It’s not surprise that many women go online in search of discount designer goods, hoping to snag a bargain and get a Louis Vuitton or Balenciaga bag for a much lower price. The unfortunate truth is that whilst it is possible to get discounts on luxury goods, many of the bags found online are cheap fakes. Although many of us covet the designer handbags that celebrities and royals tote around from websites like http://teefamm.com, the average woman can’t afford the hefty price tag that comes with the luxury bags. The average Chanel handbag, for example, will set you back anywhere from $4,500 to $8,000- far above the means of those except the super wealthy. Always inspect the bag in person, as on a fake designer handbag, there will normally be a slight variation to the look of the logo so the counterfeiters can claim they haven’t copied the logo but that it is a different logo altogether. Look on a reputable website like http://teefamm.com instead of a dodgy one!
Why you shouldn’t buy a fake bag:
- Counterfeit bags are often much lower in quality and break easily
- They are commonly made in factories that exploit child labor laws
- Money from fake items often goes straight to criminal organisations
- Interpol has confirmed that funds from counterfeit bags also end up with terrorist organisations
- Fake bags and accessories can have damaging chemicals and products used on them that are not safe and legal
Whilst there are many overseas sites that seem to be selling very cheap designer bags, you’re more likely to purchase a fake from sites from countries like China, Brazil and India where many counterfeit goods are produced. If you buy from an Australian site you also have greater protections for getting your money back if your bag does turn out to be fake. Check out the hardware and lining. Another major giveaway of a counterfeit bag is the differences in hardware and lining. Have a look at the zip, any buckles and the rivets under the bag – if they have already lost their shine, it’s probably a fake. Make sure you know what the lining should look like on the real deal. A lot of brands use fabric with their logo monogrammed, while a lot of counterfeiters don’t make the effort because to them it’s mainly the outside of the bag that matters.
Take your time when you are shopping either online or in a store, don’t be rushed into making a purchase. Ensure you’re confident the bag is real before you buy and don’t impulse shop. If you’re buying from an online store you can always contact the banks and credit card companies, the site accepts and check with them if there’s been any reports of fraud to them. If you’re shopping online, go back a week or two later to see if the website is still up. If it was supplying fraudulent goods, it will most likely be tracked down and closed. Also, try contacting customer service and see if you get a response, and research online reviews.
The ceremony is booked, the reception is booked, the elegant canapes and sit down meal have been booked. You’ve picked the champagne and you’re bridesmaids are thrilled to have been asked to stand with you on your big day. If you want to have a hand in organising the day, then hiring a company like www.lovestruckweddings.co.uk can really help. All the bigger things associated with the wedding of your dreams is sorted out but then there are the small things that are still waiting to be chosen. The next thing you as the bride needs to focus on, is the wedding invitations. Simple wedding invitations that only list the ceremony and reception times along with RSVP details are quite popular in comparison to the small notebook some couples send out detailing everything from the fifteen flower girls to the menu at the meal. Simple is always effective, sophisticated and bound to bring a tear to the mother of the bride.
Most of the time, engaged couples like to choose wedding invitations to match their wedding colours and then the design suits the couples’ style. Some wedding invitations have no frills and are simple. Not necessarily plain as such, but clean and minimalist in style. Other wedding invites are fluorescent, eye catching and adorned in lace; actual frills! What you want to reflect isn’t just yourselves as individuals, but the new wedded couple you’ll become. Your colours and text should be elegant but bold and really show off your day in the best way. The better and more bold the invitation, the more excited your guests will be for you. There’s something so much more graceful in a full and proper wedding invitation with a quirky and unique style versus a round robin email!
Alongside your invitations, your save the date is likely to match the colour and style of your invitation so that should be a consideration when it comes to design. The order of service can be included in with your invites or just handed out at the start of the ceremony on the day of the wedding.
When you choose the font for your invites, you can choose this yourself or have the whole invitation fully designed by a company instead. While this does cost a little more, companies who create wedding invitations are now more reasonable due to the level of work they receive. The invitations that you have for your wedding day are sometimes the most important invitations you’ll ever compose. While it’s vital that they have all the information in them for the actual day, along with RSVP details, you will of course want elegance and grace. Hopefully you’ve had some planning help if you don’t have very many people in your bridal party and that’s where companies like www.lovestruckweddings.co.uk come in. Pretty wedding invitations that stand out can set the tone for the biggest day of your life. Wedding invitations can be expensive but sometimes it’s not the biggest consideration when it comes to getting them designed. You can use companies to help you design your own or you can simply choose off the shelf designs.
If you’re feeling the pressure of choosing your perfect dreamy wedding dress, we’ve put together for you a guide of what to do and what not to do when choosing your dream dress. These tips will go a long way to keeping you calm and focused when choosing a dress off websites like www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk or from bridal shops around the country. Do wear your wedding underwear! If you’re able to, wear the bra and knickers and corset – if you plan to wear one – to your bridal fittings. Obviously this won’t be quite possible if you are browsing online with www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk but you can still imagine! Don’t try on too many dresses. We told you in part one to try on as many as you like and this still stands but if you try on dozens of dresses you’ll only end up confusing yourself and getting all flustered when there’s no need.
Don’t forget that all wedding dress and accessory sales are usually final. No pressure right?! It’s a realistic reminder that you should stay serious in your wedding dress search and accessories. Most of those pretty fascinators are not returnable so spend your money on your accessories wisely. Websites like www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk can offer you many choices on the accessories to choose from but try not to get bamboozled by beautiful crystal extras. Don’t freak out about wedding dress sizing. Bridal gowns tend to run two or three sizes larger than your regular size. Once you get your head round that, be realistic. Pay attention to how it looks and not the sizing on the label. Labels are very psychological and if you listen to that you can really upset yourself for no reason. Do ask lots of questions when you are trying your dresses on. You should ask the boutique owner and staff lots of different questions but also yourself.
You want the dress you love to make you feel spectacular on your day but also it must be practical for the wedding you’re going to have. Do you feel confident? Do you feel comfortable but beautiful? Can you dance in your dress? Can you sit down? Are you self-conscious about any part of yourself in the dress? All these questions are so important for success on your wedding day. Although a gown may be elegant and breathtakingly beautiful, what good is it if you are trapped mummy-style all night? Don’t feel like you have to bring an ooh-ing and aah-ing audience. We’ve all seen the bridal shops stuffed full of aunties, cousins and the best friends’ sisters’ cousins but it’s not necessary. The only approval you need is yours and maybe your mothers! Don’t feel the pressure to take a gaggle of giggling and emotional women with you who will all likely have different tastes and offer difference advice to give you. You’ll only confuse yourself!
Choosing to decorate your home means that you are taking a step to freshen the place you may spend most of your time. Whether you are doing up a room for nursery purposes or changing around the living room, decorating can be really exciting! If you can’t afford wallpaper, which let’s be real here can be expensive if you have high ceilings and large walls. You can use everyday items to brighten up bare walls like heirloom quilts turned into a tapestry or decorative plates. You can use wall stickers and decals to update the brightness of the walls and add classy images and quotes.
There are a lot of ways to decorate your home including hiring decorating companies and interior designers but if you are on a little bit of a budget and have to be careful with the pennies then making sure you find decorating tips online that don’t cost the earth is the way to go.
You can use accent lighting to highlight décor and interiors in the home and directional lighting can add a lot of drama to a once boring hallway or foyer. Installing accent lighting to shine on artwork adds a touch of drama to the picture and gives a visual interest and attention to the home. Companies like www.ignitepropertyservices.com can assist with painting swatches and ideas for wallpaper as well as provide that service. Sometimes that can be a little bit over budget and this can be difficult for sticking to a shoestring.
Windows can get an added decorative touch with wall treatments and they can be inexpensive ones. You can do these with a sewing machine and home making kits and every day materials such as sheets, linen and man-made fibres which resemble expensive skills. No one will need to know you cut corners unless of course the fact that you saved a ton of money would be something to brag about, which we all know it is. Accessorising your bathrooms with affordable décor and perhaps considering changing the theme of your bathroom with paint and adding new colours to your accessories can be really affordable. Shops like Wilko and Poundworld have some lovely vinyl tiles that you can use to replace the ones on the current flooring. Searching online classifieds or newspapers for cheap finds are as good as looking through car boot sales for items to upcycle. Do your homework when you’re shopping and you will be able to look for accessories to match the paint ideas and swatches given by companies like www.ignitepropertyservices.com.
If you can, update the plumbing fixtures in the home. You can upcycle a lot of furniture by sanding down and varnishing, which doesn’t cost the earth either. Door handles can be bought for little money. For any upgrades, do anything you can yourself and online tutorials, YouTube and DIY programmes on the television can all help you to do things for yourself.
It is about time we talked about what items you should take on holiday with you. I always think it’s easier for women. Sarongs, bikinis and floaty dresses are easy to pack and take on holiday but for men who usually live in jeans and t-shirts it can be a little more difficult to think of what to bring on holiday with you. There is so much information out there and it can get confusing; you have adverts from Primark to websites like www.birtchnells.co.uk that throw lots of ideas and info to you so we’ve put together this handy little guide to help you out.
First and foremost you’ve got to make sure you aren’t just looking at luggage. It’s all well and good to know what you’re packing everything into but what about when you arrive? Have you thought about how you may carry your wallet, key to the hotel room and phone in? We know it’s customary to shove everything in the giant bag your wife may bring to the beach but if you are blissfully single and on holiday with the lads then there won’t be a giant tote to shove everything into. You’ll need a beach bag! Not a battered messenger back or God forbid, briefcase. Don’t buy anything leather or heavy cotton as you can actually do some damage to your phone if it’s too hot. Go for linen or wicker.
If you’re looking for a great time out scouring the websites like www.birtchnells.co.uk for crisp lightweight shirts is what you need. You want to look smart, well-groomed and pressed and for that you need shirts that give statements and these shirts do the job. Make sure you choose light cotton though, you don’t want pit stains ruining your fresh new shirts. Take yourself along to Boots or Sunglasses Hut for the latest styles in RayBans. Sunglasses are essential on a beach holiday but not for hiding while eyeing the ladies. You want to be stylish and safe and make sure the sunglasses you choose have a good UV rating.
It’s summer and sunny so going to the beach means sandals. Men of a certain age always think sandals go perfectly with a pair of lurid green socks and you know, they’re very, very wrong. Sandals and socks are a big no-no and these are almost as bad as crocs in the fashion stakes! Packing a casual suit is never a bad thing if you are headed on a cruise or on a posh all-inclusive. Head over to www.birtchnells.co.uk to choose from their suit collection especially if you have a special lady to waltz around a dance floor; and we don’t mean the sticky-floored clubs of Malaga either!
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you should slack on the style front. Whether paired up or single dress not only to impress others, but for your own confidence!
Everyone I know loves a good holiday whether that’s staying within the UK or going further afield abroad. There are so many variations and choices when it comes to going away and you can choose to go somewhere hot or somewhere cold. There’s no limit to holidays in the world that we live in now and holiday destinations are on the up. The most exciting part – other than actually booking the holiday of course! – is packing. Buying new clothes and packing them into cases you know will either be flying thousands of miles away or even just driving those to the nearest UK based resort.
Clothes shopping and packing for holidays is always going to be difficult until you’ve decided where you’re going and for how long. If you’re into camping, you obviously won’t be buying up bikinis or espadrilles but you will be looking at wellies and warm clothing. For those going skiing or taking a break in colder climates, clothes that are warm are an obvious choice but still pack a few t-shirts. Skiing and snowboarding is hard work and gets you hot and bothered extremely quickly and if you’re wrapped in the thickest woollen jumpers then that makes it worse!
Most people plan holidays around events if it’s possible and most weddings are held in warm weather and if you’re lucky to be invited to a wedding that lasts a weekend in a country estate, then you’re not just dressing for the event but for the weather too. Having a look at www.birtchnells.co.uk you’ll be able to see a range of men’s casual but smart and appropriate shirts that are right for a summer get together in a classy setting. Wedding attire is also catered for with Birtchnells and the clothing is geared exclusively for men for both casual and formal occasions. Looking for clothing that reflect the occasion so making sure you buy a shirt and tie combo for meals out in the evenings is key.
If you’re looking for a great range of knitwear for a holiday somewhere snowy and frosty you got to look at the quality of the clothing you’re buying. Yes, you may pay more for quality but in the long run it will last longer. The knitwear and trousers available on www.birtchnells.co.uk are warm, cotton and last longer than the average so paying that little bit more before you take a holiday is never going to be a bad thing. Holidays don’t last forever so to spend more on the clothes for going away it’ll be an investment for later as you would still be using those clothes after a holiday.
Don’t forget, when you’re packing to make sure you pack a couple of carrier bags so you can use them for laundry. Also make sure that you weigh your bags so even if you’ve packed all your new skiwear or your summer dresses you’re not over the limit and paying over the odds.