Kimono Dressing for a Fresh and Fab February

11:00 AM

Out with the old, in with the new. This was my mantra when I started 2012 with the best intentions, vowing to ditch my old and negative ways in exchange for a better version of myself.

I did some thinking and reflected upon the past month. On one end, I'm more than proud to say that I was able to adhere to three of my new year's resolutions while at the same time, I feel quite sad that I have broken the rest on my list. But since I looked at the glass as half full instead of half empty, I'm still rewarding myself a pat on the back because at the very least, I have kept a few promises that I made to myself.

Kimono tunic and bag Thrifted | Boots SM Parisian | Bangles Random

Although I started off slow in a lot of my "priorities," over all, January has been a good month. Like some people, I've had my own fair share of off-track moments. What's more important is that I was able to pull through to live another day.

Then it just hit me. I still don't know what to do with my life, where exactly I'm headed. I've been enjoying freelancing because it has given me the freedom that I enjoy, and because I have learned a so much by creating my own path. Looking back, I knew I wouldn't want to dwell in a life filled with regrets and what ifs.

You know, it's not a bad thing to just go with the flow and take your time to make a steady footing of what you really want out of life. It is when you lose your way that you find your direction.

I've come to realize that "starting over" isn't just a mind set every new year. Instead, it's an everyday commitment to work on me, only better. Each day is an opportunity for me to assess how I did and contemplate on how I can do better tomorrow; and that's growth.

Hitting that "refresh" button. Moving on. Turning on a new chapter. It all happens everyday.

So leave yesterday behind because here is another beginning. Happy February everyone!

P.S. With the theme in mind as starting new things in life, my friend, DJ Boom of 91.5 just put up his own blog. It'll be about music, the life of a radio DJ and how you can score a career in the radio industry. It's pretty interesting! Let's follow the THE BOOM BOX!

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37 comments

  1. "So leave yesterday behind because here is another beginning." -so true, melai! i have had my share of down times too and im just glad that im surrounded with beautiful and supportive hearts. cheers to a beautiful February! <3

    oh and i love your boots! they're from Parisian, really? me wants one!

    toni
    perfumed red shoes

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    1. Hi Tony, thanks! I'm glad you can relate to a certain level. Down moments are really part of our lives and yes, our loved ones really help us get through with anything! :)

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  2. You always have the best thrift finds! Your dress is gorgeous. Happy February to you as well! :)

    Nix

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    1. Haha, thanks! Actually, the secret for finding nice thrift finds is just patience. There are so many clothes and you just have to "dig" to find that treasure. Happy Feb! :)

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  3. WOW! that dress is so beautiful! love it!

    Kaye
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

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  4. i completely agree w/ everything you said here, Melai! everyday is indeed chance to be a better you. doesn't need for it to be New Year to make improvements in your life. cheers to your renewal! :)


    Gela
    boat ride through the sky

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    1. Aaaaw thanks Gela! :) Yes, a better us everyday! Love it! :)

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  5. Your hair! Bago na? And man, January's not so good for me. But, I'm so looking forward for the rest of the year! :D


    Almira :)
    numbertwohere

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    1. Hi Almira!
      No, got curled for a day lang. Don't know what got to me. Just tried it, haha! We all have those moments. There are some bad days, months, even years. But yes, just keep on staying positive. That's the secret. :)


      hearts,
      Melai of Style and Soul

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  6. curly hair looks good on you.. i love it! :)

    Cheers,
    joana
    discoverjoana.blogspot.com

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  7. I love your outfit! The dress is just so pretty. You look good on your hairdo. I love it. :-)

    Much love from Mystic Nymph.

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    1. Hello! Yes, I love this dress too, it will soon be up on my store :) Thanks! I really thought my hair was a total failure in the curling dept. but thaaanks! :)

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  8. Wow! You look awesome Melai :) The hair, that dress, those boots! Yes, let's press the reset button and start all over again. Don't worry, that's how I felt when I was younger. Just keep on truckin'! :)

    www.hautepot.tumblr.com

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    1. Lana! Aaaw thaaaaaaanks! Wait... young ka pa naman ah! Ah younger! :) Aaaaw thanks again. Yes I'll just keep on going and going! :)

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  9. Lookin gorgeous! love the dress and shoes! xx

    The Niknok Style

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  10. I love your hair Melai!! Ang ganda mo! <3

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    1. Aaaaw nettie! *blush* :) Salamat! My hair pala is just curly for this post lang eh. :)

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  11. You look sooo great with your hair style, Melai! :) And I also love how you rocked that kimono! :) Happy February, dear!

    Xoxo,
    Arnie
    http://arnievillanueva.blogspot.com

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  12. Nice hair! definitely a fab way to start your february :)

    hugs,

    iam

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  13. Oh wow Melai, your new hair really suits you! :) And ugh, I totally get what you mean about not knowing what you want to do with your life. I thought I knew what I wanted but I find myself currently dissatisfied with the career path I chose. But like you said, it's good to just go with it and see where it takes me. I miss you! Let's hang out soon. :)

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    1. YESSSS! Let's hang out SOON! Haven't seen you for sooo long! And this is not my new hair :) The bangs yes. The curls temporary lang. Hehe! Aaaaw. Hope you'll find satisfaction din like me. We'll get there. :)

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  14. Lovely dress, and you accessories are gorgeous.
    Christy

    http://am2pmchic.blogspot.com/

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  15. ohh I love the print of your dress!!

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  16. Beautiful dress, I love its kimono style <3
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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  17. I am in love with your Kimono! So nice! but much more than your outfit, I love how optimistic you are. Yes to looking forward to beautiful tomorrows! :)

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  18. Hey!8)
    You look very cute and sytlish!

    kisses
    ^_____^

    http://fashionkuraga.blogspot.com

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  19. I could not love your dress anymore!


    xoxo

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  20. hello there! lovely kimono!
    mind to visit and follow me? I'll follow you back
    Kisses from here ^^

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  21. la-la-love the kimono tunic...the cut and style is just beautiful..<3 and i love how you paired it with black booties. i am dire need of a new pair of black booties...

    anyhoo, i have to agree with starting fresh being a daily commitment. it took me a while to realize that and i had to go through a depression and very difficult confused state for me to stop worrying and let go of yesterday to work on things at the present and moving forward. <3

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥
    shopyapi.com

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  22. I love you hair! Bagay <3

    ANGEL
    Asianvogueshop.com

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