It was another random trip with kitty kat in tow.
As always, it’s such a pleasure working and having fun at the same time, with my BFF.
The event was by invite-only and we were escorted to the VIP section where the bosses of AP were located. I feel extremely happy to get the kind of support their team extended. I am also given the chance to get custom-made orders for my clients. Which isn’t available to all. Extremely grateful to be able to offer another unique and personalized service to my clients.
Right after the event we had to rush to Orchard for the exclusive preview of Dolce and Gabbana. I held a small live session on Instagram and was totally delighted that the viewers learned a thing or two. It makes my job all the more meaningful and fulfilling when I get to impart even the slightest bit of trivia to others.
‘Til my next adventure!
It’s almost the second quarter of the year already! Golly! Where did time go?
Anyway, March 1st is my mama’s birthday. So today we celebrated it with our extended family, the kuris and their fams.
Mama and her beshie Mommy Christy are already planning their day out haha and I’m all for it! Yup our families are this close and we loveeeee it.
Mama shares the same birthday with Rachel, (kuriKat’s sister-in-law and self-proclaimed member of beshies haha).
Bday girl Rachel whose alter ego is——— ADELLEEEEE (lan…) chos hahhaah!
We had a simple dinner celebration with our own version of ‘family’ the ones we chose for ourselves 😉
I know Kuya Aph, (My amuys) Ferds (of FerKat) and Choki (choki chocolate) are waiting for this post since they’ve always wanted to see themselves in my blog. So today, it’s your time to shine! hahaha
Amuys extraordinaire Kuya Aph!!! hahahahah!
(He actually has a tooth ache today but managed to chew on lechon and steak, as I always say, “maliit na bagay” hahha)
This will be a very fun and light post so enjoy the photos as we had fun taking them.
Yay! Finally complete after almost a month!! My KuriCore
(Adelle) Rachel, KuriMaan, KuriKat and meeee
Kuya Aph again! Wuhooo! So Bida!!! hahahaha! Rach and cutie Raffa
This is actually kuya Aph’s entry I believe. haha
With the Star of the night Choki!!!
We plan to have another celebration since we missed each other so much that the time we spent today wasn’t enough.
Happiest Birthday again to my mama. I love you!
And yes, Beshie Rachel too! haha
Love you all always!
Hi guys! I know I’ve pretty much updated my readers about how we were so excited for Kakat’s big day. It was a successful event save for the designer who made me and Kat cry since she didn’t know how to appease an irate customer.
28 Jan 17:
We had our final fitting. I joked the sewers around and asked them to add more lace and flow to the skirt. As I was in my natural playful self, Rach told me that the sewers were taking side glances and were actually making faces. I didn’t give any of those attention.
02 Feb 17
My chauffeur picked up my gown from their store. Before stepping out for my meeting that day, I put on the gown. Only to be disappointed. The gown was totally different. It had no shape, lose on the bottom and extremely tight on top. Apart from that, beadings were not properly placed, lace trimmings not sewn completely and zip pull malfunctioning.
I called my bestfriend and sent her videos and photographs. She called the shop and informed them about it. Keeping in mind that they have business hours, we rushed and braved the metro traffic only to be told when I was nearly there that no one can attend to us anymore.
The following day, I dropped by the store. Upset irrate and on the brink of deciding not to march I talked to the staff and informed them how disappointed I was. Naturally, any normal person who waited for her best friend’s big day will be disappointed and irate when instead of telling me they can’t execute properly they told me beforehand that it was doable. I expected, of course. Unfortunately, the staff kept on insisting that it was nice and that it fits well when in reality they all knew it was the other way around. After several times of them insisting, after telling them I really don’t feel comfortable and that it wasn’t really okay, I told them: “oo ate sayo okay, pero ako na magsusuot ako na nakakaramdam hindi talaga” in a rather pissed tone.
After a split second, the designer whom I’ve never met comes in raising her voice asking me what my problem was (wow I’ve never in my entire life did that to any client ). I told her what I’ve been telling everyone repeteadly. She in turn talked to me in such a manner using technical terms for designers. As a client I asked her to pls tell me the difference between the terms she were explaining. She couldn’t. Perhaps thinking that everyone knows what she’s talking about. BTW, she introduced herself this way: ” ako pala si … ako yung designer.” So okay. She told me not to be upset and I answered: “it’s impossible not to be upset bukas na ang kasal and sobrang layo ng damit” she immediately lost her temper. Since I knew myself better than anyone, I just told her that it won’t work and that I’ll just have to look for an alternative one just in case she can’t make it in time. She slammed the curtains and when I was just about to remove the dress, she shouted mind you with all the staff and other people around: ” sama ng ugali mo”. Shocked and totally puzzled, I stepped out and asked her: “what did you just say?”.
Normally any businessman in any field would try his best to make things better. She on the other hand, started blabbing things and didn’t even say sorry to me nor did she try to make me feel better. Humiliated, I told her: “don’t fix it” she said that I didn’t have to pay for it and that “wala akong pakialam kahit ikaw nagbayad ng gown ng bride”.
I called Bill and asked him to pick me up. Upon entering the car I couldn’t help myself but burst into tears. Was uncontrollably sobbing. So Bill asked me, what the hell happened. So I told him what transpired inside. He then stepped out of the car. Knocked the door and excused her from her staff so they can privately talk about what happened with the right amount of privacy and decency. She then started saying that we were cursing and all. Never sorry but admitted that she did such a thing. I was surprised to hear how she twisted the real story. I then messaged the bride, and a renowned designer who happens to be my friend. He was humble enough to tell me what to do. He helped me and endorsed me to his shop. Although they didn’t have the color that was needed I thanked him and asked him to create a piece for me for my next event.
I searched and went to another famous designer’s shop. Luckily I found a dress that can blend well with the color scheme. To my horror an unknown caller threatens me: “… (cursing) hahanapin kita at mumurahin kita tandaan mo” surprised I asked him who he was. He then said that he’s the husband of the designer. Hmmm..
For one, not being able to keep your calm in a situation while dealing with a client was already off. Second, for someone who only heard one side to go and call a private individual, paying customer at that matter and threaten her is something below the belt.
So I composed myself went to the hotel and met up with my girls. Come dinner time, Kakat got a call from an unknown number. Thinking that it was a shoemate client, she picked up. Only to be surprised when a guy started talking and shouting to her. Even I was taken aback. I didn’t even tell her what happened so as not to ruin her day and stress her out. Yet, here comes the tandem calling her accusing her and asking her to take accountability for what happened. The guy didn’t stop. He was also probing and demanding Kat to give an apology. Can anyone pls enlighten me? Is it just me who failed to comprehend their actions or is it really something they shouldn’t have done? I actually have a recording of the conversation which we already submitted to our lawyer. Kakat started crying uncontrollably. Imagine. Less than 24 hrs before her wedding and I felt so bad for her. She called the designer and told her about what happened and was also asking why such thing should be done to her. She is afterall the bride.
I would’ve let it pass but when Kat told me that she was really hurt and felt helpless. I decided to call Atty. Frias and asked her to take necessary actions. I also was advised to write about the incident so as to let everyone know that we were threathened by a person who we barely even know. Just because they supposedly own the shop and that we were mere clients.
It was such a nightmare for us. In the first place if Kat didn’t think of the expenses I will be incurring, she would’ve been a Libiran or Leyva bride. What was supposedly our savings turned out to create more expenses om our side. 😅😂 anyway, what’s done is done and it’s time to deal with things properly. Thankfully, her wedding day was a success. Eventhough the designer didn’t show herself and dressed her up (she sent a tailor) we were able to put it aside for the time being and enjoy the moment. Now, back to reality. 😉
Smiling from ear to ear while posting this. My days are always extremely hectic and I couldn’t thank God enough for that. I chose to end my year by giving back. Together with my best friends, the kuris, @shoemate_ph @kakatobias @maanabas my Madame friend who has a golden heart and whom I love dearly, her staff, Ms. Shangri-La Magsajo who donated some goodies for our loot bags upon learning that I will be having a feeding, the titwas and my son, we held a simple party for the kids. Organized by the church in Makati. Yesterday, I asked my mama’s help to give several families some goods. Sobrang saya ko. My heart is so full and I’m in the brink of crying. Salamat. I thank all my friends and supporters, followers and buyers. If not for you I wouldn’t be able to share the abundance to them. My cup as I always say is always being filled so that I can share in anyway. Pasensha na I don’t really post my works but pls allow me at least once a year to thank everyone for this. Salamat po. The best year ever. Kulang pa po ang dalawang araw na ito I know and I aim to make it bigger yearly. 💖❤
I know you’ve read that on my instagram as I posted the pic earlier. Nevertheless, I still want to make an entry about it.
In the duration of 12 mos, a lot has transpired. Challenges brought about by competitors, ‘friends’ who in reality never were since day one, some people who took a certain liking in picking up a fight with me, or some who just wish to put me in a bad light. There’s a lot, that some dragged not only myself but my little one as well.
I addressed each of them properly. Where they should be tackled appropriately. Brushing off the fact that some were extremely below the belt, I stood strong and as if God is telling me to just laugh at how low certain people can go, he blessed me so much more than I have asked for. More than I actually imagined. I pray, every single day not just for myself but for my heart to forgive them amidst all this.
Today, despite all the tirades, the accusations which are baseless and pointless, we made some 100 plus kids and more than 50 families(yesterday) happy. I know it’s not too much, but whatever I gave, I gave it with all of me. With my hard work. Every bit and piece of my journey.
So to everyone calling others to tell them not to trust me and not to buy from me, go ahead. If that floats your boat. I will, as I always have, keep quiet and let my work do the talking. No need to put others on a bad plight to stand out. Truth will always come out in the end. ❤
So for the year that will be, my wish is for them to find peace and real happiness so as not to resort to those kind of things anymore.
I may not have too much but I am happy with it, striving and persevering to be better one day at a time.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate with kuris for Karl(maan’s bf) as he turns 50. Char!
So let this be my year end special. I want to close 2016 by being able to bring hope, happiness and love to those who need it, who wants it and those who are looking for it.
May we all have the best of everything for 2017.
Happy new year to my readers from around the globe. Thank you for following my journey.
Love from this side of the globe,
Two more sleeps and it’s 2017. No, this is not my year ender post just yet. This instead is about the adventures and or misadventures of one kuri as she prepares to walk down the aisle.
Kakat and Ferds got engaged early this year. During one of our yearly travels with all our family members in tow. That was January when Kat celebrated her 28th birthday. Yup we all flew to celebrate with her. Because Kuris love each other that much. HAHA!
Anyway, upon hearing the good news I told her that I will shoulder her wedding gown as my present. Of course, I only want the best for my kuris. After all, they’re my sisters, remember? Plus she does a lot for my loveluxe too. Taga ship si besh hahaha!
I gave her a budget to work on and she was utterly surprised and touched as she never stopped telling me she loves me (hahaha). She never expected that someone apart from her immediate family would do it for her, so I gave her a slight kotong (expect me to be kurimaw when talking about us three) and reminded her that we are sisters. KTNXNEXT. Anyway, one thing I love about my friends is that they don’t like to always be on the receiving end. She worked with a designer whose charge was less than what I told her. They have always been like that. They always remind me to stop giving first since they still have new ones and all (my mama too hehe).
Here’s a sneak peek of her lovely dress. Told her to be heavy on the lace and swarovski. She knows how I like things grand haha. Hello isang beses lang sya ikakasal and we all didn’t have a debut by choice so at least her wedding gown should be bonggacious.
After choosing the designer, Kakat was endlessly talking about her dream wedding shoes and since it’s Christmas I told her and Maan : “Naririndi na ako sa shoes na yan bibilhin ko na!!!” HAHAHA! so there, 5 years in the making I gifted them their first YSL tributes for Christmas! The girls were teary eyed since that was the major gift this year.
Anyway, Kakat is now feeling the stress and the wedding jitters, finally. HAHA!
Last night she messaged me, all stressed out and panicking as per usual, as if I’m hearing her shrieking with the tone of her message. The invitations were supposed to be done by the 1st week of January, given that the wedding will be on the First week of Feb. The designer, unfortunately took his vacation on a time when he was needed most. KALOKS! It was such a relief that I properly introduced her to THE JCF of JC and Co. (Our main tech guy). Believe me when I say, this guy can make things happen in a span of 24 hrs or less. That’s the reason why he is under LLGC hahaha! (gets mo na why cos I know kilig ka na to read this)
Case in point, before I put this site live I was working with a different team and since I was able to get hold of JC what with his extremely busy schedule, I asked him to work on the blog after the previous one did the initial set up. I told JESI as I fondly call him, that I want my blog running in 2 hours. YUP! I told you I’m totally a different person at work. I want things done, ASAP! As if proving me that we are on the same page, 2 hours later loveluxebags.com is ready and can be written on! Galing ni koya!
So, when that situation arose, Kat knew who to contact right away. All Jesi can do was heave a sigh of resignation and said: “Mga kuris talaga”. HAHAH! Voila! Jesi did it again. In less than 24 hours, Kakat is rushing to the printing press and after the holidays, they are ready to be distributed.
Kaloka this Kasalan ng taon! We are all so busy preparing for it but we couldn’t be any happier. Oh, and btw which reminds me I need to have my fitting done by next week. HAHAH! Yup I’m the last one who didn’t meet the designer yet. Beshie knows how my schedule is though.
Here are some photos of what keeps them busy these days.
I remember Kakat telling me how she had a hard time with paper works as it requires her presence. It was quite challenging since she also have a day job (karangal rangal ba the term?) hahahaha and her shoe mate too plus she does some shipping works for loveluxe when I have a lot of things to do and can’t go to the courier.
Amidst all the adventures and the lack thereof, I can’t wait til the big day finally arrives. I’m so happy that Kakat found someone who loves her and the kuris (la syang choice) too! hahaha!
I shall keep you posted as we go along.
Why hello there lovies! Apologies on being a bit late on updating this site. As you see, December is extremely busy. So let me make up to you by writing more than 1 entry today, okay?
First on the list are the presents I received this season. Truth be told, even a simple hand written note means a lot to me. Imagine my reaction when I got all these babies as presents.
one of my favorite scents from Yan 🙂
I am so thankful for the presents but above all, I am grateful that I am remembered. I feel loved. No matter how small my circle is, I wouldn’t trade them to a million friends who are only there during happy times. 🙂
I know, I know. Been MIA for 2 days and even my mom’s bugging me to write a new entry. (Stage mom sya hehe). I had 2 celebrations for this year. 1 was my salubong with my closest friends and tonight I had dinner with my family and the kuris.
Yan Yan even surprised me with her presence when she told me she’s still in her Mcdonald’s event! I felt really loved and appreciated because she made time for me out of her extremely busy schedule. I love her to bits! She never fails to remember and she knows how to pull off a surprise perfectly!!
I will post the photos and get into detail about it tomorrow as our dinner just commenced. hehe! I had a great time and more than the material gifts, the gift of family and friendship are the most important ones I have received.
After the party, I will now work on a charity project with my friends and celebrity clients (friends as well) as my way of giving back to the less fortunate. God helped me and gave me a chance to be a vessel in helping them so I will make use of it and make sure that I do my part in fulfilling my duty as His steward.
My cup is always being filled and I’d like to share the abundance to others in every way possible.
Promise to write about all these by tomorrow! Thank you for all your messages and for allowing me to have a celebration. Ang taray! May ganon. HAHA!
Thank you. Thank you.
Love and prayers to everyone.
It’s 11:50 PM of December 11 and as promised, I will be announcing the winners for my birthjday/blog give away.
First, allow me to thank all of you for taking time to read my posts and articles. Reading your entries made my heart swell with joy. I was left teary-eyed because I never really thought my writing, my stories, my experiences and my life in its totality can affect people in a good way.
I started this blog without expectations. I didn’t put this up for the fame or what not. I did this to satisfy my hunger for writing. To have a journal of my life, the ups and downs and how I choose to always turn the odds in my favor. How I choose to make good of the circumstances that are quite unpleasant.
Again, thank you very much. Yes, please expect more articles as soon as I finish my engagements. I will continue to share my experiences and shopping journeys for your favorites.
Now, here are the winners!!!
By the way Kuris decided to add more shoemate prizes and dinner invitations since it was really really difficult to choose!!
The consolation prizes of 1 dozen shoemate shoe boxes each courtesy of my BFF Kuri Kakat also known on IG as @shoemate_ph are as follows
IT services/assistance from JC Florendo and Co. Plus 1 dozen shoemate
Gold bracelet from @jewelryempire_ph
Round trip ticket for 2 to bohol courtesy of @kilometrotravelinc
Prada bag + dinner and surprise loot
Congratulations to all the winners!!
Please get in touch with me via DM on IG so I can give you instructions on how to claim your prizes.
Please stay tuned cos I might have another one come Christmas Day!
And the grand prize has finally been decided. 😍
A brand new prada tessuto tote in Ibisco.
Don’t forget about the 2nd and 3rd and consolation prizes too! Read about the guidelines on my previous post to know more.
Hey there! before writing a new article I’d like to share a sneak peek of what I have in store for you for the launch!
As I mentioned, I’d be giving a bag and loot bag alongside an invitation to my simple dinner celebration.
I have 2 choices in mind. Either a Prada bag or a Philim Lim pashli. Yay! See? I’m that loving to those who love me! haha
A round trip ticket for 2 to Bohol courtesy of @kilometrotravelinc
A bangle from @jewelryempire_ph (real jewelry/gold as always)
IT related services from JC Florendo and Company
and 5 lucky winners of 1 dozen shoe mate shoe boxes from my bfs @shoemate_ph
What are you guys waiting for? Read the guidelines here
to join this special give-away today!