Thursday, January 21, 2010

The latest in my sea of shoes

I was just window shopping while waiting for my dad to pick me up, when I spotted something pretty. It was a pair of penny loafers sans the band and with a twist – it was in pink faux snake skin. I went inside to have a closer look and within a heartbeat I knew I had to own a pair. *swoons* I asked for my size, but unfortunately they didn’t have mine in pink, so I tried on another color just to see how it feels. It was really comfy and the instep was very soft. I asked for the product code and the number of other SHOEBOX branches so I could look for the pretty pink loafers in my size.

The weekend after I saw the pair of shoes, I went on a frantic quest in Greenhills. Alas, they had the pretty pink penny loafers in my size. I tried it on and happiness followed suit. I was twice as delighted to find out that the shoes were very reasonably priced at Php 699.00 and thrice as delighted to learn that they were made in Marikina, also known as the Philippines’ shoe capital.

This now brings me to another thing I’m very passionate about. As Alex Lacson said in his book , ‘12 Little things every Filipino could do to help our country’, I firmly believe that we should ‘BUY LOCAL. BUY FILIPINO’. It’s a simple gesture that could go a long way. It’s a noble principle and a simple show of patriotism. So why don’t you go out and scour the malls and tiangges near you, you’d be surprised how some of the nicest things you’ll find are made in the Philippines by Filipinos.

Try checking out the other pretty footwear that’s truly Philippine made at Shoebox with branches in Cybermall Eastwood, Greenhills near Vmall and others that I may not know of. All in all, the day I bought my pink shoes was a good shopping day for me – beaming again with Pinoy pride because of the chic and comfy pink penny loafers looking flats I now call my own. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Finally! My very own Longchamp Le Pliage Eiffel

I've always loved bags, especially since I have a mother and a handful of aunts who love bags as well. Today, I can proudly say that I have earned my very own semi-luxury bag with the debut of my Longchamp Le Pliage Eiffel in Papier. Earned? Yep, it's my 'professional fee' for having worked as the coordinator for my brother's wedding last December 19. And it’s gonna be the start of something new. :)

Allow me to rave about Longchamp Le Pliage bags. Two years ago, these bags weren’t as popular as they are today here in the Philippines, but since then, it has had its loyal following of Filipinas toting this carry-all bag. The thing I like about Longchamp Pliage bags is its functionality. The ones I have are all in medium, and they can fit in a whole lot of stuff. Its genuine leather handles are sturdy enough to hold whatever it is that’s in your bag. The plain color Pliage bags look very chic and it can go from work to a nice stroll in the mall after office hours or even a dependable hand carry for going out of town or out of the country. Its name Pliage means to fold – you can fold it up and place it in your luggage so you have an extra shopping bag for your trips too! Plus, it’s rain proof and very easy to clean – a good thing for those girls on the go. :)

So why write about it? Because it’s functional and chic, yun lang? Like all other bags, you could say. But to me and many other girls my age, the Longchamp Le Pliage bags are starter bags for those who have a penchant for designer bags. It’s in the cheapest matrix of the glorious world of luxury bags, but it’s a good start and a good little investment I suppose. That’s how I see it. Next stop… PRADA and CHANEL and of course, HERMES… NOT. Hehe. Right now I shall just linger around and spread more Longchamp love. :)