Pierra

Pierra is rarely without her signature sunny smile

Pierra is rarely without her signature sunny smile, literally brightening up this already very happy corner!

I always knew Pierra’s style was different from most editors I encountered during my years in publishing. While we all dressed quite trendy/boho/preppy, she was always in a quirky vintage frock, kitschy accessories and adorable footwear. We lost touch after we both “retired” from the scene until I saw an outfit post she had in Instagram taken from a recent press trip wearing her signature vintage-y look. I say vintage-y because I wasn’t entirely sure the garment was years old; it was more of how she styled the total outfit that made the look feel like it was. I believe it was a new piece cleverly put together with her own old world flair—just what I needed to shake things up around here! This post was months in the making, with life’s little surprises—including a hospital stint for her and an unfortunate hacking incident for me—getting in the way. I’m so glad we pushed through because it was one of those mornings that got me really happy & inspired!

Pierra and her photographer hubby (and dear old friend) Toto’s abode is a creative haven filled with books, records, vintage furniture and cats. They have four, a mix of strays and gifts, lazily hanging around nooks and crannies, barely acknowledging  the stranger shooting their mommy. Before Toto left us to go upstairs, he put on an 80s record to set the mood. Winner husband gesture right there! Pierra was a very shy subject. She insists this isn’t her forte, like any former editor who prefers to be behind the scenes. I understood completely and told her to be herself. She loosened up after the first few lay-outs and we had fashion/goals/dreams conversations in between shots. It was a delight talking to someone who gets and shares the same sentiments in what I do. Pierra is such a sweet, gentle soul that I left the shoot wanting to be more like her. She later thanked me for giving her the push to do this. Little did she know, it was her who inspired me to do and be more.

Here are the outfits she put together, a perfect reflection of who she is: girly, quirky, dreamy and cerebral. Enjoy the view!

What she does Freelance writer/editor/occasional stylist/indie author, The Heartbreak Diaries (“hugot” poetry on heartbreak and hope, and ultimately self-empowerment!)

Personal style Maybe quirky-girly? Puede bang (can be) Cat Lady Chic?

Her days be like Since I do freelance work, each day is different, but I try to work from home as much as I can. Weekdays are mostly spent doing interviews, attending meetings, treasure-hunting for articles, or writing. Saturdays are for daydreaming, catching up on reading, movies, and seeing friends, and Sundays are for family.

Favorite designers and shopping haunts  Everywhere! From vintage stores and indie shops, to high street brands. I also love proudly local brands like Anthill, Label Manila, Filip + Inna, A.Marie, Harlan & Holden, Bags by Rubbertree, and Aranaz. When I travel, I love exploring flea markets or secondhand shops for offbeat finds. And if I could afford it, I would probably wear Orla Kiely all the time.

Top 5 closet staples Rings (my wedding ring, my mom’s skinny gold ring, a moonstone and scarab ring by sculptural jewelry artist Helena Alegre); shoes (mostly T-straps, brogues, and loafers), vintage brooches, colorful sling bags and printed dresses.

Celebrity crush More than look like, I wish I could exude the grace of Audrey Hepburn. Isn’t she such a lady? If my hubby could answer in my place, he would say circa-90s Phoebe Cates, ha ha!

Reading material I actually don’t read magazines regularly—it feels like work! But the one that is always such a pleasure when I come across it is Darling magazine.

Online surfing Anthropologie.com, shoplatitude.com (virtual traveling and window-shopping only!), 80breakfasts.com (I don’t cook, but her stories are lovely!), and streaming sites for my Japanese movies and drama fix (uh-oh, my guilty secret, ha ha!).

Style evolution I’m so thankful I work in a creative industry that encourages us to express ourselves and dress up the way we like! I wear more brogues/boyish shoes now, partly to ground my girly outfits and partly because they’re so much comfier. I wear heels a lot less, maybe only for dressy occasions—to think I used to live in them! If I do wear heels, they’re usually Seychelles because they’re super comfy.

Current uniform I usually dress according to my mood, but it will probably involve a fun print/color, a vintage accessory, and maybe borrowed-from-the-boys footwear to temper the saccharine.

Pre-loved vintage dress, Haight-Ashbury; polka-dot pumps, J. Crew; bag, Aranaz; earrings and ring, Heist by Happy David on seektheuniq.com

Pre-loved vintage dress from Haight-Ashbury; polka-dot pumps, J. Crew; bag, Aranaz; earrings and ring, Heist by Happy David on Seektheuniq.com

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On her version of black tie: “I’m not too comfortable in gowns—besides, they’re beyond my budget—so I’ll probably wear something vintage for a formal occasion.”

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One of the four cats she shares with hubby Toto, Dapoleon, hamming it up for the camera.

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One of the many pockets of vintage treasures in her home that I fell in love with.

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Reading her book “The Heartbreak Diaries” to Dapoleon as he listens intently.

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On work wear: "I’ll usually pair a dress or A-line skirt with shoes I can walk comfortably in." Top, Dorothy Perkins; cardigan, Uniqlo; A-line skirt and brogues, Zara; vintage bee brooch, UVLA at Cubao X; earrings, Etsy

On work wear: “I’ll usually pair a dress or A-line skirt with shoes I can walk comfortably in.” Top, Dorothy Perkins; cardigan, Uniqlo; A-line skirt and brogues, Zara; vintage bee brooch, UVLA at Cubao X; earrings, Etsy.

Her first self-published book, The Heartbreak Diaries, are poems that delve into

Her first self-published book, The Heartbreak Diaries, are poems that “delve into heartbreak and hope, ultimately sending an empowering message of self-love.” Available at select National Bookstore branches and at crafts shops Common Room and Hey Kessy.

Downtime garb: White tee, Thread 365; “Panyo Maxi” skirt, Anthill (I love wearing local color!); T-strap flats,TOMS; leather sling bag, Bags by Rubbertree; vintage flower brooch, UVLA .

Downtime garb: White tee, Thread 365; “Panyo Maxi” skirt, Anthill (I love wearing local color!); T-strap flats,TOMS; leather sling bag, Bags by Rubbertree; vintage flower brooch, UVLA .

Pierra cradles Floombert, who seems to enjoy being babied.

Pierra cradles Floombert, another one of her babies.

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Like any fashion girl, she loves her shoes!

Like any fashion girl, she loves her shoes; mostly with a boyish/girly and always vintage, appeal.

Meet George (a female) who hardly shows up. She thinks it's because I have a good vibe. Yay!

Meet George (a female) who hardly shows up around the house. She thinks it must be my good vibe. Yay!

Grace Coddington-print men’s polo, Randolf Clothing; denim pencil skirt, Uniqlo; T-strap flats by Fred Perry; vintage brooches.

Grace Coddington-print men’s polo, Randolf Clothing; denim pencil skirt, Uniqlo; T-strap flats by Fred Perry; vintage brooches.

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A glimpse of their book and toy collection.

Girl's Night Out: Lace crop top, Zara; floral dress, H&M; pumps, Charles & Keith; gold bangle from Gypseasoul, mint sling bag from Parfois and blush sling bag from H&M.

Girl’s Night Out: Lace crop top, Zara; floral dress, H&M; pumps, Charles & Keith; gold bangle from Gypseasoul, blush sling bag from H&M.

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A reading nook in their home you wouldn’t want to leave.

Her collection of brooches, mostly vintage.

Her collection of brooches, mostly vintage.

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Date night: Gray cropped tee, Harlan & Holden; pink pleated skirt, Topshop; socks from Japan; blush ankle-strap heels, Seychelles; earrings, Parfois.

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More quirky girly accessories.

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And finally, Tsubasa completes the line-up of her beloved cats!

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