Hey y'all! This is my first TB review made up of a few hauls because of baby-stepping
my way into RepLife in the beginning and then quickly getting into OUT OF CONTROL territory. I'm learning so much from everybody here -- you are all brilliant, really -- which is great because I'm a sponge for information I don't need to remember. Why remember a new acquaintance's name when you can remember the minutiae of what the inside of a designer shoe looks like? (W2C a useful memory?)
Buckle up for all the rambling -- I work remotely and sometimes I'm just SO ALONE so this is my daytime social activity for the day.
The PSPs I remembered to download
(will add the rest once I can get Ytaopal to show them) Photos of all babies
Hermès Parures de Samouraïs scarf Orange
¥129 | Blue
¥188 | Auth
Backstory: I first saw this scarf styled on a blog
as part of a giveaway. I didn’t win her contest, but I won in the end because I found y’all. No sour grapes here. W2C a few extra inches in height in exchange for waist size? Anyway, I like that it has a story because fun facts are fun: “The Parures de Samouraïs
from Hermes was inspired by a privately owned collection of Samurai art based in Dallas. The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Samurai collection
is the largest collection of its kind outside of Japan.” Very cool, and I like being full of useless information (hello, friends).
Quality: 9/10. I’m thrilled with the quality of these scarves. The silk on both is lightweight and luxurious and floats so nicely I want to buy a Vespa so it can flap behind me (like this
but probably would be like this
). The colors are vibrant, the rolled-and-whipped edge is even around the whole edge of both scarves, and the pattern placement is perfect.
Accuracy: 8-9/10. The pattern and scale are perfect from what I can tell. Several colorways exist, and I can’t say that they’re 100% accurate. The color combinations check out, though. The orange one’s print is not as crisp as the blue one’s — it’s definitely more accurate, but primarily when they’re side-by-side. The tags are nearly the same — the orange is listed as Made in China, while the blue is listed as Made in France.
Satisfaction: 10/10. Even if it were less accurate, I’d be fine with it because you’re tying/wrapping/otherwise concealing large portions of the scarf during wear. When I can afford great framing, I’d be happy to have this on the wall in my house. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina flats *BIG FOOT ALERT\
* Ginger yellow matte leather and red wine patent
, ¥218 each | Auth
$575 (Colors medallion and wine not listed right now, but they exist)
Quality: 10/10. Honestly, I can’t find anything wrong with them. They’re very comfortable, they feel sturdy, they look great on. The glue is even, the grosgrain quality is excellent, the shine on the gold part is good. They fit beautifully — I typically wear a US 10-10.5 and ordered the 42. My feet are 26 and 26.2 cm, respectively, and I think I have weirdly tall toes? They don’t provide measurements for these but the length is right in many shoes that I can’t wear because they’re pressing down on my toes (and the next size won’t stay on). These have a generous toe box.
Accuracy: 8.5-9/10? They’re reps, so I feel like I can’t give them a 10/10, but again, I can’t find anything wrong with them. It’s been a while since I’ve tried any on, but from what I remember and looking at photos now, they’re excellent. The insoles look right, the bows look and feel right, the leather smells like leather, the toe shape is right, the vamp height looks right — feel free to correct me if I’m just thrilled and overlooking anything. The stamp on the sole looks like it could be a little shallow but it may just be light from not going outside yet and getting dirt stuck in there. I can find photos of the colors I got but can’t find them for sale, so that might be an issue as well.
Satisfaction: 10/10 LOVE these. My favorite purchase of this haul, and they’re such a good deal that I bought 2 more pairs today (patent navy, patent black). I’ve wanted these for a while but will not spend that kind of money on flats, and my samsquanch feet means that I never found any at vintage/thrift stores, even in very wealthy areas. I prefer the patent to the matte, but they’re both great. This is awesome! Tory Burch Taylor camera bag Brown
, ¥418 | Auth
original retail $350
I already owned this bag (link
) and sort of passively wanted another color — it holds way more than it looks -- but felt like I should branch out. And then I found out I could afford to not branch out AND branch out! Anyway.
Quality - 9/10. It’s leather, but it’s a bit dry. I expect it will improve with Our Lord and Savior Lexol because that fixes all bags, right? The interior is good, the zipper is smooth. The strap is a bit stiff but I expect it will soften with use.
Accuracy - 8/10. I’ve seen Tory Burch bags that were this pebbled, but none of the photos showing this bag show it to be quite that big. You can see the contrast easily in photos. It’s a bit dull, but that’s fixable. The lining is exactly the same, as is the logo plate. The pockets are the same size and placement as the authentic. Again, the strap is stiff but it’s indistinguishable unless you’re feeling it. Even the dust bag is very similar. The logo is a little crooked, which I didn’t notice in my PSPs. I expect with wear this bag will lose some stiffness and that will become less noticeable.
Satisfaction 9/10. I wish the logo weren’t crooked but it’s not the end of the world. This is way better than buying an authentic one again. I bought this for when I need a slightly bigger going out bag and this does the job, and pretty convincingly. Burberry scarf Khaki
¥48 | Auth - ?? Closest is this
, US $420
Quality: 8/10. The material is gorgeous and soft but seems a little shiny - I expect it will dull over time. The pattern is crisp, the edges are even, and the fringe is consistent.
Accuracy: ??/10 I can’t tell if this color actually exists in this scarf. It’s sort of a greige — it’s warmer than the gray and cooler than any of the camel shades. The color looks a little like this scarf
, which is from a questionable website so who knows if it’s even authentic. The tag says 100% cashmere, but the 100% lightweight cashmere scarf on the Burberry site now has fringe on the long sides as well. It looks more like the lightweight check wool and cashmere scarf. The tag is… fine. Basically, the more research I do, the less real it looks. But the quality is good and the branding and pattern are proportioned correctly.
Satisfaction: 9/10. It looks great with a lot of things I want to wear. I plan to order the warmer version from them in the camel, which I expect will be closer to accurate. For the price, it’s fantastic. It feels great and is super versatile. Burberry raglan sleeve open swing jacket Apricot
¥480 | Auth ??
Bought this after someone here posted the link. I have 2 Burberry quilted jackets, one small and one medium, but I don’t know my numeric size. I first ordered the large, which is a US6 on the tag — I’m usually a 6, sometimes an 8 in other coats. I reordered in an XL, listed as US8, and it fits beautifully. The smaller went on fine but it was smaller in the shoulders and made the sleeves comically short on me. My mother and I will get to match! My childhood Laura Ashley mother-daughter outfit dreams are coming true!
Quality: 10/10. Stitching is even throughout. Buttons and gold hardware are branded. Material is stiff and feels like auth Burberry jackets I’ve handled. Belt and hardware are great.
Accuracy: ??/10: Why not buy first and then find out if it’s real later? If anybody knows what this is, I’d be happy to know (and anybody more familiar with Burberry, feel free to chime in). The closest I found is the Exaggerated Collar Cotton Gabardine Coat,
but it’s not the same. From the back, they look VERY similar, and the shoulder construction, pocket placement, and scale are similar. The font on the buttons, tag and gold hardware is spot on. I don’t see any current jackets with this lining, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Placement of the lining seems right.
Satisfaction: 10/10 — so nice, I ordered it twice! I looked closely at all the details and it’s very well made, even if it’s a fantasy piece. I like having an open trench and I think the shape is interesting. Incidentally, even if this hasn’t ever existed, it’s arguably more believable because it’s not a rep of a more recognizable style. Chanel cap-toe flats *BIG FOOT ALERT\
Quality - 8/10. The leather is supple, soft and smells great. The sole is sturdy but the insole has a good amount of cushion, which is nice.
Accuracy - 7/10 I’m apparently big on ordering things I’ve never had in hand, so bear with me. From photos, there are two flaws I can spot - the edge of the leather sole and the heel are not black, but that can be easily solved with a marker if I decide it bothers me. The CC part of the logo on the sole is a little warped and it appears to be embossed slightly shallower than the authentic ones. Otherwise, the colors are spot on, the height and size of the logo on the toe is great, the logos are even, the bows are the right scale… All great. I think you can get away with shoes even more than other things because they’re so far away from people’s faces.
Satisfaction - 9/10. I wear a 10-10.5 (length nearly always says a 10, but I have… tall toes? Fat sister toes? I don’t know, but it’s weird). I ordered the largest size, a 42, and it’s just a little snug. I was able to stretch them enough to be comfortable and now I love them (using these shoe stretchers and spray
). But I’m thrilled with these! I walk a ton and never change shoes for said walking, so I destroy shoes. I’m happy to have some shoes I’ve coveted without worrying about babying them.
— Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch 26 DHGate
$43.92, free ePacket shipping | Auth
Ordered 10/16, Arrived 11/23.
Quality: 10/10. The canvas has a good sheen to it. The zipper is sturdy and glides effortlessly. The lining is also canvas and will wipe clean easily. Overall, it’s very durable and an excellent size for me.
Accuracy: 6/10. The zipper pull is the right size/shape/style but is matte rather than glossy. The zipper itself is the right color. The pattern is exactly the right scale but is orange (I didn’t know what y’all meant by that because I had only seen comments and not photos — I get it now). The Louis Vuitton stamp on the end looks like the one on my smaller bag. It does have a similar sheen to it, unlike some of the items reviewed here. No Lexol applied. Dust bag (sorry, not pictured) is close but not quite right. Too orange, cheaper material, but the branding is right.
Satisfaction: 10/10. I’m easy to please here. I have an auth Neverfull MM, my mother’s old Speedy 25, and the smaller makeup bag pictured. The color is definitely off, but otherwise it’s really good. I plan to use this primarily for travel or in my bathroom, where it won’t be near any auth pieces to compare it to. I don’t see the sense in spending a lot on a makeup bag in general, but it’s nice to have one this sturdy and durable. I’m happy with it. In the future, I might get a replacement zipper pull for it, but it’s not high on my list.
— TB agent: Ytaopal
I can’t give a great shipping cost because this is the result of a few orders, but I shipped through EMS for almost all of it. I had a small package with some no-name jewelry and one of the Hermes scarves that I shipped via DHL because none of it was branded.
Agent service and communication: 10/10. I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but working with Ytaopal was very easy. I can’t remember why I chose to use it over the others, but they ordered my items promptly, their PSPs are excellent quality, and they were easy to communicate with. My first Burberry coat had a small spot on the belt and I asked about it, they examined it further, determined it was a mystery stain, and got the seller to replace it for me. They contacted me when things were out of stock and asked if I wanted to get a refund or choose another color each time, which was easy. They were happy to provide additional photos and/or measurements for me, which I didn’t take advantage of, but I could see myself using that option in the future.
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