since I have been getting quite a few emails these past months with a variety of questions (about my Shopbop orders, my Chanel bags and Louboutin shoes), I thought it would be a good idea to answer them in a blog post for everybody:
Yes, I have placed many orders in the past from both shops and I always had great experiences. Both online-stores offer the option to pre-pay duties and taxes while checking out and you can immediately see the whole amount you have to pay. Shopbop offers free express-shipping for all orders over US $ 100 (shipping time is 1-2 business days!), and Revolveclothing only charges US $ 15 for international shipping (orders usually arrive within a week).
I know many Europeans hesitate to order from the USA, but I can assure you that I always saved at least 30% compared to what many things cost here in Europe.
2.) Where do you buy your Chanel bags? Which leather do you prefer, Caviar or lambskin?
All of my Chanel bags have been bought at Chanel boutiques. I know that some people prefer buying vintage, but if I pay such a big amount amout of money I except perfect quality and pristine condition.
In regards to the leather choices, I would say that f you want to use a bag for running errands and if you are looking for a hassle-free maintenance, take the durable caviar leather. But, if you plan to use the bag on special occassions only or generally saying if you are buying a small bag, take lambskin. It is very luxurious and soft and just looks more elegant.
3.) I want to buy a classic Chanel bag. Which size would you suggest for a first-time buyer?
If you are looking for an easy to handle everyday-bag, I would say to buy the Jumbo size. Not only is it very roomy and will keep your necessities (wallet, agenda, sunglass-case, lipstick and powder), but it is still not too big and could be worn out to restaurants or bars. In my opinion, the maxi size is too huge and only suits very tall women. But if you specifically want a bag for special occassions that will only be worn in the evenings, I recommend the medium size – it is very elegant and looks great with any kind of outfit. The smallest size (which I own myself) is very, very small and does not hold much, so I would always go for the medium.
4. ) How do you store your Chanel bags?
Each bag is being stuffed with filling material and stored in its dustbag. I always try to keep a little space between my bags and store them sitting on the bottom.
5. ) I would like to sell my designer handbags. Can you recommend any other websites than ebay?
Whenever I wanted to sell a bag or a pair of shoes, I always went the “ebay route” and sold my things on the bidding platform. But since ebay has increased its fees over and over these past years, it has become less attractive for sellers. I am glad that there are two new websites that I can recommend to anybody who wants to sell a designer item: Rebelle and Vestiaire Collective are two new fashion websites that can offer your items to a whole new audience and increase your chances for a good profit.
6. ) Your Christian Louboutin shoes always look so neat and unworn. How do you do this?
Up until two or three years ago I always made the same mistake and walked many miles in my designer shoes. Unsurprisingly, the result were scratched heels, worn tips and an overall very used look. Well, I learned my lesson and nowadays only wear heels when I know that I won´t be walking more than a few meters.
Since the red sole underneath Louboutin shoes wears off after very few steps, I let my cobbler resole them with Vibram rubber soles to keep up the “red effect”. Same goes for all my heel tips: Whenever they start to look worn, I immediately replace them. One of my biggest pet peeves are scratched heels or unkempt shoes in general; a lady´s footwear always needs to be on point…!
7. ) What camera do you use for your blog pictures?
All photographs have been taken with a Nikon D600 and miscellaneous camera lenses.
8.) Do you have any favorite beauty products?
Absolutely! Earlier this year I made a very detailled post about my make-up routine which you can find here. But if I had stranded on a deserted island and was only allowed three beauty products, I would take the Advanced Night Repair serum from Estée Lauder, my beloved YSL Touche Eclat concealer and the most fabulous perfume ever, Coco Mademoiselle from Chanel.
9.) How tall are you and what size do you wear?
I am 172 cm tall and all clothes shown on my blog are in sizes S/EU 36/US 4/UK 8.
10.) You often mention that you have to work out a lot in order to stay in shape. What kind of sports do you do?
I try to visit the gym at least twice a week and do a cardio/strength training. In addition, I take yoga and pilates classes to keep my muscles lean and flexible and to relax.
11.) What did you study at university? How long have you been employed now?
I studied economics and specialised in marketing/online advertising. Until today I have been employed for over five years.