Sparkle Bites: 5 Things You Should Know Before Making Your Own Havaianas

Because I live in a tropical country where it’s okay to wear flip-flops practically anywhere, the Make Your Own Havaianas (#MYOH) event is something that a lot of people look forward to each year. But for a non-fashion girl like me, it can be quite overwhelming since there are so many decisions to make—like which strap color, sole color, strap size, and which pins you want to put on your very own customized pair. So if you’re planning on chasing down a #MYOH event (deets below—it’ll be held all over the country this summer), here are my tips:

1. Research before you go.
The whole point of the #MYOH event is, of course, that you can choose how you’re going to assemble and accessorize your flip-flops. This year’s theme is the 90s, so they have glow-in-the-dark pins, lots of video game-inspired pins, and you can even customize a lego-like block with your initials via 3D printing. There are a lot of choices, so I suggest you get a head start (and avoid getting options paralysis at the venue) by looking for photos on social media via the hashtag #MYOH2017 to see which designs you like.

Here's a look at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

Here’s a peek at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

2. You can actually choose the size of your strap.
When you buy Havaianas, they normally pair a 37/38 size for the sole with a 37/38 strap. But you can actually request for a bigger or smaller size for the strap if your feet are wider or more narrow—it’s really up to you what feels more comfortable. You just have to sign a waiver since this isn’t the norm, but peeps with irregular shoe sizes will appreciate this nifty hack. 

More tips + check out how I designed my very own Havaianas after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: My Favorite Pieces From Joanique

Guys! Meet my cousins :)

That's my Kuya Nikki and his wife, Malou. She's the designer behind Joanique—a homegrown accessories brand.

That’s my Kuya Nikki and his wife, Malou. She’s the designer behind Joanique—a homegrown and very chic accessories brand.

I attended the launch of Maskara, Joanique’s latest collection for S/S 2016, to check out what’s new. I always see Malou wearing fab rings and unique pieces during our get-togethers, so I was excited to take a closer look at some of her designs.

Chic earrings, rings, and necklaces! I wanted to try them all on.

So many pretty earrings, rings, and necklaces. I wanted to try them all on!

I like that Malou is also very hands-on when it comes to designing and sourcing materials. She’s super OC when it comes to the quality, so you know you’re really getting an investment-worthy piece. The rings, really, are my favorite. They always boast of eye-catching colors and are infused with ethnic designs.

The jewelry has a strong base of gold and silver. I also appreciate the adjustable design also, since I have tiny fingers.

The jewelry has a strong base of gold and silver. I liked the adjustable band design also, because I have such tiny fingers. Hehe! Click here for more designs.

Good thing I just had a mani! Hehe, love how elegant these rings made me feel.

I felt so elegant when I slipped these rings on my fingers. Good thing I had a fresh mani to match (the polish color here).

So pretty, right? Joanique is actually available in stores all over the world (like London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong) and has caught the attention of magazines like Vogue and Le Mag Paris. Very cool!

And most recently, Joanique's caught the attention of fashion blogger and model, Kim Jones! I saw her toting around a Joanique clutch around Paris!

And most recently, Joanique also caught the attention of fashion blogger and model, Kim Jones! I saw her toting a Joanique clutch around Paris!

I know, I know. You can hardly see it in the photo. Don’t worry, though. I got a sneak peek at what it looks like! You really have to take a look at how fab it is—it’s inspired by the colorful Maskara festivals in Bacolod. Continue reading