Fall Essential: Wide Brim Hat

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Fall fashion is the best kind of fashion my friends.

I have a few tricks to getting it right, but my main one is this hot number. Wide brim hats are great for showing some personality while covering your lazy hair days. We can’t always wear a cap or a beanie in this weather.

I like to wear my hat with longer tops like this thrifted Columbia sweater I’m wearing. Underneath, I have an elongated tee in case I get too warm.

What do you think? Are you down for this piece? Let me know if you try it out because it’s pretty fun to walk around in this thing. Don’t stay limited to one style and have fun experimenting with the possibilities!

Outfit

Wide Brim Hat: Urban Outfitters
Knit Sweater: Columbia
Tee: Urban Outfitters

Gratitude.

One of the greatest promises of life is that nothing ever stays the same for too long.

When things are good, we have this radiant outlook on life and we’re so happy. When things are bad, we fall into this self-pity party and can’t seem to get out of it.

When I was at my lowest, I used to tell people that there was no point in being happy because sadness comes up anyways. It’s so easy to play the victim and be all “why is everything happening to me?” but I’m telling you now, it’s not worth it.

Everyone has bad days. F*ck, everyone has bad weeks or months, but things will look up. The point is that we need to accept our position and accept that we don’t always have full control on how we feel.

By embracing life’s never-ending changes, we become more humble in our happiest days and hopeful in our saddest.

Wherever you are emotionally right now, embrace it. The good and the bad. This is how we find contentment in all aspects of our lives.

Stay humble. Stay hopeful.

Happy Thanksgiving pogi!

— P

Photo Outfit:

Tortoise Readers — Urban Outfitters
Hokusai Patterned Polo — UNIQLO
Trousers — Gap Fit
Apple Watch Series 4

Shot by: Samantha Stevenson on Canon t6i w/ 24mm lens

How I Get Over That “Meh” Feeling

Are you ever out in public for work or with friends, but all you want to do is go home and sleep? Maybe not even sleep, maybe you just feel “meh”.

Sometimes I’m super drowsy when I’m listening to a very important lecture. Sometimes I feel insecure and just want to hide.

You know what I mean?

Don’t lie.

I know you’ve felt this way.

One of the ways I combat this is to give myself little prizes that make me excited about where I am. I like to sip on my favourite drink, which right now is a cold bottle of milk tea.

I also feel more energized when I like the way I’m dressed. I wear my favourite shoes, shirt, and even my super special Calvin Klein undies. It’s hard to feel “meh” when you look super good.

Whatever it is that makes you feel energized and ready to take on the day — do it. It never hurts to make yourself happy first.

Giving yourself the best care and treatment will allow you to do the same for those around you.

Shine bright pogi!

— P

How Haircuts Make Me Feel

There’s something about getting a haircut makes a guy feel like a whole new person. The minute I step out of the barbershop, my clothes fit nicer, my skin looks clearer — everything is just much better.

Growing up, my parents always made me get what many would call a “bowl cut” or a “mushroom cut”. I was always frustrated with that because I was never in control of my look. I’m sure there are many of you who have parent who feel the need to control everything about you.

Don’t get me wrong — they do know what’s best for you a lot of the time, but your look isn’t one of them.

When I was finally old enough to drive, I began going to the barber by myself. This was the start of a very bossy Patrick.

“Fade this!”

“Texturize that!”

“Not too much off the top!”

Hair is fun to experiment with so don’t be scared to play around with different styles. You can have it long and bouncy. You can wear it short and pointy. There are so many styles to play with!

If you’re based in Winnipeg, I definitely recommend Casey Simbulan from Case & Park! He’s been my barber for six years and he’s never let me down.

I’m thinking of doing a sit down interview with a barber to shine some light on hairstyles and products. For now, here are a few pictures of my latest cut.

Till next time,

-P

3 Easy Steps to Clearer Skin

I was 14 when I got my first pimple. It the size of a green pea, and it sat right on my right cheekbone. Being the weirdo I was, I decided to pop it.

WORST. DECISION. EVER.

Those suckers multiplied like crazy and before I knew it, my face looked like a cheese pizza. My face was full of pimples that wouldn’t go away. I was so embarrassed about it that I avoided being photographed at all cost. I didn’t feel like my usual pogi self at all. If you look through my family’s Christmas photos that year, you’ll notice I’m not there. I was literally a ghost.

Everyone gets acne, and while it may not be the worst thing you can have, it still sucks. I hated it, so I did something about it. If acne is holding you back from doing things you want to do, let’s do something about it. Here are my best tips to clearing up your acne:

  1. Drink lots of water!
    When my acne was at its worst, it was when I didn’t drink water. As much as I love those creamy frappuccinos from Starbucks, they don’t take care of your skin the way that water does. I know I drink enough water if my pee is more clear than yellow. (LOL) There are plenty of benefits to staying hydrated and clearer skin is just one of them.
  2. Find a skincare routine and be consistent!
    Make sure to use products that are meant for your face and not anywhere else. The skin on your face is more sensitive, which means you shouldn’t be using a body soap to wash it or body lotion to moisturize it. You only get one face so it’s important to take care of it.
    Use a cleanser to wash your face and always apply moisturizer after. If your skin is too dry, you could potentially break out even more. Get in the habit of washing your face in the morning and right before bed.
  3. Sleep!
    Your body needs to rest for many reasons, and your skin is one of them. Getting enough sleep will help keep your skin looking young and supple. This will also keep those baggy eyes away, which is a huge plus!

Those are my simple tips to getting clearer skin. Stick around because I will do a more in-depth post about the products I use and more. (also check out these “Neutrogena style” face washing pictures, LOL)

Remember dudes, everyone gets acne. No matter how awful you think it is, don’t let it get in the way of you enjoying yourself and getting in those family pictures. Having acne isn’t the end of the world, but if you hate it that much then take the steps to fix it.

Till next time pogi,

— P

The First Post (not really)

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Hey brothers!

Summer is over. I said it. Say goodbye to the warm summer nights and say hello to those falling leaves. I know a lot of you are getting back into the work flow — whether it be school or work, we all have some exciting things coming up. For me, I have this blog for all of you!

The Pogi Project is a blog I created to help guys (and girls) become their pogi selves. The word pogi comes from the Philippines, and it simply means handsome, however, being pogi isn’t just about looks. It’s about looking and feeling your best, and then doing your best wherever you are. That’s exactly what this blog is for.

I want to help people live their pogi life. You’ll learn something new every week: from fashion and skin care, as well as success stories from myself and some of the coolest guys I know.

Tune in next Saturday for the first official post on our page!

Are you ready?

– P