Brew Your Best Year with CBTL's
2015 Giving Journal

November 21, 2014

I've been keeping journals for many years since my childhood. I find it so much easier to be on top of tasks and keep my schedule organized with the use of planners. I'm probably one of the few people who still prefers good old pen and paper over digital diaries or mobile phone calendars. The generous folks from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf kindly sent me one of their 2015 Giving Journals recently. Given I was actually meaning to start collecting stamps for it, you can imagine my delight when I received my very own 2015 green planner in the mail.

After scanning through the pages, I realized this was not your ordinary planner. Not only does it keep you organized, the journal helps you brew your best year yet. Aside from the monthly calendar, you can also find 101 Ways to create OVERFLOWS in your life. If you're searching for a dose of inspiration or something to do to gain a little more fulfillment, this list can give you just that! Other great features of the 2015 Giving Journal include a vacation planner, a bucket list guide for the year ahead, extra pages for notes and doodles as well as monthly challenges and inspirational passages that empower us to become the best versions of ourselves.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brings the spirit of the Giving Journal to life through partnerships with various social organizations. The company has raised more than P10M for a number of advocacies since 2008, but more importantly, has been able to create much needed awareness for truly worthy endeavors like Habitat for Humanity and Real LIFE Foundation. Through LIFE scholarships, poor but deserving scholars are given the material and financial assistance they need to finish their high school and college degrees.

If you're interested in picking up a planner for yourself, here are the mechanics in availing the 2015 Giving Journal:

1.    A minimum single-receipt purchase of a regular or large sized Original Ice Blended, Espresso/Coffee-based, or Tea-based Beverage, Frozen Swirl or CBTL capsules qualifies a customer to get a stamp card.

2.    Each card consists of 12 circles with corresponding purchased drink/item assignments. These are as follows:

a.    (1) Original Ice Blended® (any flavor, regular or large)
b.    (1) Tea Latte (any flavor, regular or large)
c.    (1) Espresso/Coffee-based Beverage (any flavor, double, regular or large)
d.    (1) Holiday Featured Beverage (Winter Dream Tea Latte or Red Velvet, regular or large)
e.    Any (8) Original Ice Blended, Espresso/Coffee-based or Tea-based Beverages, or Frozen Swirl (any flavor, double, regular or large)

  •  (1) Box of CBTL capsules (any flavor) = 2 stamps
  • (1) CBTL Single Serve Beverage System (Kaldi, Contata and or Desto) purchase automatically allows the customer to claim his/her 2015 Giving Journal

3.    Stamp card must always be presented UPON PURCHASE so that a circle may be stamped whenever its corresponding product assignment is purchased.

4.    Once all 12 circles are stamped and completed IN ONE STAMP CARD, customer will be able to claim The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 2015 Giving Journal at any The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® branch. Combining of stamps cards is not allowed.

5.    The completed stamp card should be presented and surrendered to the branch where The Giving Journal will be claimed.

6.    Not valid in conjunction with other promos.

7.    Promo period is from October 25, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

8.    Giving Journals may be claimed beginning October 25, 2014 until 60 days after the promo has ended.

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Fall Lookbook 2014

October 23, 2014

Fall Season is finally here! One of the things that I miss about traveling to Europe during the Autumn months is being able to wear cable knit sweaters, long coats and knee-high boots. Sipping on pumpkin spice lattes and seeing the leaves change colors are also synonymous with this time of the year. Just because temperatures don't drop here in the country doesn't mean we can't inject Fall trends into our everyday ensembles. In my latest style video are five Fall Outfit Ideas that are easy to recreate using similar items that you already have in your closet. Featured in this lookbook are a few of this season's wardrobe staples: floppy hats, ankle boots, denim pieces, neutral midi dresses, slip dresses and military vests.

Forever 21 floppy hat, H&M dress, Parfois Necklace, David Jones bag, New Look ankle boots

SM Woman denim dress, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, Zara heels

Forever 21 midi dress, Chanel bag, New Look ankle boots

Forever 21 slip dress, earrings, bangles and heels; Nima envelope clutch

Topshop dress, Weekender military vest, David Jones leopard tote. Zara heels

Want tips on transitioning your wardrobe to colder months? Check out my post on Summer to Fall Transitional Outfits here. Hope you guys enjoyed the video! Do let me know which trends you're loving this season. :)