Of Stitches and Stripes: OOTD in NOLA

Spending a day in the beautiful French Quarters of New Orleans called for an equally exciting outfit. Among the many I had planned for my month-long stay here in America, I decided to go for a monochromatic stitch and stripes combination that I felt would perfectly stand out among the gorgeous colored walls of NOLA.

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Thrift Flip: Two In One

Nothing is ever in its final form— that’s my mantra when it comes to anything related to clothes. With a few snips here and there, a boring shirt can be transformed into a dupe for that trendy top you’ve been seeing all over Instagram. Personally, I’m a huge fan of drawing outfit inspo from celebrity street style looks and Pinterest boards, so I’m always searching for ways to give my hundred-peso clothes that thousand-peso remake.

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First Time Ukay/Thrifting Experience: Haul and Lookbook

It’s always been a long time goal of mine to experience the thrifting culture around here, given its relatively newfound buzz in Manila’s recent years. Challenging my styling environment by shopping somewhere outside of my comfort zone is definitely a personal project I’ve been waiting to try out, so when my Social Studies class was given the assignment to spend a day someplace unfamiliar to us, I knew this would be the perfect experience to do just that.

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Fran Fits: Something In This Outfit Only Costs P200, And No, Not The Accessories

Photography by Bearose Beltran (@kidstark)

For the past few months, I’ve found myself drowning in Pinterest board after Pinterest board until the early hours of the morning. I’ve been obsessing over model off-duty looks, thinking of new ways to incorporate their clothes into my own wardrobe.

I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day about the simplicity of most of these looks, and we both agreed that, more than the clothes itself, its the fit of the pieces that make these street style outfits look as good as they do.

In line with that, I’ve spent an ungodly amount of time looking for the perfect classic items to act as staples for my closet. I’ve been eyeing white denim skirts, but I just couldn’t settle on one that fit both my taste and budget.

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Fran Fits: The Backwards Crop Top Look

Photography by Bearose Beltran (@kidstark)

Without checking any statistics, I think we can all confidently assume that crop tops are probably the most mass produced articles of clothing out there at the moment. Every brand offers some sort of variation of this trendy style and for good reason too— it’s versatile and can accommodate thousands of designs and cuts.

With that in mind, I always make sure to remember that crop tops are extremely flexible pieces, so each time I purchase one it should be able to live up to that reputation. If the top can only create one type of look, it’s a no for me.

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What Happened In The Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival Day 2

While some little girls may have spent their childhood dreaming of going to Disneyland and meeting Cinderella, I spent majority of my pre-pubescent years fantasizing over another kind of world where fairy godmothers whipped up, not just one, but hundreds of gorgeous attires for a few lucky ladies and gentlemen to wear and walk as royalty for a night. This mystical place was none other than the urban wonderland of a fashion show. 

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Styling Different Body Types

Photography, Make-up, Styling, Post-Processing, and Art Direction by Frances Beltran | Modeling by Anicia Guanlao, Jessica Tambunting, Psyche Villanueva

In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to dedicate this blog post to all the ladies around the world who have faced the imposition of societal pressures, especially in terms of being expected to adhere to what is traditionally attractive.

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