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*

Skin Care Essentials

 

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Going on a vacation? Whether you are traveling to a tropical paradise to catch some sun in your eye-catching TRINIDAD swimsuit, or you are going backpacking across Europe, us lovely ladies need to ensure that our skin is still getting the TLC it deserves. I’m sharing with you a quick guide on skin care essentials you need to pack for first time travelers and jet-setters alike.

  1. Sun protection – All that sightseeing and strolling under the sun makes this product a must. It’s always good to have products like NATURE’S SUN SECRET to rejuvenate and protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
  2. Lip Balm – Like your skin, your lips need a good moisturizing treatment too. Opt for lip balms that also have sun protection. There are plenty on the market with SPF 10 and yummy fruity flavors. Not liking the lack of color on your lips? Make your own lip tint by adding blush or eye shadow to it. Beauty hack!
  3. Good ol’ Oil – You’re going to need some night time hydration; You’ll also need to give your skin its daily dose of nutrition. Why not try some Argan oil or AMG’s BOTANICAL ELIXIR? The Botanical Elixir is Moringa oil infused with Sacha Inchi oil. This is essential in combating skin aging and dryness. You can also apply it to your hair… because no one wants to be seen with stressed hair and skin.
  4. BB Cream – This is more of a personal preference for me. I like BB creams because aside from providing some coverage, they also nourish my skin. Great BB products provide sun protection, moisturization, and anti-aging benefits. I buy my BB creams from Etude House and The Face Shop. I love Korean skin care products.
  5. Facial Cleanser – We can’t forget this. Even when you’re not traveling, your skin can get oily and collect dirt & bacteria. That’s definitely not good news for your pores. Unclog your pores and remove all that oil, dirt, and dead skin using cleansers like this PAPAYA SPLASH FACE WASH.
  6. Hydrating Mist – when you’re traveling, chances are, your skin will experience dryness in the car or on the plane. Refresh and lock-in moisture using hydrating mists like AMG HYDRATING MIST AND TONER.
  7. Bug spray – if you’re one of those people who are insanely attractive to mosquitos and other bugs, this is a must have! You could use citronella products, or you could try BUG OFF! What’s great about this spray is that it’s natural just like all the other products made by AMG.

That’s it! It may seem like a lot, but remember ladies, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. It’s easier to prevent wrinkles, age spots, zits, and the like rather than removing them. Take care of your skin now and it will surely reward you with a smooth and youthful appearance for years to come.

*I originally had this posted on Passionista-Apparel. Feel free to visit the site and browse through lovely clothes and swimsuits!

 

Old friend in Oversized blazers

 

I spent a whole lot of time thinking about what to write for this blog entry. I couldn’t think of any. What’s funny is, lately I’ve been blogging a lot for others. I feel like I’m slowly becoming a full time blog contributor. Some of the blogging jobs I need for paying miscellaneous bills, while some give me exposure. It sounds like a good thing. It is. But, I initially wanted to become a blog contributor so that I could gain experience and improve my skills. I think along the way I forgot about that. I have become so busy for others lately, that I completely forgot about myself. It isn’t right that I spend many hours setting my keyboard on fire, because I’ve been typing so much articles I need to send out, and yet I stare blankly at my own blog site not knowing what to say anymore. I need some quality me time to reflect and get back on the right track.

There will always be times you lose track of things or just simply forget. Even clothes. Take a look at this oversized blazer I bought from Maldita. I have had this for ages, but totally forgot about it already. When I saw it again in my closet, I just HAD to wear it again. I love this item. The fabric is light and breathes well. It allows me to have a cold season look in this very hot tropical country I call home.

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By the way, I would like to introduce to you my chubby baby. His name is Jolo. Jolo the Japanese Spitz.

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Warning… candid bunny face below:

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P.S. Sorry for the bunny face that could haunt you for life. Hoping you didn’t end up trying to copy it like I do every time I see this photo of mine.

Heels – Centropelle | Oversized blazer – Maldita | Ring set – H&M | Watch – Skagen

Pursuit of Happiness

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There was a point in my life when I just felt completely lost. I had a lot to be thankful for, but I always felt something was not quite right and that there was something missing. I got stuck in that state for a while. It was not a pretty sight. I had episodes of depression and anxiety. Imagine going home after work to an empty apartment and just crying for no apparent reason. You don’t know why you’re crying. It was like that weird PMS thing, except it did not go away with binge eating on chocolates. It ended up becoming worse. It came to a point wherein I was blanking out at work. I was a girl in a white coat, crying inside the laboratory while working. I thought I was going crazy. Eventually, I realized what was happening to me. I became conscious of it. And now, I’m going through a process of healing and finding myself. So far, I can share only few tips that I have already tried and tested:

  1. Step out of your comfort zone – have the courage to leave your comfort zone. It would open up a lot of possibilities and opportunities for you. My comfort zone was my previous work and lifestyle. I did not want to leave, because I already had a stable good paying job, even though I wasn’t really happy. I felt so limited. I couldn’t express myself. I couldn’t be myself. When I quit my job, I felt worried, but also felt like it was the right thing to do. I finally had the chance to explore anything and everything that I can do and would love to do.
  2. Be brave – this was tough. I had to have all the courage I could get to actually tell myself that enough is enough. It takes a lot of courage to remove you from that state of being stuck. What takes even more courage is the act of actually taking a plunge into that huge pool of risks and the unknown. Would I make it if I take this risk? Would I be ok if I step out? Would I not regret this?
  3. Go on a trip – it could be a long vacay or a short one, regardless, just go on a trip. Find yourself there. Have you seen that movie Eat, Pray, Love? Just find time to reconnect with yourself again. Remember who you really are, what you have become, and what you want to become. What you want to become is most important.
  4. Get balanced – some people say you have to plan things out, while some say you have to go with the flow. As for me, I say you need to do both. Plan things out. Just have some concrete goals that the go getter in you would be motivated to achieve. Do everything you can in your power to achieve those goals. In the process of achieving those goals, however, you would encounter bumps and forks that could lead you to a different path, that’s when you decide if you would go with the flow or stick to your plan.

Those are the only tips I know so far, but I’m still on the beginning of my journey. It’s no where near over yet, and I am hoping to learn a lot more along the way.

Life is full of choices you have to make. Your destiny is always up to you. You could make the journey bumpy or smooth, long or quick, but remember that you always have control over your life. Carry with you a big heart, great attitude, determination, perseverance, and a whole lot of courage, and you’re sure to achieve great things in life’s forever pursuit of happiness.

 

Goal Digger

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“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for.
Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.”
– Kevin Claiborne

You guys, I finally got my acceptance letter from SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts) Design Insitute! I’m so happy right now. This is it. I can’t believe I have gotten this far. Ok, I know it’s not THAT far, because I haven’t reached my goal yet. But, mind you, it took a lot of guts and perseverance to get me here at the starting point. I had to save up a lot so I could pay for my tuition fee (not to mention my new living expenses) and had to s*ck up all the courage I can to be able to say “I’m quitting my job to pursue my passions.” I have been depressed and anxious for so long, and I just want to try this. I want to know if it would work out. With a lot of hard work, and a bad ass attitude, I know I’m getting there.

xo ~ Janini the goal digging panini

Swimwear Tips

*originally posted at passionista-apparel.com (visit the site for more of my blogs and shop gorgeous clothing and swimwear)

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Going to the beach and having trouble deciding what swimsuit to wear? I can honestly say that I’ve had the same problem countless times.  Shopping for a swimsuit that looks flattering on me can be quite difficult sometimes…  As this is the case, I came up with a few swimsuit tips that would hopefully help you as much as it helps me.

  1. Swimsuits with underwire, wide straps, or a high neck line are best for women with fuller busts. These swimsuits give you the most support you need and help you avoid any mishaps, i.e. “popping out”, if you know what I mean.
  2. Swimsuit tops with bold patterns, bright colors, or deep necklines draw attention away from your lower half. These are most flattering for who want to have less attention drawn to their thighs or derrieres. Try pairing bold printed tops, with dark solid-colored bottoms.
  3. Swimsuits with ruffled bottoms, horizontal striped bottoms, and shirring give the illusion of a curvier figure. A maillot, monokini, or a one piece swimsuit with side cut outs (or a solid color on the sides with prints in the middle) also gives the illusion of curves.
  4. Dark or solid colored one piece swimsuits with ruching, especially in the middle, are great for when you are conscious about your tummy. Other great swimsuits for tummy conscious women are the peplum kind and the high waisted kind.
  5. High cut swimsuit bottoms that allow you to also show some cheek makes your bottom look fuller and your legs longer. #goals
  6. One piece swimsuits with plunging necklines make you look taller by creating an illusion of elongation.
  7. For ladies with small busts like me, if you ever want to create a distraction and draw attention away from your small chest, swimsuit tops with ruffles, the right amount of padding, frills, or bold prints will do the trick. 😉

BUT, the best tip I can give you is to just be confident. The list above is just a short run down of tips and tricks to help you decide if you’re stuck in the deciding process. Confidence is still the key to everything. If you feel great about what you are wearing, everyone will see that. Wear what you want to wear. Wear whatever makes you feel good. Remember girls, the best accessory a woman can wear is confidence.

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Above: photo from the last time I went to a sandy beach. ugh, I miss the beach so much. Someone please take me there.

Flowers and Rompers

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

Whilst pursuing a grand dream, you could get lost along the way and feel like you can’t go on and you can’t do it anymore. I know. I often feel that way. But, let me tell you this, don’t give up. When you feel like stopping, keep going. When you feel like you’re losing hope, ask yourself, “Would I regret it more if I failed, or would I regret it more if I never tried?”

The month of May is nearing. Enrollment is right around the corner. It would mark the start of my career changing adventure becoming harder and more eventful. Hoping I’d be able to conquer every struggle I face. So far, I’ve been meeting a lot of beautiful people who are giving me the inspiration and motivation that I need. Keeping them in my life and in my heart forever.

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If you live in the Philippines like I do, then you and I both know the weather is scorching hot these days. That’s what urged me to buy this romper from Forever 21. I bought it on a sale day. There were A LOT on sale, but this one wasn’t. lol. I just had to buy it. It spoke to me. It’s cute. The floral print is lovely. *insert other excuses women make to justify their spending*

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By the way, the necklace that I’m wearing is from Great Value Plus (greatvalueplus.ph). That’s also where I got my watch and backpack that were part of my last outfit post. Isn’t it lovely? I normally don’t wear necklaces, but just had to wear this one.

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Floral Romper – Forever21 | Boots – Forever21 | Necklace – Zumqa (greatvalueplus.ph)

Back to Black

If you would notice, my featured images often show my self-portraits. I swore that I would make an artwork every time I make an outfit post. For this post, however,I used an artwork which is not a drawing of me. The one above is a drawing I made for a friend whom I recently just met. She’s beautiful. I couldn’t really capture it, because she’s beautiful both inside and out. You cannot really capture all of that.

My outfit post is inspired by my artwork this time. I went back to my element… black. I know they say that technically it’s not a color, it’s the absence of it, but it’s still my favorite “color”. I feel most comfortable wearing black items. I feel stronger and more confident when I’m wearing an all black or mostly black ensemble. I feel like I look good in it, and I think that is what’s most important. You have to feel good to look good.

I have an awesome new watch by the way, along with a new backpack that I would love to use for road trips and short travels. Get the backpack and the watch at Great Value Plus. They have a ton of great items there.

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Favorite (obviously) boots – Forever21 | Dress – Random brand | Watch – New York Army | Bag – New York Army | Rings – H&M