Written by Fudge Santos
It doesn’t take a lot to make most adults happy. Sometimes, all it takes is a pretty dining set that’s stylish, high-quality, and best of all, that fits right in the budget. We’d be pretty happy too just shopping at a curated lifestyle store where we can hoard items until our hearts explode. You know, tita/tito things.
So whether you’re looking to shop for your family, friends, or just for yourself (you deserve it!), here we share brands we love right now that offer home and lifestyle products that are not only stylish, unique, and awesome, but are of high-quality too!
Melawares and their special dining sets
This season is not complete without a home-cooked holiday feast shared with loved ones. And it definitely completes the package even more if the meal is served on beautiful and quality dinnerware!
Melawares can help with just that, a trusted brand of dinnerware that has been in business for over 30 years and counting. They are experts when it comes to not only stylish designs, but quality at the same time.
Wave—a simple yet elegant sea-patterned, six-piece dinner set for only Php 499.75.
Exclusive collection for SM Stores.
And because it is the holiday season, they are also currently offering beautiful Christmas Collections that can help make your noche buena extra special.
Each collection is a six-piece dinner set, containing 2 ten-inch dinner plates, 2 eight-inch dinner plates, and 2 bowls per set. The best part is, each set package is priced within Php 499.75 and below! Talk about sulit!
Azure—designed with cheerful hues of blue and floral patterns; a 6 piece dinner set for Php 349.75.
Melawares prides themselves as producers of local, high quality, and safe dinnerware since 1980. Being around for decades now, the brand brings about it a quality of nostalgia. For Filipinos who grew up with the brand, Melawares has become synonymous to memories of their mother’s cooking—of time spent over meals with the family and of their childhood eating their favorite homecooked meal.
Pearl—a classy and luxurious bead-patterned, 6 piece dinner set for Php 499.75.
Exclusive collection for SM Stores.
You can find Melawares at leading department stores nationwide, with some designs and collections exclusively available at SM Stores.
Available in leading department stores nationwide
Curate and their unique lifestyle items
Nothing says special than gifts that were made with mindfulness and love. So Curate, a new lifestyle store, wanted to provide a place for mindful shoppers where they can find brands and products that share the same passion for craftsmanship, quality, and style.
At Curate, you’ll find only the best pieces from brands that are eco-friendly, handcrafted, all-natural, and above all, original. Housing over 50 brands, they have a little bit of everything—crafts, accessories, bags, home items, shoes, fragrance, wellness and skincare products, unique clothing pieces, and other novelties. They even carry limited edition food items and products that are only available in Curate as their physical store. And most importantly, a lot of the items at Curate are organic, zero-waste, and sustainable.
Located at not only a strategic location (between Buendia and Ayala Ave.), Curate is also at a prime location, being situated at the newest mall in Makati—Assembly Grounds. Being a Shangri-La property, Assembly Grounds is a comfortable, uncluttered shopping area that also reflects the vibe at Curate—elegant, modern, and exudes a fresh vibe. How fresh and modern? Well, aside from the carefully-curated brands and products they carry, the Curate store also features a selfie area that is brightened up with LED lights and a mural.
Beautiful local pieces
A collaboration of over 50 brands and artists, you are sure to find the perfect item at Curate. Want items that are good for Mother Earth? Grab products from Mayad Market, the zero-waste area and refilling station of the store where you can find (and refill!) eco-friendly and organic items like handmade soap bars, sustainable facial scrubs, and more.
Squeaky Clean Kids
Here are some notable finds at Curate: Dermalactives, a skincare brand that specializes in age-reversing treatments (they offer a 24k Gold Fusion Mask that uses actual 24k gold!); Rajeunir, also a skincare line, that utilizes black caviar as it’s said to aid in metabolism and cell regeneration process; Green Habit that offers organic food products (Benguet Arabica, chia seeds, walnuts and more) that are directly sourced from Filipino farmers; handmade gemstones, accessories, and jewelry from Love A’lia; Urbanigs that are handwoven banig bags passionately made by the women of Samar and Leyte; Weaves PH and their handmade, native bayong bags embroidered with artwork by artist Stella Natividad; and Nouran Jewelry with their handmade pearl accessories and limited edition clutch bags made from snake skin by artist Nadj Dimaporo.
Snake skin clutch bags
As the name of the store suggests, all products available in the store are curated, meaning there are only good finds here. And that is exactly the purpose of Curate. To be a one-stop-shop for people who value quality and craftsmanship, making it the perfect holiday treasure trove.
Find them at: 2F Assembly Grounds at The Rise, San Antonio, Makati City
Have you tried these out? What other brands should we check out? Tell us in the comments!