It’s the new year and you know what that means, it’s time to declutter and restart our lives. Now when I say restart I’m not being literal but in my opinion, I feel as though at the start of every new year we need to get rid of everything that we no longer need. As hard as it may be that’s the best way to start the year. Why wait till spring in order to clean out your closet when you can do it at the start of 2018, the faster the better.
Once you have everything in a pile, you have the things that you want to keep, the things that you want to give to Charity, the things that you want to sell and the things that you want to throw away. Now if you have designer pieces in your sell pile I would recommend to sell them on Vestiaire collective. It is known as Europe’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned luxury fashion.
If you read my blog post which I posted around a year and a half ago on investment pieces I would buy if I won the lottery you would know that some brands just never go out of style and those brands are of course Chanel, Hermès and Dior! These are the 3 brands that will never lose their value but instead are only getting more valuable with time.
You can think of this as a follow-up from my bags I would invest in if I won the lottery because in a way I’m kind of giving you guys advice on what to do after you have bought the bag when you want to sell it. The first thing you have to consider when selling a bag is, is it worth selling? Is it of top quality? Can I prove its authenticity and original value? Has it kept its original shape? Has it kept its original colour? And does it have any scratches? If the answer for any of these questions is no just keep in mind that the value of the bag will not be as close to the original as if you had answered yes for all of these questions and that it might take longer for you to sell than if it was in perfect condition. And whatever you do do not throw away the dustbag and the box that the bag came in because this will be more appealing to a potential buyer.
The next step is deciding when to sell. Don’t sell too early and don’t sell too late. It’s a little easier to sell the classic and iconic designs such as Chanel, Dior and Hermès because the demand for these remains fairly constant and won’t change anytime soon. However, more trend like designs, the demand for these will change and it is important to sell at the right time and during the right season. Light and pastel coloured bags are better in spring, bright coloured bags sell better in summer and the darker and neutral toned bags sell better in winter. The best way to know when it’s right to sell is to use social media to your advantage, social media will tell you what’s on trend when it’s on trend and what people want to buy.
Of course, you can’t forget the selling price. You need to find a balance, you want to sell your item for as much as you possibly can, however, you also want to make sure that it sells, therefore, you can’t set a price that is too high or a price that is too low. So I would recommend checking out similar items to yours, second-hand items to be precise to see how much they’re selling for and to take that into consideration when setting a price for your item. Also, write down the prices of the things that have sold and the prices of those that haven’t, this is key to ensuring that you pick the correct price.
Lastly, presentation, the presentation is everything so you need to take the best pictures that you possibly can to showcase your item. The picture is the thing that sells your item. The way that it is presented is what attracts the buyer the most, therefore, you need to take a picture of every angle that you possibly can and to make sure that it is of high quality. You also need to give a very detailed description of your item and listing all of the imperfections no matter how small they may be because what buyers appreciate the most is a seller who is truthful. It is always best to be honest because in the end all sold items are checked for quality and authenticity by Vestaire Collective so any unmentioned imperfections will be called out and this can result in the order being cancelled the sale altogether.
However, once your item is up for sale you need to be active and answer questions that potential buyers may have and you need to make sure that you are responsive because the more you engage the better chance you have of your item being seen by the community, therefore, more chance of it being sold!
You can buy and sell a range of items on Vestaire Collective, I just found it easier to give an example, that example being designer bags.
Buying on Vestiaire Collective
If you have any worries about shopping on Vestiaire Collective you can be assured that quality and authenticity is at the heart of the business. Each item sold is checked by a team of in-house experts before being shipped to you. Known as Europes leading online marketplace for buying and selling online you will find anything and everything on Vestaire from vintage items to last seasons Valentino jacket.
A gift from me to you
To start the new year Vestiaire Collcetive are offering new customers £20 off their first order of £200 or over with the code WELCOME17. Just simply click the link below!
I honestly don’t know how many times I’m going to have to write about the lack of inclusivity within the beauty industry for people of colour. It is 2018 and what is the Tarte doing?
I don’t know whether or not this is a Pr scam or whatever but at the end of the day why? I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to have this conversation with you guys but I am sick and tired of it. I am sick and tired of beauty brands overlooking POC when it comes to releases. Why do we have to be an afterthought, we contribute 80% of the beauty industry’s makings so why is this happening? There are so many o us out there yet we are still disregarded within the beauty industry. This is a prime example of how Beauty brands and their backwards thinking. We still have a very long way to go until the beauty industry is well and truly diverse. If I am being completely honest with you guys I have to say that I am pissed off! I just don’t get it, I will never get it.
After the release of Fenty Beauty, you would think that brands would step their game up but Tarte is doing the complete opposite and doing the absolute most. I am honestly lost for words. It is 2018 but why does it seem like we’re going back to the 1990s, this is not okay and Tarte needs to know that this is not okay! They have the best selling concealer in the US and it has 20 shades, 20 different shades so can somebody please explain to me why they released 15 shades that do not even show any gradient whatsoever. They released 12 different shades of beige. It seems as though they added the three darkest shades for the fun of it, they were like OMG we forgot to include dark shades and we’re going to get hate for this. It seems like no thought was put into this release and I am so incredibly disappointed. This release is laughable. But the most disappointing factor of all is that they decided to release these foundations on Martin Luther King Jr day, they had the audacity to release a foundation with limited shades that don’t cater to a wide range of POC on a day that celebrates equality and celebrates a man who fought equal rights not on the in the US but around the world. So I asked myself this question again what was Tarte thinking? Who is decided this was okay? Most importantly why did they think it was okay?
In light of the situation representative for Tart cosmetics has said that there will be a further release of 10 different shades. However in my eyes I simply think that it’s too late. Why could they have not released or 25 shades at one time? Why did they have to wait for people to react in order to say that they were releasing 10 more shades? I know that releases like this can be quite expensive, however, Tarte is a very well known brand who are known to take away influences on the most amazing trips so if they can afford to do that then they can surely afford to release all 25 shades at once.
As a result of the release many beauty gurus on YouTube for stated that they will no longer be purchasing the Tart shape tape concealer and that they will no longer be using the new foundations. I am so incredibly proud that people are taking steps like this so that brands like Tart can truly understand the consequences of their actions. By boycotting talent they are highlighting the importance of including every ethnicity and they are highlighting the importance of this issue that cannot be ignored!
Last week was the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards and this year wasn’t you’re average Golden Globes but it was a movement, Women and men wore black in support of the Me Too movement and Time’s Up initiative to fight sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the workplace.
As a young woman growing up in today’s world I find it hard to believe that there is still gender inequality within the workplace, it’s 2018 for goodness sake. No one is born more superior than the other, we are all equal, yet society teaches us that there is a hierarchy and men are at the top of this. Women have always had to fight for their rights, we had to fight for our right to vote and until recently women were only seen to be homemakers, we had to prove ourselves and we have to work a hundred times harder than men in order to gain high ranking roles yet when we do obtain those roles we’re still paid less. Why do men get paid more to do the same job? Why are women disregard for promotions? Why is this still occurring? Who decided this? What more needs to be done for there to be gender equality within the workplace?
As well as fighting for gender equality the night was also dedicated to fighting against sexual misconduct in the work place. Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, handed to her by Reese Witherspoon, one of the leaders of Time’s Up Oprah delivered an empowering and emotional speech.“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.”
A lot of women are scared to speak out against sexual harassment within the workplace over fear that they may not be believed or that they may lose their jobs. A good example of this is Harvey Weinstein, a well known director in Hollywood who took advantage of his position and convinced women into committing sexual acts with him by telling them they would potentially lose their jobs and last year more than 50 women made allegations against him and the numbers are still growing. This needs to change and it needs to change now! Why does sexual harassment even occur especially in the workplace, women are not objects and they should be able to do their jobs in peace.
On the bright side black looks good on EVERYONE and the Golden Globes is evidence of this, people did not come to paly this year! here are my favourite looks;
2017 was a big year for the beauty industry and a lot of it was due the release of Fenty beauty. Every year the beauty industry is getting bigger and better and evolving, it has come a very long way in the last 10 years but there is still an even longer way to go until we can officially say that there is a range of diversity within the beauty world, whether that be high end or drug store beauty products.
Eventhough Rihanna released Fenty Beauty weeks ago Instead of doing a review I have decided to explain to you why I believe that Fenty Beauty has officially changed the game forever! Ever since I started my blog I have always expressed my opinion on the lack of diversity within the makeup industry and I am just happy that Rihanna finally answered every woman of colours call! Somebody in this industry finally gets it!
No matter how overrated you may believe Fenty Beauty to be at the end of the day we cannot ignore the fact that Rihanna release 40 SHADES! And they’re not all different shades of caucasian but a range of beautiful shades for women of different undertones and complexions. This was and currently is the most shades a brand has ever released during their first product launch. This has now for me set the bench mark for beauty brands when releasing anything like foundation, concealer etc.
Although I am happy about this it’s just a shame that it took this long for it to happen and that it was done by a woman of colour who saw this problem and decided to fix it herself. However I hope that more brands like kylie cosmetics that released 30 concealer shades will follow in Rihanna’s foot steps, especially drugstore brands for all those women on a budget!
Known as South Africas “friendliest cities” Durban has to be one of South Africa’s best kept secrets! It’s the middle man for Joburg and Cape town, a cool laid back, yet busy city, Durban combines an exciting mix of urban Afro-Indian culture and is slowly but surely becoming the place to be. Durban has been likened to the Mediterranean for its beach-bum vibe and relaxed atmosphere.
Why Visit Durban
The Weather – Of course just like every other South African city, Durban doesn’t experience cold winters like here in the UK. But whats different about durban is the fact that it is warmer than the rest of the Country and that no matter the season, the sun is always shining and in winter, the day temperature hardly ever falls below 18° C making it the ideal destination for any type of holiday.
The Golden Mile – Durban’s Golden Mile, a 3.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, invites surfers and swimmers to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Durban’s beachfront was completely redeveloped for the 2010 World Cup.
Art – Durban’s art museum was the first in the country to start collecting African art.
Everything you could ever wish for in one city – Durban has the sea, the valleys, and the mountains. Everyone knows about Durban’s amazing ocean but what people forget is that people can go a few kilometres inland and drive through the scenic midlands or even further into KwaZulu-Natal to see a number of game reserves.
Shopping – North of Durban, the Gateway Shopping Mall is one of the 50 largest malls in the world and claims to be the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere. With 18 movie theatres, over 400 stores, an arcade, a theme park, and a water park, the mall has food options and entertainment for everyone. Or if you want something more ‘African’ Durban has an amazing range of local designers.
Discover Zulu Culture – Take in a Zulu experience to learn more about the culture of South Africa’s largest ethnic group (some 10 million Zulus live here). At Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, both located in the magnificient Valley of a 1000 Hills, you can walk through beehive huts (replicas of Zulu homesteads), sip traditional beer, watch tribal dances and participate in traditional ceremonies. Journey about 40 miles west of Durban to see Isithumba Adventure Park, an authentic, rural Zulu village.