5 Things Vogue Editors Would Purchase Again: Lightweight Levi’s, Kaisendon Bowls, A Tumbler That Looks Like A Bottle of Nail Polish, and More

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Curious to know what Vogue Philippines editors will actually spend their money on? These are the items that made it into our shopping carts.

Digital editor Andrea Ang starts off with Vogue shopping recommendations that all point to comfort.

I recently arrived in Manila from below zero weather at New York Fashion Week, and I’m nothing but grateful for the warmth of things that feel familiar and relaxed.

Levi’s lightweight 501s

Courtesy of Levi’s
Courtesy of Levi’s

I don’t really wear denim because I find it hard to move around in, but Levi’s lightweight technology has opened up styling options for me: their denim weighs 8oz compared to the typical 12oz, while maintaining a crisp silhouette. Their beloved 501 jeans come in this special tech–I like the one from the men’s collection for a relaxed fit that looks good with a pointed toe.

Sunnies Flask

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Frankly, I didn’t expect how well Sunnies Flask did all of that and more: it’s a 25oz, double-walled insulated water bottle made of stainless steel that keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It’s leak-proof, it’s dishwasher safe, and it’s free of a host of intimidating words (BPAs, phthalate, lead). Each component can also be individually purchased, something that made so much sense to myself, currently clutching my old tumbler circumferentially as I had broken the holding strap 5 months ago. It’s time for an upgrade–a perfect one at that.

Also, not that anyone asked but my Sunnies Flask combo is: the cap in macchiato, the loop in gulaman [a rarefied bluish gray, it’s actually very nuanced], the bottle in taro, and the boot in dough.

Sunnies Flask bundles at PhP995 for a bundle which includes the cap, loop, and bottle, with an additional P195 to add a boot for protection. Available at, or their SM Megamall and Glorietta stores.

Go Sensei salmon oyako bowl

Courtesy of Go Sensei
Courtesy of Go Sensei

For four months only (February to May 2024), chef Bruce Ricketts, with this teams at Sensei and Mecha Uma, has a range of kaisendon bowls available at gourmet food court The Grid at PowerPlant Mall. Go Sensei features the same high quality fish Ricketts cuts at Mecha Uma (a fact whispered to me by the chef himself; this is confirmed), served with the same layered flavours and attention that his other tables have always had.

Everyone’s got a favourite of course, but personally, mine is the salmon oyako bowl. It has shoyu-marinated salmon, dashi-cured ikura, oba, sesame ponzu, yuzu, and shari, with everything coming together in a way that feels quite close to home for Ricketts. 

Go Sensei bowls range from PhP650 to PhP2550. Everything is available only at The Grid Stall 17 at PowerPlant Mall, within regular mall hours.

Dune: Part Two

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Dune is an unwieldy piece of literature that only a sci-fi fan could tolerate, but Denis Villeneuve has managed to make a visual opus of revenge and deep politicking understandable.

Dune: Part Two arrives in Philippine cinemas on February 28, 2024, caught best on IMAX.

Chanel Les Beiges Blush Stick in N24

I’m going to bastardize WH Auden real quick, in the context of my long-time default of a heavy-handed, Korean-inspired blush: I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

I have been feeling lately, given my penchant for oversized bows and schoolgirl aesthetics ala Simone Rocha, Mich Dulce, and Sandy Liang, that it was time to switch to a more mature blush setting. Compared to a mid-marathon complexion, the Chanel Les Beiges Blush Stick in N24 is a subtle, post-pilates flush that looks  natural on medium to light skintones. Add-on option: Tiktok prefers the Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-use Glow Stick for highlight.

Chanel Beauty is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

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