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3 reasons why Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II is one of my 2021 must-haves

Add this to your wearable collection!



The coming year just has to be better than this one. After all, there’s no way to go but up after the shit storm that was 2020. I can’t speak for everything but when it comes to wearable tech, things are already looking pretty good. Literally. The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II came out last month with new designs and improved features that had fans of the first generation impressed.

Honestly speaking, I’m glad I got to take this one for a spin the past few weeks and I just know that I’ll be using it more often in 2021. Here are some reasons why I could hardly leave home or go one day without wearing them:

It instantly adds flair to any outfit

This year was already difficult as it is. Still, I found myself in the middle of a big move from Berlin to Manila by November. This meant having to live with limited wardrobe options until our shipment arrives. And that would take two months.

We also had to move from a hotel to a temporary flat, and now to more permanent accommodations. Such is the life of people with nomadic careers and I’m not gonna lie — it’s no walk in the park. Especially when it comes to the wardrobe and luggage weight limit dilemma.

Mixing and matching my pieces have always been fun. But I have to admit that it was in having the Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II that added that flair into some of the outfits I have already worn before. It practically goes with anything.

Earrings from @merriambatara, top and shorts from Zara

Even on days when I feel lazy to dress up but need to go and see the outside world, I just add these sunglasses and the whole look is easily elevated.

Pro tip when you’re working with few pieces: Go with basic colors and cuts that make it easier to pair your tops with your available bottoms. Opt for basic pieces.  This gives you the freedom to dress them down to look casual or to accessorize for something more glamorous. Dresses in plain hues also go a long way just by changing your hairstyle, shoes, and jewelry.

Not just for the outdoors

We’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately and that has allowed me to embrace the athleisure trend. While the Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II Myma is classic enough for my usual wardrobe, it can easily be worn with sporty outfits as well.

With bright, tropical sunshine always finding its way into our homes here in Manila, I find myself opting to do my writing by a window to score a tan.

I can listen to music or an audiobook as I do so without bothering my husband when he’s also working from home. Not gonna lie — it did take a while for him to get used to me wearing it around the flat. But it’s a fashion choice that also saves me from the early development of crow’s feet.

I can also connect it to our TV and even to my phone for some music. Lately, I’ve committed to basic barre workouts in the morning. Even tried them once while sporting these sunglasses and it worked out pretty well. It was even quite the lifesaver when the sun decided to go on full blast.

It stays on as the arms are gently hooked behind my ears. It also works well even as I use it as a makeshift headband to push my hair away from my face. As long as the ends of the arms touch the back of your ears, you’ll hear your music just fine.

Top from @onepeloton, leggings from Lululemon


It’s especially useful when I’m walking our dog Juancho. It keeps me connected while making sure I have a firm grip on the leash. I can listen to music and even take calls with just a few taps. I can even adjust the volume and change tracks on my Spotify.

We all have days when we prefer to be introverts. Walking around Manila with a mask and this pair is also a surefire way to avoid being recognized by your friends.

When it’s not in use, I pop it in the case and toss it into my tote. It gives me up to 5 hours of playback before I need to charge it again. I can wear it for hours without any discomfort, too.

It’s not a must-have for everyone. Surely, some would say this is pretty much non-essential tech. But for people who value style and convenience, this is a great addition to one’s wearable collection.


Netflix’s ‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever’ is your Valentine’s Day treat

Lara Jean’s last hurrah?



The sequel for Netflix’s To All The Boys I Loved Before and To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is almost here. Premiering this Valentine’s Day, Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always and Forever follows Lara Jean Covey’s senior year in high school.

In the upcoming film, a pair of life-changing trips lead Lara Jean to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation.

Of course, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo will take center stage. Netflix will also be starring Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Sarayu Blue, and John Corbett. The film is directed by Michael Fimognari and produced by Matt Kaplan, with Katie Lovejoy working on the screenplay.

Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always and Forever is based on the novel by Jenny Han. It will be available on Netflix on February 12, 2021. Stay tuned via Netflix.com/ToAllTheBoysAlwaysAndForever.

SEE ALSO: 5 apps to help you plan a cheap Valentine’s Day date | 10 films to Netflix and chill to

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Combine and change scents using Ninu’s sustainable, smart perfume

Wear the right scent that matches your every mood



Of all things that could get smarter, it’s a perfume. Yes, you read that right. At CES 2021, Ninu launched the “first smart perfume in the world,” with a connected device that’s capable of changing scents with every spray.

It’s a unique approach to an everyday item, interesting enough to pique our curiosity. After all, it has an unassuming yet elegant look.

The fusion of beauty and technology

How does it work? This AI-powered perfume uses an app to personalize a scent, fusing ingredients with only a few clicks. It lets you wear the right scent appropriate for every mood and look.

It seamlessly delivers an astonishing perfume through its electronic micro-precision extracting system, guided by its Ninu’s very own assistant — Pierre, the perfume master.

Pierre, just like Siri and Alexa, is an AI assistant that executes whatever wishes you have regarding your scent and helps you have full control over anything you do on the app. The assistant also notifies you when you’re running low on stock.

Feel sexy and earth-friendly

Despite being able to design a premium perfume bottle, assembled with the best of tech, Ninu believes the most important thing is the fragrances themselves. After all, Ninu used 100 percent vegan, sustainably-sourced ingredients — with a wholesome procedure designed in France.

This smart perfume is more than just a smart accessory. It presents itself as a sustainable, essential item that makes you feel fresh and sexy, and also earth-friendly.

Ninu uses natural ink in packaging cartons and uses less packaging to scale down plastic consumption. Instruction leaflets are replaced with a QR code, therefore, fewer papers. Moreover, perfume bottles are made from recycled glass since every 10 percent increase in recycled glass housing cuts down CO2 emissions by five percent.

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Animal Crossing is launching a ColourPop makeup collection

Featuring your favorite characters



Despite a full slate of exciting games last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the most influential games of 2020. The island life simulator allowed everyone stuck at home to connect with another despite the pandemic. However, even with the gameplay, the game is just so darn cute. If you wholeheartedly agree (and why wouldn’t you?), Nintendo is collaborating with ColourPop for an Animal Crossing-themed makeup collection.

In its announcement post on Twitter, Nintendo unveiled four color palettes in the collection. The forefront of the collection features Isabelle’s yellow complexion and her cute-as-a-button pink top. If you’re looking for something more inspired, Blathers and Celeste have their own color palette featuring combination of their colors. For the stylish, the Able Sisters shine in purple and lilac. If, however, you’re looking for capitalist chic, Tom Nook has his own palette featuring his cash-money green.

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection will launch on January 28. Though only four palettes were showcased, the collection might include further characters. Besides the main characters around your island, the game also has a wide variety of cute potential villagers.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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