July 1st, 2015

The Normal Heart

Did you know that the Philippines has the 3rd highest number of HIV patients in Asia? Did you know that in 2015 alone there were 6000 patients that have contracted the AIDS virus? This staggering statistic is really quite appalling and scary. One of the things that we all need to do is spread awareness and information about the situation. One of the best plays ever written about this decease and how it affects everyone is THE NORMAL HEART written in the 80’s by Larry Kramer.

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June 30th, 2015

Natalya Lagdameo’s Accessories – Available at HOUSE OF LAUREL

Every now and then I get fixated with an artist and I cannot stop thinking about them.  This happened to me when I met and saw the beautiful work of jewelry designer Natalya Lagdameo. I first chanced upon her work in a Bazaar a few years ago and I couldn’t’ stop thinking about her pieces.  I  loved them and I wanted to work with her and create a collection that would be suitable for her work. I am so happy that after so many years I am able to work with Natalia for our Cruise/Transition collection “The Theory of Congruence”.  As you can see in some of the raw photos from our shoot it was really the perfect match.  The good news is that her collection will be available in our showroom soon and I am just overjoyed.  Take a peek at how perfect her pieces are with our collection.  Thank you Natalya and thank you also to Ina for making it all happen.

    Nugget Cluster Necklace (Right) Nugget Chain Necklace (Left) *both 22K Gold-Plated Brass


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June 25th, 2015

Cruise/Transition collection 2015-”The Theory of Congruence”

My favourite collection in the season has to be our Transition or Cruise collection.  The reason why I like it is because it is our most experimental season in terms of design and technique.  This is the period between Summer and Holiday and since it’s a very short one the collection is smaller and in a way more concise.  We have to be able to relay the message to our clients in a shorter time span so it has to be stronger, clearer and cleaner.  I read somewhere that one of my favourite designers Dries Van Noten has a particular  design process where in he begins with things that he actually doesn’t like.  In fact he begins with the things that he detests and from there create a design around this mindset.  I thought to myself that this  process was quite interesting and I wanted to try it out.
     I told my team lets begin with one of the most challenging subjects I had in school.  MATH!!!!   I really hated this when I was a student and so we based the collection with Math and then we added a bit of science in there and from there began the mood board and inspiration.  Like with all of our collection I love this part as we all begin to imagine and see where this could all possibly lead to.  We then moved on to colours that we normally don’t use as our clients have a penchant for colour and intensity.  What we ended up with was really surprising.  Subtle, quiet and really relaxed.
   I just wanted to share with all of you where we are all taking you this coming season.  I hope you all are as inspired as we are?

June 22nd, 2015

Bodega 1900- Barcelona!

Our last day in Barcelona began with an attempt to exercise and alleviate all the eating that we have been doing in this beautiful city. We attempted to stay fit and give room for all the indulgences that we did and will be doing on this family vacation. The good thing is that Barcelona truly is a lovely city to exercise in and the beach is just a few minutes away. A run by the water is always a good thing.

My Exercise team! Venisse and Alix.
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June 18th, 2015

Asador de Aranda- Barcelona!

Barcelona has always been a place where you can find the most delectable eating haunts. One such place that we love and come back to is Asador de Aranda http://www.asadordearanda.com This restaurant is famous for it’s grilled baby lamb and their cuchinillo is also quite excellent! It is home to classic Castillian cuisine. My family over indulged in beautiful protein that left us all very happy.
It was also the start of my birthday week so we celebrated with a feast courtesy of Nix who treated all of us to such a fantastic meal. The pictures will express everything.If you are a carnivore lover this is the place to go!

We had time before dinner to stop by a flea market.
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June 17th, 2015

Barcelona with Keren!

One of the people that I associate with Barcelona is Keren Pascual. He is one of my favourite travel companions and I have had the pleasure of seeing the world with this man. As luck would have it, he was in Barcelona when I was there and we made plans to see each other.

So happy to see my FAMOUS friend Keren Pascual in Barcelona!
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June 16th, 2015


Art has always been my refuge. I always end up seeking this as I feel that it touches my soul. One of my favourite museums in Barcelona is the MACBA http://www.macba.cat/en/ Built in 1987 by Richard Meier this space is home to the leading contemporary artists in the region.
I had some “ME” time to spare and decided to use this time to visit the MACBA and enjoy the exhibition. The building alone is worth the visit as it’s so beautifully designed and quite inspiring. The exhibitions always change and there is always something new to experience and feel. If you have an hour or two to spare in Barcelona I strongly suggest a visit to this museum. Take a look at what I saw that day.

My Sister and I decided to work out that morning.
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June 15th, 2015

Barcelona Day 2! #BarcelonaDelRey

I began day two with a bit of a run and some exercises. I knew that I would be indulging in this trip and a bit of cardiovascular work out could help a bit. LOL! I love the fact that Barcelona is small enough to explore on foot and the city is really pretty easy to navigate. All you have to do is look for the sea and you pretty much have your bearings.

Looked for the water and decided to go for a run.
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June 12th, 2015


One of the joys of travelling is really experiencing the cuisine of each place that you visit. Spain is one of the countries on top of my list where you really can find good eats. One of my favoured “classic” Spanish restaurants in Barcelona is Los Caracoles http://www.loscaracoles.es One of the oldest restaurants in the Bario Gotic area, this cavernous restaurant is home to some of the most delicious regional specialty in the area.
What I love about this place is the whole experience of eating in an environment that literally takes you back in time. The food was really excellent and although we over ordered, it was still thoroughly enjoyed by my family. A really excellent way to start our family vacation.

Famous for their roast chicken.
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June 11th, 2015

The First order of Business in Barcelona!

I have had the good fortune of visiting Barcelona, Spain several times and because of this there are certain things that I like to do first. The best part about Spain is really the FOOD! So my first order of business is to head over to the BOQUERIA along the Ramblas http://www.boqueria.info/index.php?lang=en I go there to orient myself on what’s in season and what I would like to eat during my trip.

The water and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect as we land in Barcelona!
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