Get Rajo-fied at National Book Store
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When I was studying in New York, I used to say my apartment wass Kate’s Paperie because I always had all kinds of supplies.
Now my house is National Book Store—ask anyone who’s been here. I have all the good pens, the best books (ask Jude), all the wrapping papers, scotch tape, Post-It notes, note pads, and I love to share.
I consider myself lucky to be friends with National because it is my wasteland in Manila. I love dropping by to get all sorts of affordable thrills, like even a magazine can make me happy.
That’s why I’m so jealous of Rajo Laurel’s new collab with National!
Rajo Laurel

National Book Store, the country’s largest bookstore chain, has partnered with top fashion designer Rajo Laurel to create a line of stylish products at affordable prices.
Rajo’s collab with National Book Store began earlier this year when Xandra Ramos-Padilla, NBS Purchasing Director, pitched the idea to Rajo Laurel.
Rajo immediately thought of using metallics and squiggle designs from his 2013 gala show as inspirations.

Rajo iPhone Cases
Rajo iPhone cases

Almost a year after the initial conversation, Xandra says, “We are proud that our very first designer collaboration is with Rajo Laurel, who has taken everyday items and elevated them to the level of design.
He was very meticulous about every detail—from product design to packaging—and made sure all the products are affordable. These collectible items are perfect holiday gifts.”

Rajo Journal with Rajo Ballpen

The limited edition Rajo-fied Collection includes tote bags
Rajo Bag 3

Rajo Ballpens Squiggle and Red

Rajo Journal Gold
Dopp kits
Rajo Pouch Red

Rajo Mug Squiggle 1

Pen cases
Rajo Pouch Silver
Rajo Pouch Black 2
Tablet cases, and more.

Rajo iPad Case 1

See the complete Limited Edition Rajo-fied Collection at selected National Book Store and Powerbooks branches starting October 18, 2013.

Mark Nicdao’s lair in Elle Decoration
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“Have you seen Mark Nicdao’s flat in Elle Deco?” my friend Yodel said the other night.
“No, why?”
Parang hindi si Mark,” Yodel said. “It looks gothic/medieval, very Euro Flash, with faux romanesque arches and Tudor (Elizabethan) furniture. Going for old siya! Age of Enlightenment. I’m impressed he also has old prints. Kinda looks English with Spanish elements,” Yodel elaborated.
As if Elle Decoration read my mind, a copy landed on my desk this morning.

Elle Deco cover

Mark Nicdao is one of the most in-demand, highest paid working photographers in Manila.
Now take a peek at his home, with the dungeony feel

Mark Nicdao's place

The trompe l’oeil book wallpaper and deer head

Mark Nicdao's place

It has an old world feel with dark and antique-looking objects

Mark Nicdao's place


Mark Nicdao's place


Mark Nicdao's place

and wardrobe

Mark Nicdao's place

Everything looks so put together

Mark Nicdao's place

Who knew Mark had it in him?
Well, OK the Hannibal Lecter mask is a bit much, even for me 🙂

Mark Nicdao's place

You can read all about it in this month’s ELLE Decoration Philippines, which is the magazine’s first year anniversary special with the theme Global Style, Filipino Spirit.
“To celebrate this milestone, we’ve prepared an anniversary issue that takes you into the residence of six Filipinos who take a passionate approach to decorating and furnishing their homes,” writes editor-in-chief Becky Kho in the October issue.
Also, drop by Cafe ELLE Deco designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso if you’re going Manila FAME this October 17-21 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
“Come by for coffee and design inspiration,” invites Becky. “Take in the latest creations of the most talented Filipino designers.”
Then take a peek at ELLE Decoration Philippines exhibit as it presents a photo retrospective of fine Filipino interiors taken from the pages of magazine. To be held this October 21-30, 2013 at the Greenbelt 3 lobby, the exhibit is an opportunity to see the most stunning homes around the country.

ELLE Decoration Philippines is available in bookstores and newsstands for Php 200 and online at Summit Newsstand.
To know more, follow Elle Decoration Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Open letter to My M&Ms
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Dear My M&Ms,
I realize that by blogging this, I will lead more customers to your site.
I’ve been a fan of your customized My M&Ms products and have ordered many in the past. You could call me a good customer. It is one of my favorite things to give away, as gifts or just for fun.

Chuvaness x M&Ms

Once I ordered M&Ms for my dad’s birthday

Birthday M&Ms for my dad

My friends’ wedding

Everywhere We Shoot x M&Ms

and my nephew’s baptism

My M&Ms for Noah

Because I live in the Philippines, all orders are shipped to Johnny Air Retail in Woodside NY and forwarded here to the Philippines. I have to pay extra for the shipping to the Philippines, and though the total can be quite expensive, the smiles it brings to people are worth it.

I’m writing to you now, hoping you can help me with a problem I’ve been trying to solve via email but going nowehere.
Recently I placed an order for customized M&Ms and a small bag of Halloween M&Ms but didn’t get a confirmation letter.
I emailed Customer Care to find out what happened. Here’s what I got:

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So I went ahead and ordered again. What happened next? I received two duplicate orders.
The first box arrived, I gift wrapped it and sent it to my cousin for his daughter’s baptism—that’s why I no longer have the packing slip that came with it.

My M&Ms duplicate orders

This week a second box arrived. Packing slip is with me. The order # is 11777381.

My M&Ms duplicate orders

I now have an extra 100 packs of customized M&Ms that I wish I could return to you, but not practical since I am in the Philippines. Also wondering if I am entitled to a refund (never mind the Johnny Air shipping) since it is not my fault that there were two orders sent to me.
I do apologize for this very public blog entry, but this is the best way I can explain the situation to you with pictures and hopefully get a fast resolution.
To all my readers curious about the product, you can check out
The site has some problems though. It does not keep a record of your order history, which left me wondering if they indeed received my first order.

Found: Homme et Femme Archives outlet store
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Fans of homme et femme stores, including Fred Perry and Univers might be glad to know an outlet store just opened at Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati.
Archives is located right across from Washington SyCip Park.

Homme et Femme Archives

My friend Patrice and I dropped by a couple of days ago during its soft opening

Homme et Femme Archives

It has two floors. The bottom floor has the women’s lines and a pop-up coffee shop called The Curator

The Curator

I started with the marked down tech cases by Jil Sander, Liberty, and more

Homme et Femme Archives

Wallets by Comme des Garçons, among others

Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives

There are shelves of Comme des Garçons tops on sale

Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives

Spotted on the racks: this Margiela tee

Homme et Femme Archives

Givenchy dress, 50% off but still expensive

Homme et Femme Archives

Fred Perry tops, etc.

Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives

Upstairs is the men’s section, which was being sorted out when we were there

Homme et Femme Archives

A couple of fitting rooms

Homme et Femme Archives

Really nice shoes by Lanvin

Homme et Femme Archives
Homme et Femme Archives

Martin Margiela

Homme et Femme Archives

Dries van Noten

Homme et Femme Archives

Heschung x Comme des Garçons

Homme et Femme Archives

and more

Homme et Femme Archives

I ended up just buying a couple of Fred Perry sweatbands for the hubby (300 each) but Patrice got really nice Acne shoes and plans to come back for a Fred Perry top.
Such a lovely space and view. Drop by if you’re in the area.

Homme et Femme Archives

Archives d’homme et femme is open daily from 12 noon to 9 PM at Gamboa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.
Tel. 836-2740 • (0917)849-4008

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