Rachelle Wenger Interiors at Au Courant

 

 

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“Marble, the first material I am introducing for my home line is a natural material which takes thousands of years to form.  Romblon’s marble is considered one of the strongest if not the strongest in the world.” — Rachelle Wenger

 

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These marble products are specially handcrafted by local artisans from Romblon.  Its beauty lies on its unique grains and lines and no two items are exactly identical. With every acquisition of this product, you help the livelihood in Romblon province and fund scholars.

 

You can find Rachelle Wenger Interiors and other fabulous home and fashion sources at Cura V’s trunk show on May 10th and 11th at Rockwell Centre’s Kirov Model Unit beside the tent.

 

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Childhood dreams

 

 

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With the Kidzanians

 

I hosted an event for Kidzania yesterday. Kidzania doesnt open in Bonifacio High Street until February 2015 but as early as now they launched their Educator’s Pod. Since Kidzania is positioned as ‘edutainment’ or educational entertainment, they met with different schools and teachers. Kidzania is designed as a real-looking city  with the ultimate role-playing opportunities for kids from four to fourteen years old. Even I got to play dress up at the event.

 

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With the Kidzania management team and Rightzkeepers mascots

 

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So here I am as a vintage flight attendant. The outfit evolved from my hat. I searched all over for a pillbox hat but fell in love with this fascinator from Evita Peroni. Then I found this suit at The Black Shop. I used to have a gazillion suits when I was a newscaster and weather girl for ABSCBN. My scarf is Yves Saint Laurent. (I have all these gorgeous silk scarves that I never get to wear. Because, well, in real life who wears elegant scarves?). Black pumps are from Massimo Dutti from three years ago. Oh and my smallest Jewelmer pearl studs.

 

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I had my makeup team groom me at home. So yes, I travelled mid-afternoon with high and hard hair. My makeup was done by Ria Aquino; hair by Eddie Mar. That Evita Peroni fascinator is love.  I want to wear it again!

 

My peg. Mom as a PAL #flightattendant in the early 1960's. Back then their uniforms were Italian tailoring. #vintageflightattendant #vintage #cabincrewstyle
Here is my peg. My own mother. She was a stewardess in the sixties, back when Philippine Airlines was the top airline in this region. It was the “golden age of travel” for Filipinos. That photo was taken in Sydney, Australia before she retired from flying to marry my Dad. I grew up fascinated by these photos of my mother in her glamorous uniforms. Her hair was always perfectly coiffed.

 

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By the time we were born, Mom wasn’t flying anymore. Back they didn’t allow married women to be FAs. But aviation remained our world. My dad was a pilot and we lived in an air base. I have always loved vintage stewardess style. Come to think of it, maybe this era influenced me in my grown up style. Women were way more elegant in the 60’s.

 

More vintage PAL from my mom's flying days when PAL was Asia's best. She's second from left. Lol at the subhead of this article. #vintage #vintageflightattendant #aviation #aviationstyle #philippineairlines
Cover of Free Press. It was a dream job back then. My mom is second from left. She is still good friends with her FA friends. And even in their 70’s they are all still so beautiful.

 

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From Free Press. Mom is on the left.

 

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PAL flight attendants in 1963.

 

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When they weren’t flying this is what they wore. Where did all the elegance and glamour go? Can’t we all look this polished again?

 

More vintage flight attendant fashion inspiration here…

 

What was your dream job when you were a kid?

 

 

Disconnected

 

 

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Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

 

Sorry for the absence. My computer crashed. I lost my internal hard drive and everything in it. I was good with backing up. But something went stuck with my Time Machine that my last successful back up was on May 2013. So everything else after that has been lost. I’ve been disconnected for over 10 days.

I have a new hard drive in my computer now. Just like Easter signifies new life for Christians, so does this new hard drive for my computer and my blog. I don’t mean to sound pretentious with these analogies. The crash happened before Holy Week. I’ve also been going through a personal journey since the new year that has made this Easter a lot more meaningful.

I will try to retrieve some of the photos that I think I’ve lost. I have backed up some of them online and in external drives. For some reason though, I am ok with a completely empty computer. Perhaps I’ll just start over. Meanwhile I’m trying hard to get back on the groove of normal life, whatever that means.

Something tells me though that maybe one is just supposed to go on and not restore what’s been lost. Is that possible?

How do you deal with being so disconnected from everything – hard drive, work, this blog, life? Anyone?

 

P.S. The photo has nothing to do with this entry. It’s an out take from an old shoot for my furniture line.

 

 

Got gooped

 

 

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My Flash Roasted Chicken, using free-range organic chicken

 

If you’ve been following me on Instagram @DaphneOP, you may notice that I’m trying to cook real food in my kitchen. I’ve been getting a lot of requests for recipes, but I’ve never had the guts to actually share my creations. Reason being, I am totally new at this. I’ve never been the domestic type, believe it or not. All my adult life I’ve either depended on other people to cook for me or ate out a lot. But since I built my dream kitchen last year, I promised myself and Patrick that I will learn to love cooking, not just for my family but also for my own pleasure. Happy to announce that I am finally at that point.

Before I go on and share my cooking adventures and misadventures, I must state the reasons why I am so inspired to cook.

1. I love my kitchen space. I designed it to have every thing I love in it. Including a beautiful sink, stunning hardwood floors, great lighting, a Samsung digital inverter air conditioner (yes, I am spoiled and I deserve it, haha). The video of my kitchen renovation is at the bottom of this post.

2. My Samsung digital inverter refrigerator. Disclaimer, I am Samsung Home Appliances’ brand ambassador. But really, in all honesty and transparency, my refrigerator rocks!! It’s huge, yes. But wow, my produce stays fresh a week longer than normal. I can organize my freezer so well. The kids have access to a freezer that’s all for them only, hence they serve themselves to ice cream in the afternoons. There’s enough space for our bottles of wine and cold cuts. Basically it has allowed me to plan meals in advance. I really, really love it.

3. I’ve discovered the pleasure of cooking for my family. The kids and Patrick react with “yummmm”, “so good”, “you’re the best Mommy ever!” And that just makes my heart overflow.

4. My kitchen isn’t enclosed and isolated from the rest of the house. Cooking becomes a social activity. The kids hang out at counter while I cook.

5. And most importantly, I value eating and feeding my family organic vegetables, free-range chicken and healthy chuchus like that. We are not vegetarians. But I love that I can control every ingredient that goes into our food. I am on this long path of trying to feed my family healthy choices. So I hope you allow me to share this journey with you. And please feel free to give me pointers, tips, and links.

 

Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a story on Goop about how to cook a whole chicken and end up with three meals. Here is the link — One bird, three meals. I used the first recipe, which was a simple roast. I followed everything except I didn’t have sweet potatoes so I substituted it with whatever I could find in my fridge — zucchini, carrots, red peppers, green peppers.

 

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I may have left the veggies in the oven a bit too long, but it wasn’t really burnt.

 

Here is my tweaked recipe of Goop’s Flash Roasted Chicken

1 whole chicken cut up into parts (see Goop’s instructions on how to cut a whole chicken)
2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence (I didn’t have these herbs so I used a Greek herb rub I bought in Toronto. You can use anything aromatic.)
4 sprigs of fresh thyme (My thyme plant just died on me, so I used fresh tarragon instead.)
juice of 2 lemons
3 large organic carrots
1 red onion, diced (also organic)
other veggies (zucchini, red and green peppers)
4 garlic cloves (local from a Philippine farm)
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

1.  Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the vegetables in a large roasting pan and season with salt and pepper. Season the chicken parts with salt, pepper, and herbs and nestle them into the roasting pan with the carrots. Add the lemon juice and about three tablespoons of olive oil. Mix the oil to coat the carrots and rub the oil into the chicken legs with your hands. Arrange the tarragon evenly around the veggies and chicken.

2.  Place in the oven and roast uncovered for about 30 to 35 minutes. The skin should be crispy and golden brown and the juices from the leg should run clear. This is new to me — transfer chicken parts from the pan to a serving platter and cover with tin foil. Gently toss the carrots, red onions and other vegetables back in the oven to roast for about 10 minutes more, or until browned and cooked through, while the meat rests.

 

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Here is what the chicken looked like. It was very good. I didn’t use just the legs as Goop suggested because I had to feed my whole family. So I used the entire chicken and left the carcass for the second meal which was chicken stock.

 

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So there it is, our roasted organic chicken with veggies.

 

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And here is the chicken stock I made while the parts were in the oven roasting. I saved this stock for chicken noodle soup that I plan to make tomorrow. GOOP used it for chicken rice pilaf. Recipe is on the same Goop link above.

 

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And this is a highlight for my Instagram account. GOOP “favourited” and commented on my photo! Whee!

 

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While waiting for the chicken in the oven, I had time to go for a 30 minute bike ride with Patrick. It was too perfect. Haha. Then when I got back, I juiced some of my green vegetables. I’ve been juicing since February.

 

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I throw in greens like spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, malunggay or lettuce then add carrots, apples or oranges. I can make about 3-4 glasses of pure juice. I keep them in an airtight lid in the fridge. This is how I’ve been starting my mornings. I take green juice first thing in the morning, wait 15-20 minutes and then I have regular breakfasts. I do not crave for that jolt of caffeine anymore. Green juice totally wakes me up. I only take coffee now for the pleasure and taste, not as a caffeine habit. There a lot of benefits to green juicing. Is this a topic you’d like me to write about? I don’t want to bore you… haha.

Almost forgot to mention… the fibres from the vegetables all went to our new compost “bin” (aka a clay pot with soil.) OMG, who am I?

 

Just in case you missed my video about my kitchen last year, here it is.

 

 

Summer beauty

 

 

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I’ve been lucky enough to receive a number of samples from different cosmetic companies. It’s taken a while to share news about them because I needed time to try them out. These are all very exciting premier beauty products. Try them out…

 

1  This is a nice summer scent from Cartier, aptly named Eau De Cartier Zeste de Soleil. It is light enough to wear under this summer’s scorching heat. It consists of freshly squeezed tropical passion fruit infused with a hint of mint in the heart, topped with accords of yuzu. The scent is a bit exotic but fresh. Cartier Fragrances are exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and are available in Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Gateway, SM Aura, Perfumerie kiosk in Power Plant Mall and in all Cartier boutiques. Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50ml (PhP3,300), 100ml (PhP4,600) and 200ml (PhP6,100) EDT spray bottles.

2  Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. This tiny wand can work magic on your lashes and brows. It can improve the look of sparse or thinning brows. It may also be used on upper and lower lashes. Available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, and Rustan’s Alabang Town Center. Exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation. Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum, .13 fl. oz. PhP5,650

3  Perhaps the best innovation I’ve seen in lipcolour lately. I never liked lip gloss for the simple reason that it’s sticky. My hair often would get stuck on my lips. And since I started having children, lip gloss just got in the way of kissing my babies. So I only wore them for TV and print shoots. Never in real life. With the new L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse lip gloss, there is absolutely nothing sticky about it. It feels like a water-based lip stain with a coating of moisturizer on top. You don’t end up with totally fake glossy lips instead you’ll have shiny lustrous lips. The colour is buildable too, so you can wear it sheer or make it as pigmented as you want. The teardrop shaped wand controls the amount of gloss that goes on your lip. Because of its shape you can even apply the lip gloss without a mirror. Seriously. Shine Caresse comes in five colours – Beach Berry, Fuchsia Fun, Ready in Red, Color me Coral, Kiss me Pink. Each lippie is PhP595. Exclusively imported and distributed by L’Oreal Philippines and is available nationwide in all L’Oreal Paris counters.

4  Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs, inspired by this season’s colours includes four powders with four different textures – matte, satin, metallic and iridescent. I like that it can play with shadow and light which can be layered and blended. The metallic aquatic green illuminates the eyes. Other powders include iridescent ivory, satin nude and matte dark purple. Limited Edition. PhP3,000

5  Happy Skin just released their limited edition summer lippies in Summer Crush (pink), Sunset Kiss (red orange), and The Morning After (mauve) in the same Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies formulation. It comes in the same fat crayon packaging that offers the shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick, and hydration of a balm. It has shea butter and collagen that keep your lips “happy.” Happy Skin is currently available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit www.happyskincosmetics.com for complete store listings. PhP1,249 for a box set of three lippies.