Friday, October 20, 2017

Feeling Comfortable In Your Skin: Tips For Success

Feeling comfortable in your skin is not a science. It is an art. Also, despite the title of this post detailing ‘tips for success,’ success is often defined in a much different way than any other form of goal setting. Feeling comfortable in your skin is not measurable. It is more of a felt experience, something you take stock of every day and become better at as your life develops.

It is a dynamic process which you must maintain at all times. It is something which can give you the means to pursue your goals with confidence. It could simply be standing up for yourself in a conflict. The only complete and total result you can bet on however, is the ability to feel satisfied in all avenues of your life.

Here are some tips for fostering this comfort:

Pay Attention To Your Health
While accepting your unhealthy lifestyle might give you peace from a mental perspective, your physical health will always be a cause for concern no matter who you are. Improving your health will result in your body feeling wonderful, Acceptance of a changeable flaw is always inferior to pride in what you have achieved. This could be as simple as following a diet plan, or working out in the gym three times a week to stay active.

People will often tell you that you should never change and instead accept yourself, but those people miss out on the joy of self-improvement, and the intrinsic confidence that brings. We need a burden to bear as humans, or we are not physically or mentally normal. Unless you are subject to a disease or your physician recommends you abstain from eating healthily and exercising, these two tips can go a long way in making your body feel a much more friendly place.

Consider Your Social Etiquette
How do you come across to people? Have you ever reflected on this fact? Most of us marvel at the prevalence of rude people in society, not thinking that we could ever be one of these people. Watch yourself and your interactions with people. How do you feel on the surface? How do you react to people around you? How do you communicate? Are there psychological or language barriers which keep you from fully integrating into the world around you?

This is common for people living in a society who are having trouble speaking the native tongue. Services like those offered by AJ Hoge can provide you with the tools and techniques to make a silver tongue part of your arsenal, not a weakness to make you feel insecure.

Dress Sense
Our clothing is not merely superfluous. It is something we wear every day, something which allows us to express ourselves. This can help you feel comfortable in your skin, because the clothing may as well be part of your form it’s so utilized. Clothing helps express who we are, how we’re feeling, among a whole other range of important emotional variables. If you don’t usually put much thought into your dress sense, consider working towards it and developing a sense of style you can be proud of. Not sure about your current look? Switch things up? Before long you might see your clothing style as a method of artistic expression, rather than the ‘vain adorning’ you may have previously considered it to be. When you find that perfect garment, you will feel the most confident wearing it than you could ever have done before.

With these tips, you will certainly feel more like yourself, and more able to enjoy your life.

*Photo from Pexels.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Grooming Guide For Gorgeous Husbands

I’m sure your husband or partner knows the basics of keeping clean and hygienic, because you wouldn't have been attracted to him if he was a slovenly pig. But does he know how to stay impeccably groomed? I'm writing this because these articles with variations of the title "A good barber is like a plastic surgeon" have been popping up on my Facebook feed and... Have you seen it? Here's a glimpse:

Click here for more amazing makeovers!

So inspiring, right??? Makes you want to drag your husband to the barber stat!

Good grooming is the very foundation of looking good. Thankfully, I'm married to a man who likes to keep himself well-maintained. Thankfully also, it's accepted these days for men to pamper themselves. Gone are the days when men were expected to look horrible to be called real men. Hubbies like David Beckham who likes sampling his wife's skincare products have made good grooming a good thing. Thank the heavens! 

Now if your hubby needs a few extra pointers on good grooming, you should pass on this guide to him.

Use the Right Hair Products
There is no doubt that you will have spent plenty of time trying to figure out which hair products work best for your hair. But has your partner? I wrote about the importance of knowing your hair and scalp type before buying products on [How to Achieve Volume for Your Hair Length], in case you need more convincing.

Anyway, there are lots of shampoos and conditioners out there for men but, aside from the packaging and fragrances, they're not much different from products for women. Knwoing this, you can help your guy look for the products best for his hair and scalp type. The wrong ones could cause his hair to get too oily or dry.

Find A Barber
Why? Exhibit A above. There is no way your man will get a good haircut if he doesn’t go to a barber. My husband goes to a proper barber and I always find him wildly attractive after a haircut and shave. Truth! A barber can give your man a proper shave with a cutthroat blade—this shave will be a lot closer to the skin, so the hair will take longer to grow back. Smoother longer. Just run your hands all over that smooth face and neck mmmm.

Bare All Down There
A look at the article "Should Men Shave Their Legs? [ ]" will make you see that this isn’t such a strange question at all. In fact, many men wonder about this one, especially if they're really hairy. And my trips to the waxing salon also tell me that men really do care about going completely bare down there. The waxing girls tell me that the guys believe a hairless groin makes the penis look bigger and the balls cuter. Well, we learn something new every day!

So should your hubby shave or wax, too? The truth is that it doesn’t really matter if they should or shouldn't unless they and their ladies care about hairiness. Going hairless doesn't serve any purpose except for aesthetics or for sexual pleasure. Yes, sexual pleasure! Let your hubby try going smooth and bare and see if you'll both like it. I bet you will! 

Don’t Forget Feet
Ok, so not many people will see your husband’s feet, but it’s good for him to get into a good care routine for his feet as it is good for hygienic reasons. Using a pumice stone [tips here: The Correct Use of a Pumice Stone] can help keep the skin on the feet smooth and soft, and it will also prevent callouses from developing. 

One of my favorite parts of my hubby's body is his feet. They're much nicer and softer than mine! He says it's because he drinks water a lot and he wears socks and shoes when he goes out. Unike me and my sandals and high heels and tight shoes.  

Always Moisturize
Think moisturizing is only for women? Think again! Everyone with skin should moisturize on a daily basis. So if your partner has this organ called skin, throw him a tub of moisturizer. It will help prevent his face from getting dry and will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age lines. My husband says to exfoliate, too! A good marriage rests on good grooming, my mama friends, because the longer you look your best, the longer your marriage will last! Hahaha

Joking aside, keeping your hubby looking perfectly groomed isn’t so difficult. Just stock up on good hair and skincare products, find him a great barber, and maybe ask him to try going bare once in a while. Have fun!

*photo from Pixabay

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Maternity clothes now available at UNIQLO!

I've never been invited to a UNIQLO event, mamas. Well, when I was a magazine editor, yes, I was, but as a blogger, no. So when I got invited to an event launching the maternity wear of UNIQLO, even if I'm not pregnant and have no plans on getting pregnant ever again, I just had to go! Why? Because my whole family loves UNIQLO! We have lots of shirts and shorts and jeans from UNIQLO. I want to be their friend!!! Funny lang because I have no proof I went. I attended the intimate gathering at Stacy's BGC with my bunso, Piero, and he kinda made it impossible for me to take photos!

So I'll just very quickly share with you, preggy mamas, the new maternity clothes the Japanese brand has for you. I also want to share my thoughts as the event's host and UNIQLO Mommy Iya Villania talked about her search for maternity wear.

Yes, UNIQLO has a mommy ambassador! Why? Because UNIQLO introduces the latest addition to its LifeWear line: the Maternity Collection. Like all its LifeWear pieces, the maternity clothes are comfortable, sturdy, non-restrictive, functional, and are designed to accommodate the growing pregnant body.

I realized something about myself as I listened to Iya talk about how she resisted buying maternity clothes. For one, I did the same thing with my first pregnancy—I didn't want to buy preggy clothes because I thought I'd only do this whole pregnancy thing once. Another thing is there's some sort of shame in wearing maternity clothes. As Iya pointed out, there's so much pressure on women to look good, whether she's a little girl, a teen, a young woman, a wife, pregnant, mommy, middle-aged, and up to when she's a grandma. We always feel this pressure to look pretty and/or hot. Pregnancy, because of the many changes it brings to our bodies, makes us feel ugly. So some of us (or at least I did) some of us insist on squeezing into our pre-pregnancy clothes to, I dunno, to somehow convince ourselves and others that no, we're not fat or manas or boobsy or ma-pwet.

But things are changing so much now. When I first became pregnant just 8 years ago, there wasn't a lot of clothes that celebrated pregnancy. Everything I found in the maternity section were designed to hide the blooming body. But by my second and third pregnancies, the pregnant form is celebrated. It's wonderful! It's so nice to find all these comfortable, functional and nice clothes made especially for moms-to-be!    

The maternity clothes of UNIQLO are on the basics side, lots of solid colors and simple lines. For a harried pregnant woman, especially a working mama-to-be, that can be a blessing because you can just go about your day without worrying about your clothes! It's great! Here's a look:

Women's Maternity Ultra Stretch Jeans 
The Women’s Maternity Ultra Stretch Jeans is made with a cotton ribbed material to gently fit the stomach. It also has a widened hem design to prevent leg compression.

Women's Maternity Leggings 
Another essential piece is the Women’s Maternity Leggings. This item is highlighted by a double fabric layer that protects the stomach area from chills.

Women’s Maternity Leggings Pants
The Women’s Maternity Leggings Pants is designed with a waist adjuster that provides additional comfort in the midriff region with its adjustable buttons.

If you're a mama-to-be, do check out the Maternity Collection of UNIQLO. It's available at the following stores: SM Mall of Asia, C3 Annex, SM Makati, Robinsons Magnolia, U.P. Town Center, SM North EDSA, SM Aura Premier, and SM Megamall.

P.S. The Fall collection for the Kids and Baby line is also now available at all UNIQLO stores. So expect to see leggings, shirts and pants made of thicker material. There are onesies and tulle skirts—really quite adorable! Must visit soon since my kids love their UNIQLO clothes and it's time to add to their outfits. 

For more updates, customers may visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at and social media accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

*Photos courtesy of UNIQLO.