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For the love of Chanel x Tokidoki
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I’m lucky that my cousin Keri found the Chanel bag I wanted in Guam. This is the hubby’s birthday gift to me.

Chanel graffiti bag

I love the bag and I wish I could afford to buy all colours!! It’s so beautiful!!

Chanel graffiti bag

Karl Lagerfeld is a genius—walang kokontra!

Chanel graffiti bag

Last Friday I got invited to a meet and greet of Tokidoki creator Simone Legno (pronounced “see-moh-neh len-yo”) at SM City North Edsa’s The Block.
The Italian illustrator was in town for a few days. Among his stops were the Shang Palace at Makati Shangri-La, where he met selected members of the press, Ronac Art Center in Greenhills, Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery in Makati, and SM City North Edsa, which is holding a Tokidoki art exhibit at the Block Atrium until June 15, 2014.

Tokidoki at SM The block
Tokidoki at The Block

Simone Legno had just started autographing/doodling when we arrived. Fans brought him everything from laptop sleeves to phone cases. Simone patiently drew on them, never complained. He never said, hey, I ain’t doing that.
A fan of cute things like me, Maxene Magalona had her catalogue autographed, as did her sister Saab.

Maxene Magalona and Simone Legno
Maxene and Saab Magalona

It was my turn when it dawned upon me that Tokidoki has this collab with Karl Lagerfeld.

Tokidoki at The Block

So cute!

Karl Lagerfeld x Tokidoki

Simone Legno at Central World, Bangkok

Simone Legno at Central World

In fact Simone got to meet Mr. Lagerfeld in Paris to present his creation

Karl Lagerfeld and Simone Legno in Paris

Part of Karl Lagerfeld’s genius is his being able to remain relevant and keep up with what’s cool up to this day.
I have yet to see him smile 🙂

Karl Lagerfeld and Simone Legno in Paris

When it was my turn, I told Simone I had met him in 2008 at the original Secret Fresh store in Quezon City.

Lining up to meet Simone Legno
Simone Legno at Fresh

I asked him to sign my Tokidoki x Lesportsac bag, which I love.

Simone signs my bag
Simone signs my bag

Fast forward to the present: “I’m doing another collaboration with Lesportsac,” Simone told me.
“Cool, I can’t wait,” I said honestly.
Then I showed him my Chanel bag. “Could you please draw Karl Lagerfeld on it?” I asked.
Simone placed it on top of the stage and really took time to draw.

Simone Legno draws Karl Lagerfeld on my bag
Simone Legno draws Karl Lagerfeld on my bag

“Awww….I love you!” I said. He seemed pleased when he gave it back to me.

Simone Legno with Chanel bag

So sweet!! Phoemela Baranda loves it

Phoemela Baranda

Also spotted: Gaby dela Merced of Vinyl on Vinyl, who helped hook up Tokidoki with SM Supermalls

Gaby dela Merced

L-R: Cristalle Belo with CJ Jaravata, Phoemela Baranda, and Frank Briones, who invited me to the event

Cristalle, CJ, Phoela, Frank

Catch the Tokidoki exhibit ongoing at SM City North Edsa, The Block, and while you’re at it, contribute towards the rebuilding Yolanda-affected lives by purchasing this special edition T-shirt.

Tokidoki for Yolanda

Special thanks to Jeff Songco for finding my lost shopping bag 🙂
To know more about Tokidoki, go to http://www.tokidoki.it.

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Welcome to my office space, Part 2
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Last October 24, 2013, I got my office space at the Fort. From that time until November, I was obsessed with fixing it.
December was very hectic for me. Besides Christmas and new year festivities, there were a couple of birthdays (my mom and Christian), my parents’ golden wedding anniversary, and the Grand Zamora Reunion—which all occurred on December 19, 24, 29, 31 and January 4.
New Year officially began for me this week as I recovered from all the physical and emotional stress December brings.
It made me glad to have an office space where I don’t feel cluttered and sleepy, where friends visit me.
After buying the main pieces of furniture it was time to choose wallpaper.

Office space

My husband and I are big fans of Piet Hein Eek, which we discovered in the Netherlands care of my father-in-law.
Luckily there are a few rolls available in Manila. I chose this one

Piet Hein Eek wallpaper

The guy who applied it did an amazing job within hours!

Office works

Amazing how wallpaper can change the mood of a room just like that

Office works
Ghost coffee table from Dimensione

Office: after

I met up with Pipo Garcia of Archion Architects and showed him my pegs for wall furniture.
We decided to focus on these two. I usually go by feel, for example, the picture of this office space makes my heart flutter.

Office peg

That’s ususally a sign that it’s right.

Office pegs

I’m not a professional designer so I consult many people before making a decision.
Pipo did a rush job over the holidays

Office works

They did a great job on the wall furniture.

Office works

Et voila! This is how it looked yesterday. That poster on the floor should be up by tomorrow

Office: after

My shelves are finally here, with junk that needs fixing

Office: after

The TV keeps me company while I work

Office: after

There’s the fluffy Muji couch we all love

Office: after

My blanket

Office: after

To make a space cozy, you need to fill it up with things you love, like the tissue box from Tinay Villamiel

Office: after

The Philippe Starck special anniversary Ghost chair

Office: after

My Fedrigoni stationery

Office: after

and a Christmas gift from my sister Ana 🙂

Office: after

My Chanel snow globe was a gift from Rustan’s

Office: after

My red riding hood candles are from Sayoko Hokazono

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Jude says I need to bring more books

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There’s my favorite gnome from Tokyo, in front of Line toys I am giving away

Office: after

My Monocle tote from Ethan Hawkes-Pippen of Monocle 🙂

Office: after

Kakao toy from Fleishman Hillard, Ely Buendia doll from Secret Fresh, and yes, the Filipino can from Team Manila

Office: after

This lucky cat is a gift from the hubby

Office: after

The Yayoi Kusama mousepad

Office: after

My reading glasses from the hubby

Office: after

The Yoshitomo Nara candy case and a picture with Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons

Office: after

I got a 2014 calendar of hottest Roman priests

Office: after

and cord organizers need to be cute too.

Office: after

Before:

Office: before

After!

Office: after

So yes, I am happy.
And to all the friendly PRs, ad agencies, entrepreneurs, and companies, here’s my office address if you want to send me something 🙂

Office: after

Thank you to my benefactor 🙂

Office: after
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