Featured Fashionista : Dominique Tiu

Dominique is one of the most unique people I've ever come across on the intarwebs. Although inspired by many things, you know this girl's definitely original (I just love her blog. I love it. I love it so much!) I found out about her through LookBook 2 years ago, but her style alone does not give justice to just how awesome she is.

One of the things I love about Dominique is that you know she dresses up for herself, and not for the hype. I love how she doesn't really just focus on Fashion, she blogs about her daily life - even posting how her imperfections make up the person that she is, in a very positive way. I think we need more girls like her who don't just show off how "perfect" they appear to their audience. Because the reality is, there are so many things we could hate about ourselves - but we are blessed with it, in a very ironic way, so why not embrace them instead?

She's also one of the most humble and sincere people I've met, even if its just online (for now). Its like she's totally unaware of her awesomeness (which is always good). Okay, I sound like I'm fangirling. Well actually, I am. I can't really feature anyone I'm not a fan of.

Oh, and you know what else I'm sure of? It won't take long before she gets there. Girl's got a good head on her shoulders!

P.S. - Don't you love how unique her eurasian features are? She looks like a porcelain doll!

1.) Place of Birth
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.

2.) What are your inspirations (fashion-wise?)
Wow! A lot, actually! Models inspire me, celebrities also, fashion magazines? Always. I also tune into blogs--everyone's style has a story to tell. Where you are from, what you do, who you are, inadvertently affect the way you see fashion. That's why I got into blogging--apart from sharing the products of my self-expression, it's also beneficial to interact with other people from all walks of life. Anyway, apart from that, a couple of seemingly unrelated things also inspire me--like music! I am a huge fan of alternative, vintage, and folk rock and sometimes, I dress myself in the era of the music that's playing on my iPod. The same thing applies for television shows, movies, a piece of furniture, and whatnot--if it is peculiarand interesting then it will inspire me somehow.

3.) Do you usually plan what to wear, or do you dress spontaneously?
Sometimes, yes! There are times when I see something on a store window that I really like and my inner-mind theatre starts pairing up clothes from my closet to see if it'll potentially look good on me (or if I can find a use for it). Though the method isn't fool-proof, it goes to show that I do plan what I wear. Sometimes, I dress spontaneously, in the event that what I planned previously turns out to be somewhat a disaster, I have to get inspired to dress up in a short time. Most of the times, however, I settle for what's comfortable without having to sacrifice my style.

4.) Your other interests aside from Fashion?
I like to write but it's something, I think, that supports my love for Fashion. I like marketing things, I like the arts, I like music, I like films, I like sports, I like traveling, and fashion is too broad a scope for it to be apart from my other interests.

5.) Who / What influenced you most with your love for Fashion?
Everyone around me served as an apt inspiration. My mother was fashionable when I was a child, my father supported my mother's fashion-sense by buying her the trendiest pieces, my stepmother was pretty stylish too, my grandmother, aunt, and most of my friends. I mean, they all have such different styles so I got a bit of each one and was able to integrate it with mine.

6.) What was one insecurity you always had about yourself, and what did you do to overcome it?
Haha, I've always been the fat kid! I was super overweight in High School, at 150 lbs but somehow, on my last year, I shed around 60 and got to a super unhealthy state. Right now, I've plateaued to somewhere between 110 to 120 and I'm okay with it, I mean, there are days when I want to be taller or skinnier but no one's perfect and I can live with that.

7.) What's one item that every girl must have in their closets?
... the closet? Haha, I really can't choose. It's like gestalt--the whole is a sum of all its pieces or something. Sorry, psychology subject fail but things come into harmony as a whole when small things come together and compliment one another.

8.) Other people find it so hard to express themselves through Fashion, what advise would you give to encourage them if they want their mood/personality speak through their clothes?
Fashion shouldn't be hard and fashion shouldn't dictate you in any way other than the sensible things. Trends are perks, basic guides too, but when it comes down to it, wear what you want and be confident.

9.) What inspired you to come up with Konichiwear?
I've been writing blogs since I was in college, to let out some steam when I'm frustrated. Later on, I gained an audience--sometimes, they weren't always to my favour but they helped me grow. I opened a fashion blog (www.wardropedia.blogspot.com) and talked about general fashion until I decided to close it down due to the lack of direction. Early this year, I decided that I wanted to resume writing but this time, with direction, and I figured I liked Asian Fashion, it pretty much encapsulates my current inspiration, and let's face it, I'm Asian, hence Konichiwear (Konichiwa! + fashion increments = awe-sum). I try to post my style, talk about style in general as well, and add a few things here and there. It's still a baby, it's barely 3 months old but it's slowly piecing itself together.

Check out Dominique's BLOG / LOOKBOOK /CHICTOPIA / TWITTER account/s for your daily dose of awesomeness!


  1. You make me sound so awesum. u_u Thank you so much Abbie and trust me, it's a mutual admiration. I keep thinking about girls with awe-inspiring style (especially when magazines and newspapers ask me to name a few) and I keep going: "Abbie!"

    <3 <3 <3 Much love.

  2. why is it that cebuanas are so pretty? just askin. hihi dominique is really genuine! :) im a fan too. and shes really gorgeous! and one thing i really admire her, shes REAL! :)

  3. Dominique, thought I was going to die after reading your comment. This is just too sweet. IT MADE MY DAY! WAAAAHH!! Thank you so much. And I cannot wait to meet you one awesome day!!! <3 Also, I was just stating the obvious about you. Hee!

    Missy, IKR?! My Mom's part cebuana too so I'm proud to say she will always be one of the most gorgeous women I've been so blessed to know :) Haha! I love Dominique too. I never expected her to be so nice, especially to someone like me, I mean, srsly. Girl has no idea how epic she is and that is DEFINITELY of the secrets to success. HUMILITY :) We need more real girls to look up to, doing things because that's who they are, and that the primary reason isn't exactly to get something out of it, but just to put themselves out there, in all honesty! :)

    Ishna, so I do sweets! So do I! <3

  4. You style is amazing!
    I love it.