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Design Story opens at Uptown Mall, BGC
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There’s a new mall at BGC that I’m just waiting for stores to open at.
Luckily for HAY fans like me, Design Story just did at the 3rd level.
It is owned by Dana Uy, Joseph Tay and his wife Stenie Coyuito—the same trio that owns Casa Bella, which houses high-end brands like Moroso, Kettal, Driade, and Santa & Cole.
So furniture-wise, I trust their taste.

Hay and Stellar Works

Design Story combines two design sensibilities in one convenient space.
It is 70% HAY and 30% Stellar Works.
HAY is a mid-range Danish brand established in 2002—the result of a collaboration between Troels Holch Povlsen, founder of the Bestseller fashion chain, and furniture designer Rolf Hay.
Stellar Works, on the other hand, combines Eastern and Western designs and techniques in its woodcraft, upholstery and leatherwork.

Hay and Stellar Works

HAY began as a chair company. It’s most popular design, called About A Chair, can be ordered in different finishes, colors and fabrics.
HAY, which promotes the Danish Modern aesthetic, is known for nurturing young design talents and partnering with with established designers.

Hay and Stellar Works

In 2005, HAY began to produce accessories for the home and office. The accessories, which include paper products, storage solutions, throw pillow cases and quilts, are good entry levels to the brand.
They start in the Php 300 to 500 range for the pens and scissors. The chairs start at around Php 14,000. Couches are priced at around Php 200,000.

Hay and Stellar Works

Some of my favorite things from HAY are the handy DLM side tables

Hay and Stellar Works

The tray side tables

Hay and Stellar Works

Stylist Violet hooks

Hay and Stellar Works

The luxe pens (they glide) and the golden scissors are great gifts

Hay and Stellar Works

Some pens look like makeup. They feather pen is my favorite

Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works

Modern candlestick

Hay and Stellar Works

Iconic trays and mirrors

Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works

Mirror coffee tables

Hay and Stellar Works

Blankets and cushions

Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works

Wall accessories

Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works

If HAY is thoroughly modern, Stellar Works combines classic designs with contemporary sensibilities. The sofas and chairs have a ’70s feel but look closer and you’ll see how the designers have successfully combined old and new. The prices are quite reasonable with the lamps starting at Php 8,000 and chairs at Php 15,000.

Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works
Hay and Stellar Works

Like HAY, Stellar Works is a brand that thrives on collaborations. It has teamed up with American designer and architect David Rockwell and Chinese design pioneers Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu.

Hay and Stellar Works

Aside from chairs, HAY also has tables, shelves, carpets and other pieces for the home. The brand is also into contract, supplying furniture for restaurants.
“We wanted to offer something different so customers could have more options,” said Dana Uy. According to Dana, they even lend out their furniture to clients to see how the pieces fit in their houses or condominium units.

Hay and Stellar Works

Visit Design Story at the 3rd floor of Uptown Place Mall, 11th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, call 815-6022 or follow them on Instagram @designstoryinc.

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Lauren Wasser inspires in Kenneth Cole’s “Courageous Class” campaign
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Kenneth Cole, for the third consecutive season, embraces The Courageous Class—those determined individuals who overcome life’s challenges to become the inspiring role models they were meant to be.
Among them is Toxic Shock Syndrome survivor, activist, and model Lauren Wasser.

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Lauren Wasser was practically born in the fashion industry, having her first shoot at just five months old for Italian Vogue with her model mother, Pamela Cook.
She remained in the entertainment industry as both a model and aspiring actor until the age of 24 when her life took a devastating turn. Lauren suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) from a tampon and nearly died. While Lauren was lucky to live, she lost her right leg and the toes on her left foot.

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The experience of having her old identity ripped from her, along with the daily struggle to even walk, sent Lauren into a deep depression and she even contemplated suicide. Then Lauren reconnected with an old acquaintance Jennifer Rovero, a photographer who began using phototherapy as a method for healing.
With her newfound confidence and anger, Lauren decided to fight for awareness for TSS.

In 2015, Lauren and Jennifer shared her story with Vice, becoming one of their biggest stories, reaching 6 million views and opening up a global conversation about women’s feminine hygiene and beauty.
Since then, in addition to our campaign, Lauren has worked clients such as Nordstrom, Refinery 29 and Noisy May who are embracing her new image and helping spread awareness about Toxic Shock Syndrome.
In February of 2016, Lauren also walked for Chromat in New York Fashion Week. Today, she continues to spread a message of awareness about Toxic Shock Syndrome and body positivity.

The Courageous Class campaign also features model, actress, and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede, musician, humanitarian, filmmaker, and tech creative Kenna, and actor RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad who became a successful actor despite having Cerebral Palsy.

The Courageous Class is an idea borne of Kenneth Cole’s legacy as an aspirational, urban style brand with a fearless voice for social justice that empowers many to “LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD.”
The Courageous Class looks for inspiration through getting involved. They care about their communities and each other, and don’t let where they have come from, or the adversity they have faced, define their potential. The Courageous Class believes the real models are the role models.

The advertising campaign will be supported by a national print, outdoor, digital, and social media plan. The campaign was shot in New York City by the fashion and portrait photographer Boo George.
The campaign features the work of stylist Tiina Laakkonem, hair by Kevin Ryan, and makeup by Florrie White.

In the Philippines, Kenneth Cole New York is located at C1 Bonifacio High Street Central, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

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Good news for parents: YouTube Kids is here!
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Wish they had this when my kids were smaller.
YouTube Kids—an app built with parents and children in mind—is now available to download for free from the Google Play and the App Store.
With larger images and bold icons, YouTube Kids was designed for stubby, little fingers.
And even if your child can’t spell or type, there’s a built-in voice search to help them find videos they’re curious about.

YouTube for kids

You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. Search for videos of particular interest, like why penguins waddle on National Geographic Kids, or watch favorites from Thomas and Friends, Wallace and Gromit, and Reading Rainbow. And of course, your kids can watch new series from YouTube channels they already like.

Don Anderson, Head of Kids and Learning Partnerships, YouTube Asia Pacific, said, “As a father of two young children, I’ve had first-hand exposure to the power of video and how it can enrich a child’s life, whether it is through listening to nursery rhymes, or accessing math and science content, or a host of other topics that entertain and engage. YouTube Kids is our first step in reimagining YouTube for families, an experience that gives you a world of video in your pockets, and a world of possibility and knowledge at your fingertips. We’re excited to see how YouTube Kids will better help your family explore, learn, and sing along.”

It’s easy to get started using the YouTube Kids app. When parents open the app for the first time, they’ll learn how to flag videos, control search and sound settings, or set a timer.
Parents have the ability to set their own passcode, and to access settings and other parental information in the app.
To know more about YouTube Kids, click HERE.

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Can’t wait for FilmStruck!
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Back in the ’80s we had a huge VHS (video) collection at home that was sent by my aunt in California.
I seriously watched about 2000 titles, and during summer I could watch up to six movies a day.
Then the former First Lady Imelda Marcos had the MIFF (Manila International Film Festival) which coincided with exam week. I would go home at noon, have my KFC lunch on a tray in front of the TV, and watch foreign films. Those were the days, and I loved them!
And now, even with so many viewing options, I’m running out of things to watch.
Just look at all the channels I have on my computer, aside from iTunes:

channels

Old movie classics are my favorite genre. So imagine my excitement when I found out about the new streaming service called FilmStruck, by Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. Because Ted Turner is a genius. Insomnia, here we go!!

Filmstruck Sizzle FINAL-HD from Turner on Vimeo.

FilmStruck officially launches October 19, 2016 and I’m so ready to sign up.
To know more about FilmStruck, follow them on Twitter @FilmStruck or Facebook, or click HERE.
Eye. Can’t. Wait.

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