Indelible youth. There’s value to be had in this. Fashion seen through a youthful pair of eyes will bring fresh perspective to it, mirthfully disregarding the structured definition that the exacting public sometimes decree. Who wouldn’t appreciate an unencumbered approach to style? Expressing oneself as actively and resolute as a kid filled with wonder and curiosity, can lead to a more creative flair that’s both fascinating and enigmatic. A young mind that’s eager to challenge limits, explore locales, and walk barefoot just because.
Photo by Hannah Sison
Tell us a little bit about you. How old are you and where do you live? Where and what did you study? Type of work, interests, etc.
I’m 24 years old and have lived in ParaÃ±aque since I was 13. I studied AB-International Studies (European Major) in DLSU-Manila. I also finished a one year post grad course in Real Estate Management in DLS-CSB. I’ve worked in the real estate industry ever since I graduated, but had also had experience teaching, and organizing events on the side.
Traveling is what makes my blood rush. There’s just something about getting completely lost in a foreign city, and just watching it unfold its quirks and mysteries. I’m crazy about the beach, and even more crazy addicted to tan lines. I love football, dark chocolate, sneakers, and good conversations.
Pick 1 word that best describes you. Why?
I try my best not to waste my time with outcomes that are beyond my control but rather channel all the negative energy to produce the best of what I have.
What keeps you busy these days? Name 3 most important people/things in your life right now.
1. Work. I’m about to take the real estate licensure exam early next year.
2. Enjoying single-dom and everything that comes along with it — night out or movie with friends, attending friend’s band gigs and events, catching lots of good movies and shows.
3. Trying out different forms of exercise since I don’t get to play football anymore. I have yet to find the right one for me! So far I’ve tried surfing, Bikram Yoga and Plana Forma. Up next is either pole dancing, boxing, or TRX.
What do you love about fashion? What is it that inspires you?
What I love about fashion is that its a freestyle art form. We are all canvas mannequins, and everyday we try to paint a picture or portray a role. It could be as simple as feeling like taking inspiration from the music video of that song stuck in your head. I love how fashion evolves. Watching the rise and fall of trends excite me, — in an oblivious way, because you’ll know exactly what to defy.
I am inspired by music, good photography, and even by just people-watching in a mall or a park.
What is style to you?
I believe in the saying “style can’t be bought.” No amount of money can define taste. I think its essential to know how to cook up an outfit that doesn’t involve a whole lot of branded stuff. Style translates how well you know yourself — how you select outfits without having to compromise.
Which of your interests/hobbies influence your personal style? Describe your personal style.
I think a big influence on my personal style is the fact that I’m from the South, I have three brothers, and I love the beach. I’m all for the laid back vibe, nothing too complicated. Hip-hop music has also influenced me growing up. I love experimenting with androgynous styles. I think there’s just something really sexy about girls who can wear guy’s clothing and pull it off.
Give us your favourite underrated designer/shop.
THE Clothing. This is a local t-shirt business in Cubao-X that has quite a following. They stay true to what street fashion is through their designs. Grab a shirt, and do what you can and want with it. An XL gives you a shirt dress!
Favourite Fashion designers?
Are you a shoe, clothes, or accessory person? Why?
Tough question! But I’d have to give it to shoes – not that I have too many of it but because its often the first thing I notice when I meet people. It says a lot about a person.
Photo by Hannah Sison
Welcome, Eena AcuÃ±a, a free-spirited and mercurial young lady with her own protean style yarn to spin and perhaps bears a reason or two on why one should walk barefoot, do cartwheels, or take sartorial photos with old doors in the background. Calling these diversions fun is a gross understatement.
She’s first of the select few who will be joining Style Manila as a contributing blogger from here on out.
Photo by Hannah Sison
What are your thoughts on the Manila fashion scene?
I definitely think we have it going already. There are so many talented designers out there that are able to strike a a balance between classic and contemporary styles. People have so much potential in the sense that style awareness is made available through ads, the internet, and technology.
What can people expect from you as a blogger? Give us an idea of the whats and the hows.
Having lived in Manila all my life, I would want to try my best to capture what Manila is to me – charming, laid back, and sometimes unpredictable. I plan to be as transparent as I can be with my raves (and I don’t rave just about everything!). I also have lots of travel scheduled in the next year – this calls for lots of random sightings, cool finds, and a variety of styles and trends we can all draw inspiration from.
If there’s one thing you’d want people to remember you by, as a fashion blogger, what is it? What sort of legacy would you want to leave behind on StyleManila.com?
Practicality and functionality. These are the two things I live by and hope that others may see through my future posts.
Welcome to Style Manila, Eena!
Yes, this marks a significant change in Style Manila. And, true enough, there’s more to come!