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Where to buy affordable baby clothes in Manila
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Buying clothes for baby girls is my frustration because I don’t have any.
So when it dawned upon me that our family nurse Wanda was pregnant (believe me her belly seemed to just popped out one evening) I asked her what sex her baby was—girl!
Bingo.

Nurse Wanda

Wanda comes to our house three times a week to give me coffee enema, and I look forward to this time to stop and feel like I’m doing my body a favour.
Since my lifestyle change this year of not drinking Coke everyday, walking more with Fitbit, and having regular coffee enema, I’ve lost five lbs. and maybe three inches around my waist in just a few weeks. (But more on coffee enema and Fitbit in a later post.)

One of Manila’s best-kept secrets for moms is a house in Bel-Air that sells factory overruns of baby clothes.
I wish I had known about it when I had babies, but my kids were already walking when I discovered this haven of cuteness. Basic baby whites cost about 90 pesos each, to give you an idea.

Baby clothes for Wanda

So I got a bunch of stuff, and I’m sorry I don’t remember the prices. I got cute onesies in pink

Baby clothes for Wanda

But if I had a baby girl she would probably wear not pink.

Baby clothes for Wanda

I got a bunch of burp cloths, bed liners and towels

Baby clothes for Wanda

and threw in cloth diapers with lots of baby mittens because babies lose them all the time (or the adults do)

Baby clothes for Wanda

This entire haul cost Php 4,000 for about 60 items. So that’s an average of Php 60 per item.
The Bel-Air house is where a lot of bazaar sellers get their goods for newborns to toddlers.
Look for Manang Vicky at 48 Zodiac Street, Bel-Air, Makati
Open from 8 AM-5 PM daily, including holidays.
For inquiries call 896.4802.
Oh, and bring an eco bag while you’re at it 🙂

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Tried and tasted: Cookie Bar’s cookie shot glasses
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I’m not fond of queueing unless it’s absolutely necessary. That’s why I didn’t bother going to Dominique Ansel the last time I was in New York. But now I really want to go, after seeing his creations on Instagram, for example:

Vanilla ice cream waffle with Belgium waffle bits, lightly salted, and topped with maple-syrup espresso poured on top.
As the ice cream melts, little tapioca pearls are revealed and float in the melted ice cream espresso sauce
Dominique Ansel

Or Coco Mango Riz Au Lait: fresh ripe mango slices, mango pearls, and coconut rice pudding with microbasil
Dominique Ansel

But what really kills me are pictures of the Cookie Shots.

Dominique Ansel

Imagine a shot glass made of chocolate chip cookie and lined with chocolate, with milk poured inside

Dominique Ansel

This one I would line up for. But since a New York trip is still far away, I couldn’t help but order the local version, which is conveniently located in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

Cookie bar

The verdict? Not bad. It tastes exactly like it I imagined. I was not disappointed.

Cookie Bar's cookie shot

I had one for breakfast on the first day and another on the second day.
On the third day, however, I couldn’t finish it anymore. So I got over it, but the kids at home loved it and so did their cousins.
A box of eight costs Php 320. You can order online through this site.
If you don’t mind paying Php 100 for home delivery, I suggest you order online, because the actual kitchen/bakery is not very pretty. But if that doesn’t bother you or you can send someone to pick up your order, then go ahead to Kapitolyo.

Cookie Bar is at Unit-I, 84 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
To order or inquire, text (0917) 555-1228 or email CookieBarManila@gmail.com.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

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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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Ronnie & Joe: a well-curated optical salon
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My entire family has poor eyesight. I, for one, started wearing glasses in 3rd grade. In high school I switched to soft lenses, then hard lenses, until I had LASIK done at American Eye in 2003.
Fourteen years later I can feel my eyes getting weaker—old age is creeping in. I have some reading glasses on standby but I rarely have to use them. One day I’m going to need glasses again.
In the meantime, a really cool optical salon has opened at SM Aura. Earlier this year I just happened to walk into this shop at the upper ground level.

Ronnie & Joe

I had never seen it before, never heard of the name Ronnie & Joe.
What really pulled me inside was the sight of these Matsuda eyeglasses.

Ronnie & Joe

As a child of the ’80s, I recognised one of the brands that defined the decade. Mitsuhiro Matsuda was one of the most coveted designer labels of my generation.
Inside, the interior design and the selection of eyewear just blew me away, beginning with the patterned glass doors and the whole ambience.

Ronnie & Joe
Ronnie & Joe
Ronnie & Joe

Founded by model/entrepreneur Michael Concepcion, Ronnie & Joe Optical Salon was named after his grandfather Joe and his twin brother Ronnie Concepcion.
Ronnie & Joe
“As an eyewear consumer myself, I recognized the need for a shop that would provide a variety of specialty brands and a curated experience you would not normally find in an optical store chain,” Michael said.
“We look beyond fickle designer logos and define luxury through a brand’s history, heritage, craftsmanship, material, design and attention to detail. Most of our brands have been around for close to 100 years, yet only a handful of specialty retailers worldwide like Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, Opening Ceremony, Colette, and Ronnie and Joe, carry them. We are proud to be a standing retailer and partner to represent these brands in the country.”

Mike Concepcion for Esquire PH

Expect to find the following brands at Ronnie & Joe: MOSCOT, Illesteva, Native Sons, Max Pittion, Grey Ant, Shwood, Matsuda, Karen Walker, Barton Perreira, DITA, Thom Browne, GLCO, Ksubi, Italia Independent and Mark Mcnairy.
Coming soon: Graphic Plastic, Garrett Leight, DITA, Thom Browne, House of Holland, Cutler & Gross, Mykita x Margiela, Activist, Effector.
Ronnie & Joe Optical Salon is at the upper ground level of SM Aura, open daily from 10 AM-10 PM.
To know more, go to http://ronnieandjoe.com.

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