My earliest memory of Pauline was back in 2003 at the old Summit office in Pioneer st. I believe I went in for an interview for a Fashion Assistant post and spotted a girl wearing a black and aqua pleated a-line skirt with a sleeveless top and black flats. “How chic”, my 26 year-old self thought. Little did I know that in the course of five years (two of which spent in close proximity when she became my boss), I would witness one exceptional outfit after another, day by day, at events, at pre-prod meetings, at Fashion Week, at the beach; there was no shortage of fashion inspiration, ideas and ingenuity.

As a fashion girl, I don’t take the term icon lightly. The ones who top my list: the Olsen twins, Sofia Coppola, Jenna Lyons, Jane Aldridge. There are more, of course, but these women are my solace when I’m in a creative rut and need a little pick-me-up. Seeing them on my screen instantly uplifts and brings me joy; it may be shallow to some but it matters a lot to a creative like me. It’s fuel for the mind and soul. I’ve heard Pauline say this in a couple of interviews and I get her. I really do.

Locally, I haven’t given anyone the same regard as I do her. Her originality in putting together pieces is unparalleled; it makes her so special, so unique; I have to thank her because it does so much for me visually. The fact that she searches far and wide for her next precious purchase is a sport and science in itself. Good thing she decided to join Instagram and isn’t hesitant to share where she gets her unique finds! She was a natural choice as my next muse and I was beyond excited to see what she brought to the table.

She arrived with a suitcase and shoe boxes filled with the most obscure yet enthralling pieces that made my heart skip a few beats. “I’m so happy!”, I said unabashedly when we finished. She gave me a hug and a token from a recent trip because that’s how she is—reserved yet actually kindhearted and sweet. For a few hours, I was a kid in a candy shop–or in this case–a nail salon, oooohing and aaaaahing with every outfit change. Anyone can own and buy the best pieces from the most notable designers but few can wear it with such style and panache. This is what makes Pauline a gem. Feast your eyes, folks!

What she does Wife, mother, consultant, Nail Spa owner

Personal style Evolving. Instinctively I am drawn to minimal pieces, but it is tempered by a love for girly, embellished pieces and evening wear. I also skew heavily towards the seasonal trends because change is good! Shoes, however, are the cornerstone of my outfits, and whatever I put on has to highlight my footwear of choice.

Her days be like Mellow. I try to get a workout in—either Pilates in OneLife Studio or Core Kinesis—everyday. I’ve really been into my sabbatical from publishing, focusing on rest and nutrition, fixing up our home and traveling.

Favorite designers and shopping haunts Gian Romano, Joey Samson, Dotcomme (Patrice Diaz’ and Cecile Van Straten’s line), Cos, Zara, Self Portrait, (Taiwanese brand) Stephane Dou + Changlee Yugin and hand-me-downs from my mom’s and Lola’s closets. For shoes, my current favorites are AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni, Brother Vellies, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, N°21, Rochas, Delpozo and Marco di Vincenzo.

I shop mostly online (and I search far and wide on the worldwide web for sites) for shoes, the pop-ups of my designer friends, high street-high fashion collabs and Zara—my boys always try to con me to look the other way when there’s a Zara nearby, because they know that we’ll have to pass by.

Top 5 closet staples An over-the-top pair of statement heels, block heels, baby pink sneakers, slides with oversized bows, feminized men’s footwear classics (like fully sequined oxfords or embroidered brogues). Nowadays my clothing choice revolves around my footwear.

Celebrity crush You mean look like as a whole package and not just the face, right? I’d love to achieve a combination of the Great Kates: Hepburn, Moss, Spade and Blanchett for the rest of my life.

Reading material Preview, of course. I read Vogue, Elle and W when I’m in Nail Spa, Time when I’m in my mom’s house, and have a subscription of non-fashion magazines like Vogue Living (Australia), New Yorker and Afar on my iPad. Am currently for a Zinio sale to subscribe to BBC History magazine.

Online surfing

Style evolution Nowadays I’m always in workout clothes, which sometimes I wear the entire day. Athleisure has taken a whole new meaning for me. I worry I don’t get enough to cost-per-wear for my beloved shoes!

Current uniform NO uniform for me.


Sweatshirt, DotComme; ball skirt from The Ramp; sneakers, Golden Goose; grape earrings from Bangkok.




Dress, Lemaire x Uniqlo; trilby from Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; sneakers, Common Projects.


Not your usual nail polish shelf. This one’s carefully styled and curated.



Just like having your nails done in your living room—a really posh and stylish living room.


Caftan, Vintage SC Vizcarra; slides, Brother Vellies Marabou Lamu.



Brother Vellies Marabou Lamu feather slides (



Common Projects sneakers in baby pink!


Embroidered halter top, Theater; jeans, Seven for All Mankind flares; shoes, Tibi flatforms; ear cuff Cova by Melanie Cuevas.



A closer look at her ear cuff from Cova by Melanie Cuevas.



Ang galing mo mag wala lang pose!” comment garners a laugh. (you’re so good at the “not posing pose”)


Dolce & Gabbana (roses), Super (blue flash lens), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (printed), Karen Walker (tortoiseshell cat’s eye).


Silk blouse, See by Chloe; black bra, Cos; lace pants, Alice McCall; wedges, Vionnet.




Vionnet wedges.


Mansur Gavriel tote and cross body bags; Manu Atelier mini Pristine box bag (Manu Atelier is an up-and-coming brand from Istanbul)


Rochas tinsel slingbacks with Art Deco-inspired heel (


Dita (silver mirrored aviators); Miu-Miu (round black); Yohji Yamamoto (burgundy round frames); Celine (pink frames)


Fendi Bugs pointy toe flats (


Dress, Joey Samson; shades, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; bomber jacket, Jaspal x Star Wars C3PO; Brother Vellies Jardin Babouche mules.



Brother Vellies Jardin Babouche fur mules (



Jeffrey Cambell feather slingbacks (


Shot at Maison Nail Spa at Edades complex in Rockwell, a nail salon Pauline co-owns with friends.




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