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Pre-Falling: 5 Transitional Wardrobe Staples [+ Giveaway]

Sunday, October 04, 2015
This Fall/Winter, Le Paper Doll partners up with Garage Clothing for a special campaign and a twenty-day giveaway called '20 Days of Gifts.'

"The case upon us now is how do we appropriately — and stylishly — keep up with the ineludible drop in temperature without getting a serious case of all-season closet-rut-induced lazy dressing."

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
When we arrived in Manila on a Friday evening, we were welcomed and assisted by an airport pickup agent, a Filipino man of middle age who was very accommodating, warm and friendly. "So you're going on a tour," he asked and we started a small talk. "Yes kuya, we're touring Manila, Palawan and Cebu this week." "Wow, you're tourists in your own land! Have you ever been to Manila before?"  Excuse me?!

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The Archipelagic Escapade, Part II

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
If we're being poetic, we would opine that Manila is the definite window to the country's soul, and for a place of such complexity, looking through it through a rose-tinted glass would paint an unbalanced picture. A cradle of an enthralling mix of heritages and cultures, Manila has become a city of complete contradictions — grotesque and gorgeous, gritty and exquisite, conservative and flamboyant, bedraggled and divine — all at one fell swoop. Seeing it at a perceptive level brought my mind back to a vivid illustration of the city as read in one of my academic books in high school — one I deem unforgettable — an excerpt from Manila, My Manila by Nick Joaquin:

Like Troy, which was sevenfold, Manila has been many cities and will be many more. Like every great city, Manila sprang from wilderness of question marks. Legazpi was not the beginning, nor yet Soliman.

On a tour meant to appeal to tourists and Manila first-timers — which we were certainly not — we explored the old forgotten city's overlooked facets, the grandeur covert in every nook of its locales and the stories of its bygone days indiscernibly inscribed on its démodé walls, to wholly experience the capital's nostalgic charm. We drove around Manila on a Saturday morning and as we traversed through the city's busy avenues — the traffic thronged, the streetlights glaring, and the urban sprawl prevalent — the Philippine capital made it known that New York City was not the only one that never sleeps. Manila is one captivating chaos.


The Archipelagic Escapade, Part I

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"My stomach got butterflies, can you believe this is actually happening? This is so frigging exciting," my sister Bianca and I would alternatingly say - over and over - as we flick through the itinerary for the gazillionth time, perusing every detail and trying to soak up what was yet to come in the next seven days. "Wow, what have we ever done to deserve any of this?"

I've lived fourths of my existence in the Middle East, but the Philippines - the land where I was born and raised - will always be home. It had been two years since we last set foot in our homeland. Two years. It felt like forever. And in a blink of an eye, I was flown 4,000 miles across the continent to explore and experience the Philippines in a whole new level. With tropical summer in full swing and in the midst of tourism season Visit the Philippines Year 2015, I went on an exhilarating seven-day tour of the majestic archipelago together with the Middle East's (Doha and Dubai) finest media people, stopping over three of its top tourist destinations: Manila, Palawan and Cebu.

"At any moment now it's just going to be you and me," Bianca said tensely as we headed towards the airport. "Are we ready?" Both jittery and psyched we looked at each other. "Hell yes, we're ready. Let's go." 

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Doha Social Scene Recap

Sunday, June 28, 2015
With a wave of new brands that keep coming in and industry household names hitting the town, Doha's fashion and social scene has been packed and abuzz since the start of the year. 

Big, well-loved brands keep rolling in: American Eagle Outfitters inaugurated their first store in Qatar earlier this year with an exclusive media preview, while luxury brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Alice + Olivia, BCBGMaxazria and Ted Baker opened their doors recently hosting stylish in-store soirees. Two fashion industry heavyweights - Carolina Herrera de Baez and Christian Siriano - paid our sunny city a visit, unveiling their new exciting ventures with a personal touch. Speaking of fresh ventures, emerging bag designer Manar of Moni&J and mega-blogger Ascia (from The Hybrids) launched their collaboration handbag collection in an exclusive event hosted by Doha's very own Per Lei Couture. Qatar's top bloggers were spoilt with sweets, childhood joys and lots and lots of shoes at The Closet's secret Head Over Heels event, and most recently, Lancome Paris treated the city's makeup enthusiasts to a private makeup application class with Lancome's award-winning makeup artist Dania Bawab. 

And though it seemed like I've only been sleeping all the while, I was there
Read on for full scoops.