KC Concepcion easily got her fashion sense from her late grandmother Elaine Cuneta.
Concepcion remembered how her Mita Elaine was of great influence in her fashion taste, as seen on her Instagram page on Nov. 30.
“My mom and I lived with my grandparents in my toddler years, and while Mom was at work, my Mita Elaine always loved to dress me up (even well throughout my 20s, until she passed [five] years ago),” Concepcion recalled.
She described how her Mita Elaine showed her generosity. There was an instance when Concepcion was walking out the door in jeans and a shirt, when she was told to change the big black purse she had with her.
“I knew I would be running late, but I paused, and waited; I would never want to disappoint my grandmother,” she recalled.
After about 10 minutes, Mita Elaine found the purse she was looking for.
“She gave me this vintage Chanel from her dressing room (my favorite room in the house, if not the swimming pool), gave me a nod of approval with her chin up, also wearing this proud grin,” Concepcion said.
With a sparkle in her eye, Mita Elaine told her, “I won’t be able to wear that around anymore, from now on, that’s yours.”
Concepcion then hugged her, kissed her, then ran outside in her sneakers, jeans and the hand-me-down vintage Chanel.
“She taught me how to enjoy fashion,” Concepcion said. “Her look every time she would dress me up, whenever she would change one accessory of mine, or lipstick color, before I stepped out the door… When I put together an outfit with a pretty purse or accessory, or even when I spray perfume, or design jewelry, I think of her.”
Now that her grandmother is gone, Concepcion would always dream of what she would say or how she would react if she could browse through Concepcion’s walk-in- closet, or jewelry collection for @avecmoijewelry, Concepcion’s own line of luxury jewelry.
“I love honoring her by finding joy and fun in fashion. I wish I could even show her the jewelry pieces I make, so I can once again see that childlike gleam in her eye, that pure excitement on her face,” she said. “I know she’s with me, everyday.” JB