June 17, 2016

#SupportLokalPH: Sweet Side Jewelry | Eye For Treasure

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

I have this tendency to go a little bit overboard with my... obsessions. I've been through collecting fountain pens, leather bags--heck, even chili oils--, and now it seems that my obsession has moved on to collecting jewelry.

Unlike my other obsessions, though, I think I'll stop with three.
(Pardon the thumbmark on the disc pendant)

Recently, I've been on a quest to find genuine gold jewelry suitable for daily use, my reason being that fancy accessories tend to wear out faster than my liking. Silver tarnishes, plated accessories eventually get brassy, and stainless steel gets dull with age. I hardly have time to clean and maintain my jewelry, so I thought that perhaps investing on proper gold accessories might be cost-efficient in the long run.

According to my research, 14K gold should be enough for everyday use as it is more resistant to tarnish than its purer counterparts. But since gold jewelry doesn't come cheap, I thought about customizing my pieces to have a personal touch. Searching through social media (mostly Instagram), I've discovered that there are a lot of local jewelry makers who accept custom designs. After some consideration, I chose two artisans who I think satisfied my aesthetic and financial needs.

June 07, 2016

#SupportLokalPH: Ibarra Manila

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

Ibarra Manila

Filipino Time. On Time. Ibarra Time.

(Website: http://shop.ibarrawatches.com/
Zalora: https://www.zalora.com.ph/men/watches/ibarra-watches/)

For our second wedding anniversary, I wanted to gift ourselves with a pair of couples' watches. I was looking for a minimalist design, and for the longest time during my search I wanted to buy a pair of  Daniel Wellington timepieces. I was drawn to the simple, sans-second-hand face, but hesitated when I learned that DW watches are only water resistant for up to 3 ATM (i.e. rain resistant). Lugi.

It was then when my friend (the same one who helped me pick out the watch I gave to my husband on our wedding day) suggested that I check out Ibarra watches. I did, and I'm so glad I did.

Bought these two on a sale in Zalora. Good thing that they had a His-and-Hers bundle.