considers it to be a right of passage for every fashionista: “A Chanel dress is not just a dress. Owning one is a sartorial rite of passage into the history of couture and a statement that says you are serious about fashion.”

From Fashionista to Fashionalista

Rhett Eala. “Their collection carries reasonably priced clothes designed with elegance and flawless quality in mind,” Jenni Epperson.”
Would you have thought of the Philippine map as fashionable? Maybe—if you were Rhett Eala, that is.

And it is exactly this unique ingenuity which elevated a Rhett Eala creation into the Ultimate Wardrobe. “He’s one of my favorite designers,” shares Rissa Mananquil. “He’s fashion’s big innovator, thinker and provocateur. Isabel Roces, on the other hand echoes the sentiments of Rissa. “Rhett has always been my favorite local designer. His style is feminine, elegant and comfortable. His designs are always a hit, as proven by his widely popular My Pilipinas shirt.”

Aside from Michi Calica, Hermès, Rhett Eala and Michi Calica, other items included in the Ultimate Wardrobe come from Kate Torralba, Jun Escario, Religioso and 7 For All Mankind.

The Nestle Fitnesse 14 Days to Show off Your Shape will kick off on November 14, Saturday, from 9am, at Greenbelt Park, Makati, with the voting period lasting from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3. And as adjudged by Manila ’s top style icons, the winners of the Ultimate Wardrobe will be announced on December 10, 2009.

For more information about Nestle Fitnesse’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, please log on to

08 November 2009

Have a Sexy Christmas with Avon Fashions

Naughty or nice? Christmas is the ultimate season to feel good about yourself - inside and out. It's the time to have fun especially with fashion! Why not start gift-giving by getting these eye-popping lingerie for yourself?

Hollywood Glamour
-Recreate the glamorous diva style from the inside with this sexy red lingerie.

Bridgette Bra - Php 399; Bridgette Panty - Php 199

Royal Salute
-Palatial designs reminiscent of the grandiosity and elegance of royalty. Suitable for modern-day queens and princesses who deserve royal treatment, inside and out.

Elizabeth Bra - Php 475; Elizabeth Panty - Php 199

Always remember to get lingerie in the right size and fit, not too loose and not too tight especially for your brassieres. Your Avon lady can help you determine the right size for you. What's great is how you can purchase the top and bottom separately.

Give the gift of Sexy!

Personally I am excited to wear them, I haven't really started a proper lingerie collection and I guess starting with Avon is a great option :) Thanks Santa!

07 November 2009

The Starbucks 2010 Planner Launch

It's here! Girls and boys go crazy every year stamping their Starbucks cards to redeem the most coveted Starbucks 2010 Planner! This year, the planner is available in 3 stylish designs.

The Starbucks Planner was launched during the Starbucks Christmas Cheer Party at Ayala 6750. Guests and patrons of Starbucks were treated to overflowing coffee and first sips of their signature Christmas drinks. We love the Peppermint Mocha hot :) A great alternative to a creamy cup of their hot chocolate.

More than coffee and frappuccinos, Starbucks has lined up new pastries to welcome the holiday season. Cute ginger bread, layered cakes, and sandwiches lined with Christmas colors. Everyone felt it was already Christmas day!

Starbucks Christmas Bearistas are super cute!

Starbucks also launched their new Christmas themed tumblers, mugs, keychains and decors, even Christmas Bearistas. I got a Halloween Bearista :)

Christmas Barista :)

Visit your favorite Starbucks branch and enjoy the Christmas Cheer for you and your friends, anytime of the day.

Were you here?

05 November 2009

Nestle Fitnesse - 14 Days to Show off Your Shape

Ever wanted to raid a certified fashionista’s closet? Or have you ever wanted to strut the streets of Manila wearing a Hermes, Rhett Eala, Michi Calica, Religioso, Kate Torralba,Jun Escario, Chanel, or 7 for All Mankind?

You know you want to and in 14-days, these could all happen to you -- if you win in NESTLE FITNESSE’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, that is.

Here, fashion and fitness come together to give style mavens a crack at their dream ensemble— handpicked by the country’s top fashion editors no less—while getting in tip-top shape. “This is the first of its kind in the country,” says Myra Garcia, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Fitnesse. “After all, there’s no better motivation than walking the streets of Manila while looking fashionably fit.”

Editors Pick the Ultimate Wardrobe

Dress by Michi Calica

“ For the prizes in NESTLE FITNESSE’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, we found out what some of the country’s most stylish people want to have in their closets,” shares Myra Garcia, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Fitnesse . “And in doing so, we were able to shortlist what’s arguably the most coveted designer wardrobe to hit Manila.”

Dona Cuna Pita, for example, believes Chanel to be a true fashionista must-have saying that the iconic designer “blazed the trail for all female high-fashion designers.” On the local front, Kate Torralba and Rhett Eala emerged to be among the top favorites. “Her quirky dresses and colorful palettes make you feel like a Barbie doll. I can almost swear they come with invisible heels that make you feel like you’re 5’11,” quips Isabel Roces about designer Kate Torralba. On the other hand, Rissa Mananquil describes Rhett Eala as “fashion’s big innovator, thinker and provocateur.”

Jenni Epperson, Joyce Fernandez, Audrey Carpio, Bianca Consunji and Pauline Juan are the other top mavens that Nestle Fitnesse consulted in assembling the Ultimate Wardrobe.

14 Days to Fitness and Fashion

So what do you have to do to get a crack at Manila’s most coveted designer wardrobe?

Simply form a team of 2-8 members, and using Nestle Fitnesse’s 14-day meal plan, everyone in the team has to lose at least 2 pounds in 2 weeks. “No, 2 pounds is not that daunting, it only needs a few diet tweaks,” quips Myra Garcia. She explains that participants only need to replace breakfast and one of the main meals – either lunch or dinner--for 2 weeks. She adds that to exercise as well as eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat, carbohydrate rich foods is the best way to complement the 14-day regimen.

And as part of the challenge, participants also need to chronicle their 14-day regimen via an online “fitness diary” accessed at . The Top 10 most popular FITNESSE 14-day diaries will make it into finals.

The Nestle Fitnesse 14 Days to Show off Your Shape will kick off on November 14, Saturday, 9am, with the voting period lasting from November 15 to December 3, 2009. And as adjudged by Manila’s top style icons the winners will be announced on December 10, 2009 in a special fashion show.

“People who’ll join this challenge will have nothing to lose but pounds,” jests Myra Garcia. “Not only do they win the fashionista closet of their dreams, but they walk away with health tips, tweaks and tricks during their 14-day challenge and continue on living a healthier, fitter and a more runway-ready lifestyle.”

For more information about Nestle Fitnesse’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, please log on to

The Spa at Bonifacio Highstreet

No matter how high or low your stress levels are, a relaxing time at the spa is always a good idea for health and body. And if you want to experience pampering in another level other than just a shower and a full body massage, turn to The Spa at Bonifacio Highstreet.

jacuzzi and shared room

It was my first time to try The Spa. One reason being their prices are a bit steeper than the normal spas I frequent. Yet, after walking in and trying most of their facilities - I know I was getting my money's worth. The service I tried is a combination massage which is around Php 820. Once you enter, you will be able to enjoy the following:

1. Jacuzzi
2. Sauna
3. Hot or Cold Shower

Of course they had me at the Jacuzzi which was spacious, filled with fresh water, and the lighting was relaxing already. When using the Jacuzzi, you'll have to take it all off and as courtesy to other users, you must shower before getting in :)

The Spa has lots of fresh warm towels for your use, and you also get complimentary drinks before or after your treatment. I would choose a non-private room which is quiet cheaper than a private one. Ladies and gentlemen have two separate areas so there is no fuss in sharing the massage rooms with ladies. Yet, when I visited The Spa - I had no companions in the shared massage area. I wanted to take photos but for the privacy of other users, taking photos is discouraged especially in the jacuzzi area.

The Spa at Bonifacio Highstreet

If you have spare time and cash, The Spa is really quiet an experience. From the ambiance, to the cleanliness of everything - you'll feel you are getting a massage service inside your hotel room. They have everything from hair dryers, lotions, powder, and even the latest copies of your favorite fashion magazines. A must-try for any lady looking to relax and unwind to a whole new level!