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March 27th, 2015

RAJO! #MATISSE

Today marks the launch of our Matisse collection in Rajo! Rockwell. While our House of Laurel clients are treated to more exclusive and high end pieces, our Rajo! brand is more casual and relaxed with a more retail oriented price point. Store construction is always a frenzy! There are so many things to plan and organize before we can even begin. Nevertheless it is an artist’s dream. Imagine an empty canvass and being able to produce a masterpiece with it. It is always fun to create an enjoyable and exciting shopping environment for our clients. This season we are so excited to unveil the new design of Rajo! It is indeed frantic with color with the ceilings decked in vibrant and abstract cutouts! We also hung images of the collection for full effect. It is like a preview of what is to come for our Look Book! Let me invite you to the creatively chaotic world of Matisse! Visit Rajo! store at 2nd Level Powerplant Mall,  Rockwell. See you there!

Visit our website to view the full collection  http://www.rajolaurel.com/html/collection.html

Our store construction always starts out in chaos with pieces of materials everywhere.
Mannequins on one side waiting their turn to be glammed up.
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March 24th, 2015

Art in the Park 2015

I rate how much fun I am having when I forget to take photos. So you can imagine just how much ART IN THE PARK was this year as I was only able to get a total of six photos during the entire event! It truly is my most favourite art event of the year. I love it so much that I sleep early the night before and rest. I wake up really early and go to the Salcedo park several minutes before the gates open and literally have a blast!
It’s like going on that proverbial hunt where you go and find that beautiful piece that resonates and feeds your spirit and soul. I also love the fact that it’s a venue for young artists to just shine and see people react to their work. The fair is also very affordable making art lovers like me able to really enjoy the process of actually buying art. Best of all it’s all for a very good cause because part of the proceeds go to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines which really needs our support and love.
So after surveying my camera and seeing my photos I was like oh dear! I really didn’t get to take any photos but I did get to really do some fun art shopping that kind of exceeded my budget but I take solace in the fact that I did my Christmas shopping early and that I am helping the Museum Foundation.
I came home really happy, content and completely exhausted as I was in the fair for more than 6 hours! That’s how much I loved it! Anyway here are the photos I took. Cannot wait to do it all aver again next year.

Saw this really cool series the Tin Aw gallery.
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March 24th, 2015

The Love Collection Launch Party

The launch of the Love Collection 2 last Saturday was a blur of kiddie fun and excitement. The designs came to life as the children paraded around in outrageous prints and colors perfect for our Coachella theme . The whole Guttierez family came to support style sisters Lorin and Venice who were stars of the show together with their mom , Ruffa Guttierez. Of course, not to be outdone is the very adorable Baby Zion and his  gorgeous mom, Sarah Lahbati. Im so excited to share this with all of you!   The collection is now available at House of Laurel and RAJO!  At the Powerplant mall Rockwell.

The event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, Jollibee Food Corporation, Joel Cruz of Aficionado, Germany Perfume, Century City Mall, Nice Print Photography, Cupcakes by Sonja, Magnum, Creative Styling, Party Station, Instamug, Instabooth, Mustela: Skin Care Expert for Babies, Potato Corner, Candy Corner, Inglot Cosmetics, and Island Rose Flowers.

I would just like to extend my deepest appreciation to all those who came and partied with all of us!

Flower Power courtesy of Insta Booth.
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March 19th, 2015

THE FABULOUS FURNITURE FAIR!

It’s been such a whirling dervish of design driven activity these past few days. I am not complaining it’s just a lot to take in and digest. Every time there is the Manila Citem and the Philippine International Furniture show I do clear out my schedule and make it a point to come and visit the show.

Love how Beti’s of Pampanga uses the beauty of wood and just brings it completely to the next level.
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March 18th, 2015

#DIVAGUETE

Dumaguete was christened by my friend Angelo Villanueva as  “DIVAGUETE”.  Angelo, an icon in the Manila Club scene as a DJ and performance artist by night and a professional fashion stylist by day has worn several feathers in his cap. His most recent achievement is running a fantastic tour company called http://dumagueteoutdoors.com. If you want an unforgettable Dumaguete experience do call on him and expect a fabulous time.

I love the gigantic trees of the Siliman campus.
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March 18th, 2015

A Dumaguete Homecoming!

My Mother’s side of the family is from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. I spent many summers of my youth in Dumaguete and I am filled with many memories. My family lived in Dumaguete in my early years and it has always been a place  I associate with peace, happiness and child like abandon. In as much as I would like to come home to Dumaguete as often as possible this has been quite elusive and much harder to plan.

This is Lola’s kitchen. Unchanged for almost a hundred years.
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March 13th, 2015

The Making of MATISSE

It is always an exhaustive job launching a new collection. One important task is to create the mood for the clients and make them see our vision for Matisse. It’s an enjoyable task though taking them to our world and engaging their senses.  For that we need channels that help us reach this goal like our website, look book, social media pages and finally our launch.

This is our window to the outside world before they can even see the actual clothes. It’s very important that we give them the most amazing inside peek!

Isn’t our splash page inviting?? Makes you wanna dive right into our website!

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March 11th, 2015

Matisse S/S 2015 BTS Lookbook shoot

Seeing our Matisse S/S 2015 collection come to life during our lookbook shoot gets me all excited! The day starts with a frantic organized chaos of all the creative ingredients that form the tone of our collection. We have stylists, make up artist, photographers, nail specialists, production designers geared towards one direction and that is to capture and translate the “Matisse” idea into these beautiful images.

Elite Model Pamela’s blonde ambition courtesy of Lynelle Hair Fashion. 
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March 9th, 2015

USED PAINT by Monica Delgado

I come from a family of achievers. We have been instilled since birth a nature to strive and reach out to our fullest potentials. As a family we are all so diverse in the sense that we have relatives that are businessmen, lawyers, public servants and what not. However one thing that unite us all is our love for art.
Perhaps that is why our latest generation is geared towards this directions. We fondly call our generation “4G” meaning it’s the 4th generation from the Laurel-Hidalgo clan. This generation has produced many artists, actors, singers, poets and many more. I am so deeply proud to be part of this generation and we celebrate our passions. One such passionate individual is my cousin Monica Delgado who recently opened her 3rd solo show at the FINALE gallery entitled “USED PAINT”

Monica Laurel Delgado. Behind her are 3 of my favourite pieces in the show.
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March 6th, 2015

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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