VLOG: Philippines 2017!

I just came back from the Philippines and editing this vlog made me miss it so much! It was a great three weeks reconnecting with my family almost 24/7, haha. The three weeks also consisted of shopping, massages, church, eating (and lots of it), kickin’ it at the house, and repeat. Getting the chance to visit my dad’s side of the family in Kalibo, Aklan was so fun, too, especially since we went during Balete’s fiesta day. Anyways, let the vlog speak for itself! I hope you enjoy!

Kalibo Day 2 + Life As of Now

One last Kalibo post! As I was packing for this trip I wanted to bring along this skirt because it just screams provincial. I mean, right? Next part- styling. I was automatically inspired by my good friend from Liberty, Jessica DiCaro! During my freshman year of college I admired her effortless sense of style- bohemian chic with oversize sweaters, ethnic accessories, and a full array of maxi skirts. This girl can pull off anything! This skirt goes 10-ways so I decided to wear it the classic way with a black lace tank for texture, a scarf I used as a headband for mish mashed prints, and minimal jewelry from Mango. Thanks for inspiring me, Jess! πŸ™‚

So life has recently been hitting me with a number of things which are all exciting yet nerve racking at the same time. I am currently sewing my graduation collection, continuing to intern for CollegeFashionista for their new fall term, an interview for another internship, styling finals, and a dance audition for one of my favorite artists. There was a point last week where I felt uneasy about it all. I also tend to create scenarios of the future in my head of both success and failure which doesn’t help the matter. I really had to back track and remind myself that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. Daily struggles and challenges we face everyday shouldn’t discourage us but rather strengthen us to become better. After yesterday’s message in church on humility, my heart was overflowing of emotions. A God who created the entire universe is still mindful of me and He’s bigger than any of my worries. Instead of complaining, we should rejoice during trials which helps us develop endurance, character, confidence, and hope (Romans 5:3,4).

So if you are feeling like I did then I encourage you to bring all your cares and burdens to Christ. Talk to him. He will uplift and carry you out to strengthen you for your next move. And if you need a little more push you can tape a daily reminder on your door. πŸ™‚

Be blessed ❀

Casual in Kalibo

Taken during my mini Kalibo vacation two weeks ago! My family and I went out and visited a lot of family and friends this day so I opted for something comfortable and casual with a touch of Jireh. I also studded these shorts; I am on such a studding high I want to stud everything I own! As for the shoes (and my fresh pedicure that got ruined once I came home) I love their weaved texture and its cute little 1″ heel. Whenever I see a high top bun, turban/bandana, and huge hoop earrings I automatically think of a mamasita chica from Costa Rica. I guess that cancels out Miley Cyrus?

Aklan, Philippines

Hello again Kalibo! I went to my parent’s hometown last week with my family and it was a such a blast! There’s nothing like spending quality time with family and loved ones especially if you don’t see them very often. Much of the week consisted of going from place to place to visit my dad’s old friends and relatives. It gave me a glimpse of his life before he migrated to the States which made me admire him even more. We went to Balete where he spent most of his early childhood. It is basically a province with nothing but rice fields and mountains. Sounds kind of dry but on the contrary it’s beautiful. Definitely a nice break from Manila’s pollution.

When people think Kalibo, they automatically think of Boracay, however, most don’t know the other must-see areas of Aklan like Jawili Falls and Jawili Beach. The first time I was here was back in 2005. Fast forward seven years later and it looks exactly the same- waterfalls with seven basins of cool, clean, clear water and sky high walls of rocks and cliffs. Such a gorgeous place and plus there weren’t many people there! My mom and I hiked to the higher basins which was definitely an adventure, but once you continue making your way to the top, your eyes get even more of a treat. It’s calm and quiet; all you can hear is the water current and nature’s melody. Despite the torrential rain that occurred this past week, the Philippines does have scenic areas to offer. God’s creations are incredible!

Here’s a video mash of my week in Kalibo. Oh, the memories.