Massimo Bonini



Sabrina and Massimo Bonini


I was in shoe heaven the other week. I had the pleasure of hosting the official opening of Massimo Bonini at Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing. The beautiful luxury shop has been open since November 2013. This was an occasion to celebrate the spring/summer 2014 collection with the founders Massimo and Sabrina Bonini in attendance.

The Massimo Bonini multi-brand luxury showroom was founded in the late 80’s at the Via Montenapoleone in Italy. It started as a melting pot of Italian and international brands of shoes and accessories for men and women. Think mecca of luxury shoes and bags now in 80 countries.

The Massimo Bonini showroom at Shangri-La East Wing carries 27 brands which include: Gianvito Rossi, Bruno Bordese, Etro, Giambattista Valli, Henderson, Kalliste, McQ, Missoni, MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Thomas Blakk, and Versace.


With the representative of Shangri-La Plaza, Edwin Ngo, the Boninis and Italian Ambasador.


Issa Litton, Tessa Valdes, Karen Jimeno, Rica Peralejo, Tintin Bersola and Angel Jacob


Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Karen Jimeno and Angel Jacob


Same people mentioned above plus Julius and Tintin Babao and Alice Dixon.


The part we all loved… shopping.


I was so attracted to this pair of Sebastian flats! They came home with me.


Here it is…






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Giambattista Valli


Edwin Ngo, President of 128 Dream Fountain Corp which brought in Massimo Bonini.


Massimo Bonini is located at the 2/3 Mid-level Shangri-La Plaza East Wing. Follow them on Instagram @massimoboniniph.



MAC Playland







As the name suggests, this collection of MAC Cosmetics is a real playland of creativity and amusement. I’m loving all the playful pinks, brilliant purples, and bright corals in their Lipstick and Lipglass formulations. There are no eyeshadow duos or quads, instead MAC offers pigments in amplified colours like soft yellow, cyan blue, neon orange and frosted green-gold. Lots of colours to play around with.
The MAC Playland event was held at Rockwell Power Plant Mall’s north court, providing an intimate space for makeup aficionados.


Had a great time catching up with Yvette Fernandez, editor in chief of Town and Country.


This adorable giant blow-up giraffe stood in the middle of the setting.


Makeup artist Jigs Mayuga and I showed up in the same colour palette of MAC Playland.


I wish I had brought my girls to this event. But I had come from meetings and couldn’t pick them up. Oh, my dress. Since a lot of people already asked about it, it’s from K&Company. And it comes as separates.


Since it’s all about Playland, that’s exactly what I did. I played…


I got to try Red Balloon Lipstick with a bit of neon salmon Pigment around my eyes.


Thank you Odessa for brightening up my face that Friday afternoon.






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MAC Playland is now available at all MAC stores in the Philippines. Here are some of my picks from the collection:

01  Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan

02  Lipglass in Pure Silliness creamy lilac

03  Lipstick in Sweet Experience amplified bright pink

04  Casual Colour lip or cheek tint in For Your Amusement

05  Pigment in Olive, Hi-Def Cyan and Neo Orange

06 Pigment in Ever So Yellow

Palmolive Naturals Body Wash



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Palmolive Naturals now comes in a body wash with long-lasting fragrances. Its formula, infused with 100% natural ingredients, helps moisturize and care for skin to make it feel softer and smoother. And get this, it is 100% soap free, pH balanced and dermatologically-tested.


A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Palmolive to meet their celebrity-endorser at the launch of their new product, Palmolive Body Wash. The event was a lovely, intimate gathering with some media guests and bloggers. The celeb endorser just happens to be one of the biggest stars today – Angel Locsin.


We’ve all heard how lovely and nice Angel is. And she truly is. We had a brief chat about The Legal Wife. The night before the Palmolive event, ABS-CBN aired the nasty confrontation scene between Monica and Nicole (Yes, I watch sometimes. Haha.) Angel told me that it was hard to shoot that scene because it was actually her birthday and she was not allowed to be happy. That scene was cray.


In real life Angel is not a woman scorned. She is not angry nor sad. She is just happy and nice. To everyone. And she bathes in Palmolive Naturals Body Wash. Check out her new TV commercial below.


Do you recognize the “I can feel it” line? Angel certainly gives it her own imprint.


We got to sample all three scents/variants at the event and at home.


Ultra Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and olive extracts to condition and moisturize skin. Soft Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and honey extracts. Honey is known to deeply cleanse and moisturize your skin while it wraps you in a soft milk and honey fragrance. Calming Moisture is infused with 100% natural milk proteins and cherry blossom extracts.


Patty Laurel, Kelly Misa and I and our brief meet and greet with Angel. Shortly after this we were all treated to a wonderful spa treatment.


Then it made sense why the Palmolive Naturals Body Wash launch was held at The Spa at Shangrila Plaza.


I was given a dry massage at The Spa.


But before that I had a quick shower and tried Soft Moisture, which is the milk & honey scent. Then the attendant gave me a hot foot soak using more of the same product. Then I don’t remember what happened. I fell asleep because I was so relaxed.


Palmolive Naturals Body Wash with Angel 1


For more information on Palmolive Naturals, check out their Facebook Page.



Agatha Ruiz de la Prada





And just like that, Philippine summer is almost over. And soon, it’s “back to school.” I had a head start with my kids’ school bags and pencil cases. Last year, they had the Romero Britto Collection from National Book Store. Now we’re all about the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Collection.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is a Spanish fashion designer which became known through her unmistakable hearts, clouds and flowers designs. She has brought a breath of fresh air making bold use of colors in her designs and projects.

Under the premiere stationery brand Miquelrius from Spain, the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Collection includes two vibrant themes—orange flower and pink heart designs. Each set displays bold colors and patterns. The collection is comprised of stationery items such as spiral notebooks in A4, A5, A6 and A7 sizes, mini notebooks, notepads, ring binders with “O” and “D”-shaped rings, and folder with flaps, and travel accessories such as backpack, messenger bag, shoulder bag, pouches and mini cylindrical pouches.

The Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Collection is exclusively available in selected National Book Store branches. Shop online at Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.



Evita Peroni Mothers Day giveaway





I haven’t done a raffle in a long time. But here is something wonderful for Mother’s Day from Evita Peroni for the mother in you or your life. Five sets of giveaways – a clip, fancy hair ties, hair bands, a brooch/clip, a necklace. Each set valued at over P2,000. We will randomly choose 5 winners. Must have a Philippine address. Metro Manila winners to pick up prizes in Makati.

It’s quite easy. I’m using Rafflecopter. Just follow the three steps – Tweet about the contest with link to this blog entry, follow me on Twitter and like my FB Page. And if you feel like it (you don’t have to), you can leave me a message below and tell me why you’ve joined. All links are on the rafflecopter widget in my FB page here.

Or click go straight to Rafflecopter and check out my Evita Peroni giveaway.

Winners will be announced on May 12th Monday night.

** This RAFFLE is now closed. Winners have been notified by email. Prizes have been sent.**