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Stylist in Pocket: A convenient way to do your shopping

When you have Lupus, an activity as fun as shopping can prove to be off-putting. You have to get ready, drive, park, enter the mall, enter shops, try on clothes, enter another shop, try clothes again, and repeat.

Getting myself ready is a daunting task for me, especially on days when I have a flare. Walking a few steps, getting up or a task as simple as brushing my teeth would make me dizzy because my heart would be beating so fast I’d feel like I just did a 7-minute HIIT workout — today is a very good example. I am just lying down for the past 2 hours and yet my heart is beating fast. On days like this, I would tell my mom that I wish she has the wheelchair with her so I can still go to the mall even if I’m tired. You can just imagine how frustrating it is for me to shop for clothes.

2 years ago I saw the ad of Stylist in Pocket on Facebook. What they do is provide a stylist for you either online or you can schedule a home visit and they will bring the clothes to your home where you can try them out. The best part is that the service is free and you’re not obligated to buy anything.

I wanted to try their Home Visit service but I was a bit hesitant to because I thought they, or the clothes, would be expensive. And although it says on the ad that you do not have to buy any of the clothes they bring to your home — still, it sounded too good to be true. Finally, I gave in last week and decided to try their service. I booked an appointment, filled out a form, and entered my profile. The next day, I received an SMS confirming my appointment. On the day of the appointment, they arrived on time and they brought 2 racks of clothes for me to try. Krish, my stylist, arrived with 2 assistants and they helped me try the outfits that they brought. What I liked about them is they give you honest feedback on how the outfits look on you. No sugar coating. No BS. They will also tell you what shoes will match the outfit that they picked for you. If the clothes need altering, no problem — they will alter it for you and deliver it to you FREE

One of the dresses that I got needed altering and to my surprise, it was delivered the next day!

I wasn’t feeling well when they arrived and I got dizzy about an hour into the session. Imagine if I was out while this happened. Not the end of the world but it’s a hassle, not for me, but for my companion. At that point, I realised I made the right decision in getting their service. Overall, it was a fun and rewarding experience and I am looking forward to being styled again sooner than later. Their customer service is simply amazing!

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To Tito Sotto

I am a single parent and I have been for 12 years. I refused to stay in an abusive relationship so I chose to raise my kid alone.

It was a deliberate choice for me because my need to be a mother outweighs my need to be a partner and I will not have it any other way.

I take offense in what you said and your myopic, arrogant and idiotic view of single parents is appalling.

“Na-ano ka lang.”

And what of those whose partner died because of a disease or an accident? What about rape victims? What about those who divorced? Abandonment is another reason why someone is a single parent. And have you forgotten that your brothers have kids outside of marriage?

There are a lot of reasons why someone would choose to raise their child on their own. And if any, they should be lauded because raising a child is not an easy task. It can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. Some would work two jobs just to support their kids and you, a clueless elitist, have no right to make jokes about it.

“It was just a joke.”

You are not in “Eat Bulaga” and this is not one of your “Kalye serye”. You are in a confirmation hearing and that is not the proper forum to make sexist jokes. Hell! There is no proper venue for what you said. For you to bring it up to a hearing and have the audacity to undermine single parents is beyond me.

BUT maybe I/we am/are wrong to expect something from you other than misogyny. We should not be surprised after you victim-shamed a rape victim on national television and lopped off 1Billion Pesos from the RH Bill (that’s 7M women being deprived of RH services). Yes. Maybe we should expect nothing but absolute bullshit from a chauvinist pig.

“I’m sorry you did not get the joke”

Oh I’m sorry, you’re stupid.

Wondering why you’re still senator,
Melody

PS. Wrote this on my phone so pardon the grammatical errors if any. I don’t think you’d notice them anyway since you were stupid enough to plagiarize your speech.

Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna Pruriens after transplanting.

They said that this plant is not very kind when you transplant them but these two little beauties are kind to me 😊  I wish I could have taken a photo before I transplanted them.

I only have 5 seeds of this so I am planting it one at a time.

The one with 2 leaves was scarified and soaked for 24hrs. The one with a lot of leaves was soaked for 12hrs.

This is a special request from my mom because this plant is good for people with Parkinsons and my mom has been taking Mucuna Pruriens/Velvet Bean (vitamins) ever since she was diagnosed. She has not taken any meds for Parkinsons because of this. (Read: Reverse Parkinsons by John Pepper)

  • Other benefits of Mucuna Pruriens:
  • Supports a healthy central & peripheral nervous system
  • Supports the body’s ability to handle stress
  • Is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa)
  • Supports physical balance & posture
  • Promotes healthy motor skills & coordination
  • Improves energy & endurance
  • Supports the intellect
  • Bolsters libido
  • Revitalizes both the male & female reproductive system

I got the information on how to plant Mucuna from The Survival Gardener

Goodbye Gob

How do you tell a 4-year old kid that his dad passed away? That he will no longer wake up?

When I arrived at the hospital this morning and opened the door to their room, my nephew saw me and immediately exclaimed “Hey tita! My dad is dead look!” I gave my sister a hug and when I asked her if she has eaten already, I heard my nephew telling his dad to eat. I went to him and told him we’ll buy food for his mommy.

On the way to the restaurant, my nephew kept on asking why his dad is dead; Why did God take him away from them; He said he hates God for calling his dad; Doesn’t He know that he loves him?

I am Agnostic but I tried to explain that God called him because he is sick and He does not want his dad to feel any more pain. I told him that his father is now with God because He loves him and in heaven, there’s no sickness or pain. We told him that his father will hear him, even if we cannot; That he is now an angel. How else can an Agnostic explain? I have no idea.

I don’t think he understood everything we’ve been trying to tell him the whole day. I don’t expect him to, he is just 4 years old.

When the chapel was sorted and we were just getting ready to leave, he approached me and told me he wants to say goodbye to his dad. I held his hand and went with him to the mortuary where his dad was wrapped with a white blanket on top of a stretcher. He went around the stretcher and said, “Bye! See you tomorrow.”

When he was about to go outside, he saw family members who just arrived and he showed them where his dad is. Mamita came in along with her daughters, my sister and my parents. They prayed over his body and I was hugging my nephew the whole time. Everyone was crying and I was not sure he understood what was happening but I can see that unlike everyone else, he’s trying to fight his tears from falling. You see, he’s like me; he will hold back his tears and put up a brave front for as long as he can but I told him it’s ok to cry. Still, he would stop each tear from falling by wiping it from his face.

When it was time for him to put holy water on his fathers forehead, I noticed he was letting his tears fall now; he did not bother wiping them anymore and my arms was already wet. He went to his mom, placed holy water on his fathers forehead and he quietly went back to his seat, wiping his tears. I went to him and hugged him and he stopped crying for a bit. When he saw his father is being wheeled to the other room where he will be embalmed, he sobbed. I told him that it’s ok to cry and that he can say goodbye. He held my arms as if to support himself, looked at his dads body and waved…probably too consumed with emotions to even utter a word. My sister approached him and told him that they will be ok.

My heart broke.

I gave him ice cream before sending him home. But that scene and this day is etched in my memory forever. This is the day when my nephew tried to remain strong and acted beyond his years.

Ron/Gob, I know that you did everything to make sure that your sons future will be covered and he’s one of the reasons why you fought so hard. We know you wanted to get married when you’re better but even without that, know that you are family. We also want you to know that we will take care of Lucas and that he is loved.

You will be missed.

GoGetFunding for Gob