Our Christmas Tree Is Up!

We usually put up our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving but since we’re preparing for a big garage sale (watch out for this!!) I decided to start decorating for the holidays to lessen the boxes in our stockroom (aka Dylan’s room which is still under renovation).

I posted a photo of the family putting up the tree on Instagram last night and realized that our white tree looks great unadorned!

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I’m loving the sparse look! I’m holding off in decorating the Christmas tree or at least until after Thanksgiving.

Although, I am also very excited to decorate it as I’m dedicating the Christmas tree this year to my daughter Aryanna. It’s going to be personalized and amazing! I can’t wait! Tune in!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, when do you start decorating for the holidays?

Maison Epperson: Glam-O-Ween Décor

Halloween is fun! But all the creepy, crawly, scary, sometimes down right nasty decorations can be a little much. Personally, I prefer cute over “kata-cute” when decorating for Hallow’s Eve.

Time to trick out Maison Epperson with some easy, simple and inexpensive decorations. It’s all about glam-o-ween!

Killer entrance. Plastic neck and wrist shackles hung by the door knob makes a spooktacular welcome!

Jack O’ Glam-terns. Paper pumpkin masks look chic and fun when displayed on the shelves.

Pumpkin spice. A baby pumpkin makes a cute and creepy display in the powder room.

Bewitching! Mylar Halloween banners displayed on the gates of hell can hold up to any temperature and weather till the witching hour.

True blood. A foam apron doubles as  a scary signage for the foyer.

Trick or treat? What’s Halloween without costumes, candies and kids?

What is "gigil?" Our dahling Dylan is the cutest pirate ashore!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what’s brewing in your home this Halloween?

Plastic neck and hands shackles and foam apron: The Landmark
Paper masks and mylar banners: National Book Store
Baby pumpkin: Rustan’s The Marketplace

Reblogged: “You Can Now Live in Holly Golightly’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Townhouse”

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ the classic romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard is one of my all-time favorite Classics.

Holly Golightly, the main character of Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s was probably the most vulnerable character that Audrey Hepburn has ever played. The character development of both George and Holly in the film was flawless. It’s the ultimate rom-com!

I also love the wardrobe (great fashion styling too) and the sets were fabulous!

Holly Golightly’s apartment was one of the chicest and most memorable sets ever:

The interior shots for the movie were filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood but the exterior shots that illustrated the movie adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic were made quintessentially New York swanky, with shots of Tiffany’s and of the brownstone at 169, 71st St.

If I had $8M to spare, I’d totally buy Holly Golightly’s brownstone!

You Can Now Live in Holly Golightly’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Townhouse
Jamie Wiebe | Culture News

Who wouldn’t want to step into Holly Golightly’s shoes? If you’ve got $8 million, you can: The Upper East Side brownstone that moonlighted as her home in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is for sale, and a quick peek inside explains why this home is such a star. Granted, the movie’s interiors were filmed on a soundstage, but you’ll have no trouble feeling chic in the four-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot home, which features high ceilings, grandiose, wood-burning fireplaces, and a solarium.

Paramount Pictures

The apartment was last listed three years ago for $5.85 million. Since then, it’s been converted into a four-floor, single-family home with spacious, sunlit interiors. The home is located in a landmarked district of NYC’s Upper East Side, and even without the green-and-white striped awnings featured in the movie, it’s still pretty epic.

(via Habitually ChicApartment Therapy)

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How To Create A Halloween Treats Buffet

Halloween is the Superbowl of candies! It’s one holiday that’s built around treats. What better way to enjoy the holiday with kids and adults alike than by creating a special treats buffet!

What you need:

Assorted candies/cookies
Jars, platters or other containers
Signage – black board or printed on paper and framed

Easy peasy:

Serve with a smile! Assorted candies served on a platter create the perfect display and thrill any guest, paranormal or otherwise!

If you can’t make ‘em, buy ‘em! I was too lazy to make homemade Halloween treats. Good thing The Sweet Life by Ange has some clever and cute Halloween Cookie Lollipops and Halloween Bottles with M&Ms! Perf!!!

Blackboard art. A welcome sign for guests makes a Happy Halloween!

I asked my daughter Aryanna to doodle on the framed blackboard and I love what she did! Simple yet spooky!

So, I asked my husband Tom to buy Gummi Worms and he got me slugs instead. He claims he couldn’t find any. Read: He’s too lazy to look for them. Ugh.

What is torture?

That impish smile! Haaaay, Dylan!

Finally, the most important part of putting together a Halloween treats buffet is to have fun!

Halloween is a lighthearted holiday, and we all know candy is always a good idea, so just enjoy it!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, tune in for some Halloween decorating ideas next!

Assorted candies: Rustan’s, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Halloween Cookies and Halloween Bottles with M&Ms: The Sweet Life by Ange, to order call 09178238198; 8150188
Candles: Locally made candle from Bulacan, available at National Book Store
Framed black board and stand: available at National Book Store

Porch Progress + Vintage Furniture Restoration

The home I grew up in Laguna had a wooden deck in front of the house. My dad designed and helped build it while my mom took the task of decorating it. The perimeter of the balcony had wooden benches and my mom put ample flower boxes where she grew plants and herbs. It was a charming spot to hangout in. Sadly, it was torn down when we decided to renovate our family home as the style was dated and no longer suited our lifestyle. I spent my childhood years hanging out on our deck with friends and family, making beautiful memories together.

The new old house Tom and I have has a porch. It may not be as spacious as the one I grew up in but it has a view of a 50-60 year-old (or maybe older) tree. It’s a nice place to hangout in especially when my husband finally gets around to fixing our lawn (tagal naman, Hun! LOL).

I want our porch to be a relaxing, fun and stylish space. Hopefully, my family and friends will likewise enjoy a place as such just as I did as a child.


The vintage patio furniture is from the 1960′s. The style is classic and the circles details are true to the mod era.

The retro furniture is cool but already rusted. And since we’re not going for the shabby chic look and for safety too (ayaw ng tetanus haha), we decided to have them repaired and restored.


It took two and a half months to restore our vintage outdoor furniture and they were finally delivered last weekend. Woohoo!

To restore the vintage iron chairs and table, we had them sandblasted (I will blog more about this and our supplier too, tune in!) and spray painted.

We also had a new glass top put in for the table.

Tip: I bought seat cushions from SM to avoid pants/jeans rivets and buttons from scratching the seats of our new furniture.

Vignette time!

Tip: For patio tables, always have the three C’s on hand: cactus (or any plant), candle & coasters

The best part about the new patio furniture is having Aperol Spritz during cocktail hour and just chill out.

Tune in for Maison Epperson’s dining room progress and all about how to restore vintage iron furniture!

Have a great week ahead!

Bag Crush: The Row Small Day Luxe Alligator Tote

Whenever I put my son Dylan to bed (around 8pm), I end up falling asleep too. OMG. Kamusta naman Tita? LOL

I wake at the crack of dawn and I have time to spare doing nothing like browsing through the Net. Today’s “wala lang” find is a croc bag courtesy of Ashley Olsen:

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! Chic.

Ladies, presenting… The Row Small Day Luxe Alligator Tote in Sapphire color.

With timeless designs that are expertly and meticulously crafted in Italy using only the finest materials, The Row's highly acclaimed handbag collection has created a major stir amongst the fashion set. The sapphire alligator tote perfectly represents the N.Y.C. label's adherence to precision construction. A piece that will transcend the seasons.

Not “Tita” style

Best features: The sapphire color, a detachable strap and two short top handles

The size, color, style, top handles and strap make this bag perfect for day-to-night. Hold it or sling it over the shoulders, it keeps the rest of your look clean and polished to make sure all focus rests on this extraordinary creation.

I just love airport paparazzi shots of celebrities haha!

This gorgeousness though comes with a hefty price tag of €30,745. You read it right. Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but, yeah, OA.

Maybe Joanna Preysler sells something similar in her shop. Let’s see.

Good morning!!!

Best & Most Stylish Fan: Dyson Air Multiplier

Electric fans are like shoes; they can make or break the look of ones interior.

Tom and I spent the entire Summer renovating our new old house and refurbishing some of our furniture. We invested a lot of money in creating a safe and stylish abode. The last thing we want to do is get new appliances that will become eyesores in Maison Epperson.

Sadly, electric fans can be the kiss of death for design. But when you live in the tropics or if you have a 20-foot high ceiling and a spacious living area like we do, it’s more practical to have multiple fans than big air conditioning units.

Dyson is a company that understands good design. That’s why their appliances are not only cool looking they are also functional and powerful.

The Dyson Cool is no ordinary fan; instead of using blades to propel air, Dyson uses Air Multiplier technology—air is accelerated through an annular aperture, drawing in surrounding air to project a high-velocity cooling airflow. No blades. No choppy air.

My favorite Dyson Air Multipliers:

Dyson Air Multiplier AM07 Tower Fan

• 60% quieter than AM02
• Streamlined air channels reduce airflow turbulence, making AM07 60% quieter than its predecessor AM02. Motor noise and vibration have been isolated using a Helmholtz cavity: an acoustically engineered motor casing that reduces noise.
• Sleep timer. Fan can be programmed to turn off after preset intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours
• Remote control. Choose from 10 precise airflow settings. Curved and magnetized to store neatly on the machine.

Reco: This type of fan is perfect for condominiums, offices/cubicles and other small spaces. This type of Air Multiplier is compact and it’s the quietest of all Dyson bladeless fans.

Remote control. Allows 10 precise airflow settings, oscillation control and sleep timer. Fan can be programmed to turn off after preset intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

For extra convenience, the remote is curved and magnetized to store neatly on top the machine.

Dyson AM08 Pedestal Fan

Like all Dyson fans, AM08 has patented Air Multiplier technology for powerful airflow projection. Air is accelerated through an annular aperture, drawing in surrounding air to project a powerful, cooling flow of high-velocity air. And with no blades, the airflow is smooth.

• AM08 is 35% quieter than its predecessor AM03. Streamlined air channels reduce airflow turbulence so that air passes through the machine more quietly and with greater efficiency. It also has an acoustically engineered motor bucket to reduce vibration and therefore noise.
• Energy efficiency has also been improved. With smoother airflow through the machine, the DC motor doesn’t need to work so hard so less energy is required to channel the air for the same performance.
• Energy wastage has been reduced with the addition of a sleep-timer – enabling you to set exactly when you want the Dyson Cool to be working.
• The fan can be programmed to turn off after preset intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours. AM08 comes with a remote control providing 10 precise airflow settings – as well as one touch oscillation control for smoother oscillation.
• Safe & easy to clean. With no fast-spinning blades and no awkward safety grilles, AM08 can be cleaned with a single wipe of a cloth.

Reco: Best for living rooms and other spacious places, this particular style is more versatile as the head tilts and oscillates.

The coolest remote control ever.

Dylan: "Look ma, no blades!"

Since Dyson Air Multipliers are bladeless, they are safe for children. Dyson fans don’t have any fast-spinning blades so nothing (and no one) gets caught in the fan as shown above by my very spirited son Dylan. LOL

Warning: The Dyson Air Multiplier is so quiet, you will most likely forget to turn it off when you leave the room. I don’t know how many times this has happened to my family and me haha! Must remember to use the timer.

Why Dyson? I know what you’re thinking, why spend money on Dyson Air Multipliers? My thinking is, if you’ve already invested in creating a stylish home, appliances like these are worth buying to complete the look of your space.

Best part: Dyson also gives customers a two-year warranty for parts and services. So. Cool.

Good news:

From @dysonphilippines Instagram: Start stocking up on your Christmas gift list and get up to Php 4,000 OFF on selected Dyson machines. #dysonph #dysonphilippines

Shoppingero/Shoppinera, shop Dyson now!

Find out more about Dyson on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dysonphilippines; visit www.dyson.ph

Check out the Dyson showrooms at the following malls:

Century City Mall (Concept Store), Level 3, Century City, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Brgy. Poblacion Makati City; +632 4036011
Rustan’s Makati, Level 4, Rustan’s, Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue Makati City; +632 8133739
Rustan’s Shangri-La, Level 3, Mandaluyong City; +632 6334636
Robinson’s Appliances Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila Quezon City; +632 4706993
SM Appliance Center, Lower Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella Street, Makati City; +632 8981517
SM Appliance Center, Lower Ground Floor, SM Megamall Bldg. B, J. Vargas Ave, cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City; +632 6335073
Duty Free Fiesta Mall, NAIA Road, Paranaque City; +632 5524337

H&M Shopping Party & Finds

Finally, H&M is now in the Philippines!

Aryanna and I are grateful to have been invited to the H&M VIP launch and shopping party last October 15 in Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall before it officially opened last October 17. We were very excited as we both love the brand for its style, quality and price points (a little birdie told me that their prices are the cheapest in Asia).

I have to be honest, my daughter and I planned our shopping attack for the launch. Since the event was scheduled on a payday and over a thousand were invited to the shopping party it meant that traffic and paying at the cashier would be hell. We wanted to have a heavenly shopping experience so we devised a strategy:

• Get to Megamall early

Photo taken using Instagram

We know for a fact that that EDSA during peak hour traffic is hell so we left our place early and had a Pork Bun dinner at Tim Ho Wan before the event. Best. Decision. Ever.

Bueno mano!

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• Add to cart fast & pay ASAP

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Based on our experience, whenever a big retail store hosts a shopping event paying at the cashier can take years off your life. So during the H&M shopping party my daughter and I shopped as fast as we could (hindi naman hingal levelz, haha) and paid immediately before proceeding to the next floors (H&M in Megamall has three floors). Whenever we missed out on some pieces, we just went back to the cashier and paid again before the hoards of shoppers started lining up. Boom!

Photo taken using Instagram

We came, we saw, we conquered and we shopped. As you can see in the photo above, we were two very happy (and strategic) shoppers that night.

Thanks, H&M and welcome to the Philippines!

Some of our best H&M shopping finds:

Long vest with leatherette details. A great piece for Fall perfect for the tropics.

I like dressing up for Halloween without having to buy a costume. This black lace dress can double as a cocktail dress and a witch's outfit as well.

A body suit is a versatile piece of garment you can use as inner or outerwear. Aryanna looks great in it paired with a poufy skirt!

As my daughter would always remind me, " Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn"

Elvis and Anna Wintour would approve of these blue suede shoes!

Every girl needs a little red dress and a cat bag. Aryanna wore her H&M finds to her first ever Red Carpet event for the Celebrity Premier of the movie The Best Of Me. MTV VJ Aryanna is now legit! LOL

In other news, some Facebook “critics” have been judging shoppers who’ve lined up for hours to get their hands on H&M merchandise during the opening last October 17 and all I can say is… SHUT UP. OMG. NOT EVERYONE HAS TRAVELED ABROAD AND HAS SHOPPED IN H&M. AND IF THEY WANT TO LINE UP FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS, LET THEM BE! That’s all.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, visit H&M now!

Reblogged: “25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’

Friends and those who have met my family often tell me they admire the close relationship we have. Some of my friends who are moms would ask me how I am able to foster a good relationship with my children, especially now that Aryanna’s a teenager. I must say that we have a healthy mother-daughter relationship. Despite having our share of conflicts every now and then, we’ve learned to resolve them by respecting each others point of view.

I’m no parenting expert but I believe that having a good relationship with anyone, be it with your family, friends or co-workers, entails a lot of understanding, respect, love and constant communication. Being genuinely interested in what they are doing and what is going on in their lives (without being a pain in the butt) is key.

One of my favorite bonding moments with my daughter Aryanna is having tea time. No phones (except when we take photos for Instagram and in case of emergencies) just real conversation and lots of fun!

My relationship with my daughter is built on years of spending quality time together. One tip I can share with parents is to be attuned to your kids’ thoughts, feelings and activities. One of the best ways to do that is to ask questions and just listen.

Our son Dylan has 1 million questions for Tom and me and we have 2 million queries for him. LOL

Now that I have a 4-year old son, I find myself asking him questions in the same manner I did when Aryanna was a child, instead of figuring out how his day is or what he is feeling. I find that the more Tom & I know about our children, the better we can guide them through life, and this likewise allows us to be better parents in the process.

Here’s a helpful article that I found online for parents with young kids:

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’

Liz Evans
Blogger, Simple Simon and Company

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, “So how was school today?”

And every day I get an answer like “fine” or “good,” which doesn’t tell me a whole lot.


Or at least get a full sentence. So the other night, I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school. They aren’t perfect, but I do at least get complete sentences, and some have led to some interesting conversations… and hilarious answers… and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.


So far, my favorite answers have come from questions 12, 15 and 21. Questions like the “alien” one give kids a non-threatening way to say who they would rather not have in their class, and open the door for you to have a discussion to ask why, potentially uncovering issues you didn’t know about before.

And the answers we get are sometimes really surprising. When I asked question 3, I discovered that one of my children didn’t want to sit by a best friend in class anymore — not out of a desire to be mean or bully, but in the hope they’d get the chance to work with other people.

As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them — but I know it’s going to be worth the work.

“You’ve Never Seen Makati This Way Before”

Tom and I were invited recently to one of Megaworld’s lovely events.

Megaworld recently unveiled how vibrant Makati can be experienced in different ways, with its event “Quadrants: You’ve Never Seen Makati This Way Before.”

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The Conservatory of Manila Peninsula was transformed recently with four different vignettes displayed at each corner of the venue. Guests and clients interacted with the lifestyle vignettes.

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“While Makati continues to advance, Megaworld will be at the center of it all. I ask you to visualize yourselves in different lifestyles we have presented leading a life in a location as grand as Makati.” said Eugene Lozano, vice president of Megaworld during his speech.

Check out the cleverly designed vignettes:

Greenbelt Hamilton

Greenbelt Hamilton is the dominating tower that radiates success, and the freedom that tells one “you can do what you want, when you want, and however you want it done.” We are looking at a development that depicts the bold, the contemporary, with taste and striking character, outgoing, the weekend warriors, the fit and fabulous, and the independent who are always on the go. For the well-educated, sophisticated, urbane people who value the convenience of having everything within reach. For you Broadway enthusiasts, style icons, the smart, and the high-spirited who’s in total control of your life, Greenbelt Hamilton is the space that best suits the urban lifestyle.

Salcedo SkySuites

Salcedo SkySuites. Masculine with exceptional amenities, SkySuites is the space for scotch and cigars, for a person who knows how to appreciate art, good music, and toned down classics. Eccentric yet minimal, quiet yet full of substance, what a personality, SkySuites is. Just like its first-of-its-kind in the metro, the heated rooftop infinity pool, this project stands out with uniqueness.

Paseo Heights

For the women who love colors and festivals; those who like to take things slow and easy. Let’s think of park side living; breezy, comforting, with Saturday Organic Markets and polaroid memoirs of your small travels, kaleidoscopes and outdoor concerts, picnics in green grass and cups of coffee with friends. Paseo Heights is the property that tones down the energy of the city and invites you to your own relaxing abode in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the business district.

Three Central

The Metropolitan vibe of New York. Think –business suits and poker sets, speakeasy bars, penthouse parties, and cab rides. It is a place with a diverse community that’s edgy, dynamic, and fast-paced, where there is always something interesting going on in some corner. Three Central is home to a man of power, intelligence, runs on weekends, takes his time with a newspaper in the morning, and gets take-outs for dinner.

From left: Eugene Lozano, Megaworld vice president; chief operating officer Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez-Alfonso; me and ze hubby; Rovilson Fernandez, TV personality and host of the event

With these four new properties set to rise at the center of Makati CBD, Megaworld has shown that it can offer only the best of innovation and style to its customers.

My husband and I had a wonderful and insightful time at the Megaworld affair. It was nice to check out and interact with the vignettes at the event especially when we’re always on a lookout for investments for the future of our children.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, discover what Megaworld project best suits you. Explore the different ways of seeing Makati.

For inquiries, call 0917-8876223, email info@megaworldmakaticbd.com, or www.megaworldmakaticbd.com

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