Online Shop: It’s Cool to Be Fab

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There used to be days when online selling through different social media was the hype… well actually even these days it’s still the same. The only difference in my opinion is that some were able to establish their reputation in the long run and that includes a seller in Instagram who called herself “It’s Cool to Be Fab”.

This isn’t the typical online shop where I was able to download an app and cart stuff because it’s a shop from Instagram. There are a lot of bogus sellers in Instagram so it’s best to check out the comments and the followers to see how genuine the account is. Speaking of followers, this account has a total of 26,500+ followers. Believe me, she’s not an actress endorsing something but a real life seller. I’ve been following this account since 2015 and not once did she ever let me down with my orders. If there’s a problem with the item, she would inform me about it before hand. Sometimes she would include a cute note along with her packages and when I’m lucky enough, she would also give out a couple of freebies but these are usually on special occasions. I also don’t have to wait too long for my orders to be delivered because she has a schedule for shipping. When the payment arrives to her account on the right time prior to her arranged shipment, chances are my bought items will be included in that bunch.

What I like about this shop is that it’s in Instagram and I get to interact with the seller herself. Another thing about the shop owner is that she’s super nice and easy to talk with. I love the products she sells, although most are thrifted, the quality of the clothes are in their best shape as if it’s still brand new. Most online shops in IG are very misleading, because the photos are very nice but when I finally get the item, it would only disappointed me. Not in this shop though, because here, what you see is what you get. She takes pictures meticulously, then posts several photos showing the whole outfit including the details on close up and lastly, she comments about it. Yes, she comments on her own products to verify about the item’s worth. I always take her word for it because I know it would be what it is and she doesn’t give false hope to her clients.

Every collection she would post has a theme of either Japanese, Korean or current trend inspired clothes and accessories, this is also usually pre-announced. When she says 7 pm, she would post stuff during that time unless something urgent comes up. When she starts posting, I suggest to refresh the feeds quickly, since she already has a lot of followers most of the items are easily sold out in no time. Buying is a first come first served basis unless there’s a “bid” or a “steal”. Bidding or stealing means you can buy the item for a higher price than the first person who grabbed the item.

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There are several ethical rules on online buying in IG accounts or any social media account to be exact, but here is the number one golden rule: Don’t be a bogus buyer. It means, reserving the item but not really paying for it or sometimes asking a lot about the product but don’t have the intention of buying it. That’s really annoying for the seller and a total waste of time. I’ve experienced being an online seller too and it’s such a bother to answer queries and end up not selling anything at all. Other rules and details are already in the IG account so all you have to do is read, browse and buy.

As for the payment, there are different modes of payment and you can also see this in the rules. For those who want to check out the account, you can go directly here: @itscooltobefab – add the account and wait to be approved since it is a private account and only approved people can buy in her shop. This is to verify that the person buying is real and not a bot.

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Over all I enjoyed shopping in her store and even have clothes from her shop that became memorable milestones in my life. Hopefully the shop goes on steadfast and make a lot of other people happy with their clothes.



Tops in courtesy of @itscooltobefab
3/4 sleeves made in Korea for my 30th Birthday and engagement night.



Online Shop: Mother of Sea

_20180702_2344521115830109.jpgTidbits about the online seller, her name is Maypril and I’m lucky enough to know her personally. She’s a supermom who has a hobby of making stuff out of used clothes. Then she discovered the art of macramé and finally put her visions into work. After making several pieces, she decided to share them to the world by selling it in Instagram.

Her work is purely hand crafted and each piece looks awesome. It is a basic modern macramé made with care, perseverance and hard work. Tying knots again and again is such a tedious task. I think it’s really amazing that she’s able to dedicate her time in doing her craft despite having a two year old baby in which she has to look after full time.

Her collection consists of different items: bracelets, wall decors, wine holder, plant hanger, coasters, bags… and a lot more! Currently she takes customized orders for clients depending on her availability.

Custom made orders: Owl Necklace and Sling Bag

Buying an item is also easy as long as a direct message is sent to her. She’ll give instructions with regards to the mode of payment and sending of items. Payment methods are usually through the following: LBC, CEBUANA, WESTERN, ML.

I personally think her products are the best choice as a gift to friends and loved ones. The type of rope she uses is made out of cotton and it usually takes 2-3 days to make each item, but it really depends on how big it is. She can be found in Instagram with the tag name of @motherofsea. Why the name Mother of sea? It’s because her son is named Sea as in Seameon. Isn’t that cute? I totally dig it!

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Sold Products

On a side note, macrame is one of the trending hobby these days for several reasons – one it is eco-friendly and two it’s a form of meditation. Despite being time consuming, it really helps with a person’s concentration.

One Korean artist, namely Park Shin Hye has chosen this type of art as a form of hobby in a documentary show in TvN. For those who are interested, the title is “Little Cabin in the Woods”.

Online Shop: Lazada

Another shopping site that I go to is Lazada. What I really like about it is that they have a cash on delivery service and since I’m on the outskirts of a rural area, this is way convenient for me.

At first I thought this site was a bogus one since it’s usually advertised in social media and pops out in your screen like an annoying bug. However, downloading the app in the phone makes browsing more fun. This is the site where I was able to buy my baby’s mosquito repellent. The product brand was pretty much hard to find and was only available in SM outlets. It’s also a small pop up store and most of the time the item is out of stock. So finding it here in this site was like a gold mine.

There are also a bunch of Korean and Japanese products available here. I suggest to look for one store and buy in bulk since there are TONS of stuff to choose from. Buying in bulk with one provider would also have its advantage, I will explain as to why later on.

Most of the products looks good on picture so having those five star rating is a big help in choosing for the right product item and provider. Each seller is different so the reviews remove the hassle of verifying if each seller could actually provide a legitimate merchandise. I suggest to also read the comments on each product because knowing the opinion of other people doesn’t hurt and helps out with expectations.

There are several things that made me feel annoyed when shopping in Lazada – first is the carting experience. Since there are different suppliers, the products which is under that specific seller will be delivered separately, then a P99 delivery charge will be on top of the item price if it is below P1000.

Second annoyance is the delivery service. In my case, I bought 3 items in total and those items came from different vendors, they were delivered to my home at least 1 week apart. It took that long to be delivered, aside that I had to pay additional P99 for the shipment on each item. It would have been better if they could have procured all the products in one place and have the delivery in one go then charge the shipping fee once just like in BeautyMNL. I don’t know why they do it but it’s such a hassle to wait for each package when it everything could be simply be delivered at once. I really hope Lazada thinks well about their shipping strategy. So… I pretty much recommend to buy in one store provider and buy something above P1000 to get a free shipping.

Another experience I had is that when I made another order for a another product, the courier texted me that the package will arrive that day but it never did. I waited 2 weeks for the item and yet when the day came, the delivery never happened. I had to email them and follow up as to what happened. They gave me several reasons, one – that it may have been a wrong address, which is weird because I had 3 consecutive deliveries from different store owners in Lazada previously and they got the address right. Two – I might not have been present at home during the time of delivery – which pissed me off, because I was at home the whole time and couldn’t even get out because I was waiting for the item and at the same time taking care of the baby. It is such a simple task to call or ask around and KNOCK at the door but they didn’t do it. Maybe the courier was too lazy to do all the things necessary to ensure a good transaction. It’s a good thing I haven’t paid for the item yet or else it would be such a hassle to reimburse the item.

Those are my rants charged to experience but overall shopping in this site is still alright and very convenient. But to make sure, it’s better to request for a cash on delivery service instead of having it prepaid online.

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