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Dear Millennial, You see it, You like it, You want it, Can’t get it?

​​Luxury designers didn’t have poor consumers in mind. So, what can you do?

It’s 2019, a year in the century when the economy is getting tougher, crazier and unrelenting. Many times we like top designer merchandise. Not because they’re a proof of class or taste but because most designer items are built to last. 

Of course, we know buying luxury items feels somehow like being scammed, like, you’re sometimes asking yourself, is it really worth the cost?

But still, imagine purchasing furniture or a handbag that never goes out of trend, was built to last and actually makes your life easier.

Kinda worth it, right?  But you can’t afford it…

There’re currently so many outlets out there for you to borrow/buy many quality items affordably. Emerging companies now specialize in leasing out expensive items to people who need them at a fraction of the price.

Below are some of the companies you can benefit from.

Whether it’s clothes for an interview, a car to impress a girlfriend to luxury handbags and furniture for the home, there are now options for almost everything you need that you can’t afford.

So, sit tight and let’s get right into it.

 

Furniture​

If you need lovely furniture but can’t really afford a new one, don’t be shy to ask family and friends to see if they’re looking to get rid of any furniture. 

Check out FleaPortal​​ and Collectors.org for a list of different indoor and outdoor flea markets in the U.S. This is also a good list of the best flea markets​ in the US where you can find lovely items.

Goodwill and the Salvation Army are thrift shops that also offer furniture, too, but be sure to call in advance if you need larger items like beds and dressers.

You also want to ensure you do your own personal cleaning with disinfectants and soap, like, who wants to take it in bugs or pests into their home? 

 

Books 

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Textbooks can cost as much as $200 for some science courses and that could mean going hungry ever month just to afford books, for med students, for example. 

Here’s the ultimate guide to scoring deals on textbooks​ to the rescue. Now you can swap used books at a fraction of the retail value and you can rent them too.

 

 Handbags 

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Our appearance sometimes means everything on some occasions so renting exotic ​clothes may not be enough. We need to look the boss chic​ but can’t afford the boss bag​. 

Have you thought of buying unbranded yet stylish and affordable bags?​​ You can still make a fantastic impression by being mysterious. Get a cool, classy looking handbag that no one knows who designed it. Mystery can actually be very sexy. 

Did you even know that some hotels let stayers rent​ luxury handbags on their visits? I bet you didn’t 😉

 

Bicycles

If you want bicycles but can’t afford the latest ones, bicycles come out every season, which means chances are you’ll see older models pop up on sites for a fraction of the cost during cold seasons e.g fall and winter. 

If you don’t like the types your local stores have to offer, try Craigslist​ or eBay​. It’s a great place to find people who want to dispose their still good bicycles for a fraction of the price.

Be sure to be smart when buying items such as these online. If an ad seems fishy or uses a stock photo, the bike was likely stolen. Think about commuting to work on your new ride and watch your savings grow even more. 

 Formal Outfits

To start with, no bridesmaid should pay full-price for a gown she’ll only wear once except she intends on marrying again ;).

What you can’t rent from sites like Renttherunway.com​ or Bagborrowsteal.com​, check out consignment shops or thrifts stores for gently used formal wear.

Brides-to-be can check out the virtual racks on Recycledbride.com​ to score discount gowns and accessories that no one will ever imagine were used.

Guys might score a tux for a fancy cocktail dinner and still be able to afford tailoring with the cash they saved by buying used.

You can also re-sell the garments you only wear once-just be kind to them so you’ll get as much of their value back as possible. 

Housing

Wiktor Karkocha​

 

It’s no news that housing is now an extremely big deal. For millennials, in fact, studies have shown that we’re probably better off renting than buying homes. 

But if you insist on being a landlord, it might be a better idea to look for an older home rather than browsing new developments. Then use some your saved money to renovate properly. I’m sure you’ll still have something for keeps. 

According to Bankrate.com​, existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot because of rising land costs, so your money will go farther.

There’s a massive back load of foreclosed properties on the market, which could be good news for buyers.

Realtors, homeowners and banks are probably more likely to be in the mood to lower their asking price if they’re desperate to get rid of a certain property. 

 

Bling

Tamara Bellis​

 

Are you in need of jewels for a special evening? Then do yourself a favour and consider this slightly less whimsical option: the pawn shop. I know what you’re thinking but you’d be surprised how good some of the finds are at pawnshops.

Here’s a list of the best pawn shops​ in the US.

The truth is that jewelry - especially diamonds -are only as good when they’re being worn. They actually have a low resale value. That’s great news for the clever consumer who hits up estate sales or other re-sellers to find new bling. 

 

Designer Clothes

Shanna Camilleri​If you’re a sharp millennial in this century and you’ve never hosted or swapped clothes with your friends, you are seriously dulling. 

Swaps are a great way to score designer gear you’d never be able to buy yourself. If you don’t like your girlfriend’s fashion style, then there are plenty of vintage or online swap sites like Bag, Borrow or Steal​. This can quench your thirst for styles. 

Scout shops first, either by checking out their reviews on Yelp (I read that some of yelps views are manipulated but well…) or stopping by in person. If they seem unclean or have a reputation for crappy clothing, move on. 

 

Summary. 

The single most important advice: Live within your means. Use what you have to buy what you can afford. Don’t skip your rent for luxury. It doesn’t kill and would save you a lot of trouble.

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How to Repair Damaged Chanel Bag: Chanel handbag Restoration

 

Sometimes we have cherished but old or worn leather handbags that we just cannot throw away. Would you ditch your Chanel handbag because it got destroyed by bleach? I can bet the answer to that was yes, until you read this article.

So, here’s How to Repair Damaged Chanel Bag. Do your handbag restoration yourself using cheap materials.

By the way, this technique also applies to other handbags of the same material.

Feel free to fix any lovely handbag you own regardless of how much you got it. We believe, If you love it, fix it 🙂

 

Do ensure you always come around for DIY methods to fix your handbags. Whether plastic, leather, luxury or cheap or just simple bag maintenance, we’ve got you!

Lemme digress a bit. Babe, it’s 2019, so, learn how to Kon’Mari your personal style by checking this out. Don’t get left out. 😉

 

Now let’s get in to our How to Repair Damaged Chanel Bag DIY method.

 

 

 

Did you enjoy this video?

Pls comment below and let us know if you have smarter methods of fixing bag handles. Or check out these TDF armcandies. Bye loves.

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Beyonce’s Beautiful. But So Is Her It bag.

The By Far Handbag That Made It To The NBA playoffs.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s no missing the Beyoncé meme illustrating her response to the wife of The Warriors owner chatting with her husband. Twitter practically lost it with the Beyhives threatening the woman’s life. Is it time to cancel the beyhives?

Bu that’s not why we’re here. We’re here because of that silent but gorgeous hand piece that witnessed the whole show. If you ever wondered if that handbag had an opinion in the whole drama, pls raise your hand :). Ray Lowe of Who What Wear even suggested that Beyoncé’s It Bag Is More Viral Than Her New Meme

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That simple yet classy mint green Ball bag sitting by Beyoncé’s was created by By Far who’s gathered a massive celebrity following in recent times. Selfridges says “the cult brand to be seen with among the fashion crowd, just scroll through the street style pictures at fashion week if you don’t believe us, By Far is everything right now. Riffing on old vintage bags with its croc-embossed boxy design, the Ball tote gets its name from the chunky resin sphere at the bottom of the wristlet strap, while it opens to a compact suede-lined interior.

So Why Do Celebs Love The Ball Bag?

The Ball Bag is not just a fashion statement. In the hustle and bustle of their extremely busy lives, the last thing they need is to be juggling about heavy bags containing items they probably don’t need. So, in order to stay clutter free and maintain style, there’s the ball bag to the rescue. Come to think of it, studies show that two thirds of the contents of a woman’s bag is not used during a 24 hour period.

So what’d you rather, carry large heavy bags or de-clutter?

The ball bag edition is no longer available on by Far’s website but luckily you can still get them from other sites. Scroll below to get a glimpse of the classy pieces.

Mini Sky Blue Croco Embossed Leather

Mini Zebra Print Pony Hair Leather
Tamara Toffee Leather

Let us know what you think. Are small bags for you or nah?

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7 Best and Cheap 2019 Leather Handbags.






Pay Less For Way More

Why Shouldn’t You Buy Cheap yet Quality Handbags?

Welcome back, ladies. I’m writing from Saudi Arabia today and the really dry desert is raising some hellish sandstorms. Alright, before I digress, a reader asked me to write about 7 best and cheap 2019 leather handbags from 20$ and above and I thought, why not?! So, here we go…

Personally, I’m not a fan of high end fashion handbags for any reason at all. They’re often too expensive, sometimes tacky and go out of trend quickly.

Also, maybe because I’ve seen really cheap bags do really amazing things for me and I kinda prefer my money in my bag rather than on my bag, if you know what I mean.

Let’s get right to it. I hope the bags I’ll be talking about will be helpful to you. Most of these bags are trendy yet go with every single season, like; they just never go out of fashion, if that’s what you’re looking for. 

You’ll find them all here and I’d just encourage you to look cos there’s an amazing collection of handbags, clutches, evening bags and totes that would absolutely blow your mind.

And most of the bags on the site are not knockoffs which means you don’t run the risk of carrying obviously fake handbags (Not that fake handbags are bad. I, most times prefer them to the real deal).

The Retro Wax Tote





If you’re looking for a supreme tan shoulder bag, well, this isn’t it. But this is way better. This lovely damsel has served me so much in ways that other bags haven’t. It’s a Retro Wax Tote which means it’s so suitable as a stylish messenger bag, excellent when you don’t want to carry a big bag but you still want to go to work, etc. Its leather is warm and rich and gives that expensive look. It’s not too heavy and can easily be slung over the shoulder and you’re good to go. It’s great and would go with most colours…except maybe red. It also comes in black color. Want to look expensive without breaking the bank, try this handbag. Great price, satisfactory buy.

Look after me

This piece is low maintenance. Leather handbags can easily smell when you leave them wet for a long time. Always keep dry and to clean, a damp wipe and some good air- drying will be fine.

If you want to make a little extra statement, spray in a little of your favourite perfume to leave you feeling confident all day long.

THE PETITE CROC






Gotta tell you this, girls, I and this bag have a small history. So this day, my boss was to attend a meeting with her bosses at the city town hall and it was like that really top notch meeting where they all had to look best and all. Surprisingly, my boss announced at the office that she forgot her handbag in her car and her driver had taken the car away to the car wash. Dang! She needed a handbag for her meeting and guess what! Out of all the bags she had as options (I mean bags that belonged to other girls), she chose this green sleek mini handbag that I happened to rock on that day. She simply detached the long arm and off she went. I was so excited and it just made me loooove the bag more.

It comes in only one colour, green and would definitely be selective with colours but hey, if you know the right combo, you can nail this!

Look after me

Very easy to maintain, always ensure it’s dry, alternate between the chain and the long strap when carrying in order to not exert too much pressure on one handle. A wet wipe down in and out and occasional air-drying and you’re covered.

Fur Ball Bag





You know that moment when you’re late for work and you don’t have the time to select bags to match your outfits because hey, you gotta punch in on time at work….well, I kid you not, if you ever find yourself in that situation, this is your recommended go-to bag. It would serve you better than a coach lily shoulder bag, all day, all time.

There’s almost no outfit colour that this bag will not match, like, just pick and you’re good to go. Its high capacity and you’ll still be able to exude class without breaking the bank so you don’t have to worry about making poor handbag decisions.

Carry it crossbody or just by the brown handles, no problem. It comes in grey and black, light and dark and pink and light red colours.

Flaw.

It’s soft and may easily tear. I’d avoid it if you need a more durable bag for everyday purpose.

Look after me

Very easy to maintain, always ensure it’s dry, alternate between the brown handle and the long strap when carrying. A wet wipe down in and out and occasional air-drying and you’re covered.

Crossbody Dual Tone Tote




This is another women bucket bag after my heart. I often rock this bag, crossbody, to work and on a no-work day, with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. It’s my champion bag.

One amazing fact about it is its finishing. It’s so perfect and flawless that on a shelf of 10 handbags, you’ll easily single it out. It’s also high capacity, cost- effective, rich in appearance and will match most of your outfits. It’s completely timeless.

Look after me

Absolutely easy to maintain and clean, wipe down with a damp clean fabric and you’re good to go.

LADIES POCHETTE



This lovely brown oil wax tote crossbody shoulder bag be giving you the confidence to express your individuality, this design interprets major trends, adding a unique feel to your already wonderful personality.

All the denim, dresses, jackets and pieces you need will perfectly fit this bag; you just have to imagine it. Helps you to reinvent a style that’s all yours and feel extremely confident with it. 

And you can rock it anyway you like, by the handle or the strap. Then switch it up again tomorrow, making every day, night and everything in-between as extraordinary as you are. Your life is eclectic and unexpected and, now, so is your wardrobe.

Look after me.

Very easy to maintain, all you need is a damp fabric and wipe down.

Vintage Charm





Can you think of two occasions where this handbag will not be a total excellent choice? I’m waiting….Ok! Yes! I can…probably an evening dinner or something but that’s all about it. This bag has been practically been my best bag buy.

It’s perfect for work, after work and even partying if you don’t want to carry so much.  E.g it will definitely carry your bamboo tooth brush, one set of outfit, some underwear, toothpaste, hairbrush, body roll-on and an iphone. Perfect, isn’t it! Available in several colors.

Look after me.

As always, this bag is easy to clean without any stress. A dip of cloth in water will do the job. Also ensure you don’t keep it confined at any time. Always air.

Oil Wax Bucket Tote





This bucket bag should be on the handbag trends 2019 list, I assure you. It has a softly structured shape and satisfactorily large enough compartments to store your valuables, inspired by an archival design.

The indented base gives it a slightly vintage look and the bag in itself is enhanced by the detachable shoulder strap. Made in oil wax leather and comes in burgundy, brown, black and red.

Look after me

This bag is pretty easy to clean without any stress, just wipe down with a clean, damp cloth and it’s all good.

Miss Chequers






If you’re looking for something really chic but toned down, won’t draw attention for a casual outing, you can’t be wrong with this piece. It’s made with chequered fabric and let’s be honest, we all know that small is the new sexy. I call it the Tesla of small handbags.

It’s front, handle and compartment details are really cool. Portrayed in two different colours, it’s got a lovely small handle and a longer one that makes it easy to carry crossbody. The purse generally helps you blend in and can carry most of your valuables for a casual outing.

Look after me

Just give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth to clean

For all-day-everyday ease

The Flower Box









Please take a look at this flower piece and tell me what you don’t love about it. Connect with your inner mermaid with this Pocket-friendly Summer Flower Boxbag and its pearly adornments. Perfect for your fancy outings, this ornate piece is the right one for the lady whose wish is to not only carry a purse, but keep her necessaries in a stylish compartment. Shop now!

The strap is adjustable, very solidly made with flowery and pearl details. You can, rest assured, carry a number of your basic needs such as phone, earpieces, lipstick, a small journal, small mirror and a few other items.

LOOK AFTER ME

Just give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth to clean.

For all-day-everyday ease.

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5 PRACTICAL STEPS TO FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN 2019.




Hello, gurls (okay, you guys are welcome too ). This is my very first post and I’m so excited almost to the point of anxiety. Because style is something that really grips my attention, I thought I should definitely should talk about it first. So today, I’m all about 5 PRACTICAL STEPS TO FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN 2019.

My goal here, really, is to give you all the juice on creating your own style and just riding along with it. So, grab a cup of cold ice cream cos this is going to be spicy hot.

TIP 1

STICK TO ONE STYLE GENRE.

MAKE THAT CHOICE.

Sometimes, even though we don’t realise it, we generally actually belong to one type of fashion niche. Yes, that’s true. When you go shopping and you’re looking at a dress stand, certain types of apparel and dressing combos stand out to you.

However, these styles don’t necessarily appeal to your friend whom you’re probably shopping with. That’s the first indication of your own personal style. Something you’ll always go with 80 out of 100 times.

But we also sometimes feel the need to change styles. We want to get outside of that box and this can be really hard. While I agree that sometimes its great to step outside of the box, mostly I feel like it’s a little bit forced and you’re trying to be something you’re not.

Like if you would just kind of embrace what you truly love, your style would just be so much better.

Whether your style is neutral, hobo, gothic, bright fun, flowery, etc, stick to a style that never makes you doubt whether you look good when you’re done dressing up. If you doubt it, you’re not there yet.

I encourage you to try looking up Pinterest  if you’re not familiar with what you truly like and what you find yourself gravitating towards and search different styles.  

Start pinning exactly the styles that you just love and you believe would make you really really happy in your life like, oh if I could have anything, that’s what it would be. For the love of handbags, check these out.

Be totally free with it and run with it. Once you’ve kind of nailed down a style then that’s the style that I want you to focus on when you’re out shopping.

Gravitate toward your perceived and slowly start experimenting. Hopefully in the end you’ll start to realize exactly what you really like and what you might not like.

Not only will this help you save money but you’ll start to only purchase and buy things for your wardrobe that you truly love.

TIP 2

 CHOOSE ONE, COMFORT OR STYLE

COMFORT OR STYLE?

Before you get me wrong, I’m not saying you can’t have a combination of both or that one is better. You, very much can. However, understanding your real preference can help you make a better decision about your style.

And in truth, most of us often prefer one to the other, we just often don’t realise/admit it.

E.g there are some people out there that find an item that they just absolutely love. Maybe it’s a pair of shoes.  They put it on and it’s just so uncomfortable but they love it. It’s in style so they don’t care; they can and will rock it.  They might be in pain all day but they don’t care.

On the opposite spectrum, there are people out there that don’t care how amazing something is or how wonderful it looks on them, if it’s uncomfortable they’re not wearing it.

Hence I think it’s really important to figure out exactly what type of person you are at the core so that you avoid buying things that you just won’t wear.

 I used to be that chic who would really love a pair of shoes and I’m like, I’m gonna wear these, I don’t care that they make my feet hurt until I honestly just figured myself out that I’d actually choose comfort over anything no matter how pretty.

And it took me so many years to realize that but now I know, it’s helped me save money by not buying things I won’t wear.

TIP 3…

KNOW THE COLOURS THAT HELP YOU LOOK GOOD.

WHAT COLORS LOOK BEST ON YOU?

Usually we mostly fall into one of these three categories. The people that just love rainbow-like, bright colours. They just want to have so many different colors in their wardrobe.

Then there’s some of us that just absolutely love neutrals. We love our blacks, whites, creams, beiges, nudes etc.

There’s the other people that are just a mix of everything, like, they just love the colors but they also love neutrals.  

I think most people believe they fall in the third category because again they really like to be diverse, they just want to go to their closet and be able to pick out any outfit for any occasion and have something that fits every single possible slot but in reality I do think people fall more in the first or second category.

I, for instance, if you walk into my closet even today,  you could see a rainbow of colors but that’s because like growing up if I saw a shirt I really liked in purple,  I’d be like “oh, I don’t have anything in that shade of purple so I better get it in that color.

So with every single possible selection so that I always had something that would match something perfectly when in reality I just don’t like lots of color.

That doesn’t really happen anymore as I now only settle for colours I like and fit my skin tone. So, don’t force yourself into buying this bright yellow shirt because just because you don’t have a bright yellow shirt. Buy it because you like it, it fits your skin tone and you’ll choose it over everything else.

Don’t waste money buying things you really don’t need. If you are dark skinned, doing dark colours may not be in your interest and vice versa.

TIP 4

 UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY TYPE.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY TYPE?

Now, this is a step that you can totally choose to ignore or something you can definitely think about.

To be totally honest, this is a portion that I honestly don’t pay so much attention to. However,  I think it’s really important to some of us  out there so, here we go.

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this but people do have specific body shapes and honestly, I could probably write a full blown article on this and based on certain body shapes there are clothes out there that really make you look better depending on what your bodyshape is.

There are body shapes such as the pear, apple, the rectangle, the inverted triangle and a whole lot of other  different body shapes out there and then based on the clothing choices  you make you can really flatter or unflatter your body and girl, this can be your undoing.

A good source of inspiration for clothing ideas for body shapes besides this blog, of course, is Pinterest.  I, for instance, would say I’m a bit much on top but don’t have much going on on the bottom so I guess I’m apple.

Now there are people out there that really want to accentuate their butts, like they want it to look good and kind of flattered whereas there’s other people that just want to totally hide it.

So, really, it’s not just about knowing your body shape, it’s also about knowing what you plan to do with it.

Do you want to hide it or flaunt it? Let that answer help you determine your style. And like I always say, stick with what makes you comfy. If you want to hide your butt, for instance, hide it.

Don’t accentuate it and then later feel shy or embarrassed in public. Also, if you want to hide your long legs, don’t waste money buying stuffs that simply make them more obvious.

FINAL TIP

Even though style is a representation of your unique self, you also want to take into consideration your own goal and the lifestyle you live.

So what are your hobbies?  What is your job? Try configuring clothing that fits that lifestyle because your perfect wardrobe should not just be tailored by your creativity but also adjusted for the lifestyles that you carry.

Hence, try considering the persona you want to reflect upon the world.  While yes, your style should be a reflection of your personality, it also has to make sense in the fields that you’re working in e.g if you’re an attorney you’re not going to be dressing like a hipster, right?

And that’s it, girls. See you next time cos I can’t wait to share with you more style tips. Just can’t . Please feel free to ask me anything at all, it’s all I’ll ever ask. We also accept contributions so feel free to send in your article and you stand a chance of being featured on here.

Bella ciao.