Mina

Ballerina dress, The Florence Fling; shoes, Forever 21; necklace, 1969 by Joyce Makitalo.

Ballerina dress, The Florence Fling; shoes, Forever 21; necklace, 1969 by Joyce Makitalo.

Author, speaker and young mom Mina could be in my opinion, a closet fashionista. During our first meeting a few months back, she admitted she never really thought about fashion or shopping until a friend of hers recommended my services. Mina is a published (young adult) author who also gives talks about publishing, helping writers put their work out there for you and me to enjoy. She also does workshops and the occasional book signing and event hopping. Perhaps it’s these developments in her professional life that convinced her to explore the realm of fashion–a world away from books and manuscripts. She is immensely passionate about her work and determined to help writers of all kinds get published. I admired her tenacity and made a vow to help her look good while she does her job. Having gotten to know her a bit, I thought about stores that have pieces that would suit her lifestyle. Since she does a number of public appearances, she had to look polished yet relaxed and comfortable enough to move about. Mina it turns out is a girly girl.

Scouring through the racks at The Florence Fling.

Scouring through the racks at The Florence Fling.

We discovered this together when we shopped in The Florence Fling, a one-stop shop for women who celebrate femininity coupled with a strong sense of self. She instantly became smitten with the classic shift dresses, particularly a royal blue sleeveless ballerina dress that also happens to be the shop’s best-seller. The dress seemed made for her! Mina also scored a classic wrap dress and an engine red swingy number, completing the selection of easy breezy pieces.

A girly girl's dream shop tucked in a corner at Megamall A.

A girly girl’s dream shop tucked in a corner at Megamall A.

Happy with her loot!

Happy with her loot!

We moved on to other shops after, fully taking advantage of the sales that weekend. We even scored shoes in Forever 21 at buy one take one! We shopped for basics, some pants and a wildcard piece that I always have clients get to add that dramatic garment to their wardrobe. In Mina’s case, it was the tailored Kimono from Warehouse at 70% off! At the end of the long afternoon, I saw a hint of delight in her eyes, some spring in her step and crossed my fingers that this was the beginning of her new appreciation for aesthetics. Here are the looks we came up with, enjoy seeing this lady’s charming transformation.

Forever 21 patent ankle heels purchased for a steal!

Forever 21 patent ankle heels purchased for a steal!

Horizontal stripes are surprisingly slimming when done in a straight pencil skirt in jersey. Top, H&M; skirt, The Florence Fling; necklace, Sfera; shoes, Forever 21.

Horizontal stripes are surprisingly slimming when rendered in a straight pencil skirt in jersey. Top, H&M; skirt, The Florence Fling; necklace, Sfera; shoes, Forever 21.

Pausing to take a selfie as daughter Yanna looks on.

Pausing to take a selfie as daughter Yanna looks on.

A wrap dress never fails to enhance a woman's curves. Dress, The Florence Fling; necklace and shoes, Forever 21.

A wrap dress never fails to enhance a woman’s curves. Dress, The Florence Fling; necklace and shoes, Forever 21.

A great date night outfit that's forgiving and comfortable. Top, Warehouse; pants, Uniqlo; necklace and shoes, Forever 21.

A great date night outfit that’s forgiving and comfortable. Top, Warehouse; pants, Uniqlo; necklace and shoes, Forever 21.

I added the wildcard piece, a structured Kimono for when she has engagements. Kimono, Warehouse; jeans, Uniqlo.

I added a structured Kimono for when she has engagements. Kimono, Warehouse; jeans, Uniqlo.

Complementary necklaces adorn the bare neck.

A multi-strand necklace adorn the bare neck from H&M.

Having some fun with the long jacket.

Having fun with the long jacket.

Pulling off a vibrant red dress with confidence. Dress, The Florence Fling; shoes, Primaluxemanila; necklaces, H&M.

Pulling off a vibrant red dress with confidence. Dress, The Florence Fling; shoes, Primaluxemanila; necklaces, H&M.

Layering accessories is the fastest way to spruce up an outfit.

Layering accessories is the fastest way to spruce up an outfit.

On trend tie up flats keep the look casual chic. Shoes, Primaluxemanila.

On trend tie up flats keep the look casual chic. Shoes, Primaluxemanila.

We twirl again!

The short length show off her great legs!

This parting shot couldn't be more appropriate! Wise words from The Florence Fling.

This parting shot couldn’t be more appropriate! Wise words from The Florence Fling.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email