Last Saturday we were invited to the farewell reception for the Japanese Ambassador at Hotel Nikko. I was excited to see our DiploFriends after being away for the holidays AND because it was the perfect occasion to use my new Kimono-inspired top from Tyler Philippines. I wanted to use a Filipiniana piece to show that Filipiniana pieces can be worn in a modern way, not just during a national day reception. The key to eclectic accents, like the kimono -top and clutch, is to use only one or 2 of them at one time. Keep the rest of the outfit classic and clean (i.e. tube top, skirt and shoes) and keeping everything in one colour theme (black and cream) so it still looks chic and put-together. I topped everything of with a classic bun and south pearl earrings and necklace.
Any Manila fashionista will tell you that Tyler is a must for elegant one-of-a-kind pieces. They have new stock every Tuesday and Thursday, and each unique design only comes in a few pieces. Since 2001 Tyler has developed a cult following with clients coming weekly to the store to get their coveted designs. I love their dresses and tops which always have a dramatic detail that makes a statement to anyone who sees it – whether you are at the office, in a bar or at a party. I always watch out for Tyler sales and was lucky that they were on post-Christmas sale before we left for Manila.
Going to Tyler is always personalized shopping experience. The items on display are a fraction of what’s available. Staff are well-spoken and mannered. They ask you what you are looking for and bring out pieces for you to try until you find the perfect one. Awesome service every single time I go. On the pricey end, it’s good to go during their sales. You can find them in the locations below.
Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center R1
EDSA Shangri-La Mall Level 2
Glorietta 4 2/f
Greenbelt 5 Adora Department Store
Sparkling Creations by Pinky Jaurigue
I bought this clutch Php 2199 from SM Kultura or Filipiniana heaven. I love that it can go from receptions to nights out. I love accept pieces that can be used for different kinds of occasions because they give me for value for my money. The clutch also has an optional chain for the shoulders, which is perfect for DiploReceptions which is usually cocktail set-up. Meaning, I must be able to eat and drink using both hands while standing, just in case we don’t get a table.
For tourists and expats in the Philippines who love Philippine crafts, decor, fashion items SM Kultura is a MUST and can be found all over the islands. My favourite things to buy in Kultura are mother of pearl lamps, Filipono delicacies like mango rum and died mangoes, gift items like cigars, and handmade jewelry.
Makati Annex 2nd Floor • SM Annex Building Barangay San Lorenzo • Ayala Center, Makati City
+632 8921027 / 24
Store locations in the Philippines
This is us with DiploFriends, enjoying the Japanese food (fresh sushi & tempura!) and sake while catching up & enjoying the karaoke performances. I wish I had asked for the sake brand because usually I’m not a fan, but the one they served was really good. Aside from good food and good company, Diplo-parties is a place to get fashion inspiration from different countries and cultures. There were beautiful batiks, kimonos and weaves from different origins. It really opens my eyes to the unlimited possibilities in fashion and style.
I hope you liked my outfit! Sorry I didn’t get to take pictures of the food. It was just too tempting and I gobble it up before remembering to photograph haha.