I wear these classic designer bracelets almost daily. They are so classic and versatile! The lighter brown wrap bracelet is Hermes, and I got it from Poshmark for $50! Bracelets like this retail brand new for around $300-400. The darker brown clasp bracelet is from Louis Vuitton, and is called the Historic Mini Monogram bracelet. This one retails for $270. The origin of this one is a littler more mysterious... My husband brought it back for me from an international work trip, but he didn't have a box, bag, anything. He refuses to tell me how we got it! I'm thinking he found it laying somewhere...but we will never know haha. Anyway!
When you aren't buying designer items straight from the source, you always want to take extra care you are purchasing an authentic item. Here are a few quick things I look for when authenticating secondhand designer jewelry pieces:
1. Even, ConSistent Stitching
Quality control is high in luxury brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Stitching will always be evenly spaced and straight.
2. Straight Stamps
Many designer jewelry pieces will be stamped or engraved. Look for these details because if there are no stamps or engravings, it is provably fake. These stamps/engravings should be straight, deep, and consistent, even if they are on the inside and not visible when worn.
3. Country Of Origin
Do research on where the designer brand typically creates their jewelry pieces. It is probably not China. After doing some research I found that Louis Vuitton often makes their jewelry pieces in Spain, as seen below.
Overall, the piece should feel heavy and as if it is made of sturdy materials.
These are details I am usually looking for when buying secondhand jewelry. Hermes can be difficult to authenticate more so than other designer items because they often lack a lot of stamping or engraving. Real Authentication is a great tool to find out if your designer items are indeed authentic. You upload pictures and within a couple days they let you know whether the item is indeed authentic or not, which I highly recommend if you intend to resell these items.
I did a little digging and found a number of similar Hermes and Louis Vuitton secondhand bracelets below at killer deals! A lot of these are under $100! They are sold through Vestiaire Collective and are authenticated. Just click the picture to see more details of them!
$70+ is still so much money to drop on jewelry, so I have found a couple dupes from Amazon that look very similar to the designer leather bracelets above!
Happy March! The rain has finally stopped (for now) in Southern California and it definitely feels like spring is almost here! In honor of the new, warmer month I decided to break out this new *to me* adorable linen maxi dress I recently thrifted for myself! Keep scrolling for all the details on this thrifted outfit!
Free People Maxi Dress [secondhand, $4.50] Joie Strappy Suede Sandals [secondhand, $15] Goyard Tote [secondhand, $6] Chanel Sunnies [secondhand, $30]
Outfit Total: $55.50
I was so excited to thrift this dress for myself because the linen material is great for warmer temps, plus the button and bow detail is just so stinking cute! If you live somewhere where the weather is warming up, or you just want to purchase something in hopes of warmer weather soon, I've rounded up a whole bunch of similar, ADORABLE linen dresses that are ALL $20 and under! You can shop below by just clicking the picture that will take you directly to the website!
These Joie sandals were a total steal at the thrift, but if you are looking to invest in a great neutral sandal (that is also super comfy, I've walked loads in them already with no pain!) you can scoop up a pair that is on sale below through Amazon.
And because I continue to get compliments on this Hermes inspired Apple Watch band and you guys still have interested in it, I'll link it below if you want to scoop one up! I've had it a few months already, and it still looks brand freaking new. (And I'm clumsy and have hit it across everything) 10/10 recommend!
Last week there was a hiatus on Amazon finds but this week I am back with all the pieces you need for Thanksgiving, from what you are wearing to what you put on your table! Plus everything is Prime so you will get them all before the big day!
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On Fridays, Fancy Free is all about Amazon and this week I've scoured Amazon for some great deals on wardrobe building, classic pieces. I am all about a classic, simple wardrobe because you don't need many pieces to build a variety of outfits AND look chic + put together! Because Fancy Free is all about low prices, everything below is under $50 AND has free shipping through Prime!
Don't have Prime? Try it out for free for 30 days! Click the link below!
Now that you have Prime, let's get started shopping. ;) When you see something you love below just click the picture and it will take you straight to the item in Amazon!
You can see all my Amazon picks HERE!
I'm so excited to be partnering with Amazon to start sharing with you guys cute + CHEAP fashion, home, and more that you can find at super low prices, most having free shipping! Every Friday I will be sharing a new theme of Amazon finds I've picked that I think would be of interest to you guys. This week I've scoured Amazon to find designer dupes! Even if you can't afford the designer pieces you love (lets be real most of us can't!) you can still rock the latest fashions and look like a million bucks without breaking the bank!
**in no way do I condone counterfeit, fake, or knockoff designer items -- these items are inspired by popular designer items but are not presenting themselves as designer pieces**
If you see something you like just click the photo to be directly sent to Amazon!
Goyard Clutch Bag
Valentino Rockstud Flip Flops
Chloe Scallop Flats + Espadrilles
Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots
Chanel Quilted Flap Bag
Gucci Bumblebee Pin
PRada Cat eye Aviator Sunglasses
Cartier Love Bracelet
Yay thanks so much for reading, and I would love to hear what you think about this new series!
Also, these are not all of the items I've saved to my Designer Dupes Amazon list, you can see all my fancy + cheap picks HERE!
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- Marie Claire, September 2016