Style Inspiration

Not Your Typical Bicycle Post

May 6, 2010
Bike riding lady at La Ceiba, Honduras

Even before the fabulous Catherine Baba+bike pictures surfaced, I decided to make a bike my official form of transportation and failed miserably. Turns out sidewalks are not my friends and brakes seem to hate me, so that chapter was closed shut and locked.

Bike riding outfit

Do you see anything shocking about me wanting to ride a bike to work? If you’re in “third world country thinking mode”, then YES. See, down here it’s all about hierarchy. If you ride a bike, it’s ONLY because you can’t afford anything else. Either that, or you’re a tourist.


It has nothing to do with environmental consciousness, avoiding traffic, being healthy or fashionable. It gets you places. PERIOD. It’s a shame, I know…but I also admit I have smirked at the sight of over-tanned caucasians pedalling their way across the streets. Sorry!


Observation of this Tommy Ton shot: I’m sure we all agree Miss Hanneli looks way too incredible. However, I have a question: Is there no such thing as pervs in NYC?!! Down here girls could never ever. In La Ceiba, a hint of exposed knickers would put me in headlines! And I’d perhaps even be expelled from our city forever!

Anyway, the hierarchy thing applies to most other things. For example: cheap buses vs. comfy A/Cd expensive ones. I prefer the cheaper old ones because I find them more interesting and each ride is somewhat of an adventure. The cheapness I also obviously love. But these buses are usually only used by those who have to, not those who own cars or can afford the newer ones.

buses-mirna(Pic re-post alert…woops!) My sister and I on a Mirna bus (less than $5.00 for a 3 hour ride).

Interesting stories about illegally crossing borders and raising chickens are included. I love those and I’m not kidding! Only occasionally do I ride on the colder, more expensive (safer, blahblahh) ones. The latter are obviously less dangerous and they do plenty of ID checking, but I can’t help it! I heart Mirna buses even if they smell funky.

Inspiration shot:

Garifuna at La Ceiba, HondurasGarifuna lady+pastel gingham+red leather+dark nails. LOOVE.

At this risk of sounding weird, I have to say, in the Mirna buses I also get to sleep confidently with my mouth open because I don’t feel judged.  All I have to do is stay alert while doing so, to avoid waking up without any shoes on. Haha!

San Juan Pueblo, HondurasOn the road pic. Rusty red, army green, mustard yellow and hints of pastels. YUMMY. I need to make me some clothing ASAP.

Speaking of which, I finally wore this dress I sewed up with ugly scraps of fabric I had lying around. Not my fave, but was great pattern-making practice.

Plaid bubble-hem dress outfit

 I haven’t sewn much lately because I was sick for over 10 days AND my family and I just moved. It was tiring and I’ve missed my sewing shop.

bowtie-highwaist-shorts-outfitCloud print shirt, bag and short: thrifted.


Ohhhh, and I already wore that one dress with the DIY straps I posted about before. Voila!

By the way, I’m not an angry person, I promise! (boyfriend allowed no comment). It looks like so in the pictures because the sun is usually in my eyes. I work hard to tone down my obnoxious laugh…I’m not angry, I promise!


The sun has been more like on our everythinggg lately! It’s the hottest summer we’ve EVER had…some people have even been getting sick! It’s also making my brain dead and all I do is re-wear the same ‘ol summery pieces.

Same peachy slip from last post. *yawn* On my defense, I’m not the only one doing it. Geral: guilty! My same dress & her same blue cropped jacket from last post:

Strapless vintage dress - outfit at the mall

Howeverr, I’m done with packing and I’m ready to make peace with the heat. I’ll make sure to take better pictures on future bus rides so then maybe I’ll (indirectly) convince my friends that Mirna is the ONLY way to ride. A salute to glam bikers all over the world! And to other third worlders, whatever it is that you like riding in…enjoy! Even if it’s cheap.


A slightly dehydrated Fabi

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  • Bub May 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I love your style!
    follow me?

  • Eleh May 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    fabi, one of the reasons i love your blog is because you write with such sincerity. and as an added bonus, your dress sense is impeccable 🙂

    anyway do quench that thirst of yours. in the meanwhile, im just going to sit around and wait for your next entry 🙂

    p/s: you make me want to visit Honduras just so i could thrift there.

  • WendyB May 8, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I’m always happy when your posts pop up.

  • Anonymous May 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

    HEY!! gIRL!!!! haber si adivinas kn soy!! soy una huge fan tuyo! y pue todos me preguntan si sos toda fashon alli! otra pista…es—¡YO TOME UNAS DE LAS PICTURES! y im orgullosa de eso!! jeje!;)

  • Coatlicue Fatale May 9, 2010 at 4:40 am


    i found your blog through lookbook and i must that it is FANTASTICO Y MUY CHIC!

    Me encanta el outfit de la camisa de nuves y los shorts cuadrados!

    I Love all your blog entries and will becoming a daily read of mine!


  • Key May 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    fabi yo ymb tengoque hacerte una pregunta: como !”##$%$% puedes usar botines, medias y sacos, con un calor infernal como el que debe hacer en la ceiba y como en el que hace en mi rancho1??

    ayer me bañe 4 veces!!
    juro por dior que lo unico que quiero es quitarme la ropa, no ponerme mas! 🙁

    algun tip de 3rd world fashionista a otra que no sepa!? :S

    besos guapa

  • compradora anonima May 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    hola fabi, hace un rato que lei tu blog y me encanto, pero lo perdi de vist hasta hoy, me encanta tu estilo y tu forma de contar tu vida en tu pais acerca de ser diferente, que no es muy distinto a el mio, mexico.

    tienes toda la razon acerca de la bici, aqui la usamos solo por que es para lo que nos alcanza

  • inked May 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    inspiring post

  • Natasha May 15, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I love your posts and your photos are always so amazing, the shot of the lady on the bus is the best. Love your dress in the last photo. xxx

  • emilyjanehodgkin May 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    you have great style!
    tres chic
    and bicycles! yes.
    i’m getting one for my travels during uni

  • Astrid Emia Ginting May 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

    oh you’re so skinny and I’m jealous! hehehehe and thanks for your lovely comment on my page fabi. love!

  • CMA May 18, 2010 at 1:59 am

    LOVE it
    your blog is so inspirational
    keep it up!
    thanks for sharing as always!


  • Sophie@Diary of a Young Designer May 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Girl get some water, lol. The heat is awful here too so hope you keep cool! And best wishes with the moving.

    Btw, loving the outfits. Gorgeous. =)


  • dressed to please May 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    thanks honey 😉 you have a great blog! nice pics. kiss from germany ;*)

  • KIRAFASHION May 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Very chic in all the ways Fabi!

  • Lussi Rahadian May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I just started blogging and found ur blog. It is so refreshingly different from other fashion blogger.

    Think i’ll be your new fans Fab!

    Go ride ur bicycles 🙂

  • Clara May 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    lovely blog! :]

  • Isabela May 26, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Tampoco me gusta la situación elitista que hay en paises como centro américa y lo cerrado que es cuando hablamos en la forma en que uno se viste. Alfin siento que alguien me entiende…

    P.S. Me gustan las fotos. 🙂

  • Anonymous May 31, 2010 at 6:36 am

    u do hav style…!!!

    Nice Diary Fabi,,congrtz..

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries June 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Hi Fabi! I just posted one of your outfits on my blog today, come check it out! 🙂

  • agnes June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    j’adore tes chaussures à talons marrons

  • Fashion, Art and other fancies June 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Water is the order of the day. lol.
    This post reminds me of life in the West Indies – bold, fierce, somewhat shokingly colourful, happy, sad, fun – a sea of sentiments. Happy Friday X

  • stefany agapito June 7, 2010 at 6:25 am

    hey fabi…me encanta tu estilo..muy lindos tus vestidos!!! y orgullosa de que seas ceibeña con talento. es admirable que te hayas puesto las orejas de conejo en el super aqui en la ceiba me encanto esa pic..:D cuidate y espero seguir viendo otras pis…love ur vintage style! take care!!

  • Tala June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    those yellow shoes !! love them !! and love all your photos 🙂 xo

  • yanny June 11, 2010 at 5:43 am

    you are my inspiration fabi! thank you thank you thank you!

    waiting for your next post already….

  • KIRAFASHION June 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    It is so fun to ride a bike :))

  • The travelling fashionista July 31, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Your blog is boss. I am your fan from this very second!!! If you ever come to Spain We definitely need to meet up and I’ll show you some amazing shops here!!

    by the way you rock your style so keep it that way!

  • Leyda October 26, 2010 at 4:57 am

    OMG I love you! What an awesome stumbled-upon blog! You are so hilarious and positively gorgeous… I was smiling and laughing all the way through. The way you talk about your sisters makes me nostalgic for mine. And I love the way you’re authentic about living where you are. (I was born and raised in a Third World country as well and I wish I could Benjamin Button it and be young and true like you!)

    More power– you are so awesome! Teach me to sew 🙂

  • Anonymous November 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

    hey i love your blog i live in la ceiba i’m a young designey i wanna share my creations with you!

    write me

  • arne.eliasson December 2, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Bikes 🙂

    I’m writing from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and I find your posts pretty dope. I have to say, I like your mix of fashion and the nitty gritty- a close combo to what we have/need in Baltimore where pay is low and thrift shops abundant.

    I like what you’re saying about bikes in this post. I’m writing for a blog- Check it out, and I’m thinking you’ll have a natural part (dont worry a small one at least to start) with this if you’re not too busy.

    If you like what we’ve got, hit us up. It’d be nice to have a foreign correspondent as fine tuned as you.

  • Nyachomba Kariuki January 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Your post has made me crack up…I come from Kenya and we have the same view of bicycles..its lovely how honest you are..Love it!