Hello there! Do you guys remember when I told you that I have some exciting things that’s keeping me busy as of late? Well, as posted on my official IG acct. One of them is finally out.
In all honesty I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I really am on the cover of a magazine. Yes! What seemed to be a dream for ages is finally a reality.
What was supposed to be a highlight feature turned out to be a cover story. I think Sir Mario, the publisher was quite amazed how I handle things and how I can easily transform from being serious and more business-like to a very kuri, fun and bubbly person during the shoot. (Or so he says) hehehe
Anyway, the magazine will be out next week and I’ve already placed more than a thoudand copies for my clients. Yes they are so supportive and ordered a lot to show their love for me. I am over the moon and ever so thankful as always.
Anyway, aside from sharing this wonderful news to everyone, I’d also like to share what I learned along the way.
I’ve said it over and over again that my circle of friends is rather small. On my birthday dinner ( 2nd celeb) with my family and the kuris with their fam (because we’re actually one big happy family altogether) we had some serious talks over bottles of champagne.
Den my college bff (till now) and Jc the lovey of JCF and Co (my web developer) and beshies were discussing on how some of our so called friends came and went.
Den was saying that in a decade (because I’ve had them for that long now) she almost made a checklist of those people whom she knew were only temporary. Also blaming me for being too trusting and transparent. Hehee.
You see these friends I write about often are the ones who was with me during the lows the highs and throughout the whole roller coaster ride. While others only stick with me when I’m beneficial and when I’m on rock bottom because of their personal interest.
I then came to this conclusion;
They say trying times reveal who your true friends are. I beg to differ though. You get to see who the real ones are when your dreams finally become a reality. Why? Because they are the ones who are actually very excited and extremely proud to see you realize your goals and aspirations one step at a time. They cheer you on and tell you to go get that dream. Some of those whom you thought are true are actually disguised as ‘caring friends’ on your lows. Yet, as it turns out they only stick with you during these times because they’d like to make sure that you can never get back up. When you do, when you soar and achieved more than what you actually imagined, they get mad. They don’t rejoice nor like nor make a comment whenever they see you doing good.
I’ve already gotten used to this scenario. I’ve been stabbed in the back countless of times. It used to hurt. A lot. Fortunately, at this point I only feel grateful that my attitude is not like theirs. Only the people who truly knows me know that fact. I may come too strong to others, over powering at times as they say and yet those who are in my core can attest as to how soft my inside is.
On a different note though as if I am being lifted by The One up above, during the most trying times of my career, these opportunities come knocking and I realize that; when life gives you lemons, you wear a beautiful flowy dress with lemons and flowers printed on it and pose for (a) magazine/s instead. 😉
hehe Finally showing my face without tje emojis. 😅
If you’d like to know more about me and how it all began, pls grab a copy of Brand Magazine next week.
As everyone knows, it was primetime queen Marian Rivera who gave me the biggest break in my career.
I only have good things to say about her. Really! What’s not to love? She’s a goddess. Her beauty radiates from the inside.
‘How does it feel like shopping for such a big star?’
The pressure was present of course. Then again having been friends with Yan made it easier for me, because the pressure was instead replaced by excitement to score whatever the latest pieces are. My Yan knows exactly what she wants, she knows which would perfectly suit her style and which would complement and enhance her assets.
She is always up to date and I would always be on the look out. It worked perfectly that way.
Her closet is what every girl could ever wish for. Her bags? Would make one green with envy. Her shoes? Aplenty.
Amongst my favorites from her collection are:
Ralph and Russo
Dolce and Gabbana
and Lana Marks as of late. (which I will blog about in the next days)
You see, not only is she up-to-date, rather, she has the eye for anything classic and timeless. She has a penchant for all things beautiful. Her rule of the thumb? Look neat, clean and stay fresh.
She is an epitome of beauty and shopping for her is not only fun but is a great privilege.
Does any of you remember how Arunaseth made it big in Manila? During the time Marian was pregnant, she made sure that even in flats, she would look stylish and would stand out without compromising her comfort.
She fell in love with the trademark butterfly design of the brand. I found a pair in her size and made everything I can to have it delivered in 24 hours. Yup in 24 hours or less. The following day, it was right at her doorstep. The gorgeous preggy was so happy!
Manolo Blahnik flats were her signature footwear in the duration of her pregnancy. They looked classic and chic that she can dress it up on special events, or pair it with jeans on regular days. She was also the first to carry the hot pink hangisi clutch. I made sure she would get the exact color to match her shoes.
Dolce and gabbana espadrilles were fun and luxurious at the same time which fits her perfectly. She owns a couple of pairs for her casual strolls to use.
Roger Vivier strass chips and slip ons were also among her favorites.
It was Ralph and Russo which was quite a challenge to get hold of. The haute couture house was only by schedule that time. When I was able to get in touch with one of them, I immediately informed Yan and she was grinning from ear to ear.
We ordered her first few pairs of shoes and my designated stylist was taken aback since its not everyday that a Filipino client would order.
This Ralph and Russo Lavender clutch is limited edition. If my memory serves me right, only a hundred pieces or less were produced and she is one of the very few who owns one.
We started collecting new pairs of high heels after she gave birth.
Her pink Oscar dela Renta embellished heels are to die for!
She is a fashion icon and designers from around the globe are noticing her and have been wanting to dress her up or work with her. Simply put, Marian has a Midas touch. Whatever she wears, expect it to be off the shelves in no time.
Yes magazine even had a feature on her collection of bags and shoes. Man, I tell you. Seeing the things I shopped for her on those pages made me feel like I was there too! ha ha!
All these are documented on @marian_ootd, her online fashion diary (managed by a fan).
See? It’s as exciting as it gets! That’s how it is to shop for a queen. I am forever grateful to be trusted with such task. 😉