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Purveyors of the Uniq

August 22, 2019


Seek Squad: Meet Nina, Our Accessories Merchandiser

Meet the lovely lady behind our beautiful selection of shoes, bags, and accessories

Nina Quintos is a character of contrasts. On the onset, she seems reserved and pensive, but one only needs to spend a short time with her to realize that she’s quite a warm, chatty person. She exudes elegance, refinement, and restriction but only to a certain point. Beyond it lies freedom unabashed. There is a certain push and pull to her – something that draws you in but makes you want to step back and admire her from afar.

The same could be said of her style. There are certain rules and structures that she adheres to but others she breaks gleefully. She wears her clothes with class but over time, you notice her unique personality injected in the form of little quirks.

Get to know the lovely lady behind our beautiful selection of shoes, bags, and accessories.

What’s your position at Seek the Uniq?
Merchandise Planner. Product Stylist. Emergency/stand-in footwear model. I'm the shoes, bags and accessories purveyor. 

Describe your daily uniform.
I usually pair a loose-fitting top with everything from skirts to wide-leg pants or an oversize blazer with shorts or jeans.

Nina adheres to some rules and gleefully breaks others


What are three staple items in your closet that you can't live without?
Blazers, loose tops, and denims.

If your style had a soundtrack, what would it be?
The first thing that comes to mind is the 500 Days of Summer movie soundtrack. It's a wide range of modern, retro-rock, romantic, indie and classic songs. A little bit of everything really.

What do you love about your job?
I love curating the items that we get to sell on the site. The process of coming up with ideas and bringing those ideas to life the STU way, whether during product and fashion shoots or guide shop events is amazing, challenging but mostly enjoyable because of the STU team.

The accessories merchandiser loves to keep her style classic with a hint of edginess


If you could design an accessory for Seek the Uniq with no limitations on materials and cost, what would it look like?
It would probably be a long gold necklace with an asymmetrical mix of chains and/or hoops. You can remove other hoops to use as either rings or earrings, then you can hook/unhook the chains to use as layered necklaces. (Patent pending =P)

If you could take only three items from the STU site, what would they be and why?
This is almost impossible to answer as there are so many! At the moment though, I'm eyeing the Heyjow Oceana layered necklace, Yecora - White Floral tiered dress and Calamus Rattan Bar Cart just because. ;)

Tell us one styling story that you find memorable.
It would be during my first on-location shoot at a beach house in Batangas for 'The Getaway Plan' summer story. It was one of the biggest collections we ever shot, more than 50 looks, 2 models, and tons of bags, accessories, and footwear. I learned a lot, worked and laughed a whole lot with the team.

One of Nina's closet must-haves: a blazer

One of the perks of Nina's job is picking out gorgeous footwear

If you could style just one person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
It's a tie between Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart (can't choose!) for an event. I love their fashion sensibilities, always so classic, feminine and edgy but never over the top.

Favorite fashion hack.
Balancing/mixing cold and warm weather separates because of the unpredictable weather in Manila. This encompasses covering either only the arms or legs ie. wearing an oversized denim jacket over a short, light dress, then tying the jacket on my waist if the sun decides to come out on an otherwise cloudy day.

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?
Probably overthinking what people's opinions will be about my outfit, then ending up not wearing what I want. I can be a little bit analytical as someone has recently pointed out.

Learning to balance: Nina admits she can be analytical at times when it comes to styling

Styling pet peeve?
Skintight clothing with stilettos or insisting on having to wear only branded clothing.

Less or more? Why?
More. Better to always be extra than lacking.

If you could impart styling advice to our Seekers, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to try something new. Wear what makes you feel good, comfortable and most especially happy. Most probably, people will appreciate you more for being you.=)

August 15, 2019


Say Hello to Our Linen Friends

Changing up your bed decor has mental and emotional benefits

Changing up the design of a room every now and then matters more than most think. It’s not just an expensive hobby that a select privileged have, but it has actual benefits for mental and emotional health. The aesthetic of a room can do wonders for a person in the same vein that clutter can affect the productivity of most. Every now and then, changing up a thing or two in a room can greatly rejuvenate and refresh the people using the space. We especially find this important in the place of rest: the bedroom.

The bedroom is one of the more vital rooms in a home primarily because it is a place to disconnect from the chaos of every day. It is also one of the rooms that see few design changes over time because it’s not a place that guests usually visit. Much of change takes place in common areas. One shouldn’t neglect the power of freshening up the space of rest.

The bedroom is vital because it is a place to disconnect from the chaos of everyday 

If you’re looking to make quick changes to your bedroom without splurging or moving things around too much, we have a few suggestions for you:

1. Invest in bed runners.

Some might think that bed runners are only for hotels but they’re a great way to add character to your bedroom. The best part? You can get them in different designs and colors and just switch them up according to your mood easily and inexpensively. Think of them as bright, bold brushstrokes across a blank canvas.

Bed runners like this festive, tasseled one can quickly change up a bedroom's mood

Bet you didn't think your bed could wear neon patterns

2. Change up your throw pillow covers.

The idea behind this is the same as bed runners, except there is more flexibility with throw covers. You can opt to do them in the same pattern but different colors, or completely mix them up as far as your creativity can take you. You can even play around with different pillow shapes.

Go bold: don't be afraid to mix up different designs

Pillows in different shapes are fun to play around with

3. Replace your headboard.

If you are open to investing a bit more on your bed décor, we suggest switching out your headboard. That way, there’s no need to splurge on a whole bed frame and you can do it without the hassle of trying to lug huge pieces through doorways.

Change up your bed without the hassle of fitting bulky stuff into doorways by switching out your headboard

August 09, 2019


Seek Squad: Meet Vicky, our Purveyor of Home Finds

Meet the life of the STU party Vicky Marchadesch

Smart, witty, and sharp as a tack, Vicky Marchadesch is a force to reckon with in the STU team. She is one of those people who immediately demand your attention despite being in a sea of faces. This is not just because of Vicky’s unique style but also because she’s a bright ball of fun, warm energy – the addictive kind.

Far from being an extroverted mess, Vicky has her moments of creative quiet. A quick look at her organizer would show that she is someone who does not settle for the mundane, dressing up her notes the only way she knows how: in a maximalist manner.

Get to know our purveyor of home finds Vicky, and the creative process that takes place behind her colorful world.

What is your position at Seek the Uniq?

Retail Consultant and Purveyor of Home Finds.

Use three words to describe your style.

Eclectic, vintage (but not granny!) and I do love a bit of kitsch!

If your style had a soundtrack, what would it be?

I haven’t really thought of my style soundtrack. It would probably something from the ’70s because it’s my favorite decade fashion-wise. But my life soundtrack is definitely Madonna.

Big patterns and even bigger accessories define Vicky's everyday uniform

What do you love about your job?

It’s only been in the last few years that I have truly developed my own sense of style for the home. Seeking and curating home pieces is so new to me. So, to be given the trust to do this for STU is absolute love and gratitude.

Which style icon (dead or alive) would you want to have lunch with and why?

I have many style icons but one favorite comes to mind: Iris Apfel. She’s 97-years-old now, so there’s a bit of urgency. I want to meet her… and soon! I want to be her when I grow up.

At home, which room do you spend the most time in and why?

Which room do you spend the least time in? We just moved homes a few months ago, after living in one village for almost 20 years. It’s a smaller place than our past home so I spend a lot of time now in our living/dining area where I work and do a lot of decorating.

I spend the least time in the kitchen. My domestic goddess-ness lies mostly in decorating, entertaining and styling. Much to my boys’ dismay ☹

Skulls and wildlife are constants in Vicky's curations

What are the things you consider when picking out home items for STU?

Nothing in my world matches. Everything in my world clashes. So that’s how I choose items for STU. I certainly choose a mismatch collection of things and yet, somehow, it all works. (Or at least, I hope it does.)

What makes a house a home?

The people who live it.

The STU home honcho wears a beautiful wax print skirt sought lovingly from South Africa

If you could take only three items from the STU site, what would they be and why?

• Any handmade home item (hand painted, hand embroidered, etc.) - Because love, creativity, and dedication are what goes into handmade.

• Caftans from India – because these are specially designed and crafted for STU; once sold out, you won't’ see it again because we hardly repeat designs!

• Mixed print ceramic dinnerware – they are so hard to find. When you see it online, BUY!

If weren’t in a job that had anything to do with home and interiors, what would you be doing instead?

I would probably be running my own quaint little B&B in Baguio.

What do you usually do outside of work hours?

I love junking (that’s Ukay Ukay hunting in upscale lingo)… haha!

In Vicky's world, everything clashes (in a good way)

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?

Maybe skinny jeans? Any body-con is SO NOT ME. Oh, and acid wash jeans.

Styling pet peeve?

I would never choose a matchy-matchy look. I prefer a layered and collected mix style. This goes for fashion and most especially, my home.

If you could impart styling advice to our Seekers, what would it be?

I really believe in the concept of the more you layer, the better. Needless to say, I'm a maximalist. It’s not for everyone but it’s important to collect things over time— things that you love and have meaning to you. Then let your home gradually evolve. The home should be a true reflection of you.

August 03, 2019


Inspired Approach to Sustainable Packaging: Unwrap is the New Unbox

Inspired by the Japanese art form Furoshiki, STU's new packaging is both beautiful and environment-friendly

In an effort to reduce waste and our local footprint we are taking a considered approach to packaging. As much as we love a good unboxing experience, we love our planet more, therefore, we are discontinuing our use of corrugated boxes. In lieu of it is a furoshiki-inspired cotton cloth we have created with circularity in mind.

The wrapping cloth can be used as an everyday table napkin

How can the new Seek The Uniq cloth packaging be reused? Let us count the ways.

1. As a table napkin.

If you’re not the tissue napkin kind even on your most casual days, our wrapping cloth can double up as an everyday table napkin. The print is fun for kids, savvy for mom and dad, and is an all-around looker for guests.

From our end, we think it’s best served with popcorn.

Add texture to corners of your home with our lovely black-and-white print

2. As an all-around home accent.

There is always some spot in the house that can use that extra something. Whether it’s a bar cart that looks too stiff, or solid accents that need a little texture in between, our wrapping cloth may be the touch of texture that your interior designer self has been looking for.

Insert fresh personality into a tablescape by reusing our strategically sized wrapping cloth as placemats

3. As placemats.

Switch out your usual placemats for our wrapping cloth for an instant tablescape change up. We especially love how they inject fresh personality to a classic dining table.

Instantly transform your tote by using the cloth as a knotted accessory

4. As fashionable accessories.

Everyone knows that we love our versatile scarves. Use the wrapping cloth as a hair accessory: bandana, headband, ponytail scarf, among other great styling ideas. Some other suggestions are to tie the cloth around your wrist and layer with bracelets, belt loop accessories, or even securely knotted on your favorite tote.

These, of course, are just some of the ways to reuse our furoshiki-inspired cloth. You can go as far as your imagination will allow you to go (like sewing them up together to create canvas bags).

For a cause that helps the environment and gives back in more ways than one, everybody goes home a winner.

July 19, 2019


Seek Squad: Meet our Stylist Nasia

Nasia styles up the Tecuci jumpsuit with her own unique flair

When one thinks of the Seek aesthetic, bold prints, loud colors, big sleeves, and even bigger skirts come to mind. To imagine the forces behind the signature STU look would probably conjure up a few office scenes from The Devil Wears Prada. If you meet resident stylist Nasia Cammayo, however, you would quickly know that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Nasia differs from the usual stylists by exuding a designer’s air about her. There’s an almost nonchalant casualness to her everyday dressing, as if to say that the greatest work of her hands are reserved for her subjects – her masterpieces. At the same time, she works with a quiet humility about her.

Trust us on this though: she can pack a punch with a hilarious quip or two.

Meet Seek the Uniq’s beloved coffee-crazy stylist, Nasia Cammayo.

What’s your position at Seek the Uniq?

Fashion Stylist/Writer/Merchandising Team Member

Describe your daily uniform.

It's usually a white tee with rolled up sleeves, high waist jeans or wide leg pants, silver jewelry, my glasses, and sneakers. 

STU's resident stylist experiments with her look by using a puff sleeve top as a jacket

Which style icon (dead or alive) would you want to have lunch with?

I would love to have lunch with the Olsen twins, Pharrell Williams, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, and award-winning costume designer, Edith Head. So hard to choose!

If you could ask one thing to that style icon, what would it be?

I would ask them: What point in your life did you realize that you were interested in fashion and wanted to be in it?

What do you love about your job?

The team energy, getting to touch and see new products firsthand, and creating stories/building looks. Also, having the flexibility with time, since I am first and foremost, a freelance fashion stylist.

We know that you’re quite the sneakerhead. How did your love for them start?

It started when my aunt used to work for Puma and she always gifted us (on Christmas or birthdays) with the coolest sneaker styles that weren't even available in Manila yet. I'd wear them with jeans, skirts, cropped pants, and so on! I would always get compliments and comments that they've never seen that style yet in the malls.

Leather boots are only one of Nasia's style must-haves

The resident STU stylist shows off her knack for detail

Unlimited supply of premium coffee beans or the sneakers of your dreams?

Wahhhhh! I'd probably go for the unlimited supply of premium coffee beans for now, since I currently don't have a dream pair of sneakers. I'm pretty happy with the pairs that I have. I have a dream bag/bags, though! Haha!

Tell us one styling story that you find memorable.

I had the opportunity to style the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago for a magazine feature. I was so nervous—the entire team, actually—because I knew how scary she was, but I've always admired her (I even voted for her as President in the 2016 elections!). Cut to when she arrived and I already helped her get ready, it was she who broke the ice and started cracking jokes. We all finally got to breathe! Haha! We even have a hugging photo!

If you could take only three items from the STU site, what would they be and why?

Tough question because there's always something new or something I like that gets sold out! For now, the Petrosani wide leg pants, because I've always been a fan of Seek's wide leg pant styles (the wider, the better!); the Guyam sling bag because it's a multi-way bag with unique details and that Filipino touch; and the Onzie mesh hoodie because I can wear it to a workout and beyond.

Favorite fashion hack.

Layering, wearing loose over loose with nonchalance, and rolling up the sleeves of my shirt/top!

Coffee or sneakers: Nasia reveals she would pick an unlimited coffee supply over the sneakers of her dreams

If you weren't a stylist, what would you have been?

A costume designer, creative director, hip-hop dancer/choreographer, or theater/broadway actress.

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?

Being a careless shopper when I was younger, giving away my elephant pants from high school, and not buying those Alexander Wang shoes while on a trip to Hawaii because we were in a hurry (it still haunts me today)!

Styling pet peeve?

Not experimenting or wearing all trends at once.

If you could impart styling advice to our Seekers, what would it be?

Never say never, be open to different styles and colors, expose yourself to what's new and even fashion history, embrace your body type, and ALWAYS dress for yourself and not for anyone else.

July 10, 2019


A Seeker's Spin: Aissa

Fresh from Los Angeles, Aissa Castillo spares some time and a few pieces from her suitcases to do a style feature with us

If you’ve been following our posts closely, Aissa Castillo of aislerchic.com is no stranger to you. With fresh takes on STU pieces delivered regularly through her Instagram, Aissa’s OOTDs are easy favorites. A quick lookup of #seekersighting pulls up several of her looks (and we honestly wanted to post more but we had to give chance to others).

Fortunately for us, Aissa found herself flying out of the US and onto our soils - and straight into an inevitable Seeker’s Spin feature. The Iris Apfel fangirl spared some time and a few pieces from her suitcases to do a styling feature with us.

No to stiff dressing: Aissa emphasizes the mix of basics with statement pieces

When done right, a pair of statement earrings makes a lot of sense with a printed top 

Describe your daily uniform.

Basics + Statement. Unless I’m feeling really adventurous, then statement all the way! Ha!
 
What are three staple items in your closet that you can't live without?

My basics to high - low dressing: Denim jacket, metallic colored shoes, and a statement earring.

Aissa is not one to shy away from bold colors

Metallic shoes are a must for this stylish mom

What is one thing you’ll let yourself splurge on?

Travel! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to value collecting memories and experiences over material things.

Less or more? Why?

More! I like having options.

Shoes on point: these red heels make a poignant statement

Aissa's carefree countenance makes her a social media favorite

You're very active with sharing your style on your social media and even have your own styling website up. What made you decide to start blogging?

I started a blog in 2014, much like others, to simply document my personal style. A visual style journal I suppose. It started as a creative partnership between me and my husband (new spin on “date night” I guess?). What started with impromptu backyard snaps, soon transitioned into on-location styled shoots and collaborations with fellow creatives and favorite brands.

The blog has unfortunately taken the back seat as of late, and I have found Instagram to be my main social outlet.

Sneaks and skirts make the perfect balance of sophisticated and girl-next-door

Which style icon would you want to have lunch with? If you could ask one thing to that style icon, what would it be?

Iris Apfel. I would ask, "What’s your thought process when in comes to outfitting?"

Favorite fashion hack.

Wearing bright or metallic colors for an instant mood booster.

Aissa shares that her OOTDs depend on her mood

When starting your day, how do you decide on an outfit?

I dress to my mood + task at hand.

Fun fact: I usually wear bright colors on a gloomy day to bring my own sunshine.

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?

No regrets here, just big learns :)

Fashion pet peeve?

When everything matches from head to toe. It feels so stiff and sterile.

 Aissa keeps things interesting by mixing leather, weave, and leopard print

Parting words to styling newbies: make it yours

Have you ever lost sleep over a piece of clothing or accessory? If yes, what was it?

Hmmm....this is tough. I want to say yes, but I can’t remember what it could’ve been. So probably no. Although I tend to stalk the Seek website for re-issues of some styles I missed on. Ha!
 
Any advice to readers who are still trying to find their own style?

Wear what makes you feel good. It is ok to take style cues from your icons, but make sure to put your stamp on it - make it yours!

July 01, 2019


Movement Muse: Meg Entrata

From clinically obese to being fit as a fiddle, Meg Entrata opens up about her fitness journey

All in a day's workout: cardio and weightlifting are Meg's staples in a gym session

If you’ve heard of Learning on the Gogh, a group that customizes arts and crafts activities for children, you have probably heard of Meg Entrata. “Teacher Meg” is not only gifted in the sphere of creative arts but is also a natural charmer when it comes to children. Her easygoing nature easily wins over even the toughest of little tykes.

Despite her jovial nature with kids, Meg becomes the exact opposite when it comes to fitness. She takes the saying “train like a beast” to heart – and it shows in her gym sessions.

The self-confessed gym and sports junkie opened up to about her fitness journey and her preferences when it comes to picking out activewear.

Go from workout to work wear by donning wide legged pants over a bodysuit

A see-through jelly bag puts a twist to your post-workout look

What is fitness to you?

Fitness for me is not just limited to physical fitness, or our ability to do physical work easily. I think fitness is more of a holistic thing. We should be mentally and emotionally fit as well. 

Tell us a bit about your fitness journey.

I started going to the gym right after college because I was clinically obese. I was 170lbs with a 37inch waistline. I enrolled at a nearby gym and I never stopped going up to now. Apart from the gym, I also do different sports.

After deciding to change her unhealthy lifestyle, Meg now hits the gym five times a week

Investing in cute activewear is part of Meg's motivation for hitting the gym

How often do you workout in a week? What does your daily workout look like?

I workout 5x a week. It's usually a combination of cardio and weight lifting. 

If we looked in your gym bag, what would we see?

Well, my toiletry kit and change of clothes because I shower in the gym before going to work. I also bring my own skip rope and resistance bands for my workout. 

What’s your favorite activewear piece to shop for? What are the things you consider when picking out activewear?

Sports bra! When shopping for activewear, the support must be really good. I really invest in quality pieces because I use my workout clothes a lot.

Meg enjoys shopping for sports bras more than other activewear

 Do you have a pre and post-workout routine?

I just stretch before and after my workout. 

They say fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% working out. Do you follow a nutrition plan?

I just try to avoid fast food, chips, and sweets. I'm not successful most days though. Haha! 

Despite her feminine flair, Meg enjoys an active lifestyle by engaging in sports

Meg's advice to fitness newbies: find an activity you enjoy and just go for it

Do you have fitness muses?

My older sister Suzi Abrera. She super fit and strong!

What advice would you give to people who want to start a more active fitness lifestyle?

Find a sport or activity that you enjoy doing and just go for it. Progress slowly to avoid injuries. You can also go with a workout buddy to make your workouts more fun! Invest also in good workout clothes because they really last longer plus it also helps to look cute in the gym. 😉
     
   
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