Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Travel Diary: Le Marais Paris Guide

Exuding with Old World charm, a labyrinth of cobblestone streets lined with hip concept stores, vintage shops, art galleries, cafes and cocktail bars make Le Marais such a fascinating area in the city of Paris. Meandering through the dizzying streets of this La Marais is like stepping back into history, giving one a taste of what medieval Paris was like. Favored by both locals and tourists, make sure include this gentrified neighborhood in your Paris itinerary. Spend a whole day strolling and stumbling upon gorgeous courtyards, hip design shops and local cafes.

See & Do

Place des Vosges
The oldest and one of the most beautiful squares in Paris with classic French style architecture and adorned with perfectly clipped chestnut trees and pretty trickling fountains. Place des Vosges is a great place to sit and unwind from the busy city.

Picasso Museum
An extensive collection of Picasso's greatest works.

Eat & Drink

A clandestine restaurant with an eclectic ambience and a superb brunch buffet that one
must absolutely try! This place is a bit hidden so keep your eyes peeled!

Au Petit a Cheval
A tiny cafe with a horseshoe-shaped bar serving French food.This Parisian institution should be part of your Parisian experience.

L'as du Fallafel
With a long queue all day, it's evident that this is the place for one of the best falafels in the city.

Breizh Cafe
Crepes and galettes. A local's favorite.

Le Perchoir du Marais
Rooftop bar with fantastic views of the city.

A pretty old-fashioned pattiserrie located in one of the prettiest squares in the city, Place des Vosges.


Great titles, coffee table books, art and design books in discounted prices. I especially loved their Taschen section!

Vintage shopping. Records, accessories, clothes and other knick knacks.

French eyewear brand.

Have a traditional French treat in this historic shop. Chocolates, cakes, waffles and other delicious sweets.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How To Save Money For Travel

Ahhh travel... A beautiful experience that comes with a cost. Let's get real, not all of the best things in life are free and while saving up for a big trip may sound challenging, the good news is that there are easy ways for you to save up for vacation. 

Below I've compiled some really easy tips on how to realize your dream escapes. Be smart with money, get creative, be determined and you will reach your goal in no time. 

Have A Goal
The first step to saving money for travel is to know your budget then work backwards. How much do you need to save monthly to reach your goal?

Open A Travel Fund Savings Account
Opening a bank account dedicated to travel funds makes saving much easier. Put a portion of your earnings, say 20% of any salary or profit you receive into the travel account and make sure you don't spend any of it.

Find Ways To Earn Extra Income
Scout for things you no longer need around the house or closet and host a yard sale. You may also take advantage of online platforms for buying and selling such as ebay and OLX. Do you have other skills or services you can offer in exchange for profit? Perhaps you are good in writing, illustration or photography, find extra work in your area of expertise. All these little things do add up and help you save for your dream vacation.

Get A Mileage Credit Card
If you got to spend, make it work for you! A mileage credit card is great for accumulating points that can be converted to miles which you can use to purchase airline tickets without a cost. This however, requires a lot of self-control. Always keep in mind to use this credit card for spending on things you really need and not want (:

I could not stress enough the importance of investing. Investing in financial markets is an excellent way for you to make your money grow with minimal effort and interest earned is much higher than just keeping your money in a regular savings account. If you are new to investments, you may start with a Unit Investment Trust Fund or UITF which is offered by Security Bank. A UITF is an easy and convenient way for starters to invest in financial markets. 

Benefits of investing on UITF with Security Bank:

- Investments and risk are spread across various asset baskets and industry.

- Investors can subscribe and redeem cash on any banking day.

- It's easy. Investors can start investing in in UITFs with just P10,000.

Realize your travel dreams and maximize your earning potential through investments. Learn more about Security Bank's UITF through www.securitybank.com/uitf

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

8 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Skincare & Beauty

With its numerous health benefits, there is no question why coconut oil has gained a lot of attention especially among the wellness community. Coconut Tree is considered as the "Tree of Life" to many Southeast Asian countries and here's why:

Lauric Acid in coconut oil fights bacteria and infections which means that it boosts immunity (say bye bye to processed, artificial vitamin C tablets!)

It is a great source for healthy fats and can actually help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

Feeling lethargic? Take a tablespoon of coconut oil a day for an energy boost.

While coco oil plays a huge role in nutrition, it does wonders for skincare and beauty as well! So make sure to stash a bottle of this versatile oil both in your pantry and beauty cabinet too.

Lucky we live in a tropical country where coconuts are abundant! Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil for beauty and skincare:

A great skin moisturizer. Slather oil on body after a hot bath.

Try this simple DIY for tousled locks everyday.

Not only does coconut oil contain SPF4-5, it can give you a glowing tan too!

Ditch your toxic store-bought toothpaste and make a switch to this easy DIY home project.

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual that's good for oral health.

Pop in these natural bombs in your bath after a long, stressful day.

Cleanse your skin and wipe out residues naturally.

Rub off those dead skin cells with this nourishing combination of coconut oil and sea salt.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Flat Tummy Detox Juice

An elixir that combines the most potent plant-based ingredients that not only detoxifies the body, but also burns excess belly fat pronto! Got a beach trip coming up or trying to shed off some pounds? Take this coldpressed juice as a supplement to reduce bloating slim down naturally. And I promise, it does work!

Cucumber has a high water content, contains lots of fiber and is fewer in calories making it a great ingredient for detoxing the body. Lemons flush out toxins, celery aids digestion and eases inflammation, ginger melts fat and promotes circulation. Lastly, aloe vera juice helps flush excess water from your body thereby reducing bloat.

Place all ingredients in a coldpressed juicer:

1/2 cucumber
1 lemon
1 stalk celery
1 inch ginger
1/4 cup aloe vera juice

Consume on an empty stomach once a day. Feel the burn and rock that flat tummy!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

4 Beach Beauty Essentials For A Tropical Escape

When jetting off to a tropical island or spending a weekend by the sea, swimsuits and SPFs are always the top items on the packing list. Make sure to throw in some of these skincare essentials as well to keep skin glowing and hydrated after a day in the sun, sand and surf!

This is an organic facial moisturizer like no other. Aloe Derma Super Hydration Booster contains all natural Aloe Vera juice and that's actually it! I use this daily on my face before applying my SPF moisturizer or makeup. It's very lightweight and you can feel it absorbed deeply into the skin. I thank this product for giving my skin a youthful glow!

There's a lot to love about this beach hair and body mist combo. Not only does it give your 'do sultry beach waves but with hydrating ingredients like Pink Himalayan Salt and Coconut Oil, no doubt that it also leaves the skin fresh and supple. Spritz all over the body on a sunny, humid day. Heavenly!

A Polynesian beauty secret from the exotic island of Tahiti, Monoi Oil is made from soaking Tahitian Gardenias in coconut oil. When it comes to moisturizing the skin, body oils are always my go-to product. This all-around wonder oil keeps skin feeling silky and radiant plus it's a great moisturizer for the hair as well! Spread on damp skin right after shower, a little goes a long way. I love that it also enhances my tanned skin and the subtle fragrance it leaves is just divine!

Great for soothing sun-parched skin and treating nasty sunburns! This aloe vera gel is a staple in my toiletry bag for beach trips especially since I don't always know if I will have access to an actual aloe vera plant. Apply the aloe vera gel on skin to heal burns, relieve bites and irritations and moisturize dry skin.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Barcelona Mornings


An impromptu shoot at my cousin's studio, Barcelona-based fashion designer, Kat Gari. I rarely find myself wearing couture so being dressed in these gorgeous pieces was a treat! Wore a long, white gown with a layered detail on top and a beautiful cape to match! On another layout, I am wearing a black leather jacket with gold beading in front and an intricate embroidery design on the back. Such lovely pieces! Be sure to check out her designs at www.katarinagrey.com. She does bridal wear too and even dressed A-listers like Candice Swanepoel and Beyonce.

This shoot also happens to be a family collaboration! Photography by my brother Ralph Hilario and art direction by my cousin Alessa Lanot. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Diary: Nusa Lembongan Day Trip Guide

Just thirty minutes away by boat from the island of Bali is a quintessential island experience where life is slow-paced, waters are clear and palm trees sway with the ocean breeze. Say apakabar (hello in Indonesian) to Nusa Lembongan, a small tropical island off the coast of Bali. If you are visiting Bali and have enough time to spare, I reco for you to see this island! Grab your sunnies and beach bag and take a quick one-day escape to this idyllic isle. 

Here is a list of things to see and do for daytrippers like you.


Devil's Tears Bay
Massive waves crash into sharp cliffs forming a rainbow trail. Nature in the raw.

Dream Beach
A secluded beach to laze and daze on powdery white sand. 

Mushroom Bay
Another white sandy beach that's a great spot for sunsets.

Lembongan Village
Traditional houses and local life. See this place for your dose of culture.


Nusa Lembongan's seas teams with beautiful marine life worth exploring. Mushroom Bay and Mangroves would be the best places for snorkeling in the island. Head over to one of the dive shops or resorts to rent gear. For a more unique experience, book a tour to swim with manta rays.

Go deeper into the ocean to see an abundance of tropical marine life.

Even before the tourists and daytrippers, first were the surfers who frequented this island for world-class waves all year round. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are three popular surf spots in the island. Newbie at surfing? Book a lesson from one of the surf schools in the island.


Healthy, vegan and raw food snacks in the island.

Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay have a selection of restaurants and warungs for every budget.

Getting There

From the Sanur port in mainland Bali, take a 30 minute boat ride to the island. 
I recommend Australian-owned company, Scoot Cruise. Roundtrip hotel pick-up and drop-off to and from the port is also included in the ticket price.

Getting Around

You can rent a van upon arrival at the port. Scoot Cruise staff at Nusa Lembongan was able to
arrange this for us.

Island Buggy Hire
Hire a golf buggy to see the island in a more fun way.