Uniting Colors | Benetton

Color is something one needs in their wardrobe, to break up the monotony of the black, gray, white, and dark denim palette that feels oh so safe and good. Don’t get me wrong, I love those colors or lack thereof but sometimes one feels more chipper and inspired than to don the usual usuals. Be careful though, because wearing color can make what you’re wearing appropriate or otherwise depending on what hues you choose.

United Colors of Benetton is a no fail place if you’re looking for shades that won’t put you off, paying close attention to color trends and always having their core colors make sure that you won’t look like you got dressed in the dark. Benetton has great washed chinos, cardigans, really comfortable pique polos, casual shirts and to my recent knowledge shoes! Check out the photos below. 

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Lively colors

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Must-have oxford shirts.
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What better way to top of your look but with a belt.
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Gingham is it.
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Suede loafers exuding just the right amount of laid back style and relaxed elegance.
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I love this color as well, maybe next time I visit I’ll cop them.
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The staff at at the store were really helpful and eager to assist (but not to the point of stalking their customers)
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My shopping bag!
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This is what I ended up buying! [clockwise: heathered gray pique polo, powder blue gingham check spread-collar shirt, mustard pique polo, chevron patterned brown leather belt, and washed light blue tropical weight pants.]

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The chinos are slim, really light and breathable, perfect for our weather. I also like the more casual jeans style pockets, and yoke.

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The embroidered “rivets” were also a nice touch.
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The chevron pattern leather belt is really versatile, it adds a little detail without going overboard. I also like the width, no to skinny belts.
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The mother of pearl buttons really add a little something to an already interesting shade of yellow.
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I love gingham shirts, everyone needs this checked pattern in their wardrobe. Mods have been donning them since the 1960s, and is synonymous to fans of indie and mod music.
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[powder blue gingham check spread-collar shirt, heathered gray pique polo both by benetton, tie by sm accessories] 

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[powder blue gingham check spread-collar shirt, mustard pique polo both by benetton, tie by sm accessories] 

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This last one is a numerous rule breaker, but surprisingly works. First of all, I used the darkest shade for the innermost layer which is uncommon, and secondly I haphazardly mixed checkers and stripes. Making an outfit work is tricky stuff, but sometimes stepping out of convention can set you apart and still have you dressed in sharp digs. Playing it safe gets you by but won’t land you in any list, not that we should care of course. Here’s what I wore. [heathered gray pique polo, powder blue gingham check spread-collar shirt both by benetton, tie by sm accessories, seersucker jacket by H&M] 

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Christmas season is here, so in line with the theme of giving and camaraderie and all that fuzzy stuff. I’m urging everyone to join and get a chance to come shopping with me! A 10,000 peso shopping spree at United Colors of Benetton is up for grabs, all you have to do is follow the steps below! 

A. Email me a photo [info.victorbasa@gmail.com] of a photo of yourself wearing one outfit that’s inspired by any of the three looks I posted.

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B. Join and follow the rafflecopter instructions below.

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IT’S THAT EASY! CONTEST IS FROM DECEMBER 27, 2012 TO JANUARY 6, 2013.

CONTEST IS OPEN FOR METRO MANILA RESIDENTS ONLY.

United Colors of Benetton is available at:

ROBINSON’S ERMITA – 1ST LEVEL MIDTOWN, MANILA

SM MEGA MALL, – 2/F, BLDG B. MANDALUYONG ROBINSON’S GALLERIA, – G/F, ORTIGAS CENTRE, PASIG

GLORIETTA 4, G/F, AYALA CENTRE MAKATI

BONIFACIO HIGH STREET – BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG

AYALA NORTH TRIANGLE,LEVEL 2, – N. AVENUE CORNER EDSA, QUEZON CITY

Great Product Service | Rimowa

A few weeks ago, I noticed a crack in my trusty Rimowa luggage that has served me for well over two years (and constantly saving me from overweight luggage scares) I noticed the unflattering, canyoning gash after a flight back from Hong Kong, and I suppose either the baggage handlers were overly-zealous chucking bags all over the place or maybe my suitcase had just run its course -game over. Then I remembered that being a premiere luggage brand, Rimowa has a 5 year international guarantee that states that they will (to the best of their ability) repair any wrongdoing to your bag.

Here’s a photo to illustrate the damage. 

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After reviewing the guarantee and researching online, I tried my luck and checked with a local Rimowa branch. I was merely looking for a repair, but the salesperson I spoke to said that what I was asking was impossible, given I had a polycarbonate unit and then suggested I take the issue up with the airlines I took. (and don’t we all know how much of a hassle that is) After several objections, I figured that maybe it was time to accept the inevitable that my bag should be retired so I stopped deliberating and went on my way.

I expressed my disappointment, but figured it was my fault for not contacting my airlines right away but I still could not help feeling bad. Since hey, I was only asking for a repair. So I ungentlemanly aired my disgruntlement over twitter. Luckily, someone then contacted me within the day to apologize for the misinformation given to me and to resolve my non-issue. I sent my unit back again for further inspection, and was informed that my troubles would be fixed.

Within a day or two, Rimowa then furnished me with a brand new unit. Not repaired, not refurbished, but BRAND NEW. I was astounded! Never have I heard of such great aftersales service.image

Brand spanking new!

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I then now remembered why I got such an attractive luggage, and photographed away at the beautifully designed case.

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When they say Guarantee, they mean it.

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Thank you Rimowa for showing that your customers come first above all else, I will highly recommend your product to my friends and colleagues alike.

Rimowa is available at:

Adora, Greenbelt 5
Newport, Ground Floor
Greenbelt 5, Ground Floor
Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Ground Floor
Glorietta 4, Ground Floor

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)

Here’s the annual mashup from DJ Earworm, giving us the most popular tracks in a flurry of cuts, choruses and samples. I expect to hear this track played a lot this NYE.

DJ Earworm – United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter) [mp3 SoundCloud]
Gotye and Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Fun. – Some Nights
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Fun. and Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa – Payphone
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Rihanna – Diamonds
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Ke$Ha – Die Young
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Nicki Minaj – Starships
The Wanted – Glad You Came
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Lumineers – Ho Hey
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Flo Rida and Sia – Wild Ones
Phillip Phillips – Home
Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Alex Clare – Too Close
PSY – Gangnam Style
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Flo Rida – Whistle

Kickers | Art + Sole

I probably love boots as much as I love suits. They’re masculine, durable, purposeful and very current because of the whole workwear trend. They look great with jeans, for straight up ruggedness or polished up with a blazer. At the Art + Sole event of Bauhaus/Kickers, I knew I had to cop a pair the moment I saw them.

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Kickers has been around forever, I remember having a pair back in gradeschool but I never realized that they had cooler roots.

Here’s an snippet from wikipedia.

“It was the late 1980s and early 1990s that Kickers really gained popularity when Kick His were heralded by icons on the Manchester music scene. The Kick Hi then became popular in the rave scene, first with acid house and then later with trance music. Many fans of the shoe came from diverse and contemporary musical backgrounds including UK garage, RnB, pop and hip hop.”

“Over the years, Kickers has been associated with the music industry, including Ms Dynamite, So Solid Crew, Jarvis Cocker, Noel Gallagher, Mike Skinner, Arctic Monkeys, Craig David and Rodney P.

Ian Brown famously kicked off the trend by wearing a pair of Kick His to The Haçienda as a cheeky retort to the strict ‘no trainer policy’. The Stone Roses wore them in their video for ‘Fools Gold’. A sheep sported a pair of Kick His on the cover of the ‘Stepping Stone’ 12-inch single by The Farm.

Kickers sponsored the Urban Music Awards (UMA) 2007 and had an advertorial with NME which ended in September 2007.”

They didn’t always have this recent look but as their clientele grew up, so did their style evolution. The latest line could actually look like it’s from a streetwear brand. 
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Contrast laces add a bit of colour.

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His and hers.
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The one thing I didn’t like about the event was that it was so hard to decide on which pair to take home!
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Decisions, decisions. I take a while when I decide since I factor in so many things, my current wardrobe, leather quality, durability, possible places where I can use the shoes, etc etc. Though some people find this as a fault, I think it’s better to have quality then quantity especially for guys.

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These pairs look like they can take a beating, but don’t look like they were designed for the purpose.
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Choices, choices. I spent a lot of time staring at these two, and was even considering using the good ol’ eenie meenie technique but stopped…

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When I saw these! Walked out of there wearing them as I was pretty excited for my new pair. I chose brown because you can use them with more colour combinations.

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Kickers is available at Bauhaus

Bauhaus – Facebook (click here)

Bauhaus Shangri-La Plaza – 2nd Level

+63(2) 6348413

Bauhaus Trinoma – level 3

+63(2) 9013655

Bauhaus Abreeza Davao – 2nd Level

+63(82) 2956248 

Bauhaus Alabang Town Center – 2nd floor Garden Wing

+63(2) 552 28 96

Available also at select Bratpack stores!

Amore! Giving love all year round!

I consider myself a person who love deals and getting the most perks out of a transaction, you see for guys it isn’t enough to see a price tag in red to entice a purchase (thought sometimes it can’t hurt) One also thinks of which will get you the best discount, deal, or points. That is why I’m pretty excited that there is now a credit card designed especially for lifestyle shoppers. BPI and Ayala Malls bring you, the Amore Visa, a card loaded with perks and privileges that shoppers will love. Imagine Christmas shopping and getting rebates for every P1,000 spent at BPI-affiliated establishments in Ayala Malls! Awesome right?

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Rebates for purchases are as follows: 

1% at bookstores, department & retail stores, electronics & household appliances, health & personal care, furniture stores, leisure & sports, services & utilities, and supermarkets (perfect for getting ready for the coming Noche Buena); 

4% at restaurants which fits the card name perfectly so you can have a special night at a nice restaurant for less than what you’d usually pay for; 

3% at clothing and shoe stores(!)

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In addition to the aforementioned rebates, Amore cardholders are also entitled to perks and privileges in participating Ayala Malls merchants like: Unlimited use of customer and family lounges, perfect for freshening up after or during the Christmas shopping rush. Invitations to specials events, express lane for cinema ticket purchases (no more being late for trailers!) and yet another discount this time 5% for movie tickets!

For more info, check out http://www.bpicards.com/cards/AmoreVisa

Geeky Nights Blog: WIN A #GLOBEiPhone5! Watch the video to join~

geekynights:

To win a #GLOBEiPhone5

STEP #1: Watch the iPhone 5 Drop Test Challenge http://youtu.be/Cx8PYZ87EHk

Who WON the iPhone 5 Drop Challenge? THE ANSWER IS IN THE VIDEO.

STEP #2: Let us know who won?

a) TWEET

“WIN A #GLOBEIphone5 by watching (http://youtu.be/Cx8PYZ87EHk). (answer) won!…

Geeky Nights Blog: WIN A #GLOBEiPhone5! Watch the video to join~

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GEEKY NIGHTS CONTEST #EarlyGeekyChristmas (Season Finale)

We’re giving away lots of gadgets! (i.e. Sony Acro S, Headsets, Globe Tattoo stick, iFashDrive, Whatever it takes Retro Phones, Ipad covers from Speck, Cherry Mobile Android Phones, etc.)

This is the biggest contest we have this season! 

We will raffle this tomorrow at 9PM on our show. You only have 24 hours to send an entry. There are 3 ways to get an entry/entries:

Entry #1: Tweet: “#EarlyGeekyChristmas on @GeekyNights season finale. Subscribe to them on iTunes: www.GeekyNights.com/Subscribe” and like us on Facebook www.facebook/geekynights

Entry #2: Screenshot of downloaded last 3 episodes of GeeKy Nights on iTunes and tweet “I subscribed to @geekynights on iTunes for their #EarlyGeekyChristmas season finale contest. Subscribe here: www.GeekyNights.com/subscribe

Entry #3: Answer this question: “What is the special code given last week?” and tweet “I subscribed to @geekynights on iTunes for their #EarlyGeekyChristmas season finale contest. Subscribe here: www.GeekyNights.com/subscribe

Kindly send your answer to GeekyNights (at) gmail (dot) com 

Please make sure that on the email, there’s a screenshot of your entry(i.e. screenshot of your tweet and downloaded episodes of Geeky Nights on iTunes.)

On the email subject, write “Geeky Nights #EarlyGeekyChristmas – <Entry#(½/3) Insert Answer>

You are only allowed to submit 1 answer. Your first answer will be your final entry.

You can download old episodes of Geeky Nights via subscribing to our iTunes Podcast: www.GeekyNights.com/subscribe

Include your full name, address and contact info (Twitter/Facebook/mobile number)

Deadline of submission is December 11, 2012, 12PM!

We will announce the winner during our live show tomorrow night!

You can have maximum 3 entries and you may only win the biggest prize of the night! More than 10 items will be given away. 🙂

BUT, we might throw another entry for those who downloaded (screenshot) more than 5 current episodes of Geeky Nights. 😉

Suits, Tuxedos and Such | Merger

Suit season is upon us, and one would ideally don a freshly cut suit than wear an old beater with too long a track record. Sure your old reliable jacket serves you well, but maybe for this season you’d like something more trim and stylish. Something that says ‘night out’ rather than ‘required dress code’ easier said than done? I think not, check out the latest offerings from local clothing label Merger a few pictures down. Enjoy.

Bowtied and pinstriped.
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Buttoning up is often a shortcut way to up your style a notch.

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The prime rib they served us was really good as evidenced by the thumbs-up.

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Photographer Frank Hoefsmit, Jun Poblador, and I.

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Jun Poblador’s skull lapel pin, though I would not personally puncture my suit lapel like that. (ouch!)

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Everything’s rosy
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Parada.
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Where I dined before the show.
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Here are photos of the suits (and then some) as promised.

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For that urban feel.
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I liked the lapel width of this one, the tie bar not so much.
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Double negative break trousers.
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This look struck me as very English, or maybe it’s just the umbrella. Clean and unfussy look.
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French. I personally can’t wear a jacket with piping detail, but it works for you then go for it.
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French cuffs and a winged collar for formal occasions. 
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Classic single button tuxedo with subtle satin detailing. (same one George Salud was wearing)
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I liked this roll down turtleneck also.
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Jackets were cut short, as the modern style today suggests but remember these are models so they’ll look a little tamer once worn. Merger’s fit is for asians which I appreciate a lot, and did I mention that these suits are very reasonably priced?
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Dot tie. +1
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George Salud, reluctant to take the stage. (he was practically trying to escape at this point)

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What must be done must be done. His walk was met with applause from the appreciative audience.

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Merger is available at:

Merger


Trinoma Mall 
Level 1 
Quezon City

Tel: +632 894 5342

Merger


Glorietta 3
Ground Floor
Ayala Center

Tel: +632 894 5342