Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Krakoff dawn

Kohl's has a track record of collaborating with non-mainstream designers for their Design Nation series. From Thakoon to Milly to Narciso Rodriguez, they usually partner with names that are known for a strong aesthetic, and a non-commercial approach to fashion.

Now, they've added another name to that list.

Reed Krakoff!

I just found out about it today, but it was announced way back in November. That's how low key it is.

They've recently released their look book, and I like what I'm seeing.

Can't wait until mid-April when this collection drops!

Monday, February 01, 2016

The river has run dry...

While in Makati, I made my usual stop at the River Island store in Glorietta 5.

From afar, I could see the big "Buy One, Take One," signages. And when I walked inside, I found out why they were on sale.

They were closing down!

Yup, by February 1, River Island in Makati will be no more.

I hope they don't close the SM Megamall branch.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Two weeks ago, during our TVC shoot, I chanced upon this cute sheep and started taking photos of it.

Upon seeing me training my phone camera on it, the sheep stood up and faced me.

A few seconds later, it started running and charging towards me. Needless to say, I ran in panic!

Good thing it was tied to the gate. It would've been quite sheepish if I were attacked by this seemingly docile creature.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The key to fashion

 The past few seasons have seen Dolce and Gabbana come up with some of the most visually stunning prints. It started with their "Theater" collection a few years back, and continues with their current collection inspired by children's doodles.

Among my favorites are prints from their F/W 2015 collection, particularly the "Flower and Key" print.

The baroque vibe of the print is so full of character that a simple silhouette is enough to make it a stand-out dress. No wonder it sold out immediately on-line.

Well, it might be sold out on-line, but look what I found at The Haunt!

It's a Flower and Key tunic dress!

Achievement unlocked!

Friday, January 29, 2016

FMM: Stay in love

During Mom and Dad's Golden Wedding celebration, the host introduced Jul and Jen as a newly engaged couple.

Then, the host went up to Mom and asked if she could give the young couple some advice on how to stay married for 50 years. And Mom's advice was simple and succint:

"Stay in Love."

And that inspired by Friday Magic Madness song for today.

With songs as beautiful like this, it's hard to not be in love.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pop goes the wedding

Last weekend, I saw this Dexter's cake that was ready for delivery. I had to stop and take a snap of it,

The couple must be huge Funko Pop fans. Not to mention Bat-fans as well.

Another excellent cake from Dexter's.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Loud and Claire

Once upon a time, I was a wedding planner. And this was because one of my good friends at Adformatix - Claire - helped me discover that it's something fun and worthwhile to do.

The first wedding we planned was Rache's wedding to Jeepoy. It was just an ad hoc thing that we decided to do. But after that event, people started asking if we could do it for them, too.

So it came to pass, we suddenly found ourselves professionally organizing weddings. From intimate gatherings, to grand weddings attended by the Philippine President!

Eventually, Claire moved to the U.S. and is now a pastry chef. I, on the other hand, still find myself organizing weddings, and getting the same joy that I got back in 1998.

I'm glad that Claire still gets to visit Manila every year. It's always fun to catch up with her and talk about the glory days of our wedding organizing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

(Less than) one week wonder

Shooting last Thursday. Off-line last Saturday. Now, it's Tuesday, and we have an approved on-line. And we're airing this Saturday!

Working on projects as fun as this is one of the reasons why I love advertising so much.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Yes sir, yes sir

Plains and Prints stores during a sale are dangerous places. You find yourself casually meandering in without any plan or agenda, and you walk out with three bags full of awesomely designed clothes on the cheap!

Ate Bullet's closet is going to be a bit fuller - and happier.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Power cookies

Back in the 80s, there was a big battle between Milo and Ovaltine.

These 2 malt drinks were battling it out in the minds and tummies of Pinoy kids. That included me.

Then again, I'm not really a brand loyal chap. So, I'd often drink Milo, but I'd eat Ovaltine.

That's why Ovalteenies was such a thrill for me. Imagine, the taste of Ovaltine, in little candy tablets. At that point, I thought this was the best thing that happened to Ovaltine.

Fast forward more than 20 years later, I discovered that Ovalteenies weren't the best thing that happened to Ovaltine.

This was:

Ovaltine cookies!

One bite, and I was right back in elementary school, snacking on Ovaltine. Now, that's Ovaltine power!