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Sunday, June 14, 2009

So happy with my eBay finds!

Thrift shopping is fantabulous! While Vince dislikes it that I thrift-shop for my clothes ("It's not like we don't have any money!"), I really prefer to buy my clothes vintage or second-hand because I am absolutely sure I'll never show up at a party or an event and some other girl is wearing the exact same dress.

I just want to show you girls my latest thrift buys from eBay:

An H&M belted LBD that I wore to my last Juicy TV guesting. This fits me like a glove and it may be black and simple but because it hugs me in all the right places and that belt just cinches my waist, I feel very severe and sexy in it.

A Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. I haven't worn this yet. It looks even better in person than the photo. It's such a classic! And I totally adore that it's in silk jersey so I never need to iron it. Vince likes this dress, too.

A Hugo Boss cotton dress in beige. Nude and neutral colors are very in this year, and I just had to get this dress because, aside from the on-trend hue, it looks formal enough to wear to meetings but feels very comfy. When I wear it, I look like a Gap ad from its current collection by Alexander Wang and Vena Cava... except that I'm wearing Hugo Boss!

Then today--yes today!--I won this cute Diane Von Furstenberg ladybug dress! This adorable A-line dress came down the runway for the Spring/Summer 2007 collections. Yeah, it's old but I just had to have it because ladybugs are special to Vince and me.
Ten years ago, a golden ladybug landed on my wrist. It refused to fly away! So Vince placed his hand over mine to take it away; instead the ladybug just kept crawling from my hand to his and from his to mine and by the end of that afternoon, Vince had asked me out on our very first date. One year later, Vince gave me a necklace with the cutest ladybug pendant and it's been around my neck for over 9 years!
I actually had a similar ladybug dress from Zara. Bought it in 2007 and wore it just once (when my staff and I went to Subic and met some native Aetas). I found out soon after the trip that DVF had come out with the design first and I just didn't want to buy a knockoff--even if it was a Zara knockoff!

While I love finding vintage dresses and bags, there are some things I like buying brand new. Furniture. Jewelry. Shoes. Especially shoes! My goodness, shoes are my downfall so they better be spankin' brand new!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Frances! Such fabulous finds! :) I really want to start buying from ebay but I'm scared of being scammed, after hearing so many horror stories from friends. I'm just curious, how do you pay? Do you use paypal for the purchases? Thanks! :)

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  2. do you buy it from us-based sellers? and delivery method is FedEx, I suppose?

    when I was still in manila, I don't buy expensive stuffs from ebay. ala lang, baka kasi nde makarating or madengoy ako. hehe.

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  3. You've got yourself some Beautiful pieces there especially the DVF dresses, you look stunning in the LBD too.

    Totally agree about buying vintage/second hand to not clash with the crowd...me loving your style!

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  4. I liked the story behind the ladybug. So happy for you that you snapped up that dress!

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  5. Neighbor! I bought a DVF playsuit with my first NY editor paycheck! And it will be the basis of the palette for my wedding :) Including your matron of honor dress! ;)

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  6. PS—
    Oh my gosh, the ladybug dress is so perfect for you!!

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  7. Love that H&M number it looks fantastic on you!
    The ladybug dress is lovely too.

    E-bay is great for shopping sometimes!

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  8. Your ladybug story is adorable!

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  9. That little black dress with the belt is awesome! What a fashionista. You are officially my style icon. Hope I get to raid your closet one day. =)

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  10. hi frances!

    did you buy your dresses from ebay.ph?

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  11. hi frances! I knw its nt related to ur post and i dnt even knw if u know bt maybe u knw someone hu knws...(?) do u knw how much hair extensions cost? And which salon offers such service? Thanks!

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  12. The ladybug dress is adorable!

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  13. amazing finds, especially the ladybug dress!

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  14. MaribenChristine, I've been a fan of eBay for 5 years! So far, I've only had a few bad experiences--the product wasn't as nice as promised. But that's the risk and for vintage/second-hand/thrift items, what do you expect? I pay through PayPal (if from abroad) and bank transfer and G-Cash if here. It's safe and I love it!

    Supersawsaw, I have only bought 2 items overseas and both from the UK. I don't buy from abroad because the shipping fee and customs hassle makes the whole thing a frikkin' headache. So I buy from local eBay sellers and I love them--Pinoys are soooo sweet and trustworthy!

    Jillsabs, yep, eBay.ph! I'm such a fan! =D

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  15. Jen A., I'll ask the beauty editors this week and expect my answer in my beauty blog, www.beautyforaliving.com, by Friday =D

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  16. I can't believe that you found those dresses on ebay.ph... I didn't search good enough siguro... those are great great finds!

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  17. Awww wow, what an amazing ladybird dress!

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  18. You should check out this ladybug print Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress just posted on eBay! :) -
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-DVF-Wrap-Dress-Size-8-100-auth-guaran_W0QQitemZ230422180762QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA_WC_Dresses?hash=item35a63b739a

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