I am a true-blue Southerner. I lived in Mindanao—South of Philippines—for the first 13 years of my life. Then we moved to Luzon and we stayed in Los Banos, which is still in Southern Luzon. When we need to go shopping or when meeting with friends, the farthest we often dare go is Alabang. Still South, right?
And you can’t blame us for wanting to remain in the South. No offense meant, but the fast life in the heart of Metro Manila (ironically, it slows down when you’re in a rush on the road. Sheesh) scares me. While the pollution, congestion and filth depress me. Of course, I still sometimes crave the lights and sights of the Metro. But the operative word is sometimes. Because I have what I need in the South!
Since we opened Gymboree Play & Music Sta. Rosa in 2015, I’ve been lovin’ livin’ la vida (Sta.) Rosa. I’ve made friends in the area, most of whom are originally from Metro Manila. And you know what, none of them ever regretted making the move to the South. The Eton-Greenfield-Nuvali area has the perfect blend: the greenery, space and the fresh air of the province, and the glitz and glamour of the city.
So when I was invited by blissful living guru Martine De Luna to have a relaxing lifestyle crawl and home entertaining workshop in Nuvali, I fixed my schedule to ensure I’ll be able to attend. And I was glad I did!
Avida Land, one of the leading mid-market real estate developers in the country, has collaborated with blogger and home and family influencer Martine de Luna of “Make it Blissful” to inspire starting mothers and self-sufficient singles to create meaningful celebrations at the comfort of their homes, through a workshop on home entertaining held recently at Avida’s Showroom in NUVALI.
Titled Southern Living, the workshop gave styling, tablescapes and hosting tips for parties thrown at home, as well as advice on how to have a more relaxed lifestyle made possible with Make it Blissful Home Gathering workshop.
But first, let me show you what I wore. 🙂
I opted to wear a dress because once upon a time, Martine was known as the Dainty Mom. And since we were to meet for the first time (after years of email exchanges and Facebook comments), I wanted to be, well, as dainty as I could. Here’s what I wore:
Here I was with our gracious host:
- rayon tropical print dress: Uniqlo
- bag: Marc Jacobs Stam
- leather clogs: Aldo
Can I just say how much I love my Uniqlo rayon dress?
My Uniqlo rayon dress
It’s been with me for more than a year already, and it’s one of my “emergency” clothes. Meaning, when I haven’t planned what to wear but I want to make sure I look good, it’s one of those I just pick from my closet without thinking twice.
I had second thoughts buying it, because it was one of the more expensive dresses in Uniqlo. But I can’t resist the design! Reminded me so much of Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses!
Diane Von Furstenburg Julian Wrap Dress In Cheetah Floral Red. SOURCE
The red orange definitely complements warm skin tones like mine. And since it’s rayon, it doesn’t wrinkle easily. Fabric is cool, too! Ganda pati ng bagsak—see my bulges? No? Then that’s why I love the dress even more! Definitely a mom fashion staple.
I’ll tell you more about that rainy yet blissful Saturday on a separate post, but since I want to relive that lovely day, here are some photos I have already uploaded on my Instagram account:
Have a blessed, blissful weekend!
PS: Uniqlo–our family’s go-to boutique of the moment–has already opened in Solenad Mall in Nuvali. And if you like my leather clogs, I got it at a really good price in the Aldo Outlet Store, also in Solenad! 😉