UZ holiday shoot



Our last shoot for UZ before the holidays was at the lovely store of Ito Kish at Nicanor Garcia St. Makati. I also had two photo shoots for two different magazines that same morning. I love multi-tasking.


Prettiest shop in Metro Manila. Go visit Kish.


I wore a simple long black dress with my golden south sea pearl earrings.


I’m falling in love with south sea pearls again.


Then I wore a K&Company dress in white lace. I love the way this dress falls. It also comes in beige and black. You’ll see the black one below.


Wore them with those purple shoes sent by a Comfit, a blog sponsor. My hair – with Soft Set digital curls from Studio Fix – is still holding up well.


Ito can make any corner of any space look so beautiful.


I love the colour of this K&Company dress. From their current collection.


Loving all the Vito Selma pieces in this store.


I don’t know what was so funny.


Our team.


And here is that same K&Company dress in black lace.



“The Duchess Effect” on Reiss

This report shows Reiss, a midrange British label, doubled their profits this year because of The Duchess Effect. When Kate wore a $275 Reiss dress to meet the Obamas, the website crashed. This year year sales in this company soared to $50 million.

I’ve extended the Reiss giveaway in my blog up to January 2nd, to allow those who’ve been away on holidays to join. They’re giving away a lovely leather wallet and will ship to the winner worldwide. You can join it here and tweet it everyday for more chances of winning (through the blog raffle program).

I just checked the Reiss website. Up to 50% off luxury womenswear and investment menswear Celebrate the holidays with the Reiss Holiday sale! Valid starting Dec. 20 for a limited time only and while stocks last.

Reiss Lorna wrap front trim dress, very similar to the one Kate wore at her engagement photo. The cherry version is on sale from $340 to $238.

Reiss Lola bandage dress now on sale from $330 to $165.

Reiss Cosmos gold heel platform, from $320 now $160. All prices in USD. Reiss ships worldwide including the Philippines.





Most precious cargo – breastmilk



Cup-feeding a baby with donated human breastmilk at a relocation site in Cagayan De Oro.


I’m sorry for the lack of updates. I would use the holiday season as an excuse but the truth is I’m still stuck at December 17th. My next few posts will be about Typhoon Sendang (Washi) – stories I have to tell because of the kindness and generosity shared during critical times. Incredible things have happened. I will however insert some regular programming in between.

One of the many things UNICEF and it’s partners did in response to the Sendong/Washi flood was to collect human breastmilk donations. In emergencies, breastfeeding is a lifesaving response, especially when clean water and sanitation services are in short supply. UNICEF and partners give mothers all the support they need to continue breastfeeding during and after emergencies.

I sent out information about the breastmilk drive through Twitter. Thank you for the great response. However at one point had to deal with the harshest and ugliest comments (nevermind the negativity).

Dr. Mianne Silvestre of UP-Philippine General Hospital and  a supporter of the NGOs Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina and Team Unang Yakap sent this update, “Various private individuals are mobilizing their networks for what we hope will not be just distribution of donor milk but a series of “breastfeeding missions” like we organized for Ondoy years back. We hope that peer counsellors get involved for breastfeeding counseling, relactation, cooking lessons on complementary feeding, with the last resort being cup feeding of donor milk and wet nursing. Dr. Jessa and I are capable of helping with supplying donor milk through our linkages with the UP-PGH Milk Bank and private groups but really need your help with all the rest, on the ground.”

The call for donations of human breastmilk is still ongoing. There are two drop off points:

Quezon City/San Juan/Cubao area:
17 Green Grove Villa, Lantana Rd., Barangay Mariana, New Manila, QC (office of Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina, Inc).

Manila area:
UP-PGH Human Milk Bank, 4th Floor, Left Central Block (LCB) c/o Tina or Grace (during office hours) or the NICU Fellow (after office hours)

 At the end of this post is a document signed by the Department of Health, UNICEF, World Health Organization, Plan International, Save the Children, Department of Education, DILG and many other organizations supporting and explaining the importance of breastfeeding in times of emergencies. I know, based on the reaction in Twitter, that there are still a lot of misconceptions from well-meaning donors who give infant formula and breastmilk substitutes as part of their relief packages. Though your intentions are good, you may actually be causing harm by exposing infants to danger and possible death. Please read after the jump by clicking “More.”

Last December 23rd, the first delivery of human breastmilk arrived in Cagayan de Oro. Here are photos from the field showing how this most precious cargo was sent to Mindanao.


The breastmilk is safely stored in a donated freezer.


The breastmilk arrives at NAIA Terminal 2, at 5.00am, thanks to the Pepsi delivery guys.


Being checked in by Philippine Airlines, hope it makes it safely.


UNICEF Nutrition officer, Paul Zambrano, relieved that the milk has arrived.


Loaded on to local pick up by Pepsi, CDO.


Cooler arrives at Northern Mindanao Medical Centre where staff of the paediatric and neonatal department are waiting.


The breastmilk is still frozen, so will keep for many months, if necessary.


The team are relieved the first transfer went smoothly. All photos above, UNICEF/2011


Click “More” to read additional information on how human breastmilk saves babies’ lives.



Reiss giveaway



Here’s an awesome giveaway from one of my sponsors, Reiss. We’ll be doing it via Rafflecopter, so just follow all the steps and you should qualify for the raffle. Please note that anyone from anywhere in the world can join this raffle. Just like anyone can order online through the Reiss site and have it shipped… even to the Philippines. Prices are in USD or UK. Do check out the site as they currently have things marked down with major sale prices. Even the Duchess of Cambridge’s Reiss shola dress, reissued as the Lola in steel blue has been marked down.

Here’s a preview of Reiss Spring Summer 2012.

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The brand rose to our consciousness (at least mine), after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a white Reiss dress in her official engagement photo. She wore the dress again during their Canadian visit.


The Spring Summer 2012 line is inspired by 90s minimalism.


They refer to the clean lines from past Calvin Klein campaigns, and the sex appeal and cut of vintage Jean Paul Gaultier.


The injection of prints enhances this further, as sheer fabrications are overlaid on bold rainbow graphic prints. Prints of various colours are also pieced together or inserted with sheer panels.


Playing with proportions, fabrications and layering ensure that the clean lines of the 90s silhouettes feel fresh and modern. Layering separate items in new lengths creates a distinct softness and heralds a ‘new way of dressing,’ which is both feminine and wearable.


I’m waiting for this one to go online. Love, love, love the lace and nude lining.


For our Reiss giveaway, up for grabs is this Marley wallet priced at $170. We were supposed to have done this giveaway last month but I got so caught up with our local events. So now the wallet has been marked down to $136. It is a lovely leather wallet with a contrasting leather trim and bamboo closure. Winner gets either indigo or fawn, subject to availability. All you have to do is follow the steps at the end of this post.


Marley wallet


Just follow the easy mandatory steps from Rafflecopter. The program monitors everything. And you can have more chances of winning if you Tweet about it everyday through this site and Rafflecopter. The raffle is open to anyone around the world. The raffle is open from now, December 23 to December 29th January 2, 2012. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter’s randomizer program. Winners will be announced on the evening of the 2nd. The wallet will be sent to you by Reiss. (By joining this raffle you authorize Reiss to have access to your email address).

Goodluck! Click More…


I did some styling for Metro Home



A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon at Ito Kish’ store in Nicanor Garcia St, Makati. Our friend, Carlo Tadiar asked us to do a spread for his magazine, Metro Home. The idea was to ask three designers to set up the same exact table and corner. Carlo invited me, Ito and Miguel Rosales. I tried to say no and stalled as long as I can. Busy was an understatement. But eventually it pushed thru and we had fun while doing it.


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And how the opening spread looks like. Yes, I included a Daphne chair in the background.


I chose to do a tea party setting – something young, playful and feminine. I was thinking of my kids while choosing my items. These photos were taken using my Olympus PEN EP3. I was playing with the art filters.


It all started with this set of stackable square plates. I found them in Dimensione. Loved the Palladian architecture details printed on them.


Then I saw the grass-like place mats. So instead of doing something ultra modern and architectural, I went the playful route.


And I couldn’t not have these. Fell in love with the print and packaging of these precious soaps in Dimensione. I had to have them in the photo. So I set them up like little petit fours on a cheese plate from Alessi (I couldn’t find a cute cake plate).


These bears are actually nylon eco bags. I thought they’d be good party favours. Here they are leaning on my whimsical teapot from home.


And I was running out of ideas and needed some colour so I picked up these playful glasses also from Dimensione. The napkins are actually waffle fabric tea towels from Ito Kish store. I just folded them to make them look like napkins.


Then I thought it needed more softness – so I brought out my Cath Kidston tea set.


And to pull everything together, I placed little bolster pillows on the back of each chair. Luckily Ito had some floral pillows in his store.


Here’s the current Metro Home issue. It’s also available digitally on Zinio. Support, support! It’s a great issue. Lovely country homes.