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Preowned Designer Resale, The Secret No One Wants To Share

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A few years back it was practically unheard of for Middle Eastern women to buy second hand luxury goods, the mere act in itself fell somewhere under a category of honor crimes. But as the word vintage began to take on a new, more attractive meaning, suddenly pre-owned items didn’t feel like such a shame after all. The idea of owning a piece of history like a vintage Chanel Flap bag, Birkin or Cartier Love bracelet has now become a source of pride. Not to mention that fact that you can now actually own a Birkin for $10,000 instead of $20,000. Online designer luxury resale and consignment stores have been around for years but as of lately the boom has been astounding. And it works for everyone, women can now make a small return on selling their unloved designer items instead of letting them collect dust in their closets and others who can’t or would rather avoid hefty retail prices can still wear the designer models they love.

But here’s where things get tricky. Although many of the websites and stores claim to have in-house teams of luxury experts and seasoned inspectors who meticulously authenticate each item, there has been the occasional claim that a few have been passing of counterfeit goods as the real thing. That’s why it’s really important you do some research before you decide on who you’re going to choose.

So I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list for you of both consignment and  luxury resale stores in the Lebanon, the Middle East and internationally in no particular order which I recommend.

Lebanon

1. Garage Luxe

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The leading store of its kind in Lebanon, Garage Luxe isn’t exactly an e-commerce store just yet (their website is under construction) though they do showcase most of their new arrivals on social media platforms including their Facebook page and Instagram. So when you see an item you like you can simply send them a message via Whatsapp/call/ or email them and book a private appointment, yes private, to ensure their client’s anonymity and comfort they don’t accept walks-ins and you’re free to browse around at your own pace. You’ll just have to be a little swift as things tend to get sold faster than you can imagine.

2. Washed and Found

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It’s been reported that Washed and Found were actually the first of their kind to brave the stigma and set up shop in Lebanon and that’s why I included them here. You can purchase their items online and they deliver to both Lebanon and worldwide but they’ll also be happy to welcome you by appointment. You can also fill out a consignment form to sell your items and they’ll contact you in 3 days. The prices are very competitive but they also have a somewhat of a miniscule more out-dated collection as compared to the rest on this list.

UAE

3. The Closet

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The Closet is renowned as one of the leading consignment stores in the region for pre-owned bags and accessories and also has one of the highest resale rates and one of my personal favorites. They have a mammoth collection that includes many current models and not just the classics you see everywhere and they are popular for picking items in fantastic condition. They also offer new handbags for sale. The Closet also has one of the largest vintage Chanel bag collections you will see on any online resale site and they’re super quick to answer any inquiry on Whatsapp. You can also visit them at their boutique in Dubai at Jumeirah Centre. Keep up faster with them on Instagram.

4. OMG Fancy That

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Having been established in late 2013, OMG Fancy that is slowly gaining traction in the UAE although their social media presence is weak. Louboutins, Valentinos and YSL Tributes are just a few of the many shoes you can find at OMG Fancy That’s site. This Dubai-based business established by two young entrepreneurs only collects  high-end  brands and has even developed an app that can help you stay up to date with all their new arrivals. They deliver worldwide.

 

5. The Real Real

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This online consignment marketplace for luxury goods is one of the most recommended  in the world, with celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Whitney Port having sold some of their designer items here. You won’t see any of those old raggedy boring models as the items are curated by some of Hollywood’s best stylists and its not just high-end, you can also find other medium range items from Tory Burch or Alice +Olivia. But you can’t browse unless your sign up. The Real Real have put their expertise into a mobile app that will also allow consumers to monitor the resale value of a designer good before even buying it! They currently do not ship to Lebanon.

6. The Fashionphile

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A veteran in the secondary market for luxury resale, The Fashionphile has one of the most extensive collections online, what I love the most about them is how detailed they are about the condition of each item and how easy it is to browse their website. You also have a section where you can search by style. Although they don’t ship directly to Lebanon they actually partnered with MY USA who can provide you with a US shipping address or you can ship them to a UAE address.

 

Taxes and Custom “Clearance” Fees

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I’m constantly asked about shipping to Lebanon and import taxes on luxury goods. Yes, you get charged ridiculous sums of money by what is considered VAT and an additional custom clearance fees on any luxury item. Let’s just say its Lebanon’s way of deterring you from shopping abroad.  The amount can vary, but I’ve once had to pay $90 dollars in taxes and clearance fees on a $100 item. So be warned.

 

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The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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1) The Crop Top

THE CROP TOP

This piece was an absolute Spring favorite and it’s not going anywhere this summer either. The good news is you don’t have to be a supermodel to wear one, as it shows off your midriff not your abs, just style it with a high-waist pair of pants or midi or maxi skirt and you’re go to go. If you’re top heavy then I recommend you keep it loose and boxy.

2) The Midi Skirt

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Just below the knee and inches above the ankle sits the midi-skirt ( or mid-length skirt). It’s a super feminine piece inspired by the ladylike style of the 50’s that can be dressed up or down fairly simply. But keep one rule in mind, if it’s tight at the bottom pair it was something loose atop but if it’s puffy then by all means style it with that teeny tiny crop top. I also love this item styled with a classic pair of pointy pumps and a statement clutch.

3) The One-Piece Swimsuit or Monokini

The one Piece suitI personally couldn’t wait for the one-piece to make a splash again on the fashion scene. I have two of these babies in my closet that are just begging to be worn. The designs are endless, some are very simple and others are major fashion statements. The best part is you don’t have to wear it with a top to the beach just slip on a pair or shorts or a skirt and you’re good to go!

4) The PVC Pump

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Put some summer in your step with this pretty translucent heels that can go perfectly with almost any outfit especially boyfriend jeans. I haven’t included any high street alternatives because honestly the finishing on some are just plain terrible. So if you’re going to make an investment this summer, I suggest you make it on these.

5) The Fringe Bag

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No longer just for the boho types, the Fringe is now making it’s appearance on even the most luxurious of designer labels. From cross-body bags to clutches everywhere we look we see tassels. But hold off on that luxury splurge this design is way too trendy to ever become a classic.

6) The Statement Ring

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First came the statement necklace and now comes the big bulky ring. Personally no outfit of mine is complete without at least one or two, especially knuckle rings. They can accessorize even the simplest of outfits so make sure you’re all stocked up with these pretty things this summer.

7) The Pastel Polish

the nail polishWhat better way to compliment a statement ring then with the perfect pastel polish. Unlike bright neon shades you don’t really have to be all that tanned to pull these colors off. Nothing puts me in a better mood than happy nails.

8) The Light Lip Gloss

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Sure, bold bright colors are hot right now, but when the temperature is rising you’re going to wish you were wearing a lip color that’s sheer, light, nourishing and sexy. I hate goopy sticky glosses so here are my three recommendations to keep your lips full and luscious this summer.

Also See

Cute Animal Phone Cases and Flats

Friday Happy Hour Outfit

Outfit Du Jour

Fashion Face-Off: Who Wore It Best?

Trick AND Treat

 

 

 

Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Sethrida Geagea

Her husband’s presidential candidacy may be the most contested issue of the moment, but there’s no denying his Ghanaian-born wife and Lebanese American University (LAU) graduate Sethrida Geagea’s (47), high-key approach and mark on the political scene. She’s one of 4 women who currently occupy a seat in Lebanon’s male-dominated 128 seat parliament and she’s not afraid to speak her mind, advocating for a number of issues most notably electoral quota for women and domestic violence.

She’s a topic of intrigue in the media, with her stand-offish attitude, and demure yet outspoken demeanor. Her indisputable good looks have also made Sethrida Geagea somewhat of a local tabloid obsession, known for her bold fashion choices and at times controversial ones.

Love her or hate her Sethrida Geagea may be Lebanon’s next first lady and there’s no denying how well she would handle that role from a fashion perspective. If there’s one thing we look forward to is watching her style evolve at the presidential palace as it has done throughout the years. Here is a compilation of Sethrida Geagea’s most memorable fashion moments.

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And finally the iconic

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Also see

First Ladies Fashion FACE-OFF

Lebanon’s Hottest MP

The Lebanese Politicians’ Wedding Album

Kim Kardashian and Sheikha Mozah: Separated At Birth

 

 

 

 

GAP styld.by + IvySays = Edgy Denim

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I’m happy to be featured today on GAP Styld.by For this look I chose this GAP Chambray Floral Denim shirt and layered it with a Dolce & Gabbana roman print tank and patent black Calzedonia Biker Leggings and my favorite leather boots by Luiza Barcelos and Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Tote I bought online from ShopBop. To complete the look I wore a classic pair of Ray Ban aviators.

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I wanted to create a look that was edgy but appropriate for day meetings or running errands around town, one that also worked for Happy Hour drinks at the neighborhood bar.

The shoot by Mokhtar Beirut took place in the main bar street of Jounieh.

Check out my feature on GAP Styld.by here

More looks from my GAP Collaboration

Beirut Street Pop Art

Under The Bridge

Spring Statements

Weekend Walks

 

GAP Styld.by + IvySays = Weekend Walks

Finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans doesn’t come easy for a girl, what works on your legs doesn’t always work on your hips. So when do finally land on the right ones, you hang on to them.

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I loved these GAP 1969 Ashore washed always skinny jeans I wore for my Spring Statements Look for GAP Styled.by so much I decided to wear them down this time with a cream crop pull over from Zara, a pair of sequined-print sneakers from Marc by Marc Jacobs and my calf-skin navy blue satchel by Marc Jacobs. I accessorized the look with my favorite animal print gold bracelet courtesy of Juicy Couture and a statement pair of Dior sunnies.

GAP_IvySays_Spring-900px-19This shoot took place right outside the very Lebanese vintage Beriz Café in Old Souk Jounieh, who were such enthusiasts and really made us feel welcome.

Photos by Mokhtar Beirut.

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Check out my feature on GAP Styld.by Global Page

GAP styld.by + IvySays = Spring Statements

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My ultimate spring outfit fix is a crisp white shirt and a flattering pair of cut-out blue jeans, it’s a versatile and simple combo that can be dressed up or down. For my most recent collaboration with GAP styld.by I wanted to add as many statement pieces as possible to this classic favorite.

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I chose these GAP 1969 Ashore washed always skinny jeans and styled them with this Zara white netted polo and a statement necklace. I also fell in love with these color blocked, white, pastel pink and black Zara pumps and this embossed snakeskin clutch courtesy of Uterqüe. I accessorized with a gorgeous calf-hair animal print gold bracelet courtesy of Juicy Couture. Finally I completed the look with  a statement pair of sunnies I picked up on my recent trip to Paris, the new “Dior Eyes” in gold and ivory by Christian Dior.

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The shoot took place in the beautiful streets of the old souk in Jounieh by Mokhtar Beirut who’s always such a pleasure to work with.

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Check out more of my looks with GAP Styld.by below

Beirut Street Pop Art

Under The Bridge

GAP styld.by + IvySays = Under The Bridge

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Part Two of my latest collaboration with GAP styld.by took place this time right under the bridge where Souk el Ahad (Sunday Market) sets up every week.

I chose this crimson pleated GAP print skirt and styled it with a casual black DKNY crew neck pullover and opaque black stockings and my cream and black leather Celine Luggage bag and Marc Jacob cat eye glasses. I dressed it down with my favorite comfortable pair of black belted Maria Pino Uggs. To complete this punk-chic look I matched my lips to the crimson on the skirt with MAC’s Dreaming Dahlia lipstick.

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The look transformed into a dressier one instantly as soon as I switched it up with a pair of black Zara platform pumps.

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Photographed by Mokhtar Beirut.

Check out Part One of this collaboration HERE