Chiffon Polo: Zara | Flute Skirt: Taipei Market |Wedge Heels: Gold Dot | Tote Bag: Louis Vuitton | Watch: Rolex | Necklace: Forever 21 | Ring: Charriol |
Whenever I think of “preppy fashion”, I’m always bombarded by mental stock images of sorority girls from teen-themed movies, Cher Horowitz, Burberry campaigns, and my college years (now you know which generation I come from). Those were the days, indeed! I came to live in Manila around mid-2005, armed with my extra-large suitcase filled to the brink with college-appropriate clothes (“my downsized closet”, as my mom would sarcastically refer to it). Some of my memorable pieces consisted of 5 different colors of Lacoste polo shirts that I figured I could rotate every day in college, around 10 different colored plain lycra-infused shirts from Gap and Giordano, a brown Billabong skirt that made me feel So!Cal, a hollister denim skirt (and a slutty Paris-Hilton-inspired holister frilled skirt that for God knows what reason, I owned), a Ksubi (then Tsubi) and American eagle skinny jeans (this was when the skinny jeans trend started), a pair of Diesel denim shorts which I still use to this day, my first designer bag: a Balenciaga Twiggy, my grandma’s hand-me-down Gucci sling, and my trusty Tod’s driver shoes (that everyone in the University would stop and ask about but eventually died a natural death on my junior year from all the rain and flood).
I could remember my mom’s angry reprimand in Cebuano while I was packing: “You are going to University for your education, not to conduct a fashion show!“–I call these, hashtag #wordsofwisdom. It’s a derivative formula that comprises first of her stating “You are going somewhere/doing something for a higher purpose” followed by “not to conduct a fashion show” to either myself or my sister. It’s seriously so typical because she’s so strict and no-frills as a person, which ultimately clashes with my shallow and frivolous personality.
But she does have a point.
It’s so rare nowadays to find people from our generation, who can fully grasp the importance of education (hashtag: #educationisimportant). Would you honestly believe that a handful still think that it’s okay to forego education for careers that involve showbiz and popularity votes? It’s honestly so preposterous (but then again, there is a reason why their mindset is erroneous and it’s most likely because these individuals have no passion to learn and grow as individuals). On the other hand, a huge fraction of our generation know that education is necessary but only on a purely basic level where it is a requirement for getting a stable job.
I was often told by my dad at a young age that his greatest legacy for me was “education.” He didn’t care much if I made it to the top of my class (despite him being raised in a household where academic excellence was important), he just wanted me to learn. He told me, as much as he’s saved up all the money he could muster for our collective inheritance fund, in the end, money is a volatile thing… without proper training and education, all of it, no matter the amount, can be spent in such a short time. So he’s imparting a “gift that keeps on giving” and education is indeed, a continuous process especially with a very solid foundation.
So for those of you out there who are still in the process of learning–be it in a corporate setting, in tertiary education, so on and forth–sanctify it. Embrace this enlightenment and make the most out of it.
ATTENTION ONLINE SELLERS! Once again, I have a very, very important announcement to make!Do YOU want to bring your online store to life and cater to a room full of customers who are all in the mood to shop, beside big name ESTABLISHED brands? Now I’ve the best news for you!!!
Yes! You get your own booth at one of the biggest bazaars this season. The last time was a great success–the previous winners (yes, Made For You Marketing, the people behind Big Brands Sale chose 2 winners) were extremely happy with the event’s performance and the overwhelming foot traffic. GETTING A FREE BOOTH IS EASY, HERE ARE THE MECHANICS:
- Follow all my accounts: @dominiquetiu over at instagram and twitter.
- Follow @madeforyoumarketing on Instagram.
- All participants are required to Re-gram the BIG BRAND SALE 2014 Part 2 poster. Online sellers CAN edit the post to add their company logos but should not cover the important details of the event (Title, Venue, Venue Address, Date) with the phrase “Let’s make a difference by shopping at the Big Brand Sale 2014 for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163”. You can also put your campaign slogans such as “Help us win a free booth”, “Please vote and support our store”, etc. to help you boost your campaign.
- Make sure you put a hashtag #BigBrandSale2014 and #Madeforyoumarketing on all regram write ups and tag me @dominiquetiu. Failure to do so disqualifies the participant.
- Winners will be determined by the most number of likes on your re-gram post. No auto-likes and/or third party programs are allowed and will be disqualified. We encourage the participants to have their followers like and share their entries and tag their friends and supporters for better chances of winning.
- For easier tracking, comment on this post with your instagram account.
The most number of likes by the end of September 7 will be declared the winner. Winner of the contest will win a 2×2 Booth at the Big Brand Sale 2014 Part 2 event complete with professional booth system, booth carpeting, table and 2 chairs, booth lighting and 400watt electrical outlet worth 25,000. This booth is good for the 7 day duration of the event.Winner will be announced via my social accounts and also all social media outlets of Made for you marketing.