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Furla’s 90th Anniversary Collection

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Furla’s company history, from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the dawn of the new millennium is reflected in a handbag with interchangeable flaps that becomes a portable time machine travelling across nine decades.

 Furla building MilanoFurla's 90th Anniversary CollectionThe FURLA Metropolis, available in five colors: Petal, Magnolia, Gold, Ruby and Onyx will have nine different flaps to narrate the story of the brand that began in 1927 and since then has traveled, in women’s hands for nine decades – keeping them company on their journey of freedom and independence across time and space.

Furla’s journey started in the Roaring Twenties: the age of Charleston and “The Great Gatsby” by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, where the wild parties in the French Riviera were all the rage in the story. The Twenties of Josephine Baker and Art Déco, gave birth to what we now consider modernity, the decade that consigned the Nineteenth Century to history. This decade was represented by a soft nappa leather flap with a velvet base and stud carrying the number “20” galvanized in light gold.

It continues in the Thirties: the Jazz Age, the decade of glamour, of Marlene Dietrich’s mysterious voice and magnetic eyes. The Thirties flap is made of tortoiseshell PVC with ivory colored mink fur with the inscription “30” laser-etched in white on the black tab.

Whereas during the Forties, the crazed rhythm of Swing, frenzied joy of music and dance, and songs celebrating newfound peace had its flap of the Forties handbag printed with a petal and ruby check. Then the number “40” is printed on leather ruffles and a bow, evocative of that decade’s pin-up girls.

Then the Fifties – the age of rock and roll, Elvis and the “greaser” gangs, and the explosion of colors post-WWII decade illuminated by the omnipresent jukebox lights had its flap in pink, turquoise and onyx with embossed colored parts, while the number “50” in light gold was set on the iridescent tab.

The Sixties are the decade of psychedelia, the Beatles, and the cool dry linear elegance of the Mods. Hence, the flap is patterned like a turntable resting on a desaturated Union Jack flag in gray, black and white instead of the traditional red, white and blue. The onyx black on the printed base has a long stud in place of the volume knob while the number “1960” is smacked in the center, where a vinyl LP’s label would be.

From the Sixties’ turntables to the Seventies disco revolution, this decade of glitter and absolute freedom of a new underground culture takes over the world. The flap is in glitter fabric with sails and mirrors like a Disco Ball hanging from the nightclubs’ ceilings, reflecting the light of a future that seemed stranger and more exciting than science fiction.

The Eighties representing Punk and the new wave presented Fashion as a provocation with brooches pinned to Queen Elizabeth’s nose becoming the epitome of that revolutionary stance. Therefore these are the years, for Furla’s journey, of the heart-shaped flap fastened with safety pins, studs and a denim tongue with a bold, unabashed “Furla 80” printed on the flap.

For the Nineties we travel across the ocean from Great Britain to the United States where the Age of Hip-Hop, rappers, “gangsta” style and “bling-bling” was the luxury of excess. The Nineties flap is made of suede, with an onyx and orange rubberized thermo-adhesive strip with white stitching like the one over the jersey of a Football team. It has a big “90” number smacked in the middle of the flap, embroidered with printed, convex leather.

Furla’s time travel and journey through nine decades of the Metropolis handbag ends in the 2000s, the “Aughts”: the decade of technology and dawn of the new Millennium. The flap is in a silver laminate lined with a folding plate, just like a robot’s complete with screw-shaped rivets and shimmering rhinestones. The 2000’s is a world expanded, flattened and interconnected by technology wherein our digital present was so unthinkable back in the Twenties when the Furla journey began.

In the Philippines, Furla is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Follow@ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

  Allen Edmonds Spring Styles Collection for 2017

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The New Spring Styles Collection for 2017 highlights a move toward the use of color, textures and different fabrics. This year weaves, suedes and exciting new leather colors are featured throughout the collection.

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Many of our new styles also further blur the lines between work and play with relaxed casual becoming an ever-more important trend in Allen Edmonds footwear fashion.

About Allen Edmonds Corporation

Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds Corporation is a privately-held, U.S.-based retailer of premium men’s footwear, apparel, leather goods and accessories with a focus on American manufacturing. Allen Edmonds’ famous Goodyear welted shoes are handcrafted in Port Washington, Wis. using a 212-step production process. Consistent with the company’s heritage, Allen Edmonds remains committed to providing excellent products at exceptional value for style and quality conscious men worldwide. By partnering with like-minded U.S. manufacturers, the company’s offering includes men’s clothing and accessory needs from head to toe. Allen Edmonds products are available at premier stores worldwide, including 70 company-owned Allen Edmonds stores across the United States, and online at

Heart2Heart Turns 10! at Quiche the Cook

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 I love this young lady because she is all good vibes!  She’s always so bubbly and cheerful, so energetic, so kind, so passionate, so confident, so everything!!!  I am blessed to know her.  She is the daughter of Tita Millie Reyes of the famous, THE PLAZA catering.  But recently started her own company with La Petite Fromagerie and Swizzle Mobile Bar.  She has many great ideas so await all the new things coming up form The Plaza and her own businesses

Previous entries:  The Plaza Catering June  21, 2013

The Plaza at 50  October 7, 2015 

Ham a Merry Christmas December 3, 2017

La Petite Fromagerie February 8, 2017

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She is also a fellow writer for the Philippine Star :-)  together with her Mom Tita Millie Reyes and Spanky Enriquez Philippine Star writers Millie reyes spanky enriquez Karla Reyes Heart2Heart

It’s not surprising that she has a blog to share more with everyone so do check it out :-)

Click below on the photo to go to her website

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 What a beautiful write up she made for my 10th years celebration – Thank you Karla for your support always!  I am glad we both love cheese! haha!!Heart2Heart Turns 10! at Quiche the Cook (1)

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Taste Company

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Taste.Company opens up a new chapter this 2017

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by being the promoter of inspiring stories of goodwill.Taste CompanyTaste.Company Media, the social enterprise and education arm of Taste Company Foundation, will cultivate “a taste for the good” — in every person, community, or local enterprise’s story as shared by its contributors.

Its “Social Responsibility” section will serve to spread the word about the CSR projects of big and small brands found locally.


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Other sections like “Taste”, “Travel”, and “Trends” will not just focus on a product/experience at hand, but on the specific visions/causes that enable the featured organization to grow and thrive as an agent of goodwill and change.Taste Company (5)

Stephen Dee Young, publisher of Taste.Company and Taste Company Foundation envisions this for the site:

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“Our direction is to look for social responsibility on initiatives being done by individuals and also by corporations, that addresses the requirement of the society.

“We’re hoping that as the word goes out it will inspire heartfelt meaningful intentions and initiatives moving forward.”Taste Company 2Taste Company 4

Nina Tan, Editor-in-Chief of Taste.Company shares:

“Ever since Taste.Company started last May 2016, we’ve always given relevance to social responsibility. The idea of making it our core only came when we realized how much individuals, brands and companies out there give back in their own ways. This inspired us to become their partner in spreading awareness, charity and love through the power of writing.”

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With a team of contributors that hail from different backgrounds, Taste.Company gives lifestyle a fresh outlook by focusing on “stories with a heart”, although they also dish out mainstream lifestyle articles that will surely keep us updated.’s readers will be in “good, taste-full company”: they get to know the people, brands, and communities who do good and promote good in their own way, while receiving updates on the latest in Taste, Travel, and Trends.

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EAT Well Live Well by The Gourmand Market by nawwT’ys Kitchen

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When Trish @nawwtysends me an invite for The Gourmand Market by nawwTy’s Kitchen @thegourmandmarket I I think of food so when she sent me an invite for today I didn’t read anymore I just looked at date and time! Apparently it was an electric bike class  at @riderevolution .   I came in a dress from the office.   So while they exercised I ate outside.  But that is how this market will be – there is more than what you will expect since there will be more than just food – there will be yoga, crossfit and rowing. The 11th Gourmand Market by nawwTy’s Kitchen is on its 3rd year with a healthy component for this coming March. See you at the market ! #thegourmandmarketbynawwtyskitchen#thegourmandmarket #H2HHealth#H2HMarket

Tadashi Spring 2017

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“All things change,” Buddha proclaimed at the end of his earthly journey.

Tadashi Spring 2017An array of wild animals surrounded him, from sinuous snakes to fearsome tigers. You recall the story of Noah’s Ark, this time as seen through the eyes of artist Wu Junyong’s fantastical retelling “The Flying Ark.”

Watch as the creatures float upwards as if in a spiritual declaration. The playful imagery captures your dreamlike desires to rise.

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Look Above. Take in the bright blue skies that are as vast as an ocean. The waves of clouds seem within reach. You long to be like the merciful goddess Guanyin. She stands at the ready to lead the fallen. Glorious as the deity, your awakening begins. 

Tadashi Spring 2017 (2)Spring 2017 is an ecstatic vision of rebirth. Animal prints in electric hues make a sensuous armor. Soaring parachute skirts, voluminous and carefree, are harnessed. The heavens descend and adorn the body. In this life, the tangible and ethereal become one.

Tadashi Shoji is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza.


Neighborhood by Chef David Lai

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Since we were with the kids, they were the ones choosing the restaurants!  This was our son’s choice since he saw it in his friend’s instagram! :-)  That is how it is nowadays!

This is the landmark street which has a painting on the wall like thisneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-31Walk down a few metersneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-1  Then turn left inside this small streetneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-2What a cozy little place!!!!  Seeing friendly faces through the window!!
neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-3 Neighborhood by Chef David Lai is where chefs – Chef Gaita Fores @margaritafores Chef Carlo @carlo_alvarez neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-28

  – and foodies -handsome and charming :-)  Amado @amadofores – eat

Every month he changes his menu. Make sure to ask about “off the menu” dishes. #NeighborhoodHK #H2HHK #H2HChefs #ChefDavidLai #DavidLai neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-25

 His bartender is Filipino!  Cliff Violenaneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-17 There are a few seats only so we took half of the restaurant with 2 tablesneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-6neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-4neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-5 We did a different seating this time – all boys together and all girls together neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-12We had almost everything in the menu!!
neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-11 neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-13neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-7 Heirloom tomato  terrine, burrata cream in Neighborhood #H2HHK #Neighborhoodhkneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-8Sucrine lettuce salad, crab roeneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-9
neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-14 neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-15 Cotecchino, poached foie gras and white beansneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-16 fried egg, potato cream, truffleneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-18  Buy your truffles and then they can shave it for you on anything you likeneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-10 Butter tagliolini with black trufflesneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-19 Spanner Crab Tagliolinineighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-20 neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-22  Bone marrow risotto- YUM!!!neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-23 with truffles :-)neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-24  Brie de Meaux “donge”  black truffleneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-26  pain perdu, ice cream – YUM!neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-27  Petit foursneighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-29 neighborhood-by-chef-david-lai-30

Pottery Barn Bridal Registry

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Planning a wedding is a large and complicated task for many couples but it’s those special and unforgettable moments along the way that make the whole experience worth while. Pottery Barn’s Bridal Gift Registry aims to make setting up a couple’s dream home easy and stress-free.pottery-barn-bridal-registry-1Choose from Pottery Barn’s collection of classic and sophisticated staples for your first home together. You will find classic lighting fixtures in various shapes and styles top on the brand’s list of registry items. They are guaranteed to make a statement and brighten up even the nooks and corners of any room. Pottery Barn’s living room essentials are beautiful, traditonal and can effortlessly match all types of home trends. For the kitchen, find everything from dinnerware to dining table sets that are always durable and timeless in design. Choose from a selection of bedframes, headboards, side tables and bed linens that are as stylish as they are comfortable to complete your bedroom. Finish your bathroom with Pottery Barn’s lush bath towels, robes and accessories to give it that spa-like feel.pottery-barn-bridal-registry-2Pottery Barn makes designing your home effortless with the assistance of in-house Interior Design Specialists. Get free consultations for furniture choices, decorating tips, and just about anything you may think of design-wise for your home. Pottery Barn also offers 10% off on all remaining items in your registry, even extending the discount to additional items you may want to purchase within a 6-month period after your wedding date.pottery-barn-bridal-registry-3When you start your journey as newlyweds to set up your home, don’t forget to bring Pottery Barn along the ride.

In the Philippines, Pottery Barn is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and Estancia, Capitol Commons. or follow @potterybarnPH and @ssilifephon Instagram for more information.