Let June be the month you start building self-pride
We officially made it to the last leg of the first half of the year, and that’s something to be proud of. Likewise, the month of June reminds us of the many things we can be proud of—our heritage, our culture and ourselves. Looking back at our past allows us to appreciate the present and the progress we’ve made. This year alone, Filipino pride Dolly de Leon caught the attention of international critics and award-giving bodies for her role as Abigail in Triangle of Sadness. Meanwhile, Wonder celebrated five years of telling stories by and for the Filipino youth while stirring conversations and offering fresh perspectives. This month, we’re also putting the spotlight on young, proud and free individuals and their contributions to the queer community. May their stories inspire you to live life in unabashed color.
Now, what of ourselves? June calls for us to celebrate what pride means to each one of us, too. Self-pride is knowing who you are and what your worth is without being ashamed of it. However, many of us were raised to think that to be proud is a negative quality. That pride, which is commonly confused with unregulated ego, is synonymous to arrogance or vanity. But just as we compliment and praise others, so should we give ourselves credit. Downplaying oneself takes away your power thus, robbing yourself of the rewards you truly deserve.
A healthy amount of pride or strong sense of self is to feel comfortable in your own skin, to give yourself permission to take up space and to empower others.
Now while I have you, here are style news, tried and tested products and retail therapy recommendations that might bring you joy as you make your way through the month.
So, how about it? Let June be that month you start building self-pride.
New Balance recently celebrated Grey Day 2023 with a collection that celebrates the timeless grey palette and the brand’s enduring legacy. Check out their range of tees, hoodies, joggers and shorts, and exclusive variations of crowd-favorites 9060, 550, 580 and the Fresh Foam x More Trail v3 shoes.
Peep and shop the Grey Day collection available in select New Balance stores and Footlocker stores nationwide.
Meet the new monochromatic logo collection of Moschino, #LogoMoschino. The lineup features menswear and womenswear in three colors: paradise pink, classic faded denim blue and jet-black with Moschino’s signature logo stamped in every piece. Energetic and playful but comfortable, #LogoMoschino comes in different materials, like denim, jacquard, nylon and satin. The collection also includes travel accessories such as fanny packs and carry-on bags.
Available in-store at Cul-De-Sac in The Podium Mall and via the Moschino website.
Dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, Neutrogena, has announced the launch of refill pods for the best-selling Hydro Boost Water Gel. Offering a sustainable solution, it’s one of the best options for giving you healthy glass skin.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is supercharged with good-for-the-skin ingredients, including amino acids, electrolytes and 20% more hyaluronic acid (vs previous formula) to help strengthen the skin barrier. The result? Soft, smooth and supple skin.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Refill Pods are now available exclusively at Watsons.
Tried and Tested
Looking for classic and iconic everyday pieces? Superga is known for exactly that. From the brand’s first timeless canvas shoe to the classic 2750 and its modern iterations, Superga deserves a spot in your growing sneaker collection. My personal pick is the 2631 Stripe Platform in Eggshell:
Classic and contemporary, this pair is made from breathable cotton and has an of-the-moment chunky sole for support.
This season, the brand also introduced Tina Kunakey as the face of its Spring/Summer 2023 campaign. Each piece from the SS23 collection expands the sustainability-centered line with a focus on developing better materials that reinforce the brand’s commitment to ethical practices.
Check out the full collection at a Superga near you.
Love, Bonito just launched its annual Mid-Year Sale with gravity-defying discounts across its various key lines. From beach-to-brunch fits from the Casual Wear and Staples line to office-appropriate Workwear and occasion-ready Wedding & Party styles, shop quality and functional pieces at Love, Bonito.
From 29 May to 12 June*, LBCommunity+ members can look forward to enjoying the following deals** online:
- 20% off a minimum spend off USD110 in a single receipt
- 15% off a minimum spend off USD90 in a single receipt
- 10% off a minimum spend off USD50 in a single receipt
Visit Love, Bonito to start shopping.
Art Matthew Fetalver