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Life is always on a roller coaster ride. Bad things. Good things. It happened. The important thing here is you get to enjoy every ride no matter how bumpy it can be. Earlier this year, I had struggles updating my blog because I hardly had enough time sitting in front of the laptop, typing everything I’d like to share. And whenever I had one, some important personal matters will get in between. And I, as a blogger has had inner conflicts, losing the passion to blog, is one. Do I need validation to continue doing what I started six years ago? Maybe!

Some time summer of this year, I lost Goddess In Disguise. To those of you who do not know, Goddess In Disguise is my blog’s first name. It breaks my heart because how can I took for granted something that has been a part of me for long.  I, unfortunately, forgot to renew the domain even with the grace period given to me. I had a little to no chance of connecting to the internet for roughly three months. I was probably reminded but I could not trace the email. Worst, the redemption is too much for me already. I might need more years to earn such big amount. And believe me, I tried the best I can to haggle. Literally. I spent most of my nights regretting, blaming myself and crying. Maybe I should just forget about blogging and move on! But then, why should I? I am strong, right? That’s how I see myself. And because when you love doing something, you’ll do it no matter the odds. Everything must go on.

Then, there’s Che Goes On. Though I moved the contents of Goddess In Disguise, I know I will have to start from scratch. But that won’t hinder this passion to blog. So much of that story anyway! Last year, I was one of the finalists of Best Cebu Blogs Awards under Personal category. And this year, I am (again) shortlisted as one of the finalists for . . . drum roll, please, Style category! Unbelievable, I know. To be honest, fashion/style is really one of the reasons I started blogging. I used to have a Multiply account where I shared all the fashion stuff and shoots I had back then. And when I had the chance to finally start having my own blog, I grabbed the opportunity.

I was teary-eyed when I received an e-mail from the team. And puzzled at the same time because I can’t imagine having me lined-up with those fashion bloggers who posted their OOTD’s almost every day across the internet. I love dressing up. I love glamming myself. I love trying out different outfit styles. And I love experimenting every trend today. And I thought after giving birth that I may not have the chance to do what I love, because I do not know. Maybe because I am more into becoming a full-time and hands-on mother. Or maybe I’m just hesitant because of the physical change during and after pregnancy. Having said that, I ventured into women’s apparel business last year to indulge style cravings. If I can’t do it to myself, maybe I can share it with others, I thought. Small but it’s kinda satisfying.

Anyway, the Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA), founded by Mark Monta on December of 2008, is a yearly awarding ceremony of Cebu-based bloggers. It is the only and pioneering award-giving body that recognizes the existence of blogs and bloggers in Cebu’s blogosphere. It acknowledges the existence and importance of Cebu bloggers in the Visayas and in the Philippines. BCBA aims to recognize the finest blogs of Cebuanos and Cebu-based bloggers which are at par even with their foreign counterparts.

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Being part of the list of finalists is already a huge honor for me and my blog. I must have done something good and right to deserve this recognition. Win or lose, being recognized and being able to keep this blog up is already winning. Congratulations to all the finalists. I hope to see you all at the awarding night. xo

It’s often hard to imagine something as primitive as sending marketing letters via mail still continues to be effective. In fact, everyone from local retails stores to large multinational brands utilizes this time-tested marketing strategy to get more eyes on their products and offers. Even new age marketing gurus complement their online marketing efforts with a solid direct mail campaign. This begs the simple question, why are direct postcard campaigns still relevant? Following are 5 reasons why.Postcard

People Still Check Their Letterboxes: You have heard people saying, “Emails are going to make direct mails obsolete one day.” The thing is people have been saying that ever since Email services first came into being. Decades have passed, and we are still using letters and letterboxes. As long as people continue to check their mailboxes, there is no reason for direct postcard campaigns to lose their effectiveness.

They Create an Equal Playing Field: When a recipient receives a marketing postcard, it really doesn’t matter who is it from. As long as the offer is good, and the design is attractive, it can create a positive impact. In this age where marketing space is increasingly becoming more and more expensive, big-box retailers and large multinationals dominate the billboards, online banners, and TV spots. Postcard campaigns manage to create an equal playing field. It gives local businesses a chance to compete with chain stores without having to spend thousands of dollars on
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Cheaper Than Other Marketing Strategies: The cost of a postcard marketing campaign is far less than any other marketing strategy. The major expenses being buying die cut plastic postcards and postal charges. Barring these, businesses might need to spend some money buying mailing lists from non-competing local businesses. The overall cost is so low, that even small local businesses routinely use postcard marketing strategy to great effect.

Postcard Campaigns Can Be Personalised: Unlike mass Emails and generic banner ads, postcards can be personalised for each and every recipient. Businesses do this all the time. They often attach personalised messages for all customers to get better conversion. A simple friendly message like “Hey Dave, thanks for your business last Sunday, here’s something you might be interested in” can really encourage customers to make a positive move.

People Growing Tired of Spam Emails: When was the last time you visited the spam section of your Email? Never, right? Thanks to the growing number of spam marketing mails, even great Email campaigns fail to get the proper mileage. Tired of intrusive pop-ups and an endless barrage of Emails, people have started to appreciate direct mail campaigns.

You don’t feel any older. You’re still youthful and filled with vitality on the inside. You have dedicated your life to taking care of yourself because you know that your body is your temple. That means staying active and making wise choices about what kind of fuel you put into your system. Your skin has been a priority as well as you protect yourself from exposure to the sun every day. In spite of doing everything the way that you should, the years have continued to march on. They’re making their mark on your face, the most noticeable part of you. Those fine lines and webbing of wrinkles can’t be ignored. Your skin has lost its firmness and elasticity. It’s starting to droop, making you look tired all the time. Worse yet, it’s making you feel old every time you catch your reflection. You’re ready for a change. A plastic surgeon can help you with facelift surgery. There’s only one problem. You want it to look natural.

Avoid the Windswept Look

 While a facelift is an effective and popular approach to combat the visible effects of aging, you want it to look like it is natural. The procedure is meant to tighten up that loose skin just enough that it no longer sags and you smooth away those wrinkles. When facelift surgery is performed by a master surgeon, the end result will be a face that looks like someone has turned back the hands on the clock of time to reclaim his or her youth. However, there are times when the results are too extreme. making a patient look like he or she has been caught in a windstorm that has made the face look overdone. The right plastic surgeon can help you to avoid this problem.

Taking a Different Approach is the Best Place to Start

 The key to a successful facelift is to avoid severe changes that result in an unappealing, unnatural outcome. The skin should not look like someone has yanked it back, forcing the eyes to be wide open, the brows to be raised as if in surprise, and the mouth stuck in a strange smile that looks forced. While your plastic surgeon can help you to soften the effects of aging with cosmetic surgery, no one can actually take you back to your younger years. No one should tighten the skin to such a degree that the face looks like a mask. One of the mistakes that many patients make is in asking a surgeon to go overboard when it comes to how tight the skin will be. Another issue that can cause a problem is using general anesthesia during a facelift. This causes the face to relax completely to the point that the face relaxes completely. This lack of muscle tone can make it difficult to judge how tight the skin should be drawn back in order to have the desired effect. If your plastic surgeon uses intravenous sedation combined with local anesthetic in targeted areas, you are more likely to get an unforgettable lift that restores the natural contours of your face without going to extremes.

How Can Intravenous Sedation and Local Anesthesia Help You

 Your surgeon can use intravenous sedation to ensure that you are relaxed without putting you completely under the power of general anesthesia. Local anesthesia will be administered in the areas where incisions are necessary. If you are having a mini facelift that is focusing on the skin around your jaw, your surgeon will focus on the area around your ears to make small incisions. At that point, your muscles and skin will be shifted in order to tighten up the skin. Any excess skin can be trimmed away. However, your surgeon should never take too much or your face will not look natural. If you are having a facelift that focuses on the middle region of your face, including the cheekbones and the jaw, your incisions will be in the same area as with a mini facelift, but the shift of your skin and muscle will vary in order to eliminate excess folds of skin that are drooping around your mouth. If you have a brow lift, this will focus on the forehead and your incisions will be made at your hairline. For a full facelift that focuses on all areas of your face, Incisions will be made at the hairline and around the ears as your surgeon works on sculpting the tissues in your face to freshen up your appearance. Your surgeon may address removal of excess fat with liposuction or add more volume to your face by performing a fat transfer. By using a local anesthetic for all incisions made during your procedure, it will be possible to make changes that are not too extreme because your muscle tone will still be responsive during your procedure.

Is a Facelift Right for You?

Typical candidates for facelift surgery are in their forties to their seventies. If you are seriously considering a cosmetic procedure for your face, your surgeon will evaluate several factors to determine if it will work for you. Your skin must still have enough elasticity to respond well to surgery. You will also need to have a good bone structure that will enhance the definition of your face after surgery. If you have sagging skin, a facelift is likely to be right for you. Your health will be considered as well as your surgeon ensures that surgery is a safe alternative for you.

Learn More About Getting the Best Results from a Facelift

 Turn to the professionals at the Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery for your facelift consultation. The practice has been ranked as one of the best that New Jersey has to offer. Through careful evaluation, you can find out if a facelift is ideal for you and how to get the kind of results you want to see.

Travel can provide an excellent opportunity to let your hair down, relax, and enjoy the wonders of life as they present themselves to you on the open road.

Seeing new places and meeting new people can be extremely positive and encouraging experiences, and can expand your horizons and deepen your sense of your own place in the world. When you do return home, you’re likely to find that you appreciate your ordinary life all the more because of the brief time you’ve spent away from it.

In short, travel is great, with many downsides and few if any drawbacks. Whether you’re looking for an HDB for rent, or are backpacking from place to place, there’s a lot that the experience can offer.

Perhaps one of the greatest possible benefits of travel, however, is its ability to help you detach yourself from the concerns of your everyday life, and truly “discover” yourself in a deep and meaningful way. If you’ve approached your trip in the proper manner, you may find that your entire life changes subtly, but positively, as a result of your journey.

Here are some things you can do to help discover yourself when traveling.

Take a notebook with you and keep a daily travel journal

The simple act of writing is one of humanity’s most powerful tools for introspection, reflection on deep and existential topics, and — ultimately — self-analysis and discovery.

You may not be a natural writer at heart, and in fact, you may not even enjoy the experience of writing very much. Nonetheless, there are some real benefits to packing a notebook and pen next time you’re going traveling and using them every day to help structure and understand your thoughts and reflect on your experiences.

The first exercise you should adopt — and easily one of the most beneficial — is to keep a daily travel journal, both as a record of your experiences, and also as a way of summarising and analyzing your daily experiences to yourself.

This doesn’t have to take the form of an intensive novel-writing mission. Rather, you can begin by simply writing out a line or two each evening (or the next morning), detailing your experiences and reflecting on your thoughts or feelings about them. You could even note down any broader thoughts or considerations that might be playing on your mind in general.

This may seem like a bit of a pointless exercise at first, but don’t underestimate the degree to which humans structure and organize their thoughts by clearly articulating them. Writing is one of the best overall ways of achieving this.

Depending on how you choose to record your travel journal, you might also end up with a series of fascinating stories and anecdotes preserved in time, that you can reflect on fondly years later, share with friends or family, or even use as the basis for a future book.

In addition to writing your journal entries, you should also take the time to express yourself on the blank page in any way you want, as the inspiration comes to you. This could involve writing short, spur-of-the-moment poems while sitting in front of a beautiful landscape, or it could involve sketching or drawing as the mood takes you.

Either way, keep a pen and notebook with you when traveling.

Take some books that help you to understand yourself, or think about big issues

When traveling, people will often pack pretty lighthearted novels and airport-paperbacks, if they’re packing any books at all. There is nothing wrong with reading these kinds of books, of course, but they generally won’t have a dramatic, immediate impact on you in terms of helping you to deepen your understanding of yourself, or the direction you’re heading in, in life, or get a handle on deeper considerations of what your ultimate values and goals are.

In order to ensure that you have the greatest possible chance of exercising positive self-reflection on your travels, identify some books that you think will help you come to terms with yourself, or address a real issue in your life, or at least cause you to think deeply, and then take one or two of those with you on your travels.

Self-help books are a great option in this regard — particularly if you’ve vetted them carefully and aren’t just grabbing anything from that shelf of your local bookstore — but works of philosophy, or psychology, or even business organization and productivity, can fill the same role.

The key thing is that you do some reading on your travels, on a subject that gives you real food for thought and has the potential to change your life in some way.

Travel is one of the best times to read such books, as you are away from your usual environment, and are detached enough from your everyday concerns that you can begin to view your ordinary life from a “bird’s eye” perspective, rather than being too caught up in it directly, to see the forest for the trees.

Use the trip as an opportunity to cut down on some of your usual vices

Most people have certain vices which they indulge in on a regular basis, and these aren’t always as dramatic as addictions to hard drugs.

In fact, for many people today, their “vices” can be things which don’t immediately seem to present a major issue, or which might otherwise be harder to pin down. An addiction to caffeine, a tendency to gamble, or occasional binge-drinking, can all seem reasonable if kept within the normal boundaries and not allowed to “spill over” into obviously problematic behavior.

But even something as innocuous as a caffeine addiction can cause an array of underlying health conditions, psychological, and lifestyle problems that might be hard to spot at first glance but which can nonetheless add up to a series of profoundly negative effects over time.

For example; over-use of stimulants such as caffeine prompts your body to dramatically increase its production of stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. When these hormones are produced in the right quantities, at the right times — typically when there’s a real threat that you’ve got to face — they serve an important role in protecting you and guiding you safely through life.

When these hormones are produced in excess or are produced too frequently, or for prolonged periods of time, on the other, the consequences can be devastating, and may include — reduced cognitive function (as the brain struggles to regenerate itself, or develop new neurons), reduced organ health (as organs such as the adrenal glands or thyroid are completely over-taxed and stop working as they should) and more.

If, on the other hand, your vices are more linked to indulgent habits such as eating processed foods, or surfing social media all day, the effects may be less explicitly physical but are still more than capable of causing you serious problems.

Perhaps one of the most negative effects of being ruled by your vices is the simple fact that they distort your view of what is and isn’t normal, and make it difficult for you to organize your life in a clearheaded way.

Cutting back on some of your vices while traveling — or ideally, shortly before traveling — can help to give you the clearheaded awareness that you need in order to face life head on and deal with its challenges.

When you see your face in the mirror, there is one area that makes you unhappy. It’s a common trouble spot when it comes to facial features. It’s something you can’t alter on your own or enhance with cosmetics. It’s your nose. Whether you feel like your nose is too narrow, too wide, too steep, too big, or you have a hump on the bridge of your nose, rhinoplasty is the one way that you can alter this noticeable feature. You need to put a great deal of thought into plastic surgery. It’s going to alter your appearance permanently. You’re sure to have questions before you move forward with a surgical procedure. One of the most pressing matters that concern many patients is the worry that your skin will become thin on your nose after rhinoplasty.

Will Rhinoplasty Thin the Skin on Your Nose?

Rhinoplasty will not thin out the skin on your nose. If anything, it will add more thickness to your skin. If you have extremely thick skin, your plastic surgeon will most likely advise that you do not have rhinoplasty surgery performed, especially if you are focusing on the tip of your nose. Otherwise, your nose could look fuller than it did before your procedure. On the flip side, if you have extremely thin skin, to begin with before surgery, your surgeon is going to need to take great care in smoothing out the bone structure and cartilage of your nose beneath the skin. Otherwise, everything will stand out after you have healed.

What to Keep in Mind with Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is delicate work that takes the skill of a master surgeon in order to make sure you get the results that you want to see. You should not choose your surgeon hastily. Considering this procedure should never be taken lightly. You also need to understand that it will take time to achieve your final results. You may need to have your procedure performed in two stages. The first stage is generally performed under general anesthesia. If you do require another procedure, your surgeon is more likely to use a local anesthetic. It will take up to a year for all swelling to go down in order to appreciate the results of your procedure. If your surgeon is going to augment or build up an area on your nose, this should take place in the first stage of surgery. If any trimming is necessary, this can be performed in the second procedure. If your surgeon says no to your procedure, that it is too complex or your surgeon does not feel confident about giving you the outcome that you want to see, don’t be offended. Appreciate your surgeon’s honesty and move on to another surgeon. Choosing a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and has a great deal of experience with these complicated procedures can give you the best chance of a successful experience.

Why be Cautious with Rhinoplasty?

You want to take every opportunity you can to make sure you get what you want out of your procedure the first time around. Otherwise, revision rhinoplasty may be necessary. Many patients will return to their plastic surgeons when they have an implant that is visible, forming a ridge on the nose. Implants can shift. If your nose becomes red after surgery, you will want to find a solution for the problem. If you are not happy with the length of your nose or you feel like your results look unnatural, your surgeon can address your issues. The best way to have the desired results from your procedure is to do your homework. Seek out a plastic surgeon who has a reputation for excellence. Sit down with your surgeon to be clear about what you want. Look at photos from your surgeon’s galleries to help you to pinpoint what you want to get out of your procedure. Your surgeon can also do sketches to help you picture how effective your surgery can be. Your plastic surgeon will be thorough in evaluating your nose, the quality of your skin, and any health issues you may have that could get in the way of your procedure.

Don’t Expect Results Overnight

When you have rhinoplasty, you are going to be dealing with a recovery period. There will be bruising and swelling. Your nose will continue to swell in the mornings for up to a year following your initial procedure. Once the swelling is down, you will be able to appreciate the new appearance of your nose.

Remember that Less May be More

When you sit down with your plastic surgeon, don’t ask for extreme results. The best thing you can do is be more subtle. You can always make additional changes down the line, rather than make an exaggerated change at the beginning that may be difficult to repair later on. If at all possible, you want to avoid revision rhinoplasty, a common occurrence when patients are not happy with the results of their original procedure.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for a Second Opinion

If at any time you are not happy with your consultation or you want to compare your evaluation with another plastic surgeon, feel free to set up an appointment with another surgeon. You need to be satisfied and comfortable with your choice. This is your nose that you are about to transform. Your choice of surgeon is up to you.

Take a Step in a Positive Direction

As you review your options for a plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty procedure, place Dr. Andrew Frankel at the top of your list. He specializes in plastic surgery, surgery focusing on the head and neck, and rhinoplasty. With his high level of expertise, you can rest assured that you are in the best of hands. You’ll sit down together to discuss your concerns with your nose and the best approach that Dr. Frankel should take.

Your skin is a mirror to your health. When you have had a long and sleepless night, it looks puffy and tired in the morning. Did you enjoy a deliciously greasy burger at your favorite fast food restaurant? Your skin will get oily as a result of your culinary indulgence. Are you anxious or worried? You might experience nervous eczema or rashes on your neck area and your arms.  In short, your skin shows how your body feels. It is the largest external organ of the human body, and it is not only a health indicator; it’s also a significant part of your natural beauty. Clean and clear skin is a sign of both health and beauty. Consequently, most people are desperate to maintain a smooth, fresh and glowing skin for as long as possible. The secret, however, is not in breaking the bank with the purchase of all the latest anti-wrinkle and rejuvenating products. Instead, it’s about giving your skin the best chances to stay beautiful. Find the right skincare for youFind the right skincare for you

Love starts with a healthy routine

Admittedly, we said you shouldn’t buy all the skin products that promise to keep your skin young and fresh. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy any product. Instead, you need to focus on selecting a few skincare products that are right for your skin and your age. In your 20s, you need products that can handle slight acne and red blotches apparitions. In your 30s, you need to favor vitamin E to help reduce brown patches, while your 40s is the time to start using antioxidant moisturizers. It’s vital that you give your skin the care it needs for each period of your life. There is no need starting anti-wrinkle treatments in your 20s when your skin is still firm and elastic.  

Avoid unnecessary abuses

You’ll be surprised to measure the real damages that unprotected sun exposure can cause. Naturally, the most dreaded issue is skin cancer, but in reality, it isn’t as common as you might think. However, premature aging of the skin is a common consequence of unprotected exposure. Don’t go out without sun protection if you want your skin to look fresh in future years! Additionally, another kind of damaging abuse is an unhealthy diet, which might lead to weight gain. When your body gains too much weight and struggles to keep it off, your skin gradually loses its elasticity. It is even recommended to consider weight loss surgery with http://www.liposuctionsydney.com/ to reduce the negative impact on the skin. Other harmful elements that can damage the skin are alcohol. If you’re the partying type, you need to drink plenty of water before going to bed to moisturize your skin cells.

Go the extra mile

Last, but not least, you can also adjust your diet as part of your skin care program. According to https://www.forbes.com/ low-sugar diets can be beneficial to acne-prone skins. Additionally, if you thought your protein bar was healthy, it’s time to ditch it: it aggravates acne, wrinkles, and rashes. Instead, eating plenty of vegetables of different colors gives your skin all the vitamins it needs to glow.

You’ve got only one skin, so make sure it receives all the attention it needs to stay healthy and beautiful. Avoid unnecessary products and risks. In the long term, your skin is worth it!

When it comes to purchasing skincare and beauty products, I usually don’t do them online except for online shops I have trusted for long. Not to mention thousands of fake products you can find online, that’s a bit scary to think. But of course, there are local online shops that are worth trying. One of them is Beautymnl. Exclusively dedicated to the Filipinas, Beautymnl is a go-to beauty destination based here in the Philippines. It has a wide range of products from international to local brands. It also has a section of all organic products.

I have seen photos of friends online sharing their beauty hauls and it always tempts me to shop as well. Finally, after several months, I got to try shopping at Beauty Mnl too. And now I’m sharing my experience in this post, please read on.

To be honest, there are so many good products from the site that I want to try. However, most if not all of my favorite local brand’s products are sold out. I literally don’t have any idea when they’ll restock but I can’t wait for that so I had to choose another. I am not really into makeup but so intrigued with the local celebrities cosmetic brands such as Vice Cosmetics by Vice Ganda and BLK Cosmetics by Anne Curtis. This is not a fan based haul, that’s not my main reason for buying their products. The reviews I have read from their customers are so tempting. Vice and Anne advertised their babies so well that I wanted to try every variant of them.BeautyMnl

Beauty Mnl offers free shipping on every first order of every customer. That’s one thing a new customer will surely look forward to. There are also lots of sales on different products regardless if it’s skincare or makeup, from time to time. So better subscribe to get the latest news from them. I placed my order last April 28 and received an update about the delivery on May 2. Weekend and a holiday, that’s expected! Hahaha. Anyway, I received my order after 3 days. That’s actually fast enough knowing I live far from the city.

What I got:

  • Stylista Hair Essentials Jetset Travel Brush
  • Vice Cosmetics Original Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick in Showtime
  • Vice Cosmetics Good Vibes Lipstick in Bet na Bet
  • BLK Cosmetics All-Day Matte Lipstick in Honey

Skincare, hair care, makeup, wellness. Guaranteed you will find good products at Beauty Mnl. You may follow them on their social media accounts for updates on sales. Also, grab the chance while they’re having a Mother’s Day sales.

The world of fashion is home to loads of different kinds of people. There are consumers who are merely looking for something to wear, enthusiasts and collectors searching for pieces to finish their wardrobes, and professionals hoping for inspiration to build their next big garment. Everyone likes to use their own methods on a quest like this, but it can be hard to know where to begin when you’re first getting started. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring professional fashion, and where the members of this field find their creative juice.find their styles

The World Around You: Some of the best-loved trends throughout history have had strong connections to nature. Replicating the petals on a flower, leaves on a tree, and even including fur from animals, it’s easy to look to nature to help with this part of life. When you’re looking for garments which are inspired by this, it will be best to use companies focused on sustainability and the environment. While you will be doing good, you will also be able to find authentic examples.

Fashion Shows: Around the world, there are hundreds of different fashion shows, trade events, and other popular activities which revolve around clothing. Going to these places can give you access to the very latest trends, exposing you to what the best designers have been working on. A lot of professionals will take this approach, using their competitors to fuel their creative drive, without copying them in the slightest. This makes it nice and easy to spark your imagination while also enjoying a nice day out.

Other Professionals: The people working around you present more than just the chance to catch a glimpse at trade shows, though. Designers work hard to make sure that their clothing is in the public eye long before it has to launch, using tools like a lookbook or video reel to show off the different styles hitting the selves. You can find these all over the web, and this makes it incredibly easy to take advantage of them.

Past Trends: Nowadays, a lot of the biggest names in fashion are looking at the trends of the past to help them to fuel their inspiration. One of the easiest ways to do this is by looking at lookbooks from the past, along with magazines, fashion columns, and other publications with photos of the clothing being worn. Not only can this help to build a single garment, but it can also help you to master a whole look. This sort of approach to style is likely to keep on happening.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the sources of inspiration you use to drive your fashionable thinking. It can be hard to come up with new ideas for the garments you wear, with a lot of people struggling to figure out what is going to be popular in the near future. Designers can often lead the way here, and it will be made all the easier if you follow their lead.

When we talk about travel, we tend to cover rather specific attractions and getaways – the places you don’t necessarily see highlighted on any old lists of the top places to see or things to do. An intimate exploration of Dau Falls fits the bill, or instance, as just one example. Here, however, we’re looking more broadly not at particular destinations, but about how technology is poised to allow us to simulate travel anywhere in the world. Specifically, we’re talking about virtual reality and its potential regarding travel apps.

First, it’s important to understand how VR has already evolved if you don’t pay regular attention to the industry. What at first were limited, experimental games and apps have become far more impressive, to the point that we now see highly detailed, beautiful game settings. These are largely fictional, still, but they still give players the impression they’ve stepped into whole new worlds packed with beautiful and unexpected sights.

From this point, it’s expected that VR will begin to focus more on bringing real-life environments to people’s headsets. The prevailing example of how this is done comes from the simple format of online poker or blackjack play. “Live” casinos online already recreate the thrill of playing in brick-and-mortar establishments, and can even make it look as if players are playing in actual, famous casinos around the world. This, in VR, will be even more realistic. Virtual reality will likely accomplish the same feat in sports in due time, allowing gamers to take part in matches as if they’re actually inside famous stadiums and arenas. You can see how the concept might evolve and expand.

Now imagine the same effort – to simulate versions of real places, rather than just create virtual worlds of fiction – applied to travel. VR has true potential to allow us to “visit” interesting places all around the world from the comfort of our own homes, and while it’s not a concept that has been perfected just yet, there are several apps and programs that are diving into the idea. These are just a few of them.

Google Earth VR – Google Earth is a rather extraordinary tool for exploring the world even without VR. If you’ve used it before, you might imagine how it works. You can essentially pinpoint a location anywhere around the world, and instead of looking at it on your computer screen, you can look around in the first person as if you’re there hovering above the scene, or even walking through it.

YouVisit VR – YouVisit VR has implications beyond just tourism, which are probably worth noting here. It brings brands and businesses to virtual reality by inviting users to experience not just places but specific events and destinations via VR. For instance, you can look around a restaurant in a foreign country, or visit a music festival remotely. It’s a sort of combination of a fun travel experience and a useful advertising tool.

Boulevard – Boulevard is a little more limited, but it may also be a more comprehensive tourism mechanism in some respects. Basically, it allows users to visit specific museums and cultural exhibitions, and learn about the different displays they’re looking at. So it’s sort of like a travel experience that comes with its own guide. The only issue is that its reach isn’t very expansive (mostly dealing with England and San Francisco sites).

Sites in VR – This one actually works a little bit like Boulevard, only with a broader focus on large attractions in more countries. For instance, you can take a close-up look at famous tombs or religious sites with this app. Its real calling card, however, is that it also helps you to virtually visit outer space!

Again, no one of these programs is perfect or all-encompassing. But they do address a lot of the top desires of people who love to travel. In a sense, they already let you travel anywhere in the world.

Last December I told myself that I will update my blog more often this 2018. It’s the 1st of February already at 11:30 in the evening and this is still my first post of the year. So I guess my 2018 starts today. Hahaha! Seriously, though, I didn’t notice January just ended. I probably enjoyed so much watching the super blue blood moon last night, I’m sure you did too. Speaking of the moon, I’ll try to post a timelapse of it on my youtube channel. Naks! I only have one video there yet but hoping to be able to post more this year. Hehehe.

Anyway, last year was a tough year for me. A lot of things happened unplanned.  Most of the time my heart and mind were against each other. And it is always hard to make a decision when the two don’t agree on the same thing. Very complicated but 2017 is over, finally! Last year was also a year of sadness for me because I lost two good friends. Two good friends that will never be forgotten. We may have lost them here on earth but heaven gained two angels.

On the positive side, my little one started nursery although stopped before December ends. I bet he wasn’t ready for school yet. He is only three. Learnings do not stop there, though. He still loves to study at home even when doesn’t like to go to school. And oh, I got a new lappy which means a more comfortable partner to blog. Yes!

JordI won’t this make long for you so here’s the giveaway. I’m giving away a JORD Wooden Watch to one lucky reader and a surprise gift to another one lucky reader. Yes, that’s two winners.

Here’s the mechanics:

  1. Like / Follow me on my social media accounts (Facebook – Goddess in Disguise, Instagram – @thecherylf, Twitter – @TheCherylF )
  2. Private message me a screenshot of my blog on Instagram. Liking your message means you’re qualified to win this giveaway. I’ll validate each and every message you’ll send.

As easy as that. This will end Sunday, February 4 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 5. Open to residents of the Philippines only. Good luck everyone and belated Happy New Year. xo

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