Style Files: Tessa Santos

This fashionista from Miriam College shares how staying in Riyadh for 12 years has influenced her style.
photos and captions courtesy of Tessa Santos

Name: Tessa Mikyla Santos
Age: 19
School: Miriam College
Hometown: San Mateo Rizal

Winter wear. My style usually depends on my mood. Living for 12 years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia greatly influenced my way of clothing where in we experienced winter season. I fell in love with trench coats, leather motorcycle jackets, and boots.
Shopping addict.
I love pieces from Mango, Terranova, Forever 21, Candies, Kira Plastinina, New Yorker. They have a lot to offer from tops, shorts and dresses. For my accessories and shoes, I usually go for Claire’s, Aldo, New Look, Nine West, Celine, Gibi, and Janilyn.
Fashion guru.
I admire Kira Plastinina for her passion for designing fashionable clothes for young women. I am also into fashion designing and she gives me inspiration since she is known as the youngest fashion designer in the world.
Black lines.
I never go out of my house without my black eyeliner. Even without eye shadow, black eyeliner gives life to my eyes.  I go for liquid eyeliner which makes my eyes fierce.
I got my inspiration from the five ambassadors of Forever 21. They gave me inspiration in creating and experimenting in fashion. They also gave me the courage to try unique combination of outfits like wearing boots here in a humid and warm country.
Style icon.
I adore Rachel Zoe for her sophisticated and classic style as well as Liz Uy .
Young fashion lover.
Ever since I was a kid, I've been reading fashion magazines, which gives me variety of ideas in mixing and matching my wardrobe. It influenced my style as well as my love for fashion designing.
Dark hues.
My closet color palettes are usually dark colours like black, red, dark blue and purple. I'm not the girly type so I go for the edgy look.
Never ever!
The basics.
  I think black pumps, black dress, and jeans never go out of style.
Trend rebirth.
Flared pants from the year back because they make me look taller.
Vintage hand-me-downs.
I’m  loving the brown vintage aviator shades from my Lola from the '60s. It matches many of my outfits.

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Katherine Go 2 days ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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