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Found: Olympia Le-Tan's LeSportsac collab
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So I went crazy and got some Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac.


Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac


Olympia Le-Tan is known for combining two of her passions—embroidery and books—into limited edition bags and clutches, lovingly made in France.

The self-taught designer used to work at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld before joining Gilles Dufour at Balmain.

Now her creations have charmed Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Clémence Poésy.

Personally I find her bags so expensive, so when I found out she created a line for LeSportsac, I went nuts and ordered some pieces.


Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan and the soft clutch at the launch of her LeSportsac collab in Paris


For Spring 2015, LeSportsac celebrates the literary tradition of love letters with three original prints designed by Le-Tan: Blooming Hearts in soft pink is a romantic sheet of postage stamps, while Love Letters comes in blue and black backgrounds splashed with letters, books, stamps, and kisses, and more.

Available in LeSportsac’s heritage nylon, the collection also includes three soft sided clutches inspired by Le-Tan’s signature Book Clutch

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac


It also has specialty totes


Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsacOlympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac


and 31 classic LeSportsac styles.


Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac


See the other styles online and at LeSportsac locations. Now available at Estancia Mall, Robsinsons Magnolia, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Cebu, Rustan’s Gateway and Rustan’s Robinsons Place Manila.

In the Philippines, LeSportsac is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc.—a member of the SSI Group.




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Tried & tested: Greenwich Pizza Thins
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“What do you love most about the Philippines?” I asked Jeroen when we were dating in 1997.

“Merienda.”

(Hmmm….I though he would say me…)


Around 2:30 PM, I still look for merienda. Especially when I’m writing.

Dinna and I were working at home last week when we decided to try Greenwich Pizza Thins.

Since I was already online, I just went to this site and ordered all five flavors: Signature Special, Hawaiian, 7-Cheese, Pepperoni, and All-Meat.


Greenwich pizza thins


It was 2:37 PM.

At 2:48 PM, I received a text message from Greenwich confirming my order. I was impressed that nobody called to bug me and repeat everything I ordered. I would really like to cut the middle man when ordering food, so I love this.

The pizzas arrived at 3:20 PM.


Greenwich pizza thins

Greenwich pizza thins


They were still warm. We didn’t have to heat up anything. This was our pizza buffet.


Greenwich pizza thins

1) Pepperoni • 2) Signature Special • 3) All-Meat • 4) Hawaiian • 5) 7-Cheese


And yes, there is a cracking sound when you bite into it.

The best thing about a thinner pizza crust is it doesn’t “compete” with the toppings. A thicker crust can sometimes be too filling or overwhelming, while a thin pizza crust is firm and crispy.

The 9” Double size is good for two people. There’s also a 12” Barkada size.


My favorite was the 7-Cheese pizza, with mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, blue cheese, queso de bola, special cheese and cream cheese. If you like salty and sweet, you’ll enjoy this with ice cold Coke.


Greenwich pizza thins


Hawaiian, a Filipino favorite, has ham and pineapple chunks. Dinna liked this, because of the interplay of sweet and salty.


Greenwich pizza thins


The Signature Special has 10 premium toppings of meat, vegetables and cheeses.


Greenwich pizza thins


The All-Meat has pepperoni, ground beef, salami strips, Italian sausage and bacon.


Greenwich pizza thins


And the Pepperoni is spicy and savory.


Greenwich pizza thins


Choose the better pizza and #CrackThat with Greenwich Pizza Thins.

Order online or call 5-55-55.

http://greenwichdelivery.com/




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Tried & Tested: Aveda salon and best shampoos in the world!
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I was hesitant at first to go to the new Aveda salon at Basement in Shangri-La mall, but it’s hard to say no to Catherine David who invited me to try.

Hair is my biggest concern. I was born with very fine curly hair that I need to blowdry to look human. Because of that I need to be extra gentle with hair products and treatments I use. (Read: high maintenance)

I met hairstylist Stefan Wilczynski who examined my hair and scalp and gave me a kind sermon about what was wrong with my hair. This guy knows a LOT. He is not scary and I really learned a lot—what to do, what not to do, and why my hair wasn’t growing.


Stefan Wilczynski


On that day there were three other girls at the salon (or should I say “it” girls): Bianca Araneta, Hindy Tantoco, and Tessa Valdes—all of them with good hair. I swear, I felt like a square peg.

Stefan spoke to to Bianca Araneta before her treatment


Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom


Ugh. She looks good with wet hair


Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom


She gets a trim


Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom


Blowdry


Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salon


Et voila


Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom


Hindy got a “sermon” too with some pampering before her treatment


Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon


What Stefan did was so amazing. I think he is a great colorist


Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon


Tessa came in later and checked out the Aveda range before getting shampooed


Tessa Valdes

Tessa Valdes


Yay for “minimal” Tessa!


Tessa Valdes


As for me, I got a gentle treatment to color my white strands. The result wasn’t spectacular at first because my hair was extremely damaged. After a couple of weeks I went back for another treatment.

Stefan convinced me to switch to a shampoo without sulphate. I’ll have to admit Aveda hair products are not cheap but they are so worth it.

I got two sets—Color Conserve to keep the color in.


Aveda hair


I use Color Conserve for a couple of days until it feels oily. Then I switch to Invati, which is the miracle product that helps your hair grow.


Invati—Sanskrit for invigorate—is Aveda’s most popular hair care line. It is a system of 97% naturally-derived products that promise to reduce hair loss by 33%. The Invati daily regime includes Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Scalp Revitalizer.


Aveda hair


For my husband, I got this


Aveda hair


I’m due for a third treatment soon and I can’t tell you how much I really love the two shampoos I’m using. No need for conditioner because my hair is too limp.

If you care for your hair and can afford it, I highly recommend Aveda hair products.

If you want to try Stefan Wilczynski at Aveda Salon, call Basement at (02) 638-2222.

If you want to try the products, buy them at the salon or the newly opened Aveda Experience Center at the ground floor of Greenbelt 5.

At the Experience Centre, shoppers can experiment with Aveda’s botanically based beauty products and experience them. Skin and hair consultations are also offered.


Aveda at Greenbelt 5

Aveda at Greenbelt 5


To know more go to http://www.aveda.com/




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Tried & Tested: StyLIZed x Happy Skin
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Packaging is everything.

When I first saw photos of Liz Uy’s lipstick collab with Happy Skin, I died of Insta-envy.


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


Luckily, Happy Skin’s Rissa Trillo is my neighbor. She must’ve felt my wishes through her window and sent me the acrylic clutch and stickers.


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


Inside the clutch are three shades of lipstick called: 24 Carats (hot pink), Style Icon (nude), and Red Carpet.

No need to sharpen. They are twistable!


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


Well, I must be a Style Icon because my favorite is the nude one, hehe.

The lipsticks are available in three packages: The acrylic set is Php 1799.


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


The more compact leather set is Php 1499.


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


and if you just want the lipsticks, you can get the set of three for Php 599.


Liz Uy x Happy Skin


Congrats to Liz Uy and looking forward to more of Happy Skin’s exciting products!

To find a stockist near you, click HERE or buy Happy Skin online.




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Date with Louis Jourdan
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“Grace, do you have a French crush?” I asked earlier.

“Nope. They’re kind of short.” (Grace stands 5’8″)

“I have two French crushes: Alain Delon and Louis Jourdan.”


Alain Delon Louis Jourdan

L-R: Alain Delon and Louis Jourdan. Don’t they look alike?


When the cat is away, the mouse will watch movies.

Jeroen left for Sydney yesterday to visit his family and I can’t sleep.

What better way to go to bed than with a romantic, dreamy movie?

Just a couple of days ago, French actor Louis Jourdan died at the age of 93.

Most people remember him for his roles in Gigi (opposite Leslie Caron) and as a Bond villain in Octopussy, but I like to remember him in Letter From An Unknown Woman, which also stars Joan Fontaine.


Letter From An Unknown Woman


Released in 1948, the movie was based on the book of the same title by author Stefan Zweig.

It unfolds in 1900s Vienna, Austria with Louis Jourdan as an ageing concert pianist who was once a rising star in his field. He comes home to find a letter from a woman who narrates the following story:


Lisa Berndle (played by Joan Fontaine) is a mousy teenager whose life is changed forever when a young concert pianist named Stefan Brand moves into the neighborhood.

He is taken care of by a mute butler named John. Lisa becomes obsessed with the new stranger who plays beautiful music at night and falls in love with him.


Letter From An Unknown Woman


Unfortunately he never notices her. He always seems to have a new woman coming back to his apartment.

One day, Lisa’s mother announces she is getting married again and they are moving to another town.

Lisa protests and tries to escape, but changes her mind when he sees Stefan bringing home a bride.


Years pass and the mousy Lisa blossoms into a young woman. But she rejects a marriage proposal because she is still in love with the concert pianist. She decides to move back to Vienna and gets a job as a showroom model.


Letter From An Unknown Woman


She returns to the old neighborhood to stalk Stefan Brand, and one fateful night, he finally notices her.

He ditches his date at a restaurant and takes Lisa on a long, romantic date which ends up with them in his apartment.


Letter From An Unknown Woman


The following day he finds her at the showroom and tells her he has to go on tour for two weeks, and can she see him off at the train station. While saying goodbye, Stefan promises to come back to her, while his wife can be heard calling him to come on board. He didn’t come back.

Nine months later, Lisa has given birth to a son and refuses to name the father.

She later remarries a wealthy old man who is aware of her past with Stefan.

Lisa has turned into a rich, society wife.


Letter From An Unknown Woman


Years later, she bumps into an older Stefan at a concert. He is no longer a star in the music scene.

The two speak briefly, but their conversation is cut short when Lisa realizes her husband is waiting for her outside. She reveals her true feelings to her husband and leaves to stalk Stefan.

She goes to his apartment and the feelings are again mutual.


Unfortunately she starts to realize he doesn’t even remember her name and begins to think, was she just a roll in the hay? She disappears into the night and ends up writing the letter.

It was four in the morning when I finished watching it and I am still haunted by the ending.

If you love romantic old movies and the turn of the century, don’t miss this movie.

In 1992, Letter from an Unknown Woman was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. (Wikipedia)

I’m so not over it. I’m going to search for more movies by Max Ophüls, and God bless Louis Jourdan.





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Watch all episodes of House of Cards, Season 3 on February 28!
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If you love House of Cards, February 28, 2015 is your day.

On a Saturday, beginning 4 PM, stay home because RTL CBS Asia Entertainment HD will air the latest 13 chapters (episodes) of its third season.

After the weekend watchathon, the series will air weekly every Wednesday at 9:55pm beginning March 4, 2015.


House of Cards


“As a TV network, we have taken a bold and unique step to air the complete series in the same way as it premieres in the US,” said Jonas Engwall, CEO, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “We believe this will curb alternative and illegal sources for the series that historically have been used.”


“We are extremely happy to be able to bring all 13 chapters (episodes) of the latest season of House of Cards to audiences in the region on the same day the series is released in the US,” said Jennifer Batty, EVP Programming, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “This shows our commitment to bringing programs as close to their original release dates as possible.”


House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as President Francis Underwood in a one-hour political drama series that goes behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

Francis and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their hold on power.


House of Cards


Developed and produced by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), House of Cards has earned several accolades including Kevin Spacey’s most recent Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, Robin Wright’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, as well as Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

It was also honored as one of the American Film Institute’s TV Programs of the Year for 2013.




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Three stores to tickle your fancy
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Back in the ’80s, Shoppeville, Greenhills was the place to be. And if you were a teenager like me, you probably went to Tickles a lot to check out the cute stuff, imported gift items and colorful stationery.

This is how Tickles looked back in the day, and it was heaven.


Vintage Tickles photos


So Japanice


Vintage Tickles photos

Vintage Tickles photos


After opening its first store in 1979, Tickles now has nine branches and has remained faithful to its original concept of “happiness all year round.”

Tickles can be found in Glorietta, Greenbelt, Trinoma (on the 1st and 4th levels), Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Market Market and Fairview Terraces.

This is how Tickles looks today.


Tickles

Tickles


It’s a great source of quirky gift items like these funny signs


Tickles


Pizza and fries throw pillows


Tickles


Puffy hamburger pillow


Tickles


Soft cases


Tickles


Cute stationery


Tickles

Tickles


Monkeys!


Tickles


The same group that owns Tickles also launched a’postrophe at Glorietta 4 in 2010.

A’postrophe is a treasure trove of different themes carried across clothing, furniture, fashion, home accessories, houseware, and gifts.


Apostrophe


If one were to describe a’postrophe, it would be like entering the “organized clutter” of a seasoned traveler/shopper and her cute finds, like the art mugs and hollow book organizers


Apostrophe


Throw pillows


Apostrophe


We have these at home


Apostrophe


Cute stationery


Apostrophe

Apostrophe


Decorative/giftable soaps


ApostropheApostrophe

Apostrophe


Baking kits


Apostrophe


Houseware and accessories


Apostrophe

Apostrophe

Apostrophe

Apostrophe


A’postrophe can be found in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market! and Fairview Terraces.

Finally, When we were kids we were taught to memorize the colors of the rainbow through the acronym ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). These are what inspired the group to open its third concept called roy&biv in 2013.


Roy & Biv


As the name suggests, roy&biv is all about color. Think of it as obsessive-compulsive heaven, with color-coordinated merchandise divided into groups of red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple and fuchsia.


Roy & Biv

Roy & Biv


If colors make you happy, roy&biv is your place to be.


Roy & Biv

Roy & Biv

Roy & Biv


roy&biv branches are located in Glorietta, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces and Trinoma.

Meanwhile, Tickles and roy&biv are slated to open in Cebu, first quarter of 2015.


Stay up-to-date and follow them on Instagram:

@Tickles_PH

@apostrophe_PH

@royandbiv




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Found: Hot dudes reading in trains
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Leave it to Grace to point me to this Instagram account—only two weeks old with nearly 205,000 followers—that posts pictures of hot men reading in trains.

More than actors or models who were born with great DNA, here are characteristics that would make a guy hotter to me:


1) Talent—be it in art, design, architecture, or music. Not your typical rockstar. mind you. I prefer “deep” musicians, like Ryuchi Sakamoto (L) and Charlie Siem, hehe.


Ryuichi Sakamoto Charlie Siem


2) Intelligence and kindness combined. A successful man who is humble and can talk about anything, isn’t a snob and doesn’t think he’s better than all of you.

3) Someone with a great sense of style, good hair, and still looks like a man.


I guess a cute guy reading on a train would present himself as an intense person you can converse with and has good taste in music. It also helps that in winter time, people generally look better because of the Fall/Winter attire of outerwear and dark colors.

You can imagine cuddling up to a bear in a thick jacket, opening the door when you come over, and saying, “Let me defrost you” while a cup of hot coffee/chocolate awaits.


Which begs the question: Bakit walang ganito sa Pinas???


Hot dudes reading in trains


Intense!!


Hot dudes reading in trains


The coat! The apostolic look!


Hot dudes reading in trains


The one you can’t wait to introduce to your family.


Hot dudes reading in trains


See the rest of them on http://instagram.com/hotdudesreading/.




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No credit card? Now you can buy from App store and iTunes using your Smart phone
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Personally, I can’t live without credit cards.

But did you know that credit card penetration in the Philippines is only at 3%?

That means there are less than 1 million credit card users in the Philippines.

This limits Filipinos who would like to purchase certain items online.

It is for this this reason that Smart Communications Inc. has launched Pay-With-Mobile, a service that allows subscribers to buy apps, games, books, magazines, music, and movies from the App Store and iTunes even without a credit card.


smart


“Not everyone owns a credit card but that shouldn’t stop people from realizing the full potential of their mobile devices. This is why we have worked hard to bring this groundbreaking service to Filipino users, which we believe will further revolutionize the way they enjoy their favorite lifestyle apps and content on their devices,” said Charles Lim, EVP and Wireless Consumer Division Head at Smart.

Starting February 16, 2015 with full availability by February 18, Smart postpaid and prepaid subscribers can purchase app downloads, in-app purchases, and digital content using Pay-With-Mobile.


Here’s how:

1) First, you need to have a Smart iPhone.

2 Text REG to 4949.

3) You will receive your Pay-With-Mobile number, security code and other details.

4) On your iPhone, go to Settings and click on your Apple ID.

5) View your Apple ID and click on Payment Information. Select Mastercard.

6) Enter your Pay-With-Mobile number and other details, in the corresponding fields.

Once the card number is associated with the account, you can start purchasing apps, games, movies and music on your phone. This includes in-app purchases for games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans.

7) The service will deduct your purchases plus a 15% convenience charge from your prepaid load or add it on to your monthly postpaid bill.


To know more about how to use Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service, visit smart.com.ph/paywithmobile.


smart




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Singapore Two Years Later (Part 2)
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Here’s a typical scenario at home:

Me: “Aiza, pakihanap nga ng blouse na black na butas-butas,” or “Lita, nasaan na yung grey sweater ko na mahaba?”

Every time I look for an item of clothing I can’t find—which is typically black, grey, or navy—the maids give me a blank stare like “here we go again.”

My closet at home is a disaster area. Purchased at BoConcept 11 years old, it is literally falling apart and has collapsed on me. One of the doors is gone.

I’ve been canvassing at stores all over Metro Manila. The nice closets are 500,000 pesos up. If I choose the closet I really like, it will cost about Php 1 million and will take months to order from Italy, and I can’t wait.

Nor do I have the budget.


Poliform closet


Ah….those Poliform closets….


Poliform closet


So this trip, I told my husband I intended to order closets from IKEA and have them shipped here.

Jeroen and I took the measurements at home before going to Singapore.

First, a look around the store…That little blue cart is one of my favorite things at home, given by my sister


Ikea


I want this Billy/Oxberg corner book case for my bedroom


Ikea


Affordable!


Ikea


I want to fill up my stockroom with lots of these


Ikea


Tall shoe closets are next on the wish list


Ikea


And bag storage. Lots of it.


Ikea


Here’s a nice, simple bed with storage


Ikea


The rugs are a steal at $49 each


Ikea


A nice study area


Ikea


A room for two little kids


Ikea


Finally, these are the closets we chose for the house


Ikea


And the nice lady who helped us ship the items to the Philippines. You are an angel, Jannie Han!


Ikea


Thanks to Jannie Han and Mr. Mohamed Kassim of PTC Logistics Limited, we should have new closets in a few weeks. I love you IKEA! The maids and I are excited!




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