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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Meet The Maker: Camille Francisco-Cabral aka Origami Dreamer

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We first met Camy while she was shopping at L’Indochine. We got to talking and found out that she was an illustrator and graphic designer. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we decided to check out her work. Her beautiful illustrations blew us away. Right then and there we knew we wanted to to collaborate with her. Read on to learn more about this quirky-cool and insanely talented lady.

Name: My full name is Ma. Camille Francisco-Cabral, but I go by the name Origami Dreamer in Instagram.

Age: 32 years young

What do you do? I am an illustrator and graphic designer.

What’s the favourite piece of art that you created? Why? To date, it will have to be my first attempt to draw a chrysanthemum. I drew a lot of floral patterns in the past, but usually my own kind of flow and I tend fill up every inch of space on the paper. And so, this is the first flower I drew that had to follow an ‘anatomy’ of sort, where I am mindful to each petal’s angle and positioning and how each leaf will fall. I had to restrain myself from adding more details. It was nerve-wracking because I wanted it to be perfect (or my own view of perfection), and the amount of space I didn’t use made me break out in a sweat because I wanted to badly fill it up. There is a term for it, Horror Vacui, or fear of empty space, and it’s something I am still to overcoming to this day. So that became my favorite piece because it was a lesson that taught me about careful restraint and planning/positioning, which I never really thought of before when I create illustrations. So now, I am applying that in what I do. The said art piece will be in the project my husband and I are currently working on.

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What are you working on at the moment? A coloring book app in collaboration with my husband.

What are your goals for the future both work and life? To live a full creative life with the people I love and with no regrets.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? In times when I am not creating, I read and I catch up on sleep, which I lack in this department very much, so I try to do so when there is an hour or two to spare.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a fan of Video Game Playthroughs and Cooking Shows, even if I don’t play games that much or cook. They are mesmerizing, funny and help me keep awake when I need to work.

Where do you sell your work? Right now, my designs can be found in a form of bags and pouches at L’Indochine. It’s my first official solo collaboration and I am very honored to be with a wonderful brand that I patronize. Its a dream come true for me to have my work grace their line of beautiful products.

Where can everyone find you? At the moment you may find me on instagram, @origamidreamer

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Stay true to your calling. Struggle strong. And I am serious here, get enough sleep.

Who are the artists you admire? Yoshitaka Amano, Yayoi Kusama and Herbert Baglione.

Come join us today, October 15 at 2pm, L’indochine Mega Fashion Hall as we unveil the limited edition 6 piece collection Origami Dreamer designed exclusively for L’indochine! See you there!

 

 

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Meet The Maker: Joana Ballesteros-Gube of Heyjow

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Funny how things fall into place. Several months ago, Char and I were brainstorming and writing down names of people we’d like to work with, fellow inspiration seekers who love to travel, create and appreciate the beauty of well-made, handcrafted one of a kind pieces. At the top of our list was Heyjow. We’ve been fans of this amazing jewelry brand for quite some time. Her layered necklace combinations not only tell a story but look absolutely stunning. Little did we know that Joana was a fan of L’Indochine too! To make a long story short, we met, had multiple coffee meetings, brainstormed, swapped a million emails and phone calls and came up with a boho luxe collection that we hope you’ll all enjoy!

But before we unveil the collection, get to know the woman behind Heyjow, Joana.

 

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Name: Joana Ballesteros-Gube

Occupation/Position: Owner/Designer, Heyjow Inc.

1) How did Heyjow get started?

When Heyjow started in 2013, I had just left a full-time PR/marketing position.

At the time, I was faced with two options: Look for another job, or pursue something that I’ve been dreaming about for over a decade, which was to design jewelry.

Creating a business at that stage of my life—a time when I didn’t have a job and very little startup capital—was a huge risk. It seemed wiser to just get another job and save up until I could comfortably start a business.

I interviewed at several companies for corporate PR/marketing positions, and was offered positions in a couple of them. But, with advice and support from my dear friends and family, I came to realize that if I took on a full-time job, I’d never be motivated to follow through on my dream.

So I decided to invest all of my time, resources, and personal savings into establishing the Heyjow brand. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made ever made!

2) Why this particular business?

Designing jewelry has been a passion of mine since college. I started creating fashion accessories out of personal necessity: I always loved fashion, but as a student I couldn’t always afford the things I desired, so I had to make my own stuff.

3) Most memorable experience from building/running the business

At Heyjow, every day is an adventure!

One memorable experience of running a business was at the start of it all. It was a phase filled with uncertainties. There was a lot of self-doubt. Can I really do this? What will I do if this doesn’t work out? Maybe I should look for a part-time job. Bahala na—that’s really all I could think.

I’ll never stop being thankful to all the people who’ve supported Heyjow. Words literally cannot express how grateful I am to all the Heyjow clients and partners.

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4) Hardest part of the job?

Being a designer+entrepreneur is a 24/7 job. There is no “off” switch for when ideas will strike you—it could be in the middle of the night while you’re watching TV, on vacation, or during a workout session. And, as a business owner, there’s never a time when there’s nothing to do! But I’m not complaining—I wouldn’t have it any other way!

5) Most rewarding part of the job?

The feedback I get from our clients is the most rewarding part of the job! Seeing Heyjow pieces worn by such lovely ladies is a truly delightful experience! My day is complete whenever a client tells me how she wore her recently-acquired Heyjow piece to a particular occasion (a wedding, a girls’ night out, a baby shower) and how she got plenty of compliments and inquiries from her friends!

6) What are your favorite pieces?

It’s really tough to pinpoint specific pieces that I’d consider my “favorites” because each Heyjow piece is an extension of my personal experiences and ideas.

Right now, I’m in love with layering. Layering allows you to mix-and-match your pieces depending on your mood, and the occasion. Layering is one of the most creative and expressive forms of accessorizing oneself.

I’m also working with a new matte-gold-finish material that we recently brought in from the Middle East. It continues to be a fascinating material to design with, and I’m still trying to push the limits of what can be done with it!

7) How do you balance work and family life?

Work-life/family-life balance is still a challenge for me, as well as my husband, who is also an entrepreneur. This is an area of our relationship that we’re still working on.

One of the things that has helped us achieve a better balance is giving each other a sincere promise to make time for each other. For example, when we travel for leisure, we have made it a rule to leave our computer laptops at home so that we can focus on spending time with each other.

8) Any exciting news for our customers/readers to watch out for?

The L’Indochine+Heyjow collaboration is extremely exciting! I really believe we’re going to be bringing out some very interesting pieces as a result of this partnership. One of the many things to look forward to is the Jewelry Bar – a concept by L’Indochine’s very own, Leona and Charlene. The Jewelry Bar is a new way of engaging with Heyjow pieces, giving you the opportunity to design and really fine-tune your fashion accessories

 

 

 

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