Thursday, April 30, 2009

sale! sale! sale!

text message alerts!
• enjoy up to 70% off on shoes and apparel from skechers, ecko unlimited, merrell, pony, and no fear at tektite, ortigas center on may 4-8, 2009 from 9am-8pm. see you there!
• luxury sale at the palms, alabang -- one day only -- on may 7, thursday from 12-8pm at the daintree room. factory prices for high fashion pieces by natori black label, natori white label, josie, cruz, and natori! up to 70% off on fragrances by calvin klein, davidoff, bulgari, issey miyake, YSL, guerlain, ferragamo, vera wang, burberry, and a lot more! no invite, no entry! see you!
• from the paul smith mobile: labor day sale! Jeans line and paul x gets 25% off. Sale runs from may 1-3. for inquiries you may reach us at shangri-la: 636-0488 and greenbelt 5: 729-9898. cheers!
• labor day sale may 1-3 at benefits style salon greenhills branch! 20% to 50% off selected kerastase, l’oreal, MAC, benefit cosmetic, japonesque, and other brands. Please call 0918-888-7288 for more info.
• Denim fanatics and enthusiast, we are turning you on!!! Theodore's the Store brings the latest offering on Denim, 2 pairs of jeans for the price of P6,995.00, starts on May 1, 2009, Friday. You're sure to find the perfect pair times two. with over 29 brands to choose from: 1921 jeans, 575 denim, Bread denim, De Gaine, Desigual, DVB by Victoria Beckham, Energie, Fidelity denim, Goldspun, Gsus Sindustries, Habitual, Iron Army, Kasil, Kidrobot, LA Denim Atelier, Loomstate, Meltin’ Pot, Miss Sixty, Monarchy, Rag & Bone, Raven denim, Rich & Skinny, Sass & Bide, Serfontaine, Stephenson, Stitch’s, Stronghold, Surface to Air & Taverniti.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

greenbelt 5 rooftop

around three weeks ago, we had a shoot at the palawan suites of makati shangri-la. while looking out the windows, we spotted this unusual thing on the makati-avenue side—something green in the middle of all that dreary gray concrete: the lower half of the photo is ayala museum and above that is... greenbelt 5?! wow, let's take a closer look... is that—gasp!—grass?? ayala is actually doing something green?? literally and figuratively. to deserve to be called a "green belt." we're really curious about this rooftop. we didn't know it even existed. is it accessible to customers? pwede bang mag-picnic jan? parang maganda mag-fashion shoot jan... we tried googling for some information on this, but could not find anything, not even in their not-exciting website. can anyone enlighten us please?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

domino's done

we are one of those people who deeply laments the demise of domino magazine. last month, they released their last issue without any indication that it was their last, not even a goodbye letter from the editor in chief. buti pa yung marie claire philipines, myrza got to say goodbye and thank you to their readers. now what shelter magazine are we gonna buy?? we love elle decoration (UK edition), but it's just too damn expensive, we resort to scrounging for back issues in book sale or mio magazine shop. maybe we'll just buy real living (philippine edition, not australian edition, para mura!), the most user-friendly local shelter publication. apparently, this blogger style redux lamented more deeply than we did that she came out with a faux cover for what she fantasized the domino april issue might look like! then two weekends ago, while doing some home improvement, we decided to go to the domino website for some inspiration. we were diverted to the architectural digest website and found this letter:

Dear Domino magazine reader,

Thank you for trying to visit the Domino magazine Web site. Sadly, Domino magazine and are no longer being published and the My Deco File application has shut down. You’ve been redirected to the Web site of Domino’s sister publication Architectural Digest.

Like, is home to inspiring photography, helpful design resources, tips and interviews with top architects and designers, plus galleries of unique furniture, art, tapestries, and other treasures.

We’d like to encourage you to explore by visiting some of our most popular features listed below. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest architecture, design, and celebrity homes delivered directly to your inbox.

We hope you will grow to love both our Web site and Architectural Digest magazine.

Architectural Digest magazine

Domino magazine sweepstakes notification:
We regret to inform you that the My Deco File Paris Sweepstakes, My Deco File Daily $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes, and the Domino Deals $2,000 Target Shopping Spree Sweepstakes will not launch as promoted in the March 2009 issue of domino.

how sad! what a lame attempt at a goodbye? an apology? a sales pitch?? then yesterday, since we subscribed to domino directly through the condé nast website, we received this notice in the mail:

Dear The Fash Pack,

With regret, we have decided that we will no longer be publishing Domino.

In its place, we will be sending you Glamour, starting with the August 2009 issue, for the duration of your remaining Domino subscription term.

We think you'll love Glamour, especially if you haven't seen it lately. Like Domino, it's geared toward smart, style-savvy women like you, with inspiration and tips on fashion, hair & beauty, health & diet, and sex & relationships.

If for any reason you choose not to receive Glamour, please contact us at 1-800-xxx-xxxx for a full refund of the remaining issues still due on your subscription. if you are already a Glamour subcriber, the copies due will be added to your current subscription.


Virginia Roberts
for Domino

glamour?? sige na nga. you had us at sex. lol

Monday, April 27, 2009

new new soul

last thursday, the face shop launched a new new soul fragrance. actually four of them—soul secret blossom, soul sweet pleasure, soul wish upon a star, and soul essential for men. parang from the name pa lang, you can more or less tell what each one smells like—light and breezy. but feel free to sniff them out for yourselves at the store. they always have testers that you can spray...

they also launched a new makeup collection for spring/summer. nice packaging!

they had some celebrity endorsers present at the launch held at dimensione's third-floor space in bonifacio high street. we spotted isabel daza (daughter of former miss universe gloria diaz—parang how passé to always identify her that way, noh?), bianca king, and iya villania... well as these pretty young thangs who modeled the "loooks"... ...and these cute promo gals in matching outfits who handed out the giveaways... and can we mention that they had a little gimmick where you had to write in a post-it how you would finish this sentence: "if i were 15 again, i would..." and we answered: "...wear a two-piece bikini and become a bench body model." our answer was picked and we had to go up front to read it, ngek! and we were hoping we would win a prize or something! or something!! ;-)

for store locations, go to

Sunday, April 26, 2009

vogue may 2009

several days ago, we received our US vogue subscription for may 2009. shock! awe! not just one but NINE models on the cover. well, of course only three are actually on the front; the rest are tucked into the gatefold. the last time vogue did this was exactly two years ago, when they heralded "the world's next top models." this issue should be a collector's edition because not only are models on a fashion-magazine cover a rarity these days, there is not a single celebrity featured inside! it's all about models models models! but that is not the real groundbreaking thing vogue did. this must be the first time in the history of any vogue to put a black woman on the cover for THREE consecutive issues! first it was US first lady michelle obama in march, then superduperstar beyoncé in april, now supermodel liya kebede in may (never mind that she's sharing space with two caucasians). (come to think of it, if you count the inside flap, there are TWO black women on the cover, the other being jourdan dunn.) to think before this, the last time vogue put a black person on the cover, which was in april 2008, it wasn't even a woman! of course in this day and age that shouldn't be a big deal anymore. especially with a black man now residing in the white house. but the media—especially american media—like to make a big deal out of any story that involves race. so will vogue make it four in a row? we doubt it. according to the cover-rumor-thread forum on, cameron diaz will be on the june cover of US vogue. bakeeet??? well, probably because a blue-eyed blonde sells better than any other type of beauty and probably because her new movie "my sister's keeper" will be out.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

sale! sale! sale!

Vanity Room Unlimited Special Sale

Check out Vanity Room's designer bags and gowns 10-50% off!!!

Host: Vanity Room Unlimited
Type: Other - Retail
Network: Global
Start Time: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:00am
End Time: Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:00pm
Location: 15th Floor, Strata 100.
Phone: 06326332687

In Vanity Room Unlimited, we sell or rent designer handbags, gowns, separates and accessories. Our items are mostly pre-owned and some are brand new. Choose from a wide array of designer bags such as Hermes, Chanel, Goyard, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi, Kate Spade, Rafe, Coach, Furla, Ferragamo, Hogan or Charriol.

Our gowns and dresses are from designers like Vera Wang, Jessica McClintok and Moschino to name a few. We also carry gowns from top local fashion designers.

We would like to invite you to our 2-day special sale at Vanity Room located at the 15th Floor., Strata 100, F. Ortigas Ave. (formerly Emerald Ave), Pasig City on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th from 11am-6pm.

Vanity Room promises:

All our designer bags and accessories are in excellent condition and 100% authentic.
Our gowns are dry-cleaned before you borrow.
We offer complimentary styling services.

Visit our website at


Thursday, April 23, 2009

matthew williamson for H&M

if you happen to be near an H&M, check out the new matthew williamson collection, which will be launched today! check out some of the first-delivery pieces (love the shoes! we wonder if they're for sale?)...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

today is earth day

the fash pack cares about the earth and do what we can in our own little way to keep her liveable not just for ourselves, but for future generations as well. here is a piece we wrote on earth day 2006. we thought it was worth a re-print:

saving the environment isn't all about planting trees and saving whales. if you think that you, as an individual, can't do anything for mother earth, you can't be more wrong. a little change in your lifestyle and altering your mindless choices might seem like it won't make a difference, but imagine if millions of other people did the same? here are 10 simple things you can do everyday that in the long run will benefit you, your children, your grandchildren, the environment, the planet, the future!

1. if you're having coffee at starbucks "for here," ask to have it in a mug instead of a paper cup.
2. when ordering fast food for delivery or to-go, just take what you need. if you don't need the plastic utensils or extra chili flakes, ask the staff to remove them.
3. if you're loyal to certain brands of shampoo, body lotion or mayonnaise, buy them in the big bottles. lots of small bottles = lots of trash.
4. when you go shopping, bring your own lightweight tote to stash all your purchases, instead of having each one wrapped in a plastic bag. or if your purchase is tiny, just toss it into your purse.
5. never never never throw your rubbish out your car window! on the ground! into any available orifice! we've seen plastic cups tossed out of cars, potato-chip bags strewn on the sidewalk, and candy wrappers thrust into vases, flower pots and water pipes. would it hurt you to hold on to them till you find a proper trash bin?
6. if you have a computer that accepts faxes, just receive and store them there instead of printing them out.
7. you may not know it, but shopping for clothes at garage sales, segunda mano and ukay-ukay is actually a form of recycling. why buy new when old and used are still in pretty good shape?
8. while we're on the subject of recycling, reduce, reuse and recycle as much as you can. use grocery bags as bin liners. use the back of memos as scratch paper. use your empty absolut bottles as water bottles!
9. update your wardrobe by making your own accessories with found objects around your house. we're lucky fashion today is all about individuality and uniqueness and character.
10. use less water: shut the faucet while brushing or shaving, fix leaks, water plants in the evening, and take shorter showers!

video: pasig river and laguna de bay shot from a helicopter, sep 2005 (not a pretty sight...)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

fashion cheez

pssst... we heard that that fashionistas' favorite fun american designer brand tory burch will be opening in manila. by the last quarter. somewhere in greenbelt 5. and guess who's bringing it in daw. who else, but SSI?? and guess what else they're bringing in? or should we say who?? tory burch herself!! we shall see... meanwhile, stay tuned for the opening of SSI's other spanish brand, massimo dutti. it will open in the space across balenciaga in greenbelt 5, right by the entrance facing ayala museum. will it do as well as its sister company zara? we shall see...

Monday, April 20, 2009

banana rep s/s 2009

banana republic sure has come a long way. we remember back in the 80s when banana republic used to be a humble catalog, printed in brown kraft-like paper, featuring safari- and trekking-type clothing that were not even photographed but drawn. each item was described in detail and where you might want to wear it and made you fantasize about wearing those belted khaki jackets and cargo trousers while traveling to some exotic destination. then banana republic was bought by the gap and the whole image changed. gone were the adventure fantasies and in their place, er, corporate fantasies. the clothes became so straight-laced and, well, boring for lack of a better word. it looked like everybrand. we were no longer interested.

last thursday, banana republic in greenbelt 5 presented their spring/summer 2009 collection. sure, there were some cute pieces, perfect for summer, for both men and women. but somehow the romance and character and uniqueness of the brand is gone. poof. it's been over 20 years since those catalog days. we miss those catalogs. we wish we kept them...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

good news about bags

BBC's rico hizon is our facebook friend and everyday his status is always some feel-good update from most of the time it's about the philippines being voted the most this or the best that, or about filipino athletes and entertainers, or about half-filipino achievers from all over the world. then today he posted something about a bag designer:

"Rico Hizon The bags of a Filipino icon in bag designing is now on show at the World’s Biggest Museum of Bags and Purses in the Netherlands. Details on: Proud to be Pinoy!"

could it be aranaz? or celestina? or rafe totengco?? but when we clicked on the link, were we surprised:

Dutch Museum showcases Cora Jacob’s bags
Posted on April 17th, 2009
under We are Pinoys!

A Filipino icon in bag designing is now on show at the world’s biggest museum of bags and purses in the Netherlands.

Cora Jacob, is first-ever Filipino to grace the prestigious Tussenmuseum Hendrikje or the Museum of Bags and Purses.

She is well-known for introducing Filipino craftsmanship to exclusive fashion houses like Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, and her designs also graced the shelves of New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s as well as other chic boutiques in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The lawyer-turned bag designer was invited by no less than the director and curator of the world’s biggest museum of bags.

The exhibition entitled Woven Chic Spring-Summer Collection 2009, features eight different lines of bags made of shells, crystal beads, sequins, pearls and other materials woven onto buntal fabric.

Made of indigenous Philippine materials, Jacob’s bags stand alongside those dating from the late 16th century to present day at the Tussenmuseum Hendrikje or Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sigrid Ivo, daughter of museum founder Hendrikje Ivo, was impressed by the colorful collection inspired by tropical themes like the sea, lush forests, tropical fruits and the sun.

“Even in Netherlands, there are craftsmanship that are already lost that is why I am very happy to see old craftsmanship in modern designs. The materials are very elegant and unusual that we don’t even know here in Europe that is why they are very interesting.” adds Sigrid.

The collection impressed even Madame Martine Louise Amélie van Loon née Labouchere, the Mistress of the Robes to Queen Beatrix (closest confidante of the queen), who graced the ribbon cutting.

Woven Chic, Cora Jacob Summer-Spring Collection 2009, will be displayed at the Museum of Bags and Purses until May 3.

from memory, cora jacob was one of the first names to turn the lowly filipino native bag into something fashionable. before aranaz, celestina, or even rafe totengco came into the picture, cora jacob was already an established bag designer who exported her collections to europe. and during those days, the local market had yet to appreciate our native materials and wear them with pride. kasi back then, parang baduy, or parang pang matanda, or parang probinsyana. but these days, we won't hesitate to carry a banig tote bag everyday or to pair a shell-encrusted clutch with our evening gown. have our tastes matured, evolved, developed...? or have we simply matured, evolved, developed as filipinos who appreciate and take pride in our own...?

for more information on the exhibit, go here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

mich dulce hats

they're now being sold at theodore's! and as a welcome present to hat fans everywhere, theodore's will be giving a 10% discount till tomorrow—on all mich dulce products! aren't they adorable?? parang we want to wear a hat na...

theodore's is located at bonifacio high street

Friday, April 17, 2009

sale! sale! sale!

click to enlarge and read all the details...
UPDATE: if you intend to go, dress appropriately. meaning, wear as little as possible because it is so damn HOTHOTHOT inside the tent. as in walang air-con. but there are some pretty good bargains to be had, especially from sports brands like mizuno, puma, umbro, pacsports, etc. don't miss the booths of paul smith/ben sherman/dotdotdot, natori, marks & spencer, giordano, crocs, and mac. bring your BPI cards (credit and ATM) because they'll get you in for free! otherwise it's 50 bucks.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

diesel black friday

we got this in the mail today. sounds kinda crazy, sounds like a lotta fun! check it out:

Diesel surely knows how to make an exciting, fun, and new shopping experience for their avid shoppers! This year is no exception as the brand’s newest global promotion kicks off this coming April 17, 2009 – Diesel Black Friday.

A whole weekend of guiltless shopping awaits you, as Diesel issues free illegal banknotes called Diesel Black Money, the official currency of Diesel Black Friday. It can be spent in 23 different countries around the world at all Diesel stores, as well as through the online flagship and in selected points of sale worldwide. In Manila, spend these illegal banknotes in Diesel Greenbelt 3, Rockwell and Shangri-la during the already infamous Diesel Black Friday and all weekend long, from April 17-19, 2009, and go crazy with 30% off on almost all of your favourite Diesel items on display.

Expect the unexpected – Diesel Black Money will be distributed through exciting and surprising guerrilla marketing activities all over the world. Bundles of the illegal currency will be found in unexpected places in cities. Keep your eyes peeled: Diesel Black Money could be at your next shopping stop, your favourite night spots, or just around the corner.

Watch out as more privileges await customers on April 17th in celebration of the official Diesel Black Friday kick-off. Have a blast while you shop with entertaining dance-remixed sounds like “Money Honey”, “Dirty Cash”, “Material Girl,” and many others from the Diesel music vault, as well as free Starbucks coffee from 2pm onwards. Diesel stores will definitely be crowded with fans enjoying the first day of Diesel Black Friday weekend!

Diesel Black Money is available in all Diesel chains, select SSI stores including Beauty Bar, Lush, Fruits & Passion, and Makeroom, and Customer Service Desks of Greenbelt 3, Rockwell, and Shangri-la Plaza Mall Cinema Ticket Center.

Stay tuned for more and enjoy shopping during Diesel Black Friday!

hmmm where should we hang out so we can be handed some of these "official illegal diesel black money"? read on...

Grab a


and run to

Diesel Rockwell, Shangrila or Greenbelt 3

on April 17-19, 2009

to get a 30% discount on most items on display!

Watch out as something special awaits you on the day of the 17th,

the official Black Friday kick-off day.

*Coupons are available in Diesel Rockwell, Shangrila and Greenbelt 3; Selected Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) stores; Shangrila Ticket Counter and Customer Service Desk; Greenbelt 3 Customer Service Desk; Rockwell P2 North and South Entrances
*You can also print out the attached coupon and simply present it to any of the Diesel stores listed above!

so yes you can print out the official illegal diesel black money you see below and use it as legal tender at diesel stores in power plant mall, shangri-la plaza, and greenbelt 3! (tell them the fash pack sent you... charing! kaching!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

adidas flagship opens

haay, the things that happen when you aren't looking... in the blink of an eye (well, a long, slow, giant-eye blink), the marks & spencer store in greenbelt 3 closed down and moved out and moved into greenbelt 5. and in its place, a new adidas flagship store, which had its formal launch this afternoon. is that roger federer in the window doing some dumbbell exercises? when you enter the store, the first thing you notice is adidas's signature three stripes in the ceiling. then walls of shoes... mannequin displays (often in threes)... and the new stella mccartney collection! cute display and cute collection! pang isports ba talaga ito?? then a fashion show with some famous faces. daw. wala kasi kaming alam sa isports eh. pero show biz oo. ganda ni angel at ni iza! (note to self: do NOT stand next to these women during photo ops.) then a raflle and guess what, we won! a basketball! i guess it's time for us to get into, er, isports...

PS: get this giant adidas logo plush pillow for free! of course, you have to buy P10,000 worth of adidas originals merchandise first...