M.A.C celebrates 25 years of Simpsons in makeup

Time flies. I can’t believe I am old enough to remember when The Simpsons premiered 25 years ago.
I was a staff writer at the Daily Globe newspaper and The Simpsons was the coolest new thing on TV. It was so novel I even wrote an article about it.
Twenty five seasons later, The Simpsons is now the longest-running American sitcom and animated program in television history.
To celebrate, M.A.C. Cosmetics has released a special collection that includes four lip glasses in Nacho Cheese Explosion, Grand Pumpkin, Red Blazer, and Itchy & Scratchy (PHP 1,100)

SIMPSONS-LIPGLASS-Nacho Cheese Explosion-300SIMPSONS-LIPGLASS-Grand Pumpkin-300SIMPSONS-LIPGLASS-Red Blazer-300SIMPSONS-LIPGLASS-Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy-300

Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad eyehadow sets (PHP 2,530)
SIMPSONS-EYESHADOW QUAD-Marges Extra Ingredients-72
SIMPSONS-EYESHADOW QUAD-That Trillion Dollar Look-300

Powder Blush (Php 1,540)


and how cute! A set of seven lashes (Php 880)


Available at M.A.C counters this September 2014.

TYPO: Aussie wasteland opens at Trinoma

Youth is great. You’re thin and have lots of energy. But being older is better because you’re no longer broke (hopefully).
This is exactly what I was thinking yesterday when Grace brought me to the newly opened Typo store at Trinoma.
I can’t tell you how many young people were freaking out and lamenting that they had no money and had to come back with their parents to shop there.
Typo is a wasteland—a store of all things cute and functional—which I chanced upon in Singapore last January.

Typo, Singapore

Even though I’m in my 40s, I still go nuts when faced with colourful objects and stationery.
I found out that Typo is a Cotton On store, which is a brand based in Australia.
Cotton On on in the Philippines is owned by the Bench group or Suyen Corporation, and last September 2, the first Typo store in the country opened at Trinoma.
And it’s about time because we need more cute stuff in the Philippines.

Typo, Trinoma

On a Sunday early evening, the store was packed with excited shoppers and shelves of affordable home decor, office and gift items


Tons of pens and stationery


Paper products


Cute little crates and jars


Snoopy and Peanuts cuteness


So chica!


Crafts and party decorations


Pouches and pen cases


and seriously, the funniest greeting cards in town


My first haul was Php 6,000 worth and I love the giant shopping bag.
It was truly worth the trip, but I can’t wait for more stores to open. Hopefully closer to me!


Typo is now open at the first level, Trinoma mall, QC. Opening end of September at Greenbelt 5.
To see more Typo, click HERE.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse soon in Manila

Is Manila ready for another restaurant franchise? Another steakhouse?
“Well, yes,” said Sheryl Laudico, Marketing Director of Sumosam Restaurants Concepts, which is bringing Wolfgang’s Steakhouse to Manila early next year.
If you like Peter Luger in Brooklyn, you would be interested to know that Wolfgang’s Steakhouse was opened in Manhattan ten years ago by its former headwaiter, Wolfgang Zwiener.

wolfgang zwiener

After 40 years experience at Peter Luger Steak House, Mr. Zwiener was thinking of retring when his son, Peter, along with two other waiters at Peter Luger, convinced him to open his own place.
“If there is a vacuum, you fill it,” said Peter Zwiener, a former investment banker who saw the potential in opening a Peter Luger-style steakhouse in Manhattan.
Apart from serving its signature 100% dry-aged prime steaks, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse offered New Yorkers the convenience of location, a better wine selection, table cloth (!), and the use of credit cards (which Peter Luger doesn’t have).

Wolfgang's steakhouse

Since Wolfgang opened its first restaurant in 2004, it has grown to seven locations within the US, and the most recent opening in Roppongi, Tokyo last February 2014.
There will be five new locations within the next six months—in New Jersey, Osaka, Seoul, a second location in Tokyo, and in Manila.
Managing partner and president, Peter Zwiener is currently in town to meet up with Philippine franchise owners Ricky Laudico, Marvin Agustin and Raymund Magdaluyo.

Sheryl Laudico, Pieter Zwiener, Ricky Laudico
Peter Zwiener (center) with husband and wife Sheryl and Ricky Laudico of Sumosam Restaurants Concepts

It was Raymund Magdaluyo who discovered Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in New York and loved it so much to bring it to Manila.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is set to open at Resorts World Manila in January 2015. The space will be a little over 600 square meters, located next to a downsized Republiq.
Sheryl says they are constructing special dry-ageing room, where beef will be placed on racks for about 28 days to achieve optimum flavour and tenderness. It’s a costly process that makes steak more pricey but worth it.

Wolfgang's steakhouse

Apart from rib eyes, fillet mignons, and steaks for two t0 four people, Manila can look forward to a New York menu of seafood cocktails, soups, salads, and a selection of desserts—including New York cheesecake specially flown in.
Now I really like steak, but you had me at New York cheesecake.
We can’t wait.


A friend like Sayoko

I hate to brag but I have the best friends in the world.
Friends are the family you choose, they say. My friends are mostly creative, a little bit gay, a little bit crazy or silly, mostly fashionable, and best of all, kind, loyal, smart, spiritual, talented.
I remember the first time I met Sayoko Hokazono in 2009 at Imperial Hotel in Ginza. After Tita Vicky Sales introduced us, my Tokyo was never the same again. This was Sayoko in her Aoyama store, Kikastyle.


This is her best friend, Hiko, who orders the best food in Tokyo

Sayoko and Hiko looking at the menu

We love Hiko

Sayoko and Hiko ordering

This is Sayoko’s Margielic couch at home. The throw pillows are from Kikastyle and feature photographs by her son Yu Hokazono. She taught me about decorating: “You have to mix old and new. Not all new.”

Sayoko's couch

This is Yu (left) with Youji at Galali, one of my favourite restaurants in Aoyama

YU and Yohji

Sayoko takes me to the coolest places, like Kyoichi Tzuzuki’s office


HP Deco

HP Deco



NUI Hostel

NUI Hostel bar and lounge

and everything Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons Trading Museum, Omotesando
Sayoko and I at Comme des Garçons

I can’t tell you how much Sayoko has changed my life, whether she’s buying me a pink gnome or some silly thing I need to have

Office: after

Last week my friend Jay sent me a picture he took at Comme des Garçons Aoyama.

Comme des Garçons

I was like, OMG I know that girl. She is the craziest girl in Comme des Garçons. Like cool crazy.
Jeroen took this picture of her last March

Comme des Garçons

and I actually bought the dress

Cecile van Straten

So now I became obsessed with that dress and asked Sayoko to please check it out—and she did!
Now tell me, how many of your friends would do this for you??


Sayoko is the best!
“I think it weighs 10 kg!” Sayoko texted me. It also costs 305,600 yen—way beyond my budget. Hehe.
So kids, do not worry. I am not getting the dress.
And thank you Sayoko-san! I shall see you next month!!

Adidas Originals launches Rita Ora collaboration

Adidas Originals is excited to unveil its Fall/Winter 2014 collection by British singer, songwriter, and actress Rita Ora. Notable for her fearless take on fashion as well as her head-turning musical collaborations, Rita Ora is also known in the music industry for her energy and spirit of originality.

Rita Ora x Adidas Originals

This collection includes the Pastel Pack, with dreamy sunset shades of powder pinks, blues and yellows, plus a feather motif inspired by Rita’s own dove tattoo.

Rita Ora x adidas originals

There’s a sweatshirt with batwing sleeves and cut-out shoulders, as well as a track top with sheer lace detailing of feathers along the sleeves.

Rita Ora x adidas Originals

The Roses Pack features repeat rose prints blooming around an insect invasion in a burst of rich colour and vivid detail. A deep shade of midnight blue forms a fitting backdrop to the vibrant scene of nature that unfolds across
heritage track wear.

Rita Ora x Adidas Originals

Loose boyfriend cuts in iconic sports fabrics contrast against the lush femininity of vividly luxurious red flock prints. The Roses Pack truly reimagines classic performance-wear.

Rita Ora x Adidas Originals

Here’s what you can expect from Rita Ora x adidas Originals

The Rita Ora Pastel Pack is available from 1 September 2014 at adidas Greenbelt 3, while the Rita Ora Roses Pack will be available from 1 November 2014 at adidas Greenbelt 3.
To know more, go to http://www.facebook.com/adidasPH

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