Style & Grace

Busi­ness­woman Doody Tua­son on her fear­less fashion, New Year’s res­o­lu­tions & be­ing at home in Pasig

Northern Living - - Front Page - Pho­tographed by Pat Ma­teo In­ter­viewed by Niña Luigi Chua- Cabardo

“ We got re­ally com­fort­able in the North. I re­ally like the idea that I’m cen­trally lo­cated... It's very con­ve­nient here.”

hDe­scribe your life and your life­style. It has been a jour­ney, a trial-and-er­ror kind of thing. To stay on the right path over the years, I had to pri­or­i­tize. It’s my hus­band and kids first, then ev­ery­thing else had to be crammed fran­ti­cally in be­tween. In those years, of course, I slept very lit­tle, be­cause we also had an ac­tive so­cial life and the kids were small, I had to be there. But in those times, I had so much en­ergy. I think that’s prob­a­bly why God gave us chil­dren at that age. Now, if I have to be some­where by 10 am, and I slept at 2 am, it’s re­ally a beat­ing. I feel like I’m get­ting beaten up. Now, I don’t feel the need to party that hard any­more. I’ve kind of slowed down. igh so­ci­ety’s fear­less woman of style, Lour­des “Doody” Tua­son, has so much more to her than just in­cred­i­ble fashion sense, though she is so fun to watch dressed to the hilt. The lady be­hind the cloth­ing and jew­elry of the life­style store Men­tx­aka (the orig­i­nal Basque spell­ing of her maiden name) spent time with North­ern Liv­ing, can­didly shar­ing her thoughts on her per­sonal style and out­look, her life as a fam­ily woman, and why she chooses to live in Pasig more than any­where else. Apart from slow­ing down, what were the ma­jor changes for you in the last five years? I think my phi­los­o­phy in life has changed. There was such a big tran­si­tion from the way I saw things be­fore. You know, you wanted so much per­fec­tion, to have it all. And then you come to a re­al­iza­tion that all that en­ergy you ex­pended try­ing to cre­ate the pic­ture of per­fec­tion in your head was not worth it be­cause to be­gin with, there’s no such thing. And in the ef­fort to do that, you caused so much pain be­cause you tried to con­trol ev­ery­thing, and you tried to ma­nip­u­late ev­ery­one and ev­ery­body to fit into that pic­ture of per­fec­tion that you want. And in­stead of ac­cept­ing things as they are, you fight and you re­sist it. And the more you re­sist, the more they per­sist. And now, I’ve come to re­al­ize, it’s so sim­ple pala. You just sit back and ac­cept, and then ev­ery­thing falls into place. How is your cre­ative process like? There are some things that look good more, and there are some things that are nicer less. So I guess depend­ing on how the idea or con­cept presents it­self, that’s when I de­cide if less is more, or if more is bet­ter. Al­though nowa­days, when you are wear­ing one piece that’s al­ready busy or calls at­ten­tion to it, I think you shouldn’t use any­thing else. Un­less you’re

try­ing to dress like the ‘50s or ‘60s, where there’s a look of ex­cess. Some­times, one lit­tle pic­ture from mag­a­zines or that me­mory that pic­ture brought to me, is what ig­nites the whole con­cept. Like now, we had an idea made of wood and that was borne out of me flip­ping through some pic­tures from the ‘30s, and saw some pic­tures of the wife of the king who ab­di­cated, Wal­lis Simp­son. I saw her choker and how they dressed in those days, and I think it looks so now. Then I told my girls how gold is so ex­pen­sive to­day so to wear gold, you’d have to com­bine it with wood, then there’s some­thing or­ganic about it too. So that’s how my new line that I’ve been work­ing on was born. Tell us about your per­sonal style. I’m very moody, so I go by my moods. One day I might wake up feel­ing like a surfer, or might de­cide like I want to look like Princess Diana, or an­other day, it might be some­thing dif­fer­ent. I use mag­a­zines for in­spi­ra­tion, to trans­port me, and to keep me abreast with what’s go­ing on. There seems to be no reser­va­tions or hes­i­ta­tion when you dress or cre­ate what you want. You dress or cre­ate based on how you feel. How is that so? I’m re­ally a punk girl at heart. But you know, I had to grow up…ex­cept for the mo­tor­cy­cle boots I re­cently bought! Haha! When did you be­gin cre­at­ing? I started 25 years ago. I am a cre­ative per­son. I like to de­sign. I’ve al­ways sketched, drawn, painted all through my life. And I loooove bling. I re­ally love jew­elry so it was very easy; it just took me there. I used to work in pub­lic re­la­tions, but when I’m day­dream­ing, I’m al­ways sketch­ing jew­elry and mak­ing pieces for my­self. Then it grad­u­ally evolved, friends would ask me to do things, and then when I “re­tired” I de­cided, “Hey you know what, I’m not go­ing to work for any­one, I’m just go­ing to do my thing.” Tell us about your fam­ily and how they re­spond to your cre­ative en­deav­ors. I have two sons, Sev, 24 and Daniel, 21. Sev is very artis­tic. He likes to draw, he writes very well. He’s a man of lit­er­a­ture. My hus­band, Conkoy, and Daniel are busi­ness­men. With a hus­band and two sons, I am the queen. They don’t re­ally in­ter­fere. One time, I put up an elec­tric pink Christ­mas tree. I thought they would like it be­cause they’re young, right? But they were like, “Uhmm. Re­ally don’t know about that tree, Mom,” so okay, scrap. It dis­ap­peared the next year. My hus­band, on the other hand, is my pa­tron! He’s not the sort of guy that tells me, “No, not that!” He’s happy to let me go. If any­thing, he says, “I buy you so many shoes, you’re wear­ing that shoe again!” I mar­ried the per­fect guy! And he’s so pa­tient when we shop. He’s the one who would some­times go, “Look at that, did you see that?” He loves to shop with me. Other hus­bands die, right? We have our dif­fer­ences like ev­ery­body, but were best friends. He is my gift, he’s re­ally won­der­ful. What is your typ­i­cal day like? It has slowed down a bit. Now, I don’t start my day at 5:30 am any­more, like I used to for 15 years. Be­fore, it was 5:30, wake up, have break­fast, get the kids or­ga­nized, and as soon as they’re off, I get ready and go to my of­fice. But now, it starts 8:30 or 9:00 am, have break­fast, or­ga­nize the house—talk to the cook about what din­ner is go­ing to be or ask my hus­band what he would like in honor of the diet, etc. Then go to my of­fice: Men­tx­aka in Kar­rivin Plaza. And then I start head­ing home about 6 pm, if there’s no ex­tra­or­di­nary thing that has to be done. Basta my hus­band’s rule is: when he’s home, I’m home al­ready. How do you spend your “me” time? Read­ing. I love to read, I get lost in my books. And I sub­scribe to lots of mag­a­zines. That is how I stay in touch with what’s go­ing on out there. How do you take care of your­self? At this age, I work out al­most ev­ery day, so long as I’m not sick or trav­el­ing. I go to the gym. I do car­dio and I lift weights. Though I will try find­ing other al­ter­na­tives, too. Though I don’t think I can let go of the weights as that’s good for the bones. Skin­care? Most im­por­tant is your diet, ex­er­cise, eat­ing the right things. Then ev­ery now and then, hav­ing a fa­cial clean­ing. At the end of the day, if you don’t eat well, you don’t keep your face clean and hy­drated, it doesn’t mat­ter what you use, not even those ex­pen­sive creams. I get spa ser­vices done at home, too. You live in Pasig. Why did you choose the North? My hus­band goes to work near here and in Marik­ina plus my kids go to school near here, too. When we first moved here from Makati, I felt like we were the only peo­ple here be­cause this wasn’t de­vel­oped yet. Orig­i­nally, it was go­ing to be tem­po­rary. But we got com­fort­able here. When I need to go to Que­zon City, I’m al­ready half­way there. Makati, it’s 20 min­utes away be­cause of C5. If I want to go to Manila down­town, I can pass through San Juan. I re­ally like the idea that I’m cen­trally lo­cated. What are the North­ern con­ve­niences that you ap­pre­ci­ate? The gro­cery is very near: Hyper­mart or Shopwise Libis. Shangri-La Mall is near, too. Some­times, I walk to Tien­de­si­tas and back. It’s very con­ve­nient. And I am very near Manila Seedling in Que­zon City, be­cause I love fresh flow­ers! How is a North­erner woman dif­fer­ent? Women here are more dy­namic. We like wear­ing heels. Ev­ery­body’s so on the move here. Like most of my neigh­bors are pro­fes­sion­als so they get dressed more of­ten. Women here work and they dress cor­po­rate. There are very few women of leisure here who do noth­ing. For 2011, Doody’s look­ing for­ward to: Peace. I’m so ex­cited about my new­found peace, that con­cept of ac­cep­tance. God IS. He’s not good or bad; He’s all good­ness. It’s you who needs to take it be­cause He’s giv­ing it. What legacy do you want to leave to your chil­dren? I don’t want to be known for my fashion sense alone. I want to leave my chil­dren a legacy of in­tegrity. What I trea­sure is in­tegrity, hon­esty, in deal­ing with peo­ple, in busi­ness and in ev­ery as­pect.

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