I Can Serve



If you recall my ice bucket challenge, I included breast cancer awareness in addition to the ALS campaign. Here’s the video again.

This year I got to witness how I Can Serve Foundation supports women with breast cancer. I love that they are so committed to promoting awareness, especially since the Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer in the region. I strongly believe that early detection is the best way to fight this disease. So women in their 20’s should do a monthly breast self-exam. Women in their 30’s should do the monthly self-exam plus annual physical check up with a doctor. Women in their 40’s should do all that plus have an annual mammogram. There is nothing to be scared of. Mammograms don’t hurt, they’re just a little bit uncomfortable. So please let this be a reminder to all my female readers. Please, have yourself checked regularly.

After I took the ice bucket challenge, I donated some money to I Can Serve to help fund mammograms. Congresswoman Leni Robredo did the same thing, though she skipped the ice bucket aspect because she was recovering from a cold. She mentioned in her Facebook that she took inspiration from what I did. (I actually challenged her by email, haha.) We are now looking into working together for the women of Naga with I Can Serve though its founder Kara Alikpala. It’s amazing how these things happen.

In the meantime, I am volunteering to help out in I Can Serve’s Rockwell booth during the month of October, breast cancer awareness month. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October, I Can Serve will have a booth selling special items to help spread awareness and raise funds. I will let you know which day I will be there so hopefully I can meet some of you.

Here’s a sample of what’s available at the I Can Serve booth. Some of them are available at I Can Serve’s online shop now. There are more…


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01 Limited edition Swatch watch

02 Happy Skin’s Just Married lipstick, available where Happy Skin products are sold. See below.

03 Reminder band

04 Messy Bessy “The Pink Warrior”

05 Mid Chevron fan

06 Greeting Card. In lieu of a gift (or accompanying a gift!)  make a donation in someone’s name to the ICanServe Foundation. Bi-fold card measures 7 inches X 7 inches. Includes: card, holiday ornament, envelope with lining and a sealer with the Foundation’s logo.


I Can Serve Tshirt designed by Bleach, P500 available online here.


Every October, with any Just Married purchased in any place where Happy Skin is sold (Rustan’s, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints), Happy Skin will donate P10 to I Can Serve. I totally vouch for this line of lipsticks. Just Married is one of my favourite colours. It’s got that lovely pale pink that’s perfect either for a dressy occasion with a smoky eye or for every day non-occasions as a nude. It’s very natural-looking. Each lippie is loaded with shea butter and collagen to keep lips supple and hydrated like a lipbalm. It is highly-pigmented yet moisture-packed. P499.


For more information on how to donate, volunteer, or partner with I Can Serve Foundation, click here.



Altuzarra for Target



Altuzzara for Target




Joseph Altuzzara
by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Target


Joseph Altuzzara, winner of this year’s CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, is known for designing clothes that combine French style with an American practicality. He launched his brand, Altuzzara, in 2008. It is very much influenced by his multicultural upbringing and his international education in fashion. Altuzarra was raised by a Chinese-American mother and a French Basque father.

Target’s newest designer collaboration is with Altuzzara, a designer worn by Michelle Obama, Julianne Moore, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o. He is a big figure on the current New York Fashion scene as well as the red carpet. Altuzarra for Target is a 50-piece capsule collection of sexy dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories including lingerie.




I’ve highlighted my picks from the collection which launched just yesterday. It is also being sold in another luxury e-retail site but at a higher price than Target’s. Like the #7 dress is $142 there but only $69.99 in Target.

So I’ve put links directly to Target, since they are my site partners. I don’t know how long the items will be available on line, just act fast because these things go real fast. Philippine-shoppers, you can use your local credit card and have your Target purchases delivered for free to a US address. That’s what I do. I send my online purchases to my relatives or friends and deal with shipping later.


Embroidered Peasant Dress in Ruby $54.99

Python Blazer $49.99

Ankle Strap Pump  $39.99

Faux Croc Belt $29.99

Python Flounce Skirt $34.99

6 Ponte Dress with Lace Detail  $39.99

Satin Floral Maxi Dress  $69.99


Good Stuff 100



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You probably noticed that I’ve been making these layouts occasionally. I don’t use a quick program. I do old-fashioned cut and paste on Photoshop. Since I’ve been doing them for the past couple of years, the most troublesome part for me has always been putting a title on each collage. So I’ve decided, with the help of Patrick, to name this series “Good Stuff.” This is number 100 because I’ve lost track of how many Good Stuff collages I’ve made, so let’s just call this 100.

In my weekly “Good Stuff” collages I will highlight things that I love, wish, covet. Some are from my site partners, some are just picked off the net. It may or may not include gifted items or PR samples. I will indicate if so. All items will have links directing you to sites where you can buy them directly or get more info on them.

This week, my collage stemmed from that beautiful ivory coloured dress from Reiss. Everything else just followed.


01 I love the way this ivory dress is tailored. It can give an illusion of a small waist, long neck and a flattering neckline. Perfect dress for day or evening events.  Natalia dressicon from Reiss.

02  Soft Dog Pendant designed by Henrik Pedersen at Design Within Reach. DWR is my newest site partner and I can’t wait to work with them on highlighting some of my favourite things from their roster of good stuff. With this pendant lamp is, Pedersen wanted to evoke a lightness and purity that are reminiscent of Scandinavian design. What he achieved is a soft, sculptural, less industrial form that’s simple and welcoming.

03  Carmen sunglasses from House of Harlow 1960 comes in different colours but I’m loving this grapefruit version. It has this vintage feminine vibe that’s perfect for our tropical climate in Manila.

04  Hand-Painted Equestrian Charm Bracelet from One Kings Lane, on sale for $49. Made of 24-kt gold-plated intaglio, 24-kt gold-plated steel, and faceted glass. You know how much I love my hand-painted enamel medallion charms from Europe. Here is a chunky charm bracelet version from Susan Shaw.

05  After years of wearing uncomfortable underwire and padded bras, I’ve gotten rid of all of them. Since I am slightly built, I have found the perfect fit in soft bras and bralets. Feel free to discuss. I don’t really know if this is good or bad. But for me and my physique, I’m ok with less support. Loving this Trenta Soft Bra from Cosabella

06  Much to my husband’s dismay, I am never going to be a minimalist. Though I appreciate modern design like that pendant lamp from DWR, there will always be a part of me that will like kitsch and novelty. Like this Cockatoo Pitcher from Fitz and Floyd.

07  One Kings Lane works on flash sales. So if this pretty brass tray catches your fancy, click the link now. I think there’s only a day left to get this piece on discount.23″ Grandeur Brass Tray with leather handles from One Kings Lane.

08  Again, tugging on my old soul’s heart strings, this Pioneer Tea Kettle from Jacob Bromwell is perfect for my kitchen. It’s handcrafted from pure copper and is ideal for heating water for coffee, tea, or cocoa. A true collector’s item you can actually use, made the same way it was hundreds of years ago from when pioneers carried them in their wagons.


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july anthro collage


01 I’m loving pleated dresses this moment. And this one with its gorgeous floral print is just perfect. Meadowlight Dress from Anthropologie.

02 Another flash sale. This time from One King’s Lane. Whenever you see a sterling silver anything at a yard sale, don’t think. Just buy it. As long as it’s sterling silver and not just plated. This is extra lovely as it stands on 4 legs. Vintage Sterling Silver Mini Pot Used to be $225 now $79.00 for a couple of day only.

03 Riding on the trend started by Dior, Bauble Bar has its own line of 360 stud earrings. This has the arrow point design. Check out their site to see the spherical versions as well. Pave Stud 360 Studs.

04 Adorable umbrellas with pet silhouettes. I particularly love this one from San Francisco Umbrella Company – “Dog Park” Welsh Corgi Umbrella $25.90 (regularly $40.00) Link closing in 1 day.

05 A perfect combination – carved wood and delicate glass. Wood & Glass Pedestal Plate w/ Dome from One Kings Lane $59.00 (originally $140.00). Hurry because OKL doesn’t keep their items posted for long.

06  India, particularly the Rajasthan area, is one place I vow I should return to. I loved everything – the architecture, history, culture, textiles, jewellery. I’m glad I splurged a little while I was there and bought me some fine jewellery. This particular piece is a beautiful take on Indian jewellery by Amrita Singh. Maharaja “Nadra” 18K 22.00 ct. tw. Turquoise Enhancer It is currently 65% off in Rue La La. For two days only.

07 We are redecorating our home office to make room for the kids’ study area. I’m thinking, something like this would do the job. I like that it folds up. Retractable Writing Desk from Anthropologie.

08 I’ve always been a fan of chunky rings and gem stones. Here’s a good deal from Rue La La. Ippolita “Modern Rock Candy” 18K 14.00 cttw. Gemstone Ring on flash sale at Rue La La for $1,199.90 (original price $3,000.00). Link valid til July 3, 2014.

Thomas Sabo





I got invited by my new blog sponsor, Thomas Sabo, to see their 2014 collection at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Mega Mall. I’d always been curious about this brand. I am most familiar with its comprehensive line of charms that I often see at the Rockwell branch. Little did I know that this brand of sterling silver jewellery offered more than charms. They had some pretty serious bling.

Thomas Sabo is a lifestyle brand founded in Germany in the 1980’s. As one of the leading providers in the jewellery, watches and beauty segment, the lifestlye company is present in 66 countries on all five continents with around 132 stand-alone shops and 107 shop-in-shops.


The newest Thomas Sabo in the Philippines can be found at SM Fashion Hall in SM Mega Mall.


The store had its signature black and white facade and interior.


I brought my eldest Sophia with me. She’s a charm collector and was on the look-out for a special pendant.


I love that the charms are versatile because of its claw that you can attach to a bracelet or necklace. They also have charm carriers that hold up to three charms in one place. I’m particularly drawn to the Oriental Chic collection. I can’t resist an evil eye…


After seeing hundreds of charms, here’s what we decided on. My three girls got a hummingbird, a pegasus and peace dove, and a daisy. I got that gorgeous heart locket.


Sophia chose this intricate Pegasus, one of her favourite make-believe animals. All the charms and chains are in sterling silver, by the way.


I initially wanted to get Lily a flower charm. I thought that was a lily but it turned out to be a star fish. The hummingbird is significant to our family because its the only bird that can hover. Thus it symbolizes my dad, the helicopter pilot. The daisy charm is for Stella whose second name Margarita is also a name of a type of daisy.


I got the mother of all pendants. This gorgeous sterling silver heart locket encrusted with pave cubic zircona from the Glam & Soul line.


The face of this locket is so beautiful. But it’s what’s inside that got me…


There’s a tiny 18k rose gold (plated) heart inside the big heart. I always tell my kids that Mama has the biggest heart and all my bunnies and more can fit in it.


Hinged-hoop earrings both in  925 Sterling silver – the one on right is 18K yellow gold plated. The stones are white zirconia and the discs are mother of pearl. These earrings work double duty. You can replace the discs with other charms.


Love knots in pave zirconia set in gold plated sterling silver.




The newest collection from Spring-/Summer 2014 is the THOMAS SABO “Karma Beads”:  “Inspired by a positive attitude towards life and an appreciation of the beautiful things in life, the new jewellery range is a manifestation of positive energy. The key piece of the collection, the lovingly detailed ‘Wheel of Karma’ and the 72 different Karma Beads designs allow wearers to create diverse jewellery compositions that express any Karma style. Complementing the Karma Beads, THOMAS SABO has developed a new necklace and a bracelet crafted from 925 Sterling silver, opening up completely new creative possibilities.”


This 18k gold plated sterling silver key pendant, surrounded by beautiful Karma Beads.


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There are 72 different Karma Beads that you can choose to personalise your own jewellery.  All available in Thomas Sabo branches in the Philippines.


This is how the Karma Beads are worn: The Beads, or the ‘Wheel of Karma’, are added to new bracelets and necklaces made from 925 Sterling silver, which are fastened by means of a bead element. The beads are added as desired, with stopper beads varying the position of the beads on the bracelet. You have the option of wearing it with just one bead or ‘fully loaded’ – the result is a personalized piece of jewellery.


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Karma beads.


Thank you to the team at Mega Fashion Hall for assisting me and Sophia.


For more information on Thomas Sabo Philippines, check out their Facebook Page here. Or check our Philippine branches of Thomas Sabo at Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Shangri-la Plaza, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall and Trinoma.