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    CONSIGNING MEN - YES OR NO? We say yes! READ why below

    CONSIGNING MEN - YES OR NO? We say yes! READ why below

    Let's start by saying that men - even though they should - Men don't like buying second hand. Is it the "walking in another men's shoes" the issue ? Who knows! Even if that's the case - that's not a very smart move. 

    Today men can get in consignment the same pieces (almost) that they can get brand new in a store, at 10-20 percent of its retail value! 

    With that price difference men should learn how to buy consignment and save lots of $$$$$.

    Here is the check list:

    For beginners - I say start with the easy pieces like jeans, a tie - if you need one, belts. 

    If you are already advanced in this area and have tried this niche -  you already know that the best deals are in the shoes, shirts,  jackets and suits and unique pieces !

     

    What to do? 

    Beginners :

    • First use common sense and buy from a reputable seller.
    • Make sure they have a clear return policy. 
    • Know your size and measurements. Make sure you know your size in US and EU sizing and your measurements. This way there is a zero chance you will go wrong. If you don't know how to measure yourself or don't want to - then buy brands that you are familiar or go  to the store and try the sizes in the different brands so you know your size. 
    • Disclosure : While looking at items for sale make sure seller provides lots of images, measurements, including if tags and that items are authenticated.
    • Vague descriptions are big question marks !!!

    Now ! Let's shop! 

     

     

    Jeans - men usually wear the same style over and over. They might go thru some different color combinations but men - unlike most women - will stick to that one style. Once you know your style you can buy them on consignment at about 40-50$ a piece while a new pair of designer jeans starts at 250-350$ ranking up to the 900$ for the high end designer brand. 

    Ties - ties have the lowest resale value on consignment - and all the consignment stores that sell them - you will see -  they look brand new!!! Why pay the retail price for an Hermes Tie when you can buy one second hand for about 50-75$. If you go for Gucci or Armani we are already talking 30-50$. So that's a no brainer! You don't need to know much about ties to buy one that you love in your desired designer brand. 

    Belts - how can you go wrong with a belt?!? Even if it's second hand?!? Looking around you can see that black belts - even high end designer ones - are up for grabs at ridiculous prices!!!! For example a crocodile belt that retailed - on its peak for 2000$ - is sold for 200$ (Dior Homme). That is amazing ! Especially if you are looking for special pieces that have almost no resale value! 

    Those are the easy pieces - and I'm sure that men can get the hang of it!

     

    As far as shirts, jackets, suits and unique pieces you will find amazing deals but the are some caveats. 

     

    Be on the lookout for the following:

    Items that you can't wash - eg dry clean only - might be susceptible to BO. 

    Underarms area - make sure it's not discoloration or stained. 

    Suits - make sure they are not altered and if so - make sure it fits you. Even if you can buy an Armani suit for 200$ but eventually it didn't fit you, then that was a waste. 

    Uniques pieces might be a big red flag for fakes. So know your stuff or trust your seller!!!

     

    Online or brick and mortar?

    Well to me that's a no brainer - Online you can refine items, by brand, color, size, even style. Can you do that in a brick and mortar store? Of course NOT! So that's your answer!

    Enjoy your shopping!!!

     

    Lorena Shiff

     

    Shoes for your Summer travels!

    Shoes for your Summer travels!

    “What are the best shoes to pack when you are traveling? “

    When people ask me that question I always answer with a question, “Where are you traveling to?” As if you are going on a beach vacation you wont need the same shoes as if you are going on a sight-seeing trip.

    Either way, for your basics and essentials you will always need these. Ready? 

    First things first: A comfortable sneaker.

    You always need a comfortable sneaker whether you are traveling by plane, sea or land. There is nothing more uncomfortable than running thru connections on an airport with flip flops, or tying to catch a train while carrying your luggage and losing a flip flop on the way. Should I even start about the heels?!?

    There are many designers sneakers around that can give you the trendy, fashionable yet comfortable look we are aiming for.  

    I personally love the ragged look of the Golden goose sneakers and the trendy look of the Atlantic stars. Both range for about 500$. Of course on our site you can find them for a cheaper price!

    On our site for 150$ - click here to buy.

    Atlantic stars Lorena's WORTH

     

    I also love the casual yet chic look of these slip on sneakers Vince (about 250$). On our site for 50$ - click here to buy.

    Vince Lorena's WORTH

     

     

    If you don’t like any of those Nike’s are always a good option.

    Try to choose a style that look a little fashion forward so you can still can dress it up a bit 65$ on our site instead of 130$ - click here to buy.

     

    Second must option: The Platform Wedge

     

    What I absolutely love about this shoe is that they are so versatile that they are truly your must option for any vacation around the world. Why? Very simple! When you chose the right one this shoe can take you from the beach to best restaurant in ancient Rome and you won’t feel like you are wearing heels.

     

    The platform wedge can be worn with shorts, a bathing suit or with a gorgeous LBD. Remember to try and stay within your color palette so you can really use this shoe with most of your outfits. 

    A few good examples are the MIU MIU (about 495$ retail 75$ on our site).

     

    Le Silla in Multicolor (about 695$ and only 50$ on our site)

     

    Shoes Lorena's WORTH

     

    If you really have room for a third pair your best bet would be to separate the day from the night shoes. This way you opt for a day fun flat, slide or flip flop and a night heel.

     

    My day flat option would be this PRADA in white patent leather (retail for 65$ and on our site for 75$)

    Prada Lorena's WORTH

     

     

    And for the night time still I would go with a sexy, BUT comfortable to walk around shoe. Remember on vacation you might want to walk around before or after dinner, and you wouldn't want to miss on that because your shoes were killing you :)

     

    Miu Miu Sequins Paillete (175$ on our site, versus 895$)

     Miu Miu Lorena;s WORTH

     

     

    Of course you can never go wrong with adding more shoes, but unfortunately the airlines would beg to differ and who wants to pay those over weight fees, right?

     

    Enjoy you vacation!

     

    Yours, 

     

    Lorena 

     

     

    The (Jean) Shorts - The full guide to success !

    The (Jean) Shorts - The full guide to success !

    Shorts, Shorts, Shorts For the Summer

    Yes, we all know that for great shorts' legs you need to do lots and lots and lots of SQUATS. I'm not here to tell you that! Come on! You know me better than that!

    I believe squats or none we all deserve the right to wear (Jeans) shorts over the summer months. It is hot enough over the summer, so worry not I won't make you sweat any longer. I will just help you get your best look while choosing the shorts you love!

    Jeans Shorts - Really? Should I? Is it age appropriate? Day or night? How can I pull the look? Heels or flats? Which one? How? WHAT?!?

    So many styles! Cut off shorts, or knee length shorts, or fold over shorts, mid calf, shorty shorts, or WHAT?!? ...

    Dress up or casual dress down? pseudo sexy or all the way out there?

    I will guide you thru the best secrets to put together the "casual I never put any thought into it" look for the shorts! 

    So many questions for such an itty bitty piece of clothing right?!? 

    How to wear your jeans shorts:

    Rule number 1 - be comfortable, be you!

    Any style goes as long as you are comfortable, cut offs, shorty shorts, or even mid thigh. Just make sure you are comfortable in how you look in them and feel in them, take a look on a 3 way mirror and make sure you cover all the angles you want to cover. Remember if you feel uncomfortable you look uncomfortable! So feel it first!

    Jean Shorts Lorena's WORTH

     

    Rule number 2 - Only 1 statement piece!

    You do not want to be a fashion caution sign! Make a statement with one clothing item ONLY.

    Think about it, you are already wearing shorts. Your legs are bear, and unless you are a Victoria's Secret Super-model - which most of us are not - you will need a statement piece, besides the shorts of course :). One chance to impress! 

    If you choose a white T shirt, or just a plain old top, then the killer item would be the killing shoes.

    If you decide to go with plain old flats, then, a super sexy revealing top will do the trick.

    Get it? the statement piece is the shoes or the top, this way you distract from the shorts to a better fashion piece, because, who wants to do all those squats ?!?

     

    Jean Shorts Lorena's WORTH

     

     

    Rule number 3 - Wear a Purse - Why does it always goes back to the purse? LOL

    A MUST: Always wear a purse. Weather it's day or night always add that touch - that will make your outfit complete. I know, I can't live without a good purse, clutch, bag, oh well :)

    Jean SHorts Lorena's WORTH

     

    THE FORMULA

    Shorts -  any shorts

    One statement piece - top or shoes

    One plain piece - top or shoes

    The Finale - a great purse! 

    I think now you can have a better idea of how to mix and match your clothing with the jean shorts, or any shorts, and draw attention to what you want!

    As you can see above the boring old button down classic shirt is paired with sexy killer shoes, and this works :) - I would add an oversized purse like the Saint Laurent Sac du jour and it is a wrap!

     

    Now enjoy your shorts choice. 

     

    Enjoy!

     

    I say It's about time! Let's all go Birkin Style at our own budget!

    I say It's about time! Let's all go Birkin Style at our own budget!

    Birkin or Birkin style?

    Birkin or Birkin style? Many rumors, Many opinions, let's get down to business!

    WE ALL WANT A BIRKIN! Don't we? Of course we do! Why don't we all own one? Well, until they are priced reasonably and are available to all, like all designer bags, we can only dream of that. Fact is - most of us will never own one, not even touch one. But we have all seen one. If not in real life, then of course, carried around by our favorite celebrities, just pick one: Kim Kardashian, of course, J. Lo - check! Shall I go on? 

    Kim Kardashian Lorena's WORTH

    Hermes even came up with its own industry of silk scarves produced just for this precious bags - called the Twilly -  a thin long silk scarf to wrap around the handles of the bag, so we can keep it free of body oils and stains.

    Birkin Lorena's WORTH

    Check please? Sure! Birkin bag around - 15000$, add a pair of twillies, 400$. Total about 16000$ plus taxes.

    Now let's say we have almost 16000$ to spare, don't think you can just go and buy one. No, no, no you are to naive - speaking in Birkin lingo. There is a wait list of years. Not only that, you need to be registered with the brand to have bought at least one Birkin before. Not done yet! You also need to show a track record of buying other Hermes items as well, to show you Love the Hermes Brand, not just the Birkin. You see - they won't just sell it to you, until you prove to them that you are worthy of carrying a Birkin, Hermes bag. 

    If you can't beat them join them!

    Riding on the trend above, many high end Fashion houses, and other mass production main stream brands, joined in the party. They figured if we cannot beat them - Join them!

    You can call them imitation I call them inspiration! 

    This is the reason why Dior, Fendi and Saint Laurent bags are so popular these days! They have all gone Birkin style at a fifth of the price of a birkin. What am I talking about you ask? Here we go!

    Peekaboo - FENDI

    Meet the Fendi Peekaboo, like its inspiration the Birkin, comes with its own line of twillies, and can be pre-wrapped at the Fendi boutiques. Comes in all colors of the rainbow almost, and in 4 sizes, to fit any budget. From about 1500$ to 4000$.

    Fendi Peekaboo Lorena's WORTH

     

    DIOR - Diorever

    Meet the Diorever, or should I say The birkin style bag, from the Dior Fashion house. Ranging from about 3000$ to 3900$, comes in 3 sizes. Gorgeous, featuring 2 handles, a flap, a main buckle and two side circular magnets. Reminds you of something?

    Diorever lorena's WORTH

     

    SAINT LAURENT - Sac Du Jour

    Meet SAINT LAURENT's Sac Du Jour. The closest design to the Birkin, in my opinion, and at the best price. If this doesn't scream Birkin, then I will! At about 3000$ for the largest size, and now, get ready for this, comes pre-wrapped in, especially made ,Saint Laurent twillies... Did you scream Birkin yet?

    Sac Du Jour Lorena's WORTH

     

    Other brands

    Just looking around at all the fashion houses, you can see they are all making Birkin style inspired bags ranging from the hundred's of dollars (For example Coach) to the thousands (For example Louis Vuitton).

    The Louis Vuitton City steamer, coming from one of the biggest houses of fashion, comes to prove this is not a copy or an imitation, but truly a trend set to inspire all fashion houses to do the same.

    I guess the Birkin bag is not just a bag, but one of the biggest inspiring trends for this season!

    I say - enjoy the ride, go Birkin style at your own budget!

    Yours Truly,

     

    Lorena Shiff

    Lorena Shiff

     

     

     

    Chanel! Here is your chance to own one!

    Chanel! Here is your chance to own one!

    It doesn't get any better than this!

    No I am not talking about the collection, I am talking about the prices! If you ever wanted a Chanel purse but couldn't afford one, this season is your chance BIG TIME!

    The collection looks and theme, not my favorite, I believe they could have come up with something far more exciting, but again, since it's Chanel you can still find a fab purse that you would fall in love with at a great price!

    Why, you ask? Because with the Euro to Dollar exchange combined with the Chanel (not so exciting may I say) Travel collection, that involves cheaper materials, like canvas, plastic, silicon and other durable ones, the result is - the lowest prices I have ever seen in Chanel purses in years, so if you want one, GET ONE NOW!

    The best buy in my opinion would be the small flap purse. This purse features the iconic quilted leather pattern, the CC Logo, and the timeless flap and chains, with a touch of chic and trend in the "boy" style handle. Thus making this bag a classic. The price point is perfect and could only go up! And speaking Chanel, for 3200$ for a Chanel it cannot get any better.

     

    Chanel flap with a Boy twist 3200$

    Chanel Lorena's WORTH

     

    The cheapest bag, in full size, we have seen in Chanel in years is this cross-body bag that retails for 1800$, is this price tag even real for Chanel? Am I reading this right? Not too crazy about this bag, also I do not think it will stand the test of time, in color or design, BUT, Chanel is Chanel is Chanel.

    Chanel Cross-body 1800$

     

    Chanel Lorena's WORTH

     

    Don't get me wrong this collection features also some exotic leathers at extreme high prices - over 30,000$, and some cute Boy bags priced as low as 3100$.

    Chanel Boy 3100$

    Chanel Lorena's WORTH

     

    Chanel Alligator Vanity Case - price upon request 

    Chanel Lorena's WORTH

    So all in all what I am trying to say is, If you wanted one, get one now as they won't last long!

    As far as the ones you own, you can probably sell an old classic flap in good condition and make enough money to buy a new Chanel 2016! I do not remember when was the last time this was even possible, but it's here so enjoy it!

    Yours truly, Lorena Shiff, The consignment Princess,

    Chanel Lorena's WORTH