Pia Gladys Perey designs for the real woman

“It’s the first time I was asked to wear bondage in a photo shoot,” Pia laughs as she puts on the leather harness over her strapless LBD. The mom of four has a body of a millennial and if anyone can pull it off, it’s her. The self-taught designer is all guts turned glory after glory when she decided she wanted to get into the fashion business. Growing up in Tagaytay, Pia witnessed her impeccably dressed Lola (Grandma) step out of her room every morning to lounge around the house in the prettiest dresses, complete with matching pumps! She also made clothes for Pia and her sister and they were often twinning way before the term was trending. “We never wore jeans, it was always dresses, jumpsuits, skirts. We were the best dressed in our school!”, Pia fondly shares.

She started her fashion career as assistant to Patrice Diaz for four years and joined Speedo where she dabbled in swimwear “to know how it works for the experience” before once again moving to Kashieca assuming a merchandising role. After three years with the company, Pia felt confident enough to launch her own line, joining Philippine Fashion Week in 2007. All this didn’t quench her thirst to explore the world and perhaps one day be known as a global brand so with only four hundred dollars in her pocket, she flew to Australia to pursue her dream. She interned in Mercedez Benz Fashion Week and was dubbed “the most glamorous head intern” by her boss given her already vast experience. This didn’t deter Pia from doing the most menial tasks that were required of interns: picking up garments, steaming, fitting the models and basically be at the beck and call of the organizers. Her resilience connected her to future collaborators and investors, making her one of the most recognizable names in the international fashion scene today.

The Pia Gladys Perey brand has been worn by Hollywood bigwigs but what really shot her to stardom was when Angelina Jolie wore her dress to the Salt premiere in Germany back in 2010. “That was my moment, my debut in the global market. I was five months pregnant with my twins back then and I almost gave birth from the stress!”, Pia recalls. “After that she bought six more dresses, she paid for them even when I offered to give it for free.” Apart from Angelina, Pia has also dressed Demi Lovato in one of her magazine covers and became good friends with supermodel Petra Nemcova, of whom she is still close to and have plans of collaborating with for her humanitarian projects.

What sets Pia apart from most designers is her fierce belief that every woman, no matter what size or shape, should be able to look and feel fantastic whatever she’s wearing— be it a gown, cocktail dress or a glamorous house dress to receive guests in. “The  last show I did for my Shape Campaign included real women, transgenders, even a pregnant lady. I mixed it up with real models to boost their confidence even more.” That’s how inclusive Pia is as a person and as a designer. Her beautiful creations go up to a US size 18, not many designers do this, and in fact, not enough. With the shifting of using more curvy models in fashion weeks abroad, she has foreseen the future way before the trend blew up and for this alone, Pia deserves all the credit and love.

In true SOS fashion, I asked two of my friends to model some of PGPs bestsellers. Dara is petite while Alex is curvy, and boy, did they look smashing in everything they put on! It was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever produced. My favorite part was seeing the sparkle in the girls’ eyes when they saw themselves in the mirror. Every woman should feel this way, no matter what size dress she wears. Come and meet the PGP girls.

Shop her site at http://www.piagladysperey.com/

Angelina Jolie in the Elysia gown for the Berlin premiere of Salt in 2010.

Demi Lovato in the Finesse dress for Latina magazine, 2011.

Petra wearing the Pauline dress.

With good friend Petra Nemcova in one of PGP’s cocktail dresses.

Pia wears the Blake strapless LBD.


Alex Lizot Garcia in the Carla pale pink jersey gown.


Dara David Roa in a bright pink Tamara ruffle sleeve top and Tasha tiered skirt.


Alex in the very versatile office to cocktails Edith dress.

Dara is wearing the Grazia wrap top and Gal pants.


Alex wears one of PGPs bestsellers, Danica.


Dara wears the Nola gown in aubergine.

Pia looking sweet and sexy in the Laurie cocktail wrap dress.







These Shoes Were Made For Walking

I SWEAR by Adidas Ultraboost both for working out and walking from morning to night. No other shoe is more comfortable, bouncy and pain-free than this revolutionary pair. The hefty price tag (to me) is so worth it!

For an over packer (and shoe lover) like me, choosing which pairs of shoes to bring to a trip is an ongoing dilemma. I know I’m supposed to be a professional by now, but my indecisiveness goes on overdrive whenever it’s time to pack. It’s imperative I make a change for the benefit of my luggage allowance so I am happy to indulge my client TJ who travels a lot for work when she asked me to write a post on the most ideal footwear for travel. My goal, both for myself and you, is to have an easier time editing (and making room for a new pair or two). Just in case.

But first, some things to consider when shoe packing for a trip:

Where are you heading and what’s the weather forecast? The last thing you want are freezing or sweaty feet so this is a major consideration. You must be able to find the balance between fashion and comfort—no small feat, I know—but you can’t fight Mother Nature in slippery soles. Believe me, I tried and fell on my butt. Twice!

What color palette are you working with wardrobe-wise? It’s smart to decide early on if you’re doing neutrals, three coordinating colors or all black with a punch of red. Your shoes should go with almost everything you’ll wear no matter how dressy or casual.

How much walking are you actually expecting do? If it’s a walking city like New York, Hong Kong or Japan, fashion might have to take a backseat somehow. Comfort should always be top priority lest you’re a hardcore IG fiend and must always have the perfect outfit, blisters be damned. Fortunately, the advent of social media came after my magazine days, hence I can freely wear my trainers with nary a care now that I’m a Tita who honestly can’t suffer for fashion anymore. It has to be said though that I still carefully examine a phone pic OOTD before leaving the Airbnb to make sure I look decent.

Are you bound by a no-shopping rule? If so, then bring two pairs so you have a back up. But let’s be honest—you will come home with at least one pair so plan ahead and know what you’ll be buying and avoid getting derailed purchasing a pair you’ll only wear once. That way, you can wear the new pair during the trip and feel like a local (because chances are, you’ll be influenced by what you see on the streets, specially if the styling is on point like how I suddenly had to have brown brogues after spending a week in Paris and seeing so many chic variants in one place).

Here are my recos, most of which I’ve worn myself or tried on at some point so these are almost accurate assessments. Let me know what your ideal walking shoes are at the comments below!

Although I yet have to own a pair of Nike Vapormax, I’ve tried them on and the exposed thick gel sole is pretty comfy. The knit material molds nicely around the feet, snug & secure with no danger of the back rubbing and causing scraped skin which is a huge deal for me. The sole also adds extra height and that is always welcome.

I recently got my first pair and was surprised with how comfy it was sans break in! The back is cushioned so no skin scraping and the sole is soft with just the right arch support. Bonus that it’s also a fashion statement that makes any outfit 10x cooler.

Another ultra comfy pair I own are the New Balance 620 x J. Crew collab. It’s both stylish and easy on the feet. The colorways are unique to the brand collaboration but you can also find other versions of the shoe that is just as pretty and comfy.

I love a good leather sandal with a pre-loved look like this pair from Italian brand Gian Luca. It’s handcrafted in the softest leather and the caged design keeps feet away from hazards like dirt, debris and falling objects.

Timberlands never fail to remind me of J. Lo and people I’ve seen wearing them always look so cozy and toasty. Have yet to take it out for a spin but my sources say it’s their go-to snow and rain boot. The classic, iconic design makes it a gem to add to any shoe collection.

I’m in love with local brand Renegade Folk because apart from the ultra comfortable and chic designs, it’s easy on the pocket, too. I often stop myself from buying! I’ve worn them everywhere, all day with nary a tinge of pain felt.

Tod’s driving shoe is an institution in the world of loafers with good reason. It lasts forever (my husband has a pair from his Uni days that are still around) and the iconic rubber sole makes you feel like you’re walking on air. Not to mention it’s super chic!!



I like the shape of these Jeffrey Campbell rain boots and the extended rubber sides make it a breeze to get in and out of. More people should wear rain boots here especially during the bagyo season. It’s just more practical and hygienic, right?

Every kid in the ’90s had a pair of these sturdy sandals and some of them, like me, wore them with socks LOL!! The sole is universally comfortable no matter what your foot’s arch is and that alone is worth the splurge. Lately, it’s become a fashion statement again and this suede finish gives it a more dressy vibe. Perfect for plane rides (with socks if you’re feeling cold).

Classic ballet flats are always a good investment as it’s easy to wear and pair with everything and instantly makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn. No hassle taking them on and off at security too.

I own a pair almost like this one that I got in Paris and now I understand why the French wear them everywhere instead of (the usual) sneakers. Made of really soft leather that hugs the feet, it’s walking and running friendly and über chic to boot!

The dessert boot in suede is also an excellent choice as the rubber sole makes it slip-free and keep feet warm. It’s flat and mid cut, making it comfortable and appealing when worn with cropped pants, skirts or shorts.


More fashion-forward versions of the aforementioned shoes above that is a welcome addition to your rack!

Crimson leather flats with rubber sole from Tory Burch. Because everyone should have at least one red pair!

Another color variant of the NB x J. Crew collab.

A unique pair of Adidas Gazelles!

Metallic Birkenstocks MK and Ashley would approve of.

Bendable garter Chanel flats that’s easy to tote around town.

Tod’s driving shoe in luxe python. Drool!!

Zebra pony hair flats from French Sole. My mom swears by this brand and she’s had her pair forever..still wears them all the time.

A quirky shoe from Clarks that I actually tried on that’s super comfy too!

More flats in the most delicious colors from Sam Edelman.

Lusting for these Nike Vapormax in army green and grey.

Eyeing these super pretty Renegade Folks for my next pair…




Prints, color, ruffles and a dash of denim for Spring 2018

Talk about a mash up I can definitely get into! Welcome to 2018.

Just when I thought of going the minimalist route this brand new year, I did a review of the first half’s trends and changed mindsets. The loudest, most vibrant prints were front and center, mixed together with utmost abandon naturally ignited my editor roots and I am more than happy to forge on the colorful route—polarizing and all. Forget about welcoming the new year in a clean, Jap/French-inspired slate! More than ever, now is the time to embrace the zing a good print on print combo can bring and you don’t even have to shop for new pieces just yet (although now is as good a time as any to peruse the sale racks from last season’s collections as most trends carry over to this year). Yeah, I’m looking for excuses. Hello, Zara!

  • Some useful tips are to look into your wardrobe and unearth that old gingham or floral top and pair it with polka dot pants.
  • Rummage through your collection of stripe shirts and sport it with a floral skirt.
  • Invest in good-fitting camouflage pants because they are the new neutral and go with practically everything, plains and prints alike.
  • Show off that bright bag, shoe, statement necklace and wear them all together. Nowadays almost anything goes thanks to the uprising of casual paired with evening wear, a nod to model off-duty / fashion girl street style looks that the general public turn to and naturally, follow suit.

A breakdown of the top trends we can wear in our tropical shores is in order!

Denim is a constant S/S trend and this year, the focus is on dark wash in the form of dresses, skirts, shorts and jackets, sometimes worn together for that cool girl look, weather permitting. Styling long feminine dresses with casual footwear is still going strong, a signal we’re not ready to let go of comfort just yet. Or EVER. The bubble hem, a trend I wore back in 2005 is back but done the 2018 way inspired by athleisure, avant garde modernism and the ubiquitous florals. Pastel also makes a cameo with ruffles that just won’t die, albeit notable that it now occupies most of the garment. Not complaining, but I will need to lose some lbs. to avoid looking like my duvet to pull it off.

The new nautical is less literal and more fashion centric, evident in the cut and design of the garment yet still faithful to the classic palette of red, white and blue. Wear nature, literally, by way of exotic tropical prints in true to life colors. Make way for the new checkered with none of the schoolgirl feel; this time, fashion forward color ways in progressive cuts reign supreme. Lastly, clueless on how to wear the daring bralette? Score one that’s roomy enough to layer over a light top and play with classic prints and texture.

Get inspired by these images when you dress in the morning, especially on Mondays. It’ll bring that much needed sunshine, I promise! And I’ll be doing the same.

Have an awesome and loud (in more ways than one) 2018! Let’s do this!

All images from the World Wide Web.

Dark denim + the cold shoulder at Fendi. Bonus points when paired with athletic socks and pumps.

NYFW street style was chockfull of dresses styled with every shoe imaginable.

Modern romantic dresses paired with flat sandals, a rugged boot and suede booties that feels so now.

The return of the bubble hem, version 2018.

More ruffles coming your way and this time, covering head to toe.

Mixing prints with abandon are my kind of happiness!

Red, white and blue for the new millennium.

Nature prints by way of exotic plants, birds and creatures.

Checks, please! The beloved print reimagined in whimsical ways.

How to wear the bralette if you’re over 25: layer, layer, layer.