Garden stuff



Inspired by gardens — vertical ones.


The vertical garden on The Bund, Shanghai. 2012.


Detail of The Bund vertical garden. Each plant was wrapped in foam and placed on the grid.


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Sophia and Lily at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. 2013.


At that same garden in Singapore, the tallest vertical garden I have ever seen. It had a sophisticated irrigation system.


Just last February I was at Bali. The parking building at Bali Denpasar airport caught my eye. It reminds me of the San Miguel HQ in Ortigas… and the Park Square building in Glorietta, which has now been replaced.


Ayala Ave tries a wall garden. Nice!
Ayala Avenue as it turns to EDSA also has san impressive set up. I took this a while ago and it seems the wall gardens are still alive. I won’t include the MMDA versions by the tunnels. Because I don’t  understand what they were trying to do.


Dusit Hotel does the vertical garden so well! #makati
I like what Dusit Hotel has done in this little piece of wall.


I found some interesting garden fixtures from some of my site partners and friends. Of course no one really needs to buy expensive wall brackets for vertical gardens. I’ve seen many versions of it, even the basic trellis would do. But it’s good to have options, especially the one by Gronomics because it has built in pipes for easy irrigation. I’m also loving the quirky planters from Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hive.


collage garden


1 Gronomics Vertical Garden from Target

2 Sugar Cone Wall Planter from Anthropologie

3 Plantscape Vertical Garden from Target

4 Boulders Table Planters by Jinggoy Buensuceso at Hive

5 Animal Farm by Kenneth Cobonpue at Hive



Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO



Ines de la Fressange x UNIQLO at SM Mega Mall.


Last Friday, I had the privilege of being one of the first to shop the Ines de la Fressange line at UNIQLO at a small private event in Mega Mall. It was a thrill because I’m a regular UNIQLO shopper and a big fan of Ines de la Fressange. Thank you, UNIQLO for inviting me.

I have to say it is one of the best designer collaborations I’ve seen – all easy-to-wear basics with that Parisian  je ne sais quoi that Ines embodies. Lots of boyish shirts, shrunken blazers, slim trousers, longer shirt dresses with a 1940’s silhouette (lawn dresses). The pieces can be mixed up and thrown together. You don’t really have to think. Again, that “Parisian chic” philosophy. All at crazy UNIQLO price points. Every item had a tiny little red quirk in its detailing – like in a button hole, a hem, drawstrings or a button. Red represents  the  Légion d’Honneur, which was given to Ines in 2008. The palette – very French in navy, red, khaki and white. Needless to say, I went a little nuts on the shopping and needed help carrying my bags to my car. Ha ha. Oops.

One of my friends reacted to my Instagram posts and asked about Ines “de la what?” Ines de la Fressange, to most younger people, is the woman who wrote Parisian Chic – the guidebook to French effortless style. She is the fashion icon behind the rebirth of Roger Vivier. The icon of French style. To me, she is the quintessential Chanel woman, as the face of the brand in the 80’s. Loved her then. Love her even more now.


With Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Philippines.


With Geraldine Sia, GM of Uniqlo Philippines. She’s wearing an Ines de la Fressange x UNIQLO dress.


The one about going way over my Friday night budget.


One of my favourite pieces. The proportions of this “lawn dress” are so off – longish short sleeves, high waist, mid-calf length. It’s the only loudly printed dress in the collection. And I love it because of its vintage feel. Since I already live in shirt dresses, this is perfect addition to my uniform. I wore them today with leather loafers, no jewelry except for a rough-cut diamond ring from India and Tierry Lasry sunglasses which my husband got me for my birthday.










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Ines de la Fressange x UNIQLO is now available in select UNIQLO shops in the Philippines. Only the Mega Mall branch has the whole collection.

Go soon. Limited stocks. Many of my friends asked me about the collection on Friday night after I posted. They did a mad dash to Megamall on Saturday morning and got their Ines fix. They all posted “Blame Daphne” on their instagram. Haha.

Good luck shopping.



Chalkboard labels





I tried to organize my pantry the other day. I had some half-opened dry ingredients that ate up too much space in the shelves. So I brought out some of the mason jars I’ve been saving. (My husband was not a fan of my jar collecting. But when he saw that I actually re-use them, he was fine.)

These glass jars are all recycled. The jar on the left was from a cookie-making gift. The one on the right was just from pasta sauce. I have a few “new” mason jars which I use for my green juices. Those were all gifts. I still can’t justifying buying glass jars because we use so much from our groceries alone.


Chalkboard Sticker Labels from Hallmark. These were part of the gift I received from Hallmark and National Book Store. Lookie.


Each pack comes with 6 chalkboard stickers and one piece of chalk. Only P37.00 per pack.


Sophia was my calligrapher.


The kids are into Milo Dinosaurs (cold milk with powdered chocolate mix).


Tadah! The “Milo” jar is labelled.


Soph made a mistake with the spelling of Bisquick. It wasn’t a problem. We erased it using a wet cloth and the chalkboard sticker was good as new.


And there they are. Practical re-usable sticker labels for our glass jars.


Chalkboard Sticker Labels by Hallmark are available at National Book Store. Each pack has 6 stickers and one stick of chalk. Only P37.00 per pack.










Once in a while I stumble upon awesome beauty products by way of samples, sponsors and events. Cure is one of them. It has been imported to the country by Beauty Box Corp, the same company that brought in Japanese cult cosmetics like the 24-hour tattoo eyebrows and eyeliners by K-Palette and Fairy Drops a few years ago.

Cure is a popular skincare product in Japan. It is essentially a water-based skin exfoliator in the gentlest but very effective way. It’s been in the market for 10 years and has been in the Philippines since 2013.


The distributors sent me a bottle to try at home. I’ve been using it for the past 3 weeks. And I’ve been pleased with the results.


The package comes with clear instructions in English. It is important to use it on already cleansed but towel dried skin. I’ve used it on my elbows and knees as well. Just gently rub the product back and forth and you’ll see dead skin rolling away.


I have my own beauty routine which includes a facial and Power Peel at Belo once every 3-4 weeks. It’s not good to overdo exfoliation as you’ll be exposing your skin to potential damage. In between my facials, I gently exfoliate my skin once a week. Otherwise I feel the accumulation of dead skin layers.

The instructions of Cure recommends that it be used up to twice a week. The bottle will last up to four months if done so. If you are a heavy user of serums and moisturizers you should try exfoliating your skin once or twice a week. You’ll get better results as the lotions and serums will be better absorbed by the skin.


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I’ve never tried chemical peels – not a fan. I also do not use scrubs on my face. I was very cautious about using Cure because I have sensitive skin. So far I’m pleasantly surprised to see how gentle it works. Apparently it only takes out the top 0.01mm dead skin.

Since Cure has been out in the market it has won several beauty awards from publications like @Cosme and other beauty magazines. It’s been featured in Vogue Japan, Cleo, Her World and Cosmopolitan, to name a few.


CLEO Aug 09_Cure product feature


Her World Aug 09_Cure product feature


CURE Natural Aqua Gel is available in the Philippines exclusively through the Beauty Bar stores. Cure retails at Php 1500.00 for a 250 gram bottle.

Like Cure in Facebook at CurePhil
Follow them in Twitter @CurePhil


Tory Burch fragrance and cosmetics





Finally, the wait is over. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum and beauty capsule collection are available in Manila. Last week I attended the launch at the newly redesigned Tory Burch Greenbelt store.

The capsule collection includes carefully selected essentials that will flatter a range of skin tones – a lipstick, a lip and cheek tint, a bronzer and blush palette and a retractable face brush. Each product comes enveloped in gorgeous distinctive packaging – graphic gold and orange fretwork which look like pretty accessories in itself.


ToryB collage


The Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush in Divine features three skin brightening, luminous shades – in pink, gold and ivory – pressed into one palette. The palette is delicately scented with notes of mandarin, tuberose and vetiver. The Tory Burch Lip Colour in Pas du Tout delivers a sheer veil of colour in Tory’s signature shade of pinky nude — creamy in texture, with a faint shimmer and universally flattering pale neutral pink shade. The lipstick is scented with subtle notes from the fragrance including cassis, grapefruit and mandarin.


“Fragrance is part of my personal history — my parents each had their favourite scents that are so tied to my memories. When we decided to create a fragrance, we spent a lot of time thinking about what it should be — a balance of femininity and tomboy, citrus and floral, grounded and graceful.” –Tory Burch.


“It’s similar to the clothes and accessories we design — sophisticated but down to earth, combining disparate ideas you don’t usually see together. The fragrance is the same way. There’s a brightness to the scent when you first smell it, and then you realize that it’s more complex.” — Tory Burch.


The outer packaging is in the brand’s signature colour, a vibrant orange, while the fragrance is pale pink. The glass bottle is clean with beveled edges and cosmetics feature a metal detail in gold fretwork.


There is a special limited edition solid fragrance that comes in a sliding locket featuring Tory’s signature fretwork. This is available only in the Tory Burch Greenbelt 5 shop and not in the Rustan’s beauty counters.


The Tory Burch Eau de Parfum mixes florals, citrus and woods. The feminine floral notes include peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac and sweet alyssum. The crisp citrus and fruit notes include grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, cassis and neroli. The depth and complexity come from warm cedar and sensual sandalwood. Vetiver remains the signature note in the scent.


With Theya Quing of Estee Lauder Philippines. It was an intimate afternoon affair, so I wore the new silk dress I bought in Bali from a store called Magali Pascal.


I really love the way the store looks now. Sometimes I go into this room and pretend it’s my closet. Haha.


I just love the colour palette of this entire store – orange, gold, green and silver blue. Word has it that every single feature had to be imported from the same suppliers that do Tory Burch boutiques around the world. My favourite, the huge double doors. Now I forgot to take a picture of that. But next time you’re in GB5 take a look at those doors. Yum!


Tory Burch Fragrance and Cosmetics

Eau de Parfum 50ml P4,700 and 100ml P6,150
Lip Colour in Pas du Tout, P1550
Lip & Ceek Tint in Cat’s Meow P2,200
Bronzer & Blush in Divine P2,400
Face Brush P3,100
Body Cream 190ml P4,465
Bath & shower Gel 250ml P2,775
Candle P3,300

Now available at Tory Burch Greenbelt 5 and Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La.