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.

Ten exciting things in fashion

If there were a spaceship with all of the world’s fashionistas and movers and shakers on board—would you go?
I sure wouldn’t. I love fashion but can’t stand most people behind it (those who live, breathe, and talk about it all the time). I’m at that age where I can live in a uniform and Birkenstocks, and only once in a while do I still get a fashion heart attack, which usually happens at 5-2-1 Minami-Aoyama.
It’s been a while since I’ve written about fashion I like and for some reason, this Fall 2014 has lots of great things to be excited about:

1) Louis Vuitton’s Celebrating the Monogram Collection
Featuring collaborations with six iconoclasts: Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo. Guess which one I’m getting? Eye can’t wait.

2) Jeremy Scott does Barbie x Moschino
It seemed like Moschino the label died a little when Franco Moschino, the designer, died in 1984.
Well, Moschino is back and better than ever since Jeremy Scott took over as creative director in October 2013.
While Jeremy Scott’s McDonald’s-inspired collection for Moschino was a bit too goofy for me, I think his current Barbie-inspired collection is pure genius.
Some of my favourite pieces include the sweater dress and the pullover
Moschino BarbieMoschino Barbie

The iPhone case and the backpack
Moschino BarbieMoschino Barbie

The shoulder bag
Moschino Barbie
View the rest of the collection HERE.

Super love this Ukrainian designer whose Fall ’14 collection was a standout at this year’s Hyères festival.
Her oversized utilitarian, black, white and red collection was inspired by her country’s history, focusing on propaganda posters that highlight a certain image of women.
See more of her work HERE. (Photos: Opening Ceremony)


4) Nina Donis
Composed of Nina Neretina and Donis Pouppis, the Russian/Cypriot design team studied at the Moscow Textile Academy before founding the Nina Donis label in 2000. Several collections later, their pieces are now available through the fashion forward (sometimes backward) multinational retail store, Opening Ceremony.

Nina Donis
Nina Donis

5) Jacquemus
Created by Simon Porte Jacquemus, a 24-year-old self-taught designer who started his own label at age 19 in his native France. Recently, Jacquemus was one of 12 finalists at the prestigious LVMH Prize.
His current collections feature crop tops, oversize T-shirts, and cartoony pieces with slouchy proportions, some of which are available at the uber-stylish La Garconne.


6) Sacai Luck
Sacai (pronounced “sa-kai”) was established by Chitose Abe in 1999 after eight years of working with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons. In 2006 she introduced Sacai Luck, a collection characterized by unexpected combinations of materials, while balancing light and delicate fabrics such as tulle, silk and cotton.
While Sacai maintains its flagship store in Minami Aoyama, the award-winning designer keeps her ties with CDG by producing the Sacai Gem line exclusively available at Comme des Garçons stores, 10 Corso Como in Tokyo, and Dover Street Market in London.

Sacai Luck
Sacai Luck
Sacai Luck

7) Côte&Ciel
There are backpacks, and there is Côte&Ciel—a conceptual accessory brand that looks like art while it protects your laptop and other mobile devices.
Established in Paris in 2008, Côte&Ciel stands for ‘coast and sky’—two natural imageries that inspire the brand while suggesting its French roots.
Designed for the writer, artist, or graphic designer, its goal is to protect your personal technology via high quality, beautifully designed storage solutions at affordable prices.

8) Mark Cross bags
An American luxury leather goods brand for a change, established in 1846 in Boston MA.
We’re loving the little boxy bags inspired by Grace Kelly’s bag in Rear Window (1954), and seen on celebrities like Alexa Chung and Jessica Biel. What’s stopping us, aside from the large price tag, is the small size that can barely carry our long wallet, two phones, charger, and wet tissues. Then again, you never know…

Mark cross bags
Mark Cross bags
Mark cross bags Mark cross bags

9) John Galliano joins Maison Martin Margiela
Finally a Margiela designer we are allowed to photograph. The original Belgian designer—Martin Margiela—was so elusive, he avoided photographs and personal interviews, and the only way to communicate with him was through fax. Until he sold his name to Only The Brave, also known as the Diesel group.
In 2008, the New York Times reported that the creative director position had been offered to Raf Simons and Haider Ackermann (not a Filipino) who both turned it down.
As a fan of Galliano in the ’80s and Margiela in the ’90s, I’m interested to see how this “marriage” pans out.

John Galliano

10) Paris Hilton wears Mich Dulce
After Adam Ant, Leighton Meester, and Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton is the latest celebrity to wear Mich Dulce millinery.
More good things continue to happen to the Filipino designer who now lives and works in Paris for a famous French luxury house.

French: 3
American: 5
Italian: 1
Ukrainian: 1
Russian: 1
Japanese: 2
British: 1
Belgian: 1
Filipino: 1
German: 1

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).


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 Lands’ 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.

Land's End

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 flask 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

Celebrate the BER months with a fab giveaway (Part 1)

We’re in that horrible/wonderful season called the “ber” months. That usually means cooler weather (or storming, which is abnormally happening now) and horrendous traffic.
That means malls are playing Christmas carols and selling Christmas wrappers and decors.
Two of my friends, in fact, already have their trees up. As for me, I’d rather wait for a real festive-smelling Douglas Fir tree (from S&R).
I have, however, started Christmas shopping. And since we’re in that holiday mood, I’ve decided to put together a much-delayed giveaway, and a very huge apology goes to food stylist, reviewer and author Angelo Comsti, who sent five copies of his book along with bottles of Chardonnay and kitchen shears to share with five lucky readers.

From Our Table To Yours by Angelo Comsti

From Our Table to Yours is a collection of heirloom recipes and family memories compiled by Comsti. Here he shares time-tested recipes by some of the country’s culinary authorities, including Tony Boy Escalante of Antonio’s, writer and blogger Joey de Larrazabal-Blanco, Aileen Anastacio of Goodies N’Sweets and PR consultant Gwen Jacinto-Carino.
From Our Table to Yours is not just a recipe book. It tells the story behind each dish, and it all began with Comsti’s search for a recipe of Filipino chiffon cake.
“With my family, food always came with good memories and I realized that recalling these can be just as indulgent as enjoying a piece of that cake,” said Comsti.

Angelo Comsti

Comsti graduated with a degree in professional culinary studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. He’s a food writer for television and various print and digital periodicals, as well as a food and prop stylist for magazines, print ads, billboards, restaurant menus and cookbooks.
He also holds cooking demos and develops recipes for corporate clients.

The book features over 50 main dishes, snacks and desserts with personal photos and short stories accompanying each recipe, including Beef Shank Soup (Pochero), Stewed Pork Knuckle (Estofadong Pata), Prawns with Coconut Milk and Bilimbi Fruit and Christmas Cheese Balls.
Some of the recipes even have very helpful tips. Luisa Consing-Locsin’s Heart of Palm Spring Rolls, shared by Patricia Locsin, tells us where to get the wrappers for the Lumpiang Ubod.
Purificacion Abueva Binamira’s Roast Pig Congee or Lechon Pospas, shared by Joel Binamira (the man behind Zubuchon Lechon) gives instructions on how to heat leftovers (add a little water or broth).

From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories (Php 795) is available at National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers branches. Or buy online at
For those living abroad, the book is also available in Kindle and paperback format at

(NEXT: Join my fab giveaway which includes Angelo Comsti’s book!)

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