“Abby” power jeggings - courtesy of Wrangler Philippines
Crochet gold flower necklace - courtesy of Love Nikita
Tiger ring, princess crown and scroll ring - courtesy of Shop N Angel
Studded bucket bag - courtesy of ENZO Shoppe
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If there’s anything in this world I hate more than lizards, it would be doing things in routine. I remember how back in grade school, I’ve always been tempted to dish out crazy careers (an astronaut, a marine biologist, a vulcanologist, a wildlife photographer!) whenever we were asked what we wanted to be when we grow up (I’m being honest. Those were my ‘secret’ top picks back then. I grew up watching Discovery Channel and National Geographic. LOL) Now that I’ve reflected on it, I realized how I am a person who cannot (and will not) allow myself to be contained and controlled. Although I have never really been presented with a lot of opportunities that will allow me to go and chase my dreams, in a perfect world, I bet you anything that nothing is going to stop me from doing just that. It’s been a little over a week since my summer break started, and I’ve been itching to go out and do something, anything, that will break the monotony of my days. So a day after an spontaneous whim, I rode shotgun with Mama to a road trip that ended up becoming a three day stay at her province, Nueva Ecija.
I absolutely love going on roadtrips. Unless I’m really tired or sleepy, I’d usually read or just look out the window, not really looking at anything in particular, just looking. I would be lying if I said this outfit was something “I came up with five minutes before leaving…” (I sometimes do that by the way, but only when I’m under real time pressure) because I usually fix what I was to wear the next day before calling it a night. I did, however, plan to be as comfortable as possible, thus the tank top, jeans (or in this case, jeggings) flats combo. I have never been out of the country yet (but God knows how much I want to!) but that’s okay since my family loves going to far out places with no particular reason anyway (Some subtle examples: We once went to Tagaytay just to have lunch. Another is when we went all the way to Manaoag to hear mass. We live in Bulacan) Anyway, back to what I was saying. Comfort dressing for me involves three factors: Style, versatility and of course, comfort (DUH, Charlene!) I’ve worn enough items from Wrangler in the past months to attest how the brand fits all of the criteria I just mentioned. We all know how bipolar our (Philippine) weather is, and since there has been more hot days than cold, I opted to be in something breezy (basic tank tops, if they were people, they would be one of my best friends) I added a scarf as a ‘just in case’ (e.g. car air conditioning, an emergency pony tail or an instant disguise LOL) Also, just to be on the safe side, I opted for pants. Jeans are the hardest thing to shop for but when you find the perfect fit for you, getting from point A to point B will be as easy as counting from one to three. In my case, Wrangler’s “Abby” are the jean gods gift to me. Like my other ‘Abby’ jeans, these fit me like a glove, a tighter glove of course because these are jeggings (jeans + leggings. I know you know I just wanted to say it. Haha!) Lastly, casual doesn’t necessarily have to be boring! Don’t be afraid to accessorize (although when traveling, I suggest you go for the more subtle pieces) Minimalist rings like these are really a thing for me now, and if I had ten, I would put one in each finger! And of course, my go to studded bucket bag. Studs just make everything come together, don’t you think?
Wrangler is definitely a favorite travel companion, from sunrise to sundown. I hope you all had a great day today! Happy Easter!
Photos by: Chelsea Ajose and I
Printed shorts - Divisoria
Nude heels - courtesy of OASAP
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Except for one very special friend, I don’t think I’ve ever explained the reason behind my blog name to anyone. If you’ve followed me on instagram (follow me! My username is @charleneajose) you would have seen my post when I officially became one of Unica Hija’s online brand ambassadors. Unica Hija, when translated to English, roughly equates to ‘Only girl’ I’d say this was the perfect opportunity because my blog name is exactly that. I am the only girl who is That Certain Charlene.
Saying being ‘you’ is what makes one unique is pretty cliché (I know!) but that is exactly what I meant with my blog name. I am that certain Charlene, the layout maker, student nurse and fashion blogger among others. I am also that Charlene who loves making a mess with arts and crafts but dreads the cleaning up part after. I am that Charlene who cannot sing or dance to save her life but has other talents that don’t really require an audience. That Charlene who isn’t scared of rats or snakes or cockroaches but freezes when she sees a lizard. I’m that Charlene who can be formal when needed and sabaw when not. I could go on and on about who I am and who I am not but it all boils down to one thing - these are the things that set me apart from all the other Charlenes in this world. This is what makes me That Certain Charlene.
More than what you look like, what you have or what you can or cannot do, what truly sets one apart from the rest of the population is the collection of one’s experiences and the attitudes, lessons learned and opinions formed from these experiences. I am no Bill Gates, and I know that I have a long way to go, but whatever I’ve encountered so far helped make me ‘me’ How about you? What makes you the only girl? :)
Photos by: Chelsea Ajose