Sharing a few snaps from a shoot this past April. Rags2Riches, a social enterprise from the Philippines reached out and asked me to model a few of their pieces from the Global Cruise collection. How could I say no?! The ladies behind the brand are doing amazing things for the locals- empowering and enriching the lives of many. I totally live by their whole mantra that beautiful isn't enough - things have to be meaningful as well.

We played with a few outfits, but my fave was this little ensemble. I figured a clean and crisp white canvas would highlight their handcrafted purses best. I wanted a look that still had interest and a layered feel so I wrapped an old white button-down shirt on top of my fave Uniqlo shirtdress (old, my summer staple).

I had a blast getting all glammed up by my friend and makeup artist Victoria Toda. Photographer extraordinaire Danielle Rueda worked her magic behind the lens. Team Rags2Riches led by Arianne Serafico and Julia Sevilla made sure that our day of marching through the streets of SF was ultimately more play than work. I'm a proud Filipina and so inspired by all the ingenuity and heart that hails from our little corner of the globe.

Check out more Rags2Riches Cruise 2015 bags here.

shoes: ZARA  |   dress UNIQLO |   shirt (around waist): GAP  |   
purse: RAGS2RICHES  |   sunglasses: CELINE   |  watchLARSSON AND JENNINGS  |  

Photography by Danielle Rueda

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