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.

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~

JLo reportedly dating DWTS’ Ukranian dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Entertainer Jennifer Lopez, who recently split from “boy-toy” boyfriend Casper Smart, is reportedly dating “Dancing with the Star’s” renowned choreographer and “Bad boy of the Ballroom,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, according to entertainment sources and the New York’s Daily News.
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Lopez, 44 recently kicked Smart, 27 to-the-curb amidst allegations of the young choreographer and boyfriend of two years, engaging in sexting and possible romantic liaisons with transvestites.

It is not the first time allegations of Smart popped-up of the young dancer being involved with transgenders. In 2013, JLo’s boyfriend was spotted coming out of a Manhattan “peep-show” small theater on Eighth Avenue; a spot famous for getting your jollies on, and peeping at ladies of the night and transvestites.

The split between JLo and Casper Smart was bound to happen according to sources, and while JLo was performing her FREE concert in her native Bronx last week in Orchard Beach, Smart was a no-show. Smart usually choreographs JLo’s group dances.

JLo, who publicly admitted she “does not like to be alone,” apparently fell into the arms of outspoken dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Entertainment internet source, [email protected] confirms that this story is true.

At this time, it will be difficult to catch both new love-birds together, for Chmerkovskiy, 34 is currently judging “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa,” which is India’s version of Dancing with the Stars in Mumbai, and JLo is in Brazil getting ready to perform the opening ceremonies for 2014’s FIFA World Cup. JLo also has a busy schedule lined up back in New York.

So if you are rooting for this new couple to make it, stay tuned for more gossip and entertainment, for even Chmerkovskiy, who had to hoist Lopez all-the-way up with his two hands during a sexy, salsa dance tribute to the late “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz on the American Music Awards back in November, Chmerkovskiy said that that was, “the most stressful four seconds of my life.”

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Lacoste x Urban Outfitters Exclusive Collaboration

Lacoste Footwear has announced its first ever sneaker collaboration with Urban Outfitters debuting today exclusively at Urban Outfitter stores.

The women’s sneaker takes inspiration from Lacoste’s classic tennis roots and the popular preppy and court trends for the Spring/Summer 2014.

The collaboration features two styles of the Marcel Sneaker, with two essential elements of Lacoste heritage: France & Tennis.

The sneaker, which retails for $85, is currently available at

Ramona Samuels ensures The Voicebox makes you heard

Bienvenido, Bienvenue, Dobro požalovat; all ways of simply saying ‘Welcome’ to the masses. For one verse in speaking Spanish, French and Russian accent, Ramona Samuels hopes to introduce more of the public at large to her pet project, one voice at a time.

Samuels is the founder of Voicebox Jamaica, otherwise known as The Voicebox, a voice acting agency she created in September 2010 after voicing radio commercials to help promote a friend’s party and garnering attention from DJs and promoters for her accent-laded promos, deciding to turn this fast-growing hobby into a business. Her flirty, sensual voice can be heard across various promos in Jamaica, speaking fluently in foreign accents to garner listener interest.

Though it was four years ago Samuels opted to professionalize her craft, she developed a passion for voice acting during childhood.

“I have always been obsessed with accents from I was a little girl,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “I would always imitate the news announcers I heard on television and read to my friends while I was in school. It was mostly the British sound that I tried and loved; but I started taking it seriously when my friend Moyo asked me to voice his radio advert for his annual event. He usually uses a recording artiste but somehow, this time, he asked me. I thought to myself what could I do to make this advert sound different, and so I tried that spiffy English sound and he loved it. I felt very proud.”

Advertisements were the gyst of The Voicebox’s framework in the initial stages. But it has seen become more well-rounded, garnering the attention of corporate Jamaica and America in particular.

“The early days of The Voicebox was just mainly me doing party ads and being fun and quirky, with all different sounds and characters,” she said. “I now, however, have tapped into the corporate market and I am getting more corporate contracts.”

Some of her favourite exploits with The Voicebox include working on a local promotional campaign for last season’s UEFA Champions League as well as doing voice work for Australian disc jock, DJ Black Belt.

With her journalistic experiences, having worked with Jamaican entertainment stations, MDTV and RETV, public speaking has naturally become her forte, making voice acting a relatively easy skill she hopes to make relatable across the board. On the contrary, with voice acting being somewhat unheralded in Jamaica, Samuels admits locally there needs to me more education about it.

“As far as Jamaica is concerned some persons are still a little unsure as to what voice acting is,” she said. “The truth is there is so much to voice acting and it can be very diverse and there is really not much limitations. Everyone has been very encouraging and impressed with what I have started. I am hoping to do lots of work with animators and cartoonists because that’s where the more challenging acting skills come in.”

In the meantime, she is passing on her knowledge of voice acting to others as she looks to recruit talent from across the world.

“Right now I am mostly writing and voicing radio and television commercials,” she revealed. “I also have new talent that I am coaching and getting to understand their voice acting skills. I am also studying Spanish which is another feature that will be offered. I have a few bookings coming up for the hosting of live events and as far as expanding the brand itself as an agency outlet for talent; artiste management is underway. I network daily and I am very excited about the opportunities that exist. There is no other like The Voicebox right now in Jamaica.”

Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott found dead in her Manhattan Apartment

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott and girlfriend of Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger was found dead Monday, March 17 in her New York City Manhattan Apartment.

The 49 year old who was with Jagger for more than a decade and allegedly committed suicide today before police were called to her Chelsea apartment at 10:05am.

The 6’4” beauty was a former model and a stylist for many A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Scott launched her first clothing line in 2006 and has designed for brands like Banana Republic.

Although the medical examiner has not confirmed the cause of death, police are saying that it appeared to be suicide. Wren was found “unconscious and unresponsive” by her assistant at 10:00am.

The BBC reports that Mick Jagger is “completely shocked and devastated.” The rocker is currently on tour and tweeted just hours ago, “Looking forward to the first show in Perth.”

Pro Tennis Player Fernando Verdasco spotted at Perfecto Gastrobar while in town

Professional tennis player Fernando Verdasco from Spain was spotted at Perfecto Gastrobar in Brickell on Monday night, March 17th. Verdasco is in Miami for the 2014 Sony Open. He is a huge fan of the Barcelona-inspired restaurant, and had a great time that he plans to return during his visit in Miami.

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Perfecto Gastrobar is restaurateur Oscar Manresa’s first U.S. restaurant. It is a popular tapas bar located in the heart of Downtown Miami and is inspired by Barcelona. The restaurant is located at 1450 Brickell Avenue in Miami, FL 33131. It is open seven days a week, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

For advance reservations, please call 305.372.0620 or email [email protected]

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Ashsam dares Matteo Guidicelli to stop posting photos of Sarah Geronimo

Popsters and AshMatt shared their happiness when they saw several photos of Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli circulating on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram these past few days. Those photos showing off the actor’s love and affection for his princess is still circulating online this morning, June 12, 2014, sadly, the hunk actor is receiving negative tweets from Ashsam because of the photos he and his friends posted.

According to Ashsam, the least thing that Matteo can do to protect his girlfriend from harsh judgment is to stop posting photos online. That is according to Ashsam, but if you ask popsters’ opinon regarding the circulation of the controversial pair’s photos, they will tell you that there is nothing wrong with it because that is their only way to know what their idols’ activities are.

After reading Ashsam’s tweet, popsters decided to tweet the hunk actor and told him to just ignore the issue, according to them; he has all the right to post or tweet because Sarah Geronimo is his girlfriend. Ashsam immediately responded and defended herself from popsters; she said she is just protecting the pop princess.

In one of the photos posted by Catherine Salonga, Matteo is seen cuddling Sarah Geronimo, but for some reasons, Catherine decided to protect her tweets. But while she is protecting her tweets to some observers who are following the pop princess’ career and love life, popsters are defending Matteo.

All of them agreed that with the help of Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Ivan Carapiet and Catherine Salonga who chose to protect her tweets from outsiders; they became comfortable because they knew that their idols are very much in love and willing to defend themselves from bashers that could hinder their relationship. Incidentally, some observers are still saying that Sarah and Matteo should face their fans and supporters and come out on national TV to share what they have really right now.

Monday edition: The modern man's guide to timeless traditional style

A well-made and well-fitted suit is a classic wardrobe staple all men should invest in. Whether for business purposes or special occasions, only, a suit shows sophistication and speaks of versatility. Black, gray, navy and brown give off a more refined look and are timeless. Use these as your “go-to” suits.

If you’re looking to add some spice to your suit style, refer to Tom Ford’s spring/summer 2014 collection. The use of bright and fun colors in this collection give suave a whole new meaning. Tom Ford’s seasonal collection for 2014 was inspired by the carefree era of the seventies.

Talkin' fashion with a Pittsburgh girl: Katie Z.

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! Katie, a 28 year-old formerly of South Park who is now a nurse in Virginia Beach, Virginia gabs about her personal style and fashion!

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

Black House White Market

What is your favorite Pittsburgh mall?

South Hills Village

What color do you think you look best in?


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

My heart necklace from Tiffany’s because it was given to me from the love of my life.

What is your favorite cut of jeans?

Skinny jeans

What is your ideal winter coat?

Pea coat in ivory

What is your favorite kind of dress?

Sun dress

What is your favorite type of footwear?


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

Michael Kors

5 adjectives to describe your style and wardrobe?

Colorful, form-fitting, fun, sassy, and bling