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Baclaran Day

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Excessories, when broke

Found myself in the middle of Baclaran one Friday with my mom and our friend Boyet. Since I’m  there na rin so I decided to take a look around and check out the merchandise. Sadly, there’s not much fashion finds in the area so if you wanna go bargain hunting, Divi is still king. Of course, ayaw ko umuwi ng luhaan so I saw to it that I take a few stuff home with me. Nandun na rin ako, so might as well…

Some finds from Baclaran:

Orange/Blue/Gold Cuff P100

I was wearing a 4-inch wedge that time so I needed emergency shoes.

Polka Dot Loafer P100 (note: wear at your own risk, sakit sa sole at nag-RIP na sya a of this writing)

Plastic Owl Cuff  P80

Rings P50 each, hassle can’t find the diamond.

These earrings are my favorite, originally priced at 3 for 100 but was able to haggle for P25 each!

I was also able to buy denim shorts for P100 from the street bangketa but when i tried it at home masikip ang left leg. Awaaard!


Note: Baclaran is not the place for bargain clothes, unless size 23 ang waistline mo ans size XXS ka, wala ka talaga makikita dun na kasya. Nakaka insecure mamili ng clothes dun kasi feeling mo plus size ka na. I think clothes in Baclaran were made for women with child-like bodies so best mag Divi na lang tayo.


Treasure Huntress’ cousin

Posted: August 31, 2011 in plugging!, when broke

Meet my “cuz” Fin. Like me, she’s a serious bargain hunter.

I’ve been ukay shopping for years– Baguio,Bambang,Quiapo Cubao, Kalentong, I’ve seen them all. I thought I’ve reached that level of thrifting expertise that I can make ukay shopping tours as an alternative career. That’s how  yabang confident I was with my ukay skills until I met this girl. Ibang level sha!

Fin has been to ukay havens I’ve never heard of and she never fails to impress with her finds. What’s more impressive is that she wears those outfits (head to toe + accessories even!) so well you’ll be surprised that they’re thrifted.

She’s such an ukay whiz that she was able to earn extra income with her talent. What started as a weekend tent in front of her boyfriend’s apartment has now leveled up to an online and physical store. So happy for her (and her ever supportive BF)!

Here are my favorite pieces from her collection:

She’s an animal-lover too!

Kailangan ganito ang pagpose pag suot mo to!

Umo-audrey hepburn look.

Two ways to shop:

1. visit:

2. trek to their physical store at 1st Level, Anonas Commercial Complex, No.3 Anonas Rd, Proj. 3, QC

Follow ilovevntg at twitter for new stocks. @ilovevntg

They’re on sale btw, from Sept. 1-3 all items at 50% off. Go! Go! Go!

I’m forever finding ways to make my stuff look exciting and new again.

My current obsession is strategically stacking my wrists with a variety arm candies, no matchy matchy. Got my inspiration from The Man Repeller’s site ,she calls them ARM PARTIES. Now, that’s the kind of party  I can definitely do! I also found a simple  how to guide  from my favorite DIY blog.

Here are my versions:



Start your own arm party now!

So friends, ilabas na ang mga swatch watches and friendship bracelets na tinago nyo nung 90’s, the charm bracelets you find baduy now and those chain bracelets your ex-boyfriends gave you. Reunion na ito!

I know this is a shopping blog. I’m no heiress so definitely there will be days ( like now?) that I have to rest my cash and cards. Being low on gas does not necessarily mean I can’t have shiny new things though. What’s the second best thing after shopping? DIY, of course! It’s fun and it’s cheap san ka pa?

Below are  inspiring creations from all over the world, top 3 in my DIY to do list.

Inspiration #1 : Balmain Sequin Striped Pants (


DIY Instruction here. c/o I SPY DIY

Inspiration #2 braided hex bracelet (

 step by step DIY  courtesy of

DIY #3 – T-shirt Necklace. Easiest DIY ever! I’ve done this already but I plan to do more.

Photo and how to‘s courtesy of:

I have other DIY projects in mind but for sure di kaya ng powers ko. 🙂

Do check out photos of DIY ideas from my favorite blog : A Pair and A Spare


I guess you’ll see me hanging out at Ace hardware for a while.

JUST DO IT! (yourself)