Style Files: Iza Mendoza
Name: Iza Vanessa Mendoza
Hometown: San Pedro, Laguna
Simple but adventurous. I dress up according to my mood (and the weather). I’m a minimalist. I would always go for something simple yet stylish. I don’t like too many accessories—just one or two staple pieces will do. I always make sure that I dress because I want to express myself and not just to impress other people’s eyes. I might not have the trendiest pieces but as long as I’m happy, confident, and comfortable with what with what I’m wearing, then I’m good to go. On a related note, I also love to experiment!
Small enough to fit kids' size. If I have cash to burn, I shop at the usual haunts—Topshop, Zara, Mango. Since I’m petite and thin, I also love to shop at Kids of Bayo. I like how their clothes fit me. :-)
Fashion gurus. In a world where we are bombarded with fashion, it’s so hard to choose only one. Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Dior are on top of my list. I love how their innovative and divine creations make my jaw drop!
Accessorized. A very nice trinket will always be a part of my outfit. It might be a pair of flashy earrings, a cute necklace, a classy watch, or a pair of perfect sunnies. But, self-confidence and a perfect smile are really my best accessories!
Inspired. Actually, a lot! Celebrities, models and magazines. There’s a lot to see in the internet, too. Lookbook.nu never fails to give me my daily dose of inspiration!
Style goddesses. Vanessa Hudgens, Olsen twins, Anne Curtis, and the forever awesome Lookbook goddesses Agnija Grigule, Juliett K., Mayo Wo, Aimee Song, and Tricia Gosingtian.
Fashion lover. All the things around me can be very influential. From the kind of music that I listen to, to the movies that I watch. From the eye candy things that I see on fashion blogs, to the store window of my favorite stores. Those can be really influential. But to top it all, I think my love for fashion influenced me the most.
Minimalist. I love black and white! Those colors consume a big space in my closet and I believe those will never go out of the scene. I love florals, hot pink, and tangerine, though.
Never ever! Gothic pieces, big baggy pants, and bulky rubber shoes.
The basics. Comfy flats, little black dress, and a really nice pair of denims.
Trend rebirth. Color blocking! The origin of color blocking dates back to the '60s and I love that it is actually making a comeback now.
Hand-me-down dress. My mom gave me her wedding dress from the '80s. The lacey floral prints all over made it so classic. It’s lovely!
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????