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Full Look: Top Jakke London , Bottom NU Denmark and Hand bag from Thesis Crisis

Fierce,

Thinking about the future and the fashion industry is still uncertain at this time. Most especially with the growing cases of people who are positive to COVID 19. We think about the future in a variety of ways. The future is unknown, and so has a certain mystique about it. The uncertainty of the unknown can be disconcerting, but it can also be exciting, full of opportunity and possibility. It brings us to a point that we no longer know what will happen next. It is scary but at the same time, it pushes us to go beyond our imagination.

Thinking about the short and long term is different. Looking at Fashion, short term thinking is suitable for Fast Fashion, whereas long term thinking is more suitable when buying an investment piece. In our current society, we have become more short term focused, emails get a reply in a matter of minutes, instead of sending a letter by post, and waiting days to hear back.

To be honest, I think that with the influence of social media, tiktokers, and influencers fashion has become more accessible but at the same time, it has lost its spark of exclusivity.
Therese days seeing tiktokers and influencers who probably don’t even know what fashion is, being invited, sponsored and getting paid to fashion weeks, fashion shows, private parties, and showrooms of big agencies instead of people who have worked and studied to enter the fashion world make me confused.
It makes no sense at all when it comes to ROI and Media impact for brands because most of them don’t have an idea of how the whole fashion ecosystem works.

They don’t even make an effort to build a relationship wherein this city was built through connections and relationships. Perhaps there is an opportunity during this time while we are on our Zoom meetings and House party sessions with the people in the industry.

Everything has to change and it will all start when the PR’s, Agencies, Brands, and Designers will work hand in hand on creating new ways and new strategies to make the industry-exclusive and yet closer to the consumers. How we will make this happen? We will only achieve it if we will start looking at quality influencers, tiktokers, content creators, and raw talent that has real influence and flawless body of work.

I also get the opinion of my friend who is a well known Fashion Buyer based in USA, Lauren Kulchinsky Levinson.

I asked her about her thoughts about the Future of E-Commerce

“We can not say we want to be a sustainable industry and continue to promote and grow e-commerce businesses. The footprint from the boxing to the shipping on a plane then a truck to the home then 50 percent of the time having to be shipped back is not “sustainable “ or “ environmental “ the best way forward for the environment is for people to shop local businesses. Brick and mortar businesses truly have a wonderful opportunity for growth if they can figure out who and what they want to be.”

Her thoughts about the Future of Brick and Mortar

I believe in the future of brick and mortar.
The key is a well-edited, passionate, curation with a small staff who specializes in client’s needs and has product training. Everyone who walks in your shop should feel that they are in good trusted hands and that what they are spending their money on isn’t going to be over in 2 months or on sale in 2 weeks. I believe that a brick and mortar should never look overstocked or cluttered every piece should be loved and chosen for a reason.

“The word curation has been used for years and the store should be. It should be obvious what you are about from your product to your soap in your bathroom to the music you play.
The store needs to be a world.”

The speed in which the fashion has been pumped out changed over and poorly displayed in not just the big department stores has led to a lot of the downfall of many businesses.
How can a “world be created “ created and understood if it’s so transient and if it is not taken seriously enough to even hold its value on its tag price for more than a month?
No one wants to see 10 of the same dress on a rack they want to feel like what they are looking for searching for seeking out to spend their money on is special.

Trunk shows have become so overdone they have become boring and poorly managed they were originally meant to create exciting experiences for clients to actually become a collector of a brand they are now just used to place orders that may or may not arrive. Most of the time a client does not even get to meet the designer. No one wants to meet a brand rep.

Friends and family discounts… Everyone in the world is friends and family now and they are overdone.
Point systems are another form of discount they are not the way either, it is a vicious circle these discounting methods and the clients know it. You are just better off rewarding a loyal client with specializing In what they are looking for and giving them the best experience possible if that includes a personal friend of the business price it would obviously be well deserved.

Brick and mortar stores who have a solid storyline and try not to be everything to everyone and provide outstanding customer service will continue to succeed.
At the end of the day people who shop want to feel good, look good and know what they are purchasing suits them they want to know that they are being taken care of fairly and are important to the business that they have chosen to trust and support.

Changing how we think about the impact not just for us but for future generations too, feels like the right thing to do.

Fierce,

As you all know that I am a huge skincare lover. I always love to use SPF, Serum,Ginseng, Oils and moisturizer all the time. Once you’ve ended your last Zoom meeting of the day, change into a fluffy bathrobe, tie your hair up in a messy bun, and put on some music. Derma clinics may seem like a distant dream for now, but no rule says you can’t take good care of your skin during the quarantine.
This particular post is going to be about my skincare routine when I don’t have makeup to remove and instead can focus on my skin concerns and nourishment.

#1 Prep your skin
Neom Ultimate Calm Face Wash

#2 Exfoliate your skin
Clinique Facial Exfoliating Scrub

Apply a facial scrub and massage in tiny circles for 30 to 60 seconds.

#3 Mask
111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

The main goal here is to lock in all the goodness your mask left on your skin. Masks are an important part of achieving healthy, beautiful skin, but they’re definitely not one-size-fits-all.

#4 Ginseng
Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

#5 Essence
Sulwhasoo Balancing Water

I rave about this essence all the time because there’s nothing like it out there. It’s definitely on the more expensive side. It’s refreshing throughout the day and keeps my skin hydrated without producing too much oil. 

#6 Roll and Massage

Face Gym Derma Roller

Facial massage is just as much a part of your skincare as the products themselves—it boosts circulation and lymph flow, and ensures that the products penetrate deep into your skin.

#7 Oil
Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil

#8 Eye Cream
Pharmacy Very Cherry Bright

#9 Serum
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum

Gently massage your products into your skin in a circular motion, and switch to light tapping with your fingers on the area around your eyes.

#10 Moisturiser
Clinique Moisture Surge

This moisturiser has become my go-to for the whole family. It’s not only clean and smells amazing, but is packed some of the most effective skincare ingredients out there that truly deliver results. It’s super lightweight and absorbs nicely into the skin – perfect for the warm weather ahead.

#11 Extra

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

#12 SPF

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops

Full Look: Top Revolve (lovers and friends), Skirt Rya Miri and Boots Tamara Mellon

Icon Knee High 105

Photographed by Ron John

Fierce,

My aim for today is to share with you the ubiquitous power of Slaying. I’m here to share a pure message of the universe to us. A lot of my followers on my social media channels believed in the power of the universe. How we see things from a different perspective to attract positive vibes towards our hopes and dreams. We were all lost under the same sky.

Together we will be able to surpass this pandemic if we will look at other things that will make us productive. The universe wants us to reflect, re-evaluate our work, focus on the good things, spend more time with our family and find ways to make our life productive.

I am trying new recipes, styling myself to improve my look, elevating myself by attending webinars and online classes for my professional work and passion.

“Broaden your horizons. Become well-rounded, learn a new language, read more books, watch classic films, eat new food often and explore different cuisines, travel often, Subscribe to magazines with useful information, improve yourself.”

I know that you can do it as well. It may be hard for now to stay positive due to our current situation however, nothing is permanent in this world. I am sure that we will surpass this pandemic and we will be much stronger as individuals more than ever.

Slaying is a word that I always use whenever I want to reinforce my thoughts and turn them into action. I always use the word Slay for me to stay ahead of the curve by finding ways that will make me more knowledgeable into something most especially if I am interested. We all do have those moments that we will feel down and blue. It’s okay! Nothing is wrong with that as long as you know your end goals are.

We may be heading to a new kind of normal, but we’ll get there. We’ll get back to the dreams we had to put on hold, and we’ll be able to start building new ones. Let’s make sure we can look back on this time of uncertainty and feel proud of the way we lived through it.

Full Look: Dress Harlienz from Qatar and Bag Chylak

Fierce,

This isn’t my first time slaying in Paris, but it was my first time experiencing in Paris like a local. By local, I’m referring to taking public transportation, going cafe and French food trip, and avoiding the hotels.
If you’re thirsting for adventure and wanting to take the plunge into something new, I highly recommend you experience Paris like a local.

When the first time I went to Paris 2 years ago, I’m guilty of being an avid Uber user everywhere I go but this time I want to try something different and just be open to new possibilities while walking the streets of Paris. (Fierce Tip: Be extra careful with your bags and gadgets)

PARISIAN CAFES:

Parisians love their baguettes and croissants (and I do too!), so visiting multiple cafes is a must. Their cafes are on another level with the tables so tightly packed that it can be hard to get seated. However, there’s so much character and life in every cafe from the decor down to the pastries. And they’re all so singular with none being like the other.

TAKE THE METRO

Uber is the easy way out. However, If you want to experience being local you need to take public transportation. I love taking the metro because I get to see different kinds of people and unexpected moments. When you enter the metros in Paris depending on which you enter, they’re almost museum-like, displaying works of art. You’ll find some encased in copper like the Arts et Metiers or paintings and illustrations of French history.

I feel like these days most people set off to Paris with a list of places to see, museums to explore, and neighborhoods to shop. I don’t think you get to soak in a true Parisian experience by doing this. If you want to experience Paris like a local, I’d recommend you stashing away all those Instagrammable hot spots and enjoy the lovely architecture and culture around you.

Slow travel in Paris last Fashion Week has helped me to appreciate more Paris in general. I get to experience how to be like a local by walking and just looking around. It gives me the confidence to walk anywhere, visit different shops, cafes and restaurants knowing that I will learn and experience something new. I’ve learned slow travel during my last trip to Sa Pa, Vietnam last February. I find it useful when it comes to my work because I tend to always just focus on the fashion side of my trips instead of appreciating the city and the people.

It’s a romantic city to get lost in and walk through with tons of cafes to just marinate in and people watch. Take advantage of slowing down and watching the city go by before you. Stay Fierce!

Full Look: Top Valentino ( Matches Fashion), Coat Vintage, Handbag By Far

Fierce,

To me, one of life’s greatest lessons is developing the discipline and desire to continually improve yourself. No matter who you are, what your occupation is, and what your skills are, there is always room to grow. I am constantly trying to push myself to find ways I can get closer to my goals, dreams, vision as an entrepreneur, partner, daughter, and friend.
The Fierce Walker has helped to become more open to believe in the power of my dreams and to execute my brand flawlessly.

To have a voice and platform to showcase my talent, skills and pave the way for people like me.

Today, I wanted to talk about something that’s been wavering on my mind: social media. One of the biggest complaints I hear these days is about how hard it is to grow on social media, particularly Instagram. Everyone likes to claim it’s not a numbers game, at the end of the day, it ends up being a numbers game. It sucks to say, but it is true. This can be extremely discouraging for aspiring influencers to hear; however, I want to encourage you to not get lost in the nonessential. Instead, focus on making your brand reputable and posting quality content.

People right now want to see influencers and content creators who are grounded, relatable, adaptable and realistic. Who aren’t flaunting wealth or pushing products just to show off something during a time when the income of so many is uncertain.

  1. TELL A STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE (Storytelling is the Key)

 It’s no longer sufficient to just post pretty visuals. Whether you’re using Instagram for personal or business use, always ask yourself “ What is the story behind this image? What value am I sharing with my followers? Why am I sharing it? What is the end goal?”

    2. ENGAGE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS

One of the best ways to build a following is by engaging with others. Pick a place you know your audience likes to hang out at – like a particular coffee shop or wine bar. Doing this for just 20-30 minutes per day can drive huge results.

3. USE ALL THE FEATURES OF THE APP

Social media platforms, like Instagram and Facebook, will push content using new features to the top. That means, take advantage of IGTV, IG Live, and stories. Apparently, stories are growing significantly faster than the feed itself. Especially nowadays that a lot of people engage more in stories because it’s more authentic and spontaneous compare to a curated feed.

4. IMPROVE YOUR VISUALS BY TRYING DIFFERENT DIGITAL MEDIUMS

Try doing different types of digital mediums like GIFs, videos, memes, digital illustrations, etc… This will help your audience to stay connected and get inspired to be creative like you. It is refreshing to see a feed that does different forms of a medium in order to showcase a person’s flexibility and authenticity as a brand in different forms.

5. POST EVERYDAY

Always post something on your Instagram this will help you to stay connected with your audience. It will also generate a lot of content that will give you a reputation for creating content.

Stay Safe and Fierce!

Full Look:  Top (Scarf by Liberty London) , Skirt Anonyme , Earrings Elisabetta Franchi & Handbag Vikele Studio

Fierce,

I know it may not sound appropriate to talk about extra spending on non-essential things most especially due to the growing numbers affected by the COVID 19 Pandemic, however, it’s probably no secret that I’m around clothes all the time whether it’s fashion week, events season or not. From one showroom to the next, I have no choice but to tune into the latest designer drops and trends. I’ve become ultra picky when it comes to adding clothes to my wardrobe since I moved here in Barcelona, Spain and have learned to ignore the nonessential things. That being said, if you’re striving to approach fashion more sustainably this year, I wanted to share the only 12 pieces that truly matter this season.

These pieces will ensure your spring wardrobe is updated yet on-trend, but most importantly, not wasteful!

  1. MONICA SORDO JEWELRY

2. JULIA HEUER DRESS

3. CULT GAIA DRESS

4. VANINA CHOUQUET BAG

5. LYNYER EARRINGS

6. MING SARONG BY RIKA STUDIOS

7. NANUSHKA BRALETTE

8. RODEBJER DRESS

9. NADYA DZYAK BLOUSE

10. SAFSAFU EARRINGS

11. MARIMEKKO SKIRT

12. MUNTHE UMA DRESS

 

 

Fierce,

It’s currently raining right now here in Barcelona, Spain and under the current circumstances, there is never, ever a bad time to wash your hands. This results in a few things we may not have noticed right away, but are now thinking about, increased handwashing has on our rings, bracelets, and watches—especially those that are sentimental to us. I noticed that some of my favourite pieces are turning into black and it’s losing its natural colour due to constant washing and the water. Yes, you are right the tap water we use can affect our favourite statement jewelery pieces that we love to wear. 

Here is my tip to all of you on how I clean my statement jewelry pieces.

  1. The best and simplest way to clean your rings, bracelets, and necklace at home would be to fill a bowl with warm water and a squeeze of dish soap, then soak your ring in there and scrub with a clean toothbrush.
  2. I also put on each separate cloth case to protect them from scratch.
  3. Giving a name tag on each piece will help to find the right jewelry that I’ll be needing at the moment.

Stay Fierce and Safe!

Wearing: Dress from Marella , Necklace from Elisabetta Franchi and Heels from Zara

Fierce,

As someone who comes from a Filipino background, I grew up spoiled by endless homecooked, mouthwatering dishes that any modern-day foodie would die for. Filipino food is near and dear to my heart and remains one of my absolute favorite comfort food options. However, since growing up, I realized how most people are not aware of the real Filipino taste and famous dishes that will surely win the hearts of many. For now, I am not sharing a Filipino dish. I will share a recipe of my favourite comfort food for an on-the-go person like me who works in fashion and has a day job on aside.

Ingredients

  • Sea Bass or Gilt-Head Bream (Per person: about 350 – 450grams when cooked in full, about 200 grams when filleted) or any other fish of your choice
  • A handful of Fresh Flat Parsley Leaves
  • White Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame seed oil 
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • Ginger 1tsp
  • 1 Lime
  • Kikkoman soy sauce for seasoning

Mix all together marinate the Sea Bass for 30 minutes.

Cook for 2 minutes in 200 degrees, flip over, squeeze the lime juice into the pan and cook for 2 minutes more.

Thai Salad:

Ingredients:

Bell pepper red and yellow
Radish
Celery
Parsley
Cucumber
Carrots
Green Chili
Savoy Cabbage

-Prepare the vegetables. De-seed the red pepper and chili and slice into thin strips. Finely slice all the vegetables into fine strips and shred the cabbage. Mix all together and set aside.

Thai Salad Sauce:
2 freshly squeezed orange juice
Lime
Ginger
Honey
Salt for seasoning
2 tbsp of peanut butter
Sesame Seeds Oil
Soy Sauce
Fish Sauce

*Mix all the ingredients and add to the salad. Add peanut oil for a little after taste and roasted peanuts on top.

Serve the fish on top of a pile of the Thai vegetable salad, sprinkled with the sesame seeds and some fresh Parsley.

Full Look: Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Natasha Denona, Mascara Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Concealer: Nars

Full outfit from Sophié Bakuridze Tbilisi, Georgia

Fierce,

Now may not be the best time to shop with the uncertain state of the economy, but if you’re going to do so, I say make it worthwhile. I’m sharing 5 beauty brands to shop while on quarantine. It is important to look after ourselves most especially during this depressing time. There are so many people fighting right now from healthcare workers to businesses – and it’s been both inspiring and heartbreaking. Many brands are stepping in to help and this is the best time to share with you all who they are.

  1. TAN LUXE The sanitizers will not be available for purchase as they’re being donated to health workers for free.

2. MAC Cosmetics They will donate $10 million to 250 local organizations around the world to support vulnerable communities affected by COVID19 through its Viva Glam campaign.

3. MURAD The Fifteen percent of all sales made through Murad.com will be donated to the No Kid Hungry organization through April 6. The organization helps feed kids affected by school closures.

4. TATA HARPER They donated hundreds of units to the medical community in LA with plans to donate more to New York too.

5. SUNDAY RILEY Not only can you get 20% off every single product from their site. They also donated 500 jars of C.E.O. Vitamin C Cream across 13 US hospitals in efforts to fight health workers irritated skin.

Fierce,

Writing improves my thinking. I love to write and showcase my work through visuals and with words that will strengthen my vision that is why I still keep on writing and making blog posts with my experiences and journey as The Fierce Walker. But business writing is very different from what you learned in school. Clarity matters above everything else, and when you’re pressed for time, you have to write fast. I think it’s far more important to write than most people realise.

Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them.

If you’re bad at writing and don’t like to do it, you’ll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated. Here is my general rule when writing: Write about stuff you like only.

I am always fascinated with fashion and the heritage behind every brand. I adore the creative vision of each designer and how they envision a woman who is wearing their design. Plus I always write to express my ideas and vision and not to impress anyone else or to please them.

I would like to share with you all some tips that will help you improve your online writing.

1. Remove every unnecessary word
2. Focus on clarity, not cleverness
3. If a sentence bores your reader, delete it
4. Make your reader smarter
5. Treat every word like it’s on trial for its life
6. Write like you’re talking to a friend at a bar
7. Eliminate anything that adds confusion.
8. Add colorful details.
9. Remove unnecessary words.
10. Invoke Curiosity
11. Make an Emotional Touch
12. Beautiful design is the cherry on top. Always focus on your making your sentence Clear.
13. Use analogies when possible
14. When you write online, you get compound interest in your ideas.
15. Great ideas take time. Keep on writing!