By the time you read this, I would assume you already knew that this lifestyle brand has reached Bicol and everyone's loving it! Who wouldn't? Sunglasses have been a staple accessory since the time began (okay, that was over the top, but you get the point. Haha!)
Sunnies Studios has been in the rise for about four years now. They started as the brand that offers affordable stylish sunglasses that we go gaga about because 'It' girls have been wearing it on social media.  Now, still having that signature vintage-slash-Califonia-vibe, they have evolved to offering graded specs and opening the ultimate interior/foodie heaven - Sunnies Café.


I have been coveting to get my hands on these sunglasses every time I go to Manila because they have become my "affordable luxury." (I know someone can relate with me on this. Hahaha!) That's why I'm so giddy when Soleil Store announced that they are bringing Sunnies Studios here in Bicol! Now I don't have to travel that far just to get the styles I see on Instagram. *wink*


 Soleil Store sells a range of escape essentials thru its San Pablo City, Laguna and Legazpi City, Albay stores. They are the official retailer of Havaianas, Bensimon, Thread 365 and now the Sunnies Studios in South Luzon. I love that they carry my all-time fave brands for traveling, plus their stores are so cute! Would you agree?


As the new addition to the Soleil family - the Sunnies stand was full packed with their designs perfect for every face shape, age, and style preference. I would guarantee you'll find something that you'll love! The best part is that your wallets won't hurt since you can get a pair of sunglasses for as low as P300!!! #shookt

For those still thinking of possible gift ideas for the Valentines, this could be it!
Go visit Soleil Store at 2F, Ayala Malls Legazpi

Thank you Sunnies Team for having us during your opening

What I'm wearing: Sunnies in Winona; top, Glam Theme Boutique; skirt, Forever 21; sneaks, Adidas Stan Smith
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It's just days before Christmas and I started my celebration by visiting Café 91. This café is located at Glam Theme Boutique (GTB), fronting Tapsi Terminal along Magsaysay Avenue, which makes it a very convenient stop to "Shop, Dine, and Chill."

 Update as of January 8, 2017: They have moved to a much bigger home - 2F Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave. Naga City.

Café 91 has been innovative with their drinks and they have been the first café to introduce what we call "Monster Frappes" with overflowing toppings of sweets and pastries. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes with these mouthwatering Monster Frappes:



The above photos are some of their original flavors: the Death by Sweets (left) and the Cookie Monster (right). For those who have the ultimate sweet tooth, the Death by Sweets would be your best friend. This is a chocolate shake drink topped with two donuts, cookies, choco coated pretzels, choco dipped cones, and a lot of sprinkles. The drink itself towers at about 12 inches! Yeah right, that's a total wow moment for me too. Haha! This can be shared by two persons, but I know some of you can finish this by yourselves. Haha!
Café 91 also offers quick snacks, waffles, hot tea, sodas, and lemonade. What I love about them is that they continuously offer something "new" to the crowd - they conceptualize their frappes based on the current trend or celebration. Some of their most creative concepts are the Peñafrancia Frappe last September and the Pokémon Go flavors during the hype of the famous game app.

To live up to what they are known for, Café 91 launched their Holiday Frappes for the whole month of December (above photo from left to right): Santa's Favorite - a Hershey chocolate flavored drink, White Christmas - vanilla based flavor, Minty Mornings - chocolate drink with a hint of mint, and The Grinch (not in photo) which is a matcha based frappe topped with matcha Kitkat and matcha crinkles.



Being a lover of chocolate mint, you can guess what my favorite is from the Holiday Frappes. Minty Mornings just have the right amount of mint to complement the sweetness of the chocolate milkshake. The salted pretzels toppings also make it fun to nibble on while finishing the frappe. Overall, I'm completely satisfied!
Café 91 can be a bit pricey especially for students but it's a perfect way to treat yourself for a sugar rush once in a while. Daily business hours is from 10AM up until 10PM.

Have you visited Café 91 yet? If yes, let me know your experience on the comment section below.
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To take a breather from the usual food, event, and travel posts, here's something I missed doing here on the blog - connecting with myself. Haha! How weird is that? Well, self-checking is one of the things I find helpful to keep my sanity in place! 🙂

I just turned 23 last September and with 2016 drawing to a close, these are the days we realize how time flies so FAST - I know you can relate to that! It's another year wiser for me so I would be sharing with you five little hacks I learned along the way:

 

1. Save
I know this is hard especially when temptations are everywhere. What I do is ask myself if I really need the item I'm planning to buy and if it veers towards a "NO" then I brush it off my mind right away. I also make sure that I portion my income before payday rolls in. That way, my mind is fixed on how much I have to spend on food, rent, travel/savings, and allowance. Saving has been my special talent since like forever! My family and close friends can attest to that. Yep, I'm kuripot and I don't mind being one. Hahaha!

2. Know your worth
 This is the best lesson I learned and the best advice I give to others. You are a precious gem - you deserve something great, do not settle on people/job/things that make you feel less of who you really are.
3. Say "No"
We are naturally people-pleasers that it's easy for us to say "yes" all the time without thinking what we said "yes" to. These kind of situations may be problematic and tricky - I bet you know what I mean here. Haha! The art of saying "no" is a powerful skill. Your life would be so much easier if you carefully choose which situations to take or to decline. Just be true to yourself and know your boundaries. By saying no to people, activities, and engagements that don't help you nor you enjoy, you open up the space necessary for things you will genuinely cherish. 

4. Keep your circle small
When you reach your twenties, you'll realize that the smaller your friendship circle is, the better. You don't need plenty of your so-called "friends" to feel validated or important. Those who remain by your side, despite distance and differences, will be your closest friends.


5. Give zero f*cks
Cut off the negativity and the drama off your life by choosing your battles. Trivial things do not deserve too much attention and energy. 🙂
That's it, hope you like my little list! Share yours on the comment box below.
 Happy Holidays everyone!

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