A Piece of Gwyneth Paltrow

If you’re following me on Twitter, you would remember this:

"All is calm, all is bright"

I posted this photo on Instagram after I ran at the park. I took a snapshot of the Ayala Triangle Gardens’ light and sound show as I could already feel the spirit of Christmas. There was a big crowd at the show but I felt peaceful and happy. Calm. But that did not last…

When I got home, this welcomed me in the living room:

A gift from W/17's Kaye Tinga

The chicest gift wrapper! Ever!

Love the W/17 wax mark sticker!

As some of you may know, a few days ago, I was invited by some of Manila’s loveliest housewives to view Andy Vasquez-Prada and Kaye Tinga‘s W/17 Home store.

Thanks Mons Romulo and Kaye Tinga!!! Looking forward to our next "merienda" chuchu!

During lunch, Mons, Kaye, and I had a conversation on how hot Gwyneth Paltrow is:

Me: “I love Gwyneth Paltrow! Did you know that she works out 2 hours a day, 6 days a week to achieve her body?”
Kaye and Mons: “Really! Kaya pala ang sexy n’ya!
Me: “She is able to eat carbs and not gain weight because she works out everyday! Have you read her cookbook? I’ve tried her recipes!”
Kaye: “I have her book. My daughter and I lined-up for four hours to have our books autographed by her!”
Me: “WHAT??? GWYNETH SIGNED YOUR BOOK??? Do you know that I begged National Book Store if they could have my book signed as a birthday gift to me???”
Kaye: “Yeah! My daughter has a signed cookbook!”
Me: @.@

Do you remember the birthday wish I posted on my previous blog? Read here: http://welovejenni.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-top-5-picks.html

Kaye’s gift to me:

Gwyneth Paltrow's 'My Father's Daughter' cookbook

OMG. OMG. OMG.

No… no… noooooooo…

Kaye Tinga and her daughter Kerry lined-up for four hours to get Gwyneth Paltrow's autograph! FOUR hours!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! *faints*

*jumps for joy* *head bangs* *fist pumps* Cue music: “Paradise” by Coldplay

Thank you Kaye and Kerry for my signed copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘My Father’s Daughter” cookbook!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@.@ Pinch me please. @.@

Dearest Kaye and Kerry,

I am speechless but I will try to write how I feel.

You have no idea how happy you’ve made me! None! I am overjoyed to say the least! The exclamation points are a testament to how much I love and appreciate your thoughtful gift! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

With Kaye’s permission, here’s what she wrote on the gift card:

God is good!

According to Kaye, she told her daughter Kerry about me. It was Kerry’s idea to give me the extra signed copy of Gwyneth’s cookbook! Thanks Kerry! Your parents brought you up well! Haha! Thanks!!!

Now, I need to work on getting Jamie Oliver’s, Martha Stewart’s, and Oprah’s autographs!

Nothing is impossible!

Home Chic Home

What happens when two lovely ladies-who-lunch invites you for, well, lunch…a very late one… as in at 2pm (so this is how they stay thin — they eat super late for lunch! LOL)? You go. So I did.

When Mons Romulo invited me to view a new “home” shop, I got excited! As some of you may know, I’ve been playing bahay-bahayan these days at “Maison Epperson”.  My current obsession is furniture… and home accessories… and home decorating books, you get the picture.

I had no expectations at all going to this new joint. I thought, at best, this place would be like most home/furniture stores — quaint and stylish. Oh boy, did I get the surprise of my life!

When I pulled up to La Fuerza compound, this is what greeted me at W/17…

BOOM! Ang laki!!!

The place was packed with Manila's loveliest housewives!

Hindi ako na-brief! This is not a “shop”, this is an emporium!!!

W17 is chic mecca! I love the vignettes!

W/17 is a luxe home store with a “bespoke approach to home,” meaning that customers can customize their rugs, tabletops, and even furniture according to dimensions, materials, color, and even finishes. This gives each home a look that is truly its own, and a look that makes each one a classic in its own right.

This is so my style! Love, love, love the tuxedo-colored walls and white accessories combo!

The creative force behind this innovative home store is Andy Vásquez-Prada, one of the country’s leading interior stylists, who is bringing his style and design philosophy, along with years of experience to ensure that customers learn how they can style or add character to their homes.

In W/17, Vásquez-Prada combines Filipino ingenuity with world-class materials, ingenious designs and social responsibility.  Joining him for this venture is social entrepreneur Kaye Tinga, who will be serving as W/17’s Director of Social Enterprise.  Known for her civic work, Tinga’s experience with various livelihood programs would help in keeping W/17 true to fair trade principles as well as helping local communities.

I need time to save up for this table. I want it. I hope no one beats me to it. No one dares! LOL

I’ve been a fan of Andy since his Rustan’s days! Every time I see him, I gush on how gorgeous his designs are! Finally, he has ventured on his own and created something spectacular and very “Andy”.

Looking for gigantic doors?

Meanwhile, the best of Asia and the rest of the world will be at W/17, with the store showcasing Chinese antique furniture and ceramics, and B&B Italia modern furniture from Italy, among other materials that Andy and Kaye plan to bring to the store.

Shagreen love

When you need some drama...

The epitome of shabby chic!

Rick Owens would be proud

SAVE! This lamp is mine!

Visitors can expect W/17 to be a showcase of the best in both East and West, with porcelain, fine bone, and handmade dinnerware from local pottery studios, along with Iñigo Elizalde rugs, and abaca pieces sourced from around the country. The abaca pieces, in particular, are unique for their color variations, which come from both the seasons they were harvested in, and the places they were harvested from. Vásquez-Prada will be lending his distinctive touch to the local pieces as he will be designing them himself.

Filipino made jar

Play of textures

Last piece. Who will be the lucky one?

Everyone needs these in their kitchen!

Affordable and chic plato-platuhan! I waaaaant!

Luxe box

Fallen Leaf by Alexander Lamont. Beautiful!

Don’t let the size of the place intimidate you. W/17 offers a lot of affordable pieces. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

Lovely lattice-like finish

The elusive hand-stitched linen napkins. Unahan!

Mother of pearl knick-knacks

The lovely housewives of Manila:

Mrs. Betty Chua and Mrs. Lovely Romulo

Mrs. Telly Maclang and Mrs. Angie Tan

Jeannie Goulbourn and Frances Lim

Ladies who lunch and “launch”

Mons Romulo and Kaye Tinga

Can I I just point out that the gold snakeskin wedge of Mons and the cork Louboutin slingbacks of Kaye are TDF! I can’t wait for our next “merienda” session! Humanda kayo, nakaoutfitey na ako! Haha!

Despite my very casual attire, what I wore looked great against the Iñigo Elizalde rugs! LOL

W/17

W/17 is the new power player in the home department. Their collections are chic, modern, well-priced, and well-edited. If I were a bride again (which can happen… when Tom and I finally have our church wedding… soon), I would have my bridal registry here! Walang itapon!

Truly, W/17 is a world of its own to discover, and with its unique philosophy and high-quality materials, it is sure to become the benchmark in home stores here in the Philippines.

Congratulations Andy and Kaye! W/17 is a gem!

W/17 is located at 2241 Pasong Tamo, La Fuerza Compound, Makati City. Visit their website: www.w17home.com.

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