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(Stay) At Home with Mia Marchadesch

Mia gives us a tour of her Singapore home and chats with us about the many hats she wears

When asked to describe herself, Mia Marchadesch generously (and colorfully) threw out a couple of titles: expat wife, modern-day mom of three (ages 13 to 30), avid art collector, frustrated home stylist, wellness and fitness coach, tennis addict by day and a trader by night. Whew. Not that having so many hats burden her - she actually embraces and enjoys all of them.

If we were to look at a dominant title, her love for collecting art and for decorating can easily be seen in her home. Mia shares that she needs to feel surrounded by art pieces that reflect who she is. Her urge for the creative is also reflected in her newly-found hat: sourdough bread making. Mia found enjoyment in creating her artisanal bread from starter to baking.

Based in Singapore, Mia is not your typical weekend tennis hobbyist - she recently became an overall doubles champion in her ladies' division. When not playing or dabbling in art, she finds herself consumed by wellness, even turning to full plant-based eating and working out almost every day. Through this, she realized her passion to help and guide women to transform their mind and body, and has been a transformational coach since 2018. On her spare time (yes, she still has some), she adds trading skills to her plate. 

Take a tour around Mia's Singapore home and get to know this hustling-and-bustling lady a little more.


Mia's newly-found hat: sourdough bread baking

Who are your design heroes?
There are a lot but I love the style of Leanne Ford and Joanna Gaines. I also can relate to Queer Eye's Bobby Berks. I enjoy mixing accessories the way Jonathan Adler does too! I super adore everything about Diane Keaton though. From h her black and white clothes to her quirky home.

Tell us about your design process in decorating your home.
It revolves around my art obviously. I don't look at pegs or images. I actually visualize I get bits of pieces of the aesthetic of some designers (mentioned above) but in the end, it's still my vision that I go for. Come to think of it, it's more the feel now. If it looks good but does not feel right, I change it until it fits.

Mia designs her home around her collection of artwork


If you could sum up your design aesthetic in a song title, what would it be and why?
Hmmm... it would be Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran (feat. Khalid).

Aside from liking the beat (it's part of my workout playlist), It's the lyrics that I relate to. When I was younger, I used to want to be like someone or want my home to be like that in the magazine which represents that from beautiful people. But as I matured and understood who I am, I stopped buying magazines, stopped Pinterest, and unfollowed a lot on Instagram and started checking in on what's important to me. I started trusting my own instincts on what to wear, what art to buy, and what didn't really have to designer stuff anymore. As long as I can do the things that I enjoy, travel with the family is enough for me.

So what's beautiful or "in trend" for others, I really couldn't relate to anymore. I have my own sense of what Beautiful is and you can actually see it in my art collection :-)

What’s on your current playlist?
Sam Smith
Dua Lipa
Clean Bandit
Zedd
U2

Which room do you spend the most time in? The least time in?
Our home is currently compact that I spend time in most rooms except maybe the room of my kids. Also now that I practically do all-around things — from baking to working and working out from home, I find myself mostly juggling myself from my workout area to the kitchen and my workspace (aka guestroom)

How does being a fitness enthusiast influence the way you decorate your home?
Hmm. The way I view fitness, you can say I have trimmed down fat or have become minimal when it comes to decorating my home. (Though my husband won't agree. Hahaha. But it's true, at least for me.) When we travel I have stopped buying mementos as souvenirs. Maybe because we move a lot so it's the thought of the packing and unpacking I'm dreading. So the same way I eat is the same way I shop (or don't ) when it comes to decorating my house — I go for basic, essential, and efficient.


If you could wear only one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
White. With my skin tone, I think it suits me. Plus I can accessorize it with anything.

Is there anything about your home that you wish to change?
The kitchen. I've been baking a lot of bread lately and I want a big and hi-tech kitchen. Since I have found the love for sourdough bread baking, which needs a wide countertop space for kneading and a really good oven for baking, I wish for a better and brighter kitchen.

Give us your favorite Instagrammers.

Sorry it's a lot but these are my faves:

Lifestyle
Gabriela Hearst
Stella McCartney
Diane Keaton
MobuDays (my friend Mia De Lara)

Art
Leongallery
Drawing room

Fitness
Daily Kelsey
Redefining Strength

Health
Dr. Mark Hyman
Women's Health

Tennis
WTA
Roger Federer

Sourdough baking
Foolproof baker


This busy lady follows a plant-based diet and works out almost everyday

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?
I want them to feel welcome and special yet I don't want them to feel smothered. I like long lunches and cocktails so I want guests to feel that they can come for a long lunch and overstay until maybe cocktails until its time we all go out for dinner.

Plants or flowers?
Plants because I eat these a lot so we grow them too. My husband recently took urban gardening and hydroponics so it's all over our home. They are easier to grow and maintain.

Some of Mia's prized possessions


Favorite city in the world to shop in and why?
Barcelona. I love the vibe and their local stuff. I can live on margaritas and (plant-based) tapas for the rest of my life.

What does home mean to you?
Home for me should always nurture your soul and heal your heart. :-)

5 Top Spring/Summer 2020 Runway Trends to Spot in STU

How's it going, dear Seekers? We're almost two weeks in under the Enhanced Community Quarantine and I hope the days have been treating you well. The news in the country and around the world has been getting crazier; though we need to keep abreast on the latest, we can always take a break from all that hullabaloo.

Among other things, we like keeping you updated on fashion. STU may not be a trend-driven brand, but it is our duty to be informed on the current trends and probably apply what would best resonate with our stories, once in a while. Thus, we've rounded up five of the top Spring/Summer 2020 runway trends and its corresponding STU pieces to add to your summer staples.

Show 'Em Who's the (Stabilo) Boss

Stop them in their tracks with this vibrant, fearless trend, as seen on the Valentino runway. Dare to wear a full-on neon look, or tone it down by pairing it with neutrals. If you're not too keen on it, a fun accessory or bag like the Solano tote would suffice. Choosing clothing with subtle neon details like the Garoua wide-leg pants, are also one way to wear this trend (hit us up if you want a restock! ;p).

Point Blanc

Guess the LWD (Little White Dress) will be this season's must-have, and we're not complaining! White dresses are such no-brainer pieces because they go with anything and everything. You can toughen up a frilly frock à la Alexander McQueen, or work a dress-over-pants sitch with our Gapa shift dress and Nelspruit palazzo pants. Freshen up a utilitarian ensemble by trying our breathtaking Trieste trench dress with nautical-inspired accessories.

Bra Tops are the New Crop Tops

As Nelly sang in 2002, "it's getting hot in herre, so take off all your clothes..."; we can't help but be reminded of it what with the 34°-36°C weather nowadays. A solution to this heat? Wear a bra top! Make the Lanvin show a reference and playfully wear it with a layered midi skirt, or go matchy-matchy with our Caucaia eyelet set. If you're feeling more relaxed but still want a modern look, take the top from the Dasi set (halter style) and match it with the Elva overlap pants.

We Made the Cut(out)

Donning this trend is a subtle way to show skin, while still maintaining that elegant demeanor. At Emilia Wickstead, the focus was on the woman's décolleté for a rebel femme, black and pink garb. Reserve the pastel Vetralla for an evening affair or wedding, complete with a sleek bun. As for that postponed beach getaway, take the Ugento linen dress with you for a day-to-night outfit.  

Power Puff

Reserved this for last because we're too familiar with it, that calling it a "trend" no longer counts. Haha! What is an STU look without the puff sleeve? It's simply basic in our style vocabulary! We're digging this tie-dye ensemble from the Isabel Marant runway for its street chic vibe. We can totally mention all our puff sleeve styles here, but we don't want you to get dizzy. Instead, we're putting the spotlight on two checkered, scene-stealing styles that could add pizazz to your closet: the Kroonstad peplum top, and the Rionegro button-down dress.

Hope this sort of news gave you fresh outfit ideas for that "bright future" we're looking forward to (after this quarantine period). Once again, stay safe and be healthy, Seekers!

Cheers,

Nasia

Yellow There!

It's a jungle out there but we know that our resilience will help us rise above the crisis we are currently in. Despite being in these dark times, we choose to be positive and uplifting by continuing to inspire you, dear Seekers. Allow us to boost your spirits with some Vitamin F: Fashion!

While daring to some, we feel that yellow is such a powerful color. It's cheery, optimistic vibe will help lighten the dreary mood we now have. Not only is it a summer color, but also an essential STU one (we have an assortment of products in varying yellow hues). Allow us to indulge you in yellow-tinged outfits you can look forward to wearing once it's finally safe to go out, travel, push for that beach trip, head to work, and get-together with your friends. But then again, who are we to stop you from looking fab even at home?

Full-on Prints

Who doesn't love a print party? Sometimes it's better to make a statement than play safe. Try the Zwelitsha tiered skirt with the matching Welkom wrap top for an event or garden wedding. Downplay your accessories by going for neutral colored ones that won't overwhelm your total look. For a more casual take, opt for our comfy Theodore pants with the Emmet top. Stick to the color palette and play around with yellows and greens for accessorizing. As for shoes, sandals like the Aberdeen or sneakers, are best!

No-Brainer Dresses

Dresses are such easy pieces that on days when you're in a hurry or feeling lazy, you just throw them on and voila, you've got a look! The versatile Ustica is a must-have for out-of-town trips; wear it cinched at the waist with the belt tie, or loose and relaxed without. Is your birthday coming up? Be the belle of the ball in the Otranto wrap dress! Play it feminine with nude heels and gold danglers, or add an urban twist with sporty flatforms and a stack of rings.

Pops of Red

 

When a striking color meets another, the result is a daring yet playful look worth wearing. Inspired by the good 'ol ketchup and mustard combo, why not try the Kata maillot with a printed red coverup or robe (more here) for your next beach getaway? We're also diggin' resort chic looks and the Ayi set is one to utilize. Wear as is or as separates, then finish off with your chosen red accents and another summer essential—a hat!

Hoping these outfits cheered you up. What's your favorite? Tag us on social with #seektheuniq on how you would wear yellow!

Be safe and stay healthy!
Cheers,
Nasia

 

 

Transforming STU Classics to Make Daily Dressing Count

We've once again given our classic silhouettes a twist in one of our latest stories, "Elevated Daywear", for your wardrobe update. The story focuses on making a streamlined and fresh edit on the styles that you love: wide leg pants, quirky tops, multifunctional skirts, and easy dresses. What's great about these is that they are actually buildable pieces that can effortlessly transform a look! Ahead, four looks that can further elevate your daily casuals.

Color Block It

Who is over the color blocking trend? We know we aren't! Besides, we think this styling trick will last forever. We gave the Petrosani pants a cool contrast by mixing it with not only one, but two tops! While we think wearing the Potenza alone can be daring but still oh-so-chic, it can also be layered with a crop top for added texture (and showing just the right amount of skin). We chose the Alfreda crop top for an extra peep of color. Finish off this ensemble with white accessories to balance everything out.

Add a Gentlewoman Touch

For a modern take on our new midi dress (coming soon!), we decided to make it gentlewomanly (aka "tomboy chic"). We paired it with a boxy blazer like the Reno and scrunched up the sleeves, for a play on silhouettes. Accessorize with a travel-friendly sling bag like the Olivia for easier movement as you go through the day. As for shoes? A pair of mandals would be perfect!

Go Neo Nautical

Nautical dressing is a perennial summer trend we always look back to for vacation-ready attire in three crisp colors: white, red, and navy blue. White is always a great canvas to start with, so we made these paper bag shorts the outfit's key piece. You can wear it with a basic turtleneck top and layer the Banha crop top over it as a vibrant addition. You can't lose the stripes in a nautical-inspired look! We were feeling playful so we accessorized with the Annika shell earrings and used the Laura bag as a clutch. Lastly, wear this garb with neutral colored footwear or better yet, clear ones like the Delphi!

Play with Lengths

While we can't stop wearing dresses over pants, we're into skirts over dresses as well! Take for instance this outfit, where we styled the Kabina over this beige midi dress for a play on lengths. Don't you just love layering? We skipped the structured leather bags for a woven one like the Nova, to create a tropical antithesis to it. You can complete the look with equally sleek footwear like these white pointed mules. Now you know what your next work outfit looks like!

We hope we inspired you to mix and match your go-to pieces for everyday, to transform them into creative lewks for any any activity or occasion. Tag us on social with #seektheuniq so we can see what looks you've come up with! You might just see yourself on our page. ;)

Cheers,
Nasia

Swimwear Beyond Summer

Summer may have officially ended but around here, we're still in denial and prefer to believe that it's "forever"--haha! One way to beat the post-summer blues apart from just planning a trip for the next long weekend? Take your most used summer piece (aka your swimwear) from the beach to the city!

Going Graphic in the Christel

We love the Christel for its classic and undeniably slimming cut, that's why we think it can work with almost any piece in your closet. Since you're already showing some skin with its deep-V neckline, opt for a pair of pants in a wide-leg silhouette. Go for eye-catching prints such as mod-inspired ones to spruce up your basic one-piece. 

Casual Cool in the Escobal

Don't be fooled by its "conservative" front, the Escobal means party at the back! We suggest you go casual by wearing it with a pair of paper bag waist shorts. Finish off with either sandals or sneaks; your choice!

Denim Dress Up with the Malcapuya

This Seek the Uniq x Cesa PH exclusive comes in a vibrant orange that is so fun, it can brighten up any look! Orange with blue is a no-fail color combo, that's why we think pairing the Malcapuya with your denims is but an obvious choice. Just add a jacket and take it to movie night with your chicas.

Feminine Frills with the Hula

Go all out girly with the Hula and pair it with a skirt that screams, "fiesta!". With heels and a scrunched up blazer, you're good to go to that party or event. Conscious about your midsection? Opt for a skirt in a high waist cut.

All White Errthang with the Karamiah

Want to look taller or slimmer in an instant? Whip up a monotone outfit! Try the chic Karamiah with crisp, white pants for a sleek ensemble. Add a denim jacket if you're feeling cold. 

Here's to giving your swimwear more mileage, stylish Seekers!

Cheers,

Nasia

Restyling Seeker Favorites

We made the Sanlucar top office-appropriate just for you.

Though we love bringing you the latest from our new collections, we also like giving you fresh ideas on how to wear pieces from our past ones. Coming right up are four looks from pieces marked as some of your favorites (yup, we take notes!).

Kochbani Minus the Shorts

What's great about the Kochbani set is that you can style it together or separately (a bang for the buck!), depending on how or where you're wearing it for the day. For this look, we decided to match the Kochbani top with a comfy pair of cropped pants in olive. We are totally digging utilitarian-inspired looks (hence our UtiliChic story) that's why we went for a warm color palette here. With a boater hat and strappy sandals, you're off to your next travel adventure. 

Casual Cool in the Alcuadeta

The Alcuadeta was a holiday favorite and you've probably taken it to parties or dates in heels with fun jewelry. So how about dressing it down for a coffee run or even to a movie? Leave the belt (that it comes with) at home for a relaxed look and simply layer with a denim jacket when it gets cold. Finish off with your favorite pair of white sneakers!

Salobreña Dress Over Pants

Another styling trick we won't get tired of? Dress over pants! We recommend wearing the Salobreña dress over cropped pants or even wide-leg trousers for a creative work outfit. Add your heels of choice and be a standout in the office! Wear with flats to lunch or a casual event with the ladies. 

Sanlucar Top Made Office-Appropriate 

We turn this party-ready top into an office-appropriate one by adding a blazer over it when worn with pants. The ruffles of the Sanlucar top add an element of surprise to your look, which also means a pair of stud earrings and a watch would do for accessorizing. Here's to making office dressing fun and less boring!

More outfit ideas to come, dear Seekers!

Cheers,

Nasia

Post-Holiday Style Guide: Green is Still In!

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! 

Cheers,

Nasia

Photos shot on location at Museo de Padilla

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