Body Food All Natural Scent Play Workshop

Last Sunday, The Try Local PH girls and I were offered a chance to experience Ana Gutch’s Scent Play Workshop. I had taken this workshop a few years ago when it was still at its infancy stage, but the workshop I experienced last weekend has definitely evolved since then.

Ana gave all her students amazing kits of high quality essential oil that we were able to use learn more about the origins of certain oils, explore various scents that fall into the top,mid, and base note families, and layer our own fragrances into sprays, oil roll-ons, or balms.

If you’ve ever been curious about how your nose fair in designing a signature scent or you’ve always wanted to incorporate high grade essential oils into your life, then this class is definitely for you. Here are some pictures from our day:

I invite you to discover BODYFOOD All-Natural by clicking on their banner on my site partner column on the right. I highly recommend joining Ana’s classes throughout the year. Book soon though, because her numbers are limited. 

You can also follow them on Instagramemail Ana at, or through her mobile: 09178821223


Why I’m Loving My Fitbit Blaze

photo-10-12-2016-3-08-27-pm2016 was the year I decided to be healthier and I’m happy to report that I did live up to this resolution. I ate better, took the right supplements, gave more importance to sleep, and friends and I committed to group circuit training sessions with an awesome coach twice a week.

And that is why I love the Fitbit Blaze (pictured on my wrist above). It helped make that promise easy enough to do.

photo-23-12-2016-7-53-17-amThe Fitbit Blaze is a smart fitness watch designed to help you embrace a healthier lifestyle and incorporate activity into your daily routine. Because fitness isn’t just about taking an aero class or signing up to a gym, it’s about making movement a priority in your everyday life.

photo-02-12-2016-8-53-50-amMany people don’t realize that the human body is actually designed to take 10,000 steps a day. The average individual with a desk job doesn’t even do half of that. This where the Fitbit can help. This square watch will remind you to move every hour, tell you when it’s time to wind down at night, and calculate how many steps you’ve taken throughout the day.

photo-23-12-2016-7-57-25-amThe Fitbit Blaze takes all of five minutes to sync up to your smart phone and from there you’re ready to use a number of its settings. Here is a description of what it can do according to the Fitbit Website:

PurePulse™ Heart Rate
Elevate workouts with continuous heart rate and simplified zones—all without an uncomfortable chest strap.

Connected GPS
Connect Fitbit Blaze with the GPS on your phone to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display.

photo-23-12-2016-7-55-13-amOn-Screen Workouts with FitStar
Start a FitStar workout on your tracker and get step-by-step instructions and coaching right on your wrist.

Choose from sport modes like running, biking and cardio, to see real-time stats on display.

Fitbit Blaze uses SmartTrack to automatically recognize and record exercises for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it.

Workout Goals + Summaries
Get an on-screen summary of each workout after you complete it, then check the Fitbit app to see how you’re progressing toward your weekly exercise goals.

photo-02-12-2016-8-53-03-amReminders to Move
To help you stay active during the day, Blaze sends Reminders to Move that encourage you to take 250 steps every hour.

Multi-Faceted Clock Faces
Fitbit Blaze has a hi-res color touchscreen with a variety of faces to choose from.

Accessory Bands + Frames
Easily alternate your bands and frames to change your style throughout the day.

Personally , I love using it reach 10,000 steps (seriously not as easy as I thought). I also love how it syncs to my phone so I can get urgent text messages anywhere without having to lift my phone. I really appreciate as well how the battery life is around 5 days. Unlike another smart watch brand which I heard needs to be recharged almost daily. Fitness aside, I also love how it comes with a leather strap so I can use it during my regular work day without looking like I’m about to run a triathlon.

photo-23-12-2016-7-55-08-amLearn more about the Fitbit Blaze and their other fitness bands through their: 

Website | Facebook Page | Instagram

(My outfit is from Wear Alice


Giveaway: Heyjow Christmas Gift Set

photo-06-12-2016-3-30-17-pmHeyjow is a proudly local accessories brand that has been making beautiful handcrafted pieces for over three years. Designed and curated by its owner Joana (Jow), their pieces are gypsy inspired and often catering to those looking for that unique splash of color to add a bit of oomph to their wardrobe. Check out this previous post.

And because Joana is super generous with her beautiful items when it comes to my readers. I have some lovely gifts to share in celebration of Christmas this year. ONE GRAND WINNER is going to have the chance to take home this beautiful set:

photo-06-12-2016-3-33-51-pmJewelry organizer: Never misplace you earrings again. Our jewelry organizer is a smart and stylish storage solution perfect for women always on the go. Take it to your next trip to the beach, vacay or business meeting out of the country. Made of lambskin and available in 5 different boho prints.

photo-06-12-2016-3-33-21-pmNightingale Necklace: a piece from our Rekindle Collection co-designed by Sheila Catilo. The necklace features a brass pendant dipped in our signature 22k matte gold designed with a family of birds perched on a branch and hangs on a rollo chain.

photo-06-12-2016-3-33-28-pmNouveau embossed cards: Embossed cards under our paper line, Paper by Heyjow.
· Nouveau print
· 1 box contains 12 folded gift cards
· Material: White paper in 270 GSM
· Size: 3 x 4 inches

photo-06-12-2016-3-32-50-pmKenitra tassel earrings: a piece from our Souk Series, a collection inspired by the colorful markets of Morocco. Drop earrings made with mini thread tassels and beads attached to hook enclosures.

One Grand Winner will win everything mentioned above!

photo-06-12-2016-3-32-31-pmTwo additional winners will win 750 pesos GC’s from Heyjow to choose from her beautiful assortment of items!


Here’s how to join:

1. Like Cat JL and Heyjow‘s Facebook pages respectively.

2. Leave a comment on this post using the comment box below. In the comment box answer the question: Where would you like to wear your Heyjow accessory this holiday season? 

3. Five finalists will be chosen by December 19, 2016. First finalist to email gets the grand prize while the next two will win the online gift certificate.

4. You must have a Philippine address to join.

UPDATE: Our five finalists have been chosen.

  • Grace Cielo T. Abrea
  • Melody
  • Marie Pagaduan
  • Amanda Santos
  • Rocoi Villasis

First three to email will get the prizes! 

Learn more about Heyjow through their:

Website | Facebook | Instagram