Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

What I Wore to Feast 2016


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photos by: Megan Joy

If you're following me on Instagram and Twitter, you would know that I have been stuffing my face with amazing food all weekend because Feast has arrived (More on my recap coming up this week)!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I'm back in Jeans


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photos by: Elora Faye Domingo


Happy weekend everyone! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

There's STILL time, Treat Yourself to FEAST!

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Unless you're living under a rock like me a year ago, you would know by now that FEAST Portland is just around the corner! I went to feast last year for the first time, and I was in food heaven. Literally. There were so many events, learned so much, and met amazing people. Not to mention, that they raised over $230,000 to help end childhood hunger. How fab right? This year, I'm looking forward to going to Brunch Village. Who doesn't love brunch? I'm also excited to see my fellow bloggers and just to kick it. There are still events open so you should really take a gander and purchase your tickets like yesterday. I promise, you will have the time of your life. Don't forget to follow my Instagram and Snapchat for more on this amazing weekend on September 15th-18th.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I can't wait...FEAST is Coming and I'm going to be there!!


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When I went to FEAST last year, I had no idea what to expect. It was my first time and to be honest, I had no idea what it's about. Little did I know, it was going to be the best weekend ever because, one I love food, and two I got to meet a lot of local bloggers who share the same love as me. This year, I'm going to attend for the second time and I can't wait! They always seem to have new events every year. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me brief you on what FEAST is all about. It's only the biggest food and wine event in Oregon. And not only that, they have partnered with Hunger Free Oregon to help raise awareness to expand breakfast participation in Oregon schools. Over the last four years, Feast has raised over $230,000 to help end childhood hunger. Will I see you at feast portland this year? Don't worry, I'll be documenting great food the weekend of September 15th-18th on my social platforms. Follow along snapchat (@theptowngirls), Twitter, and my Instagram 

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UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH


Monday, August 29, 2016

PayDay Wishes: Fall Shoe Trends

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I know we're still in the middle of summer but I'm starting to shop for fall.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chambray Romper + Platform Shoes


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Happy Friday! The week flew by pretty fast and next monday is the creanator's first day of school.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dinner done with Munchery


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Since having the second baby, our house has just been a hot mess.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Denim Bell Sleeve Top that everyone has!

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photos by: Maynard Villaflores

I finally got a hold of this denim top that I've been eyeing for a while now.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Black Floral Dress

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photos by: Rachel Consolo

Lately, I have been loving going to our local farmer's market.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Lace Up Dress

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photos by: Rolan Veniegas

Happy Friday! Today is my due date but who knows, this babe might not wanna show up until after.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Off The Shoulder Top and Shorts

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photos by: Maynard Villaflores

We've been having strange summers in Portland lately.

Monday, July 11, 2016

June 2016 Favorites


Hello Friends! Sorry this post took me a while.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fourth of July with Jord Watches

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Photos by: Maynard Villaflores

My family always like to host Fourth of July picnics and this year is no exception.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Crisp White Button Up and Matching Specs

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photos by: Elora Faye Domingo

A couple of months ago I had a lot of fun working with Spectacle, a local eyeglass/sunglasses shop here in Portland.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Rant: 34 Weeks and My Birth Prep


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photos by: Nikki De Leon

In about a month, I'll be meeting my little one. I've been doing a lot of nesting these days hence I've been m.i.a in the blogosphere. I've been on errand mode trying to get my birth figured out and since school is out for the summer with my fifth grader, trying to figure out camp situations. 
Even though this is my second time around, I still feel anxiety and a little nervous about birthing. One, I'm 11 years older (my body definitely changed) and you never know what to expect. But I guess being at home delivering will be more comfortable for me. I had my first one at home, so this one is also going to be the same. I know you can't predict what's about to happen but here are some of the things that I've been doing to help myself prep for the birth.

Have a Birth Plan
This helped me out a lot with my first birth. Everyone that knows me, can tell you that I'm a super spontaneous person, but with this one, I want to make sure I have a plan. It doesn't need to be very detailed but just know who you want there and what each person's role are. I have some friends coming and they know that when they get a call, they have got to get their butts to my house. I find that this has been a great help especially with an 11 year old (someone has to watch her).

Birth Kit
I didn't know these things existed until the midwife told me about them. Personally, I think they are super helpful because all the things that you might need for a home birth is in a box. I got my birth kit from a local place in Portland but you can also find them online. Birth Kits include disposable sheets (it can get dirty), clamp for the cord, gauze, disposable underwear, and pads. 

Clean
This is super important and one of the hardest things for me. Even though my partner has been super helpful with cleaning, there still little things here and there you want to accomplish as far as cleaning. Making sure the tub is clean (I want to be in the water), the floor swept, and getting the baby's clothes washed and ready to go. 

Pamper yourself
I know that getting pedicures and manicures helped me relax with my first pregnancy. The last thing you want is to be super stressed before the baby comes. I remember getting a prenatal massage with my last one and it helped so much. Your muscles get so sore especially the lower back, I was feeling so good after and refreshed!!

Perennial Massage and Kegel Exercises
This might be TMI, but this kind of massage is necessary so you don't tear. This explains more of what a perennial massage is. Another thing that's pretty important is the kegel exercises. As you get older, it's important to do this other wise, you will find your self not being able to control your bladder. Trust me!

I hope some of these help. Just wanted to share my personal experiences with other expecting parent like me. I would love to know what you do to prep for the birth:) Leave me a comment! Would love to hear.

UNTIL THE NEXT ONE,
MARCH


Monday, June 6, 2016

White Flutter Sleeve Dress

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photos by: Maynard Villaflores

It came to a point that all I can wear or I choose to wear these days are dresses.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Blue Printed Dress

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Photos by: Hannah Koh

If you follow me on Instagram, you can probably see a pattern where I've been really into the blue hues lately.


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.

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!