Dez Offril , is a Filipino blogging from San Francisco. She started her blog “ The Style Bender “ on May 14th 2013 and since then she continues blogging about her style.
Can you tell us more about you,your origins,and your life in San Francisco?
-My family came here from the Philippines a year before I was born. The Filipino community in the Bay Area is large and close knit. My family was always around while we were all growing up. I am definitely comfortable saying that I rarely made friends because I had cousins to hang out with while I was at school hahaha.
Even though I was born in the Bay Area, I have JUST recently journeyed into it. I'm not a fan of crowds or walking and that's pretty much the only way to travel in San Francisco. If you're not walking, you're just wasting your time trying to find parking. But I am only 24 years young and have a lot ahead of me, I can't wait to see what the world has to offer.
In my spare time I'm just at home catching up on television shows (HUGE TV BUFF) and hanging with my doggies.
Dez Offril is a fashion blogger that does not stay in her comfort zone. She dares wearing colors that are clearly opposite from each other, specially primary colors. She adores mix and matching !!! .
- You know I actually think my obsession with primary colors comes from me working at Hot Dog on a Stick for almost 5 years hahaha. While I was working there, I rarely branched out to find creative things to wear only because I knew sometime later in my day I would have to switch out of it and put on my "lovely" uniform. Once I left that was pretty much when my creativity started to tingle. But I could just not for the fucking life of me get away from that damn color scheme!!!
· What does fashion helps you to express?
- Fashion helps me express my creativity. While growing up I was into charcoal drawing and using oil pastels to make landscape portraits. Then when I got into high school I was introduced to graphic design and desperately wanted to go to school for it. Plans changed though and for a while I just stopped being artistic in a way, there was just no point. After things settled down for me and life was at a much easier pace that's
when I got back into it via blogging. Every time I'm putting an outfit together on my blog, I challenge myself and I absolutely love it. I get so excited just rattling my brain to see what I can come up with. It brings me back to those days in high school back in those graphic design classes. I ask myself what do I want my art (or outfit) to say today?
· Nowadays, physical appearance is extremely important for teenagers. They get rejected simply because they look different or dress differently, what advice would you give to them?
-I totally feel them on this. We all try so hard to fit in and then years later we just realize it was all bullshit because EVERY single person is different. If I could go back in time and give my younger self advice, I would tell her to not give a shit, that only important thing in life is to be a GOOD person. You can wear a paper bag for all I care. But as long as you're a good person, how you dress, how you look should NOT matter. I think people get so fixated on their outer appearance based on what negative things are being said to them, they forget how to be positive and start thinking negatively themselves. Its asking a lot of someone who gets rejected based on how they look but If they can just remember to be a good person no matter what, they will be extremely happy, guaranteed.
Dez : " Honestly, its better to go to a thrift shop, get a random tee and cut it up yourself"
Shopping at charity store, thrift shops, second-hand shops and vintage clothing stores has become popular enough to earn a slang term: thrifting. However, it was during the Second world war that charity shop became widespread.
Dez: " I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to thrift shop. It's a money saver ! . "
· Charity shops are often popular with people who are frugal. Can we qualify you as someone who is prudent and who avoids wasting a lot of money on expensive items?
-Yes definitely! Although I haven't been to a charity shop in the last few months, I still stand by what I've always said about it. People often get the wrong idea and think I go shopping every week for my blog. WRONG. A lot of my clothes are thrifted items I've saved over the passed few years and slowly rotate them into my outfits. Do not be afraid of thifting people!
· what were your best discoveries in thrifting?
-Ahh! There are so many. I have tons of cardigans, skirts, shoes, pretty much everything. If I had to pick ONE outstanding piece though, it would be this button up shirt, I saw it on the rack. It was huge and bold, totally not my size but I decided to pick it up anyway and I am glad I did.
Dez: "I normally hate going into downtown because I hate crowds, walking and DUH there's always online shopping! "
The famous Albert Einstein once said, "I hate crowds and making speeches." Have you always hated crowds, can we say that you are enochlophobia and why so?
-Hahaha I have always hated crowds. I guess I am more cynical about it than afraid of it. I don't mind going into crowds but if I had the option NOT to, I am taking it. Hahaha I went to LA recently for Paleyfest and it was CROWDED. But hey, this event only happens once a year so I should enjoy it. I ended up sitting next to a stinky guy for almost 2 hours and could not enjoy the event as much as I should have hahaha. OH and I am also pretty short (around 5 feet tall) no one ever seems to see the short Asian girl.
Dez: " People think i spend a lot of money doing online shopping but honestly i save money doing all this crap online"
· What are the online shops that you would recommend us ?
-Oh that's so funny, I think I mentioned this earlier haha. Most online shops are very helpful IF you subscribe to them. Yes you will get a whole bunch of spam you don't need but you will come across those emails that have 50% off ONLINE ONLY sales and it will save you TONS. The best deals I often see are from ASOS. I am part of their Premier ASOS package (free 2 day shipping on all orders) and get emails about deals a day before it is sent to everyone else.
Dez : " I love this philosophy, i do not drink alcohol or party hard"
In the early 2014, the neknomination, an online drinking game has led to several death. What are your thoughts about alcohol consumption ?
-Just Google that and I am appalled. I just don't get it! Alcohol doesn't taste good, the after effects aren't fun, your troubles DON'T go away, your breath stinks, you end up being a hot mess and its just bad! Alcohol has never been a negative aspect in my life, I just choose not to do it. I can understand how people turn to it based on their situations which is very unfortunate. But to those who DO have the option and drink for the sake of being drunk, it doesn't seem worth it. I would hate to have someone I love to take care of me because of my poor choices or even be taken advantage of. There are other things in life that are not detrimental to your health that can make you 10x more happier than when you're drunk.
Dez, what i have notice while reading your blog is that you have a unique writing style which is not quite familiar and not conventional at all. However this adds a kind of twisssst in your post.
Dez: " I knew this was going to fucking happen, i fucking knew it......."
-I would define my style as honest. It's not perfect, my grammar sucks but at least I'm honest. At first I chose to go CLEAN for my blog but when those close to me read it they said it sounded super fake. I go with what I know and I know me and I curse a whollleeeee fucking lot. I'd call it the Sailors Mouth haha.
If yo had to Brand your blog with a catch phrase what would it be.
-First thing that popped to my head was "the fucking style bender". But that probably wouldn't do very well hahaha
Hair and skin
Dez : " EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL HAIR LADIES !!!! "
· Dez how would you describe your hair journey and how come, did you accept your natural hair ?
-My hair journey is confusing as fuck. As a child, my hair was thin, straight at the top, curly at the bottom. After I chopped it all off my hair became thick and coarse but not curly. I chemically treated my hair to make it straight which didn't turn out so well. It caused my roots to grow out curly and my hair texture was uneven. Then my hair became very curly which I LOVED. It took me a while to accept my curls because I always had straight hair. But seeing everyone around me with straight hair and me having curly hair just made me feel special haha. Now that I chopped off my hair though, its gone back to being straight -_-, go figure right? haha
Dez: "The one thing everyone should consider is investing more into skin care than actual make up."
Do you have any skincare routine, if any what are your favorites?
-I am a HUGE supporter of Marky Kay's Timewise skin care line. I use a cleanser, apply serum and night cream all at night. In the morning I use moisturizer and sun screen. I haven't broaden my range in skin care products because my skin is so sensitive. Here is a post with more detailed descriptions about the products I use :
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