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The Outfits You Need for Every Travel Destination

Zee Lifestyle reveals the travel essentials you need for your next getaway, whatever the destination, and all you’ll need in your beauty arsenal for long sojourns.

Styling when traveling can go in either two ways –  a beaming success or a total disaster. Lucky for you, we compiled the ultimate travel outfits for every destination. From the tropics to the artics, we got you.

Chic in the City

Sophisticated separates and on-trend accessories keep the cosmopolitan vibe for an urban getaway

1. Joseph Wool and Cashmere Coat

Green may be the color of the year, but that’s not to say we’re over the camel trend. This structured Wool and Cashmere Coat by Joseph is to die for. 

www.net-a-porter.com

2. Apartment 8 Clothing Beau dress

Apartment 8 takes the body con dress to the next level. The Beau dress, a one-shoulder mid-length body con dress, takes a subtle but playful leap from simple to classy. Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside

3. Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Patent Leather Shoes

It’s hard to resist the classics, especially when it’s Jimmy Choos. The Romy 100 Patent Leather shoes are perfect for day in and day out, from the workplace bustles to the intimate dinner dates. 

www.jimmychoo.com

4. Lily and Jones 

Timeless and edgy, the Kylie Flat Top Sunglasses stuns with its rose-gold mirrored lenses and rose alloy frame. zalora.ph

5. Nike Air Force One Flowerbomb

 

Whether it’s a stroll in the park or a night out in the city, these custom Nike Air Force One blooms with an extraordinary pattern. The feminine touch of flower patches and the masculine physique ties the look altogether for that flush of innocence and grunge.

Ayala Center Cebu

Beach, Please

Match the cheerfulness of the sunny weather at the beach with playful patterns and natural textures.

1. Tory Burch Gemini Link Striped Oblong Scarf

Wrapped around the waist or draped over the shoulders, the Gemini Link Scarf by Tory Burch is an essential for every beach outing.

www.toryburch.com.ph

2. Florabella Nisida Beach Bag 

Lounge under the sun with the chicest beach bag yet. Florabella’s Nisida Beach bag delivers everything you need for a beach bag and more! shoplcp.com

3. Billabong Maillot

Take a step back from bikinis and step into this Billabong Bouquet One Piece. And you’ll never worry about that burger before the beach.

ROX at Ayala Center Cebu

4. Kate Spade New York Sunset Sandal

Colorful tassels, bright pompoms and neutral braided straps. This sandal is everything! Rustan’s Department Store at Ayala Center Cebu

5. Vanessa Mooney

We love our tassels, and can honestly wear them from head to toe. These Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings are the perfect rustic-glam touch to complete the beach look. www.shopbop.com

Blues Cruise

Tailored pieces are great to pack for a long journey at sea—comfy enough for days on shore, but easily dressed up for dinners onboard.

1. Tory Burch Parrot Espadrilles 

We can walk miles with Tory Burch’s latest shoe collection. They go onboard with graphics and patterns with the adorable Parrot Espadrilles, and we are definitely not complaining! www.toryburch.com.ph

2. Valentino Printed Silk-twill scarf 

Don a Valentino Printed Silk-twill Scarf for a 50s chic look while you’re lounging by the pool deck.

www.valentino.com

3. Customized dresses by Ate

While nothing certainly beats having clothes tailored for you, fast fashion remains more popular because of its convenience. Tatah Costales dela Calzada takes the best of both worlds through Alter to Enhance, a boutique where customers can look through basic cuts of dresses, tops and bottoms, and they alter it to your specifications, whether it’s to add or remove length and sleeves or even have it in a different color or fabric—all while you wait!

16 Pres. Quirino St., Villa Aurora, Mabolo ATE by Tatah

4. Topshop Moto Super Rip Hayden Jeans

Believe us when we say we’re trading our super skinnies for the ultimate jeans for off-duty days. 

Ayala Center Cebu

5. Diane Von Furstenberg Satin Clutch 

Striking, electric blue is Diane von Furstenburg’s take on clutches, and we love it. The shocking color and its subtle use of satin can bring any outfit to the nines. www.dvf.com

Winter, For Sure

Bundle up for a journey to cold climates, but do it in style with classic coat shapes and statement accessories.

1. Max&Co. Leather Jacket

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Max&Co. gives the classic biker jacket a new twist. Slim-fit, waist length and cropped sleeves, the Danese Laminated leather biker jacket comes in Silver which ultimately brings off the grungy feel.

world.maxandco.com

2. ZARA Coat

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As the colder season beckons, we take out our coats and run out the door. At Zee, we do so in style. ZARA’s long blazer promises an effortless look without having to trade in comfort over style. ZARA, Ayala Center Cebu

3. Adidas Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers

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Adidas is giving us a run for our money with its latest collaboration with Belgian fashion designer and former Christian Dior Creative Director, Raf Simons. In pale pink silhouette, we are dying to get our hands in these babies. 

Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu

4. Karl Lagerfeld fingerless leather gloves

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A cool addition to your accessories edit, these black fingerless leather gloves from Karl Lagerfeld will add quirky edge to understated looks.

www.karl.com

5. Sunnies Specs

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Being four-eyed just got a little bit cooler. With the new Sunnies Specs collection comes a bundle of fashionable and hip styles to suit every face, every day. We have our eyes on the Reagan in Rose Gold.

Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu

Wild, Wild West

Go into the heartlands with some inspiration from Americana. Leather, suede and graphic prints come together to make a statement.

1. Aldo Boots

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When all else fails, knee-high boots will always save the day. Dressed in authentic leather and quality soles, we’re taking these Aldo boots on our next hunting trip. SM City Cebu

2. Anna Sui 

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Aztec prints make an impressive comeback at Anna Sui. The brick printed chiffon dress is a steal for every bohemian chick, the silk is just bonus. www.shop.annasui.com

3. Gucci Feline Fedora Hat

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With a silk lining and feline head trims, the Felina Fedora is sleek but has a punchy personality.

Greenbelt 4 Makati Avenue

4. Levi’s 710 Super Skinny

But of course, the skinny jeans are a staple in every girl’s closet. Good news, Levi’s makes the perfect fit for all your denim needs. 

Ayala Center Cebu

5. The Lost Nomad Puka Bag  

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The Puka Bag by The Lost Nomad is a drawstring backpack and perfect to carry your travel essentials for your next getaway. 

www.thelostnomad.com.ph

Safari Adventure 

Get a closer look at wildlife with utilitarian pieces that still look stylish.

1. Peace + LovE

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Wrap around dresses have easily become an essential for those warm, breezy days. www.missguided.com

2. Dr. Martens 1460 Mono 

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Lined with rich, warm and artificial fur, these shoes instantly become the must-have for every adventurer.

SM City Cebu

3. Saint Laurent Anja Bucket Bag

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We love great patterns, and this is certainly one of them. Armed with Passamenterie details, the small Anja Bucket bag is the perfect finishing touch of that Moroccan aesthetic.

www.shoplcp.com

4. Roxy Textured Heather Fedora 

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Whether an explorer by heart or by birth, the Roxy Fedora completes the look in a snap of a finger.

GRND, Ayala Center Cebu

5. Ray-Ban Classic Aviator

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We take cues from Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt to create the definitive daredevil look. Ayala Center Cebu

 

Events

Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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CEBU’S GALLERY OF ROUGE: Mistress of Disinfo, Vixen of Vexation and the Duchess of Disorder

Ogle La La
By Alexandra Fortabat de Hermès

Cebu’s own Lady Whistledown is back after a long hiatus and talks about the naughty ones who comprise the initial #TroubleTrifecta, three ladies who you may or may not know…

It’s been eight years since someone’s picked up this particular (jewel-encrusted) quill so thought it rather apropos to begin sharpening those French-manicured talons and polishing our sardonic wits once again. After all — dear amigas — there is only so much Netflix one can watch, or peloton one can engage in, or caviar-topped foie to prepare, while we’ve all been locked down in our kubôs for well over a year!

To be sure the last twelve months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, a carousel of follies and a series of blunders that have reversed decades of growth resulting in historical levels of unemployment while a very few have been channeling  Winston Churchill’s adage of “never waste a good crisis” a bit too much. While we can go on and on about the bungled and disastrous government response, we will limit our political commentaries here as we have no interest – nor inclination — to open that rather voluminous Pandora’s box. 

The armoires that we will explore will belong to three types of our island’s “alta” sociedad who – in this last revolution around the sun – made us cringe and bust out many tubs of popcorn through their sheer audacity, lack of sensitivity, and overall dopiness.  This –  ladies (and lady wannabes) – is therefore the debut edition of the  #TroubleTrifecta.

The first is that amiga who, by choice or plain predilection, just cannot keep her facts straight.  Let’s call her Mistress of Disinfo coz one simply cannot trust what comes out of her well-lined lips or read from her often convoluted (and run-on) status updates. In this age of ubiquitous and nearly instantaneous information and the proliferation of fake news, the least one can do is check the veracity of what one puts out in the social media realm.  As with anything else, quality is key!

The next Vixen of Vexation is that overbearing arriviste who is desperate to bowdlerize her courtesanal past by plastering her obviously enhanced and Gluta-enabled mug on every surface (and platform) known to modern man.  This self-proclaimed Madame Multiverse is quick to brandish her (dubious) accomplishments, has an affinity for B (or C?) rated actors and milks her closeness to certain members of the Old Guard.   In her perpetual quest for legitimacy and acceptance by the upper echelons, perhaps this Señorita aspirant should heed the advice of  Malcolm Forbes when he declared: “How to Succeed: Try Hard Enough; How to Fail: Try Too Hard.”

Our last Duchess of Disorder is definitely NOT the least in this Gallery of Rouge and has actually been the source of not just consternation but of many a disruption – and not in a good way.  This Soaper Woman is so-called due to her propensity to air out all her filthy lavada to anyone who will listen or bother to read her IG stories. Besides giving any Grammar Nazi a massive coronary, this Fräulein of Fracas has been known to commit acts of arson, has no qualms of engaging in online character assassinations AND seems to have a never-ending bevy of skeletons that are constantly feasting in her many closets. 

Ladies, please!  While we have to admit that we derive a certain guilty pleasure from your virtual explosions and implosions, they do get very prosaic – very quickly.  Discretion, like intelligence and proper manners, truly never goes out of style.

So there you have it folks. These tumultuous times we live in certainly do not need any more brouhaha so  please remember to be precise, don’t try too hard and always maintain a  certain sense of delicadeza. Not only will your lives be simpler and more pleasurable but maybe, just maybe, you may finally crack that clique that you’ve been clawing your way to be a part of.  

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New Year’s Eve Dressing for 2020

What’s an ideal New Year’s Eve soirée outfit? Three of Cebu’s young fashion designers share their suggestions for the ladies on how to ring in the year 2020 in style…

“Holiday dressing is all about sheer skin and comfort. A silver gray palazzo jumpsuit with sheer lace cut-outs is in order.” -Mikhail Achas, Fashion Designer

“Holiday dressing is all about clean lines and sophistication. A tailored blacked tea dress with godet insertions will totally give out a modern vibe with a toast to the 50s.” -Bree Esplanada, Fashion Designer

“I chose this design because it is so comfy and light. The raffles make it look elegant and versatile for different events, like awarding ceremonies or a New Year’s Eve party.” -Eve Navales, Fashion Designer

 

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Something to watch out for this year from these young designers will be their collection exclusively designed for the cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu 2020, which will be staged in March. For more information, visit the Facebook page V-Day Cebu.

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