bravo new world
The difference between a thrift store and a vintage store is that a thrift store has no (cloth) age requirements and it can be in whatever condition when it was donated or bought for, while a vintage store usually has a higher quality, has had less use, and is more exclusive and more durable. In other words, thrift sells cheaper clothes, vintage sells old fashion clothes.
I’ve been going to Cubao X for years already and never have I gone to Bravo New World. It’s as if it was kept to the world to see. It sells high quality old fashionable clothes, vintage and authentic glasses, bags, books and what nots. Kitschy as it is.
Bravo New World has a red and black door in between of Karma and My Breathing Space in Cubao Expo. Don’t be overwhelmed with the stairs.
See that black door with brick-like borders? Don’t be shy to go upstairs. Something is waiting for you. <3
Libreria Long Weekend Blowout!
This is the biggest blowout of the year for Libreria. For the whole long weekend, even on Sunday, sale is on for everybody to feast!
25% off on fiction, travel, art & design, and coffeetable books. 50% off on biography, entertainment, non-fiction, and cooking. Still 50% off on books with red dots. And the Buy One Take One* bin is still present. Coffee at 50 Php** and Food For The Gods @ 20 each.
Sale is from August 26 to August 30.
Libreria is located at Cubao Expo (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo), Cubao, Quezon City.
*Pay for higher priced book
**With one (1) free refill
Because Neil and I are unfortunately slow in the morning, we ended up not going to the event by Vizprint (which was scheduled to start at 9 AM), and instead found ourselves at Cubao X.
Being subjected to Neil’s never-ending monologues about streetwear, I often tried to picture what these places that sold much of the style looked like. I would end up imagining something like the Ronac Art Center. Cubao X, however, is a whole lot different. It resembles a miniature town, complete with its own set of establishments, and locals who lived and breathed the place’s culture.
The particular set of photos from above is from a store called Uvla, which sells vintage items that range from toys to tribal trinkets, and to pretty much anything else you can think of! These photos were actually taken in ninja mode from the outside of the store (since we first got here while the storekeepers were having lunch) because we were avoiding the wrath of the guard patrolling the area. We weren’t able to take pictures inside because, as we later found out, the storekeepers didn’t allow it. Ah, so much goodness left to the imagination!
Also one of the first few stores we were able to visit was The Sole Project. Need a pair of witty flip-flops? Then this store is for you! Not only are their footwear non-generic (unlike most of the pairs sold at malls), their designs are also intuitive, and not to mention, inspiring! Rest assured that you will be only one of the few owners who will get to wear a particular pair, as only 300 pairs are produced for each design.
Another quirk from this store is their packaging, which is actually optional, as they charge a few more bucks should you decide to get your pair’s box. Being an environmental advocate, The Sole Project also recommends to reuse your flip-flops’ packaging.
Also, if you’re feeling extra creative, you can also have your own personalized flip-flops, with your very own design.
Neil and I were attracted to this particular pair. Need I say more?
For lunch, Neil and I ate at Bellini’s, which serves Italian cuisine. This restaurant has become more popular after being featured in “One More Chance,” a local film starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. I had spaghetti bolognese (which I later regret) while Neil had his favorite spaghetti with meatballs (which was a lot creamier, wah~).
My wallet cried buckets afterwards.
And we finally got to visit Heima! If you’re like me who enjoys all things in pastel and patterns, then this is your ultimate haven. This is one of the times when I wish I were filthy rich so I could decorate my room in everything-Heima!
Vinyl records in lust-worthy album sleeves.
Ah, I would love to have one of these lamps! They also sell a camera lamp which I think would fit nicely in my new room. *ahem*
I couldn’t help but overhear a girl and her wedding organizer’s conversation since we were in such an enclosed space. The guy kept suggesting items from the store, probably for use in a pre-nup photoshoot. Makes me wish I could get a similarly themed shoot someday!
Neil and I spent the rest of the afternoon watching people attempting to do kickturns on their skateboards. We also visited the THE Clothing x VANS launch and checked out some discounted Photoshop and photography magazines before going to K-Bomb!, a benefit concert for children with Kawasaki disease.
Talk about a packed Saturday. Can’t wait for another Saturday adventure! :D
SWEET ECSTACY @Cubao Expo
Last night, We discovered a cool place. I was surprise that this is a Milk and Cookies shop. It’s very refreshing to visit the place. If you’re finding a place to relax and just chill with friends, i think you better visit the this. Enjoyed the mini art gallery inside. Ang ganda ng mga pictures. Very formal. And the place would soon have a Bar on the 2nd flr.
They’re only on their soft opening. Hoping that they will stay on business on a long term. :)
follow them on twitter: @sweetXecstasy