Knowing when to tune out.

Updated on Feb 22, 2009
red Moonshine skirt - black AmiClub shoes - black Louis Vuitton bag
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joannaladrido 's Thoughts:

I haven’t really been posting here recently since I’ve been dealing with health problems including a swollen left rib that hurts like hell. On top of that, I have been dealing with the worst kind of insomnia that involves me not being able to sleep for no apparent reason (if you must know, i do not take stimulants including caffeine and cola since it is bad for my already problematic heart). Basically until yesterday, I’ve been up for 5 days straight unless you consider 2-3 hours of sleep every now and then as sleep compared to the actual 8-10 hours of slumber I was used to with all the antihistamines I am maintained on!

I felt like a zombie and basically floated through my day so the 30 minutes to conceal eyebags did not seem to be an appealing option for a chictopia post. So i took a hiatus.

On the 5th day, Saturday, I decided to ask for sleeping pills from my mum and took two and slept for 11 straight hours. It was beyond refreshing so I took my photo and decided i did not look as hideous anymore! Haha.

Anyway, this is a pretty basic outfit for a pretty basic Saturday afternoon. Black and red always appealed to me. The skirt is a fabulous highwaisted cotton tulip skirt I got from Moonshine which is quite amazing..I LOVE IT. Paired it with my basic camisole and new shoes from

I had to go to Glorietta (which I really really dread doing since I hate crowded places) to get masquerade masks, fabric and beading at Carolinas, which moved to the new Glorietta 5, across Rustans. I finally got to cross the streets of Makati alone!!! (I have this thing where I’m afraid of crossing the streets in my country since the use of pedestrian lanes are purely optional and stoplights are merely suggestions to drivers. No one really follows them back here.) And to my luck my heels got stuck in the grills of the ditches in the streets. It was very terrifying in that Jennifer Lopez in Wedding Planner sort of way and if I had to choose between life and my new shoes, I’d choose life anyday. I may love to shop but I am still smart enough to know there’s no use of saving a shoe when you won’t be alive or won’t have a foot to wear it with. Thank God I got to remove it way before a car had to pass by!

Anyway, this weekend was a week of discoveries. For one, me and my soul sister Nina were insulted by someone we were more than willing to help out (with certain limitations of course as is with any business deal). It’s funny really how words and actions are misinterpreted and even twisted by those whom you thought were friends for their own personal gain. The thing is, such people believe what they want to believe even if it was based on no concrete truth or fact but rather on figments of their imagination. They just conclude things in their heads and share it to people who are even less credible and probably as delusional as they are.

We just decided to take the insults in and let it go. If there’s one thing I learned from being so close to death every single day, it’s that life’s too short to waste on those who are not worth it. That person has already prove she isn’t… and it was sad but I think it would be even sadder to retaliate and tell your side to a person who in the first place did not bother hearing it before defaming your name and spreading gossip around like wild fire.

If anything this was a blessing because I got closer than ever to my friend and realized that at the end of the day, I am still lucky to have trusted friends I can treasure.

“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in eye and say, ’This too shall pass, I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. At the end of the day, I have today, I have yet to meet life, but I do not run scared. Someone once said, “Know when to tune out, if you listen to too much advice you may wind up making other peoples mistakes.”

From the backstabbing people you trusted to the meddling bystanders,you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life . You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead
(I choose happiness!). Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life.Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.

Cheers. I just needed to let it out. xx

Comments (49)

marchako on August 01
marchako on August 01
marchako on August 01
marchako on August 01
NathaliaV on August 01
bjkdAnc3r on March 17
cute shoes!
FashionNicotine on December 02
Nice skirt!
UpliftingYou on August 11
Hope you get better soon. Loving this outfit, the colors are great!
errepalermo on May 29
better... yet not nice either!
cocorosa on March 06
So sexy :)
Maarji on February 26
Forget the clothes: amazing legs, girl!
koonelli on February 26
that skirt is such a good fit
agaska1 on February 26
love the outfit <33
kooffy7 on February 24
u are pulling off this look so well... first the tutus and now body hugging high waisted skirts.. i totally love it... u are lookin extremely hot on black and red combo JL... :)
wattabouts on February 23
aside from your fabulous outfits, I also take so much time reading your equally fabulous blog. I love your fierceness dear. I get to learn so much things from you, maybe you can write an inspirational book someday. Your words plus fashion, I bet its going to be a best seller. anyhoo Hope yer good. :>
nnabeela on February 23
theminx on February 23
Hope you feel better girl, I'll be thinking of you! If it helps, you look totally killer in red :)
gladful on February 23
amazing and lovely as always;)
myfashionswap on February 23
Georgous skirt! Looks great on you! Deb from
Pink_Champagne on February 23
kniprup on February 23
LOVE your skirt! you look really beautiful, btw! like you weren't even sick or insomniac for days. ;) your entry was so inspiring. hope you'll stay strong. :)
MissRoLL on February 22
love the skirt....u look sexy ^^
mestizay on February 22
JL.your blog really went through me! Its a good thing your so strong!i applaud you. dont let them haters get to you.. loving the outfit! still havent ordered by balmain dress.*sheepish grin* but i will!
summerromance on February 22
I really like this look on you, simple and elgant. :)
iheartdresses on February 22
wow u look so fantastic joanna! i love the red and black combo, a favourite of mine to hehe;) that tulip skirt is soo lovely and very flattering on u! and i hope ur feeling better soon:) keep on being strong:) God Bless!
lifeinsideamusicbox on February 22
I like the quote about listening to advice - that is so true. 5 days? glad you finally got some sleep! insomnia is evil. that skirt is fantastic! love the outfit, love the colors, lovely!!
lish on February 22
love the skirt! the fit's amazing! makes your waist look so small! hope things get better on your side. =)
regerafael on February 22
i love this so much!! favourited! so simple but really very chic!:)
ForeverTheSickestKid on February 22
the skirt and tank top look seamless- makes you look so tall and absolutely gorgeous! I hope your health problems get better soon :) keep on staying beautiful!
libys11 on February 22
that red tulip skirt looks amazing on you!!! it greatly accentuates your figure!!! so sexy! :D
skyhigh on February 22
sorry about what happened. you will of course have a lot of better days.i love the simplicity of this outfit by the way. you look great as always. p.s i totally agree with what you said about the insult.
chinela on February 22
I REALLY REALLY love this! :) Makes you look fearless!!
lissakahayon on February 22
JL! It's a good thing you were somehow able to make up for the lost sleep, you look blooming on your pictures!! :) Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about your near death experience and the insult thing. *huuugs* Stay strong and fabulous! Oh, and i love the black and red combination btw :)
pristinemarie on February 22
favorited =)
ninjaneko on February 22
wb! hope you're okay now. :) i love the red skirt on you :)
endlessdream on February 22
i hope you're feeling better now! and i do know that you'll have much better days. lovely skirt btw! :)
x0xo on February 22
vro on February 22
True what you said! I'm sorry you were feeling bad again, doesn't sound good. I hope it's getting better! And als aways, I loooove the contrast of the red and the black! The skirt is really cool!
blaquebarbee on February 22
Love the skirt!
Stern on February 22
love the outfit!!!great post too, btw!
PaulaVillage on February 22
gotASSet on February 22
wow, i love this! i have always loved the black and red tandem. your skirt is really fabulous! hope tomorrow will be nicer for you.:) added as a favorite photo.:)
planetalf on February 22
cute outfit, of course and good words to live by! Hope you're feelin better
Koizumi on February 22
Your skirt looks so good on you! I hope you get better soon :)
chica0770 on February 22
love the skirt :)
jeepneysoul on February 22
great look. great skirt
FashionReady on February 22
I really love that high waisted skirt and the color combination of red and black together!!!
12ipek on February 22
Wow! I like that outfit..especially the skirt! and ur hair look so cool!
Laura on February 22
gorgeous skirt!! you look great.. i would never guess that you're sick! :)
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