Birthday Thanks (Delayed Much?)

Having too much fun opening my presents (and to think it was a week after my birthday)

Tada…Here’s every single one of them.

Thanks to…

Everyone who greeted me through text, calls and social networks.

My Big Crazy Family for a relaxing day at the park and for the accessories.

Pauline and Marie for another ring to add to my collection and for making me feel like I’m the best Ate in the world.

  My fiance, Marco for the flowers with ‘long distance’ love from the Philippines( Sweetie, you’re the sweetest! Thanks tito Mari for helping him out)

My crazy peks and non-peks (the boys) for surprising me at home…vintage theme, fallen cake and Vegas planning.

My SFC friends for the Ethiopian Dinner at Blue Nile. Thanks Mae for planning it!

My lovies for the color blocking themed dinner at Sambuca and for a crazy night at Red Door. Shout out to Hessa!

My boss, the Abayas, for the La Madeleine’s Sacher Torte Cake (ayayay…to die for), lunch from there as well and the skin products.

Odalis for the surprise chocolate cake.

Hessa for the vintage DIY accessory plate. (you know me too well)

Roxi for the cuffs that  I love so much and the vintage pocket mirror.

Vynna for the wedding planner organizer.

Muyi for another bottle of wine that I can’t wait to try.

Mae (and Cholson) for the vintage lace decorated cake, the light up bling ring, party hats and my birthday pin.

Paolo and Lucia for the scarf and purse.

Claudia for the holy family ornament.

Maria and Bo for the Panera Bread gift card.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!

~Rhea

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Post Birthday Festivities: Rock the Color Block

Maybe I am a bit fond of themed parties…okay, maybe a ‘bit fond’ is an understatement. I ENJOY THEME PARTIES and I can’t believe I just noticed it now. Talk about denial (haha). I don’t know , I think that it’s just more fun that way plus it tickles your creativity right? I’m blessed to have crazy friends who are down for anything. This last minute dinner plan was very very very last minute but I pushed my luck and just told everyone to show up in color block which everyone did. Awww… aren’t you guys the sweetest. I’m enjoying every single moment of this. Although I hate to admit it, the motive was kind of selfish coz I just purchased a few items from urbanog and I’ve been dying to wear them so I had everyone color block too. Surprisingly no one said no, it’s either they were looking for reasons to shop and I just gave them one or they were just nice enough to tolerate my birthday request (haha), either ways when they showed up at Sambuca that night they were rockin the color block.

Btw, I apologize in advance for the bad quality of the pictures. We were in a hurry.

(BODYSUIT: Urbanog, $15.30 / SKIRT: Ross, $7.99/ CLUTCH: SM Department Store/ EARRINGS: Cebu, Philippines/ SHOES: Urbanog/ RING: Sasha/ CUFF: Icing)

I’ve had this clutch for 8 years now, still good as new.

My First Ever Heel Less Shoes (To the heel less shoes haters, don’t hate coz I just bought them to satisfy my curiousity, haha).  I won’t lie though, I had fun wearing them and they were very comfortable.

The front view of my bodysuit.

The back view of my bodysuit.

Girl Talk

Blowing my Birthday Dessert. Happy Birthday to Me!

So Red Door was obviosuly packed….

Me and Muyi. I want the skirt mane, hubad! haha. Glad you showed up.

Quite fashionable are we boys? Red pants and all.

Vynna Hawk Nguyen..haha, I’m kidding mane. I love you hot stuff!

Roxi and her YSL purse. I want it!!!!

***Shout out to Hessa for planning the night and making the reservations. I love you mane! Face the camera, gorgeous.

~Rhea

On-the-day Festivities: Birthday Dinner at the Blue Nile

The dreaded day—I’m officially 26. Yikes.

Yet again and again there are a lot of things to be thankful for. Blessed to have lived 26 wonderful years on this earth and today not only marks my 26th birth anniversary, it also marks my 2-year anniversary at my work place. Blessed to have such wonderful bosses that appreciate me and a house (literally) to call as my workplace. I must say, I think I work for the best people in Houston—a raise, a wonderful La Madeleine Lunch and let’s not forget the oh-so-yummy Sacher torte. Maybe I am a bit spoiled…this thing that I’m doing ain’t a theatrical performing job but who’s complaining, I think my patients love me. Let’s just say they didn’t forget my birthday. Awww…

Presents from the boss.

Delectably sinful.

Came home to more wonderful surprises.. I love you Jose Marco Julian Jacinto Ruiz de Luzuriaga Mendezona. You actually sent me real flowers and they made it on the day too!!!

My first ever long distance flowers

Funny how the handwriting kinda looks like yours, sweetie.

Yes mom, I will never ever get tired of accessories, nagmana ata ako kay Mommy Babe. Haha..Thanks for loving me everyday even with my pangit and not-so pangit ugali. I love you love you love you and every single person in this insanely BIG family of ours. We don’t need to celebrate my birthday anymore, in our family everyday is like a party—woohoo!

Dinner Pictures from Blue Nile:

Let’s see how Ethiopian food tastes like.

Ang Peg: Beauty and the Beast. Haha.

Look who’s in town all the way from Seattle—Cholson. And ofcourse Mae the Birthday Dinner Planner and one of the sweetest people I know.

The early birds: Jas and Chris. I missed you both, haven’t seen you in awhile.

Paolo, Claudia and the newly ‘inducted’ Dela Cruz—Lucia.

Finally, I get to meet Maria’s fiance, Bo.

Ethiopian Food.

Even the intricate details of the cake are vintage-inspired.

Don’t you just love this part of the dinner? I do.

What I wore that day:

slight change with the earrings and hair tied up.

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(DRESS: Rue 21/ SHOES: Wet Seal/ PURSE: Vieta at Amazon.com/ BELT: from Mita Bo/ EARRINGS: thrifted/ RING: Forever 21/ CUFF: Icing)

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That Red Vintage Lace Dress.

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A touch of Gold on the Details—my all time favorite.

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Criss cross strap heels are sexy except for that big toe sticking out. Haha.

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Pre-Birthday Festivities: The ‘Classic’ Surprise

Every year I try my best to make sure that I celebrate my birthday to the extent of celebrating the entire week or maybe month instead of just that one specific day of the year. I think LIFE is enough reason to celebrate every single day right, what more on that day that you were born. I have a lot of things to be thankful for although I’d have to admit sometimes I forget and complain ( a lot…).  Another reason why I make sure that I have a blast on my birthday is because I know Marco isn’t here to celebrate with me and I try to compensate for the lack of his presence. Our birthdays are exactly a day apart and everytime this time of the year comes around I’m always reminded that he’s far far away and its been like that for 5 years now. Its one these days I’m convinced that LDR sucks BIG TIME.

This year was different for me…I was too tired to plan anything and too broke to travel somewhere (we have to save up for that big day y’know). It was just one of those years when you don’t feel like celebrating your birthday. Some of my friends convinced me that we should do something simple so Mae planned for a birthday dinner tomorrow and Hessa .was nice enough to plan a birthday dinner/clubbing the day after .That was supposedly it until these crazy lovies of mine showed up at my door 2 hours before my actual birthday.

The boys

The girls

So this is how the ‘surprise’ happened…I just finished working out a sweat doing sit ups and all and was meaning to take a bath right after. The shower was waiting for me when my dad decided to call me downstairs for something ‘important’ and ofcourse I was pissed coz I was in the middle of my bath so I quickly grabbed a towel and started heading downstairs , my mom gave me a weird disapproving look. They hate it when we walk around the house with our tapis (Filipino for a single rectangular piece of cloth one wraps around oneself as clothing a.k.a my towel) just coz its improper. Hayyyy we’re at home for crying out loud! So I quickly headed up and grabbed my dirty scrubs from the laundry bin, changed and headed downstairs again more agitated than ever. And out of the blue these crazy friends of mine showed up and started singing ‘ Happy Birthday’ in their ‘vintage’ glory with cake and all.

My knee-jerk reaction: I RAN AND HID! Haha.

I wasn’t made up, not even the least presentable. Talk about grossest Face everrrr! Haha. And mind you Hessa was taking a video. Well, I finally got over it and I finally blew the candles on my cake and thennnnn my cake fell on Vynna’s vintage dress. Crazy I tell you. Ran upstairs took a quick shower and came down and wore a less complicated version of my outfit down below. What can I say? I am loved. Really.

Here’s the original Viva Vintag Glam outfit:

(DRESS: Jatujak Market, Bangkok/ SHOES: Franco Fortini/ TURBAN: Luxury Divas at Amazon.com/ PURSE: Forever 21/ SUNGLASSES: thrifted/ BELT: from Mita Bo/ ACCESSORIES: RING: Forever 21; EARRINGS: Aldo/ BANGLES: Forever 21)

Bird Details and Pleats look lovely on a neutral color.

Guess which one’s my favorite ring? Haha.

The perks of having your brother work at the shoe store: Franco Fortini Finds for less than $10

The turban was a product of impulse shopping online. I don’t regret it though.

Happy Birthday to me. This is going to be one heck of a year, I believe.

~Rhea