While shopping online is insanely convenient, there are still some people who are extra cautious when it comes to typing out their credit card information on the Internet. There are also a lot of high school and college kids who aren’t allowed by their parents to own credit cards until they’re older, so online shopping won’t be possible until then.
My first credit card back in college was only an extension of my parents’, and I never wanted to use it because 1) I always felt guilty since I wasn’t using my own money 2) My purchases will be reflected on their billing statements so I always had to use it wisely and not excessively. Even if I had enough cash to buy a product online, I would always have to ask permission to use their cards and card information for purchases. (Although I admit it was good training on my parents’ part because I learned to be responsible for my expenses.)
Now that I’m older, with my own bank account and credit card for personal use, the possibilities of online shopping are suddenly endless. It’s both good and bad that I now shop online more often than I do actual shopping in malls.
Listing the perks of online shopping will probably take me forever, but what I love most about it is that I can buy products that can’t be found here in the Philippines! On the other hand, the thing I hate about it most is that it’s so easy to buy things. It will really force you to practice self-discipline when it comes to spending. More often than not, I lose to self-discipline.
This is why prepaid cards are needed to monitor expenses! The Metrobank prepaid card has all the advantages of a debit card and the perks of a credit card, but with safer features. It is not connected to a bank account, so you won’t have to worry about anyone accessing your information through hacking, etc.
I got my own card a few weeks ago, and I’m so happy as it was so easy to use! No maintaining balance and initial deposit required. I just had to visit a Metrobank branch, fill out the prepaid card application form, present a valid ID, and pay P100 for the card.
I tested it out on Yesstyle because they always ship straight to my doorstep (no need for customs / post office shenanigans) and they sell a lot of items that aren’t available in the country. Crissey got her own card and used it on Yesstyle too!
Recently, Korean fashion and beauty have been growing on me, and Yesstyle offers a lot of Korean brands that fit the particular look that I like.
There’s going to be a huge retro style and gingham print boom in the next couple of months, so I bought this dress in preparation. The fact that it also resembles my high school uniform also made me want to buy it asap!
Yesstyle also sells 3CE / 3 CONCEPT EYES which is quite hard to find in the Philippines. And legitimate GEO contact lenses for those who are afraid of buying contact lenses from random Facebook stores.
I used 3CE Gimme More jumbo lip crayon and GEO 3 tone brown for this look! My nail polish is also 3CE!
A little OT, but I missed wearing socks in my OOTDs! Thanks Emilio Cavallini for rekindling my love for socks with this pair that you sent straight from Italy!
Time to live without regrets with the Metrobank prepaid card. Here’s your worry-free access to that lifestyle upgrade you’ve always wanted! Other than access to online shopping, the prepaid card can also be used for normal dining and shopping transactions. Some partner establishments that give you extra perks when you use your Metrobank prepaid card include Chelsea, Cole Haan, Hyve, Kabila, M Cafe, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Momo, Mr Jones, Perry Ellis, Rocketroom, Sip & Gogh, Skye, Stella, Terraz and Vyne (with many more to come).
I feel a little cheated now that it’s starting feel a lot like summer. A few weeks ago, I heard over the radio that the wonderful 20-something Celsius weather would last until end of February. Who were they kidding? Yesterday was scorching hot. I thought I was going to faint.
Out with all the thick sweaters for now, I guess. Good thing I already started building my wardrobe in time for Manila’s summer heat. I scored this glorious floral dress last week while going through Just G’s latest collection. I love how they’ve been pushing dresses with boning in them recently. Super slimming corset feel! This kind of dress would look great on anyone!
Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita.
Ultra cute and sparkly Christmas flats? Count me in! More often than not, I’d rather accessorize with sewn-in bling rather than pile a ton of accessories on top of each other. I always try my best to look as chic as possible using the least number of items. Seems like age has really turned me into a practical dresser!
I opted for Le Bunny Bleu’s Sina flats to a whole day of errands and meetings, and to a night out with Rg as we celebrated our 3rd anniversary together! The lack of heels make it casual enough for daytime use, while the presence of embellishments make it dressy enough for a date. If you’re looking for the perfect sophisticute (sophisticated and cute) pair of flats for everyday use, this is it! It also comes in brown/beige if you prefer something lighter that can also suit your spring/summer wardrobe.
There is an on-going sale for those who want first dibs on stocks and sizes (best to go today before people go crazy), but starting tomorrow, January 27, the entire fall/winter collection (examples here) will be 50% off!
This includes all their flats (including the ones I’m wearing here), sneakers, and boots. Time to stock up on these romantic vintage shoes that many K-pop stars love (examples here)! Totally eyeing the Viola loafers, thanks to a photo of a Crayon Pop member wearing them, so I’ll definitely drop by the store during the sale! See you there!
Visit them at 5th floor Bridgeway, East Wing Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599) and 2nd floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).
(Just G romper and bracelet, Lowrys Farm jacket, Randa wedges) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
(Just G top, skirt and bracelet, Persunmall heels)
(Just G top and skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Topshop sneakers) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Perks of living in a tropical country - summer clothes all year round! Just G has always been that one brand I like that doesn’t strictly follow all the seasons, so it’s always a breath of fresh air to go into their store in December and not find heavy outerwear or dark colors. Their latest collection features a lot of coral hues and cool blues which are perfect for casual day dressing.
I don’t always go out wearing fancy clothes the whole day. I usually wear simple and comfortable outfits like these whenever I have to go on a quick coffee run or do errands at the bank, grocery shopping, store pull-outs, etc. I do try to put in a little bit of effort every time though, like how I paired my romper with a jacket and my printed tee with a floral skirt in the first two looks to avoid looking too sloppy or lazy, and how I played with different patterns in the last one because I felt like I need to do something with my outfit if I didn’t want to wear fancy shoes and accessories!
Every year I have that one magical dress that I declare my Christmas dress. I went for black and gold last year, and this year, I’m sticking to classic Christmas rose red but skipping the gold accessories for some unpredictable white crystals, sterling silver and mother of pearl instead. I swear Morellato always comes out with the most convenient jewelry sets, and this one is no exception. Similar items are placed together in the store, making it so easy to visualize the combination and pick a complete set out.
The consecutive Christmas gatherings these past few days are slowly exhausting me - I had to take a 10 minute power nap before writing this just so I could produce anything that’s remotely close to cohesive - but the fact that it’s my most favorite time of the year is resonating too strongly. The body is weak but the spirit is willing. Thanks to what I’m wearing, at least it doesn’t seem too obvious.
Follow Morellato Philippines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Visit Morellato at SM North The BLOCK, Shangri-la Mall New Wing, SM City Clark, Abreeza Mall Davao, Ayala Center Cebu, Landmark Trinoma, Veranza KCC Mall Gensan and soon SM Mega Mall Building D.
Awesome news this Christmas season - a new Lacoste and Lacoste L!ve store just opened last December 14 at the new East Wing of Shang! You can’t miss it as it’s right by TWG and that spacious area in the 2nd floor.
I dropped by yesterday only to check it out and take pictures of all the pretty, but ended up awed at how people were going in and out of the store buying so many things for themselves and their families! It was so cute every time a family would go in - all the younger ones would go straight to the Lacoste L!ve racks!
Lacoste and Lacoste L!ve share one giant space in the new Shang wing.
Featuring the latest F/W collection. Look at all that rich red hues and striped patterns.
Don’t know if I prefer the outfit on the left or on the right! The button-down on the right is something I’d totally wear if it only came in my size!
Interesting pattern on these sneakers!
Classic striped nautical dress with the iconic crocodile in white, not green!
Yup, I’m definitely part of it.
Giant croc on one of the men’s jackets.
I blogged about the Tezuka collaboration before, and good news - there are still stocks available! Best to check it out soon before it’s totally gone!
The Osamu Tezuka x Lacoste L!ve items also come in special limited edition plastic packaging.
It was one of those moments when I wished I were a boy, lol.
Patterns everywhere in the latest collection. Here’s a gray snake pattern that you can pair with any bottom! I’d wear this with a bright red skirt or some high-waisted denim pants.
Red and green plaid. You can’t get any more Christmas-y than this.
Bleach on denim effect.
My favorite part of the Lacoste L!ve space was the shoe section! These are all my kind of colors.
Mustard version of the maroon platform sneakers I wore in a previous Lacoste L!ve post. It also comes in navy!
Orange and red details.
I know these would just get dirty but I’m in love with this kind of blue! Too cute.
Cartoon version of the Lacoste crocodile in gold glitter.
Red and gold. I should get myself (and probably 3 more for each of my brothers) one of these to wear to casual birthday lunch parties with my Chinese relatives.
Denim polo + red crocodile.
The Lacoste L!ve space from afar. My closet is also arranged by color but why doesn’t it look this neat, lol
Branded Lacoste L!ve hangers and contrast color collars. Thinking if I should get the dark red or dark green one for my boyfriend after Christmas. I’ll have to wait until after Christmas because clothes are like my default gifts to him and he probably thinks that I’ll give him clothes again this coming 25th, hahaha
I always blatantly talk about him here in my blog because he doesn’t have time to read it with the kind of work that he does, and could probably care less about fashion. Which for me is funny and charming yiiiii
Not only does Lacoste L!ve specialize in patterned shirts, but they also pay extra attention to collar details! Remember that shirt in my last post with the little hearts? Yup, there are more quirky collars in their latest collection.
Like this one! So classy yet so fun! I’d totally wear this polo shirt with a black leather skirt and a pair of pointy white pumps.
Don’t forget to check it out if you’re in the area! I’m really happy that Lacoste L!ve is so visible now because they really have good-quality stylish but classic clothes and I wish more people would wear them.
In the Philippines, Lacoste L!VE is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at New Glorietta & Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall.