TREND ALERT: Guitar Bag Strap for less & update any handbag in your collection

How to update any handbag in your collection with the trendy guitar strap

If you haven’t heard me go on and on about this strap yet and my current handbag accessory obsession, please let me fill you in. This $30 strap from H&M has honestly been a game changer for me! I’m sure you have all see those Fendi you straps, and those Valentino guitar straps which have been all the rage lately. I’ve been teaming it up with vintage bags and pouches and it’s honestly just the best! If you can’t find this particular strap, you can also check for them on ebay! Changing the accessories on your bags whether it be the strap, adding stickers, adding keychains or twillies are an amazing way of making your bag your own.

In this look I’ve teamed it with my Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis and I think it’s perfect! It’s honestly a match made in heaven. You guys know that I love my pochette metis, but lately it’s become so popular that they’re almost everywhere! While I do enjoy wearing it casually with the strap provided for a classic look (like in this post here and also here), I love this modern/trendy spin the strap adds to this bag. It really makes it stand out from the crown, and it’s a great talking point! What do you guys think?

On a more personal note…

These photos were taken at Hahndorf with my family and I’m sorry for the picture spam but I just love these photos. Its such a wonderful reminder of what an amazing day we had. Since moving to Brisbane I’ve had such bad homesickness. If you’re from a big family, you know how much fun and laughter there is in being in at home with the family. It’s not always sunshine and buttercups, but when you’re home, there’s nothing like it. Being away from home has it’s perks in being independent again, doing your own thing, having your own space, not worrying about your mum/sister stealing you clothes…. but they’re also what makes me feel so lonely at times.

I look at these pictures and smile.
I hope you really enjoy them too!

Now I know I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit, and I’ve got a backlog of pictures I really want to have posted soon. So make sure you follow me on bloglovin if you want to stay updated!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Ruffle Shirt – H&M |Jeans – Topshop  | Bag – Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis | Strap – H&M
Gold Cuffs –  Ellandemm |Mules – Topshop

 

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How to buy luxury for less and save thousands of dollars!

Buckle up ladies and gents, today I’m going to take you through my addictive journey of purchasing pre-owned or pre-loved luxury items. Because if you didnt know already, it’s one of the best ways to save literally HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of dollars on luxury handbags and accessories.

It all started with a bag – The Louis Vuitton Montsouris MM

So, what’s the story you ask?

To be honest it’s pretty simple – It was love at first sight. I remember first getting a glimpse of it when a girl was riding down the street with her what looked like a vintage louis vuitton backpack and I almost drove my car off the road because it instantly caught my eye! Never did I think at that moment in time that I would actually ever come to owning it myself!

Fast forward to the day I bought my first Louis Vuitton – which as you guys know was the Louis vuitton speedy 30 in the monogram from the Melbourne Collin St Boutique. It was an absolute dream come true and from that day I was hooked! Lets be honest doing my research on purchasing my first LV I had by that point watching a 1001 videos on Louis Vuitton, and Queen of LV herself Jerusha Couture was a huge influence on me. I was basically obsessed with her videos, and finally I stumbled upon the Louis Vuitton Montouris MM that was in the background of her video. Instantly like before it immediately caught my eye and that started the hunt for this bag!

Of course this bag was discontinued which I did not realise at the time, and the only real choice I had was to actually purchase it second hand! I looked to ebay after so much research and to be honest my first search proved to be quite fruitless. It took about 2-3 months of searching online before I finally stumbled upon this baby. Now mind you I had only just SPLURGED on my brand new LV, so being a junior doctor at the time I was tight on cash. There was no way I could afford anything more than $1000AUD.

When I first saw the item listen on ebay it looked to be in REALLY good condition, and even patina was one of the most crucial things I was looking for. I contacted the seller, and being my first pre-owned LV I was relentless! I requested pictures of the bag with the seller’s name written on the piece of paper next to it, I asked the seller for a million and one detailed pictures, her whole life story on the bag, I then authenticated on the purseforum, and again through a third party. I did not want to make ANY mistakes in possibly purchasing a fake second hand item!

Then the bag arrived. 

She was perfect – but still I had it authenticated again once it was in my hot little hands. And finally, when I was satisfied I carried her without end. I remember I was so pedantic about the patina and making sure I wore long sleeves so that I didn’t stain the straps with sweat marks… all the while admiring how beautiful she was. And to this day, it is still one of my most perfect, most wonderful, pre-owned purchases I have made.  I think I appreciate it even more now with how much I was able to get the bag for and the condition it’s in considering how backpacks (even pre-owned) have soared in prices since becoming trendy again the most recent years.

Believe it or not guys, I was able to purchase the bag for only $650 AUD! HOW INCREDIBLE IS THAT!

If you can only believe that I have this gorgeous piece of LV history, an amazing vintage piece from 1996 for a fraction of a backpack costs in stores now. Its absolutely incredible. And if you follow me on my blog/instagram/youtube you would know that this isn’t the only incredible find I’ve found! I’ve got a video here which goes through my favourite pre-owned finds, and if you havent checked it out already I STRONGLY urge you do so!

So that is my one huge tip for saving – GO TO THE SECOND HAND MARKET! So many times many of them aren’t even that worn or used, so many times people resell because they’ve changed their minds and you’ve essentially saved hundreds of dollars on a brand new item! I personally love the more older vintage pieces, especially those that you just can not find anymore. So if this has inspired you, I really hope you go and check out my videos on how to purchase preloved (PART 1 & PART 2), and give it a like a share it around.

If you have any amazing stories on your favourite pre-loved/pre-owned piece or a score so good you need to share – please comment in the discussion below I would love to hear!


City Camo

As I’ve mentioned time and time again, I’ll miss Adelaide’s picturesque city sidewalks. This month has been so busy, and I apologise for that! If you watched my recent Q&A, you may know that I’ve been busy prepping for an exam. Thankfully that’s all done, but now moving onto the next job – and that’s moving out.

I’ll be moving to Brisbane start of next month, so it’s going to be another busy month unfortunately. I also want to start my blog sale soon, so stay tuned for that. If I’m organised enough, I hope to have it up by tommorow/day after. So stay tuned everyone!

Meanwhile, here are some photos from when the weather was a little cooler, featuring one of my favourite bags – the ever so cute Alma BB in Damier ebene. Isn’t she the cutest! I tend to wear her more during spring/summer for some reason, and I love how she looks with neutral tones.

Outfit Details:

COAT: SHEIN | TOP: H&M | CULOTTES: ASOS | SHOES: ZARA | SUNGLASSES: SHEIN | BAG: LOUIS VUITTON ALMA BB

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The Spring Yeti

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My blog posts are all over the place lately, and I’m so sorry about that. I’m trying to stick to my schedule of posting every Monday + Friday, but thats clearly gone out the window. Partly to blame is the fact that I’m currently trying to study for an upcoming exam, and whilst I have a few days of study leave I’m trying to cram up to 10 lectures a day… not really possible.

So I have been meaning to post this look for weekssss now,  and yes, thats exactly how far advanced I am with photos, and if you follow me on instagram you would have already seen sneak previews of this look.

I love how this look/shoot turned out, and I honestly had to painstakingly go through literally hundreds of photos! I’ve tried to narrow it as much as  I can, but forgive me if it’s still an overwhelming amount of photos of me! ahaha.

In this look I’m wearing one of my favourite layering pieces of all time – my shaggy/teddy/rug cream gillet or vest. I purchased this little number from H&M many moons ago, and I love layering it over pants, over skirts, dresses – and I ever layer it over a cardigan to turn it into a coat! In this outfit I’ve chosen to my (one of my many) pair of culottes from topshop, and to keep things simple have just worn a plain white shirt underneath. My reflective sunglasses from cotton on give this outfit a nice pop of interest and complements the gold accent from my LV bag nicely. Of course since everything was pretty neutral, I chose an LV monogram print bag as it would pop really nicely!

And on that note, I thought I would include a little review here about the Pochette Metis as some of my viewers were curious as to why I did not include it as part of my recommended 1st designer handbag.

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The Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

So I dont want to ramble on too much about this bag – if you want a separate review video on wear & tear and thoughts let me know – but as I’ve said some people where curious why I did not feature this on my recent video. The reason being folks is when I think about my first designer handbag (or atleast in my case), I think about a forever bag – in style, in function, in durability and in price point. I want it to be a all-rounder. Now I did not chose to include the Pochette Metis mainly because of all of the problems associated with this bag in the early stages, and also the trendy nature of the bag. I don’t see it as a classic piece just yet, and there have been enough problems brought up about this bag that I refrain from recommending it as a first designer bag. That isn’t to say that every PM has inherent construction problems, because if you look after your bag well, it shouldn’t! But if I had this bag as my first item and I ran into glazing problems or cracking problems right off the bat – I would just not be happy at all!

Now that isn’t to say I wouldn’t recommend this bag at all – because I do! Its a beautiful bag that offers a lot of functionality and versatility, and it’s easily one of my favourite bags from Louis Vuitton. But for reasons I mentioned above, I refrained from recommending it as a first designer piece – and I stress on the word first – because to me, that first bag shoulde the be-all and end-all… and I just don’t feel like this bag is quite there!

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Outfit Details:

CREAM SHAGGY GILLET: H&M | TROUSER CULOTTES: TOPSHOP | T-SHIRT: COTTON ON | NUDE BLOCK STRAPPY SHOES: TARGET | GOLD REFLECTIVE SUNGLASSES: COTTON ON | BAG: LOUIS VUITTON POCHETTE METIS

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The Blogger Uniform

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White shirt. Blue Jeans. Coffee in one hand, phone in the other. The culmination of which paints the picture of the quintessential blogger. I love this outfit and this shoot because it was so funny to take photos of myself looking like a successful blogger (of which we know is so far from the truth at this current moment). Regardless, the white shirt and jeans combo is any blogger/fashionista’s wardrobe staple. Not only is it comfy and effortless, but it can take you anywhere. Dress it up with heels and statement earrings, or dress it down with runners and no make up. You can also add a statement coat/accessory/outerwear and it feels like a whole different outfit. So any surprise that this combination screams blogger-uniform? It is the age-old favourite combination, and this is my online dedication to one of the best pairings in fashion history.

Before I go, lets just also take a minute to appreciate the beautiful backdrops that little Adelaide has to offer. I love strolling through the city and always finding new places to shoot and architecture to appreciate.

 

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Outfit Details:

| BUTTON UP SHIRT: THRIFTED | STRAIGHT LEG JEANS: TOPSHOP | LACE UP BLOCK HEELS: MANGO | SUNGLASSES: RAY BANS CLUBMASTERS | BAG: LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY BANDOULIERE 30 |

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