Sunday, March 29, 2009

real men wear pink

when we checked our youtube account to load the john legend video the other day, we saw this video from nytimes.com's T exclusive films that we loaded months ago. we think you'll be as aliw as we were :-) (watch it now before nytimes.com takes it down!)...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

earth hour

tonight for one hour, from 8:30-9:30pm wherever you are, join the rest of the world in switching off your lights to represent a vote for planet earth. for more information, go to earthhour.org.

Friday, March 27, 2009

john legend in manila


last night we watched the john legend concert at araneta coliseum. although we like john legend and we think he has a unique, sexy voice, we wouldn't call ourselves big fans. but we had a couple free tickets, courtesy of a celebrity friend (thanks, cherie!). well, we're glad we went! ticket said the show would start by 8pm and shows at araneta usually start on time, but by 8:20, nothing was happening. maybe they were waiting for the coliseum to fill up? then we found out that the front act, which was supposed to be john legend's brother (who knew??), lost his voice, so there wasn't going to be a front act! ten minutes later, the lights dimmed, the music began, and out came the crooner. here's his encore, "ordinary people" (warning: this is a long video, nearly eight minutes):

Thursday, March 26, 2009

my lancôme

this is what lancôme launched pala last night: the mylancôme beauty club. "the elite parisian beauty club that has delighted luxury consumers worldwide is now available to filipinas who love luxury and beauty." for those who are interested, this is what you have to do to be a member + all the rewards and privileges you can get:

To enjoy all the rewards and privileges of being a MyLancôme esteemed member, simply make a minimum purchase of Php8,000 in a single receipt at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5. Complete the application form and submit it together with your receipt to your Lancôme Beauty Advisor. You will receive your MyLancôme membership card immediately.

MyLancôme membership is valid for 1 programme year, between 1 April this year and 31 March the following year. Membership is renewed if you are able to accumulate 600 Rose reward points during the programme year.

BEAUTIFUL REWARDS, JUST FOR YOU

ROSE REWARDS POINTS
• Receive one (1) Rose rewards point for every Php50 spent at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5.
• Roses earned during the programme year entitles you to redeem Lancôme products.
• Products available for redemption are classified in 7 tiers:

350 ROSES
Bi-Facil
Non-Oily Instant Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes
Eau Micellaire Douceur
Express Cleansing Water for Face, Eyes, and Lips

500 ROSES
UV Expert SPF 50
Active Triple Protection Make Up Base
Ôscillation Powermascara
The First Vibrating Mascara that Shapes, Lengthens, and Multiplies
Kérastase Sérum Nuit
Overnight Revitalising Treatment for Dull, Tired-Looking Hair

600 ROSES
Rénergie Morpholift R.A.R.E Eye Serum
Lifting and Repositioning Eye Serum
Blanc Expert Eye Cream
Ultimate Whitening Anti-Dark Circles Eye Treatment

800 ROSES
Secret de Vie Cellular Reviving Toner
Perfectly Tones, Re-plumps, and Freshens
Miracle EDP 30mL
A Feminine and Sheer Fragrance Based on a Floral and Spicy Harmony
Kérastase Oléo-Relax Shampoo and Fluid
Smoothing Shampoo and Fluid for Dry and Rebellious Hair

1000 ROSES
Magnifique EDP 50mL
The Newest Fragrance from Lancôme
Trésor EDP 50mL
A Romantic and Enveloping Fragrance Based on a Fruity Floriental Harmony
Rénergie Morpholift R.A.R.E Repositioning Cream
Lifting and Repositioning Cream

1200 ROSES
Blanc Expert GN-White Spot Eraser
360° Action at the Source of Stubborn Spots
Rénergie Refill Intesive Anti-Wrinkle Targeted Serum
Intense Wrinkle Repair

2500 ROSES
Secret de Vie Crème
Ultimate Cellular Reviving Cream
Absolue Skin Care Set (Lotion, Night Serum, and Eye Cream)
Advanced Replenishing Formula

A UNIVERSE OF PRIVILEGES
• Special birthday rewards– Receive two (2) Roses for every Php50 spent at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5 during your birthday month.
• Rewards for successful referrals – Receive fifty (50) Roses for every friend who qualifies to join the MyLancôme club. Recipient of Roses must accompany the referral at the time of joining.
• Receive world-class services from the Lancôme Colour Experts. As an esteemed MyLancôme club member, you get two (2) complimentary make-over sessions from our professional Colour Experts. All make-over sessions must be held at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5. Schedules are subject to the availability of the Colour Experts. Appointments must be made over the MyLancôme hotline, (632) 729-9394.
• Indulge in the ultimate retail experience as you shop for your favorite beauty products at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5 with the assistance of your personal beauty advisor.
• Receive the best beauty coaching from our make-up and skin care experts. All beauty consultations must be done at the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5.
• Enjoy the company of co-MyLancôme members at exclusive workshops, fashionable events, and private sales.


lancôme also introduced its new wedding packages, so if you're getting married soon, you might want to consider this:

Lancôme Weddings – packages that will help prepare the beautiful bride for the most important day of her life.

• Professional make-up services by Lancôme Make Up Artists and Lancôme Make Up Experts
• Personalized Lancôme skin-care regimen
• Pre-wedding pampering with Lancôme facial treatments
• Luxurious gifts and bridal kits from Lancôme Paris
• Supplementary Rose rewards points for MyLancôme members

With 3 packages to choose from: Noces de Or (starts at Php16,000), Noces de Diamant (starts at Php19,000), and Noces de Platine (starts at Php23,000), the beautiful bride can now have the most luxurious pampering to prepare her for the big day.

Lancôme Paris introduces the Lancôme Make Up Expert Jenny Malayao, and Lancôme Make Up Artists Sabs Hernandez, Tatin Yang, Stacey Tan Gana-Bravo, Maris delos Reyes, and Lancôme Chief Make Up Artist, Gela Laurel-Stehmeier.

Interested parties may visit the Lancôme Paris Boutique, Greenbelt 5 or may call (632) 729-9394 to inquire or to book a Lancôme Wedding.


photo above is tessa valdes, one of lancôme's first filipina brand ambassadors, who were also introduced last night. doesn't she look like a bride?? other ambassadors include angel aquino, happy ongpauco, leica carpo, and evelyn lim-forbes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

weird weather

ang weird ng weather tonight! and we're pretty sure the weather is gonna stay weird, thanks (or no thanks) to global warming. a week and a half ago, when we arrived from europe, people were warning us about how hot it was in manila. well, march was beginning and that means summer. but if you thought it was safe to hold outdoor events, ha!! you're taking a big chance. tonight's lancôme event was held at the "fashion walk" area of greenbelt 5—that's where the fountain area is. the sky was orange as the sun was setting and there was a light breeze, so we decided it might be a nice enough time to walk from our office in amorsolo street to greenbelt. kasi feeling namin na sa europe pa rin kami haha! it was pleasant enough in spite of the crazy cars on the road that don't give way to pedestrians (even when you're on the pedestrian lane—even european drivers are learning to give way to pedestrians!). we encountered office girls in chinelas on their way to commuting home, messengers who had parked their motorcycles for the night, and spouses who work in different buildings meeting up halfway. by the time we reached the event, uh-oh, we felt the first droplet. droplet lang kasi drizzle pa lang. it didn't look like the event was going to start any time soon because the mass was still going on in the greenbelt chapel a few feet away. here's a tip: events held at greenbelt's fashion walk cannot begin until the mass is over. tonight we noticed that there wasn't even any music playing while cocktails were being served. walang ka-ambiance-ambiance. tsk-tsk... should you change the time of your event or should greenbelt change the time of the mass? hmmm... we decided to move to the greenbelt 4 event where its stores were presenting their spring/summer collections. bag collections, that is. and the place was hopping! it was packed with guests, a band was playing in the center, drinks were flowing, scattered buffets were busy, and models were posing and primping. can you guess the brands?




by the time we returned to lancôme, the show had begun but the guests had to sit under the drizzling night sky. and when the show ended it had turned into an honest-to-goodness downpour. naku, sayang naman ang bago naming bag! as we write this at home, it's still raining hard outside. looks like this chance of precipitation is going to continue on... ang weird ng weather!

Monday, March 23, 2009

there's a new BB in town

after the bench body event last saturday night, we proceeded to a neighbor's birthday party. we were quite keen on attending because we found out through some facebook comments that bebe gandanghari was going to be there. and he was! oops, rather SHE was. we were advised by someone at the party to refer to bebe as she/her and DO NOT bring up the name rustom. hmmm what about the name carmina...? (gotta get used to this she/her thing...) anyhoo, bebe was very nice and accommodating when we asked if we could take HER picture. SHE's very soft-spoken and quite ladylike in HER movements. we wanted to chat with HER and ask HER about HER outfit—the blouse! the bangles! the boots! the bag!—but we didn't want to interrupt HER little tête-à-tête with some friends in a corner. but SHE was close enough for us to get a good look at HER skin—ang puti! at ang kinis! some skin-care brand better snap HER up. bagay ang whitening endorsement. we wonder if any of the fashion mags have booked HER for a cover shoot. or at least a fashion editorial. SHE'S tall and skinny and kinda horsey, like a lot of supermodels (that doesn't mean SHE looks like a horse ha! that means SHE's like a thoroughbred). one of our neighbors was so taken by HER, that she gifted bebe with a bunch of accessories that she handmade herself. bebe was so flattered and appreciative of the surprise presents. we can't wait to see HER wear the accessories at a future appearance...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

K hot

ben chan sure knows how to pick 'em. for the sexy & single campaign for bench body, he launched karylle as the underwear brand's image model. kinda sweet and demure but with a subtle daring edge. (parang, take a look at what you're missing, dingdong, hmp!) now with the hot & sexy campaign, he launched katrina halili as its image model, well after the whole vicki belo-hayden kho scandal died down. hot indeed! but in fairness to ben, he did sign up these controversial personalities before they became tabloid fodder. katrina, in fact, was signed up last year, but ben was waiting for the right time to launch her after karylle. the launch happened last night at the conservatory at the peninsula manila—so soshal! the stage setup: a couple of models: and the star of the night—katrina first came out wearing this "dress"... then was stripped down to this (wow, she's so voluptuous pala): this act was repeated at the finale with a black version, which we didn't catch kasi we were hungry eh kumuha muna kami ng food sa buffet. juice ko, hindi na kasi kami pinansin ng mga waiters because they all rushed to the edge of the stage area and took their own photos of katrina with their cell phones! maybe we should have borrowed their pictures...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

new york times restaurant review

we first read about jollibee opening in new york at manila fashion observer's march 5 post. the review below appeared in nytimes.com's march 11 edition (isn't it funny how it was written by a man named gross, hee-hee):


Jollibee Brings a Filipino Addiction to Queens

By MATT GROSS
Published: March 11, 2009

On a recent Sunday afternoon beneath the No. 7 train tracks in Woodside, Queens, a thin, pale man with a goatee approached the 30-odd people waiting to enter the shiny new restaurant with the friendly apian mascot, and asked what was going on. A jumble of excited responses followed, which he summarized thusly: “So it’s a Filipino thing?”

Yes, Jollibee is a Filipino thing, a fast-food chain from the sprawling archipelago, with 600-plus outlets there, across Asia and on our own West Coast.

The Woodside branch is New York’s first, and since its mid-February opening, expatriates have lined up for a taste of home, on weekends waiting as much as an hour just to get in the door.

Jollibee is known as the McDonald’s of the Philippines, and its menu will be familiar to anyone who’s passed under the golden arches.

Chickenjoy, Jollibee’s specialty (one piece, $2.99; three pieces, $6.89; 18 pieces, $38.99), is straightforward fried chicken, with moist meat, a crispy but not too thick batter and, when ordered spicy, a dusting of potent chili powder. It’s a bit salty, but as one diner explained, that’s why Filipinos enjoy Chickenjoy.

After a passel of forgettable burgers ($1.39 to $6.29) and fresh, honest sides (buttered corn, mashed potatoes — regular $1.99, large $3.59), the menu heads for odder territory.

Spaghetti ($4.49) is topped with a sweet, hot-dog-and-ham-studded tomato sauce, and is frighteningly addictive. Palabok Fiesta ($5.79) is the only recognizably Asian dish: rice noodles in a gummy-but-yummy sauce of fish flakes, pork, shrimp, egg and crumbled chicharrón.

Jollibee’s signature deep-fried peach-mango pie ($2.29) is crusty and intensely fruity, at once a Filipino thing, a Georgia thing and something else entirely. It’s worth the wait.

Jollibee, 62-29 Roosevelt Avenue (63rd Street), Woodside, Queens; (718) 426-4445; jollibee.com.ph

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

jetlagjetlagjetlag

jetlagjetlagjetlag...

every night, rather every morning, since we arrived sunday afternoon, we lie in bed and stare into the darkness trying to sleep. sleep finally happens around, say, 2:30 to 3 in the morning. then we have to get up by, say, 6:30 to 7 and start getting ready for work. hasn't happened. so we're latelatelate for work. wanna bet it's gonna happen again tomorrow morning? so here we are, blogging again. and catching up on american idol. we've missed a lot! well, who wants to sit inside and watch TV when there's all this to see outside (even if it's seven degrees)... oops, sorry, just reminiscing about the three weeks we spent in europe. some random shots in madrid...

one of many beautiful old buildings:
fountains, fountains everywhere:
puerta de alcalá, the gateway to madrid:
tweety bird blocking my view of plaza mayor (shoo!):
the spectacular view during our 20-minute cable-car ride:
a lush garden inside atocha railway station:
zara home! (mr. huang, when are you bringing this in?):

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

the fash back

yes, dear readers, all three of you left who constantly check every day, the fash pack is back in the good ol' philip-pines. sorry na-bitin kayo sa mga non-posts namin. haay, ang sarap mag-bakashon, to travel to a country where you have no obligation whatsoever to take down notes about where you went, what you did, what you ate, where you shopped, what you bought—because you don't have to. now it's back to work, back to reality... ooh but look at what was sitting on our desk when we came in yesterday: a new lipstick by guerlain! it's called le rouge écrin, which translates to jewel lipstick compact (naks, marunong na daw mag-french... well, that's what it said on the box, OK?). it looks quite space-age, like it was designed by someone who designs high-tech concept cars. meaning it's not meant to be used but to be stared at and admired. and to tell you the truth, we might have had to be satisfied doing just that because we didn't quite know how to open it... you simply pull one end out and voila! out pops a mirror! pull it out some more and there was the lipstick. this shade is called grenade. nice. and nice to look at. we'll get around to actually using it soon...

Monday, March 16, 2009

travelife: mar/apr 2009

model isabel roces takes a bike ride through a village of ivatan stone houses in sabtang, batanes. photographed by miguel nacianceno. styling by liza ilarde. art direction by dexter de vera. dress by puey quiñones

Saturday, March 07, 2009

In case you haven't noticed...

... The fash pack has been on hiatus. We've been traveling, you see. And although wifi has generally not been a problem, the problem is, er, us. Our days have been full that by the end of the day there's only enough energy left to brush our teeth. Plus we didn't bring a laptop. We were offered to road test a Sony vaio but it was too heavy. We may have reconsidered for the "clutch bag" sized one. So our little fingers are tap tap tapping on the iPhone. So we've been to Bangkok, Madrid, Santiago de compostela, back to Madrid, and now we are in a café in Paris with a slice of a view of the Eiffel tower, having an espresso. How cliché is that? But believe us when we say that everY cliché you've ever heard, read, seen in a movie about Paris--they're all true. Except for the segway tour of Paris we took today--we didn't know what to expect with that. The verdict: totally worth the 70 euros we paid.