Sudio Time

Music has always been a part of my system and I can't imagine life without some awesome tunes to listen (or sing) to. However, there are instances wherein I need to listen to my beats out loud without disturbing others, especially in transit or while traveling. Recently, I stumbled upon the TVA Sudio Earphones (thank goodness) and I immediately couldn't resist their design for obvious reasons - the pair comes in BLACK AND GOLD. Not only does it suit the #thegoldinitiative tag, it also serves as my default "me-time" partner. 

Sudio Sweden has a roster of sleek and classy pieces which will never go out of style *insert Taylor Swift song*. One pair of earphones usually comes with a pouch for easy storage and a pin clip so you can hang them on your shirt, and a warranty card. There are other colors to choose from (the white looks so clean and classy too) but my fave definitely is the black and gold. In terms of sound quality, it's very crisp. TVA, the design I got, is also lightweight but only has one remote control button (one click to pause or double click to play the next track). Note, however, that these earphones aren't built for use while doing strenuous physical activities, i.e. running a marathon (tried wearing them while jogging and they fell off of my ears). 


Now I'm pretty sure you would want one for yourself so head over to their shop at and input ANINARUBIO upon checkout for a sweet 15% off! 

Check them out also on Instagram @sudiosweden 


Happy hoarding! xx

MASSIVE Happy Birthday!

I find it very organic and more personal to give out cards on special days - this is why I'm so happy I collaborated with CardNest for this project! If you are celebrating your birthday, or got friends/relatives who are, then this card is perf for you! 

Here are some photos: from drafts to actual card artwork! I used watercolor for the final one <3 

CardNest is an independent greetings card subscription service based in England. Its worldwide members receive a monthly delivery of three greetings cards in the post, designed exclusively for by independent artists from across the world. The limited edition packs of cards include a mix of birthday cards, thank you cards, congratulations cards as well as all-purpose cards, as a lovely way of keeping in touch with loved ones the old fashioned way. 

Membership is £7.50/month for those in the UK and £10/month for those outside of the UK, with no contracts or commitments.

If you are reading this, then you are in for treat, whether it's your birthday or not :)

You get 50% off on your first month of subscription (and it doesn't matter which part of the world you live in because this code applies worldwide). Just input the code ANINA50 and voila! Head on over to their website and subscribe. You'll be in love with their roster of cards, for sure <3

P.S. Thanks CardNest for putting up an artist profile for me!


REVIEW: Mica Gold Ink from Kuretake

I've always been a fan of gold paints and inks - hence, #thegoldinitiative. Recently, I've discovered this Gold Mica Ink from Kuretake Zig and TBH I think this is a must-have for every calligraphy/lettering-enthusiast. Here are the reasons why:

1. EASE OF USE. It's already in liquid form so I don't need to brush it over the nib for pointed pen calligraphy, as opposed to using paint. Also, each bottle comes with a ball shaker. This makes it easy to mix the ink everytime the pigment settles at the bottom of the container.


2. PIGMENT. This gold is brilliant, opaque, and very saturated. It can be used on both light and dark colored papers. You can also use this for both brush lettering and pointed pen calligraphy.


3. PRICE. A bottle of 60mL retails for just Php 499 (Pesos) - It's very affordable for a lot of gold, to be honest. You can purchase this at @swirlsandstrokesph (Instagram).

I think the only thing I don't like is the bottle. When you dip your holders, it tends to get messy, especially when the bottle is halfway empty.

Here are some samples:


Unlike the Finetec watercolor palette, this ink can't be blended. If you want something to mix with paint, get a Finetec. For everyday writing, get this ink instead.

Happy hoarding, then!

P.S: Tag your golden artworks! #thegoldinitiative