Obsessed with Vetements

Just when I thought fashion was getting boring, I stumble upon Vetements, a fairly new label formed by a group of seven designers trained at different schools (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Die Angewandte in Vienna, Studio Berçot in Paris) and all worked at Maison Martin Margiela at some point.
No wonder they embrace the idea of anonymity and prefer to be known for the work rather than celebrity.
Marks of Margiela are found all over tailored pieces based on the trench coat, oversized jackets, and exaggerated sleeves.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a collection as magical as this. It makes the current Margiela look so dull.
I want them all.

Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015
Vetements 2015


Turn brown nipples to pink? Picosure can!

Is Picosure the fountain of youth?
You know something/someone is hot when everybody talks about it, and in terms of beauty treatments, everyone is talking about Picosure, described as the world’s fastest laser treatment.

Hayden Kho, Vicki Belo, Michael Byers
Dr. Hayden Kho, Dr. Vicki Belo, and Picosure’s Michael Byers at the Picosure media event

Michael Byers, clinical research director of Picosure maker Cynosure, explains it is a non-surgical laser skin treatment for “those seeking a more youthful appearance.”
It can get rid of or minimize wrinkles, melasma or hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, pigmented lesions and freckles on the chest, face, hands and other parts of the body in less time than any other treatment. It also addresses sagging skin. Picosure is so powerful it can even erase tattoos.
“Picosure can also turn a woman’s areola from brown to pink,” says Dr. Vicki Belo, whose Belo Medical Group is introducing the treatment to the Philippines.


The treatment is called Picosure because it operates in picoseconds unlike the conventional nanosecond laser machines. The patented Pressure Wave technology uses light pulses instead of heat so the surrounding skin of the area being treated is not damaged. Pressure Wave breaks down skin pigmentation and induces collagen production for skin rejuvenation and improvement of scars.
Focus Lense concentrates light pulses in targeted areas in the face and neck. To remove tattoos, Picosure breaks down the pigments into sand-like property so it is easier to remove from the body.


During the event at Greenbelt Residences to introduce Picosure sure to members of the media and other special guests, Belo Medical Group received the World Picosure Award 2015 for having the highest number of Picosure treatments done in a month for the single machine. In February, 200 patients availed of Picosure at Belo Medical Group clinics.
The Picosure treatment only takes minutes per area (five minutes for acne scars) without any downtime. Your face won’t be swollen although some people will experience a bit of redness.

Lovi Poe
Actress Lovi Poe at the Picosure media event

“To be 45 and to look beautiful is a challenge,” says Alice Dixon, Belo’s model for Picosure. She wanted to improve the appearance of her neck, a problem that Vicki Belo calls “turtleneck.”
Byers says a Picosure machine costs $350,000 so the treatment is way more expensive than Revlite, which is also very popular at Belo. Revlite is a fast and very effective procedure that erases skin pigmentation like sun spots, freckles, dark spots and the like. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores.
Watch this:

For more information about Picosure, go to www.belomed.com.

Toms partners with Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts

TOMS, the global lifestyle brand which provides shoes, eyeglasses, and clean water to the needy through the sales of its One for One® Shoes, eyewear, coffee and bags, has partnered with Every Mother Counts through the production of a limited edition collection featuring a backpack and tote bag.

Toms x Christy Turlington
TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie with Christy Turlington Burns

Every Mother Counts is a nonprofit organization founded by global health advocate Christy Turlington Burns. The group is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, regardless of origin, location, financial standing or life status.
With every bag or laptop case you purchase, TOMS will help provide safe birth for a mother and baby in need, One for One®. Additionally, with each purchase, $5 will go to support Every Mother Counts’ global advocacy efforts to improve the future of maternal health.

Toms x Christy Turlington
Toms x Christy Turlington
Toms x Christy Turlington

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need: One for One®.
Realizing that One for One could serve other global needs, Blake launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames.
In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee.
To date, TOMS has given over 35 million new pairs of shoes, restored the sight of about 275,000 people and has provided over 67,000 weeks of safe water worldwide.
In the Philippines, TOMS products are available at TOMS Megamall, TOMS Mall of Asia, TOMS SM Aura, Adora at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Department Stores, and Nothing But H2O stores.

Qiwellness Living: A destination spa in Tagaytay

By Dinna Vasquez

Destination spas aren’t really common in the Philippines—probably because we’re spoiled. Massage at home is just a text away and it’s easy to enjoy an hour’s massage at the mall.
But Qiwellness Living, which is a 90-minute drive from Makati, might change your mind.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

Located in Tagaytay, the place is a dining and wellness destination co-owned by Kenneth Tuason and Rita Sanson.
Aside from getting a massage, you can enjoy a view of Taal Volcano, or even spend the night there.

Qi spa, Tagaytay
Qi spa, Tagaytay

You can savor a nine-course Yin-Yang degustacion meal prepared by Chef Jeff Ramirez (who studied and trained in Australia) or order a la carte.

Qi spa, Tagaytay
Qi spa, Tagaytay

Kenneth says they chose Tagaytay because of its proximity to Metro Manila, the climate, the view of the mountains, lake and forest.
“There are very few restaurants that offer the dining experience that we offer, and even fewer destination spas in the Philippines. Most of them can be found in hotels and resorts. We want to take you to a different place and time over a meal or a massage,” explains Ken.

Qi spa, Tagaytay
Qi spa, Tagaytay

Kenneth said Qiwellness Living was inspired by Chinese teahouses.
“Traditionally, a Chinese teahouse is a place where one can meditate while sipping and enjoying their tea. Historically, these are situated overlooking mountains, lakes or forests,” he added.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

Just like its next-door neighbor, Domicillo bed and breakfast, the marks of Budji Layug+Royal Pineda Design Architects are everywhere.
The façade is plain except for a red wooden door. The structure is made of concrete and stone, which blends with the surroundings.
Note that the three-story spa is not child-friendly—an active child could slip on the floor or the stairs.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

The healing concept of Qiwellness Living is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.
We had Qiharmony, the spa’s signature massage which combines reflexology, acupressure and tui-na techniques on the head, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, feet, legs and back, by the yin-yang pool.
In case you are iffy about getting undressed, this treatment is done while you are fully clothed.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

After that, we had tea at the al fresco area, where they also serve cocktails. It rained as we were about to start with the dinner so we moved to the dining hall for the degustacion dinner.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

“In our ‘yin-yang’ cuisine, we prepare our dishes in a way where not one flavor overwhelms the other, but all coexist harmoniously. The balance in colors, textures, aromas, and flavors are all inspired by the yin and the yang,” said Kenneth.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

The menu, which changes according to the season, costs Php 2,880+ (inclusive of VAT, plus 10% service charge). It must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
We started our spring menu with an eel dish, miso soup with mushroom and truffle oil, salmon gravlax with citrus pearls and cream cheese and a fermented tofu soufflé with a spring salad. We also had soba noodles with sea urchin cream, egg and crab.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

The menu had three main courses: flank steak, duck confit a la Peking with pancakes and plum sauce, and lamb belly.
Dessert was something out of a fairy tale. Described as “guava + mango + lemon + edible flowers + herbs +soil,” it was actually an ice cream with crispy flowers and ground chocolate cookies representing the soil.
The cuisine is described as Franco-Asian fusion, cooked using East Asian ingredients and employing modern culinary techniques.

Qi spa, Tagaytay

Ken admits their rates are higher than those of other restaurants and spas in Tagaytay.
“We’d like to think we are catering to a discerning market. But we also have guests that are young, even college students, who are intrigued and would like to experience dining and massages for special occasions.”

Qi spa, Tagaytay

For rates and more information, go to http://qiwellnessliving.ph/home.

Robert De Niro’s surprise visit to Manila

Unlike our richer neighbors, Tokyo and Hong Kong, it isn’t very often that a huge celebrity like Robert De Niro will come to the Philippines. But since 2014, he has been to Manila twice. First to announce the opening of Nobu Hotel at City of Dreams Manila, and last Monday to officially open it.

On the ‘purple carpet’ were (L-R) Hollywood Film Producer and Nobu partner, Meir Teper, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-Chairman James Packer, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, Mr. Robert De Niro, and Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality Trevor Horwell.


Ribbon cutting was followed by a press conference


In the evening he was back again for a more formal event and gala dinner with VIPs and special guests from government and the private sector. Sam Oh worked the purple carpet

Sam Oh

While Robby Carmona worked on everything else

Robby Carmona

Hip hop artist apl.de.ap was there to perform

Sam Oh with apl.de.ap

Cousin Candy Dizon arrived

Sam Oh with Candy Dizon

Then at 7 PM, Nobu Hotel formally opened to the beat of traditional drums and a shower of gold confetti.
The ceremonial breaking of the sake barrel lid was led by Chef Nobu and Robert DeNiro, who came with his wife Grace Hightower. Watch how it went:

The 321-room Nobu Hotel is one of three hotels in City of Dreams Manila, along with the Crown and Hyatt hotels.
Besides its luxury accommodations, the hotel also has Nobu Restaurant, which features the high-end Peruvian- Japanese-fusion cuisine of Chef Matsuhisa.
When the first Nobu Hotel opened in Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas in 2013, it was named one of CNN Travel’s hottest new hotels.
Aside from Manila, Nobu Hospitality is expected to open luxury hotels in Chicago, Bahrain, Miami, Riyadh, London and Los Cabos, Mexico.


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