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.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 Trend Report

I’m not supposed to post anything fashion-related until next week since I feel it’s inappropriate given the current situation in central Philippines, but I saw this really beautiful hairstyle Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes shared on Instagram and I had this sudden urge to post it on my blog. I have a really faulty memory so consider this as an online reminder that I should do my own version of Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014 hair, which Jane dubbed ‘the wood nymph hair’.

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Isn’t it divine? I think it’s pretty easy to do since it doesn’t need much flowers; the only problem is I don’t know where to find faux Grecian coins. Here’s another version from D&G:

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Floral crowns were all the rage last year, and I’m glad that it’s making a comeback this coming S/S, with a twist.

While I was doing my research, I decided to check out D&G’s website for their Spring 2014 collection. I missed doing it. If you’ve been following my posts since 2010, you’d remember that I used to post sort of like a runway report. I kinda missed doing that so I took a screenshot of the collection from D&G’s website. I may have shopped less than I used to but it doesn’t mean I do not appreciate designer brands anymore. And who can’t appreciate these?

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I must say I’m surprised that many of the pieces are actually very wearable. The pieces have this Greco-Roman vibe going on and I love it, reminded me so much of my favorite mythologies.

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And the best part is D&G showcased different pieces for various occasions. Some of the floral dresses are perfect for weddings, some for work, the beach, dinner, and even a funeral—which is great, don’t you think? Women don’t have many options during funerals, not that it should be a fashion show.

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I see lots of gold and lace as well. Time to stock some “little gold dress”.

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And pointed black kitten heels. Here’s more:

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Fiigirl: Très Chic

As you know I turned 25 two months ago, and since then I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult fashion can be sometimes. I’ve always gravitated towards pink and super girly things, which are unfortunately not always befitting older women. Worse, I have very few clothes that are appropriate for my age. A week ago I was scheduled to go to a book launch of my favorite fashion blogger, Tricia Gosingtian, and I was worried about what to wear to the event. Tricia has easily transitioned from being cute to sophisticated, and I wish I was that successful. I just can’t seem to let go of my affinity for anything young and girly.

Luckily, Fiigirl–an online shopping site based in China–sent me a really nice black dress, which arrived a day before the event. Talk about timing.

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The transaction was actually made in August, so it took about a month for the package to arrive at my place. This was the dress I was expecting to receive, according to the website:

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Product description (taken from the website):

Features:
* Sleek popular design
* High class standout quality
* Very soft and comfortable to the touch
* Material: Cotton
* Pattern: Solid pattern
* Color: Black/rosy
* Size: M, L

I picked this style because I thought it looked so chic and definitely office-appropriate. Here’s the actual dress, I got the medium-sized one:

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Online shopping is quite tricky because you won’t see the item until it arrives at your doorstep. I’ve heard (and experienced) a lot of horror stories about online shopping–from clothes not looking the same as posted, too small or too big, etc. Thankfully the dress I got from Fiigirl is almost similar to the one posted on the website.

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It’s not as cottony and stretchy as I hoped it would be, but that’s fine because the dress fits–although it’s a little tight around the armpits and a little loose at the shoulders. I’m not broad-shouldered so I understand that part. I just hope the sleeves were a tad shorter and the asymmetrical v-neck was more prominent like what is shown in the website. I think that’s the most interesting part of the design and the dress could have been more awesome if it was more noticeable.

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Nonetheless the dress still looks chic to me. LBDs are a woman’s must-have and I’m glad I finally got one that’s appropriate for my age but still fashionable. The best part is, it looks great with any shoe color.  Zalora sent me these gorgeous heels a week ago and I’m so glad it went well with the dress. They’re very comfortable too!

I wore very minimal accessories because I wanted the dress to be the key piece of this look. Tricia took a photo of me during the launch, I just hope I didn’t look fat in it, hehe. Overall, I’m satisfied with dress. It’s pretty and very affordable so I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

triciaTricia + Me at her book launch. Thanks to Candy Magazine for the photo! I gave her a subtle cat ears headband which I made the night before the event. I was so happy she liked it! She’s the nicest, I swear. Be sure to check out her book, 150 STYLE ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY GIRL! #fangirling

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Fiigirl dress | Pill shoes from Zalora

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