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

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

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Is Love Beauty and Planet Lavender Body Lotion a dupe for Lush’s Sleepy?

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Love Beauty and Planet Soothe and Serene Body Lotion versus Lush’s Sleepy

I don’t normally have major problems falling asleep at night. After all, I am a mom to 4 very active kids, and I usually just run out of batteries and conk out at the end of the day. But despite my busy mama schedule, every single night, I never fail to have a quick warm shower, put on my face serums and creams and slather on body lotion all over my skin.

A night time lotion loved by insomniacs everywhere is Lush’s Sleepy body lotion scented with lavender and tonka and made with cocoa butter, glycerin and almond oil. This is the last step in my nightly routine right before I read a bedtime story to my 4 year old Martie. Downsides to this lavender lotion is that 1. It is always out of stock at the local Lush store 2. It is pricey at 945 pesos per 225 grams 3. The tub format is not very hygienic, because you have to dunk your fingers in the tub to get the product. 4. And some people complain that the scent is too strong.

Love Beauty and Planet Soothe and Serene (left) and Lush’s Sleepy (right)

When I was recently given Love Beauty and Planet’s Soothe and Serene Body Lotion with Argan Oil and Lavender Aroma, I was pleasantly surprised by it. My immediate reaction as soon as I pumped the product into my hand was, hey, it smelled similar to Lush’s Sleepy! It smelled really good, the scent doesn’t overpower you and just like Sleepy, it is designed to help you relax and sleep better.

It is made from Natural Argan Oil, which is not too heavy nor too light, perfect for all skin types. Argan Oil is packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin E and lineolic acids, which all lightly moisturise your skin, perfect for Manila’s humid climate. The spreadability is good and it instantly absorbed into my skin. My skin felt moisturised, soft and supple

Best thing about this lotion is that just like all Love Beauty and Planet products, it gives back to the planet. It is made from ethically sourced lavender and natural argan oil. The whole bottle is made from 100% recyclable materials. This lotion does NOT contain silicones, dyes, parabens, and isn’t tested on animals. Absolutely NO guilt!

My new nighttime ritual right before lights out. 

And to top it all of, the price is really affordable at P390 for a 400ml bottle! I am so excited that Love Beauty and Planet is finally now in the country thanks to Unilever Philippines. This, and other Love Beauty and Planet products are exclusively available online through Lazada, Beauty MNL, Zalora, Beauty Bubble, Shopee and Watsons Online from January 21, 2019. There will be a pop up this weekend at the Power Plant Mall from January 25 to 27, 2019.

What an amazing beauty brand that cares both for you and our planet. I am so glad to have tried Love Beauty and Planet Soothe and Serene Body Lotion, it will most definitely be my top choice for an affordable lavender scented lotion that will help me sleep better at night. Do you use lavender scented lotions or oils to help you fall asleep? Have you tried any of the Love Beauty and Planet products yet? See you at Love Beauty and Planet’s pop up this weekend!

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