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Michael Kors hosts dinner party for Young Hollywood

Michael Kors recently hosted a dinner at Hillcrest House for 150 guests to celebrate the launch of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s new book, Young Hollywood, with a foreword written by the designer himself.

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Designer Michael Kors and photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank

Claiborne Swanson Frank drew inspiration from Old Hollywood when she photographed over sixty up-and-coming women to watch in Hollywood today.

Young Hollywood follows her first book with Assouline, American Beauty, published in 2012. The book is available for sale at select Michael Kors stores globally and through Assouline distribution channels this fall.

Young Hollywood book cover

Cover girl and actress Isabel Lucas was at the book launch hosted by Michael Kors last October 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Emmy Rossum

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Actress Holland Roden

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Actress Abigail Spencer

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Model Harley Viera-Newton

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Model Madisyn Ritland

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Model Noah Mills

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Actress Lorenza Izzo

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Jane Ross

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(L-R) Musicians Jimmy Giannopoulos, Zoe Kravitz and James Levy of the band Lolawolf

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In the Philippines, Michael Kors is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. with locations at The Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Newport, and Bonifacio High Street Central Square.

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Winners: Chuvaness x Lands End bags filled with goodies

Thank you for 1571 entries to my latest giveaway!

Chuvaness x Land's End

Inside the Chuvaness tote

Here are the five winners chosen via

Myra Katrina Paredes

Sherry Ann Gole Cruz

Yzabel Espino

Amie Lyn Masecampo

Winnie Chan

Winners, please check your email and reply to confirm.

Thank you and watch for my next giveaway!!


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RIP, friend
smiling nelly
So I realised that hardly anybody reads my Livejournal anymore, so it's probably safe to update here what I can't put on my regular blog.
Today I lost a friend of more than 30 years because she's annoying.
My friends told me to tell her exactly what is bugging me. If she stays, she stays. If she doesn't, that's OK. Either way I had needed to let her know that I don't want her to call me everyday, several times a day, like I'm her only friend. She needs other friends. I am not a psychiatrist. I need a break. I don't want to hear all your problems, I have enough of my own.
My friend R has just arrived. Have to shower. Continue later.

Found: Penguin journals at National Bookstore

Penguin paperbacks have been around since the 1930s when Allen Lane decided to make quality contemporary novels available everywhere at affordable prices.

Now the classic Penguin book cover makes an analog comeback through notebooks and journals featuring classic Penguin Classic book designs.

Penguin Journals - Group 2

Available for Php 450 each, find them at National Book Store branches in Glorietta 1, Greenbelt 1, Power Plant Mall-Rockwell, Trinoma; and Powerbooks stores in Greenbelt, Festival Mall, Serendra, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Trinoma.

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Smart's free Internet offer—now for prepaid and postpaid—extended up to January 5

In another unprecedented move, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Sun Cellular announced that it is expanding their free Internet offer to all prepaid subscribers as well as postpaid and broadband subscribers.

Furthermore, they are extending the duration of the free mobile Internet promo across all subscribers—postpaid, prepaid and broadband—from November 30 to January 5, 2014.

The announcement was made through MVP’s official Twitter account:

To avail of the free mobile Internet offer, subscribers just need to maintain an airtime balance of at least one peso, or be subscribed to any load bucket/promo. They can register each day, by simply sending FREE to 9999.

Registration is free. They will receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration.

Once registered, subscribers can enjoy a free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. Data charges will however apply to peer-to-peer uploads and downloads, videos (unless embedded in Facebook), VOIP and messaging (except for Facebook messenger).


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Celebrate the BER months with a fab giveaway (Part 2)

And now for the giveaway!

There will be five prizes put together by yours truly in an extra-large limited edition Chuvaness tote by Land’s End.

Chuvaness x Land's End totes

Chuvaness x Land's End

This roomy bag with multi pockets can fit a small child or an overnight’s worth of supplies.

Inside the Chuvaness tote

Here’s what you’ll get if you win my giveaway:


1) Angelo Comsti’s From Our Table To Yours recipe book.

2) Masflex kitchen shears endorsed by Chef Gene Gonzalez.

3) Kleen Kanteen reusable BPA-free water canister made of highest quality food grade stainless steel, available at Certified Calm Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Bonifacio Global City, Howards Storage World, ROX, and select fitness studios in the country.​

4) Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am also including ICanServe Foundation’s limited-edition fundraising Envirosax eco tote.

5) Enjoy discounts, gifts and VIP perks to over 200 lifestyle brands located in Manila, Cebu and Boracay through Enjoy Philippines premiere VIP privilege card kit.

6) A bottle of Chardonnay care of Angelo Comsti.

Chuvaness x Land's End tote


1) To join, you must have a Twitter or Facebook account.

2) You must be willing to pick up the prize at any of the following locations:

• Pepper Lunch Shangri-La Plaza

• NAC Tower at Bonifacio Global City

• Pepper Lunch Rockwell

• Panay Avenue, Quezon City

3) Share this entry by clicking the Facebook or Twitter button at the end of this entry.

4) Register HERE.

5) Entires accepted from October 2-7, 2014 only.

6) Five winners will be chosen electronically via and announced on this blog.

7) Winners will also be informed via email.

8) Any unclaimed prize will be given away to another entry chosen via

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SMART announces free internet for 66 million prepaid users

Be very afraid.

SMART has just launched free mobile Internet for prepaid subscribers.

That means over 66 million Filipinos can gain access to the Internet just by having SMART, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular prepaid SIM cards on their mobile phones.

I’m kidding of course—this, coming from someone who’s had several run-ins with certain social media users :)

But seriously this is good news for prepaid users who can get free access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SMART Spinnr, Wikipedia, Waze, Google Maps, Uber, and more from now until November 30, 2014.

This groundbreaking announcement was made last Friday by SMART and PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during a press conference at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Manny Pangilinan at SMART media event

SMART Chairman MVP at the press conference

“We are launching this initiative to provide a much larger number of Filipinos the opportunity to try out and experience the Internet, enjoy its benefits and, as we at SMART like to say, live more,” said MVP. “This special offer is specifically designed to assist our prepaid subscribers who make up the bulk of our population. Many of them already have the mobile devices capable of accessing the Internet but have yet to use them to go online.”

To avail of the free mobile internet offer, Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers need to have an available airtime balance of at least one peso, or be subscribed to any load bucket or promo.

They must register each day, by simply texting FREE to 9999. Registration is free.

Once registered, they will receive an SMS confirmation and be able to enjoy a free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. Data charges will however apply to peer-to-peer uploads and downloads, videos, VOIP and messaging.


To know more about the service, click HERE.

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Want to be The FaceShop brand ambassador for a year?

The FaceShop Philippines is searching for a Top Girl who will win US$5,000, travel to Korea, and shoot a video with Seoul’s top star makers. The Top Girl winner will be The FaceShop Philippines’ brand ambassador for a year.



1) Purchase any regular item at any Face Shop store nationwide between September 1-30, 2014. Credit card and gift certificate purchases are valid.

2) Apply online at

3) Upload your photos online (jpg format, not larger than 810×810): 1 close-up and 1 full body photo.

4) Print out the Top Girl application form with your complete name, address, telephone number, and signature.

5) Submit all requirements and go to any of the following go-see schedules from 3-7 PM:

THEFACESHOP Trinoma — October 1 (Wednesday)

THEFACESHOP SM Clark — October 2 (Thursday)

THEFACESHOP SM BF Paranaque — October 3 (Friday)

THEFACESHOP SM Megamall — October 5 (Sunday)

THEFACESHOP SM Cebu — October 6 (Monday)

THEFACESHOP SM Davao — October 7 (Tuesday)


1) The Top 3 finalists will be determined on October 8, 2014 (3 PM at Bench Tower, Taguig City) and will receive The Face Shop products worth over Php 3,000.

2) On October 10, 6 PM, the top 3 finalists must attend the final selection at THEFACESHOP SM Megamall. Announcement of the winner will be posted at all Face Shop stores.

3) The Top Girl will become the official brand ambassador of The Face Shop Philippines for 1 year.

• She will get a cash reward of US$ 5,000 (or Php 200,000) and will travel to Korea on November 3-5, 2014.

• Travel includes video shoot and sightseeing, plus accommodation of 3 days and 2 nights.

• All travel documents and expenses that will be incurred during the media tour will be prepared and paid for by The Face Shop PH and Korea.

• Winner will shoulder 20% tax for prizes exceeding P10,000.

• Prizes not claimed within 6 months from receipt of notification will be forfeited in favor of Suyen Corporation – The Face Shop with prior approval from DTI.

• Winner will shoulder all costs incurred in securing any of her prizes (transportation, parking fee, etc.)

4) Employees of Suyen Corporation and The Face Shop stores, including relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the contest.

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Loup Noir to open pop-up store at KISH

LOUP NOIR, the accessory brand created by Jens Heimerdinger and Sascha Freyberg in 2010, will be having a pop-up store at KISH this September 27, 2014 from 1-5 PM.

Loup Noir

Started in 2010 with a line of scarves, the duo branched out to bags and small leather goods in 2013.

Freyberg has a background in textile and clothing technology, while Heimerdinger previously worked for Hugo Boss and later on as the Product manager for the German fashion brand JOOP!

Together, their eye for detail is what makes the LOUP NOIR (black wolf) collection unique and distinctly chic.

LOUP NOIR designers Jens & Sascha

LOUP NOIR accessories are for those who appreciate striking colours, quality and sustainability.

Designed in Germany and made in Italy’s Veneto and Como province, each bag is made of waterproof canvas and calf leather trimmings.

Loup Noir

Loup Noir is sold in more than 20 countries worldwide, and is now available in the Philippines through JANINA at the Peninsula Manila Hotel.

Visit the pop-up store this Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1-5 pm at KISH, 233 Nicanor Garcia, Makati City, Metro Manila.

For more information, call 845-0140.

To know more about LOUP NOIR, like them on Facebook.

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H&M opens in Manila this October 17!

The stage is set for H&M’s first store opening in Manila, with a retail space spanning three floors and approximately 3,000 square meters.

The Swedish retail brand will open at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall on October 17, 2014 from 9 AM until midnight.

As a special treat, the first 200 customers in line will receive gift cards (some high as Php 6,000) and opening offers up to 50% off.

Regular store hours of 10 AM to 10 PM will be resumed on October 20 onwards.

H&M Megamall

“We have been waiting for the best opportunity to be in the Philippines and now the wait is finally over.

The Philippines is ready for the next level of fashion and we are proud to debut our amazing flagship store at SM Megamall,” said Magnus Olsson, Country Manager of Greater China and South East Asia.

H&M at SM Fashion Hall

H&M at SM Fashion Hall

The Philippines’ first H&M store will carry the brand’s full lines for women, men, teenagers and children, including athletic wear and lingerie.

The October opening will also coincide with the launch of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, including the limited edition H&M Studio line, which is all about the modern-day bohemian woman, presenting playful prints, earthy colors and flowy silhouettes.

H&M AW2014

H&M AW2014

H&M AW2014

For men, Autumn 2014 mixes Parisian cool with the attitude of London and the sleekness of New York to create a wardrobe for the mod urbanite.

H&M mens AW204

H&M mens AW204

H&M mens AW204

To know more about H&M in the Philippines, go to

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