There were three speakers for the event: Frances Amper-Sales of OK! Magazine (pictured above, right), Jennifer Madrid of Unilever, and freelance stylist Dona Cuna-Pita.
OK! Magazine Editor-in-Chief Frances Amper-Sales spoke about blogging and earning money online. She recommended several advertising networks and pay-to-blog sites. She also gave some pointers with regards to setting up an online store. You can access Frances' blog at http://www.topazhorizon.com.
Next up was Selecta Foods' Brand Manager Jennifer "Jean" Madrid (pictured above, left). Jean gave a very inspirational talk about creating your own unique value at work. Basically, she advised us that these days, it's no longer enough to be the best. You have to be different and be able to distinguish yourself from everyone else. To sum it up, you will have to find something that you can be the best at and own it.
The last speaker was freelance stylist Dona Cuna-Pita (pictured above, right). Dona gave tips on how to look good on a tight budget. She suggested DIY clothing, swap meets with friends, and learning when to scrimp and splurge. She was very frank and funny -- she had us in stitches for most part of her talk. She has a column in the Y Style section of the Philippine Star every Friday.
In true BDJ fashion, raffle prizes were given away after every segment. It's funny how my seatmates and I (that's me, Czaroma, and Ria up there) won the same Azta Urban Salon GCs from the raffle consecutively! In a BDJ event, it's not a question of IF you will win in the raffle -- it's WHAT you will win because there are always raffle prizes for every single attendee. You also get prizes for asking and answering questions during the event. I bagged a Face Shop eye shadow, Clawdaddy Restaurant GC, and a Watsons gift pack just for asking and answering questions! A simple merienda was provided with Bizu sponsoring our dessert.
Aside from all the wonderful prizes, loot bags containing goodies from Jellybean, Garnier, Iora, Havaianas, and Flojos were distributed after the event. I also got an Ace Water Spa GC for being one of the early birds. I just love Belle De Jour events! With every BDJ Rendezvous I feel a little bit smarter, a little bit more enlightened, and I always gain a few more friends. Here's looking forward to the next one... :D
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