Stylemarx Leather Portfolio: 5 Reasons Why It’s the Perfect Gift for Your Loved One

DISCLAIMER:

This is NOT a paid blog post and/or review. I wrote this to share my experience with regard to my recent Stylemarx purchase. Also, please note that I bought the leather portfolio featured in this post. However, the other items / products found here were mentioned merely for feature and reference.

Photo of Stylemarx

Any person in a committed relationship like I do may sometimes find it quite hard to think of a unique birthday present for a significant other. This is particularly so when your loved one is someone like Jumel, who is quite a dynamic yet practical individual.

Don’t get me wrong; Jumel is not the picky type. I AM. Since our day 1 as a couple, I vowed to give him something different for every occasion we celebrate, particularly his natal day. This is exactly what I tried accomplishing weeks before his birthday.

A different birthday gift idea for my love, Jumel

In my past blog posts, I mentioned that Jumel is an artist. Therefore, it was normal for me during in the early months of our relationship to give him something he can use for his artworks.

He uses oil paint as medium for some of his artworks. However, most of the time, he creates art through pens. With that, I used to give him sketchbooks, unlined journals, and even fountain pens that he can add in his stash of art materials.

But this year, I want something different. Something I know he has never had before.

A leather portfolio is the perfect gift for a hardworking defense researcher

For a short span of time, I had the wonderful opportunity to have Jumel as my colleague. That’s when I  worked as a government defense analyst and writer from 2017 to 2018. As defense analyst and researcher, Jumel holds various “desks” or oversees various research fields in our department.

Jumel was actually very busy by then. In order to meet all his deadlines, he would  interview subject matter experts, make public or institutional library visits, or attend meetings and conventions with fellow defense sector members. This is so in order to come up with defense research and minute studies on a specific topic he works on. And notably, this explains why his schedule or routine is more erratic than mine.

During those times, I always see Jumel holding a couple of notebooks and papers. Unlike me, he seldom brings a bag or a brief case to his meetings and conferences. He prefers to hold all his writing stuff and documents by hand.

For this reason, I thought I’d give him something that could make his life easier and more convenient; something that can contain his mobile phone, small tablet, calling cards, A5 notebooks, and other research paraphernalia. For that, I couldn’t think of anything other than a reliable leather portfolio.

5 reasons why the Stylemarx Leather Portfolio is the perfect gift for your loved or special someone

A couple of days before May 26th (Jumel’s birthday) I was on the hunt of the best yet reasonably priced and locally available leather portfolio. I found a ton in Instagram, Shopee, and Carousell but those weren’t just the ones I am looking for. I am looking for a professional-looking and handcrafted leather portfolio, which is within the price point I have in mind.

Consequently, one Saturday morning, after studying during the wee hours, I found an online shop called Stylemarx in Carousell. So, I didn’t miss any chance. I messaged its page right away and was so glad that they responded in no time.

After checking their leather portfolio photos, I knew it was the one I was looking for. Here’s why:

#1 Stylemarx Leather Portfolio is a labor  of love

Each of Stylemarx’s leather portfolio is handmade from genuine leather. Actually, all of their goods or items are. And for that degree of personalization, it was definitely an A+ for me!

The leather portfolio that I got comes in brown or tan color. It has a button closure that is pretty much what I’d like this portfolio to have. Unlike a zipper or magnetic closure, a button snap will allow Jumel to fill this portfolio to its utmost capacity, should it need be.

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Stylemarx Leather Portfolio – a post-unpacking shot. The button closure has a matte finish which I know Jumel would really like. (Photo by The Open Concavity)

Stylemarx also offers free laser engraving for each leather portfolio purchase. They will give you several font types and design options to choose from. You can also submit your own design to them like I did.

I’d like the portfolio to be uniquely Jumel’s. Hence, I opted for the laser engraving of his complete name in front. That way, should he leave inadvertently the portfolio behind during meetings or conventions, it would be easy for him to find it.

Then, I just had our favorite and inspiring bible verse laser engraved inside.

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The bible verse I had engraved inside is from Luke 1:37. (Photo by The Open Concavity)

#2 Stylemarx Leather Portfolio has interior compartments

Stylemarx’s leather portfolio has several compartments every professional would be delighted of. It has two large slit pockets for a notebook and tablet or Ipad, a compartment for a smart phone, and several pockets for credit or debit cards and calling cards.

Also, beside the smart phone pocket is where you can find the pen pocket. Actually, it can hold up to two pens, depending on the type of pen that you bring. Since Jumel rarely brings his fountain pens with him, I think this pocket will suffice for his writing materials.

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Photo by Stylemarx

#3 Stylemarx Portfolio purchase is budget-friendly

The price point also got me head over heels over this item. It retails for only Php 495.00 or approximately 10 US dollars. For the quality of product you’ll be getting, this is already a good deal!

As for the shipping cost. I would say that it was also reasonably priced. I think you’ll be charged the lowest cost when you order via Shopee. So, that’s what I did.

To give you an idea about the Stylemarx’s delivery costs, here are its delivery rates from based on its respective affiliate Philippine-based couriers:

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Photo by The Open Concavity

# 4 Stylemarx has great customer service

Honestly, we have quite a handful of irate online sellers here in the Philippines. They are the type who are lazy and arrogant enough not to entertain customer queries. Stylemarx is different; it will never be amongst them.

I started my product inquiry with Stylemarx via their Carousell account. The Carousell account administrator was friendly and accommodating enough to offer me the lower shipping cost that may only be availed of via their Shoppee account.

For me, that simple act of candidness or honesty is rare among online sellers. Nowadays, sellers will give you good customer service only after they’re sure you had placed your order. I’m glad that Stylemarx knows how to take great care even of their prospective customers.

#5 Stylemarx delivers within a reasonable time

Since each of Stylemarx’s items is handmade and personalized, it gives all its customers a disclaimer that every order will be shipped after fourteen (14) days or so. They actually have a mini manual on how the process works. Accordingly, I was sufficiently apprised of the entire production period and process that I didn’t get surprised why my order took quite some time to be delivered.

In all fairness, I think I got the product earlier than expected. Even though it came in late for Jumel’s birthday, it’s okay. As I mentioned previously, I was completely informed of the entire waiting time for the leather portfolio.

Stylemarx Leather Portfolio and Other Leather Goods are a Must-Have for Every Professional

So what happened then?

Well, Jumel doesn’t like the portfolio.

He LOVES it!

He wasn’t expecting that I’ll be giving him something work-related as present for his birthday this year.

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Jumel’s wide and beautiful smile, as well as the showing of his lovely dimples, validates his happiness upon receiving his present. He told me that this is exactly what he’s been looking for. He just didn’t know where to find it or start looking for it. (*winks*)

I think (and I’m sure Jumel would agree) that this leather portfolio is a must-have for every professional, particularly for those who spend most of their time attending meetings, conferences, or conventions. It’s a great way to keep all of your essentials together in one place.

Currently, I’m actually contemplating of having my own leather portfolio too. I am also checking other Stylemarx items. This way, I can do bulk orders to save some shipping costs.

Here are other products from Stylemarx’s online shop. Again, all of them are or may be personalized. Photos used below belong to Stylemarx:

Personalized Notebooks with Leather Covers
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Leather Key Fob
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Leather Bag Tag
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Leather Cord Organizer
Leather Lanyard
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Leather Notebook Cover or Sleeve
Leather Bookmarks
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Personalized Metal Tumbler with Leather Sleeve
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Leather Checkbook Holder
Leather Card Holders
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Leather Mobile Phone Pouch
Leather Key Holder
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Paddle [Hair] Brush
Wooden Design Case with Pen
Wine Flasks with Leather Sleeves
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Personalized Notebooks
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Personalized Leather Catch-All
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Leather Hang Tag
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Leather Passport Holder

Stylemarx also sells products in sets. This can literally save you a lot of money.

Valentine Gift Set
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Student Package

You can connect with Stylemarx via the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stylemarx/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stylemarxph/?hl=en

Shopee: https://shopee.ph/stylemarx

Carousell: https://www.carousell.ph/stylemarx/

 

xoxo,

Tina

 

 

Perks of an Artist’s Muse: How I “Kind Of” Exploited My Boyfriend’s Artistic Skills

“I’ll get back to you later. I need seclusion and focus to do this. Eat your dinner or study first.

I love you, Love.”

These were the inviolable instructions which my boyfriend, Jumel, told me before I had fallen into my glorious law school readings-induced slumber last night.

Since last week, I have been telling him incessantly how much I’d like to have this blog site revamped. When I started blogging again in WordPress in November of last year, all I had were some “test” contents and the Wilson Theme. At that time, it was the best that I could possibly get from this platform. 2018 had been a little too overboard for me so I really didn’t have the time to give this blog its much needed attention.

Fast forward to January 2019, when I was blessed enough to jump start the new year with great opportunities and rekindled positivity, I then started working on this blog. Notwithstanding my hectic schedule, I did my best to post regularly here. Well, I still am.

While I knew for a fact that CONTENT IS KING in today’s age, I do believe a blog site has to be as much attractive as it is informative or enjoyable to read. So, I thought I’d tweak my site a bit to make it look more “blog-ish”.

Thank goodness for free WordPress.com templates!

Yes, I can arrange gauze pads and bandages neatly on a patient’s wound. I can design an attractive plate that can woo a pediatric patient to eat his or her food and take his medications. 

But I can never, even with Divine intervention, design a blog or website.

This is simply just out of my league. 

With a tight budget (as all my resources have all been allocated for law school and daily subsistence) I don’t have the luxury of money to hire professionals to do the work for me. It can be too pricey you know. So, I started off by scampering through a bunch of WordPress free themes and contemplated which one suited my liking and blogging objectives as if my future depends on it. Good thing I was able to pick a theme that I thought would better show my content than how my old Wilson theme did. This is the theme that I am currently using right now and I cannot even remember its name.

Just when I thought that all my “hard work” paid off and all the labor ended there, another problem arose: the theme looked dull and insipid without a header image.

Oh crap.

In all fairness, WordPress was generous enough to provide us several stock images that we can use for our blog sites. And from these, I chose the photo of succulents, uploaded it as my header image, and congratulated myself for getting the job done.

Or, so I thought.

Despite the succulents, The Open Concavity still looked lifeless. I need something more colorful, promising, and energetic.

I need something more striking and significant than a bunch of succulents.

So imagine the chills and excitement when Jumel offered to make an artwork that I can use as this blog site’s header image.

Artwork for a header image?!!

Yeah, I know. That’s crazy. But for me, that’s just so sweet!

I woke up only to find this piece of art in our chatbox:

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Sorry. I had to put those watermarks. Copyright issues…

And I fell in love the first time I saw it.

Great! My problem has been solved, but I am otherwise dumbfounded.

I was astonished the entire morning. I cannot move on from the fact that a man, who had been suffering from a creative hiatus for almost a decade now, has been able to produce an art that is way more than I expected or hoped for.

I seriously believe Jumel has to go back to or even just squeeze in his busy schedule drawing, painting, or creating art again. I mean, this work shouldn’t be his last.

“You are my muse, my Love”, said Jumel.

And while I’m overjoyed about the thought, I am overwhelmed at the same time.

xoxo,

Tina

 

A Chibi Caricature With Love

My boyfriend, Jumel, had a long hiatus from painting and doing artwork ever since he focused with his Master’s Degree and writing his West Philippine Sea-related thesis. That’s why, I couldn’t be happier when he told me that I was the only person who got him to drawing again.

Occasionally, he would draw and doodle on a piece of paper about food and other stuff we like as a couple, as well as symbolisms pertaining to our relationship. But above all, he knew that I love chibis.

According to Urbandictionary.com, a chibi is an adjective that means “small and/or miniature in a good or cute way.” The term is believed to have originated from the popular Japanese anime Sailormoon, in which a character Sailor Chibimoon may be found. Thus, the name or term was coined.

In this regard, let me show you Jumel’s version of chibi. Our chibi:

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He even made a chibi of me, reading and cramming for my law school readings: (I just find it so funny!)

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I love everything that Jumel draws whether or not it is about me or our relationship. I am so blessed to be marrying a handsome and talented man, who attributes all his talents and abilities to the Almighty God.

When the time comes that we’ll have our own kids, who would need artworks for school projects, I know I am covered. Lol.

 

xoxo,

Tina

The Look of Love

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My loving boyfriend and long lost twin (will write about this soon) made this art for me in 2017. This was made thru pen. Today, and almost 3 years since it was drawn, he made some few touch ups to make the image clearer and shareable.

Jumel is fond of taking stolen shots of me. I think this artwork was based on one of those shots. Nonetheless, I find it beautiful and captivating.

 

xoxo,

Tina