So my name is Maricel and I’m ethnically ambiguous.

No, really.

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…

c'est moi

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Age – 41 42 43
Height – 5’1″
Weight – really?
Measurements – 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, Kohl’s, Poshmark
Jumping off point –, Polyvore, Pinterest

*edits as of July 2014

10 thoughts on “invention

  1. love the concept. you have a new follower.

  2. paul says:

    expanding can be good

  3. […] calendar only had space for this post today that I will be linking up tomorrow (Thursday!) with Maricel’s Thoughtful Third Thursday link up over at her blog, My Closet Catalogue. Now moving […]

  4. Kezzie says:

    You don’t look your age!!! I often get people thinking I am something else (I’m English with one quarter Greek) and my Head teacher at school told me she loves how I dress completely different each day so I say, yee ha, let’s embrace our inner chameleons!
    Oh and many apologies, I keep meaning to follow you back but I am always on my phone and don’t know how to do it from here and never think when I’m in my computer. Will try to do it soon. X

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, no worries! As long as you know where to find me and drop me a line from time to time, we’re all good. And thanks for the lovely compliment; I’m gonna milk this Asian thing until my wrinkles have wrinkles. LOL!

  5. Ok, I did a double take when I read your age! I have friends my age (27) who look older than you. You look like you’re rocking your twenties!! BTW, love your blog. 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, gosh! Thanks! You just shaved twenty years off me in one fell swoop. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I continue to engage and amuse you. 😀

  6. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    I thought so! My boyfriend gets the same question. 😉

    Love what you state about the intent of My Closet Catalogue. I’m doing a similar thing with SpyGirl. It’s my social art project performance piece.

    • mtsedwards says:

      And now we’re practically besties! How could I have overlooked this comment?! Apologies, Anne dear. Besos!

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