Thursday, June 30, 2011

DwellStudio Sale at Rustan's

Lovelies! Guess what! DwellStudio will have a sale at Rustan's starting tomorrow! Friday, July 1.

The sale covers DwellStudio Baby/Kids, Home and Table lines.

According to Gretchen (yes, she of the pretty, pretty shoe collection!), the best deals are the sheets/duvets and place mats. 

There you go, an insider tip, gotta share this with all of you! ;)

The Itsie-Bitsie Clearance Sale

And I mean the store, Itsie-Bitsie, because the SALE itself? It's MAJOR!

Save 80-90% on Chan Luu, Elie Tahari, Ella Moss, Graham & Spencer, Lilla P, Mara Hoffman, Milly, Shoshanna, Three Dots, Tibi, Velvet and much more!

Sale lasts for 3 weeks & starts June 29, 2011 and ends on July 20. It's Itsie-Bitsie's biggest sale of the year! Good thing I am in Manila this July, I am so checking this out! =)

RS 114 & 119 Joya Lofts and Towers
Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati
Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm

The Jeffrey Campbell Pre-Sale on AVA + Win a Pair of JCs

The Jeffrey Campbell pre-sale is coming to AVA this July! Don't miss out on new, exclusive styles Manila hasn't seen before! Take note, these styles are NOT yet available at SM Fashion Forum. So you get first dibs on new designs, before they will ever hit the stores (if they will, at all). Isn't that amazing!

If you think this is exciting, yes, there's a free pair waiting to be claimed too! Here's something to get you all giddy:

Now, feast yer eyes on SOME of the styles (because yes, there's MORE) that you can score at the pre-sale:

Skate in Nude (also in Black)

Woven Lita in Brown

Be Well in Red

Salvatore in Gold

There will be a total of 11 new styles to be sold at the pre-sale, I leave the rest for you to discover when you log in to AVA's site on July 8. Quantities are extremely limited, so you can be sure you have something only a few will have ;)

Not yet an AVA member? Register HERE!

The Dr. Perricone Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations Eubelle! Your name was chosen by Berry! She got hold of the paper with your name on it and nodded her head (like she could read your answer). Then, she wouldn't give it to me. Had to ask nicely if you were the winner, and she nodded again. LOL!

Please expect an email from me so we can coordinate delivery of your prize!

Thanks everyone for joining! Watch out for the next giveaway! I've got more great prizes to come! =)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dancing Shoes

Look friends! These Tiny TOMS from Tita Trina & Uncle Jun are made for dancing!

Background: We told Berry to pose against the wall so we can send Tita Trina & Uncle Jun a photo of her wearing the shoes they bought for her. Instead, she broke into a dance routine, twirling, pretend flying and smiling as she swayed her arms about. Too cute!

Monday, June 27, 2011

MFO Shoe Series: Gretchen Uy, Manila/Cebu

My husband and my sisters-in-law have been friends with Gretchen and her siblings David & Lesley since they were little. But I also feel like I have known her my whole life. Because we instantly bonded over being moms to active little ones, shoes, shopping, J.Crew and of course, DwellStudio!

You see, Gretch is one half of Quirks Marketing Philippines (the other half being her best friend Oliver) which happens to be the distributor of my favorite source of bed linens and baby stuff - DwellStudio, as well as other baby brands like Kaboost, OBaby & BabyPlus. The self-confessed Daddy's girl also continues to work for her dad, so she shuttles between Manila (for work) and Cebu (for family) a lot.

Apart from her busy professional life, Gretch is wife to her college sweetheart Dicky & proud mom to two boys (2.5 year old Gavin & Shoti, who is arriving in 2 months!)

With a lot on her plate, Gretch is drawn to easy pieces that she can easily mix and match. Her shoe collection reflects the same philosophy. Her shoes are a mix of pretty & practical pieces that would make any girl go "Oooohhh!"

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Tough question! My Dad says I have plenty, my Hubby says I have too many and I say I have options! But if we need a number, I guess it's 50 (that's all that I will declare) hahaha!

My shoe collection is probably best represented by color groups and heel heights.

Looking back, I believe my style was influenced by my childhood exposure to my Mom’s Princess Diana and Jackie Onassis books, while also having the interest in reading Dad’s Time, Fortune and Newsweek magazines. I suppose my style icon would be Princess Diana + GE’s Jack Welch. I love the idea of Princess meets Power, Feminine meets Masculine.

What's your shoe size?
7 or 7 and a half.

Which pairs are your favorites?

Chanel black ballet flats -- I like the combination of the chain and tweed effect detail. It's very... Chanel. =)

Christian Louboutin Simple 80 nude pumps -- i love nude shoes as it goes with alot of my outfits and these are the perfect nude to my skin tone. Plus, the heel height is realistic. I know I can wear these till I'm 50 or 60.

J.Crew Tan oxfords -- this pair started my love affair with oxfords. It's a comfy and edgier alternative to ballet flats.

Valentino kitten heels -- the kitten heel makes it very feminine, while the studs make it edgy. Plus, it's another nude shoe. Love!

Stella Luna jeweled flats -- got me through some dressy summer events (pre-pregnancy), and even some weddings that I had to attend to (since I can't wear heels during pregnancy).

If you could only wear one pair of shoes, which one would it be?

Why would you want to do that?! (LOL! Spoken like a true shoeaholic! - MFO)

What are your favorite shoe brands?

The brands that haven't failed me -- Schu (the best flats that get me through every season and pregnancy), YSL (the comfiest heels ever! sexy too! ), Ferragamo (an oldie, but a goodie especially for my bunion friends), Pedder Red (on trend styles with great quality)

What's in your shoe lust list?

I have plenty! Giuseppe Zanotti flower applique blush nude heels

YSL crackled gold tribute sandals

J.Crew black and white oxford ballet flats,

and a two-tone oxford in black and brown (it's out there somewhere!)

Where do you buy shoes?

Locally, Schu, Rustan's, Zara, ALDO, etc. Abroad, HK's Lane Crawford and Joyce, are great mostly for "aspirational" special shoes. HK's Pedder Red is where I usually find reality haha! Singapore's Takashimaya, Tangs, and On Pedder hold great comfy and "realistic" finds.

What's that one shoe you can't bear to give away or throw out?

My one and only Chucks in army green with purple shoelaces. It's the pair my boyfriend, now hubby, gave me. It got me through a lot of photo shoots and makeup gigs back when I was still active in that field. Though my style has evolved and rarely wear them, I still put them on when I'm feeling blue. It manages to perk me up. =)

Tell us about your fondest/craziest/sweetest shoe story?

My best shoe memory happened when I was about 9 or 10 years old, and I was made to believe (by my own Father!) that Princess Diana and I wore the same shoes --- I was wearing St. Michaels (made in UK diba?!) patent black round toe flats back then.

That made my day, but of course later on I wised up. I often tease my Dad about it branding it “the only lie you ever told me”. He made up for it (a long time ago, I may add) by supporting my shoe habit (amongst other things). Hahaha!

*Obviously I’m a Daddy’s girl, and I don’t think it is a coincidence that my birthday falls close to Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day again to my Papa!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lazy Weekend

Me: Hon, did you know that for this week, my post on your outfit is the 2nd most popular post next to Cambridge Satchels?

Berry's Dada: Hon, I am not surprised.

Me: Bakit, how many times do you click on it a day?

LOL! Well, it's another weekend, and as usual, Dada was rocking another blog worthy outfit. We had just come from a fun, leisurely brunch at P.S. Cafe with our friends Tim & Sunny who had also just moved to Singapore from NY. Sunny (who grew up in Mexico until she moved to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu) & I are on a quest for authentic Mexican food here in Singapore (which is sorely lacking), and we both miss La Esquina and Chipotle terribly. Sigh.

Anyhoo, when we got home, I told Dada, "Let's take another photo for a post!". 

Of course, he gamely posed for the camera, and downloaded the photos right away. He even titled the album "MFO Photoshoot". Here's Dada with his seaside prep look - all that is missing is the boat!

Berry, who had just awakened from her nap, was not in the mood to pose, but wanted to be with Dada...

She then ambled over to the play area and asked me to join her. After bouncing around a bit on this 4-seater bouncer...

She wanted me to peek into this "speaker" so that we could see each other from both sides. Turns out I was tricked!

As I peered into the opening, she was watching me from above! Look at that naughty smile!

Now, she's awake and ready for more mischief! Hahaha!

Meanwhile, here's what I wore: a 3 year old shirt dress (I love the pockets!) from H&M, tassled moccasins from Renegade Folk, and bangles from Vita Fede and Alexis Bittar. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

DwellStudio Madison Totes + Draw It...Color It...Win It!

Oh Mommies! If you have been searching high and low for a roomy, light weight and fun diaper bag, you might want to consider DwellStudio's Madison Diaper Bag which comes in all your favorite DwellStudio prints: 

The shape reminds me of a Louis Vuitton Neverfull or a Goyard St. Louis, so it makes for a chic and spacious (dimensions: "11.5H x 14.7"W x 6.5"D) nappy bag.  

The Madison Bag comes in coated canvas with a patterned nylon lining & leather straps, so it's waterproof and tough enough to carry everything from diapers and extra clothes to toys and tons of snacks. And did I mention it includes a changing pad, a stroller attachment and has lots of pockets inside? 

And when the little ones are all grown up, it is still cute enough to use as a weekend tote. So sulit!

On another note, DwellStudio Philippines is running a "Draw It...Color It...Win It!" contest and they will be giving away a DwellStudio Stamp Set! 

If your child is between 2 to 6 years old, just scan a photo of your child's artwork and mail it to by June 26, 2011.

Entries will be posted on their Facebook page for voting. The winners will be announced by July 15, 2011.

In the Philippines, DwellStudio is exclusively distributed by Quirks Marketing Philippines.
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