• Luxury

    An Unexpected Reveal: My First Hermes Bag

    You might have already seen my reveal on Instagram (@helenytang), but if you haven’t, I’m revealing my first purchase of 2020. Yup, that quick. I feel like I always get so lucky in January (I purchase my Vanity Case this time last year as well!). Revealing my first Hermes bag: the Picotin 18 in gold Maurice leather and gold hardware. How I Scored My Picotin The hours after putting out my 2020 luxury wishlist, I was perusing the Hermes website and noticed they had stocked a whole bunch of Picotins in size 18 and 22. In the 18 size, they had a couple very different color options like rouge de…

  • Luxury

    2020 Luxury Wishlist

    Hi guys! Happy New Year! I just wanted to first wish you all a happy and healthy 2020. I hope that this year is off to a great start already. I’m going to be sharing my luxury wishlist for 2020. My wishlist is always changing, but I’m finding myself having less things on it year after year (which is a great thing for my wallet). These are items that I have been thinking about for at least the last couple months, so its safe to say they are on the wishlist for now. Dior Walk’n’Dior Sneakers I’ve mentioned these in my previous London Wishlist. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find…

  • Luxury

    What I’ve Learned About Building Relationships with Sales Associates

    Sales associates are the unsung heroes of the luxury world. They can really make or break an experience and be the key to helping you hunt down that hard to find item or be the ones to help put you on the waitlist for those limited edition ones. They are our knowledgeable experts through luxury. And they are our closest confidants in getting to know, understand and love a brand. I actually started writing a blog post on why relationships with luxury sales associates are important, but it ended up morphing into my experience on building relationships (in typical fashion, since I always feel the need to be as thorough…

  • Reviews

    Chanel Filigree Vanity Case Review

    The Chanel Vanity Case / Lunchbox has been growing a steady following since its release in 2016. It very much looks like a lunch box I carried when I was younger with its boxy and almost-bulky shape and top handle (and maybe not as stylish – my glittery pink Barbie lunchbox was super cute), but I think that’s what makes this bag so endearing. It has a feminine appeal without feeling too girly and has been one of my most used bags this year since getting it in January. How I Got The Bag My boyfriend and I traveled to Oahu for vacation back in January. I had not planned…

  • Luxury

    Luxe 101: Buying in Europe and the VAT Refund Process

    Hi guys! I thought I would kick off this “Luxe 101” series after getting so many questions from friends and followers alike asking all about all different topics of luxury and luxury bags. Which bag should you buy? What is a good investment? What to look for when buying your first handbag? I understand that sometimes information is hard to come by or takes ages to find the answer to questions, so I hope that this series will be helpful and one that can be used for future reference if any of you guys ever need. Lots of people like to go abroad and purchase their luxury items in Europe…

  • Lifestyle

    Life Lately || November 2019

    Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve actually taken some time to sit down and write in this space (my last post about my Vanity Case was written months ago, I just had to finish taking photos). The last couple of months have been a blur, but I just wanted to take a moment to recap on all that’s happened, especially since this past month is still fresh on my mind. The boyfriend and I took our first international trip together to London. We had a week there and had a good time despite the gloomy weather. Since I am a big planner and it was his first time…

  • Luxury

    Why I Am Done with Chanel

    Yes. I said it. I’m done with buying classic bags from Chanel. There are whispers shouts in the luxury community that there is going to be a price increase at the end of October / beginning of November on the classic flap, boy bag, reissue and potentially SLGs. All of the sales associates I work with and have met have also been telling me that prices are going up right before the holidays, so these aren’t just rumors that are going around. All around The Purse Forum, Purse Bop and Instagram, people are speculating that the prices of the classic flaps will increase by at least $500. With a $500+…

  • Luxury

    London Wishlist 2019

    Hello guys! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I am so sorry that I’ve been gone; work has been super busy this month, so I have been more of a potato lately on the weekends and trying to enjoy spending time with family and friends. But I’m also working on a review that will hopefully be going up after this post very soon! I wanted to quickly pop on and share my wishlist for my trip to London later in November. Since there is a decent VAT refund for shoppers in the UK and EU, I’ve been thinking about taking advantage of the refund and maybe…

  • Luxury

    Why You Should Consider Purchasing Preloved Luxury Items

    It’s 2019 and if you haven’t thought about purchasing preloved, I think you need to dip your toes in. Because in my opinion, preloved is just as good as buying new. Yes, it might entail some well-loved item from 20-30 years ago that is no longer on-trend or desirable (for now), but it also includes amazing pieces that are current season piece that have only been used once or twice. Or better yet, something that is only lightly used and still has years of life left that comes at an even better discount. Either way, purchasing second-hand should be higher on your list if you’ve never considered it or think…

  • Luxury

    5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Chanel

    Chanel has six seasons or collections in a year. That means you can expect new items just about every two months. Also, their seasons are staggered and don’t line up with what we think about in terms of seasons, so you might be looking for something fun for summer in July, but they will have already moved on to pre-fall items. Their seasons start with the year and the corresponding letter for the season. For example, during the time of writing this, 19K is just launching in September 2019. Mid January – March || P – Printemps or Spring Act I Mid March – June || S – Summer or…