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Cabbages and Roses x UNIQLO
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The country girl in me (read: Anne of Green Gables) loves anything sweet, printed, and shabby chic.
I get so gigil when I see stores like Cabbages and Roses in Tokyo.

Cabbage & Roses, Shinjuku

Cabbages and Roses is a Bristish lifestyle brand that started producing fabrics in 2000.
The fabrics became cushions, pillows, dresses, blankets, curtains, wallpaper—basically everything for the home and the ladies. It has a store in Chelsea, London, and many more in Japan.

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Cabbage & Roses
Cabbage & Roses
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Cabbage & Roses

This kind of lifestyle is but a dream for me

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Cabbage & Roses
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Cabbage & Roses

I may not have the lifestyle, but I can have some of the clothes, which I adore

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Cabbage & Roses
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Cabbage & Roses

or accessories

Cabbage & Roses
Cabbage & Roses

As a patternmaker, I love that many of their pieces look like doll’s clothes

Cabbage & Roses

Imagine my delight when I found Cabbages and Roses right here in Uniqlo Mall of Asia and SM North The Block (yes, I went to both stores!)

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I was surprised to see comfy printed hoodies for only Php 790

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I bought three!

Cabbage & Roses x UNIQLO

I know it’s summer, but I love soft hoodies and wear them at home when my husband turns the aircon thermostat down.
Unfortunately not too many pieces in Manila. Wish they had more of the pieces, but hey, I’m happy with my loot.
To know more about the collab, watch this:

http://www.cabbagesandroses.com/

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Is it Jestoni, or is it me?
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Prior to my blogging about Janine and her boyfriend, I’d never even heard of Danny O’Donoghue or The Script.
But according to my friend Dinna Vasquez, The Script’s frontman looks just like Jestoni Alarcon.

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L-R: Jestoni Alarcon, Danny O’Donoghue

Legend has it, when German Moreno discovered Jesus Antonio Pineda Alarcon, Kuya Germs had to think of a stage name for the budding actor.
“What do I call you?” Kuya Germs asked Alarcon in Tagalog.
“Tony. Just Tony,” he replied.
“Ah, Jestoni!” Kuya Germs had a eureka moment.
And the rest is history. A star was born!

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The problem with tapa
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The breakup of 2012 Miss Universe 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon and her ex, Jaypee Santos, has piqued my interest because it is the stuff some nightmares are made of.

Janine and Jaypee

Imagine that you love eating tapa and have only heard of wagyu beef. And one day good fortune happens to you. You meet the owner of a steak house, who wants to serve you wagyu. You find out that wagyu melts in your mouth while tapa has to be chewed until your jaw breaks. So everything they said about wagyu was true! You realize that while tapa is really nice with garlic rice and fried egg, wagyu is what you really want in life.

wagyu steak at Steak Kuni Tokyo

When Janine Tugonon won 1st runner up in Miss Universe last December 2012, I really thought she should’ve won. I thought she answered intelligently and she looked like a winner.

Janine Tugonon

Then someone on Twitter sent me a picture of her boyfriend. So I looked. And I was shocked.

Jaypee Santos

I had no comment, only thoughts. The same thought I had when Kris married James Yap.
And my thought was: this isn’t going to end nicely.
And so I wasn’t shocked when Janine announced her breakup with Jaypee Santos on Kris TV.
The reason, it appears, is The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue, who is also a coach on The Voice UK.

Danny O'Donoghue

Story has it, Janine and Jaypee watched The Script concert at the Smart Araneta last March 31, 2013.
Since Janine won the Miss Philippines crown at the same venue last year, she was chummy-chummy with the Smart Araneta staff, who got her access backstage, where she got to meet Danny O’Donoghue and the band.

Janine and The Script

Story has it Danny even asked Janine if she had a boyfriend, so she pointed to Jaypee.
Right after this, Danny and Janine started following each other on Twitter. DMs were exchanged, and well, Jaypee got dumped.

Oh, I know some people who once loved nobodies. They dedicated their lives to helping that someone become somebody.
Then years later, when their loved one finally becomes a somebody, they get dumped.
(Luckily it didn’t happen to me.) But this is truly the stuff we like to see in movies or in real life.
While I feel bad for tapa, este Jaypee, I do hope he gets to move on.
As for Janine, I wish her more success, not to look back, and hope that Danny doesn’t pulverize her heart.

Janine-Tugonon-Danny-Script

What I don’t understand is why is he still hanging around in this video??

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H&M to dress the Swedish teams for 2014 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games
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H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014, and the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
The four-year contract with the Swedish Olympic Committee and Swedish Paralympic Committee will see H&M create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The collection will include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure.
H&M olympic uniforms
The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection. They will also be collaborating on H&M’s new expanded sports collection, as H&M strengthens its commitment to function and performance in sports clothing.

The Olympians will also give their input to H&M’s expanded Sport concept, offering their knowledge and experience to create a new and extensive range of sportswear pieces for H&M’s customers worldwide. Debuting in January 2014, the result will mean an H&M sports collection that has been tested by world class professional athletes, where performance and function are paramount, always with great style and at a price that will make it available to all.

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