Keep your bags safe

I’ll never forget what my friend Joe told me in New York, how his backpack disappeared from the grocery cart as he took two seconds to get a box of cereal from the shelf. Two seconds was all it took.
Of course handbags disappear from grocery carts anywhere in the world.
After Joe told me that story, I’ve been very careful never to leave my bag unattended. But sometimes yaya may be pushing the cart and forgets to keep an eye on my bag.
And so I’ve been dreaming of this product, which somebody has finally invented.

B hook

Originally designed to use with baby strollers, the B-hook by Buggyguard is a safety hook with combination lock you can also use with grocery carts, luggage carts, and more.

B hook

You can lock your bags securely and have one less thing to worry about as you do your groceries, mind your baby, or wait for your bags appear on the carousel.
Also if you hang your bag from a grocery cart’s handle instead of putting it on the baby seat, you’ll have more space for your groceries or your child. Just make sure your wallet isn’t sticking out of an opening.

B hook

Bought mine today at Mothercare Greenbelt 5 for Php 495. Comes in black or white.
Look for them in Mothercare stores at Abreeza Mall, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-la Plaza Mall and TriNoma Mall.
Opening soon at Bonifacio High Street, SM Masinag, and Robinsons Galleria.

How sad!!

Look what’s left of the Bench billboards

Bench billboards

Mother, wala na sila!! How sad!! (1987 was a good year)

Bench Body

rugby guadalupe

P.S. I wonder what happened to Aly Borromeo’s billboard?

Aly Borromeo

Italian elegance and style by L’Inglesina Baby

It began with the passion of the company’s founder, Liviano Tomasi, for four wheels and mechanics in general.
In December 1963, accompanied by his brothers Augusto and Sergio, Tomasi embarked on what was to prove a far-sighted and courageous business venture: he created L’Inglesina Baby and, with it, the production of the first English-style prams.
Today L’Inglesina Baby is one of the leading companies in the infancy sector with that “Made in Italy” style, imparted by elegance, select fabrics, fine detail, and careful tailor-making—all of which have distinguished Inglesina in 30 countries around the world for over 40 years.

Classica is the pram par excellence, the embodiment of elegance and a real “must have” purchase. This is a traditional English-style pram produced by Inglesina for over 40 years, employing artisan quality methods of manufacture, meticulous attention to detail and, at all times, materials of the highest quality. Php 59,995
Classica Php59995

The Zippy Free’s seat reversibility allows you to change the baby’s position from facing forward to facing you. Php 39,595
Inglesina Zippy Green Php39595

Avio is the new generation stroller that delivers high performance on different terrain, while its compact size makes it perfect for city life. Fully configurable and equipped with a wide range of optional extras. Php 21,595.
Avio Red Php21595

Zuma is the functional high chair for modern spaces that unites sophisticated design with technical excellence. Php 13,795
Zuma Lime Highchair

Inglesina is now available in Mothercare stores at Abreeza Mall, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-la Plaza Mall and TriNoma Mall.
Opening soon at Bonifacio High Street, SM Masinag, and Robinsons Galleria.

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Jonathan Adler x Lacoste

PARIS—To celebrate its Holiday Collector’s Series collaboration with Jonathan Adler, Lacoste hosted an exclusive event last June 24th inside the Petit Palais South Gallery and lush garden.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (13)

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (12)

Polo shirts designed by Adler were worn by models playing mixed doubles on a tennis court installed in the gallery.
Under the portico surrounding the garden, guests were invited to play Jonathan’s favorite sport, ping pong.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (5)

French sound sensation Yelle gave an incredible live performance.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (8)

Guests received a Jonathan Adler for Lacoste summer paper fan—to keep the heat at bay for the rest of the week.
Bite-sized BBQ morsels along with baby burgers and hot dogs were served.
A dedicated Cosmo Bar ensured guests got into the New York state of mind even in Paris.
Desserts included charming mini cupcakes and doll-sized ice cream sandwiches.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (1)

Each year, Lacsote commissions a guest designer to re-imagine its iconic L.12.12 polo shirt as part of the Holiday Collector’s Series.
Past editions have included UK design stars Tom Dixon and Michael Young, Brazilian brothers The Campanas and most recently, contemporary Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng.
For the 2011 edition, which is the sixth in the series, Lacoste invited American designer Jonathan Adler to conceive an exclusive and equally exciting polo and packaging project that may very well leave you questioning whether it is better to give or to receive.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (15)

Known for work that mixes modernist forms with bold colors and groovy graphics, the Jonathan Adler name is a promise of impeccable craftsmanship and distinctive design. His contemporary yet timeless style—an aesthetic he calls ‘Happy Chic’—is every bit as vivacious and unique as the designer himself.
Committed to producing beautiful collectibles for the ages, the company’s motto is: ‘If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it’.
For the Lacoste Holiday Collector’s Series #6, Jonathan has created unique polos using contemporary twists on traditional needlepoint techniques, one of the crafts he often incorporates into his own design work.

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (16)

Jonathan Adler for Lacoste (17)

“I love the way Lacoste feels totally contemporary but also has an element of nostalgia,” Jonathan continues. “With this Holiday Collector’s Series project, I wanted to evoke the nifty and sporty feeling of American country clubs in the 1960s.”

The Lacoste Holiday Collector’s Series #6 will be available in Manila this December in all Lacoste boutiques at Greenbelt 3, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Tower, The Power Plant Mall, Megamall, The Podium, Mall of Asia, Gateway, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Newport Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinson’s Place Manila, Alabang Town Center – Corte de las Palmas, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Davao, and Abreeza Davao City.

How to celebrate Philippine Star’s 25th

It’s the Philippine Star‘s 25th anniversary this month, so lots of events are happening in the city.
You may have noticed a few billboards on Edsa celebrating the personalities behind Philippine Star, such as columnists Ting Ting Cojuangco, Lucy Torres Gomez, and Rissa Mananquil for Bench.

Tingting, Lucy, Rissa

Recently I did a photo shoot for Bench with Star columnists Adel Tamano, Quark Henares, Erwin Romulo, Jessica Zafra and Stephanie Zubiri. I think it’s coming out during the big anniversary party later this month.
Also Margarita Forés concocted two dishes especially for me and my editor/mentor Millet Mananquil.
The dishes are part of Philippine Star and Ayala Malls’ EAT Dining Festival from 8 July to 30 September 2011 only.

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You can get the dish for free if you use your BPI credit card card (minimum Php 1,500 purchase at Ayala Malls) or you can order à la carte at participating restaurants.

Margarita created Queen Millet’s Bouchee ala Reine 25, a vol-au-vent (hollow case of puff pastry) with a melange of 25 creamed enoki and shimeji mushrooms spiked with champagne, watercress garlic cream, asparagus, mixed greens with white wine dressing. Available at Lusso, Greenbelt 5, Makati, for only Php 260.

Queen Millet's Bouchee ala Reine 25

For me, Margarita made Cecile’s Spaghettini ‘Il Classico ala Chuva: garlic, chilli pepper, parsley on spaghettini cooked in extra virgin olive oil and topped with bone marrow. 
Available at CIBO Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4, and Trinoma only.
Php 208 for a single order and Php 365 for La Famiglia.

Cecile's Spaghettini 'Il Classico ala Chuva

Meat lovers Grace, Jay and I tried it at Cibo, Greenbelt 5, along with two orders of Tagliata di manzo Aglio Rosmarino. Washed down with a tall, cool glass of red grape shake, it was the perfect end to a satisfying meal. (Read: busog).

Cibo

Thank you, Margarita Forés, Anthony Prudencio, Robert Lim, and your team!

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