Does Athleisure have a place in luxury fashion?

Hi all…I’m back with another post on a topic that many that write and speak about fashion have very strong opinions about.

Athleisure which to me is the idea of fashion that goes from the gym to the street. The clothing can often appear to be gym wear but a closer look at fabrics and style suggest you can go out and about with these items. Take P.E Nation for example there clothes seem often too good for the gym and not really practical for those that actually like to sweat when working out.

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I have to be completely honest with you all, I’m writing this in a cafe sitting in my most comfy Lululemon leggings. These ones I don’t wear to the gym at all they are just worn for care free days.

With that background it seems that the luxury fashion brands of Gucci & Fendi etc… are jumping on board this trend and adapting it into their collections. Some brands are going one step further by having collaborations with brands that are only in the realm of streetwear or sportswear. A prime example is Louis Vuitton x Supreme. Supreme being a very popular skateboarding company that has expanded into streetwear. There is also the Fendi and Fila collaboration which I like and seems to be more readily available to when they dropped the LV x Supreme collection.

So this trend is clearly here but many in the fashion industry are of the view that it cheapens the brand and does not feel inline with luxury that these houses exude. In some ways I can understand this as these brands have a large history that have been ingrained in tradition; from the way they produce haute couture, the existence of their factories to the many that don’t have e-commerce websites.

But change is often slow and as the new generation of luxury buyers coming up can afford not only accessories but ready-to-wear so brands need to cater for what they are wanting in the market. These buyers don’t just want classic flap bags in black or tweed jackets but a brighter colour range as well as innovation that keeps inline with the brands aesthetic but puts a twist on it. So far I think Gucci is doing the best job with this as they often look to their archives but add something very modern to it as well.  I’m really digging their take on the tracksuit.

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Brands like Off-White are doing great things for the streetwear fashion industry but many are questioning whether they can be considered high fashion. We all know Virgil Abloh is the head of Louis Vuitton menswear and has made waves in that space but Off-White who knows?!?! I personally think the likes of Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada are in a league of their own and so Off-White would never compete with their bags or clothing. I mean who could say a Lady Dior and an Off-White binder clip bag are on the same level.

For me I have nothing against high-end luxury brands going forward and making collaborations with other labels and putting out collections that are more streetwear looking. This is a sign of change and in fashion nothing stays the same, yes the Chanel classic flap and Lady Dior will always be there and most people will still be drawn to the likes of these. But why not cater for the next generation with something in the look and feel of the brand with the same quality that challenges the status quo.

To those that hate athleisure in the luxury market just don’t buy it is my view.

What are all of your thoughts? Comment below.

xx – the expat

FYI – Black Friday sales are on so get onto it quick as things will go!

 

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What’s Next

Hi

I’m back…I know its been a while but hopefully now I’m back on board with the blog more.

So this post is dedicated the idea in the fashion industry of What’s Next. What trends are going to be filtering down? What are we going to be wearing in 12 months let alone 18 months? What brands will be the new “IT brand”? These are all questions that with each season that passes, we who love fashion think about. Take a look at Off-White – who knew what this brand would become let alone having their creative director take on the artistic director role at Louis Vuitton menswear.

In saying all this I wanted to touch on a few brands that I think are going to be huge and really define what we see next in terms of trends, design and brand development & hype.

Ruslan Baginskiy Hats

There is something to be said about hats and if you know me I have loved hats since I was 8 years old. The fact that hats are becoming more mainstream make me super excited. I’m not talking baseball caps but baker boy caps, wide brim fedoras, berets & straw boaters. These hats can elevate the simplest of outfits and give you cool girl vibes.

Ruslan Baginskiy hats have been on my radar through Instagram and through the likes of Bella Hadid and Eva Chen. As soon as I could find stockists I was looking to see what I could get but found most of what I wanted was sold out. 🙁 So I’ve now added myself to the waitlist for a number of sites and can see that FarFetch have what I want available…yay!!

His prices are not cheap so might have to wait a bit especially considering these are hats but he is a traditional milliner so his artistry lies in this rather than just adding hats to an accessory line.

I’m most interested in this leather baker boy cap that has the added touch of patent.

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I’m looking at these as well in cotton.

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I’m so in love….

Danse Lente

This brand has been on my radar for a year already but I was never really sold until I saw their famous Phoebe bag in person. Apparently David Jones now stocks them which is great to be able to try on. I’m head over heels for the Phoebe bag and now know the exact one I want. I blame David Jones…

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There are other designs but this particular one speaks to me for some reason and being able to see it in person so I could touch and try on made it easy for me to be converted.

Other designs that are popular include the Johnny with its interesting handle and odd bucket shape.

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Poppy Lissiman

I’ve talked about the Australian brand Poppy Lissiman before in my sunglasses post but its worth repeating how this brand is set for world domination. I love how their sunglasses are super on trend at the moment but also how they’ve branched out to bags and accessories. Way to go!!! I have one pair of sunglasses but eyeing off their cute bum bags at the moment.

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Nalin Studios

Nalin Studios jewellery has not only amazing pieces but the concept to release one piece/style per month is ingenious. It creates hype and allows for every piece to be unique as it’s not everywhere at once

I absolutely adore this necklace and find that it is currently available on their website. The design is stunning as all their pieces are, but this one is unique with the face on one side and the words on the back which allows you to wear it both ways. You get 2 necklaces out of 1 which is great considering their jewellery is not exactly cheap!!!

 

So that is it for me. I hope you guys found it useful to see what brands are going to be up and coming over the next year. Of course this was accessories focused with limited focus on clothing. Personally with clothing I find it much harder as I tend to stick with true classics from the high street e.g. Topshop, Sportsgirl & Uniqlo. This makes it easy for me to take risks with clothing without spending big but also maintain the classics at a great price too! Win, win I say.

If you have any brands that you think are going to be the next big thing let me know in the comments below.

 

xx – the expat

 

 

Lookbook Feat. My Summer Trends

Hi

I’m back!!! Rested and relaxed after a fantastic break. I managed to get some shopping time in as well so expect some reveals too. One piece is something I’ve been eyeing for a long time. If you aren’t following my YouTube channel please do as that is where I reveal a lot of new purchases or talk about trends in general.

For this particular post I’m referring to the trends I discussed in this video…

Anyways…checkout some shots we took in KL, Malaysia & Jakarta featuring the bags in my summer trends video 💁🏼.

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Also, a little bit of my Chloe Faye Mini Backpack. Although, not mentioned in my trends video one of my all time favourites and a great travel bag.

Hope you guys enjoyed checking out some of my images taken.

the expat xx

 

Summer Trends 2018

Hello fellow fashion followers,

I’m coming at you today with a post on summer trends for 2018. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere you might be feeling a little jelly from all the great summer inspo pics on Instagram and on blogs. I certainly am!! But aside from that I take it as an opportunity to build my wardrobe based on what has come out and taking into consideration trends and what we are seeing filter into the high street. It’s kind of the only benefit being the opposite season to the North.

I am currently seeing major flashbacks to the 70s and 90s in general but also a bigger focus on vintage. Effortless cool is what I see in some great street style images. Anyways onwards to the trends…

Vintage Anything & Everything

I see people that wouldn’t normally consider vintage, start discussing plans to go thrift shopping and searching EBay endlessly for vintage Dior Saddle bags and Fendi Zucca prints. I say go for it, the more the merrier that head into this world means that we see the value of recycling clothes when as we know fashion can be a bit wasteful. Also, you can pick up great finds including some designer stuff and best of all it can be quite affordable if you are willing to go through racks and racks of clothes. Love it!!!

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Personally I’m on the hunt for a Dior Saddle bag or another Gucci piece. I have two already and looking to add to my collection particularly something around the 90s. The other thing I’m desperately seeking is the perfect pair of vintage Levi cut-offs as I want a looser 90s fit. When online shopping for clothing like this it’s hard to know whether you will like it so I best save this when I’m back in Melbourne and can go thrift shopping. To be honest this is the best way to do vintage so you can see, feel and try on some wacky combinations. 😄

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Logo MANIA

Logos are back and I’m not talking subtle I’m talking head-to-toe branding from the likes of Fendi to Coach to everything in between.

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I would say wearing head-to-toe Fendi is not very practical but there are some great ways to insert this trend into your wardrobe. Start with accessories, maybe look at the Balenciaga cap in either the black or white. If you want to do bags vintage is the way to go here. It makes it feel like you were on the Gucci or Vuitton bandwagon long before this season and adds a little bit more credibility to the outfit. Plus you can get these pieces in good condition at reasonable prices. I’m talking $500 and under for Gucci, Louis Vuitton & Dior for example. Score!!! Clothing wise I suggest deliving into hoodies from the likes of more sporting brands e.g. Champion or Fila. I would go for these over Nike as they feel more unique and are a retro throwback as well. Obviously if you are going to do this trend I would do it with a nice heel or over the knee boots.

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Net & Rattan style bags

I’ve seen this bag trend continue to grow and I believe it will definitely be a summer staple down under. To me this trend is the easiest to do as it is affordable. In many ways this is the anti-designer bag and who wants to worry about your designer bag when heading for your summer vacay. To me the way you style it is the most important thing. It needs to be dressed with a cool vibe so no designer ready to wear here. I style these bags with a simple linen shirt and cut-offs or a playsuit in a bold pattern. Here in Bali this sort of style is all over the island so for me it reminds me of the beach, and throwing all your necessities in something that will not get ruined by sand or being in the heat for a long time. Also, getting them here means these bags are made by the Balinese and not manufactured in a factory somewhere. Bigger bonus it will be cheaper with a more one off and unique feel.

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This trend is also readily available at places like Topshop, Zara and Mango. I will be doing a video on what you can pick up in some of these shops and talk through the trend in a little more detail. I’m also travelling so might do a look book for this trend so keep any eye out for that!

Tiny Sunglasses

Now this trend is slightly controversial as many people hate this and think it looks ridiculous. Yes, I tend to agree with this but I do think the same can be said for when the super oversized sunglasses came in. I’m pretty sure people said that was just a trend and wouldn’t last but I think it has and is more accepted than most other shapes. I have no idea where this trend came from but I do distinctly remember Kourtney Kardashian wearing them so far down the bridge of her nose that I was like what the….?!?!?

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In any case I was not keen to try it but then I found a pair that actually suited me, a more cat eye version that was actually a pair of sunglasses. Some appear to be just for decorative purposes only. Anyways safe to say I’m on board this trend and have actually bought a few cheap pairs to see how I can style them.

 

Layered Jewellery 

I love layering jewellery as it looks fantastic especially all in gold. For me I do a choker and then a shorter and a longer necklace. Missoma are also my choice of jewellery brands these days and I tend to stick to one so everything seems cohesive. I don’t know why but mismatched jewellery is not my thing except for rings. It’s weird, I know…

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You don’t have to stop at layering necklaces but you can stack rings as well. I especially like the look of stacking dainty rings as there is something unique especially if you mix ones with stones, simple gold bands; and ones with some intricate details (my fave is the evil eye).

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So that is it my summer trends of 2018!! Do you have any others you have seen or can predict? Let me know. 😎

Evolving Style

Hi everyone…

I’ve been thinking about the changes in my style since I’ve moved to a tropical island. There is one major thing that stands out to me I prefer comfort over style. For one, I like slides rather than strappy sandles that I would love in a Melbourne summer. My go to these days are my Birkenstocks not the greatest but so comfy as I walk the uneven roads and ride a scooter around town.

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Actual clothing wise there is not a piece of denim anywhere to be seen. While jeans even in summer in a city can be worn, here it just seems constricting and uncomfortable. I do own pants but there are always of a lighter cotton or linen material that doesn’t sit so tight to the skin.

I’m also very aware that the sort of style I go for in Melbourne, the minimalist vibe doesn’t translate well here. I can’t really get away with the high-waisted “mom” trousers and white tuxedo shirt or simple turtleneck. It doesn’t look the same when you walk by the beach everyday or when you head to get a quick foot massage. These days I’m loving my 90s slip dresses something that can be thrown on when I have no idea what to wear. My go tos also include many simple off the shoulder tops (you know the ones I’m talking about) and a maxi-esque skirt; or dare I say it denim shorts but they have to be high waisted and not too tight around the legs lol.  As you can see I’ve put a lot of thought into this.

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The other thing is I’ve deviated from my color palette. I tend to favour neutrals such as black, white, grey, camel and all the tones in between these colours. This has been the biggest shock to me as I see myself going for yellows and I’m not talking mustard but bright yellows. I have experimented with color when going to an occasion but on an everyday basis it was always a no from me. I’m also loving floral patterns and prints. Although nothing too feminine such as dainty florals so the patterns and florals have to be different and BOLD. Something that screams ME!!!!

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Obviously there is not much designer related stuff I wear here. This includes even high street brands like Witchery or Seed. I also very much avoid designer bags here as well but if I do it is something that can be easily cleaned and not so delicate such as my Chloe Faye mini backpack and my Prada Gardener tote in canvas. These are all good choices here and mix in well with the beach chic vibe I’m going for! More and more I’m loving rattan style bags that are hand made in Bali. I love that I’m supporting those that are making them here and ensuring that they can make a living. I love talking to the shop owners and learning about the history of what they do!

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The one thing I’m noticing more and more is from what I see coming out of Europe and the US now that it is summer there. There seems to be a high rate of adoption in booth the low end and high end for straw and rattan bags. For example, Mango are selling those round rattan bags for twice the price you can get it for here. Sportsgirl are doing the same thing back home too. The other thing I noticed is basket bags are huge there so if you are interested in being ahead of the trend once summer hits in Australia I suggest trying to make your way to Bali. All these basket and rattan bags are here for a much more affordable price but more importantly you can often see where they come from or being hand made if  you are lucky.

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For accessories I still keep my simplistic jewellery and do wear rings on nearly every single finger. I can’t help it even in this heat and humidity. Necklaces tend to bother me more so it’s usually just one piece rather than stacking and layering which seems to be hugely popular these days. It looks great but when you are sweating and everything gets tangled it is just annoying.

WOAH this post was a lot longer than expected but something I wanted to talk about because often when you do move country you do experience a change of style. This has happened to me even as a teenager. Have you experienced these sort of style changes? Let me know your story in the comments below.

xx the expat

 

 

 

 

 

Dior Saddle Bag Returns

Hi guys,

I’m addressing the controversy surrounding the re-release of the Dior Saddle bag that  happened last week.

If you are a fashion follower on Instagram you would have seen sometime late last week all the fashion bloggers/ influencers & celebrities suddenly posted about their new Dior Saddle bag with the #diorsaddle (examples below). Now there is actually nothing wrong with this as the job of this advertising or marketing strategy was to get visibility. Also, bloggers and influencers have been getting “free stuff” in return for their posts and modelling shots since the beginning.

 

 

But what bothered me about this was the way it was done as my whole instagram was suddenly full of pics of everyone wearing this bag or unboxing it. To me it kind of cheapened the name of Dior. Dior to me is high end luxury and often doesn’t need typical advertising as the name in itself is enough. The House of Dior was established in 1946 and has led the way in tailoring with the famous Dior Bar jacket and of course the Lady Dior bag named after Princess Diana.

There is tons of history with this brand and I don’t think they in fact needed to do this as the bag itself is a re-invention of a classic style from the early 2000s. People were already interested in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on this when it appeared on the runaway as part of their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection and this peaked when we all were frantically searching Ebay and other bag re-sellers for vintage saddle bags. This then caused the price of these to skyrocket but for those of you that kept your saddle bags, good for you as you can now hashtag without forking out for the 2018 release. 😀

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Personally I knew I had to have this bag as soon as I saw it on the runway. Big PLUS; I appreciate what an important bag this is in Dior’s catalogue and want to be a part of its resurgence under Maria Grazia Chiuri as I personally adore what she has done with the brand!

In order to obtain this bag or attempt to get it I have sacrificed the Fendi Mon Tresor mini bucket in the Fendi Zucca print for this one. I have also put on the market two bags that are no longer getting the wear they used to. One is the Givenchy Antigona in black so if interested let me know at theexpatbali@gmail.com. The other is my Prada tote which to be honest is not in the greatest condition so who knows if it will even sell. I am in fact so smitten that I have pre-ordered for a September drop in Australia. I of course will be wanting it in the classic Oblique print and will use my lady Dior bag strap to make it cross body. Can you tell I’m excited and know exactly how to style it…haha.

I hope that you find this post helpful in unpacking the marketing blitz that happened with Dior and some of the reasons why I disliked it, as I said it has nothing to do with the freebie part and clearly know I still want this gorgeous bag!!!

If you have any thoughts on the Dior saddle bag let me know in the comments would love to hear it.

xx – the expat

 

PVC Bags Lookbook

Hi guys,

I’m back with another post but this time elaborating on my previous post on the Clear PVC bag trend. I have a few with me here in Bali and currently using these heavy on rotation! I love the ease in which you can use these bags.

If you are interested in any of these bags please email me at http://www.theexpatbali.com as I can look to potentially arrange something if you are interested.

Anyways, this is my first lookbook style blog post so let me know what you think…

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xxx – the expat

Get Excited Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton Has Arrived

Hi all,

As some of you may know Virgil Abloh of Off-White was named the Creative Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear and boy am I looking forward to his first collection which occurred at some point today.

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Louis Vuitton recently tweeted some sneak peeks and WOAH!!!! I’m currently in love with this holographic Keepall. It does keep to the traditional Keepall duffel shape and all but the material is iridescent and mostly clear which has me jumping at the bits to see it in real life. I’m also loving the added touch of the oversized chain strap. I knew Virgil would bring his own style to Vuitton and this is exceeding my expectation.

Off-White’s success is due to its mix of tradition and streetwear plus the use of industrial materials e.g. seat belts as shoulder straps to bags…GENIUS….! I was hoping he would continue this with Vuitton and so far it looks like he has.

This Keepall iridescent bag looks to be available in blue too…

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Some more sneak peeks of Virgil’s first collection. It looks like the oversized chain will be a theme throughout this season…cannot wait!!!!

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What is this material?? 😱 😱

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Hope everyone is as excited as me to watch his collection in full. In the meantime here is a preview video Louis Vuitton has done.

See you next time. The expat xx

What I’m Currently Loving

Hi guys,

I’m back with a look at what I’m currently rocking and loving…

Astrid Miyu Chinese Zodiac Necklace in Gold

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I’m loving this necklace with my Chinese zodiac, the Ox. It is subtle enough and doesn’t draw too much attention for being a zodiac sign but it is still recognisable to me. I often find it hard to find jewellery that is based on Chinese zodiacs as most are the western ones so I jumped at the chance to get this one. I would grab these while you can as I think the gold one I have has sold out as these are on sale. All zodiacs look to be available.

Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Roman Arc Coin Necklace 

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This is such a beautiful piece and layers nicely with the Astrid Miyu zodiac necklace. At the moment I am obsessed with necklace layering with long, short and choker pieces. This is in collaboration with Lucy Williams a famous blogger. The pieces for this collection are stunning but this is my pick of the lot.

 Topshop High-Waisted Cropped Jeans

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I’ve re-discovered high-waisted jeans and these Topshop ones are fantastic! As many of you know I’ve been a huge fan of Topshop denim for ages as the price point and quality is excellent. I have a black pair of skinny jeans from 5 years ago and they still look amazing. This cropped pair will make you a fashionista paired with some casual sneakers or mules.

Sportsgirl Retro T-shirt

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There is something very 90s about this t-shirt and I vaguely remember wearing something similar to this particular one with the frill at the bottom and the stripes. I would pair this with the Topshop cropped jeans I mentioned above and off I go… Also, grab it while you can as these are 2 for $40 and come in a range of colours

Seed Heritage Billie Flatform Sneaker

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I love a good platform sneaker. I’m short so anything that can give me extra height is awesome!!! There are many colours to choose from but I’m keen on these denim ones. Also, paired with white jeans in the image make it look crisp and sleek.

The Daily Edited Lilac Mini Bucket Bag

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This gorgeous mini bucket bag is perfect as it’s a great size as not too small and not a giant black hole. It will carry all your daily necessities plus some. Just in case you are not familiar with The Daily Edited they offer 4 initials free for monogramming. This does include some emojis as well. Enjoy having a play with the website and picking your monogram and colours.

So I just realised this is basically a whole outfit. Let me know in the comments what you are loving at the moment as I always need inspiration. 😆

xx the expat

5 Best Luxury Items of 2018 (so far…)

Hi,

In today’s post I’m going to look at the 5 best luxury items of 2018 so far… I must say this year is proving to be fantastic for some unique and chic pieces that you can get your hands on!

Valentino Rockstud Spike Bag 

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I hated this bag to start with for some reason… I don’t know there was something that irked me about it. I think it had to do with the leather top handle. Anyways, once again like the Chanel Gabrielle I fell in love with it over time. I think seeing it styled by other bloggers and seeing how chic it did look won me over. I was never going to really entertain getting it but then I saw it in velvet! Velvet is such a chic material and alternative to leather. The design houses have jumped onto this and at one point everything was in velvet e.g. Gucci Marmont bag. But for some reason anything in velvet is expensive. I have no idea why it’s not leather so I’ve let it go.

Then….I saw the Free Rockstud Spike in Green with the white studs. Many people have hated this line but I was in love as soon as I saw the colours. I thought it really popped with the bold colours and the white studs. The contrast had me and the green one is on sale now which has me seriously considering taking the plunge.

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Prada Cahier Bag

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This bag is to die for. I think the fact that there are many reincarnations of the Cahier from this one to the top handle version; and the one in yummy velvet which suggest to me that Prada think this bag is a winner. I am completely sold and kicking myself when I saw the green and black one in the Prada boutique in Chadstone and I let it go. 😟 What a mistake as you can’t get that colour combination anywhere. Can you tell I love green…lol

Gucci Ophidia Line

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Everything from the Gucci Ophidia line. It is such as throwback to their 80s and 90s collections and I can’t get enough of it. I’m so in love with this that I’ve been searching for vintage pieces on eBay. I managed to get my hands on two that I think are basically the same as this. Out of all the things I mentioned here in this post I would say this Ophidia bag is the one I would recommend everyone get. I think this style bag is going to be or already is huge. If you can try and get it on the second hand market grab it as the prices for these vintage pieces are already skyrocketing.

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Saint Laurent Lou Lou Bag

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The Saint Laurent Lou Lou bag is absolutely stunning in real life. Like their College bag it has the oversized YSL logo but the Lou Lou has an over the shoulder strap for extra comfort rather than a top handle and crossbody strap. The picture does not do it justice so you must see it in real life as the bag is padded and squishy when you touch it. I might just want it more than the College bag which I had in my handbag wishlist 2018.

Simon Miller Bonsai bag

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This minimalist bag has taken on a life of its own and has many bloggers and celebs fawning all over it. It comes in a variety of sizes and I own two; one mini and one medium sized one. The one in the picture looks like the biggest one available but you won’t go wrong with any size. I think it makes any outfit look chic and has the designer feel without a massive price tag attached to it. Also, worth checking out all the major online retailers as this bag is currently on sale and you can get it for a significantly cheaper price. Who wouldn’t want that! I would also check out the lunch bag which is a cute take on the paper lunch bag that literally used to carry my lunch when at school. I love it so much for its cheeky take on a very practical item. Added bonus this blue one is on sale for $409.

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So that is it for another post. I will see you next time.

the expat xxx