I never thought I’d say this…

… but I was drawn to share this with you all after watching Happy Feet, last night. Orthopedic shoes are the best! If you’ve watched Grace and Frankie then you know which character I am (most likely) becoming… I’m currently OBSESSING over the wellness of my feet, and all because of one visit to (sound affect, dun dun duuuun)… Dr. Kong, the comfortable and healthy shoe company.

The reason why this was all so surprising to me was that I used to tease the shit out of one of my best friends in high school for wearing orthopedic Dr. Kong school shoes. L O L. I mean, it didn’t help that the shoes she wore were also for boys (she had big feet and my nickname for her was Twinkle Toes), but because of those specific and unaesthetically pleasing pair of Dr. Kong’s, I never thought a day would come where I would be wearing Dr. Kong shoes.

I don’t know about you, but I believe that the Universe is also a conscious being who brings forth into your life, situations, people and things that you consciously, and subconsciously attract or need in that moment. And so this is why, I believe, Dr. Kong is now in my life, hahaha.

It all started with an invite to check out their store in Robinsons Galleria. I was definitely hesitant at first, especially with my fashion background and history with the Kongs, haha 💁🏻‍♀️ but I knew that I had to have a foot-check-up because I saw that my old shoes flattened down where the arches used to be.

[CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH SHORT VIDEO OF MY DR. KONG ADVENTURE]

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I was instantly inSOLD! 😆 My feet had never truly found comfort until that day! Those insoles made my feet cry with happiness. How sad I now feel to know that I have walked for 28+ years without giving a shit about my feet, and because of it, have caused a misalignment with my ankles. Something I could have prevented if I had only pushed my judgmental, teenage ego aside and listened to Rosie a.k.a Twinkle Toes.

I did mention to her that I got my very own pair of Dr. Kong’s and she was just as surprised as I… I was also surprised to see all the “hipper” styles of shoes and sandals in the store 😎. The pink sneakers caught my eye and they were super comfortable, especially worn with the insoles. I was very impressed with the overall experience; the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, and the store was comfortable and clean.

I HIGHLY recommend visiting Dr. Kong even if it’s just for a check up, it’s free anyway! To know what’s going on down there is so important. These our very important parts of our bodies that we have been neglecting for years and years! I only wish that I was taught about the effects of flat feet and other foot problems much earlier in life, and this is why I’m taking time on this beautiful Sunday afternoon to share my story about my, now grateful, feet! 👣🙂🧡

P.S. I’m still on my orthopedic shoe journey but I want to share that I have come across life-changing arch support, vegan, and PVC-free flip-flops and sandals from Reef in Olympic Village, Ayala, Cebu. There are also other affordable brands that make arch support sandals available! Yay! I’ve also been looking online, but seriously, why are orthopedic shoes so fckin ugly!? Does anyone know of any brands that make “stylish” arch supported shoes for the flat-flooted? 🙏🏼 Write me a comment if you do! I will wifi hug you! Thank you!

All the best, and much love to your feet! ✌🏼️

My 2017 Travels – SAN REMEGIO WATERS

June.

Canoeing + wine + sunshine.

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The beautiful sky, sea and sand. Simple, yet so spectacular. Cebu definitely still has it’s treasures.

All you need is an awesome crew ♥️ … and a friend’s beach house!

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A boyfriend who’s a deep sleeper is always amusing…

The crew: Rafa, Rachael, Paolo, Julian, Jaime & Mike. Thank you For having us, Jaime!

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You can never have too much vitamin sea 🙏🏼 wearing my reversible SOLTI bodysuit.

Bay Area Takeover II x SOLTI Activewear

Bay Area Takeover II x SOLTI Activewear

09.09.17 marks the day of Cebu’s biggest hip hop beach party at the Ibiza Beach Club, Movenpick Hotel, Cebu. I’m so grateful to have been a part of such a fresh event, thanks to Ed Roberson who made it all come to life. Ed Roberson and his wife, Marivic moved to Cebu only a few months ago and they have already turned Cebu’s party scene around. Both from San Francisco, they brought their expertise and originality to nightlife and events, which keeps everyone on their toes waiting to see what they have next in store…

I wasn’t in town for Bay Area Takeover I, but I saw the videos and it was definitely “turnt”! So when Ed approached me to collaborate with him for the second event, I automatically said, YES. He then mentioned that Kehlani’s tour DJ, Noodles and a Bay Area rapper, P-Lo would be performing at the party… I was totally in.

I instantly got my SOLTI Girls together and started planning the SOLTI Activewear runway for the event. The girls and I were super excited and the rest was history! Everything went down smoothly; P-Lo & Noodles killed it, and the SOLTI Girls were just perfect. For those who couldn’t make it, there will be a next time!

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Noodles spinning her set in SOLTI Activewear ♡

Around 9PM P-Lo hit the stage while Noodles spun his songs, including his big new hit, “Put Me On Somthin’”. The SOLTI Girls walked out one by one as P-Lo started performing. They danced and flirted with P-Lo as they posed on stage, showcasing SOLTI’s versatile, colorful, and sexy designs.

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P-Lo performing his new hit single, ‘Put Me On Somthin’

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Bree on stage

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Nicole on stage

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Maria on stage
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The fashion show finale
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Posing in front of our poster ♡ basic ツ From the left: Divine, Noodles, Maria, Matthew, Myself, Marivic, Ed, Megan
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Bree & Christies ♡

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SOLTI Girls ✔ From the left: Megan, Maria, Bree, Christies, Snegugu, Juliette, Divine, Jess, Marivic, Mecha, Nicole, Chatu
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From the left: Marivic, Bree, Natacha, Christies, Mecha, Chatu, Stephanie, Divine, Megan
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SOLTI Girls getting cozy with P-Lo after the show ϟ
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P-Lo with his crew & manager, David Ali

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Guests from Cebu and Manila attended in fashionable beachwear and were surrounded with colorful lights and a young-hip ambience. It truly was a beautiful venue filled with beautiful people.

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With guests and of the founders of Boombox, Jangee Paglinawan.

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Jaeson & Michael with friends from France/Manila, Stephanie & Jerome
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Guests in SOLTI Activewear
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With my #1 supporter, my Mom, Charlita ♡

Thank you to everyone who made the event so special and of course, insanely fun! Thank you Ibiza Beach Club for the perfect set up and for always having the best! 🍾

Video by Seph Tan

Special thanks to:

Ed & Marivic Roberson

David Ali, P-Lo & Noodles

Boombox for the photos and coverage

Dexter Auxilio for photos

Ray Humphries for videos

Joanna Cuenco – Sunstar Newspaper

Bai TV

Jeryl Tio – Ibiza Beach Club

Manman Osmeña – Movenpick

Mechalie for make-up

What’s Hot Shop for metallic body jewelry

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Till next time!

 

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 ❤️