SOS x Sketchpad Workshops Style + Shop: Closet Cleansing Edition

My partners Dreus and Love Cosio of Sketchpad Workshops.

Exactly a week and a day ago, typhoon Ompong was raging on Manila at the early hours of Saturday morning. I woke up to some drizzling and went ahead to B Hotel in Quezon City (coming from Makati) for that afternoon’s workshop. My first one with an official events partner, Sketchpad Workshops. Met Love Cosio, one half of SW and wife to Dreus, also her business partner / co-host rather serendipitously when she sent me an email a year and  a half ago about wanting to explore collaborating on fashion workshops. It piqued my interest for sure, but life got in the way and we only met again about two months ago after my schedule freed up  and I was eager to start work on the event. After two meetings which included an ocular at our venue sponsor B Hotel, the ball got rolling and before we knew it, September 15 came—gusty winds,  thunderstorms and all.

Good thing we didn’t postpone because rain or shine, the ladies wanted to learn and have fun! They were game for the activity, eager to share who they were and what they did & happily interacted with one another. I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd!

Having an events partner definitely makes it easier for me and tons more fun to prepare! You see the project develop from planning to completion in a steady, easy pace working with very relaxed individuals who have incredible faith in Him. They are infectious, Love and Dreus; their goodness and positive vibe is palpable, making you wish there should be more people like them in this world.

I’ve gotten better at this public speaking thing, if I may say so myself and I’m so grateful to God I met such good people whom I am blessed to be growing my business with. “Let’s not just be millionaires, let’s be millionaire – makers”, was a quote Love sent me, making it clear why we’re doing this in the first place. Connecting people while talking about what we love and making them feel “busog” with information (and food!) is possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’m not about to stop!

Watch out for more workshops, we’re coming to the South next!

Thanks to my hubby Carlo for the photos.

My models for the day wearing my own clothes to show how one can shop their closet!

My “basic” wardrobe for reference

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Never Too Old for The Socks + Sandals Trend

Tip: stay within a color scheme to keep the look cohesive. And don’t be afraid to layer!

Grown-ups wearing socks with sandals isn’t really a new thing, but if you follow the current footwear accessory trend of late, you’ll notice varying iterations of this look from the runway straight to the streets. Personally, I find it super fun and a great way to add an unexpected punch to any outfit! Take cues from my fashion friends Liza and Pierra (both non-millennials) who’ve been rocking this look way before it was deemed cool. I love that Liza says it’s the best way to hide a long over due pedicure change—so true. In my case, I just recently scored a pair of sparkly socks from H&M that I’ll be styling my way ASAP. Watch out for that on my IG, if you want more inspo. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these looks, from sporty to girly to vintage, socks + sandals could be here to stay whether you’re six, sixteen or sixty-two!

All photos, except my friends’ are from the world wide web. 

The way Liza mixed prints with the colors from her outfit and bag is pure genius! A proof that this fun styling hack knows no boundaries or age limit.

Tip: wear shades of grey for a more neutral look, especially if your outfit it already full of color.

My friend Pierra LOVES this hack and has several versions of the look. Here, she matches her socks with her top, creating a sense of continuity to the eye.

One of my fashion heroes, Eva Chen, also matches her socks with her varsity jacket, creating a clean, purposeful look that is more preppy than trendy.

More examples of working with a color scheme.

Punk and vintage girls do the trend right.

Going matchy-matchy works like a charm.




Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Makes My Tita Heart Sing

Deep, bright primary colors are one of the main characteristics of Pleats Please.

Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection was my first introduction to designer fashion. I was in my early teens and just discovering the joys of shopping for my own clothes (using saved up allowance) when I saw a mannequin at the now-defunct Sari-Sari shop in Greenbelt wearing a bright red suit jacket with matching pants in the most obscure fabric I’ve ever seen. I went in for a closer look and touched the ultra light, ultra smooth fabric with the tiniest pleats ever made and promptly, fell deep in love. Who is this genius person who invented this, was my thought bubble. My young self, who was just starting to collect American Vogue, would later realize just how special and unique Japanese design innovation really is, and that Issey is only one of many who embody these qualities that actually extend beyond fashion. When I finally got to visit Japan years later, I got it. Seems like everything they touch turns into a better version of the original, may it be food, art or architecture, and I fell even deeper in love.

When I got to college, My signature scent was L’Eau D’ Issey. To this day, I still wear it on the rare times I go out or even when I just want to feel more dressed up. The deep, musky scent never fails to bring me back to my carefree days of going bar hopping and dancing in Mars (the club). It’s the last thing I put on before heading out the door in anticipation of the evening to come with my girlfriends; never fails to get compliments, might have even bought me a free drink or two.

Now that I’m older, I appreciate the craftsmanship of Pleats Please beyond the aesthetics. It’s the fail-safe outfit to take travelling as it doesn’t crumple, even if you pack it in a ball; it’s chic and stylish without trying too hard; it’s easy to match with other fabrics like knit, cotton and linen (even looks good as contrast); it hides what you don’t want to show but can be cinched to highlight what you want; it’s timeless and a piece you’ll keep forever.

The pieces come with a hefty price tag, but it’s an investment that won’t go to waste and can keep as an heirloom piece for your little ones. Someday, hopefully sooner than later, I’ll start collecting mine.

All images from the World Wide Web 


This cleverly draped top is akin to a modern kimono. Simply brilliant!

At first this seems like a simple, basic shift dress but look closely and you’ll see the subtle details that make it anything but.

Even in a neutral palette, there’s no denying the thoughtful construction that went into this top and culottes.

The perfect, airy summer ensemble; the unusual color combination with the bag makes the total look even more special.

Monochromatic coordinates you can either wear together or dissect and pair with so many pieces you may already own.


A very modern, very Japanese OOTD.

Once more, it’s all in the details.

LBD ala Pleats Please.

The SS 2018 collection plays with layering and stripes.