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.


Can't think of a better place to see the MAC Cosmetics SS2015 Trend Presentation. We're in paradise! #MACSS15boracay  #MACtrends #DaphneandNBS
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.



MAX giveaway



Max 381 Frost. Its a 42mm Max XL classic unisex watch with steel case, clear dial and genuine leather strap.


Here is a FLASH GIVEAWAY. We will randomly choose one winner who will get that MAX 381 Frost watch. You have til midnight tonight to join this giveaway. I will announce winner by tomorrow 12nn (Philippine time). This is just a small way I can show appreciation for my regular followers (hence the “flash” nature of the giveaway).

You may have seen in my Instagram @DaphneOP that I wear a MAX XL Luna. It is the largest watch that I wear… for now. They actually have a bigger model. All my other watch brands are dainty. In this case, size does matter! Haha.


The skirt I wore yesterday was from K&Company's current collection @k_and_company. It is lined, not see through haha. Shirt, Uniqlo x Jil Sander (love everything in this collection). Watch from @maxxlph. Shoes #Repetto with kitten heel. Earrings, my desig
My OOTD for hosting the launch of Albertus Swanepoel – Uniqlo x Jil Sander shirt, K&Company skirt, Repetto shoes and my MAX Luna.


Launched in the Netherlands in 2006, Max XL has quickly gained international recognition for its clean, bold lines and strong masculine appeal. From the Netherlands, Max XL has entered Belgium, Italy, Egypt, Kuwait, Japan, Russia, and more recently, Hong Kong and the United States. On-trend and high-impact, this watch brand is designed by Dutch designer Ron Offenbach.

MAX XL entered the Philippine market in April 2013 through its exclusive distributor, 3SixtyFive, Inc., spearheaded by Christopher Tan & Kristie Pangan-Lacson.

The Artisan - Steel-chrono-44mm
The Artisan, a collection of all steel timepieces available in gorgeous colors, like solid black, gold, rose gold and silver. Classic in design, The Artisan features a stainless steel case, a date calendar and solid steel band with extra flip-lock safety. Each piece is timeless in design and can easily be paired with any wardrobe, ensuring maximum identity and style.


Tourbillion IP rose
The MAX XL Tourbillion


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MAX XL Aviator


In terms of design, the brand carries a range from the everyday Classic Chronograph, to the elegant Automatic series with supple genuine leather straps, and solid stainless steel case with ion plating rose gold. Watch lovers can choose from premium genuine leather straps, to stainless steel links, and on-trend rubber straps for the outdoor sports lovers. The athletes and trendsetters will love the Limited Sports Edition Watch: with interchangeable stainless steel and rubber straps, it comes with its own screwdriver to change the straps, and the entire set comes in a rugged carrying equipment. “Concentrated on the versatility of such fashion statement, Max XL exudes power and elegance in the variety of oversized premium timepieces.” Lacson says.


One lucky reader will win this MAX 381 Frost tomorrow.


Contest is open to anyone who can pick up the watch in a Makati location next week…yes BEFORE Christmas! Sorry I cannot deal with deliveries at this time because it’s the Christmas rush.

Here’s how to join the giveaway:

1. Like my Facebook page

2. Follow all the MAX social media accounts. Max XL in Facebook, or @maxxlph in Instagram and @maxxlph in Twitter.

3. Send me a private message on my Facebook page or leave a message here in my blog. Tell me why you want this MAX 381 Frost watch.

4. This giveaway ends at midnight Manila time. Winner will be notified by email/Facebook message by 8am Sunday. Winner name will be announced by 12 noon Sunday Dec 21.

Good luck everyone!



Cath Kidston in the Philippines



My girls at the opening of the first Cath Kidston shop in the Philippines.


The official launch, December 5, 2014. Photo by Migs Pastor.


I was so happy that Suyen Corp. asked me to host the launch of Cath Kidston. Photo by Migs Pastor.


I’ve been buying Cath Kidston products for quite some time. I remember my first purchase had to be coursed through my friend Elna in London. I was so amused by the vintage prints captured by the brand and given a modern twist. When I relaunched my blog into, Cath Kidston became my first advertiser. Up to now, they are an official site partner. So I really know this brand quite well.


Cath Kidston
My purchase through my friend Elna in London back in 2008. She had to send it through another friend of hers.


When Cath Kidston became my advertiser, they would send me products to review and blog about. They sent me this lovely tea pot with four cups and saucers. They sent it via post back in 2011. This is me unboxing the parcel.


I used the tea set in a table setting I styled for Metro Home magazine in 2011.


Stripes & spots today. #cathkidston
The Cath Kidston head office in the UK also sent me this very cute Overnight Bag as a gift. It is the same one the Duchess of Cambridge used on her trips during their honeymoon year. See photo in link. This is my carry-on whenever I have short domestic trips when I go on missions.


Me in New Orleans, wearing Cath Kidston plimsolls in 2013.


With one of my first bags. This was at the Standard in New York City in 2010


Ended up looking like I was dressed for Sabbath temple
In Brooklyn, 2010.


Condo by Dominic Galicia
At an Urban Zone shoot in a condo unit designed by Dominic Galicia.


My favourite bag
While I was pregnant with Stella. This bag remains as one of my favourite shapes and prints. I just love, love, love that vintage cowboy print. It reminds me of the old curtains in my brother’s bedroom when we were kids.


The launch was a nice little intimate gathering of friends of Suyen Corp.


Children were invited to participate in the lovely crafting activities.


Here’s Lily sewing some embellishments on the felt rag doll.


They had a calligraphy artist write names on beautiful Cath Kidston card paper.


Stella was with me before the shop opened. She was so giddy to be there.




Lily was my designated photographer for the day.


This shop carries all the product lines of Cath Kidston – bags, kids, kitchen, fashion, shoes and more.


Probably the only event where I brought all three daughters.




I already have a Cath Kidston apron given by my friend Lylah. The thing with this brand is you can’t just stop at one… you end up getting more in other prints.


For the bakers…


Tea towels!!!


What’s tea without a tiered serving plate. This is on my wish list.


Kai Lim and Pauline Juan. Photo by Miguel Pastor.




cath women
For the Bag Lady


cath kitchen
For the Happy Homemaker


cath kids
Cath Kids


The Cath Kidston shop is located at Bonifacio High Street in the same building as Active Fun. You can get 20% off your total purchase if you spend over P5,000 – only til December 7th.

For those in the US or Canada, or other countries with no Cath Kidston shop yet. You may buy the products online here



Makati Garden Club shop



Garden Club tile



Do not let this old sign fool you.


Within the gates of the Makati Garden Club is a beautiful patch of greenery – garden, pond, flowers, trees. It’s hard to imagine that this sits right on the corner of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. In the many years I’ve been living in Manila, I never knew this piece of paradise existed.


The Makati Garden Club is a private club that caters to a few (of mostly) women members who share the love for plants and landscaping. Members get discounts on plants.


This past year, the former quiet little cafe at Makati Garden Club got a makeover and became one of Manila’s best secret restaurants. Read about it here.


A great surprise is a little shop in the garden called Melograno. This one’s open to the public.


The tiny workshop is filled with fashion, furniture, art and accessories curated by Mrs Ruby Roa.


I zeroed in on that gorgeous wooden desk.


Click to see more…


Mini Melissa



Set up


Wow, thank you for your response to my previous post about getting back to basics and telling more stories. I really appreciate that you’re all still here. Thanks for the comments in Disqus below, in my Facebook page, and even in Instagram. We will try to tell more stories.

It took me days to complete this post. Haha. Because after all that, here is another product launch. But hey, really, this happened to me and Stella, and we had fun, so I’m telling this story. In fact, I enjoy this brand so much they recently made me brand ambassador (full disclosure). So this is about Mini Melissa, the kiddie line of Melissa shoes. I’ve been a fan of the brand for over five years. They are comfortable and stylish… and lots of fun. I can’t remember exactly when I first bought Melissa. But here is my favourite pair.


Wearing K&Company dress and Melissa shoes
This one, my happiest shoes! Vivienne Westwood x Melissa. From an Urban Zone shoot in 2010.


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Apparently I wasn’t the only one who loved Melissa. When Lily was 4, she would borrow them.


Ooh, when Stella was a baby, she also played with them.


Shoe shopping with the girls
In 2010, the mother brand Melissa launched Mini Melissa. We bought the first generation Mini Melissa x Vivienne Westwood for Lily. It got handed down to Stella. These are a major upgrade from the jelly shoes we grew up with.


Click to see more Mini Melissa…