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Izzy’s Got The Frizzies

August 17, 2014
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Adela Noriega hair inspiration.

So that’s what you do with baby hairs!
Bubble tea at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
CKS Memorial Hall at Taipei

My hair likes to behave like a big crybaby. If I bleach it, dye it or flat-iron it, it dries to the core and becomes untameable and frizzy. Add the extremely humid weather to the mix courtesy of Taipei and it doubles in size, not in the good way. Ohh, and the baby hairs. Those psycho-looking baby hairs will NOT stay in place. I looked up braid-obsessed soap opera actress (crying expert) Adela Noriega for some tress-control hair inspiration. I think this summer I won’t go a day without dem braids and my frizz control serum. Currently using Etude House Silk Scarf Repair Essence, does the job and smells good. Now…if only I could do my own cornrows. These pictures were shot during a touristy run to the INSANELY beautiful Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The heat had me all sticky and exhausted that day but it was totally worth it.

Anyway, big changes coming for the blog soon. Some you might like, some you might want to kill me for. I promise to warn you about them before hand. So exciting!

Outfit details: Skirt: Homemade. Halter top: Forever 21. White sandals: Zara. Earrings: vintage.

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Wufenpu Market

July 23, 2014
Strolling around Wunfenpu Market in Taipei
Wufenpu Market in Taiwan
Wufenpu Market shopping!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@thirdworldfabi) probably already know this, but I’ve been in Taipei for about 2 months already! I left my job, sold my car and came here on a whim to study Mandarin Chinese. Though I’m still trying to figure out how to control my hair & skin in these extremely humid conditions, there’s too many good things in Taiwan to give it much attention. I won’t give it all up in one post, so this one is about the place I had to go to as soon as I set foot on this lovely island: a night market! DUH!

They’re crowded, noisy, colorful…right up my alley! The shops are saturated with cheap (& yes, not-so-pretty) clothes, but if you’re patient enough, you can find the coolest pieces in the 100 NTD (USD $3.40) sale rack. YES, you read it correctly: new, lovely pieces for less than $4 USD! The bargaining, the heat and the racks and racks of stuff might be intimidating for some, but not for the expert thrifter over here. At one point, I spotted a pile of clothing on sale, so I immediately rolled up my sleeves, slung my bag across my body and dug in! It’s an instinct I tell ya! I can’t wait to share my purchases, experiences and food binges on this blog. Stay tuned!

OUTFIT:  In Honduras, when shopping for this skirt at Zara, I spotted these pink heels and instantly fell in love. They were too pricey for me, but I found them again in Taiwan for less than half the price! YAY! By the way, bad idea to wear all white to a night market. Details: Pacer T-Shirt, Zara Skirt & Shoes, Vintage Clip-On Earrings, ASOS sunglasses.

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Behind the Scenes, Outfits

FAQ | Blog Photography

July 12, 2014
Midiskirt to the Pulperia
Wearing vintage midi-skirt and ASOS crop top to the pulperia.
Midi skirt and DIY faux croc mini handbag for summer

Crop top and midi skirt outfit

I’ve been asked several questions regarding TWF’s photography. As embarrassing as it may sound, not much has changed since I first started blogging years back. While the new generations are building teams that include professional make-up artists and photographers (smart!), I still have to beg my siblings to make time to take my photos. This is partly intentional to keep it real, and partly obligatory because I live far from where all the blogger action is happening. My “photoshoots” though tons of fun, are not very glamorous.

Here’s the lowdown on how it usually goes:

1.) My favorite place to shoot is at pulperías. A big plus if they have rusty gas containers piled out front. The color palettes are usually amazing!

2.) Lurkers are more than welcome. Who doesn’t enjoy a good photo-bomb?

3.) A not so secret, secret: When I have to walk unpaved streets to get to a location, I wear chancletas and put on my heels until I get to the spot.

4.) My camera is a Canon Rebel and I’ve upgraded my kit lens for the most affordable 50mm one, which does the trick.

5.) I use the same make-up pretty much every single day, except for the occasional bold lip, so I only touch up if I realize, after checking the first pictures, it didn’t look as good as I thought.

6.) The photographer is usually one of my siblings, so I admit we take tons of photos before getting decent ones (I’m not naturally photogenic).

7.) Aside from my very patient photographer, another one of my siblings probably tags along, pokes fun at my posing and tries to run me over with his bike (ahem, Ricardo).

8.) I’m lazy with photoshop, so I just use a free “vintage-y” filter action I downloaded long time ago, that happens to make me look paler than I actually am. Then I play with the settings, and voilá! They’re up on the blog! Otherwise, they end up in the cemetery of pending posts.An extra tip to all those third world bloggers out there, for extra precautions, carry your camera in a less obvious plastic bag to avoid unwanted attention. Have any more questions? Feel free to leave them on the comments section.

Edit: This post was made before I came to…Taipei! I’ve been here for a month already, can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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