Style Files: Rio Navarro

This blogger admires several fashion designers. Read on to know more about her idols and her personal style.

Name: Danika Rio Navarro
Age: 22
School: Ateneo/School of Fashion and the Arts
Hometown: Antipolo, Rizal

All about prints. My style varies from mood to mood and changes as I shift from one inspiration to another. I can go sophisticated today, girly girl tomorrow, and then hiphop the day after. But generally speaking, my style is all about layers, textures, patterns and prints.
Store owner.
Our family runs a boutique so I usually just get from there. Sometimes I visit thrift stores to hunt for unique vintage finds. But I rarely shop here in Manila. Most of my things are from either Hong Kong, China or Bangkok.
Fave designer.
I have no single favorite but I do admire several. I love the confidence of the late Alexander Mcqueen and the graphic aesthetic of Kansai Yamamoto. I adore the works of legendary designers, Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet. Among the Philippine Designers: Bea Valdez, Ivarluski Aseron and Cary Santiago's impeccable craftsmanship moves me most.
Interior inspired.
As a graphic designer, I can just pick up inspiration from almost anything. But things that often influence my style and works include interior design specifically wallpaper patterns, architectural structures, artworks, bohemian culture, ethnic/tribal moods, safari and animals, plants, flowers and nature, vintage furniture and trinkets, egyptian & renaissance costume, the old english setting, fashion trends. (Because yes, i'm a self-confessed trend follower. Sometimes.)
Style idols.
Since I was a kid: the Olsen twins. I remember collecting photos of them and compiling all their looks in a clearbook! But I don't necessarily dress like them, I just admire their personal style. Same goes with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie. Recently, I've also been following style bloggers Jane Aldrigde & Rumi Neely.
My mother's style, the world of graphic design, hiphop dance costumes, style blogs, fashion magazines, fashion trends to name some.
Earthly tones.
I stack my clothes by color and I try my best to keep it that way for my convenience. Right now, my main closet is filled with garments in autumn shades, earth colors and neutrals. All my brightly-shaded garments were pushed to the back of my closet when summer ended last June.
Never seen wearing...
candy-colored skinny jeans
The basic.
The white polo, the black blazer and black pumps-- my all time must-have's
Comeback trend.
Petticoats, the dior hourglass silhouette, victorian dresses, old english corsets and draped balloon skirts.
Vintage finds.
I'm not exactly sure how old this particular vest is that I got from a thrift shop, but it's a houndstooth wool and satin vest by Jessica. I love how they have old but awesome overrun pieces from ukay-ukay!

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Visit Rio''s blog here.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.


After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

Juliana Rebong 17 hours ago

Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.


5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.


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