November 3, 2014
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Fashion


I’ve been in the fashion industry for over a decade and during my younger years I must admit that I shopped, A LOT. I found myself with a growing pile of impulse purchases that I never even wore. In fact, my daughter Danielle joked that if she went through my stuff and wrapped one of the pieces I had in my closet as a gift, I wouldn’t even know the difference. haha!


Through the years, I’ve learned to shop smarter. Shopping for fun, trendy pieces versus saving and investing in classic items is a debate many people struggle with. Now-a-days, I’ve learned to draw the line between quality versus quantity and distinguish disposable fashion versus the few quality items that always look classic and have been shown to stand the test of time.

These are my key fashion essentials that can make any outfit fab, day and night!

Hermes Birkin. There is no other company that does it like Hermes. Hermes bags are constructed with only the use of fine materials and meticulous craftsmanship. It is the perfect bag, for any occasion and every outfit! Plus, Hermes bags hold their value. Vintage bags can even cost more that a brand new one. I just find it a big heavy!

Hermes H Belt. It’s definitely a classic. The best part is that the leather straps come in 2 different colors and it’s reversible. You can also interchange the H buckles with the leather straps. So versatile!

Rolex Daytona. I love oversized watches because it add more personality to an outfit. The bigger, the better!

Anita Ko Spiked Bracelet. I can never wear a watch alone. Ever since I was young I always liked having a bracelet to match the watch I wore to give it a more feminine touch.

Balmain Earrings. Gold is BOLD! It’s probably the biggest pair of earring I’ve ever worn and it’s so light. Beautiful statement accessory!

DITA Sunglasses. I love to collect sunglasses. It’s nice to have a good variation of sunnies for every outfit. The best part about it is hiding tired or sleepy eyes from a late night out or during those times that you don’t feel you look your best. A perfect pair of sunnies will get you through that day, fabulously!

Christian Louboutin Pumps. You can’t go wrong with a pair of stilettos and red soles. HOT!

Red Nails. Well groomed and red painted nails are so sexy!

Red Lips. It used to be a struggle for me to apply and wear red lipstick. But once I got the hang of it, I had red lipstick in my bag all the time. Red lips will brighten up an outfit, face and smile – all the time!

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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