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Friday, December 15, 2017 Toronto, ON, Canada

Shangri-La Toronto



Back in Toronto, and back to Shangri-La. This time, I was able to bring Marco along for a quick weekend getaway out of New York City. Much needed with the hecticness that comes along with the holidays. It's always nice to have a hotel feel like home, welcoming you back with open arms. Growing up in Manila, Philippines, I was fond of the Shangri-La properties that my parents would take me to. In a way, Shangri-La Toronto reminded me of those days that I was a kid roaming through the grand and beautiful lobbies, but this time, I'm making my way there myself.

We stayed in a Premier King Room, similar to the hotel room I had during my first visit back in May. I was looking forward to having that cozy bed once again for a few nights, relaxing baths with a view of the city, and there's just always a signature Shangri-La aroma that I can't get enough of. The property is centrally located in Downtown Toronto, making it the perfect location to come home to after a long day of wandering the city.

Although this was a mini vacation for us, I still needed to get some work done during the evenings. I would situate myself at the desk, go through the inbox before nestling back into bed for the evening. Turn down service was always incredible to come back to, slippers by the bed, water on the table, sheets folded down and ready for us to slip into.

Of course the accommodations are impeccable. I mean, who could resist an all marble bathroom with a stunning bathtub and view like this? But as always, it's the staff and family that always make the stay that much better. Shangri-La Toronto made Marco and I feel right at home from the second we arrived. I only wish we stayed a little bit longer. 

Our final morning at the hotel was a delicious breakfast at Bosk. We made our way down to the lobby, appropriately decorated for the holidays, and headed over to the restaurant where we were seated by the windows. I can still taste the perfect french toast and eggs that I had that morning and the pineapple juice that I got many refills of. 
Shangri-La Toronto has a gym, indoor pool, and spa as well. It's the perfect little getaway out of the city for me and I know that I'll be back soon. They have multiple properties around the world and I already can't wait for my next visit to another Shangri-La Hotel in the Philippines. To book a stay with Shangri-La Toronto or any of their other properties, please check out the links below. You won't be disappointed.

A special thank you to Shangri-La Toronto for having us.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gift Guide For Him: Ricardo + More



It's no secret that Marco and I love to travel, that's why the perfect gift for him this Christmas was his very own set of suitcases that were both functional and sleek. Thanks to Ricardo Beverly Hills, the Spectrum Collection is the best of both worlds. With so many trips coming up, Marco is so excited to travel around the world with his new suitcases.

His favorite features? He loves how lightweight they are and how much he can pack into them. The sizes fit into each other with ease and move so swiftly. It's made of a polycarbonate shell making them extremely durable, perfect for handling the toughness of travel sometimes. Check out the full Spectrum Collection here.


For some other holiday gift ideas for your guy, check out these ideas down below, ranging from headphones, to clothing, sunglasses, other cool electronics, etc. Hopefully this will help check off some names on your list. Happy shopping!

CLOTHING



ACCESSORIES



ELECTRONICS + GADGETS





In Collaboration with Ricardo Beverly Hills

Friday, December 8, 2017

Saint Laurent from Reebonz



It's been a while since I fell in love with a Saint Laurent bag, and I'm so happy that this beauty is in my collection now. There's a certain luxury to the Saint Laurent design and I always found difficulty finding a bag to wear for evening events or dates. Thanks to Reebonz, I won't be having that problem anymore! If you've watched my unboxing, then you already know some basics about this bag, initial reaction, and of course sharing the magic of a true unboxing. If you haven't yet, you can check out the video here.

I've added quite a few bags to my collection from Reebonz this past year, each bag with its own special charm and in this post, I'm going to talk to you about my new Saint Laurent Sunset Bag. Be sure to check out the end of this post for some of my favorites from the site as well as a special code to take 20% off your eligible purchase!
THE BASICS
It's the Medium Sunset Bag in Dark Beige Leather. It's a monogram Saint Laurent flap front bag with accordion sides, leather and chain strap that can be worn crossbody or doubled up for a shoulder strap, a key ring encased in leather and a metal interlocking YSL signature. The dimensions are 8.6 X 3.1 X 6.2 Inches and it is made of 100% Calf-skin leather with suede lining. It has a magnetic snap closure and a gusseted slot pocket under the flap and back slot pocket as well.


WHAT FITS
Cellphone (iPhone 8 Plus), AirPods, Keys, Cardholder, Sunglasses. It's a bit snug because of how the bag is compartmentalized but then again, I picked this up with every intention of it being a special occasion bag where I didn't have to carry around too much anyways!
I'm really excited to wear this out more, especially with so many holiday parties and events coming up. Check out some other bags I've been loving from Reebonz.com and take 20% off your eligible purchases with my code "R20AL" valid until the end of this year + $50 off your first order on top of that by clicking that link! It's that time of the year, go treat yourself!


OTHER BAGS I'M LOVING




Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Dressing with Macy's


Paid for by Refinery29 and Macy’s

This time of the year is the perfect time to have fun with your outfits, something more festive, trying out a print you normally wouldn't. I fell in love with this floral wrap dress from Macy's by RACHEL Rachel Roy and knew that it was the perfect piece to wear to one of the upcoming holiday parties on my calendar. With a bit of a lustrous pattern, it becomes the focal point of this look. And of course, leather pieces are something you can't ever go wrong with. These studded booties and leather moto were the perfect balance for this beautiful dress. Be sure to check out Macy's amazing selection of clothing when you're shopping for all your festive events this season!



RACHEL Rachel Roy Dress | Vince Camuto Boots | Lauren Ralph Lauren Leather

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