Pastel and Autumn Feels

I was fortunate to have experienced some cool breeze when September rolled in. It was the kind of chilly that won’t send you quivering nor make you regret wearing a thin, cotton top to work. Imagine taking short walks at night and just feeling the breeze slip past you and still be comfortable with it. It was—and you might think I am crazy for saying this—my version of Cebu autumn. I felt so enthused that when I got home, I was overly excited to do some snaps for my blog. Finally!

 

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denim jeans – Dorothy Perkins | nude heels – gifted

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Surprisingly, the photos looked immaculate for a novice like me. It was easy to add filters (I hate too much tweaking/filtering for my shots) and it gave me the autumn vibe that I was going for.

There were some unraveling on this shoot as well:

a. my mother had mad angling skills for photography (She choreographed the poses and the spots where we had to take them. Not bad, @moderoftwobabies.)

b. one-piece bodysuits (thank you relatives from New Jersey) and wicker bags are now my favorite staples.

As it turned out, these two amplified the bohemian vibe I’ve always been addicted to, and the timelessness of each piece made the looks I’ve showcased on this post more put together than before. It is safe to say that this little experiment of mine showed some surprising realizations to my thirty-one year old self. It allowed me to let go of previous idealistic notions (in fashion and in life) and simply, go with the flow.

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bohemain slip ons – @bohemianchic.ph
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nude maxi skirt – @shoptwr | wicker bag – @gypsystash | gypsy ring and sunnies – Parfois

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It was a good comeback after two months of no blabbering on this blog. I still am nowhere near being decent in articulating my thoughts and experiences through writing. Nonetheless, baby steps.

So for now, stay warm Cebuanos!

 

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Behind Style Figjam

When I started this blog and thought of a concept for all things “fashion”, I simply didn’t want to categorize everything as such. I wanted something different, something fun and organic to my personality. I also wanted my readers to enjoy the style capsules and be inspired to be their own brand of fashion. So after all the grueling process of sifting through possible category names, I’ve decided to name mine as STYLE FIGJAM.

So, what is STYLE FIGJAM?

Style Figjam is for the ordinary. Yes, you read that right. It is not the high-end, uberly sophisticated and “worn once” kind of dressing up. It is meant for the everyday hustle; for the working, middle class woman who wants to look her best without compromising her pay check, her comfort and her sanity. With that, I want to share with you some of the staples I’ve had with me – and still wear them like it’s brand new – to give you a dose of muchness to your everyday style. And if you’ve worked with me at some company or are friends with me, then you would know how much I’ve used and abused some of these items.

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closet staple pair # 1: denim chambray + leggings
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closet staple pair # 2 : L/S cardigan + XL white sleeveless + studded black strappies
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closet staple pair # 3 : oversized mustard knitwear + bleached tank top
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closet staple # 4 : peach sundress + flats (both on super SALE!!!)
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closet staple pair # 5 : aztec printed skirt + black purse (which is thrifted, by the way 🙂 ) SIDE NOTE: black pumps (from Bershka) on sale for 800 php | worn only for this post | reason for selling: right shoe is a bit loose for me | size: US 40 EUR 39 | email me at: nowiburgos@gmail.com if interested

With the limited items I keep nowadays, I make sure that I have a clear view of what I want to wear and the style/s that I can put together with those items. And whenever I get the opportunity to purchase new ones,

I make sure that I buy them with the sole intention of wearing them.

Thing is, women these days fall for this quaint idea that whenever you see something on sale and absolutely ethereal, you have got to have it. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for anything that’s affordable, functional and classic; but you have to know your brand and determine how far you can experiment with it. If you don’t, you will end up wasting your money for items you know you will never, ever use. Which is why having a closet capsule before going on a shopping spree could help you tons of energy and money in prioritizing the items you need and will use. How do you go about that? Simple.

  1. Know your closet and the things you can keep or let go.
  2. Be true to your brand of fashion.
  3. Determine the ones you will need (e.g. camisole, tank top, semi cropped shirt, pair of jeans) based on your brand of fashion.
  4. Build a practical budget. Make sure you won’t end up compromising food, utility bill payments and emergency fund for those new pair of shoes.
  5. Leave room for experimentation.

It took me awhile to settle for a brand that I can use and will love every single day. I also had my share of excess purchases and wrong choice of clothing styles which, if I’d known any better, could’ve been avoided altogether. But then again, if it weren’t for those mistakes, I wouldn’t be this confident and practical with my styling choices. A word to the wise: Always keep in mind that fashion need not be complicated. It should be celebrated.

Hope this post inspired you. 🙂