Sheila Juan-Catilo’s style captures the very feel of her photography: sweet, light and uncomplicated, the kind that leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Sheila, of the famed Catilo photography in Manila, is this month’s lass for Style Watch.
In trying to convey their art philosophy, Sheila and hubby Jorem stated in their website:
[Photography] has made the most mundane beautiful to our eyes, and even strangest of things so meaningful. Through it, we experience life like everyday is a milestone with power to immortalize irreplaceable moments.
Sheila’s style is made up of that: simple and ordinary pieces transformed into something beautiful when put together in a girly ensemble. She’d pair a pale grey dress of quiet texture, for instance, with a purple vintage scarf and a bag that doesn’t really scream of loud colors, but of hues enough to catch attention, saying I mean business.
My style is mostly fun but functional, pretty but comfortable.
And when she does wear attention-grabbing prints, she tones it down in subtlety through plain leggings, flat strappy sandals, and earth-colored satchel bag that has enough room for all the responsibilities she juggles from home to work.
“I love roomy bags that fit everything I need from my phone and wallet to extra diapers and wipes when I have my kids with me,” she said.
Then there’s the watch to keep the look dainty and refined.
Her accessories are not merely additions or adornment that she can do without–in fact, they are the very substance of her style, the life-giving elements of her total get-up.
Beginning with the scarves: Sheila likes to drape a scarf over her shoulders or around her neck. Cotton and silk scarves serve best her liking and the designs that pander to her taste are paisley, vintage, geometric, solids and ethnic, each in lovely pastel color.
“Scarves are one of my staples – they don’t only add texture and color to my outfit, they’re also handy because I get cold easily,” she disclosed.
Polished pearl earrings render her a chic look, sometimes balanced by playful rings, bracelets and necklaces–whether bib necklace or those long ones that host a party of pendants and charms.
Lastly, her shoes are literally down-to-earth; round- and pointed-toe flats, comfy enough to let her move around with heavy-duty cameras.
“I am a photographer/mom and it has pretty much dictated the types of clothes I wear these days. For instance, this has meant graduating from high heels to comfy sandals and flats unless the occasion calls for it,” Sheila said.
She’s also into the most democratic footwear and icon of leisure, running shoes or sneakers, perfect for running around and shooting the city’s vibe, the love story of soon-to-be-wed couples, giggles of toddlers, feast for foodies, breathtaking scenery from far far away, and the quiet everyday life.
Written by: Ai Macalintal. Ai couldn’t stay in one place for too long, so she’s always walking, traveling or changing address. She’s been an editor in Singapore and has written for Aussie magazines, but penning stories about the Philippines delights her most.