Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL at AZURE

 The day of the Summer Soul event had arrived! Not only were we there to celebrate Metro Channel, but we also came together to support Crimson’s campaign, ‘Adopt a Clam’ to help keep our oceans protected.  I was very excited to see what was in store for the evening.

With an all white dress code, I had prepared myself by designing and creating outfits for myself, my sister and two of my girlfriends. It was my first time making outfits for an event so I was very excited to see everyone in their SOLTI custom designs!

At about 3pm, Krishtal and I headed to Crimson so we could start getting dolled up. Here is a video of us using the awesome KISS Instawave hair curler for the first time. To be honest, it took a few minutes to get used to, plus I just had my hair cut shorter! BUT, it definitely worked and it makes curling your hair so much easier :]

After an hour of hair and make up, it was time to shine. My ladies rocked my SOLTI custom designs, the weather was perfect, and the set up at Azure was stunning. We couldn’t have asked for more!

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The garden was flowing with lovely people in white, refreshing cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. We mingled with our fellow Cebuanos and then headed to the benefit dinner on the beach.

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Everything looked enchanting with blue lights, decor and floral centre pieces. There was a buffet with a delicious variety of cuisines, and even though I joined in on the feast, Azure still spoiled me with my very own vegan plate!

img_8347-1Summer-Soul-party-hosts-Joey-Mead-and-Tim-YapThe hosts for the evening, Joey & Tim presented us with the first episode of Metro Channel’s new show starring Maggie Wilson and Marc Nelson called, Beached.

The evening was full of food, wine and great company, but what topped it off for me were the number of adopted clams! My friends and I even adopted one :] The campaign was definitely a success and marine life advocates were more than pleased. Thank you, Crimson for helping protect our clams! Readers, its time to adopt yours, too!

More about campaign from the Crimson website:

The 8-hectare marine reserve hosts 98 juvenile Tridacna or Giant Clams, first introduced in 2nd December 2016 in the reserve to allow a safe and conducive area to grow and develop. Because the protected area has a strict no-take implementation, continues monitoring by a marine biologist and various other protective measures, these Tridacna have found a good habitat in the resort’s foreshore.

The first of its kind in Cebu, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan is putting up for adoption the 98 Tridacna or Giant Clams for a year. By adopting one of these clams, you will be contributing to its protection and growth.

In June, a scheduled tagging activity will be conducted to fully monitor the growth, movement and development of these clams.

To adopt a clam, please contact info.mactan@crimsonhotel.com.

The night ended with summer beats and more mingling. Everything was truly perfect. Thank you Metro and Crimson for delightful event!

P.S. If you would like to customize your swimwear or have an outfit designed by me, please contact me at staysolti@gmail.com 🌷 I located in Cebu and all of my designs are handmade. Thank you!

Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL Cruise

Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL Cruise

 On the 27th April 2018, Metro Society hosted a banca (boating) cruise just off Crimson Resort & Spa, Cebu in celebration of their new shows and channel, Metro Channel. We enjoyed the breeze and beautiful sunset with Metro’s celebrities, Joey Mead King, Tim Yap, Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Marc Nelson, and Tricia Centenera, while sipping tropical margaritas by Cointreau. I was definitely starstrucked!

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With my dear friends, Krishtal Freeland & Marc Nelson.

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Getting cozy with Metro’s Editor in Chief, Raul Manzano and Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry.

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Wearing a multiway top by SOLTI Activewear and a Tommy Hilfiger watch.

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Finally got to meet my woman crush, Maggie Wilson! She such a lovely person, I’m very thankful.

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After a few margaritas and lots of laugher and photos, we headed back to Crimson’s Spanish restaurant by Chef Chele Gonzalez, Enye. This was a cruise to remember!

 

_____________ Dinner by Chef Chele Gonzales

 We continued the evening at Enye with some wine and great company. I finally got to meet Joey Mead King as she didn’t make it to the cruise, and wow was she funny! I loved getting to know the Metro crew. They were so much fun to be with!

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Cherry tomato salad with caramelised onions and balsamic sago!

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Beetroot salad

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Roasted asparagus, zucchini and mushroom

Thank you for customising vegan meals for me, chef! Each dish was simple yet so delicious. Very grateful, thank you ❤

It was a great day. More to come!

Behind The Solti Soul

Behind The Solti Soul

photo by Alfred Bartolome

I have changed my website domain from 3 years of vanillaaddiction.com to thesoltisoul.com ☼

I thought, why change my content and not the title? So, after a long and thoughtful process, I decided on the solti soul.

I enjoy my lifestyle and I breathe my creation – SOLTI Activewear. For those of you who don’t know, SOLTI is a conscious brand that is dedicated to helping the environment by recovering and using waste fabrics to create locally handmade fashion for the active lifestyle. It’s not just about living a cruelty-free life, it’s about making myself and the world I live in a better place.

I know that we are on this planet with deeper and spiritual reasons which I can’t even explain, but we are here breathing, walking, eating, and living on this planet like we own it, as well as all the other creatures we’re supposed to share this planet with. This is what I hope to change. Life is about sharing, giving love, and caring for those in need, and for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Solti soul is me; the person who will fight to bring out more compassion in this world, and the woman behind SOLTI Activewear.

I hope you follow my journey and get inspired to live a rewarding life without harm, cruelty or discrimination.

Energy is only borrowed, one day we will have to give it back. ❤

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

 Thank you to my friends and family for helping me create this consciously aware fashion line! It has been a journey!

 SOLTI became an ethical line naturally; honestly, I wasn’t aware with what I was doing, I was just being me in the process. I like to find ways in which I can help others and the environment, and collecting “waste” fabrics just happened to be part of the creation. I found joy in knowing that every piece of “waste” fabric could be turned into something useful and beautiful for someone else, and that it would make even a small difference in the environmental impact.

 I learnt that in China, 26 million tonnes of textile is waste annually! The environmental impact there must be colossal! After visiting landfills here in Cebu, I could just imagine how great our impact to global warming is, and thats when it hit me, I could help make a difference.

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 Most of our SOLTI pieces are reversible, which also helps you buy less, store less, and pack less when you travel. In Britain, the average person only wears 70% of the clothing in their wardrobe. 30% is a lot of space wasted!

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 “All our textiles have been recovered from fabric cast aside by large manufacturers. This reduces the need for landfill space and lessens water and air pollution. Through our holistic approach, our designs are created with you and the planet in mind.”

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 Mix and match your pieces with our individually sold items – SOLTI knows that every body is different and beautiful in their own unique way.

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 Though we are focusing on reversible swimwear and activewear clothing at the moment, you can be sure to expect more from SOLTI by the end of the year!

Did you know that each of our Cebuano handmade SOLTI pieces are named after Philippine Islands?

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Please visit and share my online store – www.staysolti.com ❤️

Why I changed my diet

Why I changed my diet

When I was 19 years old, my father underwent Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for his 4th hernia. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and when he called me to tell me about his surgery, he told me that his surgeon showed him a video of the entire operation… What my father saw changed his life. Under the layers of his skin, around his muscles and tissues, there was a thick white/yellowish layer. He asked his surgeon what it was and when he was told that the thick layer was excess fat, he was stunned as well as disgusted. His surgeon spoke to him about the risks of obesity and how it can harmfully effect his everyday life, and told him that if he didn’t change his diet asap, his health would go downhill from there. He showed my father a documentary to further explain not just the consequences eating meat has on your body, but also the effects it has on animals, nature, and global warming.

Food Inc. was the documentary that changed the diets of both my father and I. It is a documentary I highly recommend to help introduce you to the meat industry. It really opened my eyes and it taught me so many things about food I have never even thought about questioning. After watching Food Inc., I was never able to put another animal dish into my mouth, till this day and hopefully for the rest of my life. My father rarely eats meat, and though he still eats cheese, he has been a health freak since that day. He just turned 80 years old, and I can’t believe how active and healthy is! I am so thankful for his doctor and for showing us such a great documentary.

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I’m not here to convert people’s diets, I’m here to share facts about what eating animals can do to us and to to Mother Nature; things I wish I was taught when I was a child. I hope to be your guidance in making wiser decisions with the food you eat. ❤

I do hope you take the time to watch this documentary- Watch the Food Inc. trailer.

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.” ~ Casey Affleck

 

The New Blog – Solti Soul

The New Blog – Solti Soul

 I hope to touch people and bring out their compassion towards Earth’s creatures and Mother Nature herself.

Welcome to my newly renovated blog!
To my current followers, thank you so much for kindly sticking around. Ive been busy creating my own activewear line, which is still in the process, and will be launching soon on http://www.soltiactivewear.com. I’m so excited and I cannot wait to share my creations with you :]

 For those of you who are new to this blog, my name is Kymberly Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling 2 months ago on Daku Island, a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..

 I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…

 I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the beautiful animals we are supposed to share Earth with, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.

 I haven’t consumed meat in over 8 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci

 In this newly altered blog, I will be fighting for the lives of innocent animals people call food. I will be sharing studies on how the meat industry strongly contributes to global warming, documentaries that will broaden your knowledge about the meat industry and the cruelty that goes behind every meat dish you consume, as well as the effects of meat and animal products on your body. I will also be sharing elicious vegan recipes, some of course my own :-p and showing how you, too can live a harmonious and cruelty-free lifestyle. After all, we are also animals and that is a beautiful thing ❤

So here it is… my new blog, the solti soul.