Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Rant: 31 and some weeks and My Baby Shower

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Until my girlfriends convinced me, I wasn't going to have another baby shower. But then it made me realize at the shower, that pregnant women like me really need this kind of community and support especially during towards the end of a pregnancy. It really showed me what kind of a strong tribe and community I was surrounded by and for that, I'm very thankful. 

This pregnancy has been a whirlwind especially leading up to the finish line. There are definitely changes from the first one (I mean, who am I kidding, I was also ten years younger with Crea). I found out that I'm border line diabetic (blood sugar is right on the cusp), my iron is too low, and I'm not gaining enough weight. I mean, hello!! What's a pregnant girl to do? I've been trying so hard to balance everything that I was starting to feel like one of those crazy pregnant woman watching everything that I ate which is not my personality at all. It's not easy but it was great to be reminded that I still "got this" and feel surrounded by love and happiness at the shower. 

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A big thank you to all of my friends and family that came and showered me with blessings and love. I know that my squad will help me through my final days of pregnancy and I can't wait to share this little one and for them to get to know my baby!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Travel Oregon: Mcminnville



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Sometimes, it's nice to be a tourist in your own city or your own state.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lace Bell Sleeved Dress + Giveaway!!

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Photos by: Christine Cannistraci

Happy Monday! Last week, we got the most beautiful weather in Portland and I was really excited because one of my best friends visited from Texas. After picking her up from the airport we got busy and had lunch but since I missed her birthday, I wanted to do something special for her. I wanted to take her to the Chinese Gardens. I haven't been there in a while and I thought it would benefit both of us to just spend some quality BFF time together and enjoy the wonderful site.

I wore this super comfy dress from Pink Blush Maternity. It's a great dress to wear on a day where I did a lot of walking. I was actually looking through their website the other day and I realized that they have more than just maternity clothes. They have a variety of non maternity chic clothes (for after baby), robes, and baby clothes. So much cute stuff! 

I've collaborated with Pink Blush and Pink Blush Maternity for a $75 gift card so you can get a chance to check out their super cute clothing! Just click the rafflecopter below on how to enter!


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Good Luck! UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Rant: Third Trimester and My April Favorites


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Good Heavens! When is this baby coming out? These are the thoughts that go through my head the last time I was getting my prenatal with my midwife. But on second thoughts, this little bundle of joy is still baking and it's not quite ready to come out. I say "it" because I'm not going to find out what the sex of the baby is until I push "it" out. Some people and a lot of my friends think I'm crazy {especially my girlfriends who are throwing me that shower} but for me it's something exciting about the feeling of not knowing. Crea was also a surprise. I guess my partner and I are just in for the spontaneous events.  I haven't even thought of any names....eeeks! If you have any ideas let me know in the comments below.
This time around, I'm a little bit more in the know of what helps me get through the last 2 months. I've rounded up my April Favourites of the things I'm loving and have been using to prep for the babes and my well being.

Food:
Granola Smoothie Bowls are the death of me. For real, I crave those things like nobody's business. Every morning, I stop by my local juice bar and get them. I love how the smoothie is so cooling and filling. Not to mention the berries on top. I always get them with extra granola.

Music:
Nothing in particular but I find myself listening to the Samantha James Station. Her sound is just so soothing, and relaxing. It helps me fall asleep at night. It also has me fantasising about traveling haha. Easy listening with a  little bit of rhythm.

Beauty:
I've been looking for a good concealer for a while now and the one that I absolutely loved from Rimmel got discontinued so I haven't had any luck until I decided to try Elf Concealer. It glides really smooth on my skin and blends just perfectly. It definitely has good coverage especially for everyday use. I use it to cover my dark circles under my eyes.

Random:
I've been re-reading books on pregnancy lately and I've gotta say my favourite book of all time by far is Birthing from Within. It really touches on how to understand your body and how to get the body ready for birth. I've really learned a lot about myself from this book. It has a lot of tecqniques for breathing and labor.

Fashion:
The weather in Portland has been really nice but it still gets chilly during the night time. I've been wearing this Jean Jacket  non stop. See how I paired it with this dress HERE and HERE.

April 2016 Favorites
Jean Jacket//E l f creamy concealer//Birthing from Within 

Hope you enjoyed my last month's favourites. Let me know in the comments below if you've tried any of these products!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH









Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Stand Tall Jumpsuit

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Photos by: Elora Faye Domingo

I've been rockin' a jumpsuit since I can remember and this time around even with a big belly is no exception.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Paisley Maxi Dress

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Photos by: Rollie Veniegas

Third Trimester of the this pregnancy. Getting close.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Downtown Shopping in Portland


Happy weekend! I work pretty close to downtown Portland but I rarely go there unless I absolutely have to.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Rant: Going into my Third Trimester + Feeling a little Senti

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This is it, I'm starting my third trimester in a couple of weeks. It's the final push and I can't help but feel a little sentimental and with mixed emotions. I finally started to jot down things I might need to prepare for before the second baby comes and it made me think about the powerful women in my life and how in the world did they do it.  My mother for instance is the strongest woman I know. I don't think we (my brother and I) would be in a better life situation if she didn't work so hard to get us to another country (I was born and raised in the Philippines) for a a better life and a better future. And who would have thought to teach me simple details such as how to bath your baby and how to wrap them up so they sleep better no other than her. I mean don't get me wrong, all mothers have a little crazy in them and she is no exception but she knew me like no other. I'm just so glad that I have a great relationship with her now that I'm a mother myself. I can't wait for her to meet her second grandchild and maybe she has new tricks up her sleeves this time!

*This post was in collaboration with Bridge Nine Candle Co.  All opinions expressed are my own and this was not edited by any third parties. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The P.Town Gilrs!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Boho Top

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photos by:Molly Barnett

I've been seeing a lot of boho and 70's vibe all over the internet lately, I was feeling like I gotta get on the wagon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Styling my thick hair with Irresistible Me

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photos by: Maynard Villaflores
With my busy life, it's hard for me to spend a lot of time getting ready. But lately, since I've cut my hair a few months back, I've been meaning to style it up for Spring (inspiration--Rihanna). Now I'm no hair or makeup goddess. I don't know how to curl hair or style it up to the glam. So pretty much the only style I do with my hair is to straighten it. Now to get the perfect "straight" hair you will need a pretty darn good straightener. Trust people, when you've used a lot of straighteners and your hair gets caught and it doesn't get hot enough, it's frustrating.
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So when I got the opportunity to try the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Straightener, I jumped at the chance. It's probably the only straightener that was able to really work with my fine, thick, dark hair. When I first held the device, I was shocked at how light it was. I was also impressed that it didn't take long for it to heat up. I mean 15 seconds is pretty dang fast if you ask me. It can heat up to 450 degrees and I also liked the rotating cord so it pretty much moves with me while I style my hair.
Another great thing about this product is that the plates are made with diamond and tourmaline so it preserves the oils in your hair leaving it frizz free.

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The buttons are on the inside (how smart is that?) so you don't accidentally turn it off while using and it automatically shuts off after 30 minutes when you forget (like if you have pregnant brain like me). The price is not bad either compared to the other popular brands out there. I would definitely recommend this straightener. I've actually already tried it on Crea and a couple of my girlfriends and they really liked it! For more info Click Here Have you tried this product? What do you think?





UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH 

 *This post was in collaboration with Irresistable Me.  All opinions expressed are my own and this was not edited by any third parties. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The P.Town Gilrs!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Brown Boxy Midi Dress

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photos by: Jeannette Moore

Happy Monday everyone! The last week was a blur for me.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Structured Vest and A Big Hat

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Lately, I've been really feeling a nice structured vest. Or any vest for that matter. They are easy to layer and they are a must staple for spring and summer. This vest from Forever 21 is simple but you can come up with so many options for layering and styling. I've been seeing a lot of vest in different lengths and styles and I'm on the hunt for a 2: Oversized Denim vest that I can DIY and floor length vest. In this post, I paired by black vest with a long sleeved boyfriend button up and some black jeans. Finished it off with a wide brim hat (which I love!) and some docs.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February 2016 Faves

February 2016 Faves


Even though February was a leap year, I felt like the month went by fast. Happy March everyone! This is especially my favorite month (I'm sure you know why haha) because this is when Spring happens and it's also my daughter's birthday month! I've rounded up my favorites for the month of Februray! Drum roll please....

FOOD
I have more of an appetite now that I'm on my second trimester but my cravings are through the roof! I was obsessed with (and still am currently)  Skippy's Natural Peanut Butter with Honey. It is sooo delish! I usually eat it with another craving, Apples! I just slice it up and scoop some PB on there and it most def satisfies the craving.

MUSIC
Ever since Queen B came out with formation, that has been the non stop play on phone! I mean in my world, she always slays! Listen to it, and you'll know what I mean. PS: Also loved the message behind it!

FASHION
If you've been following me on Instagram, you would notice that I have been obsessing over these light gray 3 eye docs oxfords and I've been rockin' them on repeat. They are a great neutral color plus they go with everything that I have. Not to mention, they are pretty comfy. Perfect for work and being on my feet.

RANDOM
I'm a planner and calendar type of gal. I can't juggle everything on my phone so I'm so glad I found the cutest calendar from Paper Source. The one I got is really minimal but they also have other ones with the cutest designs and they are on sale for 75% at the moment!


BEAUTY
I'm no make up genius so I mostly don't spend a lot on makeup but I do like to contour. So when Wet N' Wild came out with their new highlight/contour palette, I wanted to test it out. It's nice because I've had bronzers before that were way too shiny or a little sparkly for my taste and this is just the perfect shade for me.

What were your favorites last month?

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bustin' out my Floral Boots

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Photos by: Jeannie Vuong

I was looking at my wardrobe last night thinking that I really need some color in there.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Rant: How I'm feeling with my pregnancy
this time around...

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photos by: Maynard Villaflores

I'm finally on my second trimester and I'm feeling great! I have a lot more energy and I find the baby kicking most of the time. I gotta say, this pregnancy is very different from my first one. I guess I'm ten years older this time (why did I wait that long?) and I'm also working full time. But I've done a few things that helped me along the way.  With the second pregnancy, the bump is showing a little bit faster than I'd like it to be (I'm only 18 weeks and it looks like I'm 23 weeks).

I'm gonna keep it real right here. My first trimester was a hot mess! I had the worst morning sickness and I was extremely exhausted. I could barely get up. It felt like my body was shutting down. But I was optimistic. Now that I'm on my second trimester, I have better energy and can stay up a little later than norm. (woot!!) Another thing is, since I'm in my 30s, I'm considered "high risk" (meaning in the pregnancy world if you're 35 and older, you're "old" and I had take so many blood tests and more vitamin supplements because they said I'm anemic. GREAT!

I'm actually a little scared to give birth. Because now, I know what to expect. I'm just hoping that I can just pop the baby out no problem you know? I'm sure it's not going to be that easy but I'm ready to prepare my home (I'm having a home birth) and I'm doing things that has been helping me along the way.  So thankful for my partner and my daughter. They have been super supportive and helpful!

I'm not expert, I'm just sharing things that I'm doing that helped me along the way. I hope you find this helpful and feel free to comment and share your experiences as well.

1. Prenatal Yoga or any Exercise.
Since, I've gained my energy back, I've been wanting to go to Prenatal yoga. I took prenatal yoga when I was pregnant with Crea, and it helped with my birthing tremendously. I was able to relax and take deep breaths in between contractions. It was also a good way to exercise and stretch my body. I was also able to do some light meditations when I was in labor.

2. Water is key!
I have had so many juice cravings that sometimes I forget to drink water. It will be really hard once you become dehydrated during your pregnancy:( Just remember, you are now sharing nutrients with your baby so you have to double up on everything.

3. Eating in moderation
Just imagine your stomach and intestines being super squeezed because of a growing human in there that there's not a lot of room! Trust me, I have been eating so much that I was starting to have heart burn and that does not sound or feel good!

4.Taking time for yourself.
On my days off, besides doing Mom duties, if I don't feel like doing anything, I don't do it! I used to think OMG there's so much to be done in the house, etc. But I realized, when the new baby comes, I will have double of everything! So take the time now to relax and rest.

5. This might be an overshare, but Kegel Exercises are SUPER IMPORTANT!
If you're wondering what they are, its an exercise that strengthens your pelvic muscles. Like you're holding to go potty and you're flexing your muscles. Trust girl, this will help you before and after you have your baby! You don't want to be peeing all over the place!

Well I feel like I've ranted for a while now,  let me know if you have any mom or pregnancy advice that helped you along the way!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE, 
MARCH


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tweed Textile

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Photos by: Maynard Villaflores

Layering is a must when your pregnant. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My First Impression: L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Products

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A couple weeks ago, I received the new L'oréal Revatalift Volume Filler collection. I'm always looking for new facial moisturizers and now that I'm in my 30s, I was curious to try products for younger looking skin. I received full size items of both the Day Cream and Night Cream. I also received the eye treatment and concentrated serum. I used all of them for about a week and a half and these are my thoughts {I feel like a detective haha}:

Re-Volumize Daily Moisturizer
I find the smell pretty strong but I got used to it. I'm not sure that it truly moisturized my skin. After putting it on, I put a little bit of make up and it felt like my skin was really dry after about a couple hours. I'm not sure if this is the moisturizer for me during the day.

Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream
The night cream worked a little better for me. I felt like my skin was rejuvenated when I woke up and it didn't feel dry. It gave me a glowing look in the am. Again, the smell was a little strong for me but I guess I can get used to it.

Volume Filler Concentrated Serum
I haven't used a lot of serum before but I have to say, I like this one. It claims to replenish skin's fullness. I didn't see any difference using it for a week and a half so far but it feels like my face is more moisturized compared to the day cream.

Revitalift Eye Treatment
This is my favorite out of the four products. It didn't have a strong smell, and I love that it is helping get rid of my under eye puffiness and dark circles! When I run out of this one, I would grab another one. It feels good under my eyes. I put it on every morning and at night after washing my face.

Hopefully these first impressions are helpful. I will continue to use these products and keep you guys updated!!

*This post was in collaboration with Influenster and L'oréal Paris.  All opinions expressed are my own and this was not edited by any third parties. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The P.Town Gilrs!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Favorites

I want to reintroduce monthly favorites into my blog this year. I feel like there are so many things I discover and I figure why not share with my readers right? I don't want to overwhelm you either so I chose my top five favorites and categorized them.

FOOD:
I am obsessed with Kellog's Red Berries Special K Cereal. Maybe it's part of my pregnancy cravings but I could seriously eat the whole box in one sitting even without milk! I think it's the perfect amount of tart (from the strawberries) and the sweet from the cornflakes. Loving it!

MUSIC:
Okay, make fun all you want, but at 34 years old, I have become a belieber. I was hesitant to even download the album on my music, but when I did I really liked the songs that were in there. It's that damn single, What Do You Mean? that got me all hooked. If you don't follow me on Instagram, I posted a quote I found about slowly becoming a belieber. Good job to his marketing team, they got him right back to the top!

RANDOM:
If you have been an avid reader of my blog, you would know that I'm truly a fan of Ban.Do anything since I've discovered them. I recently purchased some complimentary postcards that have the cutest sayings! I love sending snail mail to my friends and I've actually handed a few out to some of my peers!

FASHION:
I'm a booties kinda girl and I feel like I have found the perfect black booties. These are from 14th and Union via Nordstrom Rack and I have worn them on repeat almost the whole month of January. They are comfortable and since I'm on my feet all day long at work, they don't hurt my feet at all!

BEAUTY:
I have found the best cleansing water for my face you guys!!! This product from Garner is my new go to make up remover and cleansing water all in one. It really does take off all the makeup and gunk out of yo face, let me tell you! I first found out about this product just randomly watching youtube videos on drugstore makeup hauls, and thought I would try it cause it got really good reviews, and they were not lying! This is a great drugstore product you would want to try, trust me.

Do you have any favorites in any of these categories? Let me know in the comments below!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

And then there's two...

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photos by: Candace Molatore

Ten years ago, when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I didn't really know what to expect.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Who What Wear x Target

Who What Wear x Target

I've been a fan of Who What Wear for a long time now and when they announced that they were doing a collab with Target back in October, I was super excited to see what they will come up with. Now that the look book is finally here, I gotta say, these are good pieces to have that you can pair with clothes you all ready have in your closet. Did I mention that each piece in the collection is under $50?! Steal. Maj steal! Not only that, if you can't get your hands on this month's collection, no worries because each month, they will be launching a collection with Target for 2 years! Click HERE for the full collection and prices! This collection will hit target stores and online January 31st. Set your alarms!!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH

Friday, January 1, 2016


Now that I'm in the thirties, I want to make sure that I established a good routine when it comes to my skin. I gotta be honest, when I was younger, I didn't wear a lot of sunscreen and living in a tropical country, that might not have been the best idea. I have sensitive skin so I can't use product that have overwhelming scents or have very harsh chemicals from time to time. The weather in Portland gets really dry in the winter so I've listed some of the best moisturizers I've ever used and what works for my skin type. Leave them in the comment below because I'm down to try some new thangs!!

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Was a Riot!

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I can't complain. 2015 was a year of accomplishment and contentment. Not only in blogging world but in my personal life as well. I was thankful to have gone to my very first New York Fashion Week, and met so many wonderful people and was able to witness first hand the craziness of the shows! After that, I was able to attend more events locally, like Feast Portland (which was my first time as well and it was amazing!!), and local fashion shows.

I was also able to connect with my fellow local bloggers and thankfully worked with local photographers in Portland. It's great to get to know your city and community. When I started my blog,  my goal was to write more frequently and share some of my personal experiences and the some of the other hobbies I love to do. I want to do more this 2016. I want to share more things surrounding my life. God has really blessed me and my family with great health, and safety. I can't wait for what 2016 has to offer!

I want to take this time and thank my family and my best friends for supporting my hobby, (trust me it wasn't easy convincing my best friends to read my blog haha), the photographers who make time in their busy schedule to take pics and edit them for me! My wonderful daughter, the Creanator who at 10, don't hesitate to give me her opinions on my outfit posts!

Thank you, thank you for the love!! Cheers to 2016!!!