The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Designer Copy

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Failed the Embrace Less lesson today, I’ve bought an exact copy of the Isabel Marant Etoile crochet top which I loved ever since Spring. Although it will be a statement piece in my Five Piece Summer wardrobe for years to come, it makes me feel bad that it’s still a Copy, an Inspired By piece, a Replica or even a Fake if you want – although I think that only implies for leather goodies -.

Inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night, I’ve created a pros and cons-list of buying a designer copyThe Roots drum roll please…

PRO It has a 10% branding margin on the retail price instead of 80% CON It’s probably mass produced in a 100% unsafe clothing factory
PRO I can’t afford a designer label CON Buy less, save up and support a designer label, there’s a difference
PRO I love the design CON If the original designer didn’t work months creating it, there would be nothing to love
PRO It’s a good copy CON It’s still a copy
PRO I neeeed this! CON I don’t see “designer dress” in the food-water-shelter list of basic needs in a person’s life

How To Style The D-Ring Belt

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Truth to be told Phoebe was the first to launch the D-ring belt as the new trend in accessorizing. Now, the double ring buckle is also used by Bassike to give an extra edge to the oversized trousers, skirts and tops from their Spring 14 collection. Although their leather belt is amazing, I went on the hunt for an affordable classic canvas. I couldn’t find one in my man’s closet, the highstreet or the military dump shop, until I got my lightbulb moment in yoga class and bought a yoga belt instead. It’s not only cheap, but has an extra long strap to create some similar edgy looks.

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Hello Summer; 12 Piece Travel Packing List

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I’ve been using the Travel Fashion Girl packing lists all the times when packing for my adventures and whether I escaped for either one week or three months, trust me 12 wardrobe pieces is really all you need on vacation.

The magic formula?
6 tops + 4 bottoms + 2 dresses = the perfect 12 piece packing list

1 According to your style, destination and plans you can choose what individual pieces to pack as long as you stick to the total of 12. For example, you can bring 2 more dresses but then you have to leave 1 top and 1 bottom.
2 Stick to one color scheme like black, white and (denim) blue, so everything mixes and matches. But if you’re depending on backpacker’s washers, I’ve learned the hard way that bringing whites or delicates is not a good idea.
3 Outer- under- and sportswear doesn’t count, which doesn’t mean bringing five extra shorts ofcourse.
4 Shoes are down to two pairs, three if you include a pair of going out heels. But lets be realistic here, if you’re having a beach getaway, you will never ever wear that killer heel, same goes for cobblestone streets in let’s say Barcelona. The only killing part is your feet hurting, so bring a chic leather flat sandal instead.

Thanks to my fave Aussie bloggers Kaitlyn and Sara, I’ve put together an inspirational 12 piece travel wardrobe of dresses, shorts and shirts which I would love to bring on my travels. What 12 pieces are on your packing list?

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Borrowed from Modern Legacy, @kaity_modern , Harper & Harley, @harperandharley