JULY: What to Binge Watch on Netflix

In honor of Comic-Con going on right now in San Diego, CA these two Binge Watch suggestions have a science fiction theme. The plots almost always have a real life counterpart and the science fiction element is a way to hold up a mirror, or show what disasters will happen if we persist in pursuing some course of action. One suggestion is a TV series and the other one is a movie. It looks like a season 2 for the TV Series has not been announced yet.

1) Sense 8 – 12 episodes

There are 8 people scattered across the planet in America, England, Russia, India who are magically connected. The audience knows they are connected somehow because Daryl Hannah appears as a vision to each of them in the first episode. The 8 people slowly find out they are connected because they can mentally access each other’s skills, abilities, knowledge, language and emotions. They can ‘visit’ each other at will and talk to each other and help each other even though they are not physically in the same place. But they can be mentally in the same place. There’s lots of sex: gay sex, group sex and straight sex. There’s a conspiracy of course, a sinister organization wants to weaponize the genetic connection these people have. But the sinister conspiracy plot is never really made clear. The only familiar face is Sayid from ‘Lost’ and Daryl Hannah, everyone else is relatively unknown. The series was created by the Wachowski siblings, who were responsible for ‘The Matrix’ trilogy.

2) Safety Not Guaranteed – 2012

This is a really cute movie with a simple premise and it ends in really cool way. It stars Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Aubrey Plaza. Mark Duplass plays a guy who seriously places a classified print ad asking for a volunteer to go time traveling with him and says that their ‘Safety is Not Guaranteed’. The classified ad sparks the interest of some young journalists who befriend the man who placed the ad to find out if he’s serious. He’s very serious. Or is he crazy. The skeptics start to become believers, and its very funny.

Why Luxury Brands are Worth the Investment

Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Valentino, Gucci, Pucci, Armani, Versace, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg…….

These are the world’s most famous luxury brands and they are within your reach! Do you know about the various consignment web sites where you can buy gently used luxury brand items like dresses, shoes and handbags? Vintage and present day pieces for a fraction of the cost that they were brand new. As a sexy spinster you have disposable income that you can invest on luxury items. There are certain brands that are smarter investments than others; they hold their value or have high resale value.

Fendi Baguette

Fendi Baguette

Fortune wrote an article about luxury brand consignment website The Real Real. The article went on to say which labels hold their value the best and the worst based on information provided by The Luxury Institute. According to the article these are the labels that hold their value best: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, David Yurman, Alaïa, Van Cleef & Arpels, Goyard. Click through to read complete lists of brands that lose their value the fastest (including Versace), which has surprisingly high resale value (including Victoria Beckham) and brands with surprisingly low resale value (Marni).

One of the luxury brand items I decided to invest in was a Fendi Baguette. The Fendi Baguette is an iconic fashion accessory introduced to the world in 1997. If you really love purses there’s a coffee table size book “Fendi Baguette” written by Achille Bonito Oliva, Paola Antonelli, Sarah Jessica Parker (yes, Carrie Bradshaw), and Banana Yoshimoto. According to the book, there have been over 700 versions of the baguette. I chose a Fendi Baguette in a neutral color with a splash of color on the buckle, so it goes with everything in every season. My other significant investment is two Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. Those wrap dresses flatter everybody’s figure!

 

Luxury Brand Consignment Websites

The Real Real

Poshmark

Etsy

The Luxury Closet

Protero Luxury

Luxury Exchange

Do you have any luxury brand consignment web sites to suggest?