Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Ever-Expanding Closet Brings Me A Sense of Gratitude

For most us, on days when we feel low, whether it´s the hormones or some external factors, we tend to find solace on sweets and chocolates. I sometimes do that too. My fave are snickers and vanilla ice-cream. But there are times when I feel really down, like I doubt myself or the future, I find solace in my closet. You see, it´s just not like any blogger´s closet with stash of shoes and piles of clothes, it´s a reminder to me of how far I´ve journeyed in life.

photo credit: yuiko
I wasn´t born with a silver plate. In fact, when I was born my parents hardly had plates. They were really poor. Both hard-working, my parents managed to improve their economic status but not enough to provide a comfortable life to their expanding family of six kids.

I being the eldest, I learned early that I had to help my parents. I took care of my younger siblings while my parents worked. I did the cooking, baby sitting, and the piles of laundry until I graduated high school. And because we were economically challenged, I had to work my butt to the university to earn and keep a scholarship until I completed a double-degree in Education.

I always had to work hard and my aim was the top. But I was also always an underdog. In high school I was usually a target of bullying because I had little clothes and couldn´t keep up with the trend. In college, while my fashion improved thanks to the stipend allowance I received from my scholarship, I was looked down by the rich (or feeling rich) girls and boys in my circle whether it´s in the student body, in the debate club, or in the organizations I was involved.  Yet I persevered, nothing could bring me down. And somewhere, sometime I´d impress them with my achievements and guts.

When I finished university I quickly got a job. I gave most of my salaries to my parents to help out with the expenses and my siblings´school fees. But I wasn´t earning enough. So at the age of 22, I left the Philippines to work abroad. Fate brought me to Thailand where I worked as a high Maths teacher and a debate trainer in an international school.

I worked really hard. I did after-school tutorials and juggled blogging late at night. I raised enough money to support three siblings in the university. They too worked hard, graduated on time and got hired quickly after they graduated. So now my siblings are also able to help my parents out. Four of us are now professionals and working, our fifth sibling is graduating this March, and our youngest sister is still sophomore in the University.

From Bangkok I moved to Germany in 2011 to join my husband. And since then I´ve retired from teaching and did fashion blogging full-time. I feel like I can get away with a large closet due to my current career.

Of course I don´t put all my money in my closet. I´m smart enough to know the importance of saving. But I´m lucky to have a husband who spoils me, and a work that allows me to shop productively.

And that´s why when I look at my closet, I Have so much gratitude. It serves like a mirror, I see that fashion-deprived teenager who got bullied by the mean girls and wasn´t attractive to the boys because of her not impressive clothes and not of-the-moment style. When I stand in front of my closet, I see her. And I smile.

I know that my closet is nothing compared to other fashion bloggers, but for me it´s enough to thanks God and to feel very blessed.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Party At a Bayern Country-Side Restaurant

We kick-start the holiday parties by attending hubby´s work Christmas party which was held at a newly established Bayern country restaurant here in our city in Petersberg. Hubby works in an engineering firm which creates construction plans and drawings of buildings and houses. And this new restaurant is one of their recent projects. He proudly whispered on my ears during the party, "I helped with the construction drawing of this building too." :)


When you look from the outside the restaurant is just like any typical countryside restu, made of woods and laid low. When you enter inside, it´s decorated with horns, paintings of wild animals, and just an entire picture of Bayern culture. Note that our city isn´t in Bayern, we´re a neighboring State.

They also have an attic inside the restu with old country clothes hanging out. It makes you think if some Bayernisch actually live in there.

Their servers, chefs, and restaurant crews all wear the Bayern cultural outfits. Local music was played out quite loud and many diners sang with the beat. Some men even made weird sounds which I took as a background to their music. There´s a festive ambiance in the air which jibed with the crowded place.

They serve mostly pork but thanks to my hubby´s co-worker who tipped the restaurant in advance to serve beef because I don´t eat pork, they prepared a special beef menu for hubby and me. It´s delicious, super yummy! I especially love the potato, the macaroni salad, and the antipasti. Their potato is the best I´ve ever tried here in Germany.

I tried their local beer, it tasted like grape juice. I didn´t notice a hint of alcohol at all.
Every year-end hubby´s boss throws two Christmas parties for them, one with the spouses included and the other an exclusive party only for them. Honestly, I always look forward to their parties because I get to discover more restaurants in our city.

But don´t get tricked with the restaurant´s laid back ambiance. At the left of the restu there´s a door that leads to the luxurious side of the place. The other side boosts a large swimming pool and a paradise-like spa area. They also have enticing sauna baths.

While I didn´t get to the luxury side, hubby promised to bring me back there in summer. It´s something to look forward past winter.

Friday, December 6, 2013

On-Trend Prom Dresses to Wear to Your Prom

I´m already thirty but I still giggle whenever I talk about prom dresses. If you saw me wearing the designer Clarisse Prom Dress, you´d understand the reason behind my unfading excitement towards the subject. Yes, I´ve never worn a prom dress to a prom because my parents never allowed me to attend not one fancy party due to religious reasons, but that doesn´t mean I never wished to actually attend a homecoming and wear a stunning gown.

But history-aside, I´m always on the look-out for on-trend party dresses that you can wear to your prom, to holiday parties, or even to your wedding.  Being a fashion blogger is such a great excuse! If you´re like me who loves planning an outfit based on what´s trending, then you must take a look at these prom dresses.


Floor Length Ruching Evening Dress

Remember the stunning bespoke lilac gown with a white waistband, a floor-length Alexander McQueen number, that Kate Middleton wore to the red carpet at the BAFTA black tie do in Los Angeles? Everyone was gushing about it for quite a while. This chiffon dress has exactly same silhouette as Kate´s dress. Their only difference other than the color is the bodice. While Kate´s lilac gown had a rather conservative top, this pearl pink alternative has a V-neck and a wrap-around ruching.

Floor-length Prom Dresses are a great option if you´re into keeping things feminine and elegant.


Trumpet Shape

Fishtail and trumpet skirts are a big trend come spring/summer 2013. Ralph Lauren, Fendi, and Balmain are just some of the many fashion designers who showcased at the runway how to fabulously wear the fit and flare, trumpet silhouettes.

But before you jump-start shopping for your mermaid dress, there are a couple of questions that you have to ask yourself. Do you have a derriere that you´re confident to show off? Are you still able to walk like a person if everyone is looking at your rear? If you answer "yes" to both questions, then go ahead and embrace this trendy style. You´ll look as adorable as a real mermaid.


The Cutaways

Cutout trend still hasn´t lost its allure. In choosing for a prom dress with cutout detail, look for the styles that create drama at the back. It may look covered in front but then the back screams party. If, however, you´re not confident showing off most part of your back, then look for a party dress with cutouts on the sides or at the belt area of the bodice.

Remember that your prom is more about having fun than looking fabulous. So make sure that you opt for a trendy dress that makes you confident to move. The style should never sacrifice the fun of your party. After all, proms happen only once in life.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

It´s Gonna be A Quiet Christmas for Us, Our Oma Passed Away Last Week

Sometimes, death knocks at the door when you don´t expect it. We didn´t think that Oma would leave so soon. We knew that she was sick, a cancerous tumor was discovered in her intestine late last year and was removed, but we didn´t expect the cancer to win within just a year.

Oma, my MIL, and I in November 2011 on Oma´s 90th birthday party. I´ve just moved to Germany during this time.

Her health started to deteriorate early this month, and it didn´t stop. We thought she would still make it until next year but we were wrong. Last Thursday I went to check her in her room and to turn on the lights because my mother-in-law was at work. I noticed that her arms were blue and purple and it made me very worried. Her breathing was also labored. I asked her if she´s okay, she slightly opened her eyes but couldn´t talk anymore. I made her drink some water because she seemed thirsty, then I held her hand. She squeezed it.

I went back to our apartment which her just opposite hers, so she could sleep. Then in the evening while I was playing with my cat, MIL rang our phone and told us to come over because Oma seemed going. Hubby wasn´t believing but we hurried anyway. And then in a matter of ten minutes, Oma left. It was like a shock. She was having her dinner, my MIL was feeding her, when she started to look like catching her breath. She didn´t get to finish dinner, she left.

We had her burial yesterday but until now, it still seems like she´s around, sitting in her bed watching TV. It´s just so sad.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thailand Vacation II: Meeting Up With My Close Thai Friend After Two Years

I´ve always been meaning to tell the story of our summer vacation in Thailand this year but there are too many disruptions, this happens when you´re juggling five professional blogs (this personal blog isn´t even counted). Thus my desire to girl talk about that hilarious vacay is always put to the back burner.

I did give an overall summary of it at the blogazine - I´m Back from Vacation! All About My Three Weeks Getaway in Thailand - but a single post couldn´t cover everything, so I decided to share it piece by piece over here.

Thailand Vacation I: Blue Turtleneck and Python Print Tiered Skirt for Meeting Up with Friends

Annie and I in February 2011 after our Deutsch class.
While in Bangkok I managed to meet up with my friend, Annie. She´s half Thai and half Chinese but because she grew up in Thailand, she couldn´t speak any Chinese language anymore. We met up in a German Language class early in 2011. I was prepping to take the Deutsch A1 test for my Family Reunion visa to Germany (so I could be with my husband) during that time. We enrolled for the same beginning class.

I was the only Flipino in the class, everyone was Thai. Everyone was also professional. I wasn´t comfortable with my classmates, I found most of them trying to forge a statement about themselves proving that they´re smart because they could quickly pick up the language. I don´t like show off people. Also, I wasn´t in the class to act smart, I was there to have an introduction to the language and develop my skill as quickly as possible. I was a workaholic high school teacher who juggled full-time teaching job, debate training, private tutorials, and blogging. On top of that, I had to learn Deutsch quick, pass the test, and get a German visa by middle of that year.

Still Annie and I in 2011. She worked as a promo girl for a brand underwear. I waited until she´s done with her job so we could dine out.
I remember Annie coming late on the first day of the class and she sat beside me. I had a positive impression of her, she looked friendly to me. And then she speaks English! I was meant to find a friend, and a good friend at that.

However, I found our Deutsch class slow. There were twenty five students in the class and the teacher had to make sure everyone picks up the topic before she moves on to the next. I didn´t have the luxury of time so I decided to discontinue after the first course and do the remaining three courses on my own. And for the record, I learned the language intensively for two weeks using a book reviewer, CDs, and google translate. Soon after I took the A1 German language test and pass it with 85% rating. My classmates were still continuing impressing each other in the classroom for the next one year.

Annie and I at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, in September 2013.
Annie became very busy with her jobs too (as she herself is a workaholic who spends her weekend holidays doing part-time jobs) that she had to quit the German school. But in spite of our business, we found time to meet up. We loved going shopping together and dining out. We developed a really close friendship for such a short time. We met in January of 2011, I left Bangkok for Germany in August that same year.

I was trying to look for the boutiques where I used to shop in Siam Paragon but Annie explained that the mall had an intensive remodelling so a lot has changed.
 But thanks to Facebook, we still get to catch up with each other online. So when we had the chance to visit Thailand exactly after two years, I couldn´t wait to see Annie. Despite our very busy itinerary, I and hubby really made room for meeting up with her.

It was so much fun catching up in person. I´m glad hubby was so understanding, he just followed us around while we talked and talked.


She´s still the same workaholic girl, in fact she worked so much that she lost a lot of weight. I teased her that she wants to get rich too soon. She´s a traveller too. Within the two-year span, she´s visited three countries in the West in three different trips. Really cool.


We wrapped up our date with a dinner at a Japanese restaurant of which the food I enjoyed immensely.


Thanks to her I and hubby also got some cute, adorable photos together. Hubby likes Annie´s personality too. He thought of actually playing cupid for Annie and his close German buddy back home. Annie is still single and she´s hoping to find her dream guy soon whom she could travel together. She tells me how envious she´s of me that I get to travel around with my man. I really hope she finds the perfect guy for her soon.

And then it was time for us to say good bye. We´re flying back to Germany in two days. We had a really great time with Annie.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Feeling Creative with My Fruit Dessert

Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat. ~ Jim Davis

I was reading an article today about "How to Live to 100" and I learned that adding more fruits and vegetables to our diet can actually improve our lung function. Moreover, if we convert to vegan diet and steer clear from meat including eggs and dairy products entirely, our body is able to beat cancer cells better and it keeps us from high blood pressure which we earn from high cholesterol foods. This information led me to dig for some fruits to complete our dinner this evening which consisted of crunchy fried fish.


But I can never be a vegan. I love fish and can never give it up. Also, I love mixing meat with vegetables. I was raised in a household that consumes lots of vegetables and it was my dad´s goal to always feed us healthily. And while I appreciate it and agree with it, I just think that going entirely vegan is boring.

Anyway, while prepping the fruits for dinner this evening, I felt like playing creative. I know that your appetite improves if the food is presented well. I am sold to the idea that we should treat ourselves to little pampering even on very normal days.

Unfortunately, I´m not naturally creative when it comes to food presentation. When hubby guessed what I was about to do, he teased me. I know that what I put on the table isn´t mega creative but I´m taking baby steps here. I enjoyed doing it and we enjoyed the fruits too.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Early Winter Blues: I Almost Said Good Bye

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In two days my blog´s auction will conclude. I will no longer own my flagship site, Creative Fashion, should a bidder surpasses the reserve price. This realization hit me big today and I succumbed to tears. It hurts so much to think that someone will take over my kingdom soon.

"Huh? Blog auction? What is it?", you may think.

Well, blog auction is just like any auction, potential buyers engage in a bidding war and the winner gets to buy the site.

"Why are you selling your fashion blog?", you may think again.

Haa! It wasn´t an easy decision, to say the least. I carefully thought about it for a hundred times, brought it to prayer over and over again, and even after I had it listed for auction, I was still playing cha-cha within myself - should I sell my fashion blog or not?

Since early this year I noticed that my passion for blogging about fashion has decreased a ton. I no longer have that fire and eagerness to blog which I always had for two years. I started seeing blogging like a chore, gone were the days when they say that if you love what you do, you no longer have to work a day. That´s because you don´t see yourself working, you´re having lots of fun.

I love my fashion blog so much, and I still love blogging. However, while it wasn´t clear at first, it dawned on me that I´ve reached the plateau, my blog has reached the plateau, and I´ve done everything I could ever do for my blog. Once you reach the top, there´s nowhere else to go but down. And so the past six months, I watch in pain the slow decrease of my blog in terms of alexa rank.

The traffic is still strong. I take pride of the site´s strong stable traffic and it has survived both the Google´s Panda and Penguin updates. But I got to admit in myself, I can no longer bring the site forward.

So I started blogging for the sake of maintaining the site, and as you can guess, it´s no longer fun.

Then I met Francine Rivers, a Christian novel author, through her book, Redeeming Love. A friend of mine who´s living in London was kind enough to send it to me.

Reading this book led me to self-evaluate. I love literature and it has always been my dream to write novels. Although I put off this dream after I discovered blogging, it was always there asking once in a while, "when will you pick me up?"

But more than just remembering my first love which is writing fiction, the story of the book pursuaded me to seek self revival.

You see, in the last 2.5 years I was too consumed with fashion. I spoke, thought, and wrote fashion almost every single day. And while I managed to create a quality blog which served as a resource for style savvy women - of which many readers have commended saying that my blog isn´t like any other vain blog - focussing too much on fashion drifted me far from my original purpose, which is to use my gifts for the glory of God.

At the back of Francine Rivers´s book, she said that she used to believe that the ultimate purpose of life is to pursue happiness. Now, she doesn´t believe it anymore. She believes that the ultimate purpose of life is to use our God given talents for His glory.

This made me ponder for quite a while, how could I use my talents for God? Have I glorified Him in my writings of fashion and trends? How did my fashion writing career impacted my spiritual life?

Well, if I´m to be honest, there are both goods and bads. The good is that no matter how novice I was in terms of fashion and style when I started, think fashion vocabs, I was able to establish myself as an authority in this overly populated niche in just a short time.

The negative side is that, no matter how hard I tried to deny it, I became a vain person in many ways. I dressed like a fashion blogger should dress. In less than two years since I arrived her in Germany with just a couple of suitcases, my closet expanded immensely. I consumed and consumed.

Did this make me happier? You may be surprised to hear this but the answer is "No." In fact, it was the reverse. Whenever I visited other fashion blogs to interact and leave a comment, I always feel envious. I think of how lucky is that girl, her shoe collection is bigger than mine. Oh, how lucky is that girl, she gets to wear designer clothes while two third of my closet is just high-street. Ahh, how much I covet that 3.1 Philip Lim satchel she´s carrying.

Materialism, when will you satisfy me?

And so on, and so on ... Until I woke up one day and realized, my journey in the fashion world is close to an end. But not entirely!

I believe that after years of blogging about fashion, five years in total, I can´t just turn my back and leave. It has become a big part of my life and so I´m not abandoning it entirely. I still enjoy talking about style but I want it to be more carefree, personal, and relax. I´m glad I have this blog. As you know, things started right here.

And as I take a few steps back, I´ll be settling here in my original blog where I have a smaller audience and I feel free to talk just about anything that interests me. I no longer have to give a damn about stats, who cares about my alexa rank and how many subcribers unsubscribed after I published that post. Didn´t they like my yesterday´s post? I´m just going to have fun.

I really hope that I can find the right buyer for my flagship fashion blog. I don´t want it to end up in ruins, I hope that whoever gets to take over will continue to bring it forward. It´s a great blog and it´s very dear to me.

As for my next move, I still have four blogs under my belt in different niches. I will continue to work on them until they´re ready to hit the market next year. After I´ve sold all my blogs and I´m exhausted, I will go back to creative writing and hopefully, I get to jumpstart my first Christian-inspired novel.

Francine Rivers inspired me a lot. I want to be like her.

Update: My blogazine wasn´t sold because I didn´t find the perfect buyer. There were two potential buyers both women, whom I liked but didn´t have sufficient funds. The men who had the funds, I couldn´t trust them enough to move the site forward. So I decided to keep the my flagship site and fight for it. Weird as it may seem, I felt relief and new passion was born.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Black and White Fall Outfits I and My Husband Wore to a Sabbath Fellowship

Once a year we get a fellowship here in our city. Fellowship means all Seventh Day Adventist churches in the area will spend the Sabbath together. Yesterday, we had the choir from Aufenbach perform in the service, it was great hearing wonderful religious songs in Deutsch.

Unfortunately, we had a very bad weather - cold, gloomy and rainy. How different from today´s sunny, relatively bright day. In order to dress the occasion and the weather, I and hubby went for black and white monochrome.


I layered my dotted black and white fit and flare dress with a white pullover and black tights, finished with black patent pumps. I added a black infinity scarf and then pulled everything together with a black double breasted coat.

Hubby, on the other hand, went for a white long sleeves shirt, black tie and black vest, black trousers and shoes, completed with a black long military coat.

I kind of don´t like my hair in this photo. It looks dry and without body. As you see, we´ve just arrived from the service when we took this photo, we had to walk under the rain to get into the parking lot, and I didn´t get good sleep from the previous night. Anyway, in spite of me not looking fresh, I wanted to share this look so I hope you don´t mind.

And of course, our family isn´t complete without our dear cat, Orange. He´s pre-occupied with his toy, the dried stems of tomatoes, that we couldn´t get to make him look at the camera. This is at mom-in-law´s living room. We came to pick up our cat which we left for her to babysit.

I hope your girls have a great weekend. Hugs from Germany.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I Fancy - Huffy Women's Deluxe Cruiser Bike in Mint Green

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. ~Author Unknown

There´s this debate about minimalism at one blog which I recently came across. If you´re familiar with Leo Babauta, the author of Zen Habits, he promotes minimalism and as such, he doesn´t own a car. Well, he also doesn´t own a smart phone. Darn, I should have read that post about the benefits of not owning a smart phone before hubby bought me one a couple of months back. But this topic needs another blog post. Oh, and Leo also doesn´t own a hair, well at least not a single hair on top of his head. Although he didn´t admit it, he must have other hair below the neck.

So the article was questioning if Leo indeed leads a minimalistic lifestyle considering that he moved his family from a humble Guam to a more diversified San Francisco. But what caught my attention was the comment of a guy who claims that he doesn´t own a car, does that qualify him as a minimalist? Wait until the end of his comment, you´ll find out that he´s got four bicycles.

He doesn´t own a car because he prefers to ride a bike. It´s more freeing, it conserves energy, and it´s healthy. Although he´s clearly ain´t a minimalist.

In fact, I take the same stance. While other immigrant girls who arrived here in Europe around the same time when I came have already purchased a car, and they´re kind of feeling proud that they´re already driving - one even commented that I too should get myself a car now so that I would be independent from my husband - I don´t find it necessary.

For once, I´m a stay-at-home wife, and second, acquiring a car is easier than maintaining it. With all the taxes and insurances? I´d rather take the bus whenever hubby isn´t available to drive me, thus saving money.

But while I don´t fancy a car, I fancy a bike. More than a year ago I talked about Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Bicycle vs Affordable Fashionista Custom Cruiser at the blogazine. In that post I covered how many fashion enthusiasts find it fashionable to ride a cruiser bike.

Take a look at this cruiser bike in mint green, isn´t it adorable? Don´t you find it fashionable? Imagine riding it around the countryside, how freeing! I think of how many outfits I´d take with it? A lot.

I´m certainly not a minimalist in a fashion sense, although I seriously consider selling some of my shoes, but I would surely opt for a bike instead of a car.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I Feel Cute In These Cute Sweaters

The title is misleading! No darlings, I haven´t bought these sweaters, not yet. But I found them online today while planning for an article for the blogazine. I think they´re cute, an apricot and a Christmas tree print sweaters. They´re also quite affordable. These are some well-made indie designs and that explains the price.

If you´re lucky, you´ll find exact sweaters at a much lower price at Amazon. It happened to me twice, I thought an item was a steal until I found an exact replica at at the monster store for much more less. The question therefore is, do you have the time to scout?
Apricot Aztec Knit Long Sleeve Cardigan, $33.61
I´d wear this cardigan sweater with washed off denim shorts, black tights, and flat combat boots.
Yellow V Neck Long Sleeve Christmas Tree Pattern Cardigan, $34.10

I´d wear this fun and super cute sweater with dark blue skinny jeans, riding boots, and the two-tome cowl scarf I got from primark. Just divine.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What I Fancy - The Polka Dot Pieces I´d Love to Have for Fall

“one day my best friend said to me 'Jess, you rock a lot of polka dots' and that was the deal breaker, now we're mortal enemies” ― Zooey Deschanel

What is there in polka dot pattern that makes it so powerful to divide? You either love it immensely or you hate it wholeheartedly. Many people say you shouldn´t wear the print when you´re passed third grade. Yet clearly, fashion designers don´t lean into this claim, just take a look at the varied runway looks that include polka dots.

Dolce Vita Alishia Dress, $110.00
That said, I´m on the love side. I love polka dots. A lot. I tend to opt for the neutrals - black dots on white and vice-versa, white dots on navy blue, or pink dots on beige.

This fall season, I have my eyes set on black dots on a light background such as white or beige. I adore this dress from Nasty Gal, so cute, neat, and playful. You´ll seriously get noticed quite quickly from the crowd. I imagine wearing it with black tights, black thigh-high suede boots, and a hot pink handbag. Delicious!
I first saw this beige polka dot sweater from Lulus when they shared it on their facebook fanpage. I was quickly captivated. It´s sweet and would nicely contrast the rugged look of tattered jeans.

Equipment Shane Polka Dot Crew, €303.46 Was €404.60
This black/white dotted knit from my-wardrobe makes me imagine once again that I`m rich. You know, it´s a pretend game that I play whenever I take my fashion blogger seat. It´s really fashionable and divine. But the question isn´t about is it worth an investment? It´s do you have extra dime to invest? The answer for me is "No." This is an utter luxury for someone like me who doesn´t qualify in the rich category. So I´ll suffice myself with listing this polka dot sweater on my "What I Fancy" list.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Where Can I Sell My Unused Items - Shoes and Clothes - Online

The thing about being a fashion blogger is, your wardrobe gets bigger and bigger at a short span of time, and it´s not stopping, it just grows. Guess what? You even tend to avoid repeating items for a while because you worry, would my readers remember this? You don´t want to come off as someone who repeats her clothes and shoes often because, gulp!, she has a narrow closet. Ahh, how embarrassing.

So this is how a fashion blogger´s closet tend to look like.

photo credit: weheartit

In my case, I arrived here in Europe in 2011 with just a couple of suitcases, all my clothes and shoes in them. I had to leave my entire wardrobe in Bangkok saved the best stuff. Yeah, that´s what love and marriage could do, you relocate and you leave many things behind - friends and closet alike.

But in a matter of two years, it´s shocking how I expanded my wardrobe into three sliding doors, each door has a hanger area and two tall shelves on top. So that gives me three hanger areas and six shelves. My closet literally covers the entire one side of our bedroom and it stands almost reaching the ceiling. I also have an extended five-drawer-stand where I put my accessories, scarves, belts, and under garments. I put the shoes on the floor of the closet but sadly, I currently have no more room. I tried to stash the shoes on top each other, the flat ones, yet my recent fall shoes purchases could no longer fit in.

Have I worn all those clothes and shoes already? The answer is "No." Many of those stuff still have their tag on, and still, I keep adding.

It doesn´t help that I have a husband who spoils, he tends to buy me something almost every weekend.

Recently I did an inventory and tried to look at the practicability of my wardrobe. Many of the things I have were bought for the purpose of photo shoots for my blogazine. But can I really wear them on a daily basis? No! I have many pairs of high heels which I couldn´t wear unless hubby drives me to my destination and I don´t have to walk around. The reason simply is, the pavement here in our city are all made of uneven bricks, so wearing heels around will just ruin the shoes. I love my shoes so much!

What about the clothes? Well, many of my clothes are too fashionable to wear to church, much more to wear walking around our small city on those weekends we spend for our date. So they´re just there in my closet waiting for another year when hopefully my readers have forgotten them and I could do a rework, mixing them with newer pieces.

But is this really practical? Recently, the practicality issue hit me, really big. And I started thinking of selling some of the pieces that I haven´t worn and that I may not wear other than for photo shoot. But where should I sell them?

At Ebay? I know that´s where people usually go to bid for used items. But our eBay here is in Deutsch language, obviously, and I´m afraid I won´t be good in selling my items there because I have a hard time writing in this language. So I looked somewhere else.

I found the musicmagpie.com, have you heard about it? I looked around the site to see how selling there works and I like what I see. If you decide to sell an item, you simply have to enter what item are you selling for a valuation of its instant price. The best thing about this service is, sending your items is free, they will take charge of the shipment, and you get paid by bank transfer, cheques, in e-vouchers or you can donate to charity!

Hmm, this is something that I seriously consider right now. I´d let you know once I´ve started selling some stuff. I would start with the shoes.

Have you experienced selling used items online? Where do you sell them?