Don’t get cheated? Know what you buy.

Can you tell the difference between an authentic designer item and a knock-off?     One difference is:  One you can hand down to your daughter, who can then hand it down to her daughter; the other will be dust before your daughter can ask for it!  Can you tell which of the bags below is a knock-off?  They’re both bags; neither of them is a fake bag, but one of them isn’t made by Louis Vuitton. 


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It is important to know what you’re buying and where it comes from.  There is a certain kind of confidence that comes with wearing a real designer garment.  I really don’t understand what the fascination is with knockoff’s.   

Look at the way the monogram lines up on this authentic bag.  But notice there aren’t any “LV’s” in the creases or seams.


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The worst thing is that some people are paying $40-$140 for FAKE bags.  They’re buying them from people who have stands and parties – posing as authorized dealers.  

I wrote a story for the Southern News last semester on counterfeit bags, and with the research I did, I was able to get some valuable information about Coach bags.

According to Coach’s Web site, you can only purchase a Coach bag through an authorized dealer, such as a Coach or department stores.  

In the above photo, the bag on the right is fake.  The craftsmanship on the authentic one isn’t that great either, and this is something else to watch for.  Don’t pay full price for an irregular authentic bag.  I would rather get an irregular one with a slight flaw, but I don’t want to pay the price of a “perfect” bag.

Stay cool…wear cotton, not plastic!!!

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Ever wonder why you’re sweating so much?  Even when wearing those cute little summer tank-tops?   It may be the blend of fabrics you’re wearing.  Polyester is made from polyethylene terephthalate, which is used to make plastic drinking containers and other plastic goods.

Most of the time, blends have small percentages of polyester; this is because too much of the polymer will cause skin irritation. This may not be the best fabric to wear, especially in the summer, or if you have sensitive skin.

So, if you find yourself sweating more than you think you should be, check the label in your clothing and see if you’re wearing a plastic blend. The more polyester, the more you’ll probably be sweating. 

If this tip helps you, please let me know.  If you have any tips of your own on how to stay cool and dry in the summer heat, please share in the form of a comment.  Thanks!  Stay cool!