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

 

 

The Best of the Sales

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of the year!!! I’ve been looking forward to the sales since the last time we had them which was way back in November (Black Friday) through to Boxing Day.

I thought I would bring you an edit of great deals in the sales from numerous online retailers including SSENSE and Mytheresa. Heads up most of these will be handbags with a few other accessories. The Net-A-Porter sale for Australia hasn’t started so you might see a follow up post with all the great deals from there once it goes live. The US sale is already up!

Coach Rogue 25 with quilting & rivets – $1,045 AUD

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I love the Coach Rogue bag it is stylish and super functional with loads of pockets for all your goodies. I especially love the removable shoulder straps that allows you to wear it over the shoulder rather than in the crook of the arm. I’m so in love with this style I own two Rogue bags and find it to be perfect. This version in a dusty pink with the leather detailing is stunning.

Balenciaga Bazar Tote in Small – $1,403 AUD

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Can I just say I love what Balenciaga is doing this season. Some of you may hate it with the distinct logo being used. But I feel like it has been brought back in a fresh new way to make you feel a little cooler when walking down the street. The Bazar tote is now a staple in the collection and I can’t get enough of it. My black one is amazing and is used for travel and running around town to meetings. This bag is chic plus is a little bit quirky which is always great to have in your wardrobe

Prada Cahier bag – $2,835 AUD

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I can’t find this bag anywhere and yet I found it on MyTheresa and on sale…wrong colour combo for me but for someone else the pink is what they are looking for. I’ve wanted this bag for ages and have not been able to find it or justify the price tag for a small bag. I’m not a huge fan of pink so I won’t be getting this but for those that do better grab this quick!!!

Chloe Faye Day Bag – $1,863

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I’ve loved the Chloe Faye style since it came out. I particularly liked the larger size but for some reason never bit the bullet on that one. However, I did grab the Chloe Faye backpack for its versatility and that it can be made into a shoulder bag with just a strap. The newest addition to the Chloe Faye family is the Day Bag and I must say it is beautiful especially in this grey colour. I think this version would make a great work bag and would not date in your wardrobe. SSENSE have a few different colours on sale so worth checking it out.

Burberry Small Rucksack $1,636 AUD

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As you know I love the Burberry Rucksack range as it is so light and easy to wear. But after seeing this version in the classic Burberry check I’m wondering whether the small can be added into my collection. This is the new version of the small as it’s not just a backpack and you can move the straps to make it crossbody like the Louis Vuitton Mini Palm Springs Backpack does. I love how the model is wearing it in the photo above!!!

Fendi Kan I bag in Velvet – $3,940 AUD

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Ok this Fendi bag is on the more expensive side but isn’t it exquisite in velvet. This bag is the hugely popular Kan I style and with the velvet and the double Fs it looks so good, I can’t stop looking at it. 😀 If you have the money go for it I say.

Proenza Schouler PS1 – $1,872 AUD

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I’ve just recorded a video on the bag I’m currently using in Bali and it is the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. I believe this one here is an updated version from the one you will see in my video but the colour is the same, a beautiful midnight blue known as Indigo. Grab this while you still can!

Maison Michel Henrietta Fur Felt Hat – $345 AUD

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If you know me you know I do love a good hat. I must say nothing beats the quality of Maison Michel which was founded in 1936 in Paris. I personally don’t own one yet but have admired many stylish people wearing a hat by them. This could be my first purchase from the sales plus Matches Fashion have a fair few styles on sale too. Winter has basically started in Melbourne so I can see myself getting some wear out of this.

Karen Walker Sadie Cat Eye Sunglasses -$169 AUD

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These look amazing…I’ve already added this to my shopping cart! I can rock these in Bali and in Australia. The cat eye shape and the mirrored lenses make this a huge win for me. I can’t wait for this to arrive.

Fendi Strap You Bag Strap – $810 AUD

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I have jumped onto this bag strap trend like everyone else. I was looking at the cheaper versions in different brands but I cannot get passed what Fendi are doing. I particularly love this version with the velvet double Fs. Alas, it is still a bit pricey but maybe it won’t sell out and go down further as the sales near an end. Fingers crossed for that! FYI it looks so good with the Fendi Kan I bag…swoon 😬

Kayu Valentina Straw Shoulder Bag – $185 AUD

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This bag is super on trend right now. As the northern hemisphere heads into summer this will just be a cute way to accessorise your white summer dress. I see this as a go-to here in Bali too! However, I’m fairly certain that artisans here in Bali can make this at a fraction of the cost.

I think I will leave it at that for now. Hope you guys got some ideas on what to shop in the sales. There is also plenty more out there depending on what you are looking for. Happy Shopping!!!

the expat xxx