I only have a limited amount of time to browse stores - online and offline - so I would rather look for my friends' recommendations than aimlessly Googling what I want to buy. I also check the blogs I trust for their recent purchases and features (like Manila Fashion Observer). It's easier that way!
That said, I've been following Ava.ph ever since it opened. It came in at a time when everyone in Manila was coupon/discount crazy. AVA was different because it was the only one that offered luxury fashion brands like Chanel, Prada, and Burberry at a discount. I can't afford them even at the sale price, but I always watched AVA just in case something irresistable turns up!
And they do turn up. There were crazy price slashes on Melissa shoes and Aranaz bags but I often logged in too late to get the things I actually want. :(
Today AVA has evolved into a curated fashion store that offers premium hard-to-find, indie brands. There are still flash sales but those are for a limited time only; the store itself stocks up on carefully-chosen items from new, intriguing names.
I actually got a Cuzo bag recently from one of the sales - imagine, P1,500 for a leather bag, at 30% off! Such a steal. I will blog about it soon. ;) For now, I want to show you my AVA wishlist for Christmas! The Wishlist feature is a new addition to the AVA e-commerce experience. You can add items to your wishlist just by hovering over the photo. Afterwards, you can share that list on your Facebook page for all the world to see and hopefully, fulfill. Hehe. It's a classy albeit sneaky way to fish for gifts.
I've always been curious about Butter London because of the rave reviews. I chose British Racing Green to prepare for next years explosion of green shades! I also like the PAPAYA! totes because of the beautiful graphic designs that you won't just find anywhere. For accessories, I chose the Aranaz Pulsera bracelet which is fairly affordable at only P550. I didn't like how it looked like at first but the chunky knotted design sorta grew on me the more I looked at it. :P
Another fave of mine at AVA is the Aranaz Lazada clutch. It's beautiful! It's part of the Nudos Collection along with the Pulsera bracelet. I also need a nice Code Case for my phone. I'm using a black case currently and I swear I keep on losing it! A bright-colored one should make it easier to find.
I also included the Versailles Tote, which is part of AVA's in-house brand, Ava & Eve. Cute design, plus a girl can't have too many tote bags.
So there. AVA has a promo where, if you share your wishlist on Facebook, you can get a chance to win one item from the list! There will be three winners. :D Just check AVA.ph, create your list, then click "Post to Wall". Easy peasy.
Do let me know what your faves are in AVA! Can't wait for more new sales and brands.
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