#gerilenmbf: For the Girly Girls but One of the Boys

Wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that is how I dress up for my highly hazardous work environment – the construction site. A shirt with caution vest, denim pants with hardhat and steeltoe to protect myself from electrocution, falling debris and puncturing from tie wires and steel rods protruding everywhere. Mind you, my hardhat saved me from having a concussion for a hundred of times and laborers that saw me every time always have this snide remark “Buti na lang may hardhat ka, Ma’am.” (Good thing you’re wearing a hardhat, Madam.)

Covering yourself for protection is good but inspecting the site under the scorching heat of the sun is not so good – at least for the reputation of the girly girl in me. I don’t feel very feminine with hair sticking on the sides of my face and shirt wet from sweat and accumulating stain from either mud because its raining or dust because its hot.

A clip of concrete pouring a steel deck – see the protruding tie wires?

One time, the hubby and I went on a series of site inspections around Quezon City. We geared up – backpack, hardhat, stiletto kidding, it’s steel toe. Our pants were of dust, cement and mud. Our kili kili (armpits) sweating off, we both hate the inconvenience we call umbrella, the freaky sunscreen is a hot thick film sticky on skin and our hair is glued to our faces, plus the hard hat gives a nice touch of crown. Imagine the horror on my face when we got a call summoning us for an emergency meeting on one of our client’s offices in Ayala.

Of course we went through.

22330813_1905548669458484_292873665_nTypical FOTD on site.

Thank goodness I’m not the only one with the driver’s license. I tried finger-combing my hair, I even attempted to at least put some brows on when the red light’s on and swipe color on my lips. Brush the oil stain from my lower pants, white paint stain on my backside shirt and patches of dried out mud from my hardhat and steel toe using wet wipes.

I gave up.

22359506_1905548072791877_374907214_nAfter work glow vs. After pampering glow

We entered the room just like so and guess what? As expected, all of the people inside wears formal. Mga ateng (female) architects wore dresses, & cat walking on their wedges. I vividly remember a junior architect in a tuxedo complete with a black bow, parang magpoprom lang (like attending a high school junior-senior prom). ‘Di ko na tinignan kung nakafalsies sila kasi maiingit lang ako! (I didn’t bother to check if they’re wearing false eyelashes, I will just get envious!)

Well, actually may isang nakafalsies! (I caught one wearing false eyelashes!) I can only imagine wearing makeup at bumilad sa araw (and bask in the sun).

It’s understandable, how I look. Until I mentally compared myself to the woman who opened the door for us; a woman wearing a corporate dress tiptoeing on her stiletto, leaving a whiz of gentle perfume on her path. An office secretary in her turf – structured curls of hair, perfectly winged eyes, full-on brows with gleaming smile of matte red lips. My head wondered if it’s transfer-proof until I died a little.

That’s why I love dressing up whenever the event asked for it and when I got enough time to pull it through because toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time. You choose your battles, either bathed & fed kids and deadlines reached looking like a beggar, or looking gorgeous with untidy home, hungry kids and utility bills unpaid! Okay, that’s over-escalating things but when you have minor beta-thalassemia aka defective hemoglobin, you don’t have enough muscles to check all the things for Today’s To-Do List.

Like I said, sometimes, toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time – unless the universe aligned to make you shine; the toddlers are asleep so I can have extra time to think about the clothes I’ll wear or put on decent makeup or an extended family member drop by to look at the kids while I do me.

Rare occasions where I don’t stay long that much on site that I can still wear the same top to my evening affair without the smell. From construction site inspection to blog event transformation.

Science has proved it. The brain chemistry behind the interest of people in personal appearance, like intense passion for clothes and the likes, like falsies, makeup and perfumes are highly because its pleasing and humans very much like to see beautiful things that vibrates pleasing aura.

Personal appearance alter your approach and interaction with the world.

We know our clothes affect other people’s impressions of us, but what’s more important to know is that what we wear affects us too, so the mud on my shirt and the oil stain on my pants really has something to do with my internal pulling of hair and crying on the corner.

The secretary who opened the door for us lead us to the conference room. It just made me sigh with relieve that she’s friendly and accommodating. What’s more? We won’t be staring at her the entire time nor the junior architects like prom dates waiting for the sweet music to start while beating myself up in the process, because we are meeting with their superior. Their superior.


My saving grace? We were introduced as the project-in-charge and hence, our outfit. The senior architect reclaimed my dignity albeit the greasy-sweaty look. Her, carefully taking notes of what I’m discussing sort of made my self-esteem higher. I may be a construction worker per se, but I’m the head engineer in the group and it’s crucial that they listen to me.


Clothes are one of human’s basic need, but in our modern times, clothing has been raised to a higher standard we call Fashion so if you’re a girl who loves to dress up, go you! Your girly girl closet isn’t frivolous, its just that it contains a myriad of channels to heightened up your game.

And as for me, well, I may not always have my brows on-fleek, sometimes my katamaran (one of minor beta thalassemia symptom is fatigue) attacks, and I’m no exception to smell like a construction worker after a day in the field but I got a head on top of my shoulders. That’s more important-er (engineers aren’t suppose to be good in English).

Clothes will boost our confidence in facing the world when its stain-free and newly looking, good thing there’s Elextrolux Ultimate Care Washing Machine with FashionCare technology!

With Electrolux Ultimate Care you can “Buy now, wear forever!”

The unique Electrolux UltraMix Technology guarantees your favorite clothes (in my case, my construction site clothes) to look newer for longer! No matter what lifestyle you’re in, Electrolux’ Innovative Vapour Refresh program – a quick cycle designed to refresh delicates without using detergent, will get your clothes wrinkle-free with less ironing hassle. That’s hitting two birds in one stone! It refreshes your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh and looking like new. No more smelly clothes! And the Woolmark certified cycle will fit all kinds of clothes even the precious woollens! Now we don’t have to hand-wash special types of clothing like fishnet, wool and cashmere.

With Electrolux FashionCare you Wash. Wear. Repeat!

This feat is important for my school kid because so far, he only got a pair of uniform that I hand wash because I’m afraid that my washing machine will ruin the delicate fabric and for my construction uniform PPE, I had to hand wash after having the long strong cycle because the washing machine isn’t strong enough to remove stubborn stain, too.

230131_224651647548203_2383883_nThe roses in the family. My sister Beth, yours truly and our Mother E. We love wearing fishnet for skirts, wool for scarves and cashmere for turtlenecks.

Electrolux FashionCare will remove the worry of frequent washing leading to faded colors that includes white! Unique Electrolux UltraMix™ Technology delivers an exceptional deep clean even at 30°C, keeping clothes vibrant and newer for longer – perfect for my everyday uniform/construction clothes. It also allows water to be pre-mixed with the detergent and activated even in cold water, ensuring a deep yet gentle clean – perfect for my school kid’s uniform, and delicate fabrics like fishnet, lacy dresses and silk.

22345115_1906415736038444_632490685_o (1)The Jersons love vibrant colored polo and long sleeves on Sundays. With Electrolux Ultimate Care Front Load, I can save muscle for more important things on my Today’s To-Do List and that’s to devout my time to these boys!

Segregate correctly and wash pieces of same shade of color and type of clothing with the right machine like the Electrolux Ultimate Care Front Load, which has features that help clothes stay vibrant. The unique Electrolux UltraMix Technology helps care for your favourite delicate clothes and everyday work/school clothes at the same time!

There is no perfect to explain the phenomenon that is Electroluc UltraMix Technology other than the Style Icon, Fashion Designer Rajo Laurel!

Rajo Laurel is the first-ever Electrolux FashionCare Ambassador!

  • Load Sensor™ Automation -Electrolux Load Sensor™ automatically senses load weight, determines optimal washing time, water and detergent while guaranteeing maximum energy efficiency. Just like how the elevator door won’t close when it’s overloaded. This smart machine won’t start the cycle when it’s too heavy. This feat will keep the clothes protected from tearing up and saving it’s life, too.
  • Energy Efficiency – Electrolux EcoInverter reduces energy consumption by 75%* while guaranteeing long lasting performance and silent operation. Advancing in technology doesn’t necessarily mean harming our environment, Electrolux UltimateCare Washing Machine is a proof to that.
  • 99.9% Allergen Free – Electrolux Vapour Care reduces allergens by up to 99.9% even at 40°C while taking care of your family’s well-being. Perfect for baby’s sensitive skin and patients suffering from skin asthma.

22343527_1709842015707005_913118082_oMy best power dressing look.

I still wear my PPE; that’s a standard protocol in the field of my choosing, but I have more appreciation of my profession now. I help in civilizing humanity, I volunteer in designing public maternity facilities, I’m in the middle of conceptualizing a sphere house – which will float when it floods and will roll during earthquake. In the end, it is one of our main source of bread and hence, I must be thankful that I am able to wear my PPE.

electrolux gerifiedphElectrolux FashionCare Front Load Washing Machine

With Electrolux FashionCare I can use my muscle to take care of my loved ones because I know it will take good care of our clothes – removing stains and making it newer for longer!

I still love adoring girls in their carefully articulated outfits, I try to recreate the look when I’m up for it too, but for now, I’m excited for this latest technology innovation in washing the laundry; it has come to a full new height and now that it could take care of my family’s well-being with 99.9% Allergen Free, our everyday work and school clothes, our special clothes with Innovative Vapour Refresh program, and the environment, too with Energy Efficiency Feat!

I’m a proud girly girl but one of the boys and just like me, Electrolux FashionCare has the tough muscle for stain but a soft heart for my delicate fabric!

Discover the world of Electrolux Fashion Care at bit.ly/ElectroluxFashionCare

26 thoughts on “#gerilenmbf: For the Girly Girls but One of the Boys

  1. I haven’t heard about this Electrolux! But I think it has a good quality.
    Yeah simetimes it’s hard to dress up properly and specially for me that I hava a toddler na subrang kulit. For me as long as comfortable ako sa suot ko ok na ako. Heheheh.

    1. Ako rin, sis. That’s why I like that it can make new clothes look newer for longer at least masulit natin ang price tag! ❤ Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Wow.. Its amazing how this machine by electrolux take care of your clothes. I love the idea that its great for infant or childrens clothes na its hypoallergenic. Im getting lunatic to the idea of having this one in the future.. hakhak.. kudos #gerifiedph for this info. =)

    1. Thanks for dropping by, serranolaarnie! With Electrolux FashionCare Washing Machine, we don’t have to hand wash our newborn’s delicate clothes without the fear of irritation! ☺️

  3. We also use Electrolux at home. It is so easy to operate and our washing machine has been with us for years now and until today, it is still functioning.

    My husband is also an Engineer and often, he would deal with workers. Dressing up in your kind of field is important not to differentiate you from the rest but to gain their respect and trust. As they say, dress like a king to be treated as one.

    1. We looked all the same! Haha SOP ang PPE, the only thing that differentiate the heads (engineers and architects) from the workers are our white hard hats. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Momi Berlin. Kilig ako! 😍😘

  4. I understand what you mean. I have 3 small boys. As much as I want to look nice every time we go to Mass, I don’t have much time to prepare because I have to dress up all 3 boys daily every time we go to church. My consolation is that we get to hear Mass together.

    1. That’s so true! We choose our priorities and the mom in us always choose our offsprings first over and before ourselves! #selflesslove #motherlove

  5. People really need to stop judging others on how they look, because beauty is skin deep. On a positive note, Im happy that you now have more appreciation to the uniqueness of yourself. The Electrolux FashionCare is really a leap forward to a more comfortable future! Imagine not having to worry about allergens when using machine for delicate clothes! Plus the fact that its super sulit dahil it makes new clothes look newer longer, bongga! Thanks for sharing this holy grail of a washing machine! Now I need to make lambing of my hubby para magka Electrolux fashioncare wash machine kami as anniv gift! ❤

    1. Thanks so much sis! Electrolux FashionCare Washing Machine is also perfect for newly established family, investment ito and lifetime partner in washing clothes! ❤

  6. You are such a dahling girly but tough Engineer. I love reading this and kinda inspired to upgrade my look just a bit, But nah, I don’t wear falsies in fact I don’t even use anything on my face. Well, the Electrolux Fashion Care is an angel and the features are amazing.

    1. There’s nothing to improve naman kasi Ms. Macy on your facial features, you’re one of the lucky few who got deep set eyes, youthful brows and tall nose! You also inspire me to dress well. ❤️❤️❤️Thanks for dropping by! 🎈

  7. My usual clothes are plain black, white and gray. I like classic pieces and I don’t feel bad about myself if I will wear the same clothes all over again. Mark Zucherberg is my idol haha. People should not judge others based on what clothes and brand they wear but on how they carry themselves to the public.

    1. I also read somewhere about a woman who created her own uniform because she doesn’t want to waste energy on picking up what clothes/color to wear. She also has inclined on plain colors white top and a denim pants, all day, everyday. I guess, that’s us, too! 😀

  8. In fairness ha, even in your sweaty, straight from the field look, you still look gorg! I feel you, though. I’m not an engineer but as a broker, I go to projects and developments then suddenly may meeting. Minsan wala pang dalang pang-retouch! 😀

  9. As babaw as it may sound the way you look affects your self-esteem a lot. When you know you look good, you feel you can do anything. So in that respect it’s important to take care of your clothes so they always look nice and polished.

  10. I have always been thought of a tomboy (but I am not) and I think it has something to do with the way I dress (and walk). I am most comfortable wearing shirts and jeans and sneakers and carrying a backpack rather than wearing something dressy and carrying a handbag. Though it never really bothered me. But what’s amusing for me is when people get shocked and surprised when I dress up a bit or dress up for a big event. As what my brother said, I clean up well. LOL!

  11. Totally can relate with your on field feeling.. I’m not an engineer but I’m a BAC secretariat,I do ocular inspection too with infrastructures here in Cebu and the init feels! Always ruin my day.. I’ve heard so many good reviews about electrolux appliances but first time I’ve heard about their fashioncare 😊 first time here in your blog.. Thank you for sharing sis!

    Rica | http://www.sassycebuana.com

  12. Ayayay! Since becoming a sahm, I have not dressed up except when going outside. On a few rare occasions, I have worn a decent dress because I was told we’ll have an online meeting. Only to realize, it was only a phone conference. So, I kind of stopped. But I was told to put on a little lippie just for confidence. 🙂

    Yay! I need a new washing machine, too. Putting Electrolux on the list.

  13. Here’s what I learned with balancing life and being a mom and interacting with the blogging world: dressing up is not for the benefit of others but for yourself. If we need a bit of confidence boost it’s amazing how a bit of stilettos or awesome pair of undies can really heighten that confidence we have. I’m so excited to know that you’re a girl boss and saludo ako sayo for that! 🙂

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