Last August 17 and 19, I held my second Shop + Style Workshop at Religioso, a chic boutique by designer sisters Yvette Religioso Ilagan and Choc Religioso Dayrit. I met the fashionable duo way back in 2005 at their very first store opening at Shangri-La Mall when I was a fashion editor for Preview. It was the height of a new batch of young designers with not much competition from high street brands Zara or Forever 21 and these ladies redefined how Pinays dress via their signature giant floral appliqués, volume sleeves and unique tailoring. Religioso had a look and owned it well and to this day, still wow with their classics with a twist aesthetic, marrying tried and tested silhouettes with a pop of unexpected—be it a drape, tuck or embellishment. They’re such lovely people too, and it was my pleasure to work with them and their very good & reliable team for this collab.
*I’m happy to report that all stage fright has gone out the window and I was definitely more relaxed and at ease. I think I’ve found my calling. Naks.
As now common practice, I asked three real women and friends of mine to be my models for the two-day event. I’m so happy they were all game for it and looked gorgeous in the clothes! Each one messaged me after saying how good they felt that day and thanking me for the chance to be all dolled up while learning how to wear clothes they wouldn’t normally go for. This warmed my heart immensely and I felt I did my job. The ladies all went to The Style Run, a cute salon also owned by Yvette and Choc located in Makati, for their hair and make-up that day. Talk about the works!
L-R: Lucien, Mia C. and Mia L. were my models in Day 1. It was only after I styled them that I noticed they were in coordinating colors!
Lucien wears a one shoulder peplum top in bright orange with hot fuchsia pants. Not so obvious in the photos but she was florescent!
Mia L. is constantly in black so I shocked her by bringing a vibrant floral gown for her to try on, which she totally fell in love with! It also fit her perfectly.
Mia C. is my cousin-in-law who’s one of the fittest moms I know. This denim dress was tiny yet it fit her like a glove, as if they were made for each other.
A closer look at Lucien’s beautiful make up by The Style Run. This natural beauty doesn’t need much TBH.
Mia L. was radiant with her hair and make up, also by TSR. Notice her two-in-one earring that I put together to create a new one; something I learned from my STU boss recently. Because girls should help other girls look good!
A clearer look at the color blocking on Lucien. Please excuse the RBF. LOL!
Wear a long jacket in a neutral color to temper the brightness and make it more “conservative”.
Explaining how Mia’s dress is cut right on the most flattering part of a woman’s body thus making this piece universally flattering.
How to do denim on denim without looking costumey: proportion is key; this cropped jacket ends just above the waist, not cutting the torso in an awkward place. The light denim is a good contrast to the darker shade.
Accessorising Mia L.’s dress with white earrings to make it pop. Wearing lighter shades of danglers make it more visible against our dark hair so consider that while shopping.
The dress becomes a lovely skirt with the simple addition of a pink sweater that picks up from the pink flowers.
Lucien and Mia make a stylish sandwich with Yvette Religioso-Ilagan.
Religioso muse Janeena Chan rocks a skirt from their latest collection and stylishly pairs it with red platform slip-ons.
Can’t pass up a photo-op with Tessa! Huge supporter of the brand for years.
Religioso posse Michelle Barrera, Tessa Valdes and Christine Jacob who I swear does not age! With Yvette and her husband Marty who rounded up the guests.
With my fabulous mom friends Leona, Marie, Mia, Lucien and Pia.
My good friend Amador, ever the fashionista in denim and denim.
Mom and my MIL in the same color family!
Pia and Ruby in pastel outfits, both soothing and easy on the eyes.
Penny shows off her tight tummy in a cool cut-out top and maxi skirt. She stays comfy in flats which make this look even more current.
Ruby adds a jacket in a lighter shade of grey to make the look more formal.
Conceal the cut out by wearing a tank top underneath for casual Fridays at the office.
Pia throws on her own black jacket over the all-white outfit and switches to no-nonsense pumps and she’s ready to take this to the office.
Unknowingly, I styled the Day 2 models in neutrals. Goes to show the range of choices at Religioso!
Yvette’s mom dropped by unknowingly in matching outfits! The apple definitely does not fall far from the tree.
My friend Anna in a super cool outfit!
Donna and Nina in their own versions of weekend wear.
With mom and Cricket, again in the same color family!
The hubby / photographer 😀