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Style Files: Charlene Dy

Audrey Hepburn lover Charlene ends up dressing like Twiggy. Find out more about her style.

Name: Charlene Ashley Nicole Dy
Age: 20
School: De La Salle University- Manila
Hometown: Manila/ Japan

Flexibility is key. My style's flexible—eclectic, Harajuku, vintage, boho, classic, rock, or kinda neurotic. It does not stop with my outfit rather it reflects to my lifestyle as well—from the hairstyle I'm going to wear, the makeup I'm going to put on, the music I'm going to listen to, the things I'm going to do and to the extent that it also influences the food I want/ cook.

Shopping time. Here in the Philippines, I usually shop at Rustan's, The Ramp, Mimi, Culte Femme, Tomato, and Freeway. Like everyone else, I love Topshop, Zara, MNG, and Aldo.  Whenever I'm in Japan, I go to Uniqlo, Comme de Garcons, J-Honey, Glacier, Shimamura, and my favorite Cinema Club. I also do ukay-ukay in Tagaytay (by the influence of my best friend Daphne Galvan).

Favorite fashion designers. Locally: Kate Torralba, Twinkle Ferraren, and Mich Dulce. Internationally, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang.

The period to an outfit. A fabulous bag that perfectly matches.

Inspired. I look up to fashion magazines and Internet sites. Inspiration is everywhere actually. A piece like a hat, Harajuku girls, a girl or guy that just passed by in front of you, and your favorite TV show (Gossip Girl, 90210, America's Next Top Model). 

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Audrey-Lover, Twiggy-dresser. I love Audrey Hepburn so much but usually I'm a Twiggy-dresser. I love loud and colorful outfits but recently I'm trying classic outfits.

Style influences. My favorite music and artists really influence me. For example, I love Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku style and Taylor Swift and her country/ boho style. Music and fashion go together for me.

A rainbow in my closet. My closet is popping colors. However, I rarely wear brown. Never wear. I have never worn wide leg jeans, I don't know why...

My classic three. I think I could always trust: black wayfarers, little black dress, and flats.

Comeback trend. Lolita! I know it's quite on Topshop right now and the Japanese have already made their own Lolita clothing trade mark but this trend perfectly suits my style and personality.

Know other stylish girls? Post their links on the comment box below or post in TeenTalk.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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