Heart of the Filipina

Posted on: June 13, 2018

 

Beauty is one thing, but a pure heart that is beautiful.

Heart like no other, the Heart of the Filipino.

In honor of Philippines Independence, I wanted to take this time to pay tribute and homage to my heritage and roots. Happy Independence Day beautiful Philippines! May your natural beauty, soulful people and timeless treasures shine brighter and brighter. Proud to be a Filipina. Pilipinas kong mahal (I love the Philippines). As a Filipina-American, I’m proud of my heritage and culture, and I’m proud to share it with you. I hope to continue to share more of my culture, heritage and roots throughout my journey.

Continue to remain humble, grateful, kind, loyal, loving, and always have faith. Never give up and never stop believing. Keep that spirit and light alive, always be inspired, empowered and enlightened! Many blessings and much love!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and following the journey!

 


Message from God: Just be You

Posted on: April 23, 2018

 

And out of nowhere, I hear God say to me, Just be you. Nothing else, I am in love with you, I am pleased with you. I felt overwhelmed by the realization that I am enough, just as I am…..

Sometimes, with the struggles of our daily lives and everything around us we get too “caught up” with trying to be something we aren’t and forget who we are along the way. The last couple of months, I have been struggling with so much. Trying to find the answers, trying to figure it all out. At times I felt like God and my faith abandoned me. I started to lose hope in a lot of things. I know we all have been lost, even seen a lot of dark times in our lives. Let me tell you, the struggle is real, and I mean that in all honesty. Life is never easy by no means. Life can be beautiful and challenging all at the same time. But, hey that’s life right?! Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles we know nothing about. I know I let out a good cry here and there and that’s okay. Letting out a good cry here and there doesn’t make me weak, it makes me real and human. Even moreso open and honest with you all by telling you all this, but I like to keep it real and 100% with you always.

Sometimes, we need to take a breath and realize, we need to love ourselves wholeheartedly always.  At times, we can let society, the media, our circle of friends, colleagues, family whoever it is tell us what we need to be, who we should be and what we should be doing with our lives. No matter what anyone says, just be yourself. Don’t try to be something your not. Be authentically you. God created us to be unique individuals, and sometimes we need a reminder from time to time. We need to stop comparing ourselves to this person and that person and be comfortable with ourselves and who we are.

I know this is a constant struggle for all of us, myself included. Life isn’t always perfect. With social media ruling over us these days, there’s a constant need to strive for perfection. Just remember, looks can always be deceiving, and nothing is ever as perfect as it seems.  And that’s ok, don’t strive for perfection, try and work through your struggles, learn and grow from it. Add value to your life and purpose that is more fruitful beyond measure. It’s all about perception and what you believe is perfect and right for you. Just remember, you are beautiful, kind, loving, unique, intelligent, humble, and amazing just the way you are. Never forget that. I too, have to remind myself of this all the time, so trust me you’re not alone. I hope this will encourage and motivate us all to never lose sight of who we are and what is important. And if we do, it’s these little reminders and words of wisdom from the big man up above speaking to us always. God’s always on our side watching over us and guiding us along the way. Let’s never forget him, our faith and all he has to show and tell us. No one is you and that is your power.

 

I’ll end by saying, keep your faith. I know it may not seem like it now but listen theres a message in the word always.  This is my message to you today and always. Stay true to yourself, stay inspired, be empowered, have faith, never stop believing in yourself and never give up loves!!

 

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting the journey!


Strength and Confidence in Style

Posted on: April 20, 2018


The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence. I believe confidence and strength on a woman is beautiful. Even when its hard, when times get tough, find your light through the darkness and let it shine. Never let anyone dull your shine. Stay positive, have faith, never give up and never stop believing in yourself loves!

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Top: TopShop; Similar  Pants: Nordstrom Halogen Handbag: Chanel

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Get Spring ready and add a little Sparkle and Shine: Shop my Boutique

Posted on: April 20, 2018

Hi Loves,

We’re not done yet! Our Gift with Purchase promotion runs now through April 30th, with a whole new selection of inspired c+i designs! When you spend $100+ you’ll receive your choice of six styles, featuring luxe layerables, coveted convertibles + a sweetly scented essential! What are you waiting for?


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To browse new arrivals – including our brand-new Birthstone collection – and ALL of my personal top picks, simply click through to my Online Boutique. Of course, feel free to reach out with any questions or for suggestions – I’m here to be your go-to c+i stylist!

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Be confident, be stylish, be glam, Be YOU!

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SFB Fashion: Step into Spring with a splash of florals and pastels

Posted on: April 13, 2018


Spring has finally sprung! The sun is shining and it’s starting to get warmer, YAY! As you all know, my go to look is usually all black everything. I’m also about taking a simple all black outside and adding statement pieces to finalize the look. Accessories and statement pieces and pull the whole look together. I’m all for simple, effortless looks especially if I’m press for time. And  who doesn’t like to add some color to their wardrobe? I also like to add some statement pieces to my looks and add a little color here and there. Here’s a look that would be would perfect for Spring especially if we are in between cold and warmer temps. Enjoy the beautiful weather loves. Stay positive, have faith, never give up and never stop believing!! For more details on my look, shop the look below! Have a beautiful, blessed Friday and weekend loves!

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Duster: Forever 21 |Top: Anthropologie | Pants: J.Crew  

Shoes: Zara |Clutch:Loeffler Randall Old, Similar| Sunglasses: Quay Australia 


No Beauty Shines brighter than that of a Good Heart

Posted on: March 29, 2018

“A woman with a voice, is by definition a strong woman.” 

Take delight in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your Heart. Psalm 37:4

 

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. This post I’m sharing today is about finding strength, trusting it, reflection and having a good heart. In life, we all go through things that many of us can’t explain or don’t even understand. Sometimes, things happen in our lives, that is so unexpected, heartbreaking and life changing that it effects us in so many different ways. I, myself have been going through a very painful time in my life. Something so painful I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on anyone. They say that pain changes people. There are two types of pains, one that hurts you and the other that changes you. It can make a person trust less, overthink more and sometimes even shut people out. Pain can also be a motivator for finding strength.

During this time of reflection, heartache, soul searching and guidance through my faith. I’ve seen myself struggle through the pain. I see that pain has changed me in a way where I was at a point where I’ve doubted others and myself. I’ve seen how my pain has hurt me to the core. I’ve even been at a point where I’ve completely shut people out. Not that it was on purpose, not that I didn’t or haven’t valued them, their care or advice. But I couldn’t bare to have my pain and hurt drown in them too. When one experiences pain of this nature, the only natural and human reaction is to feel alone. Leaving you with much doubt –where you begin to question every little thing.

Please know this,  TRUST and BELIEVE if you’re going through any kind of pain or hurt you’re not alone. Even though it feels like you are, you aren’t. I tell myself this everyday, because I still struggle with this from time to time. I also know that it’s easier said than done. What I have learned is that we can’t never allow the pain or hurt to let us lose ourselves in the process. Repeat after me, I matter, I am important and I am enough. These are things I say to myself everyday, although it can be a struggle I still manage to say, believe and repeat it. But hey, trying is half the battle. Sure, I have my moments of sadness, and it’s perfectly normal. Let it out, it’s healthy. We all need a good cry here and there. If we don’t let it out, one of these days you may just explode with an overflow of emotions. But little by little, let it out. Let yourself feel through the pain and hurt. This isn’t something you can prepare yourself for, it’s also isn’t something you can just wake up the next day and just say ok I’m over it. It’s a process, an ebb and flow of ups and downs. Everyday is different. Some days will be good and some days will not be and that’s perfectly fine.

Reflection and Coping….

I reflect, I grieve and I have my ways of coping through it all. We all find ways to deal and cope with things.  I’ve truly appreciated my small inner circle and family for their support, guidance and love during this time. You find that during these times of struggle, you find out whose truly in your corner and by your side.  As far as my time, I try and use my time in a productive way. Whether its keeping myself occupied with work, family, friends or other activities that I enjoy. For instance, I have a passion and love for singing, I have since gotten back into singing, joined a choir and have done a few open mic nights. I found that it has been a way of release and a means to keep my mind off of the pain for the moment in time. I’ve also had the honor and pleasure to guest speak at various business events. Although I’m going through this very painful and tough time in my life, I’d still like to be an advocate and use my voice as a means for positive change and for me its a way to help others and give back, which is my mission and life’s purpose. It truly warms my heart to be able to inspire and empower men and women through this platform. To provide a sense of hope, encouragement and positivity through the lenses of style, beauty, lifestyle as well as real life situations. I hope that my voice, experiences, businesses and words of wisdom provide a sense comfort and strength to all. As well as be a means for positive change not just for ourselves but as a whole.

Let your coping mechanisms be positive and constructive. Don’t let them be ways where it will lead you further down the rabbit whole. If you need to, seek advice from family, your inner circle or even professional help, do so.  Releasing the pain and hurt helps, even if it’s only in the moment it’s conducive to the process. If you can write about it, writing can be very cathartic and helpful too. Let it all out, even if you find yourself getting emotional, LET IT OUT. And remember this is your pain, you’re the one going through this. No matter what advice or what anyone says to you, although the intentions may be for your benefit, this is your process. You handle and you go through the motions how you see fit for yourself. Also, remember to love yourself through it all. Be kind, be gentle to yourself. You’re going through a lot, so don’t be too hard on yourself especially if your trying. Love yourself first and foremost. Take care of you.

Above all, trust and believe that you have the strength, it’s within you.  That voice inside you, that is your inner strength, listen to it. Let it guide and help you through the pain. Sometimes in life, we can’t explain why things happen the way they do. No matter how painful it may be. I can confidently say that I know I’m a good woman, with a good heart and only the purest intentions. But what I have also learned that having a good heart can also cause a tremendous amount of pain and hurt. One thing that I know for sure, I may be going through a tough time now. BUT, this will never stop me from being the woman that I am. No matter how much love and care you have in your heart and even with your good intentions, sometimes not everyone is equipped to handle it, or even grow with you. That’s the tough part, but hey not everyone has the capacity to love the way you love, realize it or see the good, even if it’s starring them right in the face. Sometimes you may be too much goodness and heart that others don’t have the capacity to hold on to it, cherish it and know how to take care of it. I’m content in knowing not to expect a lot in return. But also knowing what I deserve. Even though I know that what I have already matters and I can see the growth potential in all aspects. Not to say you shouldn’t have any expectation but having less expectations saves you from an immense amount of pain. If that makes any sense at all.

Food for thought….

This is what I do know. Here’s the thing about people with good hearts. They give you excuses when you don’t explain yourself. They accept apologies you don’t give. They see the best in you when you don’t need them to. At your worst, they lift you up, even if it means putting their priorities aside. The word “busy” does not exist in their dictionary or vocabulary. They make time, even when you don’t. And you wonder why they’re the most sensitive people. You wonder why they’re the most caring people. You wonder why their existence is not so essential to your well-being. It’s because they don’t make you work hard for the attention they give you. They accept the love they think they’ve earned and you accepted the love you think you’re entitled to. Let me tell you something. Fear the day when a good heart gives up on you. Our skies don’t become grey out of no where. Our sunshine does not allow the darkness to take over for no reason. A heart does not turn cold unless it’s been treated with coldness for awhile. That’s truth and honesty in a nutshell. That’s not bitterness, that true, honest words from someone with a good heart. We don’t just love, we love hard, unconditionally, wholeheartedly and immensely. Find the strength within you to know, no matter what pain can do to you never lose sight of your good heart and pure intentions. Never let pain make you bitter. Turn pain into strength. The road of pain and hurt isn’t easy by no means. Always remember your good heart, you’re a good person and you have the power to be strong, it’s always been inside of you. Never lose sight of your strength and your good heart.

Breathe, and let it go….

Life throws us curve balls, things we can’t explain. They are either there to test us or to strengthen us or even both. I’ve been told that God gives his strongest souls the most challenging feats in life because he knows they can handle it and they will prevail. This hasn’t been easy by no means. But with the grace of God and my faith, I still haven’t lost hope. Turn to your faith and let that be your strength and let that empower you through this time.

Breathe, and let it go. If it’s meant to be it will find it’s way. I firmly believe that. Maybe we’re all experiencing some form of pain for a reason. Sometimes we have to struggle a little to find the deeper meaning behind the message. If you believe in something so much, then keep your faith and find strength through it. When there’s a will there’s a way.  If you’re going through any pain or hurt, remember you’re not alone. I’m here for you. It’s never easy, I’m still going through it. We can remind ourselves of our strengths, our faith and our good hearts. Through it all, we can empower ourselves to find hope, light and positivity through our time of struggle.

 

Remember to never lose faith, never lose hope, never stop believing and never give up! You’re a good soul, a dope soul with a good and pure heart of gold. Never forget that!

 

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting the journey!


Positive Vibes and Affirmations in Style

Posted on: March 19, 2018

Everyday make an effort and look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk and tell yourself:

I am STRONG

I am CONFIDENT

I am BRAVE

I am BEAUTIFUL (HANDSOME) 

TODAY will be AMAZING

I BELIEVE in myself

YOU are CAPABLE of AMAZING things TODAY and ALWAYS
I LOVE myself and others and I BELIEVE in all good things

I BREATHE in POSITIVITY and EXHALE worry and doubt

I CAN DO THIS 

I GOT THIS 

I choose to be Grateful for all that I have.

I have Powers beyond my wildest dreams.

My Voice is valuable and my Opinion matters.

I am Not afraid to Feel my emotions.

Say it, repeat it, believe it and keep those positive vibes alive always. Even when things may be going wrong in your life. Change your mindset. Change your attitude. Change the way of how you see things. Change your perspective and see how things will unfold. As much as you can try and smile. I know it’s easier said than done at times. When you shift your way of thinking, you become more at ease, calm, collected and you and your soul will find inner and outer peace. This will give you a better outlook on how you view life. Be good to yourself and others always. Be a good soul, create, exude, and give out good energy always. Be and practice kindness always. Be optimistic.

Everyday is a chance to become a better version of yourself. Not to say you aren’t great already but theres always room for growth and improvement. I firmly believe that in life we can never stop learning, we can never stop growing and we can always find ways to better ourselves. In order to do that, it all starts in how we think. Everything is all about perspective and your mindset. Focus on the positive and change your thoughts into positive affirmations. When you do so this can change your overall sense of being and way of life. Create an urgency for positive thoughts always. I know times can be tough and its hard to think positive. But all you can do is try. As the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again….”  I believe in myself and I believe in you. Now it’s time for you to do the same. I challenge you do this the same. Remember to always have faith, stay positive, never give up and never stop believing in yourself.

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Pants: Bar III (old); Similar   Top: Equipment    Jacket: H&M (Old); Shop similar look                        

Hat: Etsy   Sunnies: Quay Australia    Shoes: Marc Fischer (old); Similar

 

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me through this journey!

 

 


Au revoir Winter: Shop the Sale

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Say Goodbye to winter and welcome spring in style. Shop my Boutique and shop selected styles on sale for 30% off.

Shop my boutique and discover our #chloeandisabel jewelry. Why shop Chloe + Isabel? We offer the most unique, rare, stylish and fashionable designs you won’t find anywhere else. We also offer a #lifetimeguarantee policy that most businesses don’t offer, you can’t beat that. You’ll soon realize that outside of the jewelry, we are a community that wants to inspire+ empower you all in living your best life possible and believing that anything is possible. When you look good you feel amazing as well, so why not add to your look with our one of a kind jewels. We have styles that will suit you for any season or occasion. The possibilities are endless.

All handcrafted and designed in NYC, Nickel + Lead FREE and made with only the best and finest jewels and gems.  Shop my boutique today and discover all our collections and so much more. Trust me you won’t be disappointed!

Shop the sale now here: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza.

Be confident, be stylish, be glam, be you!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!




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