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Brands I Trust: Fitflop

I walk - a lot.

I enjoy seeing my phone count my steps and get a thrill from hitting a minimum of 10,000 in a day!

It helps me keep fit and active and I do it by commuting instead of taking the car, going to the gym, and choosing to walk instead of riding some form of transportation.

Because I walk a lot, it's important for me to have comfortable feet, and Fitflops help me out with this.

Fitflops are a staple in my wardrobe, and I've been using them for years!

I use them to get around the city; I use them when I travel; and I even use them when I have work - before I change into work-shoes!

I choose minimalist designs which I can easily match with different outfits (I enjoy playing around with clothes!). Whatever clothes I wear, I take joy pairing it with Fitflops knowing I'm guaranteed with comfort in every step I take!

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Brands I Trust: Fino

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A great bag is, to a career woman, more than an accessory. It's a necessity.

Sturdy, reliable; and on more than one occasion a convo piece; the career woman has learned the inner structure of this companion: which pocket her keys are in; which side her wallet is on; where she has kept her pen.

The great bag is a partner and constant presence in her life.

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My Fino bag has been with me through many precious moments; from the first solo consulting assignment I did overseas, to buying the first piece of furniture I did on my own.

Functional and stylish, I love how they have options for soft and lighter leather bags and accessories. The colors are breathtaking and instantly glam up my outfits.

I have one for my necessities; another for my laptop. I also have, on more than one occasion; purchased accessories to give away as gifts to those who are important to me!

I look forward to using these bags (and my future purchases from this brand) for many more years! Such a joy that it's a Filipino brand, too!

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Brands I Trust: Swarovski

Personal style evolves as one gets older. I may have tried to fight this on more than one occasion, but between my changing body, lifestyle, and preferences; it was only natural for my style choices to follow suit.

In my 20's, I was fond of large, dangly earrings in different colors. It spoke of being fun, confident, and well, being at the peak of my youth.

Now, a woman in my early 30's, I find my style to be simpler, and more refined.

One of the massive changes in my style came in the form of accessories.

Because I'm often on the road and taking the MRT, a jeepney, or an Uber; I want to make sure that my style is never sacrificed for my safety. This is why Swarovski is one of my go-to accessory brands.

Swarovski lends that much-needed sparkle and sophistication, while not being too expensive that I'd be afraid to use it on family trips, while partying with friends, while I facilitate a training session, or while out on a commute.

For the past years, Swarovski has been a huge part of my life; having been with me as I transitioned from my corporate career to my current one as a professional speaker, vlogger, and blogger.

PS: Is there a particular type of accessory you feel naked without? That's my relationship with earrings! Check out the gallery above to discover the moments I've shared with Swarovski studs!

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Choose your Story

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This is probably one of the most important and toughest challenges I've had to continue working on ever since I became a freelancer / entrepreneur. (Because there's always room for refinement + improvement!)

Choosing your story means choosing which areas or details of your life to highlight. Will you talk about your educational background or your work achievements? Will you bring your volunteer work into the picture? How much do you talk about your background and family?

At the beginning of my career as a professional speaker, a marketing practitioner gave me this piece of advice. I had no clue how valuable it was. What I did know was how hard it was. Imagine - all of your years of living on this great big planet, and you have to choose a few details to play up so people remember you, and your brand? These stories are extremely important because they not only pave the way towards where I want to go as a speaker, they also tell the world whom exactly I want to hear my story (a.k.a. my audience).

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What I didn't realize before was that we're constantly in the process of choosing - and telling - our stories.

If you're an employee, you choose which stories and details to share during a job interview. You also choose what to share with co-workers if you get hired. 

As an entrepreneur, we also filter and play up the details we want people to know about us and our business.

Bottomline, we choose how we want others to perceive us, regardless of wherever we are and whatever we do in life!

In choosing your story, consider the following things:

a. Whom do I want to listen to my story? (i.e. Human Resources? College Students? Senior management?)

b. What is the one thing I want these people to remember after hearing my story? (i.e. That you're hardworking? That you're the best choice for the position?)

c. How do I want these people to feel after hearing my story? (i.e. That they can relate to you? Happy? Moved?)

d. What do I want to achieve from my target audience after hearing my story? (i.e. A job offer? Getting booked for a business project?)

e. What are the best ways to tell my story so I can reach my audience? (i.e. A website? A formal letter? A presentation? A curriculum vitae?)

Remember, your story may be about you, but you've got to consider your goals for telling it, and the people you're trying to tell it to!

Enjoy choosing your story!

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Answering Awkward Questions

'Why are you still single?'
'When are you gonna have kids?'
'Why don't you like me?'
Answer these, and other awkward questions confidently using the tips I give in the video!

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Brands I Trust: Forever21

All from Forever 21 from Left to Right: (1) White V-Neck Top & Blush Vest; (2) Long Sweater used as a Dress; (3) Textured Green Dress; (4) Blush Spaghetti-Sleeved Top & Burgundy Jacket; (5) Copper Dress; (6) White Top; (7) Black T-Shirt; (8) Long-Sleeved Blush Dress; (9) Beige Top with Ruffle Detail (10) Peplum Black and White Skirt; (11) Blue Lace Dress; (12) Mustard Dress

I express myself a lot through my style.

I have a bunch of style staples which I consider 'basics' in my wardrobe: a good fitting pair of pants, a flirty dress, the halter silhouette, and beige separates.

I update my wardrobe often, but one thing remains constant: I opt for basics with some in-season updates.

For basics with a twist, Forever21 is a shop I frequent.

I appreciate that they offer a wide variety of options, and that their clothes come in my size (it's usually XS-S)!

Forever21 has been a big part of my journey both as a corporate professional to my work today - a blogger, a vlogger, and a professional speaker.

Check out the gallery above to see how this brand has been part of my journey!

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4 Ways to Make People Trust You

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Trust is a great thing, and to get ahead in life, we need to be more trustworthy.

Some people seem to believe that ‘being trustworthy’ is something magical; that one has to have a certain aura, or come across a certain way.

However, studies which have been the basis of Keith Ayers ‘Elements of Trust’, show otherwise.

Apparently, to be trustworthy is all a matter of habits and behaviors, and repeatedly done, can produce favorable results.

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1. Reliability:

  • Do you do what you say you’ll do?
  • Do you do things at the time you say you’ll do them?

TIP: Become more reliable by making sure you deliver what you promise, at the time you say you will.

2. Acceptance:

  • Do you forgive mistakes and people’s limitations?
  • Do you treat others as important?

TIP: Become more accepting by avoiding harshly criticizing; judging others; and making them feel small or inferior.

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3. Openness:

  • Are you open with your thoughts and upfront with your opinions?
  • Do you give the whole story and not hide details?

TIP: Become more open by telling people how you really feel, think, or believe.

4. Congruence:

  • Are you consistent in doing what you say you believe in?
  • Do you choose to not ‘play politics’ or hidden games or agenda?

TIP: Become more congruent by not changing what you say depending on whom you are dealing with.

Remember, trust is a privilege one can enjoy, but only if we constantly seek ways to becoming better at it!

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Brands I trust: Samsung

A rare shot of something that works behind the scenes: My Samsung Note 4. (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

A rare shot of something that works behind the scenes: My Samsung Note 4. (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

There's a reason why you usually can't find my phone in photos or videos - it's because it's what's being used to take them!

From casual Facebook posts to my vlogs, I use my phone.

I use my phone to capture memories while on vacation, like this one, in Bangkok!

I use my phone to capture memories while on vacation, like this one, in Bangkok!

I'm not a gadget-crazy person and like to keep things simple, so if I can have just one gadget that can do everything, that will totally make me happy.

I first used Samsung when I bought my Note 2 sometime in 2012. I later on changed to a Note 4, and I'm now in the process of migrating to a Note 8.

My phone has a bunch of features which make it very useful and important to me.

First, the Note feature allows me to take notes without having to bring a notebook along. This makes it very convenient for meetings and talks or seminars I attend. Also, I sometimes have ideas for blog posts or vlog episodes, or a book I'm writing; and I can't exactly push a pause button when these ideas come flooding in! It makes me confident that I don't waste any ideas because I can use my phone anytime to keep track of my ideas by writing them down!

No DSLR for my vlogging. I just mount my phone on a tripod and start shooting!

No DSLR for my vlogging. I just mount my phone on a tripod and start shooting!

The camera quality is also very important. Given the nature of my work, I need a great camera and it's best if I don't have to bring a separate digital camera along. My phone covers all my requirements as far as photography and videography are concerned since I just mount it on a tripod and it doubles as gadget I use for shooting my vlog!

Enjoying Bangkok's quaint nooks, and using my phone to document every moment!

Enjoying Bangkok's quaint nooks, and using my phone to document every moment!

Also, since I'm a Netflix fan, it totally helps that my phone screen is big enough for me to watch my on-demand shows anytime, anywhere. This helps me relax in between work tasks, after going to the gym, and while I get pampered!

I'm really happy that my Samsung Note phone simplifies my life by being an all-in-one gadget which suits my needs!

How do you usually use your phone? Share in the comments below!

Enjoying the beach, while my phone works overtime to capture snapshots of this vacation with my family!

Enjoying the beach, while my phone works overtime to capture snapshots of this vacation with my family!

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Style Update: October 2017

It certainly looks like the year has gone way to fast and suddenly we find ourselves scuttling around and not the least bit slowing down as we enter October.

Style Updates are one of my favorite write-ups because it gives me a chance to help you refine and reinvent your wardrobe; and hopefully give you ideas of what might work especially on days when you don't want to give much thought into dressing up!

Here's a rundown on how to look more stylish now, whether you want to do major or minor tweaks to keep your look interesting and fresh!

A dark red lip is one of my go-to looks to instantly glam up an otherwise basic skirt-and-tee combo! (Photo credit: LinkOD)

A dark red lip is one of my go-to looks to instantly glam up an otherwise basic skirt-and-tee combo! (Photo credit: LinkOD)

Red

I'm not big into wearing red clothes, but I do wear red lipstick and love the Dior Rouge Nail Polish.

Red is making a HUGE comeback this season, so it's wise to incorporate pieces into your wardrobe.

If like me, you find yourself not too excited about wearing pieces in this color, consider using accessories or makeup in various shades (the red hot kind is especially in now)!

The new basics: Blush, A White V-Neck Top, and Houndstooth Plaid. (Photo credit: Elite Toastmasters Club)

The new basics: Blush, A White V-Neck Top, and Houndstooth Plaid. (Photo credit: Elite Toastmasters Club)

Go Black, White, and Textured

Textured fabrics are doing a major comeback, especially in houndstooth plaid. It's timeless, easy to wear, and looks very pretty.

Almost completely makeup free and completely relying on how a brown-hued top flatters my skintone. (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

Almost completely makeup free and completely relying on how a brown-hued top flatters my skintone. (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

Camel

It's a happy season for warm-toned folk like myself, as camel still is a big color.

This beautiful brown shade is prettily matched with beiges, warm white, and blush pinks.

A rich blue is usually a godsend for people with cool skin tones. Warm toned like me? Wear your rich blue with yellow and rose gold accessories! (Photo credit: Gabby Go-Balauag)

A rich blue is usually a godsend for people with cool skin tones. Warm toned like me? Wear your rich blue with yellow and rose gold accessories! (Photo credit: Gabby Go-Balauag)

Blue

Affiliated with royalty in some countries, a rich blue in medium to darker tones is getting attention in the fashion front.

Update your style with tops and accessories which can easily be incorporated into next season's looks!

Decided to wear a salmon off-shoulder top on a night out with friends. It may not be the most popular pink shade now that millennial pink has the spotlight, but the off-shoulder style is totally on-point. (PS: Match it with green - it's amazing!) (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

Decided to wear a salmon off-shoulder top on a night out with friends. It may not be the most popular pink shade now that millennial pink has the spotlight, but the off-shoulder style is totally on-point. (PS: Match it with green - it's amazing!) (Photo credit: Ryan Fernandez)

Pink

It's the season to be jolly in pinks, especially if it's millennial pink. The light shade is Insta-worthy, and a popular choice on flatlays.

Yes, you can totally wear it too.

Which style update tip is your favorite? Share in the comments below!

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Career Lessons from Madam Secretary

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Netflix's American drama 'Madam Secretary' is a test on my self-discipline.

Equal parts gripping and thought-provoking; the show gets you rooting for Tea Leone's Elizabeth McCord who is both imperfect and amazing.

It's also refreshing to see traditional family values shown on a show as big as this one, and fascinating to have it centered on a woman in a power position.

Here's a quick rundown on some of the life & career lessons I've picked up from this awesome show!

1. Country comes first. Dedication to the country is a central value in this show. It's not devotion to a single figure or leader, but rather duty to what is best for the nation.

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2. Keep family intact. Possibly one of the most important units of our being, supporting and being part of a group of people we can refer to as family is extremely important to our character and well-being.

3. Empathy goes a long way. Whatever job you take on, it can't all be logic all the way. In fact, the role of empathy may just be an undervalued character trait that will bring you far in your career. It makes you human - and we are dealing with humans most of the time, after all.

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4. You've got to surround yourself with a great team. In the show, the Secretary of State makes sure she's surrounded by a loyal and dedicated team - a lesson we can all learn from. After all, we are sometimes just as good as the people we surround ourselves with.

5. A good plan takes you far, but always make room for the unexpected. The twists and turns of daily life make an even better show that fiction, at times. And just as Tea Leone's Secretary of State character shows, she may have a full schedule, yet there are always surprises around the bend which she deals with with grace and strength of character.

I loved this show and so many of the values it emulates! Which career lesson is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below!

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Glossy Wars - September Edition

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The Philippines only has two seasons - wet and dry; and yet it doesn't matter that we don't have Winter and Spring. Four-season fashion is celebrated by what is made available in stores and what is seen on the pages of our magazines!

Here's an overview of my favorite articles in some of the most popular Philippine fashion magazines this September!

Earliest Available: Metro and Mega. One's got to appreciate Metro's consistency in being available at the beginning of the month. It's fantastic that Mega was able to make the magazine available sooner. It was quite a vision seeing two red hot covers sit side-by-side at the start of September!

Fave Cover: Metro. Cover star Erich Gonzales' styling was divine. In fact, I found it so hard choosing between the two covers to buy since they were both gorgeous in completely different ways!

Fave Articles:

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COSMOPOLITAN PHILIPPINES

1. 'The Art of War: The Upside of Competition' on p. 62

I strongly believe each and every one of us has a competitive streak, and it just varies in terms of the degree of competitiveness! This article gives practical advice on what is healthy competition (i.e. going back to your intentions and making it about reaching your personal best). Sound advice which is definitely worth the read!

2. 'What you can Learn from your Male Coworkers' on p. 84

For a while now, I've been observing the differences in male and female characteristics and the workplace and also studying what characteristics help someone get ahead. This write-up is all about that - and more. It talks about what characteristics connected with femininity you should embrace, and what you can pick up from men in the work environment.

3. 'Are you $oul mates' on p. 86

Work and financial articles are two things I look forward to reading every month, and this money-related feature is no exception. Money can be a touchy subject in relationships, and this write-up sheds light on what you really need to look at and consider about the role finance plays when a significant other enters the picture which is your life.

Price: PhP125 (about $2.5). Came with the Cosmomen insert.

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MEGA

1. 'Best Buys' on p. 40

Want to update your wardrobe with minor tweaking? Then this is the article for you! Not only do you find out what the latest trends are, you're also given suggestions of where you can buy hot pieces to keep your style on point!

2. 'Stylephile' on p. 62

Mega features Katrina Razon's life and style - a true icon of her millenial generation, and from whom there is much to learn!

3. 'It's Back' on p. 104

A cable TV and movie entertainment guide (complete with plot overview or trivia) which will get you block your calendars.

4. 'Mega Millenial Ball' on p. 230

Beautiful faces and image of style stars from the local entertainment circuit are caught in images which are sure to fire up fashion inspiration for all readers of this magazine!

Price: PhP250 (around $5). Came with Mega Man insert.

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METRO

1. The Tony Girl Gang' on p. 30

I love it when fashion magazines break down what it means to look trendy now. It makes an article relatable and helps you build your wardrobe and update your style. This does the job well!

2. 'Fall/Winter 2017 Trend Report' on p. 52

An absolute feast for the senses! Stunning photos transport readers to a front row seat in the latest fashion shows to embark an adventure of discovery and look runway ready!

3. 'Single Girl in New York City' on p. 64

Possibly one of my favorite cover stories in huge part because of the stunning styling and photos. Erich Gonzales, along with the Metro team, definitely hit the ball out of the park with this feature!

Price: PhP150 (around $3).

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PREVIEW

1. 'Fashion is Change' on Chapter 2

Preview's take on what's in now from head to toe is presented in easy-to-digest, bite-size pieces!

2. 'Fashion is Power' on Chapter 4

Across, the board, this has got to be one of my favorite magazine features. The magazine dissects how some of the most successful figures in the international fashion landscape dress, and give suggestions how to cop their looks. Truly a dress-for-success article!

Price: PhP150 (about $3)


Which feature is your favorite and why? Tell me in the comments below!

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A Look Back at the Past Month in Fashion - September edition

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LWD + Green drop earrings = <3

So much in life is about perspectives. Take, for example, how the past 8 months of the year can be seen as 242 days.

Or how the many gloomy days of the past months can be seen as an opportunity to cleanse the air.

Fashion is, also, a lot about perspectives.

The past month has been my busiest one so far this year, and I found myself looking not particularly for my hippest outfits, but for my tried and tested ones.

So whether it was a question of silhouette or color, I kept reverting to neutrals, and kept sticking with my 'signature' tucked-in silhouette and easy-to-wear dresses.

That's the great thing about having a go-to look: it can make decisions easier.

The other perspective though, is that it can make us lazier!

However you see it, here's a look back at what went down in my style choices in August, as we boldly enter into September!

Beige worn in various shades can be extremely flattering! Here, I wore beige from head to toe at a baby shower!

Beige worn in various shades can be extremely flattering! Here, I wore beige from head to toe at a baby shower!

Back to Basics: Wearing black & grey for a speaking engagement on making commitments. The audience? More than 50 student leaders!

Back to Basics: Wearing black & grey for a speaking engagement on making commitments. The audience? More than 50 student leaders!

Going the floral and body con route during a brand ambassador search at a popular Philippine club.

Going the floral and body con route during a brand ambassador search at a popular Philippine club.

A tucked-in silhouette and gold shoes to keep things simple and classy while I sat as a panelist and shared about my work as a professional speaker!

A tucked-in silhouette and gold shoes to keep things simple and classy while I sat as a panelist and shared about my work as a professional speaker!

Wore varying textures of black and a skirt with metallic detail for my workshop on Problem Solving & Decision Making!

Wore varying textures of black and a skirt with metallic detail for my workshop on Problem Solving & Decision Making!

Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below!

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Skills you need now (regardless of your profession)

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Fact: The higher up you go in a business or organization, the less it's about technical skills and the more problem solving and people skills become more important.

The truth of the matter is, you can hire people to do the technical skills. It is however, harder to hire someone to manage people and teams when they report to you.

Regardless of the industry, there are skills which matter. These are skills which add value to your curriculum vitae and to your stock as a professional.

These are the same skills which will help you get far in life no matter where you work and whom you deal with.

Skill #1: Listening skills

Perhaps one of the most underappreciated skills, one's ability to listen is so, so much.

A study done in the United States has revealed that almost 50% of those whom resigned from their jobs did so because they felt they were not listened to enough and therefore felt unappreciated. Also, less than 2% of professionals received formal training on how to listen better. (Sources available upon request)

Surprised? I wasn't. Often I get requests to train others how to speak better, which is great. Unfortunately, it's very rare I get asked to do training on how to listen better.

Great listening skills activate one's ability to listen to what their clients really need and want. Shouldn't that be more of what we want?

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Skill #2: Critical Thinking skills

Critical thinking is the root of some of the most crucial skills one can have: the ability to make sound decisions and the ability to problem solve.

To be frank, I've met more individuals who aren't strongly analytical and great critical thinkers than ones who exhibit strength in this area.

The good news is, you can start honing this skill today and wiithout a doubt, your future self will be thanking your present self that you did.

Skill #3: Networking skills

As they say, no man is an island. Whether you're a business owner or employed, you've got to learn to expand your network. It's with the growth of your network that opportunities grow too.

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Skill #4: Conversational skills

Just because you're extroverted doesn't mean you're a great conversationalist, and just because you're introverted doesn't mean you have to be scared about doing things.

There's a way to do this which will allow you to create a great impression on others.

Oh, and make sure it's more about others than it is about you because trust me - everyone wants to talk about themselves. So let them.

Skill #5: Collaboration skills

Unless you live under a rock, you've got to work with others.

Whether or not you enjoy doing it is an entirely different issue. But whether or not you do, you've got to learn to work with others because the world is one big network and we work with others in different capacities all the time.

What do you think are the most important skills to learn now?

Share in the comments below!

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Nail talk: My current fave nail varnishes

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Never underestimate the power of a great maniped.

There's something empowering about knowing your fingers and toes are well-groomed and looking awesome!

I only paint my nails once a month to give them some breathing space and so I take choosing my color-of-the-month seriously.

I keep the color on for two weeks, and if I'm going to be living with that hue for two weeks of my life before awaiting the next one in a month's time, I'm going to make sure I choose what I find nicest!

I always consider both my upcoming appointments and what's 'in' as I make the selection.

And so after some trips to the nail salon in the past months, here are my current go-to nail varnishes:

1. Chanel Organdi: It's described as a pale pink, but it comes across as a beautiful light nude when you put it on. It's perfect as an everyday shade and it's totally the type I can wear to client meetings and when I facilitate training sessions. It's like your bare nails, but better!

2. Chanel Eastern Lights: An 'in' shade this year, white nail polish takes me on a trip down memory lane when my grade school classmates and I painted our nails white with correction fluid. Haha! This polish is a classier take on those experimental grade school days: It comes with a faint shimmer which makes it look brighter, and in classic Chanel Le Vernis style stays on longer than most nail color brands.

3. Dior Rouge: I consider this my perfect shade of red. It's so beautiful, you may not mind as much that it doesn't stay as long as Chanel or OPI before it chips from my fingernails. It lasts up to two weeks on my toes. That rich hue is a classic and makes your fingers look like they're worth millions!

What shades have recently been your go-to? Share in the comments below!

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Interview Questions Applicants should be asking more often

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In an interview setting, many applicants act beholden to the potential employer.

This unfortunately puts the applicant at a great disadvantage.

I'm not saying one should act all haughty and arrogant; in fact, I believe that one should never behave that way.

What I do believe is that one should conduct themselves in a confident manner, quicker to listen than they are to show off to the interviewer.

I also believe interviews are an excellent opportunity to get to know both yourself as well as the organization better!

When an interview ends, the interviewer usually asks if the interviewee has any questions.

Here are some which I think need to be asked more often at the end of interviews:

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1. Having seen my profile and spoken with me, what value do you think could I bring to your organization?

This will help you see your strengths from the eyes of an employer.

2. What growth opportunities could be made available to the position I'm applying for?

This will help you assess if there is actually a long-term professional development plan for the position.

3. Is this a new position?

(If YES = Why did you think it was essential for this position to be created?)

(If NO = Why did the previous individual leave the organization?)

Remember that it's important to learn if you can be a good fit for the organization. Learning why another person left the position is one way of doing that.

4. What are the key responsibilities of the position?

In case this was not discussed in the interview, this will help you understand if the position is worth pursuing or not.

5. What do you expect out of the person whom you'll be hiring?

Oftentimes, what is expected out of someone is not stipulated in an employment contract. This is a way to get to know the nuances of the position better.

Remember: There is a way to ask these questions respectfully. They will help you assess if you and the employer are a good fit for each other.

What other questions do you think are worth asking in an interview? Share in the comments below!

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August Style Icon

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Personal style is revealing of many things; a manifestation of self-expression, cultural experiences, beliefs, and utility.

This month's style icon is a woman of the world, traipsing around the globe in no less than fabulous pieces which always flatter her long & lean figure!

This August, we look to broadcaster Marie Lozano for inspo. 

If her body type is different from yours (I myself am petite), there is still much to glean from how she styles everything: from dresses to bikinis; from work to the beach!

Here's a closer look at some of my favorite outfits of hers, from her personal gallery a.k.a. her Instagram feed:

What do you think of Marie's style sense? Share in the comments below!

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Glossy Wars - August Edition

Oh, August. For some reason, it always felt like an in-between month to me: So close to the end of the year, yet not quite; and a month which has a mix of both sunny and rainy days that the weather sometimes can't seem to make up its mind!

It was a great month as far as content from some of our fave glossies were concerned. From travel to beauty issues, and the lowdown of useful products and how to wear the latest trends, August is a month that won't pass by unnoticed - at least as far as style is concerned!

Earliest Available: As with the previous month, Metro magazine is still the earliest available. I love how punctual the people behind it are; feeding my need for a fashion fix on the first of the month, right on the dot.

Fave Cover: Mega. The editorial team's efforts in putting together their 'Women to Watch' on the cover completely paid off: The gorgeous women, decked out in soft, romantic makeup and Mark Bumgarner gowns were a sight to behold!

Fave Articles:

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COSMOPOLITAN PHILIPPINES

1. 'Broke no more' on p. 103

It may have been their annual beauty issue, but one of my fave articles in this issue was about fattening one's bank account. This article gives us different options we can choose from to help us manage our money and stay on top of expenses!

2. 'Bean around the world' on p. 112

I may be a tea drinker, but that doesn't mean I can't be fascinated with learning more about coffee! This write-up takes us on a trip around the world (how different cultures usually take their coffee), talks us through coffee jargon; and shows us coffee maker options including where to buy them, how they're used, and how much each cup ends up costing!

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MEGA

1. 'Wonder years' on p. 108

WE'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THAT SPREAD. Equal parts soft and romantic, yet also strong and innocent at the same time. It's an absolute delight for the senses.

2. 'Best buys' on p. 20

Fashion inspo, anyone? Get your fashion fix by getting suggestions on how to achieve looks which are hot right now!

3. 'Get ready to wear' on p. 24

Mega shows how to do distressed dressing whether you're in your 20's, 30's, or 40's.

4. 'Heatlist' on p. 48

Your guide to the latest movies this month - both brand new ones coming out in theaters and not-so-new movies which are brand new on cable TV!

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METRO

1. 'Runway to real' p. 20

You've probably guessed by now that I'm sucker for articles which take runway fashion and what's in and gives ideas to its readers about how to incorporate that style into their wardrobes. This article delighted me by being one of those!

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PREVIEW

1. 'A Preview girl's guide to Manila; insert

Now this is fascinating: My favorite in this month's ish wasn't an article in the magazine but an insert! Filled with tips on some of the best restaurants around town, to some of the best shops, things to do, and other places to go, this feature is a gem to have and to hold on to!

What do you usually enjoy reading about in magazines? Share in the comments below!

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Career Lessons from Designated Survivor

Yep, Netflix subscriber here.

Designated Survivor was one of those shows which kept me up late into the night and wanting to know more and more about what was gonna happen next.

Smart, suspense-filled, and filled with complex characters, here are some of the career lessons I picked up from the show:

1. Sometimes, you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.

The show follows the account of a low-ranking cabinet official who was named President of the United States after all of the top officials were killed. Being in the position that he was in, he had to choose the best people to guide him through the huge responsibility he had taken on. He may make the decisions, but the environment he created for himself, which included the people he chose to keep around, helped shape those decisions which he made.

The same is true for you and your career.

2. Family matters.

Whether they're blood relation or not, there are people whom we see as family. When everything else falls apart, they're the ones we run home to, thus making this support system very important. They're the ones who keep us afloat regardless of what happens in our work life - good or bad.

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3. You have to be careful whom you trust.

No, you can't trust everyone, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't trust anyone. Just make sure you filter out those whom you can't trust as you go along, because keeping them around will drag you and your energy down. Sometimes, we're put in a position wherein we can't completely avoid those we don't trust, but we can still choose what we do and don't share with them.

4. Productivity doesn’t always happen in the morning.

Sometimes the most crucial decisions have to be made midday or at night. This makes it important to really look after ourselves: sleep, right food, and exercise. You know the drill.

5. Confidential means confidential – even from your family and friends.

Take it from President Tom Kirkman who learned this lesson the hard way: When information is classified, you've got to make sure you're only sharing it with the people who are part of the discussion. Too often we take this point for granted, sharing seemingly harmless information with friends and family. The problem? What if they (intentionally or) unintentionally share it with someone else and it causes more harm than good in the situation?

Among these, which career tip resonated with you most? Share in the comments below!

(Show photos from various online sources)

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