Olivia Wilde wears H&M’s sustainable style

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection proves that fashion can be created using more sustainable materials such as hemp, organic linen and organic leather.
The collection, worn in the campaign by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde, will be available in around 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 16, as well as online.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

This year’s Conscious Exclusive collection takes its inspiration from around the planet and focuses on the versatility of the dress. An organic linen and silk sleeveless gown with a glamorous cut is printed with hand-drawn images of birds.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

Each piece is special, whether it’s the pilot jacket in Tencel®, reverse-like jacquard fabric with threads intentionally left loose, or the organic silk tuxedo blazer with sleeves slashed to the elbow to create a dramatic effect.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

A model wears a sleeveless cocktail dress with a print inspired by Japanese ink-wash painting. It is made from organic hemp, organic silk and organic cotton.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

A frayed scarf from the collection.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics. This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable,” said Olivia Wilde.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection
H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection
H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

“I love the global influences in this Conscious Exclusive collection and the beauty of the hand-drawn prints, made by one of our talented in-house designers. And Olivia Wilde is the perfect choice for this collection, because she shares H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor H&M.

Heart Escudero on the cover of HOLA! Philippines

It’s no secret that the love story of Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero wasn’t a walk in the park—more of a made-for-TV, forbidden love affair between a senator and a popular actress—persevering against the odds of a sizeable age gap and the bride’s disapproving parents.

Heart Evangelista in Hola!

It started when the couple was formally introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Even then, Heart said she had a crush on the senator since she first saw him in 2007. Little did she know that her “senator crush” would eventually become her husband.
The two dated and became a couple two years later. Then, during one weekend getaway in Buhatan, Sorsogon, Chiz got down on one knee and popped the question to which Heart immediately said “Yes!”

Heart Evangelista in Hola!

The wedding took place on February 15, 2015 at the private island club of Balesin.
Heart, donned in a Princess Grace of Monaco-inspired gown by Ezra Santos and bravely walked unescorted, all smiles, radiant, and ravishing. Chiz, on the other hand, wore a white Paul Cabral suit. The couple became emotional delivering their wedding vows, which brought the audience both giggles and tears.

The reception that followed was even more touching when Heart’s sister Michelle read a letter from their father.
Heart’s father expressed his desire to walk her down the aisle, “but a lot of things have happened that hindered us from going,” Mr. Ongpauco wrote. “If the time comes that we see that you and Chiz are happy and if I see him loving you the way you deserve to be loved, I will come knocking at your door,” he promised in his letter.

Heart Evangelista in Hola!

Despite the absence of her parents, Heart was undeniably happy. “I’m still on cloud nine,” she said Heart, more than two weeks after her wedding. “I still can’t get over how the sun came out on the day of my wedding. We had so much fun. It would not have been that beautiful if Chiz weren’t on top of everything. There were so many things that made me happy, I didn’t really feel the emptiness of not having my parents there.”

When asked what her thoughts were after the wedding, Heart’s responses are natural and positive. “I don’t really feel much of a change yet, which is a good thing, because many brides get cold feet after they get married. In my case, I feel great. I feel like there’s something permanent and that I have someone to go home to at the end of the day.”

Heart Evangelista in Hola!

This month’s issue of Hola! also features the Best Dressed Women in the World, such as Olivia Palermo, Emma Watson, and Amal Clooney. Plus, celebrity kids who are marking their own name in the industry: Georgia May Jagger, Kendall Jenner, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

On the fashion front, take a rare peek into the beautiful home of design icon Giorgio Armani; find out the challenges that John Galliano had to overcome to return to prominence; be inspired by the impeccable style and personality of Queen Rania of Jordan; and learn what’s new with Tommy Hilfiger and what keeps him driven.

HOLA! Philippines is available in both print (Php 160) and digital editions within Metro Manila and in key provincial retail outlets. Digital subscriptions are available via iTunes Newsstand and Zinio app for only $34.99/year, and Magzter App for only P1542.54/year; for print editions, e-mail subscriptions@holamag.ph.
Follow HOLA! Philippines on Twitter and Instagram (@holamagph), join the conversation on Facebook (#holamagph), or visit www.holamag.ph.

Wedding photos: PAT DY

Updated: Help for Ralph

April 7, 2015
Deposited a total of Php 22,969 from donors Jocelyn, Rose, Wendy, Lucille, Evelyn, and Gilbert and emailed them the deposit slips.
That makes a total of Php 240,331 deposited to Ralph Relucio’s account from chuvaness readers and followers.
Thanks so much!


April 1, 2015
Oops! I just checked my Paypal and saw that more donations had come in.
I have heard from Ralph’s mom Elaine. She wants to thank all of you who prayed and donated.
Ralph finally checked out of Makati Med last March 25, 2015.
They will be in Singapore from April 3-12 to see a plastic surgeon.
Elaine says Ralph will have to wear a pressure garment 24/7 for two to three years while his scars heal.
It’s a long-term treatment so your donations are much appreciated.
Right now I want to thank Rose, Wendy, Lucille, Evelyn, and Gilbert for donations I found out only now.
Sorry about that! I will deposit the amount of Php 13,374 to Ralph’s account after Holy Week and email each one of the donors the deposit slips.
To know more about the cause, scroll down.
Thank you very much and have a blessed weekend.

March 18, 2015
Received an additional Php 4789 deposited to Ralph’s account.
Total donation is now Php 217,362.
Thank you Victoria, Dennis, Grace and Margie.

donation to ralph

March 11, 2015
Thanks to more donations from Victoria, Alwin, Grace and Margie.
I will deposit your donations next week because I’m traveling this Thursday.
Will email you as soon as it’s done.
God bless you!

March 9, 2015
Thanks to two more donors, we have deposited an additional Php 45,000 to Ralph’s account, for a total donation of Php 212,573. To know more about the cause and how to help, click HERE.

For Ralph

RTL CBS Entertainment HD to air Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent Season 9—one of the biggest television talent competitions in the world—comes to Asia via RTL CBS Entertainment HD. The show will air live via satellite from the UK every Sunday beginning April 12 at 10:30 AM in Manila with a primetime encore at 9 PM.
Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams are returning to the judging panel. Ant and Dec are also back as hosts. The show is open to anyone and anything with talent to show—from comedians to contortionists, dancers to drag acts, and acrobats to animals.
Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent Season 8 winner Collabro, who won in front of an audience of nearly 14 million people, has gone on to achieve success, securing a No. 1 hit with their debut album, Stars.
The boy band has also started touring alongside Season 8 finalist Lucy Kay, who released her debut album, Fantasia, last year, which shot straight to the top of the Classical Album Charts in the UK.
Other success stories from last season include musical duo Bars & Melody whose single, Hopeful, reached number 5 in the UK charts in July 2014, and swing band Jack Pack, who will release their debut album this year.
The show has created a host of stars over the years. To date, Susan Boyle has sold more than 23 million records worldwide. Dance group Diversity has had five sell-out nationwide tours in the UK. Singer Paul Potts has secured 27 platinum records worldwide and Pudsey the dog even starred in his own movie.

To know more about RTL CBS Entertainment HD, like them on Facebook.

Korean wasteland Artbox opens at Glorietta 4

For me, wastelands are a sign of progress.
A wasteland is basically a store that sells colorful stationery and cute things you don’t really need but want anyway.
Why are they a sign of progress? Because food is the basic necessity and everyone needs to eat.
Clothing is next because many of us want to update our wardrobe from time to time.
Now wastelands are for shoppers who have money to spare on things they already have, but cuter.
Artbox in Singapore is one of my sister’s favorite wastelands.

Artbox Singapore

She’s an artist in her 20s, so it’s really more for her age group or younger. I, however, have not outgrown cute objects and can spend an hour or two browsing in these stores.
The good news is, Artbox, which originates from Korea, opened at Glorietta 4 last November 2014.
Since I rarely go to Makati, I found out about it only recently through an Instagram follower.
A few days later, I dragged my friend Yodel to check it out.
Artbox was on sale when we visited. (Note to owner: easy on the SALE signs. We get it :) )

Artbox, Glorietta

I love the festive party supplies

Artbox, Glorietta

Birthday candles

Artbox, Glorietta

Party hats

Artbox, Glorietta

Tons of colorful notebooks

Artbox, Glorietta
Artbox, Glorietta


Artbox, Glorietta

Greeting cards

Artbox, Glorietta


Artbox, Glorietta


Artbox, Glorietta

Bags and totes

Artbox, Glorietta

Loungewear, blankets, aprons

Artbox, Glorietta

Sleep masks

Artbox, Glorietta

Plastic containers

Artbox, Glorietta

Wooden organizers

Artbox, Glorietta

Kitchen accessories, and more.

Artbox, Glorietta

I’m thankful the staff was friendly and let me take pictures. I would’ve taken more but the some of the merchandise were too high on display, or the lighting did not agree with my camera.
It’s worth a trip! I’ll be back.

The best way to locate Artbox is to either ask the Information counter at the mall or take the entrance across from Uniqlo at SM Makati.
To know more about Artbox in the Philippines, follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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