Pilates classes



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I read a fascinating article about How Wellness Became the New Luxury Status Symbol and I have to say, with the many brags in my Instagram feed about marathons, green juice and cute workout outfits, a lot of this is true. Though I was unaware of such lifestyle trend, I’m afraid I may have been guilty a few times of posting my green juice and pilates selfies. I have not yet revealed my “abs” though, and that’s not really going to happen, haha.

My passion for Pilates has nothing to do with a lifestyle trend. Pilates is the only fitness activity that works for me. It has helped me so much with my neck pains. In terms of the fitness fashion trends, I have very few workout outfits that I have been rotating for a while now. After reading that article, I’m thinking I really should be making an effort to look more fashionable in my pilates outfits. My green juice isn’t “a display of wealth, discipline, and responsibility”, as the article states. I am a real believer in the power of enzymes found in raw green vegetables. Yes, buying all that organic kale, cucumber, celery and wheatgrass can add up. But it’s something I make room for in our budget.

I love my Pilates community. In the almost one year that I’ve been regularly going to my sessions at Options Studio, I have reached a level of comfort among the instructors and women who have private sessions during my same schedule. Pilates, for us, isn’t a social thing. It’s totally personal. We all have our own goals and reasons for doing pilates.

I do private sessions at least twice a week. Options Studio has semi-private sessions, which is a great idea if you want to work out with a friend or spouse. Its also a great mother-daughter activity. They also have small group classes. In the next few weeks, Options Studio’s Master Trainer Ole Eugenio will be conducting master classes. Ole is a well-respected pilates practitioner, not just in the Philippines, but all over the region. I’ve posted his schedule below. Beginners are welcome.






Me and the master himself, Ole Eugenio.


Cardiolates spells fun… and endorphins!


I love early morning sessions


With my trainer Camille


Trying to stretch me into the splits.


After a session.


My post-pilates “glow” haha!


See you at Options Studio!


Options Studio branches:
Salcedo village: 553-3314 / 585-1404 / 0917-874-6888
The Fort: 403-7154 / 0917-542-0460
Greenhills: 623-8449 / 0917-890-3229
Podium: 695-3263 / 0917-529-3307






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I can’t believe I haven’t even written about the story of the DAPHNE® & National Book Store collaboration yet and the products are over halfway sold already. I’m sort of in a panic because I actually want to hoard as much of these products as I could. They make the perfect gifts. And I love using them myself. Now that I said that, I will try to troop to National Book Store tomorrow and try to stock up on my favourites (all).

Meanwhile, as promised,  I’m sharing with you some of the photos by friends, followers and readers who have posted with the hashtag #DaphneandNBS. I remember doing this when the DAPHNE x Bench Home Scents came out and many of you posted your unboxing and use of the bottle. I looooved that! And now you are doing the same with the Daphne & National Book Store stationery.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with me. I love seeing how you use my products. Yay to Daphnefication. Haha. Keep them coming!


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From Rica Peralejo’s instagram @ricaperalejo.ph


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We are in good company, with Sen Miriam Santiago’s book. From @krislerismania


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From Belo’s @cristallebelo.


DOP NBS @theabakescupcakes
From @theabakescupcakes


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It is amazing to see my products alongside the greats like Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston. Photo from my friend Elna in London or @sle117


Elna wore my Daphne tote in London Fashion Week! @sle117


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From Elle Decoration’s Devi De Veyra


DOP NBS @marrylerojo2
From @marrylerojo


DOP NBS @charrypotter
From @charrypotter


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More crafting cuteness from @marrylerojo


DOP NBS @delladeleos
With lovely rings and a cute pola by @delladeleos


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From Kristine Margareth Santos Aba-a


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And here is Kristine Margareth’s little girl, totally DAPHNE-fied.


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From @juicehut_manila


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From @isalcaraz


From Ivonne Capistrano, a teacher in the US.


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The Lily pouch from Cheng Flores via FB.


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From Ry-Anne, traveling to Singapore.


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My friend Ginger Roxas Arzt uses the whiteboard calendar for her menu planning. So do I.


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Detail of our journals by @mangofreeze


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Lovely desk by @deynakim


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Manila Bulletin’s @aapatawaran uses my pen! And that’s some real poetry folks.


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Precious baby doodles by @iamtiramisu


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Now if I woke up to a scene like this everyday…. wow. By @hazelcaballeroscott


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Ok where did that baby Groot come from. I want! Haha. From @elainecarag


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Looks like Dulce’s daughter likes making her own plans. From @dulcesia.


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Organizing pouch. Photo by @apolonski.


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Loving everything in her bedside table. From @catcantada.


DOP NBS @beadladymanila
My daughter Sophia is going nuts over @beadladymanila’s polymer creations. She wants to learn how to make these little cupcakes.


My hummingbird bag made a cameo appearance at an ABS-CBN soap opera.



Share your #DaphneandNBS photos in Instagram or FB… I will post them again. Thanks everyone!!


MAC SS2015 Beauty Trends



MAC Cosmetics presented its SS2015 beauty trends report at Shangri-la Boracay. I’m so pleased that all the looks are about the quest to look natural and undone. This is not to say that we should all go barefaced, after all the joy is in applying cosmetics and products. But it’s all about understatement, not trying too hard. It’s all about opening up the face. The four trends are Re:View, Enlightened, Free Party and “No Makeup“.


RE:VIEW. Clockwise from top left Ann Demeulemeester, Costume National, Altuzarra, Alberta Ferretti.

Re:view is about framing the eye. It’s not effortless because you see a graphic element on the use of mascara and liner. It is more painterly and futuristic. Instead of the flicks and kohls you get gestural strokes and aerodynamic wings that give a distinct openness to the gaze. Lashes are extreme. Time to pile on the mascara. Globs are ok as seen in Costume National – it gives an intriguing shadow to the eyes and gives the face an instant elevation with nothing else needed. Think, juxtaposition of couture lash with super nude skin. Make sure there’s no eyeshadow, instead go for glossy lids.


ENLIGHTENED. Clockwise from top left Jonathan Saunders, Missoni, Haider Ackerman, Marco de Vincenzo.

The Enlightened beauty direction bathes the skin in light and connects it to brightness. This is almost colourless but luminous. Glow is still big but make sure you don’t look greasy. The immediate way to channel this trend is a glossy lid. Play with matte and shiny. Notice the brows are nude and simply groomed.


FREE PARTY. Clockwise from top left Derek Lam, Max Mara, Carolina Herrera, Lulu & Co.

As the name of this trend suggests, Free Party is about freedom, being carefree and celebrating at a concert or festival. Think, Burning Man, Glastonbury, Coachella and raves. This is manifested through a rainbow of colours. It’s almost folksy, hand done. Colours are blues, sea-foam greens, coral and shell pinks, sherbet and ice cream pastels. There are no rules with this trend except for one – go easy on the foundation. “Anything involving colour only looks modern when you take away the skin coverage,” says Terry Barber.


“NO MAKEUP”. Clockwise from top left: Desigual, Balmain, Paul Smith, Simone Rocha.

It’s not about not wearing makeup. It’s about looking un-made up with bare and sun warmed skin using very technically-advanced products. As Tom Pecheux says, “nothingness is not laziness. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Every detail has to be worked harder.” Here are the details of this trend: clean but not overly worked-on skin (concealer is king), a hydrated finish, minimal powder, translucently groomed brows, no mascara with straight lashes, sheer highlights, an insinuation of sun that ranges from a glow to a freckle, a little lip conditioner. It is warm and clean, not grungy.


At the Trends Presentation, we were given the tools and products to achieve this season’s looks.


Shangri-la Boracay was set up for the presentation by MAC Director for Artistry, Romero Jennings.


Romero worked on four models, demonstrating each look. From left to right – Re:View, Enlightened, Free Party and “No Makeup”


I love that all the trends are wearable and relevant to our climate.


Notice, no contouring. It’s all about highlighting this season.


We broke into small groups and had an intimate “how-to” session with Romero.


Romero demonstrating the best way to apply foundation without looking like you’re wearing it. Steps are below.


Just look at how luminous her skin is.


The MAC products used by Romero.


1. First, wipe the face using MAC Wipes to gently exfoliate, hydrate, and cleanse the skin.

2. Spray a little Prep+Prime Fix+, a lightweight, mineral rich finishing mist that refreshes the skin. This helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application

3. MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Softening Lotion, a moisturiser with brightening effect.

3. Apply a small amount of Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel all over the face using the MAC 109 brush. This is an ultra-light, gel-like cream that absorbs instantly to give the skin intense hydration. Infused with MAC’s exclusive Super-Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer, more luminous.

4. Use a drop of MAC Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment all over the Tzone and nose area. This is a light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. This is Romero Jennings’ favourite product of the moment.

5. Using the same 109 brush, dab MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation all over the face. Apply lightly as this is a buildable formula that gives a satin shine finish. You will know how much you need as you go along. Don’t let the lightness fool you as this is skin-conditioning, water-resistant and long-wearing.

6. Use a tiny bit of Matchmaster Concealer, also buildable with a natural satin finish. Romero’s tip, leave some imperfections. We want skin to show through. Go under white light to do the final checking.

7. Finish with a light dusting of Studio Sculpt Defining Powder, with a barely-there gel formula for a sheer and weightless coverage, if needed.

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1 #127 Split Fibre face brush, 2 Face and Body Foundation, 3 Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation, 4 Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation, 5 Matchmaster concealer, 6 Cleanse Off Oil, 7 Studio Sculpt Defining Powder.


For highlights of the events at the MAC SS2015 Trends Presentation at Shangri-la Boracay, click here.

MAC Cosmetics in Boracay



Leave it to MAC Cosmetics Philippines to present the Spring-Summer 2015 beauty trend report in the island paradise of Boracay. Every season and new collection in the past has so far been launched in very interesting and glamorous events. This one sets a new standard for seasonal launches. MAC Philippines flew the country’s top editors and a few bloggers to attend the presentation by Director of Artistry Romero Jennings. We all stayed at the luxurious Shangri-la Boracay for a couple of nights.

Here are some highlights.


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Upon arrival we were treated to some island essentials – the Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 and Mineralized Charged Water. I had my DAPHNE & NBS margarita pouch. And my favourite pair of sunnies – Thierry Lasry limited edition.


The Shangri-la welcome. Yes to tropical fruits anytime.


Flying in, I wore my DAPHNE x Seek the Uniq wrap skirt.


My spacious room.


We were treated to a facial at Chi The Spa at Shangri-la Boracay.


With my best bud Ingrid Go, and Manila Bulletin’s Arnel Patawaran and Town & Country’s Nicole Limos.


We each had our own spa cottage.


Orchids everywhere.


I swear, my future cottage will have a lovely courtyard like this.


MAC hosted a beautiful welcome dinner by the beach garden.


Our table.


Lovely personal touches. Our water glasses were engraved with our own monograms.


So much loveliness.


With my BFF since birth Mel Lerma.


The cocktails were specifically designed inspired by lipsticks – Heroine, Ruby Woo, Morange, Candy Yum Yum and Sin.


What the cocktails looked like.


With MAC Director of Artistry Romero Jennings who flew in from New York and Country Manager of Estee Lauder Group Mel Lerma.


The smores bar was a big hit.


I finally got to wear my black silk dress that I bought from Magali Pascal in Bali. I love that shop.


Shangri-la Boracay at dusk.


MAC sent makeup artist Gee Vee to my room to prep me for dinner. Such luxury!


Monogrammed linen napkins at our farewell dinner.


Ingrid and I at the farewell dinner


Perfect place to wear caftans.


I wore mine during the day. My favourite caftan, from Mist in Bali.


My DAPHNE & NBS hummingbird tote bag came in handy.


Off to the beach to catch the sunset. Wore Melissa sandals.


We did the sunset thing…


Until it turned like this.


MAC Cosmetics Spring-Summer 2015 trends as interpreted by Romero Jennings, here.



Penhaligon’s at Adora



The Penhaligon’s Artemisia my husband gave me.


Last 2012 Christmas, we took our family out of Manila and stayed in a private home in Batangas. There were no resorts in the area. It was very quiet. No Christmas decorations and commercial activities. The only Christmas music we heard was from residents who would drop by and sing carols for us. We celebrated Holy Mass with the seaside community.  We got the pure non-commercial Christmas we’d planned for. We only brought one present each other. The rest of the gifts were left in our house.

The one gift I received was a bottle of Penhaligon’s perfume. My husband chose it for me. It is, to this day, my favourite scent. One word to describe it – powdery. In detail, the top notes are nectarine and green notes; middle notes are green apple, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, tea, violet and vanilla; base notes are oakmoss, sandalwood, musk and amber. It is so good I sometimes sleep with a spray of Artemisia.


A couple of weeks ago, Lily and I went to the Penhaligon’s boutique inside Adora in Greenbelt 5. I wanted to try out the different scents to see if I was ready for a second bottle.


Penhaligon’s holds two Royal Warrants, a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. Going back to the early years of the company towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, William Penhaligon had been appointed Barber and Perfumer to the Royal Court. In 1903 the business was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Alexandra. Penhaligon’s has two long-standing Royal Warrants from HRH The Prince of Wales (granted in 1988) and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (granted in 1956.)


The two Royal Warrants are displayed prominently by the company’s logo.


Lily took my picture while I was doing my fragrance profiling with the help of the brand manager.


The two most popular scents in Penhaligon’s at Adora. Endymion for men and Artemisia for women.


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My favourites. All in my wish list – 1. Tea on the Terrace scented candle  2. The miniature fragrance collection from last season contains five  bottles of best-selling fragrances in 5ml. Set includes Gardenia, Ellenisia, Lily of the Valley, Artemisia, and Malabah  3. Tralala is Penhaligon’s newest fragrance inspired by the fantastical universe of designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff  4. Lily of the Valley  5. Artemisia  6. Malabah.


This is how small the miniature fragrance is. I love this!


And what the set looks like.


One of the newest scents, Tralala is a beautiful complicated fragrance. I sprayed it on my wrist and I couldn’t stop smelling my wrist all day. Head notes start with Aldehydes, Saffron, Whiskey, Ambrette Seed Butter, Galbanum, Violet Leaf Absolute. Heart notes include Carnation, Leather, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Incense. And base notes are Myrrh Resinoid, Opoponax Absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Heliotrope, Musk Vanilla.


Juniper Sling, Quercus and Endymion are the popular scents for men. But they were created to be enjoyed by both men and women. Of the three I choose Quercus for my husband. And I’d wear Juniper Sling myself.


Some of the many products of Quercus. 1. Hand Wash and Hand and Nail Lotion  2. Deodorant  3. Cologne  4. Fine English Soap. As I mentioned earlier, Quercus is a popular scent for men, but it is also very much enjoyed by women. A very interesting scent, Quercus starts off with “a light burst of citrus and basil, supported by a heart accord of jasmine, cardamom and muguet that is sweet, spiced and supremely delicate. The greenness of basil persists into the surprisingly resilient musk and sandalwood base notes. These are warmed through with moss and patchouli to create elegant, strong and uplifting cologne.”


During my visit, Iris Prima was prominently displayed with a pair of pointe shoes. This new scent is inspired by the world of ballet. And you know me and ballet… love everything about it (shoes, skirts, hair).


I would describe Iris Prima as powdery and floral, hence the name “iris”, with a base of musky leather, vanilla and vetiver. Very sophisticated but not overpowering.


Like Iris Prima, Vaara is also in the family of woody scents. This appeals to both men and women. Vaara starts with a “blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince. The heart of Vaara is inspired by the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two glorious roses blended with a white note of Indian magnolia, a touch of freesia and a whisper of iris. Vaara’s base notes are a combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.”


Peoneve, a very feminine and floral fragrance.


Blenheim Bouquet is one of Penhaligon’s original scents made by William Penhaligons himself. It is a wonderful mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. It’s hard to believe this was created over a hundred years ago. Blenheim Bouquet is listed under Gentlemen’s department. But as any of Penhaligon’s scents go, this appeals to both men and women.


It goes without saying that one day I’m going to have to buy this for Lily who patiently sat through my afternoon at Adora. It wasn’t a big chore for her though. She loves this kind of world where everything is pretty and floral. She got to sample Lily of the Valley and she was so careful when washing her hands because she wanted to prolong the scent on her wrist. She’s only eight. Oh Lily.


Gardenia. About that grosgrain ribbon… so lovely.


I recommend you go in for a fragrance profiling so you can see the range of scents of Penhaligon’s and find what suits you. It’s a also a good time to go now, to avoid the Christmas rush.


If you can’t commit to a big bottle yet, you can opt for this “Scent Library”. It contains 10 samples of the most popular scents. I think this is great for traveling, actually.


All gift purchases from Penhaligon’s are packaged with a traditional coach man’s knot.


The husband already knows that I am hinting on another bottle. I haven’t made up my mind if I want Iris Prima, Vaara, Tralala or Malabah. Decisions, decisions.



Penhaligon’s is exclusively available in the Philippines at Adora in Greenbelt 5, Makati. For more information www.penhaligons.com