#InstaHershey : My Life Before the Next 17 Weeks of Junior Student Life

I had an amazing 30 days of freedom doing nothing but the ff:
1.  Watch How I Met Your Mother from season 1 to season 9— I vowed to finish the series no matter what it takes. I watched it wherever I go; in the car, at the dining room; on the couch; in my bed.  (I swear as soon as the last episode ended, I ended up cradled in bed, crying and not knowing what to do with my life next; the series was THAT awesome and I just wish I had my own gang just like theirs)
2. Spend quality time with my family (we had to make up for all the times we were too busy to even have dinner together)
3. Fix my Instagram feed.
Okay I had the most uneventful vacation break ever but I LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT. Sleeping from 5AM til 3PM –no matter how gross that sounds– felt so good and I just wish I could do be a couch potato (or a bed potato, in my case) every day because I’ve been very worked out and tired from last semester, but, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
Because of the academic calendar shift, my official first day of classes start tomorrow.
At 8:30AM.
Which is roughly 10 hours from now.
Which also means I can still get 8 hours of sleep if I go to bed as soon as I finish this.
Oh god I dont want to go to school yet; I feel like a 5-year-old being forced to take a nap, but it’s the other way around.  I just want to sleep and wrap myself in a burrito blanket. 
BUT DANG, SELF. Get your shizz together. 

Okay fine, going to school may not even be that bad. After all, I’m so blessed to be able to attend classes by amazing professors. 
I’m just scared– as in really scared– of what the next 17 weeks have in store for me, which mainly will consist of MATH, MATH, MATH, technical writing, nerve-racking comm pitches, theories, and more math. (Just in case you’re not informed, math is my waterloo; and yep, I’m taking one math-related subject this sem and I’m freaking out).
But then again, there’s nothing to be scared of, self. God will help you through this. You just have to believe in Him, and of course, in yourself. So future me — future-9-or-11-or-15-or-17-weeks-from-now-me, if ever you stumble upon this post and get to read this, this is to remind yourself of what you’ve gone through and what you did just to get to where you are now. Don’t give up. Not now. Not ever.



Okay, enough of the drama and the weird monologues. Here are random photos that I’d like to share with y’all! πŸ™‚
Instagram: @theteenagequeen
Thank you to THE BEAD DIARY for sending me this cute blue bow! Wearing it makes me feel like Belle or Alice, even! 

Wore my old grad dress to my cousin’s church wedding last weekend!! πŸ™‚

Thank you to Teenage MNL of Instagram for sending me this cute amethyst necklace!! My birthstone!! Ahh! <3

My girlfriends and I discovered this cute place along Taft called Cafe Travel that’s perfect for meetings, small get-togethers, and even study sessions. I’m so excited to blog about that cute cafe place, guys!! Watch out for it πŸ™‚ 

Welcoming 2015 with my spirit nails!!!! 
Okay, this is it, guys!!!!! School in t-minus 10 hours.
I take back everything I said (lol @PMS @hormones); I think I’m pretty stoked for this sem.
Upperclassmen say that the 2nd sem of junior life will be the worst hell we’ll ever go through our whole college life, but hey, it’s a great learning and life-changing experience.
Here’s to challenges and to life’s adventures!!
xoxo,
The Teenage Queen 

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#AskHershey: Tips on Greek-Inspired Invitations For Your Debut Party

Hello, Gypsy!

Thank you for sending me an e-mail. Your Greek-themed debut sounds lovely, and it’s absolutely great that you’ve decided to D-I-Y your invites– it just makes everything even more personal and intimate!

Here are some ideas that, hopefully, you might find helpful πŸ™‚

INVITATIONS:

1. DIY Ancient Scrolls

READ THE RED KITCHEN’S BLOG HERE 

Tip: If you don’t have craft paper, you can soak white paper in coffee, and then pick it up and let it dry under the sun for a brown, crisp look.

Photo credits: Katie Lewis of http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2012/02/diy-ancient-scrolls-tutorial.html

2. Create a headdress like this one, and attach a tag to it with the details of your party

Photo credits: Olivia Bateman of http://www.pinterest.com/pin/32088216071529059/

3. My favorite: Just use simple fonts and a simple layout with iconic Greek borders (and yup, the color gold is the way to go!!)

Photo credits: Kambria Hyatt of http://www.pinterest.com/pin/117304765270323281/

GIVEAWAY IDEAS:



1. Metallic tattoos with a thank you card attached to them

(I’m actually selling these for 40-50 pesos each hahaha!)

2. Mason Jars with thank you cards (use Greek fonts and gold strings+glitter)
I know someone who sells mason jars for a very low price, just tell me if you want to order from him πŸ™‚

Photo credits: Silhouette America of http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983874452161/
3. Greek-inspired headdresses 

Remember, the best part of debut-preps is having friends and family around to help you out! So don’t be shy to ask for a hand, they’ll be happy to be there for you.

Hope these tips helped! And God bless on planning your debut πŸ™‚

xoxo, 
The Teenage Queen
READ MY DEBUT TIPS HERE: 
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The Famous Ippudo Ramen Is Now In Manila (SM Megamall Fashion Hall) !!

Ippudo was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King. It’s a huge craze in the ramen world, and it’s such great news to hear that IPPUDO is finally here in MANILA!! 

This magical kingdom of delicious ramen is located at the third floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall. We had to fall in line for 30 minutes just to get inside the restaurant— it’s that much of a craze. But don’t worry, because the waiting period was so worth it. My family and I LOVED dinner that night!

The place was big but very busy and crowded. A lot of people were eating inside; seriously, like there was not even an empty table in sight. 
Ippudo doesn’t allow reservations to be made, nor do they allow take-out. This is to ensure quality of their food and service, I guess. After all, ramen is made to be eaten quickly as soon as it is served πŸ™‚

Check out their modern interior.

I had a SHIROMARU CHASHU (Shiromaru with simmered pork belly; 470PHP), while my mom and dad had the SHIROMARU SPECIAL.

Ippudo’s serving size was huge! My sister and I weren’t that hungry, so we shared one bowl and it was just enough for both of us. Seriously. It’s that big. :))

To say that their ramen was delicious is an understatement. Everything was perfect– from the pork, to the vegetables, to the flavours, and down to the temperature of the soup and the texture of the noodles. The price and long waiting period were really worth it. 
Darn it, I’m already craving for ramen right now. =))

SIDE DISHES:

1. Curry Cheese Harumaki (190 PHP)

Oh god I fell in love with these rolls! Imagine hot cheese oozing from inside the crispy fried wrapping!!! Yum yum yum!

2.  Salad (around 200PHP)
3. Steamed dumplings
These were also sooo good!!!! 
4.  Karaage
You know how serious I am with chicken! I love love love fried chicken, and this karaage was a winner for me!!! The flavours blended well together and it was such a delight just stuffing my mouth with this!! 
Thanks for the amazing dinner, Ippudo!!

It was Christmas season when we went here so the mall was open til 12MN. My folks and I stayed up til late at night just because we had such a good time together haha.

If you guys happen to drop by SM Megamall Fashion Hall, make sure to eat at Ippudo because, trust me, their ramen is incredible! πŸ™‚
xoxo,
The Teenage Queen
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A Prom Guide: 10 Prom Tips for High School Girls! :)

Prom was definitely one of the highlights of my high school life. It’s a fun night you get to play dress-up and party with friends.

In the Philippines, prom season happens some time around January to March. And since it’s already prom season, allow me to share you some tips for your very special night! πŸ™‚

Beware: most of the photos here are ANCIENT! lol! (circa 2011-2012)


1. Avoid the rush!

Here’s the thing: prom season is C R A Z Y.  By February, you’ll see everyone cramming to buy dresses in RTW stores; some designers/dressmakers will be too busy to take you in anymore because they already have a long line-up of gowns to work on. 
So, better yet, plan ahead. If you’re planning to have your dress made by a designer or a dressmaker, start tapping them as early as two months before prom night. This will give enough time for adjustments. If however, you plan to buy an RTW dress, avoid joining the rush prom gown shopping craze! πŸ™‚

(Photos by Bria Cardenas)
Dressmaker: Toby Albrando 


2. Print prom dress pegs to serve as a guide 

 Think of what look you’re going with for prom. Decide whether you want a fairytale ball gown, a cute little cocktail dress, or somewhere in between. Already have a color in mind? Perfect. Gather all your pegs in one mood board to serve as your fashion inspiration!  You may google celebrity red carpet events or even blogs to get ideas from. 


Fun fact: my junior prom gown (year 2011) was inspired by Selena Gomez’s dress! (This was way before mullet skirts became a fashion trend again!)

Dressmaker: Bridal Factory by Ysabelle 


 3. Preparing for prom doesn’t have to be expensive!

Be as creative as possible. You’ll never know what treasures you may find in department stores, rental shops, or even inside your mom’s/sister’s closet!
Remember, prom isn’t about how much you spend on your dress or shoes. Looking your best doesn’t mean having to wear expensive stuff; it’s about being confident in your own skin and carrying yourself well. Put on your dress, tell yourself you’re beautiful, and flash that pretty smile, and you’ll be a head-turner for sure. πŸ™‚

4. Have your nails done one or two night/s before!

If you plan on having your nails done, DO NOT do this on the day of the prom itself!
Doing this last-minute will just stress you out. Same rule applies for getting a wax treatment. πŸ˜›
Photo from Bria Cardenas

5. Get a good night’s sleep!

You’ll need a lot of energy if you plan to dance the night away. Plus, you won’t want to wake up looking stressed and tired, don’t you? πŸ™‚

6. Charge your phones/cameras!

Of course, back in our time, we didn’t have iPhones (Instagram didn’t even exist then!!) . We only had our digital cameras to help us capture moments. But today, you girls are lucky cause you have your smart phones/iPhones/ iPods. Make sure your gadgets are fully charged and take lots of photos! πŸ™‚ 

7. Prepare at least 5 hours before the event

Allot enough time for hair and make-up, dressing up, and even travel period. This will save you from getting stressed! πŸ˜›

8. Powder and lipstick will come in handy

Keep these babies in your purse– you won’t want to look oily or pale in pictures!
This photo was from my debut. Looking for debut tips? Click HERE.

9. It’s always better with friends around!

Sure, having a date to prom is fun, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have fun any less without one!
Prom is definitely a great bonding sesh with your barkada. When I was in highschool, my parents wouldn’t allow me to go on sleepovers. So my friends booked a room just beside the room that my parents and I stayed at. We connected the two rooms, and then had a sleep-over. How sweet, right? Haha! We even prepared for prom night together and did a mini photo-shoot before we entered the ballroom.




 10. Lastly, don’t forget to be confident, let loose, and just have fun!


(Sorry, my heels were killing me! haha!)
Thanks for reading, girls! πŸ™‚ Hope you learned a thing or two! Oh, and enjoy prom! <3
xoxo,
The Teenage Queen

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    NYE 2014: Baguio Adventure, Floral on Florals, Fake Snow, and My Sorority Necklace :)

    My family and I travelled all the way to Baguio for New Year’s Eve. πŸ™‚

    We first went to EASTERN WEAVING, where we watched amazing women work on their looms and weave beautiful and intricate masterpieces.

    They also had a store inside where they sold shoes, cloths, necklaces, bracelets, and all sorts of native stuff. My dad bought me and Ate Yas friendship bracelets for only 60 pesos each! πŸ™‚

    Then, we went to The Country Club to have a scrumptious lunch! πŸ™‚

    Right outside The Country Club was this big, fun children’s activity ground where, apparently, (fake) snow fell.

    We got out of the car and quickly ran up to the entrance where we were greeted by the lady guard who asked us “Ilan adults?” =)))) (yes, this was a children’s place kasi HAHA)
    I shyly and awkwardly replied “uhm… four.”
    HAHAHA

    After playing around with snow to a winter wonderland-themed Christmas music playlist, we headed over to Sky Cafe and La Presa. It was quite a long ride going there. We literally were so up high, we were already above the clouds!

    After that, we had a mini picnic in the woods of Camp John Hay. 
    Here’s a quick OOTD πŸ™‚
    Top: Forever 21
    Bottom: Forever 21
    Cardigan: Forever 21
    Watch: Aldo
    Boots: H&M
    Socks: Forever 21
    I just can’t help but fall in love with my pretty sorority necklace! Proud Sigma Alpha Nuan right here. Hehe. πŸ™‚
    After our mini picnic, we went back to The Country Club to play with snow. Again. πŸ˜›
    And that was how we spend New Year’s Eve πŸ™‚
    How did you guys spend the last day of 2014? Tell me all about it below! πŸ™‚
    xoxo,
    The Teenage Queen

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    Statement Necklace Giveaway!! #theteenagequeengiveaway

    LOVE these handmade statement necklaces from @simonesfashioncloset ? Well, good news! πŸ™‚ I’m giving away these cuties on Instagram! 

    MECHANICS:
    1. Follow @theteenagequeen and @simonesfashioncloset on IG 
    2. Like The Diary of a Teenage Queen and SIMONE’S CLOSET on Facebook
    3. Regram this photo with the caption “I’m on a statement necklace high! I want to win these cuties from @theteenagequeen x @simonesfashioncloset #theteenagequeengiveaway” make sure to make your accounts PUBLIC so I can view your entry! 

    1 person=1 entry, NO fake/giveaway IG accounts! Contest ends on January 26,2015

    xoxo,
    The Teenage Queen

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