Alessi Likes GoNuts Donuts' Cookie Butter Donuts
This is a blog post about cookie butter, GoNuts donuts, and the awesomeness that ensues when you put them together. It’s been more than a month since photos of this Trader Joe’s Speculous Cookie Butter Spread flooded my Instagram feed, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Now i haven’t really had a literal taste of Christmas, but the idea sounds pretty rad, so it’s no wonder...
Food, Glorious Food
At the extent of sounding like a fast food commercial (or a cookbook), can I just say that nothing ever really satisfies like a great meal. The way flavor hits your taste buds and food your gut is a sensory experience like no other. Heck, it’s practically the most socially acceptable form of indulgence. To celebrate this ingeniously edible wonder of nature, here’s a nice little...
Just dropping in to let everyone know that I quite like going out in my pajamas. And topping it off with a slightly sharp blazer to look like I actually put some thought into what I was going to wear. And if you’re the curious type, here’s what I tried out in the fitting room: About two yards of summer romper awesomeness. Nothing like punchy red and a rutched halter neckline to...
Alessi Likes TeaTap Cafe
There comes a time when you begin to outgrow your roots, even in the slightest of ways. This isn’t anything drastic, it’s just that I’m finally learning that there is more to life than the four corners of Makati. There’s no denying that the northern region has witnessed the rise of some off-beat and fresh milk tea/dining nooks (but more importantly, milk tea nooks),...
Quiet time, flowers on the bureau, lovely scenery, and shelves on shelves of black boots. I might have forgotten about the food…
All I Want...
Pretty Little Purses
This doesn’t at all help with my growing desire to spend money I don’t have. They are just the most adorable purses ever! These are by far the most youthful (not to mention colorful) purses I’ve seen from the massive label, a far cry from their brown monogrammed Speedies. I really don’t know how watching this would do me any good now, I am tired and sleepy and broke as a...
Alessi Likes Paris Delice
Last week I finally got to drop by a particular place I’ve been meaning to try out for the longest time. Paris Delice is a little unassuming cafe along Makati Ave., an odd fit to the mess of pubs and bars that litter the area. i’m a crummy blogger, and I’ve never taken to venue shots, so I’ll just show you, in the most basic Instagram snappies, what I had on my plate that...
Alessi Likes Mom Shorts
While most girls would shuffle racks at Topshop or wade cyberspace for dip-dyed mom shorts, my ever cheap self chose to turn a deaf ear at 50%-off standard issue studded ones and wrestled with fabric scissors to work magic on these jeans that used to belong to my mom in the 90’s.
Alessi Likes La Union
La Union, we might have gotten off with a wrong start, what with you destroying my phone and turning me into my darkest skin tone yet, but I’m willing to put these in the past and start things anew. I’m even starting to appreciate my niggerized complexion more. We stayed in a cozy common hut with all kinds of art on the walls, abolished showers altogether, and gone...
Alessi Likes 2013
It is quite apparent that this year was ALL about the good food. This year I’ve gotten reacquainted with the joys of good food, had my patience and my faith tested to its absolute limit, wrecked my phone and realized what a significant part of my life it is (serious stuff here, I’m emotionally attached to my photos, eBooks, and playlists) made new friends, reconciled with old ones,...
Alessi's Ridiculously Unreasonable Wishlist
This can also be called “Collage of things I’ll never have, unless I won the lottery” cause while Christmas may be over, my long list of prospective acquisitions run long all year ‘round. This was just my means of trying to make sense of the shoe lust in my mind, which I cannot contain, at all. I had to add some stuff in there that weren’t actually shoes, just to...
Alessi Likes Ungava and Imperial
Trixie giving us the baw$$ status face Mixologist-made cocktails are just a million times better I am an ice queen I am a freezing duckie I would be lying if I said that the main reason I took the Ungava gin launch assignment wasn’t to get a chance to check out the newest bar at The Fort, the ultra cool (literally) Imperial Ice Bar. It proved to be a...
Alessi Likes Repeating Outfits
These days (who am I kidding, I do this all the time) my outfit choices centrally revolve around stuff I’ve already worn within the week, and then pairing them with stuff I can wear with other stuff I’ve already worn within the week. This is primarily out of practicality, secondary to sharpening my resourcefulness skills. This was shot at a dank and poorly-lit parking lot, featuring...
Alessi Likes #ZeroHIVph #WAD2012 #hscUNITE
I recently joined a few other WheninManila.com writers on a campaign with Project Headshot Clinic in celebration of World AIDS day. The campaign aims to increase awareness of the ever so rapidly spreading disease, as well as to build compassion to the individuals and families affected by it. Our photos were shot by renowned photographer Niccolo Cosme a month ago, and I’m quite honored to be...
Alessi Likes Crushed Velvet and Twisty Straps
*photo from Lulu Swing I’m quite aware that my black shoe addiction is bordering on unhealthy, and these lovely Lulu Swing flats are taking it to a full-blown dependency. Those flirty twisty straps are the perfect mix of classy and chic and slutty subtlety, and pointy toes only build on that principle even more. For some reason I cannot turn down crushed velvet these days.
Alessi Likes Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt was never my thing, it was something my taste buds never got to grow fond of. I prefer my ice cream sweet and creamy over cultured and sour, so Golden Spoon was a happy medium where I satisfied my sweet tooth cravings and got all the good stuff you’d get from supposedly healthy fro-yo. Coolest yogurt flavors ever! Who knew that my fave frozen yogurt brand would be the...
Alessi Likes Black Skirts and Metal Toe Caps
This is what I wore to eat an overflowing tub of frozen yogurt with my friend Marese at the launch of Golden Spoon’s Weightless Pricing service. The swishy black skirt was ideal for concealing my dangerously expanding, yogurt-filled girth. The shoes I got for 200 PHP from a (literal) sidewalk vendor in our neighborhood. How lovely metal toe-caps like these ended up with a sidewalk vendor,...
Alessi Likes Good Morning Playlist
Good Morning Playlist from alessilikesit on 8tracks Radio. I’m a hardcore morning person, in that I like waking up early just to lie in bed. There’s nothing quite as arresting as a fresh 6am glow, when the air is still as cold as night and the rays are pristine and unmarred. My city looks so beautiful in the morning, right before the traffic starts eating up the streets. So...
Alessi Likes Prints
So I’d like to thank STYLENANDA for convincing me that I just might need a crazy rainforest-print playsuit in my wardrobe; you know, to offset all the black junk I’ve been accumulating, and to pair my black flats with something other than black clothes. The romper in question is actually from a Zara sale, paired with cheap black sandals and surprisingly luscious and neat(!) waves.
Alessi Likes Weekends
I’m starting to shy away from going out on weekends and have taken to retreating to my room with an eBook, DVDs, and a cup of tea; like how any lame working-class adult would. Nothing constitutes a better weekend for me than classic old movies, cozy sheets, and pretty food. I’m giving the rebel kid peg a temporary hiatus and embracing the boring adult peg with open arms, for now....
Alessi Likes Fitting Rooms
This might sound completely retarded, but fitting rooms are the only place I feel confident enough to take pictures of myself. So here’s a collection of absolutely shameless fitting room selfies which I’m now brave enough to show the world. Goodbye dignity -____-
Alessi Likes Big Boxy Coats
It’s sometimes unnerving that my country only has two seasons, none of them cold enough to wear a thick coat. Sigh… the eternal (yes eternal cause I don’t think it’ll ever snow in the Phils.) frustrations of a tropical island dweller. It’s also unnerving to not have Photoshop installed in my newly-reformatted laptop. This is as close as I can get to making a digital...
Alessi Likes Dessert Buffets
No better way to cap off a shit Friday than with decadent desserts. It’s such an effective way to reset your weekend outlook and get on the right footing for chilling. Last Friday I dragged Marese, my newly appointed photographer, to attend Kitchen’s Best anniversary dessert buffet. By now my new-found affinity for food is pretty evident, half the stuff on my blog is about what I eat....
Alessi Likes Pastels
It has to be said that pastel teal pants would be a total waste if not paired with equally kiddie candy pastel shades. Here I am decidedly putting my all-black-everything phase a temporary breather with shades only a 6-year old would deem appropriate. It also has to be said that I’m starting to admit that I can’t live on my iPhone camera alone. I frigging need an actual...
Alessi Likes The Best Christmas Songs Ever
The Philippine Christmas season starts in September and ends around late January to early February. This is why there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting into the holiday spirit in the middle of October/November. Now that we’ve gotten Halloween out of the way and Makati’s started to line Ayala up with recycled Christmas lights from last year, I think it’s just...
Alessi Likes to Give Away More Books with...
Reading is one of my most favorite things to do. I hate wasting my time, I always making it a point to be as productive and efficient as I can *how lame lol* I think reading strikes the perfect balance between getting something done and being lazy, cause you gotta admit that finishing a book gives such a nice feeling of fulfillment. Because reading is fun, and I think everyone should give it...
Alessi Likes to Go Around the World in Small...
So last night I had the pleasure of attending the Lifestyle Network’s “Around the World in Small Plates” Benefit Dinner for the ICanServe foundation. Proceeds of the event will go to ICanServe’s newest project for early breast cancer detection in the barangay level. Good food and a worthwhile cause? Sounds good to me! Can you believe it, an outfit photo not on Instagram!...
Alessi Likes Dressing Up on Sundays
Who wears stuffy work blouses on a Sunday? Apparently I do. Decided to ditch laid-back-Sunday dressing because I felt like it; it was one of those odd misplaced hunches. These sandals are pretty sweet too. Dirt cheap and in black, an absolute winner for me. I wish they had heels though, and I’m starting to think they’d look better with the toe straps less thick, but I guess you...
Alessi Likes Halloween 2012 Photo Dump
This year’s Halloween was spent with my friends, reliving the young and restless college kid days. I might not be getting any younger, but at least no one’s too old for Halloween. Gotta remember to go out in costume next year! Gotta admit rebellious drinking was more appealing back in college when we were young and underage, but it was just so reassuring to finally be doing...
Alessi Needs to Find Time
My mind is abuzz with things I’m eager to share, but now I’m just too busy with life that I couldn’t find precious time to pour it out on this personal space of mine. One of these days, I promise. For now let me leave you with something beautiful, cause you can’t have too much beauty in this world.
Alessi Likes #happybirthdayvince
So last weekend us WhenInManila.com writers celebrated our editor Vince’s birthday over at their place. And I finally took the commute outside Makati on my own for once and ventured into the far unknown right at the depths of LRT 1, and actually crossing over to the LRT 2. It’s honestly the farthest commute I’ve made on my own (which is quite embarrassing LOL) but I’m very...
Alessi Likes Kindness
I’ve been receiving an abundance of kindness from different people these days; some I’ve just met, others I’ve known for a while. It warms my heart and fills me with so much gratitude. It’s absolute bliss. I used to be such a rebel, I grew up being one of the most selfish and angry girls I know, but with all the love surrounding me now I’m learning to be kinder...
Alessi Likes to Give Away the Belle de Jour 2013...
Since I believe that we all need a little help with getting our shizzy together to realize our limitless capabilities, I’m holding a Belle de Jour 2013 Planner giveaway! Here’s to giving you a head start on your most fabulous year yet, bellas/fellas. Tinkered with the Rafflecopter widget to give you guys more of a challenge. I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday next week,...
Alessi Likes Denimvasion
“Denimvasion” is about the cheesiest term I can think of to describe what I wore last week. Finally kept up with the times and gotten around to accepting that denim on denim is no longer tacky, now I feel so old for being around long enough to know of a time when people thought that way. Trying to pull off the half-tucked shirt there, still debating on whether it was a win or not...
Alessi Likes What's Inside the BDJ Box
The team behind every Filipina’s go-to life organizer, the Belle de Jour Power Planner, have created another amazing new service every girl should swear by. The BDJ Box is basically every girly girl’s monthly beauty fix. It saves us girls the hassle of investing on beauty products without knowing whether they’ll be a hit or miss by providing us with an array of product...
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Alessi Likes Starr's Famous Shakes
Starr’s Famous Shakes is basically your wildest milkshake dreams come true. I’ve been wary about many a restaurant’s false claims of being the greatest and best of whatever, but they weren’t lying when they said they whipped up the thickest milkshakes ever. It doesn’t hurt that they have awesomely yummy nom nom munchies as well, standard deep-fried...
White's Hot: Alessi Likes It
White is just as indispensable as black. It’s sort of like that color I go for on occasions when black on black feels overrated. And since talking about the different ways to wear white would be more of an injustice to its versatility, I won’t be doing that. I’ll instead talk about how cool it was that Jas and I coincidentally wore matching white button-downs this weekend. Jas...
Alessi Likes the Golden Hour
My work usually ends in the late afternoon, where I’m greeted with the ripest golden sun drenching the Makati skyline in buttery brightness. I swear, every afternoon this week has been picture perfect. I hate to admit it, but there’s actually much to love about this city. I also can’t stop listening to this song.
Alessi Likes The Belle du Jour Fair 2012
Couldn’t stop gushing about last weekend and how much fun Jas and I had at the Belle Du Jour Fair. The theme for 2013 was to be Limitless, to be your own Bella who takes crap from no one and makes big things happen! My kind of biznitch. And nothing screamed girl power like badass bungie jumping and wall climbing, which Jas and I were too wussy to try at first but gave in to our inner...
Alessi Likes Krazy Garlik
Awesome Thai tea with coffee-flavored popping boba. YUM. Garlic may be one of the most underrated bulb/vegetables ever, so you have to understand how much creativity it takes to build an entire menu (complete with dessert) around the said kitchen staple. The result is remarkably original and every bit as crazy as its name. This somehow makes me overlook how the service and food fell a...
Alessi Likes Basic White Tees FTW
Loose and slouchy white tees are totally my thing. No brainer, no fuss, roll out of bed and pair it with whatever. BOSS DRESSING SKILLZ. Especially open-back ones. I can be such a slut sometimes.
Alessi Likes Asian Jesus
Best gig photos ever by Hannah Panda Steve Aoki gigs are one of the few things that are oddly…life affirming. Forget that I had work at 6am the next day, and that this weirdo started playing at 1am. Forget that my bladder was practically bursting after half an hour of waiting for him to come out. Forget that I had to go home after only an hour of the show (and missed Pursuit...
Alessi Likes BRGR: The Burger Project
Big, fat, pig out food. Nothing says #baboymode like thick-cut fries, fat onion rings, and burgers with everything on them. A few weeks ago Hannah and I attended the media launch of what I now think is my most fave burger joint in the whole of Manila, BRGR: The Burger Project along Taft. I’m a DIY kinda girl, so DIY food was right up my alley. I was totally in my...
Alessi Likes Sweaters
A perfect day for me would involve being able to wear cozy sweaters like this. I’m a sweater weather die-hard. I’m also such a slob that my most preferred article of clothing would be a huge slouchy sweater that can engulf my tiny frame. We don’t have enough cold days here in the Phils. My over-worn sweater is from Forever 21, my over-worn shorts are my mother’s.
Alessi Does Not Like Stress
It’s official: I’m burning myself out. I’m stretching myself too thin. In my desire to do everything all at once I’ve lost myself in the process. I’m tired and stressed and terrified. I miss feeling happy. I start the day eager for it to end, and when it ends I fear its inevitable forthcoming; this is how my life usually goes nowadays. I miss waking up in the...
Alessi Likes Gourmandise Patisserie
Last week I enjoyed a box of these gorgeous eclairs from Gourmandise Patisserie at Serendra. Eclairs are like, on the forefront of dessert trends. This dainty little French pastry shop will inspire a slew of copycats, I’m pretty sure of it. Decided to feature it because my Instagram feed has been flooded with pictures of these little critters for weeks now. I was a curious...