So we are on the last day of the shortest month of the year! Whew, February just came, wheezed us by and is now about to leave — that was really fast, don’t you think?!

And as most of you who are following me on Instagram know, I spent half of this month in Italy… and I am still there as of this writing! So before I share with you the details of this lovely trip, allow me to share with you first the highlights of my love month right before I left…

Here are our TSM Fave Things for February :

Grace Home’s First Pop-Up Store

For the first time ever, Grace Home had its first pop-up store and it was right in Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati. We were there from February 6 until Valentine’s Day, February 14. And I must say it was good exposure for our little brand to be inside one of the city’s most popular malls! Over all, this new experience taught us a lot of new things about the business and helped us gain more customers than we can ever be thankful for!

Talk at Pottery Barn

Last February 11, I gave a talk at Pottery Barn in Central Square BGC. Here I shared my a few of my entertaining tips and tricks on how to host a romantic dinner — that was especially timed for the upcoming Valentine’s season.

Here I talked about how lighting, music, flowers and candles – among many other things, can help set the perfect mood for your romantic dinner. I also showed the guests some of my favorite items from the store and how I used them to style my own romantic Valentine table setting!

Chocolates and Strawberries

You guys already know how dark chocolates and strawberries make me giddy, right?! So imagine my excitement when I saw these two combined — and in one heart-shaped cake at that! So yes, a cake that is so Valentine does exist, and it’s from Bizu Patisserie! And the good news is, it’s still available now — so go get them while the strawberries are in season!

Moët and Chandon Rosé

And what would Valentines be without a bouquet of roses and my favorite bottle of champagne? Had my favorite Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial during my sweet Valentine dinner at one of my favorite date places in town, the Old Manila at The Peninsula Manila. Food was superb, service was great and of course, it was the bubbly which took care of the rest of the evening! 

Art Fair Philippines 2017

I am so glad that the day before my departure for Milan, I was able to go to Art Fair Philippines 2017. This yearly much-anticipated art fair was held at their usual spot, the Link Carpark in Ayala Center Makati. It was a huge success with a lot of veteran artists, mixed with several new and promising ones. One of my favorite booths is the one of Salcedo Auctions’ which presented glass works of 3 amazing young Filipino artists : Lilliana Manahan, Gabriel Lichauco and Stanley Ruiz. They each exhibited their contemporary glass works, handmade pieces of glass which they turned into unique and one-of-a-kind art sculptures!

This artistic collaboration was made possible by Spektacularis, the group that brought these three young artists together to Czech Republic to learn more about this incredible art with the master himself of handmade Bohemian glass making, Jiri Pacinek. 

And what would Art Fair be without seeing one of our country’s National Artists? Just as I was about to leave the venue, I spotted Ben Cabrera (more popularly known as Ben Cab) and right away approached him! I’ve known him for quite a few years now, as I am a proud owner of one of his beautiful paintings, but let me tell you this — I still get star struck every single time I see him!

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation too about his latest and unexpected art piece entitled “Ambot Sa Imo”, which was displayed at the Art Fair, and one that reflected his thoughts on our divided society nowadays.

How was your February and what were your favorite things for the month? Share them here with me by leaving your comments below.

To see my previous entry on January’s Fave Things, click here.

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