I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but only just got around to it. Basically there are a few things that might be confusing if you’re a first time reader here at Project Maganda that I want to clear up real quick, just so we’re all on the same page.

Lo and behold, the FAQ’s!


1. How Do You Pronounce “Maganda”?

“Maganda” is pronounced “Mah(as in the slang for mother)-gan(imagine a jamaican person saying the word “gun”)-dah(like at the end of panDA)”.

Everything is pretty tall and emphasis is put epecially on the end syllable “da”.

2. What Does “Project Maganda” Mean?

“Maganda” is the Tagalog (or Filipino) word for “beautiful”. So Project Maganda literally translates to Project Beautiful.

3. What’s that WYSLTWRT That’s at the Beginning of All Your Style Posts?

WYSLTWRT is my acronym for “What You Should Listen To Whilst Reading This”. Basically what I do is I pick a song that matches the theme of my outfit and I put a link to that song at the beginning of every post, labeled “WYSLTWRT”. What YOU’re supposed to do is click on that link and listen to the song as you read the corresponding post and see the outfit. This is to give you an additional sensory experience during your reading. My WYSLTWRTs are anything from what I was listening to while putting together the outfit, shooting, editing, or just something that embodies what inspired the outfit itself. The whole purpose is to give you guys another feel for the essence of the outfit.

4. Who Takes All Your Photos?

For style posts, my dad takes the photos of me. Anything outside of that (Monthly Faves, Personal Blog, etc.) are all photos taken by me.

5. Are You Using Blogspot?

No. This website is run with the help of WordPress.

6. Are You Sponsored By Any Clothing Companies?

No. All of my favorites and things I wear I have purely by preference only and all recommendations I make are purely from my personal love of the product or company. I will let you guys know if I partner up with any companies in the future.

7. Can I Model For You?

I am currently in the process of putting together a possible project that would involve multiple models, but I will pick them myself. So, to answer your question: maybe, but there will be no formal casting call for any models nor will my chosen models be payed.

8. Are You Planning On Working With Other Photographers In the Future?

Yes! I’ve been in contact with other photographers who just want to get more experience under their belt and broaden their horizons, and those endeavors should begin around next year possibly.

9. Will You Ever Start a Youtube Channel?

Possibly. If at all, it won’t be until college. I just don’t have the time nor resources at the moment to keep up with a YouTube channel, so that will have to wait.

10. Are You Making Money Off PM Right Now?

No. Not yet.

If you have any other questions, feel free to comment on any of my posts and I will be sure to check it out.

Thanks for reading! Hope that answers at least some inquiries you may have had about me and Project Maganda.

Much love,




WYSLTWRT: Usher “U Don’t Have To Call (NΞHZVIL Remix)”

Sorry this post is a bit behind–I’ve had the pics for a while, but you know.

Since we’re FINALLY in the thick of fall, I thought I’d take this Monthly Faves Outside.

1. Sam&Libby Boots

Sam&Libby Boots--$40, Target.

Sam&Libby Boots–$40, Target.

I first got the camel pair of boots for a beginning-of-fall stomping shoe, but then fell so intensely in love with them that I went back and purchased a black pair for myself as well. These shoes are literally the most perfect ankle boot I have ever bought, and I’m so glad I have them in two colors now.

2. Room by Emma Donoghue


I actually borrowed this book from my speech team coach (shoutout to Mr. Grimes) to cut and turn into a piece to compete with in prose interpretation, but this book is incredibly entertaining, frightening, and mind-blowing. I would explain the plot, but there’s just so much to explain…if you want to experience what it’s like to face adult topics from the eyes of a child, this is the book for you.

3. Tears for Fears CD


My dad lent me this CD, and at first I wasn’t a fan, to be completely honest. But now, having tried out the CD in my car stereo, I feel a very teen-life vibe from this band and am enjoying their music quite a lot.

4. Aerie Perfume


I’m a sucker for new scents, especially florals. There was some sort sale going on and I ended up getting this bottle for free. Either way, it’s been a really nice light smell that’s completed my collection, at least for now. It’s a subtle floral smell, which contrasts the sharp scent of my D&G Light Blue and the heavy night air of my Lady Gaga Fame.

5. Soundcloud App



THIS APP IS EVERYTHING. You know how I always make my WYSLTWRTs remixes and stuff? Well now you can hear those tracks wherever you go with the Soundcloud app. There’s very few original tracks like you would get from Spotify or anything like that, but remix artists and just general casual electro artists put their stuff up here for everyone to hear. Costs nothing, the music is great, and it’s all around an awesome website, translated perfectly into a really well designed  app. Good job, Soundcloud.

Those are all my faves from October! Some new stuff coming soon.

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Thanks for reading!

Much love,


Everything seen is from Forever 21 except for the shoes, which are from Choies.

Everything seen is from Forever 21 except for the shoes, which are from Choies.

WYSLTWRT: Stromae “Tous Les Mêmes”

Edgy and cute are on two opposite sides of the fashion spectrum, and I always find myself battling with which side I’m on. I definitely don’t dress like a doll, but I’m not full on grunge either. However I dress is usually a reflection on my passing mood, as it is for most people. But another thing I always take into account (you may find me completely insane in doing this but I do) is the social standing I have in whatever event or setting for which I am dressing. For instance, if I’m going to an event where I know I will not have the upper hand socially, I’ll pick out something I know will set me apart and give me an air of superiority. If I know I’ll be with a trusted group of people, I wear “cuter”, more feminine pieces.

For this outfit, I wanted something smack dab in the middle for me. It’s got a platform boot and sharp colors paired with black to give an edgy vibe, but the silhouette of the apron romper and the way I styled my hair gives the outfit the vibe of a school girl.

web3NikeKali-1090  I love the kaleidoscope print on this shirt, but the wide range of colors can make it difficult to style. I decided to tone it down by pairing it with the black romper and going for soft eye makeup. The red lips tie into the color on the shirt, and the lack of eyeliner keeps the look young.


Since the outfit is pretty busy on top, I kept the accessories to a minimum (per the norm) with this gold macaroni-looking metal choker.

web3NikeKali-1074 When we shot this look, I had been listening to a lot of Stromae nonstop, so I felt the urge to try for a french-ish vibe, definitely with the hair, lips, and romper. If I ever went to France I wouldn’t hesitate to whip out this ensemble.



1) get a definitive side part.

2) apply small amounts of gel to the sides and just the roots of the top.

3) comb the top forward and fluff/shape with fingers.

Viola. 5 Minutes max.



1) Only using concealer, cover up dark circles and hit highlight areas (bridge of nose, cheek bones, forehead) with a concealer 2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone as your base. Since it’s still kind of warm I didn’t wear foundation. I usually only wear foundation in the winter.

2) Use a champagne eyeshadow and apply to the lid, with a matte mauve shadow in the creases (but only a little). Use an ivory/white shadow to highlight the brow bone. Curl the lashes (or don’t, it doesn’t look like I did in this picture) and apply a light mascara in the blackest black you can find. Filling your brows is optional.

3) Use a bit of bronzer just under the cheekbone and blend it out by using a translucent finishing powder.

4) Berry, red, orange, doesn’t matter what lipstick you use, just keep it clean.

Ta-daa! Once I figure out how to do a not-crappy-looking makeup tutorial, I will.











Thanks for reading! New collaborations, looks, Music Spotlights, etc. coming your way! Next up to bat is October Favorites.

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Hope you enjoyed this look.

Much love,


I really hate country music.

Now, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, so I don’t admit this fact about my distaste for the genre all that often. But now my secret is out; I hate it.

But here’s the thing: I know plenty of people who hate indie, alternative, folk, electronic, rap, hip hop, r&b, microhouse, kpop, etc.–all the music I live by. And while I can’t wrap my head around why they wouldn’t like some of the music I love, I respect their opinions, and they respect mine, for the most part.

Something I just cannot understand nor excuse is the elitist opinion on music. We all know that one guy who thinks that “real” music died after 1978, or the guy who believes that if a song’s not complete with a “dope” beat, it’s not worth anyone’s attention. Is music not a personal journey? To produce ANY type of music takes an enormous amount of work, so why would you rip on a music genre as a whole?

The Modern Ape explains that whether or not an individual likes a certain type of music depends on the amount of dopamine his or her brain produces when listening to a song. This is how we judge our like or dislike of a song within its first 30 seconds; some people will immediately skip a song that someone else will put on repeat for five days straight, simply because the responses in their brains differed from one another.

Extended exposure to a certain genre of music and those who enjoy it will create a “musical template” in the mind for that general sound. In other words, if I were to spend a lot of time listening to country music with people who greatly enjoyed country music, I theoretically should develop a deeper understanding and a greater tolerance for the genre at the very least.

I’m very cautious when I say I hate things because my opinion changes nine times out of ten. When I do venture to say that I hate something, I always add a disclaimer. So yeah, I hate country music, BUT: I might love it next year. And I love Brett Dennen. So.

Some people like indie, and that’s okay. Some people like prog, and that’s okay. Some people like thrash, and that’s okay.

Some people like to voice their opinion on the music they don’t like, and that’s okay.

But some people think that because a genre isn’t their favorite, it’s automatically trash and the people who find an escape and joy in that music are tasteless. And that is not okay.

Music is everything to so many people, so why hate on any aspect of it? Liking hip hop instead of classic rock doesn’t make someone a tool. Liking classic rock instead of jazz doesn’t make someone a druggie. Liking jazz instead of dubstep doesn’t make someone outdated, and liking dubstep instead of folk doesn’t make someone shallow. (I have literally heard people make these exact generalizations, so I’m not making up crap. This stuff happens.)

It’s perfectly okay to love the music you love. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But at the same time, don’t you dare make someone else feel ashamed for loving the music they love. Be unapologetic in your presence and judicial in your opinions. Respect ALL music, because that’s the least it deserves.

Much love,



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