Update: LVoing Louis Vuitton

In my earlier article LVoing Louis Vuitton: How much is too much to spend on a bag? I had written about considering purchasing a Louis Vuitton handbag. The bag my husband eventually bought for me was the Speedy Bandoulier in black (actually navy but totally looks black), size 25.

The Speedy b 25 is small enough to wear formally at night, as well as to carry during the day if I’m not lugging a lot of stuff around. It fits my bulky wallet, sunglasses, spectacles, cosmetic pouch, phone, keys.. and has room left over. Speedy bags are very roomy despite looking small.

However, I have had issues with the bag strap. Before a year was up, the strap started getting unclipped and my bag would just slide down. When it hit the pavement a couple of times, I took it to the store. It was under warranty, so they sent it to Paris. I got the strap back a month later, but soon after the edging on the strap started to peel off. Needless to say, I was horrified. I removed the entire edging, and although I did a fairly neat job, I could not bring myself to carry it like this. I kept the strap away and now carry the bag by the handles.

The straps on my other LV bags are going strong. It’s only been this one. Moisture in my cabinet? Indian weather? Who knows what’s to blame! The bag by itself still looks perfect though – not a scratch. The leather is like iron. And it looks good carried by the handles, so I’m not in too much pain.

I’ve recently ordered a funky Kate Spade bag strap to wear with my little Speedy b. I’m hoping it will last me a few years – probably longer than the LV strap!

 

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I ordered it online and had it delivered to my brother in San Francisco. When he flies down to Bangalore he will bring it down for me. I can’t wait! I’m as excited as though I’ll be getting a new bag!

TIP: If you’re bored with a bag and haven’t been carrying it much, simply change the strap to give it a new, funky look, and you’ll love carrying it all over again. Keeps the excitement alive without breaking the bank.

 

Chanel WOC Review

Let me begin this review by saying, I love my little WOC, which is literally a wallet on chain that also fits my phone, a lipstick, a pen and eyeglasses. My phone is a huge iPhone Plus with a hefty frame, so those with smaller phones should be able to fit in perhaps one more thing like a compact or a small notebook as well as keys.

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Caviar leather WOC, around USD 2100.   

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The WOC with the chain doubled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I have seen reviews of people using it as their daily bag, I cannot. I lug a lot of stuff around, so while it doesn’t work for a daily bag for me, it’s great if I have to nip out for a bit to meet friends for coffee. And of course, it makes a great bag for errands, and works well for the night.

The WOC has 6 card slots, two zippered compartments, and a little additional space. It  can  be carried 4 ways: As a cross-over, as a shoulder bag by reducing the chain, as a higher shoulder bag with double chain – which is the dressiest option and gives it a very Chanel Classic look (not bad for half-price), and as a clutch, with the chain tucked inside. It could also be carried as a wallet in your handbag. I’m not doing that though because my Marc Jacobs zip clutch is still going strong. I’m saving my WOC for nights out.

You don’t NEED this bag, but if you’re in the market for a little cross body to run around with, this is a very pretty option. Most cross-bodies have fat straps, which I don’t like. The strap on the WOC is delicate and has a lovely shine because of the way the metal has been cut.

Needless to say, you WOC will last decades. Also, it’s a Chanel, so brace yourself for the compliments.

 

Lovin’ my PS1

So this time, when my DH made a trip to Seattle, I spent a week burning up the internet as I obsessed about my next bag purchase. I narrowed my choices down to the Chloe Marcie and Proenza Schouler. I don’t have a tan bag in my very limited collection, so when I decided on tan, that helped me narrow my choices somewhat.

I also considered the Frye Jenny hobo, considering the leather quality is really good and I’m a sucker for durable, high quality leather. To be honest, I haven’t seen the bag in person which is why I make all my decisions based on extremely helpful reviews, and most reviews for Frye leather are pretty outstanding. Fortunately or unfortunately, the Nordstrom store DH visited didn’t have any Frye handbags, and so he had to select between the PS and Chloe.

He picked up the PS1 and as usual, when he reached home, he said he hadn’t had the time to buy anything for me. I was asleep when he placed it on my bedside table and I woke up to a lovely ‘surprise’. ❤

Ever since I have received my tan PS1, I haven’t been able to separate myself from it. I have carried it with me every single day for the last twenty days. This bag is edgy and gives out a casual vibe, although of course you can carry it out for lunch parties. It’s not, however, a formal looking bag, but it is definitely a bag you will get more wear out of. I went out of town, and this was the only bag I carried. The tan colour goes with almost anything as long as I have either my tan belt or tan shoes.

How could I not love this bag?

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I have realised that although I do carry it with jeans or trousers a lot, it really looks best when paired with flowy dresses and skirts, as they bring out the satchel’s cuteness factor.

Material: The PS1 comes in both leather and suede. Although the suede is stunning too, I chose leather as I presumed it will look better for much longer than suede will, and I will not have to baby it as much. The leather is lambskin, and very soft. Earlier PS1 bags had issues with hardware falling off and leather changing colour, but this has been rectified and the newer bags have been better treated. The bag has a zipped pocket on the back, and my zipper kept falling out as the loop hadn’t been adequately tightened. I just did it myself with a pair of pliars.

The bag is not heavy, which is something I love about it.

Shoulder strap: The bag has a long shoulder strap, so you can hang it from your shoulder. But it is NOT long enough to be worn cross-body if you are taller than 5ft 2 or maybe 3 inches. I am 5ft 5in, and definitely cannot carry it cross body.

Handle: The bag has one handle so you can hold it in your hand or hang it in the crook of your arm. In my opinion, this is when it looks at its slouchiest best.

Pockets: The medium size bag, which is what I bought as I don’t have to carry a lot of stuff, has plenty of compartments so you can organise your things beautifully. It is also spacious, yet not so much that you’re constantly digging to find something. It can easily fit a large wallet, sunglasses case, lipstick case, phone and book in the main compartment, and more stuff like keys and compact in the outside and back compartments. It is large enough to fit an ipad or a kindle.

Durable: Is the leather durable? According to the reviews, it is, but in order for me to attest to that, I will have to wait a while longer. I can however say that my very first designer bag which I bought five years ago, the LV Neverfull, still looks good as new.

My New Beauty!

I love red bags! The last red bag I picked up was from Shoppers Stop or some such random store. Within a few months the red colour had peeled off and I had to chuck it in the bin. After that I didn’t see any other red bag that I liked, until my eyes fell on this baby. After spending  two days scanning the web trying to select one red bag, I finally narrowed my choice down to the Chloe Paraty and the Balenciaga City. My husband, who was on a trip to the US, went to Barneys, saw both bags and preferred the Balenciaga, so that’s what he got for me! Yaay!

He paid around USD 1650 for this bag from Barneys, which translates to slightly over one lakh rupees.  This bag is somewhat unusual, and you will not see too many people carrying it around. The Balenciaga is edgy, funky, and its got that whole rocker/biker chic look which makes it super-cute. Here’s a pic of my bag, sitting on my bed and looking adorable!

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I didn’t really need a bag for work, but having said that, I imagine this would make a great work bag as well, considering its size. It’s perfect to carry all your daily essentials like sunglasses case, spectacles case, wallet, make-up pouch, phone, keys, and there’s also room left over to tuck in a kindle or ipad, as well as a few other items. It’s large enough to fit all my stuff, yet not so large that I need to keep digging inside to find stuff.

You can carry this bag on your shoulder, or you can hold it in your hand by the small handles, or n the crook of your arm.

The strap is NOT adjustable, and it’s not long enough to be carried cross-body.

I love the tassels hanging down the sides and from the zippers. The bag just makes me smile every time I pick it up. The leather is so soft, and gets even softer and super smooshy after you break it in. Apparently, the more you use the bag, the softer it will become and the nicer it will start looking. It looks nice enough to me now! 🙂

Balenciaga bags come in an assorted rainbow of fabulous, vibrant shades, but having said that, it looks fabulous in black too! The City has a zipper top, another thing I wanted in an everyday bag, and it’s super-comfortable to carry on the shoulder for hours at a time. Last night, I was carrying the bag in the crook of my bare arm, and before I knew it, two hours had passed and my arm did start to feel the pinch of the handles. No big deal, I just slung it around my shoulder using the longer strap. So, even though the longer strap is detachable, I recommend leaving it on. The strap is not too long and it looks cute hanging down the sides when you’re carrying the bag by the handles.

If you want to see more pics of the Balenciaga bag, just google it and do an image search. Tons of pics will show up, and you will be in love! Nicole Richie is a huge Bbag fan, and apparently has them in a ton of colours. I’m loving mine so much that I’d be happy to pick one up in another colour at some point. I have two beautiful daughters, and I better start building up my handbag collection so we can all enjoy them!