Hello, everyone! Hope your Holidays were a blast. Christmas season is officially over as of today (Happy Three Kings!) but let’s keep things in a festive mood all year round, shall we? Kicking things off with our first blog post for the year—a party diary!
This Twitter giveaway ends tonight, so read on and then tweet away!
…and JC Buendia. We were gathered in Trinoma mall for a double dose of designer ready-to-wear, as Rajo and JC visited Bench and Kashieca respectively to dish out styling tips, as well as meet and greet their fans while promoting their individual collections for the brother-and-sister brands. More on these after our outfit details.
This has got to be my favorite look to do: just something as simple as a button-down shirt with comfy pants, casual accessories and kickass boots. It takes no time and effort, but it looks put-together.
Shai: Folio tailored blazer and Viz-A-Viz sleeveless top both at SM Department Store, Divisoria acid-washed denim shorts, Primadonna pumps, Nine West bag, True Fidelity handmade necklace, SM Accessories bangles and ring. Hype this on Lookbook here, vote on Chictopia here.
Everything I’m wearing here was a case of love at first sight, especially the pink blazer. I’ve been looking for something like it for so long, but the items I found were either great but grossly overpriced, or inexpensive but poorly made. I saw the blazer while personal-shopping for someone else, and I just knew I had to have it!
Rajo looking youthful as ever. We were beyond excited when he saw us and exclaimed, “Hey, you guys! I read your blog. I love your style. You kids keep me young!” Recalling that moment never fails to make us smile.
He showed us his favorite pieces in his collection.
We thought there were only gonna be the usuals, like skinny and straight-cut. But wait, there’s more! Hahaha. You’ll have to visit your nearest Bench store to check out which designs suit you best.
You also might want to test his Uno and Dos eau de toilet collection.
In the picture-taking frenzy of that afternoon, cameras were clicking away at the same time and we didn’t know where to look first, except for David. LOL
Kashieca was right across Bench, and the scene was pretty much the same as soon as JC Buendia arrived.
His collection consists of easy-breezy pieces, versatile enough to be worn to school, the office, a date, parties, and wherever-have-you.
He also has these cute baby tees!
We asked where he got his inspiration for the whimsical pieces, and JC told us the story of how his friends all know him to be a hopeless romantic. “I chose the frog as my emblem for this collection because I really like the frog prince. I like fairy tales.”
On the mannequin is JC’s brilliant five-way dress/pants/skirt/top/cover-up. Go ahead, drop by a Kashieca store, ask the saleslady to give you the how-to, and see if you won’t find it awesome.
The Bloggers United bazaar series is fast becoming one of the most anticipated sale events in the metro—so much so that even before the second one has ended, the organizers were already getting requests for the third one! After all, where else can you have your favorite bloggers gather together to sell prized pieces from their own closets or design studios while using their influence to inspire positive action? We’re happy to be once again taking part in this stylish affair for a cause—and you can, too!
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Take the MRT and get off at Guadalupe station. Ride a jeep bound for Ayala Ave.Get off at Buma Building. When you see Chick-In Chicken Inasal, you’re at the building.
- Driving from Ayala (coming from North EDSA side), head northwest on Ayala Ave. towards Hotel Dr., turn left to Metropolitan Ave. Buma Building is on the left side of the street, located beside Total gas station and after Metrostar Building on the right side.
- Driving from Buendia (coming from North EDSA side), head southeast on Buendia toward Senator Gil Puyat Ave., continue onto Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., turn right onto Paseo de Roxas, take the first left onto Jupiter, continue to Metropolitan Ave.
- Driving from Taft Avenue (Southbound), head northwest on Taft Ave. toward Pedro Gil, take the first right onto Pedro Gil, turn right onto Tejeron, continue onto J.P. Rizal Avenue, turn right onto Chino Roces, turn left onto Pablo Ocampo Sr. extension, take the third right onto Kakarong, turn right onto Metropolitan Ave.
- Driving from SLEX (Southbound), head southeast on South Luzon expressway toward Estrada, slight right to stay on SLEX, take the first left onto Malugay, turn left onto Chino Roces, turn right onto Kamagong, turn left onto Metropolitan Ave.
HOW TO GET IN:
Entrance fee is PHP100, but we’re giving away (15) guest passes exclusively for Love Chic followers. All you have to do is tweet this and tag three friends:
"I can’t wait to shop @sephshai’s booth at @bloggers_united! @Friend1 @Friend2 @Friend3 let’s go to #BU3! http://bit.ly/MV0gcc”
We want to be able to meet our genuine readers at the bazaar, so to be fair to those who mean the tweet from the bottom of their hearts, we will be giving guest passes only to the first (15) followers who haven’t tried to score a guest pass from another blogger. Please make sure your Twitter account is public so we can check. See you there!
Thanks to Anagon whose BU3 FAQ post inspired this entry. Stay updated by following Bloggers United 3 on Twitter, Facebook, and the official webpage. Bloggers United is in partnership with Operation Smile and Globe Tattoo. Event is co-presented by Colgate, Hedgren, Jansport, Canon, Zalora, Raffles, Clear, Pond’s and Hotel Celeste. Official media partners are ETC, Meg, Status Magazine, When in Manila, and Gadgets Magazine in cooperation with Kotex, Payless, Nail It, Fashionary, Pinkbox, Coca Cola and Lorys. Special thanks to The Closet Goddess, Le Plume, Asian Vogue and Bubbles.
Cosmopolitan Philippines celebrated their 15th anniversary Thursday night with a fabulous sexy-formal bash at the NBC Tent. The venue was filled to the rafters with the most gorgeous faces, the hottest bodies, and the most well-respected names in the fashion and local entertainment industry. It was hard not to feel out-of-place—good thing we also bumped into friends and familiar faces! In a nice coincidence, most of those you’ll see here are people we met before they started out with their now-successful careers, either styling, featuring, interviewing or doing shoots with them. We’re pleasantly surprised that they still remembered us after many years, and that they remain humble amid the successes. Below, snapshots from that starry, starry night.
Fun Fearless Female awardee Laureen Uy
Four-time cover girl Marian Rivera
Mike Tan, Steven Silva, Ryza Cenon
It was great seeing Steven that night. Warm, friendly and malambing as always!
Maxene Magalona, Raymond Gutierrez, Kate Torralba, Saab Magalona
Hottest Hunk awardee Enchong Dee
Giselle Toengi and Tim Walters
Markki Stroem and his band performed smooth jazzy classics.
Joey Mead-King was the bubbly host of the show.
Enzo Pineda and Louise Delos Reyes
Mr. Fu the dapper funnyman
Alodia Gosiengfiao and her mom Tita Mariglor. It’s been years since we last saw them, we weren’t even dating yet at the time! Shai knew her from college and would often feature Edjie in the magazines and TV shows she worked with, while Seph met her as a suki customer of her handmade camera pendants before.
Karen Pamintuan of the Lifestyle Network’s “Listed” and Patti Grandidge of etc’s “Etcetera,” two hosts with the most!
Karen was actually Shai’s host when she was producer of a different fashion-lifestyle TV show a couple of years back, while Patti… let’s just say we’ll see her again soon!
Francis Libiran, whose designs we’re currently raving about, and showbiz reporter Gretch Fullido. Trivia: Gretch and Shai were finalists together in a certain reality TV show many years back… Haha!
Blogger friends! As soon as they started arriving, we weren’t feeling so lost anymore. David Guison, Vern Enciso, Lissa Kahayon, Kookie Buhain
Domz Tiu and the ever-ravishing Marj Sia
Bringing sexy back in equally shiny outfits
We’re actually missing a few other bloggers here (or maybe it was taken from their cameras? We did take a lot of “class pictures” that night, haha!) like Raleene Cabrera, Tracy Ayson, Paul Chuapoco, Gelo Arucan. Hey, guys!
The program proper finally kicked off to a fashionably late start with Zia Quizon performing Adele and Up Dharma Down.
While Zia’s soulful voice filled the room, more veritable fashion forces walked in, as if on cue.
Kelly Misa and Marco Lobregat
Jessica Yang and John James Uy
…and a host of other gorgeous models that have graced the covers, centerfolds and catwalks of Cosmo through the years.
Cosmo Philippines Editor-in-Chief Myrza Sison thanked all the fun and fearless people who helped pave the way for the magazine’s success. Happy Anniversary, Cosmo! If this party was any indication of what’s to come, you’re looking at many decades more. Check out Cosmo.ph for a list of all Fun Fearless Female and Hottest Hunks awardees.
Event photography by Jeru Czar, post-processed by Love Chic. Tweet @jeruczar to inquire about his services :)
Animal print on animal print, plus that peek-a-boo paw print.
On Shai: Top, Divisoria. Cover-up, SM Department Store. Shorts, Terranova. Socks, SM Accessories. Boots, Forever21. Necklace and bird ring from Bangkok. Studded bag, Susto. Hype this on Lookbook.
On Seph: Shirt and shoes, Adidas. Blazer and bag, Human. Jeans, Mossimo. Socks, Mossimo. Scarf, Terranova. Hype this on Lookbook.
We went crazy over the watches at Timex. Some were on sale for more than half the original price! We just had to get these cute pairs.
With June, Noy and Diane of SM Accessories. Thanks for having us! We had a great “time” (heh, another pun). Privado is until this Sunday, so scoot over to the SMDC showroom in Mall of Asia and shop your heart out!
Oh, and speaking of shopping, tomorrow is the much-awaited Bloggers United Bazaar and we’ve got a booth. Details here. We’ll be selling not just accessories, but some of the clothes you see us wearing in our previous posts. See you there!
Our first collaboration with David Guison, who did an amazing job. Outfit posts here and here. Shot on location in Space Encounters and Subspace Coffee along Emerald Avenue in Ortigas. And the story goes:
To you who made it worth the wait
Who makes cliches and corny lines ring truest
And turns dreams and fairy tales into everyday life
Seph, Happy birthday and I love you. ♥