Shabby Chic

Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic was a TV show that ran from 1999-2003 on channels E! and the Style Network.
It was my cousin Chelo’s favorite show; I used to hear it from her all the time.
I never paid attention because, well, I didn’t use to watch TV at that time.

My last trip to New York was spent going back to the places I used to know, including shops.
Walking around SoHo one afternoon, Grace and I stumbled upon this store on 117 Mercer Street. (Uhm, can I just say I love this street??)

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I was attracted to the crazy petticoat lamps hanging from the ceiling. I nearly bought them!
Lucky for my husband, I couldn’t imagine how to take them home or where to place them.

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It was inside the store where I finally got to know Rachel Ashwell’s world.1
I really wanted this antique lamp but the thought of how to take it home stressed me.

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Grace and I went downstairs. Luckily, nobody followed us. I could take pictures!

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I love all the overstuffed furniture in white. They felt like clouds after a day of walking.

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This reminds me of my grandmother

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I truly, madly fell in love with the Russian Folk Beds in the back. I want!!!

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I decided to buy and handcarry this lamp for my studio.

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I also bought this giant wooden rosary.

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All I need is a bed, and I’m all set.

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Rachel Ashwell, I’m a fan!

Carine Roitfeld vs. Marilyn Monroe for M.A.C

This October, M.A.C launches two new collections inspired by legendary Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe and French editor and stylist Carine Roitfeld.


Carine Roitfeld, known for her smoky eyes, collaborates with M.A.C to recreate her aesthetic.
The Full Face Kit contains four eye shadows and a Cremeblend blush, eye brows in brunette, Kohl powder eye pencil, Fluidine, 49 lash and two mascaras.
Tropical Mist lipstic, face and body foundation, Mineralize concealer, nail lacquers and brushes create the perfect backdrop for dramatic eyes.

M.A.C Marilyn Monroe is a color collection that channels her luster and sex appeal through lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, False Lashes Extreme Black, and eye shadows in shimmering metallic and diamond tones.
Finishing the look are a range of nail lacquers and beauty powder that evoke the flawless screen goddess.



Bototoy for breast cancer awareness

Nearly a month ago I received an invitation to customize a Bototoy for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Bototoy is a wooden robot created by Architect Arnold Austria of Jagnus Design Studio.
I don’t really what a wooden robot has to do with breast cancer, but I agreed :)
It took me four days to finish the assignment: one day to think about it, two days to work on it, and one day to finish it.
You can always count on me to wait till the last minute.


Together with Detalle Furniture and Secret Fresh, Jagnus Design Studio cooperates with Ministry of Mushrooms in their first Mushrooms Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
For the whole month of October, Ministry of Mushrooms invited several popular restaurants around the metro to create special mushroom-based dishes for the benefit of the ICanServe Foundation.
In the ongoing pursuit for a cure, many scientific studies have shown that mushrooms may contribute to breast cancer prevention and elimination.

Nano Victor, Marco and JJ Jose Javier
Ministry of Mushrooms’ Victor Sala, Marco Lobregat, and Jose Javier

On October 17, Wednesday, Bototoy supports this campaign by holding an exhibit titled “BOTOTOY LOVES BOOBIES” at the Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center. The exhibit will run from October 17-19, 2012.
The event will bring together some of the country’s most talented creatives from different fields to customize a Bototoy inspired by the cause.
All customized Bototoys will be sold, with part of the proceeds going to charity.
In addition, a new small-size Bototoy will be launched on October 17. Part of the proceeds from sales during the event will be donated to the iCanServe Foundation.

To know more, go to Facebook.

The Peninsula Manila turns pink this October

For the fifth year running, The Peninsula Manila goes all out in its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This entire month of October, the grand fountain in front of the hotel will be illuminated in pink light from 6-10 PM.

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Pink-themed food and beverage will be offered, with 25% of proceeds benefiting the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc.*
Pink Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed on a three-tiered silver server for PHP 780 or at a buffet for PHP 740, while a sangria and pink-inspired tapas set for two is also available at PHP 820.

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Over at Salon de Ning, help fight breast cancer with a glass of the signature Salon de Ning Rosé Champagne for PHP 1,150 or a bottle for PHP 5,300. A delicious Peninsula in Pink Berry Dream cocktail may be sipped for a good cause at PHP 580.
An exclusive Peninsula in Pink pink ribbon pin will be worn by every Peninsula Manila staff member throughout October. The pins are available for sale at a dedicated donation desk in the Lobby for PHP 250 nett, with a donation for each pin sold.

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“This October, we want to encourage our team members and hotel guests to help spread our awareness message by thinking PINK,” says Sonja Vodusek, The Peninsula Manila’s General Manager.
“We are delighted to partner with Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. and assist them with raising funds and awareness for this dreaded disease that has claimed the lives of millions. This is our call to action for Filipinos to come face to face with this life-threatening condition and proactively and concretely deepen their involvement in this noble cause that will save the lives of countless daughters, sisters, mothers and wives.”
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Unless otherwise noted, all prices are subject to 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.
For inquiries or reservations, call The Peninsula Manila at (632) 887-2888, extension 6694 (Restaurant Reservations),
e-mail or go to

*The Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc. (PFBCI) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2001.
Dedicated to serving mostly indigent patients by sourcing financial assistance and providing emotional support, PFBCI is a donee institution accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification.

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