My Home Improvement Wish List for 2019 -L

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How is it February already? I swear it was January 5 minutes ago. Gah! The year is going by pretty fast and I have a whole list of home improvement wishes/goals that I’d like to tackle. I figured that if I posted it online, I’d be pressured to move my butt and actually get some of them done. Haha! I mean, all that late night Pinterest sessions need to account for something right?

My absolute favorite place in the world is our home and I am grateful everyday for my happy place and the people living in it. Having said that, my husband and I think that there are still several areas in our house that we need to improve upon. We’ve lived here for 10 years and we’re still not done (Is anyone ever really “done”?). Without further ado (universe! are you listening?! Let’s do this!), and in no particular order, here is my wishlist for 2019:

  1. Update the Dining Room.

Ok, let’s talk dining chairs. We’ve had these 8 chairs for 10 years. They were suppose to be temporary until we found the perfect ones, guess what they’re still here! Haha! This just might be the right time to invest in our forever chairs. We’ve waited long enough and I’ve seen a ton of amazing options out there from awesome local companies!

Another thing I’d like to update is our light fixture. I think we need something slimmer, lighter and more modern.

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Katré

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Last week we spent way more time than we anticipated checking out Katre’s stellar line up of bags at their Shangri-la Plaza Mall branch. We’ve been hearing amazing things about the brand from a lot of our friends who we see toting around their gorgeous hand crafted leather bags. Established in 2009, this Filipino brand epitomizes easy luxury with an emphasis on superior quality. With the rise of conscious consumption and the fewer but better movement, Katre’s classic, beautifully made pieces are exactly the type that you will buy now and love for years to come. We scoured the store for our favorites and narrowed it down to these 5 must-haves:

  1. The Mini Picadilly

Sleek, lady like with a twist, the Mini Picadilly can easily transition from work to weekend. The structured silhouette keeps the look formal and office appropriate while the adjustable straps transform it into a chic sling or cross over bag.

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Indulging In Everyday Luxury

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With the first month of the year about to end, we decided to look back at the intentions, plans and resolutions we’ve set for ourselves. At the very top of that list was making the time to indulge in everyday luxuries. More often than not, we’re always in a rush to tick off things on our never ending to-do lists that we just go through our days on auto-pilot, leaving us exhausted, cranky and uninspired at the end of the day. And while carving out a few minutes a day just for pure pleasure is easier said than done, treating oneself does wonders for your overall wellness. It  boosts self-confidence, improves your mood and serves as a reminder that its ok to put your needs first.

We asked our fave ladies (we’re pretty sure they’re yours too!) who hustle hard yet know how to live life to the fullest to share their favorite everyday luxuries. You’ll be surprised to find out that most of them don’t necessarily break the bank while some are absolutely free! We hope they inspire you to pamper and spoil yourself once in a while, because you absolutely deserve it!

Amina Aranaz-Alunan photographed by Sheila Catilo for Heyjow Style Stories.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan

@aminaaranaz

Definitely a glass or two of wine! I don’t mind enjoying it all by myself.

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