Win four tickets to Japan plus a tour of the Royce’ chocolate factory in Hokkaido

Royce’ Chocolate invites you to join The Great Royce’ Getaway Christmas Promo, where the prize is a chance to visit the Royce’ chocolate factory in Hokkaido, Japan!
From November 8, 2014 to January 31, 2015, each single-receipt purchase worth Php 3,000 at any Royce’ shop in the Philippines entitles customer to one raffle stub.
One lucky winner will win four round-trip tickets to Japan, plus hotel accommodations (four days, three nights) and an exclusive tour of the Royce’ Chocolate Factory.

Royce' Chocolate World

Visit Royce’ Chocolate World and see how Royce’ chocolate is made. Get a chance to try more than 200 exclusive products not sold anywhere else. If you go in the winter time, you might even see snow!
Royce’ Chocolate is available at Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood, The Podium, and The Cake Club in Bonifacio High Street.
To know more, read complete mechanics below.

Royce' mechanics

https://www.royce.com/

Cuteness overload at Cath Kidston flagship store in Manila

Some people still get shocked when I express my love for cute girly things.
The truth is, part of me will never grow up.
It’s ironic that God gave me all boys—my husband, three sons, and now a puppy named Anwar. I have no one to share the cute, girly things with.
That doesn’t stop me from liking them though.

Cath Kidston is a brand I discovered in Tokyo many years ago. I was attracted to the colorful, girly patterns and the oilcloth bags and accessories.

Cath Kidston in Tokyo
Cath Kidston in Tokyo

I would see Cath Kidston at Sogo department store in Hong Kong. In Manila there are numerous fakes, but I respect intellectual property. Somehow I never got to buy anything.
Last week I was surprised to find out Cath Kidston was opening a flagship store at The Fort’s Active Fun building.
Brought in by the Bench group, I was lucky to be invited to VIP night. I arrived late after the guests had gone and had the store all to myself. I felt like a six-year-old in a candy store, except now, I can afford it!

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

Here’s what’s in store: All kinds of bags in Cath Kidston prints

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

Throw pillows and gift items in iconic Bristish prints

Cath Kidston at The Fort

Children’s clothes and accessories

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

Baby bags, bottle holders, feeding sets, and kitchen accessories

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

Two of my favourite patterns are the London bus and Stop Thief! print

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

I’m a sucker for school supplies and bundled packaging

Cath Kidston at The Fort

I love the dainty sewing accessories and horizontal oilcloth bag

Cath Kidston at The Fort

Pretty aprons

Cath Kidston at The Fort

Women’s clothes, sneakers and bags

Cath Kidston at The Fort
Cath Kidston at The Fort

Tempting, but I already own too many wallets

Cath Kidston at The Fort

Here’s what I ended up buying: an ultra-light suit case, a rolling laptop bag, the horizontal oilcloth bag, Stop Thief! pouches, sewing accessories, and sharpener. The bulky stuff I could never buy abroad are now here!

My loot

About:
Inspired by her English childhood and love of antique fabrics, Cath Kidston opened her first store 20 years ago in London with a start up budget of GBP 15,000.
Using vintage fabrics she created cushion covers, bags and flowery ironing board covers, and sold these along with second-hand furniture and customised household objects.
A mistake in ordering too much fabric got her making duvet and pillow sets, aprons, wash bags, swimsuits and more. This “happy problem” resulted in the first Cath Kidston collection.

By 1999, her store began to branch out. She started licensing, collaborating and expanding her merchandise line until she sold her business for further expansion.
In 2006 the brand opened its first store in Tokyo, and in 2010 they expanded to more countries in Asia. Currently there are more than 100 stores and concessionaires worldwide.

Cath Kidston at The Fort

The first Cath Kidston store in Manila is now open at the Active Fun building, 9th Avenue in Taguig.
To know more about the brand go to http://www.cathkidston.com/

H&M fashion for plus-sized women

Good news for plus-sized women!
When H&M opens its fourth store in the Philippines at SM North EDSA, it will carry the full range of apparel and accessories for women, men, teens, children, as well as Sport, Mama, H&M Home, and H&M+ for plus sized women.

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H&M +
H&M +
H&M +

At over 3,000 square meters, the store will showcase expansive, crisp, bright interiors, providing the best shopping experience for H&M fans.
Those shopping on the opening day will get exclusive opening deals: the 20 most stylish customers in line selected by a top fashion magazine editor will receive Php 2,500 each, under the promo #HMLOVESPH.
The first 100 customers will receive umbrellas, and the first 300 customers will get a tote bag each.

H&M at SM North Edsa will open from 11 AM-12 midnight on December 12, 2014, and follow mall operating hours afterwards.

Where to get the best Cebu lechon in Manila

It’s hard to top Genevieve Hing’s lechon.
The first time I tried it was at Jappy Gonzalez’s place in 2007, and of course I got the number.

Carla eats pork
Carla Sibal likes it too

Seven years later, this is the only lechon we order at home.
What makes it different from other lechons is it doesn’t need any sauce. The skin is salty, crispy, and for someone who doesn’t normally eat lechon meat, I’m a fan.

Abub’s Cebuana Native Lechon

The color is much different from other oily-skinned orange-toned lechons. This one is matte-colored and more natural-looking. My favourite part is wherever it is bubbly. That tells me it’s the crunchiest part.

Abub’s Cebuana Native Lechon

Genevieve Hing started Abub’s Cebuana Native Lechon in December 2002.
In the beginning, she used the fly in lechons daily from Cebu. Now she has her own commissary in Kalawaan, Pasig that is manned by expert Cebuano lechon cooks.
Using a proven technique, the pigs are prepared with a tried and tested Cebu lechon recipe and roasted in a cemented roasting pit with charcoal.
It is very hard to top this pig!

Cebu lechon

Order at least two days in advance through the following numbers:
(02) 634-0788
(02) 687-5550
(0917) 828-8080
(0922) 818-8080

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*Add Php 400 for spicy

Pharrell x adidas celebrate latest collab in L.A.

LOS ANGELES—adidas recently hosted an intimate dinner at Hinoki & The Bird in Century City to celebrate its latest collaboration with Pharrell Williams.

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Seen at the party were Pharrell’s friends, including Khloe Kardashian and Gwen Stefani, as well as celebrated Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and adidas Creative Director Dirk Schoenberger.

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Pharrell Williams and Khloe Kardashian

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Gwen Stefani

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Artist Maurizio Cattelan (L) and adidas creative director Dirk Schonberger

Guests such as Ellen Pompeo, A$AP Ferg, Samantha Ronson, Hans Zimmer and Shae Haley of N.E.R.D., dined on a menu specially created for the evening while enjoying a set of music spun by DJ D-Nice

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Singer/songwriter Samantha Ronson

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Actress Ellen Pompeo

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Recording artist Shay Haley

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The latest collab features a collection of colorful, polka-dotted track jackets and Stan Smith shoes.
Additional new styles will arrive in stores throughout 2015.

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Now watch for a sneak peek of the latest collection.

Party photos: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

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