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Nicole Aguinaldo | 23 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Conrad Manila: My Weekend at the Best Hotel by the Bay

Last weekend I had the chance to spend a relaxing staycation at one of the newest luxury hotels by the bay - CONRAD MANILA!

 

I had very high expectations as I was checking in. This was afterall a Hilton hotel and I was looking forward to experiencing the best in terms of accommodations, facilities, and service.



I was not disappointed.



The hotel's facade alone was something to marvel at as it was designed to look like a cruise ship. The interiors from the lower lobby to the third floor reception and front desk area to the restaurants were just as impressive - sleek, modern fixtures and complemented by unique works of art - all 635 of them carefully curated by no less than former CCP president Nes Jardin. One could not help but marvel at the hanging sculpture by Filipino artist Leeroy New that greets you at the lobby. Stepping into the reception lobby, I gasped in awe at the amazing floor-to-ceiling view of the Manila Bay.  



My room a king deluxe was spacious with modern furnishings and all the creature comforts one would need for rest and recreation.



Check out this video I took during my stay at the hotel:


I'm still debating as to which I enjoyed more - the hotel's well-curated buffet set up at the Brasserie on 3 or the hotel's impeccable service as both are equally impressive. I only got to try the food at Brasserie on 3 and had coffee and pastries at the Bru Bar, and emerged from both completely happy and content. The hotel staff are all friendly, courteous, and solicitous, I'm always being greeted with warm smiles and offered help at every turn. I felt like an important celebrity!



Can you tell how much I enjoyed my weekend at Conrad Manila yet?


Room

Pool area
C Lounge (Bar)

Brasserie on 3


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Favorite Thing #1: Black Jumpsuit from EVERNEW

Today, I start a new blog series on my current favorite things starting with this Black Jumpsuit from EVERNEW!

I've always had a thing for black jumpsuits. Next to LBDs, they're one of my favorite things to hoard just because they never seem to go out of style. But the thing I love most about them is how versatile they are! Not only are they completely wearable whatever the season, they're also the easiest to go from day to night.

So when I set my eyes on this lovely pair from EVERNEW, it was difficult to settle for anything else, and to think the store in Bonifacio High Street Central was loaded with other hot new numbers from their holiday collection!

Like most others of its kind, this jumpsuit is flattering on most body shapes, I love how this one defines my waist and makes my legs look longer! Most of all, I love the halter feature and choker split front style that's so trendy these days!

I've said it before and I'll say it again - you don't have to do much with black jumpsuits, they can look their elegant selves even with minimal accessories, a nice little clutch, and your favorite peeptoe sandals!

If you like this look, check out the EVERNEW branch nearest you. In the Philippines, they're located in: Bonifacio High Street, Power Plant Mall, Ayala Center Cebu, and SM Mega Mall. 

Outfit details:
Jumpsuit, EVERNEW
Clutch, EVERNEW
Heels, HEATWAVE

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Ariel Wash Your Fears Summit #Ariel100StainsIn1Wash

What happens when 100 fearless Filipinas are feted in a celebration of courage and resolute determination to rise above personal obstacles and struggles?

Recently, I had the happy experience of finding out as one of 100 women participants in Ariel's Wash Your Fears Summit held in Makati City.

As it turned out, we heard one inspiring story after another from women of diverse backgrounds - from politics to sports to aviation, to business, to fashion and more - all with one common thread that binds: the relentless drive to achieve and succeed in their chosen field.

As part of the celebration, we were all given the opportunity to undertake a ceremonial "washing away of fears" in which each of the 100 women were given a white shirt on which to write down our fears and daily obstacles using any of the stain-causing agents available from barbecue sauce to engine oil.

Once everyone was done, the shirts were loaded into washing machines and ARIEL, the world's lleading detergent, did what it does best - wash away all the stains in just one wash! 

I must say that after being amongst women achievers and hearing their fascinating stories of struggling, rising, and succeeding, I left the event feeling inspired and certainly empowered to pursue my own dreams. Thank you ARIEL for the opportunity to be part of this worthwhile campaign of encouraging women to empower and support each other and showing us that there is no fear and no obstacle (and no stain) too powerful for us to overcome!



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