Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to Spot Designer Replica Purses.



        Within the past few years designer replicas have become more realistic and aggressive in their sales pitch. I see them advertising their goods on instagram and selling only through email contact without websites, so as to not get caught. Selling designer knock offs is illegal. What most people don't know is that buying them is as well, whether you know they are knock-offs or not. I have come into contact with a few people who have been victim to this.

        Although, my budget does not allow me to purchase expensive beautiful designer bags, I like to think I am pretty well informed on them, and can easily spot a fake. There are online authenticator websites that can help you determine if you have the real thing, you should never buy any luxury goods on ebay if you are not 100% sure it is real, many times even the person selling it doesn't know for sure!


       My research on this started because I received a hand me down vintage Chanel purse and I didn't know if it was real. Afterwards. I was selling a vintage Dooney and Bourke and had to make sure it was real also so I went into more research. Most recently, I noticed on the Facebook Tag sale sites there was a girl who was selling a Luis Vuitton, or what she thought was a Luis Vuitton. It was a very good replica. Which brings me here. I thought I would write a little bit about what I know and spotting a real vs. fake and maybe this will help some people, if not, at least it is interesting!


How to Spot a Fake Luis Vuitton: 


  • Asking for serial codes is not enough. Fake bags can have a serial code as well and does not guarantee it is real. 
  • A pretty good give away is when you look inside. If it looks cheap or unfinished, finished with plastic or cheap tan or suede.  This photo below is an authentic interior:
  courtesy of www.bagbliss.com


  • On the LV monogram bags the dark brown is not shiny, thin, or plastic feeling. The leather used for the handles and straps is natural cowhide leather which changes color over time and should not look or feel like plastic or have a shiny hard look. 
  • The LV print on the monogram bags goes all the way around on many of the styles. If the print stops on the bottom and the LV on the other side is upright, it could be a fake. They should be upside down. 
  • The LV print should be all lined up and symmetrical and not cut off at the edges or seams. 
  • Brass or gold hardware should not appear to be painted gold or be plastic. 


   
How to Spot a Fake Chanel


  • The CC logo on a chanel should have the right C overlap the left C on top and vice versa on the bottom. 
  • If there is a pocket on your chanel, and the stitching or quilting is not even with the rest, it is most likely a fake. 
  • If the chain on the bag is plastic or light in weight, it's a fake. 
  • The hardware, if any, should not have Philips head screws. 
  • Check the zipper, Chanel has used a few different type of zippers, however, they are always a certain type and of good quality; Lampo, YKK, and DMC, EP. 
  • Real Chanel bags have a high stitch count. 

     

How to Spot a Fake Celine


  • Check and SMELL the inside of your bag. If you are looking at the phantom, which is the one most popularly replicated, it should be real suede. Or if your bag is suede, the interior should be a smooth leather. 
  • The hardware underneath the bag should be metal. But there are exception to this, there should be no stitch in the middle.
Not like this with the stitching:


  • The front pocket should have a long braided tassel. 



Of course, there are many other bags that are replicated, but these are the most popular. Do just make sure with an authenticator or in their stores before making the purchase if it's a purchase made outside of their shops.




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Saturday, September 20, 2014

What I Wore: 9/18/14


     
      So from time to time, very infrequently, I make an investment purchase. Something so ridiculously expensive it doesn't make sense to some people. In this case, it's my Alice + Olivia Raccoon fur collar sweater. This was an anniversary gift from my husband in 2011 and, in my opinion, very expensive at around $500. However, in the fall and winter time I wear it constantly over everything. The fur is detachable, so you can make it more or less dramatic. I wore this sweater on Thursday without the fur to go to a local play our friends were in.









Alice + Olivia sweater You can see it here (Similar)   /  White Blouse Old Navy    /   High Waist Jeans from H&M      /      Boots  Charlotte Russe are old but Similar here



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

18 Amazing Shoes Under $50 from Nelly.com


 
             As you guys know, I am a bit of a fan of the online store Nelly. I wandered over there today and saw something I almost didn't believe; the selection of shoes they have for the fall/winter under $50 is just bananas! If you are in the market for a new pair of boots, check these out before you head to the stores. Majority of the ones I picked to showcase are black, but they do come in other colors as well if black isn't your cup of tea.


































































1. $37.95     /      2. $44.95      /     3.$37.95     /      4.$27.95     /       5. $44.95      /      6.$37.95

                7. $37.95         /         8.$37.95         /        9. $44.95         /          10. $37.95           

11. $37.95       /       12.$44.95        /        13.$37.95      /       14. $44.95       /       15. $32.95

               16. $37.95          /         17. $37.95             /           18. $37.95 


                                                     
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My Top Five Fall Fashion Must Haves and Raise.com


        So I went to walk my dog this morning and promptly after exiting I was right back inside to grab a light sweater. This means fall is on its way! Early Autumn is my favorite season because the temperature cools down just enough to wear jackets, but it's not cold enough to freeze your ass off. This realization had me thinking I should write about fall fashion, duh. I want to share with you my top five fall fashion must haves, as well as a smarter less expensive way to get them. I discovered an online retailer called Raise, and they sell discounted gift cards to all the major stores. You can find names like H&M and Express in the inventory and you can purchase these gift cards right online (free shipping) and save cash. As well as purchasing discounted gift cards you can sell your unused, unwanted ones to them Here.If you shop at these major brand stores already, you might as well save a good $30 while you do it!

      So here is my list!


      The Biker Jacket:
No October is complete for me without this bad boy necessity.


     
1. Goodnight Macaroon     /       2. H&M (only $50!)     /     3. H&M     /     4.    Express





Boots, Really Tall and Really Short:
It's the two extremes I'm looking for, I already own everything in the middle.


1. H&M     /     2. Vince Camuto    /     3. Joie     /     4. Express     /       5. Vince Camuto       /     6. Vince Camuto     /    7. Vince Camuto




The Plaid Skirt With Knee High Socks:
To not make this look too skanky or costum-y pair with flat shoes, a layered peter pan collar and a sweater on top, for example. 


















































1.  H&M     /       2. Asos    /       3. Nasty Gal       Thigh Highs Nasty Gal




Sleeveless Coats:
Because it's still too warm for coats with sleeves.
























































1.  Nasty Gal    /     2. River Island    /    3. Missguided ($49!)    /    4. Urban Outfitters     /    5. Nasty Gal



Hats:
Because there is nothing more practical to hide that heavily wind blown frizzy hair that has a few months worth of sun damage from the past summer.


1. Nasty Gal   /    2. Nasty Gal     /     3. Express     /     4. H&M       /     5. Express



What are your fall fashion must haves for this season?



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend OOTD; 9-7-14


             This weekend was bittersweet because we got to hang out with family. The reason it was bittersweet is because we attended a going away party for my sister in law who is departing on yet another year long adventure across the world. She is going to Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and South Korea. I am sure she will pick up a few extra spots along the way, also! I admire her for being able to do this by herself at any time she feels wanderlust. I am older and only hope to be that brave one day, flying solo intimidates me so much.


                               Here is what I wore for the occasion:
The sweater and sneakers are from H&M, and the skirt is a oldie but goodie from Charlotte Russe. 



The next day we had lunch with family (minus the sister in law): 

My beautiful mess: 

Messy hair works for me, because it's already so frizzy and crazy that it tends to get messy all on its own!


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Mish Mosh of The Last Week and a Half.



         It has been a little while since I posted an outfit post, so in this little update I will include a couple random looks I had throughout the two weeks.


    I wore this outfit about a week ago when my husband decided to take me out to dinner. After about five different locations, we decided on sushi, mostly because the wait time was only ten minutes. This was a cute little spot in Mystic. 




This casual look was what I wore to go shopping with my mom. This  pastel blue sweater is from one of my favorite stores in Poland, Top Secret. Check it out here. They also had this great fuzzy jacket which I loved but it made me look like a football player, This one. I am not sure if they ship to the US, but if you are ever in Poland it is worth checking out! The shoes are H&M and the jeans are American Eagle. 


Just this past weekend we checked out Toloache in the theatre district in NYC and just had to try their grasshopper tacos! They were surprisingly really delicious.. 

And what I wore to New York. The yellow top and high waisted jeans are H&M, the sweater is from Poland. 

As well as some fun outings, we added a new member to the family last weekend. Meet Onyx:

There can never be a replacement for the beloved dog we had before, she was special to us in many ways. We feel our family needs a canine companion and our daughter loves animals, and although I am not over the death of Stormy, I can learn to love another puppy. He is a papillon poodle mix, supposedly. He is a rescue from a shelter, though, so who knows what we actually have! He is very sweet, affectionate, and energetic and I can't wait for our family to start making memories with him!



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Monday, August 25, 2014

VMA 2014: Best and Worst Dressed.




 Okay, to get the laughs and 'what the hell' s out of the way, I am going to start with the worst dressed list.

Katy Perry, why? I remember when the denim patch worked look was all the rage in VERY early 2000, let's not go back to that dark place in our past. I do love her makeup, though!

                                                 

Rita Ora, this dress wasn't terrible, but it wasn't for the VMA's and it wasn't for her. It looks a bit cheap, as well.

                                 

Kylie Jenner, I really hated her dress. It had a real nightgown look to it, and it wasn't very flattering to her figure or height.
                                                       

Amber Rose, just NO.

                 

Taylor Swift is trying to sexify things, and it's not working.
                                                 

Gwen Stefani. It upsets me to put her on the worst dressed list because I like her and she is usually stunning. However, this outfit looks cheap, like it came out of a Cache store intended for a woman much older than Gwen.
                                     

That sums up the Worst dressed, in my eyes, ofcourse. Onto the best:

Jennifer Lopez never disappoints.
                                        

Kendall Jenner, unlike her sister, got it right. I love this look because it has balance. It's sheer on top, but chose long wide leg trousers to go with it. Beautiful!
                                              

Jordin Sparks looked beautiful, white is a great color on her.

                                   

Selena Gomez. This dress was so beautiful, it actually left me speechless. Just WOW.


                                                

I leave you with this image.

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