Okay, I know we’re all a tad bit too old to play peculiar little games. However, for you to fully enjoy my post, I just need you to join me in my short game of “have you ever.”
Ready, get set, go!
One: How many of you, upon stepping inside a store, would grab an item and think: ‘oh, I must own this, I don’t think I can ever live without it!’
Given the aforementioned thought: Would you buy that particular item and end up never using it?
Next: Do you like sales and discounts? Do you feel the need to buy something when a store sale occurs?
How about: When there are no sales, do you feel the need to buy something when inside a store regardless whether the item is discounted or not?
Do you: Have a collection of paper bags, plastics, and packaging paraphernalia from a cocktail of labels?
Finaly: Did you ace the exam?
I bet, if I charged any of you a thousand bucks for each point, I would have enough to go on a shopping spree in Topshop! You, my friend, are a certified shopaholic. Take it from me, a fellow certified shopaholic (as evidenced by my previous post from a few months ago). Takes one to know one, eh?
But don’t take it the wrong way–it’s hardly ever a crime to love to shop (unless you’re a serial card-swiper with bank loans)! You just have to remember to never spend beyond your means. Over-spending, especially when you don’t have the resources, is a grave sin.
Anyway, as is with 80% of the population, I live off on the standard wage imposed by law (maybe a little bit better). I work to get paid, okay? So it’s quite understandable that when I say “budget”, I take the word very seriously. Like an oath!
My life revolves around “budgets”–rhetorically, literally, and in every possible aspect you can think of. I budget my accounts in my day job, I budget my time as an individual, and I budget my money as an independent 20-something. So for me to be able to shop as much as I want and have a guilt-free conscience, I take a lot of considerations.
These considerations are brought about by various factors: they are something I’ve learned along the way, learned through the hard way, and learned form others. So here are a few of my notes, enjoy!
1. DON’T treat each sale as a bargain
And no, it’s not the end of the world. As sad as it sounds, it is true. Not all sales are worth your bang for buck, trust me. Have you ever noticed sales becoming more frequent (like every month) and that they’re usually positioned during payday? How about when an item is marked down from 850 to 799? That’s what we marketers call an “effective marketing ploy”–a marketing trap that will lure even the most perceptive consumer (as studies show). Sure, item prices are definitely pulled down but more often than not, it’s pulled down to the point that a percentage of profit is still made–and no, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, we’re a consumerist nation after all but that in itself, should allow you to think twice before making a purchase.
The thing is, you have to be vigilant with the item on sale–is the discount big enough? does it coincide with your budget? is the material good? how about the quality? is it something you’ll be able to use for more than 10 times? These questions enable me to discern whether the item is worth blowing money over.
2. DON’T lose control
As is with most things in life, you have to be in control! When a fussy sales representative pushes for an item you don’t need to buy, just say “no.” When you’re contemplating buying that same top in four varying shades (but still in the same palette), just say “no.” Two letters, one word, learn it: No. Here’s a trick I do when I shop to allow myself to say “no”–not just to others but to myself as well.
- I choose all the items that catch my fancy, no holds barred.
- Then I bring said items to the fitting room and see if it is flattering on me.
- If it’s not flattering, I ask for another size.
- If it’s still not flattering, I do away with it instantly.
- When I’m done fitting, I’ll sit in some corner and lay my would-be purchases in front of me.
- Then I segregate them into the “sure” pile and the “maybe” piles.
- Then I check each of their prices.
- Expensive ones from the “maybe” pile are instantly shoved away.
- Then I put the expensive “sure” item against the cheap “maybe” item and weigh the options.
- Then I’ll make sure I’m still within my budget. If I’m not, I instantly eliminate the runner ups.
3. DON’T be complacent
Just because you’ve spent P10,000 doesn’t mean an extra P199 would hardly make a difference because it does, it really does! The thing is, when we allot a big budget, we are able to re-wire our consciousness to think that anything below give or take, 40% of the budget isn’t really much. Sure, it’s not really much compared to the over-all cost but when you take it as a separate purchase, it is still money (often unnecessary) that you’ll have to blow. This overlaps slightly with #2: when you find yourself going beyond your budget, weigh your options again and do away with that particular thing that you don’t really need. A tip? Don’t listen to your heart, choose your mind when it comes to this matter.
Feather Earrings: Extremefinds | Top: Zara | Shorts: H&M | Bracelets: H&M and Shanghai | Wedges: Charles & Keith
Just in case you’re wondering what’s up with the photos, last week, the kind folks at Suyen corporation (the same company with powerhouse brands such as Bench, Kashieca, Human, Aldo’s, Charles & Keith, et al under their belt) asked if I would want to go shopping in their various stores.
Being a fan of all (I kid you not) their stores, I immediately said yes–which probably explains my photos with the Bench store interiors.
So for the first time ever, I’m letting everyone in on my purchases. Normally, I don’t usually like showing people the things I buy since it would allow the novelty to wear off once I wear it but I just feel like I have to show you the items I got, all under P10,000.
Here’s a cropped floral top I got from Human. The thing I love about it is that it’s lightweight and sheer, making it super trendy. Plus, for something that’s less than P400, it can pretty much compete with items from Topshop or Zara TRF priced at say, P1999?
Here’s another skirt I got from the brand that my officemates went gaga over:
It look so elegant and so classic, despite being trendy and hip.
This is a bustier dress I got from Chaps. I’ll let you in on a secret–I’m such a big fan of Chaps. Gushing, I swear. Ever since it came to the Philippines, I was all over the store like white is on rice so you’d imagine how pleased I was when given the opportunity to shop at Chaps (which I never expected the mega-brand to own, by the way).
Their stores are located in Trinoma and Fort Bonifacio and I swear, if you appreciate sweet and flirty clothes, it’s CPS all the way.
But be warned though, it’s a little bit pricier than usual. The quality is superb though!
This was a blockbuster top that everyone loved.
This floral top is from F&X–I first heard of the brand while I was in Cebu, shopping and thought initially that it seemed like an expensive store.
Given the opportunity to explore, I found out that F&X isn’t actually pricey, in every sense of the word. This cropped stretch flowy top I got or around P600–and it’s something I’m sure I would wear over and over and over again.
Plus, A+ staff who will assist you without smothering you.
What more can I say about Aldo other than J’adore Aldo! I love their shoes and I love their accessories, and all blogger-fashionistas out there will echo my setiment!
Here’s a delicate knit wrap from Kashieca that’s become my instant favorite shrug. I mean, it’s comfortable, it’s warm, and it’s so regal looking.
This Singaporean brand acquired by Suyen is a big favorite of mine. When I visited Singapore, I recall hoarding a whole lot of Charles & Keith shoes! Now that it’s here in the Philippines, I can admire the fabulous footwear any time of the day (because the franchise is sprouting around like mushrooms).
Don’t let the posh packaging and the gorgeous shoes fool you into thinking this is going to put a hole through your wallet. Charles & Keith is a frugal fashionista’s favorite, promise! Prices are always reasonable and within range, and designs are delecable.
The last and not the least, the totally Filipino brand that’s managed to set up stores internationally–Bench!
As a child, I was under the delusion that Bench was an imported brand. I was always so impressed that with my meager allowance, I could buy a pair of pants or a top or little trinkets from Bench.
It was only later on, during High School, that I discovered that Bench was Philippine-made (and funny how I discovered that while I was on a trip abroad).
To this day, it would always make me feel so much pride when I’m wearing something from Bench. Likewise, it would leave me at awe that their items are impossibly good quality and affordable!
Believe it or not, I shop at Bench at least every quarter to get my fix of their sexy under-things. As much as I love the other intimate wear brands around the country, Bench has been tried and tested (by yours truly) and it has withstood time, trends, and price inflations.
So thank you, Suyen, it was an honor to know more about your company.
Next, I will be coming up with outfit posts integrating my new acquisitions and I’m super excited! Hang around for it in the upcoming weeks.
Lastly, since I’m showing you my new collection anyway, I should also just share with you things I got from various stores:
I love how Adidas has turned out to be such a trendy and casual brand.
It’s so freaking vintage, I’m in love with it.
For more updates on Adidas, please follow their twitter! Also, I’ll be mounting a contest soon giving away 3 cute and casual shirts from Adidas so hang on to that also!
Now these gorgeous beauties came home with me and they are orgasmic!
Definitely for a shoe fetishist!
Plus a new pair from CMG’s sister company: So Fab!
If you look up the word sexy on the dictionary, this photo would pop up.
Anyway, last but not the least, my favorite pieces for June:
The shoes that I designed for So Fab!–available in the website already.
The earrings and necklace I got from Extreme finds.
The skirt sent to me by Lemondrops. You know, I extremely love, love, love this color but it’s still a bit tight on me.
Nail polish from Etude House and Face Shop.