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How is your community doing after the #GlendaPH typhoon? My area only got power back yesterday so now I can finally begin catching up on some backlogs. Some of us are lucky enough to get back on our feet, but we all know many towns are still reeling from the damages Glenda has caused, especially my hometown Bicol. There are many ways we can help. If you’re on Twitter, type the hashtag #ReliefPH and you’ll instantly see ways on how you can lend a hand.
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Filipinos are the most resilient people I know. Our country is visited by an average of 20 typhoons a year and they always leave billions of destruction and hundreds of lost lives, but we always bounce back from every tragedy. And that’s what matters. Unfortunate events are a fact of life, and while they cause us so much grief and heartache, we must continue to live our lives the best way we can.
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I lost my father when I was 15. I was a daddy’s girl and losing him devastated me, but my mother showed us that dwelling on grief will do us no good. It took me a year after his death to finally recover emotionally. Now it only feels like my father is just somewhere, traveling the world, watching over me.
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If you would like to help #GlendaPH victims, here are some ways:

  • Volunteers are needed at DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City. You may contact: 02-8528081 or 02-8512681
  • Naga City, my hometown which was badly hit although recovering, is in need of volunteers who will pack goods. Donations are also accepted. Please call 054-4725462. You may go directly to the Congressional Office of Leni Gerona Robredo at Naga City Hall Compound, in front of Commission on Human Rights and Camarines Sur Medical Society.
  • If you have a phone and load, you can also send monetary donation via Red Cross by texting RED <space> AMOUNT to 4143 (Smart) or 2399 (Globe). You can donate the following denominations: Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000; Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000.

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It has been raining since July began and it’s a must that we’re always ready. My sweaters and long-sleeved tops have overtaken my entire closet. Knit sweaters can be quite expensive so I always look for preloved ones on Instagram. So far I’m loving my purchases. I find them by searching the hashtag #knitsweaterph by the way. 🙂
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Thrifted dungarees and knit sweater | Loafers from World Balance

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Pure Heroine

So this was bound to happen. I’ve been wanting to name a blog post after Lorde for months but decided against it. I previously thought that doing so would only mean my obsession over her and her songs have reached an alarming rate. But I was wrong. Now since I’ve practically mangled her album, Pure Heroine, due to overplay and finally ready to move on to a new musical obsession, I can’t be any more happy than to dub this post Pure Heroine. This, however, doesn’t mean I don’t like Lorde anymore. I still do, and will just be waiting for the next album to wear out. Hehe. It’s funny and perplexing at the same time though how people accused Lorde of being pro-drugs because of her album title. Obviously, they confused it with the highly addictive drug, heroin. Hello, people, learn to spell. There could be some word play going on, so if anything, it’s witty.

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And speaking of wearing out, if you’re my housemate or officemate, you’ve probably seen me wear this look countless times. This whole outfit–from hat to shoes–is my current obsession. This is the most comfortable ensemble I’ve worn in a while. It’s very cold in the office and blazers, jackets, and sweaters are necessary to combat the chills. Our employers are not very strict when it comes to dress codes, we can wear practically anything, as long as our upper thighs aren’t showing lol.

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My friends know I love pink, but I always insist that it isn’t my favorite color. Weird, I know. Seriously, pink is like the happiest color and I like looking bright and happy. So imagine my delight when I saw World Balance carrying these adorable loafers! I mean, since when did this they produce this kind of style? Just late last year, apparently.

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It’s great that they’re trying to cater to non-sports enthusiasts aka lazy people’s needs (ehem *guilty*). World Balance is known for using materials of the highest quality, so why not let people like me experience their products? Good move, I must say.

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This sweater was a gift (?) from my mom. Actually, she bought it for herself before the new year but since I’m a good daughter and she loves me very much, she let me have it. And I’ve been wearing it since, along with the jeggings. I swear, jeggings are a gift to mankind!

I wish I had more pictures to show, alas there’s no more. I was so busy with yesterday’s shoot. These photos were actually taken while on location and the others were busy retouching the model’s makeup. I can’t wait to show you the outcome  though! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Bershka jeggings | World Balance shoes

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Maroon Valley

Christmas is just a few days away so I decided to wear a color I never wore for an outfit post before. I don’t know exactly why I had not tried it because I actually like maroon a lot. There’s something about it that gives me warm fuzzies, reminds me so much of love and celebration during Christmas time.

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It’s also my school color—kinda weird hearing myself saying “my” school though. About 10 years ago, I only dreamed of becoming an Isko, the term used to call people who study at the University of the Philippines. Now here I am living just outside its gates and literally attending classes. They say dreams don’t wait. Maybe some, but I’ve always believed that we can achieve anything, at any age, as long as we persevere.

IMG_3560I haven’t achieved all of my goals yet, but I can sense that I’m getting there. Sometimes I would even feel very restless when I don’t have anything productive scheduled in a day, especially during my break from work. It always feels like I wasted an opportunity to do something worthwhile. So being in graduate school helps lessen that feeling of restlessness.

IMG_3568Otherwise, you would find me in the mall or in front of my computer looking at clothes. And that’s exactly what happened to me last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything before next week but I couldn’t help it when I saw this bag at Dorothy Perkins. I’ve been searching for a good black bag, so when I saw this I knew I had to get it. Same goes for these Bershka maroon pants that I got from Branded for Less and bowler hat.

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Every day it’s becoming increasingly cold here in the Philippines so I took out my fantastic furry sweater which I bought for a very low price from an online tiangge. These pretty shoes, on the other hand, are from World Balance. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of sportswear because I’m not a very sporty person. But I was so surprised when I found out that World Balance actually has a line of shoes fit for girly women like me. As many of you would expect, I chose the pair with pink on it. I just thought these would be perfect when I finally sign up to a yoga class. They’re very comfortable, and the insoles feel incredibly soft. And it meshed well with the whole outfit, too. World Balance has just released their Sports Active and Street Casual Collection and I’m pretty sure there’s a pair there you’d be interested in. You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

IMG_3572World Balance GIA shoes | Dorothy Perkins shoulder bag | Bershka pants | Liz Claiborne watch | SM Department Store bowler hat | Pre-loved furry sweater

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