Fashion blogger David Guison on a habit that never goes out of style

He was a painfully shy student who refused to head group projects in class and stayed glued to his seat unless called to recite. Who would have thought that the self-effacing David Guison would eventually acquire an itinerant lifestyle as an acclaimed fashion blogger – getting major exposure in the style industry and going on exciting adventures to pursue his passion?

Blogging, however, isn’t quite new to the 23-year-old multimedia arts graduate from the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. David actually started writing personal blog entries way back in high school and sustained his interest in it after fulfilling a photo blog requirement in college. “It was a pre-requisite for us to have a blog tapos ayun na-enjoy ko siya, tapos tinuluy-tuloy ko na. I started getting readers and then people were e-mailing me na ‘why don’t you post your outfits?’ ” David recalls. “And then when I posted an OOTD (outfit of the day), ‘dun na siya nagkick-off, so I decided to pursue style blogging.”

David never quite expected fashion blogging to take him to a far more exciting world than what he had.

“I thought that blogging just meant being in a room and working on your laptop. But with blogging pala you get to meet a lot of people in the industry; you build connections and you travel. And I think that’s the best part,” he muses.

With endorsement and sponsorship offers coming in, a number of challenges have ushered David’s transition from personal to style blogger, first of which is that he’s now writing for a much bigger audience.

Aside from being more conscious of his daily grooming regimen and personal style, David also started paying extra attention to his overall hygiene, particularly his oral health.

“With fashion, it’s not just about wearing nice clothes and stuff like that. I think it’s about one’s overall appearance, the total package,” he says. “You have to look good, feel good, and smell good. It’s a little bit of everything for you to pull off your look.”

David is well aware of the fact that fashion blogging takes him places, traveling and seeing new people for collaborations. This is why he makes it a point to have OraCare Mouthrinse in his bag anywhere he goes. Apart from constantly looking presentable, he wants to have fresh- and clean-smelling breath any time of the day.

“I’ve been blogging for five years and it wasn’t until 2010 that I started using OraCare. Since then, I’ve had OraCare with me all the time,” says David, who considers OraCare as the ideal brand of mouthwash since it works without the strong aftertaste or burning sensation that one experiences from using other brands containing alcohol. “Hindi siya sting-y, hindi siya matapang, parang very light lang siya pero I can say it is effective,” he quips.

Apart from ensuring a pleasurable gargling experience, OraCare provides real mouth clean because its active ingredient, Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide, effectively kills bad bacteria and neutralizes volatile sulfur compounds – the main culprit behind strong mouth odors.

Besides being mindful of his oral hygiene, David credits other factors for his success in the blogosphere. One of these is a formula that, he affirms, never goes out of style – staying true to one’s self.

“As cliché as it may sound, just be yourself. Yun talaga! You really have to stick to your values and with what you know. I think that’s what made me successful in this industry kasi kung ano ako when I started, I think ganun pa rin ako hanggang ngayon.

“You may feel like you have all the opportunities and projects you want, but remember that in a blink of an eye, pwede siyang mabawi sa’yo. So just stick to what really matters; mawala man ‘yan sayo, alam mong you’re happy, you’re fulfilled, you’re contented,” he intones.

OraCare Mouthrinse, made by Pascual Laboratories, Inc., is available at leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. It comes in three variants—Regular, Cool and Merrymint.

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