K&Company Holiday 2015



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I have been wearing K&Company for the longest time. Every season, they never fail to come out with a fresh take on the classics. Take the example of lace. Lace is beyond a trend in K&Company and more like a staple in every collection. Yet K&Company always manages to come out with a new way of presenting lace.

This season, K&Company releases its Holiday 2015 collection with a mix of classic dresses and separates using textured and layered fabrics like lace, jacquard, tulle, satin and cotton. Some of the pieces are now in stores. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from K&Company.


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Photos by Medal Elepano
Makeup by Gela Laurel
Shot on location in a private home.


Follow K&Company in Instagram and Facebook. Or shop the latest collection at K&Company online. You may find K&Company in Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 4, Shangri-la Plaza, and Alabang Town Centre.



Fashion Can Serve



I Can Serve 2015


Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have participated and supported breast cancer awareness campaigns. Recently it has taken on a different meaning with me. This year, I lost seven friends to cancer. Four of them had battled breast cancer. The other three had other types of cancers.

The Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer in the region. Highest. This means one in 9 Filipino women will get breast cancer. It is mind-boggling and very scary. But what I have learned from my friends at I Can Serve Foundation, is that not all breast cancers are deadly. If detected early, breast cancer is curable by surgery, radiation, and/or chemo.

The message is simple. Please be aware of your bodies. Do a monthly breast self-exam. And if you are over 40 years old, have a mammogram once a year. Monitor your own body. Be proactive. See a specialist, if you feel you are at risk.

For more information on early detection and risk factors for breast cancer, go to www.icanservefoundation.org


I Can Serve 2015
At I Can Serve Foundations first fashion fundraiser event, Fashion Can Serve, at the Raffles Hotel. My friend, Katherine Cheng of K & Company, accompanied me. I wore K & Company’s new collection – wide leg pants with a lace tunic top. Katherine is also wearing her dress from the new collection.


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With the founder of I Can Serve Foundation, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Like the other women at I Can Serve, Kara is a living testament that there is life after cancer — a beautiful and meaningful life. I am so blessed to have her as a friend.


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With Dr Eileen Cuajunco, Girlie Rodis, Kara and Katherine.


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Seated across from me – Larry Leviste, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Girlie Rodis, and fashion designer Ito Curata.


Auction host Tessa Valdes


Lulu Tan Gan with muses including breast cancer survivor Patty Betita.


I Can Serve ambassadors Agot Isidro and Rissa Mananquil Trillo, with breast cancer survivor Toni Abad


Fashion designer Maureen Disini with survivors Leah Caringal and Maritoni Fernandez


Rhett Eala with I Can Serve supporters Tweetie de Leon Gonzales and Dawn Zulueta and breast cancer survivor Alya Honasan.


Fashion designer Kristel Yulo with breast cancer survivor Michelle Dayrit-Soliven and I Can Serve supporter Amina Aranaz.


For more information on www.ICanServeFoundation.org



Gingersnaps Pluggies



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I was going through some of the Gingersnaps photos I had in my library and found old ones from when Sophia was still a toddler. We have been wearing Gingersnaps so long, that walking into their stores feels like an extension of our home. The girls love their clothes up to now. Sophia is actually in the demographics of Just G already, but she still fits into the biggest size of Gingersnaps. Good thing she has no issues wearing the dresses. They are all so beautiful.


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When Lily was a few months old and Soph was around 3.


The same red door, with Stella this time. That dress was from December 2014.


We love it every time Gingersnaps introduces a new product – the Mary Jane shoes, the strappy sandals, the handmade fashion accessories. This summer, we are crazy about Gingersnaps Pluggies. They are these different coloured rubber rubber bands that can be personalized by attaching the letter buttons on the perforated straps. There are different collections and themes such as Tropical Punch, Jewel, Sugar and Spice. My girls have been making their own statement bracelets – names, moods, wishes.


Sophia’s Gingersnaps Pluggies.


For the month of May, Gingersnaps is having a little Instagram contest. So if you’re up to it, you and/or your kids may have find this real fun! Simply snap a picture of your Gingersnaps Pluggies and post it on your Instagram, tag @GingersnapsPH and use #Gingersnapslovespluggies. The best five photos will win P1,000 gift certificate.




Terms & Conditions:

01  The Gingersnaps Pluggies Contest is open to all our instagram @gingersnapsph followers and residents of the Philippines only.
02  Each participant is allowed to submit one (1) entry.
03  Contest Period: May 1-31, 2015.
04  Five (5) winners will be selected by Gingersnaps Philippines management.
05  The winners will be announced on June 10, 2015.
06  Prizes are final and not convertible to cash.
07  Employees, officers, affiliates, member of the immediate families (up to third degree of consanguinity) of Il Coniglio Bianco Corp. and its group of companies are NOT eligible to join this contest.
08  This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.


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Gingersnaps Pluggies Bands are P99.75 per piece. The Plug-ins are P129.75 per pack.


Lily’s Pluggies says “Lily is awesome.” That’s been her mantra all summer long. Go Lily!


See you in Instagram!



Melissa One by One





Melissa recently introduced a revolutionary collection that (I hate cliches) is a total game-changer. One by One is an innovation in design. Each shoe can be worn on either the right or the left foot. There are nine patterns to choose from. Shoes are sold individually, not in pairs. You can mix and match any of the nine styles to create a unique pair; or wear them interchangeably.








Nine different patterns can create 81 possible combinations.


Here are the 3 One By One shoes I have.


A few weeks ago, Melissa launched One By One in the Philippines. We wore our non-pairs. Kelly Misa, Patty Laurel-Filart, Rissa Mananquil-Trilio



This is an amazing design solution. A shoe you can wear on your left or right foot. And patterns that don’t match but somehow work well together.



Host of the event Nicole Anderson, wearing her One by Ones.


My 12 year old is crazy about this concept.



One by One by Melissa is available at the following Geleia stores: TriNoma, Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Aura, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, and Shangri-la Plaza East Wing. Price is P1,447.50 per shoe or P2,895 per pair. For more information, you may visit www.melissa.com.br/onebyone/en.




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.