Lately, I’ve been buying more clothes online than I would inside malls, and believe me when I say you can find me inside a mall at least 3 times a week — our work is only a few meters away and it’s where my colleagues and I go for lunch during our breaks. My colleagues are most probably wondering why I’m not joining during their shopping sprees, but it seems that every time my colleagues shop I just don’t have the same urge to do so, and even if I do find something I really like, it happens to be expensive and I end up buying nothing.
Since when did shopping become this frustrating?
Anyway, it’s a different story with online shopping. I find that shopping online makes it easier for me to find certain pieces or items I like, and in a much affordable price — special thanks to Google, Facebook and Instagram.
For the most part, I enjoy the task of browsing through pictures of items that are for sale. Looking at pretty pictures of clothes and shoes is akin to a buffet for my hungry eyes. Of course, there’s always risk when shopping online, I always make sure that I’m doing transactions with a legit seller, and not some bogus person who is out to swindle me with my hard-earned money. Thankfully, my online shopping experience so far has been anything but smooth and fun! 🙂
Next month, I’ll be receiving new items I ordered online again — a kimono jacket (which I’ve been having a hard time finding in malls around here), a flowy maxi skirt, and burgundy-colored wedge shoes. I’m excited!
I won’t consider myself a fashionista. My choice of clothing varies a lot and may depend on the occasion or the kind of mood I’m in. I can go from just wearing t-shirt and jeans to something more photoshoot worthy. Nowadays my everyday look is my white nurse uniform which I wear to work 6 times in a week, but in our day-off during Fridays, if I ever feel like it, I go out and wear something nice for a change (not that I consider my uniform bad. hahaha!). In those days where I practically put more effort into achieving the look I want, there are some items I would be wearing that gets noticed or complimented on. Usually I would be asked where I bought them. Anyhow, below are some of the items that I wore here in Qatar that took a minute of celebrity fame from the public.
BAT WING TOP
When I came here in Qatar last October 2011, winter is almost at its door. The air was no longer humid but was already taking on a cooler breeze. Because of that, this top became my favorite item to wear, especially when going to places like Katara and Pearl Qatar or when fine dining with family. I bought this in a boutique named GET LAUD in the Philippines. The clothing material is thick enough for me to not feel much of the cold air at night but also not too thick for me to feel sweaty while the sun’s out. I mostly love combining it with my favorite skinny jeans and black wedges.
I don’t have a lot of accessories especially here in Qatar. I probably was only able to bring my watch, a couple of earrings and some bangle bracelets and the one above. For me the purpose of having accessories is to add something catchy or colorful in a plain colored outfit or an uninteresting tee. Lately, I realized I had a lot of black and pink collared and plain t-shirts and that cuff bracelet is perfect enough to add a difference to my simple get-up.
KNEE HIGH BOOTS
I’ve only owned two boots in my life and both of them I bought and worn here in Qatar, but among the 2 of them this one is my favorite. Not only does it get noticed a lot every time I wore them, it also makes me feel chic and stylish. I originally wanted the khaki-colored ones but unfortunately nothing is left of my size, so I ended up buying this maroon one. I bought these pair at Marks & Spencer in Villagio Mall.
TIE-DYED PURPLE PANTS
Imagine going to a store to window shop and accidentally found a pair of on-sale pants that is priced too cheap you have to look twice, ask a colleague if your seeing it right, and also ask the shop staff if they didn’t priced it wrong. These tie-dyed pants is an example of that. Bought at PULL & BEAR at an unbelievable price of 19QR (originally 125), these pants for me is a perfect example of a good bargain!
The one that inspired me to write this post. Bought this at an online shop for 100QR last February, I finally got to wear them for the first time last Friday. It was cute and comfortable to wear. The softness of the material won’t leave unwanted calluses around your feet. Anyway, I was window shopping at Landmark Mall when 3 women in abaya came to me and complimented me on my shoes. They asked were I bought them and told them I bought them online. Of course they were disappointed. They surely must have been expecting that I bought it somewhere in a mall.
So there you have it! The 5 items in my closet I currently love. So what do you think? 🙂