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An Afternoon with the Nest Squad + The Nest Officially Opens

Days before The Nest’s grand opening last June 23, 2016, they hosted an Instagram contest for the VIP & Grand Opening Night and a Meet & Greet session with the The Nest Squad. I feel so lucky that was selected as one of the winners for their Instagram contest. Each winner was granted a pass for the grand opening night and a chance to meet & greet the top bloggers in our country.

The Nest consists of two stores; Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roasts. They serve French & Italian dishes. I wasn’t able to take some photos for Giuseppe since the venue for the meet & greet was at Maison de Bonbon.

Here’s a peek of Maison de Bonbon’s neat and classy place. The interior gives off a relaxing cafe ambiance so I say that it’s a good place to spend long hours of your vacant time. The white and pastel frames along the staircase are very cute and enticing to look at. Not to mention, they also have a small function hall upstairs where we had our meet & greet. Sorry, I wasn’t able to take photos of their staircase and the second floor area out of excitement.

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Some photos of their decorations and food displayed at the counter.

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Starting with the afternoon session, together with Camille Co, Laureen Uy, Vern & Verniece Enciso and Nicole Andersson (also known as “The Nest Squad”) along with the winners were able to ask them questions and tips about blogging. The fun part was we also had a casual talk and a photo opportunity with the top digital bloggers.

As I entered Maison de Bonbon and The Nest Squad were at the ground floor having their lunch. The funny thing was the waitress thought that I was with them. I saw Camille’s hair and I quickly recognized her. She acknowledged me as her “hair twin”. I’m actually a huge fan of Camille and little did I know that we have the same hair color until I visited her Instagram account a few days ago before the meet & greet. I was planning some last minute changes but there’s no time already to let my hair fade.

Going up to the second floor, I received my event invitation and the other winners were there as well. I met new friends and most of them are bloggers too.

INVITATION

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LUCKY WINNERS

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FOOD

These luxurious decorations and delicious treats are from Maison de Bonbon which were served during the meet & greet. My favorites among these are the mousse and the pistachio pizza.

I wasn’t able to take some photos for Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roasts.

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Mousse as my all-time favorite for dessert!

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This is the pistachio pizza that I was talking about. It really tastes good with liver spread. If you’re going to visit the place, YOU MUST TRY THIS!

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LET’S MEET “THE NEST SQUAD”
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Camille was the tallest among the 5 bloggers. For the afternoon session, she was wearing a denim top and printed bell bottom denim pants that matched her eye-catching hair color. Being my favorite among the five, one of my impressions were “Does she even have pores?”. It was revealed then that she is using Korean & Japanese skin care products for her blooming smooth skin.
Laureen was described as the one who could dress up from girly to street. I love her clothes and styling as always. The prints on her outfit and her platforms were perfect for the day. 
Nicole wearing her off shoulder top really suits her. I really like the way she talks with her accent. To simply describe how she talks, it is somehow similar with the popular actress Anne Curtis.
Vern & Verniece have similar styles. The difference is that Verniece has a youthful doll style while Vern has the older sister vibe among the two as being described by their co-bloggers. What caught my attention during that afternoon was Vern’s dress. Vern wore a stunning black lace dress with a coat covering her shoulders while Verniece wore a cute white off shoulder dress.

All of them were pretty, very friendly and they also initiate the conversation most of the time. 

INTERACTION AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Photo op time! My interactions were mostly with Camille and Laureen. Of course, we were talking about our hair colors because that’s what we have in common. I told them that I used crepe paper to color my hair and they surprisingly showed interest about the process of crepe paper hair dyeing. They were actually curious and asked how I did it. Maybe I’m going to do a blog post on this cool method of dyeing your hair but with a twist not like the normal tutorial videos.

Here’s a snippet from The Nest of our short interaction:

GRAND OPENING NIGHT

During the VIP & Grand Opening Night, they served sweets & drinks for the night. The party started introducing The Nest’s owner Henrik Yu who gave his opening remarks and later on introduced the Top Digital Bloggers.

The fashion show by Gil Macaibay III was hosted by James Tubeo and Nessalou Sabejon accompanied with DJ Jill & DJ Red’s music, Arthur Nery & Muriel Lumadilla also showcased their soothing and powerful voices during the unique fashion show.

Gil Macaibay’s collection for the night featured colorful pieces while their models rocked the runway with different dishes from The Nest.

PHOTOBOOTH
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DRESS & SHOES – Charlotte Russe
Belt, Choker & Layered Necklace – H&M
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It’s so nice to be back! Don’t forget to follow The Nest on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to visit them, The Nest is located at Coralles St., Cagayan de Oro City near Boy Zugba. Good food not just for the eyes but also for your taste buds and stomach.

Thank you The Nest!

You can check more photos & download them in HQ here:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/queenalixandrea/BHuWPs

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