To cover lifestyle’s fashion and beauty beat is as demanding as it seems glamorous.The pace is fast as a reporter rushes from one trendy location to another—often in heels—to try out the latest beauty products and view up-to-the-minute collections before they hit the shelves and racks.
The whirl of events can indeed be dizzying, but also undeniably exciting, especially for a newly minted lifestyle correspondent.
Such is the experience of a promising, wide-eyed 18-year-old college sophomore and intern from The Manila Times College who, after passing a well-written lifestyle piece as a class requirement, was rewarded with two week’s worth of valuable experience in the beat.
With her idealistic views and fresh perspective into familiar things, she makes her way from one shindig to the next—her boundless energy in tow—as she basks in new experiences that she excitedly tells with the voice of her generation.
This is her diary—the latest news in lifestyle as documented through a budding journo’s curious and creative mind.
Smile and say ‘I do’
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile,” is not just a song orphan Annie should sing on stage, but a tune brides-to-be should keep in mind on their wedding day.
This is the advice of photographers Pat Dy and Jason Magbanua who guarantee that a smile will give every woman that proverbial bridal glow.
“There are certain key moments in a wedding—the unveiling of the bride, the opening of the door, the walk down the aisle, and the couple’s first kiss—where a bride’s smile says it all,” Mag- banua explained.
“I’ve taken hundreds and thousands of photos, and it’s really that perfect white smile that makes all the difference,” Dy agreed.
The respected pair of lens men, in their eagerness to make this simple yet valuable tip known to all engaged ladies, have agreed to join toothpaste brand Colgate Optic White’s ongoing “Dream Wedding” contest. The competition seeks to ease one lucky bride-to-be’s wedding planning woes with a very special prize.
Ladies who are scheduled to get married between January to June 2015 are invited to submit their biggest wedding planning problems via Colgate Philippines’ Facebook Page until October 27. From these submissions, the 10 most unique situations will be chosen and put up for public voting, after which a winner will emerge to receive a wedding video and photography package from Magbanua and Dy.
According to the glamor photographers, they are looking forward to capturing the winners most special day, where they will surely not forget to remind her to smile her best ever smile.
THE national Filipiniana dress received a makeover from renowned fashion designer Patis Pamintuan Tesoro, as she unveiled her latest collection dubbed “Bohemian Filipiniana.”
Living up to her title as the Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion, Patis showcased her unique style and intricate detailing as she paraded her latest pieces at a mini-fashion show in Rustan’s Makati The Galerie on September 4.
Tesoro’s fresh take on the signature Filipiniana is indeed a standout among Rustan’s global fashion collections. With structured pants and plaids paired with bright colors and beautiful floral edging, the designer showed her expertise in giving just the right kind of twists to traditional costumes. She creatively incorporated the “retaso” (patchworks) into local fabrics such as abaca, pina, and pina seda to give them a more casual, everyday look.
“It’s now time for Filipiniana to change its face and personality—to be more out there. Bohemian means you’re not afraid to show your individuality and creativity,” Tesoro happily declared.
‘Sexy’ ways to fit your jeans
For fitness coach John Aquino and healthy eating advocate Erwan Heussaff, to be sexy is more than being skinny or curvy. It also has to do with maintaining a healthy way of life.
This is their message as they spearhead denim brand Freego’s “7 Ways to Sexy” fitness challenge, which was launched on September 11 at the Society Lounge in Makati City.
The campaign encourages Filipinas to find their “own brand of sexiness,” as it calls on women aged 18 to 35 to take on a 40day fitness chal-lenge. Seven challengers will be selected from ensuing applicants to train with Heussaff and House of Pain’s coach Aquino for 40 days.
“The goal of this fitness challenge is to stress the importance of switching to a healthier lifestyle to achieve this new shape of sexiness,” said Marty Tio, the brand’s vice president for marketing.
Oozing with appeal himself, Heussaff defines sexy as “some-one who is confident in what they wear and who they are.” Sharing a tip, he added, “Weight loss should be ap-proached as a decision to live a healthier lifestyle rather than to look better for others.”
Fashion with passion
THE movers and shakers of the fashion industry will once again unite for a worthy cause in the annual Red Charity Gala organized by socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes, and philanthropist Kaye Tiñga.
This year’s featured designer is no less than the famed Jesus “Jojie” Lloren, whose 40piece collection will sashay the runway of the ShangriLa Makati Hotel come October 18.
At a preview at the hotel’s Sage Restaurant on September 9, the organizers revealed the pressure to raise the bar higher on the gala’s sixth year. But with Lloren onboard, Prieto and Tiñga are confident they will raise the much needed funds for their chosen beneficiaries.
The P4-million target of the Red Charity Gala will go toward the projects of the Philip-pine Red Cross, Prieto’s Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foun-dation, as well as the Taguig and Makati Red Cross organizations.
Lloren shared how this year’s gala will be different from previous shows: “This year it will be different because it’s not a line collection. You will see different pieces, colors, fabrications, and silhoue-ttes inspired by Filipino National Artists—the forerunners of the art movement.”