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    Teresa

    Teresa

    She is a veteran in the fashion and entertainment industry, one who has graced countless local and international magazine covers and hosted shows such as Project Runway Philippines. After a decade and a half of being in front of the camera, Teresa Herrera Anthony went through a transition - one that brought her back to her first love: art. Here, she shares with us her journey back to the art world and her advice for multi-creatives like her.   

    On personal style: “I would describe it as easy with an edge.”

    Teresa pairs her short black dress with a hat finished off with (1) Gale 3-layer necklace 

    “I grew up in southern California and we don’t really have seasons like New York. You could pretty much wear summer clothes all year round. Being in LA was mostly about personal style and how you stand out. There are a lot of thrift stores in our neighborhood and I’ve been doing vintage shopping since I was 12 and it’s one of my favorite things to do when I go back there. I like finding cool and interesting pieces. I’m very casual and I like things that are relaxed, not too complicated.”

    “I’m a hat person, I wear hats all the time. I do wear a lot of black but I’m trying not to. It’s just hard because I was in fashion for a long time and everyone wears black. I’m trying to wear more color nowadays.”

    Aside from hats, Teresa's wardrobe essentials include strappy block-heel sandals and a trusty pair of shades  

    Teresa's picks: (2) Granite Bracelet Trio (3) Sandstone single necklace (4) Dovetail mismatched earrings and (5) Gale 3-layer necklace 

    On her journey from professional model to art advisor: “Before I got into fashion, I was planning to go to Parsons [School of Design] in New York as an artist for painting and sculpture. I came to the Philippines to visit my mom and that’s when I got discovered. My one-year break became 3 years then became a 10-year profession.”

    Teresa wearing an army green halter top and black denim pants with (6) Granite Bracelet Trio (7) Sandstone single necklace and (8) Dovetail mismatched earrings

    “I was in fashion for about 15 years and then I made the transition to art. Around 2008, when I was doing Project Runway Philippines, I had a lot of time on set and I was asking myself ‘What will my next 10 years going to look like? What do I really want to build?” My twenties were about traveling, discovering myself and my passions. I knew my thirties were going to be about building – building a business and a family. I started exploring the art world again, going to art shows in Miami, London and New York and met my mentor at a dinner. His name is Jeffrey Deitch and he became the museum director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA. It was good timing because he moved to LA from New York and after the show, I went back to LA full-time and he took me under his wing.”

    “I was studying, learning, and getting to know the art community in LA and then I was talking to my mentor, asking him if I should go back to the art world as an artist or if I should put up a gallery and he told me ‘You have a creative eye and your knowledge of art if quite deep. And even though you were in a different profession for the last 15 years, you’ve built yourself a network. I think you might be suited to do art advisory.’”

    “I took his advice and started putting myself out there. I put up Collective 88 and would reach out to anyone who needed art, who wanted to see a gallery whether in LA, Manila, anywhere. By 2011, I met an interior designer who was working on a project and I told her I can help her acquire art pieces and that project happened to be Solaire [Resort and Casino]. It put me on the map as a consultant on large-scale projects. Anything with 500 pieces or more, you go to someone like us because we help you buy the art as well as create, design, reproduce, acquire and even insure the pieces. We do everything from the time you think about a specific piece to the time it ends up on your wall.”

    On her passion for yoga: “Aside from art, I’m also very passionate about yoga and wellness. We started a charity event called Global Mala Project back in 2007 and this is our 11th year. The whole idea is using yoga as a platform for peace and action. Meanwhile, 100% of the proceeds is donated directly to charity. It’s our way to connect the local yoga community to the global community.” 

    On what keeps her inspired: “My kids.”

    Teresa looking regal in a white jumpsuit and (9) Nightfall earrings 

    On what’s next for her: “There are a few projects I’m currently working on. I’m the type of person who doesn’t look back. As soon as something is done, I’m always on to the next project. I’m still expanding into myself, still growing into myself and that journey is always exciting for me.”

    Her advice for multi-creatives: “It’s okay to be interested in a lot of different things. It means you have a very curious mind. I’m a Pisces and I tend to absorb everything around me and take it all in. But once you take in all that information, there’s some sort of formula that happens inside you and whatever comes out, you give back to the world. You have to discover what that is – what you love spending time on whether you get paid or not. I was teaching yoga for the first 5 years by donation, sometimes for free. I still do it for free. It’s about finding what you’re passionate about and then letting that come through you.”

    Teresa wearing the (10) Slate 2-layer necklace

    “Two of my favorite subjects in school were art and math – two opposite ends. But now I’m dealing with both. Who knew that that was going to be my path? I didn’t. Take it in, internalize it, and come up with something special to give back to the world. Whatever you get into, know your craft. Study all the rules and only then can you break it.” 

    Follow Teresa on Instagram: @teresaherrera27

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Make-up by Drew Cultura (@iamdrewcultura) for Bobbi Brown Philippines

    Hair by Jerome Bustamante (@makeupbyjeromebustamante) for Bobbi Brown Philippines

    Shot on location at @coffeeprojectofficial (107 Salcedo Square, L.P. Leviste St., Makati)  

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    Accessories:

    (1)  and (5) Gale 3-layer necklace  

    (2) and (6) Granite Bracelet Trio

    (3) and (7) Sandstone necklace

    (4) and (8) Dovetail earrings

    (9) Nightfall earrings

    (10) Slate 2-layer necklace

    Sheila

    Sheila

    It’s likely that you have seen and have been captivated by one of her beautiful images. Sheila Catilo has the uncanny ability to capture a person’s inner light – and every photograph she takes glows with genuine emotion.

    For our Mother’s Day edition of Style Stories, we’re putting the spotlight on the woman behind the lens who will shed light on what a career in photography looks like and how she uses her photographs to empower modern moms like her.

    On personal style: “I would describe my style as comfortable, fun and feminine.”

    “While I love wearing neutrals when I work, I also love wearing bright and pastel colors. I love clothes that are easy to wear and pieces that allow me to move. Aside from being a photographer, I am a mom of three and most of my day involves being up and about – driving, carrying things, chasing a toddler, being on the floor with my camera, doing arts and crafts, reaching for something or being someone’s playground.

    Sheila wearing the Lira embroidered blouson from Offbeat Alley with (1) Daisy earrings and (2) Mita bracelet trio

    On what she wears on a typical day: “Something comfortable like a soft top with jeans or shorts with strappy flat leather sandals. Then I accessorize to dress up the look a little bit. I love how a pair of nice earrings or a statement necklace can take my regular errands look to smart casual. 

    Sheila wearing the Isola eyelet dress from Offbeat Alley with metallic strappy sandals from Saltwater Sandals and (3) Dahlia earrings

    Some of Sheila's favorite sandals include these from Saltwater Sandals, Meigan Collection and Renegade Folk

    Sheila's picks: (4) Vinca 2-layer necklace (5) Chestnut hoop earrings (6) Dahlia floral earrings (7) Eve bracelet set (8) Berry bracelet set (9) Flaxen drop earrings (10) Canary druzy necklace (11) Tuscan Sun 3-layer necklace and (12) Pelican acrylic earrings 

    One of Sheila's favorite colors is turquoise and some of her favorite accessories (like her pair of specs and Heyjow tassel earrings) come in this color

    Sheila favors functional bags with a bohemian flair like these from Aranaz and leather accessories brand Ni Qua

    What's in her make-up kit: sunblock from Etuded House, lippies from Bobbi Brown and Happy Skin, and a couple of essential oils from Doterra 

    On what a typical day looks like: “I don’t really have a typical day because of the nature of my work. But what seems to be constant is waking up with kids on our bed. If they’re still asleep I use that short window in the morning it as my personal time to read the Word, pray and plan my day. If I’m not rushing to go somewhere, I prepare breakfast and eat with the girls before leaving the house for a shoot or errands. The rest of the day is dictated by what kind of photo shoot, meeting or event I need to attend.”

    Sheila wearing the Isola eyelet dress from Offbeat Alley with (13) Mita bracelet trio and (14) Lazare necklace set

    On how she discovered her passion for photography: “My dad gave me a point-and-shoot camera when I was 9 and that was it! Most of my allowance went into buying film and having my photos processed and printed at the local photo lab in the market. In high school, my uncle let me borrow his old SLR and taught me how to use it and that brought my love for photography to a whole new level.”

    On her early days as a photographer: “I never considered photography as a career before. It was more of a hobby I really enjoyed doing. But soon after ending a short-lived career in a TV network, I found myself in-between jobs and was at a point in my life where I was just waiting for calls from companies I applied to. During that time, I would get last-minute shoot assignments from my sister who then worked for a PR guy. I would do behind-the-scenes documentation for brand campaigns, cover high society events, take photos of real estate properties in Antipolo and Laguna."

    "I would commute almost every day with my camera from Cavite to wherever I needed to go without knowing how much I was going to be paid. I was a small girl who didn’t wear make-up and wore jeans and flipflops to work that sometimes people didn’t take me seriously or believe that I was the photographer. But the high I got from the experience of shooting, seeing my photos published, meeting new people and learning on the job made everything worth it and made me realize I might actually have a shot in this field.”


    On her current projects: “One of the things that motherhood and my job gave me is a wonderful community of women - people I've worked with and have grown meaningful relationships with just because we have something in common: we are mothers. When I was a new mom, I relied on books and on the internet when I didn’t know what to do. It was such a huge resource and yet I felt like I was still clueless and alone. And now I find myself doing projects to connect and empower moms so that they will also have the experience of growing with each other."  

    Sheila wearing the Nyes gingham tube top and skirt from Offbeat Alley with (15) Eve bracelet set and (16) Cider earrings 

    "One of the passion projects Leona Panutat and I are doing right now is called Project LILO. In this age when social media seems to have a picture-perfect view of motherhood, we want to show what motherhood is really about – how it’s messy and exhausting yet beautiful and rewarding. We want to tell moms out there that even when we feel like we don’t have it all together, it’s going to be okay.”

    “I’ve also teamed up with Mommy Mundo for a campaign called #Mompowerment, which we are launching next week. This campaign is all about recognizing the impact moms can create in their own unique way at home and in the work environment. Sometimes we underestimate our power to create the change that we want to see in this world. It’s a great reminder of the fact that we can shape a whole generation – and it starts in our very own homes and in the life of every person we encounter in our community."

    On what keeps her inspired: “My family. People I work with. This beautiful world the Lord has created for us to live in.”

    Sheila wearing the Marina 2-piece swimsuit from Coral Swimwear with (17) Auburn hoop earrings

    Her advice for aspiring photographers: “Just keep shooting. Make the most of every opportunity to grow in your craft. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and learn from new experiences."

    "I read somewhere that the camera can’t make a good photograph any more than a typewriter can write a great novel – and it’s true. How you see things and share it through the images you take make you the artist that you are. Your eyes are the best instrument you have – not expensive cameras or big lenses or filters. Be intentional about what you shoot. Find your purpose as an artist so that it’s not just a job but something more meaningful."

    Sheila matches her printed swimsuit from Agua Brazilian Swimwear with (18) Madeira mini hoop earrings

    On what's next for her: “My family and I are planning and documenting our journey to a new home, which we are praying to come soon. Career-wise, I want to make it my mission to teach families to document their memories. That way I know I’ve imparted more than just that pocketful of moments in pictures, but a habit they get to keep and enjoy with their loved ones. And maybe a coffee table book or two. Who knows.”

    Follow Sheila on Instagram: (@sheilacatilo)

    Photography by Jorem Catilo (@jorem)

    Clothes from @offbeatalley

    Swimwear from @coralswimwearph and @aguabrazilianswimwear

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    Accessories (most pieces are from our Island Girl Blush and Golden Glow collections to be released soon):

    (1) Daisy earrings

    (2) and (13) Mita bracelet trio

    (3) and (6) Dahlia earrings

    (4) Vinca 2-layer necklace

    (5) Chestnut hoop earrings

     (7) and (15) Eve bracelet set

    (8) Berry bracelet trio

    (9) Flaxen drop earrings

    (10) Canary druzy necklace

    (11) Tuscan Sun 3-layer necklace

    (12) Pelican acrylic earrings 

    (14) Lazare necklace set

    (16) Cider earrings 

    (17) Chestnut hoop earrings

    (18) Madeira mini hoop earrings

    Nicole

    Nicole

    She spent her teenage years working as a commercial model, meeting different people and traveling the world – and that has made Nicole Hernandez-delos Angeles one of the most recognizable faces on Philippine TV.

    Now a mom to 2 boys, Nicole still looks as fresh and young when she did her most memorable commercial. These days, you can catch her on Industree TV’s “Baby Barangay” with fellow moms Cat Juan Ledesma, Kelly Misa-Fernandez and Patty Laurel-Filart (who all happen to be Heyjow muses, too) where they share snippets of their work, travels and family life. 

    Here, Nicole tells us her mommy me-time ritual, stories from her early modeling years and her advice for aspiring models:

    On personal style: “I like things that are easy, quick, comfortable and convenient because I have 2 boys and I’m always on the go. I must be in pieces that can transition from morning until the afternoon and if they can carry me over to the evening then that’s great.

    Nicole wearing the Solana ruffle top from Offbeat Alley with (1) Blanca earrings from Aloha White collection and (2) Roya bracelet set from Summer Bounty collection  

    On what she wears on a typical day: “I spend the early hours of the day in gym attire because that’s usually when I work out, which is my detox and me-time. I try to squeeze in a run while my kids are in school.”

    “When I’m not in my gym clothes, a normal outfit would be something easy-going, especially now that it's summer. It depends on the day and activity of my kids. Plus, I cook so I must be comfortable while I’m in the kitchen. If it’s soccer day, you’ll see me in shorts, sneakers and a T-shirt."

    Nicole wearing the Veloso maillot from Agua Brazilian Swimwear with (3) Algier 2-layer necklace from Aloha White collection and (4) Devi bracelet set from Summer Bounty collection

    Nicole dresses up the ruffled swimsuit with (5) Magnolia statement earrings from Aloha White collection

    Some of Nicole's summer must-haves include her favorite pair of Ray-Bans, tinted sunscreen and Jo Malone's Green Wheat and Meadowsweet cologne 

    "When I have work, I dress up in basic pieces that are easy to move around in. I prefer solids because it’s easier to dress it up by layering it with accessories.”

    Nicole dresses up her summer basics with metallic Tory Burch sandals complemented with intricate Heyjow pieces from Summer Bounty, Aloha White, and Azure Paradise collections 

    On how she discovered her passion for modeling: “It was more of an accidental discovery. A friend brought me to a VTR where I did horribly and cried. I told myself ‘I’m never going to do this again’ then I get a call afterwards saying I got the part."

    "Ever since I did that commercial for a shampoo, it’s been non-stop. I’ve been doing advertisements since I was 13 years old. I stopped for a while when I got older and moved out of the country but modeling has always been an opportunity to travel and a means to earn, especially at a young age. It opened a lot of doors for me and gave me a chance to save, budget and invest.”

    Nicole wearing the Hewes Bow dress from Offbeat Alley with (6) druzy and howlite layers from Azure Paradise collection 

    On memorable projects: “The ones I would do abroad because nobody would see it! (laughs) But more because I get to travel with my mom. I guess the most memorable one that people would always associate me with is Pond’s.”

    Nicole looking fresh in a plain white dress, semi-slicked back hair and (7) Elise statement earrings from Golden Glow collection 

    On what inspires her: “There are a lot of people I admire – not just the models or the personalities in front of the camera but also the people behind it because they’re the ones that make you look good and help you perform like the director, the lighting designers, the editors. Those are people I admire because they work so many hours to make an amazing finished product. I try to emulate some of their strong qualities such as the level of professionalism."

    Nicole wearing a striped linen dress from Little Luli with (8) pearl and disc layers from Aloha White collection and (9) aquamarine rosary chain from Azure Paradise collection 

    "I get inspired by people who are naturally talented and get it in a single take. Doing an ad can sometimes be tiring and it shows on your face but when you work with seasoned professionals, you feed on their energy and that's what keeps you going.”

    On how she has evolved in her career: “I’m always a little nervous whenever I do a project. It’s not easy for me to switch on and off and it takes me a little while to warm up. Imagine: you’re shooting, you’re expected to perform a certain way and that you should know all your angles but after a while you get conscious because there are so many people watching! I guess through the years, the degree of nervousness has decreased a little bit and I’ve gained a little more confidence each time.”

    Her advice for aspiring models: “Always be true to yourself. Never sell yourself short and never settle. If you feel in your gut that what you’re doing is wrong, it probably is. At the end of the day, you’re representing yourself and you should be happy with the product.”

    Follow Nicole on Instagram: @cole_hernandez

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Make-up by Drew Cultura (@iamdrewcultura) for Bobbi Brown Philippines

    Assisted by Enzo Barbo (@enzobarbo)

    Hair by Owell Cinco (@makeupbyowellcinco)

    Clothes from @offbeatalley and @littleluli

    Swimwear from @aguabrazilianswimwear

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    Accessories: 

    (1) Blanca earrings

    (2) Roya bracelet set 

    (3) Algier 2-layer necklace 

    (4) Devi bracelet set

    (5) Magnolia statement earrings

    (6) Reef 2-layer necklace

    (7) Elise earrings

    8) Tampa pearl and disc layers

    (9) Kailua 3-layer necklace

     

    Paula and Rica

    Paula and Rica

    Sisters Paula Peralejo-Fernandez and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio share quite a few things together: they've both appeared on the small and big screens, share a love for travel and now play the role of mom to their young sons. 

    When it comes to personal style, they both agree on the classic appeal and functionality of a button down top and accessorizing with statement pieces.

    Here, they share with us how their styles have evolved since they became moms and some tips on how to become an expert in mixing and matching:

    On personal style: 

    Paula: "My style is very basic. I’m not so much into prints unless it’s stripes or a certain type of floral print. I like basic tops and bottoms because I like to add more to my outfit through accessorizing such as jewelry, scarves and hats."

    "For tops and bottoms, I gravitate towards neutral colors like gray, navy blue and white. I love white because it’s so easy to mix with anything and you always look polished even if you’re just wearing a button down polo. Then I use mustard as a complementing color."

    Paula wears a blue top from Elin with (1) Zeta necklace complemented with (2) Frost stalactite necklace

    Rica: "I would say functional Japanese. I gravitate towards boxy, breathable silhouettes that allows you to move and work but also without looking too plain or uniform-ish. My friends would tell me that my clothes don’t look like they’re related to each other but when you take a closer look, they’re really easy to mix and match. "

    "I love turtlenecks because I have a long neck and I know that it makes me look longer. I also gravitate towards tight-fitting tops because if I wear loose tops, I look like I’m drowning in fabric or the clothes are wearing me and not the other way around. I tend to gravitate towards tops that accentuate my upper body or the leanest part of my body and then I just hide all of my secrets below with my boxy and loose pants."

    Rica wears her red turtleneck with Uniqlo torn jeans, (3) Vause earrings and (4) Moira ring  

    On what she wears on a typical day:

    Paula: "Right now, I’m nursing so I wear nursing tops that are also in neutral colors. I wear more pants in soft fabrics than jeans. On a normal day, I don’t really put on a lot of accessories but if I’m meeting up with friends or will be out for a while, I would usually wear statement earrings. I used to not leave the house without necklaces but I’ve shifted to wearing earrings with hooks so it’s easier to remove. Statement earrings are a great accent and you become more presentable just by putting them on."

    Paula wearing a white button down dress with (5) Carina earrings 

    Rica: "I’m a jeans and pants person so I play around with bottoms. I have a very small waist and big hips so I capitalize more on the waist and would usually go for tops I can tuck in. I mix tailored pieces with more casual ones or something very stiff with something loose. I always like to mix things up to avoid looking too rigid."

    Rica wears her Uniqlo jeans with a gray Gap knit vest, white long sleeve shirt, (6) Jin gemstone necklace and (7) sphere necklace (part of Ursa layering necklace)

    On shoes, bags and jewelry:

    Paula: "Scarves have always been an essential. For shoes, sandals and bags, I always end up choosing tan."

    Paula's everyday essentials include a tan pouch, a printed scarf, classic shades and lippies

    Rica: "I like to play around when it comes to accessories. My wardrobe is made up of pieces that I can easily put together and I make it a point for my accessories to add a certain kick to my outfit. I like colorful, festive and statement bags, earrings and necklaces. I will have statement earrings or necklaces or a very plain bag with an interesting strap."

    Rica's essentials include a monogram leather zip pouch and a camera with a printed strap 

    On how her style has evolved:

    Paula: "I now restrict myself to tops that are easy for breastfeeding like nursing tops and button down tops. What I really miss wearing are my tunics and caftans. I used to wear them all the time because they’re so easy to wear and can go from day to night. I was living in resort wear for a long time. Now they’re just in the closet and I can’t let go of them because I know I’ll return to them one day." 

    Rica: "I’ve always been more into comfort and function rather than being fashionable. I was always the type who would wear flats and sneakers because they allowed me to move. More than evolving, I found the right time or era that fits my style. I’ve always loved Japanese fashion since the ‘90’s and they found my style too quirky back then. Now it’s a global trend and people have accepted that kind of aesthetic."

    Rica: "More than any other time in my life, motherhood made me realize that my style fits all kinds of lifestyles and life moments. Being a mom also allowed me to wear more polo shirts. When I was breastfeeding, there weren’t a lot of choices when it came to clothes and that’s when I saw the value of a button down shirt."

    Style tips:

    Paula: "You can always start with the basics like pieces in neutral colors and stripes then try experimenting with accessories little by little so you can find out what your style is and what suits you better. For new moms, I can’t recommend nursing tops enough. Stay away from necklaces at this point because your child will definitely grab it. Stick to hook earrings because they’re very easy to take out once your baby starts playing with it." 

    Paula wearing a white polo with (8) Cassian tassel earrings and (9) Tinsel bracelet

    Rica: "Start with who you are in terms of personality, lifestyle and body type. The truth is, I only know as much as I know of myself. Even fashion experts are probably geared towards a certain style or personality and they can never know exactly what feels right for someone."

    Rica wears a mustard top with (10) Samara necklace set

    Rica: "In anything in life, you have to know yourself really well. The base when it comes to style and fashion is yourself. Look at people who have the same body type as you and take notes from them. Train your eyes to see what can work for you."

     

    Follow Paula on Instagram: @mama_the_explorer

    Follow Rica on Instagram: @ricaperalejo

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Make-up by Tamara Pineda (@tamarapineda_)

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    Accessories:

    (1) Zeta necklace 

    (2) Frost stalactite necklace

    (3) Vause earrings 

    (4) Moira ring  

    (5) Carina earrings

    (6) Jin gemstone necklace - exclusively available at Aranaz

    (7) Sphere necklace (part of Ursa layering necklace)

    (8) Cassian tassel earrings - coming soon!

    (9) Tinsel bracelet

    (10) Samara necklace