Style Files: Tara Asturias

Find out where this gal from UST gets her style inspiration from.
photos and captions courtesy of Tara Asturias

Name: Tara Priscilla Asturias
Age: 23
School: University of Santo Tomas
Hometown: Tacloban, Leyte

Romatic and classic. I love outfits that are classic, decent, and comfortable to wear. I am versatile when it comes to style. I mix and match the clothes in my closet. I also believe the best style is how a person brings the outfit with their personality or attitude.
Certified Shopaholic.
For main retail stores, l love shopping at Zara, Topshop, Promod, Forever 21, Dorothy Perkins, Plain and Prints, and especially in bazaars at Rockwell Tent, NBC, or The Grove. For online stores, I usually shop at H&M and ebay blogs, also emerging brands such as Coexist, WAGW, Gold Dot, and more.
Fave fashion designer.
I absolutely love Marc Jacobs and Gabrielle Bonheur  of "Coco" Chanel. Her designs are classic and timeless!
Bags and then some.
I always use leather brown bags  and accessories. I always match my outfit with different accessories that go perfectly with any outfit! And also, never forget the natural makeup.
Princess of elegance.
My favorite style icon during the '80s would be the Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. She’s a romantic dresser. I love her elegance and gracefulness, especially the way she carries herself in every outfit she wears. Also my recent favorite icons are Jessica Alba and Cameron Diaz.
Fashion influence.
I get most of  my inspiration from my mom, and girls from all over the world, especially those on Chictopia and Lookbook. I got to meet inspiring bloggers like Camille Co of Coexist, Dominique Tiu, Kryz Uy of WAGW, Lissa Kahayon, Lexi Gancayco, and Tricia Gosingtian. I also get my inspiration from fashion magazines such as Candy.
Closet palette.
Neutral and pastel colors!
Never ever! Gothic outfits and fish net stockings! I was never a fan of gothic looks especially with dark makeup and black eye liners.
The basic three.
Classic dresses, white tank top paired with jeans, and florals (I'm a big fan of florals!).
Comeback trend.
Style from the '70s and '80s! I love vintage outfits, the fashion of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and the like. I love the trend of wide-leg jeans, high-waist shorts, the use of polka, and sailor prints.
Vintage own.
My grandma and my mom kept their fashionable vintage items and I'm so glad we have the same size! My favorite would be the high-waist pants and shorts of my mom and printed polka tops in different colors. They never go out of style!

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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.


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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