Monday, October 30, 2006

The First Step To Becoming Beautiful

Neil Crespi has a post that stirred up some old feelings... It brings to mind that having beauty within also means having love for oneself. Back in the day I had a relationship with someone who was not only verbally abusive, but he was physically abusive as well. He cut through my self-esteem so badly that I didn’t feel beautiful at all. I was constantly comparing myself to other women and totally unhappy with myself.

It took quite a while for me to build the confidence that I now have. It took years of soul searching and finally being with someone who lifted me up spiritually.

Have love for yourself, ladies! That’s the first step to becoming beautiful :)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Most Unique Piece of Jewelry I've Ever Seen

Jewelry by Jean Phillipe of GavilaneMattie Roberts of Glamour on a Budget visited a shop in Paris called Gavilane where she came across the most interesting piece of jewelry that I have ever seen in my life! Being a jewelry designer myself, I found the piece quite fascinating because of its uniqueness. You can tell it was crafted by a fearless designer who truly put his heart and soul into it. I often find it a challenge to take chances in my own jewelry design. Sometimes I tend to “play it safe” and make things that are “trendy”.

Now if you take a look at the picture of the designer and owner of the boutique, you’ll see that this is an all-around stylish guy!

Photo Credit: Mattie Roberts

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thoughts on Cosmetic Surgery

Here at Beauty is Within, you know how I like to preach about loving and accepting yourself for who you are. I don’t necessarily promote such things as “altering” your appearance in terms of being snipped, cosmetic surgery, and botox. Los Angeles plays host to many surgeons because of all the glamour stars who fight to stay “young”. The question is...Is it wrong?

However, as much as I am against it, the non-judgmental side of me says that “To each his/her own”. All I can do is focus on myself and just be a good role model to those women I do encounter.

And speaking of cosmetic surgery, it seems that politicians have been using "looks" as a platform to sabotage the opponent...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

My Blog Honor Pledge...

As I learn more about the “blogosphere”, I’ve come to know about different money-making programs and advertising via blogs. What I’ve learned is that as a blogger (or any honest human being for that matter), one should disclose if he/she has been paid by advertisers. Although with blogging, there seems to be a “grey area” where this is concerned and I won’t go into it here. If you’d like more information, visit this post at The Blog Herald.

I would like to just come out and say here that in the past I have failed to let you, my readers, know about “sponsored posts” that I have done - meaning someone paid me to link to their website. I’m just learning that this is not good blogging etiquette and I apologize for this.

With that said, from now on I will have a little disclaimer at the end of my posts...It will say: “**This is a sponsored post” If it’s a company that I truly like, I’ll definitely let you know. Otherwise, the posts will be fairly neutral.

I know, you’re probably wondering why I’m doing this....Well, to be quite honest, a girl needs to make some money to support this site! So please bear with me on this and I promise this won’t turn into just a blog just filled with ads! I’ll try to make it fun and funny whenever possible ;)

I give you my blog honor pledge!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dove Evolution Film: What Advertisers Don't Want You To See

I don’t think I’ve introduced you to Stephanie Quilao of Back in Skinny Jeans, but she has a great blog that addresses issues on self-esteem and the standards of beauty that consume the beauty and fashion industries today.

Stephanie blogged about the Dove video that shows a model going through all the “primping” for a photo shoot. To top it off, the actual picture gets even more distorted through Photoshop, so in essence there is no “real” model - just some picture that is altered and spray painted to fit some company’s view of what is beautiful.

Check out the video below...What an eye opener!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Viva La Fitness!

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a fitness junkie, but I’ve been very active all of my life...played varsity basketball in high school, volleyball, softball, and ran cross country. Although I don’t do much of that nowadays, I still stay pretty active whether it’s going to the batting cages or going for a morning jog along the beach. I’ve never believed in “dieting”. I feel that simply exercising regularly and eating right is enough to keep one fit and in shape. Exercise gives you energy and a healthy glow...making you that much more beautiful ;)

It's very important to take care of your body - for the sake of your health and overall life longetivity. I've met many "older" people who exercise everyday and when I try to guess their age, I find that I'm off - way off. They always look younger than their real age!

For those of you who like to network with other people who are into fitness, there’s a new fitness social community in the blogosphere. This one was started by Louis Dorman last year. His story is one of inspiration as he lost 150 lbs and hopes to help others become more fit too!

Maria Got a Haircut and Hair Tips!

Today, my dear friends, I got my first hair cut in almost two years! For the past two years I have just let my hair grow straight while my boyfriend gave me a few trims every few months. Call me low-maintenance, if you will. Not that I don’t enjoy doing my hair. I do change up the style quite often. Some days you’ll catch me in two braids with a scarf tied around my head. Other days I’ll pull it up into a ponytail and do three little braids coming from the ponytail. Then when I feel I have the time to do it, I’ll straighten my hair using a flat iron.

For those of you looking for advice on hair care, I discovered this great blog that offers many hair styling tips. This one particular post I came across offers a way to take care of your hair when using a flat iron.

The person who cut my hair suggested I try Enjoy conditioning spray to use before I flat iron my hair. I’m going to try it out - stay tuned for a review!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Beauty and Health

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you know that I believe that being beautiful outside means taking care of what’s inside...and that means being in good health. For great health information, I recommend checking out Everyday Health. Get help on 20+ conditions, read health news, sign-up for newsletters, and more...

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Wedding Fashion

I found out via the Pierce Mattie PR blog that the Spring International New York Bridal Week is coming up. The Wedding Channel Couture is also having some shows from October 14th - 18th. I can’t even imagine how nerve-wracking trying to plan a wedding can be. I used to wonder why it took people up to a year to plan a wedding, but considering that there are so many details involved, I guess it could be quite time consuming. There’s wedding invitations, flowers, and oh, the dress! The wedding dress! That would probably be the hardest decision for me to make. I think the wedding fashion and colors would be the challenge.

Being a “simple” girl, I don’t need a big poofy dress - just something elegant and understated. Of course, I turn to Vera Wang and adore this dress pictured here...It’s flowy and not high-maintenance.

As for shoes, I would choose something pretty simple as well. This pair of Anne Klein New York white sandals I could wear because they’re not too high, plus I could wear them after the wedding as well!

Anne Klein New York - Cal (Bridal White) - Women's

Actually, I think I’ll have to take my previous statement back... Choosing the dress wouldn’t be the hardest decision. My diamond ring would be! Gold or white gold? Or maybe platinum? I know I would definitely want something unique...

All of this talk about weddings is enough to make me really want to get married now! However, it won’t cost nearly as much as Beyonce’s wedding!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Pamper Yourself During Spa Week!

I truly believe that part of being beautiful is taking care of your mind, body, and soul. What better way to do that than to indulge in a spa treatment? I have to admit that I’ve never been to a “spa”, per se, but I do pamper myself at home alot! But I guess it’s not the same as going somewhere to relax while somebody else does all the work... That’s why I was excited when I stumbled upon the Spa Week website that offers a VIP membership of only $25 a year. Here are the benefits of membership (taken from the website):

  • Be the first to view the Spa Week list of over 300 day spas and get dibs on the best times, spas, and treatments before it becomes public
  • 1 YEAR Subscription to Allure Magazine (value $10)
  • Spa VIP Monthly Newsletter, which contains information on current spa & beauty information, spa discounts and more!

The website also has some tips on “How to Spa”. Yes, I think it’s time for me to pamper myself! Would you like to join me?

Why not give your girlfriend a great gift for the holidays? offers gift certificates!

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Ties and Neckties: Man's Way to Express Himself

Starry Night Tie available at Tieguys.comI don’t talk about men’s fashion here too much, so I thought it was high time that I dedicate a post to all the men out there....

For all those men who work in the corporate world or simply like to dress up, it can sometimes be a challenge to express who you are through your clothing. Unlike women who can wear skirts, dresses, slacks, and tops, men only get so many choices - slacks, button-up shirt, jacket, and neck ties. That’s about it. However, the tie...well, now here’s a way for a man to show off his individuality!

I recently came across this website that sells tons of ties....Dubbed the “World’s Largest Tie Store”. If you’re a football fan, they have NFL ties for you and being that it’s close to Halloween, they even offer Halloween-themed ties. And since I’m an artist at heart, if I was a man I’d wear this Starry Night tie.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My Thoughts: Valentino Ready to Wear Spring 2007

Valentino Spring 2007 Ready to Wear
It’s been awhile since I’ve visited my fellow bloggers listed here on my Blogroll, so I clicked on over to pinkmirage’s blog for some fashion inspiration and came across this post about the Valentino collection for spring 2007. I have to say that I am in “awe” as well. The collection exudes class, sophistication, and it’s just simply gorgeous. Every piece is wearable...and believe me, I’d wear every piece! I browsed through the pictures of the runway show at and even went through them a second time because I couldn’t get enough. Pictured here is one of my favorite outfits...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

How Does It Feel To Have Breast Cancer?

Since it is breast cancer awareness month, I’ve uploaded a unique breast cancer awareness necklace that I made to my jewelry shop. All of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to have breast cancer, you may want to read Sylvie’s blog where she chronicles her journey as a breast cancer survivor. It just so happens that I am a subscriber to her husband’s blog and found out about her blog through him. It’s a small world in the blogosphere, eh?

I can’t even imagine all the topsy-turvy emotions I would feel, but knowing what I know now about how the mind has the ability to heal your body and that everything happens for a reason - I don’t think I would stress out too much.

Sizing Issues

Julie of Almost Girl has a post over at the Pierce Mattie PR blog and she has an interesting perspective on the “Size Zero Debate”. This sizing issue is being brought up time and time again and I’ve come across many articles in the past few months addressing it.

In my own experience I’ve come to realize that retailers can’t seem to agree what is a size 6 nowadays. I walk into the Gap and I’m a size 2, but when I shop in Express, I’m a size 6. So what is it? Size 2 or 6 or 8? I recently learned about the term “vanity sizing” and how clothing companies will basically trick you into thinking that you’re a certain size, when you’re actually not. Anyhow, sizing is really very subjective.

Who really cares anyways? All that matters is that you find something that fits you right and you feel good about wearing. Isn’t that what counts? Nobody can see the size you’re wearing - the tag is on the inside, right?

Monday, October 9, 2006

Fair Trade Diamonds

Over at The Runway Scoop I talk about the rising of fair trade clothing. Since it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart, I thought I’d carry the conversation over here. It’s certainly an issue that people will become more aware of when the movie “Blood Diamond” comes out this December. It truly is unfortunate that people are dying over something that has been spawned by greed.

Speaking of ethical diamonds, you may be interested in knowing about a company called Brilliant Earth. Brilliant Earth provides conflict-free diamonds, Canadian-origin diamond jewelry and are made with fair labor & eco-responsible gold & platinum. 5% of profits help African communities hurt by the diamond trade.

Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and even though I don’t personally know anybody with breast cancer, I know it’s a growing problem here in the U.S. Recently I met a scientist who is working with a doctor by the name of Hulda Clark down in Mexico and they’re doing quite a bit of research on cancer. This scientist turned me onto a book called The Prevention of All Cancers which I’ve been reading for the past couple weeks. This is what I’ve learned so far:

  • If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to drink the right water. Drinking water from your faucet has many toxic substances in it that can make the cancer worse.
  • Despite what the U.S. Medical society has told us, there is a cure for all cancers - and it starts with the right diet.
  • The FDA and the big pharmaceutical companies don’t want us to know that there is a cure because for obvious! They certainly don’t want to go out of business!
I would highly recommend doing some research on your own and checking out Hulda R. Clark’s books.

Online Coupons For Target and Other Great Places to Shop

The holidays are around the corner and it’s time to start shopping for gifts! I’ll probably end up shopping online this year instead of heading into those crowded stores...

One of my favorite places to shop online is Target and recently I discovered a site that has several Target coupon codes so you can get a nice discount on your fashion finds...for yourself and for gifts, of course!

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2007

I spent some time today reviewing some of the collections at Milan Fashion Week and I’m truly inspired from the Gucci, Pucci, and Bottega Veneta collections. Check out my commentary over at The Runway Sccop... Pictured here is one of my favorite pieces from Gucci...

And speaking of Gucci, it's their 85th Anniversary and in celebration have come out with a number of pieces, including this legendary designed handbag of Gucci Maison.

Gucci Handbags - Fall-Winter 2006/07 - 85th ANNIVERSARY MEDIUM HOBO

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Beauty Product Review: Sunsilk Conditioner

Awhile ago I mentioned that I have thick, course hair and that I tried Garnier Fructis Conditioner - which I was pretty satisfied with. However, being that there are a million products out there, I have to keep experimenting to see if there is something better. I was in Target the other day and noticed the prominent display of Sunsilk products. I remember Sunsilk from when I lived in the Philippines because it’s pretty much the main brand of shampoo over there.

So anyways, I picked up the pink bottle of Sunsilk conditioner which is geared towards hair that is dry - which mine can be at times - with hopes that this is the product that Wows me and turns me into a Sunsilk evangelist.

I tried it and have to say that for me, it works better than Garnier Fructis. My hair is much, much softer. However, it just doesn’t smell as great as G.F. Oh, well, I guess you can’t have it all...or maybe you can! The hunt for the perfect conditioner continues...

You can send for free samples of Sunsilk by visiting their website: Try it out for yourself and let me know how it works out!