Weekend Story: Father’s Day 2017 + Gourdo’s Placemats + Tory Burch Gemini Link Tote Bag

Last weekend was spent in Bacoor and Manila. On Saturday afternoon, the hubby and I attended the funeral mass for the cremation of my former boss who passed away due to some physical ailments. She was such a kind, generous, and intelligent woman with great sense of humor. I owed her a lot for giving me her full trust in my first job and for many other things. (Rest in peace, MPV!) On Sunday, we had a dinner with the fam bam for Father’s Day at our fave resto in SM Manila. My youngest sib wasn’t feeling well and Daddy was in the province so they were not able to join us. We made sure though to greet Daddy and let him know how lucky and grateful we are for having him as our father.

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A Wallet Story

Do you wanna know what my birthday gift to myself is? A wallet. Do you wanna know what I asked the hubby for his birthday present to me? Another wallet. Why would I need two wallets, you might ask. My answer is…why not? One for weekdays, one for weekends. End of story.

But wait, I’m in the mood for a wallet story, so here it is. Growing up in the province, I always saw the contents of Mame’s wallet. I always knew when she still had money or when she was running out of it. When I knew she had extra money, I’d ask her to buy me the few fancy things I liked. When I knew she had very little money, I kept my mouth shut and never bothered her for anything that would have the potential of burning a hole in her pocket.

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My First Leather Bag is a Fino!

I first heard about Fino from this post. I’m not sure if it’s the same year the post was published that I got to read it or the next. All I remember is that I developed an instant liking for the brand and its stylish and sturdy leather goods. With a consumer culture lusting primarily over foreign designer brands and patronizing just about anything imported, seeing local brands like Fino thrive is a breath of fresh air. It also affirms our capability to be at par with the best in the world. It even adds to the list of things that make me proud to be a Filipino.

I have always wanted to own a leather bag, something that’s long-lasting and worthy of my hard-earned money. I initially wanted a Cuyana tote (me and my bias for tote bags!) in caramel but decided against it after setting foot inside a Fino store and laying my eyes on the Davos bag, which is the very design synonymous to Fino. I knew right then and there it was the one I truly wanted. But I found it expensive at PHP8,000+ then. Plus, I didn’t have the money yet. When the time came that I already had the money for the bag, inflation made its price even higher at PHP13,000+.

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Christmas Shopping 2015

It’s that time of the year again. Are you done with Christmas shopping? Yes? Not yet? I know some people who start shopping for Christmas presents as early as July. As for me, I’m still in the process of completing my list and trying to set a decent budget for it. I normally charge it to my credit card and get the money from my year-end bonus when it’s payment time. Unlike last year when I overspent a little, I plan to stick to my budget this time. Like, seriously.

Aside from going to Divisoria and hitting the malls for Christmas presents, I also plan to shop online. I even think I’d shop for most of the items in my list online. It sounds more convenient and practical to me given the horrible traffic situation here in Manila.

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Backless Dresses for Special Occasions

I love dresses. I think I’ve said this many times on this blog. While I prefer wearing dresses on casual days, special occasions require a formal dress which is sometimes quite hard to find. Style, fit, and color are just some of the factors one has to consider when choosing a formal dress.

One of the dresses that I find elegant and sensual, at the same time, to wear to a formal occasion is a backless dress. A girl wearing a backless dress can’t help but feel confident and sexy at the same time.

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Frugal Find: Rubi Shoes, 3 for P1,200

I got introduced to Rubi Shoes through Cotton On. They carry Rubi shoes in their stores and after buying two pairs (camel wedges and white sandals) in 2013 –which are both still alive today –I made it a point to check out Cotton On occasionally for new shoe designs. (My fave branches are Cotton On Rob Magnolia and Rob Manila.)

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When I found out Rubi Shoes has stand-alone stores in Rob Magnolia and Alabang Town Center (ATC), I’d visit them whenever I’d make a trip to those malls.

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