Women in tribes. There’s no denying how far or how high they can go as long as they have each other.
Meet Mia, Indy, Marie, Lucien and Apol, collectively known as Life And South. They’re all mothers, wives, friends, daughters and entrepreneurs who decided to form a group to help other mompreneurs deal with the demands of motherhood while juggling a small business—and the importance of having a glass of wine (or two) at the end of a tough day. Each of them are known for their craft, slowly but surely gaining followers and inspiring other Girl Bosses to follow their dreams. They document their everyday lives and a lot of behind the scene shenanigans from their respective businesses in their IG account, with a light and humorous commentary that’s both entertaining and endearing.
I met each one of them at different points in my life. Apol of @goodluckhumans was a colleague in Summit Media who worked for Good Housekeeping as their Editor. We were in our 20s then and having the time of our lives in publishing. Apol was also one of the first people I knew who bravely lived in Boracay for a month before it was considered cool. That was where she met her husband Pierre who swept her away to France where she first started her handmade dolls business. Stuff of romance novels, I tell you.
I met Marie of @pottlyntubby three years ago when I was consulting for my friend’s fabric store, Townes. We reached out to her to partner using our fabrics on a limited run for her adorable teepees and beanbags. My friend and I were both in awe of the stylish and model-like lady in front of us who was generous with her smile and time. Later on, I would feature Marie in SOS at her new home, where we laughed some more while munching on her mom’s excellent cooking.
I attended Indy’s @shedreamsinink very first workshop for School of Styling last 2015 at my client-turned-friend Em’s apartment rooftop. I was impressed with how she turned the plain concrete space into a creative haven filled with flowers and greens with her signature relaxed aesthetic. She too was a charmer, always smiling and super friendly; it was hard not to warm up to her. I may have made a mediocre paper flower that day but I won’t forget the sense of community her workshop brought. Nowadays, School of Styling has fully booked workshops until the end of the year!
Mia @sotruenaturals, @travellingtrunkph, @popupkids and Lucien @littleluli, I met that day and both ladies were sweet and accommodating. I’ve been following their accounts and enjoying motherhood through their eyes.
The main speaker that day was Len Cabili of Filip + Inna, a brand I’ve been obsessed with ever since I discovered it a few years ago. I was so stoked to finally meet her in person that I (along with the whole room) was bursting with excitement! She talked about her journey as a woman, designer and entrepreneur; the challenges, failures and triumphs that made her into the person and brand she is now. For Len, success didn’t come overnight; she once had to trek a whole day up several mountains just to meet with her weavers! She credits her unwavering faith for her success and it was amazing how, after numerous hurdles, everything fell into place for her, down to a serendipitous meeting with designer Tory Burch. How’s THAT for inspiration?
Apart from these Power Women, I met other Girl Bosses in the event, some of them I already follow on IG and it was so nice to finally put a face to the brands; met new acquaintances that were quite promising, too. They graciously allowed me to take their photos for SOS and here they are!
I urge you, mompreneur or not, to take a peek into these ladies’ lives, get inspired to do what you’ve always dreamt of because they’ve got your back. I do too.
Meet the ladies