Not your Average girl

Updated on Nov 24, 2008
brown Vintage from Mom blazer - brown Zara shoes - beige Hong Kong sweater
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Okay pardon the title, I do not mean to sound narcissistic or totally megalomaniac but this is actually from the song of India Arie entitled VIDEO.

And for the the first time ever, the song goes first in my blog. I love this song and it speaks so strongly about empowerment. India Arie is soulful…the Maya Angelou of singers!!!

The reason for this was that I read a post by Lydia which totally made me hate whoever said that to her. I love Chictopia and I know that kind of prejudice would not happen here since it happened in another fashion blog site.

_Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t
Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes; I’m lovin’ what I see

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie

Am I less of a lady if I don’t wear pantyhose?
My mama said a lady ain’t what she wears but, what she knows
But, I’ve drawn a conclusion, it’s all an illusion, confusion’s the name of the
game
A misconception, a vast deception
Something’s gotta change
Don’t be offended this is all my opinion
ain’t nothing that I’m sayin law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson I was sent here to share with
y’all
So get in where you fit in go on and shine
Clear your mind, now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
‘Cuz everything’s gonna be all right

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie

Keep your fancy drinks and your expensive minks
I don’t need that to have a good time
Keep your expensive car and your caviar
All I need is my guitar
Keep your Kristal and your pistol
I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Don’t need your silicon I prefer my own
What God gave me is just fine

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India Arie_

Now I am not saying I am against consumerism and anything because I love clothes and bags and shoes and all things fashion. I love to dress up and shopping is a part of everyday life for me. What I am saying is that I also choose to see and believe in the beauty of everyone which goes way past what they wear.

Anyway I wore this simple outfit to a trip to meetup with a young designer named Katherine Claire, check out her designs of cocktail dresses at her Multiply Site ,who was giving me a dress that I got for my bestfriend for Christmas since it was so perfect on her when she modeled it for a fashion show. I woke up to a chilly and gray day. It was raining hard (with thunder and lightning) when I left the house thus the very very covered up look.

However, ironically, after a while it was bright and shiny sunny again and I still had another meeting to go to, this time with my couturier who was making me do an initial fitting for a dress I am having made. And I could not go out in this look since it was about 33 degrees Celsius and I would die of overheating if I do.

Good thing I had my trusty sandals at the car, the one I got last night from the mall, which enabled me to change seasons with a simple removal of leggings and a change of shoes. It pays to be prepared. And at least I did not get a heat stroke right even if i loved my rainy day outfit more!!!

The day was all about fashion. I was also to meet up with my cousin Kixie who asked me to style her for her debut and debut photoshoot. We were supposed to talk about inspirations and how we can pull of her look of choice but she canceled since she got stomach flu. Feel better babe!! So I went home right after.

I took two photos, one when I left the house for the meeting and the other when I got back in my beige and brown animal print gladiator sandals and sweater as a dress.

I apologize for the disheveled looking me in that photo with the sandals. I just threw on the sweater dress after my fitting. I was that LAZY!

Hope it worked either way though the second outfit was more of a necessity than a choice. Cheers! xoxo

Comments (61)

NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
Puss_in_Boots
Puss_in_Boots on June 28
nice bag
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 18
VERY cute.
garagegirl
garagegirl on October 29
Lovely bag!
fanatix21
fanatix21 on June 09
chic
kashuler
kashuler on March 05
Adore the bag.
alvc
alvc on December 09
love the whole outfit. :]
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on December 14
thanks babe!!!
vro
vro on November 29
Oh I love this outfit, it looks good with the pants and also without! I love the shade of brown of the bag and the boots and absolutely everything about this outfit :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 29
Thnks dear!!! am so flattered you do!!!xx
Sheiqs
Sheiqs on November 26
Miss Joana you look hot! The layering is just gorgeous. Where did you get those Fabulous gladiators??
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
Thanks so much!!! :) I got the gladiators from People are people ;) xx
charmvintage
charmvintage on November 25
Very chic! I love it!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
thanks you so much!
crueldoll
crueldoll on November 25
You look so pretty and the bag is AMAZING!!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
thanks so much dearest!!
jotei_elizabeth
jotei_elizabeth on November 25
I love this style. the combination just goes so well and plus I love your bag.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
thanks so much dearest!!!
Catherinee
Catherinee on November 25
So put together, it looks great. It's nice that people like you are spreading a good message :D
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
Thanks darling!!!
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on November 25
woww! yer showing more skin and i looov et! i loov yer shoulders! perfect! great zebra print sandals! and ohh. i loove yer cross bling!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 27
Thanks babe!!! haha asset ba? haaay at least there's one good thing / asset in my body hahaha
timghryte
timghryte on November 25
love the bag, boots, the belt i want ur whole outfit
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
oh thanks so much!!! i am honored!
bambisasha
bambisasha on November 25
omg you are so stylish! Love it!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!!!
lipslikesugar
lipslikesugar on November 25
your zebra shoes!!! awesome, awesome :D where did you get them? :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
people are people dear! thanks!!!
shuawp
shuawp on November 25
such a great outfit! favourited!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
oh thanks dearest!!!
hippie
hippie on November 25
Your zebra shoes are INTENSE! :) I'm also going loco with animal print. Keep those outfits coming! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
oh me too!!! gotta love zebra`!!! haha and thanks dear xoxo
theeverythinggirl
theeverythinggirl on November 25
your hair looks amazing! and you pull of those shoes really well :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks my dear!!! and thanks for the compliment on these shoes!!! i love them!!!!
wattabouts
wattabouts on November 25
oooooh i love this! is that the dress worn by ms. nina estacio for the Halloween party? its so fab and the zebra printed sandals are so adorable and your bag is just perfect =)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
yes it is ;) she borrowed it from me for that night!!! haha cheers i love it too when i got it in hong kong!!! and thanks so much glad you like it
pixienish
pixienish on November 25
Is that zebra print on your shoes? I LOVE!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
yes it is zebra print dear!! haha glad you like it!!! cheers!!! xx
ivywang
ivywang on November 25
Love, love the 2nd outfit.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you so much!!!!
sare
sare on November 25
i love the last look. you are always so stylish, a real inspiration.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
but i loooove your style too~~! you are too nice!!! cheers!!!
erstwhile_ungulate
erstwhile_ungulate on November 24
Aah I remember when that was my favorite song back in the day :) Combining a $2 sweater with a muse bag is so genius! IIf that's what you'd call "disheveled," sign me up to look like that every day!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
haha isnt the song just lovely???:) and thank you for the compliments dearest you are too nice
mimithedoll
mimithedoll on November 24
I love this look! looks so chic on you! & I love your handbag too :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you so much!!!
sacredG
sacredG on November 24
i like how you put the outfit together in two ways..very versatile
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you!!! glad you like it!!!
petitetofu
petitetofu on November 24
love this outfit! it's so earthy and warm. makes me feel all cozy except with the gladiators, hhahah then i just feel like shivering for you like ive been doing all day!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!! im glad you like it!!! haha too bad its hot and cold back here!!! it required two outfits!!!!
faa
faa on November 24
oh so comfy! i like the last picture!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!! glad that you do!!! xx
MissRoLL
MissRoLL on November 24
love ur style here...but, i prefer u wear boots to gladiator sandals...
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much! same here i didnt want to overheat so opted for the other one
supervillain
supervillain on November 24
I love this look! Esp. with the boots! You don't look like you live around here (In Manila, I mean). HAHA.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks!!! i do haha for all of 21 years of my life!
gabiatch
gabiatch on November 24
wow you know kate? such a small world! she's a really great friend of mine. she does make the prettiest dresses, doesnt she? :) anyway you look fab hun! as always! i love your sandals! i wish i could wear one right now, but my toes might just snap off if i do since it's hella cold here now. huhu. stay gorgeous! <3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
yeah she sponsored a fashion show i helped with my bestfriend! she does indeed i love her designs and thanks so much dearest!!! haha i am sorry to hear its too cold!! cheers!!!!
dowhatyoufeelnow1234
dowhatyoufeelnow1234 on November 24
i absolutely love this, your shoes are my favoorite
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!! glad you doo hahaha cheers!!!
Starrgirl
Starrgirl on November 24
Now we know you're Glamorous AND versatile
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
oh what a nice thing to say dearest!!!!
Starrgirl
Starrgirl on November 24
Now we know you're Glamorous AND versatile
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks my dear!!! haha glad you like it!!! cheers!!!!
Njohn
Njohn on November 24
Amazing outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!!
iheartdresses
iheartdresses on November 24
lovely sweater dress:) and i love the way u work accessories so well!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much dear!!! i am honored!!! xx
Stern
Stern on November 24
you wrote a very beautiful post! i totally agree w. you!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you so much dear!!! haha right right? cheers!!! xoxo
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on November 24
bag*
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks!!! hahaha
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on November 24
model !!!! i love it the shoes, bga, dress, poses!! all of it. xx
fashionchalet
fashionchalet on November 25
i do, i do, i doooo! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks my dear!!! glad you love it!!!
Coconut
Coconut on November 24
I love your boots, your necklace, your tights !! I love EVERYTHING :p <3<3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much glad to hear you love it teehee thanks!!
h8nd5
h8nd5 on November 24
love the bag as usual:)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you so much!!!!
mirna
mirna on November 24
love UR zebras :)))
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks!!!!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on November 24
i love the cross necklace
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you so much!!!!
coco_h
coco_h on November 24
those sizzle sizzle sandals. omg. prp u said? i gotta have them! =P love love love the last photo.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!! get em get em! hahaha
jessy_H
jessy_H on November 24
those sandals are super!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much dear!
Kalin
Kalin on November 24
Cute! Love the zebra sandals.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank u so much!!!!
anggina
anggina on November 24
i love the zebra print shoes!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thank you!!!
jenni
jenni on November 24
girrrll, you are soo adorable! love the boots :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks so much!!!! i am very honored!!! cheers!!!
gyebbie
gyebbie on November 24
I'm loving that sweater! Is it one of those superthin knits?
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks nope its actually pretty thick!! i cant wear it on a super hot day! hahaha
glasnost
glasnost on November 24
http://glasnostapparel.multiply.com/photos/album/2/SALE_GLASNOST_version_1.1_-_sheerbondage .. here, jl. some of the skirts, as requested! :) bianca's right! great boots :p
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
hey dear!!! checked it out! i got the gold skirt in your display at rockwell archeology last month! will check out the designs in detail soon and will text u cheers!!!
bianx
bianx on November 24
those are great boots! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
Thank you so much!!!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 24
hotness, babe! ima gonna post a photo of moi wearing the black zipper dress from Moonshine. thanks for being my inspiration! although i know you rocked that dress better than i did. mwah! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks soo much dear!!! cheers!!! and u do look great!! haha cheers!!! and im honored glad to know i inspired you! cheers xoxo!!!
lirys
lirys on November 24
that dress is amazing :) it's very flexible :D love the boots :D
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
Thanks so much!! and yes i agree! hahaha cheers!!!
Nadjii
Nadjii on November 24
So chic, I love the deep brown leather accessories. Especially your Muse bag!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
Thank you so much!!! so do i!! cheers!!! gotta love muse!!!
fugee
fugee on November 24
love those zebra sandals! U always look great!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
Thanks so much!!! cheers!!!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 24
I love People are People!!!!! and kate's dresses are loove!!! I was nagging her during Luminous to reserve the silver and red dress for me, I promised her pa naman I was gonna get it after the show but Ice and I left immediately coz I was so hungry na! Haha The weather was uber crazy today, We all thought classes will be suspended. Global warming much? Anyway, so much for sharing, haha I love your bag!!!! Im a fan of big bags!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
thanks lissa!! order it online again!!! heehee cheers!!!!
anjsalan0
anjsalan0 on November 24
wow JL, whered you get your zebra print shoes? its super nice, i wantt :-) p.s. u look super gorgey in the 2nd pic :-)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 24
Got them from PRP in Rockwell dear! ;) PHP 1,099 i think :) haha and thanks for that i made it the main photo na! cheers!
fayeangelica
fayeangelica on November 24
I hate what the girl said to Lydia as well and checked out her lookbook page and she's just a young naive little girl who doesn't know anything. She had emo hair for peet's sake. I love the India Arie song! She sang it on Oprah and I fell in love with it then and I love the outfit girl! I wish we had winter here in Asia for real.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 24
I know! I am totally annoyed and got so worked up when I saw it!!! She had no right to say those things even if she was stylish and more so if she's not!!! I love Lydia! haha and India Arie rocks!!!!
fashiolution
fashiolution on November 24
JLl i couldn't open the multiply site for some reason. wanted to check it out cos i got curious.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 24
Hey dear edited it na! i posted the wrong link its http://katherinaclaire.multiply.com
fashiolution
fashiolution on November 24
the weather was crazy today! love your outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 25
i knoooow!!! ;)
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