The Eye-Popping Street Art of St. Petersburg

Mural by Ricky Watts

St. Petersburg is a millenial’s paradise. It has a vibrant community of artists, skateboarders, surfers, and young entrepreneurs and professionals, making it (arguably) the hippest neighborhood in Florida. If you were to ask me, I’d like to live there too. It has everything I’m looking for in a place–the beach is just a stone’s throw away and there are plenty of museums, galleries, gyms, quaint novelty shops, and cafes to explore. But perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when talking about St. Pete is the street art.

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South Carolina Stopover

Our first stopover on the way home to Tampa, Florida was South Carolina. While I was taking my master’s degree at the University of the Philippines, I studied American culture and literature, and the African-American history is one of many topics that fascinated me. And so, Chad and I decided to have a quick lunch in the historic town of Charleston and check out the nearby places while we were in the area. We drove through the amazing Ravenel Bridge, a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the Cooper River in SC that connects downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

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Marooned

Publishing my first post after redesigning my blog! Have you noticed? I thought maybe Metamorphosis just needs a brand new layout to inspire me to write again. So far it’s working, I think. I managed to haul my ass out of the rut and forced my sister Denice to take my pictures. Hopefully this newfound excitement doesn’t wear off too fast, otherwise it’ll look like I’ve once again abandoned this blog. *crossed fingers* I hate how I easily lose interest in things, honestly.

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If not for blogger events, I wouldn’t have anything to post here. But I realized my readers deserve better. So last week, I decided to redesign the website to start a new leaf, attended an event (my first this year), and started planning content. I already have 4 other blog posts in the works.

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So what have I been up to lately? Aside from dealing with occasional anxiety attacks and mood swings, I have been editing manuscripts and writing a lot for two websites  since the new year began. Quite frankly, I’m not very confident with my writing skills, but I haven’t been let go yet so I guess I’m doing okay haha! Chad always tells me I’m a good writer but I just chalk it up to him being supportive and hopelessly in love with me hahaha! 😛

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Shooting this set was particularly hard to do. It’s been a while since I did an OOTD post so I forgot how to pose properly for the camera (note the awkward smile below lol). It’s like I’ve become this entirely new person, as if I’ve never done countless photoshoots in the past. It’s weird how time changes you.

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I feel like I’m in a phase where I truly know what kind of person I want to be, although I’m still in the process of figuring out how to be that person. I still like dressing up and putting on makeup every once in a while but they don’t feel as exhilarating as they used to be. Right now, I just want to have a simple, quiet, and happy life with my loved ones by my side.

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Pants and Shoes from Forever 21 | Top from TrendZone – Maginhawa

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Anyway, this is what I wore to the #LuxNights with Solenn Heusaff a few days ago. More on that in another post, so be sure to come back! 🙂

Taking Chances

As the year draws to a close, I cannot help but feel a mixture of regret and sadness sometimes.  I don’t feel I made good use of my time. I know that may be an exaggeration–pretty sure I’ve had achievements in the past months, but I can’t identify one that I can consider as the highlight of my year. I can’t remember an event that I can truly be proud of and say, “Hey, I did this!” or “I’ve overcome this.” All the issues that I’d been struggling with earlier this year are still here, which is odd since I’ve always had crisis periods but they would go away after a few weeks or months. Is it because I’m getting old?

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I don’t think so. I don’t mind getting old at all. I honestly can’t wait to be married to Chad, my fiance, and make memories with him. What I don’t like is wasting time, and I admit that I’m very guilty of this. I question myself too much, which causes me to doubt my capabilities. What annoys me more is that I’m aware I’m doing this to myself but I’m not doing anything to reverse the situation. I used to be a very driven young lady; I knew what I wanted and did everything to get it. But 2015 came and BAM! I became a completely different person.

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JORD: Carving the Path to Sustainable Fashion

I used to hear the term ‘Sustainable Environment’ at school and read it on the news a lot, but I haven’t really given it any thought until recently. But with Emma Watson embarking on a new fashion challenge, which is to create a full outfit using eco-friendly brands, I have become more conscious of what I wear. We see pictures of the devastating effects of climate change online (even the refugee crisis the world is currently experiencing is an indirect result of it) so it is important that we rethink and re-evaluate our choices–and I’m starting with ACCESSORIES.

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Wooden watches are becoming popular nowadays but I’ve always hesitated on purchasing one because I’m concerned about their durability. Thank heavens for JORD for sending me this beautiful timepiece to review. The company is composed of artists, designers, and business professionals who create one-of-a-kind watches. Because the timepieces are handcrafted by skilled artisans and made of aged hardwood and quality automatic and mechanical movements, their products are built to last.

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The watch box alone made me think of many ways to use it. Aside from storing my watch, it can also be a jewelry box or a place to put those little notes I get from friends. It’s really well made and I like that it is also crafted out of wood.

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I decided to match the watch with my new paisley dress. One great thing about neutral colors is you can pair it with almost anything. I chose the ELY Maple watch so I can use it for various types of outfits. It is surprisingly sturdy despite it being made of wood. The wristband has steel hinges so they won’t just snap. The enclosures are made of steel as well.

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But how about the sizing? JORD has a ruler which you can print to measure your wrist size. The ruler is pretty accurate and the instructions are very clear. I measured 16.5 and it fit perfectly when I wore it! I’ve already received several compliments from my boyfriend, friends, and family after they’ve seen me wearing it. It not only looks chic and sophisticated–it’s also environment-friendly! 🙂 The store also carries several styles and colors. They also have items for men.

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These photos were taken just outside a seminary in Naga. I’ve always wanted a picture there because the structures are pretty historic. The Cathedral, along with the seminary, was built during the Spanish occupation, and I am glad my hometown has preserved some of its treasures.

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Wooden Watches by JORD

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Wood Watch from JORD | Dress from Avery’s Closet | Heels from Forever 21 | Bag from Parisian

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So what fashionable steps have you taken to protect the environment? Share your thoughts below!