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December 08, 2019

APARTAMENTO: Step Into Our Cozy Guide Shop

APARTAMENTO welcomes you with a beautiful counter made out of breeze blocks

Seek the Uniq is back with another guide shop, this time snuggled into a comfy spot that will soothe your retail therapy needs. The guide shop's design comes with utmost intentionality as the space is aptly named APARTAMENTO. 

Taking cues from its abstract art-inspired walls, the guide shop is a mix of cool modern and warm elements. The first thing that will catch your eye is a Spanish-inspired counter made out of breeze blocks. (That is if you don't get distracted by the pretty frocks hanging by the door first.)

The space takes its cues from modern art-inspired walls

Our trademark wood-and-botanical combination lives

For Guide Shop newbies, this is how it works:

1. Browse through our display.
2. Try your chose pieces on.
3. If you are ready to purchase, log on to seektheuniq.com via tablets we have around or with your mobile.
4. Add to cart.
5. Expect the items at your doorstep.

Not sure about an item? See them in person at Level R2 of Power Plant Mall

Come visit us for some #ApartmentTherapy at Level R2 of Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. We'd love to chat with you! 

November 24, 2019

Travel Must-Haves: 12 Beauty Essential Picks for Holiday Trips

Packing your beauty essentials should be fuss-free and efficient

When traveling, packing beauty essentials tends to be the last thing on the must-do list (and the most rushed one at that). It's very tempting to throw all your favorite products into your luggage, and end up not actually using half of them. With the right tools and know-how, packing your must-haves should be fuss-free and efficient.

We've rounded up 12 of our must-have beauty products to take with you on holiday trips.

Changing temperatures call for a simple hypoallergenic skincare line

Our skin can become pretty sensitive especially when it experiences drastic changes in temperature. We recommend packing a hypoallergenic line especially designed for sensitive skin like Centella Asiatica. Their fuss-free line consists of cleansing water, multi lotion, and multi toner.

Traveling is not an excuse to forego giving your skin a little TLC

Going on holidays is not an excuse to skip extensive skincare. Take at least one to two days out of your packed schedule to give your skin the TLC it deserves (especially after all the sightseeing). We love bringing our favorite G9 serum and a face roller to give our skin a good massage before turning in for the night.

Of course, we can't skip scents either. Pack a light-hearted cologne such as Cadentia's classic fresh French scent. Head notes are bergamot, lemon, orange, lisea cubeba, and neroli. Heart notes are clove and pine, deep notes are white musk and orange.

Keep your makeup essentials to pieces that are simple but versatile

For makeup, we love to go the natural look that can take you from day-to-night. We recommend a base powder, a concealer set (to keep your travel photos blemish-free), mascara, a travel brush set, and our secret weapon: a contour set. Contour sets are great for taking you from a light, feminine look to femme fatale. Another must-have: red lipstick. Never travel without one. You never know when you'll need it.

We also love that the Srichand Powder can double as a face mask. Just add water.

We love travel bags that have pouches that stay put, thanks to a little bt of velcro

Our travel bag motto: the more partitions, the better

Half the battle is picking out the perfect bag in which to store your beauty products in. We love a great compact set that has several pouches and partitions in it. We especially love how a brand like KiT's pouches are made of a material that's easy to wipe should there be any product spills made. 

Just make sure you have these basics, and maybe a bottle of sunscreen, and you're good to go. Happy holiday-ing!

November 17, 2019

The Weigh In: The STU Team Wears the Terni Top

Being a part of the Seek the Uniq team has many perks, but a popular one would be having access to all the beautiful clothing. We are as much Seekers as anyone which makes working not really feel like work.

We enjoy the pieces just as much as the next Seeker, but we, of course, have our individual take on it. This time, we weigh in on the Terni top.

The Terni top is an oversized blazer with exaggerated puff sleeves. A self-fabric belt is included for that chic cinched waist look. Easily dress the Terni up or down by pairing with your favorite bottom and accessories.

November 10, 2019

At Home with Kitty Bunag

Space stylist Kitty Bunag -  the force behind our gorgeous pop-up stores (along with her talented team) - welcomed us into her beautiful home

If you’ve been to one of our recent pop-up stores, allow us to toot our own horn and say that they were nothing short of breathtaking. Our secret weapon: Kitty Bunag and the rest of the amazing team from Craftsmith. Kitty not only creates the most beautiful spaces, but she also takes equally beautiful photos of them.

Having inherited her grandparents’ old house, it was only natural for us to become curious about the space she calls home. Kitty welcomed us with open arms as we peeked into her abode – and we were not disappointed. The darkened walls made full with earthy accents showed off Kitty’s – and Craftsmith’s - signature look, this time with the lived-in footprints of her warm and lovely family.

Get to know our space designer extraordinaire Kitty Bunag.

Woven baskets contrasted with black and gray accents show off Kitty's unique aesthetic

Kitty's workspace is like a page torn out of Kinfolk

Tell us a bit about the history and vision you have for your home.
Our house belonged to my late grandparents from my dad’s side of the family. The walls of this ancestral home have gone through many changes - structurally & within.❤️

How do you integrate your love for photography into your home’s design?
I actually started with space design. I majored in interior design back in college. I started with mostly events and residential projects while keeping a corporate job. I also ventured into unique handmade fashion and home accessories before I finally worked as a full-time interior design consultant and photographer over the recent years when I co-founded Craftsmith with my cousin-in-law, Mia.

The way I style pocket spaces is highly influenced by the disciplines I learned in photography & interior design. Same principles apply actually. Like the use of good natural light in spaces. Not a whole lot, just the right amount of light to create moody cozy spaces. Like the skylights in our small dining room, and living room.

According to the space stylist, plants are her greatest home hack

Add a pop of bright colors, prints, and wooden elements to create a calm contrast

We noticed that your walls are mostly a dark shade of gray – a color that most homemakers would be scared to try. Can you tell us a bit about how you decided on the color?
Our walls used to be bright - like whites and oranges. Coming from that, I decided to go dark for a change. Paint is key when doing a dramatic makeover without necessarily breaking the bank. Also with dark-colored walls, in my opinion, you immediately feel a sense of calm wash over your entire being. It’s also such an easy palette to work with should you decide to throw in colors and textures and patterns.

Which room do you spend the most time in? Which room do you spend the least time in?
Most: In the lanai and work area just because there’s so much work lately and these areas are where I’m most productive even with my kids alongside me.

Least: In front of the TV. 

Kitty shares that the principles behind photography are applied the same way to space styling

If you could change something in your home, what would it be and why?
The little indoor pond! We’ve had this since before I was born I think. And I love it. I love any water feature. But I’ve always wanted a little indoor pool! Lol. :)

We love the vintage closet by the doorway, as well as the quaint stuff in it. Is there a story to that?
My family is very sentimental. Upcycling is our thing. Things are passed on from one generation to the next. My family loves art & music. Both my parents collected records, tapes, & CDs. To turn the closet into an entertainment cabinet only made sense. :)

What is the best bargain you’ve ever gotten when hunting for home pieces?
The recycled gates/frilly metal frames in the kitchen where we hang pots & pans, also used as details on the skylights in the little dining nook & garage.

Name your favorite home hack.
“Put a plant!”

Just the right amount of lighting can make a big impact on a room 

Who are the people who influence your style?
My mom, Ilse Crawford, The Black Widow, Satoshi Kawamoto, Beth Kirby, The Olsen Twins

If you could visit any home in the world, whose would it be?
Ett Hem and Giselle Bündchen’s homes.

Your kitchen is probably one of the most spacious kitchens we’ve featured thus far. Is there a special reason for that?
Our family hosts small gatherings quite often but apart from that, a lot of DIY stuff happens there - both kitchen & non-kitchen crafts.

Coming from a sentimental family, Kitty shares that she loves to upcycle furniture and find places for them in her home

It has been said that lighting can make or break interiors. Do you have any advice on how one can choose home lighting?
Good lighting does wonders. Using LED halogen track lights is another home hack for me. It’s easy & fast to install/uninstall, doesn’t require destroying or reconfiguring ceilings, it’s flexible, and very aesthetically pleasing.

What makes a house a home?
A whole lotta love. :)

October 26, 2019

A Seeker's Spin: Kimmi Siu-Dewar

Meet Kimmi Siu-Dewar - the lady with a larger-than-life personality

Anyone who meets Kimmi Siu-Dewar is likely to spew something along the lines of "I can't believe you already have two kids." The self-professed tiger mama doesn't shy away from form-fitting clothes, crop tops, and other risqué OOTDs. This comes with good reason: Kimmi is basically all muscle. In the spirit of the time-tested adage, we say, "when you've got it, flaunt it."

The extroverted Aussie gal opened up her Manila home and showed us what styling prowess really means. But don't take our word for it - we've got more than enough pictures (and words) for you to see for yourself.

Sweet but bold, and sometimes risqué, is how we would describe Kimmi's style

Describe your daily uniform.
I need to dress accordingly to my day and night ahead. What meetings I have and if there are events. And it also depends on my mood and the weather. Luckily it's always tropical weather in Manila, so I wear a lot of skirts and dresses made from natural fiber fabrics to stay cool. They're also easy to take from day-to-night.

Sneakers and slip-on flats have always been my favorite since my job requires a lot of walking around. However, I recently discovered block heels, that has been a welcome addition on my shoe rack, to give me that extra height and confidence in corporate meetings.

I run around with a huge work tote that fits my laptop and document (and a shawl for fierce aircon). Inside my tote, I carry a clutch or mini sling purse with all my essentials. This clutch usually becomes my evening bag or lunch date bag!

Oh, and earrings. I feel naked if I don't wear statement earrings!

Kimmi can't do without her statement earrings

This Aussie gal's choice of footwear is as colorful as her personality

What are three staple items in your closet that you can't live without?
Only three??? I guess my top 3 go-to's for when I pack to travel are:

1. Silk dresses (long, short or midi) - block colors and print!

2. Leather pieces - to me they are trans-seasonal! Whether it be a mini-skirt, leather jacket, leather leggings or camel shorts, leather will always give your OOTD an extra edge. Looks great with silk pieces all the time!

3. Cotton shirts - as long as they are 100% cotton, you can't go wrong. Think white t-shirt or a black t-shirt. Then think collared structured business shirts. Your boyfriend's oversized collared shirt you wear as a mini dress, or one you tie in the front with your leather skirt, you can even belt it if it's extra long, or tuck it in a midi-skirt. It can be loose or tight, buttoned up or buttoned down!

In Kimmi's book, straight lines and polka dots are meant to be mixed together

A classic Chanel purse is a staple for any stylish lady

What is one thing you’ll let yourself splurge on?
Great luggage/suitcases. I've traveled around the world too many times to see my suitcase destroyed once it arrives on the conveyor belt. Don't scrimp on this, it protects ALL your belongings and saves you from tears and wasted time at the airport. And more often than not, it does some serious mileage when being pushed around from airport to your next destination. 

We can't get over Kimmi's embellished headband

Nude ankle strap sandals provide grounding for Kimmi's eclectic look

Less or more? Why?
More is okay. You can always take something off if you don't feel the vibe en route.... but it's always too late to go back and get that item!

If you could design a piece of clothing, jewelry, or footwear for Seek the Uniq, what would it look like?
Happy, bright and comfortable. 

Which style icon would you want to have lunch with?
Giovanna Engelbert over champagne, cheese and caviar. 

How to own the Strazo set look: wear it with tie-up sandals and a statement bag

This mom-of-two is not afraid of crop tops

If you could ask one thing to that style icon, what would it be?
"Can I please have a sleepover in your wardrobe?"

Favorite fashion hack.
Never be afraid to use stick-on (nipple or boob ones) to give you oomph and confidence and a touch of extra sexy!

If your style had a soundtrack, what would it be? 
The cardio/work out playlist on Spotify. Nothing puts me in a better mood than that! 

Three words: urban Coachella chic

Always on the go, Kimmi likes to balance her effeminate looks with a pair of sneakers

What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?
None. It’s all about living, learning and becoming more confident with who you are and what you wear to express yourself.

Fashion pet peeve?

Kimmi has perfected the art of perfect proportion dressing

Apart from earrings, Kimmi loves her statement bags

Have you ever lost sleep over a piece of clothing or accessory? If yes, what was it?
Anything I miss on sale!

Any advice to readers still trying to find their own style?
Confidence is key. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, then that’s the secret power. Even if it is a pair of crocs :)


October 19, 2019

Ways to Wear: The Onesti Polka Top

Four looks, one top: sky's the limit with the Onesti top

When it comes to wearing crop tops, rock hard abs need not be a prerequisite - it's all a matter of proportion. One need not go full-on Britney Spears to pull off the cropped look. You can go from little to no midriff exposure depending on how you pull your outfit together.

Let us show you what we mean. Here are four ways to wear the Onesti polka top:

1. The Festival Babe

Add a little spunk to your look with a denim skirt, boots, and a chunky pair of sunglasses

If you're looking for a little rock and roll in your life, this would be one way to get it. Sport a spunky chic look by wearing the Onesti with a high waist denim skirt, white boots, and chunky sunglasses. Throw in a little bucket bag for a quirky detail.

Coachella optional. We'd totally wear this to the mall. Or to walk the dog.

2. Pattern People

Proportions aside, we also love mixing patterns

Move over party people - the pattern people are taking over. Play around with the polka print by contrasting it with a frilly striped skirt. Err on the side of tame eclectic with a pair of ghost mules, attention-calling earrings, and a teeny, tiny purse. 

Fashion tip: wrap skirts are an easy way to control your amount of skin exposure.

What's not to love about this adorable teeny, tiny purse?

3. Almost Athleisure

Debunking the myth: Seekers actually love their sneakers

Let us debunk the myth that Seekers are not the sneakers type. Though this look may have missed the athleisure mark by a bit, we totally did that on purpose. After all, what is an OOTD if we didn't put our Seek flair into it?

Pair the Onesti with wide leg crop pants and your favorite sneaks. Add a sling bag and oversized glasses to complete the look.

Nerd undeterred: we'll gladly wear a pair of oversized glasses any given day

Sling bags hit the mark on comfort, style, and functionality

4. The Only Resort

The only resort look that matters is one that involves paper bag shorts

Stow away your sheer caftans for now and walk on the wilder side of the fashionable plantation look. That, for us, involves a pair of paper bag shorts, a wide brim hat, and sandals made from woven material. Add a bit of glamour with a pair of statement earrings.

Another tip: paper bag shorts are a great way to add some height to your waistline.


October 12, 2019

The In-Betweens: Skincare for Transitioning Months

The season's plummeting humidity calls for the big moisturizing guns

As the season turns itself over to colder days, we find ourselves enjoying sticky-free days as the humidity of summer bids farewell. However, less humidity also means a need to compensate for your skin's hydration. The perfect time to switch to heavier skincare products is the season between extreme cold and heat. That perfect time is now.

When switching out your products for the season, it's important to note that there's so much more that can be done apart from moving to heavier creams and oils. We're about to share our must-do's for avoiding skin irritation with the changing seasons.

1. Exfoliate to prepare for richer skincare.

Argan oil-based products are a great first line of defense for your skin

A great way to prep your skin for new products is to slough off flakes of dead skin. This way, your skin will be able to absorb the product more easily. Use your favorite facial exfoliant to help set the stage. Just remember not to overdo it - two to three times a week for normal skin and once for sensitive skin are ideal. Make sure to use light strokes as well so as not to cause micro-tears in your skin.

For the colder season, we recommend argan oil and argan-based products. Start with a foam cleanser, then slather on a cream base layer for the face and around the eyes.

2. Create hydrating layers with serums.

Serums are potent hydrating products that absorb into the skin quickly

Serums are a much more potent and concentrated type of skincare product, often addressing specific skin concerns. They are formulated to allow easier absorption into the skin. Serums are known to be one of the most effective types of anti-aging products due to its active ingredients. 

Active ingredients in serums help to target specific skin concerns

3. Seal and hydrate with facial masks.

A great way to seal in serum layers is by donning face masks

One thing that serums lack is a "sealant" ingredient, which allows the product to stay absorbed into the skin. Having an additional moisturizer like facial masks is a great way to make sure half of your serums don't go to waste.

Never leave face masks on for longer than 20 minutes so as not to cause skin irritation. Leaving the mask on overnight may restrict your skin from breathing.

4. Give your skin some warmth. 

When warmed, these Thai coconut herbal compress balls help blood circulate better

Thai herbal compress balls are a great way to relieve stress and massage your skin in one go. The herbal balls contain coconut meat, which is widely known for its moisturizing properties.

Warm or steam the balls to a safe temperature before putting in contact with your skin.

Additional tips:

Alternative options we love are the amethyst face roller and a charcoal purifying mask

If your skin is looking for something cooler, you may opt to massage it with a face roller instead. If you're not familiar with the different types of rollers, you can check out our list here.

You can also include a purifying face mask into your cleansing routine to get deep into those pores. Our current favorite is charcoal for its detoxifying properties.

If your skin feels dry in the middle of the day, we recommend carrying some dry oil with you. Dry oils are absorbed by the skin quickly so you can get that layer of moisture without the shine.

For a shine-free boost of moisture in the middle of the day, we recommend dry oils

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