Friday, April 24, 2015

FASHION | Get away from it all with these getaway bags

Spring, summer or whenever, there will always come times when you just want a quick escape. Even I make those occasional quick trips somewhere. And for those times you have to pack light because it's just a short trip after all.

Now to get yourself ready, first you need a bag, a proper bag that will fit all your essentials but which won't saddle you with all that bulk. Take a look at these five beauties here:

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(1) Getaway duffel from Owen and Fred
It's a casual design and which could be your perfect getaway bag. The leather trim and polished metal add an upscale touch.

(2) J.W. Hulme continental duffel bag
For a more elegant and dignified look. Crafted in the USA by the century-old leather shop, you can't go wrong with this one.

(3) Pebbled leather Wythe weekender by Ben Minkoff
Still what I would place under more elegant options for a weekender bag, this one, though, has a touch of sportiness or edginess, thanks to that contrasting side stripe.

(4) Color Visetos weekender by MCM
Another classic option, when you want your weekend bag monogrammed.

(5) Tumi Alpha 2 satchel
Okay, so you don't want any of that leather in your getaway bag because leather probably reminds you of work, from which you want to escape in the first place. This one here is crafted from ballistic nylon for a really casual look so you can feel completely relaxed throughout your trip.

So, are we set for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 22Apr2015: Sexy hands

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I'm definitely not talking about my hands here, which are far from being sexy. It's this interesting skeleton hands necklace Kwittiegirl got me. No doubt it's a statement piece and I had some reservations about wearing it on a regular day. But then I thought if I could wear a razor blade necklace, then why not this one.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

FASHION | Stay hip with these 5 new brands on East Dane

East Dane, an online shop for men's clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift items, has recently added 5 more brands to its impressive roster of designers and brands. I already lost count with how many names they carry but it's more than 200 already by my estimate.

So anyway, here are these 5 new names:

DDUGOFF
Launched in 2013, DDUGOFF is a fairly new brand whose aesthetic is anchored on informal wear but which still look tidy. The clothes are both eye-catching and understated. It's also worth noting that the designer, Daniel DuGoff, has had experience working for Patrik Ervell, Derek Lam, and Marc by Marc Jacobs before launching his own line.

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Tropical blocks T-shirt, windowpane pullover, and grosgrain easy pants.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 14Apr2015: Silver against the sun

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I don't understand what kept me from wearing them but yesterday my pair of silver brogues finally hit the road close to four months after getting them. At this point the sun is shining blindingly bright, so I thought I'm going to give him a dose of his own medicine by reflecting everything back.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DESIGN | Artelano11: The Eric Paras furniture showroom

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Just one of the many spaces at Artelano11 all spruced up.

Calling it a showroom, I think, trivializes what Artelano11 (or A-11) is. After all, it is not just a room but three full houses of Eric Paras-designed furniture and a host of other things. Yes, three full houses!

The houses date back to the 1950s and are part of the compound at 2680 F.B. Harrison Street in Pasay City where The Henry Hotel Manila is located. Paras, a renowned Filipino interior designer who's also working with furniture, was responsible for the interiors of the hotel.

We were happy to check out A-11 when we stayed at The Henry last March. We were also lucky to meet the designer himself, whom we saw again at the recent Manila FAME. Allow me to give you a little photo tour.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FASHION | 25% off your order with East Dane's Friends & Family Event

It sure doesn't seem too long ago when online menswear shopping site East Dane held a site-wide sale to ring in the arrival of spring. If you missed that one, East Dane is giving you another chance with their Friends & Family Event where you can take 25% off your order.

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Before you get all excited, here are a few details to take note of:
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