Chinese New Year 2014 Outfit Ideas

The Chinese New Year is almost here and you can see it everywhere, which is no surprise since the Philippines is composed of approximately 1.5 million people with Chinese blood. In the world, China is considered the country with the largest population, so it’s just natural that the world celebrates with them in occasions like the Chinese New Year.

What’s more exciting about this event is the outfit that people wear. We often see people wearing different shades and styles of red, as it is considered to be the Chinese’s lucky color. They believe that it attracts favorable luck and fortune. However, this year’s feng shui (Chinese philosophical system) said that red is not the only lucky color this year. This is amazing news for those who are not fans of red.

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Linea Italia Alysi Halter Backless Top | Chictees Leggings

According to fengshui.about.com, green and brown are also some of the lucky colors. 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse, so green and brown are great complements. For illustration purposes, I went to Lazada Philippines shopping website. Girls are usually expected to wear dresses, but if you want to be more adventurous, try wearing some pants and matching it with a nice black dressy top. According to feng shui experts, black can still bring good luck in 2014 so yay for us!

The next thing to consider are the accessories. Believe it or not, but the color of the accessories you’re wearing can also affect your luck, that is if you believe in feng shui.

Chinese New Year 2014 accessories

CELINE Eleanor Stiletto Sandals in tan | Ted Lapidus Women’s Watch | David Jones Zeva Wristlet | Vince Camuto Gold-Tone and Black Stone Geometric Double Drop Earrings

Lazada is currently having a Chinese New Year sale, so I headed there to look for some affordable accessories. Crystals and stones like black onyx, pearls, moonstone, etc. are great for 2014. It’s best to avoid Metal elements like white and gray during the festivities.

So there you have it. If you feel like experimenting with your outfit this year, you can try out the suggestions above. If it doesn’t work for you, then you can always go back to red. Hope this post helped! 🙂

TMART Reviews: Ostrich Pattern Gold-Chain Handbag

I don’t have a lot of bags at home. I don’t have too many requirements when looking for a bag, either. It just has to be roomy and sturdy, because I’m not exactly a good owner lol. So when TMART.com told me they’re sending me a bag for review, I immediately said yes. We’ve already heard so many online shopping horror stories so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check out the quality of the stuff TMART is selling. Right then and there I logged in to their website and went to the Shoulder & Handbags section. I wanted a simple black handbag that I can use both for work, school, and travel. I ultimately chose this design:

Fashion-Female-New-Special-Light-Bread-The-Mobile-Chain-Handbags-Ostrich-Pattern-Black_2_600x600Fortunately, the item was available. TMART processed the order on December 4, 2013 and arrived at the local post office on January 13, I believe. The postman left the claim card at my landlady’s mailbox on the 14th, but we only discovered it 4 days ago. So yeah, it took more than a month for the package to arrive, which is normal for me. It really does take 1 month or more for international packages to arrive at my place or at the post office.

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Upon claiming my package at the post office, the customs officer had to open the yellow bag to check what’s inside. I didn’t mind. I was too excited to see the bag so I hurried home afterwards. The bag was placed inside a fabric bag (?) and wrapped in plastic.

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And, tadaaaa! This is the actual item. It looks pretty good in my opinion and is very identical to the product photo posted on their website. Here’s the link: TMART Fashion Female New Special Light Bread The Mobile Chain Handbags Ostrich Pattern Black

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A closer look at the bag and seams would tell you that it is very well made. For Php 859.78 a piece, it’s a great buy. Anyway, below are the specs of the item as posted on the website:

Specifications

Material Leather, Metal
Style Handbags
Pocket Quantity 3
Bag Dimensions (13.38 x 3.74 x 8.66)” / (34 x 9.5 x 22) cm (L x W x H)
Leather Strap Length 110 cm / 43.3″
Color Black
Weight 690 g / 24.34 oz

Package Includes

  • 1 x  Fashion Female Bag
  • 1 x Metal Chain
  • 1 x Leather Strap

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Indeed, the package came with a leather strap and a legit metal chain. The chain is a bit heavy, which is a relief because that would only mean it won’t easily break. It’s an important factor for me because I’m quite clumsy and can be very careless at times.

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The bag has three pockets, like what is stated in the product description, an inside and outside gold zipper, and a gold metal handle. The zippers are working perfectly, by the way.

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Here is how the bag looks like when using the leather shoulder strap (L) and the gold metal chain (R). I think the leather strap would be great for school while the other is for work and meetings. What do you think? I honestly can’t wait to use it!

By the way I made an unpacking video in case you want to see more of the item. Please ignore the noise. My very nice neighbor decided it’s time to wash her dishes just as I was filming. Hehe

OVERALL PRODUCT RATING: 4.5 STARS
Shipping: 4 STARS
Packaging: 3.5 STARS
Truthfulness to the product description: 5 STARS
Product quality: 5 STARS

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I was not given any monetary compensation to do this review. The opinions published in this review are based solely on my experience. I and this blog are not responsible for any unfortunate incident you may encounter with the above-mentioned seller/merchant.

ZALORA to Launch Marketplace (Press Release)

The online fashion retailer to offer independent fashion designers and sellers access to their millions of customers

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has announced it will be launching ZALORA Marketplace in the first half of this year. With over 15 million visits per month to ZALORA, Marketplace will give independent fashion designers and sellers the opportunity to instantly expand their business to ZALORA’s massive customer base and will greatly increase the product assortment available to customers.

ZALORA Marketplace will allow vendors from all over Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to create their own branded storefront within the ZALORA site, which will be run and maintained by the seller with support from a dedicated ZALORA account manager. They will also benefit from a huge increase in brand exposure through free online marketing and advertising that will be part of ZALORA’s overall marketing campaigns.

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Set to be one of the most beneficial fashion Marketplaces in Southeast Asia for independent fashion designers and sellers, customers across the region will also benefit from hundreds to potentially thousands of new products and brands available online without having to visit different shopping portals.

“The upcoming launch of ZALORA Marketplace is an exciting development for the fashion industry in Southeast Asia as whole,’ said Paulo Campos, Managing Director, ZALORA Philippines. “We are launching a platform where up and coming brands, boutiques or designers can sell their products alongside our internationally renowned brands, to an already highly established and loyal customer base. We have over 15 million visits to our ZALORA sites per month; for an independent fashion seller to have instant access to this kind of audience is a previously unheard of opportunity.”

A dedicated and localized ZALORA Fashion Scout force is currently searching for and recruiting potential brands and designers to come on board for launch.

“We have found some incredible and exciting designers and sellers so far,” said Campos. “We are really looking forward to working with them, nurturing them at this stage of the journey and seeing how far their business can expand through Marketplace.

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There has never been a better time than now to bring fashion retail businesses online, especially throughout Asia Pacific where the internet population is already over 200 million people and growing steadily. According to research* around 11%-15% of total global retail sales will be conducted through online channels by 2020, with Asia Pacific accounting for a very large portion of that. For fashion designers and sellers looking to expand their sales and reach, online is the only place to be.”

ZALORA Marketplace is currently open to applications from potential sellers and details can be found here.

*Source: Goldman Sachs Chain reaction: Online disruption gains traction March 2013

 

About ZALORA

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, was founded in early 2012. With presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Brunei, ZALORA’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of over 500 top international and local brands and over 15,000 products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering a thirty-day free returns policy, speedy deliveries within 2-3 working days, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities. For more information, please visit www.zalora.com.ph.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Edryan Lorenzo

PR Marketing Manager

edryan.lorenzo@zalora.com.ph

+639175003426

Pure Heroine

So this was bound to happen. I’ve been wanting to name a blog post after Lorde for months but decided against it. I previously thought that doing so would only mean my obsession over her and her songs have reached an alarming rate. But I was wrong. Now since I’ve practically mangled her album, Pure Heroine, due to overplay and finally ready to move on to a new musical obsession, I can’t be any more happy than to dub this post Pure Heroine. This, however, doesn’t mean I don’t like Lorde anymore. I still do, and will just be waiting for the next album to wear out. Hehe. It’s funny and perplexing at the same time though how people accused Lorde of being pro-drugs because of her album title. Obviously, they confused it with the highly addictive drug, heroin. Hello, people, learn to spell. There could be some word play going on, so if anything, it’s witty.

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And speaking of wearing out, if you’re my housemate or officemate, you’ve probably seen me wear this look countless times. This whole outfit–from hat to shoes–is my current obsession. This is the most comfortable ensemble I’ve worn in a while. It’s very cold in the office and blazers, jackets, and sweaters are necessary to combat the chills. Our employers are not very strict when it comes to dress codes, we can wear practically anything, as long as our upper thighs aren’t showing lol.

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My friends know I love pink, but I always insist that it isn’t my favorite color. Weird, I know. Seriously, pink is like the happiest color and I like looking bright and happy. So imagine my delight when I saw World Balance carrying these adorable loafers! I mean, since when did this they produce this kind of style? Just late last year, apparently.

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It’s great that they’re trying to cater to non-sports enthusiasts aka lazy people’s needs (ehem *guilty*). World Balance is known for using materials of the highest quality, so why not let people like me experience their products? Good move, I must say.

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This sweater was a gift (?) from my mom. Actually, she bought it for herself before the new year but since I’m a good daughter and she loves me very much, she let me have it. And I’ve been wearing it since, along with the jeggings. I swear, jeggings are a gift to mankind!

I wish I had more pictures to show, alas there’s no more. I was so busy with yesterday’s shoot. These photos were actually taken while on location and the others were busy retouching the model’s makeup. I can’t wait to show you the outcome  though! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Bershka jeggings | World Balance shoes

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Sole Street Shoe Giveaway

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe

We all love shoes. Ask any person and no one would ever tell you they don’t want shoes. It’s practically a basic human need, otherwise shoe stores won’t be popping just about anywhere. But even though there is an abundance of shoes in the world, you don’t always encounter a store that carries your style. Usually when I shop, I’ve already gone to four or five stores before finding the perfect pair. I’m picky like that. Recently though I checked out this one store named Sole Street on Facebook. I’m amazed at the wide selection of shoes they have in their shop. There’s something for every one. Below are my favorites: solestreet I like casual, comfortable shoes and it made me all giggly upon seeing that Sole Street has designs that are perfect for my style. If you’re the girly type, they also have flats and heels that will tickle your fancy. The shoes are handpicked by the Sole Street owners according to the current trends and design quality. Furthermore, their payment procedure is flexible and very customer-friendly. You can give a minimal downpayment and worry about the remaining balance after two weeks. Discounts are also given to those who pay in full! If that’s not enough, Sole Street also loves treating their customers with giveaways. Today, Sole Street is giving away Php500 gift certificates to THREE lucky ladies! Sounds good? Sounds good? All you have to do is do the ALL the requirements below—that’s 9 entries all in all. a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end on January 27, 2013. Good luck, ladies! 🙂