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Article: To Me, From Me

To Me, From Me

To Me, From Me


As we slowly (but surely) try to go back into normalcy with our routines, we shouldn't forget about experiencing what it's like again to head out, explore, and give ourselves time to have some TLC. Because even though it's important to shower the ones you care about with love, you should never forget to give the same amount to yourself. So instead of waiting around for someone to surprise us with the perfect gift (whatever the reason or occasion may be), the team is practicing self-love by shopping for our wants and needs. Been eyeing that piece or just wanting to stock up on necessities? Take inspiration from our content producers in fashion, fine jewelry, kids, home, and beauty on what they'll be rewarding themselves.



I've always loved Longchamp's modern approach to heritage and luxury, and the Roseau Shoulder Bag in XS Natural stays true to that. It's a beautiful bag without all the bells and whistles—clean, sophisticated, and timelessly new. I've been listening to a lot of podcasts and audio news lately—while working, doing errands, or getting my steps in for the day. And I've been meaning to upgrade my wired earphones to a Bluetooth pair, and these Premium Bluetooth Earphones from JBL are a stylish choice. The enhanced bass and signature JBL sound are a big plus too.

Fine jewelry can be intimidating, but this paisley motif Carrera Y Carrera Aqua Necklace is a fun take on serious hardware. I'd love to wear it with a navy crew-neck sweater and high-waist trousers—like a touch of humor and glitz to a serious look. Shameless to say, I am a BIG Toy Story fan. I've watched it so many times as a kid that I actually broke the CD copy we had at home. This Disney and Pixar Toy Story Towel Collection from Pottery Barn Kids is a cute and quirky addition to my bath towel sets. Like a reminder that there's still a kid in all of us.

I am not an advocate for overhead lighting. It's not flattering, and it doesn't help set a relaxing mood. So, in the search for beautiful home decor and soft lighting for my apartment, West Elm Modern Fluted Table Lamp ticks all the right boxes. It's stylish, functional, and an investment I won't regret purchasing. Before the prevalence of all these home and Asian-grown skincare brands, Clinique was dubbed as one of the few brands out there that did wonders for our skin. I'm vowing to pay more attention to my skin this year, and Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly reads like a promising addition to my daily routine—hydrating, protecting, and lightweight.




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I'm always on the lookout for standout pieces and Furla's Miss Mimi S Crossbody is just what I've been searching for. Not only is it exceptional because of the saddle-like shape, but it's also functional for any occasion. Gender-neutral is the type of clothing you can regularly find me searching at the racks of the men's section. So when I laid my eyes on the Multi Pocketed Bomber Jacket from Armani Exchange, I told myself, "This is the one!" I can imagine myself rocking tons of timeless outfits with this military-inspired jacket.

Rings are one of my go-to accessories, aside from earrings. It adds the finishing touches to my ensemble, whether it'd be casual or formal. What I find so attractive in Marco Bicego's 18k Yellow Gold and White Gold Marrakech Onde Five Strands Ring is that it adds a certain aura of sophistication to your outfits. Truly a classic in its own right. Growing up, I was a big fan of card games. It was a tradition to play it with my family and friends. UNO was the very first card game I received from my parents, so seeing this amazing game evolve into Mattel Games' UNO Epic made me wanna satisfy my inner child.

Whenever I try to visit coffee shops I just find it interesting how the brewing process makes each coffee different. As a self-proclaimed person who's fueled by coffee, I love how BODUM® lets us create the perfect brew in style with CHAMBORD® Coffee Maker 1L Chrome. I have always been drawn to men's perfume. While I was browsing for a new scent, I saw Aventus from CREED and suddenly remembered how it was Seventeen S.COUPS go-to because of its distinct smell which instantly convinced me to make a switch.









Lady Rustan is a brand that's close to my heart. My grandma has always loved LR's line of dresses, and so does my mom. Not only is it a brand I'm familiar with, but it also is one that I can trust to make me—and any woman—look great and feel great. For this York Sleeveless Buttondown Dress,  I've always been a fan of chambray denim. The A-line of the skirt accentuates my figure, too. This piece is a must-have for your wardrobe. It certainly is in mine.

I've always leaned towards writing my thoughts on paper as opposed to jotting notes down on your phone or tablet; there's something different about the feel of it that I personally think is unmatched. If you're like me, I suggest investing in a good pen, and not just any pen. This (Montblanc M) Red Fountain Pen is crafted with only the finest materials and sure to last you a lifetime. Every purchase of this pen also contributes to HIV/AIDS research.

Celtic Legacy Watch from Charriol is a timeless classic. Very chic and elegant, and goes well with a lot of my outfits, whether it be casual or formal wear. I just think it's perfect. I'm pretty late into the hype, but I very recently got into Star Wars and started watching the movies throughout the pandemic. My dad and brother are huge fans too, and so are my friends. It's nice to be able to connect with your loved ones over a common interest. Building LEGO's Star Wars The Razor Crest together is definitely a plus, too.

My mom and I are huge fans of Ambeth Ocampo. We have all his books, so I'd like to give myself E. Aguilar Cruz: The Writer as Painter by Ambeth R. Ocampo from Rustan's Filipiniana Our Very Own since his work is a frequent topic of interest at the dinner table. I like playing around with different colors and shades and trying out different combinations. The MAC Cosmetics Artist Library: It's Designer palette lets me do just that.









I prefer to stay home most of the time, I have an affinity for loungewear. I love wearing soft and silky PJ sets that are comfortable and fun at the same time, so if I would gift myself something it would be this Leopard Notch PJ Set from Natori. Jewelry is my weakness, I’m obsessed with stacking bracelets and necklaces. Getting one or two for myself is always a great gift idea. Stacking a laid-back bracelet with a feminine one is my thing, and if given a chance I would love to juxtapose this Montblanc Around the World in 80 Days Bracelet with the Carrera Y Carerra Love Charm Bracelet 18k Yellow and White Gold with Diamonds, layering texture and combining different styles.

Who says no to a cute stuff toy? I would definitely get this Baby Jack Russel Terrier toy from Iwaya just for fun and to put on top of my desk for me to pet when I’m stressed! I prefer French press over coffee machines, taking my time to make coffee in the morning is how I like it. Gifting myself with a Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker would surely uplift my morning routine. Baccarat Rouge 540 from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is one of my all-time favorite scents, repurchasing it or getting it for any special occasion is a no-brainer for me.




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I'm always into retrospect style and this Small Hobo Bag from LeSportsac is both an ode to the 90s and stylish as much as its function. If not for Kim K, I would never wear anything nude shade, but after trying I finally realize how a genius she is and estranged ex-husband, Ye. A shirt like this Sustainable Shrunken T-Shirt in a nude shade from Calvin Klein Jeans is a must and so I need to have one.

I'm not a fan of accessories, but this signature CHARRIOL Celtic Bangle just gives me the feels. It adds that mysterious flair to any look. A need to have one. As a kid, I am obsessed with Barbie. And this BMR1959 collection just speaks so much of my childhood obsession and my current favorite, street style. Why not have both when I get old.

I am a big coffee fan and I have been eyeing this NESPRESSO New CitiZ machine for so long. Anyone would be welcome to give me such, or better yet another self-gifting cause I deserve it. Magical, enchanting, and remade unique by GUCCI. What's there not to love about this Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum? Anything floral with a touch of fruit remakes teenage love flings and hurts.








Creative Direction: Mari Santos
Art Director: Miggy Crisostomo
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Tim Diao
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Mari Santos
Nana Valdueza

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