Authentic Hermes Handbag

Buying a designer bag can be a dream-come-true for many women. A designer bag is a big investment, so it is important to know that you are spending money on an authentic piece. Fake handbags are getting more and more convincing, so it is important to know what to look for when identifying an authentic Hermes Handbags.

Authentic Hermes Handbag

Familiarize yourself with Hermes designs. Designer bags are very limited from season to season. Each year only sees so many new designs. Certain bags are made only in a few select colors or may have a certain color of lining. Knowing these things will help you identify a fake.

Look closely at the proportion of the handbag. A well-made designer bag will be perfectly proportional. It will be perfectly symmetrical and the handle will be completely centered. Take a good look at the shape. If it looks a little off or crooked, it is a fake.

Know what the stamp or label should look like. Hermes bags are almost always labeled and stamped on the inside only. However, there are a few designs that feature a stamp on the outside. The stamp or label should also be neat and clear.

Examine the lining. Most Hermes bags are lined with the same leather that the outside is made of. There are some styles that may be lined with canvas of the same color as the bag. Know which styles these are and know what lining to expect.

Look for an “H” engraved on the zipper. This will be done neatly and clearly on brass zippers. A couple of the designs have leather zippers, and in those cases, the “H” will be stamped.

Be suspicious of low prices. A Hermes bag will probably never sell for under $5,000. Bags made with imperfections in the factory are destroyed, and employees are not given gifts that they may resell. If a seller claims it is an unwanted gift, carefully consider why someone would spend $5,000 on a gift before knowing for sure that the recipient would like it.

Study the stitching very closely. Stitches should be perfectly straight, even and tight. The best craftsmen in the world make these bags, and imperfect bags do not leave the manufacturer.

Spotting Fake Hermes Handbags

The Hermes fashion name is synonymous with royalty, famous stars and “Sex and the City”. The famous Hermes Kelly bag was named after actress and Grace Kelly. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis often sported a Constance bag. The Birkin bag was the focus of the “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” episode of “SATC,” where Samantha tried to leverage her connections to snag the popular bag. Hermes bags are renowned in the fashion world with prices topping $10,000 for some bags. Like many original handbags, Hermes products are copied and sold as knockoffs. How to spot a fake Hermes bag is easy to the discerning eye.

Spotting Fake Hermes Handbags

How to Spot a Fake Hermes Bag

  • Study the hardware. Hermes bags have a covering to protect the hardware, which the store does not remove until you purchase the bag. The hardware is solid, not hollow. The logo, a carriage and horse, is engraved on the hardware. Hermes engraving means the letters or design is lower than the surface, not raised above the surface.
  • Examine the stitching. An authentic bag will have straight, even stitches and no loose threads. Also, the thread will match the bag, a sign that Hermes bags are quality workmanship.
  • Look at the front face of the bag. The name “Hermes Paris, Made in France” is always stamped on the front face.
  • Look for the date the bag was manufactured. The artisan’s mark and the year the bag was manufactured are stamped beneath the right belt.
  • Check the inside of the bag. Hermes bags do not have a metal nameplate. Also, examine the leather carefully. Hermes bags are made of the finest leather. It will not have defects.
  • To understand the quality and workmanship of a Hermes bag, go to a Hermes boutique and examine the handbags. Look at the quality of the lining, feel the purity of the leather, and pay attention to the elegant, understated details. Once you have seen an authentic bag, you will be able to spot a fake Hermes.

Choosing Best Hermes Birkin for Your Personal Style

In the world of fashion, Hermes birkin bag is generally accepted as the Holy grail of handbags. Since buying a birkin bag is a great investment for lifetime, a savvy lady had better be careful when choosing her beloved Birkin. Here are some tips on how to selecting the right Birkin bag to boost your personal style.

Hermes Birkin Handbags

In the world of fashion, hermes birkin handbags generally accepted as the Holy grail of handbags. Since buying a birkin bag is a great investment for lifetime, a savvy lady had better be careful when choosing her beloved Birkin. Here are some tips on how to selecting the right Birkin bag to boost your personal style.

First of all, select the correct material for your birkin to suit different occasions. The quality of materials reflects the owner’s financial status and taste. Leather is always a wise choice, for it is classic and versatile; works with most outfits and goes with any situation. The most popular leather for birkin is Togo, a smooth textured calf leather. Taurillon Clemence which is made from baby bull is even softer and thicker than Togo. You can also choose buttery soft Chevre (goat skin) or smooth and sheen box. Birkin bags with exotic leathers such as alligator, crocodile and lizard are quite suitable for formal and grand occasions. If you want a casual and pretty look, you can try togo or ostrich Birkin with linen.

Secondly, choose the right sized Birkin to complement your figure. Remember, your bag should work with your size, not against it. If you are petite, go for 25cm or 30cm Birkin. If you are full-figured or tall, 35cm or 40cm Birkin would look best. Haut A Courries which is slightly taller with shorter straps is also called Birkin and very good for traveling use.

Thirdly, choose similar colored Birkin to match your outfit. There is an extensive range of colors for your Birkin bag. If you wear a lot of plain color clothes, Hermes classic colors such as black, orange, Blue Jean and dark gold are the best to match your outfit, or a two-tone colored Birkin would make you look cute and stylish. Greens, pink, fuchsia and Cyclamen are fresh in spring; rouge, red and orange looks gorgeous in autumn; blues, white and violet are popular in winter. Taupe, beige and grey are practical and can blend into more clothes.

Last but not least, always harmonize your Birkin with your outfit, shoes and accessories. If you have seen the photo of Victoria in fuchsia RM Moon dress with a stunning 35cm pink ostrich skin Hermes Birkin, you will get a better idea of what I mean. The pink bag and fuchsia dress match perfectly; the black sunglass has a similar shade with Balenciaga court shoes. Totally, she looks fantastically glamorous! Sometimes, your bag does not necessarily match your dress or shoes, but at least should blend into them. It is more sensible to make sure your bag and shoes are harmonious in style and mood. For example, if you wear sliver or white tone shoes, pair them with a Birkin bag with silver palladium hardware.

If you pay attention to what fits you and what does not, you will gradually cultivate your dress sense and fit into everything chosen by yourself. Needless to say, Hermes Birkin bag is a must-have for any savvy lady who aspires to establish a perfect personal style. Reliable online stores are the best place to buy elegant Hermes Birkin bags. Be mindful that “Fashion is general. Style is individual”, have a good knowledge of your style and learn how to dress properly, because the most beautiful woman is always true to her own style.

Beyonce does not want to attend Kim and Kanye’s ‘Tacky’ wedding

Mrs. Beyonce Carter has been reportedly throwing shade at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Summer Wedding invite to Paris.

Rumors began circulating Monday, March 17 about the 17-time Grammy award winner’s “diverish” attitude toward Kimye’s dream ceremony in May.

Jay Z has given his two cents on the matter regarding Kim and Kanye’s wedding and he does not want Queen Bey or daughter Blue Ivy being recorded by E! cameras during the event; That simple.

A source reported that ‘Yonce has allegedly told “friends” her take on the cameras as well and it is nothing pretty:

Jay and Beyonce’s wedding was shrouded in secrecy and extreme lengths were made to make sure their wedding was an intimate affair for friends and family, only. This will be the complete opposite. She thinks it’s just tacky.
Beyonce’s motto has always been, less is more. But clearly when it comes to Kim, more means more.She knows she’ll have to go to the wedding, but really does not to want to.

The insider said the only reason the pop diva, 32, will attend the I Do’s in Paris on May 24 is because West “considers them family.

Make no mistake, the only reason Beyoncé is going to the wedding is because Jay is best friend’s with Kanye.There is no way Kanye would ever even dare to ask Jay or Beyonce to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or take away their cell phones. He knows that neither one of them would betray his trust.”

International fashion & style; meet Alvin Valley .. the king of pants ..

Somewhere it was written that Alvin Valley took 6 months to perfect the fit of the pants he produced when he started his business and suddenly it made all the sense in the world to me as to why he earned the moniker … “the king of pants.” Mr. Valley has been off the fashion radar for a while but he is once again seismically registering on the radar screens of those who wear, wore and swore by these pants.

As if I wasn’t totally convinced enough about Mr. Valley’s prowess, I asked a devotee, a 21st century style icon, as well as a business colleague …. “I had heard much about the genius of Alvin’s pants (most of which seemed a bit inflated with descriptions such as “life changing”) until I tried on my first pair and became an immediate aficionado…I swear you zip in two inches taller and one inch slimmer!” …. Nicole Hanley Mellon

This week marks his official return to “the radar screen” of fashion with the relaunch of his website. Please note that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and hence we see “the King” has a new kingdom predominantly populated by what catapulted him to fame in the first place … I speak of pants, impeccable tailoring and now “uber” fab dresses mixed with softer silhouettes.

From the “horse’s mouth”… “I love the idea of a building a wardrobe with my clients, with the foundation being the perfect pant. The idea is that we are establishing certain signatures and updating them. A change in color or fabric is enough.”

It is gratifying for me to spotlight a designer who is sage beyond his years and actually has the desire to clothe real women and not some oddly fantasized concept of what women look like and what he thinks they like to wear. In other words this is Alvin Valley, who wants his ladies to look fashionable and to have a wardrobe that befits their lifestyles. Once again I am proud to present one of a small cast of characters who inhabit the world made up of designers who design!!

Q. What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
A. A leather jacket from Tom Ford’s last collection at YSL.

Q. What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
A. I don’t know if it’s a sterling trait, but I do feel I am someone with lots of gumption, and I stick to my convictions. I treasure in my friendships their support and solidarity, whatever I’m going through. Either successful or not.

Q. What is your bliss?
A. My dogs, Lana and Nina.

Q. What is your guilty secret?
A. Getting inspired by my friends without them knowing it. These women with amazing personal style, strength, independence, and above all, power while fusing that into my designs. Some of these women include Rena Sindi, Vanessa Getty, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Nicole Mellon, Alexandra Lind Rose, Fernanda Niven, Eva Lorenzotti, Kick Kennedy, Minnie Mortimer, and Olivia Chantecaille

Q. Where is your ideal home?
A. A modern, sustainable cottage by the pond in North Haven, Sag Harbor, designed by Peter Sabbeth.

Q. If you could not be a designer what would you be?
A. A landscape architect in the East End of Long Island.

Q. What is on your bedside table right now?
A. A pair of scull paintings by Nathan Bond.

Q. What do you wear to bed?
A. Night guards.

Q. What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
A. The Breakthrough Experience by John F Martini. It was recommended to me by a great friend who lives in Paris. I bought 10 copies and gave them to my friends.

Q. What’s your advice to the “newcomer”?
A. Don’t think that you are more important than your clients.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
A. Dorian Gray.

Q. What is the best advice you ever received?
A. Don’t believe the hype!

Q. In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
A. Polished. Structured. Sophisticated.

Q. If you were a retailer, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store…or where would you shop?
A. I would absolutely wear my own designs…but they look better on women.

Q. If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
A. The first thing I would do is call my lawyer.

Q. If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
A. I would want a table full of strong personalities, and interesting conversation. Marchesa Casati, she fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”. Maria Callas, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist. Maria Felix, La Doña, who always represented women as power figures. And finally, Robert Redford, for his all-American looks and ease.

Q. What is your favorite movie/or movie star?
A. Bette Davis in All About Eve. As a child, watching this movie inspired me to believe that women could be the bread winners in their homes, and that they could ultimately decide how to live their lives, independent of any man. The ultimate question, “Can women have it all?”

Q. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
A. My height, everything else I’ve changed.

Q. Whose opinion do you value most and why?
A. My Board of Directors. They are smart, successful and support my vision.

Q. What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear?
A. I only shop online. Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi.

Q. What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
A. Tablet only.

Q. Do you have a dream collaborator?
A. Andy Warhol.

Q. What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
A. Buying my brand back and building an incredible team.

Q. What’s your music library like?
A. Eclectic 80’s.

Q. What and where is your favorite meal?
A. Chicken for Two at Omar’s Private Dining Room in New York City. Omar has created an amazing, intimate experience.

How to Dress Big Thighs

A pear-shaped body stores fat on the hips and thighs, making you appear disproportionate in many types of clothing. You must keep the shape of your large thighs in mind when buying clothing, so your wardrobe complements your body’s natural curves. Dressing your large thighs does not mean donning baggy clothing; rather, wear articles that accentuate your more attractive features. Clothes that disguise the size difference between your thighs and the rest of your body will help balance your figure.

Instructions

  1. Purchase wide-legged pants that do not taper with the shape of your leg down to your calf. These pants create a column shape, disguising the size difference between your upper and lower legs.
  2. Wear skirts that hang loosely from your hips and flare at the base, creating a bell shape. A-line skirts in particular will complement the shape of large thighs. Avoid any skirt that tapers or creates a straight line down your legs.
  3. Wear jackets and shirts that cinch in at your waist and flare out at your hips. Shirts and jackets should hang 2 to 3 inches past the band of your pants or skirt to draw attention away from your large thighs.
  4. Purchase clothing for your lower body in dark colors, such as black, charcoal and navy. Darker colors have a slimming effect, as they trick the eye into seeing shadows that make a surface appear smaller.
  5. Pick vibrantly colored tops to draw attention up and away from your thighs. Colors such as red, yellow, orange or white will complement the darker tones of your pants or skirts and make your thighs less noticeable.

Join Family Dollar & Notorious POP for a Twitter Party to Celebrate Dads!!!

Just in time for Father’s Day I am joining with @TheNotoriousPOP for another notorious online event that you can’t miss happening on Thursday June 12, 2014 at 8pm ET. It’s Dads Time To Shine! We’re going to be celebrating Dads and talking about Dad’s grooming and Pop Pampering.

Remember those scratchy hugs Dad or Hubby would give when he didn’t shave? We can’t wait to hear your memories of Dads grooming and what the current Dads in your life do daily. Pull out those pictures and share with us! Notorious POP has an AMAZING sweepstakes that celebrates the picture perfect moments with the Dads in our life. A Caribbean Vacation For 4 could be quite a Father’s Day gift!

Sharing photo memories of your kids with their Dad or you with the Dads in your life or just even Dad will enter you into the Notorious POP Caribbean Vacation For 4 Sweepstakes. Winner will be announced in July. Instantly throughout the party Notorious POP who will be joined by @MyFamilyDollar will award Gift Cards to @MyFamilyDollar where you can pick up some of the perfect items like Barbasol Shaving Cream and the all new Barbasol Razors available exclusively at Family Dollar that Dad’s need to groom themselves for Father’s Day and every day.

Special guests and Moms, sisters, brothers, kids and of course Dads will join in the hour long party about Dads grooming and the Father’s Day celebration. A top goal for Notorious POP is to change negative media trends about fathers particularly fathers of color by showcasing the true role that fathers play in our homes and communities.

There will also be $100 Gift Cards that will be given away throughout the party so that you can treat Dad or so that Dad’s can go and treat themselves. And of course, the Grand Daddy prize is a Trip for 2 Adults and 2 Kids to the Caribbean from Notorious POP visit NotoriousPOP.com or the Notorious POP Facebook Page to be officially entered.

A Perfect Coat for Every Body

In cold weather, women rely more on outerwear to make a fashion statement. And although few women look like actress Marie Cotillard in a coat (pictured here) whatever your shape, there’s a style that will flatter you most. Also keep in mind that you may need more than one coat for the season. For example, if you’re wearing a dress and have exposed legs, a longer coat will keep you warmer. The same long coat, however, can look bulky with a heavy sweater and jeans.

Peacoat

Actress Gina Gershon sports a winter favorite here: the peacoat. “A peacoat flatters most full-figured and pear-shaped ladies,” said Jess Zaino, style producer for ABC’s “The Chew” and founder of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours. “They give structure to the shoulders and balance a thick waist and big hips.”

Trench

The classic trench, worn here by actress Dianna Agron, flatters all body shapes. “The sexy, fitted belt at the waist accentuates a super feminine, hourglass figure,” said Zaino. “If you’re petite, look for a hemline that hits above the knee to avoid looking smaller.”

Parka

Actress Ariel Winter looks trendy in this puffy blue parka. While it works on many shapes, note that the volume does add width to your frame. “Avoid a loose fit, which will leave you looking shapeless,” Zaino said. She also said that long parkas look best on taller women, so keep it cropped if you’re petite.

Cropped Fur Coat

“A cropped fur is so very Hollywood,” said Zaino, but she noted that it can be tricky to pull off for some sizes. Model Jessica White, who is tall and slim, wears it well. “Make sure the sleeves fit [so] as not to look childish and that the hemline hits at or above the waist to show off curves instead of hiding them.”

Cape Coat

Italian TV personality Miriam Leone is seen here wearing a vintage-inspired white cape. “Capes work on slight and curvy frames, petite and tall women, and will work even if you are between sizes,” said Zaino. She added that it’s an especially appropriate coat during transitional weather and works well as a layering piece.

Bracelet Sleeve

Notice how the sleeves on this coat stop at the elbow and show off what TV personality Kris Jenner is wearing underneath, hence the name “bracelet sleeve.” This coat is ideal for layering and perfect for climates that aren’t especially cold. Because of the extra volume, it looks best on tall and narrow frames.

Cropped Coat

“A short tweed style is the ultimate statement in luxury style,” noted Zaino. This type of light coat looks best on an athletic frame, like actress Maria Bello’s. Zaino suggested pairing it with chic heels and pearls for a sophisticated cold-weather ensemble.

Wrap Coat

“Like Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, the wrap coat is universally flattering on all body types and sizes,” said Zaino. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks polished, and her waist is accentuated. “The diagonal line formed by the classic coat’s closure slims and trims, while the belt at the waist gives a woman an ultra-feminine silhouette.”

Talkin' fashion with a Pittsburgh girl: Kristen S.

Pittsburgh girls know and love fashion! They know what colors look good on them, what designer looks they covet, and where to shop. Pittsburgh girls are more than just Pens jerseys and Terrible Towels, they are fashionistas! Kristen, a 28 year-old speech language pathologist from Pittsburgh gabs about her personal style and fashion!

What is one store you could spend thousands of dollars on clothes in?

White House Black Market

What is your favorite Pittsburgh mall?

Ross Park

What color do you think you look best in?

Black

What is one piece in your wardrobe you could never live without?

Black tank tops

What is your favorite cut of jeans?

Skinny or boot-cut

What is your ideal winter coat?

Sleek, kind of puffy, with fitted waist and fluffy faux fur hood.

What is your favorite kind of dress?

Little black dress! Either completely fitted or a fitted top with a flowy above the knee skirt.

What is your favorite type of footwear?

Flip flops

Money is no object, who is your favorite luxury fashion brand?

Gucci

5 adjectives to describe your style and wardrobe?

Comfortable, sporty, classic, practical, cute

Dadeland style event hits the runway at Dadeland Mall on March 22

Fashionistas are invited to the Dadeland Style event, a free, dynamic celebration of style, which will hit the runway at Dadeland Mall on Saturday, March 22 from 3 – 6 p.m. throughout the mall.

Spotlighting must-have spring trends for men and women from fashionable mall retailers, Dadeland Mall is bringing the excitement of fashion to stylish shoppers in Miami. During the spring fashion show, parents will also have the chance to scope out the hottest trends for all the little ones.

Get in on the fun with beauty demonstrations from your favorite brands like Georgio Armani beauty, Bobbi Brown, Aruj Salon & Spa, and OROGOLD to name a few, shopping specials and style stops that will allow savvy shoppers to revel in the fabulous stores offered at Dadeland Mall.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in trend talks and a fashion Q&A with Dadeland Mall’s personal stylist, Kim Rodriguez. Stop by and see the hottest fashion and accessories available at Dadeland Mall!

COST: Free and open to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, March 22

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dadeland Mall – mall-wide

7535 Dadeland Mall. Miami, FL 33156.

Mich Fash TV Host – Chris Walls

Custom Creations by CW. CW stands for Chris Walls, and he is an emerging stylist and accessory designer of custom cufflinks. His latest endeavor is working as one of the co-host on the new web based fashion TV talk show “Mich Fash TV”.

Chris speaks from “The Man Cave” helping men stay on top of fashion and trends. You can also learn more about his creations on Facebook at Custom Creations by CW.

David Jones shows large handbags at Melbourne Fashion Festival

David Jones presented designs on the runway from forty-three designers at the Melbourne Fashion Festival yesterday. The designs were from the current season in Australia and featured a collection of medium to large handbags which shows a possible trend away from the current mini-handbag trend of 2014.
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The handbags on the David Jones runway yesterday at the Melbourne Fashion Festival were soft, large and shown in dark colors. There were several silhouettes featured including shoulder bags, north-south totes, duffle bags and clutches. The only handbag style shown on the David Jones in a small size were the clutches. The shoulder bags were medium and the totes, duffle bags and additional styles were shown in large sizes.

This is an interesting move as most designers during fashion month in New York, Milan, Paris and London showed small and mini sized handbags for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season. In fact, there has been a move towards small handbags over the past few years. The larger handbags shown on David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival last night could signal a possible move towards medium and large handbags as we move into 2015.

The designers showcased on the David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival included Akin by Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall, Banjo & Matilda, Bassike, Bec & Bridge, Bianca Spender, CM Camilla and Marc, Calibre, Cameo, Camilla, Camilla and Marc, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Easton Pearson, Ellery, Etre Cecile, Finders Keepers, Ginger & Smart, Industrie, Jac + Jack, Jack London, Josh, Goot, Keepsake the Label, L’America, Lover, Michael Lo Sordo, Mimco, Mink Pink, Nicolas, Nicola Finetti, Rachel Gilbert, Romance Was Born, Sabatini, Scanlan Theodore, Shakuhachi, Staple the Label, Talulah, Thurley, Tigerlily, Vanishing Elephant, Viktoria + Woods, Willow, Zanerobe, and Zimmerman.

To view photos from the David Jones runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival last night, please click on the slideshow associated with this article.

St. Paws: A thrift store for animal lovers

St. Paws Thrift Store rescues animals from abandonment, homelessness, abuse and neglect. It you’re an animal lover who just can’t resist a good thrift store, St. Paws is for you! Every time you make a purchase or a donation, it will help a cat, dog, horse, bunny or companion animal.

St. Paws began with a mission to serve and protect animals. Their mission is to help organizations that are engaged in protecting, sheltering and caring for abandoned, neglected and abused animals.

St Paws accomplishes their mission by serving as a portal for your tax deductible donations, whether with cash or through gently used clothing, handbags and accessories, fashion jewelry, and various household items which, in turn, are sold in the store. 100% of the profits from the sales are then passed on to these organizations.

St. Paws is operated and run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are all animal lovers. Located at 304 12th St. in West Columbia, the store has an excellent selection of clothing for men, women and children.

Everything is nicely arranged, sorted by size, clean and on hangers. There is also a good selection of shoes, with sandals and dress shoes in like-new condition. Items are generally in the one to three dollar range.

As you take your time looking around the store, don’t be surprised if a sweet cat who loves to be picked up follows you and seeks out your arms.

The store is very clean and bright, attractively arranged, and quite spacious. The staff, likely seen holding small animals as they work, is made up of volunteers who love animals.

There is limited free off-street garage parking (about eight spaces) directly next to the thrift store, and several more outdoor spaces.

St Paws is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit St. Paws Thrift Store online or on Facebook for more information and an array of photos.

With an ever changing selection, you’re sure to come home with treasures…and maybe even an adopted pet.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~