Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Butterfly Dreams: The Softest Beddings I've Ever Lain On (Part 1)

I have been dying to get new bed sheets since, well, since forever! Pat has refused to get a new set because he says we'll be moving soon anyway, and we don't need the additional clutter. So every Monday morning, sunny weather permitting, we launder our sheets and put them back on our bed in the evening. While this routine has worked out nicely (it's always comforting to lay my head on clean sheets every week), I still harbour secret aspirations for another set.

I channeled my dream sheets to reality!

So when Edith Coronacion McCosker, founder and creative director of Butterfly Dreams, messaged me on Facebook saying she'd love for me to try their sheets, I was so, so happy. I swear, I felt like I channeled my dream sheets to reality! But I became even more ecstatic when I read more about the brand and the company. Butterfly Dream's luxury bed linens were developed by the husband and wife team of Tim and Edith, who were looking for fabrics they could use to make bed sheets for their personal use. They discovered a microsuede fabric they loved so much, they thought it was too good not to share. It took them two years before they could bring their sheets to the market, but the effort they put into researching and developing their product was evident the moment I touched the sheets. Ibang klase talaga! Like nothing I have ever slept on before.

I know Edith from way back since she is a good friend of my sister. They were schoolmates in Assumption College Makati, where they both majored in Interior Design. She went on to form her own interior design and renovation business with a partner called Dreamspaces until she moved to Hong Kong working as a project designer for an interior sourcing and supply company specialising in hotel projects. With her background, I knew the sheets were going to be amazing even before I actually saw them. In fact, even before I got the delivery, I kept on bragging and telling Pat about our lovely new bedsheets. Excited talaga!

Butterfly Dreams delivers for free in the Philippines! 

Edith sent me the the Classic King Set in Billy Blue. Each Classic Sheet Set contains:

  • One Flat Sheet made with 350 thread-count cotton sateen flat sheet. The sheet has a subtle, "embossed" butterfly design that makes it look really, really posh.

  • One Fitted Sheet made of their signature "SwankySuede" microfibre fabric. The fitted sheet has elastics all around and not just on the corners to ensure a snug fit.

  • Two Pillowcases also made of SwankySuede. The pillowcases have zipper closures. Nice!

What really sets Butterfly Dreams apart from your regular bed linens is their SwankySuede microfibre fabric. After reading all the characteristics of their fabric, I was sold, sold, sold! I especially like that it resists pilling, dries quickly, is machine washable, and is resistant to creasing and crinkling. Little did I know that all these would pale in comparison to the FEEL of the fabric. As that really, really old song goes, "Feelings, nothing more than feelings…" "Feeling" lang pala ang hanap ko!

Butterfly Dreams' signature "SwankySuede" fabric up close. Feels super soft to touch, like your most comfortable pair of sheets after it has gone through tons of washing. 

Because, oh my, this SwankySuede sheet feels heavenly! It reminded me of my super favourite bed sheet from department store brand Town and Country. The print (daisies on a blue checkerboard background) was baduy but I didn't care because it had that worn in feel to it (probably achieved through constant washing) and a "sleepy" smell that I craved for because it instantly relaxed me. I don't know why I've only experienced it with that bed sheet and I've never found another quite like it until Butterfly Dreams. And I'm not alone in singing its praises. Even Pat gives his enthusiastic approval.

(First night trying the sheets. Pat gets under the covers.)

Pat: Wow, I don't think we'll ever buy any other brand after this!
Me: It's really nice, ya?
Pat: It even feels good on my head.
Me: Huh? I don't really feel it…
Pat: That's because you have hair.

The only thing I don't like about my sheets is that it doesn't look as good on our bed as it does in their photos. Booo! Edith, how do I get my sheets to look Elle Decor-worthy???
Bottomline, we looove Butterfly Dreams bed linens. I love that the sheets are plain, but have little luxe touches (the butterfly design and the satin border on the flat sheet) that make me feel like I'm sleeping on a hotel bed. I love that it's a low maintenance set. I love that it's better on the environment than regular cotton sheets (more on this in my next post). I love that the company donates a portion of their profits to a local school in Cambodia. Really, there are lots of reasons to love Butterfly Dreams, but it all goes back to one very important factor: I love how it feels on my skin. 

The butterfly design up close. 

I want to share more about Butterfly Dreams but this post is already very long! I'll publish my interview with Edith tomorrow. You'll find out more about how they started the business, why micro fibre is better for the environment and for your health, plus some testimonials from avid fans. 

My Classic King Set retails on their website at US$215, which is about Php8,800. Yes, it's pricier than your average department store brand, but the extra pesos you invest in these sheets are worth it. In fact, now that I think about it, Butterfly Dreams are comparable in price to some brands I've seen in Rustan's. Promise, they're sulit! Plus they'll last you a long time. I'm hoping that they also come out with patterned sets in the future. 

Because we really couldn't get our bed to look like a hotel's, dinaan ko nalang sa letters haha! At least there's a bit of styling effort going on. 

Dying to get your own set? Butterfly Dreams will be available starting this month in MakeRoom Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall and Robinson's Magnolia. Or you can buy online at their website. They offer free delivery in the Philippines! The delivery service is pretty fast (mine took only two days). Plus, Edith gave me a 20% discount coupon you can use if you buy online. Enter  code "INTRO" upon checkout to avail of the discount. The King Sheet Set is only $172 with the 20% off. Winner! 

Have you heard of Butterfly Dreams? And I'm really curious to know, what's your favorite brand of bed linens and why do you love it? Leave me a comment below!

P.S. You can also check out Butterfly Dreams' Facebook page here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WIN! Free Entrance to the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent This Weekend (Nov 10-11)

Bazaar season is in full swing for the holiday season, but if there's one bazaar you must make time for in your shopping sked, it's this one! 

The Global Pinoy Bazaar is unique in that it only showcases proudly Pinoy designed and made products. Everything from ladies', men's, and children's apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home d├ęcor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design will be retailed during the bazaar. I'm pretty sure you'll not only find unique goodies to give as Christmas presents, you'll manage to take home a few finds for yourself!

That's exactly what happened when I attended the Global Pinoy Media Night. I was so impressed with the brands and products on display that I ended up shopping and taking home a few pieces. It's hard not to, especially after the brilliant minds behind the Pinoy brands took to the stage to explain the story behind and their vision for their respective companies. Needless to say I was truly proud and inspired to be Pinoy during that night. And I'm pretty sure you'll feel the same if you attend the bazaar.  

The passionate members of Yabang Pinoy 

Jen Horn, CEO and co-founder of Punchdrunk Panda. She's also a graphic artist responsible for a lot of the brand's cute designs. 

Camera straps from Punchdrunk Panda. Jen Horn designed the Navajo, Stamp Collector, and  "Handle With Care"  straps.

A mix of statement and classic teed from Doodle Tees

Pinoy pride front and center in Yabang Pinoy's tees. 

I think this would make a good name for a noontime show, noh?
At the media event, there was a whole display of Messy Bessy products. Love! I noticed that Messy Bessy seems to have reduced their prices (can anybody confirm this?). So now, I love buying Messy Bessy! I bought this Odor Absorber for P250, and placed one in my car and another in my closet. Each pack has three pieces. Photo courtesy of Messy Bessy. 

I also bought laundry detergent from Messy Bessy. Pat has sensitive skin, so I always try to buy natural laundry soap or laundry wash that's for baby skin. This fit the bill and at P300 for 2kg, it's almost the same price as your supermarket variety detergent powder. Photo courtesy of Messy Bessy. 

I also bought these Abaca Bands from Yabang Pinoy. P50 lang! Sama mo na sa arm party mo! 

The Global Pinoy Bazaar is happening this weekend, November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent. Entrance is P100 but I'm giving out free entrance good for two people (so you can bring a friend with you to the bazaar) to the first 25 people to join my first ever giveaway! 

Here's how:

1) LIKE the Yabang Pinoy Facebook page 


FOLLOW Yabang Pinoy on Twitter

2) FOLLOW me on Instagram @katdyfinds


FOLLOW this blog over at Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.

3) Share on FB and Twitter using the links below this blog entry. Don't forget to use hashtag #GlobalPinoyBazaar

4) Leave a comment in this blog post with your complete name plus your share links

Easy peasy! All it really takes is some clicking and sharing! First 25 people to comment (and follow the mechanics correctly) win free entrance. So pabilisan lang to! :)

Contest closes on tomorrow at 10 am.  

For more information, visit the Yabang Pinoy website and Facebook page.

See you this weekend!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Metro Gaisano Finds

A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to check out the newest department store in the South (or my probinsya as my friends living in Mordor North like to call it), Metro Gaisano. I was so happy when it opened because it's near home and it's a good source of very cheap finds if you just take the time to rummage around.

Metro Gaisano in Alabang Town Center is quite small and a bit bare in terms of stock on display compared to the bigger department stores in the area, but they do have a few specialty concessionaires and departments that I appreciated.  There's Carolina's, for one, which my sister was quite happy about. They have the usual ribbons, buttons, and sewing essentials and novelties, but they also have a sizeable inventory of fabric. They also have Diva Accessories, a bit redundant since there's already a Diva shop inside the mall. My favorite is the accessories department featuring Cebu designers and brands. I spotted Avatar and Mia Arcenas plus a couple of other designers on display.

The fashion department is quite small and needs beefing up, but I still managed to find a really great pair of black jeggings. I would never have tried it on if it wasn't for the recommendation of their saleslady. I'm glad I did. The fit is perfect!!! Plus the fabric is a bit thick, eliminating the unwanted bulges and lumps that often pop up when you slip into something so tight-fitting. 

Great fitting jeggings for P649.75 only! My friend said her cousin found a similar pair in the plus size section at an even lower price (around P400++). 

Other colors in stock. I'd probably give the white a try if I didn't already have a skinny white pair in my closet. 

I showed it to my friend M, who gave birth a few months ago and confided that her problem area is her butt and tummy area. She tried on the jeggings and she loved it as well! Nakakapayat talaga siya! So I'm happy to say it works on different body types. 

These jeggings hugged my friend's curves nicely. 

My other "winner" buy are these thick canvas placemats in classic patterns. Our old Divisoria-bought wooden stick placemats were already falling apart, and I have been on the lookout for nice ones, so I I'm quite happy I found these. I spotted a few packs bearing Ikea and Williams-Sonoma tags, so at P249.75 for a pack of four, they're really quite a steal. 

Throw pillows are surprisingly pricey but Gaisano has a few designs that are quite affordable. In fact, they had a bunch of one-off throw pillow covers at only P99 each! They had some pretty cute prints on the shelf too (think shabby chic florals, 70s graphics, and polka dots). Creative do-it-yourselfers would enjoy mixing and matching these. 

I loved these ikat printed throw covers at about P349++ each.

The furniture selection is limited but impressive from what I've seen. I read that they also have Cebu furniture makers on the floor so that explains why. The home decors are nice as well—I spotted cute ceramic owls and nice vases on display. 

So yay for Gaisano! Can't wait till they add more merchandise to the store. 

And if you're a Gaisano fan as well, I'd love to know more about your buys. Share them please!
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