Forever 21 and then some

This is pretty stale news by now, but Forever21 has hit the Philippine shores, and I couldn't be happier. Now all we need is H&M and Uniqlo and we're all set. Oh, and Sephora. And MUJI. OK, maybe we're far from being all set but we're on our way.

To say that I'm excited about the opening is the biggest understatement ever, because if there's anything I miss about Tokyo, it's taking the train to Harajuku every Saturday, braving the crows in Takeshita Dori, exploring four floors of pretty, and going home with a bright yellow plastic bag. I very nearly filed for a vacation leave last Friday so I could be there for the opening (and my project manager was telling me it's fine because I guess she anticipated I would be a neurotic mess anyway if I didn't get to go) but there were things to be done. Tsk. So the entire day Friday I was getting updates from Chelo - how insanely long the lines were, how our floral peep toes were sold out, and just how much crap there was for us to purchase.

So yesterday, I woke up, showered, put on my comfiest clothes, and trooped to Megamall. I was there just a minute or two after the mall doors opened. When I got in there was this really really really long line, and I thought oh, shoot but what the hell. So I tried looking for the end of the line, but before lining up I found the security guard.

Me: Ito po ba yung sa Forever21?
Guard: Ay, hindi po, sa Odyssey po ito.

Gahk. Moral of the story: when in doubt, ask questions. Wag assuming.

So I raced, yes, raced to the second floor with my fingers very tightly crossed, and I have to say, I was very very surprised because there was no line at all. Only these big beefy bouncers near the door I very nearly hugged because I was so happy they actually let me in.

Now I wish I can say it was all wonderful and magical and all that jazz, but it's just, well, okay. It did feel like I was back in Harajuku for a second, but, well, I was just majorly disappointed because they did not have enough rings, and you know how crazy I am about rings. Tsk. And the accessories in general are more expensive here than in Japan, which is a shocker. But the clothes and shoes are just about the same. So I guess I'll be getting the clothes here, but the accessories I am ordering online because there are wonderful people in Japan who can bring them home for me. ^^

Anyway, here's the damage. It's nowhere near massive, but I'm pretty happy with it. I did try on a ton of things but I edited a lot of things out. I constantly had to remind myself that the store is still going to be there the next day so I don't have to purchase everything. And I always need a second opinion on dresses and my friends weren't there when I was trying stuff on so I just passed.

I had to get at least one ring, so I got this crazy tiger ring that spans two fingers. I have no idea when I would wear it but I'll figure something out.

And then I got this bow and this simple round one in a pretty pretty blue color.

And then I got this white girly top even if it's a size to big because it's pretty. And I figured it's kinda flowy anyway so it doesn't have to be snug (read: pinilit). I also got two more tops, my very first belt as I do not own any (and the one I got is supposedly for men :p), and really short shorts.

After the haulage I met up with my friend Leal, and we watched Eclipse, because we had to wait for Doti and we were tired from Forever21 and we needed to sit down. So we picked the show that would start the soonest, and it happened to be in SM's interactive cinema, which we did not find out until we were already inside the theater and this girl suddenly grabs a mic and starts chattering. It was... strange. Suffice to say I will never ever ever watch a movie in there again. I mean, the movie quality itself was fine, but beforehand there was this game and it was just strange. As for the actual movie, it can be summed up in one word: constipation. Dakota Fanning was great though, in all of the thirty seconds that she was there. Oh, and can I just say, Rosalind has way too much make-up on, and whenever I see her I just can't focus on anything else.

After the movie we met up with Doti and I dragged them to Bench because I wanted to get this:

Just for everyday when I don't want to fuss over my watch getting nicked or scratched or stained with indelible ink (which happened to my white Philippe Starck for Fossil watch and it stressed me out sooooo bad).

And then we trooped to Edsa Shang to watch Knight and Day (we no longer wanted to watch a movie in SM because we were so traumatized by the interactive thing). We caught the last full show, so by the time I left the mall it was midnight. That's 14 hours of mall time, which is epic, even for me. So today I'm staying at home, doing my laundry, tidying things up, and keep resisting the urge to get new make-up stuff.

1 comment

  1. mommy, you know that top i bought na dark blue, na sabi mo cute? so i wore it today, and dress sya. haha akala ko long blouse lang but no, dress sya talaga. di ko na kasi yung ni-fit. hehe