First Thrift Shopping Experience

I’ve been trying to live a minimalist lifestyle so I could have more of what is only important for me and less of what I don’t really need in my life. Another reason for me to change my lifestyle is my finances. I’d like to spend my hard earned money wiser and create a balance between my wants and needs.

Most of my clothes, if not given to me are bought from bazaars or at boutiques inside the mall. If you are a bazaar or a mall shopper, styled clothes ranges from Php300 to Php750 depending on the brand, where you bought it, if it was on seasoned sale or sold at a discounted price.

A minimum wage earner might shop for a piece or two every cutoff in that price range if they don’t have a lot of financial responsibility in their household. But because I really want to try something new and wanted it to have a double impact in my finances and my wardrobe, I tried thrift shopping for the first time!

This idea of thrift shopping came into me when I was watching and looking for ways on how to spend my money wiser online. My decision solidified when I saw famous Youtubers and a lot of online influencers doing the same thing. There are also influencers whose niche is how to be thrifty and some are really proud to broadcast that 75% of the stuffs inside their closet are thrifted. Which made me think that it’s not a bad thing to try after all.

Then there I was roaming around inside the most accessible thrift store from my place. It’s a store I pass by every day to and from work with no intentions of checking before, until I decided trying to go minimalist. I felt like the store was really there for me to pay a visit one day.

So how was my experience? I did a little research on what to expect when thrift shopping and how to thrift shop before I scheduled my shopping day. Maybe I’ll make a blog of how to thrift shop after 10 more times of shopping and trying different stores from different locations. For now, I’d like to share my humble experience.

The first thing I noticed when I entered the store is the smell of all the clothes hanged on the racks that was pulled out from their packed boxes and sleeping state. It doesn’t smell bad at all but you will really feel like you entered a different dimension because of the air. Maybe the cause of the strong smell was because the lack of ventilation of the store. Another reason might also be because the store wasn’t only selling clothes, but also bags, shoes and other accessories. Heavens, I sneezed for several times while checking the racks.

The clothes are priced differently, tops, shorts, jeans, sweat pants and skirts are categorized and priced accordingly. When the store is on sale, which was a lucky day for me when I visited, a lot of the clothes were sold for 3 pieces for Php100. The second time I visited with my friend which was just a week after, they were selling 4 pieces with the same price!

Most of the clothes looked fashionably decent with a very inexpensive and affordable price tag. I think the only investment that you really need when thrift shopping is time and patience. Why? Because you will have to go through all the racks before you find hiding treasures. My friend went shopping galore and bought 12 clothes for only Php300!

My technique was to hoard, select then pay. Hoard all the clothes that simply catches your eyes or interest. After hoarding, select the clothes that you like and will complement the ones that you already have at home before paying. Make sure to check if the seams and fabric are still in tack and in good condition before lining up at the counter. One of my tip is to avoid anything pure white.

For me, 9 decent clothes for a price of 1 made me feel like a shopping goddess! Now let me show you some of the clothes that I thirfted and have been wearing to office ever since rainy season started:

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Until my next blog! Thank you for reading!

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Oh My Bag! How to Care For My Bags?

Oh My Bag! If you’re a bag collector who doesn’t feel bad about passing your bags to someone else like your friends, sister, cousins or a bag lover who’s very sensitive about your bag’s appearance, you’re in the right place! Because I will be sharing some tips on how to take care of your precious bags so you can pass it over and still looks as good as new!

No matter if your bag is branded or not, it deserves to be taken care to always look at their best condition and to serve you well!

Different Ways on How to Care For Your Bags:

Handle Wraps. If the handle of your bag feels like it’s all worn out due to everyday use, you can use beautifully designed handle wraps to keep the coating from completely falling off. This is also a good way to add some personality to a bag. Reminder, do not hang your bags to avoid weakening the handles.

Bag Filer. Our bags tend to mix their colors with other bags when stored compressed to each other for a very long time. A bag filer can avoid the color transfer by giving each bag a boundary to prevent them from coming in contact. This will also protect the embellishments around your bag if there’s any.

Bag Stuffer. If you want your bags to retain its shape for a long time, a bag stuffer can help your bags avoid early distortion. So make sure to put a bag stuffer when you’re not using it and before storing it.

Base Shaper. The base of most bags that are being sold outside doesn’t have a very strong base that will lay your bag flat on its bottom, so a bag shaper is a must have.

Bag Raincoat. We got used to just dragging our bags outside and into the rain just by protecting them using an umbrella. What we didn’t know that even if our bags didn’t completely got soaking wet, it already absorbed the water mists, and then it will dry up through wind and heat. This makes it look lumpy and worn out. Therefore, a bag raincoat is advisable to protect it in the rainy season.

Dust Bag. Our bags are prone to dust, so when not in use, it has to be stored in a dust bag before placing it in your cabinet. It may also be a good habit to wipe your bag clean when you get home and slid it in a dust bag every day.

Bag Dehumidifier. We put a lot of stuffs in our bags such as makeup, perfume, alcohol, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and other things that have their own smell. So to avoid the nasty odor when using and before storing your bags, you can use bag dehumidifiers.

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Oh My Bag! I have some of these bag care products which I seriously love, instantly used and appreciate right now because it gave my bags a whole new look and the peeling of the handles were saved!

Esmeralda Red Bag Handle Wrap

The bag handle wraps were housed by cute transparent plastic boxes with their specific name. Esmeralda Red and Hillary used Satin and Imported Polyester fabrics respectively. It’s fabric so you can always wash it when it gets dirty and don’t worry if the fabric took the shape of the handle for not removing it for a long time, because again, it’s fabric so it will return to its normal state when washed.

Hillary Bag Handle Wrap

As you can see, I didn’t just use the handle wraps for my shoulder bags, but I also tried tying one on my plain red pouch which instantly added a pinch of personality to its look. You can even buy 2 different handle wraps and wrap them alternately on your sling bag. Just be creative and you’ll find ways on how to use the bag handle wraps.

8 Steps of Proper Bag Storage:

  1. Wipe the outside body of your bag.
  2. Remove the dirt inside.
  3. Place the base shaper.
  4. Slid in a bag dehumidifier.
  5. Put the bag stuffing
  6. Enclose your bag with a dust bag.
  7. Then place it inside the bag filer.
  8. Keep away from direct sunlight.

You can find all these bag care products at Oh My Bag PH and start extending your bags’ lives. Pamper your bag with different kinds and sizes of bag care items that will surely fit! Show some mercy to your wallet every time you empty it to shop for a new bag and to your current bags that has been doing a great job of helping you bring your things everywhere you go!

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Images are taken and edit by yours truly.

Sizzling Fashion Online Shop: Affordable & Fashionable

Sizzling Fashion

Check out Sizzling Fashion Online shop on Facebook and Instagram! I assure you that they have very affordable products and I dare you to compare the price from another online shop with almost similar products. They have swim suit for the approaching summer, bags for daily use and purses for your pennies. Couples can also avail their cute matching couple shirts! Don’t forget to stay tuned for future updates from them because things will be fun with this online shop! You might just win prizes! Happy pay day shopping everyone!

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Foot Wear Wish List 2016

Foot Wear Wish List

It’s New Year and it means new foot wears that will accompany you in your daily activities for the rest of the year! So Stephen and I thought of blogging about our individual and couple foot wear goals for this year… We thought that blogging about it would somehow motivate us to materialize the wish list. We know it’s quite expensive but it’s worth the investment to wear the shoes that we love, besides, we don’t buy new ones unless the old ones scream to be replaced. But it’s unlikely that our shoes will be harassed because we know how to care for them.

Foot Wear Wish List 1My foot wear wish list will consist of black and white colors because I can throw any outfit and still match them with my shoes on my lazy days. But I have my picks for different activities so the other shoes can rest in the rack.

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Nike Air Zoom Oddysey

I would take this out for a jog every morning and play sports with this baby!

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Nike Air Huarache Light

Modern and classic all in one pair of shoes which will fit any clothing style that I wear and still show my personality wherever I go on a day to day basis.

Adidas SuperStar

Adidas Super Star

This is absolutely perfect for my jeans and skirts! Even with a casual dress!

Foot Wear Wish List 2

When it comes to basketball players I am a huge fan of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry! My favorite color, as you can see, is blue. Anything with the shade of blue will always grab my attention when it comes to picking basketball shoes. So, don’t be surprised to see blue shoes in this wish list!

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Nike Kevin Durant 7

A basketball shoes that won’t leave my feet for having strings and straps!

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Nike Kevin Durant 4

Strong and modern. Blues on the right spots. My kind of style. 

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UnderArmour Curry 1

Under Armour Curry 1

This looks breathable to wear on my feet and eye catching when walking outside.

Foot Wear Wish List 3

We don’t just want the same coffee mugs, accessories, phones, pajamas or couple shirts, we also want matching shoes more than ever!

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Isn’t this stylish?

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Looks cozy and cute.

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Now this is a match!

Why Shop At Divisoria

Why Shop At Divisoria

1. Affordable

There are a lot of good finds at Divisoria and it is cheap. If you are knowledgeable on different things, you will know which quality is best to buy. Some of the stores selling clothing haven’t changed their stocks to the latest fashion trend. If you’re updated to the current fashion news you’ll know which clothes to pick. But if you don’t have any idea about what’s going on to the fashion world today, I suggest to look around first, you’ll see which store is selling the old trend and which ones people are bargaining for. You’ll notice which stores are still pushing their old stocks because its pretty much different from what most of the stores are carrying.

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2. Change

Change for this matter is cheap. If you always feel like changing your wardrobe you can work on the clothes at Divisoria. Sometimes they have similar design with those that actresses wear. You can buy more apparel at Divisoria if you are on a budget compared to buying at branded boutiques. Giving away clothes you didn’t spend a lot of money on is easier than giving away clothes that cost you half of your monthly salary.

3. Street Wise

This might sound crazy but taking down notes on which street sells what is a life saver. You wouldn’t waste too much time searching for stuffs because you know where exactly to find them. Less sweat from striding with other shoppers as well.

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