Hello Zaful

Admittedly, I’m not much of a trend following type of person. I wear what I want no matter what is in or out. I just wear what I feel like wearing. If it makes me feel good, I look good. It has always been like that for me. Are any of you like that too?

These days, however, there is this trend that I fell in love at first sight with. It’s the fringed hem! I first saw it on Adriana Gastelum of the blog Fake Leather. (I adore her by the way. You should go check out her blog. She is an absolute stunner with great style, beautiful writing, and lovely personality.) She wore fringed hem jeans and I was sold! I just didn’t know where to buy ones that are perfect for me; by perfect for me, I mean they look great and they are right in my budget. lol

Alas! I discovered ZAFUL. I love their website. Great product selection and the transaction was easy. The shipping was very quick too. I ordered three items (two of which I’m also going to be blogging about soon). I received my package within a week. I just had a little trouble with the courier service, but I emailed them about it and they fixed it right up for me. Happy with the customer support that was given. If you want to shop for the same skirt, I got it HERE. It costs only $27.49 (1291.51 in pesos). On the model, it looks shorter. It only looks longer on me because I’m only 5 feet tall. LOL. So, if you’re a busy bee like me, and you’re on a tight budget, also like me, Zaful is definitely a go to. Fun Fact! I got a discount code just for registering on their site!

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Top – Bershka | Skirt – Zaful | Shoes – Nike | faux leather jacket – Thrifted

Passion Fruit

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If you follow me on instagram, you would notice that @imjaninipanini has been having a lot of MIA moments lately. I don’t get to post every single day anymore, like every single posts from as much people as I can, and reply to each and every single comment on my posts right away. I, of course, don’t like it. Circumstances these days; however, have forced me to be like that lately.

What’s been going on?

For starters, I have moved to a different city. One where the cost of living is high and I feel like my bank account is on a diet; losing more than gaining. I can’t afford to rent my own place, so now I share a condominium unit with two other lovely girls whom I met just when I moved in. (We’re supposed to be four, but the other one left all of a sudden and we don’t know why exactly. I must have scared her with my vampire like sleeping habits.)

Second, I am also adjusting to my new school. I’m not used to being a student anymore. SoFA Design Institute is very welcoming and helpful to new students though. Some fashion students are quite intimidating, and lil ol’ me is finding it difficult to not feel insecure. I have always been an insecure person before. I just gained my confidence when I stepped into college. Now, I feel like the insecurities are coming back and that’s NOT good. I shouldn’t entertain those thoughts. I’m great and I should remember that.

Third, often I get scared. Asking if I can actually pull this off. Then I realize that I have already come so far. Quitting my job. Going against what was wanted and planned for me and my future. Taking such a huge risk. Finding sources of income here and there that wouldn’t affect my class schedule. Need lots of that, because I have to support myself. Proud of myself already that I even got to enroll. So, why be scared right? I have been strong and brave for a while already.

Fourth, my apprenticeship. I am also recently enrolled in fashion styling apprenticeship. Been tagging along our mentors to learn more what it’s really like in the real world of fashion stylists. If you watch Rachel Zoe, you would know that it is not easy. Busy schedules. Lots of work, like clothing selection and assisting at fashion show prep and whatnot. I don’t mind at all though. No matter how tiring it gets.

That’s what I realized lately. No work is easy. You just have to find one that you are willing and happy to work hard for. Why? Because based on my experience, working hard for something you don’t like is called stress, while working hard for something you love is called passion. Pursue your passions. Allow them to be your purpose until that time that your passions become your profession.

Much love (and hoping to catch up on everyone’s insta lol) ~ Janine

 

P.S. Catch me on snapchat to see more of what keeps me busy. my handle is imjaninipanini 😊

How to Style : BAGAN

*Posted originally on PASSIONISTA. Visit the page for more styling tips and gorgeous clothes to check out*

The off shoulder crop top is easily one of the biggest trends this year. We’ve seen plenty of celebrities and bloggers who are rocking shoulder-baring ensembles. An endless number of fashionable looks can be coordinated to work with this top. Go from comfy-casual to elegantly chic, it just depends on how you style it. Take for example Passionista’s popular off shoulder item, BAGAN. (which you can PURCHASE by clicking this LINK)

 

Below are five stylish ideas on how you too can work this versatile piece:

Look  #1:   Go for a chic monochromatic look by pairing your white BAGAN top with white straight cut trousers, a cool pair of pointy heels and some chic accessories.  Throw on an oversized white coat to complete the look.

Look  #2:   Pair your black BAGAN top with a suede button-down A-line skirt, and wrap around strappy heels. Feeling chilly? Try an oversized suede jacket.

Look  #3: Need to move around more? Why not make a statement with some classic overalls? Pair your BAGAN top with denim overalls and chic sneakers or flats and you’re good to go!

Look  #4: Going for a more feminine look? Pair your BAGAN top with a voluminous midi or full-length maxi skirt, depending on what you prefer.

Look  #5: Skinny jeans are everywhere, so why not be a trendsetter and bring back the ultra-classic flared jean? Not only do they make you look good from behind, they were totally made to be rocked with the BAGAN top. Wear cute neutral toned heels and a bright bag to add a pop of colour.

There are a plethora of ways to rock this cute and versatile top… just be creative and have fun with it! It’s such an easy-to-style piece that you don’t even have to over think or fret.  You can just brush your shoulders off and slay.  *wink*