Looking into sourcing some some stuff from Alibaba I got sucked into the world of fake shoes on aliexpress.
Chiefly, the repsneakers subreddit — these dudes scour Chinese websites and create detailed reviews examining every little detail, and how they compare to real shoes.
If you don’t know anything about this whole streetwear / sneakerhead thing — these brands release limited amounts of product and limit the amount an individual can buy. There’s a whole secondary market of waiting in line, buying, and reselling for profit. For instance, the hot shoe is Kanye’s YEEZY Boost 350. It retailed for $200, but is sold out and goes for nearly $1000 on Amazon.
The repheads develop relationships with the suppliers. “Did you see David’s 7th batch” “Is Jessie answering messages?” “Have you seen Eva’s new pics?” … they know there is no “David” but the supplier has taken on this handle and become their own mini-brand with distinct reputations. Some of them work with the suppliers to refine and develop the details on each new “batch.”
Insider lingo and acronyms:
LC — Legit Check, having the group check to see if they’re getting ripped off by a reseller of retail sneakers
QC — Quality Control photos … users ask Chinese suppliers to send them verified photos of the actual shoes they’ll be getting, usually via WhatsApp
W2C — Wanted to Cop
TD (turtledove), PB (pirate black), MR (moonrocks), OT (oxford tan) — the various colorways of Boost 350s
Ordering is reminiscent of the wild west days. You might get a confirmation number, it might work, you aren’t really sure when they’ll arrive, if they’ll get shredded by customs, or if there is any recourse if the shoes are messed up somehow. The anticipation of what will show up and when is half of the fun. People get pretty worked up about the customer service they’re receiving and how soon they’ll get their illegal shoes being shipped from the other side of the world, showing how much we’ve come to expect from e-commerce.
For the price, the shoes are fairly comfortable. I suspect the retail versions are a bit better, but not enough to justify the cost. I’ve only seen one other person wearing 350s in the wild. A few people on the street have asked me about my shoes, and I tell them they’re bootlegs. Most people have no idea what the shoes are in the first place, but my heart does race a little bit if I’m approaching a group of high-schoolers.
They seem like regular old shoes once you get them. Looking at the logos printed on the side really puts in to perspective that all things are hand made — by someone, somewhere. There’s no Adidas machine spitting these out. Now, if you so desire, you can have anything you wanted produced in a factory if you bother to send a few emails.
The fact that we’re now so connected that a high school kid in the suburbs can negotiate textile swatches with someone on the other side of the world over text message is a mind boggle for sure.
I have super dry and sensitive skin. Alba body lotion with SPF is my go-to lotion. For some reason every cream that’s made for faces irritates my skin. I never use soap either – just water and, from time to time, baking soda as exfoliator.
It worked wonders on my mom, and it made my eyes swollen. But a lot of women I know swear by it.
I’m trying to wear less make up in general but can’t always let go of Blush. I’m looking for something more like a highlighter than an artificial color (a “sunkissed look” as Cosmo might say). Something as natural as possible in terms of chemical content though —
It’s being discontinued, I heard, so stock up if you like it.
I’ve been just wearing moisturizer and that and it feels so nice to be mostly makeup free. Not sure how natural it is though. The Smashbox stuff is like pinched cheeks / slightly tipsy / or blushing.
I’ve been super into this— I never wore makeup before, but this is amazing. It kinda just makes me look well rested and glowing, not like I’m wearing makeup. The best thing is it’s SPF 50, and you can reapply several times throughout the day and it doesn’t look bad or feel caked on.
Below is an illustrated example of our automated finances (numbers changed, gender-neutral names added). After a few months of testing and tweaking, everything is pretty much on auto-pilot. The basic idea is for every month:
Bills (on autopay) & recurring fixed costs throughout the month on credit card
“Pay yourself first” by putting money in retirement and savings accts (this can be set up to be automatic)
Pay any other bills (rent, loan, anything you can’t pay w/ CC)
Spend what you have left (Guilt Free Spending)
Any money beyond that goes into our 2nd savings acct (kinda like rollover m
This works for us as it’s not really a “budget” — we pay into our savings goals, and spend the rest. You can get more in-depth info on how & why in the book I Will Teach You to Be Rich.
Here’s a google spreadsheet version as well:
I’ve made a sample google spreadsheet — if you want to save it to your google drive, open the link and go to: “File > Make a copy…”
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