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

 

 

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The Best from the Net-A-Porter Sale

Hi,

If you guys are like me and find the sales a little bit overwhelming this will be the post for you.

Here is the best of the best from the Net-A-Porter Sale Australia.

JW Anderson Medium Pierce Bag – $1,890

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This bag to my suprise has continued to be around and not just a fleeting trend as I thought it might have been. I actually really do like this bag, so much so that I own a silver one bought from the Net-A-Porter Sale around Christmas time. It is quite versatile and can be made into a clutch or an over the shoulder bag. Love this pale blue version as well.

Chloe Faye Small Backpack – $1,704.34

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Love, love this bag. Mine is a staple in my wardrobe as makes my outfits feel effortless and laid back. Also, can’t get passed this red colour. A retake on the classic Faye shoulder bag you cannot go wrong by adding this to your cart.

Cult Gaia Big Bamboo Tote – $155.93

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The Cult Gaia Ark bag was everywhere last season and now it has returned in different styles. This larger sized tote version is more me to be honest. It can hold quite a bit and is perfect for never ending days at the beach. Adding to my cart now!!!

Saint Laurent Card Holder – $290.50

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This Saint Laurent Card Holder is to die for! It has a slightly better design than the average card holder as it has a zippered pouch that can fit cash in it. Also, love the way the card holder slots are placed making for easy access and ability to see the cards beforehand.

Marc Jacobs Belt Bag – $201.99

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Love these Marc Jacobs belt bags! These remind me of the actual ones from the 90s with its bright colours and simple designs. If you are wanting to add a belt bag to your wardrobe without a ridiculous price tag I would pick this as the price is excellent with 50% off.

Victoria Beckham Aviator Sunglasses – $424

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Can I just say Victoria Beckham sunglasses are seriously fantastic and these ones are no exception. I think her classic aviator styles are the best ever and will elevate your outfit. Also, if you travel a lot why not take style tips from VB and use these shades as you exit the airport. I for one never leave home without..haha!!!

Larsson & Jennings Rose Gold Watch – $312

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I love the minimalist feel of Larsson & Jennings watches and this one in rose gold with the white face is beautiful. I don’t think I personally can justify this as I don’t tend to wear watches here in Bali but you never know.

Common Projects Suede Sneakers – $198

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I adore Common Projects sneakers and these ones are in the perfect blush colour! Get your hands on these while sizes are still available. I’m actually adding these to my cart too. What can you do.

That’s all folks!! If you are at all interested please check out the sales as there are many more items that are great deals that I haven’t mentioned!

On a side note: I would just like to say that for those of us that love handbags you would have no doubt fallen in love with Kate Spade bags and accessories. I for sure was one of them…I definitely regret not getting the cactus shaped bag she had. I love her fun and preppy designs. R.I.P. Kate Spade and thank you for showing us fashion is fun and full of bright colours. If you or someone you know is struggling please reach out for help.

xxx

Handbag Wishlist 2018

Hi everyone…

So today I decided to delve into my 2018 handbag wishlist. Now I pride myself in trying to make smart decisions for where I spend my money as well as items that are classic and will stand the test of time. It is on my wishlist because I love the piece not because it holds its value on reselling. If I do ever sell a piece it is because it ended up not fitting into my lifestyle or to fund another purchase…one in one out kind of thing.

Also, fair warning this is wishlist and therefore price and budget were not considered in me wanting these items. A girl can dream right…

Hermes Kelly Sellier

  • 32 in Etain or Vert de gris
  • Palladium hardware.
  • Togo or Epsom leather.

This is the dream bag for me and if I ever manage to get my hands on it I will have made it hahaha….Hermes kelly vert de gris

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Prada Cahier bag 

The small green one or scrumptious velvet version; either or will do. This bag has been on my radar for ages but I am worried if it is something I won’t reach for in 2 years time. The velvet might seem too trendy so for now it stays on the wishlist and the small green one might come into my hands one day.

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Senreve Maestra bag in Cream

This bag seems incredibly practical for those on the go and who need their laptop with them everyday. I love bags that combine a beautiful aesthetic with organisation. This bag does that with heaps of internal pockets so you can access your daily essentials plus it even has its own padded laptop compartment. Oh, did I tell you it doubles as a crossbody and a backpack!!!

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Cafune Basket Bucket

I love a bucket bag but this super structured one just speaks to me. I’ve been on the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag train since Day 1 so it is no surprise I would fall for something like this. The mini one is also super cute if you want to downsize.

 

 

They also make this stunning velvet bag and for me this is a more affordable option to get on the velvet bandwagon then the Prada one.

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Saint Laurent College Bag Large

This bag has been sitting in the back of my mind for ages. At first I preferred the Loulou shoulder bag but then I realised I can’t do without a top handle. I would only want this bag in black with black hardware as the all black look of this bag is to die for. I’ve never wanted a Saint Laurent bag this much.

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Ok, that is it for me. My handbag wishlist does change often so keep reading as you never know I might mention something completely different next time. For now, I probably won’t be purchasing any of these as I will stick to my trusty Chanel Gabrielle and Lady Dior but if I had to pick one to purchase it would definitely be the…..Senreve Maestra. It has everything I could want these day in a bag and for an affordable price.

See you next time!!!