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OOTD & General Discussion Thread - September 01, 2021

OOTD & General Discussion Thread - September 01, 2021

Ambitious-Cat007

Hi lovely ladies . I’m new to the Chanel rep game and want to get my first CF in caviar but I’m confused about it ! Can anyone explain what the difference between small and regular caviar is? I keep seeing same bags but with different size caviar .. is the smaller a newer version? I went to Chanel but they didn’t have a caviar CF for me to see ..


Threefiddy55

Chanel uses a ton of different types of caviar, [here](https://www.lollipuff.com/chanel-caviar-leather-reference-guide/) is a good guide. Generally speaking smaller caviar tends to be a bit more prone to wear


Ambitious-Cat007

Wow that’s super helpful . Thanks so much ! Actually it’s even more confusing in a way 🤦‍♀️ I’m just trying to make sure my bag looks like a real one and I personally prefer the classic larger caviar . I have some nosy coworkers which doesn’t help 😬


Ambitious-Cat007

I guess what I’m saying that it’s so hard to reference colours / styles with the caviar . At least for me


tln052614

Can anyone help me with [this](https://imgur.com/a/gUFGK5P) size chart? I’m trying to buy a Gucci belt and I would normally be a 90, but sizing up to 95 just to be safe. Fiona said the column outlined in green is European sizing, and now I have no idea what size I should give her. Help!!! 🤷‍♀️🙈 ETA: I’m going off of the US sizing chart on the Gucci website.


mochipupperino

I’m looking into the LV toiletry collection and I’m wondering if I should get the [LV Nice BB ](https://au.louisvuitton.com/eng-au/products/nice-bb-monogram-canvas-014690) or the [LV Toliet Dopp Pouch](https://au.louisvuitton.com/eng-au/products/dopp-kit-toilet-pouch-monogram-canvas-nvprod1420097v)? Any pros and cons for people who own them? They look very functional. I don’t think I’d use it for make up but I want to put it by my bedside and keep face cream, body moisturiser and make my room look bougie. I’m consider Hyperpeter based on positive canvas reviews but I haven’t seen his photos yet. Please let me know which you think. I love both and maybe leaning towards the vanity even though the zips seems impractical


handydandysonic

I asked HP for the Nice two weeks ago and he said they don't carry it


mochipupperino

You’re soooo right bc after this comment, I reached out to him and he didn’t have any 🥲 is this the repgods telling me I don’t need it? (I wanted to get the nano speedy but felt bad just getting 1 item bc of shipping). Did you end up getting the Nice from another factory?


handydandysonic

I ended up getting the toiletry set! I have his nano speedy and I loveeeee it


mochipupperino

Which sizes did you get? I’m thinking 19 but considering a cosmetic pouch as well 🤔 not sure which is most useful


handydandysonic

I got all 3 as a set!


purpleMazzee

Who can help me find my dream bag? I’ve bought so many and just want something that has these features: -Xbody & arm straps -Closure needs to be zipper or one hand magnetic I’ve realized anything else is too complicated for me! That’s about it lol ! Any reccs ladies? Also on a sad note, I thought I’d nNEVER lose weight again so I bought my miss Chen and it’s big- can I take it in? Or you can’t so that’s why other just buy another?


Routine-Love3504

LV dauphine mm?


purpleMazzee

That’s for the help! I could only think of a puzzle bag


Routine-Love3504

You’re welcome 😊


lavender_rabbit

Celine 16?


purpleMazzee

This is beautiful! Hopefully it’s not to tricky to close but worth a try!


tooscaley

YSL Niki! I love it so much it might as well be tattooed on my forehead lol


purpleMazzee

Ty!! Ok I’m gonna try one!


floravalentina

Just wondering…has anyone ever posted their rep in the authentic Louis Vuitton subreddit? Are there any reps posted on there trying to be passed on as an authentic? And I wonder if they would be able to QC it as a rep? Lol


eternised

From what I've seen, every photo posted there have people saying fake and real at the same time. So I guess nobody really knows.


realiteartificielle

Can someone who knows Celine please let me know if [this](https://imgur.com/a/bZxktBh) is fantasy? Edit: it looks lighter than the typical olive color, and the texture of the leather doesn’t seem typical of Celine, right?


orenishii82

Looks like liege calfskin...not sure on color. Gorgeous though! Celine is so under radar, and has so many variations, I wouldn't stress about anyone knowing exact colors ITW.


realiteartificielle

I think you’re right about it being liégé. Thank you! (And yeah, I love it so I should just rock it regardless☺️)


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realiteartificielle

Update: I found it in [nonTS Lau’s album under “Black Frame.”](https://a202011091451361850169891.szwego.com/static/index.html?t=1630613903227#/theme_detail/A202011091451361850169891/I202103181402410990001766)


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realiteartificielle

Not that this is helpful for sticking to the no buy, but both Lau and Baker have it in the teen, too. Are you holding out until 11-11?


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realiteartificielle

It’s really tough. Lockdown is when I developed my…*ahem* spending habits. (I’m not in one now but should be since I’m in a ”red zone".) Researching pretty things is really fun and really rewarding, and being engaged with what’s going on in the world is really hard and depressing. Those packages that arrive after chasing down beautiful bags are literal bundles of joy. Not that it’s healthy, but like, I get it. I love it even. I wonder at what point shopping addictions need fixing though😫 lol after 11/11, probably


realiteartificielle

Thank you so much! I’m not sure about the factory, but it’s in [nonTS Baker’s album “Celine-HK.” ](https://a202102151634514800001185.szwego.com/static/index.html?t=1630583898531#/goods_list/A202102151634514800001185?tagId=18664178) I’ve never heard of “HK Factory.” Based off of the background alone, I’d guess Marble, but I think I’ve read that Marble is no longer a factory, so idk.


tooscaley

I told myself to pause on purchases while I wait for my current orders and use the reps I’ve accumulated in the past 2 months. Then here comes OC with the Wild at Heart toiletry 26. I am so doomed with this LV collection 😆🤣


Deer_n_the_Antelope

Thanks to the folks who replied to my post a few weeks back asking how long do you generally wait until following up a seller. I took everyone’s advice on board and decided to wait two weeks. Well two weeks has just passed and I was going to follow up nTS Henry today re: him getting another YSL College from Jundun Factory (he told me the bag was faulty *after* I’d GL’d it and so he was ordering another one). I was like cool, no probs, even though I thought it was a little strange that he’d even bothered to send the PSPs if it was faulty. Well it gets stranger. No need to follow up as he sent a photo of the EMS postage slip over night *but* no PSPs of the replacement bag, or even any mention of it. So now I have no idea what the new bag looks like. I am being paranoid or is that weird AF? Edit: thanks again to everyone replying and (so far) validating that the situation is odd. I replied to nTS Henry with a thanks for the postage slip and was the other bag from the factory okay. They responded with “yes dear, reassure”. No PSPs, and clearly it’s packaged up now anyway. Fingers crossed the bag is great and this was all very innocent even if it does look dodge 😂


Sydluxlover

Pretty suss and I’d be annoyed! Fingers crossed your bag is gorgeous!


littlerosepose

Weird AF. Hoping it arrives perfect to you, just sounds like poor communication.


chexchan

Anyone having issues contacting TS Gary? He’s usually super responsive. I was supposed to get psps 2 weeks ago but still haven’t. I know he’s busy so i WeChat him every 2-3 days for a status update. Usually he just says it’s coming etc but today and yesterday he hasn’t responded. Womp.


pbeare

That is really weird... I was just talking to him yesterday :o


eternised

Was everyone rushing to take advantage of his August sale? He could be swamped.


sashkevon

Haha, I wonder if thats why he posted a comment in his album saying the sale was extending.


littlerosepose

I was one of them, yes. I think he probably just got smacked with a bulk of orders


eternised

Glad I caught him early in the month!


littlerosepose

Smart cookie! I waited until the last minute because I’m supposed to still be on band island and I snuck out


eternised

Welcome back from ban island!!


susannabobanna

I just talked to him yesterday on WhatsApp. Try his nephew’s contact maybe (on the TS list)


chexchan

Thank you 😊


littlerosepose

Guys this is not rep lady related, but I’m going to get a micro tennis bracelet to layer with my bigger white gold one. [Here](https://imgur.com/a/xkei0Mb) is my skin tone… should I start expanding into rose gold or is it just too freakin basic? Stick with white? I’m not sure the blue and pink undertones of my skin could handle yellow gold


MonthDateandTime

I hope this doesn’t sound morbid, but look at the veins on the inside of your wrist/forearm. Blue veins usually mean you’re cool toned, green veins warm toned.


littlerosepose

Blue for sure! I am hella cool toned lol


Brilliant-Scene-

I think the the mixing of tones (rose gold + white) would look very nice with your skin tone. I don’t see the concern with the yellow gold either.


littlerosepose

I’ve always wanted to wear yellow gold, but growing up someone told me my skin was too cool for it. I guess I never considered it as an option!


luxury737

IT’S HERE! ✨ My Chanel medium classic flap in black caviar with SHW from TS Gary! [Pics here](https://imgur.com/a/3ZESwJG)✨ the chain is heavier than I imagined


TooManyPurses

WOW! Absolutely beautiful 😍😍 how does the caviar feel?


luxury737

Thank you! 💕💕 it feels good to me but I have never held the auth before. I’m very curious as to what the auth caviar feels like but based on this [review](https://www.reddit.com/r/RepLadies/comments/o7zesf/reference_chanel_beige_claire_ml_classic_flap/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=&utm_content=post_body) for Xiaobang it must be similar!


Bobqb

Yesss!! I have this exact same bag and I love it. The bag is beautiful and it was such an good deal price-wise 🥰


luxury737

Ahhh yes! ❤️ I know wasn’t it an amazing deal for this bag? Out of curiosity I look at someone’s 187 PSPs and I couldn’t believe how similar they looked in comparison. Kind of curious what 187 caviar feels like


Bobqb

To help out with what I posted earlier, here are some pics of a comparison with my 187! [comparison pics](http://imgur.com/a/vqsrfGx)


luxury737

Thank you for sharing pics!


Bobqb

I have two 187 caviar bags (same size, both 25cm). They look very, very similar which is why I bought another Xiaobang CF caviar immediately after I received this one we both have (literally 1/4 cost of 187!). In terms of comparison to 187, of course the 187 caviar is a bit more refined, the grain is a tad smaller (but this one is also 'large grain') and it feels more smooth. The Xiaobang quilts are a bit puffier and squishy, and the overall size is a tad larger. The 187 does feel and look more luxe, but not by *that* much. Oh, also the mona lisa pocket of my Xiaobang is slightly misaligned, so it's definitely not perfect at the back (but I don't care, nobody is looking at that except for other RLs). My 187 does have a loose stitch, so it's not 100% flawless either. Anyway, I think Xiaobang did an amazing job with this style for a mid-tier factory. And seriously, that price we paid was such a bargain!


luxury737

This is so good to know! Thank you I was so curious about 187 bags but hesitant to buy due to the price. They definitely did an amazing job! Your explanation of the comparison makes me feel happier with my purchase 😂🥰


InformalFruit

Wow looks just like one I saw in rebag! [auth Chanel](https://imgur.com/a/h8t4sGb)


luxury737

OMG I’m shocked at how similar they look! The one from rebag looks a lot like the ones I see here in this sub wow 😂😂 thank you for sharing


InformalFruit

I know! It was one dusty bag


NYBuffy82

Looks beautiful, which factory is it from?


luxury737

Thank you! It’s from Xiaobang factory!


bunnyrova94

Hello lovely ladies! What is on your bag and jewellery wish list? I recently saw someone post a photo of their Love ring with a Roxanne First Rainbow Sapphire ring and I'm in love with the look of eternity rings with the Love rings stacked. I have another Love ring on the way from TS Wenzhi Yomi Chen (yay!). Does anyone do custom orders? I did message Miss Chen but unfortunately, she said they do not do this one. Has anyone had any luck with non-TS Zhumengmeng for custom 18k orders? Does anyone have a diamond or moissanite eternity ring stacked alongside their Love ring? I'm curious about the feeling and/or if it scratches a lot. Unfortunately, we're in lockdown where I live so I can't visit the stores. 🌈💍😍✨ Rainbow eternity ring: https://roxannefirst.com/products/rainbow-sapphire-eternity-ring


New_Royal_8259

I’ve used 2 sellers from the Moissanite sub and had a wonderful experience! Had custom made 18k jewelry. Sellers are really responsive and will send you the CAD before it’s made. Feel free to PM me for more details 🙃


littlerosepose

Jewelry wish list: Baroque string of Pearls and matching oversized stud earrings, micro tennis bracelet to stack. I’m a jewelry nut lol. As for bags? I just ordered the Chanel Coco in 2 colors because I have been obsessing for months.


bunnyrova94

Wow! The Baroque string of pearls and earrings will look gorgeous, classic and so classy. Love it 💕 I love the Chanel Coco, I hope it arrives quickly for you! If you don't mind me asking, who do you usually order from? I've mainly been buying jewellery too, but would like to treat myself to a nice bag!


littlerosepose

I just ordered from TS Gary - usually I have ordered from Aaron but I decided to switch things up! My accessories are largely from TS Bela.


littlerosepose

Should I treat myself to a big ass string of baroque pearls for my bday? I'm waffling, I feel like I could pull them off but I'm also wondering if I'm going to look too country club with them on. I have an ivory iridescent bag on the way and I'm just dreaming of it paired with some shimmery big ass pearrrrrls.


MonthDateandTime

At this stage in my life, I typically choose jewelry or purses. I don’t think that the pearls would be too country club, since the baroque shape will add interest and take away the perfect uniformity that is prized in round pearls.


littlerosepose

Ooo I appreciate it, that was my thought… I have a classic string, and I usually find it makes an outfit instantly uptight. I think a more abstract shape could really give it some interest.


brraaaains

Posted this late yesterday, but wanted to give people here a heads up that the leather that is (supposedly?) coming out of Orange Couch / Jundo for YSL LouLous looks pretty bad — dull, stitching is meh, looks clearly like a rep to me. Photo below…sad because I really just wanted my first basic bitch rep bag to be great, but alas I got a poor quality one. I’ll try conditioning it and see if that helps. Seller was TS Anna. https://imgur.com/a/KsUH16I


sashkevon

I brought the higher tier "original leather" monogram wallet on chain. It was my first rep, just got it in the mail. I was so excited for its arrival and so disappointed when it actually got here. Like you, dull leather and meh stiching. Actually there was even a dirty spot on the leather. I'm in the process of writing a review. Also from TS-Anna orange factory. I chose her and the factory as my first rep because of all the reviews and the sale she had. So disappointed. However my black Kate tassel from the same order is fantastic. Win some lose some


brraaaains

Can’t wait to see your review. There was a dirty spot on my bag too…would have liked a bit more QC from TS Anna. I also had two bags in my shipment…a Bottega Venetta, and I loved that one. So, same result…half good half bad.


aussiedanigirl

Hmmmm. Interesting Perhaps This is why Nts Karen encouraged me to use an Alternative factory for my recent Loulou (which was perfection)


CriticalAlternative9

Did you ask for the higher tier leather? There’s two kinds! I paid a little extra for the better leather and it’s not like this at all :( sorry this happened


AmbitiousVanilla8881

Thank you for sharing this! Seems like they may be facing some quality issues recently.. That's disappointing as I am thinking of getting a second bag from them 😩 Hope that conditioning makes yours better though! 🤞🏻


hmchic

A rep lady friend of mine bought the tan LouLou from Orange Couch and hers looks the same as my $110 Vannogg DHG LouLou. I was going to possibly upgrade mine but now I’m worried!


whatimthatinfo

Was this the higher tier or regular leather from Orange Couch?


lapetiterobe

I am DYING to get my hands on this new Chanel flap. Please let me know if you saw any TS selling it. I have always thought Classic Flaps were a bit too old lady style. But this one is so fun!!! [HERE SHE IS](https://www.chanel.com/images/q_auto,f_auto,fl_lossy,dpr_auto/w_2560/flap-bag-black-pink-gray-embroidered-wool-tweed-ruthenium-finished-metal-embroidered-wool-tweed-ruthenium-finished-metal-packshot-default-as2785b06505nd365-8840473378846.jpg)!


jessilove92

Omg ME TOO! Let me know if you find it!


littlerosepose

This bag gives me major Burn Book from Mean Girls vibes!


lapetiterobe

>Burn Book from Mean Girls Lmao, you are not wrong!


ssaucycat

did anyone else here watching cooking with paris and then suddenly neeeeeeeeeeds some juicy couture track suits??? i want to rock those velour and rhinestone embezzled juice suits so bad but need some replady/fashion lady support like, is anyone here pairing a juicy suit with like a chanel cf or something???


peanutbutterlovers

I LOVED cooking with Paris. Her Vernis Alma BB was 😍


salope_derable

omg I have an AE one on the way at this moment 😂 around $75 CAD and shipped very quickly, I'll do a mini review when it arrives! sizing looked like it went pretty generous too (up to a chinese xxxl/american xl). if all goes well I hope to pair her with something boujie and structured like the 2000s label ho I am. the cf does feel right. and some huge sunglasses ofc.


cb124808

Oh my god I can’t wait for this


ssaucycat

which AE shop did you buy from? :D


salope_derable

[Here](https://m.aliexpress.com/item/1005002085489252.html?spm=a2g0n.orderlist-amp.item.1005002085489252&aff_trace_key=cd122a0b1c6b422794cebeb7d25de8d3-1626045535033-04650-_pywsEnC&aff_platform=msite&m_page_id=8150amp-e17DdQ8GoyD9sMo4sqpGEg1630551722738&browser_id=60dfc40223964fbea949fff32e8681ff&is_c=N)! I am sooo picky with sizing and I'm on the tall side so I never buy rep clothes, pray for me lmao


ssaucycat

ayyyyy i have seen that store! I was debating between that store and girl outfit store. im going to go w girl outfit bc i like the photos from the seller, price, and reviews a bit more


littlerosepose

LOL YES I'm wearing my new JC tracksuit (the F21 collab with stupid rhinestones) with my matched CF while going to the supermarket like the true early 2000's dream. [This one! In Taupe/Silver](https://www.forever21.com/us/2000428304.html?dwvar_2000428304_color=09&quantity=1)


ssaucycat

GORL YASSSSSSS OMG THIS IS MAKING MY HEART SING allow me to share the AE link ive been almost BURSTING AT THE SEAMS with the giddiness [vintage (?) juice with the freaking rhinestones 😭💜❤💜](https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002339164519.html) does someone on the internet want to match me im eyeing the black and purple suits also i kind of want to know how the AE material compares to the F21 collection the AE stuff is literally half the price of the F21 suits 🤔


AvocadoMcToast

Thanks for sharing that link! I might get a set!


ssaucycat

AYYYY please let us all know when you do I think I'm going to wait until my birthday so that it's extra special


littlerosepose

Omg BRB ordering the Camel color of this LOL! They are so comfy. I had a purple one as I rang in the year 2000 wearing purple glitter eyeshadow.


silk_poison

Hey did anyone hear back from Vincent (glasses) recently?


Nuka-Cherry

I have, they sent me a tracking number the other day for a pair of glasses I ordered (through WhatsApp)


roobydoobydooo

did he use epacket for your shipping?


Nuka-Cherry

Not ePacket this time, I opted for EMS instead!


Prada_Shoes

They replied to my order query yesterday on wechat


s0ulever

Not super recently but my husband has an order coming in from this week.


littlerosepose

Do I need 3 more silk scarves? No. Am I going to order them? Yes.


peanutbutterlovers

I love scarfs too! Do you have any good scarf accessories/rings that you'd recconmend? I struggle to style my scarves.


ariannelee

I order my Hermes scarf ring dupes from [here](https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32777521123.html) I have about eight of them. The quality is great and when I had one that broke they sent a replacement. As for styling I suggest following some Hermes scarf accounts on Instagram for inspiration.


peanutbutterlovers

Thank you! These look so good. I've been looking on printrest and YouTube for inspo, but I think the key thing I was missing was a scarf ring.


ariannelee

I use the simple single ring designs the most.


cbrecher

Who are you ordering them from??


littlerosepose

Bela - I order a lot of sunglasses and scarves from her


ariannelee

Ooo but which ones are you ordering?????


littlerosepose

2 Hermès reps, 1 Fendi. Also eyeing a Ferragamo but trying to talk myself out of it. I have a couple auth ones, silk scarves are kind of my “thing” - it’s an addiction.


ariannelee

Scarfs are my first love and the reason I found repladies. Which Hermes are you getting? I’ve been eyeing [this one ](https://vickyscarf123.x.yupoo.com/38695129?uid=1) and [this one ](https://vickyscarf123.x.yupoo.com/38236956?uid=1). Shawl season is coming!! 😍


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ariannelee

Welcome to the scarfie club 😊 there are so many different designs that no matter what your style is there is something for you.


littlerosepose

OMG I love those ones. What seller? Here's a [modshot](https://imgur.com/a/xkei0Mb) of my Dior scarf - took this on holiday. It's from Bela. I'm actually thinking I'm going to do 1 Burberry wintery scarf vibe, the Hermes, and a Fendi. [Potential suspects](https://imgur.com/a/3N1JsOi)


ariannelee

I spotted [this one](https://vickyscarf123.x.yupoo.com/37971580?uid=1) in Vicky’s yupoo. I think that is the one you are looking at.


littlerosepose

It is indeed! I pulled the trigger. V v excited to get them. I’ll message you once I have it in hand


ariannelee

Yay! I’m so glad for you! New scarves are so fun to wait for and unbox!


littlerosepose

Totally agree!


seriouslyrepfluenced

I'm a scarf whore myself and find myself wanting a Dior vintage scarf after looking at how you styled it!


littlerosepose

Or just get a rep! This one is a rep from TS Bela. Often second hand scarves in silk can be damaged - except from the ones I’ve gotten second hand in Japan. Immaculate!


ariannelee

The Burberry scarf is beautiful it looks very cosy.


littlerosepose

Tysm! I have a cozy winter coat it will pair nicely with and a Chanel Coco, as well as a vintage fur hat that is oh so warm. Going to have to start building my mood board for Prague!


ariannelee

Sounds fabulous!


ariannelee

I buy mostly from nonTS Vicky [AE store](https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005003205576649.html) WhatsApp +86 176 2147 9850 Full disclosure I don’t own any authentic scarves. I’ve purchased from other AE sellers (I like the payment and shipping convenience of AE) and will not buy a 14 mm scarf again. I’ve only recently got into the cashmere shawls. They are so soft and cosy. I understand why people love the authentics.


Electrical_Head_3092

Has anyone else become absolutely and completely obsessed with the new Tiffany Knot collection or is it just me? Their marketing is seriously making me want to drop 20k on the bangle with diamonds! My only saving grace will be if the 18k sellers are able to make a good rep of it or else lord help me and my wallet!


CelineOrNothing

It is super nice looking! I am a little sad that they didn’t make it in white gold (I look best in a white tone metal), but am still anxiously awaiting to see if the 18k sellers start making it.


Electrical_Head_3092

My SA said white gold was rolling out later next year!


CelineOrNothing

Ooohhh! That would be incredible. Thank you!


pommpurin

Ugh, I can't stop thinking about that green chanel mini flap! Just doing some research here: I know that 187 and GF have the highest reputation rn for Chanel reps, but what about OF? Would love to hear about others' experiences with other factories (especially OF)!


GhostAerie

I had a caviar CF bag from OF and it was perfectly passable. No issues with it and would have no problem carrying it. But then I got 187 and it was amazing - the leather just feels so much more luxurious, it’s hard to describe. The caviar feels exactly like my auth caviar leather. IMO any mid-high tier factory CF can pass the “look” test, but only 187 has passed the “touch” test for me so far. I haven’t tried GF yet. If you only care if it looks real, I think OF is great. If you care if it looks and feels real, 187 is great!


pommpurin

Thank you!!! Would you recommend just going for 187? OF is still around 3/4 of the cost of 187 imo. My main thing is the waiting times for 187 ahhh but i do care about the feel of my bag so thank u for pointing out the difference there !!


GhostAerie

I think the difference in price is worth paying for 187 personally. Not everyone feels that way of course! Why not buy both and BST the one you don’t want 😁


vomitdirt

So I've been looking into Cartier love bracelets and reading reviews but I have a question. Are there versions any in the mid-hundreds range? There's: the cheap dhg $20, vgold $70 range and 18k in the $1500-$2500 prices. Is there anything in between vgold and 18k? Maybe more high tier vgold or more affordable 18k? Thanks in advance!


MonthDateandTime

If you’re in the US request, at least, 10k or else it won’t qualify as gold . If you’re in the UK, 9k is acceptable to be labeled as gold jewelry.


vomitdirt

Oh wow, I had no idea about something under 10k being considered costume jewelry. Is there a reason why? Does it look visibly less quality?


MonthDateandTime

I shouldn’t say it’s costume, because most 9k alloys contain silver, which is a precious metal. It’s just 9K is not something you would see in many US jewelry stores, since they can’t legally sell it as gold. I would suggest you try 14k or even 12k (which is not commonly seen), because the piece is at least 50% gold. Personally, I like 14k gold because it is a good marriage of appearance, usability, and durability. I also think that vermeil (which means it has sterling silver underneath) is a good option. It typically has a thicker gold plating than pieces that are labeled as gold plated, because vermeil has to legally have plating of at least 2.5 microns in the US.


MonthDateandTime

The alloy doesn’t contain enough gold for jewelry standards in the US. 9k and 10k gold are more brittle than 14k and 18k, so the pieces don’t bend. When too much force is applied to them they will snap. 14k and 18k gold have a more buttery deeper color, due the higher amount of gold in their alloy. Unless lower gold karat weight pieces are plated or dipped, like white gold, the color will be more anemic. If you’re looking for pieces that will heirlooms or resold, a higher karat weight is your best bet. If you’re looking for pieces that are hard wearing and you don’t anticipate repairs or alterations then 10k is a good choice. 14k is the standard or most commonly used in the US. Many European countries consider 18k to be standard or most commonly used karat weight. Gold alloys are measured in parts. 24/24 parts is solid gold or 99.9% (to allow for impurities). 18/24 parts is 18k or 750 (75% gold). 14/24 parts is 14k or 585 (58% gold). 10/24 parts is 10k or 416 (41% gold).


vomitdirt

I’ve screencapped this because this is a wealth of information for me, thank you. I’m not looking for anything as a keepsake for years down the line, so 9/10k seems to be a good idea. I have a question though, maybe I’m misunderstanding. Is 18k more brittle than 10k? Or the other way around? I tend to knock my bracelet against my laptop when I work and I wouldn’t want it to bend or dent. Thank you for taking the time to explain this to me 😘


MonthDateandTime

No problem, glad to add any insight. 10k is more brittle, but harder than 18k gold. So, if you have a thin or flexible piece of jewelry, like the Cartier small juc, it is more likely to snap in 10k gold, when too much force is applied/ it is stretched too far. An 18k small juc is softer (more likely to dent/ scratch), but is less brittle so the piece is more likely to become unformed than snap. I hope this makes sense. Also, 10k gold is more likely to tarnish due to its alloy composition and be reactive if you’re allergic to metals, like nickel.


MonthDateandTime

A good example I read was comparing an ice ball (10k) to a rubber ball (18k). The surface of the ice ball is a lot harder and is less prone to denting and scratching than the rubber ball (when a object run across it), but if both were thrown against a wall with a lot of force the ice ball will shatter, while the rubber ball will bounce. This is in no way to imply that one is better than the other, (they both have pros and cons) it really depends on the piece and what your expectations for it are.


violet-ly

I just wanna say your explanations are so clear and helpful - it’s really evident you are knowledgeable about the space and I appreciate you sharing it with us!


vomitdirt

Ohhh I understand now! Thank ya.


susannabobanna

There’s 9k options [review here ](https://www.reddit.com/r/Moissanite/comments/om71cx/new_arm_candy_by_xingyao/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) But the downside is for YG/RG the color probably won’t match other 18k pieces if you’re stacking. WG would be fine though


vomitdirt

Thank you so much! I don’t ever plan on buying 18k so that’s not a problem. Hopefully it won’t have that fake yellow gold appearance; it looks nice in that post. I’ll have to investigate 🤓


susannabobanna

Maybe you can ask that seller to send a pic comparing their 9k vs 18k gold to get a better sense of the color tone? 😂


vomitdirt

Ooh that’s really smart! I didn’t think of that, thanks 😎


violet-ly

If you go ahead with the purchase I’d love to hear your thoughts! I recently went through the same debate around 9k vs 10k vs 14k


otterlysleepy

Take a look at this post regarding 9k: https://www.reddit.com/r/Moissanite/comments/om71cx/new_arm_candy_by_xingyao/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf


vomitdirt

Thank you kindly!


orenishii82

IIRC, there's a rep jewelry community on here where they talk about 9k versions. I read a post from an RL that mentioned it. Try searching for for that..


vomitdirt

Ooh ok, I’ll do some digging to see if I can find more info on 9k/10k.


Blonde_rake

I'm very interested in this too!


sowhat-sueme

For those of you who have a book tote, how do you use it? When do you use it? Found a budget friendly one on DHGate and I'm tempted to pull the trigger to use it as a new travel/plane bag. My current plane bag is an authentic longchamp le pliage tote which is durable and has a zip top. Would love to use a small book tote instead because \*\*style\*\*. Other than that scenario, unsure of where/when I would use the tote . . . Am thinking of the small size because I'm only 5'2" and the regular size would be too large.


Smile757

The large one is good for car travelling, but doesn't work for planes - it's too tall and won't fit under the seat, or you'd have to lay it down, but then you're risking to spill all the content and damage/dirty the embroidery... Small one might work better, but it's still have pretty rigid handles and the embroidery is still pretty delicate. I personally find the neverfull to be the best flight bag still - it has the right amount of slouchness and canvas is a no-brainer. You can get one of the limited edition colors if you don't want to look basic😎 I have both large and small bolt totes and use them for work/travel to nearby cities/beach bag: large one is perfect to hold all the drawings I need/stuff for overnight trip but too big for day-to-day life. Small one, on the contrary, won't fit all your belongings, but is perfect to carry to work on daily basis


sowhat-sueme

Thanks for the detailed response! I think the longchamp is such a good travel tote with the durable nylon and zipper, it's hard to justify a different tote :/ but the book tote is SO beautiful 😍


Finding-Remote

For work. Its perfect for laptop, files and even can pop handbag into it. Thats the large tote.


LadyK000

I have the large. It’s my beach/boat bag.


thermale

Probably not the norm but my friend has the larger one and she uses it … as a gym bag lol


TimeBake1771

Ts Aaron or Ts Mr Gary for LV otg reverse monogram from god factory? I’m fairly new to rl and added a long diatribe with no responses last night & figured I try (pretty please..) again. Any thoughts as to who I should use? I’ve had one otg disappointment with OC and really hope to get a top tier rep this time. Any thoughts? Recs? Pleeeeeaaaassse


yeezyprayinghands

Both of those sellers would get the same bag since you are wanting a specific factory. If you have a factory and bag in mind, try checking with each seller that can source from GF and see what their price is, then go with the one you feel most comfortable with. You can also search the sub for reviews of different sellers.


szeplassanfiuk

If you have chosen a factory then it's really not important which TS, just pick the one you like more or is cheapest. Get a quote from each!


TimeBake1771

Sure. Of these two, is there one you would recommend over the other w/regards to customer service and/or qc?


szeplassanfiuk

I usually buy from TS Morgan, but he doesn't do God Factory. I've never bought from Aaron or Gary.


TimeBake1771

Thank you! I’m waiting on a response back from mr Gary. He gave me his ppff acct but I’ve recvd a msg that he cannot currently accept funds. He has a group buy discount right now, but it may be expiring today.


sowhat-sueme

If you get a quote from each, also ask about much shipping costs too. And be sure to ask about what shipping method they offer as some are more expensive than others. One seller may offer the bag for cheaper, but have a higher shipping cost.


newbaglady

Has anyone ordered from thefashiondesigner.ru ? I love the ease of a website lol. Saw them on this months welcome wagoon!


s0ulever

I have, back in January! I ordered an Off-White zip hoodie for myself, in men's extra small (I'm a petite woman). I should mention I did use WhatsApp to contact them and get sizing info, so it wasn't all just through the website. The seller was wonderful to talk to, super friendly, and the hoodie itself it great quality with zipper, how it looks, so on. It's... not my softest hoodie on the inside though, despite being thick and well made. I reached out again recently to see if they had hoodie based off a photo but they did not. If they did, I absolutely would have used them again.


newbaglady

Interesting!! They have a great to hear. I’m def not against trying them out.


InformalFruit

Hi guys! I walked into a Rebag boutique and took some photos of a Medium CF in black caviar if you’re interested! I couldn’t believe how big the caviar was and the stamping inside 😳 honestly it didn’t feel auth to me [Auth CF ](https://imgur.com/a/h8t4sGb)


Routine-Love3504

Lol I love that you had the guts to stand there and take all these photos! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 The sales associate didn’t give you a hard time?


InformalFruit

I was a little nervous which is why I didn’t take closer photos but I needed the research 😂 I gave no f***s and he saw that I was more interested so he gave his card. I think at the end of the day they don’t really care


Routine-Love3504

Hahahahaha! I should find one near me!


InformalFruit

It would be more convenient than visiting a boutique. I do have to go though because I’m looking for some Chanel loafers and I want to try them before I buy from a TS seller


Routine-Love3504

OMG yes! So annoying to go to boutiques now!!! Where I live, you have to wait in line for them to take your name, then they text you when it’s your turn to enter. I feel like I’m on a time crunch once I get in. I’ve wanted to go back to LV to check out the same bag but do t want the hassle. Plus I already feel like they can be judgemental. ..... I don’t enjoy the boutique experience. Not even when I’ve made my auth purchases.


InformalFruit

We probably live in the same area lol the issue is that they’re always in condensed areas, like why? Its obnoxious and I’d rather not pay for parking 😂 Boutiques across all luxury levels now a days are uncomfortable. I think it’s the pandemic, you have extra eyes on you now


Routine-Love3504

Absolutely agree with you!


hmchic

That poor dusty, thirsty baggggg


InformalFruit

LOL


sk843va

Has anybody put their rep Goyard into the washing machine? How did it turn out?


lovefakinit

I’ve put mine in the dryer on low to help it get more slouchy if that is what you are trying to do?


sk843va

Good to know. Mines getting a bit dirty so I wanted to wash it.


Blonde_rake

I've spilled an open water bottle in a dhgate quality Goyard, and in one of TS Pink's goyards and nothing bad happened. I would probably avoid the washing machine because they are pretty agressive, but I would turn mine inside out and swish it in soapy water if the the inside was getting funky. Having said that, if it would break your heart for something bad to happen to the bag, don't do it!


juicyprecious

Yikes. I wouldn’t do that in fear that the colour comes off or washes out..


moiraroseallday

How many of you ladies have multiple bags in the same colour? I’m eyeing up a saddle bag but can’t decide if I should go black (which I love but already have multiple black bags) or if I should branch out and get white or oblique


BlueJune101

I have one particular bag in 6 colors


eternised

I’m trying to stop myself from buying the puzzle bag in a different colour.


littlerosepose

Yeah... I have CFs in multiple colors and just ordered 2 Chanel Coco bags in different colors. I am but a simple woman. And when I say colors... I mean pearly white, taupe, light brown, etc. I have a nude capsule wardrobe lol.