Friday, September 30, 2011

FMM: Before they were famous

Back in 1983, Pat Wilson had this hit song that was given massive airtime in Manila. "Bop Girl" was playing in almost all radio stations and everyone was bopping to this ditty. I think it was one of the most famous soiree and party songs of that decade.



This song has since been part of pop culture. And more than the song, one of the reasons why this song has gathered so much interest is the fact that it features an iconic Aussie actress before she gained Hollywood fame.

The girl smoking while lounging on the pool in 00:22 is no other than...

Nicole Kidman!

She's also the bridesmaid in the mint green dress.

At least we know what she was doing (and how she looked like) in the 80s. (Yes, the hair is totally 80s!)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Comfort food

When I lived and travelled abroad, then separation would get the better of me, I usually comforted myself by buying a pack of a sweet treat. Yup, for me, comfort food means something sweet, fluffy and soft. And since that sweet, fluffy and soft item varies from country to country, I'd usually have a different comfort food in different countries.

MEXICO - During my 3-odd-month stint there, I'd feel homesick every so often, especially whenever I'd be separated from the Mexican Mafia, namely Beng, Beth and Ginger. And whenever that happens, it was off to Sorianas to buy a box of Pinguinos. I was so fond of it that my foster parents thought it was adorable. Mainly because a grown man was eating the same thing as their pre-school kids.


HONG KONG & GUAM - At Great Food Hall, they usually had a nice selection of imported brands. And one brand of comfort food that I'm glad they always had was Little Debbie's Cupcakes. It's pretty much like Pingguinos, but made in the USA. This was also my comfort food of choice during my 2-week (but it felt like 2-months) trips to Guam last year.


U.S. - Hostess Twinkies! Soft, golden butter cake and creamy vanilla filling. 'Nuff said!


MANILA - Yup, I'm in the mood for comfort food today, and I've recently discovered the joys of Fudgee Bar Macapuno. The cake is light and has that distinct pandan flavor. Then, the sweet, juicy and nicely textured filling reminds me of the home-made macapuno my Mom would make as a child. I never thought I'd get hooked on Macapuno again, but this bar made me a believer again.


If all 4 of these were available in Manila supermarkets, I'd be one very, very, VERY comfortable guy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

De-lait-ful

I've tasted so many chocolate milk drinks in my lifetime, and I must say, nothing comes close to Magnolia Chocolait.



It's the chocolate milk I grew up drinking, ever since it was still known as Choco-Vim. The taste is still the same - a rich, milk base with a creamy chocolate flavor. I bought a 1 liter box of it at Shopwise, and I almost finished it in one sitting.

I'm glad that some things never change.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cha-cha-cha

While Mark and I were having dessert at Food Choices, I noticed a familiar logo just beside the World Chicken Stall.



Gong Cha is finally in Makati. It's the tea brand that I'd usually get when I was still living in HKG, and I'm glad to see their Toffee Milk Tea on the menu because that drink is just awesome!

Looks like Taiwanese Tea or "cha" is the drink du jour in Manila these days. Aside from Gong Cha, there's ChaTime, Serenitea, and Lezyl's favorite - Simple Line.

I hope Filipinos won't get cha-fatigue anytime soon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

This is how it all starts

Compared to the opening credits of Cycle 14 to 16, this season's credits seem to be quite blah and a bit lackluster. And to think that this is an all-star season, so they should've put out all the stops for it.



Thankfully, even if the start is a bit wanting, the program itself is full of energy. I've seen the first 2 episodes and it's just drama, drama, drama. Mostly because of Bianca's catty demeanor and Lisa's craziness.

So far, I really like Shannon, Camille, Angelea and Alexandria. I wonder if the 2nd time is the lucky time for these ladies.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Grand Ole Oprah

Last Saturday, we celebrated Tintin's 40th birthday by channeling one of her favorite personalities - Oprah!

Tintin has always been a big Oprah fan, and I recall how she'd always have an Oprah quote ready whenever we'd discuss problems or issues in life. (Her personal favorite: "Never, ever, ever, EVER give up.) So, as Tintin begins her life anew, we got all dressed up in our "Oprah-best" and gave the birthday girl some Oprah-style lovin'.



Maricar was our Oprah for the day, and here she is with my co-party organizer - Gracie. (She might be Gayle in this shot.)



Like Oprah's segment, "My favorite things," we also had a "Tintin's favorite things" game. According to that game, Tintin's favorites include Chiz Curls, Pastillas, Cheese Rolls, Buko Pandan, and of course, The Oprah Magazine. And we capped it off with another favorite - Chocolate Cake! (Although I remember Tintin prefers it with Marshmallow Icing.)



As the birthday girl blew out her candles, we could see that she was having fun on her big day.



D' Frendz also gave Tintin an Oprah-style makeover. We put together a power look to help her seize power at the office. Harhar.



One great thing about this party is that D' Frendz were all accounted for. It was the 2nd Saturday that we were able to gather everyone together. (The first being last week during Mark's surprise birthday and despedida party.)

There were the little Frendz.



And the big Frendz. (Although Mark and Rick weren't able to make it.)



Lots of food, lots of frendz and lots of fun - there was a lot to be thankful for on Tintin's birthday.

Oprah would've been proud to be part of this celebration.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Double Despedida

Last Thursday, the family got together at Barrio Fiesta to fete two people who are leaving this September. Since they're both leaving the Philippines for a foreign country, where better to have dinner than the place that started the home-cooked Pinoy food trend.

First, there's Mom who left for the U.S. this morning. She's on her way back to Atlanta to take care of the grandkids.



Second, there's Mark who's leaving for Japan to take up his PhD. Sugoi ne!



Except for Rose who was at work, the family came in full force for the fete. There are the Morales ladies:



The Morales siblings:



And another family shot for posterity:



Vaya con Dios, Mom and Mark. See you in December!

Friday, September 23, 2011

FMM: Top Gun

When the film "Top Gun" debuted in 1986, a lot of kids - including myself - suddenly dreamed of becoming pilots. Tom Cruise's portrayal of Maverick, as well as Val Kilmer's role as Iceman, made flying so cool that everyone wanted to fly a fighter jet.

I remember being glued to the screen when we watched this in the cinema. Aside from the action and flying scenes, another memorable part of this film is the soundtrack.

"Top Gun" featured such unforgettable songs as "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins, "Take my breath away" by Berlin, and the song that became the "harana song du jour", this classic by the Righteous Brothers.



I just realized that it's Top Gun's 25th anniversary this year. Maybe they'll come up with a silver edition sometime soon.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Proofreader please!

Websites should really check their spelling and facts before putting them live. I was looking for Emmy Awards updates, and came across this site that published this.



I wish I didn't know the show, but I do. In fact, it's one of my favorite shows.

It's actually "Downton Abbey" and not "Downtown Abby." It makes this beautiful British masterpiece (Downton Abbey) sound like a sitcom featuring a suburban girl (Downtown Abbey).

Next time, they should pay more attention to details.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scary good!

Last Monday, I was watching Diva Universal and caught this short film that was funded by the Irish film board.

The movie is entitled "Veronique", and it's about a guy and his GPS, and the relationship they shared. That "relationship" is a bit odd and off-kilter, which adds dimension to the film. It starts out nice, but eventually the relationship turns weird. And everything goes downhill from there.

When the movie reaches it's climax, the film goes from weird to downright scary! And it's a subtle, cerebral kind of scary that makes it good.



Overall, I liked this film. It feels like a cross between "Twilight Zone" and "John Carpenter's Christine."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Perry in Pink

Saw and bought the October issue of InStyle at the airport this morning, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by their cover girl this month.



First of all, Katy Perry is a first time InStyle US Edition cover girl, and that's a refreshing change. But what makes it more astounding is that Katy's hair is pink! And this is the first time they're having pink hair on the cover, too.

I love it when InStyle pulls out surprises like this.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's Alien to me

Today I spent 6 hours, going to more than 5 malls and going through dozens of shops to find something I needed to buy.

And no, it wasn't a Vera Wang or Proenza Schouler or Marchesa or Marc Jacobs.

It was an Alien.



And just as I thought I'd never find it, I did!

Alien!

Friday, September 16, 2011

FMM: Friendly Fridays

While Mark and I were on the FX, they played two very familiar songs back-to-back on the radio. After the 2nd song, the familiar voice announced: "This is Friday Magic Madness."

So that's why they're playing all my favorite songs again.

The first song was Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire." And the second was this classic Kenny Loggins ditty:



This is part of the list of my all-time favorite songs. It's such a favorite that we just HAVE TO sing this whenever we go to a videoke joint.

I need to RedBox myself soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Let the all-star drama begin!

September 15 marks the start of ANTM Cycle 17 - The All-Star cycle! And judging by their first photo shoot, these girls are going to out fierce and out smize each one.



This should be a joy to watch.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Electric!

It's so nice to watch old sketches of The Electric Company. It brings me back to the time when we'd watch the show on that big, black and white TV in my parents' sroom.

"Apostrophe s" is such a catchy tune that taught me about possessive pronouns. I actually learned a lot about language on Electric Company and Sesame Street.



And of course, "The Lolly song", which was silly, but taught me about rhyme, and actually, it taught me how to make jingles.



Someone should make a DVD compilation of all Electric Company episodes. I'd buy that in a heartbeat!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Three stripes and you're in!

On the subject of prints, I noticed that stripes are making a huge comeback these days. Everywhere you look, from Zara to Topman to Plains & Prints, the same vertical lines adorn everything, from dresses to blouses to blazers and skirts.

A lot of people say that you should wear stripes with care. After all, vertical stripes can make a person's physique look a bit wider. But, if worn properly, stripes have a lot of possibilities.

Take this for example:

The Nautical look never goes out of style. And nothing says Nautical as much as a boatneck blouse in red stripes, and paired with a navy blue pencil skirt. It's such a classic and chic combination.

Another look du jour is the loose, hanging striped blouse. It seems like everyone has them on their racks today. This particular one I saw in a hole-in-the-wall-ish place in Ali Mall. The blouse is loose but not baggy. And to balance the flow of the blouse, the pants need to be more tapered, just like this olive green pair.



Or if you want the same look in a brighter shade, there's this candy colored blouse which is so easy on the eye. With so much color, you need a bottom that's dark enough to anchor the look together, and that's where these tapered navy blue pants come in.


Overall, stripes lend a casual cool feel to any outfit, and that look is always in, no matter what the season.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Double Dots

I've always been a huge fan of the print-on-print look. So much so that I built my wrapping theme on this Etro-esque feel a few years back.

Usually, the print-on-print trend works by putting together two disparate prints from the same color family. For example, Etro always mixes florals with solid patterns. Other designers mix narrow stripes with thick stripes. And the effect is visually interesting yet pleasing to the eye.

But what if we add two of the same prints together? Would it work as well?

Apparently, it can. There were two polka dotted items in Ate Lissa's closet, and I thought of mixing them to see whether it would be visually appealing. And here's the result:



I think it works because of a number of factors. First, the scale of the prints are contrasting. The big dots of the Apartment 8 shift merge well with the small dots of the Commes de Garcons x H&M cardigan. Second, the two items of clothing are from the same color family. This enhances rather than distracts from the overall look.



Finally, I added a thin, black belt to break the pattern and ground the look.



After seeing the results, I think my double dot experiment works. And the good thing is, you don't have to wait for New Year's day to wear it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Four Grand people

Today is Grandparents' Day. It's the day when apos from all over the world celebrate and give thanks to their Lolos and Lolas for the love and guidance that they're given.

During this occasion, I remember my grandparents with both fondness and sadness. It's the day that I feel happy and blessed that I got to know both my paternal and maternal grandparents very well, but there's also a bit of loneliness in my heart because I felt they passed away too soon. I was 16 when Lola Dita and Lolo Iking joined Our creator. Lola Pining passed away when I was younger, and Lolo Doring passed away in the 90s.

Despite the fact that they've been gone for more than 20 years, I have such vivid memories of all 4 of my grandparents. The way they spoke, their type of humor, how they were like when they were happy, and how they were like as disciplinarians. I remember their big dreams and little quirks. But most of all, I remember the lessons they taught me. Those lessons that I carry with me as a young boy, all the way into my adulthood.

And in honor of Grandparents' Day, I salute the 4 people who made such an impact in my life.

LOLO IKING


I always tell people that my Grandfather was a great man. And Lolo Iking really was a great man. He was a Brigadier General who headed the Manila Police Department (then called Manila's Finest) with so much authority and integrity. Lolo Iking was an incorruptible public servant who served the people with so much passion. And he was a leader who commanded so much respect.



Among the people he trained was Mayor Alfredo Lim. I remember how Mayor Lim was almost in tears as he delivered his eulogy for Lolo Iking. He recalled that Lolo was a wonderful mentor and an even more wonderful friend, and how he was the ideal public servant. When Mayor Lim mentioned that, it simply reaffirmed something that I knew was true. Everyday, we saw how Lolo lived his live with integrity and humility.



Integrity and Humility. These are the 2 qualities of Lolo Iking that I greatly admire. He was an accomplished man. He was a man of influence and power. But he never let any of these get into his head. He lived his life shying away from the spotlight, and just working quietly behind the scenes. He never wanted attention, nor recognition. He just wanted to quietly influence and change the lives of people for the better. And that's what made him an effective leader, and grandfather. And for that, I'll always be one of Lolo's number 1 fans.

LOLA DITA

Lola Dita was a disciplinarian. I remember her as a Lola who put a premium on proper decorum. She would always remind us if we were out of line, and tell us if we were too noisy, or too rowdy. She would call our attention if we were disturbing the peace, or if we were becoming too gregarious for our own good. My fondest memories of her include our Sunday masses, and Lola would be in her full regalia (complete with lace veil.) When I'd become antsy and impatient, she'd look at me and say: "You should behave properly in Jesus' house."

Proper. That's Lola Dita. She was proper both in looks and in demeanor. She was born in that era when the women were glamorous, always put together, and - of course - always proper. Her hair would always be in a coif. She would always be impeccably dressed, right down to her shoes and accessories. She would move and talk like a well-bred lady. And she was the epitome of grace and class.

If I remember correctly, Lola Dita had 4 closets of clothes and 1 closet full of shoes. No wonder she was always dressed to the nines whenever she went out. And her attitude was always as beautiful as her clothes, and that's what I'll always remember about her, and one of the most important lessons she taught me. That one must always be proper, treat everyone equally, and always practice good etiquette and impeccable manners wherever and whenever.

Lolo Iking and Lola Dita were my paternal Grandparents, and we grew up with them by our side. That's why they made such an impact on us as we grew up and grew older.

My maternal Grandparents lived in the U.S. and in Bicol. We only got to see them during summer, and usually, just for a month at a time. But no matter how short the time was, or how infrequent they were, they also left an indelible mark in my mind, and carry with me the lessons they imparted.

LOLO DORING


When I was a young boy and I'd spend my summer in Malinao, Albay, one thing that struck me was that everyone treated Lolo Doring with such respect. He'd sit on a bench outside the ancestral home, and everyone who'd pass by would stop and greet Lolo. They would either shake his hand, do the "mano", or simply nod their head in respect. And at that point, I thought, "Lolo must be a very important man."

Indeed, Lolo Doring was a very, very important man. He was the mayor of Malinao for several terms. He was President Magsaysay's key person in Bicol. During the 2nd world war, the Japanese troops were about to massacre the entire population of a village in Albay, but Lolo Doring negotiated with them and everyone was spared. Such was his bravery and his power.

And while I remember Lolo Doring as the brave and powerful Grandfather of mine, what I remember most is his sense of humor. He was such a joker, and spent a lot of time poking fun at everyone, including us, his grandchildren. He would always have a big smile which lit up his face which had a lot of moles. He would gargle his water before drinking it, and he would ask us to imitate him. He had such an infectious laugh which captured his joy, brought about by a life well lived and time well spent. And if people find me smiling a lot and living my life in the happiest way, well, I think it's because Lolo Doring showed me the value of those characteristics.

LOLA PINING


She was a woman ahead of her time. During an era where politics was dominated by men, Lola Pining became Mayor of Malinao for several terms. Previous to that, she was also a multi-term Vice mayor to Lolo Doring. Now that I think about it, maybe that's why Malinao had a very family-oriented town. Their "parents" during the 60s to the 80s (the Mayor and Vice mayor) were a real-life couple.

Lola Pining was very sharp and very intelligent. I could sense this by the way she talked to us. She would never "baby talk" any of us, and she conversed with us as if we were all adults. She was very knowledgeable in many things. I was an inquisitive and precocious little boy, and Lola was able to answer all the questions that I'd throw on to her. Those answers had so much authority and sense that I remember that she was my inspiration whenever I joined debates in elementary and high school.

Another fond memory about Lola Pining is how she was a great story teller. She was my personal "Lola Basyang" and I'd listen so intently whenever she'd tell me stories about Malinao. Whether the stories were a bit creepy (like the headless priest who'd roam around town during Good Friday) or sentimental (she'd tell me about the history and memories of the church in front of our house), she would tell it in such an illustrative way that I felt like I was in that story. And I appreciate hearing and telling good stories because of her.

Four grandparents with four very different backgrounds and attitudes. Four important figures that I was fortunate enough to have spent time with and learn from. This Grandparents' Day, I remember, I salute and I thank Lolo Iking and Lola Dita, Lolo Doring and Lola Pining for being such wonderful Grandparents who taught me to become the best person I can be.

And I can pay tribute and give thanks to them by living life practicing the lessons they passed on to my parents and to me.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Taking (and making) the cake

If there's one thing I find myself doing a lot of lately, it's designing cakes. For the past few months, I've designed wedding cakes, birthday cakes, no-occasion cakes, so, just about any cake.

My latest design was for the wedding of Mona's sister, Lanny. Her wedding theme was "Filipiniana," and she was particularly taken by "Vigan," a previous design that Dexter's did. So, taking that as a jump off point and trying to incorporate elements of their wedding, I sketched and came up with this.



This 3-layer cake has a round-square-round orientation, and has a capiz lantern as an accent. Since their color motif was green, I made sure to add that element in the design. And keeping true to the spirit of the original "Vigan" cake, I included the burnay jars and the ubiquitous kalesa chair.

Today, Ate Bullet and Raymond finally finished the cake, and this is what made it to the reception.



Like everything that Dexter's does, this was a masterpiece in sugar. Each detail was handcrafted using gum paste and royal icing. The decorations were all hand painted. And this added character to each layer of the cake. From the topper which featured a kissing couple:



To the jars and tiles that filled the entire cake:



The capiz lantern added an elegant touch. And may I just say that it took me almost a week, scouring different markets from Quiapo to Arranque, just to find the perfect capiz lantern. That's the thing with me, whenever I visualize something, I have to look for the exact same thing that my mind visualized. And this lantern was it!



A closer look at the details. The amount of work that went into this is staggering!



After the wedding, Mona's Mom thanked me for the cake and commented on how nice it was. She asked me who designed it, and I said: "Ako po." But I was quick to add that it was my brother-in-law and sister who did most of the work since they were in charge of turning the design into the actual cake. And as we're taught in advertising, a concept is good, but the execution can make it great.

And they certainly did a great job executing my concept.

Friday, September 09, 2011

FMM: Soulful Friday

Call me an old soul, but I've always been partial to singers from the 60s and 70s. That's why when I was in high school, I'd listen to Dad's collection of old cassette tapes like Earth, Wind and Fire and The 5th Dimension. This was the time when all my classmates were listening to Duran Duran and Sheena Easton.

Among my favorite singers are soul singers who are African-American in heritage. The songs of people like Ella Fitzgerald and Barry White are beautiful because they tell the story with their voice as much as their lyrics.

Another favorite is Lou Rawls. Truth is, I first heard of him when I found out that he sang the theme song of the Garfield animated series. This was one of my favorite cartoon shows when I was in high school, and I'd watch it religiously. After being exposed to Lou's voice, I became curious about his other songs, and they turned out to be equally great.

His voice is so soulful, cool and smooth, much like dark chocolate ice cream. And it never grows old. Even if I've listened to him thousands of times, I never get tired of his voice.

And since it's Friday, I'm paying tribute to this singer with soul, and here he is singing my song du jour.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Magnificent

Being educated in a Franciscan school with a strong devotion to Mother Mary, we would always go all out in celebrating her Nativity. It would always start with a mass at Lourdes Church, then there would be a program right after. There were talks, song performances, and sometimes, even a short play about the life of Mary.

As early as our Freshman year, our Christian Living teacher - Ms. Dominguez - would talk about the important role of Mary in the Catholic faith, and how we can show our devotion to her. To her, every month was rosary month, and she taught us to ask for Mary's intercession for anything and everything. (Including our Algebra exams! And yes, I needed intercession for those!)

On September 8, they'd also bring out our school's image of Mother Mary and put it near the AV room door which was the center of the school. And we'd always be amazed because that image looked so much like a school mate of ours named Ruby Rose Brillo. She was known as Lourdes School's Mother Mary and she would always play that role during our Nativity plays.

And of course, I remember all the beautiful Marian songs that would be sung in school on September 8. The most common one being "Immaculate Mother." Hearing this song still brings back memories of the beautiful interiors of Lourdes Church in Retiro Street.



And of course, "Magnificat." The song and the message of the song captures the love, humility and devotion that Mother Mary had. Every time I hear this song, I remember all those teachings imparted to us - by our grandparents, parents to our teachers - of how magnificent Mother Mary really is.


(I wish I could find that upbeat version that we'd usually sing in school.)

Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Yes, yes, yogurt!

Long before the Red Mangoes and White Hats of this world, there was BTIC - or Better Than Ice Cream. This was the brand that introduced yogurt ice cream in Manila, and they came in long, long, LONG before the invasion of the soft serve yogurts.



Although I would go to BTIC every so often, it wasn't really a habit. It was something that I'd try once every 2 to 3 months. But thanks to a recent promo, I find myself at BTIC once or twice a week.



BTIC and Yo Swirls are on 50% off every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. That means, I can enjoy my favorite Berry Basket and Cherry Marble yogurt ice cream twice as much as I usually do.

So not only is the ice cream guilt free, so is the price. How can you not say "yes" to that.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The heart of the matter

During our dinner stop at Wendy's, we ran into Grace and Rick who were having a fast food dinner as well. When I asked Grace how come she wasn't able to join us last weekend, and why she looked thinner than usual, she told us that she'd been sick. And more than that, she had a scare that weekend.

For the first time, she passed out. And she can't remember how it happened. All she could recall was going back to her room after fixing an afternoon snack. Then suddenly, everything went black and she could only hear the faint voice of Rick in the darkness. But thankfully, after a few minutes, she regained consciousness and simply wondered what happened.

According to Tito Fidel, her dad who's a former doctor, it might have been a heart murmur that caused it. Her current physician seconded this observation.

Heart matters are scary. For everyone. And for me. Especially since Lolo Iking passed away due to two heart ailments: his physical heart weakness, and his broken heart from the death of Lola Dita. Some of us in the family have minor heart concerns like Floppy Mitral Valve, Premature Atrial Contraction and Arrhythmia. (The last one is what Grace's doctor suspects her of having.) So I think it's really important to pay heed to one's heart, especially when one starts to grow older. (As in our case. Yikes!)

I'm glad that Grace is well and good now. And I'm glad she's really taking time out to have her heart checked to see if anything is wrong. At this day and age, it's better to be safe than sorry.

And did I say that we were talking about these heart concerns while digging into biggie fries? Classic! Hahaha.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Fab four

The Karl Lagerfeld collection from Macy's has finally been launched, and I'm wondering whether it's getting the same kind of attention as Lanvin x H&M last year. Better yet, is it getting the same kind of attention as Karl Lagerfeld x H&M a few years back.

Admittedly, the selection isn't as awesome as that of Lanvin's. But that said, there were a four pieces that were really eye-catching. Aside from the nice design, what makes them different is that it really has Karl's fabulous signature.

The first one is this ponte shift dress which is retro and futuristic at the same time.


This dress has a faux croc vest over a black ponte shift dress. Croc skin is so in, especially now that we caught a ginormous crocodile on our shores.


Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel is all about tweed. So it's nice to see a modern, tweed dress in his collection. The cut is very unique, especially around the neck area. And the black rhinestone bands help it transition from day to night.


And the most fab among the four, this simple LBD with Karl Lagerfeld's signature high collar. I've read that you can remove the collar, too, so it becomes a basic black dress if need be.


Days like these, I wish we had Macy's in Manila.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Deja vu

Popped into Net-a-porter and looked at their new stuff on-line. Among the regular designers that I check out is Oscar Dela Renta. He's got such a strong point of view, and he doesn't try to be too trendy or avant garde. He makes clothes that are feminine, wearable and beautiful.

Looking at his S/S 2012 collection, this particular dress caught my eye.



The print and cut were very nice. The styling rocks, too. And I was asking myself why this looked so familiar.



Then I remembered the Miss Manors outfit.



Now that's what I call a chic deja vu.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Camera ready

From a shy, little baby who would cry each time you look at her, Audrey (aka Suri) is now turning out to be a little star!

Whenever Vince tells her that she'll take her photo, she immediately poses and gives the camera her sweetest smile.



After the photo has been taken, she'd immediately ask Vince: "Can I see?" And she'd smile in delight after seeing her photo.



Yup, she's definitely our little Suri.