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A Dupe for the Aritzia Sculpt Knit Tank? Yes Please.

Hopefully, you guys saw my last post reviewing the Aritzia Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank – if you didn’t see it, check it out here!

If you’re a big fan of that top but unwilling to pay the number on the price tag for it, take a look at the Glassons Square Neck Rib Tank. I saw a lot of influencers tagging Glassons for this particular top, and I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t the Aritzia version since it basically looks identical. I’ve seen a number of companies trying to replicate this top, but haven’t really done it justice. So, this is the closest dupe that I’ve seen so far – and at such a low price!

My experience with shipping from Glassons has nothing to do with the top itself, but I thought it would be insightful to know. Since the brand is from New Zealand, I had to pay duties to get my package to Canada. Overall, my package was $75 CAD, with a $25 CAD duty fee on top of that. So, it’s really up to you to decide whether the duty fee is worth it. With all that being said, the clothing shipped quickly, so I can’t complain too much about that. It took 3 business days, which is way faster than most clothing brands that I have ordered from previously.

Review

I ordered two colours: Moody Blue and Espresso. If you like bright colours, Moody Blue is exclusive to Glassons. But, the Espresso colour is a good dupe for the neutrals that Aritzia offers.

Both versions use 100% nylon, so they offer a similar thickness. The Aritzia version is ribbed on both the outside and inside, so it’s just a tad thicker. Both versions can still easily be used without a bra though, which is what I really enjoyed about the Aritzia version!

I read reviews before deciding what size to buy, and a lot of people stated that the straps were too long. I ended up sewing the straps shorter (cut off around 6cm) so that it would sit better on my shoulders. Since it’s more of a thicker material, I would recommend sewing it using a sewing machine. Also, I found that the XS was pretty tight, but still wearable. If I end up buying more in the future, I will buy an S to see if it is more comfortable. This aspect is different, as I feel that the XS is a perfect fit in Aritzia version.

The main complaint I’ve seen about the Aritzia version is the steep price at $58. The Glassons version sits at $19.99 NZD, which is around $17.58 CAD and a third of the Aritzia price.

To sum it all up, you must consider a few things when deciding which version to buy:

  • the time and effort to shorten the straps
  • colour choice
  • duty fees
  • price

Which one would you guys buy? Let me know in the comments below!

You Must Buy the Aritzia Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank

I was never really one to invest in expensive pieces until I bought the Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank. In June, I bought both the black and white version. After purchase, I proceeded to wear them almost every single day over the summer. I can prove this statement if you check my Instagram page, where I’m basically wearing it in every recent post. Even with winter rolling in hot, I’m still finding ways to incorporate these tank tops into my outfits. Sorry, not sorry. I have no regrets about being in love with this top!

Screenshot retrieved from the Aritzia website

Features + Review

This tank runs at a solid $58 CAD but is well worth the price tag. I know it sounds crazy to spend this much on a basic tank top, but its features make it extremely versatile. It currently comes in 17 colours, with new colours coming out every season. The material breakdown comes to 100% nylon. The website says to hand wash only, however… I’ve personally thrown mine in the washing machine (cold water) multiple times and they’re still as good as new.

Its ribbed texture provides for a sleek look that can be dressed up or dressed down. Sweatpants, jeans, or dress pants – check, check, and check! They aren’t kidding when they say “sculpt” because it really does its job by accentuating your curves. I’m normally between an XS/S, but I opted for an XS. The material is forgiving, even though it really clings to the body nicely without squeezing too much in awkward places. I really enjoy the thickness of the top as well. You can go braless – even in the white version!

It hits right above the belly-button, so its cropped-style pairs well with high-waisted pants. But, if you prefer a longer version, you can opt for the Babaton Sculpt Knit Long Tank instead. This version is priced at $68 and comes in 11 different colours.

Screenshot retrieved from the Aritzia website

I’m interested in purchasing a few other colours, but I’m also waiting to see if there will be any holiday sales at Aritzia this year. I’ve become an Aritzia fiend over quarantine, so if you have any suggestions on what Aritzia items to buy, review, or style, let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned next week, for an upcoming fashion post where I talk about the only comparable dupe I’ve found to the Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank!

Shoulder Bag Galore: Prada Re-Edition 2005 Nylon Review + Dupes from Peta and Jain

The Prada Re-Edition 2005 Nylon Bag has become extremely popular recently – you can’t see a fashion post on Instagram or Pinterest without it draped over a blogger’s shoulder. Shoulder bags, in general, have proliferated in popularity, but this one seems to be the “it” bag.

Screenshot retrieved from Prada Canada website

The main reason for the demand in this bag is the versatility. It can be dressed up or dressed down. It can be worn as a crossbody bag or a shoulder bag. It gives off girly but also edgy vibes. You name it, you got it.

Screenshot retrieved from Prada Canada website

The woven shoulder strap with the Prada name etched onto it – iconic when the bag is draped across the body. It can be removed and worn as a belt (something that I didn’t hear about until today). Alternatively, you can use the shorter chain strap on the shoulder. Also, the little removable nylon pouch can hold AirPods, or even some loose change. The nylon fabric is malleable and easy to clean. It is the perfect size to comfortably keep your phone and wallet, with room to spare. The zipper is easily functional. It comes in 10 colours on the Prada website. You can keep it classic with Black, or opt for more wild colours like Astral Blue, Begonia Pink, or Lemon Yellow.

This product comes at $1,520 CAD.

For those with a smaller disposable income, the Peta and Jain Paloma Bag comes at a close second to with similar versatility and aesthetics.

Screenshot retrieved from Peta and Jain website

Although this bag doesn’t come with the iconic Prada pouch, it does give the versatility option to use the long woven crossbody strap or the chain shoulder strap. The straps are well-constructed. The space inside the bag is similar, as it is also large enough to keep your wallet and phone + extras. It also comes in around 10 colours – with different colours of hardware to consider as well! The nylon is also malleable and easy to clean. The only downfalls are that it doesn’t carry the Prada branding – as well as, the zipper can be slightly dodgy sometimes.

The Peta and Jain website lists the item at $69.96 AUD. I bought it off the Princess Polly website at $67 CAD (it’s also super easy to find discount codes on PrincessPolly, so don’t be afraid to use those).

If you don’t particularly enjoy the longer strap, you can also opt for the Prada Re-Edition 2000 Nylon Mini Bag. This one features a woven handle rather than the chain handle – at a lower price of $895 CAD. Respectively, Peta and Jain have a number of shoulder bags without the longer crossbody strap like the Tal Mini Shoulder Bag, or the Reign Shoulder Bag.

My friends and I each own either the Prada Re-Edition 2005 Nylon Bag, the Peta and Jain Paloma Bag, as well as one of the shorter strap Peta and Jain dupes mentioned, so keep your eyes peeled on future styling posts regarding those. In one of my previous fashion posts, The Leather Pant of the Season: Aritzia Wilfred Melina Pant… and More, I also included outfits with the Peta and Jain Paloma bag, so check that one out!

What are your thoughts on shoulder bags? Wear or tear? How do you want to see my friends and I style them?

The end of a chapter but the beginning of a book

The end of a chapter but the beginning of a book

For as long as I can remember, my camera has always been my side-kick.  Something about being able to capture a moment, an emotion, or a light in turn captured me.  From the beginning of the semester I knew I wanted to create an online space for my photography. In reality, it was the reason I enrolled in PUB 101; while I didn’t lack initiative, I lacked the knowledge and tools to create and curate a platform for my photography.  Finding a domain name and aesthetic was the first challenge.  It was important to have a very visual, professional, and clean blog – a space where images could stand out. Eventually, after much thought, I settled on One More Klick.

One More Klick features a blend of photography, travel, and the outdoors. “Klick” is another word for kilometre, which was very fitting with both the outdoor and travel aspects of tis blog, marking the distance traveled, in addition to klick also being the phonetic sounds of a camera’s shutter.  Since traveling, photography, and the outdoors are a passion of mine, I aspire to always challenge myself by going further, reaching higher, and persevering through the fear of the unknown.  For these reasons, there will always be one more klick – whether it be one more photograph, or one more kilometre.

With the help of photographs taken during various travels and adventures, my blog aims to share the stories behind photos, and provide context.  While some posts feature more personal stories, they still hold some informative content – whether it be in the form of tips and tricks, political context, or specific photography settings to achieve a photograph.

Currently, the majority of the audience reading One More Klick consists of direct family and friends, with some page views coming from countries outside of North America. Some of the perks of traveling abroad include creating friendships and connections across the globe.  Maintaining these friendships are even easier in light of the digital age.  According to the 2018 Digital Media Report, there are over 4 billion active internet users across the globe, and there has been a 13% increase in active social media users since January 2017.  The internet allows for greater connectivity, breaking the barriers of time and space.  In just the touch of a finger, users can connect with anyone, anywhere.  This immediacy has allowed me to connect with people from around the globe in little to no time.  For example, I reached out to Hasham to ask for his permission to post his photograph for the Friends in Foreign Places blog post.  Despite residing in Qatar at the time, within a few hours I received a response and we were connected once again.

This is especially useful for this blog, as I hope to expand the audience internationally.  Already, this blog has most of its’ international traffic coming from the United States, with other countries including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Croatia, Ireland, and Luxembourg to name a few.  

It’s possible that some of the page views from the countries above are just bots, which are basically software that run automated tasks over the internet.  This would become more apparent when cross referencing with the amount of time spent on the page and the bounce rate.  Because I don’t know of anyone personally in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, I would assume that they aren’t actually real people reading my blog.  If you’re reading this and you are currently in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, let me know!

With the goal of eventually creating a stronger following and international audience, having a strong social media presence would be a huge asset.  Currently, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram hold the podium for most popular social networking sites:

2018 Digital Media Report, page 68

“Let’s face it: we have entered an era of media convergence that makes the flow of content across multiple media channels almost inevitable.”

Henry Jenkins, 2003

In his article Transmedia Storytelling, Jenkins (2003) highlights the importance of using a multitude of different social media platforms as opposed to restricting your content to just one.  The advantage here is not only more exposure, but also meeting your audience where they are.  With this is mind, I have created a Facebook page to share my blog posts.  Having a separate page for One More Klick that is independent from my personal page means traffic won’t be restricted by my own personal privacy settings.  Eventually, I will create an Instagram page which will feature different photographs linking them to their blog posts.  If it weren’t for social media, very few people would know about my blog and even fewer would be reading it. 

With blog posts being shared on social media, it was increasingly important for my blog to be responsive and mobile friendly. In Design Machines: How to survive in the digital Apocalypse, Travis Gertz (2015) criticizes the homogeneity of basic website designs. While I was trying to create a unique and customized aesthetic for my website, I ran into some serious challenged. While the desktop version worked perfectly, the layout didn’t translate well for mobile devices. As the majority of internet users access websites on their mobile devices, it was extremely important for my website to be responsive and mobile-friendly.

Social media allowed for networking and collaborations with other artists.  My first essay 21st Century Nudes covered the topic of censorship of artistic nudity on social media platforms. This essay was inspired by Vince Hemingson, a photographer, filmmaker, and bestselling author based out of Vancouver, who’s beautiful photographs routinely encounter censorship.  In wanting to share my essay on social media, I reached out to Vince for permission to tag him.  Not only did he agree and share my article with his network, he commended my work and asked for my feedback and comments on his Artist’s Statement for his Nude in the Landscape series.

Already, creating this blog has allowed me to build concrete skills by learning how to use WordPress and Google Analytics, along with broadening my artistic and professional network. This blog acts as a live document, changing and improving as I continue to learn and create. I plan on continuing this blog alongside my adventures, and hope that one day it might flourish into something larger.



References

Gertz, T. (2015). Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. July 2015. Retrieved from https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines

Hemingson, V. n.d. Artist’s Statement: The Nude in the Landscape. n.d. Retrieved from http://hemingsonphotography.com/fine-art/nude-in-the-landscape/

Jenkins, H. (2003). Transmedia Storytelling. January 15 2003. Retrieved from https://www.technologyreview.com/s/401760/transmedia-storytelling/

Kemp, S. (2018). We are social – Digital report 2018. Retrieved from https://digitalreport.wearesocial.com/

Peer Review 3

This week, I was assigned Monica Alves’ website, Multi Monica, to review. The main goal of this review was to assess her site’s marketability to her intended audience. According to one of Monica’s process posts, she would describe her reader’s as having these characteristics:

  • Young women in her early twenties
  • University student
  • Creative
  • Travel, photography and music lover
  • Living in North America
  • Has a steady part time job or internship
  • Is in a committed relationship

My first thought was that this is a very specific audience. However, Monica further explains in this process post that this is essentially a description of herself, so it only makes sense that her audience has similar qualities. However, she made sure to mention that she is not closed off to other types of readers, and she hopes to grow her blog so that it relates to all kinds of demographics.

For the purpose of this review, though, I am going to use her description of her audience’s persona to determine whether her site is marketable. Lucky for her, I fit 6 out of the 7 characteristics that she described her audience as having.

Upon arriving at the home page of Monica’s website, it is clear that she is doing a good job of catering to her audience. She has both a music page and a travel page, which are two of the interests her intended audience should have. She also mentions her audience as liking photography, and sure enough, her travel page features some of her own photos. In addition, she has a footer where she features her photography (titled “Through my Lens”), and it can be accessed through any page of her website. Seeing as photography, music and travel are the three main interests she described her audience as having, I appreciated that there were easy-to-access pages devoted to each of them. This makes it easy for her readers to find the content that best relates to them.

Another thing I noticed was that Monica included a lot of photos in her posts. This made the website more colorful, and her posts more interesting to read. In class, we have been talking about bounce rate and session duration, or how long people spend on our websites. I found that because of the pictures, I stayed on her website longer. They lured me in and made me want to read her content, which is something that is hard to do. So props to you, Mon.

Overall, I think Monica’s website has great marketability. As someone in her audience demographic, I thoroughly enjoyed her content, and was very impressed with the layout of her website (she has a great balance of white space and color). Out of all of my classmates websites, hers has resonated with me the most.

If she were to add advertisements to her website, I would suggest that she put them on the right hand side of her home page, because there is white space, but the ads would not clutter the page. She mentioned in another process post that she tried putting ads in already, but that it messed up the layout of her website. I think that if she fix that issue and increase the number of users on her site, she will have an easy time monetizing her website. 🙂

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Between the Stripes — A Review

Jenny Chan’s blog, “Between the Stripes”, is a beautifully simplistic space to explore new worlds of music while being within the comforts of home. Especially at a time of the year where I would be sitting inside, by a window, while the weather can do whatever it pleases outside. The design reflects this, as if the sun or the natural light was peering through the window trying to see what I was doing.

 

Exploring the site itself, I first notice there is a strange “social media & sharing icons” link that brings me to a page for plugins with WordPress; I’m not sure if you can get rid of that or not, it’s at the bottom of the page, so it’s not the biggest deal if you can’t. However, it looks a little off just because it isn’t aligned right with the blurb above it that reads “BETWEEN THE STRIPES Powered by WordPress and FancyThemes”.

Like I mentioned before, I love the colors, not sure if you could add a bit more shadow around the title and play around with that a bit more? As for the menus and categories, I also think the Home About and Captures sections would benefit from and stand out a bit more if it was placed on the black stripe, but if that was the point to be in between the lines, I would add shadow to that as well.  As for the content, I love how you incorporated all the different senses in the “About” section. Keep up the Captures page!

Your “Recent Posts” section keeps repeating every time you post “song of the day” so maybe change that somehow, or number the title in each one? As well, as a reader who may want to comment, it was hard to understand that the“post comment” button was there because it is highlighted black, so it was a little confusing until I hovered over it to make a comment. I would change that so it’s not highlighted black. The mobile version of your website looks very nice as well.

I’m loving the social media outreach on the site; it makes it very interactive and builds more dimension to the simplicity of the site. My one suggestion would be to use specific social media pages as the blog, instead of your own personal Instagram, or your own personal Instagram. With a Between the Stripes Instagram, you could post your song of the day, maybe a blurb with it. You can also purchase InstaReport to keep statistics on that as well! I know some music-based social medias post parts of songs and perhaps you could do the same on behalf of the page. My confusion with Pinterest leads me to ask if there is a specific page on Pinterest you’d like us to look at that is relevant to your blog? Because there are many boards related to your Pinterest. Maybe make sure it just links to a specific board or perhaps a completely different Between the Stripes Pinterest account instead of your whole Pinterest profile. Otherwise, I have definitely been inspired by the social media interactivity and aspire to reflect that in my website as well!

If anyone is feeling adventurous and has a craving for new music, definitely check out Jenny’s blog here: http://triangularzebras.com