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Year round tote-all must haves! A repost from Manila Fashion Observer

In Living a Life Off-Center on June 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

I´ve been remiss in the blogging world as life finds me far, far from home at the moment. No complaints though, in spite of choosing countries that seem to be experiencing an immense heat wave at the moment, I am truly enjoying a semi-brainless and stress-holiday. One thing I do regret however is my choice of handbag since shopping is always a temptation and I as I´ve leapt from car, to train to plane I do wish I had brought an extra tote with me to just throw everything in, again, in a semi-brainless fashion.

I content myself for now by reading some of my favorite blogs, such as the one written by AVA Idea-Lister Tin Dychiao ( you can get the full article here:

Or read on below:

Tote-all Must Haves

By Christine Dychiao

Forget IT bags, here are five totes in the market that are making a statement. Find these on and in local boutiques as well.

Leather Baggu: Martin Margiela shopping tote, is that you? Yes, this soft leather tote from Baggu is so chic and yet done with an edgy sense of humor you’d think it was from the master of deconstruction and transformation himself. What’s best, with prices for leather Baggus starting at just Php5,995 for a small leather shopper, you get the Margiela look for much less. Apart from classic black, white and camel, it comes in the trademark yummy Baggu shades too like mint, citrus and grapefruit.
Leather Baggu
Charro y Churro: The brother and sister team behind the label believes in making a statement using environment friendly reusable totes. But not just any statement. Each Charro y Churro tote bears a sassy, smart, and witty blurb that will appeal to the wiseass in you or your friends. Designed in New York but made in the Philippines, it’s a fun, affordable tote that can instantly spark a conversation amongst those in-the-know. No eye-poppingly expensive “It Bag” required.
Charro y Churro "My Balenciaga is on a Break"
Feed Projects: When it comes to social statement bags, FEED bags are both. Sosyal and Social. A project of model/socialite Lauren Bush, each FEED bag is made to fight world hunger by supporting the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding operations, which serve nutrient-packed meals to children in 74 countries worldwide. Each bag design has a corresponding cause, providing anywhere from 10 school meals to feeding 2 children for an entire year. Buy it as a gift for friends who have everything. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Feed 10
Luntian Bags: A few years back, I received a gift from a friend – a Luntian bag filled with eco-friendly products that she carried in her store. It was a brilliant idea. Instead of using paper wrappers I would eventually dispose of, the packaging her presents came in was a gift in itself. Luntian Bags are not only reusable as grocery totes, it also supports a livelihood program in San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas that provides jobs for unemployed women.
Luntian bags
Wm J Mills & Co.: Sailing in the summer, and preppy boarding school kids, that’s what William J Mills & Co., better known as Wm. J Mills & Co., totes are made of. The more colorful version of those classic LL Bean totes, Wm J Mills & Co totes are made out of sturdy canvas by the heritage sailmaking company based out of Greenport, New York. Built to last and expected to age gracefully, these make the perfect weekends totes for beach bound prepsters or university kids who want a classic tote that is out of the ordinary.
Wm J Mills & Co.
Leather Baggus, and totes from Charro y Churro, FEED Projects, and Luntian Bags are available for purchase at Wm J. Mills totes are currently available only at schu Rockwell.

Taking yoga everywhere-yoga-on-the-go

In Philippine Star Column on May 25, 2012 at 1:45 am

Sometimes to stay healthy and youthful you literally have to bend over backwards. I cannot espouse the benefits of having a regular yoga practice enough. There is nothing I have found that is more healing, and has shown time and time again that you are only as young as your spine is flexible. Not to mention that reversal poses or “inversions” are truly anti-aging, as these positions refresh the blood, and actually fight gravity, relaxing your organs, not to mention your facial muscles — so yes, this is better than Botox if you ask me. Another benefit? Because you do twists, you actually help your digestion — ergo, better metabolism, so if you do yoga regularly you will be doing both your inner body and your outer vanity a favor.

Petit poses. Urban Ashram Manila’s Pocket Practice Yoga Guide

The other advantage of doing yoga often is that in time you will be able to do it anywhere you go. Even if you travel, all you need is a floor for the most basic of asanas (poses) and you can get a good workout with just 10-15 minutes not to mention a calmer mind and improved circulation. There are so many yoga studios and even fitness centers that offer yoga classes, it has gotten easier and easier for anyone to get fit and flexible. The feeling you get after a great practice is unparalleled, you feel longer and even cleaner for some reason. I was elated to find several products that would enable me to take my practice (or at least remind me to practice) wherever I go.

1)  Urban Ashram Manila has come up with their Yoga Travel Edition: Practice in My Pocket. There are several ways one can get this convenient guide to doing basic poses, the first is to download it from their website for free ( or get the actual hard copy if you avail of their FNR (Flexibility Not Required) Pass. Urban Ashram Manila (located in Barangay Kapitolyo) is considered the country’s biggest venue for yoga and is opening its doors this July at Bonifacio High Street. It is the pioneer in the Flexibility Not Required (FNR) movement, which is incentive enough to get any newbie started with their yoga practice. I was told that other versions of this guide, which they’ve nicknamed PMP, will also be launched at Fully Booked in June. Throw this guide into your hand-carry or keep saved in your iPad.

Made for Movement. Portable and lightweight yoga mat.

2) Travel-friendly yoga mat. Produced by Made For Movement ( these lightweight mats (weighing less than a pound) are fantastic to bring along, since they don’t make a dent in your weight allowance and suitcase space. Made up of a micro-fiber and non-toxic base, they come in green, pink, purple and rust, and priced at a budget friendly P1,300.

Full of sole: Sanuk sandals made from yoga mat

3) Yoga-mat sandals. Speaking of mats, Sanuk has just launched a series of slip-on footwear made out of yoga mat material. Priced between P1,200-P1,990, these super soft and cushy sandals seem to kiss the soles of your feet just like a mat does. They come in several styles, including a wedge heel and zippered up version for added adjustment (since feet tend to swell throughout the day). An added bonus is they come in men’s, women’s and even kids’ versions.

Sling it along. OM bags for your mat

4) Sling bags that go to support a livelihood project. Luntian Bags which supports a community of women in San Teodoro, Mabini in Batangas has come up with these cheerful sling bags that are made from canvas and woven Igorot fabric (P500). They will fit most standard sized yoga mats, but can also be custom-made, so you can even choose the weave you want. Best of all, any purchase (whether it’s a standard bag or an OM yoga bag) gives back, so spread the love.

The true spirit of yoga, which goes beyond getting the highly coveted “yoga butt” of steel is in finding balance, being grounded and centered, in spite of all the chaos that is unavoidable in Manila. It is about getting a deeper sense of self and reconnecting to an inner peace, anytime, anywhere, regardless of what is going on around us. As they say once you come out of savasanah (corpse pose) the true practice of yoga begins, when the class ends. Namaste.

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For more information on Urban Ashram Manila and their Flexibility Not Required Program (FNR) call 377-9642 or 0917-8819642 or visit Made for movement travel mats are available on or call 0922-8374685. Sanuk is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies and is available at Brat Pack, Greenbelt 5 and Sanuk, Glorietta. To order an OM sling bag send an email to or call 0928-505-1683.