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    Mikka

    Mikka

    A relentless seeker and purveyor of all things uniq, Mikka Padua lives in a world fueled by passion and creativity. Inspiration from a trip to Mexico (or even to the supermarket) is turned into insightful storytelling and rich retail experiences for her company Seek the Uniq. We sat down with the Commander-in-Chic at STU’s guide shop dubbed as ‘Habitacion’ where she shared her tips on overcoming an entrepreneur’s worst enemy and why she believes fashion is a powerful tool.

    On personal style: “I would say it’s contemporary bohemian but it’s really a mix of things. I like doing high-low and mixing say a statement skirt from Seek the Uniq with a classic sweater or a button-down. I don’t like doing a lot of trendy things at one time so I stick with just one and build it up from there.”

    Mikka wearing pink tailored coordinates with Coomera and Bellara necklaces from Gold Coast SS2019 collection

    “When it comes to dressing up, my criteria would be a look that would make me happy. I believe that fashion is so powerful. If you’re feeling a bit lazy or not in the mood and it’s a blah day, you can easily pick yourself up with a good outfit. If I have a big meeting, I feel more confident if I’m dressed for it. Dressing up is really important – it’s not something I take lightly. It gives you more credibility and changes your whole disposition.”

    On what she wears on a typical day: “I usually build my outfit around a certain piece, which is my highlight for that day. Right now, I’m into casual tailored pieces because they’re so easy to dress up or down. I would wear a jacket and dress it down with jeans or linen pants. If I’m working, I would wear low heels then if I’m going out at night I would just change my shoes, add a few pieces of jewelry and change my bag.”

    Mikka wearing Darthi lariat and Suma 2-layer necklace from Heyjow's exclusive collection for Seek the Uniq

    Mikka's favorite accessories are a mix of bohemian and classic pieces; these low heels by Zarah Juan were her work shoes for the day

    Some of Mikka's everyday essentials include skincare products from Boots and Pixi Beauty 

    Mikka's picks are a mix of classic pieces from the V Holiday collection and colorful bohemian pieces from Gold Coast SS2019 collection

    On her journey from corporate creative to fashion entrepreneur: “I built a career on merchandising for jewelry and beauty before I found my calling in fashion - and that's where I stayed. Even when I had a corporate job, I had businesses on the side – hobbies that turned into small businesses. I never stopped even when I got so busy with my day job. It was an outlet for me – creating things and selling them. It kept me going and it created a good balance. When I finally had the confidence to start Seek the Uniq, it helped having that kind of mentality.”

    Mikka wearing Darthi lariat and Suma 2-layer necklace from Heyjow's exclusive collection for Seek the Uniq with Dhara turquoise drop earrings from Gold Coast SS2019 collection

    “I appreciate my corporate background now that I’m in a less corporate environment. The corporate world molds you to become a better professional and I feel that it’s very important to have that kind of experience before you run your own business.”

    On the most important lessons she learned as an entrepreneur: “There are a lot of things that come with a loosely structured business that you don’t expect. We’ve been running for 5 years and I would say we still have birthing pains up until now. Running a start-up becomes increasingly difficult as you scale the business, especially if you’re not set up as a proper organization wherein you have the support of an HR or an accounting team. Those are the things that I would say is tough for an entrepreneur like me because I’m more into the creative side."

    Mikka wearing a floral dress with Copa earrings from Gold Coast SS2019 collection

    "In hindsight, I wish I was more diligent with accounting from the very start. It’s not the glamorous side of the business but it’s a crucial part of it. Another challenge would be finding the right people who understand your vision. Joining a start-up is far from a big corporation because it means you’re expected to do multiple roles. It’s not easy finding people who are willing to do that but we’ve been lucky.”  

    “In the digital world, we don’t sleep. The business does not even close. Even if we close our brick-and-mortar location, we go home and still answer our customers. It’s exhausting but if your heart is in it, it’s fun and fulfilling.”  

    On finding inspiration: “I find inspiration even in the most mundane things. Traveling helps a lot but with the kind of work we have, I can’t be away for a long time."

    Mikka wearing a floral dress with Copa earrings and Davina necklace from Gold Coast SS2019 collection

    "If it’s a question of finding inspiration, you can create it and live in a world where you’re constantly inspired. When we created the guide shop, we wanted a place where people feel instantly inspired and they would want to hang around and take their time versus going inside a typical store.”

    Mikka wearing Jasmine enamel earrings from #HeyjowxEsteeLauder partnership collection

    On the inspiration behind Habitacion: “Our guide shops are always travel-inspired and is just about putting things together that make us happy." 

    "The first one was inspired by the places that I love like India, Morocco and Mexico, a culmination of all the things that we found inspiring."

    Mikka wearing a linen jacket and pants with Amori and Berniss bangles with Soleil earrings from Heyjow's exclusive collection for Seek the Uniq

    Mikka's travel books on India's most famous cities

    "Habitacion is our fifth guide shop and the word was something I picked up during our last trip to Mexico. I liked the sound of it and it was perfect for what we had in mind. Since it’s going to run for a longer time, it had to be something that always feels fresh and homey.”

    Inside Habitacion, Seek the Uniq's guide shop, which will run until January at Powerplant Mall

    Her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “I would say don’t quit your day job yet. It’s not going to be easy for the first few months or years even and you would need a steady flow of income. Otherwise, you’ll run out of funds and you’ll feel like a failure. If you can, hold on to that job first even if it doesn’t inspire you.”

    Mikka wearing a safari-inspired look with Meadow yellow enamel earrings from #HeyjowxEsteeLauder partnership collection

    “When you have an idea, get to it right away. Own it and launch it even if you don’t have a website. If it doesn’t work out, then you pivot."

    "Your biggest enemy would be overthinking. You will never be able to start if you overthink because it will never get to perfect – just polish it along the way. You fail fast, you learn and then you pick yourself right up. That way you’ll find your calling sooner. The most important thing is to just do it because you’ll never know if it’s going to work or not until you take action.”

    Follow Mikka on Instagram: @mikkapadua

    Follow Seek the Uniq on Instagram: @seektheuniq

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Make-up by Angie Saul from Estee Lauder Philippines 

    Hair by Malou de Guzman of Jing Monis Salon

    Marilen

    Marilen

    You might be familiar with Marilen Faustino-Montenegro as a model and TV host but her first love is something much different. Interior design has been a part of her life since she was young and throughout the changing seasons of her life. Currently, she shares inspiring tips and practical ways to make your home beautiful via her blog and does interior styling consultation as well as product and brand styling. 

    We visited Marilen at her lovely home where she talked to us about her classic aesthetic, her love for organic skincare products and easy styling tips for the holiday season.  

    On personal style: “I would say my style is classic, clean, and crisp with a bit of an edge."  

    "I like pieces that can stand the test of time and things I can wear over and over again so I favor plain pieces over prints. I love wearing neutral colors – white, beige, black and blush. For accessories, I like minimalist jewelry."

    Marilen wearing (1) Nadja 2-layer disc necklace with (2) Darissa necklace and (3) Yalissa earrings 

    Marilen's picks: (4)  Darissa necklace (5) Azra infinity necklace (6) Alix chain necklace (7) Nola chain necklace (8) Rae 2-layer necklace (9) Rama pearl earrings and (10) Nadja 2-layer disc necklace

    Her fashion icons: "Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Olivia Palermo.”

    What’s in her make-up bag: “I try to use natural skincare products as much as possible like Cosmedica’s illuminating Rose Gold Serum the Eye of Horus mascara. The Clarins lip oil is ultra-hydrating and is very subtle, good for an everyday look. I also use essential oils like peppermint, to wake me up and take my headaches away, and frankincense because it’s a multi-purpose healing oil.”

    Some of Marilen's favorite skincare and make-up essentials pictured here with (11) Candra bar necklace (12) Monroe pearl earrings (13) Amori bangle and (14) Tesanee earrings  

    On her interior design style: “It’s a bit similar with my fashion style. I usually go for bare white walls and I add color through furniture and accessories. My taste is always evolving and it depends on the people I’m surrounded with or the places I see when I travel.”

    Just some of Marilen's interior design books you will see on her coffee table 

    “I really love the old architecture of Paris. From the doors of their buildings to all the details that go into the interiors – the wood details on ceilings, cornices, and moldings – I find them so beautiful. I mix that with different interior design styles for my projects.”

    Marilen wearing a white off-shoulder top, a blush skirt and (15) Azra infinity necklace layered with (16) Alix chain necklace

    On how she discovered her passion for interior design: “My dad is a contractor and I have aunts and uncles who are also interior designers. My dad would bring me along on his projects so I was exposed to interior design very early in my life. I took it up as a course in college and graduated in 2001. Around that time, I was also doing TV commercials, fashion and beauty shoots then I eventually joined PMAP. While I was modeling, I would still have 2 to 3 interior design projects a year so I never really stopped.”

    Marilen wearing (17) Rae 2-layer necklace and (18) Nola chain necklace complemented with (19) Monroe pearl earrings 

    On her first interior project: “I really was just following what the client wanted. When I look at the pictures now, it seems so bare. It’s very different to what I can do now.”

    On what inspires her: “My children, my husband. Seeing other creatives do their work – that inspires me to continuously come up with new things. I’m judging an interior design reality show so I gained a lot of inspiration from that.”

    Marilen photographed inside her kid's bedroom, which also serves as their classroom during their home-school sessions 

    Her advice to aspiring interior designers: “I’m lucky to have been able to study the basics of proportion, balance, and scale. I can see colors beyond what a normal person can see because I consider its composition and how it goes with the rest of the space. Studying really helps you develop your taste. Aside from good taste, it takes a lot of practice and research to hone your interior design eye."

    Marilen wearing (20) Azra infinity necklace layered with (21) Alix chain necklace and (22) Rama pearl earrings

    Her tips on gift-wrapping for the holidays: “Throughout the year, I collect things that come from gifts I receive – not just wrappers but also ribbons and other ornaments. I also incorporate things I pick up during my trips such as a seashell from a recent trip to the beach.”  

    “You can also use recycled paper or even newspaper and elevate the look with a ribbon in a bold color and berries. You don’t have to buy new materials and it doesn’t have to be so formal or all matching. As much as possible, I don’t buy new things for gift-giving because I feel like it’s not good for the environment so I try to recycle what I already have.”

    Her tips for creating a beautiful tablescape: "Right now, the trend is to just do a hodgepodge of different food spreads all over the table and not arranging items so formally." 

    Marilen wearing an emerald asymmetric top with (23) Tesanee earrings (24) Candra bar necklace and (25) Amori bangle

    Marilen matched these marble plates from The Masonry with batik plates from Home Love Point. Striped placemats from The 57.PH complement the black and white theme

    Here's an idea: place chips and crackers for dipping in a lined basket instead of a ceramic piece for contrast

    "Don’t align the plates into a grid. Experiment with placement such as positioning elements diagonally or play with different heights.”

    Dips such as these from Serbesa MNL make it easy to entertain guests at home

    “The worst thing you can do when creating a tablescape is to make everything matching. It’s better if you mix plates from one set and bowls from another set. Don’t be afraid to mix and match - it makes the spread more festive!"

    Follow Marilen on Instagram: @marilenstyles

    Photography by Jennie Castillo (@jenscastle)

    Make-up by Angie Saul from Estee Lauder Philippines

    Hair by Dollie Verniz from Jing Monis Salon

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    Follow The Masonry: @themasonryph

    Follow Home Love Point: @homelovepoint

    Follow The 57.PH: @the57.ph

    Follow Serbesa MNL: @serbesamnl

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    Accessories: 

    (1) (10) Nadja 2-layer disc necklace

    (2) (4) Darissa necklace

    (3) Yalissa earrings  

     (5) (15) (20) Azra infinity necklace

    (6) (16)  (21) Alix chain necklace

    (7) (18) Nola chain necklace

    (8) (17) Rae 2-layer necklace

    (9) (22) Rama pearl earrings - coming soon 

    (11) (24) Candra bar necklace

    (12) (19) Monroe pearl earrings - coming soon

    (13) (25) Amori bangle

    (14) (23) Tesanee earrings  

    Sam

    Sam

    Fresh-faced beauty Sam Lewis had quite an early start in her modeling career at 16 years old.

    The statuesque British-Filipina made sure she finished her studies first (she’s a registered nurse) before diving into modeling full-time – and now she has produced an impressive body of work that spans almost 15 years. Her most recent projects include doing runway shows for fashion designer Vania Romoff and bridal designer Amir Sali and working with swimwear brand Coral Swimwear. Sam was also the perfect muse for our V Holiday collection, which features cubic zirconia and rose gold pieces.  

    Here, Sam shares with us her off-duty style and gets candid in front of the camera with her baby boy Lukas.

    On personal style: “I’d like to think my personal style is comfortable.”

    Sam wearing an olive green dress with (1) Verdana earrings

    “Being a new mom, I find myself looking at clothes and then thinking ‘Will I be able to breastfeed in this?’ so it’s basically my pre-baby style, which is a dress and sneakers, but just more breastfeeding-friendly. I have a lot more wrap dresses now or dresses that stretch so I can just easily drop down one side if I need to feed!”

    Sam in a maroon stretch dress and (2) Chroma beaded hoop earrings with 1-year old Lukas

    Sam's easy off-duty/ new mom style: dress + sneakers 

    White on: Sam's everyday sneakers beside baby Lukas' sandals

    “For accessories, I love wearing earrings. I actually have 6 piercings.”

    On what a typical day looks like: “Every day is different since I work freelance. On days that I am out without my son, I wear clothes that would be easy to pump in and easy to undress without ruining my hair and make-up before the show starts. It could be a dress or a top and skirt. I try not to wear pants especially during shows and fittings because they take more effort to put on and take off, sometimes more than once.”

    Sam wearing a robe by Coral Couture with (3) Damini earrings (4) Jairo mini hoop necklace (5) Hajari rod necklace and (6) Behira bangle all in rose gold

    Sam's everyday essentials and Lukas' favorite toys 

    On how she discovered her passion for modeling: “I started modeling when I was 16. I modeled for a hair styling and make-up show and that’s where it all started. I met more people after that and got booked to do more shows. I love modeling because you get to dress up and be made up and look different from how you would normally look. Aside from the pretty clothes, it’s also about the people I meet along the way.”

    Left photo: Sam wearing (7) Yalissa earrings (8) Aren chain necklace (9) Lanza chain necklace and (10) Nola snake chain necklace. Right photo: (11) Yalissa earrings (12) Hasina infinity necklace and (13) Behira bangle

    On her first fashion show experience: “I first walked for the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines’ 25th year fashion show. There was a short photo shoot before the show that later got published in the newspapers. I was wearing a Filipiniana and I was really nervous about walking.”

    Sam wearing a lace robe from Coral Couture with (14) Vanna earrings (15) Inara bar necklace and (16) Hajari rod necklace all in rose gold

    On what inspires her: “If I was asked this 2 or 3 years ago, my answer would be definitely different. We get older, things change, and now, everything I do, I do for my son. He is my strength and he is also my weakness.”

    On how she has evolved as a model: “I think there are a lot of things I haven’t done but I’m okay with that. I’m just very lucky that I still get to do this kind of work. I get to work and be with my son at the same time. I don’t think everyone has the privilege to do that.”

    Sam wearing (17) Agathi earrings and (18) Jaydra bracelet

    Her advice for aspiring models: “Don’t be scared to try modeling outside your comfort zone, especially trying modeling internationally. Start while you’re young. Be strong. It’s a cut-throat industry!”

    Sam wearing (19) Jaydra and (20) Sumitra bracelets with (21) Lucette earrings

    On what's next for her: “I put my son first before anything, so I am where it is best for him — even if it means moving back to London.”

    Follow Sam on Instagram: @_samlewis

    Follow Coral Couture: @coralcouture

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Make-up by @esteelauder Philippines

    Hair by @kikopedazajr of @jingmonissalon

    Shot on location at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati (@thepicassomakati)

    Website: www.picassomakati.com

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    Accessories:

    (1) Verdana earrings - coming soon

    (2) Chroma beaded hoop earrings - coming soon

    (3) Damini earrings

    (4) Jairo mini hoop necklace

    (5) and (16) Hajari rod necklace 

    (6) Behira bangle (rose gold)

    (7) and (11) Yalissa earrings

    (8) Aren chain necklace

    (9) Lanza chain necklace

    (10) Nola snake chain necklace

    (12) Hasina infinity necklace

    (13) Behira bangle (gold)

    (14) Vanna earrings

    (15) Inara bar necklace 

    (17) Agathi earrings

    (18) and (20) Jaydra bracelet

    (19) Sumitra bracelet

    (21) Lucette earrings

    Jacqe

    Jacqe

    Marketing maven Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez has made it her mission to make it easy for Filipinas to look beautiful without the high price tag. She left her corporate job in one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies (where she handled some of the most well-known global beauty brands) to become an entrepreneur so she can have more time for her family – and since then has built a beauty empire made up of products that Filipinas have come to love.  

    The CEO and co-founder of Happy Skin and BLK Cosmetics gives us a tour of her ‘second home’ and tells us more about the business of ‘uncomplicated beauty.’

    On personal style: “I really go for classic and simple. I’ll buy a few trendy clothes sometimes for a little fun but maybe 80% of my closet are made up of classic pieces like silks and linens. When I buy clothes, I usually get 5 colors of the same design. I don’t want to think so much about what to wear because I manage 3 businesses and I have 2 kids. ”

    “For colors, I like neutrals: beiges, light pinks, nudes, whites. For me, these colors bring happiness because they’re light on the eyes, it’s nice to look at, it’s easy to pair, and you always look fresh.”

    Jacqe wearing a blush-colored silk top and white pants with (1) Yanka disc necklace layered with (2) Karam chain necklace

    Jacqe's picks: (3) Yanka disc necklace, (4) Karam chain necklace, (5) Lyndall north star necklace, (6) Darissa charm necklace, (7) Nola snake chain, (8) Alix oval link chain and (9) Vafara lariat 

     

    Jacqe also sticks to classic shoes and bags in basic colors. Also seen here are some of BLK's products, which include the Hong Kong shade from the BLK Travels collection, Contour, Blush & Highlight Palette, Creamy Cheek Paint and All-Day Intense Matte Lipstick in Elegant 

    On what a typical day looks like: “Every day is different! Mondays and Wednesdays, I’m at the Happy Skin office while Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m at the BLK office. On Fridays, I do work for Seoul White. Saturdays and Sundays are devoted to my husband and my kids and we try to spend as much family time as possible. It’s very hectic but I really enjoy my job from the countless meetings to checking products, shoots, and everything you need to do to create a brand and sell a product. I’m fulfilled with what I do and what I’ve accomplished and I’m so grateful that the Philippines has given me the opportunity to create brands that they love.”

    Jacqe wearing navy coordinates with (10) Yalissa earrings and (11) Karas 2-layer  necklace

    On her journey from corporate marketer to beauty entrepreneur: “I was with Unilever Philippines for 9 years then I got expatriated so I did about 4 years abroad. When we were expatriated – my husband was based in Myanmar and my boss was based in Singapore – I had to travel all the time because I was handling Australia and Asia. We were newly married but we really didn’t have much time for each other. My job didn’t allow me to spend as much time as I wanted at home and we wanted to start a family already. At that point in our lives, I told myself maybe I can start my own business instead. And if I fail, I will just go back to a corporate job.”

    “Happy Skin was actually born in Myanmar. We really poured our hearts and souls into creating the brand and thank God that it was well-received. It’s the first homegrown brand that paved the way for a lot of other local brands right now in the market.”

    Two Happy Skin products that Jacqe keeps in her beauty kit: Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in Under The Sheets and Pinch Me Natural Lip & Cheek Stick 

    On the early days of Happy Skin: “I was really lucky because one of my partners is the owner of Plains and Prints. [Erickson Farillas] was the one who convinced me to get into business and he helped me navigate through the things I wasn’t familiar with. Creating a brand is easy, at least for me, because it’s something I’ve been doing and was trained for in my corporate career, but managing retailers and how to run a retail shop as well as fulfilling government requirements were all new to me."

    Jacqe wearing a lace dress with (12) Karam chain necklace layered with (13) Darissa charm necklace and (14) Sundari earrings 

    "I think it’s very important that you have a proper mentor because you can’t do everything on your own. It’s always a team effort. Since Happy Skin is sourced from the beauty capitals of the world, the struggles during the first year included importation and customs and I had someone who taught me how to navigate those unfamiliar waters.”

    On how BLK came about: “I started BLK when Happy Skin was about 4 years old. BLK came about because I felt like there was an opportunity in that segment to play in. When Anne [Curtis] and I talked about the kind of brand we wanted, we realized we had the same vision and that was uncomplicated beauty." 

    Jacqe wearing a pink dress with (15) Makana 2-layer necklace

    "We wanted products that are very accessible to more people, especially to her fans, that are of very good quality and in a way curated so it’s trimmed down to the essentials. When we launched, we only had 5 products and these 5 products were the only things you would need to complete your face.” 

    Jacqe wearing the (16) Lucette earrings  

    On the design inspiration for the BLK office: “Just like BLK’s tag line of ‘uncomplicated beauty’, we wanted our office to look simple yet versatile. When we were talking to Crate and Barrel, they said they have a lot of furniture pieces that would work in an office."

     

    BLK's headquarters has a chic industrial feel done in neutral colors complemented with soft pink 

    "We really wanted our office to be our second home so that our employees will be relaxed and will be inspired to generate creative ideas. Crate and Barrel helped us create the design for the entire office and I think they were able to make one that feels like home but still looks professional. It’s very uncomplicated, it’s comfortable and yet so chic."

    On the latest BLK products: “BLK Travels was actually born out of real consumers. A lot of BLK fans take their BLK products to different parts of the world, take photos of them and then tag BLK or Anne [Curtis], and they were the ones who created the hashtag #BLKTravels. We realized a lot of people are proud to bring their products abroad so we came up with the idea of mini lipsticks so bringing them during trips would be more convenient then it eventually it evolved to naming them after countries and adding an illustration of different animals on the packaging. And because we’re a cruelty-free brand, we decided to take it further by partnering with WWF so that part of the proceeds of the sales of the collection will be donated to them. BLK is barely a year old and this is our way of sharing the blessings that we’ve received.

    The BLK Travels collection has 6 mini lipsticks in shades named after different countries 

    On the most important lessons she learned as an entrepreneur: “Number one is don’t be afraid to ask help. Don’t assume you know everything. My biggest learning is you must find the right partners to work with because your partners will help you create the brand and make it bigger than how you imagined it to be."

    "Two is don’t be afraid to experiment. Before, I would refer to my corporate experience when it came to what promos or products would work but every brand has different personality, every market has a different reception. Usually, blush comes in powder form so it was a risk to launch a liquid blush but we wanted to try it out. I only ordered 20,000 pieces and in one month it was sold out. If you know it’s a good product, it will work.”

    Follow Jacqe on Instagram: @jygutierrez

    Follow Happy Skin on Instagram: @happyskin_ph

    Follow BLK Cosmetics on Instagram: @blkcosmeticsph

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

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    Accessories: 

    (1) and (3) Yanka necklace

    (2) (4) and (12) Karam chain necklace

    (5) Lyndall necklace 

    (6) and (13) Darissa charm necklace

    (7) Nola snake chain

    (8) Alix oval link chain

    (9) and cover photo Vafara lariat  

     (10) Yalissa earrings

    (11) Karas 2-layer necklace

    (14) Sundari earrings 

    (15) Makana 2-layer necklace

    (16) Lucette earrings

    Lola Androgynous

    Lola Androgynous

    What does “dressing your age” really mean? Tessie Singson aka Lola Androgynous challenges the notion that fashion is only for the young and turns ‘advanced style’ to avant garde – with platform shoes to boot. The 65-year old fashion slayer shares with us how her Instagram blog started and her fashion philosophy that encourages personal expression.    

    On personal style: “My style is androgynous with a touch of kakikayan.” 

    “I wear mostly black and white with pops of bold and vivid colors. I also love wearing anything over-sized or loose-fitting so I don't feel restricted with my movements. I like anything minimalist and boyish paired with funky accessories like a statement necklace or over-sized earrings.”

    Lola A wearing a black COS dress with (1) Elise earrings

    On accessories: “I love both contemporary and vintage custom jewelry. My son JP and I are particularly obsessed with statement earrings. We just can't get enough of them.”


    Lola A wearing a COS blouse and 5cm cropped pants with (2) Moor earrings and (3) Mayi earrings

    On what a typical day looks like: “I usually wake up early at 5AM. Then, I prepare breakfast for the family while tidying up our home. By 9AM, I usually go to our car accessories shop in Quezon City with my husband to do admin work. And then in the afternoon, JP and I work on @LolaACloset if he's here in Manila. We usually schedule shoots twice a week for OOTDs for my Instagram. 


    Lola A plays around with mismatched earrings and combines the (4) Moor earrings with the (5) Mayi earrings 

    On how she became 'Lola Androgynous': “Fashion was already a part of my life in my younger years thanks to my mom who started dressing me up at an early age since I was the only ‘rose’ among the ‘thorns.'

    Lola A wearing a white Uniqlo top with (6) Olive earrings 

    "My son coined the name Lola Androgynous since we wanted to use a catchy blogger name that has a good recall. I think both JP and I just enjoy fashion. We never really take it seriously.”

    Lola A expresses her fun fashion sense through distinct accessories like these specs from Australian brand Le Specs

    “I just want people to know that fashion has no age limit. I want to inspire women and even men to be themselves and be comfortable in their own skin. Dress to express, not to impress.”

    Lola A also loves the unexpected when it comes to bags. Pictured here are Louis Vuitton's Epi Kabuki Mask Alma BB with a Celine net bag  

    One of her favorite pairs of shoes includes these platform Mary Janes from MM6 by Maison Margiela

    On what inspires her: “My very supportive husband and family. And of course, my amazing and cool followers.”

    Lola A wearing a white dress and black cover-up from Uniqlo with (7) Zarin Earrings

    On what's next for her: “Working on a capsule collection with my son and a couple of emerging designers. Super excited with my upcoming projects!


    Follow Lola Androgynous on Instagram: @LolaAndrogynous

    Follow Lola A's Closet on Instagram: @LolaAcloset

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    Accessories:

    (1) Elise earrings

    (2) and (4) Moor earrings 

    (3) and (5) Mayi earrings

    (6) Olive earrings

    (7) Zarin Earrings