Behind the Scenes

What’s Next for TWF

September 22, 2014


When I started Third World Fashionista about 7 years ago, I never imagined fashion blogging would one day turn into the phenomenon that it is. A public diary where I could vent out my woes and dreams, that’s what it was to me. I was a teenager living in a country where fashion did not go beyond matching bags and shoes and wearing whatever was acceptable according to clothing stores’ window displays, and on the Internet I found others who were as adventurous about clothes as I was. After losing access to my first blog, I was devastated and felt completely disconnected from the small community we were back then. Can you believe I was once on Susie Bubble’s blogroll?! I started TWF a second time but I’ve been confused this whole time about what direction it should take and if I should even continue to blog or not, hence the lack of posts. With the encouragement of some of the people that I love, I have decided to start over without losing focus of what blogging once meant to me: the opportunity to be a creative director, a fashion stylist and even a writer, no matter where I am or what my means are, and interact with people who feel the same way along the way.

With new beginnings come changes, and one of the biggest changes to come is…a name change! Those who have followed TWF from the beginning know that the words “third world” are nothing but a term of endearment on my book and despite occasional frustrations, I have nothing but love for my country. Though I have also chosen not to ignore it’s reality, Honduras has been my source of inspiration since day 1. It’s hard for me to have to defend my blog’s name before those who don’t know me well enough. I’m also aware of the origin of the term, so the rejection is understandable.

So yes, the big news is that Third World Fashionista will soon have a new name, a new design and is coming back with a bang! One thing that won’t change is it’s essence: inspiration from the unexpected, old clothes made new, DIYs, appreciation of talent, Hispanic culture, outfits without having to shell out the big bucks. So excited to share this new chapter with you all starting next week, so stay tuned!

EDIT: By now you know that Third World Fashionista is now Style Caramba! Woohoo!

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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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