Shopping: 3 things I’m not buying any more

The fashion industry has become much more aware of sustainability over the last few years and it’s got me thinking about my own shopping habits. I can definitely see a change in how and what I spend my money on, especially in the last couple of years.  There are 3 things that really stand out to me that I’ve stopped buying which I am going to talk about in today’s blog post.

High Street Handbags

I have a real love for handbags and I would say they are probably my favourite fashion item to shop for. As well as designer bags, I used to buy pieces from the high street as well but this is something that I have moved away from over the last couple of years. No disrespect to the high street, but they just cannot compete with the quality of leathers and hardware featured on a designer handbag and I would much rather spend more money on a quality luxury piece that stands the test of time all day long.

Certain designer bags are considered an investment and you can re-sell them on the pre-loved market if you decide you no longer get the same amount of use for it. You can actually get some money back on them which you can put towards your next designer handbag purchase! This isn’t the case for all designer bags on the market, but certainly for classic pieces such as an Hermes Birkin, Hermes Kelly or a Chanel Classic flap bag for example you can always re-sell for the same price or even higher than what you paid for it originally if you’ve kept it in a decent condition.

It’s a good idea to invest into the classic carry over styles that the luxury brands continue every season. The seasonal pieces, although are often cheaper, are not always a great buy as the following year they can look really dated and very specific to the time they were launched. However these can often, in years to come, become little gems to resell and become quite covetable again. Look at the Dior saddle bag which has come back into fashion a decade later, as well as the rise of the Y2K inspired looks that are all over Instagram right now. That one seasonal piece you buy now might become very handy in 10 years time and look just as fresh as it did when you first bought it.

Seasonal trend led pieces

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love to keep up with the latest trends as I work in the fashion industry and it’s my job. However, the last few years I have definitely taken a step back from buying into every single new trend that pops up each season. Now days I will really consider if I want to get on board with a trend led piece or not.  This is both for high-street clothing as well as designer items. For example, when Prada launched the re-edition handbag or Dior launched their canvas book tote, everyone went crazy for them and rushed out to get one. However these were not styles that I wanted to get involved with as I know in a year’s time they are going to look really dated. Look at Celine for example – they have had some major hits with their handbags in the past but then they only look good for a short period of time. If you wear it a year later or more, everyone knows what collection it was from and it just doesn’t look quite right any more.

If it’s not a classic seasonal piece or something that I can pull out year after year to wear, I’m not as keen to make that purchase any more. I would rather spend the money on something I know I will love for a longer period of time. 

Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is one of the main culprits when it comes to sustainability in the industry. For a long time I felt that I needed a new outfit every time I went out and there was such a huge explosion of online brands appearing that update their websites with new items daily. The throw away fashion culture is definitely not helped by social media which fuels this constant need for newness and having the next latest thing all the time.

The thing that I find the most disappointing about a lot of these online retailers is the quality of the clothing. I am more interested in spending that little bit more money for nicer fabrics and styles that I know I will get a lot of wear out of now days. My wardrobe is not bursting at the seems like it once was and there is something really nice about building a casual collection of pieces that you can easily mix and match and get a lot of wear out of each season. This is something I aim to be a lot better at and really want to work on.

Outfit featured in today’s blog post:

Check knitted cardigan DLSB 

Jeans and Hat: Zara (last year AW20)

Necklace: Heart Figaro chain in gold from Abbott Lyon

 

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5 ways to have the ultimate cosy Autumn night in

Chi Chi London Pyjamas

Autumn is well an truly here. It’s getting darker earlier, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves have started turning all gorgeous shades of orange and brown. So that means it’s the perfect time to get all cosy and have some lovely Autumn evenings at home.

I’ve put together a list of ways to make sure that you have the ultimate cosy Autumn night in.

Fresh Pyjamas

The most important way to start a cosy Autumn night in has to be by getting into a fresh set of pyjamas. I’ve been wearing this new heart print set in my collection from Chi Chi London. They have a really good nightwear selection with so many gorgeous prints.

Set the scene with candles

Candles are the perfect way to make a room feel that little bit extra cosy and a really popular choice for Autumn are pumpkin scented candles. There is something really comforting about getting out different candles and using them seasonally throughout the year. If you’re feeling bougie, treat yourself to a high end, quality candle from the likes of Jo Malone, Diptyque, Replica, Boy Smells or Overose. The majority of the large fashion houses also do candles if you really want to go all out.

Equally, you don’t need to spend a fortune if you don’t want to. You can pick up some really amazing candles from places like Homesense, Next or Zara for reasonable prices.

Watch a Halloween movie

Close the curtains, cosy up and get a Halloween movie on! It’s dark outside, it’s getting colder and October is spooky season so it’s the most perfect time of the year for it. Here are some of my favourite Halloween movies:

Hocus Pocus – such a classic. I watch this every year!

The Witches (the original early 90s version) – This film even today gives me the creeps! Considering it’s a children’s movie, there’s something really dark about it and I remember this being quite scary when it came out! I haven’t seen the new version with Anne Hathaway as I’m not sure they can top the original.

It – because there is nothing more scary than an evil clown at Halloween

Apply a face mask

There’s something about a face mask that always make you feel amazing afterwards.

Pixi Beauty have a really gorgeous selection of face masks, in particular the Milky Remedy one which is a current favourite of mine. It’s a cooling gel texture and you ccan literally feel the difference to your skin after one application. I love it. Another favourite mask of mine is the Aura Manuka Honey mask from Antipodes, available at Look Fantastic and one that I highly recommend if you like a more clay like mask consistency. It also smells like sweets and as if it is good enough to eat!

Check out a previous post HERE for tips on how to make your bathroom feel more like a spa.

 

Pyjamas featured in todays blog post: From Chi Chi London 

This post features gifted items/PR products.

Getting Autumn/Winter ready with Glamify Fashion

Autumn is just around the corner and that means one thing – new season fashion! For this week’s post I’m working with Glamify Fashion and checking out their new AW21 collection. They are a UK based online retailer who focus on trend led pieces and in a stylish feminine style.

The fashion savvy among us will already know that when it comes to Autumn/Winter shopping, you need to start looking to buy your coats in August. Even if it’s hot weather and the last thing you want to think about is wearing a coat, it’s the best time to buy one as you will have a much wider selection available. Leaving it to the last minute when the weather gets colder will only leave you disappointed as all the best pieces will have been snapped up already. This is one of my all time top tips with shopping for A/W fashion.

Glamify Fashion currently have a sale on at the moment so this is the perfect time for me to show you my favourite selection of their jackets, shackets and coats to get you ready for the new season!

Eliza cream gilet

Let’s start with what I am wearing in today’s post. This is the Eliza gilet in cream which I will link HERE for you. Straight away I was really impressed with this gilet. The faux fur is lovely and soft the PU leather is excellent quality too. I sized up to a size L as will be wearing this with thicker knitwear when it gets colder. For now, as we transition into the new season, I will wear this with long sleeve t-shirts or lightweight roll necks. This is a layering piece that will make you feel glam and will look great paired with sneakers for a dressed down look or equally as good with boots for a more dressed up style. This gilet is also available in grey, black and camel colour options.

The hero pieces of the range

Glamify Fashion have a great selection of jackets and coats in a variety of colours so there is a lot to choose from. I’ve selected my favourite items from the range that I can see selling out early on and what I predict will be the pieces to snap up quickly. Let’s get into the pieces…

Shackets

A shacket is the most perfect and easy way to layer up a look, whilst still looking chic and put together. I really loved these two shackets in particular. The gorgeous neutral cream tone item which will go with literally every outfit, and the houndstooth one which creates a whole look in itself. So simple and so stylish. Both of these pieces are timeless and can be worn year after year.

Faux Fur

When choosing a faux fur coat, the quality is such an important factor as sometimes the ‘fur’ material can let down the entire look. Going by the faux fur on the gilet I have been wearing, Glamify Fashion already have this covered and have a really nice quality faux fur with their pieces. These three coats were my favourites from the range and they are a mix of both padded and belted styles.

Puffers and padded

If full on faux fur isn’t your thing, then take a look at these puffer coats and padded styles as an alternative. I’m going to be adding this freyah quilted coat (image 1) into my collection. This jacket looks so expensive and I love the balloon sleeves and cinched in waist detail. Duvet coats are going to be huge this season too and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel like they are still wrapped up in bed when they are going out in the freezing UK weather!

Classic styles

If trend led pieces are not your thing, it’s always a great idea to look for classic styles that you know will stand the test of time. I’ve picked out a classic trench, a biker jacket and an aviator style here which are easy to style and wear throughout the whole season.

 

Check out the Glamify website HERE – as well as their jackets, they have a huge range of clothing including loungewear, denim, dresses, knitwear, footwear and so much more. They even have a children’s clothing range for any of you that have a mini fashionista in the family too!

Disclosure – This gilet piece was kindly gifted to me by the brand

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to read my tips about how to de-clutter your wardrobe ready for the new season

New release: Dior Micro handbags

Image courtesy of Dior

Keeping up with the mini handbag trend, Christian Dior have recently put their own stamp on it by releasing their new Micro handbag range. Selecting some of their most iconic handbag styles, they now have teeny tiny versions available designed to fit every day essentials from airpods, to a few bank cards and a lipstick. Dior have seen the potential for taking this trend and making it their own.

The trend

It has to be Jacquemus’ that really set this mini bag trend off. I wrote a previous blog post about this back in 2019 HERE  and since then, we have only seen mini bags to continue to grow in popularity. Following this, we have been hit by a global pandemic which has really had an influence over the way we dress. Where we would once take out a larger handbag full of items (including the kitchen sink in some cases), more of us have downsized the type of bag that we take out with us, and the love for mini bags has risen dramatically. They are no longer seen as a frivolous gimmick accessory, but they are quickly taking centre stage in our wardrobe.

The Dior micro bag collection

The collection features four miniature versions of Dior’s House bags, including Lady Dior, 30 Montaigne, the Dior Caro and Saddle. Here are the details about each style –

Micro Lady Dior  – this is available in lambskin, in black, a gorgeous cloud blue, mint green and a pretty rose pink. It features the usual internal flap over detail, cannage topstitching as well as the hanging ‘D.I.O.R.’ charms. There 1 interior compartment

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro 30 Montaigne –  this is available in calf skin and the same colourways as the Lady Dior option. It’s in the signature boxy silhouette and the flap is embellished with an antique gold-finish metal ‘CD’ clasp which was inspired by the seal of a Christian Dior perfume bottle. The miniature style has an adjustable leather shoulder strap and can be worn over the shoulder or crossbody. There is also 1 interior compartment, 1 card slot and a back pocket. This is personally my favourite out of the micro bag collection.

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro Dior Caro – this is available in calf skin in a black and the cloud blue with the Cannage stitching.. The bag features a flap adorned with a ‘CD’ clasp. The miniature shape’s removable and adjustable chain shoulder strap allows it to be worn both during the day or for an evening look. There is 1 interior compartment and a back pocket

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro Saddle bag – his is available in goat skin in a black or rose colourway. It’s iconic design features a Saddle flap with a ‘D’ stirrup, and a ‘CD’ signature on each side of the strap. The micro saddle bag can be personalized with different embroidered shoulder straps to add a different look. It has 1 interior compartment too.

Image courtesy of Dior

Prices start from £1800 and are available online at Dior

Which is your favourite Micro Dior style?

Are influencers being taken advantage of?

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The way brands advertise has changed massively in the last 10 years. Influencers and content creators now play a huge part in how brands promote their new products. However some brands are starting to take advantage of influencer marketing and using creators in a way which is becoming an issue in the industry.

Earning Potential

Influencers have the potential to earn a really good income through promoting brands. There are lots of ways to make money, for example – through sponsored posts, affiliate links, or becoming brand ambassadors. For the more well known influencers with a large following, they have the opportunity to be taken on all expenses paid brand press trips in return for promoting the latest products. You will also see them creating ‘edits’ with fashion brands as well as creating their own designed collections. These sort of campaigns not only give the influencer a large pay check and commissions through sales, but also generates a massive revenue for the brands.

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For a brand to place an advert in a magazine it can cost thousands of pounds – even tens of thousands depending on the magazine. This is a big chunk of money for any business. Brands now realise the potential that content creators, bloggers, and people with a large social media following have. Using influencers to promote their products for them not only helps them to spread the word really quickly, it also helps to encourage others to go out and buy these items. We live in a world now where reviews can make or break a business and influencers have already gained the trust of those who follow and engage with their content so they are perfect for showcasing products to everyone.

A brand has no way of easily being able to quantify how may people saw their advert in a magazine and how many sales were generated because of it. But an influencer is able to provide a brand with statistics showing exactly how many people liked their post, how many commented, liked, saved or reposted it. If the influencer shared a discount code or a link these can also give the brand an indication of how much interest the viewers have in their product. This sort of data is hugely beneficial for a brand.

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The issue with “gifting”

There are a lot of people that want to be an influencer or a blogger as a career choice and the market has become saturated. Because of this, brands are able to have their pick of the bunch. They have a huge amount of choice and a lot of people hoping to break through and be noticed are more willing to accept free or gifted products from a brand rather than asking them for any form of payment.

Creating content is time consuming – Writing blog posts, shooting the products, filming, editing the photos or videos all takes a lot of time, work and effort. You wouldn’t go to any regular job and expect to put in hours of work without being paid so this should be no different. A free item doesn’t pay the bills at the end of the day but a lot of brands will now only offer this to influencers and where so many are willingly accepting this, it is making it more and more difficult to receive actual payment from brands.  For example, to send out a few free items of clothing is such a tiny cost for many companies and so they prefer to do this rather than actually paying the influencers.

So for any aspiring influencers/bloggers reading this blog post, always ask a brand what budget they have available if they contact you asking to collaborate on a project. A brand that tells you they don’t have a budget is not always being truthful. All marketing departments have a budget whether they are a small business right up to the large corporations. It’s time for bloggers to be given more credit for their worth. Of course it’s completely the decision of the content creator if they are happy to work on a project on a gifted basis only and agree to not accept payment for their work. I myself still do this if I love the brand and am passionate about their products. However, unless bloggers/creators in the industry stand together more on making a positive change about being paid more regularly by brands as opposed to purely working on a gifted basis, we are far off from this being resolved.

In this industry there isn’t a set standard on how much you should charge for your content and there is a massive grey area with this, adding to brands being able to take advantage for this.

Leave a comment below if this issue has affected you. I would love to hear what your experiences have been with blogging and receiving payment for your content.

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Outfit featured in today’s blog post

Love heart Jumper :  I saw it first

Denim Petite Lockett Handbag  : Jimmy Choo 

Sunglasses : ASOS

 

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