H&M announces Isabel Marant collab
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Swedish retail giant H&M is proud to announce its autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant.
Known for her effortless style, Isabel mixes urban attitude and boho elegance with a rock ‘n’ roll spirit to deliver a genuine French allure.

Isabel Marant

For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style.
It will be available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online.
The collection will include clothing and accessories for women and teenagers, and for the first time for her, a collection for men.

“I am flattered by this collaboration,” said Isabel. “H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality” says Isabel Marant.

Born and raised in Paris, Isabel Marant started customizing her own clothes while still at high school.
A graduate of the famed Studio Berçot, Marant worked her way up the fashion system starting with a jewellery line, adding knitwear, then finally launching her eponymous collection in 1994. Today she runs an internationally successful fashion powerhouse with a string of boutiques worldwide. Her Parisian chic style, a mix of bohemia and masculine tailoring, grows in popularity season after season.

Will Coke-sharing can hit the Philippines?
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It’s been two weeks since I last had Coke and I’m hoping never to drink again—mostly to keep my waist and face small.
My love of Coke dates back to my childhood. We always had them in stock at home.
Check out this vintage picture of my mom and grandma (standing 2nd and 3rd from left) and bottles of Coke on the table.

Love the Coke bottles

Back in the ’80s, I remember buying half a can of Coke for 35 cents, which sort of looked like this

Had it again with a yummy bowl of pancit at the Eva Air lounge in Taipei, 2005

I like

These holiday bottles were found in Shimokitaza, Tokyo in 2010

Holiday Coke bottles, Shimokitazawa

The 90-calorie Coke at left is available at S&R Price Club


Now this really kills me: the Coke-sharing can recently introduced “but only for a few markets,” confirms Coke ambassador Adel Tamano.

Coke-sharing can

My guess is, not the Philippines, but Singapore has them!!
Oh well. I’m not supposed to drink anyway.

Zumba with Karen this Friday!
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Last night while waiting for My Husband’s Lover on GMA, my friend Karen and I were reminiscing how we met in 1996. It was through my childhood friend Lia, who met her at Club Filipino during the badminton craze.
When I met Karen, she was chubby, bubbly and full of energy. She was my fashion assistant at Grocery, which was my label back in the ’90s.
Three years later she was back in the US, and I didn’t know when I would see her again.
In 2005 she came over to visit

L-R: Karen Salgado, Melvin Mojica, Hank Palenzuela

And then we lost touch. Well thank God for Mark Zuckerberg. I found her on Facebook and last week she came over to stay with me while visiting her dad who is undergoing cancer treatments.
This is Karen at home

Karen Salgado

and at Pepper Lunch

Karen Salgado

Two years ago, Karen started her career in Zumba, which combines Latin and international music in an effective workout system. See Karen’s weight loss in just one year

Karen Salgado

Karen, before and after. Not bad for 40!

Karen Salgado

Here for two weeks, Karen leaves on June 16th. Luckily she was given an opportunity to hold a Zumba masterclass at Beyond Yoga, The Fort to help raise funds for her dad.

Karen Salgado

You will love Karen’s energy. Just watch her during a fundraiser held in Palm Springs recently, where she was able to raise US$5,000 for her dad.

This Friday the class will be held from 6:30-7:30 PM at Beyond Yoga, BHS Central Branch – 3rd Floor, C2 Building, 7th Ave Corner 28th Street, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig.
Fee is Php 600, and donations are more than welcome.
To reserve, please call (02) 553-3799 / 0917-6BYYOGA (6299642) or email