Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

Was at Greenbelt 5 last Wednesday—my first visit since the robbery. Lots of guards stationed, kinda freaky...

But other than that, the place had the usual holiday vibe. Look what I found right outside the Greenbelt 5 stretch.
I saw a number of people having their photos taken at this bench.

...and upstairs. I must say, Halloween is getting more and more popular.

Found this one at the Atrium lobby of SM MegaMall. Nice spot to have a photo-op, too!

Saw these in Gift Gate. Who could resist these oh-so-cute Hello Kitty and Kuromi (My Melody) stuffed toys?
Halloween-themed bags are also being sold. How fun!

These are just some of the nice spots to visit this weekend; once you're done with your visits.
Stay safe, and keep cool this weekend! ;)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

To The Dark Side

You know when TV series and movies are a hit when fashion houses and makeup brands pay tribute to them. True Blood (TV series) and Twilight (movie series) are both top ranking, with Vampire Diaries (another TV series) following suit.

Goth-inspired looks have truly arrived, with designers such as Calvin Klein and Jil Sander leading the pack of fashionistas with sleek styles in edgy gunmetal shades. Makeup artists have also drawn inspiration from these hit shows, as they complemented the looks with sexy black makeup as well.

Take your cue from M.A.C.’s senior makeup artist Terry Barber, who shared a few of her favorite tools, from the latest Style Black collection, on “I love the new Mineralize Black Shadows, with the undertones of jewel metallics, for that Grace Jones look—like wet asphalt. Sexy. Overall, it’s all about black with metallics—emerald green on dirty gold, a little cobalt mixed in.” I also love their Penultimate eyeliner in Rapid Black for having the thinnest liner pen to date. Other black must-tries include cremesheen lipstick in Black Knight and Mattene lipsticks in Night Violet and Midnight Media. Barber’s tips on wearing black? “Only a hardcore vampire would do all black everything. It’s all about balance. A lot of eye always means less skin and a fleshy mouth. A strong lip looks contemporary on a nude eye. It’s all about what you erase on the face.” Oh, and no matter what look you’re sporting, keep those lashes long and luscious with M.A.C.’s latest baby, Zoom Fast Black Lash in Deepest Black (P780).

Black lips too much for you? Try Glimmerglass in Blackfire, P1,150

The Mineralize Eyeshadow in Cinderfella, P1,000, is all you need to achieve sexy smoky eyes

Lining eyes is easier with Penultimate Eyeliner in Rapidblack, P1,100

This makeup collection is perfect for those who have plans this Halloween :) Don't be overwhelmed with these black babies, you can use them for glam nights out as well. Just ask the M.A.C. sales staff which products they'd recommend, and get tips and makeup lessons on the spot at their stores located in Glorietta (near Rustan's), Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza mall, and Power Plant mall.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Prizes up for Grabs

I got curious as to what the prizes look like. Do you want any of these? :)

Samsung Corby mobile phone

Samsung ST500 Dual LCD Camera

Samsung CLP-315 printer

Samsung LapFit LD190G monitor

Plus, Samsung “I Imagine” hoodies to keep or giveaway, and P10,000 worth of gift certificates from Folded & Hung.

AND P30,000 cash prize. All of these are up for grabs, and it's easy to join the contest. No need to shell out money, you just need to rack your brain and work on your creative juices. How? Read my next post (below) to find out :D

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Be Heard and Win!

Had a short intimate dinner (and chikahan) with Samsung and Folded & Hung peeps last night at The Establishment, The Fort. These two powerhouse brands have teamed up to inspire the youth in following their dreams and making them into reality. How? By this contest that has prizes such as cash, gadgets, and your slogan (entry) being printed on F&H hoodies such as the one below.

Read below to find out how you can join:

With its “I Imagine” campaign, Samsung focuses on the young generation’s passions, concerns and outlooks. Encouraging the Filipino youth to speak-up and voice-out their opinions, thoughts, feelings and ideas, the leading innovator in digital electronics media creates a dynamic force that just brims with sheer ingenuity. Logging in on directs you to a world filled with bright promises!

Metro Manila college students, currently enrolled this school year, can register and create their own I Imagine slogan by completing the statement: “I Imagine…“. Aside from being your own shout-out creator, you can also vote for other “I Imagine” shout-outs posted on the site. The shout-outs, whether in English or Filipino, must fall under one of three categories: Talk, for shout-outs that express emotions, ideas, thoughts, dreams, hopes and ambitions; Play, for shout-outs that express how life is experienced through love of music, sports, fashion and the arts; and, Love, for shout-outs that express how bonds are formed with family and friends through shared interests and passions. Only one slogan can be accepted for each category. Submissions will be accepted until November 30, 2009.

Samsung amplifies the Filipno youths’ voice as the winning statements will be printed on Folded & Hung exclusively designed Samsung “I Imagine” hoodies available at participating Folded & Hung stores in the Metro. Individual winners (one per category) will take home exciting prizes such as P30,000 cash, the Samsung Corby mobile phone, Samsung ST500 Dual LCD Camera, Samsung CLP-315 printer, Samsung LapFit LD190G monitor, 5 Samsung “I Imagine” hoodies to keep or giveaway, and P10,000 worth of gift certificates from Folded & Hung. Likewise, the schools of the respective winners will each receive a Samsung LCD monitor.

Criteria for judging will be based on the following: Relevance to the Chosen Category (40%), Creativity (40%) and the Total number of online votes (20%).

What’s more, all who register to the campaign, whether to upload their own shout-out or simply vote for posted shout-outs will entitle them to a chance to win cool Samsung gadgets. Each registration is equivalent to one raffle entry which will be drawn on December 15, 2009. Up to 500 Samsung I Imagine hoodies, 20 Samsung phones and 20 Samsung DVD players are also up for grabs.

Overflowing food and drinks were provided; with laptops for us to check out the contest website.

I was able to catch up with old colleagues from ABS-CBN Publishing. Nana of Chalk was seated (photo above).
Below: me with Steph Cabal and JJ San Juan of Inquirer 2BU, with Rey Ilagan of Garage magazine.

Me with Samsung Marketing gal Odette Velarde, or who we fondly call Ms. O!
Sexy name, right? :) I miss this "ate" of mine.

Samsung and F&H are going on campus tours to promote this campaign and contest of theirs. So, watch out for them: November 11 at UP Diliman,, November 12 in San Sabastian College, November 13 in Ateneo de Manila University, November 16 in San Beda College, November 17 in Miriam College, November 18 in De La Salle Univerity, November 19 in University of Sto. Tomas, and November 20 in Far Eastern University.

Good luck, everyone! Keeping my fingers crossed that one of you readers will win any of the prizes ;)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Penshoppe's Re-vision

I got home late from an afternoon spent with baby J and my mom last Friday; traffic was bad. Was in a rush to get ready for an event—Penshoppe's exclusive by-invitation only sit-down dinner/fashion show for Philippine Fashion Week. Left around 7:30p.m. from Q.C. area, and got to SMX convention in SM MOA around 830p.m. Not bad, actually...

This was my first Philippine Fashion Week in 3 or 4 years, I think. After all, who could resist a special dinner/show? The last one I attended was still held at NBC tent :o This is what welcomed me when I entered the room (after registration):

Two long tables... that's it! With only 150 of us invited. This was the table setting:

And our menu:

A few minutes shortly, Alex Mendoza of Penshoppe briefed us with what the event was about. I was seated right across him. It was a re-vision, a preview of things to come for 2010. Here are the top trends they believe that will be a hit here, and how we can incorporate Penshoppe items with it.

And so the show began with ethnic:

Likin' the striped tunic, and the color combination

Saw designer Kate Torralba in action. Don't you just love her dress? Exquisite! She's covering this for her blog as well. Check hers out here.
That's Victor Basa seated in front her.

Country-theme was up next. All sorts of plaid and checkered prints were showcased. Like this long-sleeved polo:

this vest

and this puff-sleeved polo

In between these trends, an entree was served. The beef was my fave ;P

I wasn't able to take a photo of the goth trend. Sorry, I was enjoying my beef entree a little too much hihi :) The last one was on the futuristic side.

And that was it. It was a really, really short show. I guess they wanted to tease us a little on what Penshoppe is brewing for 2010. Guests slowly left the venue. Some went down to watch the SuperModel finals competition. As for me, I hung out a bit with the media peeps. Those of you who've been following/reading my blog would know by now that I've been a hermit for the past year due to my pregnancy and our little J.

Got to chat a bit with Circuit's JR Isaac (new 'do), model Kelly Misa and designer Kate Torralba

And Penshoppe image endorsers, with the head honcho.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quick Afternoon Shopping

Spent late afternoon at Republic (Eastwood City Walk 2). It was my first time to go there, and it's humongous! Three-story high full of street, urban, and beach gear...

So many brands, and so many products! I think one of their bestsellers are these headphones/earphones from Skull Candy... Within an hour of my visit, I think 3 people have already bought a Skull Candy, and quite a few checked it out—and this was on a Thursday afternoon.

Hubby and I wanted to buy a his-and-hers shirts, but the shirt for me looked small so I tried it on in their dressing room. Don't you just love the room? :D Had to take a photo hihi... Unfortunately, it was too small for me.

So, we went up to the third floor to check out their slippers, and found these slippers for us both and for our baby J. But we realized, it'll take about three years before he'd fit into those slippers, so we passed on this set...

Ended up buying these instead: a NewBreed shirt for me, and Cobain slippers for my two boys.

Speaking of shoes; good news to ladies who have "cute" feet. Charles & Keith now has size 34 for selected designs.

And for the whole family, why don't you check this out? :) World Pyro Olympics, participated by countries such as Korea, Germany, China, etc... To find out the details and schedules, click on the photo below to enlarge.

Too bad little J is too small to appreciate this one, but I'm sure there'll be more for us in the future. Happy weekend, everyone! :D

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I heart Coco!

Remember my post on the movie "Coco Avant Chanel"? I was lucky enough to be invited to its by-invitation screening last night at Gateway Mall.

Upon entering Mandarin Suites, Jenny of Visions tied this Chanel ribbon around my wrist :D

Moet & Chandon champagne overflowed that night, with hors d'oeuvres from Mandarin Oriental Suites. Yummy!

At the end of the room was a display of the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfumes

I got in late, so wasn't able to take much photos. Here are some of the guests invited to this exclusive event:

Lexi Schulze with hubby Javi Berenguer-Testa

Trish of Butter London (will post about this brand soon) and PR/Marketing maven Pam Gonzales

Boy Abunda (left most). wasn't able to take a clear photo of them, but I was deeply touched that Boy still remembered me, back when I was with K magazine :D

Rovilson Fernandez, with a friend. Sorry, Rov, I wasn't able to catch her name. Only that her name started with a J, like me :0

Store Specialist, Inc.'s Malu Francisco, who's as gracious as ever

Hot momma Cesca Garcia, who just gave birth. Isn't she stunning? What a coincidence that we both got married on the same month (just a few days apart) and gave birth also just a few weeks apart :) We'll schedule playdates soon with her pretty little baby.

Bubbly and girly designer Tippi Ocampo with hubby. She has a new shop/drawing room at The Fort, so you don't have to go all the way to Merville to have gowns/dresses made.

After taking her photo, she turned around and I saw the detail of her top. I love!

We went back to the receiving area at Mandarin Suites to have our photo taken at the "Chanel arc." Stylist Sidney Yap played model. We made him jump, and it came out really nice. Chanel meets Lacoste ad :)

For our final shot, we had a group picture with my schoolmates from St. Jude Catholic School. Left to right: me, Pond's lady and my "baby" godsister Jacq Yuengtian, Sidney Yap, and adopted Judenite for the night, Janelyn Ong

And about the movie, I love it! So many one liners and subtle hints on how Coco became a designer. I hope you can find a DVD copy of it, since it won't be shown in theaters here. Thanks again to Rustan's The Beauty Source, French Embassy, Araneta Center, Mandarin Oriental Suites, and Moet & Chandon Champagne for holding this exclusive event.


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