Hello Wednesday! It's the third edition of Thanks a Latte! and I'm still pretty pumped every time I start writing this list. Oh gratitude, you are magical.
Not a latte but it sure was the best Iced Mocha I've ever had! This delightful concoction was from Craft Coffee Revolution (The Podium, Ortigas Center).
This week's love list:
01 | one decade of sisterhood
Last June 9, me and my best-est (yep) friends celebrated our 10th anniversary.
Ten years of laughing wildly (while hitting the table and throwing our heads back, as we do).
Ten years of free-flowing conversations, often 12347823 topics at a time.
Ten years of judgement-free heart-to-hearts and unspoken support.
Ten years of alcohol-free parties, breakfast dates, house trips and sleepovers.
I could go on forever.
These four ladies held me, supported me and lifted me higher, whatever the circumstance. I'm incredibly blessed to have these phenomenal females as my soul sisters.
As a tribute to our favorite high school adventure -- a.k.a. house trips + sleepovers -- we went all fancy and grown up by booking an overnight stay at Holiday Inn. We kept it simple, as we always do: lounging at the beds, taking forever to decide where to eat, finally eating at Mad Mark's (the Fudge Liquid Cheesecake was divine), buying groceries, getting crunk on one mug of draft beer (and lots of old school hip-hop music!) and to top it all off, re-watching our favorite movie, White Chicks. Perfecto.
02 | new arm candy crystal
I professed in my last Thanks a Latte blogpost how much I adore Violet Gray jewellery and now... my first VG piece has arrived!
I got the 'Attunement' bangle in silver (hands up if you guessed right!) and I am smitten. It's simple + delicate but the centerpiece, a Herkimer diamond, beams every now and then, when it catches the light.
This piece jumped out of the page for me and as I read its intention, I knew it was for me:
"I believe that beauty is found in simplicity. In a lack of effort and instead, a focus on ‘just being’. The way you are, the way you were born into this world. Don’t you realise that you are enough? Well, with me in your life, I will show you this. Herkimer Diamond is a stone of attunement. I aim to energise, enliven and stimulate intuitive vision.By wearing me, I offer an effortless state of heightened clarity, connection and transformation."
03 | blog review from rachel
Seeing an e-mail from Rachel MacDonald (usually through the BE&BH mailing list) always lightens up my day -- that lady can sure articulate exactly what I need to hear, always.
But seeing that a blog review -- that Rach generously offered to the enthusiastic enrollees of BE&&BH (a.k.a. first 25!) -- from Rach has landed in my inbox? DIVINE.
I'm now more amped up than ever for my self-imposed one-month blog assessment (making sure things are aligned and awesome!) with Rach's advice in tow.
BONUS: She called me out on something that I'm struggling with which is my habit of downplaying my abilities.
Thanks for the lovely reminder. Consider it etched into my consciousness! And to spread the positive juju, I'm re-sharing an all-time favorite quote:
Adding to the hoorays are: picking up the Elle's Studio August kit from the post office // still love driving super early to work // 'The Lively Show' episodes with Caroline of Un-fancy // brand spankin' new drama show with Kim Soo Hyun // BIGBANG's heart-wrenching song, 'If You' // cooking yangnyeom tongdak // all the lovely people who read my blog -- my heart goes out to you!
+ Over to you, leave your happy list below! Let's spread the high-vibin' state, yes?