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Blog Hosting – What Is the Best Hosting Platform for WordPress 2018

By on May 21, 2018
Web hosting for wordpress blogs. Review of Siteground and Bluehost

Comparison between Siteground and Bluehost for hosting your WordPress Blog

 

Web hosting for wordpress blogs. Review of Siteground and Bluehost
Best WordPress Blog Hosting – Siteground or Bluehost

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, one of the many questions that you might have, is which hosting platform to use. 

Web hosting was one of those things I had no idea about when I started my blog. It seemed so complicated to find a provider that is reliable, fairly priced AND user-friendly because I ain’t no tech person.

Fast forward to weeks of research, I managed to narrow my list to two: BlueHost and Siteground. If you’re on the same mission, look no further the answer is in this post.

Siteground

First of all, let me tell you that Siteground has won the battle for me. It was the highest rated blog hosting provider for WordPress and it has been around for more than 10 years, which also attests to its greatness.

Pros of Siteground

  • easy to set up – as a non-tech person I had no issues with setting it up
  • customer support – live chat is a God sent every time I need any support, they are VERY quick to reply
  • reliable – Siteground has less than 0.1% downtime, so you don’t have to worry about your site being down
  • officially endorsed by WordPress as a top host

Cons of Siteground

  • pricing – even though there’s different price tiers to choose from, Siteground is a little more expensive than its competitors. Although, the quality and support more than makes up for it in my opinion.

Get Siteground HERE

 

Bluehost

It was a tight race for me if I should choose BlueHost or SiteGround and even though I choose the latter, I still think BlueHost is a good option. Bluehost is also an established web hosting company that started B.G. (before Google).

Pros of Bluehost

  • unlimited disk space – BlueHost has a limit of 30GB
  • free domain name for 1 year
  • affordable

Cons of Bluehost

  • customer support can be slow – apparently it can take up to 40 hours for a response in peak times
  • pricing increases after the first year – the domain renewal price is quite higher than average during renewal.

Get Bluehost HERE

So, here is is – at a glance the differences between Siteground and Bluehost – personally I have researched and considered both of them for my blog. Just take a look at the pros and cons as well as the pricing and choose the best suited for you. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either.

 

 

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Chanel is opening in Copenhagen, Denmark

By on April 12, 2018
Chanel in Copenhagen

Hurray, the moment all Danish fashionistas have been waiting for, has arrived! This month, April 2018 Chanel is going to (re) open a boutique in Copenhagen.

There’s already a Chanel shop for perfumes and cosmetics, but Chanel enthusiasts have long waited for a “real” boutique to come to town.

In the last years Copenhagen has become quite the shopping destination, with high-end brands such as Hermes, Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton & Balenciaga opening or updating their stores.

The new Chanel boutique will be located in Kongens Nytorv, close to the iconic D’Angleterre hotel.

Fingers crossed that the boutique will be well stocked with both classic pieces and new season pieces.

Also read: You don’t want to spend the $$ for a new Chanel? Check out how to buy pre-owned for a bargain

Alternatively, check out these pre-loved bags for a fraction of the price.

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These Phone Cases Seem Cheap in Comparison to the LV Eye-Trunk

By on March 16, 2017

The last blog post was about the super-duper-highly anticipated Louis Vuitton Eye-Trunk cases. Many fashionistas love the new cases but since the prices start at $1100 USD and goes into the $5000 USD mark, not many of us can afford them.

If you do want some luxury on your phone, check out these cases that seem cheap in comparison ! 🙂

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The Eye-Trunk iPhone Case by Louis Vuitton

By on March 15, 2017

Soooo, Louis Vuitton has finally released its highly anticipated Eye-Trunk iPhone phone case. Since we’re talking about Louis Vuitton here, it’s obvious that the prices are not going to be low… although to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be this high!

There are four options for the case:  Canvas Monogram, Reverse Monogram, Eclipse Monogram and of course, the cherry on top Crocodile! They are available for both the iPhone 7 and 7+ with a small price increase for the latter.

Speaking of prices, they start from $1,180 USD for the canvas ones and $5,500 USD for the exotic leather. Now, I don’t have the kind of disposable income to allow for $5000 phone case and hell, not even for the $1000 one. I love buying luxury goods that I can use for a long time, and frankly a phone case isn’t that.

Crocodile Skin Eye-Trunk
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Eye-Trunk
Louis Vuitton Monogram Eye-Trunk

 

Here are my pro’s and con’s of this case (keep in mind I haven’t bought it):

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From NOT to HOT. How did Gucci become so popular (again) ?

By on March 12, 2017

I wasn’t really into fashion or handbags or anything luxury when Gucci was a big brand. So when I started obsessing over purses, about 6 years ago, Gucci was the last place I would look. I would pass by their boutique and my heart wouldn’t flutter and I don’t remember ever going inside. Quite frankly, I thought the brand was old, tacky and on its last breath.

So what in the world happened? I know that wasn’t just my opinion, as I’ve VERY rarely seen any blogger or respectable fashionista wear any of their pieces. But all of the sudden, everybody and their mother loves Gucci. I love Gucci, 99% of the fashion bloggers love Gucci, heck even Beyonce loves Gucci (proof: her many outfits by the Italian house and the Formation video where she sports a Gucci body).

 

Some of my favourite Gucci items at the moment:

Here’s my opinion on how they manage to rise and become a fashion sensation:

1. The new creative director Alessandro Michele.

The fashion house has exploded under his wing, and many of us now associate Gucci with his bold, quirky and colourful style. There is no doubt in my mind that he (and his team) is the main reason why Gucci is so successful at the moment. Here’s a Vogue article about him if you want to learn more.

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Valentine’s Days Gift Inspiration

By on February 3, 2017

Less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for some luxe yet affordable gift inspiration for your lady, or let’s face it, if you’re looking for gift inspiration for yourself then here are some ideas.

I am in a relationship, but we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day so much. Maybe it’s not so much an European thing? That doesn’t stop me from wanting some cute, nice additions to my wardrobe/make-up collection.

🙂

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How to buy pre-owned designer bags for less

By on December 20, 2016

 

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It is no secret that designer bags are expensive, in fact many would argue that’s part of the reason they are so lusted after. However, you don’t have to break the bank to afford that Chanel bag. I love looking online for a good deal especially for brands like Louis Vuitton or Chanel bags that notoriously never go on sale.

One of the main concerns for buying second hand luxury bags or accessory is the authenticity of the item. We’ve all heard horror stories of fake bags being sold on eBay for thousands, and that is a scary though! I will give you some tips on how to score an authentic bag for less and then I’ll share the main shops or eBay sellers to watch!

TIPS for buying authentic designer bags online:

  1. make your research on the bag. If for instance you want to buy a Chanel Classic Flap, research what are the signs of authenticity. You can still be fooled by superfakes, but at least you’ll have an idea on what to look for.
  2. research the website or seller that has your dream bag. A simple Google search will do, if there’s any major red flags they will usually come up. Example of searches could be : “examplesite fakes “
  3. make sure you know the retail price. I have seen it many times when sellers list a handbag for the same amount as in the store or even higher. If you’re willing to pay more for an “unicorn” bag or one that has been discontinued that’s completely fine. However, I was really surprised when I saw some Gucci bags that were available on their website selling for more on the pre-loved market.
  4. if the first three steps did not raise any red flags, it’s now time to authenticate the bag. To do that you could for instance use the lovely purseforum and ask in a relevant thread to have your bag authenticated. Other options could be : Etinceler Authentications or Authenticate First for which you will need to pay a small fee.

 

Some of the websites / eBay sellers that I keep my eye on:

Please notice I haven’t tried them all, and even if I did, I would strongly recommend to make sure the purse you’re buying is authentic by following the previous steps.

Websites:

Ebay Sellers:

 

There are obviously more websites and sellers out there that sell authentic designer items, but these are just the ones I follow. Don’t forget to make your research when buying a luxury piece and don’t forget to factor in VAT if you’re buying from abroad, as that can make a huge difference in the price.

Do you have any tips on scoring a good deal? I’d love to know!

 

Roxana

xx

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My Wishlist – Wedding Designer Shoes

By on December 8, 2016
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SHOES, SHOES, SHOES

Wedding planning is hard. Like really hard and really stressful as well. There’s a million decisions to be made, all of them difficult since most of us have no experience with organizing a wedding.

So, in the mist of my wedding planning, I decided to concentrate on something I have experience with, and that is shoes! 🙂

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Is a Chanel classic flap bag still a good investment?

By on December 7, 2016

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A Chanel Classic flap seems to be on every bag lover’s “holy grail bags” list. I am just as mesmerized by this classic beauty, and the Medium (M/L) Classic Flap in GHW and caviar leather has been on my wish list for years.

As beautiful as this bag is, it’s also pricey (understatement?) and it seems to increase in price every year or every couple of months, if you take the UK’s example. As a branding professional I think their strategy to continually increase their prices by as much as they do is genius. As a consumer, though, I am annoyed. I am annoyed that I still lust over this pretty piece of leather with a beautiful CC logo.

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