My Anthropologie Picks



I always get excited when the new Anthropologie catalog comes out. I love that this one has a strong Catalan vibe. I just FaceTimed with my mom and dad. They are currently in this part of the world, eating a lot of jamon and drinking porto.

Here are my picks. The prices seem very reasonable this season. And I didn’t even get to choose from the accessories because they were all too beautiful. Look here.


Caridad Ruffled dress
Caridad Ruffled Dress $198.


Sheer Scrollwork Pullover $198
Sheer Scrollwork Pullover $198.


Elsa Sailor wide leg Pants
Elsa Sailor wide leg pants $138.


Zarita Gilt Maxi Skirt
Zarita Gilt Maxi Skirt $298


Dining ware



Good Stuff. For Parties.



Here’s a new idea from Booths Republic, my go-to group for all things party-favours related.


Personalized magnetic wipe boards. They can do on-the-spot printing for guests. Or they can print them as giveaways with the celebrant’s name/logo.


They come with magnet strips. Perfect for all the gazillion notes I like to leave for the kids and Yayas. INSTAPRINT Magnetic Personalized Wipe Boards now at introductory price of P95 until Oct 31, 2012. You may order through 09178003323/ 09228980314/


Just last July, I used Booth Republic’s 3D Me personalized stuff toy pens at Stella and Lily’s joint birthday party.


It was a big hit!


Each kid got a Photo Balloon
They are the same group that brought Photo Balloon into the market a few years ago.


Each kid (and adult) got personalized waterproof stickers
I also love having iStickers. They personalize onsite. These waterproof stickers are so practical. Any parent of school-age kids can attest to that.


Info on how to order are in all the links.



Breast Cancer Awareness



ELC 2012 BCA Campaign (PR Visual)


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Estée Lauder Companies’ global Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. The 2012 Campaign theme is Courage. Believe in a world without breast cancer. It also celebrates the life and legacy of BCA Campaign Founder and Pink Ribbon co-creator, Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder.

The BCA Campaign is active today in more than 70 countries, has raised more than $35 million to fund 140 Breast Cancer Research Foundation® grants for medical research and this year alone supports 13 research grants across the globe. The BCA Campaign will continue spreading its lifesaving awareness message globally in the hope of a world in which breast cancer no longer exists.


Fabrizio Freda, Elizabeth Hurley, Evelyn H. Lauder and William P. Lauder at the Guinness World Records in 2010 for winning the “Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours” BCA Campaign.


In addition to selling special pink products to raise funds for medical research, the BCA Campaign has taken new forms. Since 2010 Estee Lauder and its partners has illuminated numerous buildings, monuments and landmarks all over the world in glowing pink lights, focusing attention on the importance of breast health and that early detection saves lives.


This was the Ayala Museum and Greenbelt 4 all lit up in pink last Monday night.


Estee Lauder’s Business Development Manager Mel Lerma spoke about Estee Lauder’s continued commitment to promote breast cancer awareness by education and medical research. The message is – early detection can save lives. (Get an annual mammogram if you are over 40. If you have family history, start having a mammo at 35. Monthly breast self-exam is a must.)


Rovilson Fernandez talked about his mom’s own journey with breast cancer. It took four different doctors and tests before she found out she had cancer. The first three doctors – with mammograms and ultrasounds – all gave her a clean bill of health. The fourth doctor found the spot near her aereola. She had a masectomy and she’s well now. Rovilson’s message is for women to know their bodies and trust their instincts. Go for a second, third, fourth opinion if you feel something “strange” in your breast.


The event was attended by media, retail partners and supporters of the BCACampaign.


After dinner, we went outside to bask in the pink glow of the building.


I was invited to join the official toast alongside SSI’s Anton Huang, Estee Lauder’s Mel Lerma and model/TV host Rovilson Fernandez. I am not officially associated with the cause nor the brand, but I’ve been a supporter of women’s health and breast cancer awareness as an individual. I strongly believe that early detection can save many lives.


I’ve known too many women afflicted with this disease. This year alone, three friends got diagnosed. I’ve seen women cry alone at my doctor’s clinic upon receiving bad news. But I also believe that this can be beat.

Please take the time to do a self-breast exam every month five days after your period. If you’re over 30, have a clinical exam as well. Then when over 40, include an annual mammogram on top of all those methods. I know we are all too busy, but a few minutes a month can save your life.

And please help spread the word.



Click on the logo below and share your own milestones and stories…

ELC 2012 BCA Campaign Logo (with Tagline)





This is Part 2 of my Pantene Nature Care video collaboration.

I invited my good friend Katherine Cheng to join me and Isabel Gatuslao during the shoot. Katherine and I have more than K&Company in common – she being its owner and designer and I being their image model (I’ve been with them for so long, the term was still “image model” then. Haha.) We also both worked with Isabel Gatuslao – she for packaging and I for branding and graphic design. Plus we both go religiously to Alex Carbonell of Studio Fix for our hair needs. I have ran into her at the salon coincidentally many times.

For these shoots, all three of us wore K&Company clothing. I don’t think I have to explain or describe K&Company. You all know by now. But if you want to see what’s in my closet, check out their Facebook page here.


Meet the lovely Katherine.


Isabel took all these photos. I wan’t able to take behind the scenes shots as I was wearing too many hats that day. I love shoe shots. My black pumps were on sale in Massimo Dutti last season. Katherine’s were from Zara.


Here’s Alex tossing my hair. He’s such a great creative partner. Every visit to him is like a free therapy session. He analyzes my hair and walks me through every step of what we’re trying to do. Because I don’t have him daily, I rely on Pantene Nature Care at home to get my hair to either bounce or sway.


Katherine and her awesome mannequin while being interviewed.


Pantene Nature Care Fullness and Life Shampoo gently cleanses hair while delivering conditioning benefits to each strand. In addition to the Cassia Complex, it contains avocado oil, grapeseed extract and bamboo help moisturize and revitalize hair. The shampoo works in harmony with the Pantene Nature Care Conditioner which helps to keep hair manageable, prevent frizz and maintain hair fullness. The Nature Care Conditioner comes with a new dual-surfactant technology, which creates a unique ‘airfilm’ that separates the hair strands for effective and even deposition of conditioning ingredients.



Check out Isabel‘s and my video project.



Pantene Bounce and Sway x DAPHNE®



I’ve been meaning to share this exciting bit of news for some time. I’ve got the most awesome collaboration with Pantene Nature Care. A few months ago, they tapped me as a creative partner and digital ambassador.

Here is the first video series I came up with – featuring creative women I look up to and luckily, I work with. We talk about our work, design process and our fashion and haircare choices.

It was like a collision of three worlds all with distinct visions and products, but with similar style ethics. The series features Katherine Cheng of K&Company and Isabel Gatuslao, my graphic designer. Coincidentally, Katherine also got Isabel to redesign her packaging and bags.

The videos were shot and edited by the team of Marty Ilagan. Here is the first part, me.



Well, my hair has a mind of its own. And I like that I can make it go bouncy or make it sway. But it really helps that Pantene Nature Care has two sets of hair care that can suit whatever look I’m going for. I want it either full but not frizzy or shiny but not too limp.

Let me know what you think of the videos. They kind of remind me of my F days. Haha.

The next videos feature Katherine and Isabel.