The Christmas Season is upon us and people are eager to get their shopping started. Leading mall destination Shangri-la Mall meets this anticipation with a selection of top retailers with offers for every discerning demand.

For a Southie and fashion enthusiast like me, the travel to Shangri-La is worth the trip. My list is two pages long and it’s certainly good to get an early start. I went on a Tuesday and love that the mall is not too crowded. My favorite stores like  Massimo Dutti,  Stradivarius and Zara never fail to yield good finds. The luxury stores on the newer wing (Gucci, Saint Laurent, etc) are also a big draw for mall goers. But, there’s more!

I was pleasantly surprised to see a big United Colors of  Benetton at the mid-level 2/3 East wing. Of course, I had to check it out. This brand was all the rage back in the day (80’s and 90’s) with its multicolored tees that had a small logo on the left hand side. This time, garments and purses sported a happy fruit theme.  Very noticeable are other vibrant designs such as  the dot looks for women and playful optical patterns for men. The store itself had a very fun vibe with  luscious red cherry decor strewn across the floor. I love the pastel bags, sweaters, and shirts. There’s also a kid section so I immediately thought of getting a twinning outfit for my daughter and myself. Can’t wait to bring her to the store!

United Colors of Benetton is BACK! Check out the brands eye-catching designs at very affordable prices, too!


Then there’s the Puma shop. Showcasing its Forever Faster spirit and athleisure flair, I was told by the salesperson that only Shang Mall carries the Fenty x Puma capsule. This latest collaboration, with Rihanna as Fenty’s Creative Director, blends Puma’s sports heritage with the singer’s music, culture, and forward fashion style. The metallic Fenty x Puma Avanti features the king football boot worn by the greats (Eusebio, Maradona and Pelé) with fresh details like the Fenty logo, a fold-over tongue, gum outsole and a leather footbed. “Size seven please!”  Better hurry as the store only carries a very limited number of these sole beauties.

Gotta get a pair or two of these Fenty x Puma collab shoes, exclusively sold at the Puma store in Shangri-la Mall.

Next, I headed to the Lego store to check out the latest in the colorful brick toydom. All Lego fans will appreciate the newest feature in the store where they get to see the final outcome (fully built Lego design) witout opening the box. The personnel showed me a sample of an Optimus Prime box. He scanned the box and I was able to see the completed truck and robot on screen. Wow! Check out collections from BTS Dynamite, Marvel, Harry Potter, and more. There’s also a mini-figure station where you can build your own designs. It’s the perfect place to leave the kids and keep them busy while you check out the merchandise.

Lego toys are always good gift ideas.

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Muji store! Bedsheets, containers of all kinds, plastic cabinets, notebooks, refillable pens– it’s a one stop shop for everything you need. Plus, there’s a coffee shop in front so you may want to get your caffeine fix before continuing on.

Muji has everything you need.

I’m attending  a wedding in a few weeks so I dropped by Francis Libiran’s atelier. Beautifully beaded gowns  and men’s suits were on display. Gowns start a t P80,000 depending on the intricacy of the design. Headpieces, belts, and different accessories can also be seen throughout the store.

Francis Libiran’s atelier

Any mall visit will not be complete without a stop at the bookstore.  School has also just started last month so I bought art materials, a copy of Vogue, and an Agatha Christie book from National Bookstore.

All in all , it was a very exciting retail therapy for this queen. I’m sure you’ll have as much fun as I did.  So do visit  Shangri-la Mall and experience unparalleled shopping and dining…. My food crawl in the mall is coming up next!

With a pocketful of glitter,




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