“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” said Bo Derek. What a flippant remark but oh so true! There’s something about a good buy that unleashes an endorphin rush in a shopaholic like me. And because I’m all for spreading happiness, I will point you to the direction of one of my favorite stores – ZARA.
ZARA is a Spanish brand started by Amancio Ortega Gaona, a famous designer and entrepreneur. His vision was to produce high end quality products at affordable prices. True enough, the brand is very stylish and exudes confidence and maturity. The products are very well-made and worth its value.
I have been a fan since long before. When I wrote about Kate Spade bags, one reader asked me if there’s another brand I can recommend that is equally fashionable but costs less. This is it. I have three bags in my closet that were purchased from Zara.
Tan Oversized leather tote - I once met a good friend whom I haven’t seen in months. As she approached to give me a kiss , her eye immediately zoomed in on my arm candy and she gushed “How nice naman your bag!” I just had a good laugh because she noticed my bag first even before she greeted me.
Quad faux leather bag - This number looks like it belongs in a Ralph Lauren boutique. I used this as my travel bag and got a lot of compliments– even from the salespeople at the luxury stores!
Blue daffel bag - This is a mid-range priced Givenchy Lucrezia doppleganger. The Givenchy bag on the upper right will set you back over a USD1000 . My ZARA blue bag on the lower right is priced below USD 100 (PHP 4400).
I also like Zara’s accessories and women’s line because they are very modern but understated.
LOOKS THE BQP ADORES FROM THE 2014 COLLECTION
A little caveat though—Although we can blame our neurotransmitters-gone-haywire for our inexplicable urge to shop, we have to take responsibility for our bills. NEVER buy anything you can’t afford. I personally carry cash or if I have to charge , I make it a practice to pay IN FULL when the bank statement comes. Make your happiness in a paper bag last. A practical and smart shopaholic –- traits of a true ROYAL . Now carry on ladies and experience the ZARA factor.