Korean Inspired Lookbook

I’ve always been so so in love with Korea’s fashion trends since I was in high school so I took this time to shoot another lookbook featuring some pieces that I totally adore! Watch the video below and tell me what you think!

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xoxo,
spicycinderella

S/S 2017: The Scenery

Summer and spring – what else is there except the fresh fragrance of air and sweet colours of the scenery? My collection for S/S 2017 is not yet done. Today, I showcase the beauty of the colours green and orange which were, as a matter of fact, years ago, the shades that were difficult to wear. With Kim and Misha, and my lovely team, we have once again prepared a new batch of photos that will certainly fill your stomach with butterflies.

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The Scenery

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I simply dressed both girls with outfits that only speak an individual colour. Misha (left) went for green, with a cropped tank top and a vintage jacket. I gave her hoop earrings as well to make the look more elegant and less casual. I chose white shorts to match the outfit since making it green as well may look too trying hard. She wears green socks, however, and ends the outfit cutely.

Kim (right) went for orange, with a cropped tank top as well but no jacket. Her shorts, on the other hand, are orange but doesn’t look too trying hard since there is not a jacket that takes away a viewer’s attention. She wears simple earrings and a cute green bandana headband. She also wears socks, but this time in the colour red.

I went for outfits that are comfortable and make the colours stand out on its own.

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Styled by Nikki Regalario
HMU by Maye Deles
Photos by Geela Garcia
Post-Processed by Nikki Regalario
Assisted by Alyssa Llaguno
Modeled by Kim Turingan and Misha Fabian

Email me at nikki.regalario@gmail.com for a collaboration!

For more S/S 2017 collection, check my previous post here.

xoxo,
spicycinderella

S/S 2017

Spring and summer fashion trends for the year 2017 are full of bright colours, floral pieces, minimal design, and the year-2000-vogue. Together with my team, I have decided to create and re-create looks that are missed and are currently in the market. Check out the photos below and be inspired by the season’s fad!

Huge thanks to our models, Kim Turingan and Misha Fabian!

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THE BADDIE

Planning the shoot was difficult, given our different schedules and the proposals I had to make for us to use the studio for free. Nonetheless, everything was worth it once we were all set and getting ready for the day itself.

For the first shoot with Kim, I present the baddie where the colour red pops and little details are simply up for grabs. I gave Kim a black bralette with a flower on the middle and paired it with a denim skirt. I love the simplicity of the outfit together with the red bomber jacket! I added long earrings and a bandana headband which helped change the mood of the style in an instant.

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THE PRINCESS

With Misha’s first outfit, I made her look elegant but casual at the same time. I love how white looks with pink so I decided to put Misha in a full-white attire and handed her pink accessories that speak girly and fresh. To make the outfit less formal, Misha wears a white high-cut Converse.

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BLUE & ORANGE

In this second set for Kim, I honestly choose this as my favourite since I love the way the colour blue blends with orange. Kim wears a blue top and pairs it with a darker blue joggers. As a stylist, I’m the type to mix only 2 or 3 colours for the outfit so as to stay minimal and effortless, but remain sophisticated. Just like in this look, Kim seems ready for a morning jog, however looks otherwise for she’s wearing beige-coloured mules. The hoop earrings and the bandana choker complete the look.

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YELLOW

If blue & orange is my favourite for Kim, yellow is the one for Misha. I was inspired by the hype beasts in this look but remembered to still dress in a monochrome. For 2017, I choose yellow as the colour of the year despite what the professionals say. Yellow is bright and just always eye-catching. Here, Misha wears a yellow head-to-toe outfit and a bucket hat from Champion. I gave her nude Vans to look like a skater girl and a black bandana bracelet to give the look a third hue.

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FLORAL KNOTS

Vogue said at the early months of the year that floral patterns will be a trend once more and they are, once again, right. Flare jeans are paired with a front-knot top and I gave her a red belt to look less simple. Instead of an overall urbane get-up, I gave Kim floral sunglasses to look more ready for spring and summer.

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KEEP IT CHIC

And for the final set, Misha just wears a black bandeau and striped trousers. My goal for this look was to make Misha ready for a girl’s night-out. The huge hoop earrings I made her wear is a bonus in getting everyone’s attention. The outfit is also perfect for Misha since she can elegantly show off her toned body. With the pink belt, altogether, this look is perfect for every girl ready to party.1solo 1

Styled by Nikki Regalario
HMU by Maye Deles
Photos by Geela Garcia
Post-Processed by Nikki Regalario
Assisted by Alyssa Llaguno

xoxo,
spicycinderella

MINUTE MONDAYS: Spring 2017

I usually just dress up comfortably with a cropped top and high-waisted jeans no matter how hot or cold the weather is. However, for this year’s spring, I decided to dress up a little more and paired my favorite outfits altogether.

Shot by Alyssa Llaguno, a great friend of mine, we created a minute video showing three styles that suit the perfect season of flowers, breeze and sunlight. Watch the video above and tell me what you think!

In addition, here are some photos we took during the video shooting:

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Top: Uniqlo | Pants: Stradivarius | Belt: Thrifted | Shoes: Converse

photography: Alyssa Llaguno | follow me on Instagram

xoxo,

spicycinderella

SC x AUrate: DAY & NIGHT

In today’s fashion industry, night outfits are often worn in daytime. I usually stroll a good afternoon with a silk camisole and denim shorts, then spending the evening looking the same. However, mixing and matching clothes these days are still quite difficult especially during a whole day bash.

But here, let me tell you how I easily came up with styles that feature the same top for two different events. Featuring a white cropped top from ZARA and inspiration from AUrate New York, this one was an exciting article to accomplish.

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This cute simple top was very easy to wear. It’s slim string made me feel classy and sophisticated. I decided to pair it with distressed boyfriend jeans from Forever 21 with an orange belt to make sure that I’m showing some skin but not too much *wink*.  The slip-ons from Primadonna, honestly my monthly fave, made the look more appealing and comfortable. With the string bag from Stradivarius, I was ready for an afternoon time with my girls.

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What really made me love this look was the photoshoot itself… I’m a sucker for aesthetically appealing interiors and my friend’s house was just very pretty. Obsessing aside, you guys should really check out these slip-ons because I’m pretty sure you’re missing something!

When you’re out on a simple date with friends (or a man), be definite about your choice of colors. I choose white for a feminine style, but don’t be scared to dress with rainbows, always be sure that the colors match then you’re ready to go.

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Next, we have the night look which will certainly make your heart squeal with pleasure.

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(p.s. don’t mind the I.D. I was wearing. I was one of the organizers of the event so I had the opportunity to be in the VIP area yehey)

I simply paired the top with mini-shorts which says “EIGHTIES CREW” on its label. These were from H&M and it got the vibe of an athletic look at the same time a sexy appeal. The running shoes from ADIDAS, never spoke “sport” for the evening. Because of its pink features, it matched well with the rest of my look. I made sure that my earrings from Forever 21 and mini-shorts looked amazing individually.

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If I’m going to be obsessing over something with this look, it’s gonna be the earrings. These babies, pink and dangling, got a lot of appreciation from the goers of the party. Since the fashion industry is once more haunting the looks of the 80s and 90s, make sure that you have accessories that scream Andie Walsh and Cher Horowitz!

Speaking of accessories, AUrate New York offers jewelry that forever make our hearts melt, ladies. With my day & night looks, I found a lovely bracelet from their website which I’ll be delighted to wear together with my outfits!

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It’s simple, perfect for a morning rendezvous, and eye-catching, meant for any evening event. If you want to know more about AUrate, make sure to check them here and see their earring collection since they’re some of their best sellers!

I hope everyone’s having a lovely day (& night)!

xoxo,

spicycinderella

Kim Cruz: A Life Of A Young Blogger

Around July 2016, I got the chance to interview Kim Cruz, a model and fashion blogger, for a required feature article in one of my classes. My professor loved my work and now, I just want to share it with you all. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Because the interview happened in 2016, some details (age, sponsors, etc.) in this article do not apply anymore.


IT’S A SUPER HOT WEDNESDAY, and I am sitting on a hot stoned bench alongside Ateneo de Manila University’s sec walk, waiting for student-blogger Kim Cruz to meet me. The 18-year-old young fashion enthusiast texted me a few minutes ago, “I’m on my way!” Ten minutes have passed yet all I am witnessing is the crowded route packed with noisy civilians and sweating shirts. Then a beautiful aura emerged.

She is wearing a navy blue strapless top and denim-buttoned skirt, her sleek brown hair flowing gracefully as she walks pass the people. Each and every one of them giving way for the teenager whose eyes captivated by whatever’s on her phone. She flashes a smile on her screen. I wonder. She sees me after I call out her name, “Kim Cruz!” and flashes another smile but this time on me, and I don’t know if it is just a coincidence but a sudden breeze appears and the weather doesn’t seem so bad after all.

In the past few months, whenever Cruz’s the talk of the town, all I ever heard were negative comments and smears. People I know aren’t big fans of the teen blogger and out of all the insults I have heard, these were the most famous ones: “She’s trying too hard”, “She’s not even pretty”, and “She buys her followers online!” It was the first time I heard of her. My first impression of Cruz wasn’t good and I can totally say that she’s not worth being idolized.

As a curious listener, I searched her online and saw a different person: “NEW IT-GIRL”, “KIM CRUZ: A MUST”, “SM YOUTH’S NEW AMBASSADRESS”, and so much more. I had no idea she is this big in the fashion industry already. I can’t seem to conclude how she’s trying too hard when she doesn’t need to anymore. A bolt of interest got inside me. Why is this young girl hated by many? As a result, I get to meet her.

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Cruz hugs and tells me how it’s so nice to meet someone in school who’s interested in her fashion style. She gives me another smile while she sits down beside me.

It is sweet. The perfume she is wearing smells like Victoria’s Secret’s Sheer Love. “It’s just Penshoppe! Cool, right?” she says, tilting her body to the left and smiling again. I find out that the local brand, Penshoppe, is her sponsor – clothes, shoes, and perfume.  Alongside Zalora and SM Youth, Cruz models for other brands too.

When I ask her about her normal routine every day, she sighs before smiling again, “I’m just a normal student! I wake up in the morning to fix myself, go to school, go back home, go to an event, go back home then study then sleep!” She sighs once more. “It’s hectic. But yeah, I came to love this routine already.” She tilts her body again to the left before brushing her hair off her shoulders, then smiled. I ask more about her family and how different her life may be without modelling. “Actually, I’m just a normal person! I get tired A LOT OF TIMES and I NEED SLEEP ALL THE TIME so yeah… without modelling, I’ll just be my parent’s daughter!” She also adds how she’ll still be cramming an English paper when she won’t be too busy anymore! Typical student indeed. Cruz laughs and flashes her white pearls on me – she is really beautiful.

Kim Cruz tells me about her dream job, a stylist. She admits how age limits her choices but led her to something inspiring, “I wanted to be a Stylist but it’s hard to be one when you’re young so I had no choice but to style myself.” The small dream let her experience become something different but also something very worthwhile. For an 18-year-old, being interviewed by different brands, walking on fashion shows, and getting sponsored by even just the smallest shop are already extreme opportunities. What more can she do then soon? Perhaps even bigger.

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A little over a week after the small talk, I see Cruz again inside a girl’s bathroom of the Ateneo campus. She slowly brushes her hair with a thin comb, carefully removing the ugly strands. I hear her phone vibrate inside her bag, she still doesn’t notice me. She says hello and even without the caller in front of her, she lets out a big smile, letting every lady witness her flawlessness. She turns around and stops to say hi to a friend she sees inside the common room. Turns out, her friend is also a friend of mine. I stand unwanted to be seen, a little self-conscious of my own “flawlessness”.

But too late. Cruz puts her phone down to have a chit-chat with me and our friend. She asks how our day was and tells us how hot every day is for her. We agree and I try to act cool, secretly fixing my hair. It is my turn now to use the toilet and Cruz notices this for she pulls me to a soft hug and bids goodbye. Her deep voice remains in my ear and I try to imagine her with a different tone, probably a little higher to match her feminine looks. But this side of her isn’t awful, it is in fact one of her charms.

The sudden meet-up is awkward for me but it doesn’t seem like that for Cruz. She was all smiling and bubbly, a little too friendly indeed for someone who she just met once. But it is okay. I realize Cruz is a friend of everyone! I notice her waving on random people almost every minute of my time with her and it is amazing how one girl can be everyone’s girl – not in a bad way, but the best way you can think of.

As soon as I felt my pockets vibrate on another hot day, I know right then what is coming ahead. My palms sweat and my heart beats faster but it isn’t because of awkward conversations anymore, I am excited to hang out with Cruz.

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I got a text around 12 Noon of a Friday and now, I’m walking alongside Cruz, on the way to meet up SMART COMMUNICATIONS for another sponsor activity. November 2014 was her year, where she all intended her wanted future. Kim-cruz.blogspot.com happened and only a year and a half has passed yet everything is already going as planned! The small gathering is happening in Zen Garden. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flies in town soon and Cruz will be receiving free premier tickets! LUCKY GIRL! The place is a little packed – cameras everywhere, men in briefs inside-out, fake capes unable to soar. Cruz pats me on the shoulder to assure me she’ll be back after one of the personnel talks to her. She wears a white off-shoulder top, denim pencil skirt and her favorite Nike air-max; no heavy make-up, just her smile to complete the look.

Another person gives Cruz a hug and they talk for a little while before she leads Cruz in front of the camera. Cruz remains silent while she listens to the instructions given to her. She nods in agreement. The film rolls and Cruz speaks while holding two tickets on her hands. It’s funny, she isn’t a Smart user yet they chose to let her promote the movie! What’s even funnier is that amongst the many opportunities Cruz has been given, she hasn’t decided what the biggest one is yet. She sees them as little roles while I see them oppositely. Yet, as she shares the fact to me, I don’t hear bragging but humility. It is an honest claim and she claims to be normal and just blessed.

Cruz comes back and asks me to join her for lunch. I agree before even asking her if she’s busy. We walk the stony steps and I smell the sweet scent of her again. She hits one of the passersby and stops to apologize, smiling. She trips on the short sidewalk and laughs the mistake off. She asks me want I want to eat, I stare at her before saying “Anything’s alright, Kim.” And I smile.

People entitle Kim Cruz as a “wanna-be famous star”, a blogger not worth anticipating. But Kim’s also just a teenager. Just someone who’s a little ahead of everyone her age. But that doesn’t mean hates and rumors will solve the unfair world.

Kim’s amazing and I can’t wait to watch her bloom even more in the fashion industry.


Check her out: Twitter, Instagram, Youtube

xoxo, spicycinderella