Pottery Barn launches Designers’ Circle rewards program
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Pottery Barn, known for upscale home furnishings, recently hosted an intimate gathering at its Central Square flagship store with some of Manila’s esteemed architects, interior designers, and style purveyors, such as Anna Angara, Carlo Calma, Chito Antonio, Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, Dan Lichauco, Dominic Galicia, Emmanuel Miñana, Eric Paras, Jason Buensalido, Joey Yupangco, and Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase.

(Top Row L-R) Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase
(Middle Row L-R) Carlo Calma, Dominic Galicia, Emmanuel Miñana, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Anna Angara, sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, Eric Paras, Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, Dan Lichauco, and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan
(Bottom Row L-R) Susan Joven, Nina Huang, Jason Buensalido, Joey Yupangco, and Chito Antonio

Anthony Huang, President of SSI Group, Inc., his wife Nina Huang, and Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board, treated guests to a private tour of the store and introduced Pottery Barn’s newest Designers’ Circle Rewards Program.

Nina and Anton Huang
Through this members-only initiative, Pottery Barn aims to help designers bring to life their style visions through special rewards, promos and discounts, and access to exclusive products reviews and events.
In the Philippines, Pottery Barn is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and Estancia at Capitol Commons.

Architect Joey Yupangco and Regina Bonoan, Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group

To know more, follow @potterybarnPH on Instagram or Facebook.

Novena to St. Expeditus
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Sorry for my longest absence ever in 17 years.
I’m in Tokyo with my family. Everyday I plan to blog but I’m so, so tired.
This Lenten season of suffering, I want to share with you a special novena my friend Yodel found in a church in London.
Yodel, a graphic designer, was attracted to the novena because of the graphic design.


She shared it with her mom, my Tita Yoly, who tried it and was amazed that it worked.
I decided to try it and it worked for me after less than 24 hours!!
The thing is, if it works for you, you are supposed to share the novena and spread it. That’s why I’m posting it here.
As you can guess by the name, St. Expeditus, he is a fast worker. So if you’re in dire need, in a hurry or desperate to have a problem solved, please try this prayer.
If it does, please leave a comment below, and don’t forget to share the prayer.

My Saint Expeditus, saint of fair and urgent causes,
Help me in this time of affliction and despair.
Intercede for me with Our Lord Jesus Christ!
You who are a warrior saint
You who are the saint of the afflicted
You who are the saint of the desperate
You who are the saint of urgent causes,
Protect me, help me, give me strength, courage and serenity.
Hear my plea … (say your plea here)
Help me through these difficult hours
Protect me from all those who want to hurt me
Protect my family
Respond to my plea with haste
Bring me peace and tranquility.
I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life
and speak your name to all those who have faith.
Many thanks, my Saint Exeditus.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and make the sign of the cross.
This prayer was approved by the Church.
Pray especially on the feast of St. Expeditus on April 19.

Exciting new H&M brand, ARKET, to open in Fall 2017
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The H&M group is launching a new brand, ARKET, later this year. It will be a modern-day market, offering essential products for men, women, children, and home.
ARKET means ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish.
The first store will open early autumn 2017 on Regent Street, London and online in 18 European countries.


Other store openings will follow in Brussels, Copenhagen and Munich.
Stores will also include a café where location permits.
The café will be based on the New Nordic Kitchen and its vision of quality ingredients and healthy living.

ARKET’s designers, buyers, pattern makers, architects, writers and chefs have been working closely with producers to develop high quality and long-lasting products at affordable prices.
“A fantastic team with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise have come together to build ARKET. We’re very excited to soon reveal the brand and share our collections with customers,” said Lars Axelsson, Managing Director.
The head office and design studio is located at Maria Skolgata 83 in Stockholm.

Football hotness: Diesel, Hugo Boss dress up AC Milan and Real Madrid players
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Following the announcement of a three-year style partnership between Diesel and AC Milan, the lifestyle brand has revealed the off-field kit for the “Rosso” Neri (red and black) football team.

Diesel dresses AC Milan

The Diesel x AC Milan style partnership includes two types of custom-made uniforms, both strictly Made in Italy. They will be worn for the first time at the Italian Super Cup in Doha on December 23rd 2016.
The formal kit for players and staff consists of a hooded blazer (a real innovation for football uniforms) with stretch fleece sleeves and zips at the wrists to be worn with either a polo shirt or T-shirt (the first uniform without a shirt); a cashmere jumper with zip for very cold temperatures; a pair of iconic Diesel Jogg-Jeans with refined black treatment and a puffy parka with removable lining. The kit is complete with leather lace-up shoes featuring an all-around metal zip.

Diesel dresses AC Milan

The second kit is the off-site uniform to be worn by players during transfers. The main piece is the reversible satin bomber jacket: one side celebrates AC Milan with the team colors and badge, the other tells the Diesel and AC Milan story through patch-symbols on a black background.
These include the flags of cities where the team has been victorious, the initials of the team’s English founder Herbert Kilpin and his iconic catchphrase “red as fire”. Not to mention a series of important numbers: 7, the number of Champions Leagues won by the team; 78, the year Diesel was born; 18, the number of championships won and 1889, the year AC Milan was founded. And finally Renzo Rosso’s signature “enjoy”.
The look is completed by a pair of distressed Jogg-Jeans and black leather sneakers with an all-round zip.

Diesel dresses AC Milan

Meanwhile, Real Madrid C.F. will wear elegant BOSS looks during the course of the 2016/2017 season. For official engagements, the players wear slim-cut, navy blue BOSS suits from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Hugo Boss dresses Real Madrid

The collection’s unique feature: men can combine their preferred sizes and fits for trousers and jackets—choosing from regular, slim and extra-slim—to create a suit that is an ideal match for their physique. The classic look #SuitedByBOSS is perfected with a crisp white cotton shirt, a blue tie, black shoes and belt—and topped with a navy cashmere overcoat.

Hugo Boss dresses Real Madrid

“Real Madrid is an outstanding team and an excellent partner for our brand. The players already cut a fine figure on the pitch—and off it they now look impeccably dressed in BOSS,” said Tiago Baptista, HUGO BOSS Managing Director Iberia. “We are delighted to be outfitting one of the world’s most successful clubs.”

Hugo Boss dresses Real Madrid

“We are very pleased to have HUGO BOSS as a partner for Real Madrid,” said Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid’s Institutional Relations Manager. “It is an honor to associate our name with such a prestigious and well-known international brand. We have many shared values, including innovation, leadership and the pursuit of excellence.

Hugo Boss dresses Real Madrid

To know more about the BOSS ‘Create Your Look’ line the players are wearing, go to

In the Philippines, Diesel is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 3 and Power Plant Mall, while BOSS is located at City of Dreams Manila, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Shangri-la and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing.

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