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All Hail, Leighton Meester!

The queen bee arrives in Manila and her winning personality makes us worship her even more.
photo courtesy of Penshoppe

Fans know Leighton as the ultimate It Girl on TV, but in person, she’s even more charismatic. To an intimate interview with the press the past weekend, she came wearing a simple top, summer shorts, and heels, with a big smile on her face and a warm hello to everyone in the room.

She's not jetlagged despite the long flight to Manila, she says, and we believe her. She’s all dewy skin and bright peepers, like she’s totally at home here—which she is. "I'm originally from Florida so I like warm weather. I like it here. It reminds me of Florida."

The new face of Penshoppe says the brand's aesthetics is in sync with her personal style: casual but still fashionable. Her views on fashion make her even more of a winner. "Fashion should be fun. It's not life or death. You shouldn't be a slave to your own clothes," she says. "It's not about the price tag or wearing what everyone else is wearing."

As a TV and movie star, she says each role has been a dream for her. But the queen bee is ready to grow beyond the small screen. This week, in fact, she’s launching a five-city US tour with the band Check in the Dark. "We've been rehearsing and it's wonderful... We might release our project independently."

Leighton has also recently worked with comedy legend Adam Sandler in the movie That’s My Boy. "Working with him is as fun as you can imagine. He did stand-up every morning on set. He's my hero."

As for her future projects? "I'm attracted to scripts I can relate to, scripts with strong female characters." Strong female characters for a multi-talented lady—sounds like the perfect fit.

What do you love about Leighton? Did you spot her in Manila? Share your stories and photo links below!

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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