Ichigo Ichie!

A once in a lifetime chance. One great opportunity.
And thank God, I didn’t blew it.

My prolonged absence here is due to a very busy, harrowing week due to the big celebration of my company’s anniversary. Part of the celebration is coming up with a full spread supplement which came out last Friday on the country’s major broadsheet.

Guess who was in charge of that. Yup, one week of back-breaking work, sleepless nights (I actually went on a 48 hour working binge, I feel like a junk head without the “junk abuse”) and getting close to a nervous breakdown — the results came out great, much to the satisfaction of the powers-that-be and the whole company who devoured issues of the paper.

Got to receive high marks from the bosses. One chance to impress people and it worked. I guess it’s all about seizing the moment and the opportunity, never mind the lack of sleep and the feeling of just wanting to kill yourself due to exhaustion.

One freaking chance, and I had it down pat.

Celebrated my “resurrection” with a quick trip to the mall last Saturday. I have been stressed and broke for so long, you cannot imagine how good it felt to have extra money again to buy stuff that I’ve been coveting for the month or so.

Resurrection, in my world, is better celebrated….with wicked new pair of shoes and a Bench X Secret Fresh shirt.

Ichigo Valerie shoes

I have always been crushing on these shoes from Ichigo and been going to Crossings for weeks hoping to finally have the money for it. Finally, was able to own it last Friday and it was just so pretty and perfect.

Ichigo has always been my go-to brand when it comes to fashionable, cute shoes. I own at least five pairs of Ichigo shoes and this is already my sixth pair. One of the brand’s best pieces is their line of oxford shoes. I own at least three Oxfords and I had to retire two of them because they’ve been through so much abuse.

the devil is in the details!

The attention to detail on this pair is simply amazing. These shoes will look great paired with nice, frilly dresses plus black thights. Simply Kawaii!

I also got to finally own a shirt from the Bench X Secret Fresh collection, after pining for it for a long time. Secret Fresh is a famous store in the Philippines selling off-beat toys, while Bench is already an institution when it comes to fast fashion items like shirt, pants, underwear, scents and has even evolved into a well-known lifestyle brand.

Bench X Secret Fresh shirt plus Bench Shampoo for colored hair

Next step would be to find a really nice pair of jeans or walking shorts to pair it with.
I just wish stuff would fit me already, cos truth be told–I already developed a phobia of going inside the store, going through the merchandise and having to ask the sales staff for sizes and still not finding anything. It’s effing depressing! I am not that big — but why do I find people who are twice, thrice bigger than me wearing jeans? (No offense meant).

I also discovered this amazing store, called CNA which is located at the new condominium building in Pedro Gil near Robinsons Place. CNA sells a lot of accessories, jewelry and KPOP stuff, even those cute KPOP socks that I saw being sold in Myeongdong. They also have the latest CD releases from your favorite Korean artists. In a nutshell, CNA is a wonderland for every KPOP fan or junkie!

I bought two of these:

cute necklace with cat pendant from CNA

You know I adore my cat, Sayuri right? The same way that my sister adored her cat, Yumi-chan. I bought this affordable, but extremely cute necklace — one for me and one for the sis.

If you are an accessories junkie, I am sure an hour would not be enough for you to choose from CNA’s array of really cute and affordable items. It’s like being a kid in a candy store, in fact. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), I didn’t brought enough money that day, as part of my new “saving-money-vow”), so I really couldn’t buy any of the other stuff even if I wanted to. It’ a good thing that there’s already a CNA shop because I know now where to get Christmas gifts for my KPOP loving friends (F, I am talking about you!)

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