I’ll never forget my first big-ticket purchase I made after the blog had taken off. I had saved my pennies up for the one bag I had dreamt about since high school: a vintage Chanel flap. A long-time lover of vintage, I used to spend afternoons combing through racks at local second hand shops and boutiques in search of iconic items. To be honest, I wish I had the patience today that I did back then as I hunted down some true gems like a Burberry wool coat, Hermes belt, Christian Dior fur and more.
Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate the experience of purchasing a new handbag but if you’re anything like me, within a month or two of heavy wear on that must-have piece, you start to question if paying full price really was worth the investment. Classic bags can often be found at luxury consignment boutiques – like Lux Second Chance – for hundreds or even thousands, cheaper.
Since I stick to a monthly allowance for clothing and accessories I can invest in for the blog, being able to sell my luxury goods that are no longer in rotation also helps in attaining a new pair of shoes or handbag that I may have my sights set on. Why let dust collect on something you’re never going to wear when it can help earn you something you’ve been admiring?!
When it comes to selling, I prefer to consign my items at boutiques that feature a variety of items such as handbags, shoes, jewellery, watches and more so as to attract a wider audience and sell your pre-loved item faster. Lux Second Chance has recently expanded to include shoes, jewelry and soon to be watches which many readers are often looking for.
If the idea of buying luxury consignment goods excites you but you’re unsure which items to add to your must-have list, I’m sharing my 5 go to pieces that I have already invested in or plan to snag from a luxury consignment boutique like Lux Second Chance.
1. Vintage Chanel Flap
As mentioned, this was my first luxury purchase I had saved up from projects accumulated on the blog. I don’t think there’s anything more classic than a Chanel flap. I specifically went out of my way to opt for a shape that was indicative of the 80s collection and was not found in many shops. I take this bag from day to night in a cinch and the dual inside pockets make it a breeze for carrying my daily essentials – cell phone, pen, keys, lip gloss, wallet, hair pins and more. My only regret? I purchased my bag in lambskin leather which tends to show its age as well as wear and tear more so than caviar leather. I recommend investing in the latter if you’re looking for a bag that can stand the test of time.
2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… this bag is my workhorse tote. It comes with me to work, I run errands with it, carry groceries home in it, tote it around in the airport and more. I’ve been told the GM size can even withstand up to 200 pounds – even with such small straps. Why buy vintage? Since the oil in your hands and day to day wear are bound to find their way on the bag, it’s only a matter of time before the patina on the small trim and handles are going to change. And let’s be honest – the coloured patina on a Louis Vuitton bag are what proves its authenticity. Considering the same bag can be purchased for $400-500 less than the retail price for this small feature, I would suggest keeping an eye out for this hot ticket item.
3. Vintage Chanel Pin Looking to snag a piece of the Chanel brand but unsure about which bag is a fit for you? Why not consider a Chanel pin. I love that it can spruce up a tweed blazer, dress, be added to a necklace chain or even pinned to a fabric bag for some pizzazz. I’m partial to the models with Swarovski crystals and pearls but you can never go wrong with a circular style with double C’s as well.
4. Goyard Tote This Goyard bag has been on my wish list for years and for some reason, I can’t seem to pull the trigger. I keep debating between the navy and white versions and have come to the conclusion that perhaps it’s worth investing in one brand new from the store and obtaining the second colour – down the road – from a consignment boutique. I love how timeless the pattern is, how chic it can make any outfit look and that it’s another great tote which can travel from day to night to the airport in a cinch.
5. Dior Lady Bag
The Lady Dior is another #goals bag for me. This handbag just screams ultra-fem and I love the chic top handles. I do find I’ve pushed it down on my list year after year since I question how much wear I’ll get from it but that concern aside, it’s still one my iconic bags. Now the question is: do you get it in blush, black or white? Eek!
Whether you’re looking to add or build your luxury collection at home, it always helps to have a prioritized list of what you’re in the market for. Often disappointed by the limited options available at a local brick and mortar store, I love keeping bookmarks on my favourite online boutiques such as Lux Second Chance where I can access pages on pages of vintage goods.
Since I have a few items consistently moving around on my wish list, this helps me prioritize what I really want (scratch that – need!) without the pressure of a sales associate trying to sway me to make an impulse buy. Not to mention – who has the time to even shop anymore?! Most of my shopping is done after hours when I finally have 10-15 minutes to myself.
Is there a vintage bag you’ve had your eye on? I’d love to know! Also - get 10% your next order on Lux Second Chance with the promo code, Krys10%
This post was sponsored by Lux Second Chance. All opinions expressed are my own.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: there’s no chore anybody wants to do. But say you happened to ask me which one I liked the least… I might himmm and haw over vacuuming, scrubbing toilets, wiping down the baseboards and then quite quickly, I’d land on laundry. I have no problem getting the energy to start doing laundry, but it’s the process of moving items to the dryer, knowing which items have to air dry, waiting for the clothes to dry, folding and then my favourite – putting them all away – that just does me in.
Despite there only being two of us in our household, I feel like we churn through an awful lot of laundry. Almost every other night you could hear the rumbling of our dryer either tackling Adam’s work clothes, towels, sheets or something I likely spilled on and of course – needed it for tomorrow’s business presentation! I also strongly believe that the prettier a space, the more likely you are to want to spend time in it and keep it clean. To give you an idea of what I was working with, this is our old laundry room as of early January:
A poorly lit space with no windows, ugly green tiles, a plastic wash-bin, no storage and a washer and dryer that weren’t exactly living up to the challenge. Can you blame a girl for not wanting to hang out in here?
We’ve lived in our house for three years and have tackled the kitchen, master bedroom, foyer, powder room, ensuite, backyard and more but for some reason we kept putting this project on hold – till now. The teams at Home Depot Canada and LG Canada approached us and asked if we’d be interested in testing out the TurboWash Steam Washer and Electric Steam Dryer. Wanting to reply with an instant, YES, I couldn’t help but realize my second thought: my laundry room is soooo not Instagram worthy. So with a little convincing, planning and organizing we set a date to kick off a renovation in our laundry room.
We literally stripped this room down to nothing: swapped old tiles for marble floors, ripped out the baseboards, added a new coat of paint, installed cabinets, a counter, updated the plumbing and added the finishing touch: the TurboWash Steam Washer and Electric Steam Dryer.
While we’d consider ourselves DIYers, this was the biggest project we’ve ever tackled. I can’t stress enough how helpful the Home Depot Canada team was at our local store in helping us sort through what seemed like the impossible (How do we even begin cutting tiles? How do we make these cabinets grey? How do you tile around a corner?). To say this was a huge accomplishment for us is the understatement of the year. I’m so proud of the work we were able to accomplish in this space and for the finished product.
Floooring: We tore up our old green builder tile and replaced it with these Hexagon 2” marble mosaic tiles. I love the subtle pattern we get in the floor but it’s also a refreshing change from the dark hardwood we have running through our hallway upstairs.
Cabinetry: This entire set is from the Home Depot Canada’s Eurostyle collection. It’s typically in stock at most locations and you can piece together what bits you need to create a space that works best for you. The Orange Apron associates at the store were awesome at helping us organize how to put which cabinet where and maximize the space as best as possible. The cabinets did come in white originally but always up for a challenge, we decided they should be grey. We used melamine-based paint from Behr (the shade is Silver Bullet from Home Depot Canada) and got to painting (no sanding required!). I LOVE how they turned out. We also added crown molding across the top to create that custom cabinetry look without the price.
Backsplash: Since we were working with a farmhouse-inspired space, a white backsplash seemed like a no brainer. While I wanted to use a dark grout, the team at our local Home Depot gave us the tip that using a light grey shade would be best since this was our first time cutting tile and a dark grout would highlight any imperfections. Sold!
Don’t get me wrong – this girl loves her marble – and there were plenty of options at Home Depot but sometimes you have to keep your budget in check. I had often loved the look of butcher block but could never bring myself to use it in the kitchen so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to introduce it to our space. We also found it very easy to cut and install.
Plumbing & Sink:
Fun fact – I actually used to work on the Delta brand in a previous career so selecting a faucet with Touch2O (the hands-free technology) was a no brainer for me. I often hand wash delicates, designer jeans and more, often finding my hands covered in product so getting to simply tap the spout with my wrist to turn the water on and off was genius for this space.
Another budget debate for us was the sink. Truth be told, I really, really wanted an apron front sink. Unfortunately, the budget just wasn’t there. After debating on our options, we decided that a drop in white sink was our closest bet to creating that farmhouse aesthetic without breaking the bank.
Phew – something we knew a thing or two about. We’ve used Behr paint in other homes we’ve painted in the past so this was a no brainer for us…. or so we thought. I’ll be honest, this room was first painted white (too white!), then we debated a wallpaper but it didn’t jive with the subway tile and then we landed on what would have been original choice: the perfect greige shade of paint. The colour used in this room was Dolphin Fin.
Washer & Dyer: I think the biggest and most notable improvement of all in this space is our new LG TurboWash Steam Washer and Electric Steam Dryer. Talk about night and day! I mean the immediate change for us was the upgrade in capacity: at 5.2 cu. ft. (washer) and 7.4 cu.ft. (Dryer) - I’ve already cut out 1 load a week from our previous pair, which is craz-eh! The TurboWash Technology also helps us save up to 20 minutes on our normal laundry loads – it’s like hitting fast forward on the television as you watch it zip through a load.
I also love that the washer incorporates Steam while cleaning to work hard at tough stains or allergens so you really do get a deep clean. And while certain ‘types’ of cycles are already labeled on the device (Towels, Delicates), you also have the option to tap the LG Smart Laundry app and find customized cycles (cough, cough that red wine stain on your white dress) that are tailored to your needs.
I had mentioned this in my stories prior, but due to the lack of space and only 8-foot ceilings, we needed to use what room we did have for cabinetry and counter space for folding and sorting through laundry. This meant we had to part ways with the concept of the LG TWINWash System ™ – bummer! The TWINWash ™ system includes Sidekick pedestal washer, which not only add height but also allow for the option of a secondary laundry load to be washed at the same time as a regular one – below the main washer. A secondary pedestal drawer is installed beneath your dryer and is a great storage unit where you can keep detergent, hangers, clothespins or other accessories for the space.
And guess what! I’m giving away a full LG TWINWash™ system that includes a front load washer, electric dryer, Sidekick pedestal and regular laundry pedestal on my Instagram channel right now! makeover. Keep an eye out for my post later today and enter for a chance to win and get started on your own laundry room makeover.
Overall, these new appliances are game changers for the way we do laundry. We can conquer more laundry, save time and cut back on our water bill at the end of the month – a big win in Adam’s books.
This project was not for the faint of heart but so worth it in the end. Ask me now what my favourite chore is and I’ll probably tell you laundry. I literally find myself just hanging out in the laundry room perfectly folding t-shirts, organizing accessories and snapping the odd shoefie pic on my new marble floors.
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Sharing a roundup of all things spring on a gloomy Friday. I've been so jet lagged since we've been back this week I feel like I have no energy to do anything past 7PM in the evening. It never takes us this long to bounce back but boy it's hitting me hard!
In any event, I wanted to share some items I've had my eye on like this raffia pouch at under $50. Love the idea of this with a white dress and a pop of colour for shoes. Or these leopard slide loafers from Sam Edelman. I swear they're the most comfortable brand and bonus points for making adorable styles. And always a sucker for feminine robes in the spring/summer season, I love this teal kimono for my morning routine. Last but not least, what's a new season without a new pair of sunnies? These Quay Aviators were an impulse buy before our Dubai trip and I have been living in them ever since. I have an oversized head so finding aviators that fit are like finding a needle in a haystack!