Vintage Watches Shopping Tips

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As you peer into the glass cabinet in front of you, you go deeper into a contemplative trance. To buy? Or not to buy? That is the question. With all the choices before you, a very convincing salesperson and a wad of cash to part with, it’s no wonder buying vintage watches can be a tricky task.

First things first, there are three main things you will need to consider when you first go searching for the perfect antique timepiece. These three things are:

1.      Have you done your research?
2.      Have you gotten up-close and personal to the item?
3.      Have you ensured the seller is trustworthy and reputable?

These may sound like obvious things to do before buying something so expensive. However, missing just one of these elements can throw things off track drastically and cause you unnecessary trouble. Finding a reputable seller should be at the top of your list. It’s clear by reviews and their lengthy presence in the market that Kalmar Antiques have a brilliant reputation for supplying quality antique pieces.

It can be a real enjoyable activity and with lots of knowledgeable communities and resources both online and offline, there’s heaps of learning you can do. This way you get in the know and can discover items of great value.

So let’s get nostalgic! Consider why you are doing it in the first place

The ‘why’ should always precede the how in any case. If you take great pride in vintage watches, you will no doubt invest more time and energy. If it is for business investment, both aspects are of equal importance. From Omega to Rolex to Heuer, there can be no certainty in vintage watch investments. So if vintage watches are a passion, you need to ensure you are grounded in reality when considering your choices.

Considering which brands are most reliable is crucial before bidding or buying a watch. Here are just a few:

Ø  The renowned Rolex
Ø  Patek Philippe
Ø  Omega

Doing more research on consistent top sellers is crucial to you tapping into a winning watch. If you’re actively on the hunt for vintage Rolex watches, Kalmar Antiques, as mentioned earlier, stocks a great selection.

Picking your vintage watch

You know a watch is vintage if it is 20 years or older. It can come from any owner or stock, but the most affordable are normally second hand. Generally, there are two types of antique watches.

The Estate watch or the Timepiece

These two categories include a wide variety of different types of watches. Important timepieces get their value from a famous lineage. It may be important because there have only been limited versions made or maybe it’s of unusually high calibre. Knowing the history is a crucial aspect which differentiates watches too.

Estate watches, on the other hand, are far more expensive than timepieces and are characterised by being part of the ‘estate’ of a deceased person.

Should you go down the pre-owned path?

With a growing number of places to actually buy pre-owned vintage watches, you have the luxury of choice.  The places where you can clock the best deals will be flea markets, antique jewellery stores and sites.

Buying vintage watches online

Here are the simple steps you must undertake when buying a vintage watch:

      Decide if you are going for a specific brand or style
      Determine if you want a specific model within that brand or style 
      Write down a list for a sound strategy. Split it into two columns: one for wants and one for needs. Consider the material and straps, whether it needs to be manual or you don’t have a preference.
     Once answering these questions see if they fit with what you want to achieve and your budget.

So before you make your first purchase, apply the points in this guide and get the vintage watch you’ve been searching for.

The Hottest Prom Dress Styles over Time

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There are certain prom dress styles that have made serious impact over the years. Of course, there seems to be different trends each year, but it’s more about the right style fitting the right figure.

To make sure you turn up to your prom wearing the hottest dress, we’ve put together a list of which styles flatter different figures. Follow it, and you’re sure to be the Belle of the ball.

Petite Figures

Small frames look sensational in short, poufy shapes. This helps to add the illusion of an hourglass curve. For great ideas, view online store at

If you’d prefer to look taller, mermaid gowns have been the way to go. They create a curvy silhouette with their dramatic hemlines and fitted bodices.

Taller Figures

Show your amazing height off with ruche dresses that will keep you looking to lanky. Micro-minis have become hot favorites and in past years high leg slits and high-low dresses have been popular choices as well.

Curvy Figures

Your curves are what make you beautiful. Show them off with a form-fitting dress, one-shoulder strap or an empire waistline that will make your waist look smaller. To keep up-to-date with this year’s hot trends, connect with Peaches Boutique on Facebook.

Apple Figures with Fuller Bust Line

Apple figures are usually “top heavy,” with wider torsos and broader shoulders. Some of the hottest prom styles draw attention away from the waist and towards the bust. Therefore, choose dresses that flow from beneath the bust. A ruched or draped material that gathers and lies across the middle works well, too.

Pear-Shaped Figures

Goddess-inspired gowns have been popular choices for girls who are pear-shaped. Grecian-like gowns that have a high waist and intricate neckline will draw attention towards your upper body and away from the hips. Alternatively, voluminous layers that float over the hips with an exaggerated A-line that plays up your waist will look amazing.

Sheath Evening Gowns

Sheath evening gowns have also made it as hot trends. They’re designed to hug the body tightly and are usually unbelted with a straight drape. These dresses look amazing with or without straps.

A-Line Dresses

A-line evening gowns are timeless classics. These somewhat bell-shaped gowns will fit snugly at the top and gradually widen towards the bottom, without pleating or gathering. A-line styles are simple and elegant.

Trumpet Shaped Dresses

These dresses are typically tight fitting down until mid-thigh or knees where they then flare out. While mermaid gowns hug the body to the knees and then fan out, trumpet dresses are fitted through the hips, down to mid-thighs and then dramatically flare out.

Empire Dresses

Empire shaped gowns involve the waistline coming up to just under the bust and then the skirt hangs loose and straight. It’s a light, breezy style.

The Dropped Waist

With these dresses, the waistline is dropped just below the waist and the skirts are either flared or fitted.

Princess Gowns

Princess gowns are also classics. This style is tight and cut in single pieces, hanging in unbroken lines from the shoulder all the way to the flared hem.

Use this list to help you choose one of the hottest prom style dresses.

5 tips for buying and restoring old houses

Not many people realise that one of my dreams is to one day buy an old house and fully restore it to its former glory. There is something so beautiful about older homes, they have spirit and warmth. It’s the sort of feeling you don’t really get with newer homes.

Here are my tips!

1. Choose something that you can finish
Many people get into restoring homes only to find that the job they have taken on is too big and too costly. So make sure you work out exactly how much time and energy you want to expend into restoring the property. Don’t purchase something that is far more work than you want to do regardless of the cheap price!

2. Budget
Make a budget for the renovations and make sure you stick to it!  Again, this comes down to choosing the right property – for your time, your money and for future profit potential.

3. Choose something with natural beauty
Gorgeous elements such as high beam ceiling or exposed bricks are all the rage, so choose something that has these elements. This will add to the value of the property in the long run and also give you something beautiful to restore.

4. Think about your future plans for the property
Do you want to sell the property, live in it or rent it out? If you choose to rent it out it might be useful to invest in some property management software in order to ensure you get the best bang for your buck!

5. Stick to the theme
There’s no point renovating a beautiful old property to turn it into something lifeless and modern. Stick with the home’s natural feel. If it’s a country feel go with that. A bit industrial style? Roll with that. Restoring is all about bringing life back to the thing being restored so take the house back to its original beauty, nothing more.

Need some help remodeling your home? Check out my previous post on giving your home a new lease of life.

Vintage style earrings by Totally Jewel

I recently received these beautiful vintage style tribal earrings from an Australian online jewellery shop called Totally Jewel. They have amazing jewellery at great prices and I was pretty impressed with the quality.

The order came super fast and in really nice packaging. It even came with a soft velvet bag to keep the earrings in which was a nice touch.

I've already worn these earrings countless times, amounting to countless compliments!

I also recently got my right conch pierced too which I will also do a blog post on soon when I have the time.

Let me know which Totally Jewel style you like best!

XO Ilana

Planning your Easter Outfit – 5 Must Have Wardrobe Items

I am so excited that Easter falls in March this year but it has definitely come around quickly. I haven’t had much time to plan any outfit ideas (or lunch ideas!) until now. Here are some cute clothing items I recently found that would be perfect for any Easter event whether it is large or small.

This little number is perfect to throw on over jeans and a blouse or even over a dress. Great for all weather and suitable for the Aussie climate. I could see this being worn to barbeques or for casual dates. I love items that can be layered as they are so much more versatile!

Perfect for dressier events or for when you just want to impress. This little blouse has the potential to take you from work to dinner and drinks with friends. Nothing is better than a cute black blouse and I just love the v-neckline – so flattering!

Another perfect casual item but also a great basic item for your wardrobe! I just love midi length skirts as they are wonderful for hiding any imperfections but also comfortable and stylish enough to wear a bit dressier with a nice blouse and jacket. I would wear this to a brunch with friends or to visit my family for Easter lunch.

Oh so pretty and perfect with so many flattering options such as high waisted pants, skirts and of course your staple jeans. The colours of this blouse also means it will go with a lot of different items which is always a good thing. This blouse will be sure to bring compliments your way!

Probably my favourite things to thrown on for a casual event is a maxi dress. Nothing is more comfortable but also feminine, cool and fun. These look great layered with denim or leather jackets in the cooler months or just wear as is in the warmer weather.
I hope you enjoy my top picks for Easter outfits! 

XO Ilana

How to be a savvy shopper- online coupon codes

As someone who wears glasses fulltime I know just how expensive it can be when you need to update your prescription or even when you just feel like some new frames! I recently got some new sunglasses so I know just how painful it can be.

I like to shop around to get the best deals and don’t just go by what’s available at the shops. Looking online is definitely becoming a popular option – even with buying frames or sunglasses. Many companies are now utilising software which allows you to try on glasses from the comfort of your living room (or bedroom). How cool is that?

So I recently came across Australian Coupon Codes, a super cool website that houses various discount codes to Australian-based retailers. The website is kind of a one-stop-shop with various categories and retailers taking part. It’s a great way to save money (and time). These days, we are all pretty time poor and don’t want to visit the shops to be constantly hassled by the sales assistant. So this is a great option for those who want to save and want to purchase an item quickly and without hassle.

I looked into the Vision Direct Discount Code as I wanted to find a well-known online retailer for glasses and sunglasses but still save some money in the process. I was actually blown-away by the options available via Vision Direct. They even stock some of my favourite brands such as Ray-Ban and Versace. The styles are not limited and pretty much the same as what you would find in a retail shop. If anything there are even more styles available. Super happy!

So if you are looking to save money and time, there’s no better way to get started than through discount coupon codes. Let me know how your shopping goes!

XO Ilana

How to create a romantic, vintage mood in your home using lighting

I have many dreams of one day owning my own house. I even know exactly what I want it to look like – wooden floors, exposed bricks, high ceilings and of course, romantic lighting.

As you all know I am really into the art deco and vintage farmhouse style look, so I teamed up with Urban Lighting to choose some light fixtures that I would love to have for my own house someday.

This pendant light is art deco style to a tee. I just love this brass colored feature light. I think this would be perfect for lighting in a sitting room - I can already picture it in my head!

Seriously, if I was an industrial designer this is the sort of light I would design! The wonderful leaf design is such an amazing feature, and it looks so unique. This would definitely be a good conversation starter. Depending on your style, I think this chandelier would be equally wonderful in a bedroom or a living room.

I have officially found the lighting I want in my future home office! How perfect are these pendant lights? I love the industrial meets vintage style - perfect for my future home.

So what sort of lighting do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!


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