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The Zee Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Not done with your holiday shopping? Here are some stocking stuffers that will be a sure hit come Christmas morning.



For all its clamor about being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can actually be quite stressful-there’s the increasingly unbearable traffic that has us on the road for two hours on end; the overcrowded shopping malls, and their corresponding parking lots; the stark lack of hours in the day, when you realize that you don’t have time to buy your parents Christmas gifts in between going to work and all the holiday get-togethers (why do you have so many friends??).

Okay, even just writing that gave me anxiety. But take a deep breath and relax–if you’re among the Christmas shopping procrastinators, we’ve got your back.

We spent some time scouring stores and market (online and otherwise) for the best stocking stuffers of the year. From makeup and accessories, watches to bags, here are some products we know will be sure hits come Christmas morning.

Seeing Red

Give the glamorous people in your life bold accessories that will make them stand out in any room.

4 carat oval quartz set in lab-created diamonds and 24k plated gold on silver earrings; 3 karat pear Morganite gems set in diamonds and 18k rose gold handmade earrings; and 7 carat pear amethyst in high mount setting with diamonds and 18k satin finish yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Frida tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. Tassel earrings from STROZZI.

The Fine Details

Handcrafted watches and accessories are minimalist ways to show off the finer things in life.

CEO Adesso Chronograph watch from TW STEEL at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu. Black Crystaldust double bangle from SWAROVSKI at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. 15 carat cushion peach pink topaz with baguette and round diamonds in 14k rose gold matte finish; 1 carat princess cut pink diamond in cathedral setting with diamonds and 14k two-toned yellow and white gold; and 3 carat cushion cut raspberry garnet with princess and round diamonds set in 14k yellow gold, all from JARRA JEWELS. Legacy Petite ladies’ watch from PHILIP STEIN at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.

Pretty in Pink

With their bright colors and festive designs especially for the holidays, these tried-and-tested products are the perfect addition to any vanity.

PunchPop! Liquid Lip Color in Watermelon and Bubblegum; Gogo Cheek Tint; and Galifornia Love Kit (with Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara, and Galifornia Blush), all from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. Ultra Facial Cream; and Midnight Recovery Concentrate, all from KIEHL’S at Ayala Center Cebu.

Captain Quirk

Zoological details, a play on textures and bright colors for those who like to infuse some personality into their ensembles.

Belle of the Ball tassel earrings; and Be My Lady Bug sling bag, all from FEBRUARY LIFESTYLE. Hoop earrings; and stud earrings, all from STROZZI.

Tassel Town

Definitely this year’s of-the-moment accessory, the tassel earrings come in a variety of colors and sizes–and get a sophisticated twist when paired with more classic pieces.

Ants in Your Pants sling bag from FEBRUARY LIFESTYLE. Amatheia tassel earrings from SEPA ACCESSORIES. A collection of tassel earrings from STROZZI. Beaded necklace from CAROLE; Penelope tote bag from LONGCHAMP; Pearl necklace from MAJORICA, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

A Man’s World

The man in your life deserves a touch of luxe, even in a lifestyle that’s rugged and on-the-go.

Black leather briefcase, and printed button-down shirt, all from OLEG CASSINI; Driving jacket from RICARDO PRETO, all at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Pilot’s watch with case from VICTORINOX at Lucerne, Ayala Center Cebu.

Bare Necessities

A pared down beauty kit of great skincare products (and tools for the perfect brows!) is something any beauty maven will appreciate.

Defined Refined Brows kit (with BROWVO Conditioning Primer; Precisely, My Brow Pencil; High Brow highlight and lift pencil; and brow mapping tool) from BENEFIT COSMETICS at SM Seaside City. The Soft Fluid Long-Wear Foundation; and The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum from LA MER at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash from Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. Lime Basil and Mandarin Scented Candle from JO MALONE at Rustan’s Department Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

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Tea with Coralie

When a basket filled with tea goodies of macaroons, delicate cakes and sandwiches was delivered, it came in the signature purple color of this iconic brand. “Very Charriol”, as Coralie , the CEO of the Swiss brand, might have put it. She didn’t actually use that term to describe the savories. Rather, she was describing the cable bracelet that makes their products distinct. Avid Rustans Cebu shoppers will find the Charriol boutique just off the main entrance of the department store, near the familiar scented hall at the first level. On display are an array of earrings, bracelets and watches enticing to those looking for retail therapy with pieces that are timeless and yet not overtly breaking the credit card limit.

The tea Zoom party, as arranged by our host Ginggay Joven, and Luzanne Manlapit who is the brand manager of Charriol in the Philippines, was as good as any press-do from pre pandemic normal times. And an intimate peak at lifestyle editors’ lives as most of us were zooming from our living rooms, including Coralie who was answering our questions from her home in Geneva. Like most of us, she readily says, “I have a travel bug, and on weekends, I dream of where I can go!”.

Philip Charriol, Coralie’s father who started the brand in 1983, was a frequent visitor to the Philippines, making Manila (and Cebu) a side trip to his rounds of Singapore and Hong Kong. He made many friends in Asia and it was a sad day when everyone heard of his passing more than a year ago in a car accident at the Le Castellet racing track in southeast France.

These days, the company is in good hands with Coralie. She is set to debut a series of new collections building upon her father’s vision, including a reimagined Celtic collection, a line of watches first introduced in the 80s. The latest Celtic Legacy watch has a more striking face with two dials and bigger bezels available in gold or rose gold. The cable bracelet is made up of 6 strands of steel and titanium alloy that are flexible and durable. It comes in an elegant 30mm case, making it an equally perfect accessory for both a lunchtime affair as well as to a glitzy night on the town.

Also new are their ocean-themed pieces. The Forever Starfish watch comes in two iteration of stainless steel or rose gold case with a white mother-of-pearl dial. The second one is the Marina bracelet collection — the Charriol signature cable tied around a porthole and clasped together by a Charriol dial, it’s a fresh and young take for an everyday jewelry.

As a contemporary business leader, Coralie shared cautionary tales of polar bears and melting icebergs. Through their Charriol Living initiative, Philippe Charriol is a partner of the global organization Lonely Whale. It is a community of international businesses cognizant of the harming effects of disposable stuff in today’s world. Particularly single-use plastics, which are harmful to marine life when they end up in our seas. She co-produced a compelling documentary titled The Story of Plastic (www.storyofplastic.org) “a searing expose revealing the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling”.

The company is committed to being socially conscious. Pretty soon, all Charriol packaging will be made of paper and sustainable materials. “We are interconnected tru our oceans”, she explains. In addition, part of the proceeds of selected ocean-themed Charriol pieces like the Forever Turtle watch, the Forever Waves and Ocean bracelets, will go to the Lonely Whale organization.

Philippe Charriol comes up with new design for watches once a year or once every two years to keep it fresh. Their jewelry line is much more frequent with bracelets and earrings. When asked if the company will be coming out with smart watches, Coralie was quick to reply that although other prestige watch companies have tried it, Charriol will not be producing one. “But I am coming out with something by October which is a kind of an accessory to a techie watch. To connect Charriol to technology.”


Coralie Charriol, the CEO of Charriol showing the Forever Starfish collection using mother of pearl face and their entry level cable bracelets in bright colors.


Screenshot of the Zoom tea party attended by top Manila lifestyle editors


The tea goodies for the tea party delivered by the Charriol team


The Charriol boutique inside Rustans at Ayala Center Cebu


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5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa

Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.

Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.

Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.

Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.

“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.

The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.

Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.

For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.

“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”

Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.

“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”

While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.

“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”

While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.

“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”

Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.

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These Four Women Show Us How They Empower Themselves Through Pole Fitness

Charmaine, Jane, Ginie, and Ant are four women who take women empowerment on another level. With their daily morning routine of working their day jobs and attending to other matters, they all meet up in the afternoon to do one thing – Pole Fitness. Inside their studio, Pole Sphinx, they practice and teach other men and women about the beauty and grace of Pole Fitness and how it has helped them achieve much of what they are today.

Zee takes you inside their studio to fully know how these women empower others through Pole Fitness.


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