Wednesday, 20 July 2016

WHY I'M OKAY WITH REPLICA DESIGNER WEAR

Being so into fashion often leads to multiple heartbreaks every single season. Whether it's a Chloé bag, Gucci blouse or  Balmain dress, we're left feeling blue at the sob-worthy price tag and knowing we'll most likely never own them.

This leads us to go and seek out alternatives and similars for just a fraction of the price.

Now, I know this receives many mixed views, and I do anticipate some ear bashing on Social Media for what I am about to say, but I'm actually okay with replica designer wear. This includes counterfeit versions of the real thing.

I'm now remembering why I'm so scared to post this.

As you may know, I like going to Turkey for a cheap vacation, it's ridiculously affordable in terms of package deal, food, drink etc. It's also the 'Fake' goods capital.

Previous posts of mine have featured, the likes of 'Chloé' and 'Chanel' bags, perhaps you didn't notice the brand logo but the design most probably looked very familiar to you.

When you love a bag so much, as I do the Chloé Faye & Drew, you'll likely do anything to have one at least similar to the real thing, like trawling for hours around the bazaar in Marmaris and up and down the shopping strip in hopes of finding a great and affordable alternative. That's what I did.

I can't tell you the amount of times people actually thought I had a real Mulberry Bayswater costing around £800, when in fact it was a £29 replica.

But here's the thing; I never claim that they're real, yes it would be fun to watch people's stunned faces thinking I'd shelled out all that cash, but the satisfaction should stay firmly within the bag you've purchased and how much you adore it.

Sadly the real thing would cost at least 1 month's wage and as a soon-to-be student, that money is not available for me to invest in something that will have depreciated to nothing by the time I come to sell it a few years down the line.

I think it's time to stop frowning on others for not owning the 'real thing', £1.000 is unreasonable for a bag these days so is there any wonder that half of us actually own a replica?

I would also like to point out though, that yes it's a little dishonest of us to be parading our 'fakes' and it somewhat appears to mock the original designers work whilst taking the exclusivity out of designer products, but until their prices reduce and I stop being paid minimum wage, the only way I can go is by using replica or high street versions.
Celine
Additional inner bag, Celine 

Chloé 'Faye'
Chanel 'Boy'

 Mulberry 'Bayswater'
Chloe 'Drew'

I'm intrigued to hear your views on this, so please let me know in the comments below.

SB xo
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

BLUE JEANS, WHITE SHIRT

For the duration of summer, I'm definitely planning on sharing a new outfit each Tuesday, however choosing something new each week is something a little more difficult than first realised. The reason? I'm now unemployed and money isn't quite as easy to spend when you're living off your savings. Still, time off is definitely rewarding!

This shirt was pushed to the back  of my wardrobe some months ago, after buying a thicker, prettier and crisper shirt from a River Island sale, I decided this was not to be worn unless desperate seeing as it's so paper thin (no thanks). But, after pulling it back out of the closet, I found it super comfortable and looks surprisingly neat with my trusty old Jamie jeans which are virtually sewn onto my legs. Sorry not sorry.

I'm a sucker for sales, in fact most of my clothes are purchased at a reduced price (although that's totally not good for a future fashion student, time to bite the bullet and buy this season) and these shoes are no exception. These Miss Selfridge shoes are comfortable yet totally gorgeous and versatile sandals that I'm now going to wear forever!
Shirt - H&M // Jeans - Topshop // Shoes - Miss Selfridge
I guess it's time to raid the pile to find the next outfit!

SB xo
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Saturday, 2 July 2016

SUNNING IN MARMARIS

July is finally here, I've been home from my holiday for 6 weeks and I haven't blogged in nearly 7 weeks! Apologies for that, my last few weeks of work have been busy and I'm feeling a little drained right now - but more on that in another post coming soon.

Whilst I feel Turkey is a somewhat fragile subject right now - understandably so - it's such a welcoming place and I really wanted to share some holiday snaps from Marmaris with my internet fraaands.

The weather was mostly beautiful aside from 2 days of torrential rain which left me to watch copious amounts of Versailles on Netflix (ohmigod it's so good and currently airing on BBC 2 right now), however I had some well earned rest in the sun and I'm already wanting another sun filled vacay!

For those of who have followed me for a while will probably recognise this place, this was my third visit to this complex - the second time in 6 months - and Club Turquoise still as wonderful as it was back in 2004. 

Thankfully this time I had my trusty little Olympus Pen to capture my trip, here's the work it did back in May.
I'm totally ready for 11 weeks of rest now before my life gets way craaaazy and I flee this town for Cardiff. So get ready for a summer of blog posts on Alright Sunshine *peace emoji*!

SB xo
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

TRENDSETTER TUESDAY: VICTORIA MAGRATH


I remember stumbling across Victoria on Twitter and thinking how she was an absolute breath of fresh air in the blogging world, and my timeline. A few months later I sourced the fashionista on Instagram and suddenly there was no turning back from becoming an avid fan of In the Frow.

I adored her ultra feminine style and also how she mixed it with an edgier twist, everything was and still most certainly is sleek. That's definitely the word I would use when talking about ITF.

If I'm to choose one thing to be envious of - and my god choosing one is such a difficulty - it's Victoria Magrath's extensive bag collection, ranging from Chloe & Celine to Anya Hindmarch & Givenchy, it's every girls sartorial dream. Cue the total swoon fest.

I find myself constantly inspired by her outfits, blog and travels as well as her love for Burberry & Cartel, yes we have definitely both bonded over that band on Twitter.

She manages to create content full of elegance and sincerity, her images and blog layout are clean and crisp, her hair & make up are done to perfection and she carries herself with such professionalism.

However, it's also nice to see the more personal side of her on Snapchat, where she's not all made up, she sings along to her favourite songs, and shows her interests whilst giving us peak into her reality. That's what I admire most.

Whilst I definitely prefer blogs that feature more high street than high end fashion - because we totally can't afford that - I like to live out my lavish fantasies through Victoria who has, and continues to work hard to make her name known and to shout louder than a lot of others in her industry. Surely after her success, a girl can treat herself from time to time?



So Victoria, thank you for bringing my girly side back to the surface, I'm excited to explore the new me.

SB xo
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

THE TREND EDIT: MONOGRAM

(Photo credit: WhatOliviaDid)

The Monogram trend has to be one of my all time favourites, it may have started with Burberry back in 2014 but my love is still very alive and well in 2016.
It's become a new seasonal tradition for Burberry to offer personalisation on their garments, if Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is wearing a scarf or Cara Delevingne is wearing a cape from the British fashion house, then you'll most definitely see large embroidered RHW or CD somewhere on the item. It may be costly to brand your name on your clothes, but who doesn't want to wear their identity?
(Photo credit: WishWishWish)

Carrie chose the personalised monogram approach on her WishWishHen trip for her bachelorette weekend to Disney. How adorable are these jackets she had made for the girls with their names on them? They're oh so Instagram/Blog-worthy, I can't wait for her DIY post on them!
(Photo credit: WhatOliviaDid)
Not only is it cute and fun to have your name/initials branded on your clothing and accessories, it makes them unique and makes you want to take a billion photos to share with the world and his wife. That's a good a reason as any, right?

Not only do clothes look absolutely super duper with your name embroidered on them, but why stop there? All you need to do is scroll through Instagram and you'll see mugs, cushions, candles, notebooks etc with initials on them, or even blog names. They're my fave accessories!
       
(Photo credit to Sophie & Olivia)

Are you loving the monogram trend? What items do you own?

I'm off to drink some tea in my S mug.

SB xo
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