Last week, I attended Club Tropicana, a really cool shop + drink + eat event by Aranaz at One Rockwell. This chic poolside affair, packed with stylish people, Aranaz designs, refreshing cocktails and savory treats, was a great way to welcome summer!
I was already quite familiar with the Aranaz designs due to constant visits to Manila Fame. These are such perfect bags for summer. Some were even available to be customized that day!
How cute are these minaudières! They were also selling home accessories such as this tray. Great to decorate your home with this season!
It was an afternoon well-spent! I had my nails done thanks to St. Nails. Most of the bags you saw are available online and some are only available for pre-order. Visit aranaz.ph now to check out their latest collection!
Keep up with the motion as The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising program lights up the stage for seventy rising talents with a plethora of inspiration. Ushering in a change of pace through one captivating show, they bring you Design Surge 2014.
Front lining the program’s shift in gear, its students set on a blaze, marrying longstanding traditions of exceptional design and excellent craftsmanship in a vivid display of women’s, men’s, children’s, maternity, and bridal wear. Showcasing their knowledge in design development, production, merchandising, and marketing with fashion business at its core, its graduating class rolls out the runway for the 15th Annual Graduation Showcase on the 5th of April at 8:00 in the evening at Le Pavillion Events Place, Pasay City.
Rip through the old seams and stagnant waves. Set out your engines and be ready to charge in a new direction.
So much to look forward to! Here are some photos from behind the scenes!
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Some confuse gastropubs for just merely pubs or bars. Gastropubs actually offer high quality food based on traditional pub recipes. When you dine at Locale Gastrobar, you’ll realize that this is the perfect place to meet with friends, grab a few beers and dine in!
The interiors are simple, casual and cozy. Quite spacious, which I really like. They have different types of seating and offer outdoor seating as well.
They have irresistible promos and offers on different days of the week so make sure to avail of those.
Enough with the ambiance. Let’s begin eating! Thank you to Chef Raffy who prepared this delicious 9-course meal.
Truffled Mozza Balls
This was insanely good. It was just the right kind of cheesy. Mozzarella isnt know to be that tastiest cheese but the way they made it, deep fried in a thin batter and paired with marinara and aioli dip could have made me finish this bucket all by myself. I would definitely order this every visit.
Angus Basil Meatballs
Meaty, juicy, just enough flavor. I would’ve liked it to be richer in flavor, tastier and seasoned more but that’s just my personal preference.
Most taco salads get soggy because of their salsa. What I love about their version is that it stays crunchy because they used sour cream which helped prevent it from sogging up. If you feel like getting something light and fresh, order this!
MMMMMMM! This is probably my ultimate favorite. I love the sauce, I love how the shrimp was cooked. This would go nicely with their draft beer or a really cold drink.
Deep Fried Grilled Cheese
Perfect crispy outer layer and melt-in-your-mouth goodness right here. And I always pair my sandwiches with chips so this is just perf. It’d make a lunch meal or merienda depending on your appetite. MMM!
I like how creamy the risotto was. The salmon was cooked a few minutes more than I would’ve liked but it still goes really well with the risotto. The portion size of the salmon is somewhat big and more than enough.
Falls off the bone, tangy bbq taste!
Blue Marlin Curry
Not a big fan of curry but I love how the menu includes a vast array of dishes. My friends quite enjoyed this one!
Foie Gras Burger
Can you see that huge chunk of foie gras? Well if you love duck fat, greasy burgers, and a side of fries, this is a must-try!
To be honest, Locale proved to be better than Draft. Their prices are much more affordable. Their BIG ASS draft beer is just Php150! Can you believe that? I surely couldn’t. I have to go back again and bring my friends with me. Cheers to the weekend!
Like Locale Gastrobar on Facebook here!
Visit them at City Golf Compound, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, 1604 Pasig
Written along the walls of their brightly lit and color-splashed stores in Singapore, Malaysia and now in the Philippines, CommonThread share an unspoken story of how everything you own is an extension of who you are.
Each person’s unique sense of style - from pieces she chooses and how she wears them - tells a personal tale that expresses her story through fashion.
CommonThread cultivates these style stories by offering hand-picked collections of “style anchors” - essentials that you will always reach for because they complete your style story.
The store is filled with so many interesting things and quirky products, strategically and creatively placed next to each other to make mixing and matching easier for the shopper.
CommonThread is more than just style. It not only represent function, but also reflects a lifestyle hinged on cool, confident attitude. It advocates a fun and carefree lifestyle featuring heritage brands such as Havaianas from Brazil, Bensimon from France, K-Way from Italy along with premium jeans and eyewear brands and so much more.
Life is in the details; the small things make it so much interesting.
I went to the event with Jacob, caught up with friends and made new ones. It was fun going around the store, trying to decide what to buy. Pretty difficult to choose, too.
We are all bound by the common desire to express ourselves through fashion, where every piece has a story, a purpose and a place in our wardrobe.
Visit CommonThread at the 2/F of Greenbelt 5.
Follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @CommonThreadPH
And Like them on Facebook for more updates!
To those who want one, nothing else even comes close. Its lure has been attracting willing customers for over sixty years. Many prospective customers know that Sean Connery —and later Roger Moore—wore one in nearly all the early Bond films. Of course that means we could only be talking about the Rolex Submariner. The Submariner was released in 1954 and was designed to help scuba divers brave the harsh, unforgiving environment of the ocean’s depths. The new sport of scuba diving was one of the original extreme sports before the term was even coined, and Rolex had a leg up on the competition with their incredibly popular (and waterproof) Oyster case. All they had to do was refine it to make it more suitable for scuba. They did that, and did it so successfully that it isn’t unusual to find vintage Submariners that originally cost less than the price of a current rolex service cost, still going strong and running well after fifty plus years.
The only watch you will ever need.
The Submariner was essentially an extra sturdy Oyster with a neat rotating bezel that enabled the diver to time his dive. This was important in the days before modern dive computers. It became popular with anyone needing a tough-as-nails waterproof watch, not just divers. Special forces commandos and other adventurers took to the new Submariner with gusto. Chuck Yeager, WWII US Army Air Force fighter ace and the first man to break the sound barrier in 1947, wore a Submariner in the 1960s. He’d worn a Rolex Oyster during the war and later when he broke the sound barrier. The Submariner was a no nonsense, more modern upgrade for a no nonsense man. It wasn’t just the ‘reel world’ celluloid super spies who loved the Submariner; real world heroes like Yeager did, too.
Rolex ran a very cool ad in 1967 that showed the arm of a man in a tuxedo, à la James Bond. He’s wearing a Submariner and holding a wine glass with a lady’s hand just barely, playfully touching his. The ad said that although it was designed to work perfectly at 660 feet, “it seems to work pretty well at any level.” It added the Submariner was often seen where the “wettest thing around is a dry martini,” and that maybe its popularity was due to its black face going so well with black tie. It concluded, “Ask her. Maybe she knows.” Rolex certainly got their money’s worth with that ad. It still sells Subs today and more importantly, it underscores the essence of the watch’s enduring popularity. It isn’t James Bond that sells them so much as versatility. It is a watch that can do anything—and looks good doing it. That makes it truly a hard act to follow. Just ask the competition.
If your fine watch needs servicing, be sure to check out the rolex service center. It features true CW-21Certified watchmakers who use authorized factory parts accounts, all at very attractive prices.
WIN CreamSilk's Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Gift Pack!
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This 2014, Cream Silk, the No. 1 Hair Care brand, celebrates its 30th Anniversary! 30 years of limitless possibilities for the Beyond Beautiful Filipina.
Officially launched just last September for the Philippine market, SEVENFRIDAY timepieces communicate a unique aura, different from any other watch out there.
I went to the party with my sister, Shari, and my boyfriend, Jacob. The party was themed after the watch’s industrial chic appeal so the venue gave the perfect vibe.
“When you look at the timepiece market today, there is a lack of innovation,” says Daniel Niederer, owner and founder of Sevenfriday. “We wanted to create something that represents a lifestyle that I want to live, the values I believe in. That was really the foundation of Sevenfriday.”
He was a pretty cool guy. I can’t find the photo I took with him. We had drinks with him and his friends as well. He sort of reminded me of Hugh Grant for some reason.
To create the Sevenfriday, Dan partnered with the Studio Divine team, based in Biel, Switzerland, to create the now-iconic Sevenfriday design language.
“The thing was to create a timepiece of the highest quality standards,” says Dan about the brand, “with a very high perceived value but still quite affordable. We wanted create a watch you don’t just put in a drawer. Normally, you look at a watch and you think, oh it’s a jewelry watch, it’s a sports watch. But you look at this watch and you’re not sure. Is it classic or is it modern? I don’t want to classify it, really. I don’t want to specify what it stands for. I believe a good design shouldn’t explain too much.”
While photos of Sevenfriday’s one-of-a-kind timepieces are often enough to wow even non-collectors, nothing beats the sensory and tactile experience of actually wearing a Sevenfriday watch. Up close and in motion, you can truly appreciate the elegance of its multi-faceted dial, and admire the handiwork that defines its finish. On the wrist, you can feel the grace underneath its modernity. Everyone will want to know what you’re wearing, and how they can get one.
The night peaked when the Sevenfriday identified top personalities who embody the Sevenfriday brand: Ornussa Cadness. Being an awesome epitome of chic and edgy, this DJ-model has made her own unique brand of gorgeousness with a remarkable edge. Jeron Teng, winning was about a thorough mastery of his craft. Technical perfection makes it a strong player in the watch market. Chef Laudico. We know him well for some of our favorite foodie joints. In Sevenfriday fashion, he represents success in doing what you’re ultimately passionate about. Laureen Uy. This youthful and popular digital maven represents a leadership in a world that moves at hyper pace. She’s Sevenfriday material, indeed. Anton Del Rosario. Pinoy at heart but ultimately global in stance, this good-looking Azkal won hearts when football became all the rage. Sevenfriday will definitely take Pinoys up a notch. Rhian Ramos is anything but your ordinary run-of-the-mill actress. Like Sevenfriday, she stands out because she’s candidly casual but also sophisticatedly beautiful at the same time.
Last is Senator Chiz Escudero. He has the ability to bring substance and strength to the house—and like a Sevenfriday watch that always makes a tasteful statement.
With Sevenfriday in the local scene, watch enthusiasts are now edgier, cooler, more hip. This is probably my favorite design. It really does appeal to most women. Plus, it can easily match our feminine to somewhat androgynous outfits. I can’t seem to leave the house without a watch.
With a casual luxe brand on their wrists, Filipinos can now make every day a Sevenfriday.
Sevenfriday is exclusively available in Manila as well as its solo botique located at Promenade 3 fo the Greenhills Shopping Complex. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @sevenfriday_manila on Instagram and Twitter for updates!
Wondering what treatment to get for your dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair due to constant coloring and styling? And where to have it done? Well, let me first introduce you to Introspect Salon, an urban salon that offers services for your head-to-toe needs.
Introspect Salon just opened its second branch in the new Fisher Mall. So if you plan to visit the new mall, drop by Introspect if you feel like pampering yourself. Here’s something you should try.
You might have heard about the trending Brazilian Blowout treatment which will magically transform your hair into naturally smooth silky hair. This treatment is only available in exclusive salons and is only done by trained professionals from Brazilian Blowout.
Other salons have imitated this treatment and used the same term, so to make sure you are getting and paying for the authentic one, make sure your stylist shows you the products as they apply it unto your hair. Let’s get started! All products used will be from Brazilian Blowout.
Shampoo & conditioner! This step prepares your hair for the application of the treatment.
Next is the application of the (most important) smoothing solution. They will only use a small amount even for long hair. They apply it and leave it for about 10-15 minutes.
No rinsing needed here. They will blowdry your hair and use a ceramic iron to straighten it.
After your hair is straightened, it’s now time to rinse! They will also apply the conditioning masque at this stage. I like the sensation of the products applied in my hair. It has this cool menthol-like feeling.
Last step is to apply some serum and blowdry the hair to see the results!
Voila! I’m very happy with my hair! It’s been about four days since the treatment and I finally got rid of the difficult time I would have in the morning fixing my hair. After my shower, I never have to worry about it drying and ending up like a mess. Now it’s always straight, smooth and silky just as promised! The treatment is said to last for 10-12 weeks if maintained well.
Why go to other popular expensive salons (because of their well-established status and rental and other reasons) when you can get the same treatment at Introspect Salon for a more reasonable price?
Visit Introspect Salon at the 3rd Floor of Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave.
Thanks to Ms. Cai for inviting me to their opening and thank you to my friend Dilly too!
If there’s one thing I absolutely love in this world, something I can never say no to, something that always cheers me up, something that makes me truly happy, it’s shoe shopping. Nothing beats the feeling of buying a new pair of shoes and adding a new member to my collection. Where better to shop than in one of my new favorite stores, CLN.
Most Filipinas forget the most important thing – lip care before anything else. While most women moisturize their face and put on a makeup base before putting on makeup, the lips are most often neglected, given little to no protection or moisturization throughout the day.
Revitalise those dull lips! Get full and vivacious lips the fun way with the new Lip Ice tinted lipbalm. This new range of tinted lipbalm features natural hues of pink and red that comes with yummy fruity flavors of Strawberry, Raspberry and Wild Berry. The key ingredient of this product is Hyaluronic Acid, which not only provides long lasting moisturization to lips but at the same time, helps to retain moisture.
Baby Pink gives a light pink color with a fresh Strawberry flavour, while Poppy Pink is light red with a sweet Raspberry flavor. Rose red on the other hand, is red in color with a lovely Wild Berry flavor. With just one smooth glide, your lips revitalise with a burst of moisture and natural lip color while you enjoy the fruity flavour that stays on your lips.
This lipbalm has a light, non-greasy and non-sticky texture that makes wearing the lipbalm comfortable. Lips feel soft and velvety upon application and is formulated with SPF15.
Lip Ice is now available in your favorite lip care centers! Do check them out for yourself! They make such great gifts too! Happy Holidays!
Are you ready for the holidays? It’s that time of year once again, where bold becomes bolder and rules dwindle into the background. This season’s hair-dos are in the hands of the multitude as the sartorial dictatorship breaks its chains and gives the license to let loose. Toni & Guy leads the pack and provides more avenues for self-expression with a range of stunning formulas to fit any style personality.
Hot from London Fashion Week, with sultry locks to slicked back shine, the Toni & Guy hair care range helps the style set cop the latest Autumn/Winter head-to-toe looks in a matter of minutes.
The Dec-Jan issue of Meg Magazine is finally out! I’m featured in the Style It Your Way section along with 20 other girls thanks to Forever21's Threebies My Way contest!
The shoot was so much fun! I wasn’t really styled according to how I would normally dress but I didn’t bother meddling with how they wanted to style me. I think they did a great job styling everyone! Plus, I was just really grateful for the opportunity! Oh, and if you noticed, no, I wasn’t 20 at that time. I was 21 when we had the shoot but I’m 22 now. * cue Taylor Swift’s 22 * :P
L'OREAL x PARK JUN'S BEAUTY LAB Hair Colour of the Future
I’ve been meaning to change my hair color for quite some time now and fortunate enough, L’Oréal Professionnel partnered with Park Jun’s Beauty Labto invite us to try INOA, a revolutionary hair colouring technology which is Ammonia-free, provides optimized scalp comfort and has a creamier, smoother consistency.
I’ve had my hair colored/retouched for almost ten times and I’ve never been happy with my hair color. That is, until I tried INOA!
Here’s another hair treatment I’d love for you to try. My hair’s still not as manageable as I’d like it to be so I was pretty excited to be part of L’Oreal’s Steampod Hair Revolution! The treatment is said to help get rid of frizz and give you that natural-looking straight hair.
I’m really excited to share with you what happened during the shoot I had recently for winning the Threebies My Way Contest by Forever21. So here goes! The Meg Magazine x Forever21 team were quite busy running around and catering everyone. They already prepared our outfits beforehand during the fitting so everything was smooth sailing.
I spent most of my time on the makeup chair of Make-Up Designatory. It was so much fun watching Chelle put makeup on me. I make it a point to find out secrets and tips from makeup artists! Most of the time I hear stuff I already know but Chelle shared some pretty awesome insight regarding brows, eye makeup and colors. She was excited to do the DOLL makeup on me which I considered a good thing because I have such small eyes. I totally loved it! The finished product?
Ta-da! Totally loved it! I’ve never had such heavy eye makeup look natural and casual. While my hair was being done, I watched the other girls, my fellow winners, pose for the camera.
One of the things I looked forward to attending was the launch of Thread 365. I love knowing of brands that focus on basics, simplicity and are utilitarian in general.
Thread 365 is for the individual who values quality, self-expression and authenticity. You have several tees in your closet, but you should have one that is a cut above the rest. A well-made piece that is simple, versatile and comfortable speaks for itself.
“Cotton is our primary material of choice; soft, breathable and lasting. As an all-natural fiber, it is also kinder to our planet.”
Thread 365 was born out of a desire to create classic pieces that endure seasons and trends, bringing pieces to explore and encourage your own sense of style.
There was an exhibit showcasing photographs of their influencers all taken by Sara Black. The influencers came from different industries and backgrounds such as fashion, music, dance, media or business which really shows that the brand is for anyone and everyone!
The usual suspects. Jacob and Niche.
The event was really fun! We got to take home our very own Thread 365 shirt as well this cute quick printout!
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited by Louis Philip Kee to try out and review their services. I’ve been dying to get my dried-out, color-treated, unmanageable locks a treatment so I instantly knew what to avail - the Brazilian Blowout! Here’s a photo of my hair before:
” Brazilian Blowout is a professional hair smoothing treatment that improves the health and condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine! ”
They started by applying the product unto strands of partitioned hair and combing through to remove any tangle. This is repeated until the product has been applied to all strands of hair.
They then wrapped cling wrap around my head to prevent the product from evaporating and for the hair to easily absorb it. Waited for around 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, no more rinsing! They immediately blow-dried my hair and styled it. They also ironed it just to give it a sleek straight look. Excited to see the results?
Well here’s a photo of my seatmate first, Dani! Getting her hair colored! She was with Kyle, of course and I was with Jacob. Double date?
Ta-da! Here’s my new hair! I absolutely love it! Goodbye frizz and dry hair! And hello, smooth silky hair!
And here’s a photo of me with Ms. Marcie. Thank you for inviting me!
The treatment is said to last for 3 months. And they also told me not to get my hair wet for 2 days. I figured the real test would be after I wash it with shampoo. But they say when you walk out from the salon, your hair should be okay with an immediate shower, or if you want to pull it back into a ponytail, etc. to prove how effective the treatment is. I guess I just didn’t want to risk it. The results?
Amazing! I didn’t even blowdry my hair or fix it and look how straight and silky it turned out. I miss having natural looking hair. I don’t have to worry anymore about always having to fix it when I’m in a rush.
Brazilian Blowout is something you should definitely go for especially if your hair needs some loving! You can also check out their other services!
I guess my only comment is about the staff. They don’t always know what to do when I ask them a question. They usually have to consult other people before answering. I guess maybe my own stylist wasn’t very talkative. I would’ve liked it if he established a small conversation or explained the treatment to me more. It was a busy day for the salonso it didn’t seem that relaxing. The price range of the services are quite reasonable.
Check out Louis Philip Kee on Facebook for more details about their services. They have branches in Bonifacio Global City and Acropolis along Libis.