Breast cancer awareness

 

 

October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s that time of the year when we remind each other to schedule the annual mammograms (if over 40) and monthly breast self-exams.

Estee Lauder has led the campaign for breast cancer awareness for over 21 years. The 2013 theme is “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.”  The video below shows the global campaign championed by the late Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder.

 


This year’s It is great to see it getting bigger and reaching more women. This year in the Philippines, Estee Lauder partners with The Peninsula Manila

 

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We’re stronger together. Check out the campaign’s website here. Make your own circle of strength and tag all your female friends. Please send them all a reminder to have their annual mammogram.

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 Elizabeth Hurley and William P. Lauder

 

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France Human Pink Ribbon Photo by Dominique Faliez

 

William P. Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder and Fabrizio Freda at 2011 Bradenburg Gate
William P. Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder and Fabrizio Freda at 2011 Bradenburg Gate

 

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In the Philippines, Estee Lauder and Rustan’s partners with The Peninsula Manila not only in illuminating this landmark in pink, but in supporting the drive to build a breast cancer ward at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City through the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care.

 

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The Peninsula Manila General Manager Sonja Vodusek, Estee Lauder Country Manager Mel Lerma, Don Jaime Zobel, Dona Bea Zobel and Evelyn Forbes

 

Here are highlights from the “Peninsula in Pink” fundraising — an auction and cocktail party at The Conservatory. For the entire month, other brands under Estee Lauder in Rustan’s department stores will be distributing pink ribbons and educational brochures.

 

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Cheska Garcia-Kramer

 

Estee Lauder's Erika Reyes and Vanessa Matsunaga
Estee Lauder’s Erika Reyes and Vanessa Matsunaga

 

Myrza Sison and Tara Santos
Summit Publishing’s Myrza Sison and Tara Santos

 

Cecile Casas and Patty Betita
Cecille Casas and Patty Betita

 

Kaye Tinga and Andy Vasquez-Prada
W17’s Kaye Tinga and Andy Vasquez-Prada

 

Sevrine Miahle, Anna Sobrepena, Patsy Zobel
Sevrine Miahle, Anna Sobrepena, Patsy Zobel

 

Mel Lerma, Zenaida Tantoco, Sonja Voduskek leading the Illimination
Mel Lerma, Zenaida Tantoco, Sonja Voduskek leading the Illimination

 

Vanessa Mayuga Santos, Sigrid Villamil, Tim Yap, Chris Daez
Vanessa Mayuga Santos, Sigrid Villamil, Tim Yap, Chris Daez

 

Preview EIC Pauline Juan, Mel Lerma, Preview Beauty Director Agoo Bengzon
Preview EIC Pauline Juan, Mel Lerma, Preview Beauty Director Agoo Bengzon

 

Macy Yap, Leslie Yap, Gay Chen, Derek Wong, Cindy Tiu Wong, Myra Sy, Farah Sy
Macy Yap, Leslie Yap, Gay Chen, Derek Wong, Cindy Tiu Wong, Myra Sy, Farah Sy

 

Metro Magazine's Katrina Angco and Geolette Esguerra
Metro Magazine’s Katrina Angco and Geolette Esguerra

 

 

Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness with the hashtag #bcastrength. For more information, check out www.bca.com

 

 

Elle Decoration turns 1

 

 

Happy 1st anniversary to one of my favourite design magazines in the country – Elle Decoration Philippines.

 

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The current, first anniversary issue.

 

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Thank you Becky Kho and Chiara McDermott for putting our UNICEF Auction for Action in this issue. In this page are Elmer Borlongan’s Hari Sonik and Stanley Ruiz’ Wheelbarrow.

 

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Auction goes live from October 21 to 27 at ebay.ph/unicef

 

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So giddy to have a one page ad in this anniversary issue. I feel part of the journey of this prestigious magazine having hosted two of their major events including their launch.

 

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A look back at the launch party at the Metropolitan Museum.

 

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With this beautiful installation.

 

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And last season’s Elle Decor Cafe at Manila FAME – with EIC Becky Kho and Summit Media Publisher Aurora Mangubat-Suarez.

 

 

Kristine Dee and Paul Syjuco

 

 

Jewellery designers Kristine Dee and Paul Syjuco join forces again to host another beautiful trunk show on October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club. This season the two designers look towards the New Romantics for inspiration.

Kristine was greatly inspired by the Baroque, Rococo and Gothic styles of architecture on a recent trip to Europe. While Paul works on the essence of timelessness and created pieces meant to be passed on. “Aesthetically, I focused on Victorian and Edwardian classical elements and applied these techniques to create more contemporary pieces,” he explains.

 

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Kristine Dee bangles with spinels and sapphires

 

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Kristine Dee earrings chrome tourmaline, blue shappires and diamonds

 

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Kristine Dee earrings mint tourmaline diamonds and spinels

 

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Kristine Dee pearl necklace with pink and blue sapphires

 

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Paul Syjuco earrings fleur de lis pave with rose cut diamonds and baroque south sea pearls

 

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Paul Syjuco ring of octagonal white topaz and pave of rubies in black and yellow gold

 

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Both artists have generously been donating to UNICEF’s Auction for Action every year. You may see their donated auction pieces at Yuchengco Museum lobby now til the auction goes live on ebay.ph/unicef on October 21-27. Or view Auction for Action’s full catalog here.

Kristine’s and Paul’s new collection, New Romantics, will be launched via trunk show on October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club. The pieces may be viewed at Aum Jewels TriNoma and Firma Greenbelt 3 afterwards.

 

 

Fellow book lover

 

 

This blog has brought me so many blessings and surprises. I’m not just referring to the business opportunities but the ones that cannot be quantified — the personal connections and friendships I’ve made in this little community of ours.

When I first started sharing bits and pieces of my life in 2005 in Flickr, I met very kind people who shared the same interests and hobbies as I did. We shared so much of ourselves then – plans, dreams, shopping wish lists, pregnancy announcements and losses. I’m still good friends with them now. Hard to believe it started before the time of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

These days I find myself wondering what to do with the blog. It’s not like I’ve run out of stories or content. It’s just that with Twitter and Instagram, people get and share stories faster. Yet here I am still taking hours to write and edit one post.

Last week I made the most amazing connection with a longtime reader. She knew that Lily was looking for Ivy & Bean’s last volumes. She happened to be traveling overseas and found the books. Here’s our correspondence  —

 

Hi Daphne.

I’ve read and enjoyed your blog entries for quite a while now. I love how you and your husband are raising your girls to enjoy reading. In one recent blog entry, you mentioned that you were still looking for the Ivy & Bean Book # 9. If you don’t mind, I’d like to help you out with this.

I’d like to give you a copy of this particular book for your daughter Lily, from one book-lover to another! Thank you for sharing your blog.

Best, Mrs D.

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Dear Daphne,

The Ivy and Bean Book 9 is my gift for you, an indirect way of saying thank you for sharing your blog. Book 10 apparently was just released, so I can only imagine your daughter’s excitement at the thought of two new books from her favorite series! It takes me back to my “Nancy Drew” phase. I was such a “suki” at our school library. I’d finish a book practically every few days.

I appreciate your offer to pay for the books, but I really am happy just to buy them for your daughter. Books and reading have been and continue to be a big part of my family’s life. My kids are now grown up, but like my husband and I, they will always enjoy a good read.

I’d like to ask you a favor, though. Instead of paying me for Book 10, could you just donate the money to Unicef for me? I would like that very much.

Best, Mrs D.

 

My reply went like this –

Thank you so much. We are actually about to launch a Unicef Trick or Treat fundraising box this Saturday. It’s the only time my kids get involved with UNICEF – most of the time my advocacy involves Mindanao, emergencies and conflict. So with the UNICEF TOT, it’s fun and simple and they learn how to help by fundraising.

I will work with Lily on how she can raise funds (from me, haha). I want her to learn the value of work and money. Whatever she makes (from me) will go to her TOT box. She will know that this was the money we would have used to pay you for Book 10.

This way, she learns and values the gift you gave her, her fundraising experience, her/your joint donation to UNICEF.

 

Lily got her books last Friday after school. By Saturday morning, she woke up saying she was finished with Book 9 and had started Book 10. It took her one full day to finish both books.

 

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Thank you Mrs Diaz. Not only did you make Lily (and Sophia) happy, you also lit up a spark in me.

 

 

The One Desire

 

 

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You can only imagine what a scent called “The One Desire” smells like. This is Dolce & Gabbana’s new fragrance. Its all about seduction – potent, captivating, addictive. As a fan of rich, complicated scents, I appreciate this bottle. It was sent to me by Rustan Marketing Corporation.

The new fragrance opens with captivating fresh notes of mandarin, lychee and bergamot playing softly against the sweet innocence of lily of the valley. At the core of an intense heart is a trio of ultra feminine florals. The elegance of Madonna lily and the heady opulence of Indian tuberose are blended with velvety jasmine and addictively sweet plum nectar. Adding an indulgent richness to the base is a gourmand note of vanilla infused caramel, melded with warming sandalwood and a touch of mysterious musk and Cistus Labdanum.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire is available in 30 ml (PhP 3,950), 50 ml (PhP 5,550), and 75 ml (PhP 6,850) bottles. Available in leading department stores nationwide.