FORME top and shorts, COCCO boater hat, collar necklace by Ling Dacudao, Forever 21 heels, Ode to Her ring, Giani Bernini sling bag from Dushbag
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re stuck and you’re struggling to emerge from it? I’m beginning to wonder if the things I’m currently doing are indeed worth the effort, and if my hard work will bear any fruit at all. Before, I was so certain of what to do with my life that I have even drafted a ten-year plan. Slowly, albeit not entirely and exactly as planned, I achieved some of them bit by bit, despite the fact that I only came from a humble family. And I know that that is something to be proud of. But what if all the hard work will amount to nothing? What if what you want isn’t really meant for you to have? How would you know?
I feel like escaping sometimes so I could free myself from my own questions, go somewhere sequestered and stay hidden for a while. Oftentimes when I need to contemplate on things, I detach myself from everything and go somewhere calming, like the woods. I know escaping is not the best way of facing one’s own demons but for some reason, I feel very at ease with nature. It helps me rediscover and rework myself, so this shoot with Jashen was very cathartic for me. Although I have not completely won over my battles, I’m beginning to see a glimmer of hope.
I am thankful to the people who never give up on me and to those I’ve met recently. For ForMe clothing to take a chance on me, despite the crisis I am going through, is very humbling. Maybe, just maybe, all the effort could be worth it after all.
Photos by Jashen Manuel
*First and last photo were post-processed by yours truly. ‘Trying to copy Jashen’s awesome style but apparently I failed. lol