Jumpsuit, Keepsake.

Marie, simply put, is a breath of fresh air. There was no shortage of smiles and laughter the moment I got to her airy home and the same easy vibe carried on in every photo I took. The former chemical engineer turned business mogul / owner of adorable kids’ furniture Pottly N Tubby has a relaxed way about her that it’s impossible not to fall in love. More than her model-like bod and gorgeous Pinay features, it’s how comfortable she is in her skin that will win you over. “I’m actually trying to gain weight!” she laments after I comment a little enviously, that she is so slim even after three kids and zero exercise. She laughs it off and credits mother nature for her lithe frame.

She shared the challenges of a start-up business, logistics being one of the major hurdles since their products are on the bulky side; but she is confident that the industry has a lot of room for growth, being one of the few retailers who specialize purely in children’s furniture. “Abroad, there are so many options. It’s such a young concept here.” And one that she basically spearheaded, much to her advantage. The brand uses unique fabric prints for their bean bags, teepees and mats and can custom make according to your childrens room color and theme. The first time I saw her stuff at the Legazpi Market, I wished we had them growing up. I would live inside the teepee! Marie’s good-looking brood are the natural models for her line and themselves faces of some major campaigns and ads at their tender age. “I leave the modelling to them!”, she says with a hearty laugh.

Personally, I think she should reconsider. Enjoy her pics!

What she does Founder/Director of Pottly N Tubby, Inc.

Personal style I gravitate towards feminine pieces, with lots of details; a tad elaborate sometimes.

Her days be like My days are usually spent working at Pottly N Tubby, sorting out things for the kids, going to Barre3 (when my willpower permits), managing the household. Weekends are chill days, just spending time with the kids, swimming, tidying up, eating out. Simple fun.

Favorite designers and shopping haunts I like Alice McCall, Zimmerman, Sass and Bide, Mara Hoffman. I shop at LCP in BGC; pop by Zara to see what’s on trend. Online I usually check Seek The Uniq, Agua Brazilian Swimwear, Fashion Bunker, Alice McCall, Triangl…

Top 5 closet staples Playsuits, jumpsuits, ripped jeans, bikinis, maxi dresses.

Reading material Harpers Bazaar and travel magazines.

Current uniform I always find myself working in my workout clothes. I think it’s because when I get up, I have this intention to go to Barre3; but then I pass by the office, go through emails and get stuck there until midday totally forgetting about Barre!

Why appearance counts It’s part of our survival instinct, we act according to what we see. We size up someone coming towards us with our eyes first, before we even get to talk to the person. It’s important to get your message across, whatever it is. Do you want to be desired, do you want to be respected, do you want to be desired and respected? Do you want to be left alone? Do you want to be mysterious? Do you want both? Your way of dressing can say so much about yourself, so one has to be mindful of it.

Lace dress, Love Honor; shoes, Country Road; earrings, Accessorize.

White vest, Zara; tee, Country Road.

Jeans, Sass and Bide; sneakers, Bershka.

Activewear from H&M.

Her kids’ toys create a colorful mess.

Playsuit, Alice McCall; pumps, Aldo.

Caftan and earrings, Seek The Uniq; sandals, Soludos.







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