To say that Nina Eleazar came prepared for our shoot is an understatement. The sassy, confident avid Seeker was armed with two suitcases full of garments & accessories to style the pre-selected pieces her way. She is a true blue fashion addict and is open to wearing anything, especially pieces with print, color and texture. Unlike most Pinays who prefer to blend in, this lady is always standing out and stands proud embracing her curves like it's nobody's business.
We've recently launched a new size chart that's more inclusive and fitting for the Filipina frame. I personally believe that no matter the dress size, every woman yearns to style her own version of the ruffled skirt, paper bag pants, wrap dress and cropped top whether she admits it or not. Nina is a living doll of an example and was ecstatic to learn about the shop's recent developments. This one's for her and all the other ladies out there who want a piece of STU in their wardrobe.
I did a quick Q & A with the fashionista about her personal style and why once upon a time, she preferred shopping alone (as I do, too). Here's what she had to say.
Describe your personal style in three words.
Vintage, Chic, Modern
Favorite print and why.
Florals mixed with other patterns. I love how floral patterns have evolved over the years, most especially the recent months' floral frenzy---the prints have been pretty amazing! Gone were the days when florals were seasonal and very limited. A flower is a symbol of beauty, it can be used and mixed with other prints without losing its charm and it's very flexible.
Shoe or bag girl.
Both! Hahaha. But if given no choice, I have to say I'm more of a shoe person.
Best fashion advice ever received.
I was once told to not be afraid to show my true fashion preferences and styling, whether people comment positively or not, so long as I'm enjoying myself and appreciating myself when I look in the mirror; there's no need to get affirmation from others for self confidence when you step out the door. Another is not to be swayed by fads so easily, to buy pieces you can wear a hundred times, those that will grow old with you... which makes me a vintage addict! I have loads of items gathered from my mom who used to be a model. I saw from a young age what fashion is all about and that's when the love affair began.
Shop alone or with someone.
I normally shopped alone before, then with my fiancé and when I became a mom, with my daughters as well. Now, it's a family activity!
Nina's statement necklace from her own brand Una Ricci.
Nina in another version of our Cadiz skirt, this time lined in yellow blooms paired with her mom's vintage top.
Bracelet stack from Una Ricci.
Dressed turned kimono from a new collection.
Statement necklace from Una Ricci.
The Bovedas ruffled skirt in tomato paired with her favorite print.
The Bemboka wrap dress shines with minimal accessorising.
Hope this inspires you to embrace your individuality because there's nothing more appealing than a confident woman!
I have a confession. Most people think Valentine’s is a silly marketing ploy, but I actually love it! Yup, I’m that cliché romantic who gets excited about flowers, chocolates, and candlelight dinners.
Whether you are cheesy like me, a cynic, or somewhere in between - Valentine’s is a fun excuse to primp and pamper yourself. Here are some ideas to get you ready for the love month…
Pull off the Aroza Midi Skirt with confidence, by making sure your gams have got their game on. Start off with a combo of GVC’s Body Salt Scrub to exfoliate, followed by their Anti Aging Body Lotion to make sure the new skin is moisturized well. After hours in heels to accentuate this skirt, use Phina’s Relief Remedy Massage Oil or the Mustela Light Legs Gel to soothe those overworked calves. This regimen will improve skin tone and help prevent unsightly varicose veins.
A romantic piece like the Walhala Polka Dress calls for some sexy and subtle prep. Treat yourself to a decadent bath with the yummy shower gels of Phina’s Little Factory. There’s Salted Caramel, Dream, Papaya Milkshake, and Love (which is apropos). Then spray your choice of CBeauty Oil onto damp skin for extra soft & glowy skin. For those with a tan from the holidays, this is a great way to show it off.
Don’t forget to use Snoe’s Underarm Forces to avoid any humidity mishaps. Finish off with a spritz of Audrey by Soleil et Lune. Audrey depicts a woman who is “the tenderness of early spring that is tinged with a new voluptuous sensuality”.
Show off the stunning Eula Classic Gown with your hair down and in fighting form. Start off with your personal selection of GVC’s Heathly & Heavenly Shampoo and Helpful & Delightful Conditioner. For hair that needs extra loving, use Snoe’s Intense Argan Treatment Conditoner as a hair mask. You may also use this for after the festivities to get your hair back in tiptop shape.
For sexy tousled locks spritz on some Beachborn Sea Salt Spray. Just flip your hair over, spray on roots, then flip back. Instant va-voom volume… Make sure to also bring along the new Tangle Angel Compact Brush for quick touch ups and a glam accessory.
A top with a high neckline like the Whale Flowers Bodysuit, calls for a flawless complexion. Start your prep with GlamGlow’s Flash Mud that is a power packed brightening treatment for an instant facial boost. Follow this up with the Condition Face Serum of Phina. The main ingredients of Frankincense and Argan will seal in moisture and tighten pores. To get the best benefits, use the new Rose Quartz Face Roller to massage in the serum fully. Rose Quartz is called the “ice of the gods” and the gem’s healing powers will help even out facial contours.
For the big date night, treat yourself to a natural makeup look with Pixi’s Hello Glow Kit and Vitamin Wake Up Mist. They are all you need to highlight a fresh face (especially if you followed the steps above). Top it off with a sexy pout courtesy of the Zenutrients Strawberry Lip Butter or Ofra's Mina Liquid Lipstick.
While you’re at it – don’t forget to pick up a few things for your man. Our new men’s grooming line called BAD LAB is perfect for the no fuss guy’s guy. Get him the Lean, Mean Machine Sculpting Shower Gel – sorry no miraculous abs but it is the perfect after gym cleanser. Tame his locks and make him feel like an alpha (even if we know women still rule, haha) with the Like a Boss Hair Clay. Then don’t forget to have him spray on the Call To Arms Deo Fragrance for those close encounters.
Well, now I’M READY for some love…and other things. How about you?
You Purveyor Of Beauty & Wellness,
It's no secret that V-Day is a big deal in our 'hood. Hearts can't help but flutter as hopeless romantics plan the perfect evening full of sweet nothings: wine, roses and dessert just to name a few. While we at STU aren't the cookie-cutter type, we love a good date---V-Day or not---and came up with these looks you can wear on any kind of rendezvous, day to night, outdoors or in, five star or fast food. Let your personality be the gauge for a fun, giddy time and the first thing you want checked off the list is a great outfit. After all, there are more important things to think about...like what to get your significant other. Am I right??
For an afternoon of art appreciation
For the fashion risk-taker, this print on print combo is a no-brainer. No such thing as too bright, too flashy or too printed. Before you throw whatever you see first on the hanger, consider complementing colors like this canary and indigo pairing with the same black details. We kept the accessories neutral and complemented the outfit with contrasting magenta flat sandals for that added punch. Now you're ready to hit Pinto Art Museum, fresh and fuss free.
Office to cocktails
We can't not include the proverbial date night dress so here's our take: a versatile and very forgiving LBD in airy, cool cotton with an asymmetrical hem for an added twist. Perfect for day or night or day to night, as it's also office appropriate. A quick change of accessories is all you need and you're good to go!
For brunch at The Peninsula (or any hotel of your choice)
We love our boozy brunch dates and this is just THE dress to wear. It's a fun, wear and go frock that's peppered with Mexican-inspired embroidery that says you're ready for a fiesta, anytime, anywhere!
A night at the theater then drinks at Poblacion
Leeton tie-back top
For the alterna-chick who'd rather toast to craft beers after seeing a local production, an equally artsy outfit beckons. Dress up your wide-leg jeans with an eccentric top to keep things interesting. Am sure your date would appreciate the refreshing look just as much as that bottle of Joe's Brew.
Lunch with the parents / in-laws
If you're double dating with the folks, a modest albeit stylish ruffled wrap dress with do the trick. Add printed platforms for a different twist and punch it up with a crimson clutch, matching lips and you're made!
A day by the beach
Hanging out by the ocean is always a great idea, especially during cooler-than- summer February. Take a day trip to the nearest resort in this Hamptons-themed look in breezy blues and take in the fresh sea air while you sip a piñacolada as the sun sets (while holding hands, of course).
Concert at the park + cocktails
Dress + Zoriba woven bag
Escolta and Old Manila are bustling with events starting February and quite a unique way to spend an evening of local music and sights. Dress for the occasion in an updated prairie dress paired with black accessories to temper the cheekiness while channeling heritage dressing the modern way.
Dinner at Sala (or your favorite fine dining haunt)
Fine dining restos are always fully booked during Valentine's so make sure you dress the part soon as your partner confirms, partly to thank him for the gesture but mostly to look as beautiful as possible in case something big happens. Heard proposals are rampant this time of the year. #girlscout forever.
Have a super sweet Valentine's seekers!
Wear these Androgyne shorts with a striped top in a more feminine cut to balance out proportions.
Happy New Year, Seekers! Allow us to ring in the New Year not only with fresh drops, but also with fresh ideas for your wardrobe. The holidays may be over, but it doesn't mean you have to stop wearing colors attributed to the festive season. We're having a bit of a holiday hangover (style-wise), that's why we say: green is STILL in!
Dear Seekers, we know you are no strangers to skirt-dressing that's why we can't help but have new skirt designs all the time...just for you! For a no-brainer, casual look to lunch, don the Bovedas skirt with a basic white tank and sandals. Throw on a pair of colorful earrings like the Dariya to keep the look fun and flirty.
Do you have any style resolutions this year? How about going more adventurous with your fashion choices? We love a good print-on-print, and so should you! Wear the Sanlucar top tucked in under these Seeker-approved Tetouan pants, for a creative take on a monotone look. Accessorize with a geometric pair of earrings and your go-to black sandals. Top it off with a boater's hat, if you must!
On days when you don't feel like overthinking your outfit, you can always grab any statement-making dress like this Androgyne wrap dress. Pair with the Luisa hoop earrings and pointy mules to keep things modern. Earthy tones never looked this good.
Thinking of ways to dress up your jeans? Wear this Androgyne long vest over a tank and jeans combo and off you go! Pair with sneakers or strappy sandals for errand day. What's great about this vest is that you can also use it as a cover up for your upcoming beach trips, too!
We'll always have a soft spot for ruffles and we think you would adore this Luena dress with contrast piping and tie detail. Worn with low-heeled sandals and a hat, you've got one travel look crossed out for your next trip. This would look cute with white sneaks too!
Have fun copping these looks and wear your greens! Happy seeking!
Photos shot on location at Museo de Padilla
Last December a few weeks shy of Christmas, we opened our second Guide Shop with a Mexican tienda theme at Power Plant Mall's newly opened wing to enthusiastic response from old and new Seekers alike. The Gypseek Atlas, Escape Edition is the first time we had a physical shop within the mall and allowed our customers to purchase the items displayed instead of going online to buy. It offers a chance for shoppers to try on, touch, feel and see live their coveted pieces and if their choice happens to be at the store, they had the option to take it home with them! Suffice to say, this made everyone a happy camper especially during the Christmas rush when last minute shoppers no longer had to wait for their purchases to be delivered.
The guide shop will be at Power Plant Mall until January 31 only and after that, we are back online and all purchases made will be back to regular programming, brought to your doorstep.
Come and say Hi, try on your size and keep us company until the end of the month! If you're lucky, you might even chance upon sangria day. Yup, we do use the fruits in the store because in true STU fashion, nothing goes to waste.
Our home section side by side with garments for easy access.
STU's original muse Hillarie was on hand to play glam shopgirl during the holidays.
The bright boudoir contains accessories from local designers and global finds.
Books on design side by side plates and note cards because we're random like that.
We've got a couch for the kids and men to hang out in while their ladies shop!
Hill modelling an Intricado dress that was snatched within days! Watch out for the re-issue coming soon.
Hope to see you at the shop this month, Seekers! Would love to meet new ones as well.
The holidays for every retailer out there is the busiest time of the year and we at STU are no exception. But we couldn't let the season pass without our annual gift guide picks for ourselves and for the people we hold near and dear---including you, our dear Seekers. This year we decided to do it by personality because, let's face it, there are more than one colorful person in your tribe and often you get stuck as to what to gift them. So we did the thinking for you and hopefully, this makes shopping fun and a breeze. After all, don't you want to put all focus on the more important things like planning all your party outfits (and making sure you look your best in all the pics)! We've got those covered in the store, too, BTW. Here are our staff picks for the best stocking stuffers this Christmas!
Our resident #girlboss leaves nothing to chance, from ringing in the new year in polkas, to planning her 2018 agendas, to mixing the perfect cocktail. This boss lady knows herself and her posse like the back of her manicured hand, so expect uber thoughtful gifts from the leader of the pack.
1. Cobbler shaker 2. Classic tin shaker 3. Nastro cork screw 4. Camoapa polka dot skirt. 5. Salsa block heel sandals 6. Earrings 7. Cadentia cologne 8. Cadentia cologne 9. Floral planner 10. Philo placemat 11. Vanessa clutch 12. Tape measure 13. Kaayo Tangkulo scarf.
She’s carefree, unconventional and the epitome of a “cool mom”. Life’s a beach around her—literally, as she navigates her days in breezy caftans, bright prints and splashes of seaside accessories for holidays in and out of the city.
1. Chloe hat 2. Riyaz cover up 3. Palm tote 4. Baby Bum lotion 5. Anahide slides 6. Ensenda pillow cover 7. Sofia earrings 8. Balquemo embroidered cape 9. Madame Heng soap set 10. Nagpur vintage clutch 11. Bulgarian Rose face tonic 12. Rebecca circle straw bag 13. Rajkot net bag.
The girl who’ll try anything once, sartorially-wise. Unexpected styling is always the name of the game like pairing a racer stripe jumpsuit with velvet block heels and a statement straw bag. Expectedly however, gift-giving always comes with a personal touch.
1. Safari buri hat 2. Felicia sofa tray 3. Tromso denim jumpsuit 4. Las Penitas caftan 5. Cadentia cologne 6. Fenina earrings 7. Gumamela earrings 8. Phina face toner 9. Cadentia cologne 10. Margarita tote 11. Salsa sandals.
Minimalist, intelligent, mindful yet still feminine pieces that add a dash of androgyny to your ruffle-abundant wardrobe. Break on through to the sleeker side and embrace change this Christmas, in time to welcome a brand new year.
1. Zoriba woven bag 2. Oracle cleff necklace 3. Activate charcoal face mask 4. Rabat waste bin 5. Rita loafer mule 6. Beach Born sea salt spray 7. Cuerda knotted bracelet 8. Ella long sleeved button down 9. Tala abaca slip-ons 10. Androgyne jogger pants 11. Banja embroidered shirt
It’s #YOLO all the way for this chicka, as if everyday is one big party. Twenty somethings are unapologetic in their choices, be it fashion, home accoutrements and make-up. No shortage of quirk and personality, perfect for standing out this party season.
1. Waku jacket 2. Hampton heels 3. Bapu keychain 4. Constanza maillot 5. Orelano clutch 6. Cadentia anti-mosquito spray 7. Jharna notebook 8. Tusla block print dress 9. Pixie tint & gloss 10. Tangle Angel brush 11. Jewelry box 12. Krisanisi tie-front dress
This artist doesn’t shy away from special details like one-of-a-kind prints, denim and texture for as long as she can express herself. You can always count on something out of the box from this one that’s anything but boring.
1. Stolac paper bag jeans 2. Sun Bum sunscreen 3. Cabana trinket tray 4. Kolonnawa cut-out dress 5. Zaragoza scarf 6. S.C. Vizcarra office organizer 7. Lucas Papaw ointment 8. Ikat gift cards 9. Diana acrylic earrings 10. Spritz cologne 11. Spritz room spray 12. Aye chain strap clutch.
Loves to experiment with anything she gets her hands on, and the more unique, the better! A fruity clutch, statement earrings, bling and super beauty products is just the frosting on her very intriguing cake.
Goes gaga for all the parties she’s attending (and planning), even poolside-ready with a cover-up and coordinates, because you’ll never know when lightning will strike so best be prepared. Giving-wise, she’s got it all covered with woven accessories and then some for a tropical touch.
Takes nesting seriously in comfy yet stylish hostess attire, making sure every detail is just so, down to the knobs of her cabinets up to the danglers in her lobes. Receiving a parcel from her is always a home run!
1. Tulum plate charger 2. Luena ruffled maxi dress 3. Jharna handmade notebook 4. Iznajar top and skirt set 5. Athena sandals 6. Waterlily bag 7. Marble white placemat and coaster set 8. Jharna notebook 9. Nobsa ceramic knobs 10. Frida earrings 11. Bagru catch all tray 12. Fille et Fils cologne 13. Nobsa ceramic knobs 14. Phina's face mask kit.
Lives life with the discipline of an athlete: everything is covered from the mind, body and soul. Mindful choices with all-natural ingredients that are kind to your skin coupled with a multi-functional bodysuit are just some of the surprises in store under her tree.
1. Tori sporty swim set 2. Vallehermoso hot plates 3. Pixi Sun Mist 4. Cabana container 5. Mytagalongs water bottle 6. Monet bodysuit 7. Givenchy face powder 8. Zenutrients massage oil 9. Yoga straps 10. Flordeliza wrap sandals 11. Zenutrients face cream wash.
He knows the ins and outs of the local industry and dresses the part like it’s summer all-year long (because it is in this neck of the woods!). Comfort is top priority, side by side with a chic home base and easy accessories you’ll want to covet.
A very happy holidays from all of us at STU! Happy Shopping, Seekers!
This #girlboss totes her personalized woven bag from STU's creative escape in Morocco.
In the business that Valerie is in, there’s no denying that it is also a reflection of her own style, where accessories take center stage. “Having founded an accessories start-up, it’s no small wonder I pay more attention to bangles and earrings than the average girl.” When asked whether she was really more of a jewelry/accessories girl than a clothes horse, we already had a guess on what she would answer. We were sort of correct, but like any girl with that dilemma, she says, “Why choose? It’s really about creating a personally authentic look with one’s clothes and jewelry, where the sum is greater than its parts.” True that!
So how does this Seeker describe her personal style? “Minimalist-romantic.” She usually goes for tank tops in different materials because she says she can easily wear them with most skirts and pants – well-fitted high waist ones are her favorite. When she feels like dressing things up, she’d opt for ruffles and low necklines but shuns “anything too girly”. She turns to brands such as COS, A.P.C., and Zara for her everyday pieces; Acne Studios and Céline when she feels like splurging a bit. And for her “romantic, wanderlusting tendencies”? Seek the Uniq, of course!
With a penchant for standout pieces, this accessories guru and businesswoman leaves us with three of her styling tips when accessorizing:
Valerie gets first dibs on this STU dress and styles it with contrasting accessories.
Ring party, anyone?
Make a bright skirt like the Bovedas still the highlight of your look by matching it with neutral colored accessories.
Valerie slips on the Krisanisi linen dress and wears it with a stack of STU bangles and her rings. She says that "accessories are the punctuation marks to a sentence: they don’t always have to be there but you certainly know when they’re missing." We couldn't agree more!
Inspired to accessorize more, dear Seekers? We hope so!
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