Sunday, February 01, 2015

Packing Light.

Iphone photo

Growing up, my dad was the master of travelling light, he could pack for a month in a small suitcase. For years I have been trying to mimic his packing style, much to my disappointment, it just doesnt work with girls. I mean, we have outfits to think about!! There's a lot of extras; make-up, accessories and other helpful things. Don't even get me started on chargers, laptops and cameras. Ugh, nightmare! 

So, after years and years of lugging my whole closet with me every time I travel. I've finally come up with a small system. I call it the 2-1. Why that? Cause it's really as easy as making sure that one top goes with at least 2 bottoms; a dressy one and a casual one. I try and keep it minimal of course, for example that black H&M button down (upper right) it works with black jeans and my silk joggers. That white top, works with my jeans and geometric shorts. Do you see where I'm going here? Its all about getting more use for the pieces you have, without looking like you're repeating everything.

So for a 3 day and 2 night stay in Davao, I packed:
- 1 jacket
- 2 dressy tops
- 2 casual tops
- 1 pair or black jeans
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 dressy bottoms
- 1 dress
- 1 day shoe (sandals/sneaker/ flats)
- 1 evening shoe

And that's mainly it. What I tend to do is just add +1 to the top and bottom bit, for every extra night I'm staying. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

Easy Bruschetta.

Okay, so I get asked often about why I love to cook. It's really all cause I love to eat! (Check out #miaeats on IG) I love eating good food and learning new recipes.

Here's one of my favorite easy, not-a-lot-of-skill-needed, healthy and filling dishes. I find that this can be eaten at anytime of the day. 

Now, this recipe is very tweak-able. Feel free to switch up some things.

Basically, all you need is:
- Bread (any bread will do, just as long as its airy and will be able to soak up the butter we're toasting it in)
- Tomatoes (chopped/sliced)
- Greens/Herbs
- Butter
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- Salt
- Pepper (optional)
- Cheese (optional)

To start, melt some butter in a pan (nothing smells better than melting butter) and toast your bread slices.
While that's going on, work on your topping. Slice up your tomatoes and chop up your greens. Use any greens you want. (I'm using lettuce here.) Season your tomatoes with a little salt and pepper and drizzle everything (greens included) with EVOO.

Take your bread off the heat. Place everything on top, add some cheese (I think this is cheddar. Honestly, it's a leftover from a fondue. haha)  or drizzle with more EVOO if you want to and you're done! Super quick and easy!! 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Hello 2015 + #ShareYourVibe

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wooo! We've survived the year! Its 2015! But before all this New Year talk, let's take a moment to check out my fat cheeks in that photo. Before you conclude that it's all the eating I've been doing, It's not. I got a surgery the day before the New Year. That's why I look like a well stocked chipmunk. Way to ring in the year! HAHA

Okay, right, back to regular programming. New Year, New resolutions. I've got a few ready and I'm really hoping to actually stick to them this year!

1.Be more open. 
- I'm graduating this year and I think It's a really good idea for me to be more open to all the changes and chances coming my way. No more being comfortable with the familiarity of my routine.

2. Stay fit
- I've got a long list of fitness goals for the year and I really wanna tick all the boxes. I promise to actually commit to my workouts.

3. Stay Connected.
- 2014, was honestly a trying year for me. I sort of detached myself from a lot of things that I should've remained connected to. So, I'm promising to share more of myself with my family and friends. 

Good news, since resolution #3 is all about staying connected, Globe is bringing all of us closer by bringing back FREE FB!! And if that's not awesome enough, there's FREE VIBER too!! It's now going to be so much easier to share everything and express yourself! Free Viber for all! No purchase 
required, no promo required, no daily registration required, and available to all Globe 

Have a wonderful year ahead everybody! 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Current Mood: Minimalist.

Just showing you guys my current mood. I'm currently really in to this whole "minimalist chic" trend. It looks clean, easy and very undone. Which is exactly how I love looking. Lately, I've been going towards pieces (or other things) that are in black or white. I mean, I've still got color in my closet, but black is certainly catching up! 

The thing with this trend though, it's a very unnatural-sort of natural. I'm trying to wrap my head around this, but the way I see it, it seems to say "I woke up like this. But in truth, I made an effort to look this effortless". 

I've never been the trendy type. But I am (like I always say) all about the comfort! This trend is all of that to me! I'm honestly considering reducing my wardrobe to basics now.

Tell me, whats your current mood?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Photo Diary: Japan 2014

Japan is beautiful. Every part of it is just so well curated, I could not stop taking photos and admiring everything. This post is my diary, all the photos I took in between day 1-9. 

There's a bunch more photos on my instagram (since I'm better with my phone than I am on my actual camera. LOL)

Check those out too! @itsmiadurano
 Isn't she cute!? Lots of adorable dogs all over Tokyo! 

The Japanese are always on the go. So, supermarkets keep huge stocks of meals and drinks that are ready to be picked up and eaten at anytime. 

The moment you surface from the Ginza station, the Seiko watch tower is your first sight. Ginza is a major shopping district with all sorts of sights,sounds and very friendly people. We went shopping on our second night, I went nearly broke less than 48 hours in! LOL.

Kamogawa, Chiba.

Here's Nicole and Nina. I consider myself terribly lucky to have met these two girls on this trip. They are like sisters to me. 

P.S If you're reading this, I love you both like basics love Starbucks. <3

Kamogawa Sea World.

We took a fun sushi making class and were taught to make snail shaped sushi. It was pretty amazing, and quite complicated.

Look at my fat proud face with my snail sushi!

MIA in Kanji

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When in doubt, wear red.

 Here's something quick to fire up my Monday. I'm not the type to wear just one color all the way (with the exception of black). But I put this outfit together at the last minute and just loved it! I'm totally crazy about my skirt from USA Products too! Gave this outfit the dash of "sexy" it needed. And cause this outfit was in such a striking hue, I kept all accessories and make up to a minimum.

I missed shooting #OOTD's for the blog!! I really must commit to this more often!