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BLOGGER CHALLENGE: MOMS IN FASHION

Fashionable mommy bloggers share about their personal style!
by Jacque De Borja / May 6, 2011

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BLOGGER CHALLENGE: MOMS IN FASHION

This week's Blogger Challenge turns the spotlight on the moms in fashion, right in time for Mother's Day.

Eight fashionable moms—Lloyda Lim-Tan, Leona Lavina-Panutat, Frances Amper Sales, Christine Dychiao, Ace Du-Chua, Sarah Tirona, Mikka Padua and Ann Jacobe—share about their personal style, favorite retail stores and closet staples.

Click on the next page to get to know more about these fashionable mommas!

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Lloyda Lim-Tan
Blog: Fashionista Fortune Cookie

Tell us about your personal style?
I don't really have a personal style. My style is always evolving. It changes day to day because I like experimenting with my outfits.

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
It may sound cliché but I really do dress depending on my mood on that particular day. Sometimes I dress around a certain item—it can be a pair of shoes or a dress.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
I usually make sure that I can still do my day-to-day stuff with what I'm wearing.

Where do you usually shop?
Giordano Ladies, Giordano, Uniqlo, Zara, Mango, Topshop, Muji, Forever21, The Ramp, department stores (my fave place to buy cheap thrills), bazaars & tiangge, online stores and random stores in Hong Kong.

What are your closet staples?
Trousers, platform shoes, oxfords, jackets and tees.

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Shoes! I am obsessed with shoes.

What's on your summer list?
Colourful clothes, linen trousers, pleated cuffed trousers, Prada brogues, tank dresses, more shoes, full skirts, sheer & lace clothes and bold coloured blazers.

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
A shopping spree or maybe a nice relaxing trip with my family.

Tell us about your outfit?
I'm wearing a lace bodysuit from Folded & Hung, thrifted high-waisted loose trousers, Soule Phenomenon platform wedge booties. I decided to wear this today because I have a meeting with a mall-leasing manager for a possible space for the brand I'm handling.

Leona Lavina-Panutat
Blog: Musings of a First Time Momma

Tell us about your personal style?
It depends on the day and my mood but I guess it always veers towards preppy eclectic. I like incorporating classic pieces with offbeat jackets and accessories.

How do you usually put together an outfit for the day?
Before, I would check the weather and my activities planned for the day. If I have a dinner at the end of the day with absolutely no chance of changing I bring heels and an extra set of accessories in the car. Now that I'm pregnant, I make sure all my clothes are easy and comfortable. I just up the style factor by donning pretty accessories or printed jackets.

How do you make sure your look is not over the top?
We have a huge mirror right by our door so I take one quick glance and usually remove one item.

Where do you usually shop?
I shop everywhere! I love SM Department Store and Kultura for inexpensive yet interesting baubles. Local: Bayo, Bench, Plains & Prints, and The Ramp. Foreign: H&M, Zara, Topshop, Forever 21 and factory outlets!

What are your closet staples?
Striped tees, boyfriend jeans, statement jackets and button downs. I also have an insane collection of scarves.

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
I used to say shoes, but now I'm beginning to have a new appreciation for bags.

What's on your summer list?
New sunnies and pretty, colorful and lightweight kaftans.

What gift would you love to receive on mother's day?
I can officially celebrate Mother's Day next year! But I would absolutely love to receive Joyce Makitalo's Channad Fringe Bib. So gorgeous!

Tell us about your outfit?
I would wear this outfit on a date with my husband. I still make an effort to look good even if we're just catching dinner and a movie. I'm obsessed with this leopard cape from Supre. I got it from a recent trip. I love that its super versatile. Looks cute over a simple tee, or wear it over a bikini or long evening dress. I'm also pretty attached to this Joyce Makitalo Rondel Subo (Vogue) ring. I bought it to commemorate my first pregnancy.

Leona is wearing a Cotton On tee, H&M Mama jeans, Zara heels, Timex watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, a Joyce Makitalo ring and a cape from

Frances Amper Sales
Blog: Topaz Mommy

Tell us about your personal style?
My personal style is really very simple—what is comfortable and what looks good! Yes, most comfy clothes don't look good and a lot of pretty things aren't very comfy! As a mommy and a magazine editor, I need to have style, function and comfort!

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
The weather and the occasion dictate it. Oh, and I should be able to breastfeed!

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
There is nothing wrong with being OTT!

Where do you usually shop?
Oh, wherever! Zara, Tango, SM Dept Store, Rustan's, eBay!

What are your closet staples?
Right now, my clothes have to make it easy for me to breastfeed. So I have tube dresses, button-down shirts, dresses that zip up in front, pussy bow blouses, V-neck tops and the like. I also love trousers and jumpsuits. They are so comfortable but I always look so put-together in them!

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
I used to be a shoe person but now I wear flats all the time. I'm a bag person now—usually roomy bags from Gucci and Topshop! 

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
A shopping spree!

Tell us about your outfit and where will you wear it?
I am wearing a Bench tank top, Kate Moss for Topshop wide-leg pants, Cole Vintage flats, a Sopia bib necklace and--for a pop of color—my Cambridge Satchel. I wore this for an errand day.

What do you like most about it?
I like it because it's very comfortable and I never need to think about it—put it on and forget about it! It's also very mommy friendly (except the bag! I have a separate diaper bag though) because black hides my mommy bulges, black can hide drool and spit well, and I can just lift up my shirt if I need to nurse my baby boy, Vito. Perfect outfit!

Christine Dychiao
Blog: Manila Fashion Observer

Tell us about your personal style?
Comfortable and casual, inspired by downtown NY and French girls

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
I think about the weather—rainy or sunny? Warm or cold? That's my deciding factor on which top and bottom I am going to wear. Then I think of which pair of shoes to wear with my outfit—will I be walking a lot? Do I need something waterproof? Is it just a quick run to the grocery? That's when I decide.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
Running after an active toddler is enough reason not to go over the top. I hardly wear accessories because I know my daughter will end up trying to pluck out my earrings or wrestle a necklace or bangles off of me. The mere thought of running in heels gives me calluses already.

Where do you usually shop?
I shop everywhere. I buy from A.P.C., J.Crew, Madewell, Uniqlo, of course, Topshop and H&M. I used to shop a lot at sample sales, showrooms and outlet stores in NY. Now that we've moved back to Asia, I shop online the most. I like shopping in click and mortar boutiques like La Garconne, Satine, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Totokaelo, Bird, Creatures of Comfort, and Jumelle because they are so well-edited. I splurge on shoes at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman occasionally. I love Isabel Marant and Phoebe Philo.

What are your closet staples?
J Brand jeans, Repetto and French Sole flats, Chucks & Bensimon sneakers, TOMS, button downs and striped shirts.

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Both! I look for design and quality. I have more shoes than bags though. Guess that makes me a shoe person.

What's on your summer list?
- Nude X-cellent flatforms from 3.1 Phillip Lim
- Comme des Garcons x Jack Purcell sneakers in black

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
A Macbook Pro.

Tell us about your outfit, where will you wear it and what do you like most about it?
This outfit was worn while meeting friends to spend the afternoon eating and shopping with my toddler Berry in tow. This was taken while on holiday in Vancouver. If I were back home, I'd wear the exact same outfit sans leather jacket, scarf and clog booties and pair it with a pair of black Repetto ballet flats. What I love most about this outfit is that it's comfortable and it kept me warm.

Christine wore a top from Saint James, a cardigan from J.Crew, a Hoss Intropia jacket with J Brand jeans, Isabel Marant scarf, Celine Luggage and clog booties from No. 6.

Ace Du-Chua
Blog: Picture Me Love

Tell us about your personal style?
I am a culmination of people and things that inspire me. I know that could be a dangerous thing—not having your own style niche but if I stick to one thing I get easily bored. I always lean towards comfort though, and if there's one thing that always gets me through, its confidence.

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
According to the shoes I want to wear.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
In many cases, some people think I'm overdoing it when I wear high-heeled shoes doing even the most mundane chores I do. But I don't mind wearing it at all, I'm comfortable running and walking in five-inch heels. I just try to tone it down with a basic tee and jeans or a hassle-free outfit.

Where do you usually shop?
I don't splurge on clothes. Basically all of the clothes in my closet are amazing thrifted designer and non-designer items.

What are your closet staples?
Different kinds of pants and jeans—patterned, printed, tailored.

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Definitely, shoes!

What's on your summer list?
It always boils down to one thing—more shoes! Especially from Mae Sergio's candy-colored Lego collection.

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
A pair from Mae Sergio's Lego shoe collection.

Tell us about your outfit, what do you like most about it and where will you wear it?
This is what my basic outfit looks like when I'm out of the house to go to the mall, run all around errands and accomplish mom and daughter activities with Yoko. Always in high heels.

Sarah Tirona
Blog: Ms. Eggplant's Chronicles

Tell us about your personal style?
I am highly inspired by fashion from previous decades. I usually draw my inspiration from music, movies and literature from the '60s-'70s.

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
I usually take it one piece at a time, if I feel like wearing a particular top or pair of shoes for the day, I just go with it and
slowly build my outfit from that.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
I make it a point not to wear too much accessories if my outfit is already busy in itself.

Where do you usually shop?
For shoes, I love Gold Dot and CMG. For clothes, my go to local retail store is Pink Manila, The Ramp and a lot of online clothing stores also have great offerings.

What are your closet staples?
High waist wide-leg jeans, they are the comfiest! Several sheer,chiffon button down tops and an array of clogs

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Definitely shoes! I have already given up about 20 pairs but during a recent spring-cleaning, I discovered I still have over 80 pairs!

What's on your summer list?
A pair of 4inch, preferably higher, espadrille wedges. Love the ones from Stuart Weitzman!

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
Alexander Wang Rocco Bag, hand-made card from my daughter and a home-cooked meal by my husband.

Tell us about your outfit, what do you like most about it and where will you wear it?
I can imagine wearing it to a PTC or for going shopping. I love how comfortable it is despite being chic.

Mikka Padua
Blog: A Mischmashed Life

Tell us about your personal style?
I'd like to think of it as memorable minimalist/preppy-meets-eclectic. I like to accessorize even the plainest of outfits with statement pieces from rings to necklaces.

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
It all depends what i have in store for the day. If I know my day will entail a lot of walking, then I will be in practical flats.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
OTT for me is wearing something that will restrict me from my duties as a mom. Say, if I know I have to run after my daughter in the park, then I'll better be not in short skirts and platforms. It's all about appropriateness, at the end of the day.

Where do you usually shop?
Local: Faith Hope Love, The Ramp, Possibilty, Azucar
Foreign: Zara, H&M

What are your closet staples?
Striped tees, chambray button downs, linen shorts

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Bag person, definitely.

What's on your summer list?
I'm on the lookout for palazzo pants in an eye-popping hue; a black and white maillot, and a wide brimmed hat.

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
A Celine Boston tote! A beach escapade! No, really just a full day with my husband and daughter is enough.

Tell us about your outfit, what do you like most about it and where will you wear it?
I wore this one on a date with Mischka. Every week I allot a day just for her, or at least an activity with her. That day we went to the park and to the grocery after. My pleated maxi skirt is on heavy rotation at the moment. I wear it with almost anything.

Mikka wore a striped tee from Faith Hope Love, a pleated maxi bought abroad paired with her husband's leather belt, a Kathy Webb ring, Gucci handbag and sandals from Cole Vintage.

Ann Jacobe
Blog: My Shoephoria

Tell us about your personal style?
I love experimenting with my style from classic to fun and edgy but still keeping it clean and sophisticated.

How do you usually put together your outfit for the day?
I dress around my shoes.

How do you make sure your look is not over-the top?
What is over the top?

Where do you usually shop?
Adora, Greenbelt, Tyler, Zara, Lane Crawford and online at LUISAVIAROMA and Far Fetch.

What are your closet staples?
LBDs—Little Black Dress, Little Blue Dress, Little Brown Dress—and the new dresses in silver, gold, red, etc. and BPLs (black patent leather shoes)

Are you more of a shoe or bag person?
Shoe.

What's on your summer list?
- To survive my daughters' ten dance recitals and my own tango competition.
- To launch the upcoming MyShoephoria contest with Gianmarco Lorenzi.
- Get myself new shoes from any Spring collection.

What gift would you love to receive on Mother's Day?
Any pair from my Fuchsia Fantasy!

Tell us about your outfit, where will you wear it and what do you like most about it?
This is a summer inspired outfit that will bring me to my daughters' dance class then to the office and finally an evening meet-up with friends. I love the bold colors, the comfort and most particularly the raspberry Christian Louboutin Dombasle!

 
Tags: Fashion, Lloyda Lim-tan, Ann Jacobe, Blogger Challenge, Moms In Fashion, Frances Sales, Leona Lavina-panutat, Christine Dychiao, Ace Du-Chua, Mikka Padua

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