HOLIDAY TROVE Kultura as beautiful options for the discerning gift-giver
Trust a Town & Country woman to veer away from canned ideas for the holidays. For her, gifts are never just a pile of items; they are beautiful ways to express a year's worth of unsaid thank you's.
A trip to Kultura guarantees a handful of unique gifts --- capiz ornaments for an associate's vacation home, cans of Davao chocolates to complete personalized food bouquets, or perfumed candles as spa treats for friends.
And for an element of surprise: woven clutches and freshwater pearls can be an upgraded invitation to her holiday dinner.
As Seen in Town & Country, November 2016
How to look like a summer girl all year
Trend alert! Straw bags.
Fashion fans know that summer is a state of mind. To inject effortless beach chic into all your looks from March to February, turn to these locally-themed style finds from Tropiko by Kultura—Kultura's line of resort-inspired clothes and bags—for pieces that are best for the heat but equally great all year long.
1) Black Maxi Dress
Wear in summer with: Designer espadrilles and a straw hat
Wear all year with: Light denim jacket and all-white sneakers
2) Printed Tunic
Wear in summer with: Multi-strap flats and a metallic tattoo
Wear all year with: Lace-up heels, layered necklaces, and sexy beach waves.
3) Embroidered Caftan
Wear in summer with: A printed bikini and sandals
Wear all year with: A banig tote a la Jane Birkin
4) Pink top
Wear in summer with: A string bikini and pink lipstick
Wear all year with: A banig tote, jeans and your Nike trainers.
5) Cotton top
Wear in summer with: A colorful banig clutch and denim cut-offs
Wear all year with: A black maxi and ugly-chic flats
Tropiko by Kultura is available at SM Aura Premier, SM Makati, Mall of Asia, Megamall, SM City North Edsa - The Annex, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier and most SM Stores. Visit Kultura's website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.
There's something to be said for the glamour of transformation. A seemingly plain sheath dress can instantly take you from your nine-to-five shift to a dinner date by simply layering delicate necklaces. Separately, it may seem plain; but altogether it can look very stylish.
But before you think of any of that, it starts with the key pieces to build your outfit on. This season, as you change your look throughout the day, take a few notes from Kultura on how you can fit this concept of accessorizing while adding a Filipiniana touch to upgrade an outfit.
LUNCH MEETINGS TO CLIENT DINNERS
Not everyone has the luxury of time to swing by their place for a quick outfit change in the middle of a busy day. If overtime calls for something dressier, changing accessories would be a simple and subtle way of upgrading your work look. Use your Kimona-inspired top as a blank canvas and add color to your wardrobe by swapping your earrings for chunky colorful stones. Complement it with a classy pearl bracelet and you're off to dinner.
CASUAL DAYS AT THE OFFICE TO DRINKS AFTER WORK
No one likes to lug around their day bag past six in the evening. If you're heading for a few cocktails after a day at the office, leave the excess baggage and downsize your structured purse to a compact clutch and switch up your accessories. Gold doorknockers and a multi-strand cobalt bead necklace are one easy way of taking your office outfit from your desk to the bar.
AFTERNOON TEA TO DINNER AND DANCING
Day formal is tricky to pull off. If you lack accessories, you'll be underdressed; overdo it and you'll have missed the mark. What you really need is the right mix of texture and color to distinguish that transition from morning to night. A fringed messenger is perfect for daytime events while a woven clutch in somber shades of black and white lend an elegant touch for evening affairs.
Tropiko by Kultura is available at SM Aura Premier, SM Makati, Mall of Asia, Megamall, SM City North EDSA – The Annex, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier and most SM Stores. Visit Kultura's website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.
Featured on the cover of Expat Magazine Our Hijo linen tops on Local entrepreneur Brian Maclelland, founder of Bambike.
Get the look! Hijo is available in all Kultura branches nationwide.
Everyone will surely fawn over these organic handmade soaps from The Tropical Shop. Make sure to leave a couple of bars in your powder room to make handwashing more fun!
Visit Kultura's Naturally Pinoy Health and Beauty Fair until May 1 at the 2nd level, Concourse Area of SM Makati.
All Naturally Pinoy Food and Personal Care products are available in Kultura stores located at SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, the SM Mall of Asia, SM Lanang Premier, and SM City Cebu. Kultura boutiques are also located in Pico de Loro, Taal Vista, and the Molo Mansion, Iloilo. For more details, you can visit www.kulturafilipino.com.
4 Home Finds at Kultura's Naturally Pinoy Health & Beauty Fair
When we think about beauty, more often than not, our minds go straight to hair and makeup. If you really think about it, it extends to taking care for our personal havens, too.
Lucky for us, today's technology has the ability to enhance organic ingredients into exciting products for contemporary lifestyles. Kultura's Naturally Pinoy Health and Beauty Fair is a gold mine for finds that won't only keep your home healthy but smelling like a dream too.
Check out some of our favorite products below:
Keep a few of these potted herbs from Gourmet Farms in your kitchen—these can make your meals even more flavorful, plus, they add a touch of green to your decor as well!
Get your living area guest-ready by lighting a garden-scented candle from ATIN Reed Diffusers and Precious Pillows to keep the room smelling like fresh blooms.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to these aroma diffusers from ATIN Reed Diffusers and Precious Pillows to set a relaxing mood in your bedroom.
How to Dress up Basic Office OOTDs
Stand Out with these Style Tips from Camille Co!
Aside from knowing the ins and outs of your job, looking and feeling your best at work can also contribute to better performance. It brings out the confidence you need to face intimidating clients, and it may even earn you the attention of your stylish boss. Though there are certain rules to follow when choosing your office ensemble, adding in a few stylish pieces such as a beaded necklace or a chunky bracelet wouldn't hurt. Take it from Pinay fashion blogger Camille Co who loves giving her plain outfits a new spin with accessories from Kultura.
Add A Little Spice to Your OOTDs
Stand out in a sea of uniform-wearing employees with trendy, elegant accessories, such as the ones Camille handpicked. "These pieces look and feel so luxe, they can instantly take any outfit up a notch," she says. Give your trusty black blazer a rest, and opt for a sophisticated shawl if the office gets a bit chilly. Add contrast to its delicate embroidery with shell and stone accessories. If you're up for a more elegant look, go for gold earrings or a statement purse.
Think Outside the Box
Camille shares her tips for all Cosmo girls who are a bit hesitant to play with colors. "Green and blue go so well together, so don't be afraid to mix these pieces in with casual denim outfits. They look so glamorous and sophisticated, but it doesn't mean you should use them only for dressy occasions. Think outside the box, and style up your casual looks."
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The Stylish Essentials You Need For a Tropical Vacation
Lissa Kahayon shares her must-haves!
Summer may officially be over in the Philippines, but there are plenty of pristine beaches you can still hit this time of the year. Now may even be the perfect time to bask in the sun and snap those #OOTDs by the shore, especially if you're heading somewhere tropical like Thailand, the Maldives, Jeju Island, or even as far as Brazil. Of course, there's plenty of sun to enjoy in our tropical climate and plenty of ways to add a cool vibe to your everyday outfits.
Whether you're bound for Boracay or Bali, or simply planning a day in the city, take cues from Pinay fashion blogger Lissa Kahayon, and stock up on statement wardrobe pieces and fashionable accessories from Kultura.
Here's Your Shopping Checklist
Aside from bikinis and flip-flops, also bring cover-ups and accessories for when you're lounging by the pool or having drinks by the bar. Make sure you buy items you can re-purpose for daily OOTDs! "I wore the skirt and picked accessories to complement its colors," says Lissa. "I love wearing hats, so I made sure to include one, and I picked simple necklaces and bracelets that I can mix and match with anything." Go for a floppy sun hat or a classic fedora for a more stylish look. You can also add a small straw bag for your phone, camera, and other essentials.
Putting together the perfect tropical ensemble should be a breeze with Lissa's handpicked items from Kultura. "You can wear these to the beach or to a casual day out. You can pair the skirt with a bikini top, tank top, or even an off-shoulder top."
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How To Accessorize When You're Not a Girly Girl
Take your cue from Laureen Uy!
Stylish clothes with a colorful twist—that's what fashion girls can get at Kultura. It's a unique place for basics and statement pieces, all inspired by our heritage, and you can be surprised by all the cool items you'll spot there. If you're itching for a wardrobe upgrade (or just want to buy something pretty, we won’t judge!), there's always something here for every style personality.
Are You A Non-Girly Girl?
Do a quick wardrobe inventory. Do you own a lot of basic tees, jeans, sneakers, and shift dresses? Pinay fashion blogger Laureen Uy says there's nothing wrong with sticking with the basics, as long as you wear the right accessories.
Choosing Your Accessories
Laureen handpicked a few accessories from Kultura and shared a few tips for girls who want to up their style game. "These are some of the items I'd personally wear when I'm out," she says. "Since I'm not really a "girly" dresser, these pieces suit my style and personality." Opt for accessories in muted blues, reds, and pale gold colors. For days when you need to dress up a plain outfit, a bright shawl, a statement bag, or a graphic jacket will do the trick.
Where to Wear Them
Laureen says it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to upgrade office clothes. "If you're heading to an event from work, throw on a colorful jacket, switch from sneakers to heels, and pile on gold accessories to make your look more glam. You can style yourself in so many different ways!"
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Adorn your space with uniquely Filipino fabrics and patterns.
There is nothing quite like traditional Filipino weaves to bring a cultured grace to your home. Woven by artisans in indigenous communities, these beautiful fabrics are imbued with our history and heritage.
For instance, the Abel from Ilocos goes through a painstaking manual labor process to create each piece of fabric; the resulting hand loomed cloth is so hardly that it was a major export during the Spanish galleon trade. Hand-woven from abaca fibers, the T'nalak is the traditional cloth from the T'bolis in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Legend has it that the women of the tribe are inspired by the patterns they see in their dreams, hence the term "dream weavers."
Kultura seeks to keep centuries-old weaving traditions alive by using them in modern designs that resonate with the global taste of today's market. From cotton inabel bed covers to T’nalak clutches and jewelry boxes wrapped in hand-woven raffia, these lovely items bring an authentic Filipino touch to your home while helping preserve heritage crafts.