Thrift Shopping

I remember my classmates freaking out when I told how much this whole outfit costs. They said they never would have guessed that absolutely everything I’m wearing here is a product of my thrift shopping! You see I really love dressing up and I like my closet to have variety. As much as I would like to run to the mall and buy as much clothes that I want, I’m afraid I don’t have enough money for that. Also, it would be impractical to keep on buying clothes and stack them in your closet for a really long time. As a solution, I thrift shop! You would be surprised that there are actually a lot of stores in the mall that sell very affordable clothes with decent quality. Patience is the key!

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The plain white shirt I’m wearing here is from Tiendesitas. Basic white tops are a must since you can pair them with almost anything and be sure that it will always work out! I tend to overuse this shirt especially on lazy casual outfits to school or to a spontaneous hang outs with friends. I got it for 100 pesos. Good deal isn’t it?

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This pair of shorts is from Greenhills. I bought it for only 150 pesos. I think it went down from 300 since I bought a lot more from that shop. Haha. The snakeskin necklace is from one of my Divisoria trips with my sister. It costs 50 pesos.

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Meanwhile, this pair of shoes is from SM. I don’t know what they call them but they’re the ones with the “2 for 399” promo.

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The shades are a little more expensive though. They’re from Sunnies Studios (previously called Sunnies by Charlie), for 499. But of course you can opt to buy more affordable sunnies but I personally go for the good quality ones since I don’t really buy sunnies all the time.

You see, fashion doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s just about finding the right places to buy.

Let me know what you think! Xxx Tricia

Rebel

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WEARING: From Greenhills top, Next Jeans shorts

My parents are very conservative and traditional. They are very strict as well, especially my mom, in terms of night outs, words, company, and even clothing. Long story short, my mom hates shorts as short as this. It’s not really THAT short in a way that the pockets are revealed and butt cheeks are exposed. In her eyes, though, it is very short. That is mainly the reason why if you noticed, all my shorts are considerably long. Not really because I want them that long, but because my mother will object whenever I fit them in malls, and will definitely not let me wear them in case I insisted and bought them anyway. That would just put them to waste  and she’ll surely be upset as well so I conditioned myself to make sure my pair of shorts is acceptable in my mom’s eyes. Now when I got this shorts she wasn’t very happy. She told me that I can only wear them at home or she’ll throw them away. Being the obedient and good (ehem) daughter that  I am, I agreed to her terms. This pair of shorts has not seen light since 2009, I swear.  Recently though, I got this crop top and I instantly knew that pairing it with my usual pair of shorts will only ruin its simple yet fancy account. My mind searched my closet for what could possibly reveal its complex simplicity and it raced through every corner of the cabinets, ending up to the least used bottom wear. I was hesitant of course, of both the idea of upsetting my mom and the possible discomfort I could get since I haven’t worn anything of this length outside home. But the desire of putting on a good outfit was more powerful than the good girl inside of me (if I must admit), and hence the rebel outfit made its way to my blog. A lot of people were impressed by how a simple shirt could make such a statement. The secret of course is finding its right match. The discomfort is there of course, knowing inside of me that I disobeyed a rule that I have been strictly following for years. There were moments that days where I would look around me, searching for my mom’s angry eyes threatening to burn this pair of shorts until it were ashes. However small it may sound, I felt rebellious that day. And even though I felt satisfied for pulling off an unexpectedly amazing outfit, guilt rushed through me that night where I promised to myself that never again will I wear this shorts to school or anyway outside home. The satisfaction of being a fashionista is hell nothing close to the satisfaction of pleasing your mom. Sometimes, we learn things the hard way. And this time, I learned that I love my mom too much to upset her and break free from the simple rules she asks me to follow. Moms may be overprotective sometimes, a little demanding even, but this just made me realize that no matter how different we are, in choice of clothing above all other things, I love her and I will respect her sometimes annoying traditional means of upbringing. For through this that she raised a kid too scared to upset her, out of too much love and respect. I am sorry mom. This is the last time you will ever see this pair, I promise.

Sweater Weather

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WEARING: From Greenhills Top, Tachionlineshop (IG) velvet skirt, Pearl Detachable Collar/ Bib Necklace

This plain sweater can be used in numerous ways. The thing with sweaters is that they can easily match anything you pair them with. The downside though, is that we live in a tropical country and sweaters aren’t advisable unless you want to sweat like hell. But since we consider December as sweater weather, it would be the best time to bring out your stock of sweaters because they’ll be most useful this time of the year (or will it be? last time I checked the temperature is 31 C). But if you’re staying under the sun please spare yourself from heat stroke by wearing something light, sweaters are a no no trust me. I’ve received a lot of praises and inquiries about where I got this adorable blue velvet skirt that I’m wearing. I found it in an online shop in instagram sold for a VERY affordable price, very much unlike those we can buy in Topshop etc. What’s even greater about it is that the velvet quality is considerably good. Who would have thought that good quality velvet skirts are no more threat to your savings? The bib necklace worked its way to be quite noticeable herself for adding glitz to the plain sweater. Btw, this entire outfit (excluding the shoes) can be obtained for as low as 630 pesos 😉 Good luck on everyone’s Christmas shopping!