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Resolutions of an Impulsive Shopaholic Part 2 September 12, 2010

Filed under: Fashion,Mall Trips,Shopping and Fashion — Aimee @ 2:46 pm
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Three years ago I made a confession about my being an impulsive shopper, or in worse terms, an impulsive shopaholic. Freedictionary defines a shopaholic as someone who shops compulsively or frequently. In my case, I tend to shop frequently and impulsively, hence impulsive shopaholic. I’m sensing you get my point, yesh?

So that being said, I have a few more resolutions to make. In the first blog entry I wrote about making resolutions on my impulsive shopping habits, I remember having resolved to buy only books during mall trips, nothing else. No frilly top, structured handbag, or a nice pair of butterfly earrings. This resolution worked under the premise that books always make excellent investments, no matter that they are bought impulsively. Of course, I will have to update my wardrobe now and then (After all, who wants to be seen in the same dress on three different occasions? A bit of accessorizing, and full-blast shopping, can go a loooong way), but if I should feel the need to shop without thinking, it will have to be books, books, and books.  After all I can re-read them anytime I want, recommend them to friends and lend them for reading, and use them to fill up my living room bookshelf, which my future home should not be without.

This time however I am resolving to put a halt to my impulsive shopping tendencies, period. Even my book purchases will have to be planned, and if I do want to shop on impulse, I will have to do so at the nearest Book Sale bookstore and not in any of the branches of National Bookstore where a single paperback can easily cost me a little less than 500 pesos. At the Book Sale, I can buy second-hand copies of good books at 100 pesos or even less. One time, I was able to get a copy of The Secret Life of Bees at only 50 pesos. In the course of a few months, I have almost tripled or quadrupled my book collections. There are many newer titles which the Book Sale doesn’t have however, so I will still need to shell out a bit for my NBS or PowerBooks and Fully Booked trips. But on impulsive days, at least I won’t be 500 bucks poorer and then spend an entire week wishing I could kick myself in the butt. Books are always great investments but I don’t have to buy a new one when I still have some credit card bills to worry about!

Last week, I spent some days cleaning my closet and discovered a few handbags which I have stored in black garbage bags for safekeeping. Some of them were from 3 or 4 years ago, and are still in very excellent condition. Just because I was in the mood for some cleaning, I checked out my shoe boxes too and realized that I actually have a few pairs which haven’t seen the light of day in years. Cute suede loafer with kitten heels, some pointy black denim flats, and patent wedges. Now why do I need to buy some new shoes when I still have a few slightly-used pairs sitting around and gathering dust? Wow. I sound like the most practical shopper in the world. :p

After some rumination, I decided to put a halt to my unreasonable shopping binges for now and let my frugal side take over. And yes, this frugal fashionista’s blog has inspired me to stay below budget and maybe save a few pennies for the not-so-sunny days. Who knows, maybe I can save up enough for that dreamy Europe trip I’m hankering after, and a visit to Dennise’s place in Germany where she’s promised to take me biking and go flower picking. Ah, daydreams.

Indeed who says being fashionable has to be expensive? Recession chic is the norm, and well, why not join the fad while it’s hot?


The 5 Essential Handbags Every Girl Must Have July 30, 2010

Filed under: Fashion,Shopping and Fashion,Women — Aimee @ 1:58 am
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Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate and bananas. Girls and handbags. Some things are just better together.

More than a simple fashion accessory, women use handbags to hold their daily essentials, from lipstick and powder to cellphone charger and iPod. You can never have too many handbags, especially if you have a bag fetish, but maxing out your savings each time you see a handsome carry-all or a glittering clutch bag at some boutique is definitely not a strategy for the smart, fashionable shopper.

If you love bags but don’t have the heart (or the money) to make regular purchases, it’s best to stick to the basics. Nonetheless, basic doesn’t have to mean boring. The key is knowing which purses to pick and which ones you can forego for another day – or another payday. 🙂

Here are the 5 essential handbags every smart girl should have:

1. A leather satchel in any dark color

Leather bags may be a bit on the expensive side, but fine leather can last for years, which reads: long-term savings. You can always go for black leather handbags, but brown, dark blue, and dark gray are also great color choices. You can carry this handbag for the office, during corporate meetings, or even just as a sophisticated everyday carry-all.

2. A white handbag

Personally, I think every girl should have a white handbag. It doesn’t have to be made from leather, although crocodile leather and soft, buttery Italian leather are always great, durable choices. A white canvass handbag can be easily paired with jeans or a flirty summer dress, while a white leather purse is  a better fit for more formal affairs.

What’s best about a white handbag is that it doesn’t take much for you to be able to work around it. Headed to the mall? Why not put on a white printed tee, skinny jeans, a pair of white flip flops, a pair of shades, and sashay out of the house with a cute white handbag on your arm? It surely won’t take more than a smile to achieve that understated, casual-sophisticated look.

3. A black clutch bag/ evening bag

A black clutch bag is a must for parties, short trips to the mall, or when out with your girlfriends to margarita night. You can also pick any color like brown or blue, or to experiment with your taste by picking out clutch bags in brighter shades and exciting prints. Wrist bags are variations of clutch bags, so if you don’t feel like holding on to your clutch bag for long hours, the wrist bags will leave both your hands free for virtually anything.

4. A bright colored handbag

To break the monotony, it’s also a good idea for you to own a handbag that speaks volumes. A bright colored handbag, whether in yummy yellow, pink, or green shades, will surely turn heads and transform your getup from blah to unforgettable. You can also pick handbags with interesting prints, like the Prada satchel above. I personally love wearing my yellow crocodile leather hand bag during the summers, pairing it with my favorite slip-ons or sexy thong sandals.

5. An overnight bag/traveling purse

A traveling handbag is most essential, especially if you’re set to go on out-of-town trips or even on simple overnight stays at a friend’s house. Space and compartments are important for any traveling carry all, so make sure you choose a hand bag spacious enough for your day and night essentials, cell phone and other gadgets, plus a change of underwear and a few clothing items. A well-compartmentalized bag will allow you to store all your belongings in an organized way, so go for bags with extra inner pockets and zippered wall pockets.

So there you have it, the five essential handbags every smart and fashionable girl should have. Of course, you can always add a purse or two to your collection, and treat yourself to a new purchase every now and then. Any girl can never have too many handbags, but remember that a smart shopper always knows a good choice each and every time!


Retail Therapy: Converse Sneakers August 21, 2009

Filed under: Fashion,Faves — Aimee @ 1:15 pm
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converse-one-star-ox-2Because I have been feeling a bit blue and bruised lately, I decided to pamper myself this holiday weekend. Actually, I have long been putting off buying myself a new pair of sneakers, convinced that my favorite black and pink Nike’s is going to last for another year or so. However, however, I sighted a pair of Converse One Star Ox sneakers for women on sale this afternoon. The pull was too irresistible for a hopeless shopaholic like myself,  so after a few minutes of haggling (with no success, because the item was already on sale!) I finally made the purchase. The sneakers  is actually made from suede leather, done in a rich beige color, with a little orange star as an accent. I’m kind of eyeing the white leather Converse as well, with dainty pink lines and stars on either side. Hmmm, maybe on my next visit very soon.

Why the sudden fixation with sneaks? I don’t know. I just want to try something different for now. The other week, I cropped my hair to a bob cut. Wearing sneaks, baby tees, and sling bags had been my standard outfit the summer after I graduated from college, when I finally felt free and independent, and totally in my element. Now that someone is messing with my heart, I want to feel the same kind of power and freedom as I did before, cropped hair, jeans, sneaks, and everything in between.

Actually, I don’t care about emptying my savings account and going berserk at my favorite shops and boutiques. A broken heart sometimes does that to you, you know.  😦


Pink Fetish August 15, 2009

Filed under: Faves — Aimee @ 9:10 am
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hmmm. decent enough.

hmmm. decent enough.

This is one of the first few sewing projects that I am quite proud to show everyone. A pink canvass cell phone holder, accented with two white buttons. Only the buttons are hand-sewn, the rest of the stitches are done by manually operating a decades-old Ribonet  sewing machine. It looks pretty simple really, but I spent almost an hour on this project, what with my pathetic skills and poor hand-eye-and-foot coordination.

Once my skills begin to pick up, I’ll start eyeing some of those portable beauties which allow you to sew bags, clutches, and dresses in a snap. Meanwhile, I’ll practice on this tough oldie whenever I get the time so I can finally outgrow my little anxieties over unraveling stitches and jammed threads.

Yay! I’m jumping up and down, actually. 🙂


Pink Juicy Fantasies February 1, 2008

Filed under: Beauty and Vanity,Faves — Aimee @ 2:56 am
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474091.jpg The Juicy Couture City Girl Flower Purse. The bag that will totally put all the chocolates and roses to utter shame on Valentine’s Day. Give me this purse, and I’ll love you forever. If I had not accepted my latest project on writing ad campaigns for a U.S. website that sells designer handbags, I would not have known this kind of torment. Anything pink somehow gets to me, no matter how I try to struggle with it, and the velvety terry cloth material is like soft puppy cheeks. Then, the rose appliqués are oh-so-romantic, while the leather and gold chain handles downplay its saccharine sweetness.

Well, back to work. Perhaps if I take enough projects I’ll probably be able to increase my PayPal account, and then I can splurge on girlie luxuries such as these. Until then, I’ll sip coffee, take afternoon baths, sleep at early dawns, and write my hedonistic torments away.


Cheap Vintage Finds January 31, 2008

Filed under: Shopping and Fashion — Aimee @ 7:29 am
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A girl’s gotta have such trinkets inside her treasure box 😉