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!

 

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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!

 

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

 

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Clara in Heirloom Gold with Copper Fade Lenses

 

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

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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This was taken in Glorietta, my first installation.

 

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

 

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We used over 400 test tubes for the seven stores.

 

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The team at the head office.

 

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

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

Massimo Bonini

 

 

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Sabrina and Massimo Bonini

 

I was in shoe heaven the other week. I had the pleasure of hosting the official opening of Massimo Bonini at Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing. The beautiful luxury shop has been open since November 2013. This was an occasion to celebrate the spring/summer 2014 collection with the founders Massimo and Sabrina Bonini in attendance.

The Massimo Bonini multi-brand luxury showroom was founded in the late 80’s at the Via Montenapoleone in Italy. It started as a melting pot of Italian and international brands of shoes and accessories for men and women. Think mecca of luxury shoes and bags now in 80 countries.

The Massimo Bonini showroom at Shangri-La East Wing carries 27 brands which include: Gianvito Rossi, Bruno Bordese, Etro, Giambattista Valli, Henderson, Kalliste, McQ, Missoni, MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Thomas Blakk, and Versace.

 

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With the representative of Shangri-La Plaza, Edwin Ngo, the Boninis and Italian Ambasador.

 

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Issa Litton, Tessa Valdes, Karen Jimeno, Rica Peralejo, Tintin Bersola and Angel Jacob

 

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Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Karen Jimeno and Angel Jacob

 

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Same people mentioned above plus Julius and Tintin Babao and Alice Dixon.

 

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The part we all loved… shopping.

 

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I was so attracted to this pair of Sebastian flats! They came home with me.

 

Here it is…
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Giambattista Valli

 

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Edwin Ngo, President of 128 Dream Fountain Corp which brought in Massimo Bonini.

 

Massimo Bonini is located at the 2/3 Mid-level Shangri-La Plaza East Wing. Follow them on Instagram @massimoboniniph.

 

 

Evita Peroni Mothers Day giveaway

 

 

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I haven’t done a raffle in a long time. But here is something wonderful for Mother’s Day from Evita Peroni for the mother in you or your life. Five sets of giveaways – a clip, fancy hair ties, hair bands, a brooch/clip, a necklace. Each set valued at over P2,000. We will randomly choose 5 winners. Must have a Philippine address. Metro Manila winners to pick up prizes in Makati.

It’s quite easy. I’m using Rafflecopter. Just follow the three steps – Tweet about the contest with link to this blog entry, follow me on Twitter and like my FB Page. And if you feel like it (you don’t have to), you can leave me a message below and tell me why you’ve joined. All links are on the rafflecopter widget in my FB page here.

Or click go straight to Rafflecopter and check out my Evita Peroni giveaway.

Winners will be announced on May 12th Monday night.

** This RAFFLE is now closed. Winners have been notified by email. Prizes have been sent.**