Month: March 2008

Shopping Tips on Raiding Thrift Shops or Ukay-Ukay

Thrift shops, second hand stores, surplus shops, ukay-ukay, wagwag– they come in all sorts of names but they all mean the same thing- shops where you can find clothes, shoes, bags and accessories at a bargain.

Some people may snub at the thought of buying used items. But the fact is, second hand shops aren’t really so bad. You can find even find vintage items and authentic designer pieces that have never been used before at incredible prices.

So if you haven’t tried raiding thrift stores before, it’s really worth the try. Here are some tips to make your shopping experience fun and hassle-free:

Schedule your shopping. The best way to find the best deals from thrift shops or ukay-ukay is to spend time digging for the great stuff. If you’re beating an appointment or if you’re in a hurry, schedule your shopping for another day. If you’re really serious about getting good finds, be ready to spend at least half a day or the entire day.

Bring small bills. Thrift shops don’t accept credit cards so expect to pay for your purchases in cash. Smaller bills make it easy for you to hop from one shop to another without having to wait for change for a long time.

Bring a body bag. A body bag is great for raiding ukay-ukays so you can have both your hands free for rummaging through stacks of clothing. Some really good finds are hidden on a stack of clothes on the floor so make sure you can move comfortably.

Watch out for pickpockets! Buying clothes on a bargain would be useless if your wallet gets stolen. It’s best to use a purse or pouch that you can wear on your neck than a wallet. This doesn’t only keep your money safe, it also enables you to pay for your buys without hassle.

Bring your own shopping bag. Don’t expect a chic paper bag from ukay-ukays. Usually, your purchases will just be placed in plastic bags. Don’t forget to bring a large foldable bag so you can just dump all your buys in. This way, you don’t have to carry around different plastics as you shop around and it also keeps all your items in a safe place.

Dress to fit. Unlike boutiques, thrift stores usually don’t have fitting rooms. If they do, they usually provide very little privacy. To be able to fit clothes without hassle, wear tights or leggings and a tight fitting shirt or tank top so you can try on clothes over them without having to strip.

Try them on! Remember, you can’t call it a bargain if you can’t wear them anyway. Before you buy anything that you absolutely love, try it on first and see if it looks good on you. Remember, just because it looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will look good on you as well. A blouse or dress that seems to be your size may actually be too small or too big once you’ve tried them. So try on everything!

Wear comfy shoes. You can’t go raiding shops without comfortable shoes on. Expect to do a lot of walking and standing and you don’t want to kill your feet by wearing high heels or shoes that don’t fit. Flats or slip-ons are best.

Check, inspect, scrutinize your buys. Before you hit the counter, find a corner in the shop where you can check all the items you’ve chosen. Look for snags, rips, scratches, stains, or any damages. Just because it’s a bargain doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the quality.

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What type of eyewear best complements your face?

In choosing eyeglass frames, there are two things to remember: the shape and the size of the frame.

Always choose a frame that contrasts to the shape of your face. The size of the frame should be just right, neither too big or two small. Also, a frame that emphasizes the best feature of your face will bring out your beauty.

Here are some tips on finding that perfect eye wear frame that complements the shape of your face:

Oval Face. An oval face would look good with any kind of frame but frames that are as wide or a bit wider than the broadest part of your face are best.

Square Face.Narrow, oval frames look great with a square face.

Round Face. Rectangular and narrow frames will lengthen and slim your face a bit.

Diamond or Triangular Face. Rimless eyeglasses and cat’s eye-shaped frames are made for a diamond or triangular-shaped face.

Long, Narrow face. Round and square frames will both soften the angles of your face.

Heart-shaped Face.If you have a wide forehead and a narrow chin, rimless frames are ideal. Frames that are opposite the shape of your face, such as one that is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom is great for you.

Finding the Right Swimsuit for Your Body Shape

Are you ready for the summer? Here are some tips on finding the right swimsuit that complements your figure:

Try it on.Trying on a swimsuit is a must in order to find the one that really fits your body.

Choose a swimsuit that matches your body type. Accentuate your assets and wear cuts or designs that hides your flaws.

If you have small breasts or small upper body, a swimsuit with a bit of padding and underwire will enhance your bust line.

If you’re big breasted,swimsuits with haltered straps will give your breasts the lift.One-piece suits are also great as long they have straps for added support.

If you have short legs, go with a plain bikini paired with a printed top to draw the eyes upwards.You can also try a one-piece suit with a low neckline to emphasize your upper body and keep the eye upwards.

To create curves, a one-piece suit with a cute belt or a solid stripe in the middle will create the illusion of a smaller waistline.Two-piece suits will also work if you try to match a ruffled bikini with a strapless top.

If you’re a plus size, it doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy in swimsuit.Suits in dark colors and low V shaped necklines are great.Also, don’t forget to add a tunic or a sarong to cover up those bulges in a stylish way.

Don’t wear suits that do not perfectly fit your body.Don’t try to hide your flaws by wearing a suit that is too large for your body size.Remember, swimsuits tend to expand when wet so you don’t want to end up with a lousy suit after a swim.

Check the quality of the material.Finding the right fit will also depend on the quality of the material.Lycra/Spandex swimsuits are best because they maintain their shape, they’re durable, comfortable and they cling nicely to the body.

Be sure you’re comfortable in it.Finally, how you carry your swimsuit will make the difference so whether you choose a one-piece or a 2-piece suit, make sure you’re comfortable wearing it.