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Guys, let's get real for a moment, let's av a little chat about fashion fakes. 

Firstly, in 2017, if you don’t own a Gucci handbag, are you even a fashion blogger? 

Our Instagram feeds are filled with lustworthy designer products that people our own age have been able to attain, leaving us all wondering:

A. How the actual fuck did she afford that AND London rent!? 
B. What am I doing wrong with my life (minus the obvious)? 
C. How hard would it be to rob a bank?


More importantly, seeing all these aspirational images leave us feeling pretty fucking sh*t about ourselves, I mean, I can’t even afford a Pret rn, let alone a Prada.

Now, before I start on my next point I would firstly like to say that a lot of people and bloggers in particular work bloody hard and forfeit a lot to save for those coveted designer items. And tell ya what? GOOD ON THEM. They wanted it, they worked hard and they get it. RESPECT. 

However, recently as I ogled one of my blogger friends Gucci bag, I just had to ask, “how did you afford this?” 

Her response, “Mate, do you actually think I could afford this? It’s fake.”

A wave of relief came over me. 

And just like that, all those thoughts of self-doubt, and  beating myself up over for not being able to afford a £1,000 bag disappeared. 



So, I went home and did a lil’ research... 

Firstly, is buying a fake bag illegal? 

A quick google search will show this: 

"It is against the law to sell counterfeit goods but it is not against the law to UNKNOWINGLY buy or be in possession of such goods."

WHOOPEE!!!!

Then I read the fine print…

"If you knowingly buy counterfeit goods then yes that is illegal." 

 AH….


 *whispers* FUCK DA POPOOOOO!



A little more investigation and I discovered that actually a considerable number of bloggers designer bags/ tees/ belts were fake.  

Now that I knew fakes existed, this came as no big surprise.  After all, as I said at the beginning Gucci and other designer items have become a must-have, which means people don’t care if it's real or not, they just want to have those good ‘gram aesthetics.

Secondly, millennials are not dumb. We all know about sites selling cheap dupes such as Aliexpress, DHGate, SheIn, Romwe. Or, if you want to be a little more legit - eBay.

And in all honesty what's the difference between buying something that looks like a dupe from a high-street store or off Aliexpress? Like, really. 

So, from my standpoint I do not have a problem with people buying fake items (*cough* you can buy this tee off eBay for £3.99).



However, what I think girls on the ‘gram need to get better at is transparency. Parading around or flaunting a fake item as real because you want to uphold an aspirational lifestyle and image is wrong. 

You're spreading an unrealistic expectation to thousand of girls on the Internet. As if unrealistic body image and Facetuned skin wasn't enough, now 15-year-old girls (hell even 20-summin year old woman like myself) have gotta feel bad because they can't afford that Gucci tee. 

Look, I’m not saying that if it's not real you have to walk around with a sign pointing to you saying, “THIS IS A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!”. 

By all means if you’re out and about walking through the streets of London enjoy the satisfaction of seeing people stare at your ‘it’ designer item with envy. Meanwhile, your feeling slightly smug at all the dollar you saved and hoping they can't see the 'Fruit Of The Loom' label in the back. 

However, when it comes to followers and friends please, don’t try and pass it off as something it's not. 


Lastly, some people are embarrassed about their fake designer items and the stigma attached to it, but I'm gunna put a stop to that right this second. 

Remember this: buying a fake item off the internet, or purchasing a high-street dupe is basically the same thing. Buying it off the high-street just means you have a middle man. 

As for others opinion: If you tell the truth from the beginning people are usually very accepting and really don't give two f*cks that it's fake. It's when you lie and get caught, which lands you in hot water. 

Trust me, if you're honest from the beginning you're less likely to be laughed at, and much more likely to be asked, “OMG NO WAY! Can you send me the link!?”

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Ps.  If I go to prison for this post tell my mum I’m sorry and to use the selfie with the most number of likes as my mugshot - cheers. 



Let's get real: Let's chat fashion and fakes

9.20.2017




Guys, let's get real for a moment, let's av a little chat about fashion fakes. 

Firstly, in 2017, if you don’t own a Gucci handbag, are you even a fashion blogger? 

Our Instagram feeds are filled with lustworthy designer products that people our own age have been able to attain, leaving us all wondering:

A. How the actual fuck did she afford that AND London rent!? 
B. What am I doing wrong with my life (minus the obvious)? 
C. How hard would it be to rob a bank?


More importantly, seeing all these aspirational images leave us feeling pretty fucking sh*t about ourselves, I mean, I can’t even afford a Pret rn, let alone a Prada.

Now, before I start on my next point I would firstly like to say that a lot of people and bloggers in particular work bloody hard and forfeit a lot to save for those coveted designer items. And tell ya what? GOOD ON THEM. They wanted it, they worked hard and they get it. RESPECT. 

However, recently as I ogled one of my blogger friends Gucci bag, I just had to ask, “how did you afford this?” 

Her response, “Mate, do you actually think I could afford this? It’s fake.”

A wave of relief came over me. 

And just like that, all those thoughts of self-doubt, and  beating myself up over for not being able to afford a £1,000 bag disappeared. 



So, I went home and did a lil’ research... 

Firstly, is buying a fake bag illegal? 

A quick google search will show this: 

"It is against the law to sell counterfeit goods but it is not against the law to UNKNOWINGLY buy or be in possession of such goods."

WHOOPEE!!!!

Then I read the fine print…

"If you knowingly buy counterfeit goods then yes that is illegal." 

 AH….


 *whispers* FUCK DA POPOOOOO!



A little more investigation and I discovered that actually a considerable number of bloggers designer bags/ tees/ belts were fake.  

Now that I knew fakes existed, this came as no big surprise.  After all, as I said at the beginning Gucci and other designer items have become a must-have, which means people don’t care if it's real or not, they just want to have those good ‘gram aesthetics.

Secondly, millennials are not dumb. We all know about sites selling cheap dupes such as Aliexpress, DHGate, SheIn, Romwe. Or, if you want to be a little more legit - eBay.

And in all honesty what's the difference between buying something that looks like a dupe from a high-street store or off Aliexpress? Like, really. 

So, from my standpoint I do not have a problem with people buying fake items (*cough* you can buy this tee off eBay for £3.99).



However, what I think girls on the ‘gram need to get better at is transparency. Parading around or flaunting a fake item as real because you want to uphold an aspirational lifestyle and image is wrong. 

You're spreading an unrealistic expectation to thousand of girls on the Internet. As if unrealistic body image and Facetuned skin wasn't enough, now 15-year-old girls (hell even 20-summin year old woman like myself) have gotta feel bad because they can't afford that Gucci tee. 

Look, I’m not saying that if it's not real you have to walk around with a sign pointing to you saying, “THIS IS A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!”. 

By all means if you’re out and about walking through the streets of London enjoy the satisfaction of seeing people stare at your ‘it’ designer item with envy. Meanwhile, your feeling slightly smug at all the dollar you saved and hoping they can't see the 'Fruit Of The Loom' label in the back. 

However, when it comes to followers and friends please, don’t try and pass it off as something it's not. 


Lastly, some people are embarrassed about their fake designer items and the stigma attached to it, but I'm gunna put a stop to that right this second. 

Remember this: buying a fake item off the internet, or purchasing a high-street dupe is basically the same thing. Buying it off the high-street just means you have a middle man. 

As for others opinion: If you tell the truth from the beginning people are usually very accepting and really don't give two f*cks that it's fake. It's when you lie and get caught, which lands you in hot water. 

Trust me, if you're honest from the beginning you're less likely to be laughed at, and much more likely to be asked, “OMG NO WAY! Can you send me the link!?”

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM (@YOUNGECCENTRIC) FOR MORE SASSY STYLE UPDATES 



Ps.  If I go to prison for this post tell my mum I’m sorry and to use the selfie with the most number of likes as my mugshot - cheers. 




You would think that Autumn/ Winter is the time to retire your mini skirts to the back of your wardrobe - well, not this year babes. 

Get them thick fleecy tights out, or prepare to freeze your calves off as A/W 2017 is looking skirt game strong. I'm talking STRONG!

Don't believe me? Just have a little scroll through my fave new season picks:




We've been treated to flames, metallics, denim details and my personal favourite, dazzling rhinestone mesh. 

[Side note: The rhinestone skirt (slide 3) is from Topshop and the picture does not do it justice. I tried it on and OH MY DAYS it's BLINDING, and therefore very high up on my wish list rn.]


However, to get the ball rolling on my Autumn wardrobe I thought I'd start off a little more low-key with this camouflage number, which  was only £12 from Missguided (FYI the diamanté top was only 12 quid too).

This camo mesh skirt immediately reminded me of the outfit Posh Spice wore in Spice World to complete the military workout. Inappropriate? Totally, yet also incredibly cool.



In fact, delve into Missguided a little further and you find a whole array of Spice Girl appropes military gear:





It's taking everything in me right now not to buy the cargo trousers and fluffy cropped camo jacket - together it would just look SO LIT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. 


Although it's not that much of a surprise that camouflage and 90s vibes are back in abundance, the return of bumbags however, has everyone per-fucking-plexed. 

I shouldn't of been that taken aback, as the streetstyle and shows at LFWM way back in June was basically one big bumbag orgy. 

Not to mention my most recent experience at Reading Festival where everyone was rocking the strap on style - in fact, I'm pretty sure Britain must have been completely sold-out.






So, on top of the sassy skirts, camo print and bumbags, my hands down favourite AW17 trend is anything and everything that has a bit of bling bling. 

Once those diamanté chokers hit the scene there was no going back, and you can now get bling emblazoned tops, skirts, jeans, jackets - basically guys, this season our clothes are gunna GLOW more than a high-vis jacket, and I CANNOT wait. 


In fact, (if you can't tell already) all these trends together are making me feel Salem the cat sassy. 
via GIPHY


So guys, although the evenings may be getting darker, and the weather, well, the weather has already gone to sh*t, I mean this is Britain after all. At least we have the AW17 trends to look forward too.

And me? Well, sorry old Sabrina can't come to the phone right now. Why? Because she's dead. 


                 


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My fave new season trends| AW17

9.07.2017


You would think that Autumn/ Winter is the time to retire your mini skirts to the back of your wardrobe - well, not this year babes. 

Get them thick fleecy tights out, or prepare to freeze your calves off as A/W 2017 is looking skirt game strong. I'm talking STRONG!

Don't believe me? Just have a little scroll through my fave new season picks:




We've been treated to flames, metallics, denim details and my personal favourite, dazzling rhinestone mesh. 

[Side note: The rhinestone skirt (slide 3) is from Topshop and the picture does not do it justice. I tried it on and OH MY DAYS it's BLINDING, and therefore very high up on my wish list rn.]


However, to get the ball rolling on my Autumn wardrobe I thought I'd start off a little more low-key with this camouflage number, which  was only £12 from Missguided (FYI the diamanté top was only 12 quid too).

This camo mesh skirt immediately reminded me of the outfit Posh Spice wore in Spice World to complete the military workout. Inappropriate? Totally, yet also incredibly cool.



In fact, delve into Missguided a little further and you find a whole array of Spice Girl appropes military gear:





It's taking everything in me right now not to buy the cargo trousers and fluffy cropped camo jacket - together it would just look SO LIT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. 


Although it's not that much of a surprise that camouflage and 90s vibes are back in abundance, the return of bumbags however, has everyone per-fucking-plexed. 

I shouldn't of been that taken aback, as the streetstyle and shows at LFWM way back in June was basically one big bumbag orgy. 

Not to mention my most recent experience at Reading Festival where everyone was rocking the strap on style - in fact, I'm pretty sure Britain must have been completely sold-out.






So, on top of the sassy skirts, camo print and bumbags, my hands down favourite AW17 trend is anything and everything that has a bit of bling bling. 

Once those diamanté chokers hit the scene there was no going back, and you can now get bling emblazoned tops, skirts, jeans, jackets - basically guys, this season our clothes are gunna GLOW more than a high-vis jacket, and I CANNOT wait. 


In fact, (if you can't tell already) all these trends together are making me feel Salem the cat sassy. 
via GIPHY


So guys, although the evenings may be getting darker, and the weather, well, the weather has already gone to sh*t, I mean this is Britain after all. At least we have the AW17 trends to look forward too.

And me? Well, sorry old Sabrina can't come to the phone right now. Why? Because she's dead. 


                 


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Yes, I'm wearing a unitard....

And yes, I'm LOVIN' IT.

The half catsuit, half playsuit has caused quite a stir on the fashion scene in recent months, and in case you missed it, let me give you a little bit of history... 


First off, we all laughed under our breaths, and thought 'LOL WTF' when Kanye West featured a whole array of nude, brown and just generally shit coloured unitards in his Yeezy Season 4 show. 

(If you're thinking 'what season was that?" because, lets face it, all of his collections kinda look the same. It was the one where all the models were either dropping dropping like flies, or looking like they were attempting to walk a slip 'n' slide in their plastic shoes.)

Fair to say the unitards may have slid under my radar because of my extreme anxiety for the health and safety of every single girl there. 

However, if I had noticed them at the time I'm pretty sure my reaction still would of been the same:

 "No. Hell no. Oh hell naaaaah!!!!!!!"


However, celebs including Kim K (probs dressed by Kanye) and K Stew have both pulled off unitards this year. 

Kim K by making it a must-have streetstyle item, and K Stew  rocking a rather glitzy number on the red carpet. 

I can't say I wasn't intrigued, I was, however I still wasn't onehundo percent convinced. That was until I saw this rainbow beaut on the Motel Rocks website.

 It gave me the push I needed to forget all those images of camel toes that I had stuck in my head, and instead, it gave me the balls to give it a go.

Side note: The side boob also helped. 


As soon as the package arrived, I ripped it open and quickly pulled the all-in-one on, knowing this was either going to go one of two ways. 

As I was about to look in the mirror all my style instincts were telling me that right now I most probably looked like someone who was a cyclist by day, clown by night. 

However, I was wrong and I bloody loved it!

The excited selfie I sent to my sister however was not met with the same enthusiasm, her response: 'WTF is that!? Never wear that when you're out with me - ever.'


A few months passed and I'd still been waiting (and wishing) to whack out the rainbow unitard. 

However, you'd be surprised (or maybe not) to know many friends protested about going out with me dressed like a IRL Jack In The Box. 

My mum's reaction however hit home a little harder, she linked the unitard to the fact that 'I need to make more of myself and my appearance', and finally, throwing in a reminder that I am still very-very-single. SAVAAAAAAGE AF.


And then the day came, no, I did not find a boyfriend (soz mum, pap and every single friend who continues to say, "I just don't understand why you're still single."

Instead it was Day 1 of Reading Festival and IT WASN'T BLOODY RAINING!!! Erm, Britain, you okay Hun? Because as long as I can remember it has PISSED it down the weekend of Reading Fest, but obviously, even the universe wanted the unitard to have a trip out.


So, off I went, with a smile that mimicked my bright yellow Smiley x Palladium boots (which I had also been saving for the occasion) feeling like the happiest girl IN THE HOLE WIDE WORLD. 



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Unitards are seriously underrated

9.04.2017


Yes, I'm wearing a unitard....

And yes, I'm LOVIN' IT.

The half catsuit, half playsuit has caused quite a stir on the fashion scene in recent months, and in case you missed it, let me give you a little bit of history... 


First off, we all laughed under our breaths, and thought 'LOL WTF' when Kanye West featured a whole array of nude, brown and just generally shit coloured unitards in his Yeezy Season 4 show. 

(If you're thinking 'what season was that?" because, lets face it, all of his collections kinda look the same. It was the one where all the models were either dropping dropping like flies, or looking like they were attempting to walk a slip 'n' slide in their plastic shoes.)

Fair to say the unitards may have slid under my radar because of my extreme anxiety for the health and safety of every single girl there. 

However, if I had noticed them at the time I'm pretty sure my reaction still would of been the same:

 "No. Hell no. Oh hell naaaaah!!!!!!!"


However, celebs including Kim K (probs dressed by Kanye) and K Stew have both pulled off unitards this year. 

Kim K by making it a must-have streetstyle item, and K Stew  rocking a rather glitzy number on the red carpet. 

I can't say I wasn't intrigued, I was, however I still wasn't onehundo percent convinced. That was until I saw this rainbow beaut on the Motel Rocks website.

 It gave me the push I needed to forget all those images of camel toes that I had stuck in my head, and instead, it gave me the balls to give it a go.

Side note: The side boob also helped. 


As soon as the package arrived, I ripped it open and quickly pulled the all-in-one on, knowing this was either going to go one of two ways. 

As I was about to look in the mirror all my style instincts were telling me that right now I most probably looked like someone who was a cyclist by day, clown by night. 

However, I was wrong and I bloody loved it!

The excited selfie I sent to my sister however was not met with the same enthusiasm, her response: 'WTF is that!? Never wear that when you're out with me - ever.'


A few months passed and I'd still been waiting (and wishing) to whack out the rainbow unitard. 

However, you'd be surprised (or maybe not) to know many friends protested about going out with me dressed like a IRL Jack In The Box. 

My mum's reaction however hit home a little harder, she linked the unitard to the fact that 'I need to make more of myself and my appearance', and finally, throwing in a reminder that I am still very-very-single. SAVAAAAAAGE AF.


And then the day came, no, I did not find a boyfriend (soz mum, pap and every single friend who continues to say, "I just don't understand why you're still single."

Instead it was Day 1 of Reading Festival and IT WASN'T BLOODY RAINING!!! Erm, Britain, you okay Hun? Because as long as I can remember it has PISSED it down the weekend of Reading Fest, but obviously, even the universe wanted the unitard to have a trip out.


So, off I went, with a smile that mimicked my bright yellow Smiley x Palladium boots (which I had also been saving for the occasion) feeling like the happiest girl IN THE HOLE WIDE WORLD. 



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