Top 6 Best Dressed at the Oscars 2015

Don’t hold your breath. I am extremely hard to please when it comes to fashion.
I look forward to the Oscars each year and try to wake up early to watch the Red Carpet arrivals.
After spending a couple of hours looking at everyone’s attire online, here’s my Best Dressed List for the Oscars 2015, in no particular order.

The given: Cate Blanchett in Margiela. Because I’ve never seen Cate Blanchett get it wrong. She’s kind of perfect.

Cate Blanchett in Margiela

Pretty in pink: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour looks youthful with the perfect hair and the dress

Anna Wintour

Keira Knightley in Valentino. Because it’s hard to be gorgeous and pregnant at the same time, and we’re so over the skin-tight, show-off-your-baby-bump pregnant look.

Keira Knightley in Valentino

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga, but I really love her in Alaïa—red rubber gloves included.
Bit of trivia: One of my teachers at Parsons scolded me back in the ’90s for designing dresses worn with potholders.
I so get this look.

gaga in alaia

Juman Malouf. Wes Anderson’s partner reminds me of Mich Dulce with the hair, the glasses, the vintage-looking bag, and the dress that looks thrifted.

Juman Malouf

Finally, I’m not a huge fan of Adam Levine, but I am now. I love that he’s wearing a prom look to the Oscars, with the pomade hair, the rolled-up sleeves, and the tattoos. I lovett.

Adam Levine

To sum it up:
Clean.
Simple jewellery.
Simple hair.
No cleavage.
Minimal accessories.

Found: Olympia Le-Tan’s LeSportsac collab

So I went crazy and got some Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

Olympia Le-Tan is known for combining two of her passions—embroidery and books—into limited edition bags and clutches, lovingly made in France.
The self-taught designer used to work at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld before joining Gilles Dufour at Balmain.
Now her creations have charmed Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Clémence Poésy.
Personally I find her bags so expensive, so when I found out she created a line for LeSportsac, I went nuts and ordered some pieces.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan and the soft clutch at the launch of her LeSportsac collab in Paris

For Spring 2015, LeSportsac celebrates the literary tradition of love letters with three original prints designed by Le-Tan: Blooming Hearts in soft pink is a romantic sheet of postage stamps, while Love Letters comes in blue and black backgrounds splashed with letters, books, stamps, and kisses, and more.
Available in LeSportsac’s heritage nylon, the collection also includes three soft sided clutches inspired by Le-Tan’s signature Book Clutch
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

It also has specialty totes

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsacOlympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

and 31 classic LeSportsac styles.

Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac
Olympia Le-Tan x LeSportsac

See the other styles online and at LeSportsac locations. Now available at Estancia Mall, Robsinsons Magnolia, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Cebu, Rustan’s Gateway and Rustan’s Robinsons Place Manila.
In the Philippines, LeSportsac is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc.—a member of the SSI Group.

Tried & tested: Greenwich Pizza Thins

“What do you love most about the Philippines?” I asked Jeroen when we were dating in 1997.
“Merienda.”
(Hmmm….I though he would say me…)

Around 2:30 PM, I still look for merienda. Especially when I’m writing.
Dinna and I were working at home last week when we decided to try Greenwich Pizza Thins.
Since I was already online, I just went to this site and ordered all five flavors: Signature Special, Hawaiian, 7-Cheese, Pepperoni, and All-Meat.

Greenwich pizza thins

It was 2:37 PM.
At 2:48 PM, I received a text message from Greenwich confirming my order. I was impressed that nobody called to bug me and repeat everything I ordered. I would really like to cut the middle man when ordering food, so I love this.
The pizzas arrived at 3:20 PM.

Greenwich pizza thins
Greenwich pizza thins

They were still warm. We didn’t have to heat up anything. This was our pizza buffet.

Greenwich pizza thins
1) Pepperoni • 2) Signature Special • 3) All-Meat • 4) Hawaiian • 5) 7-Cheese

And yes, there is a cracking sound when you bite into it.
The best thing about a thinner pizza crust is it doesn’t “compete” with the toppings. A thicker crust can sometimes be too filling or overwhelming, while a thin pizza crust is firm and crispy.
The 9” Double size is good for two people. There’s also a 12” Barkada size.

My favorite was the 7-Cheese pizza, with mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, blue cheese, queso de bola, special cheese and cream cheese. If you like salty and sweet, you’ll enjoy this with ice cold Coke.

Greenwich pizza thins

Hawaiian, a Filipino favorite, has ham and pineapple chunks. Dinna liked this, because of the interplay of sweet and salty.

Greenwich pizza thins

The Signature Special has 10 premium toppings of meat, vegetables and cheeses.

Greenwich pizza thins

The All-Meat has pepperoni, ground beef, salami strips, Italian sausage and bacon.

Greenwich pizza thins

And the Pepperoni is spicy and savory.

Greenwich pizza thins

Choose the better pizza and #CrackThat with Greenwich Pizza Thins.
Order online or call 5-55-55.
http://greenwichdelivery.com/

Tried & Tested: Aveda salon and best shampoos in the world!

I was hesitant at first to go to the new Aveda salon at Basement in Shangri-La mall, but it’s hard to say no to Catherine David who invited me to try.
Hair is my biggest concern. I was born with very fine curly hair that I need to blowdry to look human. Because of that I need to be extra gentle with hair products and treatments I use. (Read: high maintenance)
I met hairstylist Stefan Wilczynski who examined my hair and scalp and gave me a kind sermon about what was wrong with my hair. This guy knows a LOT. He is not scary and I really learned a lot—what to do, what not to do, and why my hair wasn’t growing.

Stefan Wilczynski

On that day there were three other girls at the salon (or should I say “it” girls): Bianca Araneta, Hindy Tantoco, and Tessa Valdes—all of them with good hair. I swear, I felt like a square peg.
Stefan spoke to to Bianca Araneta before her treatment

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom
Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Ugh. She looks good with wet hair

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

She gets a trim

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Blowdry

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salon

Et voila

Bianca Elizalde at Aveda salom

Hindy got a “sermon” too with some pampering before her treatment

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

What Stefan did was so amazing. I think he is a great colorist

Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon
Hindy Tantoco at Aveda salon

Tessa came in later and checked out the Aveda range before getting shampooed

Tessa Valdes
Tessa Valdes

Yay for “minimal” Tessa!

Tessa Valdes

As for me, I got a gentle treatment to color my white strands. The result wasn’t spectacular at first because my hair was extremely damaged. After a couple of weeks I went back for another treatment.
Stefan convinced me to switch to a shampoo without sulphate. I’ll have to admit Aveda hair products are not cheap but they are so worth it.
I got two sets—Color Conserve to keep the color in.

Aveda hair

I use Color Conserve for a couple of days until it feels oily. Then I switch to Invati, which is the miracle product that helps your hair grow.

Invati—Sanskrit for invigorate—is Aveda’s most popular hair care line. It is a system of 97% naturally-derived products that promise to reduce hair loss by 33%. The Invati daily regime includes Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Scalp Revitalizer.

Aveda hair

For my husband, I got this

Aveda hair

I’m due for a third treatment soon and I can’t tell you how much I really love the two shampoos I’m using. No need for conditioner because my hair is too limp.
If you care for your hair and can afford it, I highly recommend Aveda hair products.
If you want to try Stefan Wilczynski at Aveda Salon, call Basement at (02) 638-2222.
If you want to try the products, buy them at the salon or the newly opened Aveda Experience Center at the ground floor of Greenbelt 5.
At the Experience Center, shoppers can experiment with Aveda’s botanically based beauty products and experience them. Skin and hair consultations are also offered.

Aveda at Greenbelt 5
Aveda at Greenbelt 5

To know more go to http://www.aveda.com/

Tried & Tested: StyLIZed x Happy Skin

Packaging is everything.
When I first saw photos of Liz Uy’s lipstick collab with Happy Skin, I died of Insta-envy.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Luckily, Happy Skin’s Rissa Trillo is my neighbor. She must’ve felt my wishes through her window and sent me the acrylic clutch and stickers.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Inside the clutch are three shades of lipstick called: 24 Carats (hot pink), Style Icon (nude), and Red Carpet.
No need to sharpen. They are twistable!

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Well, I must be a Style Icon because my favorite is the nude one, hehe.
The lipsticks are available in three packages: The acrylic set is Php 1799.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

The more compact leather set is Php 1499.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

and if you just want the lipsticks, they are Php 599 each.

Liz Uy x Happy Skin

Congrats to Liz Uy and looking forward to more of Happy Skin’s exciting products!
To find a stockist near you, click HERE or buy Happy Skin online.

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