Category Archives: Inspiration

Neile Adams

Spotlight On A Vintage Beauty – Neile Adams

June 12, 2013

Not many people have heard of Neile Adams.

Neile Adams

She is an actress, singer and dancer from the late 50s and early 60s. She was famous especially because of her marriage to actor and classic movie icon, Steve McQueen.

They co-starred in “Man From The South,” a short film by Alfred Hitchcock, which is how I first took notice of her.

I liked her vintage style, and the cool and sophisticated way she carried herself.

Steve McQueen & Neile Adams

But mainly, I was intrigued by her dark exotic features.

If you watch a lot of vintage black and white movies, you may notice that there were not too many ethnic leading ladies back then.

So that’s why for me, Neile Adams really stood out.

Neile Adams

In fact, I was quite amused (but not too surprised) to find out that Neile Adams is filipino. Just like me!

She was born in Manila from a very mixed heritage. And she got her start in acting and dancing in Broadway shows.

In the photo below, I love the pencil skirt dress she’s wearing and her classic 60s pixie cut. She maintained that same pixie hair cut throughout her life.

Steve McQueen doesn’t look too shabby himself in that black cardigan with the white collared button up shirt. Back in those days, McQueen was known as the “King of Cool.”

Neile Adams

By the way, you MUST watch the short filmMan From The South!”

It’s a brilliant tale, adapted from a Raold Dahl short story. It’s free on Open Culture and it’s only 25 minutes.

Watching Steve McQueen and Neile Adams acting along side each other is magic. And the story will keep you guessing as to what’s going to happen next.

After all, it’s a film by Alfred Hitchcock. So it’s got to be damn good.

Simply Myself

7 Tips For Timeless Beauty And Elegance

May 17, 2013

There are some things in life that never get old.

These are seven beauty tips that I’ve encountered time and time again. They’re classic. And when practiced, they can only lend more beauty and add depth to our lives.

Here they are, in my own words. And in no particular order of importance.

1. Be In Love

With life! With what you do. The moment. Your breath. The sun. And all the free and simple pleasures of life. This kind of love is infectious and when you exude with this kind of love, you become a radiant and irresistible source of energy for others.

2. Be Genuine 

Only say or do things if you really mean it. Smile from the heart. Ask questions if you are sincerely interested in finding out the answers. Act in a way that comes naturally to you. And be open about your vulnerabilities.

3. Above All, Kindness.

It doesn’t have to be as cheesy as it sounds. Sometimes, a small act of kindness can mean so much to others. Even just the simple act of listening shows that you care. Be kind to others. And above all, be kind to yourself.

4. Cultivate Good Health 

Beauty comes from energy and vitality. Nourish your body with fresh, clean and simple foods. Keep your bones and muscles strong by constantly moving and enjoying the outdoors. Sleep well to feel rested and rejuvenated when greeting a new day.

5. Laugh. A Lot.

In the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is all that serious. Don’t be afraid to get silly! They say people who laugh the most laugh the last. There is a real connection between laughter and longevity.

6. Cherish the Imperfect

A crooked smile. Freckles. A scar that tells a story. Imperfect things make life more interesting.

7. Simplicity 

Simplicity is the foundation of elegance. It is the understated. The harmonious. It can apply to the way we dress, what we eat, our everyday activities and what we choose to dedicate our thoughts and energy to. Simplicity is beautiful because it allows us to focus on what truly matters.

Have a happy weekend, my loves!

Normally, I would hide photos like this from the world… (it looks like the sun is bursting out of my nose! haha) 

Simply Myself

“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau