The Birthday Bag That Came Early This Time!

Surprise, surprise. Teh bag lady had gifted me a bag for my birthday. It’s her thing and I’m lucky since I do get to end up with gorgeous-looking bags. So who’s really complaining? Add the fact that I was around to prod her in the direction of what sort of bag I’d like to have for a gift. PLUS! The gift even came a few weeks early! I so heart my mum!

I wanted something that I can regularly use. I wanted something sturdy and matches my current style mood. With the help of teh bag lady’s eye for these things, we had settled in a compromise — a handbag called Thonen from Aldo.

Aldo Accessories, Handbag - Thonen | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

I’m actually looking for a black bag but this handbag looked more gorgeous in Cognac hence the final choice. You can see it peeking in the mirror in the sartorial (cam-whoring) photo I took and used on this post. And, yes, I’ve been using it for the past few weeks (including the holidays).

“This trapeze-shaped satchel provides the best details and features for your day-to-day needs. Buckle closure. Bold cable stitching.”

Oh, yes. I do love the details: double strap on rivets, the cable stitching, the buckles and my perennial fascination with multiple compartments.

Aldo Accessories, Handbag - Thonen | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

But because of its trapeze shape, the narrowness of the opening can be a bit of a bother. However, on the plus side, it holds more stuff than what I initially expected. I believe this retails for (approx. est.) Php 3,000.00, give or take.

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  1. Ohhhhhh. So beautiful! And for its price, and how it looks and how I imagine how soft it is, not bad na! :)

    Belated happy birthday, S. Do you know that I miss hanging out with you? :)

  2. Thanks, Tara! I love having my mum around when I go bag shopping! :D

    We can do a post-birthday celebration, you know. Anytime you’re free, just let me know. ;)


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