29.6.17

Travel | Holland!*

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Hello loves.. Longtime no see.. I've disappeared into thin dust again, I know, I know.. Bad blogger vibes.. But, as you can see from the images above, I've been up to thangs! 

A friend of mine was getting married so I hopped on the plane for the occasion; destination Amsterdam! It was a wonderful 3 week break from life.. I won't lie and say I missed living in Holland but I sure did miss my friends and family.. Time flew by pretty fast but I made sure to see everyone I wanted to see, visit all the places I wanted to visit, eat all the food I wanted to eat and buy all the stuff I wanted to buy.. All by all, a fabulous vacation!

Now.. back to saving so we can go on the next one but in the mean time, I'm back to enjoying island life!

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13.3.17

Outfit | 3 o'clock romance!*

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Sunglasses .. Ray-Ban | Dress .. The Hanger | Bag .. Louis Vuitton | Sandals .. Pull & Bear

Street art and murals are things I absolutely live for.. So, when this local artist started this piece of art I was secretly overjoyed.. I work in the neighborhood so it was a treat to see its progression and finally be able to admire the end result which is this beautiful piece of art..

It's called '3 o'clock romance' by Francis Sling.. The thought behind it is very interesting to me.. 
The mural depicts the budding romance between two birds that enjoy each other’s company on a lone tree branch one day. Then the next day the birds, the memory of their previous amorous encounter still fresh in their consciousness, fly to meet each other once again. And so they repeat it the day after that, and the next day, and the next.
And they do this without making any agreements to rendezvous. They go about their business and the fact that they fly back to that branch at 3 o’clock is a tacit affair, they simply go there hoping the other will be waiting.
“And this interaction between these two birds is a symbol for relationships between people. In my opinion that’s how you know they really want to be around each other; when their agreements are implicit. That’s how a solid foundation is laid for a romantic interaction to evolve into a two month relationship, a five year relationship.
Because if they were to make overt promises to frequently be around each other, they would eventually only be doing so to keep their promise to one another. It would become about the promise instead of the partner.
And this chimes with the question of the validity of monogamy. Is everyone really meant to meet one partner, get married and lead a conventional family life?” (Source: Skempi - please click to read the full article)
An interesting thought represented by a beautiful mural.. If you're ever on the island or you have yet to visit the piece, please do so.. It's beautiful in pictures but absolutely gorgeous in person!*
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10.2.17

Outfit | Monochromatic!*

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Sunglasses | Porsche Design .. Necklaces | H&M .. Bodysuit | H&M .. Skirt | H&M .. Clutch | Antik Batik .. Shoes | H&M

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26.1.17

Let's Talk | How I afford luxury designer goods!*

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This goes out to all the fashion lovers like moi; who are not rich but far from poor yet have a bunch of responsibilities to take care of.. 

Buying luxury items is a sport in itself which I quite enjoy.. It's not easy being a young professional with bigger goals who sometimes succumbs to materialistic necessities.. But I ain't gon' lie.. I love it!

Let me tell you how I do it..

Wishlist
Which are the items you're in love with? Are you fan of a particular brand? Create a list of items you'll be on the look out for. I love using Pinterest for this. I edit the wishlist as I go and sometimes even take items off. You can look for ways to style it, different color options and alternatives.

Think about it
Do not impulse buy.. I repeat.. Do not impulse buy! Fashion moves very quick and luxury items should be seen as investments even if you don't plan to resell them.. Think about the item you would like to purchase;

• Does it fit your style?
• Does it fit in your wardrobe?
• What is it that you love about it?
• Was the item or the brand on your wishlist to begin with?

Read reviews about the item, watch videos on it.. Do your research! Give yourself about a month before you go through with your purchase.. Are you still in love with the item after a month? For the amount of money you spend on luxury items, you should be certain that, that is the item you want. Keep in mind that once you buy it you might not be able to return it, resell it or may suffer a loss doing so.. 

Test run dupes
There are a lot of styles which can be found on the high-street which are similar to designer goods.. Don't go crazy with the buying but get a cheaper version of the item you'd like and test it out..

• Do you wear it? 
• Are you using it enough? 
• Does it fit your style? 
• Are you convinced that you will use the designer version? 

I have done this several times and the following happend; I have found that I am more interested in classic styles for luxury designer goods.. I fall out of love quickly, trendy collections do not interest me. I would never get the Gucci Dionysus but the Chanel Lambskin Jumbo Classic; as soon as I reach my goal, it's gonna get it!

Save up
The challenge of all challenges.. Saving money! If my sole existence depended on how well of a saver I was, I wouldn't be here today, haha. But, practice makes perfect! Analyse your spending habits.. 

• Where can you cut corners? 
• Do you eat out a lot? 
• Do you spend a lot on clothes and only wear them a few times?
• How many lipsticks and highlighters do you buy, do you need them?
• Are your bills unnecessarily high?

Go through your habits and change the way you spend.. It's not easy but seeing your savings account get bigger surely is motivating!

Closet Sale
Many of us -I say us, because I used to do it too- buy a lot of clothes, use them once or twice and never wear them again. Instead of having your clothes hanging in the closet staring back at you, give them a second chance; resell them. You don't need to sell them for a lot of money but clearing out for a little pocket change is not a bad idea and you can sell the clothes with people who might absolutely love them and wear them a whole lot.. 

Check out sales
It depends which brand and where it gets sold but there is a wide variety of luxury designer goods that do go on sale. Wait it out! Have the patience to wait and look for it. It's not the time to worry about the item being 'so last season' or two seasons ago. Buy things because you love them, not because they're trending.. 

Buy pre-loved
I can not tell you how much I love hunting for pre-loved luxury designer goods. I have found that I don't necessarily like the 'new' look and feel of items; especially handbags. I love for them to have lost their stiffness and have a 'worn' feel. I have specific websites I use to buy pre-loved luxury goods from which have set authenticity check procedures. I have used Ebay also and recommend it using paypal just so you have some form of protection since there is no authenticity check. I haven't had any issues with fakes but you never know.

Take note that pre-loved does not always mean used, sometimes people make a purchase, regret it and put the item up for sale. This is how I have found some of my best treasures!

If you have any questions or remarks, don't hesitate to let me know!

xXx

Websites:
www.designer-vintage.com
www.fashionphile.com
www.tradesy.com
www.vestiairecollective.com

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20.1.17

Island Life | Early Saturday Mornings!*

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Sunglasses | H&M .. Camouflage Jacket | Vintage .. Crop Top | H&M .. Leggings | Shana .. Sneakers | Nike

Everyone knows, I am not a morning person.. I don't know what the issue is, I don't know when I've become this person but as of right now; wake me up at what seems to be an ungodly hour and I will give you the stare of death.. Weirdly, I don't mind staying up all night to do something in the morning but I can't go to bed and be woken up, that is not who I am..

Anyways, cut to last Saturday.. My mom told me about this adventure she had to go on and of course, I never decline an opportunity to do touristy stuff.. But, it was hella early in the morning! To make it worse, I went out the night before and slept for like 3 hours.. 

The moment I got woken up, I was ready to burn anything and everything and just sit and cry.. Note to self and you, don't go out thinking you'll wake up just fine.. You won't! Good luck next time you do it though, 'cuz you and I both know, we don't listen, haha..

As soon as we got to the first destination and the fresh beachy air hit me, my soul was so happy.. We went to see where the sea creates these holes and caves in the rocks.. Afterwards, we went to this mountain.. 

Nobody told me there would be this much hiking involved.. ugh! And then you get to the top.. How freaking glorious.. Such a beautiful view and it was so quiet.. Beautifully peaceful!

After taking all of that in, we went to what used to be a hospital in time of war..
So creepy yet very exciting.. The hospital is empty and pretty small compared to what we know as hospitals now but it's amazing that it's still standing after so many years..

A bit further down, there's this fort.. Also from the time of war.. The cannons are still there and you can go up through this extremely small entry.. I love going there, the view is incredible and just by standing there you can imagine how the soldiers must have been positioned..

I don't know much about the history of my island or take the time to do much about it but I surely love visiting the historic places.. There are many more I have yet to visit but I sure plan to do something about that!

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