The Thrifty Mom's Guide to Style - is a short ebook compilation of practical tips and inspirations that helped me, a busy working mom, rediscover my passion for style. This includes:

1. Establishing a baseline style
2. Having fun with that balanced look
3. Make up tutorials for "the Natural Look" and "Faking a Good Night's Rest"

Get it now! US$0.99 in Amazon (US$2.99 for Asia Pacific buyers) (Kindle format) and US$1.99 in Smashwords (epub and mobi format).

Chick lit

All books are available at National Bookstore, PowerBooks, Booksale and Fully Booked; Well Played is available through various digital formats.

The Pink Shoes Trilogy
It's the Lord of the Rings of Pinoy chick lit!
(I'm kidding. I'M KIDDING! Please don't skin me, oh fellow Tolkienites.)

You don't necessarily have to read the books in, in order to enjoy them, but I'd like to think that you'll get the wonderful feeling of watching friends "grow" along with you as the series progresses. These are the books - plus some background information.

Start with Book 1:
Pink Shoes

Meet Dina, a bored and perpetually broke 25-year-old with the fashion sense of a blind librarian. Shane's a tall and gorgeous punk rock princess who masquerades as a bank teller by day. Emily has it all: closets full of green clothes, a semi-glamorous job in an advertising agency, and an unfortunate penchant for sticking to the wrong type of man. When the girls find the Holy Grail of bargain-shopping—universally flattering pink ballet flats that somehow match each of their personalities—the boost of fashion confidence proves to be just the right kick to start a chain reaction of change in their lives. Dina discovers "The Church of Miniskirt." Shane tries to reclaim past fame and a hunky new guy. Emily tries to give sane relationships a shot. Through it all, the girls discover that the right dose of change just might lead to more than they bargained for.

Book 2:
If The Shoe Fits

"The shoe that fits one person pinches another." - Carl Jung (possibly) or Dina Vasquez (most probably)

When we last saw Dina, Emily, and Shane, Dina broke her pink ballet flats but gained a new boyfriend, Emily ended a toxic relationship, and Shane learned how to play nice. Then they all lived happily ever after.

Or did they?

Bubbly Emily's on the path of enlightenment courtesy of a slight iffy guru; tough-chick Shane's about to get the biggest scare of her life; a horrible ex-grilfriend reemerges, zombie-style; and reformed junior matrona Dina will find out that some shoes--no matter how old and comfortable--aren't always the perfect fit.

Book 3:
Shoes Off!

It’s been a year since Dina and her ex-best-/boyfriend Bobby broke up. Overworked and burned by one-too-many bad dates, she jumps at the chance to be the bridesmaid at her friend Shane's wedding in Boracay. It's 10 days of sun, sea and fun—or is it?
 Shane is quickly morphing into the Bridezilla to end all monstrous brides. Another bridesmaid, Em, is dipping her toes into dangerous waters. Then there’s the mysterious bartender, Trace, who keeps on bumping into Dina all over the island.

Will Dina, Shane and Em keep their cool in Boracay's sweltering heat? Find out in Shoes Off!, the third installment in the Pink Shoes trilogy.

Outside the Pink Shoes trilogy:

The Hagette

Self-confessed "Hagette" Cynthia de la Rama seems like the perfect girl: she's tall, thin, pretty, charming, and fashionable. So why hasn't she found the right man? Her gay friends think it's a defective gaydar to blame. Most of her exes were in the closet. She's right about ready to give it all up for a well-dressed, celibate existence. That is until two men enter her life at the same time: the bad boy who disappeared without a trace many years ago (and whom she hasn't gotten over yet) and an aloof, handsome model with a knack for doing the laundry. The only problem is, will her gaydar let her down yet again?

Well Played

Patrice Reyes is starting her junior year at the University and she's convinced it's going to be the best semester ever. For starters, it looks like this is the year her team will win the regional football (soccer, for you Yanks) championships. Her subjects are looking good, and there's even a chance she might finally get somewhere with her rock star crush. But a new classmate—arrogant, cold math nerd—is seriously throwing off her groove. Will she ever get rid of him and have the awesome semester she deserves? Or is there truth to never judging (math) books by their cover?

Happy reading!


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