Boy Shorts

grunge style h&m necklace christian blogger camo shorts fashion blogger combat bootsApril 22, 2015. Such an off but not in a bad way kind of day. It’s partly due to the lovely sight of snow falling outside my window as I woke up (it is now spring if you didn’t know) and the fact that I had about three cups of coffee between 6-7pm the night before and couldn’t sleep a wink. These two off-pattern events eventually led to a different direction in styling my outfit for the day. The weather surely translated into my wardrobe mood as I became reminiscent of fall fashion with layering and darker palettes (did I mention it’s spring?). This seemingly strange parallel shift also motivated me to experiment with older pieces a bit. Hence, camo boy shorts that didn’t see the light of day since the Philippines. So, so, so comfortable. Channeling my inner grunge chick once again!

Cardigan, black top, shorts: thrifted • Necklace: H&M• Shoes: Diba

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Faith and Fashion Files: Philippines

Hey all! Today I’m starting a new series for the next four weeks called “Faith and Fashion Files.” I’ll be sharing on fashion and the primary religions of the countries I’ll be going to for my mission trips this summer since even I need some background on what I’ll be facing. First up, the Philippines!

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While studying fashion in the Philippines, I noticed there’s a collision and needed balance of Western influences and embracing traditional Filipino aesthetics. Filipinos love looking at what is trending in the U.S., but there are some that have the urge to keep their nation’s local fabrics and raw materials on top.   Surprisingly after returning home to Michigan, I was not as moved by designs as much as I was in the Philippines. Their designs are so fashion forward, dare I say, even more than some in my local land.

a- Design by Filipino fashion designer, Monique Lhuillier, known for her elegant wedding gowns. Source.

b- Design by Rajo Laurel worn by former Miss Philippines Venus Raj. Famed fashion designer in made-to-order couture and designer ready-to-wear and a judge on Project Runway Philippines. His labels include House of Laurel and Rags2Riches among other local Filipino brands. Source.

c- Another design by designer Oliver Tolentino who won the Sustainable Eco Fashion Award in 2010 and El Paseo Designer of the Week 2011. His designs have been worn by celebrities beyond the Philippines such as Maria Menouno, Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Sophia Bush, CeeLo Green, and more. Source.

d- Fashion bloggers are no new thing to the Philippines! During my studies there were bloggers left and right posing for the camera around the city, attending Manila’s posh events, and churning out posts on a daily basis. They’ve become a huge influence to the fashion scene, ergo, even landing covers of the country’s best magazines. Source.

e- Philippine Fashion Week. One of the best ways to see up-and-coming designers and the classic favorites. Let me just say too, I love Michigan, but the Filipinos really know how to put on a great fashion show.

f- The baro’t saya and barong- the Philippines’ national costumes. Source.

g- You can’t forget about fashion’s accessory designers! Design by Mich Dulce, the Philippines’ most known milliner. Source.

faith- philippinesThis statistic directly affects me as my parents grew up in Roman Catholic households. I’ve noticed firsthand how Catholic Filipinos, especially the older generation, are strict and deeply committed in their faith. The Philippines isn’t known as Asia’s most Catholic country for nothing!

Hope you guys had a feel for the Philippines’ fashion and religious scene as I did. Next week, Thailand!

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Chicago Day 3: Magnificent Avenue

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Third and final day in Chicago! After that rainy second day, we finally had the opportunity to walk around- and when I say walk around, I mean we spent the whole day strolling up and down Magnificent Ave. AKA shopping street galore. I mainly did window shopping (hey, there’s a mission to be saving for!) but when I saw a gorgeous statement necklace at H&M on sale for $3 from $35, it was a no brainer. Also, it has been a while since I’ve seen jewelry that took my breath away and I basically needed my inhaler at this H&M. We ate lunch at Shake Shack, did more shopping while being mesmerized by those painted statue sidewalk actors, randomly bumped into my little lovebug from Bridgewood at Forever 21 (still in shock), then went back to our relative’s house for a Carpio reunion. Great last day spent!

I wore a floral chambray button-down with one of my favorite thrift finds, a pink, fringed lace scarf. There are so many ways to style it and a fun piece to accessorize for the summer :). But these items definitely came in handy since Chicago lived up to its name, “The Windy City.” Don’t let the beautiful sun fool ya! #chillyinthecity

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Button-down & scarf: thrifted • Jeans & sunglasses: Forever 21 • Purse: H&M

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#JirehForFour Update: VLOG #1

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Chicago Day 2: April Showers

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From the looks of these photos you probably wouldn’t have guessed it was raining like cats and dogs in Chicago just hours ago! We tried to maximize all of our time so my family and I drove around bustling Downtown Chicago while soaking in what we could (no pun intended). The weather may have been gloomy and gray but the hustle and bustle of the city was still energetic as businessmen walked drenched in their suits and interns ran out of Starbucks with a coffee carrier and paper bags. After the sun broke through we had lunch in Chinatown and I left like a cheerful little girl with a taro milk tea in hand.

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Ready for the rain and mugginess yet lack of any type of raincoat and rain boots, I opted for this multi-colored cape for some ventilation from the humidity and booties I didn’t mind splashing in some puddles which, by the way, are so comfortable! Unlike me, I’m sure you have proper gear for the rain. What do you wear out?

Final day and look from Chicago will be posted later this week! In the meantime, please check out #JirehForFour; your support would be greatly appreciated!

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Cape: thrifted • Jeans: TJMaxx • Shoes, necklace, & ring: Forever 21

“Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
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