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Designer Handbags: How to Spot a Fake

Spring is officially here! Which means fashionistas everywhere have turned their focus to all things fresh and new. From refreshing the contents of our beauty cabinets (with expert advice in helping to find the hottest products at great financial savings!) to finding the perfect handbag to fit your own personal spring style, the girls at She She Me are here to help! One fabulous tip I've just got to share is the BeautyDNA program from New Beauty, which has helped me find exactly which beauty products and cosmetics are ideal for my particular skin type and style, saving me time and money along the way! I just love having access to these amazing experts who never steer me wrong. And I especially love the financial savings I enjoy by no longer wasting money on products that will sit on a shelf and never be used because they just aren't right for me. Which means, of course, that I can used that savings to invest in a really awesome handbag for spring!! And speaking of handbags, check out some timely advice from our friends at Portero.com:

With a new generation of counterfeit fashion goods on the rise, it has become increasingly difficult to spot fakes when shopping for luxury handbags online or in the secondhand marketplace. Fooling even the savviest of shoppers, fakes are increasingly being made with high-quality materials, some even stamped with what appears to be proper manufacturing and date.

Portero is the leading online retailer of pre-owned luxury goods and they guarantee authenticity of their items with a money-back guarantee. According to Portero experts, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is! Elizabeth Bernstein, Portero’s Director of Handbags provides some key tips on how to spot counterfeits and fakes when shopping for coveted brands such as Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton.

- Is it easy to spot a fake designer bag?
It really depends on the bag.  If it is a good fake, most people cannot tell the difference.  For me, it is all in the touch and feel of the material and those few key spot checks where I can decipher the authenticity.   

- What makes it hard for the average shopper to tell the difference?
Counterfeiters have managed to replicate many key details of authentic bags, which can make it extremely hard for the average shopper to spot a fake.  Due to the plethora of information on the internet, counterfeits have become so sophisticated that they now reproduce date codes, holograms, hardware and zippers, stamps, monogrammed canvases, leather, and more.

-  Are fake bags still prevalent for mainstream shoppers, or is this a black market industry?
Unfortunately, there are many venues online as well as on the streets that sell counterfeit products, making them widely available to shoppers.

- Are there any glaring differences between a fake and a real bag?
Above all else, it’s quality. Counterfeiters cut many corners in order to make bags affordable/cheap. The quality of the leathers, hardware, zippers, linings, etc. will not be nearly as fine as a genuine bag

- What brands are the most popular among the counterfeit industry to replicate?
As you can imagine, some of the most desirable brands are among the most counterfeited in the industry: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Celine, Balenciaga, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, and the list goes on..

- How close do fake bags get the details of the real designer item? Is it ever identical?
I have seen some fake bags where the details are almost identical to a real bag. Again, it goes back to quality and those few key spot checks that truly differentiate an authentic bag.

- What tools can we use to spot a fake designer handbag? 
Always remember there are not the same quality controls in the counterfeit world as there are in the luxury world.  We always recommend having an authenticator evaluate your secondary marketplace purchase.  If you want to avoid buying a fake bag, you should stick to sites like Portero.com that guarantees 100% authenticity through its Portero Promise. Here are some basic guidelines Portero uses to authenticate:

  1. Check the material’s quality against a real bag.
  2. Zippers should be properly marked and have a smooth pull.
  3. Evaluate the hardware.  Authentic hardware will be constructed with the proper material (e.g. brass, plated in gold, palladium, etc.). If it is meant to twist shut, the clasp should turn smoothly.
  4. Examine the stitching and assembly of the piece. High quality bags will either be hand stitched or almost perfectly made.

- What tips and tricks should we arm ourselves with?
Be extremely careful who you are purchasing from. Make sure the website or store has an excellent reputation and is an actual company. One of our mottos at Portero is, “if a deal is too good to be true, it is.”  Don't be fooled by extreme discounted pricing. If you see a Chanel classic flap bag for $200, chances are it is a fake. 

Every girl loves a great handbag, and as gorgeous as they are, sometimes an expensive designer handbag just isn't on the books for you. Lucky for us there are many fantastic top-quality handbags that are similar in style to the most popular handbags on the market. Check out a few of our favorites for spring:

Hobo bags

LAUREN Ralph Lauren - Tate Hobo 
Hobo - Irina
World Tour Bag
Coach Madison Hobo
Linea Pelle Hunter Hobo
LAUREN Ralph Lauren - Tate Hobo (Peppermint/French Blue) - Bags and Luggage  Hobo - Irina (Red Venice Leather) - Bags and Luggage      Hunter Hobo Shoulder Bag Cobalt 

Crossbody Bags

Three Stitch Crossbody
Tory Burch CrossBody
Indigo Crossbody
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac
Linne Pelle Hunter
 
Tory Burch Kerrington Cross-Body 
Rebecca Minkoff - Mini Mac (Hot Red) - Bags and Luggage  Hunter Crossbody Bag Aqua 

Tote Bags

Transport Tote
Charleston Tote
Madison Tote
Covina Tote
Linea Pelle Dylan
Dooney & Bourke - Pebble Charleston Shopper (Apple Green w/ Tan Trim) - Bags and Luggage  Lucky Brand - Covina Tote (Natual/Cayenne) - Bags and Luggage Dylan Color Block Tote Saffron 

Well darling girls, whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool designer handbag aficionado or a girl who loves a new handbag for every day of the week, this spring's styles are sure to catch your eye and tickle your fancy. Happy handbag shopping!

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Giveaway Time!


La Lumière illuMask

Finally, all of your skincare problems can be solved without ever having to step foot in the doctor’s office. Introducing the La Lumière illuMask, the world’s first LED light therapy mask, is scientifically proven to treat acne and achieve younger looking skin in just 4 weeks.

This revolutionary device is available as an anti-aging or anti-acne treatment and slips comfortably onto the face, like a pair of sunglasses, allowing you to “bring the dermatologist home” by providing a gentle 15 minute per day treatment by emitting safe, effective LED light to the skin.

This amazing device and works as well as department store devices that cost hundreds of dollars and with the added benefits of convenience and affordability. illuMask is the skincare device that everyone has been waiting for – ages young and old!

 


The illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask uses gentle red and infrared light wavelengths and uniformly distributes the light over the entire face for a short 15 minutes a day. Containing 30 treatments in one convenient, lightweight mask, the Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask is an ultra-affordable step in your skincare routine that delivers clinically proven results. Safe for all skin types and tones, the gentle treatment does not emit any damaging UV rays. Clinical results showed illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.

Price: $30 for 30 treatments

 

 

illuMask™ Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask
Scientifically proven to be an effective way to treat acne, among other skin conditions, light therapy, or phototherapy, is a transformative treatment safe for all skin types. To make phototherapy accessible and easy for all, illuMask uses groundbreaking, patented technology to deliver all the benefits of light therapy in a convenient hands-free mask. The at-home light therapy device slips comfortably onto the face, just like a pair of glasses, for a 15-minute treatment that delivers better results than the leading prescription drug acne treatments. The illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask is FDA cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Clinical results proved illuMask left skin clearer, smoother, and less oily with fewer blemishes.

Price: $30 for 30 treatments

 

Enter here for your chance to win YOUR CHOICE of either the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask or the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask! Email us and enter ILLUMASK in the subject line and be sure to include your contact information!


A Few of our Faves!


Introducing TestTube from NewBeauty

Spring is officially here! Which means fashionistas everywhere have turned their focus to all things fresh and new. This is especially true for the contents of your cosmetic cabinet. From the latest lotions and potions to exfoliate, moisturize and rejuvenate to the hottest in cosmetics and hair care, beauty mavens everywhere are on the lookout for the best of the best for spring.

With so many fabulous products out there, wouldn't you just love to be one of the first to try the latest products, as well as those red-hot beauty items you have been hearing about?

The editors of NewBeauty magazine are constantly testing beauty products, trying out the newest brands and tried-and-true faves and sharing their top picks and must-haves with readers. And they thought it would be great if instead of just reading about them in the magazine you, too, could have the chance to discover fabulous new products.

With that in mind, they would like to introduce you to the NewBeauty TestTube program. Members receive a beautifully wrapped super-sized tube — called the TestTube — filled with at least a half dozen deluxe and full-size samples (worth well over $100) to test and try, as well as the opportunity to share feedback about these products with the beauty experts at NewBeauty.

It's the ultimate beauty-sampling program! Your TestTube is delivered to you every other month and is filled with samples from some of the top beauty brands — Moroccanoil, IT Cosmetics, StriVectin and Molton Brown to name a few — including time-tested favorites and targeted innovations that deliver real results. You will not only fall in love with latest must-haves but will uncover new beauty solutions along the way.

Being part of TestTube means you'll also get a subscription to NewBeauty magazine and the Tablet Edition FREE, including the latest news on new beauty products, cutting-edge treatments, and advice from some of the world's leading dermatologists, plastic surgeons, skin care professionals, hair stylists, make-up artists, and aestheticians. You'll have advanced info on the latest products and breakthrough ingredients, and how they work and why, so you'll always be in the know.

CLICK HERE NOW to start discovering new products! Join the thousands of satisfied women everywhere are already taking advantage of this incredible program and be on the cutting-edge of beauty trending.

 


BeautyDNA

It's time to experience beauty in a whole new way!  

We are thrilled to announce that after more than two years of research and development, BeautyDNA.com is now available to a select few, and it will completely change everything you know about discovering beauty products. 

We've put together a short video demonstrating how we developed BeautyDNA as the world's smartest beauty recommendation engine. Don't wait to check it out because we are limiting our initial membership to the first 1,000 who join. Watch Video Now. 
 


P.S. Don't wait, space is filling up fast. Click here now to reserve your spot.


Power up Your Pout

 

Power Pigment Lip Tints:

Inspired by our newly designed cheek stain, these punched up lip tints impart bold color and shine for a perfect smile all day long. Highly-pigmented color in new, skin brightening, vibrant shades, and the antioxidant formula with just a hint of refreshing peppermint nourishes and invigorates lips. The sleek, “skinny” packaging allows for the most precise application of your favorite color while minimizing waste and your carbon footprint. Available in 8 shades.

Be sure to check out the entire dream family collection for cheek stains or blushes that complement each power pigment hue! 

 


Fontainebleau Miami Beach Debuts
Lost Luggage Care Package

Has an airline ever lost your bag? No, wait, let me revise that.  How many times have the airlines lost your bags?  As we all know, nothing undermines a well-planned vacation quite like no-show luggage.  To help reduce guests stress, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has developed a “Lost Luggage Care Package.”  Designed for men or women the package will hold you over until your bags are found.

Each care package includes essentials like underwear, toothbrush, razor, mouthwash, tide hand washing packets and comb and are available for purchase at Fontainebleau gift store Morris & Co. for $70. 


Sweet Scents for Spring

Spring is just around the corner!! And just in time I might add – I have had my fill of the winter doldrums. During the long winter months it is hard to not dream about tropical islands and a bit of summer. Don't be blue; you can have the scent of sun and sandy beaches all year round with Lavanila The Healthy Vanilla Coconut Collection. The fragrance ensures you’ll be whisked away to a tropical terrain every time you use their deodorant, body butter or fragrance.

100% natural and made with ingredients such as luscious coconut, bright tiare flower, fluffy heliotrope, creamy sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. This scent gives you the lift you need – in a bottle.

       

Bosley Scalp Protect Sunscreen SPF 20

We all know healthy hair starts at the scalp, so it’s important to protect it. Bosley Scalp Protect Sunscreen SPF 20 is a weightless and residue free formula that protects scalp from harmful UV rays, creating ideal conditions for the healthiest scalp and hair.

What it is:
Specifically designed to be alcohol free and residue free Sunscreen for the scalp.

What it does:
Healthy Hair Scalp Protect Sunscreen SPF 20 helps protect the scalp from sunburn. Contains Noni Fruit that has been shown to absorb dangerous UV light and re-emit it as beneficial red wavelength light. LifeXtend Complex, which helps create ideal conditions for the healthiest hair and scalp.


NEW Bioré Products with Natural Charcoal

The New Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal quickly remove deep down debris in less time than it takes to brush your teeth. Known for its ability to attract and absorb pollutants, black charcoal has been a luxury skincare staple for years, and is now available to everyone through Bioré’s innovative new offerings:

  Bioré® Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: This breakthrough cleanser gets pores twice as clean after just one use, in as little as 30 seconds. By combining natural charcoal with Bioré® Skincare’s exclusive Skin Purifying Technology, featuring breakthrough dirt-seeking molecules, this cleanser provides targeted deep cleansing for a smooth, clear complexion without irritating skin. The black liquid to white foam, non-staining formula leaves a tingly-smooth deep clean.
  Bioré® Skincare Self Heating One Minute Mask: In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. So clean your pores from the dirt, oil and makeup of the past and clear the problem.

Moisturize From Head to Toe!

 

PROTECT YOUR HAIR:

We all run late sometimes, and our beauty routine suffers. Instead of lovingly toweling and gently combing our hair, we dash out of the shower and roughly detangle our hair while it’s still wet. This is when your hair is most fragile, causing it to shed easily. When tangled, hair is 60% more likely to snap; add water, and breakage becomes 95% more likely. Swing the odds back in your favor with Carol’s Daughter  Monoi (Repairing) Anti-Breakage Spray. Formulated with indigenous Tahitian Monoi, the formula protects wet hair and strengthens from the inside out. ($24.00 at Carol’s Daughter Stores, Carolsdaughter.com, and select Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s, Belk and Dillard’s stores nationwide)


PROTECT YOUR HANDS/FEET:

Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa, Hoboken’s #1 spa boutique, pampers her clients with her signature Milk-Me-Away warm milk manicures and pedicures during cold winter months. The warm milk soak is a great way to re-moisturize your hands and feet during dry winter months and the sugar scrub that follows is a great way to remove the extra dead skin. Sweet almond shea butter lotion is then deeply massaged into the skin to lock in the moisture.

You can create your own moisturizing milk bath at home by mixing a few cups of warm whole milk in a bowl with vanilla essential oil followed by an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin and applying a shea butter lotion or cream to lock in moisture.  Try my all purpose Shea Butter exfoliating sugar scrub, Coochie Kuchee Coo ($28.00 at asuwishnailspa.com

 
Protect your hands and always wear gloves when out in the cold and try to avoid excess hand washing. Hands exposed to bitter cold temperatures and gusty winds can cause your cuticles to become severely dry and ragged and even rip. Carry the new Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab in your bag for an instant soothing gel treatment that hydrates, shields and helps restore your cuticles. ($7.49 at drugstores nationwide)

Four Amazing Spring Handbags For The Fashionable Mom on the Go!

Bulky unsightly diaper bags are a thing of the past! Whether you are taking the kids to school or running errands moms always have to be prepared. Here are four chic functional handbags essential for the haute mom on the go from Paula & Chlo!

This Aimee Kestenberg bag is perfect for fashionable moms this structural yet versatile Crossbody provides a lot of space and comes in a variety of haute hues. Available on Paula & Chlo  $132.66.
Pastels and powder blues are haute hues this spring. This Luxe leather tote bag by Sorial will have you looking like a Haute Mom with all your essentials in tow. Available on Paula & Chlo for $117.00
This chic metallic iridescent gold Olivia Harris handbag is sheer perfection for the mom -on -the go! With multiple compartments perfect for storing keys pacifier anything you need in a flash. Its great neutral color and soft leather will accentuate any ensemble. Available on Paula & Chlo for $238.00
This sleek Elizabeth & James Cynnie navy shopper is perfect for the fashion savvy mom with more than a few things to carry for her day filled with errands, play dates and much more! Available on Paula & Chlo for $595.00

Olivia Wilde Wears Sunday Somewhere

Actress, Olivia Wilde braved the frigid temperatures of NYC to take her dog, Paco, out for a stroll.  The beautiful mom-to-be looked stylish in a wool coat and thick scarf paired with Sunday Somewhere Soelae sunglasses. 

ABOUT SUNDAY SOMEWHERE:
Sunday Somewhere is the brain-child of eyewear aficionado, Dave Allison. Late in 2010, his singular vision of creating an eyewear and optical collection focused upon detail, quality, simplicity and originality. Sunday Somewhere's aesthetic is influenced by both the past and future. With references to classic vintage frames, intricate modern detailing and futuristic materials, the finish is practical, a wearable modernity. This 'classic with a twist' collection makes Sunday Somewhere fresh, covetable, and timeless. 

photo credit www.gettyimages.com


World's Most Fabulous Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper
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Be sure to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish. From making homemade oreo cookies and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Wizard of Oz birthday party or the perfect baby shower, you're sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me!

Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!

Check out the latest tutorial — and learn how to repurpose your furniture! Step by step instructions on how to turn your old furniture into gorgeous new works of art!!


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