Love Chic

Our Secret makeover

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Binkydoodles floral top, The Catwalk drape shorts, Martina-Martina necklace, Asian Vogue mary jane wedges, Fab Manila bag, Hobby Loft bracelets. Hype on Lookbook here.

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These days, I’m loving tops with cutouts at the waist as it helps create an hourglass silhouette. Other than that, it’s added motivation to stay fit. Haha.

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It’s bringing sexy back. (Yeah)

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A bevy of greens and browns and colored patterns. I don’t know what my seeming aversion to looking 100% poised and polished is all about, but for some reason, whenever I’m in something that would otherwise look too ladylike or glamorous, I end up throwing in a mismatched item to add silliness to the look. 

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We said we’d avoid cliché school-themed pieces for our school talks, but these mary janes are too cute. 

Lea took most of our photos and videos in Cebu, and even volunteered her fingernails for Secret B’s gel manicure.

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Cute, right? We wanted to include her in our Secret B video diary but she was too camera-shy! Yes, those were her nails getting gelled. If you can’t get enough of how cute the salon is in the video, here are some more shots.

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View from the entrance and reception counter. Blue and pink Love Chic chairs! 

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We love the minimalist, industrial chic look. 

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According to owner Ms. Miya Kim, Secret B is a one-stop-shop salon based on the concept of high-end salons in Seoul, where clients come in not just for hair and nail services but for a full head-to-toe makeover and feel like a Korean celebrity for a day.

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Opposite view.

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This is where clients can discuss what treatments they want with the stylists, over tea or coffee. If only all salons had a waiting area as cute as this!

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Behind the counter is the stairway to the second floor for nail and skin treatments.

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View from the landing.

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The main manicure area.

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One thing we absolutely love about Korean aesthetics, whether it’s makeup, hair styling, or interiors, is how it’s always just simple yet striking. Look at those shelves!

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We were told this room is for skin care services. Just outside it is the couch for pedicures and foot spas.

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The painted butterflies? It gives the otherwise plain flooring an interesting quirk.

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View from the pedicure couch as Secret B’s husband-and-wife owners look on.

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Going to the salon is always a fun and empowering experience, not just physically. There’s just something about a makeover that makes you feel like a new person and gives you the inner confidence to take on anything. 

A Day With Freyja: Giveaway

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An invite to try out Freyja Day and Nail Spa couldn’t have come at a better time: with everything so hectic at work, we both needed a quick relaxing break. And so we happily went. We were welcomed by a clean, invigorating scent and cozy interiors.

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Freyja is the Norse goddess of love, beauty and war. Cool, huh? You’ve got to check out their Facebook page to see the many pampering services they offer for both guys and girls. We were both treated to Vana-goddess Whitening Hand and Foot Spa, plus Reflexology for Seph and Nail Art for Shai. But first…

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Tacos! And Sola! How did they know we love munching on these?

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Om nom nom

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And then there’s this. Our feet have been thanking us all week.

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Musical nail art in turquoise and pink. Neat, isn’t it? This October we’re holding a ton of giveaways. Two Love Chic readers will be treated to a blissful “Mellow Me Out” package. Open to both guys and girls. You must be following us on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook to join.

To join, reblog this post on Tumblr, share on Twitter (@FreyjaDaySpa) and Facebook (+ tag @Love Chic and @Freyja). You may leave a Disqus comment to let us know you’ve joined. We’ll be choosing winners via randomizer and announcing them on November 5. Yay!

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UPDATE: We have a winner! See here.