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Shoes to Wear for a Safe and Stylish Rainy Season

It’s that time of year where sudden rains and gloomy weather is the norm. Make sure your style is still on point even on rainy days!

It’s that time of year where sudden rains and gloomy weather is the norm. Great news to all: footwear perfect for rain, mud, and puddles have recently dropped in the sneaker market to keep your feet dry and your style points intact!

All-season boots and sneakers

Making its comeback is Keds’ Weatherized collection perfect for the fashion girl who wishes to hit the rainy streets without compromising fashion. The weatherized line features silhouettes that can battle the elements in style. All water and stain repellant, each one with a different look.

 

Try: Keds Scout Trek Splash Canvas. Surprise to all fashion girls, Keds has created the ideal shoes for rain (and sun) ready outfits. Say hello to the Scout Trek, the ultimate wet-weather canvas sneaker treated with weatherproof material, cushioned insole for comfort, and a rugged rubber outsole for grip. This is perfect for those who wants a classic white shoe in their rotation that will not be easily ruined by the weather.

Try: Scout Boot II. This is the best time to graduate from clunky rain boots—that’s why Keds made the sleek Scout Boot. Featuring soft flannel plaid lining and durable rubber bottoms and treated with the all-new Dream Shield™ water and stain repellency coating, these dainty yet rugged boots can really go the distance—collecting compliments all along the way. It comes in matte canvas or twill canvas finish.

Weather Ready Classics

Iconic boat shoe brand Sperry is born from the sea, making it an expert in creating shoes that adapt to both wet and dry environments. Fan favorite silhouettes bundle up to help you to brave the rainy days ahead. Sperry’s Tech fusion lets us go from summer to rainy season and beyond. With Sperry’s Weather Ready product, the change in seasons doesn’t mean you need to change out of your Sperry’s.

Try: Sperry Washable Collection. Sperry’s latest collection of Washable Sneakers is another cutting-edge innovation from the global shoe brand, meant to kiss your worries away about how your shoes can be easily wiped clean after being dirtied from rains or the elements. The Washable sneakers are designed with the all the features we love about the original Sperry Sneaker: removable contoured footbed for comfort, the brand’s signature Wave-Siping outsole for grip, and the iconic sneaker silhouette that we love to wear everywhere. Now, they are outfitted with colorfast and washable nubuck plus lightweight breathable canvas uppers to make shoe care and cleaning your pair hassle-free.

Try: Sperry Weather Ready Collection. Check out Sperry’s Weather-Ready iterations of their classic Striper II and Bahama II silhouettes! The Sperry Striper II Storm Water Proof Chukka features waterproof suede, leather, and wool uppers in a seam-sealed waterproof construction that keeps feet dry. Meanwhile, the Sperry Striper II Storm CVO Duck is made with water-resistant, heavy canvas uppers with a gusseted tongue that protects your feet from the elements. Finally, the brand’s wet-weather appropriate version of the Bahama II Storm Duck Canvas also features heavy-duty duck canvas that keeps water droplets off your
feet!

Wet Weather Adventure

Have travel or adventure plans this season? Keep your trip safe and comfy with all-terrain and all-weather approved footwear from leading outdoor brand Merrell. Be sure to check the weather forecast first before setting off for a hike!

Try: Merrell MOAB Adventure Lace for men is ideal for your next midseason hike. This versatile shoe is equipped with FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed for comfort. The shoe also has the brand’s Vibram® outsole for traction in all weather and temperature conditions.

Try: Merrell Siren Edge Q2 WATERPROOF for women is for the pretty strong lady who won’t be deterred by sudden rains. This waterproof hiker is designed for the way women move, offering support, alignment, and stability. Aside from the weatherized material, it is outfitted with the Q FORM™ 2 insole and midsole technology for comfort.

Easy-to-style Sandals

For those on the lookout for chic alternatives to the pambahay slipper to wear outdoors when it’s pouring, below are safer, more durable and trendier options to cop for the wetter days ahead.

Try: Merrell Choprock Strap sandals for men. Ride the outdoor fashion trend that’s currently everywhere! For days spent on trails around water, this hiking sandal is packed with materials that dryout fast, have strong grip on slick terrain (Vibram® Megagrip™ outsole), and protect your feet from debris.

Try: Merrell Siren Strap Q2. Designed for wet adventures and the go-getters, this comfortable strap-in is engineered with the active woman in mind, offering support, alignment, and gender-specific stability. It sports waterproof nubuck and webbing upper, and the Merrell In-Board Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning making it a safe choice for all-day getaways.

Try: Skechers Merlin-Rosney for men. Treat your feet right with warmth from the comfort and sporty style of the SKECHERS Gambix – Rosney sandal. It features a leather-textured synthetic upper in a sporty casual comfort adjustable slide sandal with cushioned comfort footbed.

Try: Skechers Nextwave Ultra for women. Catch a crest of cushioned comfort with a surf-ready sporty style in the Skechers On the GO Nextwave Ultra sandal. It is designed with soft flexible jelly material with ombre color design in a thong sandal silhoutter Goga Mat® footbed and ULTRA GO™ cushioned sole.

Rain gear

Pair any of your wet-weather essentials with another season must-have: jackets. Whether you’re bracing against cold breeze or simply want protection from light rains, these jackets are perfect for you.

 

Try: No Fear Saul Biker Jacket, No Fear Preston Hoodie Jacket, or No Fear Stephan – Bomber Jacket. No Fear’s signature badass style now comes with a seasonal twist. Featuring windbreaker type material and water resistant finish, the Saul Biker jacket is a great addition to any casual outfit. Meanwhile, those who wish to keep warm can try the Preston Hoodie or Stephan Bomber jacket to shield the body from the elements.

 

 

 

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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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Rajo Laurel, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Bianca King Share Tips on How to Take Better Care of Your Clothes

To help keep your clothes in the best shape, check out these tips from Electrolux FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the FashionCare Council members Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Bianca King.

Wear it well without wearing it out! That is the fashion philosophy shared by Electrolux, a
leading global appliance company from Sweden, when it comes to clothes. You don’t
need a lot of clothes to look stylish – just give them some TLC, especially when doing
your laundry.

To help keep your clothes in the best shape, check out these tips from Electrolux
FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the FashionCare Council members
Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Bianca King. From washing to storing, these practical hacks
will help keep your clothes looking new for longer.

Check the Label
Acclaimed fashion designer Rajo Laurel shared that his number one rule when it comes
to caring for clothes is to check the care label, which teaches you everything from the
temperature, the kind of cycle and even instructions on drying, bleaching and ironing.
And if those laundry symbols look like hieroglyphics to you? Executive director and
teacher of SoFA Design Institute, and Creative Director of fashion accessories and bag
label ARANÁZ Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s practical tip: print out a guide that explains the
symbols for laundry instructions.

Caring for White Shirts and Tops
A staple in anyone’s wardrobe, the classic white tee is a great piece to build your
wardrobe around. It’s easy to dress up and down, going from casual to business-chic.
To keep your white shirt looking new, before washing, unbutton your shirt including its
cuffs and collar. Check the label recommendations for care guidelines. Use a laundry
detergent that contains bleach to really make your whites, white.

And if your white shirt or polo gets wrinkled easily, check if your washing machine has a
Steam or Vapour Care setting – this relaxes the fibres and removes odours to bring back
that soft, fresh feel to your white top.

Caring for Colours
Having coloured pieces is a great way to make a look pop but they are also prone to
fading faster than dark or white clothing. To help make sure your coloured garments
don’t lose their vibrance, sort your garments by colour before doing the laundry. Bright
clothes such as purples, reds and oranges can be washed together, so can bright blues
and greens. If a colour stands out on its own, consider washing it alone. Then check the
garment for stains and apply a small amount of liquid detergent to the stain and shake
gently in water. Turn your garments inside out to minimize rubbing of fibres. Choose a
low temperature and avoid hot settings that can cause fading. You can also use a gentle
wash cycle.

Caring for Jeans
Denim is durable but to make them last longer, especially the coloured and printed
denims or anything with a deep indigo wash, you need to give them extra special care.
The key to a long life is to wash at a low temperature and avoid over washing. First off,
be sure to wear your jeans for as long as possible before they are first washed to give
them a comfortable shape and a natural fade. Separate your jeans from white or other
brightly coloured clothes because they might bleed colour. Turn them inside out before
washing as well.

Dealing with Stains
The FashionCare Council members all share that it’s best to deal with stains
immediately. Soak or try to wash them off right away. For food and wine stains, Laurel
shares that he uses salt and soda water on the stains before washing as these help to
lift the stains.

Here are some other helpful tips to remove common stains: For ink stains, blot the
stained area with alcohol using a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly. For coffee stains,
first try using cold water through the back of the stain for 10-15 minutes. If the stain is
not fully removed, use liquid laundry detergent and a little cold water, or try using dish
washing liquid. Gently rub the liquid detergent or dish washing liquid with your thumb to
loosen the stain for about five minutes.

Proper Storage
The FashionCare Council members also shared that storage can play a role in keeping
clothes looking their best. Model and actress, Bianca King advised people to keep their
closets neat so you have a full account of everything you own and to know which items
should be hung or folded (if it’s a knit or weave). And speaking of hanging, Laurel and
Aranz-Alunan both mentioned the importance of using proper hangers – Laurel
mentioned avoiding those without foam defense as they could ruin the shape of clothes.
Another advantage of keeping a closet organized is it could help you plan your wardrobe
– you can rotate your pieces, as shared by Laurel, to help prolong their life.

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