Inspirational Photo of the Day

Fields and flowers, birds and butterflies, a cool breeze and the sound of chickens clucking, and in addition, sunlight streaming through a curtain of perennial vines. Could anything be more idyllic? We don’t need to travel far to come across picturesque scenes since there are many all around us. Fashion is often the perfect vehicle for fantasies of far off, exotic places, but oftentimes the dreamiest of summer inspirations can be found much closer to home.P4160316

White Nights

Magical and mystical, the power of white is in its ability to illuminate. Incandescent in its beauty, it  lightens up everything around it, lending its radiant, luminous glow to even the darkest of nights.







White silk organza textured top & satin skirt/White jersey & tulle gown/Off-white & silver lace top & ballgown skirt: Tippi Ocampo (metal flowers: Ming Ong Moya)/ Model: Pau Alberto/ Make-up: Maws Francisco-Diaz/ Photos: Ito Ocampo

Renaissance of Timelessness

It’s a rebirth of the timeless, a throwback to the pristine and ephemeral. For what could be more revolutionary in a time when trends end even before they begin and things change in the blink of an eye, than a revival of effortless elegance that is eternally now?








Ivory jersey, silk and tulle gown with gold and silver beadwork: Tippi Ocampo/ Model: Pau Alberto/ Make-up: Maws Francisco-Diaz/ Photos: Ito Ocampo


Inspirational Photo of the Day

Sometimes, things happen by accident that turn out to be better than what was originally planned. This photo that I snapped with my iPhone as we zoomed along the TPLEX highway seems almost like an ode to a Mark Rothko painting, the ‘brushstrokes’ created by the blur as we sped by. In design, we must allow ourselves these creative ‘accidents’ from time to time in order to bring something new into the picture. After all, in the bigger picture, nothing really happens by chance and everything happens for a reason ;-)

IMG_6660My highway photo

magenta-black-green-on-orangeMark Rothko painting (image from

Head In the Clouds

Over Valentine’s weekend, Ito and I headed up North to celebrate and enjoy the lovely Benguet weather, as well as visit some of the places that we missed the last time we were in Baguio. We took a “Before Sunrise” Friday drive, catching the sleepy and misty paddy fields along TPLEX at its most picturesque, before reaching The Manor in time for an early check-in and a second breakfast.

We then headed for the ‘museum in the clouds’, BenCab’s museum and artist’s haven set amidst woodcarvers’ nooks and basket weavers’ tiny workshops along Asin Road twenty minutes from Baguio’s center. The museum houses an impressive selection of BenCab’s masterpieces, as well as contemporary work from other local artists, in addition to a collection of indigenous arts and crafts from the Cordilleras.

It was interesting for me to note the bold, primal energy that characterized most of the work on display which was highlighted by the museum’s setting overlooking a dramatic gorge. This was also the backdrop for our lunch fresh from the museum’s on site garden/farm (I wonder if the duck flakes I had were from the ducks in the pond!). After that, the only thing left to do was to enjoy the view! :-)
















Fashion Tips: Modern Filipiniana

Why Filipiniana? Why not?? Wearing fashion inspired by our cultural heritage doesn’t need to happen only when attending government functions or ‘Filipiniana attire requested‘ weddings, because Filipiniana can actually be fun and fashionable to wear on its own–for no other reason than simply because you want to :-)

photoBlack sleeveless jersey gown with sheer back panel and embroidered piña bib (photo from Sense & Style magazine)*

photo(1)Beaded and appliquéd French lace on piña silk barong tunic/dress*

IMG_6140Calado embroidery on oversized linen barong shirt dress*

*All gowns/dresses Tippi Ocampo modern Filipiniana designs

Inspirational Photos of the Day

Racy, romantic, rebellious–whether slipping it on, or off, there’s just something about lace…




Hit the Road Jack

When the new year began, Ito and I hit our stride by hitting the road. It had been quite a while since our last road trip and with all the fantastic new highways that recently opened up plus the temperature cooling down a bit (and gas/diesel prices going down!), we thought there wouldn’t be a better time to do a little exploring closer to home.

While we hope to discover more new towns and rediscover some old favorites this year, we started things off with a few short trips–first we headed North with a drive up to Baguio (after way more than a decade!), then we headed South with a first-ever drive down to Lumban, Laguna. Thankfully the weather right now is perfect, so I’m looking forward to letting Ito enjoy the drive while I sit in the passenger’s side and enjoy the view!

Sharing a few of my Instagram photos on the road…

IMG_20150104_154119Beautiful–a highway with not a single billboard in sight!

IMG_20150104_112309Roadside fishponds and a view of the mountains
IMG_6454After over a decade–back to visit the City of Pines!

IMG_6463A visit to Baguio’s markets for some big, fresh strawberries

IMG_6491The all-important Good Shepherd staples

IMG_20150105_083753Enjoying the 11 degrees Celsius morning chill

IMG_6459Clear skies and a gorgeous sunset

IMG_20150116_115943Plants lining the roadside as we head South

IMG_20150116_120407A quick stop at a peaceful ‘palaisdaan’ for lunch

photo(1)Maria Makiling welcomes us with open arms

IMG_6513Visiting the town of Lumban, the embroidery capital of the Philippines

IMG_20150116_142805The stone church of San Sebastian, built in the 1600’s

IMG_20150116_144234The wide and beautiful Lumban River

IMG_20150116_160006Roadside guardian looking over us during our drive

Blank Page

Happy 2015!!! After cleaning and clearing our home in preparation for 2014’s year end, and the rain that cleared the air and washed the entire Manila on the first day of the new year, the sun is shining today and everything is sparkling and feels brand new!

It’s a clean, blank page we’re facing, the pure potential of designing the next 365 days ahead of us. Our dreams, our passions, our visions, are all things we can begin to sketch out and happily bring to life. Our page is our own, and the possibilities of what we can fill it with are endless. When it comes to the future, there’s no day like today to begin discovering and creating what it holds :-)


Inspirational Photos of the Day

It’s the end of the year, and looking back, my favorite things about the-year-that-was were the little things. We always celebrate the big moments in life, but it’s the tiny surprises that often slip by unnoticed that really bring us back into the moment and keep us there.  May the coming 2015 bring more of these everyday treasures into our awareness, and may the joyful little moments add up–a  bit at a time–into an amazingly grand year ahead!

IMG_5848Spread the love! Entranced by this woven ‘graffiti’ found on a sunny park bench

PA140260Guardian angels–looked up and saw these playful cherubs watching over us from a high ceiling

IMG_5873Music to my eyes :-) These park grills, when seen from the side, looked like they could carry musical notes

*Photos by Tippi

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