I love watching a good haul on YouTube. Especially, during the months that I don’t want to spend. It’s like I’m shopping vicariously through them. December to January though, that’s when my bank hates me. I’ve always gotten the best bargains during this time, luckily. I think, it’s mostly because aside from being end-of-season, it’s also end-of-year, therefore, I get a lot to choose from. Shops just go all out and you get to shop releases that you may have missed from previous seasons throughout the year.
If you are wary at spending money for basics or refreshing your closet, this is the perfect time. I, for one, tend to forget to shop for the basics during the other sales/seasons, because I’m always focused on what’s trending. I, more often than not, find myself wondering what to wear for work, or for a casual day out. This one’s too trendy, that’s too fancy, that’s too bright, this one’s too pretty for a long day inside the office!
I tend to do away from high end brands on a regular season. My salary just doesn’t agree with it. Come sale season and I’ll be at your doorstep twice a week! Dorothy Perkins is one of those brands. My love for DP started in the UK. I’ve a few dresses from them that I got on their brilliant summer sale when I went in August. Shockingly, I found clothes on sale during Aug-Sept in England during their January sale here in Cebu. Anyhow, two of these are perfect for work; the yellow orange blouse is of crepe material with cute pompoms at the end of the sleeves and neckline. Though a size bigger than my usual, it gave me that loose and baggy (but classy?) vibe that will look good tucked in. Saved ₱796. Plus 10% off using my BDO card.
Next item perfect for office is this black & pink blouse is of sheer fabric on the front and plain black cotton at the back. This one has pink cherry blossoms all over the front, and lace trimmings at the bottom. Pretty enough to brighten my day on a workday, if I may say so. Saved ₱596. Plus 10% off using my BDO card.
I, initially, wanted the white dress only and begone but when I fitted all 5 of them, I had to get the other 3 (and sobbingly left 1 on the racks). The dress has a simple floral print, not overwhelming which I love, and a sweet, sweet sweetheart neckline which is what drew me to it. The front buttons + neckline combo reminded me of the dresses in (500) Days of Summer, giving off a vintage, feminine vibe. Saved ₱496-₱796. Plus 10% off using my BDO card. (I can’t remember anymore because I wore it and took off the price tag, already. Can’t find it in my records, too. Huhu)
Next is a black silk blouse with, again, minimalistic floral print. It also looked loose on me, but it could easily pass off as high street fashion when paired right. The pockets gave me life! It’s rare to find pockets on women’s clothing, you know. Haha Saved ₱996. Plus 10% off using my BDO card.
Vero Moda + Call It Spring
I’ve made a few purchase at Vero Moda, but without a doubt, they are pricey! I admit, though, that some of their clothes deserve the price tag. They have good quality, that’s for sure. This white number has lace from shoulders to chest and continued with crepe (and sheer fabric inside) down to the bottom. I love how this could work for occasions when you want to look casual yet prepared at the same time. Classy with black trousers, trendy with denim! Saved ₱479.70.
This is my very first pair from Call It Spring. For some reason, I don’t go there? I guess, I had the impression that they are expensive. I was right, haha. Their regular items were quite on the higher priced spectrum but I found this classic nude pumps with more than half the price off! Talk about bargain! Man, I just had to. It’s a staple and works with anything under the sun! Saved ₱1995. YES.
It’s an explosion of florals with this batch. I guess, now, you can safely deduce that my favorite print is floral. Groundbreaking, right?
Embroidery is a current trend, but I couldn’t find any other than the light blue + red flowers combination. It’s just everywhere. And sometimes, we don’t want to wear the same thing as others, anymore. I did find some beautiful embroidered jeans over at Topshop and Bershka, but they weren’t on sale. And I’m against regular priced ones, with my bank account at the forefront protesting. So I settled with this black lace dress, that I very much thought is quite similar to a curtain, haha, embroidered at the sides with red daisies. It actually reminds me of a Mariachi Band, lol. Saved ₱306-₱676. (I can’t remember anymore because I wore it and took off the price tag, already. Can’t find it in my records, too. Huhu)
I couldn’t resist this burgundy sheer dress despite the fact that it’s showy at the front. It has a high neckline but from the neck down to the waist is a lace up style. I doubted I’d get this but when I fitted it, my skin wasn’t at all obvious. The lace up actually covered most of it. I still need a good inner top to make sure nothing gets compromised. It has balloon sleeves and the midline (start of the skirt bit) is actually higher up than the waist and just right below the breasts, I believe it’s called the babydoll style. Saved ₱676.
Next is this super simple halter white top. Just a few roses. Nothing more, nothing less. Saved ₱306.
Lastly, I found this cropped top of mint green color with bell sleeves, tiny embroidered holes at the midline and a low plunge neckline. It didn’t have my size but I do not intend to wear it as is, I think it’s perfect for cover ups during summer. A bikini top under neath with denim shorts and a straw hat, then you’re good to stroll along the shoreline! Saved ₱516.
Zara is another high end brand that I don’t visit often. I recently found out that it’s more expensive here compared to their branches in the UK. The boyfriend likes Zara and insisted that I check them out to see that it’s not as expensive. He was right.
It was all about textures and trends with my haul from Zara. Frills, tulle and velvet!
Frills went big in 2016, and I never bought one myself! Lo and behold, I found this lovely sheer top with tiny thread patches that looks like white polka dots from afar. Saved ₱500.
Tulle skirts were also standardized in the fashion scene last year. It ended up in retail from your favorite fairytale. A whimsy and magical day you’ll easily have with any tulle skirt. Saved ₱1000.
I had to have this next one, I saw it and I just knew it was love at first sight. These velvet flats are so gorgeous that I didn’t think twice. It’s also available in midnight blue, but given that I’m a sheep and I follow the year’s pantone, I went with green. I would’ve gotten both, but my brain guilt-tripped me. I’m no Kardashian to spend so carelessly! Saved ₱500.
Pull & Bear + Payless
I already had an OOTD in mind when I searched for band tees. I found Guns ‘n Roses and a few others that I don’t recognize. If you know me, you’d get me Beatles or Paramore. But I couldn’t find both nor do I think they’re on retail often (except in UK). So to avoid the criticism of close-minded people, I decided not to don a band tee, but instead found this slogan tee from Pull & Bear. It’s almost a cropped top but not quite, it rests just below my bellybutton. There were a few other designs but I love me some girl power themes, so I chose this. The letters are of velvety texture embossed in burgundy on a simple white tee. Saved ₱200.
Following the burgundy tee, I found these gorgeous block-heeled, square-toed, suede and patent leather shoes in Payless. It’s unique, don’t you think? I’ve been on the search for block heels for quite a while now. If you hate heels, stilettos aren’t for you and you should turn to block heels, instead. It’s so much easier to walk on these. So functionality, check! Style, check! Price, check! Saved ₱660.
H&M + Topshop
Topshop is one of my favorite brands. But I can only ogle often, buy rarely. And when I buy, it’s usually on sale. It might not be considered high end for those abroad, but locally, you have to admit that there are cheaper shops in town. The problem is, they’re just not as pretty as Topshop. (Please Topshop gods, sponsor me. LOL)
You know those CK’s Kendall & Kylie and every other socialite have been wearing? Well, they’re goddaemn expensive. I found similar tops in Topshop, though, for only a hundred and ninety nine pesos! Gasp, I know! So I bought, three. Haha In black, blue and white. Welp! Good for Yoga, good for inner layers! Saved ₱396. Plus 10% off using my BDO card.
This bodysuit screams summer to me. It has been raining a lot this January, and I guess I had to grab something that is of summery nature. No, of course, I won’t wear this as bathing suit. Saved ₱796. Plus 10% off using my BDO card.
I haven’t been loving H&M’s releases late last year. I can’t quite pinpoint where they went wrong but my bank’s glad. I did find this long sleeves top that is perfect for a greenery post this year. I don’t really like the pantone color as it is, but I love the dark greens that have been popping up in shops. I actually eyed this when it was still on regular price. In fact, I originally wanted the dress as they were both on sale and both at the same price. So, why not get the dress, right? Saves me time from thinking what to pair it with! But alas, the dress didn’t have my size. Funnily enough, the sales gods did a joke on me, I visited a few weeks later and my dress size became available again. They do have a 30-day returns policy, but I threw the receipts already. Huhu Saved ₱290.
Lonely in the displays, this low heel gray suede pumps took my heart. Wore it a couple of times to work and casual day out already and didn’t hurt my feet at all! It’s not the usual ballet flats where the front stops right above where your toes starts. This one covers almost half of my feet, but I certainly do not know what they’re called. Any ideas? Saved ₱490.
My splurge is not limited to clothes and shoes, I bought my pillows a new home because it’s been a year since, yuck. Haha I didn’t save much but look at those pretty roooooseeess *starts to hypnotize you*. Saved ₱200.
And that’s it! There is a much-needed shopping hiatus. Haha But I hope you enjoyed shopping with me. I’ll end this post with an important note: the very best way to save is not to spend at all. -Ron, 2017