A DAY WITH ANA FRASER

THE SURFER MOM TALKS TO MAN­ICA C. TIGLAO ABOUT CRE­ATIV­ITY, LIFE IN THE CARIBBEAN, AND AC­CI­DEN­TAL SUC­CESS.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / OCTOBER - Pro­duced by Carole Cuasay-Tagle Pho­tographs by Dix Perez

The Bar­ba­dos-based surfer and en­tre­pre­neur talks to Man­ica C. tiglao about cre­ativ­ity, de­sign­ing hand­bags, and a charmed life in the Caribbean.

WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP TO­DAY?

5:30 a.m. I am a morn­ing per­son.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU USUALLY DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

I jump out of bed. I’m al­ways ex­cited at the start of a new day. I make break­fast for the fam­ily, put to­gether the girls’ lunch boxes and then drive them to school.

WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAK­FAST?

A cup of cof­fee and some toast.

ANY DIET?

I love food, but I prob­a­bly shouldn’t love it this much. I’m al­ways say­ing I’ll start eat­ing health­ier… after I eat this choco­late cake.

EX­ER­CISE ROU­TINE?

We live in Freight’s Bay, our fa­vorite surf spot in Bar­ba­dos, so I am lucky I get to surf as much as I like. And it’s some­thing I can do with my hus­band and my six-yearold daugh­ter Mila.

WHAT DO YOU USUALLY WEAR TO WORK?

My en­vi­ron­ment al­lows me to wear com­fort­able, casual clothes as I go about my day, be it do­ing my work at home or work for my business.

WHAT’S AL­WAYS IN YOUR HAND­BAG?

I can for­get ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing my wal­let, my keys, or even my phone— but not my hand san­i­tizer.

STYLE ICONS?

I love the fem­i­nine, timeless, and el­e­gant style of Grace kelly. And I also ad­mire the way olivia Palermo al­ways looks so pol­ished yet ef­fort­lessly put to­gether.

TELL US HOW YOU STARTED DE­SIGN­ING BAGS.

I made a tas­sel with some left­over yarn and walked around the house look­ing for some­where to hang it. I de­cided it looked best on my straw bag. I took the bag out with me one day, and to my sur­prise, other peo­ple thought it looked great too! My friends from the is­land started to put in their or­ders.

WHAT IN­SPIRED YOUR COLLECTION?

It be­gan with my love for cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing. I am an artist and I love beau­ti­ful things. you’ll of­ten find me in my craft room for hours work­ing on a pro­ject.

WHAT ARE YOU EX­CITED ABOUT FOR THE REST OF 2017?

My hus­band and I are ex­pect­ing our third child, and we are so blessed as we will now wel­come our first baby boy. hav­ing two girls, our boy will now com­plete our fam­ily.

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM CREATIVE PRO­JECT?

I’m very happy as I have actually al­ready started with my dream pro­ject. six months ago, a pre­mium bou­tique in Bar­ba­dos called Al­ways sum­mer started to carry my collection, and I have been work­ing closely with them on my fu­ture col­lec­tions. It is an ex­cit­ing year for me. I am also work­ing on get­ting my collection to the Ba­hamas and the Bri­tish vir­gin Is­lands.

WHAT ARE YOU READ­ING RIGHT NOW?

How not to Die, by Michael Greger, M.d.

FA­VORITE BOOKS?

I have a vast collection of cook­books.

STAPLE MAG­A­ZINES?

I love craft, cook­ing, fash­ion, and de­sign mag­a­zines. T&c is a staple in our home.

FA­VORITE GAD­GETS?

My sewing ma­chine, my cri­cut cut­tle­bug and ex­plore cut­ting ma­chines. so hard to choose from—some days it is my lam­i­nat­ing ma­chine.

HOW DO YOU KEEP CON­NECTED?

Pri­mar­ily I am ac­tive on Face­book and In­sta­gram.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA?

Too much, actually. But it de­pends on my day’s sched­ule, tend­ing to my fam­ily, my business, and en­ter­tain­ing.

WHAT SONGS AND ARTISTS ARE ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

I have an eclec­tic taste. I am cur­rently en­joy­ing soca mu­sic as it’s car­ni­val week in Bar­ba­dos now.

DE­SCRIBE YOUR CLOTH­ING STYLE.

It’s sim­ple and classic. I grav­i­tate to­wards wardrobe choices that are timeless. Feel­ing com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in what I am wear­ing is important.

FA­VORITE SHOPS?

When I come home to Manila I en­joy rustan’s, and I also try to visit my fa­vorite local ar­ti­san brands. My fa­vorite global brands are henri Ben­del and Parker Thatch be­cause I love ev­ery­thing mono­grammed.

CLOTH­ING STAPLE? I have a closet full of crisp white linen dresses. They are the per­fect thing to wear in warm weather. com­fort and ease are just as important to me as look­ing stylish.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO OUT­FIT?

A dress with strappy leather san­dals.

FA­VORITE BRAND/DE­SIGNER OF CLOTH­ING?

I am cur­rently in love with Filipino designers. I just pur­chased three dresses from len ca­bili of Filip+Inna and I feel proud to wear such beautifully made dresses designed in the Philip­pines.

WHAT’S THE NEW­EST PIECE OF CLOTH­ING YOU BOUGHT?

A yel­low hand-em­broi­dered Min­danao scarf from kaayo Philip­pines.

SHOES?

on most days I wear leather san­dals.

WHAT FRA­GRANCE ARE YOU WEAR­ING?

Pen­haligon’s la­van­dula.

DO YOU WEAR OTH­ERS?

Acca kappa’s Blue laven­der. I love its fresh, clean scent.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR AP­PEAR­ANCE?

I spend a lot of time un­der the sun and I love the healthy glow it gives my skin.

LUNCH TO­DAY:

business or plea­sure? Plea­sure.

LUNCH COM­PAN­IONS?

girl­friends.

WHERE?

My close At the beach club.

FA­VORITE RES­TAU­RANT?

The cliff

Beach in Bar­ba­dos for some oc­to­pus ce­viche and a glass of rosé.

FA­VORITE CUI­SINE?

Ja­panese.

DRINK OF CHOICE?

Lemon iced tea with lots of fresh lemon. At happy hour, you’ll find me with a Grey Goose vodka mar­tini.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM DIN­NER GUESTS?

I think if I had Jen­nifer Lawrence, Prince Harry, and James Cor­den over for a party we would have a lot of fun.

WERE YOU GIVEN ANY GREAT AD­VICE TO­DAY?

Yes, my three-yearold just watched Lion King. She gave me the best ad­vice: “Mama, don’t worry, be happy. Hakuna matata!”

WHAT WAS THE PRET­TI­EST THING YOU SAW TO­DAY?

The drive home along the coast. I’ll never get used to it.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAM­ILY.

I am mar­ried to a re­ally good man, Doug. He is from Eng­land and we met in Manila dur­ing one of my surf week­ends. We have been mar­ried for al­most 10 years and we have two beau­ti­ful, kind, funny, and lov­able daugh­ters: Mila, 6, and Max, 3. We are ex­pect­ing our third child very soon. Cur­rently we live in Bar­ba­dos, where my hus­band is posted. In the past 10 years we have lived in Cam­bo­dia, Ja­pan, the Philip­pines, the United King­dom, and now the Caribbean. We look for­ward to what the fu­ture brings us.

YOU LIVE ON A CARIBBEAN IS­LAND. WHAT'S THAT’S LIKE?

It’s a dream I wish I never have to wake up from. I am sur­rounded by turquoise Caribbean wa­ters and a warm ocean breeze. Time slows down when you live on an is­land, and I love that. And the tur­tles, let me tell you about the tur­tles, we get to swim with them ev­ery day.

WHAT AC­TIV­ITY DO YOU MOST EN­JOY WITH YOUR DAUGH­TERS?

I en­joy al­most ev­ery­thing, but be­ing with my girls is most pre­cious. If I have to fo­cus on one fun ac­tiv­ity it would be spend­ing time with them on the beach build­ing sand­cas­tles and chas­ing crabs.

WHAT DO YOU DO AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME?

I take the girls out to the gar­den or we go for a swim.

WHAT DOES YOUR HOME LOOK LIKE?

We live by the beach, in a lovely two-story home. It’s pre­dom­i­nantly white with high ceil­ings, and its doors and win­dows are big and wide, which wel­comes the clean Caribbean breeze. We have a close-knit com­mu­nity and are lucky to have found such beau­ti­ful friends. En­ter­tain­ing is fre­quent and our home is al­ways open for peo­ple to drop by.

WHAT’S THE NEW­EST THING YOU’VE BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

My beau­ti­ful Art Deco chair from the Philip­pines.

Do you cook?

Ev­ery day, and I en­joy ev­ery minute of it.

HOW DO YOU EN­TER­TAIN?

We en­ter­tain a lot, and our friends love to cook as well. The kitchen is the cen­ter of our home and mak­ing din­ner can in­volve three cou­ples cook­ing in one kitchen to­gether. We have peo­ple over at least twice a week.

ANY GUILTY PLEA­SURE TO­DAY?

A

nice long nap.

GREAT­EST EX­TRAV­A­GANCE?

Gad­gets! This week it is a drone I bought my­self to play with. My girls and their friends throw man­goes at it when it fol­lows them around the gar­den.

PET PEEVE?

I’m never late, so it both­ers me when peo­ple are late.

WHO IS YOUR DREAM DATE?

Doug.

He is awe­some.

LOVE OF YOUR LIFE?

My dad. My first and for­ever love.

WHAT DO YOU WEAR ON A HOT DATE?

My fa­vorite blue silk dress and high heels.

QUAL­I­TIES YOU LIKE MOST IN A MAN?

Car­ing, de­pend­able, and un­der­stand­ing. A sense of hu­mor is also very important. I love the way my hus­band can make me laugh.

WHERE ARE YOU HAV­ING DIN­NER TONIGHT?

At home. It’s Fri­day night and we are hav­ing some friends over for G&T’s and a bar­be­cue on our veranda.

WHAT’S FOR DIN­NER?

Some­thing easy. I’m throw­ing some lobster, steak, and corn on the grill.

WHAT TIME ARE YOU GOING TO SLEEP?

Mid­night.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DREAM ABOUT?

My next pro­ject with Al­ways Sum­mer.

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