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).
Temporarily brought the long hair back for this outfit! I’ve been missing my hair a lot recently, and it’s comforting to know that there will always be a quick fix to my hair woes - wigs! This particular one I love for the pink-brown shade and pink highlights. Trimming about 3-4 inches off this wig just made me realize how there could only be one reason why I surprisingly didn’t do a shabby job! I mean, considering that this was my first time cutting hair, I think I did pretty well! I must’ve been a hairstylist or haircutter in my past life.
Found yet another perfect spring/summer dress - off shoulder, breezy silhouette, with tasteful blue + blush floral prints. I really think that there will never be enough off shoulder/cut-out shoulder details and loose dresses that can ever satisfy my fashion lust. The only thing I’m looking forward to now is a fall/winter-appropriate version of this dress to add more confusion to my already confused wardrobe. Maybe in a classy plaid or houndstooth print that I can already imagine would look great with a pair of black knee-high boots.
If you’ve been following some Australian, Thai, Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian blogs, I’m pretty sure you’ve already encountered Reebonz in one way or another. It’s an online destination for 100% authentic designer brands sold at affordable prices, with sale events that change almost everyday. Before you know it, you’ve already added Reebonz in your must-visit-daily bookmark folder. Come back to this post and comment if you end up doing the same after signing up and/or making your first purchase!
(Zara top and heels, Yesstyle inset skirt leggings, Mango bracelet) Hype on Lookbook here.
Anyhow, I’m writing this as a collaboration of sorts, and luckily, they gave me some cash credits while I tried out the whole Reebonz experience.
Recently, they gave out $40 as their “Welcome August!” treat! Since it’s the first of September now, maybe they’ll give out credits again. A lot of items, of course, cost more than $40, so they just deduct the credits from the total amount when you check out.
In my case, I also added a few dollars (you can pay through credit card or bank transfer) to get this bag, but it wasn’t bad at all because at the time of purchase, there was a 20% coupon code for US brands. So I had a 20% off and cash credits subtracted off the total amount! I felt like it was my birthday!
I first saw this bag on Kryz’s Reebonz post, and fell in love instantly! Lissa also posted about her Marc by Marc purchase here. It’s so me in a lot of ways, black and white and all, but my favorite part about it is that it’s big enough to fit a lot of stuff, but also small enough for my height and body type. Yes, you also have to consider these factors since designer brands are investments and should be thought of very carefully before purchasing (unless you are a billionaire heiress, or unless you are Napoles, lol). It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying one and ending up letting it wear you instead of the other way around!
During the time when Reebonz let me choose, I was surprised this style (Marc by Marc Jacobs Alley Katz Bunny) was still available! If you’re lucky, a certain style would have 2-3 stocks left, but most of the time there’s only one stock left for each item. This is why people go crazy over Reebonz sale events! When there are 40%-50% outlet sales, the good bags (especially Balenciagas) are usually gone within the first hour or so. It’s a battlefield out there, I tell you! I heard that in Singapore, some office ladies go straight to the website as soon as sale events go up at noon.
I ordered the bag, then they shipped it out 5 days later. It arrived on my doorstep in 4 days. So total of 9 days! My shipment apparently got stuck at FedEx for 2 days because of Maring/Habagat/typhoon. They sent it straight to my house as soon as the weather got better. You can track the location since FedEx emails details like a responsible boy scout. I dislike having to send messengers to the post office to get my packages since it’s such a hassle, and usually these packages also charge expensive fees too. Seriously takes the fun out of online stores.
But I didn’t have to pay anything for my Reebonz package which was A+. I think a lot of Filipinos are afraid of ordering from international stores because of the taxes, etc. but thankfully, for this website, you won’t have to feel the wrath of the Pasay post office a.k.a. the bane of my existence.
Overall, this first experience was good. It arrived in this big black box with a big glittery bow! It was wrapped in thick plastic so the box won’t get damaged. Inside, there was a cloth pouch where the bag was carefully stored, and there was a thick, black paper wrapped around the pouch as well. Sealed with a cute Reebonz sticker. Class!
If you’re interested in checking Reebonz out, click here to join! Membership is free, and you can enjoy brands like Chanel, Givenchy, Prada, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Chloe, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, etc. You can also follow Reebonz Philippines’ FB Page here.
An older look which I only got to posting here today. A lot of people were fooled into thinking this was a dress, when in fact I was actually wearing two separate pieces. Sometimes you’ve just got to improvise. In this case, I didn’t have any dresses with this kind of silhouette, as you all know how much I absolutely love wearing loose shift dresses. So I made my own version of the off-shoulder top and peplum skirt dress, and put it all together with my trusty shiny belt.
I know I could’ve put some sort of color contrast with the shoes, but I couldn’t help breaking fashion rules for this particular pair of wedges!
Took these pictures while waiting for boarding at Kansai Airport. As with all my previous trips to Japan, this particular trip to Osaka and Kyoto felt a little too short. I could’ve used an extra day or two to travel to Kobe or something, but I guess I’ll have to wait until next time. Nonetheless, Japan was still awesome. Nothing new!
With all the traveling that I do, I’m pretty sure some of you guys are curious if I’ve ever had any airport nightmares. Luckily, I’ve never had any weird transfers or unexpected delays, or worse, missed flights. Knock on wood that these will never happen! I guess you can call me paranoid for always arriving at the airport way earlier than the preferred time. You’ll never know! Usually, the check-in counters for my flight are still closed when I get to the airport, lol.
Most people (myself included) nowadays just look at the time on their phones. But when traveling, I always make sure to have two sources. Obsessive-compulsive me is always on schedule (though if the need arises, I can always adjust and be flexible) and looking at the time on my wrist is waaay faster than having to bring out my phone from my bag or pocket.
This particular Casio Sheen watch that I brought to Japan has a face that is entirely covered with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. You’ll never need a lot of jewelry with this on your wrist.
You can get it here.
Kept the rest of my airport outfit simple and comfy because I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to get ready.
This necklace style, where the ends aren’t connected, are all over stores in Japan! On one hand, it just looks like the necklace is broken. On the other hand, it’s like the jewelry version of a scarf. Unique design!
Stay tuned for my Osaka and Kyoto travel diaries! I’m already bound for Tokyo mid-May so I might just do a single MOFW (My Own Fashion Week) for all. Can’t wait to show you guys what I bought! So many cutesy floral stuff for a change. <3 The exchange rate is wonderful right now so I was able to get a lot of clothes for cheap. AND ALL THE GOLDEN WEEK DISCOUNTS. I die!