Gather and Inspire by: Steph and Lady Badoy

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Soulful Tips for your Next Home Gathering

Hi, Steph and Lady Badoy here of Boqueria Lifestyle Market. When Char and Leona invited us to collaborate with them, we immediately agreed for we love everything at L’Indochine! When we met, we discovered that we have a lot in common including our penchant for interesting things and a style that’s chic, playful, fun and out-of-the-ordinary.

Styling our homes, setting the table and curating small vignettes with our favorite finds are like second nature to us.  We live to entertain. Sunday brunches or weekend get-togethers with family and friends are moments we look forward to. It gives us reason to play around, get creative or work on those Pinterest – dream pegs to reality.

Planning a small party is fun and exciting and yet for some, it can be stressful and intimidating. So let us try to make it easier for you.

 Theme-matic

Make your guests swoon and your setting Instagram-worthy. Having a theme is basic or at least choose a color palette to guide you.

 

 

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink.

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink. Hand painted bowl with lid, hand painted bowl and Boqueria square plate charger available at L’Indochine.

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that does of sunshine

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that dose of sunshine

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Botanical Bliss: black and white with refreshing greens. Mint glasses, ceramic animal boxes  and Boqueria bamboo bowl available at L’Indochine.

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues. Blue plate chargers, carafes, block print quilt (used as tablecloth) and Boqueria gray and white plates available at L’Indochine.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds. Sri Lankan candle holders, hand carved wooden vessels, carafe and ceramic animal box available at L’Indochine

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors. Pink plate chargers and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Be Playful

Play around with your basic whites. Mix and match. Be adventurous.

 Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Add a little pompom trinket for a bit go bohemian flair. Napkin Php 149.75 and Pompom Charm Php 149.75 both from L'Indohchine.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Indigo dyed napkin, pompom bag charm and Boqueria white plate available at L’Indochine.

Think Out-of-the-Box

When it comes to styling, sometimes, it is good to deviate a bit from the norm. This will make your tablescape unique, and out of the ordinary.

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls. Ceramic animal box, L’Indochine.

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. Pompom bag charm Php 149.75, L'Indochine

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. 

 

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats. Navy and fuchsia hand loomed blanket, L’indochine.                                                                                                         Make It Special

Put some thought and share your heart in your table.  This is best shown by adding personal touches like name cards, personalized menus, handwritten notes or small tokens for your guests to take home. Give attention to detail. Small things matter.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box, Php 249.75 and Mint Green Glass Php 199.75 both from L'Indochine

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box and Mint Green Glass both from L’Indochine

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Leona butter dish Php 249.75 available at L'Indochine.

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Pink plate charger and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and Whote Ceramic Box, Handprinted bowl both from L'Indochine.

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and white ceramic box, handpainted bowl both from L’Indochine.

 

Break the ice with a simple "Hello".

Break the ice with a simple “Hello”.

So there you go, these are simple guides to making your home gatherings more stylish. May this inspire you to gather family and friends around a beautifully set table, sumptuous meal and engage in meaningful conversations paired with resounding and heartfelt laughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sister Act: Steph and Lady of Boqueria Lifestyle Market

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Who doesn’t know Boqueria Lifestyle Market? These two talented sisters have been on our radar since they first set up shop. We immediately fell in love with their expertly curated items and impeccable styling prowess. Okay it also didn’t hurt that they were the absolute nicest sister tandem that we ever did meet. Read on to learn more about this power duo and how Boqueria Lifestyle market came about.

The amazing ladies behind Boqueria Lifestyle Market sisters Lady and Steph Badoy.

The amazing ladies behind Boqueria Lifestyle Market sisters Lady and Steph Badoy.

Name: Steph & Lady Badoy
Occupation/Position: Sisters, Business Partners

1) How did Boqueria Lifestyle Market get started?

It started with sheer love for beautiful things. We grew up seeing our mom, fix our house, our store, our home parties using special pieces to street-side finds. We ended up doing the same, posting it on our social media accounts and people started asking where did we get those, how do we do it; hence, the birth of our online market & styling services company – Boqueria Lifestyle Market.
2) Why this particular business?

We believe in the saying, “Home is where the heart is”. We want to be a source of inspiration to create and make their house a haven and sanctuary for soulful experiences with their family and friends.
3) Most memorable experience from building/running the business

It is always special to meet our customers and hear their stories on how their BLM market finds bring joy and inspiration to them. It is more than just selling but sharing with them snippets of joy for them to bring home.

4) Hardest part of the job?

The hardest part of the job is ensuring that we don’t get transactional. That it will always be an experience for them whether buying our wares or acquiring our services.
5) Most rewarding part of the job?

Seeing our clients happy in living an inspired life. Creating their homes special even in ordinary days.
6) What are your favorite pieces?

Since we handpick all the items we sell, it’s a constant struggle for us to keep or sell them especially if the item is just one or two pieces.
7) How do you balance work and family life?

To keep our sanity, we ensure that we have days off and periodic vacations. Spending time with family and friends keeps us energized for the work ahead.
8) Any exciting news for our customers/readers to watch out for?

We are excited about our collaboration with L’Indochine. Seeing our curated market finds in their stores is heaven since we love everything they sell!

 

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L’Indochine Loves Little Luli

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Last May 18, we launched the fun, cute and totally genius collaboration between Little Luli and My Little Globetrotters. Their collection which focuses on travel friendly clothing for children includes super soft tees and shorts for boys and reversible dresses for the little misses.

Read on to see the what went down in one of our favorite L’Indochine events yet!

With Monica of My Little Globetrotters and Lucien of Little Luli.

With Monica of My Little Globetrotters and Lucien of Little Luli.

Since we were launching a children’s line, we wanted the party to be casual, light and of course kid-friendly! Arts and crafts were a definite must and we couldn’t think of a better partner in that department than La Pomme Living. Our littlest guests were treated to these adorable dolls that they got to color and decorate.

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Dress your own plush dolls by La Pomme Living.

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These were an absolute hit with the kids and parents!

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Little Ms. Liana and her La Pomme Living creation.

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Of course Little Luli’s crown decorating station was present and was popular with both the little girls and big girls (aka Moms!)

Autumn having fun at the map colouring station.

Autumn having fun at the map colouring station.

Monica Manzano's darling Maya (the Little Globetrotter herself) strikes a pose in the Maya Reversible Dress.

Monica Manzano’s darling Maya (the Little Globetrotter herself) strikes a pose in the Maya Reversible Dress.

Our special guests clearly having a ton of fun!

Our special guests clearly having a ton of fun!

Martie, Theo and Walt all dressed up in Little Luli x My Little Globetrotters.

Martie, Theo and Walt all dressed up in Little Luli x My Little Globetrotters.

As always, no L’Indochine event is complete without Chelsea Kitchen’s delicious fare. Guests snacked on signature dishes such as Risotto Balls, Triple Decker Sandwiches and their ever famous Mushroom Chicharon!

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Absolutely amazing Mozzarella Stuffed Mushroom Risotto Balls and Triple Decker Club Melt. So so good!

Chelsea Kitchen's Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil Pizza and Signature Mushroom Chicharon.

The classic Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil Pizza and Mushroom Chicharon (which both kids and adults could not get enough of!)

The launch would not have been successful without the support of these amazing mamas:

Our fave Patty Laurel-Filart and the Sitaw Master himself, Theo.

Our fave Patty Laurel-Filart and the Sitaw Master himself, Theo.

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With the amazing and ever supportive ladies of The Parenting Emporium– Maricel Cua and Being Feliciano.

Mia Rocha-Lauchengco of So True Naturals, Christine Dychiao of Manila Fashion Observer and Tilda and Monica Manzano of My Little Globetrotters.

Mia Rocha-Lauchengco of So True Naturals, Christine Dychiao of Manila Fashion Observer and Tilda and Monica Manzano of My Little Globetrotters.

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Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio of Whole Mom.

The super talented Indy Ycansiano of She Dreams In Ink decorated the event as well as our window display!

The super talented Indy Ycansiano of She Dreams In Ink decorated the event as well as our window display!

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Cai Sio of Apples and Dumplings and her adorable children.

Lucien Lao-Villaruz and Cat Juan-Ledesma.

Lucien Lao-Villaruz and Cat Juan-Ledesma.

Photographer Sheila Catilo and her daughters Luna, River and Sky.

Photographer Sheila Catilo and her daughters Luna, River and Sky.

Amber Smith-Folkman and Oz of A Momma Abroad.

Amber Smith-Folkman and Oz of A Momma Abroad.

Em Sulit of Game Changer with her children Izzy and Max.

Em Sulit of Game Changer with her children Izzy and Max.

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Special shoutout to our ever supportive friends and partners Meg Cordova, Joanna Gube of Heyjow and Cecille Abella with their children Autumn, Matteo and Martina.

Special shoutout to our ever supportive friends and partners Meg Cordova, Joanna Gube of Heyjow and Cecille Abella with their children Autumn, Matteo and Martina.

With Patricia Cusi-Ramos of Tilda and Monica Manzano

With Patricia Cusi-Ramos of Tilda and Monica Manzano

South side represent! Mia Rocha-Lauchenco of So True Naturals, Apol Massebieau of La Pomme Living, Lucian Lao-Villaluz of Little Luli, Indy Ycansiano of She Dreams In Ink and Marie Field-Faith of Pottly N Tubby.

South side represent! Mia Rocha-Lauchenco of So True Naturals, Apol Massebieau of La Pomme Living, Lucian Lao-Villaluz of Little Luli, Indy Ycansiano of She Dreams In Ink and Marie Field-Faith of Pottly N Tubby.

Jean Naval and son sky check out the cool and extra soft Little Luli tees.

Jean Naval and son Sky check out the cool and extra soft Little Luli tees.

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With Patty Laurel-Filart and One Mega Group Publisher Maite Tamparong-Uy.

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Class Picture! From left: C & L, Mia Rocha-Lauchengco of So True Naturals, Amber Folkman of A Momma Abroad, Marie Faith of Pottly N Tubby, Apol Massebieau of La Pomme Living, Lucien Lao-Villaluz of Little Luli, Cat Sio of Apples and Dumplings, Patty Laurel-Filart, Cat Juan-Ledesma, Stylist Bianca Santiago-Reinoso and Monica Manzano of My Little Globetrotters.

Lucien Lao-Villaruz and her children Ry and Liam

Lucien Lao-Villaruz and her children Ry and Liam

Our VIP guests also took home amazing gift packs from our generous sponsors:

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Sacred Six Months Newborn Cleanser, an absolute must-have for new moms, Little Luli Discount Vouchers and Aloe Derma Organic Products.

Monica Manzano and Gov Daswani of Sacred.

Monica Manzano and Gov Daswani of Sacred.

A big thank you to our sponsors and dear friends for joining us launch such an amazing partnership between two women that we absolutely admire Lucien and Monica!

The Little Luli x My Little Globetrotters Collection is available at L’Indochine SM Aura Premier and Mega Fashion Hall!

Photos of Models by: Louie Aguinaldo Photography

Event Photos by: Sarie Santiago Photography

 

 

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