Toby's Sports: Flagship Store in BGC

Cheers to 40 years! Toby's Sports, the leading sports retailer in the Philippines, has celebrated their 40th anniversary by opening their flagship store in BGC... and it's their biggest branch to date!

This innovative flagship store highlights its long-standing commitment to elevate the customers' retail experience to world-class standards.

Here are some of their noteworthy features:

1,000 sqm two-storey space 
That's one big ass store for a premium assortment of footwear, sports apparel, and equipment!

They have an interactive PLAYZone to host events and sports clinic on a regular basis. It also doubles as a basketball court, which utilizes a professional-grade basketball shooting machine. Prizes will be given out regularly to top scorers in the Toby's Shootout game.

This is where Toby's Sports will host product launches that feature the latest innovations from top sports brands. This can also house curated installations, special VIP events, and athlete appearances.

Toby's Custom Lab
Spot that offers apparel customization services like full custom uniforms and jerseys. It will include express customization via sublimation, making a more personalized customer experience.

For the launch, we requested to place our nicknames in our eco-totes! Love it!

Run Signature Analysis
The flagship store offers Run Signature gait and running form analysis, from Brooks. Simply put - it's a technology to help get the ideal shoe for every customer. It is a radical new approach to gait analysis that takes an in-depth look at the body's natural running characteristics. How cool is that?!

Shoe Cleaning Services
Crep Protect to the rescue! After having your shoe cleaning session here, you'll feel like your sneaks are as good as new!

Latest Retail Technology
The Toby's Flagship is one of the first stores in the country to feature a highly digital experience where guests can browse the retailer's e-commerce website on large interactive walls in the store.

They also use RFID technology that allows customers to unlock virtual content by placing a shoe on their Shoe Showcase platforms and browse all its specs and features via touchscreen. Like an information scanner for shoes!

Congratulations and thank you for having me, Toby's Sports! 

Toby's Sports now has 55 stores nationwide. They've got more stores in the pipeline in the coming years so watch out for that! ;)

Loc&Stor 24/7: Secure, World-Class Storage Space for Rent in Manila

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Malls are styled in their own grand Christmas decors, bazaars sprouting all over the metro, carols constantly being played, and parties with friends and family members - all these make my heart full!

In our house, we use our good ol' big Christmas tree and just decorate it with different stuff each year - recycling the cute ones from before, and buying new ornaments for that fresh touch! My mom also gets at least 2 new hanging Santa Claus every Christmas, so our ceiling looks extra joyous. 

After this season, storage is our ultimate dilemma. We ask ourselves then: where do we place the horde of possessions we didn't have the heart to discard? Our rooms are quite packed, and the previous Christmas storage won't fit the new items anymore. Lol!

Just recently, I discovered a 24/7 self-storage facility in Manila! Have you ever heard of Loc&Stor?

Loc&Stor is a world-class self storage facility, providing secure, convenient, and professional storage units for rent. They are currently located at flood-free areas in Pasig and Makati.

What's nice about Loc&Store is that they're open 24/7, and can also be accessed even on holidays. You can also use the unit either for business or personal belongings. Definitely a huge help to keep your home or work space clean, attractive, and spacious!

Loc&Stor offers units ranging from 1.5-square-meter lockers that can fit eight balikbayan boxes to 18-square-meter jumbo-size units that can accommodate the contents of a 40-foot container. 

We'll probably give this a try! ;) It can be our best buddy for decluttering this 2019, don't you think?

Anello: All About Customization and the 90s (+ A Giveaway!)

Since anello's opening in Manila last year, this Japanese bag brand has become one of my favorites when it comes to style and functionality. My first anello bag's in leather and brown, and I've been using it alternately with the one I showed in this Youtube episode

Just a few days ago, anello unveiled their holiday collection called "discover my anello" which is all about self-discovery, finding your style, being functional - pieces that will work perfectly for you.

For Autumn/Winter 2018, anello introduces a new selection of bags inspired by the patterns, designs, colors, and materials of the 90s. Definitely the best era for me! ;) From the rebellious coolness of grunge to the polished and preppy high schoolers, the pieces are a modern nod at one of fashion's most important periods.

The signature anello backpacks and Boston bags are rendered in autumnal plaids, tartans, and checks, adding layer and dimension to both modern minimalism or maximalist street style outfits.

Aside from the 90s collection, anello has another line perfect for gift-giving. The new backpacks come with interchangeable straps that can let you mix and match colors to create the perfect finishing touch for every ensemble. 

The bags are available in neutrals - gray, black, and navy - and a medley of straps for the love of customization.

If you want an even more personalized experience, you can have your (or your recipient's) initials embossed onto the signature anello patch. So nice!

Here are some more new arrivals for their Boston bags:

They're truly unstoppable in throwing out lovely pieces!

Oh, and by the way, I'll releasing a giveaway on my Instagram account (arnievillanueva_) this week! Please stay tuned if you want your own anello bag! ;)

You can purchase anello's 2018 Holiday Collection at all 36 anello stores nationwide. For more information, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram.

Islander Philippines | Live Slippers Mosaic 2018

I'm pretty sure that most Filipinos own (or have worn) a pair of Islander slippers. This proudly Philippine-made brand has been in the industry for decades, offering good quality footwear that guarantees affordability.

When I was younger, whenever my parents shop for flipflops at department stores, they'd go straight to the corner of Islander. "Matibay 'to," my dad would often boast. True enough, the pairs would last for years. Fast forward to 2018, the brand is still very much alive and remains the country's leading footwear brand.

Last October 15, 2018, Islander conducted a giant live mosaic inspired by the Philippine flag featuring 8,000 pairs of slippers in SM Megamall. The best part is that it was done for a cause. 

Snapshot from the top ♡

All pairs were donated to 9 different beneficiaries:

He Cares Mission
Yapak Pinas
Child Hope Philippines
Prison Ministry Correctional Institution
Anawin Lay Missions Foundation
Philippine Jesuit Foundation
Tondo District of Manila
Children of Dagat-Dagatan District
Payatas Orione Foundation

It was humbling to witness this event. There were videos shown to understand every beneficiary and I was deeply moved. Kudos to Islander for coming up with such event. Loud and proud!

Islander Philippines
Pusong Pinoy, Gawang Pinoy

UNIQLO Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

No other brand screams simplicity, quality, and longevity than UNIQLO. Just a few weeks ago, they released their stunning Fall/Winter 2018 Collection focusing on two (2) basic elements - color and silhouette - to help people dress with style and confidence.

Coat c/o UNIQLO

Since Christopher-Lemaire's line debut two years ago, its mainstay items have become even more attractive, with its innovations transforming into contemporary essentials. Their latest collection features a vivid fall and winer color palette and designs with in-trend volumes. Still elegantly timeless while showcasing diverse ideas that symbolize the future of LifeWear.

Color to re-invigorate individual style
To build a full color palette for the collection, UNIQLO took inspiration from three key lifestyle concepts: Great Outdoors, Work and Craft, and Abstract Art.

The palette includes moss greens and sky reds, colors inspired by natural materials - wood, clay, andd stone gray, as well as bold and vivid colors of art - blues, reds, and yellows.

Simplified silhouettes for greater confidence
The collection is also refined to three universal and timeless shapes - circular, triangular, and rectangular. These shapes are subtly emphasized throughout the collection in its oversized items, in its flared and A-line items and in its more structured, narrow looks. 

Wearers can choose shapes that flatter their own unique body type for more confidence and more individual style.

Women's items exude comfort and confidence, while men's pieces convey unpretentious relaxation.

Perfect for shutting out the rain and wind with its durable water repellent coating that keeps wearers dry. The fabric is also breathable, releasing moisture to keep sweat at bay and maintain comfort.

Visit your nearest UNIQLO branch and shop away!