“I only truly found my own style when I got married,” says Anna (who is half-Korean), when I met her, clad adorably in a long-sleeved dress and brogues. “Is that outfit something you’d wear for work before?”, I ask and she answered with a resounding yes; it was her version of corporate attire and I thought it was so cute and unexpected. Being a stay-at-home mom affords Anna a lot of time to browse the web for inspiration as well as posing techniques which, much to my surprise, belies her ladylike persona. As soon as I started shooting she moved gracefully like a pro, the shy, soft-spoken girl out the window. “I don’t want to wear what everyone else has so I love going to ukay ukay (thrifting). I like the thrill of the chase!” The black pants she wore here was a Roberto Cavalli steal in the most luxe fabric and cut. She’s also a staunch supporter of local retailers that are growing by the number everyday, citing online shops she frequents both for shopping and the aspirational aspect. I even discovered a few from her! We have the same fashion heroes: Jenna Lyons, Tamu McPherson and Mikka Padua of Seek The Uniq and spent a good amount of time dissecting why they’re super chic and effortless. “In college, I wore basic stuff like everyone else. You can say I’m a late bloomer when it comes to fashion.” Embraced it, she did, full throttle, nevermind that her husband teases her sometimes when she comes out of the room. In true fashionista form, Anna shrugs it off and walks out with a skip in her fabulous shoes.
What she does stay at home mom
Personal style As a mother, being practical comes first. I always try to keep it simple considering I have no yaya. Sometimes I like looking polished yet irreverent and I swing between being a minimalist and maximalist.
On the importance of appearance After I got married and became a mother, I got to discover who I was. I now know what looks good on me and what doesn’t and more experimental than when I was younger. I also stopped caring so much about what other people think of me (sartorially speaking). And when i am in that kind of attitude, I noticed, I am more stylish and free.
Her days be like I’m a stay at home Mom who sometimes misses the action in the corporate world. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my daughter but sometimes I really miss being in an office setting. To combat this feeling, I structure my time with my daughter as if according to a meeting schedule. We have arts and crafts time for a two hour period. Sometimes we have reading activities. Other times, we watch our favorite Disney films together and talk about why we liked the movie so much. We sometimes try to re-enact the scenes between the characters – all while doing the the dishes, laundry, cooking and cleaning in between!
Favorite designers and shopping haunts Lately my purchases have been online and I’ve been motivated by supporting our local brands. When I’m not online shopping, I’m usually bargain hunting in ukay ukay or flea markets. I love the the thrill of the chase because you never know what you’ll get! Having no visual merchandise pushes my creative boundaries and best of all, I don’t have to worry about running into someone with the exact same outfit. In the rare occasion that I buy from a retailer, it’s Zara, H&M and Mango for their shoes or accessories.
Top 5 closet staples
Celebrity crush I am such a huge fan of Tamu McPherson! I admire her grace and elegance, how relatable her fashion sense is and just the way she carries herself with so much ease! She is the epitome of cool without trying too hard. I also love Lyn Slater for her substance and take on fashion.
Current uniform polo and jeans (or skirt), paired with mules or sneakers.