H&M is finally in the Philippines, and it’s officially opening in Mega Fashion Hall at 9AM tomorrow! I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP party last night, and of course, I spent all my time taking photos instead of shopping. PRIORITIES! Sharing is caring!
This post is a sneak peek at H&M's first store in the country!
Fashion for all - this can’t be any truer. The prices are so shockingly affordable! I can’t even! No need to go to Hong Kong or Singapore for H&M anymore!
THE WAIT IS OVER!
When I arrived, I already knew the VIP Party was off to a good start.
The first person I saw on the red carpet was DJ YULIA. MADEMOISELLE YULIA. IN THE FLESH. I HAD TO KEEP MYSELF FROM SPAZZING OUT LOUD. Anyhow, someone asked me why I didn’t take a selfie with her. I was actually about to do so, when I was suddenly overridden by my experiences in Japanese fashion shows and events. I noticed people rarely take selfies with famous people or strangers! Didn’t want to freak her out haha /shy
With Unilever’s Cheskie Ayson! Matchy-matchy black strappy shoes!
Manila-appropriate F/W dressing.
Large-brimmed hats, oversized coats, and a hint of yellow and gold. Would wear all these outfits in a heartbeat.
Time to hoard all the classic button-downs!
Just because I matched the mannequins’ colors - black, white, and oxblood.
My hat wasn’t out of place either!
Casual, everyday dressing with denim and sporty elements.
For all the exercise addicts out there!
SPOTTED (get it?) - brown leather and leopard prints.
Sparkle and shimmer with this sophisticated blazer and pants set.
If I only had time to line up at the counter (there were way too many people, lol, I gave up shopping halfway through my stay), I would totally get these items.
3 floors of retail heaven. Now you know where all your Christmas money will go.
Kids nowadays are so lucky! So many cute options at such affordable prices.
Itty bitty Hello Kitty.
Check out all that pink! Every little girl’s dream.
Calm before the storm. The number of people tripled a few minutes after this shot was taken. Can’t imagine the crowd tomorrow!
Batman vs Superman? 2016, please come sooner.
’90s grunge style is still going strong!
Ankle boots for colder days.
First blogger sighting - Lissa and Camille!
Sandwiched in between these two pretty ladies. Guys, be jealous.
White tops with Tracy and Aisa.
Make-up gurus Angela, Nikki, and Sabs.
The shoe section brings all the fashion and beauty bloggers to the yard. You’ll know where to find us in shopping events like this.
Ateneo represent! With cool girls Maxene and Saab.
For all the girls with resting bitch faces. It’s not our fault. :(
Winter wonderland at the men’s section. If the female mannequins wore floppy hats, the male mannequins sported beanies!
That plaid is definitely sharp.
Quirky t-shirts for your hipster brother or boyfriend.
David G., is this you…
Suddenly, the real David G. Also love your new haircut, Ira!
At this point, I started bumping into some familiar faces one after the other.
Everywhere We Shoot! So not used to seeing Garovs with dark hair!
We spazzed over DJ Yulia together since not a lot of people in the event knew who she was!
Hi Alyanna + photobomber at the back.
H&M, you’re something else. Literally everyone in the industry I had the chance to meet/work with were all present during the event.
Candy girls Marla and Macy. <3
And last but not the least, Yulia! SHE LOOKED AT ME AND MY CAMERA. <3
She was already wearing Alexander Wang for H&M!
Ribbons by the counter. I can’t wait for my hair to grow so I can finally experiment with hair accessories!
Should I get this iPhone case? Y/Y?
That mock-neck bejeweled top, I covet. It’s in my favorite navy too. /cry
Long coats and leather jackets seem to be two of the biggest outerwear trends this season! I’m already preparing my wallet for my next visit to H&M. Will need these items to warm me up for my upcoming fall and winter trips! <3
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.
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.
As soon as I heard that the new Le Bunny Bleu F/W 2014 collection was out, I immediately headed to the nearest store to take photos. A few weeks before the new stocks arrived, I was already checking the Le Bunny Bleu international website for some teasers! Talk about being obsessed with this brand! The current collection does not disappoint, and I’m excited for the next few weeks as well - they usually add more colors and styles as the time passes.
Kawaii never stops! Who says you have to ditch your favorite florals this season? These Rosey slip-ons would totally look awesome with skirts!
Emily oxfords. I think I’ll get these the next time I visit.
These cute bunny shoes have hidden heels for the vertically-challenged!
These Zoe flats have hidden heels too!
Look familiar? Wore these Princess low heels here.
Le Bunny Bleu boots are back! These Hannah boots are the perfect travel companions.
Go school girl-chic with these Elizabeth loafers.
The current collection has more loafers than ballet flats, and I’m loving it!
Slippies slip-ons in orange to match the autumn leaves.
Balloon Pop espadrilles! So cute how the bunnies are all neon!
Polly oxfords! I dub thee Le Bunny Bleu’s *it* style for their F/W collection. Super chic and unique-looking! These are sure to be head-turners.
Trendy slip-ons to go with your normcore outfits.
My top picks. For a preview of Le Bunny Bleu’s newer styles, check out Crissey's blog! Can’t wait to visit again soon. Goodbye savings!
Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599), and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).
Good news! They recently opened their official webstore! They accept major credit cards, and have free shipping at a minimum of P2,000.
Tory Burch’s story is one of my favorite success stories of all time, so I couldn’t pass the opportunity to drop by the Tory Burch Beauty Collection launch at Rustan’s Makati a few weeks ago.
Fashion and beauty go hand in hand, and I can definitely see Tory Burch evolving into a full-blown lifestyle brand after launching this make-up collection. Now, your clothes, shoes, bags and make-up can all match!
The Tory Burch lipstick collection includes 12 shades for different occasions! They’re designed to suit different skin tones.
Their signature color, “Pas du Tout” was so successful that they decided to create other shades! We’re so lucky!
The darker colors may look intimidating, but the lipsticks actually apply sheer. So ideal for everyday use!
When do I even start with the luxuriousness of the whole collection? Each lipstick is also subtly scented with cassis, grapefruit and mandarin, and the logo on top is so pretty, you wouldn’t want to ruin it! The orange casing is a work of art - you’ll definitely want to keep it even after you’ve finished the whole tube.
Other notable items from the beauty collection are their lip/cheek stain and blush/bronzer combo.
Took photos of the current Tory Burch collection while I was at it.
Really eyeing the gold one in the middle! Come to mama!
Look familiar? It’s because I have the black one! Perfect everyday shoe. Seems like the slip-on trend isn’t going away any time soon.
Need these jelly flats in my life! Not sure if I should get the Reva ballet flats or these ones instead. I can’t resist anything with ribbons.
Or should I get these matchy-matchy shoes and bags instead?
Bumped into Patricia as well! Thank you Tory Burch Beauty for inviting us to this event. Had so much fun!
Tory Burch Lip Color Collection is available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangrila and Tory Burch Greenbelt Boutique. The lipsticks are priced at PHP 1,650 each.
Last August 15, Kenneth Cole New York celebrated their newly remodeled store in Power Plant Mall. Guests and customers enjoyed free Starbucks and TWG cocktail food and macarons, on top of the generous 15% off discount on all regular items.
Before a long line formed for free coffee. Anything for Starbucks!
With fellow Ponds and Tresemme ambassador Kelly Misa! She lined up early so she was able to leisurely enjoy her coffee while shopping.
Coffee and shopping? Best combination ever. I love whoever came up with this idea! I can do without cocktails and champagne, as long as I have my hearty cup of coffee to fuel my materialistic urges.
Kenneth Cole’s Look Good, For Good is not just your ordinary hipster-looking photogenic sign on the store’s window display.
The Kenneth Cole foundation supports a number of organizations that provide education, shelter, aid, and other nurturing efforts to build talent (among other things) with Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism as their main pillars. They have 30 years of philanthropy history behind them, and this is only one of the many reasons why it will always feel good to look good wearing Kenneth Cole New York.
Another reason, of course, is the high-quality but affordable products that they always offer. All the classic silhouettes and styles that can never, ever go out of style = I covet.
Kenneth Cole has great men’s shoes! Wish these were available in women’s sizes too!
The current selection highlights these strappy sandals for all the normcore/anti-fashion girls out there. Who needs heels when you’ve got fashionable flats?
Would’ve gotten the black pointy pumps if only my feet weren’t too small for the smallest size, huhu. #smallfeetproblems
This style incorporates the 925 (a play on “nine to five”) technology that Kenneth Cole is known for. Every woman can wear these 925 shoes to work, at work, and after work. No need for an extra pair of walking shoes!
Our shopping spoils! You can never have enough black and pointy shoes!
Thought of getting this bag too! The color is beautiful, and I’m such a sucker for boxy-looking bags that look like they have enough room to stuff your whole life inside.
Thank you Kenneth Cole New York for inviting me to your re-opening event! They improved their store’s appearance, and now it’s everybody’s wardrobe’s turn!