Add to Cart: 10 Fun Finds to Distract You From Existential Crises This October

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(SPOT.ph) The strange and often jarring thing about life in quarantine is that time simultaneously feels like it’s moving too quickly while also seeming to be at a total standstill—does anyone else feel like life has been pretty stagnant since 2020? Without the variety that comes with moving from place to place or making plans outside the home, days tend to blend into each other and weeks feel interchangeable. So in case you’ve lost all grasp of the passage of time, here’s your reminder that it’s now October. No, seriously.

We know, we know—starting a new month in this era of our lives feels a little less exciting than it used to. As an antidote to the mundaneness of lockdown life, we suggest filling your days with small things to look forward to and spice up your boring old routine—whether it’s ordering a new kind of meal for lunch, streaming a new series, picking up a cool new hobby, or (and we know this is probably your go-to coping mechanism already), shopping new finds. We bet you were secretly already planning on it, so to help you out, we list 10 cool finds worth adding to cart this October. This month, we spotted a some oh-so stylish shoes, an #aesthetic film camera, fun tees for astrology lovers, and more!

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Add these 10 cool shopping finds to your cart this October:

Dispofilm Camera (P949) from The Lula Club

shopping finds: the lula club dispofilm
PHOTO BY The Lula Club

These days, it feels second nature to document every aspect of our day-to-day lives, whether that means capturing huge milestones or just snapping an IG-worthy pic of the coffee you ordered this morning. In case you’re looking for a way to level up your photography game, why not try out analog photography? This #aesthetic disposable camera from local brand The Lula Club—built with 35 mm film that can take up to 27 shots—would be a good starting point for those looking to give the hobby a try. It requires no expertise to use—just wind it up and shoot whatever moments you want to document. Not only will your photos have a grainy, vintage look to them, but you’ll also end up with more candid snapshots that do away with the pressure of getting the perfect pic each time. 

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Available on Lazada.

591 ml Insulated Tumbler (P599) from Kool

shopping finds: insulated tumbler from Kool
PHOTO BY Kool

One simple way to enhance the quality of your homemade coffee—because we’re all our own baristas now—is to invest in reusable cups or mugs that can maintain your drink’s temperature for long periods of time. Enjoying coffee is equal parts about the taste and the experience, meaning if you can slowly savor every sip throughout the day with your coffee at just the right temperature, then your brew will be all the better. If you like iced coffee in particular, Kool’s new 591 ml Insulated Tumbler would be right up your alley. It’s about the size of a Starbucks venti and built with double-wall insulation that prevents condensation and promises to keep your beverage cold for up to 12 hours or hot for up to six. That way, you need not rush when sipping on your homemade brew—it’ll be cold even when the work day is done.

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Available on Kool’s website and Shopee.

Motif A.N.C.Wireless Earbuds (U.S. $219; roughly P10,973) from Marshall

shopping finds: Motif A.N.C.Wireless Earbuds from Marshall
PHOTO BY Marshall

In March, audio electronics brand Marshall unveiled their first-ever wireless earbuds a.k.a. the Mode II, which they quickly followed up in September with two new models, one of which is the Motif A.N.C. Built with Marshall’s signature bass-thumping sound, the earbuds sport an in-ear design that can block out any unwanted noise around you, so you can listen to your tunes with no interruptions. They offer up to six hours of playback on a full charge with up to 20 hours of extra charging on the case. All in all, it’s that same beloved Marshall sound packed into a more 2021-appropriate audio technology.

Will be available at Digital Walker and Beyond the Box this October.

Sydney Watercolor Flower Vegan in Navy (P5,790) from Birkenstock

shopping finds: Sydney Watercolor Flower Vegan in Navy from Birkenstock
PHOTO BY Birkenstock
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Birkenstock just released their new Watercolor Flower Vegan sandals and they’re perfect for dainty dressers. The line includes two silhouettes and we’re currently eyeing the Sydney. The pair gets its primary design elements from Birkenstock’s popular Arizona sandals—with two straps that buckle shut towards the outer side of the foot—but gives the Arizona a more delicate, feminine look with thinner straps and smaller buckles. This iteration of the Sydney features a predominantly navy shade on the straps decked out in a beautiful floral pattern. The sandal is finished off with Birkenstock’s signature footprint-in-the-sand footbed. The result is a fresh new design that still holds noticeable traces of the brand’s classic look.

Birkenstock sandals are available on Lazada, the Res Toe Run website, the R.O.X. website, the Grind websiteThe Travel Club website, and the Bratpack website.

Also read:
All the Pretty Purple Sandals to Add to Your Birkenstock Collection

Anello x Disney Small Backpack (P4,050) from Anello

shopping finds: Anello x Disney Small Backpack from Anello
PHOTO BY At Tokyo Website
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Despite the fact that Mickey Mouse is about a century old, the world-famous cartoon character continues to be a favorite for both Disney fans and pop-culture fanatics. We recently showed you some #aesthetic appliances as well as cool sneakers inspired by Mickey Mouse, but another thing you’ll want to add to your collection is this cool backpack from Anello’s Disney Collection. This new iteration of the Small Backpack—one of their most popular silhouettes—features a cute illustration of Mickey and Minnie up front and you can get it in four stylish colors: Black, Navy, Olive, and Gray Beige.

Available on At Tokyo’s website.

Eco Theory Old Skool Tapered Sneakers (P4,498) from Vans

shopping finds: Eco Theory Old Skool Tapered Sneakers from Vans
PHOTO BY Vans

One of Vans’ most popular sneakers is the Old Skool—a classic in both its high-top and low-top variations with a look that embodies the brand’s laid-back skater style. They recently updated the shoe, creating a silhouette called the Old Skool Decon as part of their new Eco Theory Collection. The pair features the famous sneaker’s same canvas upper, but this time made with organically grown cotton as well as an outsole made from natural rubber derived from sustainable tree farms and shoelaces made from natural jute fiber. You can get the pair in a soft, baby blue colorway, but we’re in love with this white-on-white iteration, which gives the usually edgy silhouette a minimalist twist.

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Available at Vans stores in Trinoma, Glorietta 3, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Place Manila.

Nessie Pods Set (P25 each; P200/pack of 10) from The Jam Plan

shopping finds: Nessie Pods Set from The Jam Plan
PHOTO BY Instagram/thejamplanph

For obvious reasons, you’ve probably washed your hands more in the last year or so than you have in all the years of your life combined. We’re all for personal hygiene, but if you’re worried about all the plastic bottles you need to purchase and toss every time you stock up on new hand soaps, we found a handy solution: The Nessie Pods from online hobby shop The Jam Plan let you reuse your old hand soap bottles to minimize plastic waste. All you have to do is drop a pod into a soap dispenser filled with about 200 to 250 ml of water, give it a shake, and voila! You now have a new and ready-to-use bottle of hand soap that will only cost you about P20 to P25 to refill each time.

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Available online.

Vitamin C & E Brightening & Moisturizing Cream (P239) from Baby Bright

shopping finds: Vitamin C & E Brightening & Moisturizing Cream from Baby Bright
PHOTO BY Baby Bright

Thai brand Baby Bright officially landed in the Philippines in September and they’ve got a wide range of makeup and skincare finds for beauty junkies everywhere. Currently on our wish list is their Brightening and Moisturizing cream, which is formulated with vitamin C, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and snail mucin, which all work together to brighten and hydrate the skin. The quick-drying formula is suitable for both face and body—you can get a huge 500-gram tub that’ll last you months for just P239!

Available on Baby Bright’s website, Lazada, and Shopee.

Zodiac T-Shirt (P599) from H&M

shopping finds: Zodiac T-Shirt from H&M
PHOTO BY H&M
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Astrology lovers, the stars and planets (and H&M’s design team) have all aligned to bring you these stylish zodiac-themed tees. They’re available in several designs, each representing a different zodiac sign and featuring an effortlessly cool streetwear-ready look with a loose fit and quirky illustration. Grab one to match your own personal sun sign—you’ll want to throw in a few extras for your moon and rising signs, too!

Available online; see a list of H&M stores.

Bright Complete Vitamin C Serum (P350/15 ml; P550/30 ml) from Garnier

shopping finds: Bright Complete Vitamin C Serum from Garnier
PHOTO BY Garnier

Vitamin C is one of the most sought after skincare ingredients when it comes to brightening the skin or fading dark spots. If you’re looking to do just that, Garnier’s Vitamin C Serum may be a worthy option—not only is it a popular pick that many folks swear by, it’s also a wallet-friendly option. Vitamin C-based products can quickly go well above the one-grand mark, but you can get a bottle of this serum for just P350. We recommend starting with the smaller size, so you can test it out for a few weeks and observe your skin’s reaction before committing to a larger bottle.

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Available on Lazada.

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