Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lenten Season: San Augustin Church

 In commemoration of the Lenten Season this week, I would like to share my visit to the San Augustin Church in Intramuros, Manila in the Philippines last October. The San Augustin Church was built in 1589 and administered by the Order of St. Augustine Friars for over 440 years. This Church is the oldest stone church in the Philippines and decorated in the Baroque Style. The Church has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993 and a National Historical Landmark since 1976. San Augustin Church has stood the test of time throughout Philippines history from the Spanish times to the present. The Philippines was colonized by the Spanish for over 300 years and is the only Roman Catholic Country in Asia. This Lenten Season is a time to reflect, to say a prayer and to remember the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, it is nice to go back in time and visit historical places to admire the architecture, history and to reflect by being thankful to the past, to obtain courage to face the present and pray for a better future. 
 Visitors to the Church are welcomed through this ornate wood carving door featuring the symbols of the Order of St. Augustine Friars. 
 Inside is a Baroque and very Spanish interior. The Walls and ceilings were decorated with trompe l'oeil murals.
Below the left side of the Church is the Crypt where wealthy and prominent Spanish families were buried including my Spanish Ancestors from the Roxas Family.
 An ornate pulpit decorated in Gold where the Priest usually delivers his Sermon during Mass.
Chapel of Our Lady of Consolation and Chapel of Santo Nino which is the image of Jesus when he was a boy.
Our Lady of Consolation dressed elaborately in robes made from golden threads. 
 In the Main Altar is the religious image of St.Augustine. The whole main altar is in red and gold.

Adjacent to the Church is the Augustian Monastery.

You enter the home of God every time you pray. 
- Bo Sanchez 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

It's Spring In The City

I am happy to announce that it is finally Spring in Toronto! The past weekends we have been experiencing warmer and sunny weather in the City. There are still no blooms but we know it will come soon. First, Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street have decorated their windows, titled Spring In The Air, showcasing the skies filled with clear cloud, birds and butterflies in the air mixed with the latest Spring fashions and accessories now available in the Store. Then last Weekend, a drive and a stroll through downtown Toronto presented us with glorious weather where finally, we saw people coming out to play with their bicycles or with a ball game at the local park. What are you doing this Spring? Always remember to come out in style and to have fun. 
 The Art works in these Storefront windows were created by Art Students from local Art programs around Toronto. 
 View of Downtown Toronto.
 A Stroll through a local park in Downtown Toronto.
 It is so nice to see people coming out to enjoy the sunny weather in their bicycles. 
Also enjoying a local ballgame at the Park.

Remember to come out and play this Weekend!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

In Love With Valentino Spring

 I'm in love with these Valentino Spring Collection available at Holt Renfrew. The Collection presented the neon coloured shoes both in flats and heels and shoulder bags in Royal Blue and in neon pink draped across the Valentino Dress. These colours in Neon pastel colours just shouts Spring and loads of style. Bring it on Valentino! Bring it on! Spring is finally here!
Valentino Medallion Dress with Neon pink Rock Stud Mini-Bag.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

English Country Chic

Let us day dream this time and look into this chic and elegant country home of Jemma Kidd and Arthur Wellesley, son of the Duke of Wellington, featured in the April issue of Elle Decor. They made the brave move from their home in Notting Hill, London to their country estate in the Hampshire to create a better, cleaner environment for their children. The whole house which is Georgian style is surrounded by well manicured gardens, well trimmed trees and even a riding field for Jemma. Inside, their house was decorated by Penny Morrison which worked together with the couple to create a comfortable and chic home to reflect their own personalities, collections from travels and included family history and heirlooms too. 
Jemma Kidd with her children.

Trunks from the Duke of Wellington's campaigns and bust of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The Conservatory has elegant furniture and always have direct natural light. 

  Large country kitchen.
A romantic floral four poster bed. 
A collection of  Wellington and riding boots which is part of a truly English country home. 

Enjoy your Weekend!

Photo credits: Elle Decor

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Chanel Spring

  Of course, one of the best Collections every Season is the Chanel Spring Collection. Every year, their runways always set the tone for trends, what's hot, the It bag, shoes and dress. For this Spring, Chanel featured clothes in lightweight material whether they be metallic silver mixed with the traditional Chanel Tweed or in multi-colour dress. The It bag of the season are either the Chanel clutch, as shown in the photo above and the Chanel Backpack. One thing for sure, it is time to wear colour again for Spring. It is like a rebirth, time to come out from winter hibernation in full colour and style.
 Chanel Spring Ads in March 2014 US Vogue and Keira Knightley on the cover of February Harper's Bazaar UK. The Ads and the magazine cover both featured the Chanel multi-colour print dress shown in the Chanel Spring Runway.
 I think the dress is very pretty mixed with multi-colour print and lace. The most talked about backpack of the Season will soon be available in Chanel Boutiques in Toronto including at Holt Renfrew Canada. I think it is very pop art and very street style with of course the Chanel logo.  Let's see if this backpack will be sold out in the stores. What do you think of Chanel backpack? 
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