Want to Glamorize? Accessorize! Unique Handmade Accessories for Everyday Wear

Nowadays, fashion is all about being unique. Never mind that you don’t have the slightest clue about the hippest trend this season. Just mix and match a few accessories and get oohs and aahs of compliments from onlookers any time of the day – whether you’re pulling an all-nighter at the club, heading to a business meeting or simply watching a movie with your posse.

Nobody knows this better than Hollywood actress Kate Hudson, a fashionista on and off the red carpet. In the October issue of Elle UK, she says, “My personal style has never changed. I love comfortable clothes and a lot of accessories.” Big names in the global fashion industry are seeing accessories creeping into the limelight. “We will see a growing interest in hats, necklaces and big bracelets,” said Italian designer Paola Frani during the September 2010 Milan Fashion Week.

Handmade pieces are the way to go if you want to achieve a unique look. If you’re wondering where to get one, try these accessory shops offering distinctive designs that will make you look fresh and stand out:

Oleic Fashion Gallery

Oleic handmade accessories are created by designer Cielo Fronteras, who started making intricate pieces about five years ago. Joining Cielo in the biz are China Jocson and Richelle Singson-Michael who, as investors, helped launch the first Oleic Gallery in Metrowalk last February.

Oleic designs are all intricately handmade with love and passion. Each piece is unique and not reproduced in volume, so customers need not fear bumping into another person wearing the exact same piece. Her best-sellers include the reversible hairpieces (P550 to P850) and bib necklaces (P1,000 to P2,500).

Apart from selling handmade pieces, Cielo, who is also trained as a professional makeup artist, holds makeup classes at the Oleic Gallery to teach girls everything they need to know about looking and feeling good with makeup.

Oleic products are available at the Oleic Gallery, 2nd floor, Metrowalk Ortigas, Pasig City. You can also order online through the “Oleic FashionGallery” Facebook account.

KAnDi Treats

Launched this August, KAnDi Treats is a new company offering stylishly innovative accessories that make fashion convenient and affordable for women with busy lifestyles.

The KAnDi concept was conceptualized by owners and long-time buddies Kathy Amurao-Herrera, Andrea Castro and Dianne Cristobal-Correa. One day, while shopping at a tiangge, they thought that it would be great to shop for just one item and be able to use it in different ways. They started with ribbons as the basic element and soon came up with a simple accessory that they tried to sell to a few friends. And the rest, as they say, is history.

KAnDi designs are so versatile, they can go well with all types of outfits – perfect for women who are on the go and who don’t have moolah to spare for keeping up with fashion. Their Jelly Bean pieces can be used in ten different ways: as a necklace, belt, headband, bag strap, camera strap, bag charm, anklet, armband, hair tie and bracelet. Best-sellers in the Jelly Bean line are Licorice (black ribbon with silver or gold chain, P350) and Margarita (printed fabric with bronze chain, P395).

You can buy KAnDi Treats products through http://kanditreats.blogspot.com and at the upcoming Ayala Alabang Cuenca Bazaar.


The brainchild of college friends Michelle Gabayno and Kristia Soreta, Batobatoclick is an online store selling handmade accessories made of polymer clay. Michelle has always been fascinated with clay because it is flexible and easy to mold. In 2009, she started to dabble on creating polymer clay accessories. Later on, Kristia joined the venture and they started to sell their products to friends. By word of mouth, referrals and advertising in social networking sites, the business slowly gained customers.

Batobatoclick’s style is a mixture of abstract, vintage and modern art. And would you believe that they also get design ideas from the Bible? An example of this is the Genesis collection that showcases the story of Creation.

Among their hot items are Black Mosaic, a necklace with a colorful round pendant on a black base inspired by the stained glass windows of cathedrals (P180), and the Caviar Necklace, a bouquet of differently-designed beads that look like fish eggs, hence the name (P250).

Watch out for Batobatoclick’s new line of polymer clay accessories to be released in time for the Christmas season. You can view their items and place your orders through http://batobatoclick.multiply.com and the “Batobato Click” Facebook account.

Trend Report: Prints on Top

Summer’s over, still, PRINTS are everywhere. To add color to the gloomy weather perhaps? Gone were the days when you’ll only see prints on dresses and skirts, now, even Hollywood and local celebrities wear prints on their sleeves.

Shirts generally give you a blithe and relaxed vibe, but having prints around it gives you an extra “oomph”. They also help you stand out from the hustle and bustle of Manila life. Take a look at this casual yet voguish looks, as seen on:

Kristen Bell

Source: OMG!

Lindsay Lohan

Source: Popsugar

Here’s where you can get your local fix of prints:



Misti Shoppe