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..
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..
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!
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!
I was debating.. Do I do new years resolutions or no? Because let's face it, just like every year, two weeks from now, I will have no idea where the note I wrote everything on is, I will have gone back to my routine of living day by day without a plan and then it hit me..
There was this one year, I made a vision board.. Not everything on the board came true but the most important ones, the ones that mattered at the time, did.. I think it was for the year of 2015.. From the top of my head, I remember I had put down to graduate, move back home, get a particular car, to save up, travel, get a job at this one particular company and to be healthier..
The year wasn't easy.. Especially in the beginning I remember I struggled quite a bit in some areas.. And then suddenly, everything happend so quickly.. I graduated, I traveled, the car I wanted was waiting for me, I moved back home and had something to do when I got back.. Now mind you, all of this didn't happen without some sweat, tears and anxiety in between but things were happening.. Even when I thought I wasn't gonna make it, I made it..
The more longterm goals were the hardest; like to save up and be healthy but the big plans, the things I really wanted with all my might and heart,those were the ones that came to fruition.. So, as I'm writing up this post, I decided.. Let's give it another shot.. Let's create another vision board..
The goal of the vision board is to help you concentrate and focus your energy on the goals you set for yourself and your life.. From dreams to professional accomplishments, whatever it is you'd like to accomplish, you put it on the vision board and envision yourself already accomplishing this goal while focusing your energy on making it your reality..
So, a different twist on resolutions but still a plan to make 2017 great.. Remember that dreams don't work unless you do, the same goes for the vision board.. May your 2017 be one of the best years so far and I hope that all your plans, goals and dreams come to fruition!*
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I love places that are abandoned.. I always wonder, what's the story.. This little shop is a lottery shop 'Joe Black'.. I'm not even certain whether or not it has been abandoned but on the part of the island it's located; I almost felt as if the people from that particular area may have been too uninterested in gambling to actually help the business thrive.. Either way, I just loved how it looked and imagined my own story behind it.. On a Sunday morning, driving around, being in your own mind can sometimes be the best escape..