Wednesday, July 30, 2014

home decorating - umbra shift

Great industrial design. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Umbra.

I have long been a fan of the brand so I was especially excited to check out their new Umbra Shift collection which was created in collaboration with some of the worlds best designers like Lukas Peet, Paul Loebach, MSDS, Fugitive Glue, Hlynur Atlason, Philippe Malouin, Harry Allen, Albert Lee, and the Umbra Studio.

The pieces on display include objects that these designers would personally want to have in their own homes.

After a successful run last May 26 at the 26th International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York where it bagged the Editor's Award for Best Accessories, it's now itme for us to enjoy these beautiful creations at the Dimensione store in BGC for 2 weeks (July26-August8).

What I love about Umbra is that they are able to transform everyday utilitarian pieces into works of art that you can display proudly on your counters without it looking like clutter.

Take for example that brass thing below that looks like a bangle but is actually a bottle opener!

Why not?

And those hanger chairs which are reinforced with steel and can carry up to 300 pounds but at the same time remain sleek and look gorgeous hanging on a bare wall when not in use. Perfect for small spaces.

There are so many other unique pieces to be found at the exhibit and some of them were even created right here in the Philippines! Pretty cool, huh?

Check out more of Umbra via their website: or you can also visit

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

samsung kidstime + author's award contest

When it comes to kids and tablets, I am torn. 

As much as possible, I would like my daughter to avoid them so she has more time for physical activities and interaction. However, because of the current state of our culture, I can't entirely cut it out of her life.
Also, when used the right way, tablets can also be great teaching tools.

I have pondered on purchasing those slightly cheaper tablets that are created specially for children but often decide not to because I find them to be a waste of money. They don't grow with our children, the technology is often mediocre and when your kid grows out of it, it's basically as good as techno trash. 

Which is why myself and most other parents out there (I believe), settle for regular tablets for our kids or in some cases, share their own with their children. It's more practical and cost efficient. Just download some kid-friendly apps and you're good to go.

But the problem I find with that arrangement is that with the good and economical also comes the danger of our children spending too much time on senseless games and the risk of them encountering more adult-oriented material.

If you want your tablet to be a safe haven for your children, a device which helps them grow rather than stagnate, the new Samsung KidsTime app is worth checking out.

The KidsTime app was created by parents for parents. Despite making a living in the tech world, they also don't want their children to grow up solely with just memories of  endless hours on their tablet. They addressed this issue by creating an app which is not only 100% safe but also educational and most importantly, FUN for kids.

Before handing the tablet to your kids, you can set a timer for how long they are allowed to play on it. Once the time is up, the screen locks and they'll need to input a parent code to continue on playing.

This feature is also great for multiple-child households that share tablets, no more fighting! :)

They can create their own character that saves their progress so they can return to the skills they were previously learning each time.

This also allows parents to monitor the tablet activities of their kids with a special option that is exclusively available to KidsTime.

The app itself contains 35 eBooks, most of which are popular homegrown stories from Adarna House publishing.

It's also packed with numerous games which teach your child Match, Reading and Comprehension. I tried them out and I am happy to say that they are quite entertaining and totally unlike the free downloads which give you very limited access.

In line with this new app comes the Samsung KidsTimeTM Author’s Award.

The creation and launch of Samsung KidsTimeTM Author’s Award, in partnership with the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2014. Here in the Philippines, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) led headed by its chairperson Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz, will lead in identifying ten potential award winners, who will each win USD 20,000 and will have their winning submissions featured in Samsung KidsTimeTM for a year.

Participation is open to authors or publishers across the Philippines and South East Asia and will run until end October 2014. For the Philippines, the Author’s Award will be issued to 10 winners and valued at USD 2,000 per award.

Winners will be announced in November 2014 and the winning submissions will be promoted and distributed on Samsung KidsTimeTM in Southeast Asia for 12 months. More information can be found at the Samsung KidsTimeTM website. 

Samsung KidsTimeTM is currently available for all users of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 (7.0”), GALAXY Tab 3 Lite and GALAXY Tab 4 (7.0”) and will soon be available for other Samsung devices.  
Samsung KidsTimeTM is now available for download for free from Google Play.   In the Philippines, the app comes with a  free 1 month subscription to over 30 kid-safe apps and eBooks. In the Philippines, parents can upgrade to a monthly subscription of Php 199 that will give them unlimited access to all Samsung KidsTimeTM content.

pat santos atelier at sgt. esguerra

Do you know who Pat Santos is? 

If you work in the fashion industry, his name is probably one that has been rolled around in conversations on more than several occasions. If his name isn't familiar to you, than his work probably is.

Pat Santos has been supplying RTW pieces for The SM Store's in-house brands Blanc Et Noir, Philosophy (long favorites of mine), Studio S, Folio and Jus Ur Size for several years now.

Although very much successful in this endeavor, he wishes to further pursue his passion which is to produce more couture pieces.

To turn this dream into a reality, he is expanding his atelier's to different parts of the Metro starting with his second shop in Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City which is right in the middle of the city of stars known as Quezon City. He believes this strategic location is monumental in landing more influential clients who are always on the lookout for unique, show-stopping pieces.

Because of my job (thank you lord!), I was one of those invited to the blessing a couple of days ago...

The facade of the new atelier is hard to miss with its striking black, white and gold theme:

Inside is a comfortable, ultra-stylish and luxurious abode that will definitely put you in the mood to try on different pieces and spend even more time contemplating which ones to get (if not all) and discussing where to wear what...

But before I show you the "boudoir", let's have a look at the 11-piece capsule collection that he specially created to celebrate the opening of his new studio:

This year, Pat Santos is all about shift dresses, cropped tops, and column skirts in a combination of layered fabrics such as lace, neoprene, mesh and a special digital print floral sequin material that gives off the impression of a pixelated image.

Impressive and exciting but what I love most about his clothes is that they fit so well and feel really fantastic on the body.

After the quick fashion show, it was time for the most exciting and happiest part (for me) of the event. We finally got to see his new studio AND were given huge paper bags because...
We were told to take as much clothes as we wanted from the racks!!!! Gaaah, I died literally. My mind went into full combat shopping mode and no one could talk to me til I was done.

Not only is he super talented but super generous as well. I wish you all the best Pat Santos!

For inquiries and order requests, you may contact Pat Santos at 806-7214 or visit his Ateliers at #15 Luz Street, corner CRM Avenue, BF Alamanza, Las Pinas City or #42 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Quezon City.

sexy mermaid wedding dresses

Weddings are big business. 

Brides usually push budget aside in favor of looking perfect. No penny is spared, no bridal magazine goes un-flipped.

The quest for the perfect wedding dress usually commence as early as childhood daydreams begin. They start off with a gigantic ball skirt and puffy sleeves like Cinderella's complete with glass slippers and a pumpkin carriage. As we get older, our taste turns more refined and princess gowns are often replaced with couture fantasies that hug our body in all the right places.

The problem with couture is that the cost of the dress alone could already pay for the entire wedding. Not many of us can enjoy this luxury so what to do?

Get off the rack. Yup, nowadays even wedding dresses can be bought off the rack in your size and they aren't tacky at all.

But how to choose especially when buying online where most bargains can be found?

First, we must start with a reputable supplier.

I find DressV to be pretty reliable with an extensive choice of affordable gowns in many different styles.

Next, the style.

Through the years, thousands of different wedding gown silhouettes have been created but there is one style that remains a classic...Sexy Mermaid Wedding Dresses.

It contours the body from the chest down to the knees emphasizing points that need to be emphasized while keeping things classy with the flared-out skirt at the bottom.

It allows brides to look sexy and seductive for their husband-to-be without the risk of showing off too much skin.

The hour glass shape works great for showing off a woman's waist no matter what size (just put on a pair of spanx! ;P), and the full skirt at the bottom balances the width of the hips nicely for a properly pretty and proportioned look:

I personally guarantee the mermaid wedding dress to be the full-proof fallback dress when all else has failed. It just screams beauty, grace and old Hollywood glamour don't you think?

Monday, July 28, 2014

tw steel slim collection #whynotboth

I attended the launch of TW Steel's new Slim Collection at Black Sheep in BGC a couple of days ago. 

The newest addition to their impressive line of oversized watches boasts a slimmer silhouette while still maintaining the large 45mm diameter face that TW Steel is known for. This combination allows the wearer to wear the same watch throughout the day and still look great wether you're on the field or in the boardroom (hence the hashtag #WhyNotBoth!) :)

The slimmer body fits nicely under a dress shirt cuff while the large face still allows you to enjoy the modern, sporty look even when dressed in a suit.

It's perfect for people who juggle multiple personas and varied activities within a day.

Which is why these 3 guys: Nico Bolzico, Sebastion Ripoll, and James Younghusband are perfect as Slim Line brand ambassadors, 

Just like the watch, these guys are definitely eye-catching. But more than looks, the lives they lead are quite impressive as well.

Nico Bolzico is an economist who concentrates on making the agriculture sector in our provinces more efficient. He does a lot of charity work and has projects scattered all over the country with some in Cagayan De Oro, Tarlac, Gen San, Bulacan and Camarines Sur. During his down time, he enjoys the rush and adrenaline of playing Polo.

James Younghusband, By now, a household name known particularly for his position in the Philippine Azcals. What most of don't know is that aside form being a professional footballer, James is also the director of the Younghusband Football Academy which aims to nurture young and aspiring athletes.

Also in the field of sports, Sebastion Ripoll was a former UP football player. Now, he is a conditioning coach and consultant for the Department of Education. He also has an ongoing project with Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson for the documentary series Team U which airs on ABS-CBN Sports + Action. The show highlights the efforts of public school in creating world-class sports programs for the youth.

In keeping with the #WhyNotBoth theme, the TW Steel Slim Collection also looks good on both men and women! Unlike its more rugged predecessor which may look a bit too large on a delicate woman's wrist, the Slim Line watch is more polished and refined making it a perfect match for almost everyone.

TW Steel is available at TW Steel Boutiques in Podium, Marquee Mall, Shangrila Plaza, SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Aura, Century City Mall, SM North Edsa and in Lucerne, Swissgear, Wristpod, Adora and Le Temps shops.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ootd: mad about denim + sm denim movement sale/show

Aaaahhh denim....

I'm pretty sure that everyone who lives in a developing country owns at least 1 pair. The odd thing about something so common is that it is unusually hard to find a pair that fits perfectly.

I love denim, I used to wear it all the time but since I started blogging several years ago I haven't been in them as much because I couldn't find a pair that was interesting enough to post in an ootd. Yes there were a few, mainly oversized pairs from Cheap Monday and maybe a couple from Stradivarius but none of them made me fall in love as hard as I did with this pair.

It was love at first sight. The moment I saw it hanging in Topshop, I knew I had to have it and swore to wear it no matter how it fit. Thankfully, it fit great which is why I got it in every color they have available :P Since denim is a pretty classic staple, I consider it an investment for many years to come.

To further prove my love for the sturdy fabric, I went for a head to toe look. Matched my Topshop Hayden Jeans with this distressed denim jacket that I bought from Suiteblanco last year. It's such a great coincidence that their wash matches perfectly together. 

topshop hayden jeans
ripped jeans street style
pastel yellow pumps street style
zara pastel yellow pumps
ripped denim street style
girbaud philippines
ripped boyfriend jeans street style
Just in case you're on the hunt for a perfect pair or are on the lookout for a new denim silhouette, make sure to check the SM Denim Movement at all SM Stores this month.

Shops like Forever 21, Aeropostale, River Island, Levi's, Basic House, Topman, Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, Vero Moda, Miss Selfridge, American Eagle and several other brands have a lot of choices in stock right now from shorts, jeans and outerwear in endless new shapes plus they're on sale too!

sm denim movement
suiteblanco denim jacket | topshop hayden jeans and crop top | zara pastel yellow slingback pumps | girbaud backpack | uno de 50 bracelet

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shakeys giveaway winner

Hi guys! 
Thank you all for joining my Shakeys Giveaway, I really enjoyed seeing all your throwback photos.

Anyway, here's the winner:

Congrats RC Go-Aquino! Enjoy your Shakeys gift certificates! Will forward your email address to the PR agency, kindly wait for an email with them for more info on how to claim your prize.

New giveaway coming up in a bit. Stay tuned and Happy Sunday! :)
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