Style Profile: Happy Ongpauco-Tiu


September 27, 2018 | BY Monique Madsen

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, known for her impeccable culinary skills and elegant table settings, gives us a glimpse of her equally well-curated wardrobe

In a predominantly male-dominated industry, Happy Ongpauco-Tiu has staked her claim as one of the best restaurateurs in the country. The sought-after chef, who recently gave birth to her fourth child a few months ago, is also known to grace magazine features for her personal style and fashion choices. Always looking crisp and polished without a hair out of place, it's difficult to envision Ongpauco-Tiu rummaging around the kitchen just hours before attending the events she caters to. Much like her style icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, she manages to put together elegant looks with the least effort. She considers herself a DVF girl, claiming the designer's wrap-around dresses are life-savers for mums on-the-go. Mark Bumgarner and Rajo Laurel number among her favourite local designers.

"I love timeless fashion. My staples are a nice pair of jeans, sunglasses, hat, and my favourite lipstick."

"I love these two Chanel brooches because they can instantly make any simple outfit sophisticated"

"I love this multi-tasker: an all-in-one blush, foundation, and highlighter from Chanel that's perfect for small purses"

"This Hermès Rouge size 25 Birkin is hard to find! I love carrying it because the colour is such a stand-out"

"I use these vintage-inspired Gucci sunglasses in the daytime and sometimes in the evenings, too!"

"This is made by a French perfume master known to have worked for other luxury brands. I love its sweet and musky scent"

"My Audemars Piguet watch is such a classic that I wear it for any occasion and cannot leave home without it"

"My favourite Christian Louboutin pair, such a statement piece that jazzes up any outfit—casual or formal"

Photography: Mon Mangila | Fashion Editor: Monique Madsen | Make-up: Johnson Estrella of MAC Cosmetics | Hair: Patty Inojales

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