//update Forever 21 soon will OPEN IN CEBU at SM Northwing. Watch out for it this November!

Say hi to my new buddy, a honeysuckle crossbody from Zara and a floral chained one from Forever 21. Isn’t she lovely? She is so tiny it cannot even hold just my compact alone.

Zara Crossbody Bag

Zara P995, Greenbelt 5 Makati
The adjustable shoulder strap lets you fine-tune the length so the bag hangs just there if you loosen it up or shorten it for a close-to-the-body look. Again, why they are called a cross-body is totally no weird science.

Zara Crossbody Bag

I like this bag because 1. it is small and handy, 2. it is a perfect go-to bag for quick jaunts that don’t require me to bring along ALL of my stuff, and 3. I’ve never felt more secure traveling and shopping in my entire life just knowing that everything that I need is just within eyesight. Not only it decreases the chances of being mugged but everything happens to be conveniently reachable. When you need that hurried lip retouch or small powdered-nose touch ups, I’d say you never have that moment when it will take you 5 weeks to rummage through your stash. I love that crossbody’s offer so many options to use from letting them sit on my waist or going around my body like a belt. Cute if you style them right, amirite?

Zara Crossbody Bag

This cross body is not in real leather though so I had to store them inside a dust bag with a small bag full of dessicants.

Zara Crossbody Bag

Bottom line – your hands are free (and flexible)! You can now shop without worrying where to put your bag whenever you hunt through favorite shopping finds in any of the shopping covens in the metro. They are the perfect shopping and travel buddies ever!

Forever 21 Shopping - Floral Crossbody bag

Forever21 P1695, SM Makati
Single chain straps inserted into gold eyelets balance the softness of the floral design and the flap cover and the quilted pattern looks like a cute offspring to Chanel’s 2.55 reissue. The zippered compartment inside is small enough to store your Blackberry in. Or might serve as a coin stash.

Forever 21 Shopping - Floral Crossbody bag

This one from Forever 21 is still tiny and after I tried stocking everything that I need inside, it still looks like an undersize jean that shows bulges in all the wrong places. Crossbody bags should be just enough in size – not too big and not too small. When the first cross body bags were made especially for messengers, their sizes were just enough for all the “messengers'” stuff to fit into it.

Forever 21 Shopping - Floral Crossbody bag

It helps that Forever21 in SM Makati is just a walk away to Glorietta and Greenbelt where Zara is. I cannot believe that on my latest trip to Manila, I scoured both of these babies all in one day. Now that’s hitting two bags with one shopping trip that reminds you so much of those Groupon deals that gets you giddy after hitting BUY NOW. Manila was lovely and too kind with me that I simply cannot wait to hop on another plane again anytime this year to come back. More photos and blog posts on that Manila trip ASAP.