It’s been a while since I have been on holiday, okay well not that long but to me it feels like forever. That is why I am going through holiday/travelling blues I just need to be getting excited and packing for an exotic holiday somewhere far and hot that doesn’t have bipolar British weather.
Until then I thought let me have a recap to some of my favorite holiday looks, this will get the creative/fashion juices following for my next holiday. What has been your favorite holiday destination so far? x
I cannot believe it, we are really half way into the year were has all the time gone. It might be time to have a review at how the year has gone so fast and what it is that I have achieved. But before I do that let me just share my wishful beauty and fashion products for the mid-year.
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- The Body Shop’s Vitamin E moisture serum: I have been in love with serums since my Mary Kay brightening serum which has been featured Skin Care Regime. Since my Mark Kay has run out I thought let me take this opportunity to try a different serum and see if it works the same or better.
- The Body Shop’s Chinese ginseng and rice clarifying polishing mask: this is a perfect mask if you want to brighten your skin without having to wait for the “in love glow”
- The Body Shop’s Drops of youth bouncy sleeping mask: the reviews of this product had me eyeing for it. “24hr beauty sleep in a jar…” that what one reviewer said. And I for one want to try it for myself and confirm because I need a dose of more sleep.
- MAC’s Retro matte liquid lip-color in “chocotease“: this shade, I saw it on my friend and I fell in love with it. It perfect for a 90’s retro look.
As you can see from my beauty products they are all focused on skincare, this is my goal for the remainder of 2017. To look after my skin, maintain and improve it because well lets face it that’s the only skin I will ever have.
It is summer which means wedding season is upon us. And though I don’t have as many wedding invites as I want, I do have a few and for all of them I need dresses. So I thought why not start shopping for wedding outfit ideas already. I would go for girly dresses, floral patterns etc however I want to go for a girly look with the lace instead of floral and darker colors compared to pastels. The shoes I just saw and knew I needed you can never go wrong with a glittery pair whether its for summer or winter.
What are some beauty and fashion products currently on your wishlist?
When in doubt wear black and white, you ca never go wrong with these two colors. And that is exactly what I did for a recent dinner meal outing. However I wanted to add a pop of color because I wanted the outfit to stand out a little bit more.
Skirt: I got this lace mesh pencil skirt a while ago, I have had it for over two years now so can’t remember were exactly I got it. But I have found a similar design here
Deep plunge neck surplice blouse: This is a recent purchase from SheIn and its still in stock here
Shoes: I got these from New Look a while ago, so comfy and cute in fact I have featured them in one of the posts The Spring Shoes That You Can Pair Up With Jeans – From My Closet
Carla Ferreri Chain Bag: This too has also been featured in a recent post Affordable Alternate to YSL “Kate Monogram”: Carla Ferreri Red Chain Leather Bag
Michael Kors Watch: one of my favorite accessories I have ever invested in Michael Kors Hand Jewelry
Out of the entire look-book the oldest item is the skirt everything else is fairly new. What “old” item have you been wearing recently.
I have pondered this question for a very long time. Are designer bags and investment or not? Are they really worth the investment or it is just an excuse one can use to justify such a price tag. So I thought why no explore that by directly looking at some of the latest trends in bag and compare a designer against a more high end but affordable alternate. If fact why not make it more fun by not revealing which one is the designer bag and have you guess yourself
The Bucket Bag
Did you know that a classic channel 2.55 is a better investment than the actual stock market. This is one of the cool, surprising facts I stumbled across when I was doing reach into this. The bag has increased over 70% since its launch Chanel Bag increase in value I have linked the full article there. If that doesn’t persuade immediately to think about this serious investment wise I don’t know what will.
The Shoulder Bag
So my argument so far doesn’t seem fairly balanced because I appear to have already formed my opinion, what can I say I am easily influenced. So if you are like me and are easily convinced to here are some pointers you need to aware of. NOT all brands are lucrative, just like cars some brands hold more value compared to others. So for example the best brands to invest in are Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Hermes and Gucci. And just like a car the value for a BMW M5 Touring G-Power Hurricane RS will set you back $410, 000 whereas a BMW 2017 230i will set you back $32, 850. Both are BMW’s but the price difference between the two is significant. This is the same with designer bags so consider this fact when looking into an investment piece. So take for example a Chanel Boy Bag and Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Bag which one is likely to be a classic and worth more in five or even 10 years? The Chanel boy bag is actually one of the most valuable designer bags Five Designer bags worth investing in
The Cross Body Bag
And like a car you also have to consider the way in which you acquire it, really with bags they are just like cars. As soon as you buy a brand new car and leave the dealership the value depreciates exponentially. This principal is similarly applied to bag, think of it this way “vintage” any fashion item that has vintage in the name today can fetch 10x the amount it was initially paid for, or in-fact a similar/identical design that is brand new. Why is that? Because the older the item is the more money it will fetch and purchasing it as pre-owned then keeping it for a few years in better than buying a brand new item today.
In conclusion I am just saying, “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” – Warren Buffet. So you might as well invest in something you can enjoy and use in luxury whilst accumulating value along the way if the opportunity does present itself. So maybe until you can afford that expensive designer bag, why not buy a dupe until you can afford the real thing( the ones above feature a designer and a similarly cheaper prized alternate to it).
What do you think? Would you invest in designer bags?
PHOTO CREDIT: CHLOE.COM, MYTHERESA.COM, SECRETSALES.COM
How many times a week should I make a blog-post? A question that I always struggle with from the start and even up now? This topic was briefly touched upon in a previous post Powerful Blogging Tips We Have Learnt but I want to expand on this topic a little more.
How long have you been running? This is an important factor to consider because if you are a very new site, publishing a post once a week may not be the best or quickest approach to grow your blog. For instance when I look at someone’s blog if I see one post no matter how well written and visually stunning it is. If there is only one post I am likely to not follow. So maybe at the very start of your blog its best to post if everyday possible or even 4/5 times a week. That way you build up an archive quickly so people who come across your site will have an idea of the type of content you release and how serious you are, therefore follow you.
OK, so now you have some audience but you no longer have the time to upload almost every single day what do you do. Slowly cut down the amount of times you post a week so instead of maybe just dramatically cutting down from 5 times a week. Start posting every other day and then eventually cut down to 2 or 3 times a week. Really settling for a schedule that suits your availability. So my advice based on how long your site has been running and the time you have at your disposal, these factors will determine how often you should post there is no one size fits all. It’s all about experimenting, putting in the work then blogging whilst most importantly; having fun!!
How many times a week do you upload?
Sometimes just once in a while you deserve to splurge on yourself, treat yourself otherwise what is the point of working so hard and not really enjoying the rewards. And that is just what I did! I have wanted new sunglasses for so long especially since the last pair I had is slowly falling apart it’s quite sad. I have been eyeing ray-bans as a replacement because they are so timeless and classic, however I thought why not go for something different for once.
So I decided to go for these D&G sunnies, is the color red talk about polar opposites in frame shape and even the color. But what can I say I decided to be a little bit adventurous.
Why I love these sunnies:
- The cat eye frame trend, it has been in for a few years now and I thought it would have died down by now but they keep finding a way of re-inventing it and bring it back. And with these glasses the twist is the gold frame that runs across at the top.
- The color is gorgeous, so vibrant, bold and season appropriate. I also like the feel of them when a hold them you can tell they wont break easily if you drop them or something (touch wood that wont happen).
- The packing, this a bonus for me I didn’t expect this at all but it comes with a case which would be handy for travelling so you can pack them in a suitcase and they will not break. Then there is another one like a sunnies duster bag lol I really don’t know the name, so this you can use e.g. when you don’t feel like carrying around the other case so a little nice alternate.
What’s your favorite sunglasses brand? x
I have NEVER been more excited to receive a package than I was when I received this bag. So basically my obsession with SECRETSALES and bags has reached a new level. I have mentioned this site numerously in previous posts like Carvela Kurt Geiger Shoulder Bag. I think this year both me and my sister have just been investing in accessories rather than actual clothing items which makes sense really because they don’t change in terms of sizing and will remain timeless and last for a long time.
Back to the bag, I bought this on SECRETSALES about two months ago, when it was on sale (TBF they do a lot of sales on a daily basis) and yes it has taken that long for it to come. I think unlike all the other items I previously bought with, this brand they only make the item once an order has been placed rather than holding many items in stock. Only after I bought it did I realize it was a dupe to YSL’s Kate Monogram leather shoulder bag.
Small Kate Monogram YSL bag
However being the “frugalist” that I am I will not part with my money for such a small thing, it really doesn’t make any practical sense.
Features of the Carla Ferreri bag I love:
- It is leather made with a snake quilted effects/design which I really love because it is reminiscent of the Saint Laurent “small Kate Monogram embossed shoulder bag“ without the ridiculous price tag of course.
- The brand “Carla Ferreri” I have actually done a bit of research on the branding and products and I do love their ethos “innovation, shape and elegance“.
- The color and shape of the bag, it really does stand out and because of the material its very sturdy and will hold shape for a long time.
- It has an adjustable leather strap so you can carry it as a shoulder bag, cross bag or even a clutch, and it has various compartments including a back compartment for easy access e.g. passport, credit card etc. And the bag itself comes it a duster bag so I am able to keep it safely in there and it will maintain its condition for a long time.
Unfortunately the bag is no longer on sale at the moment, but it will come back at some point that’s the beauty of SECRETSALES.
I am so excited to use this bag over the summer, what accessory or new purchase are you currently obsessed with ? x