Trying to work again



I got some antique medals from Europe a few months ago and it took forever for me to do anything with them. Let’s just say I had been very busy with everything else in my life. But I do miss working with these lovely works of art. Funny thing was, as soon as my friend/client saw these, she got them! Even my prototype bracelet.


This medal is so pretty. The back side also has an icon of Our Lady of Fatima. So I had to make sure the setting was clean on both sides.


Here is the prototype bracelet. I was inspired to make this because of Ingrid’s constant gentle push. I was able to squeeze in this photo minutes before my friend got this.


I sure hope I can replicate this… Each medal is an antique. And the stones in between are green amethysts. And gold is oh so expensive!


I started producing more medals for the coming holiday season. The medals here are not antiques, these are all new. All from Europe. The settings are my usual.


I’m giving one medal to Sophia next month. She’s having her First Holy Communion. Lily gets another one in March too, for her preschool graduation. Glad my girls appreciate the beauty and power of these medals.



Jimmy Choo Fragrance



Last week, Jimmy Choo fragrance was launched at Rustan’s Makati, hosted by Tessa Valdes. It was about time for the most popular brand of luxury shoes and fashion accessories, Jimmy Choo, to launch its first fragrance, simply named Jimmy Choo. The fragrance is described as “feminine yet empowering, with a lot of sensuality to it.” It was developed in cooperation with Inter Parfums and the famous perfumer from IFF, Olivier Polge.


“A scaled version of the classic Venetian glass bottle has been recreated with an exclusive metallization where silver is overlaid onto the glass to reveal the amber coloured liquid inside. The faceted, cocoon shape is voluptuously feminine, “A beautiful and precious bottle that is an object of desire which women will want to keep forever,” says Tamara.


Inspired by python from the current collection, the fragrance is packaged in a precious ‘jewel box’ enrobed in a pink and black snakeskin print. My first impression upon seeing the bottle was that it was very similar to the shape of Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb.




They raffled off a beautiful pair of silver python shoes. I didn’t win 🙁 Vicky Tensuan did. Lucky girl.


Tessa and Agoo Bengzon, discussing the Red Cross Ball. Tessa invited me but I couldn’t make it. Heard it was lovely.


I wore a silk K&Company dress and paired it with a carved wooden belt from Hindy Tantoco (same one I used at the LV party). Apparently I was at war with static that day.


“The seductive composition is a modern chypre fruity, with green top notes, tiger orchid, sweet toffee caramel and Indonesian patchouli. The packaging and the textured glass bottle is designed by Mellon herself. She was inspired by Murano glass and devoted so much attention to the appearance, so that it would be desirable and appropriate for your nightstand.” Source: Press kit.


It had incredible staying power for an Eau de Toilette. I can only imagine how the Parfum version develops. They sprayed samples of parfum at the event. The scent starts off very sweet in a delicious kind of way – perhaps because of the toffee and caramel. But a few hours later it develops into a deeper, more sophisticated sugary scent. I liked it much better a few hours later. So much so that I actually missed the scent the next day. And I was pleasantly surprised that the distributors sent me a complimentary 40ml bottle of eau de toilette in my home. Thank you! After trying out the EDT, I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t have the same body or full essence as the parfum – which is really the case of EDTs vs parfums but noticeably more with this scent. The parfum was much yummier.


Jimmy Choo fragrance is available at Rustan’s.



LV re-opening party



After the press event, we all hurried to the salons to get ourselves all dolled up. I wanted to spend time with my kids, so I just had my hair blown out straight then headed home. My new dress arrived, custom-made by Hindy Weber Tantoco. Dress code of the party simply said “Glamorous.”


The store was packed with glamorous guests. This is the area by the main entrance where all the travel bags are.


The mezzanine floor where all the men’s items are.


Rhea DeVera-Aguirre, LV Philippines’ Country Manager and Mel Lerma, Estee Lauder Philippines’ Country Manager.


Then we were all whisked off to a second location. BMW sponsored the transportation with cars and mini-buses. Waiters offered more champagne to take on the bus.


Initially we weren’t told where the after-party would be. But word got around… Whitespace in Pasong Tamo Extension.


So we all had the giggles on the bus. Or at least I did. I made sure I had some yummy pralines too.


Mega Publishing’s Cheryl Tiu, model Alex Escat and The Bag Hag Ingrid Go.


With my busmate, Erwin Romulo, who’s all grown up now as Editor in Chief of Esquire Philippines. (Where is the Erwin in T-shirts?)


We arrived at Whitespace.


And my jaw dropped. I just stood there and took it all in. Loved the lighting and art direction. Beautiful. Couldn’t believe this was the crowded parking lot of Whitespace. It looked like an airport runway.


So Ingrid and I stopped for photos. I was extremely grateful with how my dress turned out. It was very light and comfortable. Hindy did a great job.


And Ingrid looked stunning!


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Louis Vuitton’s new expanded store in Greenbelt 4



Last Friday, October 14 was all about Louis Vuitton. I attended the press event in the afternoon as well as the evening events. Fans and regular clients of LV will be happy to see the new expanded store in the same original location in Greenbelt 4. My initial impression was, “whoa, you carved out a part of the basement?” The store now has two floors and a mezzanine.

Here are photos and captions from the official press kit.


The Louis Vuitton store in Greenbelt 4 now features a unique façade inspired by the House’s signature Damier pattern; a showcase of Louis Vuitton’s flair for combining innovative retail concepts with the mark of savoir-faire.


One of the new features of the store is the addition of a lower floor extension. This floor houses the women’s universe featuring leather goods, shoes and accessories. The highlight on this level is a special wall showcasing the brand’s Rare & Exceptional pieces, once again showcasing the brand’s craftsmanship. Iconic bags such as the Lockit and Brea in exquisite crocodile-skin, are on display.


The store’s main entrance opens up to a remarkable travel area and expansive leather goods section featuring well loved icons and show pieces as seen in the fashion shows. A few stairs up lead you to the mezzanine floor dedicated to a wide array of men’s leather goods, shoes, and accessories.


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Judging UP Interior Design’s idisenyo




Last October 5, 2011 I participated as one of the judges of the UPIDAA IDisenyo 2011 Design Competition. The theme was “The Greenovation of Academic Spaces” through the design of the Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design (CTID) Building. There were nine teams composed of UP Interior Design alumni and students. Each came up with a design on an academic space to be used by future students, faculty and staff of the CTID department. They had to work around the theme – minimize, maximize and UPcycle.

The other judges who joined me were Gelo Manosa (architect), Judith Torres of Condo Living, Jie Pambid of My Home, Dean Adelaida Mayo (CHE), Prof. Tess Quevedo (CTID), Prof. Mocca Rayala (CTID), Paulo Alcazaren of Bluprint and DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

Here are some photos taken during judging day, sourced from the UPIDAA site.



It wasn’t easy being a judge. Reading and analyzing 9 plans. Trying to imagine how their plans would translate to an actual space within the university.


The judging hall at LRI was well designed and comfortable. The environment was conducive to learning and discussion.


Bluprint’s Paulo Alcazaren and UPID professors.


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