Vanilla Cupcake Bakery…

Vanilla Cupcake bakery

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

My foodie buddy like me is a sweet tooth too. Bring her to any cake shop or pastry shop and she will definitely love it!

I have been eyeing this Shabby chic themed bakery in Alabang and at last, we made our first try. And surely, we will come back. Oh, I am coming back to a lot of places! Ahaha

front
Facade..

Here’s why:

The over-all ambiance is truly Shabby chic. A modern one. Shabby chic in the Philippines is not that much “in” unlike most countries in the USA and Europe.

Shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish. Elaborate furniture appliques depicting flower swags and garlands, cherubs, and other motifs may be added.

Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens. Pure whites, as well as ecrus and worn or bleached out pastel colors are favorites. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. Vintage floral patterns with pastel colors, cotton tickingpatterns, or linen in earth tones, are all typical of shabby chic style.

Antique pieces such as pie safes and jelly cupboards are popular in shabby chic décor.[1] Besides white, the shabby chic style also includes soft neutral colors such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones. Hints from French-style interior design often show in shabby chic homes such as Rococo-style lighting fixtures, furniture or wall paneling.

The shabby chic aesthetic also expands to the garden, with the same design principles of using timeworn garden furniture and feminine accessories. Rose gardens are popular with the shabby chic style of decor.

Other popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses in the design. It is a soft, relaxed, feminine, romantic style of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.

Variants of shabby chic style include:

  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_chic

Vanilla cupcake bakery is modern Shabby chic utilizing framed quotes in typography (ephemeral or classic), chandeliers and quilted chairs from Heima, prints of floral, polkadots and stripes are in all corners too. It usually is on the pastel side – pink, mint, powder blue, peach, pale yellow, lavender, pistachio green. There will be some elements that is darker or bolder in color which makes it as an accent. Just keep looking around, and you will agree with me that it is another “happy place” to visit if you have the time.

entrance
Very welcoming!
ceiling
Falling for ceilings lately..
blurd
Focal point..

Undeniably, it clicked locally since we waited for a table to be vacant and during our visit, a celebrity is doin’ her shoot on one of its corner. The place isn’t that big, roughly around 7 tables for 2-4 persons inside and 4 tables outside. Proof that guests flock their store? The display shelves of their cupcakes were almost empty and theirs are baked fresh daily.

shelves
Almost empty!
shelves 2
Wow! They almost run out of my favorite!
table for 2
We got our corner..
she
Have a sit! ❤
heima
Quilted!
typo
Quotes in typography!

What I have is blueberry cheesecake cupcake (what else is new) and my foodie buddy took her own favorite variant-salted caramel.

orders
Let’s start!
our cakes
Caramel and Blueberry!
sugar
Can’t do without these!

More than ten years ago, I instantly knew it was her favorite since each time we go to McDonalds, I will get my sundae with Oreos or hot fudge and she will always get her caramel flavored sundae.

They served our coffee in these lovely mugs,

purple mug
They know me?

iced water in mason jars and those adorable plates have stolen our attention from our favorite cakes. One mug holding our “cubiertos” I suspected to be from Cath Kidston.

kk mug
Kidston mug!

Much as we want to linger longer, there are people outside waiting for some tables to be empty. Unless we place another order to be able to stay a little longer, but we can’t as our tanks are full, we just finished our heavy lunch from another place, had frozen yogurt and we just wanted to try this dainty country-side store that I have been seeing from google for several times now.

al fresco
Al fresco!
all smiles
Happy?
you
Versions!
you again
From another angle..

This shop brought me into searching for more places in my country depicting this awesome feel of Shabby chic. I really hope to find more. =)

My own version of Shabby Chic…

My own version of Shabby Chic…

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” -Dale Carnegie-

A few years ago while I was without a job, I tried my best to be productive (battling my insecurity) even if I’m just at home. I look at it (having no job) positively (as an inspiring thought from a friend to turn negative into positive) and ended up creating pretty things (in my eyes) which I’ve always wanted to do but just can’t because I do not have ample time to do them. One of which is quilting.

While researching for several ideas in quilting (so grateful to Pinterest, Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell, Flower story from Facebook) I discovered myself falling in love with Shabby chic and all things that comes with it. I got so inclined with anything vintage too, reminded me of Casa San Pablo and why I was so attracted with their stuffs displayed in all corner, even the doodles on their floors.

If I may include it here, I used to paint. It was just a minor subject during college, and I eventually fell in love with painting too. It was just so costly and when I became a mother, you normally allocate your extra funds for your child, and I stopped painting then. But, really, I want to paint. Again.

Recently, because of shabby chic, I found myself having mixes of personalized color not to create a masterpiece, but to paint the terra cotta pots (lots of them) that my father acquired through the years. (–,)

I also was able to find a vintage water can (ceramic) and was happy upon acquiring it. I’m eyeing another vintage windchime for our garden too! (–,)

I also loved scrapbooking and collecting stamps. I guess the child in me remains. Being a graduate of Interior Design, I was with smiles that during my researches, Shabby chic is actually a form of Interior design! (–,) The desire to create pretty things (even if the’yre old already) remained in me.

Thanks again to the three sites I’ve mentioned a while ago for giving me endless ideas and validating some of mine can be possible too. These sites have helped me (big time!) as to how I will transform our house to be defined as Shabby chic.

Let me share with you some stuff I’ve done for the past 2 years. It is a slow process but I’m pretty sure I’ll be smiling wide in the end. Besides, designing your home even if you are not an Interior Designer is a non-stop process right? (–,) I strongly believe that each of us was gifted with a kind of unique creativity! I just hope my mom (the owner of our house!) will appreciate them as well! (–,)

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A collage card for my favorite tita! ❤
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The first quilted bedsheet I’ve made for myself! I sew them by hand and not by a sewing machine!
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I made a little business out of my quilts and made sure to always give it a personal touch. This one I lovingly crafted for my bestfriend Ruby! (–,)
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A corner in my bedroom with some vintage stuff!
The quilted cover for our bread toaster is also handmade by me!
The quilted cover for our bread toaster is also handmade by me!
According to Anne Morrow Lindbergh: "Arranging flowers in the morning ... can give a sense of quiet ... in a crowded day - like writing a poem ... or saying a prayer."
According to Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “Arranging flowers in the morning …
can give a sense of quiet … in a crowded day –
like writing a poem …
or saying a prayer.”
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That was the vintage watering can I’ve mentioned! I so love it! It took me years to acquire it and told the seller to let it go because it has been in their store for years! (–,)
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And while I was gardening, I found this heart shaped leaf. – “Life (GOD) is full of surprises!”
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Just one of the photos I got from Pinterest that was really inspiring for me! The power of flowers! (–,)

I don’t know how I am going to convert our house so it’d would speak for itself. I guess my passion will lead me.

More photos to follow! (–,)