Bridal Boutique: The Little Atelier with Big Dreams

A few months ago, I texted the Baby Barangay girls in a panic. I had a tropical themed wedding to attend and didn’t want to spend an insane amount of money on a beautiful dress I would probably only use once. Patty (who is our forever godmother) came to my rescue and recommended Bridal Boutique: a new design group which was just about to open their first design studio.

She invited me to the event itself so I could chat with the designers and see if this was a right fit. I’m happy to report that everything went beautifully and this was the winning outfit that Bridal Boutique designed for me.
We decided to go for a two piece outfit that way I could wear the skirt an blouse again and again in other occasions. We also went with jersey and light fabric so that it wouldn’t be prone to wrinkling during travel and would be light enough to use in our humid, tropical weather. At the end of the day, it was perfection I am so glad I went with Bridal Boutique for this task.

I was curious to learn more about how this business started and what sets them apart so I invited founders, Tina Zamora and Kristine Ongcuangco to share more about the company. Here are some wonderful images from their launch as well.

Bridal Boutique owners Kristine and Tina during the launch. 

How did Bridal Boutique Start?
In 2015, right around the time Tina got engaged she started scouting Manila for boutiques that carried ready-to-wear gowns to find options as she was always apprehensive to get one made. The stress of having to wait to see it up until a few days or (if you’re lucky) weeks before the big day was too much.

The scarcity of choices in the city left Tina with no choice but to have one made. While waiting for the dress, she wanted a backup dress just incase. So during her work travels she was able to purchase one…okay, two dresses as options if she ended up not liking the custom made gown.

However, her designer pulled through and she loved her dress! She was just stuck with two beautiful dresses that she didn’t want to go to waste. So she tried selling them online to friends who might be looking for one.

Kristine, on the other hand, has always been into getting dresses and outfits made for her so the idea of having her own atelier was a dream.

From there, the two friends decided that maybe together they could come up with something great.

What sets you apart from other designer ateliers in the country? 
Here we want you to find the perfect dress just as much as you. So we take into consideration all your concerns and tailor fit what you need and want with what we can provide. We always go the extra mile in providing not just exceptional service but quality products, as well.

For our brides we know how finding a wedding dress can get tiresome especially if you can’t find the one you have in mind, so if our “ready-to-wed” selection cannot be altered to what you want, we also have a team of talented designers who work together along with our founders, to create what you’ve always dreamed of wearing as you walk down the aisle.

We make the creative process from design to production, exclusive and very personal; taking care of one bride at a time. We are a cut above the rest and definitely different from all the others because we have everything a bride could need from her dress to her hair piece, from her robe to her shoes; a one stop bridal shop. And all this value at a very generous price.

Who are your designers? 

We have three: Froilan Dosdosen, Dara Ang and Camille Villanueva.

Are you really just for weddings as per your name? What other events can you cater to? 

Not just for weddings. We also do formal and semi formal wear for men, women and children. We can also do day to day casual clothes and costumes.

Do you design items for men as well? 

Yes, we do. We just launched our very own menswear line called Man.Made.

How much time should a person give to get a design made? 

We can do rush order as fast as one month with a rush order fee. But ideally we’d appreciate 6 months time for wedding dresses. And one month for formal wear.

Where do you often source your materials and fabrics? 

We usually get materials from different fabric stores all over Manila depending on what we’re looking for.

Can people come to you with their own fabrics to customize? 

Yes! Thats okay too.

Can be people come to you for alterations on other dresses they have?

Yes they can.

What types of clothes would you say you specialise in? 

We’re blessed with such talented designers that we can pretty much cater to whatever the client needs. But if we had to say what we specialize in it would be wedding gowns and formal wear for women.

How can people see previous designs you’ve done? 

Our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram) have photos of previous designs and who wore them.


Bridal Boutique is located at Unit 2218 Tower B, Fort Victoria, 5th Avenue corner 23rd Street, Taguig, Metro Manila 1634

Contact them to book your appointment through their:

Facebook | Instagram | Website


Mobile Number: 0915-232-8380

All event photos shot by Chapter 1 Studios

Event produced by Events By Marge 


Body Food All Natural Scent Play Workshop

Last Sunday, The Try Local PH girls and I were offered a chance to experience Ana Gutch’s Scent Play Workshop. I had taken this workshop a few years ago when it was still at its infancy stage, but the workshop I experienced last weekend has definitely evolved since then.

Ana gave all her students amazing kits of high quality essential oil that we were able to use learn more about the origins of certain oils, explore various scents that fall into the top,mid, and base note families, and layer our own fragrances into sprays, oil roll-ons, or balms.

If you’ve ever been curious about how your nose fair in designing a signature scent or you’ve always wanted to incorporate high grade essential oils into your life, then this class is definitely for you. Here are some pictures from our day:

I invite you to discover BODYFOOD All-Natural by clicking on their banner on my site partner column on the right. I highly recommend joining Ana’s classes throughout the year. Book soon though, because her numbers are limited. 

You can also follow them on Instagramemail Ana at, or through her mobile: 09178821223


Why I’m Loving My Fitbit Blaze

photo-10-12-2016-3-08-27-pm2016 was the year I decided to be healthier and I’m happy to report that I did live up to this resolution. I ate better, took the right supplements, gave more importance to sleep, and friends and I committed to group circuit training sessions with an awesome coach twice a week.

And that is why I love the Fitbit Blaze (pictured on my wrist above). It helped make that promise easy enough to do.

photo-23-12-2016-7-53-17-amThe Fitbit Blaze is a smart fitness watch designed to help you embrace a healthier lifestyle and incorporate activity into your daily routine. Because fitness isn’t just about taking an aero class or signing up to a gym, it’s about making movement a priority in your everyday life.

photo-02-12-2016-8-53-50-amMany people don’t realize that the human body is actually designed to take 10,000 steps a day. The average individual with a desk job doesn’t even do half of that. This where the Fitbit can help. This square watch will remind you to move every hour, tell you when it’s time to wind down at night, and calculate how many steps you’ve taken throughout the day.

photo-23-12-2016-7-57-25-amThe Fitbit Blaze takes all of five minutes to sync up to your smart phone and from there you’re ready to use a number of its settings. Here is a description of what it can do according to the Fitbit Website:

PurePulse™ Heart Rate
Elevate workouts with continuous heart rate and simplified zones—all without an uncomfortable chest strap.

Connected GPS
Connect Fitbit Blaze with the GPS on your phone to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display.

photo-23-12-2016-7-55-13-amOn-Screen Workouts with FitStar
Start a FitStar workout on your tracker and get step-by-step instructions and coaching right on your wrist.

Choose from sport modes like running, biking and cardio, to see real-time stats on display.

Fitbit Blaze uses SmartTrack to automatically recognize and record exercises for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it.

Workout Goals + Summaries
Get an on-screen summary of each workout after you complete it, then check the Fitbit app to see how you’re progressing toward your weekly exercise goals.

photo-02-12-2016-8-53-03-amReminders to Move
To help you stay active during the day, Blaze sends Reminders to Move that encourage you to take 250 steps every hour.

Multi-Faceted Clock Faces
Fitbit Blaze has a hi-res color touchscreen with a variety of faces to choose from.

Accessory Bands + Frames
Easily alternate your bands and frames to change your style throughout the day.

Personally , I love using it reach 10,000 steps (seriously not as easy as I thought). I also love how it syncs to my phone so I can get urgent text messages anywhere without having to lift my phone. I really appreciate as well how the battery life is around 5 days. Unlike another smart watch brand which I heard needs to be recharged almost daily. Fitness aside, I also love how it comes with a leather strap so I can use it during my regular work day without looking like I’m about to run a triathlon.

photo-23-12-2016-7-55-08-amLearn more about the Fitbit Blaze and their other fitness bands through their: 

Website | Facebook Page | Instagram

(My outfit is from Wear Alice