Once again,I’m lagging behind for the month of October in terms of blog posts. I’m so sorry, I swear, I will be posting one by Sunday and another next Tuesday. My schedule’s been pretty hectic as of late and I’m so stressed–so incredibly stressed–that I haven’t slept enough for the past five days. Plus, I’m starting to break out. I know right? Que terrible! Anyway, I’m still a bit busy but I’m praying that my commitments free up a bit so I can go back to posting weekly.
Anyway, since last weekend was the tip-top apex of my busy-ness (not to mention, I was indisposed and unavailable), I missed out on a whole lot of things–like the Forever 21 weekend sale, the start of the Topshop sale, and Muji’s grand opening.
I’m sad-facing right now. Since I couldn’t resist, I freed up my Sunday afternoon and cooked up a strategy on which shops to visit. Initially, I thought about dropping by Forever 21 but decided against it since a friend sent me a text message saying that the queue went all the way past Karate Kid and was now starting to coil.
Okay, I love the thought of people in unity in a nationalistic sense but when it comes to shopping, I’m a little bit uptight. I don’t like shopping in a store with a huge crowd. In fact, I don’t like staying in a place where there’s a huge crowd. I guess I’m just a terrible loner by nature.
So anyway, thinking about the massive crowd at Forever 21 made me wince and reminisce about the time I decided to brave the MRT on a weekday during rush hour. I was sandwiched between fifteen people in half a square meter and was literally pawing my way out. No, thank you.
So I decided to settle for Bonifacio High Street where I can explore Topshop and Muji.
Frankly, I found Topshop’s section slightly disappointing. Especially since I felt like they hyped the sale so much (or maybe that was just me thinking it was big because there were posters just about everywhere and the sales people kept telling me that “Yes, ma’am, there’s going to be a HUGE sale. Meh!). I didn’t leave empty-handed though–thank god for those mid-riff cotton camisoles that were more or less 30 off. I’m a bit biased, Topshop is my favourite High Street brand so I was bound to buy something.
The truth is that I love clothes and fashion but the Chinese in me is constantly and actively searching for discounts and good bargains. I just love it when clothes go on sale! See, the turn-over for new items is pretty quick, give it two or three months tops. Trends on the other hand, last for a year or so. Besides, sticking to trends is no longer “trendy”–is what I think. So why buy something that’ll eventually go half-price unless, and I say, unless, it’s an item you know you can buy anyway, and you’re sure, won’t last past a day (like those Forever 21 biker babe clogs, for example).
I will admit, my mindset wasn’t always like this. I was usually sour about the fact that my favourite shops went on sale because I used to buy regular items only to find them with their prices slashed off after a week or two. Trust me, this phenomenon isn’t just restricted to apparel but also to gadgets (My ipod and my laptop were bought two weeks before their newer models came out. I’m being wise now, I waited for the October 20 announcement before ordering a new Macbook Pro).
Silk white button-down: Zara | Printed Skirt: Cotton On | Bangles: Girl Shoppe | Necklace: Les Roux | Wedges: Step Sister | Hat: Genevieve Gozum |
I was going to talk about Muji but decided against it. I mean, it’s a lovely store but it’s basically just an upscale Saizen.Very minimalist though–at least I know where to buy my notebooks next time.
Anyway, when I shop–especially during Sales–I make sure I don’t have items listed down mentally. Usually, when I look for something, I tend to neglect the other items in general. Why is that horrible? Because you are potentially missing possibile closet keeps. So when I shop, I make sure I have no goal–I just get the things I feel like I would really, really want, and then rank each by priority. Have a set criteria though–like fit, quality, fabric, necessity, and most importantly, price. Trust me, you’d be surprised about the number of items you can actually do without. 😛
The next thing I learned is that one should drop by (the store) at the earliest possible time–like terribly early or during lunch time where there are less people. This way, you won’t ever have to line up or get into arguments with random strangers or start glaring at the sales people. If this doesn’t apply then ignore, I’m a special case, I get extremely irritable and hot-headed during sales.
Last, the lesson I learned the hardest is that: one should never be obligated to buy. No one should push you to buy something, not the sales people, and certainly not yourself. Yes, there are times when you’re so overwhelmed or underwhelmed that you feel like you couldn’t choose and that somehow, you wasted your time, and hey, there’s something really cheap here and you probably won’t need it and you certainly won’t wear it but it’s really, really, super duper cheap at 70 off, with two more freebies, and maybe this time, we could just get it?
No, no, no, no. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it–go home empty handed if you have to. Because really, save that money and save up for something you really want. Besides, when clothes go on sale, shops are just recovering for their “cost” of making the item so technically, it’s not really that great of a deal when you think about it.
When all else fails–the next advice is great for people like me: impatient, with an attention span of a marshmallow. GO FOR BOOKS! Fashion books, art books, novels–they will never go off-trend and will always be worth your money. Fashion and trends come and go, knowledge stays (consequently style too).