Smart Parenting video



Smart Parenting January 2013


Thank you to all of you who are tweeting me and sending instagram tags about our Smart Parenting cover article. I had fun answering the questions. The magazine presented the interview in a fresh way.

There is a video uploaded on their website of outtakes from the shoot. There’s also a quick interview mostly about how I balance my work and family. I always get asked about that. I wish I had a formula. Truth is I just go day to day. It’s tough. I really am like “command central”, coordinating everyone’s schedules, car pickups and homework. I don’t know how I do it; and how it all falls into place somehow. Things aren’t always perfect but I’m enjoying the ride. And the kids are alright. Haha.

Here’s the interview and posted in original site here.


Our Smart Parenting issue is also available through Zinio or Apple Newsstand edition.



Joyce Makitalo



Town & Country - September 2012 - Cover
I first met Joyce Makitalo last September at the shoot of our Alpha Girls cover for Town & Country. Of course I knew of her way before that. She’d been getting good press for the jewellery she creates — and rightfully so.


In October, Joyce donated this beautiful Arjuma pendant to UNICEF’s Auction for Action.


Then at the October Manila FAME, I saw her beautiful Fantasmagorie piece with a reversible cuff. I ordered it on the spot. Because we both got so busy, I just got it last week.


It is so beautiful. It can also be worn as a pendant.


Joyce Makitalo Anguine
A twitter conversation inspired Joyce to create a new line – less chunky but equally stunning. She calls this the Anguine necklace and/or bracelet. It can be worn in many ways. She says I inspired her to work with freshwater pearls.


Our conversation went something like this. Joyce: I think pearls should only be white, not golden. Me: Oh but golden pearls are stunning! And the golden south sea pearl is endemic to the Philippines. Something like that. Next thing I know, she works not only with golden freshwater pearls but also black and other dyed pearls. The result, another amazing piece!


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Camay Giveaway





I’m giving away 10 Camay gift sets. Follow me on Twitter @DaphneOP and check the hashtag #CamayAttraction.



Our different Christmas



It’s January 11. Where did the holidays go? With all the Christmas trimmings packed away, it’s hard to remember we were all in that zone. It just came and went.

Before we all get fully back into the thick of things, please allow me to share with you our little Christmas. We decided to do it differently this year. No Noche Buena, no big gifts, no tinsel, no Christmas trees. Well, we had all those bells and whistles in Manila. But a few weeks before Christmas Eve, we all decided to spend the actual Christmas in a quiet and secluded beach house — the same one we go to every year in Batangas. I am forever grateful to the owners of the house for being so generous in lending us their home.

It was hard to come to the decision — skipping Noche Buena with my relatives, Santa not visiting the beach house (but he did drop his gifts for the kids in our house), not being home on Christmas Eve, and actually packing up our entire household – a few gifts, menu and all. But I figured it would be such a nice treat to celebrate Christmas in a very silent and basic way, with my precious brother-in-law’s full attention on our three kids. After all, he is really all the family we’ve got here in the Philippines.

So we redefined Christmas our way. And it turned out to be the most wonderful and most memorable Christmas ever.


No filter, no tripod. Just the magic hour when we arrived. (And my Olympus OMD).


Sophia couldn’t help it, she jumped in.


This post has a gazillion photos. Click “More” if you’d like to see our family vacation.


Organizing tips from Howards





How many of us de-cluttered and reorganized last week? I did. But I’m still not done. It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate over the months! I say constant editing and de-cluttering is a must — especially when space is a concern. I’m in the finishing stages of my kitchen. I know… it’s still not done. Ugh already. But the fun part is figuring out my storage solutions and bins.


Perfect timing, Howards Storage World tied up with my blog and asked me to feature their storage solutions.


Here are my 20 picks from Howards for keeping your home organized. *I initially laid them out in clickable thumbnails but edited them this way. Let me know what you prefer (in terms of layout).


01  Keep your shoes in perfect shape. It is best to store them in visible bins.


02  These bamboo-lined shelves may be too pretty to keep in the pantry. They’re chic enough to be used where they’re seen.


03  These stainless steel shelves can be customized to suit your needs. Use them in your office, living room, kitchen, bathroom, office or even the garage.


04  The Elfa® system can be customized for your needs. Consider this system for your walk-in closet. No need for cabinetry. When your clothes and things are organized well, you see them better… you will dress better.

05  Elfa® customized wardrobe may be built into the wall or can stand upright alone.


06  We can’t have enough of these foldable laundry hangers. I also use them for flat drying of sweaters and stretch jersey.


07  Tubtrugs® are awesome. They’re flexible and fun. Plus they’re stackable. Use them for storage of toys and things, laundry baskets, market bags, bathtubs for kids or cooler for party drinks.


08  Don’t neglect your laundry area. Being organized starts from scratch. From laundry to closet to life.


09  When your storage bins are these pretty, you won’t think twice about showing them. These textured baskets can hold magazines, books, toiletries, fruits… anything.
10  No more dead space in the back of your kitchen cabinets. These tiered corner shelves can do so much in terms of saving space. That wire rack on the right is only P199.75. Ask for Howards brand Corner Plate Stacker in chrome.


11  If you see your stuff, you will use it. No more expired kidney beans and tomato sauce in the back of your pantry.


12  These stackable bamboo shelves do double duty. They can stand alone or work their way up as multi-level shelves. They’re foldable so when you don’t need them, just store them flat.


13  The best way to keep your dry goods — in stackable, visible, and accessible bins.


14  Double duty utensil holder. That spoon rest is something I always need and never find. With this gadget, it’s always there and incognito.


15  Before anything else, reorganize your fridge. Get containers and bins. Organize in food groups and categories. Make sure regularly used items are extra accessible.


16  The secret to an organized pantry is seeing your stock. Expandable and tiered racks can do wonders for your shelves.


17  Cereals, pastas and other dry goods can stay fresh longer in vacuum tight containers. This line makes it so easy to open and shut the lids.


18  Under-sink area need not be the most feared space in your house. This adjustable shelf actually makes room for pipes and other obstructions.


19  More stackable shelving for cabinet orgazining.


20  These Fridge Binz! come in different sizes and can keep your food groups in check.


Howards clearance sale
Howards goes on clearance sale Jan 11th onwards on some selected items.



For more tips and deals, follow @Howardsph on Twitter and like Howardsph on Facebook. I’m curious, how are you keeping your 2013 organized? Share some tips…

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