Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bookworming: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

I'm late to the party on this one, but better late than never right? This review is going to be for those who haven't read The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria yet, because really, you should. This is because it is, by far, the most entertaining mature novel that I've read in a while.

To be honest, I was surprised when Chrissie sent me a review copy of the book and I saw the cover. It's a far cry from her first novel, All's Fair in Blog and War, which was sugary-sweet from start to finish. The author herself, whom I have the privilege of knowing, is as sweet as the macaroons she bakes, so it was definitely interesting to find out that she wrote a sexy book!

Well what do you know, my initial skepticism was out of order. I loved this book! I can describe it in one word: HOT. The story's steamy and delicious, much like the delectable dishes that the characters whip up all throughout the novella.

The Kitchen When It Sizzles is about Olivia and Nate, who meet during a cooking lesson and find that they have sizzling chemistry. The book serves up the right amount of sexy -- exciting, yet doesn't ever go overboard. What got me completely hooked on it (actually read the entire thing in one sitting) was that when it wasn't making me blush, it was making me laugh. The romantic parts were quirky, funny, and endearing, and I became more invested with the characters with every turn of the page. The mix of food and romance, plus a lot of unexpected plot twists also kept me reading until the very end.

I love me a good chick lit book, and The Kitchen When It Sizzles totally fit the bill! Get the e-book on Smashwords and Amazon and be ready for a sensational time.  
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fashion Candy: Warby Parker's Corner Collection

It's an understatement for me to say that I can't live without my glasses. I have really bad vision, and I've been wearing glasses since I was in third grade. I wear contacts when I need to, but I'm usually too lazy to bother with solution and all that stuff. I'm really a spectacles kind of girl.

This is why when Warby Parker got in touch with me to tell me about their new Corner Collection, I was thrilled. The brand knows good glasses. Everything they make is so fun and chic at the same time.

Their new limited edition Corner Collection is all about silhouettes and angles. The frames have traditional shapes, but with unique details -- sharp temples, sloping browlines, crisp keyhole bridges, and straight-edged brow bars. Made of horn-inspired acetate and steel, they look modern and oh so cool.

There are five new styles -- Hutton, Topper, Goodney, Teddy, and Quentin. They come in two colors, which I love -- Rhubarb, a purplish hue, and Quartz, which looks like icy crystal. There are eyeglass versions, as well as sunglass versions, with prices starting at $95.

These are definitely not your everyday, boring spectacles. Each one of these will spice up an outfit instantly. Check out more pictures after the jump.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Home Base: New Crystals

Earlier this year, the hubby and I plus our friends discovered crystals. They're not only pretty -- they're also incredibly helpful. Long story short, we've found them to be amazing at bringing good vibes into our lives.

We've all been going back to Binondo ever since (hello Sheva, Cielo, and Verns), because there are a lot of crystals on our list and we have yet to find all of them. We got a few new ones recently so here's an update.

My current stash

His current stash

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beauty Loot: New Things + An Update

Hello! I'm back! I know, it's been a while. I really missed blogging -- and reading other blogs for that matter. The Blue Purse is always on my mind, but life has been ridiculously busy lately. Life happened as usual, and it's the same old story, but this time I have a really good excuse.

Mostly, I've been busy with work. The past month was crazy hectic, and then when things finally slowed down, I had to catch up with family and friends whom I've neglected. Seriously, I don't have the time to sleep these days, much less surf and read and cook and watch TV and focus on any hobbies. I'm going to get a handle on life at some point, and I hope that's soon, but for now, I'm trying, so please bear with me.

Let's start with a fun topic -- beauty! Since I haven't been blogging, products have piled up on me. This is a collective haul of sorts, because I'm excited to share all my new things. Read on.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bookworming: Book Haul 080314

The hubby and I chanced upon the Bestsellers sale at Podium this past weekend! Book sales are a great way to discover books I have never heard of, or buy books that I would never consider buying at full price, or finally get the books that I have forgotten about. I also never walk past Bestseller sales because they always have hidden gems just waiting to be snatched up. Last year, I found Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Dash & Lily's Book of Dares at a Bestsellers sale in Galleria for only 99 pesos!

When I saw the sale yesterday I just had to go in and scour all the shelves. I haven't been buying any new books lately because I've been re-reading my old ones, so I really had a hankering for some fresh tomes. This time around, I scored a bunch of books at prices that were practically free. I got four paperbacks for 150 pesos (40 pesos and 30 pesos each)! It was a good day for this bookworm! Here's the rundown.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Public Service Announcement: Back and Blogging!

Hello! I took a blogging hiatus for a few weeks because I just started a new job. I was busy getting the hang of things so I haven't really had much time for anything else recently. Now that I've kind of gotten a routine down, I think I have some time to get back to my obsessions. I'm not sure I'm doing well on the energy part though -- I've been so exhausted during weekdays that I've only been watching TV and playing Animal Crossing when I get home from work. I'm going to make an effort to try to get back to my hobbies and interests, because I need a life outside of the office. I'll be posting more starting tomorrow! Stay tuned.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Food Trip: Cookie Bar Manila [Food Tales of a Kapitolyo Resident]

Hello! It is a busy time for me friends (I know, what's new right?) but I just have to squeeze in this story about Cookie Bar Manila -- a new cookie shop here in my lovely neighborhood of Kapitolyo.

Last week, my cousin Lek and friend Clang came over to my place to hang out because it was Pasig Day and there was no work. We had pizza and pasta delivered for lunch and stuffed ourselves silly, but when the afternoon came, we felt the need for merienda (afternoon snack). We thought it would be the best time to pay Cookie Bar a visit since we've been checking out the shop's Instagram account for a while and the cookies look beyond tempting. 

Cookie Bar is located at East Capitol Drive and is only a very short drive from my place. In fact, it's walking distance, but we've been having unpredictable weather so we opted to drive there instead. It's easy to find because it's right in between Poco Deli and Thai Dara. Just look for the black gate with the pink and brown striped Cookie Bar sign and press the doorbell beside it. 


Cookie Bar is a tiny bakery. The shop is also the kitchen where the actual cookies are made. They have a couple of small tables out front, but it's really not a cafe or restaurant. Most people go there for cookies to-go. You can call and order cookies by the box beforehand, but you can also buy per piece at the store.

Freshly-baked cookies still on the tray was the sight that greeted us when we first came in. They have quite a variety of yummy cookie treats. There are Cookie Cups, which look like little cupcakes with a whole range of different toppings. Stuffies are cookies stuffed with Oreo, marshmallow, Nutella, or Reese's peanut butter cups. Jumbo Cookies are double the size of your average cookie. Vegan Cookies are made without dairy and egg. Nutella Bites are cookies topped with Nutella. Then there are the novel Cookie Shot Glasses, inspired by the creations of Dominique Ansel (the creator of the Cronut).