Love, Bonito Year-End-Sale 2014

Hey everyone!

It’s been such a long time since I wrote anything about apparel shopping so let’s take a short break from food posts, shall we? 🙂

Before that, I have a small confession as a shopaholic. I’m a compulsive shopper – that’s a known fact. Before I got obsessed with makeup, I used to go crazy on online shopping and would spend hundreds of dollars a week on clothes. My spendthrift ways became apparent when I was awarded the “VIP” status at Love, Bonito for being one of their top spenders in 2012. For that, I (together with a few other VIPs) was given priority over the rest in The Great Love, Bonito Sale in 2013 and was allowed to enter the room an hour ahead of everyone. No doubt it was such a rewarding experience and the privilege made me feel that all the spending was worthwhile.

Then, I had to return to school. I was forced to leave my full-time job and gradually, I started spending lesser on clothes (also because my wardrobes couldn’t take in anymore clothes and Bf was nagging incessantly at me for that) and of course, I also lost my “VIP” status on Love, Bonito.

Fast forward to October last year, I was given the opportunity to work at Love, Bonito after responding to their recruitment ad and successfully getting through the interview. I was their Photo Editor but because of school commitments, I had to leave the company after close to 4 months with them. It was one of my best working experiences and it kinda healed most of my scars from my previous long-term employment (which was beyond terrible. Read here). A few months had passed since I stepped foot into Love, Bonito office and I really missed working with the wonderful people there.

Just then, I received a text from one of my Love, Bonito ex-colleagues asking me if I was available to work during their warehouse sale in November. Without hesitation, I gave a positive reply. They must’ve heard me! Haha.

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So yes, that’s just a short background story on how I got to work at the Year-End-Sale. It was a two-day event. Only two days and I felt like my legs were going to break. For days I couldn’t walk like a human being and I had to forgo my morning runs because my soles were hurting like crazy from running around non-stop at the event to replenish stocks at the racks. But that’s fine, because I really enjoyed myself! Met quite a number of great people, and of course, shopping at the sale also plays a great part in making the experience memorable 😀

Okay enough of rambles. Here are some of the event highlights!

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We got to shop! Here are 2 bags full of my purchases! Not everything was for myself, of course 🙂

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Day 2!

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Good deals in the wagon! Quite a number of stuff I bought were from the wagon 🙂

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The pixies were all treated to a sumptuous (to me lah) breakfast on Day 2, courtesy of Kith Cafe!

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Here’s my cup of hot chocolate! What a way to start your morning. It definitely gave me a boost and made me more energised for Day 2!

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Great companions at the event! Here’s me with 2 Jocelyns. Haha!

Are you ready to see my loots?

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These are bags for shopaholics. Haha. Lugged back 2 of this!

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What I bought! I’ve got to agree that I managed to snatch up some great deals! 😉

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Featuring some of my star buys, here are my favourite tops and dresses (especially the maxi dress at the bottom which I had forgotten what it’s called) from the sale.

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Some more dresses and tops, and also the bottoms I bought!

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These are sample pieces (no tag) which I bought on impulse. Way too snug and small on me. 😦

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The very popular furry pullover which was gone before sunset on day 1!

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Love touching the material haha.

I didn’t have time to try out everything I bought but I managed to wear out a few of my purchases 🙂

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The top is loose-fitting which kinda made me look preggers so I tucked it in (but it’s so short, it kept coming off my shorts). I like the colour and the intricate design on the sleeves.

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Got this from the wagon 🙂 It’s a very unique design for a shorts.

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White romper which was launched during the Chinese New Year period this year. I actually have the same piece in Navy and love it so much that I decided to get another one in different colour! I was lucky enough to have seen it at the sale 🙂

Okay that’s about it! Will resume my food reviews shortly 😛

Please note that I will not be answering any questions relating to employment at Love, Bonito.

The Great Love, Bonito Sale 2013

Hey ladies! As promised, a short update on my hauls from the Great Love, Bonito Sale 2013 🙂

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The Great Love, Bonito Sale poster

I was invited as a VIP to the sale via e-mail about two weeks before the event and that came as a surprise to me because I didn’t know I had spent so much at Love, Bonito 😛 They didn’t reveal the criteria for the selection but I guess the amount I spent should be the deciding factor. Anyway when the e-mail landed in my inbox I still furrowed my brows, thinking that it was a repeated mail as LB had mass-sent a notification about the sale beforehand and I almost wanted to trash it without reading. LOL! The shopaholic in me must have stopped me from doing so!! *phew*

VIP Invitation by Love, Bonito. Thanks LB!

VIP Invitation by Love, Bonito. Thanks LB! P/S: My chinese name censored because I am weirdly uncomfortable with revealing my full name online. If you know it, then good for you!

I had the choice of attending on the first (19 July, Friday) or second (20 July, Saturday) day of the event. Because I had work on Saturday and I knew it was going to be very crowded on a weekend, I chose the first day! And I was also allowed to bring a friend along! Since I was returning from Batam with my Bf, of course my Bf had to come along with me to help carry my stuff while I shopped HAHAHA

As you might have read previously, I went directly to Novotel Clarke Quay from Batam so I was carrying many barang barangs with me. I could feel all eyes were on me when I arrived LOL. It’s alright I think no one knew me there, I hope.

So when I reached at 8.30am (event started at 11.00am for non-VIPs), there were already 3 lines of queues formed and I stupidly joined the queue without realising that there was another one for VIPs just next to it. Anyway I was there early because the first 100 customers to arrive would be given a goodie bag each worth $150. Being Singaporean, how could I miss such a deal? HAHAHA But once again, I didn’t realise VIPs were ALL given goodie bags regardless of how late they arrived -_- So I gave up my goodie bag ticket to Bf’s friend who happened to sit next to us  and wasn’t among the first 100th customers (you lucky girl).

Before doors opened to the VIPs (sorry if I sound very haughty but this is the shortest term to describe people who were given the exclusive invitation) we were invited to have some refreshments at the front! Wow lovin’ the VIP treatment! 🙂

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart - unable to try this cos I was full from my Mr Bean pancake breakfast -_-

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart – unable to try this cos I was full from my Mr Bean pancake breakfast -_-

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Tart - delish!! - more food at the side! But sorry too busy eating to take anymore photos :P

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Tart – delish!! – more food at the side! But sorry too busy eating to take anymore photos 😛

Chocolate Cupcakes with Earl Grey Cream! I LOVE IT!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Earl Grey Cream! I LOVE IT!

We were then given the green light to enter the ballroom 1 hour before the actual sales event started! Rachel, one of the co-owners of Love, Bonito kindly allowed us to leave our huge backpacks and barang barangs at the reception so that we could shop with ease! So nice of her!

With ms_rach and I look so worn out

With the very gorgeous and well-groomed ms_rach. I look so worn out and haggard even Photoshop can’t save me -_- (ootd: Catwalkclose Lilith Floral Romper and ASOS Belt)

There were less than 50 customers including Bf and I in the ballroom when we first entered and it was awesome! We had the entire ballroom of clothes all to ourselves and we snapped up all the nice apparels without breaking a sweat! Yay I love being a VIP!!

Xiaoqing couldn’t make it on both days of the sale so she asked me to get clothes for her. So while shopping for my stuff, I also gave her live updates via Whatsapp LOL! I took pictures of the dresses I picked for her and asked if she wanted them.

While rummaging the racks, there was a Browhaus and Strip goodie bag giveaway and to win it, one had to go up on stage to answer a simple question. Bf lured me to the front and made me go up on stage -_- No one else bothered about the giveaway because they were too busy picking out clothes! Hahaha GOOD FOR ME! So yes, the first giveaway winner of the sale was me 😛

My loots!!

My loots!! And the goodie bags 🙂 Purple is mine and green is my Bf’s who of course didn’t need it so.. it’s mine now! Hahaha

What’s inside the goodie bags:

In Love Bonito's early bird goodie bag - an overview!

In Love Bonito’s early bird goodie bag – an overview! Not everything can be found in one bag. I realised LB packed certain stuff differently like I did not have the Salon Vim voucher but my Bf had it. I also had the Skin Food samples but my Bf didn’t have it.

Vouchers for Love, Bonito (I swear this was the highlight of the goodie bag hahaha), Salon Vim, Strip, Browhaus, NB, Cleo, Marble Slab Creamery, Twelve Cupcakes and a makeover voucher for Anna Sui *gasps!!*

Vouchers for Love, Bonito (I swear this was the highlight of the goodie bag hahaha), Salon Vim, Strip, Browhaus, NB, Cleo, Sony, Marble Slab Creamery, Twelve Cupcakes and a makeover voucher for Anna Sui *gasps!!*

Samples from Anna Sui (foundation not pictured here as I've used it!), Hada Labo (I have soooo many of them unused so if anyone wants them please let me know lol), Skin Food, Biotherm and Bliv.

Samples from Anna Sui (foundation not pictured here as I’ve used it!), Hada Labo (I have soooo many of them unused so if anyone wants them please let me know lol), Skin Food, Biotherm and Bliv.

What I received for answering "How old is Love, Bonito this year?" correctly HAHA. More Strip and Browhaus vouchers. Wow but I don't have much hair to wax leh? Since I love plucking them... Maybe can wax my down below hahaha

What I received for answering “How old is Love, Bonito this year?” correctly HAHA. More Strip and Browhaus vouchers. Wow but I don’t have much hair to wax leh? Since I love plucking them… Maybe can wax my down below hahaha

Sale prices!

Sale prices!

What I bought 😀

Malcome Maxi, a rather new item! But it's in size L :( Which means I have to alter it. I was looking for a blue one because white makes this dress look like a wedding gown. But it's alright!

Malcome Maxi, a rather new item! But it’s in size L 😦 Which means I have to alter it. I was looking for a blue one because white makes this dress look like a wedding gown. But it’s alright!

Don't know the name of this dress but it's really pretty. Sadly I couldn't fit in :( So it's pending sale to Xiaoqing HAHA

Don’t know the name of this dress (comes with straps) but it’s really pretty. Sadly I couldn’t fit in 😦 So it’s pending sale to Xiaoqing HAHA

Victorie Blouse - something I wanted to get during launch but Bf commented that it looked too bling in pictures and will make me seem very

Victoire Blouse – something I wanted to get during launch but Bf commented that it looked too bling in pictures and will make me seem very “minah” when worn but when he saw it in real life, he didn’t think that same -_- But that’s cool cos I got it at a lower price now. Haha

Caitlin Cheongsam Dress - another dress I wanted to get during the CNY launch but I already got the skirt :( And the original price was quite steep. So when it was $18? GET IT. My day 1 outfit for CNY 2014 is settled. Hahaha

Caitlin Cheongsam Dress – another dress I wanted to get during the CNY launch but I already got the skirt 😦 And the original price was quite steep. So when it was $18? GET IT. My day 1 outfit for CNY 2014 is settled. Hahaha

I don't know the name of this shorts but I got it because I'm in dying need of shorts for school!

I don’t know the name of this shorts but I got it because I’m in dying need of bottoms for school!

Glendale Dress for Xiaoqing! There was only ONE piece in size S (which is her size). Lucky her! I already have this.

Glendale Dress for Xiaoqing! There was only ONE piece and in size S (which is her size). Lucky her! I already have this so it’s alright 😛

Eclat Lace Dress for Xiaoqing as well. I also own this already LOL. No wonder I’m VIP right.

COVET Wynstelle Wedges in Size 39. Have been eyeing on this pair on Agnes&Maurice and Instagram but it's always above $25 :( So I was glad I saw this at the sale!!

COVET Wynstelle Wedges in Size 39. Have been eyeing on this pair on Agnes&Maurice and Instagram but it’s always above $25 😦 So I was glad I saw this at the sale!! (yes I’m shedding)

Unlike the previous LB sale events I went to, I didn’t see any BonitoChico clothes anymore which was great! Because honestly I wouldn’t even want to pay $10 for something that’s outdated.

As you can see I really had a great time at the sale. But being VIP (same goes to other VIPs too) would also mean that we’d spent a lot at every launch so we probably already own many of the stuff sold at the sale. I was actually looking for Tasha Toga but I didn’t see it there 😦

Saw some pixies near Central giving out flyers and balloons! I just had to take a picture with the pastel-coloured balloons cos they're so pretty. (And returned the balloons after that)

Saw some pixies near Central giving out flyers and balloons! I just had to take a picture with the pastel-coloured balloons cos they’re so pretty. (And I returned the balloons after that)

That’s all 😀