Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift idea from Fully Booked: Coloring books for grownups! (Plus, a giveaway!)


Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past year, you'd know that adult coloring books are a big thing now. Huge. Like, my Facebook feed is full of people showing off their coloring pages. 

I'm obsessed with the Japanese patterns book!

So I hitched a ride on the adult coloring books bandwagon and, well, it's been fun. I wouldn't say I was relaxed by it, which is the main reason why this trend exploded—it's supposed to relieve us grown-ups from stress as it is a calming activity. I tried it but I think it's an activity meant to be done when you're all alone. Or when you're with fellow grownups. No kids bumping your elbow and thus messing up your work. No kids yelling at you to "Use this purple pencil on that fish, Mama!" No kids trying to destroy your house and so you get up in a rush to rescue the TV and then when you come back to your coloring activity, you find that the baby has picked up an angry orange marker and slashed away at your meticulously colored page. 

Yes, it's definitely an activity with no kids involved!

Still, I've been able to do a few pages and I did enjoy it. See here:
Used my favorite colors—orange and pink—and then used gold and silver, too.
My son Vito helped me color these "rainbow umbrellas." That's what he calls them. 
I'm still doing the sky page while Vito does the hills page. That's what he calls them, too!

I have a few more coloring books that I got from Fully Booked. Lemme share them with you so you can see what fun they are!

Fully Booked has a lot of adult coloring books that will suit various personalities. Check these out and see which one fits yours:
For the animal lover.
For the fan of all things pretty.
For the woman who is intentional in everything she does.
For people who like repetition and symmetry.

I'm the last type. I like patterns. For me, patterns are soothing. My mommy life is chaotic enough already so the repetition and predictability of patterns calm me. 

If you'd also like to join the adult coloring book craze, Fully Booked has great news for you! They have a promo right now called "My Colorful Christmas Raffle." Fifty (yes, that's 50!) lucky shoppers will win colorful prizes this holiday season! Here's how:
  • The promo runs from November 15 to December 15 at all Fully Booked Metro Manila branches. Participating branches include: Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Fully Booked Alabang Town Center, Fully Booked Rockwell, Fully Booked Katipunan, Fully Booked SM Mall of Asia, Fully Booked SM Megamall, Fully Booked SM North EDSA, Fully Booked Trinoma, Fully Booked Greenhills, Fully Booked Greenbelt 5, Fully Booked Century City Mall, Fully Booked Eastwood Mall, Fully Booked Taft and Fully Booked Glorietta 3. 
  • Every P300 purchase on adult coloring books entitles the shopper one (1) raffle entry to join the My Colorful Christmas promo. Only single-receipt purchases are qualified to claim raffle entries. Receipts used for claiming raffle entries will be stamped in the back and any excess amount in the receipt will be considered void and cannot be used in the next redemption. 
  • Just show your original receipt/s to the Fully Booked Customer Service counter to verify the purchase and fill up the raffle entry/s. Drop completed entries in the designated My Colorful Christmas raffle drop box at the branch you’re in. Keep your raffle stubs safe as you’ll need this for claiming prizes. 
  • Fifty (50) winners will be drawn on Monday, December 21. Winners will be notified by registered email and other contact information provided in the entry. 
  • Prizes include a 10-piece coloring book set, coloring materials, Fully Booked gift certificates, and a 2016 Planner. 

So easy! Just buy coloring books worth at least P300, get a raffle ticket, and hope you win the fun prizes! 

But wait! Fully Booked sent me extra coloring books to give away to MY Loyal Readers! This is what I'm giving away:

It's so pretty! And you can win this book! All you have to do is leave a comment below completing this sentence: 

"My favorite color is __________ because __________."

That is all!!! I'll publish all the answers when contest ends so that no one copies or gets discouraged by the other answers, okay?

I'll pick five (5) of the best answers (my criteria—can be made me laugh, made me cry, made me think) on December 4! Then I'll announce the winners on my Facebook page. So I hope you like my Topaz Horizon page because you won't know you won unless you're a fan! Have fun! Good luck! Live colorfully!


1. Mary Louise Sanchez
2. Michelle Namilit
3. Ma. Cristina Marchan
4. Rhen E.
5. Lory Alba

Please send me a message on my Toapz Horizon Facebook page to claim your prize.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Burt's Bees holiday offerings out in stores and on Zalora!

I attended a lovely little lunch with the wonderful people of Burt's Bees recently. I hardly ever attend events because of the terrible traffic but I ventured out because I'm a longtime fan of Burt's Bees. I think I've been using their lip balms for more than a decade now!

Before I get to my story about the lunch, here are my favorite BB products:
Makeup remover wipes, cuticle cream and lip balm. I always have these! 

Okay, now why did Burt's Bees throw an intimate lunch? Well, because their cute holiday gift sets are now available in stores and from Zalora! Here they are:

Here's a detailed look:
This is the Outdoor Adventures gift set, for your friend who likes to travel. Includes the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm, Res-Q Ointment, Hand Salve and Intense Hydration Treatment Mask.

Set comes in a zippered red tin for only P495!

This is the Classic Feast from the Garden gift set. I love that all these goodies come in a zippered canvas pouch—so perfect for kikay kits or for traveling! This gift set has Soap Bark & Chamomile Facial Cleanser, Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and Shea Butter Hand Cream.

Five products in a fab pouch for the shockingly low price of just P995!!!

These are lip balms in cute character packs. Each tube is only P225 so grab a bunch to distribute to your girlfriends, your kids' teachers, your officemates, etc!

If you want to see the rest of the Burt's Bees gift sets (oh yes, there are LOTS more!), check out Zalora here

Visit Burt's Bees website for more details. Like them on Facebook. Follow them on Instagram (@burtsbeesph). Remember: Burt's Bees is now sold online through Zalora!

Thanks, Burt's Bees, for the goodies! I'm giving all of these cute Burt's Bees gift sets to my fellow editors at BABY Magazine. Yey!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Loving L'Indochine's travel collection

L'Indochine is the baby of my mom pegs Char Carlos and Leona Panutat. I know Leona from her styling days in magazines and she introduced me to Char who knows my husband from college and then I find out her husband is the cousin of my husband's dear friend. Woah. Did ya get that? Nope? Well, all I meant to say is... small world!

And that world Leona and Char have definitely explored! I even featured them in BABY Magazine because they're just so darn jetsetting women! But don't mistake them for tourists. They travel the world for work. They're especially passionate about everything in Asia and they will cross rivers and climb mountains seeking artisanal finds in cultural villages and craft markets. Cross my heart this is the truth!
The background, by the way, is a pouf we bought from L'Indochine. We love that pouf!

Leona and Char say, “We travel for a living searching for the most beautiful pieces to bring home.” Their trips have taught them to adopt a system that works for them, and this inspired them to create a travel collection that might work for us, too. "It was only natural for us to create our own travel essentials. Pieces that we knew we needed but couldn't find elsewhere. We wanted them sturdy, functional yet still very L'Indochine.” 

What Char and Leona came up with are definitely as eye-catching as they are functional. I have a lovely tote from the Ikat-Stripe style which is just love! The L'Indochine ladies say that all the pieces from the Travel Collection are "made of sturdy canvas and tough leather, they have special details like the Hmong pockets and tassels that give them something extra. They're also very limited in quantity and no two are exactly the same.”

“Our customers can expect beautifully made, quality bags and accessories that only get better with time. They are the perfect sizes and styles to take with you everywhere,” Char and Leona conclude. Check them out!

Ikat-Stripe Collection
Add a strap to this Ikat fold-over envelope clutch—et voila!—you have a sling bag. 

This Ikat-and-stripe tote bag is sooo cute! The silky tassels come in blue, pink, green and orange.

Ikat and stripe convertible sling bag.
 Block Print Collection
This Hmong block print sling tote is roomy enough to hold all your travel essentials 
     and lets you be hands free.

Hmong block print Weekender bag that’s perfect for using as carry on.

Travel case organizer with Hmong block print to keep your gadgets, tickets 
      and itinerary in place. 

For Men (and for women who like leather)

Leather card envelopes in chic colors.

George Cable Roll are made of the softest leather.

Leather money clips

Roqui travel case in canvas and leather materials

L’Indochine stores are located at the 4th level of SM Mega Fashion Hall and at the 3rd level of SM Aura Premier.

Like the Facebook page of L'Indochine.

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