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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.




Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker



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Yesterday, my instagram feed was filled with photos of the new Karlie Kloss Collection** at Warby Parker. Fresh and flattering glasses that are lively and graceful – with a nice help of personality. Warby Parker is that purveyor of cool “non-designer designer” eyewear at a price that is friendly to everyone. We’re talking vintage-inspired top quality frames and lenses (even prescription) starting at $95.

Karlie Kloss didn’t reveal the collection in her instagram until yesterday, but she’d already been spotted early in May wearing her Warby Parker line while strolling through NYC with her BFF Taylor Swift. I didn’t realise these two were super close friends. Check out photos from their recent road trip as seen in Taylor Swift’s and Karlie’s Instagram. Girl crush!






This sunwear collection benefits Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization close to Karlie’s heart that builds, maintains, and staffs garden and kitchen classrooms in low-income public schools. The collection includes includes 3 shapes, 2 colors each, featuring ultra strong and lightweight japanese titanium. Each frames comes in both silver and gold metal with a colorful lens. At only $145 each, this limited edition collection is sure to sell out fast, so shop at Warby Parker now!


Limited edition Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker on sale now, $145 each.


Clara in Heirloom Gold with Copper Fade Lenses


Karlie is wearing her Marple in Heirloom Silver with Faded Slate Lens.


Marple features semicircular lenses and an upswept browline. It’s a little offbeat and a completely appealing.


To celebrate this great partnership, Warby Parker is donating to an organization dear to Karlie. Edible Schoolyard NYC works with low-income NYC public schools to build kitchens and gardens where they teach students to develop lifelong healthy habits. The donation will benefit two community farm stands in Brooklyn and East Harlem, where kids learn about food preparation in their own neighborhoods.

And as always with Warby Parker, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.



My Jewelmer Windows



Last month I appeared in HOLA magazine’s story on Power Moms. I wore my own strand of golden south sea pearls from Jewelmer. This piece is so special. I had it done so that I can wear the piece as a choker and bracelet or as a longer necklace the way it’s shown here.


Jewelmer used the page from HOLA in their stores. It was a pleasant surprise. I saw them when I styled the windows of seven Jewelmer branches.


I had the honour of being asked by Jewelmer to style their windows. I’d never styled a window before. But I accepted the challenge because it’s for a brand that I feel so attached to. They had done a similar project with Rhett Eala and this season Amina Aranaz and I got invited. There were some basic guidelines but we were given full creative freedom. Amina did six branches with her design concept, I did seven of mine.

I initially wanted to work with real plants but they turned out to be too heavy. There was one practical limitation. If we were to hang our designs, they had to be light enough for a push pin and nylon thread to hold. So I nixed the plants idea.

While I was conceptualizing the window, it was approaching Mothers’ Day and I took inspiration from that. I wanted a window that was lovely, fresh and something that represented both the strength and fragility of a woman. Then I remembered back when I was the editor in chief of Metro Weddings, one of our guest contributors styled a wedding shoot using test tubes and liliums.


So then I thought, how about hanging an exaggerated amount of glass test tubes each with a different white flower? We couldn’t use real flowers because that would mean water inside the glass, hence extra weight. So I searched for the loveliest silk flowers.


The effect would be a floating flower garden with thin glass reflecting light.




I got a lot of help from the Jewelmer team. Here are Tina and Jevan at the Shangri-la Edsa Plaza store.


Jevan hung the glass tubes while I adjusted the height randomly.


This was taken in Glorietta, my first installation.


I wasn’t actually sure if my glass tubes would stay in place. They did.


We used over 400 test tubes for the seven stores.


The team at the head office.


Here’s what the main showroom at the corporate head office in Makati looked like after office hours.


I went back to visit the Glorietta Jewelmer branch. I had to have a souvenir shot. You are all welcome to take pictures of the my Jewelmer windows. Feel free to upload them in Twitter or Instagram and just tag #jewelmer and #jewelmerdaphne.


The Jewelmer Daphne window installations can be seen in the following Jewelmer branches – Glorietta, Trinoma, Alabang Town Centre, Shangri-La Plaza, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Head Office showroom, and Ayala Center in Cebu.



Cath Kidston bags





01 Safari cotton backpack

02 Aubrey Rose backpack

03 Button Spot small leather cross body bag

04 Garden Birds bowling bag

05 Field Rose cross body bag