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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Life News: Kathryn Bernardo Gets M-powered with the Newest Canon EOS M100

Manila, Philippines – Even at a young age, Kathryn Bernardo has always had an attachment with a camera. Aside from being always in front of it, she has always secretly wanted to learn more about photography, especially since she wishes to use the power of photography to change people’s lives. Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) recognizes this personal desire of the “Teen Queen” thus making her the perfect fit as the world-renowned camera brand partnered with her in launching its latest addition to its line of mirrorless cameras —the Canon EOS M100.

“We are very happy to welcome Kathryn Bernardo to the Canon family and officially make her part of #TeamCanonPH,” says Benny Yu, Consumer Group Director of CMPI. “We know that Filipinos admire her beyond just being a celebrity. Her heart for others, particularly for children, is an admirable trait. We’re here to support her vision to use her rekindled love for photography to be a platform of inspiration that will eventually benefit others.”

“Our latest addition to our mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS M100, is a fit for her as she brings her photography game a notch higher. It is perfect for her style with its sleek design, the pictures it produces deliver depth for strong storytelling, and its functionality enhances the experience of taking and sharing photos in an instant,” Yu adds.

Kathryn, 21, discloses where her enthusiasm for photography comes from especially now that she’s endorsing the leading camera brand in the country. Watch her video here:

“Ever since I was young, I already loved taking photos. I always make it a point to have a camera with me when I travel, or during shoots or events, because I like keeping memories,” adds Bernardo. “My camera is filled with photos of my dogs and my niece! But given the chance and [more] time, I want to enroll in a photography class. Being around professional photographers all the time like Mark Nicdao and Sara Black really inspires me to take photos the way they do,” she shares.

Kathryn expresses she wants to learn how to eventually shoot uncanny and unique images, whether in portrait or street photography, using her Canon EOS M100, and share them in an instant just like a true millennial. “The Canon EOS M100 is a good start for me to learn how to shoot like them. The functions are so easy to manipulate and learn, and I get better quality photos and videos than what I used to get before. This makes documenting and sharing memories a lot easier for me, too,” Kathryn adds.

Reigniting her love for photography is one of the many things the young star would like to pursue to be able to share more meaningful content on her social media, considering that she currently gives high priority to giving back to children in need through the causes she supports.

Maraming may gustong tumulong, kulang lang sa awareness kung paano [There are a lot of people who want to help but they just don’t know how]. Feeling ko job ko yun [I feel that it is my job], to spread awareness and be able to encourage other people to help through what I share on social media—that includes the photos and videos I post,” says Kathryn.

The uncomplicated technology, handiness, connectivity, and uncompromising quality of Canon EOS M100 are the things that Kathryn loves about her new camera. As it is the camera that suits the lifestyle of Filipino millennials like her, it is the perfect tool to add to the range of must-have gadgets, and for sharing professional-like quality photos and videos in an instant.

The young actress at her prime, growing with such style and substance as the years fly, truly speaks multitudes of her character and the success she has accomplished at this point in her life. #getMpowered to take your photos and videos like Kathryn, and share them in an instant with the Canon EOS M100. Get it now at Canon dealers nationwide or at

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Life News: Fifth Rack White Plains Now Open!!!

In business, the right fit can make a whole world of a difference, and there is nothing that quite fits than to work on a passion that you allow to grow. Fashion lover Miel Villamor has found just that as she founded Fifth Rack Lifestyle and Concept Store.

Fifth Rack is a fashion and lifestyle outlet that offers customers the best finds from up-and-coming fashion brands, giving them to unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found in malls or other retail stores. Located at 141 Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City, the store has been the go-to location for fashionistas in the South for fashion items from rising local brands and designers.

“I’d like Fifth Rack to be a one-stop shop for all sorts of unique apparel for men and women, but also items for kids, home items, and beauty products,” says Villamor. “We want to establish the image that we have something for everyone, from young professionals, to teens, to even moms and titas.”

Space for Local Brands

Its unique concept lies in putting together and different fashion brands all under one roof. This means that customers can get a taste of different designers and brands without having to hop from shop to shop.

“We are actually the first curated fashion and lifestyle concept store with mostly high-quality local brands and designers in one roof,” Villamor adds.

Not only does this arrangement benefit shoppers looking for something unique, but also the brands themselves by providing them space to showcase their products.

“One of the main goals of the store is to help start-up brands grow whether it is though sales, awareness or opportunity,” she says. “We aim to help these brands gain more awareness by having them showcase their products at the store so they can reach a bigger market.
Villamor also describes the store as a sort of training ground for start-up brands and designers to get their first taste of having a shop. A whole slot at Fifth Rack costs P8,000.00 a month. Meanwhile, a half slot costs P4,500.00 per month.

“This is a good way for brands and designers to get their brand out there and get to know their market’s taste without the hassle of trying to set up their own shop. For the amount of money they’ll be paying, they can have their own signage and spot at the store,” she states.

Passion for Fashion

This is not, however, Villamor’s first try in the world of retail, before Fifth Rack BF and Whiteplains, she manages Row 101 Pop-Up Store, which is a curated bazaar of sorts of different fashion brands and designers that she personally selected. After realizing that this was a great way to get up-and-coming brands out there in the market, she decided to put up something more permanent which is Fifth Rack.

“There was a demand for doing a more permanent store not only from shoppers who wanted this wide selection of unique items but from the brands themselves because now, they were able to break into the consciousness of the shoppers. As much as possible, we really want to promote these brands at a minimal cost,” states Villamor.

However, she admits to not knowing that she’d eventually go into business and was simply propelled by her love of fashion.
“I never planned to be in business; it just sort of happened. I always wanted to do something that was fashion related. I loved fashion, dressing up and putting things together. So, working with different brands that have their own unique aesthetic is really interesting,” admits Villamor.

List of brands in Fifth Rack Whiteplains: 
Mica & Co.
Asurio Pinafico
LaSkin Care
Malaya atbp
Blush n body
V10 Plus
Carmelo PH
Hiroko Swimwear
ANMA Lifestyle
Plaza Polanco
ASB House of scent
R&C Closet
Sexy Secrets
D' Fashion Engineer
Trouvaille clothing
Little Via
Mumble mnl
Clazzy Lizzie
Dream Essentials
My Korean Rose

Armed 550
NU Habit
Nicart Clothing
LUI Home Fragrance
Girlfriends Ph
Tale Label
Sheicah ph
Style and Chic
The Perfect Scents
Game Thing Ph
Fairness & Flawless
Stitched Mnl
Haut & Haare
Remedy Soap
One for the road
The Pretty Little Things
Agsy Bugsy

Ethan's Sweet Haven
The Glorious Candle
Kallisto Eyewear
HD & JLT Co.
Raspberry Luxe 
M & D Retail
Closet Space
The Bliss Essential
Medyas manila ph
Skin Need
CB Designs
Treasure Trove
Skin Postion
Dapper Cases
Natures Way
Mary & Co
Allure Cosmetics
Heart for Brands

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ballet Manila Presents Snow White (November 25, 2017)

"Sooomedaaaay my prince will coooome!!!"

That is what basically will go through your head when you watch Ballet Manila's Snow White! If you happen to not live in a cave and have heard about how epic Ballet Manila's Cinderella was, then this is the next to the installment of epicness. But to be fair, epic in terms of production value, given the opulent set design and very detailed costumes. Because on the other hand, Swan Lake was epic in terms of technicality and dance discipline. Ballet Manila's Cinderella and Snow White charm the audiences and bring them to a fantasy world, while their rendition of Swan Lake really shows what ballerinas spend 12 hours a day in the ballet studio for. 

Before everything, there are still 2 shows coming this weekend! 6PM on December 2, and 3PM on December 3! Be sure to get your tickets from TicketWorld while you still can! 

Unfortunately, the traffic was so bad last Saturday that I only made it in time for Act 2. Act 2 mainly features the apple scene. I find it so amazing that Katherine Barkman is the lead again, because honestly, I still feel so tired for her with all the jumps and spins she did for 3 hours during Swan Lake hahaha. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Gluta-C Kojic+ Shower Salt Scrub Now In Sample Room!

Discover your skin's #PutiPlusKinis potential with the 4x skin whitening action of Gluta-C Kojic Plus line! They effectively deliver an intense, fast, and safe skin whitening using the combined powers of Glutathione, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and Azelaoyl Diglycinate. But to complete the step in getting a healthy glowing skin, they released their new Gluta-C Kojic Plus Shower Salt Scrub for your skin's exfoliation that promises to revitalize and smoothen your skin! 

This is in addition to the existing  Gluta-C Kojic Plus Toner

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Whisper Cottony Long Restocked on Sample Room!

Feel confident to move freely with the cottony comfort of these new pads from Whisper! With their built-in blue anti-leak channels and soft cottony cover, you'll surely get protected from stains and skin irritation. But to give you a superb Whisper experience even as you sleep, here's Whisper Cottony X-Long Overnights that's made softer, longer, and wider to give you stain-free nights! It'll provide an all night all around leakage protection as it has 5x more absorbency than an average pad, so you can get your worry-free and comfy #SleepGoals at night! 

It's restocked at Sample Room! Get your share before it's gone! 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Conceal Hair Concealer is Now In Sample Room!

Say no to unsightly gray hair roots with these easy-to-use and quick hair touch-ups from Conceal! Its non-dye and washable solution help to instantly hide gray hair without getting your scalp damaged-- as it is free of toxins, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. Since more and more Filipinas are having a very busy lifestyle, this safe, quick and convenient Conceal Brush Tip Applicator will help you out to effectively get rid of your gray hair while in a rush! Just comb, apply, and dry, and you're ready to go! ;) Get your samples at Sample Room today! 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Life News: CBTL Celebrates its Tradition of Giving with the 10th year of its Giving Journal

As holiday cheer begins to fill the air and traditions come alive, so are our hearts called upon by the true message of Christmas. At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Christmas is not only a time to be merry, but a time to remember that we each are called to live a life in fellowship with others by being generous; by knowing and understanding the needs of others and focusing on those needs above ours, not only during Christmas but throughout the rest of the year. For The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, their holiday tradition has always been rooted in giving and in the outpouring and sharing of the blessings in our lives with one another, and the brand invites everyone to do the same.
Now on its 10th year of the Giving Journal, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® celebrates its journey of giving through the years with a central theme: LEAVE A LEGACY. The brand dedicates its 10th year to its purpose - to empower each individual to live excellently and purposefully by living a life of service to others. They believe that each person has a responsibility to leave a legacy of profound good, impacting the lives of others, and that is why for 2018, the brand encourages its community to not only ask questions such as “What do I want to do?” Or “What are my goals?” but instead, to ask one’s self “What are my roles?” and “What does the world need from me?” As we set our hearts on another year, the The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s hopeful mission is this: to enable its community to expand their vision by including others.

Every word in each page of the Giving Journal is thoughtfully written, meant to enable its readers to reflect on their life’s purpose. An excerpt from one of the chapter articles goes:

“The question for everyone alive today is this: What kind of legacy will you leave behind? Will you leave a beautiful legacy for others to enjoy? Or will you leave a legacy of debt, pain, poverty, and sin that the people who come after you will have to pay for?”

As a socially-responsible company, the legacy The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® hopes to leave behind is one that transforms lives and communities for the better. With a vision of multiplying its impact for its fellow Filipinos, it calls upon its own network of Team Members and Customers to do the same. Every year, those who partake in the holiday tradition of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® by supporting their Giving Journal initiative is able to help live out the legacy of the Real LIFE Foundation, the direct beneficiary of the Giving Journal.
The Real LIFE Foundation exists to serve the poor in the Philippines by providing opportunities for educational assistance and holistic development. Since established, Real LIFE has not only allowed over 300 scholars from all over the country to earn a university degree, it has more importantly empowered these scholars to meaningfully impact the lives of others as productive change agents for good, much in the as way their own lives have been changed. Through the tremendous support we receive each year for our Giving Journal campaign, we have been able to directly support the Real LIFE Foundation, producing over 40 graduates- a number we commit to growing through the years as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® sustains its efforts in nation building.
As we commence the holiday traditions and look forward to a new year ahead with the Giving Journal, it is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s hope that we will all be filled with the spirit of humility, compassion, and generosity, and that we all learn to set aside our self-centered agendas and consider the needs of others as we strive to be persons of value within our own communities and our country.
To make its 10th year even more special, the 2018 lineup of Giving Journals from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® comes with a customizable cover specially made for individuals who use art as a form of creative self-expression. Three other Giving Journals are available in colors of green, grey, and blue, with designs that reflect The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s premium coffees and teas.

To redeem the 2018 Giving Journal, simply collect 12 stamps in any The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store nationwide.


How to redeem the 2018 Giving Journal:
1.     The 2018 Giving Journal may be claimed at any The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store all through the promo period from October 21, 2017 to January 14, 2018 or until 60 days after the promo has ended.
2.     The 2018 Giving Journal may be redeemed when a stamp card is completed with 12 stamps for the purchase of the following items:
(1)   Original Ice Blended®
(any flavor, regular or large size)
(1)   Tea Latte
(any flavor, regular or large size)
(1)   Coffee-based beverage
(any flavor, regular or large size)
(1)   Holiday featured beverage
(any flavor, regular or large size)
      (8)  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® beverages*
(regular or large size)
*Coffee or tea-based beverages, Original Ice Blended®, Hot Chocolate/Vanilla, Cold Brew, Nitro Brew
       3.   Stamps may also be collected by purchasing the items below:
(1)   Ready Coffee Box (any flavor) = 1 stamp
(1)   CBTL Capsule Box (any flavor) = 2 stamps
(1)   CBTL Single Serve Beverage System (any model) = 12 stamps
4. The stamp card must always be presented UPON PURCHASE so that a circle may be stamped whenever its corresponding product assignment is purchased.

5. The completed stamp card should be presented and surrendered to the branch where The Giving Journal will be claimed. The cashier will punch the stamp card to prevent reuse. Combining of stamps cards is not allowed.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Life News: Ballet Manila's Snow White To Premiere on November 25

Funny how the idea of creating her own version of “Snow White” came to Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde right after her full choreographic debut last year. Due to the success of “Cinderella,” what was once regarded simply as “The Next One” has now become a second full-fledged masterpiece from the Prima Ballerina herself—and it’s finally making its world premiere in the 22nd performance season, “Flights of Fantasy.”

When asked about her fascination with fairy tales as ballet, she says, “My calling has always been to become a classical ballerina—nothing else. First, I believe in sticking to what you know, and I know my classical ballets very well. I have a wealth of classical ballet steps in my dancer’s vocabulary. If you think about it, the classical ballets are all fairy tales, or at least stories, that have come to life in dance form.”

Ballet Manila’s take on the fairy tale classic will be more Brothers Grimm than Disney when it comes to the production’s look and feel. This was a conscious decision made by Lisa herself, as she wanted the storytelling to be the main star of the show. They are “storytellers on toes,” after all.

Last year’s full choreography work in Cinderella was just the warm up. Lisa shares, “I now understand when choreographers say that they get inspiration from the dancers they work with. That was the case with Cinderella, and now, with Snow White.”

Lisa knew that she wanted more, now that her insecurities as a choreographer have gone away. With the help of Ballet Master Osias “Shaz” Barroso and even the dancers’ little quips and comments, and of course, the company’s mastery of the Vaganova technique, Snow White promises to be a magical and fantastic show—all in all, a truly Ballet Manila production.

From the costumes to the dancers themselves, there’s a sense of synergy that will be most evident when the show finally makes its world premiere. Lisa provides a teaser about the set designs and costumes:

“Set designer Mio Infante has talked about making mushrooms the main feature in the forest. There will be so many dynamic elements on stage like a moving mirror, as well as animal figures. Popular nursery rhymes will also be used in the music being arranged by Von De Guzman. Longtime Ballet Manila costume designer Michael Miguel will once again make amazing costumes. Watch out for Snow White’s costume changes!”

With Snow White, Lisa guarantees that each member of the audience will get their fill of pure magic, romance, and fantasy. The audience can only expect the highest quality of dancing as well from the country’s youngest yet strongest ballet company.

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Snow White will make its world premiere on November 25, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Aliw Theater. There will be three other shows: November 26, (3:00PM), December 2 (6:00PM), and December 3 (3:00PM).

To learn more about Ballet Manila and their upcoming activities, you may visit or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Beauty News: Nivea Men Sensitive Aftershave Balm is FINALLY in the Philippines!

Good news! NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm, the much talked about “makeup primer” is now available in the Philippines! If you guys remember, Nikkietutorials “discovered” it accidentally when she was at her boyfriend's house and she forgot to bring moisturizer. She's been raving about it since 2015, and it's gained quite a lot of traction since then. A Kylie Jenner mention led to the product going viral on the internet, and the rest is history. 2 years later, the glowing reviews on Reddit and Amazon have shown that it's not a flash in the pan!

You can get this from Lazada and from Watsons! Each bottle is at Php550 for 100mL. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Beauty News: The Gigi Hadid X Maybelline Collection is Here!!!

Manila, 2017 – It is every makeup junkie and fashion maven’s dream collaboration: the world’s no. 1 makeup brand and top model working together for a makeup collection that is to die for – the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection! This coast to coast set helps women all over the world cop Gigi’s favorite looks: from her home base in NYC to her hometown in LA. The design and details of these Maybelline makeup collections reveal the story of Gigi Hadid's life as she sees it, one shade name at a time.

Cop Coast to Coast Looks with MNY x Gigi Collection
Gigi Hadid is more than a muse. She is a CREATOR and the DRIVING FORCE behind this revolutionary COLLECTION. From her home base in NYC, to her hometown in LA, the design and details of these three Maybelline makeup collections personally reveal the story of Gigi Hadid’s life as she sees it, one shade name at a time.

Gotta love that WEST COAST GLOW with this California Vibe
Sunkissed and sultry, this glowing makeup collection is inspired by the warm California vibes of Gigi Hadid’s hometown. Boardwalk or catwalk, either way the West Coast Glow makeup collection is hot. A sunset red lip and a golden glow, this collection is so major.

Be the City Chic headturner with the EAST COAST GLAM Look
Fresh, bold, and fierce. It’s all about the cat eye in this city chic makeup look inspired by Gigi’s home away from home, New York City. Bold as the city itself is Gigi Hadid's signature nude lip and fierce cat eye. If you love NY, then you’ll heart this East Coast Glam makeup collection. The Master class covered how to achieve the perfect eye makeup using the Eye Contour Palette and finishing off with perfect winged cat eye with both eyeliners that are part of the collection.

First Class Fierce with the Jetsetter Palette
Inspired by Gigi Hadid’s frequent flying needs, feel wanderlust with this carry-on friendly makeup palette that holds all the makeup essentials you need to look fresh on the fly. With glowing skin and a fresh finish, you’ll fear no altitude. During the Master Class, Erin shared tips on how to use Gigi’s Jetsetter Palette to effortlessly transition from a day to night look.

Discover more about #GigixMaybellineinPH by tuning in to Maybelline’s social media accounts: YouTube channelFacebook Instagram and their Maybelline PH website. The Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection will be exclusively available at select Maybelline counters in SM Department Stores and Watsons Stores nationwide starting November 15, 2017.
List of Stores:
SM North EDSA Department Store
SM Megamall Department Store
SM Mall of Asia Department Store
SM Makati Department Store
Watsons SM Mall of Asia Mall 1
SM Cebu Department Store
SM Megamall Watsons Daimaru
SM San Lazaro Department Store
SM Dasma Department Store
SM Fairview Department Store
SM Sta. Rosa Department Store
SM Manila Department Store
SM Las Pinas Department Store
SM Baguio Department Store
SM Cubao Department Store
SM Lipa Department Store
SM Clark Department Store
SM Calamba Department Store

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My Mall Box Experience

Sooo I'm sure you've heard of a lot of companies who do personal shopping and the like. A few months ago, I tried My Mall Box, which in essence, is like a personal shopper, but more streamlined for most of us. Unlike the usual personal shopping services here in the Philippines that you're basically talking to someone and have to coordinate everything, with My Mall Box, when you sign up, they give you a "locker space" in their warehouse, and give you that number to that locker. You essentially can order as much as you want and have it in the locker for up to 3 months, and you needn't inform anybody or contact anybody to watch out or await your order. 

For this experience, I tried ordering some items from Amazon and from Colourpop. As with any other shipping service, there are pros and cons. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rucy's Vanity Haul

Joining the bandwagon today! Been seeing a lot of bloggers post about Rucy's Vanity, and I've of course been curious about their products. Rucy's Vanity, in essence, is a private label brand managed in the Philippines, but the products are made in Korea. If you'll try to search the Korean hashtags, and to search the Korean blogosphere, nothing comes up. But if you search English names and hashtags, sooooo many things come up and there are so many reviews from Philippine blogs. 

The brand is popular for its BB Cream, powder, and lip tint, and today, I'm going to show you guys what they sent. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

What's New From Silkygirl?

Oh my gulay!!!! I feel really bad for the delays in this post! I have just been so busy as of late, and mainly it's because of renovating my work room. Work room renovations mean hauling items out nonstop, and it also means not being able to use the room while paint and floor jobs commence. It's a hard time, but I'm just grateful to have work done on the room as it's not yet optimized as a work room in many aspects.

Okaaaay, so back to the original topic! These are the newer items from Silkygirl. Despite not having Philippine social media accounts, the brand has been releasing items in the Philippines steadily over the last 2 years or so. Thus far, I have seen Silkygirl at Landmark and at Robinsons Supermarkets, and there is probably a long list of other retailers that sell their products.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dentiste' Toothpaste Now On Sample Room

Achieve healthier-looking teeth and fresher breath from day to night with Dentiste' toothpaste! It has 14 herbapeutic extracts to give complete teeth and gum protection in a safe and natural way. And, Dentiste' Whitening Toothpaste is now on Sample Room! Its replenishing Nano HAp formula whitens and strengthens the tooth enamel for that stronger, smoother, and whiter teeth! It'll also give you that fresh breath you need as it fights cavities, tartar, and plaque buildup! Get your samples today!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Romand Chameleon Eyeshadow Palette First Look

Aren't these eyeshadows the prettiest?! They're now on Charis! To those who are curious, Romand is a brand formed by Saerom, a top influencer in Korea. The brand is really all about versatile products that have a transformative effect. The packaging is also to die for!!! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Recent Chuu Korea Haul

Someone obviously is a fan! I ordered from Chuu a few months back, but given how busy I am, I call it recent wahaha. For today, I thought I'd share about the items I got. Chuu is a Korean female lifestyle brand, with clothes, accessories, shoes, makeup, and lingerie. It is just starting its foreign expansion, but in Korea, it's really big. I learned about this brand when I went to Charis' Beautiful Journey in Seoul last year. It's famous for its BB Cushion, nice lingerie, and its slimming jeans. We went to the flagship store in HongDae, and it was there that I received my first pair of Chuu -5Kg jeans. Chuu is very famous for their -5Kg jeans, which as the name implies, creates an illusion of losing 5Kg. You can find it on Japanese Buzzfeed actually!

I honestly just thought it was marketing because I have a reaaally big butt and thunder thighs, and it really just looks hard to look good in anything. I didn't even think I'd fit into the jeans they gave us. Since we had no time to fit, we were assisted by the sales staff, and handed the jeans in the size they thought could best fit us. Since Koreans are so thin, I thought they wouldn't fit. I remember only being able to try these on in the hotel that night, and being in awe that they fit and that they looked good on me! Instantly, you look slimmer even without trying! There is just something about the way the jeans are constructed that it creates an illusion of being slimmer. I thought it was just me, until I started getting compliments on losing weight even when I didn't lose weight, thanks to these jeans. Hence this haul.