Friday, August 26, 2016

Is An American Girl Party Worth It?

Each year, I try to think of a party for my daughter that suits her current favorites -- a flavor of the year, if you will. And each year, after thinking of a particular theme, I can’t help but think ahead about what we will do the year after.  Surprisingly, we don’t run out of inspirations when it comes to Mary’s birthday party because there are always new things that she fancies.

My daughter just turned 7 and at the age of 6,  she started to get interested in American Girl dolls. Thankfully, she got her doll when she turned one as a gift from her grandparents. But already having witnessed Mary give her other dolls bad haircuts, my husband and I decided to keep it until we know that she’s ready to play with it.  I mean, let’s be honest these dolls are not cheap, and the last thing we want is for their beautiful hair to end up on the floor.

American Girl Dolls | Chichi Mary | Blog

Friday, August 5, 2016

Shopping On Sale!!

Who doesn't love a good sale? People who love to shop know what July and August mean. This is the time when retailers hold their semi-annual sales because it’s the end of the season and in the fashion world, fall items are arriving.  Retailers need to liquidate their stocks because new stocks are coming.  Cash and storage space are needed for the next batch of inventory.

Clearance | Sale | Kids Fashion | Chichi Mary
Just like all other retailers, Chichi Mary is also holding its semi-annual sale this season.

Admittedly, it’s always tempting to shop at bargain prices.  I remember when I was still based in the Philippines and I would go to Singapore to enjoy the Great Singapore Sale.  Some people I know still don’t like to shop if it’s not yet 70% off :).  Now that I’m in the U.S. or whenever we're travelling in Europe, I’m still fully aware of the sale season. It’s the perfect time to shop for the essentials that you’ve been planning to buy for so long or even better -- time to take advantage of the reduced prices to pamper yourself with the item that you’ve been coveting.  But how do you know that you’re really getting a great deal? Here are some tips when shopping during the sale season especially when it comes to fashion items.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New England Island Vacation Part 2 - Nantucket!

How do you know that you had a blast during your vacation? Mine is pretty simple -- after a great vacation, I experience this withdrawal period because I’m still in awe from all the delicious food and shopping that I enjoyed during the trip. The urge to go back is so strong that even as soon as I get home, I already find myself browsing for available hotels at wherever I just came from. This is exactly how I felt about our recent trip to Nantucket.

Nantucket Port | Massachusetts | Chichi Mary Blog

Nantucket is another New England island, located in the southern part of Massachusetts. It’s pretty and very charming.  Compared to Martha’s Vineyard, it’s only about half the size. For some, it’s often compared to Malibu. It is known as one of the premier destinations in the U.S. and is accessible through plane or ferry. Coming from Cape Cod, it’s also a bit further compared to Martha’s Vineyard. By sea, the slow ferry takes two hours, while the fast (and more expensive) ferry cuts this down to an hour and change. But the long travel is all worth it -- and you can definitely feel the excitement of all the passengers on board the ferry with you.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Island Vacation in Martha's Vineyard!

Thinking of Martha's Vineyard always brings a smile to my heart. This island is definitely one of my family’s favorite destinations in New England. It has been known as the favorite summer destination for the past years of the Obama family as well as other famous celebrities.  And no, it’s not just the hype that get people flocking to Martha’s Vineyard -- the place is naturally gorgeous.

Martha's Vineyard is an island that boasts of a handful of big towns, with each town having something different to admire. From Victorian Houses in Oak Bluffs to impressive summer homes and upscale shopping in Edgartown to the mesmerizing sunset view at Menemsha -- Martha’s Vineyard falls under the category of a perfect vacation spot.

Menemsha | Martha's Vineyard | Chichi Mary Blog
Mary enjoying collecting sea shells at Menemsha beach in Martha's Vineyard.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer is finally here and a Memorial Sale of course!

Growing up in a tropical country like the Philippines, I can’t help but to always look forward to the summer season.  Aside from the fact that I love going to white sand beaches, I also love wearing light weight clothing.  I can simply wear my favorite dresses and match it with my favorite sandals without the hassle of layering up.  It’s always effortless and easy to dress up for summer.  As a mom, it’s a big deal if you can immediately prepare yourself and get out of the house in 15 minutes.  Of course, same goes when it comes to dressing up our kids. 

Djaknamela | Stella Cove | Summer Beach Dress | Chichi Mary
A look back at a Boracay vacation when Mary was only 3.  She couldn't help herself from playing in the water in her Djaknemala/Stella Cove dress.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Looking back at the English countryside!

It’s May and the first thing that comes to my mind are flowers! And when I think about flowers, I can’t help but think about English gardens. Our travels to Europe and Asia over the years made me realize that English garden landscape is my favorite!

What I love about English gardens is the combination of manicured style and the seemingly free flow of abundantly colorful flowers all in the same setting. From Hyde Park in London to Kensington Gardens to our travel to the English countryside, I didn’t lose interest in the English landscapes even for just a moment.  On this blog post I share some of my favorite pictures and settings when we had our day trip from London to Windsor, Bath, the medieval village of Lacock and Stonehenge.

On a side note, it's so interesting that as we do spring cleanup and prepare our yard for the summer, I find myself browsing our pictures in England again -- gaining inspiration and ideas on how to decorate our humble yard this season. Our trip to England has definitely made a mark on me!

Hyde Park | Siaomimi Ballerina Dress | Chichi Mary Blog
Who would not fall in love with Hyde Park?  My daughter couldn't stop wandering the grounds.  From its pond to its small garden nooks, it is a treat to have something like this in a bustling city like London.
Mary in her Siaomimi ballerina dress.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!!

It’s the time of the year when all the loving and hardworking moms are celebrated!  When I became a mom, this has been one of my favorite celebrations.  For me, it was the replacement of any award ceremony in my school years and professional years.  Especially now that Mary knows how to make and write her own cards, the day is made even more special. 

Mother's Day | Stella Cove | Chichi Mary Blog
Mary in her floral Stella Cove dress.  A timeless piece!!

Each mother has her own style of nurturing, loving, and taking care of her child.  No matter what, I believe that we have this natural instinct to know what our children need.  To you moms, here’s to you for being so strong, loving, and patient!  What I'm definitely sure of is, if we do the right things today, we will reap our rewards, which is the the love and affection of our children when we are old and gray!  Happy Mother’s Day!!