Photogenic Zanzibar!

It must be the light in Africa that makes the photos so awesome! I mean most of my photos for the blog were actually just taken by my iphone but looking at them now they can actually be National Geographic magazine worthy. LOL!

Morning pool views.

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Zanzibar Memories!

I can’t believe that it has been almost 5 months since we were in Africa. It seems like it was just a few weeks ago. What made it more memorable for all of us was the fact that it was the birthday of Nix. We always celebrate Nix’s birthday away and it seems like it’s getting more exotic as the years go by.

The birthday boy in full Zanzibar mode.

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ZANZIBAR!!!

I have always been drawn to visit places with exotic sounding names. Topping that list is ZANZIBAR! The name alone conjures images of mystery, romance and delicious adventure. Zanzibar was our last stop on our recent African sojourn and it was a fitting finale to our once in a lifetime experience!

Greeted with warm smiles and cold towels!

Zanzibar interiors.

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My summer collection called MATISSE!

Summer is already around the corner and I am so excited to share with all of you what we have been working on for the past  six months.  I have always loved the artist Henri Mattise. In fact the “star- spark” in my tag/label is actually based on one of Matisse’s painting. So it was natural that when I went to London last year ,I visited  Matisse’s cut out exhibition at the Tate Modern and got extremely inspired.  My team and I had such a thrill researching on our  theme and basking in the exuberance of the colours and capturing the feel of what Matisse was all about.         I also wanted to interject a level of naiveness to the collection as if it was created through a child’s sense of wonder and creativity. As with all my design endeavors we begin the process by creating a mood board. This serves essentially as our road map to design and from there we begin the entire process.  I would like to share this with all of you  so you have a sneak peek as to where we’re taking everyone this summer.  I do hope you like it?

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#BatanEscape part 2

We spent only 2 nights in Batanes and to be honest I could have stayed longer. We were not able to visit the nearby island of Sabtang due to the lack of time. However, I always say that you must leave a place wanting more so that when you do get the chance to go back there is something else to see. Fortunately I have been to Sabtang before but I still really wanted to see it with all my friends.

Woke up to this!

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#BATANESCAPE

Ten years ago I had the good fortune of visiting Batanes. I thought that it was the most beautiful part of the Philippines! It was like a place I had never been before with the most amazing landscapes and views that would only leave you inspired. I vowed that one day I was going to go back and I cannot believe that it took me a decade to come back.

We took the first flight out of Manila and landed early in the morning to be greeted by this lush green environment.

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OSCARS 2015 Red Carpet Review Part 2!

 

This dress is too much for Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen. It just drowns her and is quite overwhelming.

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The OSCAR’S 2015 RED CARPET REVIEW!

It’s time for the Academy Awards once again or what I call my very own personal SUPER BOWL!  It’s the only time of the year when I actually take the morning off and literally stay in and enjoy the show.  I have been doing this ritual for as long as I can remember.  I enjoy everything about the OSCAR’S, the show, the speeches, the music but what I really love about it are the clothes.  I still recall being in front of the TV and admiring these gorgeous women in the most amazing evening gowns and literally dreaming of one day being able to make those clothes.

Today I am still dreaming that dream but somehow it has become a bit of a reality.  Although I still have lots of goals and ambitions to achieve today I go back to when I was a child in front of the TV and enjoy the images of fabulous evening gowns and giving my thoughts and opinions about them.  I loved the show this year and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Here is my little red carpet review.

Channeling Josephine Baker is Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection. I love how she really cemented herself as a RED CARPET STYLE ICON! This gown dripping in more than 7000 pearls is a real winner!

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#CalataGang

We were invited by our friend Belle Daza to the beach this weekend for a quick Valentine weekend escape. Although it was just an overnight trip we took advantage of the invitation as it’s always nice to get out of the city and get some fresh air.

It’s always so nice to be surrounded by so many trees.

Can’t wait to hang out in the Balsa. This brings back so many childhood memories for me.

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I LOVE PATTY!

I feel so blessed that I am able to encounter so many creative and wonderfully talented people in my life. Each encounter I have with these people only leave me inspired. One such person is Patty Eustaquio. I first met her several years back when she was one of the designers for  the YDG ( The Young Designers Group). I immediately noticed her as she was doing something completely different from anyone else. As each fashion show she always stood out in my eyes and I became really intrigued and inspired.

One of Patty’s recent work which was actually a painting of the mound of paint remnants and residue that she has been accumulating in her studio.

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