Style Files: Nira Ballena

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  |  Oct 16, 2011
photos and captions courtesy of Nira Ballena
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Name: Nira Deniece S. Ballena
  St. Scholastica's College, Manila

A little of everything. My style's eclectic. As much as possible, I would want to wear a little bit of everything. You may see me dress very dashing on one occasion and then turn around wearing plain and preppy on a usual day.
Ukay shopper.
I usually shop at thrift stores. Not because the prices are very cheap, but because it offers a vast variety of clothes where you get to create unlimited and unique styles. I get a lot of compliments for the stuff I wear and I really like seeing people's faces when I tell them I got it from the ukay-ukay.
Fave fashion designer.
I am constantly in awe of the designs of the late Alexander McQueen! I love how he makes every piece of his designs exceptional and stunning. Of course, who would forget about his Armadillo shoes? Also, I am obsessed with Betsey Johnson's designs. They're fantastically bizarre!
Always wearing...
Earrings! I feel naked without them!
Mother's care.
My mom will always be my inspiration. Be it at school, sports, and in fashion. She has driven me to pursue what I love and she has made me the kind of maarte that I am today.
Style icon.
The ever simple and elegant Audrey Hepburn and English fashion model Daisy Lowe. I will love them till the end of time!
Fashion magazines and the outfit posts of people from online fashion communities (Usually from Lookbook, Chictopia, and blogs of fashion enthusiasts)
Rainbow closet.
I love colors! I have all of them in my closet but a lot are neutral ones (black, white, gray, and brown). It's fantastic how you can match them with everything.
Fashion never.
A skirt/shorts with leggings on the inside. I don’t know but it looks awful for me.
The basics.
The Audrey Hepburn bun, red nails,high heels.
Trend rebirth.
The '70s denim and the stylish petticoats!
Vintage treasures.
I like getting old stuff from my mom and refashion them to my own desire. The most that I own were her vintage maxi skirts which I transformed to high-waist midi ones. I also own a 40-year-old vintage veil and a 1970s trench coat from my lola.

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