All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.

Where to stay

 Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

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Sandton Sun

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The Michelangelo Hotel

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What to do and where to go

  • The Apartheid museum – If you ask me this is a must if you are visiting Johannesburg. By going here you will receive an insight into 20th century South Africa along with the history of the country and the key individuals which helped to bring apartheid to an end. Visitors are randomly classified as “white” or “non-white,” and their ensuing experience through the exhibits reflects their assigned race.

  • Montecasino – The premiere entertainment destination in Gauteng offers the best of the best for people coming in out of town.
  • SAB World of Beer –  Voted Johannesburg’s number one tourist attraction twice. Here you will discover the rich history of beer, and uncover the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically over time.
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery – Love art and history? Why not visit JAG, it is home to an impressive historical art collection and houses one of the biggest art collections in the country.
  • Go shopping in Sandton City, the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg and one of the biggest in Africa which holds hundreds of top high street and designer stores! 
  • On Sunday why not spend the day at the Fourways Farmers’ Market located directly opposite the large Montecasino entertainment complex. There is plenty of opportunities to buy handmade chocolates as well as ice creams and other sweet treats, and if you are looking for gifts there are a number of cute craft stalls. There is a lot of space for kids to run around and for the grown-ups, there’s a wine and craft beer bar where you can enjoy performances by local folk singers.
  • Visit The Cradle of Humankind – one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and the only one in Gauteng and take a hot air balloon ride across the entire site to see it in all its glory.
  • If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
  • Most people come to Africa to go on a luxury safari trip of their dreams so why not go to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a range of wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • With so much to do an see in the Magaliesburg, it would be a shame to miss out on it
What I would buy if I won the lottery: Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers

What I would buy if I won the lottery: Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers

I don’t really know if they do women’s sizes for these, so I guess this is kind of a men’s fashion post. I feel like I neglect you guys on my blog and instagram but do not worry, I will start doing more posts for men on here! You have my word.

So you may wonder why do I have a pair of trainers on this segment? Well back in July Farfetch reported that a pair of Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers are the most valuable in the world going for £22,763 a pair! The trainers in question are a collaborative design with Louis Vuitton from 2009. The Jasper sneaker, originally available in three colour palettes, was on sale ten years ago for only £864 meaning that they have increased by 2,532% in value👏🏾

Mathieu Le Maux, trainer expert and author of 1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World’s Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street, explains what determines a rise in value: “A model in men’s size 42 to 44 (UK8 to UK10) will be way more popular, because a majority of men are wearing shoes in this range. It will probably be more expensive to find sneakers in these sizes than for bigger or smaller ones. Rarity, condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it determine value too.”

if you’re lucky to have a pair at the back of your wardrobe, cling on to them – they’re only going to increase in value. So I guess we can kind of call these the Hermes birkins of the trainer Industry?

Where to buy them; https://stockx.com/louis-vuitton-jaspers-kanye-grey-pink?currencyCode=GBP&size=12&gclid=CjwKCAjwzdLrBRBiEiwAEHrAYtnDzqaU_PztC7YZSX8NF99gSfnTASe7i06n_g-tEMc6R_n1kgdAUhoCxuQQAvD_BwE

 

 

Mules are here to stay

Mules are here to stay

Meet my new shoe obsession! Flat mules, heeled mules, there is a mule for every occasion; work, uni, dinner, shopping! if it’s a mule best believe will buy it. They’re just so easy to slip on, hassle-free and not as restricting as your average heel or shoe, and like I mentioned before, they are suitable for any occasion and they go with absolutely EVERYTHING. If you ask me they are a staple piece that you need in your wardrobe! Does anyone else feel that the older they get the more they fall in love with the more classical pieces and the more they stay away from buying things like trainers (which I am sure my mother would be more than happy to hear)! It is actually so insane how my style has evolved just over the short space of two years!

A brief history of the mule courtesy of Another magazine

The origins of the word mule lie in Ancient Rome, where it was mulleus calceus (a red or purple shoe worn by the three highest magistrates), but the contemporary appropriation refers to a shoe that is backless and usually closed-toed. Originally worn within the bedroom, this style of shoe has a storied history and when Comtesse d’Olonne, the risqué society beauty, wore a soft red pair of mules to church in 1694 – daringly peeping from beneath her richly-embellished skirt – it paved the way for the style. They went on to become popular within the French Court, both Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette donning variations throughout the eighteenth century, inspiring Manolo Blahnik to ask “When you walk in mules, you walk a bit differently. It’s very sexy to me; you have to get your balance… Madame de Pompadour in her mules, walking around Versailles, click click click… Can you think of anything more exquisite?” Here, we chart the shoe’s journey from the boudoir to the runway…

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They were all over the streets during fashion month 2015 and 2016 so the question is will they be every fashion influencers favourite shoe again this year? The mule was a staple on the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk and we really have to thank Gucci and chanel for bringing them back in all their power and glory; a controversial style loved by some aka moi, and hated by others with no sense of style (lol joking fashion is subjective). I think these are the perfect transitional shoes for autumn, mules offer a covered-up yet more liberating option ideal for the transitional period before winter hits us hard and I know for a fact after the hot summer we have had winter is going to be horrendous 🙁

My Faves

EGO OFFICIAL

Lila Square Toe Perspex Heel Mule In Lime Green Faux Suede Maelle Pointed Peep Toe Perspex Heel Mule In Black Patent Helix Barely There Mule In Neon Orange Lycra

KingKing Perspex Pointed Peep Toe Heel Mule In Lime Green Faux Suede Lemonade Perspex Wedge Mule In Nude Faux Suede Hester Flared Block Heel Perspex Mule In Pink Snake Print Faux Leather

 

Browns Fashion

  

  

 

TOPSHOP

GABE Leather Natural Western Mules NOBLE Leather Tan Toe Post Mules LARA Studded Mules

 

Net -A -Porter

 

 

RIVER ISLAND

 

Farfetch

Chloé brown Wave 65 croc effect mules Aquazzura Deneuve 60mm polka-dot mules Bally Janesse mules

Alevì draped front mules Gucci Suede mid-heel slide with Double G Marco De Vincenzo ruffled pointed toe mules

 

 

Best foundations for autumn/ winter

Best foundations for autumn/ winter

Personally, I have never been a foundation type of girl because I can never find the perfect shade for my complexion that for one, doesn’t make me look ill, washed out or looking like a ghost or maybe the actual problem is that I am just simply shit at doing my makeup. Which I know may be hard to believe considering I have been blogging about beauty for the last 3 years of my life but when I tell you guys I have tried so many foundations in the last 2 years; I have tried MAC long-wear, Makeup forever HD foundation, Clinique, Dior, Lancome, L’oreal true match, YSL, NYX and Estee lauder and still none of them look amazing on me, I am really starting to think I’ll never find my perfect match 🙁

So ever since I got into makeup I have always worn concealer (thank you God for giving me good skin) and kept my make up nice and natural-looking especially on a day to day basis when I had 6th form. But do you know when you just wanna be a little extra and want a full 0-100 transformation but you can’t because you’re still looking for your holy grail foundation??? Or am I just being super picky and there actually is no such thing as the perfect shade??? However, after an event at Harvey Nichols, I tried the Nars sheer glow and It looked pretty good so hopefully, that will be my staple foundation for this winter (finger crossed), that with the Nars creamy concealer is a killer combination!!!

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Anyways enough about me and my first world problems but winter is around the corner and that means we’re probably going to have to buy a new foundation shade because if you’re like me you tan super easily so when it gets to winter you need a lighter foundation that is extremely hydrating, especially for all my dry skin queens out there. I personally have oily-combination skin so in summer my skin is so oily around the T-zone area and I sweat a lot so it just makes the whole process of makeup so long in the summer, but in winter my skin can get so dry so I literally have to switch up everything including my skincare routine and the makeup products I use on my face. Mh lifestyle is well and truly an expensive one, can anyone else relate? Dry skin is such a task to get so please this winter can you guys remember to drink lots and lots of water and MOISTURIZE, however, if you do end up with flaky skin I recommend a coffee scrub mixed with full-fat yoghurt every two days until your skin is back to being smooth. Works every time.

According to Glamour, these are the 6 Pro tips to always remember when looking for your perfect foundation;
  1. If you are buying for everyday wear, perhaps keep the coverage a little lighter or go for a tinted moisturiser and then use a concealer to target any areas in need of extra coverage.
  2. Choose three shades you think are a close match, swiping all three side-by-side down your cheek towards your jawline. The shade that seemingly disappears, wins.
  3. Step outside and check the shade in natural light. (this is the most important step because I have walked out of a few shops looking worse for wear after getting a shade match)
  4. Have a foundation for when you’re tanned (even if it’s fake tan!) and one for when you go weeks without sun.
  5. If you have oily skin, try prolonging the wear of your foundation with a primer or setting with a lightweight powder.
  6. If your foundation is applying streaky, ditch your brush and try using a beauty blender or your fingers to apply. Both will produce a more diffused finish.

These are the 5 winter-friendly foundations to keep your skin looking refreshed no matter the weather conditions (All of them I mentioned above, although they were not the perfect shade they were pretty good foundations).

BARESKIN PURE BRIGHTENING SERUM FOUNDATION SPF20

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I think this foundation first came out in 2015 or 2016, this was my first ever foundation and boy did Bare Minerals do me wrong. At that time they didn’t have that many shades and I bought the darkest shade there not knowing it was going to be 4/5 shades too light (I ended up gifting it to my mum because there was no way that £28 was going to waste). But if you wanna glow this winter, this is the foundation for you, infused with vitamin C there won’t be a dull day this winter for you!

 

DIOR FOREVER

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Dior prides itself in quality and it really shows because this is honestly one of the best foundations I have ever tried, the application is amazing, the texture is amazing and the finish is Divine! Now I just need a Dior saddle bag and my life will be complete.

FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT’R SOFT MATTE LONGWEAR FOUNDATION

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This is the foundation that changed the f=game as well as the beauty industry, in general, and will probably go down in makeup history. With 400 shades to pick from all with specific undertones, you’re honestly spoilt for choice, also with the new foundation, you whatever shade you are in this one you’re the same for the new foundation which can I add is specific to dry skin so perfect for winter!

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE MAKEUP

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This has to be one of the most raved about foundations of all time! Ever since I started blogging no one has ever had a bag thing to say about this foundation. it truly the best if the best with buildable coverage, long wearable, flawless matte finish and SPF – it is everything you could.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION

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This has to be the most underrated foundation of all time! When I say this is the best foundation you will ever try I am not joking. it gives 0 flashback, the best coverage and it literally looks like skin without being light!!

All About Africa; St. Lucia, South Africa

All About Africa; St. Lucia, South Africa

I bet you all think I’m joking when I say there is a St. Lucia in SA but I can confirm to you that this is in fact 100% true and something that I didn’t even know about until literally a few hours ago and I just thought I had to write a blog post about this! There are clearly some obvious differences about the island of St. Lucia and the actual town in South Africa including the fact that there are no volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages but instead you get hippo and crocodile cruises, night safari’s, beach excursions and so much more!

Fun fact about South Africa’s paradise on earth is that it is a municipality meaning that it is a small town with its very own local government. Awarded as a World Heritage site in 1999 (Unesco), this small but quaint village has fast become a top tourist destination. St Lucia also happens to be the most visited town in Africa to witness our beloved Hippos. According to Lonely Planet in high season St Lucia is a hotbed of activity as the population swells with visitor numbers. The main drag, McKenzie St (a former hippo pathway), is packed with restaurants, lively hostels and bars, but the quieter avenues behind it offer a touch more hush and a good selection of B&Bs. Hippos sometimes amble down the town’s quieter streets (beware: these are not cute, just dangerous).

St. Lucia Estuary

Where to stay;

Among the accommodation this is my favourite, the rest were ether old fashioned or they just didn’t have a nice aesthetic, but at least if any of you ever wanna go to St. Lucia I have made the accommodation bit that little easier as I have only given you one option lol.

In a town surrounded by iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this low-key resort on a leafy property is 3 km from Jabula Beach on the Indian Ocean, and 28 km from National Route 2 so it is the perfect place for your stay in St. Lucia! Accommodations range from simple rooms and permanent tents with fans and shared bathrooms to upgraded permanent tents offering safes, decks and en suite facilities.

Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge

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What to do;

https://www.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/10-st-lucia/

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/kwazulunatal/bysuburb/st-lucia/

https://www.solsalute.com/blog/things-to-do-in-st-lucia-south-africa

https://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/full-day-hluhluwe-umfolozi-game-reserve-safari/

https://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/3-night-safari-package/

 

 

What I would buy if I won the Lottery; A Yacht

What I would buy if I won the Lottery; A Yacht

I feel like I have been slacking so much with blogging for the last two years and I just want to apologise but I feel like I just needed a mental health break for my own sanity. Do you ever get those moments where you’re so emotionally drained that you lose passion in the things that you used to ADORE? But I am back and I’m back with an OG series “What I would buy if I won the Lottery.”

Not many people know this, but I originally started this series because I genuinely thought that my dad was going to win the lottery one day, so 15 year old me was like If I write about it surely it will come true then I can actually become a real-life luxury lifestyle blogger? Can you believe that this was a whole 2 and a half years before I even discovered the secret along with with the law of attraction? Do you guys believe in the power of speaking things into existence? As well as this I am such a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason and the reason my dad probably never won the lottery was that the universe knew that I would eventually win the lottery and that it would be the lottery of life because I am going to do amazing things in this life and I will one day own everything I speak about in this series! I am claiming it 😘

Ever since my European summer, I have wanted a freaking boat!!! Whilst my cousin and I were in Lake Como we were searching we even searched tinder for rich men with yachts, that is how much we wanted a boat loool but obviously it never happened otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, instead I would have lied on my Instagram claiming the boat is mine like all these insta models x But as I said before, everything happens for a reason 🤷🏾‍♀️, Either way, I am going to own a boat which will be resident in Lake Como where one of my many summer homes will be situated!

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I feel as though for a person who has won the lottery a boat really isn’t enough, whereas a yacht will be the ultimate thing for everyone to know that you are “that bitch” and that you are not a person to be messed with! I know that they both float on water but there is a difference despite many boating enthusiasts using the words boat and yacht interchangeably when in reality, they are very different terms. A yacht is a larger, recreational boat or ship. The word “Yacht” comes from Dutch origin and was originally defined as a light, and fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to find and capture pirates. A boat, on the other hand, is smaller in size and can be anything from a fisherman’s boat to a sailboat.

When determining the difference between a yacht and a boat, there are a few main deciding factors including:

Size 

As I previously mentioned, size matters when it comes to differentiating between a boat and a yacht. Yachts can range from about 35 feet in length all the way up to 160+ feet in length, however, most will be somewhere in the middle. Anything over 160 feet would be considered a “Superyacht”. Boats are generally anywhere from 15-30 feet in length.

Where they can operate 

Smaller boats are usually capable of operating in calm waters like lakes, rivers, and shallow harbours. Some larger boats, usually 20 – 30 feet in length, can also navigate more rough ocean waters. A yacht, on the other hand, is able to sail in deeper, ocean waters and deal with more turbulent seas. Due to a larger size, high tech yacht electronics and guidance instruments, protection from the elements, and a number of other features yachts are far more suitable for long ocean trips.

Crew

While a boat can be operated by just one captain, a yacht typically requires a full crew to help with navigation, maintenance, electronics and engineering, repairs and stewards to cater to the passengers. In reality, it’s a lot more like a small, private cruise service than an afternoon on the boat with your friends.

Propulsion

Depending on the boat, it may operate solely using a sail and the wind, or one or more inboard or outboard motors. While some larger boats can mount very large engines to create some real speed on the water, these engines do not match the power of most yacht engines. Yacht engines are much larger in size, can produce considerably more power – in some cases up to 800hp, and are capable of running much longer distances.

Navigation and technology 

While some boats may have advanced marine electronics and navigation systems, it’s more of a requirement when it comes to yachts. When making trans oceanic trips it is not only important that you are able to navigate with precision, but also that you can detect other boats or objects that you may not be able to see and understand the performance of your vessel.

 

Guide to buying yachts

Guide to Buying, Owning, Selling Your Boat

https://www.rya.org.uk

Best place to purchase your yacht

https://www.burgessyachts.com

 

 

D is for Denim

D is for Denim

If you don’t own a denim jacket what are you doing with your life???? This is the one staple that EVERYONE needs in their wardrobe. Along with the leather jacket, this is one thing that will never go out of fashion. PERIOD! Buy just one denim jacket and you will have a suitable outer layer for the vast majority of wardrobe for the rest of your life. If you know how to wear it right, it’s literally the only jacket you’ll ever need. With its versatility and ultimate cool-girl style, you’ll have no problem wearing it 7 days in a row, this denim MVP is an all-year-round wardrobe staple.

But what style do you go for: cropped or oversized? Acid wash or stone wash? Or perhaps a statement jacket aka something ott? The options are endless. If you’re going to buy an expensive jacket pick the colour that matches most of the clothes already sitting in your wardrobe, for maximum compatibility and, consequently, wear.

  

 Unravel Project Snake Distressed Denim Jacket

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Fitted Denim Jacket Cropped Ripped Denim Jacket

F E N T Y : The difference between hate and constructive criticism

F E N T Y : The difference between hate and constructive criticism

So I think it’s been just over a week now since Rhianna launched her luxury brand FENTY with LVMH. Since then all I have been seeing is backlash for the brand. Everyone is free to have their own opinions but I have seen multiple people commenting on how we have seen this done before but since when did fashion has rules? Last time I checked designers have full creative control, they take inspiration from other designers, from other eras and from different moments in time so can somebody please explain to me as to why people are so concerned over the fact that we have seen similar designs before because in my opinion fashion is an art and designers are allowed to do whatever the hell they want to do. You don’t see people complaining over the fact that they have brought back flared jeans even though they were done before and were extremely popular in the 70s.  You don’t see people complaining when High Street brands copy the likes of Chanel, Hermes and jacquemus. Somebody, please help this make sense to me.

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Then we have people complaining about the price. When will people understand that LVMH is a luxury institution that houses brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton And Chanel. They house the most luxurious brands of our time so you cannot expect the prices of FENTY to be High Street, darling this is not Topshop or Zara this is luxury with a capital L. And I think that people are forgetting about Rhianna’s collaboration with Puma which I can tell you now, the prices are extremely affordable and accessible to normal people like you and I. Not to mention the fact that nobody ever complained about her puma collaboration. If you can’t afford luxury that is your problem but do not come and criticise what somebody else has built and spent so long trying to perfect just because you hate the price tag because I know for a fact that if FENTY was the same price mark as ZARA people would not be complaining and that’s FACTS. Please learn to understand the difference between constructive criticism and hate.

How Fenty has changed luxury fashion

First, she changed the beauty industry forever by bringing more attention for the need of diversity in the range of products that were on offer for POC and now she’s helping to rewrite luxury fashion. I was not joking when I said everything that this woman touches turns to gold!

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N01. Fenty represents the first major fashion brand that LVMH has founded from scratch and to add to that it is the first luxury fashion brand helmed by a black woman #blackgirlmagic!

No2. Rihanna has changed up the fashion production schedule by offering this collection as a direct-to-consumer retail model with new pieces arriving on a 6-8 week basis. The first instalments went on sale on Fenty.com on May 29; the next instalment launches at the end of June. With most luxury collections we usually see them presented at fashion week then have to wait months until we can actually purchase the goods.

No3. She never likes to define who wears what from her collection, so can we consider this as LVMHs first gender-neutral designer? I saw the press pictures and most of these pieces look AMAZING on both men and women.

No4. It’s built for the modern woman. Most of the brands at LVMH have been established for hundreds of years so they have a particular image they need to convey and keep up with so not all of them cater to the NOW. Which is why I believe most people only invest in designer accessories (bags, shoes, jewellery etc.) rather than luxury clothing.

No5. The brand caters to women with curves. Although most pieces in the collection are oversized, they details of every item help to bring out your curves, whether that be making your waist appear smaller or making your hips look bigger. This is a luxury brand that will compliment you in every way!

Chronoexpert; the perfect place to buy luxury pre owned watches

Chronoexpert; the perfect place to buy luxury pre owned watches

So in case, you haven’t realised I am obsessed with everything Luxury and I have always wanted to own a luxury watch, they are the most timeless of pieces. This has never been more evident in a world of smartphones and smartwatches where people are still opting for the simple classical watch. It is the one staple every man and woman need in their lives.

Mark my words when I say that almost every luxury item is an Investment piece, therefore these decisions cannot be too rash, especially when it comes to watches. Too many sites sell fake watches so you need to be careful where you put your money because these are not cheap, that is not the only thing you have to consider. There are so many aspects to luxury watch buying including; Am I going to purchase a new one or look for a pre-owned one? How much am I willing to spend? What material am I going for? What year is going to be from? How thick do I want it to be? and so much more!

My number one go-to site is Chronoexpert.co.uk for me it’s like the Vestaire collective but for watches. This is the true definition of a niche brand that is catering to the specific needs and wants of consumers. Just like Vestaire Chronoexpert.co.uk has a strict policy against counterfeits and copies and only sells AUTHENTIC watches. Each watch is put through a complex verification process, where a team of experts follows a multi-layered verification process to ensure that each piece is genuine. So you don’t have to worry about buying any fakes! My favourites on the site are the three holy grails; Cartier, Rolex and Omega! These are like the Chanel boy bag, Lady Dior and Hermes Birkin of the watch industry.

The company’s CEO, Pablo Martín said in a statement: “Our goal is to shift from the more traditional buying experience to the online world while maintaining the customer’s trust throughout the entire process. Therefore, along with other benefits, the platform offers a 14-day return policy and 12 months of additional warranty.”

This is definitely the companies USP as I have never heard of a luxury marketplace that offers returns. I think that this is something they should all have as I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever ordered something online and changed my mind once it got here or it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Considering how expensive the watch you buy may be, this is essential!