The new Louis Vuitton: a preview of things to come
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It was around 1997 when I purchased my first Louis Vuitton bag—an Amazone! It was the only thing I could afford at that time. It wasn’t until 2001 when Marc Jacobs created the Stephen Sprouse bags that I became officially obsessed. Takashi Murakami followed in 2002 and the love affair continued for a few more years until it became, well, tired.
I can’t tell you how many Louis Vuittons I’ve acquired. Many of them I have sold or given away, but I still keep some special ones.
Truthfully I haven’t found the brand that exciting, until they announced that Nicolas Ghesquière (formerly of Balenciaga) was taking over Marc Jacobs’ position as creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton.

Nicolas Ghesquière

Meanwhile my friends and I have been wondering what kind of change he can bring to the fashion house which had tuned American, pop, and J-Lo, under the direction of Marc Jacobs.
To answer our question, my friends, here’s a preview of things to come in Fall/Winter 2014-15.
A series of photographs, titled A Dozen Girls was recently photographed by Juergen Teller at the Louis Vuitton Headquarters in Paris.

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A patchwork zipped leather coat is worn with a Silver Épi Petite-Malle in its removable cover

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A leather knitted top is paired with and a printed moleskin skirt

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A crocodile zipped coat is worn with a Monogram Petite-Malle

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
The beauty is in the details

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
Black patent leather boots

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A brushed shetland coat with leather details and black patent leather belt is worn with an Alma bag in lambskin with diamonds drawing; a gold metal earring; signet ring and crystal rings; with black calf leather boots

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15

To see more of the new Louis Vuitton collection, click HERE.

How to revive an old chair
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I found this chair at Megamall and placed it in the boys’ room a few years ago. It wasn’t expensive but it is oh so comfy. The boys use it mostly while playing their video games on weekends.


It has seen better days obviously. I didn’t realize how ratty it was until recently.


Luckily I remembered to buy some fabric at Ikea Singapore last January. I chose a Dutch-looking print that would brighten up any kid’s room. I was about to dump it in the cart when the Dutch in-laws insisted on rolling it the proper way


Back in Manila I tried to search online for anyone who could reupholster a chair—and then I remembered my friend Kristine Dee who makes furniture apart from her own jewelry line.
Kristine is my go-to person when I need to resurrect some furniture pieces. She is so helpful!
The chair was picked up from our house and delivered a few weeks later. They did an amazing job!!


Not bad service for less than Php 2500—including pull-out and delivery.
If you’re looking for a great, reliable reupholstery service in Metro Manila, email
Thanks Kristine!!

Back from the dead (nearly)
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So sorry I haven’t blogged in ages.
I got into a Twitter fight about two weeks ago and got bullied (my fault and I’m sorry. Deepak said so) so I decided to remove Twitter from my phones and lay off social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and well, my blog.
My son got sick on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday it was my turn to get sick up to this day.
I haven’t been sick for years!! I had forgotten what a 39-degree fever feels like and it aint fun.
So all this time I was in bed medicating and playing Candy Crush.
I’ve also been reading Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, which says I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

7 Spiritual Lwas CD

Which means I got sick because of certain decisions that I made (taking a bubble bath on a cold day, for one) and that God wants me to be right here, right now. With that I accepted my sickness and stayed in bed instead of forcing myself to work.


I am still in bed with a low fever, cold and cough. Just to be sure I’m not dying of pneumonia my friend Patrice dragged me to St. Luke’s BGC this afternoon for a blood test and X-ray—both negative. (Thank You Lord!)
Last Friday I did have the pleasure of meeting the two big winners of my Samsung giveaway.
Both winners met up with me at my office. This is Mary Grace Raagas who can now replace her old Samsung phone with a Samsung Galaxy Mega. (That cute little boy in the picture is my husband Jeroen.)

Grace Raagas

And Anne Roselle Lara (L) who plans to give her prize Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to her sister.
I also got to meet her pretty mom Ohla.

Anne Lara

Well it’s great to have an office. Now I can meet more of you readers, as I prepare my next giveaway.
Oh, and thanks to the great people at St. Luke’s BGC ER and Dr. Dimagiba (indestructible) for his patience and who didn’t see this coming.

Dr. Dimagiba

Hay! This cold weather kasi…
(Comments section, please be kind. I am still trying to recover. No trolls please!!)

Piandre opens Mother Ship and BGC salon
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When I was in high school I had a classmate with perfect hair, nails and skin. I kind of hated her and wondered how she did it. She was rich, for one and had a bigger allowance than all of us. Like her wallet always had bills.
What I didn’t figure out at the time was that she spent a lot of time in the salon.
When we were kids we only went to the salon to get a haircut. I didn’t know about the magic of regular blowdry until I was already working. Now that I’m older and can afford it, I don’t ever go out without a blowdry.

In 1987, Piandre was new and easily became one of the best salons in town. Their Greenhills branch was always busy, having captured the doña/moneyed market and their daughters. For one, they have sterilized brushes.


My mom was an instant fan and continues to be a regular 26 years later.
Growing up, all salons used to intimidate me, including this one. Even though I knew that Piandre was owned by my dad’s cousin, Linda Zamora Francisco.
Piandre, was originally supposed to be called Peandre—culled from the names of Peachy, Aina and Drea—Tita Linda’s three daughters.
“But it didn’t sound right so it became Piandre,” said my cousin Drea Zulueta, who is now general manager of 13 family-owned salons.

Drea gave me a tour of their recently opened branch in Bonifacio Global City, located at the ground floor of Two Parkade Building.


The salon was quiet this Wednesday afternoon but gets busy in the mornings, after work and on weekends.
The new BGC salon looks modern and spacious with bamboo floors and matching chairs. Drea says they designed the salon themselves.

Piandre BGC

Drea and her family keep the business updated by taking regular trips around the world to attend trade fairs and to source new products and materials.
Drea herself started training under Vidal Sassoon in London in 2003. She now helps train Piandre stylists back home.

Aside from the large salon space, the new BGC shop has a men’s area, two VIP rooms and three wax treatment rooms. But what I find amazing is it has restrooms everywhere—like seven restrooms, including two separate ones for the staff. The VIP section has its own restroom. This lavatory is chuva-approved.


The BGC shop has these magic mirrors I really love. See this logo at the bottom of the mirror


Press that and the mirror lights up.

Piandre's magic mirror Piandre's magic mirror

Each Piandre salon also has a mini store of hair products.


Drea urged me to try Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair products to benefit my thin hair. Uhm, I can’t resist this color.


Among their wonder products are a dry shampoo powder for times you can’t shampoo and need to freshen up, plus a wonder hair powder that covers “bald spots” on your scalp.


Next we drove all the way to Timog Avenue, Quezon City where Piandre has opened a five-storey Mother Ship called the LZF Building (LZF = Linda Zamora Francisco). The four-storey building was designed by Carmelo Casas.

Piandre Timog

On the first floor is the parking lot, because Drea has a phobia of basement parking lots.

Piandre Timog

From here you take the escalator to the second floor, which houses a 600-square meter salon, the biggest in the Philippines.

Piandre Timog

It offers a full range of services including cut and finishing, color, nails, hair treatments


The Timog Mother Ship was quite busy this afternoon

Piandre at Timog

The third floor, called the Salon Beautifier HQ, has a school setup. It will serve as a venue for training Piandre’s 60 stylists. In fact Piandre often flies in experts from abroad to train their staff.
The fourth floor holds a magnificent ballroom that can rival any hotel ballroom in Manila.


Love this VIP area. The ballroom can be rented for a fee. To inquire, visit the Piandre Mother Ship in Timog or call the numbers listed below.


On the fifth floor is a roofdeck, which is still being finished.
Aside from all the services offered, Piandre’s unique selling proposition is that it distributes many special hair brands like Lakme (hair color and hair care), Macadamia Natural Oil products and services, Rock Your Hair products, the pregnancy-safe Barielle nail polish line, Kerastase and L’Oreal.
Piandre is also the official distributor of the Keratin Complex Smoothing System in the Philippines.


After 26 years in the business, no wonder Piandre is the biggest chain of high-end salons in the country.
Piandre BGC is at Two Parkade, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
T: (02)553-4014 • (02)519-9962
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 AM – 9 PM and Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

The Timog branch is at LZF Building, 25A Timog Avenue, Quezon City
T: (02)441-2977 • (02)927-3448 • (0921) 212.5963
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 AM – 9 PM and Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

To find other locations near you, click HERE.
To know more, go to or like them on Facebook.

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