Most of us just love to shop but there are those who look at it as a bore rather than a delight. And with the holidays almost upon us, shopping is a chore (imagine the crowd in the mall, the lines you have to endure, the traffic you have to navigate through and the contest for a good parking space) that everybody will face within the next few weeks. Good thing there is online shopping. Nowadays it has become more popular than the conventional way because it is very convenient and can be a pleasant experience. You can shop in your slippers and robe at any time of the day or night. Just keep in mind to follow these guidelines to make your online experience safe, secure, and satisfying.

Shop with reputable companies. Choose a retailer you have already patronized satisfactorily. Let’s say you are looking for some awesome housewarming gifts, if the item you want is sold by an unfamiliar retailer, check their website and make sure that they have a telephone number and a physical address listed. Look for feedbacks. There are also lots of resources in the internet like customer reviews, to check out the reputation of the online retailer particularly if you are purchasing from them for the first time.

Site Security. Before you provide any personal information, make sure the site is secure. Look out for 2 things:

  1. The address of the secure page will begin with “https” instead of “http” (the extra “s” stands for “secure’);
  2. A yellow padlock or an unbroken key somewhere on the page. Click on the lock to see the details of the site’s security. This is particularly important because some fraudulent web sites place a picture of a lock on their webpage to imitate a secure site.

 

online-safety

 

Refund and Return Policies. Even for well-known businesses, it is a must to read their refund and return policies. Some online retailers will let you return items for any reason, others let you return them only if the item is incorrect or defective. Some will pay return postage if the item arrives damaged, others will not.

Purchase Payment. Do NOT use a debit card as the money is pulled right from your bank account and there is no guarantee you will be able to take your money back out of a fraudulent transaction or if you do, it can take months. Use a credit card instead, the Fair Credit Billing Act will protect your transaction and you can handle any disputes through the credit card company.

Keep Records. Always keep good records. Print your order and record any confirmation numbers. Read the retailer’s confirmation of your transaction and be sure that the order was processed just as you intended. Promptly check your credit card statements after every transaction to make sure that there were no billing errors.

Keep Your PC Safe. Ensure that you have the latest operating system and web browser updates with an updated good antivirus software. Shop from home where you have a secure Internet connection.

Sale season is in full swing and so is a brand new year, giving us the perfect reason to begin afresh with our wardrobe classics but also not only our resolutions.

  1. The classics

 

When I’m in the marketplace for an ‘eternally handbag’, I gauge the odds of finding it under the light of day in 10-20 (or more!) The thought of it becoming a family heirloom also makes the first outlay considerably more justifiable.

 

  1. Color theory

 

As far as eternally handbags women go, black is an apparent (but most wise!) choice. Gray, tan or oak are additionally classic colour selections, with the additional advantage of needing less upkeep than white.

 

Consider the new neutrals, if this does whet your appetite. Although to some, the tricolour Celine Trapeze exudes an ‘It-tote’ feel, a subdued colour palette brings particular timelessness to the handbag.

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  1. Select the best handbag for your lifestyle

 

For the office, I value construction and spaciousness. Prada Saffiano Lux Tote and the Givenchy Antigona, are all workhorse classics that boast the new edge of A4 files that are fitting or a 13-inch notebook. I adore the way my Prada tote transitions with its understated contour and a wide opening which makes it fast and straightforward to remember all my things, from work to the weekend.

 

Additionally, while a shoulder strap is crucial, I make an effort to avoid turn and flaps, buckles -locks; when I’m always reaching in and out of my tote all of which can be a bit cumbersome.

 

 

  1. Compute price per carry

 

 

My Balenciaga City rolls up easily in my bag and has a sturdy, well-made zip to discourage would-be pickpockets. The character is also developed by the long-lasting leather with like an excellent wine and, wear; it just gets better with age.

 

Wearing Bassike top, Apiece Apart Chanel handbag, Zara fedora, Witchery heels and skirt.

  1. Do your assignments

 

The goal of the game would be to put money into a handbag that can last the space.

 

Examine the stitching – Are they ended seamlessly and sewn correctly into place? Are the handles durable and augmented? As is the liner that’s long-lasting and straightforward to clean a powerful, smooth zipper is a specified. Additionally, consider whether this will allow it to be hard that you open the handbag and the positioning of the top handle. Lastly, the foundation can be protected by thoughtful details like small ‘feet’ on the underparts of the tote from wear and tear.

 

When it comes to leather I favour calfskin and Saffiano leather over suede; the latter of which can be catchy to clean if it gets caught in the rain. Lambskin is lavish, but also, it scratches and marks readily so it’s finest to be carried on function and much less an everyday tote.

 

Leather handbags

 

  1. Vacation memorabilia

 

The edge to shopping in Paris (or any state within the EU) is having the capability to recover the VAT of your handbag at the airport if you are an US citizen.

 

Luxury goods including handbags and shoes are priced substantially lower than in place like Shanghai and Singapore.

References for the links: Balenciaga.com and Bidinis