So my name is Maricel and I’m ethnically ambiguous.
Everywhere I go, people other than my own are more than eager to claim me. In the past, I have been asked whether I am Japanese, African American, Indian, Native American, Mexican, Hawaiian or a half of a combo of any one of those previously stated. However, when I announce my full-blooded Filipino-ness, I am met with incredulity.
I just don’t get it. Sure, I speak with no trace of an accent – there’s a long story behind that – and sure, I’ve not been to the Philippines in over a decade, but I’d like to think I’m a good representative of my mother country. Sadly, I’m the only one who thinks this. When I bump into my fellow kababayan and bust out my rudimentary Tagalog, I invariably get the double take and the question: “But you’re only half, right?”
I have learned to accept this ambiguity and it has since manifested itself into a chameleon-like sense of style. On any given day, I can be bohemian or classic, eccentric or edgy, modern or preppy, lady-like or sporty. My icons range from Audrey Hepburn to Cyndi Lauper and everyone in between. I love to experiment and because I’m nearing that age when I can wear purple fearlessly, I feel like the world is my oyster as far as fashion is concerned.
This is not an advice blog. This is not a shopping blog (although I’ll try to link stuff if they’re still available). This is not a feminist/empowerment/love your body blog. This is a sanctuary for my excess, a haven for my madness, a place for me to invent and reinvent myself. I will muse and pontificate, philosophize and aggrandize, bemoan and rejoice.
And along the way, I hope to meet new faces, make new friends, and actually maintain an enterprise beyond the novelty phase (which for me is at most six months). Here’s to the journey…
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
41 42 43
Height – 5’1″
Weight – really?
36/27/36 36/30/36 36/33/38 (omg, I’m expanding)
Shoe – 7.5 or 8 depending on type and make
Profession – high school teacher by day,
mommy wannabe novelist by night
Monthly budget – $250
Usual suspects – Target, F21, eBay,
Jumping off point – Shopstyle.com, Polyvore, Pinterest