Being a blogger it is part of my job to be constantly updated with the latest trends in fashion. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what the latest styles are. Of course, my look would not be complete without styling my hair as well!

I stumbled across this YouTube channel called OFF THE PAGES which talks about the latest trends in beauty, hair, and fashion. They recently posted a video talking about the hairstyle called "The Fade". I've seen this type of hairstyle all throughout social media and I personally think it suits my style since it makes me look more clean-cut. 


This hair trend has me feeling much more conscious about my scalp since the Fade basically exposes my scalp as part of the style. Trusting my shampoo, I felt so much more confident in sporting this hair style. The Fade definitely matches my style! Also, it has been so convenient for me since lately it's been really hot here in the Philippines and having this type of hairstyle makes it more comfortable for me to go about my day, given that I go to school on a daily basis. 

In order for me to achieve any kind of hair style, it is important to have healthy hair and a clean scalp. I usually deal with the typical annoying scalp issues that men experience throughout the day such as having a dry and itchy scalp. It's just not the most comfortable thing to go through especially in this weather.  Given that I am meticulous with my skin, I also like to show some love to my scalp since my scalp is skin too! 

You see, the benefit of using Head & Shoulders is that its Tri-Action Formula cleanses protects and moisturizes the scalp to give it the care it deserves. I can fully attest to the wonders that Head and Shoulders has done to my scalp and i can say that I feel so fresh throughout the day! Using Head & Shoulders Cool Menthol has got me feeling so fresh and clean, that it feels great after every shower -- from when I start the day up to when I end it. And I usually end my day by working out at the gym so using Head and Shoulders really has me feeling relaxed and refreshened! 


Thanks to Head & Shoulders, I am able to confidently pull-off the scalp-baring Fade look and still manage to stay fresh! 

For all of my female readers out there, I'd like to invite yo to join Head & Shoulders Super Fans promo to be one of the lucky ladies who get to see Boyband Superstars LIVE! All you have to do is: 

  1. Like the Facebook page of Head and Shoulders Philippines 
  2. Post a photo of yourself with braided hair while holding a bottle or sachet of the NEW and BEST EVER Head & Shoulders, with the caption answering the question: "How do you show your best ever, superstar confidence every day?" Don't forget to tag Head and Shoulders and include the hashtags #HeadAndShouldersSuperFans and #BoybandBestEverHeadAndShoulders and you might just win tickets to the live shows of Pinoy Boyband Superstar! Make sure your Facebook profiles and entry posts are public btw!
  3. 40 lucky fans will be getting 2 tickets to see the Pinoy Boyband Superstars LIVE! (Per DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No. 322 Series of 2016)
-LD
1.) Let go of toxic people

Let go of the toxicity that they bring into your lives. You are only given a good number of days to live your life so choose to live it with the right people. The thing about life is that people have the never ending capacity to change. Sometimes we grow out of friendships and relationships, and sometimes we must recognize when these relationships don't work for us. Sometimes the growth of these people damage us in the long run. It is difficult to cut ties ultimately, but we must realize that clinging on to these types of relationships will hinder our ability to grow. 

2.) Let go of the idea of change

Change is terrifying. It's uncomfortable to deal with the fact that things or people can't ever remain the same. There are situations where we want to hold on to, thinking that the more we hold onto these moments, the more we'll be contented. But the truth is, holding on will only leave you stagnant and unmoving. Learning to accept and embrace change will give you so much room for opportunity to take risks and to learn more about yourself. 

3.) Let go of overthinking everything 

Overthinking is a guilty pleasure that we never really know how to let go of. It consumes us and has us thinking the worst things. As if our minds physically pulled us through this dark hole of 'what ifs'. This isn't good for you. This develops paranoia. Life is always going to be filled with 'what ifs' and you have to learn when to free fall and take the risk. You can't be in control of every aspect in your life and that's okay. Take control of what you can, and let go of what you can't. 

4.) Let go of the lack of reciprocation

You deserve people who put effort into you. You deserve people who equally reciprocate the time and effort you put into maintaining the relationships you have with them. You need to understand that by not receiving the amount of energy you put into them it will just have you feeling empty and unsure. You are too valuable to live your life half-loved. 

5.) Let go of regrets 

Let go of the things you failed to do. You cannot allow yourself to dwell in regrets. You are human and you must give yourself room for error. Life is a process of committing mistakes, but it is also a process of learning from these mistakes. It's okay to mess up and to not have your life together. Let go of dwelling in the past, and focus on who you are right now, and who you will be in the future. 

Inspired by this thoughtcatalog article :)

Photos by: May Leuterio

-LD













About a week ago *cue Hot Nigga song*, I finally turned 21. I am now onto the next chapter of my life where I should start figuring out what do with it. The question is, am I really ready to face this new chapter? Because I'm physically and mentally unprepared. First, I'm still stuck in college (one more year!!!). Second, I don't have any savings yet, I don't know where to work after college, should I be a full time blogger? Should I move to Manila or maybe abroad? So many questions and planning on my mind right now. Man, I really don't know what to do yet. #LOSTINLIFE #MILLENNIALPROBS

But I guess it is normal to have these dilemmas in life at this age because I'm still young and new to this grown up world. I'm pretty much sure I'm not the only one who's struggling with the same problems right now, right? I am just grateful and truly thankful to be surrounded by positive-minded people who don't stop supporting me and my dreams and guiding me all throughout(you know who you are!)

Being 21 feels like I'm a new person. I mean, I get to do a lot of things like go to clubs with your real ID, go on an adventure by yourself, talk like an adult, act like an adult (which I'm doing my best because I'm still immature af), and more adult stuff because I'm actually one now...or at least trying to be.

It's just sad knowing that I'm no longer a teenager (20 is still considered a teen, okay!!!). I'm obliged now to get more government related stuff which I really hate because lining and waiting in crowded places are my pet peeves! Adult-ing is my worst enemy.... But yeah, life is good so bless up! Lol


I just wanna give a huge shoutout to Montebello Villa Hotel for letting me do a photoshoot in their beautiful garden! To anyone in Cebu, I highly recommend Montebello as a place to just unwind and chill with your friends!

Also, stay tuned because I'll be blogging my birthday weekend party up next! ;)

Photos by: May Leuterio

-LD
Online shopping has always been a huge convenience for me especially when I've been looking for clothing items or products that I can't find in local malls -- or for when I simply am just too lazy to get out of my house. I feel like we can all relate to the many wonders that online shopping brings. By just scrolling mindlessly in online shops, you can find what you've been looking for and have it delivered to your home just with one click. 

As a menswear blogger, I would like to share a couple tips when it comes to online shopping. 
1.) Make Sure It's Legit

I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure that the site you are on is legitimate. In this day and age it is easy to get scammed by sellers so make sure you check the legitimacy of the site that you are on. 
2.) Size Charts Make Life Easier

Shopping for clothes online can be such a risky task because you never know whether or not they'll fit you. I highly recommend you go to sites that have a size chart because this makes estimating the fit a whole lot easier. If ever you are unsure of the size you want to purchase, at least get a size slightly larger than your actual size so you can just alter it and have it fit you better. 
3.) Quality Control

Have you ever seen that meme online where a girl ordered a dress on E-bay because the photo used on E-bay looked really nice but when the dress arrived, it was this cheap knock-off version of what she expected. O diba, minsan kase sa buhay di tayo dapat masyadong mag expect... Haha! In all seriousness though, be sure to check the quality of the product you are about to purchase. Quality is everything. 
4.) Be Inquisitive

There is nothing wrong with asking too many questions, especially if this involves you investing your own money into a product. Don't be afraid to contact the seller and ask for details if you are unsure of your purchase. It's highly important to get to know what you are buying before you buy it. I know, impulse buying gets the best of us sometimes, but if you do plan on purchasing gadgets or other pricey products, then make sure to be as inquisitive as possible!
5.) Track Your Package

Always be sure your package is on the way to the right address! Most online shops give you the package and courier details so you can track the location of the package. 
So there you go! My top 5 go-to tips when it comes to online shopping. What makes online shopping so much easier for me is the use of the new MySmart app! This app is amazingly convenient to all Smart subscribers! With the MySmart app it is easier for prepaid subscribers to buy eLoad, so you'll never run out of data when you online shop. You can shop anytime and anywhere, keep track of your Smart account, and more. 

Download the app now at the App Store or the Google Play Store. You won't regret it! #MySmart

Comment down below what you want to see next on my blog.  I'd love to hear them! :)

-LD

Outfit details:

Bomber Jacket: Forever21
Shirt: Topman
Skinny Jeans: Topman
Boots: Palladium Boots
Watch: Daniel Wellington
Necklace: Forever21
Sunnies: Sunnies
Fedora Hat: Forever21

-LD
It's September again and I'm turning twenty one in a few days. I can't believe it's already Ber months—my favorite season. More reason for me to layer clothes. Lol

Anyway, this post is all about how to balance school and work(since I consider my blog now as my job/work) or basically how to survive college while working.
1.)  Time management

Time management is probably everyone's struggle. Trying to manage both school and keeping up with a blog is actually quite difficult. I know what you guys are thinking, how hard could posting things online be? I mean we're basically online everyday so how hard could posting a blog be? Well! It's hard trying to find time time to shoot, edit and post the photos especially if you're the one editing on your own. So, what I like to do is  I like to make a schedule for myself. Ever since I got myself a planner, it has been so much easier for me to schedule my blog posts and organize a schedule per post. This also helps me keep track of schoolwork and important schedules to prevent them from coinciding from my other priorities. Get yourself a planner and it will change your life! 

2.)  Focus on Your Goals 
Setting goals for yourself is highly important. This gives you a sense of direction and helps you get motivated especially when its hard to find motivation and inspiration. By categorizing my long term goals and my short term goals, it helps me stay focused on what my aim is. Focus on what you want to reach in blogging -- whether it is influencing your readers, expressing yourself, or finding a new medium for your creativity, then that in itself is a good foundation for your goals. When it comes to school, you also need to focus on what you want to achieve, academically. Education is really important and knowing that you prioritize education can help you in the long run. However, once you start excelling in your blog you must not forget about your obligations in school. Stay in school kids! 
3.)  Learn to Prioritize 

Prioritizing is fundamental when it comes to balancing a blog and school. You have to know which task needs to be the top priority. For example, if finals coincide with a deadline in your blog, you have to know how to adjust yourself because prioritizing the wrong thing will lead to a lot of consequences. 


4.)  Know What You Want

Knowing what you want can give a strong definition on what you want to achieve in your blog. This can also apply to your mindset school. By defining what you want to achieve in both aspects, this can make it easier for you to produce consistent output. It's highly important to maintain consistency so you won't lose track of the purpose of your blog. Also, knowing what type of blogger you are is key. You need to know if you want to have a photography blog, a fashion blog, a motivational blog, or whatever you want to blog about! The blogging umbrella is huge and you can literally do anything you want especially if it is inline with what you are passionate about. Blogging with passion really makes the maintenance of the blog so much easier. 
5.)  Make Time for Yourself 

Lastly, treat yo self! Everyone needs a break once in a while and its important to know when you need to rest. Overworking can cause a lot of stress and I know how much I HATE FEELING STRESSED! So give yourself a break, go out with friends, unwind, eat good food, or any form of medium where you feel relaxed and at ease. 

So with these tips, I hope you learn something from how I try to balance my blog and school. Comment down below and share your stories. I'd love to hear them!

(Photos by: May Leuterio)

-LD


Photos by: May Leuterio

Don't forget to leave a comment below :)

-LD