Oscar de la Renta Gift Guide



Just spent the morning drooling over Oscar de la Renta’s gift guide. I’ve been a really good girl this year. I think I deserve some of these. Ha ha.


Oscar de la Renta
Shop the Holiday Gift Guide at Oscar de la Renta


odr earrings
Mosaico Bow Pave Earrings


iphone case
Stingray iPhone case


odr belt
Flower Buckle Belt


Embroidered Goa Minaudiere
Embroidered Goa Minaudière


Click here to see Oscar de la Renta’s Gift Guide. Wish, wish, wish.



Isabel Gatuslao Paper



I’ve been waiting for the “go ahead” from Isabel to allow me to blog about her Paper. She had consulted me about this “crazy” idea of creating her own line of stationery. I told her it wasn’t crazy and it would totally work. So I cheered her on. She sent me her first gen samples. And somewhere along the way, National Book Store came into the picture. And then I had to wait until everything was sure. National Book Store met Isabel through my site. They hired her to design their 70th anniversary logo. I love these beautiful connections that happen.

I’ve actually spent an afternoon with Isabel at the printer’s office – choosing paper, checking out textures, looking for an embosser – while working on my own personal and business stationery which she designed. We went on and on about texture and weight of paper. While I’d been lackadaisical about proceeding with the print of my stationery, Isabel had already printed, packaged and sold her idea to the biggest bookstore chain in the country.

You should read about Isabel’s own story of how she came about doing each note emblem and pattern here. When I read it, I felt a little tug. I really am so happy for the success and attention Isabel is getting now. Humbled that she always refers back to me as her gateway and mentor. I remember this line I wrote in my blog entry, “2011 year end report” — “Because of this blog I re-learned that when you do things you truly love and the passion, hard work and drive are there, good things really happen.”

Good things are happening.


Isabel’s first line is inspired by all things England. Hence the collection name, Anglophilia. But don’t expect literal reference to the Union Jack here. Instead you’ll find simplistic icons and emblems of a pipe, a dog and military paraphernalia.


This is Pipe, inspired by Sherlock Holmes. The vertical fret pattern represents smoke coming out of the pipe.


Chevron for obvious reasons. And the emblem is an eagle associated with the military theme.


I have a soft spot for winged emblems as a daughter of a winged one. And I like how not literally military Chevron is. Photo by Terry Uy.


Agador notes are lined with a houndstooth pattern on the back side because as Isabel says, Agador is a hound (dog).


This is Agador. Named so because of Raab’s whippet named Agador Spartacus. Raab of the terrarium now-fame.



Isabel Gatuslao Paper
Price  P475
Contains 10 flat notecards in mighty thick paper with 10 black envelopes and clear sticker seals.
Available in National Book Store Rockwell, Greenbelt, Glorietta 1, Alabang, Shangri-La and Quezon Avenue. PowerBooks Greenbelt, Alabang & Shangri-La.








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Alicia Sy’s Eat Out Now



Around this time last year, I got a call from Alicia Sy inviting me to brunch. I’d met Alicia a few years ago through my good friend Katherine. Most of our interactions had been about mommy stuff and occasional dinner celebrations. I had always noticed her attention to detail and fine taste. Really fine taste. At brunch, she told me of her decision to get into writing and the publishing industry full time. That was less than 12 months ago.

Now she is Town & Country Philippines’ Lifestyle Editor and a regular contributor at Elle Decoration Philippines, Yummy and Women’s Health. She just launched  her own blog at Spot.ph and she just released her first restaurant guide book – Eat Out Now. Whoa! All that! And I’m glad we were able to find time to have brunch with Katherine yesterday before picking up our daughters from school.


Here’s Alicia preparing salad for our dinner, with friends Sasa and Katherine. Contrary to her column and book, we were actually Eating In.


Alicia’s kitchen is the happiest place on earth. I want her to adopt me.


Like I said, attention to detail. This salad – everything was perfect.


Eat Out Now! 115 Manila Restaurants We Love


The guide book contains essays from other food experts – JJ Yulo, Joel Binamara, Erwan Heussaf, Cyrene de la Rosa, Sanjeeb Gopaldas and Noel Ermitano.


Eat Out Now! is a great guide to the best places to dine in Manila. It is organized well – categories, price points, location – and includes hole-in-the-wall eateries as well as chichi fancy restaurants.


Eat Out Now! 115 Manila Restaurants We Love, available at newsstands and bookstores for P250 through Summit Media.



Bench billboard



This week has been full of surprises! It’s insane. I didn’t know that Bench would put up a billboard for me until Monday night. I was stuck in traffic on EDSA and Isabel texted me congratulating me on my billboard. “What billboard?” was my reply. Turns out there’s this huge one on EDSA southbound just after the Guadalupe bridge before turning into Rockwell. I haven’t seen it in person myself. But thanks to some friends and followers, I got these shots.


Photo from @joeyhowey’s Instagram


Wow! So there's this big @benchtm billboard on EDSA near Rockwell featuring the DAPHNE homescents. Thanks to my friend Richard Arboleda for this shot!
This one is from my friend @richardarboleda. Credit goes to my other friend @joelcruise for sending me the first shot.


Big thrill for me! My folks are even more thrilled. Just to put things in perspective, here are the other artists with collaborations and endorsements for Bench. Adam Levine? Coco Martin? Whee whee whee. I am so grateful to Ben Chan for even thinking of me for his first home scent line. Incredible. Never in my wildest dreams. Thank you.


A few weeks ago, I got the official word that my registered trademark has been approved. So these signs should now read DAPHNE® HOME SCENTS.  But I will never tire of this photo from the launch of my home scents with Bench.


I don’t want to hard-sell, but I will. Haha. They seriously make the best Christmas presents. Just P348 per bottle.


Currently we have three scents:  Acres of Lavender (relaxing), Homemade Lemon Tart (yummy and invigorating), and Mint Jasmine Infusion (refreshing).


For a complete list of Bench and Dimensione locations that carry my scents (locally and internationally), click here.