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Panda Sunglasses-sunnies for the green-minded fashionista comes to town

In Living a Life Off-Center on November 1, 2012 at 3:18 am

I am so enthused that an eco-friendly line of sunnies has finally landed on our shores. I go through scores of sunnies every year since I get tired of the look or, I lose them, or, much worse, they suffer through the wear and tear of my many travels. Since I’m such a beach bunny it’s important I bring with me a sturdy pair whenever I’m out in the sand or the surf and because of the metal components of some of them there is a danger of them rusting out on me. Worse, I have had the experience of losing a favorite pair that fell off my head during a boat ride and took less than a splt second to sink down into the deep blue never to be found again. Not these babies, though. Made from high-grade, ethically produced bamboo they actually float on water, so, no sinking here!

Best selling Kennedy in brown. Happy birthday Mr. President?

Another component is that they incorporate TAC polarized lenses are made from recycled polycarbonate materials, making them lightweight and yes, also environ-friendly all around.

Natural bamboo colors make a fine statement. Martin in Natural shade.

There are several styles and shades that still highlight the fine wood detail. Giving them a design edge that plastic or metal cannot compare with. Mother Nature certainly knows best!

Black beauty. Nelson black shades still show of fine wood detail.

Price-wise, all models are at a pocket friendly Php 6,000 a pop, almost half of what more commercial brands cost. Plus, Panda is a company with a conscience; every purchase provides the Gift of Vision through the TOMA Foundation, an international non-profit organization that donates glasses to people in need.

Crusoe would have needed these. Robinson in brown.

The basics are certainly covered for those concerned that although they are for the green-minded (and hearted) fashionista, as these lightweight frames have  100% UVA/UVB Protected lenses, are water resistant and yes, as I said before, they float in water 🙂 so great for clumsy adventurers like myself!

Channel your screen siren, with an eco-friendly edge. Monroe in Natural.

So, as we have to now live with global warming, wouldn’t it make sense to use accessories that protect your peepers from the sun yet that are Mother Earth considerate at the same time? Shades of glory for sure!

Panda Sunglasses are available exclusively online and can be delivered right to your door from



Totes Amaze-art beautiful pouches and bags from Papaya!

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

Right here, right now. A sturdy tote that is artfully stylish

The weather, it seems, has gone completely and utterly mad — gray skies, storms, strong winds and short bursts of sunlight make getting ready for work or a social event a tactical dressing-up activity. We don protective gear, waterproof and windproof jackets in flattering silhouettes, plushies that keep the rainwater out and our favorite accessories, like the leather bag you coveted and saved up for, should be safely stored in your closet. Once upon a rainy season people would go around in plastic-like transparent cover-ups trying their best to make it shield and protect their valuables (which was sometimes a designer bag or watch). Back then, weatherproof wasn’t very pretty, it was either very rugged looking and shapeless or of cheap material so you wouldn’t cry buckets if it broke or got ruined.

Peacock pretty. A pouch for all your pretty things

Nowadays, design has taken the continuously changing climate into consideration and it’s about time. One delightful must-have that can work all year round are colorful, artistically put-together and waterproof cosmetic pouches and totes from Papaya!. This American brand has been pushing the design envelope since it came to life back in 2003. It uses fresh graphics and bold imagery, sometimes using statements that are both clever and mind-opening. According to Papaya!’s brand mantra, they have made it their goal to pursue unconventional harmony of art and design, first and foremost with creative abandon. “We are proud of our color-loving renegade roots,” reads their material. “Our products are infused with vital imagery that has been the first of its kind in the industry. Our promise to you is this: everything we make, we love.”

Whale watching. A bag depicting the deep blue

Indeed you will see this playfulness in the oilcloth material of each pouch or tote. Young and upcoming artists use this waterproof material as their canvas, where one can choose from an array of quirky to delicate drawings, illustrations and even life-like sketches.  I couldn’t help but go through a whole box of them, having a difficult time deciding what I wanted and what I needed. To be honest, I’m out and about a lot, so having something sturdy yet so pretty and vibrant couldn’t be limited to just one item (or so I told myself). Plus, the uniqueness of each design would also make it a much-appreciated gift for any of my girlfriends or other travel-loving family members.

Color me absolutely beautiful. Take this everywhere you go

There were different sizes, shapes and forms yet everyone really looked like you could frame it as a whimsical accent to your room or office. The tote was roomy and spacious yet light, and was flexible enough to fit some of my odd-shaped personal things. Since the cosmetic pouches or even “pencil cases” (as I like to call them as a reminder of my school days) were so vibrantly colorful they were easy to find even in the depths of my more traditional black-lined bags. The tassels also helped when trying to locate them by feel.

Alluriing Asia. An Eastern themed pouch

What the weather brings (be it heavy droplets or a light drizzle) is certainly out of your control, but at least there is a very, very chic option to keep your precious documents, keys, personal belongings and cannot-live-without gadgets safe and dry.

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Papaya! Pouches are available at Papertrail in 201 La’O Building, 1000 A. Arnaiz Ave., Makati, (tel. 403-7523), or online at

Design Heaven this Sunday: Get your hands on beautiful things!

In Living a Life Off-Center on August 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

Are you on the list? to register!

Another long weekend which is a special treat for us hard-working Manila denizens. If you find yourself in the Metro this Sunday, enjoy design heaven at AVA’s A Private Designer Sale on August 26 from 10am-7pm at the Rockwell Tent Extension, Plaza Garden, Rockwell, Makati. It’s a one-day, members-only affair so make sure you register (for free) at this link

Why should you spend a part of your Sunday shopping? Because you will given the rare opportunity to purchase couture creations (for men and women) from designers Dennis Lustico, James Reyes, Ivar Aseron, Joey Samson, Tippi Ocampo, Amina Aranaz and Louis Claparols from 10-70% off! If clothes aren’t your thing, then check out exquisite jewelry and home accessories from CURA-V as well as the highly coveted furniture pieces from design gallery a11.

AVA is truly the home for beautiful things and now, its first on-ground event will house some of the country’s best designers, come and support our local couturiers and find something (or many things) that is extra special for you or for your loved ones as the Holiday Season starts to drift towards us.

A happy Saturday to you all!

Investing in something you will love forever-a repost from Ava.zine

In Living a Life Off-Center on August 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

In my other life as founding editor for AVA’s e-zine ( check it out everyone this weekend! 🙂 I’m often asked what are things that are buy-worthy. Especially now that quality is something that is easily overlooked when trying to keep within a certain budget. There is one thing I have learned though in my Soul-in-Training days, and that is save for yourself, and splurge on yourself. Yes, of course you have responsibilities, but it’s also important to treat you as the most special person in your life. So, yes, do things for you, and invest in yourself, and if that means buying something especially pretty and special that you know will last you a long time, then it’s money definitely well-spent. I recently had an inquiry that led me to write the introduction of this blog. I myself am happily guilty of loving bright and sparkly things that offset or enhance whatever I wear. Not all my accessories are precious gems of course, so when I find pieces that are affordable yet high in quality, I can’t help but share them with others. I hope you also find something truly special for yourself over the weekend, whatever it may be, make sure it spells P-R-E-T-T-Y 🙂 If the rainy weather makes you want to stay indoors, I will do a shameless plug and ask you to visit, you will find lots of things, for men, women and kids-basically for anyone on the lookout for a great find. Enjoy!


Am always on the lookout for something special for myself, but also practical. I am normally in the office but try and meet up with friends for after-hour drinks whenever I can. Is there anything chic I can invest in that I will love forever?

Kaye C-via e-mail

Hi Kaye! Yes if there is something you should definitely invest in, it’s in a beautiful, one of a kind accessory that can be your accent piece for any outfit you put on. Like you, I am always on the lookout for something beautiful that when I put on not only makes me feel very stylish that day but is an eye-catching add-on to even the simplest ensemble. Statement earrings, like a gorgeous pair of chandelier or drop earrings are flattering to most faces and outfits. If you work in a rather conservative work environment you may choose earrings that are unusually shaped instead with a pop of color to go well against your hair or skin. Also, it’s a must nowadays to have a cocktail ring with fine detail or a dramatic stone or gem set into it. Cuffs are great to have too and depending on your wrist you can look for a finely crafted one or a bold one which can be your stand-along accessory from day to night. Think of jewelry whether precious or semi-precious as the icing on the cake, it has to make you look and feel absolutely delicious!

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Chic-ily yours,

Beautiful reusable Baggu bags-on sale!

In Living a Life Off-Center on July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Great news for all you environ-conscious yet stylish shoppers. For a limited time, some Baggu bags are going to be on offer through curated e-commerce site

Talk about gorgeous, colorful and functional-not to mention eco-friendly.

So really, what are you waiting for? Back to school, a “me” gift, a little something for your BFF or even some early Christmas holiday shopping-any excuse is good enough to get your hands on any of these beauties (and more) at 10% off.
Sale starts July 20 (Friday) 12noon til Monday July 23.

Grab one (or two) before I do 😉 go to and sign up to get your discount, earn AVA credits (good as cash) and check out our other “green” products. Enjoy!

Stripe Sea Baby Pouch

Stripe Sailor Backpack

Red Backpack


El Purple Baby Pouch

Duck Neon

Duck Navy