What to Look for in Luxury and Designer Styles

Chanel Store in Tokyo

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When it comes to luxury clothing, many people assume that the high price tag automatically means high quality and the utmost of style, but this is not always the case. While there is nothing wrong with trusting certain brands, here are a few tips on what to look for when you are choosing designer clothing.

Global Variations
Designers from different countries will produce distinctly unique styles, so this is something to consider if you already have quite a particular style in mind. For example, Italian designers often favor brighter colors, while French designers tend to veer towards femininity, and many American designers opt for a sportswear vibe. By deciphering the different design aspects that tend to come from different countries, you will know exactly where to look when seeking out a new piece of clothing that flatters your own personal style.

Genuine Pieces
If you are visiting a brand’s official store, then you will not really need to worry about purchasing fakes. However, if you are shopping online, you definitely need to be quite wary about whether or not what you are buying is actually a genuine designer piece of clothing. The label is the best place to turn your attention to, making sure that the brand name has not been misspelled. You should also look at the material that the clothing has been made from, as well as the style of stitching, as this will help you to see whether or not they fall in line with what the designer usually produces.

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Know Your Measurements
While many brands used to use standardized clothing sizes back in the day, this has all changed now, as brands are increasingly seeking out new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. This means that they have done away with standardized sizes, and are now creating their own unique versions. While this may be great in some ways, it can make shopping for clothing much harder, as the size on the labels do not really mean that much any more. To make your life a little easier, make sure that you know your measurements before setting off on your shopping trip, as this will make it much faster to find clothing that fits you perfectly.

Trendy Styles vs Classic Looks
When shopping for luxury clothing, you will likely come across many pieces that embody the season’s latest trends, and these will always seem incredibly tempting. However, designer clothing is an investment, meaning that you will want to be able to wear your pieces time and time again, meaning that you are best staying away from trends and fads, and opting for classic cuts instead, as these will never go out of style.

There is no denying that shopping for designer clothing can be plenty of fun, but you also want to ensure that you come away from it with pieces that you truly love. From opting for classic cuts to knowing how to spot a fake, these are all tips that you should keep in mind the next time you set off on a shopping spree.

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How to Create a Holiday Wishlist

Holiday season

While you may no longer be writing a letter to Santa, a holiday wishlist is still a great way to let your friends and family know exactly what you want this year. For those who have never created a digital wishlist before, here are some great places to get started.

Pinterest
Pinterest is loved by many due to the way in which it is so easy to use, as well as being plenty of fun. When it comes to a holiday wishlist, Pinterest lays everything out in a beautiful visual format, meaning that your loved ones will be able to quickly skim through to view all of the items. You can add content to your wishlist from any website on the internet, and, once you are done, you can then share it with anybody that has an email address, even if they do not have their own Pinterest account.

Amazon Wish List
Amazon is one of the largest stores on the internet, meaning that you are likely to be able to find just about anything you could want on there. The site’s wish list feature is extremely popular and can be accessed by anyone that searches for your username. Once an item has been paid for, Amazon takes care of all of the delivery details and will ship it straight to your door, with this streamlined process being one of its main advantages. For those who want to create more than one wishlist, Amazon makes this easy, enabling you to control who has access to each list.

WishMindr
One of the top wishlist apps for smartphones, WishMindr has a pleasant interface that is easy to use, and allows you to save items from every website out there in a variety of different ways. When it comes to sharing your list, there are so many ways in which you can do this, from email to text message to social media, meaning that you will be able to share it with just about anyone.

Wishpot
Wishpot is one of the top wishlist websites out there, and, after signing up for an account, you will quickly understand why. In addition to being able to add items from any website, Wishpot also offers a ‘reserve’ feature, which means that once your friends and family have decided what they want to buy, they can easily reserve it until they are ready to make the purchase, and nobody else will be able to buy it in the meantime. Wishpot also monitors the pricing of your product across the internet, and will send you a notification if there are any price drops.

There are many different ways in which you can create a digital holiday wishlist, and the website or app that you choose should depend on the types of gifts that you are hoping to receive. While the Amazon wish list feature is the most convenient, this limits you to products sold by Amazon, whereas most other sites will allow you to add products from all over the internet, so do spend some time exploring your options before picking one.

New York Luxury Shopping Guide

With sprawling iconic department stores and extravagant high-end flagship shops, it is no surprise that New York is known for being a shopper’s paradise. From the old-school decadence of Fifth Avenue to the big-name designers on Madison Avenue, this luxury shopping guide highlights the very best retail therapy that New York City has to offer.

Jack Rogers sandals store on Madison Avenue

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Madison Avenue
Considered by many to be the most lavish shopping area in all of New York, Madison Avenue is lined with flagship stores from the biggest designers, with names ranging from Vera Wang’s Bridal House to Ralph Lauren to Prada to Jimmy Choo. In addition to being filled with the most tempting of goods, each boutique here also boasts extraordinary architecture, such as the Ralph Lauren store that is located in a stunning renovated mansion.

The Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District earned itself the status of being quite the edgy neighborhood a few years ago, and it did not take long for a number of big-name designers to open their doors in the area’s renovated butcher shops. From Stella McCartney to Alexander McQueen to Christian Louboutin, there are some luxury boutiques here that are definitely worth exploring.

Nolita
The quieter counterpart of SoHo, Nolita boasts a range of up and coming designers that produce the most exquisite products. These one-of-a-kind boutiques make for quite a thrilling shopping experience, as each store focuses on high fashion garments, but with an emphasis on individuality. Designer names that you will find here include Jil Sander and Derek Lam, while some boutiques worth stopping off at include Saja, Vince, Poppy and Sigerson Morrison. You will also find several boutiques here that stock some exquisite homeware pieces, from ceramics to luxury textiles.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Fifth Avenue
Running north to south all the way through Manhattan, the most luxurious section of Fifth Avenue, which is considered to be the very heart of Manhattan retail, can be found from 14th Street to 59th Street. There are a number of iconic mainstays to be found here, from the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store, which is considered to be somewhat of a New York institution, to the world-famous Tiffany & Co, to the massive Louis Vuitton flagship store to Versace, Chanel and Dior. In addition to Saks Fifth Avenue, there are a couple of other high-end department stores here, including Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.

Lafayette Street – SoHo to NoHo
Lafayette Street is quite distinct from the rest of SoHo, and this section of it is known for being the best place in the city to find the finest of antiques, especially when it comes to furniture. Gallery 440 is where you will find furniture from high end European designers, while Alan Moss Studios, as well as Elan Antiques, boasts one-of-a-kind antique pieces, both domestic as well as international.

When it comes to luxury shopping, there is no better city to turn to than New York. From the opulent flagship stores that line Madison Avenue to the one-of-a-kind antique finds at Lafayette Street, New York is a retail haven that offers the ultimate shopping experience.

Duty Free Shopping

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An average of $40 million is spent at duty-free shops each year around the world, and this number is steadily on the rise. Duty-free shopping has always had a certain allure about it, with duty-free shops able to promise big bargains, as they are exempt from paying duty, otherwise known as local import tax, on the goods that they sell. The duty-free shops that you find in European airports are also VAT free, giving you even more savings. The reason that these shops are allowed to be exempt from paying tax is due to the fact that they are selling goods to shoppers who are leaving the country, which is why the majority of duty-free shops are found in airports and ports.

What To Purchase
With duty-free deals flashing at you from all angles, it can be difficult to know which products are actually providing good value for money. Generally, while alcohol and tobacco products may not do much for your health, they are among the best goods to purchase from duty-free shops. There are also a number of great bargains to be had with makeup and skin care, as well as some luxury goods.

What Not To Purchase
While there are many great deals to be found at duty-free shops, there are certain products that you would be better off purchasing elsewhere. Electronics are one of these, as often the marked down items at duty-free shops will be older models, and the latest models can usually be purchased for a similar price online. The same applies to clothing that has been imported, although clothing that has been made locally is usually a great item to buy from a duty-free shop.

Remember the Limit
Every country will have a limit on the value of duty-free goods that you are allowed to bring in, and it is important to check these before you travel. If you find yourself to be over the limit, you will have to pay tax on the excess, which could mean that your purchases become more expensive than they would have been if you had bought them elsewhere.

While it can sometimes be tricky to work out whether or not you are actually buying an item at a reduced price, duty-free shopping is always fun, with an incredible range of goods from all over the world available to browse through. This is made even better by the fact that most duty-free shops are at airports and ports, providing the ideal way to pass some time while waiting to travel. If there is a particular item that you are hoping to buy, it is always a good idea to do a quick bit of research beforehand, so that you know the average price before visiting a duty-free shop. If you make sure that you are a savvy shopper, then you will easily be able to pick out the very best deals at duty-free shopping, enjoying bargains that you would not be able to find elsewhere.

Madonna in London

Madonna

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The world-famous singer and songwriter that is Madonna needs no introduction, having made quite the name for herself over the years by continuously pushing the boundaries in the mainstream pop music industry. While Madonna may be American, and have strong ties to New York City, London has long since held a special place in her heart, so much so that the artist recently decided to relocate to the city.

The West End
The theaters that line London’s West End have become a significant part of British culture, and it was in 2002 that Madonna took her first foray into the world of theater. The play, titled Up for Grabs, was written by Australian playwright David Williamson and is about a female art dealer who is trying to establish herself in the city and in the industry. Madonna performed the lead role in the play, and while her performance may not have been met with much appreciation from the critics, it was an experience that this multi-talented actress does not regret.

Homes in London
Madonna owns six different properties in Central London, with her current permanent residence being located in Marylebone. While many celebrities would automatically opt for the sophisticated district of Mayfair, Madonna recognizes the potential that Marylebone has, which is why she owns three properties here. In addition to her £7 million family townhouse, Madonna has also recently purchased the adjacent property for £6 million, and also owns two cottages nearby. Outside of Marylebone, Madonna also owns a Georgian townhouse near Regent’s Park, a sprawling estate in Wiltshire, and two West End buildings, which are currently being used by the Kaballah religious sect, something that is of a huge personal importance to the star.

Favorite London Spots
Madonna is constantly being spotted all over the streets of London, but there are certain spots that she tends to favor. The Ivy, in London’s West End, has long since been one of her favorite restaurants to dine at, although the artist also regularly frequents Kensington Place, a modern seafood restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill. When it comes to an evening of drinks, Madonna truly enjoys the relaxed atmosphere of a classic British pub, with the Scarsdale Tavern in Kensington being one of her favorites. When it comes to Madonna’s favorite London clubs, the list is extensive, but China White, Rock and Kabaret are among her top five. Of course, Madonna is also renowned for her style, and she appreciates the diversity that comes with British fashion. From Koh Samui in Covent Garden to Voyage on Fulham Road, London has always been one of Madonna’s favorite cities for a shopping trip.

Madonna is considered to be the best-selling female artist of all time, and her music has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world. With all of the investments that the artist has made into the London property market, it would seem as though Madonna is in the city to stay, which is something that London locals are most definitely excited about.

Fall Shopping Guide

The coming of fall means it is time to change out your closet again. Everyone has their favorite outfits that survive from year to year, but you’re likely just a little in love with some trends that Fashion Week brought with it earlier in the year. OROGOLD fully understands that you might need a little reminder of what is in for fall though. Old favorites have made a come back for this year, but there are plenty of newer things to experiment with if you want as well. These won’t be all the trends and you should always remember that fashion is constant experimentation. Feel free to simply use these suggestions as a starting point rather than what you have to do.

Woman wearing danglers.

Obvious Jewelry
Cooler weather tends to mean people start getting ill and looking less than their best. The current trends will let you counteract that though. Larger, more obvious jewelry is in style for this fall. Hoop and dangling earrings are particularly fashionable. The shining looks of the jewelry aren’t meant for making an outfit though. They are meant to serve as ways to highlight the part of an outfit you want people to look at or to help bring out the color of your makeup or eyes for a more vibrant look. This should help you look your best even if the changing weather starts to get to you a little. Just remember not to go too extravagant with your jewelry. Accent yours looks without dominating them.

Woman wearing flared jeans

Flared Pants
There is a distinct trend towards flared pants legs for fall. This trend continues to emerge and only seems to be getting stronger. They offer a nice contrast to the figure-hugging clothing many opt for in summer and bring a casual air to the fall season. OROGOLD recommends at least experimenting with this trend as it can also offer a way to worry less about the temperamental fall weather. A good pair of flared pants is often good regardless of the weather being warmer or cooler than expected unlike some other looks. This makes them flexible in addition to stylish. That combination is hard to beat when it comes to fashion.

Woman street style.

Long Sleeves
Everyone has tucked their hands in their sleeves to stay warm occasionally, but the upcoming trend makes this an element of style. Look for tops with longer sleeves that drape down past your wrists. The style tends to favor sleeves that fully engulf the hands, but you may wish to favor ones that only mostly do simply for ease of wear when you’re out and about. The look offers a stylish disdain for convention while giving you the appearance of a dramatically longer frame. You may want to think about whether you prefer this look or long gloves, which are also in, when trying to plot out fall outfits. Each one will determine a lot about the outfits your might favor.

You’ve still got some time before fall fully hits you, and you can use that time to find your new outfits. There’s no shame in sticking to old stand-bys though. With the trend towards accessorizing, you can even update your old favorite relatively easily and remain in style. OROGOLD believes you can achieve a lot with an older idea, but we might be a little biased. Regardless, you should get working on your fall look soon or you might find yourself dealing with the cold before you’re ready.

Is it Worth Buying Organic? OROGOLD Reviews

Rather than dying down after a few years, the hype around organic food is still steadily growing. Ten years ago, it would have been hard to find a good selection of organic produce in the shops, but now, not only are the shelves full of organic products, we are being actively encouraged to choose these over the regular varieties. ORO GOLD tries to help you understand whether it makes sense to buy organic.

Fresh red and yellow capcicums

What Exactly is Organic Food?
Before the growth of industrial-scale farming, organic food would have just been called ‘food’. It is generally assumed that organic food has been grown without the use of any chemicals, but this is not exactly true. Instead, organic produce is grown with a minimal use of chemicals, with farmers still having access to a small selection of pesticides. In comparison, non-organic produce is repeatedly sprayed with many toxic chemicals, which work their way into the plant, ending up in your body.

Does Organic Food Cost More?
You will generally find that organic food costs more, often being 10% – 100% more expensive than the alternatives. The reason for this is because organic foods are much more labor intensive to grow, and can often result in smaller yields. The high price of organic products is usually what steers many people away, which, for some items that do not contain a high level of pesticide residue, is absolutely fine. However, certain products soak up much more of the toxic chemicals, meaning that by prioritizing the organic products that you buy, you will be able to keep your ingestion of these chemicals to a minimum.

Fruits and Vegetables
The most common fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of pesticide residue are celery, apples, carrots and lettuce. Any non-organic products that have been made with these ingredients, such as apple juice or carrot cake, would also contain the same chemicals. To keep your shopping simple, opt for organic varieties when you plan on eating the outside as well as the inside of a fruit or vegetable, and choose non-organic for the rest.

Cheese and ham on a chopping board.

Meat and Dairy
The term ‘organic’ applies to meat and animal products as well as to fruit and vegetables. In this case, non-organic meat production involves injecting antibiotics into the animals, which end up in your body when you eat the animal products. The growth hormone that is commonly given to cows has been linked, on numerous occasions, to the development of certain cancer cells in women. When it comes to meat and dairy, it is usually best to buy organic whenever possible.

Imported Organic Foods
If a product with an organic label has been made in another country, be sure to do some research before trusting in that label. Many countries, such as China, export common organic products, including tea and tinned tomatoes. However, their standards are much lower when it comes to organic rules and regulations. If you are unsure, it is best to stick to a variety that is made as locally as possible.

Organic food has been proven to have many more health benefits than non-organic, so in many cases, it really is worth buying. However, keep in mind that these still do contain some level of chemicals, so be sure to thoroughly wash all fresh produce before cooking or eating.

Looking For Your Favorite Fashions From TV?

Watching TV fashion

TV shows are always a great place to get fashion inspiration, and everyone has experienced that moment when you see a character on the screen wearing something absolutely amazing, which you would love to have in your own wardrobe. Thanks to the internet and a couple of great websites, it is now possible to quickly and easily find and buy that specific garment that you saw on your favorite show the other night. OROGOLD reviews your favorite fashions from TV.

Worn on TV
Do you love the outfits worn by Kourtney Kardashian on all of her different reality shows? Or how about the ones worn by the fashionable cast of Pretty Little Liars in the latest episode? One of our favorite websites to find fashions from TV shows is www.wornontv.net. The website is run by an individual who scours the internet to find garments that have been seen on television. There are a wide range of shows covered from many major networks, such as ABC Family, Fox, HBO and MTV. Most of the items are for women and girls, although there have also been an increasing number of men’s and plus size options. You can browse different outfits by the show’s name, specific episode, or individual character. Most items displayed on the website also contain links to the stores where you can purchase them, with many being available to buy online.

Beautiful woman wearing dress and walking on the street.

Pradux 

Another website that is great for finding outfits from TV, but which also has more of a social element to it, is www.pradux.com. Not only do they feature outfits from a wide range of popular television shows, but they also have a health and beauty section, showcasing some of the cosmetic products used by various characters. Pradux also allows users to upload product photos and links, whether it be an item that they have seen on a television show, or just one of their favorite products. When other users interact with a product you have uploaded, you will earn points, which you can save up to unlock exclusive features. If another user purchases one of the products that you have shared with the community, Pradux will equally split any commission they earn with you. You can sign up to the site via your Facebook account, making it easy to get started and share your uploads. If you are someone that has a sense of style that people look up to, this could be a great site for you. As well as fashion and beauty, Pradux also features products from other categories, such as food and drink, travel, and electronics, showcasing essential items from each, and highlighting some of their personal favorites.

Many experienced stylists work on popular television shows, bringing together looks from different stores and talented designers. OROGOLD Cosmetics believes that not only are these websites great ways to discover exactly what your favorite character is wearing, but they also enable you to gather a mixture of inspiration from a variety of shows, which you can then put together to create a fashionable twist on your own personal style.

OROGOLD Guide to Fine Jewelry Shopping Tips – ORO GOLD Reviews

Purchasing fine jewelry isn’t like purchasing other luxury products. After all, what other purchases could you compare to purchasing items that are usually billions of years in the making. The precious stones with which fine jewelry is created not only have a unique level of complexity, they are also known to be extremely unique. Moreover, the investment associated with fine jewelry makes it essential for you to understand how to best choose fine jewelry for yourself. OROGOLD brings you a short and simple guide which offers you fine jewelry shopping tips. While this ORO GOLD guide isn’t everything you need to know when it comes to fine jewelry shopping, it is definitely the perfect place to start off.Attractive young couple looking at an expensive necklace in a jewelry store

Understand yourself

One of the first things that you need to do is to understand your likes and dislikes, keep in mind your personal styles and make an inventory of the things you have Vs the things you need. Remember, knowing what you like and what you need is the key to fine jewelry shopping.

Purchase jewelry from reputed dealers

Make sure that you stick to the reputed dealers when it comes to fine jewelry shopping. In today’s market, you can find fine jewelry being sold almost everywhere. However, it always makes sense to stick to the reputed and established enterprises. Since most consumers don’t even understand the difference between karats and carats and can’t distinguish between a sapphire and a blue topaz, it is easy for fraudsters to take buyers for a ride for a quick buck.

Keep track of your finances

One of the most basic tips that comes with any form of shopping is that you should understand what you can afford and what you cannot. This means that you should know the amount that you’re comfortable spending even before stepping foot in the jewelry store. Make sure that you spend within your means and you won’t have to regret it later.

Shop around

Make sure that you talk to a number of buyers before zeroing in on one. The more buyers you approach, the better the chances of a decent price. Make sure that you call ahead and ask the price per gram of gold. This helps you to shorten your field and save a lot of time and effort.

Don’t get attracted to unbelievable discounts

As they say, if it is too good to be true, it is most probably not. If a store offers you with discounts that are unheard of, play it safe. Shop around and compare the actual value of the item. Try to determine the reputation of the store. You might also find that the regular price of the item at other stores is lesser than the so called discounted prices.

Get a friend to accompany you

Make sure that you get someone you trust to come along with you. Jewelry purchases are personal decisions and it is important to choose wisely. It always helps to bring along a friend who understands your tastes and has a balanced head on her shoulders to stop you from getting carried away.

Purchase pieces that you fall in love with

It is very important to fall in love with the fine jewelry that you purchase. They say that if you find the right piece for yourself, you will find the piece talking to you. And even though jewelry designers love to play with the latest trends, when it comes to purchasing fine jewelry, you’re always better off choosing styles that won’t fade away for generations.  So unless you find something that leaves you speechless, don’t purchase it.

Look for trademarks

Make sure that you always look for the manufacturer’s hallmark on your karat-marked jewelry because it is mandated by the law in many countries (including the US). If you find a trademark, it means that the manufacturer guarantees the accuracy of the karat mark.

Get a description in writing

While purchasing fine jewelry, it is essential to get the seller to write a complete description of the jewelry on the receipt. Things like karat for gold; cuts, clarity, carat weight and color for diamonds; descriptions of carat weight and overall color for colored stones should specifically be mentioned on the bill of sale.

Have any other fine jewelry shopping tips that you would like to share with OROGOLD readers? Feel free to share your thoughts using the comments box below!

Exclusive Shopping Experiences

Stylish woman in high fashion in fron of luxury store

Shopping, like chocolate, coffee, and music is essential to every woman’s life. We thrive on it, and need to have our shopping almost as bad as we need the air we breathe. Here at OROGOLD we believe it should be added to the basic needs list, along with water, air, food, and shelter.

Exclusive shopping experiences are some of the most fantastic experiences a woman can encounter. High end stores tend to offer high end clientele the royal treatment, and provide the ultimate in service. For women who live for luxury and the finer things in life, these types of shopping experiences are perfect – and once they experience them, they will never want to go back to mediocre.

 

What Makes Exclusive Shopping Experiences Different

Exclusive shopping experiences are completely different from your typical run of the mill, mediocre shopping trips. They take place in stores that are of high quality with large price tags, and cater to the needs of women willing to spend a pretty penny on their fashion.

Most women who partake in these types of shopping trips are either professional women, or those whom are blessed with wealth and are looking for an outlet to spend money on high fashion. They appreciate simple, streamlined shopping without all of the nonsense, crowds, and low quality products that regular stores have to offer.

Many of these luxury retailers will provide their customers with a glass of wine or champagne as their orders are being rang up, or as they shop. Sometimes, in lieu of alcohol, fine chocolates will be provided instead. There is typically no music playing throughout these stores, and if there is, it may be classical or instrumental. If you are in a popular culture themed store, however, you may expect to hear upbeat music playing over the speakers. Exclusive shopping experiences tend to take place in the city, in areas with high volume traffic and many people abounding. Think New York, which has a few major shopping districts as well as an OROGOLD store, or places like Los Angeles, Boston, London, Paris, and Milan.

These stores offer superb customer service, with sales associates ready to answer to your every beck and call. They offer assistance in fitting rooms, as well as exchanging articles of clothing to find you something more your style or size, and offer their professional opinion – almost as if you have your own personal stylist for the time you are shopping there. This in and of itself is unlike any experience you will receive at any mainstream shop, store, or boutique.

Many of these stores allow shoppers by appointment only, to offer superb customer service that caters to your needs. Then again, many of these stores do not require appointments at all. It’s always best to call ahead and find out a stores policy if you are in the market for high end fashion – unless, of course, you are a regular, and know the established policy.

 

Once you go High End, You Never Go Back

It’s been said earlier in this article that if you are given the experience of shopping with one of these fine stores, you will never again want to shop at the lower end bargain stores you had been used to. There is something extremely special about walking out of a luxury brand with your bags in hand at the end of a fantastic shopping trip. The products are of the finest quality, and are made to last for the most part. You will be amazed at the difference in an exclusive shopping experience.

 

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