Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Sked

O.N.E. Naturales, a proudly made Pinoy bodycare brand, goes on sale this July 31.  O.N.E. stands for Organic, Natural, and Eco-friendly; and they stand true to these qualities with products that close to nature and packaged in recyclable cartons and tins.

My favorite from the lot are their massage bars that are perfect for home use.  

Prices range from P199 to P629, but starting from July 31, ALL O.N.E. Naturales products will go on sale—everything for P199!  Check out their product offerings by going to their facebook fan page.  O.N.E. Naturales is available at all SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) and Watsons.  

An exclusive TRUNK SHOW featuring fashion designer JOHN PARAS and bags and accessories designer RESHMA CHULANI for their Holiday 2011 collection is set tomorrow at the Rockwell Leisure Club function room 1. Doors open at 11a.m.

See you there :D

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Prepping up for New Yorker

New Yorker, the store, that is :) The shop known for its vintage and vintage-inspired pieces, is almost done with their renovation.  And with this, a sale of their past creations that you might just need for an event that you'll soon be needing:

These are some of my favorites:
Blue and pearls are a refreshing combination

This beaded low neckline mini dress is a show-stopper!

Look at the back detail—wow!

For the "slightly" conservative gal.
The beaded waist detail keeps it subtly regal.

This gray halter piece is serenely feminine and classy.

To get in touch with New Yorker, call and make an appointment now: 844-7753, 844-7663

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Party for a Cause

For those who like to go out and party—and support a cause, you might like to go out tonight. Got this text yesterday:

Help raise funds for ICanServe tonight as Seventh High (Bonifacio High Street) opens its doors on a Scarlet Wednesday. 

Proceeds from door charge will go to help breast cancer awareness. Party for a good cause... Doors open at 10 p.m. Open bar, too!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

All Dressed Up

I wasn't able to take photos of the actual exhibit of Miadore x FADAL x Seven Barreto, but I was able to mingle a bit that night:


Fashion blogger turned designer Karl Leuterio

Forever 21 Visual Merchandiser Louie Jay Moises

Levenson Rodriguez, Lizanne Cua, Cheetah and Jaz Cerezo

Special drinks were served, as concocted by the FADAL designers

I had work the next day—that's why I left earlier.  Here's my parting shot with schoolmate Lizanne Cua and ex-colleague Levenson Rodriguez :)

Congratulations to the power team, and super thanks to Yekky Balingit of Miadore for the fabulous neckpiece I wore that night ;)  
What I'm wearing: spaghetti strap top, rings and shoes from Forever 21, orange silk maxi skirt from SM Department Store, clutch by Kate Spade, and necklace by Yekky Balingit.
For a closer look, click on this link :D

Monday, July 25, 2011

Artistic Fusion

Accessories designer Yekky Balingit of Miadore was featured recently in our pages, but it wasn’t just us who took notice of this crafty artist. Together with the designers of the Fashion Designers Alliance Manila (FaDAL) and photographer Seven Barretto, he recently held a photo-exhibit-slash-launch, at 7th High in Bonifacio High Street.

The exhibit featured Balingit’s exquisite neckpieces as well as FaDAL clothes in dramatic photographs. Shot on gray background, the models’ bodies and faces were covered in brownish black eyeshadow to further highlight both the clothes and the accessories. From crystallized neckpieces to edgy shoulder caps, even tassel danglers, bejeweled cuffs, and brooches for men, Balingit’s creations are amazing. 

Cherry Veric’s sweetheart neckline gives a rockstar vibe with crystal shoulder accents.

Extra long danglers and a sparkling cuff is all you need to spice up Dave Ocampo creations.

An encrusted brooch is a refreshing accent to Levenson Rodiguez’s suit.

A medallion pendant amplifies Lizanne Cua’s version of the little black dress.

Mark Tamayo’s pleated waves and Balingit’s crystal neckpiece makes for a glamorized seashell.

A chockfull of fabric-covered beads are is a great accompaniment to Paradigm Shift’s easy ensemble.


Watch for more of FaDAL’s projects as founder Levenson Rodriguez shares that “FaDAL will help in promoting the best of Filipino artists to showcase their sheer talent and utter creativity that would surely highlight the Philippine fashion scene.”

To get in touch with Miadore, click on this link.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Booster Drinks

My husband and I love Smart C+.  He discovered it a few months back, way before Smart C+ was officially introduced in the market with personalities such as Anton del Rosario, RJ Ledesma, Rissa Mananquil and Liz Uy.

I just received a link to their latest video campaign yesterday:

Nowadays, we're not compartmentalized into just one role.  We're all more than just a son/daughter, parent, employee/businessman, sports enthusiast, and more!  I think this campaign is great in encouraging everyone to be multi-faceted and to excel in their chosen fields.  Don't you agree? 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Monochrome Divine

Shiseido’s “sister” debuted last month, with the young and hip makeup line from Japan celebrating its grand launch at Opus bar in Resorts World. Majolica Majorca, as mysteriously fun as the name implies, transformed the venue into a magical world full of romance and sparkle.

The host, Bianca Valerio, along with Shiseido’s and Luxasia’s key representatives, introduced Majolica Majorca’s muses: Bea Lozano, Steph Borlongan, and Angeline Gonzales, who walked the runway to show off the latest looks from the very limited “Fake Sleeping” collection. 

This got the guests excited to try the products, which were displayed all around the venue. Placed in cocktail and wine glasses filled with pearls, one just can’t resist trying on a few for the night. Our picks? The Aurora-colored precise eyeliner and the sweet-scented fragrance (Marjoromantica) are a must-try.


*Majolica Majorca is available in most Watsons and SM Department Stores Beauty Section.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quick Beauty Fixes Part 2

I gained quite a few pounds from my UK trip :( What luck that Facial Care Centre asked me to try out their new facial slimming service :D FCC's PR lady NJ Torres, with the resident doctor, welcomed me with a debriefing and a short interview:

And here's THE purple machine that will be doing all the "work"

Facial Care introduces its newest breakthrough service: UltraFace Facial Contour. Our face is the first thing people notice, and for those whose faces gain first and lose fats the last, this non-invasive facial treatment might just be the service for you.

This technology combines both ultrasound and radio frequency to reduce facial fat and contour the face. The high frequency ultrasound wave destroys fat cells, while the radio frequency energy contracts the collagen fibers that contour and tighten the skin. Both steps release tolerable heat, as this serves as a medium to dissolve fat cells and tighten the skin, among others.

Designed for those with chubby cheeks and double chin, it is recommended to have the 30-to 45-minute treatment in intervals of 10 to 14 days. Although a visit comprised of four to 12 sessions is required, visible results can be seen right after the first treatment as seen in the photo below of my first and only treatment:

I can't believe I'm posting my photo :o Here's half of my face done.  Notice that the left side is less "plump" as compared to the other one.  I am amazed at the results, and would definitely recommend it.  Just remember that nothing is permanent, so keep in mind to maintain your "desired" look by having a healthy diet and lifestyle.

* Experience the ultimate luxury in skin pampering only at FCC. For inquiries call 892-SKIN (7546) Visit our website

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quick Beauty Fixes part 1

Coming back from an overseas trip always messes us up our scalp goes haywire due to weather changes, while our body gains unwanted fat and pounds. The price one has to pay when traveling and on vacation, it doesn’t mean we just let these problems escalate. Two establishments that we always run to, in situations like these, are Kerastase and Facial Care.

For this post, let me talk about my experience with Kerastase at the L'Oreal Academie in Ortigas District:

While waiting for my turn, I was escorted to this cozy waiting lounge:

Delicious snackbites from Bizu:

Afterwhich, I was brought to the actual classroom. I love how clean, crisp and futuristic the venue was:



Upon inspection by the hair technicians, my hair was found to have become very brittle due to the harsh UV rays and my scalp has become dry because of the cool climate. They offered me its latest treatment, the Chronologiste.

Inspired by the revitalizing properties of caviar, Chronologiste has pearls that mimic the concentration and protection of caviar.

The pearls are crushed and combined with the nourishing cream a mere few seconds before application.


This is to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are applied on your precious locks and scalp. A foil shower cap is then placed on your head: the foil serves as a catalyst that produces heat to activate the properties of the Chronologiste, resulting in replenished hair fiber and a hydrated scalp.

I was lead to their "blowdrying section"

where the stylist from Emphasis Salon did an amazing job with my hair

Thank you, Emphasis Salon and Kerastase for saving my scalp and hair ;)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Going Gaga

It has been three years since Kermit Tesoro first introduced his heel-less shoes in This feature garnered him a spot on the cover of Meg magazine in October, 2009, which gave him the confidence and inspiration to present his Holiday 2010 collection. He showcased his nude, ribbed, heel-less shoes and skull heels, which both received great reviews from the fashion denizens.
kermit gilty pair

But it wasn’t just the stylish locals that took notice of Tesoro’s works. Nicola Formichetti, the creative director of Thierry Mugler and Lady Gaga’s personal fashion director, and her team, got in touch with him: “The styling team primarily asked for a pair of skull heels and escalated by asking me to send my pieces from my Holiday 2010 collection. They saw my collection online, and they contacted if I’m the real Kermit Tesoro as the designer of the skull heels.”

“The second time, they asked me to send pieces for the MTV video music awards, but the package got held up by the customs,” adds Tesoro.  Although both attempts were unsuccessful, Tesoro didn’t lose hope as he sent another pair of shoes and a suit to the styling team: “It was mainly for the album cover shoot but I’m utterly clueless what happened.”
kermit gilt

Then, he chanced upon the Lady Gaga x Gilt Groupe charity sale, which was a three-day online event curated by Formichetti. This was launched in celebration of the release of Lady Gaga’s latest album, “Born This Way.” Gilt members were given a chance to buy items that are of Lady Gaga’s styles (among others), which included Tesoro’s heel-less pair. “Upon seeing the campaign, at first I was uncertain, but when I checked all the details of the pair I sent, I was quite stoic and really happy that the pair really made it to their campaign.”

Surely, this isn’t the last of the collaboration.

To order, visit Kermit Tesoro's website.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Future Weaving

I've never felt Pinoy-Pride being celebrated as much as the past month.  With so many events revolving on encouraging proudly-made Pinoy crafts, let me start with this design competition hosted by the Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

I was invited to an intimate lunch at Mandarin Oriental Hotel with media friends and FDCP where this renowned fashion group announced this year's theme for their yearly Philippine Fashion Design Competition (PFDC)—"Weaving the Future: A Social Design Competition."

Rajo Laurel acts as the host:

With JC Buendia, the FDCP President, opening the launch with a short speech:

He shared that at the time when P-Noy was being inaugurated, a lot of designers were busy creating outfits for the attendees.  All of them shared one big problem: we have a shortage on materials and fabrics that are of Philippine origin.  Hence, the Philippine theme was born.  Buendia shares: "This competition aims to provide sustainable livelihood for regional communities through design and development of products made from indigenous weaves, materials and crafts.  We wish to raise awareness on the various rich indigenous materials that the Philippines can offer, placing the country on the fashion map all over the world."

A representative from Rags2Riches (R2R) was also present.  Known for helping small communities in becoming independent and self-sustaining, she proudly shows off the giveaways that Smart Communications commissioned them to produce for their holiday giveaway.  This is truly inspiring, and I do hope that FDCP's competition shall boost sales for both the designer and those that produce the indigenous materials.

After the talks, the FDCP members showed off their works made of our very own organic materials.  Here are some of my favorites:






Here's a group shot of the models and the designers.

Celebrity ambassadors include Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, and Mons Romulo—all wearing tops designed by Dennis Lustico.  Kris Aquino, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Dingdong Dantes are also part of this esteemed group.

FDCP was so generous to give away some of their works.  Accessory designer Gerry Sunga's amazing necklace and earrings set is to-die-for! 

Mega's Angela Alarcon was the lucky gal to own this set ;)

Media and blogger guests that joined me:
Liza Ilarde of Style Weekend

Mega team

Nina Estacio of Tatler

Myrza Sison and Queen Melo Esguerra

Daryl Chang

I can't wait to find out who the winners will be at the Finals Night at PAGCOR Grand Theater this November 22, 2001.  For interested applicants may send their complete and filled-out PFDC Application Form with a scanned copy of all required materials to on or before August 1, 2011.  Application forms and guidelines are available at PLDT watch pad website and may be requested through mobile number +639496885230.  Good Luck! :D


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