Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Customized Shoes by Hey, Monet!

I received a pair of Chuck Taylors for my birthday last year, and immediately, I knew I wanted to have it customized. I decided on a rather complex design - using the four sides of the shoes to encompass myself, my lifestyle, and beliefs. I narrowed it down to the four values I strongly believed in: freedom, passion, beauty, and love.

I canvassed around the local online community to find the best artist possible without depressing my financial situation. Thus I stumbled upon Monet Dizon under her brand name Hey, Monet! Upon messaging her regarding the design, she replied back with a long and detailed description of her visionary design for my shoes, which included not only the values I believed in but my lifestyle and passions - dancing, traveling, even quotes from my favorite songs. I was astounded by her professionalism and creativity, so I sent her my shoes and settled in for the long wait.

The wait was indeed long, and understandably so, for she was a college student juggling a mountain load of academics. Being a student myself, I patiently waited and gave her all the time she needed. At the end of the day, the wait was indeed worth it.

Say hello to me-in-a-pair-of-shoes:

I'm more than satisfied with the quality, creativity, and price of my shoes so I recommend Monet to anyone and everyone. I was able to meet her as well, and she's just lovely - super nice and down to earth. Shoe customization cost me P600. Details are as follows:

Hey, Monet! 
by Monet Dizon
Contact her: 09175704880

She even tried to paint me! Cute, yes? I love Hey, Monet!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

INOA Hair Coloring Experience at Azta Urban Salon

For months, I've agonized over the idea of coloring my hair, apprehension over the right color, salon, and price always stopping me from actually pushing through with it. I was excited and yet terrified for the change, and so I've toyed with the idea vocally but never seriously considered it. That is, until a few weeks back, when I finally decided to take courage and do it.

For the salon, I decided to go with Azta Urban Salon in Katipunan. I initially considered high-end salons such as Louis Kee at The Fort, but for budget-purposes (I'm still a student, after all!) I did not push through with that plan. I've enjoyed numerous services in Azta and found that they knew how to take care of their clients. I also loved how the salon always emitted a young, trendy, yet professional vibe.

The day before my hair coloring, I dropped by to meet the stylist and set my appointment. I met the gorgeous Mylene, one of their senior stylists, and she sat down and talked to me about the services they offer. I've always wanted to try out L'Oreal's INOA, and Mylene helpfully recommended color shades that would suit my skin tone. What I loved about Mylene is that she really did look gorgeous - fashionable yet professional, and best of all, she had lovely, lovely hair. The moment I met her, I felt assured that I would be in good and capable hands.

And so the day of reckoning arrived. Mylene smilingly met me at my appointed time and ushered me to one of Azta's chairs. My hair was dry-shampooed (always a favorite Azta experience!) then washed by the junior stylist, Leslie, who took amazingly good care of me. Mylene and Leslie then started working the color into my hair. The process took about two hours, with Leslie helpfully offering me drinks and magazines in between. Finally, after the color has set in, Leslie proceeded with the Pureology hair treatment (packaged for free when you avail of the INOA service), followed by the most amazing back massage. It took all I could not to fall asleep in the chair! The process, all in all, took three hours to finish.

The result?

Taken with flash, to give you an idea of what it looks like under natural light.

All I can say is: why ever did I wait that long? I'm super loving my new hair! Talk about confidence levels hitting the roof. I haven't felt this good about myself in days! A huge thanks to Azta, and of course Mylene and Leslie, who were both super nice and down to earth. The INOA Hair Coloring service for my hair length (Long) cost P2,100 inclusive of a free Pureology Hair Treatment. 

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