How to style it : LAGOS

*this article was originally posted in PASSIONISTA-APPAREL. Drop by to shop more gorgeous Passionista clothing.

 

HOW TO STYLE IT: LAGOS

It’s no secret that women have different style preferences. Some of us prefer outfits that are edgy, preppy, boho, glam, feminine, etc. It all depends on our personal aesthetics. If given a single item, say for instance a plain white shirt, we’d sure enough have a zillion different ideas on how we could style that item. Of course, that scenario is not limited to shirts only; The same goes for other fashion items and clothing pieces. Allow us to show you five different ways to style one of my favourite Passionista pieces, the LAGOS.

 

EDGY

Pair your Lagos with a chic leather jacket, gladiator sandals, and a bold red lip. Make people wonder, “Kendall Jenner is that you?”

PREPPY

Feeling preppy? Underneath your Lagos, wear a long sleeved, white button up blouse with a front ribbon. Put on some oxford pumps, over the knee or thigh high tights, and a cute hat.

 

 

 

 

 BOHO

Be chill and boho chic by pairing your Lagos with a printed Kimono, cute lace-up sandals, and a fringed bag. Top it all off with a flower crown.

 

 

 

 

GLAM

Go for the gold and get glam by wearing a metallic blazer over your Lagos. With that, wear toned down items like a simple suede sandal and a small black clutch to balance the whole look.

 

 

FEMININE

Scream Queens anyone? If you watch that show, you’ll know what I mean when I say I get inspired style-wise by Chanel and her minions. Get a similar look by pairing your Lagos with a faux fur coat, thigh high boots, and cat-eye sunnies.

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – Rumi

Hi everyone! I’m back in business. Be forewarned though, I am going through some major changes. You see, I’ve been utterly busy with my fashion styling apprenticeship and producing fashion editorials for my classes, and in the process, I felt my style, preferences, and aesthetics have constantly been changing. Come to think of it, a lot more about me has changed. Ever since I moved in to another city with new challenges, I have been doing things I never thought I could do before. My anxiety levels are high, but my perseverance refuses to be knocked down. I’m highly competitive in nature. Yesterday, I was telling a friend of mine that I can see that my classmates are improving, and I am beyond worried that I’m not. She reminded me that my biggest competition is myself. That I should figure out what my weaknesses are and what I should work on. She’s darn right.
My lifestyle has also been experiencing a lot of transformations. Let me be honest with you. The only reason I was able to post, to comment, and to like every single day on IG before, is that I had PLENTY of time. That was the time after I quit my microbiologist job and the only source of income (enough for my necessities) I had was an online weekend job. I was also staying at my parents’ place that time. I was in the process of completely healing my depressed state. Now, it’s completely different. I am sooooo busy. I don’t even have a constant source of income these days. I’m still figuring that out, because this girl needs to eat lol. (Also I do need to figure out how to fix my sched so that I won’t seem like I’m neglecting my blog and my insta family). But, this busy is good. It means I’m doing something worthwhile. The last time I was this busy was before I quit my job, and let me tell you there is a HUGE difference between busy bee me then and busy bee me now. Busy bee me now is HAPPY and constantly improving as a person. I feel like I’m heading in the right direction. I believe that’s the most important thing.
So don’t be afraid of changes. Don’t be afraid of taking risks, no matter how huge.

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For my outfit, I’m actually wearing a High Neck See-through One Piece swimsuit with my shorts. This is another item I got from Zaful (link here and here). As for my rings, I wore a gold bar ring from Audaviv, along with my other H&M rings. It stands out though because it’s the only one different, which is just the way I like it. Daring to stand out amongst the crowd. 😉 I’ll post a close up photo soon on instagram.

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Rings – Audaviv and H&M | Boots – Forever21 | Swimsuit – Zaful (pinterest, facebook) | Location – Prado Farms Pampanga

Twenty fifth

Things don’t always turn out the way you planned. Sometimes, they turn out even better.

When I was younger, I always imagined myself having stability by the age of 25. I guess it has to do with the environment I grew up in, wherein 25 is a point where you should already have a sense of direction in life.

Time flew and today I turn 25, and here I am on my bed, alone in a rental and trying to catch up on my blog work. And, from time to time, staring at a blank wall having writer’s block and thinking of ways to juggle the heaps of work I have for school, the blogging, and the figuring out of how to earn more money to keep me going. I’m a Food Technologist degree holder, who is studying again as a fashion styling apprentice and trying her luck in penetrating the fashion industry. By the way, if you are wondering if I ever have days wherein I regret quitting my already stable QA Microbiologist job, then let me answer it with no. I love where I am now and who I am turning out to be.

In my 25 years of existence, I have learned a few more things…

First, do what you want for yourself, not for anyone else. It comes hand in hand with not letting anyone hinder you from doing what you love and what you think would make you happy.

Second, be someone who can commit. Commitment isn’t only applicable to relationships. Commitment can be anything from making it a habit of eating breakfast every day to being persistent in pursuing your passions.

Third is one of my favorite mottos. NEVER DO MEDIOCRE. It’s cliché to say you should always do your best, but I’d say it anyways. Never settle for “that’s good enough”. Always go all out. It gets easier when it already becomes a habit. Sure it would stress me out often when the perfectionist and workaholic in me kick in, but boy oh boy that feeling when you see your finished work and you receive praises because of it is PRICELESS.

Fourth, never underestimate yourself. Also, never compare yourself to other people. A lot of us are guilty of this. We limit ourselves saying “I can’t do that” or “they’re better than me”. It took some time, but I did end up learning that the only limits I have are the limits I give to myself. Furthermore, we are all different, and that’s what makes us human beings great. Comparing yourself to someone else is pointless. The only competition you should think about is the competition you have with yourself. Always strive to be better than who you were yesterday. We are all capable of great things.

Fifth, the struggles in life are part of the journey and will always be what makes the destination more valuable. Sometimes, we have to be torn apart in order for us to grow and end up rebuilding ourselves into better persons.

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On an unrelated note (well maybe related to birthday gift giving because it was sent to me), I love this Black Bowknot Self Tie V-neck Short Sleeve Blouse from Zaful. Wooh. That’s a loooong name. lol. If you want to get one too, link is HERE. Also visit their site HERE for more items you can shop!

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Thoughts from Heidi

My friend posted this article by Heidi Priebe entitled “For the women who feel like ‘too much'” and I just wanted to share it with you all, because it spoke to me. This is originally from Thought Catalog and the link is here if you want to check it out there. 🙂

For the women who feel like ‘too much’ – you know exactly who you are.

You’re the ones who grew up always feeling different – feeling crazy, feeling brash, feeling just a little too passionate and fierce. You’re the ones who’ve spent your whole lives being told to bite your tongue, to sit on your hands, to settle down and shut up and quell your restless mind for just long enough to blend in.

To find your place within the calmer, cooler crowds.

You’re the ones who’ve always struggled to regulate your spirit. The ones who’ve felt the pull between the wild and the tame – the never-ending yearning to go and yet the underlying longing to stay. The constant need to explore further and yet the quiet desire to settle down.

You’re the ones who can’t find peace within yourself. Who have always wanted to try harder, run faster, push yourself further than the world around you ever expected you to go. You’re the ones with the expectations so high that even you can never live up to yourself. Even you can sometimes find your mind to be ‘too much’ for your body.

And yet you’re also the one who’s irreplaceable.

You’re the one who may always be a little too passionate, a little too reckless and too intense.

But you’re also the one who loves the hardest. Who fights the longest. Who refuses to cash in her chips and give up when the rest of the crowd has laid their swords down and gone home.

You’re the one who keeps pushing for the changes that need making. Who won’t sit down or shut up or settle down when what the stakes are rising higher than you’re ready for. You’re the one who’s not afraid to stand up when the rest of the world is staying silent.

You’re the one who may always be ‘too much’ for the people who are calm and complacent and steady.

But you’ll never be too much for the fierce ones.

You’ll never be too much for the ones who burn as brightly, who reel as wildly, who move as quickly as you.

You’ll never be too much for the people who want to experience the whole of life fully – arms wide open and spirit braced for whatever’s coming their way. You will always be just the right amount for the people who’s fire matches your own.

But there’s a catch-22 when it comes to finding them.

Because they’re not the ones sitting down. Shutting up. And listening to what they have been told their entire life to do.

They are the ones running ahead of the pack.

And if it’s not too much for you to handle,
It is up to you to run and catch up.

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.