52 STYLE PRO­FILE

AF­TER MOV­ING BACK TO MANILA, NI­COLE SHARES HER FA­VORITE LO­CAL FINDS.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / SEPTEMBER DEPARTMENTS - Pro­duced by Ca­role Cuasay-Tagle Pho­to­graphs by Kai Huang

Ni­cole Men­chaca’s stylish sources.

“YOUR HOME SHOULD BE THE ONE PLACE YOU ARE TRULY HAPPY. I LOVE FRESH FLOW­ERS, SCENTED CAN­DLES, CRISP COT­TON BED SHEETS, FINE CHINA, AND BEAU­TI­FUL GLASS­WARE.”

hob­bies and in­ter­ests hav­ing just moved back from aus­tralia, i am en­joy­ing all the won­der­ful places i am dis­cov­er­ing. i love find­ing prod­ucts that are uniquely filipino and am happy wan­der­ing through mar­kets and bazaars to find them. i started an in­sta­gram ac­count called mayni­lastyle to show­case all the things l love about manila. i en­joy in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing and am in love with filipino an­ces­tral homes— they are so charm­ing and should be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. per­sonal

uni­form dur­ing the day i pre­fer to be com­fort­able and ca­sual—jeans and a shirt or a dress. at night, it’s fun to dress up and throw on some heels. de­scribe your style

i have never been very dar­ing with fash­ion. i love clas­sic pieces that i know will with­stand the test of time. travel style essentials my fa­vorite pash­mina goes on ev­ery flight with me. on a beach trip i bring kaf­tans, floaty dresses, and a straw hat, and if it’s a win­ter des­ti­na­tion i love my aus­tralian merino knitwear. home essentials your home should be the one place you are truly happy. i love fresh flow­ers, scented can­dles, crisp cot­ton bed sheets, fine china, and beau­ti­ful glass­ware. style phi­los­o­phy keep it sim­ple, stay true to your­self, and don’t for­get to smile! style icons jackie kennedy onas­sis and au­drey hep­burn. i also love queen letizia of spain and princess mary of den­mark who both al­ways look so stylish.

things that in­spire you my fam­ily, travel, flow­ers, dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines, long walks, and a re­lax­ing glass of wine! and there is noth­ing like a trip to the beach to clear the mind. there is some­thing about sand be­tween my toes and swim­ming in the ocean that re­freshes me and gives me a feel­ing that any­thing is pos­si­ble. fa­vorite

cities manila and syd­ney. i lived in manila from when i was 14 to 21 years old and al­ways felt so at home here. it is where i met my hus­band and my old­est friends, and i have so won­der­ful mem­o­ries of grow­ing up here. syd­ney is where i was born as well as my son and daugh­ter. my par­ents and sis­ters live there so i am still very con­nected to syd­ney; it re­ally is such a beau­ti­ful city.

great­est ex­trav­a­gance i was 21 and liv­ing in hong kong, and i had just re­ceived my first salary. i ran to land­mark and bought an ital­ian hand­bag which i still have to­day. prized pos­ses­sions a watch i re­ceived from my par­ents on my 21st birth­day, an an­tique ring that my grand­mother gave me be­fore she passed away, and our fam­ily pho­to­graphs in sil­ver frames. on

your shop­ping list home­ware—we still need quite a few items to fur­nish our apart­ment.

what you’re col­lect­ing at the mo­ment, items from the philip­pines. there are so many skilled ar­ti­sans in this coun­try and many pieces still cre­ated by hand that are no longer seen in other coun­tries. i think it is very im­por­tant to buy lo­cal. fa­vorite

ac­ces­sory a pair of rose gold and pearl earrings that al­ways seem to com­plete any out­fit. fa­vorite stores men­tx­aka for lux­ury life­style items and stun­ning jew­elry, oz gallery for metic­u­lously re­stored fur­ni­ture, car­bon and tint in green­belt 3, and anne marie saguil’s amarie for her beau­ti­ful em­broi­dered cloth­ing. fa­vorite

sight my fa­vorite place in the philip­pines is aman­pulo—it re­ally is par­adise and there is no other way to de­scribe it.

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