Daphne® stuff



I had a gazillion of these postcards made for my booth at World Bex last March. I had spent so much on all this branding (good quality paper and design) that I was very careful about distributing them during the 3-day trade fair. I didn’t want to run out before the show ended. And look, now I ended up with so much left over. I use them as stationery and my funny business card sort of thing. The thing about having a self-named brand is that no matter how it’s viewed, I will always look like a self-promoter. Yikes. Haha.


This is part of the batch I sent out to the winners of my last raffle months ago.


My heart still skips a beat every time I see a DAPHNE® display in Bench or Dimensione. This is the one in Bonifacio High Street.


They look so lovely here! I must say, they make the best gifts. Really. I often randomly walk in to Bench or Dimensione to buy a few bottles when I have to give gifts.


I always get asked which one is my personal favourite. But that’s like asking me which of my daughters I love most. They are all the same. Acres of Lavender is the best-seller because I think lavender is the universal scent for relaxation. It is also the most familiar among the three. The more adventurous ones go for Homemade Lemon Tart. This is the one that is most talked about. You smell more of the cookie tart rather than the citrusy lemon. It’s a great mix. Then the Mint Jasmine Infusion smells the most refreshing.


Since it is already Christmas in Manila (it has been since the last week of August), early planners should consider getting Daphne Home Scents to fill up their list.


It’s Christmas in Dimensione.


I love that my bottles are displayed at the check out counter!


If I saw this at the check out counter, I would buy impulsively.


Not so hard-sell, self-promoting, eh?



Bench Universe



I’d never seen a Bench underwear show before. Knowing that this year is a very special one being the brand’s 25th anniversary, I mentioned it to Kristine Lim of Suyen Corporation. Since we are all family now (hehe), she sent me three tickets in the Lower Box. I brought Ingrid and Isabel. All three of us were Bench underwear show virgins.


With Ingrid Go and Isabel Gatuslao. It was a hoot being with these girls. MOA Arena is huge. Even though we had great seats, it was hard to identify who was walking the ramp. (I’m making a lousy excuse of course. We just really didn’t know who was who. Everyone looked stunning and that’s all that mattered.) Here are some I’ve identified. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


Enchong Dee descends from above and jumps off a suspended row boat…


… and gets on stage this way.


Models. (All photos taken using my Olympus OMD).


Kim Chiu just being pretty.


Kim Chiu and Jake Cuenca


Diether Ocampo and bike.


Richard Gomez


I see Richard Gomez, Diether Ocampo…


A closer look at Diether’s abs.


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The Farm Organics online store



This is so cool.

I just did my week’s grocery shopping at The Farm Organics’ online store. I bought organic beef in different cuts and beef jerky. And they should be delivered to my house by Tuesday. Deliveries in Metro Manila are done every Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Farm shop
Check out their easy to use shop at www.thefarm.ph


The Farm jerky
Before going to bed, Patrick reminded me to buy beef jerky. We both love this product. Easy snack.


This is always good to have in the fridge, ready-to-eat Roast Beef. All you have to do is heat it. It even comes with yummy mushroom gravy.


The site is easy to navigate and even easier to check out and pay. The only down side is, you get really hungry while looking at the roast beef photos.



Labor Day Sale at Anthropologie



Fringed Hem Sweater skirt
Summer is over in the northern hemisphere! Bring out the sweaters. Doesn’t this girl look like Brave? Fringed Hem Sweater Skirt $128.


I’ve always loved the change of seasons. I miss having four seasons. But I can’t complain. We wear open toed shoes all year round here. And good news, most summer styles are now majorly marked down. Anthropologie has an additional 25% off already sale clothing this weekend. Valid 8.31.12 – 9.3.12


Juggling Figures Skirt
Juggling Figures skirt. Now $89.95 from 168.00 and with this weekend only’s 25% off it’s just $67.


Shutter Ridge Wedges
Shutter Ridge Wedges. Now on sale at $79.95 was $158.00 and with this weekend’s 25% off it’s just $59.96



Peony Slip Dress
Peony Slip Dress Now on sale at $79.95 was $158.00 and with this weekend’s 25% off it’s just $59.96




Bounce? Or Sway?



Hair is my biggest beauty concern. If left alone, I could go through life without ever having to brush my hair. But thankfully, I get a lot of help. Alex Carbonell gives me the easiest haircuts. I get occasional salon treatments. And for my TV life, I get professionals to style my hair.

I was going through my photo files and realized that nowadays, I can categorize my hair into two looks — either “bounce” or “sway”. Just like in the new Pantene Nature Care campaign.

Here are some photos from past Cocktales episodes:
























That’s a lot of photos! Whew! I hope you’re not sick of me yet. Haha.


The reason I dug up those photos is because I recently signed on as Procter and Gamble’s Beauty Brand Ambassador (Digital). Yay! Big moment for me! So proud to represent the brands. Plus I get to work directly with P&G on a creative level. The rest was easy because I had been using Pantene for a while now.

A bit about Pantene Nature Care Collection… “It brings a fusion of natural ingredients and Pantene science to provide the right level of conditioning for hair that is full of life. Trusted Pantene Pro-V technology is combined with nature’s own cassia flower resulting in the Cassia Complex.  To harness the power of cassia, Pantene scientists applied advanced scientific techniques to heighten the protective and strengthening powers of cassia. At the rinsing stage, it provides an invisible layer of natural protection on hair, helping to prevent daily damage. Pantene Nature Care enhances hair’s fullness and effectively delivers the right level of conditioning ingredient deep into the hair.”


Pantene Nature Care Fullness and Life is what I use when I want volume and bounce. With this my hair is still manageable with no “buhaghag”.

“Pantene Nature Care Fullness and Life Shampoo gently cleanses hair while delivering conditioning benefits to each strand. In addition to the Cassia Complex, it contains avocado oil, grapeseed extract and bamboo help moisturize and revitalize hair. The shampoo works in harmony with the Pantene Nature Care Conditioner which helps to keep hair manageable, prevent frizz and maintain hair fullness. The Nature Care Conditioner comes with a new dual-surfactant technology, which creates a unique ‘airfilm’ that separates the hair strands for effective and even deposition of conditioning ingredients.”


The Pantene Nature Care Smoothness and Life variant is for when I want my hair smooth and straight but never limp.

“Pantene Nature Care Smoothness and Life collection restores hair’s natural health, smoothness and life form through a combination of the brand’s signature Pro-V technology fused with a nourishing mix of nature’s wonders including Cassia Complex, aloe vera, calendula and ginger. This innovative formula penetrates into the hair’s cortex and fortifies the hair shaft from root to tip maintaining optimal moisture balance in hair while reducing friction between every hair strand therefore achieving smooth, shiny hair that is still full of life and movement.”

Its shampoo contains Cassia Complex for a higher deposition of conditioning ingredients that facilitates the delivery to very single hair strand to provide further protection to strengthen hair against damage and boost its luster. Combined with the Pantene Nature Care Smoothness and Life Conditioner, get smoothness with volume for the perfect sway.


And the Intense Hair Mask is for my once a week home treatment.


How about you? Do you like to bounce? Or sway? Tweet me at @DaphneOP with hashtag #PanteneBounce or #PanteneSway