Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I am amazed at how Halloween is seriously celebrated here in the US. As if to set the mood, Target started coming out with their fall/Halloween wares as early as late September. When you drop by the local grocery store these days you'll see how well-stocked the shelves are with Halloween-themed candy, it just makes you feel like wishing you were a kid again! All that for free, with just a simple knock on the door and a shout of "Trick or Treat!"! Then again, I can also imagine all the cavities those goodies may cause! Oops!

Aroud this time especially, it's nothing to see parents and their kids dressed like fairies and ghouls at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan, and on the streets, as they most likely make their way to a Halloween party! Then again, it really is fun to dress up. It's that time of year when you can go crazy and fulfill that desire to dress up like the character you wish to be, or the tramp that you really are deep down inside, with the excuse that "It's Halloween!"

Just check out these fun and interesting costumes that Target came up with! You'll realize there's more to the usual fairies and ghouls out there!

How about dressing up as a Swiss Miss as you hand out little packs of Toblerone to the neighborhood kids?

Or maybe come as Lucy, and surprise your "Ricky Ricardo" with that shock of red hair!

You can also come clean and admit you've always wanted to be a pirate's ravaged wench, just like in those trashy romance novels you absolutely cannot resist! Teehee!

Who can't resist a good pair of shoes? Dorothy sure enjoyed those ruby red slippers! You can too! You can always bring a stuffed "Toto" anyway!

You can also choose to add to your personal memoirs, that time in 2007 when you dressed up as a geisha!

(Photos from

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Latest from SpoonFed Art!

Wearable art jewelry designer Karin Collins is once again participating in this year's annual National Eating Disorders Association "Every BODY Is Beautiful" Online Fundraising Auction, which runs from November 1st through December 2nd, 2007. There are a number of fantastic and fashionable items up for sale, including jewelry, clothing, tote bags, spa packages, beauty products, autographed collectibles, vacations, music, books, art - and many more great items will be added as the auction progresses! The event is being chaired by music superstar Sara Evans and features many other celebrity contributors!

The delightfully diverse auction offerings include a trip to Tokyo for a week, a manicure in Beverly Hills, yoga classes in Seattle, an iPod Nano, an autograph/clothing package from singer Carrie Underwood, a customized guitar signed by Bo Diddley, a Disney Snow White animation cel, a weekend in Malibu, tickets to the Regis & Kelly show, and much much more....

Karin Collins has donated three of her SpoonFed Art spoon pendants to the NEDA fundraising project, including an exclusive NEDA-commissioned one-of-a-kind necklace featuring the NEDA logo. Last year's one-of-a-kind NEDA Logo pendant sold for a whopping $370!

Karin's gorgeous wearable art spoon necklaces - made from actual spoons! - are currently gaining popularity all around the globe! Karin originally started making her SpoonFed Art pendants as a very personal art-oriented therapy to overcome a serious eating disorder she'd been battling for almost 20 years. Karin continues to contribute to and spread awareness of the National Eating Disorders Association to keep the focus of her SpoonFed Art business on the reason it was started - to help heal.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fashion Features from Life & Style Weekly

Here are the highlights from Life & Style Weekly's Style List. The October 29 issue is out on newsstands now! (Click on each image to enlarge)

PAGING DR. MCDREAMY—Life & Style pulls together some feminine, trendy twists on the classic doctor’s bag inspired by Dr. McDreamy himself. Victoria Beckham shows off her version here in white.

ALL FOR ONE —Finally, the best jeans for your body! Whether you’ve got a shape like Gwen Stefani, America Ferrara or Kate Bosworth, this week Life & Style has the perfect pair for you.

TO DYE FOR— Jennifer Garner and Scarlett Johansson show off beautiful dyed color patterns fresh from Europe. Here are some other great pieces to help you get the same look.

LIP SERVICE — Love Jessica Biel’s red hot lips? Many lipsticks contain traces of metal which can be harmful to your health if ingested. Here are some great shades, 100% metal-free and safe.

HEELING POWER — Treat your aching feet to some comfort. This week, Life & Style rounds up some heels that won’t hurt from super-affordable and designer names alike.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Alexander Wang S/S 08

Short, slouchy and sweet at Alexander Wang!!!

I read in Vogue's November 2007 issue that this particular runway show was styled by semi-retired model Erin Wasson, part of Alexander's inspiration for this line (the other part of which was Melanie Griffith in Working Girl)!

Thing is, he designed this collection way before he knew her! Running into her and getting her to style his show was pure serendipity! Turns out she lived all along in the exact same building where he holds residence! Maybe he "The Secret-ed" her? This is one of the finest examples of creative visualization!

(Photos courtesy of

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fashion Features from Life & Style Weekly

Here are the highlights from Life & Style Weekly's Style List. The October 22 issue is out on newsstands now! (Click on each image to enlarge)

SWEET STEALS— Like the style of Rachel Bilson, Teri Hatcher, Petra Nemcova or Nicole Kidman? This week, Life & Style rounds up great similar pieces, minus the hefty price tags, to help you get their looks.

HATS OFF — What’s the perfect kind of hat to complement your face? Whether your shape resembles Lauren Conrad’s, J.Lo’s, Ashlee Simpson’s, Cameron Diaz’s or Kate Beckinsale’s there’s a hat that will top it off just right for you.

BOOTS TO BOOT — Stop killing your feet in heeled boots. Amanda Bynes opts for the practicality of flat boots and here are several similar styles.

COLOR WHEEL —Sandra Bullock shows of the latest block method wearing color. Life & Style rounds up a few picks inspired by the latest trend

(Courtesy of Freud Communications Inc.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Girl & Dress at The Landmark, Ayala Trinoma Mall

Mark your calendar girls! Because I have a strong feeling these dresses and tops will find their way into your wardrobe, should you make it a point to visit The Landmark at Trinoma Mall starting this coming weekend!

With tops priced from P295 to P695, dresses from P395 to P1195, shorts and skirts from P395 to P595, pants from P495 to P595, and jackets/sweaters from P395 to P695, who couldn't resist buying a piece or maybe even ten?!

Because I'm loving more than ten pieces from this collection!

Pam, the style savvy entrepreneur behind this affordable and trendy collection tells MFO why she came up with Girl & Dress, "I guess it's just so much fun for me, and it's always something I've wanted to do. I'm not an expert on fashion or anything like that, but I do like to shop and to have clothes made".

With her innate talent for picking out clothes, she didn't have a hard time choosing the pieces for her initial collection, "...For the clothes from abroad, I just bought what I liked, and for the clothes I had made, I just sort of "designed" what I wanted for myself! Which is why a lot of the stuff in my line can now also be found in my own closet", she adds with a laugh.

Whether you're a school girl scouting for school clothes, or a career girl looking for some weekend wear, for sure you'll find a dress that just screams out your name from Girl & Dress!

For more pieces from this collection click here!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Schu Partners with I Can Serve Foundation

If you have been reading this blog for quite some time now, you would know that I am a major sucker for ballet flats! MAJOR SUCKER! I just love them so much! So when I saw this perfect, super perfect ballerina flat from Schu, I was just palpitating with excitement! I mean, I just have to have this! Ruby! I have to have this! Please!!! Heehee!

What's better, this pink ballerina flat is the result of a collaboration between Schu, and I Can Serve, "an advocacy group that empowers women with breast cancer and women cancer-related information so they can have a voice in their own health care. It offers hope so women will not feel alone in their journey".

Proceeds from the sale will help raise awareness and subsidize medical care for women with breast cancer.

Reservations are now accepted. Call or send an SMS to your favorite schu shop to place your order:

Glorietta 3, Mobile No. +63915 576 18 00,
G/F, SM Mall of Asia, Mobile No. +63906 298 11 94
M3, Ayala TriNoma, Mobile No. 0905 329 93 68
Cebu + 032 412 52 61
Chimes, Felcris Specialty Store, Mobile No. +63920 951 18 30

You may also order online!

*This limited edition pink ballerina flat retails for Php1499 and will be available at all schu outlets, including their online store.

Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Man

I just have to share this with you! The other night, I prepared a midnight snack for dear Hubby - angel hair pasta with pesto sauce, and warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip! I prepared the dip as I normally would, olive oil with a dash of balsamic vinegar. I turned away to get the parmesan cheese and as I was about to sprinkle a teaspoon of it on the mixture, I couldn't resist but laugh with amusement when I saw this "face" staring right back at me!

I quickly called dear Hubby and when he saw it, he burst out laughing as well! He asked me if this was deliberate and I said, "No! Ganyan na sya talaga! (He just looked like that!)"

What a funny face! So we took a picture for posterity! Up to now, we couldn't help but laugh whenever we see this picture of our olive oil & balsamic vinegar man!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day: In Fashion, Green is the New Black

I believe in having a cause. Life would just be meaningless if we do not have opinions or positions on certain issues. While it may be tempting to go with the flow and join the majority, one should never be afraid to go against the grain. Even if it has consequences. Because after all, what is popular may not always be right! This has been proven thoughout history, time and again!

I've had my fair share of unconventional beliefs and while at times I have felt the brunt of fighting for what I believe in, and have unfairly questioned why people are just so dumb to believe what they tend to believe, I have never for once resented my speaking up. It's my opinion and if people don't like it, then they just have to deal with it. What I do know is that I always feel bad inside me when I hesitate to defend someone or a cause I feel strongly about. I feel like a coward that way. Of course it is a different story when it comes to petty fights or rumors. Sometimes you just don't even care to stoop down to that person's level. Even if he's a senator of the country. Oops! And here I am throwing out nasty potshots when I just declared that I am not that low, hahaha! Well, maybe I am, a tiny bit! Anyway, I'm rambling!

You may have noticed that I've been posting about Fashion Targets Breast Cancer the past two days or so. I believe in this cause. I always have since 1996, when I first bought the FTBC baby tee in white. To be honest, at that time it was just a fashion statement. But as I grew older and saw people close to me dying of the disease, then it just started to hold more meaning. I am all for the cure of cancer, any cancer! Its a dreadful disease, one that eats at you while you are still alive. As much as it is painful for the one suffering from it, it is equally as difficult and painful for that person's family and friends. Hopefully, in the near future, we can develop a cure for it. Because as of now, the only sure cure is a miracle.

Another thing that I am passionate about is the environment. Now, I am not all about hugging trees and eating purely organic stuff. I like Birkenstocks just because because they're comfortable and I also love to binge on junk, processed and maybe even totally inorganic food once in a while so I will never be that hard core. But I segregate my trash and I am all for the use of recyclable shopping bags (not necessarily the famous/infamous Anya Hindmarch tote)! I mean I do my share. Maybe I should do more, so let's start with me telling you about Blog Action Day! The movement that "Encourages bloggers to write on one specific topic on a specified day of the year." That day of the year is October 15 and the topic is "The Environment".

That being said, let's marry my passion for fashion (not cancer this time) and the environment! Today's Blog Action Day Post is about EDUN. "A socially conscious clothing company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono (Yes! of U2 fame! - MFO) with New York clothing designer Rogan Gregory. The company's mission is to create beautiful clothing, while fostering sustainable employment in developing areas of the world, in particular Africa."


EDUN is a for-profit business founded on the premise of trade, not aid as a means of building sustainable communities. The company works on a micro-level to help build the skill sets of the factories where the clothes are produced. EDUN is currently produced in India, Peru, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, Mauritius and Madagascar.

In addition, EDUN acts as a voice encouraging the fashion community to do business in Africa and thereby help bring the continent out of extreme poverty. In 1980, Africa had 6% share of the world trade. By 2002, this had dropped to just 2% despite the fact that Africa has 12% of the world’s population. If Africa could regain jut an additional 1% share of global trade, it would earn $70 million more in exports each year. This is several times more than what the region currently receives in international assistance.

While EDUN's primary focus is trade, we are also working towards using more organic materials in the collection. Organic cotton is not only a responsible environmental solution, but also provides healthier working conditions and is a valuable market opportunity for farmers in Africa. Currently, all of our t-shirts are made from 100% organic cotton.

In 2007, EDUN launched the edun LIVE brand. The mission of edun LIVE is to help foster trade in Africa through high-volume sales of blank t-shirts to the wholesale market. From the fields where the cotton is picked, to the final printing process, all edun LIVE products are 100% African, from grower to sewer. To find out more about edun LIVE, go to

EDUN is a full fashion collection for men and women, including tops, bottoms, denim, dresses, jackets, knits and sweaters with prices ranging from $36 - $400. The line is sold in leading department and specialty stores nationwide as well as selected retailers in UK, Italy, France, Japan, and Sweden. The edun LIVE range is a business-to-business initiative, available exclusively online at

(Logo courtesy of, photos courtesy of and

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Here's the Scoop

Another classic piece to add to your wardrobe, and at the same time, add to the coffers for breast cancer research!

Scoop and the CFDA have teamed up to issue this $98 ballet flat to benefit Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers/CFDA Foundation, Inc.

Grab a pair at any Scoop retail store, select boutiques selling Scoop merchandise and through Scoop!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

By purchasing these limited edition Ralph Lauren polo shirts (which comes in yummy candy colors!) available exclusively at NET-A-PORTER, you are supporting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® Worldwide in the battle to combat breast cancer. All net proceeds from the sales of these shirts will be donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and affiliated global charities.

These shirts are actually the first in a series of limited-edition items to be sold exclusively at net-a-porter. According to Vogue fashion writer Florence Kane (October 2007 issue), Diane von Furstenberg will also be contributing an item!

(Shirts are available exclusively at

Friday, October 12, 2007

Fashion Features from Life& Style Weekly

Here's a selection of the fashion features from Life & Style Weekly's October 15 issue, out on newsstands now! (Click on each image to enlarge)

IT SHOE—Ashley Olsen & Life & Style show off this season’s must-have shoe, a high-heeled spin off of the classic oxford.

HIGH & MIGHTY—Show off your shape with these high-waisted skirts that work on all body types like Victoria Beckham’s, America Ferrera’s and Rihanna’s.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY—Heidi Klum picks up some Nanette Lepore for Keds sneakers to indulge her bohemian chic side. Life & Style round up these items to finish off the look.

WHAT’S IN STORE—Cameron Diaz hits Urban Outfitters to pick out some new threads. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest and greatest picks in stores now

(Courtesy of Freud Communications, Inc.)
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