What I'm Wearing: Jacket: Shirt: H&M, Shorts: Forever 21, Shoes: APT 9
Hair product provided by got2beglued
"Feels" (Feat. Got2BeGlued)
Summer is almost over. 4 more weeks to go and 4 more pages of this chapter to be told. Feels, i'm feeling the feels as another summer winds down. Life can be incredibly stressful, we are constantly tested. We go through phases and build up layers of our heart and soul. When we look back we reflect and feel the feels of the moments in our lives that we once lived. I was approached by got2beglued to do a collab together back in July. I suddenly was transported back to my teenage years in middle school. Got2be was one of my go to hair products back in the day. I would style my hair in these crazy spiked up messes. The style was the kind you'd see in embarrassing photos that you look back on when you get older and say, WTF was I thinking. Flash forward 10 years and their products are more geared to me now as a young adult in my twenties. I'm a huge fan of classic hairstyles and classic beach boy vibes. I've made it very clear that i'm proud of my island and beach boy roots. I thought to myself why don't I come up with a look that pays tribute and honors some of the best feels I had growing up using got2beglued hair products.
As a child I would use island print shirts on repeat. If your from an island like Guam, you already know that's the in thing. When I was a pre teen and teenager, I could not stand the idea of wearing another island print shirt. I had this skater boy phase with all my former buddies and literally did not care about using printed shirts or dressing up in any way. It was all about the vans and hurley, etc kind of brands. As I got older and lost those friends, I re embraced my island roots and have never been more proud to have them running through my veins. To pay tribute to my entire childhood growing up in a Chamorro household, I am wearing an island print shirt. When I moved to LA at 17, I really embraced the beach life and became even more thankful and grateful to have been raised with island roots. I would play the Beach Boys in my apartment and dream of going on a romantic date with an island print shirt, walking the shores of Malibu. I know that sounds silly, but i've always been a hopeless romantic. Even in a relationship, I still am. So this shirt honors the current state of my life and makes me feel the feelings I've had all my life once again. Tucking in the shirt with the shorts... My dad always did that with his island print shirts growing up. Something about it is so slick and smooth that I had to do it with this look. Buttoning down the shirt a little, made me feel more free. I feel like I've been so tight with my life since I got sick, that I honestly just want to be a little more free with my style sometimes. I'm not always put together. I can still let loose if I need to, and honestly I really need to. My hair has been through many phases. I feel like i'm back to square one. The style of hair that I have in these pictures, is actually how my mom and sister would style my hair when I was a kid. When I got to middle school I kissed that style goodbye for a bit. Middle school for me was my high school. I didn't attend public high school for long, I was home schooled and graduated early. I count my middle school years as my high school years. Anyways, in middle school my former friends introduced me to a brand called got2beglued. I had never heard of this brand but I went and got it cause the boys told me to try it out. I remember asking my mom to take me to a grocery store to get it and from there on out for 3 years I used the product on repeat. I was pretty popular in Middle School. Everyone that I was friends with, I thought I would be friends with them today. As you get older you realize people come and go and the ones that stay were always meant to be in your life. Out of my 3 years in middle school, I would say 3-5 of my friends from then and elementary school are still in my life. They are not my friends, they are my family now. Putting in the wax product from got2beglued had me thinking about the road my life has traveled. I look back and see all the people that have hopped in the car and hopped right out, I look and see who's along for the ride now, and I try my best to keep moving forward and not be taken aback or scared of where my journey may go. Feeling the wax in my hair made me feel the feelings I had as a kid when my mom and sister would do my hair, it reminded me of a time I felt on top of the world in middle school, and it brought me to feel the feels of the current moments in my life.
I am incredibly honored to have been asked by got2be to collab with them. Their product brought me down memory lane and made me realize furthermore, that the life i'm living is made up of the moments and memories I had growing up. There's nothing wrong with getting sentimental and feeling the feels. I've always been a firm believer that once you learn to love, you learn to accept your past and who you are. This whole journey, "This Love" for me is about accepting my past and honoring it in my present so I can look back at my future and feel the way I feel now about my past.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Every post I will include the song that inspired me to build a post around it's title.
2 Years In My Life: Chapter 2