About Cara:

Cara is a Lifestyle and Technical Writer. She has combined both interests in her ‘Stylish+Geek’ blog.

Cara started working at the age of 16 as a fashion and print model. She won a national Ford Models competition called Supermodel of the Philippines. and three years later coveted the Miss Philippines title and placed in the Top 10 at the Miss World pageant. She has been represented by Ford Models/Grimme, STARS San Francisco, CalCarries Hong Kong, Elite Hong Kong, and PMAP.

She finished her undergrad studies at the University of California at Berkeley, pursued a career in broadcast journalism, and became a news anchor, producer, reporter, and TV personality. She has been represented by ABS-CBN Global and Genesis Manila. During this time she continued to hone her creative skills in writing, digital editing, photography, and graphic design through a combination of work experience and self-study.

After settling down to have a family, Cara switched careers to Technical Communications and Project Management, and currently holds management role in a medical device company. From time to time she hosts Television Shows and Special Events.

Cara started lifestyle blogging in 2005, but more mainstream in 2008. She also has an affinity for digital technology and social media. In 2008 she decided to combine all her interests into a lifestyle and technology digital platform called Stylish+Geek.

What is Stylish+Geek?

Thank you for visiting my blog! However means you got here I am grateful! Now you might wonder, why such an odd name…stylish ‘plus’ geek? The short answer is it simply describes me.

But to elaborate, let me tell you my THOUGHTS ON STYLE…..

Cara started modeling at the age of 16. This experience brought exciting travels to Europe, South Africa, America, and Asia.

As a former model, I cultivated an admiration for the fashion figures (designers, directors, assistants, stylists, photographers, makeup artists, editors, etc.) who work behind the scenes in fashion shows and editorial shoots. They have an incredible knack of putting together ensembles from black labels, trendy shops, and vintage finds that reflect their respective persona.

It was through working with them that I realize the value of having your own personal style. How it becomes an efficacious medium of projecting your individuality and creativeness. And there is no specific formula. One does not have to constantly pander in brand name outfits or imitate the dressings of a famous Hollywood personality. Instead you should find inspiration in the environment, the people you meet, the movies you see, the places you travel, and many other sources, and use fashion to make a statement of who you are.

Although I am no longer active in the fashion industry I still feed my affinity by reading a myriad of fashion books, magazines, dailies, and blogs. I also find observing people’s personal style a favorite pastime. I admire everyone, but I usually get inspiration from those who do not take fashion too seriously.

And while I have my fashion basics down to pat, my personal style is an ever evolving process. What is essential is carrying the right attitude of confidence, grace, and a great sense of humor. Of course there is also the practical matter. Despite my exposure to high fashion, I was never privy to purchasing without being sensible. I love bargain hunting and indulging on prudent buys. Who ever said you couldn’t purchase the ‘must have’ at a ‘steal price’?

So with this in mind I now express through Stylish+Geek my blithe interpretation on how fashion can project one’s style.

Now here comes the GEEKY part…..

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Cara pursued her dream of becoming a Broadcast Journalist. She anchored a news program for 7 years.

Before I learned about fashion and style, I was a geek. 

I was a geek the day I started schooling. My credentials were: Dean’s Lister, President of the Junior Librarians Club, soprano in the Glee Club, and Officer of the Chess and Science Clubs. I also dressed the part. I had boyish-cut hair, thick glasses, and a mouthful of silver braces. 

But things would change when I started my undergraduate studies. I outgrew my nonchalance attitude and paid more attention to my looks. I also opened my eyes to opportunities that came my way, such as modeling stints with Ford Models, Stars, Elite, and CalCarries. I had the privilege of being an ambassador of goodwill when I represented the Philippines in the Miss World Pageant. And my dream came true when I found a career in broadcast news and television hosting.

Through the years I continued to be exposed to the glamour, the media, and all things glitzy. But as time went by I found myself settling down, having a family, performing the role of a wife, mom, and working citizen. And in this phase I found myself in the technical field – technology, project management, and technical communications. 

So it comes to no surprise that my blog is called the Stylish+Geek. I have not turned my back on fashion and all things aesthetically creative. In fact, I continue to engage, but quite prudently, in efforts that define my personal style. However, I do keep it real that my interests are also all things geeky, such as the digital arts, social media, software applications, and the latest gadgets. This blog attests to that. It’s title carries the perfect adjectives that describe me.

So that pretty much sums up why it’s Stylish+Geek. I hope you enjoy my articles, visit often, and spread the word!

New Reader? Here’s some articles to get you started…..

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Cara’s blogging challenge is not finding the time to create posts, but trying to get her adorable #CalicoKiwi off the keyboard!

Figuring out what to wear with the existing staples in your closet? Check out my FASHION BOOK…it’s chalk full of info on workhorse basics that you can mix and match. No need to drive to the mall, just shop right into your closet!

Olive Oil for long lashes? Colgate White to zap the unwanted zits? I have rounded up helpful ideas learned from family, friends, and reads to bring you the absolutely essential and note worthy TIPS AND TRICKS!

Want to get into RUNNING? How about YOGA? Although I am not a fitness buff (are you kidding? My husband has to drag me every time!), my articles on ROAD TO WELLNESS shares with stories on how I got (still trying actually!) myself into the healthy and fitness path.

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Cara doesn’t find writing challenging, it’s trying to keep from being distracted from Cleo’s uber sexy kitten pose.

I am in awe of the works of professional photographers and amateurs. As a budding neophyte in this area I take interest in mixing classroom/book knowledge with practical experience. My first photo book ‘PLAYING WITH THE LIGHT, Photographs of a Neophyte‘, showcased exactly that – my work born out of practice. For more of my photography work do have a look at Creative Passions: Photography.

Did you know you can take free photography lessons online? Yup, just check out THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY and Crafty’s Photography Class. And if you want a slideshow of your photographs check out my feature on Haiku Deck.

Want to whip up a personal webpage or create one for your business? It’s free with SPLASH PAGES. Want to do some digital editing without paying a cent? PAINT WITH SUMO is the must see! How about free conference calls? You have to check out my take on UberConference. All these cool software applications and more are featured in my Digital Tools page.

And if you need more blog resources, I have compiled a list of amazing blogs to read via my BLOG ROLL and GEEKY SPEAK

123 Responses to About Me

  1. Jennifer says:

    Nice to meet you! I love getting a close up look at the blogger behind the keyboard. Thanks!

  2. ctcarra says:

    Nice to get to know you. I used to model some years back. Your cat is too cute 🙂

  3. So nice to read more about you! Your pics are stunning!! Thank you for sharing your story 😉

  4. You re the prettiest geek there is! Your bio is pretty impressive as well, keep it up!

  5. It’s lovely meeting you. You are indeed and stylish Geek! I love it.

  6. Nice to meet you! I had never heard of stylish and geeky together before until now!

  7. Wow! Congrats on all of your incredible accomplishments. You have a lot to be proud of. I love your geeky side. Geeky is good! It means that you aren’t afraid to be who you are!

  8. It is so nice to get to know more about you and how you became the blogger that you are today! You have some amazing accomplishments under your belt and I think Stylish+Geek fits you perfectly!

  9. Krystal says:

    It’s so nice to meet you a little more formally! You have had an awesome career path. I am loving your accomplishments.

  10. I love getting to know more about the person behind the blog! Congrats on Miss World and being a news Anchor! Quite the accomplishments <3

  11. I love finding out more about bloggers!! You have quite an amazing story building up to where you are now!!

  12. Michele says:

    You have led an interesting life and I totally understand your blog title now that you have explained it. Keep doing what you are doing and you will get even farther then you already have.

  13. You have certainly lived a more interesting life than I have. I love reading about me pages to get to know the bloggers that I frequent. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you. But trust me each of us have interesting lives that are just as exciting and fulfilling, and sometimes challenging. I know that balancing work, wife, and mom duties is even harder than a mid-term or pursuing a news story! Haha!

  14. Hi Cara! I worked as a technical writer for a few years after graduating university! It can be fun sometimes, right? Nice to meet you and I’m going to start following your blog!

  15. brook devid says:

    Amazing.thank u so much for sharing all this about you.i get more connected now with what u write bcz i know u well… every blogger should write an article like this ..

  16. I love your “about me” section! I think it is great that you have so many credentials and graduated with so many honors- and you were in the Glee club! Me too! 🙂 It is awesome to take care of ourselves, it took me many years to start caring for my appearance and clothing and it feels pretty darn good. Thanks!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you Tiffany. Honestly I was the type of kid that didn’t go the popular circuit in high school but just pursued my interests and hobbies. Although everyone wanted to be popular, I was always fine being a geek. Taking care of my appearance happened much later, which probably makes me a late bloomer. 🙂

  17. Alli says:

    It’s always fun to go behind the scenes and get to know a bit more about the blogger behind the blog. You’ve racked up quite an impressive list of accomplishments, including being a mom, one of my favorite accomplishments of all. 🙂

  18. How cool to have a modeling background, I bet that was an interesting journey and experience! Also, a journalism background provides a lot of variety. I majored in newspaper journalism, and although I didn’t follow that as a career path after graduation, I still use the skills learned every single day.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Yona. You are absolutely right. I was actually thinking that someday when I retire from the workforce I would do freelance lifestyle writing and photography. I have always had this passion to write stories…in a journalistic manner. 🙂

  19. Congratulations on everything you have achieved it’s so nice seeing others who have just as much ambition as i do!

  20. Carolann says:

    Nice to get to meet you! Love the pics too! Looks like you have many so many awesome achievements in your young age. Congrats and keep it going!

  21. Glad to learn a little bit about your life and work. Will enjoy following along!

  22. mrsmomx6 says:

    How fantastic! A geek, a fashion gal, I love it! You certainly have your hand in several jars…atta girl 🙂

  23. You are very beautiful and in my opinion being geeky is a plus =)

  24. ” What is essential is carrying the right attitude of confidence, grace, and a great sense of humor.” I love that and you are right, I agree completely!

  25. Love this! It’s great to learn more about you and how you got your start. The link to your photobook doesn’t seem to be working. I’ve been playing around with photography lately, and I’d love to see your work. 🙂

  26. Jenny says:

    I love to find out more about bloggers!! Its sounds like you have had an amazing career so far! It’s crazy the different paths that life takes us down as we get older! Nice to “meet you”!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you Jenny! Like you I like to spend time with my blogger tribes to get to know more of the bloggers. I have met so many amazing women and their own stories are so fantastic and inspirational! 🙂

  27. Liz Mays says:

    I love that so many bloggers have different backgrounds and histories! It’s interesting hearing how people get into blogging.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you Liz! I completely agree! I love meeting fellow bloggers too and listening to how they got started. They also have inspirational stories to share. 🙂 Hope we meet one day in the blogging events or conferences.

  28. Wow, what a wonderful background; so many interesting jobs in the past.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Agata! One of the important lessons instilled by my grandparents and parents is never turn down an ‘positive’ opportunity. Even if it seems scary or it may not be in your line of interest (i.e. me joining a beauty pageant), it never hurts to try because you never know…it just might lead you to opportunities that do fall in line with your interests. 🙂

  29. That is a wonderful background. Thank you for being so personal and letting us get to really know you.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you Katrina 🙂 I’ve been asked several times why my blog is called ‘Stylish + Geek’, so I thought I would relate this in my about me page. I guess it’s best to say the story behind the name. 🙂

  30. Breanna says:

    This was such a fun post to read! You are gorgeous, and so super talented! 🙂 I’m so glad to “meet” you via blogging! 🙂

  31. Beth says:

    Loved this! Always fun to get to know more about the face behind the blog– and another fellow geeky girl 😛

  32. Freya says:

    I always find it really interesting to learn more about the person behind the blog. Congrats with all your accomplishments, a very impressive list and I love the name Stylish Geek.

  33. Jeanine says:

    Wow how cool! Love learning about people behind the blogs I enjoy!

  34. Holy crap! Way to stack up those kickass credentials, jeez. Good for you! I feel the same way about fashion and primarily gather my own inspiration from those who don’t seem to take it too seriously. I like the classic look and feel that “put together” is more appealing than “made up”, if that makes any sense.
    I’m checking out the pages you suggested at the bottom- free photography classes online are right up my alley. Thanks for that useful suggestion! 🙂

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you Alysia 🙂 Trust me I did not even think about the credentials. I just thought I would take any positive opportunity as they come without compromising my values and beliefs. 🙂

      Yes, I definitely love those who do not take fashion too seriously. I am also not fond of the ‘brand name’ droppers. I feel if one carries oneself very well it doesn’t matter what brand it is. 🙂

  35. MJ says:

    Nice to meet you. You have a fun and interesting background. People tend to separate brains from beauty. You have both and that’s an awesome thing to showcase.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Nice to meet you too MJ 🙂 Thank you so much. I think from my experience the one I am most proud of, although it can be challenging at times, is being a Mom. 🙂

  36. Stephanie says:

    Nice to meet you. You have had such a great career so far. Very inspirational.

  37. That is so fun! I love about pages because I can see more of the person behind the blog!

  38. Stephanie C. says:

    I love reading about the author behind a blog! It’s so nice to get to know you! What an amazing career you’ve had so far!

  39. Trish says:

    What an interesting story you have! Looking forward to seeing more from your blog 🙂

  40. Nice to meet you! You have a really interesting story!

  41. Lauren R says:

    I had NO IDEA you used to be a model!! How cool is that! I loved this get to know you post! You seem like a real #girlboss and I want to be blogging besties lol! xoxo

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Lauren! Haha! I owe that to my parents who have me the height genes. It isn’t every day you see a 5’11” Asian. 🙂 And I would love to be blogging besties with you too! 🙂

  42. So impressed. Thank you for introducing yourself to us.

  43. TANYA LARA says:

    Hello there, Cara! It’s great to read about the person behind the blog. Stylish+Geek is the perfect name for your blog then! 🙂 Great to see women into so many different things — especially the geeky part that’s dominated by males; I know absolutely nothing about tech — and still have passion for things like fashion and lifestyle.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Hi Tanya! Thank you so much! Actually when I was trying to find a name I didn’t have a difficult time coming up with Stylish+Geek, albeit it may sound like a strange combination!

      I think what helped hone my geeky nature is one longtime friend who got me into loving the internet back in the mid 90s (yes it was mostly text back then!), my brothers who are the epitome of geekiness (although both are very handsome…there I said it!), and my hubby who even got me to playing WOW (world of warcraft) just so I can spend time with him! LOL!

      • TANYA LARA says:

        Good strategy by your hubby, getting you into gaming, LOL! Wise man. Thinking of a name for my travel blog was quite easy for me, too, except that the .com was already taken. 🙂 And even my own name is taken as well!

  44. Myrabev says:

    Loved getting to know the behind the scenes girl of this lovely blog, I work for a pharma company and only learning the ropes on Medical devices maybe I will shoot you a question sometime.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Myrabev! Sure shoot me an email…although pharmaceuticals (mostly drugs and biologics) have a different regulation than medical devices. Oh goodness…please dont’ get me started on the med-tech jargon. I usually leave that mentality at the office! LOL!

  45. I love the name and it fits. It is awesome that you combined the two things you love. I so adore the cat on the keyboard photo. It cracked me up. Thanks for sharing.

  46. leybainpublic says:

    IDOL! You accomplished a lot of things already and for sure, you will do more!

  47. Rosey says:

    CalicoKiwi was tired of the mouse getting all of the action, hahaha I like the name, I think everything sounds great!

  48. Bonnie @ wemake7 says:

    Nice to meet ya. =) I love when Bloggers do an About Me post. Congrats on all your life’s accomplishments. So awesome!

  49. Erin says:

    Love this post! It’s so nice to “meet” you 🙂

  50. Ricci says:

    Nice to meet you!! What a great “about me” page, it’s always fun learning new things about bloggers!!

  51. slysamblogs says:

    Thank you for sharing. You have an interesting life! It is always fun to get to know the person behind the blog. I love the picture of your cat sleeping on the keyboard. Too cute!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you! My Kiwi is indeed uber adorable without even trying too hard! But wait! I didn’t want my new kitten to feel left out so I included a photo of the newest addition to our family – caliby Cleo! Just look at his hilarous pose…with matching tongue out! So crazy!

  52. So nice to meet you! Great list of achievements. Keep it up!!!

  53. It’s so nice to meet you! Love getting to know other bloggers in the blogosphere. I think I may need to do one of these posts as well. 🙂

  54. Nice premise for a blog. I think my older daughter is a stylish geek as well.

  55. meunfinished says:

    Hi! Nice to meet you! There is nothing wrong with being geeky 🙂 Kuddos on all you have accomplished and I wish you more success to come!

  56. Bailey K. says:

    I love your “geekiness”. 😉 I think that’s the type of style I like probably more than others. 🙂

  57. Manu Kalia says:

    I never thought that a stylish geek is so much inspiring. The captures was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  58. I love reading about the face behind a blog! Very nice to meet you! looking forward to reading more awesome post from you!

  59. Victoria says:

    Nice to meet you. I always love getting to know more about the blogger behind the blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts and great about me page. I will make sure to check for your fitness articles as I am trying to get myself in shape.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Hi Victoria! Thank you so much! And goodness…I better start writing more fitness articles then. Haha…I am really the opposite of a fitness buff, but I married one…does that count? LOL! Seriously though I try to maintain a state of wellness. Keyword is ‘try’. I’m still a student at this. :op

  60. Katarina K says:

    Hey Cara, I’m glad to join in your readers’ club 🙂 I’m looking forward to new articles!

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