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UNIQLO will now let you design and print your own shirt in-store

Got a design in mind, yet?

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As part of a series of new offerings for its first store anniversary, the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store at Glorietta 5 (FYI: it’s the biggest in Southeast Asia) opened a digital t-shirt design and printing service exclusively offered at this branch. Basically, you can now design your own UNIQLO shirt or tote bag.

Officially called, UTme!, it’s an extension of the original UT line which offers graphic shirts from various artists and brands such as Nintendo and Marvel. The UTme! section will not be hard to miss and designing your shirt or tote is incredibly easy. Tablets are provided beside the printer and a custom app will lead you through the process. You can choose from an existing design or channel your inner artist and design your own. You can use your own photos, add texts and effects, or create something entirely from scratch. The app then sends it to the printer and then voila! You have your very own, one-of-a-kind, UNIQLO shirt.

The company has always been a propagator for homegrown talent. For this new service, they partnered with 10 local artists for a new collection, the #UTmeArtPH. These local artists were given the theme, “Future”, and were tasked to create designs using this theme in mind. With this, UNIQLO wishes to “inspire hope” and celebrate “the restless optimism of the Philippines”. Some of the local artists included in this collection are Manix Abrera, Rob Cham, Soleil Ignacio, Auggie Fontanilla and more.

The UTme! counter can be found on the second floor of the UNIQLO Flagship mall at Glorietta 5, Makati City, Philippines. Each personalized t-shirt is priced at PhP 990.

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Blow & Dry: Handy, stylish hair dryers for easy blowouts

They deserve to be in your home and in your purse

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Illustration by Kris Blanco

Every now and then, we’ll need a quick blowout to maintain good hair — whether it’s prepping for an event, a quick touch-up before your Zoom call, or about to run an errand and in a bit of a time crunch.

It’s not every day we’ll need a fabulous blow-dryer that will cost us an arm or leg. Or purchase an expensive one and call it an investment. (Guilty as charged!)

Sometimes, what we need are hair dryers that work. Fast and easy, just the way you’ll like it.

Panasonic EH-NA27 Nanoe Hair Dryer

Carol, GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, swears by Panasonic’s lineup of Nanoe hair dryers. While her personal choices are a bit chic and ritzy, there are affordable options that certainly do the trick.

The Panasonic EH-Na27 brings in its patented technology, gathering water from the air, and uses it — along with negative ions — to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions. It’s the secret to shiny and bouncy hair!

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Mi Ionic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for an affordable yet good-looking hair dryer, say no more. Xiaomi’s Mi Ionic hair dryer solves all your dilemmas: a portable form factor, minimalist and classy design (especially in that white colorway), high volume, and quick-drying technology.

Since it’s an ionic hairdryer, it’s supposedly safer and better compared to ceramic ones — and it won’t leave your hair smelling burnt.

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Soocas H5/H3s Hair Dryer

Chay, GadgetMatch’s Creative Director, shared how her GadgetMatch in 2018 was not a phone but a hair dryer. Yes, it was a Soocas hair dryer, which recently had a product refresh.

To Chay, the Soocas hairdryer ticks her three main considerations in looking for a hair dryer: price, power, and design. And more importantly, it doesn’t stop working from overheating despite having an affordable price tag.

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Philips Drycare Advanced Hair Dryer HP8233/00

Philips has been around for years, and they certainly produce hair dryers within your reach. The Philips Drycare Advanced hair dryer comes with a professional power as if you have your own hairdresser.

It also comes with multiple temperature settings for less hair damage and a long-lasting look. And more importantly, it sports technology that has an anti-frizz effect to help you achieve that shiny-looking hair.

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Imarflex Hair Dryer HD-2210C

If you prefer it classic and generic like any hair dryers found in your mom’s closet, Imarflex retained that familiar look with its hair dryers. The HD-2210C comes with Ionic haircare system and easy toggle between hot and cold temperature settings.

It makes for the perfect hair dryer for a quick and easy blowout, especially when you’re in a hurry. And it certainly won’t break your wallet.

Shop: Lazada | Shopee

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The Starbucks x FILA collection is what we need for hot summer vibes

Live life and have fun in a distinct style

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Hold up! Hot girl summer ain’t over yet.

For the first time, Starbucks is collaborating with FILA on an exclusive, co-branded collection of sporty-street-summery style essentials.

Starbucks x FILA: 12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Mug (PhP 1,095), Mesh Bag [Lazada Exclusive] (PhP 1,595)

The Starbucks x FILA collection blends rich brand heritage with classic and modern design. Wearing FILA’s signature white, navy, and red, the collection showcases bold yet timeless designs as seen in the drinkware and lifestyle accessories.

Surely, you’d love to get your hands on these accessories if you’re a fan of timeless yet distinct styles. It’s evident in these tumblers, cups, pouches, and bags!

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Starbucks x FILA: 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (PhP 1,595), 24 oz Plastic Cold Cup (PhP 895), Pouch (PhP 795)

Starbucks x FILA collection will be available starting July 20, 2021, at select Starbucks stores across the Asia-Pacific region while supplies last. In the Philippines, it will also be available in the Starbucks flagship store on Lazada.

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Thecoopidea makes the coolest and cutest accessories

They’re just oh so cute!

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Caution: cuteness overload!

Thecoopidea, a lifestyle brand established in 2012, has a lot of partnerships with cute brands like Sanrio, Line, and Barbapapa. They weren’t on my radar until a friend shared with me their Sanrio collaboration — which made me giddy.

From wireless charging pads, true wireless earbuds, power banks, and even Apple watch strap sets, thecoopidea’s collaboration surely can make your accessories look cute and fun.

Sanrio Collection

Thecoopidea collaborated with Sanrio, producing gadgets and accessories branded with our favorite characters. From Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Marumofubiyori, and even Ahirunopekkle — they’re just oh so cute.

Barbapapa collection

Even the popular cartoon Barbapapa — based on a children’s picture book of the same name — has a collaboration with thecoopidea in a sweet black and pink theme.

Line Friends meets thecoopidea

Mini Brown and Mini Cony of LINE friends found themselves floating in cuteness in thecoopidea’s store. The collection introduces charging pads, belts, wireless earbuds, laptop sleeves, and backpacks — all in LINE Friends branding.

For more cute products and accessories, visit thecoopidea.com.

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