While my boys were at the Alaska vs Ginebra game in Araneta Coliseum, I opted to stay in the adjacent GATEWAY MALL. Since we are based in the South, I rarely go this place. Hubby A said the game may take two hours, I told him not to worry. (I really wanted to scout the place for a gift for his birthday this week. ) I’ll keep myself busy. And that’s just what I did. 🙂
There were plenty of stores with SALE signs by the entrance. My kind of day! My first stop was PARFOIS, an accesssories, bag, and shoe store located on the second level. I found a leather bracelet that had gold plated letters strewn on it. The blocks read “MAKE YOUR OWN”. I asked the saleslady how many more spare letters there were inside the transparent plastic container. She said she’s not sure but that it contained popularly used letters. If you have “Q”, “X” or “Z” in your name or in the word that you want to spell, this may not be the accessory for you. I will spell “SUMMER” on mine 🙂 At PHP 590, however, I find this cute , unique and affordable.
Accessories should be fun and affordable so you can change it often.
The BQP’ pick for the perfect summer shoes – It wasn’t on sale but it sold itself to me 🙂
Then, I saw a blue wedge at the bottom of the display area. Those who have known me for a long time will not be surprised that I would like this pair. Blue, wedge and STRIPES. I have tried and tried and tried to stay away from stripes this year. Today, however, I let the Parfois wedge put me under its spell. It’s such a perfect choice for summer, don’t you agree?
The SALE signs of REGATTA and FULLY BOOKED also caught my attention .
As if my first purchase wasn’t enough, I was again drawn by the “The Great Sail” sign outside the local store REGATTA. Some of their items remind me of TOMMY HILFIGER. It’s propbably the nautical reference and the use of mostly red, white, and blue as their base colors —with a little splash of yellow, cream and green. I didn’t buy anything in the store because the (striped) dress I l fancied wasn’t available in my size. Saved by the lack of inventory!
Then I made it to RUSTANS. I noticed that this particular store doesn’t carry the major brands that can be found in its bigger branches and that it has a very limited men’s section. I had no chance of finding a birthday gift there. What I did find was a section resembling TUTTO MODA (the high end depot of designer brands located in Alabang Town Center). Here I was able to get a very nice SINEQUANONE top (original price was at PHP5,000 but I bought it for less than half of the price!) with cut-out shoulders and a NATORI white dress. Unfortunately the NATORI was too big for me. Sigh.
And just when I was about to think of an explanation for the number of shopping bags I had in my possession, I saw MARVEL jackets for my boys. I asked the salesperson if I could take a picture to send to the boys. He readily obliged my request. A minute after sending the picture , hubby A said my boy M is not interested but he is! Again, if you know us, we like to wear costumes on Halloween. The boss (A) however, likes to spice up his corporate presentations by wearing juvenile outfits 🙂 The pictures below will show that both boys had fun trying on the cool hoodies.
Masked hoodies anyone… SO COOL!!!!
My boy already has a strong fashion sense. He prefers this black and white hoodie over the others.
All in all it was a productive two hours. 🙂 I saw some nice things at the windows of Promod, Esprit and Mango but my time wasn’t enough to check these out. As for my boys, they more than made up for their team’s sorry performance by buying three Marvel jackets!
The BQP gives Gateway Mall a B rating.