H&M Opens in Manila (squee!)

Your holiday uniform: a fuzzy pastel sweater, a flippy skirt, chunky heels, and sparkly bling!

Are you ready, Manila? After years of speculation and months of official anticipation, the phenomenally popular Swedish retail brand H&M is finally launching at the SM Mega Fashion Hall tomorrow, October 17! Doors open at 9 AM and gift cards await early birds (up to P6k worth for the first 200 […] Read more »

Handmade Finds at 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair


It’s the 10a Alabama fair this weekend! If you’ve been following this blog (and especially our Instagram account @thehappylab), you must know by now that we always get giddy about the 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair. Held about every quarter at an aptly retro bungalow in Quezon City, it’s […] Read more »

Radiant Orchid: Color of the year!

Harlan + Holden

I know a lot of people groaned audibly when Pantone declared Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014, but I’m secretly thrilled. It’s such a pretty, feminine shade, but make no mistake—this pinkish-purple hue is no wallflower. Rather, I think women who chose to wear variations of this regal shade […] Read more »

Unforgettable Tryst

leather clutch

There was a lovely crop of local handcrafted items at the MaArte Artisan Fair held recently at the Rockwell Tent, and one of the freshest finds that caught my eye was a new accessory brand called Tryst, featuring one-of-a-kind, handcrafted woven bags with statement-making sculptural brass accents. While pawing lustily […] Read more »

Accessory of the Day: Owl Pin


  This little guy hitched a ride on my denim jacket today, adding a whimsical touch to my casual Sunday get-up. I swear it made me smile all day just knowing it was there. I found this carved wood owl pin a couple of years ago at the charming Dulcetfig […] Read more »

A Kawaii Tea Party and the FitFlop High Summer 2013 Collection


  First, a disclaimer. Yes, I’m a bit late to the FitFlop party. Though fellow Lab rat Pia has been espousing the podiatric benefits of wearing this “leg muscle-activating” footwear for a while now, I only discovered the joy of walking (all day) in FitFlops when I spied a pair […] Read more »

Resort Chic Accessories by Silnag

carabao horn choker

You know those oversized wooden neckpieces and bone chokers that are all the rage in resort collections? You can get them right here in the Philippines for a fraction of the price! At Manila FAME held at SMX earlier this year, we stumbled upon Silnag, a brand that proudly showcases organic […] Read more »

Pack This!

Flight 001

Some people hate packing for trips; I totally relish it! Weeks before, I’m already mixing and matching outfits in my head, marking each day in my print-out itinerary with crude outfit doodles, and slowly filling up my suitcase in the days leading up to the trip. The long-drawn out ritual […] Read more »

Totes Adorbs

Shophouse 8483

Looking for a totally adorable, water-repellent bag to bring along on your summer adventures? We found just the thing— in, of all places, a coffee shop-slash-boutique!   Read more »

Conversations With A Shoe-aholic: Hazel Santos of Vicencio Lacerna

tricolor pumps

Most of the women I know are certified shoe-aholics, but perhaps none as rabid as my former publishing colleague Hazel Santos. While the rest of us would go on coffee runs to take a break, Hazel would go on shoe runs with that slightly mad look in her eye. With […] Read more »