The Philippine Star - - MODERN LIVING - By ELMER B. COLDORA

On the sixth episode of the Sea­son 9 of Mod­ern Liv­ing TV, hosts Stephanie Zu­bir­iCrespi and Bianca Gon­za­lez-In­tal bright­ens the week with di­verse sto­ries on ur­ban ex­plo­rations— from a blog­ger’s fash­ion styles, King cou­ple’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Colourette cos­met­ics line, hy­brid cafes, and Sim­ply Mod­u­lar’s stylish pieces of fur­ni­ture.


Through her eye-catch­ing pho­tos in so­cial me­dia, fash­ion blog­ger Camille Co suc­cess­fully pro­motes cloth­ing de­signs and cap­ti­vates the in­ter­ests of fash­ion de­sign en­thu­si­asts. Since 2011, Camille has been a great in­flu­encer through her blog, Camille Tries to Blog, which has now evolved and has also been dis­cussing travel and beauty.

“I’ve al­ways been into aes­thet­ics and de­sign. The love and the passion for it have al­ways been there,” Camille shares. “I like to ex­per­i­ment. I like put bold ac­cents ev­ery now and then, but at the end of the day I make sure it’s young but so­phis­ti­cated.”

As Camille show­cases her closet and her go-to poses, she also re­counts her mother’s prin­ci­ple on cloth­ing: “What­ever you are wear­ing is im­por­tant, and it is some­thing that you should put time and ef­fort into.”


The Kings, cos­met­ics sup­plier owned by cou­ple Joey and Angie King, col­lab­o­rates with Colourette Cos­met­ics as part of its cel­e­bra­tion of the Pride Month. For both par­ties, this is a mean­ing­ful part­ner­ship as it “stands for di­ver­sity and cel­e­brates the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.”

In­spired by Angie and Joey’s con­trasts and com­ple­ments with each other, the Kings and Colourette comes up with what they call Dual­itint, lip tint pack­aged in a duo of unique shades and in­fused with Ar­gan oil and Shea but­ter. “As we were grow­ing to­gether, Angie wanted to keep things very sim­ple. So I would find prod­ucts that would make her life sim­ple. This is what I talked to Nina about—I wanted to have the pack­ag­ing or the con­tain­ers to be a dual and that’ s when we came up with the du­al­ity di­ver­sity,” Joey nar­rates.

With Satchmi in Mega Fash­ion Hall, you may en­joy your food and cof­fee while lis­ten­ing to vinyl records. Con­sid­ered a haven es­pe­cially to mu­sic lovers, this cafe is fur­nished with an in­te­rior de­sign that sets a unique and re­lax­ing vibe. Satchmi also boasts its menu, in­clud­ing the Satchmi cof­fee blend, grilled cheese sand­wich, pesto chicken pasta and cheeses­teak soup.

An­other spot­ted hy­brid café is in Kapi­tolyo, Pasig. A laun­dry shopcum-café, The Wash­ery has car­d­op­er­ated wash­ing ma­chines side by side with the sa­vory foods such as pas­tas, sand­wishes, cook­ies, and cakes. “We thought of adding a café to make the peo­ple more com­fort­able like while they wait for their laun­dry they can just stay here, do their work. ” says Camille Aquino, man­ag­ing part­ner of Wash­ery.

Com­ing from the name that means south­east­ern France, La Provence in Boni­fa­cio Global City ac­tu­al­izes the am­biance of this French re­gion in Manila. As you en­ter this mod­ern sa­lon and café hy­brid, you may ex­pe­ri­ence the Eu­ro­pean coun­try­side feel due to its food and trained staff. “The con­cept is one-stop shop; mean­ing, you are here for your hair, nails, beauty, fa­cial and what you want,” ex­plains Me­hdi Mous­saoui, cre­ative di­rec­tor of La Provence.


Through Sim­ply Mod­u­lar Fur­ni­ture in Pasig, stor­age and main­tain­ing or­ga­nized things at home is not a com­pli­ca­tion. This Do It Your­self fur­ni­ture store sup­plies con­nectable planks that are per­fectly de­signed for those who love to con­stantly mod­ify their in­te­rior lay­out. Sim­ply Mod­u­lar’s durable and stylish planks can be in dif­fer­ent col­ors and self-as­sem­bled into var­i­ous styles.

Bianca and de­sign ex­pert Jie Pam­bid ex­plore the art of ma­nip­u­lat­ing Sim­ply Mod­u­lar pieces to pro­duce sev­eral kinds of fur­ni­ture. “With the right cre­ativ­ity and, of course, your imag­i­na­tion, you can cre­ate any­thing from stor­age pieces, to fur­ni­ture, to, of course, stack­able shelves, what­ever your imag­i­na­tion dic­tates,” Jie says.

Bianca and de­sign ex­pert Jie Pam­bid ex­plore the art of ma­nip­u­lat­ing Sim­ply Mod­u­lar pieces.

Fash­ion de­signer and blog­ger Camille Co

Wash­ery man­ag­ing part­ner Camille Aquino

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