What’s new: Dover Street Market Ginza right now

Jeroen and I take a special honeymoon trip every November 25th, usually in Tokyo, and this year marks our 14th wedding anniversary. So in a couple of weeks Jeroen and I will be in layers and cold weather.
Jeroen and I get along because he lets me be me. He’ll wake up early, find a cool place to eat and be back when I wake up. On my shopping day he’ll rent a bike from Muji at Yurakucho and go to places I’ll never see.

Here’s one place he’d rather not see —Dover Street Market in Ginza. :)
It’s one of three CDG stops for me, namely:
1) Comme des Garçons flagship in Aoyama
2) Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Omotesando
3) Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Have a look at what’s in store right now as Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today


Louis Vuitton ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’


noir lei ninomiya by Rei Kawakubo’s protegee and former patternmaker, Kei Ninomiya


Comme des Garçons x 2


Comme des Garçons Tricot


Comme des Garçons Shirt (Girl)


Comme des Garçons Homme


Eye can’t wait.

Watsons goes nationwide in three-day sale

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I’ve started in small batches, but am no where near completion.
Sometimes I’ll buy a bunch of gift items that are cute and affordable and just keep them in stock because you’ll never know who you might forget.
Watsons is great source for buying little gifts for friends, classmates, officemates, Kris Kringle or stocking stuffers.
And this weekend is a good time to start Christmas shopping as Watsons (including SM department store’s Beauty Section) goes on nationwide sale from November 14-16, 2014.

Watsons 3-day sale

Here are just some of the gift items you’ll see in Watsons stores now:
Buy three for Php 399 boxed bath and beauty sets

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Or buy one for Php 149

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Body lotions and skin conditioner sets

Watsons 3-day sale

Buy three for Php 279 or Php 99/piece

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Christmas caps and stockings

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

One Direction makeup kits at Php 675

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

Php 1475

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

and a three-tier One Direction Tour Case at Php 2699

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

Affordable makeup tools

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

and more premium boxed sets at affordable prices

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

More deals and additional discounts will be given if you shop from November 14-16 at all Watsons stores nationwide.

Watsons sale


Perks and offers for Smart iPhone 6 customers

Smart Communications, Inc. has announced its pricing offers for postpaid subscriber interested in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as the new phones become available on November 14, 2014.
The iPhone 6 (16GB) is offered, starting at Smart Postpaid Plan 999, with Php 800 monthly cash-out or a total of P1,799 per month.
The iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) starts at Plan 999 with P1,050 cash-out every month, or P2,049 per month.
Both iPhone offers come with FREE all-net texts, all-net calls plus consumable data every month which can be used for video and music streaming, file uploads, and downloads, and chatting.

Wipeout promo
Existing subscribers who want to upgrade to the new iPhones can do so with Smart’s Wipeout promo, which allows them to “wipe out” their existing contracts as long as they have less than 20 months left on their contracts.
Corresponding discounts on the wipeout fee will be applied, depending on the number of remaining months in the contract.
Every subscriber that avails of the wipeout promo can get FREE 1-year handset insurance on their new iPhones for repair and replacement of the units in case of accidental damage or loss.
For more information, go to smart.com.ph/wipeout.

Free Uber rides for Smart customers
Subscribers who want to check out or claim their new iPhones can get free rides to and from selected Smart Stores from November 14 to 16, 2014.
All you have to do is download the Uber app on your phones, book a ride, and enter the SMARTIPHONE6 promo code to get the ride for free. Upon arriving at the store, look for the special lane so you can get your device on the same day.

Choose your number
For a limited time period, postpaid subscribers getting a new iPhone will be able to choose their own mobile number, if available (first-come, first-serve), when you sign up at any Smart store nationwide.

Free Blink movies
As an added treat, each subscriber to any iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Smart will get three FREE movies through Blink, a new mobile app that allows you to watch Hollywood movies and TV shows on your mobile phones.
Subscribers can purchase additional movies by texting BLINK 60 (catalog movies), BLINK 99 (latest movies) or BLINK 250 (unlimited TV series) to 3161.
To enjoy the videos, download the BLINK app from the App Store.

For the full list of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans and cash-out options from SMART, please refer to the table below:

Smart Postpaid Plans
Smart Infinity Plans


JOSEPH opens at SM Aura

British luxury label JOSEPH recently opened its first store in Southeast Asia and in the Philippines at SM Aura.
Extending over 150 square meters, the store also marks a significant moment in the brand’s global expansion strategy.
With over 30 stores in Japan and recent openings in Beirut, New York and Taipei, followed by Beijing, JOSEPH plans to continue its expansion in the Philippines with further locations set to launch within the next five years.


“We are thrilled to be opening a store in the Philippines at such an important time for the local luxury market, “ said Louise Trotter, Creative Director at JOSEPH.
“Showing the JOSEPH collection within a store that reflects the brand’s core DNA allows us to offer our clients in the Philippines the full JOSEPH experience.”


The store offers the complete assortment of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories from JOSEPH’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, and the space (designed by Architect Raed Abillama) reflects the brands sensibilities clean lines and monochromatic color scheme.
Its minimalistic feel was created through the use of coarse materials like concrete and black metal.

Joseph at SM Aura
Joseph at SM Aura
Joseph at SM Aura

The brand hosted an evening of entertainment by London-based DJ Mikhail and special guest DJ Solange Knowles, who flew in from the US for the event.

Solange Knowles DJ

Guests from the worlds of fashion, design, media and business toasted the occasion with champagne while enjoying a range of canapés including foie fras, soft shell crab and caviar.

Georgina Wilson
Georgina Wilson

Eric Dee Jr and Bea Soriano-1
Eric Dee Jr. and Bea Soriano

Angel Jacob and Carissa Chan-1
Angel Jacob and Carissa Chan

Tootsie Caharian and art consultant Miguel Rosales-1
Tootsie Caharian and Miguel Rosales

Natalia & Nicole Ortega-1
Natalia and Nicole Ortega

Daryl Chang
Daryl Chang

The Philippines store is operated by SM Premium Fashion Retail Designs, Inc. through an exclusive distribution agreement.

Three months later: a new dining set

Last July 2014, after we finished renovating our kitchen, our next task was to update the dining set. This was where we left off:

Living room

Seven years ago I wanted to have a dining set similar to Spiral at Sofitel

I want this kind of dining set up in our house

I wanted to sit on a couch while eating at home. So we created this setup at home—two dining sets that we could join together if we wanted to.

Big Ass Fan at home

But after seven years, Jeroen really wanted a long table and the kids didn’t like the mismatched furniture.
So we looked at my Pinterest album and settled on this peg by Timms Bach/Herbst Architects

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects

Through the help of our friend Cedric, we were able to order 10 Eames molded chairs from Herman Miller in the US. While waiting for those, we ordered the table from Triboa Bay Living in Makati, with measurements approved by Herman Miller.

Two months later, Cedric shipped the chairs from Los Angeles to his mom in Makati. Because I didn’t want to impose on her space (and kindness), I asked the help of Safehouse Storage to take the chairs and keep them for us while waiting for the table to be finished.
From Makati, the chairs were taken to this warehouse in Taguig

safehouse storage

Safehouse has several storage sizes for your needs. I chose a small unit to store the chairs.

safehouse storage

And here they stayed for two weeks

safehouse storage

Finally, yesterday morning, the table was delivered and assembled at home.

new table

In the afternoon, Safehouse delivered the chairs in perfect condition

safehouse storage
Eames chair

Check out our new dining set and living room

living room
living room

Next on the agenda: change the pendant lamps!
Can’t wait to have guests over.
Couldn’t have done this without the help of Cedric Cid, his mom, and the folks at Safehouse Storage.

safehouse storage

To know more about their services, click HERE.

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