Shopping

Instagram Shopping & La Bolsa

My inner shopaholic has been temporary satiated: I received two deliveries – a bag and a new pair of shoes! It just so happens that this shopper digs both brick and mortar shops as much as their online counterparts. In fact, I’m somehow even more partial to the online shops because I admire the entrepreneurs behind them. And when they sell locally made products, I’m hooked even more. So I’ve decided to feature reliable shops I’ve bought from, starting with today’s post.

La Bolsa

 

My dream bag is not an LV or a Birkin. I’d love to have them too, but I tend to lean on the more realistic dream so I’m betting on the Tod’s D Styling Bag.

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Image from Tod’s

I wanted one so badly that we went to Greenbelt after shift one day to check out the store. I’m a true blue QC girl and am totally unfamiliar with Greenbelt and the interconnected malls in Makati.  Research told me which Greenbelt the Tod’s store was located in, but not where to park so you’d be close enough. We drove, we parked, and we ended up having to walk, and walk, and walk, all the way to the right place, and back again after. It was tiring! Was it worth it? Not really. I ended up really disappointed. The store was there yes, a nice small D Styling bag was actually available. But when I asked the sales person about the price – it took a few seconds for me to respond as I mustered all the grace I had to say, with my OM face, Oh, I see. Thanks. Do you have it in blue?

Alfred didn’t hear her, he was busy looking at other styles he thought I might like. So he was surprised when I tugged at him and indicated it was time to leave, with us just being at the store under 10 minutes. He only understood when I told him how much a bag was. Haha!

So if I couldn’t have a D bag now, I figured I’d look for a bag in a deep dark (but somehow bright) blue. The Baghag has a blue Tod’s D Bag and I absolutely love looking at her travel photos that also featured it, hehe. Here it is on the left side, lovely shade, no? (photo credit all hers, hope she doesn’t mind me grabbing it from her site!)

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Now, I finally have beautiful deep blue bag.

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I ordered a plain blue Chloe bag from La Bolsa (@michellego on Instagram) on Tuesday, and it was delivered to my doorstep the very next day. Apart from ordering over the phone, I also didn’t have to go anywhere to make a payment. They agree to COD (cash on delivery) for Metro Manila orders. Cool!

This bag costs Php 1000 in total, inclusive of Php 100 shipping fee. It measures 15×9, roomy enough for all the stuff I tote around daily, including my Mason jar SmileI have yet to use it, but am already excited to.

La Bolsa bags are proudly Philippine made. Follow them on Instagram @michellego and order yours today!

As for the Tod’s D bag, Someday.

Do you have a dream bag? I know not everyone understands what bag lust is, just like not everyone could justify getting an electric guitar, or more than one pair of original Jordan kicks. So if not a dream bag, do you have any other dream item out there?

Zalora’s 3-Day Sale

The Zalora 3-Day Sale started yesterday, and you still have until Sunday 9/29 to grab some goodies at 20% off. Here’s how:

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Twenty percent off of anything always sounds like a good deal to me. So if you’ve really been planning on getting a new outfit, shoes, and accessories – now’s the time to go shopping. Do it in the convenience of your own home without having to doll up for the mall. Smile

 

If you miss the 3-day sale, no worries, you can still

shop Zalora for 15% off using this coupon code: ZBAPMzr

(works for first time purchase only).

Grab. Scan. Go.

We have new vending machines at work. The old ones required you to pay first before you get the product, while the new setup lets you grab your food item before you even pay.

Some employees have already taken to calling it an “honesty store.” You could, after all, just grab your snack and leave without paying for it first. But a warning has been posted in the premises: CCTV cameras are activated. But I think it's too public, who would even dare steal from it?

Apart from the novelty of a cashier-less store, what I like about the new vendos are the healthier snack options. There are sandwiches (none today because those apparently sold out already), fresh apples, pears and bananas, and creamy yoghurt.

Pricing is comparable to convenience store prices.

There are two ways to pay. One can register for a card that comes with free PhP 35.00, and you can top it up anytime. I think that's a good way to budget your snack money. If you runout, then you can't get anymore junk food, juice or soft drinks until your next scheduled top up. No need to go far to top up either, you can do it on the same machine. I think free snack card top ups could be a new incentive idea for our agents.

But one can also use paper money and coins with the machine. It works like the classic vendo where you just feed it bills or drop in coins and you're given the appropriate change too.

I was going to try out the machine today, but when I went back to it, the scanner/cashbox wasn't working. I guess there are still bugs. Hope they fix it before tonight's shift (and restock too).

Have you seen or used a Grab-Scan-Go system? What are your thoughts about it?

 

The World of Lisa Frank

Who doesn’t know Lisa Frank? Saw this video on the Brit List, and it immediately took me back to a younger me. I wanted this huge Lisa Frank binder for school but it was freakishly expensive. Unfortunately.

I think I only ever managed to get stickers out of my allowance.


Was that a young Mila Kunis in the video? Haha!

Hmmm. Like Lisa, I’m still a kid! So maybe it’s not too late to start a collection at my age 🙂

SMAC at Watsons

SM Advantage Card holders had a treat last July 31: a ten percent discount for pretty much anything inside the department store.

Alfred and I shopped for clothes the previous day. We didn't get 10 off for all items, but there was enough discount that it wasn't such a loss not waiting til next day to do it. I was wearing one of my new tops in this photo, taken on Friday afternoon:

It's gray and that heart in the middle are sequins. It has 3/4-type sleeves. And the material is light enough to wear on an afternoon.

Since there was no additional budget for a second round of clothes shopping, I just went toiletry shopping on the 31st to still take advantage of SMAC sale day. Here's my loot from Watson's:

The only item missing in the photos the second big bottle of body cream wash which I already started using before I thought of photographing the lot. You'll notice two types of a few items like the day pads, tissue, and even wet wipes. These are essentials that I need daily. I got a pack of the more expensive and less environmentally-friendly, individually-packed Carefree so I can take them with me in my purse of vanity kit. For hygienic purposes I need them packed but I really actually prefer buying the packs that use one plastic for all 15 or 20 pieces.

I also got travel tissue packs that fit in my regular bags, but also the mini ones that would be perfect for days/nights I only carry a purse/clutch or small bag. I also get big boxes of 100-200 pulls for my desk at work. When my current box runs out, I'll get the set of three boxes again. Big savings on those bundles.

My wet wipes also come in two sizes. I've been caught without wipes a lot of times and let's just say I feel better knowing I have some with me everytime.

Not only did I save 10% from each item, the huge 250ml bottles of body cream wash were on buy 1 get one offer. I got them in lavender and frangipani, smells soooo good. 🙂

To top it off, I also redeemed my SMAC points (all 659 pesos) so my cash out was only 99.46 pesos 🙂 If you're not yet an SM Advantage Card or BDO Rewards card holder sign up now! Get points for every peso you spend shopping (also saving and charging for BDO credit card holders) and eventually use the cash equivalent for future shopping sprees. I've bought toiletries a lot of times before with my points, or sometimes I get other items I wouldn't normally buy with my cash.

 

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