Tee, Mango; skirt, Soleo Manila; shoes, Maison Margiela; book, “New York through a Fashion Eye” by Megan Hess.

Spending most of the week working in a mall is a dream job for any fashion lover and Tin Coqueiro is living it. The fashionable, hardworking mom of two’s daily outfits is akin to a mini fashion show, the sort of styling I used to see day in and day out during my magazine days. No stiff dark suits for this GM, her office attire consists of bright colors, ruffled skirts and trendy tops. A ray of sunshine in an otherwise very corporate environment. Tin admits it can get dangerous being exposed to new arrivals every week as “a lot of accidental shopping happens”, she gaily shares. It’s amazing how she can have five or more meetings in a day and still look fresh and cheerful to boot. Twelve hour days don’t faze her and multi-tasker that she is, manages to squeeze in some me time at pole dancing classes twice a week. I loved seeing Tin relaxed and more of herself outside the office for our early morning shoot. She granted us a bright, cheerful smile (not her usual) when we asked her to walk and twirl right in the middle of the street! Trooper that she is, she took it all in stride. Here’s fashion girl Tin for you.

Photographed by Cholo Dela Vega

What she does AVP & General Manager – Rockwell Land Corporation

Personal style I find it hard to really pin down my style as it changes every so often, but if I were to sum them all up it would be – Polished Eclectic (I just made that up :D). It’s a combination of chic, modern, fun with unexpected edge.

Her days be like I’m a workaholic, or rather, I love what I’m doing, so I spend most days of the week at work, which is also my playground. But twice a week, I make time for myself and take pole dancing classes. On weekends, it’s all about my family and relaxing. We bring the kids out or if we’re lazy, we just stay home, watch Netflix and order pizza.

Favorite designers and shopping haunts Some of my favorite brands are Seek the Uniq, Rajo! Store, Harlan + Holden, C/MEO Collective, J. Crew, Zara. For accessories, I just love Kate Spade. I shop where I work, which is Power Plant Mall. It’s so convenient (but deadly at times). I do a lot of online shopping as well. I like discovering new brands both locally and abroad.

Top 5 closet staples My closet is FULL of skirts and dresses! But I guess my Top 5 would be: Printed or textured pencil skirt, ruffle skirt, statement tee, a blazer, a shift dress

Celebrity crush I’d want to live the life and look like Amal Clooney for a day! That’s my definition of an iconic and powerful woman. She can conquer the world and wear colors effortlessly at the same time and it just amazes me.

Online surfing For reading: BOF, WSJ, Forbes, Huffington Post, NY Times, Monocle, The Cool Hunter, The Culture Trip, Retail in Asia, Inside Retail

For online (window) shopping/browsing: Seek the Uniq, Amazon US, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Outnet, Mango, Moda Operandi, Net a porter, Shopbop, Free People, Kate Spade

Reading material I recently got introduced to Fast Company magazine and loved it; I enjoy Monocle and I like fashion magazines like Vogue or Harpers Bazaar. But it’s home magazines that I ultimately love like Elle Décor or House Beautiful.

Current uniform There are certain silhouettes and cuts that I’m drawn to, like pencil cut skirts or wide leg pants. I like tucking in loose tops or wearing dresses as tops.

On appearance and why it matters It’s important to feel good about yourself, be inspired and be fearless in expressing yourself because in the process, you end up looking good because of your ability to carry your style with confidence.

Top, Seek the Uniq; shorts, Zara; leather belt, Mango; bag, Valentino; shoes, Calvin Klein.

Long Sleeved Polo Shirt, Mango; cropped Top: Seek the Uniq; jeans, American Eagle; sneakers, Kate Spade.

Camisole, Topshop; embroidered skirt, Seek the Uniq; rattan sling bag, The Penny Worth Shop; shoes, Sam Edelman; earrings, Seek The Uniq.

Dress worn as a top, Etincelle; faux leather skirt, Zara; shoes, Chanel; clutch, Ken Samudio.

Top and pants, Seek the Uniq; bag, Wenya.ph; shoes, Maison Margiela.


Showing off her superpowers: an incredibly creative mind that makes the most covetable & one-of-a-kind accessories.

The first thing I noticed upon entering Joyce’s spacious apartment was the music. Blasting on hidden surround speakers was Cocteau Twins, a band from the 80’s that I love with a distinct following; so distinct, that most people don’t know of them so hearing their song at that moment gave me the jitters of the good kind. I was with a kindred spirit. Her home is a lot to take in: it’s maximalist, colorful yet cozy, peppered with ornaments and trinkets from travels, heavily inspired by far flung exotic destinations. You knew artists lived there and for Cholo and I, it was a feast for the senses. And treated to a feast we were when her husband Petteri stuffed us with an Indian spread of soup, samosas and sweets for a “light” snack. All this happened even before a single shot was taken!

“Shopping to me is a whimsical habit. I never do planned, serious shopping. Accidental shopping happens on my way to my showroom!”, Joyce shares when I ask about her sartorial strategy. It shows in her choice of outfits, given SOS guidelines. One moment she is rockstar, then sports a sleek athleisure ensemble (to cope with her growing kids’ preferences) and turns into Stepford Wife “for my husband because he is old-fashioned”, she shares with a laugh. I enjoyed every transformation and naturally asked for a sample performance when she whips out her Marshall. She used to be in a rock band, played in the now defunct music sanctum Club Dredd but nowadays only performs for herself. “My compositions are not bad!”, Joyce brags and I fully believe her, but she refuses to play it for public consumption…not just yet.

Joyce is candid about her preferences— be it about fashion, music, food or philosophy and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously which is refreshing and cool. Her designs paint a picture of strength, commanding presence and solid structure that can stand the test of time and trends. Her transparent personality shines through the metals and stones she molds together and this is what makes them truly unique and special.

Now, we just have to wait for that first solo album. Hopefully she doesn’t keep us waiting too long.

Visit Joyce Makitalo showroom at 1401 BSA Tower 108 Legazpi st. (across the Greenbelt 5 driveway)

Photographed by Cholo Dela Vega


What she does Jewelry designer and painter

 Personal style Always very hard to describe! It’s all about surprising myself, I guess. Sometimes I like channeling eras, sometimes it’s about combining vintage pieces with modern ones. I love combining colors and discovering unpredictable matches that work.
On appearance and why it matters On a scale of 1-10, I want to look good for myself, so 10! I put mascara on at bedtime.

Her days be like I made two weekends for myself. Wednesdays are spent bringing my kids to their school in Sta. Rosa and driving over to Tagaytay to sketch and plan what’s next with the jewelry. Weekends are spent at home with the family.

Favorite designers and shopping haunts 

I collect vintage Chanel and am a big fan of Coco’s story. I love the history aspect of Chanel.

Ever since Alexander McQueen passed away, I haven’t really gotten excited about fashion, but then Alessandro Michele came to Gucci and I’m in love again 🙂 The aesthetic is very Wes Anderson, quirky and fun.

I go to Vania Romoff (whose studio is neighbours with my showroom) for special pieces, she’s my go-to designer. I feel like Baroness Schraeder every time I wear her! Im also a fan of Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Martin Bautista, Joel Escober, RAJO!, etc. We have so much local talent, it’s crazy.

I shop online, Zara, Marc Jacobs (fun!), Seek the Uniq, Topshop, Adora, +AC632 and Aranaz.

Top 5 closet staples Navy double-breasted jackets (I have too many, actually), embroidered lantern-sleeved tops, brocade dresses, snug but structured black pants, and pairs of jeans which look like they’ve been violated by elephants.

Celebrity crush (who you want to be for a day) An Angelina Jolie / Margot Tenenbaum crossbreed

Online surfing Vogue and The Sartorialist

Reading material US Vogue, Vanity fair and British Vogue follow. I always grab a copy of Porter when in Europe.

Current uniform For work days, navy everything, with vintage military pins and tiny silk scarves (I love tailored military coats, especially the double-breasted kind) and for weekends, a handmade, colorful tribal jacket with tattered denim shorts.

Dress, Marc Jacobs; pants and sandals, Zara.

Her collection of local woven totes and purses.

Bet you didn’t know Joyce has an alter ego rockstar persona. She composes and performs only for and with herself.

Sweater, mini skirt and booties, all Zara.

Guitar, Marshall GAP.

Chanel for life!

Dress, River Island; heels, Zara; pearl necklace with charms, vintage.

Chunky, bold cuffs from India and Afghanistan are the icing to her outfits.

A boho girl through and through.

Embroidered lantern-sleeve top, Nine; denim shorts, American Eagle; lace-up gladiators, Topshop.

Firebird track jacket, Adidas; brown leather skirt, Zara; sneakers, Converse shroud.

Crystal wands for well-being of the mind, body and soul.

Tulle vest, Joel Escober; jeans, Zara.


SOS x Religioso

Last August 17 and 19, I held my second Shop + Style Workshop at Religioso, a chic boutique by designer sisters Yvette Religioso Ilagan and Choc Religioso Dayrit. I met the fashionable duo way back in 2005 at their very first store opening at Shangri-La Mall when I was a fashion editor for Preview. It was the height of a new batch of young designers with not much competition from high street brands Zara or Forever 21 and these ladies redefined how Pinays dress via their signature giant floral appliqués, volume sleeves and unique tailoring. Religioso had a look and owned it well and to this day, still wow with their classics with a twist aesthetic, marrying tried and tested silhouettes with a pop of unexpected—be it a drape, tuck or embellishment. They’re such lovely people too, and it was my pleasure to work with them and their very good & reliable team for this collab.

*I’m happy to report that all stage fright has gone out the window and I was definitely more relaxed and at ease. I think I’ve found my calling. Naks.


As now common practice, I asked three real women and friends of mine to be my models for the two-day event. I’m so happy they were all game for it and looked gorgeous in the clothes! Each one messaged me after saying how good they felt that day and thanking me for the chance to be all dolled up while learning how to wear clothes they wouldn’t normally go for. This warmed my heart immensely and I felt I did my job. The ladies all went to The Style Run, a cute salon also owned by Yvette and Choc located in Makati, for their hair and make-up that day. Talk about the works!

L-R: Lucien, Mia C. and Mia L. were my models in Day 1. It was only after I styled them that I noticed they were in coordinating colors!

Lucien wears a one shoulder peplum top in bright orange with hot fuchsia pants. Not so obvious in the photos but she was florescent!

Mia L. is constantly in black so I shocked her by bringing a vibrant floral gown for her to try on, which she totally fell in love with! It also fit her perfectly.

Mia C. is my cousin-in-law who’s one of the fittest moms I know. This denim dress was tiny yet it fit her like a glove, as if they were made for each other.

A closer look at Lucien’s beautiful make up by The Style Run. This natural beauty doesn’t need much TBH.

Mia L. was radiant with her hair and make up, also by TSR. Notice her two-in-one earring that I put together to create a new one; something I learned from my STU boss recently. Because girls should help other girls look good!

A clearer look at the color blocking on Lucien. Please excuse the RBF. LOL!

Wear a long jacket in a neutral color to temper the brightness and make it more “conservative”.

Explaining how Mia’s dress is cut right on the most flattering part of a woman’s body thus making this piece universally flattering.

How to do denim on denim without looking costumey: proportion is key; this cropped jacket ends just above the waist, not cutting the torso in an awkward place. The light denim is a good contrast to the darker shade.

Accessorising Mia L.’s dress with white earrings to make it pop. Wearing lighter shades of danglers make it more visible against our dark hair so consider that while shopping.

The dress becomes a lovely skirt with the simple addition of a pink sweater that picks up from the pink flowers.

Lucien and Mia make a stylish sandwich with Yvette Religioso-Ilagan.

Religioso muse Janeena Chan rocks a skirt from their latest collection and stylishly pairs it with red platform slip-ons.

Can’t pass up a photo-op with Tessa! Huge supporter of the brand for years.

Religioso posse Michelle Barrera, Tessa Valdes and Christine Jacob who I swear does not age! With Yvette and her husband Marty who rounded up the guests.

With my fabulous mom friends Leona, Marie, Mia, Lucien and Pia.

My good friend Amador, ever the fashionista in denim and denim.

Mom and my MIL in the same color family!


Pia and Ruby in pastel outfits, both soothing and easy on the eyes.

Penny shows off her tight tummy in a cool cut-out top and maxi skirt. She stays comfy in flats which make this look even more current.

Ruby adds a jacket in a lighter shade of grey to make the look more formal.

Conceal the cut out by wearing a tank top underneath for casual Fridays at the office.

Pia throws on her own black jacket over the all-white outfit and switches to no-nonsense pumps and she’s ready to take this to the office.

Unknowingly, I styled the Day 2 models in neutrals. Goes to show the range of choices at Religioso!

Yvette’s mom dropped by unknowingly in matching outfits! The apple definitely does not fall far from the tree.

My friend Anna in a super cool outfit!

Donna and Nina in their own versions of weekend wear.

With mom and Cricket, again in the same color family!

The hubby / photographer 😀