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

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

Celebrate One Day Without Shoes with TOMS at SM Aura’s Skypark
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In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found that they had no shoes to protect their feet.
Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need.


On April 29, 2014, TOMS Philippines will be celebrating One Day Without Shoes, the company’s annual day of awareness in partnership with SM Aura. This year’s event will take place at the mall’s scenic Sky Park.
Expect a fun-filled afternoon with a barefoot walk, film premiere, and interactive installations to share the TOMS story.
There will be a cool lounge in which to hang out, Style Your Sole art booths, refreshments, musical performances, and a one-day-only pop-up shop with limited-edition items.

4:00 PM — Registration
6:00 -6:30 PM – Barefoot walk
6:45–7:00 PM – Band performance
7:00-8:15 — As We Walk film premiere
8:15 –9:00 – Band performances

Every year, thousands around the world go barefoot to spread awareness about the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. Last year, over 1,000 One Day Without Shoes events at 500 schools and 230 companies took place across 50 countries all around the world, including the Philippines.
In the US, loyal TOMS fans Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, and Kristen Bell, among others, have pledged to go without shoes in support of the cause.

Charlize ODWS
Charlize Theron

Miley ODWS
Miley Cyrus

Through the help of Giving Partners, TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of shoes to children worldwide.
This figure includes over 200,000 pairs given to children all over the Philippines, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).


This year, the event hits even closer to home as filmmaker Joy Aquino’s documentary entitled As We Walk, will be screened for the first time.
TOMS Philippines encourages everyone to take off their shoes and help spark the conversation.
For one day, an hour, or even just ten minutes, TOMS encourages everyone to take off their shoes to put themselves in the place of children who have none.


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Change is good
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2014 is a time to change.
For one, I stopped drinking Coke everyday and dropped 6 lbs. I never thought I could achieve this.
I allow myself to drink Coke maybe once a week or less but the goal is to lose 5 more lbs.

Japanese Coke

Second, I’m no longer obsessed with Twitter, and yes, it can be done. I have friends who no longer go on Twitter because of all the negativity, preferring Instagram instead. There seems to be less hate in there, at least for non-celebrities like me.
Twitter death
Third, I decided to stop watching CNN all time time.
My obsession with CNN started in 1991 when I was studying fashion at Parsons New York, where all week long, everything was about fashion. I thought that watching CNN would make me a more well-rounded person, so I would keep it on while doing my homework or eating. It was either that or Tagalog movies I rented from the Filipino store.

Michael Bublé helped me unpack

I’d watch CNN in hotels while traveling, watch it first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.
I like to keep informed. Until this year, two big events made me extremely sad—the missing Malaysian Airlines airplane, and the sinking of the Korean ferry with high school students on board.
Everything is about death and accidents, and why both in Asia in such a short span of time?

Patrice and Penny watching CNN
Patrice and Penny watching CNN in Hong Kong

After a psychic told me they will never find the plane, I started to get depressed watching CNN.
After the ship sank, I decided to take a break from all the sad news. But how to break a more than two-decade habit?
Today I decided to give E! channel a chance but then I felt my IQ points going down. The highlight of my evening was to watch my very first episode of the Kardashians, like EVER. I watched because it was about Kimye’s marriage proposal and I began to understand what the Kardashians are all about. I won’t say it here because trolls are waiting to pounce and I don’t want to judge.
Since Channel E’s not working for me, maybe I’ll just stop watching TV at all.
Here’s what happened at Kim and Kanye’s wedding proposal.

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