You took up Information Design in Ateneo. How did your graphic design knowledge figure into fashion and blogging?
When it comes to my blog, I'm proud to say I fix everything down to the coding and all the little nitty-gritty widgets. When I take pictures or do editing, I never really depend on anyone else to do it. That's why it's so convenient to just work at home and to work alone. I can do it even when I’m abroad.
When it comes to fashion, it's injected in terms of color matching and complementary colors. I also have this weird fascination with boxes. It's reflected a lot in my personal style. I don't wear a lot of curvy dresses or clothes that involve circles. I don't wear bodycon that much, for example. I like wearing loose tees with skinny pants. Shift dresses are my favorite. I call them my eat-all-you-can dresses.
Most people would call you a social media icon. What made you go into the world of social media and fashion blogging?
I started out as a photographer and needed a place where I could curate my work. I posted my photography work and one thing led to another; I started documenting my own fashion and it surprisingly turned out to be a hit.
Have you always seen yourself in the world of fashion?
When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a graphic designer or a photographer. I never thought of myself as someone who could go into fashion. Maybe shoot fashion, but never in front of the camera. I do enjoy dressing up. My mom has a really classic sense of style that I really looked up to. At one point, I really fell in love with Japan and it has become my lifestyle. 5 or 10 years ago, I would've never guessed that I'd be where I am right now.
What made you get into Japanese fashion, beauty, and culture?
I grew up in a super geeky family. My brothers would always play video games, watch anime, and read manga. It came naturally that we got into Japanese music, dramas, and fashion. We all fell in love Japan. We love going there! I love their lifestyle. When people ask me why I love Japan so much I really respond, "You should meet my family." We would all react together in sync, "Oh my god. We love Japan!"
Being called one of the top fashion bloggers, not only in Asia but also in the whole world, is really amazing. But it also has its down sides, right? What's one disadvantage to being a fashion It Girl?
People expect me to be always dressed to the nines. I don't really update my blog every day with OOTDs because I don't dress up daily. I wouldn't dress up on days I go to the grocery or a nearby coffee shop. I don't want to force it. It's really surprising, because when I would go out and it's like day off, someone will recognize me and they'll go, "You look so different." I would have to explain that today is my day off from dressing up.
What about your favorite thing about being a fashion blogger?
Being able to inspire normal girls to dress up. It doesn't have to be every day or something you do constantly. I'd get comments from my book that it opened up possibilities on what to wear. Like they had no idea that these items existed before or that these two items of clothing actually look good together.
What advice would you give young people—girls and guys alike—who look up to you?
Just be yourself. It doesn't hurt to prettify yourselfevery once in a while. These days, I'm going back to my geeky roots and I'm not ashamed to not look the part. Somehow there's this fixed image of how geeks should look like and I'm glad I'm one of those people who can break the mold. If you like certain things that may seem nerdy to others, it doesn't mean you can't get into other things like beauty or fashion. Try something different.
If you could go back and talk to your 18-year-old self, what would you tell her?
All the problems that will happen in the future will be learning lessons and that everything will pass. I'd tell myself to loosen up. When I was younger, I was really uptight. When I turned 25, I learned to stop caring so much. Not indifference, but accepting reality more.
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