Sunday, August 02, 2015

Aldo it!

Today, we welcomed my newest Godson to the Christian world!

Welcome, Aldo! You're such an adorable and nice little baby! No wonder your Mother Lyli can't get enough of you.

I can't wait to spend more time with you and your Kuya Rafa.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Juice mio! Part deux.

Presenting the Tamarind variant of the new juice drink brand I talked about a few days ago.

This one doesn't disappoint. It has the real, rich flavor of tamarind that I've grown to know and love. And when you chill it until it's really, really, really cold, gosh! It's sublime!

I'm still waiting for the Mangosteen flavor to come out, though.

Friday, July 31, 2015

FMM: Making the rounds

In honor of Spandau Ballet's upcoming Manila concert, may I present one of my all time favorite Spandau songs.

While the song was awesome on its own, the MTV was also a visual and conceptual treat. I remember being a kid and mesmerized by the story of this video. It made me want to go to the U.S. and be a student there. Harhar.

You just have to love the 80s.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello there 80s

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Madonna is bringing her "Rebel Heart Tour" to Manila. And so far it's the only South East Asian country where she'll be performing. 

Needless to say, the response to the concert has been kuh-ray-zee. Tickets were sold-out a few hours after they started selling it.

And today, the news about Spandau Ballet's concert in Manila just came out. Mind you, this is the whole, original band. And not the usual "Tony Hadley - lead singer of Spandau Ballet" concert.

Yes, the 80s are back. Hooray for us!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catty comments

A nice tee is the perfect thing to wear on lazy days. All the fast fashion brands have their own armada of tees, but they usually vary in fabric quality and design. Among the lot, Uniqlo has the best tees so far. The cotton they use is soft and sturdy (I still wear my Uniqlo tees from 7 years back) and the designs have that Japanese creative aesthetic. 

Another underrated source of tees is Surplus Shop. All you need to do is step inside a store and you'll be treated to racks upon racks of great tees. That's why whenever there's a need for weekend wear, this is one of the default destinations.

While browsing the ladies' tee section, this soft, heather gray shirt caught my eye. It had a nice cut, and an even nicer fabric. The cotton felt so plush and soft.

The print, though, made me stop and think whether I should get it for the Ates. While it's tongue-in-cheek and supposed to be funny, I think it's a bit demeaning to single folks and perpetuates the stereotype of the "single cat lady."

Bad print notwithstanding, the fabric and style is really nice and worth buying. So the question remains, should I?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tour de Four-ce

Flashback to 8 years ago. I was still living in HKG, and one fine day, I decided to watch the film "The Fantastic Four." It was super duper ultra cheese!

In a few weeks, they're finally coming out with the reboot of the same franchise. Totally different actors, costumes, and - based on the trailer - approach to the film.

It looks more compelling and less cheesy than the 2007 version. Then again, that's what I thought when I saw the trailer of the first one.

We'll see.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lacy days and Mondays

Whenever there's a need for lace, the usual go-to places are Carolina's and Fabric Warehouse. They have an impressive selection of lace - particularly Carolina's. After all, the company exports lace fabric to fashion houses such as Armani.

If you have a penchant for adventure and don't mind crowds, Divisoria is another good source. There's a place in 168 that I frequent, and they have nice Prada lace that's 50% cheaper compared to mall stores.

Yesterday, another lace source presented itself. While looking for buttons for my old suit in Cubao, I chanced upon this fabric store that specializes in jersey and sports fabrics. But in one corner, they had a few bolts of lace. And they were really, really, really, really nice lace.

Of course, I couldn't resist to buy a few yards for future use. Particularly, this rose gold lace with a very elegant design.

This is going to make an equally elegant dress.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Simply Jesse

Today was an extra special day because we had an extra adorable and extra special guest.

Baby Jesse!

Baby Jesse is Mark's nephew and he dropped by Dexter's with his parents after getting his vaccination. Aside from being super duper adorable, he's a very nice baby. He didn't complain when I carried him, neither when Ate Bullet carried him as well. He was smiling a lot, and he'd laugh when you made googly sounds.

All that adorableness at less than 5 months old!

This visit really made my Sunday.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Photo finish fashion

It's well-established that I'm a huge fan of photo prints in fashion. That's why Mary Katrantzou is one of the designers I always look out for because she's a master in blending photorealism and fashion.

Seeing that level of quality and craftsmanship isn't something you'd normally expect in the Philippines, but trust Plains and Prints to defy expectations.

This weekend, they previewed their 20th anniversary collection which they dubbed as "Photography x Fashion." They worked with 2 great photographers (both of which I'm lucky to have worked with) - Wig Tysmans and Mark Nicdao.

They translated their best photographs into fabric, and designed a collection around it. Needless to say, the results are breathtaking.

This is one of the best-sellers during the preview sale. The manager said that it flew off the racks the moment they opened, and I was lucky to get a pair for my sisters.

It's composed of a blouse with a print of a museum in Jaipur called "Albert Hall."

Then, a skirt with a photo print of a palace, also in Jaipur.

The print was done beautifully, and the fabric gave it enough volume and body for the print to stand out.

In my opinion, this is the best collaboration they've ever had.

Friday, July 24, 2015

FMM: Very Perri

Back when I was a junior copywriter, we'd work overtime quite often. Those sessions would usually last until the wee hours of the morning, and sometimes, the stress level would elevate.

When that happens, we'd always have a repertoire of relaxing music to keep everyone relaxed.

My contribution to that playlist was this favorite song from an awesome yet underrated group called "Perri."

This song has been around for decades, but it still sounds as relaxing as the first time I heard it.