Loving Your Body [Shot by Hub Pacheco]

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post these or any sets of photos that I’ve recently done over the year but these photos are waaay overdue.

A good friend on mine, Hub Pacheco and I, decided to meet up in Manila while I was there for my Chicken, Pork, Adobo Christimas party. It was such a relief seeing a familiar face while I was there as I was definitely outside of my comfort zone. Speaking of comfort zones, this shoot was also one of them.

I’m not fond of intimate shoots purely for the reason that it leaves the onlookers with nothing else to look at but myself. When you’re shooting an outfit photo, there are so many things that come into play- I make you look at a beautiful photo with beautiful backdrops and clothes to match. In a shoot like this, it’s just me and I honestly don’t know how I feel about that.

It also doesn’t help that I have gained about 20 lbs since these photos were taken.

But through weight gain and a slow road to self acceptance, I have learned that weight is something you can gain and lose as you please- self love and confidence is something you gain overtime and it’s not something that should come and go like your BMI. So I have always chosen to love myself because I owe myself THAT much and ykw, I do!

  

Also, wine makes me sleepy.

Issa P.

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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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[VLOG] September Favorites

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My monthly favorite vlogs are finally back after 4 long months. Sorry, friends!

But anyways, help yourselves to the things that have kept me sane while I was gone.

Love you all,

Issa Perez

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Not So Dirty Laundry

My summers are always a little behind in terms of Philippine weather well, either that or they always seem to be a little longer than expected (on account of visiting family). But if it means getting to lounge in a bikini regardless if it’s a gloomy or a sunny day, I really can’t complain! Life seems to be much better when you’re wearing something bright and playful, anyways.
For this beach trip, I was glad to have brought my Laundry Clothing crotchet bikini with me which coincidentally matched the pastel blue hotel walls perfectly. In reality, I wasn’t able to swim on this trip because… uhhh… anyways… but being to sport this piece for at least a few hours still made it well worth the trip!
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For your very own crocheted bikinis, make sure to get them from Laundry Clothing!

Follow me on IG for more exciting its-not-really-summer-but-it-kinda-is adventures- @issaplease

Smell ya later,

Issa P.

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Beating Time with G- Shock & Shockwear

I’ve recently been given the opportunity to be one of the ambassadors of G-Shock’s official distributors, Shockwear located at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde and as you’ve already seen in a previous post of mine, this post was done about a month ago and will be used as marketing collateral for the brand.

G-Shock has been around for a while already and are popularly known for being the ultimate tough watch. Way back when, it was designed with the intent to create a watch that would never break without compromising an attractive design. Fast forward to today, the G-Shock watches are known for just that, durability and also a unique structure- definitely what people want in their watches!

Since G-Shock’s are well sought after, it is no surprise that imitation brands are everywhere! Sure, they’re a lot cheaper as compared to the original versions but fake watches will never make you appreciate the brand for what it really is. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re purchases are genuine  and are bought from official distributors like Shockwear.

Check out their collection below:

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  Make sure to check Shockwear at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde for your authentic G-Shock watches that are sold less as compared to other retail stores!

Out,

Issa Perez

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[VLOG] Behind The Scenes with G Shock & Shockwear Watches @ The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

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G Shock and Baby G watches have been in my blood ever since I was a little girl. I fondly remember their 90’s designs and using the detachable rubber stoppers as “braces” because 1. I thought it was cool and because 2. I was a pretty gross kid. HAHA. (please tell me I wasn’t the only one who did this, please!)

 So when I was asked to be the ambassador for G- Shock from their official distributors, Shockwear, you could only imagine my utmost delight.

Here is a short BTS vlog from the wonderful day I spent checking out and shooting with the brand. Stay tuned (subscribe, bookmark, follow) for the final photos which I will be releasing on the blog soon.

A special thanks to the Pixie Dust Creations team for always taking care of me and for always keeping me in mind.

Check out Shockwear at the Outlets at Pueblo Verde for authentic and affordable G Shock apparel.

What time is it?

Issatime!

 

 

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Roadsides and Coffee Breaks with Griffith Salomon

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Been sporting a lot of black lately in different kinds of fabric, textures and designs. I’m not going to lie, it makes me feel skinnier and it saves me a lot of time from having to decide what color goes well with which.

For this shoot, I got to play with my feminine and naturally sports side while enjoying a good ol cuppa Joe in between. Many will argue that you cannot be feminine in an all black ensemble but I disagree- you can be anything you want to be with the right mix of clothing and of course, the right attitude.

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Dress: Forever 21| Heels: Thrifted

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Coat: H&M| Sports Bra: Nike| Skirt: Giordano| Heels: Zalora

Location: Gaslamp

Photographer: Griffith Salomon

 

Black is Beautiful (no matter what they saaaay),

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VLOG: My First Runway feat. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style

Last December I was asked to be one of the ambassadors for the upcoming Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign. As one of the ambassadors, not only did I get to join a photo shoot, I was also asked to walk to runway with other local personalities during their annual fashion show.

Being my first time to walk to runway, I made sure to capture every moment I could on video for you because some things are just better to look at moving!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and shared the love,

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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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ISSA’S 10 YEAR NEW YEAR TRADITION & 11 YEAR BLOGGING BIRTHDAY!

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I always get so sentimental around this time of the year because it is around this time of the year that I like to sit in front of a computer, or in this case a laptop screen, in the middle of the night and review/ reflect on the year that has passed. This hardly ever happens anymore as I have come to realize that my demons come out during this time and nothing is scarier than a woman in her mi 20’s left alone with her thoughts in the middle of the night.

But for the past 11 years, I have chosen to spend these festive times in front of a screen,doing what I have come to realize is what I seem to do best: write my heart and soul out. I started doing it when I was in the 6th grade (forgive me if my math is off) and I’ll be doing it until I am old and wrinkly.

I know that life should not be measured in years and that each day is another opportunity to start fresh and anew but it has become apparent to me that some habits die hard and this is mine. And honestly, I am proud to show the world that this is who I have become over the years, especially this year which is why I am sharing this with you.

So if you are curious to find out what Issa of 2004 [technically 2005] was like, click here. Back then I liked to use words such as “bounce” and my life’s goal was to create the longest blog entry in the world. Truthfully, I have not read this entry in a long time but feel free to do so yourself. Let me know what it’s about but if it’s too embarrassing, please refrain from talking to me. EVER.

In 2006-7 I became obsessed with the term “word vomit” also, I believe my multiply username was Issaplease which is when my online alter ago was born even if I did not realize it yet. I stopped talking like a ghetto chica (THANKFULLY!!) and I was obsessed with dating. I could tell you where this dying need to love and be loved in return came from but that is for another day. The main point is, I started talking like a normal person which all I could really care about Issa of 2006 anyways…

2007-8 was the year I realized how important blogging was to me whether or not my voice was heard or my blog was read. A practice has turned into a habit and in the years to follow, it has become a life style or an extension of who I was. I got my first boyfriend this year and although I hate talking about him, monkey face and all, I have to admit that I would not be the person I was today if it were not for him. We did not break up until some time in 2009 so 2008 should be interesting.

I think I was mad the day I made my blog for 2008-9 because I said that I could actually imagine myself becoming a nurse. I knew I had bumped my head somewhere… or someone bumped it for me. Oh, I went there. Honestly, I can’t even bring myself to read this blog entry. A lot of things on it sound stupid and that’s just not me anymore. In a nutshell, I had the wrong perception of love and I know I say that I would never change anything in my life but if I could, I would get on that time machine and slap myself instead of someone else doing it to me. Those were dark times which is why I have left them there.

In 2009- 10 I was a bit smarter. I was being honest with myself because I no longer had the fear of disappointing someone because of my honesty. This was the year that I learned to be honest with myself and with others even if it cost me a friend. Truthfully, it is still costing me friends but I.don’t.care. I also know that this year was the year I had “lost” myself or I was trying to find a new me. I kissed, danced, got drunk, kissed boys and I learned. The most important thing is I learned.

 2010- 11  I met another boy and I still think that up until this day, the people we meet tend to leave a mark on our lives forever. This is also the year that my lolo got into a stroke, the year I started fashion blogging and the year that I was able to watch Paramore. It’s still funny to read all the things I had wished for a boy I no longer talk to nor think about today or the wishes I still wish for until now but I guess life is like that. It’s funny and sad at the same time, I often can’t tell which is which. Also, I said I was engaged in this post. KALUOD LANG!

2011- 12 This is the year I lost love and found it somewhere else. HONESTLY, I know I sound like such a whore right now but fuck you. Girls like me don’t stay out in the market for too long :’)) joking aside, I am #blessed. Samut. On a serious note, I fondly remember making this blog entry this year because I felt a sense of accomplishment and for the first time in a very long time, I felt at rest. Maybe because I was about to graduate or maybe because I was beginning to be a little bit more contented with what I had… You’ll have to read the blog entry to find out!

Seriously, you’d think by this year I would have learned to back up my photos… apparently NOT. In all honesty, 2012- 13 was an awesome year because it was when I was transitioning from being the person everyone wanted me to be into being the person I wanted to be for myself. I am still struggling with this for the most part but I’ve been getting by with a little help. If you’re reading this entry without reading the previous or you do not know me to begin with, I dated 2 men named Paolo consecutively. So don’t be confused. I have a type! 😉

Last year, 2013- 14 , was equally awesome for the most part. I’m pretty sure there were crappy moments in there too but it’s great that I only seem to have remembered the good parts. It honestly feels like I just started blogging a couple years ago only to realize that I am no longer in high school anymore… NOR COLLEGE and who knows where I could be in the next year years. But in the mean time, I am currently in the middle of a dark room (how I like it), with the distant sounds of snoring in the background as I sum up the year that was.

Edit: my years are all wrong. Will fix this later!!

So as I have done for the last 10 years, here’s my round about of the year 2015! 🙂 *insert theatrics!*

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1. Will you be looking for a new job?

If there’s anything I’ve learned about myself, it is that I cannot keep a day job to save my life and that I like to manage my own time. So for as long as what I do allows me to do so while paying for the bills, then count me in!

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?

4 years and I am still in love with the same man. I like where I am.

3. New house?

Truthfully thinking about it. Very, very much.

4. What will you do different in 16?

More: work, travel, laughs, exploring more options and practicing my creativity, exercise

Less: unwise spending, eating, alcoholing and smoking

5. New Years’ resolutions?

Bitaw guys, true na gyud ni. To work out and lose 10 pounds. :’))

6. What will you not be doing in 2014?

  1. Getting myself into trouble or rubbing shoulders with the wrong type of people.

2. Forgetting where I came from.

7. Any trips planned?

Manila, Malapascua, the States (hopefully!), Palawan and hopefully somewhere nice with Paolo. (We deserve it!)

8. Wedding plans?

Not mine.

9. Major thing on your calendar?

As of the moment: Being an Island Souvenirs’ Sinulog ambassador, applying for my Visa and travelling. But 2016 Issa will have to write about this instead…

10. What can’t you wait for?

Finding out if I can see my papa again, more blogging opportunities and being able to work with bigger brands, a more fruitful year for Paolo and I

11. What would you like to see happen differently?

A stronger, more resilient and confident version of myself. Not someone who’s a push over or is afraid of conflict though I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. Oh, I don’t know, really. Maybe I would just like to see a few people go home to where they’re from. lol.

12. What about you will you be changing?

I am currently in the process of trying to be more motivated to work and thrive in a very competitive environment. This is not a new year’s resolution, I repeat. This is NOT a new year’s resolution. It is in fact, something that I have been trying to cope with for a while.

I used to deal with being too competitive with other people without them knowing it and since I have overcome that, I feel like the opposite of that has turned out to be passiveness. I would like to find the right mix between determination without being too resentful of the things I do not have.. whatever that mix is.

13. What happened in 2015 that you didn’t think would ever happen?

Being friends, if not, closer to my biological father

Being given all the opportunities  I have been given this year (contracts, ambassadorships, sponsors, features, etc.)

14. Will you be nice to the people you care about?

Even to the ones I don’t. (Same as last year). “Kill them with kindness.” or just bug the fuck out of them! 😉

15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 2014?

I cannot say.

16. Will you start or quit smoking?

Continue to quit! YEY!!! ^_^

17. Will you better your relationship with your family?

Yes, always

18. Will you do charity work?

If given the opportunity, yes.

19. Will you go to bars?

Only when necessary.

20. Will you be nice to people you don’t know?

Yes, but I shall practice the RBF more frequently.

21. Do you expect 2015 to be a good year for you?

I am always hoping for the best.

22. How much did you change from this time ‘til now?

When I look back at my previous answers that have led up to this day, I come to realize that there are many things that have changed and have remained the same. In a way, I have changed for the good and the bad and I can’t deny, there are some aspects of old Issa that I wish I still was up to today. I guess ignorance is bliss and I have aged well.

1 example of a weird change is that I can no longer stay up until 3 in the morning. I usually pass out by 1 or 2. Also, this is the first time I am finishing parts of this blog entry in the morning with a cup of coffee. OLD.

23. Do you plan have on having a child?

Maybe not this year.

24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with?

I’ve pretty much weeded out 2015’s friends list and I think I am going into 2016 with a great roster of friends so, yes.

25. Major lifestyle changes?

I honestly hope so.

26. Will you be moving?

Thinking about it… can’t decide where to though.

27. What will you make sure doesn’t happen in 2015?

Unplanned pregnancies, bankruptcy, robbery, separation and obesity or famine (same as last year)

28. What are your New Year’s Eve plans?

Since Catherine is in the States, we’re all going to Tita Tina’s house to greet the new year. I plan to be this years’ source of entertainment.

29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?

Paolo 🙂

30. One wish for 2015?

For life to happen as beautifully as it was intended to

Here are my 2015 highlights:

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Shooting with Jing and Jade, my favorites foreves <3

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Working with Coca Cola and getting a cool tumbler

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Selling the most items at the Threadcycle event

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Switching to Vape and gaining 10 lbs 😐

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That shopping spree I got from Planet Exchange

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Shooting with Stephen Suico

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Being featured by Zee Lifestyle for She Says

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Travelling to Hong Kong with Mama Bear

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Making the cover of Sun Star Weekend

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Becoming one of the ambassadors for Beauty and Beyond

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Shooting with Burtz Roiland of Blinkbox photos for GiordanoxMovepick

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Being on the Da Vinci’s Pizza commercial

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TURNING 25! And my surprise birthday party <3

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Shooting with Benj Montgomery for SammyDress.com

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Dressing up as Ellie from the Last of Us with Paolo for Halloween and getting my make up done with Liana Uy

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Hosting Cebu’s first Toy and Figures Convention

“Re-launching” my Youtube channel and being signed under ABS CBN’s Chicken, Pork, Adobo network

THANK YOU SO MUCH to the people, the friends and the brands that I was able to work with this year! There are so many people that made this 2015 colorful, fun and exciting and I cannot wait to work with all of you again in 2016.

I know I may oftentimes be hard to work with or to even just be around but thank you for the support and patience anyways. I have gained and lost friends this year but I think that is all a part of growing up and becoming the person we are truly meant to be.

If you have been reading my blog for a very long time now, thank you for the undying support and if you are new to this site, then WELCOME and I hope I make your 2016 a little better!

This blog entry took me 3 days to write which is pretty amazing since it usually only takes me a few minutes- hours to write a full entry. It must have come from the bottom of my heart. lol.

See you all in 2016 and I love you all! <3

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