The Gifts of Love (and Luxury) 😍

The Gifts of Love (and Luxury) 😍

by Tessa Hall February 10, 2020

Get out your finest reds and pinks, your cheesiest pickup lines, and your cliché date ideas, because it’s that time of the year again boys and girls: Valentine’s Day! Or maybe we should use the more inclusive alternatives, Galentine’s Day or Palentine’s Day. Whatever which way you decide to celebrate February 14th, whether it’s love-theme or anti-love theme (see Jessica Biel’s character from the 2010 film, Valentine’s Day, as inspiration), you can always do it with fun and colorful style, killer gift ideas, and the ultimate excuse to “treat yo-self” or someone you love!

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7 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Kick the Winter Blues

7 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Kick the Winter Blues

by Diana Nguyen January 30, 2020

Let’s face it, winter gets pretty hard once the magic and romance of the Christmas season is behind us. For me, I’ve always wished that winter ends with Christmas so we can at least have something to look forward to and anticipate to get us through the long, cold months. However, we know the calendar doesn’t work that way, and weather (😉) we like it or not, we have to get ourselves through January…. February…. March... and sometimes a chilly April! So how do we do this? 

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Brunch and Learn: discussion on sustainability and the future of retail

Brunch and Learn: discussion on sustainability and the future of retail

by Darina Granik January 28, 2020

To kick off the New Year, Lux Second Chance invited selected fashion insiders and media to discuss sustainability and the future of retail over brunch at Soho House Toronto. With the changing scape of retail and climate disaster, these currently are the biggest concerns in the fashion industry.

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What Does Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mean for Luxury Brands?

What Does Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mean for Luxury Brands?

by Tessa Hall November 19, 2019

For most people, when you hear “Black Friday” you think of mobs of people almost breaking down the doors of a Walmart or Best Buy to get an insane deal on flat screen TVs or laptops. Similarly, when many people hear “Cyber Monday” they think of sites like Amazon crashing due to the high volume of traffic and users trying to get in on the hot, online discounts. Which leaves us wondering, “how do luxury brands do Black Friday and Cyber Monday?”

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THIS OR THAT: BATTLE OF THE ULTIMATE CROSSBODY BAGS

THIS OR THAT: BATTLE OF THE ULTIMATE CROSSBODY BAGS

by Diana Nguyen November 05, 2019

This month on the blog we tackle a “this or that” debate that I’m sure everyone has an opinion on! What is the ultimate crossbody bag? How do you define it? What makes it unique, but practical? We dive into the specifics of our top four based on reviews and research of these luxury finds.

More common than ever, designers are including a longer crossbody strap to many handbags in order to add more versatility and ways to wear (which we love, of course!). As a result, the distinct criterion for this list is that these bags can only be worn crossbody; otherwise the options on what to include would be limitless! Let’s get started!

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TIFF Double Bill: Made in Bangladesh and Greed Film Review

TIFF Double Bill: Made in Bangladesh and Greed Film Review

by Tessa Hall September 27, 2019

It’s that time of the year again! The Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close and the fall film reviews are in! We at Lux Second Chance have taken a specific interest in films that deal with the topics of sustainability, the luxury market, and the ethics around fast-fashion. This year TIFF delivered with two titles that virtually speak for themselves: Rubaiyat Hossain’s insightful feature debut, Made in Bangladesh, and Michael Winterbottom’s latest mockumentary, Greed.

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Gold and Stocks vs. Investment Bags: We Put It to the Test!

Gold and Stocks vs. Investment Bags: We Put It to the Test!

by Diana Nguyen August 09, 2019

They say money can’t buy happiness, but I truly believe those that say that have never held a brand new Chanel quilted handbag in their hands. The feeling you get from owning luxury is a feeling that cannot simply be put into words. However, owning luxury is only the tip of the iceberg; making money off of owning luxury is the cherry on top!

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How Women Have Changed the Fashion Landscape

How Women Have Changed the Fashion Landscape

by Tessa Hall July 08, 2019

It’s no news that women (generally speaking) love fashion. Since the beginning of time women have made it a hobby, a way to connect, earn a living, and claim ownership of something in a world that hasn’t always been perfect for us. Over the years, decades, and centuries, fashion has changed and with it so has its meaning towards the female population.

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Sustainability: Just a Trend or the New Way to Shop?

Sustainability: Just a Trend or the New Way to Shop?

by Tessa Hall May 20, 2019

It seems like “fast-fashion” has become the new dirty word. Most commonly, you see it used as an insult directed towards specific companies in the name of the new sustainability craze. As sustainable fashion becomes a necessity as well as a trend, shoppers are looking for new ways to fill their wardrobes. Bring on the ever-growing rise of the resale—or second-hand—market.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Investment

How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Investment

by Tessa Hall April 17, 2019

If you’re a well-informed fashionista, then you’ve definitely heard the term “investment bag” thrown around from time to time. Even if you are aware of this concept, you may not be familiar with the difference between the two types of “investment bags”. 

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Passing and the Resale of Chanel and Fendi Goods

Karl Lagerfeld’s Passing and the Resale of Chanel and Fendi Goods

by Tessa Hall March 25, 2019

Last month the fashion world was shocked to hear the passing of a legendary icon, Karl Lagerfeld. His extensive career and decades of dedication to the brands of Fendi and Chanel were mourned along with the innovative and creative genius himself. 

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How to Authenticate a Hermès Bag and Spot a Fake

How to Authenticate a Hermès Bag and Spot a Fake

by Tessa Hall January 25, 2019 1 Comment

Undeniably the “crème de la crème” of all luxury handbags is the Hermès. Craftsmanship, exclusivity, sophistication, and quality are what you can expect from Hermès, but what if these expectations have been compromised? What if your purchase isn’t the real deal? Chances are if you don’t leave it up to the experts, you’re purchasing a fake!

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