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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Karimadon Brides: The Karimadon Bridal Collection

A gown from Karimadon Brides

There are two elements I think that are most important in weddings - the fashion (gowns and suits) and the food. But between the two, I'd rather spend on food. Guests will oooh and coo over a gorgeous gown, but feed them bad food, and they'll forget about that gown and remember the bad meal. Promise. 

For my own wedding, my gown was my dream gown, but it did not cost a fortune. I told my designer, my friend Debbie Co, that I had a budget of Php50,000 (this was way back in 2008) and she did her best to come out with a Grecian inspired silk chiffon confection that was just as I imagined. It was beautiful, and also such a great deal.

So when Donna Cuna-Pita of Cosmopolitan Philippines invited me to the launch of Karimadon Brides, I just had to go.  Especially since my friend Karen Wu, whose mom, Auntie Josie, founded Karimadon in the 80s, told me that their new line was going to be a great option for Filipina brides, given that there's a dearth of choices here. 

Designer bridal gowns are either ridiculously expensive, or very affordable, but not that great. Karimadon Brides was going to be the middle ground, offering both in-house and designer gowns at a price that won't make a soon-to-be bride's eyes pop.

Apart from bridal gowns, Karimadon Brides offers entourage gowns, as well as gowns for wedding guests. 

a bridesmaid gown from the Eric de los Santos for Kariadon Brides collection

This makes Karimadon not just the place to go for everyday, work, party and special occasions wear, but also for important life milestone such as one's own wedding.

I'm sharing with you some photos I took from the launch at Raffles Hotel Makati.

These two gowns are from the in-house Karimadon Brides collection, elegant with a Vera Wang vibe. If I remember right, the prices for this particular collection will not go over Php50,000.

Then there's the Limited Edition Collection by Eric Delos Santos. A favorite of celebrities, beauty queens and personalities, Eric has come up with 7 wedding gowns and 7 entourage gowns for Karimadon Brides.

Eric with three of his seven wedding gowns designed exclusively for Karimadon Brides

According to Eric, it was easy to say yes to Karimadon, "It’s a Bridal Collaboration! Which is my favorite line of design for women!” he gushed.

The price range for an Eric de los Santos for Karimadon Brides wedding gown will be priced slightly higher, going up to Php70,000 for a fully embellished style with crystals and sequins. Still reasonable for a wedding gown I think.

According to Eric and Karen, while the gowns are ready to wear, and available off the rack, they offer special alteration services to ensure a perfect fit for each customer. Customers may also select their own colors from available choices to better suit their wedding themes.

Again, a huge congratulations to Karen, Eric and Auntie Josie for their game changing bridal concept! If the US has Kleinfeld, David's Bridal, J. Crew Wedding, and BHLDN, now there's Karimadon Brides for the Filipina bride on a budget!

Karimadon Brides wedding gowns are now available in Glorietta, Ayala Fairview Terraces, SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria and Ermita stores. 

The initial release of the wedding gowns from the Eric de los Santos for Karimadon Brides collection will be available at the above mentioned Karimadon stores starting this September with a second release in November. 

The entourage gowns from the Eric Delos Santos for Karimadon Brides collection will be available starting September 2014 in Glorietta 1, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, Robinsons Galleria and Ermita Manila stores.  

For more information about Karimadon Brides, visit www.karimadonfashion.com, Like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karimadon.fashion, and follow @karimadonph on Twitter and Instagram

Monday, August 18, 2014

UCB SALE + New Collection in Stores Now!

If you are on the hunt for great deals on basics, corporate wear, weekend bags and cute flats, you must check out the United Colors of Benetton SALE!

Most everything is at 50% OFF, with pique polo shirts like the one above at just Php897+.

These flats are less than Php1000, down from Php1995!

These summery canvas totes are Php1275.

These sturdy backpacks are Php1775.

A navy knit top that would look great with white pants or shorts is down to Php1275 from Php2550. Doubles as a maternity top too, for preggos like me.

For those who need work in a corporate setting, and need polished but easy to wear dresses, you're in for a steal! 

These shift dresses are about Php2125.

Just pair this knit dress with a pearl necklace, and you're all set for an important meeting at Php1475.

This asymmetrical jersey dress with sequins on the shoulders is down to Php1325.

The New Collection is worth checking out of course! Expect breezy and colorful jersey dresses...

Fun ribboned flats...

Wedge espadrilles, Php2250 only!

These colorful printed pouches would make great gifts this Christmas! Hoard na!

But my favorite of the lot are these linen t-shirts in neon colors.

Isabel Marant linen shirts are like $100. These pure linen shirts are just Php1450.

I have the orange, because I needed the orange t-shirt for Berry's school activity, and we needed to wear her class color, but I am feeling the itch to get the hot pink one too!

Score a great deal on the SALE or find a new fave from the current collection at United Colors of Benetton:

UCB Trinoma
L2,2035 Trinoma, EDSA Corner N Ave
Quezon City
Tel: +632 901 3545

UCB Robinsons Galleria
G/F, Ortigas Centre
Pasig City, 1605

UCB Megamall
2nd Level 205, SM Megamall
EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong, 1550 Tel: +632 6347952

UCB Robinson's Ermita
1st Level Midtown
Robinson's Place
Ermita, Manila
Tel: +632 2320051

UCB High Street 
Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel: +632 8562551

UCB Cebu
Level 1
Ayala Center Cebu
Cebu City
Tel: +632 22320051

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Glamourbox Beauties & Babies

Call this month's Glamourbox subscription a tribute to moms! 

The ladies at Glamourbox have curated an assortment of brands that both moms and babies will love, putting together a selection of tried and tested brands as well as new discoveries worth checking out.

With the Bio-Oil bottle plus other samples from Mustela, Messy Baby, Milea Baby, Natasha Beauty and Eden's Paradise and L'il Tots, this box, at Php595, is sulit na sulit!

For more on Glamourbox and their subscription boxes, click HERE

All products featured in Glamourbox are also available online through their website. 

Whether you are a busy, frazzled mom or not, there's no excuse to let go, when you get a curated selection of beauty products delivered right at your doorstep! ;)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Bags at Kipling

When I found out that Berry will be needing a roller bag for school when she starts first grade, my first thought was, "Where do I find a cute and lightweight bag for Berry?

I found the answer at Kipling, thanks to Jen Casitas of Kipling PR who invited me to take a look at the new collection at the Kipling store in SM Aura. Found lots of incredibly lightweight, waterproof and colorful trolley bags that should fit all her books and stuff.

I was especially thrilled when I saw the Natalie Joos for Kipling Collection!

Her color-blocking combinations were unexpected, but they worked.

For her collection, Kipling's signature monkey character was given the Natalie Joos touch with smoochy red lips. Cute!

A pleasant surprise too were the new bag shapes, color and prints that set apart this new collection from Kipling's original roots of basic colors in basic shapes. These make great everyday bags that should take you through the weekend, and impromptu out of town trips as well!

Of course, I went home with this trolley bag for next school year. Berry wisely pointed out though that she can use it also for her travels, haha.

Now I don't know if I went overboard and chose a huge one for her to bring to school, but it's so light, and it has 4 wheels so it's quite easy to push around and maneuver.

It's so spacious too, it can fit lots of books. There's a padded compartment that could fit a laptop in fact.

I like the rubber zipper pulls, easy for kids to grasp.

Overall, this quirky Kipling monkey, sans red lips, would agree with my choice I think ;)

About Kipling: 

Back in 1987, three friends from Antwerp, Belgium got together and came up with colorful bags and accessories. They named their label after the British writer Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. 

They believed Kipling summed up perfectly the spirit of fun and adventure which they wanted to bring bags and accessories. And from this Kipling spirit, their monkey logo was born.

Today Kipling is sold in 67 countries across the globe.

For more on Kipling Philippines, Like their Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/KiplingPhilippines

Visit Kipling at SM Aura/MOA/Megamall/North EDSA/Cebu/Iloilo/Davao/Bacolod/Lanang Premier/Clark as well as Robinsons Place Manila, Centrio Mall in CDO and The District Northpoint in Talisay, Negros Occidental. For the full addresses, click HERE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hong Kong with Dada + MUJI to Go

Late last month, my favorite travel companion – Dada, and I flew to Hong Kong. 

We stayed at our favorite hotel in Central, JW Marriott, because it’s just so accessible to our favorite neighborhoods. 

Not that we needed to be anywhere fast. It was the kind of journey where we had no set agenda. 

Call it a babymoon/inspiration seeking/food trip kind of thing where we just let our feet take us where they wanted to go, where we kept our eyes open for new business ideas, and armed with a list of must try restaurants from HK-based friends, let our hungry tummies lead us to the nearest must-try spot. 

Yup, what was certain about this short vacation was that Dada & I wanted to eat well. Not necessarily the fancy “eat well” sort of thing, but we wanted to check out those hole-in-the wall kind of places that locals frequent and love. 

They’re so good, I really ought to share them with you, so here goes: 

Mak’s Noodles 
77 Wellington Street, Central 
We already had dinner, but Mak’s Noodles was in the area, and we just had to try their dry noodles sprinkled with prawn roe, and soup of wontons stuffed with saltwater prawns. Small on serving size, but big on taste! Definitely a great place for a late night snack. 

33-35 Bridges Street, +852 2547 9273

Don’t let their bite size servings of chicken yakitori fool you. Give everything that’s highly rated on their menu a try, and you might just have to roll yourself down the steep climb to Bridges Street to get back to your hotel. You must order their heavenly sweet corn tempura, chicken oysters, Korean fried cauliflower aka KFC, chicken meatball yakitori with egg yolk and finish this off with their chicken and egg rice. If these don’t hit the spot, I don’t know what else will. Warning: we came by on a Monday night and the place was packed. They don’t accept reservations so just go early!

Yardbird's chicken meatball yakitori

Yat Lok 
G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central

If you’re a huge fan of goose, duck or BBQ pork meals, then your goose is cooked at Yat Lok. Dada had roasted goose with noodles for afternoon merienda and he says the goose was perfectly cooked. He’d want to go back and try it with rice next time. The couple in front of us (yes we were seated across complete strangers) had BBQ pork with rice and that looked good too. This is a place that’s definitely worth coming back to.

Dada's roasted goose with noodles

Tai Cheong Bakery 
35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2544 3475

Two words: egg tarts. Theirs are said to be the best in Hong Kong.

Tim Ho Wan
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station, IFC Mall, Level 1, +852 2332 3078

Yes, we have Tim Ho Wan in Manila, but still, HK is the birth place and nothing is more convenient than checking in your suitcase early at the Airport Express in IFC and then killing time waiting in line at Tim Ho Wan. Of course, the food does not disappoint, so what’s not to like?

JW Marriott Room Service 
One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Even room service at our hotel did not disappoint. It was 2 am and our tummies were grumbling (granted that we were eating practically non-stop the entire day) so Dada and I split JW Marriot’s bacon cheeseburger and fries, and it was divine!

Kau Kee
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Mid-Level, Central

Honestly, we didn’t really get to try this place, but we hear their curry noodles and beef brisket noodles are legendary. The line outside tells me there is truth to the legend, so we are definitely coming back to get a taste of their noodles on our next trip.

While disappointing to miss out on Kau Kee, and ten more different restaurants on our list, the upside is, this gives us all the more reason for Dada & I to plan our next adventure! But after I give birth na, heehee. 

Speaking of traveling and planning adventures, I might as well let you in on MUJI's latest campaign, MUJI to Go! 

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI launches MUJI to Go, a campaign that puts the spotlight on MUJI's unique, functional travel items - from hard and soft carry-on cases, to portable bags, compact garment, toiletry and passport cases, neck pillows, notebooks, pens even mobile speakers and a portable washboard!

There’s no need to worry about baggage weight restrictions with these portable and compact travel tools and organizers from MUJI. They’re the perfect travel companions, next to your favorite travel partner of course!

As if these chic and practical items are not enough reason to shop MUJI now, customers get 15% OFF on their total purchase when you buy any Muji luggage and 2 or more selected travel items this month of August!

Perfect to have them ready now, for when you’re feeling spontaneous. With these on hand, you can just always pack up and leave!  

For more on MUJI and MUJI to Go, Like the MUJI Philippines Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/muji.ph
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