Getting Over My Slump

[Dress worn as top: H&M| Shorts: Tailor made| Flats: Tiny Ensembles| Bag: Nine West]

If I have periodic absences with my blog postings, it is not because I do not have anything to write about, it is simply because I do not want to. When I don’t post a selfie or my outfit of the day, it’s not because I don’t have anything to wear- I just do not want to have my photo taken. When I refuse to take my camera out and take product shots or film a vlog, it isn’t because I have run dry of ideas, I simply cannot find the willpower to do so. My personal notebook is filled to the brim with backlogs, content ideas and drafts which you will eventually see online, someday, but sometimes I find myself in a slump.

Slumps are difficult things especially in a world that requires us to be consistent, relevant & present. I find myself faced with this challenge more often than I would want but I am trying and finding out ways to conquer it. So here are a few ways that I get over my “slump” which I hope will be beneficial to you as well:

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1. Set goals

I always believe that goals should be SMART-  specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bounded. I like to carry a notebook with me where I have written down my short and long term goals which I often take the time to look at, internalize, tick off and create new goals with. I find that these goals keep me inspired, excited and thirsty for life and at the same time, being able to achieve them gives me a sense of fulfillment. However, I constantly have to remind myself that some goals take longer than others to achieve which is why it is important to always count your blessings. Every single one.

Try setting daily, weekly, quarterly, yearly and life time goals but also remember that if you can’t achieve some of them, there are other mountains for you to conquer. Life has its reasons for not granting us everything we want… we’ll realize why in the right time. Hopefully.

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2. Set a routine

Nothing great happens simply sitting down, wishing and waiting for something to happen. I find that practicing a routine is effective in jump starting my day and in conditioning my brain to get things done. Try waking up at a specific time, stretching/ reflecting/ getting ready in the morning and accomplishing your daily set goals. If you can’t get everything done in one day, don’t beat yourself up about, tomorrow will come and you’ll have another chance at it. We don’t always win.

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3. Be contented with what you have

Contentment, I believe, is a crucial factor in staying motivated. I admit that sometimes I get impatient and anxious that I’m “not quite where I want to be at 25” but when I sit down to count my blessings, I come to realize that I am blessed beyond belief and that makes me OK. On my personal blog, I am trying to make it a practice to list down the things I am thankful for at the end of each day. I’ve only started writing it, but even just collating thoughts can be extremely helpful.

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4. Be ready for adversities

What would life be without a little trouble, eh? Arm yourself, toughen up and face challenges like a boss- storms will pass and the water will become clear again, it’s all about how you swim with or against it.

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5. Have a good support system

I used to think that I could do everything on my own and that if it was my own struggle, I had no right sharing it with others but it was when I was going what felt like the hardest time of my life that I realized how wrong I truly was and I regret doing it later than sooner. Friends, family and loved ones weren’t given to us just for the good times, they’re there for us even when we are at our worst and that is something that no one should take fore granted. Surround yourself with people who love you, motivate you and see the dreams and the good in your heart- they will bring out the best in you and possibly the fire you didn’t know you still had in you. Life can be pretty amazing, especially when you least expect it.

 

Whether you’re just being lazy, going through a quarter/ mid-life crisis or for whatever reason you have, do know that you’re not alone in this world. We all have those days and no one can judge you for that but your struggles can and will be conquered if you allow it to.

So keep on keeping on. You are loved!

xx,

Issa Perez

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Floral Ambitions

It’s been a long, crazy, sometimes lazy, sometimes painful month or so and I feel like I needed to disconnect myself in order to come back bigger and better. Sorry for that short hiatus.

My life has changed so much lately and I’ve been making some pretty big adjustments including moving to a bigger place, setting new career goals and setting new challenges for myself and for the people around me. I have learned that it is important to keep ourselves constantly excited and always looking forward to something instead of just going with the flow and seeing where life takes us. I have learned that the biggest sacrifices often yield the biggest and most unexpected blessings and above all, that life goes on.

Having said all of this, which by the way is totally unrelated to this blog post, I have realized that when life gets hard (like it always does), we all just need to learn how to stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes the answers to the questions we are looking for are in the most simple things, we just haven’t seen them yet. That’s OK though, we eventually do. I eventually did.

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Floral halter top: Let’s Stylize (@letsstylize)

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Bloom on,

Issa P.

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Babies & Brunches

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I still have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that most of my friends are already working, let alone getting married and having babies! But yes, I am finally at that age where everyone thinks we have out sh*t together but the reality is, the majority of us are still trying to figure it out.
Being an “adult” is definitely a lot harder than what I had imagined it to be and to be honest, I don’t even think I’m half way there which means I have A LOT of growing up and maturing to do. When I was younger, I thought adulthood simply revolved around work and family but apparently, it involves a lot more than that… most of which I am not prepared for and some, I am just grateful to have even experienced. But when life gets hard, and it usually does, I know that I can always lean on my girlfriends for a good support system.
Struggles, jobs and people may come and go and I guess that’s a big part of life but always keep your friends close because with the right ones, you will never lose you way!

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Dress: H&M

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Heels: H&M

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Love you mga Yobs!

Issa P. 

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Sunday’s Best

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Sundays are known as the ultimate rest day when nobody feels like dressing up or… getting out of bed in general. So this Sunday look that I put together is something that is easy to put on, move around in and get everything done for the week up ahead.  Plus, it’s a good cover up if you’re nursing a hang over from the weekend but don’t want the world to know your sins. LOL.

Every lady needs a good girl look. For me, this is it.

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Button up polo: Uniqlo| Sweater: H&M| Denim jeans: Guess| Bag: Zalora (HDY)| Sneakers: Adidas Superstars

Enjoy your week,

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VLOG: Cut & Style This Sinulog with Island Souvenirs!

Pit Senyor, mga Higala!

Get your festival fever on by dropping by the closest Island Souvenirs outlet near you and enjoy all their Sinulog merchandise like T- shirts, hair chalk, head dresses, colored powder and other awesome merchandise!

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Also, catch us at the annual Sinulog Cut & Style Fashion show this January 15 (Friday) at 5:00 pm onwards at the SM Northwing!

 To find out more about the event and their products, make sure to follow them on Facebook and to check out their videos, too!
See you there!
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Serious Sundays: Is He Sincere?

It’s another Sunday and another episode of Serious Sundays with ME! 🙂

This weeks question is from a very sweet reader of mine who I have had the pleasure of meeting and actually becoming friends with. Hope my advice helps you, L!

If you want to send in your questions, find out how in the description box.

Til next week,

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The Best Burger In Cebu

 

We are on the look out for Cebu’s Best Burger. Yes guys, this is serious business.

Catch the pilot episode of my new food series focusing on finding the best food in Cebu, The Blind _______ Challenge. And of course I had to start with burgers!

This is just ONE of the many awesome things I have lined up for my new youtube channel so I hope you guys find the time to watch it, like and subscribe to my videos for more stuff like this.

Also, I know the video quality and the background and what not aren’t quite there but I am working to improving my videos in the near future so <3!

Follow Josh (@joshvarelawhut) and Jet (@jetluga) on Instagram!

Eat On,

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Small City Girl feat. Sammy Dress

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I come from a small city but my dreams are pretty big and I guess when you’ve got dreams of running the world in style, you’ve got to dress the part, too.

Sammy Dress does a great job of providing me with endless choices of apparel to choose from that come in affordable prices. I love how they have so many things to choose from like wigs, winter wear, bikinis and everyday items that I can keep in my closet for a very long time. Just like this suede fringe skirt that brought so much life into my look.

Make sure to check them out. New members get a 10% discount!

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Hat: Topshop| Polo: Ralph Lauren| Skirt: Sammy Dress| Heels: Parisian| Bag: Nine West

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Photography by: Benj Montgomery

Dream on, Dreamer,

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A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Halloween Dressing

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Halloween is just around the corner and just in case you’re reading this 2 hours before deciding to actually go out on Halloween this year and there’s not enough time to decide what to wear then you’re welcome!

I absolutely LOVE Halloween especially because it’s a couple of days before my birthday so I’ve been throwing costume parties ever since I can remember! This year I decided to tick my costume ideas post a little earlier so I can go ahead and concentrate on other things that are soon to grace this wonderful website. #progress

So here are my “lazy” costume ideas for this year’s Halloween festivities…

CURRY FINAL

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Continue to celebrate this year’s NBA champions by showing off your love for this awesome team. Or, if you’re a fan of any other basketball team then throw on a jersey and show off your team spirit! Generally, all you need is the necessary merchandise and a glow ball to complete your look. It’s simple, easy AND you have an excuse to wear sneakers the entire night!

KANYE FINAL

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I got this costume from my little sister who decided to go as Kanye West during one of her costume parties. It’s a good reason to wear an all black ensemble and it’s pretty funny to carry a crying Kim Kardashian with you everywhere you go. Plus points if you can find someone willing to be your very own Kim K. for the night. Costume idea here.

LILO AND STITCH FINAL

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Lastly, you can also opt to go as Lilo from Lilo and Stitch. Honestly, I could have done better on the sewing job but this is “a lazy girl’s guide to Halloween dressing” so props to me for even trying!

I hope you enjoy dressing up for Halloween this year and please tag me on Instagram (@issaplease) if you decide to go as any of these 3 choices.

Live long lazy one,

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Behind On Fashion

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 Is it bad that I’m only getting starting to enjoy exploring with “print on print” now that it’s completely obsolete? Perhaps. But then again, I’ve never been the one to enjoy trends that much anyways.

When it comes to trends, I’m admittedly always a step behind. I didn’t know keeping a “clean” Instagram was cool, I thought lace ups were still called gladiators, I also thought culottes were just long pants and the list goes on. Thank god minimalist dressing is in because now my lack of effort can finally be justified.

But then again, who wants to be like everyone else? I’ll be the pop of color when everyone’s in white washed neutrals!

Trend or no trend aside, just be you. Fashion is an expression of what you are and it fills in the gaps with words that need not be spoken. And remember, history repeats itself when it comes to fashion… so hopefully, this look will become relevant in a couple more years!

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Dress used as top: Cotton On| Skirt: Given| Sandals: Carcar

Photography: Chay Ramirez

xx,

Issa

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