Lulu and Lala: Fashion in their veins


I’m pretty sure Lala won’t mind if I say she took after the OG, fashion designer Luthgarda, more known as Lulu Raval in Ilocos. Tita Lulu was already doing boho-chic way before the term was even coined. Not your ordinary hippie look with shredded tie-dyed tees and elephant pants, but glam hippie pieces worthy of festivals in this day and age. Two of my vivid fashion images were dresses I wore in 6th grade, one “kulambo” mumu, with crocheted details, dyed in sunflower yellow, and the other an ethereal midi in layers of flimsy dusty rose gauze by her, which my dressmaker mom scored from her boutique at the Cubao Farmer’s Market.

Fast-forward to today, you can catch Lulu at the Melrose Trading Post on weekends. Her one of a kind designs attract Hollywood celebs and stylish Angelenos. Her ever fashionable sister, Ditas, who I occasionally see in Palm Springs, showed me an influential fashion glossy highlighting Lulu’s creations. Naturally, I was very proud of a fellow Laoagueña.

Found these photos taken two summers ago. Bought the versatile original Luth Garde kimono I couldn’t part with.


It’s the passion for fashion that Lala shares with her mom Lulu. It was an exciting thing discovering her at the Arts District Co-op in Downtown LA (here).

Went shopping yesterday, and Lala was looking fabulous in her sexy-skinny newness. It’s still winter here (hahah, what winter?) but it can be oppressively hot during the day, so in Los Angeles, layering is the way to go though crazy weather. Found cute pieces that will still be summer-appropriate


At Lala Dudley, expect a curated mix of one of a kind pieces, cute tees, edgy basics, lots of boho stuff which include jewelry and purses. She also gets her share of celebrity clients.


Grabbed this very new photo from Ericke’s Facebook and she was wearing a kimono by Lala Dudley, from 2 years ago, to Nina Bonoan’s wedding to Luis de Peralta today.


The stories of mom and daughter Lulu and Lala in Los Angeles truly inspire.

Styling a pixie cut


I have not had any haircut since September last year, and products have helped me style my hair easily as it grows, and now the shortish, piecey bang is back to a fuller, more versatile below the eye length.

It looks like I spend so much time prepping myself up, but I actually spend just about 20-30 minutes doing my hair and makeup in the morning. I’m always on the go and can only afford uncomplicated but precise styling.


Before putting on my makeup, I dry my hair either with an electric fan or a hair dryer, then section the bang into two parts, use magnetic or foam curlers (or rollers) to keep them up and towards the side I want the bang to sweep. After putting on makeup, I remove the curlers and muss the curls a bit, then rub just a tiny amount of product between my fingers, and run my hands through my hair where I want lift, texture, definition and hold.


Since I went short decades ago, I’ve tried tons of hair goop, from pomades to clays, name it I know every product, from high-end salon to drugstore brands. I threw away all that didn’t work, and kept those that delivered, but my fave right now is Axe Spiked-Up Look Putty that is really for men. It smells clean though, so I don’t mind using it. Just a tiny finger scoop is sufficient to keep curves in place like in photo. Not at all greasy, and super easy to wash off, this product is so light, but has superior hold.


Below photo was taken two hours after. It was kinda windy, so I kept fixing my hair in place.


Six hours later and walking through LA’s Chinatown from lunch at Koreatown, though the waves partially straightened out, hair still looks good.

Pillow Talk


The Leo in me has a problem being overly loyal to things I’ve tried and liked, like I’ve had just a couple of nude lipsticks that I truly like and wear every day. Among them are MAC Mehr and Mocha. By accident, I found myself testing a handful of different shades at the Charlotte Tilbury makeup counter. I think I was trying to look for a pink that wasn’t Barbie-ish at that time. I ended up buying a few tubes — My Hot Lips in Secret Salma (a dupe for Mehr actually), K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Stoned Rose (a very beautiful neutral shade and also a favorite), and Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, a MLBB that sells out fast, plus Pillow Talk Lip Cheat lip liner that’s pretty versatile.

Wearing Pillow Talk in the photo below. Don’t you think it’s sweet? Light, but not washed out, pink, but neutral, and it’s not at all that impossibly dry matte that ruins the purpose of a MLBB.


On the expensive side, but, in my opinion, worth every penny you pay for, these lippies are nicely pigmented, leave the lips looking plumper and healthier, and shades are sophisticated. I actually got Walk of Shame, too, for special occasions, kinda dramatic and more festive, but still can be worn everyday.


MLBBs I’m liking now


It’s funny that I’m guilty of painting my lips with pigment, the color of lips. I guess every girl is in constant pursuit of her MLBB (My Lips But Better) lip color.

Right now, there are 2 MLBBs I alternate. Heard about Kylie liquid lipstick in the States, but bought my first tube from a reseller here. Lucky I had the chance to get hold of and choose from very wearable shades. Picked Candy K, I think the most universally flattering nude, reminiscent of the MAC hits of the 90s. Good I didn’t get the kit that goes with a lip liner ‘coz the liquid lipstick is opaque enough to cover beyond the natural lip border. (Check the exact shade in image above.) It lasts longer than any other lipstick I own. I don’t find it drying at all. I also don’t wear a lip primer nor a balm underneath. It’s lightweight like I feel I’m not wearing anything. Love it and planning to get Posie K in the future.


Got the second lipstick from Nordstrom. Tested and liked 34 La Raffinee from the Rouge Allure Velvet line, without realizing it looks so much like MAC Mehr (here), which was reintroduced last year (not sure if they’ve made it a regular).

La Raffinee is a dusty pink, but the color changes depending on the lip liner you are using it with. In photo above, I used MAC Good Timing Pro Longwear lip pencil and it turned mauvey. I like pairing it with MAC Edge to Edge for a more sophisticated MLBB.

The pigmentation is good, lasts a good 5 hours on me. Like the name implies, the velvet texture makes it special


Til my next beauty find.

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