Ensembles presents Religioso collab for Holiday 2011

Known for changing the landscape of corporate wear, Ensembles continues to pioneer wearable collaborations through its Designer Series, working in the past with designers like James Reyes, Debbie Co and Louis Claparols.
Now Ensembles is proud to collaborate with designing duo Religioso for its Holiday 2011 Collection.


For Ensembles Holiday 2011 Designer Series, Religioso puts their signature pleats and bows on classic pieces that are subtle yet structured, color blocked or pleated. The collection will hit Ensembles stores on September 16.

Color Blocked Dress, P1695 Dress with Origami Detail, P1995
Two-Toned Cocktail Dress, P1895Dress with Origami Detail_red P1995
Top with Shell Pleats, P1495Top with shell Pleats_black P1495

Sisters Yvette Religioso-Ilagan and Choc Religioso-Dayrit recently celebrated their 4th anniversary in the fashion industry. They started by doing weddings in 2005 before starting their own clothing brand Religioso in 2006. Their main women’s line embodies the stylish empowered woman of the new millennium, inspired by genteel well-dressed women of the past. This makes Ensembles and Religioso a perfect tandem: female, flattering, empowering, timeless.

Choc and Yvette

To know more, go to http://www.ensembles.com.ph

Team Jake

I’m nursing a high school crush on Jake Rosati of MTV’s new series, Awkward.
Played by actor Brett Davern, Jake is quite ordinary in the looks department, bruth to tell, there are no hot guys in Awkward. The hottest guy would probably be Jenna Hamilton’s dad (closer to my age group). But I find Jake so cute because he’s such a nice guy.

Brett davern

As Class President, that means he’s also smart and popular enough to be elected by the student body. He can hang with the cool guys as well as the geeks.
He’s dating a pretty blonde cheerleader, but secretly in love with an ordinary girl named Jenna Hamilton.
That doesn’t make him a bad guy. I mean haven’t you been in a relationship (not married) and secretly wished you were with someone else?

Brett davern

This is where Jake is at and the way he drops hints at Jenna (who is into Jake’s best friend Matty) makes me feel giddy and high school again.

Brett davern

I actually followed Brett Davern on Twitter.
As for his acting ability, while in high school he earned a scholarship to Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, whose impressive alumni includes Oscar nominees Robert Downey, Jr. and Natalie Portman, and Emmy Award-winner Jon Cryer.
Google told me he 29 years old, playing a convincing 16- or 17-year-old high school student.
That means he already has a brain and is not a baby!

Brett davern

Too young for me, but good enough for Grace who is 33. (We had this discussion on the phone earlier.)
Of course this is all so dumb because we are in love with the fictional character, Jake Rosati, and not the actor Brett Davern—who are totally different people.
That said, I am obsessed with Awkward and cannot wait for the next episodes.


I’m beck!

I had a mission to buy shoes and a bag while in Singapore, and I got those and more. Not bad for only two days of shopping. I got three pairs of shoes and finally, the PS Selma chair I’ve been eyeing for years in Ikea.

Ikea chair

I love this chair because it comes with “pages” of printed graphic cushions.
You can adjust the seat to the height or print you want. This was the Hong Kong price (HK$2,990 = Php 16,300)

Nice Ikea chair

The New York price (US$349 = Php 14,800)

ICFF 09: IKEA PS Collection

In Singapore it cost SG$399 (Php 17,000, but with the GST refund, maybe the same as HK price).
It took me a while to buy the chair (about six different trips) because I was afraid of its size and 18-kg. weight. Turns out the box wasn’t as big as I thought. Ana helped me tie it.


I was able to check it in the plane earlier (no overweight, so yay!!).
Another thing I really wanted was the Nightingale trolley by Givenchy.
For a few years now I’ve been using the same Chanel trolley and lamenting that you once you put your laptop in, you can’t really put a whole lot of things inside.

I love my closet

I love bags with wheels. This is the trolley on Rachel Bilson


Then the Givenchy trolley came out, and thought hey that looks cute, though it looks a little big and heavy



But not on Blake Lively


It took me two trips to Singapore to decide that I need it, so my Dad got me one and it fits in the overhead compartment! Yay!

Nightingale trolley

So yes the trip was a success and I’m glad to be back.

Tempur winners!

As a special promo for Chuvaness readers, Tempur Philippines offered to give away  five sleep masks when their Facebook following reached 1,000.

Tempur sleep mask

The five winners are:
Elizabeth Marie Teotico
Kimberly Arevalo
Michelle Dacanay
Anna Margarita Abesamis
Kristine Torreno

Upon reaching 2,000 followers, they would give away three Symphony pillows

Tempur Symphony pillow

The three winners are:
Mark Evan Lim
Ana Margarita Comia
Lloyda Lim

Looks like Ana Margarita Comia already got her prize!


As a final treat, Tempur Philippines is giving away a brand new iPad 2 (wifi, 16 GB) when the number reaches 3,000.


And you still have time to join! Only 250 followers left before the number reaches 3,000.
Hurry and  find out how to qualify! Click HERE


Ana and I have to take turns using the Internet because there’s no wifi in this room.
This was me last night


This was Ana. Take note, we both have one leg raised while working


I had a deadline for the STAR, so I stayed in and had room service for lunch (nothing spectacular)


My nephew Miko slept on our couch last night. Today I had to take him out for a haircut (photo to follow).
I was really impressed that he offered to carry my shopping bag. I can only hope that my boys would do that for women in the future!!


Dinner was at the St. Regis


with the cathedral-like ceiling


and this view outside


I had fresh oysters


and a 1 kg. steak shared with Ana (and no, we could not finish it)


We ended by shopping at Cineleisure, which is one of the few places open until midnight.
I found my mutant Frankenstein gingham Nikes!


For Jeroen, mutant KZK x Adidas shoes


I really hope he wears them. I intereviewed KZK Kuraishi in Singapore two years ago, and he is an insanely high-tech designer.

Kazuki Kuraishi at Surrender

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