Look who came to Louis Vuitton’s reopening

After more than a year of renovations, Louis Vuitton finally moved back to its newly expanded store at Greenbelt 4.
Take a look at its unique façade inspired by the House’s signature Damier pattern.

1_Exterior Facade

Inside, interiors have been transformed to reflect the spirit of travel that Louis Vuitton has always been known for.
The store’s main entrance opens up to a travel area and expansive leather goods section

3_Travel Universe

while few stairs lead to the mezzanine floor dedicated to men’s leather goods, shoes, and accessories.

7_Men's Universe

One of the new features of the store is the addition of a lower floor extension, which houses women’s leather goods, shoes and accessories.

5_Women's Universe

4_Women's Universe

Also on this lower level, for the first time, is a private salon where top VIPs can have the ultimate, sophisticated personal shopping experience in a private ambience.

9_Private Salon

Louis Vuitton’s celebration began with a ribbon cutting ceremony joined by (L-R) Rhea De Vera-Aguirre, Country Manager of Louis Vuitton Philippines; Jean-Baptiste Debains, President of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific; Catherine Zobel de Ayala; and Edouard Faure, General Manager for Micronesia and the Philippines.

Rhea de Vera-Aguirre, Jean Baptiste Debains, Catherine Zobel de Ayala and Edouard Faure

An in-store cocktail was attended by local celebrities, prominent social personalities, distinguished guests and Manila’s hip and fashionable crowd.

Louis Vuitton Models

Doña Bea and Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala

Dona Bea and Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala

Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales

Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales

Dressed in Louis Vuitton were Isabelle Daza

Isabelle Daza in Louis Vuitton ISABELLE

Heart Evangelista

Heart Evangelista in Louis Vuitton HEART

Borgy Manotoc

Borgy Manotoc in Louis Vuitton BORGY

Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis_2 in Louis Vuitton ANNE- 1

Georgina Wilson

Georgina Wilson in Louis Vuitton GEORGINA

Amanda Griffin

Amanda Griffin in Louis Vuitton AMANDA (RIGHT)

and Anne #2

Anne Curtis dressed in Louis Vuitton ANNE - 2 (RIGHT)

The celebration continued as guests were transported to Whitespace, whose entrance was made to look like an airport runway. This led up to a set of Louis Vuitton trunk doors that guests walked through as they entered a whimsical “World of Flight”. Spotted were Tessa Valdes and Rajo Laurel

Tessa Prieto Valdes and Rajo Laurel

Hideo Muraoka and Fatima Rabago

Hideo Muraoka and Fatima Rabago

Alex Escat

Alex Escat

Mike Concepcion, Carlos Concepcion, Erwan Heussaff and Adrien Semblat

Mike Concepcion, Carlos Concepcion, Erwan Heussaff and Adrien Semblat

Jonathan and Rhea Aguirre, Dara David, Vanessa Santos

Jonathan and Rhea Aguirre, Dara David, Vanessa Santos

Inside, hot air balloons and vintage model airplanes were set against the cool ambience of clear blue skies while international DJs Simon Washford and Janva played their sets.
French magician Stefan Leyschon entertained guests with his extraordinary illusions, while mixolologist Joseph Boroski, from New York, created specially designed martini concoctions for this opening.
Watch.

http://www.louisvuitton.com/

Céleteque winners, Week 3

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And the winners are:
Nov 21: Aileen Acot of Caloocan City
Nov 22: Aurora Dellosa of Cavite
Nov 23: Christine Marie Delfino of Makati
Nov 24: Sheryl Sigua-Elcano of Cavite
Nov 25: Kimberly Eleazar of San Juan
Nov 26: Maria Ines Noelle Katigbak of Parañaque
Nov 26: Benson Jacinto of Cebu

Each one will get a swag bag stuffed with the complete range of Céleteque Dermoscience products.

Celeteque loot bag

Celeteque loot bag

How to claim:
1) Metro Manila winners must print-out the email notice from Innovitelle.
2) Present this along with one valid photo ID, Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM at Innovitelle Office, 2/F Bonaventure Plaza, Greenhills, San Juan (across from Greenhills Shopping Center).
Look for Sheryl, Vita or Roan.
4) Prizes may be claimed within 60 days of publication. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited in favor of Innovitelle.
5) Provincial winners will receive their prizes via courier.

To find out how you can win your own swag bag, click HERE.

He’s just not into you—at all

I don’t wanna put a girl down when she’s already down, but frankly, she could’ve used these presents.

He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You

I had a gay “boyfriend” in college. It was so innocent. He was tall, cute, and dressed better than everyone else.
He said “I love you” on the phone but never DTRed (defined the relationship). I waited for our first kiss to happen (it didn’t). When I tried to hug him, he said, “This feels awkward.”

It was the ’80s, he loved The Communards and Bronski Beat. He wore makeup better than me. Then the makeup got thicker. He started to wear skirts and fake fur.
Then one night, I saw someone cuter. I made a mental note to make that boy my next boyfriend. Two years later, he was mine. He turned out to be a bastard, but at least he was a real guy (I think).
I’ve had my share of bad boyfriends, but luckily I married the right one. Some say you have to kiss a few frogs to get your prince.

I was 17 when it happened, not 27. So I don’t understand why the pretty young thing who could get any guy she wants chose to be with this guy whom the whole world knows is gay. Even I tried to warn her via blog entries: You’re making a mistake. Look at the signs. He’s just not into you. I don’t care if he has a son. I can name you ten other gay men with kids, some of them happily married, quite frankly.

At first we thought it was a publicity stunt to gain more endorsements via “love team.” And then, upon talking to insiders, we found out you really did love him, but his heart and mind (and body) were elsewhere. I won’t kick you when you’re down because you wasted two years of your life. But it didn’t have to happen because you’re young, and pretty and have a choice. You’re not a teenager and this is not your first boyfriend.

If he did lead you on, then he is a mean, screwed up user. You deserve an apology, and he should never lead any other woman or the public to believe that he is straight.
I’m not a fan, but I’m on your side because I have been there.
It’s a sad thing, as a public figure you have to wash your dirty laundry in public. How humiliating for the public to know that you wasted years on a lie.
Here’s hoping that you move on like I did. There is life after investing your time, emotions, and heart in a gay man. You have everything ahead of you. As for him, I don’t really know.

HBO-induced insomnia

When we were kids, there was no Internet or video games, so everyone pretty much watched the same TV shows in the ’70s and ’80s—from Man From Atlantis to Knots Landing.
For the next 20 years I practically stopped watching TV. There were other things to do, like work, and then the Internet came along.
Not too long ago, I discovered the joy of watching TV again via iTunes. Even better when my dad introduced me to Vuze.com and the convenience of torrents.
Now I can follow five TV shows at a time and watch them at my convenience—usually in the wee hours of the morning when the whole house is asleep.
The downside is, I’ve turned into an insomniac at night and a zombie in the daytime.
As I type this, my eyes are droopy and my body is tired.
Last night I watched my last four episodes of How To Make It In America. I don’t even remember where I read about it. I downloaded Seasons 1 and 2, started watching and got hooked.

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I would say this and Awkward are the best TV shows I have seen this year. It makes Gossip Girl and all those other shows I was watching so lame and stupid.
This is the first male-centric show I have ever followed. Based in New York, I can relate because I went to college there and have an inkling about how the fashion industry works.
The story revolves around Ben Epstein (played by Bryan Greenberg) and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) who are trying to launch their own clothing label, Crisp.

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With no money and no business plan, all they really have are Ben’s fashion sense and creativity and Cam’s guts and connections. They have no option but to borrow money from Cam’s ex-con cousin and thug, Rene Calderon (played by Luis Guzman). Jeroen loves this actor, but personally I want to fast forward all his scenes.

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When this fails, they fall back on Ben’s former schoolmate, David Kaplan (at left, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas) who is Wall Street-rich but desperate to become cool and get laid.

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Lake Bell plays Ben’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel Chapman, whose lifestyle goes from not bad to sad as a consequence of her decisions.

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When her relationships fall apart, she hooks up with a dog walker/drug dealer Domingo (L) who has some money business with Cam. (I hate his parts too. I don’t get why these people think he’s attractive.)

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There are many other characters, such as Nancy Frankenburg (played by Gina Gershom), a powerhouse New York PR/cougar who gets involved with Ben in so many ways.

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Basically everyone in the show is either a whore or a druggie. I am shocked how they openly show nudity (male and female) on HBO and how times have changed. So I would not recommend the show to kids.
Tell you frankly, I got hooked because of Bryan Greenberg. I have not seen a present-day actor who is so beautiful, expressive and angelic, even while playing a man whore. He carries clothes so well, I just love seeing his outfits.
He is, what Grace would call, a tall glass of water (refreshing) and easy on the eyes.

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Lets not forget the cool soundtrack.
I finished two seasons or 16 episodes (25 mins each) in just three days, and am wondering when Season 3 comes back.

To know more about the show, click HERE.

Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models

Cosmopolitan Philippines revealed this year’s 8 Sexiest Models in a party held last November 8, 2011 at Palladium, New World Hotel, Makati.
The party also celebrated the return of editorial director Myrza Sison to the Cosmo family and welcomed fashion director Ana Kalaw, beauty director Agoo Benzon, and lifestyle editor-at-large Kissa Castañeda.

L-R Joey Mead, Myrza Sison, Jessica Yang, Bea Soriano, Ana Sideco, Vanessa Matsunaga, Samantha Lewis
L-R Joey Mead, Myrza Sison, Jessica Yang, Bea Soriano, Ana Sideco, Vanessa Matsunaga, Samantha Lewis

Honored at the party were Jasmine Maierhofer, Jessica Yang, Vanessa Matsunaga, Pauline Prieto
My creation

Wendy Tabusalla, Ana Sideco, Bea Soriano, Samantha Lewis
My creation

It was a homecoming for the women who were part of Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Among them, host Joey Mead King, Phoemela Baranda, Bubbles Paraiso, Ornusa Cadness, Nicolette Bell, and Ruru Kiram Ferriols.
Also spotted were Cosmo centerfolds Daniel Matsunaga and Fabio Ide, John Paul Ang, Onemig Bondoc, Derek Hubalde, Marc Nelson, Hans Montenegro, Danica Magapantay, Rhian Ramos, Bianca Valerio, Sara Black Patty Betita, and Maggie Wilson with husband Victor Consuji.
Cosmopolitan‘s November issue with Carla Abellana on the cover is now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

Carla Abellana

For more of Cosmo, go to http://www.cosmo.ph.

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