Celebrity Style Awards



Back in 2010 I received word that I was nominated for Most Stylish Female Host by the Celebrity Style Awards of Star Studio magazine. I was so sure I wouldn’t win that I didn’t mention nor blog about it. In fact I didn’t even go to the actual awards night because I knew I didn’t stand a chance against Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Teresa Herrera and Angel Aquino. Well, I ended up winning tied with Angel.


The page from Star Studio magazine. The 2010 nominees for Celebrity Style Awards’ Most Stylish Female Host. (I was pregnant in this photo, wearing Eairth).


The real award...
They sent the award to my home. Pretty cool!


Style Awards Logo
This year, Star Studio magazine is doing it again for the second time.


A couple of weekends ago, while inactively watching ASAP I chanced upon my photo flashing on screen. I was in doubt. But I knew it was me because of the dress. Turns out I’m nominated again. Wow. This time I know I really don’t stand a chance. Voting was done via social media and text. The other nominees are some of the biggest stars in the country.


Thanks for the nomination. RG @starstudiomag: Design diva @daphneop is up for most stylish female host? #ssmstyleawards #regramapp
Star Studio tweeted this photo from their instagram. That was taken at the Camay event early this year. I’m wearing a K & Company lace dress, an old denim bag a gift by my friend Katherine, and earrings I bought from Kristine Dee. I remember that day. I did my own makeup. I was running late because I had to finish dinner and homework with the kids.


Style Awards Nominee
What an honour to be nominated alongside the country’s top female tv hosts – Toni Gonzaga, KC Concepcion, Anne Curtis and Bianca Gonzales.


I’m posting all these now that all the voting is done. So I’m not soliciting votes… Seriously. There is no chance. Being nominated is good enough. Thank you Star Studio.




Stella by TALA



I love the name, of course.

I’ve been meeting a lot of women who were former-somethings turned entrepreneur. Mavis Manotoc-Fuentebella and Vanessa Mayuga-Santos are among them. Mavis used to be a banker and Vanessa was a luxury PR and marketing professional.

Mavis had been dabbling in design and retail for a while now, known for her relaxed and casual style that’s popular among the trunk show/pop-up shop market. Mavis has since set up TALA Manila and Grubbies in a permanent shop called UPSTAIRS in Three Salcedo Place.

Stella by TALA is the new collection by Vanessa inspired by her 3 year old daughter Stella. Vanessa and Mavis are cousins. One of the signature pieces, “Carmen” is an embroidered dress that can convert to a top when the girls grow a little taller. The dress is named after their grandmother Carmen La’O Manotoc.

Here are photos from their recent launch.


1)  The home of "Stella By TALA".  Located at the ground floor of Three Salcedo Place in Salcedo Village
Three Salcedo Place, Salcedo Village, Makati.


2)  The first collection of Stella by TALA available now at UPSTAIRS
The first collection of Stella by TALA available now at UPSTAIRS


Sophia in the CARMEN dress worn as a top
The Carmen dress worn as a top.


Andi and Sophia in Matching NOAH dresses
Noah dresses


5) Blogger Christine Dychico and her two adorable kids
Blogger Christine Dychiao and her two kids


2) Vanessa Santos and famous online personality Karrots Nazareno
Vanessa and online personality Karrots Nazareno.


10) Mavis and Vanessa with Joanna Jose Gopez of Mizuno and Louis Vuitton Philippines Country Manager Rhea De Vera-Aguirre
Mavis and Vanessa with Joanna Jose Gopez of Mizuno and Louis Vuitton Philippines Country Manager Rhea De Vera-Aguirre


11) Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and her three adorable daughters
Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and her three adorable daughters



Unit 103, Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street Salcedo Village, Makati. Monday-Saturday 10am to 7pm.Tel 632-385-3681


Tory Burch Fall 2013



Tory Burch: Making of a Show on Nowness.com


Here’s an insider’s glimpse of the energy that enveloped the Tory Burch Fall 2013 show in Tabitha Denholm’s ethereal short.

In addition to the designer herself, models Cara Delevingne and Julia Nobis, stylist Tabitha Simmons, hair stylist Eugene Souleiman and makeup artist Diane Kendal are the protagonists captured in the unveiling of the label’s Gustav Klimt-inspired collection at New York’s Pierre Hotel. Jewel-tone colors, romantic prints and rich embellishment added to the luxe extravaganza, soundtracked here by wistful Canadian duo Blue Hawaii.


“I first came across Tabitha’s work on the website Nowness. She had directed great videos for the band Florence + the Machine, there was something about her style that immediately caught my attention. As soon as we met, we hit it off.

I loved her energy, her sense of humor(very English) and the way it was all mixed with a delicate and poetic take on everything. We first worked together a few years ago on a film about our shared love of New York City.

Last February, we collaborated again, she wanted to film the making of our show and witness the intense last days of the preparation. She was essentially a fly-on-the-wall, following us everywhere, showing the effervescence of the team making sure the clothes, the hair, the make up and the music were perfect, all captured in under 12 minutes!

I want to thank her for creating such a beautiful and evocative film. She really captured the atmosphere of the sleepless hours, team effort and creative days. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.” — Tory Burch


Here are some photos from the backstage of Tory Burch Fall 2013. I’m drooling over her accessories.

Tory Burch Fall 2013 Backstage Image 2 Photo credit Jen Livingston
Photo by Jen Livington


Tory Burch Fall 2013 Backstage Image 1 Photo credit Jen Livingston
Photo by Jen Livington


Tory Burch Fall 2013 Accessory Image 1 Photo Credit Jen Livington
Photo by Jen Livington


Tory Burch Fall 2013 Runway Image 3 photo credit Noa Griffel
Photo by Noa Griffel.


Tory Burch Fall 2013 Accessory Image 3 Photo Credit Jen Livington
Photo by Jen Livington


Tory Burch Fall 2013 Accessory Image 2 Photo Credit Jen Livington


See more of Tory Burch’s latest collection here.

Tory Burch Manila is in Level 1, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati. Telephone No 632-501 3690. Monday-Thursday and Sunday 10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm



Lean In



I bought #LeanIn book yesterday after hearing that @sherylsandberg COO of Facebook was supposed to be on the same flight. Very inspiring for women - about success, equality, having it all, the myths & truths. Sheryl, can we be friends? I'm facebook.com/da


I am currently reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Sandberg is the COO of Facebook. I’d been meaning to read it for a while but I only got reminded of it again when that Asiana plane crashed. Sandberg was supposed to be on board that flight but switched last minute.

The book is about women in leadership positions and why there aren’t enough of them. There are more women with college degrees than men; more women with excellent academic record than men. Yet only 4% of women are leaders of Fortune 500 companies in the US. According to Sandberg, the problem isn’t so much inequality in the workplace but more about women themselves. After the feminist revolution and employment equity was somehow (perceived to be) achieved, women still feel like they have to make tough choices – slow down at work, take care of the kids, explore other passions, fall out of the race altogether.

I am one of those women. I made the decision to leave the traditional workforce and do my own thing. Yes it’s because I wanted to focus on raising my children first. And no, it wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a privilege. You all know that story. Now I’m in business.

Sandberg says a lot of women hold themselves back – from seeking higher positions, negotiating for higher pay, exploring new ideas, starting their own companies. And a lot of these fears were caused by the stereotypes given to little girls. When little girls are assertive, they are labelled “bossy”. Sandberg says we have to change all that. Little girls who are called bossy are actually just showing great leadership skills.

The book raises a lot of questions as it tries to re-ignite the feminist revolution. Sandberg started an online Lean In community encouraging women anywhere to form groups and meet once a month. I’m actually thinking I want to form a circle of 8-10 women peers to discuss the book and take the steps — because though I’m not in any corporate organization, as a creative entrepreneur and tv host I do all the negotiating, planning, selling and collaborations by myself. Half the time I am just winging it. I wish I had a mentor.

Last April while in Toronto I met with a Canadian business leader, author, TV personality and venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson of the Dragons’ Den fame. It was a real meeting… in a boardroom. I’ve been dying to share this story and I hope to do so in another post. Arlene asked me a question that stayed with me. She said, “How do you know you’re not under-valuing yourself?” Wow. I always thought I knew my worth. But that question made me double, triple think.

A lot of us women under-value, under-represent, under-express ourselves. According to Sheryl Sandberg, this has to stop.



Going back to our fears – in the boardroom, in that lunch meeting, in school, at the PTA, in your community, at home, in a relationship – what would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Have you read the book? Share your thoughts.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is available at National Book Store, P895.








Loving all these beautiful accessories from Bauble Bar. They have pretty accessories very similar to what the big brands have at a fraction of the cost. They ship only to the US.



01 Ice Mia Deco Drops. Wear this and only this accessory, it says enough. Crystals cut in baguette and brilliant styles. Daisy Buchanan would approve. $32.


02 Gold Block Ring. Loving the Lego suggestion. $24.


03 Ice Cupid Pendant. Sometimes I love wearing non-statement pieces. Here’s one thats so lovely, dainty and meaningful. The arrow is the symbol of my women’s fraternity Pi Beta Phi. $26.


04 Mint Cabochon Antoinette Drops. Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s palette and style. Go with a singular statement when wearing these drop earrings. $26.


05 Pave Links Bracelet. Classic links encrusted with crystals. Great for stacking or wearing alone. Can amp up any outfit day or night. $78.


06 Azure Tassel Pendant. A bit of retro glamour, crafted from gold chains and standout tassel pendants. $28.


07 Primary Aztec Drops. Brightly coloured gems with a subtle Aztec inspiration. $32.