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7 Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s that time of year again! Believe it or not, some people are already on the beach showing off their very trendy new swimwear! Summer is all about sundresses and flip-flops. So, come on, it’s time to get in shape and to look fabulous on the beach.

This season, BarterQuest has picked 7 summer must-haves. If you are looking to refresh your wardrobe and have a sizzling hot look from head to toe, be the first one to barter for all of these summer must-have beauty products.

1. Stewart Weitzman wedges sandals
Wedges are this summer’s must-have. Featuring a subtle plaid pattern, these stylish espadrilles will match any outfit and the adjustable buckles will make sure that you feel comfortable in your new wedges sandals.
2. Giorgio Armani sunglasses
You can never go wrong with classic sunglasses, a crucial accessory pick that cannot be overlooked. Whether it is sunny or you just want to look your best, these sunglasses will go well with a maxi dress or with just about any outfit.
3. Brown Fedora Hat
This essential summer hat for women will give you a trendy and urban look. Wear a white dress with brown gladiator sandals and you are good to go. Let your hair down and put on this brand new finely braided straw fedora hat.

4. Coach handbag
Is it just me or does this purse remind you of a variety of exquisite candies? This authentic Coach handbag with pastel blue leather handles and colorful coach designs will brighten your summer. It is without a doubt that this bright colored purse will make a statement and add intensity to your outfit.

5. Red strapless dress
The always-trendy strapless dress will give you a flirty look and let’s not forget that you will not have shoulder strap tan lines. What’s not to like? This dress is versatile and fits all occasions. Not too fancy for a day at the beach, and not too casual for a night out!
6. Blue stone ring
In terms of jewelry, it is all about the bigger the better. This dazzling fashion ring comes with a glamorous stone. Whether you want to adopt a chic or more bohemian casual look, this one of a kind piece of jewelry will make sure your hands won’t stay unnoticed.

7. Luxury villa in Brazil
Have you always wanted to live like a celebrity? Now that you are ready to show off your new look to all of your friends, why don’t you take them to this beautiful resort in Brazil. Surrounded by the Ocean, the Exclusive Villa can accommodate more than 12 people.
Don’t hesitate to barter for this one time opportunity and go party with the vibrant Brazilian people and music.

- Tiffany

Clothes Swapping and Second Hand Clothes – A History

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Clothes swapping, buying and selling second hand clothes is hugely popular at the moment. It seems to be a back lash against the consumerism and throw away society that dominates our modern lives. But buying, selling and even swapping second hand clothes is nothing new. As with most good ideas, it has been going on for years, one way or another.

Trading of clothes goes way back into history as does trading of many other items in times when people did not have so much money. Clothes were traditionally made to last and mended/ repaired as required to prolong their life to the maximum. There are many examples of recycling of second hand clothing in history which include the rag and bone man collecting up old clothes (along with other items) with his horse and cart and the Salvation Army collecting donations of second hand clothes in Victorian times when poverty was rife.
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During World War 2, swaps were organized to help preserve valuable and scarce resources. They initially started with children’s clothes and then expanded to include adults clothes as well. They became very popular in the UK, where they allowed people to get some new clothes whilst remaining anonymous.

In the Sixties, clothes swapping was popular briefly and the second hand clothes industry has been growing ever since. Vintage fashion and second hand clothes sales have increased slowly over the last few decade, perhaps due to greater awareness of the environmental impact and waste associated with fast fashion or perhaps as consumers become increasingly keen to look individual and different.

Swishing parties have become hugely popular in the US over the last few years (although they have been going on for a lot longer) and this has now also spread to the UK. Organizations like Futerra Communications, which has coined the term ‘swishing’ to describe clothes swapping parties and worked to promote recycling of clothes.

The global recession is 2008/2009 has also played it’s part in the increased popularity of clothes swapping. As disposable income becomes more scarce, people are looking for new ways to look stylish on a budget. Celebrities like Lindsey Lohan have also been reported as swapping their clothes for charity giving clothes swapping celebrity status.
Clothes swap and buying and selling second hand clothes is a great way to reduce the impact of fashion on the environment and to save money.