For When You're Feeling Impulsive: 10 Fresh Finds to Add to Cart This May

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PHOTO BY ollie bowls, reebok, happy skin, sunnies studios, friends & co. ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

( May is considered the last official month of summertime in the Philippines. While the hot weather tends to bleed into the early days of June, you pretty much have about a month left to enjoy the sunshine, the clear blue skies, and the crop-top-and-shorts temperature before rainfall becomes an almost daily thing. If you’re gearing up to make the most of the month of May—adult responsibilities be damned—then allow us to help. Below, we list 10 fun finds to shop for the new month. Whether you need new clothes for your out-of-town vacations or you just want to spend a little carelessly before making better choices in June, we spotted items that would be right up your alley including stylish shoes, beach-ready apparel, cute accessories, and more.


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

Splash Kit Clutch (P750) from Viajecito

Splash Kit Clutch Viajecito
PHOTO BY Viajecito

When you’re not heading to the office or running errands, small bags are usually the way to go—save the large totes and shoppers for the busy days. For summer, we’re especially loving this itty-bitty clutch from Viajecito. It’s made from a combination of silicone and plastic material, which makes the carrier waterproof—perfect for using at the beach or by the pool. Despite its compact size, it’s spacious enough to hold your phone, a pair of sunnies, a power bank, a few bills, and then some.

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Available online.

Arizona Platform Vegan (P5,990) from Birkenstock

Birkenstock Amazon Platform Vegan
PHOTO BY Facebook / BirkenstockPHOfficial

Birkenstock’s Arizona sandal is one of the footwear brand’s most famous pairs, instantly recognizable thanks to its double-strapped design and cork footbed. If you’ve always wanted to buy the classic silhouette, stop right there because while the OG will always have a place in our hearts, there’s now an updated version that’s particularly perfect for the vertically challenged. The Arizona Platform Vegan has all the same famous design elements as the original, but with a chunky sole that can add about an inch to your frame. You can get it in a stylish white color—punctuated by the earthy brown footbed—that would match all your outfits.


See a list of Birkenstock stores and retailers.

Classic Leather Shoes (P3,995) from Reebok

reebok classic leather
PHOTO BY Facebook/reebokphilippines

In case you’re more of a sneaker person—during the summer or otherwise—here’s a pair of lace-ups that may be missing from your white-shoe collection. The Reebok Classic Leather sneakers sport a predominantly monochromatic design with white uppers, laces, overlays, stitching, and midsoles. The clean, all-white design is punctuated by just a few color accents including some red details on the tongue, a Union Jack next to the Reebok logo on the outer window, and a caramel-colored rubber outsole with a toothed texture. The result is a versatile style that looks both retro-inspired, but unfailingly fresh.


Available on Shop SM and Sports Central’s website.

Calming Glow Drops (P899) from Happy Skin

happy skin
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Happy Skin

If redness and inflammation are two of your biggest skincare concerns, you’ve probably heard of Centella asiatica, a popular ingredient in K-Beauty that’s known for its soothing properties. You can incorporate it into your routine this summer with Happy Skin’s new Calming Glow Drops, which has SPF 35. It can provide essential sun protection as well as hydration (thanks to hyaluronic acid and ceramides), anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components (with the help of calendula), and of course, the redness-reducing power of Centella asiatica. Plus, the sunscreen has an untraceable-when-applied green tint, which visibly neutralizes redness on the skin, so you look instantly fresher upon application.


Available on BeautyMNL.

Mahadi Onesie (P2,300) from Aguariva

mahadi onesie aguariva
PHOTO BY Aguariva

Swimsuit-shopping for your next seaside escape? If one-piece suits are your thing, this onesie from Aguariva would be a great option. Not only does it sport an eye-catching color-blocked design, but it also has a cut-out by the ribs that lets you show off your skin while still keeping your stomach out of sight. You can get the piece in a variety of colorways depending on what best suits your skin tone.


Available online.

Wireless Bra Active Square Neck (P1,290) from Uniqlo

uniqlo sports bra

We here at love multipurpose clothing—shoes that can be dressed up or down, swimsuits that can be used as bodysuits, and most recently, sports bras that double as crop tops. Since the dry season is a time when folks exercise more and layer up less, these two-in-one tops are an easy go-to all season. We’ve got an entire list of options and one of our faves has to be this wireless sports bra from Uniqlo, which sports a no-frills silhouette and a flattering square neckline. The top comes in several shades including black, brown, gray, green, and pink—you’ll want to stock up.


Available online and at Uniqlo stores nationwide.

Friendly Reminder Tote Bag (P599) from Friends & Co.

friends & co tote bag
PHOTO BY Friends & Co.

Those who are all about that Pinterest-inspired, effortless-but-still-put-together aesthetic know that canvas tote bags are an essential part of the look—particularly the kind of understated graphic totes that would fit right into any IG-worthy moment. Currently on our wish lists is this carrier from Friends & Co. It’s the kind of statement tote bag that, while not overly attention-grabbing at first glance, will have people doing a double take when you pass by.


Available on Shopee

Rio Sunglasses (P599) from Sunnies Studios

sunnies studios rio
PHOTO BY Sunnies Studios

No summertime outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses—whether you actually use them to protect your eyes or just leave them on your head like a headband is totally up to you. At the moment, we’re eyeing (get it?) chunky, retro-inspired frames like this pair from Sunnies Studio, known as the Rio. The oval-shaped frame, which comes in Ink, Truffle, and Dark Wheat, gives the wearer a mysterious and effortlessly cool appearance—think 1960s Mod culture.


Available on Shopee.

Pet Bowls (P1,500/32 oz.; P1,750/64 oz.) from Ollie Bowls

ollie bowls
PHOTO BY Ollie Bowls

Pet parents, while you’ve no doubt been spoiling yourself all summer long, we bet your cats and dogs have also enjoyed the numerous out-of-town trips and weekend adventures. So if you’d like to include them on your next shopping spree, too, why not grab them a cute new pet bowl from local brand Ollie Bowls? These double-walled, stainless-steel food containers—available in two sizes and several colors—are not only cute and easy-to-clean, but can even keep water cold for longer periods. We’re sure your furbabies would appreciate the ice-cold water during the dry season.


Available online.

All-in-One Kit (P1,500) from Rems

shoe cleaner

If your go-to kicks are looking a little dirty after weeks of heading out, it may be high time for a thorough scrub-down. While sneaker-cleaning services are an option, you can also polish the kicks yourself with this handy kit from Rems. It includes three brushes and a microfiber towel as well as a stain remover, a sole revitalizer, a foam cleaner, and a shoe cleaner to get your lace-ups and slip-ons looking good as new.


Available online.

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