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

Childhood dreams



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.


With the Kidzania management team and Rightzkeepers mascots


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.


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.


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.


From Free Press. Mom is on the left.


PAL flight attendants in 1963.


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?



Carrera y Carrera



Olivia Palermo wears Carrera y Carrera


I had the honour of hosting the grand launch of Rustan’s newest luxury fine jewelry brand from Spain — Carrera y Carrera. The founder and designer, Don Manuel Carrera, flew in from Madrid to grace the occasion. The brand has a very rich history of making jewellery of the imperial families of Europe. Greatly inspired by the Spanish Golden Age, the Tesoros del Imperio collection is a reflection of the glorious past of the Spanish empire – rich, elaborate and luxuriously elegant.


With the founder and designer Don Manuel Carrera and wife Marina Cordon. Don Manuel has been at the forefront of Spanish jewelry design since the second half of the twentieth century. He is widely acknowledged as a respected designer, creative visionary, and innovative entrepreneur.


With the beautiful models wearing the latest Carrera Y Carrera Tesoros del Imperio Collection.


Carrera Y Carrera Communications and PR Manager for Spain-Asia Pacific Nerea Salgado


Michelle and Kevin Tan with Dina Tantoco


Nel Salvador and Joseph Calata


Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Beatriz Zobel de Ayala, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Carrera Y Carrera Don Manuel Carrera and Marina Cordon


Here’s more of the beautiful Olivia Palermo wearing Carrara Y Carrera’s Tesoros del Imperio collection.












Exclusively available at Rustan’s in the Philippines.



Gingersnaps’ 20th Anniversary



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I had the honour of hosting Gingersnaps’ 20th anniversary. It is hard to believe that Gingersnaps is already 20 years old. The brand, its products and its stores always look so new and fresh!

I make no secret of my admiration for Gingersnaps. My daughters have always worn their clothes. I wore them during my pregnancy. They have the most fun and fashion-forward clothing for kids. The quality is always excellent. And the price points are more than fair.

It makes me proud to see how successful this brand has grown. It is a 100% Filipino brand that has gone global. Gingersnaps is now in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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The president and creative director of Gingersnaps, Jerry and Sabrina Uy.


I’m so honoured to have hosted the 20th anniversary of a brand I love so much.


The online Gingersnaps Model Search was a huge success. They got over 3000 entries. They got narrowed down to fifty. All 50 applicants underwent a casting call where they had to pose for the camera and walk on the runway. The judges were fashion heavy-weights Mark Nicdao, Robby Carmona, Pam Quinones, Frank Briones and Gingersnaps’ Sabrina Uy. From the fifty, only ten were chosen to be the new faces of Gingersnaps!

These kids all went through casting, photo and video shoots, rehearsals. The result was an amazing fashion show that was filled with cuteness and loveliness. Here are some highlights from the show…























IMG_3798 Ayala Malls' Javier Hernandez and Rowena Tomeldan with CJ Jesena
Ayala Malls’ Javier Hernandez and Rowena Tomeldan with CJ Jesena


IMG_3796 Josiah Go and Tricia Gosingtian
Josiah Go and Tricia Gosingtian


IMG_3862 Gingersnaps' Sherry Yu with Daphne Paez
With Gingersnaps’ Sherry Yu


With some of the kids from the show


IMG_3865 Ravi & Roshan Samtani, Sabrina & Jerry Uy, Yvonne & Pael Romualdez
Ravi & Roshan Samtani, Sabrina & Jerry Uy, Yvonne & Pael Romualdez


For the latest news on Gingersnaps, click here.


Wicked x MAC



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Defying Gravity. From the original Australian production. Photo by Jeff Busby courtesy of Wicked.


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As Long As. Photo by Jeff Busby, courtesy of Wicked.


For Good
For Good. Photo by Juho Sim, courtesy of Wicked.


A couple of weeks ago I attended the MAC Wicked Greening event at their boutique in Glorietta.


I got to witness the application of Elphaba’s green make up. I’d say the whole face took less than half an hour.


Ali Calder is this international production of Wicked’s Elphaba understudy.


Wicked’s make up artist Kellie Ritchie demonstrated the application of Elphaba’s green make up using all MAC cosmetics. The green body paint isn’t available commercially. It is part of their PRO line.


With Ali Calder and Steve Danielsen who plays Fiyero, the leading man. They rushed back to the CCP shortly after this event to prepare for that evening’s performance. Which I got to watch.


With Estee Lauder’s Country Manager Mel Lerma. My first friend since birth.


This face chart shows how you can do a MAC Wicked-inspired look with emphasis on the eyes using shades of green.

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That evening after the MAC Wicked Greening event, we had dinner at the Diamond Hotel then proceeded to the CCP to watch Wicked.


I had to ask a reader to take my photo. (After he took a photo with me. So sweet. I love meeting you guys.)


It was a treat to watch the production with Manila’s top editors and writers – Cheche Moral, Agoo Bengzon, Jane Kingsu and Cai Subijano.


That night I got home and found this note in my bedside. From Lily. She knew I was watching Wicked without them. And made sure I knew how she felt. Haha.


So a few days after, I chanced upon some good seats for a Yolanda benefit from Tessa Prieto. I bought three tickets for Soph, Lily and my Mom for the January 31st show. They loved it. All three girls are singing show tunes everyday.


Wicked is showing in Manila until March 9th. For more information on Wicked in Manila, click here. For updates from MAC Cosmetics, click here.