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December 24, 2016

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Holiday Looks Yule Love

Still undecided on what to wear for this season’s festivities? Well, you’re in for a treat! We put together four fabulous looks using pieces from our recent collections, just for you.

For a Holiday Bash with Your Clique

Choose one of the season’s best colors—like red—and build your look on that. You can try our red ruffled Calabria skirt, which is a fun piece you can party in. Pair it with a neutral top like the Greolieres, which features ties on either sides for a hint of sexiness. Accessorize with the Hopper necklace, Chandigarh Banjara clutch, gold heels, and you’re good to go. 

For Christmas Day

This day calls for a celebration, so glam it up with prints and textures! We matched our blue Sanlucar one shoulder top with the Karakorum printed midi for a graphic feast. Ease on the mix of volumes by wearing sleek, nude pumps with this look. 

For a Holiday Trip 

Spending the holidays in an island far, far away? Pack the Rosalind maillot with you and transform it from swimwear to something you can lounge in. Wear it with the Ifrane linen wrap pants, which is another versatile piece you can play with. Carry a roomy tote like the Balqash Suzani for storing all your trip essentials in. Accessorize and protect your hair with the colorful Azuay scarf, and don’t forget your trusty pair of sunnies!

For the New Year’s Eve Countdown

Welcome 2017 with a unique, party-ready outfit that will make heads turn! Try the Rizo, our fresh spin to the much coveted off-the-shoulder silhouette. Show off those toned gams and wear it with the Timi tie side mini, and finish off your look with our festive Nagpur Banjara clutch. If you feel like your décolletage is too bare, you can always turn to the Hopper necklace to adorn your look. 

Take inspiration from these holiday-ready looks and seek the pieces before they disappear! Have fun styling your STU pieces and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram with the hashtags, #seeksoughtfound and #seektheuniq. 

Happy holidays!

Love, Nasia

December 24, 2016

Bouncing Back From The Holidays


CIC Mikka Padua and I at a recent party with friends.

Christmas can be the best of times…and the worst of times. The flurry of parties, eating, shopping, getting glammed up, and one too many cocktails are fun but exhausting.

Here are some ideas to get you back in the game, once the (Christmas) dust has settled:

    Put Your Feet Up.

      Prancing around in heels are more painful that we’d care to admit. Soothe those calves with a foot massage and a cooling leg gel. Make this break work double time with a home facial too.


      Mustela Light Legs Cooling Gel, Jade Roller, & Marula Oil


      Catch Up on those ZZZs.

      A Netflix marathon plus a good 8-10 hours of sleep is just what the doctor ordered. Dreamland is where your mind and body restores its balance.

      Fae Vendillon Candle, ItWorks Deep Sleep Night Oil, & Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream


        Get Moving.

          Once you’ve regained some strength, its time to get those endorphins flowing. Get off that couch and hit the gym, salute the sun, spin... anything that gets you back on your feet.

          Neon Hoodies & Sweaty Bands Love Triangle Headband

          Yoga RatPad, YogaRat Sportlite Towel, & Sparrow Dristhi Mat Spray


            Slim & Trim. STAT.

              Burn those calories with tried and tested creams. Sorry, these aren’t Christmas miracles of any sort. But combined with some restraint and exercise (see idea number 2), you WILL see faster results.


              Mustela Body Firming Cream, Bliss FatGirl Six Pack, & SO2C Firming Cream


                Get Away.

                  Nothing will help your recover faster than some salt in your hair and sand in your toes.


                  Sun Bum Sun Block Lotion SPF 15, Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray, Amazing Maui Babe Browning Lotion, & Amazing Maui Babe After Sun Tan Enhancer


                  BeachBorn Sea Salt Spray, BeachBorn Sunset Spray, & Yoshima Sporty Swim


                    Shop … For Yourself.

                      If all else fails, retail therapy always works like a charm. After shopping for those you love, its time to treat yourself to some TLC.

                      Phina Rose Water Toner, Phina Healing Face Serum, Conscious Coconut, & GlamGlow Thirstymud Mask


                      December is almost over. Good luck. Godspeed. And let's rock the holidays away!


                      Your Purveyor of Beauty & Wellness,

                      Le Coq Bleu

                      Imagine having breakfast here everyday. Heavenly! 

                      My husband and I spent our 1st wedding anniversary in Baguio last week. The place is close to our hearts as we got married there and every trip, we try to take the unfamiliar route gastronomic-wise. Our friend Vicky Tinio of Mama's Table, where we had our reception, suggested we try her friend's bed and breakfast / private dining place Le Coq Bleu. The owner Chantal and her husband Boi prepare homemade French meals in their charming home, complete with a welcoming committee of adorable French poodles and a very friendly Rottweiler! Upon entering their abode, I immediately thought it was a very STU location filled with rustic decor, vintage china, mismatched furniture and an overall cozy ambiance. I could've stayed there for hours drinking wine and listening to the variety of birds singing by the window. We spent a few hours listening to Chantal's stories in between delicious bites of Boi's amazing osso bucco and her signature moussaka, while I secretly daydreamed about the simple life and serenity of residing in such a whimsical place. Suffice to say, we left with our tummies and hearts full, thankful for the afternoon that was. Here are snippets of that lovely day. 

                      Started the meal with this wonderful squash soup and hearty bread.Started the meal with a hearty pumpkin soup and vino we brought from home. 

                      Our host Chantal and her very sociable French poodles Juno and Zeus.

                      Hestia, the Rott wanted in on the action too!

                      The doggies probably sensed this scrumptious osso bucco! 

                      ...and Carlo's moussaka! 

                      Their home was a feast for the senses. Each nook and cranny was filled with lovely trinkets. 

                      The second floor bedroom is part of their B&B, as are the meals. Whatever they eat, they serve to their guests. Just don't ask for bacon with your eggs, the French don't do that. Haha! 

                      Hubby is a happy camper!

                      We love Le Coq Bleu! 

                      You can find Le Coq Bleu on Airbnb. The house is actually green, not blue! They are also in Waze. Meals are pre-ordered a week in advance so ask for the menu and ponder on what yummy dish to have. 

                      Until my next STU-themed find, chin chin! 



                      A Seeker's Spin: Agoo

                      Our second installment in this series was shot during a very exciting and eventful day: the US presidential elections! We trekked to Agoo Bengzon's airy home that fateful afternoon armed and ready while still reeling from the previous day's SC decision. Suffice to say, we were all a bit rattled but looking forward to the shoot. The whole team was glued to CNN in between prep and shots, anxiously waiting for the results in real time. It was also a coincidence that a lot of the garments brought from the HQ were mostly red and blue! Much to our shock, the red team won. #wewerewithHER 

                      Agoo was already a beauty junkie back in 2002 when I first met her in Summit. She loves to dress up with a concept in mind, often with a theme, punctuated with the right accessories down to the shade of her nail polish. Her hair is hardly out of place (unless intended) and she is rarely without make up, even at the beach. While it sounds like a lot of work, she pulls it off effortlessly that every time she'd enter the room after changing looks during the shoot, we would all go WOWWW. Agoo's post as Beauty Expert for Unilever Philippines is a natural progression from her past experience as Beauty Editor for Preview Magazine where she held the post for over 10 years. She's also known to switch hair color every few months (most recent one was a dusty rose) as well as for her perfect brows and hands with nails always adorned in the latest shade. She's also a guest blogger at Preview.ph where she writes about everything beauty. 

                      Agoo puts her layering skills to the test, giving a new twist on these STU favorites, including the ubiquitous caftan everyone loves. Here's hoping you pick up an idea or two on how to make your piece work overtime and get inspired to dress thematically with a lot of pizzaz, just like this lovely Seeker---matching nail polish and all. 

                      The Valmer linen dress is possibly one of the most flaterring silhouettes I've ever met. The a-line skirt is just wide enough to create an illusion of a tiny waist and the flutter sleeves give it a dose femininity without being too cheeky. Ladies, this one's a keeper! 

                      Agoo layers a pink cowl neck polo shirt under the dress to give it a fresh twist and cinches the waist with a maroon belt for contrast. Her furry sandals anchors the shirt perfectly. I happen to LOVE this color combination. You must try this at home! 

                       The Couva maxi dress is one of my favorites! Despite the heavy gingham print, it doesn't drown the wearer since it's cut close to the upper body with a slimming waist and a flared, cut-out skirt. Looks sooo good with a bright shoe and accessory, too! I know I'll be wearing mine to death this holiday season.  

                       Checks a tad too much? Tone it down by wearing a black sleeveless vest over it and ta-dahhh it's a brand new piece altogether! 

                      It doesn't get any sexier than the Lampedusa linen jumpsuit in this vibrant shade of cobalt. It's another strong contender for the season's many holiday parties and reunions. Steal the show in this number! 

                      She jazzes things up with equally bold accessories to go with the loud color--red lips included. Not much is needed after, just a lot of confidence and attitude and perhaps a signature scent. 

                      There are wrap skirts and then there's the Calabria, making you want to go out for an evening of salsa dancing. At least that's what it does for me. The sexy slit lets you move your legs to the beat of the music, catching the attention of your date in the best way possible. Ola! 

                      Leave it to Agoo to think of wearing it as a top with flared jeans and the Guanta bug statement necklace, adding a whimsical touch to this modern Boho look. 

                      Can't not include the Tanapuna embroidered caftan as she is a certified caftan lover. The soft cotton fabric lets you move with ease without missing out on the style factor. 

                      True to form, Agoo adds an embellished belt to cinch the waist and give it definition as well as lending a modern twist to the relaxed shape. 

                      Another caftan, this time the Chaguaras, gets an update with a white blazer thrown over it and paired with neutral snakeskin print flats. 

                       A single feather earring complements the bohemian embroidery keeping the look cohesive.

                      And last, the winning red dress in crimson! The Maratea is quite the First Lady staple with its conservative cut, cinched waist and flared skirt. What sets it apart, however, is the color: no wallflower would dare to wear this and expect to go unnoticed! 

                      It also doubles as a jacket when unbuttoned and worn with a monochromatic top and pants. In fact, you can even pair it with matching prints inside and temper it with the dress-cum-jacket. Genius! 

                      Watch out for our next Seeker and more styling ideas for the holidays. 





                      A Seeker's Spin: Chinky

                      When producing a new collection, we always have our Seekers needs top of mind. Can it be worn to work all the way to cocktails? Is it comfortable enough to move in when toting a toddler while grocery shopping? Will it crumple too much in the suitcase en route to your destination? 

                      We created a new series here on the blog called "A Seeker's Spin" featuring real life STU shoppers who wear our clothes with pizzaz. We were curious to know how they'd style key pieces in more ways than it's meant to be worn, getting the most mileage from each purchase and justifying the cost per wear that is every shopaholic's hurdle. 

                      We start off with Chinky, a long time STU girl who pulls off the different looks as if every garment was made for her. I kid you not! She gamely posed for the camera with the ease of a natural, patiently waiting until we finished to grab a snack and a glass of chardonnay. We were more than happy with the results and surprised how each look transformed the pieces. Hope her looks inspire you to style your STU finds! 

                      The Greorieles multi-side top

                      The Greorieles multi tie side top is actually more versatile than you think.  Worn on its own, it elevates the common tunic into fashion-forward status with the side ties. Opt to throw a structured blazer for work and fling it off once you get to happy hour. 

                      A closer look at the side tie details. 

                      We layered it over a sequin top in a similar shade to temper the shine for daytime and paired it with torn white jeans for contrast and simple beige pumps. 

                      I like how the sequins are still peeking out of the sides, providing a break in between fabrics for a more fashionable spin. 

                      The Risaralda hand stitched wrap jacket is one part bohemian via the side tassles, one part preppy by way of the blue stitching. Pairing it with true blue jeans and straw slippers is a no brainer making it the prefect weekend uniform. 

                      The light cotton fabric is ideal for our tropical climate and feels so soft and cool on the skin. 

                      It's thin enough to layer over a button-down shirt for instant preppy appeal you can actually wear to work. Just make sure the shirt underneath isn't made of heavy or bulky material and needs to be slim fit to make the overall silhouette more streamlined. 

                      You can wear this in lieu of a jacket or cardigan in the office. 

                      The Onasis printed linen hanky skirt is nothing like your basic A-line skirt. The frayed and uneven hemline keeps it interesting and chic. Cotton ties on one side add that surprise factor and serves as accent. We paired it with a long sleeved tee for a clean, polished look. 

                      Easy to dress up or down with these side ribbon accent. 

                      We switched things up by pairing it with a stripe off the shoulder cotton tee for a little print on print action, yet keeping it within the same color family so it's not too much. Make sure the top is cut close to the body since the skirt is already flared. 

                      The Carros multilayer sleeved linen mini dress is this season's new LBD. Love the tiered sleeves and back cut-out giving the simple silhouette that something special. 

                      Viola! The Carros dress also doubles as a top worn under a voluminous tulle skirt, making it semi-formal appropriate. You can even wear this look to a garden wedding or cocktail event. 

                      The Bourvil chambray double tie front jumpsuit isn't your usual run-of-the-mill jumpsuit. The front ties create that element of surprise showing just the right amount of skin without being vulgar. Kept it casual with Birks and accessorised with a silk scarf. 

                      Knot it or make a ribbon, it's all up to you! 

                      Find the exposed skin a tad too much? Wear a tube top or bandeau underneath for added coverage. Finish it off with a statement necklace to keep the look from being boring. 

                      The Belgentier overlap slit top is one of those pieces that easily translate from work to play with just the addition of an accessory, like this cobalt statement necklace. We paired it with the Peillon flared linen pants for added drama. 

                       Open it up and it becomes an unexpected cover up! 

                      Here's the total dinner-date ready look. We just put a sequin tank underneath and switched to open toe gold sandals and it's done! 

                      The Caroline open back tweed playsuit is the quintessential business in front, party at the back sorta piece. We added this cute Guanta bug statement necklace to add a pop of color and contrast to break the monotony. 

                      Layering a white polo and rolling up the sleeves instantly switches up the look to geek chic status. 

                      The Mantazas navy wrap linen top is your new office uniform, adding drama via the gorgeous voluminous sleeves. 

                      Looks great worn with a light bottom to really make the navy pop. 


                      We layered it with a blue and white stripe long sleeved tee to give it a casual nautical spin for the weekend. 

                      Happy styling, Seekers!

                      Until our next Spin,




                      Wondering About This Wonder Balm



                      We all love wonder balms - they are salves to heal almost every kind of skin concern.  Lucas Papaw is arguably the best of the lost.  For those who are wondering why... here is the down low.

                      Who created Lucas Papaw?

                      Dr. T.P. Lucas

                      Born in Scotland in 1843, Thomas Pennington Lucas developed a love for natural history, botany and medicine from a young age. His interests in these areas led to a lifetime passion for botany and an esteemed career as a medical practitioner.

                      Originally practicing medicine in London, Dr. Lucas came to Australia in 1876 seeking a warmer climate. He initially moved to Melbourne where he practiced for 10 years before moving to Brisbane in Queensland. It was in Queensland that the story of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment really starts to take shape.


                      How was Lucas Papaw Discovered?


                      While carrying out his botanical research, Dr Lucas studied tens of thousands of botanical specimens. The specimen which commanded his closest attention and to which he devoted special study was the papaw tree.

                      The papaw plant and its fruit impressed Dr Lucas so much that his investigations led him to describe it as “the world's greatest healing agent”. From then on, Dr. Lucas devoted his researches to its application to modern medicine and, as a consequence, its benefits to humanity.

                      Kevin Talbot, descendant of TP Lucas.

                      Now several generations on, the all important papaw remedies have been passed on to the descendants of Dr Lucas. Today, the family owned business continues to manufacture Lucas’ Papaw Ointment to the same formula that Dr. Lucas used to prepare the ointment he worked so hard to create in his lifetime.


                      The company still operates in Brisbane where the ointment continues to be produced. You might be amazed to know that the formula for the famous ointment is still the same proven remedy today as when it was created over 100 years ago.

                      What is in Lucas Papaw?

                      Carica Papaya 39mg/g Fresh Fermented Fruit

                      The papaya used in Lucas' Papaw Ointment is Queensland grown fresh fruit. The fruit is received fresh to our factory in Brisbane where we ferment it under strictly controlled conditions. Every item of fruit we use is hand selected. Once the fruit is fermented to just the right level we can use it to make the ointment. The finished product contains 0.1mg/g of Potassium Sorbate which acts as a preservative.

                      Base - Pharmaceutical Grade Petroleum Jelly and Wax

                      The product does not contain polyplasdone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, talc, shellac, palm oil, glycerin or sodium lauryl sulphate. The base used in Lucas' Papaw Ointment meets the purity and safety standards of the United States FDA and the European Pharmacopeia.

                      Gum Balsam Peru

                      A minute amount of Gum Balsam Peru is used as a perfume in Lucas' Papaw Ointment. 


                      What does Lucas Papaw do?

                      The ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can be used as a local topical application on the following:

                      • Minor Burns & Scalds
                      • Sunburn
                      • Gravel Rash, Cuts & Minor Open Wounds
                      • Nappy Rash & Chafing
                      • Insect Bites
                      • Splinters & Thorns

                      Many users of the ointment also report temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema.



                      With so many uses and applications, it is always great to have a red jar of Lucas' Papaw Ointment handy in the home. Or, carry some with you on the go in the convenient 25g red tube.

                      Stop wondering and live wonderfully now!


                      Your Purveyor Of Beauty,


                      STU Woman: Aissa Castillo

                      It's hard to imagine how a mother of two boys with a full time job in retail, a blog and a career as a stylist manages to make it home in time to cook dinner and on top of it, look good while doing all that.

                      Meet Aissa. She's a lot of things and to us she's every bit of an STU Woman.

                      Can you describe yourself in a few sentences.

                      I spend most of my days juggling motherhood, a full time job, and several side hustles. I am living the dream working as a Store Director for a women's retail store where I am surrounded by curated assortment home furnishing, accessories, and apparel. After work hours is when I carefully schedule out client meetings and  photo shootsfor my freelance styling business.  

                      Since weekends off are hard to come by in the retail world, I yearn for spontaneous adventures with my family. We enjoy exploring new cities and finding hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 

                      Menton Off-the-Shoulder Linen Dress

                      What is a normal day like for you?

                      Everyday is different, really. My work schedule differs from week to week, so getting a routine down would be challenging.

                      On work days, I'm usually up by 5am to try to squeeze in a little studio time {Barre is my workout of choice}, before heading to work at 7. My work day typically ends just after 4, and is usually followed by a quick trip to the grocery for dinner essentials before heading home. Family catch-ups during prep, giggles at dinner, then tucking in the boys at about 8pm rounds out my day. More often than not, I try to squeeze in a couple of hours for Aislerchic; catching up on e-mails, creating content, or simply seeking inspiration. Then it's off to bed for me by 10pm at the latest. 

                      Beyin Printed Linen Cullotes

                      What makes you smile in the morning?

                      On work days a cup of freshly brewed coffee. On the weekends, seeing the boys at the foot of our bed makes my heart sing.

                      What is your FASHION/BEAUTY/HOME philosophy?

                      I like to mix things up when it comes to fashion and home. I love creating looks with highs - lows. Pairing a glitzy blouse with a pair of distressed denim, a velvet chesterfield with a thrifted chair. I like things to be little bit undone and never stiff or sterile.

                      Praiano Printed Long Robe

                      What are 5 pieces you cannot live without (FASHION/BEAUTY/HOME)?

                      In complete honesty, I can live without most things, but if I had a choice I would like to always have a moisturizer, a Lamer lip balm, my Mom's pearl earrings, pen and paper.

                      Warska Black Long Wrap Dress

                      What is your favorite travel destination? Why?

                      As silly as this may sound, I would have to say the Philippines. Although born and raised there, I feel like I took the country's beauty for granted when I lived there, and opted to explore elsewhere. There is so much to see. I can't wait to go back. 

                      Beyin Printed Linen Culottes 

                      What is the one thing you must bring with you when you travel?

                      A camera.

                      Where do you ‘seek’ for your personal FASHION/BEAUTY/HOME finds?

                      I love a good flea market, thrift or antique shop find.  Estate sales are huge treasure chests. I love giving older pieces new life and putting my own spin on them.

                      What is your most treasured UNIQ find from around the world? Why?

                      It would have to be the brass and white onyx lamp that my husband and I found at a local Estate Sale. I changed the shade that came with it and paired it with a more quirky print. 

                      What does the word “UNIQ” mean for you?

                      A signature. A trait that make something/someone stand out among the rest. 

                      Such a refreshing take on life, family, and personal style. Her effortless approach to creating an inspired world for her family and herself is special and admirable.
                      Aissa sure defines our idea of an STU Woman. 
                      Your Purveyor of the Uniq,
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