KISSING THE YEAR 2008 GOODBYE

Updated on Dec 31, 2008
black Glitterati dress - pink the Librarians shoes - black Chanel bag
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Dinner at Red, Makati Shangrila then welcomed 12 midnight at home with loved ones and a bunch of fireworks. Proceeded to Urdaneta at Naissa’s to begin the first day of the year…officially. I was still sick as hell but I decided to not think of it and wore the dress I’ve been so excited to wear for almost 2 weeks. This is an up and coming concoction for GLITTERATI and I decided to make it more Glitterati and less Breakfast at Tiffany’s by adding ruched Tulle to the two out of three layers of the dress. It was a perfect New Year’s Eve dress!!! Had a very delicious dinner and about 5 bottles of bubbly and a whole lot of sparklers and fireworks ala Rockwell at home. It was perfection. Got my New Year’s kiss from my boy as well! yaaaay!

It felt good to be with my sister (finally) for New Year’s Eve. She is one of my reliable fashion inspirations ever. I love her. Spent 2 am- 7 am working on fashion and our up and coming line and collection for Glitterati! WORK WORK WORK! I was surprisingly very inspired in the morning!!!!

One whole year. Twelve months. 365 days. 8760 hours. 525,600 minutes. No matter what the mathematical figures say, all in all, they mean one thing- once again we wait to bid the year 2008 goodbye and welcome a new beginning, a new start and a new and better life in the new year.

A saying goes, "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” And I do have to say, despite ALL the drama of this year, even if I cannot wait for the year 2008 to leave, I am still an optimist- I also cannot wait to welcome the new year in. All the pages for the book of 2009 are blank, at 12 midnight, we open the book, and I am going to write the words in myself. I think that we write our own stories and every time we believe we know how it’s going to end, we actually don’t. Edith Pierce said it wonderfully when she wrote, "The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” And I cannot wait. Today is where my book begins and the rest is still unwritten.

This year, I found myself. Finally. I’ve lost myself so much in 2007 that 2008 came and I suddenly found where I belonged. And I have nothing but great memories despite the challenging times.

My Christmas this year was different, somehow I felt that FINALLY things were in place (with my sister this year!!!) and genuinely, I felt at peace. I finally figured out that sometimes, it’s okay not to have all the answers…. because most of the time, it’s the questions that matter.

I am starting the year in a completely different place from where I was last year- I changed my hair, I found a field that I enjoy (obviously!), I discovered that I can do things I never thought I could, I learned who my real friends were, I tried things I was too afraid to try and that I thought I’d never dare to, I changed certain philosophies I had, I rediscovered realities in life and most importantly, I finally got a big shocking discovery that just completely altered everything I had planned and mapped out for my life. I am not going to say it didn’t suck-because it did.

I finally understood what it felt like to see everything you worked for crumbling down and having your dreams shattered right in front of you and somehow, it made me doubt everything I believed in. In a nutshell, I felt like crap. I felt everything was all blank and I was terrified that I had lost touch with reality.

Suffice to say, I did come out of it stronger, braver and wiser. The only way to stay out of the downward spiral is to completely disconnect yourself and rebuild from what you’ve got. Life goes on. The trick is to keep breathing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! Cheers to 2009!

Comments (54)

NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
Florrosada12
Florrosada12 on August 13
awesome dress!
getlikesonya
getlikesonya on August 12
love it
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 17
very nice! reminds me of the flapper girls (:
Arielgayle
Arielgayle on October 15
Wow...
fashionvictimsunite
i love those shoes!
denisedenies
denisedenies on January 20
that's a cute little number
shopglitterati
shopglitterati on January 15
Visit http://shopglitterati.multiply.com
1234565
1234565 on January 09
i love the colour of your shoes. plum :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 12
thanks so much!!!!
MissRoLL
MissRoLL on January 08
what a cute outfit!!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 12
thanks!!!!
coco_h
coco_h on January 06
gahhh! this whole ensemble is to die for! so cute and flirty and sexy all at the same time!!! =)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 12
thanks coco! glad you like it!!!!
trice
trice on January 02
lovely outfit
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 12
thanks you can buy it online at http://shopglitterati.multiply.com
astern
astern on January 02
I love your hair and shoes. You look like a doll!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 12
thanks babe!!!!
toni
toni on January 02
nice dress
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks! :D
mestizay
mestizay on January 01
happy new year!!!!!!! favorited!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks babe! happpy new year!!!
sare
sare on January 01
i was looking forward to what you were going to wear for new years.. what a great outfit! perfect party skirt x
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you darling! i am glad you were and hope i didnt disappoint i love your style! happy new year!!!!
shaykei
shaykei on January 01
real creative oufit! it suits u well! that bag cost alotta money! guess id better get a job then LAWL!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
hahaha thanks darling! the bag was a gift! teehee cheers!
KellyJoy
KellyJoy on January 01
you're so creative and unique! great outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks babe! i am honored to have that from a stylish lady!!!!
CalamityJem
CalamityJem on January 01
Fun fun fun outfit, perfect party get up! You look fabulous!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you so much!!! its available in our online store! cheers!!!
vanidoza
vanidoza on January 01
lovin' this! you look so cute! And i love the writeup...couldn't agree more!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks so much! happy new year!
murph
murph on January 01
nice gloves.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks babe!!!!
joanna
joanna on January 01
love the fun outfit! and i couldn't agree more about what you wrote!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks dearest! happy new year!!!
Erzsebet
Erzsebet on January 01
Your work at Glitterati are fab :) Happy New Year :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks dearest!!!!
nopinkprincess
nopinkprincess on January 01
i love your gliteratti designs :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you dear!!!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on January 01
me ♥!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks babe!!!
mzkris
mzkris on January 01
so cute
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you!!!
kooffy7
kooffy7 on January 01
oh great! u look amazing!! ilove pink&black! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thanks babe!!!!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on January 01
so this is the dress that you and your yaya have been spending hours on. i loooove it! you look so cute in it!!! haute, haute, haute!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
yes it is! hahaha we've been slaving away on it! hahaha thanks so much!!!!
chica0770
chica0770 on January 01
wow. fantastic :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you so much! happy new year!
regerafael
regerafael on January 01
i love your outfit. youre really fab. happy new year!!!:)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 02
thank you so much! i am very very honored!!!
Chomy
Chomy on January 01
inspiring words dear1 HAPPY NEW YR!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks dearest happy new year!!!!
shmicole
shmicole on January 01
love the dress!! ;)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks so much!!!!
jetaime
jetaime on January 01
Happy new year! Gorgeous outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
happy new year babe!!! xx
mabellie
mabellie on January 01
i loooove it!!:)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks!!!!
LAURAMATEOS
LAURAMATEOS on January 01
Gorgeous!!Happy new year
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks darling!!!!
gabiatch
gabiatch on January 01
sooo perfect!! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks darling!!!
bird
bird on January 01
pretty
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks!!!!
lish
lish on January 01
wow! lovely dress!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks so much!!!
gladful
gladful on January 01
oh! your dress was so lovely. cant wait for your new collection. i should buy.really..happy new year!=)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks! you should! hahaha happy new year!!!
Shantee
Shantee on January 01
this is too cute!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks darling!!!!
orsola
orsola on January 01
great! top outfit. happy new year sweetie!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks dearest!!! happy new year!!! xx
mi7esng
mi7esng on January 01
LOVE. Happy New Year JL! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks babe! happy new year!!!
toosexyformyshirt
toosexyformyshirt on January 01
So festive an outfit! I truly love everything you wear!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks so much!!!!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on January 01
JL!!!!! This is so so hot, what a uber stylish way to end the year!!!! I love it and 2009 will definitely be better!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
Thanks Lissa! Hahaha i was sick but it was worth it! i needed to wear this dress ahahaha cheers!
dets_bo_bets
dets_bo_bets on January 01
fabulous!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks!!!!
bambisasha
bambisasha on January 01
it's reminds me f cabaret! You look gorgeous!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
i know! gotta love that!!! hahaha i loved the movie! ahaha ccheers!!!
JessicaII
JessicaII on January 01
Beautiful dress!! And Happy New Year!! xx
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thank you!!!!
AlessandraIsabella
AlessandraIsabella on December 31
Beautiful!!! Sweetheart necklines are the best ever!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
i agree! cheers dear and thank you so much! happy new yr!
FashionReady
FashionReady on December 31
wow!! great dress!! always looking well dressed!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thank u so much!!!!
angelgo03
angelgo03 on December 31
looking hot! ready for 2009!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks darling! indeed!!!
ninjaneko
ninjaneko on December 31
happy new year!!! that's a lovely dress.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks babe! happy new year!!!!
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on December 31
this is sexy!! wow!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks babe!!
mandark
mandark on December 31
you look so fierce! way to ring in the new year in style..happy new year! =)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thank you so much! cheers!!!
sweetcandylove
sweetcandylove on December 31
Happy new year dear! wishing you all the very best for 2009!!!!! keep rocking!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 01
thanks so much! wish you all the best too this 2009! cheers! xoxo
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