Have you heard about the term push gift? It is a present a woman receives after giving birth to her baby. Personally, I learned about it when I got pregnant for the first time back in 2012. I never got around to getting one at that time, though, because it was a sad event for us having lost Pippo, our little angel. But this time around with baby NJ, the hubby made sure I got my push gift or should I say, cut gift? (I gave birth via caesarian section, after all.) It came in the form of a bag that I’ve been meaning to get for myself for so long — Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag. It’s an affordable designer bag (under 200 USD) that’s for keeps.
After having acquired a Coach bag recently, I found myself getting another bag. It was from Instagram seller Costal Bags (@costal.bags). It was an easy decision to make as I had extra funds to spare and the bag I got was one of a kind. It’s a leather tote in the color I like — dark taupe.
Last June 12th, I accompanied my sister Jodie to Edwin Lisa Eyebrow Embroidery at SM Manila for a beauty procedure. She specifically wanted to get Keratin Lash Lift that promises to give her dull eye lashes a polished look. It was a holiday (read: Philippine Independence Day) and she felt it was the perfect day to take control of her eye lash situation. Haha. The results of the treatment were amazing! She went home a very satisfied customer and looked forward to going to work the next day. And what do you know! She received lots of compliments from her officemates (and even clients!) at the bank because it looked like she woke up with camera-ready eye lashes!
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.
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.
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+.