My passion for pearls knows no limits. I’ve always worn pearl earrings as a kid, and I’m definitely not giving them up any time soon. I dropped by the Charriol store in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell to check out the new pearl collection because I’ve been hearing so many great things about it.
Coralie Charriol-Paul, Charriol’s Creative Director (whom I’ve personally met before!), took inspiration from an exhibition called “Pearls” at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. She mixed it with Charriol’s signature twisted cables, and voila! The result was a contemporary yet timeless collection that’s sure to naturally brighten up anyone’s skin.
The collection includes a long chain necklace, bracelet, earrings and rings, and comes in white pearl + silver steel, and cream pearl + gold/yellow PVD steel variations. I had to try the ring on for myself because it coincidentally matched with my (grown-out gel) nails!
In the Philippines, Charriol is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI), and is located at Greenbelt 4, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Tower, Gateway Mall, SM Mall of Asia, 158 Designers’ Boulevard Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Midtown, Newport Resorts World, The Podium, Rustan’s Ayala Cebu, Abreeza Davao and Limketkai Cagayan de Oro.
Kate Spade’s 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag was one of the “it” bags of 2013, but I was only totally swayed to get it when I spotted this 3-tone black-brown-white color combination. I thought the original colors were too striking for my understated personal style, while the black and pastel pink versions were too predictable of me. This particular style, however, did it for me! I beieve it’s cute and sophisticated enough for me to tote about town 5, 10, or even 15 years from now. Perfect companion to wear around my arm. Plus it reminded me so much of dark chocolate (my favorite) <3
I also have bows on my Kate Spade flats! A girl can never have too many bows.
Central Square in BGC is where it’s at! Kate Spade New York just officially launched their new Central Square store, as well as their Fall 2014 travel-inspired collection. Of course, I couldn’t miss it for the world (pun intended).
I’m so obsessed with the brand that I never fail to check their official website (and Kate Spade Saturday's) every week. Looking at their products simply makes me happy. I'm pretty sure most of you Kate Spade-loving girls can relate!
I didn’t plan on matching with the balloons and the gold text behind me. What people tell me might be true - I may (unconsciously) have a Kate Spade-inspired lifestyle, haha.
On the yearlong adventure of “places to go and people to see”, Kate Spade’s current collection is inspired by travels to Asia.
And as you all know, I love everything about Asia! <3
Obviously, they were inspired by Harajuku when they created their Tokyo Collection! Didn’t see the Tokyo cat and bento box bags in the store, but I’m definitely taking a photo if ever I catch them overseas!
The Shanghai Collection is super quirky too! Apart from the leather fan clutch and Chinese takeout bag, this birdcage bag is truly a work of art.
Bianca Valerio hosted the opening event. Love the giant bow on her skirt. So Kate Spade!
Electric blue, metropolis green, and shocking pink! Kawaii Kate Spade!
You can never go wrong with classic black, beige, and red!
I can already see this as my official Christmas/holiday bag.
Accessories that match the bright Tokyo and Shanghai collections.
I need everything in this photo.
Ending your week on a high note with this piano pouch!
Travel pouches need not be boring!
Pointy toes and golden bows. Always a good combination.
Chic animal-skin handbags that are spacious enough for all your daily essentials. The pink one is so Legally Blonde.
White on white. Love the satchel on the right!
Giant tote bags aren’t spared from Kate Spade’s signature ribbons. Totes adorbs!
Lime and fuschia to brighten up your day, the Kate Spade way.
Pointy patent shoes. The one on the right is calling out to me right now.
Florals and giant bows aren’t just for little girls! Kate Spade never fails to deliver dainty details in the most sophisticated manner.
Raccoon flats, anyone?
You can’t miss Kate Spade’s signature orange and pink!
Me to the mannequin: ARE YOU ME?!
This whole outfit seriously looks like something that belongs to my closet…
Beautiful trumpet-shaped clasp on this gold clutch!
Can I have all of these for Christmas? Kate Spade iPhone cases are my guilty pleasure. I only have one phone, but I can never have too many iPhone cases for it.
They had a 15% off discount on all regular items for the opening event, so I ended up getting a few items on impulse. Posting soon!
In the Philippines, Kate Spade New York is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. – a member of The SSI Group, and is located at The Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 3, Rustan’s Makati, Newport Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Central Square.
Long overdue post on my short day trip to the Heritage Town of Taal!
Every year, my college barkada and I schedule at least one out-of-town road trip. This year, we intentionally picked a place that we know we’ll end up geeking about together (versus just going to the beach or pool for a swim)! We all share a love for art, history, architecture, etc. (6 out of 9 in our group graduated from Fine Arts), so we figured we might as well go all out with our geekiness and spend our time doing these kinds of tours.
Taal is about 2 1/2-3 hours away from Manila. As soon as we got there, we met up with a tour guide who brought us to Taal’s famous historical landmarks.
My friend Drew was so ready to start the day! He’s still using the same backpack that he wore to school 8 years ago, lol #thefeels
Villavicencio Wedding Gift House was our first stop!
This late Victorian-style house was built in 1870 when a certain Eulalio Villavicencio married Gliceria Marella Villavicencio. Gliceria, or Aling Eriang, is considered one of the 1898 revolution heroes.
The house also served as a headquarters for the revolutionaries at one point in time.
I was never one to watch local telenovelas, but our tour guide mentioned that this place has been featured on television quite a number of times already. It has become so common for the locals to see celebrities shooting here!
Bed details. Hand-embroidered.
Printed and written prayers.
Just me, hanging out in my neighborhood… not! You know how I live for juxtapositions, right? Suddenly, leopard print in a 19th century house.
Art nouveau everywhere. Spent a good few minutes spazzing about it with my friends (who were equally as excited as I was!).
A barkada that geeks out together, stays together. (Can’t believe we’ve been friends for 8 years now!)
Our tour guide served us snacks! Good timing, as we were parched from all that time we spent in the car. They served us empanadas (fave!), suman, and the best part - hot chocolate!
Before the time of mason jars.
On the ground floor, you can find a room with historical memorabilia.
The Villavicencios supported the publication and distribution of Jose Rizal’s most famous books - Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
These were two of the earliest original copies. Wow!
Hand of the King? #imissgameofthrones
Our next stop was Galleria Taal, probably the only vintage camera museum in the country.
It’s not just an ordinary museum though - the whole building used to be owned by Domingo Ilagan and Maria Martinez. Their third child, Candida Ilagan, was married to Antonino Barrion, a Batangas delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention.
CAMERA-CEPTION. I really enjoyed this place, being a photographer myself!
Vintage cameras can look this adorable…
…or this badass!
These are only just about 10% of all the vintage cameras in the museum. Galeria Taal is definitely a must-see, even if you’re not into photography. It’s always interesting to see how much technology has evolved since the earliest days. There are some parts of the museum where the cameras are arranged by brand. You can clearly see the difference that time makes!
While most of us girls preferred the Victorian-style Wedding Gift House, the guys in our group preferred the art-deco goodness at the Don Leon Apacible ancestral house.
Leon Apacible was Emilio Aguinaldo’s finance officer. Jose Rizal and Mariano Ponce also went to this house!
Sometimes, your mind can’t help imagining creepy figures in these kinds of photos.
Old school kalesa.
This glorious table…
Anyone play sungka?
Doña Marcela Agoncillo Museum is one of Taal’s oldest buildings! It’s been around since the 17th century.
Marcela Agoncillo is known to be the principal seamstresses of the first and official flag of the Philippines. She is also called the Mother of the Philippine flag.
I wish there were more houses that still looked like this!
*nudges Crissey* Coke, oh!
A collection of old French books.
Know your flags! We actually had a black flag with a skull before!
Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine houses one of the earliest Marian images in the Philippines. In 1603, a man named Juan Maningcad found it when he casted his net in Pansipit River.
Many miracles have been attributed to Our Lady of Caysasay. During Holy Week, this place gets packed due to the number of loyal devotees from all over the country.
A few minutes away from the church is the supposed site where Our Lady of Caysasay was found. The locals call it Balon ng Sta. Lucia.
The water from these twin wells is said to have healing powers.
And last but not the least, we went to Basilica de Martin de Tours, considered the largest and oldest church in Asia. IN ASIAAAAA
O hai gaiz - Neil, Kim, Adi, Tep, Drew, Kiks, Tracy, tour guide, and Rg!
One of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen.
Thanks to Giovanni Dibella, one of the two artists who painted San Agustin Church’s ceiling, we can enjoy the ceiling’s trompe l’oeil style.
Looks like scenes from a movie.
Just before leaving the town, my friends went to a balisong store. The balisong is also known as fan knife or butterfly knife.
If you search for butterfly knife on the Internet, you’ll see that it originated from the town of Batangas (where Taal is). Cool beans!
After spending a few hours in the Heritage Town of Taal, we had to bid farewell. Thank you to my friends for dragging my butt to this place, because I’m absolutely smitten!
I finally know what kind of local travel posts I can do! Don’t count on me to post about bikinis and martinis on the beach, lol
First of all, I’m not going to pretend that I already know how to bike, but I do intend to learn soon! I never got to try biking without training wheels (my older brother got into a serious bike accident when we were little, and that somewhat discouraged me from trying the real thing out), but everything changed since I discovered Yowamushi Pedal. I didn’t know what to do with my life after the first season ended, lol. So happy it’s back!
Last March, Japanese news reported that there was a major increase of female cyclists because of YowaPeda. Apparently, since the show premiered last year, the number of young, female customers checking out bike shops have doubled in Japan. I’m not alone!
My mom knows me too well - she got me a second-hand (from my uncle) Japanese brand bike! WOOT! Way to go, mom! It’s not a road racer like in the anime/manga, but I totally need that basket, lol #priorities. Wish me luck! Hopefully I can find time to learn before Christmas/New Year!
Sooo this is my make-believe fashionable bike outfit. Just G’s current collection features some wonderful non-denim outerwear for fall/winter. This jacket is no exception! The quality is A+, and for such an affordable amount too. Just G, I still can’t believe you’re real.
Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita.
(Images from Google)
I got a new burgundy pants from SM Woman recently, so I took cues from some of Hollywood’s favorite street style stars on how to wear the trend.
Here are Taylor Swift, Olivia Palermo (one of my ultimate style inspirations!), and Selena Gomez rocking it! This is one item that you can’t not have this season. These pants are the perfect alternative to classic blue/black/gray jeans, because you can dress them up or down depending on the items that your pair them with. They can be both fun and sophisticated, so you’ll definitely want to have this in your closet.
(SM Woman pants)
Here’s my Taylor Swift-inspired outfit! Paired my burgundy pants with different black items for that casual “New York” look.
(If you’re wondering why I didn’t go for stripes - Taylor loves polka dots, I think, more than stripes, haha)
Olivia Palermo never fails to make everything look classy! I look up to her so much that I decided to grow my bangs out as an attempt to look like her (in my dreams, lol). I also part my hair in the middle all the time because of her. <3
If you think burgundy pants are hard to match with other items, think again! Olivia’s outfit only shows that you can wear it with other autumn colors, and still end up looking put-together.
Selena’s style is quite different from mine, but here’s my own interpretation of her outfit!
I love that she mixed her burgundy pants with sporty elements! Good thing I found a vest that looks like a varsity jacket, only with the sleeves cut off.
Had so much fun creating this entry! I’m really set on making this a regular thing - cross your fingers I don’t get lazy, haha.
See you guys at SM Makati one of these days! I can’t wait to check out the newest stocks.